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Vol. XC No. 15
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Mitchell gets okay to play; Reed returns
Coke fizzles out Cola wars: Pepsi secures 10-year contract on campus
By ANDREA ROYALS News Editor
After losing two of its top players last fall, the men’s basketball team is getting one back. Former teammate Kwamain Mitchell received a waiver from the NCAA on Jan. 18 allowing him eligibility to play for the rest of the 20102011 season. Mitchell
Coke or Pepsi? Saint Louis University started the year with a new answer to this question: The school picked Pepsi. The University signed a 10-year contract with PepsiCo Inc. in early January, replacing the school’s prior 12-year agreement with the Coca-Cola Co. This spring, students should expect to find Pepsi beverages in place of the old Coke products that could be found on campus in years past. The Pepsi line up includes brands like Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Tropicana, Lipton Iced Tea, Sobe, and Aquafina water. “Coke’s contract expiration date was Dec. 30, 2010 which prompted a competitive bid process for the University’s beverage pouring and vending rights, Annaliese Giordano, Contract Management Specialist at SLU said. “It is the University’s policy to collect competitive bids when purchasing decisions need to be made so the University is ensured the best combination of price, service and quality the market can offer.” Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi submitted contract proposals. At the end of the bidding process, the University decided that Pepsi’s offer was the strongest. “Pepsi offered superior financial support, improved customer service, highly-rated product line, enhanced marketing support, reasonable contract terms and the option to sell Coke at select on-campus locations, Giordano said. Some of the benefits that come with the new contract include increased funding that will be put toward activities at the Simon Recreation Center, Billiken Club events and student organization initiatives. Pepsi will also allocate funding to the Billiken athletics program and provide additional support to the athletes with Gatorade products and merchandise, Giordano said. The Pepsi contract also appealed to the University because of its enhanced sustainability program, Giordano said. All the new vending machines are Energy Star rated, making each energy efficient, and Pepsi will provide the school with a green machine recycling kiosk. “This machine accepts empty bottles and cans for recycling, Giordano said, Pepsi will donate proceeds to disabled veterans. Kevin Morris, a spokesperson for the Coca-Cola Company, wished
Anvender commends senate, calls for greater constituent advocacy
Kati Cundari / Associate Photo Editor
Student Government Association President Courtney Anvender delivers the annual address to the senators in the senate chambers during the Jan. 19 senate meeting.
6.5% ($30,330) 2009-2010
2.0% ($30,940) 2010-2011
4.0% ($32,180) 2011-2012
Assistant News Editor
See “Players” on Page 3
In addition to her weekly report on various ongoing projects, Student Government Association President Courtney Anvender presented the annual State of the Association address this week, where she expressed her sentiments regarding what she feels the senate has accomplished thus far, and where she sees the senate going in the future. Anvender’s address concentrated on the leadership of the caucus and how their accomplishments echoed the Jesuit ideals of “in the spirit, from the heart, practically.”
By SEAN WORLEY
10 year contract Greater Financial support and funding New Energy Star rated vending machines Coke will still be sold at select locations Enhanced Sustainability initiatives
Assistant News Editor
DPSSS continues to help boost security
Pepsi Contract Details
By SEAN WORLEY
See “Pepsi” on Page 3
Biondi reiterated this in his message as he cited that the tuition is increasing because the University’s costs also The price is right. That continue to rise. is what the Saint Louis Uni“I believe the FY12 genversity Board of Trustees af- eral operating budget approfirmed when they approved priately balances the need to the annual mark up of SLU’s continue investing in our acatuition rates for the 2011-2012 demic and student programs academic year. with the economic realities In his January message faced by our students and to the SLU community, Law- their families,” Biondi wrote rence Biondi, S.J. announced in his message. that undergraduate tuition This increase allows the would be University incr easing to allocate by 4 percent $9.5 mil(3.5 percent lion in new for graduate spending We know it is study, 2 per- difficult to have any according cent for the to the 2012 law school, tuition increase, but budget. 2 percent for we have commitments Eight the medical million of school and 4 ... and we want to this new percent for continue to enhance spending the Madrid the academic offerings. budget will Campus). go towards H o u s - -Bob Woodruff increased ing rates faculty posiwill also tions, a new increase at an average of 2.5 Center for Interdisciplinary percent. Study of the Courts and AdVice President and Chief vocacy in the School of Law, Financial Officer Bob Wood- additional resources for the ruff describes the University’s Pius XII Memorial and Medifinancial position as “solid” cal Center Libraries and addand credits the increases to ed classroom technology, to SLU’s commitments to “stay- name a few. ing competitive.” The other $1.5 million in “We know it is difficult to new spending will be used for have any tuition increase, but additional resources for the we have commitments that Department of Public Safety we are required to fund, and and Security Services, new we want to continue to en- positions in the Division of hance the academic offerings Research and additional staffand enhance the quality of the campus and that requires inSee “Tuition” on Page 3 vestment,” Woodruff said. By JONATHAN ERNST
Tuition Increases (Undergraduate)
All though Mitchell has attended practices and sat on the sidelines at the games against Saint Joseph’s University and Fordham University, head coach Rick Majerus said that it is not certain if Mitchell will officially play this season. “It is in our team’s best interest for Kwamain to play, but I don’t Reed believe it is in his best interest to play,” Majerus said. “But the decision is his, and I will respect whatever he wants to do.” The team, which has racked up seven wins and 11 losses so far this season, has already benefited from Mitchell’s return to the team since he was reinstated by the University on Jan. 6. While practicing for the game against Saint Joseph’s, Mitchell acted as an opposing guard against Kyle Cassity. “You’re not going to run into too many that have his speed and his quickness and his stability,” Cassity said of Mitchell. “He’s a good guy to have at practice when you are trying to run scout team.” Mitchell’s return to the team follows a suspension from the University in October after he and teammate Willie Reed were found guilty of violating the school’s Code of Conduct amidst allegations of a sexual assault against a female student last spring. Both Mitchell and Reed were readmitted to the University for the spring semester, but only Mitchell has returned to the team. In statements released from the University, the administration said that each student’s educational record, which includes academic standing and conduct performance, were considered while reaching a decision. The administration said the readmissions process for Mitchell and Reed were considered individually. “In Reed’s case, the educational record includes academic performance issues and several previous incidents of misconduct,” the statement said, affirming his suspension from the team. Reed said that the decision was a mutual agreement with
By KRISTEN MIANO
Tuition hikes set for SLU
Referring to the efforts and dreams of past administrations, Anvender commended her senators on creating a statement of shared governance, a student oath of inclusion and the successful campaign to renovate Pius XII Memorial library. Anvender said she feels each initiative was “in the spirit of previous administrations.” Continuing on in evaluating the senate’s actions last fall in terms of the Jesuit ideology, according to Anvender the conversations held between senators and various other parties were genuinely “from See “SGA” on Page 2
Last fall, the Department of Public Safety and Security Services welcomed director Roland Corvington to Saint Louis University, who went straight to work to heighten the visibility of safety measures on campus. As the new semester begins, members of the SLU community can expect these measures to continue to increase. These initiatives will be supported by a portion of the $1.5 million allocated in the 2012 fiscal year budget for University spending on non-academic units, said SLU President Lawrence Biondi, S.J., in his January message. “My plan for things to come will [be in] respect to my budget and advances in technology, or the incorporation of technology into our operations to make things safer here,” Corvington said. Improved notification systems, which utilize textmessaging, installation of additional blue emergency contact pillars and the possibility of purchasing the experimental Trikes that were seen on campus last semester could all be included in Corvington’s attempts to continually improve campus security. “Another area that I’m looking to try and improve
is utilizing a multi-year, multi-phase approach to the procurement and installation of external cameras to cover such areas as our surface lots,” Corvington said. Many of Corvington’s new initiatives are technologically based, but he said he also wants to make strides in other areas that could improve campus safety, including communicating safety tips with students. Though it is the responsibility of DPSSS to maintain safety on campus, Corvington said that the officers cannot be the only individuals held responsible for student wellbeing. Thus, the department initiated various campaigns to raise See “Safety” on Page 3
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Let Us Introduce You
Asst. Vice President has taste for theater, paleontology, Jesuit principles By SEAN WORLEY Assistant News Editor
