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He also wrote that Jews
overplay the Holocaust.
Gandhi commented on
his visit to Tel Aviv in 2004,
comparing Israel to a “snake
“With your superior weapons and armaments and your
attitude towards your neighbors would it not be right to
say you are creating a snake
pit?” Gandhi said. He argued
that Israel’s military buildup
will alienate it from friendship with other nations and
threaten its security.
“We have created a Culture
of Violence (Israel and the
Jews are the biggest players)
and that culture of violence
is eventually going to destroy
humanity,” Gandhi said.
The post was met with
over 430 comments. While a
portion of the comments supported Gandhi’s message,
many conveyed outrage.
Gandhi wrote a second
post, entitled “My Apology
for My Poorly Worded Post.”
In this message he stated, “I
am writing to correct some
regrettable mis-impressions I have given.” Gandhi
See GANDHI, Page 5
gayle hao • Staff Photograher
Civil rights activist Andrew Young addresses a crowd
in Strong Auditiorium on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
civil rights issues
BY sam miller
At 6:30 p.m on Jan. 28, a
close friend of Martin Luther
King Jr., prominent civil
rights leader and former
ambassador to the United
Nations Andrew Young,
stood before an anxious
He is both a human rights
advocate as well as a community activist who was a
former U.S. congressman
and mayor of Atlanta, Ga.
Young is admired for
his many achievements as
the first African-American
ambassador to the United
Nations. He has published
two books called “A Way Out
of No Way” and “An Easy
Instantly upon Young’s
appearance, the entire audience rose in a wave of
smiles and put their hands
together in respect of his
achievements, including his
attempts to establish peace
and justice throughout the
“We are here not just to
learn, but to learn how to
learn,” he said.
He proceeded to discuss
his years growing up and his
relationship with King.
“The Martin Luther King
you read about is not the
Martin Luther King I knew,”
Young said. “I knew a
26-year-old Ph.D. student
whose plan was to finish
his dissertation in a quiet
church and become a pastor.”
See YOUNG, Page 4 PA G E 2 0
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Gandhi blog post
BY Marley Schneier
On Jan. 17, Co-founder
and President of the M.
K. Gandhi Institute for
Nonviolence Arun Gandhi
submitted his offer of resignation. While the reasoning
for Gandhi’s resignation has
not been announced, it can
be inferred that it is related
to the controversial remarks
he wrote for The Washington
Post Web site.
Gandhi is on a panel of
academics, authors and religious figures for the Post’s
“On Faith” Web site, where
a new topic is discussed each
The topic to which Gandhi
responded was, “We know
what ‘Jewish identity’ had
meant in the past. What
will it mean in the future?
How does a minority religion
retain its roots and embrace
Gandhi’s response included, “Jewish identity in
the past has been locked
into the Holocaust experience — a German burden
that the Jews have not been
able to shed.”
Daniel green • Photo Editor
Theta Chi Fraternity has shared a history with the University since 1920. One of the
nine buildings on the Fraternity Quad, their house will soon serve a new purpose.
Theta Chi sanctioned
University reduces punishment to period of inactivity
by rebecca Leber
On Jan. 7, Dean of the
College Richard Feldman
informed Theta Chi Fraternity that he modified the
severest of the sanctions
recommended by an administrative hearing team in December. The final version of
the sanctions place ΘΧ on an
inactive, “censured status”
until the fall of 2010.
Conditions of inactive status stipulate that fraternity
members cannot remain in
their house, reside together
or recruit new members
this semester. One sanction
requires members to complete an alcohol awareness
program this semester. The
fraternity will also be held
responsible for needed repairs to the house; however,
Acting Dean of Students
Matthew Burns explained
that these charges would
not extend to alterations
needed to accommodate
“They don’t have to pay
for renovations. They have
to pay for reparations,”
As early as the 2009-10
academic year, the fraternity may be allowed to live
together in a residence hall,
and the possibility remains
open that members could
eventually return to the
chapter house in 2011.
Feldman described his
hopes that the future of ΘΧΧ
takes this path.
“I have decided that I do
not want to move another
fraternity or residential
group into the house next
year, only to have to move
that group out a few years
later when, I hope, ΘΧ
will be able to move back
in,” he said. As to how the
house will be used in the
meantime, Feldman stated
that no final decision has
The release of the final
sanctions culminated in
a sequence of events that
began last spring when the
fraternity was placed on a
high degree of probation,
disciplinary probation, for
repeated drug and alcohol
violations in the past two
According to former president of ΘΧ Scott Weiner ’07,
the fraternity was placed on
social probation once during
his membership of fall 2005
through March 2007, and
other violations pertained to
individuals only, who were
jointly punished by ΘΧ and
the University. While he admitted that discipline by the
University was warranted,
Weiner commented on the
fairness of charges.
See HOUSE, Page 4
Jeff Levy • Presentation Editor
fans support undefeated ‘jackets
Loyal Yellowjacket fans clad in school colors enthusiastically cheer on
the nationally-ranked men’s basketball team in the Palestra on Sunday.
By Kashika sahay
The Plymouth Exchange
expressed discontent with
the building plans for the
new UR Riverview Apartments. The 19th Ward Residents believed they had been
misled because city officials
approved a different version
of the building plans than
was originally presented
to residents in community
meetings in February.
The Riverview Apartments are scheduled to be
completed by August 2008
and will house 400 UR
students in 120 riverfront
apartments. The University
will lease the five buildings
through agreements with
Riverview Equity for five
years with renewable options, as well as the right
for the University to refuse
purchasing the property.
Tom Mancuso’s Nov. 28
article in the Rochester
City Newspaper outlined
some of the changes made
to the plans in response to
residents’ complaints. To
increase public river access,
a system of sidewalks will
lead from the entrances of
the apartments to Plymouth
Avenue; there will be no
keyed access at these entrances. Also, no bars will be
placed in first floor windows.
Entrances facing Plymouth
Avenue will be added so
that the front and back of
the buildings look the same.
However, fences will still surround the buildings.
“I don’t want to leave
the impression that people
can use this site as a public space,” developer John
Yurtchuk said. “I can’t go
through your backyard, and
you can’t go through mine.
We have students who are
paying to live here, and we
have to consider their privacy and security needs.”
In response to the meeting of Plymouth Avenue
residents, Director of Residential Life Laurel Contomanolis explained the University’s intentions in order
to relieve the confusion.
“The University was certainly not trying to offend
anyone; we do not want to
wall ourselves off from the
community but engage our
upperclassmen with community members,” she said.
“I think the community is
satisfied with the changes
made to the plans.”
that students need to feel
See PLYMOUTH, Page 5
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This Week on Campus
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Seligman shares news
of cancer remission
by ben wrobel
UR President Joel Seligman sent
a message to the University community last Wednesday, Jan. 16,
announcing that he had completed
radiation treatments for a curable
form of B Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
According to his doctor, Director of
the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
Richard Fisher, Seligman is in complete remission with no evidence of
cancer at this time.
“While there are no absolute
guarantees in life,” Seligman said
in the message, “the recurrence rate
for the type of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma that I have is quite low.”
Seligman was diagnosed last
summer and publicly announced his
illness on Aug. 21, 2007. The cancer
was detected in stage 1A, an early
stage of the disease, and the initial
prognosis was optimistic.
On Dec. 21, Seligman completed
his 28th and final radiation session,
and he has since begun follow-up
He thanked the many medical
workers who helped in his treatment.
“Let me express my gratitude
to Drs. Fisher, Louis (Sandy)
Constine, my radiation oncologist
and Ray Mayewski, my personal
physician, and the great nurses,
technicians and staff at the Wilmot
Cancer Center and Strong Memorial Hospital for the wonderful
care and treatment that they
provided,” Seligman said. “I am
truly fortunate to be associated
with a University that has such an
He also recognized the University community that stood behind
him during this time.
“Let me also express my deep appreciation for the support that the
University community has given
me over the past few months,” he
said. “I look forward to working
long into the future with you to
continue to strengthen the University of Rochester.”
Wrobel is a member of
the class of 2010.
Math major awarded
Ross brenneman • Photography Editor
Denise Anderson’s piece entitled “And They Stand Waiting” is
on display in the Art & Music Library in Rush Rhees Library.
•Spirit Week lasts from Friday, Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, sponsored
by the Class of 2011. Events ranging from tunnel painting to a free
stuff day will be held all week. For
more information, visit http://www.
•RecycleMania kicks off on
Jan. 28 and lasts until April 5. The
competition is part of a national effort to promote campus awareness
about recycling and waste reduction. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the
Spirit Dinner in Douglass Dining
Center. The dinner is sponsored
by the Class of 2011.
•Remember to vote for a
name for the new Yellowjacket
mascot by Monday, Jan. 28. A
committee of students, faculty, staff
and alumni reviewed the suggestions and selected six finalists. To
vote for your favorite, visit http://
To submit, please e-mail
Deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m.
by marley schneier
Senior and honors mathematics major Andrew Niles has been
named a 2008 Churchill Scholar.
The Churchill Scholarship is an
annual scholarship offered to graduates of participating universities in
the United States and Australia
to students pursuing engineering,
mathematics and sciences. The
scholarships are offered to only 12
students in the entire country.
Niles will continue his study of
mathematics, pursuing a Certificate
of Advanced Study.
“Galileo said that math is the
language of the universe. That’s
basically how I look at it. I just want
to make some contribution to it. You
have no idea what fields you may
be helping in the long run because
mathematics is everywhere,” Niles
Niles is expected to graduate
in four years with bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in mathematics.
He also won the Stoddard Prize,
awarded each year to the University’s best sophomore mathematics
Niles has participated in the National Science Foundation’s highly
selective Research Experiences for
Undergraduates program. During
his participation in the program,
Niles co-authored two papers. He
also conducted research on a more
than 350-year-old computational
Niles has the support of faculty
and administrators who worked
“Andrew has a real thirst for
knowledge and a natural ability to
integrate ideas from diverse areas
of study,” Associate Professor in
mathematics Naomi Jochnowitz
said. “He’s everything one would
want in a student.”
Schneier is a member of
the class of 2011.
suspects and later reviewed CCTV
images of the area to determine the
identity of the suspects.
ter General Hospital for treatment.
He was temporarily banned from
Eastman student escapes
On Friday Jan. 18, at 11:30 p.m.,
an intoxicated male visitor, unaffiliated with UR, got into a fight
with fraternity brothers, according
to UR Security Investigator Dan
Earlier in the evening, the
suspect held a female student in
a headlock chokehold. The victim
reported no injury.
The visitor attempted to enter
fraternity houses and, after being
denied entry, the suspect became
aggressive. The suspect then challenged brothers to fights. Security
officers arrived to find the visitor
being held down by a number of
The suspect was sent to Roches-
There was a failed robbery attempt on Sunday, Jan. 13 at approximately 5 p.m., according to
an e-mail from UR Security.
A female Eastman School graduate student was approached by
multiple suspects who demanded
that she turn over her money and
According to her report, one
teenager asked that she hand over
her money. Immediately after,
another teenager also demanded
her money. The two walked away
after the student told them she had
After the first suspects left, three
others approached the student and
asked that she come with them to
Visual studies talk
Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at
the University at Buffalo, Steven Kurtz, Ph.D.,
will be giving a lecture called “Crossing the Line:
Interdisciplinary Work in a Society of Fear.” The
talk is at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in
Rush Rhees Library. Admission is free.
study abroad expo
Curious about studying abroad? Come to an expo
on undergraduate study abroad options from 2
p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hirst Lounge in Wilson
Commons. Representatives from a student travel
agency and the University’s College Career
Center will be present. The Rochester City Clerk
will be available to apply for a U.S. Passport. For
information, call (585) 275-7532.
History of House music
DJ Morpheus, the renowned House DJ, will
discuss the development of underground house
music with hands-on demonstrations at 1 p.m. in
the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by Delta
Upsilon Fraternity and UR Hip-Hop.
Fusion is an annual party that celebrates diversity
by reaching out to all UR cultural groups. It will
be in the Douglass Dining Center from 10 p.m. to
2 a.m. Come dance the night away to the sounds
of DJ Mr. Illmatic, Svet (The Hip-Hop Violinist)
with Roman Empire and DJ Envy, one of the top
NYC DJs from HOT 97 radio. Tickets are $5 at
the Common Market and will also be sold at the
door. The event is presented by Sigma Beta Rho
Fraternity and co-sponsored by ADITI, BSU,
CAB, CSA, KASA, FASA, SALSA, Fashionably
Late, UR Concerts and UR Hip-Hop.
The Class of 2011 is sponsoring a week of events
for Spirit Week. Spirit Week begins on Jan. 27
and ends on Feb. 1. Come make a lasting impression by signing your name with paint in the
tunnels beginning at 9 p.m.
London-based artists Alex Baker and Kit Poulson will speak about their exhibit “Black Cube/
White Horse” from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in
the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons. For
more information, call (585) 275-5911 or visit
Graduate student robbed and assaulted in parking lot
BY Rebecca Leber
A male graduate student was
robbed on Wednesday evening,
Jan. 9, while most students were
away for winter break, according
to an e-mail from UR Security.
The student was approached in the
Intercampus Drive Lot after 9 p.m.
by five teenagers.
According to the student, three of
the suspects demanded his money
and cell phone, both of which he
A member of the group then
punched the student, knocking him
to the ground, after which the group
fled toward Elmwood Avenue. No
weapons were displayed.
The student drove away from
the scene and called 9-1-1. The student was treated by an ambulance
and later sent to Strong Memorial
UR Security and Rochester Police
searched the area for the at-large
an alley to hand over her money,
which she declined.
The suspects then left without
confrontation, and the student
reported the episode to police.
Fire starts in graduate
On Thursday, Jan. 17, Rochester
Fire Department and security officers responded to a small fire in
the graduate student house, Goler
House, according to Lafferty.
A fire had started in an unoccuppied bedroom on the eighth floor.
Only one apartment was severely
damaged. The actual fire was contained in one apartment.
The cause of the fire is unknown,
though a light fixture may be responsible. There were no injuries.
by UR Security.
Leber is a member of
the class of 2011.
As a part of Spirit Week, the Class of 2011 is
hosting a Mexican-themed dinner at 5 p.m. in
Danforth Dining Hall. Dine while you watch
several performances, including UR Jugglers, Yellowjackets and Vocal Point. A raffle will be held.
Judith Weisenfeld of Princeton University will
speak in a talk called “A Mighty Epic of Modern
Morals: Religious Race Movies of the 1940s”
at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush
Rhees Library. For more information about this
and other Humanities Projects and events visit
An ‘80s-style rollerskating party will be held
from 8 to 11 p.m. in Goergen Athletic Center.
Come get freebies such as disco necklaces, pop
rocks and neon sunglasses. A pizza party will be
given to the hall that has sports the best ‘80s
costumes. The party is sponsored by the Class
Please e-mail calendar submissions to
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Crowd, team and professor Gibbons is honored
featured on History Channel TV with new position
by Michelle Handis
On Friday, Jan. 18, in the Louis
Alexander Palestra, the men’s and
women’s basketball teams beat
New York University. While the
players were concentrating on winning the games and the energized
spectators were cheering them on,
The History Channel was simultaneously taping the game for an
episode of “The Universe.”
“The Universe” is a television
show that presents a different
topic relating to the universe in
each episode. The show is typically
known for its use of metaphors to
illustrate the ideas behind scientific concepts.
The History Channel attended
the games because it is taping a
special episode on nebulae, and it
chose to use the basketball players
as metaphors for hot stars and the
crowds in the stands as energetic
The writers and producers of
“The Universe” came up with
the creative metaphor using the
basketball game to show why
Nebulae are interstellar clouds
made of dust, plasma and hydrogen gas. Professor of physics and
astronomy and writer for Discover
and Astronomy magazines Adam
Frank explained the phenomenon.
“[Nebulae] always have a bright
star at the center, and the radiation
flows outward and hinges on the
gas cloud, exciting the gas atoms
and making them glow,” he said.
Thus, the players on the basketball team were the bright stars
who excited the crowd, causing the
people in it to cheer and produce
other similar reactions.
Society of Physics Students Vice
President and junior Kristin Beck
commented on the subject.
“I think it is an interesting metaphor because it will bring things
going on physically in nebulae into
terms that people will understand,”
UR was chosen to host the filming crew because it is one of the
leading research institutes in the
world on nebulae. More specifically,
our school was chosen because of
Frank’s research on nebulae.
Frank joined UR’s staff in 1996.
His research mostly has to do with
theoretical astrophysics, and he is
currently studying planetary nebulae, among other topics. Frank
was the main person involved in
coordinating the History Channel’s visit to UR.
Members of the Society of Physics Students were asked by Assis-
tant Director of Student Activity
Programs liaison Stacey Fisher to
act as spectators for the basketball
game to help the filming crew.
“We were asked to come, they
told us they needed 25 students
to help with the documentary on
nebulae,” Beck said. “They promised us free T-shirts and pizza for
Before the game, the History
Channel film crew asked four of the
students to behave as representatives of the hydrogen spectrum.
The hydrogen spectrum is made
up of four distinct colors. As the
hydrogen atoms in nebulae heat up
and cool down, they lose energy in
the form of light.
