Archive for November, 2003

Both teams dominate field at Thanksgiving Invitational

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Matt Goldberg

The men’s and women’s swim teams both had banner weekends in the Washington University Thanksgiving Invitational. The women’s team took first place honors in a field of six teams and the men’s squad scored second out of seven teams.

On the women’s side sophomore Tracey Hendrickson took home first place honors in the 500-yard Freestyle and the 200-yard Butterfly. On the men’s side sophomore Eric Triebe won the 50-yard Freestyle and James Prescott took top honors in the 1650-yard Freestyle

“It felt so great to go fast again,” said sophomore Jenny Scott, who won the 200 Free and placed second in the 500 Free. “Swimming those times would have made me happy even if I had not been injured for the first half of the season. Plus it was awesome to see everyone swimming so well at this meet as a whole. I think this shows that we are ready to take on the Depauw Invite head on, and hopefully come away not only winning the meet, but with some national qualifying standards as well.”

Sophomore Alex Antilla, who recorded two personal bests in the 50 Free and the 200 Butterfly, said “Everyone swam great. It is really hard to swim well two days in a row, and a lot of people showed a lot of strength swimming both the 200 Medley and the 200 Freestyle Relays, plus the 400 Individual Medley or the 1,650 (mile) Free in the final session. We have just started our resting period, so everyone swimming a little better is exactly what should be happening. This intensity of this weekend’s swims is a great sign going into big meet.”

Bears fall to Wittenberg in finals

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Joe Ciolli
Bernell Dorrough

Coming into the season, Bears junior guard Barry Bryant knew that it was his turn to be one of his team’s impact players. Stuck on the bench behind five senior starters last year, Bryant saw limited action as a substitute.

But now that all five seniors are gone, Bryant now finds himself thrust into the spotlight. And based on his performance this past weekend at the Wittenberg Kiwanis Tip Off Tournament, he’s ready for it.

After his team fell behind 12-0 in their first game against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Bryant took the game over, scoring seven consecutive points. Back in the game but trailing for much of the first half, the Bears finally inched ahead 37-36 right before halftime on a Bryant jump shot.

At that point, the Bears never looked back en route to an impressive 83-78 victory. Bryant turned in the most impressive line, shooting 8 of 11 from the field and 9 of 12 from the free throw line, good enough for a career-high 26 points. In addition to his scoring, Bryant recorded five steals, four rebounds and three assists.

Also turning in double-digit scoring performances were junior shooting guard Rob Keller (18 points) and sophomore guard Scott Stone (11 points).

With the win against Platteville, the Bears advanced to the championship game of the Kiwanis Tip Off against 22nd-ranked Wittenberg. Facing a Wittenberg team that moved into the polls this season after finishing the 2002-03 season unranked, the Bears knew they were in for a challenge. Sure enough, they found themselves in a hotly-contested game.

After an even first half that contained six lead changes, the two teams found themselves tied at 35 going in halftime. In the second half the lead swung another three times before Wittenberg finally pulled away, taking home a 74-69 victory.

Senior forward Ryan DeBoer led the Bears in the scoring department, pouring in 14 points. Also in double figures were Keller (13 points) and sophomore Mike Grunst (11 points).

Although the game was fairly even throughout, Wittenberg dominated the Bears inside, outscoring the team 32-18 in the paint, including 22 in the second half. Getting to the free throw line also proved to be a daunting task for the Bears, who only made three free throws to Wittenberg’s 13.

Now with a record of 1-1, the Bears return to action tomorrow night at home against Webster University. With only two days off between games, the Bears will have little time to make adjustments from the Wittenberg game. But if their performance last season suggests anything, the Bears will be able to bounce back.

Hawkins & co. take Tip-Off title

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Jeff Novack
Bernell Dorrough

The Washington University women’s basketball team opened their season in impressive fashion, cruising through two games to capture the title at the Illinois-Wesleyan University Tip-Off Tournament.

The Bears’ first win of the season and tournament, over DePauw, marked the thirteenth straight time the Bears have led off the season with a victory.

