M O N D A Y OCTOBER 20, 2003
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXXXVIII, No. 95
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U. cheerleader falls, fractures shoulder
Graduate School turns 100, still small but thriving BY ELLEN WERNECKE
In 1927, the University saw one of its most prestigious departments — the Graduate Department — secede from the College to form its own school. While no blood may have been shed over the secession, the Graduate School has the remained a small but GRADUATE thriving part of the SCHOOL University since its foundat 100 ing 100 years ago. Graduate students at Brown number about 1,400, according to the school’s Web site. Last year, the University awarded an estimated 267 advanced degrees. The relatively small size of the graduate program is a draw for many prospective students. Graduate students told The Herald their departments were often quite small — and that’s how they like it. Daniel Ehlke GS, a third-year graduate student in political science, said the advantage of being in a relatively small department is “not fighting over finance and funding” for dissertations and other projects. “The Department of Political Science is one of the largest undergraduate departments, but one of the smaller graduate departments,” Ehlke said. “It’s sometimes a problem, but there’s always enough resources to go around.” Ehlke said the department was able to fully fund the first three years of his study at Brown — an offer he didn’t get from any other universities to which he applied. Lacee O’Brien GS, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of English, praised a lack of “back-stabbing competition” she said was common in other graduate schools she considered. “Brown’s a small school, but that can be advantageous,” said O’Brien, who got her undergraduate degree from the see GRAD SCHOOL, page 4
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Cheerleader Vanessa Reese ’06 was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and treated for a fractured scapula after sustaining a fall during the Brown-Princeton game Saturday.
A Brown cheerleader sustained a fractured scapula after falling backward from a shoulder-level stunt during Saturday’s BrownPrinceton football game. Vanessa Reese ’06 was taken to Rhode Island Hospital by Brown Emergency Medical Services around 4 p.m. on Saturday, and was released several hours later, Head Coach Kent Stetson ’01 told The Herald. The game was delayed for about 20 minutes, witnesses said. “She was just standing on one of the guy’s cheerleader’s shoulders,” said Jillian Harrison ’06, who was watching the game from the stands. “She started to fall backward, and her spotter was standing too close so she fell to the side, basically fell over the spotter.” Reese called the fall “a fluke accident,” and said the stunt is normally very stable. “I was in the back, so no one really saw me go down, and you’re not really supposed to say ‘I’m falling,’” she said. “She’s pretty lucky,” Stetson said, considering the possible injuries that could have been incurred from a backward fall. Like any sport, he said, injuries are a risk involved in cheering. “We do prepare ourselves for falls — falls are a part of building stunts.” Stetson said the rest of the squad was see CHEERLEADER, page 4
Popular culture blind to racial tension, Zook says BY SHEELA RAMAN
Americans are being premature in celebrating a colorblind nation, said Kristal Brent Zook, keynote speaker of this year’s Multiracial Heritage Week Convocation. In her Friday evening speech at Starr Auditorium, entitled “Colorblind or Just Blind,” Zook said the media presents a utopia of multicultural interactions instead of demonstrating the difficulties that actually exist.
Zook, who is half black and half white, is the author of “Color by Fox: The Fox Network and the Revolution in Black Television,” and has written for Essence, Vibe, The New York Times Magazine and other publications. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Zook cited network television dramas like “NYPD Blue” and “Touched By an Angel” and movies like “Lethal Weapon” and
Over 100 RISD students wreak havoc in Providence; Pillow fight trashes Parents Weekend tent on Main Green BY PHILISSA CRAMER
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A pillow-wielding mob of RISD students overturned hundreds of chairs Saturday night in the Parents Weekend tent on the Main Green on .
Frank Vandiver RISD ’07 spent the first few hours of his birthday on the Main Green saving Brown’s Parents Weekend. On Saturday night, a massive Rhode Island School of Design pillow fight — a school tradition — spilled into the tent on the Main Green where President Ruth Simmons was scheduled to address parents Sunday morning. Students dressed in costumes overturned hundreds of chairs before moving on into downtown Providence. Vandiver and James Lambert RISD ’07 were in their dorm when students returned from the pillow fight and told them what had happened on Brown’s campus. They went up the Hill and were disturbed by what they
“The Matrix” as guilty of projecting this false image. She said television and movie producers strive to blend multiracial and other ethnic minorities into their productions without attracting too much attention. The process, which producers call “organic integration,” is depicting a problem-free, colorblind America before it can become a reality, she said. Zook showed clips from “Save the Last Dance,” directed by Thomas Carter, and “One False Move,” directed by Carl Franklin, to illustrate what she considers accurate portrayals of interracial relations in America. The scene from “Save the Last Dance” highlighted the bewilderment of the protagonist, a white girl, as a black woman criticizes her for overstepping boundaries by becoming romantically involved with her brother-in-law, who is also black. Zook said the film rejects the notion of an easy colorblind America while still showing hope for improvement. One clip from “One False Move” involved the refusal of a white county sheriff to acknowledge a son he had with a black teenager as his own. In a second scene, the sheriff, who is fatally wounded, asks his son to remain by his side. According to Zook, the scene reveals the sheriff’s true ambivalence. Zook said such portrayals effectively
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I N S I D E M O N D AY, O C T O B E R 2 0 , 2 0 0 3 High-energy performances mark Parents Weekend Dance Concert arts & culture, page 3
Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist of “Doonesbury” entertains parents page 5
Former Brazilian president describes what the U.S. can learn from Brazil page 5
TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Conservative views do add to intellectual diversity, says Eric Neuman ’04 column, page 11
Football loses Homecoming game to Princeton, 34-14, to sloppy play sports, page 12
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ARTS & CULTURE MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2003 · PAGE 3 ARTS & CULTURE REVIEW
Dance concert ablaze with West African and hip hop performances BY HANNAH DEAN
The music was hot, the dancers were hotter and the choreography burnt the floor up. The Parents/Homecoming Weekend Dance Concert, put on by the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, was a spectacle of gestures, rhythm and life — a cultural fantasia that incorporated the moves of pop culture as well as the rich, textured beats of Mali, West Africa. The night began with the Opening Drum Call: “Manjani.” The piece was performed by professionals Issa Coulibaly (lead jembe), Seydou Coulibaly (joun joun) and Abdoulaye Diallo (accompanying jembe). Beats were fast and flaring and the performers, encouraged by whoops and hollers from the dancers backstage, worked their instruments with ever-increasing fervor as the piece progressed. It is fitting, then, that “Manjani” initiated the slew of performances to come and set the tone for the evening’s displays: magical in proportions and stirringly fragile. The piece that followed, “Ka Pilini,” almost made the palate cringe with its sweetness. Performed by Blanche Case ’06 and choreographed by Lisa Jaber, the performance was traditional in tone and took its roots from the island of Maui. “For the past 10 years my family and I have lived on the island of Maui. This is my tribute to my adopted culture,” Case said. The highlight of the evening was “Dry Martini,” a piece choreographed by Brian Reeder, adjunct lecturer in theatre, speech and dance, and performed by Dance Extension, a touring repertory company. Heavy with gender implications and symbolic renditions of the tango of love, the piece took shape among a sea of black and white costumes. see DANCE, page 8
Photo courtesy of David Shrayer-Petrov
Adjunct professor David Shrayer-Petrov (right) recently published a collection of Jewish-Russian-American short stories, “Jonah and Sarah.” The book was translated in part by his son Maxim Shrayer ’89.
