Archive for October, 2002

WU Sports Score Card

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Vikas Kotagal


Case Western Reserve vs Washington Univ. (October 26, 2002 at St. Louis, MO)

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Case Western Res 7 7 14 14 – 42 Record: (4-3)
Washington Univ 16 17 8 8 – 49 Record: (4-4)

Scoring Summary:
Time Team Scored By Description
1st 10:02 WU B. Duesing 11 yd pass
1st 08:54 CWR T. Penoyar 8 yd pass
1st 04:34 WU B. Lambert 28 yd field goal
1st 02:33 WU M. Plotke 18 yd run
2nd 11:10 WU B. Lambert 26 yd field goal
2nd 08:09 WU Z. Clark 12 yd pass
2nd 05:01 CWR D. Kallevig 3 yd pass
2nd 00:44 WU H. Hunter 3 yd run
3rd 11:28 CWR B. McDowell 1 yd run
3rd 04:09 WU A.C. Dike 11 yd run
3rd 01:35 CWR D. Kallevig 10 yd pass
4th 08:47 CWR B. McDowell 1 yd run
4th 04:28 WU N. Szep 11 yd run
4th 02:22 CWR D. Kallevig 6 yd pass

RUSHING:Case Western Reserve- McDowell, B. 13-31; Penoyar, Thomas 2-3; Grant, Eli 8- minus 5.Washington Univ.-Dike, A.C. 24-105; Plotke, Matt 13-66; Szep, Nathan 4-13; Heath, Hunter 4-10; Team 2-minus 4.

PASSING:Case Western Reserve- Grant, Eli 36-52-2-492; Cellura, Jason 0-1-0-0. WashingtonUniv.-Szep, Nathan 22-37-2-320 .

RECEIVING: Case Western Reserve- Cellura, Jason 10-187; Kallevig, David 10-120;McDowell, B. 5-57; Penoyar, Thomas 5-56; Baker, Jacob 3-41; Greer, Scott 3-31. Washington Univ.-Duesing, Brad 7-91; Friedman, Mike 4-94;Westra, Blake 3-54; Catto, Eric 3-48;Plotke, Matt 2-19;Clark, Zak 1-12; Armul, Scott 1-2.

Attendence: 2186
Upcoming Games: 11/2@Rochester

UAA Standings:

Name Wins Losses PCT
Carnegie Mellon 4 3 .571
Case Western 4 3 .571
Chicago 3 4 .429
Rochester 1 6 .143
Washington University 4 4 .5

Women’s Soccer:

Univ. of Rochester vs Washington Univ. (Oct 25, 2002 at St. Louis, MO)

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Univ. of Rochester 0 1 – 1 Record: (11-4-0)
Washington University 0 2 – 2 Record: (7-4-3)

Scoring Summary:
GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists
1. 51:40 UR K. Forsythe unassisted
2. 60:22 WU B. Harpole K. Jung
3. 69:29 WU K. Raess unassisted

Attendance: 165

Brandeis Univ. vs Washington Univ. (Oct 27, 2002 at St. Louis, MO)

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Brandeis University 0 0 – 0 Record: (7-7-1)
Washington University 0 1 – 1 Record: (8-4-3)

Scoring Summary:
GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists
1. 65:32 WU K. Jung unassisted

Attendance: 105

Upcoming Games:
10/30 vs Westminster
10/27 vs University of Chicago

Team Wins Losses Ties PCT
Brandeis 7 7 1 .500
Carnegie Mellon 9 4 2 .667
Case Western 11 5 1 .676
Emory 11 3 1 .767
NYU 10 3 3 .719
Chicago 12 3 1 .781
Rochester 11 5 0 .688
Washington 8 4 3 .633

Men’s Soccer:

Univ. of Rochester vs Washington Univ. (Oct 27, 2002 at St. Louis, MO)

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
U of Rochester 0 0 – 0 Record: (8-4-2)
Washington Univ. 0 1 – 1 Record: (7-6-1)

Scoring Summary:
GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists
1. 86:58 WU R. Weeks unassisted

Attendance: 185

Brandeis Univ. vs Washington Univ. (Oct 27, 2002 at St. Louis, MO)

