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2011-09-08 - Campus Times
Campus Times
Volume 138, Number 13
Serving the University of Rochester community since 1873
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Student
policy
reforms
UR remembers
ESM freshman
By Leah Buletti
News Editor
In 200 auditions over the
course of four days last October, Matthew Ardizzone,
Associate Dean of Admissions at the Eastman School
of Music, said one musician
stood out from the talented
crowd.
It was Shibai Jia, known
as Victor in the United
States.
Four days after arriving
at Eastman from Zhengzho,
China, Jia, 19, died after falling from a 12-story window
in Eastman Commons on
the Eastman School of Music
campus at approximately 3
a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27,
Rochester police said.
Students and a security officer who heard the incident
reported it immediately, and
Jia was rushed to Strong
Memorial Hospital where
he was pronounced dead,
police reported. According to
University officials, Jia was
a resident of the dorm that
he fell from and would have
celebrated his 20th birthday
this month.
University officials have
not released the cause of
the fall, though they have
said that foul play was not
involved. News 10 NBC reported on Aug. 29 that police
ruled the death a suicide,
but a series of calls to the
Rochester police were not
returned to confirm this.
A spokeswoman for Rochester City Hall said Wednesday that no public statements had been released
about the incident.
Jia entered the Shanghai
conservatory in China while
in middle school to study percussion but came to Eastman
to study the piano — which
his parents said was his true
passion.
“He was a kind, serious,
and organized person,”
Ardizzone said Saturday
during a memorial service
held at Eastman’s Kilbourn
Hall. “He had put together a
strong musical program, one
that made a strong impact on
me. It was clear to me that
he was passionate, sensitive
and completely dedicated to
his art form.”
The University flag flew See JIA, Page 5
Leah Buletti • News Editor
UR ON THE MOVE: One Shovel at a time
UR President Joel Seligman and University officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the first
new dorm on the River Campus in 42 years at Founders’ Court on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
9/11, Ten Years Later:
UR to reflect, give back
Shibai “Victor” Jia, who came to the Eastman School of Music
to pursue a passion for piano, died on Saturday, Aug. 27.
By Susana Acosta
Staff Writer
To commemorate the 10th
anniversary of 9/11, UR will
pay tribute to the lives that
were lost and the devastation that rocked the world
with a series of community
service events, memorial
ceremonies and concerts this
weekend.
Many of the events that
UR has planned this year
focus on community service. The Rochester Center
for Community Leadership
(RCCL) has not officially organized anything for the day
in the past because of Wilson
Day and Be the Change Day,
which are about a week before and a week after Sept.
11, respectively, said Glenn
Cerosaletti, who is the Director of the center.
According to Cerosaletti,
clubs and organizations
made more of an effort this
year in honor of it being
the 10th anniversary of the
attacks.
by EMILY BERKOWITZ
Senior Staff
UR is currently in the
process of finalizing plans to
start building a college town
area — spanning over 16
acres of University property
between Elmwood Avenue
and Crittenden Boulevard
— which aims to improve
the quality of student life
and create stronger bonds
between the University and
the City of Rochester.
Specific plans include
building restaurants, retail shops, a hotel and
conference center, office
space, residential properties, a satellite transit
center, a grocery store and
bar crawl,” Nees Van Ballen said.
Despite the student enthusiasm for the area,
which would give UR a College Town atmosphere, the
complex financial situation
and the number of parties involved have caused
delays.
“We will decide to move
forward only after we are
satisfied that the key elements are in place,” Senior
Vice President for Administration and Finance and
Chief Financial Officer
Ronald Paprocki said. “We
are not there yet, but I can
say that there has been a
See TOWN, Page 4
Courtesy of Helene Snihur
By Melissa Goldin
News Editor
Junior Daren Venable may
have been found not guilty
for the murder of fellow UR
student Jeffrey Bordeaux, Jr.
in the Monroe County Court
system, but the aftermath of
the tragedy still lingers in the
UR community.
After Bordeaux’s death,
UR President Joel Seligman
charged Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Sue Stewart with conducting
an internal review on the
University to subsequently
take measures to assure that
violent acts such as this do
not happen in the future.
The resulting product,
entitled “Report to President
Joel Seligman Concerning
Student Death on Campus”
and credited to Stewart, Director of Risk Management
Spencer Studwell, Senior
Counel Richard Crummins
and Senior Counsel Deirdre
Flynn, was released to the
public on July 27. It contains six sections discussing
Bordeaux’s death and the
events that followed, as well
as background information
on the incident.
The report analyzes the
incident and the University’s
response, among other details, concluding with a set
of 23 recommendations for
the University.
“It’s times like [this], I
guess, that the [University]
motto becomes real for us,”
Dean of Students Matthew
Burns explained. “You constantly look at ways to make
the campus better whether or
not in this specific incident
See POLICY, Page 4
Students will be volunteering this Sunday around
Rochester from 1 to 4 p.m.,
and graduates from the
Rochester Youth program
will serve as project coordinators. The RCCL, which
is sponsoring the service
opportunities, will provide
transportation to and from
the events. Events will focus on helping community
members through activities
like cleaning, organizing,
painting and beautification,
Cerosaletti said.
See
M E M O R Y,
Page 5
Cheryl Seligman • Presentation Editor
College Town has support, but progress still delayed
Inside this issue:
other facilities.
UR students are excited
about the possibility of
easier access to the city.
“I think it will be awesome to have more [options]
with a college town,” senior
Morgan Nees Van Baalen
said.
Senior Sarah Catheline
agreed.
“The places the buses go
to are far away from campus,” she said.
In addition to making it
easier for students to access the city, a college town
would also provide more
activities for UR students.
“It would be nice to have
more senior events, like a
News: New special interest housing option at UR
Opinions: A New Yorker’s experience of 9/11
Features: Exploring the origin of UR’s buildings
A&E: Good Old War rocks Yellowjacket Weekend
Sports: Mens’ Soccer outplays SUNY Fredonia
Drue Sokol • Photo Editor
A plan in the works for a College Town area, which would include restaurants, retail shops, a
hotel, a grocery store, office space and more, have been stalled by competing interests.
The Scoop on Dining
Page 3
Page 13 Reviews of Douglass, the Pit, Hillside and
changes to UR meal plans.
Page 7
Page 16
Page 20 Opinions: Page 14
“I’m With You” Review
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest album, “I’m With
You,” falls well short of fans’ lofty expectations.
A&E: Page 17
NEWS
Page 2
Five-Day Forecast
Thursday
Friday
Partly Cloudy
Chance of precipitation: 20%
High 77, Low 58
Cloudy
Chance of precipitation: 20%
High 70, Low 59
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Courtesy of www.weather.com
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Partly Cloudy
Chance of precipitation: 20%
High 72, Low 52
Sunny
Chance of precipitation: 0%
High 75, Low 60
Sunny
Chance of precipitation: 0%
High 78, Low 60
It is the policy of the Campus Times to correct all erroneous
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This Week on Campus
Thursday
September 8
Sustainability Seminar
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Gowen Room, Wilson Commons
The Environmental Sustainability-University Cluster in Interdisciplinary
Studies in Sustainability will give a talk entitled “Perspectives on Land Use
from UR Student Summer Experiences.” Speakers and presenters include
Kuhu Parasrampuria, a 2011 Urban Fellow, and Margaret Ball, a 2010 Sustainability Intern. This is the first of a bimonthly seminar series of speakers
from the University and local community. The event is free.
Drue Sokol • Photo Editor
Dance breaks out at sauna-like fall acivities fair
Senior Dmitriy Boyuk, a member of UR Breakdancing, showed off his dance moves for
captivated onlookers at the packed Fall activities fair on Friday, Sept. 2 in Dandelion Square.
Security Update
Fire dept. doesn’t trash safety
By Melissa Goldin
News Editor
1. A fire alarm was activated in
the Sigma Chi Fraternity House on
Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:34 p.m., according to UR Security Investigator
Daniel Lafferty.
The alarm went off because of
spray painting happening in the
house at the time, and it was reset
after the Rochester Fire Department
made sure the area was safe. Before
leaving they noticed a number of
black garbage bags hanging from
the walls and ceilings. A member of
the house was advised to take the
bags down because they were fire
hazards.
Property stolen from vehicles
2. Two vehicles, one parked across
from Schlegel Hall and the other near
Hutchinson Rd. on Wilson Blvd.,
were broken into between 12 a.m.
on Friday, Sept. 2, and 10:21 a.m. on
Sunday, Sept. 4.
According to Lafferty, both vehicles
had their windows broken. Two GPS
units were reported stolen along with
an iPod Nano.
Thief strikes at UR
backpack before leaving the area
after one of the students yelled at
him from the Community Learning
Center in an attempt to attract his
attention.
After leaving, the individual
walked towards the residential quad.
Officers checked the immediate and
surrounding areas but only found a
cable lock with fresh cut marks.
Unwanted visitors at Eastman
5. Two unidentified individuals
were spotted at the Eastman School
Complex on Sept. 2, according to
Lafferty.
The first was seen in the main
hall at 10:44 a.m. and the second
was observed drinking on a bench
at 2:09 p.m. in the Eastman Place
Courtyard. Both individuals had no
University affiliation and were issued
ban forms.
Multiple cars suffer break-ins
6. Eight cars parked in Wilson
North Lot were broken into between
11 and 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 2. According to Lafferty, in seven out of
September 9
George Eastman Museum Open House
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., George Eastman House
The George Eastman House, the world’s oldest museum dedicated to photography and motion pictures, will offer free admission Friday for students
with a valid UR ID. Transportation will be provided by a looping shuttle
bus from ITS. The event is sponsored by ROC tkts and Wilson Commons
Student Activities.
Psychic Madman Jim Karol
8 p.m., May Room, Wilson Commons
Psychic Madman Jim Karol, a cross between a motivational speaker and a
psychic, has been featured on “The Today Show,” “The Ellen Degeneres
Show” and “The Tonight Show.” Karol’s talents have allowed him to hold
three Guinness World Records and memorize 80,000 zip codes and every
word in the Scrabble dictionary. The event is sponsored by Wilson Commons
Student Activities and the Campus Activities Board. Tickets are $3 and can
be purchased at the Common Market.
Bowl of oil ignites fire
7. A small fire was started after a
bowl of oil was ignited when a stove
burner was turned on in Wilson
Commons on Sept. 3 at 8:54 a.m,
according to Lafferty.
A staff member turned off the
stove and extinguished the flames,
and the Rochester Fire Department
responded after a fire alarm was activated. The area was subsequently
ventilated, and the system was
reset. No damages or injuries were
sustained.
Goldin is a member of
the class of 2013.
Information provided
by UR Security.
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3. A student reported that his
wallet, which held cash and credit
cards, was stolen from his desk on
the fourth floor of Gilbert Hall on
Sept. 4 between 8:10 and 8:40 a.m.
while he was asleep, according to
Lafferty.
Officers were told at the scene that
the door to his room had been left
open when the student’s roommate
left the room. The student was told
to contact the 311 information line
and file a police report.
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Eastman Music School
Saturday
September 10
Zumba on the Quad
4 - 5 p.m., Wilson Commons Porch
The 2014 Class Council will be holding a Zumba class as part of its first ever
“Yellowjacket Fit Weekend.” Zumba is a dance fitness program that combines
Latin and international music with dance. There will be free watermelon,
ice pops and other giveaways. In the event of rain, the program will be rescheduled for a later date.
LOCAFEST
1 - 5 p.m., Round House Pavilion, Genesee Valley Park
Local food vendors will cook and serve fresh, local foods and educate attendees
on environmentally friendly cooking and the work of UR’s environmental
groups at Locafest. There will be live music and free recipe giveaways. The
free event is sponsored by GreenSpace, Grassroots and the Center for Sustainable Living.
UR Medical Center
SUNDAY
September 11
Sept. 11 Memorial Service
10 a.m., Interfaith Chapel
Riverview Complex
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Individual might have
committed unknown crime
4. An individual was spotted by
two students kneeling between two
bikes parked at a bike rack outside of
Lovejoy Hall on Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m.
According to Lafferty, the individual
proceeded to put something into his
the eight cases the front passenger
or driver’s side window had been
smashed in, and the eighth had a
vent window broken on the driver’s
side.
Property was reported stolen
from seven of the eight cars. Three
students have notified the police.
Several CDs were later found in the
bed of another students’ truck and
were returned to the victim.
Friday
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In honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the City of Rochester and Monroe
County officials will join firefighters and police officers for a service to honor
first responders and others who lost their lives. The event is free and open
to the Rochester and UR communities. Everyone is also welcome to write
feelings, memories or thoughts about 9/11 on fabric that will be woven into
a Remembrance Wall on the construction fence outside the new Warner
building.
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Please e-mail calendar submissions to
[email protected]
NEWS
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Page 3
Modeling a way to college success at East High
by Bow Young Kim
Contributing Writer
Thanks to a new parntership
between East High School and
the University, students at East
High now have access to a College
Prep Center for assistance with
college applications, financial aid,
scholarship searches, SAT/ACT
registration and preparation for
college visits.
“The aim is to support students
so that they feel competent when
navigating the entire college process and increasing the overall
number of East High students
who successfully enroll in college,” said Anthony Plonczynski,
Associate Director of the Kearns
Center, which aims to provide
educational opportunities to
minority students.
The center officially opened at
East High School with a ribboncutting ceremony on Aug. 25,
though UR staff have been counseling students at East High since
January 2010.
The center is funded through
a joint partnership between the
David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Science
and Engineering and the UR Office of Admissions. The ceremony
included guests from JP Morgan
Chase, the Rochester City School
District, the University of Rochester, Rochester City Council and the
Rochester City School Board.
The Center is also funded by a
$85,000 gift from the JP Morgan
Chase Foundation. The grant
will allow the center to expand
its staff. Currently, one full-time
staff member, Rebecca Conrow, is
directing the center at East High.
