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Vol. XCIII No. 2



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OPINION PAGE 10 Chartwells: SLU’s choice for the future?

A student voice of Saint Louis University since 1919

Thursday, September 5, 2013

By JESSICA WINTER Associate News Editor


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Scholars find a home in AAMS By WOLF HOWARD News Editor

The African American Male Scholars Initiative, a program created as a response to the relatively low matriculation rate of black males in higher education, is entering its third year at Saint Louis University. For one student, it was one of the only reasons he decided to return to SLU. “I honestly did want to leave SLU,” Chris Walter, Jr., a sophomore in the program, said. “I didn’t see anybody who looked like me or just that I couldn’t relate… It really was AAMS that pulled me to stay.” For Walter, Jr., the Initiative gave him a sense of community he wasn’t otherwise able to find in his daily life

as a freshman psychology a volunteer based program undergraduate. The social created specifically for black aspect was also what drew males in order to assist stuIsaac Singleton, a sophodents in finding academic more pre-law student, to get success at the university levinvolved with the program. el and ultimately graduating. “It’s the brotherhood,” A poor matriculation rate Singleton in the black said about male commuhis reason nity stands as I honestly did want for joining a national isthe Inisue in higher to leave SLU... It tiative. “I education. In really was AAMS met some the 2009 article that pulled me to real cool ‘Black Males people at Achieving stay. AAMS.” More on Col-Chris Walter, Jr., T h e lege Campuses,’ A A M S written by MiSophomore Initiative chelle J. Nealy, was cremore than twoated three thirds of black years ago by LaTanya Buck, male freshmen across the the director of the Cross nation never complete their Cultural Center, and Stefan degrees. Bradley, the director of Af“In 2005, black men at rican American Studies. It is top-tier institutions had a

Kauffman on future of SLU

Who will satisfy SLU’s appetite?

After a 10-year partnership with Chartwells Dining, Saint Louis University will begin searching for the best food provider to satisfy their future appetite. “We expect to receive proposals [from future providers] on Sept. 30,” said Evelyn Shields, Student Development Director of Business and Auxiliary Services. Chartwells Dining Services contract is set to expire by the end of the school year, at which point their contract will either be renewed or a

graduation rate of 36 percent, compared to 46 percent and 60 percent for Hispanic and White males, respectively,” Nealy wrote in her article. A different report by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education stated that black males made up only 35.2 percent of all black students enrolled in higher education in 2007. In light of these facts, the Initiative seeks to accomplish its goal of higher matriculation rates amongst black males through three basic components, or ‘initiatives’. “The first initiative is matching a black male student with a mentor,” Divine Shelton, the graduate assistant for the program, said. See “AAMS” on Page 3

SLU Relay For Life, top rated: Wolf Howard/News Editor

Kauffman: The interim president on West Pine mall. By WOLF HOWARD News Editor

Sept. 2 marked the first day of Bill Kauffman’s tenure as interim president of Saint Louis University. Motivated by a passion for the University and years of experience, Kauffman is nothing but positive about the future of SLU and the anticipated search for a new president. He claimed that his 18 and a half years serving as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Trustees became the primary factor in his decision to accept his current position as interim president. “I believe in Saint Louis University,” Kauffman said. “As we transition to the next phase in the University’s life, we have a spectacular opportunity,” referring to the presidential search process, which he sees as the primary concern for the University’s future in the coming months. The search committee for a new president is expected to be formed following the Sept. 28 Board meeting. Kauffman will not serve in any official role on the committee, though he intends to provide his advice where it is desired. He said that he holds high

hopes for the search process and the future of SLU as a whole, calling himself “euphoric” about the university, inspired by the dedication and talent of the faculty, staff, administrators and students of SLU. “Saint Louis University is well regarded in the higher education community,” Kauffman said. “We have very strong faculty, very talented students, and we have very strong academic programs… That coupled with… the buildings we have here makes me think we will have very well qualified [presidential] candidates.” He expects that some candidates will be sitting presidents at other universities, though he was careful to stress that the search process was a two-way street, and that SLU also has to work to appeal to the best leaders available. With that in mind, Kauffman plans to work to address recent issues on campus, in addition to any lingering concerns from years past, in order to make SLU more appealing to potential candidates. Kauffman’s appointment See “Kauffman” on Page 3

Group makes valiant run to fight cancer

Courtesy of SLU Relay For Life

Relay: SLU’s Relay For Life raised $132,311 in 2013, making it the 4th largest collegiate Relay per capita in the nation. By WOLF HOWARD News Editor

Relay For Life of Saint Louis University was named the 4th largest collegiate Relay event per capita in the nation, hosting 1,300 fauclty, student, staff and community participants and raising $136,000 in donations. Relay For Life is a 12-hour event dedicated to raising

money for cancer research and programs provided by the American Cancer Society, in addition to supporting those who have battled cancer as well as their families and friends. The nationwide program was inspired by Gordy Klatt, who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours in May 1985 in order to raise money to support the American Cancer Society. Relays

events are hosted by various organizations across the country, and they are all centered on a team of fundraisers camping out and walking around a track from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Participants collect donations in support of their demonstration. Every event is unique to the organization that hosts it, featuring assorted activities, games and stands offering food and

items in exchange for further donations. According to Amanda Eagan, the co-chair for the 2014 Relay For Life of Saint Louis University, the SLU chapter had raised $132,311 by the conclusion of this year’s event, but that wasn’t the end of the donations. “Our fundraising efforts See “Relay” on Page 2




Let Us Introduce You: Theodore Vitali Relay: Event raises

Hannah Wiley/Staff Writer

By HANNAH WILEY Staff Writer

How Father Theodore Vitali, C.P., became the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Saint Louis University is something of a miracle, or perhaps a twist of fate. Growing up in Connecticut with a schoolteacher and a waiter at the head of the house, the young Italian school boy dreamed more of getting a date for Friday night than becoming a priest. However, his intuition led him in another di-

rection. “It was more of a calling I couldn’t ignore,” Vitali said about his decision to pursue an ordination. With high school quickly approaching, Vitali chose to explore this calling by attending a Catholic school and participating in a retreat led by the order of priests called the Passionists. Never before had Vitali experienced such beautiful music and powerful preaching as when he first made contact with the order of the Passionists. And still void of the desire to actually chase

after ordination, Vitali describes his decision to join the Passionists as, “more of a draft.” In a way quite similar to joining the Armed Forces, joining the Passionists was extremely challenging – both physically and mentally. “In high school, I was a jerk,” Vitali said. “But eventually the intellectual life took over and elicited from me a curiosity...and I gained a taste for philosophy.” The young priest read so much philosophical work, he eventually mastered Latin. He began learning from early philosophical work pertaining to the existence of Godand the truth behind religion. “For 40 years I’ve thought about the question, ‘does God exist?’ and pondered over the problem of human suffering,” Vitali said. In his years at SLU, his favorite class remains ‘Philosophy of Religion,’ a 300-level course pertaining to the questions Vitali fervently studied in his years before ordination. After being ordained, Vitali received a doctorate of Philosophy at SLU and became chair of the philosphy department at Bellarmine College in 1976. He accepted a position as chair of the Philosophy department at SLU in 1984. Although Vitali’s guidance has been the heart of the entire department, he recognizes his superiors who have defended, supported and allowed his endeavors. “For the past 24 years, Father Biondi has supported me,” Vitali said, “and I could not have done what I have without him. I have always

had trust in my superiors.” In addition to his love for philosophy, Vitali holds an unparalleled love of nature, or the “wildness” as he prefers to call it. Every summer he spends a few weeks at St. Nick’s parish south of Fairbanks, pastoring and helping throughout the parish. During his time in the wild, Vitali will hunt, fish, canoe, hike and find peace in the spirituality of his surroundings. “I believe the wild to be an extension of the reincarnation, of the mystical experience that is so sacred,” Vitali said. While he has killed four black bears and has come face-to-face with a wolf, more often the wilderness provides a glimpse into the divine and has taught him more about life than anything else. “The fierceness and the beauty in nature is not something that can be separated,” Vitali said. “This is shown through the flower, fireweed, as it blossoms from the ashes that result in the explosion of a tree.” Even at 71 years old, Vitali has no intention of slowing down. His adventures experiencing the “sacrament of the wild” and his aspirations for the philosophy department have him full of vigor for life and ready for adventure. He may never have intended to join the priesthood, attend the retreat that led him to the Passionists, or become the head of two philosophy departments, but the callings he responded to throughout his years have led him to happiness and fulfillment.

