T H U R S D A Y NOVEMBER 6, 2003
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BEAN plans campaign against table-slips
UCS passes file-sharing measure BY KRISTA HACHEY
in the rural areas, exacerbating the problems many immigrants face after they are detained, she said. Nancy Prerk — who came to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia — said in her experience, one of the greatest difficulties for immigrants is the language barrier, especially in the health care legal systems. She works at the Cambodian Society in Providence with Kagnaone Som and Sarath Suong, who were also on the panel. Som spoke of her experience growing up in the United States as the child of Cambodian refugees and of her work with the Providence Youth Student Movement. She said her mother was taught to accept minimum wage
The Undergraduate Council of Students passed a resolution on file sharing at its Wednesday night meeting that it plans to present at the Ivy League fall conference in two weeks. The document urges the Recording Industry Association of America and university administrators to seek legal alternatives to illicit file sharing on university campuses. It was drafted by Council members Charley Cummings ’06 and Luke Meier ’04, a Herald sports columnist. “UCS wants to recognize the interests on both sides, but we want to protect individual students from being made examples of and being fined huge sums of money,” Meier said. The RIAA prosecuted four undergraduates at three colleges in April, eventually forcing them to pay fines ranging from $12,000 to $17,000. To steer Brown students away from such consequences, Computing and Information Services is looking into a program that would require students to pay a fee in order to access a file-sharing network with other Rhode Island schools. Kate Wolford, project director in the Office of Campus Life and Student Services, and Phil O’Hara, acting director of the Student Activities Office, attended the UCS meeting to increase visibility of the SAO and the duties it undertakes. “We realize that not everybody is aware of what SAO does,” Wolford said. The office is a hub for financial services and helps student groups plan lectures and parties, save money and connect with each other, she said. “We’re also trying to reduce the amount of red tape students have to go through to get things done,” Wolford said. After constituting six new student groups, Student Activities Chair Rob Montz ’05 presented a list of student groups that no longer receive official
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Students are used to seeing the tables in the Ratty littered with table-slips — but if BEAN gets its way, groups might have to find alternative means of publicizing campus events. The Brown Environmental Action Network is currently laying the groundwork for a proposal aimed at eliminating table-slipping in campus dining halls. Allison Silverman ’05, co-president of BEAN, said the goal is part of the group’s conservation effort. “We’re trying to save paper and tableslips are extremely wasteful,” she said. “You find about 15 table-slips on a table per meal. That’s three meals per day, seven days a week.” Although the organization is still in the planning stage of the campaign to eliminate table-slips, Silverman said the campaign has a lot of potential and has been on the group’s agenda “for some time.” Many student groups and Universityaffiliated services rely on table-slipping to promote and inform students of events happening on campus. Ollie Rasini ’04, a member of the sketch comedy group IMPROVidence, said the group relies “heavily” on tableslipping to promote its weekly shows. The number of students that attend a show on a given night is directly correlated with how many table-slips are churned out to promote the event, she said. “The weeks that we’ve table-slipped less, we seem to have less of a turnout,” she said. Christopher Yee ’04, coordinator of the Asian American Student Organization, said his group table-slips for general body meetings and events the group puts on for the whole campus. Table-slips usually target students who want something to look at or read while they are eating, he said. “It’s just a great way to enjoy eating your lunch or dinner — when you’re eating your food you get to see everything that’s going on, on campus,” he said. He said table-slipping is an “effective” way of publicizing events, particularly for freshmen and sophomore students. Benjamin Schnapp ’07 said he usually reads table-slips at meals. “Sometimes I read them for the entertainment. It’s something to do while eating, but most of the times I read them to find out what’s going on,” he said. But table-slipping is not the only way to “get a group’s message out,” Silverman said. Radio, newspapers and the Daily Jolt are alternate ways to promote and inform students about events. “Paper does not necessarily have to be used,” she said. But Frances Mantak, director of health education, said she disagreed. see BEAN, page 6
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Students filled Lower Salomon for "The War on Immigrants," a panel discussion on immigrant rights in the United States.The event was part of Asian American History Month.
Immigrants faced challenges before Sept. 11, panelists say BY ELISE BARAN
A professor, a refugee, two students and a first-generation American — all had their own stories, but could also speak to the plight of immigrants since Sept. 11, 2001. “The War on Immigrants: A Discussion Panel on Immigrant Rights in the U.S.” was held last night in honor of Asian American History Month. Andrew Leong, a professor at University of Massachusetts-Boston, began the panel. He has a law degree and has been studying and advocating immigration rights throughout his career. The 1996 legislation, named “Contract with America,” hindered immigrants’ access to health care and increased the kinds of situations in which they could be deported. Leong said the Patriot Act, enacted after Sept. 11, 2001 to expand government surveillance powers, is like the JapaneseAmerican internment laws during World War II. “We simply don’t learn from our mistakes,” he said. Sangeeta Tripathi ’04 followed Leong with a different view. She spent the last year in New York City working with immigrants from Pakistan and other countries suspected by the United States to harbor terrorists. She emphasized the new, stronger, postSept. 11 relationship between immigration agencies and the New York Police Department. Tripathi also stressed the recent industry of private prisons, which are not as expensive to run as federal ones and are often in rural areas. It is difficult for detainees to get representation
Yale union workers describe strike BY DANIELLE CERNY
A panel of five representatives involved in the recent Yale University labor strikes spoke to the Brown community last night about the evolution and implications of Yale’s labor movement. The rift between Yale administrators and union workers that culminated in a three-week strike this past September stems from a deep-rooted history of tension, said organizer for Local 34 Adam PaHen. Yale’s first labor union was formed in 1968. The year brought a sudden change in the work force and the job positions being filled that caused many workers to feel their contracts were unfair, PaHen
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said. As a result, strikes broke out that year and again in 1971, 1974 and 1977 — making labor protests at Yale “pretty routine,” he said. Antonio Lopes, autopsy technician in the Department of Pathology at Yale, said the relationship between laborers and the administration in the past 20 years has been “horrific.” “Yale is first in labor discord in the nation,” he said. Lopes holds two jobs: one for Yale and an equivalent part-time job for the state of Connecticut. He said it was the see YALE, page 7
TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T Dems’ bickering may help them see where the party stands, says von Oeyen ’05 column, page 11
Sabermetrics can be applied to football as well as baseball, Perlmutter says sports, page 12
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RISD NEWS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2003 · PAGE 3
Rock guitarist plays 1,000 years of pop BY ALEXIS KUNSAK
