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more smoothly. He said he is especially fond of the BEARS program, which places student and administrative volunteers at key campus locations to carry luggage, answer questions and give directions to new students. “They provide a nice, welcoming touch for incoming first-years,” he said. Resident counselors also assisted with moving first-year students into the dorms, but many said they appreciated not having to move in during the same period. “It was nice to get my stuff in early and
It’s now much easier for the University to track down Brown students downloading illegal files and harboring computer viruses. Thanks to changes implemented over the summer by Computing and Information Services, staff members can link individual students with their IP addresses, unique identifiers for a particular computer connected to the Internet. Through a new system called myConnection, students must agree to the Network Connection Policy and enter their NetID and password before they can tap into the Internet. “It’s the equivalent of signing up on a piece of paper,” said Pamela Vogel, CIS associate director for communications. Though myConnection “feels very Big Brother-ish,” it amounts to an electronic telephone book, she said. “myConnection is not actually a monitoring package,” said Richard Boes, director of network technology. “(If a problem occurs), this allows us to contact the student instead of waiting for them to contact us.” In the past, companies would call Brown to report illegal file-sharing coming from specific IP addresses. Because the University could not determine the actual student associated with the address, staff would just disconnect the computer from the network. CIS would only find out users’ identities if they called in after being disconnected. “We’re probably the last university in the country to do this,” said Ellen WaiteFranzen, vice president of CIS. Without myConnection, CIS could still trace computers to names, but the process would be much more laborintensive, said Connie Sadler, director
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Tour guide Sara Read ’04 leads a crowd of first-years and parents.
Station wagons and minivans converge on College Hill as first-years arrive BY PHILISSA CRAMER
On Tuesday morning, Brown administrators greeted incoming first-years with a clean campus, alphabetized keys and free mugs. By Wednesday night, new students had sent their parents home in empty station wagons, and trash rooms in predominately first-year dorms were overflowing with discarded packing material. Thousands of new and returning students moved onto campus after dorms opened Saturday. The majority of firstyear students arrived Tuesday and Wednesday, when official orientation activities began. All but seven first-year students had checked in by Thursday afternoon, said Director of Residential Life Katherine Tameo. Michelle Oing ’07, from Richmond, Va., said she used the experience of helping her older sister move into her Amherst College dorm as a source of guidance when moving into her Keeney double, adding that her sister reminded her not to forget duct tape and other essentials. But Oing said she wasn’t prepared for everything. “I didn’t think my parents would get in the way so much,” she said. “Three people in half a room are hard to move around.” Rebecca Oing, Michelle’s mother, said moving her daughters into college dorms has never gotten any easier, even though this was her fifth year doing it. Oing’s roommate, Taylor Crocksford ’07, from Portsmouth, R.I., modeled a different approach to moving in as she arranged her belongings on her side of the room by her-
self while her mother attended parents’ meetings. “I’m really not prepared, but I only live half an hour away,” she said. “I bet for the next two weeks my mom will be bringing me stuff.” Other students tried to secure forgotten items much sooner. Vanessa Adams ’07 of New Orleans said she was surprised by how much she forgot to bring. “(Moving in) took a lot more visits to Target and OfficeMax than I expected,” Adams said. And while transfer students benefited from the experience of having already packed at least once for college, many faced a new set of concerns. Courtney Wright ’06, who transferred from Wellesley College, said her quadruple in a converted Keeney lounge was intimidating. “It could be an incredibly wonderful experience, or it could be not so fun,” she said. Wright said she experienced several minor problems that complicated her move-in process, including having a nonworking access card and lacking a phone number. Associate Director of Residential Life Thomas Forsberg said there were no major problems with students moving this year. “There are (places) where we still have things to deal with, and we’re dealing with them as fast as we can,” he said. Forsberg said many groups, including the red-shirted Orientation Welcoming Committee and the Brown Early Arrival Response System, helped make the most intense portion of the move-in period run
TWTP welcomes first-years of color for community-building, socializing BY CARLA BLUMENKRANZ
Ongoing controversy surrounding its mission has done little to change the Third World Transition Program, which welcomed 175 first-years of color to campus last week for four days of workshops and community-building. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and run by the Third World Center, TWTP was designed nearly 30 years ago to provide a “safe space” for entering students of color, said Manisha Kumar ’04, coordinator of the Minority Peer Counselor Program. Workshops focus on obstacles participants may have faced in the past and may continue to face at Brown,
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Brown again ranked 17th in U.S. News’ college rankings, the lowest of the Ivies page 5
From small town Hana, Hawaii, Anna Lieding ’07 gets her first taste of the East Coast page 7
such as classism, sexism, homophobia and racism, said Eldridge Gilbert ’05, one of TWTP’s two coordinators. The program also emphasizes building the campus Third World community by connecting participants with other students of color and fostering a sense of unity among them, said Gilbert and his co-coordinator, Dwight Vidale ’05. About 417 first-years received invitations to TWTP this year, based on the ethnicity they indicated on their application to Brown. Participants were met upon their arrival on campus by a team see TWTP, page 14
TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Time for a conservative moral majority takeover says Stephen Beale ’04 column, page 19
Polls and galas mark the celebration of Brown football’s 125th anniversary season sports, page 20
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CAMPUS NEWS FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2003 · PAGE 3
Network still up despite virus attacks BY JONATHAN ELLIS
Even as three major computer viruses continue to lay siege to the Brown network, officials from Computing and Information Services consider themselves lucky — for now. The viruses include the SoBig.F virus and the Blaster and Welchia worms, which are of particular concern to CIS because they do not spread by methods with which users are familiar, said Pamela Vogel, CIS associate director for communications. Unlike viruses contained in e-mail attachments, the new worms spread by taking advantage of operating system components that constantly check for Internet connections, said Director of Network Technology Richard Boes. The viruses create loopholes in individual computers for other attacks and slow performance speeds. “Just not opening attachments isn’t enough anymore,” Vogel added. “It was enough in May, but not anymore.” Compromised machines are now spreading the virus to other computers and slowing the entire Brown network, she said. To combat the viruses, CIS ordered Sara Perkins / Herald
Dorm Stormer Gabriel Corens '06 de-viruses the computer of Sarah Freeman '07.
