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The University News Celebrating 90 Years as a Student Voice of Saint Louis University Vol. XCI No. 19


Thursday, February 16, 2012 SLU BEATS RICHMOND

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Board of trustees makes no decision on closures Recommendation to close two departments still under deliberation By KRISTEN MIANO Associate News Editor

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Students and faculty from the departments of Public Policy and Counseling and Family Therapy participate in a demonstation outside the board of trustees meeting on Friday, Feb. 10 in Dubourg Hall.

No official decision was reached at the meeting of the Academic Affairs subcommittee of the board of trustees on Friday, Feb. 10, regarding the recommendation to close the department of Public Policy and Counseling and the department of Family Therapy. The recommendation was made by Vice President of Academic Affairs Manoj Patankar. Patankar declined to comment at this time, but he wanted to relate that the decision is still being deliberated. “I think we all felt hopeful that the departments and the University can work with the administration to agree on an

evaluation that will help move the University forward,” Craig Smith, chair of Counseling and Family Therapy, said. The board meeting was met with a demonstration in the hallway outside of Verhaegan Hall 219 comprising students, faculty and staff from the two departments. Students made signs expressing their dissatisfaction with the recommendation, exhibiting their support for the departments and calling the board to consider the mission of the University before they made their decision. “It was a powerful demonstration and entirely student organized,” Susan Jacobsmeyer, a Ph.D student in Counseling and Family Therapy, said. “This is an ex-

tremely strong showing that highlights the dedication to both the department and the occupation. There hasn’t been a lot of transparency in this process, and it’s hard to defend yourself when you are left in the dark.” Assistant Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy Andrew Brimhall said it was good to see students fighting to hear their voices heard by the administration. “I thought it was amazing to be able to see the students have a voice and take part in the process,” Brimhall said. The student voice on the matter was made official in last week’s Student See “Board” on Page 2

Business Week shines, shows success Cards’ GM headlines speakers By T.J. KEELEY Associate Arts Editor

Perhaps it was the most fitting piece of advice to offer college students, but when John Mozeliak, senior vice president and general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, warned his listeners to beware of entitlement, his words took on a subtext of their own. Mozeliak was the keynote speaker for the opening event of the second annual Business Week hosted by the John Cook School of Business and the Business School Governing Assembly (BSGA). Although Mozeliak addressed an RSVP-only crowd of aspiring business leaders at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium, business students were not the only ones in attendance. Arts and Sciences senior Bob Hudec attended the event “because [he has] grown up a huge baseball fan and [has] always been curious about the inner workings of a baseball organization.” Coming off a World Series win in 2011, Mozeliak has been faced with many difficult challenges as a business leader. Yet, his message was one concerning character. “Understand what you’re good at, what your weaknesses are and what you need to work on,” Mozeliak said. A graduate of the University of Colorado, “Mo,” as he is often referred to, got his start in Major League Baseball working in IT for the Colorado Rockies. While he found the job tedious, Mozeliak recognizes ambition, leadership, confidence and self-evaluation as keys to his success.

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On Feb. 15, the “Dress for Success” fashion show gave students a primer on the presentation of the professional world.

Entrepreneurs and leaders give guidance to student body By BRIAN BOYD News Editor

With events ranging from appearances by prominent business figures to presentations on “The Power of Schmoozing,” the John Cook School of Business has compiled a week dedicated to preparing students for success in the business world. The second annual Business Week, co-hosted by the Business School and the Business School Governing Assembly, offers five days of resources for students to strengthen their professional profile and gain insight into the business environment. Tyler Sondag, BSGA president, said that Business Week stemmed from an effort to increase interest and retention in the School of Business. “We needed to come up

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Louis University, launched UltraStar, an online fan club and ticketing company, and “Wines that Rock,” an endeavor that produces and brands wines for famous rock bands like The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. Murphy currently leads Anheuser-Busch’s Global Digital team and was a creative force behind multiple Bud Light marketing strategies. The Q&A session allowed students to pick the brains of the panel for advice. Another facet of professional success rests in presentation. On Feb. 15, the Dress for Success Fashion show gave student models a chance to show off their business attire. According to junior Tyler Vachio, the event was helpful and entertaining. “It was absolutely crazy,” See “Biz Week” on Page 3

SGA debates devolve into one-sided affair Five executive board hopefuls to run unopposed in election By MARTINA BOYTER

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with something to draw stu- vice president and general dents to the b-school and manager in October 2007. once they got there, to keep According to Sondag, them there,” Sondag said. “So Mozeliak’s appearance came we came up with the idea of a as somewhat of a surprise. week built completely around “Mozeliak was a complete business.” blessing. We didn’t see him Business Week began on coming,” Sondag said. “He Feb. 13 with was a huge a presentadraw. At tion from vice least 100 president people We needed to come and general were in manager of up with something to the Anthe St. Louis draw students to the h e u s e r Cardinals Busch auJohn Moze- b-school and once they ditorium.” liak. “Mo,” got there, to keep them T h e as he is often week conreferred to, there. tinued stands as one on Feb. of the most -Tyler Sondag 14 with a respected business general manleader panel, featuring entreagers in Major League Base- preneur Ron Roy and Anheusball. He has been with the er-Busch marketing execuCardinals organization since tive Tim Murphy. Roy, also 1996 and took over as senior an adjunct professor at Saint

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The annual Student Government Association debates for Executive Board candidates lapsed to a structure more fitting for the   small pool of candidates. Last year, the format was modified to give time to three full tickets of seven students. This election season, only the full Limitless ticket and partial Audeo ticket are campaigning for the upcoming academic year. The debate was held in the Saint Louis Room on Feb. 13. Although 90 minutes are allotted for the question-answer series of candidates, the event lasted for only 40 minutes for

an audience of 35 people. Although identified as a debate, opposing candidates did not have an opportunity to address their opponent or respond to one another’s statements. The debate’s structure allows each executive board candidate time to present their platform by means of answering questions from a panel. The four-person panel was comprised of Father Stark, S.J., Vice President of Mission and Ministry, Mona Hicks, Dean of Students, Matt Ryan, current SGA President, and David Young, Operations Manager in the Student Involvement Center. The event started with introductory speeches from

presidential candidate Blake Exline from the Limitless ticket, followed by Audeo’s presidential candidate Alexander Salazar. Exline distinguished between what SGA is now versus what it has the potential to be. He said he hopes SGA will empower students and serve as a resource that is not intimidating. He stressed that it is important to him to make life for students better and that as President of SGA, he would focus on the efficiency of the campus mail system and increase campus-wide sustainability efforts. “I may not know yet all the ways that student government can better our See “Debate” on Page 3

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Vice President of Foreign Affairs candidate Bo Peng delivers his platform points.

Contraceptive policy sparks controversy By ALANAH NANTELL Religion Editor

After much debate and controversy concerning the new mandate requiring employers to provide insurance plans that include free contraceptives for employees, Obama has announced alterations to the original legislation in an attempt to compromise. Catholics cried foul on Jan. 20 after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that many women’s preventive health services, including contraception, will be mandatory in all new health insurance plans, regardless of the religious beliefs of the providers. These contraceptives will be completely free of charge, including co-pays or deductibles. While some religious employers were not originally exempt from the legislation, the White House issued a press release on Feb. 10 that states the mandate will give employers an opportunity to opt out of providing new insurance coverage, but insurance companies will be required to provide them instead. According to the press release, employers who object to the mandate for religious reasons “will not have to provide contraceptive coverage or refer their employees to organizations that provide contraception” or “subsidize the cost of contraception.” This new legislation has sparked controversy throughout religious groups across the nation that do not support contraception use, namely the Catholic church. Religious leaders have spoken out against the new legislation across the country, including St. Louis’s Archbishop Robert Carlson. Carlson issued a letter to congregations across St. Louis prior to the most recent alteration, including St. Francis Xavier College Church, condemning the new See “Contraception” on Page 3

New CSO feeds homeless By MARK CAMPOS Senior Staff Writer

On a Monday evening, more than a dozen students piled into SLU vans with an assortment of hot dogs, hot chocolate, chips, sandwiches, fruits and other snacks, and headed to a “tent city” in downtown St. Louis. They brought food to the city’s homeless population in person, and have done so every Monday since then, said Kevin Garven, a senior, and one of three executive board members of the newly christened chartered student organization, Labré. Garven, who initially participated in the program at his high school, St. Ignatius in Cleveland, first thought that L’abre was hardly more than a soup kitchen, “From that very first time of going,” he said, “It was unlike anything I’d ever been a part of, in all of my volunteering. It was the most personal thing I’ve done.” Labré is a national organization named after Saint Benedict Joseph Labré, patron saint of homeless persons. Despite recently becoming a CSO, SLU’s Labré chapter had been active for over a year, Garven said. Although participants prepare and deliver food each week, the purpose of the organization is to bring friendship to the homeless, Garven said. See “Labre” on Page 3



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Let Us Introduce You

Karla Scott

Director of African American Studies is a SLU alumna, loves purple By KRISTEN MIANO Associate New Editor

It’s a little known fact that Karla Scott, director of the African American Studies program, is actually a Saint Louis University alumna. “I did my undergrad here in communication,” Scott said. “I graduated in 1981.” Similar to the students of today, Scott says that she was caught off guard by some of the courses required in the name of SLU’s Jesuit Mission. “I always remember SLU as a bittersweet, ‘Why did we have to take that philosophy and theology class?’ I didn’t see the sense of it,” Scott said. “But once I started working in the world, a lot of things started to really make sense to me, like ‘Wow I’m really glad I had that ethics class. Boy I guess they know what they are doing with the Jesuit education.’” Scott returned to SLU in 1994 as an assistant professor in the communication department, receiving her tenure there six years later. Her plan, however, was not always to be a professor. “When I was an undergrad, I saw myself becoming a journalist and a writer,” Scott said. “I started working for the Suburban Journals when they had a paper in East St. Louis. I worked there for about four years as a journalist and then a short stint at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat before they folded. Then I went into public relations at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis, which is my home town.” Scott went on to get her masters in speech and organizational communication and later, her Ph. D. She said her passion has been culture and communication, something that is reflected in the courses she teaches at SLU. In addition to the classes she teaches in African American Studies, she has also taught classes on interpersonal communication, gender and communication, and communicating across cultures. Scott’s interests, however,

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extend beyond just culture and communication. “I’m a practicing yogi,” Scott said. “About nine years ago, I made a serious commitment to learn more, and then about two years ago I found a teacher here.” In addition to being a devoted yogi, Scott is also an aspiring musician. Three years ago she began taking cello lessons at SLU and more recently picked up the ukulele. “I like the ukulele because you can practice it anywhere,” Scott said. “I’m not sure which instrument I will go public with first, but I would like it to be one of those.” According to Scott, this past Tuesday was especially fun for her because Valentine’s Day is her favorite holiday. She has collected heart shaped objects since she was about 20 years old. “People give me hearts as gifts and I keep collecting,” Scott said. “I’ve actually had a few exhibits at a library over in Fairview Heights that features my heart objects for Valentine’s Day.”