Goals by period 1 2 OT Tot
Brandeis Univ. 0 0 1 – 1 Record: (10-6-1)
Washington Univ. 0 0 0 – 0 Record: (7-7-1)

Scoring Summary:
GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists
1. 94:18 BR D. Martignetti unassisted

Attendance: 175

Upcoming Games:
10/30 @ Illinois Wesleyan
11/2 vs University of Chicago


Team Wins Losses Ties PCT
Brandeis 10 6 1 .618
Carnegie Mellon 14 0 0 1.000
Case Western 2 13 0 .133
Emory 9 6 1 .594
NYU 10 6 1 .618
Chicago 9 5 1 .633
Rochester 9 4 2 .667
Washington 7 7 1 .500



Team Wins Losses PCT
WU 30 0 1.000
Emory 26 5 .839
Carnegie Mellon 21 9 .700
NYU 28 11 .718
Case Western 7 25 .219
Chicago 7 19 .269
Brandeis 8 15 .348
Rochester 12 16 .429

Upcoming Games: 11/1 vs Juniata @ Wittenberg (Springfield, Ohio)
11/2 vs Wittenberg and Mt. St Joesph @ Wittenberg (Springfield, Ohio)

Cross Country:

Upcoming Games:
11/2 @ UAA Championships (New York, NY)

20 Questions with Neil Kenner & Ari Rosenthal

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Vikas Kotagal
Alyssa Gregory

On October 17th, the freshman doubles tennis team of Neil Kenner and Ari Rosenthal finished 4th overall at the Omni Hotels Small College Tennis Doubles Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas. This week, they sat down with us and answered our volley of questions about such subjects as their humble beginnings, favorite movies, and that oh-so-hot female tennis player.

Q: What was your experience like playing in the Small College Tennis Championships last week?

AR: It was a great experience because we got see some top-notch competition. We realized that we can definitely compete with anybody in the country, both individually and as a team.

NK: We learned that even though we are one of the best in the nation and can compete with those guys, we’ve still got a lot of stuff to work on. For me personally, in the games that I am serving, it’s important to make more first serves and first volleys. simple things like that

Q: Were you two surprised by the success you had?

AR: To be honest, we were happy with the results, but we definitely thought we could have done even a little better.

Q: So it’s fair to say you have high expectations of yourself?

NK: We do. If you look at our match against Emory in the semis, I know we could have beaten them. Ari knows that too. It was the same with the 3rd and 4th place matches also. We really feel like we can beat them the next time. I think it was good to just see what they were like and see how we stack up.

Q: How are you guys planning on staying in playing shape over the winter?

AR: We definitely like to hit individually. Neil loves to lift, so I’ll be doing that occasionally with him.

Q: How did you get interested in tennis?

NK: Actually, the only reason I started playing tennis was because my friend’s mom wanted him to start playing and she didn’t want him to start by himself. So she got me to go with him. I ended up liking it, and I guess I started getting better.

Q: Singles or doubles?

NK: Well, we will both be paying singles in the spring, but any way we can help the team is good for us.

Q: What is it like being such a big part of the team’s success as freshman?

NK: It feels good to be able to contribute right away. Our team is so solid this year, it’s nice to be a part of it.

Q: Are there any professional tennis players that you model your own playing style after?

NK: I’ve kind of modeled my game after a couple different players. I try to fight and compete as hard as hell like Lleyton Hewitt does. But the way I hit the ball and start my points is more like the Spaniards, like [Carlos] Moya.

Q: What’s your second favorite sport?

AR: Definitely basketball for me. The Lakers, yeah they’re the s***. It’s all about Shaq and Kobe. nobody can touch them.

Q: What do you think about Mark Cuban? If you were on the Mavs, would you be cool with him shooting around on court before your game?

NK: I love him. He’s awesome, the best owner in the NBA. That would be cool. I respect that he wants to get out there with us.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to?

AR: I like everything pretty much. Phish is my favorite band, but I like everything from rap to classical music.

Q: What is your most memorable moment in tennis?

AR: Well there was one tournament, a really big sectional tournament in Southern California, where I had injured my shoulder a month before. So I had to train really hard and qualify in order to get into the main draw. I was playing really well, and I beat some high seeds in the tournament. It made realize that I definitely can compete with anybody if I set my mind to it.

