U University News Thursday, October 11, 2012
Vol. XCVII No. 7
A student voice of SLU since 1919
Living the greek life at SLU
Fraternities, sororities offer students a variety of experiences
ΦΔΘ ΑΔΠ ΣΦΕ ΔΣΦ ΓΦΒ ΒΘΠ ΔΓ
By CHRIS ACKELS Senior Staff Writer
Alex Tepoorten was on the fence. “I didn’t know if I wanted to join a sorority or not,” she said. “I didn’t know what it was all about, and to be honest, I wasn’t really sure if it was for me.” She had heard all the negative connotations. She knew the stereotypes, those promulgated by movies and newscasts and state schools. She felt she could make friends through other means. But she also had noticed other sorority girls on campus. She admired their drive, their involvement, their unified passion. She recognized something in them. “So the last night before recruitment began,” she said. “I decided I’d give it a shot.” Active members of a fraternity or sorority on campus make up approxi-
mately 18% of Saint Louis University’s student body. One-thousand, four-hundred and sixty-one students are a part of what is known as the Greek system, a group of social organizations dedicated to the building of friendships and celebrating shared values. SLU has nine fraternities and six sororities on campus, engaging 541 male members and 920 female members. Each of them is a chapter of nationally and internationally recognized organizations, and all have Greek letters to their names. For many, fraternities and sororities provide an outlet to meet friends and develop bonds based on mutual interests and common personal values. “Right away I could feel the impact of being in a fraternity,” says sophomore Kevin Fitzsimmons, who rushed Sigma Phi Epsilon during his freshman year. “All of a sudden, I really felt like I was a part of something.” The first week of freshman year
ΖΤΑ ΦΚΘ ΣΚ is, for many, a whirlwind of getting to know new people and adjusting to a new place. Greek rush events try to help provide some structure to this process, especially for students who do not know many classmates coming in. “I was far away from home, and I didn’t know a single person,” says sophomore Carlie Lavin of her freshman year experience. “The recruitment process allowed me to really put myself out there and meet people.” Lavin, now a member of Alpha Delta Pi, says her sorority friends are like the sisters she never had growing up. Joe Orf, vice president of the Inter Fraternity Council and senior member of Phi Delta Theta, said that fraternities and sororities are so much more than just a social gathering. The benefits, he said, go way beyond just making friends. See “Greek” on Page 3
By WOLF HOWARD Associate News Editor
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Students vote in a mock presidental election hosted by OneWorld magazine on Wed., Oct. 10 In addition to the flyers, tables were set up with a more detailed description of the beliefs and policies held by each camp. The stand was dedicated to Romney Oct. 8 and Obama on Oct. 9. On Oct. 10 OneWorld held a mock election, with the booth displaying the same information from the first two days side by side. Romney’s table was decked out in red with posters detailing Romney’s
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promises should he win the election. These commitments included his intent to approve the Keystone Pipeline and begin to repeal Obamacare within the first day of his presidency. Obama’s table was lined with blue and gave information about his intention to continue to strengthen and reform social programs such as Medicare and Social Security, as well as his dedication to continued economic stimulus and his
By KRISTEN MIANO News Editor
The tiny wooden crosses in the Quad last week raised some eyebrows at first. Though the Cemetery of the Innocents has been a standard part of Students for Life’s Respect Life Week, the display has undergone a makeover. “We modified the Cemetery of the Innocents to include five subjects this year, many of which don’t traditionally align with what people think of when they think of pro-life issues,” said Students for Life president, Patrick Grillot. “This year we included things like rape, poverty and physician-assisted suicide instead of just abortion and the death pen-
alty.” The expanding of the display was not the only change, however. Students for Life also included a new ‘Garden of Justice,” which consisted of fake flowers meant to represent some of the positive aspects of the pro-life movement. “The Cemetery of the Innocents is usually pretty negatively focused, but we wanted to promote the positive movements happening on campus and else where,” Grillot said. The Garden of Justice featured statistics relating to Saint Louis University’s Pregnant and Parenting Services, the efforts of Campus Kitchens, the See “Life” on Page 3
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OneWorld event highlights election LiveOneWorld Magazine has started the ‘Be An Informed Voter’ campaign this semester with the hopes of keeping students in the loop about the upcoming presidential election. The ‘Be An Informed Voter’ campaign is about giving students unbiased information that can help them make educated decisions in the upcoming election. OneWorld was stationed in the quad handing out flyers containing information concerning the various policies of President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as well as the Libertarian and Green Parties. “We realized that it’s more important to be an informed voter, not just a registered voter, especially with this generation,” Managing Editor of OneWorld Magazine Mary Shannon said. “We wanted to be able to provide unbiased information on both Romney and Obama and the other secondary parties.” Each flyer was comprised of a summary view of the economic, foreign, social, education, environmental and healthcare policies of each candidate.
Students support pro-life efforts
progress in job creation. The source of the information for OneWorld’s posters and flyers varied. “We have multiple sources. We got a lot of the information from each candidate’s website and from their published platforms, but we also have secondary unbiased sites as well,” Shannon said. “We didn’t want to focus on anything See “Election” on Page 3
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Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor, spoke to students in the Lee Lecture Hall on Tues. Oct. 9 as a part of Respect Life Week.
SLU ranking slips; B-school improves By DERRICK NEUNER Senior Staff Writer
In the recently released 2013 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News ranked SLU 92nd among nearly 270 institutions listed in the magazine’s “National Universities” category. In the 2012 edition of the list, SLU was ranked 90th. The University’s undergraduate business programs took a major jump in this year’s rankings, rising to 87 from 115 last year. The magazine also gave high marks to SLU’s undergraduate programs in entrepreneurship (No. 13) and international business (No. 18). “I’ve said for years that we’re a top 50 school. So what we have to do is tell our story, Ellen Harshman, J.D., Ph.D., dean of the John Cook School, said. “Our students are great, our faculty are terrific, and there’s great scholarship here at SLU. But it doesn’t matter if nobody knows.” Earlier this year, U.S. News named the University’s health law program No. 1 in the nation for the ninth consecutive year. In its “Best Graduate Schools 2013” issue, the magazine also ranked several other graduate programs in the top 25, including public health administration at No. 9, geriatric medicine at No. 13, entrepreneurship at No. 17, international business at No. 20 and supply chain management at No.
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21. Harshman notes that among Midwestern schools, SLU’s ranking rises to No. 20. That puts the university amongst good company – schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State and Creighton. Among the highlights of the recent rankings are the undergraduate business programs, which have been under Harshman’s direction since she became dean in 2003. She attributes the rise in the Cook School’s profile as the result of a concerted effort to spread the word about SLU and her high-profile position among fellow business school deans. “A lot of these rankings are done by reputation, which is done by deans and chairs,” Harshman said. “I work hard to be visible and be a leader among those deans.” Currently, Harshman is on a national committee rewriting accreditation rules for business schools in the United States. She also notes that two faculty members from SLU have left in the last year for deanships at other institutions. But while the rise in the rankings is an encouraging sign for the university, the numbers fall well short of the strategic goals of the SLU Board of Trustees and Lawrence Biondi, S.J., university president. In a letter sent to the SLU community See “Rankings” on Page 3
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OCTOBER 11, 2012
Let Us Introduce You: Mitch Garrett GIC president plans on law school, enjoys playing soccer By KATHERINE KELLIHER Staff Writer
Mitch Garrett is your everyday, video-playing college student, with a few exceptions. As this year’s president of the Great Issues Committee, this Dallas native gets the chance to meet and host some of the most influential people who come to speak at Saint Louis University. Garrett has been involved in GIC since his freshman year. His favorite part of working with the organization has been the opportunity to interact with speakers. His favorite speaker, in particular, was Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and author of the book “Night,” who came to speak at SLU in 2009. Garrett’s interest in the work of GIC began with his interest in the Supreme Court. “[I’ve] always been interested in law and politics…and the issues that go along with it,” Garrett said. As a political science and international studies double major, Garrett saw GIC as a way to get involved with something that catered to his interests. During his sophomore year, Garrett traveled to Madrid through SLU’s study abroad program, and he said the experience allowed him to learn more about the politics of a foreign country. His favorite class was European Political Economy. “I really enjoyed learning about the politics of Spain,” Garrett said. While in Spain, Garrett also tried to break out of his American roots and embrace the local culture by taking a Latin rhythm and dance class. Garrett credits his interest in political science to a high school government
THE SLU SCOOP All Information Provided by Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Saturday, Oct. 6
10:29 a.m. - AUTO ACCIDENT
A student reported witnessing a vehicle strike a parked vehicle as it backed out of a parking space. The striking vehicle then drove off. There was damage to the parked vehicle. The owner of the parked vehicle, a student, declined to file a report with SLMPD at this time.
12:11 p.m. - MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
A student reported the theft of his vehicle while it was parked on the street between the hours of 0200 and 1000. The student filed a report with SLMPD. 1:22 a.m. ELEVATOR ENTRAPMENT
Two students were trapped in an elevator between the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building. Maintenance responded but was unable to open the elevator. SLFD was contacted, arrived and released the students.
Monday, Oct. 8
6:50 p.m. - ACCIDENTAL INJURY
Two students were playing flag football and ran into each other. Both students received a cut above their left eye. EMS arrived, however, both students refused medical transport. Pro Staff was on the scene.
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SGA discusses administrative issues By WOLF HOWARD John Schuler/ Photo Editor
teacher. He recalled watching Saturday Night Live skits as part of a lesson in class and he appreciated how personable the teacher was. After graduation this year, Garrett plans to attend law school, ideally at the University of Texas, to continue to build on his education in legal and political matters. When he’s not rubbing elbows with famous speakers or studying the political climate of foreign countries, Garrett likes to participate in intramural soccer, play his favorite video game, FIFA, and go camping. He recently went hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains with the
Boy Scouts. Garrett has been a Boy Scout since kindergarten. He is also involved in the fraternity Beta Theta Pi and a Greek bible study group at SLU. Garrett doesn’t watch television, instead using his free time to listen to country music and to make a point of getting eight hours of sleep a night. Garrett is one of three children in his family. He has an older brother, a sister and a chocolate lab for a pet. Despite being away from home, Garrett maintains that his dog loves him the best. “I’m his favorite member of the family,” Garrett said.
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The highlight of this week’s Student Government Association meeting was a presentation by Senators Becky Killian and Andrew McLaughlin voicing student grievances. Killian and McLaughlin detailed continued issues with SLU’s standing amongst other universities and administration-student communication. Amongst the grievances were concerns with the the failure to bring in adequate funding compared to other schools. According to the presentation, gifts over the past 10 years have not risen above 1.9 percent of market value, while the average at other schools has remained between 2 and 3.5 percent. Another complaint was
the lack of student involvement in important issues until after decisions have been made. Issues mentioned were the housing and security reforms last year, as well as the creation of the College for Public Health and Social Justice. Killian highlighted that the complaints were not against the choices, but against the choices being made without student input. Further concerns were presented over the continued downtrend in SLU’s place in the top 100 schools, moving from 77 to 92 over the past 5 years. The Arts and Sciences Faculty Council will be holding a meeting on Oct. 11 in Beracha 121 at 3:30 PM. Students are invited to attend and speak. The Office of Academic Advising introduced the
new director of disability services, Jane Jones, and talked about developments in academic advising. There was a presentation concerning the university-wide undergraduate learning outcomes being developed at SLU. The learning outcomes are to be framed by the SLU mission statement and the five dimensions of a Saint Louis University education. Literature regarding the development of the plan, its current draft and ways to voice student opinions are available online on SLU’s website. There will be multiple open fora held over the next month. SGA also approved new charter funding for Dumbledore’s Army, spot funding for Decadence and funding allocations for Smoke-Free SLU and Alpha Psi-Omega.
