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n Thursday of last week, the day the second issue of The Weekly came out featuring a cover story by Assistant Editor Sara Peck concerning the acceptance of gender diversity on campus, a “Gender-Inclusive Housing Petition” appeared on the Associated Student Government website. As of yesterday morning, more than 260 people had electronically signed the Rainbow Alliance-sponsored petition, which calls for the creation of one gender-inclusive on-campus living space. I strongly endorse the petition and encourage everyone to at least read the proposal. This week, we’re making another endorsement in the pages of The Weekly: In our Fresh Ideas department, Javaad Ali calls for a change to NU’s current energy policy, one that encourages waste and costs more than we need to be spending. Elsewhere in this issue you’ll find an interview with Genius grant recipient Stuart Dybek; a letter from a student studying abroad at University College London; a list of the most important moments in television from David Downs, a former professor who played the teacher at Capeside High in the fourth season of Dawson’s Creek; and Joseph Lyons will answer the question “What if you dated your roommate?” nicholas jackson

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hen we were collecting regrets that people had about something they had done in the past week, one runner-up was from a Weinberg junior who had left her fake ID in Florida during a mid-quarter trip. This little gaffe meant that, even though she will be turning the legal drinking age in less than six months, she needed to purchade a new one. Without an ID, what was she going to do on Friday and Saturday (and Monday and Tuesday) nights while her friends went out and partied? The penalties for getting caught with a fake can be pretty stiff, but plenty of students seem completely unconcerned; this is one risk they’re willing to take, according to our weekly survey. To see how many of our peers are also taking — or have taken — the risk, we asked 100 students in and around Norris if they have ever used a fake ID.

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unjana Parekh will always remember Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Parekh spent Thanksgiving break with friends at Carnegie Mellon University when one of them got a phone call. Terrorists had attacked Mumbai, Parekh’s hometown, her friend told her. Parekh was able to reach her dad by cell phone and found out her parents, brother and grandmother were dining in one of the hotels attacked. Her aunt and uncle were in a hotel next door. “My parents got very lucky and were actually on the top floor while the terrorists were in the lobby,” the Weinberg junior says. “But my aunt and uncle didn’t make it.” For approximately 450 undergraduate international students on campus, they not only have to deal with the culture shock when they arrive, but they must also work to maintain a connection with their homeland, especially when tragedy hits. When Parekh came to Northwestern three years ago, it wasn’t especially welcoming, she says. “Most of my friends are international students from India,” she says. “There’s just this gap between being born in the U.S. and back home. I can’t pinpoint what it is.” That’s why Amit Damani created the International Student Association last winter. Damani, who is also from Mumbai, says there was no community for international students. ISA tries to bring international students together because many have trouble reaching out to the American students on campus. “You can always relate better to other international students because you go through similar experiences,” he says. Another such student is Omar Khalid. Even though the Weinberg sophomore was born in Los Angeles, his parents immigrated

YOU DATED YOUR ROOMMATE? if two undergraduates can successfully share a bed, can they share an apartment?


veryone but the American Family Association understands that first comes love, then comes cohabitation. Some Northwestern undergrads have found that space can be everything in a relationship, and that signing a lease together can be bigger than meeting the parents. Weinberg juniors Angela Mears and Bill Hooper had been dating for nine months when they moved in to the same apartment on Chicago Avenue with two other roommates in Fall 2007. Hooper says they didn’t plan to live together, but wanted out of the dorms. “I think we both knew we’d rather live separately, but it was a matter of convenience,” Hooper says. Mears says she didn’t feel the living situation was a big commitment, but that she and her boyfriend learned about each other pretty rapidly. “We got a lot more comfortable with each other than we would have if we lived apart,” Mears says. “It didn’t feel like we were married — a lot of other people would say that. We got to know how to manage each other more quickly.” She and Hooper did not share a bedroom, which gave them needed physical and emotional space, she says. Gabriel Cooper, a Communication junior, decided to share a dorm room with his boyfriend of two years at the beginning of his sophomore year. “We knew each other extremely well; well enough to move in with each other, well enough to transfer to the same school to be with each other,” Cooper says. But Cooper says that sharing a room put too much pressure on the relationship. After one quarter, they decided