Two AmeriCorps members will join
and assist with the operation of the
Center by the end of September.
Students at East High will have
access to the College Prep Center
before, during and after school for
assistance and preparation. The
center intends to assist the upperclassmen, in addition to preparing
students as early as seventh grade
for the future.
The center has set-up a typical
college dorm room, complete with
a bunk bed and study desk for
students to virtually experience
college life.
“The East High effort is also
just one of many programs that
the Kearns Center undertakes to
help develop college readiness and
a college ‘pipeline’ for students in
the city,” said Jonathan Burdick,
Dean of Admissions and Financial
Aid.
by Jordan Duncan
Contributing Writer
GreenSpace is the newest
special interest floor on campus, and its impact on students
and faculty is already becoming
evident across UR. GreenSpace
originated as an impulsive idea
between two friends in class.
Program Director of GreenSpace
Caitlyn Childress remembers
talking with Vice President Ann
Breed about the idea of a sustainability floor.
“It sort of started out as a joke,”
Breed said.
It wasn’t until the two girls
approached current President
of GreenSpace and Susan B.
Anthony Area Coordinator for
EcoReps Alex David that the idea
took hold.
“No, that’s not a joke — let’s
do that,” David remembers saying
about the potential for a sustainability floor.
Through David’s accrued resources as an EcoRep, and after
much effort, GreenLife became
an official Students’ Association
club and Residential Life special
interest floor.
The year has started out as a
success for the group. There are
slightly more than 50 active members, 17 of which live together on
half of the first floor of Burton
Hall, and the group is slated to
be involved in several events this
semester.
This weekend they are sponsoring Locafest, a fair where
upstate New York groups come to
teach students how to live more
sustainably. Next weekend, they
are participating in Greentopia,
a festival that will take place in
historic High Falls in downtown
Rochester, to celebrate the green
movement. On Nov. 15, America
Recycles Day, the group will start
a campus-wide push to promote
sustainability. The members
wouldn’t release more specific
details about any events, but they
did hint at an upcoming concert
collaboration with the Music
Interest Floor.
GreenSpace actively plans
hall programs that further the
mission to live sustainably and
support local foods. The group
plans hall dinners, which are
open to all students and maximize
sustainability, and the members
are able to share new ideas they
have about improving sustainability on the floor. The hall has
been redeisgned as a comfortable
environment where ideas are
nurtured, according to David. If
a group member suggests an idea
that people agree on, it becomes
“blown up real quick,” in the
words of Childress.
The Oxford English Dictionary
defines sustainability as “forms
of human economic activity and
culture that do not lead to environmental degradation.” GreenSpace members say they have
adopted this idea as a lifestyle,
and that it has become second
nature to them. Members do
simple things everyday to reduce
their impact on the environment,
and they claim that engaging
in these activities brings them
closer together, allowing them to
Drue Sokol • Photo Editor
The College Prep Center at East High School features a model dorm room to allow students to get a
sneak peak of college life. The Center will help students prepare for all aspects of college life.
The center is designed to lessen
the heavy workload of the school
counselors, who already have 300
or more students to counsel with
personal, academic and emotional
problems, Plonczynski said.
East High is listed on both the
state-wide and nation-wide lists
of schools that are in need of improvement.
Burdick stated that East High is
among the schools that routinely
send well-qualified students to the
University of Rochester.
“The hope for the program is
to put a framework together on
how institutions of higher education, K-12 school districts and
community organizations and
agencies can partner to improve
share ideas about sustainability
on campus.
This list of simple yet effective
techniques to reduce environmental impacts is what defines
the GreenSpace floor. Everthing
down to the hallway decorations
and nametags are made from
recycled materials.
The number one thing members
say they wish for is an established
sustainability office where students and faculty could look for
advice on living sustainably. They
also hope that greater awareness
might lead to a new major.
“Our initiative is to come together, learn from one another,
and do our best to lead lives of
environmental consciousness,”
GreenSpace states as its mission
on its blog.
For more information about
GreenSpace visit their page on
Facebook or email Anne Levy at
[email protected]
Duncan is a member of
the class of 2014.
Junior Alex David and sophomore Ann Breed created the GreenSpace
interest floor to motivate fellow students to live sustainably.
student access to opportunity and
success,” Plonczynski said. “We
hope to make East High School as
a whole college ready and college
going in every way.”
Since 2000, UR has enrolled
nearly 55 East High students in its
undergraduate programs.
Kim is a member of
the class of 2013.
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NEWS
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Town: College Town still in beginning stages Policy: Report explains recent
adjustments to University rules
Continued from Page 1
great deal of progress.”
In an article on WHAM 13, UR
President Joel Seligman agreed with
Paprocki about not wanting to start
this project prematurely.
“There are all sorts of reasons
we hope to go forward with College
Town,” Seligman said. “But we
aren’t there yet... we won’t be there
until all the i’s are dotted and the
t’s crossed.”
Even with the current delays, the
City of Rochester and the University are thrilled about the expected
advantages that a college town could
bring to the area.
“We have found the [Rochester]
business community to be very
supportive of [the] College Town,”
Paprocki said.
But some of the incoming busi-
nesses have made building plans
tense.
According to the Mt. Hope Avenue
Task Force, McDonald’s and Tim
Hortons plan to build drive-throughs
at their establishments, which goes
against the college town’s objective
to create a safe and pedestrianfriendly area.
The plans for the drive-throughs
are especially worrisome to the
task force because they would require residential properties to be
purchased as well as re-zoned. The
drive-throughs would also contribute to more traffic to an area which
is already highly trafficked.
McDonald’s and Tim Hortons
also want to permit left turns out
of their parking lots, which have
been approved by City Hall, and
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discrepancies, the Mt. Hope Business Association and the Upper Mt.
Hope Neighborhood Association
are suing the city’s Zoning Board
of Appeals, City Council, Planning
Commission and other parties in an
effort to rescind the re-zoning of the
Cook Street properties, and also to
take back permission for the drivethrough at Tim Hortons.
Despite these logistical difficulties,
Paprocki insists the plans to build a
college town area will not only benefit
UR students, but also the faculty and
members of the Rochester business
community.
Berkowitz is a member of
the class of 2012.
Continued from Page 1
we could have done anything differently.”
The recommendations are directed at a number of sections of
the University, but quite a few are
aimed towards policies that affect
the well-being of UR students.
“The recommendations all
stem from the desire to make
the campus a safer place,” Burns
explained.
One of the most important
changes, according to Burns, is
the redefinition of weapons to
include all knives. If a student is
now caught in possession of any
knife (cooking knives being the
exception), there is a presumption
of suspension for one academic
year.
An action can be made to weaken or strengthen the punishment
according to the circumstances of
the situation — there are understandably differences between the
reaction to a pocket knife and a
12-inch blade.
A similar adjustment has
been made concerning physical
violence — according to Burns,
those who are involved in a physical altercation should assume a
suspension is warranted.
“I would expect it to be the exception if one doesn’t,” he said.
Physical violence can be an
easy catch, but how can students
expect these new weapons policies
to be enforced?
“I don’t think you can enforce
something like that, and in the
few cases where you do, it’s going to be unfair to those students
because it’s not enforced across
the whole student body,” junior
Michael Dymond said.
But all is not lost, it seems.
“It’s [as] enforceable as we are
knowledgeable about it,” Burns
said. “I’m not looking at people
to be tattletales or anything like
that, but I am looking at them to
self-enforce the standards of our
community.”
The event registration process
is also shifting things around and
these changes did not come out
of thin air. These adjustments
have already been in the works
for a year, being drafted by an
event registration task force led
by Assistant Dean of Students
Morgan Levy.
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streamlined.
The process is explained on a
section of the website of the Office of the Dean of Students. It
goes over the criteria of an event
that needs to be registered, how
to register events and when to
register an event. It also includes
a list of related forms and links to
the web pages of possible venues
such as the Interfaith Chapel
and the Community Learning
Center.
So what does this mean for
student organizations?
Dymond, who works as an R.A.
and is the deputy treasurer of
the Students’ Association and
a member of Delta Upsilon, had
some concerns.
“It’s very concerning to me that
every campus group now has to
register events of all sorts and
… that there’s also a committee
that does event registration,”
he said.
Since there is a new timeline
and a new process for registering
events, organizations may run
into roadblocks which they have
avoided in the past.
“That’s probably more an indication that they haven’t quite
adapted to the new system than
any reality that we would just
say no,” Burns explained. “The
system is not set up to say no to
more events.”
In addition to these three policy
adjustments, there are plans to
have a Graduate Head Resident
(GHR) live in each house, including academic living centers and
on the Fraternity Quad. Burns
explained that implementation
of this policy could begin as early
as this year, whenever there is
space available in the houses
and enough candidates to choose
from.
These GHRs will act not necessarily as authority figures, but
as guides or mentors to their
residents. They will also continue
emphasizing and identifying
problems before the situation
gets out of control.
The true effects of these
changes are yet to be seen, of
course.
“At the beginning I don’t see
these particular changes really
dramatically affecting most students’ lives, so I don’t think most
students frankly are going to care
about them,” Burns said. “It may
mildly agree, it may mildly disagree, but I don’t think it’s going
to affect their day-to-day life.”
Take Five Scholar James Robbins was also unsure if the new
policies will have a hugely visible
impact on the student body.
“I think it probably won’t
make a huge difference … but
it’ll make small differences …
that’ll have huge effects,” he
said.
Goldin is a member of
the class of 2013.
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NEWS
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Memory: Events to ameliorate a horrific day Jia: Music student mourned
Continued from Page 1
One key part of 9/11 was how
people were struck by the ways
in which communities and the
country came together,” Cerosaletti said. “The strength of the
national community, as a whole,
is what we should carry forward
and not let go of, and I hope
that’s what we’ll be facilitating
through our service projects this
Sunday.”
There will be a Remembrance
Wall set up along the fence bordering the new Warner School
building. The fence will be covered with fabric so that students
can write and paint their feelings
and thoughts as they reflect on
the events of Sept. 11.
The Memorial Art Gallery will
hold a commemorative concert
Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Poet
William Heyen will read from an
anthology of works of American
writers. The event will alternate
between reading, dancing and Baroque organ playing by Eastman
School Professor of Organ Hans
Davidsson.
The Bosnian Female Choir
will also perform a remembrance
concert on Sunday, Sept. 11 at
4 p.m.
Karyn Schmidt, a doctoral
candidate in the biochemistry
department at UR’s School of
Medicine and Dentistry, said
she thought UR has done “an
amazing job of giving students
a myriad of opportunities to
express their thoughts and come
together to honor the lives which
were lost.”
Schmidt received the Jeremy
Glick Scholarship during the
2005-2006 academic year, and
said she is grateful to have been
awarded the honor for the courage displayed by Jeremy Glick,
class of 1993, who died on Sept.
11, 2001.
Six UR alumni died on 9/11.
Three had just settled into their
offices in the World Trade Center,
two were flying on United Flight
93 when it crashed in Pennsylvania, and one had gone to help
survivors escape the towers.
“These events are paying a good
tribute to the people affected by
Sept. 11, especially in Rochester,”
Senior Adrian Goodwin said. “We
live in New York, and that’s where
it happened. Something has to be
done to commemorate, so it’s good
that UR is doing all this.”
“Sept. 11 is a memory that will
remain with many of us for the
rest of our lives,” President Joel
Seligman said in a statement.
“It is fitting to pause and reflect
on the meaning of the events of
that terrible Tuesday morning­—
what we lost, and how we have
endured.”
Acosta is a member of
the class of 2012.
Continued from Page 1
at half-mast last weekend in Jia’s
honor.
Jia wrote in his application
to Eastman that he wanted to
change the world through making music, and that he believed
“all art forms originate from our
innermost feelings,” Ardizzone
said. “It was a great honor to the
University community that Jia
made the decision to leave home
and come to Eastman, and we
should feel privileged to live by
his mission”
Jia had gifts as a musician, an
interest in philosophy, math, and
physics and a penchant for poetry,
UR President Joel Seligman said
at the memorial service.
“Jia lived a remarkable life in
19 years,” Seligman said. “For his
parents, friends and family, his
example should continue to inspire
them. He was a member of the
University community, and we will
always cherish his memory.”
In an emotionally wrought
speech in Chinese, Jia’s father, who
traveled from China with Jia’s
mother for the memorial service,
said his son was truly a talented
man with a wealth of bravery
and confidence, who never gave
up his dream.
One of Jia’s philosophies, he
said, was that, “science can solve
problems, but art can make the
problems more beautiful.” He
truly believed that music is freedom, Jia’s father said.
After reading a poem in Chinese
that Jia had written before leaving
Shanghai, Jia’s father delivered
words that sent the majority of a
packed hall of students into tears,
most of whom, as Seligman noted
at the start of the service, were
complete strangers to Jia.
“Today in this kingdom of music, we’ll change his memory into
music and love,” Jia’s father said
through a translator. “Hold precious to your own life. By doing
so, you’re loving your parents,
you’re loving this world.”
Buletti is a member of
the class of 2013.
LEAH BULETTI • News Editor
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Unravel the mystery behind the names
that mark our campus’ buildings
By Julia Sklar
A&E Editor
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In the world of universities, Rochester is a baby in the family. The
world’s oldest university, Università di Bologna, was founded in 1088;
Oxford University’s teaching faculty started in 1096; and even on this
continent, Harvard University dates back to 1636. Our own 1850 origin
seems hardly worth noting.
In reality, however, age means nothing. Our campus is bursting with
signs of a staggeringly impressive history — you just have to look for it.
And so I did.
Most students, myself included, are guilty of looking intently down at
their phones while walking around campus, hanging their heads from
sleep deprivation or scanning the ground for ice patches during most of
the year. But if you have the time or presence of mind to look up at any
building we have here, you will see that it bears a name. A name you’ve
undoubtedly seen printed on your schedule, used 100 times in conversation, and shortened to a nickname for convenience, but never thought of
as anything other than the name of a building on campus.
