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W E D N E S D A Y DECEMBER 3, 2003

THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXXXVIII, No. 122

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“Cranky” artist creates activist cards BY MERYL ROTHSTEIN

President George W. Bush makes Kath Connolly ’89 cranky. And 8,000 people around the country are about to learn just how cranky she is when they open their holiday mail this year. Last summer, she founded Card Carrying Liberal, a political card company with a brazenly liberal agenda, said Connolly, who is also senior assistant director at the Swearer Center. Her premiere line of holiday cards combines traditional season’s greetings with anti-Bush sentiments. One card reads “trim the tree/uproot the Bush.” Another displays the message “Dreaming of an old-fashioned White Christmas” on the front, but “and a new White House” on the inside. After yelling at her newspaper all summer long, Connolly said she decided to channel her frustration by adapting her tradition of sending homemade cards to friends and family into a political statement. “I felt that it was going to be difficult to give a usual message of peace given all the things that are happening in the world,” she said. She said she wanted to capitalize on people’s habits of sending cards to voice a message of protest. “What if those messages also pointed out that this would be a great time to vote for someone else?” she said. Connolly said she thinks of Card Carrying Liberal as a “broad grassroots program that paid for itself,” although it is, in fact, a private company. “I thought it would be a more elegant commentary if this protest … took the form of a private company,” she said. And, “I thought it made the joke even funnier.” She donates half of the profit to charities determined by votes customers place at the end of their order. Connolly said the company is currently breaking even, but her cards are top-sellers at Okiedokie, a Providence gift shop, according to the store’s owner, Johanna Fisher. But this is not how she measures success, Connolly said.

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Vice President for Administration Walter Hunter and Interim Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services David Greene spoke to a group of seven at a forum responding to the decision to arm campus police Tuesday night.

Times article misleading, financial aid directors say BY KIRA LESLEY

Private universities with the wealthiest student bases receive a larger share of government funding for financial aid, the New York Times recently reported. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story, according to financial aid directors at local colleges. Some of this discrepancy is due to the fact that schools with wealthier student bases also tend to have higher tuition, said Michael Bartini, director of financial aid at Brown. Although the Times article points out that some expensive schools, such as Sarah Lawrence College, receive less federal money than other schools with comparable tuition, Bartini said the

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difference might be attributable to schools’ abilities to document their need. A computerized system that determines financial aid allocations was devised in the 1970s, said Herbert D’Arcy, executive director of financial aid at Providence College. Up to that point, distribution of government funds was determined manually and the process was subject to regional number fudging, he said. Under the new automated system, the government gleaned information from individual university databases. “Those who had good databases 20 see AID, page 7

Applications jump with new policy at Stanford, Yale BY ROBBIE COREY-BOULET

Three of the nation’s top colleges that defied admission regulations to institute single-choice early action policies saw big changes in the number of students applying this year. Harvard University, CAMPUS Stanford University and Yale University all adopted WATCH early action policies this year that prohibit college applicants from applying early to other schools, but not from applying elsewhere even after they are accepted. Last year, Harvard’s early action program permitted students to apply simultaneously to multiple early action

schools. But now Harvard early applicants may not submit any other early applications, although they are not committed to matriculate at Harvard if accepted. The change has caused a significant drop in early applications to the Harvard Class of 2008, with the number of applicants falling from 7,615 last year to 3,894 this year. At Stanford and Yale, the new policy replaced binding early decision policies, bringing a 62 percent increase in applications to Stanford and a 42 percent increase to Yale, according to the New York Times. Harvard expected the policy change to

decrease its applicant pool. “The people who were applying to multiple other places are no longer in our early system,” said Harvard Director of Undergraduate Admission Marlyn McGrath Lewis. “So the number of applications has declined to just about where we expected it to.” For Stanford and Yale, the change to single-choice early action marks the end of binding early decision policies at both schools, resulting in an increased early applicant pool for this year. The possibility for single-choice early action at Brown is “certainly something that we’re talking about,” said Director of

Admins. clarify DPS arming at poorly attended meeting BY SARA PERKINS

The decision to arm campus police was reached after careful consideration of community concerns, administrators told the seven students who attended a forum on arming in Starr Auditorium on Tuesday evening. At the event, students aired concerns to Vice President for Administration Walter Hunter and Interim Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services David Greene, including the fact that city officials such as Mayor David Cicilline ’83 and Ward One Councilman David Segal are opposed to the move. Most of the questions were aimed at the process of making the decision and asked for specific information about why there was a need for officers to be armed. Hunter listed three situations in which the Department of Public Safety’s policy of disengagement had prevented an officer from acting effectively and where armed police officers could have acted more effectively, without necessarily even drawing their weapons. These included an incident in which a Brown officer had interrupted an attempted rape but had to be called off from pursuing the man when the department learned the suspect was armed. “There have been at least 10 situations in the last 10 years” when armed officers could have acted, Hunter said. Of particular issue was the Brown Police’s inability to make car stops because they are unarmed. Hunter referred to an

