The University News A Student Voice of Saint Louis University Since 1921
Vol. XC No. 24
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Porter OUT: What’s next for the Bills? Men’s Basketball assistant coach leaves for Loyola-Chicago >>SPORTS
Reed not expected to return
SLU marks grand opening of hotel
Lack of alert concerns students
By BRIAN BOYD Sports Editor
Former Saint Louis University men ís basketball star Willie Reed is not expected to return to the Billikens for the 20112012 season, three sources within the basketball program have conReed firmed. Reed’s departure ends a tumultuous year in which he and fellow Billiken Kwamain Mitchell were accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student and dismissed from campus during the Fall 2010 semester. While Mitchell was reinstated to the team in January after separate hearings allowed the players to return to school, Reed, a third-year student, was not granted permission to return to the team. A statement released by SLU on Jan. 7 said that Reed was not re-admitted to the team because of ìssues regarding academic performance and several previous incidents of misconduct. The school said Reed’s case would be reviewed should Reed prove he could meet several conditions set by the school, including proving that he can be a successful student inside the classroom and out at SLU. A professor in the School of Arts and Sciences and former classmates have verified to The University News that Reed has stopped attending classes about three weeks ago and departed campus last week. Friends report that Reed intends to enter the NBA Draft this June. Attempts to reach Reed for a statement were unsuccessful and SLU head coach Rick Majerus declined to comment. Assistant sports information director Brian Kunderman said the school cannot comment on Reed’s eligibility because he is still enrolled at SLU, and federal law prohibits the school from commenting on the academic status of its students. Reed averaged 12.4 points per game and led the team in rebounding (7.9) and blocked shots (73) in 2009-10. He was an Atlantic 10 all-conference honorable mention selection. For his career, Reed made 54 starts, scored 682 points, rebounded 424 boards and blocked 113 shots.
Shah (Yuqing Xia) / Associate Photo Editor
SLU President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. (center) greets guests during an exclusive VIP preview of Hotel Ignacio on Monday, April 4. In partnership with the Lawrence Group, construction began in May 2010 on the boutique hotel, located on Olive Blvd. next to Triumph Grill. Ignacio features 49 rooms and two suites with a modern, Spanish-inspired design. For a slideshow of photos from the Ignacio unveiling, visit unewsonline.com.
Housing moves into new system Process allows for greater student mobility By KRISTEN MIANO News Editor
There were several shifts in the housing process this year, but according to the new Director of Housing and Residence Life, Joshua Walehwa, the process was not shaken. Instead, sign-ups are going according to plan. “For all that has changed, it’s been a successful transition,” Walehwa said. “Apart from a small glitch in the beginning, everything is going well.” This year, the majority of the housing sign up process moved to an online format. Students could view their lottery numbers, their housing appointments and the actual sign up on the Saint Louis University website. Walehwa stated that one of the biggest goals in housing this year was to keep the process as transparent as possible. Multiple information sessions were held prior to the start of sign up, and detailed instructions were posted on the Housing and Residence Life website. “Communication has been essential for us this year, and I think that is why we are off to a good start,” Walehwa said. According to Vice President of Student Development Kent Porterfield, upperclassmen housing moved to a lottery system based on previous feedback that student were unhappy with the old process. No spots were reserved for upperclassmen, but those applying to stay on campus were given a pick of any of the spots still opened. As of April 6, 541 of 673 lottery spots had been filled for upperclassmen housing. Residence Life will have the final number after late applicants sign up, along with any transfer students who may apply. Another difference that affected the housing process this year was the reallocation of the $2,000 housing scholarship to a meritbased award. This change came in the wake of requiring both freshmen and sophomore classes to live on campus. Previously, students who chose to live off campus had to forfeit this part of their scholarship. Now, students can live move off campus with out the risk of losing scholarship money. Despite this, Walehwa said numbers do not indicate that more students than usual are choosing off campus housing. “The numbers are on par with last year,”
Walewha said. “We had just over 2,000 applicants this year.” Frontdoor Apartments, a housing company with several buildings around SLU’s campus, including the Coronado Place and LindellVandeventer apartments, said that they did not see an increase in students using their services, but they did notice students applying earlier. “It may be that they knew earlier that they could live off campus or maybe that they realized the best units in the best buildings rent quickly, so they wanted to get their pick.” Walehwa believes that some students prefer to live on campus because of the wider variety of services provided. “There are great property owners around here, but juniors and seniors tend to want more with their housing,” Walewha said. According to Walewha, academic programs and learning communities tend to be incentives for students to stay on-campus. Additionally, Housing and Residence Life works closer with the student to ensure the best possible experience. “If you don’t like your roommate, a landlord won’t care,” Walehwa said. “They’re focused on keeping things running in the building and collecting rent. We try to help students with things like that.” See “Housing” on Page 3
673 Spots Allocated 541 Spots Filled 2,077 total spots filled
Dating, marriage will be core of agenda, Todd Salzman to speak Ryan Giacomino / Photographer
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year old African-American male running between two parked cars into the driver’s side of the Trailblazer. Several students awoke to Another suspect was in the the sound of gunshots on the vehicle, and according to Asmorning of Monday, April 4, sistant Director of Field Opwhen a Department of Public erations for DPSSS Kenneth Safety and Security Services Hornak, the suspect drove officer fired three shots at a toward the DPSSS officer suspicious vehicle fleeing the bumping against his leg sevformer-Iggy’s restaurant park- en times, forcing him to back ing lot. up into the middle of Laclede Laclede House resident Avenue. The officer had his junior Erin .38 caliber Everett was revolver one of the drawn and students shouted to woken up the suspects by this inciI think it was pretty to halt. dent since T h e her bed- shocking; you don’t ex- s u s p e c t s room faces pect to hear gunshots in revved the Laclede Avengine, and your own home where the officer enue. “I think you feel safe. responded it was pretty by firing s h o c k i n g ; -Erin Everett three shots you don’t exat the vehipect to hear cle, shattergunshots ing the rear in your window. own home where you feel “I support the officer’s desafe,” Everett said. “I am a cision to draw his weapon,” very heavy sleeper, and I was Hornak said. “The vehicle was just trying to figure out what not the target, the driver of happened after I heard the that vehicle was the target.” shots.” The suspects drove east toAt 2:39 a.m., the DPSSS wards Grand Boulevard and officer was patrolling west- are still at large. According to bound on Laclede in a mobile Hornak, the driver of the veunit when he observed a navy hicle is wanted for assault in blue Chevy Trailblazer dou- the first degree. Though the ble-parked in the Iggy’s lot suspects have not yet been facing south toward Laclede apprehended, no safety alert Avenue. The officer got out of his vehicle to investigate when he observed a 16-18 See “DPSSS” on Page 3 By JONATHAN ERNST
Conference to focus on relationships Former men’s basketball star Willie Reed scored 682 points with the Billikens.
DPSSS officer fires at vehicle
By SEAN WORLEY News Editor
“Sex in the City of God” may initially sound like a spinoff of the long-running series “Sex in the City” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, but it is actually referring to the sixth annual undergraduate Marriage, Family and Dating conference to be held April 8-9. The conference, officially titled this year, “Sex in the City of God: Exploring Our Relational Tension in these In-Between Times,” is focused on tensions from any type of relationship, not just on a romantic level as the title suggests, conference chairperson Amelia Blanton said. “Within itself, the focus
sounds really broad, and it is,” Blanton said. “But we’re really focusing on the idea that within any relationship there are problems; there are tensions that cause us to think, and we need to work through those.” Beyond the focus of the conference, it is an opportunity for undergraduate students to present research and arguments. Saint Louis University students have submitted three of the papers. Besides allowing for the presentations by students, the conference will also feature Todd Salzman, Ph.D. Salzman is the current theology department chair at Creighton University. Not only does Salzman teach and administer at
Creighton, he is also known for his authorship, specifically for his collaborative work on “The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced Salzman’s work in 2010. Through a released statement the USCCB said that Salzman and his coauthor, Michael Lawler, “base their arguments on a methodology that marks a radical departure from the Catholic theological tradition.” The USCCB also said that Salzman and Lawler “reach a whole range of conclusions that are contrary to Catholic teaching.” See “Dating” on Page 3
Ryan Giacomino / Photographer
DPSSS officers carry .38 caliber firearms and must qualify at a shooting range two times a year to keep their licence.
Update: $90 Wellness Fee covering several functions By ERIKA MILLER Enterprise Editor
For the first time this year, Saint Louis University students paid an extra $80 a year to fund student counseling services and other health initiatives. When the Student Government Association voted last spring to add an additional $40 per semester Wellness Fee to the $50 Recreation Fee, they increased the range of health and wellness services available to students. The new $90 Wellness Fee brought in $1.7-1.8 million in revenue this year, according to Kent Porterfield, vice president for Student Development. This money is being utilized to retire debt from two construction projects, fund Student Health and Counseling Services, update fitness equipment in the Simon Recreation Center and support other student wellness initiatives. Porterfield said rather than add a separate fee focused on student wellness, combining wellness initiatives with the Recreation Fee allows for more flexibility. “We agreed that the purposes would have to fit this broader context of wellness, in the sense of mind, body and spirit,” Porterfield said.