Outcast writer, bio prof publishes stories BY MASHA KIRASIROVA
Denied admission to the Union of Soviet Writers for several years because he was Jewish, David Shrayer-Petrov, a Brown University adjunct assistant professor of surgery, recently published a collection of Jewish-RussianAmerican short stories, “Jonah and Sarah,” translated into English. The stories trace the experience of what ShrayerPetrov called the “modern Jew” beginning with rampant Soviet anti-Semitism, through years of government refusal to emigrate, the hardships of emigration and finally the alienation and other challenges that accompa-
ny building a life in America. Shrayer-Petrov’s son, Maxim Shrayer ’89, who now teaches Russian and English at Boston College, edited and translated the book in part. Shrayer-Petrov began his literary career at the St. Petersburg Medical School when he was 20. He described to The Herald the hardships and rewards accompanying his obstacle-ridden literary development. “We had a strong literature group which included Vasiliy Aksenov and Ilya Averbakh, the future film direcsee SOVIET, page 8
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Pillow fight continued from page 1 saw, Lambert said. “It’s sort of embarrassing because (Brown and RISD) have what seems to be a pretty good relationship,” he said. The pair spent several hours resetting the chairs so they would be in place for Simmons’ address to Brown parents Sunday morning. Vandiver said the pillow fight was originally a fun way for RISD students to blow off steam, but this weekend’s destruction wasn’t part of the tradition. “When things start going in that direction, it’s sad,” he said.
Vandiver said the vandalism threatened to undermine RISD’s reputation as a center for creativity. “It’s a pillow fight — you get to be a kid again,” Vandiver said. “But there’s a certain kind of responsibility that has to be upheld too.” The epic feathered battle began at 11 p.m. on the RISD beach with over 100 students. It continued through Waterplace Park during Waterfire — disturbing a couple’s wedding pictures — then wound its way up Thayer Street and onto Lincoln Field. Benjamin Bright-Fishbein ’07 said he was in his room in Littlefield Hall when he heard noises coming from Lincoln
Field. When he went outside, he saw a large group of people hitting each other with pillows. He followed the group as it moved across the Green and into downtown Providence, leaving a trail of feathers. In the rest of the city, the group was just generally “rowdy,” he said. Bright-Fishbein said the group of students who “trashed the tent” on the Green did not include all of the pillow fighters. “But it was enough,” he said, and no one tried to stop the destruction. Nathan Lovejoy ’06 said he came across the students on Thayer Street and followed them onto Lincoln Field, where a strobe light had been set up on the statue of Marcus Aurelius. “(The pillow fight) was very orchestrated,” he said, with photographers posted on top of Store 24 and in other locations. Rielle Navitski ’06 said the point of the pillow fight was to
have a “mass, staged riot,” not destruction. She participated in the pillow fight with her roommate, a RISD student. “People are doing it so their friends can take pictures,” Navitski said. She said anonymous “semiofficial looking” memos had been posted around the RISD campus to publicize the event, which she estimated involved as many as 200 students at its peak. Navitski said there were only a few students on the Green when she went home. At noon Sunday, Simmons said she had not yet heard about the pillow fight. But she said she appreciated the efforts of the students who cleaned up. “I’m going to have (Vandiver) over for dinner,” she said with a laugh.
Department of English, called the department size “comfortable” and said she appreciated being able to work one-on-one with current advisor Karen Newman, dean of the Graduate School. “(Working with Newman) is probably my favorite part of being a graduate student,” said Allen, who previously attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Wes Patterson GS, a secondyear graduate student in the Department of Geological Sciences, said the Graduate School offered him “amazing” professors, including his adviser, Professor James Head, and an amazing student body, as well. “You get a much more diverse group of students than at most state schools,” said Patterson, who studied previously at the University of Colorado and University of Florida. “You make connections with people all over
continued from page 1 University of California, Berkeley. “You see the same people all the time here. It was hard to meet people at Berkeley.” The small size of Brown’s graduate school also appealed to Kristina Davitt GS, a third-year graduate student in the Department of Engineering. “Having come from a relatively small department (at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada) with little or no boundaries between disciplines like electrical engineering and physics," Davitt said, "I liked the fact that Barus and Holley housed both engineering and physics and there were a number of cross-appointed professors.” Lea Allen GS, a fourth-year graduate student in the
Herald staff writer Philissa Cramer ’05 edits the RISD News section. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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“She has amazing energy and spirit.” “shaken up” but undeterred from further stunting, which Stetson called “one of the most rewarding aspects of our sport.” Reese said her arm will be immobilized for about two weeks, and she might have to keep it in a sling for up to six weeks. She said she hopes to cheer during the basketball season. The only thing that would stop her, she said, is an unrelated surgery she’s set to undergo in November. “She has amazing energy and spirit,” Stetson said. “She’s very committed and very tough. She loves her sport.” —Herald staff reports
the country and the world,” he said. Patterson also applauded the “international recognition” of the University. Ehlke said “welcoming” professors and the high quality of undergraduates drew him to Brown — although he said the financial package offered by the Graduate School also played a huge role. Allen said her financial aid package gave her a full fellowship for her first year and then provided her with assistantteaching opportunities for the next two years. While students termed their experience with the Graduate School positive, many had suggestions for improvement over the next 100 years. Ehlke said he felt graduate students are separated from the rest of the University and hoped for more activities to bring undergraduates and graduates together beyond classes. “I hope the administration continues to focus on research,” Patterson said. “Research is a priority for the Graduate School.” Maksim Shabrov GS, a sixthyear graduate student in the Department of Engineering, said she wished for better computer facilities for the engineering department and a campus-wide WiFi network. “I wish the library were better,” O’Brien said. “The comfort factor in the Rock is not that great, though I know they’re trying.” Allen similarly criticized the Rock, though she praised the John Hay and John Carter Brown Libraries, where she does much of her research with primary sources. O’Brien also said she wished more facilities were open around the clock. “Research doesn’t stop just because the sun goes down,” she joked. Herald senior staff writer Ellen Wernecke ’06 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CAMPUS NEWS MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2003 · PAGE 5
“Doonesbury” cartoonist Trudeau commends Brown parents, himself BY PHILISSA CRAMER
Photo courtesy of Dennis Kwan
Gowri Vijayakumar ’06 plays the veena, a classical Indian instrument, at “Chaandini,” the South Asian Students Association’s Parents Weekend dinner and dance. Following a dinner and presentations by students and a nonprofit organization, the roughly 200 students and parents danced traditional and modern South Asian dances, including raas, performed with sticks, and bhangra, at Alumnae Hall on Saturday night.
