Archive for April, 2007

Around the WU: Sports Study Breaks

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Trisha Wolf

Baseball vs. Greenville College
3:00 @ Kelly Field

Baseball vs. Illinois College

Softball vs. McKendree College
4:00 @ WU Softball Field

MAY 15-20
NCAA Men’s Tennis Division III Championships
All Day @ Dwight Davis Tennis Center
Forest Park

Cardinals pitcher killed in car crash

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Trisha Wolf

Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock was killed at 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning in a car crash on Interstate 64/Highway 40. The 29-year-old rear-ended a parked tow truck that had stopped to help with an earlier car crash. The driver of the tow truck was in the vehicle at the time but escaped uninjured.

In honor of his death, the Cardinals canceled Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. It will be played later in the season.

Over six seasons in the Major Leagues, Hancock pitched for four different teams: the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds, in addition to the Cards.

Hancock played an integral role during the team’s championship season. He pitched 77 innings, leading all relievers, and pitched in three post-seasons games. This season, he was 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA.

Hancock pitched his final game Saturday in the Cards 8-1 loss to the Cubs. On his career, he was 9-7 with a 4.20 ERA. He also led his alma mater Auburn to the 1997 Collegiate World Series.

His death brings back memories of Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile’s 2002 death. The 33-year-old was found dead in his Chicago hotel room of coronary artery blockage as the Cards were scheduled to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

“The St. Louis community takes in its players more than other sports cities,” said sophomore and St. Louis native Adam Schneider. “He was part of the community and it is a loss for both the Cardinals organization and the community as a whole.”

Track and field shines against teams in all divisions

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Unaiz Kabani

Looks like the individual parts are just as good as the sum.

After stellar team performances at the University Athletic Association Championships, the Washington University track and field teams took part in individual competition at the SIU-Edwardsville Twilight in Edwardsville, Ill. this Saturday and, once again, excelled.

Senior Delaina Martin headlined the weekend for the Lady Bears. Martin’s throw of 48.72m in the hammer throw was a Wash. U. season-best and provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships. The senior had not surpassed 45m in the event until this weekend and her mark was good for a second-place finish.

Sophomore Liat Rome added to the Bears’ success on the field. She set a Wash. U. record in the discus with her throw of 40.78m. The mark was just one meter short of the provisional standard.

Fellow classmate Alli Alberts cleared 1.62m in the high jump to win the event. Her mark was a personal best and good for second-best in Wash. U. outdoor history. Junior Morgen Leonard-Fleckman continued her solid season in the pole vault, coming in second with a leap 11″ 7.75′.

On the track, the women’s 4x400m relay team finished second in the meet with a time of 3:58.82, a season-best mark. With a time of 10:44.24, freshman Colleen Davis notched a third place finish in the 3000m run.

The men were just as successful on the track as the women. Their 4×400 relay team also turned in a season-best performance with its time of 3:17.80. The time was just .80 seconds short of the provisional standard.

Sophomore Tanner Coghill continued his outstanding season by finishing second in the 400m hurdles with his time of 54.23. Senior Jon Lanterman scored for the Bears, finishing third in the 1500m run in a time of 16:08.62.

On the field, freshman Keith England turned in a solid performance in the javelin. His throw of 53.94m secured second-place in the event. Senior Cameron Williams cleared a season-best height of 1.93m to finish tied for fourth in the high jump.

Elsewhere, senior Beth Herndon and junior Jesse McDaniel both posted NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 10,000m run at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Mich. Herndon finished with a season-best 36:54.26 while McDaniel fell just three seconds short of the school record, running the event in 30:36.04.

The Red and Green head to Indianapolis, Ind. May 4 to compete in the Butler Twilight. The Bears spend the following two weekends in Naperville, Ill. for the Dr. Keeler Invitational and North Central Invitational. The Wash. U. track and field teams finish off the season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Oshkosh, Wis. May 24-26.

Men’s tennis finishes second in conference

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Jeff Lesser
Scott Bressler

After a strong showing at the UAA Championships this past weekend in Cleveland, the Washington University men’s tennis team ultimately took home the second-place prize.

The team, ranked ninth nationally and second in the conference, garnered victories over both New York University and Carnegie Mellon University before falling Sunday to top-seeded Emory University in a narrow 5-4 defeat.

Wash. U. began the weekend Friday with a first-round match-up against NYU, whom the Bears had swept earlier in the year 9-0. For NYU, Friday’s results were all too similar to the previous match-up. Wash. U. again swept their conference foes, winning 6-0.

