T U E S D A Y NOVEMBER 18, 2003
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Panel explores religion and sexuality
BY ZACH BARTER BY ALEXANDRA BARSK
Religious traditions may pervade people’s views on sexuality, but the morals they impart are by no means uniform, said Professor of Religious Studies Ross Kraemer in the Monday night discussion “A Conversation about Religion and Sexuality.” Kraemer and Associate Chaplain Jennifer Rankin led the event, sponsored by the Interfaith House. Event coordinator Priya Cariappa ’05 asked panelists to explain how they believe religion influences people’s choices in determining their sexual practices. “All religious traditions have ideas about people’s sexual practices and these become part of the way in which people raised in these traditions are brought up,” Kraemer said, but religions “don’t have a singular thing to say on these issues.” She added that religious traditions draw on different authorities to determine their views on sexuality. Even within Christianity, she said, sex can range from being viewed as a necessary evil to being perceived as a good and healthy act when within a proper marriage. A student asked if the group felt that engaging in sexual activities outside of marriage inhibits or promotes spiritual enlightenment. Michaella Matt ’06 responded that many religions teach, “If God is in everything and if everything has a spark of the divine in it, then sex too has a spark of the divine in it.” But “that doesn’t mean that every time you have a sexual impulse you should follow it,” she said. Rather, “you should refine that sexual impulse and find out what is divine in it and with the right intention you can make it holy.” Other issues addressed by the group included traditional views of sexuality as they relate to those in religious service, the obstacles religion poses to homosex-
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Kim Hopper, former president of the National Coalition for the Homeless, said he wishes advocates for the homeless had placed more of an emphasis on affordable housing.“It was not wise to make homelessness an emergency social work issue instead of a housing issue,” he said.
Homeless advocate criticizes “industry of homelessness” BY MARSHALL AGNEW
The way to combat homelessness is to stop researching and start taking more action, said Kim Hopper, former president of the National Coalition for the Homeless at a Monday night lecture in Lower Salomon. Hopper, who has spent the last two decades studying homelessness, said he believes too much emphasis is placed on research and ethnography and not enough on advances in affordable housing and work-based programs. “If there’s one thing I would have done differently, I would rather have technical skills in housing develop-
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Prof., activist dissects Foucault’s prison BY SARAH LABRIE
Author and professor Vijay Prashad, like many other civic scholars, was originally inspired in his search for penal justice by the French philosopher Foucault. Unlike other academicians, however, it was indignance at some aspects of Foucault’s doctrine — especially his lack of concern for individual humanity — that inspired Prashad’s future career as a prison rights activist. At a lecture Monday night for the Wayland Faculty Seminar and South Asian Identity Week in SmithBuonanno, Prashad recalled asking himself, “Where are the people? Do people matter to him? These are just structures” after reading Foucault’s famous study of the justice system,
“Discipline and Punish.” Prashad, a professor at Trinity College in Hartford and author of several books, including “Keeping up with the Dow Joneses,” a critique of the American economy published in 2003, spoke about the relationship between an economic underclass and the nation’s prison system. “Prisons are the people that build them, the people that live there,” Prashad said. “The people make the prison come to life. The prison itself doesn’t live.” Prashad centered his lecture on the complex social patterns that have led to an increase in prison populations rather than the prisons themselves. He see PRASHAD, page 4
ment,” said Hopper, who said he now regrets many of the approaches to homelessness he advocated in the past. Hopper said he primarily regrets the creation of an “industry of homelessness.” By raising awareness of the problem and advocating programs to assist the homeless, Hopper said he thinks he may have helped create a self-sustaining industry that has yet to make headway. He also said he wishes advocates for the homeless had placed more of an emphasis on affordable housing. “It was not wise to make homelessness an emergency social work issue instead of a housing issue,” he said. Another “fight we lost was to try and convince people that poverty had as much to do with why people were on the streets as disabilities,” Hopper said. People often associate homeleness with disability, but poverty is the more pressing issue, he said. As a result, Hopper said he wishes he’d advocated for a work-based program early on instead of an emergency relief-based program. In the future, he would like to see social workers and politicians engage in open discourse about innovative work-based programs. “Most positions in government are held by politicians, not by people who know what they’re doing,” Hopper said, urging students to learn technical skills rather than political skills. “We know more than we ever needed to about how these people survive,” Hopper said. The next step is to find ways to make their lives better, he said.
