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T U E S D A Y OCTOBER 28, 2003

THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXXXVIII, No. 101

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Robberies continue on College Hill

Scholar outlines basics of Middle East conflict BY KIRA LESLEY

For students who grew up with daily television clips of Middle Eastern violence, newspaper coverage of peace negotiations and political personalities like Bill O’Reilly condemning everything from suicide bombings to Israeli settlements, it’s impossible to be unaware of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. But many Brown students today say their understanding of the conflict is still murky. Scholar Mitchell Bard tried to clear up their questions Monday night in a lecture entitled “Middle East Conflict 101: What You Always Wanted to Know and Couldn’t Ask.” The lecture, which drew a large crowd to Lower Salomon, was sponsored by Friends of Israel. In his talk, Bard, who has written 17 books on the Middle East conflict, outlined the options facing Palestinians and Israelis and offered his ideas for what the future of the region holds. “There is no getting around the fact that the lives of most Palestinians are pretty miserable,” Bard said. Palestinians can respond to their situation in three ways, he said. They can wait, use terrorist tactics or negotiate. He said some Palestinians feel “time is on their side” and that in the long run, Arab countries will develop significant nuclear arsenals and Palestinians will outnumber Jews and be able to overtake them. Currently, the birthrate for Palestinians is double that of Jewish Israelis, he said. Bard stressed that terrorism has not accomplished Palestinian goals in the past. In the most recent Intifada, 850 Israelis have been killed while counterterrorism strikes by the Israeli army and the number of Israeli-occupied cities has risen, he said. Bard said he believes Israel has two options: unilateral withdrawal from disputed territories or negotiation. Past negotiations have often failed because outside parties did not recognize the historical, religious and psychological significance of the conflict. “It’s very complex,” he said, “It’s not political; it’s historical.” According to Bard, part of this complexity stems from the fact that three major religions — Islam, Judaism and Christianity — have holy sites in Jerusalem. Although the city’s Jewish and Arab populations are split into two geographic regions, dividing the city is not possible because holy sites such as the Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock are all located near each other, he said. Another obstacle to peace is the inability of the Palestinian leadership to negotiate on reasonable terms, Bard said. He said many Palestinians recognize that in 2000, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat turned down a “golden opportunity” that would have eventually resulted in a Palestinian state. Under this proposal, Israel would have withdrawn

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Chris Matthews P’05 dispensed his brand of straight talk about Iraq, the California recall and the 2004 presidential race. Matthews hosts “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC.

“Hardball” host hunts hypocrisy BY JONATHAN HERMAN

Being hypocritical is as American as apple pie. Chris Matthews P’05, host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC, spoke of double dealing, deceit and some of what he called the other fundamental tenets of politics yesterday to a full house in Sayles Hall. His lecture, “A Great Debate in 2004?” covered the war in Iraq, the California recall and the 2004 presidential race. Matthews said the war in Iraq will be the “big issue” of the upcoming election. He predicted there will be many more casualties by the election in November as the American occupation continues. “We are in Iraq today because of American policy,” Matthews said. “Every day that passes or every other day we see American casualties and every time an American is killed, he is killed not because he is a solider, but because he is a symbol of our occupation.” Matthews said each candidate should explain what the United States must accomplish “so Iraq doesn’t turn into a basket case” in a limited amount of time. In this situation we must ask ourselves, “Who are we, are we the good guys or are we the bad guys?” Matthews said. “Are we the colonialist or anti-colonialist?” Matthews said he does not support the war and the Bush administration’s policy of pre-emptive strike. Matthews said the conflict in Iraq

has not accomplished its goal but rather “the American occupation is the greatest Wahabi school,” breeding the fundamentalism that leads to terrorist attacks. “It’s almost like in a baseball team. Are you going to pull Pedro? Are you going to take him out? If a guy cannot be a good president and cannot get the troops out working, the war is yanked by the managers, the voters,” he said about re-electing President Bush in the presidential election. “Howard Dean and Clark are running as antiwar candidates. The rest voted for war and this vote is like the Gulf of Tonkin vote,” Matthews said, comparing congressional resolutions on Iraq to the 1964 vote that led to hostilities in Vietnam. “If you want to predict who wins the election, close your eyes and picture the candidates. Which candidate do you see with the sun in your face?” Matthews said. Many of the Democratic candidates are losing popularity, except for Dean, Matthews said. Dean is his favorite of the current Democratic candidates because of his “cowboy” quality. But Matthews was not sure if Dean would be the best president during another terrorist attack. “He’s not a warrior; he’s a dove. He doesn’t have the executive experience, and he is not a veteran,” Matthews said. “Can Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, territory of Ben and

The recent string of muggings on College Hill continued Sunday night with the robbery of a female RISD student behind Andrews Hall. The campus community learned of the assault in a Department of Public Safety email Monday afternoon. The student reported walking east on Bowen Street just before 7 p.m. when a man grabbed her bag, which she refused to give up. Her attacker dragged her onto the ground and punched her in the face. The student then let go of the bag. The suspect was seen fleeing south on Brown Street before approaching a white pickup truck police believed to be involved in the incident. The student was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. The student described the suspect as a man of medium build in his early 20s, wearing dark clothing and a knit cap. In the e-mail, DPS and the Providence Police Department asked students with knowledge of the incident to help them solve the case. Sunday’s incident follows the Oct. 9 mugging of a student outside Minden Hall and the Oct. 4 mugging of a student near Hope and Bowen streets. The Oct. 9 assault occurred close to the scene of a robbery involving a weapon outside of an ATM on Sept. 15. DPS also received word of an attempted robbery under Soldier’s Arch on Sept. 22. Herald senior staff writer Zach Barter ’06 covers crime. He can be reached at zbarter@browndailyherald.com.

