The University News Celebrating 90 Years as a Student Voice of Saint Louis University
Vol. XCI No. 9
A HALLOWEEKEND OF FUN AND FRIGHT
The history of Halloween, and how SLU students plan to celebrate >>ARTS
Thursday, October 27, 2011
WHAT A CLASSIC! Cardinals. Rangers. Play ball. Welcome to the Series >> SPORTS
APO: Lending a hand, making a difference
Update: The ongoing tale 3,100 supporters help buttress group’s ability to assist the St. Louis needy of light rail By PATRICK OLDS Associate News Editor
With Make a Difference Day approaching on Oct. 29, the members of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity are driven to be service leaders not only at Saint Louis University, but also the St. Louis community. APO has an active membership of 500 students, not including its largest pledge class in recent history of 273. The ranks of this year’s MADD swelled as a record 3,118 people from SLU signed up to do service--an increase from 2,778 last year- consisting of more than 160
student organizations. Due to the efforts of the Center for Service and Community Engagement and the 21-year-old co-educational Delta Chapter of APO at the University, which co-sponsors the event, MADD will be at its height this year. MADD is an annual nationwide service initiative, and thousands of SLU students will come together to provide community service and goodwill toward those in need in St. Louis. “Make A Difference Day made a difference to me my freshman year. That is what made me join APO,” Brendan Waldoch, junior and vice-president of membership, said. “It’s usually the biggest day of
the year for APO, and we are excited to gather interested students and show what service can be about.” According to APO President Perry Cole, the group is based on three tenets: leadership, friendship and service. The main tenet of service requires every student to complete 25 hours of service a semester. Cole said the tenants of leadership and friendship are essential, and APO has more than 30 executive board positions and hosts various leadership classes called “leads.” Every member is required to captain at least one See “APO” on Page 3
By ANNE MARIE BECKERLE Staff Writer
important for students to pay attention to Occupy St. Louis because it gives them a chance to focus on issues outside of classes and exams. “As college students, we have a responsibility to speak out for social and economic justice,” Gaillardetz said. “There are things greater than us going on. The poor are often overlooked and oppressed by those in
When the bridge at Grand Boulevard, the connection between Saint Louis University’s Frost Campus and the Medical Campus near I-64, was closed for reconstruction last March, students were presented with several transportation obstacles. The construction forced the Health Sciences Campus shuttles to find alternate routes, but it also shut down the Grand MetroLink station, which allowed quick access to many St. Louis attractions like Busch Stadium, the Loop and Forest Park. The bridge is expected to be open for traffic by the end of May of 2012. Once the bridge is up and running, MetroLink can then begin their project, which also includes new updated features, to be completed four to six months later. The bridge was previously six narrow lanes, which caused problems, including a lack of space for city busses to pull over at the bus-stop in the center of the bridge. While plans for the reconstruction have been in the works for some time, it was not until December of 2010 that the project began receiving the appropriated funds. Nearly 80 percent of the project is federally funded. “It’s been something that’s always been on the back burner for years” Joe Stumpf, supervisor of mail and transportation services for the University, said. The completed project is planning to produce a more efficient and aesthetically appealing new bridge. Stumpf said the new bridge will host four wider lanes with two in each direction, rather than the previous six. In addition, there will be a median with landscaping, giving an attractive look that will prevent cars from making U-turns on the bridge. “We will also have a bike lane in both directions, and I know a lot students have expressed interest in that,” Stumpf said. Another new safety feature, besides a wider sidewalk, will be a zone for public buses to pick up passengers. Stumpf said that the
See “Occupy” on Page 3
See “Metro” on Page 3
Allison Smith/ Staff Phtographer
Sophomore Sam Celarek prepares to have his blood drawn at the Alpha Phi Omega Blood Drive on Friday, Oct. 21.
On-site report from ‘Occupy St. Louis’ movement Students take interest in protest By KRISTEN MIANO Associate News Editor
St. Louis is under occupation. More specifically, the Occupy movement has been camping out in Kiener Plaza in Downtown St. Louis since Oct. 1. People of all ages and backgrounds have gathered to represent part of the precieved 99 percent of the population who feel that too much power has been given to the 1 percent of the population who they say control most of the nation’s wealth. College students around the country have participated in the protests, including in St. Louis. A separate Occupy committee has been created for students to represent interests including things like loan debt and access to affordable higher education. “After college, even with bachelor degrees, we’re going to have a hard time getting jobs we can live on,” sophomore Dyln Brewer said. “We can get minimum wage jobs, but we won’t be successful.” In this spirit of inclusivity, the Occupy movement has spread to more than 200 cites in the United States and to several cities abroad. The initial movement started Sept. 17 with Occupy Wall Street,
Kristen Miano / Associate News Editor
Occupy St. Louis protesters participated in a march on Oct. 14 in Downtown St. Louis. The occupation began in Kiener Plaza on Oct. 1 and has contiuned for approximately three weeks. The protest is a part of the national Occupy movement. which took up residence in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s financial district in New York City. One of Occupy Wall Street’s sister movements is Occupy St. Louis. They state on their website to stand in solidarity with those who “seek to expose the greed and avarice that has sold off the ‘American Dream’ in exchange for executive bonuses and political kickbacks.” According to the movement’s Statement of Purpose,
the protesters represent the unemployed, elderly foreclosed, indebted college students, and the future of children. The protest is a leaderless demonstration that does not associate itself with any existing organization or political affiliation. While a major criticism of the movement has been their lack of a central issue, some of the primary goals presented by the Occupiers have been a need to fight back against the
growing power of banks and corporations and their role in creating economic instability. Occupy St. Louis has faced some police action with several arrests occurring on Oct. 6 after an eviction notice was issued by the police. Apart from a steady police presence in the Plaza, however, the St. Louis movement has been allowed to keep occupying Kiener Plaza for nearly three weeks.. Junior David Gaillardetz said he believes that it is
Two profs open Tavern of Fine Arts near campus Model U.N., back on campus By SARAH TARRANT Staff Writer
Here is a list: doctorate in music composition, fine arts professor at Saint Louis University, restaurant and bar owner. Which of these things is not like the other? For professors Matt Daniels and Aaron Johnson of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, they all fit perfectly. Since Aug. 1, 2011, Johnson and Daniels have co-owned the Tavern of Fine Arts in the DeBaliviere Place neighborhood. “It all started a couple of years ago. My cousin Matt and I were sitting around and we thought ‘Wouldn’t it be neat to have a place?’” Johnson said. “That sort of brought all the visual and performing arts into one place in a very casual and relaxed atmosphere. No one else was doing it. It just didn’t exist.” This unique combination of visual and performing arts in a relaxed atmosphere is exactly what Johnson and Daniels said they have accomplished with the Tavern of the Fine Arts. With walls decorated by the work of local artists and events ranging from the performance of one-act plays to opening release parties for a new poetry printing press to string quartet performances, the Tavern has something to offer for everybody.
Curtis Wang / Multimedia Director
New restaurant opened in DeBaliviere Place. “What we’re trying to do is be equal parts wine bar and cafe, art gallery and performing space,” Johnson said. As for the wine bar and cafe, Johnson said he and Daniels have very little experience. “We are certainly learning as we’re going,” Johnson said. According to Johnson, the two co-owners depend upon their own tastes to guide the menu, which are often times quite different. Johnson said it allows them to cater to a variety of tastes, especially when it comes to wine, and he said that Daniels even created a house-made ginger ale for
the designated driver to add to the diverse list of drinks, leaving something for everyone to try. The menu consists of a mixture of “light plates,” flatbreads, sandwiches and desserts ranging in price from $4 to $7, as well as a selection of 25 different wines from which to choose. Johnson said that all age groups and demographics can be found enjoying the atmosphere. Those likely to enjoy the Tavern will “enjoy, first of all, the fine and performing arts, and those who like just very comfortable, quiet, relaxed atmospheres,”
Johnson said. Even with the diverse wine list and affordable food prices, Johnson said he enjoys the fact that events at the Tavern tend to bring people together that otherwise might not be brought together. “As some of our customers have said, what we’re doing is creating a community and they feel a part of that community,” Johnson said. The Tavern of the Fine Arts is also unique, according to Johnson, in that it provides a chamber space for classical musicians to perform. “Finally there is a proper venue for that music,” Johnson said. Some SLU students said they also find appeal in the Tavern. Junior Amy Krzmarzick said she enjoys the potential new scenery and a laidback atmosphere. “I think it’s a different environment than the ones that are already out here,” Krzmarzick said. “I think that would have some appeal, if my girlfriends and I were looking for a more relaxing night.” For any students striving to open their own business someday, Johnson said that there are three things to remember: “Know what you’re getting into, do a lot of research, and be very patient because it really takes patience to succeed.”
Civic-minded students lead the resurrection By PATRICK OLDS Associate News Editor
After a brief hiatus, students driven to become model representatives of Saint Louis University have taken it upon themselves to bring back Model United Nations. Within the political science Department, there was a big demand from students to reinstate Model U.N., which is dedicated to educating students on foreign policy through mock U.N. conferences. “We were told that there was interest in restarting this program,” junior Joseph Yancey, one of several students spearheading the program’s reinstatement, said. “A couple of us took upon ourselves as a duty to make this happen, we felt like this club should have it’s place at SLU.” J.R. Leguey-Feilleux, a professor in the political science department who advised the previous chapter, is set to advise this new group of interested students. “I was quite happy when the students came to me about the idea, just as long as they gathered the support,” Leguey-Feilleux said. “I have had a feeling for a long time that this was extremely beneficial to all students and the
overall educational experience at SLU. I was sad to see it go the first time around but interest levels and money were the main detriments.” Leguey-Feilleux said that the benefits of a Model U.N. are so numerous that he was surprised that interest faded almost two decades ago. Leguey-Feilleux said that the experience of public speaking, organization, and preparedness are essential to any career field. See “Model U.N.” on Page 3
Boo the Billiken Happy Halloween!
Read and Recycle The University News prints on partially recycled paper.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Let Us Introduce You Perry Cole
Alpha Phi Omega president makes a difference at home and abroad By MARK CAMPOS Staff Writer
Students of all kinds are drawn to Saint Louis University for its commitment to service, and senior Perry Cole is one of them. Majoring in political science and theology, Cole said she aspires to be a nurse and has plans to live in Latin America after graduation to work with the community there. Though ready to get started, Cole said she has mixed feelings about leaving campus after four years of consistent service at the University. “I have loved SLU so much so I’ll be sad to go, but I’m excited for the next step in life,” Cole said. During her time at SLU, Cole has been a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Campus Ministry, SLU Students for Life and Billikens After Dark. This year, Cole received the Mev Puelo Scholarship in Latin American Theology and Culture, which gives theology students the opportunity undergo a combination of traditional study as well as cultural immersion in order to achieve a better understanding the culture, religion and people of Latin America. As part of this program, Cole lived in Nicaragua, South America for two months over the past summer, where she said she was challenged to integrate with the locals. “My host brother in Nicaragua was a dance instructor,” Cole said, “I’m not a dancer at all, but he taught us a dance, a Nicaraguan folk lore dance, and we performed it in front of all the families, and it was a big deal, and we were all wearing big long dresses with make up on and stuff, so that was funny.” Cole said that the majority of her college experience was made by APO. A member of the fraternity for four years, she spent three of those years on the fraternity’s executive board, and was elected this year as chapter president. In
THE SLU SCOOP All Information Provided by Department of Public Safety and Security Services
Thursday, Oct. 20
5:53 p.m. - Accidental Injury A student was playing a game called Humans vs. Zombies and accidently collided into another student causing him to dislocate his shoulder. EMS treatment was refused, and one of the student’s friends transported him to SLU-ER.
