Archive for October, 2001

Two Minute Drill

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Robby Schwindt

Comebacks were the story of Week 7 in the NFL. New Orleans and Chicago rallied late to knock off St. Louis and San Francisco, while Tampa Bay came back from a terrible performance last week to destroy Minnesota.

The Saint

Sunday in St. Louis saw the Rams finally dethroned from the ranks of the undefeated. Kurt Warner was 16-0 in The Dome before tossing four interceptions in a 34-31 loss to New Orleans.

Early on, it appeared as if the Rams would cruise to an easy victory after going up 24-6 at halftime. But when Jeff Wilkins missed a 40-yard field goal in the first quarter to break his streak of 30 consecutive made field goal attempts, someone should have taken that as an ominous sign of what was in store for the Rams. The Saints proceeded to score 25 third-quarter points and hold the Rams to only one touchdown the entire second half to secure the victory. Eight Rams turnovers made that possible. Warner threw for 385 yards, but the Rams managed only 48 total yards rushing. Meanwhile, Aaron Brooks threw for three touchdowns and John Carney kicked five field goals, including a 27-yarder with one second remaining in the game.

However, the Rams, now 6-1, still have a one game lead over 5-2 New Orleans. Don’t worry Rams fans, the only question you need to be asking is when will Marshall Faulk be coming back?

Da Bears

The thriller of the week took place between Chicago and San Francisco. Chicago, 5-1, managed a 37-31 overtime victory over the Niners. San Fran was in control of the game in the third quarter, leading 28-9 before watching the Bears score three touchdowns in 20 minutes. With 20 seconds remaining, rookie David Terrell caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Shane Matthews, who replaced the injured Jim Miller in the first quarter. Down by two, the Bears ran Anthony Thomas in for the two-point conversion, sending the game into overtime.

The 49ers took the kickoff in overtime and on their first play from scrimmage, Jeff Garcia threw a pass that deflected off of Terrell Owens and into the arms of Bears defensive back Mike Brown. Brown ran the pick 33 yards for the touchdown. In just 16 seconds the Bears were able to seal an amazing comeback. You simply can’t make mistakes against the Bears or they will make you pay. Man, that sounds weird.


Down in Tampa, the Bucs regained some of their dignity by thumping Minnesota 41-14. The 4-3 Bucs dominated every facet of the game. On offense they racked up 446 yards from scrimmage and managed to score on seven straight possessions. They ran 46 offensive plays in the first half, compared to only 13 by the Vikings, and they picked up 20 first downs while the Vikings did not get one until the third quarter. Mike Alstott rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Daunte Culpepper was held to 150 passing yards, and as a team, the Vikings managed only 192 net offensive yards. The Bucs played with some intensity and picked up a win.

Volleyball avenges losses, takes UAA

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Jeff Kahntroff

This weekend in Chicago the Washington University Bears made a statement, showing that they are a national championship-caliber team.

The Bears entered this weekend’s University Athletic Association tournament with a chance to avenge their earlier losses this season to Carnegie Mellon University and New York University.

“We just wanted to show we were better than how we played before,” said sophomore Amy Brand.

Head coach Rich Luenemann agreed: “The kids wanted to prove the first losses weren’t indicative of how we play.”

And that’s exactly what WU did.

The Bears handily defeated their first three opponents. First in line was the University of Rochester, (30-12, 30-16, 30-10), next Case Western Reserve University, (30-22, 30-16, 30-20), then Emory University, (30-22,30-23, 30-28). According to Luenemann, “the games were not as close as the scores showed.”

After the first three victories, WU had its chance to play against NYU and Carnegie Mellon.

“Revenge is not a good virtue, but coming back to beat those two teams was definitely very sweet,” said Luenemann

WU jumped at the opportunity and did not let the moment last, making quick work of the Violets and the Tartans, winning the two matches in the minimum six games.

New York University was the first victim. The Bears disposed of them in the semifinals, (30-8, 30-13, 30-20) The Bears next eliminated Carnegie Mellon University in the championship, (30-17, 30-23, 30-27), attaining the UAA championship. Short and “sweet,” indeed.

Leaving the tournament a perfect 5-0, in the minimum 15 games, “[the Bears] definitely made a statement,” according to Brand.

“We proved that we are the best team in the UAA,” said Luenemann. “We proved we are a team to be reckoned with for the national championship this year.”

