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W E D N E S D A Y FEBRUARY 18, 2004

THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXXXIX, No. 16

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Need-blind admissions for international students still far off, U. says BY ROBBIE COREY-BOULET

missions,” Bova said. Students applying for off-campus permission, most of whom are rising seniors, had to apply last December. In previous years, rising seniors did not have to apply until the start of the spring semester. The change was implemented to better accommodate the needs of students wishing to secure leases, Bova said. “It expedited the process in response to numerous requests from students who wanted to make their plans early,” he said. December is prime renting season for

Despite the administration’s commitment to equitable admission and financial aid policies, it will be years before the University can consider implementing need-blind admission for international students and financial aid for transfers, said Senior Vice President for University Advancement Ronald Vanden Dorpel. The implementation of these programs will depend on the success of the University’s capital campaign and the manner in which campaign goals are defined. The campaign is currently in its “quiet stage,” Vanden Dorpel confirmed. During this period, the University intends to raise a nucleus fund, which should amount to one-third the campaign’s projected goal, and will help to determine the size of that goal. Until the nucleus fund is raised, “we can’t really go public and announce the campaign,” Vanden Dorpel said. He estimated an official launch would occur by the end of 2005. The University clearly supports several “broad-based priorities,” including increased funding for financial aid, faculty chairs and graduate fellowships. Some of the revenue from the campaign might also be directed toward construction projects, such as the renovation of the Sharpe Refectory. But Vanden Dorpel said specific goals, such as need-blind admission for international students and financial aid for transfer students, have not yet been defined. “That doesn’t mean that we won’t get money for that in the course of the campaign,” he said. “We might try for it. But at this point, we just don’t have those particular goals.” Vanden Dorpel said that although he has no way to gauge donor interest in financial aid programs, he suspects many alums and parents are inclined to support them.

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Paul Greenamyer ‘04 dances with Faye Benjamin ‘05 during Swing Night at Zeta Delta Xi.

Lottery change leaves some in the dark about off-campus permission BY MICHAEL RUDERMAN

As the shuffle for next fall’s housing lottery approaches, rising seniors have noticed changes in the ways their housing options are decided, and administrators are making other procedural changes to the lottery. The Office of Residential Life is changing its policies with regard to seniors’ lottery numbers. According to Director of Housing Richard Bova, rising seniors who have received off-campus permission will not receive a lottery number — a change from past practices. In previous years, seniors who had received off-campus permission could secure a room on campus through the lottery and then choose to live off-campus in the fall, Bova said. This system created added stress for rising sophomores, rising juniors and ResLife staff who had to deal with the housing waitlist over the summer. “Sophomores won’t need to walk away from the lottery empty-handed now,” Bova said. But this change in practice leaves seniors without the options they used to have. Rising seniors are no longer able to view their lottery numbers and then decide whether to try for a room on campus or apply for off-campus permission, said Residential Council Chair Jesse Goodman ’04.

While rising sophomores and juniors receive new numbers for each round of the housing lottery, rising seniors receive one number for the lottery’s full duration. Bova said lottery numbers for rising seniors who did not apply for off-campus permission will be posted either late this week or early next week. As of now, 925 students have received permission to live off-campus. By the end of the week, Bova said he expects another 120 students currently on the waitlist to receive permission. “Virtually every rising senior will be accommodated in the off-campus per-

Table-slips return to campus dining halls BY BEN GRIN

Table-slips are back by popular demand in Brown’s dining halls. The Brown Events Magazine, a booklet comprised of full-page and table-slipsized ads, was designed to replace tableslips. But due to student complaints about the new format, Brown University Dining Services has decided to bring table-slips back to the Sharpe Refectory and VerneyWoolley Dining Hall. The student-run group Brown Student Promotions will continue to produce and distribute BEM until the end of the semester, as a supplement to table-slips. When it served as a replacement to

table-slips, BEM reduced clean-up time and hassle for Brown University Dining Services, said Claire Sidla, assistant director of BuDS. BEM was intended to reduce the hassle of cleaning up table-slips, said Claire Sidla, assistant director of BuDS. Groups who were unable or unwilling to publish ads in BEM were still able to leave table-slips on communications tables set up in the dining halls. The new programs simply “didn’t work out,” Sidla said. “Without a student union, the Refectory and Dining Hall are the main ways for students to communicate,” she said, and table-slips are the best way to do

I N S I D E W E D N E S D AY, F E B RUA RY 1 8 , 2 0 0 4 Harvard sex mag loses university approval, chance at school funds campus watch, page 3

New television network aims to bring music videos back to college audience campus watch, page 3

Ward 1 City Council Representative David Segal weighs in on Providence’s deficit column, page 7

that. Sidla did not rule out the possibility of future changes, saying, “We’re always trying to fine-tune (the system).” She said BuDS welcomes any suggestions about how to improve communication between student groups and the general student body. Marco Santini ’07 said he was content to see the return of table-slips. “It’s easier to pass slips across the table and it’s easier to talk about them than opening up a book and showing an event to a friend,” he said. Ari Savitzky ’06, campus life committee see TABLE-SLIPS, page 4

TO D AY ’ S F O R E C A S T W. indoor track has successful meet as individuals beat personal bests sports, page 8

Cornell and Columbia defeat wrestling in disappoiting weekend matches sports, page 8

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THIS MORNING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2004 · PAGE 2 Coup de Grace Grace Farris

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Four Years Eddie Ahn

TO D AY ’ S E V E N TS OBESITY: AN EMERGING GLOBAL EPIDEMIC 12:30 p.m. (McKinney Conference Room,Watson Institute) — with Russ Lopez, School of Public Health, Boston University, and adjunct faculty,Watson Institute.

