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UCS sets stage to vote on police arming The Council’s Academic and Adminstrative Affairs Committee drafted a resolution supporting the arming of Brown Police that the Council will vote on next week BY JONATHAN ELLIS

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BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL Paris Mavroidis ’03 was working into the early morning today in the Center for Information Technology, where students burdened by midterms hurried to meet deadlines for their work.

At its meeting Monday night, the Undergraduate Council of Students set the stage for several key debates next week. The Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee submitted a resolution and accompanying statement regarding campus safety and supporting the arming of Brown Police. The AAA has already approved the resolution, and the full council will debate and vote on it next week. If UCS approves the resolution, it will “strongly recommend that the President of Brown … authorize the arming of the police officers of the” Department of Public Safety. The accompanying statement identifies specific changes Brown Police can implement to improve campus safety. Some of the proposed programs target racial profiling and complaints against DPS. Representative Tarek Khanachet ’03 urged council members to study the resolution and the Bratton Report on campus security in anticipation of next week’s debate.

Bill Miller makes his 1st Ward pitch BY DYLAN BROWN

Bill Miller, the Republican candidate for 1st Ward of Providence City Council, heralded his three-tier plan for economic debelopment in Providence to 15 students gathered in Wilson Hall 302 Monday evening. As Miller handed out campaign paint brushes decorated with stickers that read, “Paint the Town,” he talked about his personal history, the issues that face 1st Ward residents and how he needs to “shake the Bush conservative rascal off” his back. “I’m greener than the Green guy. … I’m more liberal than the Democrat. … The Independent guy, I’m more Independent than that,” Miller said. Miller has been an environmental health and safety compliance Candidate Bill Miller administrator, an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and a permanent resident of 1st Ward since 1998. He is running his City Council campaign out of Louis, the perennial College Hill eatery. But most importantly Miller roots his plan for Providence in financial responsibility, better public schools and arts and cultural tourism. He said he believes that Providence needs “responsible fiscal management,” proven by expected budget deficits and unfunded pension liabilities worth $500 million. The present seemed like the right time to provide leadership for Providence, Miller said, and he has a unique vision for the city. “I’m painting a cityscape. I’m not painting a self-por-

trait. This is about an artist with a vision of certain solutions to tough problems. The cityscape includes the diversity that is … Providence,” he said. Though he is labeled a Republican, Miller said he is out of step with the Republican Party on almost every issue, and Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee supports him. “I am especially pleased to support the candidacy of Bill Miller for Councilman in the 1st Ward of Providence … (he) will be a great spokesman for your interests on the City Council,” read an endorsement letter from Chafee that Miller handed out at Monday’s meeting. Miller even sees himself as a “Chafee Republican,” he said: “liberal, independent and environmentally conscious.” Still, Miller is a Republican and believes the most efficient way to distribute government resources is through public/private sector partnerships. As an “old Republican, less government is better government,” Miller said, but “I’m probably left of most conservative Democrats in this state,” he said. Miller’s credentials rest on the dual perspectives he has of the issues that face the 1st Ward, he said. “I see issues as a home-owning resident and the issues that are important to colleges and universities,” Miller said. But, he continued, “I’m not running for City Council to do RISD’s bidding. … I’m running to do my family’s bidding at City Hall.” Miller, 46, said he believes his dual-perspective vision will help him fight for his three-tiered platform of fiscal responsibility, strong public schools and arts and cultural tourism. Miller said that if elected, he will call for an audit of all city expenditures. Miller cited city leaders who want to tax non-profits like Brown to alleviate Providence’s financial woes. But, he said, that is not the answer “I don’t like this notion of taxing the non-profits,” he said. “Back in Ohio, the farmers say you can’t eat the seed see MILLER, page 4

I N S I D E T U E S D AY, O C T O B E R 2 9 , 2 0 0 2 First Ward candidate Harrison Bilodeau bets experience will win him a spot on City Council page 3

Kappa Alpha Theta sorority looks to recruit advocates for neglected children page 3

Allison Klayman ’06 and Rachel Lauter ’06 say Tarazi lecture was full of misinformation column,page 7