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work on the 2014 Relay on Sept. 9. Abbate held up the ‘silent rave’ activity as an excontinued into August,” Eaample of a successful addigan said, “and, during this tion to this year’s Relay. time, we raised approxi“We had individual Walkmately an additional $4,000 man’s for people and we which brought our total to a played techno/dance music little over $136,000.” through everyone’s headSLU’s achievement of phones,” Abbate said. “So a 4th largest collegiate Relay bystander wouldn’t be able per capita demonstrates the to hear any music, but would strength of the community see a group of people dancsurrounding the on-campus ing. It was our first time tryevent. ing an activity like that.” “Our steering committee Registration for this year’s worked hard to plan a fanSLU event is tastic event already open and to keep at www. participants SLU students are involved Commuin the profocused on betternity memcess yearing not only thembers are enround, and selves, but also couraged to the combistart getting the community nation of teams toe ver yone’s - Amanda Eagan, gether early efforts uland develop timately Relay co-chair unique funmade our draising event a huge events for success,” Alex Abbate, the their groups. other co-chair for the 2014 Historically, teams that Relay, said of this year’s imregister a certain number of pressive performance. Eagan participants by an early regattributed the success to the istration date get primary unique nature of the SLU placement on the track and student body. other incentives including “No matter what their free pizza. major, where they come “Relay’s wonderful sucfrom, or what their interest cess this year was the result may be, SLU students are of the hard work of our dedifocused on bettering not cated participants, above all only themselves, but also else,” Abbate said. “We hope the community,” Eagan said. to make next year’s event “SLU students truly are men just as successful by recruitand women for others, and ing participants early on in the success of our event is the year, keeping donors and truly a testament to the serparticipants informed…, and vice oriented culture that is of course reminding people found here.” why we Relay – to celebrate The Steering Committee, and remember those close to the organizational body for us who have battled cancer.” SLU’s event, is set to start

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The Facts More than two-thirds of black male freshmen across the nation never complete their degree In 2005, black men at top-tier institutions had a graduation rate of 36%, compared to 46% and 60% for Hispanic and White males, respectively Black males made up only 35.2% of all black students enrolled in higher education in 2007

Mentorship acts as the central component of the Initiative. Mentors are African American male staff, faculty, or alumni from the SLU community and are meant to help scholars grow as leaders and active members of the community in addition to helping them utilize important resources and succeed academically. “One big thing I think [the AAMS Initiative] provides is that we’re paired up with... those who are involved in the field we want to do,” Walter, Jr. said. His mentor is Richard Harvey, an associate professor in the Psychology Department that specializes in industrial organizational psychology. “[Dr. Harvey] gives me insight about the field of i.o. psychology… specifically as a black male,” Walter, Jr. said. Both scholars stated that,

while their original interacties. According to an AAMS tions with their respective Initiative pamphlet, the dismentors were more formal, cussion is centered around over time they’ve formed a “building strong cultural more comfortable relationidentity, models of leadership. ship, working with groups Mentor pairings are and creating positive change complein your mented by community,” workshops T h e We have discusand group group dissions we normally d i s c u s cussions, wouldn’t have on sions aimed called ‘Real campus. We can at helping Talk Sesscholars s i o n s ,’ vent and be truthful grow as stuserve as a with each other. dents and less formal leaders. means of -Isaac Singleton, C o l developing Sophomore lege success a stronger workshops historical help new and cultural students learn about the acidentity for black male stuademic and career services dents. available to them. “Real Talk sessions [are a] The leadership developsafe place for black male stument workshops are comdents to have… candid talk,” posed of discussions procShelton said. tored by local leaders and Topics of discussion have on- and off-campus activiincluded questions concern-

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ing masculinity, relationships and issues affecting the black community. Singleton stated that those discussions have been one of the most influential parts of the program for him. “We have discussions we normally wouldn’t have on campus,” Singleton said. “We can vent and be truthful with each other.” In addition to the support provided by mentors, workshops and discussions, students meet individually with Bradley or Buck after midterm grades are released to discuss performance and the semester’s experience in general. Students enrolled in the Initiative maintained an average GPA above a 3.0 last semester, with one-third of Scholars holding GPAs greater than 3.4. The AAMS Initiative encourages students attend the course ‘Intergroup Dialogue: Black Male Identity,’ which is already in progress but still open to enrollment. According to the course description, the class seeks to “deconstruct the facile depiction of the one dimensional ‘black male’ that prevails in the academy, media and society at large.” Shelton hopes that the program can eventually become more rigorous in terms of keeping its students accountable, and that the Initiative might one day include a financial-aid aspect in the form of a “scholarship of some sort.” Regardless of what changes the AAMS Initiative undergoes in the future, it has already made a remarkable difference for the students enrolled now.

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institution.” Kauffman has already had and the upcoming search experience interacting with process follow a year marred various university groups by controversy between forduring his time as General mer President Lawrence Counsel and said that his Biondi, S.J., and faculty, staff work with student leaderand student groups. ship and SGA has encourOver the course of the aged him in the ability of the academic year the Faculty university to move in a posiCouncil of the College of tive direction. Arts and Sciences, the Fac“If I have any success it ulty Senate and the Student will be because of the uniGovernment Association versity community pulling individually voted No Confitogether for our common dence in Biondi as President purpose,” Kauffman said. of the university. He also statThe coned that he flict between foresees a the SLU series of foA failed search administracus groups is appointing tion and the forming faculty, staff over the the wrong and student course of the person. groups cenpresidential tered on the search so -Bill Kauffman, concept of that all of ‘shared govcampus can Interim President e r n a n c e ,’ be heard, with no conthough he fidence supclarified porters claiming that Biondi that the final decision on exercised too much control appointing a president rests over university matters and with the Board. had created a ‘culture of fear.’ According to Kauffman, Kaufmann hopes to help the administration generunify the SLU community ally expects the search prounder the mutual cause of cess to conclude within the finding the best possible academic year. However, he president to lead the univerplaced priority on the quality sity into the future and has of the president rather than already set meetings with the timing of the search. various faculty departments. He will remain available “I intend to be accessible in his capacity as interim to all of the university conpresident should no suitable stituents,” he said. “I can’t successor be found by the guarantee that when we enend of the year. gage in a dialogue… that we “Some people would say will always agree, but I truly [it was a] failed search if the think the ability to have a first try doesn’t work,” he conversation will advance said. “A failed search is apour common purpose as an pointing the wrong person.”

AAMS: Initiative offers unity, support


Contract: Bidding process officially begins on September 30



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new provider will take over. Should a new provider be selected, Shields assures that the transition will be seamless as always. SLU’s partnership with Chartwells began in June of 2002, after previous food provider Sodexho’s contract was terminated after 15 years at SLU. “For the past 12 years Chartwells wholeheartedly focused on becoming a part of the SLU community,” said Jason Fitch, resident district manager of Chartwells Dining. Since its inception in 1997, Chartwells has expanded to serve nearly 250 campuses in the U.S. Their tagline, Eat. Learn.Live, promotes a commitment to building strong bodies, sharp minds, and the foundation for a longer and healthier life. Whether or not SLU students invest in this promotion, however, remains to be seen. Last year, SGA surveyed students on their food habits and preferences. When asked how satisfied students

were with the current dining program on campus, a majority of students claimed to be neutral on the topic, while 30% claimed to be dissatisfied and 24% responded that they were satisfied. “[Our] primary concern is to ensure the next contract is awarded to a food provider that prioritizes student concerns and is receptive to adapting to the current needs of students- even within a contract,” said SGA President Vidur Sharma. The survey also indicated that the majority of students crave a wider range of ethnic foods on campus and would prefer an all-flex meal plan. “The results will be used to evaluate what currently is and is not working under the existing contract, as well as to determine what students prioritize most in the next contract,” said Sharma. SGA will continue to play a role in the proposal and decision-making process until a suitable provider has been established. Chartwells feels that they fulfill that role and have been enhancing SLU’s campus since the beginning of their

contract. “Chartwells has delivered continual enhancements to dining operations including the opening of Au Bon Pain, the introduction of Billiken Fest and the implementation of industry-leading sustainability programs,” said Fitch. Other changes Chartwells has implemented include the addition of SLU’s vegetarian Terra Ve cafe and the new International Caffe in the Center for Global Citizenship. There are now 24 Chartwells eatery sites at SLU. These additions to SLU’’s campus, however, do not quite compare to the one that has seemed to touch the students’ hearts: the staff. SLU’s food service staff has become a part of the University’s community as well as a part of the students’ daily lives. What will become of the current employees is an issue that will not be overlooked. “There is a great affinity between SLU students and the current Billiken Dining staff,” said Sharma. “SGA would like to see as many staff retained as possible between contracts.”