that the situation wasn’t working out. “Sharing a room is much more than just sharing a room,” Cooper says. “It’s sharing everything — your life, pretty much. You see each other a lot more — when you want to see the other person and when you don’t want to see the other person. ” Another cohabitating couple is Kent Shirer and Kari Nigorizawa, who share a two-bedroom apartment on Sherman Avenue. Though they sleep in one bedroom together, the other is “pretty much like an office” with separate desks. Shirer, a Weinberg senior who has dated Nigorizawa for nearly four years, says he feels the apartment he shares with his girlfriend provides them with plenty of space. Nigorizawa, a McCormick senior, says once they divided the unpleasant household chores, things have gone smoothly. “Our schedules have always been kind of opposite,” Nigorizawa says. “If anything, our living together lets us see each other more like a normal couple would.” But not all apartment arrangements work out. Hooper and Mears broke up over summer amicably, he says. Mears recommends that other NU couples avoid moving in during the “excited and giddy phase” with a new (or old) flame. “If your expectation is that it’s going to be super romantic and exciting you shouldn’t because for me that wasn’t the way it panned out being,” Mears says. “Successfully living with your boyfriend or girlfriend is not about how much you love them, but how much you can get along as friends. I don’t think that the convenience of having you girlfriend or boyfriend always available outweighs the routine that you get into. In college, you always need a changing environment and new things.” w joseph lyons

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back to Karachi, Pakistan when he was four years old. When he arrived at NU, adjusting to life in Chicago wasn’t as difficult as integrating his traditional Muslim practices into his new life. Khalid doesn’t eat meat due to the way he observes Halal, the Islamic practice that designates certain foods as permissible to eat. “I have some friends who eat Kosher meat because it’s similar in the way it’s prepared, but I prefer to avoid it all together,” he says. His religious rituals, which involve praying five times a day, are also difficult to fit into his schedule. “I have to arrange my schedule around it,” he says. Khalid installed an application on his desktop that estimates the sun’s movement and suggests times to pray. “When you’re in a different country, people just find ways to adjust,” he says. Even though Karachi is more than 2,000 miles away from Gaza, Khalid says he was affected by the recent Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip. “Jews and Muslims feel they have a strong connection to that place,” he says. “It’s just this connection I feel that’s made me really care about what’s going on over there.” Despite the difficulties international students face, one thing is clear, they don’t see international events the way Americans do, London native Blaise Hope says. Hope went home winter break to find a huge pro-Palestinian Gaza protest a few blocks from his house located near the Israeli Embassy. The apathy about international events on NU’s campus surprised him, he says. “If I was with my friends back home, we would be much more likely to discuss whatever is going on in the world,” he says. “And we pretty much never have the conversation here. It’s quite the big bubble. I know it’s not intentional, but there’s definitely a lack of understanding of what these world situations mean.” w alexandra finkel

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20 TUESDAY Slept through my first class and advisor meeting. I swear I set my alarm. In the mean time, I watch Obama Inauguration stuff and have the Obama Chili at Plex. Later in the evening, I get a phone call from an old friend and we go out for drinks at Prairie Moon. I have a weird ginger beer. A frantic friend calls me while I’m out. I feel bad because I tell her I can’t help her at the moment.

21 wednesDAY I receive a text message from my FwB in the morn. Sadly, I also have a crush on him. I get to classes on time and manage not to cut my fingers off in wood shop. At work, I send my FwB a dirty text. It shocks him a bit and I’m hoping I didn’t blow my chances for a weekend rendezvous. Around 7 p.m., I attend a dance class which no one shows up for. My friend stops by and we go to Chicken Shack for hot wings. By 9, I’m at home studying for an exam.

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copy this, not that Ever get the feeling you’ve been had? A few days ago, North by Northwestern ran a story listing the so-called worst foods in Evanston, all of them found at popular student haunts like Chili’s and Chipotle. It’s a typical kind of story that many publications have run, but NbN’s take is a little less original, as two of the six foods can be found on a similar list created by Men’s Health’s “Eat This, Not That!� website. The matching items — Chipotle’s Chicken Burrito and Jamba Juice’s Chocolate Moo’d Power Smoot hie — can eit her be found on the website’s current list of forbidden foods or a previous iteration on Yahoo that started the list’s popularity (do a quick Google search if you don’t believe us). It’s improbable that NBN found the time to research every unhealthy food at every restaurant in town. Further-




