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Alum wins reality TV show

Stephanie Izard, who gradu-
atedfrom the University with a
bachelor's degree in sociology
in 1998, is the executive chef
and partner of two Chicago
restaurants, Girl £t the Goat
and Little Goat. After appear-
ing on and winning season four
of Bravo's "Top Chef"
How did you come up
with the name of
your restaurant?
Well my last name, Izard, is
a type of goat that lives in the
Pyrenees Mountains in Italy,
so my friend actually painted
a picture for me of a girl and
a goat running through a field.
When we were trying to name

the restaurant, I woke up and camaraderie knowing what
saw the painting and thought, really goes into it.

'Girl & the Goat' -that works!
Were you a part of any
clubs at the university?
I was actually in a sorority...
but I keep that on the down
low.
Could you tell me about
your experience
on Top Chef?
It was incredible. Every
day was something new, and it
really is nothing that you can
explain easily. It's very fun to
see people that I was on the
show with. We share a certain

What's your favorite food,
besides your admitted
guilty pleasures, Taco
Bell and Lean Cuisine?
Cheez-Its? Or matzo with
cream cheese.
Any cooking tips for
college students?
Just keep playing around
with food and different com-
binations ... and the salad bars
in the cafeterias are usually
pretty awesome.
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reported. There are no subject interrupted a lec- exhibitions portroyal of Eastern and North African with the final game between
suspects as of yet. ture in the auditorium by African culture in America. Studies Louisville and India.
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WHERE: UMMA Work, Room 1636 Film Festival, Out
To catch an Disorder in Night presents LGBTQ
Understanding Movie smarts films that explore sexuality
office thief the court and gender through cinema.
autism event WHAT: John Sloss, founder Filmmakers share their
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held in which a panel of psy-
chology and autism special-
ists will answer questions
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WHO: Institute for the
Humanities
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League, Henderson and
Koessler Rooms

digital sales initiative, will
give a lecture on law and
entrepreneurship in the film
business. Sloss has helped
finance films like Little Miss
Sunshine and Precious.
WHO: Zell Entrepreneur-
ship and Law Program
WHEN: Today at 11:55 a.m.
WHERE: Hutchins Hall,
Room 116

Star Wars' Jedi knights
could soon be perform-
ming intergalactic mar-
riage ceremonies in Scotland,
the Telegraph reported. The
ceremonies would stray from
tradition, with guards of
honor wielding light sabres
instead of swords.

VAGINA
From Page 1A
ever.
"I had always sort of regarded
myself and my body as something
that could be improved upon,"
Parkinson said. "I've never had
great self-confidence, and so I
saw the show ... and I realized
I'm 18 years old and I've never
seen a part of my body. And so,
I went home, and the next day,
I got down there with a mirror,
and I cried."
"I had never realized how
beautiful that part of my body
was - that it wasn't some-
thing gross or something to be
ashamed of," Parkinson con-
tinued. "After that, I looked at

myself and my body in a com-
pletely different way."
Now, Parkinson has the
chance to be a part of the show
that reshaped her perspec-
tive. On March 21, "The Vagina
Monologues" will be performed
at the University.
Ensler penned the play after
conducting over 200 interviews
with women about their views
and experiences when it comes
to sex, relationships and violence
against women. She teamed up
with producer Willa Shalit and
others to start V-Day, a global
non-profit that raises money
through productions of the
show for women's anti-violence
groups.
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dent organization on campus
that promotes reproductive jus-
tice, and the proceeds will go
to SafeHouse, Ann Arbor's sup-
port center for people impacted
by domestic violence and sexual
assault.
SFC president Carly Manes,
an LSA sophomore, explained
SFC's decision to tackle its first
theater production. While the
organization is typically associ-
ated with advocacy and action
regarding abortion, Manes said
"The Vagina Monologues" fits
into the group's larger purview
of promoting women's sexual
agency.
Manes also explained that
SFC took interest in the show
because of the usefulness of
exploring these issues through
theater.
"I think that it's a way to
engage people without being
threatening," she said.
Beyond hoping to inspire
activism, Manes said she hopes
any members of the audience
who might not identify as femi-
nists will walk away no longer
afraid of the title. Most of the
students acting in the show are
not in SFC - some even came
in with reservations about call-
ing themselves feminists, but
according to Parkinson, the
show can be transformative.
On the first day of rehearsal,
the cast had a long discussion
about themselves and their vagi-
nas, sharing their personal expe-
riences with feminism.
"This one woman comes to
mind: We're sitting around in a
circle and we're talking, and she
says, 'Guys, I don't know any of
this,' " Parkinson said. "She was
embarrassed because she didn't
quite understand some of the
concepts that people were just
throwing out there."
Flash forward a couple of
months. At the end of the show,
the members of the cast all step
forward and say why they are
rising up against abuse of and
violence against women.
Parkinson was struck by what
that same young woman who
admitted to not knowing much
about feminism said at her turn.
"She steps forward, and she
says, 'I'm rising because I'm
learning,' " Parkinson said. "And
it's just been really awesome see-
ing her and other people start

