M O N D A Y NOVEMBER 11, 2002
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXXXVII, No. 110
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Simmons hopes to raise $1 billion during 10-year presidency BY CARLA BLUMENKRANZ
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RIGHT ON CUE Local pool sharks gathered at the Graduate Center Bar Sunday night for their championship match.The bar hosts the Providence Pool League championships yearly.
Focus on leadership, Alcoa Chief Belda tells students Belda, a Brazilian national, delivered the keynote address for International Scholarship Week on Saturday BY JUAN NUÑEZ
Alain Belda, CEO of Alcoa, the world’s largest U.S.-owned company, discussed the importance of strong leadership in the contemporary world at the keynote address for the International Scholarship Week Saturday in Solomon 001. Belda, a Brazilian national, heads the 110-year-old, $23 billion-a-year organization, which is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. “People like me are waiting for people like you — the next wave of leaders,” he said. Belda said three things are necessary to keep a company together: vision, underlying principles and leadership. He frequently supported his conclusions with anecdotal evidence, and he used his own experience to illustrate his beliefs. “Vision is what gets everyone together,” he said. He added that in Alcoa’s case, the purpose is to be the best company in the world, guided by a quest for excellence and profitability. “Underlying principles is a system that aims for perfection,” he said. In Alcoa’s case, Belda mentioned the importance of maximum output at lowest cost. Belda discussed the convergence of these two factors as a catalyst for creating a successful company. “What makes a company is people who give their hearts and brains to their work,” he said. When speaking of leadership, Belda stressed the necessity of humility in a leader. “Leadership is a concession given to you by your followers,” he said. Belda added that a good leader is both driven by an aspiration to greatness and can help other people achieve their own level of greatness. Among the questions posed to Belda during the ques-
tion-and-answer session was his opinion of a leader’s role in the teaching of values. He replied that the only way to articulate values in a secular society was by living one’s values and serving as an example for others to follow. Belda said students must resist “the temptation of dispersion,” given all the opportunities one is afforded at an institution such as Brown. “Resist the temptation to spread yourself too thin,” he said. Belda was also asked where he received guidance and which leaders he found inspirational. He replied that “no one has the whole answer” and that the only way to measure a leader is by seeing how they respond to particular situations. Belda said General Electric CEO Jack Welch had done a great job in overlooking the transition from a mature industrial company to a financial institution. “It’s like cooking — you can buy the recipe, but the result will vary depending on who cooks it,” he said. A leader, Belda said, acknowledges there is no such thing as a new idea, only “combination(s) of two old ideas that intersect at the right moment.” A member of the predominantly international audience asked Belda his opinion on “brain drain,” or the flight of the educated classes from their native, less-developed countries to more developed ones. Belda, who has been offered and has declined the position of Brazil’s secretary of state on various occasions, said people must ask themselves how they can improve a situation by being involved in it. He said he felt his commitments to his own company and his lack of qualifications for the secretary of state position would have prevented him from doing the best job he could. “Think of the best you can do for humanity and yourself,” he said. “Don’t forget where you came from, but also be aware that you have to live your own life.” Herald staff writer Juan Nuñez ’03 can be reached at jnuñez@browndailyherald.com.
I N S I D E M O N D AY, N O V E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 0 2 New coffee table book provides glimpse into year in the life of Brown University page 3
‘Toward Uncertainty’ debuts to much delight at David Winton Bell Gallery review,page 5
Adam Stern ’06 says society should reexamine its obsession with fitness column,page 11
President Ruth Simmons broadly laid out plans for an ambitious presidency, encompassing a capital campaign to raise about $1 billion and the development of new, interdisciplinary graduate programs, in a recent interview with The Herald. Simmons’ plans were first reported by a Korean newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo, following her October acceptance of an honorary doctorate from Ewha Women’s University in South Korea. She plans to hold the University presidency for about 10 years because “that would be enough time to accomplish some of the things that need to be done,” she said. Simmons’ predecessor, Gordon Gee, served from 1998 to 2000 and holds the record for the shortest Brown presidency. The longest-serving University president was Francis Wayland, who held office from 1827 to 1855. During those 10 years, Simmons plans to spearhead a major capital campaign, which is currently in the planning stages. Though she said the University probably will not set a target for the campaign for at least another year, Simmons expects to raise about $1 billion, as reported by the Korean press. “In the last five years, most university campaigns have been in the billion-dollar range,” she said. “So I think it’s a safe assumption that Brown’s campaign will be in that range.” Universities that completed or are currently conductsee SIMMONS, page 4
600 high school students join Brown Model U.N. for mock conference BY CASSIE RAMIREZ
Over 600 high school students from across the United States became international diplomats and statesmen this weekend as part of a three-day mock conference sponsored by Brown Model United Nations. Students participated in one of 15 committees, each chaired by a Brown Model U.N. member with experience in that area. Committees included NATO, the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the U.N. Security Council. In one simulation, student delegates to NATO were faced with Chechen rebels who took an international school hostage in Russia. Delegates voted on amendments, submitted proposals, held caucuses and were monitored by two chairmen. “The chairmen were amazing,” said Nadan Sehic, a high school sophomore from Kingston, Pa. “They were very educated.” Sehic represented Russia in the NATO simulation. “Compared to the other conferences I’ve been to, Brown’s was definitely the best,” Sehic said. “It’s been really fun,” said Sarah Isquick, a high school junior from Beechwood, Ohio. “You get to meet a lot of difsee CONFERENCE, page 4
TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Kate Schrire ’06 says being pro-choice is about preserving bodily control for women column, page11
Football continues winless season with loss at home to Yale University sports, page 15
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New photo album chronicles a year in the life of Brown BY JEN SOPCHOCKCHAI
Courtesy of William Mercer
Photographer William Mercer created the first pictorial album of Brown in over two decades, chronicling the course of one academic year. Mercer, who has photographed other schools including Connecticut College, Mount Holyoke College and Wesleyan University, his alma mater, was selected from a pool of photographers.The moments he captured include choral singing, above, an artist at work in her studio, left, and final exams in Sayles Hall.The coffee table book, comprised of 130 images and titled "Brown: Images of the University," will hit bookstore shelves Nov. 18.
