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Zac Efron: Disturbed or just doing his job?

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Jackie Wagner
MCT Campus

What happens when you take a Broadway musical, a star-studded cast and a screenplay missing a few plot points from the original score? A highly entertaining, though slightly creepy, feature film.

“Hairspray,” which came out in July 2007, recreates the 2002 Broadway hit that won eight Tony Awards. It’s a feel-good film that leaves you smiling long after the credits have rolled. It is a cute, fun movie that addresses the issue of segregation in 1960s Baltimore.

It seems, however, that the film’s writers reached some interesting conclusions about how to make up for one plot change. I admit I was more than a little disturbed when Link [Zac Efron] danced and sang to a picture of Tracy [Nikki Blonsky] during “Without Love.” In the musical, Link visits Tracy in jail and they’re singing to each other between the bars of the cell. In the movie version, Link is alone in Tracy’s room singing to her picture, lying on her bed and eating her half-eaten candy bar; incidentally, the picture sings back. It all seems very strange to me, although very entertaining. The moment when he lies down on her bed and hugs her picture into her pillow is most suggestive; it’s clear that his intentions with her are not pure.

I maintain that Zac Efron is the only actor alive who could have done that scene without laughing and without asking the director what the hell he was thinking. Let me make myself clear: this is not a compliment to his acting ability.

Personally, I prefer the vocals from the original Broadway cast. In general, the Hollywood stars seem unable to cope with the more demanding passages. I really felt that sometimes they were just speaking their musical lines, but I guess we can’t expect film actors all to be great singers. It all sounded fine; computers can take care of that. But I would hardly expect many of these performers to be able to really fill a Broadway theatre with genuine sound night after night. Some of the harder passages of singing were changed into something that was easier or in a different range. A little disappointing to someone who’s used to listening to the original soundtrack, which features Marissa Jaret Winokur as Tracy and Mary Bond Davis as Motormouth Maybelle.

A few songs were cut out entirely, including “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now” and “The Big Dollhouse.” An instrumental version of “Cooties” was played in the background during a dance competition at the end of the movie, but Amber Von Tussle [Brittany Snow] did not sing the number.

I find it very interesting that the two songs in which Amber has significant singing parts are both cut and she doesn’t even sing for the entire picture. This leads me to wonder if her singing voice was just too horrible to even consider putting it on the movie’s soundtrack. Is it just coincidence that her songs were cut,or was it strategic?

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the movie experience. It was entertaining, fun and enjoyable. I recommend seeing it if you haven’t already.

All I have to say is beware of its quirks and be prepared to laugh a lot. No seriously, a lot.

A guide to your first day of class

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Katrina Jongman-Sereno

How long will it take to get there?

You don’t want to be late to your first day of school. It’s always a good idea to visit your classrooms the day before school begins to make sure you know where you’re going. The morning classes start, allow plenty of time to grab breakfast and make the trek across campus. Check the following list to gauge approximately how much time you’ll need to get from the South 40 Clocktower to some important campus landmarks.

Wohl Student Center:
1 minute

Graham Chapel:
9 minutes

9 minutes

Olin Library:
10 minutes

Holmes Lounge:
11 minutes

The Athletic Complex:
12 minutes

The Village:
12 minutes

Brookings Hall:
14 minutes

What should I wear?

There are so many things to worry about on the first day of classes that wardrobe planning might be put on the back burner. Here are a few hints to help you dress for class with class:

Rock jeans and a T-shirt or a casual top
Wear a polo with khaki shorts
Don’t wear clothes to class that you wouldn’t wear other places
Don’t roll out of bed and stroll into class in your PJs
Don’t wear what you wore the night before

Student-run theatre: how to get involved as a freshman

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Jackie Wagner
Scott Bressler

With so many ways to get involved in theatre on campus, freshmen have many opportunities to participate. In addition to the Performing Arts Department’s annual performances, there are also many student-run dramatic groups that everyone is welcome to audition for.