After this enactment was completed, the 25 students put on their
UR T-shirts and gathered around
Frank while he was interviewed.
The film crew then set up near the
court to tape the matches against
Beck added that she hopes that
the episode on the History Channel will get the message of Frank’s
life work across to a broader
The episode featuring UR will be
aired in April 2008 on the History
Handis is a member of
the class of 2009.
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On Jan. 10, UR announced its
decision to appoint Associate Dean
of River Campus Libraries and
Public Services and Collection
Development Susan Gibbons as
the new Vice Provost and Andrew
H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean
of River Campus Libraries.
Current Dean of River Campus
Libraries Ronald Dow is retiring after 11 years of work that
revolutionized the libraries at UR.
During his tenure, he oversaw
many projects, ranging from the
opening of Gleason Library to the
renovation of such spaces as the
Dow is also commended for
developing a positive relationship between the library and the
UR community, seeking to build
a resource that best benefits the
“I focused on making the library
more student centric,” Dow said.
“Today we spend a lot of time
working with students. Student
opinion counts for a lot. We actually
change who we are based on what
we learn from students.”
According to Dow, Gibbons is
an acclaimed librarian within the
UR and international community,
making her an ideal successor.
“In some ways, it was a very
obvious choice,” he said.
UR President Joel Seligman
seconded Dow’s comments.
“She’s brilliant, has a great deal
of energy and had tremendous
support from everyone with whom
we spoke,” Seligman said. “She’s
nationally known as a leader in
library science. She’s published,
and her work is persuasive and
Gibbons noted that her experience with River Campus Libraries
made her a viable candidate.
“I have worked with UR libraries for the past seven years,”
Gibbons said. “I bring to the job
what it is like working with the
UR community. There is not that
learning curve of working with a
new environment. It means we’re
not going to miss a step.”
She also described the some projects in which she participates.
Gibbons has worked closely with
Information Analyst Nancy Foster
to determine how the library might
better serve the community. Their
studies focused on student input.
“We did a two-year study on
undergraduate students, working
with volunteers to see where they
went on campus for a day, to find
out what technology they carried
with them,” Gibbons said. “As part
of this larger study, we were able
to work with students to discover
what their ideal study space would
This “ideal study space” ultimately became Gleason Library.
Gibbons explained how students
were solicited for drawings that
were then passed on to the architects. After the architects’ plans
were drawn up, students had the
opportunity to offer suggestions for
the final look of Gleason Library.
“We really wanted our libraries
to match up with student lifestyle,”
CoURse Resources is another
initiative spearheaded by Gibbons.
On each student’s Blackboard
Web site, there is a library course
guide that is specific to the classes
for which a student is registered.
This new online database offers
students immediate resources directly related to their studies.
Currently, Gibbons is helping
complete a two-year study on a
group of graduate students to find
ways to better serve that particular
population. She is also surveying
other students to see how the library Web site design may be made
more accessible for students.
Gibbons noted that her post as
Vice Provost and Dean of River
Campus Libraries differs in a significant way from Dow’s because
her position also gives her a seat
in the President’s cabinet.
“I can make sure I understand
the direction of the University
and make sure the library is participating in the best way we can,”
Seligman also commented on the
additional responsibility, explaining why he felt she is needed in
“We are trying to have a central
body where we can share information with each other,” he said.
“The library is a very important
component of UR, and I thought
it would be useful for her to join
at this time.”
Looking forward to her new role,
Gibbons spoke about the importance of improving UR libraries.
“The next generation of
students is so different from what
we experienced,”she said.
”If libraries want to be viable for
the future, we need to look at the
new technology and see how it is a
part of student lives and academic
Seligman showed high regard
for such vision.
“She brings everything we could
dream to the position,” he said.
Squires is a member of
the class of 2010.
House: Violation results in inactive status
andrew slominski • Staff Photographer
Young discussed his own view of civil rights as he recounted Martin
Luther King Jr.’s personal past and inspiring message on Monday.
Young: Activist speaks on King
Continued from Page 1
Young spoke of the painful reality
of King’s journeys, whose life took
a sudden and unexpected turn
after Rosa Parks’s actions, when
King’s house was bombed, he was
put into jail at least 14 times and
was violently abused. According
to Young, King had been beaten,
stabbed and wrapped in chains in
the back of a paddy wagon with a
vicious police dog.
King expressed his reaction to
the aforementioned event as the
worst because he was helpless.
Young explained that these incidents all occurred before King’s “I
Have a Dream” speech. According
to Young, King was just trying to
do what he thought was right.
With constant threats of death
and harassment, King still had
Young described his goals for the
civil rights movement.
“We did not want equality to
white people. We were united in
attempting to redeem the soul of
America from the triple evils of racism, war and poverty,” he said.
“Although so many achievements have paved the way for
progress and the opportunity for
racism to diminish, there is still a
very long way to go; a few people
being successful really does not
redeem America that much.
“There’s something wrong when
the rich keep getting richer and
the poor keep getting poorer, and
we consider ourselves a success
because of a gross national profit,”
He concluded the evening by
expressing his desire for a better
world. “There has got to be a way
for us to live together as brothers and sisters, or we will perish
together as fools,” he said.
Freshman Riley Fee considered
the speech a truly unique experience.
“It’s amazing to know that Mr.
Young had close ties with King and
worked with him for many years,”
he said. “It’s almost as if a small
piece of Dr. King was brought to
us tonight. It was one of the best
feelings in the world and gives me
hope for our future.”
“Mr. Young held my attention
from the moment he stepped on
stage to the moment he stepped
off,” freshman Tasha Raman said.
“His passion about world peace is
evident through his rich history
as well as his optimistic plans for
Miller is a member of
the class of 2011.
Continued from Page 1
“In the University’s sanction
statement, they noted a regularity
of violations,” he said. “How many
past violations can be taken into
consideration when dealing with
students who have been members
of the fraternity for only a year
or two? Why should the current
undergraduates be punished for
the past misdeeds of others?”
Disciplinary status meant that
the fraternity required prior approval for all programs, whether
social or charitable. The fraternity was allowed to throw a nonalcoholic event in late November;
however, the University sought
further discipline after the night
ended with the Rochester Police
and Rural Metro Ambulance Service called to aid a dangerously
According to UR Security, alcohol was being served and members
of the house were incompliant
and resistant when Security shut
down the party. One student was
Since the fraternity was already
at the highest level of probation,
the next procedural step would be
disaffiliation from the University,
“We were backed into a corner,”
he said. “At the highest level of
probation there is nothing more
we can give to you. It was not
just a question of extending it.
The board decided we have to do
A hearing held in December
produced sanctions that called
for immediate disaffiliation of ΘΧ
from UR for five years. A second
sanction would have prevented
residents of the ΘΧ house from
reentering University housing
until next fall semester, a decision that would have affected 12
students in all. Feldman removed
the latter sanction, allowing students to return to residence halls
Fraternity brothers, alumni and
parents appealed the decision on
grounds that the sanctions were
“We argued that in concordance
with past precedent and the gravity of our code infractions over the
past several years, the originally
issued sanction of five years of
disaffiliation was irrational and
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According to records, there were 35 members of Theta Chi who are
affected by the decision that denies the fraternity’s right to a house.
disproportionate,” President of
ΘΧ and junior Jordan Wiener
Feldman later reduced the
disputed sanction to place ΘΧ on
temporary inactive status, contingent on positive evaluations in the
future and close monitoring over
the next five years. Any future
misconduct will lead directly to
Wiener responded to the adjusted punishment.
“They returned a modified sanction that was still unfairly harsh
and unjustifiable,” he said.
“I had expected that they would
either take the side of cooperating
with us to restructure our fraternity to the best of our ability or the
side of eliminating our fraternity
altogether, but they seemed to
take no stance whatsoever on our
issue and returned a final ruling
that lacked comprehension and
rationale, and that seemed totally
capricious and arbitrary.”
Director of Fraternity and
Sorority Affairs Monica MirandaSmalls commented on the relationship between fraternities and the
“In order to be a true fraternity
at the University of Rochester
that’s recognized and active, you
have to be sure to be aligned with
the missions of the college and
their own fraternities and sororities and abide by any regulatory
policies and expectations of the
Administrators refer to ΘΧ as an
isolated, unfortunate event. Burns
and Miranda-Smalls expressed
optimism in improving Greek
life through the Expectations of
Excellence program, which sets
a timeline to create concrete
goals that work toward becoming “a larger part of the campus
community rather than exist as
insular groups on the periphery
of the college,” as stated on the
Office of Fraternity and Sorority
Affairs Web Site.
Burns described his view for
the future of the University’s
“As the fraternities and sororities continue in the college to improve that relationship, I wouldn’t
be surprised if there were some
organizations that get left behind
if they don’t improve,” he said.
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the class of 2011.
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safe and be safe in their new
She outlined plans for extensive
lighting on the bridge and in the
parking lot between the halls. Also,
blue lights and security cameras
throughout all five buildings will
promote the overall feeling of
Furthermore, entrances to all
buildings will be keyed and two
security officers with vehicles will
patrol the Riverview and Brooks
Landing complexes. The bridge
across the river will possibly be
redesigned to include a fork that
will lead closer to the Riverview
A Town Hall meeting has been
scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30,
at 7:30 p.m. to explain the logistics
of the Riverview housing lottery. It
will be held in Hoyt Auditorium.
Contomanolis expressed her
enthusiasm about the coming
“It is an exciting time for the
University. Fall 2008 will be an
inaugural year for the students
and the surrounding community,”
Kashika is a member of
the class of 2010.
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Arun Gandhi founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence to honor the ideals of his grandfather,
Mohatma K. Gandhi. The younger Gandhi’s comments have provoked reactions from diverse groups.
Gandhi: Blog comments create controversy
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stood by his criticisms of Israeli
government, but wanted to correct
the statements that he made with
“I do not believe and should not
have implied that the policies of the
Israeli governments are reflective
of the views of all Jewish people,”
Gandhi said. “I do believe that
when a people hold on to historic
grievances too firmly it can lead
This controversy became particularly relevant to UR, where
Gandhi maintained his position
as President of the Nonviolence
Institute. In response to Gandhi’s
words, UR President Joel Seligman issued a statement.
“I was surprised and deeply
disappointed by Arun Gandhi’s
recent opinion piece,” Seligman
said. “I believe that his subsequent
apology inadequately explains his
stated views, which seem funda-
mentally inconsistent with the
core values of the University of
“In particular, I vehemently
disagree with his singling out of
Israel and the Jewish people as to
blame for the ‘culture of violence’
he believes is eventually going to
Seligman intends to discuss the
matter with Gandhi in person.
Gandhi’s statements sparked
an outcry from UR Hillel. In an
e-mail sent to the organization’s
students, Executive Director of
Hillel of Rochester Area Colleges,
Joel Miller, explained the issue
that has been unfolding since
Miller reprinted the statements
by Gandhi and Seligman in the
e-mail and gave details about the
actions being taken by the Jewish
Hillel hosted an informal discussion after dinner on Jan. 18, as well
as a meeting in which Seligman
invited Jewish Community Federation President Dennis Kessler,
Federation Executive Director
Larry Fine, Rabbi Matthew Field
of the Rochester Board of Rabbis,
Hillel of Rochester Area Colleges
Board President, Barbara Orenstein and Dean of the College
“President Seligman reiterated his concern over the issue,
listened to the Jewish community’s concerns and promised as
swift a resolution as possible,”
Seligman has said the situation is under review. Gandhi is
currently in India, scheduled to
return this week. The Board of the
Institute for Nonviolence will be
meeting today, after which further
information, as well as a statement
by Seligman, will be issued.
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the class of 2011.
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A letter to Theta Chi alumni over winter break outlined sanctions for ΘΧ Fraternity, citing repeated violations of the campus
judicial code, in particular the violation of their probationary
status on Nov. 17. Such sanctions put ΘΧ on “censured status,”
forbidding the fraternity from residing in its house and from
recruiting this semester. Additionally, it forbids members of ΘΧ
from living together in residence halls.
UR’s administration imposes a code of conduct on all organizations, and, in this case the code was breached. ΘΧ repeatedly
violated its probation, and when the Rochester Police Department
was called on Nov. 17, it became clear
that meaningful action was needed to
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address ΘΧ’s infringements.
The administration believed that it
could only send a resonant message to
the fraternity by temporarily removing
its members from their house. However, it seems to be excessive
zeal to forbid them from living together in residence halls. Instead,
the fraternity should be immediately permitted to apply for a
floor. The current sanction just adds salt to an open wound.
This decision came after an appeals process that reduced the
original harsh sanctions disaffiliating ΘΧ for five years, thus allowing the fraternity to regain full status in a timelier fashion.
ΘΧ adds to the social and cultural atmosphere on River Campus,
and returning as a positive influence can only help the Rochester
ΘΧ members have already shown their motivation for the restoration of the status quo by their continual collaboration with
UR’s administrators. The administration has decided not to turn
ΘΧ’s house over to another fraternity, demonstrating optimism
on their part. The rest of the path should be just as open for
an adhering ΘΧ to walk back to the Fraternity Quad, with the
administration making it as fair and smooth as possible.
Arun Gandhi’s comments regarding the meaning of “Jewish
identity,” posted Jan. 7 on the Washington Post’s “On Faith”
blog, ignited uproar. While some readers support Gandhi’s claim,
many condemn his message. His subsequent apology did little to
quell the outraged responses. UR President Joel Seligman noted
in a statement that he was disappointed in Gandhi’s remarks
and found his apology insufficient.
Gandhi’s message of peace and forgiveness was obscured by
the use of abrasive language and generalizations. His post was inappropriate
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because he fell back on an underdeveloped
metaphor, overshadowing his intended
theme of nonviolence. The continuing
Palestinian-Israeli conflict deserves attention and discussion.
Critics should be able to espouse radical views, but it is paramount
that they choose their language carefully and diplomatically.
Rather than condemn Gandhi for his comments, he deserves
the chance to adequately explain his opinion; he need not pander
to public opinion. Gandhi should take the opportunity to address
the UR community via meeting, letter or alternative medium.
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence announced on
Jan. 17 that Gandhi had submitted a letter of resignation. While
Gandhi’s remarks were offensive, his job should not be in jeopardy. As a leading voice for nonviolence, Gandhi’s presence at
UR is still merited. Furthermore, the Institute itself has greatly
impacted the University and the city of Rochester since it arrived
in July. Rush Rhees Library now features the Gandhi Reading
Room, which includes the complete set of M.K. Gandhi’s work
given to the Institute by the Indian government. Currently, the
Institute, together with the community, is planning a program
to recognize the Season for Nonviolence, hoping to address
concerns regarding community violence.
Upon his return from India, Gandhi is to meet with the Institute’s board and President Seligman. Despite Gandhi’s poorly
chosen words, hopefully both the Institute and the University
will recognize that it would be best to create a dialogue and foster
a campus atmosphere that promotes intellectual exchange.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Listen to the young ones
Fiscally, it’s not highly gratifying to be a member of the Peace
Corps. The organization, created
by President Kennedy in 1961, was
born out of Kennedy’s desire to harness the energy of newly-minted
college graduates in order to give
something to those far worse off
than ourselves. For many of those
who join the Peace Corps, the service likely represents the ultimate
good-feeling, soft-power approach
to world improvement.
Yet, in a recent New York Times
op-ed, Robert Strauss, a former
member of the Peace Corps, blasted
the service organization for not putting stringent standards on those
people it accepts. Ultimately, he
argues, the service is filled with college graduates who, albeit having
good intentions, don’t know what
they’re doing and don’t contribute
We, the youth, are seen in that
same way in a plethora of life’s
other areas. It is exemplified in
“Life in the Emerald City,” a book
about Iraq’s Green Zone that
includes tales of young graduates
who think they know how to fix
Iraq. It is exemplified in law firms,
where young hotshot law grads
think life is more “Boston Legal”
than “The Practice,” (as the New
York Times once put it). It is even
exemplified in “In Good Company,”
wherein young Topher Grace replaces old Dennis Quaid (Scarlett
Johannson also stars as eye candy).
All examples come complete with
youth’s wide-eyed idealism.
The old think of the young as
a bunch of egotistical, unrealistic brats who don’t know anything
or give a damn about bothering to
learn. They wonder who the hell we
think we are and where we get the
gall to be that way. Frankly, I won’t
deny our apparent state.
We, the youth, have earned that
impudence, however, merely by
tolerating the scores of mistakes
our elders make.
Look at what the old, in all
their “experience,” have wrought
at the highest levels: a miserable
healthcare system that continues to
worsen, an arguably broken Social
Security system that will leave
nothing to us (though we still pay
into it), little meaningful, helpful
legislation from our Congress, a
ruined planet, insatiable debt born
out of a perfect failure of a war (that
the youth fight), worldwide ridicule
and a business culture lacking any
sign of empathy and ethics.
Even our University administration causes pain; parking officers
ticket us for stopping to use the
ATM. We can’t even have a drink
without being derided as horrible
Without doubt, many of those
problems apply to our entire country. But then adults, who complain
so vocally, keep voting for the same
damn people who make those mistakes. They vote for the religious
right. Or Ted Stevens. Or, as New
Hampshire and Nevada so lamely
did, Hillary Clinton (she sat on the
board of Wal-Mart — how do you
not see the problem with that?).
