Archive for November, 2005

After rocky start, swimming and diving starting to find its stroke

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Joe Ciolli

The Washington University swimming and diving teams will travel to Wheaton, Ill., this weekend to compete in the Wheaton Invitational. The meet will mark the men’s and women’s teams’ seventh competition of the year. The Bears will match up against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Benedictine, Hope, North Central, Grand Valley State, and Albion.

So far this season, the men’s team has been led by senior standouts Eric Triebe and Mike Slavik, who hold the Bears’ top times in seven out of 14 individual events. The duo also has performed well on a series of relays, and – combined with other swimmers, such as fellow senior Alex Antilla and freshman Kevin Leckey – holds every top time in this category. Leckey has also proven himself as a very capable medley swimmer and currently holds the top times for both of these events.

Sophomore distance swimmer Ross Vimr has also been a force for the Bears, holding several individual top times. In addition, freshman Julian Beattie, also consistently performing well, has proven time and again to be a threat in breaststroke events.

On the women’s side, the Bears have been led by senior Jenny Scott, junior Monica Jones, sophomore Meredith Nordbrock, and freshman Kim Jenkins. Scott, a veteran member of the squad, has turned in top times in three freestyle events, and will undoubtedly be an important factor for the Bears at every meet this season. Jones is the team’s breaststroke standout, holding the top times in the two breaststroke events for the Bears.

Nordbrock, arguably last season’s MVP, has proven to be a valuable asset for the Bears in recent weeks, in both freestyle and backstroke races. Last, newcomer Jenkins has proven her versatility this season, holding her squad’s top times for both a freestyle and butterfly event.

While the beginning of the season started off rough for the Red and Green, in recent weeks the Bears have picked it up and are threatening to climb the leader boards. The men’s squad kicked off the season with a win over Saint Louis University 181-100, while the women lost the showdown 117-183. Next, both teams finished disappointingly at the Show-Me-Showdown in Columbia, Mo., with a last-place men’s finish and fifth-place finish out of seven for the ladies.

Both the men and women recovered next against DePauw University, but then couldn’t hold on as they traveled the week after their impressive wins to Truman State University, losing both. The men also lost to UM-Rolla in the same meet. Things improved for the Bears the following week, as the men captured a fourth place finish and the women a third-place finish at the UAA-rival University of Chicago Invitational.

The highlight of the season came at the recent Washington University Thanksgiving Invitational, held on Nov. 19-20. The men’s team swam to a convincing victory over second-place squad and cross-town rival Lindenwood University. At the meet, Slavik was particularly impressive, recording four season-best times for his team and taking four individual events. Freshman Mike Scarpati also performed well at the Thanksgiving Invitational, winning two individual breaststroke events.

The women’s team performed well enough to finish second at the Thanksgiving Invitational behind Lindenwood. Scott’s performance was the highlight for the Bears as her time in the 500-yard freestyle was good enough to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scott was also victorious in the 100-yard freestyle and swam on two relay sides. Nordbrock also turned in a good showing, winning the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke.

Both Bears teams will look to place highly in this weekend’s Wheaton College Invitational. With the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships only a few months away, the men’s and women’s squads will certainly look to use this weekend’s meet as preparation for meets to come.

Women’s cross country runs to third place at Nationals

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Scott Kaufman-Ross

The third-ranked Washington University women’s cross country team took third place for the second straight year at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships held in Delaware, Ohio, on November 19th.

The Bears scored 132 total points, edging into the third-place slot behind Williams College with 107 points and SUNY-Geneseo with 87. The SUNY-Geneseo Blue Devils were the top-ranked team in the nation heading into last Saturday’s showdown, and they showed why by delivering the national championship. With 24 teams and 213 runners competing in the race, the Bears’ third-place finish put an exclamation mark on their impressive season.