Through online resources and the archives of the Rare Books, Special
Collections & Preservation Library, I went on a veritable trip through
time and put a face and story to the names behind seven of our most
prominent buildings: Susan B. Anthony Residence Hall, Carlson Library,
Dewey Hall, Hylan Hall, Todd Union, Gilbert Hall and Rush Rhees Library. And if you take away anything from this article, it should just be
the absurdity of having not one but two buildings on campus named after
people whose first name is Chester.
Benjamin Rush Rhees
Susan B. Anthony Residence Hall
Before you say anything, no, I’m not assuming you are an idiot and
don’t know who Susan B. Anthony is. But you probably don’t know why
our largest freshman dorm has her name on it.
Prior to 1900, Rochester was an all-male establishment, as most universities were at the time. Of course, Anthony, being a resident of the city of
Rochester and also a general badass, took it upon herself at the age of 76
to not only fight for women’s suffrage on a national scale, but also take on
the task of winning women the right to attend UR. What’s one more timeconsuming project at such a ripe age, right?
In 1898, the Board of Trustees here told her that they wouldn’t even
consider her proposal for women’s admittance unless she could raise
$50,000 — no small feat even in today’s dollar values, let alone over 100
years ago.
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Are you a poor college student?
BY Caitlin Olfano
Features Editor
It’s no secret that most college students eat Ramen noodles
and Spaghetti O’s every night
because, well, they can’t afford
anything else. After years of practicing life at college, I’ve compiled
a few other tell-tale signs of being
a fiscally disadvantaged college
student.
1. When choosing between two
restaurants, say, a nice restaurant
like Biaggi’s or a cheaper alternative like the Olive Garden, you
will pick the Olive Garden every
time.
Four words: Never Ending
Pasta Bowl.
As a poor college student, you
can’t beat that amount of food for
that kind of price.
The multitude of combinations,
paired with as many garlic bread
sticks as you want, is almost as
good a deal as the luxury of an
Unlimited meal plan.
2. You’ll stand in line for hours
to get something free.
Just think back to this past
Yellowjacket Weekend and how
you got in line an hour early to
get your free “Feel the Sting” Tshirt. Repeat the process for food,
concert tickets and pretty much
anything else that you may or
may not have any need for.
3. That free Yellowjacket Tshirt becomes your week-long
attire because laundry now costs
$2.50 to wash and dry.
And less laundry means less
water and soap used. We’re a
green campus, right?
4. You repeatedly pretend that
you’re a freshman to get free food
during Orientation.
The tangible awkwardness in
the air surrounding Freshman
Orientation is no deterrent for
you, as long as there’s free pizza
involved. Also, are you noticing
the trend of free stuff?
5. You’re willing to inject a
radioactive substance into your
veins to make $50.
As a poor college student, your
pockets are probably lined with
those little slips of paper with
e-mail addresses and phone numbers to contact studies that are
being conducted on campus.
The dollar sign catches your
eye on every flier, and even a little
radioactivity doesn’t sound so bad
if they’re willing to pay. Hey, it
worked for Spiderman.
6. You join a club for the free
printer use.
At the Activities Fair you
weren’t concerned with whether
or not the club was fun or if the
members were friendly. Instead,
your frequently asked question
was whether or not they had
access to a printer so that you
didn’t have to dip into your URos
account.
Olfano is a member of
the class of 2012.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
things you
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KNOW this week
Urban Dictionary word of the week:
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of chips but when you open the bag it’s barely full.
“I went to the Commons to buy a bag of chips, and when I
opened it the bag was only half full. What a chiptease!”
This Day in History: Sept. 8
1664: New Amsterdam is renamed New York.
1892: The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited.
1974: President Gerald Ford pardons former President Nixon for crimes committed while in office.
1986: “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is broadcast nationally for the first time.
Dealing with intense heat in and out of the bedroom
BY Hannah Bazarian
Photo Editor
For most students new to the
Rochester area, it’s the harsh
winter that’s most difficult to
deal with. For me, a Rochester
native, the most difficult season
has always been the summer. I’ll
admit, it’s a welcome relief from
the bitter cold -— at first.
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By September, however, I usually have a long list of reasons
why I’d rather move to Siberia
than endure another day of heat.
Somewhere on that list, in more
recent years, is the fact that
having sex comfortably requires
air conditioning, or a tub of ice.
Without going into much detail,
I’ll say that I’m fortunate enough
to have air conditioning at my
house. Of course, as you all know,
such a thing cannot be boasted of
the dorms at the UR.
September really marks the
culmination of my frustration
with the heat. Add that to the fact
that I’m thrust into a building (on
the third floor, no less) with zero
climate control, and you have a
recipe for exactly zero sex.
I’ve been polite enough not to
pry for details, but when I bring
this up among friends, there’s a
general response that leads me to
believe I’m not alone in this. Not
too surprising. Under the best
(read: coolest) conditions, sex is
a sweaty, sticky, sultry affair. If
it’s not, you’re probably doing it
wrong.
But do it in 89 degree weather,
and you’re asking for clinically
severe levels of dehydration and
a potential heat stroke. Maybe
that’s an exaggeration, especially
considering that people in places
like Africa and Central America
somehow manage to copulate
(Magic? The will of genetics?), but
still, it’s an uncomfortable experience.
Some people reading this are
probably thinking: Yeah, but it’s
totally worth it. If so, good for
you, I guess. I always feel obliged
to acknowledge the fact that some
people will probably disagree
with or somehow object to what
I’m writing — it’s a compulsion
of mine. However, if you are one
UR Opinion
Abby Perales ’13
“I love it. The food portions are much better, so
not as much food is going
to waste.”
of the people insisting that I just
don’t appreciate sex enough and
claiming you’d have sex under
virtually any environmental
condition, I have a theory or two
about where you might be coming
from.
Theory one: you’re single, or
anxiously waiting for your significant other to “give it up,” so
to speak. The first requires a bit
of elaboration. You’re single and
haven’t had sex in a while, or
maybe ever, and really want it.
“The heat won’t stop me,” you
say. “I’m too horny.” Fine. You’re
young, virile (probably) and surrounded by more eligible partners
than you ever will be again. It’s a
fair argument.
The truth is, this topic applies
much better to people in committed relationships, or at least
people who are pretty sure they’ll
still be able to have sex next
week when the weather drops 20
degrees, which often happens in
Rochester.
Case in point: when the idea
for this article was born, it was
almost 90 degrees and I was so
hot that simple cuddling was
reaching intolerability. Tonight,
however, it’s a pleasant 60 degrees, and with my window open
I’ll enjoy the warmth of both my
boyfriend and a comforter when
I sleep -— both of which I was
forgoing last week.
Long story short: It’s easier to
give into the heat and not have sex
when you’re pretty much positive
you’ll have the opportunity again
next week.
Theory two: You’re drunk.
Bazarian is a member of
the class of 2013.
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“What do you think of the new Danforth?”
by matt Chin
Rachel Gurney ’12
Lucy Hale ’15
Amanda Decker ’14
Willie Ni ’13
Alek Fazlipour ’12
“I’ve only been once. It
was overwhelming and the
lines were really long.”
“I’m new here so I don’t
really know what it was
like before.”
“I love it!”
“It looks nice but it’s very
inefficient. The lines are
too long and there aren’t
enough seats.”
“I felt like I should’ve been
wearing a space suit.”
FEATURES
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Fashion in the ct
Finding fashion at UR
By Kelsey Burritt
Columnist
With the frighteningly early
arrival of fall this year, I am
turning over a new leaf. I want
this column to swing the spotlight back to campus — to the
students you see in Danforth,
walking to the post office or
class, and waiting for the bus.
While writing this type of
column has been my intention
all along, my best laid plans fell
through. That is all about to
change. The fashion world is all
well and good, but it exists in
a realm far, far away from our
construction-riddled quads.
I aim to celebrate the students
that dress themselves with pep,
personal style and confidence
that speaks to the creative,
unique nature of our school.
High fashion is fun, interesting and juicy, but it’s theoretical.
I could wax on about the problems in the industry for more
word space than I am given on
this page, but why waste the
ink?
UR students are far more
concerned with papers, parties,
prices at Hillside and potential
hook-ups to care about the latest
designer at Dior.
To be completely honest, I fell
out of the fashion loop over the
summer. Not that I was ever in
the fashion loop, but I stopped
religiously tracking the news of
the fashion world. Perhaps the
one thing I kept in touch with
was “The Sartorialist.”
I strongly believe in the cultural power of street style and
its ability to drive the fashion
industry, not vice versa. I think
what people wear in reality
should inform designers, rather
than designers prescribing what
people should wear in theory.
Rochester may not be a fashion capital –– it may not even be
close –– but what people wear
at this school is as relevant as
any other college in the United
States. We are a bunch of 18- to
22-year-olds with a lot of ideas
and very little money to show for
them (yet).
We sleep when we can, and
while awake we spend tireless
hours bettering ourselves, our
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People: The stories of UR building names
Continued from Page 7
Called away from Rochester by her
duties to the suffrage movement,
Anthony left the fundraising to a
committee of Rochesterian woman —
when she came back two years later,
they were still short and only one day
away from the deadline.
In a moment of utter passion for her
cause, Anthony relinquished her life
insurance in order to provide the remaining funds, and the Board agreed
to admit women to the college starting
the following fall. What a boss.
Carlson Library
We all know that Rochester is the
home of revolutionary companies
like Xerox. But in the absence of a
building with the company name,
not many know that we are in the
nominal presence of the man who
made Xerox possible. I am speaking,
of course, of Chester Carlson, inventor of the process of xerography —
or “dry writing” — which remains
the world’s method of photocopying
today.
In a speech at the library dedication on Oct. 2, 1972, University
President Wilson Allen Wallis said,
“I hope that our students, particularly, will want to know what kind of
man Chester Carlson was, and will
want to learn from the achievements
of his life, not least of which … was
a real appreciation for how useful a
library can be.”
Dewey Hall
Although it would admittedly
be awesome if this building were
named after the inventor of the
Dewey Decimal System, it’s just as
cool that it’s named after Professor Chester Dewey, who was one of
the original professors here at the
school’s founding in 1850.
Dewey taught chemistry and
natural philosophy at UR and was
also an avid botanist and documenter of weather, though I can’t imagine
his records of Rochester’s weather
were that exciting, as they probably
read “Monday through Friday: Rain
and Snow.”
Hylan Hall
One tends to think of Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh in terms
aviation firsts, but now you can add
Ray Hylan to that list. Hylan was an
upstate New York barnstormer — a
pilot who does aeronautical stunts
— and flew some of the first planes
ever built.
Not only was Hylan a pioneer
aviator, but he was also a member
of the UR President’s Society. He
founded the Ray Hylan School of
Aeronautics during World War
II, and he later came to own both
Pittsford Plaza and the Wilmorite
Corporation, which built Marketplace Mall. So the next time you take
the Green Line, think of Ray.
Todd Union
If you’d rather be here with a
gorgeous, tree-filled campus than on
a city campus, you have George W.
Todd to thank. Todd is perhaps the
only non-UR-affiliated person after
whom a campus building is named.
Because of his close ties to both
George Eastman and UR President
Benjamin Rush Rhees, he was able
to convince those in positions of
power that the campus should be
moved from its previous Prince
Street location in the city to its current location.
Thanks to his brilliant suggestion,
he was awarded a building in his
honor, despite having no official ties
to the University.
Gilbert Hall
Donald Gilbert was actually a
student here and graduated in 1921.
He later moved up in the ranks of
the University, becoming a professor
of economics and then the Dean of
the Division of Graduate Studies.
He expanded the Division into the
Graduate School, which was then
elected to an association of the top
37 graduate schools in the country.
In the University’s press release
about the posthumous naming of
Gilbert Hall in June 1960, it was
said that “the University of Rochester will honor one of its most beloved
personalities,” and that’s not hard to
believe after hearing all of his accomplishments and seeing the smile
on his face.
Rush Rhees Library
It’s surprising how many students
have no idea after whom the school’s
architectural cornerstone is named.
Benjamin Rush Rhees was the
University’s third President, coming
to the school in 1900 after it had experienced a brief four-year period of
anarchy, and remained its president
for 35 years.
Rhees’ presidency was responsible
for the biggest and most influential
changes this campus has ever seen
— yes, even bigger than getting rid
of clubbable meals. Under his administration, the Eastman School of
Music, the Medical Center and the
College for Women were all founded,
and the University made its move to
its current River Campus location.
Ironically, Rhees’ son, Rush Rhees
(confusing, right?) attended UR as
a student of philosophy, but was
expelled in 1922 for “asking insolent
questions,” according to former Professor of History Arthur J. May.
Now you basically know everything there is worth knowing about
the campus, and if you accidentally
start spouting out random facts as
you walk past buildings, you can
just say to your friends, “I read it in
‘Hogwarts: A History.’”
Just kidding, give me some credit
for doing all the research.
Sklar is a member of
the class of 2014.
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peers and (ideally) our community. If you can manage to
do all of that while still dressing sharp, then I want to commend you.
Call me crazy, but I think
slipping into the pitfall of
college-grunge this early in
the year is almost psychologically damaging. We need to
keep our spirits up.
Respect yourself, your body
and the clothes you put on
it. I can only speak from personal experience, but the days
I channel more effort into
what I wear are the days my
self-esteem soars. I maintain
a cheerier disposition, and I
feel less overwhelmed about
stressors A, B, C and D.
Fall is my favorite season,
even in good ol’ Rochester.
Not just for the unmistakable autumnal scent of bonfires and the turning color of
the leaves, but also for the
amount of layering, pattern
and texture mixing, tightsand-socks combining and general style experimentation the
season allows.
I will be hitting the
“streets” (or, more accurately,
the paths) of UR weekly,
scouting for those students
who go above and beyond the
norm.