We, the youth, have amassed a
frustration that has now found its
personification: Senator Barack
Obama, presidential candidate and
the last hope to assuage the fears
of the young. Here is a human
being (an adult), who gets it, who
understands that having a resumé
thicker than our president’s head
does not reflect a quality performance. And if he fails, I fear it
will result in nothing less than
cementing the apathy of the young,
who have, for once, actively rallied
around a candidate.
You want experience, adults?
Look at your experience! Look at
our miserable state and marvel at
what your experience has forced
If this were France, we’d have
had a revolution by now.
Brenneman is a member of
the class of 2009.
Darwin included polar bears
It’s been a little over a year
since polar bears have been at the
center of a controversy between
animal rights activists and the
media. Almost 12 months ago, it
was the cuddly, bottle-fed Knut
that snatched the hearts of millions
of cooing fans when he was lifted
from his death after his mother
abandoned him and his brother.
The first polar bear to be born
and survive in the Berlin Zoo in 30
years, Knut’s popularity as a tame,
playful bear cub propelled him to
This year, it is Nuremberg Zoo’s
Flocke who has been snatching
headlines. The cub was rescued
a couple of weeks ago after it was
thought that her mother had eaten
the bear’s two siblings (kind of
making you rethink the illustrious
question “If you could be any animal, what would you be?”). Just like
the last time the world was fussing
over a snowy cub, animal rights
activists are outraged, claiming the
bear should have been left to die
rather than saved to be brought up
as a domestic pet.
The idea seems a little contradictory — animal rights activists
advocating the death of innocent
bear cubs — but it is the natural
order of the animal life. Classic
Darwinism, after all, is all about
natural selection, the survival of
the fittest and the idea that, if
creatures didn’t enforce this, it
would be carried out by Mother
Unfortunately, while Darwin’s
ideas have breached man’s advanced civilization on both professional and personal levels, we
seem unable to recognize the idea
that the crudest interpretation of
natural selection also impacts us
on a daily basis.
Enter two adorable polar bear
cubs that, according to popular
belief, are clearly the products of
deranged mothers. We sympathize
with the cubs. Then, we overanalyze, search for a culprit and, finally,
assume that feeding a bear with a
bottle and playing with him as if
he is a house cat is all in the best
interest of the cub and the polar
bear species as a whole.
What we forgot to do was realize
that polar bears’ motives should
not be interpreted like human
motives. As much as our politically correct culture may hate to
have to cover the eyes of children
every time an example of natural
selection makes headline news, it’s
a better response than to halt the
workings of Darwin’s theory simply
to spare the feelings of zoo-goers
who witness the event.
Perhaps worse than the fact that
we indifferently tampered with
the workings of nature is the way
the Berlin Zoo has exploited the
charming little polar bear. In 2007,
Knut was on the cover of “Vanity
Fair,” had several book deals and
is now even the leading personality
of multiple short films, including
an especially charmingly-titled one,
called “Knut and Friends: a story
about bears growing up.”
This year, Knut will tackle global
warming, starring in a full-length
animated movie, reportedly banking the zoo the equivalent of just
over $5 million. Call me crazy,
but I can’t believe that we need
another hypocritical message
about our culture’s toxic effect on
the environment from a zoo leading the struggle against animal
Hilfinger is a member of
the class of 2010.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” — Bill Clinton
Arun Gandhi’s comments offend and obfuscate
BY JACOB NACHEMAN
When I first learned that Arun Gandhi,
the grandson of the great 20th-century peace
activist Mahatma Gandhi, was coming to
UR, I was excited.
I was proud of my university for making
a home for his institute. I expected to learn
a lot from this Gandhi.
What I did not expect were his harshly
insensitive remarks about Israel and the
Jewish people in a recent post on the “On
Faith” blog of http://www.washingtonpost.
com. He began his post with a definition of
the Holocaust as “the result of the warped
mind of an individual who was able to influence his followers into doing something
dreadful.” But surely this scholar wouldn’t
be able to boil down the genocide of millions of “inferior” people into such a concise
and sterile sentence, could he? He defined
the “Holocaust experience” as “a German
burden that the Jews have not been able to
shed,” implying that we need to completely
forget the past and move on. Strong words
for a man who makes his living piggy-backing
on the name of his grandfather.
Israel has done anything but maintain
the German shackles of Holocaust guilt,
as evidenced by the thousands of students
exchanged between Israel and Germany
every year, the vast amount of technological research and development cooperation
between the two nations and the close ties
of international trade (Germany is Israel’s
largest trading partner in Europe and second
in the world after the United States).
However, in the words of Nobel Laureate
Eli Weisel, “Never shall I forget these things,
even if I am condemned to live as long as God
Himself. Never.” To forgive is one thing, Mr.
Gandhi, but to forget is unforgivable.
Gandhi went on to address the state of
the Israeli-Arab conflict in the Middle East,
defining it as a self-perpetuating “snake-pit”
instigated by Israel and implying that we
should lay down our defenses and “befriend”
those who hate us. We have learned from
our past — asking Hitler to be friends didn’t
work in the ’30s and inviting Ahmadinejad to
tea won’t work now. That’s not maintaining
guilt; that’s realism. We aren’t the defenseless spirituals we were sixty years ago and
we know that until we have a partner for
peace, a standing Jewish army will always
be necessary to ensure our basic right of
existence on this planet.
That being said, we have also been humbled by our experience as the underdog for
all these millennia. Now that we have the
strength to protect ourselves, the Jewish
people have immediately reached out to the
less fortunate of the world. I have had the
pleasure of visiting an organization called
Save a Child’s Heart, which evacuates
children with terminal heart defects from
developing countries to be treated in Israel.
These children are transported with a parent
to Tel Aviv completely free of charge, where
Israeli doctors volunteer their time to heal
the children of impoverished nations which
can’t or won’t. These doctors risk their lives
by flying to nations as far away from Israel
as Trinidad and Tobago, as close as Gaza and
as dangerous as Somalia. I played with these
children, I spoke with their mothers, I felt
their hearts beat with gratitude. Mr. Gandhi,
how dare you accuse Israel of “not reaching
out and sharing technological advancement
with their neighbors?”
Arun Gandhi claims to be an educator of
peace and nonviolence, but his concluding
statement — in which he spits, “We have
created a culture of violence (Israel and
the Jews are the biggest players) and that
Culture of Violence is eventually going to
destroy humanity” — is surely one of the
most violent allegations against the Jewish
people I have ever heard. It cuts me deeper
than anything Hitler, Arafat or Ahmadinejad
could ever have said because Arun Gandhi
claims to be a friend of the Jews. A remark
like this comes at the Jewish people from
behind, and, being a student of the UR, it
comes at me from within.
Nacheman is a member of
the class of 2009.
BY MAYA DUKMASOVA
With election season in plain heat, we
have come to witness many surprises from
the candidates of both parties. In recent
months, we have been privy not only to the
triumphs and slip-ups of the candidates
themselves, but also to those of experts and
It seems that the analysis of the candidates
by pundits, journalists and various other
experts has become just as important as
the candidates themselves. Race and gender
appeal have been in the forefront of these
ubiquitous observer discussions.
This basically only concerns the Democratic candidates, seeing as how the Republican
runners are pretty homogenous. The everprevailing questions facing the Democrats
have been: Is Obama black enough? Is Richardson (no longer running) Latino enough?
Is Clinton enough of a woman?
Why does this matter? It seems as though
minority candidates automatically elicit
these questions from the mostly white, mainstream media. Why are we so concerned
about minority candidates being appealing
to their so-called base?
Barack Obama, a man who has proclaimed
that he will change Washington, is still expected to be primarily attractive to the black
community. However, polls have shown that
the nation’s African Americans are more in
support of Hillary Clinton. Thus, we hear
pundits go off about Obama not being “black
enough.” Bill Richardson has gotten the same
kind of review regarding his Latino appeal.
Some say he’s “too Latino,” others claim he
is “not Latino enough.”
As for Hillary Clinton, she is, of course,
expected to draw the female vote (which she
actually is) and observers still comment on
her alienation of women.
Here’s the kicker: how strange would it be
if we suddenly started accusing white, male
candidates of not being “white and male
enough?” White male candidates are faced
with a rigorous expectation of being politically correct and appealing to all the diverse
demographics of the United States.
So why the double standard? Why do we
expect minorities to appeal to minorities
and white men to appeal to everybody? And
in all this hassle about the whiteness and
blackness and the “appropriate” appeal of
the candidates, have we forgotten about the
In any case, there is one group of people
that apparently hasn’t — African Americans. According to polling groups and news
sources like CNN and Time Magazine, most
African-American voters questioned about
the race appeal say that they will not choose
a president based on skin color.
And why should they be expected to? Why
would this kind of voting behavior be acceptable of blacks if a white voter who would
only vote for a white male candidate would
be considered a bigot?
This election has so far proven to be monumental in its progressive character. Three
candidates (Richardson, Clinton and Obama)
could not have possibly been in the running
even 50 years ago. The openness to such a
diverse group of candidates by the United
States population has shown us that many
Americans themselves have moved past the
idea of this being a white man’s world, even
if the media hasn’t.
It seems that the only ones still behind are
those observers who still compartmentalize
our nation by color and gender and expect
candidates and voters to conform.
Dukmasova is a member of
the class of 2011.
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Letters to the Editor
Mother of UR student shares son’s
It is with sadness that I am writing this
letter. In the 22 years Erik had with us,
he touched everyone in a profound way.
He was genuine, loving, kind, helpful and
Erik had a love for science as far back as
eight to nine years of age when he and his
brother Pål started science classes at Staten
Island Institute of Arts and Sciences in
New York City where I worked. Erik smiled
in amazement when he dissected worms,
frogs, fish, etc., and he was hooked for life.
He also went to science summer camps at
the same place, making rockets, studying
rocks and learning about science in nature.
Erik had a great interest in philosophy and
was well read in that area. I loved having
conversations with him and we discussed
much of what he had read. He had a goodsized library of many different authors and
subjects, including poems which he himself
started to write in fourth grade and continued until his death.
I would like to include Erik’s personal
statement I found on his computer after
his death which shows his love for the sciences:
“I love chemistry. Learning to understand
the complexities of matter has thus far been
an amazing experience. As with anything
else worth doing, there have been struggles
and doubts but also the blessed ‘eureka’ of
solving the problem that has taken a week
to answer. I am looking forward to continuing this experience at the University of
“During my collegiate career, all of the
chemistry faculty members have stressed
the complex nature of their respective field
and also the relations between fields.
“The difficulties of explaining inorganic
processes in terms of biochemistry or physical chemistry through organic reactions can
“This seems to be a problem, but the
professors are also trying to create a situation where you learn another necessity of
chemistry, and for that matter, all sciences,
ask questions. It seems simple, but the intentional use of external information from
classes that are not required will clearly
show who is willing to learn and who will
simply get by with a minimal knowledge of
the subject. I am grateful to all my professors
for training myself and my peers to be better
human beings as well as scientists.
“The class that truly solidified my enjoyment of all things chemical was not a
chemistry class, it was called ‘Scientific
Thought.’Before that course, I never had to
think about what science was or what is the
purpose of its accomplishments.
“Understanding the limitations of science,
the logical basis for it and also philosophical
attacks that can be leveled against it forced
me to make the decision sealing me forever
in the laboratory and loving every minute.
“During my junior year, I was asked by
my advisor and organic chemistry professor Dr. Dexter Chriss to be his laboratory
assistant: prepping labs and supervising
“This is one of the most fun and cathartic
parts of my life. I can still remember being
on the other side of the lab bench, slightly
confused about doing an experiment to create a compound that we had kilograms of
in the cabinet.
“How many times can you take the melting
point of benzoic acid before you stop expecting it to change from 122 degree Celsius?
“It is not until you have to use the exact
same technique on completely unknown
compounds that you may produce from
important research where you are not sure
if what you made is pure or even what it is
at all that knowing your technique is highly
“The almost Buddha-like awakening that
this assistance-ship has brought to me cannot
“After my experiences with my own professors and lab students, I think I want to be a
professor as well. I know I would not be the
person I am now without them and I know
I could do the same for others.”
Erik is a great loss to the scientific community and the world at large.
He had much to teach us all and will be
deeply missed by me (his mother), the rest
of his family, friends and everyone he came
in contact with.
I have been told by fellow students at UR
of Erik’s “soft eyes and beautiful smile.”
To me, he stood for everything good in this
world. He was my heart.
I will forever be grateful for your kindness
and love I felt while at UR and at Erik’s
remembrance on Dec. 8.
Again, I want to thank each and every
one of you, students and faculty. May you
all have a bright future and I wish you all
—Ellen Charlotte Maceira
For the past two-and-a-half years, I've heard
plenty of excuses from you, ranging from your
academic performance to the unavailability of
your female classmates.
Your first objective:
seduce this fine young lady.
By T. Scott, Illustrated by Calvin Lee
Thursday, January 24, 2008
It’s a Pun!
By Ross Brenneman
It's second semester senior year now, though. No
Class of 2008 ladies studying abroad now. You
know what you're doing next year, so no GPA to
worry about. You've got three months' worth of
senior nights and senior week to break your
drought with the opposite
Aren't you setting the bar
kinda low for me?
Hey man, you gotta start
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No, I’m just reading
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By Miranda Kiang
Eastman Virtuosi highlights
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Design & Article by Jeff Levy
As the Mitchell Report shines a black light and attaches the stigma of the “Steroid
Era” to the sport of baseball, a number of concerns have been raised within the sport.
These issues also apply to the athletic world in general. It is clear that performanceenhancing drugs are not exclusive to major league baseball. They are a problem in minor
league baseball, cycling and sprinting, and the Mitchell Report raises concerns about
high school athletics as well. These problems range from the medical matters that the sport
faces to the pressures to clean up the sporting industry. Some major questions that need to
be addressed are the following: Where is the best place to start in order to reduce the use of
performance-enhancing drugs? What needs to be done to create a performance-enhancing
drug-free culture within athletics? Sports professionals within the University community have
been able to provide a unique perspective with answers to many of these crucial questions.
Assistant Certified Athletic Trainer for UR sports Angelo Zegarelli holds the opinion that it might take a tragedy, as sad
as that is, for people to open their eyes and realize that serious change is needed.
“Perfomance-enhancing drugs have been part of sport for a long time. Unfortunately, I think in order to change the culture,
something bad needs to happen. When Lyle Alzado died from brain cancer secondary to steroid use, steroid use in the NFL
declined and testing became more prevalent,” Zegarelli said. “I hate to think about that, but sometimes that’s what it takes.
I am by no means looking for that as the answer, but it happened with ephedra too — Kory Stringer from the Vikings and
[Steve Bechler], pitcher for the Orioles, died secondary to ephedra use. The government went nuts and pulled the product and
people stay[ed] away from it. Young athletes need to know the negative consequences of their actions — death, performance
decreases — body breaks down and cannot repair itself due to steroid use — not the success stories — Bonds hit 80 HR.”
The process of reducing the use of performance-enhancing drugs needs to start at both the professional and lower levels of
sports. Specifically, education is necessary to establish a performance-enhancing drug-free sports community.
American youth are one target area that need to be provided with sufficient information.
“Unquestionably, the place to start is with younger athletes. Just as the most effective smoking and illicit drug prevention
programs focus on children and adolescents rather than adults, the reduction in performance-enhancing drugs should start
at the adolescent level. I think that the middle school or JV level would be about right to start,” Senior Instructor and Primary
Care Sports Medicine Physician Mark Mirabelli, M.D., said.
Decreasing the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs needs to start from the top-down, as well as the bottom-up.
“I think the share of the solution begins with both pro and youth sports. More pro athletes need to take a stand and prove
they are successful without drugs. Kids look up to these guys and need to see that it can be achieved without performance
enhancers,” Zegarelli said. “At the same time, parents, doctors, athletic trainers and youth coaches need to constantly educate kids on the dangers of performance enhancers, the consequences of their actions and point them in the right direction
through nutrition, strength training and appropriate practices.”
However, knowledge is only the beginning of a complicated strategy that needs to be implemented. Creating the culture
that is sought will involve some retooling and modification of ideals.
“Education is certainly the foundation of this, but it’s not sufficient on its own. To create this culture, I believe that both carrots — encouragement — and sticks — punishments — will be needed. In other words, athletes should be encouraged to and
provided with the means to safely train to their potential. Athletes must believe that they can reach their potential without
performance-enhancing drugs and that those they compete against are not obtaining an unfair advantage,” Mirabelli said.
“They should be educated about proper training, including the dangers of certain types of performance-enhancing drugs. Along
with this, testing programs and strict consequences for the use of performance-enhancing drugs would also be needed.”
Keep reading next week for a follow up regarding more of the controversies associated with the Mitchell Report.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Teacher Feature: Berthe Kouroublakis
By Michael Cheung
Berthe Kouroublakis, a senior lecturer of the Modern Languages and
Culture Department who teaches beginning and intermediate Spanish, is
anything but ordinary. She is commonly
referred to as “that quintessential language teacher,” who can be seen wearing elaborate clothing with numerous
dangling bracelets and earrings. Her
colorful clothing and mannerisms are
representative of her life story.