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I N S I D E W E D N E S D AY, D E C E M B E R 3 , 2 0 0 3 New campus journal published with “big name,” as well as student authors campus news, page 3

Nate Goralnik ’06 says “liberal antiwar nuts” do not represent the Democratic Party column, page 11

Marc Lanza ’06 picks NBA early season surprises, as well as what we all expected sports column, page 12

TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T W. basketball loses four straight games in recent play, bringing overall record to 1-4 sports, page 12

Wrestling pins down an impressive fourthplace finish at the Keystone Classic sports, page 12

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Israel-themed journal published with “big-name” and student authors BY MICHAEL RUDERMAN

In its first edition, “Perspectives: An Israel Review” boasts articles by such big names as U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Harvard University Professor Alan Dershowitz and Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinherz, alongside Brown students and professors. The culmination of a year-long effort, “Perspectives” was printed this fall. Two-thousand copies are being circulated on campus. Edited by Joshua Marcus ’04, the journal includes articles both critical and supportive of Israel, but all are built on the foundation that Israel has a right to exist and defend its citizens, he said. Megan Nesbitt, assistant director of Brown Hillel, said she was “impressed by the commitment to diversity of opinion” that she witnessed as the journal was assembled. Marcus said raising the level of discussion was his most important commitment. He believes dialogue about Israel has become too polarized and that there is a thirst for better understanding and knowledge about the Middle East nation, he said. “It’s really a breath of fresh air on campus,” he said. Alison Klayman ’06, who was one of 13 student authors, called the journal “an incredible success” because “the overwhelming reaction has been that people are impressed with the wide range of topics and the quality of the articles.” The journal examines Israel from a political standpoint, but includes articles about “everything from Israeli archeology to Israeli cinema,” Marcus said. “So often, conversation about Israel becomes so ‘sloganized’ that actual intellectual exploration about this place can be left by the wayside.” President of Brown Students for Israel last year, Marcus obtained a $7,500 grant from the Avi Chai Foundation at the time to compile the journal. He said he used connections see JOURNAL, page 5

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The Brown Hillel, which is set to reopen in February, will keep 500 copies of “Perspectives: An Israel Review,” which it may use for fund-raising purposes. Many of the articles in the student-produced journal were written by big names like the president of Brandeis University and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.


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Arming continued from page 1 incident where a police officer saw a car fitting the description of one involved in an incident, but couldn’t make the stop because doing so would have endangered him. “To have an unarmed police officer make a car stop is an insane action on the part of the department,” said DPS Chief Paul Verrecchia. Hunter said he was not surprised by any of the queries. He cited the “broad-based support” for arming, particularly the Undergraduate Council of Students’ resolution. “Their suggestions were very constructive,” he said, and the concerns aired by UCS and students in forums and via e-mail were taken into account. “We’re going to keep people informed of what we’re doing” and have an open training process, he said. Hunter promised that dorm patrols, which were the subject of a Students for Sensible Drug Policy petition signed by 1,600 students in November, would end. “Ending the dorm patrols is something we’re going to do, and we’re going to do it immediately,” he said. One attendee said that, where he came from, people carried guns to prevent police harassment. “Will Brown students have

Asked about alternative, non-lethal weapons, Hunter described his research into tazers, which have only a 21-foot range and are single-shot incapacitators.“We are taking a look at tazers, (but) not as an alternative to firearms,” he said. an opportunity to counter-arm?” he asked. Although the answer was a firm “no,” Hunter emphasized the involvement of students in vetting officers and had Verrecchia describe the lengthy process of choosing officers to join the force, which involved tests with standards “a little bit higher, I believe, than even in some of the municipalities.” The candidates face an interview committee made up of deans and a student representative and undergo background checks for criminal activity and for anti-social behavior in their neighborhoods. The process “looks at the candidate to see how they fit into the mission and goals of the department” and the Brown community, Verrecchia said. If the student on the board of selection doesn’t feel comfortable with an applicant, the applicant doesn’t continue in the process, Hunter said. Successful candidates, he concluded, “like the environment, like students and want to make this place safe.”