Informal discussion centers on racism, self-identification BY SARAH LABRIE

A conversation in a Hope College lounge covered issues ranging from racism in education to racial self-identification as students discussed the ways “whiteness” shapes society today. At a workshop entitled “How Whiteness Affects Who: An Interracial Dialogue,” students from varied racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds tackled what being “white” entails today at Brown and in the real world. Some students requested that they not be identified in The Herald. Conversation centered around definitions of terms like “white privilege” and “white power.” Sharon Mulligan ’05 and Makini Chisolm-Straker ’05 mediated the “fishbowl style” conversation. Students who identified as people of color spoke first while other students listened. They were followed by students who identified as mul-

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Future of Providence Athenaeum hangs in the balance amid fiscal crisis arts & culture, page 3

Liu ’07 reveals “Pottery Barn” candidate Howard Dean as just another Wal-Mart column, page 7

TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Confederacy was part of nation’s history, but not its heritage, says John Brougher ’06 column, page 7

Brown football defeats Cornell 21-7; Hertigan ’06 earns Ivy honors for good performance sports, page 8

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Heartbreak for music lovers; Lupo’s may close BY LISA MANDLE

Two popular downtown venues, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel and the Met Café, are being threatened by developers who want to turn the building into residential space. The struggle between club owner Richard Lupo ’70 and the building’s landlord is nothing new, said an unidentified female Met Café worker who answered the phone last week. She said the two parties have not resolved issues surrounding possible redevelopment of the space. Residents of a neighboring apartment building recently received a memo that said “one of the major upcoming changes is the relocation of Lupo’s nightclub. It is our understanding that Lupo’s will be relocating out of its present location in November,” the Providence Journal reported last week. Lupo’s currently occupies a building that is slated for redevelopment by Cornish Associates and Keen Development Corporation, according to Cornish’s Web site. A neighboring building, called the Smith Building, was refurbished in 1999 and now has 36 residential spaces and ground-floor commercial space. That building was also redeveloped by Cornish and Keen, according to the Web site. The memo forecasting Lupo’s relocation was distributed in the Smith Building. That memo also includes a projection of the renovation process through January 2005 for the building where Lupo’s and the Met Café are located, the Providence Journal reported. But Lupo says he still plans for his business to be occupying the building come November. “That memorandum is not true,” Lupo told the Journal. “There’s no agreement made between the parties.” “We are in negotiation. It’s been in discussion, off and on, for six years. And there are probably several (possible) resolutions to the situation. And there’s no agreement,” Lupo told the Journal. Lupo did not return several calls from The Herald seeking comment. The Met Café calendar online shows acts booked through Dec. 4, and Lupo’s schedule runs through Nov. 28. Lupo told the Journal there are three possible see LUPO’S, page 5

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Save the Athenaeum filed a lawsuit last summer in Rhode Island Superior Court charging that the Athenaeum’s board was not lawfully elected, that it mismanaged finances,“raided” the endowment and violated the library’s 1836 charter.

Future of Athenaeum uncertain BY ELISE BARAN

In the rare books room on the bottom floor of the Providence Athenaeum on Benefit Street, in a temperature controlled closet, there used to be more than 40 boxes of prints from Audubon’s Birds of America Folio. Now those boxes are awaiting auction at Christie’s auction house, and the resolution of a lawsuit will determine when or even if they ever see the auction block. The 250-year-old Athenaeum is facing severe fiscal problems. Plans to auction off the Audubon folio have drawn criticism and resulted in a lawsuit from a group of plaintiffs calling itself Save the Athenaeum, according to Susan Kertzer, president of the Athenaeum and a defendant in the lawsuit. The 2001 stock market crash severely depleted the Athenaeum’s endowment, Kertzer said. Save the Athenaeum filed the lawsuit last summer in Rhode Island Superior Court charging that the Athenaeum’s board was not lawfully elected, that it mismanaged finances, “raided” the endowment and violat-

ed the library’s 1836 charter. The lawsuit’s main aim is to halt the sale of the Audubon prints and oust the current board. “It became a choice between a book and an institution,” said Jonathan Bengston, executive director of the Athenaeum and a defendant in the suit. An Audubon print collection similar to the one at the Athenaeum sold for $8.8 million recently, and the Athenaeum’s 40 boxes could bring as much as $7 million on the auction block. The decision to sell the Audubon was not an easy one, Kertzer said. The board considered alternatives, including selling the library’s current home, merging with another organization and even closing the library. After four months of meetings and “tortured discussions” the board decided that the best thing to do was to sell the Audubon holding, Kertzer said. Part of the lawsuit charges that the current board of directors is mismanaging money by planning to use the see ATHENAEUM, page 5


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Jerry’s, can he hold vs. Bush on issues of security?” The Democrats may mix and match the candidates together to have a ticket that can compete with Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, Matthews said. Bush’s will be a tough ticket to beat because of the almost $170 million in campaign funding he will have amassed, and the emotional attachment many Americans have to him. “It was a King Arthur moment and he pulled the sword from the stone,” Matthews said of Sept. 14, 2001, when Bush visited New York City three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center. “There are a lot of people who believe that he has an emotional attachment to America.” Matthews was not one of them. Matthews said a great leader like Franklin Roosevelt or Winston Churchill would have brought the world together after Sept. 11, 2001 unlike Bush’s divisive foreign policy. Matthews said Bush handled the post-Sept. 11 issue well. “Then the ideologues started to encircle him. They saw a guy who hadn’t read many books and fed him the idea of pre-emption,” Matthews said. “(Cheney) has no executive authority. He has become a chief executive vice president. He is running the place,” Matthews said. “I think he’s the one who put his thumb on the scale and every decision that comes out is to the right.”

place in the Open Flat. Brown added points with first place showings by Burden (Novice Flat), Ariana Arcenas ’06 (Walk/Trot/Canter) and Jennifer John ’07 (Walk/Trot). Rachel Roemer ’06 also contributed with a second place in the Novice Open Fence division to round off the day’s 33-point performance. Important defensive blocks were contributed by Roemer (Novice Flat), Gillian Heinecke ’07 (Intermediate Fences) and Joanna Kels ’04 (Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter) who all

Herald staff writer Jonathan Herman ’07 can be reached at j h e r m a n @ b row n d a i l y h e r ald.com.