When and why did you decide to
I was always intrigued by other cultures as a child. When I was a child,
games revolved around cultures. I
would dress up like an Egyptian and
speak Arabic. I would place a rose in
my mouth and pretend I was Carmen.
When I got to college, I decided to teach
languages because it incorporated
everything that I liked: art, ethnicity,
culture, etc. I started with French, and
when I started teaching, I decided that
teaching more languages would be advantageous — so I began studying German
By Trickster McFly
And did you envision yourself as
a flamenco dancer when learning
That’s always been my fantasy. It really
is. I want to be a flamenco dancer. That’s
what I’m coming back as — a flamenco
dancer — in my next life. I love the music
and the freedom of the dance.
Aries (March 21–April 19) — When your
friend tells you there are plenty of fish
in the sea, you will look around campus
and remind him that whales are actually
the war. Later, I came to the United
States when I was seven or eight. I
lived with my grandmother, who was
very very traditional, to say it gently.
What would be your life story’s
Drama or I am, really, the American
dream. I’ve lived it all. But I would say…
it has been a drama.
Would you like to expand on that?
I was born in the islands of Greece during World War II. I remember asking my
mother for food one time, and she said
that we only had water. I remember going
door-to-door wanting to trade something
for cheese one day, and it was terrible. My
mom sold everything to support us during
I think I’ve run out of things to
Well, people commonly ask me if I
would consider retiring in Greece. But,
I don’t want to escape Rochester because I love where I am now and I love
what I’m doing. And, I feel very excited
and hopeful for the future.
Cheung is a member of
the class of 2011.
Cheating: Is the instant satisfaction worth it?
by Courtney Coitus
Senior Staff Writer
So I know this guy who cheated on
his long-term girlfriend with his best
buddy’s little sister. Gasp!
Did anyone have the balls to pass on
this juicy tidbit of extremely dramafilled info to the girlfriend or even to
the guy’s best friend? Nope. As far as
I know, they are happy and ignorantly
chugging along in their blissful unions.
Warning: You could one day be in this
situation or, God forbid, be in it at this
Cheating seems to be a common
trend in the lives of college students.
For instance, there are those freshmen
who enter college with their high school
sweethearts in tow, only to make out
with every other guy on their freshman
hall during Orientation weekend.
Then there are those who are on
breaks with their respective boyfriends
and girlfriends and decide to casually
explore the Frat Quad on a given Saturday evening, only to find themselves
doing the notorious walk of shame the
My favorite is the “I wasn’t sure we
were together” cheating. This one is
good. So, you’ve been hooking up with
Guy A for a couple weeks now. This
consists of spending weekend nights together, most likely wasted after a night
of taking way too many shots of Crystal
ation. I mean, cheaters can even be
Palace vodka. Then there’s the occasional
dated back to the biblical periods with
weekday movie night and the rare coffee
David and Bathsheba!
date. All in all, things are going solid with
So, what is the point of this article?
To be honest, there is no point. We all
One weekend, your friend, Guy B asks
know that people cheat. Sex is the main
you to his fraternity’s winter formal. Of
reason behind it.
course you would be stupid not to go. You
The act of cheating and those who
get to dress up, eat free food that is not
practice it are an inescapable facet of
from the Pit, drink free booze (holla at
human existence. It boils down to one’s
your top-shelf) and have
choice to either join or
30 other frat boys gawk at
you for the night. Sweet,
In the hormone-infested
that is colLet Courtney Coitus help
Wrong! Next thing you you through your most
lege, it can be hard to be
know, you wake up in Guy
faithful. Take it from me,
awkwardly sexual years.
B’s bed, both of you naked
the instant gratification of
and unaware of what you
scoring with that hot guy
did last night. With only glimpses of your
from your political science class is not
blackout to quell your conscience, you are
always worth it.
forced to contemplate: should I tell Guy
Here are some words to the wise:
A? Thankfully, Guys A and B are in rival
Men are more likely to care if women
fraternities with no mutual friends to spill
cheat on them sexually; however, not so
the beans, so hopefully you will be alright
this time. And if he finds out, all you have
Women are more likely to care if men
to say is, “I didn’t know we were together.
cheat on them emotionally, but are
If we had said that we were exclusive, then more willing to forgive for sexual indisI would have never hooked up with Guy
B.” You got away with it this time, but you
If you feel the need to cheat, break up
could get caught next time.
with your significant other beforehand.
Whatever the situation may be, I’m sure
Karma’s a bitch, so if you are cheatthat most people can say that they have
ing, cheat carefully.
either cheated, been cheated on or know of
Coitus is a member of
someone who has been in a similar situthe class of 2009.
Taurus (April 20–May 20) — The design of
River Campus is a real feat of engineering;
no matter which way you walk, the wind
blows directly in your face!
Gemini (May 21–June 21) — Tired after a
gym session but your boyfriend wants to
come over to your suite? Well remember,
many hands makes quick work!
Cancer (June 22–July 22) — A recent poll
showed that the most common STIs picked
up after drunken hook-ups are girlfriends.
A common cure is call screening and infidelity.
Leo (July 23–Aug. 22) — This weekend you
will finally have enough of your lesbian suite
mate leaving the seat up.
Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22) — Ignorance is
bliss… Don’t get tested!
Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22) — If girls love
rockers, then fake girls must love fake
rockers. Bring your copy of “Rock Band”
to the nearest sorority floor and wait for
Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) — Lack of sunlight
getting you down? Buy a UV light. Then you
can grow drugs to make you feel better!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21) — This
weekend you’ll regret spiking your hair
before motorboating your girlfriend’s new
Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19) — Try serving
carrot juice at your next party. It will make
the girls want to breed like rabbits!
Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18) — The eagerness of the Red Cross volunteers to get your
blood will make you suspicious that they are
Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20) — When sleeping
over at a guy’s place don’t forget a pad lest
you gain the nickname ‘The Matador.’
(if you actually believe this, then you believe the
new dorms are safe.)
by Eric Campbell and Daniel Green
What planet would you visit and why?
Chris Aguilar ’10
Lindsay Fowler ’11
TJ Kenny ‘10
Christo Botev ’10
Janna Gewirtz ’09
Cynthia Czapla ’08
“Uranus, because it’s the
butt of every joke.”
“An undiscovered planet,
where there is hope for a
“Planet Hollywood because
its got some good grub.”
“Saturn, I think the rings
“Jupiter, because it’s the
“Venus, because I’m the
goddess of love!”
Thursday, January 24, 2008
How “Rock Band” saved my life Intrepid internship
By dan milbrand
Senior Staff Writer
Sweat forms on my forehead as
I take the stage. I glance out to
the building mass of fans before
me as they chant in unison, and
the energy of a packed house
boosts my adrenaline to indescribable heights.
Radiant house lights flood the
top of my head as the rest of my
band mates casually ready their
equipment. As our fans continue
to clap and chant “Monsters!
Monsters! Monsters!” I pick up
the mic and, with the swift click
of drumsticks, we’re off into our
own earth-shattering rendition
of Jet’s cock-rock anthem, “Are
You Gonna Be My Girl?”
An explosion of raucous cheers
emanates from the male half of
the crowd, while a sigh of sexual
longing can be distinctly heard
from our female fans as a number of them remove their bras
and toss them on stage in a fit
rivaling the anxious hands of
a prepubescent male in a latenight backseat sexual encounter.
The band is truly on tonight,
as I hit my high notes with an
ear-piercing screech that makes
Axl Rose look like Mr. Rogers
on horse tranquilizers, and my
guitarist, Jeff, who’s missed a
number of shows due to a highlypublicized stint in rehab for an
addiction to cough syrup, is spot
on, licking his axe in a way Jimi
Hendrix could only dream of.
Just as we reach the climax of
the song and I make eye contact
with a cougar with pink hair in
the front row, something suddenly happens that causes all of
my fantasies of whipped cream,
chains, fishhooks and a midget
wearing a Superman outfit for
after the show to be laid to rest.
The smooth groove of my bassist Uchechuku’s guitar and the
fierce banging of Rob’s drums
suddenly stop as my whole world
goes to black. No… I have not
just passed out due to alcoholinduced exhaustion, and no, our
light crew did not just perform
one of the biggest blunders in the
history of rock and roll. Rob just
pulled out the plug of the Xbox
by mistake. That son of a bitch.
What’s that you say? You
thought that whole story was
real? Oh, well I’m sorry… I
should have told you. My bad.
How silly of me. No… that was
pretty much all made up. Well,
technically it all happened. I
mean, the crowd really was
chanting our name, and we were
racking up points on face-melting solos like it was nothing.
If you want to get real specific
about it, “The Monsters” are
an actual band, with Jeff “The
Mummy” Juron on the lead
guitar, Rob “Count Dracula”
Dominiak on the drums, Dr.
Uchechuku Ndubizu a.k.a. Mr.
Hyde, on the bass and yours
truly, Dan “The Wolf Man” Milbrand on lead vocals (I’m like a
cross between Freddy Mercury
and Morrissey minus the whole
I guess what I failed to mention was that all of our feathery
stage antics and the rowdiness
of the crowd took place in the
fantastical world of a video game.
Deep down inside, everyone
wants to be a rock star. Everyone has dreams of ditching the
drudgery of nine-to-five for a life
on the road full of drugs you’ve
never heard of and curious
encounters with sexually indeterminate prostitutes (no comment), blasting through cities
like Brett Michaels through an
all-star lineup of Vegas strippers.
The problem with that is
that most of us have never even
picked up an instrument, let
alone exhibited even the slightest
sense of rhythm or musicianship.
And those of us who say, “Oh,
that’s fine. I can just be an exceptionally energetic lead singer
like Jim Morrision!” didn’t realize that you have no sense of creativity whatsoever and couldn’t
write the lyrics to a children’s
song, let alone a nine-minute
opus about what it means to be
free. Not to mentionthe fact that
you probably can’t sing to save
your life, no matter how good
your best friend said you were
when you two sang “Bohemian
Rhapsody” in harmony at karaoke night last Monday (although
you totally kicked ass during the
“Mama Mia” part, I will give you
that). That’s what makes “Rock
Band” the greatest thing to ever
happen to me. I say that with a
All these years, I’ve been cultivating an intense desire to at
least attempt to live the life of
a rock star. While I may have
succeeded in every realm aside
from the actual performance of
music, I’ve never actually done
anything that warrants artistic
approval, with the exception
of sloppily freestyling at Delta
Kappa Epsilon when I’m blasted
and making impromptu beats in
random places with my basketball teammates.
“Rock Band” gives me the
chance to finally cultivate my
musical prowess without embarrassing myself, and it is for that
reason that I will be forever
grateful to MTV for making this
Although I guess in the time
that I’ve spent playing “Rock
Band” over the past month,
which amounts to somewhere
between five and 10 days, I could
have wiped the dust off my own
real guitar and taken some time
to practice and become a real-life
rock star. But who wants that
when you can become a virtual
rock star literally overnight?
(Milbrand’s article will continue in next week’s issue.)
Milbrand is a member of
the class of 2008.
quest proves fruitful
by kate nicewicz
So we’re back in action at UR
after what was, for me, a seemingly short winter break during
which I split my time between
three activities — working, as
I’m currently in severe debt, eating every Christmas cookie not
nailed to the floor and searching
for a summer internship! (Yay.)
As a journalism major, I’m required to participate in an “independent study” to graduate. This
is a fancy way of asking me to do
an internship before finishing my
primary coursework, and yeah —
it’s kind of a big deal.
So, much to the pleasant
surprise of my parents, I spent
hours at home in front of my
laptop, a plate of dangerously
delicious holiday food sitting loyally by my side, exhausting every
internship option imaginable.
Now, let’s not joke around. I
have no complaints about being
born and raised in Sauquoit, N.Y.
But it is not, by any means, even
close to being within an internship-laden area. So do I resign
myself to yet another summer
at home, working for a low-end
city newspaper? Absolutely not. I
had my sights set a tad bit higher
— let’s say, anywhere but Central New York. There was just
one teeny problem — please see
my primary activity over break
(working) — I am poor. I don’t
feel the need to elaborate. The
four letter word depresses me
enough as it is.
Therefore, a significant restriction was impressed upon me: find
an internship where you can live
for free. Or as close to free as you
can manage. Right.
I have family in Dallas and
Baltimore, so I lowered my sights
from New York and L.A. to the
more manageable cities of Dallas and Washington D.C. and
searched on every internship
Web site you can imagine. I applied and applied and applied.
And finally, I received a response!
I was in a hotel room having a
cocktail hour with friends when
a restricted number popped up
on my cell phone. Curiosity got
the best of me and, cocktails
impeding my better judgment, I
answered the call.
Luckily, it was the Copy Editor of an up-and-coming magazine entitled MCLA: The Lax
Magazine, calling to offer me an
internship. The catch — while
the editor is stationed in Dallas, this magazine is so up-andcoming that it has no home
base yet! The writers, editors,
advertisers, etc. reside all over
the nation and submit their work
via e-mail. In other words, my
internship could be conducted
from anywhere. Now I won’t lie,
the offer sketched me out a bit at
first. The promise of the required
minimum of 10 hours of work
per week and the opportunity to
start immediately working for an
“up-and-coming” magazine with
no office? Ridiculously unconventional. However, a bit of research
proved to me that the offer was
legitimate. The Men’s Collegiate
Lacrosse Association (MCLA) is
devoted to the promotion of nonvarsity collegiate lacrosse teams.
It could provide me with the
amount of work that I needed to
receive credit for the internship,
as well as the opportunity to
really invest myself in the development of this magazine. I would
work with subscriptions, advertising, interviewing and content.
What more could an aspiring
journalist ask for?
I immediately e-mailed my
two UR advisors, the gentlemen
who have the ultimate word as
to whether this internship could
complete my independent study.
Amazingly, both agreed, but
with the stipulation that I start
the internship immediately to
compensate for lacking an “inoffice” experience. I would also
keep a very thorough portfolio as
a representation of my contributions to the publication for the
duration of my internship. This
portfolio would comprise the
basis for my grade.
I’ve recently received my first
writing assignment for the magazine: a 2,500-word team profile
on Tulane University, which will
hopefully be printed in February
2008. I am beyond excited to see
my work in a nationally distributed magazine and am incredibly
lucky to have this opportunity.
Nicewicz is a member of
the class of 2009.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Attending college classes at age 50 Discovering diverse
diner options in ROC
By kathleen stapleton
Somewhere around or just
after age 50, I decided I wanted
to change my life and pursue a
new challenge. After all, I had
lived almost every lifestyle there
is and traveled to many parts of
the world, more inclined to go to
the less traveled and more risky
geographies. I had raised a family, held different careers as a
designer, chef and model. I cared
for my mother who suffered from
Alzheimer’s and diabetes until
she passed and then I became
disabled in a serious motor vehicle accident. Not content to
spend the remainder of my life
watching “CSI” and “Seinfeld,”
I decided to go back to school.
UR graciously accepted me as a
transfer student last year. I love
it and I feel I belong here.
As an English and Political
Science major, I went to the
Campus Times to volunteer for
the experience I could gain there,
and they asked me to write this
perspective piece about why I
wanted to go back to school “at
this stage of my life.” Eloquent
statement directed at the obvious, yet thank you for asking. I
will be 55 this March; however, I
only feel motivated and hungry
for knowledge, comprehension,
integrity, justice and the hope
that I may add, even if only in a
small way, some positive distinction that will aid the world community. I believe in humanity
and peace and that we should all
contribute to these ideals.
Students are not that much
different now than when I first
went to college in the early
1970s. Today’s students appear
to get along better and communicate more with their parents
than we did. My early life was
filled with radical, political, hippie ideation. I was born in New
York but was transplanted to
California when I was seven
Daniel green • Photography Editor
Sophomore Kathleen Stapleton provides a unique perspective on college.
years old. I recall we hated the
fact that our parents had money,
a dirty word then. Ironically,
none of us had even a clue what
it really meant to have no money.
Fascinated with the rapid technological advances over the last
20 years, I am still unaccustomed
to the expected immediate gratification young people assume is
the norm. I have this old school
belief that somehow something
is missing, but I don’t know how
to articulate that as I don’t know
what it is that’s missing. It is
probably nothing more complex
than a typical reaction from my
generation, although I can say
with complete confusion that I
do not understand the fascination with video games. They’re so
boring, I cannot even feign any
interest at all. I’ll take a good
I do not have a spot on MySpace, belong to e-Harmony, buy
iTunes for the iPod I don’t own. I
loathe my cell phone, a necessary
evil nowadays. I did, however,
see Led Zeppelin in 1969 in San
Francisco and Pink Floyd many
times. I went to Egypt with the
Grateful Dead to make a documentary with the band at the
Great Pyramids. I was also teargassed at UC Berkeley, twice no
less. The first time was the same
day the National Guard killed
the four students at Kent State.
I came of age in very turbulent
times and was an active participant.