I N S I D E T U E S D AY, N O V E M B E R 1 8 , 2 0 0 3 R.I. leaders and Simmons talk up new U. research facility in the Jewelry District metro, page 3
Pawtucket fire spreads from mill because of heavy winds Friday, destroying 13 homes metro, page 3
Only the O.C. can save Cali from the disgrace Arnold brings to the state, Nelson ’06 says column, page 7
The Department of Public Safety is urging students to lock their doors after a burglar struck four Sears House rooms early Sunday morning. Each resident reported being asleep in the room with the door unlocked at the time of the crime. Laura Schonmuller ’05, a first-floor Sears resident and Alpha Chi Omega member, said she went to sleep at 4 a.m. and awoke at noon, when she found her keys, I.D. card-holder and makeup bag missing. She said the burglar likely mistook the makeup case for a purse. Two other members of the sorority awoke to find their purses and wallets missing, Schonmuller said. A fourth student reported being woken up by the burglar, according to a DPS email sent to the campus community Monday afternoon. The student described the suspect as a college-aged male of medium build with short brown hair. None of the students were injured in the incidents. DPS is investigating the episode. Yannic Fletcher ’05, another Alpha Chi Omega member, said the door to the building had been propped open Sunday night because the sorority had hosted its “Commando Chi-O” cocktail party. Although Schonmuller said she usually locks her door when leaving the room, she said she went to bed so late that it slipped her mind. She said another victim left her door unlocked so her sister, who was visiting, would not be locked out. “I’m definitely going to be more cautious in the future,” Schonmuller said. “I would hope that a Brown student wouldsee CRIME, page 4
DPS on lookout for Brook St. muggers A pair of muggings on Brook Street over the weekend has officers on the lookout for a maroon Toyota Camry with stolen license plates and a suspect described as a “scruffy” white male with short black hair. The Department of Public Safety and Providence Police Department, which is investigating the incidents, are asking Brown community members for help in finding the car, which has Rhode Island plates VY589. The campus community learned of the incidents in a DPS e-mail Monday evening. A woman checking her car at the corner of Brook and Transit streets just before 9 p.m. Saturday night reported that the suspect demanded her purse before punching her in the chest. The suspect then fled in the vehicle. PPD also received word of an earlier crime involving the suspect. A suspect of the same description was seen fleeing in the car after stealing a bookbag outside Squire’s Cleaners at the corner of Brook and Power streets. DPS is asking anyone with information to contact its office or PPD detectives —Zach Barter
TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T M. cross country’s Gaudette heads to nationals after team gets third in regionals sports, page 8
W. ice hockey drops two games in weekend play to the undefeated Minnesota Gophers sports, page 8
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IN BRIEF Friday fire at Pawtucket mill destroys 13 homes, injures 11 people Brown students looking northward towards Pawtucket Friday afternoon could see a smoky cloud produced by a burning textile mill. The blaze injured 11 people, three of whom were admitted to Memorial Hospital. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. Winds topping 45 miles per hour hampered fire fighters as they attempted to halt the spread of the fire, which started at 2:45 p.m. in the abandoned Greenhalgh Mills complex. It took fire fighters more than four hours to control the fire, which spread both east and south, fueled by the high winds. The fire destroyed 13 homes and Greenhalgh Mill. “It would start with an ember from the roof,” Fire Capt. Barry Phillips told the Associated Press.“The house would be fully engulfed in three minutes.” Officials told the Providence Journal they know the fire began in the old mill. But they would not give details about specifically where or how the blaze started. The city of Pawtucket is providing temporary shelter for residents who lost their homes in the fire. —Juliette Wallack
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The University will spend nearly $23 million to renovate the Doran-Speidel Building at 70 Ship St.
Local officials join Simmons in recognizing new downtown biomedical building BY MONIQUE MENESES
President Ruth Simmons, Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., talked up Brown’s new downtown biomedical center, currently under renovation at 70 Ship St., at a reception for University and Providence leaders Monday. Standing on its stripped-bare third floor, Cicilline called the building “the beginning of a great partnership between Brown and Providence,” and crucial to the development of the city’s new “knowledge-based economy.” The new facility will also create job opportunities in the business, manufacturing and construction sectors, said Saul Kaplan, director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. “This is a key element in Rhode Island’s economic strategy,” Kaplan said. “We are
redeveloping this site into one to house the job growth that’s right for Rhode Island.” Construction crews gutted the building in July in the first stage of a $23 million renovation project, slated for completion in fall 2004. The building, which Brown purchased for $14.6 million in May, will contain about 105,000 square feet of research space for up to 150 researchers, according to University press releases. The launch of the renovation represented a “turning point in Brown’s Medical School and the (Division) of Biology and Medicine,” said Richard Besdine, interim dean of Biology and Medicine, at the reception. In the past, space constraints have been the “biggest challenge” in hiring faculty and pursuing on-going research efforts in the biology division and Medical School, Besdine
said. But with the addition of the Ship Street building, Brown will finally be able to foster research collaborations with neighboring hospitals, he said. “This will be a place for translating lab work to benefiting issues related to human health,” he said. Simmons told the group that research collaborations are essential to promoting the creativity for which Brown prides itself. “Brown is about expressing life in a community,” she said. Following brief speeches, visitors were taken on a tour of the building’s fifth floor, where construction crews have made the most progress. Herald senior staff writer Monique Meneses ’05 can be reached at email@example.com.