For example, consider three of Washington University’s phenomenal improv groups: Suspicious of Whistlers, Mama’s Pot Roast and KARL. Each of these groups focuses on comedy and improvisation and put on performances for the campus community.

Suspicious of Whistlers is the only long-form comedy group on campus, performing an improvised play of 30 minutes from an audience suggestion. This group performs in national festivals all over the country and recently hosted an improv festival on campus. Members of this group meet three times a week for two hours. If you’re worried about the time commitment, think about this: members enjoy what they’re doing so it just seems like a good time to them.

“During improv, you’re not really thinking,” said the group’s leader, Rick Andrews.

Suspicious of Whistlers does three or four big shows per semester and some smaller ones for Ursa’s, Alumni or even the University’s Board of Trustees. Suspicious of Whistlers also plans to perform at the Touhill Center at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and Kirkwood High School this year. They are looking into attending a festival in Chicago, as well.

Mama’s Pot Roast is a short-form and sketch comedy group that meets for about five hours per week and has one big show, “Knighta Comedy,” as well as several smaller shows and Dinner Theatre. Group leader Julia Martin believes that Mama’s Pot Roast is a good group for people who just want to have a good time and meet people on campus.

KARL also performs short-form and sketch comedy; group leader Ben Walsh says the group is still forming its identity and personality. Therefore, by joining this group freshmen can help to mold and shape it. Walsh also believes that KARL is “less mainstream” than the other two improv groups on campus and that they have the “kookiest” characters, as well. The attitude of the group is much more laid-back with only two 2-hour practices per week. The group is also willing to work around people’s schedules.

Anyone who is planning on joining an improv group while also performing in PAD productions does not need to worry about conflicts because each group claims it’s sympathetic to its performers’ other theatre obligations.

Mama’s Pot Roast is especially understanding as most of its performers perform in PAD productions and musical groups, as well. This group actually builds its schedule around its members’ PAD productions. As the leaders say, it’s manageable but takes some planning and time management. So, if any freshmen are interested in doing both, they should go for it but be willing to plan ahead.

Anyone wishing to audition for an improv group should attend auditions on September 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mudd Multipurpose Room. By attending this audition, potential members try out for all three groups. The audition consists of playing improv games with other prospective performers as well as current members.

Andrews, of Suspicious of Whistlers, suggests that if freshmen have any interest at all, they should audition because they really have nothing to lose.

“Just come and play,” he said.

All three groups are looking for energetic, intelligent people who are good actors. Leaders also cited personality and how well a person meshes with the group as important factors.

Experience is not necessary; Martin, Walsh and Andrews agree that improv is a very natural skill that someone can be good at without experience. One or more groups may invite freshmen to callbacks, during which more focus is put on the personality side of the audition. When they’re done with the audition process, students can specify which group they would like to be a part of and hopefully that group wants them back. Those who join KARL will learn what this mysterious acronym stands for.

One of the other many student-run theatre opportunities on campus is All Student Theatre (AST), in which students direct, act and build sets. This group puts on one big show every spring at Beaumont Pavilion in the Quad. Past shows include Manhattan Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland” (2007), “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and “Cabaret.”

The group puts on either plays or musicals, but is always looking for something on a big scale with a large cast. Freshmen are more likely to land leading roles in an AST production than in a PAD one and can expect to impress the theatre department and acting faculty.

As group secretary and senior Lisa Sullivan advises that AST is a good way to get a “foot in the door” in the University theatre community. AST is less pressure than PAD and is much easier to get involved in its productions, especially as a freshmen. Sullivan believes that the group is more fun-oriented than PAD and is a “good way to find a community at Wash. U.”

It is hard to be involved in both PAD and AST, but it can be done. Many of the group’s performers are also involved in improv groups on campus. In order to stay informed about this opportunity, those interested should sign up at the activities fair and expect e-mails later. The play and director will be determined later in the fall and auditions will be announced in early Spring. A prepared monologue of less than five minutes is required for auditions; if you do not have one of your own, though, one will be provided for you. Callbacks will follow, and the production will be cast. Rehearsals are four or five times per week with many more during tech week. Experience is not necessary and many non-theatre majors participate. It is open to anyone who wishes to audition.