Scott even has a purple heart tattoo on her ankle. She said she likes the purple heart because it is the symbol of survival. “I certainly haven’t survived the types of injuries folks in war time get the purple heart for,” Scott said, “but for me, when you look at things you have over come, this serves as a reminder.” Scott especially likes the purple heart because it is not only her favorite shape, but also her favorite color. Most of Scott’s wardrobe comes in purple for coordinating ease. What started as a fashion statement, however, became a statement of gender politics. “Purple is the color of the women’s movement,” Scott said. “And when people ask about purple I can tell them it’s the color of the women’s suffrage movement at the end of the 19th century into the early 20th century. Their colors were green, white and purple, and somehow purple survived. Now, I look at it as instead of a fashion statement, it can be a political statement.

Friday, Feb 10

9:48 p.m. - Informational An officer was patrolling the south alley behind a building and attempted to make contact with subjects in the alley. The subjects fled the area. The officer found a pipe and a small bag of marijuana. 12:30 a.m. - Alcohol Contact Report An officer made contact with an intoxicated student who stated that he had been drinking at an off-campus location. The student was in possession of an “altered” I.D., which was seized by the officer.

Tuesday, Feb 14

1:13 p.m. - Stealing over $500 A SLU student reported leaving his laptop on a desk in an unsecure classroom. When he returned the computer was missing. The student was given the non-emergency phone number to SLMPD. This incident is being forwarded to a DPSSS Investigator.

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Board: Departments to stay open Continued from Page 1

tive and fiscally driven. While he acknowledged that these should be considered and that they are important factors for the University,

Government Association meeting with the passing of a resolution to urge the university to postpone considering the recommendation to close the departments until We are continuing as further evaluation had been done. normal until we hear Academic Vice President else. We’ll Patrick Grillot, who co-au- anything thored the resolution and continue having classes attended the subcommittee meeting, stated that he felt and enrolling students the metrics used to evaluate as we have for 25 years. the departments needed to be critiqued. “The process worries me -Robert Cropf a little bit,” Grillot said. “I don’t mean the process by which the colleges were eval- the metrics should also give uated, but the criteria used. consideration to things like If this is going to be used for departmental service and other programs and colleges, relevance to the University’s mission. it needs to be critiqued.” “As it relates to the overall Grillot said he felt the metrics used were very quantita- plan of evaluating colleges, I

think it’s good to have a stratigic plan to know where you need to trim down and where you need to grow.” Grillot said. According to Robert Cropf, chair of the department of Public Policy, the two departments will continue to operate as usual while the decision is being deliberated. “We are continuing as normal until we hear anything else,” Cropf said. “We’ll continue having classes and enrolling students as we have for the last 25 years.” Grillot said that he and SGA are not planning anything specific in the upcoming months in response to this matter, but he will continue to work with the administration as needed. “I’ll be working with Patankar to provide as much student feedback as possible,”


GM: Passion primary factor of success Continued from Page 1

After joining the Cardinals in 1995, Mozeliak took over for Walt Jocketty in 2007. He helped assemble successful teams that included the acquisition of outfielder Matt Holliday and signing pitcher Adam Wainwright to a longterm deal. Mozeliak considers his job comparable to any other business leadership position. “My job is much bigger than managing the 25-man roster and making deals. That is fun, though,” Mozeliak said. He now oversees 250 employees and emphasizes the importance of person-toperson communication. “Our widgets are people,” Mozeliak said. The following question and answer session dealt largely with the changes that a larger market would enact on baseball and how the newly passed collective bargaining agreement would affect the game. But one topic continued to bubble under the surface. “Fifty-four million dollars. That’s a tough bridge to gap. I don’t care how rich you are,” Mozeliak said. Scattered ap-


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Debate: Most unopposed to the city. Feeling comfortable in the city, she believes, will help international stuuniversity community, but I dents cope with culture shock do know that I intend to find and interact more on campus. every avenue for improveBo Peng, from the Audeo ment, making sure that stu- ticket, emphasized the issues dents, administrators, faculty, he sees with miscommunicaand staff know that SGA is tion. He expressed his interthere for them,” Exline said. est to improve communicaSalazar began by voicing tion among international and his agreement with Exline’s local students. statements and the “limitless” Peng is also concerned potential of SGA. He stated with the English as a Second that, “the crux of the issue Language program. From his comes in inspiring each and observations, Peng sees inevery one of you [students].” ternational students that are Although students may for- stuck in a stalemate in their get that SGA exists to repre- ESL courses and unable to sent them, SGA cannot forget start on core requirement its devotion to the students, classes. Salazar said. The debates concluded “I want you to get angry with a four-round questioning if you are angry about some- of the two presidential candithing. I want you to support dates. Exline and Salazar outwith conviction those things lined their experiences that you live for.” Salazar said. will contribute to their sucUp next were the vice-pres- cess if elected president. idential candidates who each Both presidential candiresponded to two questions dates again mentioned the relevant to their desired posi- initiatives outlined in their intion. troductory speeches. Vidur Sharma, running Exline said that besides unopposed for VP of Finance increasing speed of the mail on the Limsystem, itless ticket, he aims to stated that “push for the role of student the Finance concer ns The de-chartering committee is that are to stay objec- process was not larger than tive and conwe something meant to what sistent. think we “ T h e make students fear can actuamount of ally, or tanmoney re- SGA or be angr y gibly make maining in with us. changes the Student to.” He Activity Fee said, “a should not -Keilah Johnson united stube a factor in dent body determining can rewhether the ally make money a group is requesting changes to a university even if is an unfair burden or not,” he we don’t believe we can.” said. In addition to encouraging Sharma also acknowl- student involvement, Salazar edged “the money is not limit- hopes to work on providing less.” more scholarships for stuThe panel posed a question dents. relevant to candidate for VP of “The most important thing Student Organizations, Keilah we come here [to SLU] for is Johnson, regarding the con- the experience of others and troversial CSO de-chartering an education.” process attempted last semesIf money issues are preter. venting students from at“The de-chartering pro- tending SLU, Salazar said, he cess was not something wants that to change. meant to make students fear Despite the limited candiSGA or be angry with us,” she date selection, some students said. feel that the election will still Johnson expressed that be exciting. before de-chartering is recon“I’m sure any of them sidered, there needs to be a would be perfect for a seat on thorough study of the 151 or- the E-Board of SGA,” Junior ganizations on campus. Rodney Pruitt said. The final VP position quesDespite slim student attentioned the sole contested VP dance, students thought the position, International Affairs. debate was constructive.   Yiqing Huang, of the Limit“It is definitely always good less ticket, highlighted her to see student leaders stepplan to create maps extending ping up to the plate,” Pruitt beyond SLU’s campus for in- said. They asked them some ternational students to adjust hard questions.” Continued from Page 1

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John Mozeliak has been the general manager and vice president of the St. Louis Cardinals since the 2007 season. He won his first World Series as a GM this past season. plause and chuckles acknowledged the contract status of a recently departed St. Louis slugger, which had until then been referred to as “recent events,” and “a negotiation like that.” Finally, Mozeliak addressed questions about “HeWho-Must-Not-Be-Named”

before returning to his main theme. For all those who have been living under a rock the past few months, Mozeliak was referring to a certain Albert Pujols. Mozeliak cited management and leadership as “crucial for defining success and for how you will be success-

ful,” whatever the circumstance. BSGA hopes that Business Week will give them the tools to succeed in business and to answer two questions Mozeliak believes are essential to that success: “Do you have the passion?” and “What sets you apart from the others?”

Senate recognizes the heroic efforts of student

Kristen Miano / Associate News Editor

Senator Alexander Salazar and Academic Vice President Patrick Grillot give a presentation to the Student Government Association on how to present legislation to the senate. This week’s SGA meeting began with the passing of a bill to recognize the efforts of student Michael Leer, who assisted DPSSS and Residence Life in giving medical assistance to a student. Senate also seated a new senator, gave chartered status to the student group Forte and passed a bill to create a Wellness Fee Committee.

Labré: A helping hand to the homeless SLU’s chapter of Labré was founded because there was a need for it, Bixenstine said, He said that over time, partici- and because of SLU’s commitpants build friendships with ment to service and the Jesuit the homeless people that they mission. see each week, and begin to He felt that there could be look forward to seeing them. a divide between the commu“It means so much more nity on campus and St. Louis that you’re talking with the itself, but that Labré changes people that you’re visiting that, he said. each week, that you remem“I think there’s a disconber each other and care about nect with downtown St. Louis each other, than the fact that sometimes, especially if you you brought a hot dog, or hot don’t have a car, you can get chocolate,” Garven said, “The in a bubble here, never leavfood is more of just an excuse ing campus,” Bixenstine said, to come and “ W h e n visit.” you get In order back from to join Labré, Labr é, When you get back you know pr ospective members doLabré, you you’re need only to from ing someask Garven know you’re doing t h i n g or another right—it member of something right-- it just beLabré to be comes a added to the just becomes a big big part of email list. your life.” part of your life. “The reaA l son we have -Curtis Bixenstine, sophomore t h o u g h a sign-up is t h e y because we find the can’t have homeless like a hunpersons dred people they visit all go out and overwhelm approachable, members of the people that we see each Labré exercise caution in deweek,” Garven said, “But any- termining what locations they one who wants to be a part visit. Since the program’s inof it is more than welcome to ception, there has not been come out with us.” an incident involving safety, The CSO, which initially Bixenstine said. reached students through “We haven’t run into any word of mouth, is continuing situation to where any of us to spread thanks for being felt unsafe,” Bixenstine said. chartered, said sophomore In addition to the Monday Curtis Bixenstine. outings, Labré holds fund“We’ve had, since our raiser events near campus CSO hearing, lots of sena- and collects donations for the tors emailing me to get on the poor. Labré held an event at email list,” Bixenstine said. the Moolah bowling alley last Garven said that the Delta semester, in which the organiSigma Pi business fraternity zation raised over $1,100 and had also joined to do service collected over 200 coats and for the homeless. blankets, Bixenstine said. Continued from Page 1

Contraceptives: Cause of controversy with Church Continued from Page 1

legislation as a “direct attack on our religious freedom.” Carlson encourages Catholics to “commit [themselves] to prayer and fasting” in addition to contacting members of Congress, in hopes of repealing this legislation. Senior and Students for Life member, Thomas Piolata, intends to do just that. “Part of being Catholic is fidelity to the teachings of Mother Church. The church teaches that contraception and abortion are hurtful to the human person and obstruct progress toward justice and love,” Piolata said. While some, including President Obama, consider the altered legislation to be a compromise between religious rights and right to access health care, Piolata disagrees. “The problem with this rights-rhetoric consists in the fact that it undermines the nature of the human person and religious freedom,” Piolata said. However, not all SLU students are in agreement with the Archbishop’s letter, or think the legislation attacks religious freedom or the Catholic Church. Freshman Michael Deisting says that the Archbishop’s letter failed to recognize the other side of the argument. “The Catholic church is still allowed to teach what it wants to teach, preach exactly what it wants to preach. The federal government is saying that women as U.S. citizens should have access to contraceptives without a question, and it’s their choice to use it,” Deisting said. Freshman Brandon Sampson echoed Deisting’s statement, criticizing the precedent of the Church over the

rights of American women. “... the Archbishop places the importance of Catholic Church policies over the rights of women in America. The Catholic population the Archbishop appeals to is split on approval of President Obama’s latest legislation, and, more broadly, on the use of contraception,” Sampson said. “Archbishop Carlson employs strong rhetoric, using patriotic symbols of immigrants and industry,” Sampson said. Regardless of attempted compromise, Students for Life said they stand with the Church because they see dignity in every life, beginning at conception. Students for Life also said that preventing a possible life through contraception or sterilization denies him or her this dignity. According to Jessica Stukel, senior and president of Students for Life at SLU, the law does not shield violators from their conscience. “Even those exempt from the mandate will still be forced to violate their conscience,” Stukel said. “If an employee at an exempt institution wants coverage for contraception or sterilization, the cost will be covered by the premiums of the employer and it’s employees, including those who object to it.” President Obama defended the mandate in his Feb. 10 press release, stating that “women who work at these institutions will have access to free contraceptive services, just like other women, and they’ll no longer have to pay hundreds of dollars a year that could go towards paying the rent or buying groceries.” All insurance-providing institutions will be given a maximum of one year to comply, giving them until August of 2013 to provide the new coverage.