With the regular season coming to a close, various players on the Bears received honors. Brand and Rebecca Rotello were each named first-team all-UAA. Freshman Colleen Winter was named second-team all-UAA, and sophomore Katie Quinn and senior Julie Suellentrop earned honorable-mention honors.

Add all this talent together, and you have a sixth-ranked Bears team loaded with the right people to bring home yet another national championship.

Despite their talent, this season has showed the Bears that if they do not play their best, they can be beaten. The goal now is to make sure the Bears play their best in the NCAA tournament to win the national championship.

Luenemann said, “During the last two weeks we did give them more time to rest.” Now that the Bears are rested, they need to stay sharp. According to Luenemann, “Right now that the midterms are done, we hope to have quality practices. We have a little bit of time but we don’t want to be stagnant.”

No matter how many spikes or digs the Bears do in practice, nothing substitutes for competition. The Bears plan on having some alumni come in for the Bears to practice against.

While they want to be as prepared as possible, Luenemann said, “we can’t really watch six or seven hours of tape for one team because every match is important.”

However, the Bears’ track record shows, that their goal of a national championship is legitimate.

Founder’s Cup returns to St. Louis

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Daniel Peterson

Two great teams, two great head coaches, two explosive offenses, but only one Founder’s Cup. Something had to give.

The Founder’s Cup commemorates the first-ever University Athletic Association football game, played in 1987 between Washington University and the University of Chicago. Each year, the Founder’s Cup goes to the school that wins the annual showdown.

Last year, WU lost to the Maroons in a 12-9 heartbreaker that came down to the game’s final play, so this year the Bears’ sights were set on bringing the Cup back to its rightful home. And they managed to do so, surviving a last-minute scare to walk away with a dramatic victory.

Holding onto a 21-17 lead in the closing minute of the game, WU was forced to punt one last time from their own 20-yard line. The Maroons returned the punt all the way to the Bears’ 13-yard line with 14 seconds left to play.

The next three plays were something for the history books. On first down, Chicago quarterback Josh Dunn misfired on a sideline route intended for his favorite target, Brain Gutbrod, and the Francis Field crowd exhaled.

The next pass was a crossing pattern to Gutbrod who appeared to make a sliding catch in the end zone. The UC bench erupted, but the referees signaled that he had trapped the ball and it was an incomplete pass.

The Bears were granted one more lease on life, and there was no way they were going to let this one slip away. On the final play of the game, Dunn scrambled under pressure and overthrew his target as time expired.

The Bears stormed the field and began to celebrate their second outright UAA title in the last three years. The players can now look ahead to next week at Colorado College, where a victory would give them a good shot at making the Division III playoffs.

But for this day, the rivalry between WU and Chicago eclipsed all else. Coach Larry Kindbom, wearing a baseball cap reading: “HOME OF THE FOUNDER’S CUP,” put it best when he said, “We like it to be here.”

WU started out the game strong, scoring on their first two possessions of the game. Sophomore standout running back Bobby Collins, Jr. danced into to end zone untouched just five minutes into the game to put the Bears on top, 7-0. The talented Collins has already set the Bears single-season rookie rushing record and needs 180 yards next week in WU’s final game to break the all-time single-season rushing record.

On the first play of WU’s next drive, senior quarterback Brian Tatom launched a crisp, 54-yard spiral to Jim Donley, who hauled in the pass for a touchdown. This score would spark a career day for the senior Donley, who finished with seven catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

Before time could expire on the first quarter, the Bears threatened again from the UC 11. Tatom threw a perfect fade to Donley in the corner of the end zone, but the play was called back due to offensive pass interference. Two plays later, Donley scored on the same pattern from Tatom, with the play going for 25 yards this time.

It looked like the Bears were on the verge of another rout, reminiscent of last week’s 46-0 drubbing of Rochester. But the offense slowed down in the second quarter and was unable to put any points on the board.

WU’s stingy run defense, lead by senior James Molnar, held strong in allowing a measly two rushing yards in the first half. The Bears entered the locker room with a 21-3 lead and the game seemingly in hand.

In the third quarter, the Chicago offense finally began to look like the same offense that had been putting up a Rams-esque 442 yards a game in total offense this season. Dunn began the rally with a five-yard touchdown pass to Jim Raptis. After several costly turnovers by the Bears, UC tailback Aaron Carlockpunched it into the end zone from one yard out to make it 21-17 in favor of WU. The momentum had suddenly and decisively shifted to UC and their maroon-hot offense.

With the game, the Founder’s Cup and the UAA title on the line, the Bears’ defense made like Orgo II and got real tough. The defensive line put pressure on Dunn, forcing him to overthrow many passes as he scrambled for his life.