Junior All-American Beth Herndon carried the squad with a University-best time, finishing the six-kilometer women’s run in just 22:33.5, good for 11th place. Sophomore Tyler Mulkin (22:54.0) and senior Stephanie Felz (23:09.3) both finished with excellent times as well, finishing in 29th and 40th place, respectively. The other qualifying scorers were sophomore Kate Pentak and junior Lindsay Harkema, both finishing within the top 80. Senior Andrea Moreland and sophomore Amy Levine rounded out the Bears’ runners as the team capped off a tremendous season.

University head coach Jeff Stiles was extremely pleased with his team’s performance.

“This is the best team we have had at Washington University,” said Stiles. “Each person ran well; we ran significantly better than last year. We finished third last season, but we were 17 points better this year. We feel pretty good about how we finished and look forward to building on the season.”

Before the Red and Green could celebrate their finish, they had a long road that led to the NCAAs. The squad took home a first place finish out of 39 at the Midwest Regional Competition in Peoria, Illinois, earning the team a bid to the NCAAs and a first place finish in the University Athletic Association Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. During the season, the team also garnered first place finishes in the University’s Early Bird Meet, the UM-Rolla Miner Invitational, the Border War Invitational, and the UW-Oshkosh Invitational.

Although the women may have stolen the headlines in Ohio, Senior Brennan Bonner and junior Kevin Gale qualified as individuals to compete at the Championships. Bonner took 67th in the 8K race, finishing with a time of 26:55.1. Gale was not far behind, finishing in 70th place with a time of 26:57.5. Both runners finished in the top third of all finishers, as the race drew a very tough field of 211 runners.

“It was an exciting week,” commented Bonner. “The women did really well, and any season when you make nationals has to be considered a successful one. At the same time, I was hoping to place a little higher.”

While Bonner may have been disappointed in his own performance, Stiles was very optimistic about his men’s squad.

“Our men are getting closer to where we want to be,” said Stiles. “The way Brennan and Kevin ran today, we could have finished in the top 16 with an entire team in the field. I’m happy with the way Brennan and Kevin performed.”

The men’s team, despite a valiant effort at the Regional Championships, failed to qualify for Nationals. The team just missed out on a chance to compete at Nationals, but did a great job of achieving their own personal goals.

“We were hoping to qualify for Nationals as a team,” explained Bonner. “Coach [Stiles] gave us a point total for Regionals he thought it would take to qualify, and we did better than he predicted. The other teams just outperformed us, but we had a real good season on the whole.”

The men’s team finished 6th overall at Regionals, just shy of national qualifying, and also finished 4th at the UAA Championships. The men also finished 2nd in both the University’s Early Bird Meet and the UM-Rolla Miner Invitational. Although the team did not make Nationals, the season was still considered a success by many.

“The team had a really good season,” said Bonner. “A lot of people really came into their own as far as running and improved a lot during the season.”

Glory season ends in heartbreaker

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Carrie Jarka

The Washington University’s third-ranked volleyball had their run to the NCAA title stopped short by sixth-ranked University of La Verne in the NCAA quarterfinals. Nevertheless, the Bears ended their season with a 35-2 overall record and a tremendous showing the in postseason.

“We enjoyed a great season, one of the best won-loss records in the history of Washington University volleyball,” said head coach Rich Luenemann.

While La Verne had never beaten the Bears in the NCAA tournament, they clawed their way to a 3-0 victory (18-30, 25-30, 27-30). Winning the first two sets, the Bears kept in mind that they had come back from a two game deficit to defeat the Leopards earlier this season.

“As we entered the playoffs, we knew there were five or six teams capable of winning the championship. We’d established ourselves as one of those teams with impressive wins over several nationally-ranked teams during the season,” said Luenemann.

Even in the loss, several players contributed and made it that much harder for the Leopards to pull out the upset. Junior Whitney Smith led the team in kills with 13, while senior Kara Liefer contributed another 23 assists to her career totals. And with four players in double digit digs, the Bears defense continued to be solid. Senior Nicole Hodgman and junior Amy Bommarito each collected 15 digs, while sophomore Amy Baum added 11 and Liefer added 10.