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At dedication, URI honors Brown’s Frank Newman, a ‘higher ed guru’ The University of Rhode Island held a ceremony Monday to honor former URI President Frank Newman ’47, a visiting professor of public policy and sociology at Brown and member of the Corporation. URI named its renovated admission building after Newman and held a panel discussion on undergraduate education, Newman’s specialty. “Improving undergraduate education has always been central to Dr. Newman’s work. It’s fitting that we name the building in which undergraduate students have their first contact with the university after him,” said M. Beverly Swan, URI provost and vice president of academic affairs, in a URI press release. URI called Newman a “higher education guru.” He was URI’s eighth president, serving from 1974 to 1983. URI credited Newman with “navigating the University through troubled waters,” in particular reversing a trend of declining enrollment. For 14 years, he served as president of the Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps state leaders develop and implement policies that improve education. Newman directs the Brown-based “Futures Project: Policy for Higher Education in a Changing World,” a higher education think tank based at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions. He has written numerous books on higher education. Newman was unavailable for comment. — Julia Zuckerman

TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Women’s soccer falls to Cornell on Stevenson Field, despite a late comeback attempt sports, page 8

Jeff Saltman ’03 says Emmitt Smith is a great player, deserves the greatest respect sports column, page 8

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Volunteering time for abused children Working with the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, students in Kappa Alpha Theta are recruiting volunteer advocates to speak on behalf of neglected children

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Bilodeau focuses 1st Ward campaign on managerial skill, experience BY ADAM STELLA

Students in Brown’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta are working with the Court Appointed Special Advocates program to recruit volunteer advocates to speak for abused and neglected children in the welfare and family court systems. The Chief Judge of the Rhode Island Family Court appoints CASA volunteers to represent the best interest of a child in court. After 30 hours of training in child abuse dynamics and courtroom procedure, these volunteers become agents of the court. They talk regularly with the child and the child’s family, school officials and health providers, according to the CASA Web site. In court the volunteers work with a CASA attorney and social worker to provide the judge with well-researched recommendations about the child’s future. Grace Osediacz, the recruiting director of the Rhode Island branch of CASA, said CASA volunteers greatly help the judge and the attorney learn about a child and his case. Rhode Island faces a shortage of volunteers, though, with about 10 lawyers and 150 volunteers for 3,000 children in need. Osediacz said that getting volunteers is difficult because “It’s a difficult job.” She added that CASA constantly has to replace volunteers who leave the program after one or two cases. Osediacz said some Brown graduate students who live in Providence year round are able to become full CASA volunteers. Jessica Zerillo ’05, a community service chair of Kappa Alpha Theta, said it is hard for undergraduates to become CASA volunteers because they must be at least 21 and

courtroom procedure,these volunteers become agents of the court. must commit to a child’s case for its full duration, usually 12-18 months. But students work in other ways, she said. Kaitlin Tracey ’03 recently recruited CASA volunteers at the Warwick Mall. She handed out information, talked about the program and got several people to show interest. Tracey said she is thinking of becoming a full-time CASA volunteer after graduating. Two Kappa Alpha Theta members are currently working at the office of the Rhode Island branch of CASA, the sorority’s national philanthropic organization. Rhode Island is one of the few branches of CASA that is state funded, said Osediacz. This means that supporters of CASA in Rhode Island cannot collect monetary donations and must come up with more creative ways of helping the program. Beside recruiting drives at malls and festivals, Zerillo said Kappa Alpha Theta hopes to host Beanie Baby and book drives to supply CASA volunteers with gifts to give to the children and to organize a trip to the state courthouse to meet family court judges and observe the CASA process. “We’re just starting out and we’re hoping to get more involved,” Zerillo said.

Harrison Bilodeau GS ’75 says he is a “nuts and bolts” type of guy. His campaign for the 1st Ward City Council seat is not flashy. He is not talking about dramatic reforms in city policy. Instead, he talks about experience — a lot. Experience is Bilodeau’s bread and butter. In a four-way race, he has more experience in local civic organizations then all his opponents combined. The resignation of 1st Ward Councilman Robert Clarkin makes the race one of the city’s most competitive. The other candidates are Democrat Kyle Diggins, Clarkin’s nephew; Republican Bill Miller; and Green Party candidate David Segal. In the last 30 years, Harrison Bilodeau Bilodeau has served on the Providence City Plan Commission, the Hurricane Master Plan Committee, the India Point Master Plan Committee, the Coalition of Providence Universities and Communities and was president of the Fox Point Citizens Association. “Not one of these guys have ever been involved in any civic efforts to improve (the 1st Ward),” Bilodeau said. “I think they have no idea how the city works.” Bilodeau heads Bilodeau Property Management, see BILODEAU, page 5


