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SG announces RSO Stipend Proposal
Katherine Vega
News Staff
On Tuesday, Student
Government (SG) President Tyler Kissinger and
College Council Chair Hamid Bendaas announced a
proposal for a new Student
Leadership Stipend (SLS)
Program. This program
would allow leaders of student groups to apply for
$250 stipends every quarter
to offset some of the costs of
working so that they will be
able to devote sufficient time
to their organizations.
A student leadership stipend will be awarded following an application process.
Leaders of all RSOs will be
eligible to apply for an SLS
award. Applications will be
reviewed by a committee
consisting of RSO leaders,
Students-At-Large, and the
College and Graduate Coun-
cils. After a list of SLS award
recipients has been drafted,
the Office of College Aid
will ensure that at least half
of the students who receive
an SLS have demonstrated
financial need. Kissinger and
Bendaas estimate that 20
students will receive an SLS
award in the program’s first
year.
The new proposal was
drafted in the wake of student
SG continued on page 2
UChicago Dining elicits student
opinions through online survey
Zeke Gillman
maroon Contributor
If you have walked into a
dining hall or café on campus
recently, you have most likely
found small piles of business
cards and flyers reading, “You
talk, we listen,” or “Talk to us.”
These advertisements refer to a
survey initiated by UChicago
Dining Services at the beginning of this quarter. The survey is located on campusdiningvoice.com, a site powered
by the customer experience
company Medallia.
The short survey asks students to answer questions
relating to their dining experience in their respective dining hall. Questions include,
“Overall, how satisfied are
you with your experience at
[Bartlett or South] Dining?”
and “How satisfied are you
with the following aspects
of the service you received?”
referring to friendliness and
speed of service. Another
question was “How satisfied
are you with the following
aspects of the food you purchased?” referring to appearance and taste.
“This is an ongoing survey
that Aramark conducts. It is
just one of the many ways in
which UChicago Dining receives feedback from students
throughout the year, and as
we do with any input we hear
from students, we will evaluate how we can incorporate
their thoughts to better the
UChicago Dining experience,” UChicago Dining Services wrote in a statement. “It
is also an important part of
Aramark’s employee recogni-
tion program and helps them
reward staff for outstanding
customer service.”
The employee recognition
program refers to an achievement award Aramark grants to
those employees who generate
significant advancements in
“safety, customer service, community, innovation, wellness,
etc.,” according to Aramark’s
website. If, on the survey, one
responds positively to questions about the staff, the survey will then prompt them to
“describe anything related to
service that made your experience special, including any
employees’ names so we can
thank them.”
To incentivize students,
dining is entering participants
who elect to provide their contact information into a sweepstakes for a $50 gift card.
The University of Chicago’s
College and graduate schools
have reached one of their busiest times of the year between
planning events for prospective
students and orientation in the
fall. The departments plan visiting and orientation events differently to fit students’ academic responsibilities and interests.
Campus and Student Life
News Officer Mary Abowd
said that each graduate division has their own orientation
events and information sessions, apart from the University-wide orientation. “[E]very
division does things differently
when it comes to student visits
to campus,” she said. “Many
potential graduate students approach a particular department
or school directly.”
The College Admissions
Office works with the College
Programming Office (CPO)
to welcome prospective and
admitted students. Generally,
the Admissions Office schedules student visits and tours for
students of all ages and grade
levels and the CPO is responsible for planning and executing Orientation Week, which
welcomes the incoming class
of undergraduate and transfer
students before the start of the
fall quarter.
Although incoming graduate students may schedule
visits with graduate divisions
through the College Admissions Office, the graduate
schools have separate admissions programs that are not
affiliated with the College Programming Office.
The Booth School’s Evening
and Weekend MBA Programs
(E/W), for example, have
their own orientation program
called LAUNCH. This program was specifically built to
accommodate the division’s
rolling admissions system,
which admits students before
PROSPIES continued on page 2
CERN physicist gives talk on
metaphysical mystery novella
Maggie Loughran
Associate News Editor
Tote Hughes (AB’11),
returned to campus on
Wednesday to read selections from his metaphysical
mystery novella, Fountain, at
the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. Hughes answered
questions about his literary
career, studies in high-energy physics, and his time at
UChicago.
Fountain, which Hughes
began to write in the spring
of 2013, is his first novella.
It was published by the Miami University Press this
past November and has since
won the Miami University
Press 2014 Novella Contest.
Hughes’s novella is a work
of fiction that blends philosophy, mystery, and humor.
The protagonist is a columnist named Pinson Charfo
who finds a note by his bed
one morning written by one
stranger and addressed to
another. The ensuing plot
is what Publisher’s Weekly
calls an “absurdist, episodic
quest” that involves plagiarized manifestos, narcotized cultists, the search for
pornographic prints, and a
fountain whose runoff forms
an underground lake. The
Publisher’s Weekly review
concludes: “This is an intelligent, perceptive novel, but
it leaves the reader adrift.”
At the event, John
Wilkinson, Associate Chair
for Creative Writing and Poetics in the English department, spoke briefly about his
experience teaching Hughes
in his core class on creative
writing. Hughes’s unique anti-realist style made an early
impression on Wilkinson.
“It is unusual for an undergraduate to present for their
first creative writing class
something that has nothing
to do with his or her family
or miserable or ecstatic love
life or any other autobiographical stuff,” Wilkinson
said. “This unusual student
seemed engaged by what fiction alone might make possible in the way of thinking.”
Writing is secondary to
Hughes’s main pursuit—
physics. He lives in Geneva,
Switzerland, where he is
working at CERN, the European Organization for
Nuclear Research, and pursuing a Ph.D. in high-energy
physics.
“I’ve always written a little
as a thing to do outside of
science and other things…
But at one point I decided
I needed to write a novella
because I had written short
stories and somehow I accidently promised my dad
I would write a novella,”
Hughes said. “Once it was
done I think it was better
than other stuff I had written and that’s why I wanted
to get it published.”
Hughes admits he had to
force himself to write Fountain. He committed four
hours every day to writing
about 1,000 words. Regarding his process, he said, “If I
had said, ‘okay I’ll wait for
something to come,’ I would
never write anything.”
Hughes credits UChicago
with instilling in him an appreciation for logic that is
evident in both his writing
and his chosen field of study.
“I think that’s one of the
reasons I study physics. It’s
really logical. And I think
that shows up a lot in my
writing. People having theories that they try to defend
logically even if they don’t
make sense. I wouldn’t have
written something like that
if I hadn’t gone to UChicago
or a school similar.”
The Chicago alumnus has
already begun on his next
work, a novel called Bend,
about a boy who inherits a
town in the West after his
father elopes with a Chinese
laundress. “The narrative is
simpler and easier to follow
and the language is different,
but I think it will be quirky
and whimsical as well. I’m
like a sixth of the way done…
but it ends in disaster.”
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Student leaders can
Prospective students for the Booth School fill out personality tests at orientation
receive grants up to $250 PROSPIES continued from front
SG continued from front
pushback against a fall quarter announcement that certain members of SG would be
receiving stipends for their positions. In October, Kissinger announced that an executive
cabinet with paid positions of $300 and $500
per quarter would be created. This proposal
was a source of significant controversy, with
over 700 students signing a petition in favor
of a referendum on the stipends. The request
for a referendum was ultimately rejected, and
no stipends were ever paid out.