Biz Week : Business figures offer advice Continued from Page 1

Vachio said. “It was a lot of fun, like it is every year.” While preparing students for success, Business Week also features an event to teach students how to deal with less-than-ideal workplace moments and have a laugh in the process. On Feb. 16, SLU alumni will appear at the Business Gone Wrong forum to share stories of jobs and interviews gone wrong and to give advice on how to avoid common pitfalls. “Some alumni will come in and talk about awkward experiences they had in the work place and how to avoid them,” Sondag said. “If you can’t avoid them, they’ll tell you what to do if it actually happens.” Presentations on “The Power of Schmoozing” and a local entrepreneurship success story will round out the week. On Feb. 16, Tessa Greenspan and Terri Arscott, both prominent in networking circles throughout St. Louis and Missouri, will teach students the “Power of Schmoozing.” Their presentation will focus on honing networking skills and winning over individuals. On the Feb. 17, SLU alumnus Chris Sommers will share his entrepreneurship success story. Sommers is the founder of St. Louis favorite and nationally-known Pi Pizzera. After graduating from SLU, Sommers moved to San Francisco in 1998. While living there, he convinced the owner of his favorite local pizzeria to sell

him the recipe to his deepdish pizza crust. Sommers returned to St. Louis, and in 2008, he opened his first Pi Pizzeria. “Having someone from SLU who’s been out there on their own and created something from the ground up gives a lot of credibility to our Business programs,” junior Eddie Desecki said. To put a formal stamp on the end of the week, a Business Week Gala will be hosted on Feb. 17 for students. There will be food and beverage, dancing and decorations in the Business School atrium. According to Sondag, the Business School hosts formal events on a regular basis, but rarely for students. “A lot of formal, professional, high-level events are in the B-School all the time, but very few are focused on students only,” Sondag said. “One thing we want to do is involve as many students and organizations as possible, and what better way to bring them together than a formal ball?” For Vachio, Business Week offers opportunities invaluable to business students. “It’s really nice for students looking for internships and other opportunities outside of the classroom, and I think it’s a great way to get kids motivated towards what they’re going to do after SLU,” Vachio said. “I think it has an indirect effect for all the right reasons.” Sondag hopes students realize the opportunities the week brings. “Really, you never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll get out of it,” Sondag said.


The University News Thursday, February 16, 2012


Science Briefs NEW STARS FORM The APEX telescope, located in Chile, has observed a cloud of interstellar gas and dust in the Taurus constellation. In this cloud, called the Taurus Molecular Cloud, one young star is visible and a new one is in the process of forming. Stars are created when clouds of dust, such as this one, collapse under their gravity and break into packed bunches. These bunches can develop dense cores, containing hydrogen, that will ignite a fusion reaction when the conditions are right. This is exciting for astronomers who are hoping to learn more about stars’ beginnings.

FOUR NEW CHAMELEON SPECIES FOUND A research team from the Zoological State Collection of Munich has found four tiny species of chameleons in Madagascar. The smallest of the four new species is less than an inch long in length.

PYTHONS CONTINUE TO TERRORIZE EVERGLADES The increase in Burmese python population over the past couple of decades has rapidly decimated the mammal population in Southern Florida. These snakes are a result of pet pythons being released into the Everglades and then breeding. It is estimated that 30,000 are living there now. Their large appetites are taking a large toll on the ecology of southern Florida. The state is not taking efforts to prevent pet owners from being able to possess large snakes and prevent the transport of large snakes into Florida.

Upcoming Events Now Showing at the St. Louis Center Science Center: “Space Junk” Discover the orbit of debris and junk that surrounds our planet Tickets $9

The da Vinci Machines Exhibition Now is your chance to see working reproductions of da Vinci’s machines and lost paintings recreated. Also, visitors have a chance to learn about the inventor’s mysterious Mechanical Lion. This exhibit has been loaned to the St. Louis Academy of Science by the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence. Now through Feb. 28 10am-6:pm every day, $8 with avoucher from academyofsciencestl. org/events.

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It is no secret that the transition to dorm life, hectic schedules and demanding classes make regular, restful sleep difficult for the average college student. What students may not realize is the toll certain poor sleep habits may take on the body. Sleep is important no matter what stage of life you are in. It is a common misconception that your body has stopped growing and changing when you are in college. The frontal lobes of your brain, which are important for higher cognition such as reasoning, creativity and long term memory, are still developing in your 20s and are definitely affected when you are sleep deprived. Adequate sleep is particularly important for the learning process. What we learn during the day is replayed in our brain during sleep, according to Dr. Michael Anch, a biological psychologist who teaches the Science of Sleep at Saint Louis University. Being tired in class will also affect your academics. “You can’t learn when you sleep and it is difficult to learn when you’re sleepy,” said Anch. According to the Yerkes-Dodson Law, you are likely to be performing your best when you are not too tired, but not too anxious either. Many students tend to use caffeine to offset the effects of sleeplessness, which can cause you to be unfocused and anxious in class if you consume too much. “People get in the cycle of compensating for a poor night’s sleep by...having a million coffees the next day, and it can amplify some of the psychological effects. If you’re all amped up on caffeine and you haven’t had much sleep, you’re probably going to be a little more irritable,” Katie Kriegshauser, a clinical psychology doctoral student who works with insomnia patients, said. Kriegshauser states that lack of sleep can lead to other physical and mental problems. “Things like depression and anxiety have a two-way relationship with sleep,” she said, “Lack of sleep can make you more depressed and anxious, but if you are depressed, a common symptom of depression is sleep difficulties.”

These difficulties include trouble waking up, falling asleep and staying asleep. If you are not sleeping because of stress, being tired will exaggerate those symptoms. Irritability and decreased attention are common results. Also, the less you sleep, the more likely you are to catch a cold or be susceptible to infection. In general, physicians need to take sleep into more consideration when making a diagnosis, a problem Dr. Anch believes should be taken into account in medical schools. “The bottom line is the majority of physicians don’t know [anything] about sleep...a complete understanding of any physiological system requires and understanding of how that physiological system changes during sleep.” With sleeplessness, diet and exercise definitely become harder to moderate. “You are less likely to inhibit those impulses to not Salsarita’s and get a giant burrito,” Kriegshauser said. People generally

People are convinced that they need eight hours [of sleep], and then they get extremely anxious when they’re not getting [it]. -Katie Kriegshauser

lose their motivation to exercise or eat healthy because it requires more effort. There are many social, behavioral and physical factors that affect sleep. Two major components that influence everyone’s sleep, regardless of any other circumstance, are referred to as processes S and C. Process S is the homeostatic drive your body feels for sleep; the basic need for sleep. Process C refers to the circadian rhythm, which is basically your internal clock that dictates how alert you are throughout the day. That “2:30 crash” you feel is a result of Process C. “2-6 a.m. and p.m. is when you are most sleepy” said Anch. This is a result of fluctuations of your core temperature. When your body temperature drops, you are going to feel more tired because

Sleepless in St.Louis when you sleep, your body naturally gets cooler. One of the biggest culprits of students’ sleep deprivation is schedules. Whether you love or hate your roommate, there is always the likelihood that you will have incompatible schedules- not necessarily class and job schedules, but sleep schedules as well. “If you are a night owl and you’re living with someone who goes to bed at...8 or 9 o’clock, that’s going to be a really difficult thing to resolve,” explains Kriegshauser. “In that case, it might just be setting up the environment so that it works” for all parties. She recommends arranging rooms so that if one person uses their laptop late at night, it will not disturb others, or making sure that after a certain time, if you are not sleeping, you are not in the room bothering those who are. About one-third of the population will experience insomnia at some point in their life. However, the amount of sleep a person needs is very individualistic, and even that is a problem. “That’s the number one myth...people are convinced that they need eight hours, and then they get extremely anxious that they’re not getting [it],” said Kriegshauser. Sleep drunkeness is also a common problem amongst students. It is essentially what happens when you sleep for too long and feel more tired when you wake up. Maintaining good sleep hygiene is important to better sleep. Anch said that the literature suggests not using beds for anything other than

sleep and sex. It becomes a problem when you associate your bed with a place for watching T.V. or doing homework. Kriegshauser recommends regulating your waking time so that you wake up around the same time everyday. “If you’re trying to get your sleep in shape, you should be waking up [at] the same time everyday, even on the weekends.” she said. There are a number of easy things one can do to improve sleep. Exercise and diet play an important role. Exercising about half an hour a day will help you fall asleep, as long as you do it at least three hours before sleeping. Eating a meal high in protein will help you stay awake and alert in class, whereas eating a carbohydrate-laden meal will make you feel sleepy. Limit nicotine, alcohol and caffeine use. If you have difficulty falling asleep, make sure your room is completely dark. Melatonin is naturally released when it is dark. If you have a hard time waking up in the morning, bright light can help. Melatonin supplements can also be bought to aid your body’s natural sleep process. For more information on Dr. Anch’s work and tips for sleep, visit If you are experiencing any serious sleep problems, SLUCare has a Sleep Disorders Center.

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According to the circadian rhythm, the times of day when you are most tired are between 2:00-6:00 a.m. and 2:00-6:00 p.m.

On average, college students need 7-9 hours of sleep. However, there is no “right amount of sleep.” How much sleep a person needs is very individualistic.

Improving health with Global Brigades By LIZ KIEFER Science Editor

In keeping with the Jesuit mission, Global Brigades is crossing borders to serve the less fortunate. Over winter break, the Saint Louis University chapter of Global Brigades sent members to Ghana, Honduras and Panama in efforts to help build and improve the infrastructure in rural communities with an aim for improving overall health. Global Brigades Inc. is non-profit service organization for students that is divided into nine different focuses: architecture, business, dental, environmental, law, medical, micro-finance, public health and water. According to Monica Kao, the president of Global Brigades at SLU, “Together, [the different programs] make up a holistic approach to health that’s more sustainable that the efforts of any of these disciplines acting alone.” In one way or another, each of those brigades affect health and are important to building infrastructure. This past trip was able to send six groups out to different communities. Fourteen students from the Global Medical Brigades spent ten days in Ghana. “[It] of the very first U.S. groups that Global Brigades had ever

brought there,” said Kao, who had been on the trip. Seventy-six health professionals, faculty and students were sent to Honduras as part of the Global Medical, Global Dental, Public Health and Global Water Brigades. Finally, eight students went with the Global Environment Brigades to Panama, which was the first time SLU sent a brigade to help with the environment, and the first trip SLU’s chapter has been involved with in Panama. The populations targeted in these countries by the Brigades are chosen from the Global Brigade’s in-country research teams who evaluate the countries and communities. Kao explained that they look at“factors such as safety, political stability, health and economic need, existing infrastructure and access to an established NGO network.” One aspect the group really looks for is a community that is willing to accept their help and keep working towards improving their health. Sustainability is highly emphasized. “The thing that really sets Global Brigades apart from other service organizations and NGOs is its commitment to sustainability,” said Kao. “Each brigade is only in-country for anywhere between seven to 10 days, but

the work that we do through Global Brigades goes on yearround.” The vision for this program is “to improve equality of life, by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet,” according Global Brigades’ website. Currently at SLU, there are only six different brigades but Kao is hopeful for growth. “Many of our students tend to be those studying the health sciences or other related majors,” she said “but we hope to attract many more service-oriented individuals from the business and law schools once our business, micro-finance and law brigades have been recognized by the University.” Although there are no trips coming up, there are plenty of events the organization is hoping to bring to campus to raise awareness and create more interest for all nine Brigades. “This year, we’re directing some of our best efforts towards fundraising for Global Brigades’ new Campus for Holistic Development in Ghana,” said Kao. SLU’s chapter would like students to look for upcoming fundraisers, including one club event a semester, guest speakers and other events.