HUMANITARIAN ACTION: IMPARTIAL AID OR ALIBI FOR THE POWERS TO BE? 7 - 9 p.m. (Room 202, BioMed Center) — Alain Dubos of Doctors Without Borders will speak about moral issues and dilemmas in providing health care for third world nations.

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My Best Effort William Newman and Nate Goralnik

SHARPE REFECTORY LUNCH — Vegetarian Garlic Soup, Beef Vegetable Soup, Polynesian Chicken Wings,Tofu Parmesan, Mandarin Blend Vegetables,Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing, Chocolate Cake with White Icing, Ricotta Pie

VERNEY-WOOLLEY DINING HALL LUNCH — Vegetarian Cream of Tomato, Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup, Hot Roast Beef on French Bread,White Bean Casserole, Green Peas,Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

DINNER — Vegetarian Garlic Soup, Beef Vegetable Soup, London Broil, Salmon Provenscal, Quesadillas, Mushroom Risotto, Fresh Vegetable Saute, Greek Style Asparagus, Oatmeal Bread,Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing, Chocolate Cake with White Icing, Ricotta Pie

DINNER — Vegetarian Cream of Tomato, Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup, Herb Baked Chicken, Spinach Pie Casserole, Red Potatoes with Chive Sauce, Italian Green Beans, Stir Fry Vegetable Medley, Oatmeal Bread, Ricotta Pie

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New music network aims for college-age viewers BY ALEXANDRA BARSK

Students at hundreds of colleges — but not Brown — are now being offered more than just the latest Nickelback video on TRL to satisfy their music cravings. On a new college music network, mtvU, viewers can finally watch some Death Cab for Cutie. The network plays “a lot of music videos that you may not ever see on MTV or MTV2,” and “more indie stuff that’s bubbling right out of the colleges,” said mtvU General Manager Stephen Friedman. Friedman said MTV had wanted “a channel that spoke just to college students” for years. He said when the College Television Network became available, they decided to purchase it. Friedman said MTV needed to redefine the channel “on air, online and on campus,” explaining that mtvU wants to “bring music to the audience in the way that they’re using it.” Videos shown on “The Cut” are made available online to be downloaded by viewers for free. This gives audience members access to new music they enjoy and then lets them share it with their friends, Friedman said. Every day, viewers can vote for their favorite videos, the top 10 of which will be played on the “Dean’s List.” Because the channel plays more up-and-coming bands, “it’s really relevant to what people listen to now,” said Chigozie Amadi, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, where students have access to mtvU. Most of mtvU’s programming is currently in short form, because the network realizes college students do not always have a full hour available to just watch TV, Friedman said. Throughout a typical hour, viewers may see segments on topics ranging from study abroad, sports and extracurricular activities to events occurring on other campuses, he said. The network also regularly plays music videos and updates from MTV and CBS news. MtvU is meant to serve as a resource for students, Friedman said. Chris Moulton, a sophomore at Penn, said when he first heard about mtvU he thought it would be exactly like MTV, which he said is “already pretty much geared towards college-aged kids.” But he said he prefers mtvU because “they actually play music like they’re supposed to.” MtvU will sponsor contests to unearth fresh talent, such as the best new cartoonist, fiction writer or filmmaker, Friedman said. He said he views the channel as “a laboratory to discover the exciting new trends that are coming out of colleges.”

Each week, with money provided by Youth Venture, mtvU gives a grant to a college student who is a social entrepreneur. In honor of Historically Black College and Universities Week, Feb. 16 to 22, mtvU and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund will give away scholarships to students attending public HBCU schools. The “Stand-In” series brings a cultural icon into the classroom to surprise the students by acting as professor for a day. The first event in the series, which Friedman said left students “astounded,” brought Jesse Jackson to Spelman College to teach a class on racism and law. Friedman said they hope to bring Marilyn Manson to teach a class because he “plays with images in a way that very few people have” and “understands how to manipulate the media in an interesting way.”

Brown is not currently part of the mtvU network, but Friedman said the University would be “an amazing addition.” Once a school is a part of the mtvU network, which incurs no cost to the school, there are two ways for students to access the channel. If there is space for mtvU on their school’s cable network, they can view the channel in their dorm rooms. If there is no space, mtvU will pay for televisions to be set up in public spaces on campus. Students can then watch mtvU while in the student union or at the gym, for example, Friedman said, adding that at many schools, mtvU makes both options available. Herald staff writer Alexandra Barsk ’06 can be reached at abarsk@browndailyherald.com.