A nurse, a doctor, a firefighter, a veterinarian, a police officer, an astronaut ...the list goes on. Ask any young child what they want to be when they grow up and they will most likely answer with these classic roles. Ray Quirolgico, the new Assistant Vice President of Student Development at Saint Louis University, was no exception. Until his college years, that is. “I really wanted to be a neurosurgeon, but I didn’t want to commit four years of medical school and umpteen years of residency,” Quirolgico said, who graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in biology and psychology. One may wonder how a college graduate with science degrees ends up in a university administrative role. “My third year [of college] I was a [Resident Advisor]. That was when I started to get to know a lot of administrators on campus who started asking me ‘Have you ever thought about doing the kind of work we do?’” Quirolgico said. “No one grows up thinking that they will be an educational administrator.” Quirolgico went on to obtain a doctoral degree in education to work in a field that truly interested him: Student Affairs. “I loved the stimulation of it,” Quirolgico said. “I loved the life cycle of it. Planning orientation and seeing commencement happen, all of that was fun for me.” With experience in multiple positions at various universities, Quirolgico had his first exposure to higher-level Jesuit education—other than his high school career in New York City—at the University of San Francisco. He dealt with residence life at USF and incorporated the Jesuit ideals of the university into his work, a similar sentiment to his goals for his time at SLU. Quirolgico will be working with Housing and Residence Life and the Cross Cultural Center, but he does not see
THE SLU SCOOP Thursday, Dec. 9
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the work of the departments as separate. “One of my questions for myself and for those two departments I work with is ‘What do we always do with the privilege of being here?’” Quirolgico said. Having worked in the student living for many years, Quirolgico is no stranger to student complaints. Quirolgico, however, challenges not only himself, but also the campus community to think about those “in the same ZIP code” who do not have shelter or adequate options for food. “That’s what SLU does. It challenges adults to think, in the context of your life, what makes sense,” Quirolgico said. “How do you make sense of the world and how can you contribute to the world to make it an even better place, for yourself and for others?” Quirolgico said that his intentions revolve around all students experiencing some sense of a cross-cultural education and wants students to be able to admit their ignorance on various topics. “It takes a lot of courage to say ‘I don’t know about blank’,” Quirolgico said. He said the admitting a lack of knowledge is the first step to make changes and have a renewed sensibility. Knowledge of every culture
is not possible, but Quirolgico certainly has a taster for the culture of preforming arts, especially theater and musicals. “I’m such a theater fan. When you asked ‘what’s your favorite play or musical’ I started to break that down into subcategories,” Quirolgico said. Not only is Quirolgico a supporter of the performing arts, but also has had a hand in producing plays. During his years at the University of Virginia, Quirolgico helped produce a performance of Godspell, in which one cast member was Tina Fey, a fellow alumnus of his alma mater. “The cast party was at my fraternity house, because a couple other of my brothers were also involved with the production,” Quirolgico said. “Tina Fey and I were dancing on a radiator in front of a giant pane-glass window—totally not safe to do now—to a mix tape I helped make.” When he is not dancing on heating appliance with celebrities, Quirolgico enjoys watching television, Iyengar yoga and reading books on topics such as Ebola, Small Pox and paleontology. “I just finished a book written by a paleontologist and geologist,” he said. “That’s my pleasure reading.”
12:32 a.m. - TRESSPASSING A subject who was being questioned regarding his identity and purpose for being in the building, broke loose from officers and ran. After a foot chase, the subject was located, arrested and turned over to SLMPD.
Friday, Dec. 10
1:55 p.m. - TRESPASSING A homeless person was found unconscious in the men’s rest room in Tegeler Hall. He appeared to be intoxicated. EMS arrived and transported him to SLUH ER.
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Tuesday, Dec. 11
4:50 a.m. - PROPERTY DAMAGE A student reported a shot was fired from I-64 through the apartment window of the Flats apartment complex. No one was injured. SLMPD, Residence Life and Maintenance were notified.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
7:24 p.m. - INFORMATIONAL Two SLU students contacted DPSSS regarding person(s) unknown making attempts to gain access into the Village Apartments at two different locations. Officers searched the area to no avail.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
11:50 p.m. - STEALING OVER $500 A SLU law school library employee reported that while away from the front desk area, person(s) unknown stole her purse and backpack, which had been under a desk. A check of the facility for the stolen property and possible suspects met with negative results. The employee was advised that she could contact SLMPD to file a report. Check out unewsonline.com for this week’s officer profile!
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SGA: Senate reflects on accomplishments Continued from Page 1
the heart.” “With the statement of shared governance, we committed ourselves to a spirit of good will and asked the administration to do the same,” Anvender said. Similarly, Anvender spoke to the dialogue created by the oath of inclusion. While the oath will be released to the general student body at yet to be determined date later, the effects of it have already begun to be observed, said Anvender. “The discussions helped us each think deeply about our role in creating a campus of inclusion and to take a step toward healing the wounds of last year,” Anvender said. “I cannot conceive of a clearer example of leading from the heart.” Anvender said practical examples, which are the final point of the Jesuit ideology, of SGA accomplishments could be found in the increased
usage of their new website, the senatorial barbecue held early last fall and the Billiken Dining Associates Appreciation Day. Along with her evaluation of the fall semester, Anvender also addressed the future of her administration. She said initiatives must now be “in the spirit of their administration.” She acknowledged that dialogue with administrators and students must continue to be “from the heart” to further appraise the sentiments of the widespread community. Finally, Anvender spoke to the practicality of future senate actions and up coming plans and initiatives . Specifically, Anvender said there are plans to advocate for a more sustainable turf intramural field and also develop an initiative to reduce the cost of admission to men’s basketball games by possibly including the fee for attendance in student tuition. The initiative, if passed
by senate, would appear on the annual SGA election ballots as a referendum for students to vote on in the spring semester. Anvender ended her address by calling upon the senators to constantly work for and with their constituents in order to illustrate their ability to lead “in the spirit, from the heart, practically.” A reaction by John Cook School of Business Senator Grant Podolski matches the unanimous applause met the conclusion of Anvender’s address. “As a senator, I was greatly impressed to hear all that we had accomplished as the student servants of Saint Louis University,” Podolski said. “Some seemingly small accomplishments will greatly improve SLU, as [Anvender] pointed out, and the big accomplishments done by this administration will forever leave a lasting legacy on this University for the better.”
Thursday, January 20 2011
U.S. Postal Service finds new home in BSC By ERIKA MILLER Enterprise Editor
Saint Louis University students in search of postage stamps on campus now need look no further than the Busch Student Center. In conjunction with the United States Postal Service, SLU opened a Contract Postal Unit (CPU) in the BSC January 18. “The CPU program was a great opportunity for us,” said Chris Grabau, building manager of the BSC. A CPU is a supplier-owned or leased site operated by the supplier under contract with the USPS to provide postal services to the public at USPS prices. According to the USPS website, operating a CPU,
“increases foot traffic and provides additional customer convenience.” The BSC CPU will provide the SLU community with services that had not been available on campus since the FedEx unit on the first level of the BSC was converted into a technology center. These services include metered postage, stamps, priority mail, insured mail, delivery confirmation services and more. USPS will also add an afternoon pickup for packages the BSC CPU has provided postage for throughout the day. Cindy Bush, building coordinator of the BSC, said the need for a way to do shipping and postage on campus was identified in
surveys on the entire BSC. Prior to the opening of the BSC CPU, “unless you’ve already gone somewhere else and purchased postage, you couldn’t send it [from campus],” Bush said. Now, the BSC CPU will operate as a “little post office,” with services geared toward both sending and receiving mail. “It’s going to be really convenient for students. Instead of having to walk down the street, they can now do everything in the BSC,” said Jimmy Meiners, co-chair of the Civic Affairs Committee in the Student Government Association. According to Bush, early plans for a BSC CPU emerged about two and a half years ago. The planning process included research and creation of a
proposal for Grabau and Kent Porterfield, vice president of Student Development. Once the proposal was approved, “we had to work with US Postal Service because you have to contract with them and it took a while for it to happen,” Bush said. The BSC CPU is located in the same space as the previous mail center and the staffing will remain the same. “The only difference is the services that are provided,” Bush said. Currently, the BSC CPU is only able to accept cash or Billiken Bucks as payment for stamps and postage. While the BSC CPU will provide needed shipping and postage services, the process and timeline of receiving mail on campus will likely remain
unchanged. “The post office here at SLU has always had its problems, but this [service] is brand new and should be a much better set up,” Meiners said. As the SLU community responds to the BSC CPU, Bush said eventually more services and supplies could be provided in the mail center. “We’re kind of going to tiptoe into that to see what the need is [for additional supplies],” she said. For now, the BSC CPU represents yet another service center available in the BSC and, according to Grabau, is “an enormous benefit to students, staff and the entire SLU community.” Additional reporting by Sean Worley.