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September 5, 2013 Alex Kozich, Sports Editor Ryan Glover, Assoc. Sports Editor

New coach, new attitude By ALEX KOZICH Sports Editor

Soccer has always been a part of first year women’s soccer head coach Katie Shields’ life. “I was a little kid, five or four years old, my older brother played and in my family we played sports so soccer seemed natural to get involved with,” Coach Shields said. As a player at Harvard University, Shields was one of the top goalies in the country. She was named to the All-Ivy team all four years, ranked fourth nationally in save percentage in 2005 and led the 2004 Harvard team to the NCAA Championship. After her collegiate career, Shields served three years at Harvard as an assistant coach and recruiting director and then two more years at Northwestern at the same position while she was completing her masters degree. For a coach to be successful, they have to recruit good players. With her experience as a recruiting coordinator, Coach Shields has a perfect background to try and turn the women’s soccer program around. “I think anyone will tell you, who has been in coaching, has experience in it, recruiting is your lifeblood.

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SHIELDS: Katie Shields was named the head coach of the women’s soccer team on January 15. She was with SLU as an assistant coach the previous year. The players you get ultimately determine your success,” Coach Shields said. “I have been out in different parts of the country, I grew up out west, went to school back east, I have spent some time in the Midwest so it’s nice to know the lay of the land. Recruiting is what we spend most of our time doing. I wish it was more coaching and less recruiting but it is the lifeblood of your program.”

Volleyball falls to No. 10 Nebraska By GRACE BONOMA Contributor

A crowd of over 3,700 fans looked on as SLU Volleyball faced 10th ranked Nebraska in the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic this past weekend. The Billikens donned pink jerseys in order to honor Hamilton, an avid supporter of the volleyball program who lost an eight-year battle with breast cancer in 2010. SLU Volleyball, selected to finish third in the Atlantic-10 Conference, welcomed Auburn, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, and No. 10 Nebraska to open the season at Chaifetz Arena. The Billikens went 1-2 on the weekend dropping matches to Auburn and Nebraska. “Our team had a competitive first weekend, we are excited about the level of play we are able to compete at,” Head Coach Kent Miller said. “We had a nice team win against LMU and also played really well against high level opponents. Our team thrives on an exciting environment, during the Nebraska match we had over 3,700 fans in attendance.” SLU dropped the season opener Friday night to tournament champion Auburn, 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25,22), despite the efforts of fresh-



man Mallory Dillon. Dillon posted an impressive 20 kills and .359 attack percentage in her debut as a Billiken. Sophomore Meredith Boe also racked up 30 assists. The Billikens bounced back Saturday afternoon picking up the first win of the season and silencing the efforts of University of Louisiana at Monroe, 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-13, 15-16). The win was paced by Freshman Danielle Rygelski’s doubledouble (11 kills and 10 digs). Sophomore libero Anna Church also notched a team high 20 digs for the Billikens. In the Saturday night finale, SLU went head to head with 10th ranked Nebraska losing 3-0 (20-25, 25-16, 2516). The teams exchanged leads and posted 13 ties in the first set until Nebraska broke ahead at 22-20. The Huskers took an early lead in the second set hitting .425 and eventually defeating the Bills 25-16. SLU was able to battle back in the third set but the Huskers proved to be too strong turning in a 25-16 win to close out the match. The Billikens were led by Sophomore Megan Gilbert who turned in 10 kills on a .500 hitting percentage for the match. See “Huskers” on Page 6

Just as her experience as a recruiting coordinator has helped to bring in many new players, there are seven freshman on this years team, her experience as a player at the highest level in college helps her to relate to the players. “I can relate to them because I’m not terribly far removed from what they’re going through so I have a pretty good understanding of what a week looks like as a col-

lege women’s soccer player,” Coach Shields said. “I think it’s an advantage to have because the players respond to you when they know you were in their shoes at one point.” Whenever possible, Coach Shields also likes to get out on the field with the team to give them a little competition. See “Shields” on Page 6

By 2020, Major League Soccer (MLS) will add five more teams to the 19 teams already in the league. At the M L S All-Star G a m e held at L i v e Ryan McKinley strong Sporting Park in Kansas City, where MLS team Sporting Kansas City plays its games, MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced that the league would undergo an expansion, beginning with New York Football Club, or New York FC. New York FC, partnering with British Premier League’s oil rich Manchester City club and the New York Yankees, is scheduled to begin games in 2015. Commissioner Garber announced that in addition to New York FC, he was looking to add four more teams by 2020. However, Commissioner Garber didn’t announce where these other four franchises would come from, leading to intense speculation on where these four clubs will play in the

future. Leading candidates for the four spots are Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Sacramento and our own beloved city, St. Louis. St. Louis should be the home of a MLS club, and I’m going to give you a few reasons why. St. Louis has a long and storied soccer past. Dubbed the “original capitol of the World’s most popular sport” by St. Louis Soccer historian David Lange, St. Louis hosted its first soccer match in 1875. Since that first match, St. Louis has seen 38 players become members of the U.S. soccer hall of fame. Even SLU has a history of dominance; the Men’s soccer team at SLU has won 10 national championships, more than any other program in the country. St. Louis has been the home of numerous professional soccer teams over the years, including the St. Louis Steamers and the St. Louis Stars on the men’s side and St. Louis Athletica on the women’s. While all of these teams eventually folded,

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Men’s soccer off to positive start: Bills beat Oral Roberts in opener

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SOCCER: The Billikens opened their season with a 3-1 victory over Oral Roberts. By CHARLES BOWLES Staff Writer

The Saint Louis Billikens men’s soccer team definitely took advantage of the English soccer mantra “better late than never” against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. Late goals by junior midfielder Kingsley Bryce and forward Robbie Kristo completed the Billikens 3-1

victory against Oral Roberts. The Bills won their first home opener since 2005 and their first under Head Coach Mike McGinty. “Anytime you give up a goal, you give them a little more belief and, you know, I thought we played really, really well up until that point,” said McGinty. “But we made it tougher on ourselves than we needed to for sure, the good thing is the reaction


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was positive. Nobody panicked, nobody blamed one another, and everybody just wanted it a little more.” The Billikens controlled the game for most of the first half. The first scoring opportunity came off a corner kick and the ball appeared to be headed in by sophomore midfielder Francisco Vizcaino, but he was offside which nullified the first goal of the season. The Billikens contin-

ued to control the match, but in last couple minutes of the first half Oral Roberts was able to capitalize on a scoring opportunity and led 1-0 at the end of the first half. “We made hard work of it especially in the first half,” said Graydon. “When I gave that ball, it was definitely my mistake, a bit too lackadaisical, but I think we did good in the second half.” After the goal, the Billikens responded. Early in the second half, Midfielder David Graydon placed a beautiful cross to Vizcaino who headed it in for the tying goal and first Billiken goal of the season. The game then went back and forth until the 83rd minute. The Golden Eagles had a great opportunity on goal, but the ball was cleared on the goal line by Billiken defender Julian Gieseke, who found Graydon to start the counter-attack. Graydon charged down the middle of the field until he got to the box, where he passed it to Bryce to finish the attack with a goal to give the Bills a 2-1 advantage. “It was a counter attack pretty much,” Bryce said. “He [Gieske] played the ball and [Graydon] made a run about 80-90 yards all the way, and I See “Opener” on Page 6

By RYAN GLOVER, Associate Sports Editor WHO TO JEER: ONE-SIXTH OF ONE PERCENT That’s the stake in the Brooklyn Nets that Jason Kidd has reportedly bought from rap mogul Jay-Z. J-Kidd, also the new coach of the Nets, dropped a cool $500,000 for this minion-size portion of the team. As a comparision, a similar stake in Apple would cost a buyer about $755 million. I own one stock of AAPL, worth $498.

WHO TO FEAR: J.J. WATT J.J ‘Swatt’ as they call him has taken the NFL by storm. He is fresh off his Defensive Player of the Year award in only his second season in Houston. Watt is poised for another monster year with the Texans. “You’re going to have to watch. I am 24 years old. There is no way - no way - my best season came at age 23.”



