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Cianci’s sentencing set for today Cianci’s lawyers filed a 21page memorandum in order to secure a more lenient sentence than the six years recommended by a federal agency studying the case
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KICKING OFF THE YEAR IN STYLE A party on Wriston Quad kicked off the semester’s social calender Thursday night with performances by numerous a capella groups, the dance company Fusion, above right, and the band Lush, above left.
A federal judge will sentence Mayor Vincent Cianci today for racketeering conspiracy, following a last-minute attempt by Cianci’s lawyers to petition for leniency. City Council President John Lombardi will be sworn in as mayor at 1 p.m. in City Hall — across Kennedy Plaza from the federal courthouse where Cianci’s sentencing is to take place at 9:30 a.m. Cianci’s lawyers filed a 21-page memorandum Wednesday that included a list of the mayor’s accomplishments and awards, but did not recommend a sentence. Prosecutors have asked Chief U.S. District Judge Ernest Torres to sentence Cianci to prison for 10 years and fine him $100,000. Cianci faces up to 20 years in prison for using his political power for personal gain. Cianci was acquitted of 11 federal charges in June after a 10-week trial, but he was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, one of the two most severe charges against him. A federal agency that studied the trial recommended Cianci be sentenced to about six years in prison. Prosecutors argued that Cianci’s “criminal enterprise” disrupted the city and undermined public confidence in government, and that Torres must use his discretion to hand down a stronger punishment. Two of Cianci’s co-defendants will also be sentenced tomorrow. Former director of administration Frank Corrente is scheduled to appear before Torres at 11 a.m. Richard Autiello, the Cranston businessman whose tow-truck enterprise was involved in Cianci’s bribery scheme, will be sentenced at 2 p.m. — Herald staff reports
U. to decide on arming police force by semester’s end BY ANDY GOLODNY
Plans to reform Brown’s police force and improve campus security are moving forward this semester, following the spring release of the long-awaited Bratton Group report on campus safety. The University implemented a number of changes to campus police over the summer, including hiring new officers, cutting down the number of security officers patrolling dormitories, enhancing shuttle and escort services and improving training for officers. Administrators plan to decide whether to arm Brown police officers by the end of the semester. The University commissioned the Bratton Group LLC — headed by former New York City Police Commissioner
William Bratton — to study Brown University Police and Security procedures in the wake of controversy last spring over a crime wave on the East Side. The spring semester also saw a high-profile incident involving allegations of racial profiling by Brown police officers on the Main Green. A broad restructuring of the campus police department will eventually affect virtually every aspect of policing and security at Brown. “It is a comprehensive plan,” said Vice President for Administration Walter Hunter. The Bratton report presented three scenarios to revamp policing at Brown and the possibility of arming Brown police officers. The first option is to maintain the status
quo, which would include the short-term measures the University has already taken, including paying for armed Providence Police Department details to patrol College Hill. The second option is to implement a variety of enhancements to campus security but not arm the police. The improvements to security outlined in the second option include better tracking and investigation of crime patterns, better coordination of BUPS and PPD, a foot patrol presence on Thayer Street and improved transportation services. The third option would include all of the recommendations in the second, and the arming of the Brown Police. Arming the Brown Police would eliminate what the Bratton Group views as “the
I N S I D E F R I D AY, S E P T E M B E R 6 , 2 0 0 2 MCM department will introduce new doctoral program in 2003 page 3
Indigo Girls to headline BCA-sponsored benefit concert at PPAC Sept. 20 page 5
U. Hall colleagues remember Associate Dean of the College Lynn Gunzberg page 5
unworkable policy of disengagement,” according to the report. Currently, department policy forbids Brown police from engaging at the scene of a crime where any participant is armed, and requires that the officer stand at a distance until PPD arrives. Some of the less controversial recommendations from option two in the report either have already been implemented or will be implemented by the end of the semester. BUPS is now known as the Department of Public Safety. “The new name shows that we take a broader perspective on public safety than just being a police department,” Hunter see POLICE, page 4
TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Joshua SchulmanMarcus ’04 says with the Jewish new year comes the spirit of forgiveness guest column,page 11
Women’s soccer set for season opener today against New Hampshire page 12
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ARTS & CULTURE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2002 · PAGE 3
MCM dept. to offer doctoral program BY CARLA BLUMENKRANZ
The interdisciplinary Department of Modern Culture and Media will encompass a wide range of students and a wide range of studies when it begins offering a Doctor of Philosophy in fall 2003. The new program was approved this spring by the University’s Board of Fellows and will accept applications this fall to fill the two spaces in the graduate program. Ultimately, the department expects to have ten doctoral students at any given time. “In a media-saturated world, the demand for thinking about media and culture is only expanding,” said Philip Rosen, professor of modern culture and media and director of the graduate program. “We believe that this is a very special moment in the history of modern culture and media and of Brown, and we think we can make a great contribution,” he said. Graduate study in the department will differ from comparable programs at other universities in its broad definition of media, Rosen said. “At Brown, we have the premise of the centrality of media to modern cultural history, and we’ll have a program that combines expertise in rigorous media scholarship with cutting-edge work in the theory and history of modern society,” he said. With the majority of faculty holding appointments in multiple departments, modern culture and media is “interdisciplinary to its core,” Rosen said. In this respect, its doctoral program fits the Initiative for Academic Enrichment’s vision for the graduate school. With faculty and students combining research in a wide range of fields, from digital media to gender identity, the pro-
gram may, as President Ruth Simmons suggested in her Initiative, mirror the freedom and interdisciplinary nature of the College. Rosen said the doctoral program will not overshadow undergraduate studies in the department and may even benefit them. Before reaching its projected enrollment quota, the program will offer courses aimed at a combination of graduates and advanced undergraduate concentrators, said Joan Lusk, associate dean of the Graduate School. Even as the program’s enrollment increases, the three to five graduate seminars the department plans to offer each year will remain open to qualified undergraduates at the instructor’s discretion, she added. Lusk said she also expects the modern culture and media program to add to the graduate school as a whole. “We think students concentrating in the older programs might want to do some coursework in this area, and that would add to the overall enterprise,” she said. Since announcing the program on the department’s Web site two months ago, Rosen has received over 60 emails in response, he said. This enthusiasm mirrors the department’s rapid growth since its inception in 1987 and its designation as a department in 1995, he said. “It’s a popular area, and we expect that there’ll be a market for the graduates,” Lusk said. “Certainly, there are some very bright students interested.” Herald staff writer Carla Blumenkranz ’05 edits the arts & culture section. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Indigo Girls to headline benefit gig BY CARLA BLUMENKRANZ