Players: Both students fully enrolled for spring semester Continued from Page 1
Reed said that the decision was a mutual agreement with the University. “I told them I wasn’t too worried about it right now,” Reed said. “I’m going to have basketball until I can’t play anymore, so why not just take advantage of our great University? I’ll come back to the team next year stronger than ever.” Reed said that he wants to spend the spring semester raising his GPA so that he will be eligible to play basketball in the fall, explaining that he is required to keep above a 2.0 to participate on the team. It could not be confirmed or denied that Reed has kept his athletic scholarship this semester. Reed, like Mitchell, must also receive clearance from the NCAA in order to be eligible for participation. Reed, a communication major in the College of Arts and Sciences, was welcomed back by a fellow student in the hallways asking for permission to shake his hand on Jan. 18, his first day back at the University as a student since October. Not everyone, however, shares the same sentiment
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(Left) Willie Reed sits in the students section on Jan. 15 at Chaifetz Arena during the men’s basketball game against Saint Joseph’s University. (Right) Mike McCall and Kwamain Mitchell warm up before the game. Mitchell has been practicing with the team, but it is uncertain if he will play this season. with Mitchell and Reed’s readmission. In a statement released by the female victim’s attorney following Mitchell’s return to the University, her family said they were disappointed in the administration’s decision. “It is obvious to the family that the needs of a struggling
basketball program take precedence over the University’s Code of Conduct, Jesuit principles and the safety of its female students. By accepting this type of behavior, the school has set a dangerous precedent,” the statement said. Reed, however, said he is
not discouraged. “I’m blessed to be a part of this community and to move forward from this situation,” he said. Mitchell, a junior in the John Cook School of Business, did not return messages from The University News, but Majerus said he is proud of
him. “If I had a son, I would like him to be Kwamain,” Majerus said. “He made one mistake his whole life, and he didn’t run away from it. He manned up to it. He’s going to make this problem become a great opportunity for him, and better yet, for our team.”
DPSSS: Locks installed for Village protection Continued from Page 1
Noah Berman / Photo Editor
A locksmith responds to a call to change the locks on the door of a Student Village Apartment. The locks in the apartment complex were changed in response to a spike in crime.
student awareness of actions which have been suspected of leading to opportunities for crime. Sergeant Pasquale Signorino said the department has increased its “proactive or informational patrolling” in attempts to eliminate crime. “These criminals are opportunists and we get to control their opportunity,” Signorino said. “That is the key to helping resolve these issues.” Such instances of proactive patrolling and opportunity elimination include safety reminder cards which can be found on vehicles or student housing after a DPSSS officer has patrolled the area. The cards describe either items left visible in vehicles or doors left unlocked, Signorino said. DPSSS has also installed new locking mechanisms in the Village apartment complex in efforts to alleviate crime. The locks are selflocking and will prevent any crimes that occurred from the neglect to lock front doors. The department has also hired six additional officers allowing more patrolling
of the medical campus and increased visibility on the Frost campus, something which students have taken notice. “I like the fact that they are more visible,” junior Philip Reyes said. “I definitely feel their presence.” Junior Erin Eisenhard has also noticed more officers on bike patrol and on night patrols. However, not every student has felt an increase in DPSSS presence. “It seems like they haven’t done much after the break-ins in the Village,” sophomore Ross Buch said. “They said they were stepping up patrols, but you don’t see much of a difference at all.” While the student sentiments toward DPSSS presence may vary, Signorino said campus is mostly a very safe place and patrols have increased. However, he also acknowledged the fact that SLU is located within an “urban environment.” “[Crimes] happen in urban environments. It doesn’t necessarily happen on campus, but it’s happening around us,” Signorino said. “In order to maintain their safety, people need to understand, or need
to be educated on what’s going on around us.” Signorino said that students have been improving in terms of educating themselves and asking questions, both of which have led to the decrease in crimes on campus. According to Signorino, there still are crimes occurring, specifically car breakins, but the thefts are mostly of car stereos as opposed to iPods, laptops and purses, which were common items of criminal interest several months ago. Signorino explains that car stereo thefts, while still serious crimes, are seen as “crimes of desperation,” as the stereos are less profitable for criminals than other commonly stolen items. The fact that a stereo is being stolen indicates there is a sharp decrease in opportunity for more expensive items to be lifted, Signorino said. Even though the theft of a stereo is still a crime and individuals are still victimized, Signorino said these desperate criminal acts are a last resort and believes more severe crimes are being prevented by campus community action.
Pepsi: Students respond to switch Continued from Page 1
SLU the best of luck with the new contract when asked for a comment. “It has been Coca-Cola’s pleasure to serve the students, faculty and staff of SLU for the last 12 years,” Morris said. “We look forward to the chance to be a partner to provide the non-alcoholic refreshments to SLU in the future.” Giordano said that the transition to Pepsi has been going well, with Pepsi replacing over one hundred vending machines around campus and installing new coolers and fountain equipment. The switch, however, was not without its difficulties. “We put more vending machines in the auditorium than were there previously so there was a power surge which caused some electrical problems,” said Manager of Operations, David Young, “The Pepsi machines were using more power than the Coke machines.” Both Giordano and Young report, that the issue has been addressed and fixed. “It’s good to go now,” Young said. “Nothing catastrophic.” Pepsi may have won the bid for the University, but it has yet to win the collective heart of the student body. Some in the SLU community remain opposed to the transition. “I don’t like it. I’m a Coke drinker. Cherry Coke especially,” said freshman Danielle Huster. “Cherry Pepsi just isn’t the same. And Pepsi doesn’t have [Minute Maid] lemonade or Powerade. I just don’t like it.” Students against the new beverages are in luck, however, as the Pepsi contract allows for limited Coca-Cola products to continue to be sold in places like the C-store, Fusz Food Court, and Grand Market. Some SLU students welcomed this change enthusiastically.
I prefer Pepsi. Freshman year I was so disappointed because all my friends had Pepsi at their schools.
“I prefer Pepsi,” said junior Amanda Miller. “Freshman year I was so disappointed because all my friends had Pepsi at their schools.” Other students don’t feel as though the new contract will have great of an impact on their lives. “I don’t drink pop at all,” said freshman Abby Wolfenson. “So I really have no preference.” The replacement of Coke by Pepsi is set to be completed this week.
Tuition: University commits $8 million in new spending to academic programs Continued from Page 1
in the Student Success Centers. Some students however, felt that the 4 percent increase was a little high even with the added support to academic programs. “I feel like they are spending it on the right things, but the 4 percent hike is dramatic,” junior Dani Lewis said. Student Government Association President Courtney Anvender supports this increase and feels that it was actually fair, considering the increases at other universities. “We are actually on the low end of tuition increases across the board. Most schools are around 7 or 8 percent, so the 4 percent is quite modest,” Anvender said. “I was actually OK with it because I understand tuition needs to go up. We have more students, more
programs, but the good thing about it is that it’s the same as last year.” With these increases in tuition rates, the University is also increasing the merit awards given to the incoming freshmen class for 20112012 academic year, as the University Scholarship is increasing from $10,000 to $12,000, the Dean’s Scholarship is increasing from $12,000 to $14,000 and the Vice President Scholarship is increasing $15,000 to $16,000. Current students will not see an increase to their scholarship packages. “We try to make a commitment to the student for four years so that when they get their first aid package freshman year, they understand that the University is committed to giving them that package for all four years,” Cari Wickliffe, Assistant Vice President and Director of
Student Financial Services, said. In 2012, it is projected that the University will provide approximately $113 million in institutional financial aid, which is about a 12 percent increase from the previous year 2011. A portion of this increase in scholarship funds will be allocated to a new institutional aid for international students, which includes an investment of $1 million. International students currently do not receive as much support from the University in terms of scholarship assistance. “As with the domestic students, there are some that have a need and many of them would love to come and are good students but they have financial restrictions,” Wickliffe said. “This increase in scholarship support for international students goes with the goal of the institution
to become more global.” This scholarship assistance will help “diversify the campus,” according to SGA VicePresident of International Affairs Adam Jin. Jin stated that although he was not involved in the discussions to increase the scholarship funds, he sees it as a positive step forward for international students on campus. “International students have become a large group on campus. Most of them get here, not only to study here but to study the culture, so giving them money is good,” Jin said. The University was able to keep the increase the same due to careful budgeting despite a loss in the endowment; the economic recession lead to a lot of uncertainly for the financial stability of many colleges and universities across the nation as many were forced to cut their bud-
gets by laying off employees, eliminating academic programs and freezing salaries. At the peak of the recession, SLU lost close to $200 million dollars from its endowment, the money or property donated to the University with the intention of investment. On June 30, 2007, the endowment peaked $960 million, and on Dec. 31, 2009, it dropped to approximately $750 million. As of Dec. 30, 2010, the endowment has come back to approximately $800 million. “The endowment began to pick back up because we didn’t panic and start moving our money around. We stuck with our asset allocation, and that really paid off,” Woodruff said. The endowment is tied up in multiple investments including stocks, bonds, real estate, private equity and hedge funds.