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Prashad continued from page 1 painted a tableau of class and welfare systems, emphasizing four points he said led to the development of “the contingent class,” the lowest rung on the socioeconomic ladder, and the class from which most prisoners come. “If you’re only angry with the system, you’ve already dehumanized social change,” Prashad said. Prashad implicated decreases in welfare funding, the increase in repressive and punitive action by the state, a government focused more and more on corporate welfare and the concept of “personal responsibility” in producing a U.S. contingent class. “The reason the human rights movement is so big now is that people believed you could vest rights in the state. The state was the vehicle for justice and the dispenser of equity,” Prashad
said. He added that the decline of welfare funds presents a picture that contradicts this view once widely held by most Americans. Prashad also argued against the myth of “personal responsibility,” which he referred to as the doctrine that says “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” “What bootstraps?” Prashad asked. Asserting that every U.S. citizen has an equal chance at success undermines the legacy of slavery and the circumstances of poor immigrants, Prashad said. “The wealth of this country was built on tariffs and enslavement,” Prashad said. Prashad recounted his studies of trends among individual prisoners. He found that only 50 percent of the prisoners he encountered had been employed and the other 50 percent made an average of less than $10,000 a year. He added that over seven million children have a parent in jail. Although the war on drugs led to higher rates of incarceration
for the poor, drugs were just one potential cause of an inevitable problem, Prashad said. “The conventional argument that the war on drugs has produced a prison population is a grievous error,” he said. Drugs became the target of prisons because they were such a prevalent industry within the contingent class. Because members of this socioeconomic group are unable to sustain themselves and their families on the meager income their minimum wage jobs provide, they turn to narcotics, Prashad said. “They enter the drug economy as a mode of survival,” Prashad said, adding the war on drugs could just as easily have had “petty theft” as its target. “Prison is a form of discipline not only for people in jail but for the entire class,” Prashad said. “The contingent class feeds the prisons.” Prasad suggested students attempt to find a solution to the problem. He recalled a student at Wesleyan once complaining there were two types of students on college campuses “community service students and political students.” “The two types disdain each other,” Prashad said. “The political students call the community service students ‘reformists‚’ and the community service students say their political counterparts are ‘all talk no action.’” Prashad proposed the two
residential programmers Monday night to discuss ways to raise awareness about security. DPS is asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact its detective unit.
continued from page 1 n’t do this, but who knows — anything’s possible.” Erica Tryon GS, community director for Upper Wriston, said she had been briefed on the incident by DPS and met with her
Sexuality continued from page 1 uality and the taboos surrounding non-monogamous and nonmarital sexual relations. Nicole Corea RISD ’04 said the discussion gave her insight into different faiths’ perceptions of women and men in society.