In this new proposal, members of SG
would also be eligible to apply to the SLS
program, but Kissinger noted that these applications would not receive any special advantage in the selection process. In such cases, SG members would abstain from voting,
Kissinger said.
College and Graduate Councils will still
need to approve the proposal, according to
the blog post. Voting will take place during
sixth or ninth week, when SG allocates the
budget for the 2015–2016 school year, Kissinger wrote in an email to the maroon.
The money for an SLS will come mostly
from fundraising, according to the blog post.
SG plans to work with Alumni Relations and
Development to garner philanthropic donations to fund the program, although these
negotiations are still in progress. Kissinger
noted that any additional money will come
from the SG administrative budget. No money will be taken from student organizations
to fund the SLS.
Kissinger wrote that the current SLS proposal had been in the works for the past three
to four months, with he and Bendaas spearheading the initiative. In drafting the proposal, Kissinger and Bendaas were in communication with Campus and Student Life
and the Office of College Aid.
the beginning of every quarter.
Each orientation that is run through
LAUNCH is three days long and happens five
times annually. Jeremy Siefken, Assistant Director for Student Life at the Booth School,
said that planning orientation for the program
includes costs in catering, facilitators, personality assessments, an opening reception at Lucky
Strike, and Booth gear.
Siefken said there are more academic requirements that incoming graduate students have to
fulfill. “All E/W students have to complete a
LEAD Course, and the majority of that requirement is satisfied through part-time students’ successful completion of LAUNCH… So, our incoming part-time students complete the MBTI
and TKI personality assessments. They also are
exposed to case studies and engage in a competition of sorts where they’re critiqued by alumni
judges,” he said.
In relation to other undergraduate programs,
Siefken said they are more community-based
than graduate divisions and maintain a high degree of communication with students and residential workers. “The undergraduate programs
I’ve managed have stretched more with the
community of the institution, introducing the
incoming group to opportunities. There has also
been high touch with current students as well as
residence life staff,” he said.
Novia Pagone, the Associate Dean of Students for the Institute of Molecular Engineering
(IME), said that most orientation activities for
graduate students are done online or situated on
campus to accommodate students’ schedules.
“In terms of resources that we highlight, we
want to cover a broad spectrum since graduate
students may be married or have children. The
goal of orientation is to set up our graduate students for success as they begin their studies and
to ensure that they know how to access the resources they may need,” Pagone said.
Orientation planning for IME begins during
spring quarter and continues into the early part
of summer. According to Pagone, the cost of
orientation and items for tours is approximately
$8000 per year, and the department is planning
to offer several webinars and online conferences.
The undergraduate and graduate admissions
office may make financial accommodations for
admitted students, but not every graduate department does. The Booth School does not pay
for students, but IME provides hotel and travel
expenses for students in addition to other services.
Elise MacArthur, who is a Ph.D. candidate in
the archaeology department at the University, remembers her undergraduate orientation as being
different from her graduate one and thinks that
both programs have improved since then. “OWeek as an undergrad was a blast. I remember the
dorm—specifically the RAs and RHs—being an
integral part of the experience. We had O-Week
leaders, and I was one the year after, who showed
us around campus and the city. In terms of swag,
they gave us a T-shirt. It was in 2003, though,
and I think that things have gotten much fancier
since then,” she said in a phone call.
As a grad student, she said that, “[t]here was a
campus tour, but no further attempt to wine and
dine us — this was in 2006 before the graduate
initiative fund and 90 percent of us were entirely
unfunded. There was no orientation that I can recall, except for a reception put on by my department… In terms of swag, I remember receiving a
folder and a T-shirt.”
Adam Sargent, who is a Ph.D. candidate in
anthropology, recalled his graduate experience as
being classroom-oriented. “The prospective student activities that I remember were completely
run through the department. I stayed with a
current graduate student and my flight cost was
reimbursed… [W]e got a chance to meet with
professors, in-residence students and sit in on
classes. These events gave me a chance to really
get to know the professors, both through talking
to them and talking to graduate students about
them and also what the department was like,”
Sargent said in an email.
University-wide orientation begins on Sunday,
September 20.
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The Argonne National Laboratory is not managed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., as was stated in the
original article. Additionally, Aurora and Mira are the names of computers, not projects and the computers
are not to be exclusively used by the topics listed.
•
The article on the faculty council discussion of divestment originally stated that the Council does not
have the power to vote on the issue; this was incorrect. The Council can vote to have an official stance
on the issue, they just can’t vote to take action. Additionally, the article originally stated that the Board
of Trustees had already considered and dismissed divestment; what the Board actually did was decline to
discuss divestment.
•
The original article regarding the University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration stated that Muti would be
giving a lecture. According to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the event will only include a conversation, not a lecture.
•
The article printed on 4/14/2015 regarding students invoking FERPA rights to view admissions documents stated Sasha Chhabra’s application had two readers; it actually had three. Additionally, a quote
referring to Chhabra’s application documents was misappropriated and two words were left out: “the application” versus “his whole application.” The comment was written by the second reader of Chhabra’s
application, not the interviewer.
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True transparency requires the law
Though UCPD’s pledge to release more information is a positive step, Illinois House bill is still necessary to ensure transparency
For more than two years, University
of Chicago students, Chicago aldermen, Illinois legislators, and community members have called for the University of Chicago Police Department
(UCPD) to become more transparent.
This week, the UCPD announced significant steps toward this goal. While
this represents progress, the University
should still support legislative reforms
to increase police transparency.
By this June, the UCPD will launch
a new website. Updated daily, it will
provide detailed information about
every time a UCPD officer stops a
person or vehicle, including the reason
for the stop and the race and gender of
the suspect. The UCPD will also disclose more detailed data about each arrest its officers make and provide more
detailed descriptions of its policies and
practices. This new website will ensure
that more specific and recent data is
available to members of the public and
will make information the UCPD already discloses much easier to access.
This announcement is a significant
and welcome step in the direction of
greater transparency. The UCPD deserves credit for engaging productively
with its critics, including the Coalition
for Equitable Policing, and with Hyde
Park residents not affiliated with the
University. The new disclosure policy
takes their concerns seriously and
makes an encouraging attempt to address them.
But while this announcement increases transparency, the UCPD
remains troublingly unaccountable
to members of the community. The
UCPD’s jurisdiction goes far beyond
campus, extending north all the way
to East 37th Street, south to East 64th
Street, west to South Cottage Grove
Avenue, and east to South Lake Shore
Drive. As a result, UCPD officers interact daily with local residents who
have no affiliation with the University. Students with concerns about
the UCPD’s practices can, at the very
least, push their Student Government
representatives to raise the issue with
University administrators. Community members who are directly affected
by the UCPD’s actions and policies
have no such representatives, and have
only as much input as the University
chooses to give them.
Simply put, while the UCPD’s decision to disclose additional information is admirable, it should not be in
their power to make this decision in
the first place. The UCPD must be accountable to the community, not just
to University administrators. Illinois
House Bill 3932 is a good first step
toward such accountability. The bill,
which is currently being debated in the
state legislature and was introduced in
response to repeated requests for information regarding UCPD practices,
would make private university police
forces subject to the Freedom of Information Act in the same way that
public law enforcement agencies are.
This would ensure that the UCPD
is always held to the same standards
of disclosure as the Chicago Police
Department, and would make the
commendable changes the UCPD announced this week permanent.