Q:What are some of your favorite movies?

AR: I’d say “The Big Lebowski”, “American Beauty”, and “Bottle Rocket”. “American Beauty” really changed the way I look at my life and the daily routine I that I live. “The Big Lebowski” is just hilarious. The more I watch it, the more I appreciate it. “Bottle Rocket” is just pretty much a quirky sense of humor movie. You’ve got to watch it a few times; the first time I saw it I didn’t like it, but the more I’ve watched it, the more I’ve liked it.

Q: What do you want to do after college?

NK: I don’t know really. I guess I want to do something that deals with people, not numbers. not doing to well with the numbers right now. Something in the business world, you know. and marry a beautiful wife.

AR: Yeah my plan is to marry a rich wife.

Q: What do you think of St. Louis?

NK: I haven’t really had the chance to get out and explore the real city. But from what I’ve seen, I like it. I think it’s only going to get better.

Q: How good do you think your team can be this year?

NK: I think we can be one the best teams in the division. I’m going to do my part and I know Ari will too. The guys on the team have shown that they are all hard workers. If we can do that and peak at the right time, I think we’ve got a shot at winning it all.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, who would they be?

NK: Andre Agassi, definitely. He’s been through everything in all the stages of his career. He’s got so much wisdom. I would be nice to be able to talk to him about it. Then, probably Anna Kournikova. she’s hot, and that would make a sweet date. And third, I’d say Sylvester Stallone. He’s just a badass actor and “Rocky IV” is my favorite movie, so…

Q: What keeps you motivated?

NK: I love the competition. The heat of the battle; that’s what I love. Also, I love it when people come out and support us, because it gives me that much more of a reason to try hard. I definitely feed off the fans.

Q: So should the student body take that as a message?

NK: Yeah, definitely! Everyone should come out and watch. It’s also intimidating for the other guys, so that helps us out.

Women’s soccer: Bears wrap up undefeated weekend

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Daniel Peterson
Jeff Kahntroff/Student Life

Coming off tough losses to Emory University and McKendree College, the Washington University women’s soccer team got back to their winning ways this weekend with two key home UAA victories. First the Bears downed Rochester 2-1 and then took another nail biter from Brandeis 1-0.

On Friday, Rochester took an early lead thanks to a Karen Forsythe corner kick that eluded WU goalkeeper Charlotte Felber in the 51st minute. WU struck back when Brenda Harpole, assisted by Kelly Jung, slammed home her fifth goal of the season, past Yellow Jackets goalkeeper Sarah Malecki, in the 60th minute. Then at 69:29 Kim Raess punched in her seventh goal of the season off a 28-yard free kick to put WU up for good. The WU victory was impressive considering Rochester mustered 14 shots, forcing Felber to make seven saves.

With one victory in hand, the Bears faced off with Brandeis on Sunday, pestering Judges goalie Mari Levine with 21 shots. At 65:32, Kelly Jung finally scored on a corner kick that bounced off Levine to record her second goal of season. The lone goal was all the Bears and Felber needed to shut out Brandeis.

With two all-important UAA wins over the weekend, the Bears now look toward their last three home matches of the season against Westminster College, University of Chicago, and Webster University. The match with UAA rival University of Chicago on Saturday is the biggest. Chicago comes into the game at 4-1 with 13 points in the UAA and WU needs a victory to jump into third place in the UAA, leapfrogging Chicago.

The Friendly Confines

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Daniel Peterson

Maybe you’ve seen the Michael J. Fox movie “Secret of my Success.” It was a little comedy flick that came out way back in 1987. The premise of the movie was that Michael J. Fox’s character (Brantley Foster) was a lowly mailroom employee trying to “make it big” in New York City. He begins to ascend up the corporate ladder by pretending to be a high-level executive. A series of lightning-fast wardrobe changes and classic Michael J. Fox on-the-spot improvisation leads to his eventual transition into a successful businessman.

This movie got me thinking about success-not only in business, but in life, love, and most importantly sports.

What is success? Maybe it’s like Michael J. Fox teaches us-a state of mind. Maybe it’s telling ourselves that we are successful. Maybe it’s happiness, and maybe it’s wealth. It all depends on your personal point of view and professional frame of reference.