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Billiken runners will be gearing up for a fresh season this week. After a recordtying finish in the conference last season, the women’s cross-country team is picked to finish third in the A-10 this year. Margo Richardson, a senior, will lead the women as they try to break the school record for highest finish, fourth, which was tied last year. Richardson is a threetime All-Conference honoree and finished fourth in the A-10 meet last year. Junior Jessica Hoefert will be returning as well. Hoefert finished 13th in the A-10 meet and received All-Conference honors. The men’s team will be lead by juniors Tim Zellmer and Michael Scolarici. Zellmer finished 12th and received All-Conference Honors last season while Scolarici received All-Conference Honors after a 15th place finish. James Col-

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CROSS COUNTRY: Margo Richardson returns to the Billikens for her senior season. She will try to make it four straight years on the All-Conference team. lins, the lone senior on this men’s team, will be looking to improve on his junior year when he placed third among the Bills at both the National Catholic Championship and the A-10 Championship. The Bills are picked ninth in the conference but will be looking to breakout with the

help of some freshmen talent from across the country. Coach Jon Bell is in his sixth season as head coach and will be assisted by Tim Bradley. The team kicked off the season this past saturday at Forest Park at the Gabby Reuveni Early Bird, hosted by Wash. U. Senior Jack Hostet-

tler led the Billiken men in the 6K, finishing fifth overall with a time of 19:40. Freshman Nina Razavi finished first among the Billiken women with a 23rd-place 4K time of 16:03. The team is back in action Friday, Sept. 13, at the Big River Cross Country Festival.

Opener: Bills cruise to victory Friday, Sept. 6 Volleyball 6 p.m. vs Morehead State Men’s Soccer 6:30 p.m at Cincinnati Field Hockey 2 p.m. at Indiana

Saturday, Sept. 7 Volleyball 10 a.m vs. Montana St. 3:30 p.m vs. IUPUI Field Hockey 1 p.m vs. Radford

Sunday, Sept. 8 Men’s Soccer 11 a.m vs. Northern Illinois Women’s Soccer 1 p.m vs. Evansville


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ing Cincinnati, the Billikens will play the Northern Illinois Huskies on Sunday, made the run as well beSeptember 8th at 11:00 a.m. cause I knew he had no one CST. The Billikens will have else; he crosses it in, it comes to watch out for the Huskies’ to me and I finished it first Gael Rivera, who returns for time.” his senior year after leading A mere three minutes the Huskies with four goals later, Kristo got back to his last season. goal-scoring ways from last After the Bearcat Socseason. Kristo, last season’s cer Classic, the Billikens leading point man with will travel to Evansville to eleven goals and five assists, play the University of Evansonly played the second half ville on due to ankle Wednesday, issues. Kristo Septemdid a high wire Nobody panber 11th. act along the A s s i s t ant icked, nobody end line and coach Blake blamed one anshook off two Schneider other, and everyOral Roberts played at defenders unbody just wanted Ev a n s v i l l e til he turned it a little more. three seaand took a sons before shot from a transfer-Coach McGinty difficult angle, ring to Saint giving the Bills Louis for his a 3-1 lead in senior year. the 86th minute and secured The Billikens will return for the victory. their next home match at After securing their first Robert R. Hermann Stadium victory, the Billikens will on Saturday, September 14th travel to Cincinnati to comagainst the University of pete in the Bearcat Soccer Denver. Last season, the BilClassic. The Bills will face likens lost an overtime thrillthe Cincinnati Bearcats on er 2-1 at the University of Friday, September 6th at Denver. The Bills will surely 6:30 p.m. CST. After playbe anticipating the rematch.


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SOCCER: The Billikens will travel to Cincinnati this weekend to play in the Bearcat Soccer Classic.

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VOLLEYBALL: The volleyball team dropped two of three matches in the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic at Chaifetz Arena over the weekend. Continued from Page 5

“It was a fun atmosphere against Nebraska. I am excited to play more games with this group of girls and look forward to seeing where this year goes,” Gilbert commented. Gilbert was awarded AllTournament plaudits for her performance over the

weekend, leading SLU with a team best .357 hitting efficiency and eight total blocks. The Billikens continue pre-season tournament play this weekend traveling to Morehead, Kentucky to compete in the Comfort Inn Inn-vitational. SLU will join the field of host school Morehead State September 6th at 6 p.m.,

Montana State September 7th at 10 a.m. and IUPUI September 7th at 3:30 p.m. SLU hosts the Billiken Challenge in the Chaifetz Pavilion the following weekend. They will be facing Miami (Ohio) September 13th at 7 p.m., Youngstown State September 15th at 12 p.m. and Bradley September 15th at 7 p.m.

various professional leagues look to St. Louis as a good option for a franchise. Actually St. Louis almost had its own MLS team in 2009, with stadium plans in place, but unfortunately the deal fell through. The last reason is that fans would come to watch. This summer there have been two high profile exhibition games played between some of Europe’s greats. In May, English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea faced off at Busch Stadium to over 48,000 fans. More fans attended that game than any Cardinals game at the stadium! Again, in early August, Spanish club Real Madrid took on A.C. Milan at the Edward Jones Dome to the largest attendance for a soccer match in St. Louis history with over 54,000. In two games, over 100,000 fans poured in to watch these soccer giants play. The atmosphere of the Manchester City – Chelsea game was electric, and drew comparisons to games in Europe. While an MLS franchise would not attract the kind of fanfare that a club like Real Madrid receives. It would not be unlikely to average over 15,000, which is close to the combined average attendance of all MLS teams. With a little success on the pitch, that number would likely increase dramatically. The major sticking point for any of the prospective cities to get an MLS team are stadium plans, money and likelihood of success. St. Louis soccer clubs in the past have failed because donors for the teams would no longer fund the operating costs. If St. Louis is going to get an MLS team, it must bring together a group of highly motivated and rich investors that would be able to help fund a new soccer specific stadium, which is becoming a trend in the MLS, and get the club started on the right financial foot. If that can happen, St. Louis can match its illustrious soccer past with a bright future.

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Monday morning was the annual Billiken 5K at Saint Louis University. More than 400 runners and walkers participated, setting a record in the fifth year for the event. 70 members of the Billiken track and field team partnered with the SLU Cancer Center in what Athletic Director Chris May called a “special day for Billiken athletics. Stephen Milford of Seabrook, TX, won the race with a time of 18:01.

MLS: Can St. Louis attract a team?

“I think I would call myself a players coach. I am approachable with them, I like to still play and they laugh when I do,” said coach Shields. “That’s been the biggest thing going from assistant to head coach-really don’t play with them much anymore, Scott our assistant is the one who jumps in now. I do beat them when I do play though, I like to have fun and compete with them.” Generally, when someone takes a new job, there are a series of challenges that one faces as they try to get used to their new position. For coach Shields, the obvious challenges of teaching a young team, as a young head coach herself, seems to be absent so far this season. “I was really fortunate to get a year here as an assistant coach. Coming here and knowing the players, knowing the administration and spending a year here really made it a smooth transition,” said Shields. “The girls welcomed me, respected me right away so there hasn’t

been a ton of challenges or setbacks. I think the biggest thing is continuing to make progress everyday and find ways to measure success.” While Shields teaches the team on the field, the team attempts to get their coach more up to date on pop culture. “I’m kind of an old soul. There would be some classic rock on my iPod, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman. The girls introduced me, more and more on the road, to some silly pop songs, so I’m sure there’s a One Direction song on there and of course the beep test we use,” said Shields. Shields is also a big fan of the Showtime series “Homeland” and “Newsroom.” “I love ‘Homeland’ so I’m waiting for that to come back on. ‘Newsroom’ just ended and the players make fun of me because it’s nerdy,” said Shields laughing. Although the team is off to a slow 1-4 start, with her experience as a player and coach, it’s hard to imagine the women’s soccer program being in a better position to succeed in the coming years.



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September 5, 2013 Molly Rippinger, Arts Editor Kendra Cruse, Associate Arts Editor

Welcome back, Billiken Club

Music venue brings eclectic mix of bands to SLU

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BILLIKEN CLUB: Harry and the Potters, the wizard rock trio out of Massachusetts, took the stage at SLU’s favorite music venue last year.