Harvard reverses position on sex mag BY ZACH BARTER

Harvard University has built a reputation as a pioneer in a number of fields — medicine, business, law and theology among them. Pornography, it appears, will not make the list. After coming under intense media scrutiny, the university released a statement last week saying it will not fund a proposed student publication that would have included nude photographs of undergraduates. Two days earlier, the school’s Committee on College Life had granted approval to the magazine, a decision that would have enabled it to apply for school funding. In a written statement prepared for the media, the two female students behind the proposal wrote that the magazine, called H Bomb, would “serve as a popular forum for discussion about sex that is not otherwise available.” The magazine would include sexrelated feature articles, fiction, art, advice columns and photography submitted by students, they wrote. But the committee’s decision set off a storm of confusion, controversy and backpedaling. Harvard’s student newspaper, the Crimson, dubbed H Bomb a “porn magazine” in a headline, and national and international media outlets quickly picked up the story. Robert Mitchell, director of communications at Harvard, said his office had received “literally hundreds of inquiries.”

Harvard then issued a statement reversing its position on H Bomb. It said there had been “much misunderstanding” about the publication and that the committee had made its decision on the assumption “that it would not include material that would be considered pornographic.” The statement clarified that no funding would be provided for the magazine, and the committee would review its decision with the students. But despite the amount of controversy H Bomb generated, the magazine would not have been the first of its kind. Before granting its approval, the Harvard committee had reviewed copies of Squirm, a sex publication from Vassar College. Sarah Zarrow, a senior at Vassar and assistant photo editor of Squirm, described the publication, now in its fifth year, as an “artistic and literary magazine” exploring issues of sexuality absent from mainstream culture. Among other things, Squirm includes nude photographs of Vassar students. “We’re not a porn mag, so there are certain things we can’t show,” Zarrow said. “A lot of the photos are pretty artsy. I guess they would probably qualify as erotica.” The magazine, which receives funding from the see H BOMB, page 5


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chair for the Undergraduate Council of Students, said there is still room for improvement in the table-slip system. In order to minimize the environmental impact of table-slips, Savitzky has proposed a “table-slip revolution,” he said. Under Savitzky’s proposal, table-slips would be produced only once a day and kept in a box at each table, instead of being produced three times and thrown away after each meal, he said. He added that encouraging students to express their ideas and opinions about table-slips would be the best way to resolve the situation. UCS President Rahim Kurji ’05 said a lack of communication between BuDS and the student body created concerns about the BEM. Kurji cited concerns about

and V-Dub) are the

“We’ve got a number of international alumni and a good number of international parents,” he said. “My own view is that we could probably make a dent in raising money for needblind international aid.” Director of Financial Aid Michael Bartini emphasized that need-blind admission has only been in place two years. His office is currently soliciting feedback from students and faculty about how the policy should be expanded, he said.

main ways for students to communicate,” Sidla said. where the profits from the production of the BEM were going and the speed with which the transition took place. Beri Meric, president of BSP, said the group’s service fees were used to meet production costs. For now, the rules for tableslipping are the same as they were last semester. Table-slips must be black and white, and table-slipping is allowed only during the half-hour before meal times.

“My own view is that we could probably make a dent in raising money for need-blind international aid,”

Housing continued from page 1 the next fall’s housing, and making students aware of their offcampus status before they leave for winter break allows them to prepare for next year, Bova said. The expedited process has helped many students but may have hurt some who were unaware of the change, said Housing Officer Chad Mank. Some juniors who went abroad this fall missed the application deadline. But the “great majority” of students who were abroad had a proxy apply in their place, Mank said. The number of students granted off-campus permission depends on the number of incoming and transfer students. The number changes depending on the anticipated

Earlier this fall, an unexpectedly large

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enrollment for the upcoming academic year. Earlier this fall, an unexpectedly large number of incoming students forced some doubles to serve as triples. ResLife intends to avoid this problem next year and will do its best to fill the 4,650 beds on campus without making students uncomfortable, Mank said. Mank said the other major change to the lottery is that squatting will no longer be permitted. In the past, students in singles and doubles have been able to “squat,” keeping the same room for the next year.

“This is a huge deal for Brown, and we’re really proud of it,” he said. “We’re not even halfway through our commitment that we made with need-blind admission.” Transfer students are admitted to Brown on a need-blind basis but receive no financial assistance from the University. And while financial aid is available to international students, they are not admitted on a need-blind basis. “In the area of foreign students, we already do a lot,” Bartini said. “But we know we can do a lot more.” Administrators support these expansions to need-blind admission in the same way they supported the initial move to needblind two years ago, Bartini said. Still, these objectives might not be central to the campaign. Changes to financial aid policy “sit in competition with all the things we’re trying to do,” Bartini said. “These are issues that we’ll continue to talk about over the next several years.”

Herald staff writer Michael Ruderman ’07 can be reached at mruderman@browndailyherald.com.

Herald staff writer Robbie CoreyBoulet ’07 can be reached at rcorey-boulet@browndailyherald.com.

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Tennis continued from page 8 doubles match. “Against Rutgers we played really solid doubles and singles, especially singles,” said Head Coach Jay Harris. Following a quick break, Brown returned to the court to take on in-state rival URI. Because it was the second match of the day, Harris used the opportunity to let some players rest while giving others a chance to start. Pasanen played numberone singles for Bruno and used the opportunity to show his ability by defeating Rob Sutphen 6-1, 6-1.