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Miller continued from page 1 corn. Brown and RISD represent enormous contributions to the seed corn of the city of Providence.” Alexandra Lynn ’03, president of the College Republicans, said she supports Miller’s argument that the city should not tax Providence’s non-profits. “I think, first of all, Bill Miller simply has more experience being here, living here,” Lynn said. Miller wants the Providence Public Schools’ budget to be scrutinized and said resources should be “allocated towards performance-based programs.” He said he feels this way because Providence’s contribution of $100 million, of the $278 million total public school budget, represents more than 50 percent of the city’s budget. Harry Bilodeau, the Independent candidate for City Council from the 1st Ward, said he agrees with Miller about scrutinizing the city budget and supports line-by-line accounting for where the money goes. The Providence Public School System employs 2,000 teachers, instructs 27,000 students and features almost a 40 percent dropout rate. Miller said he thinks there are reform measures that can be taken to enhance the system. Some examples, he said, are lengthening the school day and reducing the student-toteacher ratio, “both of which will require a substantial investment,” he said. Also, Miller suggested afterschool activities, such as sports, arts and English as a Second Language programs. Until the city fixes the schools, he said, residents will continue flocking to the suburbs. Miller has also called for the popular election of School Board members. “I think that mayoral appointments have the potential for cronyism,” he said. But Bilodeau does not necessarily agree with Miller about elections for School Board mem-

UCS continued from page 1 Representative Tim Bentley ’04 proposed sweeping changes to the UCS Code that would dramatically expand the rights and responsibilities of associate members of the council. Currently, the code makes no mention of those members who are not elected and must submit 50 student signatures to assume such positions. Under Bentley’s plan associate members still would not be able to vote, but they could become liaisons or representatives of UCS to the Corporation, alumni and the Undergraduate Finance Board. They could also become internal officers of the council and attend executive sessions. The proposed amendments sparked heated debate among council members. Khanachet said the changes would “undermine the fundamental structure of the council.” Associate members have no mandate from the student body, he said. Campus Life Committee Chair

bers. He said the mayor or City Council should nominate members rather than appointing them. Also, the members should go before the City Council three times before there is a vote to put them on the School Board. “I think that the members have to be judged for competency before they can be on the School Board,” Bilodeau said. The final pillar of Miller’s plan, economic development, revolves around arts advocacy and cultural tourism. This includes the support of the India Point Project, art galleries, antique shops and local businesses on Wickenden Street, Thayer Street, Wayland Square and South Main Street. This includes the protection of architectural integrity in Fox Point and throughout the ward, he said. The importance of art in economic development has already been proven, according to Miller. Water Fire has done more for economic development of the city than most “garden variety politicians,” he said. Miller would like to expand to other city venues the tax incentives that are currently available to artists and others in the Providence’s arts and entertainment district. For example, Miller cited 300 old mill buildings around Providence that “are waiting to be transformed into affordable housing and mercantile spaces.” This will expand the tax base citywide, he said. There are more artists per capita in Rhode Island than any other state, Miller said, and for every dollar invested in the arts, $17 are returned to the state’s economy. Despite that, Rhode Island ranks fifth in New England for arts funding, he said. “If you study the facts,” he said, “you would invest in the arts and cultural tourism. It is the future of this state … Providence has the potential to rival New York City as a world-class showcase for the performing and visual arts,” he said. Crime is another issue of concern to Miller. After reading the Bratton Report on campus policing, which recommended arming Brown Police officers, he said he agrees with the Corporation’s

consensus to arm the police officers. In terms of Miller’s connection to Brown, he has just recently made contact with the College Republicans, Lynn said. The College Democrats, however, have not endorsed a candidate in the 1st Ward City Council race, and they are unlikely to do so before the election, said James Katz ’03, president of the College Democrats. Katz noted Miller tried to “coopt the lefty issues that play well on the East Side.” Unlike Bilodeau, Miller said he does not favor a plan requiring all students to register their cars within 30 days of moving to the city. “For students it’s problematic. It’s another added economic burden on funding a college education,” Miller said. But Bilodeau defended his plan by saying it would garner revenue for the city and enable Providence to easily locate people if they are parked illegally. “It’s not aimed at students,” he said. “My goal is not so much to tax people. I’d like to see much more use of public transportation.” Miller said he is also against Green Party Candidate David Segal’s suggestion that Brown construct dormitories in India Point to help alleviate the East Side’s housing crunch. Furthermore, Miller is an advocate of the India Point Master Plan, which will incorporate 45 acres of land after the relocation of I-195. According to Miller, the plan has several components: first, the completion of the “emerald necklace” of city parks; second, architecturally appropriate development; third, buried power lines in the park; finally, the creation of a maritime transport center. By Nov. 5 Miller will have knocked on every door in the 1st Ward, he said. “The people want ethical, competent leadership … I’m the ‘what you know guy’ not the ‘who you know guy,’” he said. Miller said he has seen a lot of support as a new candidate and that many people will be surprised come Nov. 6.

