M O N D A Y FEBRUARY 10, 2003
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXXXVIII, No. 14
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Trade unionist Hector Giraldo afraid for life BY LOTEM ALMOG
Colombian trade unionist Hector Giraldo fears for his life, he told a group of Brown students Sunday night. Although the AFL-CIO has gotten him permission to stay in the United States until March, at that time he must return to his homeland, where labor activists are frequently murdered by paramilitary forces, he said. At Sunday night’s lecture in Wilson 301, Giraldo further discussed such oppression by the Colombian government, while soliciting student support to fight for change. The Student Labor Alliance organized his visit in conjunction with Rhode Island Jobs with Justice. Giraldo speaks little English so he relayed his message with the help of interpreter Evelyn Duran ’06. Of every five labor activists killed in the world, three are Colombians, Girlado said. “To work as an organized laborer in my country is basically to prepare your own tombstone,” he said. Only 5 percent of Colombian workers belong to a labor organization, Giraldo said. Even so, in 2002 alone, 172 labor activists were killed in Colombia. Hundreds more were tortured, kidnapped, attacked and detained arbitrarily, he said. Statistically, this would make Colombia the deadliest country for organized workers, he said. Giraldo, who has organized unions since 1980, said he believes U.S. support of Plan Colombia is perpetuating the killing of innocent civilians and the destruction of life-sustaining crops for countless Colombians. Plan Colombia is a Colombian initiative designed to eradicate drug trafficking. The United States has supported Plan Colombia through military aid, according to the Department of State Web site. Giraldo says that the weapons and helicopters sent by the United States actually help the Colombian government and
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Members of the Chinese Students Association celebrated the Chinese New Year last Saturday night in Andrews Dining Hall.
Year of the Sheep rung in like a lion BY MONIQUE MENESES
Luck, prosperity and the Chinese Students Association version of “American Idol” helped ring in the Year of the Sheep like a lion at the CSA-sponsored banquet in Andrews Dining Hall Saturday night. The New Year’s celeARTS bration kicked off with & CULTURE the introduction of the Brown Lion Dance REVIEW Team’s new lion head. Legend has it that to “awaken” the newlypurchased lion head, an honorable person must perform the “Dotting of the Eye” Ceremony. The ceremony was performed by a Brown graduate who had been accepted into medical school, and entailed using a wooden stick to dot each body part, giving it “life.” Children aged seven to 11 from the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans performed another dance called the “Hei Goo” (Happy Trumpet Tambourine) in uniform red and white costumes. Their dance movements and rosy cheeks drew smiles from the audience. A Chinese fan dance performer, Hui Liu, graced the stage as she executed a
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delicate, traditional dance to the music of “Mei Hua San Nong.” The arcs she drew in the air with her fan, the swivels she made with the slightest twist of her wrist and the fluidity of her movements paralleled the theme of the song — a person searching for love. Between performances, the combination of the girlish sweetness of emcee Nancy Tom ’05 and outlandish humor of emcee Michael Wang ’04 riveted the audience. Both hosted the performance-break game titled “Ding Dong Says.” In this Chinese animation-inspired parody of the American game “Simon Says,” contestants were separated into two groups by gender and asked to perform a variety of Chinese calendar animal movements such as the dog, the goat and the tiger. Counterbalancing the game’s humor, the singing group F4 (Freshman 4) composed of Brian Huang ’06, Peter Yang ’06, Joseph Fungsang ’06 and Hanyen Andrew Lee ’06 serenaded the crowd with a love song called “Meteor Rain.” The sound of delicate melodies filled the air as Sarah Chou ’05 and Felicia Kuo ’05 imparted aspects of Chinese tradition and culture through Chinese instruments
Lamendola ’04 cause of death announced BY LISA MANDLE
The cause of death for Sarah Lamendola ’04 was determined to be acute pulmonary thromboembolus, according to the state medical examiner’s office. Acute pulmonary thromboembolus is a blood clot that forms in a leg vein, travels through the heart and blocks the artery between the heart and the lung, said Dr. L. S. Shukla, a pulmonary specialist in Newport Beach, Calif. The blood clot blocks blood circulation to the lungs and causes enormous stress to the heart, eventually leading to heart failure, he said. The medical examiner’s office released information about the cause of death, but does not release information on the manner of death, Director of the Brown News
Service Mark Nickel told The Herald. Jessica Purmort ’04, Lamendola’s suitemate, found Lamendola at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 5 in her dorm room on the fourth floor of Graduate Center Tower A, “up against the door, lying on her back,” according to the Providence Police Department report. She was last seen alive by a suitemate on Monday around midnight, the report said. According to the report, Lamendola was pronounced dead by paramedics at 8:25 a.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services were held on Sunday at The Unitarian Church of Westport, Conn. The Lamendola family welcomed students, faculty and staff to the service in
Connecticut, and plans to return to Brown for a memorial service, University Chaplain Janet Cooper Nelson told The Herald. Cooper Nelson said she does not expect to schedule the campus service before the end of next week and that she would prefer to see a one-week lapse between the two services. Shukla said pulmonary thromboembolus may be caused by long-term air travel resulting in “catastrophic illness” up to a week after travel, cancers and a family history of blood clotting. The use of oral contraceptives can also slightly increase risk in susceptible users, he said.
University’s housing lottery turns 30 but faces problems similar to the ones of 1973 page 5
UFS installs safer food-handling practices after Norwalk outbreak page 5
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ResLife makes changes for 2003 lottery The 2003 housing lottery will shrink from five segments to four, in one of several changes announced by the Office of Residential Life. ResLife removed the special interest segment and social dorm option. Segments will be held on successive Thursdays beginning Feb. 27. This year all of New Dorm A and B will be co-ed, adding 50 beds to the total number of rooms in available co-ed suites, said Sanders Kleinfeld ’03, chair of Residential Council. Although the Council had pressed for more, the administration requires all co-ed housing to have separate bathrooms for men and women. All five-person suites in Graduate Center Towers B and D will now be sophomore-only. Kleinfeld said the Council paid particular attention to ensure “sophomores can live together in decent housing.”