According to Porterfield, all of the money coming in from the Recreation Fee was paying off debt incurred during the $8 million renovation of the Simon Recreation Center completed in January 2007. As a result, other needs were not being met, such as covering rising costs from Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). SHCS started to accrue debt because many of the services offered are not easily billed through a student’s insurance plan. Porterfield said SHCS will bill for its services, but many insurance plans are not robust enough to cover the services. He also said there is a greater need for counseling and SHCS counselors are being utilized more by students. By using a portion of the Wellness Fee, currently about 20 percent, to help fund SHCS, Porterfield said the University is trying to make it possible for students to use the services, regardless of whether their health insurance benefit pays or not. “We don’t want people to be denied services, so there’s a [cost] piece we have to make up,” Porterfield said. Aside from access to health and counseling services, the fee also covers recreation See “Wellness” on Page 3
Thursday, April 7, 2011
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SLU barber enjoys personal interactions, cuts President’s hair By SEAN WORLEY News Editor
Walking into The Going Thing Hair Co., you are immediately brought back to the era of the barber. A time of the red, blue and white gyrating pole out front, a time when going to get your cut could last hours because of the associated socializing, a time that Larry Cathey, owner and operator of The Going Thing Hair Co., remembers fondly. “Back in the day, the barber’s was a meeting place basically,” Cathey said. “People would come in an hour early to meet people to talk.” Cathey has been cutting hair at Saint Louis University since 1973, where he started off with a location in the Busch Student Center. Cathey now operates his business in the on the bottom floor of the Marchetti Tower West apartments. In his prominent years, Cathey said he had a clientele of over 500 people and would see up to 28 people a day. Now he admits he is lucky to see around four people a day, but the low numbers do not prevent him from continuing to run his business. “I’m not making money anymore, but I stay here because of my people,” Cathey said. “They’re my family basically.” The value Cathey places into his relationships is evident through his stories of helping out clients when money is slim, of going to clients’ weddings, of making house calls for the elderly, of crying when he had to tell people he was going out of business. “I’m going to sound like a big baby, but when I gave people cards saying I was going to close shop, I had tears in my eyes,” Cathey said. “I’ve been with these people for 20, 30 years.” Cathey criticizes the modern industry of hair cutting and dressing because it lacks the personal aspect. He attributes this to the constant need to be working or doing something productive. One thing Cathey said is no longer a priority for people: personal appearance.
THE SLU SCOOP All Information Provided by Department of Public Safety and Security Services
Friday, April 1
12:15 a.m. - ACCIDENT LEAVING THE SCENE A DPSSS officer was struck by a vehicle as he was directing traffic at the close of an event at Chaifetz Arena. The vehicle left the scene and fled South on Compton to Forest Park. The officer refused medical attention.
Saturday, April 2
1:30 a.m. - ASSAULT 2nd DEGREE A student was assaulted in front of the University Heights Lofts building by an unknown subject. SLMPD and EMS responded. The student was transported to SLU ER. 2:20 a.m. - PROPERTY DAMAGE A DPSSS officer discovered graffiti spray painted on a Fordham Parking lot sign and on the side of a trailer parked on the rear of the lot.
Monday, April 4
10:04 p.m. - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT A student reported to DPSSS that while she was studying in the Pius Library when she entered the stairwell to make a phone call and noticed an individual masturbating on the staircase. After reporting the incident to DPSSS, the individual could not be located.
Be a Responsible Billiken STOP. CALL. REPORT. 314-977-3000 witness.slu.edu dps.slu.edu
Bylaw amendment fails by one vote Kati Cundari / Associate Photo Editor
“No one takes care of themselves anymore,” Cathey said. “The guys walking around here look like shit, and the women, shoot, the women look like they’ve been drug through an alley.” After his bluntness, Cathey stated he has often been called “Crazy Larry.” Though the majority of campus, according to Cathey, is lacking on personal appearance, he is sure to note one prominent member of the community has been under his coiffing care for many years and ensures he remains in tip-top hairstyling shape. “It was a funny story actually when [Lawrence Biondi, S.J.] came in for the first time, he sits down and said, ‘Hey son, do you know who I am?’” Cathey said. “My response: ‘Campus Ministry?’” Cathey said he and Biondi have been working together
ever since. Biondi sponsored Cathey during his dragster racing years, a fact proven by a framed picture of Biondi, Cathey and a SLU-themed dragster that now hangs on the wall of Cathey’s shop. Though Cathey has been working with Biondi for over 30 years, he said Biondi still seems to get upset with how long it takes Cathey to cut his hair. Eight minutes is Cathey’s record. Another claim to fame for Cathey: He cuts his own hair. “I take a number three on top, a number two on the sides,” Cathey said. He does admit he has someone trim around his ears. Though Cathey cuts his own hair and Biondi’s, he does encourage students and other SLU community members to stop by and to see for themselves what it truly means to go to the barber shop.
By KRISTEN MIANO News Editor
In the April 6 Student Government Association meeting, a bill from last week was the prime focus of the meeting. One vote decided the outcome of the bill, which was intended to allow non-international students to run for the position of Vice President of International Affairs. The bill failed to pass through the divided Senate. SGA’s bylaws regarding the requirements to run for the position of Vice President of International Affairs currently state that a candidate must be an international student in order to run for the position. The amendment would have stricken this requirement, allowing both domestic and international students to run. The senate was divided on the issue. The persisting
argument for the bill stated that the amendment would promote inclusiveness and broaden the applicant pool to ensure the best possible candidate. The opposing side stated that only an international student could have the appropriate experience necessary to accurately represent the international student body. “A lot of people I’ve talked to are not in favor of this amendment,” co-president elect of the International Student Federation, Piera Blandon said. “International student should be represented by international students, like business school students should be represented by business school students.” Commuter student senator, Andrew Stevens, disagreed that senate should disregard a qualified candidate because they are not international. “I’m in favor of this because I have yet to hear a negative outcome,” Stevens said. “An
international student may understand better, but I think it’s wrong to keep someone qualified out of the position. If students are informed as they should be, they will make the best pick.” The debate of the bill called into question personal bias with the amendment, as well as if a domestic student could understand the cultural background of an international student. When the amendment was finally voted on, 22 senators voted for, 16 voted against, and three abstained, causing the bill to fail by one vote. SGA also seated two new senators and allocated $300 in spot funding to Beta Alpha PSI for a regional meeting. The last bill, which proposed an amendment to the association’s bylaws to update the information for the Information Technology Committee regarding recent changes , was tabled until next week.
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Group strives to bring student EMS services SLU, China work to find By WOLF HOWARD Staff Writer
A new organization is in the works at Saint Louis University that hopes to help the University population by providing a student run Emergency Medical Service. The organization, under the current title of Emergency Medical Team, would function as an additional emergency response team in the case of non life-threatening emergencies, said Connie Tillman, the emergency preparedness coordinator in the Department of Public Safety and Security Services. “If it’s a sprain, they can wrap it up. If it’s a heart attack, they can use AEDs and do chest compressions until an ambulance can get here,” Tillman said. The idea for the organization started with Brent Seus, a student at SLU that started emergency medical technician training last year. In an attempt to find a way
to utilize his license to help the tion for approval until it has SLU community, Seus “found reached a more concrete stage numerous other schools, from and has proper support. small private to large state, They have been in contact that have student run EMS.” with and are modeling the He apg r o u p proached after the Tillman Washingwith the ton Uniidea, and versity in If it’s a sprain [stuthey set St. Louis to work to dents] can wrap it up. If campus see if they it’s a heart attack, they EMS procould esg r a m , t a b l i s h can use AEDs and do which, acan EMS chest compressions uncording to here. Seus, has C u r - til an ambulance can get been in rently the here. operation group is for more in the re- -Connie Tillman than 30 search years. phase and Should purely conceptual. the group be formed, it would “What we are doing right operate as a volunteer sernow is trying to advertise the vice, open to the entire SLU idea of doing this to the stu- community. dent body to see if other stuThe group would help to dents would be interested in provide a faster response time and support such a potential to an emergency call. group,” Seus said. A large benefit of the group The group has no plans of would be its ability to counterapproaching the administra- act increases in the response
time for an ambulance heading to SLU. According to Seus, the ambulance staged at the fire department on the corner of Forest Park and Vandeventer has been shut down. The closure of the Grand Avenue Bridge has also contributed significantly to an increase in an ambulance’s response time, Tillman said. The organization intends to do more than provide emergency response should they find success on campus. “We hope we’re going to have a joint situation with the [fire department] and do ridealongs,” Tillman said. Seus also mentioned that the group has been in contact with St. Louis Community College with the hopes of providing “opportunities for interested individuals to go through EMT training,” as the school currently offers such courses. Interested individuals can contact Seus via email, cert@ slu.edu, for more information.
Atlas Week: 100 plus events promote diversity
new Malaria vaccine
Researchers embark on project By WOLF HOWARD Staff Writer
In an effort to find a new treatment for malaria, Saint Louis University researchers are teaming up with researchers in China to embark upon a new project. The collaboration began a result of a friendship between David Griggs and Mickey Torterella, both of whom worked for many years as researchers at Pfizer, Inc. Torterella moved on to a position as the vice president of research at Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health (GIBH). Griggs approached Torterella with the idea of working with scientists at SLU and a partnership was formed. The new team decided to focus on treating malaria. This plan developed early on in the conversation, according to Griggs. Griggs is the director of cell and molecular biology activities on the project. “I knew GIBH was interested in malaria and that we were going to be working in that area as well,” he said. This research is following the discovery of a new enzyme related to malaria by Daniel Goldberg, a doctor and professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Goldberg has since joined the team at SLU in their work. “We’re looking for a good drug that would react with this enzyme target,” Marv Meyers, the project leader said. “The target’s been identified, but we don’t have any good compounds.” Research has been going on for between four and five months, and the work has been divided between the two locations. Researchers at SLU are focusing on generating proteins to produce com-
pounds, while the researchers in China are trying to synthesize compounds that can kill parasites. This treatment will be administered in pill form should it prove successful. There is no expected timeframe for the project to be completed. Peter Ruminski, executive director of SLU’s Center for World Health & Medicine, stated the project will last as long as it takes to find something. “If we find compounds that inhibit the enzyme, but we don’t kill it, the project will be over,” Meyers said. Meyers figures the project will last a year or two, but hopes that, given success, it can go on longer and lead to practical medicinal use. “The key short-term goal would be identifying the compound that would inhibit the enzyme that would actually kill malaria parasites in a well,” Meyers said. After identifying the compound, the team would move on to a mouse modeled malaria, called a “proof of concept” study, and from there could eventually try to apply the product to humans. Regular meetings are held between locations with the help of Skype. The whole project team meets once a month at 6:30 a.m., and chemistrycentered calls are held twice a week at 8:30 p.m. “We try to make it equally convenient or inconvenient,” Meyers said. According to Ruminski the communication is working very well. “It certainly helps having a colleague over there.” He hopes that a successful partnership on this issue could lead to work on other diseases and that the cooperation can be maintained for years to come.
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Students listen as they attend “It’s All Good in the Hood: Demystifying the Hejaab” during the 2011 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week. The theme of this year’s week is “Global Justice: Meeting Basic Human Needs” and is focused on highlighting the first United Nations Millennium Development Goal. More than 100 events are being held during this year’s program.