It’s sad to admit, but when I first heard news that the Billiken Club was back this semester, my immediate reaction was to say, “when did it e v e r leave?” Now I unders t a n d Molly Rippinger that I Arts Editor cannot speak for everyone, but from my experiences on campus I only knew that the Billiken Club put up cool looking posters and was somehow connected with Salsarita’s. Thankfully, I had the chance to sit down with Grant Nikseresht, general manager of KSLU and the main man responsible for the Billiken Club, to learn a bit more about what I have missed out on these past couple of years. Nikseresht explained that the Billiken Club had to take a short hiatus in 2012 after budget cuts. Last semester they started ramping up again with some open mic nights at the venue, which is tucked away where the tables of Salsarita’s typically stand. Finally they got the green light financially from the Student Government See “Billiken Club” on Page 9

The Docket delivers: Great food, ambiance and opportunity make it a unanimous decision at Scott Hall is a key element to welcomwith scissors for cutting, ing the surrounding comhow brilliant!), delicious pamunity to the new Scott Law nini sandwiches and a great Center. Plus, there are so variety of small plates, such many tremendous products as roasted asparagus drizin the area that it would be zled with a balsamic reducfoolish for the team at The tion. Docket to ignore them. Grilled lamb kebabs and At The Docket they will various pasta dishes round serve breakfast, lunch and out the menu with wonderdinner on Monday through ful traditional flavor combiFriday, while Saturday will nations, but there are also be open for only a dinner exciting specials offered evservice. ery day. Breakfast is a quick and A personal favorite when casual afsampling fair at The the menu Docket. In was defi[We] would like to the mornnitely the ings they roast beef use as much offer fresh panini with local [produce] pastries, caramelas we can. breakfast ized onions, sandwiches while the -Jorge Rama, and other lamb kaon-the-go bobs were General Manager items perfect also delifor a busy cious and a student or perfect for professional rushing off to sharing with friends. the classromm or the courtChef Baker is also excited house. about the varied, seasonal The head pastry chef is menus The Docket will be not only whipping up great offering. This reflects his traditional pastries, but also philosophy on cooking: food hopes to incorporate appealshould be prepared in a siming options for diners with ple manner, drawing from dietary restrictions, such as the influences of European lactose and gluten intolerpeasantry. ance. Being a big fan of the At lunch there is a chef ’s comfort food that comes table option, which is similar with fall, Baker is already exto a buffet style dining expecited about experimenting rience featuring a wide selecwith autumn ingredients, tion of dishes. such as squash, and hinted On the regular menu at the possibility of pumpkin there are pizzas made in the ravioli. wood-burning oven (served Chef Baker explained that

Fresh, simple and deliciously interactive! These words floated throughout The Do cket , the new restaurant at the Scott L a w Center Melena Abijaoude d o w n town. Staff Writer General manager, Jorge Rama, was adamant about creating a space for a welcoming atmosphere for students, businessman and St. Louisans alike. Being on the first floor of the Saint Louis University law school will definitely attract a lot of SLU law students, but Rama envisioned more. The Docket is located right around the corner from the courthouse and many of St. Louis’ other federal buildings. Rama hopes that the central location will make The Docket an ideal place for students and professionals to interact, whether it is over a drink at the bar or lunch at one of the large communal style tables. As for the kitchen at The Docket, Rama said he “would like to use as much local [produce] as we can,” for the contemporary Mediterranean menu. He and Executive Chef Treff Baker both agree that supporting local businesses

the food is meant to be interactive, where big plates can be placed in the center of the table and the guests serve each other, allowing them to bond and try as many things as they can. While The Docket is described as serving Mediterranean cuisine, the chef ’s take is very interesting in that he applies a comfort food concept to a menu full of Mediterranean-style dishes. To complement the great atmosphere, the service at The Docket is as hospitable as it gets. Walking inside the restaurant, you can immediately recognize how the whole staff works together to make each customer feel valued. From the executive chef to busser, each employee wears the same beige uniform to encourage customers to approach anyone roaming the restaurant for help. The whole staff is a tight-knit team dedicated to providing each guest with an excellent experience at The Docket. In case fresh, seasonal food and the chance to interact with various St. Louis professionals isn’t enough incentive for undergrads to make the trip downtown, The Docket – which will be accessible by SLU campus shuttles – has decided to accept both Billiken Bucks and Flex Points as payment. All in all, no one should have any objections to what The Docket has to offer.

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Docket: Pizzas from a wood-burning oven (top) and communal tables (bottom) at SLU’s newest restaurant.



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Music LouFest Sept. 7 - 8 Forest Park Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bently Sept. 6 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Festivals Art Outside Sept. 6 - 8 Schlafly Bottleworks Hispanic Festival Sept. 6-8 Kiener Plaza

Theater Entertaining Mr. Sloane Sept. 6 - 21 St.Louis Grand Center

Movies Blue Jasamine Chase Park Plaza The Spectacular Now Chase Park Plaza Lee Daniels’ The Butler Moolah Theatre


You’ll find more than just the blues in St. Louis By KENDRA CRUSE Associate Arts Editor

It’s no secret that St. Louis has a rich history in the world of music. With big names like Scott Joplin, Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina Turner, and of course Nelly, you may think the music scene hit its peak long ago. On the contrary, there is still musical talent thriving in the land of craft brews and provel cheese. The Lou is cluttered with good music at various levels of notoriety, ranging from world-famous warblers to locally loved lyricists. One important name to recently branch out from our big-small town is Pokey LaFarge. His uniquely crafted, jazzy, twangy tunes have been praised across the world, winning over sold-out audiences at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Radio City Music Hall. The midwesterner is currently on tour in Europe, crooning in the old world about St. Louis summers and the Mississippi River. LaFarge is best known for his connection to Nashville-based Jack White (formerly one half of the White Stripes). He signed with White’s record label (Third Man Records), and LaFarge also recorded on White’s most recent album Blunderbuss. He was an opening act on the tour of the same See “Blues” on Page 9

The Loop is “chalk” full of fun By JANAE SHEPHERD Staff Writer

While most of us were hiding in our residence halls from the heat this Saturday or taking a dip in the pool at SLUruba, many artists around St. Louis were creating masterpieces with sidewalk chalk in the Delmar Loop. Located right next to Fitz’s Soda Bar & Grill, a depiction of the Delmar Loop sign was drawn in chalk near the registration tent of the 3 Chalk On!” festival, where volunteers were braving the heat. The event kicked off at 9 a.m. and lasted until 5 p.m. Participants paid $6-$10 to enter the contest. The sidewalk chalk festival was divided into four categories: Best of the Loop (where you depict what you love most around the loop), Chalk of Fame (dedicated to the Walk of Fame inductees), most

creative and Chalk Land (for kids 12 and younger). The winning artists in each category will be featured on the Loop’s website with photos of their winning artwork, artistic biographies, and links to their portfolios or personal websites. Winners also receive cash prizes, as well as gift certificates from a variety of Loop businesses. The chalk art turned the Delmar Loop into a colorful and vibrant neighborhood, as if it were a scene from Mary Poppins. The imagination involved makes you want to dive into these magical chalk creations. Watching a middle-aged woman draw “Alice in the Loop Land,” brought on thoughts of falling down the rabbit hole of someone’s imagination. Wonderful pieces of chalk art covered a fourblock stretch of the Delmar Loop. This event showed the

wide range of artistic talent in the St. Louis community. Some of the younger entries showed much promise and development. One of the artists drew a Bugs Bunny while another had gone for an different classic cartoon character, the Pink Panther. When I spoke to the one of the participants, Kayla, about her reason for scribbling on the pavement from 10 in the morning until two in the afternoon with the temperature ranging from 90 to 98 degrees, she replied, “It’s fun; it’s definitely a great way to get out and inspire people to think.” Kayla spoke to us about being a vegan tattoo artist and a humanitarian. Her chalk artwork depicted an animal in captivity, a world with the words “One life, One chance, One love,” surrounding it, and an array of symbols for love and respect. It definitely displayed her ar-

tistic abilities and her personality perfectly. Other artists decided to voice their opinions and views through different ways, with one of the blocked-off parking lot sidewalks displaying a marriage proposal written out in a rainbow of chalk colors. Another creative use of the chalk was found seconds away from the proposal, where a colorful city landscape laid with an orange mountain in the background of buildings. The outside windows reflected yellow, orange, and red hues. The Sidewalk Chalk Festival turned a neighborhood into a canvas taken over by imagination and colorful chalk. In the end, regardless of who won the four categories, the chalk festival has given artists a chance to display their creativity and the community a chance to appreciate it.