In sports, however, more often than not, the everlasting judgment of an athlete’s career comes down to one thing-championships. Did a guy win championships?

They don’t ask whether or not he toiled his butt off for 15 years against the most intense competition that exists anywhere in the world at a level achieved by less than five percent of his peers. They don’t ask if he turned around a franchise or a city. Who cares if he loved the game that he gave his life to? But instead, was he at the right place at the right time? Did the ball bounce the way it was supposed to bounce? Did Bill Buckner remember to put his glove all the way down?

To me, it’s a little bit like the billiards game 8-ball. You can dominate someone for an entire game (hours if you’re really bad), sink all but one of your balls long before your opponent, and then accidentally sink that pesky eight ball at the end and lose the whole game. An entire body of work forgotten. Dems da rules.

But is it really fair? I mean, you were golden all along. Dominant-but it just happened to fall apart at the end. Who would want to be judged by such standards? Try all professional athletes.

To me it’s a shame to look at players like Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Dan Marino, Barry Sanders, Cris Carter, Ken Griffey, Jr., Sammy Sosa, and even Barry Bonds-players that never have, and probably never will, win a championship in their distinguished careers. Those in the sports community will always refer to them as “never able to win the big one.”

No one can doubt the merits of their playing careers. Their numbers are set in stone. But when pundits rant and rave about the best of all time, it seems it will always come down to, “Yeah, but he never won the championship.”

Does it push Emmitt over Barry? Does it push Elway over Marino? David Robinson past Karl Malone? Though the numbers don’t always back it up, will being on the right team at the right time (or not) seal the legacies of these legends?

Which raises an entirely different kind of question. What about the lucky players? Is Robert Horry five times greater than Chris Webber? Is Derek Jeter four times the man of Nomar or ARod? Will the careers of Jeter and the like receive the seal of approval in the minds of fans and historians long before those of their less jewelry-laden brothers?

As if the aura of winning a championship weren’t already blown enough out of proportion, in recent years, free agency (and more closely free-spending general managers) has created the concept of the hired gun. A few examples? How about Jason Giambi, Ray Borque and just about any member of last year’s Detroit Red Wings. These are players rescued from clubs that don’t have a shot of winning, and plunked right into the heat of a playoff race. If they’re lucky, these stars-for-lease walk away hoisting a trophy, confident that their careers are finally complete.

But what joy in jumping ship? I find it far more respectable when a player sticks to his roots, or at least plays for a team for several consecutive seasons. Then, when the team becomes good it is because of him, not because he was the final piece in a multi-million dollar jigsaw puzzle.


But I digress… with the value of a championship degraded by the high liquidity of today’s free agent markets and the fortunate situations that some players are lucky enough to be born into, I believe “winning the big one” is somewhat overrated.

Don’t get me wrong, if you choke in every big playoff game… ehemm… Biggio… Bagwell… then some criticism is merited, but taking a team to the playoffs consecutively for a decade and always being among the league leaders in your respective field? Come on, that’s enough for greatness, baby.

It’s a team sport, and there’s only so much that one man can control (unless your name is MJ). Sports, like life, are all about the journey and not the destination… even though it may be nice if you do finally get there.

So what if you accidentally sink the eight ball?

Roberts combines brains and brawn

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Daniel Peterson
Alyssa Gregory

Senior middle linebacker Brandon Roberts has received yet another accolade to go along with captain, team leader and All-American.

Last Monday, Roberts was selected as a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete for 2002. This is the most prestigious academic award given in football to a college senior student-athlete. The award will provide Roberts with a postgraduate scholarship in the amount of $18,000.

“They don’t really put a number on how many kids get the award,” said head coach Larry Kindbom. “It’s based on athletic ability and academics. They are looking for great players and great students, too.”

Roberts, a biomedical engineer, is the first Washington University student-athlete to receive this distinction since 1996, when another engineer and fellow linebacker, Brad Klein, was honored.

In the past, the award has gone to such college football greats as Peyton Manning, Brian Griese and the Rams’ own Grant Wistrom.

“It’s easy to say, ‘Well, Brandon’s not in Division I,’ but I think that at our level, he has impacted the game every bit as much as Peyton did at Division I,” Kindbom said. “That’s why it’s neat company. It’s impressive to see the other people there.”