U.S. can learn from progress stimulated by Brazil’s new democracy, Cardoso says BY JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Brazil is 180 million people strong and geographically larger than the continental United States — but former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso said it treats its neighbors as equals and never uses its position as a giant to overrule them. That is why the United States can learn from a nation with a young democracy, he said. Cardoso — Brown’s newly acquired professor-atlarge — gave his second talk in two weeks, “Brazil: The Awakening Giant,” to a nearly full house in Starr Auditorium Friday evening. During the largely question-and-answer event, Cardoso spoke about Brazil and the United States and credited democracy as the primary force driving Brazil’s progress. He also explained his own struggles as a sociology professor-turned-politician. Ask a Brazilian about the United States, Cardoso said, and his or her first reaction will be negative — but go deeper and there is ambivalence, he said. The two nations struggle with many of the same issues, he said. Both are immense, diverse countries composed of immigrants. Cardoso said Brazil, like the United States, has regional distinctions, and “we believe we are fantastic.” He said the two countries also share a lack of formality, which distinguishes them from Europe.
In both countries, “social mobility is very high — not necessarily upward, also down,” he said. Cardoso said Brazil has profound economic inequalities, as well as “vulnerabilities to the outside world because of globalization.” But he repeatedly pointed to democracy as the answer to these problems. Cardoso cited the sharp drop in the infant mortality rate from 40,000 to 28,000 per year as an example. During his presidency, he said he had to address the issue because his constituents demanded it. “The pressure was there because of democracy,” he said. Cardoso identified a weak educational system as another challenge for Brazil. A “modern nation requires more knowledge, more openness,” he said. For every one of Brazil’s problems, Cardoso said democracy can increase the people’s ability to organize and put pressure on the government. He said the challenges of the last few decades have encouraged political optimism. In “education, health, agrarian reform (and) social security in general, the progress was very, very strong,” he said. Members of the faculty asking questions first knew Cardoso as a well-known sociologist in dependency see CARDOSO, page 9
There’s nothing wrong with denial as long as you admit it. So began advice to parents from Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau P’06. Trudeau — whose comic strip “Doonesbury” appears in over 1,400 newspapers around the world — satirized political leaders and events past and present, eliciting almost constant laughter Friday during his Parents Weekend keynote address in Sayles Hall. “Doonesbury” — which President Ruth Simmons said “embraces and celebrates the exuberant political circus that defines the democratic system” — began when Trudeau’s strip in the Yale Daily News was picked up for syndication in 1970. In his speech, Trudeau focused on parenting and societal changes since the 1960s and 1970s, when many of the parents in the audience were in college themselves. Trudeau described the challenges of parenting in the modern era, with the pressures of college admission weighing heavily on parent-child relations. But to the parents in the audience, he said having children who attend Brown means the families have survived these pressures. “We must have done something right,” Trudeau said. Trudeau was a junior at Yale when the Daily News first published his predecessor to “Doonesbury,” entitled “Bull Tales.” The strip included political leaders, entertainment figures and sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll in a fictional storyline, Trudeau said. Although Trudeau was young and inexperienced, the strip, which commented on current events, was soon syndicated. “The absence of my past wasn’t important because I was hired to report on the present,” Trudeau said. And the present — Watergate-era America — was incredsee TRUDEAU, page 8
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“Doonsbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau P’06 was full of “wink wink, nudge nudge” innuendo at the Parents Weekend keynote address in Sayles Hall.
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WORLD & NATION MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2003 · PAGE 7
Justice Dept. diversity report cites concerns WASHINGTON (Newsday) — The Justice Department has
“significant diversity issues,” including the perception by its minority attorneys that hiring, promotions and assignments are unfair, according to a long-withheld diversity report by outside consultants. The 186-page report, which takes a critical look at diversity among department attorneys, has been withheld by Justice officials since its completion more than a year ago until last week, when it was finally made public, but only with almost half the pages blacked out. Minority attorneys, according to a complete copy of the June 2002, report obtained by Newsday, are “significantly underrepresented” in management ranks, make on average less than whites and “are substantially more likely to leave the department than whites.” Women also are underrepresented at the top ranks and have many of the same complaints, though to a lesser extent, the report by KPMG Consulting and Taylor Cox & Associates said. But it said women are more likely to remain at Justice than minorities. Justice spokesman Mark Corallo said that he could not comment on the report but that the department is committed to improving its diversity and instituted a mentoring program in February involving veteran staff to better retain incoming attorneys. Justice officials said the report was withheld and sections were blacked out because they need to be able to get critical reports without worrying about them becoming public. The unredacted version confirms that Justice officials rejected some key conclusions by the consultants they hired in devising a new controversial diversity policy that for the first time includes two new categories that include white men. In addition to the usual factors of race, ethnicity and gender, the new policy adds geographic and economic background. Some top Justice officials say the department does not recruit at a wide enough variety of law schools, particularly those that serve less-affluent and minority students, and instead focus on elite, Northeastern schools. That view, however, was dismissed by the consultants, who said in one of the redacted passages that “results of our independent assessment do not concur with this perception.” Civil rights advocates said the new Justice policy dilutes efforts to counter racial and gender discrimination. Corallo said the policy had led to the hiring of a group of new attorneys who are more diverse than previous groups, including by race and gender. He said he did not have figures, however. The report said it sought to analyze whether minority and female attorneys were adequately represented at the department and whether they were satisfied with their jobs and felt they were treated fairly.
Bush to consider security deal with N. Korea BANGKOK, Thailand (L.A. Times) — President Bush on
Sunday took his most conciliatory step yet in his administration’s campaign to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, saying he would consider signing a deal promising not to attack the isolationist country as long as the guarantee is not a formal treaty. The president’s remarks appear to be a concession to allies, particularly South Korea and China, who have been urging the United States to offer a concrete proposal to restart stalemated disarmament talks. North Korea has insisted that it will not renounce its nuclear weapons capability unless the United States abandons its “hostile intent,” and has demanded a written nonaggression treaty. Bush has said previously he has no intention of invading North Korea, but has resisted putting bilateral security assurances into writing “We will not have a treaty. ... That’s off the table,” Bush said after meeting with the Thai prime minister on the eve of the annual summit of Asian-Pacific leaders. “Perhaps there are other ways we can look at to say exactly what I said publicly on paper, with our partners’ consent.” With North Korea refusing so far to come back to the bargaining table, the Bush administration has been under growing pressure from its Asian allies to offer North Korea something more positive than a verbal pledge. South Korean diplomats have tried indirectly to let it be known that President Roh Moo Hyun, whose domestic political position is precarious, needs to show positive movement on the North Korean problem, especially now that he has committed to the politically unpopular step of sending South Korea troops to Iraq. And Chinese diplomats have hinted that the United States needs to show more flexibility toward North Korea. The Bush administration feels that China is vital to any solution of the North Korea nuclear crisis — and China has so far opposed sanctioning North Korea in the United Nations Security Council. Some administration officials have argued privately that Washington must make every effort to cooperate with China now if it expects China’s help in enforcing a nonproliferation strategy against North Korea later should negotiations fail. Bush discussed options for a security agreement later in the day with Chinese President Hu Jintao at a one-on-one meeting a day before the two leaders take part in the 21-member Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that begins Monday. Hu convened the first six-party meeting of regional allies to address the North Korean nuclear crisis in August in Beijing, and is considered influential with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. In addition to North Korea, China and the United States, the sixparty group includes South Korea, Japan and Russia. But Chinese negotiators have since been having trouble luring North Korea back to the bargaining
table. “The president understands that North Koreans are asking for security assurances. He’s made it clear — we all have over time — that it will not be a treaty or a nonaggression pact,” a senior Bush administration official said. “He shared with President Hu some ideas that we will be coming up with in the near future that will be within the six-party multilateral framework that might provide the kind of assurances that the North Koreans would find as a basis to move forward.” The official said it is not clear what form security assurances might take, but said it would likely be an “agreement with a small ‘a.’ ” By contrast, treaties have a higher stature in international law and require ratification by the U.S. Senate. A second administration official said that it was possible that the proposed security agreement could be signed before a complete dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear program, as long as the country could demonstrate “verifiable progress.” “We’re looking to come up with security assurances within a six-party context so that any moves on our part would be conditional on verifiable progress on their part,” the official said. “We’re not saying everything has to be done before we will do anything. In fact, we’re saying the opposite.” Previously, the administration has taken a harder line, saying no concessions would be made to North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear program. The second administration official said the Chinese president expressed interest in the idea, and the United States was hopeful Hu would move to host another round of six-party talks with the North Koreans to discuss it, perhaps before the end of the year. It is not clear how favorable the North Koreans may be to the idea of a multilateral security agreement. Pyongyang has insisted it will only accept a bilateral nonaggression treaty with the United States. U.S. officials say the United States is not prepared to sign a direct agreement with the North Koreans because it feels the reclusive communist state has violated such agreements in the past — including a 1994 deal to freeze its nuclear weapons programs in exchange for energy assistance. “So we’re not likely to go back down that road,” National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “But we will be more than willing to talk about how, within the six-party context, we can address the North Korea security concerns in concrete ways.” U.S. officials said they believe North Korea would be more hesitant to violate an agreement that also included its neighbors and traditional allies China and Russia. Bush intends to use the APEC summit to bring security matters — including the threat of terrorism — to the top of the group’s agenda, even though APEC is focused on trade and economic issues.