Wellness: Funds support Student Health Continued from Page 1
projects. The University is currently completing work on a $3.9 million outdoor recreation complex on the Health Sciences campus. Porterfield said $2.5 million of the project will be paid for out of the Wellness Fee. This year, 65 percent of the Wellness Fee was allocated to pay off debt from the Rec Center and the outdoor recreation complex. Another six percent of the fee is helping to replace equipment in the Rec Center. “Our intention is to continue to phase out and trade in some of the pieces with higher usage and replace them with updated equipment,” Eric Anderson, director of campus recreation, said. Anderson said funds from the Wellness Fee helped provide 11 new treadmills, eight Arc Trainers and two upper
body machines. The Rec Center was also able to hold a cardio equipment demonstration in the fall, and student feedback helped identify equipment that needed to be replaced and the brands students preferred. The remaining portion of the fee is allocated to wellness programming and student activities. Porterfield defined wellness programming to include Billikens After Dark, drug and alcohol education, community health services and other wellness programs. Around $100,000 a year goes to SGA for the purpose of student wellness fee activities. Due to the success of many of SLU’s club sports teams, some of the money is being used to fund travel and participation costs for the teams. SGA President Courtney Anvender said another idea being discussed is using part of the Fee as start-up money for a
turf field. Student discussions about how the Fee should be allocated will continue as funds accumulate. “[The fee] is there to be capital money for the students. Once money starts building up, we’ll have a little bit of wiggle room,” Anvender said. Allocation recommendations are made by a committee comprised of Student Development staff members and student representatives. “It’s a half and half committee and if [students] didn’t want something, I think we would strike a compromise,” Anvender said. “It’s a good balance and we have a good relationship.” Porterfield agrees that the committee structure creates a dialog with students about the Fee, and in the future students can be more involved in the discussion. “Right now we’re trying to fund what we have,” Por-
terfield said. “There will be a time when we can say ‘what’s really important to you about wellness and student health.’” The fee structure also ensures the funds will continue to support these purposes. “We always pay for the services in some way,” Porterfield said. If they are added as a tuition allocation, they compete with everything else in the budget, but a fee can be designated for a particular use. According to Anvender, this fee in particular is a benefit to the whole community because of everything the fee can cover. She said it makes SLU a campus where doors are open and students are more likely to use the services offered by the Rec Center and SHCS. “It really is a benefit to the community that the students who need help are receiving help,” Anvender said. “It’s truly a community Wellness Fee.”
Housing: On-campus application numbers stay consistent between years Continued from Page 1
Some students were not totally satisfied with the restructured process, however. Sophomore Theresa Semmelmayer received the first slot in the lottery but was held up by the initial glitch on the first day of sign ups. “The process was frustrating,” Semmelmayer said. “The website didn’t work for an hour and a half, and I was on hold with Res life for an hour. Being number one didn’t really help.” Walewha said that in the future, he hopes to utilize more student input to make the housing process a better and more user-friendly experience.
“I feel like the system could be better. It isn’t structured in a way there the people who have been here the longest get priority.” Maurice Roper Sophomore, John Cook School of Business
“While upperclassmen get priority, sophomores are forced to live on campus. Sophomores get screwed by the system.” Arjun Bajaj Freshman, College of Arts and Sciences
“I was early on in the lottery last year, and I live in Marchetti now, so I’ve had a pretty positive experience.” Allie Usher Sophomore, Doisy College of Health Sciences
DPSSS: Investigation continues Continued from Page 1
was issued to the Saint Louis University community and some students are anxious about not being informed about the incident. “I felt very uneasy that DPSSS didn’t send out an alert; I feel like more information about it would have helped me feel safer,” Laclede House resident Brittany Calendo said. Public Affairs Officer and Sergeant Pasquale Signorino said that no alert was released because “it was no longer of any immediate threat to the SLU community.” According to DPSSS policy, campus safety alert notices are usually disseminated for the following FBI Uniform Crime Report/National Incident-Based Reporting system classifications: Arson, criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault,
burglary and hate crimes. DPSSS policy also outlines the terms for the firearms carried by individual officers. Each DPSSS officer has a .38 caliber firearm licensed by the Honorable Board of Police Commissioners for the City if St. Louis. Each officer must qualify at a shooting range twice a year to keep this license. DPSSS has several policies in place for the use of deadly force. According to the official policy, “deadly force may only be used when it is reasonably necessary to protect oneself or another from serious bodily injury. Deadly force may never be used in the sole defense of property.” “I think the officer didn’t need to use that sort of force, especially when students live that close,” Calendo said. “Would it have really been that hard for him to get out of the way?”
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Shifting spaces may reshape students’ social spheres on campus Our dorms and apartments are the personalized headquarters from which we direct our lives – all vital activities start and end there (sleep, namely). Living space is a crucial part of life, and if Saint Louis University desires to “educate the whole person,” then SLU should begin to regard students who move off-campus with more care. Housing this year has resulted in some interesting numbers. Exactly 541 of 673 lotter y spots had been filled for upperclassmen housing; there are nearly six times as many upperclassmen actually enrolled at SLU, and they need housing. With a majority of upperclassmen leaving living off-campus next year, the social dynamic on campus will shift. We can expect younger students to dominate attendance at campus events. There will be less interaction between upperclassmen and freshmen outside of class, and this stratification translates into divisions within Chartered Student Organizations. Students bond over common events, many of which are put on by CSOs. Attendance at campus events is less appealing for students living in The Continental Life Building or The Drake – distance makes a difference.
If fewer upperclassmen attend events, fluidity between classes will grow more rigid, and divisions will grow. Beyond even that, SLU has to realize how much we depend on the apartments surrounding campus to provide housing for students, and this relationship needs to be cultivated. We cannot dismiss is the now fundamental relationship SLU has with the surrounding apartment complexes. Collaborating with Front Door and Red Brick, two large apartment rental companies in the area, can only benefit SLU. Since there is an inevitability of students living off campus next year, SLU should build a partnership with the apartment companies. Promoting their availability will bring them advertising us a potential business opportunity. We can also tell prospective students that housing can be taken care of for them, to some degree, by the school they might attend. Social fluctuation has critical implications. We need to begin to understand the changing nature of campus life and the growing dependency SLU will have on surrounding apartments that are coming in the next few years in order to anticipate those implications and act upon them.
Gay-marriage proponent at conference will bring a healthy perspective at open forum The Undergraduate Marriage, Family and Dating Conference, being held at Saint Louis University on April 8 and 9, should not be a field day for anger and controversy; as many hosting the event have mentioned, it is an event meant to teach individuals, as if in a classroom setting, about the most important of human connections. When Todd Salzman, the speaker for the event and a proponent of monogamous gay marriage, promises to bring an alternate perspective to what should be an institute of higher education, we need to be welcoming and curious. We all have opinions on such controversial issues as gay marriage; free and open discourse is the middle ground that we all should be able to agree upon. Free speech should be encouraged. Catholic community members have expressed strong disagreement and concern with the choice of bringing the Creighton University theology professor to campus. Theology Club, in hosting this conference, is doing an excellent job in promoting education about the topic of marriage and relationships. By calling on students to present papers and research, and by offering a reputable
speaker to share his perspectives and experience, they epitomize higher learning. They are creating a forum in which sex, dating, marriage and other relationships can be discussed at an intellectual level, and this only elevates the standard of education that SLU offers. It is not a way to destroy the Jesuit mission or run counter to Catholic ideals. The complaints against the speaker are only justifiable if the conference were somehow preaching the message of Salzman and advocating that all who attend should share in his beliefs. But several perspectives – the papers submitted by students – will be expressed freely, and debate and argument are being encouraged. Debate is the proper, intellectual way to clash opposing ideas to see the truth that lies quietly in between. Argumentation and questioning are fully espoused by the goals of this conference. This is a forum in which debate can take place about such an intrinsic part of human life. Relationships govern our interactions with those closest to us, and this conference is a laudable step towards understanding the closest relationship of all – that between loving individuals.
We all have opinions on such controversial issues as gay marriage. Free speech should be encouraged.
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Did you know that St. Louis taxes your paycheck just because you either live or work here? Did you know that this tax funds 31 percent of the city’s budget? Did you know that if you are a registered voter here in St. Louis, you could have voted to either strike or keep that earnings tax? Did you even know there was an election on Tuesday here in St. Louis? If you read last week’s issue of The University News, you wouldn’t be able to answer any of these questions. That’s because you (the paper) failed to even mention this past Tuesday’s election in your last edition. You did, however, feature an election that apparently was of more importance than the city’s. My final question to you is: Is the headline “Editorial board re-elects Editor-in-Chief” (actual headline last week) more important than “SLU voters have say in city’s election”? - Courtney White is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Quotes of the week
No one takes care of themselves anymore. The guys walking around here look like shit, and the women, shoot, the women look like they’ve been drug through an alley. - Larry Cathey is the owner/operator of The Going Thing, Hair Co.
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I think it was pretty shocking; you don’t expect to hear gunshots in your own home where you feel safe. - Erin Everett is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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After practice, he asked us one question: ‘Did you get better today?’ - Alyssa Deno is a junior in Parks College of Engineering, Aviation & Technology.
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For all that has changed, it’s been a successful transition. Apart from a small glitch in the beginning, everything is going well. - Joshua Walehwa is the Director of Housing and Residence Life.