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Brown ranked 17th second year in a row BY MONIQUE MENESES
Brown was ranked 17th for the second year in a row in U.S. News and World Report’s controversial college rankings. Unlike every other Ivy League university, Brown was unable to secure a position as one of the topranked 15 U.S. universities this year. Harvard and Princeton tied for first among national universities, with Yale ranked second. Four universities tied for fifth, making it the largest tied position in the top 15. Like last year, Cornell was the second lowest Ivy at No. 14. Melanie Coon, interim vice president for public affairs & university relations, said the University was pleased to be placed in the top 20 national universities. “The rankings do not reflect the academic and curricular strengths of a given school nor do they reflect the enormous size, culture and programs that exist from one school to the next,” Coon said “The schools ahead of us this year were the same schools ahead of us last see U.S. NEWS, page 6
Class of 2007 “best ever,” says Goldberger BY SARA PERKINS
Dean of Admission Michael Goldberger declared the Class of 2007 to be “the best class ever to enter Brown” in his annual address to first-year students on Wednesday night. The announcement came as a surprise to UCS President Rahim Kurji ’05. “I remember being told that my class was the best class ever,” he joked. Goldberger’s speech, at the first of four Class Meetings, revealed some telling facts about the incoming first-years, in particular their competitive edge. There were more than 10 applications for each available spot in this year’s class, and more than 20 for each of the 60 spots in the PLME program. “This year was the most difficult to be admitted to Brown,” Goldberger said. For the first time in Goldberger’s 30year tenure, Massachusetts overtook New York as the state that sent the most students to Brown this year. Filling out the top 10 were California, New Jersey, Rhode Island (which contributes 5 percent of the class), Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland and Texas. Only three states — North Dakota, Idaho and Mississippi — have no student representatives in the Class of 2007, although applications came in from every state and 114 countries. The most international students come from Canada, Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, India, Singapore and Switzerland. The class continues the tradition of
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First-years gathered on the Main Green Wednesday night to hear an address by Dean of Admission Michael Goldberger. having more women than men — 84 more — but is only 53 percent female, compared to 56 percent of the class of 2006. Women named Sarah are particularly common: The most popular female names were Sarah, Elizabeth and Jessica, and the most popular male names were David, Michael and Benjamin. Goldberger also highlighted 2007’s aca-
demic chops. One-fifth of the first-years were high school valedictorians. The “most common” SAT scores were 800s on verbal and math, although Goldberger was quick to note that 90 percent of the class did not receive either score. One student took the standardized test see GOLDBERGER, page 13
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year, albeit a different order. It is abundantly clear that no top school can afford to stand still in the highly competitive arena of higher education,” she said. The magazine, however, ranked the university ninth in most selective schools in the country, by its low acceptance rate of 17 percent. The Sept. 1 issue of the magazine, which hit newsstands last week, publishes an annual list that ranks national universities, liberal arts colleges, masters programs and other programs of study. The method of calculating and the key factors involved in school rankings has remained controversial
. . . We don’t produce this book as a horserace type of document. This is primarily an aid for parents and children to make one of the most important decisions in their lives.” Richard Folkers Director of media relations at U.S. News among parents, academics and students since its inception in 1983. Rankings are based on school’s peer assessments, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources,
student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. However, the formula changes from year to year, said Richard Folkers, director of media relations at U.S. News. “Each year, we try and improve the quality of the statistics that we use to base the rankings on based on the constant feedback from the public,” Folkers said. Many students in the United States and abroad use the report as a tool in deciding which college to go to. But Folkers cautioned excessive reliance on the report is not what the college decision-making process is about. “We don’t produce this book as a horserace type of document. This is primarily an aid for parents and children to make one of the most important decisions in their lives,” he said. According to this year’s U.S. News & World Report, 95 percent of Brown’s senior class graduated last year, an increase from the previous year’s graduation rate. Brown had the fifth highest graduation rate among the ranked U.S. universities.
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From Hawaii to Providence: a first-year’s journey BY JEN SOPCHOCKCHAI
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Anna Lieding ’07 is the first student from her high school in Hana, Hawaii.
First-year Anna Lieding’s hometown of Hana, Hawaii, is a two-hour drive from the nearest airport, movie theater or WalMart. Driving through the tropical rainforest of Hana and along curvy, narrow dirt roads, Lieding began her 5,000-mile journey to Brown this week with an eye for adventure. “Why are you going so far away?” neighbors asked. “Why not?” she answered. Like her fellow classmates, Lieding is just beginning to adjust to the challenges of college life. But unlike many, she’s had few local predecessors. Lieding is the first student from Hana High School, a K-12 public high school, to attend the University, and is the second to matriculate at an Ivy League school. Her graduating class had 20 students: two of them are at Southern Oregon University, five or six will attend Maui Community College and the rest joined the workforce or moved to other Hawaiian islands. Lieding said there is only one college on Maui and going to school on the mainland is a hard decision for Hawaiians. “I was ready to move out,” she said. Lieding is not a first-time traveler, however. At the age of 12 she went alone to Germany, where her family is originally from. The only time she has spent on
Lieding is the first student from Hana High School, a K-12 public high school, to attend the University. the mainland United States has been in California. This is her first trip to the East Coast. Because remote Hana has a population of 2,000, everyone knew about Lieding’s acceptance. She said the town was extremely supportive of her choice to attend Brown. Lieding chose to enroll at Brown for the liberal education and the wide range of opportunities Brown and Providence have to offer, she said. If someone asked Lieding five or six years ago where she’d be today, Brown definitely would not have been in the picture, she said. She hadn’t even heard of the University then. Lieding said she’ll have to adjust to the East Coast’s population density. “Where I grew up I knew everybody and now I don’t even know everyone on my floor,” she said. Herald staff writer Jen Sopchockchai ’05 can be reached at email@example.com.