In their opening game against DePauw, the Bears utilized a stifling defense to control the game throughout. They ultimately won the game 69-56 while holding DePauw to 32.8% shooting. In the game, the Bears jumped out to a 15-8 lead early on before DePauw rallied to close within two towards the end of the first half. A three pointer by junior Hallie Hutchins would give the Bears a 34-29 lead at the close of the first half.

The Bears picked up right where they left off in the second half of the game. They opened the second half with seven unanswered points and never allowed DePauw to come back. The Bears led DePauw for all but two minutes of the game. Senior guard Lesley Hawkins paced the Bears with 19 points on 8 for 14 shooting while adding five rebounds. Sophomore Kelly Manning contributed 11 points on equally sharp 4-7 shooting. Senior center Suzy Digby led the team with 6 rebounds. Overall, the Bears shot 44.1% from the field while out-rebounding DePauw 48-33.

With the win, the Bears went on to face Illinois Wesleyan in the title game. While the opponent changed, the Bears’ formula for success was the same-stingy defense and accurate shooting. The Bears defeated Illinois Wesleyan by the score 81-65 and limiting their opponent to 38.8% shooting. The Bears shot a blistering 52.5% for the game.

Three Bears scored in double figures in the rout with Senior Lesley Hawley leading the way with a career high 22 points. Hawley connected on all four of her three point attempts in the game. Manning was again second in scoring with 16 points. Displaying an all around game, Manning also pitched in with five rebounds and a team high six assists. Digby was also in double figures with 10 points. Brooke Bailey led Illinois Wesleyan in scoring with 17 points.

The Bears, who are currently ranked third in the nation, will look to improve their record to 3-0 as they take on Webster University this Tuesday at the Washington University Field House at 6pm.

Illinois Wesleyan Univ. Tip-Off Tournament

Friday, Nov 21 at Bloomington, IL.
Depauw Univ. 29 27 56
Washington Univ. 34 35 69
Points: Lesley Hawley (19)

Saturday, Nov 22 Bloomington, IL.
Illinois Univ. 35 30 65
Washington Univ. 50 31 81
Points: Lesley Hawley (22)
Assists: Kelly Manning (6)

Fire alarm response low

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Kristin McGrath
Bernell Dorrough

Nearly four years ago, a 4:30 a.m. dorm fire at Seton Hall University caused the deaths of three students. This tragedy followed 18 consecutive false alarms within 4 months.

A late-night false alarm comes as an unwelcome wake-up call for students hard at work or getting a few precious hours of sleep, but a lack of response to alarms is a cause of concern among students and Washington University officials.

Sophomore Jie Wang was awakened by a recent early-morning false alarm.

Although annoyed, safety concerns caused her to join the rest of her building’s residents outside.

“If I didn’t [leave], what if it was real?” said Wang.

Wang added that she understands why other students might hesitate to evacuate.

“Alarms go off so often, and every time they go off, it’s because someone’s making popcorn,” said Wang. “But I wanted to be safe, because I thought no one would be making popcorn at 4:00 a.m.”

According to University Safety Coordinator Paul Landgraf, the recent false alarms have had various causes, including steam from a shower, a bag of burnt popcorn and an activated fire alarm pull station.

“There are always those people who choose not to take fire alarms seriously or hesitate to leave a building when a fire alarm goes off,” wrote Landgraf in an email to Student Life. “Fortunately, this is a small percentage of the student population.”

According to Landgraf, the fire drills that took place at the beginning of the year went well overall.

“In all but one or two buildings, most students evacuated in less than three minutes, which is very good,” wrote Landgraf.

Not leaving when an alarm is sounded has legal consequences, according to Landgraf.

“It is against the law and local city ordinance for people not to respond to a fire alarm and obstruct the operation of fire department or police department personnel,” wrote Landgraf. “This is because it not only puts themselves at risk, but the police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who respond to fires, as they may have to perform search and rescue because someone chose not to leave a building.”

Senior Jason Kenny, a residential advisor, noticed that some of his building’s residents did not leave during a recent false alarm.

“I really thought about not going outside,” said Kenny. “There were a lot of people who didn’t leave. It was really cold outside that night.”