The first pictorial album of Brown created in over two decades, “Brown: Images of the University,” will hit bookstore shelves Nov. 18. The coffee table book, comprised of 130 images taken by photographer William Mercer, follows the University through the seasons of one academic year, starting with Convocation in the fall and ending with Commencement in the spring. “(We wanted) a slice of Brown today, but still timeless,” said Hinman Diffily ’73, editor at large of public affairs and University relations. The images featured in the book’s 128 pages range from landscapes taken from the top of the Sciences Library to candids of undergraduates on the Main Green and medical students working at Women and Infants Hospital. “We didn’t want the tourist brochure version,” said the project’s manager, Isabelle Hunter ’91, director of public affairs and University relations. Hunter also said the project team tried to get as behind the scenes as possible with the images. “We’d rather see a rehearsal than a concert,” she said. Hunter told The Herald that though there was some demand from the Alumni Relations Office to produce a book to distribute as a gift for friends of Brown, the team wanted “Images” to resonate with current students and their parents as well. “It’s intended for everyone who loves Brown and people who want to know about Brown,” said Laura Freid, vice president for public affairs and University relations. Diffily told the Herald that the book’s premier before the holiday season is no coincidence. She said she hoped people would buy them as a holiday, graduation or reunion gift. Mercer was selected from a pool of photographers who did similar works for Brown’s peer institutions. He took photographs for schools such as Connecticut College, Mount Holyoke College, Simmons College and Wesleyan University, of which he is an alumnus. “We all felt that the photographer was particularly sensitive to capturing the essence of a University campus,” Freid said. “We were right. He did a great job.” Freid also said that the University selected Mercer because he is skilled at taking photographs of both landscapes and people. The images in the book are more evocative than those compiled over 20 years ago, she said. Freid told the Herald she hopes that the album will generate a lot of discussion and enthusiasm. Mercer began shooting in the fall of 2001, and by the time he finished photographing the University in May, he had taken over 15,000 images. Diffily and Hunter said that the plethora of photos left them with a lot of choice, and those choices were in no way easy. They had to make sure the images selected were representative of all aspects of life at Brown. The team had to submit all its designs to the printer by the end of August. Diffily recalled that the biggest crisis the team had was when it almost never snowed last year. They monitored weather forecasts closely, and one day in March, the photographer, William Mercer, raced down from Cambridge to capture Brown in the snow, she said. At least one member of the production team accompanied Mercer on photo shoots to give him input as to what was important to the Brown community, Diffily said. The team of five had four Brown alumni, who collectively share over 70 years at Brown as students and employees. Diffily said that she and Mercer would be walking through campus when he would stop suddenly to examine something with his viewfinder. “He would get captivated that way,” she said. Diffily also said that Mercer paid attention to details on campus that most Brown community members don’t see MERCER, page 4
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notice. Photographers love the fact that Brown is a mosaic of architectural styles, she said. Hunter said her fondest memory of the project is when she joined Mercer on a photo shoot of the Brown crew team at 6 a.m., just when the sun was rising. Both Freid and Diffily said that the image of two students dancing alone in Sayles Hall was their favorite. The thousands of photos that don’t appear in the book will not be wasted, Diffily said, but rather will be archived and used for other Brown publications. Some of these images already appeared on the University’s Web site. Mercer’s contract gave the University ownership of all his work for the project, she said. Diffily said the rhythm of the book captures both the busy and quiet moments at Brown. “The syncopation of life on campus — it crescendos and decrescendos,” she said. Hunter said there will be a contest in which students and faculty can win a free copy of the book, valued at $49.95. Contestants must be able to identify where on campus featured photos were taken. Entries can be made at www.brown.edu/namethatframe. “The team should be congratulated for falling in love with their project,” Freid said.
ing campaigns for $1 billion or more include Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania. Harvard’s most recent campaign, which ended in 1999, raised $2.6 billion over the course of about five years, according to university documents. Projects the campaign may fund include new interdisciplinary graduate programs, Simmons said. The newlycreated Academic Priorities Committee, headed by Provost Robert Zimmer, expects to recommend new programs to Simmons and the Corporation by the end of the academic year, she added. Recently, Simmons said, visiting committees reviewed the University’s programs in education and in biology, medicine and community health, and recommended their expansion and reorganization. “I would expect to see in my time at Brown lots of ideas for new combinations and new programs, because that’s what a vital place does,” Simmons continued. “You’re always coming up with new possibilities. We can’t fund them all. We don’t want them all, but we certainly ought to be debating them all the time.”
ferent people and you’re exposed to many different issues.” Brown students who oversaw this year’s conference ranked it among the most successful ever. “This has definitely been the best year,” said Daniel Calarco ’03, a four-year member of Brown Model U.N. “There were more people and it ran smoothly. I didn’t have to yell very much.” Michael Sall ’05, director of external affairs for this year’s conference, said interacting with high school students made his hard work worthwhile. “I like being able to share this experience with the high school students,” Sall said For some students, organizing conferences like this weekend’s is an extension of their participation in Model U.N. during high school. Sasha Rosenthal ’04 began participating her freshman year of high school and has continued her involvement at Brown. “I tried the debate club first,” she said. “But I’m going into international relations, and this is not so much about opposition but about creating a consensus.” She said the planning process of the conference was “very rewarding. I had great experiences (with Model U.N.) in high school, and I want to make it possible for other high school students.”
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‘Toward Uncertainty’ draws on the past, gives life to the future BY STEFAN TALMAN
Toward Uncertainty, the new show at the David Winton Bell Gallery, reads like a thesis. In a simple two-phase chronological progression, one enters the lobby of List, is introduced to the “old,” given the context from which current Italian art is emerging, and upon opening the doors to the gallery, experiences the “new” through myriad examples. Whether this thesis-like approach, with an overarching theme linking the present works to their historical precedents, is good or not serves to be argued. On one hand, the aesthetic value of all pieces present deserves praise — stepping back from the overarching ideological theme, clear, clean, lines and forms cut across the historical boundaries, providing the beautiful simplicity and playfulness that should be expected from Italian art and design. The uncluttered, unpretentious aesthetic seems far more important, then, than any ideological undercurrents accompanying the works. The detailed explanations outlining the artists’ motives, explaining the meaning of each work and thematically connecting them are less important than the artists’ purely aesthetic connection. While each explanation adds another layer of intellectual depth to each work, these layers of explanation can overshadow the pure aesthetic content. Perhaps Towards Uncertainty, unknowingly, provides a coherent show functioning on both levels, satisfying both needs. That aside, uncertainty serves as the
driving force linking the two generations of artists more than any specific aesthetic or theme in Toward Uncertainty — the title taken from Boetti’s statement, “Leaving certainty for uncertainty.” Representing the elder generation are Michelangelo Pistoletto and Alighiero e Boetti from the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s and 1970s, a reaction to the traditional medium of painting, incorporating more common materials and unusual techniques. Pistoletto’s painting on mirrors works to connect the typically high art conception of painting with the immediate situation, reflected in the mirror, generating a contradiction or uncertainty for the spectator. Boetti’s ballpoint pen drawings in playful green, blue, red and black are primarily elaborate horizontal lines of vertical hatchmarks, evoking the process of writing. Often adding depth to this simple theme, words, letters, commas or airplanes play with the elemental theme, operating on levels visual simplicity created by miniscule complexity. The new artists follow with similar simple, elegant playfulness. They are all nominees for the Querini-FURLA prize, which presents an annual survey of art by young Italians. Elisabetta Di Maggio’s elaborate cuttings on the gallery wall and a long paper roll extended for the length of the gallery, repeat variations on a floral-theme are reminiscent of a grandmother’s knitsee UNCERTAINTY, page 9
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Albanian Adrian Paci’s color photograph “Back to Home,” is on display in the David Winton Bell Gallery as part of the new show “Toward Uncertainty.”The exhibit features two masters of modern Italian art, Alighiero e Boetti and Michelangelo Pistoletto, along with five younger Italian artists — Paci, Elisabetta Di Maggio, Lara Favaretto, Ottonela Mocellin and Sabrina Torelli.