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OCTOBER 11, 2012
Life: Student groups unite for cause
Kristen Miano/ News Editor
The Cementery of the Innocents is a display of crosses with each representing a variety of pro-life issues. The display featured a Garden of Justice, representing postive aspects of the movement. Continued from Page 1
number of Incest National Network centers and the number of states that have outlawed the death penalty and physician-assisted suicide. In addition to the changes to the Cemetery of the Innocents, Students for Life is widening the focus of life issues, giving a new angle on Respect Life Week. “We collectively as a group wanted to take a new stab at Respect Life Week and plan it internationally rather than just base it on things we have done in the past,” Grillot said, “So we got rid of some events, added some new ones and changed some around.” Grillot also said that Students for Life wanted to
present a side of the prolife movement that isn’t just against abortion, but a side that seeks to create a culture that values the life and dignity of every human person. “It’s about dialogue and bringing these issues to the front of the consciousness of students who may not be thinking about them other wise,” Grillot said, “People experiencing homelessness or people who have been raped, these people still have dignity no matter what their situation is, no matter what they’ve undergone.” The Cemetery of the Innocents was the kick-off event, but Students for Life has several other events planned for the week. On Tuesday, they brought Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor and pro-life speak-
er. Ohden lived through a saline infusion abortion and was born alive at seven months. She was put up for adoption and now speaks about her experiences as an abortion survivor. According to Grillot, the speech was attended by 85 students, the most students Students for Life has ever had attend one of their speeches. “We wanted to bring someone different than the usual ‘abortion is bad and should be stopped” speaker,’” Grillot said. “We had some people attend who were either undecided or were pro-choice and intrigued by Melissa’s experience.” On Thursday, Students for Life is bringing Vera Thomas, the mother of Mis-
souri death row inmate, Reggie Clemons, to speak about the impact the death penalty has had on her own life and the impact it has had on society. Past speakers on the death penatly have been activists and advocates, but Thomas is the closest presentor to the issue that Students for Life has featured. “Our death penalty events have been pretty well attended in the past, but Vera is the most intimate speaker we’ve had so far,” Grillot said. Thomas will be speaking at 7 p.m. in the Wool Ballrooms. The last event is a new feature of Respect Life Week. Students for Life is cosponsoring a health fair in the Wool Ballrooms with several other organizations, including Pregnant and Parenting Services, the School of Nursing, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Active Minds, Relay for Life, Physical Therapy Council, Occupational Therapy Program, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association and SLU Health 101. They have also invited Thrive Saint Louis, a pregnancy resource center, to promote their services to students. Overall, Grillot said he hopes to inspire conversation on campus with these events. “We recognize we aren’t going to win over everyone,” Grillot said. “But our goal is to bring up the topic, and if we can’t discuss it, we hope to at least make people aware of the issues so they can have some reflection on it and see what the issues mean to them.”
Rankings: B-school bumped despite overall slump Continued from Page 1
According to Robert Morse, lead researcher in the U.S. News report, the rankings “allow you to comon Sept. 24, board chairpare at a glance the relative man Thomas Brouster, Sr., quality of institutions based said that the trustees “union such widely accepted inversally affirmed its goal to dicators of excellence” but rank the University among also factor other variables, the top 50 universities in the such as campus visits by United States.” researchers and varsity Harshman addressed sports. the shortfall, saying that the Student Government AsSLU must stay committed sociation President Blake to achieving that goal. Exline says the recent rank“Rankings are not simings should be viewed as a ple. They are driven by a trend, not individually. formula,” she said. “We do “While U.S. News and what we do to affect the World Report is not the halo, and we move forward only ranking system used as much as to evaluate we can. Evinstitutions ery year of higher we have to education, keep moving We must trust it is an imforward. Is ourselves to know portant mea50 a magic sure of how what do to get betnumber? No. Saint Louis But movter and tell the Univering towards sity ranks world what we’re 50 is a nice against othtarget. We doing right. er colleges must trust and uniourselves to -Ellen Harshman versities,” know what Exline said. do to get bet“U.S. News ter and tell and World the world Repor t, what we’re among other ranking boddoing right.” ies, can positively or negaThe issue of school ranktively affect the curb appeal ings has become a discusSLU offers to its applicants. sion topic among the stuA large enough swing in dent body. Because U.S. rankings could arguably News uses a variety of varihave an affect on the value ables in its methodology, of a SLU degree; however, a some argue that the ranktwo-position decrease is not ings are too subjective to be particularly alarming.” reliable.
Greek: System strives Election: Magazine raises election awareness to live out their values Continued from Page 1
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“My fraternity is built around the shared values of friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude,” said Orf. “Everything we do as a fraternity is meant to live out those values. And the older I get, the more I realize that these values really are what unites us. And I believe that is true with each of the fraternities at SLU.” Sororities and fraternities live out these values through social events, philanthropy, community service, and academic programs. The Greek community at SLU raised nearly $20,000 last school year for causes ranging from St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, to Ronald McDonald House, to Girl Scouts of America. Greek students in all fifteen chapters participated in more than 1,100 hours of community service last academic year, a practice Orf said is meant to enhance each member’s connection to the Jesuit mission of Saint Louis University. Academically, Greek students strive to excel in the classroom. While the overall average Grade Point Average for SLU students is 3.17, the Greek average GPA is 3.24. Many chapters require study hours, have scholarship committees and require achievement minimums for their members. Beyond that, the network of friends also allows opportunities for tutoring, academic mentoring and other services. “For the most part, Greek students really work hard to achieve the values set forth in their charters,” says Orf. “It really is a way to improve the whole person.” Greek Life has worked to improve campus as well. Greek students hold lead-
ership positions in some of SLU’s most influential student organizations, including SGA, Oriflamme and OneWorld Magazine. They participate as RAs, Micahs and Presidential Scholars. They are involved in Student Activities Board, Great Issues Committee and Campus Ministry Mission Trips. They are Ambassadors, SLU 101 leaders and intramural referees. Despite the extensive involvement, the Greek system often gets a bad rap. Stereotypes of excessive alcohol use, hazing and exclusiveness seem to haunt Greek students everywhere they go. Movies like Animal House, Old School and Legally Blonde have perpetuated the labels often placed on fraternities and sororities. But Greeks at SLU are working hard to dispel those misgivings. “Greek students do a lot for campus, and we want people to see that the positives far outweigh the negatives,” Orf said. Alex Tepoorten agrees. She is a sophomore now, but she remembers Bid Day like it was yesterday. She cannot remember ever being more nervous than when she was holding that envelope. Inside was a piece of paper that held the name of her new sorority and the Greek letters that would be attached to her name forever. When she opened the envelope, she screamed with joy. “The sisters of Kappa Delta cordially invite Alexandra Tepoorten to join in their sisterhood of a lifetime.” Today, that small 6-by-8 inch note card sits next to Tepoorten’s bed. She says those words, over and over. “The sisterhood of a lifetime.”
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left wing or right wing, we wanted to get middle of the road information.” OneWorld promised none of the information was interpreted, allowing students to gather the facts as they stand and make up their own minds on what their vote would mean. The mock election had a turnout of 883 voters, with Obama winning 52 percent of the vote, trailed by Romney with 39 percent, Gary Johnson with five percent, and Jill Stein in last with roughly three percent of the vote. There were nine write-ins, which made up 1 percent of votes. “We wanted to kind of get the competitive juices flowing for our mock election,” said Shannon concerning the reasoning behind splitting up each day by candi-
date. “Also so we can just focus on both candidates and give them the attention that they deserve.” OneWorld originally planned to register students to vote and host the informational event simultaneously, Editor-in-Chief Julia Brucks said. However, it is illegal to provide political information and register voters, so OneWorld decided to focus on providing information. OneWorld believes the event was a great success. “Overhearing a few students talking politics made our time, energy and enthusiasm completely worthwhile,” Brucks said. “We had high hopes, and the event met each one,” Shannon said. Brucks highlighted the fact that their campaign is still going, despite the closure of the three-day event. One World is looking in to
Republicans 39.02% Democrats 52.22%
Libertarian 5.04% Results from the OneWorld mock elections on Wed., Oct. 10. different ways to continue to keep students informed in the days leading up to the election. Brendan McDermott, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences said that his original desire to avoid being accosted by flyers was subdued when he realized the information he had
been handed was actually interesting to him. OneWorld Magazine is a social rights publication that prints biannually. There will be a release party, with a presentation on how OneWorld came to be, as well as food and a binder detailing the development of the latest issue.
Habit for Humanity hosts Cardboard City
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Cardboard City, an annual Habit for Humanity event, took place on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Saint Louis University Quad. The event gives students an opportunity to construct houses out of cardboard boxes and then spend the night sleeping in them in an effort to raise awarness about homelessness.
In the Oct. 4 issue of The University News, it was stated in the article, “Two into one: Public Health, Social Work combine,” it was stated that the programs of Public Health will become departments. This is incorret, as the departments of Public Health will not be changing. They will remain the same during the transition to the new college. The University News regrets this error.
OCTOBER 11, 2012
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The debates go on, but do they matter? Over a week after the presidential debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and incumbent President Barack Obama, media personalities throughout the countr y are still picking apart ever y detail of the encounter. Yet less attention has been paid to the more fundamental questions surrounding the televised presidential debates: Do they even matter? Why do we have them? Statisticians and election analysts tend to say that generally, no, they do not matter. The outcome of a debate seldom sways voters from one ticket to another. Polls seem to indicate a swing toward Romney after this debate, but it remains to be seen whether this will have any effect in the long run. Some might argue that the debates are targeted to truly undecided voters, but after months of campaigning, it seems unlikely that there are ver y many people who aren’t leaning one way or another. Perhaps this isn’t bad news, though; maybe the debates really shouldn’t matter. Dozens of articles and television programs both before and after the debates analyze how body language and appearance can be highly important factors in how debaters are perceived. While body language is certainly an important means of communication, a presidential contender’s ease before the camera shouldn’t be the deciding factor in determining the next commander-in-chief. Furthermore, the format of presidential debates makes it nearly impossible for candidates to elaborate on their proposed policies. Debates often seem to consist of candidates taking turns addressing platitudes to the audience, rather than entering into critical dialogue with one another. Witty zingers do not an effective leader make.
Ultimately, though, it probably isn’t the body language or the clever ripostes that matter anyway; it’s the media’s coverage of them. There is no “points system” for the debate, yet after ward, media outlets insist on tr ying to determine a “winner.” Media personnel can undertake the necessar y task of fact-checking the claims of the candidates, but they can also promote either candidate based on their biases. It might be mildly significant that one candidate made a certain facial expression at some point during the debate, but it becomes even more significant if that same expression is shown repeatedly in slow motion on a television news network. This brings us to the question of why the debates continue in the first place. They don’t usually affect the election, they probably shouldn’t be decisive factors in determining who to vote for, but they are often highly entertaining. By setting up the debates as political sporting events, major television networks can haul in viewers. More importantly, they can use the debates as fodder for pundits for weeks after ward, dissecting and replaying each statement more often than the Seahawks’ “touchdown” or the Cardinals’ infield fly. Sure, the debates can be entertaining. They can even give a vague outline of each candidate’s platform to the truly uninformed voter. It would be wonderful if the candidates could be convinced to go into greater depth on their policies, or if more than two candidates could be allowed into the debate. But for now, presidential and vice presidential debates don’t seem to be changing or going away. So watch them if you will, but please, don’t base your vote on who has the best cosmetics and comebacks.