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more, the Men’s Health piece was extremely popular, evidenced by the multiple e-mails we got noting the similarities between the two. Can it just be coincidence? Probably not: Of the Chili ’s Texas Cheese Fries with Jalapeno Ranch-Dressing, the NBN version says that it’s the “fat equivalent of 16 Taco Bell Crunchy Tacos,� and in Yahoo’s blurb about the same item, the “Fat Equivalent� is “Like eating 16 Taco Bell Crunchy Tacos!� On NBN’s writeup of the Chocolate Moo’d Smoothie, they write, “Congratulations to Jamba Juice for hiding a calorieladen milkshake under the moniker ‘smoothie,’� while Men’s Health notes that “Jamba Juice calls it a smoothie; we call it a milk shake.� A little suspicious, no? We caught a glimpse of their WordPress server and saw two unpublished comments calling the article out on the plagiarism, both of which specifically link to the Men’s Health article. The comments were posted more than a day ago, and at time of publication, were still unpublished. What’s more, an earlier — and similar — comment had been flagged as spam. Whether this is an attempt to quash any watchdogging or a temporary moratorium in order to decide what should be done about the plagiarizing is unknown, but as more students notice the nifty idea-ripping, they’ll have to address it. w THE WEEKLY EDITORS

No classes today. Watch an episode of Carnivale and have a shake for breakfast. Make plans to meet my friend to work on another project. Grab some pizza, work until 6 p.m. and then I go to my friend’s house for a photo shoot. She has me wear weird masks in my underwear. Back to my friend’s for more sculpture. He sounds so cranky about wanting to finish it. We work for four hours more and have an all around good time together. FwB doesn’t call back. I think that’s over.

24 SATURDAY Feeling shitty again. Made attempts to clean up my awful room. Later I get into an argument with a friend about keeping me waiting for dinner. The same friend and I go Karaoke-ing with six others. We have plum wine shots. When the night is over, we go back to my bestie’s house where I smoke and end up getting much closer to my friend than expected.


Lazy Sunday. Wake up late. I call my friend from the night before. He lives in my dorm and we watch TV. Then we end up making out. I get lucky two times in one week. I do my readings and take in sleep. Go to my art partner’s house and pick up my material around 11 p.m. Work on French and Facebook until about 3 in the morning.


Woke up early for class. Have some awkward semi-racist jokes thrown at me in my afternoon class. Went to visit the Fountain Square for a project, then noticed Papyrus is shutting down. Around 5 p.m., I head back to the dorm until dinner. Eat salty Plex food and meet a new girl who also escaped Medill’s clutches.

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fixing NU energy policy altering the way we pay for resources on campus could save both water and money

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he great showers of Kemper Hall meekly beg their guests to limit their stay to five minutes. A five-minute shower, the sticker points out, consumes 20 gallons of water. A more typical ten minutes will run through 40 gallons. According to the writing on the shower walls, a water crisis threatens two-thirds of the world’s population. That statement, while true, is somewhat misleading. Two-thirds of the world’s population — over four billion people — are threatened by a water crisis not for lack of drinking water, but because they derive a majority of their calorie intake from cereals, including rice, wheat and maize. Fluctuations in the prices of these crops threaten to snatch the food from their plates, and leave them understandably less than happy. Water is the key input in agricultural production. Seventy percent of our water is used for agricultural purposes. Producing a tonne of wheat, for example, takes 1,000 tonnes of water, and sometimes more. A $1 increase in the price per tonne of water corresponds to a $1,000 increase in the price per tonne of wheat. To economize on the use of water and reduce the price of basic foodstuffs, more and more importers demand grain from fewer and fewer exporters. For this and other reasons, according a recent World Bank study, global consumption exceeded global production in seven of the last nine years. This leaves us, at NU, with more or less two

options. The first is to do the easy thing: paint our hearts on the sleeves of our favorite Che Guevara T-shirts, and join the faceless mob of angry college students protesting the capitalist machine and its supposedly excessive disregard for the need to preserve the earth’s great natural resources. Our second alternative is to put in action a plan to optimize our use of natural resources, and to thereby make an admittedly small but hopefully sustained difference in the lives of millions around the world by changing the manner in which we consume water, starting on campus. The problem is not that we use water, or even that we use a lot of it. The problem is that we do not pay for what we use. Your board contract does not charge you a variable rate for the utilities you use. You can therefore use all the water you like, and still pay the same price. If you spent an entire quarter in the shower, you would still only pay as much as the student sitting next to you. We cannot alter the patterns in which water is used without first altering incentives to use it. NU should align the incentives of its members with those of society as a whole with respect to water usage. The problem, of course, lies in figuring out the amount of water or energy consumed by an individual, rather than by, say, a building or a floor. The challenge, while admittedly daunting at first, is not insurmountable. We could simply replace our medieval locks and keys with smart cards and

corresponding readers. Opening an otherwise locked door with your WildCARD allows for an electronic power and water grid to tabulate your consumption and send you an invoice at quarter’s end. If you use “The problem less than the averis not that we age, you get paid. use water, or If you use more, even that we you pay for what use a lot of you use. In either it. It’s that we case, water is effido not pay for ciently used, and therefore not unwhat we use.” necessarily wasted. Giving people the right incentives to use water is the first step in building a greener campus. The success of our experiment depends fundamentally on our ability to commodify water and subject its exchange to price signals. Price signals, for example, ensure that we only use the oil we need. Water is not a public good. You and I will not wash our hands with the same water, and probably will not take a shower together. It seems fair that you should pay for the water you use, and that I should pay for mine. Only when we pay for the water we use will we acquire an incentive to use less of it. And only then do we get the right to put other houses in order. w Javaad Ali