The secondary also turned in an inspired and gutsy performance, epitomized by senior cornerback Nate Phillips, who has had more knee surgeries than the bionic man, and Chicago tried to victimize him all day by throwing to his side of the field. Yet seemingly every time it mattered, Phillips or one of his secondary-mates would come up with the big play.

Higher learning in Holmes Lounge

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Staff Editorial

The September 11th Coalition for Justice and Peace has shown Washington University’s students the increased effectiveness of organizations that successfully integrate professors and students in a single campus group. Professors, deans, and administrators should follow the Coalition’s lead and both get involved in current student organizations and start their own.

In most high schools, teachers are the bridge between the students and the administration. Messages of school-wide events, lectures, and even college counseling are distributed by the network of teachers. But currently at WU, students, administratiors, and professors are three independent entities, and the burden is on the student to find out about campus events, even if the professors are involved in the programming. But college is new to all students, and many don’t know what they’re looking for, much less where to find it.

Professors should, simply based on their own personal interest or experience in a topic, not wait to be invited by an existing group to join in, but take their own initiative. This is not to say that students do not need to invite more professors to their events, but the September 11th Coalition has shown this community that the simple generational differences between students and professors provide dramatically different perspectives on the nature of war and patriotism. This difference exists on a range of issues, and a welcoming of professors into more student activities is necessary now.

An integration of professors into the student social and intellectual communities need not stop at discussion panels or activist groups. Increasing the involvement of the faculty fellows and the professors in residence on the South 40 will be fun and beneficial to the faculty and students alike.

Little steps like these would create an even greater intellectual community on campus. The knowledge and experience of professors aiding student groups and professors advertising in class for student activities which interest them will boost student attendance at campus events as well.

Of course, the greatest obstacle in the way of forming this intellectual community is simply the time constraints placed on professors. Between research, publishing, teaching, and all the other demands on one trying to reach tenure at a major university, there is little time to get involved with students more than required. But getting involved with students is not another full time job. A few activities a semester will make a world of difference: lunch with a class in Holmes Lounge, an open-door office policy, or a simple discussion after class brings professors to an appropriately accessible level.

This plea, then, is mostly aimed at the deans of the five undergraduate schools to allow professors the time to increase their interaction with students. So many other structures at WU were laid in place for this to be possible-class size, advising programs, even the layout of the dorm-but this is to no avail if students’ mentors are simply stretched too thin. Perhaps the shortest route to increasing both formal and casual interactions between students and professors would be placing greater weight on the amount a professor spends with students in his or her tenure consideration.

Study abroad program sees few changes

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Catherine A. Brown

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, five students have backed out of their plans to study abroad and no university study abroad programs have been cancelled, said Dr. Robert Booker, director of the Office of International Studies.

This year, one Washington University student is studying in the Middle East at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel. Two other students had planned to go to Israel next semester; one has recently decided to not go abroad at all, and the other chose to study in England instead.

Each year, WU sends students to England, Australia, Chile and Spain, and fewer students go to other places around the globe, said Booker.

Booker said he talked to a number of concerned parents and students about planned trips.

Jonthan Davis, a junior going to Kenya next semester, said he never questioned his decision to study abroad in the spring.

“At a time when being in America isn’t necessarily the safest place to be, why would I be worried about being in another country?” said Davis.

Amy Reahard, a sophomore traveling with the School of Art’s program to Florence, Italy, next semester, admitted that she is nervous, but confident that WU will ensure the safety of the students.

“I don’t think they’d send us over there if they knew that there might be a problem,” she said.

Both Reahard and Davis said their parents expressed concern about them going, but not enough to cancel their plans.

“My parents trust my judgment, so the only advice they gave me was to be safe,” Davis said. “They are somewhat scared about me going, but I believe they would have been regardless of the attacks or not.”

Booker sent out an e-mail announcing a pre-departure briefing for next semester’s study abroad students. The Office of International Studies regularly sponsors pre-departure briefing sessions for students planning a trip abroad, Booker said, but he thinks students this year will be especially attentive to hearing about safety precautions.

“We always recommend that students keep a low profile,” Booker said. “That means dressing like native students and no American flags on your backpacks.”

Professor of English Joseph Loewenstein, coordinator for students studying abroad in the United Kingdom, said his advice to students this year is just to proceed “warily and quietly.”