Nightmares from the newsroom Midterms are around the corner, and the apocalypse predicted by the Mayans is just over the horizon. We at the UNews choose not to believe in either of these things, but that doesn’t mean that we’re unafraid. Quite the contrar y! Here are the top 10 things terrifying us today: Google. We certainly aren’t afraid that near-instantaneous digital access to almost all the collected knowledge of mankind will render print media obsolete. Of course not. That would be silly. We’re really just worried about the Internet megalith’s monopoly on access to information. Sure, Google looks friendly, with its colorful letters and cute little doodles, but behind that interactive Flash façade lurks a mindless corporate monstrosity. We’ve got our eye on you, Google. Seriously, you’re open on our desktops. Bacon shortage. This might happen. Need we say more? Hide your pigs, hide your slice. Mosquitoes. Seriously, this is pretty scar y: as of October, there have been nearly 4,000 reported cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. Skeeters were annoying enough before they carried deadly pathogens. And it’s just our luck to live by a campus with decorative pools of standing water ever y 10 feet. Flying monkeys. A prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” is set for a spring 2013 release, and while we hope for the best, we fear the worst—the worst being hordes of sweater-wearing airborne apes. On second thought, we’ll take the mosquitoes instead, thank you. Scientology videos. Rumor has it that Scientology centers show potential converts a video chock-full of
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subliminal messages that convince the viewer to join the church. As a Catholic institution, we prefer liveaction displays of evangelism. This Scientology video rings of… well, “The Ring.” Magnetic pole reversal. NASA maintains that this is a natural occurrence, and that fossils show us previous reversals had little or no effect on plant and animal life. Sure, but the dinosaurs didn’t have iPhones. Who knows what will happen if the poles flip? Besides, we’ll either have to start calling this place South America, or we’ll all have to buy new compasses—an orienteer’s nightmare. NHL lockout. Hockey was just gaining steam after the last lockout lost lots of its fan base. By the time it comes out of cold storage this time, people might have forgotten the rules—heck, football and baseball people can barely remember their rules on a week-toweek basis. Sports slide into anarchy. The Darkness. The Soulard haunted house is one of the most famous in America. And their website claims they have 75 live “monsters.” They must have a bigger budget than “The Walking Dead.” That also explains why it costs over 20 bucks a ticket… scar y. Winter is coming. With a summer this hot, who knows what horrors winter will wake upon the SLU campus? Expect a winter too mild to cancel class, but mean enough to make your commute miserable. Bath salt zombies. So that’s what they meant by “Bed Bath & Beyond.” Just kidding, the hallucinogenic drug isn’t actually sold at your local spa store, but beware of doped-up maniacs eager to get your brains into their aromatic maws anyway.
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Professor responds to Patankar’s charges of faculty ‘hysteria’ Editor’s note: This email was sent to Dr. Manoj Patankar, vice president of academic affairs, on Oct. 9 by Dr. Steve Harris in response to Patankar’s comments at the Student Government Association meeting on Sept. 26. Dr. Harris submitted the email to The University News for publication. Dear Dr. Patankar, As interim president of the SLU chapter of AAUP, I feel it is incumb e n t u p o n me to respond to some of the remarks y o u m a d e at the Steve Harris meeting of the Student Government Association on Sept. 26, where I was in attendance. I do not do this lightly or without some qualms about whether it is truly my place to rebut you at length. But I believe it is my duty, in virtue of my office, to safeguard the interests of the faculty, as rooted in the ideals of the AAUP, where I perceive those interests threatened by actions and statements of the leadership of the university. Your attribution to hysteria of the actions of the faculty—as embodied in the near-unanimous calls for No Confidence from both the A&S Faculty Council and the Faculty Senate, reflecting an overwhelming negative response by the faculty and deans to your four proposals—presents
a singularly dismissive attitude towards the deeply felt concerns of the faculty. It is no small matter to completely overhaul the basic relationship of our employment: both vitiating the crucial matter of tenure (the very foundation stone of an academic career) and imposing onerous accounting practices inherently ill-suited to what we do as instructors and researchers in our highly varied fields. The issue of how well or how poorly the universal quantificational scheme you envisioned would fit with the actual practices of the faculty is a matter of judgment. But the faculty have spoken with one voice on this issue, both loudly and with fine analysis; their collective judgment, so strongly expressed, of how badly it would serve the university, cannot be dismissed. The astonishment with which the faculty greeted this baroque apparatus was palpable on campus within a few days. It is not only the specious quantification in the evaluation and workload proposals that is profoundly disturbing, but the entire concept of subordinating the role of the department chairs in determining equable workload and evaluation of faculty efforts to a pointscheme foisted upon them from the administration, and subjugating the chairs’ determination to that of the VP (section III.G of the Faculty Manual specifies this as the chairs’ responsibility, subject only to the review of the respective deans). This amounts to a micro-managerial assault upon the internal functioning of the university, wholly
out of keeping both with the tenured faculty members norms of the academy and are permanent in the sense the legal requirements of that they may be terminated the Faculty Manual. by the University only for The thought that the VP situations involving medical for Academic Affairs could or other extended leaves, have so hugely misjudged and then only as provided the acceptability of these for in Sec. III.H.12.b or purstrictures within the acadsuant to academic reallocaemy, was enough to bring tion or financial exigency forth anger, fear, and frusunder Secs. III.I.11-12, or tration in all corners of the for cause, and then only on university. It is no hysterithe grounds given in Sec. cal reIII.I.5. action R e s to give ponding voice Responding with with all the to the forcefulnatural all the forcefulness ness the conclufaculty are sion: capable of, T h e r e the faculty are capawhen facis no ing violac o n f i - ble of, when facing tion of the dence fundamenby the violation of the funtal nature faculty of our emin such damental nature of ployment— a VP not to menfor Aca- our abroemployment... tion demic gation of Affairs. contractual T h e is, again, no hysteriobligations issue and of the of the cal reaction. af firmative attack requireon tenments of ure is not even a matter of the AAUP—is, again, no judgment: The proposal hysterical reaction. on Faculty Evaluation, secYour public statement tion 4.4.4, stated, “One of that post-tenure review is four potential outcomes of an established practice at a post-tenure review is posnotable universities is dissible … d. Receipt of a teringenuous, as the punitive minal contract. … The final nature of your proposal is decision will be made by wholly out of keeping with the Vice President for Acaanything existing at a redemic Affairs.” This is in dispectable institution. The rect violation of the Faculty AAUP has strong guideManual, section III.I.1: lines about what constitutes Tenure involves a conacceptable post-tenure retractual recognition by view (“Post-Tenure Review: the University of a faculty An AAUP Response”): member’s right to continu“Post-tenure review ing employment. Contracts should not be undertaken between the University and for the purpose of dismiss-
al. Other formal disciplinary procedures exist for that purpose. … Some proponents of posttenure review, motivated by a desire to facilitate the dismissal of tenured faculty, seek to substitute less protective procedures and criteria at the time of post-tenure review. But demanding procedures and standards are precisely what prevent dismissal for reasons violative of academic freedom. … The heightened protection of the tenured faculty is not a privilege, but a responsibility earned by the demonstration of professional competence in an extended probationary period, leading to a tenured position with its “rebuttable presumption of professional excellence.” These guidelines are adhered to by the universities you mentioned; but not by your proposals. But what of the fact that, at the time of the votes of the A&S Faculty Council and of the Faculty Senate on No Confidence, these proposals had already been withdrawn? The A&S Council deliberately tabled the vote until after the Sept. 14 meeting at which the proposals were to be discussed and possibly withdrawn, specifically in order to express its opinion, not on the proposals being still on the table, but on the fact of their having been issued in the first place; and such also was the motivation within the Senate. This was not hysteria born of immediate concern, but considered judgment after the fact: judgment on the reasonableness of your continuing to hold the lead-
ership of academic affairs at the University. The fact that at the SGA meeting, you expressed the need for a faculty review process containing an “exit strategy” shows that this judgment was not wide of the mark: In spite of the existence of measures within the Faculty Manual for terminating the contracts of non-producing faculty— III.I.5.b: “Irresponsibility in discharging University obligations, incompetence in meeting the faculty responsibilities” III.I.5.i: “Documented serious and persistent substandard performance which fails to meet contractual obligations” —you even yet are bent upon finding a mechanism beyond our contractual relations, to remove faculty according to your determination. (Section 4.4.4 of Faculty Evaluation on posttenure review specifies an evaluation and appeal process designed for the usual granting or withholding of tenure, thereby supplanting the procedures and safeguards given in section III.I.6 of the Faculty Manual for processing perceived grounds for tenure termination allowed in III.I.5.) Being the face of the AAUP on campus, it is my obligation to give voice to the united aspirations of the faculty to resist this contemplated abrogation of our rights and of the nature of our profession; and to forcefully oppose any suggestion that these aspirations and the means to assure them are without intellectual merit. Respectfully, Steve Harris
Why we voted no confidence The vote of no confidence by the Faculty Senate of Saint Louis University against the vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Manoj Patankar, last month James Ginther h a s caught the attention of many. F r . Biondi responded last w e e k with a letter that reJay Hammond b u t t e d some of the specifics related to the vote, but he failed to react to the larger issues that have preoccupied the faculty. SLU’s administration, in fact, seem to think this vote was simply the result of “hysterical” and “petulant” faculty. These words have been used to suggest that we acted only out of self-interest. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, the faculty has acted in the interests of our students and alumni, and of those who care deeply about the University’s mission of scholarship, education, service and the pursuit of academic excellence. We voted against Patankar because we are driven by the shared conviction that SLU is in need of effective leadership. Without such leadership, SLU is in trouble. One sobering example highlights SLU’s troubling trajectory. In the past decade, SLU has slipped 15 places in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. The drop from 77th to 92nd represents one of the worst declines of any school in the top 100. The modern university must change or else spiral into decline. The bold goal of becoming a top-50 university is exactly what SLU needs to spur itself toward greater success. But simply stating an intention is not enough. Actions speak
much louder than words. “consultation,” but rather For the last three years by shared planning where at SLU, specific actions all stakeholders contribute have indeed spoken louder their effort and energy. than words. These actions Time and time again have been chaotic, contraPatankar has ignored the dictory and confused. Inivoices of those stakeholdtiatives such as Patankar’s ers. The vice president has initial Strategic Plan for the claimed, for example, that University in 2010 were dehe did “consult” with the veloped without consulting faculty on his recent evaluthe faculty and, when critiation proposals. There were cism mounted, have been certainly committees and quietly abandoned. SLU’s public meetings, but there mission as a Jesuit, Cathois no evidence that anything lic university has ultimately central to the proposals been ignored in strategic came from the faculty or planning. that their voices were even Spending on resources heard. His actions, in other vital to our students and words, spoke far louder faculty, such as the acquisithan his words. His action tions budget for the library, was to ignore what he did has been cut. Such decinot want to hear. sions Effecignore tive leaders the fact build ownThe faculty has act- ership with t h a t top-50 trust. This univer- ed in the interests is risky, sities because s p e n d of our students and it means far, far learning m o r e to rely on than we alumni, and of those others. You do on on care deeply rely t h o s e who deans, dis a m e rectors and the Univer- chairs to do r e - about sourctheir jobs. es. The sity’s mission of You trust ways in the facw h i c h scholarship, educa- ulty (in the depar tsame way ments that faculty f u n c - tion, ser vice and the must trust tion, restudents) s e a r c h pursuit of academic and you is supr ecognize p o r t e d excellence. that they or colare the enleges or schools are mangine of success. You erode aged has been subject to trust when you microarbitrary and whimsical manage colleges and deredirection, as was the case partments, make arbitrary with Patankar’s recent prodecisions or are fearful of posal to move the library transparency. You erode into a new School of Infortrust when you cannot dismatics in order to generate tinguish between what is revenue. This is not plantruly innovative and what ning. This is not bold leadis merely faddish jargon. ership. It is chaos. This is Without this risky, collaborwhat a spiral of decline feels ative trust, a university will like. not improve. It will decline. Effective leadership creThe pervasive lack of ates a sense of ownership. trust undermines any atOwnership means that all tempt at effective leaderof us – administration, facship. Trust is what is lackulty, students and alumniing at SLU. There has been -enthusiastically share the no indication that the vice goals and strategic plans president has recognized of our university because this problem. Our decision it belongs to all of us. The to vote for no confidence University does not belong was, and still is, a clear to any one interest group, demand for effective leadlet alone any one individership. We voted no confiual. Ownership is not credence to protect our univerated by spurious, top-down sity.