argument that the war on drugs has produced a prison population is a grievous error,” he said. groups come together to form a complete framework for social activism and change. Although community service students have the most direct access to the contingent class, “community service work without a clear purpose is mindnumbing,” Prashad said. On the other hand, “Political students make outrageous demands on humanity because they have no connection to reality.” Prasad asked the audience what suggestions they might have to fix the system. He left the audience with a proposal and few words of advice. He said “understanding of the totality of social life to produce radical democracy” is essential to avoid becoming “a spoksperson for somebody rather than a human being beside them.” Herald staff writer Sarah LaBrie ’07 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rankin told The Herald she hoped students would not leave the discussion believing they needed to change their sexual behavior, but rather feeling as if they had challenged the traditions they normally take for granted. Herald staff writer Alexandra Barsk ’06 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the Ivy League Championships, he said. The 35th-place finish of Anna Willard ’06, who has held the first or second spot for the Bears all season, led the way for Brown. Her time of 22minutes, 19 seconds for the 6K distance was a personal record. Willard said her success was the result of the team’s new race plan of going out faster. “Usually we go out more relaxed and then try and pass people,” Willard said. “This time we went out faster. We had a workout recently that we ran a fast mile and then a tempo run and I feel it really helped me during this race.” Willard’s confidence in her racing strategy translated into a much better individual performance than she had initially expected. Hoping to finish around the 40th-place range, just behind where she ran at the Ivy League Championships, Willard said she surprised herself by finishing in 35th. “I thought the field was much tougher than it was at (the Heptagonal Championships),” Willard said. “I was happy with how I finished and overall this season, I did what I wanted to.” Willard was followed by teammate Meredith Crocker ’05 in 55th place with a time of 22:46. A pack made up of Michol Monaghan ’07, Anya Davidson ’06, Caci Cambruzzi ’04 and Julie Komosinski ’05 closely followed in 66th, 69th, 72nd and 73rd, respectively. Captain Kristin Ware ’04 rounded out the Brown finishers with a 103rd place finish in 23:25. Three Bears competed in the junior varsity Coaches Race, run on the Franklin Park 5K course. Katherine Kosub ’04 led the way with a 16thplace finish in a time of 19:20. Emma Sarro ’05 and Madeleine Marecki ’07 followed her in 23rd and 36th, respectively. Wemple saw the season as an overall improvement from last year and is looking forward to next year, when the Bears will return most of their core runners.
Finishing second for the Bears was Tarpy in 16th place with a time of 30:52. He was followed by Michael DeCoste ’04, Brendan O’Keefe ’04 and Emond, all of whom stayed together throughout the race, just as they had done at the Ivy League Championships. This time, despite Brown’s failure to beat PC, the duo of DeCoste and O’Keefe made sure every last measure was taken in the final 200 meters of the race. Unsure if their individual places would be enough to defeat the Friars, DeCoste and O’Keefe, seeing two PC runners in the last straightaway, took off and fought to finish just steps ahead. As a result, Brown earned spots 23 and 24 while the Friars took 25 and 26. The four-point difference, however, was not enough for the Bears to catch PC and qualify for nationals.
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W. ice hockey continued from page 8 defense, they could not stop Minnesota’s eighth and final goal, scored by Olympian Krissy Wendell on the power play. With only one minute remaining, Katie Guay ’05, assisted by Link and Christine Holdredge ’07, posted her second goal of the season, ultimately denying the Gophers the shutout victory. “Game experience is a learned behavior and we are still seasoning our leaders,” said Head Coach
Trailblazers continued from page 8 pulled out his rookie trading card. The list never ends — Patterson: domestic assault, Wells: trespassing, Zach Randolph: underage drinking. Randolph also punched Patterson in the face in practice last year, right before the playoffs, breaking his eye socket. With the numerous scuffles and fights, one gets the impression that it would be safer walking through Watts then a Blazers’ practice session. But behavior aside, the Blazers are one of the most talented teams in the entire NBA. Wallace, Stoudamire and Wells were all lottery picks and college stars. Wallace was an all-star in 2000 and 2001, while Stoudamire was named Rookie of the Year in 1996. Zach Randolph is having a breakout season and is worthy of an allstar appearance. Here’s an impressive, little-known fact: The Blazers have made the playoffs for 21 consecutive seasons. That’s the longest current streak in the NBA and the second longest in NBA history, behind the Syracuse Nationals who did it for 22 consecutive seasons from 1950-1971. Chances are that they’ll tie the record this
Digit Murphy. “Players are creating enthusiasm and tempo. We are going to work on playing three periods together and let this snowball to produce the positive energy we need down the stretch.” The setback marked Brown’s third consecutive loss, as the team continues to struggle with executing its system. The women will face Quinnipiac (3-7-0) on Tuesday night at the Northford Ice Pavilion. The Bears beat Quinnipiac 6-1 in their showdown last year and look to snap their losing streak with another victory over the Bobcats.