With injuries to standouts senior Megan Houck and sophomore Haleigh Spencer, the Bears were short stacked for much of the match, not having its normal starting lineup playing at 100 percent.

However, the Bears are not making excuses for the loss, which ended their three-year run of playing in the national title game.

“The loss to La Verne in the quarterfinals was disheartening, as we didn’t do a good job of ‘staying in system’ during that match,” said Luenemann.

Ranked No. 1 for most of the season, the Bears were used to being the team to beat. With the loss, the Red and Green dropped in the national rankings to No. 6, the lowest ranking for the squad all season.

“The season was filled with pluses. Our team chemistry was one of our strengths. The team was also very balanced, and opponents couldn’t key on just one or two of our attackers. The energy the team displayed was exemplary,” said Luenemann.

With the close of the season, the Bears will be losing AVCA first-team All-Americans seniors Megan Houck and Kara Liefer, along with a solid defender and leader in Nicole Hodgman.

“Kara, Megan, and Hodge will be sorely missed,” said Luenemann. “They’re very talented players, great leaders, and wonderful people. They established themselves as one of the premier classes in WU volleyball.”

However, the Bears have a bright future with All-Americans Smith, Spencer, and sophomore Emilie Walk returning next year.

“It will be a challenge for our returning players to step up and fill their shoes, but we’re confident we’ll be back in the hunt for the title in 2006. The most important factor will be that new leaders emerge, players who set the tone and focus for the future,” said Luenemann.

While the accolades and accomplishments of the seniors are impossible to replace, new stars will now shine for the Bears, as the future is still very bright. A season deserving of a title was stopped short, but the tradition carries on.

Bowen named 2005 Carnegie Scholar

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Alison Curran
Dan Daranciang

Anthropology professor John Bowen was one of 16 academics receiving nationwide recognition as a 2005 Carnegie Scholar for his work on Islam in France.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York provides the scholars with up to $100,000 each over two years to pursue research, this year focusing on Islam and the modern world.

“We wanted to increase public awareness of Islam,” said Patricia Rosenfield, Chair of the Carnegie Scholars Program, of this year’s research theme.

“The Corporation aims to conduct deep scholarship on issues related to Islam that need deeper public understanding,” said Rosenfield. She said Carnegie Scholars are recognized for working to bring deep scholarly issues to the broader public through their research.

Rosenfield said Bowen has done just that by using his own research to heighten public awareness of issues around Islam in France. “Professor Bowen is one of the leading scholars in his field, and his work is very timely,” she said.

She added, “He made a very original contribution in a complex field. We are privileged to be able to fund Professor Bowen.”

“John is one of our most distinguished and productive colleagues in anthropology,” said Richard Smith, chair of the anthropology department. Smith noted the interesting approach Bowen has taken in studying both sides of the French-Islam relations, how French society dealt with the Muslim population, and also how the Muslim community adapted to French society.

Bowen’s research project is titled “Shaping French Islam.” Bowen said he is researching the question of how Muslims and other groups in France can figure out a way to live together so that Muslims can still practice their religion as full citizens of France.

“I study various acts and debates in France carried out by Muslims in an effort to create an Islam for France,” Bowen said of his specific work for the Carnegie award. “I ask, ‘how much do Muslims change their Islam in European setting?'” he added.

Originally, Bowen studied these same questions in the Ache Provence of Indonesia, but brought his work to France after deciding to work in a different part of the world.

“I was very pleased to see the Carnegie Corporation focusing on issues of Islam for their awards,” said Bowen. He added that it shows the interest in addressing issues that are of public concern, as well as scholarly interest.

Unpublicized server changeover frustrates groups

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Mandy Silver

All student group e-mail accounts and Web sites were moved to Student Union’s new server without prior notification on Saturday. The move left many student group leaders frustrated with e-mail glitches, broken Web site links, and an inability to access their clubs’ address books.