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to the audience. Kuo played “Spring Comes to Ching River” on the dulcimer, an instrument that was introduced to China in the Ming Dynasty. The string instrument is played by striking two small instrumental hammers against the strings. Using the music of the Ching dynasty-invented zither, Chou told the Mongolian story of two shepherd girls caught in a snowstorm. Other performers opted for spoken word rather than music. The powerful words of poetry artists and activists Alicia Chang ’04, Melissa Koh ’03, Vincent
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TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Warmongers foolishly believe war will spark economy, says Seth Magaziner ’06 column, page 11
Men’s b. ball claims important victories over Harvard and Dartmouth sports, page 12
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Jabberwocks come out on top at ICCA BY SARA PERKINS
You can enter and exit however you like, but in between you have 15 minutes to prove you have the most energy, the best arrangements and the most drive. And Brown’s Jabberwocks did just that — besting five other New England collegiate a cappella groups in Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 1 to advance to the semifinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Graham Norwood ’03 took home a judges’ award for best arrangement and was runner-up for best soloist. “I think it’s been about 10 years since (the Jabberwocks) have done a competition,” Norwood said. “Some groups are really into the competition circuit, some aren’t.” Each year, 108 groups from Canadian and U.S. colleges compete in the ICCA competition. The runners-up to the Jabberwocks were Wesleyan’s Cardinal Sinners, whom Norwood called “unconventional … and really fantastic.” The Jabberwocks are the first group from Brown to compete in the ICCA since 2000, when Harmonic Motion and the Bear Necessities were shut out of the top three in the regional semifinals. Only the Chattertocks in ’97 and ’98 and the Brown Derbies in ’97 have advanced to the finals, where neither group succeeded in placing in the top three out of six. “We wanted an opportunity to sort of put ourselves in front of a critical audience and see how close we were to attaining our goals,” Norwood wrote in an e-mail. “We felt that the competitive stage was really a crucible of sorts in terms of galvanizing the group to really do its best and perform at the top of its ability.” The seven-year-old ICCA is made up of six regions of the United States and Canada. Each region holds three see JABBERWOCKS, page 4
“Yemata’s Belly” pleases audiences with strong cast, stunning visuals BY ABIGAIL NEWMAN
With visually stunning, highly stylized interludes and a fantastic cast, “Yemaya’s Belly” proved a compelling, emotional component of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium 2003 New Plays Festival Part I last week. The play, written by Quiara Alegria Hudes GS and directed by Peter Sampieri GS, follows the travails of Jesus, an 11-year-old boy growing up in a rural town called Magdalena. When he accompanies his uncle into the city, a horrible fire devastates his town, killing both of his parents. To escape the memories of home and the tangible reminders of what happened there, Jesus returns to the city and boards a boat headed for America. The action in the play is punctuated by beautiful interruptions — stylized musical and physical expressions of what is happening. When Jesus and his uncle are in the city, they ask a dancer, Yemaya, to perform for them. She speaks in cryptic phrases as she moves, contorting her body to the music of a guitar, triangle, drums and instrument made of coke bottles, all played by actors seated in the audience. As Jesus’ town burns, he hovers anxiously onstage, watching as the characters killed by the fire are methodically smeared with soot. Writhing and twisting, they sink gradually to the floor. Further exploring standard conceptions of reality, the play also includes a scene in which Jesus’ dead mother rises, sings with him and then walks off stage, extinguishing the candle she carries. Noticeable lighting choices contributed to the arc of the play, from the orange and yellow light that warmed early scenes to the cold purple light that flooded the stage after his mother has died. In one particularly powerful use of light, Sampieri conveyed a great storm with a
All five cast members gave crisp, heartfelt performances that matched the quality of the script. hard bluish light, which shifted to red as other characters pull Jesus out of the water. All five cast members gave crisp, heartfelt performances that matched the quality of the script. As Jesus, Ian White GS convincingly embodied his adolescent character. On stage for almost the entire play, White not only started off strong, but also continued to grow into his character throughout the course of the play — concluding his performance honestly and piercingly. Ginger Eckert GS had a brief and engaging appearance as Yemaya, and later shined in her appealing, warm role as Maya, who rescues Jesus and initiates his sexual awakening. In addition to playing Jesus’ mother, Myxolydia Tyler GS, gave a lively and snappy performance as Lila, who runs a grocery in the city and takes Jesus in when he is running away. As Tico, Ben Steinfeld GS dramatically poured rice out of a coconut over his head, saying the rice symbolized his wife, who perished in the fire. Brian Wallace GS, as Jesus’ uncle, convincingly expressed his character’s love, anger and aggression toward Jesus. Impressively, the two hour show ran without an intermission but few lulls in the action. With its amusing dialogue and lyrical passages, “Yemaya’s Belly” spiraled endlessly toward tragedy yet managed to feel light and uplifting throughout.
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CSA continued from page 1 Chong ’03 and Juhyung Harold Lee ’06 advocated the appreciation of an Asian self, one untainted by racism, one which rejects conformity to a Western-imposed norm and one not pressured into self-stereotyping. Martial arts experts Jennifer Wong ’05 and Jay Lee ’03 displayed their fighting abilities using fast hand and feet movements while audience members backed up in their seats to give the performers space to turn and
Union continued from page 1 paramilitary forces to seek out and assassinate those in opposition to them. “Plan Colombia is a plan between the Colombian and United States governments to kill people, and it’s financed by the taxes paid by the American people — it is approved by all of you who elect a congress in this country,” he said. In addition to the frequent civilian assassinations, the Colombian government is also fumigating crops with an herbicide in an attempt to kill coca plants from which cocaine is extracted, Giraldo said. These herbicides, however, also kill subsistence crops upon which many Colombians depend to make their living, he said. Convinced that Plan Colombia has not, and will not,
kick. Dance group FOBolicious gave the show a modern twist as members grooved to a hiphop/dance compilation of rhythms. Lucky Garden Chinese Restaurant catered the event, the proceeds of which will benefit orphans in mainland China. Evan Chow ’04, president of the CSA, said the event was very successful. “We wanted to extend support beyond Brown and the Providence region,” he said. Audience members raved about the show. “I would have to say the instru-
ments were my favorite. They were great,” said Adam Waaramaa ’05. Visiting students from other universities told The Herald they were impressed with the event. “I’m impressed that (Brown has) a diverse audience. My favorite was spoken word. … The topics they were talking about were very important,” said Boston College first year Henry Lau.
abate drug trafficking, he urged students to lobby their congressmen and women to rescind support for Plan Colombia, as well as to boycott certain American companies who help finance the paramilitary operations. Giraldo has been in the United States for nearly one year. The AFL-CIO sponsored his flight to the United States through a program that places Colombian labor activists in Washington, D.C., for six months, and then dispatches them to work with unions in another state for an additional six months. After his stay in Washington, Giraldo was assigned to work with the Massachusetts Jobs with Justice organization. While in Massachusetts, he helped organize the Boston Justice for Janitors campaign. Giraldo is also spending his time in the United States meeting with student and community groups to share his plight and
rally support for his Colombian peers. “Here in Massachusetts, I have had the opportunity to work with students, consult people in the community and to work in solidarity with student labor organizations,” he said. On March 24, there will be four events across the United States intended to protest U.S. support of Plan Colombia. SLA member Peter Asen ’04 hopes that several Brown students will participate in these events — one of which will take place in Hartford, Conn. “Given that there are actions going on here, I think it’s important for people to realize that even though this is happening on the other side of the equator, it’s something that we are also responsible for,” Asen said. Giraldo will have to return to Colombia in the first week in March, and he said he fears that the paramilitary forces will be awaiting him there.
Herald staff writer Monique Meneses ’05 covers international students. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Jabberwocks continued from page 3 quarter-final concerts and one regional semifinal. The winner of the semifinal advances to the finals, to be held in New York City. Six groups compete in every concert of the competition — each has 15 minutes to perform. “In order to ensure that they stayed within the strict time limit, we didn’t acknowledge the crowd, which was a little awkward,” Norwood said. Groups are penalized for every second they are over the limit. Because the quarterfinals are held in January and February, when many groups are adding mid-year members, the competition is not usually convenient for Brown groups, Norwood
said. The Jabberwocks did not add any members this year and were able to focus more on preparing for the competition. Their set consisted of their covers of John Mayer’s “Your Body is a Wonderland,” Prince’s “7” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Queen song for which Norwood won arranging and soloist honors. “We got on stage and everything sort of clicked,” said Zach Markovits ’04. “I think it went really well. It was a lot of fun.” New England semifinals will be held in Dartmouth University’s Rollins Chapel on March 8. Only a first-place win there will send the Jabberwocks to the finals. Herald staff writer Sara Perkins ’06 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Council also made an effort to respect students who want to remain substance-free, he said. ResLife announced substance-free housing will move from Hegeman E to Plantations House, which is near substancefree housing in New Pembroke. The Council is in negotiations with the administration to “tighten” the substance-free housing contract. At the moment, the contract states that students cannot consume alcohol, but does not address substance possession. —Linda Evarts
the administration to “tighten” the substance-free housing contract. At the moment, the contract states that students cannot consume alcohol.