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WORLD & NATION FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2003 · PAGE 9
Second day of talks brings North Korean threat BEIJING (L.A. Times) — North Korean officials announced Thursday that their country was prepared to test a nuclear weapon, dismaying their Chinese hosts and representatives of the other four nations hoping to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear programs, U.S. officials said. The threat came in the second day of talks among North Korea, South Korea, Russia, China, Japan and the United States over how to handle the North’s nuclear weapons program. U.S. officials privately confirmed that the North Koreans had indicated a willingness to
consider disarming — if the other five parties agreed to their conditions including normalization of diplomatic relations and aid. But if the demands were not met, the North Koreans threatened to test their nuclear weapons. “They claim to have them, and have the means of delivering them, and are prepared to test,” one official said. U.S. officials downplayed the North Korean posture as “nothing new,” saying the remarks were a replay of threats Pyongyang has made in the past. In April, a North Korean official told Assistant see N. KOREA, page 10
Transcripts detail Sept. 11 chaos New York (Washington Post) — World
Trade Center ... repeat, we have something ... going into the top of the World Trade Center!’’ “The World Trade Center, it just blew up.” “Get outside! Get the hell outside!” “They’re jumping out of Building One on the south side.” These are the voices, raw, unfiltered, of police officers and civilians at the World Trade Center on the final morning of its existence. Under a court order, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey late Thursday released roughly 1,800 pages of transcripts, covering about 260 hours of recorded telephone calls and radio transmissions made in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The new transcripts, based on
reel-to-reel tapes recovered from the wreckage of 5 World Trade Center weeks after two aircraft were flown into the towers, provide a vivid, chaotic, real-time narrative of what happened that morning. Confusion is epidemic. There are repeated rumors of rockets fired from the Woolworth Building. Someone claims terrorists with explosives are fleeing through New Jersey in a Ford van with New York tags. There’s talk of a third plane on the way. Several callers to police, unaware of what is happening, report burglar alarms. In the initial moments, almost everyone struggles to comprehend the dimensions of the catastrophe. Male: Yo, I’ve got dozens of bodies, people just jumping from
the top of the building onto ... in front of One World Trade. Female: Sir, you have what jumping from buildings? Male: People. Bodies are just coming from out of the sky ... up top of the building. Female: That’s a copy. A police officer barks into his radio: “We need water ... burning jet fuel on five-one.” A colleague asks, “Smell of jet fuel?” “Negative. Burning jet fuel. Burning jet fuel.” A young man answering the phone at a police desk near the ground floor is nonchalant about a plane hitting the building. “It will affect new paperwork. ... Only the paperwork,” he says. A woman asks him, “It’s a big see SEPT. 11, page 15
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N. Korea continued from page 9 Secretary of State James Kelly that Pyongyang had nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, and might export or test them — or consider disarming them — depending on U.S. actions. “We have no way of knowing,” a Bush administration official said. The talks so far have shed no light on whether North Korea means to make good on its threats or is engaged in brinkmanship aimed at extracting maximum concessions from the United States. Either way, “it doesn’t change our policy, it doesn’t change our approach,” he said. The real test will be whether North Korea agrees to attend a second round of talks, perhaps in October. Such an agreement, which could be announced at the conclusion of the three-day meeting here Friday, would likely be hailed by all sides as a sign of progress. In Beijing, negotiators involved in the talks characterized them as slow but useful. In Crawford, Texas, where President Bush was vacationing, White House deputy press secretary Claire Buchan said, “The assessment from our team who was on the ground in Beijing in these discussions is that this is a positive session that they have been having.” State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker and Buchan both declined to confirm the North Korean comments, in keeping with administration policy not to discuss diplomatic negotiations in progress.
But, another official said the North Koreans had repeated their demands for a legally binding nonaggression treaty with the United States, a normalization of diplomatic relations, and compensation for the electricity North Korea lost by shutting down a plutonium reactor under a 1992 deal to freeze all nuclear activity. North Korea’s admission last October that it had a secret uranium-enrichment program that violated that promise triggered the crisis that led to the current talks in Beijing. “If they get back all the stuff that, frankly, they threw away, then they would allow inspections and eventual dismantlement” of the nuclear program, the official said. No timetable for relinquishing the nuclear program was offered. North Korea also continued to drop strong hints that it wanted economic aid as a condition of giving up its weapons program, negotiators involved in the talks said. That is an approach that the White House has essentially called an unacceptable attempt at nuclear blackmail. The CIA has long believed that North Korea has one or two nuclear weapons and an active long-range missile program, but analysts have questioned whether North Korea has the technological prowess to miniaturize warheads enough to tip a ballistic missile with a nuclear device. The United States sees no signs of any impending nuclear test, a U.S. official said. “They have a long-standing tradition of making threats,” he said. “Is there evidence that they’re making preparations to fire off a nuclear weapon? No.”
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Carpet salesmen Leonard Richardson and Daniel Lanois practice some free enterprise outside Em-Wool.
Moving in continued from page 1 not have to deal with the freshman move-in,” said Ariana Arcenas ’06, who is a Woman’s Peer Counselor in Keeney. Forsberg said the biggest change from previous move-ins was the amount of computer help available. Computing and Information Services dispatched the Dorm Storm, a team of students handing out antivirus software and repairing disabled computers. Dorm Storm volunteer Tyler Wilson ’05 said several computer viruses that have attacked networks across the nation in recent weeks spread to the Brown network as students connected their personal computers. “(The Dorm Storm) was unprecedented in terms of the amount of attention and number of resources they gave on pretty short notice,” Forsberg said. Wilson said the group’s tactics were altered from previous years. “We usually just offer help, but this time we actually have to go around and make sure we get to everyone,” he said. Herald staff writer Philissa Cramer ’05 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Net attack continued from page 3 batches of antivirus software CDs Monday night and began distributing them to students at room key pickup locations, said Ellen Waite-Franzen, vice president for CIS. Four thousand CDs have arrived, with 4,000 more on the way, she said. Boes said students should use the CDs to immunize their computers before ever connecting to the network. When CIS connected a test computer that wasn’t protected against the worms to the network, the virus compromised it in 22 seconds, Boes said. By Tuesday, 119 of 300 computers on the dorm network had been compromised, he said. CIS estimates half of the computers students bring to campus are vulnerable, Waite-Franzen wrote in an e-mail to students. Over the summer, students received virus-laden e-mail messages from the email@example.com address claiming to regard the students’ accounts, Vogel said. The amount of network traffic caused by the viruses caused two network outages Tuesday, Boes said. The first started at 9 a.m. and lasted about 90 minutes; the other, at 12:45 p.m., lasted 20 minutes, he said. Yet Brown seems to be coping with the outbreak better than other campuses, some of which “have actually melted down, so to speak,” Waite-Franzen said. The late start of Brown’s semester allows CIS to learn from other universities dealing with the viruses, she said. Clemson University, for example, had to shut down its residential network, said Connie Sadler, director of information technology security. Brown’s recent network upgrade meant the University’s residential network did not have to be shut down, Boes said. He said the myConnection system, which was implemented over the summer, allows staff members to link problematic computers to their owners, so the Help Desk can call users of infected machines to schedule repair appointments. CIS can also disconnect virus-spreading com-
CIS estimates half of the computers students bring to campus are vulnerable, Waite-Franzen wrote in an e-mail to students. puters from the network, Boes said. “I can’t tell you how grateful we were that myConnection was implemented,” Vogel said. “It was very good timing.” CIS upgraded the myConnection system this week to automatically check a computer for vulnerabilities before allowing it on the network, Vogel said. Students who arrived on campus before the system was upgraded and CDs were distributed should pick up a CD, she said. CIS is also monitoring the network more frequently for the viruses themselves, Sadler said. The CIS Help Desk had already planned to send out staffers across campus this week to help incoming students connect to the Brown network in an event called Dorm Storm. But with the viruses now attacking the network, “we’ve basically mobilized all of CIS,” Waite-Franzen said. Staff members who don’t normally work with students are now distributing antivirus software in the dorms, she said. The Help Desk called Tony Sheets ’06 on Wednesday to tell him his computer “might be a security risk,” Sheets said. Sheets discovered his computer harbored the Welchia worm, and a Dorm Storm member assisted him Thursday, he said. Sadler said the viruses will be expensive for CIS because staff members have been working overtime to combat them. The outbreak will also delay scheduled upgrade projects, Waite-Franzen said. Herald staff writer Jonathan Ellis ’06 covers technology at Brown and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Goldberger continued from page 5 eight times, and the Admission Office received more scores from the SAT II Writing subject test than they did applications because some students sat for it multiple times. A large percentage of the class is scientifically inclined — 45 percent announced their intentions to concentrate in sciences, math or engineering. Twenty-six percent plan to study the humanities and 21 percent the social sciences. Eight percent were undecided. The class, as reported by the students, is 51 percent white, 13
percent Asian American, 8 percent Latino, 7 percent African American, 7 percent international and 1 percent Native American. Thirteen percent declined to answer the question on their applications. Goldberger reassured the new students, reminding them that although they may feel disoriented during the year, “the Admission Office does not make mistakes.” Dean of the College Paul Armstrong offered further useful advice. “Make sure you get enough sleep,” he said. Herald staff writer Sara Perkins ’06 can be reached at email@example.com.