Asked about alternative, nonlethal weapons, Hunter described his research into tazers, which have only a 21-foot range and are single-shot incapacitators. “We are taking a look at tazers, (but) not as an alternative to firearms,” he said. Other options were considered but rejected for their insufficient stopping power, he said. Hunter and Greene acknowledged the University was acting against the advice of the mayor. “We have a historically strong relationship” with the city, but that “doesn’t mean we’re going to always agree with the people in the administration of the city,” Hunter said. Although University administrators delayed their decision to take into account the city’s new community policing initiatives, which include a new substation in University-owned space on Brook Street, and asked consultants Bratton Group LLC to reexamine their recommendation that the police be armed in light of the change, they did not

change their conclusions, Hunter said. Hunter said that an oversight structure will involve students, faculty, staff and members of the Providence community, and will examine every situation in which a weapon is drawn, even if it is not discharged. There will also be “some appropriate civilian review of complaints against officers.” But, because campus police officers are called upon to “play a role that they don’t play in a city,” including responding to medical emergencies and student complaints and participating in the disciplinary system, they will not release full police reports, Hunter said. “There are things in those reports that are inappropriate to share with the community,” Hunter said, including federally protected information. The Providence Police release their incident reports with confidential material, like the names of rape victims, removed. “I would feel differently about it if there were a way to separate out the criminal activity” from the sensitive information and private situations, Greene said. UCS’ Wednesday night meeting will allow time for students to voice further concerns about arming, according to an e-mail sent to the community by the Council Tuesday. Herald staff writer Sara Perkins ’06 can be reached at sperkins@browndailyherald.com.

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The money received from the grant was spent on publication costs, Marcus said. from the Brown community and simple persistence to solicit submissions from high-profile writers. Half of the articles, selected after a call for submissions last spring, were written by students. The money received from the grant was spent on publication costs, Marcus said. Of the 2,500 hundred copies printed, 1,500 were left for distribution to think tanks, media organizations, government officials and students. Five hundred copies will stay with Brown Hillel, which may use the journals for fund-raising purposes, Nesbitt said. The journal is free and available to students in the Faunce House post office this week, she said. Herald staff writer Michael Ruderman ’07 can be reached at mruderman@browndailyherald.com.

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years ago were able to document their needs for financial aid. I suspect that’s the case with Sarah Lawrence,” D’Arcy said. Bartini and D’Arcy also pointed out that the accuracy of the Times article has been challenged recently. Shortly after it ran, Mark Kantrowitz, founder of the financial aid Web site FinAid.org, sent an email to colleges around the country criticizing some of the article’s points, D’Arcy said. According to the article, Brown received an average of $169.23 per student who applied for financial aid in order to run its Perkins loan program in the 2000-2001 academic year, whereas Stanford University received $211.80 and the median college received only $14.38. D’Arcy questioned the accuracy of the Times’ analysis of federal aid data that produced the article’s statistics. “I really struggled on how they came up with these dollar amounts,” he said. The problem underlying all

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produced the article’s statistics. of the issues surrounding distribution of federal aid is a general lack of funding, Bartini said. Just because needy students at Brown receive more federal money than needy students at some other schools doesn’t mean the former aren’t deserving of the funds, Bartini said. In evaluating the federal financial aid distribution system, Bartini said it is important to look at what’s best for all institutions. For Bartini, this means “additional resources for all institutions,” he said. Herald staff writer Kira Lesley ’07 can be reached at klesley@browndailyherald.com.

ward,” Brown said. the upperclassmen,” Brown said. “I feel good about this group of guys, and I’m optimistic about their ability to make some positive steps forward for the program.” Brown looks to challenge Princeton and Harvard’s domination of the Ivy League. Additional tests will come from Yale and a deep Columbia team. Thus far Bruno has posted wins over UMass, URI and Navy and losses to Dartmouth and Princeton. “We’re going to continue to move forward,” Brown said. “You can always get better at something. You need to.” The season continues Dec. 8 when the team travels to Harvard to face last year’s runner-up. Herald sports staff writer Chris Mahr ’07 covers men’s swimming. He can be reached at cmahr@browndailyherald.com.


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Cards continued from page 1 She said her Web site receives roughly 100 visitors a day, and she has sold more than 8,000 cards so far. “For me, if one person organized a protest and 8,000 people showed up, that’s wildly successful,” she said. Connolly also measures her success by the feedback she has received, like the order form that is now hanging in her office with the words, “Madam, you are a genius,” written on it in red calligraphy. Equally encouraging, she said, was her first piece of hate mail, an e-mail about the separation of church and state. Connolly said she hopes her cards will increase awareness that there are a number of ways to be politically engaged. Each of her cards comes with a “Card Carrying Liberal” membership card, entitling the bearer to “their own informed opinion,” and the e-mails customers receive when they place an order and when the order is shipped includes a reminder to vote and to consider their own forms of creative protest.