The Indigo Girls are coming to town, making fans out of the grassroots organizations that stand to profit from the event. Sponsored by the Brown Concert Agency, the concert will take place Sept. 20 at the Providence Performing Arts Center and will benefit Providence-based Direct Action for Rights and Equality and Rhode Island Jobs with Justice. Belgian rock band K’s Choice will open for the band. “A lot of events that happen on campus, including other BCA concerts, are very enclosed in Brown,” said Booking Chair Flora Brown ’03. “This is a great way to have something for students that also welcomes the outside community.” BCA expects to donate between $10,000 and $15,000 to the two organizations, Brown said. “It’s kind of a dream for a grassroots organization like us,” said Sara Mersha ’97.5, executive director of DARE. “We have to do so much fundraising for ourselves, so it’s wonderful to have students approach us and want to do the work for us.” DARE’s mission is “to organize lowincome families for economic, social and political justice,” Mersha said. Nationally-based Jobs with Justice focuses on improving working conditions and passing living-wage legislation. Brown said BCA decided to donate concert proceeds after realizing that the University “has a lot of resources and manpower and, basically, money.” BCA also felt the Indigo Girls were a good choice for a benefit concert, she said. “The Indigo Girls are very activist in their lifestyle, and we knew that what they like to do would go well with what we’d like to do,” she added. Though the Indigo Girls performed at Spring Weekend in 1995, Brown said she
“It’s kind of a dream for a grassroots organization like us.We have to do so much fundraising for ourselves, so it’s wonderful to have students approach us and want to do the work for us.” Sara Mersha ’97.5 Executive Director of DARE. sees this concert as a different sort of event, more like the 2000 BCA-sponsored Tracy Chapman concert that benefited domestic violence groups. Of the 3,000 seats at the Performing Arts Center, 1,250 have been reserved for Brown students at a reduced cost. After one day of sales, approximately half of all tickets had been sold, Brown said. Jamie Fleischman ’05 and Alexandra Teitel ’05 were two of the first in line for tickets when the Student Activities Office opened Tuesday morning. Fleischman said she thinks the Indigo Girls are a particularly good fit for Brown. “They’re really socially conscious, and Brown has a reputation for being a school full of socially conscious people,” she said. “I think it’s amazing that they’re coming,” she added. “I can’t wait.” Herald staff writer Carla Blumenkranz ’05 edits the arts & culture section. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Police continued from page 1 said. “It’s a broad array of collaborative efforts with the community.” The number of campus police officers increased from 16 to 23, two security officers were promoted and five additional officers have been hired, Hunter said. DPS hired a new police captain, Emil Fioravanti, who will have a “key role” in implementing the Bratton report recommendations, Hunter said. Another change that students may soon notice is that campus security officers will not patrol dorms as much as in the past. “Our goal is to get security officers to patrol more outside in the quads where they can be more effective,” Hunter said. The public safety department is working with the Office of Student Life so officers have less involvement with letting students who are locked out back into their rooms, Hunter said. Last semester, OSL allowed students who were locked out during business hours to pick up a second key from its Wayland House office. “We don’t want to have uniformed officers helping people into their rooms when they could be outside patrolling,” Hunter said. Shuttle and escort service is also being improved. “We are looking at routes, vehicles and service,” Hunter said. The University purchased two new vans and improved communications equipment, as well. “We haven’t made a decision yet about whether these services will continue to be run by students,” he said, responding to concerns about safety and liability issues associated with a student-run shuttle service.
Hunter described a number of smaller improvements, including an expansion of the bicycle patrol, varying patrol modes, increased management supervision and better crime and incident reporting. The University will continue to use Sterling Security to provide additional presence. There are between six and seven yellow-jacketed Sterling employees on duty at any one time, Hunter said. PPD patrols of College Hill will continue for the time being, Hunter said. Hunter added that DPS was more successful in apprehending suspects, with 21 arrests this calendar year. “We need to do a better job of broadcasting these successes,” he said. To improve its effectiveness, DPS is implementing an improved case assignment and management system for investigations. Allegations of Racial Profiling Brown also contracted Paul Johnson, a former Boston Police Department superintendent and Harvard police chief, to investigate complaints of racial profiling in the Brown Police force. Brown Police policies, particularly concerning racial profiling, came under heavy scrutiny after a March 8 incident in which two Brown students were stopped on the Main Green and asked to show their identification. Both students were black. “We need to improve and enhance training,” Hunter said. “We will also maintain logs of people who we’ve stopped so we know if there’s a problem in that area,” he said. Officer discipline procedures have also been changed, and sergeants will be more actively involved in patrols, Hunter said. “Training is better than nothing, but it won’t really solve a lot of the problems
between the police and minorities,” said Brian Rainey ’04, a member of the Coalition Against Guns at Brown. Arming Brown Police Hunter told The Herald that the University will make a decision regarding arming Brown Police officers by the end of the semester. The proposal to arm Brown Police officers attracted criticism in the spring from students who linked the arming issue with racial profiling allegations. “No amount of sensitivity training will be able to overcome the pressure in our society to criminalize blacks and Latinos, which is why the Brown Police should never get guns,” Rainey said. The Bratton report noted that the field team that visited Brown voted unanimously in favor of arming police. Administrators emphasized that no decisions will be made on the arming issue until the community can participate in the discussion. “We are waiting until we can have further discussion in the fall,” Assistant to the President David Greene said over the summer. Hunter said there will be two open forums during the fall for the Brown community to discuss the report. “The discussion of guns should be thorough,” Hunter said. “The community input last spring was very valuable to the Bratton group.” In a May community e-mail, President Ruth Simmons wrote, “I want to assure you that we do not intend to decide on any of the recommendations concerning arming campus police officers until a full discussion of that issue in the next academic year.” Hunter said there will be meetings scheduled with student leaders, graduate students, faculty, staff and DPS on the arming issue.