About one-third of the population will experience insomnia at some point in their lives.

The science behind ‘Breaking Bad’ I’d bet that enrollment in chemistry courses would expand past pre-med students and chemistry majors if Walt W h i t e were the instructor. Walt is the main character in the s e r i e s GABRIELE “BreakGREETS ing Bad” ,which will begin its fifth and final season this year on AMC. The basis of the series is that chemistry teacher Walt White is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and enters the business of producing and selling crystal meth in order to earn enough money to support his family when he passes. Simply put, crystal meth is a process of reducing and altering either ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which are found in common cold and allergy medicines. However, the process is extremely dangerous due to the possible hazardous vapors produced and potential explosions that may occur. The science behind the making of meth is on the fore-

front of the producer, Vince Gilligan’s, mind. In an interview with Gilligan published in Chemical & Engineering News, he cries out for assistance from a chemistry expert who can help guide the show to portray more accurate science. With 165,000 geeky subscribers, one would assume a large volume of interested chemists would step forward. Surprisingly, only one brave soul was up to the challenge: Donna Nelson, a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to the assistance of Nelson, the show was using online sources such as Wikipedia for their science information. Nelson justified her help with the show as an act of community service by helping reduce the amount of bad science seen on television. The details of the science provided by Nelson are showcased in an episode where White asks his fellow meth maker Jesse to purchase a plastic container to store hydrofluoric acid in. Jesse returns with a glass jar, to which White responds by saying, “You see, hydrofluoric acid won’t eat through plastic; it will, however, dissolve metal, rock, glass, ceramic. So there’s that.” Who knew?


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University should foster programs central to mission and character Whether it is marriage, adoption, choosing a major or cutting academic programs, big decisions often require careful deliberation, consultation and much time. The board of trustees recently exhibited this wisdom in their choice to postpone a final decision on cutting two academic programs: Family Counseling and Therapy and Public Policy Studies. We applaud this decision to take more time to evaluate the two academic programs, but we expect that the University shall not choose to cut the programs on the sole basis of their profitability. The thought of dissolving these programs is alarming to Saint Louis University’s mission. Cutting academic programs does not demonstrate “fostering programs” that will intellectually strengthen the SLU community. Perhaps this is a problem that can be dealt with through “wiser allocation of resources” in order to keep academic programs alive and help them to expand. Not only should the University continuously build on its academic versatility and scope, but programs such as Family Counseling and Therapy and Public Policy Studies are directly pertinent to the urban characteristic of our university.

Recyclemania offers opportunity for students to build sustainability at SLU Student Government Association’s in- done incorrectly, the efforts of recycling can volvement in Recyclemania is a great way to be wasted. If recycled objects are contamiteach students about recycling and get the nated with food or toxic material, this can be University collectively involved. hazardous to waste in general, and the obAn age-old phenomenon, recycling is not jects will not be recycled. the most serious comRecyclemania will mitment for most peobe a great opportuniple. Recent debates ty for students to parabout climate change ticipate in campushave given recycling wide sustainability a different appeal, efforts. Participating although there have It should be remembered students should not been few eloquent only encourage their and convincing arguto take part in that the University’s peers ments on it since Al the competition, but Gore and Elizabeth to take it serioussustainability efforts begin also Kolbert. ly and learn the corUsing the spirit of rect way to recycle. with the students. competition, RecyIt should be reclemania is a great membered that the way to make students University’s sustainexcited and motivated ability efforts start about recycling. It is with the students. If also a great opportunity to educate students students expect the University to step up its about recycling and show them the correct sustainability efforts, they should be willing way to recycle. to become more responsible for their enviWaste Management’s Think Green web- ronment and learn more about how waste site ( is a great re- is handled and how recycling can help the source to learn how to recycle responsibly. If environment.

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These programs pertain to the betterment of society and ser ve a direct purpose in building and nurturing the community, and an urban university such as SLU should do its best to keep these programs afloat and develop further. The administration should reevaluate what it is losing by cutting these programs. Furthermore, if criteria about cutting academic programs are not narrowed and followed strictly, this opens way for further cutting of programs that may not thrive as well as the University would like, and who knows what those programs could be. In these decisions, it is not only those departments and their faculty that will be affected, but the entire SLU community is involved, as it should always be. Ever ybody should be involved in the decision, it’s not just about these departments, but what we want from our education. While it is easy to cut academic programs, bringing them into being is much more difficult and keeping them alive and well, while still more difficult, should be the rewarding motive that keeps any university running. We urge the administration to consider this as they come to make a final decision in two months.






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The problem with this rightsrhetoric consists in the fact that it undermines the nature of the human person and religious freedom. - Thomas Piolata, senior in the College of Arts and Sciences

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This year we’re directing some of our best efforts towards fundraising for Global Brigades’ New Campus for Holistic Development in Ghana. - Monica Kao, junior in the School of Public Health

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Every meal was pancakes. I ate a s***load of pancakes. Beer and pancakes. - Mark Holzum, junior in the College of Arts and Sciences

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Catholic Church receives federal funds but refuses laws Parking fees I am a practicing Catholic. I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and I plan to vote for him in November. I believe that health care is a univerCommentary sal right, that life begins at conception, that separation of church and state means that the government should not intrude on the rights and practices of religious Derrick Neuner organizations and also that no religious organization has the right to intrude on the ability of the government to implement laws that benefit the public. In the recent debate about the decision of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to require health insurance plans to cover contraception drugs, regardless of religious affiliation, it is not President Obama but the leaders of the American Catholic Church that are wrong. I do not begrudge those who wish to have an informative, substantial debate about religion’s place in government. However, I refuse to accept the demagoguery coming from the conservative right and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) decrying this move as an attack on religious freedom. While some argue that this is a blazing attempt by Obama to control the Church, I argue that this is simply a matter of that funny thing called the separation of church and state. The number-one payer to hospitals and health care providers in this country is Medicare, followed by Medicaid. Medicare and Medicaid are two government-run programs that provide health care coverage for citizens 65 years and older or those below the poverty line, respectively. In 2010, according to the 2011 Medicare Trustees Report, Medicare alone paid out $516 billion in claims. There is no doubt that fine Catholicaligned institutions received their fair share of that pot. Let me ask: If a Catholic institu-

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five Grammys in 2008. Winehouse put British songstresses on the American music radar and Houston— Guinness World Records’ “Most Awarded Female Act of All Time”— paved the way for black females, with a voice that will never be forgotten. To reduce either of the legacies of these powerful, talented women as pathetic junkies is to shortchange the generations whose lives would have been remarkably different without them. I am not simply referring to their family and friends. I am referring to the black women who were virtually ignored by the media, and relegated to singing backup doo-wops for other male vocalists. I am referring to the likes of Adele and Lily Allen, who fought for recognition on the American music charts. I am referring to people like me, who donned a beehive and thick eyeliner in solidarity with someone they didn’t even know, simply because they believed in them. Winehouse was my hero, but she was also someone’s daughter. Someone’s aunt. Someone’s estranged wife. She had a family, Houston had a family, and their families have been destroyed by drugs and addiction. Sadly, Houston and Winehouse made countless, unsuccessful attemps to rehabilitate. They, like so many others before them, were the unfortunate possessors of an addiction so powerful, rehab could not save them. Their struggles should serve as testament that drugs tear families, lives, careers— everything— apart. And so, we say goodbye to another music legend. These few words cannot even begin to soothe the unbearable grief of loss, or the pain of a life taken too soon: We miss you, we love you, and we’ll be seeing you.

Parking meters are outdated and inefficient in their present state near Saint Louis University and the surrounding areas. My argument, Commentary previously, had some issues. My foundational argument outlines that the institution of parking meters is not logical unless it relies on what presently Patrick Olds sits as an illegal act, perpetrated by mostly lawabiding citizens. This illegal act is allowing a parking meter to expire. That’s it. First comes a prevalently issued $10 parking ticket, followed by the fees of not paying the aforementioned ticket. If a student does not have the necessary income to pay off five parking tickets, then the wheel lock follows with the tow truck right behind. Does that come off as extreme? The first issue is the idea that just because we don’t live in a bigger, more expensive city, SLU students and faculty should count their blessings and be thankful that a $10 ticket is all that we have to pay. Just because people in those other cities are royally ripped off or are choosing not to deal with the problem, it is not reason for students, faculty and staff at SLU to sit and do nothing. Parking and Card Services at SLU gives the alternative to use parking meters instead of buying a month- or semester-long parking pass. How many people deal with the issue of lost disposable income just by trying to attend, teach or maintain a class in an institution of higher learning? Furthermore, how many students, faculty and staff must make very difficult decisions if their car happens to be locked and/or towed? It should be considered by those that lead this institution and the City of St. Louis. The necessary function that many parking meters serve is the movement of traffic in and out of the city. It is meant to keep people moving in a city so that businesses can function with the accessibility of parking. This would be a valid critique if we were downtown, closer to the Arch or even in an area of many independent businesses. The point is that we are not. Take, for instance, the businesses in the strict vicinity around SLU. Humphrey’s, Diablitos, Jimmy John’s and Crazy Bowls and Wraps each have their own parking lots. What other businesses rely on the “flow of traffic” method in order for any kind of business? I cannot think of any, and if there are, they are in the minority. The “flow of traffic” idea would be logical if and only if we were surrounded by more independent businesses that relied on their patrons parking at meters. That is not the case. The case, plain and simple, is that for some odd reason, the meters are all different around SLU. Some have a maximum of an hour, and yet others have a maximum of two hours. This should be puzzling to everyone. Meters all used to have a maximum of two hours, but then they were made shorter. Why did that happen? I intern downtown, and those meters are two hour maximums with a far smaller meter maid presence. What is it about SLU students, faculty and staff that makes the government want to poach us as if we were in the safari? These are all questions that must be asked and and addressed. The Student Government Association should be asking questions for the students. This is an immediate concern for many, but there is no available outlet for students to express their frustration. If the students were to actually rally around this issue, things could probably change. Parking pass rates would not go up arbitrarily. Instead, they would have to be weighted by the influence of reasonable (yet inconvenient) alternative of parking meters. Finally, as some food for thought, have students volunteer some time each day to follow the meter maids around and fill the meters before they can write tickets. I don’t think it would take very long for the city to recognize the huge loss in revenue due to the lack of parking tickets issued. If students banded together with all of their spare change and wanted to make a difference, the donation of small segments of time and change could go a long way to changing the city’s mind about how they employ meter maids in force around SLU. If for no other reason, it would be nice to see those meter maids use the same language students, faculty and staff might use when they see a ticket issued for “0:01.”