Apps continued from page 1 Admission Michael Goldberger. “Officially, right now those three schools are out of compliance with NACAC, which is the governing body of college admission,” he said. According to NACAC’s current guidelines, an early action school can not limit the number of early applications submitted by a student, as long as these are to other non-binding programs. Brown will probably not make a decision until NACAC determines whether the new admission option is acceptable, Goldberger said. “I don’t think we’ll make any changes this year,” he said. Goldberger said he was satisfied with Brown’s early decision program, saying he believed such changes do not significantly affect the end result of the process. “In the end, I don’t think whether you’re early action, early decision or multiple early action changes who ends up in your class by more than half a dozen

“Packing up a box is not social change,” she said, but she’s proud that she’s doing something every day to encourage people to end Bush’s presidency. She runs the company basically by herself, with help from her friends, she said. When not working full-time at the Swearer Center, Connolly checks electronic orders, responds to questions, packages the cards and brings them from the “shipping department,” also known as her living room, to the post office. Connolly came up with the ideas for the text and general concepts for the graphics, and Laura Tan ’02 provided all the design for the cards and Web site. Connolly met Tan through the Swearer Center. Connolly said she currently has no plans to make Card Carrying Liberal her full-time job, though she is working on a line of anti-SUV Valentine’s Day cards, “because I just don’t like SUVs.” So why is she so cranky? “George Bush puts me in a bad mood,” she said. “I think it’s ’cause I’m a Brown grad.” Herald senior staff writer Meryl Rothstein ’06 can be reached at mrothstein@browndailyherald.com.

kids,” he said. “Kids are pretty sharp about where they want to go, how they’re going to apply and what the policies are.” Because the applicant pool is smaller under early decision, more attention can be given to each application, Goldberger said. But critics of early decision say the policy can lead high school seniors to make premature decisions or limit their financial aid options, according to the New York Times. “Stanford’s change I think signified a recognition that binding people early in their senior year is not good for students, and wrong, as we believe it is,” Lewis said. Goldberger said he agrees early decision may pose problems and is not a commitment to be taken lightly. “We always advise kids that if they think that early decision is going to limit their financial options from other schools, then they shouldn’t apply early,” he said. Herald staff writer Robbie CoreyBoulet ’07 can be reached at rcoreyboulet@browndailyherald.com.


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W. bball continued from page 12 ing factor in the game. They shot almost 40 foul shots and made 30 of them, and we didn’t get to the line as much as they did.” Mitchell and Hayes led the scoring for the Bears once again, each putting 11 points on the scoreboard for Brown. In its match against UMass, Brown was up by 11 in the first half, but lost the lead to UMass by the end of the half. The second half saw several lead changes, but in the last few minutes UMass scored six unanswered points to end the game 55-52. Tuesday night’s game at home

Lanza continued from page 12 lane with a fury. I believe he deserves NBA player-of-themonth honors for November. 2. The Orlando Magic are the worst team in the league. How did this happen? They were a playoff team last year. They still have perhaps the best player in the NBA in Tracy McGrady. They didn’t lose any players worth mentioning in the off-season, nor have any of the non-playoff teams from last year gotten significantly better. I thought maybe it was Doc Rivers’s fault after they started the season at 1-10, but then they fired him and went on to lose the next five games. They are on a 15-game losing streak and their record stands at 1-15. With Juwan Howard, Drew Gooden and Tyronn Lue, McGrady’s supporting cast isn’t atrocious, but this team just can’t get it done. Grant Hill’s career has less life in it than Michael Jackson’s, but I feel bad dissing him when his ankles are crumbling worse than Jackson’s nose. The blame for the team’s performance can only be put on his physiological deformities because everyone knows that a healthy Hill paired with T-Mac has NBA Finals written all over it. 3. The Timberwolves still can’t

W. swim continued from page 12 rigid and serious conventions of swimming competition, the meet is still regarded as a serious event. The Brown squad outperformed the Green in nine of 12 events. Leading the way was Larson, who swept both the oneand three-meter diving events. Following not too far behind, the swimmers, fighting in quartets, took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke, 300-yard medley and 500-yard free relays, as well as shutting out both first and second places in the 100- and 200yard free and the 200-yard back relays. Victorious, the Bears boarded the bus once again and headed home to the Ocean State. The following morning, the road-weary Bears suited up once more to battle the Princeton Tigers at home. Opening with a sensational 200yard medley relay, consisting of

“Our defense is definitely the strongest part of our game and we have great team chemistry.” brought the Bears another loss against Rhode Island, but Robertson managed a doubledouble with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Tanara Golston ’04 brought on a season-high eight assists along with eight points. Although the team led by one point at the end of the first half, 16 turnovers led to 20 points for the Rams, which would continue

their lead for the last eight minutes of the game. Despite the ups and downs of the last few weeks, team members said the team has a lot to look forward to in the coming months. With new assistant coaches and talent, the Bears have an optimistic outlook on the season. “Our defense is definitely the strongest part of our game and we have great team chemistry. That’s going to override any small problems that we come into contact with in the future,” Conrad said before the Rhode Island game. Herald staff writer Jinhee Chung ’05 covers women’s basketball. She can be reached at jchung@browndailyherald.com.