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All of the founding members had been part of other a cappella groups around campus and felt that there was a need for more. We wanted to take that experience and create something even better. - Emily Frankosi is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Afghanistan left decimated by deceit and destruction Ten years ago this September, the World Trade Center in New York was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Commentary This attack was suppor ted and planned by the now infamous terrorist group al-Qaeda. Soon after these attacks, United States forcStewart Heatwole armed es were in Afghanistan a t t e m p t ing to rid the government in Kabul of the Taliban regime. The War in Afghanistan is now in its 10th year of combat, making it the longest military engagement the U.S. has ever been in. If someone were to ask you about the Middle East today, what countries would come to mind? I know that I do not think about Afghanistan much anymore. I feel there are two reasons for this neglect of attention on Afghanistan. First, the large political uprisings in Egypt, Lybia, Bahrain and other countries have shifted the media’s eye from Afghanistan to these new and exciting events. This has inevitably lead to Afghanistan going under the radar. The second reason comes from the U.S. citizen’s notion that the war is basically over. Troops are scheduled to start leaving Afghanistan by the thousands in July of 2011, only two months away. These two factors added together have resulted in a large neglect of the former Middle East hot spot. The real question remains: What are we missing by neglecting Afghanistan? Unfortunately, we are missing a lot. First off, in recent days 40 men were kidnapped in the city of Kunar by the Taliban. In addition, a suicide bomber killed 13
enroll in for the next semester. I could extol the values of the small class size (at all levels of education) for hours, but I will just say this: Nothing damages the process of learning faster than too many people in each classroom. This is why I was surprised to be told that Metro was accepting 120 students for the next academic year. Far be it from me to deny deser ving students their education, but an overcrowded Metro education will not be a Metro education. Stick too many people into those alreadysmall classrooms and teachers will not be able to provide the kind of attention I was lucky to receive. In my larger classes, such attention was not possible, and the lack of attention at those levels would then make it harder to perform well even when I landed in a small class – extra catch-up work (on both the class and the teacher’s part) became necessar y. We should not have to be going over the basics of thesis statements year after year, but because freshman classes were over-crowded, it had to happen. Smaller class sizes would have meant that we could have moved on and begun tackling more advanced issues. I do not think this is an insurmountable problem, but I also know it will not be an easy one to fix. All students should be able to have a Metro-quality education, in their own schools no matter the district or city or countr y, but if they are all crammed into a little building, they will actually be prevented from acquiring those benefits that should rightfully be theirs. Serious money will need to be spent on improving existing schools, hiring new teachers, even building more schools. This all needs to be done in the name of smaller class sizes – at a “the freshman class has 120 members” level just as the “my Geometr y class has 35 people in it” level. I remember being thrilled to discover that I had been accepted into Metro, but these 120 new members of the Metro community should realize that once the excitement dies down, they have not been accepted into the Metro they struggled to get into.
Simon says he hasn’t seen me in a while. And he is right. It has been some time since I’ve paid a visit to my favorite Commentary frienemy, Simon Recreation Center. Along with the rest of the change-avowing and McDonald’sloving population, my New Year’s resolution Melanie Moriarty was to work out more. Seeing as how I typically average around two gym trips a month, this shouldn’t have been hard. Like all of my efforts to finally develop a six-pack that wasn’t purchased at a grocery store, it started with the best intentions. But in addition to suffering from acute gym-o-phobia, I also lack most types of self-discipline. I just have a hard time tricking myself into doing something unpleasant when there are so many other fun activities like painting my nails with glitter or neon polish, combing through a stranger’s spring break pictures on Facebook or teaching myself to whistle, another art I’ve never been able to master. On the rare occasions that I do venture across Saint Louis University’s campus to see Simon, it is only because I know that I will reward myself for any time spent with him. The incentive usually involves lots of sugar and enough calories to sustain a lumberjack. My complete dependency on all types of reward systems began at an early age. When I was little, I got a sticker every time I completed my homework. I received allowance for shoving sheets on my bed and chucking stray toys underneath. At the doctor’s, my mom would come armed with gingerbread cookies- if I needed to get a shot, she would stuff one into my mouth to keep me from crying. It worked. While these treats seem innocent enough, I’m worried that my tendency to expect instant gratification after encountering something unpleasant has really screwed me up. These days, whenever I leave a doctor’s office, I always wonder why no one offered me Oreos, or at least a candy bar. Just like it’s always awkward to run into your party friends while you’re not under the influence. I never know how I should act upon greeting my old nemesis, the gym. Do I walk in, flash my ID and pretend like I belong? Do I stare at the ground in shame, certain that the regulars can spot an imposter? While there, I often fall victim to sensory overload. I can never choose between People and US Weekly. I get confused by all of the gymgoers wearing the same color Nike shorts as myself (sorority girl problem), and it’s so hard to concentrate on getting a good workout when you’re surrounded by mirrors. (Note to the guy with biceps bigger than my head, I’m not checking you out, I promise. I’m just readjusting my bobby pin…again.) As an adult, I’ve revised the reward system, especially in terms of my workout regime. A journey on the elliptical grants me a smoothie; a spin around the track wins me that and a nap. If I jog outside (or, on the rare occasion, participate in some sort of organized athletic activity), I get all of the above, plus maybe a new outfit. If you happen to be paying your old friend Simon a visit (maybe you lost your way, too), you know where to find me. I’ll be the girl that’s relaxing at the smoothie bar, fresh off of a taxing, 10-minute track-trot…owning it, but definitely not working it. So is it a crime to treat myself? Even for things that are, essentially, good for me? Whether or not we realize it, we’re all victims of this conditioning. We study for tests and then we binge drink. We finish one page of a seven-page paper and then spend three hours online shopping. We go to the gym and then inhale anything edible that’s within reach. I’m constantly on alert for situations that will allow me to receive a reward for the most menial tasks. In another life, I think I was probably one of Pavlov’s dogs. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to go take a nap. One hour, eight cookies, 700 words and zero trips to the gym later, I think I’ve really earned this one.
Noah Berman is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Melanie Moriarty is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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and wounded 56 in a recent attack. No matter where you are these are horrific numbers, but the story did not even appear in the New York Times until pages A4 and A6. The article refers to the area where the kidnappings took place by saying, “Kidnappings are common in many parts of Afghanistan and in Kunar in particular.” This demonstrates the media’s lack of interest in Afghanistan and its desensitization to events there. Being able to play off 40 people being kidnapped as regular illustrates how desensitized the media and public really are. Not only does the public not know what is going on in Afghanistan, they do not know why it is happening. Like I said before, the public feels like the war is nearing an end because the troops will begin exiting the countr y soon. This recession of troops
is causing things to happen that might prolong the war. “The kidnapping comes as the United States military has begun pulling back most of its forces from the Pech Rivers Valley in the province, a rugged patch of terrain once thought vital to the campaign the Taliban and al-Quaeda.” With the U.S. militar y leaving, the Afghan National Army is in charge of taking over the outposts. To ever yone’s dismay, the Afghan National Army neither has the resources nor training to defend those posts from the Taliban, which has resulted in the massive kidnappings in Kunar. With U.S. troops leaving, all the work that has been done over the past nine years is quickly unraveling. It is not just the militar y that is seeing chaos; even the financial district has recently been slammed with a scandal.
Two directors of the Kabul Bank have left due to pressure from pending corruption charges. The Kabul Bank is the Afghan government bank and at the moment holds the countr y’s future in the balance. One of the directors was accused of misusing 160 million bank dollars to buy luxury villas in Dubai. This chaos has created a run on the bank because everyone wants to get their money out in case the it fails. If the bank fails, Afghanistan’s financial structure will go with it. Afghanistan is just as eventful as has ever been, but this time no one is paying attention. The results of our lack of attention has yet to be determined, but in very few situations does neglect result in positive outcomes. Stewart Heatwole is a freshman in the College of Education and Public Service.
Frustrated with Fed crackdown on pseudoephedrine and basic medicine It is the most wonderful time of the year: The time for allergies, colds and the flu to make their valiant entrance into our lives yet Commentary again. The recover y process might not be so quick and easy from these common ailments if Missouri follows the fifteen other states who have Stephanie Mueller taken on further anti-meth restrictions. If passed, the legislation threatens the over-the-counter distribution of more than a dozen popular cold medications. The theor y behind this particular and oft-discussed type of legislation is an ingredient called pseudoephedrine which can be found in products like Sudafed and Claritin-D. Pseudoephedrine has also been found to be a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamines, a process that legislatures have long attempted to crack down on to little or no avail. Ingredients ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine have also been found in the medications and are used in making methamphetamines. Previously, limits had been placed on the amount of any medication containing the ingredient that could be bought by an individual, but this law promises even more stringent regulations including the shift into medication available by prescription-only. In 2005, a law was passed that required all those buying certain cold medication behind the counters of pharmacies to present photo ID and sign a log to monitor the amount of cold medication they were purchasing over a period of time. Eventually, authorities realized that consumers would go to multiple stores to obtain the medication, nullifying the entire process. If the law is passed through in an effort to minimize the number of meth labs, the legislature can expect to be sorely disappointed in the results. As seen in the above case, even if their supply is cut off, chances are that an alternative lies somewhere. Chances are even higher that meth producers will find these alternatives and utilize them to the best of their ability. This regulation may slow down the number of busts on meth labs at the onset, but it does not take long for one to find another way to maintain their livelihood, which is exactly what these producers will do. Granted, the permanent effect
will likely be a slight drop in the production of the drug, could it really considered to be worth it? Probably not. Further, who will be most unnecessarily inconvenienced by this new legislation? Us. We are the people who are not making a living off producing and selling illicit drugs or addicted to substances beyond our control, but the people who are literally sick of their noses sounding like faucets and throats subjecting them to voices trapped in puberty. While Missouri has not officially picked up the legislation for debate, states across the United States have passed the bill and more are considering it. In creating prescription-only cold medicine, the risk is run for an inefficient health system as well. If people are forced to get prescriptions to treat the most common of illnesses, doctor offices will be flooded with people wanting nothing more than to get their Allegra but forced to take time out of their days and that of their doctors to be “properly diagnosed” with the common cold. The addition of doctors and actual pharmacists to the equation will, you guessed it, likely raise the prices of these common products, another obvious downfall of the legislation. While some discussions of the legislation have said that doctors will not require patients to come in every time they want a prescription medication for a cold, the added effort remains to procure the prescription. The effort, itself, is obviously not enough to properly combat this legislation, but the fact that the effort should be so unnecessary is where the real rebuttal lies. Since there is no conceivable reason that every day, law-abiding citizens should change their way of life so drastically to adapt to this new method of procuring the most basic of medical remedies. The passing of this bill would ultimately be futile. It will have little impact, if any on those it is supposed to be targeting, and will prove to be more of a hindrance for the majority of citizens who actually want to use the medication for its intended purpose. To institute a sort of Aristotelian thought, putting the crimes of the few above the basic needs of the many would be a ridiculous step for Missouri legislature to impart. Basically, if you are allergic to anything or plan on ever catching the common cold, you should probably stock up on supplies now.