“My primary concern is that too many things are confidential and not open to the public,” Rainey said. “I hope there’s open discussion where all the pertinent facts are released.” The choice of the Bratton Group to conduct the study attracted controversy because Bratton, as the former head of the New York City Police Department, initiated a zerotolerance policy for many crimes. Some students suggested the University may have selected the group because it would support arming the Brown Police. “They were not chosen because they would recommend a certain option,” Simmons said in March. The goal of the study was to “identify lasting, long-term solutions to safety problems at Brown while retaining the free and open character of the Brown campus and community,” according to the report. Consultants from the group spent 22 days on campus and held meetings with students, police officers and community members prior to writing and releasing the report. Over the summer, Brown administrators had several follow-up meetings with the group. University administrators also met with University of Pennsylvania security officials, “because Penn is in a similar situation to our own,” Hunter said. Administrators also discussed coordinating policing with PPD and RISD security this summer. Simmons will send a letter to Brown community members detailing what changes have been made and her thoughts on campus safety sometime this semester, Hunter said. Herald staff writer Andy Golodny ’03 is a news editor. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Salt continued from page 12 history of successful running backs, including such players as Skip Hicks and Emmitt Smith (Hicks was recently released from his fourth team). So Ricky should have a good year and seems to have come of age — finally. New Coaches When talking about new NFL coaches, the first one to come to mind is Steve Spurrier. His fun ‘n’ gun offense has done very well in the preseason, but it has yet to be proven in regular season play against a defense designed to stop it. Spurrier is an agitator as well, having gotten under the skin of many coaches already. Watching him throughout the season should be a source of entertainment and comedy. Although he is only “a ball coach” and his offense is based around the premise of “pitch and catch,” Spurrier has had success everywhere he has coached, including Duke football (which is like making Dartmouth football a nationally ranked team). Another new coach to watch is John Fox. The former Giants defensive coordinator finally has his head coaching shot, although it is with the Carolina Panthers. It may take a few years, but he can turn that franchise around to its former greatness. Watching veteran coaches Marty Schottenheimer and Jon Gruden in new situations should also be interesting, and both should be relatively successful. New Divisions The most confusing aspect of this year’s season has got to be the new divisions. There are now four of them per league and it’s hard to keep track of who is where. For example, the Seahawks are now in the NFC. Nothing this dramatic has been done in sports since Bud Selig took the Brewers from the American to the National League. Neither move made much commotion and will not have a huge effect on the league this year. Luckily the NFL kept the rivalries essentially intact, with the NFC North, AFC East, and NFC East comprised entirely of old rivals. The rest of the divisions do not have these great matchups but should still be interesting to watch. So lay back in your La-Z-Boy, get some Doritos from your closet, set your TiVo for anything else that’s on TV, and watch the NFL this Sunday. Jeff Saltman ’04 hails from outside Washington D.C. and is a history and economics concentrator. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New DPS captain Fioravanti settles into his job BY EMIR SENTURK
The University’s Department of Public Safety, formerly known as Brown University Police and Security, has more than a new name — it has a new captain. Capt. Emil Fioravanti, formerly a Providence Police Department lieutenant and the PPD’s current director of training, arrived at Brown on Aug. 14. With just over three weeks on the job, his tenure has already been “very positive,” Fioravanti said. “It’s an overwhelming experience. I guess I feel like a new student,” Fioravanti said. “I can’t get over the enormity of the campus, the facilities and really the scope of breadth of what’s here. Even after working in the city for 26 years, you take it for granted.” Fioravanti was one of the many candidates for the position who met with members of the Campus Crime Committee last spring. “Fioravanti is a great guy. Everybody that met him during the luncheon really liked him,” said Tarek Khanachet ’03, a member of CCC. While admitting that the population at Brown is “radically different” from the one he served with the PPD, Fioravanti said he has experience with academic life and college campuses. In addition to keeping students safe, Fioravanti is an adjunct professor at three colleges, teaching criminalistics, introductory law enforcement and sociology. Before taking the position at DPS, Fioravanti’s work at the PPD included serving in the Youth Services Bureau, Patrol Bureau, Internal Affairs Bureau, Detective Bureau and as the commanding officer of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. With the possibilities that campus police officers will be armed and collaborate with the PPD to make campus safer, Fioravanti and other DPS officers are preparing for changes. Collaboration between DPS and PPD “is a win-win for both departments,” Fioravanti said. “The more people you
amazing tact in dealing with a lot of
U. Hall associates remember Dean Lynn Gunzberg, a victim of cancer at 58
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“This is a very diverse department. So far I’ve seen amazing restraint,
this far this year.” Emil Fioravanti DPS Captain have on the same page and going in the same direction, I think, the better off you’re going to be,” he said. Capt. Fioravanti chose not to comment on the topic of arming Brown Police officers. “I think that’s a decision that the Department of Public Safety has to make, as well as the Brown community and the president,” Fioravanti said. “There are other people in the process of addressing that issue, and I will respect and abide by whatever they decide,” he added. Fioravanti also addressed the allegation that Brown Police officers engaged in racial profiling during an incident on the Main Green last spring. “There isn’t a hint of that here. This is a very diverse department. So far I’ve seen amazing restraint, amazing tact in dealing with a lot of difficult situations — and that’s only this far this year,” Fioravanti said. “There are going to be a lot of changes. It’s a very professional department, but I think the way it’s headed is going to make it ultimately superlative,” Fioravanti said. Herald staff writer Emir Senturk ’05 can be reached at email@example.com.
Associate Dean of the College Lynn Gunzberg died July 4 at Miriam Hospital after an extended battle with cancer. She was 58. “It’s difficult to put into words what she meant to us,” said Jeanette Spirito, Gunzberg’s assistant for five years. “We’re dealing with (her passing) as best as we can.” Dean of the College Paul Armstrong said Gunzberg “struggled heroically” and was much loved by colleagues and students with whom she had collaborated. “I was very sorry about her passing,” he said. “Brown had a very successful fellowship program thanks to her. We will miss her — we do miss her.” Gunzberg had been at Brown for 22 years, Spirito said. She formerly served as an adjunct professor of Italian studies and subsequently as fellowship coordinator at University Hall. She was also responsible for Advanced Placement credit and advanced standing for first-year and international students. Gunzberg was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended Park School in Buffalo. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Her published works include “Strangers at Home: Jews in the see GUNZBERG, page 6
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Rams over the BRONCOS (-3) First, let me congratulate Terrell Davis on what could have been a Hall of Fame career if not for a number of knee injuries. One can only hope that he makes it back one day. As for the game, the Rams were winless in the preseason and thus are due. Faulk and Warner will quickly make Denver pray for a Mile High miracle.