make it happen. Minnesota was credited with having one of the best off-seasons in the league after snatching Sam Cassell from Milwaukee, Latrell Sprewell from New York and Michael Olowokandi from the Clippers. Team executives believed they finally had given Kevin Garnett the supporting cast he needed to take the Wolves out of the first round of the playoffs, where they have exited seven — yes, SEVEN — seasons in a row. They have been disappointing at best this season with a 9-7 record, placing them eighth in the Western Conference. It’s time to trade KG and rebuild because what they’re doing there isn’t working. 4. Vin Baker is making people cry like they’re at a chick flick. The feel-good story of the year: The guy came back from alcoholism and is averaging 15 points and seven rebounds a game. There wasn’t a soul on the planet who thought he could resurrect his career after his decrepit performance last season, when he averaged 5.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg. I cringed watching his awkward running on the court, his incessant traveling violations and air-balled layups. Rumors had him showing up for practice at noon with booze on his breath. He goes to detox all summer, sheds 20 pounds and is almost back to his old self.

Boston fans cheer him every time he touches the ball, and practically every post-game press conference has a 20minute session devoted to his resurgence. Vinny is loving life right now. 5. Sac-town isn’t ready to lie down. All the analysts wrote the Sacramento Kings off this season, claiming that with Webber’s injury, Hidayet Turkoglu’s departure and Vlade Divac’s aging body, the team would no longer serve as the third member of the big trio (Lakers, Spurs and Kings). Yet the Kings are right there at 11-4 with the third-best record in the league. They haven’t actually lost that much depth. Brad Miller, an All-Star last year, is more than an adequate replacement for Turkoglu. He’s currently averaging close to 14 points and 10 boards per game. Mike Bibby, Bobby Jackson and especially Peja Stojakovic have stepped up in the absence of the team’s best player. Webber should be back before 2004. If everyone returns and the team retains its health, I see the Kings as being a clear-cut second to the all-star team playing in Los Angeles (and I don’t mean the Clippers).

Jessica Brown ’05, Kopra, Elizabeth Wong ’06 and Daniels, the Bears were neck-and-neck with their league rivals for the first part of the meet, down only 11 points at the first diving break. Making waves against the Tigers were Daniels with a triple victory, taking the 50- and 100yard free and the 100-yard back; Ashley Wallace ’07 with a firstplace finish in the 200-yard butterfly; and Wong with the one spot in the 100-yard butterfly. Alexis Skoda ’05 and McCoy placed second in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard freestyle, respectively. Despite the strong resistance from the Bears, Princeton managed to pull away and secure their victory. The results of the weekend, however, could not be measured by box scores alone. “We came out of our biggest weekend of racing more focused and more aware of who we are as a team,” Daniels said. Her teammate Pullman

agreed, saying, “everyone swam with heart — especially on Sunday.” The hard weekend in many ways brought the team together for the first time, but it is definitely not the last. Head Coach Peter Brown, opening his third season with the Bears, said, “Overall we raced hard and, considering where we are at training-wise, posted times that indicate to me that we are on track to take things to the next level in January.” Along with their male counterparts, the lady Bears will migrate south over winter break to sharpen their skills. The two squads will resume competition against the Pennsylvania Quakers on Jan. 17. “The second half of the year will require stronger performances from everyone,” Brown said, “(but) I am optimistic that, when things shake out by the end of the season, we will be a better team than we were last year in both swimming and diving.”

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2003 · PAGE 10 S T A F F

E D I T O R I A L

No excuses One secretary armed with a black marker negates the Brown administration’s entire argument against releasing full police reports. If a member of the community or the media wants to understand the details of the Providence Police’s response to a crime — be it a triple homicide or a 10-second fight outside a bar — they can receive all relevant information simply by walking into the PPD’s record office and requesting a police report. An administrative assistant then prints the report and, if the crime involves a sexual assault or the victims are minors, blacks out any information that could reveal sensitive information. Brown’s police do “play a role that (Providence Police) don’t play” in the city, as Vice President for Administration Walter Hunter suggests. PPD do not respond to medical emergencies or participate in the University’s private disciplinary system. But just because Brown Police obtains some information, often sensitive, that cannot — and should not — be released to the public does not mean all other information legitimately in the pubic interest should also remain hidden. There is no justifiable reason for why the Department of Public Safety does not simply black out a victim’s name, address and identifying traits and then provide a full account of the crime and police activity. The other concern raised by Interim Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services David Greene — that criminal activity cannot be separated from sensitive information — is also without merit. That same secretary with a black marker could determine whether a report deals with a crime or a “closed” incident. And just as every public police force in the country trusts its employees to make that distinction when releasing information about sexual assaults, DPS could easily trust almost any of its staff to make that decision on a case-by-case basis. The cost to the community was considerable before DPS officers were armed and will only become more serious when the police receive their guns. Were the November break-ins on Wriston Quad isolated incidents, or did they come after a string of reports of suspicious persons in the building? Are off-campus parties really getting more out of control, or are neighbors portraying Brown students unfairly? Most importantly, how do members of the Brown community know their police need guns if they do not have access to the full reports of DPS responses to violent assaults? Since announcing its arming decision, the administration has emphasized that it will proceed only with maximum transparency and community input. These claims remain hollow so long as DPS officers can continue to operate without any fear of their actions being independently scrutinized.