Track continued from page 8 before I graduated.” Cambruzzi’s feelings of “now or never” were echoed by many of her senior teammates. “I was really happy with my time,” Linder said. “But I was disappointed it happened so late. I always used to say I’d lower my time next year. This time, there is no next year.” Teammate Fara Kitton ’05 is not saving anything for next year, either, as she proved with her fifthplace showing in the 55-meter hurdles. She had a time of 8.55. Katie Rowinski ’04 and Ashley Wall ’05 showcased the jumps squad’s consistency by finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the high jump. Wall then came back to place eighth in the long jump. Brittany Grovey ’06 finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 38’06.25. Jill Lynch ’05 led the way for the throws squad, which had a disappointing day, with a seventh-place finish in the shot put. “We’ve been consistent in the jumps,” Johnson said. “I hoped for

H Bomb continued from page 3 Vassar Student Association, operates with the same level of recognition as others student group, Zarrow said. “Squirm has an important place on the campus in terms of expanding people’s horizons,” Zarrow said. “We try to show with our images a variety of sexual practices, of genders, of body types that aren’t typically shown in the popular media.” Zarrow applauded Harvard’s initial endorsement of H Bomb, saying additional discussion of such issues represents a step forward. She said Harvard had succumbed to the pressure of the media by reversing its decision. Although Brown has no publi-

Richard Moss ’06, who has played exceptionally well the past two weeks, continued his winning ways, scoring a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Dustin Parente at number-two singles. In one of the most dominating performances of the day, Thomas shut out Nick Barbera of URI at number three singles, 6-0, 6-0. Goddard won the closest individual match at number four singles 6-4, 6-4, before Phil Charm ’06 decisively defeated Geoff Peterson 6-1, 6-0. Finishing off the singles matches, Luke Tedaldi ’06, who was returning from an injury, shut out his Rutgers opponent 6-0, 6-0. “Against Rhode Island, we really got a chance to use our depth,”

a little better in the throws. Jill, Jen (Donahue ’05) and Rachelle (Seibolt ’04) have been there. It’s a matter of those kids getting fresher.” Mid-distance runners Naja Ferjan ’07 and Willard showed off their freshness in the 800-meter race. The pair has been consistently lowering its time each week. Ferjan placed second with a time of 2:09.63, less than two seconds behind a Reebok Boston team member. Willard finished sixth in 2:11.90. Equally impressive was the duo of Nora Sullivan ’06 and Meredith Crocker ’05 in the 5000 meters. Sullivan’s time of 16:45.89 was good for fifth place, while Crocker’s time of 16:53.61 put her in seventh. Sullivan and Crocker’s times were good for third and fourth best all-time for Brown women’s indoor, respectively. Wemple attributes the distance group’s success to confidence from previous weeks, good training and a fast track. Overwhelmed by the number of excellent races over the weekend, Wemple said he was unable to pick one star. “There were too many good performances to single anyone

cation to rival Squirm, issues of sex and sexuality are on the agenda of several student groups. Daniel Bassichis ’06, advocacy chair of Queer Alliance, said discussion about the nature of sexuality is needed on campus. “I think it’s incredibly important to dismantle the notion that sexuality is rigid and private and disconnected from our everyday lives,” Bassichis said. An article about H Bomb in the Washington Post listed Queer Alliance’s annual party Sex Power God as an example of frank discussion about sexuality at elite colleges. “I think for a lot of people, (Sex Power God) provides a different space for expression than other parties,” Bassichis said. Herald staff writer Zach Barter ’06 edits the Campus Watch sec-

Harris said. “It’s not easy to come out and beat two teams like that.” In doubles action, Goddard and Charm scored an 8-0 victory, setting the stage for another Brown doubles sweep. Thomas and Goldberg won 8-3 at number-two doubles, and Tedaldi and Moss scored an 8-1 victory at number-three doubles. Brown heads out on the road this weekend, playing a pair of very tough matches against 56thranked Michigan State University Feb. 21 and 46th-ranked University of Michigan Feb. 22. Herald staff writer Craig McGowan ’07 covers men’s tennis. He can be reached at cmcgowan@browndailyherald.com.

out,” Wemple said. Brown will compete this weekend with a skeleton squad. Only those athletes not competing at the Heptagonal Championships and those looking for faster seed times will race. The rest of the team will rest for the championship meet at Cornell University Feb. 28. “With the way we ran this weekend, it elevated us from the middle of the pack to a top two or three team,” Wemple said. “We’ve closed the gap.” Herald staff writer Melissa Perlman ’04 is an assistant sports editor and covers women’s track and field. She can be reached at mperlman@browndailyherald.co m.