Passing H.B. 3932 would take
UCPD transparency out of University administrators’ discretion and make
it a matter of law. The bill’s authors
have asked the University for input;
they should support it, and the Illinois
General Assembly should act quickly
to pass the bill. Students can help this
process along by contacting their state
legislators, Representative Barbara Flynn Currie and Senator Kwame Raoul,
in support of H.B. 3932. Decisions
about police transparency should be
made by the public, not by officials
of a private entity—even though, this
time, the UCPD got it right.
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Last year, on April 29, the Student Government Finance Committee (SGFC) convened one
of its weekly meetings to hear
and vote on funding proposals for upcoming events. During
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the two-hour meeting, the committee, comprised of a group of
elected student representatives,
voted to allocate $1,150 for the
Catholic Students Association’s
(CSA) spring barbecue, funding two Sam’s Club hamburgers
per attendee. It also allocated
$2,375 for the UChicago Friends
of Israel spring barbecue, funding
kosher falafel, pita, tahini, and
hummus. And it gave $5,783 to
the Harris School’s organization
Latin America Matters (LAM)
for its second annual Latin
American Policy Forum, funding
plane tickets to bring influential
Latin American policymakers
and politicians—including the
ex-president of the Dominican
Republic—to speak at the University.
At every meeting, SGFC is
called upon to make decisions
and trade-offs with its budget,
which comes directly from the
Student Life Fee that we pay each
quarter. The meeting on April
29 is a stark example of the kind
of trade-offs that SGFC makes
in funding every week, but this
example is not meant to be a critique of those specific events. In
this case, all three events were
able to receive funding. But overall, every dollar that goes toward
food for an event is a dollar taken
away from something more long
lasting, memorable, and uncommon. I attended the Latin American Policy Forum and remember
being fascinated and challenged
by the social development panel,
which comprised representatives
from the Inter-American Development Bank and the Mexican
government, and their discussion
of the development possibilities
in the region. I can’t remember if
I attended the Friends of Israel or
the CSA event—but then, campus events based around meals
are rarely memorable the week
after.
I have gone through the minutes from 15 SGFC meetings
between 2013 and 2014, and at
almost every meeting, food was
either the most requested item or
had the most money allocated to
it. In contrast, however, SGFC’s
policy is to only fund a maximum
of 50 percent of a travel stipend
request. No good public data exists about the exact breakdowns
of funding (though Student Government is working on making
that data available), but several
current and past members of Student Government have expressed
to me that food is one of the largest, if not the largest, expense
that SGFC funds.
Is all of that food worth the
trade-offs that come with it?
My stomach says yes, but then
I remember that the thousands
of dollars of “free” food that I
may or may not stumble upon in
Hutch on any given day comes
directly from money that I already paid to the school, in the
form of the Student Life Fee.
Free food on campus brings
people together and can ensure
good attendance at events. But
food is a consumable good meant
solely to “enhance” (according
to the SGFC charter) events—it
doesn’t necessarily teach, inform,
or inspire. So why does food receive so much funding when, in
contrast, requests for transportation to conferences, honoraria
for speakers, and new equipment for RSOs often go partially
funded? Without this funding,
a potentially illuminating event
might never take place. Food is
rarely essential to the spirit of an
event, and in fact, SGFC claims
it only funds food purchases so
long as the food is “not the sole
draw of the event.” The committee should implement policies
and set precedents that prioritize
more meaningful, long-lasting
funding requests over those for
food. One solution might be to
require that RSOs rank items on
in terms of how essential they are
to the event. Beyond that, however, RSOs should recall that every
penny they request from SGFC
ultimately comes from their own
pockets, and question whether 15
boxes of pizza for a study break is
the best use of that money.
Maya Handa is a thirdyear in the College majoring in public policy.
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APRIL 17, 2015
Survivor's account: Fire Escape's 48-hour filmmaking adventure
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Despite what its name may lead
you to believe, 48 Hour Film Fest
does not involve movies that are 48
hours long. Instead it’s a cutthroat
competition in which teams of four
are given 48 hours to write, film,
and edit a short film to compete for
the prize of a movie-themed bobblehead. This year I joined a team with
the goal to make friends and a movie
and to take that coveted bobblehead
for myself.
Once each team had a title, sound
equipment, a tripod and a camera,
they were sent off to make their visions a reality. What ensued was one
of the most fun weekends I have had
in college so far. Friday night was devoted to coming up with the script,
finding props and scheduling the rest
of the week. My film team decided we
would follow three characters: an aggressive and profane journaler, an ambitious daydreamer, and an insightful
yet completely inept observer. With
these characters in mind, we went to
bed before waking up bright and early
for a solid 12 hours of filming, which
took us from the pool in Ratner to
Treasure Island and the annual Awkward Ball in International House. As
we frantically ran from location to location, calling on friends to be extras
and to act in our strange little film,
the inside jokes and silliness piled up,
peaking during editing. In total, it
took about 16 of our 48 hours to edit
our footage into the little, incomprehensible baby that was our film.
The next day, all 16 films debuted
to a nice crowd at the Max Palevsky
Cinema. The night began with the
film “Trail Mix” by team Sippycup.
This was the team’s fourth and final
year competing, and their entry last
year, “Communist Daughter Works
the Late Shift,” was a crowd favorite.
This year they did not disappoint, and
their movie began with a humorous
look into the process of making trail
mix before proceeding to follow the
life of a drone outside of the trail mix
factory. I couldn’t help but laugh at
every shot of the drone grocery shopping, driving a car, or showering.
I don’t have the space to explore
each film, but here are some other
scattered impressions I have of the
rest of the night: “Peach” was the
most visually appealing film of the
evening. The majority of the film was
filmed on the Ferris Wheel at Navy
Pier, and the shots of the lights of the
fairground and city were absolutely
breathtaking. My favorite moment
of the night came during the movie
“Agreement” when the camera shot
flashed to the main character as she
typed the name of her screenplay into
her computer, titling it “My GREAT
screenplay.” One film, “***,” was set
entirely in Milwaukee. Why? I’m not
really sure, but it was gorgeously shot
and served as a refreshing departure
from the University and Hyde Park
locations typically used for the 48
hour films. I will refrain from review-
Andrew McVea on set of "The Gold Team" this past weekend.
COURTESY OF MADISON OLMSTED
ing my own film, but I will say that
even though I had to ask my teammates, “What the fuck is our movie?”
during its premiere, it still seemed to
garner positive reviews.
Mimi Wilcox and Sean Raju’s film
“To Our Parents” provided a perfect
ending to the evening. As my teammate Claire aptly put it, filmmaking
can be a somewhat self-centered affair. As a director, one tries one's best
to make visions and ideas absolutely
perfect, and it can be all-consuming.
Wilcox and Raju, however, managed
to make an entirely selfless film that
was truly moving, without feeling
forced or kitschy.
In the end, the bobblehead winners
were team 20th Century Socks and
their film “L’oeil,” translated as “eye”
in French. They were one of the few
teams that decided to make a drama
instead of a comedy, and the plot involved a bunch of what appeared to
be job applicants sitting in one room
and having staring contests with each
other. Each contest overflowed with
tension and suspense before the eventual break. The color correction, costuming and general production value
gave it the extra edge.
Ultimately my team didn’t win
the prize, but weren’t the friendships
built and the film crafted in just two
days the real prize? Sure. I’ll just keep
telling myself that until next year.