According to Woodruff, the University is projecting an 8 percent return on this money in a 10-year cycle in these investments. The University’s primary sources of revenue are tuition, auxiliary services, philanthropic support and investment return, with only 6 percent of the endowment being used for spending. “Our financial position is good; we have never been highly leveraged. We have been fairly conservative in the way we budget so that when we got hit by this recession, we were able to weather that without any dramatic program closures or big layoffs or anything like that,” Woodruff said. “We didn’t panic and start moving our money around; we didn’t decide to take it all out or our investments.” Additional reporting by Sean Worley and Kati Cundari.
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SGA achieves Pius facelift while senatorial communication can use some renovation We usher in the new semester, refreshed and awake from a long break of sleeping in and watching shows like it was no one’s business. We are now all getting our bearings, reflecting on the mistakes and successes of last semester while recording our goals and exams into our planners for the new semester. Students are not the only ones doing this assessment. With Student Government Association’s mid-year State of the Association Address, we all are taking time to make this first week a checkpoint for progress and a critical reflection of set-backs. Certain markers in a semester merit some evaluation SGA. The following points are problems and news stories that The University News has carefully followed and tracked, obser ving SGA’s development on these critical issues. We here present our most informed and most encouraging assessment of SGA’s progression this past fall semester: SGA tackled the problem of Pius with a ver ve and energy that set the bar high in early September. The Sept. 1 sur vey that generated 1,200 student responses gave SGA the feedback it needed to be able to present a strong case for librar y renovations to the President’s Coordinating Council. Crucial renovations are currently being planned by the administration. Students can see SGA as an active and powerful voice for the student body, and we can now expect to watch Pius change and morph into a librar y capable of competing with other university libraries in efficiency, technology, study space and aesthetic appeal – Pius can now become a librar y worthy of praise and a place of erudition. SGA’s outreach to the student body drove this initiative to its successful and necessar y conclusion. Additionally, the over whelming student response (compared to past standards) confounded the idea of student apathy, which usually plagues activities even such as voting in government. Our passionate voices calling for change fell on willing ears thanks to SGA’s ability to bridge a divide -- the yawning gulf that often separates the administration and students diminished with SGA’s active presence. The initiative, in such a manner, ser ved even greater purposes than simply improving Pius. We made fecund strides in the ever-present problem of studentadministration communication, and also in the establishment of SGA’s role as a catalyst for change. In a city deemed the most dangerous in the nation, student safety rode high on the list of priorities for SGA. By fostering strong relations with the Department of Public Safety and Security Ser vices, and by having Sgt. Pasquale Signorino and Diversity and Affirmative Action director Jenn Scheessele present to Senate, SGA bolstered its already well established credibility as an organization fully capable of translating student needs into tangible measures of change. The increase in DPSSS patrols, the constant security updates, and many other smaller initiatives have ser ved to reinforce campus security. Students can interact with officers with greater frequency. The greater presence of officers on campus mirrors the greater presence of mind that SGA has shown in dealing with the issue of student safety.
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SGA has shown firm commitment in acting as a mediator and student voice. We want to highlight, in particular, the tremendous amount of time and effort – in constant meetings with DPSSS and in committee reports – of the newly formed Safety and Concerns Committee, Senators Caroline Rutledge and Kripa Sreepada (committee co-chairs) most especially. We applaud you. The SGA barbecue on the quad on Sept. 30 was a refreshing way to bring senators closer to students. SGA cares about bringing students and senators together. Frequent Letters to the Editor also helped to bring senatorial voices to the forefront. “Fixing the Little Things” is checked with some regularity and is an excellent way to address smaller student problems. The creation of the Student Relations Committee, along with much of these achievements, created the not-unreasonable expectation that SGA senators would be in contact with students. Seeing SGA as bridge between students and the administration, it is logical that senators would reach out to their constituencies. We saw little of such outreach. The achievements of SGA as a collective are laudable. The problem, though, lies in senator outreach, specifically in the lack of communication between senators and their clearly designated constituencies. Senators need to make their presence as visible to students – either electronically or even metaphysically – as DPSSS has made its officers visible to students. SGA initially had issues early in the semester with filtering constituent e-mails to their respective senators. But with that accomplished after some time, senators still did not reach out to their constituencies. We can remove titles such as “School of Public Health” or “College of Arts and Sciences” (as simply general examples – we are not targeting any senators) from nametags if senators are simply going to act within the bounds of SGA collective action. Senators are differentiated from each other by the schools and student collectives they represent. We encourage SGA senators to tie strings from themselves to the varied and diverse students they are meant to represent. Students, when given a chance, will speak out. The Pius initiative shows us as much. Students need to see e-mails, Facebook messages, etc. – in a technologically savvy world, there is little that can stand in the way of instant communication. Senators have office hours – this need advertising. General signs asking students to find their senators would help. The dissemination of resources and information about senatorial availability is the key here. We need to see that senators are acting on our behalf. SGA is capable of working in collaborative efforts – the development of a closely intertwined relationship with DPSSS shows us this. SGA can do a much better job of holding its senators accountable to their students. SGA has built its credibility, to a level that is admirable. More work can be done on outreach. The mirage of student apathy (dispelled by the Pius initiative) is not a reason for senators to meet supposed “apathy” with their own apathy. Senators can champion students individually, allowing SGA to become only that much stronger championing our cause as a whole.
Posted below are the results from our web poll on The University News’ website. These are the current opinions on how students feel about SLU’s switch to Pepsi. What is your favorite beverage?
-Anu Gorukanti is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Quotes of the week
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I cannot conceive of a clearer example of leading from the heart.
-Courtney Anvender, President of Student Government Association.
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If I had a son, I would like him to be Kwamain.
- Rick Majerus, men’s basketball head coah.
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We will reach out nationally to find a successor, and this is an opportunity for us to get even better.
- Chris May, Athletic Director
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Tina Fey and I were dancing on a radiator in front of a giant pane-glass window - totally not safe to do now - to a mix tape I helped make.
- Ray Quirologico, Assistant VP of Student Development.
Hunger is a universal occurrence. It knows no religion, race, or gender. While we tend to view hunger as a problem for other countries, it’s important to recognize that there are millions in our own country who experience this problem. In fact, there are people within two miles of our campus who struggle with issues of hunger and food resources every day. The idea of food justice goes one step further than the charitable distribution of food. It is the belief that healthy food is a human right and there are structural problems in our country that prevent certain people from receiving necessary resources. In many inner-city areas, such as St. Louis, there are “food deserts”. These are neighborhoods with limited resources for affordable and nutritious foods. Residents must travel several miles away from their homes in order to access foods that we take for granted, especially fruits and vegetables. According to research from the American Chamber of Commerce, 29 percent of ZIP codes in the U.S. do not have grocery stores and 74 percent do not have any chain supermarkets. These are startling statistics for one of the leading developed countries in the world. While food justice can seem broad and daunting, Saint Louis University students have taken steps to focus on the issue. As part of the Better Together campaign sponsored by InterFaith Alliance, students of all faith and philosophical backgrounds were called to come together during the What If Speak-In last semester to listen to performances addressing the issues of interfaith work and food justice. This semester, there will be more opportunities for education, dialogue, and service involving food justice. As SLU students, I challenge you all to examine what your faith or philosophical background says about helping those in need. By building stronger relationships with each other, we can learn from the diversity of each others’ traditions and make an even greater impact in our community.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Diversity is a message lost in translation that needs a solid solution My number one passion is geriatric medicine. I love old people so much and have been determined Commentary to be a geriatric physician since I was 17-yearsold. That being said, you can understand why Kripa Sreepada I would be so excited to co-host a tea party at a local nursing home. A simple gathering with tea, snacks, trivia and good conversation with the older adults that I adore was right up my ally. While the party was taking place, I invited others who had not officially joined the party area. I received some polite yes and no responses, and then I received one answer so unexpected and so unforgettable. I said to her, “Hi how are you! Will you join us at the tea party?” She then glared and said, “Where are the black Americans in your tea party?” I was taken aback by the question, because it was clear by looking at the party that there was about a 50 to 50 ratio of black and white residents. I then said, “There are several over at the party area.” Continuing to glare, she said, “You are just a dirty foreigner who thinks you can come in here and lie to me about what’s actually going on.” I then laughed, trying to avoid what she had said and replied, “Oh no, I’m not lying. I would just like to you to join us.” She then said, “You go back to wherever the hell you
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came from. I will never trust you, you dirty foreigner.” Then I tried to reason with her by saying, “Ma’am, I just want to clarify that I am actually not a foreigner. I was born in New York and am a student at Saint Louis University. If you could change your attitude and listen to what I have to say…” She cut me off by saying, “Oh, I don’t give a care about what you think about my attitude…you foreigners can come and take our American students’ positions at schools and think that’s OK. Get out of my sight.” What was said does not seem overly offensive, but it shook me up to the point of tears. It was one of the first times that I felt discriminated against.