NICK SCHADE

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OPINIONS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2003 · PAGE 11

Antiwar freaks are stealing the Democratic Party Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson made the “A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL,” BOB one of the current president? It should. No Dylan sang in 1963. Liberal Democrats wonder many of today’s neoconservatives Truman/Kennedy Democrats’ last stand, think every day is a rainy one in Bush’s (the staunchest support of the Iraq war, running against Carter for the 1976 nomiAmerica, but a new study by the Pew including neocon godfather Irving Kristol) nation on a classic, pro-intervention platResearch Center shows the hard rain is were Democrats during the 1960s. More on form. The Jackson camp included Norman Podhoretz, one of the oldest and most falling on the Democrats, whose party that in a moment. But the Vietnam War profoundly altered notorious neocons; Frank Gaffney Jr., a affiliation has slipped from 51 percent of Americans in 1977 to a mere 31 percent in Democratic values. In the hippie movement, major neocon intellectual and outspoken 2003. What’s going on here? No, Howard opposition to the war converged with a supporter of the Iraq war; Elliot Abrams, a Dean, it’s not that the “Democratic (read: rejection of authority and of American val- senior official in the Bush administration; anti-war) wing of the Democratic Party” is ues in general. By 1969, the Party’s activist and William Kristol, the prominent neocon under assault by a neoconservative cam- core was growing increasingly opposed to who founded The Weekly Standard. But paign of mass deception. The problem is the war and increasingly disillusioned with Jackson’s pro-American agenda could not that the Democratic Party has been the overall strategy of containing commu- survive in the post-hippie Democratic hijacked by liberal antiwar nuts who do nism. The result was the disastrous candida- Party, which nominated Carter and ushered not represent Democrats and do not rep- cy of George McGovern, who ran not just in four years of shamefully weak foreign against the Vietnam War, but against the policy. And so Jackson’s supporters were resent America. entire Truman/Kennedy tradition of forced to embrace Reagan, the only candiYou see, the Democratic Party used intervening abroad to safeguard date willing to defend America against to stand for something very different democracy. What followed was two communist aggression. These men didn’t from what it stands for today. While decades of disappointing candi- leave the Democratic Party: the Democratic inward-looking Republican admindates, all of them soft on commu- Party left them. istrations were asleep at the wheel Today, Americans shaken by the Sept. nism and weak on defense. The during the 1920s, Wilson, FDR and party ceased to represent 11, 2001 terrorist attacks desperately need Truman fought evil on every America in its struggle for strong leadership in a dangerous world. front so that kids around the freedom and instead But once again, wildly anti-war activists world could grow up in free turned inward, pandering who are way out-of-step with the pro-war societies. Like their predto a loose coalition of Democratic mainstream are running the ecessors, Kennedy and narrow-minded special show, donating the money, attending the Johnson loved America, interest groups while rallies and going to the polls. As analyst and they were not nate the Republicans were Charlie Cook has shown, very liberal embarrassed to use force goralnik busy winning the Cold Democrats are massively over-representto promote justice and War: so began the ed among the so-called “likely primary prosperity in the face of orders from Party’s downward spiral voters” you see in the polls. Thus, the poll communist aggresthe boss numbers are misleadingly tilted in favor in the polls. sion. (And no, they didn’t care what France had to say.) Does this remind anyNate Goralnik ’06 shouts out to his hot neighbors in Unit 2.

of unelectable antiwar candidates like Howard Dean, leaving mainstream Democrats disenfranchised. Average Democrats are losing out. The party is being hijacked. Bruce Reed, chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, worries that if presidential candidate Howard Dean pulls the party too far to the (antiwar) left, “It’ll be a disaster for the party and the country.” He’s right. Democrats can only fight for freedom at home if their leaders are willing to fight for freedom abroad. Nothing unites the American people like a strong foreign policy, which reaches across partisan lines and gives all Americans a sense of security and strength. When Bill Clinton took a hardline stance on Iraq in 1998, even the firebreathing Republican Senator Trent Lott, declared, “Despite any current controversy, this Congress will vigorously support the president in full defense of America’s interests throughout the world.” It’s time to put an end to the vast exodus of proud Americans from the Democratic Party. FDR, Truman, Kennedy and Reagan were successful not just because they were more competent than their opponents, but because they inspired Americans to unite behind our common values and the idea of a strong America leading the free world. Cynical anti-war extremists have stolen too many Democratic nominations. It’s time for true core Democrats, who love America and are not afraid to defend it, to take the party back.