“We knew we had to beat PC man-to-man to boost our chances of beating them as a team,” DeCoste said. “We thought we had them but their third guy was just up too far. We closed the gap a little but not enough.” Despite their frustration with not advancing to nationals, the men will be cheering on their teammate from afar as Gaudette competes on Nov. 24 at Byrnes Park in Iowa. The race will consist of 255 competitors, including 31 teams and 38 individuals. “It’s going to be difficult,” Gaudette said. “Traveling with the team takes the stress off, but I just have to relax and make sure I remember to have fun. We deserve to be there as a team and hopefully I’ll show them why Brown should be there in the first place.” Herald staff writer Melissa Perlman ’04 covers the cross country team. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
postseason, which is no small feat. Fans were praising Portland management for keeping the off-season arrests total at three last summer, but they still are calling for a reassembling of the roster, especially by breaking up the Wallace-Stoudamire-Wells nucleus. Wallace is in the last year of his contract and could be traded before season’s end, especially with the way Randolph’s been playing. While they clearly have some behavioral issues, there is no disputing the fact that these guys can ball. The fans in Portland deserve seeing them get their act together and make a serious run during their 22nd consecutive playoff appearance. And if they can avoid suspensions, incarceration and devastating injuries from intersquad brawling, I think they can do it. Marc Lanza ’06 hails from Leominster, Mass., and once handed a trading card of himself to the Brown Police when asked for a form of ID.
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Students at risk As Brown students nestled in their dorm rooms late Sunday night, they were blissfully unaware of the dangers they faced. Just 24 hours earlier, on Saturday night, an unidentified male entered four unlocked dorm rooms on Wriston Quad, undeterred by the students sleeping inside. The intruder stole items from three of the rooms and bolted from the building when a student awoke in the fourth room. But students didn’t know about the disturbing incident until late Monday afternoon — almost two days after the break-ins — when the Department of Public Safety finally released the crime report to the community. In the more than 36 hours before students were notified, another evening passed. And it most likely was another evening during which Brown students slept with their doors unlocked, free from worries about midnight intruders. There’s no doubt that students should lock their doors while they sleep, but it’s obvious that they don’t necessarily do so, assuming no one would dare to enter a room while they were in it. Tonight many more students will no doubt sleep with their doors locked. But DPS could have allowed another crime to occur by waiting more than a day-and-a-half to notify the community. DPS exists to serve the community by both responding to crimes and preventing them from occurring. But by waiting for regular business hours to release the all-important crime report to students, staff and city residents, DPS is taking unnecessary risks with the safety of its charges. Unlike the Providence Police, DPS, as a private police force, is not required to release information about crimes to the press. That makes crime reports, sent via e-mail, students’ only way of finding out that crime has occurred on campus. The Herald — or anyone else, for that matter — should be able to find out all crimes that have occurred in their neighborhood or building simply by asking DPS. By refusing to provide that information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, DPS is standing in the way of students’ ability to protect themselves. Everyone needs a weekend. But the simple act of notifying the community via e-mail and perhaps protecting just one more person seems to outweigh the benefit of an afternoon on the couch.
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OPINIONS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2003 · PAGE 7
Earning soldiers’ trust is key for U.S. military’s success If we continue denying veteran benefits and spreading our troops too thin, future recruitment efforts will fail WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, 77 per- compensate these brave men and women cent of the United States Air Force’s enlisted for the suffering that they went through at men and women will face a choice: they the hands of Saddam Hussein’s brutal can either re-enlist and continue their serv- regime,” is laughable from a legal standice under the conditions available to them, point. If, for example, a hospital accidentalor they can exit the forces for the relative ly gave my child the wrong medicine and killed him, no amount of money safety of civilian life. The decicould “truly compensate” me for sion will be a personal one for my loss. But I would still be entievery soldier involved, and it tled to monetary restitution, and would be impossible for any no court in the nation would civilian commentator to say deny that. The practice of paywhat each soldier can — or ing previously awarded judgshould — do. ments with the seized assets of a Ensuring successful defunct estate is commonplace. recruitment and retention As the United States governwithin the services is a necesment is now in control of the sity in the successful execuseized assets, it is fully within its tion of any military venture. ELI SWINEY power to use them to help pay We, as Americans, are lucky SOUTHERN STRATEGY the veterans. But it will not. This enough to live in a country is one incident that affects a that cannot force anyone to handful of soldiers, but it is just serve for an indefinite period of time. However, this freedom presents us another drop in the steady stream of disrewith a clear, perpetual challenge: We must spect that has been eroding the feeling of deal with the fact that our military, in the trust and appreciation necessary to mainlong term, will only be as strong as the trust tain healthy recruitment and retention. In an earlier column, I discussed the fact soldiers and potential recruits can place in that this year House Republicans sought a the government that employs them. It was troubling, then, when the Bush $15 billion cut in appropriations for veteran administration last week confirmed it will benefits and a $14.5 billion cut in veteran not earmark a cent of seized or frozen Iraqi benefit entitlements. I also discussed the funds to repay 17 tortured early-1990s “concurrent receipts” exception, which American prisoners of war who had been robs many disabled veterans of a portion of granted monetary recompense from the their pensions. At the time, the Bush Iraqi government in American courts. The administration and the Republican leaderWhite House’s response, that “there is sim- ship opposed repealing the exception, but ply no amount of money that can truly earlier this month, the House finally passed a bill correcting the problem. Undeniably, this is a step in the right direction, despite Eli Swiney ‘04 hails from Knoxville, Tenn.