However, in an attempt to think like a health care professional, I stepped back. I needed to understand the context and culture that this woman was from. This woman was a black American in her 70s or 80s, so she lived through the Civil Rights Movement. She was an object of racial discrimination and should, of course, feel disgust that when she was my age, she was not given the same opportunities that I have been given. Even though I, too, am considered a “racial minority” in American society. Though this experience was a hard one to undergo, it has changed my idealistic thought in the belief that everyone can just get along if told the right way to do so.
The reality is that though we do constantly try to educate students on how to treat one another and become an inclusive campus, that message does not translate well. It is not simple to get across the clear, simple message that people need to stop thoughts of repression and discrimination, both in the older and younger generations, and very significantly on our campus. Why else would we see repeated bias incidents and a clear divide between people who look different on our campus? Although diversity is a complex issue without a solid solution, we can move forward. We need to discover our own attitudes on the issues
of diversity, adjust them, and radiate them. If we do not initiate this ourselves, we are failing one another by not acknowledging the fact that inclusion on our campus and in American society is failing. What I envision is that we will be able to reevaluate and reform our attitudes. So much that, by the time we have reached the point of our health that places us in a nursing home, we will be able to treat others as everyone will be treated in the society that our reformed attitude creates, and that will be one without any degree of discrimination. Kripa Sreepada is a sophomore in the Doisy College of Health Sciences
Coca-Cola lover copes with Pepsi takeover When in doubt, don’t punish a I sluggishly pull my covers away, exposing every bit of my body to the freezer that our apar tment has become Commentary o v e r n i g h t . Immediately, salty sunrays hit my eyes, forcing them shut. Seven a.m. will always be consider ed an “ungodly Daniela hour.” My Mondragon left leg pulls my body halfway off the bed; my right leg follows, pulling me upright. Eyelids still sealed shut; I go through the motions of an everyday morning. Face wash. Toothbrush. Shower. Clothes. All in a sleepwalk-like trance. It’s not until I sleep walk to the first floor vending machines in the Busch Student Center that I find sweet, morning relief. There, inside the vending machines, is my always faithful, best morning friend waiting for me: my Coke Zero. I am not a morning person. I am neither cranky, nor moody, nor mean. I am simply unaware of what happens around me until about 11 a.m., and I have happily resigned to the fact that I am not a morning person with the help of the 20 oz. Coke Zero bottle full of happiness. Every single morning, afternoon, and sleep-deprived
night, Coke Zero is always there, or should I say, “has always been there,” because it no longer will be. Saint Louis University has just recently signed a 10year exclusive contract with Pepsi. While I do not hold a grudge against Pepsi lovers, for the contract, according to Annaliese Giordano, Contract Management Specialist for SLU, is supposed to include an “increased funding to University programs, enhanced product and marketing to support Biliken athletics, an improved sustainability and recycling program and a full, diverse line of beverages including Mountain Dew and Gatorade.” All of which is great for SLU and those who are positively effected by the change, but the fact that there will be “a limited amount of Coke product available for purchase” sinks this Coke Zero junkie’s heart. The transition to Pepsi was supposed to happen, according to Giordano, two weeks prior to Jan. 18, 2011,, so that by the time students were back on campus, SLU would be virtually Coke free: a true tragedy for Coke lovers like myself. Yesterday, boggled by the early morning daze and bothered by the drastic weather change between where I had spent my break days and where I now stood, I sleepwalked to the BSC in a struggled effort to wake up my
body long enough to have breakfast and make it to class on time. As I walked into ABP, hopeful that I would get my much needed caffeine kicker in form of a 20 oz. Coke Zero bottle, a friend tapped me on the shoulder, “I guess they still have your coke,” and sure enough, in ABP there still are, what could possibly be the last, Coke Zeros on SLU’s campus. Today, the feeling that all hope was not lost, and that I could still find traces of the reason I make it through my every morning and even the nights that won’t quit, was reinforced when I walked into the C Store and was able to buy my, what at this point has become, morning remedy. Unfortunately, just a few hours ago, as I walked past the BSC’s first floor vending machines, I was startled to find a big, blue vending machine in the place of where my morning miracle used to stand. Needless to say, my hopes of a coke comeback were crushed. While I still may get my Coke Zero daily dose off campus, and while my friends will forever make fun of my Coke Zero dependency, I am sad to see it go and hope that I am not the only one to feel its absence. R.I.P. Coke Zero; you will be missed. Daniela Mondragon is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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person for political orientation Republican. Democrat. their politics this world will Independent. Moderate. be a far better place. This unThese are political parties derstanding is vital to the betthat are terment of man but it looks b a s e d as if this time is not near. Commentary on politiThis kind of act is introcal ideol- ducing a whole new prejuogy. Man. dice to the already heated W o m a n . hatred and bigotry in this These are country. The Bill of Rights sacred be- was created to guarantee that ings that people would always have the are all ability to voice their opinions equal, thus to the world. Politics are no equally en- different. Allegra titled to The forms of protest have Merriweather the same risen from the slightly amusr i g h t s ing type-- such as the shoes and freedoms. These sets being thrown at President of terms are not equivalent. Bush at a surprise news conBeing a human being greatly ference in Iraq-- to the faoutweighs the ideology one tal-- the shooting on in the follows, but sometimes peo- store front of Representative ple have difficulty discerning Giffords and many of her the difference. followers. Over winter break, the When people realize that news was packed with count- creating silence doesn’t creless recollections of the hor- ate rest, the world that the rible tragedy that happened founding fathers had in mind in Arizona. Congresswomen will be that much closer to Gabrielle Giffords was shot our grasp. Lives are sacred in the head and hospitalized and should not be ended following her community prematurely, especially at outreach outing, and six oth- the hand of someone with ill ers were fatally injured. As wishes. tragic as it is, this isn’t the Perhaps first time that we should politics have return been at the When people begin to to a simroot of such pler time a disastrous understand that people w h e n incident. are not their politics, this h o r s e s Tragedies and buglike this world will be a far better gies litseem to hap- place. tered the pen so often streets that they rather truly doesn’t than killshock the naers and tion anymore. It’s almost like thieves. Maybe the advancethey are expected to be a ment of society is harming part of the local news on a us more than it is helping us daily basis. People don’t want because with privilege comes to watch the news because responsibility. Freedom of it is cluttered with stories choice is something we have of senseless lives lost. Blood the privilege of having in is spilled everyday. And for America but we have been what? Silence? abusing it for years. Maybe Politically-related shoot- it is time to pull back on ings have been a repeating the reins and limit some of occurrence throughout his- the freedoms we have been tory. President Kennedy’s as- given until we can appreciate sassination was the work of them. pure political hatred. Martin No. No one would be in Luther King Jr. was assas- agreement with that because sinated for his desire to prog- that freedom is, sometimes, ress the nation to being a all we have and we pride place of acceptance. And, most ourselves on it. That is what recently, Congresswomen makes America so special, Giffords was struck down the land of freedom. during her political outreach That time has got to come at a local grocery store. now. The responsibility is When will people learn to ours to stop all hatred and separate a person’s political save the freedom we so desbeliefs from the person them- perately fought for after all, selves? What will it take to we never know what is next make that point understood? on the list. Another life? A hundred lives? The end of the world? Allegra Merriweather is a When people begin to un- freshman in the College of derstand that people are not Arts and Sciences.