Roberts will be honored at The Foundation’s 45th Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

WUWU works hard, has fun

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Aaron Wolfson
Courtesy of WUWU

A small group of guys and girls casually tossing a Frisbee on the Swamp is the experience that most students have with the game of Ultimate Frisbee. They play every once in a while with friends for some fun and a little bit of exercise. But for the Washington University Women’s Ultimate team (WUWU), playing Ultimate Frisbee is so much more.

Besides having one of the coolest acronyms, WUWU is also one of the hardest-working teams in all of WU sports. Although the team is technically a club sport, it practices three times a week and spends as much time working on its craft as many varsity sports. The type of Ultimate that WUWU plays should not be mistaken for the casual weekend game that many enjoy.

“Competitive Ultimate is very different,” said senior co-captain Suzanne Wikle. “It’s more organized. With all the strategy, and different offenses and defenses such as person-to-person and zone, it’s much more complicated.”

Some other features of competitive Ultimate include specific field dimensions and seven players per team in the game at one time. Unlike most sports, however, there are no referees. Players do everything possible to avoid contact and intentional fouls against the other team. Amazingly, this wrinkle does not detract from the intensity of the game at all, and it allows the game to be truly about the players involved and their abilities, including those dozens of diving catches and leaping blocks.

The competitive element of WUWU is evident in the team’s practices, which begin with light jogging to warm up. The practice intensity quickly escalates, as the team will usually work hard on its throwing skills and then proceed to hone some other segment of its game that needs improvement. WUWU even has a coach, further proving that this is no ordinary club team. Kamile Yu, a medical student who played Ultimate at Stanford, comes to most of the team’s practices to help out. Another source of leadership is Wikle and her co-captain, fellow senior Cat Cheng. “It’s hard to put her contribution into words,” said Wikle. “Cat is just so uplifting and encouraging.”

The team’s strong work ethic starts at the top, and it serves WUWU well when it heads off to a tournament. “We travel quite a lot, usually three weekends per semester,” said Wikle. “Fortunately we don’t miss any class, but it takes up a whole weekend.”

Normally WUWU brings about 12 people along to tournaments, but around 17 are expected to trek to Arkansas for this weekend’s tournament, which will be the largest team the club has ever taken on the road. Its first tournament this year took place in Madison, Wisconsin in early October. The team spends most of its time on the road together, including the customary parties on Saturday nights.

Regardless of skill, all members of WUWU share one common trait: a love for Ultimate. “Most people don’t realize that everyone who joins the team is clueless at first,” Wikle said. “Even though we’re competitive, we’re still a club sport. We spend a lot of time teaching and recruiting members. Everyone is welcome to join, especially if you love to play.”

Bears win an old-fashioned shootout

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Matt Henley
Jeff Kahntroff/Student Life

The Washington University Bears football team won its second UAA game in a row on Saturday, out shooting the Case Western Reserve Spartans 49-42. The Spartans, who came into the contest with the nation’s number-two ranked offense, were beaten at their own game by a Bears team that made just enough plays to hold off a second half Spartan comeback.

The Bears maintained a balanced offensive attack by throwing for 320 yards and running for 190 en route to their most impressive offensive performance of the season. Despite quarterback Eli Grant’s UAA records for passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns, the Spartans were unable to overcome a 19-point halftime deficit. Grant completed 36 passes on 52 attempts for four touchdowns and 492 yards while at the helm of a potent no-huddle offense.

“We were prepared for the base no huddle, and I though we did a great job with that one part of it,” said head coach Larry Kindbom. “Obviously, we don’t want teams to get a lot of yards on us. The more snaps they have, the more opportunities they are going to have to make plays. We did what we wanted to do, which was shut down the running game.”

The Bears offense got hot early as freshman quarterback Nathan Szep found freshman wideout Brad Duesing for an 11-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. After Case Western answered, a field goal and a blocked punt by freshman Joe Rizzo lead the Bears to the a 16-7 first quarter lead.

It was indeed a day for the freshman class to shine.

“[The freshmen] are contributing, but one thing with freshman is that they contribute both ways – good news and bad news. It’s a strong class, and all the freshmen are not even accounted for yet,” Kindbom said.