Dialogue continued from page 1 tiracial and then by white students. Each group was given three minutes to discuss questions about their awareness of their own racial identities and the identities of others. “I thought it was important for people who were white and people who were not white to hear what each other had to say,” Mulligan said. Students were invited to share their opinions and personal experiences as well as examine their own prejudices. Questions about “white power” sparked dialogue about the problems of discrimination and prejudice in education. One student responded that, as a white person, she experienced white privilege because she was not marginalized or forced into generalized statements made in lecture and discussion, something she saw happen often to non-white students. Another student questioned opportunities to further education that give students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds, whom she observed usually also happened to be white, an advantage over poorer students.

earned first place in their respective divisions to prevent the other teams from earning crucial points. Overall, it was a strong and balanced show for the squad. Riders with a range of experience contributed from a variety of divisions. John’s victory came in her first ever show for Brown, while Kels’ block was from a division she had not previously shown in. After the tough showing two weeks ago, Brown’s only home show of the year could not have come at a better time. In addition to a home crowd and a lack of travel, there are other significant benefits to competing at the home barn. “It’s our show. It’s our horses

and our horses are awesome for us because we’ve learned to ride on them, but for other people they can be a little quirky,” Kingsborough said. Though perhaps helpful for Brown’s scoring, hosting the event is a mixed blessing. The 11team show requires an immense amount of organization and preparation on the part of the team. “We spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday, pretty much the whole team, at the barn every day, organizing, setting up the fences, making sure the horses are ready and really making sure everything was going to run smoothly,” said Jessica Mendelson ’07. The riders’ responsibilities

A student of mixed race talked about her difficulties choosing one ethnicity with which to identify. Another said she often had to convince people she was American and that she was complimented on her English even though it is the language she grew up speaking. Questions like, “How do you contribute to whiteness?” and “What is the distinction between whiteness and white people?” encouraged those in attendance to examine their own racial prejudices. Students discussed conceptions of physical beauty and their relation to white standards. Special significance was placed on the need for minorities and white people to be especially aware of latent racism in daily conversation. Twenty-two students attended the meeting, which was open to the entire student body. While Bali Kumar ’06 said he felt the smaller setting allowed for better conversation, he said he was disappointed by the low turnout. “It’s like preaching to the converted,” he said. “There are so few people who get to benefit.” The meeting was scheduled to last exactly one hour but discussion continued long after the allotted time was up. “I’m happy because it seems like there will be a continuation,” Mulligan said. Mulligan was one of the founders of Deconstructing Whiteness Week, which began last year. She said she chose to devote herself to the program because she “wanted to educate white people about race.” The meeting held a greater significance for Jane Mee Wong ’06. “Interracial dialogue is important and there’s no organized space at Brown to do this kind of stuff,” Wong said. Mulligan and Chisolm-Straker came up with the questions that guided the forum by considering issues they felt needed to be discussed. “We sat down and said, ‘What do we want people to start talking about and how do we get them to talk about it?’” Mulligan said. After the organized conversation, the floor opened to general questions. Students discussed controversial topics such as the Third World Transition Program and the significance of the Third World Center’s name. “I think it’s really important to extend these conversations into other elements of our academics and activism and social lives,” said Matt Hamilton ’05. Herald staff writer Sarah LaBrie ’07 can be reached at slabrie@browndailyherald.com.

range from walking, grooming and tacking the horses to staffing the in-gate, adjusting fences and helping riders mount their horses. Burden even contributed her vocal talents to begin the show with the national anthem. Those efforts translated into a flawless afternoon that ran quickly and efficiently despite the more than 350 entries. With only one opportunity to compete at home each year, the importance of the show is even greater. “I think the fact that the show ran smoothly was as important as that we tied for first,” Burden said. Brown’s next show is Nov. 9 at Wesleyan College.

Branca continued from page 8 pating in the Race for the Cure, among other things, Brown’s athletes “serve the community, the nation, and the world” through countless hours spent bettering the lives of those around us. In a community that promotes diversity of education and betterment through service, athletes demonstrate that knowledge comes in all forms from every good deed performed. In addition to serving the community, athletes perform an invaluable service to the school every time we take on an opponent. For all intents and purposes, and in everyday situations, athletes are their school’s ambassadors everywhere they go and in every public moment. Knowing their actions reflect upon the school as a whole, they learn to perform under pressure. Viewed in this light, athletes are not only an accessible and amiable means of promoting Brown, but they are a necessary means. The education gleaned through participation in athletics of any sort is invaluable in preparing students to take on any adversity they may encounter after graduating from Brown. Athletes who have competed in a highly competitive, intercollegiate environ-

Goldman continued from page 8 Marlins get a new stadium, then they have a great chance to keep a lot of their players, but if they don’t then some players may still remain expendable. The Marlins probably will not be able to sign third baseman Mike Lowell long-term because of the breakout year he had. But, Cabrera played a great third base for them while Lowell was nursing a hand injury. The Marlins also have arbitration options on right fielder Juan Encarnacion as well as Lee. Beckett is also up for arbitration, and it would be wise if the Marlins showed him the money. With the Marlins acquiring the ageless wonder and “Mr. Marlin” Conine during the regular sea-

ment often fare better in job searches as employers find they are better suited “to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation,” a vital part of the University’s mission. Additionally, by adding to the diversity of the student body, Brown athletes inhabit as crucial a position in the marketplace of ideas as well as any of their peers. Ultimately, the education one receives depends solely on the decision to educate oneself. I challenge those who have a bias against athletes to put down their guard and make a decision based on the whole person and not just his or her vocabulary. In addition, I challenge athletes to approach the classroom with the same drive used in physical play. Most athletes do realize the gift Brown has given us by admitting us into this fine institution, but this sense of gratitude should extend across the board. Only in making the most of one’s experience here can one truly prove he has fulfilled Brown’s mission. May we all step back and realize that each of us contributes to that mission in a unique way, and none deserves to be at Brown any more than another. Ashley Branca ’04 hails from Wyndmoor, Penn. She is a member of the women’s lacrosse team.

son, Lee might be made expendable because the Marlins might not be able to afford him. On the bright side, the Marlins still have great young starting pitching. They have Willis, Carl Pavano and A.J. Burnett all for next year. Burnett was supposed to be the ace of the staff until an elbow surgery sidelined him for the season. It would be ideal for the Phillies if the Marlins dismantled their team again, but I don’t want to wish them any ill will. I hope the Marlins can retain some sort of nucleus. South Florida has seen great things over the past 10 years and they deserve to continue to see them. Justin Goldman ’07 hails from Philadelphia, Penn., and will be ready to pitch on three days rest.


