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Nearly a third of Brown students not having sex, expert says BY ALEXANDRA BARSK

Are Brown students having sex? Yes, said social norms expert Alan Berkowitz, but maybe a smaller percentage than you think. About a third of Brown students are not sexually active, he said, citing results of a 2001 survey. “If you survey people of any age-group in any kind of relationship situation, people in those groups believe that the other people in their group are having more sex than they actually are,” Berkowitz said. Frances Mantak, director of the Office of Health Education, which sponsored the lecture, said it was not meant to address a problem specific to the Brown community, but rather to serve as an opportunity for education about issues pertinent to any college campus. Berkowitz addressed a group of about 25 students, faculty members and parents in Starr Auditorium on Monday evening, in a lecture titled, “Are we having sex yet?” But before he began his talk, Berkowitz said he would remove the word “yet” from the title because, he said, it assumes sex is a place everyone is supposed to get to rather than recognizing many people actively choose not to be sexually active for different reasons. Berkowitz explained that the effect of overestimating or underestimating the normalcy of certain social behaviors might cause a person to adjust their own behavior to fit the perceived norm. Berkowitz spoke about how the social norms approach to social marketing could be applied to sexual activity as well as drug and alcohol use, racism, sexism and homophobia. Berkowitz outlined his conditions for consent in sexual activity and detailed the difference between three terms: bad sex, good sex and sexual assault. There are times, he explained, when someone accused of assault may have believed the sex was see SEX, page 9

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Edward Beiser, associate dean of medicine for the humanities and social sciences, retired in August after 35 years in the political science department and medical school.

Associate Dean Beiser leaves Brown after 35 years at the University BY DANIELLE CERNY

Brown students who haven’t taken one of Edward Beiser’s courses yet are going to miss out on one of the University’s greatest thinkers, straight shooters and tellers of corny jokes. Beiser, associate dean of medicine for the humanities and social sciences, retired in August after an influential 35-year career in the political science department and medical school. Stephen Smith, associate dean for medical education, worked directly above Beiser, but said he saw Beiser as much more than a colleague. “My fondest memories of Ed Beiser are his corny jokes, which he had an endless supply of,” Smith said.

Brown med student simulates Mars visit on Arctic island BY GREG MAZUREK

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Brown medical student Peter Lee is one of few people on Earth who can say he’s been to Mars. Or, at least, a simulation of the planet. Lee, who received his undergraduate degree from Brown in 1994 and is currently working on his medical and doctorate degrees, spent July working at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Devon Island. Lee said both science and medicine have fascinated him since childhood. And it’s the unknown that attracts him to space, he said. Lee filled out an application for the Flashline program over a year-and-a-half ago. He said the competition was intense, with 800 people applying for seven spots. But Lee said his medical focus helped him in the selection process — the program was looking to create

Medical student Peter Lee ’94 spent last July working on a Mars simulation.

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“He would use these jokes to introduce or illustrate a very serious point of ethics or policy. “By this technique, he always had everyone’s attention and the point he was trying to make would stick. He was truly a masterful teacher,” Smith said. Beiser received his bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton University. He brought this wealth of knowledge to Brown to focus on the interface between medicine and law. After Beiser began teaching at the University, he attended Harvard Law School. “His subsequent training as a lawyer only helped to make him one of the strongest minds in our department over just about one-third of a century,” said Professor Emeritus of Political Science Newell Stultz. During his years at Brown, Beiser’s favorite class to teach was PS 116: “Politics of the Legal System.” “It was a course in the American legal system, but it was also a course in how to read and how to think,” Beiser said. “I still can’t believe I fit that much material into one class.” During his 35 years teaching at Brown, Beiser watched the University grow and change. One of his most vivid memories occurred during the turbulent years of the Vietnam War, he said. The campus was in an uproar after the killing of four student protesters by Ohio National Guardsmen at Kent State, Beiser said, and a meeting of more than 3,000 students was held in Meehan Auditorium to discuss a unified response to the tragedy. A panel spoke to the crowd and then opened the floor to comments. Beiser took the opportunity to remind the students to keep the target of their protests in perspective. “I went up to the microphone and said, ‘I would like to make a point that this is a strike at Brown, not against Brown,” Beiser told The Herald. “This seemed to crystallize the students’ sentiments and the whole crowd went wild.” Stultz said such a straightforward approach was always Beiser’s style. see BEISER, page 4

I N S I D E W E D N E S D AY, S E P T E M B E R 2 4 , 2 0 0 3 Yale unions agree to eight-year contract, ending workers’ 22day strike campus watch,page 3

Students ask for an apology from Duke fraternity for throwing Viva Mexico party campus watch,page 3

Alix Olson, spoken word artist and folk poet, speaks to a crowd Tuesday night page 5

TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Petition signers were paid making the recall ridiculous, says Littenberg-Brown ’04 column, page 11

Young volleyball squad loses three matches in weekend tourney at Penn State sports, page 12

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Duke activists call for formal apology after Sigma Chi bash BY ELLEN WERNECKE

Activists at Duke University are calling for a formal apology from the local chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity after the details of a “Viva Mexico” party drew fire from the Latino community. Mi Gente, Duke’s association of Latino students, decried the party held Sept. 13, which featured mock expired green cards as invitations and a “border control” at the door. Duke Sigma Chi president Marc Mattioli wrote an open letter to the community published in the Thursday edition of The Chronicle, Duke’s independent daily, saying the fraternity failed in “not recognizing the obvious stereotypes surrounding such a theme.” “As a Latino, I would not have joined, let alone sought to lead, an organization composed of racists,” wrote Mattioli, who refused to comment on the event to The Herald. He added that the party’s theme was chosen because the word “Mexico” includes the letter “X,” which resembles the Greek letter Chi. At an open meeting Sunday night organized by Mi Gente co-president Sara Hudson, students asked the administration to discipline the fraternity. Students allege that the party is only one of many social events that promote discrimination at Duke — citing, as well, the annual Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Pi Beta Phi sorority “South of the Border” mixer, which Mi Gente leaders asked the Greek Council to change in 1994. The Chronicle also noted rumors of a see DUKE, page 6

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A settlement between Yale’s two largest unions and the university returned 2,000 clerical, technical, service and maintenance workers to their jobs Monday.