As I write this in a coffee shop
on South Avenue, with its kicked
back, comfy couches, aesthetic
lighting and Natalie Merchant
on the CD player, I do transcend
back in time a bit. Not everything has changed. In her song
“Breathe/2 a.m.,” artist Anna
Nalick sings, “Life’s like an
hourglass glued to the table, no
one can find the rewind button.”
The past cannot be changed, nor
would I want it to be. Experience
has proven to me that chronicling and archiving life’s more
demanding challenges, especially
those less successful, are as much
if not more a learning and enriching path to completeness.
I have usually taken the road
less traveled and have no regrets.
I realized long ago that living to
please others really only pleases
them. Do what you love and
hopefully you will love what you
do. I love being a student at UR
and that is all I need for now. I
hope it is the same for you.
Stapleton is a member of
the class of 2010.
by michael park
Whether satisfying a late-night
hunger or curing a head-splitting
hangover the next morning,
diners have been the remedy
students have turned to for
years. With that said, the characteristics of a good diner are very
straightforward. A quality diner
needs to have good coffee, cheap
specials and breakfast foods
available during non-breakfast
hours. Luckily for the students
here at UR, the fine city of Rochester offers a number of these
gems in their purest form for all
I visited four of Rochester’s
finest to determine which was
the most suitable based on the
Mt. Hope Diner: Located
only one mile from River Campus, Mt. Hope Diner remains the
Mecca for students seeking indulgence in their delectable diner
dishes. With a diverse menu that
includes all of the desired favorites, Mt. Hope Diner makes it
hard for anyone to spend $15 and
not feel absolutely gorged afterward (before 10 a.m. you can get
two eggs, two strips of bacon or
sausage links and two pancakes
or French toast for only $3.55).
You can even use URos, if you
don’t feel like carrying cash.
I personally recommend the
Italian Sausage & Cheese Omelette with peppers and onions if
you really want to pig out. However, one downside to Mt. Hope
Diner is that the word is out on
its greatness, so you will most
likely be eating with a bunch of
people you might not have wanted to see on a Sunday morning
with bags under your eyes.
Country Club Diner: This
eatery is located a little further
away from River Campus, but
it’s a good place to get away from
the crowds. I will admit that the
prices are marginally higher than
those at Mt. Hope Diner, but the
food is undeniably satisfying and
still priced below what it should
One standout feature of the
Country Club is that it delivers
good, hot coffee to your whole
table and keeps the pot flowing.
There is also plenty of room to
park, since it’s located right next
to a gym. I recommend the home
fries, which have a little added
kick, presumably from some chili
powder on top.
Highland Park Diner: Built
in 1948, this diner is on the
Rochester Landmark Society’s
list of architectural gems. The
unassuming classic is located on
Clinton Avenue across the street
from the Cinema Theatre. Highland Park Diner was featured in
“The American Diner Cookbook”
as well as voted Best Diner in
City Newspaper’s 2007 Best of
Since it only seats 55 people
(and 19 of those seats are at the
bar), it is also the perfect place
to have a great one-on-one meal
with someone. Serving breakfast until 3 p.m. daily, this diner
has a vast selection of breakfast
When I went, I chose the
Dutch Mother’s Omelette, which
had Swiss cheese, ham and apples done to perfection. I paired
the omelette with a side of curly
fries, which were quite flavorful,
The waitresses at Highland
Park seemed to be exceedingly
spacey, but it ended up working
out in my favor when I got a free
hot fudge sundae after they put
the wrong type of ice cream in
it. Once they get the order right,
however, the service is almost
An interesting and unique
feature of the diner is that on
Monday through Thursday, any
meal over $12.50 gets you a free
ticket to the theatre for that
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Porn breeds high school popularity, Revolution remixed
sweater vests signal loneliness
by andrew schwartz
After spending the vast majority of my middle school years in social obscurity, ninth grade offered
me a second chance at popularity.
To help symbolize the dawning of
a new age, I decided to transform
my image, which meant a new
wardrobe and a new AOL screenname. The wardrobe part was
easy because Gap was having a
sale on argyle sweater vests and I
had white undershirts and khaki
pants to spare. After all, whenever I watched the show “Dawson’s
Creek,” sweater vests were what
all the popular kids were wearing.
As for my screen-name, I wanted
to convey both my love of sports
and my desire to be known as
“Drew” rather than “Andrew” for
the remainder of high school. The
So the week before classes
started, I sent out a chain e-mail
to all the members of my high
school class notifying them of my
screen-name change, and I “fell
into the Gap.” Walking down the
hallway on the first day of classes,
I felt pretty damn good. That is,
until a group of sophomore jocks
crowded in front of me and one of
them said, “Zack Morris called,
He wants his clothes back.” Luckily, I was saved by the bell, but as
I walked into my first class, some
guy who had been picking on me
since the sixth grade grabbed me
from behind and spun me around.
“Thanks for that e-mail,” he
began sarcastically, “but I think
I have a better idea for your new
screen-name: Ballsack.” And so,
for the next two years, I would be
referred to, not as Drew, as I had
intended, but rather the apparently catchier “Ballsack.”
Despite my unfortunate place
in my high school’s social hierarchy, it could have been worse.
While I was only getting turned
down by girls whom I asked to
school dances, a good friend of
mine, Dave, was often unable to
find a classmate to partner up
with him during school projects,
even though he was smart and offered to do all the work. But then,
on Feb. 22, 2000, Dave’s mom
partook in a seemingly meaningless act that would soon make her
unpopular son one of the most
popular guys in our grade — she
Now, keep in mind, this was a
different era; it was a time when
Lance Bass was still a heterosexual sex symbol, when porn
couldn’t be freely accessed online
and when finding your dad’s Playboy from 1984 was a crowning
achievement. For teenage guys
like me, the soft-core porn on
Cinemax, shown after midnight,
was our best (and sometimes
only) chance to see breasts. Furthermore, the sexual encounters,
which I observed on “Cinemax
After Dark,” provided me with
the education that my abstinenceonly sex-ed class failed to cover.
The news of Dave’s newest addition to his cable box traveled fast
and, suddenly, he went from a guy
who couldn’t get a partner for the
science fair to a guy whose house
was the coolest spot in town. By
the spring, Dave was hanging out
with the popular kids and by the
summer, he was even calling me
At the start of 10th grade, I
figured that Dave and I were
still friends, albeit, not the great
friends we once were. After all,
during the summer I had a standing invitation to stop by his house
and hang out with the popular
kids as they crammed into his
basement to watch shows such
as “Pleasure Cove” and “Lolita
Drive.” That first weekend of
10th grade, however, our friendship took a turn for the worst.
On the first Friday night of the
school year, I got my mom to drive
me to Dave’s house. As I was
getting out of her car, she handed
me a bag and said, “I know how
much you like sweater vests, so I
thought I’d get you one as a start
of the year present.”
“Thanks mom,” I answered insincerely. In reality, I hadn’t worn
a sweater vest since my traumatizing first day of high school, but
my mom didn’t know any better.
“Why don’t you wear it tonight?” my mom continued.
“Yeah right,” I answered with
a snicker. Clearly hurt, my mom
grabbed the bag from me and
sadly let out a sigh.
“OK, OK, I’ll wear it,” I told
her as cheerfully as possible. I
put on the sweater vest, which
was about two sizes too big, and
walked toward the door. I figured
that once I was in the house,
I’d take it off. As my mom was
pulling away from the driveway,
Dave’s front door flew open and
Dave appeared at the doorway.
“Listen,” Dave said. “I don’t
think you can come over tonight.”
“Why the hell not?” I said angrily.
“I just think that it would be
best for you to go.” Just then, two
of Dave’s popular friends approached from behind me.
“Hey look, it’s Ballsack,” one
of them began. “Better put on a
jacket before you shrivel up in the
“Hey Dave,” he continued,
“you’re not going to let this loser
hang out with us, are you?”
“Hell no,” Dave replied decisively. Then, turning his attention
toward me, he said, “Why don’t
you go over to Screech’s house
and watch ‘The Whores Whisperer’ with him?” With that, Dave
and his two friends went inside
his house and slammed the door
(Schwartz’s article will continue in next week’s issue.)
Schwartz is a Take Five Student.
by David maystrovsky
Settle down children and let me
finish my tale of the revolution
that changed the world. There
are many stories about the founding fathers. Trust me when I tell
you that none of these men were
outstanding citizens who cared
about their country. This is bullshit
propagated to make the early leaders of our country seem like godly
figures. The truth is less perfect
and significantly more seedy.
People remember George Washington as the “father of our country.” His many illegitimate children
would probably remember him
as something different. Washington loved his whores. A lot of the
army’s strategy came from the fact
that good ol’ George was a horndog
who chased the hookers from state
to state and took the army with
him. More on him later.
Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin
and John Adams used to smoke an
unholy amount of weed together,
so it was no surprise that they
were asked to write the Declaration of Independence. To get
amped for this monumental occasion, they bought out all of Nathaniel Kerry’s stash of weed. This
launched Kerry’s business and
became the basis for today’s “War
on Drugs” which pumps out awful
commercials featuring kids who
are afraid of getting high.
Jefferson was perhaps the biggest bitch of the group; he was
a tight-ass with his money, even
refusing to buy his first wife a fur
coat on a lame excuse of “PETA
will care.” Coincidently, his first
Ben Franklin, the most gregarious of the founding fathers, also
had the most diseases. His trips to
France led to a myriad of sexual
diseases that had even the best
doctors stumped (to be fair, doctors
back then also believed that bleeding would cure syphilis).
Adams ended up married to the
ugliest woman in the colonies, one
that many had thought would end
up an old maid. In fact, the 1764
senior class at William and Mary
established a betting pool that gave
Abigail a 3-1 chance of ending up a
spinster. Needless to say, they lost
and Jefferson never forgave Adams
for taking his money. Did I mention that Jefferson had a massive
We pick up the Revolution action
on Dec. 22, 1776. On this night,
George was getting his freak on
with his current squeeze, Betsy
Ross. However, she came in to
inform Washington that she was
pregnant and that he would hear
shortly from her attorney regarding child support payments. As
you can imagine, this did not sit
well with the commander, and he
plotted a way to get away from her.
He heard that some Germans from
across the Delaware River were
throwing a massive Christmas
party and there were likely to be
some disreputable women there.
He sent a note to the Hessians that
the American army was coming
for some food and entertainment.
Unfortunately, none of the Hessians could read Washington’s
handwriting, and they ignored his
note. When the whole Continental
Army showed up on Christmas
night with booze and condoms,
naturally the hosts were confused.
Seeing no women at the party,
George Washington supposedly
cried out, “Dammit, you lying
German bastards — this is naught
but a sausage-fest.” In his rage,
he struck and killed the leader of
the Hessian band. And the rest, as
they say, is history.
While all this fighting was going
on, Paul Revere and Sam Adams
were searching for their beer. They
even traveled to England and
endured the lousy food, the dour
weather and the awful accommodations. They soon learned that
King George had sent the remaining bottles of booze to India. So
Revere and Adams boated down to
India where Revere became enamored with the locals while Adams
searched and ultimately found his
beer. Paul Revere would later die in
India, STI-ridden, never again able
to drink beer or eat meat again,
because he unintentionally married a Hindu woman.
Back in the United States, the
war was winding down. In 1783,
the rebel army finally trapped
and defeated the British army at
Yorktown. The story begins when
the French came over to help the
rebels beat the British. As you may
know, the French and Americans
have always had a rivalry that
dates back to that fateful evening
in 1783. General Lafayette got into
a pissing match with Washington.
They decided that this could not
be settled in a regular tavern and
instead devised a race from New
York City to Florida. First one to
get to Miami got Molly Pitcher in
all her naked glory. So the race
began and, coincidently, George
Washington ran into the British at
Yorktown and decided, “Hey, I’m
way ahead of that cheese-loving
douchebag Lafayette, let’s do a
Meanwhile, Lafayette, who took
boats because everyone knows
that French people hate walking,
got into a tousle with some British
at Chesapeake Bay and decided,
“Well, I’m way ahead of that
whoremonger Washington, let’s
kick some ass.” And that is the
story of how the British were surrounded and forced to surrender
and end the American Revolution.
In case you’re wondering, George
Washington won the race and
hooked up with Molly Pitcher. And
he got the genital warts to prove it.
Maystrovsky is a member of
the class of 2009.
Continued from page 12
to souvlaki, Jay’s dreams up a
recipe for any craving imaginable. Although I personally
wouldn’t consider omelettes Jay’s
strong suit, its array of appetizers and sandwiches meets any expectation. This is a perfect place
to get a great late-night meal and
it’s open 24/7, so you don’t have
to cut your night short to make
a food deadline. Located right
on West Henrietta Road, it’s
only one short designated drive
away from complete indulgence.
A standout on the menu is the
supremely gluttonous cinnamon
swirl French toast with a sugar
glaze that will surely raise your
cholesterol level by 10 points. If
you’ve given up on your waist
all together, Jay’s makes its own
garbage plate, called the Heartburn Special. I would be lying
to you if I said I’ve never had it
before, and I would also be lying
to you if I said it wasn’t delicious.
So eat up and enjoy UR; New
Year’s resolutions are made to be
Park is a member of
the class of 2009.
Diners: Comparing options
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2007
Eastman Virtuosi serenade audience
by Nandini Venkateswaran
A & E Editor
Just a 20-minute bus ride
away, UR students are always at
the Eastman School of Music —
taking lessons with faculty, visiting peers or spending an evening
in the area for dinner and a
concert. The school is abounding with musical talent, and it is
certainly a treat to listen to the
maestros that perform there.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, many of
Eastman’s virtuosi came back to
Kilbourn Hall to perform a series of pieces by famous teacher,
composer and Eastman alumnus
Richard Bamford Lane, along
with other works. The evening’s
concert marked the first time in
a quarter century that Lane’s
music has been performed before
an Eastman School audience.
It was a delight to see the hall
brimming with eager viewers at
8 p.m., all waiting to be serenaded by this performance.
The night began with the “Introduction and Allegro for English Horn and Piano,” performed
by Richard Killmer on English
horn and Russell Miller on piano.
The pianist accompanied Killmer
beautifully, mirroring the horn’s
melodic variations of the prevailing theme. The piece’s two
distinct sections were performed
with aplomb. Together, both
the horn and piano transitioned
smoothly between tempos and
filled the hall with their resonant
“There was just seamless
movement from note to note,”
freshman Renato Rengifo said.
“It was just a pleasure to sit and
After this soothing introduction, Nicholas Goluses ascended
the stage with a gleaming wooden guitar. He chose to perform
three pieces: “Three Epitafios”
by Mikis Theodorakis, “From
Afar…” by Joseph Schwantner
and “Jongo” by Paulo Bellinati.
The first two pieces portrayed
a guitar’s sound at its best;
Goluses flooded the hall with his
rich, vibrating chords, effortlessly shifting and strumming
Freshman Stefanie Greene
was astounded at his dexterity.
“He arpeggiated the chords
and played the melody at the
same time,” she said. “That is
The versatility of Goluses’
repertoire as well as his musical capacities were showcased in
his finale piece, “Jongo.” All of a
sudden, Goluses ceased to strum
and instead began to use his instrument as a drum, tapping on
the neck and body of the guitar
to produce varied tones and toetapping rhythms. The piece had
a jungle-like appeal that captivated the audience.
Following a 10-minute intermission, the concert recommenced with a trombone and
saxophone quartet, featuring
Mark Kellogg on trombone and
Chien-Kwan Lin, Jamal Rossi,
Andrew Stoker and David Yusko,
all on saxophone. The ensemble
performed “Jigsaw for Trombone and Saxophone Quartet”
by Lane. Jagged rhythms were
juxtaposed with softer, gentler
undertones that enabled the
trombonist to serve two distinct
roles during the performance.
Many times, Kellogg emerged as
a soloist and, in other instances,
grew to become the voice of a
The penultimate piece, entitled “Song for Cornet and String
Quartet,” and once again composed by Lane, was performed by
James Thompson on the cornet,
Lee Wilkins and Janet Milnes on
violin, George Taylor on viola,
Rosemary Elliot on cello and
Jeff Campbell on the bass. This
lyrical piece allowed the cornet
to bleed into string accompaniment. With its beautiful singing
theme, Thompson guided the
string quintet and, when the
work ended, the audience was
left yearning for more.
The night’s wondrous performance ended with a quick
blues piece and Jeffrey Agrell’s
“Spring Swing,” featuring W.
Peter Kurau, Sophia Goluses,
Emily Fox and Emily Britoon on
horn. Katie Ernst on bass and
Jim Tiller on the drums. It was
enjoyable to listen to two jazz
selections that contrasted greatly
with the previous pieces, and
the performers’ enthusiasm left
audience members with radiant
smiles on their faces.
The opportunity to listen to
such wonderful music was certainly rewarding. Many more
concerts will be taking place at
the Eastman Theatre in coming
months, so be sure to attend!
Venkateswaran is a member of
the class of 2011.
Vijay Singh • Staff Photographer
Guitarist Nicholas Goluses, second on the program, prepares to perform his first of three pieces, “Three Epitafios,” at Kilbourn Hall.
Julian Crawford • Contributing Photographer
Well known rap artist Mos Def speaks to UR students about the rising influence of hip-hop in society.