Many people think the term “popular music” describes the latest Britney single on the radio. In a lecture and performance titled “1,000 Years of Popular Music,” Richard Thompson, modern music’s best kept secret with an acoustic guitar, delved into the unfamiliar history of past hit songs Friday in the RISD Auditorium. “Everyone defines popular music differently,” Thompson said. “And people don’t have great taste, en masse. You can avoid the nauseating end of the campfire repertoire though.” Thompson — who has released 23 albums since his stint as a guitarist in the rock group Fairport Convention in the 1960s — made Squeeze’s hit song “Tempted” a sing-along, engaging the audience members. The centuries flew by during his performance, which included the oldest known canon “Louder Sing Cuckoo,” written in 1256 by a British monk and Britney Spears’ hit “Oops! … I Did it Again,” written and mixed in Sweden. Thompson — who called attempting orchestral arrangements alone with only an acoustic guitar “a bit pathetic” — seemed as comfortable singing “I am a Pirate King” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” as he was singing “Cry Me a River,” the 1950s hit recently re-popularized by Justin Timberlake. Thompson’s performance included songs from almost every era of musical composition, but he focused on the development of pop music in Britain. “If I had to pick a favorite, desert island sort of see RISD, page 6
An infusion of RISD at Hope High BY MICHAEL RUDERMAN
Students at Providence’s Hope High School are reaping the benefits of being down the road from one of the nation’s premier art colleges. Last week, RISD and Hope High officially announced their collaboration to spread arts education. RISD faculty will help craft curricula for Hope, offer high school students visual arts education at the RISD Museum and provide two Hope students with full scholarships to the school. “We believe art and design are essential to a complete education, and colleges should bring our resources and expertise to bear to improve public schools,” said RISD President Roger Mandle in a press release. “RISD’s innovative partnership with Hope High School will demonstrate the positive impact of these kinds of collaborations on the quality of the education of all students.” The main component of the RISD-Hope collaboration involves curriculum development for Hope’s new Arts Small Learning Community. In its first year, the ASLC is a school within Hope High comprised of 500 students who expressed interest in the visual and performing arts. Paul Sproll, head of RISD’s department of Art and Design Education and director of the Center for the Advancement of Education, worked closely with Hope administrators to create the curriculum for the new school. He proposed the idea of a collaboration to Hope administrators during the summer of 2002. The two schools have spent a year “exploring what each of us could bring to the partnership,” he said. Sproll said both schools worked “to provide a program that is particularly strong in the discipline of the arts but also particularly strong in the integration of arts with other subjects.” Sproll said that it is natural for arts to be integrated in all aspects of the curriculum at the elementary level, but in high schools, it is rare. He said he hopes that the ASLC curriculum achieves enough success to become a national model.
Two RISD graduate students will also teach in the ASLC. RISD has sent graduate students to Hope in the past, and they have had “enormous success,” Sproll said. The collaboration will offer ASLC students programs at RISD throughout the academic year. Once a week in the fall and the spring, ASLC students attend Studio in the Museum, through which they learn about works of art in the RISD Museum and work on their own projects under the supervision of RISD graduate students. In the winter, Hope students can attend an intensive studio session led by a designer, where they can work on a project alongside RISD graduate students. This winter, an industrial designer will lead the studio. Both programs will be offered free of charge. RISD also established two full scholarships for qualified Hope graduates. Sproll said he hopes the scholarships will “challenge the art teachers (at ASLC) to have a rigorous program that provides competitive applicants.” Sproll said that the school is partly working with the ASLC to encourage students to attend RISD. But “our interest is not just in producing students to come to art school or even our art school, but that they have a great education, irrespective of whether they go to art school or not,” Sproll said. The first student to benefit from the scholarship, Jose Castillo RISD ’07, entered this fall with an interest in design apparel. Sproll wants the RISD-Hope High partnership program to expand over time, he said. He recently applied for a federal grant to provide professional development options for Hope teachers. RISD gift officers are also seeking external funding for an after-school program, he said. Both RISD and Hope administrators will monitor the partnership’s success, Sproll said, and in three years, officials from the two schools will formally assess the partnership and its programs. Herald staff writer Michael Ruderman ’07 can be reached at email@example.com.
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WORLD & NATION THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2003 · PAGE 5
Guatemala struggles with adoption GUATEMALA CITY (Newsday) —
Alone and seven months’ pregnant, teenager Carolina Mendoza Velasquez thought she had found guardian angels when a Guatemala City couple hired her as a live-in maid and said she could continue working for them after she gave birth. But the day after Mendoza delivered Luis Enrique in May, she said, the couple locked her inside a Guatemala City clinic, wrenched her newborn son from her arms, and forced her to sign papers giving him up for adoption. “They said my baby would go to a family in the United States and have a better life,” recalled Mendoza, 17. “When I told them I wanted to keep him, they said, ‘If you don’t sign, we’ll kill you.’” Mendoza’s story is common in Guatemala, the No. 1 supplier per capita of foreign children adopted in the United States. Between one-third and one-half of Guatemalan children exported for adoption in recent years have been taken from their biological parents illegally through bribery, coercion or outright theft, prosecutors and international child advocates say. “Guatemala is starting to become a baby factory for rich countries,” said Sandra Zayas, the country’s special prosecutor for crimes against women and children, who is investigating 95 cases of potentially fraudulent adoptions to nations including the United States. Adoption agencies and lawyers here and in the United States adamantly deny widespread problems. Guatemala is the latest of several countries where adoptions have come under international scrutiny. Its practices underscore the difficulties in meeting wealthy nations’ demand for adoptive children
without trampling the rights of families in poorer ones. Canada, Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands have suspended adoptions from Guatemala in recent years. The United States has resisted calls to do the same, although it has suspended adoptions from Cambodia since 2001 and from Vietnam since January because of alleged baby trafficking in those countries. “We are concerned,” Stuart Patt, a State Department spokesman, said of alleged adoption rackets in Guatemala. “When it happens, it’s a disgrace. But we do what we can to prevent it.” The U.S. government has implemented DNA testing and other procedures to ensure that Guatemalan babies bound for the United States have not been stolen, Patt said. Critics say those measures are insufficient. Adoption practices in this desperately poor Central American nation — where most abortions are illegal and contraception is almost nonexistent — made headlines recently when Costa Rican authorities discovered nine Guatemalan babies in the capital of San Jose that they believe were awaiting illegal sale abroad. Guatemalan adoptions began as a humanitarian practice for orphans of this country’s brutal 1960-96 civil war but mushroomed into an estimated $50-million-a-year business after the conflict ended. U.S. parents usually spend about $20,000 to adopt a Guatemalan baby, much of which goes to facilitators and lawyers in Guatemala. Nearly 3,000 Guatemalan children were adopted last year, up from 512 a decade ago, according to government figures.