“That’s always the case, but it’s particularly important now,” said Loewenstein. “Some students think of study abroad as an occasion to cut loose, but that’s even more inappropriate now.”

Booker added that students considering study abroad for next semester must decide quickly because the longer they wait, the more likely they will encounter complications in billing policies, housing and course registration if they decide against the trip.

Proposed redrawing plan would move WU from Clay’s to Gephardt’s district

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Jennifer Chen

Washington University will move from Missouri’s first congressional district to the third district as a result of federal redistricting from the 2000 national census, if the state Court of Appeals passes the proposed plan.

The move from Representative William L. Clay’s (D) district to House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt’s (D) district shouldn’t affect most WU students who are not registered voters in Missouri.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census be taken every ten years, but according to the Census Bureau, the statistics have been used only since 1980 to “merge local voting behavior data with small-area census counts to create legislative districts with balanced populations.”

Redrawing district lines allows a more equitable distribution of voters among geographic boundaries, in accordance with the “one-person, one-vote” rule of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Missouri Democrats and Republicans were supposed to reach an agreement for a bipartisan redistricting plan by August 28, but because of lengthy discussions and failure to agree on where to draw lines, they missed the deadline. The redistricting plans now lie in the hands of Missouri’s Court of Appeals.

“Congressional incumbents want to see a new district plan that gives them a good chance of being re-elected,” said American Studies Professor Steven Smith. “Within the same party, there is tension between those who want to keep incumbents versus maximizing seats [in the House of Representatives].”

With the next congressional elections taking place in 2002, winning seats in the House will be crucial to maintaining or toppling the balance of power, since a switch of merely six seats will put the House in a Democratic majority.

Annual architecture party features cross-dressers and cold weather

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Sumitra Subramanyan

From the long lines, blistering cold wind and costumes, you could tell it was Bauhaus.

The cold Saturday night saw packs of scantily-clad people walking to the Brookings parking lot for the School of Architecture’s annual Halloween event. Walking into the tent, the atmosphere became warm and humid, as condensation dripped from the ceiling.

The crowd incorporated the usual assortment of barely-dressed women and cross-dressed men, including one sophomore male who wore a one-strap top and a skirt. Another wore just a T-shirt and boxers.

But sophomore Dylan Linkgelbach wore plastic size DD cleavage.

“Well, I cross-dressed last year, and I wanted something to spice it up this year,” he said.

Sophomore Dave Jurgens, on the other hand, chose to wear a little less-actually a lot less. For Bauhaus he wore only two big leaves, one in front and one in back. Party-goers quickly dubbed him “the naked guy.”

“It seemed the simplest yet most creative costume,” said Jurgens. “I did run into some problems. One girl ripped one of the leaves.”

Emmy Wohlgemuth came dressed as Bridgett Jones, clad only in leopard print bikini underwear, a sweater and tennis shoes, like Renee Zelwegger was dressed in the last scene of the movie.

“I almost didn’t do it because I didn’t think I would be brave enough, but at the last minute I was like whatever and got the guts to do it,” she said.

Outrageous costumes aside, the violent lines at the Johnny on the Spots and the cold weather opposed the happier vibe inside the tent.

For some, seeing popular local DJ Stan Doublin, a St. Louis house headliner, spin at the party was a surprise. In the past, Bauhaus planners hired TKO DJs to provide music; this year they hired KWUR, who brought Doublin.

Bill Bradley speaks at law school for Founder’s Day

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Rajas Pargaonkar

As a part of this year’s Founder’s Day festivities, the Washington University Alumni Association sponsored a question and answer session with former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley, a 2000 presidential candidate.

Following brief introductions by Chancellor Wrighton, SU President Justin Ragner and Marie Oetting, chairman of the Alumni Board of Governors, Bradley began a short speech before asking for questions from the student audience.

Senator Bradley’s opening comments focused on the political leadership of the country and later addressed the role of college students in politics, especially in his own presidential campaign, which drew large support on American campuses.

“I won every college town we ran in, but there were not enough college students,” said Bradley. “I did get a [positive] response from young people across the country because I was basically very candid about where we are in the country.”

Bradley’s closing remarks addressed prolematic areas of American society. Specifically, he focused on healthcare and child poverty as issues of great concern. He concluded his speech by discussing the role of politicians as representatives of the American people.

Aside from a small group of students-including heads of political organizations, student government, and media-who were given automatic invitations to the event, a lottery determined which students could attend the discussion, held at Anheiser-Busch Hall’s Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom.