Student Union (SU) Treasurer Ed Banti, a senior, is serving as the liaison between Residential Technology Services (ResTech) and SU during the transition to the more advanced server. He has already received over 30 e-mails concerning problems with the new server. He said that all of the problems were addressed within 24 hours and expects all other technical problems, currently being handled by ResTech, to be taken care of within the next week.

The decision to move student groups from the ResTech server to the new SU group server was initially discussed a year ago amidst complaints about a lack of Web space and continual server overloads.

“In the short term, some transition time is necessary to work out technical glitches,” said Banti. “However, the costs are small compared to the benefits – there are better people administrating, and we will have six to eight years of a high-end server.”

Despite Banti’s optimism, junior Danielle Van Dyk, president of the Gymnastics Club, was concerned with the handling of the transition. “My big problem with the new e-mail system is that they obliterated the address book,” said Van Dyk. “I had 90 addresses which are now lost. I was not notified beforehand.”

Banti admitted that there was a lack of communication concerning when the move would occur, but stated that the blame couldn’t be placed on anyone specifically.

“We didn’t know the exact date of the move,” said Banti. “I was only notified the day of the move, and sent an e-mail out on Monday. The miscommunication on the exact date of the move was partially due to a switching of a system administrator.”

Matt Arthur, the director of ResTech, cautioned student groups not to lose sight of the resulting benefits – an upgraded system.

“ResTech is trying to move the process along with as few obstacles as possible,” said Arthur. “The upgraded server has a listserv option that students can create and control themselves.”

All e-mails to the old accounts will be forwarded to groups’ new accounts until June 30, 2006. Students with questions should e-mail SU’s Student Group Activities Committee at [email protected].

SU groups receive new fundraising standards

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Ben Sales

In order to make the student group funding process more equitable, Student Union’s Budget Committee has equalized the fundraising requirement for all Category I groups. Beginning in Spring 2006, all groups will be required to fundraise an equal percentage of their respective budgets, corresponding to the percentage of the total student groups budget that Student Union (SU) is unable to fund.

The new policy differs from that of past years, when student groups were required only to fundraise, not to raise a specific portion of the budget.

“Some groups were carrying more of the weight,” said junior Rafael Walker, co-chairman of the SU budget committee. “It was not an equitable solution.”

While the policy does level the playing field for the groups, it presents a challenge for the larger organizations, which are now required to finance more of their budget via independent fundraising.

“It’s going to be harder for big groups to fund 25 percent,” said senior Jos‚ Chacon, treasurer of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS). “But it’s too early to tell if we’ll get more or less money.”

Nevertheless, Chacon is in favor of the change.

“The process was subjective, and this standardizes it,” he said. “I think we’ll be fine.”

Junior Brandon Rippe, treasurer for the smaller student group Circle K, echoed Chacon’s sentiments.

“I think it is [a good change]. SU is distributing, and compensating evenly, and it doesn’t leave anyone out,” he said. “It’s a good plan.”

Several other student treasurers were completely unaware that a change had taken place, despite receiving an e-mail and a cover letter to the new budget manual detailing the changed policy.

The lack of attention, however, does not bother Walker.

“We did it to lift one burden of the process,” he said. “It gives them more room.”

The fundraising component of student group finance becomes relevant only as the final step of a long budgeting process. Student groups submit budgets for each semester, which are subsequently reviewed and modified by the Budget Committee. Only after all the budgets are approved do groups find out how much they need to fundraise.

Walker says that this is the “first time” that the budget committee has played an active role in equalizing the fundraising requirements.

“Most of the student groups were excited,” he said. “They were happy to see us taking action.” He added, “This is ideal. It is the fairest solution possible.”

Fall color

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | David Brody and David Hartstein
Dan Daranciang

Police Beat

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Jessie Rothstein

Wednesday, Nov. 16

3:35 p.m. WARRANT ARREST, FUGITIVE ARREST – PARKING LOT #47 – Complainant reported suspicious vehicle occupied by subjects making suggestive comments to the reporting party. Vehicle was located on Music Lot. Investigation revealed one subject had an outstanding warrant and was taken into custody. Disposition: Cleared by arrest.