Earlier this week I found
Take Five Scholar Maya
Dukmasova in Starbucks
wearing a splendid early-fall
ensemble. A warm, printed
scarf she found in The Second Season (a thrift store on
Mt. Hope) was fixed with a
brooch her grandmother had
given her. She backed up the
statement pieces with basics
from Old Navy (pants, only
$1.97), H&M (shirt) and DSW
(shoes).
It was nothing extravagant
or showy, but still loaded with
personality and the fresh collegiate look you see in movies
(not pictured is her corduroy
blazer, another quirky addition to her ensemble). The
watch is subtle but classic,
the kind of accessory I personally appreciate.
This rambling column is
all to say: I want you in the
Campus Times. I don’t care
whether you consider yourself
fashionable or not — that is
irrelevant.
Try something new, throw
on a shirt that hibernates in
the back of your wardrobe
and beckon the new academic
year with verve and pert and
other mind-sets that double
as shampoo names.
Have fun with your clothes.
Stop worrying about what
so-and-so will think of you,
what’s in or what’s out and
just wear what you want to
wear. There is no predicting
style, so create it in the moment and each day will bring
new surprises.
Do I sound like a fortune
cookie yet? Because I am
sensing a dawn of a new,
trend-free fashion era on this
campus.
Burritt is a member of
the class of 2013.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
EDITORIAL BOARD
The new face of UHS
On a campus that seems to be completely under construction, it’s hard to keep track
of what changes are to come and what changes have already come to pass. One such
completed venture that seems to have passed under the radar in the midst of big projects, such as the rennovated Danforth or the plans for the new Warner School building,
were the plans for interior renovations to University Health Services (UHS).
In the past, patients visiting UHS were not granted much privacy until they actually entered one of the nurses’ or physicians’ offices. Prior to gaining entry, however,
patients were faced with a lack of confidentiality and personal space away from other
students in the waiting room.
Anyone coming into the building and looking to check in for an appointment would
find him or herself faced with the need to publically announce his or her reason for
visiting UHS in front of anyone else in the waiting room. This was entirely due to the
set up of the room, which had the check-in desk immediately attached to a completely
open waiting room.
Furthermore, while sitting in this waiting room, patients would have the pleasure
of being in close proximity to any number of contagions — as everyone was essentially
just sitting in a big circle, facing each other.
Over the summer, the layout of the UHS waiting room got a facelift that positively
affected not only the check-in desk but also the overall organization of the main waiting room. Now, the check-in desk is nestled in between two barrier walls, affording
patients an appropriate sense of confidentiality when arriving at UHS. Additionally,
the waiting room itself has been rearranged to create a series of more private areas
where each chair only faces two or three other chairs, rather than an entirely open
room. This will not only help reduce the spread of contact and airborne illnesses, but
also allow patients the ability to more easily conceal any visible health issues from their
peers (if they so desire).
Although this change went largely unmentioned prior to its enactment and has gone
essentially unnoticed since the start of this school year, it is a modification that deserves
recognition for its aptitude in providing a safe, comfortable, and sanitary environment
for UR students.
Riverview Internet
In most on-campus housing, students gain Internet access from an ISP independently managed by the University. This also encompasses the UR Medical Center, the
Eastman School of Music and many other University properties. On our otherwise
well-connected university, one glaring exception remains. Because Riverview Apartments are only leased by UR, the residents’ Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections are
provided through Time Warner Cable.
This omission would not be a problem if the services were comparable. However,
even at the best of times, Internet speeds at Riverview are markedly slower than
those on the River Campus. A sample test of the speed found download speeds of 10
Mbps in Building C versus 20 Mbps on campus. The network is also prone to frequent
disconnects and interruptions. In Building A, for example, connection speeds have
slowed to dial-up speeds, unable to accommodate even low bandwidth email services,
and, on Sept. 6 and 7, the Internet was completely inaccessible. In another instance,
some rooms in Building B lack wireless services entirely and only have Ethernet access. In the frequent cases where the network does fail, problems are fixed slowly,
because Time Warner doesn’t have the direct accountability of UR support. On top
of this, Riverview’s dodgy connection lacks certain benefits of the campus network,
including coverage under UR Internet security measures and automatic access to
JSTOR and other scholarly publications. Reliable Internet access is unquestionably
a necessity for university students, considering both course requirements and social
expectations, and Riverview’s current network is unable to support these needs.
Over the past few years, a Students’ Association initiative has done a good job of
expanding the wireless network. The natural next step needs to incorporate Riverview
into the UR network. The University already offers an excellent internet connection
— it is unacceptable for Riverview to be stuck in 1995.
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Editorial Observer
Cutting down those abbrevs in vocab
Words are hard — I get it.
Speaking has always been difficult for me, so I understand why
people want to make things easier
for themselves and use idioms,
shortcuts and other general wordplay to take the edge off of talking.
Some things I do not understand,
however, are “abbrevs.”
What are “abbrevs,” you may
ask? They are the main elements
of the phenomenon of shortening words to disturbingly cutesy
phrases that are inserted way too
often into daily speech. Examples
of these abominations to the English language include “adorbs”
(in place of “adorable”), “ridic”
(ridiculous) and “delish” (instead
of delicious).
Being relatively new to this
disconcerting trend, I honestly
did not realize how often these socalled “abbrevs” were used. They
are all over the Internet; there is
a website called www.abbrevs.org.
True story. It has videos and discussions of abbrevs, even having
a salutation line of “Welc.”
They also go as far as to include
acronyms that are an entire alphabet long, translating to goodnessknows-what — but that is a whole
other issue that I cannot bring
myself to address. This website
is ironically unfinished, thus
becoming an abbrev of a website.
Was this done on purpose? Who
knows, but even I will admit that
it is kind of amusing.
I even found an entire Facebook
group dedicated to people who use
abbrevs all day and every day, saying that those who do not are just
“jeal” (jealous). Pages and pages
of comments cover the group’s
wall with people professing their
loyalty to using these little phrases with quotations from their
friends using words like “vom”
(vomit) and “probs” (probably).
There was even a component to
Editorial Cartoon
the group called “Abbrev of the
Week,” where the group would
post their favorite abbreviated
word for the week, definition of
the word and a group signature of
“Abbrevs, suckas! XOXO.” Classy,
guys. Really.
I found that the group unfortunately did not keep up with the
“Abbrev of the Week,” much to
the outrage of the members. The
group did, however, declare May
3 “National Abbrev Day” with
hopes of trying to commemorate
the holiday with a barbeque or a
flag. Members made sure that they
“def made it hap.” Good for them.
I am truly upset that I missed the
observance of this celebration.
Maybe next year, guys…
Riddle me this: does it take that
much more effort to say the entire
word instead of abbreviating it?
And, to take it one step further,
why must people use not one, but
two abbrevs in the same sentence?
If I had a nickel for every time I
heard someone tell me that their
outfit is “totes profesh,” I would
be much richer than I am now. I
have even heard people standing
by the Danforth salad bar go as
far as saying “This sal looks totes
delish.” Is “salad” really that hard
to say? I mean, the two-syllables
sometimes leave me tongue-tied
but I thought that was just me.
Some of the abbreviations are
worse than others. I can tolerate “totes” (totally), put up with
“fabu” (fabulous — I will shamefully admit that I am guilty of
using this one occasion) but “brill”
(for brilliant) is, simply put, a
problem.
I find it funny that so many
people use “brill” to talk about
smart people while they themselves sound, well, silly. Have
social networking methods like
texting and talking via Facebook
(which has been shortened to its
Drue
Sokol
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Editor
own verb of “Facebooking”) really
lulled us into such a state of laziness that even words like “vomit”
are simply too difficult for us to
say or type?
Even worse: what if you find a
word that you just cannot make
into an abbrev? That idea seems
too difficult to even imagine. If
this continues, I do not have faith
in the perseverance of the English
language.
When did this fad start? Who
knows. When will it end? That is a
question that only time and valley
girls everywhere can answer. Until
that time, abbrevs will probs be
legit everywhere and cause a ton
of drams.
Sokol is a member of
the class of 2013.
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OPINIONS
Thursday, September 8, 2011
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“Terrorism against our nation will not stand.” — George W. Bush
9/11: A New Yorker’s experience in memoriam
BY Daniel Gorman, Jr.
Forty years ago, my grandfather took
my dad to Lower Manhattan to see
the World Trade Center, then under
construction. This year, my dad and I
went to see a new World Trade Center
being built on the same site.
I am a New Yorker by birth, and although I grew up in the suburbs,
I
visited the city hundreds of
times in my childhood. I still
feel a strong emotional connection to the city and its beautiful skyline — the chaotic mix
of brick and steel, the graceful
Chrysler Building and the
proud Empire State Building. But whenever my family drives over the George
Washington Bridge, I look
to the right and still expect
to see the Twin Towers at
the far end of Manhattan Island. The towers
dwarfed everything else.
I remember driving past the towers’
bases in 1999. Sitting in the backseat,
I tried to crane my neck back and
see the top of the Twin Towers, but
I couldn’t. They were so tall — they
went beyond my range of sight. They
were supremely ugly buildings, but
they were ours. Today’s skyline looks
incomplete without the World Trade
Center.
Sept. 11 was a bizarre day. While
at school, parents kept showing up to
take their kids home. Teachers whispered to each other with concerned
looks. I remember being confused
when we weren’t allowed
to go outside for
recess, supposedly
because of “bug
spray”
on
the
field.
It was only
in the car after
school, on the way
to get ice cream,
that my mom told
me what had happened to the
World
Trade
Center.
I saw some photographs of the attacks, but my parents mostly shielded
me from the horrific images. For that,
I’m grateful. Those few pictures alone
were enough to scare the hell out of
me. Fire alarms, every sound in the
night and the prospect of flying terrified me for months afterward.
Since we lived so close to New York
City, the fear was intense — weighing
on everyone’s mind. My town went
to war on Sept. 11 — nearly all the
policemen, EMTs and firefighters
were called from our county down to
Ground Zero. Following the attacks,
my school held supply drives for the
troops being sent to faraway Afghanistan. I didn’t lose any close relatives
on Sept. 11, but I had several who escaped with remarkable stories to tell.
Other kids weren’t so lucky.
The fear eased with time, as it did
everywhere in America. Today, I can
still observe the effects of Sept. 11 on
my home turf.
New Yorkers have always been
known for bluntness and dark humor,
but a certain sense of fatalism now
permeates the
Overcrowded: Activists benched
BY Adam Ondo
By December of this year, California will
have to deal with the effects of a 10,000 man
reduction in its prison population — the first of
three reductions.
California currently holds a little over 140,000
inmates in facilities designed for around 80,000.
However, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision early this year, upheld a lower court decision
to force California to reduce its prison population
to 137.5% of the “maximum” capacity of 80,000
inmates, allowing for the continued incarceration
of about 110,000 prisoners. Justice Samuel Alito
put things in perspective when he wrote in his
dissent that “the three-judge court ordered the
premature release of approximately 46,000
criminals — the equivalent of three Army
divisions.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the case Brown v. Plata, agreed that the
District Courts in Plata v. Brown and Coleman v.
Brown were correct in ordering the reduction of
tens of thousands of prisoners on the basis that
“inadequate” healthcare due to overcrowding
violated their Eighth Amendment rights. He
then suggested that California use “good-time
credits and diversion of low-risk offenders … to
community-based programs” in order to comply
with the court’s order.
There has also been talk of making nonviolent felonies into misdemeanors. In other
words, because so many people commit crimes,
we have to let more people off the hook and hand
out less punishment. That is a philosophical
problem.
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Another more practical problem with this
plan is that California is not prepared for this
reduction logistically. In 2009, after having to
close a budget gap, Alameda County cut or laid
off 100 employees in its sheriff’s office, making it harder to track criminals out on parole.
Los Angeles County does not have the money
to maintain jails for criminals diverted there
from state penitentiaries. Law enforcement in
California is already overworked as it is, and
the Supreme Court plans on running it into
the ground.
There are multiple issues with the Court’s
decision in Brown v. Plata. The first and most
glaring problem is that the Court ruled that the
overcrowding and lack of decent medical care
violated the prisoners’ Eighth Amendment
rights. In Nepal and Brazil, whole families of miners live in one room houses. Even in Kentucky,
families of five live in mobile homes designed
to house one or two people. In addition
to living in such cramped quarters, these law
abiding citizens do not receive any healthcare
at all, let alone “insufficient” health care. Not
everything in life is perfect — just look at the
education system in the United States.
The Supreme Court cannot act as legislators
in an attempt to better the conditions in public
schools, though. Justice Alito was correct when
he wrote, “undesirable prison conditions that
do not violate the Constitution are beyond the
federal courts’ reach,” which means that the
court erred in its decision.
The second error in the court’s reasoning
can be found in its willingness to order a complete
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What the hell
were they thinking?
It wouldn’t have made
a difference to me, no
matter who performed.
overhaul of a system based on the complaints of a
few individuals. Even if the medical care that the
prisoners in Plata and Coleman received could
be construed as “cruel and unusual,” that does
not mean that every prisoner in California had
his or her rights violated.
In addition, the evidence of poor medical care
may not apply to today’s system, as Plata was
filed a decade ago and Coleman two decades ago.
Justice Scalia summed this up by stating, “The
mere existence of the inadequate system does
not subject to cruel and unusual punishment
the entire prison population in need of medical
care, including those who receive it.” The Court
should never have found in favor of the plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit — because it is
ludicrous to suggest that every prisoner faced
“torture or a lingering death” as a result of the
medical system.
“There comes before us a case whose proper
outcome is so clearly indicated by tradition and
common sense, that its decision ought to shape
the law, rather than vice versa,” wrote Justice
Scalia in his dissent in Brown v. Plata. Rarely
has the Supreme Court issued a decision as
pernicious as that in Brown v. Plata.