Wrestling continued from page 8 The match started off roughly for Bruno, with David Saadeh ’06 losing a close match, 2-5. Jenkins, posting a 3-2 decision, again seemed to spark a change in momentum, but it proved to be more of a flash in the pan. Cornell went on to dominate the rest of the match, pulling upsets against Dies (13) and Ciarcia (2-3), as well as a 23-4 technical fall by Travis Lee of Carl Quindell ’04. Lee is one of the best wrestlers the Bears will see outside of nationals and remains undefeated in the Ivy League. “We’re not that far off from beating these guys, we just need to be tougher,” Amato said. The Bears are currently preparing to host Harvard

“We’re not that far off from beating these guys, we just need to be tougher,” Amato said. University this weekend, before departing for the EIWA tournament. At EIWA, the Bears will have a second chance against some of the teams they lost to earlier in the season. “You just have to be mentally tough,” Amato said. Staff writer Bernie Gordon ’07 is an assistant sports editor and covers wrestling. He can be reached at bgordon@browndailyherald.com.


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EDITORIAL/LETTERS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2004 · PAGE 6 S T A F F

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House rules Brown students often claim that the spring semester is more stressful than the fall semester. It’s no wonder, given the timing of the housing lottery. Every spring, students are forced to consider whether they prefer their friends to a kitchen or a kitchen to a single — or, in the case of rising sophomores, the possibility that they won’t have any choice in housing at all. Priorities inevitably shift as students scramble to conform their friendships to groups of various sizes and, in any number of ways, beat the odds and live where they want. This year will be no different, especially since Brown doesn’t appear to have made the process any easier. The University has provided very little information about the imminent lottery — even less than it had by this time last year. With only two weeks before the first lottery segment and one week before first segment applications are due, the Office of Residential Life has yet to distribute information about what it expects from students living on campus. We wonder whether first-years will grasp the intricacies of the system in time and whether sophomores will have the chance to adapt their expectations to a changing lottery, possibly with many more opportunities for coed housing. Rising seniors living on campus next year have yet to receive their lottery numbers. Last year, senior lottery numbers were posted by the second week of the semester. Without time to consider their options, seniors — often the lottery’s only winners — might effectively lose a fairly earned privilege. The lottery process is not simple. It’s a savvy student who can preserve relationships and still successfully navigate the Brown housing system. We commend ResLife for changes made this year, including removing students with off-campus permission from the lottery, which makes the system fairer for students committed to living on campus. But by failing to provide information in a timely fashion, ResLife undermines its own system. The lottery is troublesome enough as it is, even when we know how to use it.

NICK SCHADE

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OPINIONS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2004 · PAGE 7

Providence’s deficit GUEST COLUMN BY DAVID SEGAL

It is undeniable that Providence is, in many respects, in the midst of a profound renaissance. But there is also no doubt that Providence is in many ways an unusually troubled city. Our child poverty rate is third highest in the nation, at 40.5 percent. Minorities comprise the majority of Providence’s population, but the city is segregated to a degree that exceeds almost all others. During the 1990s, white-to-Hispanic segregation increased more in Providence than in any other city in the country. Jobs and affordable housing remain scarce, and almost all of our public schools are failing by national standards. I thought I would use this column as an opportunity to paint for you the backdrop before which all of Providence’s larger difficulties lie — its ongoing structural deficit. Providence’s fiscal year 2004 budget is $554 million. Of that money, $288 million goes to the Providence Public School System, and the rest goes to other city functions. $246 million comes from the state ($178 million of which is earmarked for education, and $12 million of which is for school construction), $237 million comes from property taxes, and the rest comes in bits and pieces from here and there — interest, rent, parking tickets, various tax treaties, sales of certain city-owned assets and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement recently signed between Mayor Cicilline and Providence’s private institutions of higher learning including Brown and RISD. When Mayor David Cicilline ’83 and the current incarnation of the City Council took office a little more than one year ago, projected fiscal year 2004 expenditures exceeded revenues by about $60 million. Increases in spending are driven by contractually obligatory pay raises, an increasing school-age population and the nationwide phenomenon of increasing health-care costs. Rhode Island municipalities cannot legally run deficits. In turn, the Cicilline administration and the City Council pieced together new revenues and made cuts where possible. In the end, what had been whittled down to a $16 million budget shortfall was closed through an 8 percent increase in the property tax rate. Increases in the property tax are standard fare in Providence, and the amount of money garnered via the property tax is likely to increase again in the upcoming fiscal year, (though the tax rate will probably decline, as the state mandates a triennial reassessment of property values, and this is a third year). It is deplorable that property taxes have risen and will continue to rise, but it is a consequence of events set in motion and structures put in place well before the city’s current leadership took office. Property taxes are a particularly stifling and despicable form of taxation. The common perception that the wealthy are disproportionately hurt by property taxes is inaccurate — such taxes are generally regressive as a proportion of income, and are more so as a proportion of total monetary worth. When viewed in the context of larger revisions of federal and state tax codes — and there are so many pass-throughs from higher to lower levels of government that one cannot in good faith claim that they are wholly or largely separate — one must recognize that the overall tax burden on the wealthiest (even those in Providence, subject to an 8 percent property tax increase) has decreased, while the burden on many of our city’s (and state’s, and nation’s) poorest has increased. Less money in the hands of the poor makes living in poverty that much harder and exacerbates all the problems yielded by it. Despite frequent rhetoric implying otherwise, those who do not own homes will effectively pay a share of the incremental property tax levy, as their rents will rise to facilitate their landlords’ paying for the increase, exacerbating our affordable housing crisis. And renters are without the option of taking advantage of higher property values by selling their homes for significantly more than their costs at purchase. High property taxes make investment in Providence by businesses or individuals more difficult and less likely. So why doesn’t the city tax sales, or income? Or, better yet, why not tax payrolls so as to garner some money from those who come to Providence from generally wealthier suburbs each day for work — those who make use of the capital city’s roads and services but pay it no taxes; those who earn their money here but spend most of it elsewhere? We don’t levy such taxes because we are not empowered to do so. The state permits us to tax property and property alone. Providence has some discretion over various fees and fines, but none of these is particularly more attractive than property taxes, and they are also exceedingly regressive, in that the percentage of income or total worth paid generally increases with poverty. With a fiscally conservative governor, the state, content to save face by passing the buck to municipal leaders, has demonstrated an unwillingness to make use of more progressive mechanisms of taxation or to empower cities to make use of such mechanisms on their own. It is within these restrictive and bleak parameters that your city officials operate, and from them that I will send continued correspondence through the spring. David Segal is Providence’s Ward 1 city councilman.