3:59 p.m. LARCENY-THEFT – WHITTAKER BIO-MEDICAL – Two Sony digital video cameras were stolen sometime during the last 14-18 days from auditorium. Total value $2,100. Disposition: Pending.

4:47 p.m. PARKING VIOLATION – PARKING LOT #4 – Transportation reported a vehicle with a altered daily pass. The vehicle was ticketed and towed. Disposition: Cleared.

Thursday, Nov. 17

2:14 p.m. LARCENY-THEFT – SIMON HALL – A staff member, the networking manager for the school of business, reports the theft of a wireless networking device from an insecure closet in room 112. Theft occurred over the weekend of Nov. 11 to Nov. 14 Approximate value $800. Disposition: Under investigation.

5:49 p.m. LARCENY-THEFT – POLICE DEPARTMENT – Student reported that Subway employees returned his wallet minus $70. Investigation revealed that Subway fired an employee that night for going through a student’s purse. Disposition: Investigation to continue.

Friday, Nov. 18

1:09 a.m. LARCENY-THEFT – RUTLEDGE DORM – Driver reported that three females left his vehicle and entered Rutledge without paying their fare. Officer was able to identify and locate the students. Disposition: Cleared by arrest.

2:05 p.m. PARKING VIOLATION – PARKING LOT #4 – Transportation reported a fraudulent daily permit on a vehicle on Lot #4. A ticket was issued but the car was not towed. Disposition: Cleared.

5:43 p.m. LARCENY-THEFT – OLIN LIBRARY – Student stated that on Nov. 14 between midnight and 2 a.m. unknown person(s) took his Kyocera silver and gray cell phone which was sitting on top of a table located on the third floor of Olin Library. No suspects or witnesses could be located at this time. Total loss valued at $50. Disposition: Pending.

Saturday, Nov. 19

12:48 a.m. ALARM – SIGMA ALPHA EPSILON – Upon arrival officer found no evidence of smoke/fire – Clayton was then requested to disregard. Second floor north fire station “pulled.” No witnesses. House president advised. Disposition: Pending.

10:52 a.m. LARCENY-THEFT – GIVENS HALL – A student reports that a Discover card was removed from her wallet while it was unattended at Givens Hall. The card has been used to make purchases at numerous off-campus locations. Disposition: Under investigation.

9:27 p.m. TRESPASSING – SMALL GROUP HOUSING – Officers observed a white male subject at SG #3 whom the department had previously dealt with on a suspicious person call on Nov. 4 at Mallinckrodt Center. He stated that he was here studying at Anheuser-Busch Law School trying to get back into Law School and that he was not a current student at this time. The subject was warned against trespassing and escorted off campus. Disposition: Cleared.

Sunday, Nov. 20

1:17 a.m. FALSE IDENTIFICATION – UNDESIGNATED AREA OFF CAMPUS – Reportee stated that the student displayed false I.D. while attending a University sponsored event at the Pageant. Reportee was working as security for the event at the time of the incident. Disposition: Referred to Judicial Administrator.

3:07 a.m. LIQUOR VIOLATION – Intoxicated student refused to leave Bear’s Den when asked by B&D guard. Student refused to leave upon WUPD command and also refused to show any form of ID until numerous requests had been made. Disposition: Cleared by arrest.

5:08 p.m. ARTICLE – POLICE DEPARTMENT – Student reported lost passport. Disposition: Pending.

5:31 p.m. LARCENY-THEFT – SMALL GROUP HOUSING – Cell phone lost or stolen on Fraternity Row between Nov. 18 at 11 p.m. and Nov. 19 at midnight. Disposition: Pending.