Fruitful weekend for student artists Art Institute finds common ground in religious prints
Priyanka Farrell
Arts Contributor
The Logan Center for the Arts was
hopping and popping with fashion
and art lovers alike the weekend before
last. Festivities started Thursday night
with the opening of Pink Chiffon and
continued on Friday with the opening
of an exhibit featuring fashion from
MODA’s first cooperative effort with
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Pink Chiffon, a Department of Visual Arts BA Thesis Exhibition in Logan’s
main gallery, featured the works of nine
different student artists. The show included a wide range of modern media,
human interactions, everyday objects,
and unusual creations that display and
highlight the beauty of the every day.
Pieces included an artistically constructed chair, turned sideways; a glass
structure filled with decaying fruits
reminiscent of Yoko Ono’s designs; and
a room displaying a video game stream.
The front room of the gallery showcased a fun, interactive piece by Scarlett
Kim. Participants sat at a table with
Kim and helped her write letters to
her dad—some comical, some serious,
and some in different languages. Afterward, these letters were pinned up on a
nearby wall. Another intriguing series
consisted of blocks of homemade soap,
which contained everything you would
never want to see inside a bar of soap
—the contents ranging from mold to
clumps of hair—yet surprisingly looks
beautiful.
The weekend also witnessed a high-
energy reception to celebrate the opening of another show, an exhibition
titled Passion, Territory, and Reflection
put on by MODA, the undergraduate fashion magazine. It features three
undergraduate designers: Celia Yuen,
Connie Huang, and Harrison Yu.
These designers have been working
with graduate students at the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
for the duration of this school year to
learn the ins and outs of clothing design.
Yuen, who has participated in both
MODA’s Designer Boot Camp as
well as the MODA Fashion Show, described the experience as eye-opening:
“I got to see a different approach to
fashion, in which I interacted with
people who live and breathe fashion.”
Yuen explained the creative process
of the SAIC experience, detailing one
instance when students were encouraged to bring in images that inspired
them and incorporate them into
their designs. These influences can
be clearly seen in the various fashion
pieces. Yuen’s black flowing dress, for
example, features fantastical origami
birds inspired by nature. Yuen’s colorful dresses, embellished with intricate
wire designs, as well as Huang’s sleek,
elegant, dark blue gowns, drew inspiration from elements beyond the simple
of the human body. This is the first year
MODA has partnered with SAIC, and
the group hopes to grow the program
in the coming years.
MODA’s exhibit will remain open
until May 4 in Logan’s Lower Gidwitz
Lobby.
Darren Wan
Arts Staff
The development of the medium of print in both the East
and the West is inextricably tied
to the dissemination of religious
ideas. A comparative exploration
of religious prints in Japan and in
Western Europe, Spreading Devotion, recently opened at the Art
Institute of Chicago. The exhibit
engages the material by closely
juxtaposing Buddhist and Christian texts and images.
Most of the exhibition consists
of didactic images that could be
understood by both the educated
classes and the illiterate laity. European prints often depict events
or personages that are easily identifiable, even by those Christians
who are unfamiliar with scripture.
The multiple prints of Christ on
the cross, the principal image of
the Christian faith, demonstrate
the centrality of Christ’s sacrifice
for the sins of humankind. Japanese prints, in contrast, usually
privilege the depiction of deities
over events. One of the largest
pieces at the gallery was a handcolored woodblock-printed set
of twelve printed devas, divine
guardians of Indian Hindu origin.
These icons, used during a court
ritual, demonstrate the syncretism
that constitutes Japanese faith in
the early 15th century.
Pilgrimage is a theme central
to religion, especially in medi-
eval times, and these pious acts
of devotion feature heavily in the
prints curated for this exhibition.
Pilgrimage artifacts from Japan
and Western Europe demonstrate
the convergence of Buddhist and
Christian social histories despite
their ideological differences. In
both regions, collecting material objects along pilgrim routes is
common practice. Spreading Devotion includes a charm from the
Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple in
the Gifu Prefecture, the final destination on a pilgrimage route of
33 temples in Western Japan. The
woodblock print from the year
1684 is evidence demonstrating
the practice of charm collection
at each temple along a pilgrimage
route, each charm being a printed
image of each of the 33 manifestations of Kannon, the bodhisattva
of compassion. The European analog for this practice is exemplified
by a pilgrim badge from the Andechs monastery outside of Munich, which is covered in images
of relics that the monastery owns.
Although it is not a print, such
devotional badges were often sewn
into religious manuscripts, thereby evoking in the devotee sentiments of awe and reverence to that
of Japanese pilgrims collecting
printed images of deities. The medieval preponderance on pilgrimage culminates in this gallery in
illustrations of the arduous journey that the pilgrim undertakes.
William Blake’s line engraving of
the pilgrims of Chaucer’s canonical Canterbury Tales depicts the
imaginative hold that the theme
of the journey has on the pious,
even in Victorian England. In the
gallery, one also finds a book with
multiple woodcut prints from the
Netherlands in the year 1486.
The longest foldout in the book
comprises a map that depicts the
pilgrimage route from Venice to
Jerusalem, allowing a fictive pilgrimage to be made in the comfort
of one’s own home. This cartographical feat indicates yet again
the social and cultural significance
of pilgrimage.
A display case at the end of the
gallery holds two of the oldest
printed materials in the exhibition, both of which are scriptural
texts. A leaf from the Gutenberg
Bible, the first book printed in
Europe using movable type in the
year 1455, is juxtaposed alongside a woodblock-printed konpon
darani text, a prayer taken from
a Buddhist sutra from the late
eighth century. It is noteworthy
that the latter is displayed alongside a miniature wooden pagodashaped reliquary that once held
the rolled-up darani prayer. This
work was part of a set called the
Hyakumantō, one million pagodas
that are believed to be commissioned by the empress as a prayer
for peace after a tumultuous uprising in 764. These two documents,
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THE CHICAGO MAROON | ARTS | April 17, 2015
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Seasons tapestry inspired by Rockefeller Chapel meditates on the passage of time
Grace Hauck
Associate Arts Editor
When I think of Rockefeller Chapel, I think Gothic. I
think stone, gargoyles, arches,
vaulting, wooden pews, red
velvet seats, metal lanterns,
and stained glass. I think
strength, structure, and command.
You can imagine my shock,
then, when I walked into
Rockefeller’s east transept bay
(the small section of pews off
to the right) to behold Libby
Chaney’s newest fabric installation, Seasons—a profusion
of color, textures, and patterns. Not Gothic, to say the
least.
This Cleveland-based fiber
artist’s impressionistic compilation of chronological snapshots, broken up into four vertical panels, totals 450 ft2 and
covers all three walls of the
east transept. Not only does
this work feature each dis-
tinct season, but it also depicts
those fleeting and elusive transitional periods between each
season—that not-yet-quitefall-summer, that baiting winter-spring warmth. Seasons is
playful and unexpected.
Winter dominates the center of the work, flanked on
each adjoining wall by spring
and fall, with touches of summer bursting at the very edges
of the piece. The leftmost,
painterly panel depicting summer exhibits thick, rectangular, overlapping Cezanne-like
swatches of blue, yellow, and
green. The initially distinct
designation of land, tree, and
sky becomes less pronounced
as summer gives way to fall,
and leaves meld each distinct
layer into a single mass of autumnal hues.