Yale’s two largest unions settle strike BY CARLA BLUMENKRANZ

A settlement between Yale’s two largest unions and the university has resolved a 22-day strike, if not the 30-year history of conflict and misunderstanding between the two parties. The eight-year contract established Thursday returned 2,000 clerical, technical, service and maintenance workers to their jobs Monday, with the promise of nearly doubled pensions and across-theboard raises. The contract also includes measures to improve relations between

RIPTA announces cancellation of free late night service to URI campus BY EMIR SENTURK

Students at the University of Rhode Island will soon have to find new ways of getting to and from Providence on Thursday nights. The Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority announced it will soon cancel its free, extended service to URI students after providing it for the last two-and-a-half years. Citing problems such as drunk and disorderly behavior of URI students both on and off the bus, starting in October RIPTA will stop offering its 7:45 p.m. service to Kennedy Plaza and

12:15 a.m. service back to the URI campus on Thursday nights. “The inebriated and disorderly behavior of some students on the buses has created major safety and liability issues, leaving us no choice but to cancel these trips,” said RIPTA Deputy General Manager Henry Kinch in a RIPTA press release. Kinch elaborated on the conduct of the students, referring to repeated instances of verbal abuse of bus operators and station supervisors, fighting, damaging propsee URI, page 4

the university and unions, and calls for increased training opportunities and productivity incentives. Crucial to the university’s end of the bargain is the length of the contract — the longest in Yale’s history, according to university spokesperson Tom Conroy. The eight-year expanse before new contract negotiations gives Yale and the unions time to improve their relationship and helps the university with financial and administrative planning, he said. Over the last three decades, the contracts for locals 34 and 35 have come up for negotiation 11 times, with stalled discussions resulting in strikes on all but one occasion, according to the unions’ spokesperson Bill Meyerson. A strike in 1984 went on for 10 weeks, he said. But on this occasion, university and union representatives seemed optimistic about both their relationship’s future and its national implications. “I think in some ways the strike at Yale was seen as a test of whether this new economy would be able to provide decent living standards for people in urban areas,” Meyerson said. “And I think that, in large part, was what the attention was about,” he said, referring to national coverage of the strike in recent weeks. Conroy also said he saw links between troubled contract negotiations at Yale and the larger problem of formerly industrial cities. “When you have an urban university in

a place where a large number of manufacturing jobs recently disappeared, it makes the university an object — and probably an undeserved object — of economic frustration,” he said. “From the university’s point of view, it has developed a much better relationship with the community,” he added. “There’s a belief on the administration’s part that the same can be achieved with the unions.” Yet even as union members return to their jobs, one central point of contention remains — the status of nearly 2,000 workers at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. About 140 dietary workers returned from the strike Monday without having signed contracts with the hospital. And about 1,800 clerical, housekeeping and custodial workers and nurses’ aides have been struggling to unionize for years, hindered by intimidation from management, Meyerson said. The university’s position is that the hospital, as a legally distinct entity, is responsible for resolving disputes with its own workers, Conroy said. But substantial ties between the university and hospital — Yale President Richard Levin sits on the hospital’s board — leave union organizers convinced Yale has unfinished business. “The fact of the matter is that it’s Yale University’s teaching hospital and Yale see YALE, page 4


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URI continued from page 3 erty and “behaving in ways that jeopardize the safety of everyone on the bus.” Director of Marketing and Communications for RIPTA Karen Mensel said the situation had become so bad that, in an effort to ensure the safety of the passengers on board the buses, RIPTA sent out its personnel to follow the buses in vans. RIPTA employees also worked over-

Beiser continued from page 1 “Indeed, one of the reasons for Ed’s success with undergraduate students is that he never ‘pulled his punches’ when he felt an issue could be faced as one of right versus wrong, or as honest and direct versus sloppy thinking,” Stultz said.

time to supervise the service, she said. “It became very costly. The economic and safety sides of the issue were working in tandem, so to speak,” Mensel said. “It left us no choice.” Students at URI have expressed concern over the measure. Some students said they worry about increased incidences of drunk driving, while others worried about gasoline prices and parking. Some students said they didn’t believe there was a problem to begin with.

“Now people are going to take their cars up there, drink and drive home,” URI freshman Briana Hogan told The Good 5¢ Cigar, URI’s student newspaper. URI’s Executive Director of the Transportation Center Richard Horn told The Cigar it cannot be assumed all riders were URI students. Horn was not available for comment. Herald staff writer Emir Senturk ’05 can be reached at esenturk@browndailyherald.com.

Yale continued from page 3 University’s medical school,” Meyerson said. “The struggle to bring justice to that group of workers is the next step.” Herald staff writer Carla Blumenkranz ’05 edits the campus watch section. She can be reached at cblumenkranz@browndailyherald.com.

Mars Beiser said he will use his retirement to work with some scholarships and lecture about a video he made concerning the injury and recovery of Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Peter Wegner. Wegner was hit by a bus in London in 1999 and lay in a coma for six weeks. Now that he is done teaching, he said he will most miss the first-rate students he was lucky enough to work with at Brown.

Beiser will also be greatly missed, Smith said. “Generations of Brown students fondly remember Professor Besier as one of the most memorable and influential teachers they ever had,” he said. Herald senior staff writer Danielle Cerny ’06 can be reached at dcerny@browndailyherald.com.

continued from page 1 a diverse crew. Lee also had preparation in the field. He studied at the International Space University in France and flies for the Civil Air Patrol in Rhode Island. But still, Lee said he was unprepared for the desolation of Devon Island — the largest uninhabited island in the world. He arrived there in July with the rest of the crew, landing on what he said seemed to be the only flat piece of the land. “The plane left, and that’s it,” he said. “It’s just us.” During the three-week mission, the crew lived in a two-story structure 27 feet in diameter and 25 feet high — a building that would fit inside the types of rockets constructed for a mission to Mars, Lee said. It included a workbench, personal rooms and a communication desk. Lee’s official position was crew medical officer. One of his primary projects was to find a way to transport someone who may be injured on Mars. “I had to find a way to make stretchers that had space for a backpack,” he said. His other major duty included searching for certain bacteria types. He said he sought “enzymes in bacteria that would detoxify neurotoxins” and serve as a “natural antibiotic.” As the medical officer, Lee instituted policies and shut everything down when an outbreak of a flu-like symptom appeared. “It was a neat experience to see if we could contain the sickness,” he said. “As soon as we get results, we will publish or present the information,” Lee said. This information may be presented in the November American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology Conference or the May Aerospace Medicine Program, he said. Since Devon Island has not been explored, Lee found many new rivers, lakes and mountains. “I named a river after my mom and my wife and a mountain after me,” Lee said. He has applied for official naming rights because “you can name them if they haven’t ever been named,” he said. “I have a real interest in space and biology in general,” Lee said. He might contemplate a future as an astronaut, he said, “as long as I get permission from my wife.”