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SPORTS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3, 2003 · PAGE 12

Early surprises of NBA season

Ciarcia ’04 leads wrestlers to 4th at Keystone Classic BY CRAIG MCGOWAN

The Brown wrestling team grappled its way to a fourth-place finish at the Keystone Classic on Nov. 23. Riding the championship efforts of Captain Nick Ciarcia ’04, the Bears scored 97.5 points, behind Rider, host Penn and first-place Hofstra. “I thought we were improved from the week before,” said Head Coach Dave Amato. Ciarcia, wrestling at the 184-pound weight class, defeated opponents from Penn, Boston University and Hofstra en route to his title. Currently ranked No. 12 in the nation according to Amateur Wrestling News, Ciarcia bested No. 17 Brad Christie of Hofstra in the semifinals 5-2 and defeated No. 13 Paul Velekei of Penn in the finals 3-2. Ciarcia was not the only Brown wrestler to shine that Sunday. Captain David Dies ’04, coming off of his victory at the Bearcat Open on Nov. 15, placed second at 149 pounds. After a dominating first match, in which he pinned Matt Burton of the Virginia Military Institute in 2:32, Dies defeated Chris Vondruska of Hofstra 3-2 and Tide Prater of Virginia Tech 6-0. In the finals, Dies wrestled a close match with Reed Carpenter of Virginia Tech before falling 3-1. Carpenter has since moved to No. 17 in the Amateur Wrestling News rankings, while Dies is ranked 18th. At 157 pounds, Brown had two wrestlers place with Mike Savino ’06 taking fifth place and David Saadeh ’06 taking sixth. Saadeh, who was unseeded, defeated No. 5 Andrew Donofrio of Virginia Tech to advance to the quarterfinals. Brown had several wrestlers lose close matches in the quarterfinals, including Clinton Hicks ’05 at 125 pounds, Dan Appello ’06 at 133 pounds and Mike Ashton ’05 at 141 pounds. After losing, however, the Bears came back in the consolation brackets, with Appello taking sixth place. “I felt after our guys lost the first time, they wrestled hard to place as high as they could,” Amato said. Several additional wrestlers placed for Brown, as Sean Jenkins ’04 at 165 pounds and Mike Pedro ’06 at 174 pounds took third place in their weight classes and Lee Beane ’06 at heavyweight placed fourth. Jenkins came up short in a 5-2 decision against Ralph Everett of Hofstra in the semifinals, but wrestled back to defeat Chris Smith of Virginia Tech 3-2 for third place. Pedro also lost in the semifinals, falling to Matt Herrington of Penn 104. Like Jenkins, Pedro wrestled back in the consolation bracket, topping Greg Callahan of Penn 6-3 for third place. Beane lost in the semifinals to Carmelo Ferraro of Rider 3-1 and then fell to Jared Hymen of American 8-2 in the consolation finals. Brown heads west for the Las Vegas Open next weekend. Unlike the Keystone Classic, Brown will only be allowed to enter one wrestler per weight class. Wrestle-offs for the varsity lineup will take place this week to determine the roster for the Las Vegas Open. Herald staff writer Craig McGowan ’07 covers wrestling. He can be reached at cmcgowan@browndailyherald.com.

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Tanara Golston ’04 (left) has been the team’s defensive stopper while Nyema Mitchell ’04 has dominated the opposition’s frontcourt and made the All-Tournament team.

W. basketball opens season with victory but loses four in a row BY JINHEE CHUNG

The women’s basketball team returned from a tough weekend in Fairfield, dropping two games to Delaware and UMass in the Coca Cola Classic. The Bears then returned home Tuesday night to meet a similar fate against Rhode Island with a 64-59 loss, bringing them an overall record of 1-4. The team opened up the season at home on Nov. 21 with a 69-52 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. Holly Robertson ’05 and Nyema Mitchell ’04 led the Bears in scoring, with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Together, Robertson and Mitchell made 70 percent of their shots by the end of the game. Brown’s Nov. 26 match pitted the team against Illinois-Chicago. Although the Bears were down 12 points at halftime, the women managed to claw their way back to 59-59 by the end of four quarters. Colleen Kelly ’06 led the Bears on offense, scoring