Against NYU, the Bears were paced by the strength of their doubles squads, who allowed only five total games to the Violets. In first singles, sophomore Charlie Cutler defeated Mikhail Gurevich, 7-6 (2), 6-0. At second singles, freshman John Watts took down Calvin Chou and in third singles, sophomore Chris Hoeland won in come-from-behind fashion, 5-7, 6-1, 10-5. The rest of the matches were not completed.

The victory over NYU represented the Bears’ 13th straight victory, tying the school record. Most importantly, confidence was high as the Bears had rolled along to the semifinals of the tournament.

Apparently, 13 straight wins did not satisfy the Bears. Hungry to add to the streak, the Bears faced Carnegie Mellon University, ranked 11th nationally, on Saturday. Wash. U. was a bit too much for the Tartans, who did manage to take one of the three doubles positions heading into the singles play.

The Bears sealed the match in singles play. Cutler, ranked 14th nationally in singles, took the first singles spot, 6-2, 7-5. Watts, 16th-ranked, also came through for the Bears, winning 6-1, 6-3. The only loss at singles came at the third spot, where Hoeland suffered a straight-set defeat. The Red and Green convincingly dispatched Carnegie Mellon, 5-2, and advanced to the conference finals against Emory University.

Emory, ranked third nationally in Division III, carried with it an intimidating resume, including 17 straight UAA Championships. Still, Wash. U. entered the match with an impressive record of its own, a 14-match winning streak that was the longest in school history.

Wash. U. got off to a 2-1 edge after the conclusion of the doubles competition, where the first doubles tandem of Cutler and Hoeland suffered the only defeat. Sophomores Trevis Bowman and Nirmal Choradia won at second doubles, 8-6, and junior Captain Charlie Howard teamed with Watts to take third doubles, 8-2.

Both Cutler and Watts put together strong performances in singles, where Cutler surprised Michael Goodwin, ranked third nationally, 6-2, 6-1. Watts, for his part, unseated fifth-ranked Yoji Masuoka, 6-3, 6-1.

Unfortunately for the Red and Green, those wins were all they would be able to enjoy for the day. Emory rounded out the singles lineup, winning three of the remaining four matches in close three-set battles. Emory defeated Wash. U. 5-4 in the finals of the UAA Championships. Wash. U.’s 14-match winning streak came to a halt and Emory won its 18th-straight UAA Championship.

The Bears are now 18-4 and almost upset the team ranked third-nationally. With a second-place UAA finish in hand, the Bears now appear prepared for the NCAA Championships.

The NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships is set to begin Saturday, May 5. The Bears hope to return home to St. Louis for the concluding rounds of the Championships, which will be held at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center from May 15-20.

Baseball blows out Chicago in final home outing

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Andrei Berman
Scott Bressler

Eddy Hoering’s RBI double to right center field in the home half of the seventh inning on Sunday marked an abrupt, well-deserved end to a long weekend of crucial late-season action for the Washington University baseball team.

The extra-base hit scored sophomore Zander Lehmann and gave the Bears a mercy-rule-shortened 13-3 victory over league rival U. Chicago at Kelly Field.

The blowout victory served as bittersweet revenge for Wash. U., as the club lost a heartbreaker to the same Maroons squad a day earlier, 5-4. That setback would serve as the only blemish on an otherwise impressive weekend for the Bears; the Red and Green took a pair of games from perennial UAA doormat Case Western Reserve in addition to Sunday’s triumph over UC.

With the win, the nation’s 13th ranked squad upped its overall record to 28-9 on the year and remained very much in the thick of the hunt for an NCAA tournament bid, despite’s Saturday’s momentary setback.

“We definitely have the talent to succeed [in the tournament] and go onto the World Series and I think the committee will acknowledge that,” said Hoering.

Sunday’s contest was not always as close as the final scored indicated, however.

Chicago scored first, as a pair of defensive miscues by Wash. U. middle infielders ultimately led to an unearned run and a 1-0 UC lead in the top of the second.

But the Bears struck back quickly, tallying the game’s next three runs. Pitcher Andy Shields provided himself with some meaningful run support, as the senior unloaded on a two-run homer over the right field fence in the third inning to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.

Shields’ two-run jack marked the start to a lead the Bears would never relinquish.

“It’s always nice to help yourself out. It takes a bit of pressure off,” said Shields.