“The greatest difference in an athlete’s life is between freshman and sophomore years. What you’re seeing this year is kind of a smidgeon of what some of those guys are capable of doing. When they come back as sophomores, you can tell the ones that have elevated themselves, the ones that know what playing college football is all about,” Kindbom said.

The second quarter was much of the same, as the Bears offense controlled the ball for the majority of the first half. Following a Ben Lambert field goal and another Szep touchdown pass to junior wideout Zak Clark, the Bears were able to march down the field in the final minute to punch in another touchdown and take a commanding 33-14 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Spartan offense began to find its rhythm. On their opening drive, Case Western’s running back Brandon McDowell began to find some holes in the Bears defense and eventually put one into the end zone. However, freshman running back A.C. Dike, filling in for the injured Matt Plotke, answered for the Bears as he made some nifty cuts through the Spartan defense on an 11-yard touchdown run.

The Spartans mounted an impressive comeback as Eli Grant threw two touchdowns to close the gap to 41-35 with just under five minutes to play.

The Bears had several sustained drives into the redzone that came up empty due to missed field goals, and the miscues almost cost them the game.

“I attribute everything back to me in that situation,” said Kindbom. “Our practice situation and my practice organization have not put our team in that situation enough times in practice, and that’s where you get good. What you see on Saturday afternoon is a reflection of what you’ve done during the course of the week. It would be unfair to say our players were unable to convert on those field goals or point after attempts because we have not spent the time in practice in heated, pressurized situations trying to put the ball into the endzone.”

However, on the most important drive of the game, Szep took the Bears down to the Spartan 11-yard line and then scrambled into the end zone on a broken play to put the game away.

The two teams combined for over 1,000 yards and 91 points, the most points ever scored in a WU game. Despite giving up 492 passing yards and 42 points, the Bears defense made some critical plays, which included four forced turnovers. Joe Rizzo led the charge with four tackles, a blocked punt, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Although the team still has much room for improvement, it boasts a 2-0 UAA record and, due to having only four conference games on the schedule, it is on pace for yet another UAA title. The Bears will play at University of Rochester this Saturday before coming home to play Carnegie Mellon in the season finale on November 9th.

Spectrum serves WU

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Jonathan D. Waller

I have followed with increasing interest the opinions relating to the purpose and nature of Spectrum Alliance. I am disheartened to see the organization accused of marginalizing any group of people, but more specifically the GLBT population itself. In columns written by Mr. Chris Berresford and Mr. Sean Phillips, specific allegations were made regarding Spectrum’s attitude towards the campus community. It is my desire to refute those claims and to reiterate that Spectrum’s sole purposes are those of advancing the GLBT community and fostering its ties to the student body.

Spectrum Alliance is an organization founded on the tenets of respect and inclusiveness for all. The charter of the group is set up in such a way to allow it to adapt to the needs and desires of its members at any given time. Thus, Spectrum’s programming is always a direct reflection of the members that comprise the group. Since its inception, the club has encouraged members and guests alike to make their own contribution to the programming by offering them an open forum through which to voice their opinions.

I find that I must dissent with Mr. Berresford’s view that Spectrum Alliance “contributes to the marginalization of gays on this campus.”

In the first place, it is terribly unfair to base one’s opinion of a group of people upon the perception of one comparatively insignificant event: in this case, the Big Gay Picnic. The breadth of services that Spectrum offers to the university community is far-reaching, including supporting AIDS research and awareness, promoting safer sex, fostering the Safe Zones program, and offering advising to questioning students. In recent years, the organization has dealt hands-on with topics such as coming-out issues at home and on campus, activism, our role in the political arena, and the promotion of the general welfare of GLBT students. To focus unnecessary negative attention on what was intended to be a lighthearted social event is to undermine the group’s many undeniably positive effects.

Secondly, and perhaps more significantly, no one’s rights or privileges should be abridged just because we do not find them palatable. Indeed, providing for the free exchange of ideas and knowledge is what makes Washington University the excellent institution that it is. If someone wants to wear a shirt proclaiming their gay pride, it is within their rights as a citizen-much in the same way others would choose not to do so. To imply any wrongdoing of that person is censorship in its purest form. I concur that the majority of gay people wish to lead ‘normal’ lives, but how we define normality is an individual expression.