Justin Sanders ’04 said he supported Bentley’s proposals and that UCS should have the power to appoint the best representatives to committees. He said the current constraints on associate members prevent UCS from being true representatives of the student interest. Representative Rob Montz ’05 said that when some representative spots opened this semester, UCS picked representatives on behalf of the students. But Representative Thilakshani Dias ’05 said students had given UCS members the power to choose. The debate was mired with procedural issues. A straw poll showed the proposal unlikely to pass, and the council tabled it for further discussion. UCS gave Category I status to the Brown Kempo Club, a karate group; women’s club tennis; and Five Brothers Initiative, a party planning group. It also awarded the Engineering Society Category II status. In his Executive Board report, UCS President Allen Feliz ’03 said he wants each committee to have two to three major initiatives by

the end of this week. Feliz also said he wants to give President Simmons a list of longterm priorities before her meeting with the Corporation in February. In a meeting with Dean of the College Paul Armstrong, UCS members discussed reinstating the Senior Thesis and Diversity Prizes, retooling advising, improving departmental undergraduate groups and examining rising textbook costs, Feliz said. The Admission Office will hold an informational session Wednesday for students interested in helping to recruit students from underrepresented groups in their hometowns, said Rahim Kurji ’05, admission and student services committee chair. The council continued preparations for its Halloween “Trick or Treat, Meet n’ Greet” event with Brown Police officers and November’s Wellness Week. UCS members also considered a plan to hire a piano player for Sunday brunch in the Ratty. Herald staff writer Jonathan Ellis ’06 covers the Undergraduate Council of Students. He can be reached at jellis@browndailyherald.com.


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Bilodeau continued from page 3 a firm that manages over $150 million worth of property in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Bilodeau said. He only owns two pieces of property — his house and a six unit apartment on Hope Street, he said. Bilodeau did not come to Providence with the intention of being a property manager, he said. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in American literature, he came to Brown as a Ph.D. student in American Civilization. As a graduate student trying to scrape by with a wife and two kids, he bought property with a couple of rental units in 1973, he said. Taking advantage of Providence’s depressed housing market, he bought apartment buildings with a friend the following year, he said. In 1980, after he was asked to manage four apartment buildings, he abandoned his Ph.D. aspirations and became a career property manager, he said. Bilodeau’s involvement in property management coincides largely with former mayor Vincent Cianci’s term in office. Bilodeau watched Cianci rise into office and credits him with much of Providence’s renaissance, but faults him for mismanagement, he said. “Buddy was a great, great salesman,” Bilodeau said. Cianci had a vision for the city that centered on restoring the historic landmarks of the city and building up downtown, Bilodeau

said. Bilodeau hopes to expand on these two initiatives, he said. “The problem with Buddy was that he was a terrible manager,” Bilodeau said. “I don’t like abstract, ethereal, ideological thinking. I want to create a better managed city, and I know I can do it.” Creating a better managed city starts with coordinating, integrating and computerizing the various departments within city hall, Bilodeau said. “We need to enhance the communication between the institutions and the city,” he said. Better city management would affect Brown directly, he said. The University has been working with neighborhood property owners to clean and improve Thayer Street because the city has failed to enforce littering laws and maintain the road, Bilodeau said. The inadequate enforcement of littering laws on Thayer Street has caused Brown and the property owners to look for someone to manage the problem, he said. Bilodeau’s plans to ease traffic congestion around the intersection of Benefit and Wickenden streets will not only make driving easier for ordinary people, he said, but will also facilitate quicker responses from emergency response vehicles. Smart development along India Point Park is an important issue facing the East Side, Bilodeau said. The green space must be preserved along the water when the old segment of I-195 is taken out, he said, as opposed to building condominiums along the water as some developers have proposed. Although most of Bilodeau’s proposals