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of disclosure facebook is not private even if your profile says it is. are you what you post? do you know who’s reading? by karina martinez-carter


eal Sales- Griffin, president of Northwestern’s Associated Student Government, keeps an open profile. One look at the Facebook page of the NU senior, featuring a close-up picture of him in a snow-dotted gray winter hat and opaque black sunglasses, is also a close-up of his life. His cell phone number, favorite books and major are all listed. And while some sections are less comprehensive than others (his only activity listed is “Guitar Hero”), it’s all there somewhere: personal data, school information, his life. His Facebook status even is linked to his Twitter, a status-update blog, and one of the two Tumblr blogs he keeps is a tab on his Facebook. As ASG President, Sales-Griffin, as he describes it, is “in the business of disclosure and transparency.” Since Facebook was first launched from a dorm at Harvard in February 2004, it has been steadily creating a gray area in which closest friends, campers, acquaintances from kindergarten who moved away, professors and moms are equalized as friends. It’s an inbetween tract that offers the illusion of privacy while operating within the Internet: a public space. Only slowly are people, especially college students, discovering the power — both positive and negative — of the world’s most popular social utility tool. Sales-Griffin used to have his Facebook profile set to private. When he was elected ASG president, he opened it to the NU community, keeping it updated with every status from “What would you put in your omelette if you knew it was your last?” to his hours in the ASG office and encouragements to stop by. Around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, Sales-Griffin, sitting in his office on the third floor of Norris, is typing a new status change: “Being inter v iewed about updat ing Facebook through Twitter.” Sales-Griffin, wearing a purple NU shirt, is visibly comfortable in his office, reclined in his desk chair with his arms behind his head, and he’s just as comfortable with the openness of his Facebook profile. “It’s all the same ­— public and private life,” he says, then tacks on “until April 15” and smiles. He has intentionally made his life accessible in hopes of better connecting with the student body, and using the most popular social networking site, Facebook, is one of the most effective ways to do so. Perhaps once Sales-Griffin finishes his presidency he’ll return to keeping a lower, or more private, profile. He says it’s his personality is to be open. He’s also part of a generation that also seems to be in the business of disclosure. It’s a generation that logs in to Facebook multiple times a day, posts new photos every other week, documents its days, thoughts and feelings with status updates and covers its friends’ walls with inside jokes and personal bits. “This generation has not only the desire and need to share,” says Pablo Malavenda, associate dean at Purdue University and Facebook lecturer, “but the need to get people to respond to that.” Facebook fulfills the desire and need to share, sometimes overshare, for everyone from the ASG President to random NU undergraduates. They were the first ones tagging pictures, writing notes and uploading albums; they were the ones who witnessed the expansion from virtual exclusivity — when Facebook required a dot edu e-mail address back in 2004 — to include high school students and, eventually, everyone. While they’ve been on, Facebook has become one of the most trafficked sites in the world. Today, more than half of Facebook users are out of college, 150 million of whom have

and sobering stories. Facebook has introduced a new level of accountability, and it’s something all Facebook users have to confront. It is especially tricky, though, for college-age users; they’re the ones documenting party-hardy years and also easing into the professional world. “Thank goodness they didn’t have Facebook when I was in college because I’m not sure what would be out there right now of me,” was Matt Lauer’s comment in July 2007 when Miss New Jersey Amy Polumbo came on The Today Show to discuss the pictures that were pulled from her Facebook account, which she claimed was private, and sent to pageant officials. Polumbo justified the pictures, which didn’t contain nudity or underage drinking, as her acting like a “normal college girl.” Polumbo considered the pictures to be private and was in disbelief that someone would attempt to blackmail her, seeming to trust all her Facebook friends. These oversights are common of Facebook users, Malavenda says, even ones who have their profiles jacked up to the highest privacy settings. To prove points, Malavenda has experimented with evading privacy controls by “friending” 100 random student-athletes whose profiles were set to private (all 100 accepted his friendship request), or asking students to log into their accounts so he can see someone’s profile they are friends with or who is within their network (they willingly do).