The leadership of any campus group is faced with the challenge of creating dynamic and exciting programming that will not only satisfy the needs of its members, but also advance the group’s cause in the eyes of outsiders. This is an arduous task for the most veteran of student leaders, and Spectrum’s current leadership, despite being newly installed, is doing a commendable job of balancing social and outreach activities. Further, Spectrum has always funded special interest groups that cover issues important to its membership; these have included such diverse arenas as political activism, topics in coming out, and expanding the straight-ally community.

Spectrum Alliance is a well-rounded student group organized by well-intentioned people who genuinely care about the prosperity of the students they serve. I implore the student body of WU to ignore the hype and ill-informed opinions surrounding this threadbare controversy and to focus instead on the positive, tangible benefits Spectrum affords the community as a whole.

Reconsidering rape

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Margaret Bauer

I think that Colette Sims’ column “Stand Against Assault” (Oct. 25), while well intended, falls short of its ideal of fomenting change on the Washington University campus. Sure, activists can feel confident that they are definitely “doing something” to “raise awareness” about the problem of rape on campus. After all, campus-wide solidarity days and purple ribbons are visible symbols of action. Yet these gestures are not enough; something is missing in such an approach.

The problem to be addressed with rape is not rape itself but the conditions that are present prior to rape’s occurrence. Yes, lofty ideals of “awareness” are wonderful, but we all know that (many of) the same people who put on purple ribbons in the morning-generally because their friends do-go to depersonalized, alcohol-laden parties that night, where conditions are conducive to rape. That’s the problem I find with purple ribbons, flyers, and other handouts: they’re merely symbolic. Wearing a purple ribbon does not stop rape. Rape is personal and occurs when individuals are not in control of themselves or the situation they’re in. (For my purposes I’m disregarding “fringe cases,” those that could be considered either consensual or rape, depending upon which party is asked.) Sims briefly mentions the alcohol culture behind rape, but I think she underestimates its importance in influencing action. Action is what truly matters. One’s set of beliefs is measured in terms of his or her actions, not high-minded statements.

Additionally, I find Sims’ statement that 86 percent of rape victims “knew the perpetrator” to be misleading. Statistics can show many things, depending upon how questions are asked. The term “knowing the perpetrator” doesn’t necessarily mean that (if you’re a female) your guy friends are going to rape you. Generally, people you don’t know so well, with whom you feel an alcohol-induced false sense of familiarity, are those most likely to make unwelcome advances or commit the act of rape. The feeling that one knows someone else is highly subjective. Psychological studies have shown that the more often you see someone, the greater the corresponding feeling that you “know” them. Some guy you see in the hallway, for instance, on the way to the shower every morning may become familiar to you, despite the fact that you might never have had a real conversation with him. You may even wave to him as you pass after a while, just because his face is familiar. That false sense of “knowing” someone occurs often, and it’s not a problem until alcohol or other perception-altering drugs enter the picture.

Rape is a universal problem occurring across political boundary lines. One can be liberal, conservative, or anywhere on the continuum in between in matters of politics and personal beliefs yet still drink and take part in the culture that supports rape. I’d like to argue that the hands-off approach to alcohol on the WU campus, a hallmark of the liberal influences that pervade the university, contributes greatly to alcohol consumption and, in turn, the incidence of rape. There is a difference between being a conservative and taking a conservative attitude towards things like alcohol. Conservatism is equated with prudish, frumpy naysayers-yet a conservative stance on alcohol is not the same thing at all. I am not a conservative by any means, yet I recognize the value of a conservative approach in many instances. Alcohol is, after all, illegal for the majority of students living on campus. My point is that even slightly more conservative alcohol policies would help curb the occurrence of rape-related problems more than ribbons and idealistic words will.

Lately, however, while reading the paper, I’ve noted the backlash against Bernell Dorrough’s call for halting the sale of cigarettes on campus. Many of WU’s enlightened students have, in splendid reactionary fashion, labeled him paternalistic and fascist. I’m sure similar criticism could be leveled against me for my statements. The solutions others have proposed in lieu of tougher tobacco policies could likewise cover alcohol. Self-restraint and self-control, the epitome of individualistic ideals, seem like they might work. Yet I doubt the efficacy of these “solutions” to smoking and I don’t think they would be of much use regarding alcohol.