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Notes continued from page 12 nine-play 70-yard drive to give the Bears a 6-0 lead. The extra point by Paul Christian ’06 was good and the Bears were on the board first. Things seemed to be looking even more favorable as the lead widened on a four-yard carry by Joe Rackley ‘03 putting the Bears ahead 13-0. However, the first missed opportunity arose here as the extra point by Paul Christian was blocked, a crucial mistake early in the game. The Bulldogs, not a team to stand idly by, answered back in the second quarter on a six-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Mroz to Nate Lawrie making the score 13-7 Yale after a successful extra point. Only four minutes later, the Bulldogs took the lead on a 23 yard pass from Mroz to Ron Benigno making the score 14-13 Yale after another successful extra point. Yet Brown rallied once again as Kyle Slager connected with All
Football continued from page 12 to make plays.” Afterwards, in the post-game press conference Gessner implied that he had a feeling that last touchdown reception would not be enough. “I knew there was a possibility we were going to have to go back on the field and make plays,” Gessner said. “It always happens that way, one short.” For him and the other members of the Brown team, the nightmare that is the season is still not over. There were reasons to believe that Saturday would be different. The Bears would not have to endure inclement weather as in three of their previous losses. The day’s forecast: blue skies and unseasonably mild conditions. And when the Bears scored on their first two possessions in the first quarter, the team looked very much like last year’s team that was ranked tenth nationally in total offense and in the hunt for the Ivy League title. Brown was moving the ball down field against the second best defense in the league and stopping Yale’s league leading running game. Quarterback Kyle Slager ’04 was in the groove, going 10-13 in the first 15 minutes, finding an assortment of backs and receivers for 113 yards and a touchdown to fullback Brent Grinna ’04. Joe Rackley ’03 had a bounce in his step that Brown fans had not seen and looked nothing like a running back that has been bothered by a hamstring injury for most of the season. Rackley had a long run for 33 yards and later a touchdown run to give Brown a 13-0 lead - all in the first quarter. Yale took back some of the momentum in the second quarter with two touchdowns receptions, but the Bears were still ahead 2014 heading into the locker room after a 21-yard touchdown reception from Slager to Gessner. In the second half, things became more difficult. The early offensive magic began to fade as Yale’s defensive line found seams into the Bears’ backfield. Slager had less time to throw and was forced to scramble or take a sack for much of the second half.
American receiver Chass Gessner ’03 on a 21 yard pass making the score 20-14 Brown. The third quarter began with Yale closing the gap on the Bear’s victory with a 35-yard field goal by John Troost with 3:39 to play making the score 20-17 Brown. Yale once again regained the lead in the third of what was to be five lead changes throughout the course of the game. Mroz completed a 33yard pass to Ron Benigno making the score 24-20 Yale after a completed extra point. With 5:39 to play Brown would make its final attempt to garner its first win this season. Kyle Slager once again connected on an 18 yard pass to Chass Gessner giving the Bears a 27-24 edge. This was the last time they would regain control of the game. With only 1:46 left to play, Yale answered back with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mroz to Ralph Plumb, making the score 3127 Yale and stunning a hyped up Bears crowd into devastated silence. Missed extra points, costly holding penalties, a lackluster defense and a
losing mentality that seemed to hover over Brown stadium led to a Bulldogs victory. The Bears have two more chances to turn it around and perhaps regain some of their dignity this season. I for one think they can do it. Here’s hoping next Saturday against Dartmouth they prove me right. Fully realizing that my job at The Herald consists of recapitulating the events of last Saturday’s game in an unbiased and textual fashion, I just have to stop and indulge myself for just a moment. I have sat through loss after loss, dutifully reporting them in as unbiased a manner as possible and continuing to foster hope that soon I shall be able to sit smilingly at my computer and recollect a football Saturday in which the Bears were victorious. After last Saturday, however, in perhaps one of the saddest losses I have ever witnessed against a Yale team that basically was asking to be defeated, I have reached the point where I must throw up my hands and say with great exasperation “Come on guys!”
“What can’t happen is you can’t go out in the second half and shoot yourself in the foot with penalties and miscues against a football team like this (Yale) and we did that. We played a heck of a football game. This is the story of what the season is all about — it’s close but not quite there.” Phil Estes Men’s Football Head Coach Yale’s running game started to develop and looked ready to erupt before the Brown defense made a big stop in their own end to resort the Bulldogs to a field goal. Brown survived the third quarter still ahead 20-17. And in the fourth quarter the Bears looked every bit to like the 2002 team that makes costly mistakes to lose close games. Jermaine Griffin ’04 intercepted a Yale pass on their 19-yard line but Brown failed to net any points because of penalties and lack of execution. Four plays later, Brown gave the ball back five yards behind where it had started. Moments later, the Bulldogs scored a 33-yard touchdown reception on a tipped ball that threw the covering Brown defensive back off balance, allowing the Yale receiver to scurry into the end zone. “What can’t happen is you can’t go out in the second half and shoot yourself in the foot with penalties and miscues against a football team like this (Yale) and we did that,” Estes said. “We played a heck of a football game. This is the story of what the season is all about — it’s close but not quite there.” Brown was behind for the first time all game, trailing 24-20 with ten minutes remaining but marched 65 yards downfield. Slager threw a beautiful 18-yard fade ball to Gessner in the end zone and with the reception moved him into second place for career touchdown receptions in the Ivy League at 34. The celebration was short lived. A young and injury-depleted Brown secondary that had played well for most of the game showed its vulnerability on Yale’s last drive. The Bulldogs went ahead for good
on a 20-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone by Yale wide receiver Ralph Plumb.. Plumb, a Rhode Island native, was interested in Brown, but chose Yale because he wanted to play offense. “Brown recruited me but they wanted me to play defensive back and I wanted to play offense and the coaches here (at Yale) gave me a shot to do that,” said Plumb. “I am bitter you know, because I’m from here and we had a whole bunch of hometown people come up to see me play. It’s real sweet because it’s against a team that really didn’t think I could play for them. And then to come back and beat them, it’s real sweet.” After the game, Plumb said it felt great to catch the game winner against the team that didn’t think he could play offense for them. Despite the season being tougher than he ever expected, coach Estes still believes in his football team. “We’re going get there. We continue to get better and we got better today. I mean we played well on both sides of the football. Obviously there were times, as I said, when we shot ourselves in the foot, but it’s there,” Estes said. “This team fights. I have not seen any give up in them at all. They came out here and battled. It was a great fight. We just weren’t able to deliver the win.” Yet with only two games left, time is running out on the Brown football season. The team is on the road next week versus Dartmouth. Sports staff writer Jermaine Matheson ’03 is an assistant sports editor and covers the football team.
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IN BRIEF New allegations of FBI retaliation against whistle-blowers WASHINGTON (Washington Post) — New allegations of retaliation by senior executives at the FBI have been referred to the Justice Department inspector general’s office, which just completed a draft report detailing previous incidents of mistreatment against the same employee, according to FBI and congressional sources. The incidents have renewed debate over the FBI’s treatment of internal whistle-blowers, who have historically complained of harsh punishment for rank-and-file workers who uncover wrongdoing. The case presents another challenge for FBI Director Robert Mueller III, who has repeatedly told lawmakers that whistle-blowers will be protected even while having to deal with an increasing number of them speaking out. One of the recent incidents involves one of Mueller’s handpicked senior deputies, W. Wilson Lowery Jr. The allegations center on John E. Roberts, a unit chief who leads employee misconduct investigations in the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Roberts testified in Congress last year about how his career was damaged because he helped uncover flaws in the FBI’s handling of the 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. He repeated many of the criticisms in a recent television interview. His claims had helped lead to a broad investigation of FBI personnel policies by Inspector General Glenn Fine. A draft report from Fine being circulated at FBI headquarters strongly condemns top management for meting out unfair discipline, and it supports Roberts’s claims of mistreatment, according to people familiar with the document. But since Roberts appeared Oct. 27 on a “60 Minutes” television broadcast, some of Mueller’s top managers humiliated and threatened him, according to his attorney and Senate investigators. The treatment came despite the fact Roberts was preapproved to appear on the broadcast by top FBI officials, his supporters said. “This is retaliation in its deepest form,” said Kris Kolesnik, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center who is working as an investigator in Roberts’s case. “The message is: Thou shalt not criticize the FBI. If you do, you’re going to get hammered.”