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CHALK: The typically drab sidewalks of The Delmar Loop were brighter and more colorful than usual this weekend.

Community Service Fair Tuesday, Sept. 10th 10:30am—1:30pm

Between the Clocktower and the Library Over 65 non-profit agencies will be on hand looking for volunteers. Swing by and find out how you can make a difference in the community! For more information, or to find other exciting ways to get involved with service, visit: Sponsored by the Center for Service and Community Engagement




Rack + Clutch: Mobile boutique braves the fashion frontier in St. Louis By MOLLY RIPPINGER Arts Editor

Driving by, you cannot help but do a double take. The hot pink paint job accented with geometric pops of bright orange and a bold, black trim are enough to make anyone curious. Plus that name, “Rack + Clutch,” sprawled across the side practically begs you to come in and see what this fabulous monstrosity outside of Pius Library is all about. Inside you will find Emily Ponath, the owner/driver/ shopping guru behind the first mobile boutique in all of Missouri. “I definitely get a lot of honks and waves driving around, but people love the truck,” said Emily. After the clothing shop she worked for in the Central West End closed its doors, Emily knew she had to find a new way to continue her passion for fashion. So when word spread that women in the Los Angeles apparel industry were having success with a unique business venture, Emily was quick to dig a little deeper. What she dis-

covered was that the newest fad in fashion was the county’s growing fleet of mobile boutique trucks. Emily loved the notion of being able to put a storefront on wheels and take the hottest designer styles to shoppers on the streets. Plus, there was a tremendous fiscal appeal to the truck being her store because it greatly reduced the burden of a costly overhead. Without having to worry about things like rent and payroll, Emily felt free to focus on the carefully curated and ultra-hip inventory of Rack + Clutch. Knowing how responsive St. Louis had been to food trucks, Emily had great confidence in launching her business. She reached out to the pros of city permits – food truckers – and was quickly navigating her way through the legal procedures to make her vision a reality. Since Emily is the first individual to approach the city council in regards to operating a mobile boutique, she has dealt with some apprehension to grant her request for a permit. Until the necessary people have been persuaded, Emily can only

park her truck in specific locations, but this has by no means curbed the steady flow of customers. Even though she cannot pull up to Food Truck Fridays in Tower Grove or Feast in the Park, she has been welcomed to some major events throughout the area. This past weekend she was at the Big Muddy Blues Festival, but she admits that some of her favorite spots are in front of local businesses, such as La Patisserie Chouquette and Olio in the Shaw Neighborhood. In just the month of August she visited about 20 different locations, ranging from various restaurants and salons to even a stop for a Girl Scout group. For businesses like Rack + Clutch, social media is their main line of communication with their customers. Without Facebook statuses and tweets people would quite literally not know where to find Emily, so she constantly updates with images of new inventory and a schedule that maps out where she will be throughout the week. “Just last week I hit 2,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook, so I was super excited,” said Emily.

Walking onto her truck, you’ll be excited, too, by all of the seasonal standouts Emily has packed onto her mobile boutique. Somehow she has managed to keep it from feeling cluttered even though her space is no bigger than a Griesedieck double. Shifting through the hangers at Rack + Clutch, there were adorable tops, eye-catching dress designs and great statement pieces to perk up anyone’s wardrobe. Emily also has accessories galore with an awesome array of eclectic jewelry and fun handbags. There’s even a dressing room on board so you can check yourself out in your cute new outfit before hopping off the truck! It only takes one visit to Rack + Clutch to fall in love with the concept of mobile boutiques. Honestly, you’ll leave and be asking yourself why no one else had considered doing this before Emily rolled into town. So go ahead, like her on Facebook and follow her Twitter (@RackandClutch) so you can catch her curbside and get the cutest trends for this fall!

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BOUTIQUE: Emily Ponath, owner of Rack + Clutch, poses in front of her truck and brings “free-range fashion” to St. Louis.

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name. At only 30 years old, this town hero has won prestigious awards including Best Americana Album from the Independent Music Awards. If banjo-laced ragtime isn’t for you, there are plenty of other genres around the city. Rapper Tef Poe has long been a St. Louis artist to watch, and now he’s recording with Universal Music Group. The upcoming full-length debut album will follow his previous independent projects “War Machine 2” and “Hero Killer.” Having opened for stars like Lupe Fiasco and Big Boi, he has plenty of big-time connections in the hiphop sphere. Passionate and motivated, Tef Poe focuses his creative energy on more

than music. You can find him advocating for human rights as an official performer for Amnesty International, or keeping it local as a writer for the Riverfront Times. Speaking of keeping it local, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops are a regional favorite. You can hear the group jam in St. Louis almost every week. Frequenting such venues as Broadway Oyster Bar and 2720 Cherokee, they have a significant following in the area. The One Drops are made up of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Kamm, bassist Andy Dorris and drummer Sean Raila. The trio throws down an interesting mix of blues and reggae with occasional improvisations; audiences can’t help but dance the night away. Another local favorite

is the manymembered and long-named Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters. BBT and the MBs show off their African-, Caribbean-, Brazilian-styled funk and soul tunes by comprising the talents of several skilled performers. With all of the instruments, the musicians barely fit on the stage but not one of them is expendable. Listen for drums, saxophone, bass, guitar, horns and keyboards, and the powerful and spirited vocals of Sheri Faccin. To take a break from all the jiving and swinging, you’ll find easy-listening in the tunes played by singersongwriter Allie Vogler. The songstress mixes her smooth, jazzy melodies with fun, folky accompaniment on the guitar, ukelele or banjo. Her sometimes cryp-

tic lyrics tell stories that pull in audiences, leaving them hanging onto every word. Aside from these international, national and regional acts, you can listen to local live musicians play in St. Louis any night of the week, sometimes even for free! Open mic nights show off amateur talent at places like Foam Coffee & Beer on Cherokee Street and the Shanti in Soulard. You can also catch a show at venues like Mangia Italiano, the Blank Space, The Heavy Anchor, or even just across the street from campus at Plush. Hold your tongue the next time you’re tempted to say that St. Louis has nothing to offer. Take a step outside your comfort zone and you might just find the next big thing in music.

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She’s just being Miley: Defense of a maturing starlet By KENDRA CRUSE Associate Arts Editor

So let’s recap: little Destiny Hope Cyrus decided she wanted to follow in the footsteps of showbiz veteran Billy Ray. She changed her name to Miley Ray as an homage to her daddy and his “Achy Breaky Heart,” and to permanently take on the nickname “Smiley Miley.” Cute, right? With that, the forever-grinning gal became half superstar/half “average teen” Hannah Montana, the squeaky clean celeb our generation has come to know and love (if not begrudgingly). These days, her notoriety extends beyond just one generation. Anyone who isn’t familiar with Miley Cyrus must be living under a rock. However, there’s a fine line between attention and admiration. The poor pop star isn’t much more than a guilty pleasure that most people won’t even admit to themselves. Miley’s been in the media lately because of a provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that has the whole world talking. Whether you love her or hate her (popular opinion seems to be swaying to the unfavorable side), it would appear that she’s still an obsession. That’s the key. It’s no secret that there’s a hierarchy in Western society that dictates the masses. There are “higher ups” (i.e., celebrities, politicians) who control what the rest of us think about, talk about and spend our time doing. Try not to cringe: Miley Cyrus is one of the most powerful people in the world right now. Chances are, even if you say you don’t care, you have an opinion about her and the recent performance. The word “twerk” was even added to the Oxford

Online Dictionary after the 20-year old made the dance craze a household term. Miley is making history, and people will be talking about her for years to come because of the influence she has today. The VMAs performance may not have been exactly family-friendly, but here’s the thing: it’s been done before. From Madonna to Britney, and even Elvis Presley, shock value is an age-old trick musicians use to get their name out there. You may want to take a break from living in the land of Leave it to Beaver if you think that the act was inappropriate. Her “crazy” is the result of one publicist who knows that no press is bad press when the aim of the game is fame. No matter your opinion of her, she has your attention. Miley won. Maybe she’s more than a child-star-gone-mad or a washed-up songstress, trying to stay afloat. She already has celebrity status and enough money to last her for life. What else could she be trying to do with a performance like the one she gave at the VMAs? Miley may be young and eccentric, but is it so unfathomable that she could have a more powerful point to send out to the world? Take a look past Cosmo and think about why she may have done it. She’s already proven through her success that she is smart and driven. It could be that she making fun of society and the fact that most people take themselves and everything else too seriously. The bottom line is that Miley Cyrus is a human, she’s not just an image. She has thoughts and feelings like the rest of us. What’s more, she’s a 20-year old girl. (Ladies, tell me you haven’t been twerking in the club.) Hold your judgments and give people (pop stars, too!) a chance.