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CIS continued from page 1 of information technology security. “We’d have to send somebody out and walk the halls to find the person,” because staff could only trace addresses to general areas of campus, Sadler said. The new system does not specifically monitor file-sharing services, Boes said. But students filtered off the network for copyright violations can be notified faster, Vogel said. CIS continues to monitor bandwidth usage and limit the amount available to certain applications, Boes said. Most of the limits have been placed on users outside of Brown downloading files from computers on the University’s network, he added. E-mail Updates Webmail, which hasn’t been updated since around 1999, will finally get an overhaul in the coming months, though the improvements will be delayed as CIS focuses its attention on a recent virus outbreak, Vogel said. New students are already using the new Outlook Web Access, which runs on a Microsoft Exchange server. OWA provides most of the features of a full-blown e-mail client, including message folders, a sent mail folder, calendaring and sticky notes, Vogel said. OWA provides
With spare funds it had at the end of the fiscal year, CIS installed four e-mail kiosks on campus, Waite-Franzen said. Faunce House is home to two kiosks, and the V-Dub and the OMAC each have one. enough functionality that CIS will probably suggest students use it as their only e-mail client, she added. With spare funds it had at the end of the fiscal year, CIS installed four e-mail kiosks on campus, Waite-Franzen said. Faunce House is home to two kiosks, and the V-Dub and the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center each have one. The kiosks were installed at the behest of the Undergraduate Council of Students, Vogel said. Each costs about $5,000. UCS and the Office of Campus Life and Student Services suggested the kiosk locations, WaiteFranzen said. CIS would have liked to install a kiosk in the Ratty, but a lack of appropriate wiring
TWTP continued from page 1 of Minority Peer Counselors and Minority Peer Counselor Friends, students who volunteer for the duration of the program. Although changes to TWTP generally are few, widespread University budget cuts had some impact on the program this year, Gilbert said. In particular, in order to reduce cleaning costs, the University specified this year that participants must live in their permanently assigned dorm rooms during TWTP, rather than together in temporary housing, potentially hampering the social
and the building’s anticipated renovation delayed that project. Dorm Storm The CIS Help Desk is sending out staffers this week to assist incoming students connect to the Brown network in an event called Dorm Storm, which has now been drastically expanded to address a significant virus outbreak across campus. With the viruses now attacking the network, “we’ve basically mobilized all of CIS,” WaiteFranzen said. Staff members who don’t normally work with students are now roaming the dorms, she said. With everyone volunteering to work additional shifts, “it has kind of turned into a party atmosphere,” Sadler said. The Dorm Storm team hopes to reach every room on campus, CIS Help Desk staff member Sophia Brueckner ’05 said. A single visit “takes 45 minutes sometimes because you have to scan every file on a computer,” she added. A Dorm Stormer helped Emily Hopkins ’07 through the entire setup process, Hopkins said. “I hadn’t unpacked my computer when he first came to help me, so he said he’d come back later, and he did,” she said. “They’re definitely easy to find.” Herald staff writer Jonathan Ellis ’06 covers technology at Brown. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
aspect of the program. But debate last semester regarding the perceived exclusivity of TWTP has left the program nearly untouched, according to student organizers. If anything, it has only made Kumar realize “how important that space is,” she said of TWTP. “We realize as students of color what a freshman of color can go through on a predominately white campus,” Gilbert said. “If people make the effort to understand TWTP, I definitely feel a lot of the controversy will diminish.” Noah Lorenzana ’07 said he was skeptical about both “the concept and the name” when he first received his invitation to TWTP, but ultimately decided to attend. The workshops were eyeopening, he said, but, ultimately, the program was simply “a really great social experience.” Herald staff writer Carla Blumenkranz ’05 can be reached at email@example.com.