Pride can be found outside of student section My winter break was spent relaxing and refreshing for the upcoming semester. Nonetheless, Commentary my utter sense of laziness was met with a revelation of sorts. While this prof o u n d Sean Worley moment had nothing to do with my educational plans, I gained a fresh perspective on one part of my multifaceted college experience—my capacity as a student journalist. I have always taken my status as an editor for The University News with a sense of honor and with a responsibility to the public, yet after speaking with various family acquaintances I was awakened to a seemingly common perception of journalists: Distrust. As someone who is guilty of glimpsing at the latest tabloid issues waiting in line at the local supermarket, I am fully aware to less accurate forms of journalism. However, to have my work and standards as a news writer compared to the questionable ethics of a tabloid writer was and is insulting. I do not see it as my duty to slander or discredit any individual whatsoever. I feel I have been called to report on the happenings at Saint Louis University, and to inform the members of this community— a community I chose to be involved with. Whether an action of the University, or of members of the community, is seen as “good press” or “bad press,” I see it as my civic duty to report the information accurately and objectively. I am a student journalist for one reason and one reason only. I am proud to be a member of the Saint Louis University family. I am proud to be a Billiken. With that in mind, one should not be surprised I want SLU to be the best university possible. I do not want to see my school, my home, my surrogate family fail. Thus, I report on issues, both good and bad. The “good” stories are reported on with intentions to commend various community members and the administration on their actions. I see this as pat on the back of sorts. The “bad” stories pertaining to debatable decisions by University officials or of members acting in a way, which can be seen as immoral or irresponsible, are those that create the stigma as a “slanderer” or “malicious” reporter. To think my reporting would ever be focused on discrediting an individual or ruining reputations is an atrocious thought. I simply write about those “bad press” stories because I want my university to see any possible mistake; to see who was upset by decisions or actions; to notice room for improvement. I write so my university, my home can reestablish its path to greatness. My role as a journalist is comparable to loud, cheering fan at an athletic event. As an athlete, I know the importance of having individuals showing support with enthusiasm and copious amounts of energy. When all hopes of success seem so far out of reach, it is amazing what a showing of camaraderie and unity can do when morale is essentially depleted. Consider my pen and paper to be synonymous with a vuvuzela and facepaint. I have sworn an unofficial oath to my university. I have promised to report on both commendable and objectionable events with the utmost of objectivity in order to see my university strengthened. Think what you may. See my journalistic capacity as untrustworthy, as an insult to my school, as a poor showing of school spirit. I know my responsibilities to my university and to my fellow Billikens. I know my pen bleeds blue. Sean Worley is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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‘Dralion’ delivers colorful performance Show inspired by quest for harmony, balance
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Thursday, January 20 9 p.m. Reptar The Billiken Club Admission is free Friday, January 21 8 p.m. Jon Hardy and the Public with Maid Rite The Sheldon Saturday, January 22 9 p.m. London Calling Dance Party The Gramophone Cover charge depends on touring acts Wednesday, January 26 9 p.m. Oberhofer with Flaming Death Trap and Dubb Nubb The Billiken Club Admission is free
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THEATER Thursday, January 20 7:30 p.m. Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion The Chaifetz Arena For ticket prices, visit thechaifetzarena.com Friday, January 21 7:30 p.m. Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion The Chaifetz Arena For ticket prices, visit thechaifetzarena.com Saturday, January 22 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion The Chaifetz Arena For ticket prices, visit thechaifetzarena.com 7 p.m. Jerry Seinfeld The Fox Theatre For ticket prices, visit fabulousfox.com Sunday, January 23 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion The Chaifetz Arena For ticket prices, visit thechaifetzarena.com
MOVIES The Green Hornet Moolah Theater For ticket prices and movie times visit stlouiscinemas.com/ Moolah/ Friday, January 21 No Strings Attached Opens in theaters
Native St. Louis band anticipating show at Sheldon
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Cirque du Soleil: Dralion, which opened at Chaifetz Arena on Jan. 19 and runs through Jan. 23, is inspired by Eastern Philosophy and the quest for harmony between humans and nature. The elements of fire, water, air and earth make an appearnce in the show. Top: The color blue is used to represent the element of air. Bottom left: the element of fire is represented by red. Bottom right: Green is used to represent the element of water. By SHELBY ROZIER Staff Writer
Spokesperson for Cirque du Soleil: Dralion Julie Desmarais describes the show as Show Critique a celebration. The St. Louis community will be given the oppor tunity to join the celebration Katerina Canyon Jan. 19-23 at Chaifetz Arena. Dralion opened at Chaifetz on Jan. 20. The show will be running seven performances at Chaifetz through Jan. 23. “It’s a passionate, colorful, positive and fun show,” Desmarais said. Dralion was created as a fusion of “Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil,” Desmaraus said. The show draws inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its quest for harmony between humans and nature. “The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon,
symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West,” Desmarais said. Entering the back stage of Dralion is like entering a dream-like wonderland where one can encounter surreal costumes, giant drums and performers practicing acts that appear to be beyond human capabilities. This show took two years to create. According to Desmarais, “The show was originally created by Guy Caron who has a lot of interest in the Chinese acrobatic and passion for the Chinese culture. Cirque decided to go in China to immerse themselves in that culture and find talent among China’s acrobats.”
Dralion started in 1999in Montreal, Canada under the big top. It ran until 2006 and started up again in October 2010 with a converted format. “After many years performing under the big top, Dralion is now presented in arenas throughout the United States and Canada, with the same quality performance,” Desmarais said. Eighty percent of the performers are new. However, there are some veterans among the cast. Marie Eve Bisson worked with Dralion from 2003 to 2006 and returned for the 2010 opening. “It’s a dream to perform for Cirque,” Bisson said.
Bisson explained that Cirque travels to a new city every week. Usually they travel on Sunday and take some time to see the city the first few days of the week they arrive, but after that, it is all practice. The performers practice several hours throughout the week, and they also train with personal trainers. The crowd at opening night was ecstatic over Bisson’s aerial hoop performance. She did risky acrobatic moves that involved contorting and threading her body through a hoop while this hoop twirled 20 feet in the air. The musical performance contributed by the band helped in making these acrobatic acts a sensual and artistic display that electrified. Bisson did not deliver the only impressive performance of the night. The clowns were remarkably hilarious. The clowns of Dralion are not like the clowns you would see in a typical American circus performance. These clowns are stylish and dapper in ill-fitting tuxedos. This look is complimented by their French See “Dralion” on Page 8
Singer of Jon Hardy and the Public, Jon Hardy would describe the band’s live show as being intentional energy. The St. Louis community will be able to experience this intentional energy on Jan. 21 at The Sheldon. “We have enough of a spectrum of songs that [the show] is not entirely just straight rock n’ roll music. In all of our songs, we do a good job of pouring ourselves into the performance,” Hardy said. Hardy explained that he is excited to have been asked to play at The Sheldon because it gives the band an opportunity to play their music for new people. “It’s a great space,” Hardy said. The band enjoys playing in their native St. Louis because they have been able to establish a reputation. “We have people at our shows that know our music and specific songs. It’s nice to be part of that familiarity,” Hardy said. In addition to their show at the Sheldon on Jan. 21, the group has recently performed two other shows in St. Louis. One of these took place at Off Broadway on Nov. 12 and the other took place at The Firebird on Dec. 18. The group’s most recent EP “A Hard Year” was released in late 2010. It features songs like “Nobody Like You,” “Restless Again” and “A Hard Year.” According to Hardy, the songs for “A Hard Year” were started a while ago. Some of the songs are intended for a more general audience while some were meant to be connected to more specific people and, therefore, have a more specific subject matter. While the songs on the EP were influenced by a variety of subjects, they all have one thing in common. “All of the songs were written with the intent that people would be able to easily find something to relate to as they listen. Anyone who listens can find something for themselves in there,” Hardy said. Hardy said the EP was trying to touch on something real. “I think a lot of people, in the last year or two, have gone through tough times. It’s easy when that happens to isolate yourself and shut down and go on cruise control,” Hardy said. The band wanted the EP to remind themselves and listeners that life should be intentional and that sometimes we need to be woken up. The band’s previous EP’s include “Little Criminals: Songs from Randy Newman” and “Sugar,” which were both released in 2009, as well as their LP “Working in Love,” which was released in 2007. “A Hard Year” proved to be a challenge for the band to pull off. “The songs were fairly different from our last couple EPs,” Hardy said. The band had to ask them if they were going to be able to pull of these different songs and still come away with something successful. In the end, Hardy believes that they did. “We wound up in a different place then we thought we would,” Hardy said. The recording process of “A Hard Year” was the first time the band worked with a producer. “We did significant changes to the songs, which was new to us,” Hardy said. Jon Hardy and the Public is currently in the process of doing another small recording. In fact, some of the songs they plan to play at their show on Jan. 21 have not yet been recorded. In addition to this recording, the band is also in the process of finishing a music video for “A Hard Year.” Jon Hardy and the Public’s performance at The Sheldon will begin at 8 p.m. They will be joined by special guest Maid Rite. The Sheldon is located at 3648 Washington Blvd. General admission will be $10.