Mike Hogan / Opinion Editor
Social justice: About people, not politics I am not a math person. The fact that I am not a numbers person is part of w h a t makes a display like SLU Students for Life’s C e m etery of the Innocents Amanda Hicks and Garden of Justice difficult to process. Upon closer examination of the wooden crosses, however, they do not represent numbers. The crosses and the flowers represent people. And the human person is at the center of the social justice movement. Therefore, Respect Life Week gives us the opportunity to really contemplate the meaning and inherent value of each and every human person—no matter the origin, GPA, ability, socioeconomic status, race, gender or circumstance. We are called to look at the inherent dignity we all share. Recognizing the dignity of the human person should call us to action—to social justice, which is rooted in love. While it is easy to divide moral stances along traditional party lines, social justice calls for an authentic devotion to all human life. Social justice means striving against all that treats persons as objects rather than persons with inherent dignity. Social justice means advocating for all
that protects, upholds and fosters the human person. It is this consistent ethic of life that Students for Life’s Respect Life Week works to foster. The Cemetery of the Innocents calls for reflection and solidarity, the speakers on abortion and the death penalty call us to see the world from the perspective of the other, the health fair calls for practical living in a manner in which life can thrive and the prayer service calls for assistance from God to be the change in a world thirsting for the justice, love and community to which God calls us. One of the SLU community’s largest achievements and points of unity is the commitment of its students to social justice. We stand for what is good, living in a world that tends to cut corners for convenience or exploitation. Part of being an advocate for social justice is standing for all that is good. We cannot exclude certain issues that pertain to human life for the sake of convenience, adhering to political party lines or popular belief. I cannot advocate assisting those in poverty without assisting those who suffer from abuse. I cannot advocate justice for those living within a prison without advocating justice for those living within the womb. In light of the dignity of the human person, social justice calls me to stand for all life. Respect Life Week strives to call to attention those injustices that our world experiences as a re-
sult of disrespect for human life. The topics of abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide, poverty and rape are extremely diverse social justice issues. While diverse, they all affect people. So if we believe in social justice, we must recognize that these issues require us to act. Whatever affects another human being should also affect us and stir us to action. Each cross, each flower represents something more than a statistic. Respect Life Week is about a person. Each person affected by injustice must be defended, and the crosses call us to never forget to stand for justice and solidarity with the vulnerable. Each flower represents hope, the hope and love that can happen on a person-to-person level when we work for justice. While the cemetery calls us to reflect upon diverse injustices, it also calls us to action across political party lines or traditionally divided moral issues. It calls us to work for that which is just. As men and women striving to be with and for others, Respect Life Week is a call to what Joseph Cardinal Bernadin refers to as a “consistent ethic of life,” reminding us that being pro-life is not a single-issue stance. Rather, being pro-life is a way of living that encompasses all of social justice. Similarly, being socially just cannot exclude standing with the vulnerable in any situation. May we live justice, truth and love, not only this week, but every day of our lives.
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Bassnectar leaves Chaifetz pulsing ‘Bassheads’ fill up Bass Center VII for music, arts, fluorescence By JASON McCOY Staff Writer
“No Backpacks or Glow Sticks” was the greeting extended to bass fans on a cold Saturday night. The lure of Bassnectar was all but irresistible, and his Bassheads were decked to the nines for this magical night of diversions and entertainment. Bassnectar’s Bassheads are similar to any other group of adoring fans: Lady Gaga has her Little Monsters, The Black Eyed Peas have the Peabodies, and Bassheads represent Bassnectar. Clad in fuzzy rave boots, lacy tutus, skin-tight fluorescent tank tops and the banned backpacks and glow sticks, the Bassheads marched down Laclede Avenue wishing they brought coats. Once past pat-downs and ticket scanners, the Bassheads arrived on the scene. The scene in the outer rooms of the arena looked very much like a kindergarten lit by black lights. Tables were erected for fans to create flags, banners and other celebratory materials. The Bassheads lovingly crafted party props with DayGlo paint, sharpies and highlighters. The familiar basketball area morphed into a spectacle of sights and sounds. Massive speaker columns hung from the rafters, robotic lasers and spotlights traced patterns into the smoky atmosphere, and massive screens pierced the retinas of all assembled. Bassheads of all genders, ages and races spun LED poi and hula hoops. A select few wore gloves with LED lights on the tips of each finger, which were used to preform personal light shows for friends and strangers. “Half of what makes Bassnectar shows fun is the underlying culture.” Kelly Childress, Basshead and SLU junior, said of the scene. “It’s a place where you can find avant-garde costumes, fire dancers… not unlike an electronic Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight viewing”
Jason McCoy / Staff Writer
An enthusiastic crowd of ‘Bassheads’ cheers in front of the stage at Chaifetz Arena as Bassnectar performs. The crowd whipped into a raging frenzy as Zeds Dead took the stage. The Canadian pair was missing a member, but Hooks mashed keys, turned dials and manipulated software with the flair of the combined duet. Near the end of the set, Hooks mixed in Zeds Dead’s leading track: a remix if White Satan by The Moody Blues. Zeds Dead rapid rise to bass culture stardom earned them the privilege to take the same stage as Bassnectar. Zeds Dead remains unsigned by a label. The band promotes their act by releasing music for free. Zeds Dead is part of a growing community of artists releasing music either for free or at a buyer chosen price. This movement includes big names like Prince, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and Girl Talk. The florescent crowd pressed inward to the stage
as Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar front man, took his place. He whipped his mop of glorious mid-back length hair back and forth as he turned dials that release unspeakable bass blasts at the crowd. The low frequencies were powerful enough to be felt in the throat and vibrate in the lungs. “If you’re on the floor, get on someone’s shoulders!” Ashton yelled. The crowd obliged. Legions of security employees moved in with flashlights and motioned people back to the floor. The crowd‘s cries, of “We paid for tickets,” were ignored. Bassnectar’s video DJ showed great talent by mixing obscure anime, original material and live feeds from many cameras onto huge screens that dominated the stage. Ashton ended the night with a new, still untitled track while the video DJ mixed images of Ashton into images of the Crowd.
‘Spring Awakening’ sings of adolescent confusion By MAGGIE NEEDHAM Associate Arts Editor
Inside an abbey is not where you’d expect to hear the lyrics, “Yeah, you’re f***ed alright, and all for spite / you can kiss your sorry ass goodbye.” However, the cast members of “Spring Awakening” sing just that at the Stray Dog Theatre this month. The stained glass windows and cushioned pews provide a poignant contrast
to the story being presented onstage. Set in late 1800s Germany, “Spring Awakening” is a show that explores the taboo topics of sexual discovery, domestic abuse and suicide. The teenagers that make up the majority of the characters wrestle with these topics as well as the overarching theme of the ignorance that society (i.e. adults) encourages in the youth. These are some heavy topics, but the cast pulls them off with a sincer-
ity that invites the audience into the story. The actors’ vulnerability and rawness treats the story with all the respect it deserves, especially in the more somber second act. This sincere treatment of the story, combined with talented vocals, provides an intense theater-going experience. Melissa Southmayd opened the show as Wendla Bergman with the simple See “Awakening” on Page 8
Theatre department presents ‘Wonder of the World’
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SLU’s theatre department opens with its first show of the school year, “Wonder of the World.” Performances this weekend are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $9 for faculty and staff and $7 for students.
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Colorful lights shine throughout Chaifetz for Bassnectar.
Pointergeist comes to STL; headbanging ensues By STEPHANIE MUELLER Staff Writer
Until now, my biggest fear had been large dogs. Now, thanks to Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, I know how juvenile that was. The two came together for Pointergeist at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater as a stop on their Twins of Evil tour, striking the fear of all that is bad into the decidedly sparse crowd. I said I would never pay to go to a concert like this and, in a twist of fate that only Manson himself could have dreamt up, my friend won tickets and there was no backing out. As a fan of bands like fun., The Head & The Heart and The Civil Wars, Marilyn Manson is about as far from my spectrum of enjoyable music as possible. Yet, there I was, in a crowd of cloak-clad individuals sporting red, light-up devil horns. My jaw dropped in awe at what transpired on stage. Following more than a mildly inappropriate verbose speech for the benefit of seeing the sign language interpreters translate, Manson began singing, the heads of his faithful crowd flailing up and down in an effort to catch a tune, an admirable effort. Manson, streaked in blood red paint and an indefinable black leather ensemble, displayed his sense of irony in full: white snow confetti shot from cannons to counteract the silhouetted face that appeared behind him near the end of
his set. As the confetti fell, the half portrait of Manson in his terrible glory was highlighted with flashing colors, strobe lights echoing around. If you’ve ever bopped along to “Sweet Dreams” from the Eurythmics in your car, Manson was happy to ruin that for you. Replace the 1980s style electronica with deafening guitar and the monotone harmonies with a guttural growl, and you have Manson’s terrifying rendition, followed by a clear crowd favorite of “Beautiful People.” After what seemed like years, Rob Zombie entered. As he did, a King Kong backdrop raised and then immediately dropped, seemingly without purpose. After Zombie acknowledged his underperforming flames and the potential that had to completely ruin the show, he went on to scream indeterminable lyrics into a skeleton microphone, the only clue to what he was singing flashing across the screen behind him in one word increments. As the director of the “Halloween” movies, Zombie’s Davy Jones-dreadlocks should not have been surprising, but they were. His bandmates’ elaborate skeletal, zombie makeup was somehow equally as shocking. The whole set was full of all that could ever be perceived as “scary.” Giant robots floated across the stage, and the faces of serial killers were shown on the screen. Surely, the emotional scarring will fade ... one day.
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Re-imagined production of ‘Les Mis’ at Fox
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The cast of the 25th anniversary tour of “Les Miserables”comes together to perform the song “Beggars at the Feast” during the second act. By KRISTIN McGUIRE Staff Writer
One of the most iconic and beloved musicals will make its way to the Fabulous Fox theater this Oct. 16-28. “Les Miserables,” a 25-year-old musical, was originally a novel written by Victor Hugo. This particular re-imagined production has been called “born again.” “Les Mis” is often known for the turntable scenery that rotates throughout the show; however, this produc-
tion uses projections of Victor Hugo paintings instead. This new take on scenery has been highly praised throughout the show’s run. Lauren Wiley plays Cosette, the young, love-sick ingénue of the show. Hailing from Savannah, Ga., Lauren began acting and singing at the age of three with her church. She landed the role of Cosette after she heard about auditions while working as a performer at Disney World. After three separate trips to New York to audition, she was offered
Grouplove throws a party in the Pageant By JOE STEIN Staff Writer
Flailing glow-in-the-dark drumsticks blur your vision. Plastic orbs daubed with fluorescent colors illuminate your face. Christian Zucconi’s weathered voice blooms from massive speakers as he clutches a microphone stand draped in flowers. This is Grouplove. Certain bands perform well only in the comfort of the studio. Other bands flourish only when the stage lights are shining on them. Grouplove’s most recent album, “Never Trust A Happy Song,” delighted audiences and critics alike, so I knew the former was not the case. After seeing them twice now, I make this plea: If you enjoy any of Grouplove’s music, even just one song, go see them live! At the risk of sounding like a MasterCard commercial, I promise that, while the ticket may cost you some dead presidents, the live experience that Grouplove brings to stage is priceless. Simply the smiles projecting from each and every member of the band are enough to boost your mood. The quintet took the stage after Alt-J’s relaxed, beautiful opening perfor-
mance and brought a new level of excitement to the crowd. Grouplove’s aura is infectious. It’s all in the name! After just a song or two, everyone in the audience seemed to get closer. Ubiquitous dancing and singing erupted throughout the Pageant’s pit. In search of the source of Grouplove’s charisma, I came to this conclusion: It isn’t just a show for the members of Grouplove; it’s a party. You can see it in each one of their faces. There’s nothing in the world they’d rather be doing. That kind of passion and love is what makes their performances memorable, and it’s why these guys have been steadily gathering a following amongst the indie crowd. Monday’s show at the Pageant came with an extra cause for celebration: it was Grouplove drummer Ryan Rabin’s birthday. As Zucconi led the crowd in a heartfelt rendition of “Happy Birthday,” Rabin grinned with childlike faux embarrassment. Rabin and his talented buddies gave the audience one heck of a birthday show. As Grouplove left the stage, Rabin approached the florally festooned microphone, encapsulating the night deftly: “Thanks guys, that was fun!”
