M O N D A Y SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXXXVIII, No. 81
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Some students cite problems with safeRIDE
ARTS & CULTURE
Art and activism meet in ‘Artstorm’
BY MONIQUE MENESES AND JULIETTE WALLACK
Though administrators say the professionally run safeRIDE system has been up and running smoothly for several weeks, some students aren’t so sure. Students complained of escort and shuttle drivers who are unfamiliar with the campus and surrounding College Hill area and additional confusion over when and where the shuttle stops. According to Abigail Rider, director of real estate and administrative services, there were “minor glitches” during the first few weeks of professional shuttle service. But she said integrating the shuttle drivers fully into the Brown community will take time. The confusion is partly a result of a change in dispatch procedure that has limited communication between dispatchers and shuttle drivers, according to dispatch operations coordinator Cisco Dilg ’04. In previous years, student dispatchers were in constant contact with both shuttle and escort drivers. Now, he said, “we actually don’t dispatch the shuttles. We used to check on the shuttles,” but the University’s switch to professional drivers from Road Island Red was accompanied by some other changes, including the change in dispatch procedure. That means that students who call the dispatch center trying to figure out when the next shuttle will arrive at a stop can’t get answers from the dispatchers easily. Dilg said he’s currently working to resolve the communication problem with Bob McAllister, coordinator and supervisor of safeRIDE for Road Island Red, the company that contracts drivers to Brown. In addition to uncertainty about each shuttle’s location, some students have doubts as to the drivers’ familiarity with the campus. The shuttle drivers’ “lack of knowledge” prevented Brookes Brown ’04 from taking the shuttle home to Minden Hall from the Rock a few weeks ago, she said. She said the shuttle driver she approached didn’t know where Minden or the SciLi was. When she asked to see a copy of the route he was taking, she noticed it didn’t cover the Minden/SciLi area at all. “He said there was another shuttle that could take me there, but he couldn’t even tell me where it was,” Brown said. Brown said she hasn’t taken safeRIDE since that night. “It seems silly to me to take it and it seems faster to walk,” she said. Nathan Lovejoy ’06 said the new professional drivers who replaced student drivers at the beginning of this year don’t know the Brown campus well. “They should just make the drivers know Brown better,” Lovejoy said. Dilg said he couldn’t comment on the shuttle drivers’ campus knowledge since he doesn’t have radio communication with them on a regular basis, but he said escort drivers are steadily improving at navigating the campus. see SAFERIDE, page 8
BY DANIELLE CERNY
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Summer laboratory renovations are near completion for the Metcalf Chemistry Lab building on Thayer St.
Herald poll finds about half of students feel safe Just over half of students feel safe on campus, a poll conducted at The Herald last week has revealed. Of 277 undergraduates asked Sept. 23 to Sept. 25 their response to the statement “I feel safe on campus,” 44.7 percent said they “strongly disagreed,” “disagreed” or “somewhat agreed.” The rest either “agreed” or “strongly agreed” with the statement. The Herald-Undergraduate Council of Students poll was conducted in the wake of several assaults on or near campus, including a Sept. 6 attack on a female Brown student that is being investigated as a homophobic incident. Women reported that they feel less safe than men, with 58.1 percent of female students responding with “somewhat agreed” or a less favorable answer. Only 30.9 percent of male students gave similar answers. The Herald also polled student opinion of President Ruth Simmons. More than two years into her time at Brown, 68.2 percent of students approve or strongly approve of how Simmons has handled her job as president. Of the remaining students polled, 22.7 percent said they somewhat approved, disapproved or strongly disapproved of the president, and 9 percent had no opinion or were undecided. Simmons’ approval rating was almost identical among male and female students,
“I feel safe on campus.”
The poll had a margin of error of six percent, with 277 respondents during the period of Sept. 23-25. with 68.1 percent of female students and 69.2 percent of male students approving or strongly approving. Opinion was mixed as to whether Simmons takes student opinion into account when making decisions. Of students polled, 41.5 percent agreed or strongly agreed, while 45.1 percent somewhat agreed or disagreed when asked the question. The remainder — 13.4 percent of students polled — were undecided or had no opinion on the issue. The margin of error for the poll was six percent. —Herald staff reports
I N S I D E M O N D AY, S E P T E M B E R 2 9 , 2 0 0 3 Students form Artstorm, a group promoting creative solidarity for social change arts and culture,page 3
Arjun Iyengar ’05 addresses the pros and cons of genetically modified foods column,page 11
Events to encourage school spirit may not be in line with Brown, says YoungSmith ’06 column, page 11
The Brown campus has a new forum for social activism, thanks to the collision of public art and public awareness. The appropriately named Artstorm is a collaboration of activists and artists in creative solidarity for social change that launched with the start of the school year. Artstorm organized a reaction to the World Trade Organization’s meetings in Cancun, Mexico, only two weeks after school began. The group arranged an interactive installation with chalk for students to respond to the negotiations and the suicide of Lee Kyang Hae, the former head of South Korea’s federation of farmers, who killed himself as a demonstration of disgust toward the WTO’s policies, Vanessa Huang ’06 told The Herald. “It was a beautiful space,” she said, “that was washed away the next day by rain.” Scott Linford ’07 said the merging of art and activism “was something that always occurred to people in the back of their minds, so the formation of the group just naturally happened.” The members of the group include poets, dancers, visual artists, musicians, freestylers, actors and puppeteers, but no artistic background is needed to get involved, Linford said. The only requirement is a desire to learn and evoke change. “It’s for anyone interested in activism or art, or who just wants to learn about the social issues of today,” Linford said. Members of Artstorm said they hope to continue the group’s initiatives for global justice and against racism and intolerance. The group plans to organize a teach-in party in late October or early November concerning the Free Trade Area for the Americas, which will be meeting Nov. 20 in Miami to discuss the expansion of NAFTA in the Western hemisphere. The teach-in will include music and freestyle hip-hop, so “people can come and have a good time while learning how to get involved,” Linford said. Currently, about 50 members of the Brown community make up Artstorm, Huang said. Though the group is focusing much of its energy on future events, Linford said, Artstorm expects its on-campus visibility will grow and attract additional members. Herald senior staff writer Danielle Cerny ’06 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T M. soccer loses to URI with four minutes left but defeats Sacred Heart for 4-2 record sports, page 12
Harvard defeats field hockey in biggest game to date, bringing the team’s record to 5-2 sports, page 12
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CAMPUS NEWS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2003 · PAGE 3
Transfer program sees influx of students, changes in program BY HANNAH BASCOM