Mos Def teaches UR students
about the hip-hop industry
by Victoria Massie
When a person thinks of a
rapper, names such as Jay-Z,
Tupac, 50 Cent, Kanye West
and Snoop Dogg may come to
mind. However, there are many
rap artists who are not quite as
mainstream but are just as important yet sadly overshadowed
by those who consistently make
the Top 40 list. One of those artists is Dante Terrell Smith, also
known as Mos Def. He grew up in
Brooklyn, N.Y. when hip-hop was
first developing. He has been rapping since 1994 and has worked
with artists such as Talib Kweli
(with whom he formed the group
Blackstar) and De La Soul and
has released four solo albums to
Although he can be primarily
characterized as a hip-hop artist, Mos Def definitely has an
expansive acting career. He has
successfully made appearances in
movies such as “Monster’s Ball”
and “Bamboozled.” Additionally,
he has had major roles in movies such as “Brown Sugar,” “The
Italian Job,” “16 Blocks,” “Something the Lord Made,” “The
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” and the upcoming film “Be
Kind Rewind” with Jack Black.
He also made a guest appearance
as himself in “Talladega Nights:
The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” He
has hosted HBO’s “Def Poetry”
and has played a role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway
With a resumé such as his, it is
no wonder the University asked
him to participate in a discussion about entrepreneurship and
hip-hop culture. The University
has been sponsoring these topics
of discussion since September
2006 and has even invited guests
such as hip-hop fashion mogul
Russell Simmons to speak to its
On Dec. 12, 2007, Mos Def
spoke to UR students and the
Rochester community at the
Alumni Center. One question he
was repeatedly asked was:“Is
hip-hop dead?” His response
was an uplifting one, as he emphasized that he believes that
hip-hop is not a completely independent entity, but rather is
dependent on and a reflection of
how people are today. It was fascinating to hear how the future
of hip-hop lies in present day
society’s hands. The ambition to
make hip-hop better and further
its influence in our lives can only
occur if individuals strive to better themselves and the world in
which they live.
Mos Def also commented on
the “Overnight Celebrity” myth.
Many people think that as long
as they meet a salient figure in
the industry, fame and fortune
will soon ensue in their lives.
However, this is not the case.
Many aspiring artists are out
there working for that moment
of fame that either does not come
or can take 10 years or so to
Mos Def unveiled a dark truth
of the business — many people
will inevitably not like you. You
have to be driven and strong in
order to survive the pressures
and rise to the top. He could only
remember one person who was
considered great from the very
beginning — Notorious B.I.G.
Although some people at the
talk wanted to perform for him,
he said that he would listen to them, but he could not further
their careers. That is just not the way it works.
In the last few minutes, he
discussed the Kerner Commission, which was created during
Lyndon Johnson’s administration. The Kerner Commission
was created to study the cause
of violence in urban areas during the Civil Rights Movement.
The findings revealed that the
upsurge of aggression was due
to the lack of economic opportunities for African Americans.
Through the commission, the
government was aiming to end
de-facto segregation and get rid
of the ghetto environment.
Then he analyzed Hurricane
Katrina. Many people, especially
poor African Americans, were
displaced from New Orleans to
random places such as Houston,
Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah
and were not able to come back. According to Mos Def, this
was not exactly a coincidence.
Katrina gave the government the
opportunity to act on the Kerner
Commission and, sadly, many
people were not able to go back
home because of it. Mos Def said
that the American people need
to be aware of what is going on
around them rather than ignorantly accepting things in their
Although he was not able to
discuss entrepreneurship as
much as anticipated due to time
constraints, Mos Def was a very
articulate, engaging and passionate speaker who had something
powerful to say about today’s
world and definitely deserved to
Massie is a member of
the class of 2011.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
“In Rainbows,” “Graduation” sing sweet in 2007
by Leah Kraus
A & E Editor
The year 2007 was an enthralling year in music, to say the
least. With everything from Britney’s bald head, to Amy Winehouse’s plethora of addictions, to
Led Zeppelin playing together for
the first time in almost 30 years,
it was only natural that the
year’s music would entertain just
as much as its musicians. Here’s
a sampling of some of the best
albums 2007 had to offer:
“Magic” by Bruce Springsteen.
Springsteen’s highly touted
“Magic,” which debuted almost
35 years after his first album
came out, did not disappoint. It
was a top choice for both Rolling
Stone and Spin magazine and
achieved what can be somewhat
impossible for most albums these
days — it pleased both teenagers
and their parents alike. “Radio
Nowhere” and “Girls in Their
Summer Clothes” are songs that
made a huge hit on radio airwaves nationwide, but it’s “Devil’s Arcade” and the somberly
acoustic “Magic” that propel this
album. Springsteen proves with
“Magic” that he hasn’t traded
in his harmonica for a more
mainstream sound and that he
and the E-Street Band are still a
leading force in rock — and can
“In Rainbows” by Radiohead.
With an experimental collection of songs and an even more
experimental marketing scheme,
way. “Rabbit’s Foot” and “Wild
“In Rainbows” easily became a
Mountain Honey” are impressive
favorite among starving college
tracks, but every song forms a
students who were able to choose strong piece of the album.
how much money to fork over for
“Graduation” by Kanye West.
a downloaded version of the alIf you’re someone who rebum. Any band that can actually
fuses to listen to hip-hop by any
enhance a song’s sound by using
means, “Graduation” is an alan echo effect as Radiohead does
bum that will make you feel like
with the dream-like “House of
a moron for taking that stance.
Cards” deserves respect. ChoosWest’s lyrics are extremely coming a favorite
This is my life
was one of
I know Jesus
died for us/
But I couldn’t
but I ended
tell you who
have no idea
why. It’s just
a cool song.
from this is
that it takes
your attenBirdie Busch.
from everyCourtesy of sonymusic.com
Springsteen’s “Magic” earned five West proves
stars from Rolling Stone magazine. his widespread
is one of the
best albums you’ve never heard
approach by grabbing help here
of by an artist with a MySpace
and there from artists such as
page as her official web site. Her
T-Pain and Lil’ Wayne, while the
music feels natural and is full of
song “Homecoming” features
intriguing melodies, folky guitar
Coldplay’s Chris Martin and
work and simple lyrics. Some
piano riffs that resemble Warren
might call it typical coffee house
Zevon’s. That’s what makes this
music, but don’t let that fool you
album so good, though — it has
— Busch is unique in her own
“Sky Blue Sky” by Wilco.
Wilco’s sixth studio album
may not have lived up to the
hype that 2002’s “Yankee Hotel
Foxtrot” attained, but “Sky Blue
Sky” was certainly a favorite on
the folk rock circuit. It’s more
melancholy than happy and more
soulful than the typical Wilco
style, but is certainly worth the
money. It’s great for a rainy
day, contrary to the title, as lead
singer Jeff Tweedy consistently
sounds like he’s going to break
down and cry throughout the
majority of the songs. If you
don’t feel like buying the album,
at least make an effort and
download “Either Way,” “You
Are My Face” or “Side with the
“Icky Thump” by The White
The quirky and simplistic
music that The White Stripes
are known for doesn’t stop with
“Icky Thump.” It just gets better and is highly impressive for
an album recorded in less than
a month. Songs such as “Icky
Thump,” “I’m Slowly Turning
Into You,” “You Don’t Know
What Love is (You Just do as
You’re Told)” and “Conquest”
are standouts. The album tackles
themes such as immigration and
misogyny which keep it highly
entertaining until the end, plus,
the title is genius.
Kraus is a member of
the class of 2009.
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“There Will Be Blood” proves to be a bloody brilliant flick
by dan milbrand
Senior Staff Writer
When Paul Thomas Anderson
makes movies, he really means
it. As a modern day Kubrick,
PTA picks the topics of his films
carefully — he’s made only five
films in twelve years — and invests himself fully into the subject matter.
Whether it’s porn “Boogie
Nights,” gambling “Hard Eight”
or the similarities between love
and violence “Punch-Drunk
Love,” Anderson is able to strike
a chord with audiences and critics alike on account of his knack
for detail and ability to inspire
charismatic performances from
all those involved.
Like his idol Robert Altman,
he’s a guru at managing ensemble casts, having worked with
and molded a handful of today’s
most talented actors, from Mark
Wahlberg to Philip Seymour
So what do you get when you
combine an actor’s director with
a performer whose presence on
screen demands your attention
at all times in Daniel Day Lewis?
You get the explosion of cinematic brilliance that is “There Will
Loosely based on Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel “Oil!,” “There
Will be Blood” follows the exploits of a ruthless businessman
named Daniel Plainview (played
by Day-Lewis), whose seething
corruption during turn-of-thecentury America is as plain as his
name. Greed is Anderson’s focus
in this one, and there is no better
time and place to examine it than
Bush’s America in 2008.
After stumbling upon oil while
mining silver in the west, Plainview’s obsessive quest begins
and is traced over a span of more
than 20 years as he raises a child
(played by youngster Dillon
Freasier), makes a butt-load of
money and builds his very own
A self-proclaimed nihilist, the
only thing that stands between
Plainview and his merciless campaign is a lack of places to drill
and a feverish preacher played by
As Eli Sunday, Dano shrieks
his way into cinematic history,
playing the part with such intensity that it may cause you to
examine your own demons by
Whether or not Eli’s methods
work on Plainview is a different
story. The mind-bending conclusion will leave you bewildered as
any and all notions of redemption are put into question by
Plainview’s insane greed and
Sunday’s shocking confession.
Anderson and Day-Lewis together form a lethal duo, and it’s
fun to see Anderson pool nearly
all of his energy into one actor as
opposed to the standard twelve,
although Dano’s manic performance makes me think that he
got his fair share of love as well.
“There Will be Blood” truly is
the only film of its kind, brilliantly different in a way that only
Anderson could pull off. With all
the talk about Day-Lewis’ performance, it’s easy to overlook
the unique and daring filmmaker
who was responsible for pulling
the strings and evoking such a
masterful act. Well, I may not
be the first, but allow me to give
credit where it’s due.
Courtesy of aintitcoolnews.com
The oil business proves to be a precarious career choice in Paul
Anderson’s critically acclaimed new film, “There Will Be Blood.”
Along with Wes Anderson and
My advice to you is to see this
Darren Aronofsky, Anderson is
movie, let it sink in for a day or
the future of American cinema,
two and then acknowledge it for
and as long as he continues to
the exceptional and thought-procome out with inspired movies
voking film it is. Give Anderson
such as this, it’s safe to say that
the Oscar. I’m finished.
he holds the throne in that catMilbrand is a member of
the class of 2008.
M ov i e T i m e s
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Squash: Top four succeed Streak: Marriott named Tournament MVP
Continued from Page 20
Sunday morning, the Yellowjackets
faced their toughest opponent of
the season in seventh-ranked
Again, the top four for the
’Jackets all cruised to 3-0 victories, Bristow dropping only three
points to Ted Newhouse and Reid,
at No. 4, dropping only two to
Unfortunately, that’s where
the winning ended. Sophomore
Yohay Wakabayashi, at No. 5, lost
a tough five-game match against
Michael Shrubb, the final game
going the distance at 8-10 in favor
The final match of the weekend
came against 12th-ranked Bowdoin, with the ’Jackets hoping
to bounce back from their tough
loss earlier that day against Dartmouth. The team proved to be
more than up for the challenge,
taking a 6-3 victory.
For the third time in three
matches, Rochester’s top four
swept their matches 3-0, with
Bristow, at No. 2, only losing one
point and Reid, at No. 4, losing only
two. McDavid defeated Robert
Lynn, 3-0, for the fifth point, and
Lee defeated Thai Ha-Ngoc in four
games for the ’Jackets’ sixth point.
The top four finished the weekend
dropping only an average of just
over 2.5 points per match.
The weekend on the whole
was an extremely successful one
for the ’Jackets, defeating two
higher-ranked opponents and
losing a very close match against
seventh-ranked Dartmouth. The
Yellowjackets proved they are
once again up to meet the lofty
expectations they had coming
into this season and should only
improve upon their ranking with
their showing against these three
The coming weeks will be busy
for the team with matches today
away at Hamilton, followed by four
home matches in four days starting Thursday, Jan. 31, against Hobart College, then Friday, against
10th-ranked Navy, Saturday,
against St. Lawrence University,
and finishing Sunday morning,
against Franklin University and
Again, all four matches are at
home, and the team hopes for a
large turnout of support in what
will be a long and hopefully successful weekend.
Early in December, five members of the team traveled to the
Five-Man U.S. Team Championships in Connecticut. The best
collegiate teams, as well as the
best coaches and graduates, in
the United States were featured
in the tournament.
Rochester’s team consisted
of Ahmed, Bristow, Newnham,
freshman Edwin Goncharuk and
sophomore Jamal Callender.
Ahmed, who is undefeated this
season, won all four of his matches,
three of them by 3-0 counts. Bristow, at No. 2, went 2-2, with both
his victories 3-0 sweeps.
At No. 3, Newnham went 3-1
also with two sweeps. Goncharuk
and Callender both went 0-4 on
the weekend, but the team as a
whole produced a very impressive
2-2 record considering the level of
For their efforts, Ahmed was
named Liberty League Co-Performer of the Week and Newnham
was named Liberty League Rookie
of the Week.
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the class of 2008.
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Ndubizu also came up big against
Nazareth College in the finals,
banking 22 points and 14 rebounds, en route to an 87-75 victory for UR. He was later named
Dominiak also had 22 points
in the finals, including six threepointers, while Onyiriuka and
Juron rounded off the ’Jacket
players in double figures with 10
and 12, respectively. Juron led UR
with five assists, as well.
Senior forward Dan Milbrand
also contributed to the win, adding
eight points on four for five shooting and dishing out four assists in
UR especially excelled in the
first half, where they shot 56
percent from the field, including
50 percent from behind the threepoint line.
In the second half, the ’Jackets
shot just over 60 percent from the
field. Ndubizu scored 14 of his 22
points after halftime.
On the game, the ’Jackets, as
a team, shot 88.5 percent from
the line. They also held a 38-16
advantage over Nazareth in rebounds and tallied 23 assists in
comparison to 12 from the Golden
Flyers. On top of that, UR’s bench
players outscored Nazareth’s
The Yellowjackets pick up play
again on Friday night against
Emory University and then
travel to Cleveland to take on
Case Western Reserve University
on Sunday before returning to the
Palestra on Feb. 2 to take on fifthranked Washington University of
Hilfinger is a member of
the class of 2010.
Continued from Page 20
time, Marriott had six of the team’s
final 12 points. After Porter put UR
up by five with just over a minute
to go, the ’Jackets were able to ice
the clock thanks to two free throws
made by Alwardt.
The Yellowjackets entered the
game against the Violets after
being crowned champions in the
JP Morgan Chase Tournament the
In the first round of tournament
play, UR took on SUNY Geneseo
and dominated en route to a 6337 victory.
In the game, three ’Jacket players were in double digits. Alwardt
led all scorers with 14 points.
Marriott had 13 points and nine
rebounds, including six on the offensive boards, and junior guard
Rachel Stern led the team with
five assists. The other UR player
in double digits in scoring was
Baroody, who had 13 points to go
along with three steals.
In the semifinals, UR took on
Roberts Wesleyan College, again
coming away with a double-digit
victory. This time, the ’Jackets put
up a season-high 88 points while
holding Roberts to 53 points and
only 17.4 percent shooting from
the field in the first half.
Four UR players reached double-digit scoring in the game, and
Alwardt again led all scorers with
15. Porter had 13 points, six steals
and six rebounds. McNelis added
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Freshman Melissa Alwardt had 20 points and three blocks against Brandeis.
10 points, four assists and two
steals. Donovan also contributed
10 points in the game.
The ’Jackets took on Nazareth
College in the finals, and, again,
UR dominated its opponent in
an 83-46 blow out decision. The
Yellowjackets never trailed in the
game and jumped out to a 41-23
lead in the first half, attempting
39 shots and shooting 45.5 percent from behind the arc before
In the first half alone, Marriott
had 15 points on 66.7 percent
shooting, while also adding two
steals. Alwardt had 10 points and
shot 50 percent from behind the
arc before halftime.
The ’Jackets held a 34-16 advantage in points in the paint for
the game, outscored Nazareth
19-4 in points off turnovers and
dished out 15 more assists than
the Golden Flyers.
Defensively, UR held Nazareth
to 35 percent shooting from the
field, including 21 percent from
Marriott was named the MVP
of the tournament, putting up
20 points, seven rebounds and
two steals against Nazareth.
Alwardt, who was named to the
All-Tournament First Team, had
10 points. Baroody also added
10 points in the final and joined
Porter, who added nine points in
the final, on the All-Tournament
Porter was also named to the
UAA Honor Roll this past week
for her performances against NYU
The Yellowjackets are away
this coming weekend, taking on
UAA rivals Emory University on
Friday and Case Western Reserve
University on Sunday at their
respective locations. They return
home on Feb. 1 to take on Washington University in St. Louis, who
currently sits atop the UAA with
the ’Jackets at 3-0.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Track and Field starts season well Swimming stumbles
By Erin Philbrick
The indoor track and field teams
kicked off their spring semester
seasons with an eventful outing
at the Rochester Institute of Technology Invitational. Though there
was no team scoring at the event,
UR’s strength was shown with
top-eight finishes in 19 events from
the women and in 10 events on the
men’s side. In addition, there were
multiple top-eight finishers in six
of the women’s events, and there
were multiple top-eight finishers in
three of the men’s events.