The new Marine deployment is the national security equivalent of an understaffed, layoff-plagued office where the chief programmer is forced to also act as the receptionist to save money — it’s not extremely effective, and the programmer probably isn’t going to like it. the fact that the benefits are inexplicably phased in slowly over the course of ten years – perhaps to avoid having to pay the pensions to ailing World War II veterans. But no administration should have to be dragged kicking and screaming to pay full military pensions, and no government should drag its feet to correct such a mistake. Most troubling, of course, is the occupation of Iraq. A recent Nation article covered Military Families Speak Out, a growing antiwar-in-Iraq group of family members of servicemen and –women. The article quotes one e-mail sent to the group by a woman, herself an Iraq veteran, whose husband is still stationed in the country: “It sickens me every time I see news articles quoting dignitaries coming from [Iraq] saying, ‘the soldiers are in good spirits,’ ‘the morale is high.’ I’m here to tell you, it’s all lies. Morale is at an all-time low. ... As much as I love the military, when this enlistment is up, I’m running so fast for the civilian border, as is my husband.” The question of re-enlistment looms large, and the only solution offered so far
may only exacerbate the problem: Earlier this month, the Pentagon added 43,000 more reservists and National Guard troops and 20,000 Marines to the rotation. In a recent discussion with Salon.com, retired University of Missouri military history professor Jerry Cooper noted the Marines have intentionally not been involved in a major nation-building effort in 70 years. This is unsurprising — the Marines are capable, dedicated soldiers trained and prepared for intense military strikes and defense. They are not and have not been trained to be police officers. The new Marine deployment is the national security equivalent of an understaffed, layoffplagued office where the chief programmer is forced to also act as the receptionist to save money — it’s not extremely effective, and the programmer probably isn’t going to like it. Maintaining a strong military is necessary for the security of a nation of our size and stature. Until we reclaim respect for our soldiers as more than just a rhetorical device, that strong military will be far from guaranteed in future years.
How the O.C. is saving California from disgrace Schwarzenegger’s inauguration cements California’s sorry reputation, save for one very special TV show set there WHEN YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO and the integrity of the republic is saved.I My only hope is that the geological forces that are clue about what’s going on in the world, mean despite all of the Monica Lewinskys you praise whatever higher power you and the like, I have always maintained a slowly pulling California off of mainland America will believe in and thank It for the Internet. perhaps naive faith in our governmental Going immediately to CNN.com, I see a system, but this whole recall/Arnold very distressing headline: “Arnold Schwarzenegger election really shakes accelerate about a million-fold so that we can hope to Schwarzenegger has been sworn in as me. (I’m also concerned that my spell governor.” I guess this makes it official. check accepts Schwarzenegger as a word. wish Arnold bon voyage in a few months. Maybe it was just me, but did anybody What is this world coming to?) This isn’t a watch it in my room.) To you enlightelse have a little glimmer of hope in the Democrat or Republican thing for me; it’s because they have to live in Minnesota. Alright, so maybe that last paragraph ened few I say huzzah … or some modback of their minds that this whole recall just a common sense thing. It’s one of thing was some sort of elaborate prank those things where you just want to bang was a little harsh. I urge everyone to for- ern translation of it. You are part of the by the morning DJ team in L.A. or some- your head on a table until you have ward any complaints/ass kickings they revolution. You realize true genius when thing? You know, you watch the inaugu- enough brain trauma to understand why may have to Jamie Sholem; he’s the you see it. 2) There are those who don’t ration and Ashton Kutcher comes out someone would do such a thing. My only brains behind this whole California- really know about “The O.C.” Well now hope is that the geological forces that are bashing operation (thank you to my loyal you know and knowing