The legislation threatens the over-the-counter distribution of more than a dozen popular cold medications.
Stephanie Mueller is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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There is no class like a small class This was originally written in response to a call for letters from students at my former high school; apparently, the St. Louis Public Commentary School district is planning on establishing a 120-member freshman class for the next academic year. M e t r o Academic and Classical High Noah Berman School is a small, highperforming (on all sorts of dubiously useful tests) magnet school located just off of the Saint Louis University campus. I believe that one of the factors responsible for its high performance is the (relatively) small class sizes. I entered Metro Academic and Classical High School with 80-something other kids, and I left Metro with 70-something peers. In my time at Metro, I would be taught in classes that held anywhere from 35 or so pupils to, well, three. The classes that would prove most enduring, however, usually held somewhere between 10 and 18 students. I do not have specific data on this, but the class in which I think I developed most as a writer, student and intellectual probably held 12 or so students. This was the IB literature class I was enrolled in during my junior and senior years. It was tough – oh, dear reader, it was tough – but I managed to graduate and move on to college with the ability and audacity to put thoughts down on paper. Because the class and the teacher’s overall flock of students were relatively small - he could afford to look over drafts, give advice and return final work, graded brutally as always, within the week. As a result of this, I learned how to write down my ideas and (a) have them make sense, (b) make them readable and (c) learn something in the process. My thoughts on the practicality of the so-called ‘new-criticism’ aside, I would not be who I am today without that sort of education. As a student at SLU, I have made small-class-size a large factor in deciding which classes I will
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New group sings way onto a cappella scene Decadence prepares to perform at premiere concert By MARIA MULDOON Staff Writer
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Spring is not the only thing in the air around Saint Louis University’s campus. The day’s soft breeze seemed to harmonize perfectly with Decadence member Emily Frankoski’s voice as she hummed a tune the a cappella group had just been rehearsing. Frankoski is one of the four founders of SLU’s newest musical sensation, Decadence. Decadence is a contemporary based co-ed a cappella group formed earlier this year. The idea for the group sprung out of a need to showcase more of the talented students around SLU. “All of the founding members had been part of other a cappella groups around campus and felt that there was a need for more. We wanted to take that experience and create something even better,” Frankoski said. The response was overwhelming. This semester
Decadence had more than 40 students show up to audition, but only 14 were made the cut. “Decadence is different in that we don’t have a lot of members with a cappella experience,” Frankoski said. “I am very proud of and impressed with each member and how they have really worked together as a group.” Currently the group has been working on finding their sound and place amongst other SLU a cappella groups. Decadence has been rehearsing for the upcoming performances they have scheduled over the next couple of weeks. They will be guests performing at “Asthapalooza” on Saturday, April 9 at Carlo Auditorium in Tegeler Hall, as well as the SLU Japan Benefit Concert on Friday, April 8 in the Billiken Club. In addition, they will be holding a fundraiser on Thursday, April 7 in the Quad where members will be selling peaSee “Decadence” on Page 8
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Junior Julia Gilbert (left) and freshman Alex McCoy (right) practice for Decadence’s spring concert, which will take place on April 15. This will be the first concert for the group.
‘OTMA’ unveils mystery of history Play tells tale of captive daughters of Czar Nicholas II
THEATER Friday, April 8 8 p.m. OTMA The University Studio Theatre: Xavier Hall Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for staff and faculty and $7 for students Saturday, April 9 8 p.m. OTMA The University Studio Theatre: Xavier Hall Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for staff and faculty and $7 for students Sunday, April 10 2 p.m. OTMA The University Studio Theatre: Xavier Hall Tickets are $10 for general admission, $9 for staff and faculty and $7 for students
MOVIES Friday, April 8 “Hanna” opens in theatres
Monday, April 11 8 p.m. Shrek 2 Cafe Ventana Admission is free
OTHER Tuesday, April 12 6:30 p.m. “The Beauty of Human Life:” Student’s for Life Art Show Opening Busch Student Center Room 251 Admission is free
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When people describe what they know of the story surrounding Nicholas II and the overthrow of the czar government in 1917, they usually recall the story of Anastasia, his daughter, and the theories that sprung up from her disappearance. The young child escaped and was never found. Years down the road, many women impersonated the Grand Duchess in an attempt to join the Imperial Family. Due to the mystery surrounding her whereabouts and the 1997 release of a Disney film loosely based on her story, it is only natural that people remember Anastasia when reminded of this part of Russian history. However, there is more to the story. Saint Louis University’s theatre department is putting on a performance that will reveal more of the story to those interested. “OTMA,” directed by new faculty member Nancy Bell, is a depiction of the story surrounding the four daughters of Nicholas II as they were captured and kept together at a merchant’s house. “The four girls were referred to collectively, and the first letter of each of their names—Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia—is where ‘OTMA’ comes from,” John Lamb, Coordinator of Publicity for SLU Theatre, said. Lamb explained that due to the historical context of the play, some knowledge of history would aid understanding. “OTMA” will begin when the girls are kept at the merchant’s house in a “house arrest” type of situation, as Lamb referred to it. The play is fictional because there is not a true account of what the young duchesses said or did during their last days in confinement. Kate Moira Ryan wrote the script. The play tells the story of how the girls survived their imprisonment and what they did during this time. For example, the girls were not allowed to see anybody. They got their daily food when a guard pushed it through a door. To pass time, the girls played scenes from “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov. “Much of it is a play within a play,” Lamb said. Bell explained that the girls use “The Cherry Orchard” to “grapple with the desperate situation they are in.” “[OTMA] is about how we use art to mediate the experience of desperate situations to manufacture hope or to come to terms with despair,” Bell said. This will be the first show at SLU directed by Bell. Before coming to work at the University, Bell worked in New York and Los Angeles. She has an abundance of work experience in theatre
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(From Left to Right) freshmen Kristin Rion and Caroline Kwan and sophomore Ryan Natalino play sisters Anastasia, Marie and Olga in the latest University Theatre production “OTMA.” Natalino weilds a rehersal gun during a dress rehersal of the production. and has also contributed to movie productions, including, but not exclusive to, “Little Man” starring the Wayans brothers and “Possession” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Bell has been in “Guiding Light” and many other soap operas, Lamb said. “The students are getting someone very experienced. They will have the advantage of some of her experience,” Lamb said. Bell said that she wanted to be able to live in a small, livable city and raise her daughter. This was one of the reasons she moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles. She also was drawn by the fact that St. Louis is a “vibrant theatre city.” Bell also said that the faculty of the theatre department is one of the best-kept secrets on campus.
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In addition to the expertise of Bell, “OTMA” has the advantage of being performed in SLU’s black box theatre. The theatre is named the University Studio Theatre and is located in Xavier Hall on the lower level. Black box theatre gets its name because it consists of a small theatre with a completely black interior. This theatre is beneficial for performances because there is nothing to pull students’ attention away from the play, and it also creates a more intimate space, Lamb said. “If anyone has never experienced black box theatre, they would be surprised at how engaging it is. It gives you the feeling of being there, like you’re almost on stage with them,” Lamb said. “OTMA” runs for only one weekend, April 8-10. The Friday performance
will begin at 8 p.m. and will include a talkback after the show with the moderator, Elizabeth A. Blake, Ph.D., and the cast. Blake is a faculty member in the department of modern and classical languages with a specialization in Russian literature. She worked with the cast in rehearsal to make certain they knew the background behind “OTMA,” Lamb said. The Saturday performance will be at 8 p.m. as well, with the Sunday production at 2 p.m. General admission is $10, student tickets are $7 and SLU faculty and staff tickets are $9. Reservations are recommended because the theatre is limited to 68 seats. To make a reservation, call the box office at 314-977-3327. Additional reporting by Ashley Jones.
The slasher-killer Ghostface is once again terrorizing the town of Woodsboro and its residents in “Scream 4.” This new installment in the critically acclaimed series is in theaters next Friday, April 15. The film reunites the original director Wes Craven with the writer of “Scream” and “Scream 2,” Kevin Williamson. The movie stars an ensemble cast including Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere with David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox also joining in from the original movies. The new movie takes place 11 years after the events of “Scream 3,” with the return of Sidney Prescott to the town of Woodsboro. This also leads to the return of Ghostface, which coincidentally is also the 15th anniversary of the first Woodsboro Murders that took place in the first “Scream” movie. There, Prescott encounters her former allies Sheriff “Dewey” Riley (David Arquette) and entertainment journalist Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox). This installment is intended to be the first of a new trilogy of Scream movies, with both Craven and Williamson signed on for the duration. The movie introduces a new cast of young high schoolers, with Emma Roberts playing Sidney’s younger cousin Jill Roberts. Ghostface begins stalking and killing Jill’s friends and several other people in Woodsboro. According to Emma Roberts, the cast had lots of fun on the set. “It was like we had known each other forever. Everyone was very welcoming. We shot over the summer for three months in Michigan, so it was like summer camp,” Roberts said. She admitted that Craven was the biggest prankster on the set. “It surprised me! He would get everyone. He had someone dress up as the Scream guy and put him in a scene when no one was supposed to be there. I was absolutely terrified, but there were some really funny ones,” Roberts said. After initially thinking that she would not get the role, Roberts was ecstatic about the opportunity to work with such a great cast. “I was literally screaming when I got the role! I was so excited to work with everyone. They were so much fun to be around,” Roberts said. “It was an amazing opportunity to work with Wes Craven and David Arquette and Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox. Since they did the other three Screams, and they were coming back, this one had to be really good.” She could not reveal very much about the plot, but she promised that there were some very good deaths. “There’s lots of blood, death and lots of fun. I actually tasted some of the blood. It smells like maple syrup, but it doesn’t taste very good. It got very sticky after having it on for 12 hours on the set,” Roberts said. She admitted that she is terrified of horror films, but she could not pass up this movie. “I never thought that this would be a possibility for me. When this came up I was so intrigued by it,” Roberts said. She hoped to overcome her fears while working on this movie, and she thought that she did. “The other night I woke up at four in the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep because I had a nightmare about ‘Scream,’” she said. The aspect that scared her most about these films was that some of the plots could really happen since it did not have to do with any supernatural forces like in other films. Now a slasher-film veteran, Roberts was asked if she had any advice to give to other young, college students to avoid deranged serial killers. “Don’t go to parking structures at night by yourself without a friend.”