to find their own voice when it
comes to feminism and being
women."
The whole production process
has been an emotional journey,
and Parkinson noted that one of
the distinct challenges is balanc-
ing the show's more humorous
monologues with its very serious
moments.
"Even as recently as yester-
day, I'll sit there and I'll cry
in rehearsal," Parkinson said.
"There are some really, really
serious things that can be very
triggering, very hard-hitting and
hit close to home."
'The Vagina Monologues'
balances its humor delicately,"
she continued. "I think they do
an excellent job of making sure
things that are very serious
aren't being made fun of."
Because of the triggering
nature of the show, LSA senior
and SFC member Aja Weston
came up with the idea to have a
post-production debrief, which
audience members are encour-
aged to attend. A representative
from the University's Sexual
Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center will lead the debrief,
but Weston explained that there
isn't a specific structure to the
talk.
"It'll depend on who shows
up and what they want," Weston
said. "We wanted to have a
platform for discussing what
happens next, to continue the
dialogue."
Parkinson, Manes and Weston
all emphasized that they hope
students of all identities and
backgrounds come to the show,
which is by and about women,
but not necessarily just for peo-
ple with vaginas.
"It really goes beyond just
talking about vaginas," Parkin-
son said. "It's not just a group
of people standing up there
describing labias. It's really a
celebration and exploration of
womanhood and femininity, and
I think it applies to everybody."
When asked about what audi-
ences should take away, Par-
kinson recalled her personal
relationship to the show.
"I hope that at least one person
is going to walk away the same
way I did, realizing that they're
beautiful and that there's noth-
ing to be ashamed of for being a
woman and for having a vagina."

Aim to clear up
tensions on key
issues, Iran
JERUSALEM (AP) - Seek-
ing a fresh start to a strained
relationship, President Barack
Obama and Israeli Prime Min-
ister Benjamin Netanyahu on
Wednesday demonstrated soli-
darity on the key issues that
have stirred tensions between
them. The U.S. president vowed
he would do "what is neces-
sary" to prevent Iran from
obtaining a nuclear weapon,
while Netanyahu reaffirmed
that his newly formed govern-
ment seeks a two-state solution
to Israel's decades-long dispute
with the Palestinians.
Obama, in Israel for the first
time in his presidency, also
pledged to investigate reports
that Syria had used chemical
weapons for the first time in
its two-year civil war. And he
sternly warned Syrian leader
Bashar Assad that use of such
weapons would be a "game-
changer," one that could poten-
tially draw the U.S. military
into the conflict for the first
time.
"The Assad regime must
understand that they will be
held accountable for the use
of chemical weapons or their
transfer to terrorists," Obama
said, standing alongside Netan-
yahu at a nighttime news con-
ference.
Expectations were low for a
breakthrough during Obama's
visit on any of the major issues
roiling the region. Instead, the
president was focused on reas-
suring anxious Israelis that he
is committed to their security,
and on resetting his rocky rela-
tionship with Netanyahu. The
two leaders have been at odds
over Israeli settlements and
Iran's disputed nuclear pro-
grams, and Netanyahu famous-
ly lectured Obama in front of
the media in the Oval office on

Obama, Israeli PM
show solidarity

Israel's right to defend himself.
Compared with past encoun-
ters, there was a noticeable lack
of uneasiness Wednesday, the
first time the two leaders have
met publicly after both sur-
vived elections that will leave
them stuck with each other for
the foreseeable future. They
traded jokes throughout a day
of side-by-side appearances.
And they repeatedly referred to
each other by their first names,
Obama calling his Israeli coun-
terpartby his nickname, "Bibi."
On Iran in particular, the
two leaders sought to show
theywere united intheir desire
to prevent the Islamic republic
from developing what Obama
called "the world's worst weap-
ons."
Although preventing Iran
from developing a nuclear
weapon is a priority of both
countries, Netanyahu and
Obama have differed on pre-
cisely how to achieve that goal.
Israel repeatedly has threat-
ened to take military action
should Iran appear to be on
the verge of obtaining a bomb,
while the U.S. has pushed for
more time to allow diplomacy
and economic penalties to run
their course.
Obama said he continues to
prefer a diplomatic solution
and sees time to achieve it.
Whether that works, he said,
will depend on whether Iran's
leaders "seize that opportu-
nity."
Although Obama did not
promise that the United States
would act militarily against
Iran if Israel decided that must
be done, he offered an explicit
endorsement for Israel to take
whatever unilateral measures
it deems necessary to guard
against the threat.
"Each country has to make
its own decisions when it
comes to the awesome decision
to engage in any kind of mili-
tary action, and Israel is differ-
ently situated than the United
States," he said.

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