As a result of more Californians committing
crimes, criminals will face lighter punishments
than before. The public will then be exposed to
more threats than before. All of this because five
individuals, four of them activist judges, decided
that the medical care provided to criminals was
inadequate.
Ondo is a member of
the class of 2014.
local culture. I know many adults that
still talk about the friends and relatives they lost. First responders and
survivors struggle with lingering medical problems due to the toxins they
breathed in following the WTC’s destruction. Some people in the neighborhood even have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.
Memorials to the attacks have been
built throughout my school district.
Photos of alumni now in the military
plaster the walls of my high school.
And whenever I visit Lower Manhattan, I see dozens of empty storefronts,
left vacant since the cleanup of Ground
Zero.
Simultaneously, though, the Twin
Towers are transitioning from recent
memory to historical fact — especially
since their successor is more than half
done. After years of delay and convoluted real estate deals, the gleaming
new Freedom Tower is going up faster
than you can imagine. Nonetheless,
the Freedom Tower, regardless of its
beauty, will never replace the original
World Trade Center. Not for me. Not
for a lot of us.
Forty years from now, I’ll be on my
way to old age and retirement. At some
point, I will surely take my family to
see the Ground Zero memorial, adjacent to the Freedom Tower.
Will words be enough to convey to my
grandchildren the intense emotions
and memories conjured up by Ground
Zero? Will I ever be prepared for the
surreal sensation of standing in the
memorial grounds, looking up into the
empty sky and just remembering?
Gorman, Jr. is a member of
the class of 2014.
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Going forth with change in University dining hall
BY Rachel shiver
Danforth. As a senior, I vowed to
never go there again because of overexposure to the dining center’s unique
and very collegiate personality during
my freshman year. In light of the recent
renovations, however, I decided that I
would once again venture there to see
how the dining center had changed.
The décor reminds me of a nightclub,
and is quite pleasing to the eye. In trying to navigate the space, though, I
had no idea where food was served or
what was being served. Serving areas
and seating areas do not appear to be
mutually exclusive, which might be the
reason for so much congestion around
the seating areas, not to mention the
abundance of dazed looking first-time
diners.
My first visit resulted in a sandwich
of unknown meat that looked quite
healthy. In addition, I got a stir-fry that
looked delicious, also of unknown origin. I must admit, the food was pretty
good, and the presentation was nigh
professional looking.
While the food tastes good, the portions are small and the lines take forever to get through, so grabbing food
on the go is out of the question. Luckily, I do not have the unlimited plan, so
I am not limited to just Danforth and
Douglass and can get my quick meals
elsewhere.
They also do not have as many options
for vegetarians, vegans and those with
special diets (peanut-free and glutenfree, for example). In addition, not all
the food is clearly marked, and there
have been reports of mistakes in labeling vegan and vegetarian options.
Hopefully, as the dining hall gets more
traffic, options will expand. I also wish
they would post a daily menu outside
of the hall, so I can be aware of what’s
being served ahead of time.
I do feel that, aside from the lack of
information about what the food actually is, the food quality has overall improved. The desserts have remained as
good as ever and, dare I say, have even
improved.
The new renovations, while stylish,
have decreased available seating. And,
in light of more people going to Danforth, seating should have increased
instead — especially for those with a
reliance on the unlimited meal plan.
Otherwise, even though I had originally never planned on going back, I will
make more trips to Danforth.
Shiver is a member of
the class of 2012.
The bride of Danforth: radical changes to Douglass
BY Sarah Karp
There’s a new Danforth on campus!
And no, I’m not referring to the space
defined by alien-green furnishings and
blown up photographs from the Rochester
“Office of Tourism” now at home on the
first floor of the Susan B. Anthony Residence Hall.
UR’s new Danforth instead refers to
what was known by its previous moniker,
Douglass Dining Center. To honor the ohso-exciting start to classes, let us begin with
a “Definitions and Terms” review session
à la River Campus. For all those in the
Class of 2014 and older, Danforth (noun)
is often followed by a resigned sigh and
can be defined as a large, grungy dining
hall best known for its weekend brunches
and the aching stomachs that often follow
unsatisfying meals.
On the other hand, Douglass (noun) can
be stated in a more affectionate tone to refer
to the dining hall holding the much more
satisfying Kosher Deli and wrap stations,
to name a few of the classics.
This summer, students prepared themselves for the magical opening of the new
Danforth and, upon returning to campus, it appeared
that “Danforth,” in its
traditional use, no longer described the new space. But,
lo and behold, the term remains a part of Rochestarian
vocabulary due the school’s
unexplainable destruction
of the once acceptable (at
least in campus food standards) Douglass.
Here are a few “unexplainables” being voiced
around town: the number
of entrees has diminished
drastically — in fact, the
selections are just plain weird, including a
bizarre homemade version of a Starbucks-
esque cake pop during Orientation week.
The Kosher Deli is a mere shadow of its
former glory (where are the numerous options for bread and toppings and sides, oh
my?), and the wrap station no
longer has a station or even
a shadow at that.
In addition to the poor
food options, one of the
most ridiculous changes is
the lack of accessible exits
and entrances by the former
Corner Store and Bookstore
stairwell. These doors were
our second tunnel system!
During the extremely rare
days of cold Rochester weather, the Corner Store entrance
provided a slightly closer yet
still important escape from
the cold for pedestrians. And
the location of swipe machines into the dining hall now prevents tunnel access to the
At least they
salvaged the
fake
milkshake
machine for
the Hillside
Market
Bookstore (if the glass covering from Wilson
counts as a tunnel). The swipe machines,
a seemingly small obstacle, effectively
form a stone wall barricading dedicated
daytime studiers or big groups, stuck on
limited meal plans, from camping out at a
Douglass table for hours on end.
Redoing a dining hall for the better (with
the necessary inclusions of Go Green! mantras and healthy-with-a-question-mark
food options) is a welcome — and expected
— change on any college campus. Changing
a dining hall for the “un-better” is simply
inefficient and frustrating. Fortunately,
Rochester linguists have nothing to fear
in the near future. Though the location
has changed, the Danforth name lives
on, continuing to conjure up memories of
unsatisfying meals. At least they salvaged
the fake milkshake machine for the Hillside Market.
Karp is a
Take Five Scholar.
The P.O.D. now in high demand by students
BY Siddhi Shah
I started to stutter and my palms
began to sweat when, on my first day
on the job as a Freshman Fellow, I
couldn’t answer a question. It wasn’t
in my training!
“Where is the P.O.D. [Provisions
on Demand] market, and what time
does it open?” The training manual
went through my head: “In times of
an emergency situation, call upon the
RA.” My Resident Advisor conveniently
walked out of her room and said, “Oh,
the new Hillside? It opens in 20 minutes — downstairs!”
I nonchalantly followed the freshmen
downstairs, laughing to myself about
how they are going to miss out on the
paninis (and probably the freshman
fifteen that go with it).
As the ribbon was cut and hordes of
people rushed in, I realized that the
dim lights were replaced with bright
fluorescent colors, and the years-old cement colored carpet was replaced with
shiny hardwood floors. It was hard to
believe this was part of the University.
“It’s like walking through the ‘Twilight Zone,’” sophomore John Power
said. The bright purple-skinned potatoes were lined up against the scarlet
tomatoes. I turned around to see boxes
of hummus and cold cuts. Boxes of
macaroni and cheese, crackers, cookies
and pita bread lined the store. Hillside
Cafe has become a Wegmans, in the
palm of our hands. I was awestruck.
A friend of mine, who is a senior, said
“Woah, it’s like being a kid in a candy
shop” when she saw all the upperclassmen pack their arms with everything
they saw, in fright that it would all
disappear.
I laughed until one of my freshmen
poked me and said, “Except, literally,” as she pointed at the wall space
covered with “pay by the ounce” candy
option.
It was too good to be true. That’s
when I realized, they get you with
the money — the P.O.D. charges you
obscene amounts to punish you for not
having a car on campus.
All of a sudden, I hear, “Match it,
match it, match it.” It was like being
in a Walmart commercial. The price
wasn’t the catch — they match the
Wegmans price if you feel overcharged
for a product. It was just what the students needed and had asked for.
The clock stuck 6 p.m. and, as the
bells tolled on top of Rush Rhees, I
closed my eyes wondering if the P.O.D.
would turn back into the ugly Hillside
pumpkin — but it didn’t. The P.O.D. is
here to stay.
Shah is a member of
the class of 2014.
Planning Ahead: Dining options insufficient
BY Erica Hyman
I’ve never considered myself an active
student of the University.
I have numerous issues with the institution, but I didn’t care enough to voice
my complaints. That changed, however,
when I experienced the Unlimited meal
plan for the first time.
I chose to live on the Residential Quadrangle because the rooms are close to
classes. I sat back while the school forced
me into a more expensive meal plan that
I didn’t need. I never used up my clubs
or declining blanace, but at least I could
get a wide variety of food as frequently
as I desired.
The Commons and Douglass Dining
Center had consistent selections with a
few favorites that I could rely on. And
with the club system, I could have those
favorites when I pleased.
The Unlimited plan has eliminated
all the good aspects of the club system.
I discovered early on that
the so-called “Unlimited
plan” should have a giant
asterisk next to it.
I got my regular clubapproved meal at Panda
Express, but was shocked
to see $7 deducted from
my declining balance. It is
completely unacceptable
that the Unlimited plans exclude the most popular and
accessible dining location
on River Campus. The Commons also provides meals
that are easily transported
— say for students wanting to take a meal to class,
library, or back to their residences.
The cheapest meal plan I could get
was the $2,385 Blue Unlimited. Of that,
only $350 is for declining. Declining is the only
method of meal plan payment at the Commons,
the P.O.D. market, the
Meliora and Connections
— to name a few. I doubt
the $350 will cover these
expenses, especially now
that I’ll need to pay for
the Pit in full. I cannot
believe I have to fork over
$2,000 for the privilege
of eating in Danforth and
Douglass.
I am willing to swallow
all the above complaints,
but the dining hours at
Douglass are still limited. Sure, it is now
I discovered
early on that
the so-called
“Unlimited”
plan should
have a giant
asterisk next to it
open in the morning, but by 8 p.m., it
is closed.
To add insult to injury, Douglass is still
closed on the weekend, meaning if I want
to exercise my Unlimited, I’ll need to
head to Danforth. When the weather gets
colder and snow starts to fall, I probably
won’t bother to make the trip, opting for
the Commons or dorm room cooking.
I didn’t write this as a rant. I actually
sent this to the SA officials, deans and
dining staff. I have spoken to a few of my
friends who share my opinion, but I want
to reach a broader group of students.
I implore those who oppose the dining
plan to contact Cam Schauf, Director
of Campus Dining Services & Auxiliary
Operations to share your feelings with
those who can effect change.
Hyman is a member of
the class of 2013.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
2015 Senate Platforms
Four will be chosen from:
ANTOINETTE ESCE
I’m known for two
things - being loud
and getting things
done. If elected to the
Class of 2015 Senate,
I will not only make
your concerns heard
- loud and clear - but follow through on
them. The Senate is responsible for everyday things such as campus wide wireless
and extra blue light safety phones. Let me
worry about them, so you don’t have to.
There are four senate seats, and I just need
one to make a difference. Vote Antoinette
for Class of 2015 Senate!
BRIAN LEVINE
Hello, Class of 2015.
My name is Brian
Levine and I would love
for your vote for Senate. Even though I have
only been on campus
for a few short weeks,
I want to become more
actively involved in the
policies and administration of our school.
Members of years passed, have increased
UR Wireless and have improved facilities. I
want to join this effort to voice the student’s
opinion. I for one, want to come up with a
plan to shorten the lines at Danforth. If you
like my vision, Vote Brian Levine for Senate.
Thank you for your support and remember
to vote for me for Class Council as well.
CAMILO BENITIZ
Do you want someone who actually has
working experience in
a national government
body to represent you?
Do you want someone
who has experience in
funds administration
to manage your student fee wisely, which
you paid to the university? My name is Camilo Benitez and I am running for senator to
represent you, the class of 2015, in the Students’ Association. One of my qualifications
for the senate position is that I have had the
opportunity to work for Congressman Phil
Gingrey, who represents the 11th District
of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. While working for the Congressman,
I learned how important it is to effectively
use scarce resources to implement the legislations that were approved by congress. As
a result, I realize how critical it is that I make
sure the SA is spending you student fee
wisely; especially in these hard economic
times when some of us are struggling to
pay for our books. If you elect me, one of
my policies would be to work closely with
the Senate’s Projects & Services Committee to enable more access to Danforth
Fresh Food Company and to continue the
URWireless expansion. If you vote for me I
will work closely with the Appropriations
Committee to make sure that your student
fee is invested in preparing you for the 21st
century.
HUMMA SHEIKH
Hi, Class of 2015!
We have had the
pleasure of being
called the best class
the U of R has ever
had, with flattering
speeches highlighting our diversity, intelligence, passion, and desire to succeed.
My name is Humma Sheikh, and I would be
honored to represent our class this year. I
believe that we can reach our true potential as a student body if we have genuine
and compassionate leaders with drive,
motivation, and a yearning to serve the
university. I want to show you that I can
be that person. In serving as Vice President
in my high school student council and
drum major of our marching band, I have
learned so much about what it is to be a
responsible, passionate leader who cares
sincerely about her peers. Class of 2015, I
want you to know that I am here for you. I
am your advocate and I will do everything
in my power to make this year the best it
can be for all of us.
MICAH
VILLANUEVA
Hey, Class of 2015!
My name is Micah
Villanueva and I am
running for Freshman Class Senator.