8 Folk-rock band channels fictional family Thursday, April 7, 2011
Recent album inspired by Appalachian mining culture By ASHLEY JONES Arts Editor
Folk-rock band Southeast Engine has been playing together since they were teenagers. Singer and songwriter Adam Remnant explains that at that time they were just having fun with music. However, their most recent album “Canary” displays a new level of music. “[‘Canary’] is more developed artistically and conceptually,” Remnant said. “It’s us growing up.” “Canary,” which was released on March 29, is the fifth album for the band and their fourth with Misra Records. Their previous albums with the company include “From the Forest to the Sea” (2009), “A Wheel Within a Wheel” (2007) and “Coming to Term With Gravity” (2007). Their first album “Love is a Murder, a Mystery of Sorts” was self-released in 2003. Remnant and drummer Leo DeLuca formed what would later become Southeast Engine in 1999. They grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and attended the same schools. Soon after the band’s formation, they moved to Athens, Ohio, where they were inspired by the Appalachian culture and folk music of the area. The band was completed when Remnant’s younger brother Jesse Remnant joined on bass in 2007 and Billy Matheny joined on piano, organ, banjo and guitar in 2008. When making “Canary,” the band decided that they wanted to develop the themes of the album to their full potential. Many of the themes on the album were inspired by Athens, Ohio, where the band
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Folk-rock band Southeast Engine will be performing at the Billiken Club on Friday, April 8. The lineup will include songs from their fifth and most recent album “Canary.” has lived for a decade. This area of Southeast Ohio was full of mining towns in the early twentieth century; however, by the time the Great Depression rolled around, these mines became extinct. The album tells the story of a fictitious Appalachian family during the Great Depression. “[‘Canary’] is more grounded in reality,” Remnant said. The album’s name, “Canary,” is derived from the history of the mining towns. Miners used to lower a canary into the mine to test the air quality. “It seemed to work as a metaphor for the whole album,” Remnant said. When it comes to songwrit-
ing, Remnant said that he tries not to force the process. “I try to let them present themselves to me,” Remnant said. “The unconscious mind has more potential.” He described that one line may come to him out of nowhere, and he will see where that line takes him. However, once he has this line, he does not force the rest of the song because it will eventually come to him. “Canary” features songs such as “Cold Front Blues,” “1933 (Great Depression)” and “Adeline of the Appalachian Mountians.” The band recently began their 2011 tour and will be making a stop at the Billiken
Art show to portray facets of human experience Students for Life showcases student and professional artwork By ASHLEY JONES Arts Editor
Students for Life will hold their first art show on April 11-16. Students for Life president Rose Daly would describe the show, titled “The Beauty of Human Life,” as an educational opportunity. She explained that part of this educational opportunity is educating people on other options besides abortion and bringing a positive light to life. The idea for the show was formulated after a donor gave a gift to the organization explaining that they were to use it for educational purposes. The organization then brainstormed ways to obtain this educational purpose and decided on hosting an art show. The show is also an opportunity to reach outside the organization and the University. When looking for artwork to feature in the show, they reached out to places such as studios and parishes. The show will feature professional and student artwork. The organization received 50 submissions and only had to turn away a few that did not fit the purpose of the show.
Daly explained that the artwork in the show represents the different types of human experiences. These experiences include human suffering, friendships and relationships and the human body. The purpose of Students for Life is to uphold the right to life on campus. They follow the Catholic teaching of the dignity of human life from the time of conception. Daly explained that “The Beauty of Human Life” is in line with this purpose and gives other people the opportunity to say what life is. Students for Life member Kelsey Evans is just one of the student artists whose work will be featured in the show. Evans, a senior, has two pieces in the show. She explained that she submitted these pieces to promote the ideals of Students for Life as well as to do something that she loves. The first piece, “Touch,” is a ceramic piece featuring two intertwined hands. “It is a sign of the beauty of relationships and the interconnectedness of all people,” Evans said. The second piece is a drawing titled “Wisdom.” “[‘Wisdom’] captures the
progression of the human being and the beauty of that process,” Evans said. “It reflects on both the beginning and end of human life and reminds us all of where we came from and where we are going.” Evans explained that her pieces were inspired by human life at all stages. “People don’t realize the overarching beauty and dignity of all human beings,” Evans said. Along with Evans, other students including senior Alberto De Campos Kusak and fifth-year undergraduate Amenah Arther will also have artwork in the show. Daly explained that her personal hope is that people will come out of the show seeing the dignity that lies in the ability to artistically express ourselves and how others express themselves. She also hopes that they will come to understand how innately beautiful we each are. “This is a great life worth living,” Daly said. The show will take place April 11-16 in the Busch Student Center room 251. There will be an opening event on April 12 at 6:30 p.m., and awards will be given out at 7:30 p.m.
Club. Remnant explained that when deciding which songs to play, they consider which ones will translate to their live show best. “We try to keep it dynamic,” Remnant said. “We want it to be a sort of triumphant event.” Southeast Engine will be playing at the Billiken Club on Friday, April 8. The show will start at 9 p.m., and admission will be free. Theodore will be opening for Southeast Engine. Remnant said that Southeast Engine is friends with Theodore and that he is excited to play with them.
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Peter Wolf Crier delivers soul in St. Louis show The Billiken Club exploded with emotion and sound on March 31 as Peter Wolf Crier blew out Concrt Review the stage. The crowd was small, but the intensity level was anything but, which was perhaps Wolf Howard unexpected with Peter Pisano playing the entire set while sitting in a chair. They opened with “Crutch & Cane,” a meaningful and low-key song. Immediately the transfer from album to live show was evident. Pisano’s yelp was close and affecting as he worked away at his guitar, and Brian Moen’s drums added some punch to the sound. The show only got better as they moved on to the dark but fast paced “Hard as Nails.” Moen had a chance to really open up on his kit, pounding away as Pisano rocked his body in his chair, his legs bouncing at a fever pitch, letting the song pulse through him. But “Down Down Down” was the point of no return, as both band members became infused with their music, feeling and playing like it was the last show of their life. The song started quietly as a finger picked guitar melody, Pisano singing coolly, then building as to an affecting tune, emotional and loving. Suddenly the break down exploded out, with Moen smashing out the beat with primal force, shattering one stick and sending chips flying about the room from the next, with Pisano ripping across his strings and throwing his body about, exploding from his chair to fall back down, his voice straining to match the fire of his soul. The fire would continue to rage for the rest of the night,
both men pouring themselves into their sound. “Untitled 101” brightened the room up with a melodic and loving tune, Pisano belting out his words in a near scream while Moen beat his drums to oblivion, sending chips of wood flying across the stage, one nearly catching his band-mate. After a short and necessary break, they were back into with “For Now,” a near battle tune, and following up with “You’re So High,” in which Pisano utilized his echo pedal well to add depth to his vocals. The energy did not slow a tick until “Demo 01,” a quiet and intimate song that mostly left Pisano to his voice and guitar. This relaxed stage was short-lived however, as “Lion” brought the pace back up, especially its frenetic and explosive closer, with both musicians back to their full powered, body slamming, house ripping sound. “Playwright” followed, a somewhat sad song given some aggression by Moen’s ever-powerful pulse. “In Response” was the last of their original songs, a touching but forceful track that fittingly closed out their catalog, exemplifying their ability to touch your heart before pumping it full of adrenaline and watching you go. Their final song was “Place to Be,” a Nick Drake cover and a song that Pisano found to be the most important and meaningful song of his college career. They made the song their own, increasing the speed and force, as seemed an inescapable and fantastic ability at this point. They closed the show loudly, somewhat violently, and with all of their hearts flowing through them as was their trademark for the night. Those in attendance would be hard-pressed to forget the soul that filled the room.
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where members will be selling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a dollar. All proceeds will go to funding needed for the group. “Rain or shine, we will be out there,” Frankoski said. Decadence’s biggest event of the semester, however, is their first concert on Friday, April 15. The performance is intended to formally introduce Decadence as the newest SLU a cappella group. Unlike other a cappella groups, Decadence does not have members audition for solos; rather they try to showcase everyone’s talent during a performance. “Those who attend can expect some exciting fun facts about each member and the group as a whole,” Frankoski said. While Frankoski kept most of the concert lineup secret, she did say that the group would be performing songs from artists such as Katy Perry and Florence and the Machine. Astha, Bare Naked Statues and Beyond All Reason will make guest appearances at the concert.
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Sophomore Rodney Pruitt (Left) and senior Emily Frankoski (Right) practice the lineup for their spring concert. The show will include music from Florence and the Machine. “This concert has really been possible because of everyone’s hard work and dedication to the group. We are all very excited to see the outcome,” group member Julia Gilbert said. For the future, the group hopes to work on their repertoire of songs and perform at more events off campus. “Currently we do at least one off campus service performance a semester; next
year we would like to do more,” Gilbert said. “We also hope to eventually record some songs and compete in the International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella, but those are long term goals.” Decadence’s first concert will take place on Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at Carlo Auditorium in Tegeler Hall. Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated.