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Soviet continued from page 3 tor,” the writer recalled in Russian. “We would read each other’s work, but none of us could publish our poetry at the time. We were formalists, and our poems were not acceptable under the Soviet standard, both formally and in content.” Getting into the Union of Soviet Writers as a Jew wasn’t easy. “I was first recommended in 1971,” Shrayer-Petrov said. “All of my friends recommended with me that year, about 20 of them, were welcomed within a year or two. My application was ‘deliberated on’ until 1976 before Andrei Voznesensky, Victor Shklovsky and a few other major poets got involved.” With his career on the way, Shrayer-Petrov began to push the boundaries of Soviet censorship. “I remember in Lithuania I did a televised reading of the poem ‘My Slavic Soul in a Jewish Skin’ and the audience went crazy,” Shrayer-Petrov said. “Immediately, there was a dispatch to the Union of Soviet Writer’s in Moscow. When I pub-
lished another book of essays, in which I talked about various exiled writers, I again met with trouble. Everything was suddenly a problem — my Jewish roots, the fact that I was a formalist.” When Shrayer-Petrov applied for permission to emigrate in 1979, he was promptly expelled from both the Union of Soviet Writers and the Academy of Sciences. “I knew so many artists and scientists who became janitors after filing for emigration,” Shrayer-Petrov said. “I myself had three books waiting to be published. I had already signed them off with the publisher, but they stopped the printing in its last stages. They begged me to retract my application promising to publish my books and restore my reputation. I didn’t do it, so the KGB destroyed my books.” Having lost nearly everything, Shrayer-Petrov’s family became otkazniks or refusniks, people whose emigration requests were rejected. During the eight-and-ahalf years Shrayer-Petrov spent as an otkaznik, he began exploring Jewish themes more seriously in his writing. “I was completely unpublishable. I probably would not have written a lot of the things I had
were I not an outcast. I had honestly never met so many different kinds of Jews, and they provided me with an incredible amount of material,” the author said. Between driving an illegal cab and working in an emergency room lab, Shrayer-Petrov wrote “Herbert and Nelly,” which explored the mutilated destinies of Soviet Jewish refusniks. “It was tragic,” he said. “Everything was working toward full assimilation, and that’s why when I found myself as an otkaznik I understood I have a duty to record what was happening around me.” “I wanted to express an idea of a new kind of Jew — a great doctor and scientist — living as an otkaznik who had retained his soul, his honor and his dignity. I realized I had found my theme,” Shrayer-Petrov said. “Herbert and Nelly” was finally published in 1992, five years after ShrayerPetrov left Russia. “Jonah and Sarah” is ShrayerPetrov’s first book published in English. The translators include his wife Emilia Shrayer and his son Maxim Shrayer. “I think we capture the sense of setting — my father is a very atmospheric writer. He likes ref-
erences to details, to how people eat, how they dress, and we tried very hard to capture that,” Maxim Shrayer said of the book. “I like to think that the translations are really very idiomatic and read like natural English prose, and at the same time they’re very close,” he added. The latter part of the book deals with the freedoms and pressures imposed by American culture on an older émigré Jew. In the book’s last story, “Old Writer Foreman,” an old writer finds inspiration in the famous 1994 boxing match when 45year-old George Foreman recaptured the heavyweight boxing championship from 26-year-old Michael Moorer. “This accomplishment and the sense of possibilities presented in American culture and society move the writer and he starts writing beautiful prose again,” Shrayer-Petrov explained. “In America, individualism is not broken by society. That’s the book’s second thesis.” Shrayer-Petrov will read from “Jonah and Sarah” with his son at Tatnuck Books on Nov. 6 and at Books on the Square on Nov. 12.
Zook continued from page 1 emphasize the tense nature of race relations in the South, which she said are “full of scars, gaps and silences.” The director, Carl Franklin, and cinematographer, James Carter, are both black men who started their careers in post-civil rights America, as actors in interracial casts of the 1970s. Their films demonstrate a deeply rooted disappointment in the unfulfilled promise of a colorblind society, said Zook. “Their films are far more instructive than our everyday, colorblind films because they converse about the pitfalls and dangers of interracial experience instead of whitewashing it with a happy portrait,” she said. Kezia Ellison ’05 said she was impressed by Zook’s talk and thought the topic could be the basis for a seminar about race in the media. “She did a wonderful job of presenting the conflict in the term ‘colorblind media,’” she said. But Akemi Johnson ’04 said, “Being half Japanese and half white, I would have liked to hear more discussion about broader ethnicities. But I understand that she was speaking from her own experiences on the topic, and I still found her discussion interesting.” The Brown Organization for Multiracial and Biracial Students sponsored the event. Before Zook took the stage, Alejandro Golding ’07 spoke about his experiences as a multiracial student. Golding said people of every race need to be wary of letting society define their individual identities and should instead strive to form their own impressions of themselves. Shirley Johnson ’04 and Zoe Lewis ’04 together presented stories of their individual experiences as multiracial women. Although they said they must play by society’s rules out of necessity, they said multiracial people should not become attached to society’s labels, which divide instead of unite.