Minghao Gao / Staff Photographer
addition to leadership abilities, Cole said that the fraternity has given her many opportunities for meeting people, and many of her friends are from APO. “I think the most important thing to me is I’ve been able to surround myself with people that have similar interests to me,” Cole said. “So, in everything we do that’s fun, we also all are passionate and have an interest in serving the greater community.” Off campus, Cole works with service groups such as L’Arche St. Louis, a national organization devoted to creating communities for mentally disabled adults. Cole said she planned and created Halloween and Valentine’s Day parties for L’Arche. Cole has also been an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, an organization in which adults provide men-
torship and companionship to children facing adversity. Cole has been a Big Sister to a sixth-grade girl named Chelsea, and said that they hang out regularly. Cole said that the program offers her an opportunity to be a mentor and a friend to Chelsea, as well as a source of stable support in her life. ”She is one in mine too,” Cole said. Cole said that her SLU education has prepared her to critically think about the ways things are in our society. “The thing I’ve learned about doing service is a lot of times it’s not about what I built or what I’ve changed, it’s about the people I’ve met and how we’ve mutually impacted each others lives,” Cole said. “I think I do what I do because I really enjoy being with people and being with a diverse group of people.”
Sunday, Oct. 23
2:59 a.m. - Sick Case
A student who was vomiting blood, possibly due to the consumption of an excessive amount of an alcoholic beverage, was conveyed to SLUHER by ambulance. RA and Pro Staff were on scene.
Monday, Oct. 24
10:03 a.m. - Fire Alarm A SLU student burnt some food while cooking. There was no smoke or fire. No damage occurred in the apartment. The room was properly
ventilated and students were able to reenter after the alarm was reset.
Tuesday, Oct. 25
1:13 a.m. - Sick Case
A student who had been found in a semi-conscious state, possibly the result of excess alcohol consumption, was conveyed by by ambulance to SLUH-ER. RA and Res Life Pro Staff was on scene.
Be a Responsible Billiken STOP. CALL. REPORT. 314-977-3000 witness.slu.edu dps.slu.edu
SGA debates funding of charters By CHARLES BOWLES Staff Writer
A fire alarm delayed Student Government Association proceedings for nearly 30 minutes, but not the questions and debate after a number of organizations came up for chartering and funding. “In my four years of being in Student Government, this is the first time a fire alarm has gone off during a meeting,” vice president of student organizations Tyler Sondag said. Before the fire alarm, Senators were presented with a spot-funding request by SLU Dance Marathon for their 12hour dance marathon, which is scheduled for Nov. 19. The organization requested approximately $2,500 for operational costs.
Senators debated the logistics of the event and requests for funding regarding housekeeping and two-way radios used during the event. After some clarifications, SGA approved funding for the dance marathon. Vidur Sharma, an Information Technology Services Committee Representative, spoke to senate about the Tegrity program and some of its results since it had been implemented at SLU. Tegrity is a lecture capture tool which records both audio and video. Sharma said that Tegrity is integrated with Blackboard and its mobile app has been used in classrooms around campus. Tegrity is used in 23 classrooms on the Health Sciences Campus and 38 classrooms on Frost Campus. Sharma asked senators how
to market the system more effectively to professors and students. According to Sharma, there were more than 16,600 views on Tegrity during the Fall semester. He said that the Tegrity program and the mobile application can be used depending upon the instructor’s discretion. Sharma also said the professors will have postproduction power over their videos and can add videos if a concept is unclear or unaddressed during class. SGA also tabled a resolution to establish a Graduate Student Concerns Committee. Graduate student senators created this bill to help redefine the relationship See “SGA” on Page 3
Thursday, October 27, 2011
APO: Students set to make a difference Continued from Page 1
“lead” as an active member. The organization also holds approximately 20 fellowship opportunities every semester, including dances and dinners, a trip to Six Flags, and other small events, Cole said. “It’s a really great way to get to know people of all age groups,” Cole said. Cole said she believes that the main reason that students join APO is because they want to get involved. She said that students are attracted to the organization because it routinely provides opportunities for community service, as well as transportation, along with social events. “There’s just a lot of ways that people can get involved and find their niche in APO,” Cole said. Although students are free to enter the fraternity for the purpose of doing service to put on their resume, there are plenty of opportunities for interaction with other students or growth in leadership, Cole said. “APO has helped me meet
people at SLU and across the St. Louis area that I wouldn’t have otherwise met,” Allie Kramer, sophomore and active member of APO, said. “Beyond that, I have had the opportunity to listen to heartfelt, emotionally-charged stories that have changed my outlook on life in a positive way.” Since APO is a co-sponsor of MADD, members are required to participate as part of their required service hours, Cole said. It is a way for all of the members of APO to work together at the same time, besides the fact that it is an important day for the community, she said. Unlike most Greek life, APO does not have initiation requirements. All applicants are free to join APO. Interested students are encouraged to attend pledge week, where barbecues and other small events are held. Then students are welcomed into the group through an initiation ceremony and payment of dues. Students then are required to do 15
hours of service and attend two fellowship events during a pledge period. “If you do all of that then you’re activated and you become a member,” Cole said. However, students who fail to complete their required 25 hours per semester as a member could find themselves in a probationary period. Students who do not finish the 25 hours in Fall semester are required to complete the remaining hours in Spring semester along with the twenty five hours for that spring, Cole said. In the case that a student still does not finish their hours, they will be dropped as a member of APO. Cole said she feels that students leave the organization feeling that the experiences influence their lives. Besides growing as a leader and recording service hours, students gain friendships with people who share the same passions as they do, and experience a world outside of their shell, she said. “APO has been an organization through which I have been able to not only meet
people who have my same interests, but also emulate the Jesuit Mission by servicing others,” Shannon Russell, junior and vice-president of pledge education for APO, said. “There are a lot of leadership opportunities, which I feel have well-prepared me for graduate school and the real world.” Cole gave an example of two experiences that touched her while participating in service iniatives with APO. The first, as a freshman, Cole met two juniors who she said proceeded to become her best friends throughout her four years at SLU. The second experience occurred when Cole was a sophomore at a service site. “I was at a nursing home when the old women came into the room for their line dancing class. They made us stop cleaning so we could participate in their class with them,” she said. Cole said that doing service in the community “isn’t about the product you produce, but rather the relationships you build and the experiences you share together with those you
SLU President Biondi speaks at Parks College
Fangyu Wu / Staff Photographer
Construction of the Grand MetroLink is projected to be completed in four to six months after the completion of the Grand Bridge in May of 2012.
MetroLink: Construction still halted Continued from Page 1
communication and relationship between the city and SLU is positive. He said SLU took an initiative to have a town-hall type meeting during the beginning of the project. “Obviously being on both sides of the bridge, [SLU was] impacted tremendously,” Stumpf said. “Between the hospitals and the administration here, they were very proactive in setting up that communication”. He also said that the construction company (name of construction company) and the city were open and understanding towards SLU, and that everyone is in agreement that the new bridge and MetroLink station will have a positive effect on students and daily commuters. “They want this station to be a kind of showcase for all of the MetroLink stations in the area, and something for other municipalities to look at,” Stumpf said about the Grand Bridge location. Dianne Willams, director of communication for MetroLink, said amenities of the new station will include a parking lot, a transit plaza
with seating and landscaping, and improved lighting to brighten up the station. However, construction for this project cannot begin until the bridge is completed. “When it will open will depend on the city schedule,” Willams said. “We will be able to open our station as soon as its safe and we don’t have a lot of construction overhead. But until Grand opens, you can’t get there anyway.” While some students said they anxiously await the arrival of this new and improved bridge, many have had to leave for classes very far in advance to make it on time. Junior Katie Wrobel, a physical therapy major, said she drives to classes on the Medical Campus because she feels the shuttle takes much longer. General feedback from students, though, according to Stumpf, mainly said students approve of the route the shuttles take between the two major campuses. The upcoming facilities will soon bring easier access to the Health Sciences Campus, as well as various city locations. It is a matter of months until this can be brought into a realistic perspective.
Model U.N.: Revived program open to all students gain rewarding perspectives of how policy issues are hanthe idea of competition, di- dled in other places.” Several delegations from plomacy and negotiation can only help students with future each school are commonly sent to Model UN conferendeavors. Each school participat- ences. “Delegates are not to form ing in Model UN is assigned personal to learn opinions, be the social influenced by n o r m s prejudices or and forBy representing act according e i g n policy of countries other than the to the ideals of their couna specific c o u n t r y, United States, Ameri- try of origin. and then can students gain re- Rather, delegates are repreto speak on sent that warding perspectives behalf of the countr y country they at a conrepresent f e r e n c e -Kellen Gracey, senior and attempt w h i c h to identify the includes path real delegates from their 150 to 200 other chapters. Students form a delegation chosen country would take, if of two to five participants, faced with such issues.” Gracchoose a country from a list ey said, The club is open to all stuof available countries ahead of the conference date, and dents, not just those in the prepare for the conference as political science department. if they were diplomats from An enrollment fee is still betheir country of choice at- ing considered by the student tending a real UN conference. leaders and Leguey-Feillux. “Model UN creates friend“Students engage in research of the political regime, ships and networks of studynamics and ideals of their dents across the country that chosen country and prepare share a passion for internafor conferences by attempt- tional relations, by building ing to predict the actions bonds both within and outside such country would take in of the conference rooms,” a live setting,” senior Kellen Gracey said. “Model UN is Gracey, who is spearheading an invaluable tool for developthe chapter’s resurrection at ing world leaders of tomorSLU, said. “By representing row and promoting peaceful countries other than the Unit- resolutions of international ed States, American students affairs.” Continued from Page 1
Shah (Yuqin Xia) / Photo Editor
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Saint Louis University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. spoke at an “evening of conversation and information about SLU and the vision for its future” at Il Monastero.
‘Respect Life Month’ raises awareness on campus Prayer, service and a speaker highlight Students for Life’s efforts By BRIAN BOYD Associate News Editor
Aimed at educating the community about the dignity of all human life, the student organization Students for Life celebrated their Respect Life Month in October throughout Saint Louis University’s campus. According to Students for Life President Jessica Stukel, the goal of Students for Life is to spread the culture of life on campus as a whole and to show the University what the organization believes in. While Stukel said that the organization supports and respects life of human beings of any age, Students for Life places an emphasis on the unborn. “We respect life from conception to natural death,” Stukel said. “We do focus on
the unborn since they have no voice, and we say that we are the voice of the voiceless.” Respect Life Month officially began on Oct. 2 with a mass at St. Xavier College Church and continued on Oct. 4 with a prayer service in the quad. Students for Life welcomed Vicki Banks, a recruiting coordinator from “All Girls Allowed,” on Oct. 5 to speak about the one-child policy in China. “All Girls Allowed” is a national organization committed to “restore life, value, and dignity to girls and mothers, and to reveal the injustice of China’s One-Child Policy.” China’s one-child policy is a government policy that restricts the number of children that certain families can have to one. Stukel said that Banks highlighted issues that both
pro-choice and pro-life supporters can agree on. “There’s so much going on in China. Students may have heard of the one-child policy, but I personally didn’t know the magnitude of what was going on,” Stukel said. From Oct. 4 to Oct. 16, Students for Life placed crosses in the quad to represent the number of abortions performed in the countries with the top-five highest abortion rates. The collection of crosses was titled “The Cemetery of the Innocents.” According to Students for Life External Vice President Kaitlin McManus, 711 crosses were placed in the quad, representing 7,215,400 abortions in total. The U.S. was represented by 155 crosses, trailing only China and Russia. Students for Life also held
an event to honor their supporters and benefactors, especially those who support Pregnant and Parent Teen Student Assistance. According to Stukel, PPTSA is a group run by students and faculty who are committed to supporting student parents and pregnant students. “The whole mission is that no student should have to choose between a child and their education,” Stukel said. Respect Life Month concludes with a service day at Make a Difference Day on Oct. 28. According to Stukel, the service day has always been an integral component of Respect Life Month. “We’re learning about things throughout the week in class, and it is a chance for us to go out and do something in the community,” Stukel said.