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CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2003 · PAGE 5 ARTS & CULTURE REVIEW

“Red hot, fire-bellied, feminismo-spewin’ volcano” speaks at U. BY GABRIELLA DOOB

Alix Olson, a spoken word artist and folk poet, was billed before her Tuesday performance in Salomon as “a redhot, fire-bellied, feminismo-spewin’ volcano.” But, as any audience member will tell you, that wasn’t the half of it. With tales of bumper sticker-initiated incidents on highways across the country (“the road to hell is paved with Republicans” apparently won her little support down South) and memories of her first encounters with feminism, Olson wove personal experience and political opinion into a textured fabric that was both strikingly simple and deeply nuanced. Olson’s poetry is strong and, as she will be the first to admit, anything but subtle. Several pieces saw her hunched over, clutching at her hips, turning red with the force of her words and emotions. Her rage and indignation were apparent when she used a voice commonly associated with a supermarket salesperson (“Attention, shoppers!”) to speak of an “America on sale” and “a full blue-light blowout of the U.S. of A.” or to challenge traditional notions of the role of art and the artist and assert the role of art as the “root of rebellion.” While biting irony and eloquent fury were characteristic of several of Olson’s pieces, she also injected humor Sara Perkins / Herald

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Spoken word artist Alix Olson brought her brand of dynamic feminist poetry to Salomon Tuesday night.

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college tournament,” Beck said. Despite these positives, the team hopes to bolster its endurance in preparation for the intensity of some stretches in the spring schedule. “I think the team needs to improve its match fitness both physically and psychologically. We played a lot of matches in the weekend and the players were drained by the last day,” Beck said. As for the implications of these results on the upcoming season, the team recognizes that the weekend’s competition does not match what it expects throughout the rest of the year. According to Taylor, a more realistic test of the team’s ability will come against nationally-ranked opponents set to participate in the Brown Invitational from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5.

Fans expect him to make every one and, when he misses, he has let the team down. No other role in football is as statistically demanding. Quarterbacks are allowed and expected to throw interceptions, running backs to fumble and wide receivers to drop a pass, but a kicker who misses an extra point or a game-winning field goal is the antichrist. And while I’m not advocating that kickers start getting their own bobble-head dolls, I hope a missed kick begins to share the same level of accountability for a loss as an INT or a fumble — nothing more and nothing less.

T-shirt design offensive to Mexicans which was to be printed for members of Sigma Chi. Larry Moneta, vice president for Student Affairs at Duke, said at the meeting that while the fraternity violated Duke’s Community Standard, which students signed at the beginning of this school year and which commits them to “honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, and respect for others” in their behavior, theirs is not necessarily a punishable offense. “The fraternity has acknowledged their terrible misjudgment and ignorance and is working with Mi Gente and others to open dialogue about race and ethnicity,” Moneta wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. He added that the Interfraternity Council would “do its own ‘soul searching’” in increasing sensitivity among

Sports editor Jon Meachin ’04 hails from New York City and has watched three teams kick the crap out of the Jets.

“As a Latino, I would not have joined, let alone sought to lead, an organization composed of racists,” wrote Mattioli, who refused to comment on the event to The Herald. He added that the party’s theme was chosen because the word “Mexico” includes the letter “X,” which resembles the Greek letter Chi. Duke fraternities. Moneta said the details of the party were unclear to the Division of Student Activities. Still, “no registration process can be fool-proof,” Moneta said. “It’s hard to believe that Duke students could be so blind not to see the obvious harm with such stereotyping and mischaracterization,” Moneta said. “We need better advising early on for all student groups to help develop more sophisticated and

sensitive planning,” he said. Students made several other demands at the meeting, including the establishment of an ethnic studies department and recruitment of minority faculty, The Chronicle reported, and held a demonstration Monday on the steps of the university chapel. Herald senior staff writer Ellen Wernecke ’06 can be reached at ewernecke@browndailyherald.c om.


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WORLD & NATION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2003 · PAGE 7

Air Force translator at Guantanamo charged with spying WASHINGTON (Washington Post)

— A U.S. Air Force translator who worked with al-Qaida and Taliban detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison has been charged with spying for Syria, the second member of the U.S. military to fall under suspicion of revealing secrets about the Navy jail for terror suspects, officials said Tuesday. In court papers, military authorities allege that Senior Airman Ahmad al-Halabi, 24, attempted to deliver sensitive information to Syria, including more than 180 notes from prisoners, a map of the installation, the movement of military aircraft to and from the base, intelligence documents and the names and cell block numbers of captives at the prison in Cuba. The government is investigating whether any other service members may be involved in espionage and whether there is a connection between al-Halabi and Army Capt. James Yee, a Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay who was arrested Sept. 10 carrying sketches of the prison and documents about detainees and interrogators. Yee is being held in the brig in Charleston, S.C. on suspicion of espionage, but no charges have been brought against him. “There is no information that there is a link,” said an Air Force officer. But a Pentagon official added that “if you have

two (suspects) from the same place, that is cause for concern. We’ll follow every lead to try to root out any others that might be involved.” The charges filed against alHalabi, who was detained July 23 and is being held at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, make no mention of Yee. But the two men served at Guantanamo at the same time and are believed to have known each other. Al-Halabi’s military attorney, Air Force Maj. James E. Key III, denied the charges. “Airman al-Halabi is not a spy and he is not a terrorist,” Key said. A native of Syria who moved to the United States as a teenager, al-Halabi has been charged with 30 offenses, including three counts of violating the Federal Espionage Act. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death. Al-Halabi attempted to pass on information that he “had reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of Syria, a foreign nation,” according to the charges, which are outlined in papers filed by his attorney for a preliminary hearing in a military court. Al-Halabi also failed to report contact with the embassy of Syria, the papers state. Telephone calls to the Syrian embassy in Washington went unanswered Tuesday.