Another student theatre group is Thyrus, which puts on many experimental plays in innovative locations, such as dorm rooms. This group is also involved in the “Day of Shame,” which takes place in early fall. Part of this event is the 24-hour theatre program, in which five or six writers draw names from a group of 20 actors and receive a first line. They must write a play with this first line, find props and costumes, stage it and direct it, using the actors they have been assigned, all within 24 hours.

Sullivan reported that her participation in this group was probably the “most fun I’ve ever had on stage”.

At Wash. U. it’s pretty easy to get involved in theatre even if you don’t think you want to participate in a PAD production. More importantly it’s easy to get involved in all types of theatre. With improv groups, All Student Theatre, Thyrus and more, there’s something for every type of performer.

Nor is acting the only way students can participate; backstage crew, directors, set and lighting designers and sound technicians are all needed and encouraged to get involved. Anyone who’s interested should get out there and discover their niche in the Wash. U. theatre community.

Decoding the conversation: Your slang dictionary

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Andrew Cortopassi

As you mix and mingle with people from all over the country, you might run into some unfamiliar words. Read on to prepare yourself for some of the more popular terms you might hear.

Bubbler: water fountain (East Coast)
“The bubbler outside of the girls’ bathroom is broken.”

Coke: a general name to refer to all soft drinks (South)
A: “I’d like a Coke with my meal.”
B: “What exactly do you want?”
A: “Err… I’ll have a Diet Mountain Dew.”

Chill: cool or tight (West Coast)
“Yeah, I met my roommate. He’s real chill.”

Coupon: a certificate exchangeable monetary value (East Coast)
“I lost my Saks coupon!”

Coupon, pronounced “q-pon”: a certificate exchangeable for monetary value (South)
“I lost my Cracker Barrel coupon!”

Dicey: uncertain or dodgy (East Coast)
“His chances with that girl are dicey.”

Fixin’ to: to prepare to do something (South)
“I’m fixin’ to go out and milk the cows in the barn.”

Hella: very (West Coast)
“That movie is hella cool.”

The Hill: an area in St. Louis with many Italian restaurants (Midwest)
“Let’s go to the Hill and get some pizza.”

Jimmies: sprinkles
“Mom, put some jimmies on my birthday cupcakes!!”

Po Po: the police (East Coast)
“The neighbors just called the Po Po on this party!”

Pop: soft drink (Midwest)
“I got some pop for the fridge!”

Sick: awesome (West Coast)
“He has sick surfing skills.”

Sketchy: shady (widespread)
“Your boyfriend is so sketchy. He just disappears all the time.”

SLU: St. Louis University (Midwest)
“SLU’s right around the corner from WashU.”

Taxed: robbed or mugged (Pacific)
“Be careful downtown. It’s easy to get taxed.”

Wicked: extremely (East Coast)
“That movie was wicked awesome.”

Y’all: second person plural (South)
“OMG, y’all, come here!”

Feast on local music and bring your own dishes to share

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Nadia Sobehart

Local bands have always been a thing of wonder: a close fan base, raw sound and mild theatrics, all located within a claustrophobic, dingy setting.

Apart from the rare exception, most of these bands never leave the local stage, regardless of the expanse of their fan base.

Being a mecca of different cultures and ideas, college is the ideal place for students to share “local” music from all over the country. From burning mixed CDs to hosting listening parties to requesting bands to play in local venues, we have the ability to help gain support for our hometown musicians.

To get the inside scoop on how local bands publicize their music and appeal to their fans, I interviewed Black Sails, a northern New Jersey band signed to Conformity Records, a Belgium (New Jersey) based hardcore/punk label.