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‘Green Hornet’ fails at fusing satire and action 3-D technology proves not to be formula for success “The Green Hornet” joins the list of several disappointing 3-D films released in 2010, and like the others, Film Critique it proves that gratuitously exploiting this technology is not a formula for success. T h i s Brent Lang technology should be used cautiously, but it seems that many directors are intent on including random scenes to justify the 3-D format. Not only does it not aid the film, it actually hinders it considerably. Based on a radio program aired from 1936 to 1952 and a television program in 1966, “The Green Hornet” tells the story of Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), millionaire playboy and heir to a successful Los Angeles newspaper. Following the death of his father, Britt teams up with his father’s genius mechanic, Kato (Jay Chou) to rid the
The Good: The occasional comedy in the dialogue.
The Bad: Seth Rogen trying to do action.
The Verdict: Wait for it to be released at RedBox.
city of crime. Meanwhile, a local crime lord, Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) seeks to consolidate the criminal underworld of the city. Obviously, these two forces collide and battle each other for control. Even though this movie attempts to combine satire of the superhero genre with action, it ultimately fails to reach its goal. For one, the action and use of “high-tech” machinery is convincing, up until the climax when a final
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chase scene ensues in pursuit of a seemingly archaic flash drive. The audience is left wondering why the genius sidekick was unable to install a computer or simply buy an internet-capable phone. While Rogen serves as the comedic role in this crimefighting duo, even his moderate attempts at action seem inauthentic, and they do not aid the comedy. On the other hand, Cristoph Waltz does a decent job in combining comedy with his cunning menace that he displayed in Inglorius Basterds. Nevertheless, do not expect another Oscar-winning performance by Waltz, as the character that he portrays in this movie is far too limited in depth to allow for much range in his acting. Unfortunately, too often he looks just like some dumb bad guy in a little kid’s movie, who is trying to be scary, but can never succeed. This fact is exacerbated by his search throughout the movie for a name that is easier to pronounce and which will inspire fear from his enemies.
Another downside of this film was the archetypal role that Kato fulfilled as the kungfu fighting Chinese sidekick. Despite his major success as a pop singer in Asia, Jay Chou (Kato) accepted this one-dimensional character that is easily digestible for American audiences. In the beginning of the film, the audience catches a glimpse of Kato’s sketches and sees a drawing of Bruce Lee. Even though Bruce Lee did star in the television version of The Green Hornet, the categorization of all Asian actors as kung-fu fighters demonstrates our limited worldview in this country. At one point, the movie even attempts to mock this when Britt mistakenly believes that Shanghai is located in Japan. Unfortunately, I think the audience missed this point and will continue to accept similar limited characterizations in the future. This film is definitely not a must see in theaters and should only be seen for a few laughs at best. If you must see it, I suggest visiting your nearest RedBox.
“Dralion”: show colorfully depicts elements Continued from Page 7
accents. They taunt the audience and perform physical comedy reminiscent of the Three Stooges. That is, if the Three Stooges were French Canadian. After a comical performance by the clowns, the show opened with an overture depicting the elements fire, air, earth and water, each performed by a member of the cast. Each element is represented by a color: fire is red, air is blue, earth is ochre and water is green. Air, “Azala,” was depicted by a beautiful ballet style dance and acrobatic performance by Amanda Orozco. Water, “Oceane,” was demonstrated by an East Asian style rhythmic dance performed by Tara Catherine Pandeya, which gave the overture an alluring harmonious quality. Yi-Chun “Billy” Chang’s performance of Fire, “Yao,” and Henriette Gbou’s per-
formance of Earth, “Gaya,” carried a solid energy that created the heartbeat for the show. The first half of the show included a strong-hand balancing performance by Han Yuzen. She demonstrated great physical agility and skill. The act started with a one handed handstand on a post that was about seven feet high. After holding still without so much as a tremble, she hand-hopped to the other hand. It was a rousing acrobatic start for the show. The show closed with an amazing rope skipping act performed by about 14 people from the troupe. This group created a human pyramid three levels high and then jumped rope. It was one of the most remarkable stunts during the night of awe-inspiring performances. Additional reporting by Ashley Jones.
Sports Billiken Briefs Swimming & Diving Senior Michael Dahle was selected as the Atlantic 10 men’s swimming and diving Co- Performer of the week. Dahle posted three victories and a second place finish against South Dakota State University. Sophomore Taylor Streid earned the women’s Performer of the Week award after winning four contests against SDSU.
Women’s Tennis Freshman Stephanie Hollis and senior Hailee Elmore both received nods in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA D-I Central Region singles poll of the year. Hollis ranks 9th in the regional poll after posting a 13-1 record in fall competition. Elmore, just eight wins shy of becoming the Bills all-time wins leader, ranked 20th.
Men’s Soccer Sophomore midfielder Michael Robson was selected to the secondteam All-Mid Atlantic Region by the NSCAA. In the 2010 campaign, Robson started every game and provided solid play in the Billiken midfield, notching two assists to go along with his superb defensive play.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Cardinals call for Coach Kordes By TYLER VACHIO Contributor
On Jan. 7, Saint Louis University head volleyball coach Anne Kordes announced that she was resigning immediately to accept the head coaching position at her alma mater, the University of Louisville. Kordes coached the Billikens for seven successful seasons including three Atlantic 10 Conference titles as well three trips to the NCAA tournament, the first in program history. Kordes was the ninth head coach in Billiken Volleyball history. “The athletic administration at SLU whole-heartedly supported me as a first-time head coach and did everything within their power to help me take Billiken volleyball to the next level,” Kordes said. “I loved my time there. “[At Louisville], I have a shot at a national championship, which is my dream. The fact that my dream job is in my hometown is just icing on the cake.” Senior outside hitter Megan Boken said, “It’s sad to see her go. She had been here [at SLU] for such a long time. It is understandable that she would take the new job in her hometown. We all wish her the best.” Kordes, a Louisville native, played for the Cardinals before coaching. During her senior season she led the team to the Conference USA Tournament championship and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. With Kordes leading the way, the Cardinals finished 29-5. Her career stats are highlighted by 4,874 assists, 866 digs along with being selected a three-time All-Conference USA selection.
Kordes received her bachelor’s degree in athletic administration from Louisville in 1998, and she earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Louisville in 2001. She first received national attention as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois, where she recruited and coached two All-Americans. During her time at the University of Illinois, the Illini qualified for the NCAA Tournament three times and posted a 90-61 record. In 2003, she helped the Illini to a 26-7 record, the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a No. 15 ranking. After that season, Kordes accepted an invitation to be the head coach of the Billikens. Kordes guided the Billikens to the programs first Atlantic 10 Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. SLU also achieved A-10 conference titles and NCAA Tournament berths in 2008 and 2009. A three-time A-10 Coach of the Year (06’-09’), Kordes led the 2008 Billikens to an unblemished league record, the only in SLU history. Kordes’ teams annually played the toughest competition in the nation. SLU finished the 2008 season No. 8 in the RPI rankings, playing seven teams that finished among the RPI’s top 25. In 2009, the Billikens finished No. 27. In 2008, Kordes’ team finished 29-5 overall and enjoyed a historic campaign. At the Billiken Invitational, SLU upset No. 3 Stanford 3-1 in front of what was the biggest on-campus volleyball crowd in program history (2,152).