Neal Sales-Griffin, ASG President, uses his open Facebook profile to promote government transparency at Northwestern. [Courtesy Neal Sales-Griffin]

signed on to Facebook in the last 30 days, according to the site’s statistics. Even home base, the Northwestern network, includes more than 33,500 people. Facebook, its privacy policy claims, “operates under the principles that users should have control over their personal information, as well as access to information others share.” The overlap of the two concepts is central to Facebook’s success, yet many users fall short of grasping what that overlap means. “When students communicate on Facebook, they really believe they are communicating with their friends,” says Malavenda. “When they add pictures or change their status as they go bar to bar they don’t realize people with their laptops in their living rooms are looking at this, and it may end up damaging their reputation and hurting their career.” With the need to share and the need to know, private life ends up becoming public, privy to whoever is interested enough to look.


etsy Bishop, intern specialist for University Career Services at NU, pulls up an article from the Silicon Alley Insider while sitting at her desk. The statistic cited in the September 2008 article is from CareerBuilder. com and says 22 percent of hiring managers surveyed check their potential employees’ Facebook or MySpace profiles. “Someone commented on the article saying, ‘You know, it’s nice to know so many employers respect privacy,’ or something like that,” Bishop says, her gaze steady. “It’s one thing to snoop through someone’s garbage, but the Internet is not private. I think we have a misconception of what ‘private’ is.” Bishop was in graduate school when Facebook gained momentum and just missed the initial target demographic, which was undergraduates. She has since created a Facebook profile and, like most adults signing up, has used it as a cyber class reunion, reconnecting and keeping in touch with former classmates and childhood friends. As part of her job, Bishop reminds students to be mindful of their Facebook profiles. Students today, Malavenda says, need to be just concerned with their online impressions as the ones they make in person. Bishop thinks that in light of graduation and job searches, students are taking time to analyze the image they portray, a composite of years on Face-

book consisting of their own information and others’ contributions in the form of wall posts, comments and tagged pictures. Kevin Kane, who graduated from NU after fall quarter and studied environmental science, attended the 2009 Tech Expo job fair last week. After mingling with company representatives in Norris, Kane, dressed in a business suit and red tie, smiled as he explained how he’d recently vetted his Facebook profile. “I went through and untagged anything with a red cup and a pingpong ball in it; anything irresponsible-looking.” Kane isn’t sure whether employers check Facebook or what they might be looking for, but as he says, “Why take the risk?” It’s difficult for someone to honestly evaluate the image on Facebook, especially since others’ actions largely influence that, says Noreen Morris, associate athletics director. Morris gets passionate when discussing Facebook and the potential ramifications of sharing online. It is something she and the athletic department staff have become very cognizant of since the women’s soccer scandal in May 2006, when photos of team members allegedly engaging in hazing surfaced online and became national news. Now, Morris and the athletic department help student athletes keep tabs on their Facebook profiles and presence online, trying to ensure the only reasons they attract media attention is positive. Student athletes are subject to a higher degree of scrutiny than the average NU student, and they need to be very conscious of their image — online or in real life, public or private — and how that reflects on the school. They also need to protect themselves. Morris has heard of other schools’ fans looking up players’ information on Facebook, such as siblings’ names, and using it to heckle them during matches. There was also the time an opposing team’s fans found a picture of an NU basketball player dressed as a woman for Halloween, had it printed out and enlarged to display at a game. Stories similar to the basketball player’s picture abound; the tales of jokes taken out of context and resulting in rescinded job offers, sexual orientation listed on Facebook and costing a Reserve Officers Training Corps student his scholarship, criminal charges pressed when the photographic evidence was posted on Facebook — Malavenda could rattle off more true