Consumer protection commission imposes fines for toys, weed trimmer WASHINGTON (Washington Post) — The Consumer Product
Safety Commission, under the leadership of a new, Republican chairman, is continuing to crack down on firms it believes sell dangerous products. Monday, the agency will impose fines on two firms. U.S. Home and Garden Inc. has agreed to pay an $885,000 penalty to settle allegations that the company failed to notify federal safety officials, as required by law, that its weed trimmer attachment for the Weed Wizard had caused serious injuries. The trimmer’s head was recalled in May 2000 after the CPSC found it had caused at least 19 serious injuries and one death—a 3 year old who was hit by the chain link of a trimmer head that flew off while her grandfather was using it. The CPSC is also imposing a total of $270,000 in civil and criminal penalties on STK International Inc., a Los Angeles importer, and its president, Stuart T. Kole, for importing and selling products that violated federal toy standards designed to protect infants and young children from choking. It is the first time the agency has levied both civil and criminal penalties for toy-related violations. It did so because STK is a repeat offender, CPSC officials said. In 1997, STK was ordered to pay an $80,000 civil penalty for importing and selling over 90,000 toys and art materials that violated federal safety rules. The current penalty involves 110,000 toys that could break into small pieces, such as a two-piece tambourine set or a Bathtime Water Wheel. “We want to send a clear message to toy importers: There will be consequences for those who bring unsafe products into our country,” said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton, who assumed his post in late August. At the same time, Stratton said, the agency also wants to make it clear that “companies that ignore our reporting requirements will be penalized.”
Sources: War plan for Iraq is ready (Washington Post) — The Bush administration has settled
on a plan for a possible invasion of Iraq that envisions seizing most of the country quickly and encircling Baghdad, but assumes that Saddam Hussein will probably fall from power before U.S. forces enter the capital, senior U.S. military officials said. Hedging its bets, the Pentagon is also preparing for the possibility of prolonged fighting in and around Baghdad. Administration war planners expect that, even if the Iraqi president is deposed from power, there could be messy skirmishes there and in Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, the military officials said. The war plan, sometimes the subject of bitter arguments between senior civilian and military officials, has been refined in recent weeks even as the Bush administration pursued a successful diplomatic effort to secure a new U.N. weapons inspection system for Iraq. Officials said that the plan could still change in important ways, such as the precise number of troops required, but that the broad outlines are now agreed upon within the administration. Military officials said they will be prepared to go to war if Iraq flouts the new resolution, approved on Friday by the U.N. Security Council. Most notably, the emerging U.S. approach tries to take into account regional sensitivities by attempting to inflict the minimum amount of damage deemed necessary to achieve the U.S. goals in a war. The plan aims to do that mainly by attacking quickly but with a relatively small force conducting focused attacks. But it also hedges by putting enough combat forces in the area — including around 150,000 U.S. and allied ground troops — to engage in close combat with the Special Republican Guard if Iraqi resistance is stiffer than expected. “The point is that if things don’t go as we hope, there will be enough forces on hand to deal with it,” said one Defense Department official who was briefed on the plan late last month. The dual nature of the U.S. war plan is designed to encourage Iraqis to revolt against Hussein. As an administration official put it in a recent interview, the plan aims to “create the conditions” under which Iraqis can do that. “I think ultimately this is more of a revolution that’s going to happen, rather than something brought about by U.S. military power,” he said. To create those conditions, the U.S. invasion would begin with a series of simultaneous air and ground actions and psychological warfare operations, all aimed at destroying the security police and other institutions that help Hussein hold on to power. “You have to shake the regime to its core,” said one knowledgeable defense expert. “You’ve got to pursue the pillars of the regime across the board.” Under the concept of operations briefed this fall to President Bush, rather than begin with a lengthy air campaign, as in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, an invasion would begin with the U.S. military swiftly seizing the northern, western and southern sectors of Iraq while launching airstrikes and other attacks on “regime targets” — mainly security forces and suspected repositories of chemical and biological weapons — in the remaining part of the country around Baghdad, military
officials said. Simultaneously, a nationwide “psychological operations” campaign that is already underway would use leaflets and radio broadcasts to try to persuade the Iraqi military to change sides and to tell the Iraqi population that they aren’t being targeted. Also, troops and civilian officials would be warned against carrying out orders to use chemical or biological weapons. If Hussein falls quickly, U.S. ground forces wouldn’t need to assault Baghdad. “The feeling is, they’ll be successful in the first phase, and then the next phase won’t be necessary, because the regime will fall and a new regime will take over,” said a military planner. Indeed, the U.S. intelligence community has predicted that Hussein might even be ousted before a U.S. attack is launched, once it becomes clear in Iraq that such an attack is imminent. Overall, the plan makes sense by trying both to undercut Hussein’s domestic base and to minimize his ability to strike neighbors, said retired Air Force Col. Richard Atchison, an intelligence officer who specialized in targeting during the Gulf War. “In the north, you separate Saddam from his tribal support base; in the south, you hold the area most seditious to the Saddam regime,” he said. “Then you can form an Iraqi government-in-waiting with your coalition allies.” Meanwhile, Atchison said, in the west, where there is little except a highway and two Iraqi military airfields and weapons depots, “you protect Jordan and Israel.” This article was discussed extensively in recent days with several senior civilian and military Defense Department officials. At their request, several aspects of the plan are being withheld from publication. Those aspects include the timing of certain military actions, the trigger points for other moves, some of the tactics being contemplated and the units that would execute some of the tactics. Some of those officials said they see a strategic benefit in disclosing the dual nature of the plan. Discussing its broad outline would help inform the Arab world that the United States is making a determined effort to avoid attacking the Iraqi people, one said. At the same time, he added, it also might help the Iraqi military understand that the U.S. military will be able to destroy any units that resist. But the entire plan is designed to avoid having to engage in debilitating urban combat in the streets of the capital, where U.S. technological advantages would be degraded and civilian casualties would be inevitable. In phase one of the operation, the U.S. military would move into the nearly empty western desert bordering Jordan. The purpose of this action would be to keep Israel from being attacked by missiles or unmanned drone aircraft laden with chemical or biological weapons. U.S. troops would look for airstrips and stretches of highway from which drones could be launched. They also would keep a watch for Scud missiles, though U.S. military intelligence analysts consider it unlikely that Iraq has operational Scuds that it could deploy to the west.
Pentagon swings into gear, moves ships into Gulf WASHINGTON (L. A. Times) — The Pentagon has been moving
ships, fighter jets, bombers and artillery into the Persian Gulf region in preparation for a possible war with Iraq, bolstering an already hefty force in the region. And the preparations, already well underway, take on new urgency with the United Nations’ decision to dispatch inspectors to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to hunt for weapons of mass destruction. The resolution adopted unanimously by the Security Council on Friday authorizes new weapons inspections in Iraq, not war. Several council members said after their votes that they believed the resolution will prevent war, not trigger it. President Bush, too, said Saddam Hussein now has one last chance to hand over banned weapons. But the president also made clear that the United States is prepared to act as enforcer if Iraq does not comply. About 48,000 U.S. military personnel and 400 aircraft are already stationed in the Middle East and Central Asia, not counting troops involved in the Afghanistan campaign. So much firepower is arrayed within hours of Iraq’s borders that the United States could launch a small strike force backed by air power into the nation within weeks of being told to do so by the White House.