This may be one of the signs of the apocalypse. Vikings over the BEARS (+4.5) Dennis Green, Chris Carter and Jake Reed are all gone, but Randy Moss is still the most talented wide receiver in football. Add to this the fact that the Bears are playing outside of Chicago while Soldier Field is being remodeled and the whole league will see why last year was a fluke for the Vikings … and the Bears. Chargers over the BENGALS (+2.5) Until the Bengals win three games, I will pick against them. They might be the worst-run franchise in professional sports. The only solution could be a sports-themed Survivor, placing the Clippers, Bengals, Royals, Devil Rays and Marlins on an island and only allowing one of them back, ever. Chiefs over the BROWNS (+3) The Chiefs should pick up the “w” here, but only because Tim Couch is injured and Snoop Minnis just sounds so cool. For the season, however, look for the Browns to hover around .500. Couch may finally prove why he was a No. 1 draft choice, and William Green is the best thing to come out of Boston College since Doug Flutie, excluding Survivor’s Elisabeth. PACKERS over the Falcons (-7) Favre to Glenn is going to be a Pro Bowl combo, and Bubba Franks is already on his way to inheriting Chris Carter’s mantle of only catching touchdowns. Michael Vick should shine, but this is the NFL and not Blacksburg. Colts over the JAGUARS (-3.5) This game is just not the same knowing that Jim Mora will not be around afterwards to offer post-game comments. In his honor, I am going to talk playoffs for the Colts and predict that Payton Manning will show why he is an elite QB and not just a Nike spokesman. DOLPHINS over the Lions (-8) Hey Ricky, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you’ll blow through the line. I’ll forget the wedding dress photo with Ditka, the refusal to do interviews without your helmet on and even that ludicrous rookie contract you signed, as long as you can deliver in Miami. Plus, on Rosh
Gunzberg continued from page 5 Italian Literary Imagination,” a seminal work in this area, and “Assimilation vs. Orthodoxy in the Literature of 20th Century Italian Jews.” Armstrong said the administration was aware of Gunzberg’s illness. Both an internal and national search is underway for her position. In the interim, Sheilah Coleman has been appointed acting fellowship coordinator. Coleman is primarily in
Seahawks over the RAIDERS (+7) No longer in the same division or even the same conference, these two former AFC West rivals should provide a very entertaining Week One matchup. Mike Holmgren puts his genius reputation on the line this season, so expect him to deliver. BUCCANEERS over the Saints (-5.5) Look for KJ to break his touchdown total for all of last season in this game if either of the two Johnsons can “give him the damn ball.” As for the Saints, Dante Stallworth ran a 4.2, 40 on a sprained ankle, so expect big things from him over the course of the season. Still, the Bucs may be the most talented team in the league, and one can only hope that Gruden can bring it all together. Cowboys over the TEXANS (-8) The Browns opened their expansion season on Sunday night as well, and the result was a 40-plus point loss to the Steelers. The Texans can expect much of the same as Emmitt Smith attempts to break Walter Payton’s rushing record, something Barry Sanders would have done years ago if he had not retired. Steelers over the PATRIOTS (-2.5) If we have learned anything from the past three years, the NFL season is full of surprises. Look quickly at the last three Super Bowl champions, and you find three teams who did not make the playoffs the year before capturing a championship or play on Monday Night Football in the year they won it all. This means that Patriots fans should not be holding their breath for a repeat performance. The Steelers still believe they should have played in last year’s Super Bowl and will be eager for some revenge in John Madden’s MNF debut. Joshua Troy ’04 hails from Stamford, CT and is a political science concentrator.
charge of Marshall, Rhodes and Fulbright fellowships, and other deans are covering individual fellowships with which they have experience, Armstrong said. Armstrong said Gunzberg excelled in her job, and that helping students put together successful fellowship applications is an important University obligation. A memorial service in her honor will be held on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. in Manning Chapel. Herald staff writer Juan Nuñez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WORLD & NATION FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2002 · PAGE 7
Canadian panel backs legalizing pot
Senate votes to allow airline pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit
TORONTO (Washington Post) — A Canadian Senate commit-
WASHINGTON (L.A. Times) — The Senate Thursday voted
tee has proposed that Canada legalize marijuana, allow it to be grown by licensed dealers and perhaps be sold in corner stores to people 16 or older. Such a policy would make Canada one of the world’s most tolerant countries toward the drug. In a report, the committee found that marijuana was less harmful than alcohol and shouldn’t be treated as a criminal problem, but as a public health issue. The report called for amnesty for people convicted of marijuana possession. “Whether or not an individual uses marijuana should be a personal choice that is not subject to criminal penalties,” Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin, chairman of the committee, said at a news conference.“But we have come to the conclusion that, as a drug, it should be regulated by the state much as we do for wine and beer.” It wasn’t clear whether the committee’s proposal would become law. But it nonetheless prompted a debate in Canada and the United States about whether it would promote drug use here and increase drug trafficking to the United States. “Canada is a sovereign nation, of course,” John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement.“All I can talk about is our experience here in the United States with marijuana and the painful knowledge we’ve gained about its effects.” “We know that marijuana is a harmful drug, particularly for young people,” he said.“We also know that if you make it more available, you’ll get more marijuana use. More use leads to more addiction and more problems.” The Canadian Police Association denounced the committee’s recommendations.“We’ve described this report as a back-to-school gift for drug pushers,” said David Griffin, executive officer of the association, which represents 28,000 police officers. Griffin said that Canada surpassed Mexico as a supplier of marijuana to the United States.“The more liberalized our drug laws, the more that industry will grow in producing drugs for the United States,” he said. He cited an international narcotics control board report that found that Canada produces 800 tons of the drug annually, of which more than 60 percent enters the illegal market in the United States. Canada has long had a more tolerant approach to the drug than the United States. Police here often turn a blind eye to possession. And last year, Canada passed a law allowing people with serious illnesses to use marijuana for medical purposes if they obtain a government exemption. Several groups in Canada praised the report, saying that prohibition of marijuana fuels crime. “With prohibition, we are giving a gift to organized crime,” said Eugene Oscapella, a lawyer in Ottawa and a founding member of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy, a research group.“The Senate evidence is quite clear - the law has little impact on the way people use drugs.”