Black Sails has been playing together for two years and performing for one. Inspired by local hardcore bands and larger touring acts, the group has been playing local shows to, “get their music out there;” most shows take place in local venues and basements. Their typical show protocol involves playing, supporting other bands and hanging out with the crowd. According to bandmember John, “We’re pretty friendly. We’re down to earth.”

When asked about autographs, the answer blatantly emphasized the band’s feelings toward staying down to earth: “Autograph signing is a little lame nowadays. Especially to independent hardcore and punk bands. No rock star junk.”

Oftentimes we assume that musicians are trying to break out in the industry to achieve fame, money, etc. Black Sails, however, suggests otherwise.

Does Black Sails prefer local shows to upscale venues? “Hell yeah,” stated John, “Way more fun and intimate. Less pressure. We liked being up close to our fans.. The stage tends to separate. Making some sort of false distinction, as if we’re better than the people we’re performing for. The only good thing about the bigger venues is that we get to play with the more popular bands we listen to and play to bigger audiences.”

There are dozens of ways to publicize; Black Sails kindly shared their most effective methods.

“Every little thing helps: handing out demos, selling EPs, records, shirts, etc. Touring is really good for up and coming bands, although it is difficult to fund and organize on your own,” they said.

Also, unlike more recognizable bands, Black Sails does not bash music sharing.

“Yeah whatever, burn a copy for your best friend. As long as he enjoys it, learns the words, and sings along at a show, why the hell not?”

As for relationships with fans, John will readily state, “We sure are closer to our fan base than very well-known artists. We keep in contact with some; Myspace is good like that.”

A supportive band, loyal to its fans, weary of “selling-out,” Black Sails is a great example of the spirit of musicians who love what they do-and wouldn’t mind if you loved it too.

So whether you enjoy listening to new music or supporting your local music scene, make sure to browse the Web to find delicious new ingredients for the communal college stew.

To friend or not to friend?

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Andrew Cortopassi

Freshman Stephanie Mensah already has 488 Facebook friends-and classes haven’t even begun yet.

Gone are the days when the average freshman moves into his dorm knowing only a handful of other students. Since its inception five years ago, Facebook has revolutionized the college social experience. Its ability to dramatically shape the freshman experience increased when Facebook creators extended the social networking site to include high schools two years ago. The network extension meant that high school students could fraternize with future classmates even sooner.

But this new social dynamic begs the question: does Facebook ease the transition into college or does it set the precedent for uncomfortable encounters?

The answer depends a lot on how individual students choose to monitor their Facebook accounts.

For Mensah, it is important to make sure she has established some sort of contact with each of the people she adds as a friend. Many of them she has met in person, be it during an overnight campus visit or an ArtSci weekend. Others she has simply communicated with through the Internet. Regardless of how she “meets” them, Mensah establishes communication in order to ensure comfortable meetings on campus. In doing so, Mensah is able to get a head start on campus social life.

“If I haven’t seen then [in person yet], I have talked to them a lot on Facebook,” said Mensah. “I think it depends on your conversation before meeting. If you have a discussion, it’s fine. It’s like, ‘Oh! I know you. I’ve talked to you before.'”

Junior Dave Shapiro also had a lot of friends before setting foot on campus for his freshman year. A summer job in information technology services at NYU provided him plenty of time to instigate contact with his future classmates. Throughout the summer, Shapiro friended every single person who joined the Class of 2009 Facebook group. His enthusiasm even earned him a nickname on campus.

“I was known as ‘that kid who friended everyone,'” said Shapiro.

Though he admits he may have acted a little extremely and has since de-friended any person he does not personally know, he doesn’t necessarily regret his initial eagerness. Facebook provided him a way to transition to a new community with brand new people.

“It was kind of a loser move, but kind of smart because people knew me ahead of time,” said Shapiro.

Freshman Todd Palmer agrees. Having been unconnected to Facebook until last week when he arrived on campus for football, Palmer wishes he had joined the network much earlier. To Palmer, Facebook provides the opportunity for freshmen to establish a foundation for social success on campus, not to mention that it’s a great icebreaker for meeting new people.