But current and former defense officials say that is not the military’s preferred option. “We could always do something right away, but the question is the risks and whether we are willing to take them,” said a retired Army general with close ties to decision-makers at the Pentagon. “I don’t think the administration can afford to fail here. That means taking the time, at least another month, to move more heavy forces into the area.” Pentagon war planners have kept their discussions on the scale and type of action the military under wraps. Unlike the 1991 Persian Gulf War, which focused primarily on destroying Hussein’s military assets and troops, the emphasis this time is expected to be on decapitating the Iraqi regime by targeting the Iraqi leader’s institutional power base, including presidential palaces, military and security police facilities and bases. Particular attention would be given to bombing Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. Many former defense officials and military analysts say the invasion plan would include a large ground force of two or three Army heavy divisions — each of which typically includes more than 400 tanks and armored vehicles — along with a 17,000-soldier light division and a 45,000soldier Marine expeditionary force.
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Death penalty troublesome, some states are now deciding CHICAGO (L. A. Times) — In May, Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening became the second governor to impose a moratorium on the death penalty, and other states are considering such action. Glendening’s announcement, which stayed the execution of Wesley Eugene Baker pending the outcome of a death penalty study by the University of Maryland, came two years after Illinois Gov. George Ryan announced the first such halt to executions. Ryan, a Republican, imposed the moratorium after 13 death row inmates had been exonerated since Illinois reinstated the death penalty in 1977. The state has executed 12 people, fewer than it has freed. Glendening, a Democrat, made his decision based not on death row exonerations but after revelations that nine of his state’s 13 condemned inmates were from one county, Baltimore, and that nine of the 13 were black.
Glendening is awaiting the results of the study, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Thirty-eight states have a death penalty, and the Legislatures in many of them — including Oregon, Indiana, North Carolina, Arizona and Nebraska — have struggled for years over the ultimate punishment. In 1999, the Nebraska Legislature passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions by a vote of 27 to 21, but Republican Gov. Mike Johanns vetoed the bill. The revolution in DNA technology in the late 1980s has been one of the key tools opponents have used in seeking to overturn the death penalty in the United States, as has pressure from many other Western nations that have abolished executions. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, observers say, and the recent sniper slayings in the Washington, D.C., area, have aided death penalty proponents in arguing their case.
With possible showdown looming, Hussein still holding many cards WASHINGTON (L. A. Times) — A
dozen years after Iraq’s invasion of little oil-rich Kuwait, the endgame over the future of Saddam Hussein’s regime has finally begun. Or has it? The international haggling is over. A new U.N. resolution on Iraq passed Friday, and weapons inspectors soon could be heading back to Baghdad. The Bush administration is pushing and planning for a speedy denouement that will either yield any weapons of mass destruction Iraq might possess or spark war to find and destroy them. Yet a growing chorus of former weapons inspectors, intelligence analysts and Iraq experts warn that the process of trying to disarm Baghdad could drag on for months, quite possibly beyond the preferred timing for a U.S. military operation in the cooler winter months. Indeed, in what could prove to be the administration’s worstcase scenario, the Iraqi regime
may comply, at least at the outset, the sources predicted. Hussein may even allow U.N. teams entry into eight palace compounds, access he long restricted on grounds of Iraqi sovereignty. “We are setting ourselves up for a big confrontation. We’ll try in-your-face, hard-line inspections assuming the Iraqis won’t cooperate. But Saddam will meet them with all kinds of fluffy-stuff public demonstrations, opening the palaces to the Iraqi people and other creative ploys to distract attention and make the whole thing look silly, hoping to throw the inspections off course,” said Judith Yaphe, a former intelligence analyst now at National Defense University in Washington. “By the time the inspectors get in, there’ll be nothing to look for in the palaces they want to check,” she said. How the showdown unfolds will be keyed to both deadlines and performance. But despite
the unprecedented pressures and demands on him, Saddam still holds many cards, U.N. and U.S. officials conceded. “It’s going to be easier for him to string out the process beyond the administration’s (informal) deadline and harder for the United States to find a trigger mechanism to act militarily,” said Phebe Marr, an Iraq expert and former U.S. government analyst. “We’ve already been slowed just in getting a U.N. resolution.” The first test will be the Friday deadline for Iraq to accept the new U.N. resolution. Many analysts both in and outside government expect Saddam to agree. But the real test will be the 30day deadline for handing over a complete list of any Iraqi nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and ballistic missiles. Iraq was supposed to provide the list within 15 days of the Persian Gulf War’s end in 1991, but still hadn’t complied by the time the weapons inspectors withdrew in 1998. Iraq has insisted for months that it has nothing left to declare — one reason the United States pushed hard for the United Nations to make lying or failing to fully declare any of its deadliest arms a “material breach” on Iraq’s part that could justify military action. Coming clean will be tough. But again, several former weapons inspectors and Iraq experts predicted that Baghdad would in the end confirm it still has weapons of mass destruction. As part of the 1991 cease-fire, Iraq initially gave up roughly one-third of its weapons, hoping the U.N. teams would soon go away. They didn’t. In the mid1990s, Iraq again admitted it still had some weaponry, after claiming to be clean, a move forced by the defection of Saddam’s sonin-law, who managed programs to develop weapons of mass destruction. As a stalling tactic, however, all Iraq has to do is confess to a few arms, perhaps a few token Scud missiles and some of the “dual-use” programs that can make chemical or biological weapons out of everyday ingredients, analysts and former weapons inspectors said. That could muddy the waters and lead to further splits in the international community. “If Iraq coughs up some of the stuff, particularly real biological and chemical weapons, then the United States is in trouble. It’ll be very difficult for the administration to say it still may launch a war. We couldn’t justify this even to the Brits,” said Whitley Brunner, a former U.S. intelligence official who served in Iraq.
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Soccer continued from page 12 equalizer on a couple of corner kicks, but came up short. Before the match, five members of Brown’s senior class –— Branan, Edu Romaniero ’03, Omar Macedo ’03, Evan Ryan ’03 and Mahoney — were honored for their accomplishments on the field at Brown. Branan, a member of last year’s all-Ivy first team at defender, started and played in the most games of any of the seniors. He also added two goals from the back over his career. Edu tallied seven goals and seven assists over the last four years. He has been especially successful against cross-town rival Providence College, with three goals and two assists against the Friars over four games. In addition, he was recently named a second-team District I Academic AllAmerican. Macedo struggled through injury for much of this year, but has been a productive member of the midfield while playing for
Uncertainty continued from page 5 ting. Yet their delicate, ephemeral nature plays against the overwhelming concrete of List and the permanent solidity of the surrounding works. Lara Favaretto’s photograph of men raising a donkey to the sky against the startling primary greens and blues of the Italian countryside, while complete in capturing the playfulness of the moment in form, energy, motion and color, is helped by the context of its creation. Favaretto, seeking to change the role of the artist and “exercise in reciprocal hospitality,” often dines with her subjects, getting to know them better, connecting the result with the procedure. Dining with the men in the picture, she introduced them to Goya’s controversial works with donkeys. Worried about the possible pornographic nature of the image Favaretto would produce, the men consulted with their wives, who subsequently decided that the picture would be acceptable if and only if the donkey was female. Ottonela Mocellin’s photographs, too, functioned both aesthetically, providing stunning depths of color, and ideologically, with horizontal female bodies in different landscape, personifying herself in different female roles. Adrian Paci, too, linked ideology and photography, exploring the home and its emotional ties in public and private in a series of large photographs of subjects in front of paintings of their homes. While the video installations of Paci, Sabrina Torelli and Mocellin provided interesting thematic substance, the ideological content came to overshadow the visual content, somehow detracting from the work. Toward Uncertainty works more within the uncertainty between ideological and aesthetic content, each holding the other in precarious balance. Herald staff writer Stefan Talman ’05 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruno. His lone goal came last season against Cornell in a double overtime 1-1 tie. Ryan, also a midfielder, has netted three goals in his career. All three came in clutch situations as they were the only goals scored for Bruno in two 1-0 victories and a 1-1 tie. Mahoney played in 13 games in net over his time on College Hill, making 47 saves and earning one shutout. The Bears will close out their season next weekend in Hanover, NH when they take on Dartmouth at 1 p.m. The Bears will look to play spoiler as the Big Green try to tie Penn for the Ivy title. “It may not matter in the standings for us, but as far as pride there are 15 reasons on the board inside that we want to play and win,” Mahoney said, referring to the team’s championship banners. “Also, we haven’t lost to them in five years and we don’t plan to start now.” Sports staff writer Nick Gourevitch ’03 is an assistant sports editor and covers the men’s soccer team.