overwhelmingly to allow airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit, a controversial move designed to strengthen the aviation security system put in place after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. With the House earlier passing similar legislation, the prospect that pilots eventually will be armed appears significantly improved, despite concerns by the Bush administration over cost, legal liability and other issues. “Will someone please explain to me the logic that says we can trust someone with a Boeing 747 in bad weather, but not with a Glock 9 millimeter?” asked Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., in supporting the amendment to homeland security legislation. It was approved 87-6. The action came as the government announced that thousands of airline passengers flying into New York and Washington airports on Sept. 11 will be required to stay in their seats for the last 30 minutes of flight because of increased security for the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The Senate measure allowing pilots to carry guns still must be reconciled with the House bill. Bush has threatened to veto the larger Senate homeland security bill drafted by the Democrats over other concerns, but it was uncertain what the president’s position would be on the specific issue of arming pilots. Under the Senate measure, pilots would have to undergo training to be permitted to carry guns aboard planes. Self-defense training also would be offered to flight attendants. The administration estimates that as many as 85,000 pilots could be eligible for training, though presumably fewer would actually volunteer. Just months ago, the proposal to arm pilots faced long odds. But pilots waged an intense lobbying campaign, portraying the air transportation system as still vulnerable to attack and calling guns in the cockpit “the last line of defense” against would-be hijackers. Congress initially left the decision on arming pilots to the Transportation Security Administration. In May, administration officials came out against arming pilots, citing post-Sept. 11 security measures, such as reinforcing cockpit doors and expanding the ranks of armed federal air marshals. The Air Transport Association, which represents airlines, expressed concerns about arming pilots, saying there are too many unanswered questions, such as the impact of a misfired gun on pressurized aircraft. “While we are spending literally billions of dollars to keep dangerous weapons off of aircraft, the idea of intentionally introducing thousands of deadly weapons into the system appears to be dangerously counterproductive,” said a letter to Congress signed by 21 airline CEOs. But lawmakers - among the most frequent fliers - drew on their own flying experiences to cite security shortcomings. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a gun-control advocate whose support of the legislation helped give it momentum, said although the number of air marshals is classified, there are not enough to put on every flight. “If I could stand before you and assure you that I
“If I could stand before you and assure you that I believe the skies are safe, I wouldn’t be here supporting this bill.” U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer D-Calif. believe the skies are safe, I wouldn’t be here supporting this bill,” Boxer told her colleagues. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., chairman of the Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee, said arming pilots would be unnecessary once permanent reinforcement for cockpit doors are in place by April 2003. “What you want to do is get a secure door to that cockpit,” he said. “That’s the last line of defense, not a gun.” In the end, Hollings voted for the bill - after he won approval of an amendment that would require pilots to lock the cockpit door. Training airline pilots to properly use firearms against hijackers would cost more than $1 billion, money that the new Transportation Security Administration does not have, the Bush administration said in a letter to Congress on Thursday. TSA Director James M. Loy said a program to train pilots would cost $900 million to set up and $250 million a year to run. “TSA’s current budget does not allow for further work in this area, which raises the question of who will bear the cost,” Loy said. His letter raised a host of other technical obstacles, from the need to install special holsters for the guns in cockpits, to potential difficulties with foreign countries that have strong gun-control laws, to the need for a large support staff for the pilot volunteers. The Senate bill would shield airlines and pilots from liability for any damages from the use of guns in response to a threat. It also would require cameras to be installed in planes so that pilots could monitor the passenger cabin without leaving the cockpit. Separately, the TSA announced that passengers flying into La Guardia, John F. Kennedy, Newark and White Plains airports in the New York area and those landing at Dulles and Baltimore near Washington will be required to remain in their seats for 30 minutes after takeoff and before landing on Sept. 11. The security measure is already in effect permanently for Ronald Reagan National Airport. For New York area airports, the seating restriction will continue until 8 p.m. Sept. 13 because of the United Nations General Assembly meeting taking place in the city. The Federal Aviation Administration also announced that aircraft flying at altitudes below 18,000 feet within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the Sept. 11 observances will face extensive limits. Private planes, with few exceptions, will be banned.
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Congressional debate to heat up as Bush pushes military action against Iraq WASHINGTON (L.A. Times) — Faced with the growing likelihood of a major vote this fall on Iraq, members of Congress on Thursday raised a host of pointed questions they say President Bush must answer if he seeks their approval for sending U.S. troops to topple Saddam Hussein. Bush, meanwhile, reiterated in strong terms that he is resolved to move against the Iraqi president, even as the administration’s precise plan for doing so remains unclear. “I meant it when I said I’m going to consult with Congress,” Bush said at a political fund-raiser in Louisville, Ky., a day after announcing he would seek congressional approval before taking any action. “One thing is for certain: I’m not going to change my view,” he added. “And my view is, we cannot let the world’s worst leaders blackmail America, threaten America or hurt America with the world’s worst weapons.” The debate over Iraq could dominate the next few weeks of this year’s congressional session and, possibly, influence some critical contests in the Nov. 5 midterm elections. On a number of fronts Thursday on Capitol Hill and on the congressional campaign trail, there were signs of the intensifying debate: A spokesman for the House International Relations Committee said the panel would
quiz Bush administration officials closely on Iraq in classified briefings and public hearings starting in the middle of this month. Eighteen liberal House Democrats and one independent sent Bush a letter with sharp questions about a potential military strike against Iraq, laying the groundwork for antiwar arguments should the president decide on a full-fledged invasion. Several Senate candidates, Democrats and Republicans alike, announced they would support Bush or were leaning toward backing a bid for congressional approval of action against Hussein. Some Democrats, however, remained skeptical or noncommittal. Senators from both parties took to the floor to raise questions that outlined the evolving debate and the growing chorus for more details on the threat that the administration says is posed by Hussein. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., wondered when the administration would demonstrate that Hussein has, or is close to having, nuclear weapons. “Where is the evidence?” he asked. “We have a duty to ask questions because we are living in a very perilous time, and the war drums are beating all around us.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, DCalif., said a strike at Iraq could complicate efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and
set back the United States’ declared war on al-Qaeda and other terror networks. She added that launching a major invasion of another nation “leads to the questions of whether a preemptive war is morally right, legally right, or politically the right way for the United States to proceed.” Other senators who support the president, such as Democrat Zell Miller of Georgia, said Bush must still convince the public. “I don’t think the president has made the case with the folks back home,” Miller said. “He can, and I think he will, but he hasn’t yet.” Bush sought Thursday to build such support. With a fresh sense of urgency, he declared in four animated speeches in Kentucky and South Bend, Ind., his seemingly inalterable conviction that the United States must force a “regime change” in Baghdad. Referring to weapons of mass destruction thought by the administration to be in Hussein’s possession, Bush said in Louisville: “We must anticipate problems before they occur. We must deal with threats to our security today — before it can be too late.” Aboard Air Force One, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told reporters: “The president believes that the evidence that we have already seen to date is sufficient to require regime change.”
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Karzai survives assasination attempt, 24 are dead in explosion KABUL, Afghanistan (L.A. Times) — A
gunman tried unsuccessfully to kill President Hamid Karzai on Thursday and was shot to death by the Afghan leader’s U.S. military bodyguards, just hours after two explosions in a crowded downtown Kabul market area killed at least 24 people. Officials said they did not know whether the assassination attempt in the southern city of Kandahar and the explosions here in Kabul were related. The violence came just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Kandahar’s governor and an American bodyguard were wounded in the shooting, though neither seriously, while three people were killed. Karzai was unhurt, and later flew to Kabul on a U.S. aircraft. No one took responsibility Thursday in either attack. Afghan officials were quick to blame the day’s violence on the al-Qaeda terrorist network of Osama bin Laden. During a speech in Kentucky, President Bush said he was relieved that Karzai was unhurt and pledged that U.S. commitment to the rebuilding of Afghanistan would continue. “We’re not leaving,” he said. “We want to help democracy flourish in that region. And we’re not leaving because there’s still alQaeda and their buddies roaming around.” The attempt on Karzai, Afghanistan’s transitional president, came as he was leaving the governor’s palace in Kandahar to visit a nearby shrine that legend says contains the cloak of the prophet Mohammed. As Karzai was getting into his car, an attacker dressed in an Afghan military uniform opened fire from a motorcycle. “We were standing at the gates and saw Karzai wave,” said witness Sardar Mohammed, according to The Associated Press. “Then I saw one guard point a Kalashnikov at Karzai and fire. There was a kid behind him, and he grabbed the gunman from behind.” Karzai’s U.S. military bodyguards opened fire, killing the assailant and two other people, Kandahar security chief Dur Mohammed said. The U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., which is responsible for forces in Afghanistan, confirmed Thursday that an American soldier providing security for Karzai received minor injuries in the attack and was in stable condition at a U.S. military hospital in the Kandahar area. Kandahar Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai received medical treatment for a slight wound to the neck, Afghan officials said. Army Special Forces soldiers have been protecting Karzai since July, following the stillunsolved killing of Afghan Vice President Haji Abdul Qadir. They work alongside Karzai’s existing bodyguards from the Northern Alliance, a militia that overthrew the Taliban last fall with the help of a U.S.-led multinational force. Foreign Minister Abdullah told reporters Thursday that Karzai, who was also in Kandahar for the wedding of his younger brother, was the clear target of the assassination attempt. Initial reports had suggested that the governor was the intended victim.