"The bags are a nice thing, but they came very late," says Heba Talib, 19, right, a senior at Baghdad High School for Girls.The months-long journey of student kits, chalkboards and other education supplies to Iraqi schoolchildren helps explain why the reconstruction is proving more difficult than originally anticipated.
Security holds up school supplies BAGHDAD, Iraq (Washington Post) —
The smiling children swarmed the theater at Al Farouq Secondary School and grabbed at the stacks of navy shoulder bags. A gift from the American government, the bags were stocked with goodies such as notebooks, rulers, geometry sets, and a real treat — premiumquality No. 2 pencils, something that had been hard to come by under the previous regime. It was a small but important victory for the U.S.-led occupation. “We are very happy today. We never used to have bags like these,” said 11th-grader Dhia Aqeel, who like other boys in the schoolyard was proudly wearing his across his chest. Delivery of the student kits is one of the more visible projects in the Bush administration’s grand plan for rebuilding Iraq. Unlike more long-term efforts such as creating democratic councils, training nurses and rebuilding water systems, the bags being handed out to 1.5
million schoolchildren nationwide are a tangible sign of how the new government is making people’s lives better. Delivering these kinds of basic supplies was supposed to be the easy part. But in a place where the airports are closed to commercial traffic, ports are operating at limited capacity, and roadside ambushes, hijackings, kidnappings and bombs are daily hazards, it’s become a logistical nightmare. Route maps and delivery plans must be reworked constantly on the news — or rumor — of the day, a reality that has thrown both timetables and price tags askew. “People think the war is over. That’s not true. We’re still in a transition, and if things go a bit slower and cost a bit more for security, that is how it has to be,” said Robert Gordon, who works for Creative Associates International Inc., the Washington-based company that is overseeing the distribution of school supplies on behalf
of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The months-long journey of the student kits, chalkboards and other education supplies helps explain why the reconstruction is proving more difficult than anticipated. It’s a story that has taken the government through the forests of China, barges on the Persian Gulf, dusty roads in Kuwait, a secret warehouse in south Iraq — and an ambush on the highway to Turkey that left one trucker in the hospital. It’s difficult to estimate how much all this has added to the bottom line for reconstruction. But the bill has more than doubled in more than a few cases, including the delivery of new currency and the importing of cement. That includes the premium paid for imported goods vs. local goods; overtime, hazard pay and insurance for truckers; extra storage for items; and compensation for stolen or damaged goods.
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thing, then the traditional music of the British Isles would always be closest to my heart,” Thompson said. Thompson’s performance moved chronologically through English and Scottish ballads about King Henry V and abusive mothers to medieval Italian dance music, which he introduced as “a song about having a good time from the country that gave us wife-swapping and racy films.” Popular work songs from the industrial revolutions in both England and America were upbeat and filled with unions and train whistles. When it came to famed country singer Hank Williams, though, Thompson said, “I’ll never get the accent right, so I’ll sing it very English.” Thompson said the music industry today threatens to homogenize popular music and silence the diverse influences that have made musical history so rich. “When the fresh ideas come around, the suits sign every one of them just in case,” he said. “The wild (artists) disappear and we are shown the ultra-clean marketable music in a big corporate package.” Thompson spoke about the challenge of covering other artists’ songs, saying he finds the process rewarding but that the product is often shockingly different from the original. “Joni Mitchell always said that songs become your children, and when they are covered it’s like you’ve lent them out. They’ve stayed around with someone else and come back smoking and drinking,” he said. Part performer and part historian, Thompson gave background information on many of the songs he played. He called the advent of rock ’n’ roll a “giant creative crossroads” in musical history. Rock music blended a traditional British sound with new cultural influences, including the blues, Thompson said. “American culture would be pretty damn boring without the African Americans,” he said. “They seemed to be the only ones who knew how to have an absolutely great time in America in the South.” An audience of RISD faculty and staff and some students in Halloween costumes responded enthusiastically to Thompson’s performance, eliciting an encore featuring more recent songs, including one by The Beatles.
Mantak uses table-slips to inform students of topics ranging from dating violence to sexual assault. Because people are unlikely to come to programs on these topics, she said tableslips are “essential.” “We’re targeting an audience that is sitting down and eating,” she said. Unlike members of BEAN, who contend that table-slipping is a waste of campus resources, Mantak said tableslipping is, in fact, relatively resource-efficient. “A lot of people are exposed to one sheet at a time, whereas more paper will be used if we resort to an alternative — mailbox stuffing,” she said. Student group members said although posters, e-mail blitzes and Daily Jolt postings are a few alternatives to table-slipping, no other method is as effective. Rasini said postering is difficult because of the limited space on campus for student groups to “legally” place their posters. “For example,” she said, “We can poster inside the freshmen dorms, but even then it’s only one or two posters maximum.” Silverman said BEAN is working on a list of alternatives that can be used to reach a compromise on the campaign’s goals in case the proposal is rejected. Alternatives such as an electronic board in the Ratty and the V-Dub where students can view the day’s events while waiting in line for their food or double-sided table-slips are viable options “in case tableslipping cannot be abolished,” she said. The next step for BEAN, she said, is getting statistics for the campaign and soliciting support from students and student groups on campus. She said the group plans on forming a list of reasons stipulating why students shouldn’t use table-slips as a means of communication. “Eliminating table-slipping will benefit the student community more than hurt it,” she said. But Mantak said although “it’s great to look at the environmental impact of everything we do,” it is equally important to understand the reality of the situation. “There is a reality that we need to get the information out there,” she said. “Table-slips are an easy way of doing that.” Herald senior staff writer Monique Meneses ’05 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yale continued from page 1 $4.50 an hour discrepancy between his pay checks that caused him to join in the protests. Local 34, a union of 3,000 clerical and technical workers, and Local 35, a union of 1,000 service and maintenance workers, represented Yale laborers who shared Lopes’ anger. These strikes marked the first time Yale used an outside negotiator to deal with the conflict. Yale paid $400,000 to the wellrespected labor negotiator, PaHen said. The negotiator produced a potential contract favored by 2,400 out of 2,800 Local 34 members, he said. Lopes said the university’s original promise of a new relationship between laborers and the administration was just the administrators “blowing a lot of smoke,” because after the negotiator released his final proposal, he was removed from the negotiations and the proposal was abandoned. Arielle Levin Becker, a reporter for the Yale Daily News, said the reasons for the negotiator’s removal were unclear. She said enraged union members claim Yale fired him, but the negotiator says he left because he felt the sides would never agree on a compromise. Next, Yale offered workers a contract that Lopes said was “a mere pittance of what we felt we needed to make gains.” Lopes said the new proposal reinforced his view of the “very elitist attitude on campus. Like we’re just there to do our jobs and don’t really matter.” After the failure of the negotiator’s proposal, the first of the 2003 strikes broke and lasted one week. The strike ended with promises of continued negotiations. When the university refused to alter its original proposal, the laborers planned a second strike for the commencement of the school year. Freshman Helena Herring, a
member of the Undergrad Organizing Committee, said she received a letter from Yale three weeks before the school year started informing her of the escalating union-university conflict. Herring was welcomed to campus on the first day of freshman orientation by picket lines and demonstrations of civil disobedience, she said. The labor unions were joined by the support of Yale students and New Haven residents, said UOC member senior Alek Felstiner. As protests escalated, Felstiner said involved students felt increasingly isolated from their peers. Yale sent the message that “this is not something you should care about. This is between us and the staff we employ,” he said. Many Yale professors were forced to move their classes off campus to avoid picketers. Herring’s English class was held on the top floor of a local bar for three weeks of the strike. Yale administrators tried to play the “waiting game,” PaHen said, extending the conflict over 20 months and 120 negotiating sessions without making significant changes to its offer. After the three weeks of striking, Yale sent President Richard Levin to talk with union leaders for the first time in a year and a half. Negotiators also broke down into smaller groups and progress was finally made, Lopes said. The strike broke with the emergence of an acceptable contract. Lopes said it was the best contract Yale laborers have ever had. Lopes said the strike “was the best spent three weeks of my life,” despite the financial loss he suffered. The panel was organized by Brown’s Student Labor Alliance. Yale administrators did not respond to the Alliance’s invitation to appear on the panel. Herald senior staff writer Danielle Cerny ’06 can be reached at email@example.com.