focus on the managerial aspects of governance, he said he is receptive to the idea of parking reform. Allowing overnight parking would be a desirable change, but it must be done in a way that ensures accountability and generates revenue for the city, he said. He suggested that if an overnight system were instituted, there should be a tax incentive encouraging residents to replace paved lawns with grass. Affordable housing is a hot topic in this race and it is one that resonates deeply with Bilodeau, he said. Segal has tried to paint Bilodeau as being against affordable housing, a charge Bilodeau vehemently denies. Segal “doesn’t have any idea what goes on,” Bilodeau said. Bilodeau points out that he has been on city commissions and has voted against proposals that did not allow for affordable housing. He was supportive of the city’s mill legislation that created the mill historic district so that affordable housing could be built in the city’s old mills, he said. But rent control is not the answer to rising housing costs, Bilodeau said. “Rent control is a disaster,” he said. In the 1st Ward, rents rose 400 percent over the last 25 years, while property taxes rose 4,000 percent, Bilodeau said. The housing values increased by 1,000 percent during this time period, he said. While Bilodeau acknowledged that free-market forces are contributing to rent increases, he said the dominant force driving up rents are rising property taxes that landlords are passing on to tenants, he said. “Our poor, battered, little city can get the

shit knocked out of it by just going ahead with programs that we can’t afford and are counterproductive,” Bilodeau said. Like Segal and Diggins, Bilodeau said he embraces David Cicilline ’83 as the new mayor. Each candidate said he will be best suited to work to implement Cicilline’s legislative program. Bilodeau said he thinks he has the organizational background that Cicilline lacks, and has no “ideological axe to grind.” There are more registered independents in this Ward than any other political affiliation, Bilodeau said, which he said gives him confidence in his chances. “I expect to win. I want to win,” he said. Bilodeau plans to spend the stretch run of the campaign continuing to meet with people in their kitchens to talk about the issues and begin communicating with registered Brown voters, he said. He has 78 volunteers enlisted to work the polls on election day, he said. Bilodeau estimates that there are 1,100 new registered voters in the ward this election, 800 of whom are students at Brown. He predicts that 2,500 ballots will be cast in the race and that the outcome may come down to one vote, he said. But the outcome may hinge on the way Brown students vote. It is important that Brown students consider the needs of the ward’s permanent residents, Bilodeau said. “I hope that when the Brown students vote they vote thoughtfully and carefully, looking at what our beat up city might need,” he said. Herald staff writer Adam Stella ’05 can be reached at astella@browndailyherald.com.


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Good counseling It is not unusual for Brown students to experience problems with landlords who refuse to return security deposits, don’t provide repairs and occasionally fail to offer basic services like hot water. But students experiencing problems with landlords or any other potentially legal situation have an ally in Faunce House paid for by the Undergraduate Council of Students. Attorney Murray Gereboff offers free legal consultations to students from 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday in room 204 in Faunce House. While students have to pay for services other than consultations, UCS covers the cost of meetings with Gereboff and emergency services, which include working to get a student released from police custody if the student is being held before trial. Brown students often argue that UCS is an ineffectual governing body, but Gereboff’s services is one case where our student government is doing something important to aid its constituents. Lawyers are expensive and often difficult to find. Students who are in tricky, legal situations may not know what recourse they have or to whom they can turn. All students should remember Gereboff’s open office hours — no one knows when he will need legal help, but knowing where, when and how to get that help for free could be vitally important for students in emergency and nearemergency situations. Students who are unsure about seeking legal advice for a difficult problem should not shy away from taking advantage of Gereboff’s office hours. Everyone should have the opportunity to get advice on how to demystify complicated laws and rules — luckily, Brown students have a skilled resource who will do that for free. Moreover, students should not worry about any repercussions of speaking with Gereboff: all consultations are confidential under lawyer-client privileges. Many students spend four years at Brown without coming across bad landlords, copyright issues or other legally complex situations. But many other students are not so lucky. It is important for everyone to realize that legal help is just off the Main Green and the advice is free.