“If I could’ve, I would’ve started during the summer, but I didn’t know how to use it,” said Palmer. “You always [want to] come in knowing someone or having a support system.”

While veteran and newbie Facebook users generally agree that Facebook eases the transition into college, a complication lies in how students handle their Facebook friendships. Facebook has the power to either smooth the transition into campus life or to make it pretty awkward. The outcome depends largely upon the user and his Facebook choices.

Sophomore Michelle Beasley’s first couple of months at Wash. U. changed how she used her Facebook account. Beasley found it exciting and relieving to connect with some of her classmates in advance, especially when it came to meeting roommates and suitemates. Yet, she found that this ability also left her vulnerable to some strange situations on campus. As Beasley stood in line at Ursa’s one night, someone she didn’t recognize turned to her and exclaimed, “Facebook?!” Since then, her friend list only includes people she has actually met in real life.

“It was more awkward than it had to be,” said Beasley. “Facebook isn’t a popularity contest for me. It’s more about keeping in touch with my good friends.”

Throughout the first weeks of school, members of the Class of 2011 are likely to see their friend counts continue to climb. And hopefully, as Wash. U.’s newest students learn their way around, those Facebook pals will evolve from boxes on a screen into real-life, meaningful friendships.

What do rankings really mean?

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Andrea Lubinsky

We live in a competitive society. We’re constantly comparing cars, electronics, grades and even people. But is what we’re comparing really the same or are we trying to find a link between apples and oranges? As incoming freshmen, we’re extremely familiar with the college application process and how competitive it really is. I’d be willing to bet that many of us used the U.S. News and World Report college rankings as not only a good starting point for the college search, but also as a way to decide if one school was better than another. As many of you know, the 2008 college rankings were released last week. Wash. U. held steady at number 12, a spot we share with Cornell, one of the prestigious Ivy League schools. But what does being number 12 really mean? It may give us bragging rights, but what are we really bragging about?

Most people probably don’t know how U.S. News derives their annual rankings. Twenty-five percent of a school’s overall rating is comprised solely of a peer-assessment: a survey sent out to colleges to see what they think of other colleges. This survey counts more than any of the other statistics used to come up with the rankings. The U.S. News Web site describes the survey as allowing, “the top academics we consult-presidents, provosts, and deans of admissions-to account for intangibles such as faculty dedication to teaching.” These professionals are asked to rate each of these “intangibles” for a given academic program on a scale of one to five. When coupled with the real statistics used in the ratings, it’s possible that this survey may be helpful, but should it really count more than anything else? For undergraduate business and engineering programs, the rating criteria are even less scientific because one hundred percent of a school’s rating is based on the peer assessment. It seems crazy to think a school should be ranked exclusively based on the opinions of a few people.

There certainly can’t be a perfect way to rank schools because who’s to say what makes one school better than another? I know it may sound crazy, but it’s possible that there’s more to a college than just how many students it admits and the percentage of alumni that donate money (both of which are criteria U.S. News uses in its rankings). U.S. News neglects to take into account so many important factors when judging a school that the rankings seem inherently flawed.

Factors like campus life and student opinion are so much more important when choosing a school than an average SAT score.

You also may have heard that many schools now refuse to submit their statistics or fill out the peer assessments. This definitely seems like a step in the right direction because it seems like schools are finally recognizing the issues with the ranking system. However, if U.S. News continues to release their rankings using old data and fewer peer assessments, the rankings will become less and less reliable. When a school refuses to release their updated statistics and U.S. News cannot find it through other sources, the magazine uses the data from the last year they have on record. That means that schools that won’t release data could be ranked incorrectly. As for the peer assessments this year, only fifty-one percent of individuals asked to fill out peer assessments responded.

I don’t believe U.S. News will ever stop ranking colleges considering it is one of their best selling issues each year, but I do think that people are becoming more conscious of what these rankings really mean and that this will lead people to use the rankings as more of a guideline than a college bible. I’m not saying that we should stop trying to compare schools because rankings and comparisons can be a helpful way to begin a college search. I am merely advising that they should be looked at with a more critical eye, and perhaps be taken slightly less seriously.