Gap between United States, allies on Iraq is as wide as ever UNITED NATIONS (L.A. Times) — The

world’s most powerful leaders may be seeking a united strategy on Iraq, but they apparently came to the opening of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday unwilling to cede any major ground to find it. As a result, the best-case scenario is likely to be eventual passage of a new U.N. Security Council resolution that neither significantly brings the world together nor quickly produces large numbers of new troops or funds from other countries, according to U.S. officials and foreign diplomats. In other words, the Bush administration might get the language it is seeking on Iraq, but not much of the substance needed to secure and rebuild the country. The worst-case scenario is ongoing diplomatic gridlock. This is a distinct possibility, given that world leaders still seem to be sparring over the past as well as debating the future. All sides are responsible for failing to bridge the gap, U.S. analysts say. Facing demands for a greater U.N. role, President Bush did call in his speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday for the world body to help Iraqis write a new constitution and hold elections. But he made it clear that Washington is not willing to cede control of the transition to the world body or accelerate the handover to Iraqis, as some nations have urged. “Bush showed a little leg, but a very little leg,” said Ken Pollack, a former National Security Council staff member in the Clinton and

Bush administrations now at the Brookings Institution. “He indicated there are some areas where it’s appropriate for the U.N. to participate, but they are minor areas, subordinate to the U.S. role in Iraq.” Added Judith Yaphe, a former CIA analyst now at National Defense University, “The terms are probably not going to be any more acceptable now to the key allies whose help and approval we seek — France, Russia, Turkey, Germany for example — than they were before the war.” The policy chasm between the United States and France, whose positions have defined the global split over Iraq, was reflected at a news conference by French President Jacques Chirac. He extolled the “deep friendship” between the two nations and his hope “very much” that Washington succeeds in Iraq. And in bilateral talks with Bush, the French leader indicated that Paris would not veto a new Security Council resolution that would put a U.N. imprimatur on efforts to stabilize postwar Iraq and galvanize wider aid. Yet Chirac also warned of a further deterioration in Iraq if the U.S.-led occupation administration does not soon hand over provisional sovereignty to the Iraqi Governing Council, an interim panel whose 25 members were appointed by the coalition. “We have to shift from one foot to the other, as it were, and say to the Iraqis: You are a major, great people. It is up to you to decide what your fate will be. We want to express this will of ours by a very clear-cut, symbolic gesture,

which is the transfer of sovereignty,” he told reporters. Bush and other world leaders are talking past one another, said Henri Barkey, a former State Department policy planning staffer on Iraq who is now chair of International Relations at Lehigh University. “The divide is as wide as before the speeches,” he said. The positions reflect a degree of hypocrisy by both the United States and France, analysts added. “You have to admire the nerve of the French, who at first dismissed the Governing Council as stooges and are now calling on us to hand over power faster,” said David Mack, a former U.S. diplomat who served twice in Baghdad and is now vice president of the Middle East Institute in Washington. “I sense the French want to be involved in Iraq but don’t want to appear to accept the reality that the (Americans) are the senior partners in the effort.” Bush, in turn, was reluctant to admit how much the United States now needs the world to help in Iraq. “There is something deeply ironic about going to the United Nations to seek military help to deal with the aftermath of a war the U.N. asked be delayed, a war the United States fought to deal with a threat that so far does not seem to have existed, and a war in which the United States needs military assistance to deal with the aftermath of a major ‘victory,’” said Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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Officials urge wide use of flu vaccine Appeals court restores recall election to Oct. 7 On average, about WASHINGTON (Washington Post) —

Government and private health officials called Tuesday for much wider use of the influenza vaccine, which can potentially prevent tens of thousands of deaths each year. This winter’s version of the vaccine will be available on time and in sufficient quantity for everyone who needs it or is expected to want it, several experts said. Some people may qualify for a new form of influenza vaccine, which is sprayed into the nose rather than injected. On average, about 114,000 Americans are hospitalized each year with influenza or its complications, and about 36,000 people die, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Julie Gerberding, told reporters at a news conference. Although more than 90 percent of the deaths are among the elderly, there are hints the viral illness may also be responsible for previously unrecognized severe illness in young people. “People have failed to appreciate how important and serious a disease influenza really is,” Gerberding said. Kristin Nichol, chief of medicine at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said, “It is the single leading cause of death from any vaccine-preventable disease.” She added that research recently showed that elderly people who are vaccinated have a lower risk

114,000 Americans are hospitalized each year with influenza or its complications, and about 36,000 people die. for heart attacks and strokes than those who forgo the shot. The CDC recommends that everyone older than 50 get a flu shot each winter, along with younger people with such illnesses as diabetes, asthma, chronic bronchitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Part of the agency’s campaign this year is to urge that people who have contact with the chronically ill get vaccinated even if they themselves are not at high risk. “This is a very transmissible disease, and by protecting yourself you also protect people in your home who are vulnerable to getting influenza from you,” Gerberding said at the event, which was also sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the National Coalition for Adult Immunization. Only about two-thirds of adults older than 65 got a flu shot in 2000 and 2001.

Nationally, 9 percent to 22 percent of children with asthma get the vaccine, according to various surveys, although all of them should, said Nancy Cox, the head of the CDC’s flu program. Cox said a study by state and local health departments in Michigan last year revealed 10 serious cases of influenza and four deaths among low-risk people younger than 21—a suggestion that flu may not be as innocuous in healthy young people as generally believed. The new nasal spray flu vaccine contains a weakened form of the virus, not a killed one, as is the case with the shot. The nasal vaccine is approved only for use by people from age 5 to 49. The flu season that has just ended in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere was “moderately severe,” said Walter Orenstein, head of the CDC’s national immunization program. The disease in that region was dominated by a type of virus called influenza A (H3N2), which has historically produced higher mortality than other types. This type of flu is covered by one of the three strains of virus in the vaccine being used this winter. The last two influenza seasons have been relatively mild. Orenstein said the Australian experience suggests “it could be a serious flu year” in the Northern Hemisphere, although “it’s very difficult to know.”

LOS ANGELES (L.A.Times) — A federal appeals court Tuesday put the California recall race back on track for an Oct. 7 election, reversing an order to postpone the vote and setting off a 13-day sprint to a final public judgment on Gov. Gray Davis. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, who had challenged the election date, said they would not pursue the matter further. Legal experts had projected slim odds of success had the ACLU appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The definitive election date came as a relief to the Democratic governor and the three leading contenders for his job. Each of them had hoped — and assumed — the vote would occur on Oct. 7 as planned. “We should strike while the iron is hot,” Davis told reporters at a campaign stop in Santa Ana with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, DConn. As an 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its ruling, the recall race took a distinctly negative turn with a spate of new television ads. A day after Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger started running a spot accusing rivals of trading state favors for donations from Indian tribes, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a Democrat, began airing one saying the actor “doesn’t share our values” and “lives on Planet Hollywood.” In an interview on CNN, Bustamante called Schwarzenegger “a hypocrite” because the actor accepted $62,000 in Indian donations last year for a ballot measure that he was supporting . “Arnold is pretty phony on this whole issue,” Bustamante said. At a campaign stop in Sacramento, Schwarzenegger said he had attacked no one by name in his ad. “You cannot represent the people of California when you take millions of dollars from the Indians,” he said. He also denied his campaign was turning negative, something he has promised not to do. “What I mean by negative, I will never attack anyone personal,” he said. Meanwhile, anxiety appeared to rise among Republicans over their party’s failure to unite behind one candidate in the race to replace Davis if he is recalled. Polls have found Republican voters split between Schwarzenegger and state Sen. Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks, with Bustamante, the only prominent Democrat in the race, holding a narrow lead over the action-film superstar. “Somebody needs to recognize that the election of Cruz Bustamante is a real possibility if these two Republicans continue to divide the vote,” said state Senate Republican leader Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga, California’s top GOP officeholder. Brulte, who endorsed Schwarzenegger on Tuesday, said the split Republican field could also help Davis survive the recall. Many who lean toward supporting the recall could instead wind up voting to keep Davis in office if they foresee a Bustamante victory, he said. On Monday, Rep. Darrell Issa,