Occupy: Students seek stronger presence in movement Continued from Page 1
Kristen Miano / Associate News Editor
Protesters gathered in Kiener Plaza after a march downtown on Oct. 14.
power and we as students must break the cycle of apathy and speak out for a better society.” A representative from the Student Committee said that the group would like to see more students from Saint Louis University participating in the protest. There is a Washington University presence already, and the Student Committee is separate from the occupiers because they do not stay overnight in the Plaza. Despite a lack of presence at the Occupy St. Louis site, SLU students have been attentive to the movement. The Political Round Table held a discussion to talk about the potential impact of the protest. “It was an informal conversation to discuss some videos and articles we had seen,” Political Round Table
President Priya Sirohi said. “We reached a consensus that it was something we didn’t want to see fade and that it was something that need to happen no matter where you stand politically.” Sophomore Kevin Guszkowski said he feels Occupy is an important movement for college students. “It’s a good thing to get involved in,” Guszkowski said. “It gives us a chance to promote activity in the community and get involved in politics some way.” Not all students at SLU, however, feel the movement is an effective means of creating change. Sophomore Stephen Russell said he feels that Occupy makes some good points, but it potentially isolates some key voices. “It’s kind of superfluous,” Russel said. “I don’t mean to invalidate the feelings, because the feelings are true, but the Occupation makes the
SGA: Fire alarm stops meeting Continued from Page 2
between SGA and the various other graduate school government associations. The bill was tabled after a concern of allowing committee representative on the committee arose, due to the fact that they were mainly undergraduate students serving on a gradu-
ate school committee. SGA also charted a new organization called People for Equality, Education and Promoting Scholarship, a Women’s Studies professional organization that runs workshops and seminars to aid students who are majoring women studies in finding future career and professional opportunities.
Mark Campos / Staff Photographer
SGA members debated funding for several student groups before a fire alarm moved everyone outside.
The University News Talk to us: Parisa Rouie 314.977.2812 email@example.com
Thursday, October 27, 2011
“Freedom of the press—print, online and broadcast—is a basic right in a democratic society and is valuable in promoting the development of students as socially responsible persons ... The University News is a student voice, not the student voice. The views of The University News are the expressions of the students involved ... If [The University News] can represent a point of view around which discussion may develop, it serves a legitimate and needed purpose.” From The University News’ Charter
to the editor The University News reserves the right not to publish any letters that are deemed intentionally and/or inappropriately inflammatory, more than the 300-word limit or unsigned by the original author. The following are letters and/or website comments. Because the identities of website posters cannot be verified, all website comments should be treated as anonymous. Actual letters to the editor may be submitted online at unewsonline. com or e-mailed to opinion@unewsonline. com. Please include your cell phone number.
Busch Student Center Suite 354 20 N. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63103 Newsroom: (314) 977-2812 firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertising: (314) 977-2813 email@example.com
unewsonline.com facebook.com/theunews twitter.com/theunews EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JONATHAN ERNST (314) 977-1590 firstname.lastname@example.org GENERAL MANAGER CONNOR BERRY email@example.com MANAGING EDITOR JAMES MEINERS firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS EDITOR BRIAN BOYD ASSOC. NEWS EDITORS KRISTEN MIANO PATRICK OLDS email@example.com ENTERPRISE EDITOR EMILY CAVALIERE firstname.lastname@example.org OP/ED EDITOR PARISA ROUIE ASSOC. OP/ED EDITOR FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA email@example.com ARTS EDITOR ERIN EVERETT ASSOC. ARTS EDITOR TJ KEELEY firstname.lastname@example.org SPORTS EDITOR MICHAEL JOHNSON ASSOC. SPORTS EDITOR DERRICK NEUNER email@example.com PHOTO EDITOR SHAH (YUQING XIA) ASSOC. PHOTO EDITORS KELLY HINDERBERGER firstname.lastname@example.org DESIGN DIRECTOR BRIANNA RADICI email@example.com MULTIMEDIA DIRECTOR CURTIS (ZHENGZHONG WANG)
ONLINE EDITOR CHRISTOPHER WEBB
COPY EDITORS ANDREA ROYALS MARY KATE MURRAY firstname.lastname@example.org ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE RACHEL CAMPBELL email@example.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE NATALIE GRASSO firstname.lastname@example.org ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE NICK JESSE email@example.com DIRECTOR OF MARKETING BRETTON M. DELARIA firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL ADVISER LAURA THOMSON email@example.com BUSINESS ADVISER DON HIGHBERGER, S.J. firstname.lastname@example.org THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE UNIVERSITY NEWS RECOGNIZES AVIS MEYER, PH.D. AS THE NEWSPAPER’S FACULTY MENTOR.
The University News is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press, the Student Press Law Center, the College Media Advisers and the Missouri College Media Association, a division of the Missouri Press Association.
Mauriel Blakeley / Chief Illustrator
Editorials Editorials are opinion pieces written by the Editorial Board of The University News. The editorials printed in this space represent the opinion of The University News. Commentaries and Letters to the Editor represent the opinions of the signed authors but do not necessarily represent the opinions of The University News.
Information is imperative to students as Occupy movement carries on While hundreds of St. Louisans occupied the streets last week, most Saint Louis University students were probably occupying a librar y cubicle. The Occupy movement brings to the forefront the importance of the current economy in provisioning the vocational future of current students. The protestations on the role and place of the dollar in the current society and the attack on economic irresponsibility ser ve as reality checks. In short, this newly-focused attention on economy and politics makes students realize the importance of being educated and aware in those areas. As the future of this countr y, students will live with the consequences of the current debt crisis. They are fated to the looming job market, and it is now important that they learn about the politics behind the structuring of economy. And whether or not they agree with the Occupy movement, they must stay informed about the forces that spurred the movement. Understanding capitalism, for example, is a good start to this economic education. A basic empathetic, if not sympathetic, gesture toward the Occupy movement is any U.S. citizen’s democratic duty. It gives ever yone a voice, an educated voice. It does not necessarily mean the movement that has claimed “99 percent” major-
ity is the only voice of the citizens. Other viewpoints, if in opposition of the 99 percent, must also make their voices heard. They cannot withdraw from the political arena behind an alleged one percent. The Occupy movement itself, a powerful humanist effort inspired by the Arab Spring, is an inspiring tr y at solidarity, if not unity, among the “99 percent.” Although it is disjointed and incohesive, the widespread alliance across all sorts of backgrounds shows the wide span of the effects of economy. In addition, it is important to comprehend and criticize the nature of this movement. We must think critically about its focus on Wall Street that diverts attention from the government. In light of the impending presidential elections, it makes us question whether or not the government really has the influence it claims, but it should not make our 2012 vote any less influential. As the beholders of the future of this economy, students must seek information and be politically educated and involved. If we truly care about the outcome of our education, we will care what becomes of it in the hands of the economy. We must join the Occupy movement, in solidarity or critical opposition, and take our future into our own hands.
of the week
The thing I’ve learned about doing service is a lot of times it’s not about what I built or what I’ve changed, it’s about the people I’ve met and how we’ve mutually impacted each other’s lives.
- Perry Cole, APO President.
See Page 2.
What we’re trying to do is be equal parts wine bar and cafe, art gallery and performing space. - Aaron Johnson, Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
See Page 3.
Halloween just means I get to dress up and go to Pius. - Michael Cole, junior in the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.
See Page 7.
MADD is an essential part of a SLU education Saturday morning, Saint Louis University concept. It embodies a purpose of life, an act students will make a difference again, like of charity and its motivation, a demonstrathe previous years. tion of love for humanity, and a moral duty Following Jesuit traditions and the Uni- call. Lending a hand, being men and women versity mission statement, “being men and for others, and making a difference are all women for others” synonyms of this conoften gets glazed cept. over in community Through the service events. The years, Make a Differtradition of getting a ence Day has been group of affiliates to opportunity to get Lending a hand, being an do service together involved with the outoften overshadows side community and men and women for others, show care and comthe “service” in community service. Getpassion, and at the ting members to sign same time develop a and making a difference up with your organirelationship with the zation gets beggarly. city of St. Louis. are all synonyms. And Make a DifferThis year, let us ence Day becomes embrace this idea just another Saturday of making a differto spend with your ence. As part of an friends. educational system For some Make a Difference Day partici- grounded in service to the community, let pants, this day is a rare opportunity out of us not forget what this means in light of our the entire year to give service to the commu- educational experience. Whether we intend nity. This is true while very mission of SLU is to or not, what we do in the future will make founded upon community service. a difference in the lives of others. But this An overused and underrated phrase, difference starts right now, during the uncommunity service underlies an essential dergraduate experience.
Posted below are the results from our web poll on The University News’ website. (72 votes total) What is your best friend during midterms?
The 24-hour librar y
An Anheuser-Busch product
A Red Bull or a Nawgan
I love going to parties and seeing the costumes of people who are clearly more clever than I am. - Joe Andreoni, senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
See Page 7.
To get two wins here at home were crucial for us from both a confidence and competitive standpoint. It is great to see the guys finding a way to win games. - Mike McGinty, Head Coach, Men’s Soccer.
See Page 9.
But if the Cardinals do come back and win, I will get to remind them for the rest of their life the Cardinals are better, and, “Remember the one time the Cardinals came back in the World Series when we were down 3-2?”
- Mike Roach, senior, Men’s Soccer.
See Page 10.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Cardinals continue to inspire in the World Series It is like Christmas for baseball fans. It is the World Series. Here in Cardinal nation, our time has come once again. We have Commentary managed to slide our way right into the biggest series of baseball games in the world. It is the culmination of hard work, training, skill and, well, a Kayliin Ielase bit of luck that lands a team in the World Series. It just so happens that the Cardinals have managed to do it a total of 18 times out of the past 108 years of its existence. Some luck! However, it takes two teams to duke it out as the champion, and this year it has come between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Unlike our home team, the Texas Rangers do not have the tradition of making it to the final series of the baseball season. They have only made it twice, in 2010 and 2011. This makes for quite the spectacle in the baseball stadiums of St. Louis, and Arlington, Texas. The battle commences between a team accustomed to making it to the World Series, and winning it (10 times), versus a team that has only begun to show its clout in the game by showing itself as a contender for the title of “World Series Champions.” Having played five games already, with the Rangers leading 3-2 in the series, anyone can see that it is a pitcher’s duel. In fact, it just may take the maximum seven games to crown the winner as each of these teams have not lost two consecutive games in months. This was especially evident in the second game on Oct. 20, when the fans of the Cardinals and the Rangers (as well as all those hopping on the two bandwagons) sat at the edge of their seat, or stood on it, as the score of the game was two giant
Starla Salazar / Illustrator
goose-eggs for each team until the seventh inning, when the Cardinals finally took the lead. But game was not over – there were still two innings to go, and the Rangers were not giving up. They proved their determination in the ninth when they scored two runs and shut out the Cardinals for a win. On the other hand, if anyone watched the third game on Oct. 21, they may have thought that the Rangers did not stand a chance against the Cardinals when in the seventh inning they led by seven runs before ending the game in the top of the ninth inning 16 -7 – a blowout by any standards. The fourth game commenced and the Cardinals and the Rangers started out even once again, and it was as if the night before had never happened. The Rangers came out fighting, scoring a run in the first inning while the Cardinals just could not seem to catch a break with popflies and strikeouts.
The battle of the bullpens continued and was won that night by the Rangers’ Holland, who pitched for eight and a half innings before a switch was made to Feliz. The Rangers won 4-0. It certainly will not be a giveaway as to who will reign for the next year as the baseball champions of the world. Game 5 was more of the night before with the addition of errors to keep the Cards from taking the win, losing 4 to 2. With the Rangers leading in wins, there is still a chance for the Cardinals to tie it up to take the Series. Those fans were more than enthusiastically cheering on their team in the first two games of the series here in St. Louis as they stood for most, if not all, of the game, as they endured the cold, wet, fall weather before switching to a more comfortable climate for the second two games as fans lounged in the warmth of a fall Texas night.