The leap from fall to winter
is much harsher, like a sudden and complete snowfall. A
panel of robust sienna, purple,
and blue rests aside a startling
collage of white and grey. The
adjacent panel, the largest
and simplest of all the panels,
features a white background
with delicately placed slivers
of brown—twigs surviving
amidst ice. This authoritative
focus point balances the life
and chaos rushing throughout
the surrounding panels. It’s a
brief repose.
Though the springtime
panels are vibrant, they are
surprisingly tame. Chaney
depicts a season of inescapable growth with her formless
medley of flourishing. The
specific colors of these textures, layered in this way, bring
to mind patterns of moss and
lichen while avoiding abrasive
colors and stereotypical allusions to springtime tulips.
As spring returns to summer,
Chaney ramps up the volume and body of her fabrics,
creating a flowing, swirling
movement reminiscent of Van
Gogh.
Despite the aesthetic contrast between these sensual
panels and the surrounding
solemnity of stone, Chaney’s
textile meditation on temporality works well within
the physical space and was,
in fact, designed specifically
with Rockefeller in mind:
“The cool gray windows of
Rockefeller Chapel are the
stoic, elegant colors of winter,”
Chaney said in an interview
with Rockefeller administrators, “They inspired me to
make a series of work based on
my feelings for winter, spring,
summer and fall.”
Since its installation in
mid-January, Seasons has perfectly coincided with many
other Rockefeller programs
associated with the passage
of time, including the major
concert Sacred Powers of Water and Rockefeller’s weekly
Zen meditation sessions. Reflecting on the role of Seasons
within Rockefeller by e-mail,
Elizabeth Davenport, Dean of
Rockefeller Chapel, said:
“From a spiritual perspective, most of the world’s major
traditions root their practices
in seasonal ritual of one kind
or another, and an installation
which celebrates the turn of
the year is very appropriate.
Further, we are all aware of
what I would call the seasons
of our lives, a theme to which
Chaney spoke in a talk which
she gave at the Chapel in February: the times when we burrow down, the times of great
creativity and blossoming, the
more fallow periods.”
Seasons itself seems to be a
personal chronicle of the seasons of Libby Chaney’s own
life. Each fabric—each and
every scrap of silk, flannel,
cotton, and canvas—Chaney
collected at some point in her
travels. In a poem that accompanies the supplementary exhibition of her works in Rockefeller’s downstairs gallery
corridor, Chaney writes,
“Standing, I cut a floppy
shape from something soft/
that came from somewhere/ a
long time ago, or from a skirt
I found, a shop/ around the
world./ It’s like starting to talk
with strangers.”
Chaney spent two entire
years interweaving scraps of
her existence, birthing a tapestry that encourages viewers to
confront their own. In doing
so, she not only dialogues with
her own past but also incorporates the unknown histories of
former fabric owners. Chaney
transforms their dresses, curtains, tablecloths, cultures,
histories, and more into a universal and timeless exploration
of season.
By popular demand, the
Seasons installation has been
extended and will remain
on display until this coming
Monday. Rockefeller is free
and open to the public 8:30
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drenge goes from two to three in newest LP Wolf Hall television adaptation undressed
Miriam Benjamin
Arts Contributor
Drenge’s Undertow proves
the case for the bass guitar.
In his book Our Band
Could Be Your Life, music critic Michael Azzerad
describes the bass guitar
player as having “a key role
that wasn’t obviously key.”
Drenge’s second band,
which started with two
members (an erupting recent trend—see also: Royal
Blood, Honeyblood, Slaves)
started with Eoin Loveless playing guitar, and his
younger brother, Rory, on
the drums. Their self-titled
debut album was a grungy
affair, lyrically replete with
stereotypical
small-town
frustrations (the Loveless
brothers are from the Derbyshire countryside).
After relocating to Sheffield, the Loveless brothers
moved in with Rob Graham, and he joined them on
the bass guitar. Like so many
bands before them, the addition of another member
made everything flow. It’s
difficult to explain in concrete terms the difference
Graham makes: Drenge
sounds more rounded out,
with a better groove and a
more melodic tone.
However, the strengths
of the Loveless brothers are
still evident. Eoin’s guitar
parts are chiming but disquieting, and Rory is a technical drummer, making full
use of fills, tight rolls, crashing cymbals, and thumping
bass.
Whereas Drenge was
once spiky and Nirvanaesque, only the lead single
“We Can Do What We
Want” employs the same
frenetic energy that characterized its first album.
Undertow sounds more like
Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.
“We Can Do What We
Want” is a rebel yell with a
poppy riff, but still manages
to come off like Tony Iommi
covering the Ramones—it’s
downright irresistible.
By far the most melodic
song is “The Woods,” reminding us that Drenge has
never been shy of their pop
roots. Indeed, their producer, Ross Orton, made
his name by working on
M.I.A.’s Arular and Arctic
Monkeys’ AM. Undertow is
an instrumental jam session
that highlights Graham’s
contribution, clearly defining the new groove of the
band with a killer bassline.
Undertow is a cohesive
album with the running
theme of relationships. It
was a nice change from the
earlier theme of living in
the backwaters of Sheffield’s
music scene. The fluidity of
the album is probably best
exemplified by first track,
“Introduction,” which flows
smoothly into “Running
Wild.” Undertow has the
same running time as Drenge
but feels much tighter.
Aside from “We Can Do
What We Want,” Drenge’s
biting lyrical humor isn’t in
full
force, which is a shame
coming from the man who
said in an interview that
he “thought my parents
were trying to ruin my life
[by moving to Hope, England]—my last name is
Loveless and I was living in
Hope.”
Ultimately, there’s something rewarding in every song on Undertow. If
Drenge was mostly uptempo
with the occasional leisurely
number, Undertow is the reverse; yet the ratio in both
cases keeps the albums diverse and interesting. At the
same time, Undertow isn’t
a repetition of the first album. It’s a natural evolution
that retains the same core
elements that made Drenge
interesting : baleful lyrics
(“Your dead-eyed stare/
You’re running scared”), a
heavy sound, and melodic
guitar tones. Graham’s bass
adds to the band by coloring in the sonic sketch of
Drenge, making Undertow
an immensely satisfying listen in the process.
“Pilgrimage is a theme central to religion”
AIC continued from page 5
ferent purposes, sought to
render accessible scriptural
texts that once lay in the intellectual monopoly of the
clerical or priestly class.
Despite the wide-ranging
geographical locales and
time periods in which the
prints curated were made,
Spreading Devotion succeeded in uniting print material that is representative
of the practices of different
faiths. This comparative exploration of the social histories of Japan and Western
Europe documents the convergence of cultural practice
and religious ideology, and
demonstrates the indispensable role of art in acts of devotion and piety.
Spreading Devotion runs
from April 4, 2015 to June
21, 2015 at Gallery 107 at
the Art Institute of Chicago, which is open from
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every
day.
Adam Thorp
Arts Contributor
One character in Hilary
Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall suggests we can learn about a person by what they wear under
their clothes. The Duke of Norfolk, for instance, is an antique
and suspicious character in the
book; he covers his body with
the medals and relics of saints.
In the BBC’s "Wolf
Hall," an adaptation of the published two thirds of Mantel’s
Wolf Hall trilogy (Wolf Hall
with Bring Up the Bodies), that
piece of advice is used. Though
the show also covers the muchtravelled ground of Henry VIII
and some of his six wives, "Wolf
Hall" is not a bodice ripper.