Erin Everett is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Patrick Olds is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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tion is receiving funds from the federal government, why should it not also have to abide by federal law? Religious institutions are barred from receiving tax breaks from the state – Saint Louis University argued to the Missouri Supreme Court that it was not a religious-run institution to receive a tax break from the city of St. Louis to fund Chaifetz Arena in 2007 – so why should they be exempt from any other public law? If the Church wishes to be clear of providing health coverage that is contrary to its practicing beliefs, then it has a clear option: Refuse to accept Medicare and Medicaid payments. Would Catholic organizations prefer to refuse these programs, potentially reducing the amount of care they can provide for the sick elderly and poor, or accept that they will have to make available contraceptives to their employees? Neither Obama nor DHHS is asking Catholic institutions to hand out Plan B pills or perform abortions; simply, they must comply with a law that all public institutions shall adhere to. Therefore, there is a separation between the church and the state.

The Obama Administration’s exception after the uproar – announced on Friday, Feb. 10 – for Catholic institutions should be celebrated, and yet, astonishingly, the USCCB is still up in arms with the controversy of alleged First Amendment violations from the government. When 52 percent of Catholics agree with Obama’s policy -- and a Public Policy Survey noted that over 68 percent of Catholic women have used contraceptives and 90 percent have had premarital sex -- maybe it is the Catholic Church that should be revising its policies. Again, to be clear, the mandate from DHHS only requires that birth control be an option to employees as part of their health coverage, not that the institution must supply it to the employee. That is a very big difference. Insofar as the argument about the intrusion into the religious liberties of Americans, consider this: On Sunday, Feb. 5, Cardinal-elect Timothy Dolan asked clergy around the United States to remark about the DHHS mandate during their Homily sermon. Dolan issued a “call-to-arms” to the members of the congregation to “restore religious liberty” to the

United States. The Church’s decision to lecture its members about public policy is disgusting, disappointing and absolutely inappropriate. It is the clergy’s duty to discern for us what God’s teaching on a particular matter is and then let us, as individuals of faith in good conscience, make personal and private decisions based on our own convictions. Perhaps the biggest violation of the First Amendment in this debacle is Dolan’s decision to have his letter read aloud in Mass. As an American, I am horrified. Why is it that the Catholic Church cannot evolve in its ideals? Consider: “We must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships and promote adoption.” If you thought that quote came from Pope Benedict XVI, you would be mistaken. Attribute that to the 44th President of the United States: Barack Obama. Derrick Neuner is a senior in the Doisy College of Health Sciences.

Life on the line? Think twice before you utter any words “I’m gonna kill myself” is a statement that has become all too common in our society. This is problematic and we should Commentary start using it less. Most of us don’t even think twice when our friends say this. Unless it’s a dire circumstance, we just laugh it off for the most part and Dustin Paluch tell the person to procrastinate less, or we say, “You’ll be fine on the test.” There is no doubt many of you reading this have seen one of the “Sh*t somebody says” videos on YouTube by now. Perhaps you have seen “Sh*t Sorority Girls Say.” One particular part of the video that stands out is the moment when the actor repeatedly says, “I’m gonna kill myself.” I also notice this same phrase repeated almost every time when students are studying for a big test, writing a long paper that they should have written a long time ago but did not get done until the last minute, or basically any time when they are stressed. The phrase “I’m going to kill myself” has become a way of expressing stressful situations. Even though we use this phrase jokingly, there are many people in this world who never utter those words and just commit suicide. I implore you to stop using it! If you hear someone saying it, honestly check to make sure they are OK. Don’t just say, “I’m here for you if you ever need to talk.” Really bring up the problem and help them find a solution. I have had people tell me they would be around for me if I needed to talk, only to forget about my situation a day later and never even check in to see how I was doing. If you know someone who is struggling, help them find solutions to the problems they encounter so that they know you are more than just words, that you are a friend who will always be there for them because actions speak louder than words. The latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention indicate that 36,909 suicide deaths were reported in 2009, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. I have personally never attempted suicide, but I came close on a few occasions one summer. I can’t explain why I was so depressed; I just found unhappiness in almost everything. I was constantly stressed out, I rarely got to see my friends and my parents were controlling every aspect of my life. So many things just led to my unhappiness. I’m not saying cutting your wrist or killing yourself is the solution to getting rid of pain. My point is that physical pain feels more like a sense of relief than anything when a person is suicidal. People often turn to suicide because they are seeking relief from pain. Remember that relief is a feeling, and you have to be alive to feel it. You will not feel the relief you so desperately seek if you are dead. Some people will react badly to suicidal feelings, because they are either frightened or angry. They may actually increase your pain instead of help you, despite their intentions, by saying or doing things without c a r e f u l thought. You have to understand that their bad reactions are about their fears, not about you. But there are people who can be with you in this horrible time and will not judge you, argue with you, send you to a hospital or try to talk you out of how badly you feel. They will simply care for you. Find one of them. One website that is helpful is According to the site, “Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.” Another resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800273-8255 There are many kinds of pain that may lead to suicide. Whether or not the pain is bearable may differ from person to person. Don’t give yourself the additional burden of trying to deal with this alone. Just talking about how you got to where you are releases an awful lot of the pressure, and it might be just the additional coping resource you need to regain your balance.

Remember that relief is a feeling, and you have to be alive to feel it.

Dustin Paluch is a junior in the John Cook School of Business.

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Whitney Houston: a legend lost A shockwave rippled across the Earth when news broke that pop legend Michael Jackson had died. Blissfully unattached to Commentary his musical contributions, I had no idea what it felt like to lose a mogul until this past summer, when British crooner Amy Winehouse Erin Everett s u d d e n l y passed away on July 23, 2011. After weeks of mourning— which included downloading every song Winehouse had ever recorded, learning all of the words to Jay-Z’s rap in their “Rehab” collaboration and sporting her signature cat eyeshaped eyeliner— I thought I had recovered. And then, on Saturday, Hollywood dealt another blow. My Facebook feed was cluttered by statuses reading “R.I.P. Whitney Houston,” with links to her numerous hits, including “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “I Will Always Love You” and the timeless duet with Mariah Carey for “The Prince of Egypt” soundtrack, “When You Believe.” My heart broke all over again. Winehouse lost an incredibly difficult and incredibly public struggle with addiction at the age of 27 and, just months later, Houston lost the same battle. She was only 48 years old and leaves behind an 18 year-old daughter. Combined with the loss of Jackson in 2009, the music industry as we know it has been devastated. Houston and Winehouse were much more than drugs, alcohol and addiction, and they deserve to be remembered by their accomplishments. Though Winehouse’s short career consisted of only two albums and a smattering of singles, “Back to Black” claimed


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THEATER Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 26 Show times vary by day West Side Story The Fabulous Fox Theatre Tickets available at Thursday, Feb. 16 and Friday, Feb. 17 7 p.m. A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer Saint Louis Room, Busch Student Center Tickets are $10

MOVIES Through Friday, Feb. 24 4:30, 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. Oscar-nominated Short Films The Tivoli Theatre

OTHER Thursday, Feb. 16 4:00 p.m. What Kind of a Monster Am I Now?: Laird Cregar, Oscar Wilde and Queer Film Noir Xavier Annex 203 Lecture by Dr. Ellen Crowell Saturday, Feb. 18 11 a.m. Soulard Mardi Gras Parade

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His friends refer to him jokingly as “The Actor,” but Mark Holzum did not always want to be in the movies. Now, his name appears atop the poster for the new film “Welcome to Shirley.” While he got his start on the stage at age 13 playing Jim in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Holzum, a junior at SLU majoring in theatre, did not take acting seriously until his junior year in high school. A self-identified “sports guy,” Holzum first cut his acting chops as the emperor in “Amadeus.” “That’s the first time it was work. I had to learn French,” Holzum said. “I thought ‘I’m done with this.’” But acting was not done with him. Holzum auditioned for and was accepted into many acting schools including Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but ultimately selected SLU because “here I got to meet real people and live a life. I experienced a broad spectrum of what people feel,” Holzum said. “Our theatre has professionals who really know what they’re doing.” Holzum’s first role in a SLU production was as Gerry in Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa.” The play was directed by theatre professor Gary Barker. “I cast him in large part because of his own personal natural charm which the character needed. He was able to find appropriately this underbelly of the character’s downfall,” Barker said. However, their collaboration did not stop there. Before shooting for “Welcome to Shirley” commenced, Barker ran through some scenes with Holzum to help him analyze the script carefully. “Mark, in life, is very eager to be good, and this carries over to his acting,” Barker said. He recalled how Holzum “would come to rehearsal with an openness, and really wanted anything a director can give to him to challenge him to go to the next level and deepen the performance.” St. Louis independent filmmaker Joe Weil recognized similar traits in Holzum and cast him in “Welcome to Shirley” after just one audition. “I saw him audition, and it was like ‘that’s the guy,’” Weil recounted. “He came in and nailed it.” “Welcome to Shirley” was

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Junior theatre major Mark Holzum stars in the independent comedy “Welcome to Shirley,” which was filmed in St. Louis. shot entirely in St. Louis over faced the challenges of the 17 days in June. The film had cinematic process. a miniscule budget, roughly Because of the time it takes $15,000. Taking place entirely to set up shots, there was lots in one day, “Welcome to Shir- of waiting on set. ley” examines a mid-western “One time, in someone’s family through a warm, quirky basement, I just pulled out lens as they reconvene after Shoots and Ladders, and a the death of the patriarch and bunch of us started playing,” local bowling legend. Holzum said. While the transition from Similarly, unlike a stage the stage to perforthe screen mance, not can be all thespitough on ans must I saw him audition, be on set at actors, Holzum found all times. it afforded and it was like ‘that’s So, Holhim op- the guy.’ He came in zum did por tunities not meet to infuse and nailed it. the actress subtly into who plays his perhis love inf o r m a n c e , -Joe Weil, terest until choosing to independent filmmaker the day of “mumble” shooting. his lines “I think at times in favor of articulat- we Skyped one weekend,” ing them more theatrically. Holzum joked. “We shot the His choice to take on a more entire relationship on a Saturnaturalistic acting style pays day, the last day of shooting. dividends in “Welcome to We went in complete reverse Shirley,” hitting the dramatic order.” and comedic payoffs in equal In fact, like most film promeasure. But Holzum still ductions, “Welcome to Shir-

ley” was not shot in chronological order. The first day of shooting entailed an emotional scene between two brothers that called for animosity, shouting and cursing. “I blow up in his face over a miniscule thing, and everything pours out,” Holzum explained. And that was just the first day. “Every meal was pancakes. I ate a s***load of pancakes. Beer and pancakes,” Holzum said. He estimates he ate upward of thirty pancakes in a single day, and the entire cast totaled several hundred. On Jan. 3, when “Welcome to Shirley” debuted at the Tivoli, Holzum’s family and many of his friends packed into the theatre to see him make his big screen debut. “I’m sure we had fire hazard issues,” Holzum joked. Junior Kevin Murphy was in the audience. A long-time friend of Holzum’s, Murphy had been excited to see his roommate on the big screen since first seeing the trailer months before. “Seeing him up there was amazing,” Murphy said. “It didn’t seem like Mark. It seemed like his character. He was able to make his best friends forget that was him up there.” Murphy said that he has admired Mark’s acting ability ever sense they shared the stage in high school. “He’s doing stuff that a lot of people look at and say ‘Wow! I wish I could do that,’” Murphy said. Holzum believes the film will resonate with viewers because it deals “with some things that I think a lot of people have to deal with. How do you deal with life when things don’t go your way, or when they do? What is your general outlook when things go down? Besides, everyone has those crazy family members.” The film was well-received and sold out two more shows subsequently. Now, Holzum has his own page on IMDb. com, an infallible sign of celebrity. “That’s silly,” Holzum said with a smile. He admitted that he is “trying to get a picture up there, but [doesn’t] know how.” Even though shooting a film presented its own challenges, the experience reinforced Holzum’s desire to act in the movies. After graduating in December, he will move to L.A. in search of film See “Acting” on Page 10