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Norwalk prompts UFS food handling policy reviews BY XIYUN YANG
The recent Norwalk virus outbreak has prompted University Food Services to review current food management and handling policies. In addition to the yellow flyers about proper hygiene available in the Ratty and the V-Dub, UFS has increased the required frequency for staff to disinfect utensils and change their gloves, said John O’Shea, executive chef at the Ratty. The staff at the Ratty and the V-Dub were also instructed to pay more attention to the self-service salad bars. Although Brown students were diagnosed with the gastrointestinal disease in late December and this semester, no known cases of the virus have been directly attributed to any on-campus dining establishments, O’Shea said. “We reacted right away,” he said. “We already had good practices in place. We are not directly responsible for any of the spread.” Original plans to change and disinfect utensils every half-hour were dismissed on the grounds of impracticality. “At this point, people are sometimes getting over-cautious,” O’Shea said. UFS stresses the importance of personal responsibility in the prevention of the virus, O’Shea said. The virus can still be transmitted while wearing gloves, therefore the best and only way to prevent transmission of the virus is to practice good see NORWALK, page 6
Housing lottery turns 30; slight changes made BY LINDA EVARTS
Brown will mark the housing lottery’s 30th anniversary much as it has the other 29 — with tweaks, changes and a little heartbreak. New problems in the system have surfaced and largely been relieved over the past three decades, but the University still faces some issues that parallel those of 1973. “Everything is sort of cyclical — the University changed things and changed them back again,” said Sanders Kleinfeld ’03, chair of Residential Council. The underlying imperative of the system is that students “take initiative,” Kleinfeld said. The phrase reverberates throughout the lottery’s history and, as a student told The Herald at the lottery’s inception, “If you can accept the responsibility the lottery puts on you, it becomes a really good thing.”
Brown students ought to appreciate their good fortune — at Harvard and Yale Universities students declare potential roommates and are assigned to rooms, Kleinfeld said. Brown grants you the ability to live with friends in a place that is appealing to you, he said. At the study break for Pembroke Campus last Tuesday night, Kleinfeld tried to convey a similar message to a crowd of about 50 first-years and sophomores — with a few caveats. His description of housing available to rising sophomores was bleak. “You might as well not apply for Young Orchard,” he said, amidst moans and groans. For many first-years, the toughest problem is deciding with whom to live. Jillian Moo-Young ’06 said her greatest stress revolves around “creating groups without hurting see LOTTERY 30TH, page 6
Successful alumni speak at Entrepreneurship Forum BY HANNAH BASCOM
The sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Forum, sponsored by the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program and Brown Alumni Association, allowed Brown students to hear stories and suggestions of successful Brown alumni. The day’s events featured a panel discussion, a luncheon and entrepreneurial speakers on Saturday. “My major regrets are things that I didn’t do, rather than things I did badly,” said Frank Altman ’75, cofounder and president of Community Reinvestment Fund, at the morning panel discussion. The five panelists at the discussion commented on topics ranging from how they measure their own success, how they began their businesses and tips on persuading others to believe in your business plan. “Success is a very internal thing,” said Frederic Alper ’60, partner of Quantum Partners. Other panelists agreed that happiness and financial gain were two ways to gauge
success, but said there is no single way to measure accomplishments. They urged the students and alumni in attendance to keep striving to reach their goals and to continue to take risks. Sandra Lehrman ’69, former president and CEO of Genzyme Transgenics Corporation, told students not to worry about discovering their personal passions. “I couldn’t have said when I was a senior at Brown what my passion was. … Do what you love,” Lehrman said. Panelists also spoke about the importance of having mentors both during and after school. They said the best way to obtain a mentor was to ask and be persistent in the search. The moderator of the panel, Josef Mittlemann ’72, an adjunct lecturer in engineering and founder of Empire Capital Company and Just Art Inc., pointed out that mentors are essential in helping young businesspeople develsee BROWN EP, page 6
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Brown EP continued from page 5 op their strengths and asked panelists what they believe their fortes are. “I’m a really good listener … and was not afraid to respond to criticism,” said Adriana Young ’01, founder and executive director of English for Action. Lehrman added, “I have a group of friends from when I was an undergrad at Brown who don’t let me take myself too seriously. … (A few times a year) we leave our husbands and go to New York, go see plays, drink like we’re at Brown. I think having that other network that doesn’t let yourself get stuck in your business is really important.” The panelists then discussed challenges that they face in their business lives and how they address them. Scotkin said, “The biggest challenge is identifying
Norwalk continued from page 5 hygiene, he said. “There’s really nothing else that anyone can do,” he said. O’Shea said he believed the heightened hygiene alert status will reduce the spread of all transmitted diseases, not just the Norwalk virus. “I hear it’s not fun,” said Emily Erani ’06, in response to the Norwalk outbreak. But Erani said she believed students were
your next constraint.” In response to a question about the importance of business school, the panelists had mixed opinions. Though they agreed it is beneficial to most people, some felt that it was not essential or desirable for all people. “The single attribute you need (is) to be a good salesperson,” Altman said. The panelists commented on their futures and on remaining true to themselves despite others’ criticism. “Stay very focused on what your initiatives and core values are. … In the end you might lose a donor but you’ll keep you integrity,” Young said. The panel concluded with a discussion of entrepreneurship at Brown. “A lot of what entrepreneurship is is the art of the possible.” Lehrman said. A luncheon followed the panel where the panelists and faculty members at the forum sat with students and alumni
choosing to follow health tips instead of avoiding University food establishments. “I think everyone has improved their hygiene because of it. I think it’s made people more aware of how clean they are,” she said. Others prefer to follow their own tenets. “I’m not worried about it. I believe in the 10 second rule,” said Jill Schlesinger ’06. Herald staff writer Xiyun Yang ’06 can be reached at email@example.com.
“The single attribute you need (is) to be a good salesperson.” and discussed entrepreneurial tactics and networking skills. The forum broke up into smaller groups to hear speeches by George Billings ’72, president of Billings and Co., Leslie Charm, partner of Youngman and Charm, or Charlie Kroll ’01, cofounder and president of Andera. Members of the Brown Entrepreneurship Program said they believed the forum went well. “It helped to continue to grow the entrepreneurial vibe and spirit on campus,” said Ben Gordon ’05. Following breakfast and registration, Co-Directors of the program Eric Tzeng ’03 and Jessica Radow ’03 gave a brief welcome followed by opening remarks from Michael Joukowsky ’87. The forum was held in Leung Gallery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Herald staff writer Hannah Bascom ’05 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lottery 30th continued from page 5 people’s feelings.” To this end, the Residential Council encouraged upcoming sophomores not to enter the first two segments. This way, “They’ll only have to reform groups once,” Kleinfeld said. Zara Ahmed ’06, however, had another fear. “The scary part is the waitlist if you don’t get picked at all,” she said. Her fear was aggravated by Kleinfeld, who said, “About 25 percent of sophomores will not be given housing during the lottery.” Although the lottery in its current form meets with some student disapproval, the system faced far fiercer criticism at its inception. Acting on rumors of “misleading and unfair practices” including forced overcrowding and preference given to upcoming sophomores, the Student Caucus, led by John Carusone ’74, boycotted the lottery in 1973. When the accusations proved false, Carusone issued a
intros with unattractive backup dancers in disco outfits. Jordan started off by missing his first seven shots, he bricked a dunk and the first quarter was such a disgusting display of bad defense and missed shots that I was thinking maybe the NBA should scrap the game too from All-Star weekend. But by the end of the first OT,
formal statement of apology to the administration, but said that the housing office was “not disseminating all pertinent information to students,” The Herald reported in 1973. Distribution issues remain a work in progress today. Detailed information about the lottery and its changes are available online, but the printed version of the Grapevine will not be distributed to “save trees,” said Katherine Tameo, acting director of ResLife. Overcrowding issues also racked the housing system in 1973, alleviated only by the construction that year of Young Orchard apartments. During the 2001-02 academic year, the University converted large doubles in Hope College and Perkins to triples, placing transfer students in the extra beds. But overcrowding will not present much of a problem next year due to a number of unoccupied rooms, Tameo said. She said she received a firm statement from the administration that enrollment will be less than last year, anticipated at 1,400 rather than 1,450 students.
when Jordan proved why he was the best with an unbelievable jumper, the level of play had reached All-Star status, and the All-Star game proved itself worthy of a continued existence. Jonathan Meachin ’04 hails from New York, N.Y. and is a public and private sector organizations concentrator.