Since characters in the show do
not get naked and we do not see
under their clothes, the advice
is less useful. But Norfolk, uncommented upon, still jingles
when he moves.
That is to say that the adaptation, which is now being
broadcast as part of PBS’s Masterpiece Theater, is a remarkably
careful and faithful representation. The candle lit corridors of
power feels just right.
Some decisions in the television adaption seem to address
common complaints about the
book. Viewers who could not
track Mantel’s political machinations can note the title cards at
the beginning of every episode,
which position it in the flow of
events. In a rare script defect,
this same context is sometimes
repeated again in dialogue later
on. For delivering exposition,
I prefer the dialogue. Much of
it comes straight from Mantel, and all of it is wonderful. It
is clever and full-bodied. Her
slightly askew turns of phrase
suggest antiquity without using
antiquated language.
This all touches only fleetingly upon the most important element of Mantel’s narrative and
the central criteria by which any
adaptation of Wolf Hall must
be measured: the depiction of
Thomas Cromwell, a Tudor-era
power-broker and Mantel’s omni-capable, omnipresent protagonist. Mark Rylance’s Cromwell is perfect—engagingly wry
and cautious. It’s worthwhile to
spend a scene just watching his
face.
Mantel’s great project in her
trilogy is to rehabilitate Cromwell, who has gained a bad reputation in the 475 years since his
death. This is at the expense of
(St.) Thomas More, a political
enemy who opposed Henry’s
divorce for religious reasons.
At the king’s request, Cromwell
arranged More’s martyrdom.
Cromwell goes down as a ruthless and ambitious villain and
More as a hero of freedom of
conscience. Robert Bolt’s midcentury play "A Man For All
Seasons," the other great Cromwell-More story in popular culture, pushes this view.
Catholic critics have complained about Mantel’s depiction of More and the Church
more broadly. I would note that
in some cases in Mantel’s books,
devotion to Mother Church
is an admirable show of backbone; beyond this, their argument is plausible, and I’ll leave
them to it.
Whatever we conclude about
his final stand, More remains a
strange champion of freedom
of conscience: Heretics were
burned during his time in power. In Mantel’s telling, More is
a monster. She suggests that he
is dogmatic and cruel. Mantel
seems to be as disturbed by his
self-denial. In the book version of Wolf Hall, we learn that
More wears a hairshirt beneath
his clothes.
For Cromwell’s part, he does
not understand the question;
he had always assumed that beneath people’s clothes you find
their skin. The Cromwell of the
books and of the show is overwhelmingly sympathetic. He
is a modern man, a freethinker
and a capitalist who educates
his daughter. (More famously
did the same, but gets little
credit from Mantel). He seems
to be capable of anything except cruelty or caprice. Most
importantly, in Mantel’s telling
Cromwell is fleshy, kind, and
self-indulgent—that is to say, he
is human.
The show captures the crucial contrast between Cromwell and More well in its condensed time frame—we learn
that More does not sleep with
his wife, who he seems to hate,
not long before we see Cromwell singing in carefree Italian
through an ebullient morningafter.
Mantel likes this contrast
between admirable self-acceptance and destructive selfdenial. Her novel of the French
Revolution, A Place of Greater
Safety, has a similar pairing—
the hideously ugly Danton
and the handsome and austere
Robespierre both have bloody
hands—but Danton’s appetites
redeem him.
The risk is that when Cromwell’s rehabilitation is complete,
we are left with the story of a
clever man doing wonderfully.
This can be enjoyable to read or
watch, but there is a risk that the
story of a decent man ultimately
rising to the top will obscure
Wolf Hall’s otherwise nuanced
consideration of power and its
implications. But history suggests that it will be otherwise.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the
Bodies each track the process
of someone from the heights
of power to their execution.
Cromwell arranges their deaths.
One book—and, it seems reasonable to suspect—one execution remains. This is a carefully
constructed historical fiction, so
we know that Cromwell dies at
the end. The final fall and death
will be Cromwell’s own, which
will presumably put everything
in perspective.
THE CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | April 17, 2015
Heavy hitting earns Chicago 2–1 record on the week
Baseball
COURTESY OF UCHICAGO ATHLETICS
Since the beginning of April, the Maroons have
made a habit of alternating between winning and
losing two consecutive games. Following their hot
and cold pattern, the South Siders were due to
win two in a row against St. Norbert on Tuesday.
For the first game of the doubleheader, Chicago sent ace third-year Nick Watson out to the
mound for the home game against the Green
Knights. Watson got himself into a jam immediately. He drilled the visiting shortstop during the
very first at-bat. A passed ball sent second-year
Derek Klegin to second base. Two batters later,
the Knights had a man on each of the corners
with only one out. The Knights’ batter hit a sharp
grounder to third, and the Maroons completed
the Around the Horn to end the inning.
On the offensive side of the plate, fourth-year
third baseman Kyle Engel did the heavy lifting.
He drove in three runs during the first three innings. Engel’s performance gave Watson the confidence he needed, allowing him to settle down
on the mound after the first inning. He proceeded to pitch all seven innings, giving up a mere
four hits and only a single earned run. Secondyear Thomas Prescott earned himself an RBI for
the Chicago squad in the fifth inning, and when
Watson walked off the mound to end his day, the
Maroons had won 4–1.
Watson came in with a specific plan for the
Green Knights. “My approach against St. Nor-
bert was to essentially get in favorable counts by
throwing first-pitch curveballs for strikes, and to
challenge hitters on the inside of the plate with
the fastball.” Watson was clearly able to execute
his game plan well in his third victory of the season.
In game two, Engel was equally impactful at the
plate. After a shaky first inning from fourth-year
pitcher Andrew VanWazer left St. Norbert with
four runs on the board, the Maroons answered
with the next five. Engel provided three RBIs, one
of which was a thundering solo jack, and ended
the game just a triple short of the cycle.
An unearned run in the top of the seventh allowed the Green Knights to tie the game up, and
after an uneventful bottom half of the inning,
the Maroons got to play a little bit extra. It wasn’t
much because in the very next inning, the Chicago squad was able to close out the game with the
winning RBI from second-year Ryan Krob.
It was a wonderful end to the day, and the Maroons prepared for a pleasant day trip to Carthage
College for a nine-inning affair. Chicago was
poised to break the aforementioned trend, and
came hurtling out of the gate with a five-run second inning. It wasn’t enough to keep down the
heavy-hitting Red Men. The Kenosha team is batting an impressive .336 on the year. Although the
Maroons were able to drive in eight runs, the Red
Men did them one better en route to a 9–8 victory over the visiting South Siders.
Chicago faces off against rival Wash U in a
doubleheader on Saturday and a single game Sunday. Though they are the underdogs, the Maroons
look to pull a fast one on the Bears and sneak out
of St. Louis with a few wins. Watson sees hitting
improvement and bullpen pitching as the keys to
victory over the UAA foe.
“Our hitters have been more relaxed and confident and are putting some great swings on the ball
as a result. […] We’ve also got young guys coming
out of the bullpen who can shut down lineups as
well.”
Hopefully St. Louis will see the Maroons break
the double win, double loss curse that has plagued
them since the start of the month.
Saturday’s game against the Bears begins at 11
a.m. at Wash U.