Una shares student memories, monologues member, said, “Students have come forward with so much gratitude toward us for telling In support of the V-Day the stories, especially when global campaign to end vio- they have gone through similence against women and lar situations.” girls, Una is premiering “A Although some of the stoMemory, A Monologue, A ries recount trauma, they alRant, and a Prayer (MMRP.) low students to broaden their MMRP is a series of mono- perspectives and have a more logues edited by Eve Ensler, profound understanding of which focuses on a wide the serious issues that so range of issues relating to vio- many people are confronted lence against women and girls with on a day-to-day basis. and has a global perspective. “The SLU Monologues The proceeds from the expands everyone’s horizon, MMRP event are going to the and students have something V-Day Spotlight Campaign, to relate to when they feel as which this year is raising if they are alone,” Theresa money for the women and Meinert, Una core team memgirls of Haiti. ber, said. “It is an extremely In addition, Una is present- powerful and eye-opening exing “The SLU Monologues.” perience to learn about peoThis upcoming event features ple we encounter every day a series of 16 real-life stories and to see that they deal with from members of the SLU so much. These monologues community. show that though experiencThe SLU Monologues fo- es are a part of a person, they cuses on issues regarding do not define them.” sexuality, body image, self-deThe opening monologue, fense, idenentitled tity, gender, “Denial,” rape, domespor trays tic violence The SLU Monologues an indiand sexual expands vidual ever yone’s assault. being in The SLU horizon, and students denial Monologues have something to reabout begives stuing a femdents the op- late to when they feel as inist. The portunity to if they are alone. closing share their monostories while -Theresa Meinert, l o g u e keeping their Una core team member entitled, identities “Friends” anonymous if they so choose. illustrates the struggles that When asked about the people may have with their response that she has gotten friends and how they can from the Monologues in pre- grow apart from them. Howvious years, alumna Caitlin ever, it also brings to light that Bancroft, an Una core team friends are a support system By ZENITA THOMAS Staff Writer

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Una will support the V-Day global campaign with Eve Ensler’s “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer.” when people face tough times in their lives. The performers speak about several different subjects, which is a mere reflection of the wide range of real-life problems that SLU students have deal with on a day-to-day basis. “The stories are vastly different, but at the same time, there is a connection between them,” Bancroft said. “The SLU Monologues represent the true faces of the students in the SLU community, as well as the true stories of those at SLU.” A monologue entitled “Hot for Teacher” is a piece about a student who is sexually attracted to her teacher. This segment addresses how, sometimes, one cannot control one’s own feelings for another person.

“Sometimes, we get feelings for people we don’t expect or we feel that society doesn’t allow,” junior Megan Hill, Una core team member, said. “So, this story is to say that feelings happen, you’re not the only one having them, and it’s okay.” Ultimately, The SLU Monologues and MMRP will raise awareness of a variety of issues experienced by SLU students, and people worldwide. MMRP will take place on Feb. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Saint Louis Room in the Busch Student Center. “The SLU Monologues” will be performed on Feb. 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carlo Auditorium in Tegeler Hall. Tickets for the individual performances are $10 each, or $15 dollars for both.

By CHARLES BOWLES Associate Sports Editor

St. Louis is about to get a little fluffier. Gabriel Iglesias, comedian, is coming to the Peabody Opera House on Friday, Feb. 17 as part of his Stand-Up Revolution Tour. Iglesias was previously in St. Louis in 2010, performing at The Pageant. Iglesias is a well-known comedian who tells jokes about his weight, food, voices, sound effects and everyday experiences. Iglesias is also known for wearing Hawaiian shirts and claiming that he is “fluffy” instead of “fat.” Before starting his official tour around the nation, Iglesias filmed a few television shows under the same title, with a few veteran comedians aiding him in this endeavor. “I always wanted to have my own comedy show because, for the most part, I enjoy all the stand-up that’s on TV, but I wish certain things would [be] different,” Iglesias said to Laughspin Magazine in an October 2011 interview. “A lot of the shows seem generic.” Before he was a comedian, Iglesias worked for a cell phone company, but always wanted to do comedy against his family’s wishes. In 2000, Iglesias got his first break when he was on the sixth season of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series “All That.” After working for “All That,” Iglesias made several cameos in television and film, but not enough to sustain a career. Iglesias then became more recognized by the public when he was a contestant on the NBC show “Last Comic Standing” in 2006. Iglesias became known for his impressions and sound effects on the show. One of his more famous routines recounts how he was pulled over by a police officer after making an illegal turn out of a donut shop. Iglesias said the cop was taking a long time, so he began to eat from the box of donuts he had purchased and then, the cop came to the car and said, “You know why I pulled you over?” Iglesias quickly responded “Cause you can smell it!” pointing to the box of donuts. Iglesias got to the final round of the show, but was disqualified after illegally smuggling in a phone to speak with his family and friends. Fortunately for him, this did not derail his comedy career. The following year, Iglesias got his first Comedy Central special entitled “Hot and Fluffy.” In the special, Iglesias commented on several topics including using his voices and impressions for “evil,” the ills of drinking and driving and the various misadventures that he has with his comedian friends. “Hot and Fluffy” was a very popular stand-up special and is still shown on Comedy Central. In 2009, Iglesias had another Comedy Central special entitled “I’m Not Fat . . . I’m Fluffy.” In this special, Iglesias commented about his relationship with his girlfriend, the six levels of fatness and interacting with his fans after his shows. Iglesias has been touring all over the nation after doing a television stint in Phoenix. One of Iglesias most recognizable jokes is his joke about the six levels of fatness. Originally, the joke had five, but Iglesias changed it to six in 2009 after seeing a noticeably obese man in Texas. The six levels of fatness are, “Big, Healthy, Husky, Fluffy, Damn, and Oh Hell No.” Another popular joke of Iglesias’ is about his experience through drive-thru windows at fast food restaurants. Iglesias will go through the drive-thru again, but use one of his voices, usually a female voice, and say the order again. When he drives up, he says that they will hand him the food, and then “he will let them have it” by repeating the female voice that he just used. The video from his “Hot and Fluffy” special has collected over 11 million views on YouTube. Iglesias’s show will bring the fluffy for all of the city of St. Louis, and tickets are available for purchase through the Ticketmaster suite at



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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Star-studded cast cannot help ‘safe’ thriller Espinoza’s ‘Safe House’ a forgettable addition to action genre Bon Jovi’s most diehard steals the show anytime he is fans get sick of “Livin’ On A on- screen. His cool, calm dePrayer” every once in awhile, meanor and absolute ruthlessand even ness make Frost an exciting “ A b b e y character to watch. Reynolds Movie Review Road” can also turns in a solid perforbe over- mance as the young buck tryp l a y e d . ing to make it big. He doesn’t L a t e l y over-act, and makes the best p e o p l e of the mediocre script he was have also given. been overEspinoza does a fine job l o a d e d keeping the audience on with such edge, and adding just enough b l o c k - pop to keep viewers waiting in Richard pugh b u s t e r s anticipation. The decision to as “The forgo heavy computer-generBourne Trilogy,” “Mission ated imagery makes the film Impossible,” “The Hunt for seem a little edgier, and this Red October” and the “James is reiterated several times in Bond” series— along with rough, in-your-face action semany less memorable films. quences throughout the film. It’s gotten tiresome and, un- Yet, in order for a film to stand fortunately, “Safe House” out, it must do one of two fades into the ever-increasing things: 1. Be better than the blur. other films of that genre, or Daniel Espinoza makes his 2. Do something new and/or Hollywood directing debut in different. The problem with this thriller, featuring Den- “Safe House” is that it does zel Washington, Ryan Reyn- neither of these two things. olds, Brendan Gleeson and It plays out almost identiSam Shepard. Matt Weston cally to the “Bourne” series, (Reynolds) is a young C.I.A. but with a much choppier plot agent trying to move up the and worse dialogue. The film ranks. He seems to be stuck is full of clichés that pop up at the entry-level as a safe like clockwork. America loves house “landlord” until, out of underdogs, but the story of the blue, Tobin “ t h e Frost (Washyoung ington) checks C.I.A. in at his safe agent house (gasp!). It plays out almost w h o Frost is a rogue stumto the bles on C.I.A. agent identically who was once ‘Bourne’ series, but c o r r u p a protégé, and tion and now is enemy with a much choppier ends up no. 1. sticking plot and worse Frost is runit to the ning for his life dialogue. m a n ” and has turned is dried to the U.S. Emout. The bassy for proaddition tection, even though he has of Washington to the cast is no plans of returning to the a welcome one, and there is service. Weston and Frost no doubt that he was one of become the most unlikely bright spots of the film— but, pair when the safe house is that being said, someone who breached, and are twisted walked into the theater late together as Weston begins might have been confused beto doubt whose side Frost is cause “American Gangster” truly on. already came out. Washington, as always, Washington has been there

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Denzel Washington (pictured) and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller “Safe House,” which opened on Feb. 10. and done that. Much like the film itself, his role is a repeat. (And I’ll take Coach Boon of “Remember the Titans” any day.) “Safe House” made the most of the tools it had, but the bottom line is that this genre of film is running out of steam. All negatives put aside, this film was still enjoyable to watch— it is an action film, after all. The fight scenes are a lot of fun, and the car chases are even better. Watching Reynolds work the wheel through the streets of South Africa was an unexpected surprise, and one of the most exciting points of the film. The film also boasts a strong supporting cast. Gleeson revives the nastiness he brought to the big screen as the “Harry Potter” series’ Mad Eye Moody, playing Reynolds’ commanding officer, and Shepard looks perfectly stoic as the chief.

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D THE GOOD The film is very aesthetically pleasing, and Washington does a great job commanding the screen.


Stale and uninteresting. It’s been done before and probably will be again.


Don’t be surprised to see this movie popping up on AMC or FX sometime soon.