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Bard continued from page 1 from 90 percent of the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip and made East Jerusalem the Palestinian capital, Bard said. According to Bard, in order for peace negotiations to move forward, “There’s one thing that has to happen — Yasser Arafat has to die.” Bard said he thinks a resolution to the conflict will not be “perfect peace.” Israel’s relations with its Middle East neighbors will never be as friendly as rela-

Athenaeum continued from page 3 proceeds of the sale to replenish a sagging endowment. According to officials at the Athenaeum, the plaintiffs claim part of a museum’s collection should be sold only if the money from the sale will be used to build up the collection. By that distinction, the plaintiffs consider the Athenaeum a museum. But Kertzer and Bengston said the Athenaeum is a library. In the past, the John Carter Brown Library on campus sold 13th century manuscripts and did not use the money to build the University’s collection. According to Norman Fiering, director of the John Carter Brown, the medieval manuscripts are not part of the library’s collection. They were seen as “financial assets” that could be sold for financial gain. Despite that, Fiering said, there is a “moral principle” that favors money from the sale of part of a library’s collection going toward purchasing other items for the collection.

Lupo’s continued from page 3 new locations for his nightclub, but he would not be more specific. Lupo’s has been in its current building since 1992, and Lupo has more than four years left on his lease, according to the Journal. In December 1999, Lupo’s landlord sought the nightclub’s eviction in court, claiming Lupo had violated 10 terms of his lease, the Journal reported. In April 2001, Judge Patricia D. Moore ruled in Lupo’s favor. Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 and his staff have been attempting to mediate the dispute, the Journal reported. The goal, Cicilline told the Journal, is to have Lupo’s move out and resume a successful business elsewhere in the city. “I’m hoping that in the coming weeks we will succeed and be a part of” a settlement, Cicilline told the Journal. He declined to describe the components of a possible settlement. A representative from Cicilline’s office did not return a call seeking comment.

tions among the United States, Canada and Mexico he said. Bard said he thinks negotiations will ultimately result in Israel’s return to 1967 boundaries modified to accommodate the largest settlements, with a fence dividing Israel from a future Palestinian state. Although some politicians have said a fence separating two peoples is unreasonable, Bard said he feels it is perfectly normal. He mentioned that currently, a fence separates Israel from both Syria and Lebanon. Although Bard recognizes many obstacles to peace, he said he “tries not to be too cynical.”

But Bengston said this kind of moral imperative was “not an issue” for the libraries. Although museums may not sell items of their collection for pure financial gain, there is no such rule for libraries. And, he said, when the Athenaeum bought the Audubon, it was partly as a financial investment. It is partly upon that distinction that Save the Athenaeum’s case rests. “We are hopeful of getting a quick, favorable outcome,” Kertzer said of the suit. A representative of Save the Athenaeum wrote in an e-mail that the group would not comment either on the phone or in person. Bengston described the suit as an attempt at a “hostile takeover” by a group of people who wish for the Athenaeum to remain as exclusive as it was in the 18th century. “There is a lingering elitism that has kept the community from getting to know the Athenaeum,” he said. The Athenaeum, founded in 1753, is one of 17 membership libraries in America today. Members each pay a fee to check out books and elect board

Cicilline told the Journal the city needs live music as part of its cultural repertoire. As long as live music exists “in a way that is safe and doesn’t present any public-safety issues, then it will always be welcome in Providence.” The mayor said he has not urged Lupo to stay or go from Downcity. Where he moves “is his business decision,” he told the Providence Journal. Brown Student Radio General

Sometimes things happen that seem impossible, Bard said. As an example, he described the 1947 U.N. vote that approved Israel’s statehood. In order to receive approval, both the United States and the Soviet Union had to vote affirmatively, and many politicians thought this was impossible. If agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War can happen, so can a resolution to the Middle East conflict, Bard said. Herald staff writer Kira Lesley ’07 can be reached at klesley@browndailyherald.com.

members. Nonmembers can use all materials on site. When the library first began to operate, shareholders bought a piece of the library and were able to check out books if they presented their paper share. But in 1974 the library became a nonprofit organization, and shares became moot, though members still pay fees to check out materials. Many of the plaintiffs in Save the Athenaeum are descendents of the original shareholders. According to the group’s Web site, current members who are not descendents of the original shareholders should not be allowed to vote for the board of directors. The suit, which is still in Superior Court, is pending. According to Kertzer, the board of directors hopes that Christie’s will be able to auction the Audubon folio in the spring, despite an Oct. 1 ruling prohibiting the sale of the prints until the suit is settled. Herald staff writer Elise Baran ’07 can be reached at ebaran@browndailyherald.com.

Manager Shauna Duffy ’04 said that if Lupo’s and the Met Café were to close or relocate, it could decrease the number of acts that come to Providence. But it would have “no effect whatsoever on what people mean when they say the ‘Providence music scene,’ ” she said. Herald senior staff writer Lisa Mandle ’06 can be reached at lmandle@browndailyherald.com.