It’s Cardinals versus Rangers. Red versus blue. Not one of us knows what the outcome will be, but we sit fervently waiting to see which team will win the World Series. For all those Cardinals fans, this is one more year of many in a tradition of hard teamwork and talent and the strong sense of community this team has inspired in its hometown and others close to it. For all those Rangers fans, it could be the start of a tradition. They are the new kids on the block when it comes to the World Series and, perhaps, this will be the nontoo-gentle shove to get their gears turning to crank out more American League Championships to come. For all those jumping to their respective bandwagons, just remember what they say: “When in Rome…” GO CARDS! Kaylin Ielase is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Halloween a time to relive childhood, not an excuse for promiscuous costumes Promiscuous Halloween cos- college life, they often take on a protumes are nothing new to college miscuous form. women. They are, however, fairly Some costumes are beginning unique to the to get ridiculous, and several compast 25 years, and panies are trying to push the limits Commentary as a generation, with what is “hot” and what is not. we grew up with There is a line. I wish it was clearer, the costumes but sadly, as long as a costume is getting short- short and form-fitting, it will be coner, tighter and sidered “hot.” more revealing. Websites like Yandy.com and I think “Mean Partycity.com are selling women’s Girls” described Halloween costumes that appeal to Halloween best our generation’s love of cartoons when it said, and toys, but now they are starting Liz Kiefer “Halloween is to branch out into a realm of our the one night a childhood that was not meant to be year when girls provocative. can dress like a total slut and no othSome of my favorite suggestive er girls can say anything about it.” costumes from this year include Nurses, sailors, devils and witch- sexy Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Mares have long been the norm for tian, Spongebob Squarepants, Cookwomen’s costumes, but each year, ie Monster, Finding Nemo, Etch-amore and more promiscuous cos- sketch and Mrs. Potato Head. I for tumes are considered acceptable. one do not see why it’s necessary to Disney princesses and cartoon turn everything from our childhood characters as sexy Halloween cos- into a sex symbol. tumes are expanding into the mainHowever, even the more common stream. sexually suggestive costumes are I cannot remember my age when getting worse as the years go on. my parents deemed it inappropriate Several “costumes” this year are for me to continue trick-or-treating. nothing short of fancy lingerie or But we all a bra and remember panty set how painful with a pair the transiwings We are no longer of tion was from and a headHalloween as Yes, at an age where it is band. the one day a there will year you got appropriate to sort our always be to dress up as those overyour favorite trick-or-treat candy in sexualized action star or characters, front of the television. cartoon charlike Disney acter, stay up princesses late (if it was a or fairytale school night) characters, and get lots of free candy, to the one but there are some things from our night a year you had to stay in and childhood that I think should be left hand out the candy to those who out of the provocative category. were still young. The way I see it, most women Some people resorted to cele- want to feel sexy at least one day out brating the more mischievous part of the year, and Halloween is that of Halloween and pulled pranks chance. But there is a limit to what all over town. Others begged their is considered “hot” and “attractive” parents to escort younger siblings, and what is not. cousins and neighbors on their As if those costumes weren’t bad trick-or-treat route. After all, how enough, I also found a lot of interestcould young children fully appreci- ing miscellaneous costumes that the ate on their own the idea of getting websites plugged as “hot” or “sexy,” things for free just by standing there like Chinese-take out, George Washand looking cute or that it is the one ington, a skunk and an assortment night where you could be anyone of fruit and candy themed costumes. you wanted? I want to know where the sex appeal The older we got, the more we is in all of this, or better yet, who is explored the horror movie genre buying these. and what we could get away with on There is nothing wrong with cosHalloween. We found other, more tumes based on beloved childhood age-appropriate ways to have fun memories. We are no longer at an in costumes with friends our age, age where it is appropriate to sort which was generally at parties. That, our trick-or-treat candy in front of of course, carried over to college, the television while watching “Howhere parties, alcohol and sex are cus Pocus”, but why can’t we leave impossible to escape, whether you the nostalgia out of the bedroom on partake or not. Halloween? If you plan on dressing Certainly, on Halloween, this in a costume that makes you feel creates a perfect storm at colleges sexy, ladies, please leave our childnationwide. The idea of taking on hood out of the picture and keep it a new persona simply by putting classy. on a costume still appeals to our inner-child’s imagination, but when Liz Kiefer is a junior in the School combined with the shenanigans of of Public Health.
Parisa Rouie / Opinion Editor
Lisa Irwin case remains to be rested It’s another day, and another improbable explanation from Debbie Bradley, mother of missing 2-year-old Lisa Irwin from KanCommentary sas City, Mo, who has been missing since Oct 14. In the weeks since the baby has disappeared, law enforcement officials and the general public Vinnie Schneider have become more and more suspicious that the parents of Lisa are possibly not as innocent as they would like the media to believe. The blackest spot on their record is, of course, the inconsistency of their alibis. Who among us, if faced with the awful situation of having a child abducted, would lie or reshape our stories? The answer to this should be obvious: If we are innocent, we will tell the police all that we know in order to maximize the chances of our child being found. Suspiciously, this is not what is happening in the case of Lisa Irwin. Lisa Irwin went missing on the night of Oct. 4. What is known so far of the family’s night is scant. Father Jeremy Irwin is known to have been working late and to have returned home around 3 a.m. When he returned home, he found that the front window was open, the lights were still on in the house and his son was cuddled in bed with his mother. These were not so unusual, but the details get stranger. He noticed a cat in bed with his wife and son, even though the couple does not own a cat. Mother Debbie Bradley, who retains her previous name as she is not married to Irwin, has said that she took in a stray cat that day. Most importantly, Irwin found that baby Lisa was missing from her crib. In a panic, Irwin and Bradly searched the home for their daughter, discovering that their three cell phones also seemed to have been taken. Realizing that their daughter must have been kidnapped, they
called 911. In the weeks that have followed, Bradley’s credibility in particular has deteriorated. She failed a lie detector test (specifically on a question asking her if she knew the whereabouts of her daughter), and she has even admitted to being drunk the night before. She originally said she checked on Lisa before she went to bed at 10:30 p.m., but she is now claiming that she does not remember doing so, stating that she may have gotten so drunk she even passed out. She now says that she does not remember seeing Lisa any later than 6:30 p.m., when she put her to bed. Some have claimed that Bradley tried to cover up her night of drinking because she was embarrassed to have gotten so drunk. I do not believe that an innocent mother, no matter how ashamed she is of that fact that she had a few too many glasses of wine one night, would change her story by claiming that she saw her daughter four hours later than she actually did. Four hours makes a huge difference in an abduction case, and by changing her story so drastically, it is not unrealistic that Bradley could have severely affected the search effort for her daughter. No mother would do this. While the parents may not be entirely guilty, there is no doubt that the case is very suspicious and that we will learn more in the coming days and weeks. There have simply been too many unexplained details and mysterious behavior. A possible and speculated explanation is that Lisa was accidentally injured, perhaps at the hands of her drunken mother, who then tried to cover it up. Only time will tell, but until then, investigators must keep one eye on other possible perpetrators and one eye on other possibilities, no matter how badly we wish they weren’t true. And we, as members of society, must remain vigilant in our observation of the couple as well. Only then will justice be known and, hopefully, will Lisa Irwin be found. Vinnie Schneider is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Abroad: The genealogy of AIDS and Qaddafi’s death For those of you in the medical field, the genealogy of the AIDS virus is quite captivating. For the rest of us, it is mystifying. Commentary R e c e n t l y, Jacques Pépin, assistant professor and head of the Department of Microbiology and Infectiology at the University of Sherbrooke Stewart Heatwole in Quebec, published “The Origin of AIDS,” a work detailing the path the AIDS virus took on its way to where it is today. Dr. Pépin said that the origin of the virus can be attributed to one chimpanzee subspecies called the Pan troglodytes. The primates are found in an area between the Sangha and Congo rivers. Generally, when thinking of rummaging through newspapers and magazines for clues, one does not immediately associate this with virology or any medical science. Pépin’s unconventional method of looking through magazines like “Voix du Congolais,” a publication translated to “Voice of the Congolese” which focuses on polygamy and prostitution in Africa, and the use of European ethnographic research was essential for his study. Pépin’s research methods are quite interesting, but it is the adversity that the AIDS virus has survived that is most striking. There are four strains of the AIDS virus in the world today, which means that the virus made the chimp-to-human jump four times. In the most successful jump to humans, there were probably only three hunters that originally got the virus. This number is based off the number of hunters in the area at the right time, how many chimps would have had the virus and the probability of the hunters coming in to blood-to-blood contact with an infected ape. Even more amazing are the hoops the virus jumped through to get to where it is today. Sexual transmission of the disease can be slow and ineffective, but it is due to the proliferation of prostitution in African cities after WWII ended that left behind widespread poverty and an increase in the AIDS epidemic. The most baffling jump the virus made was in its move to Haiti. Pépin discovered the travel from Africa to Haiti was through the Haitian professionals that the U.N. brought to Africa for assistance that allowed the virus to spread. Finally in Haiti, it was the corrupt government and unsanitary plasma donations that further helped spread the virus. At one point, the Haitian government was exporting 1,600 gallons of plasma a month to the U.S. Some might not consider violence a disease, but its transmission is like one. Violence can spread like wildfire and infect an entire nation within days. Recently in Libya, Muammar al-Qaddafi was killed. I am not opposed to a people rising up against a tyrannical dictator, but I am opposed to brutally killing anyone. There are conflicting accounts on how he was killed, but the bullet wounds suggest execution. Execution accomplishes nothing on its own, but the rebel forces infected by violent tendencies were said to have done much more than merely execute their dictator. They are accused of pulling Qaddafi’s hair, then beating his limp body and striking his head with gun butts. A video posted by the independent broadcasting company Al Jazeera shows Qaddafi begging for help, screaming, “Show me mercy.” It is hard, if not impossible, to understand the great pain and suffering the people of Libya endured under Qaddafi, but in mercilessly killing him and one of his sons, they have brought themselves down to his level of tyranny. Not only is this a perversion of the Islamic faith, as Libya is primarily Islamic in affiliation, but an absolute contradiction of moral code. What was seen on the night Qaddafi died was mob rule – something that revolutions have to battle with at all times. It is places like South Africa that stand out as the true pioneers in non-violent uprising and overthrowing of discriminative and oppressive governments. Nelson Mandela chose not to kill the Boers but instead to employ them, thus demonstrating a superior moral code or standard by which to live. It is very saddening that Libya did not choose that same course. Hopefully luck is on their side in the coming development of the new Libya. Stewart Heatwole is a sophormore in the College of Education and Public Services.