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IN BRIEF Scientists replace stem cell genes (Washington Post) — Scientists working with human embry-
onic stem cells have for the first time successfully spliced out individual genes from the medically promising but politically contentious cells and substituted different genes in their place. The work is a step toward the biomedical goal of being able to rebuild or regenerate parts of the human body by transplanting either stem cells or tissues grown from stem cells into patients, scientists said. Precise genetic changes in those formative human cells might enhance their therapeutic potential or make them more compatible with patients’ immune systems. Some scientists suggested the success might someday make it unnecessary to pursue “therapeutic cloning,” in which cloned embryos would be created as a source of therapeutic tissues that match the genetic signature of the patient. But the work could escalate concerns among those who fear that stem cell technology will lead to the creation of “designer babies.’’ “We’re seeing that genetic engineering techniques that have been available in mice and other animals are gradually being applied to human cells,’’ said John Robertson, a bioethicist at the University of Texas School of Law.“That’s defensible as long as it’s used to cure diseases, but we have to be aware that techniques like these can be abused, too.’’ The new work, published in Monday’s issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology, resembles similar studies decades ago in mice. That was when scientists discovered how to “knock out’’ and replace individual genes in mouse embryo cells. The technique, called homologous recombination, revolutionized molecular and cellular biology. By growing animals with those precise genetic changes and seeing what went wrong as they developed, scientists could start to see what individual genes did. They also were able to replace “broken’’ genes in mouse embryos. The work with human embryonic stem cells was done by University of Wisconsin researcher James A. Thomson, the scientist who discovered the cells in 1998, and his colleague Thomas P. Zwaka.
U.S., Turkey sign pact on renovating bases in war buildup ISTANBUL, Turkey (Washington Post) — U.S. and Turkish officials signed an agreement late Saturday governing the terms for U.S. renovations at several military bases in Turkey that the United States could use in a war against Iraq, officials said. Under the so-called memorandum of understanding, about 3,500 U.S. troops and workers will be allowed into Turkey to expand and modernize airports, military bases and seaports for eventual use by U.S. soldiers. Turkey’s parliament granted permission to modernize the bases last week, but the work was delayed while officials from both countries haggled over technical and legal fine print. Work on the renovations can now begin immediately, officials said. Turkey’s parliament is scheduled to vote Feb. 18 on whether to allow the stationing of as many as 30,000 to 40,000 U.S. troops. The U.S. forces would be used to open a northern front in a war against Iraq, with which Turkey shares a 218-mile border. A northern front is considered vital to the U.S. war strategy. The agreement states that U.S. troops and workers allowed into the country for base renovations will be subject to Turkish law and, if they commit offenses, tried in Turkish courts, according to a report by Turkey’s semi-official news agency, Anatolian. The question of legal jurisdiction was reportedly a key stumbling block during negotiations. The agreement also states that the United States will pay for all upgrades, that Turkey will incur no financial losses as a result of the work, and that priority will be given to the use of Turkish labor and equipment during the renovations, which are expected to cost several hundred million dollars. Renovations will occur at three military bases — all located in southern and southeastern Turkey and within 100 to 400 miles of Iraq — and at three airports in other parts of the country.
Wing drag occurred on earlier flights (Washington Post) — Of all the stresses the space shuttle undergoes during re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere, there is one particularly wicked effect that will tilt the ship to one side and cause the undercarriage to heat up prematurely. It has happened on many occasions, but no one at NASA ever expected that it was capable of destroying a spacecraft. In the last minutes before shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas one week ago, NASA instruments recorded excessive “drag’’ on the shuttle’s left wing, and hot spots in several areas of the wing’s underside. At first, the onboard computer ordered the spacecraft’s wingmounted elevons to compensate; then it fired the jet thrusters when that wasn’t enough. There is no proof that the loss of Columbia moments later resulted from the phenomenon scientists describe as “asymmetrical boundary layer transition.’’ But the symptoms observed in Columbia are similar to those that occurred in perhaps a dozen shuttle flights over the life of the 20-year program. In each case, engineers determined that the premature drag occurred because launch damage or faulty maintenance had roughed up the surface of the thermal tiles that cloak the underside of the shuttle. This interrupted the air flow, pulling the wing down, increasing friction and causing the tiles to heat up more rapidly. NASA had studied the phenomenon for years, but its fear was not that the shuttle would suffer a catastrophic structural failure because of it. “That wasn’t even an issue,’’ said aerospace scientist Steven Schneider, of Purdue University, who consulted with NASA on the boundary transition. Instead, Schneider said, NASA was worried about firing the thrusters so often that there wouldn’t be enough fuel to use them to steady the spacecraft on its final approach to landing. The shuttle’s “yaw’’ — its movement from right to left — can be fine-tuned by the same small, 40-pound jets that correct the drag at much higher speeds and altitudes. In studies published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1997 and 2002, scientists analyzed more than 80 shuttle flights. They found generally that the boundary transition under ordinary circumstances took place at an altitude of 156,000 feet, with the spacecraft flying at a speed of about 5,000 miles per hour. But the 1997 study also determined that the transition “tripped’’ — occurred prematurely — in 20 percent of the flights, and in 60 percent — about a dozen flights — the transition was “asymmetrical,’’ in that one wing of
the spacecraft encountered turbulence before the other, dragging down the afflicted side. In 1989, Columbia had an asymmetric transition at an altitude of 220,000 feet, while traveling at a speed of 12,500 mph. Columbia was in roughly the same configuration Feb. 1 when Mission Control lost communications. “Early tripping is not a good idea,’’ said Jerry Grey, director of science and technology policy for the American Institute ofAeronautics and Astronautics. “The consequence of early tripping is an early heat transfer. The spacecraft stays hotter for longer.’’ The boundary layer transition is a well-known concept in fluid mechanics, easily understood by looking at the water in any flowing stream. Close to the bank the water is virtually still, while it flows most rapidly in the middle. The increase in speed from riverbank to channel is the boundary layer transition. “That’s because of the friction between the edge water and the bank itself,’’ said five-time astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, who teaches astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The flow can be smooth, or it can become turbulent.’’ When a returning space shuttle begins to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, the flow of air over the wing is smooth, even though the transition is from zero mph on the surface of the wing to 17,000 mph less than an inch above it. As re-entry continues, however, the combination of increasing friction and atmospheric density will cause the flow to become turbulent, as if Hoffman’s babbling brook had become choked by floodwaters. “A turbulent boundary will cause the wing surface to get hotter,’’ said Grey, but it is not something to worry about, under normal circumstances. “It happens all the time,’’ Grey added, and “you can’t do anything about it.’’ Hoffman explained further that the transition is not something that the shuttle crew watches closely during the 60-minute re-entry. Like Mission Control, the astronauts are preoccupied with their upcoming touch-down and whether their speed and altitude correspond to NASA’s templates. “At Mach 8 (about 5,000 miles per hour) you’re only about 300 miles from landing,’’ Hoffman said. “You’re at 150,000 feet and you have 1.5 Gs (11/2 times the force of gravity) pushing down on you. You’re looking at your numbers on the displays and at the numbers you’re supposed to have.’’ In five flights on four shuttle orbiters, Hoffman said he never noticed when the transition occurred.
Huge spending bill nears completion (Washington Post) — Congressional negotiators, spurred by Vice President Cheney’s active involvement, were nearing completion late Sunday of a mammoth domestic spending bill after agreeing to add $6.1 billion for U.S. military activities in Afghanistan. The funds for the Pentagon will push the price tag of the huge bill well above the $389.9 billion top figure set by the White House budget office in a letter to Congress last week. The money could be only the first installment of billions of dollars more for the Pentagon if the United States goes to war with Iraq. But GOP aides said Sunday they were hopeful the inclusion of the funds, along with $3.9 billion added earlier for war-related intelligence activities, could strengthen support for speedy final passage of the longstalled spending measure. For months Congress has balked at providing President Bush blanket authority to spend up to $10 billion from a wartime reserve account as he saw fit. But under a deal brokered by Cheney late last week between Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and senior members of the House and Senate appropriations committees, the $6.1 billion in military funds would be appropriated for operations in Afghanistan under more standard procedures. “The vice president has been a tremendous help. I can’t say enough good things about him,’’ said James Dyer, staff director of the House Appropriations Committee. Now, GOP officials hope that Cheney can help find ways to add billions of dollars for education and election reform, despite administration budget limits. GOP lawmakers want to bring the spending bill to the floor of both chambers for final passage no later than Thursday.