11:47 p.m. FORGERY COUNTERFEIT – MALLINCKRODT CENTER – Complainant received counterfeit traveler’s checks from an unknown subject during the sale of items over the Internet. Disposition: Under investigation.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

11:00 a.m. ARREST – FORSYTH BLVD. – Suspicious subject in Parking Lot #41 was stopped by detectives. Subject was wanted on traffic warrants through the county and city. Disposition: Subject was arrested and released to county intake.

4:07 p.m. ARTICLE – OLIN LIBRARY – Student reported that she lost her wallet on this date between 9:30 a.m. and 11:50 p.m. The wallet was lost between her home and the music hall. Disposition: Pending.

4:07 p.m. ARTICLE – UNKNOWN – Employee reported losing a cell phone at some point on Nov. 21 on campus. Disposition: Pending.

4:09 p.m. ARREST – OLIN LIBRARY – Contract worker arrested on outstanding warrants. Disposition: Cleared by arrest.

4:43 p.m. LARCENY-THEFT – UNDESIGNATED AREA OFF CAMPUS – Employee caught stealing University property. Property returned to the University. Disposition: Cleared.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

11:12 p.m. ACCIDENT AUTO – ATHLETIC COMPLEX – Leaving the scene of an accident. Disposition: Under investigation.

Monday, Nov. 28

10:37 a.m. FIRE – COMPTON HALL – Graduate student was working with a nitrogen gas burner when the black foam insulation caught fire. The student put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. No one was injured. Clayton Fire Dept. responded to the scene. Safety Coordinator notified. Disposition: Cleared.

7:42 p.m. LARCENY-THEFT – ELIOT HALL – Bike seat stolen from bike rack at Eliot Hall. Disposition: Pending.

8:06 p.m. ACCIDENT AUTO – PARKING LOT #59 – Vehicle struck while student was away on break. Disposition: Pending.

Iyengar on his Jeopardy! experience

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Jessie Rothstein
Courtesy of Jayenth Iyengar

After the airing of “Jeopardy! College Championships,” which began on Nov. 7, Washington University contestant junior Jayanth Iyengar can finally speak openly about what he characterizes as “the experience of a lifetime.”

Iyengar readily admits that one of the most difficult parts of playing the game concerns the nature of the questions involved.

“[The questions] were all very challenging on the whole and took everybody out of their comfort zone a little bit,” he said.

A geography buff since he was little, Iyengar was pleased to encounter categories such as “World Capitals” as well as the “Continents” category that appeared during his final jeopardy round. He would have preferred to see some topics regarding finance, business, and industry, however, where his education as a business major would have been of more use.

“Because of the nature of the game and its inherent unpredictability, you have to hope for the best and be prepared for the worst,” said Iyengar.

He recalls the dreaded category entitled “Cabinet Department Anagrams” which he faced in the quarterfinal game. Contestants are given mere seconds to process the information provided with each clue. “It was almost impossible,” he said.

Equally unsettling was the category “State ‘NC'” in that same round, in which each response had to contain the letters “nc.”

Aside from the difficulty and unpredictability of the categories, Iyengar encountered another challenging feature of the game: the buzzers.

This system works by way of a set of small light bulbs, which give the signal that the contestants can buzz in by lighting up when the clue has been completely delivered. As Iyengar explained, “the secret to success is buzzing in right when the lights turn on, in the millionth of a second gap between when they’re illuminated and when they’re not.” Thus, Iyengar discovered that it is not so much a matter of speed, but of perfect timing.

Due to this set-up, a contestant’s success in any given round depends not only on his or her knowledge of the categories, but on whether or not they are “in the zone” when it comes to buzzing in. “No matter what you know or don’t know, there’s a lot of luck and a lot of skill involved.” In Iyengar’s case, he remembers that during his Double Jeopardy! round of the semifinal game, he was more in control of the buzzers: “I felt more competitive. with every [question] I had a chance of getting in there.”

Yet despite these sometimes frustrating challenges, Iyengar asserts that he has no complaints about the experience as a whole. He was most impressed by the treatment he received, causing him to characterize “Jeopardy!” as a truly “first-class organization.” From the limousines that picked up the contestants at the airport to the nice hotels that they stayed in, “they treated us with lots of respect and attention the whole time.”