Hamburger Mary’s: A pink place to eat, drink The Locust Business District has a brand new, hot pink neighbor. Hamburger Mary’s is only a quick walk Restaurant Review to the east of campus, on Olive Street. T r u s t me— you can’t miss the bold hue of m a g e n t a , Molly Rippinger which alludes to the exuberant interior themes of the restaurant. Dripping with a wide array of colors, textures and motifs, the look of Hamburger Mary’s practically screams fun. I was initially reminded of a retro thrift shop, as I took in the eclectic array of décor. From top to bottom, the space engages all of your senses. When I walked across the checkered floors into the main dining room, my eyes Min Zhuang / Staff Photographer were drawn upwards, following the towering hot pink marble columns to the ceil- Hamburger Mary’s features signature burgers and pink interiors. Described as an LGBTing, where disco balls and friendly venue, the franchise motto is “an open-air bar and grille for open-minded people.” chandeliers hung. Colors vibrantly popped from all direc- everyone is welcome. Erny you can get half off all of their upstairs wine lounge— that’s tions, enticing me to further and his team have continued cocktails. (Part of the fun the third level, for those who explore the dining room. the great tradition of the fran- comes in ordering the clever- are counting, so, yes, this While Hamburger Mary’s chise by providing a place ly named concoctions— “One place is huge! The patio will may not be the best setting for people to enjoy food and Anna Kournikova, please!”) have a full bar, and the wine for a romantic first date, it drinks in a fun environment. Hamburger Mary’s is an lounge will have roof access instead offers a free-spirited As the name suggests, excellent addition to the SLU made complete by a gorgeous and upbeat atmosphere to the Hamburger Mary’s menu has neighborhood that will only view of the Arch. SLU community. an extensive array of burgers. improve when spring finally So, if you are looking for Mark Erny, the proud These delicious creations are rolls around St. Louis. Erny a place with personality, stop owner, described Hamburger sure to fill up the most raven- shared some of the upcoming by Hamburger Mary’s, where Mary’s as an all-encompass- ous carnivore, but if you’re plans with me that include a you can have great food, ing restaurant with long- looking for lighter fare, they fantastic outdoor patio and an drinks and fun! standing traditions. also have a great selection of The motto of the franchise sandwiches, wraps and salis “an open-air bar and grille ads. for open-minded people.” Lunch begins at 11 a.m. Erny told me daily. The of Mary’s hiskitchen tory, which remains began in sunopen until ny San Franmidnight The patio will have a S u n d a y cisco back in 1972. The es- full bar, and the wine t h r o u g h tablishment We d n e s emphasized lounge will have roof day, and a fun loving, access made complete u n t i l all-accepting 1 a.m. attitude that by a gorgeous view of Thursday openly sup- the Arch. through ported the Saturday. gay and lesPrices are bian comreasonmunity, a tradition continued able, with burger prices averhere in St. Louis. aging at $10 and most sandWhile drag queens may wiches around $9. If you can, take over for a wildly popular try to stop by during happy show each Saturday night, hour from 5 to 7 p.m., when

ABC sitcom promises many ‘Happy Endings’ Countless sitcoms and the Chicago fire. comedies have attempted to The Valentine’s Day spefill the void in “Friends”-lov- cial showcases some of the ers’ hearts show’s best features. Penny by taking cannot break up with her Television Review its for- boyfriend because it is too mula for close to the holiday. This dis u c c e s s lemma leads Penny to create (a group the term “break-up window,” of young a time around holidays and friends in- major events in which it is volved in uncouth to break-up with r o m a n t i c one’s significant other. This r e l a t i o n - “Seinfeld”-like naming of ships who social phenomena extends Jimmy Meiners live in a throughout the show. major urFurther elevating the show ban area) and making a few is its level of specificity, like minor adjustments. To name the discussion of one chara few: “Better With You, Cou- acter’s first e-mail account pling,” “Perfect Couples,” (threesomechaser@pulasky“Friends with Benefits,” “Mad Love,” “Traffic Light,” “Rules “Happy Endings” successof Engagement” and “How I fully adapts the “Friends” forMet Your Mother.” Of these mula to 2012. The characters and a few others, only “How seem fully realized, and the I Met Your Mother” has be- plots take modern twists on come widely popular, though old tropes. During the Val“Rules of Engagement” is still entine’s Day episode, Brad ostensibly on the air. (Damon Wayans, Jr.) plays on Currently in its second sea- the connection to “Friends” son, “Happy Endings” is an- as he imagines his group as other attempt at reliving the the characters from the NBC magic of “Friends.” For exam- show. ple, the show, which follows He calls each of his friends six friends living in Chicago, by their equivalent characters’ began last season with a bride names, including calling Max running away from her wed- “Fat Joey.” Penny is, in some ding— the main plotline of ways, a stereotype (Brad says the first episode of “Friends.” she is the “Phoebe”) with her While the first season was use of “abbrevs” and strange good, the second season is quirks, but she is also a real where the show’s writing real- character with emotional ly flourishes. Recent plotlines depth. have included Max (Adam “Happy Endings” takes Pally) selling his Beanie Baby tired stereotypes and inverts collection to buy a limousine them. One example is Max, for his new career path, and a homosexual, who is deAlex (Elisha Cuthbert) insist- picted as a sarcastic, chubby ing that the Chinese restau- frat “bro” who likes playing rant across the street is se- video games and shooting toy cretly a brothel. guns— yet, he does not mind A B C ’ s talking “Happy Endabout his ings” is not sex life ‘Happy Endings’ like the prearound vious failed successfully adapts the h i s attempts straight formula to at cloning ‘Friends’ friends. “ F r i e n d s . ” 2012. The characters B r a d Instead, it l i k e s r e s e m b l e s seem fully realized, and “girl” more sub- the plots take modern drinks, versive sittwirlcoms on like twists on old tropes. ing and “Parks and watching Recreation,” “Gilm“The League” and “Archer.” ore Girls,” even though he is An example is when Penny straight and married to Eliza (“SNL”’s Casey Wilson) dates Coupe’s Jane. And, each of a man named Doug Hitler, the female characters has eswho later breaks up with her tablished careers, while only because he thinks she is a one of the male characters neo-Nazi who is only dating has a steady job. him for his last name. “Happy Endings” is a worAnother example is the thy addition to any comedy recurring character Scottie fan’s lineup. The irreverent (Seth Morris) who has a pre- yet sensitive tone gives it a dilection for doing inappropri- unique perspective in the teleate things, like frightening vision landscape. If you are a group of tourists by telling looking for a new comedy to them that if you position your- watch, this show rivals “Parks self correctly, you can hear and Recreation” and “Comthe screams of the victims of munity” as a must-see.

Acting: follow-up project in the talks Continued from Page 9

roles, giving his dream a try for a couple years instead of settling for a “safer” path. “What distinguishes Mark is that he is an ambitious young man. I forecast success for him because he was the talent, and he has the drive,” Barker said. A follow-up project with Weil and Psycho Films is already being discussed. Details are not yet available, but Holzum hinted that the next film might be a thriller. “If you know Mark Holzum, you know he’s a stud, and that should be reason enough to see the film,” Weil said. Holzum and Weil are work-

ing to organize a screening of “Welcome to Shirley” on SLU’s campus. In the meantime, Holzum hopes to enjoy his last two semesters at SLU, return to writing creatively, and take a breather from acting before moving to L.A. Holzum said that he knows some people in L.A. who have offered to support him with “a bowl of pasta or a place to do laundry.” Others have offered to help put him in the movies, and Holzum hopes that his experiences will work to cultivate a promising acting career. All he’s got to do is act naturally.




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Billiken Briefs Tennis Weekend The men’s tennis team split two games this weekend, defeating Western Illinois 5-2 but losing to IUPUI 6-1. Drew Feder recorded victories in both matches and also won a doubles match with Nishaad Balachandran. The women’s team cruised to a 7-0 victory over Western Illinois in their only match this weekend. The Bills only lost two games during the entire match and now have a 6-0 record to start the season.

Desirae Ball Desirae Ball won her second Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honor thanks to two consecutive strong games last week. Ball scored 17 points against Temple and 14 points against Saint Joseph’s, shooting 58 percent from the floor. She also recorded five rebounds and two assists. Overall, Ball averages 9.4 points per game in just 28.1 minutes per game. She is the leading scorer for the Billikens over the last seven games, averaging 11.1 points per game.


Men’s Basketball

W 59-51 @ La Salle

W 64-50 vs. Richmond Women’s Basketball

L 50-69 @ Saint Joseph’s

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Billikens demolish Richmond at Chaifetz Squad wins fifth straight game, hold on for second in A-10 close until after the 8:00 media timeout. Then the Bills went on a 7-2 run to extend lead to an 8-point advantage, 23-15. Near the end of the first half, the Bills went 6-0 to extend their lead into doubledigits 31-19, but Richmond scored a quick basket and made a free throw to cut the lead back into single digits and give SLU a 9-point advantage going into halftime, 31-22. The Bills came out a bit slow in the second half and allowed Richmond to cut the lead to 7 points. SLU responded by having a 7-3 run which extended the lead back into double-digits, 40-29. However, the Spiders responded with a quick 5-0 run to cut the Billikens’ lead down to 6 points. The Spiders were not done as they continued to pick away at the Billiken lead as until the lead was at just 3 points. The Spiders had an opportunity to take the lead with 6:24 left in the game, but missed the 3-point attempt that would have tied the game.

By CHARLES BOWLES Associate Sports Editor

The Billikens were not tangled in the Richmond Spiders’ web as they defeated the Spiders 64-50. The Bills (215, 9-3 Atlantic 10) have won their fifth-straight game and continue to hold their second place position in the A-10 Conference standings. Cody Ellis led the team with 14 points. Kwamain Mitchell had 11 points, and Mike McCall Jr., scored 10 points. Off the bench, Cory Remekun contributed 9 points in 15 minutes. “We did not play as smart of a game on the defensive and the offensive end, but we were pretty fortunate that they did not make some of their three pointers,” Head Coach Rick Majerus said. The Bills started off with an early 5-0 lead thanks to an early Rob Loe 3-pointer. The Spiders quickly came within 1 point, but never gained possession of the lead. The game would remain

On the breakaway, Jordair Jett missed a layup, but Cory Remekun had a monster dunk that shifted the momentum back to SLU as the Bills took a 5-point lead. After the dunk, the Spiders could not respond and slowly shriveled under the pressure of the Billikens defense. After a SLU timeout, the Bills went on a 11-2 run that sealed the game for the Billikens as the put their lead into double-digits for the final time. From there, the Bills just added to their lead with a large number of free throws. “That game was a bit like pulling teeth. It was very scrappy. We have to come out tomorrow and have a good another good practice and keep improving upon what we are doing,” Ellis said. After tonight’s game, attendance broke 100,000 for the season, and there are still two home games left in the season. The Billikens will play their next game against Fordham on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. central time at Chaifetz Arena.

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Cory Remekun (32) and the rest of the Bills’ defense stands tall against St. Bonaventure.