The University News Advertise with us: 314.977.2813 email@example.com
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Solutions for Oct. 13 issue:
Shah (Yuqing Xia) / Photo Editor
Entertain Your Brain A Service of The University of Missouri â€“ St. Louis
25 Brentwood Promenade Court Brentwood, MO 63144 314.255.1725
a purchase of $25.00 or more.
halloweenexpress.com HE1845-5.67x2.44-bat-StLouisMO-4c.indd 1
Expires Oct. 31, 2011. Only at this location. Limit one coupon per customer. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
9/26/11 1:39 PM
Arts OUT on the
TOWN Arts Editor’s Picks
The University News Talk to us: Erin Everett 314.977.2812 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 27, 2011
A frightful, delightful Halloween at SLU
Saturday, Oct. 29 Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m. Unknown Mortal Orchestra The Billiken Club Free, open to the public and to all ages
Tuesday, Nov. 1 8 p.m. Billy Elliot the Musical The Fabulous Fox Runs through Nov. 13 Photos Courtesy of Cary Bass and PumpTheBeat
By BRIAN BOYD News Editor
MOVIES Friday, Oct. 28 7:30 p.m. The Thing Webster University $5 for students Friday, Oct. 28 Midnight The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Tivoli Saturday, Oct. 29 7:30 p.m. The Fog Webster University $5 for students Saturday, Oct. 29 Midnight The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Tivoli Sunday, Oct. 30 7:30 p.m. Halloween Webster University $5 for students
OTHER Thursday, Oct. 27 7:05 p.m. World Series Game 6 Busch Stadium On FOX and MLB.TV
The weather has turned, the leaves have fallen and faded, and the World Series is upon us. All of these are sure signs that Halloween approaches, and regardless of age, this holiday is a cause for celebration at Saint Louis University. Today’s Halloween is a far cry from the days of dressing up as Power Rangers (for some, at least) and trick-ortreating around the neighborhood. Now, SLU students have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the holiday, whether it is a costume party, an event hosted by SLU or festivities in the St. Louis area. “I really like Halloween. It’s a fun, spooky weekend where everybody likes to go a little crazy. I love going to parties and seeing the costumes of people who are clearly more clever than I am,” senior Joe Andreoni said. Aside from the costumes, parties, haunts and shenanigans, what Halloween does best for college students is put them in touch with their inner child and stir happy memories of home. “I think of pumpkin spice lattes and taking my cousins trick-or-treating,” senior Guadalupe Marillo said. The holiday has its origins in an ancient Celtic festival called “Samahain.” The ancient Celts celebrated their new calendar year on Nov. 1, and the turning of the year was seen as an end of the livelihood of summer and the beginning of winter. On Oct. 31, they believed that the change of seasons and year thinned the barriers separating the living and the spirits of the dead. They celebrated the Samahain on this date and wore costumes, built bonfires to ward off spirits and told fortunes. In this archaic ritual, Halloween as we
Navarro plans on doing just that, with a childhood twist. “I’m dressing up as Jimmy Neutron. I slick my hair up, ‘cause I have crazy hair anyways, and just ‘be’ the cartoon character,” he said. Costumes, while the centerpiece of Halloween for college students, have one caveat: The stress of actually choosing one. Junior Terrence Murphy said that
people out on Halloween. People who don’t usually go out will go out,” Hrad said. Students who do not enjoy the costume party scene have plenty of things to do as well, both on campus and off. On campus, Billikens After Dark, Omicron Kappa Delta, the Responsi-Billikens and SHAPE plan to host Carni-fall on Oct. 28 in the quad. The festival offers traditional Halloween events such as pump-
How Are SLU Students Celebrating Halloween This Year?
52% will be going to a costume party 22% are trick-or-treating 22% will not celebrate Halloween 4% are passing out candy at home Source: unewsonline.com poll
with their friends to a party. “Halloween is a great time. Most kids on campus dress up and go to costume parties at the apartments,” sophomore Michael Hauge said. Although a childhood staple, dressing up for Halloween has not been lost with the passage of time. Students find it just as exciting and entertaining to adopt an alter ego for an evening. “I think [Halloween] is just a time to relax and not be yourself, and be someone else for a while and just enjoy having fun,” junior Marco Navarro said.
Halloween brings pressure to find the perfect costume. “I just feel pressure to have a great costume, and if I can’t deliver, I’m just not motivated,” Murphy said. There are plenty of things to do at SLU on Halloween, but inherently, the parties tend to stay tame. Sophomore Becky Hrad said she thinks that while SLU is no state school on Halloween, it brings students to a social setting. “I feel like it could be bigger on different campuses, more like state schools and stuff. You will see a lot more
kin carving and team costume contests. On Oct. 31, BAD will also host a movie in the quad. According to BAD personat-large Donnie Green, the event provides an outlet for students looking to stay safe and have fun. “Halloween is a target weekend and one of the weekends which we host large events so students have an outlet besides from going out. It is a chance to get to know other students,” Green said. For those looking for a scare, St. Louis has some of the nation’s best. Located in
the Soulard neighborhood, “The Darkness” haunted house was rated the thirdbest haunted house in the nation in 2008, and it has been featured on the Travel Channel twice. Not to be outdone, the Lemp Brewery haunted house, a neighbor to “The Darkness,” was ranked as the number two scariest haunted house in the U.S. by Hauntworld magazine. Lemp has one leg up on the competition: It is actually haunted. According to legend, the Lemp family mansion, located next to the brewery, is cursed. The alleged haunting has garnered national fame, being featured on the television shows “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Lab.” The haunted tour takes brave patrons through the underground tunnels which connect the brewery and the family mansion. The mansion has since been turned into a restaurant and inn and gives haunted tours on Mondays. “I love going to the brewery and mansion. It’s a part of St. Louis history, and just knowing that it is actually haunted makes going that much scarier,” senior Kellen Gracey said. Not all Billikens are fans of the haunted holiday. While dressing up and heading out with friends may not be the first choice of all students, some have never enjoyed Halloween in the first place. “I was turned off from Halloween when I was younger because I didn’t like chocolate,” Murphy said. “I never wanted to go shaving creaming or egging when I got older.” For junior Michael Cole, schoolwork is king, and not even Halloween will change that. “Halloween just means I get to dress up and go to Pius,” Cole said.
No candy, no problem: Celebrate fall with a hearty bowl of chili Here are two simple recipes for traditional chili and cornbread as the weather starts to get chilly. Student Recipe Chili Ingredients:
Friday, Oct. 28 7:05 p.m. World Series Game 7* Busch Stadium *if necessary On FOX and MLB.TV
know it today was born. Who would have thought that this ritual would give birth to asking strangers for candy and the legendary film “Hocus Pocus?” Instead of costumes made of animal heads and skins, it is more common to see teenagers walking around in Charlie Sheen masks. At SLU, students celebrate in a more modern way— typically, by dressing up and going out
- 1 lb. ground beef - 1 large white onion - 1 green
pepper - 2 Tbsp. and 2 tsp. chili powder - 1 clove of garlic - 1 jalapeño pepper - 28 oz. canned diced tomatoes
- 8 oz. (meatless) tomato sauce - ½ tsp. ground cumin - ½ tsp. marjoram - ½ tsp. ground thyme - 15 oz. kidney beans - Vegetable oil - Chives (optional) - Shredded cheddar cheese (optional) - Tabasco sauce (optional) Preparation: Coat a large saucepan with 1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil (or just enough for a base) and place it on the stove over medium heat. Brown the meat with the chopped onion and chopped green pepper, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon.
Drain the pan of excess fat, and place contents into a large pot on the same burner. Add the tomatoes and tomato sauce. Mince the garlic and chop the jalapeño pepper, adding them to the pot. For a spicier chili, leave the seeds in the jalapeño. Add the chili powder, cumin, marjoram and thyme. Bring your chili to a boil whilst stirring well. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally for 1.5 to 2 hours. Add the beans last (I would recommend around 1.5 hours). Stir well. Garnish individual bowls with chopped chives, Tabasco sauce and shredded cheddar cheese (optional).
Cornbread Ingredients: - 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) of butter, unsalted and softened - 1 ½ c. of cornmeal - ½ c. of flour - 1 ½ tsp. of baking powder - 1 tsp. of salt - ¼ to ½ c. of sugar - 2 eggs, beaten - 1 ¼ c. of milk (skim preferred) Preparation: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly coat a 10-inch bread pan with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate, smaller con-
tainer, beat the eggs and mix with the milk. Add the milk and eggs to the dry ingredients, stirring well until the mixture is consistent. If the mixture is too dry, add another splash of milk.Pour batter into the bread pan and even out the top.Bake for 30 minutes, checking with a toothpick. There should be no batter on the toothpick when you pull it out of the center of the pan. Brews I recommend either a pumpkin ale, or a Snakebite. Snakebites are made by combining equal parts lager (Harp preferred) and cider into a pint glass. Add the lager first, then the cider.
The University News
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Mumford & Sons and company announce U.S. launch of Communion Records, nationwide tour Movement fosters community for both established, newcoming artists By MADDIE GUY Staff Writer
Taste Buds By TIM JANCZEWSKI and ADAM KAMPEN Columnists
Greetings, campus. It’s your favorite dramatic fanatic taste-testers, the Taste Buds are back again. Our most recent culinary escapade brought us to the Delmar Loop on a Monday afternoon in search of lunch. (Well, to be honest, we were in search of a pleasant day off of school when we were suddenly struck with the sweet scent of sandwiches) The name of the shop was Snarf’s. A modest establishment, Snarf’s is one of nine stores around the country that started in Boulder, Colo. Being two rather adventuresome Billikens, we are acutely familiar with this location, and always willing to support the great state of Colorado. We began mulling over the various offerings the menu sported. As our mouths began to water and our brows began to sweat, we ventured into the small sandwich shop to place our orders. The Snarf’s menu is centered on the sandwich, which comes in various sizes and combinations, but there are also salads and soups. Their sandwiches can be accessorized quite nicely with a good selection of Schlafly and New Belgium beers, as well as Zapp’s chips, which are native to New Orleans. After thorough deliberation, we chose the roast beef with provolone and avocado, and avocado with sprouts sandwiches, respectively. We each elected the middleof-the-road $6.50 sandwich which was plenty enough with a bag of chips to curtail our hunger. Both sandwiches were absolutely delicious and
came with a rather inclusive list of toppings. Looking to get more bang for our buck, we both went for “all of the above” and got red onions, pickles, hot peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, oils and seasonings and a few others. The enjoyable meal was matched by the excellent location. The Delmar Loop is a rather hip and fun place to be at any given time, but we love it for those lazy days of window shopping and browsing through stores. After scratching our audioitch at Vintage Vinyl, we wanted Mexican food for lunch, but we turned by the hum-drum atmosphere outside the Qdoba, and were on our way to Chipotle when we saw Snarf’s. Maybe it was the festive window décor, maybe the catchy name, maybe even the Riverfront Times’ “Best Sandwich 2011” banner hanging above the door, but as soon as we saw Snarf’s, our lunch plans changed. They say curiosity kills the cat. I say cats have nine lives and Snarf’s was a great, curious adventure. My curiosity was only satisfied by some restroom literature, which decoded the name of this fine eatery. Apparently the name “Snarf’s” is a combination of the verbs snort and scarf meaning, essentially, “to get something down quickly.” We’ll be the first to tell you, the name rings true. No sooner did we take our first bites then we were licking our fingers and taking a deep, satisfied breath. It was truly the best sandwich we have enjoyed in a while. If that seems a ridiculous statement, try it for yourself.
Communion, a movement to support independent artists within the music community that began in London, will be making its American debut this month with a national launch tour featuring Matthew & The Atlas, The David Mayfield Parade, and Lauren Shera. Founders Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Kevin Jones and producer Ian Gimble founded the monthly open mic night in 2006 at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. Their goal was to provide local artists in the London circuit a place to grow and develop their music within a loving, family-style community. Many artists, including the internationally acclaimed British folk rock band Mumford & Sons, made their beginnings on the Communion stage, crediting the open jam sessions for their ultimate success. It was there the band members began performing together and experimenting with new sounds. The feedback and support provided throughout the Communion community allowed them to slowly and tactfully assemble their lineup, while creating the show they now bring to crowded venues around the world. Additional talent to emerge from the original Communion stage includes Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, JJ Pistolet, and Peggy Sue. Recognizing its success, Lovett and his co-founders set a new goal to spread the Communion method of slow growth and nurturing of artists to music scenes around the world. This ambition has led them to establish similar open mic nights in Brighton, Bristol, York, Oxford, Dublin, Belfast, Sydney and New York. In an effort to continue Communion’s mission, the three founders launched Communion Records in September of 2009. Differing im-
‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ dances on stage from the silver screen By STEPHANIE MUELLER Staff Writer
Based on the 2000 film adaptation “Billy Elliot the Musical” is the rags-to-riches tale of a young boy trying to find his place in the big world of show business. The show will dance its way into St. Louisans’ hearts when it hits The Fabulous Fox Theatre stage from Nov. 1-13. Taking place in a typical 1980s small town in northern England, the motherless Billy Elliot and his remaining family go through a journey of inspiration and change in this thrilling and, at times, heartwrenching musical. As the young boy goes from a boxing ring to ballet class, where a hidden passion comes to the surface, his family is caught in the parallel struggle of the miners’ strike, unaware of Billy’s newest endeavor. This is not just the story of a fictional character facing adversity, though, as Kylend Hetherington, a 13-year-old Michigan native who scored the title role of Billy Elliot, explains. Hetherington said that from day one, everyone in the company has realized that show business is what they wanted to do, regardless of name-calling and others telling them they could not do it. “Everybody’s gone through that,” Hetherington
said. “Everybody’s had to fight to get here.” Hetherington, who previously played the characters Tall Boy and Michael in the Broadway production of the show, rotates with three other young performers in the lead role. Originally a dancer and singer, Hetherington learned to act only after receiving this role of a lifetime, he said. More than 50 other performers work with the young actors to create one of the most riveting and profound musicals to hit Broadway in years. Brought to life with original music from Elton John, the Broadway show was honored with 10 Tony awards in 2009, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. “Billy Elliot the Musical” has become a force to be reckoned with in the theatrical world, and continues to attract fans of all ages. Sophomore Kelly Barabasz will begin working as an usher for the Fox on the first weekend of the show. As an avid theater-lover for many years, she said she looks forward to seeing “Billy Elliot the Musical” for the first time. “I’m really excited to see it,” Barabasz said. “It’s one of the few shows that I haven’t heard the music for, and don’t know too much about the story except that there is some intense dancing.”