otential employers, admissions officers, police officers, administrators, scholarship committee members, parents — all of these people can be, and are, on Facebook. Some might not admit to perusing Facebook for certain individuals, and some might be on Facebook for solely personal reasons. Malavenda says he has heard of schools using Facebook in their admissions process, (Chuck Loebbaka, director of NU media relations, says NU does not), and that Malavenda, as associate dean of students, has used it to research certain cases brought to him. Malavenda, though, is quick to say Facebook paranoia is unreasonable. “I don’t think there’s anybody out there today in 2009 looking for bad people or creeping around on Facebook and looking for students drunk, naked or whatever.” Facebook employee Simon Axten, who specializes in privacy and public policy, also says Facebook does not permit special access for employers or school administrators. Malavenda has spoken with all groups of people, from administrators and athletic departments to parents and grammar school students about Facebook. “Whatever group I’m speaking to, I tell them, ‘Facebook isn’t what you think it is,’” he says. Caution and awareness are important, but he extols the merits of the social site. And in college, when everything is a learning opportunity, Facebook is the chance to create a positive image, he says, a sentiment Bishop shares: learn how to market yourself. The other morning NU adjunct professor Troy Henikoff woke up at 6 a.m. and brought up his Facebook page. Sales-Griffin’s latest Facebook status, posted at 5:43 a.m., popped up in his News Feed. “Who is still awake when I return home at this ungodly hour? My roommate of course…” it read. Henikoff, who has Sales-Griffin as a Teaching Assistant in his entrepreneurship class, laughed to himself and considered commenting on Sales-Griffin’s status. “I was up but it was because I had gotten up to work out,” Henikoff says. “I was going to give him a hard time about it.” Sales-Griffin’s term as ASG president ends in April, which he marked as when his public and private lives are no longer one. The ASG president, though, seems to have become fully accustomed to online openness, and with his constant shared activity online it’s hard to believe he’ll slow his usage. w



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A replica of the Virgin Mary’s visage from Michelangelo’s famous Pietà (1499) at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. This portrait is unique in that the face is far too young to actually have borne the now-crucified Christ, in that it would stand seven feet tall, and it wears the sash remnant of the prehistoric gods of sex. This is also the only work Michelangelo signed.

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MEDUSA POSTER From a turn of the century performance starring a famous actress of the period, Sarah Bernhardt. The poster was designed by the famous Czech artist Alphonse Mucha.


SKELETON PRINT A famous print from Vesalius’s anatomy book. The skeleton contemplates its own skull — very Hamletesque.

THE THREE GRACES The original statue, dated 200 B.C., is notable in that the figures of the Graces are all different. This is a Hellenistic defiance of the classical notion that there is a canon of a perfect human body.

1. AGAMEMNON POSTER Copy of a poster from Harvard library of a performance of Agamemnon of Aeschylus in 1904. Prof. Garrison performed in such plays in his days as an undergraduate there (much later than 1904).

HUMAN SKULL & JAWBONE Several real human bones have found their resting place in Prof. Garrison’s office. His studies of Andreas Vesalius’s 16th century text “On The Fabric of the Human Body” (the first complete translation of the work into English), in partnership with a Medical School professor, have led to the collection of several such human relics necessary to any Classics department office.

2. PYGMALION POSTER An imaginary reconstruction of the Greek story of Pygmalion, by an unknown French painter. From exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

3. APHRODITE Casting of a blackstone Aphrodite.



For Garrison’s dog, Brando, perhaps the mostloved member of the Classics Department. KYLE TIDD

Poster of “Greece 1975” from one of Prof. Garrison’s many trips there.

this weekend in music


JAN. 30 - FEB. 1, 2009



Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra: German Musical Art Pick-Staiger 7:30 p.m., $9/7/5 Victor Yampolsky and David Cubek, conductors Ludwig van Beethoven, Coriolan Overture Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 3 in F Major Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben

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“Why is it so hard to find a girl that I can leave alone with a man and know that she’s not going to be getting it on?” “I can’t leave my woman alone anywhere, not even my own place.” —Two guys in Barnes & Noble

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polaroids: mapplethorpe the block museum’s first exhibition of the year showcases portraits from the artist as a young man

Robert Mapplethorpe: Ajitto, 1981. [Flickr/Creative Commons]


he 1,500 Polaroids that Robert Mapplethorpe snapped between 1970 and 1975 seem, in retrospect, an extended accident. Better known for his blackand-white still lifes, portraits and incendiary male nudes, Mapplethorpe only began taking Polaroids after borrowing the camera from his neighbor at the Chelsea Hotel. He originally intended to use these snapshots as part of collages, but later concentrated on the photos as stand-alone works. Often overshadowed by his highly-praised later works, Mapplethorpe’s Polaroids offer a glimpse into his earliest explorations of the subject matter and technique he would later master. “Polaroids: Mapplethorpe,” in the Alsdorf Gallery at the Block Museum until April 5, proves that even this artistic accident is a powerful success. The exhibition exists to help visitors “explore how Robert Mapplethorpe ... learned to see photographically through the lens of the instant camera,” according to the Block Museum’s website. Much of the brilliance of Mapplethorpe’s snapshots is due to his penchant for rulebreaking. Polaroids are usually candid, immediate and casual, but many of Mapplethorpe’s snapshots are carefully staged and highly intimate — almost the anti-Polaroid. One untitled work focuses on a shadowy, rumpled bed, suggesting not what is currently happening,