R-Calif., who bankrolled the petition drive that put the recall on the ballot, had said he would urge Californians to vote no on the recall if both McClintock and Schwarzenegger remain in the race. Recalling Davis only to replace him with another Democrat would not help the state, he said. Those comments sparked glee in Democratic ranks Tuesday. Asked about them during his campaign stop, Davis laughed. “I was stunned to hear that,” the governor said with a smile. “If in fact he is the most recent convert to the no on the recall campaign, we welcome him.” But Issa backpedaled on Tuesday. In a telephone interview, he said he had given up hope that either McClintock or Schwarzenegger would drop out of the race and by this weekend would endorse one of the two. He said he rejected the option “that we should vote against the recall.” “I will come out with a, ‘yes on the recall, yes on a candidate’ position,” he said. Schwarzenegger’s allies have called on McClintock — who has gained in the polls but still trails the actor — to step out of the race. But McClintock, the most conservative of the leading candidates, reiterated Tuesday that he would stay in it until the end. “If the most qualified candidate has to step aside every time a millionaire casts a lonely eye on a public office, then we’ve lost something very important in our democracy,” he said. “This isn’t a lark for me.” The appeals court ruling putting the election back on track ended eight days of uncertainty over whether the recall election would be postponed. If the election had been put off, the March 2 primary would have been the most likely replacement date. The court’s ruling overturned a Sept. 15 decision by a three-judge panel of the same court, which had thrown the campaign into turmoil, leaving candidates unsure whether they were squandering millions of dollars on television ads for an election that could be months away. The rulings stemmed from a lawsuit in which the ACLU represented three civil rights organizations. The suit challenged the use of voting machines that will be used in Los Angeles and five other counties, punch-card devices that state officials have ordered phased out because they are prone to error, as shown in the Florida election fiasco of 2000. The ACLU alleged discrimination against voters in those counties, because vote-counting machines in the state’s other 52 counties are less prone to error. The ACLU is “legitimately concerned that use of the punchcard system will deny the right to vote to some voters who must use that system,” the 11 judges said Tuesday. But the possibility that machine error would change the outcome of the election was merely speculative, they added. “There is no doubt that the right to vote is fundamental, but a federal court cannot lightly interfere with” a state election, the judges wrote.


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into her work. At one point, Olson donned an opaque pair of sunglasses emblazoned with American flags and staggered about calling, “Are there any other countries out there? I can’t see!” She also created a relaxed and conversational dynamic with the audience, telling stories about her experiences performing across the country, discussing her support for “romantic socialism” and wanting to know what people were studying or even “who considers herself a feminist?” Olson was particularly amused at Brown’s motto, “In God we hope.” There were also many poignant moments in Olson’s performance, as when she spoke

of the women who had taught her about “graceful rage” and encouraged audience members to shout out examples of those who had done the same for them. From Sojourner Truth to “my mom,” the vibrant crowd supported Olson’s claim that the words of women who came before us are both a comfort and a challenge. As Olson’s own mother once told her, “This is solidarity.” In another piece, Olson imagined a conversation between personifications of “rage” and “kindness,” stressing the need for both and presenting a reconciliation of the two figures in a mutual appreciation of the other’s importance. In her final piece, Olson read off sections of the “Patriot Act of 2003,” accompanied by her talented fellow artist, Pamela Means, who sang and played “Every Breath You Take.” As Olson stressed various phrases of

the Act, including “without restriction” and “suspected terrorists,” the words of the song, “you belong to me” took on a haunting meaning. Olson joked that she was happy to find “a good conservative crowd” here at Brown, after her recent adventures performing in Utah. And the crowd was certainly “conservative,” a fact exemplified by one audience member advising Olson, who was readjusting her belt, that “If you’re having trouble with your britches, just take them off.” Olson’s performance was a daring mix of poetry, song and story, and it produced an energetic reaction from a responsive audience ready for such a bold and unapologetic voice. The event was held by Women Students at Brown and co-sponsored by Brown Concert Agency, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and Queer Alliance.

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behavior. He explained that when they are made uncomfortable by a situation, “Most people don’t do anything because they don’t think anyone else thinks it’s a problem.” If you go out of your way to find out how other people around you feel about the situation, he said, you will most often find that you have allies. He encouraged the audience to, when faced with an uncomfortable situation, trust their feelings and act on them rather than suppress them. “People are emotionally and spiritually happier and healthier when their actions reflect their values,” he said. Audience members contributed readily to the discussion, raising questions that included one concerning a person’s responsibility as an observer of self-destructive behavior and another asking how parents can help give their children a realistic view of social norms.

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continued from page 1 consensual. A person “can rape someone and not realize that they did,” he said. He defined bad sex as being consensual, but in retrospect being viewed as a bad decision based on the person’s own values. He defined good sex, in contrast, as a mutually consensual experience in which both parties communicated with each other and felt respected. He said he considers any situation in which sexual activity is unwanted on the part of one party to be assault. His conditions for consent required that both parties be fully conscious, they communicate their intent clearly by giving verbal or non-verbal affirmative consent, they are equally free to act in the situation and they are both positive and sincere in their desires. Berkowitz said he did not

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ally and spiritually happier and healthier when their actions reflect their values." Alan Berkowitz Social Norms Expert necessarily consider sexual activity under the influence of alcohol to be assault. He did say, however, that the more a person drinks the less able he is to give consent. These guidelines, when put into practice, can create positive, mutually consensual sexual experiences and help to prevent situations in which one party becomes an unintentional perpetrator, Berkowitz said. Berkowitz also later addressed the issue of bystander


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EDITORIAL/LETTERS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2003 · PAGE 10 S T A F F