I am from Alaska,
although I originally
am from Los Angeles. I have seen
many things in my lifetime. I lived in the
lower class suburbs of LA. As an Attorney
in Youth Court, I was faced with obtaining
justice for troubled teens. Living in a state
like Alaska, I saw growing closed mindedness and wanton waste that threatens to
overwhelm our nation. Nevertheless, all
this, combined with my faith as a Christian,
has only served to grow my love for people. Here at Rochester, that love has not
dwindled. Therefore, my desire as Senator
is to truly be a public servant. There are
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three areas in which I see there is a pressing
VANESSA
need for change. (1) Weapons policy. PeoSANCHEZ
ple kill people. Knives do not kill people. (2)
I’m Vanessa Sanchez
Going along the same line, and in lieu of the
and I’m running for
unanticipated murder last year and death
Student Council and
this year, I believe more attention must be
Senate! Many of you
placed to mental health. (3) Thirdly, I believe
don’t know me too
that Wilson Day should only be the first of
well yet, but those who
many volunteer days for UR students. The
do know that I am very
community thrives on selfless individuals
enthusiastic and deterfrom the University. Viva Rochester! Vote Vil- mined. I know college is very stressful, and
lanueva for Senate!
that’s why I will make it my mission to facilitate all the needs of the student body. DurRAFIQUE KHAN
ing high school I held various leadership
“UofR” “UofR” we positions in student government, clubs, as
all have screamed, well as administrative councils; However, I
laughed, talked about am not here to bore you with what I have
how we love the Uni- done, instead I will focus on what I will do.
versity of Rochester. Yet My ultimate promise is that I will listen to the
nevertheless, with our students! I will always be available and willdiverse student body ing to hear any concerns and ready to work
we often find a multi- hard to address them. Even though I have
tude of concerns and only been on campus less then two weeks,
suggestions. Thus as Senator I hope to use I have tried to gain information about the
our diverse thinking to unify the University biggest grievances of students on campus.
towards the ideal school that we all envi- Some of these include the limited dining
sion. I will work tirelessly to represent your hall hours and the difficulty of buying and
ideas and suggestions in SA meetings. In selling books on campus. As a part of SA I
this brief writing I can only say so much. will dedicate myself to the concerns of the
Please approach me and you will notice students and strive to make this university
that I have great ideas on improving our ever better! If you believe that I deserve this
campus. Vote for Rafique Khan for Senate opportunity, Vote for me! And please email
and see great things happen here at UofR. me at [email protected] if you have
any concerns or questions!
RISHI SHARMA
Hello, Class of 2015,
or rather “The Freshman 15.” My name is Rishi Sharma and I’d like
to serve as your Senator in the Student’s
Association. (This platform should be recited
with DMX’s “Party up
in Here” at 0:10.) Freshman class, listen here, give me your vote
for Senate seat this year. I was class secretary for 3 years, have my own charity, and
a firefighter volunteer. You need a leader
who is well capable of- giving the people
what they all love. So if its clubs who want
cash or ensuring safety, you can count on
me to manage it promptly. It’s really quite
simple; whatever you need- you come and
tell me and then we’ll proceed. It’s my job
to confirm the school does what it says, “Let
the students live the best of their days.” So,
I’m thinking that the dining halls could run
more smoothly. Bathrooms should have
cans for girl products when they’re “moody.”
Those are just two of the ideas I’d employ,
my doors always open for you to stop by!
Let’s wrap it up with making sure you’re
all set! Vote Rishi Sharma - S.A. Represent! I
DON’T WANT TO ONLY BE YOUR SENATOR, I
WANT TO BE YOUR SUPERHERO!
2015 Class Council
Candidates
Eight will be chosen from:
ABBY DEWITT
AKAN NELSON
BRIAN LEVINE
BRIAN SHIN
CHRISTINA SMIROS
DANIEL GAONA
DAVID WEINBERG
ERIN LONDRES
INGE CHEN
LUIS ALONSO
MEHR KASHYAP
MAX KINDER
GABRIELA MERIDITH
MADELYN RUBENSTIEN
MEGAN WILSON
NIKITA MIROSHNICHENKO
RACHAEL ABRAHAM
RACHEL SURESKY
SADE RICHARDSON
VANESSA SANCHEZ
WILL BURKE
CLASS OF 2015
Remember to vote for
SENATE,
CLASS COUNCIL,
AND HALL COUNCIL
online at http://sa.rochester.edu/vote
Monday and Tuesday, September 12-13
For more information, contact Alisa Johnson, Elections Chair, at [email protected]
A voting station will be available in Wilson Commons from 10am-10pm on voting days.
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arts & entertainment
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Good Old War headlines Yellowjacket Weekend events
miriam frost • Staff Photographer
Good Old War — the band that performed at this year’s Yellowjacket Weekend carnival — was so
connected with their audience that they hopped off the stage to play acoustically within the crowd.
By Justin Fleming
Managing Editor
Funny thing about concerts
on this campus: the real gems
usually tend not to be the
major winter or spring shows,
but rather the smaller shows
that are either dirt cheap or
better yet, completely free.
Such was the case with Saturday’s Yellowjacket Weekend
performers, Good Old War.
From the onset it was clear
that this was going to be a
show very much unlike most
of the music acts brought to
the University over the last
couple years.
The most striking thing
about Good Old War — before
they even started playing
— was their unique instrumentation and setup. At
stage right was keyboardist
Keith Goodwin. But when
I say “keyboard,” I don’t
mean your traditional synth
or piano; he was playing on
some sort of soundboard
that looked like something
you’d find covered in dust
and cobwebs while cleaning
out your grandfather’s attic.
Goodwin’s keyboard playing mostly stayed in a lower
register than the rest of the
band, allowing him to take
the place of a bassist, which
Good Old War does without.
Drummer and accordion
player (bet you’ve never seen
those two instruments played
at the same time before) Tim
Arnold took center stage, and
he had the most unconventional setup of the three. He
played the entire show standing up, with his drums set
up so low that it looked like
he was playing on a Fischer
Price kit.
On a trap stand with his
accordion were several other
percussion toys, including
brushes, a tambourine and a
maraca, which he used as a
drumstick during one of the
songs.
Guitarist Dan Schwartz
was to his left, with his four
acoustic-electric guitars and
one electric — which was
attached to a mic stand — in
tow.
The band’s instruments —
all of which appeared pretty
well beaten up — are worth
noting because, in many
ways, they reflect Good Old
War’s music itself. It’s as if
the trio had found a bunch of
old instruments lying around
their homes in the midwest
(they’re from Philadelphia,
but certainly don’t sound like
they would be) and decided
to start making music with
what they had. Their sound is
a collision of folk and big-city
influences, and the resulting mix is a sort of bluesy,
country indie rock. Some way
or another, though, they just
seem to make it work.
The band’s vocals fit well
with their generally upbeat,
bopping sound — the three
members sang in harmony
most of the time, which only
added to the sense of homey
bluegrass surrounding Good
Old War’s music.
No single member’s voice
had a particularly beautiful
sound or texture, but the
band more than made up for
this by keeping those harmonies nicely in tune throughout the show — particularly
impressive in the day’s near90-degree heat.
One of the aspects of Good
Old War’s live show that
worked particularly well was
their ability to highlight a
musical element that you’d
normally take for granted,
and, because they so frequently feature the uncon-
ventional over the expected,
make it really stand out.
Take their performance of
“Weak Man” for instance; the
song featured a solid bluesinspired guitar solo, but it
popped much more than your
average electric guitar solo,
in part because Schwartz
had mainly been juggling
between his array of acoustic
guitars up until that point.
In the same song, something
as simple as featuring a solo
vocalist (Goodwin in this
case) became a neat element
when juxtaposed against the
harmonies that the band had
been pulling off for most of
the show.
Something about Good
Old War’s music has a very
personal, approachable feel
to it, and the trio’s crowd
interaction certainly reflected
that. For their encore performance, they took one guitar,
came down from the stage
and played “That’s What’s
Wrong,” as the crowd circled
around them.
With Schwartz always smiling and Arnold on the verge
of laughing at himself for his
vocal rendition of an electric
guitar part, it was just the
way you’d hope and expect
a band like Good Old War
would end a show.
Props to UR Concerts for
bringing this somewhat unconventional act to UR. If
you didn’t make it out to the
show, I definitely recommend
that you check Good Old War
out if the opportunity presents itself.
Fleming is a member of
the class of 2013.
The original prankster: An interview with Tom Green
By Jason Silverstein
Editor-in-Chief
Whatever you recognize
Tom Green for, there’s more
to him than that. The Canadian comedian rose to fame in
the late ’90s and early 2000s
with “The Tom Green Show,”
the MTV sensation that gave
Green an outlet to unleash
shocking, disgusting and
often surreal pranks on the
unsuspecting world. This culminated in 2001’s shocking,
disgusting, extremely surreal
“Freddy Got Fingered,” the
only film to date that Green
has written, directed and
starred in.
In the second half of the
decade, Green established
himself as a jack of all comedic trades. From 2006 until
this year, he hosted “Tom
Green’s House Tonight,” a
pioneering Internet talk show
in which Green interviewed
celebrities in his own living
room. As a media personality,
Dallas right now doing shows,
he’s popped up everywhere
You officially kicked off
and it’s going excellent. I was
from “The Tonight Show” to
your stand-up career last
just in Scotland at the Edin“America’s Got Talent.”
January when you emHis latest endeavor is tourbarked on your first world burgh Comedy Festival and
had an amazing two weeks
ing the world as a stand-up
tour. How have the past
over there doing shows. It’s
comedian — something he’s
two years been for you?
been going good worldwide.
been wanting to do for his
I’ve gotten to tour all over
entire career. After nearly
It’s been amazing, man.
Australia, Afghanistan, I was
two years of globe-trotting,
I’ve had so much fun. I’m in
in London,
Green will
England,
now make
all over
his way to
Canada
Rochester’s
and the
Comedy
U.S. It’s
Club for
just been a
shows on
really great
Friday,
experience.
Sept. 9 and
Saturday,
You’ve
Sept. 10.
said that
We got
stand-up
to speak
is somewith Green
thing
about his
you’ve
stand-up
been
comedy and
waiting
the long
Courtesy of Neil Visel to do for
career that
preceded it. Tom Green will bring his world comedy tour to Rochester this weekend.
a very
long time. What are some
other things that you still
haven’t gotten around to
and would love to do?
I wanna dress up as a sasquatch and play a saxophone
on top of the pyramids. Pretty much that’s the only thing
I have left that I want to do.
It’s been ten years since
“Freddy Got Fingered,”
and the film has been distanced from all the hype
about being “one of the
worst films ever made,”
it’s actually picking up a
cult following — it’s like
people are just catching
up with what a surreal
and singular work it really is. What was the vision
you initially had for the
film while making it?
It was obviously supposed
to freak people out, and it did.
See GREEN, Page 18
A&E
Thursday, September 8, 2011
‘Daily Show’ comedians didn’t
sweat the small stuff on stage
By Melissa Kullman
Contributing Writer
Courtesy of thechilisource.com
Despite their impressive legacy, Chili Peppers’ newest album, “I’m
With You,” is a disappointment to long-time fans of the band.
Chili Peppers’ latest
album hits a flat note
By Justin Fleming
Managing Editor
Few bands have been able to
reserve a place in the spotlight
of mainstream rock for as long
as the Red Hot Chili Peppers
have. The Chili Peppers — unlike many of the other such
bands — has maintained its
status by producing music
that’s consistently great. Unfortunately, our high expectations for the group only seem
to magnify just how much their
latest album release, “I’m With
You,” falls flat.
After the departure of Chili
Peppers’s lead guitarist and
melodic mastermind, John Frusciante, everyone had a sense
that something would be missing from “I’m With You.” The
question was: What could the
band’s former touring backup
guitarist and Frusciante’s replacement, Josh Klinghoffer, do
to fill the void? After listening
through the record, the answer
becomes clear — Klinghoffer is
central to the downfall of “I’m
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With You,” with the problems
radiate from there.
One might have expected
that, in moving from rhythm
to lead guitar, Klinghoffer
would have adjusted his playing style at least somewhat,
or perhaps have even tried to
emulate Frusciante’s work.
Strangely, however, most of
the songs on the album come
off as if they’re missing a lead
guitar part altogether, and
when put up against Frusciante’s brilliant guitar flourishes from the Chili Peppers of
old, that’s a major blow to the
band.
A theme of repetition runs
through the whole album, and
the problem isn’t so much with
what Klinghoffer does, but
rather with what Frusciante is
no longer around to do. Frusciante didn’t just write guitar
melodies — he wrote melodies
for the entire the songs are
formulaic and repetitive, with
most of the choruses
See CHILIS, Page 18
Any good comedian knows
how to make light of a
sticky situation. Foreheads
dripping with sweat and
slightly out of breath, Rory
Albanese and Al Madrigal of
“The Daily Show with Jon
Stewart” were able to get a
packed Strong Auditorium
laughing long enough to
forget the less-than-ideal
levels of heat and humidity
Rochester experienced last
Saturday night.
Rory Albanese, Emmywinning executive producer
and writer for “The Daily
Show,” entered the stage, eager to share all of his worldly advice — and then some
— to a younger audience.
Not only has he formulated
a simple three-step guide to
end the war in the Middle
East, but he also knows how
to have the most fulfilling
college experience before entering the “real world.” But
first, he did what any tasteful comedian would do when
visiting a college: insult the
school mascot.
“I’m afraid if you guys
clap too hard you might kill
your mascot. A yellowjacket?
Really?” he said.
Luckily, the audience was
clearly full of good sports,
as his beginning remarks
induced heavy laughter and
applause. He went on to
reform his opinion of the
University. After chastising the infamously brutal
winter, underground tunnel
system and idolized a cappella groups, he recognized
what all UR students secretly hoped someone eventually
would.
“It’s inherently badass to
go to school here,” he said.
Albanese continued his set
with the discussion of a few
serious topics, including gay
rights, political involvement,
and heartfelt advice for students to enjoy a carefree lifestyle, for which he definitely
seemed a bit nostalgic.
“If the best four years of
your life are spent under
14 feet of snow in tunnels
four feet underground, well,
something went fucking
wrong somewhere,” he said.