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ballad “Mama Who Bore Me.” Her nerves seemed to shake her voice at first, but the explosion of female vocal power that came in the reprise a few minutes later eclipsed any doubts that may have formed. Dynamic and almost tangible harmonies continued to fill the theater for the next two hours.The show closed with the cast members in modern clothing, singing “The Song of Purple Summer,” a beautiful retelling of
the lessons learned by the characters and, hopefully, the audience.The songs acted as windows into the adolescent characters’ minds. The minimal choreography was just the right amount, giving the actors room to be natural and exposed. Without strict choreography, movement during the songs ranged from slight gestures during the tragic “Left Behind” to chaotic jumping in the unflinchingly honest “Totally F***ed.” The Stray Dog Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary season this year.
her first role on a national tour. This young actress has already played the role of Cosette two times prior to the national tour, but she admits that the role is still a dream. “Marius sings to me and…. I get to fall in love eight times a week!” Wiley said. Her portrayal of the role has also become more “well-rounded,” as she is older and more experienced now. “She’s a very passionate person…. I want to give her the dimension she deserves. [Cosette]
has been through so much as a child… I don’t want her to just be a sweet ingénue.” After six months on the road, Wiley admits that living out of two suitcases and keeping the performance fresh every night is not always easy. “I try to remember what it was like for me to be in the audience for the first time… and that’s why I give 100 percent each time.” Wiley is also able to give an authentic performance every night because she relates to her character. “I lost my father at a young age… the whole bond she
Betsy Morgan performs the song “I Dreamed a Dream” as Fantine in the touring production of “Les Miserables”. has with Jean Valjean… I understand what it’s like to lose him at the end.” In addition to the musical, there is much anticipation regarding the “Les Mis” movie coming out in December. The movie will introduce a new genre of movie musicals in that every actor sings live, leading to more acting-driven performances. “We’re all super excited for the movie… kids might go to the movie, get exposed and want to see musical, too,” said Wiley. Take a study break this
October and get out to see this breathtaking musical. “It’s the most poignant story of all time that anyone can relate to,” said Wiley. “It has everything: redemption, the power of love, mercy, romance and battle.” Tickets are available for $20 to students and educators for select performances of “Les Miserables.” This discount offer is available at the Fox box office, beginning two hours prior to show time with a current valid school I.D. For more information, visit fabulousfox.com.
International indie rock band Metric makes tour stop in St. Louis
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The members of the band Metric, from left to right: James Shaw, Emily Haines, Joules Scott-Key and Joshua Winstead. By T.K. SMITH Staff Writer
On the night of Tuesday, Oct. 2 the lights came up as Metric took the stage. The international indie rock band, originally from Toronto, graced the stage of Delmar’s popular music venue, The Pageant. Metric began in 1998 and features the vocals, guitar, tambourine and synthesizer by Emily Haines; guitarist James Shaw; bassist Joshua Winstead; and drummer Joules Scott-Key. Metric is known for their angst and defiant, yet danceable, pop rock, using both the synthesizer and the guitar to produce their unique sound. The show’s set was a mixture of their popular older music and music from their newest album
“Synthetica.” Haines’ dancing, skipping, jumping and shaking around the stage along with the laser light show created an interactive experience and pushed the crowd into a frenzy. The band put so much energy into the music that they produced a completely different sound than their recognized recorded songs on the radio. The high stamina show ended on a somber acoustic note as they said goodbye with their lullaby, “Gimmie Sympathy.” The band has been consistently producing music since its inception. Their debut album, “Grow Up and Blow Away,” was released in Canada in 2001. It featured the popular songs, “Help I’m Alive” and “Gold Guns Girls,” which were both performed in the show’s set. Their first offi-
cial album, released in 2003, was called “One World Underground” and featured the popular song, “Combat Baby.” “Synthetica,” was released in June of this year. The new album stays true to Metric’s defiant nature. The first single, “Youth without Youth,” is a dark song depicting social decay with an energetic enthralling beat. Other songs premiered at the show were “Clone” and “Artificial Nocturne.” In 2005 they broke into America by being featured on the soundtrack of two major Hollywood films. Their song “Black Sheep” was performed alongside names like Beck and Frank Black in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” The “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” soundtrack featured “Eclipse (All Yours).”
Half Moon Run, a fresh, new band also from Canada, opened for Metric. The young, four-man group performed songs from their debut album, “Dark Eyes,” including the songs “Full Circle” and “She Wants to Know.” Half Moon Run is also indie rock band with strong influences from folk and electronica music. They incorporated multiple drums, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboard and a harmonica into their very moving set that previewed the best of their album. Though the album is currently only available in Canada, it can be found online. Metric and Half Moon Run only graced the city streets of St. Louis for one night as they continued their American tour across the country.
The demise of the student-athlete? As society and schools increasingly value athletics, where do academics fit in?
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In the 3rd quarter of last weekend’s game against the Giants, a pass by Weeden was knocked at the line of scrimmage. Weeden caught the rebound and tried to throw into the end zone again. Too bad you can’t throw two forward passes in a play, buddy. On the bright side, he only threw two interceptions this weekend as the Browns almost pulled out their first victory.
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After putting up basketball-like numbers against Baylor, Smith continued to terrorize his new conference. He added another 4 touchdowns to bring his season total to 24 while leading the Mountaineers to a 48-45 victory over No. 11 Texas. And, he hasn’t thrown an interception. Take notes this Saturday, Mr. Weeden.
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Yes, the call was questionable at best. But why question something that contirbuted to keeping the Cardinals alive in the post-season? That’s akin to giving back your tax rebate come April. And a celebratory halfcheer to umpire Sam Holbrook for making the call, saving hope for the Cardinals’ “No. 12 in ’12.” Oh, Atlanta fans, you weren’t going to win the World Series anyway. Sorry, Chipper Jones.
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The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility and retention of a team’s student-athletes. An APR score of 1000 is equivalent to a 100-percent graduation rate, while a score of 925 is equivalent to roughly a 50-percent graduation rate. By TONY TRAINA Associate Sports Editor
It’s almost game day at Saint Louis University again. Soon, the ubiquitous yard signs will pop up on West Pine Boulevard; students, alumni and fans alike will flock to Chaifetz Arena to watch 15 of their favorite student-athletes throw a ball around. But don’t forget about the 300 other student-athletes on campus. And just about every one of them will go pro in something other than sports, as the NCAA so kindly reminds viewers during every multi-million dollar television broadcast. Don’t tell that to the student-athletes though. In a 2010 NCAA survey, 76 percent of men’s basketball players and 37 percent of athletes in all other sports felt they were at least “somewhat likely” to go pro in their respective sport.
If that average NBA career of 4.7 years doesn’t pan out though, at least they have that valuable Saint Louis University degree to fall back on, right? The average basketball player at Division I private institutions comes to school with an SAT score about 200 points lower than that of the general student body, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The wealth of tutors and other academic assistance offered to athletes intends to keep them up to par. Student-athletes graduate at a slightly higher rate than their counterparts, albeit with lower GPAs. So after their sneakers set foot on SLU’s lawn, how do athletes fit in with the rest of the student body? Beyond the stereotype that they “ride motor scooters and are taller than me,” as a junior sociology major put it, how does an athlete’s college experience differ from that of a “normal” student?
Everyone has to choose a major when they arrive on campus. For the general student body, the most popular picks are nursing, biology and physical therapy. For the athletes in “high profile” sports (defined as baseball, basketball, football and hockey), a full 50 percent choose business administration, followed by 14 percent in communication. There are many theories for this difference, some real and some contrived. “A common stereotype I’ve heard thrown around campus is that athletes are communication or business majors, [the] ‘blow-off majors’ in certain regards,” a junior education major said. “It’s quite understandable, as sports take up a lot of time.” “For us [the business school], it’s fortunate; they’re in a top-level business school. If they are coming here for an easy ride, they’re going to get
smacked around,” said Dr. Anastasios Kaburakis, a sports business professor in the John Cook School of Business. “They have lists of classes student-athletes would cluster in at Stanford; if you have it there, you’re going to have it everywhere.” There is also a natural tendency to want to take classes that one’s peers are taking, creating a certain “athlete culture” in this case. “There is a unique sense of community and connection among student-athletes that can’t really be understood from the outside,” Brooke Urzendowski, a sophomore tennis player, said. This athlete culture includes many things. First, according to the earlier mentioned NCAA survey, 91 percent of athletes report feeling a strong connection to campus, much more than any other student subset. However, a 1996 study also
Men’s soccer splits its first two conference games By CHARLES BOWLES Sports Editor
The Saint Louis University men’s soccer team split their Atlantic 10 road opener as the team was defeated by No. 17 Xavier 3-2 and edged Dayton 1-0. The Bills (7-3) gain three points in the A-10 conference standings with the victory over Dayton. The Bills started their conference season in Cincinnati where they faced the Xavier Musketeers. Kingsley Bryce scored a goal within the first two minutes of the game, but Xavier quickly responded with a goal to tie the game 1-1. In the ninth minute, Xavier scored their second goal, but in the 24th minute Robbie Kristo scored the Bills’ second goal of the game. In the 32nd minute, Xavier scored the eventual game winner, as a wild first half was followed by a scoreless second. After the wild game against Xavier, the Bills travelled up the road to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Dayton Flyers. The game was uneventful until the 74th minute when Kristo crossed the ball into the box. The Flyers defender attempted to fend off Kristo’s cross, but accidently knocked it into his own goal. Bills goalkeeper Nick Shackelford posted the fourth shutout of the season during the Dayton game. The Bills will play their A-10 home opener against the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Hermann Stadium and then will face Richmond on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. VCU brings one of the best players in the A-10 to Hermann Stadium in junior
shows that “athletes report having grown less as people in college and having spent limited time at cultural events or pursuing new interests.” “I do not have a studyfirst mentality per se,” said Nishaad Balachandran, a junior tennis player. “I have always maintained [that] education is important, but not as important as my tennis.” While some athletes have this “single-minded” focus, as Balachandran phrased it, they may be missing out on other things while they shed sweat on the court. “They are missing out on chances to interact with faculty, students, and enjoy other initiatives,” Kaburakis said. However, he added that, “SLU is a good example of an institution that tries to keep a good balance…you will still see See “Athletes” on Page 11
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Robbie Kristo scored a goal against Xavier and assisted to Dayton’s own goal. Kristo leads the team in scoring with five goals and two assists. forward Jason Johnson. Johnson has been named A-10 conference player of the week twice this year already and was named the NCAA player of the week last week for his performances against Charlotte and George Washington. Johnson scored a goal and made an assist in the games against Charlotte and George Washington. Johnson has scored 8 goals
and 3 assists this season and will prove a formidable challenge as he applies constant pressure to the Billiken defense. VCU has a 2-0 conference record. The Bills are hoping to supply the first blemish to the Rams’ conference record. Richmond will bring senior midfielder Houston Oldham to Hermann Stadium on Sunday. Oldham
has 5 goals and 1 assist this season. Oldham was named A-10 Player of the Week on September 24. Richmond is seeking its first conference win of the season. The Bills will have a tough test at Hermann Stadium this week as they face robust competition from VCU and Richmond, who house some of the Atlantic 10 conference’s finest individual talents.
Shortly before the beginning of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, fans were treated to another little Turkish delight from the often witch-like mind of commissioner Bud Selig: an additional Wild Card team from each league. The addition of the teams was collectively bargained last year, but Selig had been tossing around the sweet morsel of an idea for years. At first brush, it seemed genius. After all, professional hockey and basketball both bring eight teams from each conference for a total of 16. The MLB was stuck in the 1800s and Selig wanted to introduce more competition. But this is not the way to do it. The new playoff format is an insult to fans and players alike. Under the new rules this year, one extra team made the playoffs (your St. Louis Cardinals!). This team counts as a second wild card. In order to determine which team will face a division winner, the two wild cards face each other in a one-game playoff. The winner goes on and the loser goes home. Not many people got riled up about simply including two extra teams. The real issue is the onegame playoff that decides See “Playoffs” on Page 10
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Baseball Alumni Game SLU baseball will host its annual alumni game this Saturday, Oct. 13, at noon at The Billiken Sports Center. Admission to the game is free and batting practice wil begin at 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Basketbal Tickets on Sale Individual game tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 12. Individual tickets range from $12$32. SLU is offering a five-game mini-plan as well. The mini-plan, will be $99 for a General Reserved seat.
Men’s Basketball Fanfest On Saturday Oct. 13, fans will get a first glimpse of the basketball teams. The team will begin practice at 5 p.m. After practice the team will be around for autographs and pictures.