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Enough already There’s a reason people hate college students. We’ve already heard the stories of Brunonians peeing on lawns and vandalizing property after a night of partying. Now University of Rhode Island Students are losing their late-night RIPTA bus because of “drunk and disorderly conduct.” Once again, the actions of a few are taking their toll on the majority. Town-gown relations could use some improvement. The University should make the behavior of students off campus its business — but it shouldn’t have to play babysitter. More importantly, individual students need to realize that being drunk is not an excuse for acting like a jerk. As the URI situation shows, when we behave like kids, we’ll be punished like kids. The extended bus line, which offered service to Kennedy Plaza at 7:45 p.m. and then back to campus at 12:15 a.m., became so plagued by fights, vandalism and verbal abuse that RIPTA had personnel follow the buses in vans to ensure the safety of those aboard. The whole service has finally been called off, leaving drunk URI students to cruise the streets and highways of Rhode Island. All this because of a few unruly drunks. But on College Hill, the situation’s only moderately better. Many students have noted parties being broken up more frequently and at earlier hours than in previous years. The neighborhood has finally had it with student antics, and we don’t want them—or the University—to take more drastic disciplinary action. So please. Control yourselves.

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LETTERS Anti-Connerly op-ed riddled with inaccuracies To the Editor: I’m writing in response to the column by Iris Chung ’05 and Swan Lee ’05, “Vote against a recall of our civil rights” (Sept. 23). While I have not yet personally taken a stance on Racial Privacy Act, I am compelled to point out what I perceive to be inaccuracies in their article. The full text of the proposition is available at racialprivacy.org, which is where I went to check out the information. The tagline of the proposition is, “The state shall not classify any individual by race, ethnicity, color or national origin in the operation of public education, public contracting or public employment.” How do Chung and Lee therefore make statements like, “Imagine eliminating race from ... disease research, birth and death certificates, and law enforcement records tracking hate crimes?” In fact, the proposition, under Section 32 E, states exactly the opposite. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as well as “lawful classification of medical research subjects and patients,” are exempt from this proposition. The same applies to any law enforcement officer who wishes to classify particular persons “in otherwise lawful ways.” They say, “Without accurate racial and ethnic data, health care professionals will not know how to effectively care for California’s diverse population.” Though this emotional statement tugs at the heartstrings of those who are by that point in the article already siding with Chung and Lee, it is a misguided statement. A simple reading of the Web site tells

us that medical professionals can still classify as they wish. I don’t want to take sides. I just want to help other people do so with a full understanding of the facts. Akiva Fleischmann ’05 Sept. 23

Opponents of proposition 54 misrepresent bill To the Editor: As if the apocalyptic predictions of a racist backslide weren’t enough, Iris Chung ’05 and Swan Lee ’05 see fit to completely libel Ward Connerly and Proposition 54 in their article (“Vote against a recall of our rights,” Sept. 23). Whatever may be said about the initiative and its ideology, know this: Medical and health data is exempt from the resolution. So is the Fair Housing Department, with a sunset clause. But it is the first part that has been the most blatantly misrepresented by opponents of the bill. The propagandists against Proposition 54 would do well to stick to their normal dissembling on racial issues and jettison the outright lies, no matter how widespread those have become through sheer saturation.

Alex Schulman ’03 Sept. 23

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OPINIONS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2003 · PAGE 11

Recall one, recall them all California’s recall election is nothing more than an undemocratic, partisan ploy THE “RECALL” ELECTION IN or not Davis should be recalled. The secCALIFORNIA just got even more bizarre ond vote will decide his replacement. In this past week. A panel of three judges order to recall Davis, there must be a simple majority (51 percent), but from the 9th U.S. Circuit the candidate who receives a Court of Appeals decided to plurality in the second vote will postpone the election become the new governor – because outdated punch-card meaning that while Davis was voting machines threatened elected with over 50 percent of to disenfranchise Black and the vote last fall, the new goverHispanic voters. The same nor could win with as little as court then decided to recon15 percent of the vote sider the vote of its threeThe impetus for the recall judge panel, and just yesterelection itself was a ridiculous day overturned the previous one: Republican congressman ruling, meaning that the recall MICHAEL LITTENBERG-BROWN Darrell Issa took a fledgling is back on and will take place COLUMNIST petition to recall Democratic on Oct. 7. To complicate matGovernor Gray Davis and ters further, there is even disfinanced it, spending $1.7 milcussion of appealing yesterlion of his own money to gain the necesday’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court Groups like the American Civil Liberties sary signatures. Even though nobody has Union are challenging this election directly paid for votes, the fact is that only because not every voting booth in ballot initiatives that are financed by California has been updated from manual wealthy backers actually make it onto the to electronic. A quick reminder: The prob- ballot, revealing the fundamental role of lem in the 2000 Bush versus Gore election money in the political process. I am resulted from the large margin of error in appalled by the incredible influence that vote counting caused by manual voting money carries in politics today, and this stations. Many thousands of votes were not financing of signatures is a direct affront to counted when the Supreme Court stopped our independent political process. Furthermore, the merits of a recall electhe vote recount, disenfranchising thousands of voters and by 5 votes to 4, decid- tion are questionable. Only 17 states have this process written into their constituing the election in Bush’s favor. This recall election will have two sepa- tions, and only one governor in the history rate votes. Voters will first decide whether of the United States has ever been successfully recalled. While I agree the recall process offers citizens the opportunity to Michael Littenberg-Brown ‘04 would enjoy vote out of office incompetent governors, the danger of this process being used as a the California political process more if he partisan process far outweighs the benewere actually in sunny California. fits. American democracy is strong precise-

Many Republican political analysts from around the country claim that Davis should be recalled because of his dismal handling of the economy. However, if we start recalling elected officials who drive economies with large surpluses into incredibly huge deficits, the logical step after recalling Davis is to go after George W. ly because its regular electoral processes and peaceful transitions of power have not been undermined. This recall, rooted predominantly in partisan displeasure with Governor Davis’ performance, does not represent a situation where democracy should be undermined. If governors believe they may be held accountable by popular opinion at any time, they may be unwilling to make difficult decisions that may not be popular with the electorate. Then there is Arnold. The former Mister Olympia turned Hollywood action movie star is now considered the main challenger to Governor Davis. How reflective of today’s political climate — the leading candidate in this election is a celebrity with no political experience who refuses to debate his opponents and demands that questions from reporters be given to him in advance. After going back on his pledge to take no money from special inerests, Schwarzenegger has recently broken a campaign promise to avoid attack ads by releasing a commercial that blasts his rivals

for taking money from “Indian casino tribes.” While Schwarzenegger can be described as a social liberal on social issues, such as abortion and gun control, the leading Democratic candidate, Cruz Bustamante, Davis’ lieutenant governor, would be just as liberal and better on many other issues important to Californians. If I were a California resident, I would vote no on the recall and then vote for Bustamante on the second question, thus signifying my protest to the recall election as well as my preference just in case the recall effort succeeds. I have one final observation on the recall election: Many Republican political analysts from around the country claim that Davis should be recalled because of his dismal handling of the economy. However, if we start recalling elected officials who drive economies with large surpluses into incredibly huge deficits, the logical step after recalling Davis is to go after George W.