Football continued from page 8 “(Gutierrez) played probably one of his best games (this season),” said Head Coach Phil Estes. “I thought he made big plays all over the place.” Also receiving accolades for his play was Zack DeOssie ’07, who earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after notching five tackles, including one sack. DeOssie has seen his time slowly increasing as the season goes on, and certainly this is a sign of things to come. It looked like Cornell would be the first team on the board, as the kicker lined up to attempt a 44-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the first quarter. But, the swirling winds that whipped for most of the game blew the kick wide, keeping the game scoreless. On the ensuing drive, Hartigan took the first play of the second quarter to the house. Nick Marietti ’05 then hit his first extra point as the team’s field goal kicker to put Brown up by seven. Marietti, kicking for the first time since high school, took over the duties when the only kicker on the roster was dismissed from the team. Punter Tim Goobic ’04 took over the kickoff duties. “(Goobic) had been practicing the kickoff all along. … Marietti’s quite capable of kicking the extra point. Where it hurts us is that it really takes the field goal out of our game plan,” Estes said. The Bears used a little bit of trickery later in the quarter to extend their lead. On first down from the Cornell 11, Marietti lined up at tailback without any Cornell players noticing. A quarterback by trade, Marietti received a toss from Slager, then threw to receiver Jarrett Schreck ’06 for Brown’s second touchdown. Marietti’s extra point attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 13-0. “We just changed personnel in mid-stream and. … we just got up and went. So we didn’t give them much of a chance to think about it or to warn anybody,” Estes said. “( The play) really jumpstarted our team,” Slager said. Much to Cornell’s dismay,

the Bears’ offensive bag of tricks was not exhausted yet. On Brown’s first drive of the fourth quarter, Slager handed off to Hartigan for what looked like a simple sweep to the right. But, Hartigan tossed the ball back to Slager, who found Lonnie Hill ’06 wide open in the end zone. Slager hit Hill again on the two-point conversion to make the score 21-0. “(We use those trick plays) in the red zone. They have a better chance of happening there because there’s less field to cover and you get a chance to get it into the end zone if there’s a completion,” Estes said. “We knew we needed just one more touchdown to put them away, and we thought it was a great situation,” Slager said. On their next drive, Cornell finally answered back, as quarterback D.J. Busch hit receiver Vic Yanz for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Yanz had 118 receiving yards on the day, and was the only Cornell offensive player who could get anything going. The Bears have a big game coming this weekend, as they host undefeated Penn, which is ranked 11th. Penn is coming off a scare from Yale, a game in which they needed overtime to beat the Bulldogs. “I think getting a win before we played Penn was huge in that it just gave us a little momentum,” Slager said. “It helped us realize that the weeks we don’t beat ourselves we win.” Herald staff writer Chris Hatfield ’06 is an assistant sports editor. He can be reached at chatfield@browndailyherald.com.

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Geoff Nyarota founder of The Daily News, Zimbabwe’s only independent daily newspaper, acclaimed international journalist and defender of the free press

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2003 · PAGE 6 S T A F F

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Temporary heartbreak Downcity Providence is a pretty quiet place at night. Unlike cities with truly thriving downtowns, Providence generally hosts only a trickle of theater-goers or Complex patrons after dark. And that’s on weekends. Any Brown student who wanders across the river on a Sunday or Wednesday night encounters little more than lonely streets and the occasional mugger. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel has long been one of nighttime Providence’s only bright spots. The venue boasts a consistently popular lineup of acts and the club’s crowds help make for a less vacant downtown. Now the club, which opened near the beginning of the city’s “renaissance,” is facing possible relocation. Although its owner, Rich Lupo ’70, says he has no intention of moving, the building that houses Lupo’s is slated for redevelopment into residential units, according to Cornish Associates and Keen Development Corporation. Although a Lupo’s relocation will mean less activity downtown in the near future, the move is a necessary evil if the city hopes to create a viable residential district. Cornish and Keen have already renovated the neighboring Smith Building, converting the structure into 36 residential units with ground-floor commercial space. A noisy, sometimes rowdy nightclub, though a downtown staple, doesn’t fit into this more sedate scheme. The club’s relocation, coupled with the opportunity for a growing residential district, is the best bet for downtown Providence in the long-term. With residents will come more shops, groceries, cafes and consistent activity in the central city. It’s an ambitious project, but not an impossible one. We’d hate to see Lupo’s relocate, but if it means a more populated, thriving downcity, it’s worth the heartbreak.

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LETTERS Horowitz’s speech wasn’t worth more money from the UFB

students Marxists, and shamelessly dodge questions for as long as Beale would like. Ethan Ris ’05 President Brown Democrats Oct. 27

To the Editor: In his column, “Horowitz speech offers opportunities for reform,” (Oct. 27) Stephen Beale repeatedly bemoans the “ultimate insult” that the Undergraduate Finance Board paid him and his fellow campus conservatives by offering David Horowitz “a tenth of his regular fee” for his lecture last week. Beale is ignorant of two pertinent facts: First, UFB is notoriously stingy with its appropriations. Anyone who has managed a budget for a Category Three student group knows of the intense scrutiny UFB gives to all funding requests and the frequency of its rejections of these requests. Beale and his associates are not the victims of special discrimination. Second, UFB was correct in denying David Horowitz his “regular fee.” Ten times the fee they did offer — $1,500 — would be $15,000. I cannot imagine how Mr. Horowitz, who has few qualifications to lecture, thinks it appropriate to ask for such an outrageous sum of money. And I am shocked the College Republicans were so eager to give it to him. They could have invited to Brown dozens of distinguished and intelligent conservatives who have devoted their lives to public service, rather than a wealthy ideologue who has devoted his life to rabble-rousing and self-promotion. I contend that $1,500 was more than enough for what Brown students got last Wednesday. In fact, from what I saw of Horowitz, I believe I can personally offer the same services to this campus at an even further reduced cost. For just $750, I will gladly stand in Salomon 101 and offer uninformed opinion and shoddy statistics, call Brown

Article misrepresents Communities in Classrooms changes To the Editor: The article (“Swearer Center program cut from area school,” Oct. 21) misrepresented current changes to Communities in Classrooms. First and foremost, the program was not cut from Bridgham Middle School. Second, budget changes within Providence Public Schools do not affect CiC — Swearer Center programs are funded independent of PPS. Teachers are under a lot of pressure to follow academic standards in hopes of their students passing standardized tests. The CiC curriculum continues to build off of those standards. Therefore, curricular changes did not bump CiC out of Bridgham’s schedule. CiC has dealt with changes this fall, but those changes are related primarily to schedule modifications in all PPS middle schools. Middle schools are operating under a sixweek rotation, which makes it logistically impossible to schedule Brown students into the middle school day. As a result, CiC will operate as an afterschool program this year. Arthi Sundaresh ’05 Cary Anne Trainor ’06 CiC Program Coordinators Oct. 27

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OPINIONS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2003 · PAGE 7