The women had two individual
champions. Senior Stacie Woods
took the crown in the 500-meter
dash with a time of 1:23.76. Senior
Anjuli Cherukuri was the top finisher in the pole vault, clearing the
bar set at 3.00 meters.
Freshman Elana Mangano
placed behind Cherukuri in the
pole vault in fifth, clearing 2.70.
The third finisher in the top eight
in the pole vault was freshman
Kristin Fekete, placing sixth by
also clearing 2.70.
In other field events, junior Jamie Landry was second in the high
jump at 1.55 meters and seventh
in the shot put, throwing 9.58 meters. Sophomore Elise Scheid was
fifth in the shot and junior Jonelle
Redhead was eighth, with throws
of 9.98 and 9.30, respectively. Redhead was also fifth in the weight
throw with a throw of 14.26 meters
and Scheid was seventh with a
distance of 13.40 meters.
In the jumps, sophomore Melissa
Skevington was third in the triple
jump, making her mark at 10.54
meters, and sixth in the long jump,
making it to 4.93 meters. Senior
Kathryn Knowles hopped, skipped
and jumped her way to sixth in
the triple jump with a distance
In the distance events, the
Yellowjackets had many more
top finishers. In the 1,000-meter
run, there were three finishers
in the top four. Sophomores Lisa
Cole, Suzanne Giunta and Hilary
Haefner took second, third and
fourth, respectively, with times of
3:12.01, 3:14.71 and 3:17.46. In
the 3,000-meter run, senior Kellie
Hasselwander placed third with a
time of 10:41.17.
In other running events, sopho-
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Junior Jamie Landry competes in the 55-meter hurdles. She finished fourth.
more Prashanthi Chodagiri was
second in the 400-meter dash with
a time of 63.19, sophomore Allie
McComb was fifth in the 1 mile
run with a time of 5:24.84 and
sophomore Sadie Gollub finished
the 800-meter run 2:31.70 to place
Landry placed in a second event
— the 55-meter hurdles — coming
in fourth with a time of 9.63 and
freshman Emily Gray was sixth
with a time of 9.76.
In the relays, UR was strong,
placing second in the distance
medley relay with a time of 13:12.15
and third in the 4x400-meter relay
with a time of 4:22.29.
For the men, senior Mike Burgstrom was just shy of the NCAA
automatic qualifying distance
in the weight throw. Burgstrom
threw the weight 18.07 meters to
win the event and to improve his
provisional qualifying distance. He
was just 0.43 meters short of the
automatic qualifying distance of
Sophomore Ethan Kaplan placed
eighth in the weight with a distance
of 12.64 meters.
The ’Jackets had first-place finishes in two other events. Junior
Malik Sams won the 55-meter
hurdles with a time of 7.99 seconds,
and the distance medley relay
team was champion with a time
In field events other than the
weight throw, junior Travis Buttaccio placed third in the long jump,
leaving a mark at 6.20 meters,
and freshman Nicholas Hammond
was seventh, with a jump of 5.91
Junior Kevin Easton was third
in the high jump, clearing 1.76
meters, and freshman Dan Abud
was fourth in the pole vault at
The teams travel to St. Lawrence University this weekend for
Philbrick is a member
of the class of 2009.
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR RECORD:
IN 2007, WE WERE SUPPOSED
TO PRINT 22 REGULAR ISSUES.
WE PRINTED EACH ONE.
OUR RECORD, THEREFORE,
IS 22-0 IN THE REGULAR SEASON.
WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH AL QAEDA.
WE HAVE AN AMERICAN FLAG (SOMEWHERE).
WE EAT APPLE PIE.
TAKE THAT, “PATRIOTS.”
By David Maystrovsky
The UR men's and women's swim
teams were busy over break as they
competed in two meets, against
SUNY Cortland and Nazareth.
The men were victorious in both
of the meets, beating SUNY Cortland, 149.5-148.5, and defeating
Nazareth 132-71. However, the
women were not so lucky as they
fell to SUNY Cortland by a 117.5177.5 margin and lost to Nazareth
For the men, the SUNY Cortland meet was perhaps the most
exciting in a long time. The relay
team that swam the 200 medley
relay, consisting of junior Ryan
White, sophomore Chris Jensen
and freshmen Kevin Howard and
Bobby McCue, finished second with
a time of 1:43.32, earning four
points. In the 1,000-yard freestyle,
freshman Cole Brown finished
first with a time of 10:25.71, and
sophomore Joseph Kaule finished
third with a time of 10:45.79. In the
200 freestyle event, White came in
second with a time of 1:51.60 and
freshman Kevin Balche came in
third with a time of 1:54.45.
For the 100-yard backstroke
event, sophomore Garrett Lam
won the race with a time of 55.77,
and Howard came in second with a
time of 56.51. McCue came in second in the 100 breaststroke event,
clocking in with a time of 1:03.38,
earning four points, Jensen came
in third with a time of 1:04.50,
earning three points. In the 200
butterfly, Howard came in second
with a time of 2:08.17.
Senior Jonathan Dennison led
the UR in the 50 freestyle, coming
in second with a time of 23.17, while
Balch came in fourth with a time
of 23.43. In the 100 freestyle, Dennison won the event with a time of
50.83, White came in second with
a time of 51.24. Lam won the 200
backstroke event with a time of
2:09.45, and Kaule came in second with a time of 2:07.97. The
200 breaststroke event again was
loaded with UR finishers, as McCue
came in second in 2:18.27, Subjeck
came in third with a time of 2:25.69
and Jenson came in fourth with a
time of 2:27.04. In the 500 freestyle
event, Brown won with a time of
5:07.21, Balch came in second with
a time of 5:10.63 and sophomore
Pat Messmer came in fourth with
a time of 5:18.02. Howard won the
100 butterfly with a time of 54.79.
Dennison ended up winning the 200
IM in 2:04.03, while Friel came in
third with a time of 2:12.48. White,
McCue, Balch and Dennison came
in second in the 400 freestyle relay
with a time of 3:22.80. Junior David
Mitsche came in third in both the
1-meter and the 3-meter diving
events with a score of 171.90 and
The women’s swim team didn’t
fare quite as well against SUNY
Cortland. The 200 medley relay,
the team of freshman Kathryn
Lukens, senior Kelly Fischer, senior
Danielle Scherry and freshman
Dayna Jacob came in third with a
time of 2:01.51. Scherry won the
1000 freestyle event with a time
of 11:05.11. Freshman Liz Subjeck
won the 200 freestyle event with a
time of 2:02.71, while Lukens came
in third with a time of 2:05.30.
Freshman Cailee Caldwell came in
second in the 100 backstroke with
a time of 1:04.89. Fischer came in
the third with a time of 1:11.72 in
the 100 breaststroke.
In the 200 butterfly event,
Scherry came in second with a time
of 2:25.98. Jacob came in second
in the 50 freestyle with a time of
26.53. Jacob also came in second in
the 100 freestyle event with a time
of 57.79. Subjeck and Lukens came
in third and fourth respectively,
in the 200 backstroke with times
of 2:21.87 and 2:24.20. Fischer
nabbed second place with a time
of 2:34.45 in the 200 breaststroke
event. The 500 freestyle event had
several UR finishers as Lukens won
the event with a time of 5:25.78,
Subjeck came in third with a time
of 5:34.78 and Scherry came in
fourth with a time of 5:39.36.
The UR women swept the 200
IM, as Caldwell won with a time
of 2:23.53, Fischer came in second
with a time of 2:23.55 and senior
Denise Moseman came in third
with a time of 2:28.76. In the 400
freestyle relay, the ’Jackets took
both of the top spots with times of
3:51.45 and 4:15.15. In the diving
events, sophomore Jaime Sorenson
came in third in the 1-meter event
with a score of 182.10 and second
in the 3-meter event with a score
In the Nazareth meet, the UR
women continued their unfortunate losing streak. Lukens won her
1,650 freestyle race with a time of
18:35.76. In the 200 freestyle, Subjeck came in second, with a time of
2:02.37. Caldwell and Jacob came
in second and third, respectively, in
the 50 freestyle, with times of 26.17
and 26.40. The women did well in
the 400 IM event, with Scherry
winning with a time of 5:01.00 and
Fischer coming in second with a
time of 5:03.80. Sorenson came in
third in the 1-meter diving event
with a score of 194.18 but had a
great showing in the 3-meter event
with a score of 215.03, coming in
first place. The Yellowjackets swept
the 100 freestyle event with the
three top finishes. Caldwell won
with a time of 56.66, Jacob was
right behind her with a time of
57.40 and Subjeck was third with
a time of 57.41. Lukens won the
500 freestyle event with a time of
5:26.53 while Scherry came in third
with a time of 5:33.27. Fischer won
the 200 breaststroke with a time
of 2:33.74. The women capped off
the meet finishing second in the
800 freestyle relay with a time of
The men’s swimming team
destroyed Nazareth with many
notable performances. The 400
medley relay team set the tone by
winning with a time of 3:48.07. In
the 1,650 freestyle, Brown won the
race with a time of 17:23.46, while
Kaule came in second with a time
of 17:51.20. Messmer led the way
in the 200 freestyle with a time of
1:53.46 while Anderson followed
behind with a time of 1:54.05.
Balch, McCue and Friel led the
charge in the 50 freestyle event
with respective times of 23.11,23.17
In the 400 IM, it was a clean
sweep, with UR swimmers taking
all the points. They were paced by
Howard, who won with a time of
4:28.64 and White came in second
with a time of 4:35.83. Mitsche
swept both diving events by scoring 166.55 in the 1-meter event
and 168.00 in the 3-meter event.
Friel led the UR team in the 200
butterfly with a time of 2:13.44.
McCue, Jensen and Bowman took
top three honors in the 100 freestyle with times of 50.13, 53.16
and 53.95. The team finished the
meet by getting the top two spots
in the 800 freestyle relay. The ‘A’
team finished with a time of 7:46.64
while the ‘B’ team came in second
with a time of 8:15.09.
Maystrovsky is a member
of the class of 2009.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
By Matt Starr
When the New England Patriots
beat the San Diego Chargers, 2112, this past weekend, securing
their fourth AFC Championship
in seven years, they became the
first team in history to reach 18-0
during a season. Only the 1972
Miami Dolphins have ever gone
undefeated for an NFL season,
but, back then, that meant only
17 games. If the Patriots win the
Super Bowl to finish 19-0, how do
they stack up against the greatest
teams of all time?
Using both research and personal opinion as a starting point,
the five other greatest teams of the
modern NFL are the 1972 Miami
Dolphins, the 1978-79 Pittsburgh
Steelers, the 1985 Chicago Bears,
the 1989 San Francisco 49ers and
the 1992-93 Dallas Cowboys.
In order to avert jinxes, I’ll
mimic ESPN’s Bill Simmons and
stipulate a contingency: ATPWTSB (Assuming the Pats win
the Super Bowl). Ranking each
team one through five in a host
Obviously, being the only undefeated team in NFL history weighs
heavily for the 17-0 Dolphins;
however ATPWTSB, they too will
be undefeated throughout the season, making this category a virtual
tie, with the slight edge going to
New England because of the two
more games played. 1a. Patriots,
1b. Dolphins, 3. Bears, 4. 49ers, 5.
Steelers, 6. Cowboys.
Offense Points Scored:
This year’s Patriots shattered
the all-time scoring mark of 556 set
by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998.
Perhaps the most prolific offense of
all time, Tom Brady’s 50 TD passes
and Randy Moss’ 23 TD receptions
were both records breaking those
of Peyton Manning and Jerry Rice,
by one each. 1. Patriots, 2. Bears,
3. 49ers, 4. Dolphins, 5. Cowboys,
Defense Points Allowed:
The Patriots’ defense was a
footnote to the 2007 season and
surrendered lots of points, possibly because it could afford to.
Although criticized at times for
being old and soft against the run,
New England’s D was solid and
consistent. 1. Dolphins, 2. Bears,
3. Steelers, 4. Cowboys, 5. 49ers,
The Bears’ impressive turnover margin was only elipsed by
the 2000 Ravens with +24 and
deserves this No. 1 ranking. The
Patriots above-average +9 turnover margin finds them at fourth,
middle of the pack, as expected.
1. Bears, 2. Dolphins, 3. 49ers, 4.
Patriots, 5. Cowboys, 6. Steelers.
One of the most crucial statistics, average point differential,
truly shows how handily a team
beat its opponents. With their
record-setting offense, the Patriots
top this category, followed closely
by a Bears team that couldn’t
match the Pats’ scoring power,
but made up for it with stingy D.
1. Patriots, 2. Bears, 3. Dolphins, 4.
49ers, 5. Steelers, 6. Cowboys.
MVP, OPOY, DPOY:
The greatest teams should have
the greatest players. In this category, I gave a team two points for
having an NFL MVP and one point
each for Offensive or Defensive
Player of the Year. The Patriots
and 49ers sit at the top with three
points each, all awarded to one
player (Tom Brady and Joe Montana, respectively). T1. Patriots,
T1. 49ers, 3. Steelers, 3. Bears, 5.
Cowboys, 6. Dolphins.
It’s hard to judge different
coaches on different teams from
different eras, so I’m just counting titles: each coach is rated by
his championships. ATPWTSB,
Bill Belichick will join Chuck Noll
as the only coaches to ever win
four Super Bowls. T1. Steelers’
Chuck Noll, T1. Patriots’ Bill
Belichick 3. Dolphins’ Don Shula,
T4. Cowboys’ Jimmy Johnson, T4.
49ers’ George Seifert, 6. Bears’
Strength of Schedule:
The 17-0 Miami Dolphins had
the good fortune to play one of
the easiest schedules in NFL history and are thus being punished
in this category. The 18-1 Bears,
with the hardest schedule of all,
rightfully deserve this No. 1 spot.
The Patriots fell to No. 3.
Still, consider that the Steelers
averaged a 16-3 record, while the
Pats are undefeated. 1. Bears, 2.
Steelers, 3. Patriots, 4. Cowboys,
5. 49ers, 6. Dolphins.
After dissecting each teams’
statistics, the 2007 Patriots land in
a three-way tie with the 1985 Chicago Bears, who beat the Patriots
in the Super Bowl that year, and
the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
But as the late, great Bear Bryant said when asked about kicking
a field goal down three, “Hell no!
A tie is like kissing your sister.” So
there’s only one fair tiebreaker:
me. And, ATPWTSB, the tie goes
to the Patriots, a team that will
have achieved perfection in the
NFL’s era of parity.
Starr is a member of
the class of 2009.
This Week in Sports
THURSDAY, JAN. 24
•Squash at Hamilton College, 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25
• Women’s Basketball at Emory University, 6 p.m.
•Men’s Basketball at Emory University, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26
•Men’s and Women’s Track at St. Lawrence University Invitational, 11 a.m.
•Men’s and Women’s Swimming vs. Ithaca College, 1 p.m.
SUNDAY, JAN. 27
• Men’s Basketball at Case Western Reserve University, noon.
•Women’s Basketball at Case Western Reserve University, 2 p.m.
Aloha everyone, and welcome
back from your winter break.
Thank you for choosing to read
Life, Love... Sport (New York City
Edition), I hope you will enjoy it.
There is a lot of excitement here
at the LLS for the new year, especially since the biggest spectacle
in sports is nearly upon us. Since
college football is now officially
finished, we shall take stock of a
wild and crazy season and delve a
little bit into the college basketball
season, which, to be honest, the
LLS has regarded until now as a
bunch of crazy morons running
around indoors. Also, because
the NBA is in full swing, perhaps
we shall talk about the lack of
exciting storylines and maybe
discuss a little bit of curling? Who
knows? I do.
Now that college football is over,
it’s time to recap. For the second
straight year, the LLS Bandwagon
Team has lost in its bowl game
after a semi-disappointing season. This seems to be a rather
disturbing trend until you realize
that next season the Bandwagon
Team of the LLS has always done
well. Also, before we move on,
let’s all agree to ban Ohio State
from any national title games for
a decade. Sure, one bad showing
is acceptable (after all, everyone
makes mistakes — isn’t that right
Senator Craig?), but twice in a
row? Unacceptable. Also, it makes
for awful TV.
Moving on to some college
basketball, it has come to my attention that apparently this sport
is now in season. Here’s my one
problem with the lame college version of basketball: where are the
points? What happened? When I
watch the NBA and see 200 points
By David Maystrovsky
a game, I expect the same level
of performance from the college
kids. No more of this 56-47 bullcrap. Some of the college players
have the nerve to think that they
can jump to the NBA. If you are
scoring 10 points a game, don’t
even bother moving up — Kevin
Garnett will beat you up and take
your lunch money. That man is
a beast. I’m wasting a solid two
hours watching college hoops; I
deserve to be treated to a good
game. And another thing, when
did major college programs get
the nerve to schedule East-West
Buttcrack U.? Moving on.