UCS continued from page 1 UCS backing and benefits because they failed to sign into the SAO. “If they don’t respond, then they get deconstituted,” he said. The Break Dancing Club was included on the list, which some Council members debated because the group is still active. Within moments, a representative from the group arrived from the club’s meeting in a nearby room in Faunce to vouch for the group’s current active state. The student said the club had just filed its forms that day. Student Life Chair Ari Savitzky ’06 gave a follow-up on the UCS-led tour of the campus that aimed to acquaint architects from the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates with campus spaces and needs. He said the tour sparked an important dialogue that he hoped to see continue between UCS and the architects. Savitzky also said shortterm efforts to create two satellite athletic facilities are gaining momentum. “I was in the V-Dub recently and I saw an associate director of ath-
letic facilities walking around with a tape measure, so things are beginning to happen,” he said. Several Council members reported progress regarding their personal “pet projects.” Representative Schuyler von Oeyen ’05 worked successfully with Assistant Provost Brian Casey to drop the $25 charge to non-musicians using Steinert practice rooms. Administrators had hoped to use the fee to purchase musical instruments, but they now know that students need access to the building, Communication Chair Tim Bentley ’04 said. Admissions and Student Services Chair Sonia Gupta ’06 announced that the Bear’s Lair will now be open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. UCS took a few moments to award certificates to Class of ’06 Representative Melba Hannah Melton and UCS’ first-year representatives for coordinating Halloween events. The meeting’s agenda included time for community members to take the floor, but none did. Herald staff writer Krista Hachey ’07 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org om.
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28-30 and 26-30 before rallying to win the third 30-26. They dropped the last game of the match 20-30. Highlund led the team with 37 digs setting a school record for digs in a match, while Kasten also pitched in 26 digs. The Bears’ offense was led by Gibbs, who posted 16 kills. Kung notched nine kills and 21 digs playing out of position in the front court. One of the problems the Bears faced over the weekend was that Karalyn Kuchenbecker ’06, a consistent offensive leader, was out with a back injury. “It was definitely a change for the reserve being out there and playing all the way around. We had Elvina (Kung) hitting front court, so that definitely caused conflict and confusion between people because we are so used to our routine,” Martin said. “It’s hard to tap a new player and (have her adjust to) all of the sudden hitting which hasn’t been there for a while. I think we did a pretty good job pulling it together.” As the season winds down the Bears are faced with a losing record, and only a few matches left. “As a team we’ve come together these last couple games. We have a really young team as everybody keeps saying; it’s hard for everybody to just mesh really quickly and start winning,” Martin said. “There’s not much time left, so we can’t bring back all those losses and the teams that we have beaten have been really good teams.
when she was in the refugee camps. “It’s not right,” Som said, choking up. She also said that when she approached her mother about her situation, her mother responded that there was nothing she could do, but that she “hopes that her children can be her voice against injustice.” “We thought it was a refuge, but it really isn’t,” Som said. Suong enrolled at Brown in 1998, but is taking some time off to work at the Cambodian Society and PrYSM, a lobbying group against the deportation of Cambodians and other Southeast Asians to their native countries. Suon focused on how when immigrants are deported, they go back to a “home” country they may not have visited in years and cannot relate to. Tripathi also said many Pakistani immigrants who are deported end up in jail in Pakistan. In response to a question about citizenship, Prerk said filing children as citizens can be challenging. Many immigrants do not understand that once they become citizens their children are eligible for citizenship, but it is not automatically granted. If one of their children commits a crime, then their lack of citizenship becomes a real problem. The final comment came from an audience member, who said the forum’s topic was connected to a larger “war on dissent,” comprised of issues like abortion, anti-immigrant
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In response to a question about citizenship, Prerk said filing children as citizens can be challenging. Many immigrants do not understand that once they become citizens their children are eligible for citizenship, but it is not automatically granted. If one of their children commits a crime, then their lack of citizenship becomes a real problem. legislation and the Patriot Act. The United States was using these measures to “reshape the world,” he said. Harold Lee ’06, who helped organize the panel, said he hoped it would raise awareness about the struggle of AsianAmerican immigrants. Herald staff writer Elise Baran ’07 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Perlmutter continued from page 12 of all, I’m only working with nine weeks worth of stats, which is a small sample. These numbers could very well tell us nothing. Secondly, there is a crucial distinction between football and baseball that prevents “points scored” from being an accurate measure of success: In football, running the ball eats the clock. It
Song continued from page 12 West will surely give the Kings some trouble, unlike in the past. Last but certainly not least is Sacramento’s nemesis, the L.A. Lakers, who are now essentially an all-star team with Gary Payton and Karl Malone coming into the organization after taking bigtime paycuts. Though the numbers they will put up for the Lakers are important, the significance of their presence is qualified by experience, maturity and leadership. They’ll be able to put out the fires between Kobe and Shaq and will be able to keep the Lakers’ heads in the game. The
M. hockey continued from page 12 Harvard taking five penalties, two of which lead to a five-on-three advantage for Brown. After failing to score on their first two-man advantage, the Bears opened the scoring halfway through the period. Michael Meech ’05 intercepted a Harvard pass and set up Chris Swon ’05, who found an opening in the Harvard defense and then roofed the puck over goalie Dov Grumet-Morris’s shoulder. Brown continued to mount pressure, and minutes later, after Harvard received a penalty for having too many men on the ice, Noah Welch went to the penalty box on a cross check and put his team two men down. The Brown power play set up shop in the Harvard zone and put GrumetMorris to work, forcing him to make several saves. With only 10 seconds remaining in the first penalty, Cory Caouette ’06 buried a rebound off of a Ford shot from the point to bring the score to 20. By the end of the second period, Brown led 19-11 in shots. “I thought we had better scoring chances throughout the night,” said Head Coach Roger Grillo. “We did an especially good job with the puck — we have good balance this year with players that can do exciting things offensively.” “All four lines were going,” Caouette said. “Our special teams were working and everyone was contributing.” The Bears went 1-6 on the power play and killed all four Harvard power plays. “Last year our power play was big for us, we scored a lot of goals and many times it was the difference,” Ford said. “Anytime you get a goal (on the power play) and anytime you can keep them off
lets your defense rest, and gives the opposing team less time to have a chance to score. In baseball, on the other hand, each team gets the same number of outs by rule, and thus an equal amount of time to score runs. So perhaps instead of using “points scored” as a criterion, we should be using point differential, or something more sensitive to the time factor. As it turns out, passing still yields better returns than rushing, relative to point differential instead of points
scored. So we have at least a little bit of reason to doubt that hard-nosed football is back in style as a winning formula. I don’t claim to be mathematically rigorous here – there are probably statistics students slamming me like Pedro did Zimmer. All I’m showing is that it’s neat to think about football in a new light. Eric Perlmutter ’06 hails from Chappaqua, N.Y. He thinks it’s really neat to play with numbers.