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Billiken Briefs Tennis All-time tennis great Billie Jean King will be speaking at the sixth annual “Get in the Game” Luncheon on April 27th at Chaifetz Arena. “The Get in the Game Luncheon celebrates women student-athletes at SLU and raises money to provide scholarship assistance for individuals attending the John Cook School of Business here at Saint Louis University,” director of athletics Chris May said. King has been recognized not only as one of the greatest athletes of all-time, winning 39 Grand Slam titles in her career, but also as a pioneer of social justice. and women’s rights. She was named as “100 of the Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine. In 1973, she defeated male tennis player Bobby Riggs in what was dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes”, a historic moment for women’s athletics. Admission to the event is free, however, attendees will be asked to make a donation to the “Get in the Game” scholarship fund. For full coverage of the event and Jean’s appearance, see the May 5 issue of The University News. To RSVP to the event, contact the Billiken Club of SLU. BILLIKEN SCOREBOARD
Program dealing with departures Longtime assistant Moser leaves SLU for Loyola By DERRICK NEUNER Associate Sports Editor
It was assumed that some day he would leave eventually for the big gig he had held before, but that does not make Porter Moser’s sudden departure from Saint Louis University men’s basketball program to the University of Loyola-Chicago any less surprising. Moser was named the new head coach of the Ramblers on Wednesday, April 5, af-
ter serving under SLU head coach Rick Majerus for four years, three as associate head coach. He was given a five-year contract at Loyola for an undisclosed amount. “The last few days have been a whirlwind,” Moser said in an exit-interview with The Unviersity News. “I was so invested at Saint Louis. I started the same day Coach Majerus started, and from that moment, we started building. We started raising the talent on the roster and
the strength of the scheduling. They are going to be very good. I love those guys and will miss them. “But [Loyola] is a perfect fit for me. I wanted to be a head coach again, and to do it at a Jesuit school was the perfect opportunity. I played at a Jesuit school, coached at a Jesuit school. Chicago is my hometown. The Horizon League is up-and-coming, and the facilities [at Loyola] are new and fantastic.” Moser previously was the head coach at Illinois State
riman who will, for the time being, handle recruiting and scheduling, but Moser was Rick Majerus has a lot to the man-in-waiting. Moser worry about right now. re-established the Chicago reThe head coach of the cruiting pipeline and helped Saint Louis Billikens just lost SLU land No. 1 Duke on last his associate head coach, Por- season’s schedule. ter Moser to a more lucrative While acknowledging that job; the spring signing period Moser was a major player in begins next week; and he has the SLU men’s basketball probeen ingram, he formed two was firm in of his playhis reassurers, Chrisance that tian Salecich the proand Willie I’m going to miss gram will Reed, will move fornot be on Porter, but life goes on. ward. his squad Players leave, coaches “ W e next year. have a good Not that leave... That’s just a fact group comany of this of life. ing back, worries and I think him. we’re going -Rick Majerus “ We ’ r e to get some going to good games be fine,” scheduled,” he said in a phone interview Majerus said. “We’re really from the recruiting road. “I close on signing a home-andlike the guys coming back, I home with a top-25 BCS team. really like the kid from Vir- Our team is going to be draginia [John Manning], we matically improved next year, have four guys set to visit, though we may start slow.” and I think everyone has an There is no room in his upside. schedule for lamenting the “I’m going to miss Porter, lost season. but life goes on. Players leave, “We need to finish up recoaches leave, athletic direc- cruiting and get the schedultors leave. That’s just a fact of ing down, and then we need to life.” get the players in good shape Considering the season and get them on a weight that was, Majerus has man- program,” Majerus said. “We aged to keep an optimistic also need to evaluate what’s view of the current situation. best for the program going Sure, he still has assistants forward. Alex Jensen and Chris Har“Everything is good.” Associate Sports Editor
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Porter Moser, the longtime assistant of Rick Majerus, accepted the head coaching job at Loyola University- Chicago on April 5. Moser had previously been the head coach at Illinois State University, where he gained strong recruiting connections to the Chicagoland area.
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Bill McDermott, or “Mr. Soccer” in the SLU community, has donated much time and effort to Cardinal-Glennon hospital in efforts to combat cardiac diseases
Sophomore guard Salecich transferring By DERRICK NEUNER
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vs. Missouri State
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By DERRICK NEUNER
More than a game: Old rivals battle for charity
Call and Dwayne Evans. Majerus relied on Moser to arrange the schedule for the team, as well. Moser also served as head coach when Majerus was unable to. Following a leg injury to Majerus during the Jan. 1 game against Bowling Green Moser coached the Billikens for four games. SLU went 0-4. “This is a great opportunity for Porter, and he’ll do a good job there,” Majerus said. “He should be able to have Loyola
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from 2003-07. In his four seasons, the Redbirds went 51-67 overall, 22-50 in the Missouri Valley and had one winning season. He had three years remaining on his contract when he was bought out by Illinois State following the 2006-07 season. Moser was also the head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock from 2000-03. His teams went 54-34 overall and had three winning seasons. At SLU, Moser was diretly responsible for the recruitment of freshmen Mike Mc-
Bill McDermott was very familiar with the work of Cardinal-Glennon Children’s Hospital at Saint Louis University Hospital. He was also very familiar with SLU soccer: He has been associated with the program for over 40 years, as a player, public announcer and benefactor. From the time his wife Connie had given birth to twins Mary and Colleen on March 3, 1974, he had been a frequent visitor of the hospital. The twins were pre-mature, and Mary suffered from liver and heart complications. Over time, she would persevere through four different surgeries. In late 2008, Mary was next in line for a liver transplant at Cardinal-Glennon. For the McDermotts, perhaps Mary’s long ordeal would be solved. God had other plans. On Dec. 21, 2008, Mary McDermott, 24, passed away of heart complications, though her exact cause of death is unknown. For Bill, a place of healing became a place of mourning. His beloved daughter, who inspired all she met, was tragically gone. A courageous, competitive and gentle fighter had come up just short. There would be no more soccer
games for Mary. In her death, Bill - “Mr. Soccer” as he is fondly known in the St. Louis community - found the gift of giving. He set up a foundation to celebrate Mary’s life and give back to the hospital that gave his family so much. His goal: Raise enough money to fund a hybrid cardiac cauterization suite at Cardinal-Glennon. The suite would give doctors the ability to perform complex heart surgeries in very small infants without the need for bypass, a tricky procedure to perform in the early days of life. Studies show that early intervention provided by such a suite greatly increases the likelihood that the child lives a normal, cardiac disease-free life. This year, the SLU soccer community will give back to a man that has given so much to them. The Billikens will take on long-time rival SIUEdwardsville on Saturday, April 9, at Robert R. Hermann Stadium at 7 p.m. The game is free for students. “We don’t get enough opportunities to do things for other people,” SLU head coach Mike McGinty said. “Any time we can help one of our alumni in Bill and honor his daughter’s memory, we’re See “Soccer” on page 10
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The dynamic duo from Down Under will be down to one come next season. Christian Salecich has asked for and received his release from the Saint Louis University men’s basketball team and will transfer from SLU at the end of the semester. “After talking with the coaching staff, the decision was made that I wasn’t an exact fit in my position for the system,” Salecich said. “It was decided that finding a new place for me to play was a better situation for the team and for me as a player. “My two years at SLU have been amazing and have given me a lot of insight into [how] college basketball [is played] at a high level. I’ll never forget my teammates and the people I have met over the past two years.” Salecich, a sophomore, saw both his minutes and statistics take a sharp decline this past season relative to his
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freshman performance. His minutes dipped from 28.3 to 14.1 per game, and his scoring average declined from 6.4 to 2.3 SLU head coach Rick Majerus said he believed Salecich would benefit from a faster system but said the decision to transfer is a good decision for the Australian. “He’s a great kid, a wonderful person, and we wish him luck,” Majerus said. “It was going to be hard to find him minutes here behind Kwamain [Mitchell] and Jake [Barnett].” Fellow sophomore Cody Ellis said that seeing his roommate leave will be difficult. “I think it’s awesome for him to be going somewhere to play,” Ellis said. “You don’t want to be this far away from home and not play. It’s going to be tough when he leaves because he’s basically my brother. But I am ultimately happy that he will be happy.” Salecich has already begun visiting schools and talking with programs to transfer into.
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Soccer: Rivalry game for good cause New coach Women’s Volleyball
set to lead program
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By DERRICK NEUNER Associate Sports Editor
The Saint Louis University volleyball team finally has its new leader. On Monday, April 4, athletic director Chris May introduced Kent Miller as the head coach of the Billikens. Miller is the tenth coach in program history and succeeds Anne Kordes, who left for the University of Louisville on Jan. 7. Miller previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois, a team that reached two consecutive Sweet 16s. “We talked to people all across the country, everyone from the national team, the head of the volleyball association, coaches, and everyone had unbelievable respect for Kent, his values, his strengths and what he’s all about,” May said. “There’s not a better person to lead this program than Kent. It was left in good shape, and we’re thrilled about what he can do to keep us competing for Atlantic 10 tournament titles and NCAA bids.” “I look forward to continuing the evolution of the tradition, culture and competitive success of Billiken volleyball. I am thrilled with the opportunity … entrusted to me.” Prior to Illinois, Miller recorded 136 wins in 12 years as head coach of Toledo. Inheriting a program that had finished with only two winning seasons in 17 years, he rebuilt the Rockets into a contender in the Mid-American Conference. During his time at UT, the team set more than 20 school records, including the marks for kills, assists and service aces that still stand. Miller met with the Billiken squad on April 6 at Chaifetz Pavilion. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Deno said the new head coach brings a contagious attitude to the team. “He is more than excited to be here,” Deno said. “I believe that he can take this program to a place it hasn’t been before. After practice, he asked us one question, ‘Did you get better today?’ It really makes us think, and he makes us work for every rep, every drill, getting everything out of it we can.” The University News will have an exclusive interview with Miller in next week’s paper.
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Junior Mike Roach handles the ball in an effort to keep posession. Roach, who saw action in only six games last season due to injury, will play a large role in determining the Billikens’ success next season. He led the team in points his sophomore year. Continued from Page 9
going to take that opportunity. This game ended up being a fantastic way for our kids and program to help out someone we care deeply about.” McDermott said he originally heard of a proposed charity match between SLU and SIU-E at an annual Billikens’ Soccer Club meeting where McGinty was speaking. Following the meeting, he approached the coach and suggested the funds be sent directly to the Mary McDermott Cardiac Cauterization Suite. McGinty had no doubts. Neither did SIUE head coach Kevin Kalish, an AllAmerican who graduated from SLU in 1999 and was named to the SLU Hall of Fame in 2007. Complete proceeds from the match will be donated to McDermott’s foundation. “My family and I are looking for any and all ways to keep Mary’s memory alive,” McDermott said, “Any type of awareness [we can generate], we are going to take that opportunity and give her presence in other people’s lives.”