He advised us that college
may not be the best four
years of our lives, but we
should still appreciate that
we are able to decide what to
believe in and how to manage our time. He urged the
audience to enter the “real
world” with the same “fresh
ideas and open minds” we
are fortunately able to exercise now, and to travel — if
at all possible — before getting a job.
Many students responded
well to Albanese’s high level
of energy and relevant topics.
“I really enjoyed Rory
Albanese because he was
excited about talking to a
group of college kids and
knew what to say to us,”
sophomore Caitlyn Childress
said.
Albanese then beckoned
the newest Latino Correspondent of “The Daily
Show,” Al Madrigal, to the
stage, who was welcomed
by thunderous applause. He
immediately assumed an air
entirely different from that
of his predecessor. Contrary
to Albanese’s energetic and
confident style of stand up,
Madrigal oozed calmness
and authenticity. He immediately warned the audience that the show would
soon become a sweaty wet
t-shirt contest — although
he didn’t seem too bothered
by that — and proceeded to
clue us in on the happenings
of the Madrigal household.
See COMEDY, Page 18
hannah bazarian • Photo Editor
Rory Albanese, a cast member of “The Daily Show” who visited UR
on Saturday, joked about everything from Rocky to politics.
M ov i e T i m e s
UR Cinema Group
Friday
Super 8
7:00, 9:15, 11:30
Hoyt Auditorium
Saturday
The Little Theatre
The Shawshank
Redemtion
6:30, 9:15, 12:00
Another Earth
The Debt
One Day
The Guard
Elle s’appelait Sarah
The Help
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gym clothes to the liquor store. In addition to the wardrobe considerations for my higher-level classes and various meetings with campus offices, officials, etc., my wardrobe must further be augmented by the necessity of
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Green: Comedian talks about his career before two performances in Rochester
Continued from Page 16
It achieved that goal. It kind
of makes you realize as you
get older that the mainstream
media can behave like a pack
and not always speak the
truth. The movie was just as
ridiculous and funny now as it
was then. It’s the same movie.
It’s obviously not everybody’s
cup of tea. It’s supposed to
confuse and freak people out.
But that’s the story there —
it’s a crazy film. I was trying
to make a crazy movie and it
worked out, so it’s been cool.
So when people were
attacking the film when it
first came out, did you feel
that it was being misunderstood, or were they playing
into what you were trying
to do?
I think it was definitely being
misunderstood, yeah. I had always assumed that people who
analyze films for a living would
have understood — not every-
body, I knew that some critics
wouldn’t get it, but I wasn’t
expecting [the reaction] to be
quite as venomous. But I think
there was a lot of other stuff
going on at the time in my
personal life and with regards
to me just sort of being new in
the media. People were a little,
I think, freaked out by the fact
that someone who just came
onto the scene would make a
movie so shocking and ridiculous with their first big movie.
I think they overreacted a bit
to it. People gotta lighten up,
man. People gotta lighten up!
Speaking of your film
career, are there any updates on when we can expect your upcoming film,
“Prankstar”?
That’s kind of like a top secret thing. You’re not even supposed to know that film exists!
Do you want to share the
basic premise of the film?
I can’t. It’s top secret. When
the movie comes out, I’ll be
happy to talk to you about it.
But for now, I’m just focused
on stand-up right now. I’m
shooting my first stand-up
television special on Sept. 30
in Boston. I want everybody
“As a comedian, I like to
surprise people.
I’ve never tried
to do the same
thing over and
over and over
again.”
in Rochester to come down to
that show too and have a great
night at the Wilbur Theatre.
I’m really, really focused on
just performing, doing standup and getting back into this
traditional medium.
These days, what do you
primarily want to be recognized for?
do. What do you think has
been the secret to staying
successful all this time?
I think just more for the
body of work I’ve done over
the years. Collectively, everything I’ve done. When I retire
from being a comedian, with
YouTube and all the ways you
can adjust media now, people
can look back and watch all the
different stages of my life.
I’ve definitely tried to keep
changing and doing different
things. That’s why I’m doing
stand-up now. It’s giving me an
opportunity to stand on stage
for an hour and 15 minutes
every night and just talk and
really chat with the audience
on a more personal level. So I
hope people will look at everything.
I think you’ve got to stay
positive, work hard and you
can’t quit. That’s what I tell
anybody who wants to get into
show business: You can never
quit. You’ll find disappointments in your life that will
make you want to quit. In the
beginning, middle, towards the
end — you’re always going to
run into things that don’t go
the way that you want them
to go.
You’ve just gotta keep going,
keep trying to come up with
new things and surprising
people. As a comedian, I like
to surprise people. I’ve never
tried to do the same thing
over and over and over again.
That’s all I can say, you know?
(Note: This is an abridged
interview; to read the full transcript, go to campustimes.org)
Silverstein is a member of
the class of 2013.
You have always managed to maintain an audience and, with the standup, it shows that people are
very devoted to what you
Chilis: After replacing lead guitarist, RHCP lose their distinctive sound
Continued from Page 17
consisting of short melodic
snippets on loop and slightly
differing lyrics. This is especially
evident throughout remarkably
forgettable midsection of “I’m
With You.”
And the buck doesn’t stop
with the guitar parts. Frusciante
wrote the majority of the lines
for Flea — RHCP bassist — and
in Frusciante’s absence, it seems
that Flea has taken melody
duty upon himself. Several of
the songs on the record, including “Ethiopia,” “Annie Wants
a Baby” and others, start out
featuring Flea laying down these
melodies, but he’s simply not as
diverse and creative a writer as
Frusciante, so the song structure gets old fast. In a real Red
Hot Chili Peppers rarity, Flea
feels distinctly out of his element
on most of the album’s tracks.
Of course, if Flea is out of his
element, drummer Chad Smith
is as well. One the most heralded
elements of Smith’s
on this record kind
playing is his ability
of throws that fact
to weave in and out of
in the listener’s
Flea’s often complex
face. I mean, all you
bass lines in a way
need to do is leaf
that is intricate, yet
through pictures in
also intuitive. To the
the album booklet
dismay of RHCP fans,
to see that RHCP is
however, this element
aging, but hearing
of their music has
the severe reduction
gone AWOL on “I’m
in both Kiedis’ range
With You.” Flea just
and the energy
sounds like he’s trying
behind his singing
too damn hard, and
forces you to acSmith seems to be
knowledge that the
doing little more than
rigors of time have
keeping time for him.
taken the greatest
In the midst of all
musical toll on him
Courtesy of stadium-arcadium.com out of all the band
this, the band is trying to add unexpected Chili Peppers with their new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer. members.
elements to songs in
Kiedis’ aging voice,
Up to this point, I haven’t
an attempt to mask their newest even mentioned perhaps the
however, shouldn’t necessarily
album’s generic structure. In
spell the end for the Chili Pepmost distinctive element of
“Did I Let You Know” there is a
pers. The key lies in a return
RHCP’s music — Anthony
random breakout of timbales (a
to the band’s roots, with Kiedis
Kiedis’ vocals. It’s upsetting to
drum frequently used in Latin
adopting a slight shift away from
think that the definitive band
music) and horns, both of which
ballads and toward his classic
of my teenage years is getting
come off as a total afterthought.
style of funk rap.
older, and Kiedis’ performance
Comedy: Despite the heat, comedians joke on
Continued from page 17
His jokes primarily focused
on his wife and two children,
making light of the calamity
that is sure to ensue when
starting a family.
An audience favorite involved Madrigal’s quest to
choose the most qualified
Mexican laborer from a slew
of Home Depot employees,
in which Madrigal openly yet
tastefully mocked his own
Latino roots.
He also joked about his
college cleaning lady, Lionesa, and the catastrophic yet
hilarious story in which his
roommate accidentally gave
the devout Christian woman
psychedelic mushrooms.
As for advice, Madrigal
didn’t quite follow suit in the
same sense as Albanese.
“Uh, ladies, don’t breastfeed. Just don’t… yeah, that’s
my advice,” he said.
Madrigal also had some
choice words to say about
which drugs to take.
“Don’t do drugs, it’s a
waste of time and money,”
Madrigal said. “I mean, pot
is okay and coke — everybody does a little coke, and if
you’re going to do coke, you
should try X...”
Evidently, Madrigal was
much more concerned with
laughs than relaying any serious sentiments of wisdom,
which some students seemed
to appreciate.
“I loved that all of Madrigal’s material was organic
and personal,” sophomore
Jonathan LoTempio said. “He
was a true stand-up comedian
in the sense that all of material was a piece of himself.”
When it was time for Madrigal to wrap up his set, the
show wasn’t quite over. An
intimate question and answer session followed, during
which students could ask any-
thing of the television personalities. Albanese and Madrigal
were happy to answer questions about the writing and
filming process, a typical day
on the set, the political orientation — or lack thereof — of
“The Daily Show,” and how to
become involved in television.
“If you aren’t meant to be
pushing paper and in a cubicle, then don’t do that. You
will be miserable for a very
long time,” Albanese said,
leaving the audience with
resonating advice. He encouraged each audience member
to only settle for doing something they love.
Audience members left the
auditorium eager to cool off
and reclaim personal space
but also newly equipped with
an evening of laughter and a
good amount of wholesome
advice under their belts.
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the class of 2014.
But for Kiedis these days,
moving away from pure singing either works really well or
comes up completely short. For
an example of the latter, look no
further than “Factory of Faith.”
Here, Kiedis is hardly even being musical — he’s just passionately talking over a verse, and it
comes off as a lackluster effort.
I must admit, however, that the
lyrics are just as guilty on this
track as the vocal part itself —
they’ve got everything from a
stupid baseball analogy to inyour-face sexuality, which, let’s
face it, is getting weird coming
from a man who’s almost 50.
While the best songs on the
album prove that the band can
at least still make music at a
high level, they have a number
of issues to work out before their
next release: they need better
lyrics, a redefined direction and,
for God’s sake, a lead guitarist.
Fleming is a member of
the class of 2013.
SPORTS
Thursday, September 8, 2011
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Spikers nab third after 'Jackets humble Hartwick, again
edging Nazareth
BY John Bernstein
Sports Editor
Though their season is
young, the women’s volleyball
team has wasted no time rounding into October shape.
The Yellowjackets roared
to a 2-0 start this past Friday,
expelling the SUNY Fredonia
Blue Devils (25-22, 14-25,
25-22, 25-14) and staging a
come-from-behind victory
over Lebanon Valley College
(13-25, 25-20, 25-20, 26-24)
in the opening rounds of the
SUNY Cortland Red Dragon
Invitational.
Veterans paced the UR effort throughout the tournament. In the first-round battle
with SUNY Fredonia, juniors
Meghan Neff and Alma Guevara and senior Casey Larsen
combined for 26 kills, while
junior Lauren Bujnicki (17
digs) and sophomore Sarah
Ribakove (14 digs, three aces)
always seemed to find a way to
keep the ball off the ground.
Freshman Xiaoyi Li melded
perfectly with the 'Jackets in
her first college match, supplying an additional 13 digs.
Guevara and Larsen provided the firepower twice that
day, as each tallied double-digit
kills to jumpstart the ‘Jackets
in their win over Lebanon
Valley College. Sophomores
Savannah Benton (seven kills,
six blocks) and Jackie Fluegel
(17 assists) provided more than
enough support to ensure UR’s
berth in the championship pool
the following day.
Unfortunately, it was in the
championship pool that the
women finally met their match.
Up against a formidable Skidmore College squad, the 'Jackets dueled the Thoroughbreds
BY John Bernstein
S ports E ditor
When it comes to taking on
the Yellowjackets, the Hartwick College field hockey team
simply can’t catch a break.
The Hawks are 13-24 alltime against UR, and winless in the teams’ last four
meetings. After their match
on a blisteringly hot Saturdayafternoon at Hartwick’s
Wright Stadium, the small,
Oneonta-based school’s luck
appears unlikely to change
anytime soon.
That’s not to say things
didn’t start off well for the
Hawks. Just seven minutes
into the first half, Hartwick’s
Meghan Sweeney found the
back of the UR net thanks to
a quick pass from teammate
Megan Lefeber, sliding the
offense from then on, scoring
twice in a six-minute span to
give the 'Jackets a comfortable
lead at 3-1.
Try as they might, the Hartwick attack line would have
no response, as a relentless
UR defense and some sturdy
goal tending from Wagner suffocated the Hawks, limiting
the home team to just 11 shots
total (the 'Jackets, by contrast,
compiled 22).
With the win, the women
of the yellow and blue upped
their undefeated record to 2-0,
while Hartwick dropped its
mark to 1-1.
The women are scheduled to
open a three-game home stand
on Wednesday, Sept. 7, when
they host Nazareth College.
Bernstein is a member of
the class of 2014.
Cross country poised for big things
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Senior Casey Larsen was a team
leader in kills during the tournament.
for five grueling sets. After splitting
the first four (25-14, 22-25, 25-21,
20-25), the women began to run out
of gas, suffering a narrow 11-15 loss
in the fifth set to relinquish their
hopes of a run at the championship
title. Larsen, Benton and Guevara
made their presence known, though,
compiling a total of 29 kills. Bujnicki,
Mulrey and freshman Hadley Brown
each contributed 13 digs to keep the
team’s playoff hopes alive.
In the third-place consolation
game against Nazareth College, UR
quickly found itself in an 0-2 hole
(16-25, 19-25), but with the help of
Larsen (17 kills, 19 digs) and Bujnicki
(17 digs) the ‘Jackets rebounded with
wins of 25-15, 25-20 and 15-11.
Bernstein is a member of
the class of 2014.
Soccer: UR downs Fredonia
Continued from Page 20
to sophomore Alex Wenger, who
got behind the Fredonia defense
and was promptly fouled inside
the penalty box. Seidlitz got
another chance at McGinnis by
taking the penalty kick, and this
time he capitalized, tying the
score at 1-1.