Brown welcomed 124 transfer students to campus this fall and altered its orientation program to better suit the group’s needs, adding more transfer counselors and planning more events for transfers throughout the year. This year’s transfer group is the largest ever to come to Brown, but it is a quota that will be maintained in coming years, said Associate Dean of the College Margaret Klawunn, the dean in charge of transfer students. About 45 additional transfer spots will also be available at the start of the spring semester, she said. The fall transfer orientation program occurs at the same time as the first-year orientation program, with additional activities geared specifically to transfers. About 20 transfer counselors, transfer students who act as Meiklejohn-like advisors for new students, run the program. This year, approximately 15 faculty members also helped with transfer advising, Klawunn said. “The idea with transfer student orientation is that they have all of the entering student programs to choose from and also have their own programs,” she said. Because transfers have already been through first-year orientations at their former schools, the transfer orientation program is specifically geared to new issues they will encounter at Brown, such as the curriculum and the University housing system, Klawunn said. Their program also includes open advising hours, brunches and special dinners. In one major change to the program this year, transfer counselors are planning monthly events for students. “We had heard from students that the adjustment takes longer and that they were interested in keeping in touch with the transfer community,” Klawunn said. She said a picnic is being planned for October. “I really liked the transfer program when I came in,” said Kristen Heudorfer ’04, a trans-
fer counselor. “I wanted to be part of that.” The time it takes for a transfer to feel like part of the student community at Brown can vary drastically. “The first time coming back after a break, I think, is often the first time a student feels like ‘Oh, this really is my school,’” Klawunn said. But overall, she said, the transfer program works well at integrating new students into the Brown community. Though it takes time to set up a friendship network and find out exactly how campus works, in the last three years only two of about 500 transfer students have returned to their former schools, Klawunn said. “Most transfers have similarities,” Heudorfer said. “It takes a certain amount of guts to just up and leave your school. I’m always impressed by those I meet.” Major concerns for incoming transfer students and the deans organizing the transfer program include housing and parking. “Housing is my only complaint — they kind of screwed us over,” said Susan Oba ’06, a transfer from UCLA. Oba was first placed in a converted lounge in New Dorm and wasn’t told by the University that it was temporary housing. “Five days later they told us to move out,” she said. “They didn’t help us move out at all, and had I known I wouldn’t have unpacked anything in the first place.” Klawunn said she hopes the transfer program will be able to set aside some housing with the Office of Residential Life to guarantee that transfers have positive living experiences when they arrive. Despite the housing issues, Oba said she has enjoyed her time at Brown so far. “I’ve had a really great time here so far. The counselors knew exactly what we were going through,” she said. “The things (the counselors) had for us to do helped us get to know other transfers.” Herald staff writer Hannah Bascom ’05 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Admission reaches out to disadvantaged schools BY ZACH BARTER
Lewis Toro, guidance director at Providence’s Classical High School, oversees a team of five counselors responsible for guiding nearly 1,200 students through the college application process. Toro said understaffing is the most serious issue he faces. “It’s just something that’s part of the counseling process in high schools across the U.S.,” he said. But luckily for Toro and over 100 of his counterparts nationwide, Brown’s Office of Undergraduate Admission is eager to lend a hand. Classical is one of 120 high schools the office is targeting as part of Talent Quest, a three-year program designed to encourage more students from underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to Brown. Andrea van Niekerk, assistant director of admission, said the program aims to compensate for inequalities in public schooling in the United States. “What’s nice about this program is that the University is directing more resources towards principles we as an office have always been committed to,” van Niekerk said. The office compiled the list of schools based on recommendations it received from Brown students, staff and alumni. Van Niekerk said the office attempted to include schools from a wide geographic area with a large population of underrepresented minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged students. Beginning last year, the office sent a series of mailings to the schools with information about the program and the University. The office also sponsored three college information nights last spring — in Connecticut, New Jersey and California — to give students and their families a chance to hear about the application process directly from admission officers. In April the office covered travel expens-
es for admitted students from Talent Quest schools to come to A Day on College Hill. In June, the program paid for 42 college counselors from Talent Quest schools to come to the Brown campus for a first-hand look at Brown and its offerings. But while van Niekerk said the experience was a valuable one for the counselors, she said it is still too early to judge the success of the Talent Quest program as a whole. “There’s a lag between recruiting efforts and tangible results in any program we do,” she said. “Given that it’s been less than one season, I don’t think this is a point where we can step back and make an adequate assessment, but that is something we’ll be starting to do over the next year or two.” So far, the high schools’ responses to the program have varied, van Niekerk said. “Some schools are more receptive to the program than others are. In some cases, schools may already feel so overwhelmed that this is just one more thing for them to deal with,” she said. Toro said Brown has done an excellent job in its outreach programs and has always been supportive of Classical. Still, Toro said, the University could be doing more in the area of financial aid. “It’s a major commitment for a family financially, and that deters them from applying from the get-go,” Toro said. “But we always tell them that financial aid shouldn’t be a reason not to apply because you never know what you’re going to get.” Van Niekerk said the Office of Financial Aid’s involvement has been crucial to the project. The office has sent financial aid officers with admission officers on recruiting trips, she said. The program has also given the admission office the opportunity to work closely with the Office of Alumni Relations, van see TALENT QUEST, page 4
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Niekerk said. With the help of alumni relations, the admission office compiled a roster of volunteers to serve as local liaisons between Brown and the high schools. Undergraduate Council of Students President Rahim Kurji ’05, who helped develop the program as a UCS representative, said Talent Quest reflects a broader commitment to social equality on the University’s part. “The long-term goal is to establish a system where as many students as possible have equal access and equal opportunity to attend a school of Brown’s caliber,” Kurji said. “This is a first step, but it definitely can’t be the only one.”
with A-Rod. Delgado hit .302 with 42 HR and 145 RBI, including a fourHR game last Thursday and a grand slam in his final at bat of the season, both of which act as the proverbial cherry on top. Additionally, he fits the sabermetric mold, as he draws walks, creates runs and has the highest OPS in the league. The next closest run producer, who happens to be A-Rod, had only 118 RBI, making Delgado’s achievements even more superior. I don’t care if he didn’t lead the league in homers, runs win games and Delgado did his part in a big way. AL Cy Young: This one goes to Roy Halladay, another Toronto Blue Jay. A few weeks ago, Esteban Loaiza might have been the pick, but Loaiza squandered his shot by having
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a poor September just when his team needed him most. Halladay, with a record of 22-7, was the ideal workhorse: He pitched 266 innings, including nine complete games, with a 3.25 ERA, averaging just over a walk per nine innings and striking out 204 batters. He had the lowest pitches per inning average, a sign of efficiency. And lastly, how could we forget the 15-decision win streak he put together earlier in the season? It lasted all of May, June and July, and Halladay was the primary reason the Blue Jays were in the race for as long as they were. Tim Hudson and Pedro Martinez put together great years too, so congrats to them — but Doc Halladay had ’em all beat. So that’s the story. Here’s hoping the next time I write the Red Sox are still playing. Eric Perlmutter ’06 hails from Chappaqua, N.Y. and does not officially recognize the NL.