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Sept. 11 continued from page 9 plane or a little plane?” “Gotta be small,” he says. Seconds later, the second plane hits and, with the shock wave passing through the structure, he changes his tune: “Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa — that didn’t feel good.” The transcripts reveal countless people rushing into action to save lives and comfort others. “No individual actions! We’ve got people in there. We are going to go get them. I want everybody over here. We are going to do this right!” a Port Authority police officer says as he prepares a rescue mission. Previous accounts of events inside the buildings have largely come from survivors and family members of victims, who recounted telephone calls from those trapped inside. Some who died also managed to send numerous e-mails and leave messages on answering machines. Brief transcripts of police and Fire Department transmissions also have been made public. Yet many family members say they still don’t know exactly what happened to their loved ones, some of whom vanished after making fleeting farewell phone calls. The transcripts released Thursday won’t solve most of those remaining mysteries, but they do present a sizable and often harrowing addition to the historical record of Sept. 11, 2001. The new material is largely from police radio transmissions and civilian phone calls. The calls were not to 911, but to Port Authority police lines at several locations in New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority has its own police force, and lost 37 officers, which the agency says was the worst single-day loss of any police force in U.S. history. “It shows people performing their duties very professionally and very heroically on a day of unimaginable horror,” said Greg Trevor, a Port Authority spokesman and survivor of the attack. The first plane hit the North Tower at 8:46 a.m. Not for another 16 minutes would the second plane slam into the South Tower. But in some cases, people in the South Tower were told to remain in place rather than evacuate. The South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m., followed by the collapse of the North Tower at 10:28 a.m. Man on 92nd floor: We need to know if we need to get out of here, because we know there’s an explosion, I don’t know what building. Officer: Do you have any smoke ... smoke conditions up in your location at Two? Man: No, we just smell it, though. Officer: OK. Man: Should we be staying here, or should we evacuate? ... I’m ... I’m waiting. After a bit of cross talk, he asks again: Man: Should we stay or should we go? Officer: I would wait till further notice.... Man: OK, all right. Don’t evacuate. It is unclear in the transcripts if those people survived. Shortly after the second plane hit, Patrick Hoey, a high-ranking Port Authority official on the 64th floor of the North Tower (also
called Tower One), called the police for instructions. “I’ve got about 20 people here with me. ... What do you suggest?” The desk sergeant tells him to “stand tight ... it looks like there is also an explosion in Two ... so be careful. Stay near the stairwells and wait for the police to come up.” “They will come up, huh? OK. They will check every floor? Look, if you would just report that we’re up here,” Hoey says. “I got you,” the desk sergeant says. A little more than an hour later — after the South Tower has fallen — Hoey calls again. “I’m in the Trade Center, Tower One. I’m with the Port Authority and we are on the 64th floor. The smoke is getting kind of bad, so we are going to ... we are contemplating going down the stairway. Does that make sense?” “Yes, try to get out,” the desk sergeant says. But it’s too late. As Hoey and 15 colleagues descend the stairwell, they hear the upper floors of the tower collapsing. Two people in the group miraculously survive; Hoey and the rest do not. Trevor, the Port Authority spokesman, pointed out Thursday night that he and his colleagues on the 68th floor of the North Tower were told to evacuate almost immediately, and any incorrect guidance to others was due to the confusion and uncertainty of the moment. About 25,000 people escaped the World Trade Center complex that morning. Many of the transcripts capture the staccato utterances of gasping police officers trying to cope with a rapidly disintegrating situation. Here and there, almost hidden in the cross talk, individual stories play out. One is that of a stoic carpenter, identified in the transcripts only as “Male 103,” a contract employee with a Port Authority radio. The agency declined to identify him Thursday night, but said that his family had received counseling after reading the transcript. Male 103: Structure fire one-othree open up! ... Male 103: Structural fire one-o-
three.... Open up 103, can you hear me, you got a guy here.... (Breathing heavily) Got a body stuck on 103, place is filling up with smoke.... He does not panic. Male 103: Need instruction ... 103 ... smoke coming up. For what appears to be several minutes, he continues to transmit. He says the heat is increasing. Male 103: Structural fire, 103.... Need immediate purge. Nothing more is heard from him. Higher up yet, people are suffocating at Windows on the World. Christine Olender, the restaurant’s assistant general manager, tells police, “The situation on 106 is rapidly getting worse.... We ... we have ... the fresh air is going down fast! I’m not exaggerating.” The officer answers, “Uh, ma’am, I know you’re not exaggerating. We’re getting a lot of these calls. We are sending the Fire Department up as soon as possible. “What are we going to do for air?” she asks. “Ma’am, the Fire Department ... “ “Can we break a window?” “You can do whatever you have to to get to, uh, the air.”
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NFL continued from page 20 changed to four exhibitions and the 16-game schedule. In recent years, there has been talk among owners about expanding to 18 regular season games. But according to Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, it’s been only talk. “Those guys can get hurt in the first league game, in practice, any time at all,” he said. “If you want to put the quarterback in a red shirt and treat them like dolls, that’s fine. But in a game, they’re going to get rushed, and they’re going to get hit. If we’re going to play the game, we need to do it this way. If you’re going to develop players, you have to be in camp for a certain period of time. “(Steelers Coach) Bill Cowher thinks you need four preseason games; anything less you won’t give some of your rookies and free agents a chance to make your team. He always says you have to protect people as much as we can, but you also have to have everyone ready for that first league game that counts. If you don’t, you’ll play some of those early games without the normal intensity, and that’s when people really get hurt.” Veteran players almost always say they wish the preseason games could be cut back, especially with football now an almost year-round business for them. Doug Allen, assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association, said it would be “useful to look at this issue. “It’s somewhat complicated,”
Perlmutter continued from page 20 regulars like Jerome on the radio there too, calling in with inane suggestions and conspiracies. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone called in yelling that Pedro has HIV, given that it’s a potential trigger of pharyngitis (honest). Talk radio is made for loonies like this, and it is quite surprising that after six years of being in Boston, Pedro either doesn’t know this or can’t ignore it if he does. Yes, accusations of Pedro taking a dive are as heinous as John Henry called them, but they’re also only made by people who shouldn’t under any circumstances be taken seriously. There is practically nothing Pedro can do to avoid the ire of the talk radio crowd. But why would anyone request that he
he said. “It’s probably not necessary for the preseason to be structured the way it was 20 and 30 years ago. We’ve always been concerned with having them practice less. But then how do you also measure the economic impact?” Said Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith: “This is just a violent sport ... the most violent sport in the world. Unfortunately you’re going to have these injuries. You just try to minimize them.” The NFL estimates the preseason generates about $350 million of its total $4.8 billion annual gross revenues. The bulk of that figure comes from ticket sales and local broadcasting deals. Rooney said his preseason ticket and local TV revenue is especially important in paying down an $80 million debt on the team’s three-year-old Heinz Stadium. Every NFL team now includes mandatory purchase of two preseason home games with its regular season ticket package, meaning millions in preseason revenue per game. They also sell those games to local television, with teams earning millions more for that package. In Pittsburgh, the Steelers get $1.2 million per game, and the price jumps to about $5 million for a network game as part of the league’s broadcast package. Still, expanding to an 18-game regular season would probably involve playing regular season games in August, traditionally the time of year when TV viewing is at its lowest. “Those are dates that are not attractive to advertisers and usually have low ratings,” said Neal
We want him to act abnormally. We truly do. All it takes is a little understanding. change anything? Have you seen the guy’s numbers? Did you know he has missed four of six team photos while a member of the Red Sox? If that’s what it takes, so be it. What Pedro needs to do is understand the reverberations of his abnormal actions in a city with its team under close, close watch. We want him to act abnormally. We truly do. All it takes is a little understanding. Eric Perlmutter ’05 is an assistant sports editor who, despite this column, will continue to listen to talk radio.