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Association (SGA) to resume this fall. On the stage first will be No Age, a noise rock duo out of L.A. Trauma Harness and Ghost Ice will round out the set list and guarantee the first night back will be huge. It all happens Sept. 16 with doors opening at 8:00pm and the concert at 9:00pm. Even though that might be a tough act to follow, on the next night electronic artist Lapalux and Parisian will play. These two nights are huge for the Billiken Club’s comeback, but I learned they’ve had big names come through in the past. Ra Ra Riot, Bon Iver and Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin are all alumni who played here when they were still considered underground bands. Since then, they have

won Grammies, made appearances in Rolling Stone and sold countless albums. “The point [of the Billiken Club] is to see a band before they’re big,” explained Nikseresht. Now, while I am not guaranteeing these guys are going to have explosive careers, I do think they are worth seeing. Tickets are free with a SLU ID and $5 for nonstudents. I think Nikseresht put it best when he said, “[You] don’t have to sit online all day looking for the latest bands, because we’ve already done that work for you. Basically we’re a nonprofit venue run by college kids who are music nerds.” The Billiken Club hopes to do at least one show a month. For all the latest news about upcoming events, follow their Facebook and Twitter (@TheBillikenClub).



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every week. This week’s specialty is Vietnamese. Chartwells also expanded the Fusz dining hall by adding a Jamba Juice to the multitude of options already present there. Lastly, Chartwells increased the availability of one of its most popular dining halls, Terra Ve, offering an abundance of vegetarian options, by opening its doors for dinner as well as lunch. Chartwells is obviously attempting to cajole administrators and students alike into giving Chartwells another lucrative and lengthy contract. SGA should create a similar survey for this year and the results should be utilized in the administration’s ultimate decision to renew the contract with Chartwells or not. SGA is on the right track, though, about gathering student opinion on the matter. As the people who use dining services on campus the most, students’ opinions should be one of, if not the most important, voice for choosing a new dining services company or staying with Chartwells. Student leaders should also be given the opportunity to take an active role in that decision as well as providing public opinion. However, there are many difficulties in providing a cohesive opinion about dining services at SLU, because people’s expecta-

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tions of dining on campus are so different. Some would appreciate a company that focuses solely on making food as cheaply as possible. That argument is especially pertinent for many cash-strapped college students. Others place greater value on the quality of the food offered on campus. Others would like an emphasis on variety or attention to being ecologically friendly. Many students are also connected to the staff members of Chartwells and want to make sure they are being taken care of and retain their jobs if a new company is chosen. Most students, however, would just appreciate having the option to freely choose. Variety, economy, ecological consideration and quality are all important factors to consider when deciding a new company to run food services on campus for the next five or ten years. Many students at SLU are excited about the new additions Chartwells has made over the break. When most students are at SLU for four years, a greater emphasis should be placed on continual transformation and growth. Students have a plethora of different viewpoints on what they expect from a dining services company, but all of them should be utilized and considered when the University makes its decisions.

Manziel renews pay-to-play debate The college football season began last Thursday after a summer of scandal surrounding college football’s most recognizable player, Johnny Manziel. Manziel’s popularity skyrocketed after an incredible freshman season last year with Texas A&M, throwing for over 3,700 yards and 26 touchdowns while running for 1,400 yards and 21 more scores. Manziel, who’s well known by his nickname, ‘Johnny Football,’ became the first freshman to win the coveted Heisman Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding college football player in the country. The trouble with Manziel began this summer as he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in July over a bar fight last year. Then, in August, a number of autograph brokers reported that they had paid Manziel thousands of dollars to autograph footballs and helmets.The matter was settled on Wednesday, August 28, when the NCAA gave Manziel a slap-on-the-wrist punishment by suspending him for the first half of A&M’s first game against Rice last Saturday. A&M won 52-31, with Manziel contributing three touchdown passes in the second half. In reality, the NCAA had no reason to suspend Manziel. They found no evidence that Manziel had been paid to autograph any memorabilia. If the NCAA had found evidence, however, Manziel would have been looking at least a one-year suspension for violating the NCAA’s policy of amateurism in collegiate sports. Such a suspension would have set off a flurry of debate over amateurism in collegiate sports, which many in recent years have


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described as antiquated. Universities in the big college conferences make millions off their amateur players.Granted, a full scholarship sounds like enough to most, but the disparity of wealth between the university and the players is indeed unfair. Manziel’s persona has become larger than life since last fall. He’s one of the best players in the country right now and he will undoubtedly go pro and make millions of dollars in the next couple of years. $7,000 dollars (the fee reportedly paid to Manziel after signing helmets for one autograph broker) seems pretty petty in comparison to the astronomical wages he will soon receive. However, what would paying collegiate players do to the already fragile balance surrounding the notion of the student-athlete? Coaches and administrators at every level of school have promoted the romantic idea of the student-athlete. It is an honorable endeavor to go to classes, get good grades and then on Saturdays go out on the field and play for the university. However, the actual picture is a little less rosy. Student-athletes in college already have a difficult time balancing the student life and being an athlete, with their respective sports requiring the hours of a full-time employee. Paying players could further upset that relationship. This debate has been present for years, but only recently has the idea of paying collegiate players gained more steam, with the high-profile case of ‘Johnny Football’ perhaps becoming a catalyst for the greatest change of collegiate sports in history.

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Nobody panicked, nobody blamed one another and everybody just wanted it a little more.

Mike McGinty, Men’s Soccer Coach, Page 6

You don’t have to sit online all day looking for the latest bands, because we’ve already done that work for you.

Grant Nikseresht, General Manager of KSLU, Page 7

I intend to be accessible to all University constituents.

Bill Kauffman, Interim President, Page 1

For many beginning the school year, the year ahead is crucial, a “make or break” year. For Chartwells, it is truly a make or break year. Chartwells is Saint Louis University’s food service company and provides every outlet for SLU students and faculty to eat on campus. Both dining halls at Reinert and Griesedieck, Grand Market, Fusz and various other cafès strewn across campus are all managed by Chartwells. In addition, the food for all campus events is catered by Chartwells. In short, the role that Chartwells plays on SLU is enormous. Chartwells has had this role for nine years and it’s entering its tenth and final year of its contract with SLU. So, has Chartwells done enough to earn itself another contract with the University or should it be replaced with a new company? Last year, the Student Government Association attempted to answer that question with a comprehensive survey open to all students on whether their expectations for dining services were being met. However, there have been enormous changes since last spring. Along with the opening of the Center for Global Citizenship, Chartwells opened a café there with international menu options that changes

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Give me humanities! path that’s idea of success is ues to shape our lives and renot defined by holistic, good lationships toward what best living but by financial gain, suits us. one that neglects, as many of I’m not at all negating the the new proposed programs value of a technical educado, the development of the tion. I obviously wouldn’t entire person. go to a physician who was After all, it is that personschooled only in history, or al development that a good take my car to a mechanic education should foster. who knew everything about By teaching us about histhe sonnets of Shakespeare tory and by making us think and nothing about fixing the critically about society and transmission. our place in it, the humaniWe live in an increasingly ties allows us to become technological world, and aware of ourselves, and we must provide programs aware of ourselves not just that are scientifically rigoras individuals ous. Nor but as humans I don’t located within necessarthe vast web of ily believe I don’t think that rel ationship s that you putting the humaniand meaning can’t gain ties on the chopping that our worlds a knowlblock is the answerare composed edge of of. It gives us self and -in fact, far from it. the tools to the world negotiate our in other -Roberta Singer rel ationship s ways; inwith other quisitive people as well people as negotiate the tumultuous will always strive for greater world of adulthood with all understanding, regardless of of the demands it makes of whether they go to college, us. This is integral to mainand besides, the burden of taining a democratic socicreating responsible people ety of informed, thinking should not fall solely on the people. And when we are backs of certified educators aware of ourselves--when but belongs to the society at we understand our particularge, to families and churchlar histories and are imbued es and the media. with a sense of confidence I can also see a way of and purpose--we can start to studying just the science, lead what might be considtechnology, engineering and ered “the good life”. math majors that isn’t at odds We can shift from being with the idea of development players who are passive to of the self. It comes down to the pull of one trend, idea or concepts surrounding good policy, to being fully-aware, professorship--ideally, those critical authors of self with teaching the STEM subjects enough knowledge and valwould do more than just