The bill finances all domestic departments and the U.S. foreign aid program through September. Completion of the legislation, which lumps together 11 annual appropriations bills, was stalled last year in the politically-divided Congress. But a number of potential battles still loom over funding and environmental provisions written into the bill. GOP officials were close to abandoning the idea of incorporating some $3.8 billion in drought relief for farmers in the bill because of the tight ceiling imposed by the White House. Environmentalists in both parties have vowed to remove language that would allow Interior Department funds to be used for early studies of oil and gas development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Also, as currently written the legislation would not allow environmental organizations to challenge in court a wilderness plan for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska that is to be completed in 60 days. Funds for federal and state land and water conservation programs would be reduced by $166 million. But House and Senate negotiators have restored funding for the FBI and the State Department that was cut in earlier versions of the package. The section of the measure funding veterans, housing and environmental programs also fares well in the final agreement, sources said. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, has proposed a $100 million fund to help fishermen, $35 million of which would go to fishermen in his state. But aides said Sunday that negotiators have yet to resolve how to pay for such “add-ons,’’ which could require government-wide cuts to keep the package within the limits set by the White House.
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Bush says Iraq’s ‘Hideand-seek’ game is ‘Over’ WASHINGTON (L.A. Times) — As U.N. weapons inspectors indicated some progress in weekend talks with Iraq, the United States chastised President Saddam Hussein on Sunday for continuing to play “hide-and-seek’’ with his deadliest arms and rejected a European proposal to prevent a rush to war. President Bush said it is now time for the United Nations to face the “moment of truth.’’ Chief weapons inspector Hans Blix, concluding two days of talks, said Sunday that the inspections are “not at all at the end of the road’’ but that he detected a nuanced change of heart. Baghdad provided additional documents on chemical and biological weapons and missile development, although it had not yet agreed to allow U-2 surveillance overflights, he said. But the United States appeared determined to rebuff any further inspection efforts. Bush, speaking at a Republican policy conference, charged that the Iraqi leader “wants the world to think that hide-and-seek is a game that we should play. And it’s over.’’ Because Saddam is “deceiving — not disarming,’’ Bush said, the United States would be working with allies “over the next short period of time’’ to bring the United Nations to the same conclusion. The administration also continued to press hard for a new U.N. resolution condoning the use of force to finish the job of disarming Saddam. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell rejected ideas from France and Germany
to give U.N. teams more time and more muscle to carry out inspections in Iraq. Powell called on the United Nations to meet soon to make the final determination whether “serious consequences are due at this time.’’ In an administration media blitz of the Sunday talk shows, Powell said the time for inspections is over because Baghdad has shown that it will not comply with Security Council Resolution 1441. The evidence, he said, includes an incomplete accounting of its weapons programs it delivered to the United Nations in December. “This lack of cooperation by Iraq and the false declaration, all the other actions that they have taken and not taken since the resolution passed ... all set the stage for the U.N. to go into session and find whether or not serious consequences are appropriate at this time,’’ Powell said on “Fox News Sunday.’’ “I don’t think the next step should be, ‘Let’s send in more inspectors to be stiffed by the Iraqis,’ ‘‘ he said. German Defense Minister Peter Struck said that a proposal to formally strengthen inspections will be introduced at the United Nations on Friday, when chief inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei give their progress report to the Security Council. Although the French Foreign Ministry denied Sunday that there is any secret new plan, Struck said after a two-day international defense conference in Munich, Germany, that France and Germany stand “shoulder to shoulder’’ and hope their initiative will be taken up positively in the Security Council. Despite the Bush administration’s attempts to deflect the new ideas, the clash of wills over Iraq between the United States and its two long-standing allies appeared to be deepening. The ideas under discussion in Europe, French diplomats said, included tripling the number of U.N. inspectors in Iraq, declaring the entire country a “no-fly’’ zone and increasing aerial surveillance — all as 150,000 U.S. troops remain deployed around Iraq to maintain pressure on Baghdad. Another idea, proposed by Germany, would deploy U.N. troops to back up the inspectors inside Iraq. Powell said he had not been informed of any new plan. French envoys said Sunday that the proposals were making the rounds on the Continent to gain wider backing before possibly taking shape in a new resolution at the Security Council. In Germany for talks with Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said that a consensus against rushing into war had emerged among France, Germany, China and Russia. Putin said the countries’ foreign ministers and U.N. envoys were coordinating their efforts. Putin was scheduled to hold talks in Paris Monday with French President Jacques Chirac. But America’s top diplomat said time is fast running out for diplomatic solutions.
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M.Basketball continued from page 12 from the night before. Looking to prove those who expected a sub-par effort wrong, the team, especially Hunt and Powers, came out of the gate strong. In the first six minutes, Powers nailed three straight three-pointers and between the two games, finished seven for 12 from three-point land. Hunt added seven points on his way to a first-half high of 11, helping the Bears build an eight-point lead. Following a technical on the Dartmouth bench, Hunt missed two free throws and started a nearly six-minute stretch in which the team could not score. The Big Green used the opportunity to take a 27-25 lead, before Hunt tied the game by making both ends of a one-and-one. Bailey had a fast-break lay-up off of a steal at the end of the half to give the Bears a lead going into the locker room, 32-30. Both teams had stretches in the second half where they went over four minutes without scoring. Hunt and Kilburn led the way for Brown combining to score 14 of the team’s 29 second-half points. Kilburn’s total again came on a perfect four of four from the field and he has now made 19 consecutive field goals, putting him six shy of the NCAA record. “Jaime (Kilburn) did not miss a shot and was scoring at will,” Miller said. “He has been at the short end of the stick because of the four-guard line-up, so tonight I decided to stick with him.” “Initially I was a starter and now coming off the bench, my role is just to provide the team with a spark,” Kilburn said. While Dartmouth kept the game close, it never tied or retook the lead in the half and the Bear’s defense forced the Big Green into two 35-second violations and a five-second violated. The Bears held Dartmouth to only 23 second-half points. Dartmouth’s leading scorer
Charles Harris was held to just four points on 2-11 shooting. Forte’s free throws with 19 seconds left put the lock on a 61-53 victory. Hunt and Kilburn finished as the only two Bears in double figures, while Hunt and Forte tied for the team lead in rebounds and assists, six and three, respectively. Kilburn had two blocks for the second straight game. Brown is off to its best start in the Ivy League, now in sole possession of first place. They head down to Princeton and UPenn next weekend for games with the previous two Ivy League champions. Penn and Princeton are also 4-0 in the league. Against Princeton on Friday, Brown will try to end the longest active road-losing streak against one opponent in Division I. “I am going to be excited and I know all of us are going to be excited,” said Bailey, about facing his former school U-Penn. “I am very focused and it is probably the biggest game of the year for me. We just have to get Princeton first.” Lay-Ups: Coach Miller spoke with UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun, for whom he played for and worked as an assistant, following his announcement that he was taking a leave of absence to receive treatment for prostate cancer … Against Harvard, the game was stopped for over two minutes when Nuualiitia was injured when his head slammed into the floor while going up for a rebound … President Ruth Simmons attended the contest vs. Harvard … The Crimson outrebounded the Bears on the offensive end 22-7 … While Dartmouth did not miss a free throw against Brown last season, it shot only 55.6 percent from the charity stripe on Saturday … The attendance for the game against the Big Green was 1,872. Sports staff writer Joshua Troy ’04 is the executive sports editor and covers the men’s basketball team. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2003 · PAGE 10 S T A F F
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Already doin’ it In spring 2000, Donald Desrochers, then dean of Residential Life, gave two arguments against co-ed housing that administrators have stuck to ever since — the imminent danger of opposite-sex couples living together, and the need for single-sex bathrooms. The University has offered no good reason why suites of singles, like Graduate Center and the Young Orchard Apartments, should not be co-ed. Grad Center in particular is one of the only realistic options for sophomores looking to live in suites. And truly, Grad Center suites are scarcely different from traditional hall-style co-ed living, with single rooms and a shared bathroom connected by a glorified hallway. The “experiment” of a co-ed hallway of suites in New Dorm A proved an unmitigated success by all accounts, with no complaints of rampant coupling, and Residential Council deserves praise for its efforts in pushing this initiative through. This year the University responded by expanding co-ed housing to its current limits — but refuses to budge on the bathroom question. In several dorms around campus, bathrooms are already co-ed in practice, despite whether the figure on the door is wearing a skirt or not, especially in dorms with only one bathroom per floor, like Hope College and Hegeman. The current requirement that coed suites have access to single-sex bathrooms is largely arbitrary. Such restrictions on co-ed living smack of Puritanical moralism and heterosexism. Is the University really afraid that the introduction of unisex bathrooms will lead to wild shower orgies? Perhaps the administration should take a peek inside a Grad Center bathroom, where you’re lucky if you can pick up a bar of soap without brushing up against scummy tile. Co-ed living is not for everyone. Because students are able to choose their group members in the housing lottery, it’s not being forced upon anyone. Yet for LGBT students on campus, single-sex living could be equally uncomfortable (or inappropriate, depending on your point of view), as co-ed living is for heterosexual students. Brown’s rules governing co-ed living support an antiquated notion of interaction between the genders that no longer has any place on this campus.