“There are bigger things going on here that we are excited about. This is not just a soccer game.” In addition to being a good cause, the spring exhibition game revives a rivalry between two historic soccer programs. SLU owns a record 10 NCAA championships, while SIUE has two NCAA titles. The squads played each other regularly in the 1970s and 1980s in a series called the “Bronze Boot,” which was immensely popular among St. Louis soccer fans. In fact, a game between SLU and SIUE in 1980 drew 22,512 fans to Busch Memorial Stadium, an NCAA attendance record that still stands. The match will pit former teammates against former teammates, friends against friends. “We’ve been waiting for this game for a long time,” SLU forward Mike Roach, a St. Louis native, said. “I know the majority of the team. I have a bunch of buddies on the team that I talk to all the time. We’re just excited to have them on the schedule again. It’s been such a big game in the past, so this is exciting for the people of St. Louis.”
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Kalish, who experienced the fierce rivalry in the late90s, said putting friends against each other adds to the fun and excitement of the match. “Any time a lot of St. Louis guys play a lot of St. Louis guys, it has more of a meaning to it,” Kalish said. “They grew up playing together locally … so it’s a fun game, a rivalry game.” Of course, in spite of the emotions surrounding the game, there is still soccer to be played. McGinty said he has a series of goals for his team to work on this spring and will not excuse this game because of the excitement built up around it. He is also not worried about beating SIUE. “If we play well, then the result should take care of itself,”
McGinty said. “But it’s not the main focus for us right now. Right now, we are trying to get better for next year and use this game to make us better. My main focus is: Are we getting better?” Regardless of the result, both programs hope to inspire and impact lives of others. Both teams hope to channel the fighting spirit of Mary McDermott and the passion of her father Bill on the field to bring a new ray of hope for other infants suffering from heart defections at birth. Bill McDermott made history by being the first soccer reporter for ESPN. Now, he hopes the life and spirit of his daughter will allow for Cardinal-Glennon to make history by being the first hospital in the Midwest to have a hybrid cardiac cauterization clinic.
dominate. I’ll miss Porter. I worked well with him, and I wish him all the luck in the world.” Majerus said he will hire a replacement, though he has no timeline for that process. In the meantime, assistant coaches Al Jensen and Chris Harriman will take over recruiting, scheduling and team workouts. Majerus does not expect Moser’s departure to affect recruiting. SLU athletic director Chris May also had words of wellwishing for the former Billiken coach. “Porter did a great job here,” May said. “He was a great assistant coach and assisted the university and the athletic program one-hundred percent. I’m thrilled for him and his family that he got his shot to go be a head coach again.” At Loyola, Moser said he anticipates running a system similar to Majerus’. Among the qualities he will demand from his players are basketball intelligence, discipline and effort. “Coach [Majerus] and I agreed on a lot of things,” Moser said. “We will run the up-tempo ball screens, manto-man defense, but I will probably changes things up a little more with the zone and trap defense. “I learned a lot from my time under Majerus. He’s definitely a master of the game.” Moser understands that he is leaving a program currently in the rebuilding process just to start the motions all over again in Chicago. He said he hopes to temper expectations long enough to build a program for the university. “We had a long-term vision [at SLU] about developing players and a program,” he said. “With the climate of athletics, everyone wants to win right now, and people get in a hurry. That leads to mistakes of rushing players.” Loyola-Chicago will open at Illinois, and Moser said that he hopes to have a conversation with SLU about facing-off against his former team.
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Sophomore Alex Alemann’s stellar effort on the mound was spoiled by the Bears, who ran past the Billikens with three runs in the eigth inning. Alemann was lights out, allowing only two earned runs in seven and a third innings of work. Sophomore Steve Fernandez paced the Billiken offense with two RBI.
The Billikens bounced back against the Bears in dramatic fashion, stealing a victory when senior Jon Myers stole home plate on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning. Myers was three for five on the day. Freshman Brett Vanover was spectacular, allowing only one run in six innings of work on the mound.
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Junior Dahmar Smiles has been one of the team’s top hurdlers in his career, setting multiple school records. By BRIAN BOYD Sports Editor
The Saint Louis University Billikens men’s and women’s Track and Field teams kicked off their outdoor season on April 2 at Washington University in St. Louis. The team saw strong performances from many individuals despite being slightly behind the curve due to the cancellation of a meet at Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. “We haven’t competed since the indoor conference meet, and with the cancellation of last week’s meet, it was imperative that our studentathletes come out this weekend and put together some good performances,” head coach Jon Bell told the Billiken Media Relations department. Numerous school records fell at the invitational, a recurring theme for this young track and field program. Senior Justin Kwasa, the defending indoor Atlantic 10 champion in the weight throw, dominated the competition at WashU and shattered his own record in two events. In the weight throw, Kwasa posted a career and school best distance of 184 feet 7 meters, taking first in the event. He also set the school record in the shot put with a distance of 46 feet, 1.25 inches. Brian Holdmeyer, the senior leader of the distance runners, broke his own school record in the 5 kilometer run with a time of 14:48.66, placing fifth overall. Despite the seemingly solid performance, Holdmeyer acknowledged room for improvement, but was happy to be competing again.
“My performance was probably a little bit below average, a little bit worse than what I had wanted going into this race.” Holdmeyer said. “I was just getting my feet wet running outdoors. It was not what I wanted, but I was not too disappointed” he finished. On the women’s side, freshman Margo Richardson continued her stellar season for the Billikens, qualifying for the USA Junior Track and Field Championships in the 5K run with a time of 17:24.03. She had previously qualified for the Championships in the 3K race as well. Teammate and fellow 5K runner Hilary Orf, a junior, took fourth overall in the event, setting a new SLU record in the process by posting a time of 17:14.95. Hannah Kuenzel and Jesse Collins, both freshmen, were outstanding for the Billikens in the field events. Kuenzel set school records in both the shot put and the discus, posting distances of 38-11.50 and 121-7, respectively. Collins set school records in the javelin, throwing a distance of 91-9. She also set the school record in the heptathlon, a grueling test of endurance which includes seven events:100-meterhurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter race, long jump, javelin throw, and 800-meter race. For being the first event of the outdoor season, the Billikens put forth a strong showing. “It was not a horrible meet,” said Holdmeyer. “It was just us getting our feet wet again. We had a couple of people battling injuries, that kind of showed, but overall it was a strong opener.
The Billikens were unable to muster up enough firepower to hang with the Bears in the final game of the series, falling in a slugfest. Sophomore shortstop Mike Levine had a huge day for SLU, driving in four runs on three hits. Jon Myers crossed the plate three times in the losing effort. Nine Billikens recorded hits.
Freshman Damian Rivera, making his first start of the year for the Billikens, put together a strong outing, allowing only one hit and one earned run in six innings of work. He picked up his first win of the year. Jon Myers came up big again for SLU, driving in four runs and scoring twice himself.
Pitching keeps team in A-10 race By BRIAN BOYD Sports Editor
Head Coach Christy Connoyer is not worried about expectations, wins or losses for the Billikens. She is more concerned with the processes – the little things which go into sustained excellence. Luckily for her and her team, however, the attention paid to detail is paying dividends. Sitting at 21-16 overall and 6-4 in Atlantic 10 play, the Billikens are slowly creeping up the standings and into the upper-echelons of Atlantic 10 softball. “The point being is work for the process, and the wins will come. These guys put in a ton of effort....you know they play with a lot of heart and energy,” Connoyer said. In sports such as baseball and softball, attention to the smallest things is what translates to wins and losses. Connoyer has stressed the importance of execution throughout her first year as head coach. “It is about execution. Executing your bunts, executing a pitch on the outside corner, executing hitting an inside pitch, executing throwing out a runner. If you execute those processes, the wins will follow,” she said.
SLU started fast, winning 10 out of their first 14 games against teams such as Villanova, Radford and Lipscomb before dropping a 12-0 decision to in-state rival Mizzou. The challenging non-conference slate also included a trip to California for the University of California-Riverside Tournament. The Billikens posted a 1-3 record at Riverside, falling to North Dakota twice, UC Riverside, and splitting games with Harvard. They finished their West Coast swing with contests against San Diego and San Diego State, with SLU defeating the former by a 4-0 score. With a 15-10 record, SLU headed into conference play with a chance to make some serious noise. They opened up with two games against lowly La Salle on March 18 and 19, winning both.. The Bills cooled off against A-10 foes Fordham and Charlotte, however, splitting the series with both teams. In the 2-0 victory against Fordham, junior pitcher Hannah Huebbe was nearly untouchable, throwing a complete-game three-hit shutout to ensure the SLU victory. In the series against Charlotte, senior Kristin Nicoletti
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collected her 200th career hit, padding the school record which she already owns. As a leadoff hitter, she acts as the spark for the Billikens, setting the table for the two through five hitters to drive in runs, a job she performs well. Nicoletti, a fixture of the SLU softball program, has posted a .350 batting average and a stellar .418 on base percentage, both highest on the team, while starting all 37 games for the Billikens. She also leads the team in stolen bases, successfully swiping 17 bags in 20 attempts. “I’m a slapper, so I pretty much try to hit the ball into the ground and get something going, see how the defense is playing, just make some chaos and get them to throw it around. We rally a lot – once somebody gets on, other people will get on too,” Nicoletti said when asked about her role in the offense “That’s when we’re successful, when we get on someway and somehow.” Her 42 hits on the year are the third highest in the A-10. SLU took on Southern Illinois, where Connoyer was formerly an assistant before taking the head-coaching job at SLU. The Billikens dropped both games by scores of 3-2
and 5-1, respectively. They picked right back up in A-10 play on April 1, blasting Rhode Island in successive days by a score of 7-0 in both games before being swept by Massachusetts. The season has been one marked by close games and strong pitching. Huebbe and junior Kelcie Matesa have anchored the pitching staff, combining to earn 17 Billiken wins. Matesa has thrown five shutouts on the year and recorded 102 strikeouts, both team bests. Huebbe owns a 2.73 ERA, a team low, and has been the No.1 starter throughout the season. “They both do a great job of hitting their spots, keeping teams off balance, getting an offense tog uses…they do a nice job of setting up hitters. They work well with [Alyson] Brand, our catcher, to exploit weaknesses. They keep at it,” Connoyer said. The Billikens continue their chase for A-10 supremacy on Saturday, April 9 when Dayton comes to town for a doubleheader. Six teams are within two games of each other in the conference standings, giving the Billikens as good of a chance as anyone to capture a conference title.
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