Soccer continued from page 12 the second. On the offensive side of the ball, Brown spread out 26 shots among 12 players. For most of the first half, the Bears maintained possession of the ball but did not have any great scoring opportunities. Right before halftime, however, Brian Perry ’06 scored his first career goal, while Brian Joyce ’07 earned his first career point on the play. After Joyce collected the ball, he found an open Perry standing 28 yards from the goal. Perry launched a ball into the top right corner before Sacred Heart goalie Chris Gray had time to react. Brown continued to dominate possession and pump out shots in the second half. The quantity of shots did not translate into goals, however, because not too many landed on net, and the team was unable to capitalize on most rebounds. “It could have been 8-0,” said Keith Caldwell ’06. “We weren’t good enough in front of the net.” “There were many opportunities to put away the game in the second half,” Noonan said. “We need to work on finishing
and also need to get our scorers firing up again.” Brown was able to build a 20 lead midway through the second half. On a free kick 15 yards outside the Sacred Heart box, Marcos Romaneiro ’05 lofted a bending ball towards the front half of the box. Gray came up and misplayed the ball, and Seth QuidachaySwan ’04 knocked the rebound home after a URI defender blocked a shot by Crew. “I knew their keeper wasn’t that solid with the ball, so I figured I’d knock it somewhere near him, and Seth capitalized,” Romaneiro said. The win brought the Bears to 4-2 on the season and 3-1 at home. They will host Boston University Tuesday in their last game before beginning their Ivy League schedule. “There was a lot more pressure on us in the Sacred Heart game,” Larentowicz said. “It was really a must-win. We blew it on Wednesday, and things started to look like last year when we started out strong in the first few games, and then went downhill after that.” Herald staff writer Ian Cropp ’05 is an assistant sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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WORLD & NATION MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2003 · PAGE 5
IN BRIEF Arafat allies to dominate new Palestinian cabinet JERUSALEM (Washington Post) — The leadership of Yasser
Arafat’s Fatah movement Saturday approved nominees for the next Palestinian cabinet, virtually ensuring that Arafat’s choice for prime minister will encounter no obstacles when he formally presents his government, sources said. The Fatah Central Committee, meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, okayed 24 proposed cabinet ministers, at least 15 of whom came from Fatah, the dominant faction in the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian political sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the prime minister-designate, Ahmed Qureia, will present the full slate to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee before submitting it to the Palestinian legislature for final approval — a process he is expected to complete in the next few days. Arafat chose Qureia, a longtime Fatah stalwart who was instrumental in the secret talks that led to the 1993 Oslo peace accords, to be the Palestinians’ next prime minister after Mahmoud Abbas quit the post on Sept. 6. The new cabinet would include Maj. Gen. Nasser Yusef, commander of the Palestinian military, as interior minister, giving him control over security services. Yusef would replace Mohammed Dahlan, the security minister under Abbas, who did not appoint an interior minister. Israeli officials have demanded that Palestinian security forces take action against militant groups that have carried out attacks against Israelis, but Yusef is described as a longtime ally of Arafat, who opposes tackling the militants. However, Palestinian newspapers reported a sharp disagreement between Arafat and Yusef two weeks ago over the handling of security. The Finance Ministry, meanwhile, would remain in the hands of Salam Fayyad, a former World Bank official who has drawn high praise from the United States and other countries for his efforts to bring order to the Palestinians’ finances. Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath would also keep his job. Abbas was the first to hold the position of Palestinian prime minister, taking office on April 30 and serving as the Palestinians’ point man in the U.S.-backed Middle East peace process known as the “road map.” President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon described Abbas as a reliable partner in peace negotiations. But he withdrew from the post when violence in August threw the road map into turmoil and Arafat thwarted his attempts to reform the Palestinian Authority. Bush and Sharon have expressed a commitment to continuing the road map, which was crafted so as to give negotiating authority to the Palestinian prime minister rather than to Arafat, who is accused by both leaders of having direct links to terrorism. But in the three weeks since Abbas’ resignation, Arafat’s popularity and power have risen markedly. Qureia has yet to take office.