Trudeau continued from page 5 ible, with accepted social behaviors changing rapidly, he said. Describing the drug-soaked 1960s as a series of scientific experiments “plagued by flawed methodology” — such as when Clinton failed to inhale while smoking marijuana — Trudeau lauded the era for its tolerance. “It’s precisely that tolerance that has made the past so daunting and horrible” for politicians today, he said. Trudeau said he has never smoked, driven a motorcycle or “had a sexual experience until well until the third year of marriage.” “In other words, I’m a parent,” he said. “Doonesbury” gained in distribution as social mores continued to evolve, Trudeau said. Originally, many newspaper publishers were hesitant to run such an irreverent strip that was critical of political figures, he said. He described the son of one publisher who, after his father died, promptly purchased the rights to publish “Doonesbury.” All of a sudden, Trudeau said, the publishers who had sworn the comic strip “would appear in their papers over their dead bodies were getting their wish.” Calling satire an “ungentlemanly” endeavor, Trudeau said Doonesbury was a product of a new kind of storytelling that was emerging at the time, in which real characters were portrayed in fictional storylines. Some people missed the point of this “subjective nonfiction,” including legendary singer Frank Sinatra, Trudeau said. A “Doonesbury” strip portrayed Sinatra as involved in organized crime, and the singer’s representatives weren’t happy. “I had not misrepresented the facts,” Trudeau said. “I made them up. It’s a comic strip.” While editorial cartoons, including “Doonesbury,” can be an excellent source of commentary on current events, Trudeau said people should not rely on them. “When people tell me they keep up with politics by reading ‘Doonesbury,’ it scares me to death,” he said. Herald staff writer Philissa Cramer ’05 edits the RISD News section. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Dance continued from page 3 The night concluded with “Dundunba: Theme and Variation.” Danced to the lucid beat of drums, the “Dundunba” is a classical West African piece in praise of strength. Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Speech and Dance Michelle BachCoulibaly, along with Reeder and members of New Works, World Traditions, choreographed the piece. The evening ended in a torrent of stomps, hollers and intense moves that left the audience energized and full of excitement.
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Soccer continued from page 12 But with only 25 seconds left in the half, the Friars evened the score with a shot from outside the Brown box that went through a maze of players and into the net.. It looked like the Bears were going to pull away with a win midway through the second half, but minutes after going up 2-1, the hard play of Crew led to a penalty kick. Friar goalkeeper Chris Konopka kept his team’s hopes alive by making a spectacular save, diving to the right side and punching away the ball. “The missed penalty kick really gave them some good energy,” Noonan said. “After that we never really answered.” With four minutes left to play, a Providence goal brought the game to a 2-2 deadlock, which would be the final score despite several Brown chances in the two overtime periods. On Saturday the Bears’ lineup was back at full force against rival Harvard. After the first half, Brown enjoyed a 1-0 lead, although there were clear moments of confusion among players on both teams. Harvard was not as lucky as Brown, and a Crimson defensive miscue led to the lone goal of the first half. As Goldman ran towards a ball played deep in the Harvard zone, a Crimson defender used his foot to play the ball back to his goalie. The official called for a Brown indirect kick. Romaneiro stood 12 yards from the net and instead of passing it to a teammate for a shot, blasted the shot himself. It deflected off a Harvard defender into the net. “After the first half, we realized we should totally be taking this team,” said Gomez, who returned to the lineup, earning his fourth shutout of the season. “We started to communicate a lot better in the second half, and this helped us shut them down defensively. Our defense did a great job of taking the ball away, and then getting
Football continued from page 12 it up and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown. A failed extra point kept the Tigers from tying the score, but the play may have affected Slager’s performance for the rest of the game. “When (Slager) got hit on that fumble, we called the (next offensive) play and he didn’t know what the play was. (It was) a very simple play, and he turned and … he didn’t know,” Estes said. “I think he was a little banged up there and he might have had a slight concussion. … We kept asking him at halftime if he was OK, and he kept saying ‘yes’ and answering the questions that we had, but for a while there he was completely out of it. You could see with the way he was throwing the football,” he said. Brown was still up 7-6 in the third quarter when a punt by Tim Goobic ’04 was downed at the Princeton three-yard line. On the first play for the Tigers, it
the ball up to our offense, and they took care of the rest.” The Brown offense responded with two second-half goals in the span of three minutes. For the third time in as many games, Crew’s crafty work and great ball control led to a Brown penalty kick. Romaneiro netted his second goal of the game and fifth of the year on the penalty kick. Throughout the game, the ball seemed to gravitate towards Crew’s foot whenever he made his way into the Harvard box. Derrick Woodard ’04 set up Diane, who blasted a shot that somehow slipped away from the Harvard goalie and deflected onto Crew’s foot. Crew then tapped in his teamleading seventh goal. “Unlike last game, we didn’t sit back on a one goal lead,” said Seth Quidachay-Swan ’04. “We kept going and scored a second and third goal.” Much like what had happened against Princeton, the game became more physical as Brown took a commanding lead. “Harvard went in with a lot of late tackles and some pretty dirty plays,” Quidachay-Swan said, alluding to when a Harvard player pushed down Crew late in the game. Noting the combined 40 fouls, Quidachay-Swan said “both teams got physical towards the end, and the ref did a poor job of controlling the game.” The win improved Brown’s Ivy League record to 3-0 and dropped Harvard to 0-2-1. “It’s always good to beat Harvard — especially when you can end their chances at winning the Ivy League,” Quidachay-Swan said. Brown will play the next two games on the road, first traveling to Fairfield on Wednesday, then to Ithaca on Saturday, where the team will face off against a Cornell squad that will likely star former Brown goalkeeper David Mahoney.
He’s passionate and wild. He mouths off to officials and gets into the heads of opposing teams. He gets ejected, fined and suspended on a regular basis. He may be legitimately crazy. But when all is said and done, Dennis Rodman is good for the sport. Rodman’s entertaining, he hustles like no other, he attracts a huge fan base and he usually is the leading rebounder in every game. Anyone who followed the NBA during the 1990s is sure to remember him sprinting up and down the court, diving into the stands, full-extension, for rebounds even if his team was winning by 20 and being an integral part of the five NBA championship teams on which he played. If Rodman returns to the NBA this season, viewer ratings will increase, and we’ll actually have a reason to watch the Denver Nuggets. But, most importantly, we’ll once again get to see the man who’s “as bad as he wants to be.”
Herald staff writer Ian Cropp ’05 is an assistant sports editor. He and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marc Lanza ’06 hails from Leominster, Mass., and is not sure how he feels about Dennis in a dress.
appeared that Princeton running back Branden Benson was stopped in the Princeton end zone for a safety, as the Bears’ defense celebrated. But the officials said he had made it out of the end zone and spotted the ball just in front of the goal line based on his forward progress. Two plays later, quarterback Matt Verbit hit wide receiver Clinton Wu on a short slant, which Wu took the rest of the way for the record-breaking 99-yard touchdown. The play was the longest in Ivy League history and certainly turned the momentum Princeton’s way. “We think we have them for a safety, and then they take one the rest of the way? You want to talk about knocking you out, that knocked us out,” Estes said. “It’s too bad because we had them down — we had them pinned in. We had already gotten ready to get our punt team out there. We were going to have great field position,” he said. As tough as the nine-point swing was, the Bears were not
done yet. Hartigan capped a 70yard drive by scoring from seven yards out, putting Bruno back up 14-13 one minute into the fourth quarter. But that would be the last time Brown would score before Princeton took over the game. After the defense stopped the Tigers on their next drive, Hartigan fumbled to give the ball back to Princeton. A touchdown and two-point conversion on that drive put Princeton up for good, as it would also score on its next two possessions. “I don’t know why all of a sudden they got the spark and we didn’t,” Estes said. Next weekend the Bears will travel to Cornell, who, like Brown, is 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Ivy League. The Big Red have lost to strong teams that have a combined 19-2 record so far this season, including Colgate, Harvard, Yale and Georgetown.