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but what has already happened. Shot with a camera that glorifies the present, the story behind this unmade bed becomes even more captivating. Mapplethorpe’s portraits also deliver the unexpected. Intricately timed, highly posed portraits stand out among the typical voyeuristic, intimate shots of the artist’s friends. Nude men in chains and leather are shot in neo-classical poses that seem purposefully directed. In some shots, subjects are positioned behind mirrors and under water to create highly stylized, ethereal portraits that seem to contradict the very nature of the Polaroid. Even in the early parts of his career, Mapplethorpe is already pushing the boundaries of photography. Rather than conform to the medium, he stretches the Polaroids far beyond their traditional uses. Though these experiments are largely successful, one can see why Mapplethorpe moved on to more sophisticated equipment that would allow him greater technical control. Yet these Polaroids remain snapshots not just of Mapplethorpe’s friends, lovers and environment, but of his identity as a young, curious artist. Like the image developing just below the grey, chemical surface of a Polaroid, one can sense Mapplethorpe’s artistic identity steadily emerging through these photographs. w kate bernot

RELATED EVENTS: FRIDAY JAN. 30 Musician and artist Patti Smith, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who helped to shape the punk rock movement in the ‘70s, speaks at Block Cinema with Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic Jim DeRogatis. The conversation follows an 8 p.m. screening of the documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life. THURSDAY FEB. 26 Join senior curator at the Block Museum Debora Wood for a discussion of the exhibit. FRIDAY MARCH 6 Block Cinema screens a double feature of Mapplethorpe’s short film Still Moving (1978) and White + Grey, a documentary about Mapplethorpe and Sam Wagstaff, his lover and patron. SATURDAY MARCH 7 Block hosts a discussion about the artist’s influence on contemporary photography. Panel members include NU art theory and practice professor Lane Relyea; acclaimed photographer Catherine Opie; Sylvia Wolf, the curator of the exhibit; and former Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation collections consultant Marisa Cardinale.


UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON overwhelmed by an incredibly diverse environment, a writer still has difficulty blending in but tries her best to call it home Sitting in this little coffee shop on a Saturday afternoon, I can hardly recognize where I’m living. The waiters all speak Italian, the woman next to me is reading a book in Spanish and carrying a bag labeled “BRUGES,” and the couple across from me is speaking in rapid French. I thought that I was coming to an English-speaking country! What I did not realize before coming to London was that a third of the people living in this city of 7.5 million were not even born in the United Kingdom. I watched a movie with some friends the other night and realized that there were only two Englishmen in the room. There was also a South African, a Zimbabwean, a Bangladeshi, a German, and a Dane. It seems that everyone living here claims to be a “Londoner,” a title that I originally thought was unthinkable to claim for myself. When I first arrived I knew I stuck out like a sore thumb. In the midst of men in skinny jeans and women in berets, my Birkenstocks and Patagonia made me feel as if I was walking around town in a clown costume. They are used to tourists here, so I knew people wouldn’t even give me a second look. However, even as I began to get more comfortable in the city, I still felt like I was wearing a tattoo on my forehead that said “AMERICAN.” What I did not fully realize until recently is how London has changed me. A friend from the States came to visit me just before I came back to Chicago for my winter break. While I was giving her a tour around town, she commented, “Slow down, turbo-walker! Where’s the fire?” Living in the middle of a big city has given me a bit more of an edge, a quicker pace. I automatically clutch my bag to my side

UCL’s 180-year-old Wilkins Building. [Flickr/Creative Commons]

when in a crowd and get a look on my face as if to say, “ Don’t even try.” My accent is still funny, I still long for a Chicago-style hotdog, and I still miss Lake Michigan. But am I well on my way to becoming a Londoner? How much time does it actually take? There are some things that I will never get used to in this city. For instance, I still loathe the floppy bacon, the ridiculous bureaucracy for something as simple as getting a reading pass from the British Library, and the nearconstant cover of clouds. However, I know that when I leave this city after living here for nine months I’m going to miss the look of the Thames at night, the double-decker buses through Piccadilly Circus, my favorite curries from Brick Lane, the pub down the street with green carpet and the wooden bar. This city has changed me, whether I like it or not. I walk faster, my style has changed and I am much more eager to explore something new. Perhaps, come June, I can finally call myself a “Londoner.” w mary dwyer



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Stuart Dybek, Professor of English, Author, Genius