ERIC MAYER

The new two-party system The current political schools of thought no longer tiptoe across the tightropes of liberalism and conservatism. In news publications, a choice is presented to the consumer: whether to believe the information that is made freely available about the United States and its government or to dismiss it in favor of a more cynical, fauxindependent view. Considering that all political thought is inevitably influenced by the media, one could argue that a new binary has quietly been invented — the roles of media “believer” and “skeptic.” Here’s an example based on a suitably banal personal experience: my sister, someone who could easily be categorized as a “skeptic,” was talking to a “believer” about the capture of Saddam Hussein. Receiving the believer’s gushing appreciation for the military’s fine work in pulling a man out of a spider hole, my sister took a predictably skeptical position: “Well, I suppose right before election time, they’ll catch Osama bin Laden, too.” This statement and the covertly political motivations that it suggests have appeared around dinner tables and television sets since the capture of the despot. Indeed, I myself have entertained the thought, although not without a degree of well-advised skeptical restraint. One could argue that my sister’s supposition is an inherently liberal position, but a closer look reveals that this is not the case. The specific sentiment she describes is not rooted in the dogma of any particular liberal ideology. Rather, it is the product of a distrust for the information presented to the public through the mainstream media. One could argue that the distrust my sister displayed was not directed at the media but the Bush administration. While this is a valid objection, it is based on a simplistic understanding of the theoretical future my sister provided. After all, even those who agree that the government is not beyond the reproach of its citizenry could dismiss cynical theories like my sister’s. The likelihood of a politically motivated arrest in the serene and just world of whistleblowers and a noble, truth-motivated press corps would to them appear nil. By contrast, media “skeptics” like my sister would characterize the govern-

ment and its press as two combative but paradoxically symbiotic liars. In sketching this binary, by no means am I suggesting that one paradigm is superior to the other. As with the binary of liberalism and conservatism, it is the gray area that proves the most troubling for people who wish to reach a higher truth — a gray area in which the perspective that one holds most dear is questioned. The binary of media “believers” and “skeptics,” however, more accurately captures the political reality of 2004. The basic question that divides ideology’s formation in today’s society is whether the information that is presented can be believed — in which case, little disagreement is possible. In order to prove such a point true or false, one could not (as many seem to do) claim 20 minutes of CNN or Fox News Channel to be sufficient research. This expectation, for its part, has been prescribed by a secretive government and fostered by its corporate media, much like the fully-flowered role of the American consumer was planted by the government, then watered by advertisers. There is reason, then, to be skeptical; the government takes, and has taken, an administrative role in its own media presentation. There is also reason, however, to believe what one sees — especially with the advent of independent media and its popularization over the Internet. The essential (and currently missing) element is, as always, the active participation of a population that is typically submissive. Shall we be believers or skeptics? I do not think there is an answer to that question, much as there is no answer to the question, “Shall we be liberals or conservatives?" The ideal inquisition would be, “Ahall we be selfinformed or allow ourselves to be presented with information?” If human history has brought forth at least one coherent lesson, the answer should be clear: if we are self-informed, the chances of us being better informed are simply higher. Eric Mayer ’05 vomits only occasionally in his blog, located at ericmayer.blogspot.com.

LAURA MARTIN

Kerry’s abortion problem — and mine Back in the good old days of Howard Dean’s media domination, John Kerry made campaign history by being the first candidate to express a brutally clear position on abortion: Pro-life Supreme Court justices need not apply. He criticized the Supreme Court's conservative members for trying to weaken abortion rights, stating “The Republicans want to criminalize the right of women to choose.” The pro-life movement paid little attention, having gained significant confidence from the Oct. 21 Senate decision to pass an act to outlaw partial-birth abortion. The presidential race will undoubtedly be a close one, and Kerry’s diehard pro-choice stance may mean his defeat. American Roman Catholic bishops have recently released statements criticizing politicians who claim to be Catholic while breaking with the Church on issues like abortion. Last year the Vatican released a document stating that Catholic politicians have a “grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life.” According to a 2000 ABC News poll, 23 percent of the Democratic party is pro-life. It is these votes, along with the Catholic vote, that Kerry risks alienating. The 64-34 Senate victory of the partial-birth abortion ban, which included 17 Democrats in favor of it, demonstrates that even politicians labeled “pro-choice” sway when considering late-term abortions. In voting against the Oct. 21 ban, Kerry expressed fears that the partial-birth ban does not take the health of the mother into consideration. Yet Los Angeles physician James McMahon testified to the House Judiciary Committee that only 9 percent of partial-birth procedures were performed for maternal health reasons, mostly “depression.” There is not a single medical school in the United States that provides instruction of the D&X procedure (the only type of partial-birth abortion outlawed by the ban) in its curriculum, yet prochoice advocates still maintain that the procedure is safe. Partial-birth abortion poses the maternal risks of cervical incompetence, uterine rupture, abruption, amniotic fluid embolus, trauma to the uterus, lacera-