The truth about American Catholics anti-Catholicism, that old canard, reemerges in the debate over gay marriage American Catholics approved of Pope I FOUND THE HARSH RESPONSE TO Father Henry Bodah’s letter (“Catholic John Paul II. Approval ratings for bishops Church should not be accused of anti-gay and the rest of the hierarchy were bigotry,” Sept. 22) particularly thought- between 80 and 90 precent. This was at provoking. A few of the provoked the beginning of the recent priest crisis, thoughts: Does this writer think he’s stuck of course, but still far enough in for our in “Gangs of New York” with the Nativists? purposes. And yet, somehow, Did he forget that Catholics tend to be much Catholicophobia went out with more deeply split on moral JFK’s election? Most importantBRIAN CORCORAN issues than Ken Newberg ly, does he honestly think that seems to assume. (Though Catholics in America are simGUEST COLUMNIST I’m not sure how it is anypletons who blindly subordione can still think that the nate themselves to the Pope in Church is a cohesive body, every matter of life? given the recent media It constantly amazes me how ignorant people can be of how American attention.) In the issue at hand. Two years Catholicism works. Basically, the general ago, Zogby found that 61 percent of impression is that Catholics make up a Catholics agree that homosexual behavlarge part of the unholy conservative bloc ior is against natural law, compared to 34 dedicated to following epistles condemn- percent who disagree. At the same time, ing personal freedoms. And, of course, all 83 percent say it is morally wrong to disCatholics follow Rome first, not their own criminate against homosexuals. This was not and is not very far off of the distribuhearts, minds or God-given reason. It is true that in order to be a Catholic, tion of viewpoints in the general popuone is required to believe what the lace. And 34 percent is not as small a Vatican sets out as holy truth. And most number as it might seem. In the time since, American Catholics Catholics do like the Vatican. In 2001, for example, a Zogby poll found that 90% of have moved even further left. A Gallup poll reported in July of this year demonstrated that opposition to allowing gay marriage is higher among both blacks Brian Corcoran ’06 is sure that some idiot and Hispanics than Catholics, with white will attack him as being anti-gay for this evangelical Protestants topping the list. A article, even though he is firmly for gay full 83 percent of white evangelical rights. Morons, all.

American Catholics have moved even further leftwards. A Gallup poll reported in July of this year demonstrated that opposition to allowing gay marriage is higher among both blacks and Hispanics than Catholics, with white evangelical Protestants topping the list. A full 83 percent of white evangelical Protestants oppose gay marriage, in contrast to only 53 percent of Catholics. Protestants oppose gay marriage, in contrast to only 53 percent of Catholics. I could go on for quite a bit defending Catholicism against the ignorance of most liberals who feel that Catholics are the enemy, but that would be rather pointless. In Ken Newberg’s letter to the editor, he asks Bodah: “Is it now sensible to say the Church is using some unfavorable rhetoric? Because you are struggling with it, do you believe anyone else in the Vatican is?” It certainly matters to many what the Vatican says, but. does the Vatican’s condemnation of gay marriage mean that American Catholics will go out and start shouting slurs and beating up gays? Not a chance.

Reverend Bodah is not the only one struggling with the issues of homosexuality: Most of America and America’s Catholics are struggling with him. Pretending that all Catholics believe in the exact same values as our Pope — that we all condemn gays — is roughly tantamount to saying that all Americans believe in the same values as our President. Believe it or not, internal struggles still abound, both in America and in American Catholicism. So stop hurling poisonous anti-Catholic rhetoric. Progressives should accept the fact that there are many Catholics on your side who are risking schism within their church to remain so.


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SPORTS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2003 · PAGE 12

Coaches fickle about kickers HE MAY BE THE MOST HATED PLAYER on the football field, but the kicker, along with the long snapper and holder, can become a team’s most valuable asset. He can also be its biggest eyesore. Just three weeks into the season, three of the NFL’s best teams from 2002 — the Bucs, 49ers and Giants — are already gnawing their fingernails each time the special teams’ unit takes the field. But in all fairness, we should only blame the kickers when JON MEACHIN it’s actually their BARELY LEGAL fault and understand the level of perfection we expect from them relative to their teammates. When it comes to making or missing the game-winning field goal with seconds left on the clock, the burden rests not solely on the kicker, but also on the long snapper and the holder. However, long snappers and holders never want to be famous. You don’t hear questions like, “Who was the greatest holder ever?” or, “Who’s your favorite long snapper?” The only time a snapper or holder makes the news is for a debacle. Ask Giants coach Jim Fassel what he thinks about kicking and he’ll tell you it’s a three-person job, a trio that cost him a trip into the second round of the playoffs and was entirely overhauled in the offseason. After all of these changes, the Giants lost a Monday night football game in part because their placekicker, Matt Bryant, launched a kickoff out of bounds, giving the Cowboys fantastic field position. Of course, only a week later, Bryant got a little more job security as his overtime kick gave the Giants a huge win over Washington. The 49ers have already released a kicker, Jeff Chandler, only two weeks after he went five-for-five in field goal attempts. Granted, he missed two kicks against the Rams in week two, but the team waived Chandler and signed a kickoff specialist, Owen Pochman, who had yet to make a field goal in the NFL before his first start last weekend. So Chandler had a bad week or two, and the logic was to replace him with someone who’d missed his only two field goals he’d ever taken? For the record, though, Pochman went four-for-four in his first start. The Super Bowl champs, the Bucs, owe their first loss to a horrible red zone offense and the man formerly known as “Automatica” Gramatica, who was anything but, having had three of his kicks blocked. However, the blame should rest on the left guard who was plowed over on almost every attempt. Kickers always get the brunt of criticism after a miss, even if their team played abysmally and didn’t deserve to win. Case in point: Scott Norwood of the Buffalo Bills had a chance to win Super Bowl XXV, albeit outside with the wind blowing and from 47 yards away — and, sure enough, he missed. The Bills lost the game 20-19 to the Giants, only converting one out of eight third downs and holding the ball for under 20 minutes of a 60-minute game. But as history will have it, only Norwood’s missed field goal cost the Bills the Super Bowl. A kicker’s role is a lose-lose situation: see MEACHIN, page 6