Howard Dean — the latest style for this political season The style of Howard Dean’s “cool kids” campaign overshadows his shaky policy positions AS HORROR SWEPT THROUGH THE of an American Crusade against “idol-worranks of a young, informed, self-con- shippers,” do we turn around and direct sciously “disaffected” population (the sort our anger, our disillusionment, our hopes, found at Brown) following the election of a our exasperation behind Howard Dean? Is certain Nazi-admiring, breast-obsessed, that really the best we can do? Probably. Unless, of course, such exasKennedy-marrying Republican, the comperations are simply affectamunal outrage was broken by tions, credentials for entrance the insidious suspicion curinto a proto-elite that wears rently threatening any Gen-Y angst as jewelry until it acquires Progressive Political Unity. It’s something shinier. For memthe same feeling one gets at bers of this population (again, any anti-Patriot Act or Fair the sort at Brown), Dean is not a Trade or Free Palestine or candidate, but a lifestyle accoupost-David Horowitz rally; the trement — literally, the pin is same sense that turns any weightier than the man. He is a present optimism into a dragtoken worn to signify many ging, stomach churning, apathings, but, above all else, difthy inducing fear for the JONATHAN LIU IN LIU OF ference; that is, difference from future: Some — nay, most — THE NEWS the masses, the uncultured, the of these people actually think politically unconscious. How Howard Dean is the answer! Dean acquired this role is comWould Dean be a reasonable president? Probably. If he earns the plex but is rooted in his entrance as essennomination, Nader retires, the race is close tially an empty vessel, with none of the bagand I figure out how to use an absentee gage of a congressional voting record, an ballot, would I send my first presidential entrenched national identity or, for that vote his way? Regrettably, yes. Obviously, matter, any significant constituency. Bush is the enemy, the state of the world is Vermont may be a terrific state (very Green, at stake, evil must be defeated, yadda if also preponderantly white), but its size is yadda yadda. That is all beyond debate. hard to underestimate: Indeed, Dean won But the question remains, with all this re-election as governor in 2000 with momentum generated, with all the failures 148,059 votes, comparable to the 126,799 of the most regressive economic scheme votes Al Sharpton — i.e. “fringe candidate” in our lifetimes, with all the Orwellian — garnered in the 1997 New York mayoral double-speak of freedom through repres- primary. Thus, the Dean campaign started life as a sion at home and war abroad, with all the attacks on abortion rights, with all the talk boutique product and it is, paradoxically, this very “boutique-ness” that has driven him to the lead (and introduced another Jonathan Liu ’07 mourns the deaths of empty vessel candidate, Wesley Clark). This Edward Said and Johnny Cash. Exile and strategy has made Dean into an underdog alienation won’t be the same without them.

front-runner, a mass-consumed product that is somehow still trendy or admired — an electoral Pottery Barn. Yet is what Dean is selling different from the Wal-Marts and Home Depots of typical millennial Democratic politics? Sure he stood against the war in Iraq, but hardly for moral or philosophical reasons; like most of the “mainstream” candidates, his problem with pre-emption was not its intrinsic absurdity but the fact that it wasn’t multilaterally approved. As he says himself, “I am not a pacifist.” And beyond this “defining” issue, Dean’s platform — ominously considered “too liberal” for the general electorate — is neither unique nor particularly far left; on the Dean Web site, there is a set of bullet points that support a repeal of part of the Bush tax cut, a balanced budget and the creation of a cryptic “fairer and simpler system of taxation” — which, last I checked, was the Republican rationale for the Bush cuts in the first place. Likewise, Dean trots out the catchphrase of “universal healthcare” and proceeds to present a patchwork of marginal extensions of existing federal programs. Indeed, the doctor-governor even supports that most insidious of right-centrist “reforms” (outside of welfare reform, which he loves) — medical malpractice restrictions, decrying “frivolous lawsuits” and encouraging such niceties as “pre-trial expert panels.” Honestly, where is the Dean everyone’s so afraid of? So we say we want a revolution and end up with a candidate — he with the A rating from the NRA and a policy of “fiscal conservatism” — who seems to be actively co-opting one. We can’t blame Dean himself; it is our own hidden hypocrisies that have led to this predicament.

For Dean’s campaign is a revolution, but one of process and not content; by emphasizing small donations and Internet organization — which exclude both the “unhip” and those (minorities and union members, mostly) without the disposable income for admittance — the campaign itself, rather than the issues, is fetishized. Dean is cool because cool people like him; I wouldn’t be surprised if velvet ropes begin to sprout up outside campaign centers throughout Iowa and New Hampshire. The irony in all this is that, for the first time in our politically conscious lifetimes, there are Democrats worth supporting, and moreover, their policies range across a wide spectrum. Indeed, any self-respecting student of the Left should be supporting Dennis Kucinich — that Dean’s campus presence trumps his is pretty embarrassing. Sharpton, meanwhile, is not only by far the best orator in the race but also the man most likely to completely degrade Bush with no punches pulled. Speaking of men, Carol Moseley Braun’s focus on the gendered nature of policy is both politically and intellectually intriguing. If one must bet on a winning horse, Dick Gephardt’s anti-NAFTA, prounion credentials as well as John Kerry’s dignified war-hero carriage provide palatable alternatives. Indeed, in a fair world, Dean would be relegated to John Edwards status: energetic, likeable, but ultimately empty. So what are we to do now that our generation has led the country in elevating a sort of paradoxical mass elitism in popular politics? Well not much, besides pray for Hillary. After all, being fashionable isn’t inherently bad; if Dean pins and stickers are what’s in style this season, who am I to complain? And, for God’s sake, would someone please invite me to a Meetup? After all, it’s what the cool kids do.