Atlantic 10 media day lays blueprint for Bills’ season
1. Saint Joseph’s 2. Saint Louis 3. VCU 4. Temple 5. Massachusetts 6. Butler 7. La Salle 8. Dayton
9. Xavier 10. Richmond 11. St. Bonaventure 12. Charlotte 13. George Washington 14. Fordham 15. Rhode Island 16. Duquesne
All Atlantic 10 first team: Kevin Dillard (Dayton), Chris Gaston (Fordham), Chaz Williams (UMass), Kwamain Mitchell (Saint Louis), Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
By TONY TRAINA Associate Sports Editor
Let the madness begin. Just days after rapper Jay-Z opened the Barclays Center with a sold-out concert, the Atlantic 10 hosted their men’s basketball media day in the new, $1 billion arena. Over 200 guests and media members were in an empire state of mind as they descended upon the new arena for a chance to see the coaches of all 16 teams together. Saint Joseph’s was picked to win the Atlantic 10, receiving 11 first-place votes. Saint Louis University followed close behind
though, receiving 10 firstplace ballots. Overall, six teams received votes to win the A-10. While SLU is an early front-runner for the league title, it will certainly be a hard knock life for them as the league added two traditional basketball powerhouses, and Temple does not leave the league until next season. Saint Joseph’s will welcome the return of all five starters from last season’s (20-14) team. Saint Joesph’s returns the best frontcourt in the A-10, led by NBA prospect C.J. Aiken. Likewise, SLU will see the return of four of their starters, only losing forward Brian Conklin. Of course, SLU is also
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A-10’s new media deal By BRIAN HAENCHEN Staff Writer
The Atlantic 10 Conference has released its new TV package, which includes eight-year partnerships with ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Group. The agreements, which will begin in 2013-14, will provide over 192 total basketball exposures, including 146 men’s basketball appearance and coverage of both basketball championships. “Our commitment to basketball at the highest level has allowed us to leverage our national exposure in the best way possible for the Atlantic 10,” Bernadette V. McGlade, A-10 Commissioner, said in a statement released by the A-10 conference.”Par tnering with ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network for the next eight years is truly a historic moment for the A-10 and its member institutions.” Up to 30 men’s basketball games will be broadcasted on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, 54 on CBS Sports Network and 50 on NBC Sports Network. ESPN, which has sublicensed the men’s basketball championship to CBS Sports since 2010, will retain the rights to both the men’s and women’s basketball championship games. CBS Sports Network will carry the semifinals of both championships, while NBC Sports Network will produce the quarterfinals. “The Atlantic 10 is a very deep conference with a proven track record of success at the highest levels of the sport,” Burke Magnus, ESPN Senior Vice President of College
Sports Programming, said. “This long-term extension will continue to serve fans with the Conference’s premier content across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU into the next decade.” “The Atlantic 10 has been a terrific partner and we’re proud to continue showcasing action from one of the top college basketball conferences for many years,” Dan Weinberg, CBS Senior Vice President of Programming, said. “Our partnership has been an unquestioned success, and with the quality of basketball throughout the conference now stronger than ever, we’re excited to annually feature an extensive line-up of games.” The NBC Sports Group agreement includes a sixgame package for the upcoming season. Games listed on the original schedule as A-10 TV, including Saint Louis University’s games on Feb. 2 versus Dayton and March 9 vs. La Salle, will be featured on NBC Sports Network. “These agreements, which will allow our fans the ability to watch Atlantic 10 basketball on national television more than ever before, further separates and solidifies the A-10 as the best basketball-centric conference in the country,” McGlade said. “This deal also provides the A-10 increased control over future intellectual property rights and positions the league to be digital innovators. Having completed the national television agreements, my primary focus will now be on securing partnerships for the future A-10 digital network we are contemplating as well as our A-10 corporate partner program.”
Women’s soccer off to a sound start, loses to Dayton after beating Xavier
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missing perhaps its most important piece, as coach Rick Majerus continues to recuperate in a California hospital. National media outlets in attendance, including ESPN’s Andy Katz, speculated as to if Majerus’ absence swung the pre-season voting in Saint Joseph’s favor. Interim coach Jim Crews will seek to fulfill the lofty expectations thrust upon this Billikens squad. There was certainly a palpable buzz around this season’s media day, as the A-10 further strengthened its position as the top basketball-led conference in Division I. To add to the
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Abbey Stock (20) breaks away from the Dayton defender on Sunday, Oct. 7. The women’s soccer team lost to Dayton 1-0, falling to 1-1-1 in conference play.
Returning home for the women’s soccer team had mixed consequences. The team won its first Atlantic 10 match of the season in dominating fashion at Hermann Stadium with a 3-0 victory over Xavier but followed it up with a 1-0 loss against the Dayton Flyers on Sunday. The Bills are now 1-1-1 in conference and are 3-6-3 overall. However, SLU does have four points in the conference standings, putting them in solid position after two matches. The Bills had a fantastic game against Xavier; they scored their first goal in the 22nd minute off a free kick. Alli Reimer kicked the ball to Maddie Gebauer off the free kick, who zipped it past the Xavier goalkeeper. Gebauer’s goal was her second of the year. The Bills scored their next 2 goals off corner kicks. In the 42nd minute, Jenny Hummert kicked the ball into the box and Kailey Pretzlaff easily collected the ball and put it in the net. In
the 59th minute, Hummert got another assist off a corner kick. This time Maddy Bush was there to score the goal, her first goal as a Billiken. However, the Bills faced a tough task as Dayton came into town. The Flyers controlled the game early and had a few opportunities at the net, but could not convert. The Bills did not gain possession of the ball for much of the first half. The game remained scoreless going into halftime. The Flyers, though, quickly notched their only goal off of a corner kick as Dayton’s Ashley Campbell gathered the corner kick and got the ball past the keeper. The Bills had two chances very late in the match. The first opportunity came when Gebauer’s shot at the 87:11 mark hit the goalpost. The second opportunity came off the corner kick when the Bills nearly got the ball across the line, but did not convert. Home fans groaned for a foul in the box, which would have resulted in a penalty kick, but no call was made. “Dayton is a tough team
at the top of the conference, they have some special players going forward,” Head Coach Kat Mertz said, “I thought we were giving them too much respect and not coming out and playing like we did on Friday night.” Mertz said that the last minute corner kick where there appeared to be a foul was a “referee’s call.” “On Friday we scored on [a] three-set piece so I thought we might have a chance with the last minute corner kick,” Mertz said. The women’s team will travel to Richmond, Va. on Friday to take on Virginia Commonwealth University followed by a match against the University of Richmond on Sunday. After the road trip, the Bills will return home to play Saint Joseph’s Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the “Kicks Against Breast Cancer” game. The Bills will wear pink jerseys during that game. “I think the schedule is a good schedule for us going forward, our goal is to make the A-10 tournament. We will take it one game at a time and VCU is next on our schedule,” Mertz said.
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the fate of an entire 162game season. As Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones put it, “I think it’s stupid.” Baseball has always appealed to the statistic nerd lurking deep within all of us. The season is long and the sample size is grotesquely large (but that’s for another commentary). “The cream rises to the top,” as the cliché goes. A one-game playoff flies in the face of all that and throws away a seasons’ worth of careful scouting, planning and playing. Teams accustomed to playing in a series and battling through the dog days of summer are thrown into an arbitrary one-game gauntlet. Because of human error and baseball’s archaic antireplay laws written on stone
tablets, umpires decide a dinals played the Braves in game or two throughout the the National League’s Wild season. A team might have Card game. In that game an off day (even during the the Braves committed three playoffs) or make several errors, despite being the errors. But teams train to best fielding team in the get past these games beleague. Also in that game, cause they an umare small p i r e drops in a m a d e 1 6 2 - g a m e A one-game playoff ... a judgbucket. ment call The one- throws away a seaon an ingame playfield fly off removes son’s worth of careful call that all ability of many lathe teams planning and playing. beled as to play past questionanomalies able, to like blown censor a calls and few Georfielding ergians. rors. Any of those problems That fielding performight sway the one-game mance and that umpiring inplayoff just like any regucident were not exemplary lar season game. Unlike a of an average game. They regular season game, howwere anomalies, which ever, it really is game over, hadn’t appeared together season over. in 162 games worth of data. We all know the story Even so, they both contribby now: on Friday the Caruted to a team’s season end-
ing. Most outside of St. Louis would agree-- it wasn’t right. The fans in Atlanta certainly let everyone know what they thought. Irate over the lackluster ending to their hero, Chipper Jones’, career, Braves fans threw trash and debris onto the field during and after their loss to the Cardinals. In a bit of irony, Jones did manage to reach base on yet another blown call from the umpires in the bottom of the 9th inning. Meanwhile, in Arlington, Texas, the Rangers played the Baltimore Orioles in the other wild card game. The Rangers had been having a rough two weeks at the end of the season, blowing a four-game division lead in the final nine games. After spending every day of the regular season in first place, they lost their division by one game on the last day and had to compete
in the one-game playoff. Baltimore went on to eliminate Texas, sending them home for good after an unfortunately timed two-week slump. The one-game playoff simply does not work for baseball. Under different circumstances, the additional wild-card team is a brilliant move. The two wild card teams should play each other in a best-of-three series. The team that wins two games first would go on to face the best team. Just a few slight changes will improve the game and keep the bitter taste of baseball injustice out of the mouths of the competitors and fans. Unfortunately for the Braves and the Rangers, the sour aftertaste will be an entire season long. For now though, St. Louisans can enjoy the sweet justice of another Red October.
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athletes being involved in different things.” In that 2010 NCAA survey, men’s basketball players reported spending two hours more on athletics than on academics during a typical week. It’s important to remember though, that SLU student-athletes “aren’t the SEC [Southeastern Conference] athletes that everyone hears about on the news,” as Brian Conklin, former SLU billiken, said. While there is a perception that athletes miss out on many aspects of the vaunted “college life,” the vast majority have no regrets in their decision to pursue collegiate athletics. “I don’t have any regrets as far as not being able to spend as much time on other extracurricular activities,” Urzendowski said. “The tennis team puts a great emphasis on academic achievement.” When looking at the NCAA Academic Progress Rate, an NCAA measure of athlete eligibility and retention, for different SLU athletic teams, it is easy to see truth in Urzendowksi’s claim. The women’s tennis team had a score of 1000 for the 2010-2011 season, representing a 100 percent graduation rate among its players. This compares favorably to the two lowest performers at SLU, baseball with a score of 945 and basketball with a score of 923, the latter being roughly equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate.
In fact, after recent NCAA reforms, a four-year average score below 930 will soon confer postseason bans for the offending team. So, what does the term student-athlete mean at Saint Louis University now? Part meme and part marketing ploy, the term was once as pristine as the dolphin pond. Originally, intercolle-
munity or alumni. A much stronger connection is felt to the uniformed hero commanding the court than the quirky intellectual or virtuoso violinist. The very term studentathlete is meant to perpetuate the myth that the athletes in high-profile sports are still students first, that athletics is secondary to academics—something akin
Top Majors of High Profile Athletes Business Administration Communication Psychology
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Top Majors of General Student Body Nursing Biology Physical Therapy Psychology Commmunication giate athletics was a way for schools to espouse their mission, coaching students in the “game of life.” Somewhere along the way, amid the two-a-day practices, taxing travel schedules and multi-million dollar television contracts, athletics lost its way. Its role on campus and in the community has undoubtedly changed. “We are like a walking image of campus,” Conklin said. Athletics provides a tangible link between the campus and the outside com-
8.8% 6.9% 4.3% 4.1% 2.9% to being a student government senator, a member of the pep band and yes, even an editor for the school newspaper. Division I athletes report a stronger athletic self-identity than academic and attribute their college choice more to athletic considerations than academic. Unfortunately, this pattern is often reflected in schools’ own behavior. “That is definitely reasonable and understandable,” Kaburakis said. “The overall environment that
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has been created in the past 100 plus years is something innate in American culture.” Athletics call upon humans’ passions in ways that even the most spirited of academic debates cannot fathom. So, if it looks like an athlete, spends more time on athletics and identifies as an athlete, why is there an insistence upon calling it a student-athlete? For many athletes in lowprofile sports like Urzendowski, it remains the truth. Even Conklin, a star on last year’s Billiken squad, felt this way, earning an MBA in just four years. “We really enjoy the same chance at a free meal that every other student is excited for. You just have to interact with the student body and show that you struggle with professors and homework too,” Conklin said. “You get the best of both worlds, I get both in my classes too,” Kaburakis said. These few remaining student-athletes are increasingly in the minority though. Not only do many feel they are athletes first; increasingly, schools and society treat them this way. From a young age, students are indoctrinated with the notion that athletic pursuits are more valued than intellectual endeavors. And nowhere is this dichotomy more entrenched than in the country’s universities, the supposed harbingers of intellectual progressivism. Now, it’s off to Chaifetz Arena for tipoff. It is game day—time to watch everyone’s favorite athlete-students.