This victor y put the Billikens on the national radar; the team broke into the Top 25 for the first time in program history on Oct. 20 at No. 25. The Bills remained in the Top 25 for the rest of the season and finished at No. 21. In 2009, SLU set a new school attendance record (6,106) for SLU’s Active Ankle Challenge Championship against topranked, and two-time defending national champion, Penn State. Despite dropping the match, the following week the Billikens earned their highest ranking in program history at No. 16. Throughout Kordes’ SLU coaching career, she has coached many talented volleyball players, including four players that made the 2008 ACVA All-American teams. Sammi McCloud became the first Billiken to garner a spot with a selection on the third team. Billikens Whitney Behrens, Bridget Fonke and Whitney Roth also achieved honorable mention status. The Cardinals will look forward to this type of immediate impact from Kordes when she steps foot in Louisville. “For Anne, we are so thrilled to welcome back one of our own back. She has an excellent coaching pedigree and is well-known as a tireless recruiter. “She took us to a conference championship and the Sweet 16 as our setter; she began her coaching career as an assistant in the Big Ten and has taken Saint Louis to record heights as their head coach. “I’m always looking for a good fit with any addition to our staff, and this one’s a nat-
Former head coach Anne Kordes. ural,” University of Louisville Vice President of Athletics Tom Jurich said. While Kordes’ departure is a setback for the program, the search for a new head coach continues for SLU Director of Athletics. “Anne did a great job here and will do a wonderful job at Louisville. She took this program from one level and moved it to being a nationally competitive program. “My job is to ask, ‘how will we make it better?’” May said. “The position is an extremely attractive one, and we are confident that we will find a coach who will contin-
ue to elevate this volleyball program, both academically and competitively. “Clearly, the foundation has been set for success with the SLU volleyball program. “We will reach out nationally to find a successor, and this is an opportunity for us to get even better.” May continued. When asked what the team will look for in a new coach, Boken said “We need someone that will keep the program as competitive as it has been in the past. We already have an awesome group of athletes. The future is still very bright for these girls.”
Together again: Bills honor ‘61 team
Upcoming Games Men’s Basketball • 01/26 vs. URI • 01/29 @ GW • 02/02 vs. U-Mass • 02/05 @ Xavier • 02/09 vs. La Salle • 02/12 @ Richmond • 02/16 @ Bonnies • 02/19 vs. Charlotte
Headlines from the 1961 The University News Billikens Blast North Texas State, 86-57
• 02/22 vs. Chi State • 02/26 vs. Duquesne
Billikens Edge Tulsa, 72-68
• 03/02 @ Dayton
Billikens Accept NIT Invitation
• 03/05 vs. Xavierw
Women’s Basketball • 01/25 vs. Fordham • 01/30 vs. Charlotte
BILLS TAME HURRICANE, 58-56
BILLS DOWN FLYERS, 67-60
Billikens End Cage Season With 2nd-Place NIT Finish
• 02/02 @ Temple
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• 02/05 vs. GW
• 02/09 @ Duquesne • 02/13 @ URI • 02/16 vs. Xavier • 02/19 @ Charlotte • 02/23 vs. Bonnies • 02/26 @ Richmond
Swimming & Diving • 01/21 @ IUPUI • 01/21 vs. Valpo • 01/22 @ L’wood • 01/29 @ Evansville • 02/05 @ Eastern IL The University News file photos
At the age of 70, former Saint Louis University basketball star Tom Kieffer still finds time for the sport he loves. Once a week, Kieffer returns to the court for a recreational game of basketball with other former college players who share the same passion for the sport as he does. “It’s fun to still play as long as my knees hold up. Basketball has always been something special for me,” Kieffer said. Kieffer has had his fair share of special moments on the court. During the 1960-1961 season with the Billikens, he scored in the final second of the game for a thrilling National Invitation Tournament victory over the Miami University Hurricanes at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The victory propelled the Billikens into the quarterfinals, and the team eventually made it to the finals but
fell 62-59 to the Providence College Friars on a threepoint shot with four seconds to play. Fifty years later, Kieffer and seven of his former teammates reunited on the court to receive an honor for their accomplishment during halftime at the Jan. 5 men’s basketball game against Dayton at Chaifetz Arena as a part of the Billiken Legends series, a program that honors past Billiken teams and players. “They were a special group, and it was important for us to recognize them on the 50 year anniversary of their accomplishment,” Director of Athletics Chris May said. “Clearly they were a group that played hard, worked together, stood up for each other and had a special chemistry, and all of these factors allowed them to have a winning formula.” That winning formula came under head coach John Bennington as the 1960-1961 team posted a 21-9 record. Kieffer and teammate Bob
Nordmann led the team in scoring and were both present at during the halftime ceremony. “We had a special team that year, and we came so close to winning the championship,” Nordmann said. “It was a great experience to be at the Garden and to represent the University on what was the biggest stage in college basketball.” At the time, the winners of the National Invitation Tournament were hailed as National Champions by some due to the media exposure at the tournament being in New York City. In 1961, the tournament consisted of 12 teams and contained four rounds. The Billikens defeated Miami, Colorado State and Dayton to reach the finals. “It is great to be back and all together. Some of us see each other regularly, but others we don’t see, so it is nice to see the guys again,” Kieffer said. “It was a real treat to come back and be honored by the Billikens.”
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New hope rises for the Billikens during uncertain season The night is dark just before the dawn. We’ve all heard that cliché right? In times of Commentary despair we are reminded that life m u s t knock us down so we can pick ourDerrick Neuner selves back up; on the other side of the horizon, the sun is burning bright. The sun began to set Oct. 14 when Kwamain Mitchell and Willie Reed were dismissed
from school for violating the Code of Conduct. It set even quicker after a 64-62 heartbreaking season-opener at home against Austin Peay. That loss was followed by a 61-59 defeat, again at home, to Georgia. More disappointing losses would follow: at Portland (69-60), in Cancun against Southern Miss (74-67) and Ole Miss (69-61), and on New Year’s Day at home against Bowling Green University (67-61). Following the lost to BGU, junior Kyle Cassity vented, “I’ve been here for three years, and all I’ve heard is ‘next year.’ I’m tired of losing.” The sun wasn’t done
descending, however. During the BGU game, head coach Rick Majerus suffered a laceration to his left leg after a sideline collision. The injury would prevent him from coaching the team against Dayton, Temple and Duquesne; SLU dropped all three to start Atlantic 10 Conference play at 0-3. The team currently sits four games under .500 at 7-11. After the high hopes last spring about the future of the SLU program, could it get any worse? The answer seems to be no. The sun is rising over the horizon again. And, regardless of public perception of the
team, our Bills still have a chance to make some noise in conference play. Here’s why. Our freshmen have been nothing short of stellar in their last two performances. Against Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 15, Dwayne Evans finished with career highs of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Mike McCall scored nine points on 3-for-3 shooting from 3-point range. The Billikens won the match 67-51. In a Jan. 19 tilt against Fordham at the IZOD Center in New Jersey, Evans put up 12 points and had 8 boards; Jordair Jett picked up five points and
four boards. Together, the freshman played 79 of the 200 available minutes, more than any other class. When the freshmen have scored 48 percent of the team’s points this season, you need that productivity from the youngest class. McCall averages 9.5 ppg and a team-best 9.8 ppg; Jett is third on the squad with 8.5 ppg. But the freshmen aren’t the only promising turnaround coming to life on the court. Cassity, a team captain, said that there’s a renewed sense of “us” on the oft-beleaguered team. “It feels good to win two in a row, feels good get back on track,” Cassity said
following the win at Fordham. “I think everybody pulled together. Guys are really starting to buy in and not let their offense dictate our defense. “The one thing is most important is that guys are figuring out the roles they need to take to win.” This SLU team doesn’t have the playmaker or the experience to walk into games and expect to win; it must fight every minute against even the most mediocre opponent. And with the return of Mitchell to the bench, maybe it’s time for the athletic department to hand out sunglasses. After all, the sun must rise again. Let there be light.
Bills bounce Fordham 68-55 By BRIAN BOYD Sports Editor
Courtesy of Fordham Athletics
After falling behind the Fordham Rams (6-10, 0-4) with 12:43 left in the second half, the Saint Louis Billikens stormed back with a 12-0 run to gain a lead which they would never relinquish. Junior Kyle Cassity had another big night, leading the team with 13 points and dishing out six assists as well while leading the Bills (7-11, 2-3) to a 68-55 road win. Freshman Dwayne Evans continued his emergence as a presence in the post, pulling down 8 rebounds and sophomore big man Cody Ellis found his lon range stroke, going three of four from beyond the arc. The win gives the Billikens back-to-back wins for the first time since Nov. 27. The team looks to add on to its modest win streak against Rhode Island at Chaifetz Arena on Nov. 26.
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