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He’s passionate and wild. He mouths off to officials and gets into the heads of opposing teams. He gets ejected, fined and suspended on a regular basis. He may be legitimately crazy. interview.
Herald staff writer Chris Hatfield ’06 is an assistant sports editor. He can be reached at email@example.com.
theory and race relations in Brazil. Evelyn Hu-Dehart, professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America told Cardoso, “We had to read your books in graduate school.” She asked him asked about affirmative action in Brazil. “Like the U.S., Brazil is a racial democracy that is being challenged,” Cardoso said. Although some Brazilians don’t care or don’t believe racism exists, Cardoso said the heterogeneity of Brazilian civil society demands that the problem be addressed. “We have to move quickly in
the area of the race,” he said, pointing to a new program offering 20 fellowships for blacks in Brazil’s historically all-white foreign service as a step in the right direction. On a personal level, Cardoso discussed his long struggle as an academic-turned-politician. “A sociologist is trained to be objective,” he said. But “political men have to be much more passionate people.” As president, Cardoso said he constantly had to reconcile his political passions with his capacity to analyze. Cardoso also discussed current challenges that newly elected Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva must face, including aboriginal land ownership, environmental issues and high unemployment.
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2003 · PAGE 10 S T A F F
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Tarred and feathered Pillows swooshed, feathers flew and, at the end of the night, the Parents Weekend tent was left in shambles. The culprits? RISD kids. A Rhode Island School of Design tradition, the sometimes semi-annual pillow fight, degenerated into even greater chaos than usual Saturday night. A group of students spilled onto the Main Green, ransacking a tent where President Ruth Simmons was scheduled to address parents Sunday morning, knocking over hundreds of chairs and leaving behind feathery debris. President Ruth Simmons would have been speaking to several hundred angry (and standing) parents if not for Frank Vandiver RISD ’07 and James Lambert RISD ’07. The two RISD freshmen were in their dorm rooms when they heard returning pillow-fighters talk about what happened on the Brown campus. Worried that the happenings would spoil relations between Brown and RISD, the two made the trek up College Hill to clean up after their classmates. After spending several hours putting chairs back up and tidying under the tent, the two made up for much of the damage. Vandiver and Lambert had no responsibility to fix what a group of irresponsible students had done, but they did anyway. Those are the kind of students RISD should be proud to have, and the East Side community should reward. The pillow fight is perhaps College Hill’s most bizarre tradition, usually as safe as it is violent. So we’ll state the obvious here: There’s no excuse for this kind of behavior. Police allowed the pillow war to rage all over the East Side, perhaps because it was uncontrollable, but also no doubt because it’s largely harmless fun. If RISD students want to continue having the liberty of whacking each other with pillows for four hours, they should avoid traceable property damage or will likely face the wrath of the Providence Police at some future battle. As for Vandiver and Lambert, we hope President Simmons will follow through and invite them over for dinner.
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LETTERS Liberals need conservative viewpoints at Brown
Conservative whining about intellectual diversity is hypocritical
To the Editor:
To the Editor:
Brian Rainey just doesn’t get it (“Distorting diversity,” Oct. 17). While he is convinced the effort to bring a conservative presence to Brown is part of a larger conspiracy to manipulate the politics in higher education, I can vouch that my fellow liberals and I in this movement want nothing of the sort. It is a fundamental mistake to think that “shifting Brown ... to the right means further contracting space for progressive ideas.” By bringing conservative opposition to campus, we want to give liberals the chance to understand conservative thought and to better defend the liberal viewpoint. This is not a zero-sum game. By hearing the opposition, we do not “limit space for progressive ideas” but strengthen our faith in those ideas by testing them. I would much rather see all the citizens of the Brown community hold informed opinions than dogmatic beliefs. The only way to accomplish this end is to challenge constantly but civilly the opinions of everyone. It is for that reason why everyone along the spectrum of political opinion at Brown ought to seek out opposition to their beliefs. Instead of suppressing conservatives, ensure that they are heard. If your opinion is changed, know that you support what you believe to be the best argument. If not, know that you have the power to rebut the opposition effectively. Bringing a stronger conservative voice to Brown is a win-win situation.
Re: “Distorting diversity,” Oct. 17. I applaud the author for his analysis of the recent right-wing plea for sympathy. I, for one, have always been quite confused by the message of the right: We don’t like LGBT people! Support us! We’re afraid of immigrants and people who don’t look like us and/or have different cultures! Support us! We believe everyone should have a uniform religious system! Support us! We believe in a foreign policy based on fear and strong-arm tactics! Support us! We accept oppression and marginalization of other people (read: minorities, the poor) as a “fact of life”, except when it happens to us! Then their message turns to complaints about “intellectual diversity.” But their true message is: We won’t attend filthy Democrat-sponsored events; we’d rather rant from our ivory towers about how we don’t have a monopoly on expression here. Instead of active debate, questioning our teachers or proposing alternative academic material, we’re going to whine until we get our own forums where we are once again the dominant paradigm. Grow up, right-wingers, and realize what your ideological message implies and how utterly hypocritical it is for you to use left-wing dialogue of inclusion to further your message of exclusion.
Natalie Smolenski ’07 Oct. 18
Brian Schmalzbach ’07 Oct. 18
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Diversity of views benefits us all To see beyond political stereotypes, we need to be exposed to a variety of viewpoints BRIAN RAINEY’S ARTICLE, “DISTORTING their plight is in some way comparable to Diversity” (Oct. 17), wants students to buy the plight of LGBT people” and “a rightinto his dreamed-up conspiracy theory wing student who has had to listen to about conservatives and classical liberals professors disagree with him on a regular trying to take over campuses. Anyone with basis can claim to be just as much a ‘victim’ of a lack of diversity as a any knowledge of conservablack person whose commutive and classical liberal ideolnities face widespread disogy automatically is aware of ERIC NEUMAN crimination in American socihow absurd his claims are, but GUEST COLUMNIST ety,” he uses a strawman to let’s look at them. knock down because he is His claim that we are “purunable to attack the real reaposely mimicking the Queer Alliance’s ad” and “mounting successful sons for intellectual diversity. Intellectual attacks on all things progressive, such as diversity is important for the enrichment abortion rights, gay rights and affirmative of the Brown community; no one has action” shows how incredibly extensive his claimed that our plight is equal to that of ignorance is on this matter. Certainly, other discriminated members of the outthere are politicians on the right, as there side community. We enjoy when profesare on the left, who have attacked legal sors give their thoughtful views on curabortions and political rights of the queer rent topics, but, too often at Brown, procommunity. But students for Liberty’s dec- fessors make jokes and other thoughtless laration explicitly states that we shall and rude remarks about certain beliefs. defend a woman’s right to choose and Instead of encouraging open debate and defend the right of people of the same sex the free exchange of ideas, they make stuto engage in civil unions — and the other dents with alternative views feel unwelgroups involved have taken no official come and, as a result, many remain positions on these issues. That would have silent. When members of the far-left argue taken little effort to research, but Mr. Rainey is more interested in propagating against intellectual diversity, they actually stereotypes rather than the truth. The hurt themselves. When conservatives and truth is, there are many names on the classical liberals graduate, they have quesQueer Alliance’s advertisement that were tioned their views at almost every turn and, therefore, have received a true liberal also in ours on Friday. By also claiming that “right-wingers at arts education. Without minority viewBrown University outrageously imply that points, liberals will have spent around $150,000 and four years of their lives without having matured very much intellectually. This is one of the many reasons why Eric Neuman ’04 hopes his liberal friends the list that appeared in our advertisement won’t stop having cocktails with him.