Abdullah declared that “terrorists are behind both attacks.” Suspicion also surrounded Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister and renegade warlord with suspected Taliban links who Wednesday reportedly declared a jihad, or holy struggle, against the multinational forces still in Afghanistan to shore up the Karzai government and hunt for al-Qaeda fighters. In a taped message sent to news organizations, Hekmatyar said U.S. and other armed forces must leave Afghanistan if there is to be a truly Islamist government. The assassination attempt came just hours after the twin blasts in Kabul, which also injured 120 people and gave rise to fears of further terrorist strikes leading up to next week’s anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The blasts occurred about 50 feet and three minutes apart in an area crowded with shoppers and peddlers in this capital’s jewelry district. The first bomb, believed to have been placed on or under a bicycle, went off on Poli-Baghi Omomi street about 3 p.m. It injured only one or two people and drew onlookers to the site. The second and more powerful bomb, placed in a Russian-made Moskvich car parked at a nearby curbside, mowed down many of those who had gathered. “There was a ball of fire and people were burning, then people came running by bleeding very badly,” said Mohammed Farooq, who runs a watch and calculator shop across from the site. He was uninjured in the blasts. Near the twisted chassis of the car that contained the explosive, a mother dressed in a traditional Afghan burka wept inconsolably, “My child was there. My God. My God.” The force of the second explosion scattered shrapnel and broke windows of adjoining buildings, including the Spinzar Hotel across the street, showering glass down on passersby. The hotel is sometimes used by government officials. The ministries of telecommunications and information are nearby, though neither suffered damage aside from broken windows. “No one was expecting this. We hope this will be the last bomb but how can we say?” said Spinzar Hotel owner Abdullah Paiwand. The death toll remained unclear Thursday. Kabul’s police chief put the number of dead at 24, while Afghan national radio said as many as 26 people were killed. Kabul Radio said police had made two arrests but admitted that they were not sure the suspects were involved in the explosion. Authorities immediately focused their suspicion on alQaeda forces. “It’s the same people who had Afghanistan in misery for five years, and they are taking the opportunity to spread terror,” said Gen. Abdul Mohammed Sherafi, who heads the precinct in which the bombing took place. He said the bombs may have been detonated by remote control. In any case, this war-ravaged country struggling to maintain stability and begin reconstruction braced for further violence. Several small bombs had gone off in and around Kabul in recent weeks, but caused few injuries and little damage.
2 malaria cases reported in northern Virginia (Washington Post) — Two Loudoun County, Va., teen-agers contracted malaria locally last month, an extremely rare occurrence that has prompted officials to launch a search for infected mosquitoes and other stricken residents, local and state health officials said Thursday. Officials said a 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman who had not traveled abroad and who live within about a mile of each other in suburban eastern Loudoun were likely bitten and infected by mosquitoes that had sipped blood from a someone who contracted malaria overseas. “The fact that you have a cluster of two cases among people who have not traveled overseas is impressive, and it suggests there is a small malaria outbreak in Loudoun County,” said Peter Hotez, chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University. Officials said they were heartened by the fact that the type of malaria found in Loudoun, the vivax strain, is not
deadly. The Loudoun boy, a high school student, was hospitalized, while the woman, a college student, was treated and released. Both suffered high fevers, chills, fatigue and headaches. They were given anti-malarial medication and are doing well, officials said. Malaria, which is caused by a parasite, is spread by infected mosquitoes. Both teen-agers reported being bitten multiple times. The appearance of malaria has concerned many residents, especially at the end of a summer during which many in the Washington area have been worried about another mosquitoborne illness, the West Nile virus. “This is sort of fuel on a fire,” said Richard Steketee, the chief of the malaria epidemiology branch at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Steketee said the two phenomena are distinct. “It’s linked in the context that it’s a mosquito-borne illness. But for the most part, the mosquitoes that are transmitting West Nile are a different group of mosqui-
toes” from those transmitting malaria, he said. Denise Coffey Sockwell, the Northern Virginia epidemiologist for the Virginia Department of Health, said she contacted health authorities in Maryland, Washington D.C., and other Northern Virginia jurisdictions, and none but Loudoun reported any cases of locally contracted malaria. State and county health authorities do not consider either Loudoun case to be one of “Airport Malaria,” in which the disease is spread by mosquitoes that stowed away on aircraft from places where malaria is endemic. The malaria-carrying anopheline mosquito normally has a range of less than a mile, and both victims live in areas that are about five miles from Dulles International Airport. David Goodfriend, the Loudoun County health director, said officials put up extra mosquito traps in and around the Cascades and Sugarland Run neighborhoods where the two students live to supplement those put up as part of the fight against the West Nile virus.
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Diamonds and coal A diamond to the increase in meal credit unaccompanied by a raise in price of food. At least so far. It’s like 39 cent cheeseburger Sunday at MacDonald’s; value, great taste and a lingering sensation of heartburn. A cubic zirconium to the new V-dub. The medium-rare veal steak has been called a vision of Catch-22-ian bliss, and the chef hats have never looked so jaunty. Yet with this restaurant-worthy ambience comes restaurant-style 45 minute waits to eat. At least you don’t have to tip. A diamond to the new internal hires of Andries van Dam and Karen Newman. It’s like hiring someone to be chief of police who spent 20 years in the department — they’ve got the know-how to succeed. Also, it’s all about keeping it in the family. Coal to juniors getting stadium parking. By now they would have joined the track team if they were into long distance running. Verdict: give them curbside and a ping-pong table instead. A diamond to whatever drug Leonard Nimoy was snorting when he recorded his tribute to Bilbo Baggins. (Can be seen at www.girlsarewebsafe.com. and must be seen to be believed.) Coal to whoever decided that Minden Hall would be a door-free zone. This is not that show “Friends” — people eventually have to shower, change clothes, have sex and relieve themselves. A cubic zirconium to having your friends sign you up for classes when you can’t make it. Their intentions are good, but watch out for overlap. The professor will be more suspicious than gratified when Joe Smith signs the sheet three or four times, thanks to concerned friends’ lack of synchronization. Coal to professors who take the whole class period on the first day. Chances are none of us are prepared. Some of us don’t even have pens. A diamond to Brown Police’s new captain, Emil Fioravanti. A Police Officer who’s also a college professor — this guy sounds better than Robocop and McGruff put together. And his name is so much fun to say…Fioravanti! And a nice, shiny cubic zirconium to our “buddy,” Mayor Vincent Cianci. You’ve served Providence well for over 20 years. Too bad it had to end this way.