Senior Melissa Woolls is an RA in another building where a false alarm sounded early in the morning.

“I know my whole floor went down, but I’ve heard that some slept through it,” said Woolls. “Some people were a little upset [about having to leave], but it’s not a weekly occurrence, so it’s not a huge deal.”

According to University Chief of Police Don Strom, hesitation to evacuate is present not just among students in dorms, but also among other people who use academic buildings throughout campus.

“I think we all have to make the assumption that when the alarm goes off that some sort of threat has been recognized,” said Strom. “Unfortunately [lack of response] is part of the problem that occurs by having false alarms…people become less conscientious.”

Not leaving a building immediately can have tragic consequences.

“I remember situations during which people didn’t heed the warning of the alarm, and the fire spread so quickly that the small window they had to get out of the building evaporated,” said Strom.

Sophomore Amin Shazly shares this concern.

“It worries me to think that when people hear a fire alarm, they’ll think it’s one of those [false alarms] and not leave the building,” said Shazly.

According to Landgraf, a cautious attitude toward alarms is vital to fire safety.

“Getting to that mindset takes many different things to occur,” said Landgraf. “The University tries to address them through education programs, training sessions and asking each student to get out and stay alive when fire alarms go off.”

Forum explores relationships that hit the skids

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Sarah Kliff

Uncle Joe’s Peer Counseling and S.A.R.A.H. came together Wednesday night to give information and offer advice on what to do when the pain of love is due to more than heartache. The groups co-sponsored a panel discussion entitled “When Love Hurts: A Forum on Unhealthy Relationships,” to increase awareness of relationship problems on campus.

“Abusive relationships at college don’t get talked about a lot,” said Jami Ake, S.A.R.A.H.’s advisor and one of the panel members. “There are a lot of different factors that make it very invisible. Even when it is a big deal, many people think it isn’t.”

Ake, an assistant dean in Arts & Sciences, said that many people do not consider college relationships serious. She also believes that it is a myth that smart women, such as Washington University students, do not let themselves get into these kinds of relationships.

Many situations are also complicated by confusion about what is and is not normal in a romantic relationship. While many find a degree of jealously normal in a relationship, Ake said she believes it is usually a sign of some sort of abuse.

“There is no place for jealousy in a relationship,” said Ake. “If there is jealousy, something is wrong. There is no need to exert power over one another.”

The panel also tackled the difficulty of getting out of an abusive relationship. Panelist Michelle Schiller-Baker, who works at St. Martha’s Women’s Shelter, believes that many people overestimate the ease of leaving abusive situations.

“One of the most difficult things for a woman in an abusive relationship to do is to admit that the person she loves is the person that scares the hell out of her the most,” said Schiller-Baker.

Schiller-Baker emphasized the resources available to students.

“Resources in the St. Louis area are abundant for anyone in an abusive relationship,” said Schiller-Baker. “We are able to accommodate any situation.”

Junior Anne Nelsen, another panelist, emphasized that friends are an important resource in these situations. Nelsen believes that friends must keep trying to help, even if they are turned away.

“Don’t give up,” said Nelsen. “Even if your friend starts ditching you every weekend to hang out with their significant other, don’t give up and stop calling. As hard as it is, keep trying to penetrate the situation. The second it becomes mutually exclusive, that’s when it becomes dangerous.”

Steve Moses, a senior and an Uncle Joe’s peer counselor, hoped that students walked away with a better idea of what their resources are.

“I think it is something on campus that not a lot of people realize is going on,” said Moses, who helped to coordinate the outreach program. “We want people to walk away more aware of things that are going on around them, not even always with significant others, even just with friends. We want to let them know that they have the ability to change situations.”

Senior May Okada, also a peer counselor with Uncle Joe’s, hopes to remind the University community that not only do they have the ability to change things, but they also have the resources.

“If students are in these kinds of situations, we want them to know that they are not alone,” said Okada. “They should know that it is important and does need to be addressed.”

‘Fear Factor’ pushes freshmen to extremes

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Adrienna Huffman

“If you need to vomit, we have trash cans all around, so make your way to the back,” said Freshman Class President Gad Rouache to contestants as Freshman Fear Factor kicked off last Thursday night at the Gargoyle.