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD EDITORIAL Elena Lesley, Editor-in-Chief Brian Baskin, Executive Editor Zachary Frechette, Executive Editor Kerry Miller, Executive Editor Kavita Mishra, Senior Editor Stephanie Harris, Academic Watch Editor Carla Blumenkranz, Arts & Culture Editor Rachel Aviv, Asst. Arts & Culture Editor Julia Zuckerman, Campus Watch Editor Juliette Wallack, Metro Editor Adam Stella, Asst. Metro Editor
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LETTERS Student group works for responsible U. investment strategy
If we do invade Iraq, we must leave as soon as possible
To the Editor:
To the Editor:
“Issues ... such as socially responsible investing seem to have fallen by the wayside in recent months,” said a recent staff editorial (“A Fresh Idea,” Feb. 5). As a member of Students for Responsible Investing, I am proud to report we have made great strides this year in promoting the responsible investment of the Brown endowment. We are currently working on a policy to be used by the Brown Corporation and the Investment Office. Although our group is not widely publicized, we are very active and would welcome new members. We believe that how a person or organization chooses to spend money is an important reflection of its values. But perhaps more important than not investing in irresponsible companies (Brown is currently considering divesting from tobacco) is promoting change within companies that Brown owns, or has stock in. We direct much of our attention to stockholder activism. This involves voting on resolutions which change corporate practices. For example, if Brown owns stock in MoneyMart and a stockholder proposes that MoneyMart increase the numbers of minorities in manager positions, Brown has the opportunity to support that resolution. As a student group we work to insure that Brown exercises its vote as a stockholder and that student opinions are heard during the process. This is one of many ways that we work toward active and thoughtful investing by Brown. If you would like to learn more about us, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re: “Post-war Iraq must be independent, democratic” (Feb. 5). Jaideep Singh is an international relations concentrator, so I cannot claim his credentials. But when you lack credentials, common sense is a serviceable substitute. Singh does not know much about “war technologies” (war is not an important part of international relations), so let’s listen to Harlan Ullman, a Pentagon adviser who appeared on CBS to talk about the “shock and awe” strategy he helped author. “(Y)ou get rid of their power, water ... rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks, but in minutes.” This is accomplished by the “technology” of carpet bombing: 400 cruise missiles into Baghdad in the first 24 hours, another 400 in the next. As for democracy, the New York Times reports that the heir apparent to the Iraqi dictatorship is Gen. Tommy Franks, a mediocre military careerist who is already under investigation by the Pentagon for a host of corruptions involving his wife. (Apparently some poor Army of One was assigned to Mrs. Frank’s dry-cleaning.) So we see that the man has already inculcated the petty mindset of a fatuous imperial administrator. It may be that the antiwar movement, despite its diverse character, huge demonstrations and support of most of the planet, cannot stop the war on Iraq. Fine. Then the task is to organize to get the United States the hell out of Iraq as quickly as possible, instead of surmising how heavy the White Man’s Burden should be. The United States never intervenes militarily to promote human rights; it intervenes to protects the perceived interests of its elites, despite whatever long- and short-term disasters doing so might entail for “us” or “them.” But surely I don’t have to remind an international relations concentrator of the way nations actually relate.
Kenna Stormogipson ’03 Feb. 6
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For many war-mongers, it’s the stupid economy Why someone should have asked Karl Rove to the prom IN GENERAL, I LIKE TO THINK OF MYSELF report says he doesn’t.) Saddam gasses his as a people person. I’ve bought my share own people. (Reagan helped him do it.) of rounds at Max’s. I’ve gone to my share of Saddam violates U.N. regulations. (Few athletic games even though I personally countries have defied the United Nations have the upper body strength of a Golden more times than we have.) Saddam may Girl. I do these things because I like inter- have some weapons of mass destruction. acting with people. But there are some (Charlton Heston gives them out as stockpeople out there I just can’t stand. I like to ing stuffers.) No, for now I’m going to focus on the call them “morons.” I don’t mean morons uber-morons. The ones who in the loveable Ozzy Osbourne think war admissible because kind of way, or in the guys-who SETH MAGAZINER it’ll help the economy. Not only -talk-too-loud-in-the-movies are they wrong factually, but kind of way. They’re fine, if a bit COLUMNIST they have forgotten some of aggravating. No, when I say the most basic questions any morons, I mean in the creepy, Karl Rove, “I didn’t get asked to the Junior society must ask itself. The first thing these misinformed warProm so now I’m going to take over the mongers will point to is the major economworld” kind of way. You know the type. They’re the ones ic boom that occurred after World War II. who don’t support affirmative action “You see!” they chide. “It was a massive because 35 years of semi-equality should military build-up that helped get us out of be more than enough to erase the damage the Depression!” Indeed there was an economic boom of 400 years of slavery and forced segregation. They’re the ones who tell you not to that began shortly after World War II and give change to the homeless people on lasted through the rest of the Truman Thayer Street because they’ll just use the presidency, but things were a bit different money to buy alcohol and drugs. (If there’s back then. For starters, the top income tax a place Joe from outside Store 24 can buy rate hovered at around 90 percent, close crack and vodka for 93 cents, I’d sure like to three times what it is now. Even under to know where.) And my personal favorite, Ike, the inheritor of the post-war prosperthey’re the ones who say, “You know, a war ity and the last Republican to serve with with Iraq or North Korea won’t be too bad, both houses of Congress in his pocket, the because it’ll jump-start the economy.” top rate never dropped below 85 percent. Also, the major industrial leaders of the Morons. For the purposes of this article, I won’t time had a much harder time getting prispend much time on the other forced justi- vate meetings with Vice Presidents fications that have been made for war with Barkley and Nixon than the CEOs of Iraq. We’ve all heard those arguments Harken and Enron have had getting meetbefore, and we all know why they’re wrong. ings with Dick Cheney. From 1945 to 1960, Saddam has ties to al-Qaida. (A recent CIA corporation income taxes averaged about 5.5 percent of GDP. Today they are less than half that. “So what are you saying?” you would ask Even Seth Magaziner ’06 doesn’t have as me if I were sitting next to you — “High extensive a college legacy as George W. taxes automatically mean a good econoBush.