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Closing ACUP will increase committee efficacy To the Editor: As a recent grad and former member of the Advisory Committee on University Planning, the changes Professor of Computer Science John Savage et al. are proposing seem like a step in the right direction ("High level admins react to proposals for revamped U. government," 9/5). Too often, despite our best efforts, ACUP has been a rubber stamp for decisions already made by the administration. Closing ACUP meetings to the public and
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OPINIONS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2002 · PAGE 11
Repentance and forgiveness: a new start to a new year As summer turns to fall, we must heal the rifts that have divided the Brown community I’VE ALWAYS FOUND IT NOTEWORTHY ative lack of apathy and the strength of that Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, convictions on a great range of issues falls close to the start of the school year. are things I brag frequently about to my Often in conversation I remark that friends at home. However, this zeal has a September marks the start of a year, not pitfall; it promotes more opportunities January. When the heat of summer starts for us to judge and slander one another. The incidents of last year to abate, and the autumnal have created fissures in the winds signal a new time for JOSHUA campus that go beyond maturity, it seems a more SCHULMANMARCUS mere intellectual disagreeappropriate time for a new GUEST COLUMN ment. Whether it was the year than in the midst of gray questionable practices of skies and snow. Such comparisons are intriguing and the police on the Main Green, the tactics can serve to enhance both my spiritual used in presenting opinions on the and academic new years. The excite- Israel-Palestine issue, the aftermath of ment of yet another year at Brown Sept. 11 or the critique of the values by enhances what normally is a somber which this University runs itself, we’ve (and sometimes tedious) Rosh Hashana had the chance to slander many a perby adding a sense of promise and antic- son who disagrees with us. During such ipation. Likewise, I feel the practice of incidents, I personally have assumed asking for repentance, a mainstay of the much about my opponents’ upbringJewish new year, can serve to enhance ings, the worth of what they plan to do the quality of all aspects of life at Brown. with their lives, their religious convicIt is another way by which we grow and tions and the values by which they live. by which the fabric of our community is In addition, I have judged them by such assumptions. It is a human inclination strengthened. One of Brown’s most unique and to put those who disagree with you on a attractive features is the zeal with which lower level or to dismiss the person as so many of my classmates defend their being of lesser worth. Sadly, Brown’s views. Sometimes this zeal manifests atmosphere only aggravates such an itself a bit too extremely for my taste, inclination. Anger, jealousy and bitterbut it is nonetheless admirable. The rel- ness are what result. With the start of a new year, a measure of repentance is in order. It is necesJoshua Schulman-Marcus ’04 hails from sary to repair the social fabric and clean East Meadow, N.Y.
“With the start of the new year, a measure of repentance is in order.” the air, to help restore human dignity and raise the level of our campus debate. Repentance helps us learn, build, overcome our own deficiencies and move closer to a more ideal society. It is one of those aspects of life that the sages and saints of the world have always indicated as proving our uniqueness and our closeness to a creator. It helps make life more liveable, helps make Brown a more enriching experience. We can try, which at times seems odd, to ask repentance from those we feel we have wronged. This does not mean that we should embrace every person we can’t stand. It means trying to recognize the value of that person, however much we disagree with or dislike him or her. It means relaxing some of the pejorative labels we have attached to many people whom we barely know. I encourage everyone to spend some time trying to overcome grudges and feelings of distance. Try asking a measure of forgiveness from those you feel you have wronged or hurt. Try to reconcile long-running disagreements before
they are aggravated by a new series of events. Most importantly, try to forgive those who come to you in repentance, however difficult or seemingly impossible it may be. The Rosh Hashana liturgy speaks of God as writing down each person’s deeds in a book and weighing whether any single person should live or die in the following year. At the end of this existential passage it says that repentance helps to avert a decree of death. Whether one believes in this literally is a personal question of faith. The deeper message is that through repentance and forgiveness, we help to mitigate a certain type of spiritual death. It is the death that results from friction between human beings that constantly threatens to separate us from each other in anger and judgment. So as your classes begin, as the leaves start to pile under the trees and the air gets that crispness that we all know, I suggest doing what you can to leave personal grudges and crimes against each other behind. Let them be excellent lessons, painful memories or that which is better left forgotten — but not festering sores. I expect that with a bit of such effort, as difficult as it may be, the new year will be ever more promising. And of course, you never know what a few kind words can do or where they will lead us. Have a good year, everyone.