The newcomer D’Souza was not
done for the day, as he notched
his first goal as a collegiate soccer
player by sending a quick ground
ball into the left corner of the
ball behind the Yellowjackets’
sophomore goalie Madison
Wagner.
Meanwhile, Wagner’s adversary, Hartwick goalie Megan
Campbell, had all but silenced
the Yellowjackets’ sticks, stopping all five of the team’s firsthalf shots on goal.
History revealed itself in
the second half, however, as
Campbell and the Hartwick
defense crumbled under the
considerable force that defines
this year’s UR offense. Ten
minutes into the second half,
junior forward Shelby Hall
blasted the ball from just inside
the top of the circle to even the
tally at 1-1. Hall finished the
game with a team-high eight
shots on goal.
Fellow junior forward Anna
Dobrzynski carried the visitors’
net, just beyond the reach of a diving
McGinnis.
Moranz shut down the Blue Devils
from there on out. Though Paine and
Fredonia had multiple opportunities
to break through the UR defense, the
home team’s capable goalie always
seemed to be in the right place at the
right time.
The Yellowjackets return to action
this Friday, Sept. 9 when they visit St.
Lawrence University.
Bernstein is a member of
the class of 2014.
Hannah Bazarian • Photo Editor
A successful penalty kick by junior Jakob Seidlitz, who was named Defensive Player of the tournament, tied the score, 1-1, in the second half.
BY Dan Lane
Contributing Writer
As their season opener this
Saturday at SUNY Brockport
looms ever closer, one goal
resounds in the collective
thoughts of the UR cross country team: Improve.
In 2010, the Yellowjacket
men capped their season with
a 17th place finish (out of 32
teams) at the NCAA National
Championship Meet in their
first appearance in the competition since 1996. Far from resting
on their laurels, however, the
returning runners approach the
2011 season with the attitude
of improving their finish at the
national meet and proving that
UR cross country is far from a
flash in the pan.
The Yellowjackets return a
strong squad this year, including
four of the eight runners who
competed at nationals last year
(sophomore Adam Pacheck,
Take Five Scholar Frank Ramirez, and seniors Jason Zayac
and All-American Jamie Vavra.
who earned the honor with his
28th place finish at the NCAA
Championships last fall) along
with an extensive supporting
cast of talented veterans and
incoming freshmen.
The road to a more prestigious
finish in 2011 will not, however,
be an easy one. The men’s team
is ranked fifth regionally and
35th nationally in the preseason
poll, and will need to propel
themselves past a plethora of
perennial powerhouses such
as New York University, St.
Lawrence, and SUNY Geneseo
to secure a higher finish this
season.
The women’s cross country
team also looks to improve its
standing in 2011. The team
returns two seniors, Lauren
Norton and Hillary Snyder,
who have individually qualified
for the NCAA meet in the past.
Juniors Zarah Quinn and Meg
Ogle and sophomore Danielle
Bessette return from strong
outdoor track showings to
round out the team’s talented
top five.
While considered an underdog due to a string of injuries
late in the 2010 season, the
return of the majority of last
year’s team—along with a
very talented incoming freshman class—gives the lady
Yellowjackets the strength to
surprise many of the highly
ranked teams in 2011.
For both teams, the achievement of their goals relies heavily
on exemplary performances at
the Brooks Paul Short Run in
September, the UAA championships in October and the Atlantic
Regional meet in early November.
While the Yellowjackets face a difficult season, the combined skill
and dedication of the runners and
coaches Carl Johnston, John Izzo,
Sam Albert and Barb Hartwig
augur a favorable outcome to the
2011 season.
They all look forward to this
weekend’s meet against RIT and
Brockport as the first step on the
long path to making UR Cross
Country ever better.
Lane is a
Take Five Scholar.
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Sophomore Danielle Bessette and the cross country team hope hard
work in September will translate to a NCAA berth come November.
This Week in Sports
Friday, September 9
•Men’s Soccer at St. Lawrence University, 4 p.m.
•Women’s Soccer at SUNY Fredonia, 5 p.m.
•Women’s Volleyball vs. Roberts Wesleyan University, 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 10
•Women’s Tennis at William Smith Invitational, 8 a.m.
•Men’s Tennis at Flower City Tournament, 9 a.m.
•Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at Brockport Invitational, 11 a.m.
•Women’s Field Hockey vs. SUNY Geneseo, 1 p.m.
•Men’s Soccer at Clarkson University, 2 p.m.
•Women’s Soccer at Mt. Union College, 3 p.m.
•Football at Case Western Reserve University, 7 p.m.
Stat of the Week
9
Combined margin of victory the women’s soccer team enjoyed throughout
the Flower City Classic. The Yellowjackets defeated Medaille College,
7-0, then blanked a much more imposing Skidmore College squad, 2-0, to
capture the championship title.
S p o rt s
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Results
Field Hockey
(2-0)
Liberty League standings:
1. UR (0-0)
1. Skidmore (0-0)
1. St. Lawrence (0-0)
1. Hamilton (0-0)
1. Rensselaer (0-0)
1. Vassar (0-0)
1. Union (0-0)
1. William Smith (0-0)
Sept. 1: St. John
Fisher College
4-0 (W)
Sept. 3: Hartwick College
2-1 (W)
Football
(0-0)
Liberty League standings:
1. UR (0-0)
1. Merchant Marine (0-0)
1. St. Lawrence (0-0)
1. Hobart (0-0)
1. Rensselaer (0-0)
1. WPI (0-0)
1. Union (0-0)
Men’s Golf
Sept. 3-4: Hamilton
Quadrangular
The team finished in
second place out of four teams.
Sophomore Nick Palladino took
home the individual title with
a four-under 140, leading the
Yellowjackets to a second-place
finish behind Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Junior Marc
Youngentob (3rd, 147), sophomore Will Malia (12th, 155),
senior Michael Chudacoff (14th,
156), sophomore Rafael Baez
(17th, 157) and senior David
Wien (18th, 158) also placed for
UR as a team. Sophomore Tyler
Scarborough (160), freshman
Jan Jaro (165) and sophomore
Jonathan Zeleznik (171) also
competed for the Yellowjackets as
individuals. UR finished with a
combined 304 strokes. RPI won
the contest with 300 total strokes.
Men’s
Soccer
(2-0)
Sept. 1: Calvin College in
Flower City Classic
3-1 (W)
Sept. 3: SUNY Fredonia in
Flower City Classic
2-1 (W)
Women’s
Soccer
(2-0)
Sept. 2: Medaille College in
Flower City Classic
7-0 (W)
Sept. 3: Skidmore College in
Flower City Classic
2-0 (W)
Offensive firepower unleashed as Fredonia falls
Soccer ousts the
Blue Devils to keep
the Flower City title
right at home
BY John Bernstein
Sports Editor
Bobby McGinnis, the talented SUNY Fredonia goalie,
seemed to be everywhere at
once.
The defensive efforts of his
Blue Devils were withering
under a relentless rain of UR
shots. Yet McGinnis’ pair of
gloved hands — that final
line of defense for a team on
the run — always seemed to be
in the right place at the right
time at this past weekend’s
Flower City Championship
game.
In the game’s opening few
minutes, UR junior Jacob
Findlay lofted a ball to center,
in between McGinnis and two
UR attackers charging for the
Courtesy of Dennis O’Donnell
Freshman Jarvis D’Souza, after his second-half goal broke a 1-1 draw with SUNY Fredonia
in the Flower City Cup championship game. D’Souza also recorded an assist in his debut.
goal. McGinnis turned away of the box and winded up to erable assaults on goal, only to
the threat with ease, palming fire. With nothing to obstruct be denied by McGinnis again
the ball and hurling it to an his vision, however, McGinnis and again. Though UR domiopen teammate downfield.
read Seidlitz’s body language nated possession throughout
The Yellowjackets tried to and instinctively made the the first half, McGinnis sucfool McGinnis again in the save.
ceeded in shutting out the
16th minute, as junior Jacob
Sophomores Max Fan and Yellowjackets during that
Seidlitz dribbled to the top J.C. Billone also made consid- time, and the two teams en-
Dominance, defined
Strong Yellowjackets’ defense blanks two teams in opener
BY David Bates
Staff Writer
The UR women’s soccer
team rose to glory this past
weekend in the Flower
City Tournament, held at
Fauver Stadium. With only
a handful of starters from
last year and a new head
coach, the Yellowjackets
set out to prove that they
are determined to have a
great season.
In the first game of the
tournament on Friday,
Sept. 2, the women made an
early but clear statement
by dominating Medaille
College. The home team
gained the lead within the
first 50 seconds, as senior
Elizabeth Martens scored.
The 'Jackets never looked
back, as four minutes later,
sophomore Grace Van der
Ven crossed the ball to
senior Ellen Coleman. Coleman, a former UAA Player
of the Year and two-time
All-American, quickly put
the ball in the net.
The Rochester offense
went on to score five more
goals during the game.
Other scorers included
sophomore Jessica Opatich,
junior Heather Alico, and
freshman Morgan O’Brien.
Not only was UR’s offense
on fire, but the defense was
as sturdy as a brick wall.
The Mavericks struggled
offensively throughout the
game, and couldn’t manage
even one shot on goal. Ultimately, UR took the easy
7-0 win to advance to the
championship game.
During Saturday’s final, UR faced Skidmore
College, a much tougher
opponent. Skidmore was
fresh off a win over SUNY
Geneseo. The Thoroughbreds charged early and
applied intense offensive
pressure, but UR managed
to prevent any goals from
being scored.
The opposing defense
wasn’t so lucky. Six minutes
into the game, Coleman
headed the ball into the net
after a pass from Martens.
The Thoroughbreds played
solid defense for the rest of
the half, keeping Rochester
at a one-point lead.
During the fifth minute of
the second half, Skidmore’s
defense briefly broke down,
and junior Rachel Wesley
seized the opportunity.
From 25 yards out, Wesley
shot the ball, and it flew
over the fingertips of Skidmore’s goalkeeper, propelling UR to a 2-0 lead.
The home team’s goalkeepers, junior Bridget
Lang and sophomore Allison Bernstein, had stellar
games. Lang had four saves,
while Bernstein added two
more. Skidmore’s valiant
effort included 13 shots (six
on goal), but they failed to
put the ball into the net.
Rochester had nine shots
(four on goal). As with the
Medaille game, UR proved
victorious, with a final
score of 2-0.
The Yellowjackets hope
to crack into the NCAA
tournament again this year
and continue competition
at the SUNY Fredonia
Clarion Classic next weekend.
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the class of 2014.
Women’s
Volleyball
(3-1)
Sept. 2: SUNY Fredonia at
Red Dragon Invitational
3-1 (W)
Sept. 2: Lebanon
Valley College at
Red Dragon Invitational
3-1 (W)
Sept. 3: Skidmore College
at Red Dragon Invitational
2-3 (L)
Sept. 3: Nazareth College at
Red Dragon Invitational
3-2 (W)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Hannah Bazarian • Photo Editor
Junior Rachel Wesley, fighting for possession with Skidmore’s Lauren Alexander, was
named tournament MVP after racking up a goal and an assist to help UR win the team title.
tered the half tied 0-0.
The Blue Devils’ Cory
Paine, a dangerous attacker
who was later awarded for
his efforts by being named
the top offensive player of the
tournament, tried to jump
start the visitors’ offense early
in the second half by sending
a rocket toward the net. UR
goalkeeper and sophomore
Mike Moranz, however, was
not prepared to hand over the
lead, leaping for and deflecting
away Paine’s shot.
The home crowd came to
life at this point, and so did
both teams’ offenses.
Fredonia struck first, as
Paine managed to deflect the
ball off a UR defenseman to a
waiting Blue Devils attacker,
who headed the ball into the
net for a 1-0 lead.
The Yellowjackets were
quick to respond. Freshman
Jarvis D’Souza relayed the
ball down the right sideline
See SOCCER, Page 19
Golf swipes second
at Hamilton
BY John Bernstein
S ports E ditor
When it comes to expectations, sophomore Nick
Palladino has a pretty high
bar set for himself.
Named the top freshman
in all of Division III last
spring by the Golf Coaches
Association of America,
Palladino qualified for the
NCAA National Championships while pacing the
Yellowjackets to a national
ranking.
After this past weekend,
the young star, who is also
both the reigning Liberty
League Player and Rookie
of the Year, silenced anyone who thought his fantastic fall season was but a
momentary sensation.
Palladino shot a fiveunder 67 on day two of the
Hamilton College Quadrangular Invitational,
which was held in Clinton,
N.Y. and concluded on
Sunday, Sept. 4. Palladino’s brilliant play on
the back 18 overcame his
day one second-place tie
with teammate and junior
Marc Youngentob, to finish
four-under 140 and earn
the individual win by a
whopping six strokes.
Youngentob had a solid
second day as well, finishing tied for third place
with a 147. Sophomore
Will Malia (12th, 155),
senior Michael Chudacoff
(14th, 156), sophomore
Rafael Baez (17th, 157)
and senior David Wien
(18th, 158) rounded out
UR’s impressive team
representation on the
weekend.
A young trio of UR golfers also fared well, though
they didn’t score for the
Yellowjackets. Sophomore
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UR golf finished second of
four teams on Sunday.
Tyler Scarborough shot a
160, freshman Jan Jaro
fired a 165 and sophomore Jonathan Zeleznik
wasn’t far behind with
171 strokes.
As a team, the
Ye l l o w j a c k e t s f i n i s h e d
second of four with a
combined 596 strokes, just
four shy of team champion
R ensselaer Polytechnic
Institute.
The Yellowjackets, who
finished the 2011 spring
campaign ranked 24th
in the nation by the Golf
Coaches Association of
America, begin the 201112 campaign with a hunger to continue with the
mad charge through the
rankings that they initiated last spring.
The team is slated to
travel to Saratoga Springs,
N.Y., on Monday, Sept. 12
to take part in the 36-hole
Tim Brown Invitational.
Bernstein is a member of
the class of 2014.

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