my?” Of course not. But a good economy will result if tax revenue is used wisely. Back in the good old postwar days, New Deal programs were still strong and well-funded. There was no talk of having to put Social Security accounts on the stock market or raiding benefits packages. The government was paying for millions of young Americans to go to college. The Tennessee Valley Authority was building government-invested infrastructure across the American South. In any case, blindly associating a postwar economic situation today with one 50 years ago is wrong, because times are very different and American fiscal policy has changed drastically. “Okay,” you could be thinking now, “maybe the war wasn’t the sole reason for the post-WWII boom, but it could have helped.” Some doubt is cast, however, if we look at how the economy performed after other wars. The period following the Vietnam conflict saw a recession that we didn’t recover from for nearly two years. We all know how things went for Bush the First after the Gulf War. Maybe deficit spending and the diversion of funds from job creation and social health programs to a military conflict that disrupts international trade and puts some of our most productive citizens in danger isn’t a sound economic policy at all. But the truth is that the idiocy in advocating war on behalf of the economy cannot be demonstrated with statistics or history lessons. Take a step back. Every American agrees it is important to have a good economy. But every American should also take the time to ask him or herself one crucial, yet oft-overlooked, question: What is the purpose of a good economy? There is no definitive way to measure or define the strength of an economy. We have come to rely on various estimated
indicators, most notably the Gross Domestic Product. Gross Domestic Product is a measure of how much a nation produces. So is that the goal of society, to produce as much as possible? At the end of the day, are we going to look to the rest of the world and say with satisfaction, “We produced more things than you, so therefore we are happier?” Of course not. The goal of a society, and of a society’s economy, is to produce as high a quality of life for its citizens as possible. Truth be told, there is always the outside possibility that IBM is building some new radar systems or GM is building some new tanks will benefit some of our economic indicators. But will life be better for the senior who can no longer afford medication or for a parent watching his or her child die on CNN? Advocating war on behalf of the economy is supply-side economics at its worst. The very idea that a few artificial numbers going up rather than down because some defense industry cronies are making money is the sign of a healthy economy when thousands of citizens are facing hunger, poor health and bullets is frankly disgusting. A high GDP or growing stock market is useless if it comes at the expense of common people. A strong economy and a strong society cannot properly be called so unless all who take part in building them have a chance to reap the benefits. Now the morons have been overwhelmed, at least for today. They will not admit they’re wrong because they never do. In their exhaustion and confusion, however, they reel around for one last stab. “Class warfare!” they cry. Well, if saying that our government should have economic policies that will benefit many Americans, as opposed to a select few, is class warfare, then call me guilty. But I don’t mind. It’s a hell of a lot better than real warfare.
Media conglomerates manipulate our views Few realize the wide-ranging influence of the entertainment industry WOULD IT SURPRISE YOU TO HEAR warn against the mindless acceptance of a that General Electric of light bulb fame corporate-owned media. Let us return to owns the major commercial network NBC? the case of General Electric: This company Most likely not. Would it surprise you to admits to being a potentially responsible hear that GE is a major producer of nuclear party at more than 70 Superfund sites, has bombs and reactors? Possibly not. Would it dumped 2.5 million gallons of radioactive waste water into the Gulf of surprise you if GE’s ownership Mexico and has dumped of NBC had any impact on the NICK BAYARD 500,000 pounds of PCBs into way the news is reported to the the Hudson River. This is the public? I hope not. COLUMNIST company that employs the We live in a world where newscaster you watch every nothing that is presented to us can be taken at surface value. Any adver- night. NBC’s entertainment program, “Extra,” tisement, speech, news report or magazine article has an agenda, and sometimes that ran a special on the nuclear accident that agenda and its means are not easily spotted. featured a nuclear power industry expert, British Petroleum, who has recently put for- and it hosted no scientists critical of ward the moniker “Beyond Petroleum,” nuclear power. Not surprisingly, the canceradvertising itself as mainly a promoter of ridden adults and children living near the cleaner, greener technologies, derives near- plant were also not adequately represented. ly 90 percent of its revenue from petroleum. If this is not an example of a corporate-drivThe first time I saw an advertisement for BP, en agenda, I don’t know what is. This “sciI had no idea that the company had any- entist” featured on “Extra” is just the kind of thing to do with oil. Advertisers are often in scientist who will disagree with the United the business of making the consumer feel Nations Intergovernmental Panel on comfortable about buying a product, no Climate Change (a panel of the top scienmatter how harmful the product may be to tists in the world, who gathered to work themselves or to the environment. This with the United Nations Environment business rewards those who are talented Program and came to the consensus that global warming is happening and is having spin artists and exceptional deceivers. I am not out to deride large corporations drastic negative effects). Patrick Michaels, a and their motivations. People need power, previously little-known scientist, was fundand people need fuel. I am only trying to ed by Western Fuels Association (a consortium of coal interests) to edit the World Climate Report. You can believe it was not in agreement with most of the top scientists The Herald would like to welcome Nick on the issue. Such an opinion is likely to get Bayard ’04 to its opinions staff.
widespread media coverage without any mention of funding sources, especially because it seems like a hot new finding. Let us turn our attention to advertising. You may be familiar with Sea World; Shamu is somewhat of a national icon. As one strolls through the walkways, green spaces and plazas of Sea World, one is confronted with countless messages from corporations who wish to spread their message to animal lovers from all walks of life. I will focus on Budweiser because the park itself gives out free beer. This is a brilliant marketing strategy for Bud because not only are they parading around a happy-go-lucky image, they are also doing it in the presence of families with children. In Sea World, everything down to the last bench is calculated by teams of researchers in order to make the park as efficient and profitfriendly as possible. The vice president of food services puts this message bluntly in terms of his position: “The point of the food in the landscape is not to satisfy needs but to produce and differentiate desires.” So Budweiser hops on the train. In an atmosphere where everything has been calculated to perfection, corporations plant their names in order to latch onto that image of a perfect, friendly environment. Despite complaints from animalrights activists and the fact that Sea World has been responsible for the deaths of countless killer whales over their decades of capturing the animals, they put this image across quite effectively. In the same vein, despite that alco-
holism is a destroyer of lives, Budweiser puts across the same kind of positive image quite effectively. Corporate-driven news takes a story and sells it. It is the business of intriguing, exciting, scaring the viewer into watching or into reading. For this reason, most major headlines or broadcasts will describe an event, an emergency, a declaration of war or maybe a celebrity wedding. On television or the radio, it may sound something like this: “We come to you live at the scene, where fires raged just last night through a downtown apartment building! No one has been reported injured — now we turn to local residents for their story of what happened.” What may be a more important issue for the public to know about, such as the impact of car exhaust on the health of inner-city residents, is too long-term for newscasters to cover. Can you imagine a reporter saying something like this? “We come to you live at the scene, where for the past five years, a steady increase in traffic congestion has built up an unhealthy level of ground level ozone. We turn now to residents, who are unhappy that more people aren’t carpooling.” I don’t think so. What is the final upshot of all of this? If private agendas and corporate greed drive most of the information that crosses our path, where shall we go for truth? Hopefully we can seek it out within all of these messages and behind all of these veils. If not, the public will continue its consumptive patterns, ensuring riches for few and ruin for many.