‘a little bit haunted by the things that are incomplete’


rofessor Stuart Dybek is one of the most lauded and well-known Chicago writers of his generation. A professor in the English Department for the last five years, Dybek has written two collections of poems and three collections of short stories over the course of his career. His work is published regularly in magazines including The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and Dybek has won many writing awards, including the world-renowned MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Fellowship. In 2004 his collection The Coast of Chicago was selected for the “One Book, One Chicago” program, where one book is chosen to be read in libraries and schools around the city. In addition to being known as a Chicago writer, you’re also known as a master of the short story. What’s so special about the short story form? I’ve always written poetry and I read an enormous amount of poetry, and one feature of poetry that I particularly love is compression. Not just being succinct, but a certain kind of compression that can get into language that’s highly valued in an art form like poetry. But you can have compression in any genre, and there is something unique about the short story that calls for whatever compression means in prose. It’s been at this point a very long interest of mine, not to figure it

out necessarily but to figure out the different measures for what compression in prose is compared to compression in poetry. You published your first book of poetry in 1979, and just released a new volume in 2004. Do you go through moments were you are just writing poetry, or just writing fiction? I do, but there is also the simultaneity where they kind of crosstalk. What happens is suddenly you see unity finally and lots of things that you’ve written as singles and you begin trying to work that unity into book form. Right now, the two projects I’m working most with are a book of poems that I’ve really worked on … I don’t even want to think about how long I’ve worked on it. They’re all set in the Caribbean where I lived for a couple years. And at the same time I’m working on a collection of very short prose pieces that are intended to work singly but also in some kind of unified structure. If you had one piece of advice for the budding writer here at Northwestern, what would it be? The real standard answer, and an easy one, is read. Read in your classes, read on your own. w read the full interview online at ANDREW SHEIVACHMAN

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The playwright, actor on shows such as Dawson’s Creek and Scrubs and former professor at NU for over 30 years shares his views on important television milestones. (Downs didn’t choose shows that premiered since 1999, are still running or are ubiquitously available on cable.) 1. Kennedy/Nixon debate Where television changed political campaigns and politics. Starkly before you, the two men define the images of American liberalism and conservatism as they exist even to this day. 2. Your Show of Shows Combine this with The Ed Sullivan Show and you can imagine American vaudeville theatre from the turn of the 20th century, in which mostly peasant Eastern-European Jewish immigrants created the uniquely American comedy forms that are still the basis of situation comedy today. 3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer A lesson in how to create great popular art in episodic television by informing the most extreme (and extremely entertaining) storytelling premises with solid fundamental convictions about being human. Every NU student should watch… Gunsmoke Experience the storytelling form of the American Western infused with true, unhurried character creation. w Nicholas Jackson

THE BROW critical reviews on the week's new releases LOW BROW



Inkheart Iain Softley

Bruce Springsteen Working on a Dream

Lost (Season Premiere) ABC


nkheart, the fantasy flick based on a hugely successful novel, amounts to a standard family-friendly adventure. It tells the story of Mo Folchart, a single father of 12-year-old Maggie. Mo is a “Silvertongue,” able to bring characters out of their books and into the real world. The aesthetics of the film make it a surprisingly enjoyable experience, full of imaginative creatures, storybook scenery and vibrant colors. An occasionally confusing script is redeemed by the actors’ energizing performances. Inkheart’s enchanting world and lively characters create an age-appropriate film able to keep your attention for its duration.


t’s been a dream year for the Boss, with a Golden Globe, Superbowl halftime show, and finally, some tracks on Guitar Hero World Tour to call his own. Bruce nails the retro-poprock vibe from 2007’s Magic but adds a dose of blues this time with the underrated “Good Eye.” Don’t skip the breezy “Queen of the Supermarket,” but let’s hope the lyrics are some kind of joke (“With my shopping cart I move through the heart”). Maybe that’s just Bruce, keeping it light at 59, even as he gives us a weary stare from the cover of Rolling Stone. Is he trying to send a message that his prolific ‘00s should be enjoyed not just by parents or New Jerseyans, but by our generation as well?


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ost’s anticipated two-hour-long premiere for its fifth and penultimate season did one thing very well (other than confuse all of those who tuned in and the characters): establish the idea of time as this season’s theme. Why was Professor Daniel Faraday helping the Dharma Initiative build the Orchid Station? Where and when are the castaways that didn’t make it to the boat? Does Benjamin Linus’ plan have the Oceanic 6’s best interest in mind? Regardless, I hope we spend this season on the island learning more about its past and what’s going on. If you don’t understand these questions, even the recap show won’t help you. Netflix is the answer.

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