China poised to launch human into orbit after 11 years of planning SHANGHAI, China (L.A.Times) — There are a dozen or so
candidates, all stellar pilots with the Chinese air force who average about 5 feet 7 inches in height and 142 pounds in weight. Most have been in training for years and although their names and much else about their project remains an official secret, soon one or more of them is likely to climb aboard the Shenzhou 5, a rocket ship whose names means “divine vessel,” and blast into orbit. China appears to be on the verge of becoming just the third nation to send a human into outer space, and even though such an achievement would come more than 40 years after the former Soviet Union and then the United States did so, Chinese officials are laying the groundwork for a major celebration and what they clearly hope will be a jolt of national pride and prestige. Such a flight, in a craft loosely modeled on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, would come after at least 11 years of planning and test flights with four unmanned space vehicles in recent years. It would also come as the U.S. shuttle fleet remains grounded after the Columbia disaster this past February left seven astronauts dead. While no formal launch date has been set, a string of recent announcements from top Chinese officials indicates that preparations are intensifying and that blastoff — from the Jiuquan Space Center, near the Gobi Desert in north China — could come within weeks, perhaps right after the national holiday week in early October that commemorates the creation of the Communist People’s Republic. Science and Technology Minister Xu Guanhua told the official Chinese media last week that arrangements for Shenzhou 5’s launch were proceeding “extremely smoothly,” and last week a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Kong Quan, smiled slightly as he said of the mission: “We hope we can realize that goal, sending a man into space, as soon as possible.” Run by the military and shrouded in secrecy, China’s space program does appear to be on the verge of a national milestone, one that could well pave the way for a Chinese space station and perhaps a lunar mission, which the Chinese government periodically has described as a long-range goal of the Chinese space program. But even as a successful mission would be a domestic propaganda coup, its international significance is a matter of considerable debate, with few clear indications yet of whether the Chinese mission actually would break new ground in research or, perhaps, in military applications such as satellite surveillance. “It’s the big question,” said Joan Johnson-Freese, an expert on the Chinese space program who is chair of the National Security Decision Making Department at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. “You will hear that this is huge, that China is developing all kinds of technological prowess that the United States needs to be concerned about,” said JohnsonFreese. “You will hear the other end of the spectrum, that they’ve basically bought a lot of existing Russian
technology, and this is not that important at all, they’re not up to anything new. I think the answer is somewhere in-between.” A Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities, released earlier this year, concluded that one goal of the country’s space program is to develop improved satellite systems, for conducting its own monitoring and for potentially jamming or intercepting satellites used by other nations. “While one of the strongest immediate motivations for this program appears to be political prestige, China’s manned space efforts almost certainly will contribute to improved military space systems in the 2010-2020 time frame,” said the report. The United States has plenty of its own military space systems, of course, so the broader question is whether Chinese advances are likely to set off a “space race” between the two nations over warfare equipment such as space-based missiles. For now, though, most experts seem to agree that the Chinese would have a long way to go to match current U.S. capabilities — but that they could also move rapidly to catch up. “The primary issue is the integration between Chinese military and civil space activities,” said James Oberg, who spent 22 years as a space engineer with the shuttle program and is now a Houston-based consultant on space issues. “They do not have any kind of division or barrier, so that technologies developed for one side of the coin quickly augment the capabilities of the other. “At the same time,” Oberg added, “the history of the space age has shown that competition is generally a win-win for all parties, for the whole world. It becomes a fundamentally constructive competition of research and discovery.” Indeed, China is likely to carry out various experiments in weightlessness and perhaps in the spacebased breeding of crop seeds, which can result in larger, hardier or quicker-bearing varieties of fruits and vegetables even as it raises concerns about the risks of such genetic manipulation. Chinese space scientists have sent about 60 varieties of crops and seeds on at least seven previous, unmanned Chinese space missions, dating all the way back to the late 1980s, according to Chinese media reports about the program. Another likely goal of the Chinese space program is to develop a larger share of the market for placing and leasing commercial satellites, and possibly expanding China’s ability to rent part of its space capabilities to other nations. Earlier this year, for instance, the Parisbased European Space Agency and China inked a deal enabling European scientists to put some space monitoring devices on a Chinese satellite. Officials with the Chinese space agency turned down requests for an interview or specific information about launch plans. They also decline to release the annual cost of the Chinese space program, although Western experts put the figure at somewhere between $2 billion and $3 billion, well below the roughly $15 billion the United States spends on its space program.
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Clark wants more foreign aid, new department WASHINGTON (Washington Post) — A new book by Wesley Clark, the retired Army general running for president, calls for a major expansion in U.S. foreign assistance programs and establishment of a Department of International Assistance to manage the initiative. “Focusing our humanitarian and developmental efforts through a single, responsible department will help us bring the same kind of sustained attention to alleviating deprivation, misery, ethnic conflict and poverty that we have brought to the problem of warfare,” Clark writes. In a searing critique, Clark accuses the Bush administration of carrying out a wrenching turn in U.S. foreign policy away from traditional American principles. He cites what he says has been an overemphasis on unilateralism and overreliance on the U.S. military to pursue the notion of “a new American empire.” Clark argues for adoption of “a more collaborative, collegiate” U.S. strategy marked by renewed cooperation with such international organizations as the United Nations and NATO and backed by substantial economic and political development aid. But Clark puts no price tag on this proposed boost in aid and provides few specifics about how the United States should proceed. He focuses more on articulating problems than detailing solutions. Release of the book, titled “Winning Modern Wars” and shipped to stores last week, coincides with Clark’s entrance this month into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Publisher Peter Osnos of PublicAffairs said the book was not conceived as a campaign manifesto. Osnos, who published another book by Clark two years ago on the retired general’s military experiences, said he suggested in May that Clark pursue a second book that would combine and expand on much of Clark’s commentary as a CNN analyst during the Iraq war. “It certainly wasn’t part of any grand plan,” Osnos said in a phone interview. But while Clark was writing the book, he was considering running for president. Now that Clark is a candidate, the book is sure to be read as a political document for insights into his views on foreign and national security policy. The first part of the book reiterates Clark’s criticism of the conduct of the Iraq war. Although the ouster of the government of Saddam Hussein in just three weeks has widely been hailed as a military success, Clark maintains the war plan contained “fundamental flaws” that raised the level of risk to U.S. troops. He faults the administration for skimping on the forces made available to military commanders and for shortchanging
postwar planning. He also blames it for failing to enlist support from the United Nations and NATO, which, he says, would have provided greater international legitimacy and additional foreign troops and other resources. “It has thus far been a perfect example of dominating an enemy force but failing to secure the victory,” Clark says of the administration’s experience in Iraq. Similarly critical of the conduct of the broader war on terrorism, Clark argues that the administration has blundered by focusing on a war against Iraq rather than keeping its sights on al-Qaida, the perpetrator of the Sept. 1, 2001, terrorist attacks. Clark contends this “flawed strategy” has led to a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the underestimated postwar challenges in Iraq. The larger point of the book deals with what Clark considers the damaging consequences of the administration’s pursuit of a “quasi-imperial vision” aimed at liberating people around the world. This strategy, among other things, is imposing a severe strain on the U.S. Army, which, in Clark’s words, “isn’t an army of empire — at least not yet.” It was built for combat, not occupation, Clark says. “Overnight, U.S. foreign policy became not only unilateralist but moralistic, intensely patriotic and assertive, planning military action against Iraq and perhaps other states in the Middle East, and intimating the New American Empire,” he writes. The administration’s approach has hampered counter-terrorism efforts, undercut NATO and “turned upside down five decades of work to establish an international system to help reduce conflict,” he writes. To reverse these trends, Clark urges measures to soften America’s image again and place renewed emphasis on nonmilitary options. In the war on terrorism in particular, he recommends greater focus “on getting at Islamic terrorism’s root causes,” including extreme Wahhabite ideology, funding from Saudi Arabia and madrassas, or Islamic schools, in Pakistan.