Atlantic 10: SLU picked second in the new Atlantic 10 seeking an encore to last year’s efforts that landed them hype, Jim Crews and other in the NCAA tournament. coaches were seen in proOutside of the “big six” motional videos lounging in conferences, The A-10 has Jay-Z’s newest 40/40 Club sent the most teams to the in the Barclays Center. NCAA tournament this cenNewcomers to the tury. league, Virginia CommonAs interim coach Crews wealth and Butler, were said though, “you don’t picked to finish third and start off with 25 wins, you sixth, respectively. start of with zero.” While The two teams have comSaint Joseph’s and Saint bined for three Final Four Louis are expected to finappearances in the past ish atop the conference, three seasons. Traditional they will have to watch their powerhouses Dayton and throne as every team in the Xavier just cracked the top league comes in with high 10, coming in at eight and expectations. nine, demWhile onstrating the entire the depth of Billiken this year’s squad will This year Saint 16-team cer tainly league. be in the Louis is going to be Xavier Atlantic 10 reached the spotlight Sweet 16 in good, so we need to this season, last year’s a couple NCAA tour- stay aggressive. individuals nament, but will be as a number of well. Seo f f - s e a s o n -Kwamain Mitchell nior guard depar tures Kwamain and dismissMitchell als leave reasonable doubt garnered first team All-Atas to if the Musketeers can lantic 10 honors, and junior repeat their traditionally Jordair Jett was named to strong showings. the All-Defensive team. Temple was picked “The difference between fourth and Massachusetts this year and last year is that fifth, rounding out what people didn’t know Saint promises to be one of the Louis was going to be good deepest basketball confer[last year],” senior Kwaences this season. main Mitchell said. “This This will be the only seayear Saint Louis is going to son the Atlantic 10 has 16 be good so we need to keep teams, as Temple and Charthe same agressiveness.” lotte will depart after this Now that the blueprint year. The returning regular has been laid to return to season champion Temple the Barclays Center for Owls lost two leading scorthe Atlantic 10 Conference ers, but will look to make Championship, fans will a final splash before they watch with baited breath leave for the Big East next to see which team will be season. crowned Brooklyn’s finest SLU is one of five teams in March. Continued from Page 10
Fashion Happenings Saint Louis Fashion Week Now through Saturday, Oct. 13 Events take place at a variety of locations, including local malls. Tickets are required.
J. Crew at Samuel Cupples House Thursday, Oct. 11 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Clothing and accessories, both men and women’s wear, will be presented while personal shoppers assist fashion addicts. Appetizers and wine will be served, and a piece of J. Crew jewelry will be given away. Admission is $5.
Style in the Loop Friday, Oct. 12 6 p.m. - 8 p.m Delmar Loop This free event will feature special sales, artistic performances and music.
Men of Style Thursday, Oct. 25 6 p.m.-9 p.m. J. Bucks Clayton Stylish males will be celebrated with complimentary beverages, music and appetizers. RSVP online to attend. A $10 charitable donation is recommended.
Call for fashionable students Calling all style-savvy students! Nominate yourself -- or a fashionable friend! -- to be featured in the University News’ Search for Style. Those who have what it takes will be highlighted in the fashion section. Send your best picture to fashion@ unewsonline.com.
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Local designer wins fashion contest Saint Louis Fashion Week’s Project: Design! crowns winners
By JULIA CHRISTENSEN Fashion Editor
Saint Louis Fashion Week kicked off Tuesday night with Project: Design!, the designer-versus-designer fashion competition. After an evening of runway shows, brand LB, created by designer Lauren Bander, took home the grand prize with Elise Lammert winning the People’s Choice Award. The LB collection showcased several trapeze-style dresses, a few with trains so long and flowing they almost hit front-row attendees while marching down the catwalk. Other LB looks included crop tops with high-waisted bottoms and semi-full, ballerina skirts in a lightweight fabric. Bander, of St. Louis, is “…specializing in dresses for every occasion (casual to couture), while beginning to introduce ready-towear separates,” according to AliveMag.com. As winner, Bander will receive a trunk show in St. Louis, a video by Brian Brunner Photography and a Fabric.com gift card, among other items. Lammert, the People’s Choice Award winner,
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Project: Design! models in the LB by Lauren Bander line wore a multitude of trapeze-style dresses throughout the show. presented a collection primarily of dresses; the line showcased an alternativevibe mixed with proper fit in ensembles like a plaid, gray, sweetheart-neck or backless, blue-and-black striped dresses. The event took place inside the Saint Louis Science Center’s Exploradome— a
Combating cold, lackluster skin By ANNE KEPPLER Staff Writer
Autumn is a wonderful time of the year with changing leaves, pumpkinspice anything, cozy scarves and relief from the hot days of Midwest summers. However, the trifecta of lower temperatures, lower humidity and higher winds can be harsh on the skin. Complexion losing its vibrancy? Skin looking dull? That summertime glow may be lost, but a few anyseason steps can help bring it back. The first thing to consider is hydration. A glowing complexion starts from within, and while it might be tempting to down hot latte after latte, they aren’t helping like water would. Being well hydrated is an important and easy step to achieve radiant skin; try to aim for eight, eightounce glasses of water per day. Adding a cup of hot tea in the morning and hot decaffeinated tea at night can be an easy way to boost water consumption without feeling bored with your beverages. Secondly, in order to achieve a glowing complexion, you need to get rid of the dry, dead skin built-up on most outer layers. To achieve this, you can use an exfoliating brush such as Clarisonic ($119 and up at Sephora.com), or simply pick up St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub ($3.49 at Walgreens.com). Be gentle, use warm water and scrub in circular motions to remove the dead skin. Then, rinse with warm water and pat dry. Be careful not to over exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, you may only need to do this one to two times a week. Believe it or not, your lips can also benefit from a light scrub. Lip scrubs will make all your favorite lip colors look flawless and prevent feathering. Add one-half tablespoon of honey with one-half tablespoon of granulated sugar— since you already have both for the aforementioned tea, this should be easy. Simply rub the mixture on your lips with a finger, apply to both upper and bottom lip, and scrub gently. Remove with a warm wash cloth, and voila—you will instantly have soft, supple lips. Add your favorite lip balm and you are good to go. After you have gently
exfoliated your face (and lips), it is crucial to moisturize, especially in the colder months when skin loses moisture more rapidly. Apply a generous amount of your favorite facial cream to the face and neck after cleansing to lock in moisture. Besides having healthier, more radiant skin, a well-moisturized face will hold makeup longer with fewer touchups. Use an oil-free face lotion such as Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer ($7.30 at Target.com), which also includes SPF 15. Using a moisturizer with SPF is very important. Just because the months are fuller of cloudy days does not mean you can skip the step of SPF. Skin damage can and will take place if one does not protect the skin, no matter if it’s clear skies or cloudy days. You do not have to make this an extra step. Many facial moisturizers and makeup foundations have SPF built in, making it easy to protect your skin from harmful UVB rays. Using sun protection now will ensure a healthy, youthful complexion years down the road. You’ll be thankful then. After your skin is exfoliated and protected, you can then proceed to do your makeup. However, now is a good time to check if your foundation color is still suitable. It is very unlikely that one person can use the same foundation over the course of the year— if you can, you are lucky. To check if your color is suitable, place the foundation on your jawline and blend lightly. Make sure you are in natural light and check in a mirror. A subtle difference is OK because it can be blended out, but you may realize your foundation color is a couple shades too dark or too light. If you go searching for a new color but can’t find a correct match, simply buy the two closest shades and custom create your own foundation. You can tweak as your skin lightens and darkens with the seasons. L’oreal True Match (starting at $8.49 at Target. com) has a great selection of foundations making it easy to find a correct foundation fit. These steps are easy and will be sure to make a difference in your complexion. Raise your cup of water/tea and cheers to healthy, more radiant skin, even as more and more of it is covered in fall sweaters and scarves.
giant, bubble-looking area that brought a level of industrialism to the event and showcased the added scaffolding around the lounge seating and runway. Colorful lights shone onto the ceiling of the dome, creating a proper ambiance for an aesthetically-focused event.
Centered around a large bar, the cocktail pre-party was complete with shoes meticulously placed on tabletops and an ice sculpture in the center. A car— a Chevrolet Spark, to be specific, as the line had worked with the designers prior during a car-meets-fashion collabo-
ration— was parked in the corner of the room near a few merchandise booths. Live music and painting took place in the opposite corner and Brown Shoe Company advertisements on the last wall, engulfing See “Design” on Page 13
From scarily-clad to scantily-lacking Thoughts on female Halloween costumes I love Halloween. It’s one night of the year when everyone has the chance to take on a completely different pers o n a and no one will f i n d it odd ( d e pending on w h a t or who you are Annie Garea p o r t r a y ing…) because everyone else is doing it. Taking on a new identity is part of the reason I love fashion— it just takes one item that is a little out your style norms to change your attitude or the way you carry yourself. What I do not love about this holiday is what it becomes after the age of 14. When did the 31st of October transition from trick-or-treating to the legendary “Mean Girls” line of, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it”? We all remember the bunny outfit Regina George sported throughout this cult-classic scene. This idea of putting on animal ears has transformed tried-and-true costumes like Minnie Mouse from a cute little mouse wearing polkadot bloomers with a flower in her hair into a miniskirt, bustier and thigh-high combination. It’s more like her dirty evil twin than Mrs. Mickey. I wonder why people think they need to wear a foot of fabric in order to dress up for this holiday. I simply do not understand. Maybe it’s because I am always cold. Ladies, we wonder why and often complain about men objectifying us… well, maybe it’s because we wear costumes smaller than our childhood garments in representation of the spookiest holiday. There are certainly people who wear less clothing than the average girl on a regular basis and own it (get it, girl!), but for those of us who are not normally that open with our bodies, is it necessary to need an excuse or a reason to wear minimal clothing?
Call me conservative or tell me I sound like your mother, but is it really necessary to leave that little (or nothing at all) to the imagination? Part of the fun of Halloween is the inevitable debauchery and devil-maycare activities we all partake in. How are those things feasible when you are sporting something lowcut, backless and latex? I cannot comprehend why anyone would wear something that constricts your body and requires you to have a designated friend to make sure nothing slips out. While the front of the “Vixen Kitten Costume” from Johnny Brocks Dungeon makes complete sense to me (long sleeved, black, bust-enhancing), how
If you want to rock
one of these less-thanmodest
fine, but it would be cheaper to wear a bikini and call yourself
in the world is Catwoman supposed to do her superheroine duties in a backless cat suit? Catwoman’s normal outfit— back covered and all— is sexy enough, isn’t it? If you want to rock one of these less-than-modest costumes, fine, but it would be cheaper to wear a bikini and call yourself a “springbreaker.” For females searching for adult-sized costumes that are less come-hither and more, dare I say, festive, know that those costumes exist. Personally, I’m a sucker for ironic or cutesy costumes that resemble oldfashioned or even childlike Halloween ensembles. They are adorable, unexpected, incredibly easy to deal with and, better yet, they are comfortable. Most all of us have a photo somewhere of our
first Halloween costume. In mine, I was seven months old, sporting a pumpkin suit with ghost themed tights that are bunched up at my toes because my mother could not get them all the way up my fat little nugget legs. Miss that kind of simplicity? FredFlare. com is a great website for kitschy holiday items and every year they always have a few costumes. If you are dead set on the animal theme, the “Panda Dress” ($72) from FredFlare.com is the peak of black-and-white adorableness. Let the cute panda face shine and stay warm by adding thick, black tights and black flats. For the perpetually freezing, FredFlare.com offers the “Sweet-Hearted Sailor Dress” ($88)— this navy number with white accents and a sailor collar just needs a jaunty sailor hat to complete the look. The three-quarter sleeves offer some warmth without covering the adorable costume. To further the look, add a gold anchor bracelet and some red shoes. For those interested in innocence and Halloween tradition, FredFlare.com has a few more options. The sweet “Cutie Candycorn Dress” ($78) has a minidress length and trapeze shape, complete with the white, orange and yellow stripes any proper candycorn would have. It’s demure and classy and it comes with a hat, which makes it downright hilarious. FredFlare.com’s little “Jolly Jack-O-Lantern Dress” ($78) is one of my favorites; it’s a great example of innocent fun for females on Halloween. Between the short sleeves and the petite collar, it’s perfectly playful and still manages to showcase the legs of the owner. This Halloween, have fun, be safe and do not accept candy that is not in its original wrapper... Let me rephrase that to fit our college lives: have fun, be safe and do not drink anything in a bathtub, trashcan or large tub. While this is one of the few times of the year when anything goes, how about we go all out but not all-off?