Some would say that at least students are illegally drinking and being raped by people who live on campus, as opposed to scary people from surrounding neighborhoods. That, too, is a point, yet it sidesteps the issue of peer rape. I doubt that purple ribbons, individual restraint, and lofty ideals can cause change more effectively than simply reducing tolerance of alcohol on campus.

Prospective freshmen present serious problems

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002 | Cory Schneider

Pre-Frosh. Prospie. PF.

Dress it up with euphemisms all you like, but you can never obscure the evil that emanates from the whole debacle of hosting of prospective freshmen. Continually, I find that Washington University is plagued by undergraduate wannabes who wear fa‡ades of eagerness that thinly veil their malevolence. Thus, I propose to enumerate the various forms these nefarious freeloaders can take during their sinful sojourns on our campus and in our rooms.

Prospective freak. There is noticeably no screening process, no system of checks and balances, that ensures our safety as emissaries. For all we know, these kids could be crazed killers or maniacal kleptomaniacs, and they are unleashed upon unwitting, open-armed students. Who is to say that these people are not going to murder or sexually harass me while I am unsuspectingly slumbering (if I can even achieve that-see below)? I just hope that “raging psychopath” is a good enough reason to cite when evaluating why a “PF” should not be considered for admission to WU. In fact, there could be a network of individuals who move from campus to campus-like licentious locusts-seeking out lodging and free meals at the expense of a kindly ambassador’s meal points plan.

Prospective foe. Much is to be said for the personality disorders present in so many of the pernicious parasites that come each year. With intention, they alienate our friends and loved ones with their cool demeanors and unwillingness to facilitate friendly conversation. They come chock full of attitude and spite-and why, we do not know. They shoot looks of death for reasons mysterious to us and then expect that we will still embrace them despite their apparent disdain. By one account, one of these individuals was taken by an ambassador to “hang out” in a friend’s room during that said ambassador’s class. When introduced to this friend, the “PF” (names have been changed to protect the. wait, I would not put “innocent” and “PF” in the same sentence) simply replied, “Oh.” He then proceeded to stare blankly at a wall for several hours in a comatose state that belied the criminal currents that ran violently through him.

Prospective folly. Forget visiting educational institutions. These kids should be taking a trip to their local Alcoholics and/or Narcotics Anonymous meeting. These lushes and druggies clearly are legal liabilities. The story of a PF violently convulsing after a night of binge drinking and god-knows-what has become all too common. They claim they are still testing out their “limits,” but I think that the only appropriate limits would be the restraints of a crisp white bed in a sanitarium. We must not confuse their wide eyes for excitement about the possibilities of the future: they are merely motivated by an insatiable need to join the conga line to the veritable buffet of beer and the like that they believe the “college life” promises them. The silly fools probably think that it is some sort of honor to be the target of a “fist full of fives” call. I’d like to give them a fist, but one that isn’t full of fives-that’s for sure.

Prospective frustration. When I hear from my roommate that a PF will be residing in my domain, a few words come to mind: horror, headache, and homicide. I have now come to expect a lack of sleep whenever my room will be subjected to the likes of a bizarre boarder. Just recently, a child who was possibly the world’s most terrible sleeper was shacked up on my futon for a night. Oh sure, it all started out just peachy, with his unwashed and unkempt hair contaminating the coordinating pillows I had bought just weeks prior. It was fine, of course, until the whimpering began-a whimpering that begat a moan, which begat a banshee-like cry. All of this was accompanied by relentless ramblings that pertained to dreams that even Sigmund Freud would not dare analyze. I drew the line at his random outburst (at 4:23 in the morning) of “Give me the Cocoa Puffs experience!” I mean, honestly, was this kid serious? I was moved not only to sedate him but also to see to it that he never get a letter from WU that resembled anything other than “We regret to inform you..”

Prospective friend. Maybe, though, I am overlooking the possibility that somewhere amidst the endless barrage of bad eggs, there exists a PF or two that is worthy of respect and a positive recommendation. Yes, perhaps somewhere in this infinite universe there exists such a being-the sort of person with whom we would normally associate.

Preposterous foolishness, you say? Possibly (un)feasible, you scoff? Please. The chances are about as likely as my little cereal killer receiving a good reference: plainly fantasy.