Davis, Schwarzenegger take off the gloves in California recall campaign Angeles (L.A. Times) — California Gov. Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican front runner in the race to replace him if he is recalled, traded fresh accusations of negative campaigning on Saturday, each alleging the other is distorting his record. With less than two weeks to go on the campaign trail, replacement candidates Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock continued to raise money and stump for votes. Bustamante characterized the Oct. 7 special election as anyone’s to win, and McClintock predicted his own victory. Davis on Saturday accepted an invitation from CNN’s Larry King to debate Schwarzenegger on his program, while aides to the actorturned-politician said he had no intention of giving the governor the chance to go on the attack. “He is desperately reaching out for a face-to-face conversation clearly in an attempt to tear (Schwarzenegger) down,” said Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman Sean Walsh. “We have more important things to do.” Walsh cited Schwarzenegger’s plans to travel by plane across California Sunday where he planned to speak directly to voters. Schwarzenegger had no public events Saturday. Previously, Schwarzenegger declined to participate in a candidates’ debate Sept. 17, electing instead to go on King’s program the same night, appearing alone. At the time, his campaign staff said the choice gave him a broader audience than the debate allowed. His decision to attend only one of several offered debates has drawn criticism from opponents. Davis campaign spokesman Peter Ragone said the governor would continue to challenge Schwarzenegger to debate. The governor’s campaign says Schwarzenegger’s television ads have misrepresented Davis’ record, particularly on the health of the California’s economy and the state budget. “If you have the audacity to distort the facts in ads, you should have the courage to defend them in a debate,” Ragone said.McClintock told reporters Saturday, before a $50 a plate fund-raiser in La Canada Flintridge, Calif., that he thought both Davis and Schwarzenegger had gone negative in their campaigns, doing a disservice to voters. McClintock, expressing confidence that he can overtake all Los
replacement candidates by election day despite never leading in the polls, said Davis ‘’excels in slamming his opponents. ... I think the voters are sick and tired of it.” But, as a target of criticism from Schwarzenegger’s camp for taking money from Indian tribes, he said his Republican rival had been “attacking the integrity of the other candidates in the race.” For their part, Schwarzenegger’s campaign staff and supporters said Davis’s most recent ad misrepresented their candidate’s record by saying that he had no experience and that he had not voted regularly. Walsh said Schwarzenegger’s business experience, including having to balance budgets and deal with worker’s compensation, made him “of all major candidates uniquely qualified” to deal with the state’s economy. As for Schwarzenegger’s voting record, Walsh said that while the
campaign could show that he had requested and received absentee ballots for past elections, they did not know why the ballots, which Walsh said had been completed and returned, were not recorded by election officials. As charges flew between the two campaigns, with Schwarzenegger aides joining a conference call with former state Secretary of State Bill Jones and Republican Assemblyman John Campbell to denounce what they said was Davis’s “return to puke politics,” the governor defended himself. “I don’t know what the definition of that is, but let me just say this: Mr. Schwarzenegger is twisting the truth. He is running down California just to build himself up,” said Davis, appearing at the Claude Pepper Senior Center in West Los Angeles where he signed legislation and played bingo.
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Field hockey continued from page 12 Bears are 5-0 at home this year and 0-2 away. “We have a huge advantage on our home field,” Buza said. “Our field is a lot narrower than other teams and we are used to that. Other teams are intimidated at how compact the field is.” In the end team members said they hope the Harvard loss will
safeRIDE continued from page 1 “The escort system has gotten a lot better,” he said. “We did have some problems in the very beginning, of course, but they’ve gotten pretty solid.” Dilg said he thinks complaints about shuttle drivers not knowing routes is more unfamiliarity with shuttle stops that are different from last year and with a new schedule. Despite the problems some students report, members of the Brown community are using the system. Ridership was an estimated 745 students during the first week of service, which started Sept. 2., according to McAllister. During the second week, the numbers increased to an estimated 1,445 students. Since then, he said, ridership has continued to rise. McAllister acknowledged that shuttle drivers have faced “students not knowing where the shuttles were stopping,” and the removal of safeRIDE stop signs along the street hasn’t helped the
serve as a positive catalyst for the rest of the season and not turn into the beginning of a midseason slide. “Physically, we are there,” Buza said. “Mentally, we need to overcome the loss and win these games. They are huge games and we need to gain our confidence back.” Herald staff writer Maggie Haskins ’04 edits the sports section. She can be reached at email@example.com m.
situation. “Maybe it’s because the signs are attractive, I don’t know, but I wish they wouldn’t (take down the signs),” Rider said. But while some students are quick to complain about the new system, others seem satisfied. Quyen Truong ’05 said she took a shuttle at around 8 p.m. a few weeks ago to the OMAC from Jo’s and discovered a quicker way of getting home by observing a different route a safeRIDE driver was taking. Although she’s taken it only once, she’s happy with what it has to offer, she said. “The drivers seem sure of themselves, and the driver of my shuttle was really friendly,” she said. Rider said students should expect improvements in the safeRIDE system. The safeRIDE now features service between Brown and the Trinity Repertory Company, she said. The service will transport students from Trinity Rep downtown to their homes as part of an on-call service. An alternate option, she said, is taking RISD shuttle 2, which has altered its route to include a stop at Trinity Rep.
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2003 · PAGE 10 S T A F F
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A matter of merit As much as students might like to believe that each of us deserved our Brown acceptance letters, merit plays only a partial role in college admission. Finding your way to an elite school is a process that, for most Ivy Leaguers, begins way before senior year of high school and requires navigating a complex maze of teacher recommendations, SATs, course selections, essays, fees and financial aid applications. For students who don’t have a knowledgeable parent or school counselor guiding them through the process, applying to college can be a near-impossible task. Highly qualified high school students often don’t attempt applications to elite colleges simply because they have no one to ask about logistics or aren’t aware of opportunities available to them. Given these realities, Brown’s Talent Quest program is a noble endeavor. The Office of Undergraduate Admission hopes to attract more students from underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to Brown. The three-year program aims to help compensate for inequalities in public education. Applying to Brown from Central is a very different experience from applying as a Boston Latin senior. Although the admission office is off to a good start, making contact with schools and bringing counselors to campus, the office should direct more resources toward actual school visits. Brochures and the reassuring words of counselors are helpful, but having a Brown admission officer at their schools makes the idea more tangible to students. The one-on-one contact is invaluable. It remains to be seen whether Talent Quest will increase the ethnic and socioeconomic makeup of Brown’s student body. But this is surely a good first step in ensuring that Brown truly is a merit-based institution.