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Minimalistic fashion, design is the new black In design and fashion there is a propagated concept that less is more— the less f l a s h a n d glam, t h e m o r e focus and emphasis is placed on one’s Robbie stylistic choices. Barnhart A dress sported by Lady Gaga is not so much a dress as it is a meat market and a case of E. coli waiting to happen— so much shock value is placed on the piece that we forget about the essential components of the outfit. While this is an extreme example, it illustrates the fact that we are able to process the fundamentals of an outfit very quickly. We’ve seen this trend of minimalism over the years in our own chain and department stores— how tacky is a dragon-print graphic T-shirt from Kohl’s compared to a sleek V-neck from Gap? The pronouncement of “Hello! I’m quirky and indecisive with an ugly, irrelevant reptile on my shirt” is proof that just because an article of clothing is flashy and attention grabbing does not make it flattering or fashionable. All that glitters is not gold. The truth is that simplistic style is louder than bright plaid cargo shorts— summer 2007 was great while it lasted. Ralph Lau-
ren may have bought an excess of colorful madras for a season, but that doesn’t mean you have to perpetuate it five years later. My favorite outfits are monochromatic; note that this is not an excuse to dress in all black or an unobtrusive red jacket. Staying within one hue is the goal— color matching is not. Your name is not Sherwin Williams, and it doesn’t matter in either fluorescent or incandescent light, pairing shades of the same color looks too contrived and forced. For a smoky look, try this: a heather grey T-shirt covered by a black cardigan, accompanied by a checkered gray and black scarf. Don’t go overboard, though. Skip the black skinny jeans because dark wash blue jeans will give the eyes a break with the black loafers. If that’s too dark, consider a fall alternative: an olive-green V-neck sweater overlaying a striped green and white button down. Khaki corduroy pants offer texture and warmth for chilly mornings— keep the belt brown and driving moccasins along the same tone. Neutrals are your friends when creating a one-palette ensemble. Minimalism subtracts the fatigue of an over-thetop outfit. Isn’t it tiring to figure out the intent of a look? Mystery is intriguing, but trying to piece together an Agatha Christie of a wardrobe is not fun, even during the time of year when suspense and horror
are prevalent. Halloween is the only time when one should guess your costume. Mentioned in a video report by BBC, available at BBC.co.uk, the return to minimalism is attributed to the global economic crisis. This isn’t just for fashion; design in general is returning to the basic fundamentals of function. At the end of the day, profitability will trump a conceptual design. Money makes the world go around. This isn’t to say that your outfits have to be drab. Adding accessories adds personality and flavor to your ensemble. But in the wise words of my elementary school art teacher on the usage of glue, “A little dab’ll do ya!” You don’t want to be a walking pawn shop. There are very few instances when you should roll out of bed, throw something on, and get on with your day— it just so happens that those days I get the most compliments. This is because I use a simple technique: forethought. I may not finish my homework before going to bed, but I do know exactly what I am going to wear the next day. It’s a math equation to me. Clean laundry, plus what has looked fabulous before, divided by the weather equals preparation for the next day’s attire. Maybe when the stock market is back on track and the world is making money again, we will party like rockstars with prints and sequins— but for now, lay low and save the dough.
Staying warm, fashionable during impending months of cold By EMILY THELANDER Staff Writer
With fall crisping into winter, the landscape of St. Louis is definitely changing. And with such a stark drop in temperature as seen last week, things are changing quickly, but keeping warm doesn’t necessarily mean bundling up à la Ralphie from “A Christmas Story.” The transition from flirty summer dresses and cool Bermuda shorts to fluffy scarves and sweaters can be made seamlessly and fashionably. Late fall can be pretty windy, and when that wind is chilly, the wrong attire can really put a damper on the day. Find protection from the bitter breeze with an oversized scarf. Whether it is a standard or loop-knit, bundling up under a fluffy scarf not only protects from the cold but can be a statement piece of its own. Stores like The Gap and J.Crew offer fashionable and functional scarves for both sexes. While many university students love schoolthemed hoodies and fleece pullovers, apparel in winter months need not be limited to pilled, academic zip-ups. The timeless camel-colored wool coat is a great way to class up any cold day. The J.Crew DoubleCloth Metro Coat ($298) accentuates one’s waist and allows for statement pieces like a bright scarf or patterned leggings. If one’s personal style is a little bolder, the same coat
by J.Crew also comes in Jade and Vintage Berry. Dark-wash jeans in the colder months are not only slimming (which comes in handy in the carb-heavy hibernating months), but also a bit warmer than the lighter wash jeans by absorbing the sunlight. In addition, darker wash jeans provide better camouflage for the unfortunate puddle splashes or unexpected drizzles anyone spending time outdoors should anticipate. Although all must bid a
Find protection from the bitter breeze with an oversized scarf
solemn adieu to sandal season, the news is not all bad. Take a moment to mourn and then remember boots can be equally comfortable, stylish and practical. Ranging from the very expensive to the college-budget-friendly, there are tons of options in style and function. For the rainy days of late fall, rain boots like Hunter come in an array of colors to match any personality, and department stores like Target offer affordable and trendy alternatives. The trend of the tall leather boot is still going strong. It’s easy to see why; they are available in myriad
stains and leather. The Frye Company has perfected the fall and winter boot for both sexes, showcasing dozens of styles. Although they are a bit of an investment, the boots are made with exquisite detail, which leads to many years of comfort and wear. Whether preferring the mid-calf look to the over-theknee style, the ankle bootie to the fur-lined slip-on, with or without a heel or suede to polished leather, there is assuredly a perfect winter boot out there for all styles. If overwhelmed, Zappos. com helps shoppers narrow down the results with userfriendly search criteria. When selecting a boot, be careful with the material of the sole of the shoe. If you anticipate wet surfaces or snowy sidewalks, steer clear of leather soled shoes. They are notorious for becoming very slick in inclement circumstances. Stick with rubber or other synthetic materials to keep tailbones bruise-free. For those particularly cold winter days, throwing some tall socks under a pair of leather or rain boots can be both functional and trendy. This look is chic, casual and (best of all) keeps toes perfectly warm. A lacetopped or brightly colored sock can add that extra detail that really pulls an outfit together. Don’t be afraid to be bold this winter. Staying warm doesn’t have to mean boring and utilitarian. Dare to be a beacon of color in an otherwise wintery and beige landscape.
Design: Local fashion designers competed, presented during Saint Louis Fashion Week event the LB collection. “All of her stuff was so everyday wearable.” all attendees in pure, unBander and Lammert daulterated style. Attendmay have walked away with ees wore outfits ranging the main prizes, but other from casual to semi-formal. competing designers were The black, closed-toe stiletable showcase their unique tos— a popular choice for looks and trends at the the night— clicked across event. the colorful Long, checkered visible floor of the b a c k I think this is z i p p e r s Exploradome while the w e r e wearers showone of our best s h o w n cased trends in severlike shortsal outfits groups to-date with-tights. by finalSaint Louis ist Jes-Elizabeth Tucker, University sica AfSTLFW Co-Founder graduate and fspr ung employee Ty in the I Sondag volunteered for the AM SLY collection, along event, as he is hoping to with a repeating tribalwork in fashion eventually. meets-chevron patterned Although he missed the fabric. shows to work by the door, The Sansone collection he found the event to be was the first of the evening “very interesting… Unlike to showcase both male and anything I’ve seen before in female fashion. The collecreal life. I got to see almost tion seemed part military everyone walk in and walk and part equestrian with a out, and you see some crazy touch of sex appeal, as seen outfits you wouldn’t see evin the first look, a red slip ery day.” dress with metal details. In the runway room, four The collection also rows of seating were on showed a new take on goeither side of the catwalk, ing-out wear with female, complete with swag bags fitted tuxedo jackets with for the lucky few who had tails and a semi-long twoa chair, with designated button men’s trench. standing room behind the Children’s style was “velvet” ropes. not ignored at the event, Attendees bottlenecked as brand ULICNI included in the entrance and waited three ultra-petite models under the shoe chandeshowcasing child versions lier— VIP ticket holders of the gowns that dominatallowed in first, then those ed her runway show. who bought a seat, finally The line, both in adult the general fashion-loving and child forms, was a colparty crowd. lection of dusty-colored, Momentarily the room pastel dresses with airy was chaotic as extra seats skirts (think Glinda from were snapped up by guests “The Wizard of Oz” mixed darting through crowds with Carrie’s opening-credand under ropes. its outfit from “Sex and the “I think it’s one of our City”). best groups to-date,” ElizaULICNI model Lauren beth Tucker, co-founder of Griffin said she “felt like a STLFW, said of the latest princess” in her gown and Project: Design contesnoted how much she entants. “It’s really exciting.” joyed the metallic hairpiece Described as “emergthat she and other models ing artists” by Tucker, the wore during the event. designers of Project: De“The girlier a line is the sign! compete during each easier it is for me to get into STLFW with several previcharacter,” said Griffin. ous contestants moving on The final designer of the to television-favorite “Projevening, Whitney Manney, ect Runway.” presented a collection of LB model and high street fashion, according to school student Carley Nickher AliveMag.com biograel said, prior to the winner phy. being announced, that she The colors and fabrics thought her designer would were distant from other take home the coveted contestants, as Manney’s grand prize. designers showcased out“I loved it,” said Nickel of fits like pleather, circle Continued from Page 12
miniskirts with matching bicycle shorts below a multicolored, shiny jacket. The color purple resurfaced a multitude of times in Manney’s line, along with colorful vinyl and plush leopard print. After the shows, attendees voted via Twitter, using designated hashtags, to pick the People’s Choice
winner. Tucker and Dwight Carter, co-producer of Project: Design! according to AliveMag.com, explained before the show started that the six finalists were selected from 46 submissions. The submissions were narrowed down to 20 by a panel of professionals and
morphed into the top six by fashion-adoring voters. Project: Design! is one of five events during STLFW, excluding the two launch parties from weeks prior. “A team of us who felt like there was a need for a fashion week in the Midwest” created STLFW, said Tucker in an interview prior to the most recent event.
“At the time, Chicago wasn’t even doing it.” Tucker estimated it took approximately six months to plan the first fashion week in 2007. STLFW will wrap up this Saturday at the Liquid Style boutique show with nightly shows during the days prior. Information for the upcoming events can be found at AliveMag.com.
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Top left, child models strutted down the runway in petite ULICNI dresses and ballet flats, stealing the show. Top right, a fitted minidress made of cigarette packs, complete with matching pointed-shoulder jacket, was one of three cardboard looks by Elise Lammert. Bottom left, a bouffant-styled model with equally retro cat eye makeup wore a fitted plaid dress with a sweetheart neckline by Lammert before the designer won the People’s Choice Award. Bottom right, the Sansone show featured both male and female attire, including a suit with a red-orange, patterned vest and tie.
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