Glove and the Mailman are in L.A. for one reason and that is to win a championship - not to show off to the media, not to start fights in practice, and certainly not to prove themselves on the court as the best player on the team. It seems that all the teams in the Western Conference have improved, some more drastically than others. However, while the other GMs were putting together the pieces of championship-caliber teams, the Kings were scrambling to conserve what they had: a team that was second best. If they were sucessful in maintaing the status quo, they should consider themselves lucky. But with star-studded lineups in LA,
Dallas and Minnesota, as well as more experienced teams under better coaching in Houston and L.A. (Clippers), the Kings will find it difficult to remain number two. Granted, they still have Bibby, Webber, Peja and Christie, but with a terrible performance in the preseason and Webber on the bench until December with a knee injury and a pending suspension by the NBA, Sacramento’s season does not look too bright. It seems their opportunity to be Kings of the West is now out the window.
the board (while shorthanded) it’s a bonus.” A desperate Crimson turned it up in the third, but to no avail, as they were met by a strong defensive effort. Most of the nine shots registered by Harvard in the third period came from the outside and led to very few second chances. The Bears were able to maintain their physical intensity in the third period, frustrating the talented Harvard squad. “The thing that impressed me the most and shocked Harvard was how hard and tough we played along the boards, or the dirty work, so to speak,” Grillo said. Everyone on the Brown side was more than satisfied with the outcome and the effort. “We were faster and quicker,” said Brent Robinson ’04, last year’s leading scorer. “We got to lose pucks first and hemmed them in their zone. Our shots (went) through, and the defense played well back at the point.” And of course, there was goalie Yann Danis ’04. In the 139 meetings between these two teams over 105 years, Brown has only shut out Harvard three times, and Danis owns two of those shutouts. Danis made 20 saves on Saturday night, 13 fewer than he made on average in games last year, and for his performance earned ECAC goalie of the week honors, the eighth of his career.
“Yann is definitely the key,” Ford said. “We emphasize our end first, and we work from our goaltender out. It helps having a guy like Yann back there. He’s the backbone of the team. Having him back there puts a lot of confidence in us and lets us open it up.” The game was the only ECAC action of the weekend, with all other teams playing non-league games. Brown will travel up north this weekend to face Dartmouth and Vermont. Though Grillo was pleased with the performance, he noted it was only one game. “The guys understand that in order to be consistently successful at this level, the highest level of college hockey, that foundation of hard work and effort has to be there every night. If not, you can end up on the back end of a loss.” With a full week of practice, the Bears will have plenty of time to prepare for the preseason ECAC No. 3 Dartmouth. “We’ll be doing a lot of special teams work this week, that really helped us out a lot against Harvard,” Robinson said. “We haven’t beat Dartmouth at Dartmouth for a while now, so that’s what we’re shooting for this Friday.”
Chris Song ’04 hails from Albany, N.Y., and is happy that the Kings are at least better than the Golden State Warriors.
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Table slip-up Old growth forests, Bhopal, global warming and now … table-slips. Perhaps BEAN’s success in convincing the University to not accept a new paper contract with Boise Cascade unless the company changed its logging policies has gone to the collective heads of Brown’s environmentalists. Because only that could explain how a student group, coming off one popular and practical success, could throw away its credibility by attempting to do away with the only means most student (not to mention administrative) groups have of successfully publicizing events — or causes — of their own. True, there are serious downsides to table-slips — they use precious paper and cause extra labor for beleaguered BUDS workers. But although the death of table-slipping would be an impressive victory for BEAN and the trees, it would be a disaster for everyone else. Should BEAN succeed, not only will IMPROVidence have poorly attended shows, but dozens of student groups working to improve the lives of others or raise awareness of important issues at Brown and beyond, will be left with a much softer voice.
Smooth recovery Although this year’s Council got off to a shaky start with last month’s Listserv debacle, UCS has made a quick recovery and is back on track. True to their promises, members have found ways to address small issues that matter to students and can improve the quality of life on campus. Proving to students that UCS can do more than send e-mails, the wellorganized “Annual Program,” distributed in mailboxes this week, details specific plans for the Council’s future. These included both important long-term issues and the smaller things that will help improve student life on a day-to-day basis. And as the Council showed in this week’s meeting, the wheels are already in motion to make things happen. Representative and Herald staffer Schuyler von Oeyen ’05 recently spearheaded an initiative to remove a $25 fee from Steinert practice rooms, enabling poor musicians to practice their piano, voice and other instrumental skills, Thanks to UCS efforts, the Bear’s Lair will now be open until 9 p.m on weekends, making Brown’s less-than-ideal exercise situation a little bit better. It’s good to see UCS members tackling areas where they can actually make an impact. Keep up the good work.