Andrea is a freshman in Olin School of Business. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Making the team: The freshman varsity soccer experience

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Ted Dwyer
Scott Bressler

This summer, as stories about dirty refs, dogfighting and doping unfolded, I realized that real sports are gone. That is until I saw the light. From my dorm room window I could see lights that burned the night sky over campus. I followed the lights past Francis Field, still hot from a hard practice, and followed eruptions of laughter into the Athletic Complex. Believe it or not, I would find what I had been looking for all along. This is “Making the Team” (and don’t worry, this story is Diddy free), the truth about being a freshman on Washington University’s men’s varsity soccer team.

The Wash. U. men’s soccer team posted a 12-4-2 record in the 2006 season and are currently ranked 23rd in the pre-season poll while returning every starter from last season. Although it may seem that the team had no room for incoming players, many of the freshman seemed to reiterate how easy the transition was from high school to a predominantly upperclassmen college team.

Tyler Bertroche from Cedar Rapids, Iowa added, “The upperclassmen are really accepting and all the freshmen are pretty comfortable with their situation.”

They began to talk about their summer preparations and the immediate adjustments they had to make during the first day of camp.

“The first day we got here was unbelievably hot, over 100 degrees at least. Nobody was prepared for that kind of heat, but for the most part, everybody’s in pretty good shape,” said Noah McMillan from Washington, D.C.

As the upperclassmen began to hobble off, ice bags nursing sore hamstrings and bruised knees, the freshman players continued talking about their pre-season experience.

“It is exciting to be a part of a team that has had success in the past and it is good being part of a team with high goals,” said David Klein from Bethesda, Md.

They come from all across the country and unite with the hope of being a part of a very strong Wash. U. soccer program. Two players even made the decision to stick together after high school. Nick Wilbar and Alex Neumann both attended DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Ky.

“We both were on the high school state finalist team and grew up playing for the same club team,” said Wilbar.

Like all student-athletes here, the players said that they wanted a school where they could focus on academics as well as soccer.

“I wanted to focus on academics and pursue engineering and law degrees, something I could not do at the D-1 level. Wash. U. seemed like a good fit,” said Skyler Nathan Wills from Omaha, Neb.

Whether the players had always known that they had wanted to come to Wash. U. to play soccer or pre-season was the first time they had ever seen Wash. U., the freshman squad was comfortable and ready for a promising season.

“New adjustments” seemed to be the words of the day. This seemed fitting as all of us freshmen try to find our spot and be a part of the Wash. U. team. These athletes are real people playing real sports, the way it was supposed to be played.

Follow the beckoning light to Francis Field as I did and come support Wash. U. athletics. The men’s soccer team plays its home opener on September 6 at 7 p.m. against Westminster College.

Campus dining options do not promote healthy eating

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Liz Klein

If you’re a college student, or if you’ve ever known a college student, or if you live pretty much anywhere in North America, you’ve probably heard of the “Freshman Fifteen”-the not-so-mysterious weight gain that supposedly afflicts college freshmen. Researchers disagree as to whether this trend is real-some studies have shown it to be a myth while others have shown it to be real and remarkably widespread. Regardless of whether the phenomenon exists, however, one thing is certain: the food on the Washington University campus is not going to help students stay fit and healthy.

Some of the food served in the University’s dining facilities is truly appalling. The pasta with Alfredo and chicken, served in Bear’s Den, contains 1,211 calories and supplies the consumer with 123 percent of his daily saturated fat intake. Bear’s Den also offers a double cheeseburger containing 1,198 calories and a breakfast burrito containing 937 calories. Think you can avoid the caloric craziness by choosing a salad? Think again. A large Caesar salad contains 925 calories, 694 of them from fat. The worst offender of all is the chicken fingers, weighing in at a whopping 1,335 calories and providing 94 percent of your suggested daily sodium intake. These are not just a few extreme examples either as almost all of the entrees served in Bear’s Den are absurdly high in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. In fact, Bear’s Den serves only nine entrees that contain less than 400 calories. (They serve over 40 entrees.) If you wanted to eat your way to cardiac arrest, this would undoubtedly be the place to do it.