Pilson, a sports television consultant and former president of CBS Sports. “If the networks had 18 regular season games, that would be more valuable to them. ... I’m sure the league will look at it as it searches for more revenue streams in its next broadcast contract.” “We’re willing to look at any model that makes sense,” said the NFLPA’s Allen, whose players get about 67 percent of the league’s gross revenues. “We understand there’s a cost attached to it. If you shift two games to the regular season, you’re talking about a different equation.” McKay said even if an 18game schedule were adopted, teams would almost certainly have live scrimmages against other opponents, and probably practice for three days at a time with another team, also with live hitting. “It won’t necessarily mean that injuries will go down,” he said. “And with 18, there’s a huge injury factor, too.” Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi said he would be opposed to an 18-game regular season. “To me, everybody gets amnesia on this subject,” he said. “All of a sudden it’s a new revelation. ... If we had two preseason games, they’d play the same amount they’re playing now. You can’t ask them to stop hitting in January and start hitting in September. You have to have contact. When coaches plan out how many plays a guy is going to get in the preseason, it’s like a pitch count in baseball. It won’t change. People hit each other at a high rate of speed. This isn’t golf.”
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Advice to the class of ’07 Orientation may offer a host of culinary treats — from barbecues to pizza breaks to unit Ratty dine-outs — but try to resist temptation. A combination of late-teen growth hormones and calorie-laden dining hall food will take action soon enough. Take full advantage of BSA’s online facebook. It’s the best way to stalk your pseudo-love interests. Other than the old hide-in-the-bushes-outside-Keeney routine, that is. But never, ever order anything through BSA. Unless you’re into old-peoples’ candy or want your birthday cakes to arrive stale and battered several days after the event. Avoid Allegra (a.k.a. Jo-Art copy center on Thayer). You might even want to avoid classes that require materials purchased at Allegra. The lines are insane and the neon lights are unnerving. Dorm room organizational gadgets that require any assembly whatsoever are completely useless. Especially shoe racks. They’ll end up in a heap on your closet floor. A nice alternative: Buy a foldable bookshelf from the Staples in Seekonk. They’re sturdy and easy to manage. Or better yet, grab some milk crates from beyond the V-Dub. ANDREW SHEETS
Sell back your books at the end of the year. Don’t fool yourself — you’re never going to crack open that collection of 18th century prose or compilation of post-colonial literature again. Sure, that guy or gal down the hall from you may be a cutie, but unitcest is never a good thing. Don’t worry, you’ll meet other pretty faces — preferably across campus. Don’t be mean to the Perkins kids. ResLife may have ostracized them from the rest of the class, but some of them aren’t socially inept. Sign up for every group you can at the activities fair, but don’t be afraid to take your name off their listservs later. Getting 300 emails from the SLA a day may seem cool now, but in two months … Get off College Hill. Rhode Island boasts countless attractions — from the old tyme shopping Arcade downtown to Lincoln Park casino and dog track. But if you check out the latter, beware of the old folks. They get feisty near slot machines. Work for the Brown Daily Herald. C’mon, we’re such a monopoly. We know that under that anti-establishment, hipper-than-thou veneer you have a secret desire to sell out.
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OPINIONS FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2003 · PAGE 19
Finding your niche at Brown When charting your extracurricular future, experiment and challenge yourself WELCOME TO BROWN UNIVERSITY. AS But the deluge of information pretty we enter the final weekend of summer much diluted what little useful informabefore school starts, students are collec- tion I had gotten. In the end, 50 parts tively gasping: “What will my schedule water to one part soda pop syrup never look like this semester?” This Saturday, made for a good soft drink, and neither first-years will attend the annual Activities did the Activities Fair, I reasoned. Ten days later, having Fair in the Athletic Center. received around 20 e-mails Brown upperclassmen hope from some 10 groups and feelto bring their smiling faces ing the flow of college courseand salesperson spunk in work adding up, I realized that order to recruit new members I would need to be more selecinto their clubs’ private ranks. tive. I wished I could talk to In order to get into the mind some of these groups again, of a first-year, I will take a trip but the Activities Fair had long down memory lane to my own passed. I followed up on a Activities Fair experience two couple of e-mails and went to years ago. few club meetings, but in the I recall circling around the SCHUYLER end I found myself kicking giant-sized 200-meter oval VON OEYEN myself in the head. track gazing like a Big Ten ALL THINGS I ended up joining a few collegiate football fan sitting CONSIDERED clubs and have gradually in the stands on the side of expanded my commitments the opposing team: drowned out and forgotten. Overwhelmed, I was both academically and otherwise to the almost ready to concede defeat. I had to point of it being almost ludicrous. Sadly, bring myself together to start walking many of my peers compete with me to around the sea of card tables brimming see who has the most deadly schedule. from end to end with students. Some of After all, most of us are overachievers them seemed better suited to be used car who compete against ourselves on matsalesmen than college students, as they ters of importance and against others in attempted to interest me in obscure mar- matters of trivial importance. If it were tial arts practices and magazine names I the other way around, you would not be had never heard of. I didn’t want to disap- attending Brown but instead Johns point these people, so I signed my name Hopkins or M.I.T., and the student hapand e-mail address onto their lists. After piness gauge would drop from among all, it didn’t cost a dime to do so. Sure, I the highest in the nation to the sorry celgot some valuable information from lar. That said, a short list of a few of my groups I had a predisposed interest in. current commitments include Brown Journal of World Affairs, The Brown Daily Herald, Brown UCS, Brown Band, and Brown Christian Fellowship. Some Schuyler von Oeyen ’05 is a political scisemesters I take five classes, but others ence and history concentrator from fewer. Some semesters I am more Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
I would recommend charting a course you find challenging but manageable. In the beginning of the semester, many students are shopping six to seven classes or more just to see how the dynamics of the course unfold. I recommend doing the same with extracurricular activities. involved in my extracurricular activities than others as well. (Note to the novice: Orgo or other time-consuming hard science or computer science course plus full-time varsity sport equals lots of pain). Only a few of my friends are in more activities, and most are in one or two. Sports generally consume more time than clubs, and some activities like intramural sports are seasonal. But like I said, everyone is different. So you ask, what advice do I give you? Compared to their younger first-year counterparts, upperclassmen have a better grasp on what to expect and what proper balance of extracurricular activities and course selection are manageable. Still, even they find themselves eagerly anticipating just how it will unfold. I would recommend charting a course you find challenging but manageable. In the beginning of the semester, many students are shopping six to seven classes or more just to see how the dynamics of the course unfold. I recommend doing the same with extracurricular activities. While not part of your academic record, they are important because they serve as a kind of cohesive
glue that seals your university experience together. Think of it like a fancy stew; the ingredients taste just fine when consumed separately, but when cooked together all of the ingredients enhance the taste to create something unique. Choose your path wisely, but don’t be afraid to try new things, especially things that might be outside of your comfort zone. What can I say? I didn’t write for the school newspaper when I was in high school, but people change, and sometimes they can discover new skills they never knew they had. That’s what really contributes to university life — when students dare to be different. Create a new club or new course. Learn about and interact with people of backgrounds different from your own. You never know; you might just find yourself doing something that you never pictured yourself considering previously — and loving it. Ultimately your experience will be what you make of it, and I think you find yourself slowly melding into a new tapestry that is both new and different from the one you used to call your own. Critics call that betraying your past. I call it charting your future.