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LETTERS Column on equestrians misinformed, sexist
Brown student’s appearance on CNN debate is good, but her question is dumb
To the Editor: To the Editor: Re:“Women in Tight Pants (and horses),” Nov. 5. As much as the author has tried to convince readers that his sexism and ignorance were a means to attract reader attention (as he wrote in comments posted on The Herald Web site), I don’t see how it is at all appropriate for you to mock and belittle a varsity sport (that has ranked third in the nation in recent years) in the sports section. Saying “in equestrianism, looking bad and winning are mutually exclusive, which might explain the women in tight pants. Did I mention they ride horses?” You tell us, “I don’t know much about equestrianism.” Well, if you don’t know the details and rules of a sport, be a reporter, get out your notebook and actually interview a handful of girls on the team. Interview the coach. Why were there no attributed quotations from team members in his column? Probably because no real athlete would say something sensationalist enough for his column on “equestrianism” (this repeated misuse of the term further exemplifies his lack of knowledge about the sport). While he may have gotten the attention of his readers who would ordinarily be “bored” by a column about equestrians, he alienated sports readers, women and athletes with his unresearched column. It’s not effective journalism to revert to sexism and then simply defend it as humor.
I think it’s a great thing that some Brown students took time out of their crazy exam schedules to appear at CNN’s “America Rocks the Vote” (“Pot and PCs: Presidential candidates debate,” Nov. 5). As a large population of potential voters, we should have our voices heard, but when our voices (namely the voice of a self-identified Brown firstyear) ask the leading Democratic candidates for Presidential election, on live television, “PC or Macs?” we are reminded that not all of us take real debate seriously. Please, exercise not only your freedom of speech, but also your freedom of thought. Ling Wong ‘06 Nov. 4
Chloe Thompson ‘04 Julia Devanthery ‘04 Amanda Burden ‘04 Kate Cushing ‘04 Nov. 5
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Debate over diversity of thought needs to continue Students should graduate knowing about more than one way to think about important societal questions A STUDENT’S OP-ED PIECE, PUBLISHED does seem to be is an academic ideology — in The Herald the day after David Horowitz’s that is, one of many potentially clarifying, but appearance at Brown, brought home to me also debatable, frameworks in which scholhow little I know about much of the Brown ars can define and analyze what has hapcurriculum. For several weeks, now, I have pened in the past, or is happening now, in humanly constructed worlds. been brooding over one stateOthers have characterized ment in particular: “Horowitz post-colonial theory more seemed to be unaware of a ROSE ROSENGARD harshly. One example is the whole body of knowledge and SUBOTNIK GUEST COLUMNIST hearing held last June by the literature concerning postSubcommittee on Select colonial studies — a body of litEducation, a subcommittee of erature on which many if not all the U.S. House Committee on of my classes in a wide variety of disciplines here at Brown have been Education and the Workforce. Entitled based.” The information this statement “International Programs in Higher Education conveyed about the Brown curriculum star- and Questions about Bias,” this hearing contled me. What is a musicologist, or any sidered whether to withhold federal funds scholar with little or no connection to post- from university area studies centers that might be biased by post-colonial theory. colonial studies, to make of it? As I understand it, post-colonial studies is Among the witnesses who testified was based on a theory (or a group of related the- Stanley Kurtz, a research fellow at the Hoover ories) — post-colonialism — about how cul- Institution and contributing editor to the tural, economic, political and social relations National Review Online, who earned his dochave developed and operate around the torate at Harvard and did post-doctoral work globe. It is a theory that shapes the manner in at the University of Chicago. Speaking for which scholars select, contextualize and himself, rather than for any institution, Kurtz interpret certain objects of study. The case for characterized academic area studies based treating the studies this theory generates as on post-colonial theory as “politically oneeither hard knowledge or a canonic literature sided programs” that “tend to purvey is not self-evident: Post-colonialism is nei- extreme and one-sided criticisms of ther a scientifically provable hypothesis nor a American foreign policy.” Kurtz argued that guarantor of quality. What post-colonialism an increase in funds for the kinds of areastudy programs currently supported under Title VI of the Higher Education Act would “only stifle free debate”; and he called for the Rose Rosengard Subotnik is a professor creation of a supervisory board to oversee the of music at Brown.
use of Title VI funds. Such a board might consist of the “Secretary of Education (Chair exofficio); National Security Advisor (Vicechair ex-officio); Secretary of State; Secretary of Commerce; Director, National Endowment for the Humanities; Commander, National Defense University; and four additional presidential appointees,” or the designees of all such members. Kurtz noted that supervisory boards exist for many comparable federal programs. I don’t have the requisite knowledge to evaluate Kurtz’s remarks. Furthermore, I can see a danger as well as a benefit in congressional hearings such as these. The danger, a serious one, is that subjecting any sort of university program to government regulation can be a first step in the dismantling of academic freedom. Yet such hearings also offer an arena in which to draw public attention to issues that might otherwise remain unexamined outside of university walls. On Oct. 29, for instance, as reported the next day in The Boston Globe, a panel of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee convened a hearing on “the lack of intellectual diversity in America’s colleges and universities.” (Interestingly, the Senators at this hearing were all Republicans; the witnesses, Democrats). According to the Committee chair, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., the goal of this hearing was not to propose legislation but simply to increase awareness of a possible problem. Likewise, my purpose here in citing Stanley Kurtz’s testimony is simply to rein-
force awareness that more than one view exists, among educated people, about postcolonial studies. Some at Brown may be inclined to dismiss Kurtz’s views as too far to the right to be worthy of their attention. Before yielding to that temptation, however, we might do well to reflect that some people do take Kurtz’s views seriously. The U.S. House of Representatives, for example, whose constituencies are mostly non-academic, is now considering legislation to implement his proposal. My own concern, however, is local rather than national: what role do post-colonial studies play in the curriculum here at Brown? Whether one approves or disapproves of the theory in such courses is beside the point. If post-colonial studies are indeed based on a set of like-minded ideologies, then I am troubled by the information that “many if not all of the ... classes (taken by a last-semester senior) in a wide variety of disciplines here at Brown have been based (on the literature of post-colonial studies).” Doesn’t this information support the charge, by figures such as Horowitz, of an ideological imbalance in our curriculum? I, for one, would welcome a discussion of this question.
* Texts of all the witnesses’ testimony can be found at http://edworkforce.house.gov/ hearings/108th/sed/titlevi61903/wl61903. htm; Kurtz’s testimony can be found at http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings/108th/sed/titlevi61903/kurtz.htm.