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD EDITORIAL Elena Lesley, Editor-in-Chief Brian Baskin, Executive Editor Zachary Frechette, Executive Editor Kerry Miller, Executive Editor Kavita Mishra, Senior Editor Rachel Aviv, Arts & Culture Editor Jen Sopchockchai, Asst. Arts & Culture Editor Carla Blumenkranz, Campus Watch Editor Juliette Wallack, Metro Editor Jonathan Skolnick, Opinions Editor Philissa Cramer, RISD News Editor Jonathan Meachin, Sports Editor Maggie Haskins, Sports Editor
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LETTERS Rainey is a valuable voice in debate on gay issues To the Editor: Thank you and congratulations to Brian Rainey for his column, “Religion made me do it” (Sept. 26). I am an advocate for equal rights for GLBT people and particularly for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. As such I read books and articles on those subjects on a daily basis. Anyone with a similar interest knows that letters, editorials and
other articles tend to repeat the same things over and over. Much of what is being written is based on emotion, religious belief and interpretation. It is becoming rare to find anything new added to the debate. But once in a while someone actually has something to add. Brian Rainey certainly qualifies with his column. Comparative history is a very enlightening tool, plus it adds needed perspective to the current cacophony surrounding gay rights in general and same-sex marriage in particular. At the risk of sounding too demanding on Mr. Rainey’s time, I can’t help but say, “More, please.”
Bill Dubay Sept. 27
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OPINIONS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2003 · PAGE 11
Brunonian nationalism? Either love other schools or kick their asses SCHOOL SPIRIT IS NOT JUST FOOTBALL. I’ve seen it. During the Yale workers’ strike, At its core, school spirit is chauvinism. The I interviewed the head of the Local 34 and reason it links so well to football is that it then I asked about 20 students what they requires a zero-sum mentality to function: thought about the strike. Student comSchool spirit is essentially devotion to an ments unanimously included “I just don’t idea that we are better than Yale, better want to be woken up early by the stupid than Dartmouth, better than l’Universite protesters;” “I looked at all their demands and I just want to stop eating at de Nantes and clearly better restaurants;” “Yale gives us 130 than Columbia or Penn. (All BARRON dollars a week to eat and it’s true.) If we are not better in YOUNGSMITH BARON VON getting old;” “I’m sick of having the sense of having a large NEWSPAPER to walk past their picket lines;” endowment or a high ranking, and “Will they just shut up?” then the idea is that we are objectively better in some area like curric- This does not translate directly to moral ular flexibility or morally and culturally superiority, but it definitely points to a difsuperior because we are “cooler” and more ferent, less eager approach to human inter“open minded.” If none of these factors action, respect and empathy with those applies, then it follows that we must be a who help serve you than I’m used to. And cohesive social group that prides itself on I’ve never been to a party better than a its very cohesion and its status as a group Brown party save at the University of apart from other groups. Even if we were Colorado at Boulder. This is an empirical total losers like the Red Sox, we would triumph over all the nearby schools that pride ourselves on the painful experiences I’ve visited (a lot). The fact remains, however, that school we’ve shared and the totally subjective commonality that we feel for each other. spirit is simply the hope of identifying with The point is that school spirit is complete- your classmates as a group that has certain ly contingent on us judging ourselves as a homogeneities and advantages over other group relative to other groups. Nationalism groups — the same as one tribe having a is chauvinistic. School spirit is simply moral advantage over another tribe or a baseball team having a moral advantage mini-nationalism. This chauvinism can be built on fact. I over another baseball team (everyone good work at the Office of Admission, and they is at least mildly Cuban, in the end). Let’s look at a few things that undermine actually do not admit you if you aren’t cool. nationalism in modern nation-states: a lack of a core set of values that is impressed Barron Youngsmith ’06 and a partner upon citizens of a nation by the state or the beat a team of Yalies at beer pong a few people, a multiplicity of subgroups that weekends ago.
We cannot expect Brown students to come together with one mindset or set of unified goals, be they beating the rival school or getting over suicidal thoughts together (UChicago). claim the allegiance and identity of citizens more immediately than allegiance to the nation-state (nongovernmental organizations like al-Qaida included), individualism and rational choice (of course it can), an identification with humanity as a whole rather than one’s own group, being paid off by foreign spies and so on. All of the recent suggestions in The Herald for building school spirit center around creating communal activities likes University-sponsored parties and early, well-attended football games. The sense is that the spirit of Brown lives in the uncreated conscience of the Mob — a writhing mass of Brown bodies that will enhance our connection with each other and then allow us to bond in such a way that lets us confidently make fun of business majors and reject Yale degrees without so much as batting an eyelash. It’s a given that we will sometimes dissolve into a quivering mass, but this often happens in small, private parties rather than as a whole student body. We have to ask ourselves if this mob vision is a realistic expression of Brown or whether the dissolution of our school spirit is the result of
a larger individuality and subsequent stratification. Certainly, Brown can encourage school events — but the building block of Brown itself is the self-motivated student. Without trying to mold and sculpt Brown minds the way prep schools and 19th Century University curricula do, and with no common Brown experience to speak of, we cannot expect Brown students to come together with one mindset or set of unified goals, be they beating the rival school or getting over suicidal thoughts together (UChicago). If we want to keep encouraging total freedom of education and thought as well as groups that seek ethnic, political, national and ontological diversity, we must accept that we are encouraging forces that can sideline the idea of a Brown ethos. Furthermore, the Brown ethos looks down upon the forcible inculcation of an ethos. If we we’re serious about our distress that nobody knows the words to the Brown Alma Mater, then require students to learn the Alma Mater. I know the song. If we’re really worried that we’re not as spirited as everyone else, then Brown should choose whether or not to take the next step.