While the organizers of the event had ten screened questions submitted by those with automatic invites to the event, Bradley simply took questions from the audience at large if a student raised his hand. Most of the prepared questions were not asked.

“During your time as senator, what do you feel has been your most important contribution?” asked Brian Shank, president of the College Republicans. Legislative initiatives, including the 1986 Tax Reform Act, Bradley said, had the most sweeping impact of his efforts.

Another student asked Bradley to explain and debate the reluctance of young people to get involved with politics, when there is a stigma attached to the profession. Bradley cited three factors undermining involvement: the overblown role of money in politics, national media that are generally “much too superficial and sensational,” and a lack of politicians who speak from core convictions.

Many questions addressed the recent terrorist attacks. When asked how he felt President George W. Bush was doing in responding to the tragedy, Bradley’s response was positive, while he added that Bush could “do more.”

“I think [Bush] is doing a good job, but it is too early to tell. The president did what he needed to do. He effectively mourned the loss of 6,000 Americans,” said Bradley.

Bradley, a native of Crystal City, Mo., and former basketball player for the New York Knicks, was in St. Louis to deliver the keynote speech at the Founder’s Day banquet which took place that night at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

Revised media guidelines spark debate

Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Tomer Cohen

The Washington University Office of Public Affairs’ (OPA) media guidelines have sparked controversy following the September 11 terrorist attacks, after a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter was denied access to a September 20 peace protest in the Brookings Quadrangle.

In letters and opinion-editorials appearing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Student Life during the last month, opponents of the policy have argued that the university administration is trying to curtail freedom of speech by not allowing media personnel onto campus without their approval.

During the September 20 protest-an assembly of approximately ten students-the Office of Student Activities asked the OPA to restrict media access to campus, upon the request of a group of students.

The current WU media guidelines stipulate that “reporters and television and radio news crews wishing to interview,

to photograph and/or videotape/broadcast on the WU campus must notify the Public Affairs’ office” and that “the areas in which photography/ taping/ broadcasting is allowed may be further restricted at the discretion of the Public Affairs office of the university


The guidelines also require that a member of the OPA must accompany all electronic media on campus and that campus police be informed of all electronic media crews coming on to campus.

A non-bylined editorial in the Post-Dispatch objected to the decision to bar media from a campus protest on the grounds that rather than promoting open discussion as a university should, the restriction of media access sent a signal that some ideas are too dangerous to be expressed.

WU junior Shawn Kumar and senior Amy Hill, both of whom have been active in campus protests, said they were worried that the guidelines allowed the university to limit media coverage at those events. WU

alumnus and former editor of Student Life Dorothy Brockhoff has written a letter to the

editors of the Post-

Dispatch voicing the same

concern. Fred Volkmann, vice chancellor for Public Affairs, disagreed, stating that the university’s media guidelines are for the protection of the WU community.

“[The WU policy] has to do with people

coming on the campus and appearing here in such a way that it could be perceived that they were entering places where they were not

supposed to be,” said Volkmann.

Besides citing the possibility of students being harassed by reporters, Volkmann

mentioned two reasons why the university should protect its students rather than letting them fend for themselves.

He pointed out that there are WU students who are not yet 18 and cannot legally make the decision to be interviewed if their parents don’t want them to do so. In addition, he said, having an open campus can cause security issues. Volkmann said it would be possible for criminals to pose as reporters in order to gain access to the campus.

He added that the restrictions were important in order to prevent the media from gaining access to sensitive faculty research areas.

The OPA guidelines have been in place for decades. After the protest, however, writers from the Post-Dispatch asserted the novelty of the entire policy.

Post-Dispatch columnist Jerry Berger wrote in his column that, “on-camera interviews with members of WU’s faculty may be scarcer and look a little more crowded if local news bosses abide by a new set of guidelines issued by the school’s press police.”

Volkmann said the misunderstanding arose because the Post-Dispatch did not have WU’s media guide.

Administrators did, however, revise the guidelines in late September, because they were ambiguous in their discussion of photographers access to campus. Volkmann also said that they made the revision to integrate the print and electronic media guidelines, which previously were separate. These revisions, however, did not affect the policy that affected the Post-Dispatch reporter at the September 20 protest.

“The only place where you have media surprise expressed was the Post-Dispatch because they didn’t have the guidelines,” said Volkmann. “They’ve never asked for them, and we’ve never had to send them. We’ve always had such good relations.”

Volkmann explained that other media sources weren’t surprised by the revision of the guidelines.


Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 | Marisa Wegrzyn