tions, secondary hemorrhaging and shock. The purpose of the law is to protect citizens and uphold the value of life. By allowing abortion, the law also allows intentional homicide of an unborn child by a third party. For example, in 1990 a mother delivered her six-pound baby, then put the baby in a trash bag and dumped it in a river behind her Palatine, IlL, home. A law in Illinois dating back to 1820 states that the mother will face no prosecution for the death of an infant still attached by umbilical cord. Another case involves Teresa Keeler of California, who was recently divorced from her husband. After asking if she was expecting a child by her new lover, he noticed her enlarged belly and said “I’m going to stomp it out of you.” He kneed her in the abdomen and then beat her unconscious. Her child was delivered stillborn with a severely fractured skull. It is medically proven that late-stage fetuses can feel pain, and that this sensation is even more intense than that of a newborn or older child. Pro-choice advocates must consider these cases as mere assault, not intentional murder. Pro-choice campaigns often ignore the reality of abortion as birth control. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1,370,000 abortions occur annually in the United States. Of these abortions, 47 percent are performed on women who have already had one or more abortions, and 25.5 percent are to “delay childbearing.” The most appalling pro-choice argument is that the child will have a “poor quality of life” due to financial concerns or disease. Abortion is a moral debate. A third party cannot predetermine the quality of another person's life. By rigidly adhering to a closed-minded stance on abortion, Kerry and other politicians run the risk of alienating potential supporters. Today, passing through the birth canal bestows the magical status of “human.” An arbitrary line is drawn, creating a minute’s difference between a legal act and a heinous one. Laura Martin ’06 rocks the peacoat. Often.


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SPORTS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2004 · PAGE 8

Cornell defeats men’s swimming and diving, 128-113, in final meet before postseason BY ARON GYURIS

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Nick Goldberg ’05 (left) and Eric Thomas ’07 paired to win their doubles match 8-3 against University of Rhode Island Saturday. Brown swept both Rutgers University and URI, not even dropping a set the whole day in a dominating performance.

Men’s tennis sweeps every set in first home contest BY CRAIG MCGOWAN

The 51st-ranked men’s tennis team extended its winning streak to four Saturday with a pair of victories over Rutgers University and the University of Rhode Island. In a pair of home matches, the Bears defeated each school by the score of 7-0 to push their overall record to 6-1. Co-captain Jamie Cerretani ’04 led the Bears against the Scarlet Knights, playing in his first singles match since returning from injury. Playing at number-one singles, the 42nd-ranked Cerretani defeated Tyler Deming 6-3, 6-4. Though he did not dominate the match, Cerretani was able to control the tempo, getting key break points to put the match out of Deming’s reach before serving an ace on match point for the win. “I think I played crisp, solid tennis overall,” Cerretani said.

Brown continued its excellent play throughout the singles matches. No Rutgers player won more than three games in a set against any of the remaining Brown players Nick Goldberg ’05 defeated Gordie Milchutsky 6-3, 6-1, at number-two singles, and Adil Shamasdin ’05 dominated Balasz Galdi en route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Co-captain Ben Brier ’04, Zach Pasanen ’06 and Eric Thomas ’07 each defeated their opponents in straight sets, losing only six games among the three of them. In doubles action, the 12th-ranked team of Cerretani and Shamasdin defeated Tyler Deming and Robert Baggio 8-2. At numbertwo doubles, Kris Goddard ’04 teamed with Pasanen for an 8-5 victory, and Brier and Goldberg notched an 8-3 victory in the final see TENNIS, page 5

The men’s swimming and diving team (36) closed its 2003-2004 dual meet season against Cornell University Saturday. Cornell edged Brown out 128-113, but strong performances by the Bears indicated the team’s readiness for the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming League Championships. The Brown 400-yard medley relay team started off the meet in Ithaca, N.Y., by placing first, third and fifth against the Big Red. However, the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle, proved rather difficult for Brown’s young distance squad. Nevertheless, Bill Hedberg ’06 and Mike Hammond ’07 were able to add fourth and fifth-place points to their team’s score and keep the momentum from the first event. Although the Bears struggled in the next few events, the middle of the meet featured back-to-back-to-back first place finishes that seemed to revive Brown. Leading the charge was Eric Brumberg ’06, who took the 200-yard individual medley by more than one second and stepped up again only a few minutes later to emerge victorious in the 200-yard

Wrestling squad falls to Columbia and Cornell in disappointing weekend BY BERNIE GORDON