Rival WashU looms for South Siders
Women’s Tennis
David Kerr
Sports Staff
The No. 15-ranked Maroons are looking
forward to some home cooking this weekend
as they finish off the season at Stagg Court
against Wheaton. This game marks the end of
the regular season as they prepare for the post
season.
Chicago is preparing for a number of firsts
this weekend, as it faces off against Wheaton
for the first time this season. The Thunder
bring their 13–5 record to Hyde Park as they
try to knock off the South Siders. Wheaton
has won three out of their last six matches
since last month and will try and add to its
winning ways.
The South Siders are coming off of last weekend having knocked off two ranked teams, No.
38 Texas-Tyler and No. 28 UW–Whitewater.
The squad fell by a narrow margin to No. 11
Wash U, bringing their season record to 10–9.
Over the weekend, second-year Tiffany Chen
proved a steady anchor for the squad, going
undefeated through her three singles matches
and dropping only a singular doubles match
with partner first-year Courtney Warren.
The match-up against Wheaton will be the
first non-ranked opponent the Maroons have
faced since their 9–0 shutout of Kenyon in
early February.
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Fourth-year Maggie Schumann relishes the
competitive opportunity that the Thunder
present for the Maroons. “We always have
good competitive matches with Wheaton so
it should be great preparation for UAA’s next
week,” Schumann says.
Chicago is also looking forward to playing
their first home match of the year on Stagg
Court. After traveling around the country to
play matches all season, the Maroons are looking forward to finally playing at home.
“I’m excited to finally get to play with more
than one fan watching! Aside from all the
technical advantages of being on our home
courts, like knowing the court speed etc.,” says
Warren. “I think our biggest advantage is going to come from the support of our friends
coming out to watch. We love cheering for
each other every week when we travel, but
some new fans will definitely bring some new
energy.”
Playing at home is an advantage for any
team and the Maroons are looking to capitalize on it against the Thunder. Not only
will crowd support be a major advantage, but
friendly conditions on a familiar court will be
as well.
“Playing at home is always a great advantage
for us since we know the conditions well, like
the wind and ambient noise. Plus it’s great to
have the UC support at home,” Schumann
said.
Look for the Maroons to take advantage of
the familiarity of their home court conditions
and use it against the Thunder this weekend.
The familiarity of playing on a court that you
practice on every day brings an advantage that
cannot be understated.
The Maroons look to use this match as a
springboard to prepare for the postseason.
Led by the duo of first-year Ariana Iranpour at
No. 1 singles and veteran fourth-year Megan
Tang at No. 2 singles, who also pair to make
the squad’s No. 1 doubles, Chicago’s depth
is daunting for the most competitive of programs.
With the UAA Championships and
NCAA tournament looming, Chicago is
looking to go into the postseason with experience and momentum. The Thunder should
provide sufficient competition for the Maroons to prepare for the postseason. The Maroons are looking toward the postseason with
great optimism as the team is coming together
at the right time.
“Our team is coming together unbelievably
well going into the UAA tournament,” Warren said.
Looking to build off of the success developed by playing top tier teams, the Maroons
will begin the final push towards the postseason.
The squad kicks off play against Wheaton at
1 p.m. Saturday at the Stagg Courts.
Nash. Predators vs. Chi. Blackhawks
Game 1- Wednesday Chicago 4–3 2OT
Game 2- Friday 8:30 p.m.
Regular season: Chicago 3–1
Fans: 73 percent for Blackhawks
Patrick Kane is good to go. Originally forecasted to miss 12 weeks due to a collarbone
injury, Kane is back on the ice ready for Game
one, only four weeks later! He proved useful
immediately, notching two assists to help his
team recover from a four-goal deficit to win
in double overtime. On the other side of the
ice, we have head coach Peter Laviolette of
Nashville who came in last April to take a 38–
21–12 Predators team that missed the playoffs,
and turn them into a 47–25–10 Stanley Cup
threat. With their speedy transition game and
Kane’s equally speedy return, Chicago is going
push this Nashville team right back and it will
make for a great series.
Prediction: Blackhawks in 6
Van. Canucks vs. Calgary Flames
Game 1- Wednesday Calgary 2–1
Game 2- Friday 9 p.m.
Regular season: Flames 2–1–1
Fans: 51 percent for Flames
Neither of these two teams are Stanley Cup
favorites, but they’ve both made it to the playoffs, and together make for one of the more
even match-ups in this year’s bracket. Calgary
is a young team, with many of its members seeing the playoffs for the first time. Vancouver
Canucks, on the other hand, are going to have
to rely on the veteran Sedin twins for offense.
Calgary took game one in the final minute of
play off a Kris Russel shot from the point.
Prediction: Vancouver in 7
Mont. Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
Game 1- Wednesday Canadiens 4–3
Game 2- Friday 6 p.m.
Regular season: Ottawa 3–1
Fans: 73 percent for Canadiens
The Senators went on quite a run to earn
their hard fought playoff berth, while rookie
goaltender Andrew Hammond instantly became a sensation in Ottawa. His first start?
A 4–2 win over the Canadiens, a win that
began an unreal 20–1–2 stretch by the rookie netminder. OK, the Senators are hot and
they seem to have found themselves a good
goaltender, but don’t forget who’s in goal for
Montreal, Carey Price. Price, a Vezina trophy
favorite, is a proven performer who is capable
of stealing any series, and most certainly this
one. Ottawa is a great, young, inexperienced
group who might be taken aback by the Montreal Canadiens. Canadiens won the first game,
4–3, scoring late in the third period to break a
3–3 tie.
Prediction: Canadiens in 5
Wash. Capitals vs. N.Y. Islanders
Game 1- Wednesday Islanders 4–1
Game 2- Friday 6 p.m.
Regular season: Washington 2–0–2
Fans: 59 percent for Capitals
Alexander Ovechkin. Though critics love to
hate on him, it’s hard to give the man any heat
with how he’s been rolling lately. Though he
has no cup to show for it, Alexander Ovechkin is one of the best playoff performers in
the league. Travis Hamonic, a New York shutdown defenseman is out indefinitely, leaving
Ovechkin with that much more space. Don’t
worry though; the Isles have a big gun too in
John Tavares. The Washington Capital’s goalie
Braden Holtby had a great regular season, but
can he stop the Islanders offense? New York
took fourth in the league in goals scored, and
should have no trouble netting 3–4 goals a
game. The Islanders did just that on Wednesday, taking a 4–1 victory.
Prediction: Capitals in 7
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After winning in extra innings on Sunday,
Chicago entered its doubleheader against No. 8
Illinois Wesleyan (24–6, 3–1) looking to put together a string of wins.
The Maroons seemed poised to do just that,
drawing first blood in the second inning. With
runners on second and third base, first-year
pitcher Molly Moran brought a run home on an
RBI groundout. Although Chicago left a runner
stranded on third, Moran returned to the mound
with a lead.
However, it wasn’t long, before Chicago’s advantage disappeared. In the top of the third inning, Moran walked two Titans to put runners
on first and second. Despite the early troubles,
she recovered to force what should have been
a routine ground ball. The defense, however,
botched the simple play, allowing two unearned
runs.
The mistakes did not stop there. By the end of
the inning, another fielding error had given the
Titans a 3–1 lead.
Chicago was never able to recover. From there
on out, the South Siders managed just five hits.