Making sense of the Gene Revolution When it comes to genetically modified foods, there is reason for both hope and caution AFTER UTILIZING SOME INNOVATIVE lenge. Worldwide, a coalition of environgenetic engineering methods to create mentalists, consumer groups and public transgenic rice that is loaded with beta health advocates has stirred up a public carotene, Ingo Potrykus and his colleagues backlash against biotechnology, and in at the Institute of Plant Sciences in Zurich doing so members have scored major legwere lauded for this accomplishment. This islative victories. The European Union, breakthrough is quite a feat because beta already worried about public food safety in light of the Mad Cow and Foot carotene is instrumental in and Mouth epidemics, and was the production of Vitamin A. ARJUN IYENGAR galvanized by widespread While this achievement COLUMNIST media reports of a controversial could have an impact on study concluding that Bt corn roughly half the world’s popuwas lethal to monarch butterlation, a closer look at the issue reveals a more complex picture that flies. The EU now demands that all GM shows the potential dangers inherent in foods be labeled, which makes biotech genetically modified foods. In response to vegetables as attractive as cartons of milk Potrykus’s accomplishments (he is also on bearing skull and crossbones symbol, as the verge of creating an iron-enhanced far as multinational companies are conrice), well over 2,500 anti-biotech protest- cerned. This issue was brought up by the ers took to Boston’s streets proclaiming, United States during the recent World “Humanity and nature are not for sale, nor Trade Organization talks in Cancun. In America, however, the situation is for profit, and not for capitalist-driven entirely different. Very few Americans are experimentation!” Today there is a raging global debate aware that nearly 60 percent of the food over whether biotechnology could usher in products on their supermarkets’ shelves another Green Revolution. Nobody claims contain some level of genetically altered that genetically modified crops will be a material. Food and chemical industries universal panacea for hunger or nutrition- have thus far completely succeeded in preal deficiency. However, with global popula- cluding Congress from passing any legislation growth outpacing food production, tion that would require genetically modibiotech proponents argue that genetic fied organism labeling. The fact that these engineering can help feed the multitudes. industries have gained the power to test It is believed that GM producers will their products directly on the unsuspecting expand crop productivity in the develop- and uninformed public demonstrates some of the pitfalls of corporate America. ing world by as much as 25 percent. One obstacle complicates this chal- Some studies have also come to further question the safety of genetically altered food. The development of beneficial traits Arjun Iyengar ’05 is an international relain the case of Bt corn — which uses a gene tions concentrator and epitomizes that derived from the Bacillus thuringiensis ever-so-common Jersey Pride.
bacterium to produce a substance specifically toxic to corn borers — might be lethal to other insects. A European laboratory study demonstrated that the mortality rate of the green lacewing (an insect that preys on crop pests such as corn borers) increased by two thirds after it ingested insects that were fed on Bt corn. Ecologists have also discovered that the Bt toxin remains active in the soil for at least 234 days after the crop is harvested. Corporate mishaps have also illustrated the potential dangers of genetically altered food. A couple years ago Kraft Food issued a large-scale recall of its taco shells because they contained traces of corn meal from StarLink, a genetically engineered variety that had not been approved for human consumption. Even if StarLink proves utterly harmless, it is disturbing to consider that nobody, from farmers to grain dealers to millers to Kraft, can yet explain how it got mixed into corn meal meant for taco shells. More alarming is that the tests that detected its presence were administered not by any of these companies, nor by government inspectors, but by a private company working for the Genetically Engineered Food Alert, a volunteer coalition of biotech skeptics and foes. And now that Kraft is calling for more government action to assure the safety of biotech foods, the industry associations are muting their usual opposition. Say what they will about the safety of GM foods or the hysteria of GM foes, a nationwide recall on a $50 million-a-year food brand tends to influence philosophies of government oversight. In the end, however, the review of avail-
able literature indicates that the GM crops available on the market that are intended for human consumption are generally safe; their consumption is not associated with serious health problems. Because of increasingly widespread use, however, further precautions should be employed. For instance, safety testing must be made more stringent. The only scientifically valid approach is to feed these foods to human volunteers and see how they respond. In America, such testing is required by the Food and Drug Administration before new foods or additives produced by other methods can be marketed. Why should genetically altered foods be an exception? Secondly, all genetically engineered foods should be labeled as such. Safety testing can never provide a 100 percent certainty. For example, tests extending over three years may fail to detect harmful effects that require five years to emerge. Mandatory labeling gives the consumer choice in whether to accept that risk. Health officials can also better trace the source of any problems if the products are labeled. And finally, the public must be properly informed about the benefits and risks of GM food because an informed choice by consumers will protect the integrity of the biotechnology and food industries and maintain confidence in the food supply. Whatever the outcome of the biotechnology debate, it promises to be a long, grinding argument. Meanwhile, millions of hungry people have to wait and watch on the sidelines, as the rest of the world struggles to unravel the complexities of a “Gene Revolution.”
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SPORTS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2003 · PAGE 12
Selecting the AL MVP LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE BASEball regular season is now complete. Just writing that makes me wish I had watched more this year while I still had the chance. (Hey BTV, get on the NESN bandwagon, would you?) Another six months until opening day seems cruel, knowing that between now and then it’ll get colder than Todd Walker in July. The season didn’t have to be over ERIC PERLMUTTER just yet, though. PERL MUTTERS Had the Atlanta Braves lost yesterday, Barry Bonds and his cronies could have played a makeup game today to determine home field advantage in the playoffs. Instead, the Giants turned down the offer and the Braves won. It was a curious decision by the Giants, but when you have players who were alive when the Houston Astros were the Houston Colt .45s, I guess it makes sense. But I digress. The end of the season means awards, and seeing that I’m an AL fan, I’ll only put forth my AL MVP and Cy Young views. So let’s kick it, major-league style. AL MVP: This is what they call “a toughie.” No one player stands out as having had the best season by far, which segues nicely into the first question anyone must face when doing this sort of thing: What about A-Rod? I’ve heard it all before — the Rangers would be nothing without him, he leads the league in home runs, he’s the most valuable in the truest sense of the word and more. But in my eyes, the definition of MVP isn’t strictly about the value of a player to his team. Imagine a team goes 5-25 over a 30-game stretch and, during that stretch, “Player X” makes like Pat Burrell, hitting .200 and driving in 10 runs. The rest of the season, they’re 20 games over .500 and “Player X” hits .300 and jacks 25 homers. In short, there is a positive correlation between his performance and the team’s performance. Without him playing well, the team’s got nothing. Does that mean “Player X” should be MVP? Of course not — he slumped and helped drive his team to a lonely October. Sure, he may be very valuable to his team, but he had a good season at best. A-Rod fit this mold almost exactly this year. The Rangers went 4-23 in late May and part of June, and A-Rod absolutely vanished. He did hit .281, which isn’t heinous, but he only had four home runs and nine RBI over that period. Those are numbers of a leadoff man with some pop, not the A-Rod we’re used to seeing and certainly not of an MVP. What I didn’t say was that the MVP absolutely has to be on a contending team, which makes Carlos Delgado my choice. Unlike A-Rod, Delgado didn’t have a monumental slide that sent his team out of the pennant race. By the time he was slumping, the Toronto Blue Jays were effectively out of it already, mostly due to poor pitching by everyone but Roy Halladay (see below). Even if Delgado had contributed more to the team’s slump back toward .500, his season-long numbers were significant enough to offset this, again contrasting see PERLMUTTER, page 4