is half the battle. with that smile that says, “Having slowly pulling California off of main- roommate for ever being my scapegoat The other half is tuning in Wednesday sex with someone old enough to land America will accelerate about a and not minding that I keep our room night at 9 p.m. Come to my room if you be my mom has made me into a million-fold so that we can hope to looking like a shantytown). Come to don’t have a TV — you’re all invited … tabloid whore.” (By the way, wish Arnold bon voyage in a few think of it, though, California definitely there’s plenty of room to sit on Jamie’s Ashton, just ask Anna Nicole months. To all Californians who has redeeming factors. The greatest of bed. 3) This last group consists of those Smith how well that strategy will have to take that journey these is most certainly “The O.C.” “The who have watched “The O.C.” and not works out in the long run; in with him (and in Brown terms O.C.” is one of those things in your week enjoyed it. These are the ones who really five years you’ll be doing a that means the varsity water that you are always looking forward to: confuse/shock me the most. You people reality show on E! whose polo teams), I honestly do like weekends, the TGIF lineup circa 1991 make no sense to me. I have come to the sole redeeming factor is apologize. I really do like or Thursday hip-hop nights at the conclusion you are the ones who elected the recurring joke that all of you (especially those Undergound (oh wait they stopped being Arnold Schwarzenegger. you’re too fat/lazy to lift Anyway, like the rest of the civilized of you in the suizzle), but I open on Thursday … Damn the man!) It yourself out of bed.) But adam don’t think I can ever for- comes from the “Saved By the Bell” mold world I will be sitting down on Wednesday back to the inauguration nelson give a state that elects a of quality television: you don’t know why to watch the twists and turns in the lives … Ashton then goes up rebel with of young Ryan, Seth, Summer and juiced up misogynist as it’s so good — it just is. to Arnold and says, a fresca As I see it, there are three groups in the Marissa, and I suggest that you all do the governor, unless it’s “You’ve been Punk’d.” At Minnesota … because I feel world: 1) There are those who watch “The same. And as long as “The O.C.” doesn’t that point they hug, bad for Minnesotans … O.C.” religiously. (I think most of them get cancelled, California will remain in my Arnold laughs, sane peogood graces. And I know that staying in ple throughout the world my good graces is the goal of all states. shed quiet tears of happiness, Adam Nelson ’06 would like to thank Ravel for making his weekend.
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
SPORTS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2003 · PAGE 8
Trailblazers are trouble on the court and off WAS IT JUST A COINCIDENCE THAT Rasheed Wallace, Damon Stoudamire, Bonzi Wells and Ruben Patterson all ended up on the same team? Or did they arrive in Portland and MARC LANZA feel obliged to SPORTS COLUMNIST live up to the name on the front of their jerseys? Either way, they have become our generation’s “Bad Boys.” They don’t throw elbows, push and play dirty on the court like the bad boy Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early 1990s. They just seem unable to help themselves from getting suspended, breaking laws and getting arrested off the court. Trail Blazers? Call them the Jail Blazers. Off the court, these guys are wild. This column unfortunately can’t fit their entertaining rap sheets, so here’s all you need to know. Co-Captain Stoudamire has been cited for marijuana possession on three separate occasions, the most recent one last July when he tried to sneak through airport security with an ounce and a half (wrapped in foil) in his pocket. When the metal detector beeped, he nonchalantly put it on the tray along with his keys and spare change. The other co-captain, Wallace, has been charged with assault, marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license and no insurance. He also got suspended for seven games last year for threatening a referee in the parking lot after the game. Qyntel Woods is easily the cleverest Blazer. In March he too got pulled over for possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and no insurance, but when the police asked him for a form of identification he see TRAILBLAZERS, page 5
Jeff Gaudette ’05 (top row, far left) finished fourth at the Northeast Regional Championships, while the team finished third overall.