In addition, the people Iyengar met while taping the show amazed him. He describes all of the other contestants as bright and interesting people, emphasizing that “I can’t say enough good things about them.” As the contestants hailed from all over the country, Iyengar enjoyed being exposed to such a diverse group of people. He still keeps in touch with the other contestants, and they send messages through a Google group to which they all belong.

Iyengar was even impressed by what he was able to observe of Alex Trebek. Although the contestants were not able to directly interact with him outside of the show, due to regulations resulting from a series of scandals that occurred during the ’50s and ’60s between game-show hosts and contestants, Iyengar got the impression that Trebek was “a fine individual.”

As he recalls, during the commercial breaks, Trebek would work hard to keep the audience entertained by saying witty remarks and going out into the crowd. “My impression was that he’s much more calm and warmer in person than he comes off as on TV.”

Despite the fact that he ultimately came in third place, Iyengar’s “Jeopardy!” experience is one that he will “always cherish.”

During the final round, he recalls that champion Nico Martinez of Stanford University had both knowledge and luck on his side, as he was completely dominant on the buzzers the entire time; nonetheless, Iyengar won $25,000 for his third-place finish. “Everyone likes to win, but I enjoyed the be on there and go through everything on there was just amazing.”

After he completed filming the Jeopardy! College Championship, Iyengar returned to St. Louis to face yet another great challenge, as he found himself thinking endlessly about “Jeopardy!” As he said, “The only real negative part of the whole thing was when I got back to St. Louis and for the first three or four days back I couldn’t concentrate on anything. I was just sitting in class thinking about what happened in each round.”

Marketing Assoc. holds fashion show

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | Elizabeth Lewis

High fashion will come to the Gargoyle tonight when the Washington University Marketing Association hosts a fashion show featuring the latest styles in urban wear and lingerie.

The show will feature designs from the store Exquisite Footwear and Fashion, which is owned by Tim Jabbar and carries skater boy and hip-hop styles from brands such as Apple Bottoms, Baby Phat, Rocawear, Timberland, Steve Madden, Diesel and Sketchers.

“We’ll be throwing out the winter and holiday lines from various companies,” said Jabbar. “Be ready for a showstopper.”

‘The fun side of marketing’

Rafi Dikranian, a senior and president of the Marketing Association, came up with the idea for the fashion show after collaborating on some marketing work with Jabbar.

“This club is about showing the fun side of marketing,” he says, adding that he thought “it would be interesting for the Wash. U. student body to experience the urban side of fashion.”

Admission to the fashion show is $2, including free food and drinks. Alcoholic beverages will be served for those of age.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m., the Wash. U. Step Team will open the show. An upscale lingerie show will precede the main event. Area musicians will perform during the interludes.

After the completion of the show, the audience may have the chance to mingle with the models and meet Jabbar.

Basement Beats, who has worked with Nelly, is bringing all of the musicians to the show.

A Collaborative Effort

Jabbar, who has put on fashion shows at clubs, high schools and other universities, thought working with the marketing association would be a good way to promote his store.

“A lot of people have heard about [the store], but they don’t know what we carry,” said Jabbar, whose store carries clothing geared for the 18-34 demographic.

Jabbar majored in marketing. But because of his strong interest in fashion, he decided to open a store, which he said was extremely difficult.

“I didn’t have a connection to any vendors, and I didn’t have great credit,” said Jabbar.

His first store, which he opened in 2001 and just sold footwear and “had literally thirty pairs of shoes” in the entire place.

He later bought a furniture store and began selling clothing. Today, Jabbar owns five stores, two of which are dedicated to selling only shoes.

Aaron Yu, a member of the Marketing Association, said the fashion show will also benefit the University.

“The company will be promoted, and we get to learn the business aspects of it,” he said. ” It’s a win-win situation.”