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2012 Billikens Baseball Preview

Team projected 6th in the Atlantic 10 baseball conference standings By CHARLES BOWLES Associate Sports Editor

It is time to take me out to the Billikens baseball game. Baseball Head Coach Darin Hendrickson is ready for the 2012 baseball season, which starts this Friday at the Mule Mix Classic against Lipscomb. Hendrickson is entering his fifth season as the Bilikens’ head coach. He hopes to repeat the success that he had with his previous team in 2010, when that team won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship and had an NCAA tournament berth. “This is the best team I’ve had in five years. My guys have bought into the system and the University, and we have a lot of guys who are hungry to win this year after missing the tournament last year,” Hendrickson said. In previous years, Hendrickson has had success at Saint Louis University. When he joined the Billikens in 2007, he increased their win total three years in a row. Hendrickson had back-toback 30-win seasons in 2009 and 2010, and he has won 87 games while at SLU. Hendrickson has does have high expectations for this team. However, the team is projected sixth place in the preseason standings after finishing a disappointing 10th place in conference last year. Despite his high expectations, Hendrickson said that the sixth place prediction was a “fair estimation” for the team -- especially with competition from defending A-10 champion Charlotte and from Rhode Island and Xavier, who are some of the preseason favorites in the A-10 Conference. SLU is in the middle of the

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Teammates Jerry Mancuso (left) and Mike Levine are two key pieces to the Billikens success. They hope to expand on their 2011 season and lead the Bills to victory. baseball pack this year, but Hendrickson said only a few wins last year separated them from the A-10 standings. Though last year’s team missed the NCAA tournament, this year’s team is ex-

perienced and is similar to the 2010 team that made it to the tournament. “On paper, this team has a lot of potential to be one of the winningest teams in my previous years at SLU. This team is

very comparable to the 2010 team,” Hendrickson said. Hendrickson has many seniors on this team who are ready to perform this year. “You can’t put a price tag on maturity, especially with

the amount of seniors we have on our roster,” Hendrickson said. Another key to this year’s team is the fact the entire pitching staff is returning from last year. This includes pitching standouts Alex Alemann and Damian Rivera. Twenty one players from last year’s team are returning to play on this year’s team. The team will play two nationally-ranked teams in the Coca-Cola Classic early in the season. The Bills will play No. 17 Arizona State on March 1 and No. 23 Oregon State on March 3. The team will not play its first home game of the season until March 9, when they begin a three-game series with North Dakota. The A-10 will be a tough conference this year. The Billikens will begin their conference season on March 23 against Temple, but their toughest conference challenge comes at the end of the conference season, when the team will travel to Charlotte to face them in a three-game series. Even with all of this in mind, the Billikens have the experience and the maturity necessary to compete in the A-10. Coach Hendrickson has a lot of confidence in his team this year. “We are going to make some noise this year in the A-10,” Hendrickson said. The senior leadership and conference record will be important in determining the team’s success this year. The Bills have an opportunity to repeat their 2010 campaign by getting into the NCAA Tournament, and they have a similar team that could get them into the tournament for the second time in Coach Hendrickson’s five years at SLU.

W 63-59 vs. Massachusetts Women’s Softball

Around the diamond CF: Jordan Hammerman Junior #7

W 1-0 @ UNC Greensboro

W 2-1

2011-2012 Home Game Schedule

LF: Alex Kelly Junior #15 SS: Mike Levine Junior #1

RF: Jerry Mancuso Senior #4 2B: Alec Solé Freshman #9

@ Jacksonville

W 8-1

3B:Grant Nelson Junior #10

@ Buffalo

SU: Jon Levin Junior #16

W 1-0 (8) @Jacksonville

1B: C.J. Rose RJunior #11

C: Connor Gandossy Senior #6

CP: Travis Parker RSenior #42

March 9-11 vs. North Dakota March13-14 vs. Northern Illinois March 16 vs. Western Illinois March 17 vs. Air Force March 18 vs. University of Tennessee - Martin March 23-25 vs. Temple * April 5-7 vs. Saint Joseph’s* April 20-22 vs. Massachusetts* April 25 vs. SIU Edwardsville May 1 vs. Southeast Missouri State May 3 vs. SIU Edwardsville May 4-6 vs. St. Bonaventure* May 8 vs. Eastern Illinois

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

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>>Women’s Basketball

Billikens bounce back from losing skid

Team prevails against Massachusetts, falls short against Saint Joseph’s By JOSEPH CACCHIONE Sports Editor

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Jeremy Lin The New York Knick point guard went from a rarely-used backup who was sleeping on his brother’s couch to the biggest story in the NBA, scoring more than 20 points in every one of his starts. His name also lends itself to puns, which is “Lincredible” for any writer too lazy to think of his own jokes.

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The Billikens lost a onesided affair to the Saint Joseph Hawks last Sunday in Philadelphia 69-50 but rebounded last night in a hardfought 63-59 victory over University of Massachusetts here at Chaifetz Arena. Against Saint Joseph’s, Desirae Ball and Lorreal Jones carried the team with 14 and 12 points, respectively, providing nearly half of the Billikens’ total offense. Jones just missed a doubledouble and also hauled in eight rebounds. She did, however, commit six turnovers in just 25 minutes on the court. Saint Joseph’s started off strong with a 9-2 run and finished the half just as strongly on a 13-1 run. After trailing 38-16 at the

half, the Bills couldn’t cut into the lead as Saint Joseph’s extended their lead to 51-23. The closest the Bills would make it after that point was after a 3-point play and then a 3-point field goal by Courtney Webb to shorten the lead to 60-44. The Hawks regained control for the rest of the game, finishing with a 19-point lead. Against UMass, three Billikens recorded career highs to help lead the team to victory. Morgan Johnson scored 15 points and seven rebounds, both career highs, and scored 10-straight points during the Bills’ 10-0 run in the first half. Janisha Gearlds pitched in a game- and career-high 10 assists, giving her 350 in her career – the third most in Saint Louis University history. Kim Bee grabbed a personal- and game-best 14 to-

>>Track and Field

tal rebounds, eight of them offensive. Courtney Webb also performed well, scoring a team-high 21 points and draining two 3-point shots. The Bills shot 41.1 percent overall from the field, contributing to their offensive explosion. UMass exploded to an early 15-8 lead until SLU tied the game at 23 with 4:57 left in the first half. Morgan Johnson put SLU back on track with 2:07 left by scoring 10-straight points. The Bills didn’t trail the rest of the game, but never pulled away until UMass committed three-straight turnovers late in the second half. SLU currently has a 9-17 overall record, with a 3-8 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bills travel to Dayton to take on the 16-6 Flyers on Saturday who are currently third in the A-10.

Softball ready for 2012 campaign Track and field prepares for weekend Team hopes to improve on last season’s success Staff Writer

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Jordan Jefferson

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Fordham Rams The Fordham men’s basketball team will travel to Chaifetz on Saturday, Feb. 18 to try and end the Billikens’ recent hot streak. SLU students will be adhering to the philosophy that “Win or lose, Courtesy of it’s still Mardi Gras.”

By Jonathan Auping Staff Writer

Sophomore guard Halee Castleman brings the ball across half court against Mizzou.

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The LSU quarterback claimed that the Tigers’ poor performance in the National Championship was due to bad play calling. No one is quite sure whose side to take, considering the entire country turned the game off in the second quarter.

Michael Johnson / Staff Photographer

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Both the men and women look to dominate the Atlantic-10 By RICHARD PUGH Staff Writer

Senior Brittney Cloudy looks to become one of the most decorated Billikens in Saint Louis University history as the Billiken track team heads into what Head Coach Jon Bell calls “one of the best trips of the year,” the Atlantic 10 championship in Rhode Island. “I think if we perform to our abilities with some added adrenaline for good measure, we will do very well,” thrower Hannah Kuenzel said. Cloudy and the rest of the team look to prove themselves against familiar foes such as Xavier and Dayton in this year’s Indoor Conference tournament. Cloudy looks to add to her combined total of four conference championships in the long and triple jump this weekend as she is competing in both events. Taking home the A-10 won’t be easy at Rhode Island, as Bell described the Rams field house as “small, loud and with the crowd and pressure in your face.” Cloudy won’t be the only Billiken vying for gold. SLU will have a total of 14 athletes

competing this weekend and Bell likes his chances of coming home with several pieces of hardware. Another athlete to watch on Friday is Margo Richardson, fresh off breaking the school’s mile time record. This year’s squad is full of freshman, and while Bell is excited to see how well they can perform, he also acknowledges that anything can happen on the big stage. He’ll look for senior leadership, particularly on the men’s side from Dahmar Smiles and Brian Holdmire. Both athletes are coming off injuries but should still perform well. Bell said that he’s excited to see his seniors “go out with a bang.” The women’s team has fared well all season and will look to place highly in several events, including the 4 x 800 meter relay team and the shot put, where Hannah Kuenzel recently set a school record at Notre Dame throwing a 43-54. This will be the Billikens’ sixth indoor conference tournament and both teams are poised to beat their finishes of sixth and seventh place, women and men respectively. The action begins Friday, Feb. 17 at Mackal Fieldhouse in Rhode Island.

Saint Louis University’s softball team is entering their 2012 season hoping to improve upon their respectable 29-24 record in 2011. The Atlantic 10 head coaches predict the Billikens to finish seventh in the A-10 Conference. SLU returns five position starters, three pitchers and four additional letterwinners from last year’s team, also adding two transfer students and two freshmen. Junior Jessica Buschjost looks to expand on her dominant season last year, in which she hit .331 with 23 runs and 10 stolen bases. “I think this season is going to be better than last season. Not making it to the tourney last year is fueling our fire to work even harder this year. We have the leadership and the abilities to not only be in the A-10, but to take it,” Buschjost said Sophomore outfielder from Iowa Katie Kroeger hit .308 last season for the Hawkeyes and hopes to continue her success here at SLU. She was also a two time All-State selection from Northwest High School in Missouri. With all the predictions and expectations looming in the back of their minds, the

Billikens opened their 2012 season in Jacksonville, Fla., where they won four out of six games at the Jacksonville University Tournament and concluded the tournament on a four-game winning streak. SLU lost the first two games to Buffalo and Virginia Tech. The Bills faced a 6-0 deficit before battling back to eventually lose to Buffalo 6-4. Stand-out Buschjost began the rally on top of the sixth inning with a single, followed by stealing second. Billikens (0-1) faced Virginia Tech that afternoon. Alyson Brand’s grand slam gave the Billikens the lead in the sixth-inning, but Virginia Tech’s offense seemed too potent, slugging for five runs in the seventh-inning, good enough to defeat the Billikens 8-4 on Friday. Saturday was a better day for the Billikens, who found themselves evening out their record with a pair of wins over UNC Greensboro 1-0 and tournament host Jacksonville 2-1. Buschjost advanced on an error by UNC Greensboro’s third baseman, which allowed for Rachel Faletto to reach home, giving the Billikens the win in the top of the second. Sophomore pitcher Julian Austin covered fellow pitcher and senior Hannah Huebbe’s back, throwing the final three

frames to pick up the save. Buschjost led the bottom of the first with a single, was advanced by Kerri Dockins’ sacrifice hit and driven home on Brand’s single to earn the Billikens the tying run. Erin Harcar led off the second inning with a home run that would prove to be the winner, thanks to the stellar pitching performance’s from Huebbe and Austin. Brand’s three-run home run in the fourth inning set the Billikens on the right track to trounce over Buffalo 8-1 Sunday morning. All nine position starters for the Billikens had at least one hit in the game. The Billikens improved to 3-2 on the season. The Billikens went the distance in an extra-inning win to improve their record to 4-2, winning four straight games in their opening weekend in Florida. Faletto’s single drove in Dockins which proved to be all that was needed to push the Billikens past Jacksonville for a 1-0 win the game in the eighth inning. The Billikens travel to the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, in Fort Myers, Fla. for five games. The Bills will face UT Martin, Florida Gulf Coast, Binghamton, Boston College and Delaware.


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