In the world of baseball, normally quiet this time of year,
the spotlight belongs to Roger
Clemens. Or rather it belongs to
that giant needle that was sticking out of his ass. Now, we all
perhaps wondered why Clemens
had a sub-2.00 ERA at the age of
40-something when he pitched
for the Astros. Heck, even I was
convinced that working out in the
gym for eight hours a day will give
you a 95 mph fastball.
But as shown by my brief (and
unsuccessful) tryout with the UR
baseball team, you need more than
working out to be good. Apparently, in Clemens’ case it meant
a little somethin’ somethin’ extra
from, say, HGH. I’m glad someone
like him got busted; maybe now
steroids won’t be the only thing
that people will be talking about
all of next season.
I was going to write a long and
glowing report on the Celtics and
how they were just destroying
everyone they played, but they
ruined it by losing twice to the
Wizards and some other teams.
So now, I’m just going to cau-
tiously declare that the team from
Boston is the deepest team that
I’ve ever seen play. This should
also be prefaced with the fact that
I haven’t really watched much
basketball because I find that a
lot of the teams are just really one
superstar and a bunch of dudes
that should probably be playing
at the local YMCA and not in the
NBA. But watching Kevin Garnett
Quick story: When I first started
to notice sports in 1995, I had already picked my football team (the
Panthers, because everyone loves
the underdog and because while
watching Kerry Collins, I turned
to my younger cousin and told him
that Collins is an alcoholic. It feels
good to be right), my hockey team
(the Red Wings because Federov
made beautiful music on the ice. If
you disagree, I’ll punch you) and
my baseball team (the Red Sox
because I moved to Boston and to
be honest, if I picked anyone else,
I’d probably be dead by now).
So I was looking for a basketball
team. And frankly, the T-Wolves
had a cool name and awesome
jerseys. Getting Garnett was like
getting a gift that keeps on giving
(and no, I did not just compare
Kevin Garnett to a gift card).
If you are wondering why I
haven’t talked about the Patriots,
there are two reasons. First, I’m
going to do an in-depth breakdown
of the game next week, and second,
I’m afraid to jinx the team.
A baseball ball has exactly
108 stitches, a cricket ball has
between 65 and 70 stitches.
Maystrovsky’s article appears
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Athlete of the Week — Rob Dominiak
Sport: Basketball — Guard
High School: Birch Wathen Lenox, New York, N.Y.
MAJOR: Political Science.
PLANS AFTER COLLEGE: Going on a world rock tour with
Milbrand, Juron, Uchechuku and then to be a Paralegal in NYC.
Favorite OTHER sport: Baseball.
Favorite Athletic Memory: My first college assist.
IDEAL DAY OFF: Playing “Rock Band” with my group, “The Monsters,”
until I can’t see anymore.
FAVORITE MOVIE: “Fight Club.”
FAVORITE FOOD: Mom’s Pierogis and greasy cheeseburgers.
CELEBRITY CRUSH: Jessica Biel.
MOST LIKE TO MEET: J.J. Reddick.
JUST CAN’T GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD: “Go Go Gadget Flow” by Lupe Fiasco.
Weirdest thing seen on campus: Franco Sebastiani’s sweaty socks.
FAVORITE UR TRADITION: Causing havoc out in left field during baseball games.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SEASON: Win the UAA, then head down to the Final Four
to pick up some rings.
Why Rob is the Athlete of the Week: Robert scored 12 points and and went
7-7 from the charity stripe as #1 UR defeated #2 Brandeis University on Sunday.
S p o rt s
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Basketball proves it’s worthy of No.1 ranking
JEFF LEVY • Presentation Editor
Senior Jon Onyiriuka had two dunks against NYU last Friday.
by Dana Hilfinger
If there was ever any
doubt of the validity of the
UR men’s basketball team’s
No.1 ranking, it was stifled
pretty quickly this past
weekend when the ’Jackets
shut down the secondranked Brandeis University
Judges en route to a 74-68
victory. UR improved to
14-0 (3-0 in conference play)
with the win. It’s the best
start for the ’Jackets since
the 2004-05 season when
they began the year with 20
In front of packed stands
at the Louis Alexander
Palestra, Brandeis’ guards
took over the court early,
propelling the Judges to a
12-5 lead after five minutes
The ’Jackets quickly responded, however, making
their presence known thanks
to strong interior play led by
senior center Jon Onyiriuka.
Ten minutes in, back-to-back
lay-ups by junior guard Max
Kaplan and sophomore
guard Brad Runco completed
a 13-3 run for the ’Jackets
and gave them a lead that
they maintained for the
remainder of the game.
For the rest of the first half,
UR distributed the scoring
well among its players. The
Yellowjackets’ leading scorer
on the season, senior guard
Robert Dominiak, did not
even attempt a shot until the
game was more than a quarter of the way completed, but
then went two for two from
the field and three for three
from the free throw line to
finish the half, including a
4-point play to give UR a
5-point lead nine minutes
before the break.
Going into the second half,
UR held an 8-point lead and
was dominating in points in
the paint, holding an 18-8
advantage over the Judges.
The second 20 minutes of
play began with the teams
trading scores. Brandeis got
within one of the ’Jackets
with just over 12 minutes
to play after guard Andre
Roberson came off the bench
and scored. He finished the
game as the leading bench
scorer for either team, netting 14 total points.
The ’Jackets showed great
resilience, however. Junior
guard Mike Chmielowiec
was big for UR in the second
half, scoring nine points and
going three for three from
the line. He finished the
game as UR’s leading scorer
with 14 points in 33 minutes.
The Yellowjackets also got a
boost from freshman guard
Mike Labanowski, who had
nine points on 100 percent
shooting from the field.
Senior guard Jeff Juron led
all players with nine assists
and was one of three ’Jacket
players in double-digits.
Onyiriuka had nine points
and five assists for UR, while
Dominiak finished the game
with 12 points and was 100
percent from the free throw
line, keeping him perfect
from the foul strike on the
Dominiak and Juron’s
free-throw shooting was
key in the final minute of
the game, when the Judges
came within two points of
UR and were forced to foul
The Yellowjackets also
dominated from behind
the 3-point line, shooting
64 percent, compared to
33 percent shooting by the
Judges, from behind the arc.
Leading Brandeis in scoring
was guard Kevin Olson, who
finished the game with 16
UR came into the game
having beaten another University Athletic Association
rival, New York University,
70-54, on Friday and having
just been crowned champions of the JP Morgan Chase
Against the Violets of
NYU, UR shot 60 percent
from the field in the first
half to propel themselves to
a 17-point lead going into
Onyiriuka led the ’Jackets, tallying the doubledouble with 18 points and
11 rebounds. Dominiak had
16 points, including three
3-pointers in the first half
alone, and Juron again led all
players in assists with five.
UR started off the Chase
Tournament against Keuka
College, whom they blew
out 81-37. Dominiak led
all scorers with 17 points,
while Chmielowiec added 10
points. It was Chmielowiec’s
first game back after being
sidelined with a hand injury
for the first half of the season. Chmielowiec was UR’s
leading scorer last year.
In the semifinals, UR beat
SUNY Brockport, 75-70.
Four ’Jacket players were in
double figures, including senior forward Uche Ndubizu,
who led all scorers with 18
points while also grabbing
See HOOPS, Page 17
Women’s team continues its streak
By Dana Hilfinger
You would have to go back
two months to find the last
time the UR women’s basketball team lost a game.
Since that time, the team has
won 11 straight, including
an impressive 62-55 victory
against the third-ranked
New York University Violets this past Friday and a
championship win at the
JP Morgan Chase Tournament two weeks ago. Most
recently, the women’s team
defeated University Athletic
Association rival Brandeis
University on Sunday afternoon, 77-61.
Against the Judges, the
’Jackets dominated in the
paint, holding a 32-22 scoring advantage inside. They
also got huge play from their
bench players, namely freshman guard Melissa Alwardt,
who had a career-high 20
points while also adding
Brandeis jumped out to
take the lead early in the
ball game, going up by as
many as eight in the first 15
minutes of play. The ’Jackets
responded quickly, however,
and got good production
from reserve freshmen center Courtney Donovan, in
for UR’s leading scorer on
the season, junior center
Julie Marriott, who was on
the bench with two fouls.
Donovan had seven points
in the first half and fin-
ished the game with nine.
Juniors forward Alex Porter
and guard Johanna McNelis also added seven points
each before halftime for the
In the second half, UR
never trailed, finishing the
game on a 24-9 run. Marriott
came back with 10 points
after halftime, going four for
five from the field while also
dishing out five assists. She
finished the game with 14
points and three rebounds.
Alwardt had 17 of her 20
points after halftime. She
shot 50 percent from the
field and was perfect at the
foul line. Porter finished the
game with 14 points and was
key defensively, tallying nine
rebounds and six steals.
Against NYU on Friday
night, UR posted three players in double-figure scoring,
coming back from four down
at the half en route to victory.
Marriott led all ’Jacket scorers with 17 points and also
added three assists. Porter
contributed 14 points and
six rebounds. Junior guard
Helen Baroody added 13
points, while grabbing four
In the first half, UR was
down by as many as six,
mainly due to NYU’s reigning UAA player of the year
forward Jessica McEntee’s
11 points. The ’Jackets
fought back, however, thanks
to Marriott’s 11 points in the
first 20 minutes and strong
shooting from senior forward Jessica Waddell and
Porter, both of whom had six
points before the half.
In the second half, Baroody came out and sank a
jumper right out of the gate,
cutting the Violet’s lead to
two. Following a block by
Marriott on NYU’s ensuing
possession, freshman guard
Caroline Bernal-Silva tied
the game up, hitting a mid-
range shot to knot the score
During the next 10 minutes of play, there were seven
lead changes, with neither
team leading by more than
four. With seven minutes
remaining, Marriott sank a
two-pointer to give UR a 5049 advantage. The ’Jackets
didn’t trail again for the rest
of the game. During that
See STREAK, Page 17
Jeff LEVY • Presentation Editor
Junior Julie Marriott attempts a jumper against NYU.
Swimming teams compete in two meets — 18
JEFF Levy • Presentation Editor
Freshmen Hameed Amed has yet to lose a match this year.
Squash team jumps
seven spots in poll
By John Ray
Despite suffering its first
loss of the season, Yellowjacket squash still put on a
strong showing two weekends ago and moved to No.7
in the national ranking. In
the first round of polls, the
Yellowjackets ranked No.
14 in the country, and their
opponents for the weekend,
Bates College, Bowdoin College and Dartmouth College,
ranked No.13, No.12 and No.
7, respectively. Despite playing without senior captain
Patrick Harris, the ’Jackets
showed they not only are
able to live up to their high
national ranking, but also
are perhaps better than it
shows, beating two higherranked teams and narrowly
losing to a third.
The first match of the
weekend on Saturday night
against Bates proved to be
a challenge for the ’Jackets
but one they were up for, as
they took the match 5-4.
The top four players for
UR, freshman Hameed
Ahmed, sophomore Jim
Bristow, freshman Will
Newnham and freshman
Frederick Reid, all cruised
through their matches,
winning 3-0, each handling
their opponents fairly easily.
Bristow did not drop a point
against Sean Wilkinson.
Sophomore Alex Lee, playing at No. 8, delivered the
fifth point for the ’Jackets,
earning the victory over the
higher-ranked Bates. Freshman Robert McDavid, at No.
7, and junior Ori Goldman, at
No. 9, both lost their matches
in five sets, nearly pulling
out an even greater victory
for the ’Jackets.
See SQUASH, Page 17
Track starts new season on right foot — 18
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Swim: Women take first in five events but fall just short of win
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400-meter dash, who took fifth
with a time of 62.67. In the field
events, sophomore Elise Scheid
placed fifth in the weight throw,
putting the weight at 12.38 meters,
and Skevington finished sixth in
the long jump, making her mark
While the men didn’t fare quite
as well in competition, placing
fifth among eight teams, the team
had some impressive individual
finishes. Three ’Jackets were
individual champions, and many
more placed in the top eight. Overall, UR racked up 60 points, just
three behind Rochester Institute
of Technology, the fourth-place
The best finish came from senior Mike Burgstrom, who took
the crown in the weight throw.
Throwing 18.42 meters, he was
only 0.02 away from an automatic
qualification to the NCAA Championship meet. He has already
secured a provisional qualifying
spot in the meet.
Not only was his throw long
enough to earn the win, but he
was nearly two meters ahead of
his next competitor in the event.
Burgstrom earned the team a few
more points by placing sixth in the
shot put with a throw of 13.37.
In other field events, freshman
Daniel Abud took third place in
the pole vault by clearing the bar
set at 4.25 meters, and, in the
long jump, junior Travis Buttaccio
made his mark at 6.33 to earn him
The other two individual wins
came in running events. In the
55-meter hurdles, junior Malik
Sams was champion with a time
of 7.99 seconds. The Yellowjackets
had three finishers in the top eight
in the 3,000-meter run. Seniors
Patrick Hughes and Dan Mueller
went one-two in the event with
times of 8:50.58 and 8:53.66,
respectively. Sophomore Tyler
Stelzig came in sixth in the event
with a time of 9:14.67.
In other running events, the
4x200-meter relay team placed
fourth, yet was just one second
behind the winning team. Senior
Max Ehrmann, Buttaccio, junior
Jon Antista and Sams crossed the
finish at 1:36.33.
Senior Mark Stevens placed
fourth in the 1,000-meter run
with a time of 2:34.82, while freshman Jacob Tutmaher finished in
2:42.99 for eighth place.
UR also picked up eighth-place
finishes in the 400-meter dash and
the 1-mile run. Freshman Andrew
Lee finished the 400 in 53.39, and
freshman Dan Lane had a time of
4:42.64 in the mile.
This weekend, both teams will
participate in the RIT Invitational
on Friday afternoon, where they
will continue to work toward
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the class of 2009.
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second in the 200 freestyle with a
time of 2:04.99 and was followed
by teammate junior Ryan White,
who placed third with a time of
1:50.80. Balch placed in the 100
freestyle, as well, coming in third
with a time of 50.99.
The ’Jackets also swept the
200 backstroke, with freshman
Kevin Howard placing first in a
time of 2:01.66. Kaule finished
second with a time of 2:04.09, and
sophomore Garret Lam placed
third, scoring a time of 2:05.20.
Howard also completed the 200
butterfly in 2:04.99, earning him
second place. In the 4,000-yard
relay, the Yellowjackets, with the
team of Balch, Howard, Lam and
sophomore Chris Jenson, posted
a time of 3:45.22 to place first in
the event. The 400 freestyle relay
team of Messmer, Kaule, sophomore Daniel Friel and White came
in second with a time of 3:22.45.
Junior diver David Mitsche
finished third in both the 1-meter
and 3-meter boards with scores of
183.97 and 171.22, respectively.
The women’s team had three
individuals winning five events all
together. Freshman Liz Subjeck
came in first in the 200 free with
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Chicago will be really hard, but I
am looking forward to the challenge.”
The women look for two more
wins this weekend at home when
they play Wash U, which is currently second in the UAA with a 4-1
record, on Friday night at 6 p.m.
and Chicago, which is currently in
third place in the conference with
a 3-2 record, on Sunday afternoon
at 2 p.m.
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a time of 2:00.90, and sophomore
Nora Hoefer came in third with
a time of 2:01.95. Subjeck also
placed first in the 500 free with a
time of 5:27.25 and was followed by
senior Danielle Scherry, who had a
time of 5:30.37. Scherry also had
a great showing in the 1,000 freestyle, winning in 10:59.33. She also
placed second in the 200 butterfly,
notching a time of 2:23.42.
Women’s diving also had a
strong showing from sophomore
Jaime Sorenson, who placed
first on the 1-meter board with
a score of 202.80. Sorenson won
the 3-meter board as well with a
score of 199.87.
Junior Cherly Blechman placed
third in both events, scoring
150.60 points for the 1-meter
board and 180.32 points for the
3-meter board. Other strong individual finishes included a second
place finish in the 200 backstroke,
with a time of 2:19.05, from freshman Cailee Caldwell. Caldwell
also placed third in the 200 IM
with a time of 2:19.78. Freshman
Kathryn Lukens placed second
in the 1,000 freestyle with a time
of 11:10.33 and third in the 200
backstroke with a time of 2:20.18.
Freshman Dayna Jacob came in
Jeff Levy • Presentation Editor
The Yellowjackets honored seven seniors during their Saturday meet.
second in the 50 free with a time of
26.26. Senior Kelly Fischer placed
second in the 200 breaststroke
with a time of 2:34.20, followed
by senior Denise Moseman who
had a time of 2:34.34.
The 400 free relay team of Hoefer, Jacob, Subjeck and Caldwell
came in second with a time of
3:45.64. The 400 medley team,
consisting of Lukens, Fischer,
freshman Shannon Moss and
freshman Rachel Boldt, came in
third with a time of 4:24.02.
The ’Jackets will finish up
their regular season this weekend
against the Rochester Institute of
Technology Tigers at the Tigers’
Judson Pool. The women have won
every meet against the Tigers since
the 2003-04 season and beat the
Tigers last year, 143-97.
After RIT, the ’Jackets will
host the University Athletic Association Championships on Feb.
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