11 points in the first half alone, and teammate Sarah Hayes ’06 scored with 12 seconds remaining to tie the game Despite relinquishing their lead to the Bears, the Flames came back in overtime, taking the lead for good late in the period, with a final score of 76-71. “We started out pretty good, beat Fairleigh Dickinson, and then we had a tough loss against Chicago right before Thanksgiving,” said Andrea Conrad ’05. “We only lost the Chicago game by a few, so we played well. Our defense was pretty solid, but we just couldn’t finish on the offensive end at some points.” The following Delaware and UMass games during Thanksgiving Break turned out to be close matches as well. “On Saturday we played well against Delaware, but got into a lot of foul trouble,” Conrad said. “That was the determin-

The women’s swim team opened up its Ivy schedule with a big triple-header weekend on the road, facing its two biggest rivals, Harvard and Princeton, as well as an upand-coming squad from Dartmouth. The weekend started off Nov. 21 with a disappointing 198-102 loss to the Crimson, continued the next day with a 130-75 domination of the Big Green and culminated on Nov. 23 with the exhausted Bears falling to the Tigers, 178-122. The late addition of the Sunday meet against Princeton provided the Bears with the unique opportunity of simulating the endurancedemanding Ivy League Championships, the season’s last meet, early on in the year. “We decided as a team that we’d hit the weekend head-on and think of it as a three-day meet, like we will face in March at Ivies — just with a lot more swimming,” said Co-Captain Elizabeth Daniels ’04. Daniels, true to her words, finished first

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M. swimmers seek to outpace last year’s times BY CHRIS MAHR

in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle in Cambridge. Despite her strong showing, as well as first-place finishes by Jessica Larsen ’06 in the three-meter diving and the 400-free relay team, the Harvard team ultimately outscored the Bears. (CoCaptain Emily McCoy ’04, Eileen Robinson ’06, Toni Pullman ’04 and Daniels comprise the 400-free relay team.) Secondplace finishes went to McCoy in the 200yard free, Emily Brush ’07 in the 100-yard backstroke and Karlyanna Kopra ’07 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Back on the bus, the Bears headed north to Hanover, NH. The meet against Dartmouth, consisting of all relays, is unorthodox in that it features such unconventional events as the 300-yard medley relay, the 200-yard backstroke relay and the 100-yard free relay. Although the events at the meet may not conform to the

After a 4-7 regular season record and an eighth-place finish at the EISL Championships last year, the Brown men’s swimming and diving team looks to move up in the Ivy League this year. Led by Co-Captain Jefferson Moors ’04, a returning Second Team All-Ivy member, Eric Brumberg ’06, another returning Second Team All-Ivy member in the 400 individual medley, and coCaptains Brian Wood ’04 and Tim Wang ’05, Brown is poised to surpass last year’s end results. “We want to be better than last year,” said Head Coach Peter Brown. “That encompasses a lot: team records, dual meet records and NCAA bids. The primary focus is just swimming faster.” Three meets into the season, Bruno looks impressive, thanks in part to a vigorous month of training leading up to the season, Brown said. “So far we’ve competed well, and I feel good about our training foundation,” he said. “The thing you do in the fall is train hard and see where you’re at. If you don’t establish certain things in the fall you won’t have anything to build on.” The optimism around this year’s team can also be attributed to good leadership and growing team chemistry, he said. “What kind of team you have depends on the leadership you have, and we have some good leadership from

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W. swimmers open Ivy action with one win on long roadtrip BY ARON GYURIS

SOME THINGS WERE JUST EXPECTED TO happen in the NBA this season. The Lebron-Melo Show has been hyped up since Draft Night and has thus far lived up to expectations. Everyone knew the MARC LANZA regular season SPORTS COLUMNIST would just be a time for the Lakers to relax and stretch out before they hold a victory parade in downtown LA next June. They’ve cruised to a 14-3 record, the best in the NBA, and are an undefeated 10-0 at home. Also, it has pretty much been established that the only three certainties in life are death, taxes and that the Clippers will perennially suck. But what about the unexpected? What has shocked basketball gurus Dr. Jack Ramsey, David Aldridge and Marc Lanza? Here’s a list of the early season’s surprises: 1. Baron Davis is the MVP of the first month. Out of nowhere, the guy is third in the league in scoring (24.3 ppg) and assists (8.2 apg), second in the league in steals (2.82 spg) and fourth in minutes (40.6 mins). He has led a team with practically nobody to an 11-6 record, good enough for fourth best in the NBA. In his short career he has been plagued with back problems that have prevented him from becoming the star the Hornets hoped they drafted with the third pick in 1999. Now he has shed 15 pounds and is in the best shape of his career. He’s been draining threes (by the way, he leads the league in threepointers made) and slashing through the


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