A party divided? Although attacks abound at recent Democratic forums, candidates could benefit from substantive debate on policy issues AS OF LAST WEEK THE COUNTDOWN Kerry, D-Mass., only polled 6 percent and 5 night because the Confederate flag comtimer to presidential Election Day 2004 is percent respectively within this demo- ment only heightened suspicions that he is now under one year, or 366 days, according graphic. Gephardt could have clearly bene- arrogant and unwilling to admit he was to House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt’s fited had he shown up to the event, but on wrong on certain issues. Dean already official campaign Web site. But the impor- the other hand he didn’t have a lot to lose reversed his stance on the Cuba embargo, tant number for the Gephardt campaign is because he polls at 14 percent among vot- now favoring to keep the status quo rather 74, which is the number of days from today ers 30 and older, just 1 percent behind than lift the embargo as others such as until the Iowa Caucus. The press has hyped Clark and 2 percent behind Dean in that Clark have proposed. Dean continues to enjoy his front-runner status, and there is the Iowa Caucus into the do-or-die day for demographic. However, as I said before, although Rock no doubt his novel approach not only has Gephardt, who understandably skipped Tuesday night’s “Rock the Vote” presiden- the Vote was geared toward young voters, it led to the largest campaign war chest of tial forum to campaign there, where polls was viewed widely around the country. As any Democrat, but that he is in effect say he is in a statistical dead heat with for- such, some of the observations made at inducing a continuing dialogue over what mer Gov. Howard Dean. As such, it was the this event can be applied more generally. direction the Democratic Party should go: other eight Democratic candidates who Although some of the questions were more Are they exclusively concerned with disenstepped into the national spotlight on trivial, most inquires were relevant to cur- franchised racial minorities, or do they Tuesday to try to gain the appeal of other rent affairs and the campaigns. Dean want to appeal to poor southern whites found himself mired in a debacle over his even if it risks alienating minorities? Do college-aged students like you. The candidates were in a sense trying to recent comment that he wanted to be the they want to embrace an economically libappeal to a younger demographic, candidate “for guys who fly Confederate eral platform epitomized by Dean, although the CNN broadcast made it obvi- flags on their pick up trucks,” drawing fire Gephardt and others that breaks with the from Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) himself a moderate approaches of Lieberman, Clark ously viewable to the whole country. Southerner, and Sharpton. Dean’s cur- and former President Bill Clinton? Are the Still, it is important to recognize that rent position is very precarious Democrats in favor of rights for homosexumany of the candidates are espebecause he is being attacked from the als, and how far do those rights extend? cially reliant on younger voters and Questions about these issues were asked left by Sharpton and Edwards and therefore may have altered their then from the right by a conserva- at Tuesday’s night’s debate, and even when strategies somewhat. A Gallup tive Democrat, Sen. Zell Miller, they weren’t directly addressed, these bigpoll released yesterday sug(D-Ga.) who is backing ger themes percolated in the background. gests retired Gen. Wesley K. President George W. Bush The Confederate flag debate represented Clark has the best relabecause he believes Dean is the first question in full light. When the tionship with younger saying this only to appeal to issue of gay rights arose, Clark gave an voters aged 18-29, polling schuyler the South when he in fact he especially memorable reaction when he at 17 percent, followed von oeyen is an out-of-touch elitist gave an anecdote about a friend of his that by Dean with 14 percent, Northerner who can’t under- was against homosexual rights until Clark Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the sky’s asked him if he would still love his son if he stand Southern values. D-Conn. with 13 perthe limit Dean may have lost some were gay, and if he would want that son to cent; and Rev. Al political points on Tuesday have the same basic opportunities in life as Sharpton with 12 percent. Two candidates polling very highly nationalSchuyler von Oeyen ’05 thinks more young people need to get politically ly, Gephardt and Sen. John involved, because the decisions made by our leaders will affect them the most.
everyone else. At Rock the Vote and other recent debates, the Democrats at times showed some signs of unity and respect for one another and at other times showed division. Responding to a question, Sharpton received thanks from his fellow candidates when he said “Any Democrat on this stage would do a better job than George Bush.” But some of the candidates’ attacks against one another have led many observers, including one of my friends, to conclude that “the Democrats are killing themselves with all of these divisive attacks, and they will never be able to pick up the pieces and put up an effective campaign against George Bush and GOP mastermind Karl Rove.” Intra-party divisions are inevitable whenever there is contested nomination fight. The Democratic Party is more a coalition than a political party in some respects right now, and the Republicans are generally more united around a central message. It is for this reason that I think what Dean has done to the party may be constructive in the long run. Divisive moments over policy issues may help the Democrats wake up and fully explore their party’s policy options and rediscover their ideological core, especially considering that just 365 days ago the GOP whipped the Democrats in the 2002 midterm elections because the Democrats came off as “Bush-lite” on foreign policy and other issues. Considering much public foreboding about an uncertain economic and foreign policy future in 2004 and beyond, the Democrats may just benefit by exploring all of their options in these debates so that they are better prepared for whatever climate the future election season brings them.