A time for moral clarity Social conservatives pursue new strategies in the culture war Two bills implement the latter approach. THROUGHOUT THE PAST TWO YEARS President Bush and his advisors have sea- The first is the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban soned their sermons on foreign policy with Act. Passed by the Senate in March and the calls for “moral clarity.” Yet Bush’s fulmina- House in June, the act must make one final tions have been anything but clear. In stop at a House-Senate conference commitSeptember 2002, Bush declared that tee before it reaches the desk of President Bush. The measure would outbecause Iraq and al Qaeda were law the heinous practice of par“equally bad, equally as evil, tial-birth abortion, in which a and equally as destructive” that baby is partially delivered until “you can’t distinguish between only the head remains in the al Qaeda and Saddam when you womb. Then “doctors” insert talk about the war on terror.” scissors into the brain and This fall, the Republican remove the contents. Most of Party has a chance to renew its these abortions are performed commitment to moral clarity in the fifth and sixth months of and to take the offensive in the pregnancy — the point at culture war. This window of which a premature baby is opportunity applies to two viable outside of the womb. In issues: homosexuality and STEPHEN BEALE Kansas, the only state that abortion. Conservatives have RIGHT WORDS requires separate recording of adopted two diametrically difpartial-birth abortions, aborferent strategies for each. tion doctors reported in 1999 Regarding gay rights, Republicans favor a radically confrontation- that they performed 182 partial-birth aboral approach: a preemptive Constitutional tions on babies that were “viable.” The only amendment that would prevent courts from thing that separates partial-birth abortion nationalizing gay marriage. The second from outright old-fashioned infanticide is a strategy calls for an ambitious incremental- couple inches of skin. Surely one does not ism that would eventually nullify Roe v. need a degree in moral philosophy to recognize the absurdity of this procedure. Wade. The operation recalls the half-blind justice described in the parable of Solomon and the two harlots in First Kings, chapter 3. Stephen Beale ‘04 is a classics concentraThe two women both give birth to babies, tor. This is his awe-inspiring seventh but one of them dies. In her moment of semester as a columnist.
despair, the distraught mother switches their babies. The mother of the surviving child recognizes what has happened and appeals her case to King Solomon. Solomon, in his wisdom, calls for a sword and suggests they split the baby between themselves. The mother of the living son objects, urging Solomon to give the baby to the other woman; only then did Solomon discover which of the two was telling the truth. A similar mentality governs those who wish to do all in their power to ensure a woman’s right to choose yet cannot bring themselves to cross the imaginary line dividing abortion and infanticide. Few prochoice partisans would directly defend partial-abortion; instead most fear that bans on the practice will further erode women’s abortion rights in general — a classic slippery slope argument. Yet such a position is equally problematic. It is morally indefensible to sacrifice the lives of innocents for the liberties of others. Extremism in defense of liberty is indeed a vice. At the heart of the new pro-life push is the Unborn Victims of Violence Act which has received exceptional attention due to the Laci Peterson case. For its June 9 issue, Newsweek dedicated a feature story to the “war over fetal rights.” The story begins with the case of Tracy Marciniak, who questioned her support for abortion rights after her estranged husband punched her in the stomach, killing her baby. The article, however, emphasizes that many pro-choice
groups face a dilemma: They ardently wish to punish husbands and boyfriends whose violence prematurely terminates pregnancies wanted by mothers, yet worry that fetal rights may infringe upon a woman’s right to end her pregnancy. So apparently it is acceptable for a mother to abort her baby, but it is not permissible for the father to do the same. Again, modern liberals make the woman’s choice and her feelings central to the debate. The conservative positions on all three issues — partial-birth abortion, the status of unborn victims of violence, and gay marriage — enjoy the support of significant majorities of Americans. The above Newsweek article noted that 56 percent of the public “say prosecutors should bring separate murder charges against someone who kills a fetus still in the womb, whether it is viable or not.” Other polls are even more encouraging. On June 4, The Atlanta Journal -Constitution reported that another survey revealed that as many as 84 percent of Americans view Conner Peterson as “a separate and distinct victim” of the homicide. Likewise, 70 percent approve of a partialbirth abortion ban. Even on the issue of gay marriage, Americans are leaning to the right. The national Wirthlin poll released in March revealed that 62 percent defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Clearly, now is the time for the moral majority to act and reclaim its leadership of American public discourse.