Roughly 40 students attended the event. By the end of the night, at least three of the 12 contestants had used the surrounding trashcans, especially during the mealworm-eating contest.

“The night went a lot better than we ever expected,” said freshman Eric Senta, who co-chaired and emceed the event.

Freshman Fear Factor, a take-off on the network series “Fear Factor,” included five main events. The first event was a “Soda Can Stack,” where contestants created towers using recycled contaminated soda cans. The second event was the “Shot Round,” during which contestants took “shots” of olive juice, pickle juice, mayonnaise, hot salsa and French onion dip.

The next event was called “Make-out Timeout.” In the event, contestants grabbed a partner and made out with him or her for as long as possible.

“We were afraid that 90 percent of our contestants would drop out during ‘Make-out Timeout,’ but surprisingly enough stayed in,” said Senta.

Following “Make-out Timeout” was a “gross out” event called “High Protein Boost,” in which contestants ate a bowl of live mealworms.

“We bought several hundred of them hot off the presses, and they’re live, squirmy and juicy,” said Senta.

Freshman Josh Lawrence, who was eliminated during “Make-out Timeout,” was disappointed he did not reach this round.

“All mayonnaise and pickle juice and no worms?” said Lawrence. “I was disappointed because I was kind of looking forward to the worms.”

In the final event, called “We All Scream for Ice Scream,” the contestants ate ice cream covered with olive juice, hot sauce, Thousand Island dressing and salsa.

The whole event took less than two weeks to plan.

“We zipped through it in 11 days when normally it takes a month to plan,” said event co-chair Samantha Oberkfell.

Oberkfell said that the event was meant primarily for freshmen to get to know each other.

Freshman Dan Jorisch won first place.

“It feels almost as good as when I kissed [fellow contestant] Dallas,” said Jorisch of his victory.

He took home a $50 gift certificate from the Esquire. Other prizes included Bubble Tea gift certificates, a stack of CDs and free root beer floats from Fitz’s on the Loop.

Students head to Oxford as Rhodes scholars

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Molly Antos
Bernell Dorrough

Out of more than 900 applicants, two Washington University students were chosen as Rhodes Scholars over the weekend.

One of the winners, senior Allison Gilmore, said she can hardly believe it.

“I could not believe both students from the University won,” she said. “I keep asking myself if it’s really real.”

Gilmore’s fellow honoree, Bethany Ehlmann, agreed.

“I wasn’t very confident after my interview,” she said. “So I was shocked and thrilled when they announced the winners.”

The application process is broken down into three stages. First, a student’s college or university must endorse applicants. Then selection committees in each state make nominations based on applicant interviews. Students who pass this stage move on to appear before district committees in eight cities across the country; four finalists are eventually selected from each of the eight regions. Winners are chosen in accordance with the standards set by the will of Cecil Rhodes, based on high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.

Gilmore said that all the interviews were very tense.

“The interviews were the most nerve-wracking, but they were also the most fun,” she said. “You have to go in with the attitude that it’s just the luck of the draw. I felt ready for anything they could throw at me because we did a lot of mock run-throughs beforehand.”

Despite the intimidating atmosphere of the interviews, both agreed that the personal statement required on the application was the hardest part of the process. Ehlmann said it took her eight drafts.

“It was hard getting the personal statement down and in a way I wanted it to be,” she said.

Now that everything is over, both are thrilled and ready for new experiences as they join the other winners at Oxford next year.

Gilmore is receiving a B.A. and an M.A. in mathematics at the end of this year from Washington University, and she is also involved in politics, political activism and social networking theory. At Oxford, Gilmore plans to pursue a Masters of Philosophy in sociology.

“It brings everything in my life together,” she said. “The program gives me the freedom to study whatever I want to study. This is phenomenal because I don’t have to worry about grad school or career choices. I get to pursue something that I’m really passionate about.”

Ehlmann is currently majoring in earth and planetary sciences and environmental studies. In addition to being thrilled at the chance to pursue a Masters of Science in environmental geomorphology at Oxford, she says the overall experience will be enlightening.