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ANDY HULL

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Comic gross, offensive to beloved Carly Simon To the Editor: My children and I were sitting down to our morning bowl of Kashi today, when I saw something that forced me to snatch our family copy of The Herald from under the impressionable eyes of little eightyear-old Kimmy. Instantly upon reading Herald Editor-in-Chief Seth Kerschner’s ’03 comic “Cookie’s Grandma Is Jewish” (10/28), I recognized its text as being directly cribbed from the lyrics to Carly Simon’s soft-rock Billboard hit “You’re So Vain!” Don’t you have any idea what you’re doing? This song made it possible for a whole generation of put-upon women to sing out their frustration in the summer of 1971, and now its lyrics are being used as a quoteunquote “joke” in the speech bubbles of a handdrawn cookie and her ethnic cookie grandmother. Frankly, I find this gross and offensive, not only to Grammy-winner Carly Simon but to the entire Brown community, because Carly Simon, as a Brown parent, is part of it. Does Kerschner think he can get everyone’s attention with this crude and irresponsible prank? Well, I think I know just whom Carly Simon is speaking to in her song and it isn’t acoustic rocker ex-husband James Taylor. It’s you, Kerschner — you’re so vain! You’re so vain! Justin Slosky ‘03 Oct. 28

Chaffee implicit in his support of terror To the Editor: Phillip Chaffee’s ’03 statement that “Palestinians, responding to the inhuman and immoral conditions of their bombarded imprisonment, have resorted to the moral depravity of suicide bombings, and the utter futility of armed resistance” is appalling in its implicit justification for homicide bombings (“Twostate solution for Israel and Palestine futile,” 10/15). The Jewish people too, throughout their history, have lived in incredibly desperate circumstances and never once did they resort to such reckless amoral behavior. The slaughter of innocent civilians, no matter what the “cause” is never acceptable. While it is tragic that the Israeli Defense Forces

have unintentionally killed civilians, this is incomparable to Palestinian terrorist efforts to specifically target Israeli civilians. Chaffee should be reminded that while the United States was carpet-bombing Afghani towns laden with civilians, the IDF was losing its war on terror in order to prevent the loss of innocent Palestinian lives. To equate the actions of one of the most morally-conscious armies in the world with the actions of the morally debase network of Palestinian terrorists is appalling. Chaffee claims that “Real peace requires Israelis — and their supporters — to abandon the racist goal of an artificially maintained Jewish majority.” The only thing I find racist is Chaffee’s claim that the Jewish people, unlike all other nations of the world, have no right to self-determination. Additionally, it is ironic to call the Israel racist when it is one of the only democratic countries in the entire Middle Eastern region, ensuring equal rights and freedom for all of its citizens. Israel is so concerned with democratic liberties that it is probably the only country in the world that allows people who oppose its very existence into parliament. Shira Wakschlag ’06 Oct. 28

Shilling not only one responsible for antiSemitic comic strip To the Editor: Greg Shilling ’04 is to be commended for having the courage to apologize for drawing a comic strip that perpetuated anti-Semitic images. (“A Herald comic artist explains a recent strip,” 10/28). However, responsibility for running such an offensive strip in The Herald does not lie only, or even mainly, on his shoulders. This is only the latest in a series of blunders by The Herald editors, who evidently think that being an editor is a sinecure. Even if Shilling didn’t realize that the strip was as hurtful (and even frightening) as it was, someone on the editorial staff should have and acted appropriately. The Herald editors have a lot of explaining to do, and I continue to hope for the day when they face up to their responsibilities. Bill Dilworth GS Oct. 28

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OPINIONS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2002 · PAGE 7