Stern continued from page 12 Seeing my chances for baseball stardom slip away, I decided to play junior varsity baseball my sophomore year in high school. “A column focusing on his early high school baseball career?” you may be asking yourself (and understandably so.) The decision to play ball at the high school level was not made lightly. I had been out of the game for years. Who knew how my skills had latently changed? My only hope to jumpstart my childhood dream was to show everyone how miraculously I had developed baseball skills without any practice or experience. The potential of my comeback rivaled those of Michael Jordan and Mario Lemieux. Unfortunately, it manifested itself much like the dismal late career comebacks of Joe Louis. If anything, my skills had deteriorated from when I was 12 years old. I rode the bench for most of the season and decided that the dream was officially dead.
When I remembered how miserably my attempt at professional athletics failed, I decided that no matter what, the ladies of the women’s soccer team would be tougher than I am. I just did not have it in me. But I did not despair. See, from the ashes of my failed baseball career came the birth of a new fantasy — a dream which did not require physical toughness. When I was faced with countless hours of boredom on a bench with my unathletic buddies, I was forced to create my own forms of entertainment. When games of “Twenty Questions” became old, which was during the third inning of the first game, the boys and I began talking sports. Eventually, our talks evolved into analyses of the games we were watching from the sidelines. More and more, these talks seemed to resemble commentary on professional games. During the course of the season, I developed a passion for sports analysis. Conveniently, my new dream was a little more attainable than being a professional baseball player. Granted, having a sports
column and covering various sports for The Brown Daily Herald is not the same as being an ESPN analyst. But patience is a virtue, and I am quite virtuous and hopeful. The moral of my story is that I may never be as tough as the women’s soccer team, but at least I do not have to wear short shorts in thirty-degree weather. No wait, that’s not it at all. My failure to become a professional athlete has enhanced my respect for all athletes, and the fact that I have found happiness in a new dream, which better suits my skills, is truly a blessing. So I suppose the message of my column is aimed at those youngsters out there who happen to be avid readers of an Ivy League student newspaper. Set high goals for yourself. If fate does not go along with your current plan, do not fret; The Brown Daily Herald always needs new writers. Even more importantly, life seems to have a way of providing hope for those people who appear to have failed in an endeavor. Keep dreaming. Adam Stern ’06 hails from Roslyn, N.Y.
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Candid camera A 128-page coffee table book of pictorial images of the University will hit the shelves Nov. 18. This book, featuring the work of photographer William Mercer, will provide an artistic glimpse of Brown life that staged photographs in application brochures fail to capture. All too often, prospective students’ perceptions of the University are formed by staged photos of professors and students on the Main Green and in class discussions. Mercer’s work will provide prospective students, current students, alumni, community members and visitors with a real-life snapshot of Brown. The book, comprised of 130 images, follows the University through the seasons of one academic year, starting with Convocation in the fall and ending with Commencement in the spring. Featured images range from landscapes taken from the top of the Sciences Library to candids of undergraduates on the Main Green and medical students working at Women and Infants Hospital. The pictures depict the wide variety of daily experiences at Brown from athletic practices at dawn to students hustling across campus in the midst of a snowstorm. Mercer was an excellent choice for the photographer, as he was able to capture the essence of the Brown campus. He put together similar projects for Connecticut College, Mount Holyoke College, Simmons College and Wesleyan University. University representatives accompanied Mercer on photo shoots to provide him with input on what is important to the Brown community. The only drawback to the book is its price. At $49.95, the book is well out of the spending range of most Brown students. Although the University is offering students who win a contest free copies of the book, Brown should investigate other ways to ensure that all students can appreciate these candid photographs. Perhaps Brown can offer students a discounted rate or provide less-costly poster prints of select pictures at the bookstore. Nevertheless, “Brown: Images of the University” will provide a much-needed real-life snapshot of life on campus.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Proposed Life Sciences building ill-conceived To the Editor: If Brown eventually builds its proposed huge and remarkably ill-conceived Life Sciences facility on Meeting and Olive streets, let’s hope Brown names it for Ruth Simmons (“Simmons: U. will build Life Sciences building,”10/8). That way, in the future, she will be less able to disclaim responsibility for this truly glaring example of poor campus and neighborhood planning. The proposed Life Sciences building can be seen as yet another example of Brown’s apparent inability to strive for, far less achieve, anything other than mediocrity. For years Brown has coasted along on its misleading claim of being a member of the elite Ivy League. But the Ivy League is an
athletic organization only. And given Brown’s poor national rankings, if an Ivy League based on academic excellence were formed, Brown would not be invited. Strip away the false crutch of purported Ivy League academic membership, and there is little of substance. Those who may wonder why Brown’s actions seem at best to reflect mediocrity might study carefully the shallow and thoughtless process that has led to Brown’s apparent decision to move ahead with the proposed Life Sciences facility. Such a study might well lead to the conclusion that, if Brown spent half of the resources it spends on public relations efforts that attempt to paper over its shortcomings on careful and thoughtful planning, it might one day grow up to become the kind of academic institution it claims to be. William Touret Nov. 8
Correction In “Simmons: U. will build Life Sciences building (11/8),” the date for beginning construction on the life sciences building was misstated. Construction will begin as early as next fall.