The pitching, meanwhile, surrendered four more
runs. By the end of the game, the South Siders were ready to put the 7–1 drubbing behind
them.
If there were any signs of resignation after the
first match, there was no evidence of it in the
second. Despite giving up a run in the top of the
third, Chicago countered with a run of its own in
the next half of the inning.
The rest of the game proved to be a pitcher’s
duel. With each out by Illinois Wesleyan thirdyear pitcher Jenna Noland, Chicago third-year
pitcher Jordan Poole countered with scoreless innings of her own. In the end, it was Noland who
was the first to crack.
In the bottom of the fifth, Noland walked the
first batter and drilled the second to put runners
on first and second. After an out, second-year
Maggie O’Hara cracked a double into center
field, driving in two runs. Third-year Kathleen
Kohm, batting cleanup, singled to left field to
give Chicago the 4–1 lead.
From there on out, neither offense was able
to tack on any more points. After losing the first
game, Chicago had bounced back for the victory.
“The difference maker in this game was that
our leaders stepped up. We were all angry with
the previous game, but by striving for greatness,
we achieved resiliency and victory. I’m honored
to fight beside my teammates,” Kohm said.
The home win carries Chicago to 11–13 overall and 2–2 on the home field. However, the Maroons hope to use this win to spark some more
victories down the road.
“Hopefully we can take some momentum
from beating Illinois Wesleyan as we go on the
road the next few games. Whitewater has been
our target for a very, very long time and we are
ready for the fight,” Kohm said.
Chicago will be in for a tough outing. UW–
Whitewater will go into the doubleheader 20–6
and 9–3 in conference. The pair of games will
take place on Saturday at UW–Whitewater. The
first game will start at 1 p.m. while the second
kicks off at 3 p.m.
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After a successful weekend against a slew
of ranked opponents, the South Siders will
play their last regular season match of the
year against No. 16 Gustavus Adolphus this
Sunday. The team enters the match with a
No. 13 national ranking, and a record of
13–4.
The Maroons so far have had an excellent regular season, with three of their four
losses coming to No. 8 Case Western, No.
4 Pomona-Pitzer, and No. 5 Wash U. All
three of these losses were close, with the
Maroons falling 5–4 in each of the contests.
The parallels between the Maroons and
their opponents are striking. Gustavus
Adolphus enters the match with a record of
29–6, and interestingly, two of those losses
have come at the hands of No. 8 Case Western and No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer. The scores?
5–4.
Fourth-year Ankur Bhargava said, “Even
though we came up just short against Wash
U, we did a great job rebounding and beating Texas–Tyler and UW–Whitewater
[and] I believe these matches will help give
us confidence and help us realize that we
can compete with anybody in the country.”
Last season, Chicago and Gustavus Adolphus met in March with the end result being a 7–2 loss for the South Siders. But the
Chicago squad is completely different this
year, boasting nine underclassmen of the 14
members of the team. One of these underclassmen, a first-year no less, earned UAA
Athlete of the Week honors for the fifth
week this year.
This standout first-year, Nicholas Chua,
said, “Hopefully we can take that mindset
into this coming weekend and play them
with the same energy and fight as if they
were a top 10 or top five team.”
Bhargava echoed this sentiment when he
said, “Hopefully, we can come out firing
and grab a solid win this weekend [so that
we can] use this match as confidence and
another learning experience.”
The game against Gustavus Adolphus is
also the last regular season match for two
fourth-years who have been with this program through its development into one of
the top teams in the nation. They entered
the game with a four-year record of 49–27,
hoping to add a 50th win to that mark. In
UAA play the past three years, the Maroons
have gone 2–1, taking fifth place against
some of the best competition in the country.
This year though, the South Siders
have one of their best records yet, and the
two fourth-years are leading a team that
is stacked with young talent. “Leading a
young team could/can be difficult, but the
group of first and second years have matured greatly from the beginning of the season to the end,” Bhargava said.
With its No. 13 ranking, it appears that
Chicago will continue on to the highest levels of the postseason. But this match is the
last chance to honor the two fourth-years
who have dedicated much of their time to
this program: Deepak Sabada and Bhargava.
“It’s been an awesome experience. Being
my last regular season match, I’m hoping
the team can continue to grow and develop
together as we have been doing all season,”
said Bhargava.
The match is on Sunday, April 16, at Gustavus Adolphus at 11 a.m.
The NBA finished out its regular season this
past Wednesday night, concluding a year that saw
the rise of young superstars, injuries to veteran superstars, and dominant performances by Western
Conference teams. There are some unfamiliar faces
atop the standings in each conference; the Atlanta
Hawks haven’t been the 1-seed since the 1993–94
season and the Golden State Warriors’ last top seed
was in 1975–76. Familiar faces such as the Oklahoma City Thunder and their duo of Russell Westbrook (who won this year’s scoring title) and Kevin
Durant (out with injury) did not make the playoff
cut. And the dynastic Spurs will have to work their
way up from a 6-seed in the deep West to get back
to the Finals.
WESTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW
1. G.S.Warriors (67–15) vs.
8. N.O Pelicans (45–37)
This matchup is all about young talent, which includes three of the League’s top 10 scorers: Stephen
Curry (23.8 PPG), Clay Thompson (21.7 PPG),
and Anthony Davis (24.4 PPG). While each team
boasts an MVP candidate and franchise cornerstone in the Warriors’ Curry and the Pelicans’ Davis, Golden State’s dominant offense and deadly
three-point shooting clip of nearly 40% will prove
too much for the up-and-coming Pelicans.
Season series: Warriors 3–1
My pick: Warriors in 5
4. Portland Trail Blazers (51–31) vs.
5. Memphis Grizzlies (55–27)
Both teams enter the playoffs sustaining late-season injuries to earn playoff berths. Games in this series will feature the contrasting styles of the Blazers
high-powered offense (102.8 PPG) led by Damian
Lillard against the Grizzlies stout defense (allowing
95.1 PPG). In the end, Memphis’ presence of Marc
Gasol and Zach Randolph inside should subdue
the Blazers, who are without guard Wesley Matthews for the remainder of the year.
Season series: Grizzlies 4–0
My pick: Grizzlies in 5
3. Los Angeles Clippers (56–26) vs.
6. San Antonio Spurs (55–27)
This star-filled matchup will feature a physically
superior Clippers squad against the team-oriented
defending champion Spurs. No team in the NBA
is hotter than San Antonio right now, as they have
won 21 out of their last 25 games behind the emergence of Kawhi Leonard and his 16.5 PPG. The
Clippers will make it a series behind the impressive
frontline of Blake Griffin (22 PPG) and DeAndre
Jordan (15 RPG), but Tim Duncan and the veteran Spurs will emerge victors.
Season series: Tied 2–2
My pick: Spurs in 6
2. Houston Rockets (56–26) vs.
7. Dallas Mavericks (50–32)
James Harden, the MVP favorite who has only
started 12 playoff games in his career, seemed like
he was on a mission this season, averaging 27 points,
six rebounds, and seven assists per game. The return
of a healthy Dwight Howard will only take more
pressure off Harden. The experience of the 2011
Champion Mavericks led by Dirk Nowitzki and
Tyson Chandler will foster a battle all series long,
but the winner of this all-Texas matchup might just
come down to home-court advantage.
Season series: Tied 2–2
My pick: Rockets in 7
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