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SPORTS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2002 · PAGE 12
New players, new coaches — new attitudes? YESTERDAY WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE five-month odyssey we call the NFL season. Like almost every other NFL season, this one has its subplots and intricacies. This season may have more little twists than any other in recent memory. It even got me to contemplate spending way too much money JEFF SALTMAN THE SALT’S TAKE on the full-coverage NFL TV package, instead of frequenting the sports bar as I normally do. Regardless of my personal issues, here are some of the issues that should make this season a good one: Star Players Growing Up Last season featured Randy Moss stating, “I only play when I want to,” essentially saying that he doesn’t give 100 percent on every play, but only really plays when he feels like it. This one statement sent shock waves through the NFL and soured the season for the Vikings — a season that had already begun to sour before it even started. As a result, Dennis Green — the longest-tenured coach in the NFL to that point — resigned, and Mike Tice was given the head-coaching job. In the off season, Moss has grown up a bit, as shown in the new issue of Sports Illustrated, where he states that he really wants to win badly and will do whatever is best for the team. Luckily, what’s the best for the team is also what’s best for him, as coach Tice has vowed to get Randy more involved with the offense this season. We’ll see what happens if balls stop coming Randy’s way. Has he grown up, or is he still the same guy who sprayed a referee with a water bottle after disagreeing with a call? Two other star players have seemingly come of age in the off season and could be beneficial to their respective teams. Terrell Owens, the ornery San Francisco wide receiver, is one of the most talented players in the NFL but also one of its hardest to figure out. Once, after scoring a touchdown in Dallas two seasons ago, Owens ran to midfield and spiked the ball in the middle of the Dallas logo. He was rightly given a hard hit by Dallas safety George Teague, but it still showed his immaturity. He has kept a low profile in the off season, and his feud with Coach Steve Mariucci seems to have subsided, for the most part. Like Moss, Owens is poised for a huge season, if he can keep his temper and his feud with Mariucci under wraps. Unlike Moss and Owens, Ricky Williams is in a new setting and seems to be making the most of this switch. When he was with the Saints, he was an aloof player who never seemed to click with teammates. He seems to have done somewhat of a 180 and is getting along with his new Dolphin teammates. The coaches are raving about his work ethic, and he should be the focal point of offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense. Turner’s offenses have a see SALT, page 4
W’s soccer ready for season opener BY ALICIA MULLIN
The 2002 soccer season gets underway today as the Brown University women’s team starts off its schedule against the University of New Hampshire (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Stevenson Field. Bruno hopes to turn things around this year after struggling through much of last season. The Bears finished a disappointing 3-11-1 in 2001, 0-6-1 in the Ivy League. The skid came as a shock, considering the successes the team has enjoyed in past years. “We were just decimated by big big injuries,” said Head Coach Phil Pincince. “ACLs, a broken leg, torn ligaments, mono. I mean, we were just very banged up, or unlucky, or whatever you want to call it. At one point we only had 13 players able to play, from a roster of 21.” Thankfully the Bears have recovered, both from their physical injuries and from the disappointing season. “No matter what anyone says, it was a very rewarding season,” Pincince said of last year’s trials. “Now we’re past all that. We’re healthy and excited for [tonight’s] game against UNH.”
Presumably as a direct result of last season’s injury woes, the Brown women’s team seems to have more depth this year. “We had a large recruiting class, which we’re happy about,” Pincince said. “We’re very pleased with our returning players as well. Overall, we’re a much deeper team this year.” Among the returning players for the Bears are their four new captains, Caitlin Carey ’03, Laura Iden ’03, Kristin Ferrell ’04 and Kristin Nabb ’03. Carey and Iden, both forwards, tied as the team’s fourth-biggest scorers last season. Nabb adds spark and experience to the Bears’ defense and Ferrell, awarded Honorable Mention for the All-Ivy League team last year, lends her talents to the midfield. The squad has been training consistently since Aug. 25 and is more than ready to start the season. “We’ve been going since August and we had a very strong preseason, Pincince said. We’re really excited and ready to play some opponents.” Bruno’s first opponent, UNH, has already begun its season and split its first
Women’s soccer vs. College of the Holy Cross. 2 p.m. Stevenson Field.
Herald staff writer Alicia Mullin ’03 is assistant sports editor.
Kick-off weekend for a revamped NFL TODAY MARKS A NEW ERA IN FOOTBALL picks at Brown University. Like the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans before him, Ben Gould ’02 has disappeared. Since he is no longer “playing the spread,” in his place has risen a new prognosticator greater than any JOSHUA TROY before him: me. SPREADING THE My modesty aside, LOVE each and every week of the 2002 NFL season I hope to bring to you my football picks, against the spread as provided by the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. A quick look around the league reveals a new team, the expansion Houston Texans, who obviously searched long and hard to come up with an appropriate team name. I guess the Houston Houstonians was just a little too bland. Elsewhere, we find star players on new teams, including Ricky Williams speeding from New Orleans to Miami and Shannon Sharpe, ego and all, returning to Denver. Unless Williams leads the Dolphins to a Super Bowl, Mike Ditka will still have to remain in his bunker hiding from Saints fans who still can’t believe he traded an entire draft for one player. As for the coaching carousel, Jon Gruden left the warm and fuzzy environment of Al Davis’ Oakland Raiders for sunny Tampa Bay and a chance to helm the perennially under-performing Bucs. Meanwhile, Marty “The King of Nepotism” Schottenheimer headed to San Diego with his entire familial coaching staff after being replaced by Steve Spurrier in Washington. Throw
into the mix realignment — now there are four four-team divisions within each conference — and you have a league that looks vastly different from just one year ago. Predictions for the final standings are as follows: AFC East: New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Patriots AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals AFC South: Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Texans AFC West: Raiders, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers Wild Card Teams: Dolphins, Colts Conference Championship Game: Raiders vs. Titans AFC Champion: Titans NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Cowboys NFC North: Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions NFC South: Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Falcons, Carolina Panthers NFC West: Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals Wild Card Teams: Redskins, 49ers Conference Championship Game: Rams vs. Buccaneers NFC Champion: Rams Super Bowl Champions: Rams As for this week’s picks, please remember they are for recreational purposes only, and only Madden 2003 can really foretell the winner of each game. (Home team in CAPS.)
Women’s soccer vs. University of New Hampshire. 7:30 p.m. Stevenson Field.
two games. “The Ivy League is always the last to get started,” Pincince said. “All the other leagues have had games already, but the Ivy League hasn’t begun.” Brown has five non-league games, three of them at home, before it begins intraleague play against Columbia University on Sept. 21 at Stevenson Field. Pincince, now in his 25th year as Brown women’s Head Coach, has guided Brown to 12 Ivy League titles in his tenure and remains the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. As far as the upcoming season goes, Pincince’s objective is simple. “We don’t really have specific long-term goals,” Pincince said. “We just want to be the best that we can be, whatever that may mean for us.” After tonight’s home opener, the Bears will entertain Holy Cross. Kick-off for that match is scheduled for 2 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 8.
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TITANS over the Eagles (-1) This could easily be a Super Bowl match-up, but instead it is taking place in the first week of the season. While it could definitely go either way, the game is taking place in Tennessee and the Titans are trying to rebound from a disappointing 2001. Throw in Eddie George coming back from an injury, and this should be the Titans’ first step on their march to the AFC title. Jets over the BILLS (-3) If you have ever followed the Jets, you understand that this team manages to get your hopes up each and every year, only to come up short in the end. (See Rich Kotite and Vinny Testaverde’s INTpalooza from 2001.) However, after a 40 preseason, how could they not win the division? Let me be optimistic for one weekend and cheer: J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. REDSKINS over the Cardinals (-7) Lock of the Week — Two words: Fun ‘N’ Gun. At Florida, Spurrier won by an average margin of about 58 points. Adjusted to the NFL, that is about eight points. He should have no problem pulling that off against the hapless Cardinals, who are still hoping to bring back Buddy Ryan. Ravens over the PANTHERS (-2) Even though the Ravens were hit harder by the salary cap than Chuck Finley was by his wife, the Panthers just completed a preseason in which Rodney Peete beat out Grandpa Chris Weinke for quarterback. The fact that such a QB competition even took place is mind-blowing. see TROY, page 6
The September 6, 2002 issue of the Brown Daily Herald