Time to tear down the Stars and Bars Claiming Confederate heritage is like claiming Martian heritage, but more offensive THE HISTORY OF AMERICA, ALTHOUGH (or, in this case, a country’s heritage) refers stood for positive values, like freedom). The South would do well to move on relatively short compared with other to traditions, to mores, to a shared expericountries, is rich and filled with stories of ence or a shared philosophy. As someone from the 1860s. As the popular bumper bravery, courage and valor. Our history is who lives in the South, I find claims of sticker points out: “You lost — get over it.” so cathartic, in fact, that many of the tales Confederate heritage insulting, since they Whether one believes that the Confederacy from old America still inspire us — from draw a tie from modern Southerners to a was mainly fighting for the continuation of the probably false, like George group that was, at best, a group of misguid- human bondage, one cannot help but Washington’s wanton destruction of a ed traitors and, at worst, a state fighting for notice that the Confederate constitution cherry tree to the undeniably true, like the the right to subjugate an entire race of peo- explicitly safeguards the institution of slavery. As such, the South should do its part to daring fight for decolonization by a ragtag ple. Some may assert that the South of the distance itself from this dark and shameful bunch of colonists determined to resist tyranny. These are the stories that our par- 19th century took up arms against the past. Although I do not in any way think ents told us, that our history professors tyrannical Lincoln because they were the human loss is comparable, in a general teach us every day, that we will pass on to responding to a federal “invasion” and were way the situation is similar to the one the the next generation someday. There is an simply defending their own territory. This Germans faced following World War II. A Gone With the Wind-style romanticization postwar Germany did all it could to make American story, however, that is being of the backward and oppressive South peaceful overtures with Israel and contintold in the wrong ways and is being is simply wrong. Lincoln’s rhetoric in ues to foster positive relations with Jews interpreted falsely — the story of his inaugural address was conciliato- worldwide. Unless you consider Trent Lott the Confederate States of America. ry and targeted to appeal to the (who, in addition to his Senate antics, sucTo put it bluntly, the Confederacy South to remain part of the United cessfully fought to keep black students out is in no way part of our heritage. States. His famous statement that of his Ole Miss fraternity) racial progress, Some readers may cry foul at such a a “house divided cannot the South has done nothing of the sort. The bold and generalized statement, but stand” is now repeated least they could do is stop waving the flag let me explain. I do not deny that in history classrooms around everywhere. the Confederacy was part of Confederate flag-proponents argue that across America. Even our history — my aim is not to Lincoln’s stance on the current issue of Confederate heritage revise our past, 1984-style, to slavery was not radi- and the Confederate flag’s placement on suit my utopian visions of john cal — he believed state flags is not related to race — they fly society or what America broughe that slavery should flags containing the Confederate flag should be like. Yes, the r can’t stop not spread to more because of its link with their history more Confederacy is part of our states, but he was than with any racial motivation. This arguhistory, but not, however, the brock hardly as extreme as ment sounds nice but is not backed up by part of our heritage. many of his Republican evidence or facts. The Confederate symbols Heritage is a tricky word compatriots (back when on state flags, for instance, were not placed that one might think is synthe Republican Party there following the Civil War as a sort of onymous with history, but the remembrance. meaning of heritage is slightly would deeper than that. One’s heritage You won’t catch John Brougher ’06 whistling Dixie. That

make sense in this argument. In fact, Confederate flags were added to the state flags during the civil rights movement. It does not take a genius to make the connection between the two contemporary events — the Confederate flag placement was entirely racial. The angry and racist white power structure in the South during the civil rights movement knew that the Confederate flag had tremendous racial implications. Adding it to state flags was a statement of solidarity with an oppressive and racialized past. Much like the “under God” clause of the pledge of allegiance (added during the McCarthy era, not the colonial period, to instill loyalty in young children), the Confederate flag’s placement on state flags was a recent occurrence that is not reflective of any history but is simply a way to send racial messages. As a Southerner, let me be the first to raise the call against the bonnie blue flag. I hail from Virginia, where seven U.S. presidents were born and where many key battles of the Civil War were fought. I admire Thomas Jefferson — I refuse to admire Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Southerners gain nothing by revering a fairy tale past with holidays like “Lee-Jackson-King Day” (where, paradoxically, Stonewall and Robert E. Lee are celebrated alongside Dr. King) or by visiting Lee’s tomb in droves. He’s not coming back to lead us to victory against the crazy North. The War between the States is over. It’s time to pull down the Stars and Bars. We’re Americans now. It’s about time we acted like it.


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SPORTS TUESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2003 · PAGE 8

Fish for sale?

Judging athletes

NOW THAT THE BASEBALL SEASON HAS come to a close, I would like to sit back and reminisce about what a great season it was. Even though it was upsetting to not see the Red Sox or Cubs in the World Series, it was still a fantastic postseason. It was particularly hard for me to see the Marlins knock my beloved JUSTIN GOLDMAN Phillies out of postSPORTS COLUMNIST season contention at the end of the regular season, but I have no beef with them. As long as the Yankees don’t win, I’m OK with whoever is world champion. The Marlins have only been alive for 10 years and have two World Championships. That makes Cubs and Red Sox fans snicker because they have been alive for God knows how long and have fewer championships combined since 1918 than the Marlins do in 10 years. The last time the Marlins won the World Series was in 1997. It was a sublime ending to a storybook year much like this year, but the city and fans were rewarded by Marlins management’s selling off the entire team and having a 100-loss season in 1998. I don’t hail from anywhere close to Florida, but if I could offer any advice to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, it would be this: DO NOT SELL THE TEAM AGAIN. It was incredibly devastating for the fans to see their “Defending World Series Champion Marlins” lose day in and day out in 1998. Attendance dropped considerably and fans lost faith in their team. The Marlins really have a chance to be a great team. Manager Jack McKeon, who made all the right moves this postseason, knows how to instill confidence in players 40 to 50 years younger than he is. The Marlins went 79-45 with McKeon at the helm. He injected life into this team and had them believing they could be great. Along with McKeon, twisting, twirling, high leg-kicking 21-year-old lefty phenom Dontrelle Willis injected life into South Florida. Whenever he pitched, fans actually came to Marlins games, a rarity for a team that averaged just above 16,000 people a game. Every television station fought to put him on the air. He not only put life into South Florida but he also put life into his teammates. The other Marlins pitchers fed off of his exuberant energy. When it was their turn to pitch they wanted to dazzle the crowd and the opposing hitters just like he did. With all that said, the Marlins have a young core that could be great for years to come. The MVP of the World Series, Josh Beckett, is only 23. Dynamic leadoff man and center fielder Juan Pierre is just 26. Baby-faced outfielder Miguel Cabrera, who had his coming out party during this year’s playoffs, is only 20. Second baseman Luis Castillo and Gold Glove-caliber first baseman Derek Lee are both 28. The veteran on this team is Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez who is 31 and has at least three or four good years still ahead of him. It will be hard to keep this team completely together, but they have to make more of an effort than they did in 1997. The Marlins only have 2 players under contract for 2004, Pierre and utility man Jeff Conine, and they also have several players up for arbitration, which means they will have to give them pay increases. Rodriguez and Castillo are both free agents, and the team needs to retain at least one of them. It would be nice to keep both, but Loria does not like to crowbar his wallet open that much. Rodriguez is the heart and soul of this team, so it would be ideal to keep him. If the