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
SPORTS MONDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2003 · PAGE 12
All-star desperation TALK ABOUT TRYING TO FILL TIME. THE NBA All-Star weekend once again was brutally long. Jason Richardson’s winning dunk was definitely legit, but let’s cut out the celebrity ballers and the cheesy halfcourt games. Keep the dunk and three-point contest because they are the only competitive elements of the show, but get rid of the “weekend” in All Star weekend and make it a one JOHN MEACHIN night event. The SUICIDE SQUEEZE game itself is almost never good so why prolong the event into a weekend-long saga? Like everyone, I am always glad to see that Magic Johnson is doing well, but his game of H-O-R-S-E against Isaiah Thomas was pathetic. First of all, they played the game in what looked like a high school gym and whether no one cared or no one was let in, the bleachers were completely empty. Neither player looked that excited to be there and while H-O-R-S-E between guys doing high-flying dunks might be fun to watch, two old guys shooting jumpers just isn’t that interesting. And did Stuart Scott really have to scream “Booyah” every time someone hit a jumper? I know he was trying to make something dreadfully boring seem entertaining, but he was just annoying to listen to. I don’t know who the creative team is for All-Star weekend is, but no one wants to watch a half-court game involving Blist celebrities, veterans, WNBA players and two average NBA players. While I know Dominique Wilkins — “the human highlight film” was one of the most exciting players in NBA history — it was just sad to see him over the weekend. Fine, the Atlanta fans wanted to see the franchise’s best player, but a sluggish ’Nique going 4-for-16 from the field impressed no one. What are Ashton Kutcher and Frankie Muniz doing on a basketball court during the All-Star weekend? I know the NBA has been struggling to find stars with Jordan set to depart but do we really need to see B-list actors bricking shots at the All-Star game? Historically, this weekend has been filled with awful ideas ranging from the NBA-WNBA two ball competition to the Legends Classic game which looked more like a game between out-of-breath weekend warriors than a showcase of some of the game’s greats. H-O-R-S-E was really a good idea but don’t do it with guys who are closer to AARP then their glory days. see MEACHIN, page 6
SCOREBOARD Women’s tennis BROWN 6, Syracuse 1 Men’s basketball BROWN 61, Dartmouth 53 BROWN 91, Harvard 86 Women’s basketball Dartmouth 74, BROWN 68 Harvard 72, BROWN 61 Women’s gymnastics BROWN team took third place in a tri-meet with Yale and U.R.I. Men’s hockey BROWN 3, Union 2 R.P.I. 4, BROWN 3 OT
Women’s hockey Dartmouth 3, BROWN 0 BROWN 4, Vermont 1 Men’s swimming and diving BROWN 125.5, Army 117.5 Columbia 148, Yale 146, BROWN 93 Women’s swimming and diving BROWN 172, Yale 122 Men’s track BROWN finishes first at U.R.I. Mega Meet Women’s track BROWN takes third at U.R.I. Invitational
6-0 men’s basketball remains in first with wins over Harvard, Dartmouth
With first place on the line,men’s basketball will hit the road over the long weekend to face the Princeton Tigers and Pennsylvania Quakers. All three teams have yet to lose in the Ivies. BY JOSHUA TROY
To answer the question that has plagued TNT for the last year and a half, drama is a basketball game between two Ivy League rivals in which neither team leads by more then seven points, features 11 ties and is not decided until the last 10 seconds. For the 2,300 that packed the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday night despite a snowstorm, the men’s basketball team’s (11-9, 6-0) 91-86 victory over Harvard was as dramatic as any sports fan could have imagined. While Saturday’s contest against Dartmouth was more appropriate for TBS as a comedy of errors, even with a slight letdown, the team was able to knock-off an underrated Big Green team, 61-53. “This group is an older group and is very determined,” said Head Coach Glen Miller. “Right now, we are on a roll and I hope it doesn’t stop.” Winners of six straight and eight of 10 heading into the game with Harvard, Bruno used a well-balanced performance to take down a Harvard team that had played Pennsylvania and Princeton tight last weekend. After taking a seven-point lead with 14:55 to play in the first half, the teams traded field goal and foul shots, leading to a stretch that featured seven ties in the next six and a half minutes. With the Bears up 30-29, the Crimson went on an 8-0 run thanks to four points apiece from Brian Cusworth and Gus Winter and took a 37-30 lead with 4:29 to play in the half. For the second straight home game,
UPenn transfer Harold Bailey ’03 provided a spark off of the bench, draining two straight three-pointers to sandwich a field goal by Harvard. Still down one, Jaime Kilburn ’04 continued his recent stretch of inspired play by blocking two shots, forcing a turnover and then putting in a basket inside the paint. Kilburn was the team’s leading scorer at halftime with eight, on four of four shooting. To close out the half following a 6-0 run by Harvard, Mike Martin ’04 drained a shot from behind the arc to shrink the gap to two, 45-43. “Being out earlier this year and other guys stepping up when I was gone (have) helped our team,” said Earl Hunt ’03. “So many guys stepped up tonight and we are going to need that if we are going to make a championship run.” After trading baskets for the first four minutes of the second half, the Crimson mounted a seven-point lead with key baskets from Winter and the team’s leadingscorer Patrick Harvey. But as they showed all night, the Bears were ready for a fight and Hunt, who scored 18 of his gamehigh 24 points in the second half, was ready to lead the way to victory. With the lead cut to 72-66 with 9:34 to play in the game, Martin and Patrick Powers ’04 hit back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game and Hunt and Alai Nuualiitia ’03 scored the team’s next 15 points to give Brown a 87-81 lead with 1:28 remaining. The intensity of the game continued throughout, as Harvard used an offensive rebound to earn a second three-point
chance and Elliot Prasse-Freeman, third in the nation in assists, delivered, cutting the lead to three. After a driving basket by Jason Forte ’05, Prasse-Freeman added a second three and Harvey drained a two to put the lead at three with 32 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Harvard fouled Forte, but following two missed free throws the Crimson had the ball and the chance to tie. With the game on the line, Harvey missed a three-pointer and Hunt pulled down the rebound and was fouled. Making two foul shots, Hunt closed out the game and sealed the win. Bruno finished with four guys in double-figures, including Nuualiitia and Powers with 15 each, and Forte came up one point shy of a double-double, with nine points and 10 assists. Bailey and Nuualiitia finished tied for the team lead in rebounds, each pulling down seven boards. “If we lose (Saturday), it won’t be because we did not take Dartmouth seriously,” Miller said. “Ivy League basketball is two games in a row on the weekend,” Hunt said. “We need to sleep this one off and get ready for the next one.” Despite recognizing the potential for a trap game, coming off the close win against Harvard and Princeton next on the schedule, no one would deny that the game against Dartmouth was closer than it should have been and everyone, fans included, was still emotionally hung-over see M. BASKETBALL, page 9
Women’s basketball swept on weekend road trip The Brown women’s basketball team (109,4-2 Ivy League) suffered its first two losses in league play over the weekend, losing to Harvard, 72-61, and to Dartmouth, 74-68. Against Harvard on Friday, the Bears were down by 15 at halftime, getting outscored 41-26, but came out strong in the second half and outscored the Crimson 35-31. Colleen Kelly ’06 led Brown with 19 points, 17 in the second half. Kelly also pulled down five boards, dished out three assists and grabbed two steals. The only other Bear scoring in double digits was Tanara Golston ’04 with 11
points. Golston also recorded five rebounds and led Brown in assists with four. Nyema Mitchell ’04 had seven rebounds and also netted nine points. Sarah Hayes ’06 and Holly Robertson ’05 both added seven points apiece. Hayes led the Bears in rebounds with eight as Robertson pulled down five. Hayes also led the team in steals with four and dished out three assists. Jackie Vocell ’06 and Ashley Van Kurin ’06 combined for eight points. In the second game vs. Dartmouth, Brown again trailed at halftime but went on a 10-2 run at the beginning of the sec-
ond half to come within three points but would get no closer for the remainder of the game. The Bears were once again led by Kelly with 21 points, 15 from behind the threepoint arc. Kelly also pulled down seven rebounds. Golston had 13 points and Hayes added 12. Golston led the Bears in assists with five as Hayes pulled down eight boards. Van Kurin led Brown in steals with six, had five points and four rebounds. The Bears will host UPenn and Princeton in the Pizzitola Sports Center this weekend, both starting at 7 p.m. —Brown Sports Information