Without minority viewpoints, liberals will have spent around $150,000 and four years of their lives without having matured very much intellectually. had so many liberals on it. For the benefit of the entire Brown community, we need to address intellectual diversity. Mr. Rainey says conservatives and classical liberals do not speak out when other minority groups are silenced, claiming we failed to write “indignant columns about how anti-war voices were suppressed in the run-up to the war” because we must have been against seeing viewpoints printed that were contrary to our own. What he does not mention is that the majority of classical liberals were against the war and so were many conservatives. If you want proof, check antiwar.com. But, Mr. Rainey should not let that fact get in the way of his argument because he surely did not let any other facts get in the way of the rest of his article. Most worrisome about Mr. Rainey’s article is that it perpetuates, and uses as “evidence,” the stereotypes of the right that are all too common on this campus. All too often I hear people say Republicans are against abortion, the political rights of queer individuals and hawks. Certainly I do not deny there are those on the right who have all of these views, but the left has them as well. Indeed, I have a good friend who agrees with most Republican issues but votes Democrat because he is pro-
choice and for the political rights of queer individuals. Why are intelligent students at Brown not able to accept the fact that the right hosts individuals of many different viewpoints? The reason is that it is much easier to portray the right in the stereotypical way and then come to the conclusion that one should vote left. That is what Mr. Rainey tried to do. It is much more difficult to look at the various views in all the parties and decide about each issue individually, independent of partisan positions. The missions of the conservative and classical liberal groups on this campus are not just to try to persuade people to agree with them. We also want to expose those who disagree with us to the myriad arguments on the right. Brown University has and will continue to educate the leaders of the future. While we hope these students will agree with us, we think they all will make better decisions when they have been exposed to other views. They will question their premises; they will search for answers that satisfy more of the populace; they will look at problems differently and find problems they didn’t see before — most importantly, they will find better solutions that can benefit us all.
It’s back to middle school for 2004 candidates If Democrats want to win, they need to put aside Rove-like childishness and start acting like grown-ups POLITICAL PUNDITS AND PROFES- truth is a conflict is growing in their sionals often like to joke that ranks. While the current Republican Washington, with its cliqueishness, its internal conflict is primarily over ideoloelephantine memory of every social mis- gy, the Democratic party is dealing with cue and its insatiable rumor mill, is like widespread disagreement over party high school. The comparison may have process and leadership. The struggle itself could be a constructive held true in the 1990s, when one — every organization national politics often should constantly re-examseemed to be little more than ine its leadership and its a war to see who could dig up decision-making structure. embarrassing sexual indisBut, both sides’ embrace of cretions more quickly. Now, Rove-like immaturity and though, we have entered into scorched-earth tactics has the Karl Rove era of national turned a natural growth politics, where sheer vindicprocess into a bitter feud that tiveness has led a presidential threatens the future of the administration to out a disparty. senting homosexual reporter ELI SWINEY The conflict, as it and reveal the identity of a stands now, is between the CIA agent as retribution for SOUTHERN STRATEGY growing Internet-based nether husband’s exposure of work of new Democratic lies in the State of the Union address. This kind of childishness goes activists and the established party leadway beyond high school. If anything, ers of the Democratic Leadership we’re dealing with Washington Middle Council. The phenomenon of the new School, and the grade level is sinking Democratic Internet underground has been the product of a confluence of facevery day. While the Bush administration’s smear tors: the growth of the popularity and doctors may be the most talented, flam- reliability of left-leaning Democratic boyant practitioners of the new politics blogs; the availability of technology that of childishness, the Democratic party has allows large numbers of political contriproven far from immune. While it might butions to be made by credit card over be comforting to pretend the Democratic the Internet; and the increasing influparty is unified and ready to fight, the ence of Internet-based PAC MoveOn.org, whose sheer wealth makes it a force to be reckoned with. The crowning achievement of these Democrats so far has Eli Swiney ‘04 hails from Knoxville, TN.
arguably been the extraordinary success of their fund-raising efforts for pet candidate Howard Dean — last week, his campaign announced they had raised in the neighborhood of $15 million last quarter, easily the highest quarterly sum amassed by any Democratic primary candidate in history. This trend clearly bucks the attitudes advanced by the DLC, who have proven exceptionally anti-Dean in press release after press release. Dissatisfaction with the DLC is understandable. I remember watching one of the first meetings Al Gore had with the press after finally conceding to Bush after a hard-fought Florida recount. Gore didn’t seem like the man he was during the election — he was informal, funny and likeable. At one point, a reporter’s cell phone rang, and Al took it and had an impromptu conversation with the caller. Was Gore simply loser because all the pressure was off him? Maybe. But I, like many observers, couldn’t help but think he was simply much more genuine and electable now that he was out from under the thumbs of the handlers who had slathered him in makeup and encouraged him to be as inoffensively bland as possible. Chief among these handlers were stooges from the DLC, and I, like many Democrats, vowed to never again let them cost us an election. The Internet Democrats, however, have proven frighteningly unwilling to acknowledge their own blind spots, and,
when challenged, they have proven childish and unwilling to negotiate or compromise. When the Wesley Clark campaign chose to hire Gore veterans Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane, his former Internet supporters flew into fits of rage, posting angry letters questioning the general’s judgment and qualifications — two things they had been touting for months. Admittedly, Fabiani and Lehane were not ideal choices. But the Internet Democrats’ take-your-toys-andgo-home strategy was equally counterproductive. Before Clark brought in Washington professionals, his supporters were forwarding campaign e-mails to personal accounts and barely holding their movement together with wire and string. Rather than acknowledge the need to compromise with veteran professionals, they decided to simply try to sabotage Clark as best they could. And, sadly, ignoring the professionals and simply appeasing the Internet Democrats is a recipe for failure. While the disproportionately upper-class and liberal Internet population may have no problem with Dean’s planned middleclass tax hike, such a position will likely prove poisonous outside blogland. Victory in 2004 won’t be attainable unless the party can utilize both the energy and passion of Internet Democrats and the professionalism and big-picture thinking of the old guard. And this compromise won’t be reached unless both sides decide to grow up — soon.