M. soccer falters versus URI, beats Sacred Heart BY IAN CROPP
After winning three one-goal games early on, the men’s soccer team (4-2) saw its second straight game slip away Wednesday with only four minutes left against the University of Rhode Island. On Friday, the Bears regrouped to dominate Sacred Heart 2-0. The difference between the Sacred Heart victory and the URI defeat was defensive breakdowns and mental mistakes. “Two lapses — that was the story of the game,” said Head Coach Mike Noonan. “It was mental mistakes that cost us, much like they have in close games in the past two years.” The Rams came in focused and were looking to avenge last year’s 2-0 defeat at home against the Bears. “We gave them two gifts, but give URI credit — they capitalized on their chances,and we didn’t,” said Matt Goldman ’04. Brown netted the first goal of the game 23 minutes into the first half. After a URI foul, Brown was awarded a free kick 35 yards from the goal. Jeff Larentowicz ’05, whose services have been called upon frequently for free kicks, fired a laser of a shot over the URI wall. The shot slammed against the crossbar, and the rebound bounced to a well-positioned Goldman, who volleyed the ball into the URI net. Brown continued to work the URI defense, but with 1:24 left in the half, the Rams caught Brown flatfooted when the URI junior Sasha Gotsmanov blasted a shot from outside the penalty box into the top right corner. Brown would fall victim to the crafty foot of Gotsmanov again in the second half, when he put away the game winner. The second half started out even and
Head Coach Mike Noonan looks on as Brown falls to URI last Wednesday 2-1. both teams mounted offensive spurts. Chris Gomez ’05 had to step up and make a crucial save early on after a URI break. Brown was unable to put the ball away on several key chances and free kicks. With less than five minutes to play, the game looked like it was headed for overtime, until a Brown giveaway deep in its own zone led to a URI goal. For the final few minutes, Brown poured on offensive pressure and had two corner kicks, but could not find the net. The loss was Brown’s second straight and the first at Stevenson Field. “URI played five percent better than we did,” Noonan said. “We’ve let ourselves down in two one-goal games this year.” “They made the plays and we made the
mistakes,” said captain Adom Crew ’04. “I guess this will just have to be a learning experience.” Two days later, the Bears came out recharged against Sacred Heart, looking to cut down on defensive mistakes and put more quality chances on the opposing net. “Our number one priority was defensive organization,” Noonan said. “We came out with 100 percent energy,” Larentowicz said. “We were looking for our defensive play to help create some offensive chances” The Bears executed their game plan perfectly, limiting the Sacred Heart offense to two shots in the first half and none in see SOCCER, page 4
Field hockey offense a no-show in Harvard loss BY MAGGIE HASKINS
On Saturday the Brown field hockey team (5-2, 1-1 Ivy League) faced off against Harvard (5-2, 2-0) in a crucial league showdown. But, in their biggest game to date, the Bears were unable to muster an offensive attack and fell to the Crimson 10. “We were not poised and we panicked and just fell out of our game,” said Head Coach Carolan Norris. “You have to give Harvard credit. They are a good team. They are poised and disciplined. They took it to us.” Brown struggled from the beginning in transitioning the ball from the midfield to the forwards and was unable to keep possession of the ball. Brown forwards were often positioned behind at least two Harvard defenders during the game, making it virtually impossible for a pass to go through. In truth, it was not Harvard’s overwhelming offensive attack that did the Bears in, but Brown mistakes that cost the team the game. “We just didn’t do our basic skills on Saturday, so they capitalized on our mistakes and we didn’t capitalize on theirs,” said Meaghan Harwood ’04. “We couldn’t maintain possession of the ball because we were not passing well.” In an effort to push the ball up field, the Bears forced many passes. “Our defense worked so hard and our midfield and forwards would just get the ball and blast it up the field,” Norris said. “Harvard picked (the ball) up and came right back at us.” Though the lone goal of the game was the result of a defensive mistake leading to a penalty corner at 18:32 of the first half, Bruno’s defense kept the Bears in the
game. Goalie Katie Noe ’05 was strong in the net, recording eight saves. As a unit the defense fended off 17 Crimson shots, while Brown’s paltry offensive effort could only mount four shots on goal — all of which came in the second half. “The defense did what they had to do,” Norris said. “They did their job. I don’t think our midfield and forwards did their job. As a team we didn’t come together on the same day. If you are going to run for a championship you have to come together in games like this.” Brown’s best offensive opportunity came with about 13 minutes left in the second half. On one of its two penalty corners, Lizzie Buza ’04 fired off a stinging shot, but Harvard goalie Katie Zacarian made the save. During the same drive Laurel Pierpont ’04 attempted three shots on goal and was thwarted all three times. On one attempt, Zacarian was laid out on the turf and made an acrobatic save, kicking her left leg in the air to stop the Pierpont try. Zacarian recorded the 22nd shutout of her career, setting a new school record. The game was a physical one from the start. Both Brown and Harvard players hit the turf — and each other — numerous times while attempting to control the ball. Two Brown players were even cited by referees for pushing. Pierpont received a warning in the first half, and sweeper Kristen Vincent ’06 was given a yellow card and ejected in the final five minutes for pushing. “I don’t think she necessarily should have been thrown out of the game. It was physical going both ways and you have to call it both ways. That is a pretty drastic call to make in the last five minutes of a
game,” Norris said. Yet no measure of physical force could match Harvard’s intensity. The Crimson capitalized repeatedly on errant Brown passes. The last five minutes featured a game of cat and mouse in the right hand corner, as Harvard’s Shelley Maasdorp played keepaway with Brown defenders. It was during Maasdorp’s stick-work exhibition that Vincent was ejected. “A lot of teams do that — that’s a part of the game,” Norris said. “That is a frustrating part of it, but they have the individual players that can do that stick-work and have that poise. We didn’t have that poise.” The game was, in essence, a step in the wrong direction for the Bears, though the coach and team members said they did not believe it erases the possibility of an Ivy championship. “I don’t think anybody is going to go undefeated in the Ivy League,” Norris said. “We need Princeton to beat Harvard. Now we have to count on other people to win.” For the team to win the title, history will have to repeat itself. “By the time we play Princeton (Oct. 18) we will have our act together,” Buza said. “This is the same thing that happened in 1999 when we tied for the Ivy League title with Princeton. We lost to Harvard, and then beat Princeton.” Brown has a long road before the Oct. 18 showdown with the Tigers. The team faces two extremely tough regional foes this week — No. 13 Northeastern on Wednesday and No. 18 Boston College on Saturday. Brown will be hosting both schools. The see FIELD HOCKEY, page 8
Published on Sep 29, 2003