Chicago made things interesting in the sixth, scoring two runs and reducing the lead to 4-3, but Shields bore down in the seventh, nicely mixing an array of off-speed pitches to retire the Maroons in order.

The senior workhorse was not expecting his day to be through after seven, but Wash. U.’s prolific and balanced offensive attack netted eight runs in what would turn out the team’s final at-bat. Seven Bears reached base in the inning, with junior left fielder Dave Working and sophomore catcher Andy Webb each recording two-RBI base hits to ensure the win.

In picking up his eighth win of the year, Shields allowed just two earned runs on six hits, walking only one Chicago hitter. The victory marked the ninth time that that the veteran right hander has tossed a complete game this year, an unprecedented feat at any level of baseball, but all the more impressive in the traditionally high-scoring college game.

“Fortunately, I was blessed with a rubber arm,” said Shields. “I can go out and throw forever.”

“I don’t know what Andy’s arm is made of. The kid’s probably pitched more than anyone I’ve ever played with, especially per start,” added Working. “He’s a workhorse.”

Notes: Sunday’s doubleheader marked the final regular season home game for the 2007 edition of Wash. U. baseball. The squad finished its home slate with a record of 19-3. The Bears defeated Case Western in the first-half of Sunday’s twin-bill, 15-2. Shields tallied four base hits in the first game, including a home run.

Softball dominates senior weekend

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Anna Dinndorf
Scott Bressler

The Washington University softball team remained untouchable this weekend, sweeping their three games and extending their win streak to 18.

The 16th-ranked Bears won both games of their doubleheader Saturday against Maryville University, edging a 3-2 victory in the first game and riding a strong offense and another dominant pitching performance by senior Laurel Sagartz to a 9-0 win in the second. Sunday’s game against Fontbonne University was another blowout, as they cruised to a 10-0 victory.

Sagartz pitched the shutout on Sunday and moved into first on the WU all-time list in complete games with 62. She is now the all-time leader in all seven pitching categories for Wash. U.

In Saturday’s first game, the Bears took an early lead in the first. Freshman Carter Malouf led off with a single and was moved over to second on a sacrifice by freshman Ashton Hitchcock. She later scored on an RBI single by Sagartz.

After senior starter Abby Morgan gave up an unearned run in the third, the score remained tied at one until the sixth. Senior Jamie Kressel singled to lead off the inning and Laura D’Andrea homered to break the tie and give the Bears a 3-1 lead.

Maryville threatened again in the top of the seventh and scored another run on a single by Erin Clark, but Sagartz, on in relief of Morgan, pitched out of a jam for the save. Morgan earned the win with a six-inning effort, giving up one earned run and striking out five.

The day’s second game was more of a blowout, highlighted by an eight-run second inning for the Bears and another complete game shutout for Sagartz.

Maryville pitcher Laurie Prendergast struggled with her control in the second inning and the Bears took advantage, tallying three runs before an out was recorded. They scored five more times in the inning, putting the game virtually out of reach for Maryville. Sagartz cruised through five innings, giving up only two hits and striking out eight.

In Sunday’s game, Sagartz showed another dominant performance on the mound in her 62nd career complete game. She gave up only one hit in the shutout while striking out eight. She also got plenty of run support from her team, as the Bears’ offense put up 10 runs in the five-inning victory.

Wash. U. jumped out to an early lead in the first. Hitchcock singled to center. After Kressel reached on an error that moved Hitchcock over to third, Lindsay Cavarra drove her in with an RBI single to center. Sagartz brought Kressel home later in the inning with a sacrifice fly.

The Bears jumped on Fontbonne starter Weaver in the third, who gave up three runs in the inning before recording an out.

The offensive barrage continued in the fourth, as Malouf and Hitchcock led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Singles by the next two batters, Kressel and Cavarra, were enough to knock Weaver out of the game and bring the score to 7-0. Wash. U. tacked on two more unearned runs before the inning was over on an error by the Fontbonne first baseman.

The Bears will play their last games of the regular season in a doubleheader on Friday, May 4 against McKendree College at home.

Action begins at 4 p.m. on the Wash. U. Softball Field.

Schedule of events for Commencement 2007

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Student Life Photography

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

5:30 p.m.

Black Senior Alliance Commencement Celebration
Graham Chapel

7:30 p.m.

University College Recognition Ceremony
Simon Hall

Thursday, May 17, 2007

10 a.m.

College of Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony
Field House, Athletic Complex

2:30 p.m.

School of Engineering and Applied Science Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony
Field House, Athletic Complex

8 p.m.