Courtesy of Michael Brosilow
The cast in “Billy Elliot the Musical,” includes 13-year-old performer Kylend Hetherington (center), as Billy Elliot.
Based heavily on the young boy’s love for ballet, the dance numbers will likely be the most visually stimulating aspect of the production. Hetherington said that the tap scene at the finale as his personal favorite from the show. Following young Billy Elliot on his unlikely and aweinspiring journey, audiences around the world have left theaters inspired to pursue their own passions. “I just want them to realize that no matter where you come from, who you are, what you do, if you just follow your dreams and you go to all ends to do this thing you want to do, there should be nothing stopping you,” Hetherington said. Hetherington said he had no idea he would be in such a position five years ago, but success comes in all shapes and sizes, just as the musical hopes to prove. “Before ‘Billy Elliot’ . . . I had no idea that I would be here and all of the sudden, it just happened. Four years went by so fast in my eyes. I don’t know where life will take me next,” Hetherington said. Unique in the fact that the responsibility of the main character lies in a 13-year-old boy, “Billy Elliot” promises hope, a universal message that has already attracted theater-goers from across the area. As the latest installment in the Fox’s U.S. Bank Broadway Series, the stimulus that shows like “Billy Elliot” have provided is undeniable, as Erin Hentz, publicity coordinator for the Fox said. “Ticket sales have been strong for the show, but tickets do remain for all performances,” Hentz said. Opportunities to see the show are plentiful for students, with discounted tickets available through the student rush ticket offer on the Fox’s website for all performances of “Billy Elliot,” Hentz said, adding that offers are updated as the shows near.
Courtesy of Editor5807
Ben Lovett (left) of the internationally acclaimed folk rock group Mumford & Sons is one of the key founders of Communion, a London-based music movement which began in 2006. mensely from the traditional label structure, Lovett and company have provided their artists with a close-knit, family-like structure, while allowing them as much time needed to grow, write and record. Maureen Fitzgibbon, a senior at Saint Louis University and avid music lover, said she supports Communion’s style of label management. “Many record labels today, especially in corporate America, force their artists to produce and release albums at a very expedited and unnatural rate, resulting in a lot of the terrible music we have on the shelves,” Fitzgibbon said. “If more executives allowed their artists to take the creative time needed to produce quality work, the overall satisfactory level and total income of the label would rise, allowing
more artists to be properly signed and promoted.” Glassnote Records, established in 2007 by Daniel Glass, was founded on similar ideas around which Lovett, Jones and Gimble would later structure Communion: Find quality artists, give them the support and time to grow, release a record and tour the “family’s” bands together. Proving this model successful, Glassnote produced two of the most recent international sensations: 2010 Grammy Award winning Phoenix, and Mumford & Sons, whose debut album, “Sigh No More,” reached the number two spot on the Billboard charts. Additional Glassnote successes include Two Door Cinema Club, The Temper Trap, Royal Bangs, and recently signed artists,
GIVERS. Solidifying Glassnote’s method, Rolling Stone named the label as Best Indie Label in April of 2011. By following in these footsteps, much can be expected from the artists working under Communion’s guidance. A large sampling of the label’s bands, as well as other “Communion-style” artists and established members of the surrounding music community, can be heard on the triple CD compilation recorded at London’s Flowerpot venue, released through Communion Records. The U.S. launch tour will be stopping in St. Louis on Nov. 3 at Blueberry Hill’s venue, The Duck Room. Tickets are available through Blueberry Hill’s website and ticketmaster.com.
Here Come The Mummies
Curtis Wang / Multimedia Director
Funk/R&B band Here Come The Mummies performed at The Pageant on Oct. 22. The group is rumored to consist of A-list and Grammy winning musicians, but their individual identities are disguised by mummy costumes.
Storm’s a-comin’ in ‘Take Shelter’ Though the movies often use mental illness to manipulate easy sentiment or exploit it for dramatic efMovie Review fect (“A Beautiful Mind”), w h e n handled t e n d e r l y, mental illness can offer a frightenT.J. Keeley ing and tender experience of a troubled subject. Jeff Nichols juggles this tension masterfully in his second feature film, “Take Shelter.” Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” “Boardwalk Empire”) plays Curtis, a Midwestern father and husband who is haunted by apocalyptic nightmares and visions of an impending storm. Curtis’s visions end in doom, but no one around him can see what he sees. Curtis’s family has a history of mental illness. His mother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in her early 30s. Curtis is in his early 30s. However, this connection
Courtesy of Sony Classics
Academy Award-nominee Michael Shannon (left) plays Curtis in “Take Shelter.” Tova Stewart (right) co-stars. does not make Curtis’s visions any less real, and he begins to build a tornado shelter in his backyard to protect his family from the coming storm. As his episodes begin to worsen, Curtis and his wife (Jessica Chastain) wonder whether they should take shelter against the storm, or against Curtis. “Take Shelter” works as both a portrait of on-setting madness and a psychological horror film. Using sound and subjective editing, Nichols places the viewer inside Curtis’s head in order to experi-
ence the visions as he does. However, from the beginning, it is clear that the film is dealing with mental illness and visions that are not actually happening. By drawing this line early, Nichols allows his viewers to experience Curtis’s subjectivity without manipulating the mental illness for plot twists. The result is a terrifying and tender account of an always-compelling character. Shannon is terrific as See “Twister” on Page 9
Chromeo: Electrofunk duo Dave 1 and P-Thugg If you napped through fall break and happened to miss The Pageant’s Oct. 24 guest, I’ve got a lot to Music Review share with you. SLU community, meet Chromeo. Chromeo, meet SLU community. This electroDavid Mooney funk duo will surely help you get back in shape for the second half of the semester. Hailing out of Montreal, Quebec, these guys will make you shake it, whether you like it or not. The two men of the band are Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel). Dave 1 holds it down in the guitar department and also heads the vocals, while Mr. P-Thugg plays all the keyboards and synthesizers, the bass guitar and the talk box. P-Thugg was born in Lebanon in 1979, and relocated to Canada when he was 8 years old. He first crossed paths with Dave 1 in the mid1990s, when they became best friends in high school. Since their initial meeting at age 15, the two have been fulltime funkers. They started off playing covers of legendary funk acts such as The Commodores, the Ohio Players and Earth, Wind & Fire. Over time their musical repertoire has expanded to include flavors of hip-hop, rock, R&B and jazz. When asked about Chromeo’s past expectations of success, one will receive an unexpected response. “We weren’t expecting anything to come out of Chromeo,” P-Thugg said. “We both had jobs, a fine life, and for us it was just another fun project.” In fact, P-Thugg said that it wasn’t until midway through the recording of their second album, “Fancy Footwork,” that the idea of Chromeo became permanent. “We realized we could do
this for a career,” P-Thugg said. “Chromeo became everything we wanted in one band.” It’s hard to believe that a band with such a strong identity and so much talent could start off as “just another fun project,” right? To date, Chromeo has released three studio albums, and like a fine wine, they continue to get better with time. The release of their debut album “She’s in Control” in 2004 brought comparisons to the 80s super-duo Hall & Oates and, although it received positive reviews, according to P-Thugg, the guys were very displeased with the result of the album. It was not until dance halls and clubs around the world began frequently playing the single “Needy Girl” that they took themselves seriously. “Fancy Footwork,” released in 2007, was the gamechanger. It peaked at No. 11 on the Top Electronic Albums and earned the group American popularity. It was a step forward for the two and a maturation of the group’s sound. More elaborately crafted hooks and riffs took the place of the repetitive ideas of the first album. Their latest 2010 release, “Business Casual,” is the acme of their musical career thus far. With electro-soultastic melodies and retro groovin’ rhythms that will make your body rock, the duo takes us to a place that our generation rarely experiences. Put the record on, and you’ll be magically whisked away to an episode of “Miami Vice,” or a city night where neon lights are your only guide. Hall & Oates comparisons resounded, and the guys of Chromeo said that they are “completely okay with it.” In fact, they love being compared to their musical idols. Presently, the duo has been placed in a genre reserved for few called “electrofunk.” However, P-Thugg said he doesn’t care much for labels, self-describing the band as “sexy-funk-jazz.” And with a name like that, you know it’s got to be good.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Straight No Chaser brings a capella harmony from YouTube to the Fox By KRISTIN MCGUIRE Staff Writer
Straight No Chaser started at Indiana University in 1996, began when 10 guys realized they had one interest in common: Girls. Oh, and singing. After excelling as an a capella group at IU for the duration of their studies, the members graduated and moved on to careers mostly outside of music. But 10 years later, when their video of “12 Days of Christmas” received over 7 million views in one year, Atlantic Records contacted them about getting back together. The rest was history. “We take our music very seriously. We just don’t take ourselves seriously,” Ryan Ahlwardt, a tenor in the allmale a capella ensemble said. This could not be more apparent than at their concert at The Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 22. The group was pitch-perfect throughout the performance, blending harmoniously and without fail Shah (Yuqing Xia) / Photo Editor to entertain their fans with funky moves and comedic All-male a capella ensemble Straight No Chaser performed at the Fox Theatre on Oct. 22. bits between the numbers. Straight No Chaser has no single front man, as most ferent songs, creating an en- ed Coldplay’s “Fix You” and teresting throughout the conMadonna’s “Like a Prayer.” cert, as the beat boxers kept members were featured at tirely new feeling and sound. “People respond most to . . Straight No Chaser unabash- switching. one point in the show. There Between songs, SNC even are no keyboards, guitars or . hearing songs in a complete- edly tackled some of the drum sets to cover up any ly different way,” Ahlwardt, greatest hits from an eclectic catered to the diehard Cardinals fans in the audience, pitch issues or poor musical- who writes some of the song variety of musical genres. Artists such as Justin shouting out the score of the ity. But Straight No Chaser arrangements for SNC, said. excelled in singing a full back “Some people even like that Bieber, Rolling Stones, Cee-lo game and asking the auditrack, without sounding as if better. That’s very rewarding Green, Elvis Presley and Lady ence members to check their as an ar- Gaga would be proud to hear phones for updates. Jerome they had any ranger!” the new imaginings of their Collins, a tenor and featured need of inA l - popular songs, with voices soloist of the group, had the strumentation t h o u g h only. guts to announce the score afor additional none of Although the group feaproclaiming his allegiance members. We take our music the ar- tured these 10 excellent so- ter to the Cubs in front of the enHighlights of the concert ver y seriously. We r a n g e - loists, their biggest strength tire auditorium. m e n t s was their background vocals. To finish things up with included the w e r e Songs switched off between a second encore, SNC perTeen Sensa- just don’t take e n t i r e l y choral-type singing and solo formed their most popular tion Medley, g r o u n d - singing with background song, “12 Days of Christmas.” the I’m Yours/ ourselves seriously. breaking vocals. With only one of two After the show, the group Somewhere or experi- basses per song, the bass waited in the lobby to meet Over the Rain- -Ryan Ahlwardt, m e n t a l section boomed, providing fans. bow mash-up, group member in terms a steady beat. In songs such All 10 members were ina Frank Valli of what as Gaga’s “Bad Romance” the credibly friendly and appremash-up and Toto’s Africa. The arrange- one can do with their voice, bass was especially impor- ciative of all compliments and babbling fans. ments were, for the most they were creative, fun and, tant. The vocal percussion did To read more about part, incredibly elaborate and at some points, incredibly appealing. Many of the tunes captivating. Two emotional not experiment with anything Straight No Chaser, visit interwove two completely dif- moments of the show includ- too futuristic, but it stayed in- www.sncmusic.com
Twister: Quiet character study makes for a psychological thriller Continued from Page 8
Career training. Money for College.