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Focusing on dropping the weight in the United States Why society should reassess the value of physical fitness and get out of the gym IN AN AGE WHERE VERY FEW PEOPLE out to improve appearances. We live in actually rely on their peak physical con- a society where brains, not brawn, lead dition for survival, it seems that society to success. To spend so much time tryhas a strange affinity for the weight ing to manipulate one’s body is a waste. room. It is clear that the majority of Going to the OMAC inevitably reduces Americans do not find themselves in the amount of time one can spend doing other activities. physical conflicts on a dayWouldn’t our time be spent to-day basis. Most people do better studying at the not even hunt anymore, and library during the hours if they do, it is with the cunthat we normally work out? ning use of a shotgun. Even if you do not subscribe It is becoming increasingly to the belief that cultivating clear that health is deterour brains is more impormined largely by a person’s tant than body shape, you genetic makeup. For a nummust agree that watching ber of reasons, however, the TV or whatever form of OMAC is consistently packed ADAM STERN relaxation fits your needs is with Brown’s finest intellects. ADAM’S RIB a better use of time. In this column, I would like to Additionally, when people examine why we are comrealize that the gym cannot pelled to work out and provide an explanation for why society provide them with their ideal body, they should not endorse this behavior any fur- are often tempted to resort to more dangerous methods of body transforther. As I see it, people work out for one of mation (e.g. steroid abuse and eating three reasons: to look good naked, to disorders). Granted, some readers may call me enhance their performance as a professional athlete or to feel good. I will argue hypocritical; after all, I work out for the that in a utopian society, the majority of same reason that most people do. I do people should not be swayed by these believe, however, that society should be altered so as not to reward OMAC jocks motivations. Though I have no statistical data to for their high levels of fitness. I know it is support my claim, I would estimate that not realistic to believe that this transithe vast majority of people who exercise tion can occur. Society is experiencing do so in order to look good naked. what can be called the dilemma of the Ideologically, I am opposed to working commons in that everyone knows the world would be a better place if we acted according only to a person’s inner perAdam Stern ’06 is a cardiologist’s son. Fat sonality traits. Yet, no one individual can people and smokers are his bread and cease to worry about physical fitness butter.
“It is time to progress beyond society’s strange fascination with the weight room.” without compromising his or her social life. If everyone participated in the revolution, it could work. But, alas, there would always be that minority who would seek fitness in order to gain the benefits that society should be shunning. I acknowledge the futility of my cause and, therefore, fall prey to the social norm. Still, I figure the least I can do is devote a column to the issue at hand. Moving on, a very small portion of the population is paid to play sports. I feel it is completely acceptable for professional athletes to devote time and energy toward physical fitness because they depend upon it for their livelihood. How many lay people can say that? Very few. The final group of ambitious exercisers is comprised of those who work out to feel good. Anybody at the OMAC will agree that working out consistently cheers them up. When subjected to physical stress, the body releases endorphins that usually lead to a good mood. Also, if a person is physically fit, certain day-to-day activities become easier. I know that constantly climbing up to the fifth floor of my Keeney residence would be exhausting if I were out of shape. Finally, those who are physically fit tend to be less susceptible to ill-
nesses. These results are all worthy goals to strive for, but I believe they can be accomplished without making a daily trip to the gym. If people were less hesitant to use their bodies as tools for transportation, many of the same results would ensue. For instance, I know many people who have cars at Brown drive to and from the mall on a weekly basis. On occasion, I have even taken the shuttle to get to the gym! Walking to such local destinations would undoubtedly produce a number of beneficial outcomes. Aside from gaining the advantages of physical fitness, we would also sharply decrease traffic congestion on most roads. The next logical result would be a decline in pollution and reliance upon foreign oil, both issues at the forefront of the nation’s political agenda. Granted, I am as lazy as the next guy. And yes, walking is usually slower than driving, so we might have to plan ahead. Nevertheless, the rewards of abandoning the automobile should overpower the inconveniences of being a pedestrian. It is time to progress beyond society’s strange fascination with the weight room. While there are undeniably benefits to being physically fit, there are also societal boons that are being overlooked on account of current priorities. With so few people actually relying upon physical fitness for practical reasons, there is no reason the OMAC should be as packed and overcrowded as it is now.
Oskooi disguises her opinions as indisputable fact Being pro-choice isn’t about murder; it’s protecting the right of women to exercise control over their bodies I DO NOT MIND WHEN PEOPLE WRITE emotions, and she states that “these columns expressing opinions different images should not disgust a person who than mine or when a columnist tries to does not consider a fetus human.” I will examine two sides of an issue objectively. give Oskooi the benefit of the doubt and But it irritates the hell out of me when call her gullible for expecting realistic and someone proceeds to tell me what I stand objective footage from a clip that is preceded by the statement: for as a pro-choicer — and “Warning: This video is gets it hideously wrong. This is extremely graphic because exactly why I think that Shirin KATE SCHRIRE abortion is an act of violence Lua Oskooi ’05 (“No one GUEST COLUMN which kills a baby.” Perhaps should care whether or not she thought it had merit people kill babies”, 11/07/02) because the site was sancis not only misguided, but also tioned by a doctor, who also wrote that misleading. I will not attempt to correct Oskooi’s premarital sex is unacceptable between misconceptions about pro-lifers; those consenting adults, and that sex is not the are not my views and I am thus ill- private decision of the two people equipped to defend them. Oskooi goes involved. As we can see, this site is vehestraight to the meaty stuff regarding the mently opposed to what a large percentpro-choice movement in her second age of the world (and I imagine an even paragraph. Pro-choicers are “liberally larger percentage here at Brown) believes. asserting women’s rights while conserva- Objective information? Not on this partively clinging to society’s moral stan- ticular site. Another thing that caused me to snort is dards by refusing to admit that abortion is the murder of a helpless human.” Later Oskooi’s assertion that “technically, aboron in her piece she states: “Fetuses are tion is merely … a kind of cosmetic surhuman, even if one does not admit this gery.” Cosmetic surgery is about looking publicly” and “A fetus is human, and more attractive. Abortion is about choosaborting it is murder.” What ever hap- ing not to have a child, an act that affects pened to the words “in my opinion”? In the rest of a woman’s life. Comparing the her first paragraph, Oskooi has already two shows how little Oskooi understands clearly shown that she can’t tell the differ- the issue at hand; abortion is not someence between fact and opinion. Her state- thing a woman chooses to avoid a disments are “factual” because they are agreeable nine months of “looking fat,” based on a short, blurry video clip of an but in order to make a better life for heralleged abortion (http//www.sexualwis- self. Then, of course, there is the constant dom.com/video.html for those of you who have time to waste) that stirred her twisting and turning on the issue of risk, in an attempt to appear objective. Oskooi This is Kate Schrire’s ’06 first column for The contends, “Abortion is unusually risky and unnecessary,” “Yet pregnancies are Herald.
also both unhealthy and risky,” “Abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures known,” but “Abortion is conversely one of the deadliest surgical procedures known … counting dead children.” I am particularly struck by the word “unnecessary.” Oskooi goes on to say, “Prochoicers concern themselves with the physical health of a woman, yet they promote the right of a woman to choose. This is contradictory because abortion is a very unnatural process, defies the struggle to procreate and is physically unhealthy.” You’re damn right I promote the right of a woman to choose — to choose what she thinks is best for her physical and emotional health. Part of physical health, which Oskooi is so very concerned with when she gleefully discusses the “aftereffects” of abortion, including “painful bodily aberrations,” is deciding how many children you want and when you want them (if, indeed, you want any children at all). An abortion is not something that a woman wants to have, it is something that a woman decides she needs to have, and it is not “unnecessary.” Oskooi dedicates several paragraphs to arguing why murder is natural (as is cannibalism) and everyone is society should just chill — my paraphrasing, not hers — about death and killing. I’m not interested in what she has to say on these titillating topics, as I — along with all the pro-choicers I know — do not view abortion as murder. It was gratuitous and a failed attempt to make Oskooi’s argument appear deep and thoughtful, two qualities sadly lacking from her piece.