You’ve probably heard the rallying cries against teaching the humanities. They emanate f r o m e ver y fiscallyc o n scious scholar and politician attempting to Roberta Singer devise a solution to the problem of what is becoming a five- and sixyear college experience that churns out what they believe to be unemployable Millennials. They argue that as a nation, we should be investing our energies in producing minds that can build things, start companies; we should fund majors like engineering and business over anthropology and literature. Cut the Ginsberg, Kerouac, Plath; cut the Durkheim and Weber; leave Marx and Plato behind in favor of the practical tracts that promise immediate employment. It’s no doubt that the cost of an education is far too much and the burden of student loans hinders personal and economic growth. But I don’t think that putting the humanities on the chopping block is the answer--in fact, far from it. What and how we want our students to learn speaks volumes about what we value as a society, and we can’t so blithely toss our poetry to the wayside in favor of a streamlined technical

teach the technical aspects of their practice, but would incorporate pedagogical practices that, like a lot of humanities teaching, get students to ask deeper questions about themselves. As with any field, there is the basic information you need to become fluent, but there is a higher level, too-- one that connects the practitioners to the philosophies of that field and how it is represented across the globe, thereby asking students to be critical, conscientious and creative in their work. Still, I feel like the institution of the university exists on a large-scale level to usher students from adolescence to adulthood, and, honestly, demands a more labored, broad, multifaceted and researched view of the world that you’re not likely to get elsewhere. Its values need to be protected from politicians and the pendulum swing of the economy. The financial argument almost even seems ridiculous when so much money is being thrown into the military and Wall Street bailouts. We need to teach our students to build computers, but we also need to make sure we give them the tools to lead good lives and to decide for themselves just what their version of “success” is. Keep the humanities. It’s not just that I have a soft spot for Kerouac. Roberta Singer is a graduate student at SLU.

From a senior: Savor SLU No matter what year in college you are, the beginning of the school year is always accompanied by overwhelming emotions. F o r freshmen, the exciteMaeve Donahue ment for the next chapter in life comes with the nervousness of finding new friends and fitting in as a new student. Sophomore year comes with the familiarity and comfort of returning back to school and your family away from home, along with the possibilities of new classes or majors. For some, junior year can mark the arrival back to SLU after a semester abroad or the departure from SLU as you venture off to new countries, experiences and adventures. And for seniors, the year begins with excitement, in many cases, an overwhelming feeling of dread for the future, and most importantly nostalgia. This year will be full of

“lasts” for the seniors at Saint Louis University, and although it is both scary and exciting, it is a chance to look back and reflect on the memories that have ultimately turned us into the people we are today. Although the year has only just begun, for many, this is our last year at SLU and last chance to do all the things we told ourselves we would accomplish by the time we graduated. When students first arrive at SLU, not one of us can predict what the next four years will be like. We are immediately thrown into classes, clubs, sports and other activities and before we know it, high school is a memory of the past. For me, a movie that has always perfectly depicted high school was The Breakfast Club. Throughout the entire movie, we look on as five complete strangers, who have nothing in common, become not only acquaintances, but also friends. It’s easy to compare ourselves to each of the main characters, and decide whether it’s the criminal, athlete, brain, basket case or princess we relate to the most, but in the

end, we realize that at some point in our lives we will be able to relate to each of these personalities. This is not to say that one day each of us will be convicted felons, professional athletes or married to Prince Harry (if only), but at one point or another, we will become each of these characters. Whether each of us turns out to be the brain of a class, the top-scorer of an intramural team, or the stressed out student who just isn’t ready to pull it together, our college years will be filled with moments that will turn us into independent, adventurous, intelligent and introspective individuals. College is not the time to hold back. We have no limitations and cannot restrict ourselves to being the people we were in high school. This is our chance to figure ourselves out and determine what we want to do and who we want to be. Although the events we experience after college will all have major impacts on our lives, these four years mark a defining point in our maturity and independence. Now is the time to decide what this year will be

for each of us. Will we join another club? Become more active in an organization we are already a part of? Spend more time in the library? Explore St. Louis and the areas around our campus? The opportunities are out there and it’s up to us to decide which ones to grab on to. Whether graduation is right around the corner, or a little farther down the block, do things that will make you the person you want to be once you walk across that stage. Do all the things you told yourself you would have done by senior year. Do the things that make you happy and that throw you outside of your comfort zone. Most of all, do the things that you will be proud of. Whether you are just beginning your time as a Billiken at SLU or are dreading that day in May when you will officially become alumni, make this a year filled with amazing adventures, near-impossible challenges, life-long friendships and unforgettable memories. Maeve Donahue is a senior in the College of A&S.

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are never scrutinized and In privacy and security we eventually deleted. Justifyhave two fundamental tening the massive email collecants of the American contions has proved a bit more scious. difficult for the agency. The right Since the time of to Prithe leak in early June, the vacy is administration has said it groundwould welcome a viguorus ed in the debate between the “tradeFourth offs” of personal privacy and Amendnational security.” He added m e n t that he “thinks {the debate} of our is healthy for our democBill of Ryan McKinley racy.” What the administraRights, tion didn’t expect was for the while the debate to grow so large. It is country’s duty to protect its time for that debate to spill citizens is written in the preout onto SLU’s campus. amble of the Constitution. As more and more Both are supposed to be information is coming out, guaranteed, but in the 21st it is becoming more obvious century where technology is how misled the American so intimately intertwined in people have been by the U.S. our society, the line dividgovernment. At first, it was ing these two concepts has seen that the NSA was combecome more than a little piling phone records. While muddled. treading in a legal grey area, Balancing privacy and it was perhaps not a blatant national security has been a breach in American’s prileitmotif of President Barack vacy. It has become much Obama over the past few more difficult to defend the months after the leaks of government after journalists classified National Secufrom the New York Times rity Agency (NSA) material, and Washington Post had which revealed extensive found more incriminating data on just how involved information regarding the the national spy network is collection of emails. The involved in our daily lives fourth amendment explicitly and conversations. states that people should be In early June, Edward secure in their “papers and Snowden, then working for effects.” There should be no a contractor with the NSA, ambiguity; emails are now leaked classified material our “papers.” detailing spying techniques President Obama states unbeknownst to American that the line has been mudcitizens to British newspaper dled, but in this case it absoThe Guardian. lutely hasn’t. His initial leak is massive; Such an intrusion into citjournalists are still combing izens’ privacy demonstrates over the pages looking for just how desperate the Unitnew information regarding ed States is to stay one step the NSA’s spying techniques. ahead of potential terrorists. He states that he has more However, the closing of 19 data and that he will conEmb a ssie s tinue to and Conleak to sulates bethe public tween Aug. and press. 4 and Aug. Here 10 in the are some Middle East of the over what things seems to be found in a shadow the leaked of a rumor material: of an attack the NSA shows that compiles In June, Edward Snowden leaked the United v ir tu ally massive amounts of NSA data. States is all phone largely recalls in active to the Unitterrorist threats rather than ed States and all emails comproactive. ing in and out of the country. Due to the increased presThe emails go through a filsure and attention that the ter scanning for key words NSA’s spying techniques are and people. receiving, President Obama The phone numbers of conceded that the programs foreigners in and out of the might be scaled back a bit. country are tracked for terNonetheless, from his rorist connections as well. comments, it doesn’t look After the initial leaks in like he has any intention of June and throughout the getting rid of the programs summer, Obama has given altogether. President Obama a hearty defense of the NSA and the NSA are keen to programs. Obama stated avoid another disaster on that the encroachments on American shores or at an privacy are only “modest,” Embassy abroad, and will and the “trade-off ” is worth give increased attention to it to ensure national security. national security as long as In addition, Obama said, threats, real and perceived, “I came with a healthy skeppersists. ticism about these programs. Nonetheless, President My team evaluated them. Obama, his administration We scrubbed them thorand his agencies must underoughly.” After combing over stand that the programs they the NSA programs, he conare boisterously defending cluded that “they help us may be violating a national prevent terrorist attacks.” amendment and a critical The NSA justified the enoraspect of the American life. mous compilation of phone records by stating that “dozens of terrorist threats” have been halted and that the vast Ryan McKinley is a junior in majority of collected records the College of A&S



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