a lot because last week’s show hurt our morale,” said Amanda Burden ’04. “This week I think is going to give us a much better outlook and attitude about upcoming shows.” With seven shows remaining in the season, Brown placed itself back in the hunt for the regional lead. Captain Jess Kingsborough ’04 said this win is more consistent with the team’s expectations. “Of course we’re always looking to win outright, and we know we can, but it was good. We needed to get back on our feet, and I think this was our first step,” Kingsborough said. “We have three more shows in November so we can try to take the lead back before the spring.” Jamie Peddy ’06 began the scoring for Brown, taking second place in the Open Fences division followed by third

THE MISSION OF BROWN UNIVERSITY IS “to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.” We do this ASHLEY BRANCA through a partnerSPORTS COLUMNIST ship of students and teachers in a unified community known as a university-college. Recently, a friend sent me a troubling opinions column from the Yale Daily News entitled, “Athletes Injure Yale’s Academic Purpose,” (Oct. 10). In this piece, the writer argues that intercollegiate athletes damage the college because they achieve lower SAT scores and maintain lower GPAs than their peers. She claims “the academic level of the university as a whole suffers when all students are not on the same page intellectually.” The writer further suggests that athletics should be downsized and de-emphasized at our nation’s leading colleges. Certainly almost everyone has heard this argument before. Athletes are, after all, dumb as bricks. We are too lazy to go to class, amplified by the fact that athletes only take “gut” courses (see “Rocks for Jocks”). The truth of the matter is that we are too drunk to get out of bed in order to make the class in which we failed to do the homework because we were out all night the night before (any night of the week is a night for boozing). We, as athletes, believe this is OK because Brown will never kick us out, especially because they bent all the rules to get us here in the first place. In truth, we are hurting the rest of the students at Brown by bringing the intellectual standard to an alltime low. Who cares, the Eagles are playing. Freshman, go get me a beer from the kegerator and make sure there is no foam on the top. Of course, the above representation is not at all true. To say this is not to invalidate the numerous studies showing that on the whole athletes do have lower test scores and GPAs than their non-athlete peers. Those who compete at an intercollegiate level for Brown may spend as much time improving their physical dexterity as they do enhancing their academic aptitude. This does not mean that members of the University have the right to brand athletes as less intellectually capable than the community as a whole. The argument claiming that intellect depends solely on test scores and book smarts ignores the intellectual capacity needed to participate in the strategy-driven, problem solving playing field of athletics. Not only do athletes have to communicate on various levels, but they must deal with the strain associated with the daily routine of practice on their mental capacities. Many argue that the mission of college education should be to push students to write like Yeats, to analyze like Gordon Wood, to theorize like Keynes, but not to learn to shoot like T-Mac, or to kick like Beckham, or to assist like Jen Adams. I decided to turn to Brown’s mission statement. On Brown’s Web site, I quickly found a declaration stating that Brown strives to “serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.” In volunteering at Fox Point, working to build city playgrounds, organizing a community 5K race in honor of Brown’s late benefactor David Zucconi ’55 and partici-

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Tailback Nick Hartigan ‘06 earned Ivy League Honor Roll honors for his performance against Cornell. His 201 yards puts him third in rushing in Division I-AA with 146.5 ypg.

Brown jumps on the back of Hartigan, defeats Cornell 21-7 BY CHRIS HATFIELD

After losing last week’s homecoming game to Princeton, Brown football (24, 1-2 Ivy League) was more than happy to return the favor at Cornell (1-5, 0-3 Ivy), beating the Big Red 21-7 at Cornell’s homecoming over the weekend. The Bears were able to cut down on the mistakes and turnovers that had plagued them in recent weeks to come out on top, gaining some valuable momentum heading into the last month of the season. “We were going into that game 1-4, and it’s tough to keep morale up when you were having a season like we were having. We just really needed a win,” said Co-Captain Kyle Slager ’04. The Bears were once again led on offense by tailback Nick Hartigan ’06, who gained 201 yards on the ground,

including a 65-yard touchdown run. After his performance on Saturday, Hartigan now ranks third in Division I-AA in rushing with 146.5 yards per game. His success can also be attributed to an improving offensive line and Co-Captain fullback Brent Grinna ’04, who gave up no sacks while paving the way for the ground game. On the other side of the ball, Bruno’s defense held Cornell scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. The D was led by Anjel Gutierrez ’05, who notched 12 tackles, including two for a loss and one of Brown’s five sacks. Gutierrez was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll for the second time, along with Hartigan, who earned the honor for the fifth time. see FOOTBALL, page 5

Equestrian leaps to first place honors at Brown Invitational BY BRETT ZARDA

The Brown equestrian team hosted and won the Brown Invitational held last weekend at the Windswept Farm in Warren. Bruno tied with the University of Connecticut and Connecticut College to earn its second victory in the first three shows of the year. The win for Brown continues what has been an up and down beginning to the season. The year began in recordsetting fashion, as Brown swept every division and earned a perfect 49 points in its first show at Teikyo Post. The performance was the first of its kind for a Brown equestrian team. Brown’s next presentation was not quite as stellar. In inclement weather, Brown struggled and scraped out a disappointing showing at the University of Rhode Island. Last weekend was an important rebound performance. “It definitely boosted our confidence

Tuesday, October 28, 2003  

The October 28, 2003 issue of the Brown Daily Herald

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