The wrestling team had a disappointing road trip this weekend, losing a 21-19 heartbreaker to Columbia University Friday in New York City and falling to Cornell University, 33-3, Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y. “Frustrating is the word,” said Head Coach David Amato. “There were a number of matches we could have won that we didn’t.” Columbia got out to an early lead,

Eleven personal records set by w. indoor track at Boston invitational BY MELISSA PERLMAN

The Fast Track Invitational in Boston on Friday and Saturday was not a scored meet, but the women’s track and field team still racked up some impressive statistics. It was Brown’s most outstanding meet of the season thus far. Eleven athletes recorded personal bests, which put many of the Bears at the top of the Ivy League. “We rocked the house,” said Rick Wemple, middle and long-distance coach. “We had a great meet from the 55-meter to the 5K. It was fun.” While Wemple’s distance squad has consistently performed well over the past few weeks, it was the sprint squad that stepped up this weekend. Head Coach Robert Johnson attributed the sprinters’ success to a combination of mental toughness and peaking in the team’s training. “I expected (these fast times) a week ago,” Johnson said. “But we’ll take them whenever we can get them. I knew we had

it in us. We’ve seen it at practices and it was just a matter of putting it on the track. It’s always a joyous occasion to see it.” Setting the tone for the Bears was the distance medley relay team of Anna Willard ’06, Kelly Powell ’06, Caci Cambruzzi ’04 and Katherine Kosub ’04. Powell’s 56.7 second 400-meter leg led the way to a convincing first place finish in a time of 11:49.18. While Powell’s fast quarter-mile leg started things off for the sprinters, Willard, Cambruzzi and Kosub’s legs did the same for the middle-distance squad. “When Kelly ran her 56 (second) split, it set the standard,” said Lauren Linder ’04. Linder proceeded to raise that standard by finishing third in the 55-meter dash in 7.28 and fourth in the 200-meters in 25.07. Both times were personal records for Linder, and the former puts her at number seven on Brown’s indoor top-10 list in the event. “It was time for it to happen,” Linder

butterfly. The only break Brumberg had between his events was watching teammate Matt Freitas ’07 take the top spot on the one-meter board diving event. Following Brumberg’s second win, cocaptain Timothy Wang ’05 secured a win of his own in the 100-yard freestyle. Also contributing to this streak of Brunonian success was co-captain Jefferson Moors ’04, who shattered the Cornell pool record by almost a second in the 200yard backstroke. As the meet drew to a close, neither the second place finishes of Max Allen ’04 in the 500-yard freestyle and PJ Santoro ’04 in the 200-yard breaststroke nor the first, third and fifth place finishes of Bruno’s 400-yard freestyle relay teams could stem the advancing Red tide. In the end, despite first-place finishes by Brown in seven of 13 events, Cornell came out on top. With their dual meet season behind them, the Bears now look to make their mark on the Ivy League at the EISL Championships at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool on March 4-6. The contest will be the last for Allen, Moors, Santoro and cocaptain Brian Wood ’04.

said. “I wasn’t nervous for once and I just knew what I had to do. Everything’s been placed. It’s just about relaxing. You have to go in with confidence.” Powell, who kicked off the streak of fast times, came back in the open 400-meter race to finish ninth in a time of 57.98. She was followed by teammate Emily LaMonica-Lewis ’06 in 10th. “I think (my time) was partly because of the confidence from the day before and because my legs felt loose,” Powell said. After watching her teammates excel, Cambruzzi took control of her heat of the mile run and ended up eighth in the overall standings. Her time of 4:57.15 not only broke the daunting five-minute mark, but was also a personal best. “I was really excited to break five,” Cambruzzi said. “To actually have an official time under five was big. It’s a big barrier to break, and I was glad I could do it see TRACK, page 5

winning the first four matches, including a 15-0 technical fall, to grab a quick 15-0 lead. Co-captain David Dies ’04 gave Brown its first points on a 2-0 decision, but Columbia’s Anthony Constantino got a late takedown over Mike Ashton ’06 to give the momentum back to Columbia. Sean Jenkins ’04 earned a 14-6 major decision in the 165-pound weight class to start what would become an incredible late surge for the Bears. Adam Santee ’04 was up next for the Bears and despite a hard-fought match gave up two points for stalling and lost 3-1. Co-captain Nick Ciarcia ’04 took the mat next for the Bears, pinning Justin Barent in the first period. Peter Mosley ’05 followed in fine style, pinning Ben Tecmire late in the second period. But the comeback came too late. Mosley’s match was the last of the day, leaving Columbia on top by a scant two points. “I don’t know what happened,” Amato said. “We lost all of the close matches.” In Ithaca, the Bears faced a different kind of opponent. The Big Red needed just one more win to clinch their 26th Ivy League title in 49 years of Ivy competition and their second in a row. In a match where the score didn’t tell the whole tale, the Bears nearly got in their way. “You don’t get any points for coming close, but we lost four one-point matches,” Amato said. see WRESTLING, page 5

Brown Sports Results Tuesday, Feb. 17 Men’s Squash: Yale 8, Brown 1 Women’s Squash: Yale vs. Brown (Late Game)


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