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SPORTS FRIDAY AUGUST 29, 2003 · PAGE 20
The power of pharyngitis
NFL preseason highs and lows
I SPENT LAST THURSDAY WINDING down my summer the best way I know how: watching the Sox bring the lumber at Fenway. It was a great night to be at the park: rookie phenom Rich Harden on the hill, a critical game against our newest arch-rival and a Saugus, Mass., comefrom-behind victory at the Little League World Series. And all of this occurred after two games in which our newly bolstered bullpen blew leads faster than you can say “ C h u n i c h i Dragons.” Naturally, the air was electric that night, but not ERIC PERLMUTTER because of any of PERLMUTTERS this. Rather, pharyngitis and its crippling effect on scheduled starter Pedro Martinez was the buzz. In the span of about one hour, about half of New England learned or relearned what the pharynx is. What mattered was that Pedro was sick and couldn’t make the start, catapulting Casey Fossum into the spotlight for the evening. Forget, for the time being, that Fossum pitched well enough and that the BoSox won. How sick was Pedro? Was he dodging the start? And why wasn’t he at the team photo the day before? These were all sensible questions that a concerned fan might have, and many fans did ask these questions on the airwaves of talk radio. You may know how the rest of this story has gone so far. Pedro gets angry and lashes out, saying he’s out after 2004 and citing talk radio as a source of unwarranted criticism toward him. As if Boston wasn’t already edgy enough about the current season, Pedro tosses another piece of wood onto the fire. Let us discuss talk radio for a bit. Talk radio, among its most obvious traits, is a venue for disgruntled fans to voice their concerns, nightmares, fantasies and whatever else they may concoct at home. I live in New York, so I listen to “The Fan” 660 AM. I have the privilege of hearing “Jerome” call up about the Yankees every week and rant incessantly and irrationally until he gets shut down. Remember that week where Mariano Rivera looked a bit shaky and blew two saves against Oakland? Jerome threatened to turn off the television — permanently — unless the Yankees opened up a seven-game lead within a week of Mo’s blow-up. (It took them a bit longer, so I guess Jerome isn’t a fan anymore.) Jerome thinks the Yankees should have gone out and gotten Vlad Guerrero a long time ago, which I guess is a no-brainer, really. (Wait a second. That’s why they’re only up five games in late August!) Jerome might fit well in Boston, where it seems that coincidence is the most farfetched scenario of all, not a secret coverup or an uncharacteristic hiding, but coincidence. It’s as if the chance that Pedro skipping the team photo and also falling ill on the day of his biggest start all year is smaller than Pedro turning out to be some wussy, reclusive creep who has been faking all along. After all, ever since Kobe stepped foot in The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, we don’t know who is who anymore. So knowing this mentality, I don’t need to live in Boston to be sure that there are
(WASHINGTON POST) — With another summer of significant injuries in the NFL, Rich McKay, co-chairman of the NFL’s Competition Committee, said Monday he anticipates that after the 2003 season the league likely will take another hard look at the issue of whether there are too many preseason games. “It’s an issue that’s been raised numerous times in the past,” said McKay, general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “The last time we discussed it was four years ago, and a survey I sent around to the coaches was firmly in favor of four (preseason games). Will it be talked about again? It will depend on whether the coaches and the owners want us to talk about it. But these issues do get revisited.” After serious injuries to top quarterbacks Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons and Chad Pennington of the New York Jets within the last 10 days, the discussion — much of it fueled by the media — is heating up. That includes speculation on whether an 18-game regular season, with two preseason games, would be viable. Vick, who had a breakout second season in 2002, broke his right leg Aug. 16 as he tried to scramble out of the pocket against the Baltimore Ravens. He’ll likely miss at least the first four games of the season. Pennington also was moving out of the pocket Saturday night against the New York Giants when he was hit from behind and cushioned his fall with his left hand, with more serious consequences. Pennington, who took the Jets from a 1-4 start to an AFC East title last season, is expected to be out at least 12 weeks with a dislocation fracture of his left wrist. He’ll be replaced by 39-year-old Vinny Testaverde, and the Jets are insisting their season is hardly lost, just as they probably did 32 years ago when Joe Namath broke his right wrist in the final preseason game against the Baltimore Colts and was out for the 1971 season. Under Al Woodall, they went 4-10. “Good players get hurt in the preseason all the time,” said Jets Coach Herman Edwards. “When they become your stars, obviously it becomes headlines.” There have been other serious injuries this summer, just as there are every summer. The Redskins’ new starting defensive tackle, Brandon Noble, is out for the year with torn knee ligaments. San Francisco 49ers tight end Eric Johnson broke his collarbone Saturday against the New Orleans Saints and is expected to be out 10-12 weeks. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver James Thrash, a former Redskin, is out indefinitely after suffering head and neck injuries Friday against the New England Patriots, and teammate rookie defensive end Jamaal Green broke his leg in the same game and is out for the season. Redskins Coach Steve Spurrier, mindful that Vick and Pennington play for the first two teams on his schedule, joked Monday that the Giants, Washington’s Week 3 opponent, “need to hold (quarterback Kerry Collins) out this week. ... We never like to see guys get hurt. Joe Paterno said one time something I firmly believe: ‘You want to beat the other guy with all their best players and you want the other team to play well.’ When you win like that it’s rewarding and satisfying.” Until 1978, when the current wild-card system was put into effect, the NFL played six games in the preseason and 14 in the regular season. Then it was
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Wide receiver Chas Gessner ’03 was named to the 1990s All-Decade team.
Brown Football begins celebration of 125 years BY MAGGIE HASKINS
On Nov. 13, 1878, 15 young men strode onto the field at Amherst to participate in Brown’s first intercollegiate football game. Responding to an invitation received on Oct. 14 from the Amherst squad “stating (Amherst’s) wish to arrange a game,” Captain Alfred Eddy assembled a group to take on their northern neighbor. With only a month to prepare, Brown’s Football Association was a handful of baseball players along with others who responded to Eddy’s invitation to play on the team. Then-Brown newsmagazine The Brunonian reported the game started off slowly but soon the expertise of the Amherst team overtook the eager Bears and defeated them 4 touchdowns and 1 goal — based on the scoring system of the early days of football — to zero. Though the team lost, The Brunonian recognized that the November affair was not a one-time deal. “Football,” it said, in part, “is noticeably receiving a general stimulus throughout the country. … Football is distinctively a college sport. Baseball is our national game and receives universal attention … but football from its nature bids fair to be monopolized by … our academies and colleges. Brown has taken the right step in this matter, her prospects are hopeful, and though content with a few defeats for the present, we shall look for good work in the future.” As Brown football enters its 125th season this fall the Athletic Department and the Brown Football Association are honoring the program and its players. The timing of the anniversary could not be more appropriate as the football team in recent years has been one of the more successful in the Ivy Leagues and in 1999 captured the school’s second Ivy League Championship. Festivities commemorating the past
stars of the program began this summer with the naming of the All-Decade Teams. Each decade team consisted of 11 offensive players, 11 defensive, 3 special teams and the next five leading vote-getters. The lists are currently available at BrownBears.com where fans, former players and students can vote for the 125th All-Time Team. Yet as Bob Hall ’66 pointed out in his message to the Brown community the celebration is not only to congratulate the best of Brown football but it is also “about celebrating the intangible elements of the collegiate football experience that have touched each one of us — the relationships between and among teammates, coaches, and supporters — the blood, sweat, and tears that go into every football career — and the lifelong lessons that so many of us took from the gridiron,” BrownBears.com reported. The culmination of a season-long celebration will take place at the Westin Hotel on Nov. 1 at the 125th Anniversary Gala Dinner where ESPN’s Chris Berman ’77 will be the master of ceremonies for an evening of tributes to those who made the Brown football tradition so strong. Also this fall “Ever True: The History of Brown Football” edited by Chancellor Emeritus Artemis Joukowsky ’55 will be published detailing the journey of Brown football from its humble beginnings to the present. This year’s football team kicks off its own season on Sept. 20 at Albany and hopes to regain its winning ways following a less than stellar 2-9 campaign last season. A preview of football and other fall sports teams will be forthcoming in the following weeks as teams begin their 2003 seasons. Herald sports editor Maggie Haskins ’04 can be reached at email@example.com.
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