and an entire teaM
Curtis. Often a character actor or a bit part player, Shannon gets to flex his acting muscles in this intimate character portrait. He resembles a young Christopher Walken (more “The Deer Hunter” than “Balls of Fury”) with his gentle presence and quiet intensity. That’s what makes Curtis so sad and unsettling – under his stoic face, we can see a man slowly crumbling to pieces. Shannon channels this with subtle genius through the smallest facial twitch or halted line delivery. He is a tremendous screen presence, seemingly harmless, but a little too calm, a little too slow and a little too tall in clothes that are a little too big. As Samantha, Chastian (“The Tree of Life,” “The Help”) anchors the film with a strong emotional core. As a supportive, yet frustrated, wife, Chastain mines depth
out of her character who could have been the stock “supportive wife” character in lesser hands. “Take Shelter,” while never heavy-handed, starts to become a microcosm for life in the 2010s. It is about what bubbles underneath the surface, the horror, the dread and even the tenderness that takes a while to rise to the top. There are ways to read “Take Shelter” as a synecdoche for modern America, for the feeling of both power and danger, responsibility and paranoia. Of course, all of this lies under the smooth surface. Everything about the film, from the acting to the script and visual effects is seamless, maybe too much so. The gradual pacing, the feeling of fear in waiting, the paranoia that everything is indeed not in its right place, cause some discomfort and restlessness as the film turns into its second hour, but perhaps that is the point. “Take Shelter” builds mo-
mentum like a tornado, slow at first before spinning into violent disillusionment and disappearing. It opens in select cinemas this Friday. Don’t miss it. Take Shelter
ATHE GOOD Shannon is a tour de force, and Chastain grounds the emotion.
A bit of an emotional whirlwind, and a deliberate pace.
THE VERDICT My forecast: severely intense acting with a chance of crazy.
to help you
suCCeed. Serving part-time in the Air National Guard, you’ll have an entire team of like-minded individuals who want to help you get ahead. You can choose from nearly 200 career specialties, and develop the high-tech skills you need to compete in today’s world. You also train close to home, all while receiving a steady paycheck, benefits and tuition assistance. Talk to a recruiter today, and see how the Missouri Air National Guard can help you succeed.
FM with IQ A Service of The University of Missouri – St. Louis
The University News Talk to us: Michael Johnson 314.977.2812 email@example.com
Thursday, October 27, 2011
>> World Series
Billiken Briefs That’s
Saint Louis University Women’s Soccer (5-83, 3-3-1 A-10) concludes the regular season with two Atlantic 10 Conference road games this weekend. The Billikens take on Dayton Friday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Flyers’ Baujan Field. SLU then heads to Cincinnati for a clash with Xavier Sunday, Oct. 30, at the XU Soccer Complex. First whistle is at noon. With two games to play, Saint Louis is tied with Charlotte and Fordham for sixth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference (10 points). The Billikens hold all tiebreaker advantages over the 49ers and Rams by virtue of a victory against both opponents.
Hey! There’s World Series
Billiken Baseball’s Fall World Series resumes Thursday at The Billiken Sports Center. The Blue team leads the Black team 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Thursday’s game 4 is slated for 3 p.m., with game 5 ( which will be played regardless of series score) set for Friday at 3 p.m. All games are free and open to the public. The intrasquad scrimmage caps the fall exhibition season for the Billikens, who play their regular season in the spring.
L 1-2 @ Duquesne
L 0-2 @ St. Bonnaventure
W 2-0 vs. Fordham
L 0-4 vs. La Salle Men’s Soccer
W 2-1 vs. Duquesne
W 1-0 vs. St. Bonnaventure
W 2-1 @ Fordham
L 2-3 @La Salle
Cardinal red or Ranger blue? SLU soccer divided By DERRICK NEUNER Associate Sports Editor
The St. Louis Cardinals had not played the Texas Rangers in the 2011 Major League Baseball season until they met for Game 1 of the 2011 World Series on Oct. 19. To say the teams met without a rivalry would be an understatement – the last and only time the Redbirds played the Rangers was in 2004. St. Louis is searching for its 11th title; Texas, its first. For the Birds, 2011 marked its National League-record 18th trip to the Series. Meanwhile, the Rangers are making just their second trip. The only similarity, it seems, between the clubs is the central time zone. That doesn’t mean the World Series isn’t stirring up emotions at Saint Louis University. Of the 25 players on the SLU men’s soccer team, five are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, home to the Rangers. Twelve players are from St. Louis. Let’s play ball. The rivalry breaks down like this: The Rangers are represented by Beau Bellomy, Alex Johnston, Anthony Manning, Hansel Reyes and Kingsley Bryce. The Cardinals are represented by, among the 12, Mike Roach, Mark Pais, Blake Schneider and Mike Robson. Bellomy, a senior, said the Series has forced the players to take a side and take a stand. “Everyone is competitive about everything, so that has not changed much, but everyone is really into each game,” Bellomy said. “Even guys that aren’t from St. Louis or Dallas are getting into it and taking sides.”
Photo Illustration by: Shah (Yuqing Xia) / Photo Editor and Brianna Radici / Design Director
Seniors Beau Bellomy (left), from Dallas, and Mike Roach, from St. Louis, are root, root, rooting for their home teams. The only problem - only one can win the 2011 World Series. While the team isn’t allowed to wager on the game, per NCAA rules, Roach said having fun with the off-field competition helps bring the team together. “It is good for team building and chemistry because you get to joke around with the guys,” Roach said. “Sometimes there is so much pressure built up on certain games or a weekend, and it is nice to stay loose and joke around about something other than soccer.” Head Coach Mike McGinty
is on-base with that idea. “I think [the World Series] is great for the city and for our team because we have strong groups from both cities,” McGinty said. “Our guys have enjoyed having a go at each other and our Dallas guys know they are outnumbered, but they have each other’s backs.” Not only are the Dallas supporters out-numbered, they also have less fire power. Because of the deep tradition of Cardinals baseball, compared to the relatively recent rise of
the Rangers, Roach said the trash talk mostly consists of comparing team accomplishments. “The Cardinal fans will ask how many championships the Rangers have, and their only comeback is how many championships do the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Rams have,” Roach said. Bellomy and Roach have been able to put their differences aside, at least temporarily. The senior duo attended Game 1 at Busch Stadium. “Once the playoffs started,
I wanted to see a Rangers vs. Cardinals World Series, and so did most of the guys on the team, so some guys cheered for both teams, until now of course,” Bellomy said. “Mike [Roach] and I did go to Game 1, though. Not many other guys on the team can say they went to a World Series baseball game, especially Rangers fans,.” St. Louis won the game 3-2. Both Bellomy and Roach already have prepared for the best, and the worst. With five games completed, the Rangers lead the Cardinals 3-2 in a best-of-seven series. Game 6 is scheduled to be played Thursday, Oct. 27 at Busch Stadium, followed by Game 7 on Friday, if necessary. “If the Rangers win, I can tell all the Cardinals Fans in St. Louis to be quiet,” Bellomy said. “I have been wearing Rangers gear around for the past few weeks and someone says something to me about it everywhere I go. “If they lose it will be very frustrating since they lost last year also.” Roach counters, “If the Cardinals don’t win this World Series, I will have to hear about it for the rest of my life, about how the Rangers are better,” Roach said. “But if they do come back and win, I will get to remind them for the rest of their life the Cardinals are better, and, ‘Remember the one time the Cardinals came back in the World Series when we were down 3-2?’” As for McGinty, well, he’s not afraid to pick a side either. “I’ve got to root for the Cardinals,” McGinty said. “I loved Willie McGee and Ozzie Smith growing up, so I’m sticking with the Cards.”
Cards close to getting 11 in ‘11
First title for Ryan’s Rangers?
Something about the 2011 World Series feels odd. Maybe it hasn’t sunk in yet that the St. Louis Cardinals are playing for the championship. Maybe it’s the feeling of destiny: The Cardinals, should they win, would have 11 world championDERRICK NEUNER ships; it takes 11 wins to take the title and it’s 2011. What a coincidence. Or maybe it’s because I’m spoiled. After all, we were just in the Series five years ago. Maybe it’s all the above - and more. The 2011 World Series was destined to be historical. The Cardinals flew out of oblivion, and took down the favored Philadelphia Phillies and then the much-touted Milwaukee Brewers to get here. But this Series has been so much
This is difficult to write for a handful of reasons. First, I know I’m writing for a largely Cardinal crowd. That most of you who read this are rooting for that team you love. Or that team that you didn’t care about in early September but now you’re a “lifeCHRIS ACKELS long fan” of. Or that team that you know nothing about, but you live in the same city as the stadium and all your friends think it’s cool so you have completely betrayed your hometown team to root for this city. But either way, even if you can’t name five of the starting nine, most of you are rooting for the local team. You know who you are. You don’t want to admit it. But you know. Second, I’m a huge Texas Rangers fan. Which means a few things. It means I remember the days of
more. Between the Rally Squirrel, the bullpen shuffle, and Albert Pujols’ masterful performance in Game 3, this Series has been magical. And they are so close. Much will be written about how this Cardinals team should have never made it. So much more will be written about what they accomplished in the postseason. This could be the best Cardinals team to ever compete for a title. With their backs against the wall, Tony La Russa’s Redbirds never lost hope. And the city of St. Louis is ready to parade for No. 11. We are so close. Let us close with a prayer, shared by a friend: Our Father, who art in St. Louis, baseball be thy game. Thy will be done, the World Series will be won, on the field, as well as in the bullpen. Give us this day our bat and glove, and forgive us our errors, as we forgive those who home-run against us. Lead us not into defeat, but help us beat the Rangers. In the name of the fans, Albert Pujols, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Amen.
Rusty Greer and Juan Gonzalez and Rick Helling, and a bunch of other guys you’ve never heard of. It means I’ve been tormented for the first 18 years of my life, and last year was the first time I could remember winning a playoff game. It means that that I don’t want to write this – because I don’t want to jinx anything. And it means that I’m living behind enemy lines. When I walk around campus with my Rangers jersey, or my “T” cap, I get looks. When I went to Game 2 last week and screamed my lungs out after whipping Jason Motte into submission, yeah we got boos. And that’s how it should be – a healthy competition. I attended Game 2 here in St. Louis, then returned home over break for Games 3, 4, and 5 in Texas. I guess there’s a bright side to MLB’s ridiculous All-Star Game rule. While it may completely and unfairly benefit the home team, it allows me one more day to get my voice back so I can go nuts tonight at Busch Stadium.