False advertising at Michael Tarazi’s Brown lecture The facts of the Israel-Palestine conflict are considerably different than presented by Tarazi at his forum AFTER SPENDING A WEEK REFLECTING will guarantee freedom of religion, conon our initial emotions of rage, disap- science, language, education and culpointment and confusion provoked by ture.” These liberties and rights outlined Michael Tarazi’s lecture on the Israel- in the declaration are accorded to all citiPalestine conflict last Monday, we still find zens regardless of religion, ethnicity and ourselves searching for consolation and, color, and every citizen is granted full participation in all aspects of more importantly, a balanced Israeli life. perspective on the Middle Hebrew and Arabic are the East conflict. ALISON KLAYMAN RACHEL LAUTER two official languages of For a program entitled: GUEST COLUMN Israel, and, in the Israeli “Truths and Myths about the Knesset (parliament), there Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” are many Israeli Arab repreTarazi offered the students in attendance some pretty egregious misin- sentatives who are vocal about their interformation. We recognize that this conflict ests. There has even been an incident in is incredibly emotional, political and the Knesset where an Arab member, exerpolarized, but in an attempt to put aside cising his right to freedom of speech, the politics, we would like to address some called for the destruction of the State of of the blatant lies that were passed off as Israel. Israel makes no distinction between its truths and offer some more accurate information about the conflict for those who Arab and Jewish citizens, but it is important to recognize that the Palestinian seek to be more knowledgeable. During Tarazi’s presentation, he Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza claimed that Israel was not a democracy Strip are not citizens of Israel. For Tarazi to and repeatedly rebuked Israel for its lack claim that Israel is not a democracy is an of freedom of religion. Israel’s Declaration oversight of Israel’s historical foundations of Independence states that the govern- and the policies her government holds ment will be “based on freedom, justice, today. Furthermore, throughout the lecture, and peace as envisaged by the Prophets of Israel, it will ensure complete equality of Tarazi likened Israel’s policies to those of social and political rights to all its inhabi- apartheid in South Africa and implied that tants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it Israel was bent on “ethnically cleansing” and “exterminating” the Palestinians. In no way is Israel undertaking a systematic This is Alison Klayman ’06 and Rachel ideology to segregate or persecute the Lauter’s ’06 first column for The Herald.

Arab population. Israel’s policy against the Palestinians is one of self-defense, and it continues to search for a negotiating partner for peace. At the start of the violence in September 2000, 99 percent of Palestinians were living under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, and, although there have been tragic casualties in the conflict, in no way is there an Israeli plan or policy to exterminate the Palestinian population. To use such emotional rhetoric at a “factual” lecture is misleading. Tarazi also claimed that the issue of refugees was not discussed at Camp David. Although refugees were not the focus of the summit, they were certainly discussed by both Barak and Arafat. The Palestinian refugee issue is a historical conflict beginning with the Arab-Israeli war in 1948. Interestingly, Tarazi did not discuss any issue before 1967. In 1948, 700,000 Palestinians fled from their homes in the newly created state. Many did so voluntarily, but in some cases they were forced to leave by groups fighting for Israel. The Arab countries who received this influx of Palestinians did not absorb them into their populations. Israel says that it is not responsible for the Palestinian refugee problem as it is a result of an Arab invasion in 1948. However, Israel has agreed to help resolve the situation through the international tradition of compensation for

refugees and consideration of family reunification. At Camp David, Barak, with hope for the creation of a Palestinian state, rightly agreed to Palestinians resettling in a Palestinian state, while maintaining that there would be no “right of return” for Palestinians to Israel proper. It is important to note, however, that as a result of the 1948 war as many as 800,000 Jews were expelled from their native Arab nations and, fleeing to Israel, were absorbed into the new nation. At Camp David, Barak said that these refugees should receive compensation as well. There were so many issues brought to the table by Michael Tarazi, and although they cannot all be addressed in this arena, it is important to start somewhere. This piece is an attempt to right a wrong; the event was billed as a forum for learning to discern the truths from the falsehoods. Granted, any speaker, especially with an affiliation with one side of a conflict, will have political leanings. However, there is a difference between putting a spin on a situation and completely fabricating information. At Brown, we should be promoting true intellectual discussion and encouraging the exchange of ideas based on truth and fact. How are we advancing this ideal by hosting speakers who misrepresent the truth and emotionally provoke students by accusing Israel of being “proud of its casualties” on the very day of a horrendous suicide bombing?


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SPORTS TUESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2002 · PAGE 8

He’s a cowboy, baby: Emmitt lassoes record IT’S ALWAYS VERY HARD FOR PEOPLE to praise the enemy. Red Sox fans have nothing nice to say about any Yankee. The same can be said for Washington Redskins fans and members of the Dallas Cowboys. Growing up, I was taught to hate the Cowboys and all of their players. Coming out of a culture in which at any given Redskins game a “Dallas sucks” cheer will ensue, my dislike of America’s Team is not surJEFF SALTMAN prising. That’s THE SALT’S TAKE why it’s so hard for me to admit that Emmitt Smith has not received his due as one of the greatest running backs of all time. In case you didn’t watch TV on Sunday, Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton’s career mark for rushing yards. The record of 16,726 had stood for over a decade and was one of those magical numbers in football. Now the magical number is 16,743, a number that will inevitably change as the season goes on. Payton achieved his mark in 13 seasons and Smith is in his 13th season as we speak. Despite this fact, people have been saying all year that Smith didn’t deserve the record and that he is not even close to the back Payton was. This, however, is not true at all. In addition to now holding the career rushing yards record, Smith has the career rushing touchdown record of 150 ( Jerry Rice, in addition to holding almost every record in football, owns the overall touchdown mark). Smith is also number one in terms of playoff rushing yards, playoff rushing attempts and playoff rushing touchdowns. Although you may not be happy that Emmitt Smith owns the career mark for rushing yards, you have to admit that he is a great player. By the numbers, he is the greatest of all time, but when it comes down to it, he is a Cowboy, so he can never be number one in my eyes. Jeff Saltman ’03 hails from outside Washington, D.C, and is an economics and history concentrator.