Gaudette ’05 headed to nationals, team just misses BY MELISSA PERLMAN
Jeff Gaudette ’05 will be making the cross-country trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa, alone. Gaudette finished fourth at the Northeast Regional Championships in Boston, qualifying for nationals as an individual, but the Brown team finished third, just 21 points shy of qualifying for the National Championships. The men, however, are walking away from a historic season filled with successes. The Bears won the Ivy League Championship for the first time in Brown’s history, finished second at the New England Championships and a close third at last weekend’s regional meet. The men also have had their share of individual triumphs including a victory at New Englands by Pat Tarpy ’05, where he also set a new school record, and last weekend’s 30:10 national qualifying performance by Gaudette. Gaudette has spent the last two
months cross-training in the pool and on the bicycle. He said it was a combination of confidence gained from a strong summer of base training and his focus on the last meets of the season that kept his goal of advancing to nationals in sight. “I just made sure that I did everything right this season,” Gaudette said. “I minimized errors during competition as well as outside of running. I also put off the early meets which made me work harder and want it more.” Gaudette used his strategy and fifthplace finish at the Heptagonal Championships as motivation during his regional race. “There was a group of three guys at around mile three that made a surge,” Gaudette said. “I debated for a second whether I should go with them or not. But the same thing happened at Heps when (Steve) Sundell (of Columbia) put a surge on me and I regretted not going
with him. So this time I went.” Gaudette’s decision paid off. Initially nervous about whether he would be able to stay with the front group, he successfully held on to his position and finished just 10 seconds behind the third place runner. Brown finished third out of 33 teams with a score of 94 points, 36 behind No. 4 Iona and 21 behind Providence College. The Bears knew it would be a tough fight going into the highly competitive meet, but battled their competitors over the entire 10K distance. “We knew PC and Iona were very good teams, but we had to give it a shot,” said Team Captain Matt Emond ’04. “We knew it was going to take more than it did to win Heps, which took a lot, but (Coach) John (Gregorek) set up a race plan and we figured we’d give it everything we had.” see M.XC, page 5
W. XC ends year No. 1 Minnesota too much for women’s ice hockey on higher note BY LEXI COSTELLO
BY MELISSA PERLMAN
Intent on meeting its potential, the women’s cross country team arrived at the Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships set on pushing the pace and going out aggressively. The Bears met the challenge and finished seventh out of 36 teams, with 297 points. They lost to Ivy League squads Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale but convincingly defeated Harvard by 100 points. “We bounced back as far as competing against people we should have competed against at Heps,” said Coach Rick Wemple. “We crushed Harvard and even though we didn’t beat Cornell, I’m pretty confident that we would have beaten Penn in head-tohead competition.” Wemple attributes Brown’s improvement from the Heptagonal Regional Championships to going out aggressively in the first part of the race. The strategy allowed the Bears to run ahead of athletes who slowed them down at see W.XC, page 5
The women’s ice hockey team dropped two games to the undefeated Minnesota Gophers in a weekend series at Meehan Auditorium, losing 5-2 on Saturday and suffering an 8-1 blowout on Sunday afternoon. The opening match-up found the Bears’ defensive zone unprepared for Minnesota’s immediate attack, as the Gophers scored their first goal within five minutes of play. While the Bears tied up the game with a season-debut goal from forward Keaton Zucker ’06, assisted by Jessica Link ’05, the Gophers’ offense answered back with their second goal of the game only 20 seconds later. The powerhouse continued to dominate the period with their speed and passing game, tacking on another three goals in the first for a 4-1 lead. “You have to be playing your sharpest game to compete with the best team in the country, and, mentally, we were not there,” Zucker said. “When you let them steal your confidence, it’s hard to regain control of your game.” Brown came out a more intense team in the second, breaking through the Minnesota defense by rushing and breaking out the puck more efficiently. The
Bears’ defense stepped it up as well, controlling the Gophers’ shots from the point and finding their marks. Still, the Gophers were able to widen the deficit with their fifth and final goal at the 7:38 mark. Going into the third trailing by four goals, the Bears found their signature game 40 minutes too late. Brown penetrated the Minnesota defensive zone with better control of the puck, strong shots from the point by Myria Heinhuis ’06 and perhaps most notably, the mental edge. This intensity paid off halfway through the period with a goal from forward Kerry Nugent ’05, her first of the season, assisted by Zucker. “We need to learn how to play three hard periods,” Nugent said. “We have been waiting until the second to let teams know that we are a solid team that is capable of playing tough defense and powerful offense.” Bruno was unable to carry its third period momentum over to the showdown on Sunday afternoon, as Minnesota scored its first goal only 47 seconds into play. The Bears played poorly down low and failed to cover the rushes from the point. The Gophers capitalized on these weaknesses, adding another three goals for a 4-0 lead by the end of the first.
“Hockey is a mental game, and we just didn’t show up to play,” said Co-Captain Kelly Sheridan ’04. “Whenever we took away their space and played them tight, the game was evened. The weekend taught us that we need to come to play from the first drop of the puck.” The Bears entered the second period with some adjustments in the lineup in an effort to reverse the momentum of the game. Marie-Pier Desbiens ’07 relieved goalie and Captain Katie Germain ’04 for her career debut in net, posting 15 saves in 40 minutes. While both teams were relatively quiet in the first half of the second period, Minnesota’s offense reawakened, sniping three goals in five minutes. Olympian Natalie Darwitz earned a hat trick scoring Minnesota’s seventh goal at the 17:35 mark. Once again, Brown found itself trailing its opponent going into the third, an underhand position all too familiar to the Bears, who were battling this disadvantage for the third time in only four games. While the girls once again played their strongest period last, breaking out more offensive rushes and playing solid man-to-man see W. ICE HOCKEY, page 5