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Sabermetrics and the NFL
West catching up with Kings
I’M GOING TO START THIS COLUMN with a simple question: What would happen if we tried to apply sabermetrics to football? Maybe it’s obvious that I’m still trying to hold onto the baseball season, but that aside, I have always wondered when and how the statistical approach to baseball would find its way to the other major sports. It seems like a cool idea, an untapped field of study. There are some big limitations on the effecERIC PERLMUTTER tiveness of “football PERL MUTTERS sabermetrics” and what it can tell us, but it deserves exploration nonetheless. So, in the oft-spoken words of Tara Reid, “Let’s get it on!” First, we need to establish the basics, and rebuild this from the ground up. In the “real” baseball sabermetrics, practically all analysis is focused on the creation of runs. For those of you unfamiliar with baseball, runs win games. If your team scores more runs in a given game, you win (I don’t have space for a mathematical proof here – just trust me). So it follows that when evaluating stats, there should be a focus on the number of runs a given action creates. Lots of crazy stuff can happen in a game, but in the long haul, if a team scores more runs than its opponents, it will win games. Everything comes down to runs; they are the currency of victory. So in football, the equivalent of runs created would be points scored. Never in NFL history has there been a game won by the team with fewer points — this explains the reputation of the Cincinnati Bengals. It is important to point out, though, that the usefulness of sabermetrics in football is inherently limited by the fact that a team plays only 16 games a season. This is a statistical limitation — unlike in baseball, everything doesn’t “even out” over the course of a football season. Last year’s Miami Dolphins were fifth in the league in point differential, yet missed the playoffs. But let’s keep going anyway. Let’s try to answer this question: So far this year, is running the ball actually more effective than passing? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been standing in line at the Ratty only to hear someone say to his friend, “Hey dude, you know the NFL? The running game is back!” Everyone from John Clayton to Jose the Card Swiper will tell you about how an effective running game has been crucial, how teams are running the ball more and better and that old school, defensive football is back after a year on sabbatical. Personally, I’m not so sure. I think that people have “Jamal Lewis/Stephen Davis Fever” and are over-generalizing. Four quarterbacks are on pace to break 4000 yards, just as four quarterbacks did last year. If the playoffs started today, four of the top six quarterbacks would be in (as judged by QB rating), compared to only two of the top six rushing leaders. Let’s see what the numbers say. Using numbers through week nine and some statistical mumbo-jumbo you don’t need to worry about, I found there is actually a substantially higher correlation between team passing yardage and points scored than rushing yardage and points scored. Translation: Running the ball doesn’t mean more scoring, and consequently, it doesn’t mean more winning. Now, there are a few catches here. First
Brown held its own for most of the contest until Penn was able to take the lead following some mistakes by the Bears. Lauren Gibbs ’06 notched 21 kills and four digs. Also with 11 kills, Victoria Kasten ’07 recorded the first doubledouble of her career with 20 digs. Offensively, Martin was key with 56 assists. Defensively, the Bears were led as usual by Kim Highlund ’04 who had an astonishing 35 digs, while Elvina Kung ’05 was also essential with 25 digs. The team fared similarly the next day against Princeton falling again in four matches. However the play was not as good. “We went into the game really wanting to win, but we just let them get a few points on us and then we just lost it from there,” Martin said. “It’s very mental with us — they get a couple of points on us and … we just don’t have the momentum to get it back. When we’re under pressure, we just have trouble fighting back.” Bruno dropped the first two games
The Sacramento Kings were always second best to the Lakers during their championship run from 2000 to 2002. The rivalry is considered one of the best in NBA history, with a Western Conference series that went to seven games in 2002 and a bit of name-callCHRIS SONG ing between the SPORTS COLUMNIST players as well, such as Shaq calling his opponents the “Queens.” However, after a relatively unsuccessful off-season, the Kings now find themselves even farther from the top. Because of their depth, Sacramento has always fared well against all teams, especially the Lakers. With Mike Bibby running the offense, the Kings go to Chris Webber for the inside game and Peja Stojakovic for some outside shooting. In addition, the bench consists of solid players such as Keon Clark and Hedo Turkoglu. On the other hand, since the Lakers only had Shaq and Kobe, Sacramento found themselves beating the Lakers when the two stars were having a bad day for one reason or another (Shaq’s big toe hurting due to his weight, Kobe and Shaq pointing fingers at each other, etc.). The depth of the Kings made them a superior to teams like Minnesota, who only had Kevin Garnett, and Denver, who had, well, nobody. Gone are Turkoglu, Pollard and Keon Clark, and with them the deep bench that the Kings have relied upon so heavily. Rather, they acquired Brad Miller and Anthony Peeler, two decent players who will be expected to fill their shoes. Compared to what the other teams in the West have done to improve their teams, the Kings have now become a team full of mediocre players. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have transformed from an average team in the Western conference to a serious competitor to win it all. With a series of seemingly brilliant moves by GM Kevin McHale, superstar Kevin Garnett now has the supporting cast he lacked in years past. The T-Wolves acquired Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell and Michael Olowakandi during the off-season, and in doing so, they’ve gained the firepower needed to top the Kings. If the three newcomers get along with KG and Wally, and adapt well to Coach Flip Saunders’ system, Minnesota will be in the top four in its conference come next spring. Members of the Dallas Mavericks, a team that is very similar to Sacramento, with a talented starting cast and a deep bench, have created some breathing room between themselves and the Kings by trading for Antawn Jamison and Antoine Walker. Add these two stars to a lineup that already included Michael Finely, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitski, and there are no holes to be found in this Dallas team, which can now get scoring and defense from anyone on the court. Like the Lakers, the Mavs will have to find a way to make all these stars happy. If they can, the trades will have solidified the Mavs status even more as one of the best in the West. Younger teams are becoming more experienced while the Kings are aging. In Houston, Jeff Van Gundy takes over a young talented squad with Steve Francis, Yao Ming and Cuttino Mobley. Mike Dunleavy enters a similar situation in LA, taking over a talented, but misguided, Clippers squad. Denver drafted rookie phenom Carmelo Anthony and traded for the underrated point guard Andre Miller. These three below-average teams in the
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Goalie Yann Danis ’04 recorded 27 saves in the victory over Harvard. His performance earned him ECAC Goalie of the Week honors for the eighth time in his career.
M. icers kick off season in style with victory over no. 9 Harvard BY IAN CROPP
The men’s hockey team (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC) completed a hat trick of sorts last Saturday. For the third consecutive year, Brown opened its season by beating No. 9 Harvard (0-1-0, 0-1-0), this year by a score of 2-0. Last year, the Bears pulled off what many considered an upset by blanking the then-nationally ranked Harvard team 4-0 at Meehan Auditorium. After finishing last season fourth in the ECAC and being picked No. 4 in the preseason ECAC coaches’ poll and the Media Poll, Brown was no longer an underdog, but a contender. And the Bears did more than contend — they dominated the preseason ECAC as No.1 in Cambridge.
“I don’t think we tried to change anything from last year,” said Captain Scott Ford ’04. “We just came in wanting to work hard and play hard on the road.” Although the Bears have only practiced for a few weeks this year, they came out sharp and focused. “From the drop of the puck through 60 minutes, we played hard,” Ford said. “We beat them to loose pucks, played physical and out shot (Harvard) for the first time in as long as I can remember.” In a scoreless first period, Brown held the advantage in shots, 9-8, as well as scoring opportunities. The second period featured much more open play, with see M. HOCKEY, page 9
Strong individual efforts not enough, as volleyball drops two BY KATHY BABCOCK
Brown volleyball (3-14, 2-7) dropped two this weekend to Ivy rivals UPenn (16-4, 9-0) and Princeton (13-5, 6-2), losing both games 3-1. The Bears played a strong match against Penn, but were unable to pull out a win against the Ivy leader. After staying with the Quakers for much of the first game, Bruno faltered at the end. The second game witnessed a strong effort by the Bears, an effort they were able to sustain throughout as strong defense propelled Brown to a 3028 win. “We had an amazing defensive game against Penn. Everybody was doing everything we were supposed to do,” said Leigh Martin ’06. “Our coach was really happy with how we played defensively, but we just couldn’t put our hits away, which is a huge part of the game. Penn just doesn’t make mistakes, ever. … That is where we lost it — we made more mistakes than they did.” Penn went on to win the next two games 26-30 and 22-30. Both games were closer than the score indicated.