>> Men’s Soccer
Billikens stumble at La Salle; Ohio foes await 5-8 Bills By CHARLES BOWLES Staff Writer
After three straight wins, the Billikens blew a 2-0 lead at La Salle, losing the game 3-2 in a heartbreaking double overtime. The Bills (5-8-1) are now 3-3 (.500) in the Atlantic 10 conference season. The Bills beat Duquesne, St. Bonaventure and Fordham before losing on Sunday to La Salle. “We are at a point in our season where we need results,” Head Coach Mike McGinty said. The Bills won 2-1 at home on Oct. 14 against Duquesne to begin their three-game winning streak. The Bills won in dramatic fashion winning on an 88th minute goal by Robbie Kristo. The goal was Kristo’s first career collegiate goal. On Oct. 16, the Bills celebrated a 1-0 victory against St. Bonaventure at home. Robbie Kristo scored in the 80th minute. Bills goalkeeper Nick Shackelford recorded seven saves in the Bills first shutout of the season. “To get two wins here at home were crucial for us from both a confidence and competitive standpoint. It is great to see the guys finding a way to win games,” McGinty said. The Bills had lost three
Curtis Wang / Multimedia Director
Freshman Robbie Kristo (18) notched a goal in heroic fashion, burying the game-winner against Duquesne. straight games, including two conference games, before going on their recent three game winning streak. The Bills then went on the road facing Fordham and La Salle. On Oct. 21, the Bills had a 2-1 victory on the road against Fordham. Jon Roeckle and William Hidalgo scored in the second half. Roeckle scored 37 seconds into the second half for his
first goal of the season. Hidalgo scored in the 52nd minute. The Bills’ winning streak came to a halt on Sunday after an unfortunate 3-2 double overtime loss at La Salle, despite leading 2-0 at the end of the first half. Freshman Robbie Kristo scored two first half goals in the 13th minute and the 36th minute. Nick Maglasang assisted on the first goal and Kingsley Bryce assisted on
the second goal. The Bills took the 2-0 lead into halftime and led a majority of the second half before La Salle’s Kameron Teel scored two quick goals 24 seconds apart in the 78th minute to tie the match at 2-2. La Salle won early in the second overtime when La Salle’s Jason Plumhoff scored on a free kick in the 102nd minute. The Bills will end their season with a three-game home stand playing the Dayton Flyers and the Musketeers of Xavier University this week, and they conclude their season by facing No. 12 Charlotte--three of the toughest teams in the A-10. The Bills will play Dayton on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and will play Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Hermann Stadium. Dayton comes in as one of the hottest teams in the A-10, winning four straight conference matches and tied for the best conference record in the A-10 (4-2). Dayton is led by sophomore forward Abe Keller, freshman defender Greg Enstone and sophomore midfielder Victor Duru. Keller, Enstone and Duru each have three goals. Keller has 9 points (3G, 3A), and Enstone and Duru have 7 points
(3G, 1A) each. Enstone was named the A-10 Rookie of the week this past Monday. Dayton goalkeeper Alec Storm has 22 goals allowed, a 1.58 goal allowed average and a .725 save percentage. Dayton is a team that commits a lot of fouls. The Flyers have committed 208 fouls compared to opponents’ 166 fouls. Xavier is led by junior forward Luke Spencer, sophomore midfielder Gino Depaoli and redshirt freshman midfielder Will Walker. Spencer is sixth in the A-10 with 14 points (5G, 4A), Depaoli is 10th in the A-10 with 11 points (4G, 3A) and Walker is second in the A-10 with 6 assists. Recently named starting Xavier goalkeeper, Ryan Engelmann has only 2 goals against in 5 starts and a 0.60 goal against average. He has a .889 save percentage and already has two shutouts to his credit. Xavier has had 60 corner kicks compared to opponents’ 35 corner kicks this season. The Bills find themselves in a tough situation, and it will not get any easier with these three tough upcoming opponents. The pressure is building as the A-10 tournament draws even closer.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
>> Women’s Tennis
Bills international talent thrives, gels in fall season CJFWho to CHEER By MICHAEL JOHNSON Sports Editor
Sophomore Women’s Tennis team captain Stephanie Hollis has only one year of collegiate tennis under her belt, but she already has one heck of a leadership task on her plate. The second year member of the Saint Louis University women’s tennis team is in command of a squad that features players from a grand total of three continents. This tosses in an extra twist to the already tricky duties of the captain position. Not only does she help Head Coach Jon Zych balance the team strategy and personalities of a bunch of teenage and twenty-something girls, but she also has to do this with a pair of non-native English speakers on the courts. “It’s really fun to play on a team made up of diverse personalities,” Hollis said. “It adds more character to the team, and it’s great to have so many different influences. Those differences exist, but we all are working towards this one goal of winning the Atlantic 10.” The two players hailing from foreign soil are freshman Maria Toro Moreno, a native of Medellin, Colombia, and Kasia Tomalak, who calls Krefeld, Germany home. The eclectic mix of Billikens has raced out to a fast start in the fall season, and the Bills are primed to make a run deep in the A-10 tournament next spring. The average international student struggles with the inherent language barrier, an adjustment to the rigorous, competitive atmosphere of universities in the United States, and the stresses of missing far away family and home cooked meals. Moreno is no different. Moreno has racked up her fair share of hours in Pius Library, as she is planning on earning a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She is not afraid to admit she misses her family. And every now and then, her mouth waters for some Colombian cuisine, especially arepa, the versatile corn dough used in many dishes in
Billiken Media Relations
Sophomore team captain Stephanie Hollis makes sure the Billikens mesh on and off the hard courts. Below: Maria Toro Moreno brings international talent to SLU on the court. South America. Despite the separation from the comforts of home, she has maintained an upbeat attitude. “I really don’t have any complaints and have had so much fun with the program,” Moreno said. “It just gets tough sometimes because I have no time between class, workouts and then practices.” Moreno, who fell in love with tennis at age seven, attended a bilingual academy in Colombia, where she learned English. She watches a little American television to help improve her speaking and grammar. “I really like to watch the Discovery Channel,” she said, showing shades of her passion for science. Her teammates have kept a close eye on her to make sure she progresses both on the court and off. “With a few of us coming from so far away, we really try to look out for one another,” Hollis said. “We try and get together outside of tennis also to do team bonding things… like going out to lunch or dinner together.” For the most part, foreign-
Billiken Media Relations
born athletes find peace in the boundaries of their respective games because sport knows no language. Wherever you go, the rules of baseball, basketball or rugby are constant. This is a comforting and universal aspect of the games we play. When Moreno first arrived, she could not claim
to have the same initial feeling of being at home on the tennis courts. She grew up playing primarily on the traditional clay courts of Colombia, which play a little slower but the ball bounces higher. In the U.S., competitions take place on the much faster hard courts. Hollis and her fellow team-
mates have noticed the hard work she has put in to ease the transition. “She’s doing great with playing on the different surface and I know that can be a difficult move,” Hollis said. “It kind of goes unnoticed sometimes but there’s also a huge difference in the climate she is playing in.” Moreno brings a little flare from home to the courts at SLU. “Coming from Colombia, you can tell there’s such a difference in her game,” Hollis revealed. “Her strokes are so much more smooth and [she’s an] awesome net player. Us Midwestern girls are more grinders. We’re in it for the long rally.” So far, her South American style of play has faired well against her first few NCAA competitions. She has racked up a 7-3 record in singles play and has teamed up with Jenny Nalepa to post a 8-2 mark in doubles play. Hollis has picked up right where she left off last year after picking up the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Most Outstanding Rookie Performer award last season. She has notched a 6-3 record while competing solo and has added eight wins to only three losses while playing alongside junior Mia Elmore. They have plenty of matches in front of them until the first service of the A-10 season takes place next spring. Since the tennis season spans two semesters, there is little chance for any of the players to get the opportunity to study abroad. Hollis is quick to recognize everyone having a valuable cross-cultural experience every time the team gets together. “Here at SLU, you can get stuck in your own culture bubble,” she said. “I get to learn about their cultures. It’s really interesting to hear from Maria and Kashia the differences in what they’re experiencing.” The Billikens have wrapped up their fall schedule and will now spend the winter prepping for the Atlantic 10 Conference schedule held in the spring.
>> Club Sports
SLU cyclists clipped in and ready to ride
hockey dads & soccer moms, come and get your freaky on!
By ZACH BUTTNER Staff Writer
Michael R. - West Allis, WI
jimmyjohns.com OVER 30 LOCATIONS IN THE ST. LOUIS AREA TO FIND THE LOCATION NEAREST YOU VISIT JIMMYJOHNS.COM
AMERICA’S FAVorite sandwich delivery guys! ©2011 jimmy john’s franchise, llc all rights reserved.
“So, what do you think about the team this year? There’s quite a bit of buzz, think they can live up to the hype? This could be a key year for SLU cycling.” “Wait, what? What the hell’s cycling? I thought you were talking about the basketball team…” The sport of cycling has not exactly grabbed hold of the American public. It has been viewed by many people, unjustly, as something foreign, something that is for Europeans of a less masculine disposition, but those people haven’t been paying attention. The sport is grueling; it’s an intense physical struggle to conquer distances, to achieve something with grit and determination. Not to mention the fact that American riders and American teams have come to dominate professional cycling in the past two decades. As a result, there has been a rapid growth in the amount of recreational bikers around the country and a spur in the number of collegiate club teams. Saint Louis University’s club cycling team is themselves experiencing growth during this cycling heyday. The team was formed in 1997, and it took off at a rapid pace. However, from the mid 2000s to around 2008, the team experienced a lull in both participation and results. First year med student and team leader Ian Hackett is very optimistic about the team’s direction. “When I first joined in 2009, we only had about 10 to 11 guys. Now we have close to 20, so it’s almost doubled. And we’re anticipating more members,” he said. The team competes in the MidWest Collegiate Cycling Conference, whose season usually starts on the last weekend in February and lasts until around finals time in May. Things can be a bit
tricky early on, since the late winter/early springtime in the midwest is known for erratic, inconsistent weather. Hackett remembers how he’s raced in both rain and snow. Indeed, the team will practice outside as long as it is above 25 degrees. Competitions are a two-day ordeal. Saturdays are a road race over a certain mileage, which depends on the level of the riders. Points are earned for where a rider finishes. Sunday is the criterion competition, which is a bit more complex, but essentially it is a circuit race. In this portion, riders try to complete a specific amount of laps in a certain time, with extra points worked into the competition for achieving other tasks within the race. There are four levels at which riders race based on skill level: A, B, C and D. A is the highest level and D is for beginners. Levels A and B may have road races that can be up to 85 miles and beyond, while level D stays shorter with 18-20 mile races. The majority of the team’s riders are in the beginner category, which is perfectly fine with Hackett. According to him, the club really is a grass roots organization; it’s laid back and about having fun. “We’re building a community of cyclists, teaching people about the sport. Community and safety are our top priorities,” he says sincerely. He acknowledges that some teams do take it seriously, but that’s not the team’s style. Hackett and other team leaders hope to educate people about the sport, to help others improve and to become part of the flourishing bike scene around St. Louis. With a more relaxed atmosphere around the team, Hackett hopes the squad will continue to grow in numbers and popularity on campus. In the meantime, expect to see the squad training hard on and around campus as the warm weather holds out.
Courtesy of New England Patriots
Marcus Cannon The New England Patriots rookie offensive lineman had his first NFL practice on Tuesday after recovering from cancer treatment. Although Cannon has still not been added to the active roster, some believe that he is still considered much more a part of the team than Chad Ochocinco.
Courtesy of Barbara Moore
Taunting Athletes Neither the Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh nor Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter acted like “professional” athletes this past week. Suh apparently mocked Falcons QB Matt Ryan after he was injured. When reached for comment, Suh said, “To me it’s karma.” Carpenter let his emotions get the best of him by screaming at numerous Texas Rangers hitters after getting them out. When reached for comment, Carpenter said, “Bleeeeeeep, bleep, bleep, bleep, bleeping bleep.”
New Orleans Saints The winless Rams have to face another impressive team this Sunday when the Saints come to town after beating the Colts 62-7 in their last game. In other Rams-related news, Andrew Luck performed quite well in a 65-21 win over Washington.
By JONATHAN AUPING Staff Writer
Advertisements from Student Development
Thursday, October 27, 2011
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
Carnifall Friday, October 28th 9:00pm-12:00am University Quad
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
EVERY Monday Night 9:15pm The Billiken Club
Saturday, October 15th 9:00pm-12:00am The Billiken Club
Check Out Our Events on
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS
WE ARE ALL BILLIKENS