That’s not to say, though, that it is impossible to eat healthfully here if you want to-there are many nutritious, wholesome dining options on campus, like pasta with marinara sauce, a tuna salad sandwich, the spicy black bean burger and several kinds of soup, all served in Bear’s Den.

Nutrition facts for the meals served on campus are available online and it is feasible to eat a balanced, healthful diet on campus if you’re willing to devote a considerable amount of time to determining what you will or will not eat in the dining halls.

The problem is not that healthful food options don’t exist. It’s that someone who isn’t meticulously careful about her diet could easily consume 4,000 calories in a day-a diet that, for most of us, could lead to extremely poor physical health.

College is not an environment that naturally fosters good health. According to the Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, many aspects of college life can foster less than ideal health. Most college students no longer have the physical education requirements that they had in high school and, as a result, their level of exercise decreases. Many students keep salty and sugary snacks in their dorm rooms and often overindulge late at night or while studying. With so much newfound freedom and so many tempting foods available, the Nemours Center explains, many new college students find it hard to stick to a balanced, nutritious diet.

Of course, it is true that we are ultimately responsible for what we put into our own bodies, but choosing to eat in a dining hall on campus is not like choosing to eat in a fast food restaurant: many students, especially freshmen, do not have another more health-conscious dining venue where they can choose to eat on a regular basis. It should not be so easy for students to fall into dangerous eating habits. At the very least, all dining halls on campus should display nutritional information about the foods they serve.

Bon Appetit, the University’s food service management company, should be applauded for their commitment to environmental sustainability and to the use of local food products. Health-conscious students who eat in the dining halls should encourage Bon Appetit to expand their Healthy Cooking Initiative and make the foods that everyone likes to eat more healthful. In the meantime, log on to the dining services Web site at to check out the nutrition facts for the meals served on campus and make informed decisions about what to eat.

Liz is a freshman in Arts & Sciences. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Athletes advise new arrivals

Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Demarco Mitchener

Time management: two words that have been thrown at the freshman class so many times that the number would make one’s head spin.

In order for this concept to take root, it needs to be combined with familiar experiences. From two seniors come the experiences that relay the importance of time management when it comes to everyone’s favorite and most time-demanding pastime-sports.

In an interview with senior Scott Kaufman-Ross, intramural athlete and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Kaufman-Ross gave a new twist on an old theory.

“The more you do, the better [at time management] you get,” said Kaufman-Ross. “It’s easier to manage a schedule when you have stuff you know to you have to do,” he continued.

His theory seemed particularly applicable because students with lots of time seem more prone to waste their time. Kaufman-Ross says the key to successful time management is, “a good amount [of commitments], not too much.”

Many do not believe intramural sports to be true sports because a lot of teams are very lenient with practice and workouts. Classmate Noah Barboza, though highly involved with intramural sports now, was also a member of the varsity football team for two years. He is also a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, works in the admissions office and is a referee and competitor for a number of intramural sports, including fraternity and co-ed teams.

“I did not have many problems with my schedule,” he said.

According to Barboza, coaches understand that academics are important and professors know that students are not robots that are only programmed to write papers and do problem sets. Barboza also said that office hours are important, especially when he had to go out of town for games.

Both Kaufman-Ross and Barboza also encouraged getting involved. There are so many different ways to do so including freshman floor intramural teams, co-ed teams and, of course, the Activities Fair.

For those who want to try new sports, club sports may be the way to go because they are less time-consuming than varsity sports. Another way to get involved is to attend sports games.

“The night games are really fun, like the upcoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 1,” said Barboza.

Whatever you do, make sure to get involved. Managing everything, including sports, is not as hard as one might think.