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
SPORTS MONDAY OCTOBER 20, 2003 · PAGE 12
Is the NBA ready for The Worm’s return? WHILE IT’S STILL A REMOTE POSSIBILITY THAT Michael Jordan comes out of retirement for the third time to take the place of penitentiary-potential star Kobe Bryant, chances are Phil Jackson’s attractive idea will not come to fruition. Yet, for those still pining for the un-retirement of former Chicago Bull stars, you may still get your wish. No, Bill Wennington has insisted — to the dismay of his MARC LANZA SPORTS COLUMNIST fans — that his career is over. It’s Dennis Rodman who is on the verge of another NBA comeback. It’s been three years since we last saw his neon-dyed hair and freakish rebounding abilities … on the court. He has made intermittent appearances in sports headlines over the last few years, being arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, domestic assault and the more entertaining charge of public intoxication while driving his boat Sexual Chocolate in Newport Beach, Calif. Rodman has always found a way to remain in the public spotlight through his antics on and off the court, whether through getting arrested, writing books (“Bad As I Wanna Be”) or appearing on his MTV show (“Dennis Rodman World Tour”). Recently, the Denver Nuggets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe has expressed interest in bringing Rodman back for a tryout, citing the need for veteran leadership and rebounding assistance on this year’s squad. Rodman, 42, is in great shape according to reports. If he were to join the team and keep his focus on basketball, he could obviously make a significant contribution. This is a man who was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. He led the league in rebounding for seven consecutive seasons, from 1992 to his final full season in 1998. He averaged 18.7 rpg in the 1991-1992 season — the second-highest mark of all time behind Wilt Chamberlain — and once grabbed 34 rebounds in a single game in 1992. Statistics prove he is the best rebounder in the history of the league other than Wilt, a remarkable feat since he is only 6’8”, average for an NBA player and small for a forward/center. Only Wilt has more rebounding titles with 11. In response to Rodman’s potential comeback, Denver Nuggets forward Ryan Bowen said, “If he comes in and plays like everyone knows he can play and he’s in great shape, it can be a great thing. What we don’t need is if he comes in and brings the other stuff with him.” Yet, the reality is that with Rodman you get the full package. “The other stuff,” like leading the league in ejections, refusing to leave the court, abusing officials and ripping his shirt off and throwing it into the crowd, is what also makes Dennis Rodman. The rebounds and defensive hustle come with this price tag and for most teams the distractions simply aren’t worth it, as shown through his early dismissal by the Lakers and Mavericks in 1999-2000. While his full list of distractions/fines/suspensions would not fit in this column, here are some of Dennis’ more famous moments: Nov. 2, 1994 — Suspended for 14 games for throwing a bag of ice toward San Antonio Spurs Coach Bob Hill and an official after being ejected from an exhibition game. Jan. 12, 1996 — Fined $5,000 for verbally abusing referees and failing to leave the court in a timely fashion after being ejected in a game with Seattle. March 18, 1996 — Suspended for six games and fined $20,000 for head-butting referee Ted Bernhardt after protesting a call. Dec. 10, 1996 — Suspended by the Chicago Bulls for two games after using profanity in a live television interview following his ejection from a game with the Raptors. Jan. 17, 1997 — Fined $25,000 for viciously kicking a courtside photographer in the groin after tripping over him in diving for a rebound. June 12, 1997 — Fined $50,000 for cursing the Mormon population in Salt Lake City in a post-game see LANZA, page 9
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Brent Grinna ‘04 celebrates after Nick Hartigan ‘06 scores the first of his two touchdowns in Brown’s 34-14 loss to Princeton.
Turnovers, mistakes costly to football in 34-14 loss to Princeton BY CHRIS HATFIELD
Brown football (1-4, 0-2 Ivy League) was dealt its fourth consecutive loss, 34-14, last weekend by previously winless Princeton. Sloppy play dominated the Homecoming game — the teams were penalized a combined 18 times for 168 yards, and each fumbled four times. Princeton’s big plays, including a record-breaking touchdown pass, turned the momentum its way resulting in a big fourth quarter where the Tigers put the Bears away. Tailback Nick Hartigan ’06, who came into the game ranked seventh in Division I-AA in rushing yards per game, rushed for 156 yards with two touchdowns. But the passing game was never able to get rolling, which hurt the aggressive Bears, as they converted only five of their 22 third down opportunities as well as only three of their nine attempts on fourth down. “It’s like a broken record, the same old stories — turnovers, mistakes. … We won’t be able to live by just
rushing the football, we need to be able to throw it,” said Head Coach Phil Estes. “(We’ve) got to get better production out of our passing game.” Bucking a recent trend of falling into early holes, the Bears came out shooting. On the Tigers’ second play from scrimmage, a screen pass went off of an offensive lineman, where an alert James Frazier ’06 pounced on the ball and returned it to the Princeton 28. After a key fourth down conversion, Hartigan ran it in from two yards out to put Bruno up 7-0. After the Bears’ offense stalled once with great field position, Jason Ching ’06 forced a fumble, allowing Jermaine Griffin ’04 to pick it up giving the Bears possession once again. But on fourth-and-12 in Princeton territory, a blitzing Princeton linebacker came in untouched and hit quarterback Kyle Slager ’04 hard enough to loosen the ball. Princeton defensive back Blake Perry then picked see FOOTBALL, page 9
M. Soccer continues Ivy success beating Harvard 3-0, ties Friars 2-2 BY IAN CROPP
The men’s soccer team continued its success in both Ivy and non-Ivy contests this past week, racking up a win against Harvard and pulling out a tie against Providence College. On Tuesday, a depleted Brown squad was unable to hold a second half lead and settled for a 2-2 tie against the cross-town Friars, and on Saturday the Bears beat their third straight Ivy opponent, blanking the Crimson 3-0. When the Bears took the field Tuesday night, a few things didn’t seem right. Missing from the starting lineup were several key players, including goalkeeper Chris Gomez ’05, who had played every minute up to that point. “It was a coach’s decision,” said Head Coach Mike Noonan, referring to the changes in the lineup. “We had had a big game on Saturday, and we needed to make sure everyone was prepared.” Also missing was the energetic crowd that filled the Stevenson bleachers several times before. “The turnout was pretty sad,” said Matt Goldman ’04. “There were more (Providence) fans there than Brown fans.”
Even without some of their usual starters, the Bears controlled the tempo of the game, generating numerous opportunities that led to two goals and a penalty kick. Andrew Daniels ’07 supported Adom Crew ’04 in causing problems for the Providence defense. “A lot of guys really stepped up,” said Ibrahim Diane ’06. “We weren’t worried at all — everyone on this team is capable of playing well.” In his first appearance, goalkeeper David Semenza ’07 provided the Bears with a chance to win the game, making five saves and using great positioning to deter the Friars from taking too many shots. Brown held two leads in the game, though both slipped away in the dwindling minutes of each half on defensive miscues. The first lead came as a result of a beautiful setup by Diane. After drawing two Friar defenders forward, Diane dribbled from the left side of the goal box and fired a pass across the goal to Crew. With his usual composure Crew stopped the ball, drew the Providence goalie over and then touched the ball into the net. see SOCCER, page 9
The October 20, 2003 issue of the Brown Daily Herald