A wise woman once said “You don’t have to like abortion to believe it should be legal.” Ask yourselves this: what will happen if abortion is illegal? More children will be born. What will happen to those children? A large number of them will be unloved, possibly by mothers who felt pressured to keep them by society, which can be as condemnatory of women who give up their children as of women who choose not to have them at all. A larger number would be abused and unloved because there will always be more children waiting to be adopted than loving parents wishing to adopt. If you take this out of a U.S. context, this is even truer. Add the AIDS crisis to this mess, and you will create even starker statistics. Perhaps you haven’t seen fouryear-old children begging by themselves for money at the traffic lights of your home town, but I have. And what about the women who choose to have an abortion even though it’s illegal? If women are going to let unqualified individuals perform abortions on them in unsanitary and dangerous conditions, or even try and abort their pregnancies themselves using instruments such as coat hangers, how can we refuse them safer alternatives? You cannot stop women from making this choice. All we can do is try to make it the safest choice possible. If I had felt Oskooi was merely sharing her opinion in what is admittedly an opinion piece, I would not have been so harsh on her. But the biggest condemnation she brings down upon herself is her byline: “Shirin Oskooi ’05 doesn’t care.”
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SPORTS MONDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2002 · PAGE 12
Life as a failed athlete and an effective writer MY INNATE ATHLETIC ABILITY HAS always been average. Still, I like to hope that if I ever found myself in a physical encounter, I would not be completely devoid of physical prowess. During last Friday’s women’s soccer game against Yale University, however, I made a realization that haunts almost every male student at Brown: the beautiful and ADAM STERN talented ladies ADAM’S RIB of women’s soccer are infinitely tougher than I am. As I watched Brown’s team defeat Yale 2-0, I kept telling myself how impressed I was at the hard-hitting action which I saw before me. Eventually, the man sitting next to me told me to stop talking to myself. In any event, I continued to wonder if I could have conditioned myself to play with such intensity and toughness. In order to answer my question, I thought back to my childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball. During childhood, most people have dreams that are unattainable. I wanted to play for the Mets at Shea Stadium. Sadly, my Little League career was off to a slow start. My throwing arm was not as strong as some of my peers. I very seldom made solid contact on a given swing. An assortment of minor injuries had me sidelined, eventually resulting in a terrible addiction to Vicodin. Okay, that last part wasn’t true. Still, with every passing season it appeared that my teammates became better and better while my skills stagnated at “pathetic and disappointing.” It became increasingly clear that I was going to have to pull off a miracle if I were to play in the Big Leagues. see STERN, page 9
SCOREBOARD Men’s Ice Hockey
BROWN 5, Vermont 0 BROWN 4, Dartmouth 2
Yale 4, BROWN 3 (OT)
Women’s Ice Hockey
Yale 31, BROWN 27
BROWN 3, Vermont 0 Dartmouth 3, BROWN 1
Men’s Soccer Yale 1, BROWN 0
Football Volleyball BROWN 3, Cornell 1 (30-28, 19-30, 30-25, 30-28) BROWN 3, Columbia 0 (30-28, 30-18. 30-22)
BROWN 2, Yale 0
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Nightmare on Elmgrove: Football loses another close game at home BY JERMAINE MATHESON
In the media room of Brown Stadium, the hands of Brown All-American Chas Gessner ’03 hid his face after Saturday’s loss to Yale (5-3, 3-2 Ivy League.) Earlier those same hands caught what seemed to be the game-winning touchdown, moving Brown (0-8, 0-5) ahead 27-24 late in the fourth quarter. But anyone who has watched a game this year at the stadium will tell you, no Brown lead is safe in the fourth quarter. Yale scored a touchdown on its next drive to go ahead 31-27. Brown still had about two minutes for one last drive. Starting deep in its own territory, Kyle Slager ‘04 threw darts down the middle of the field. Brown moved the ball into the Yale red zone in hopes that perhaps the team would finally get its first win. On the 11-yard line, on third down, with 40 seconds remaining, Brown tight end Chris Walther ‘03 nearly caught the game winner in the end zone. A Yale defender got just enough of the ball to break up the pass, but was very close to being pass interference. On fourth down, Slager threw to Ian Malepeai ’03 in the end zone, but again the pass was broken up. The Brown offense exited the field, conceding the ball over on downs. Unceremoniously, the Bulldogs took a knee for the final play of the game, escaping with a 31-27 victory. Brown Head Coach Phil Estes thought the referees missed a call on third down. “I saw interference, but it doesn’t matter what I see. It matters what the referees see. They didn’t see it as interference,” Estes said. “I mean the guy was draped on him, but we had other opportunities than that see FOOTBALL, page 6
Next Saturday in Hanover, N.H., the Bears will look to prevent a winless season.
It’s time to shout ‘Come on, Guys!’ BY SAMANTHA PLESSER
It isn’t nearly as much fun for me to report a loss and with a game as heart pounding as the one on Saturday, the script was written for a dramatic Bears win and late GAME season redempNOTES tion. BROWN VS. YALE Unfortunately, Disney didn’t write the script, the Bears lost and here I am on another Sunday morning once again
cringing as I remember missed opportunities, squandered chances and the inevitable eighth loss. Only two more games to go guys. Let me write about at least one win. On that note, on to the game. The game started auspiciously for Brown as Kyle Slager ’04 connected with Brent Grianna ’05 on a four yard pass with 10:47 to go in the first quarter after an impressive see NOTES, page 6
Late Yale goal hands men’s soccer team its third consecutive one-goal defeat BY NICK GOUREVITCH
The Brown men’s soccer team dropped its third straight close match 1-0 to Yale on Saturday night. The Elis scored with just 10 minutes remaining in the second half to break the scoreless tie and sneak out of Stevenson field with the victory. “We definitely had our chances in the first 20 minutes of the first half, but we didn’t get a lucky break and it has been that way all season,” said goalkeeper Peter Mahoney ’03. “Same thing with the goal – one bad bounce.” The Bears had a couple of the aforementioned scoring chances just seven minutes into the match. Mahoney sent a long kick from the keeper position over the top of the Yale defense to Ibrahim Diane ’06, whose one-touch shot from inside the Yale box nearly found net. Instead, it went wide, but Diane earned a foul on the play resulting in a free kick at the top of the box. On the ensuing kick, Marcos Romaneiro ’05 hit the left goalpost and Dustin Branan’s ’03 close range follow-up shot was blocked by the Yale keeper. For much of the remainder of the first half, the Bears earned many of their chances trying to get the ball up front via long passes. In addition to the chances in the run of play, this resulted in a few dangerous corner kick opportunities, but Brown was not able to convert. Meanwhile, Yale’s main chances came from working the ball into the penalty area
and taking shots near the top of the box. One of these shots came in the 19th minute, but Mahoney did well to make a two-handed save on a tough shot. With five minutes remaining in the half, Julian Jordan ’04 sent a long pass downfield for Diane, but the Yale goalkeeper took out Diane’s legs and the referee’s nocall had the Bears’ bench up in arms. In the second half, the Bears defense remained solid as Mahoney again came up with a big two-handed save about 15 minutes in. At the 67-minute mark, Diane again led the Bears on offense. This time, he electrified the crowd as he streaked down the near sideline and almost took on the entire Yale defense. However, on his final cut that would have put him in terrific scoring position, a Yale defender barely toed it away to spoil the run. Moments later, Seth Quidachay-Swan ’04 nearly had a goal of his own as he turned and fired a rocket of a shot on target at the goal, but the Yale keeper pushed it away for a corner. Then, with just under 10 minutes remaining, Yale broke through on a counter-attack that would put the Elis ahead for good. Forward Lindsey Williams sent home a rebound from an apparent offsides position for the score. Brown almost capitalized on a late see SOCCER, page 9
Coach Mike Noonan (above) will try to lead his team to victory in its final game of the season, Saturday versus Dartmouth College.