“It’s really exciting because Rhodes Scholars come from all over, and it brings together people from all disciplines at Oxford,” she said. “To get to know future leaders and just to have the experience is really exciting.”

Both are extremely involved in activities outside the classroom as well. Ehlmann is a Goldwater Scholar, Udall Scholar, and Compton Scholar. She has served as a collaborating scientist on the NASA Mars exploration mission and is president of the nationally qualifying Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.

Gilmore is a Byrd Scholar and a Compton Scholar. She is also president of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and a leader of the University Stop the War coalition.

Both feel they owe much of their success to helpful advisors, including Deans Dirk Killen and Sharon Stahl, plus Michael Cannon and Lars Arvidson. These mentors provided help with mock interviews, letters of recommendation and words of wisdom.

Stahl said she was extremely happy and proud.

“I think it’s wonderful for them personally, and it’s also wonderful for the College of Arts & Sciences and the University as a whole,” said Stahl. “They’re both outstanding women-they’re both very involved in the community and are very strong students.”

Sarah Johnson and Ian Klaus from the University were named as scholars three years ago, and the year before that, Ben Cannon received the honor.

“Ben was the first the University had had in quite a while,” said Stahl. “Having these scholars is a reflection about the kind of students that come here-someone that is not only involved in academics, but also strongly involved in the community.”

Lady Bears advance to Final Four for 12th time

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Matt Goldberg
Bernell Dorrough

Behind a raucous crowd of 1,087 fans, the Bears shut down the No. 5 Ohio Northern University attack Saturday night, winning 30-28, 28-30, 30-27, 30-18 to earn a trip to another Final Four.

The win marks the volleyball team’s third Final Four appearance in four years and the 12th in the history of Washington University.

“The consistency this team has shown over the last four years is amazing,” said coach Rich Luenemann.

The Bears came out flat in the first couple of games, and the Polar Bears took advantage, reeling off five straight points to win the second game.

Senior middle blocker Katie Quinn said, “Typically we come out flat, unfortunately…I think everybody had a lot of jitters tonight.”

Despite their early struggles, the enthusiastic crowd breathed life into Bears as the match went along.

“It was just great because we knew that [Ohio Northern] was going to bring loud fans, which they did,” said Quinn. “It is just good to have your school backing you.”

“The crowd was outstanding,” Luenemann said. “The crowd had a big hand in this win tonight, there is no doubt about it.”

Luenemann also made some changes during the third game to curb the potent Polar Bear attack. “We made an adjustment halfway through the third game and changed some back court defense around and that seemed to slow them quite a bit after that.”

While the Bears regained some momentum in the third game, they came out swinging in the fourth.

“The great thing we saw tonight was how we came out that fourth game and really dominated,” said Luenemann. “[…]it was a ten point spread and we just came out and played really well.”

“In the fourth game our defense was impeccable, we were blocking, putting the ball away, and being aggressive,” Quinn said.

“We have certain expectations of how we want to come out and play so it was just a matter of executing…the last game was fun,” said junior outside hitter Colleen Winter.

Luenemann was impressed with how the entire team came back to take control of the game. “Everybody played well,” Luenemann said, “we had certain areas that we had to pick up on…the left side attackers, Colleen Winter and Heidi Pfeiffer were struggling in the beginning but they came back and had some great swings”

Katie Quinn continues to lead the team. She posted another outstanding performance collecting 21 kills to go along with nine blocks.

“Katie Quinn is a money player,” said Luenemann there is no doubt about that”

“I am just trying to be aggressive,” said Quinn, “if you put the ball on their side hard they have more chances to mess up the point.”

Sophomore setter Kara Liefer also poured in an impressive outing coming away with 55 sets, 10 kills, nine digs, and eight blocks.

“Kara Liefer continues to improve by leaps and bounds,” said Luenemann, “when she graduates she will be the best setter in Division III.”

Sophomore defensive specialist Nicole Hodgman also tallied her third straight 30 dig performance to give her the University single season dig record.