W’s soccer falls to Cornell despite rally BY BRETT ZARDA

The breaks just have not gone in favor of the women’s soccer team this year. That trend continued on Saturday with a tough 2-1 conference loss to Cornell University that brings the Bears’ overall record to 5-7-2. The Bears started the game sluggish and were fortunate to escape the first half with a scoreless tie. Their stagnant offense finally awoke with a flurry of attacks in the last 25 minutes of the game. During that span, the Bears scored their lone goal of the game and created several other quality scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, a late counterattack by Cornell and a controversial “no call” was too much for the team to overcome. The rain steadily beat down on Stevenson field and on the players for the first 45 minutes of competition. A more physical Cornell squad set the tone early by sending several Brown women down to the muddy field on tough challenges. Both squads appeared willing and eager to take advantage of the consistently loose officiating. Cornell came out calmer and more patient, passing the ball crisply on the ground and creating chances by moving the ball from the flagsticks back towards the center of the field. Without a consistent attack, the Bears spent much of the half bunkered inside their own 18-yard box with what looked, at times, like nine defenders. Despite a huge disadvantage in possession time, Brown was able to avoid an early deficit thanks, in part, to a stellar performance by its goalkeeper and sub-par finishing by Cornell. Brown keeper Sarah Gervais ’04, who finished with 12 saves, was tested the entire game and forced to punch several balls over the crossbar. The rain stopped for the start of the second half, but Cornell’s dominant play did not. The Bears’ defense, bending throughout, finally broke down as Cornell’s Sarah Olsen took advantage of her second scoring chance of the game in the sixth minute of the half. Cornell moved the ball quickly up the left sideline and crossed the ball to a stationary Olsen waiting at the top of the sixyard box. Olsen, unmarked, collected the ball with one touch, turned and tucked the ball nicely into the bottom right corner of the goal. Gervais never had a chance to react, and the Bears went down 1-0. Then, with 21 minutes left to play, the Brown offense woke up. Kristin Nabb ’03 made an impressive run up the right sideline, past a defender and then drove a low pass into the penalty area. The ball skipped through a heavily marked Rachel Roberts ’04, perfectly setting up a charging

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Michelle Sriwongton ’05 carries the ball for the women’s soccer team, which lost to Cornell. Molly Cahan ’04 on a far post run. Cahan never hesitated. She struck a near post shot first time and tied the game at 1-1 on her fourth goal of the season. The goal clearly sparked the Brown attack and was followed by a barrage of excellent chances over the next ten minutes. “After the goal we picked up the intensity,” Cahan said. “We felt like we were back in it and had a chance to win the game.” Just when it looked like the Bears had hit their stride, a counterattack dimmed their hopes for victory. The strike began with a Cornell midfielder pushing the ball up the right sideline. Without numbers in its favor, Cornell slowed the attack and waited for support. Ali Gombar trailed the play and went unaccounted for on a run inside the 18-

yard box. Off a perfectly executed through ball, she buried a shot into the bottom left corner of the net. With less than 10 minutes remaining and trailing 2-1, the Bears frantically tried to find an equalizer. Their best chance came with three minutes left in regulation. Caitlin Carey ’03 was taken down by a defender 12 yards from the goal, but was not granted what could have been a gametying penalty kick. Despite a ripped shirt and a dirty uniform from the challenge, the referee deemed the play to be incidental contact. Senior co-captain Carey was frustrated but unwilling to assign blame. “I definitely thought there was contact,” Carey said. “Calls haven’t gone our way all year, but he’s the best ref in our conference.”


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