Young volleyball squad winless at Penn State BY KATHY BABCOCK

Brown women’s volleyball had a long bus ride home from the Penn State tournament last weekend after losing three matches, dropping its record to 0-4. The team lost to the University of Cincinnati on Friday 17-30, 26-30 and 2430, and lost three games to No. 11 Penn State Saturday 18-30, 15-30 and 20-30. On Sunday, the Bears wrapped up the tournament against Robert Morris, with 22-30, 18-30 and 24-30 defeats. The strength of the teams the Bears played in the tournament, combined with the inexperience of the Brown squad, meant the Bears needed to play inspired volleyball to come away with a win. “Definitely the teams that we played were really tough, but I think that just made us better,” said Liz Cvitan ’07. “It was a tough weekend, but I think we’ll be more than ready when Ivies come around.” Despite their record, the tournament provided some highlights for the team. In the last game, Lauren Gibbs ’06, who emerged as an early leader, recorded 16 kills and had a .303 hitting average. Kim Highlund ’04 and Elvina Kung ’05 were both strong defenders, notching eight and seven digs, respectively, and Leigh Martin ’06 made the all-tournament team. Though not the most visible player on the court as a setter, Martin recorded six kills and 32 assists against Robert Morris as well as 31 assists against Penn State and 30 assists in the match against Cincinnati. The Bears, a fairly young team, may not be racking up wins, but younger players are seeing considerable playing time, something the team hopes will pay off in the future. Cvitan, who has garnered a lot of playing time as a first-year, is an example of Brown’s youth stepping up in matches. “I think that we’re coming together really well. We have a young team, but we’re coming together really quickly,” Cvitan said. In the first two days of the tournament, Brown was able to keep even early in the games, only to be surpassed late in competition. The strongest all-around match

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Kung ’05, Highlund ’04, and Kuchenbacker ’06 anchored the Bears’defense this weekend. for the Bears was the first of the weekend against the Cinncinati Bearcats. Bruno led the first game 7-3 until things fell apart, and the Bearcats staged a strong rally to win 30-17. The second game was tied up at 22-22, but again Brown was unable to finish and lost 30-26. By the third game, the momentum shifted to Cincinnati. Brown fell behind early and was unable to catch up, losing 30-24. Rikki Baldwin ’07 had nine kills and, not surprisingly, Highlund, with 10 digs, and Kung, with nine digs, were the leading defenders. Karalyn Kuchenbecker ’06 recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. Against Penn State, the Bears were tied 10-10 in the first game when Penn State came up with an impressive solo block that changed the game’s momentum. Penn State went on to win the game 30-18 and swept up the next, 30-15. The Bears got early points in the third game to take an 8-6 lead, but could not finish, losing 3020. Highlund and Kung were consistent

defenders — Highlund finished the match with 10 digs, and Kung recorded nine. Unlike previous matches, Gibbs did not lead hitting for the Bears, notching only nine kills. Leading the hitting for the Bears with 10 kills was Baldwin, who was sidelined with a pulled hamstring during the season opener last week against Eastern Washington. Even after the rough start, the team remains optimistic about the season. “I hope that we can win the Ivies. I think we definitely have that potential,” Cvitan said. “We’re working really hard so I don’t see why we shouldn’t and hopefully we’ll win.” The Bears said they hope to see their hard work begin to pay off this week. Bruno faced the University of Rhode Island Tuesday on the road and are at home against New Hampshire in the Brown tournament. Herald staff writer Kathy Babcock ’05 covers volleyball. She can be reached at kbabcock@browndailyherald.com.

Strong showing at Volkl tourney for w. tennis BY ROBBIE COREY-BOULET

Last weekend, Brown women’s tennis competed in Dartmouth’s Volkl Shootout, a preseason warm-up featuring four other regional teams. In the year’s first competitive play, the team delivered on the high expectations of Head Coach Norma Taylor and Captain Victoria Beck ’04, capitalizing on strong leadership from upperclassmen and significant contributions from the team’s freshmen. The team won in matches against UConn, Colgate and Boston University and tied with host Dartmouth in the tournament, which was organized in a roundrobin format enabling all players to acquire significant match experience. Play began on Friday with the Bears facing off against UConn, Colgate and Dartmouth in both singles and doubles matches. The UConn match produced six singles wins, including a convincing 6-0, 6-2 performance from Stephanie Falconi ’06. Brown also swept UConn in doubles, with Falconi and Beck teaming up for a 98 tiebreak win at the No. 1 doubles position. Throughout the weekend, Falconi

anchored the team at both the No. 1 singles and doubles positions, establishing herself as a team leader in her second year of competition. Although a sore shoulder kept her out of a singles match against Dartmouth and a doubles match against Colgate, her growth was apparent to her teammates. “You can tell she has worked very hard over the summer to improve her game and become a lot stronger,” said Beck of Falconi’s play. Dartmouth, the only other Ivy League team represented, proved to be the Bears’ toughest competition, with Friday’s match ending in a tie. Surprisingly, the doubles teams performed at a higher level than singles players, a trend that deviates from women’s tennis teams of previous years. Taylor acknowledged the difficulty in arranging doubles combinations that is consistently successful. Yet, she said she was satisfied with the new team of Alex Arlak ’05 and Michelle Pautler ’07, who finished the tournament with a 3-1 record. Singles winners in the Dartmouth match were Arlak and Daisy Ames ’07, at the No. 2 and No. 4 positions, respectively.

Against Colgate, Brown again relied on the doubles matches to clinch a victory, as both Ames and Pautler suffered straight set defeats in their singles matches. The highlight of the weekend came with the match against Boston University, a hard-fought win that featured five threeset matches. “I think it says a lot about our mental toughness and endurance that, against a scholarship school, we were able to pull out three of these full-length matches,” Taylor said. She also noted the efforts of Kerry Meath ’05, who defeated her No. 2 singles opponent with a strong showing in the third-set tiebreak. One of the primary goals of the preseason is to provide incoming freshmen with their first exposure to college-level competition. Based on this weekend’s performance, Beck believes freshmen Ames, Paulter and Amanda Saiontz ’07 will help the team overcome the loss of four players from last year’s squad. “In the past a lot of freshmen players have been overwhelmed by nerves, but this year I was especially impressed with how well the freshmen did at their first see W. TENNIS, page 6

Wednesday, September 24, 2003  

The September 24, 2003 issue of the Brown Daily Herald

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