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts College of Art/Graduate School of Art Recognition Ceremony
Graham Chapel

Friday, May 18, 2007

8:30 a.m.

The All-University Ceremony
Brookings Quadrangle

approx. 11:15 a.m. (immediately following All-University Ceremony)

College of Arts & Sciences Diploma Distribution
The Green, west of Olin Library and north of Graham Chapel

University College Diploma Distribution & Reception
Ann W. Olin Women’s Building Lounge

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Hooding and Recognition Ceremony
Edison Theatre

College of Architecture/Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design Diploma Ceremony
Brookings Drive Mall

College of Art/Graduate School of Art Diploma Distribution and Reception
Shapleigh Courtyard and Terrace, Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Hall

John M. Olin School of Business Undergraduate Diploma and Awards Ceremony
Field House, Athletic Complex

School of Engineering and Applied Science Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma Distribution
Lopata Hall, Room 324

George Warren Brown School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony
Graham Chapel

W.I.L.D. 2007 Slideshow

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Student Life Photography

Students came together Friday night in Brookings Quad for Spring W.I.L.D. to hear Cut Chemist, Reel Big Fish, OK Go and create more than a few drunken memories. The annual event was praised for the degree to which performers were able to involve the audience. The event, organized by Team 31 Productions, is one of the largest and most expensive events of the year.

Excellence in Leadership Awards

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Troy Rumans

On April 29, Washington University students and student groups were honored with the Excellence in Leadership Awards. The annual awards acknowledge outstanding leaders and leadership within the the campus community.

Unsung Hero Award – David Hall
Living the Mission Award – Relay for Life
Ripple Award – Jay Beerman
Helen Davis Humanitarian Award – Matt Zinter
Outstanding Freshman Leader – Maryse Pearce
Outstanding Sophomore Leader – Tyna Washington
Outstanding Junior Leader – Carlos Livingston, Chris Riha
Excellence in Student Group Programming – Jewish Student Union (for organizing the Idan Raichel concert) and Student Health Advisory Committee (for depth of programming)
Student Organization Progressive Leadership Award – Dance Marathon
Victor H. Farwell Outstanding Senior Leader – Meredith Albin

New international leadership program created

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | Troy Rumans

International studies have long been a central aspect of education at Washington University. Most, however, only think of their own prospects for studies abroad. James Wertsch, director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, tends to look at things the other way around.

Most recently, the Academy and Eisenhower Fellowships have partnered to bring a new international leadership program to St. Louis. In this program, local leaders and international students will come together and work together in a unique environment.

“One of the main benefits for the scholars is that they meet people from different countries and hopefully form lifelong relations with them,” said Wertsch. “These are future leaders, so somebody from Japan who is the minister of finance can call someone from Turkey who is a major business person. by expanding our partners, we expand that range of network these folks will be in.”

The Eisenhower Fellowship program is similar to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, except it is based in Philadelphia. Both programs work to give foreign students opportunities for study and networking in the United States.

International scholars bring a new outlook to regular students at the University as well, in their classes and in regular life.

“We had a couple of our scholars learn from [a professor from a] university in Beijing and one from Hong Kong. They came and talked to our students and undergraduates,” said Wertsch. “Our students had asked them to talk about censorship in China and these women gave very articulate, smart funny replies. It’s not like someone’s coming from the Chinese Communist Party. It’s very interesting for our students because these scholars actually said some very surprising things to our students-they aren’t worried about censorship, but are much more worried about stability and national security.”

Wertsch, who also teaches in the College of Arts & Sciences, hopes that the Academy will use opportunities such as this to grow further.

“Right now we have 20 partners-16 in Asia, two in Turkey, two in Israel,” he said. “Eventually we’d like to have partners in Latin America, Africa, Australia and Eastern Europe.”

He still wants to keep the program intimate, however.

“One of the things we did a month ago was to take the scholars to Washington D.C. There they listened to presentations and representatives from the cabinet secretary and alumni event. That’s 18 of them, and that’s already a pretty big logistical operation,” said Wertsch. “We can’t do that for 1000 people.”

Two weeks ago, the initiative brought 11 Eisenhower Fellows to St. Louis to meet the McDonnell Academy Scholars and University. Eisenhower Fellowships has worked for more than 50 years to promote international understanding and develop individual leaders throughout the world.

The McDonnell Academy enrolls graduate and professional students from partner universities and brings them to Washington University. The academy seeks to guide them as future leaders on the international scene.