The Bears now have a long layoff before they hit the hardwood for their final four match against No. 3 La Verne University in La Verne, Ca. on December 5th. But Luenemann thinks the time off will give his team time to rest up. “We have a lot of people who have nagging injuries, back injuries and shoulder rotation problems and they will have some time to just rest and relax and come back rejuvenated,” said Luenemann.

While the Bears came back to dominate the Polar Bears, Luenemann knows his team needs to work on some things going into the Final Four.

“We have to brush up on some things, said Luenemann. “We expect ourselves to be perfect all of the time and we found some shortcomings in the first two and a half games and we will have to shore those up and get better.”

If the Bears can get past La Verne, no easy task, they will play either NYU or Emory, both University Athletic Association team, in the final.

“We are as good as anybody out there and we have a chance to win just like everybody else,” said Luenemann.

NCAA Division III Quarterfinals
Saturday, Nov 22 at the Field House

Ohio Northern Univ. 28 30 27 18
Washington Univ. 30 28 30 30

Editorial Cartoon

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Yu Araki
Bernell Dorrough

University Magazine editors don’t get it, yellowface is offensive

Monday, November 24th, 2003 | Yuhei Matthew Carreau Sato

The summer issue of the Washington University Magazine celebrated our school’s sesquicentennial. While flipping through it this past July, I started reading the article “Washington University Students: Active, Energetic, and Involved,” about the extracurricular activities of University students throughout the school’s history. Accompanying the story were photographs of homecoming, plays, and other social events. The article took a cheerful, nostalgic tone, as you might expect from a publication used to promote the school to alumni and prospective students. However, when I turned to the fourth page of the article, I was surprised to see a black-and-white photo from the 1950’s showing a group of white fraternity members dressed as Japanese prostitutes and their pimp; by all appearances, a yellowface performance.

Yellowface is the Asian equivalent to blackface, in which a white actor uses costume, gaudy makeup, and a stereotypical, exaggerated ‘ethnic’ accent and mannerisms to portray an Asian character. The Sigma Chi members’ skit, “Teahouse for Two,” was based on the film, “Teahouse of the August Moon,” which featured Marlon Brando in the role of a Japanese man.

I decided to e-mail Mary Ellen Benson and Teresa Nappier, the editors of the University Magazine, as well as Student Union Vice President Kenny Edwards. Edwards referred me to Jill Carnaghi, the Student Union advisor and assistance vice-chancellor for students. Through Carnaghi, I made two requests of the magazine’s editors; first, that the image not be reprinted when the summer issue was archived on the University website, and second, that an apology-including a definition of yellowface and an explanation as to why such an image is offensive-in the next issue of the magazine. After some discussion, it was agreed that the image would not be reprinted, and Carnaghi informed me that an apology would be printed in the fall issue. When I asked to see a copy of the apology, however, it did not meet my expectations:

“The Magazine received an expression of concern from a student that a 46-year-old photograph included in the coverage of student activities in the Summer 2003 issue was demeaning to people of Asian heritage. That certainly was not the Magazine’s intent.”

The apology went on to say that, “A number of such plays, musicals, and movies produced during that era were seen as an attempt to bridge the gap between East and West. The editors regret any concern raised or offense caused by the use of this picture from our past.”

The intent of the performance is irrelevant. The apology was so litigiously worded that I felt the only thing being apologized for was my inability to get the joke. The apology neither explains why I was offended, nor does it convey the offensiveness of that image to Asian people.

Yellowface is offensive for two reasons. Firstly, it was often used in a comical performance, to exaggerate the characteristics or mannerisms of an “Asian” character – mocking him not only for his actions, but also his ethnicity. Secondly, the casting of white actors as Asian characters often suggests that no Asian actor is good enough to fill the role – or perhaps, that an Asian actor is unable to epitomize ‘Asianness’ in the way white writers, directors, and producers wish to see it portrayed.

It was an ignorant mistake to include the yellowface image, and it would be an even bigger mistake to believe that this mistake will not happen again. The image was used because the editors did not understand why it was offensive; now, because of the weak, mealy-mouthed language of the ‘apology’, no one else will either. An opportunity to educate the University community has been wasted.