T U E S D A Y APRIL 6, 2004
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXXXIX, No. 42
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Dean for Campus Life Jablonski finalist for UNC position
Administrators announce increased support for medical school, biological sciences
BY JONATHAN ELLIS
BY JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Dean for Campus Life Margaret Jablonski is one of four finalists for the position of vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, according to the chair of the UNC search committee. “We think Dean Jablonski is an outstanding candidate for the position, and we’re delighted that she applied,” said Steven Matson, professor and chairman of the UNC Department of Biology. Jablonski told The Herald a search firm hired by UNC initially contacted her about the job. “I wasn’t looking to leave Brown University,” she said. “But I should explore this opportunity at an elite public university.” The search committee brought in the firm, Highbridge Associates, to directly contact qualified individuals after an initial advertising-based search failed, Matson said. The UNC chancellor and provost — the final decisionmakers — “weren’t willing to offer the position to any of the candidates identified in the first search,” Matson said. The second search culled four finalists from a field of over 90 applicants, the Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper, reported Thursday. The finalists will all visit the Chapel Hill campus later this month, Matson said. Jablonski said she is still scheduling her trip. According to the job posting on its Web site, UNC “encourages … applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.” Jablonski is the only woman among the finalists. The posting also seeks applicants with a
The University will spend $475 million over the next 10 years to improve and expand the Division of Biology and Medicine, in particular the Medical School’s relationship with local hospitals, which will contribute $7.5 million over five years, administrators announced Monday. The hospitals’ contributions will be combined with $5 million from the University in a new discretionary fund for academic purposes for the newly created position of dean of medical and biological sciences, according to Provost Robert Zimmer. President Ruth Simmons said she expected a new agreement with Brownaffiliated hospitals, which include the V.A. Medical Center and Memorial Hospital, to create more formalized relationships. “We can’t rely on a loosely constructed arrangement,” she said. Part of the $475 million allocated to the Division of Biology and Medicine will be spent on 40 academic appointments and new construction projects, including the Life Sciences building and the Ship Street research facility.
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Daniel Brody ‘04, a WBRU DJ, will no longer have to worry about competing with FNX.
WBRU triumphs over alt-rock competitor FNX BY JUSTIN ELLIOTT
About three years ago, WBRU-FM staff members found cause for concern when they learned their station would have some new competition. With rival 103.7 FNX playing a mix of alternative music similar to WBRU’s lineup, “there were definitely times when we were unsure where we were going to be at the end of the day,” said WBRU General Manager Brandon Gordon ’05. But when staff members at WBRU-FM learned last month that FNX would soon become a sports station, a celebration was in order. Beginning May 1, when FNX goes off the air, WBRU, the University’s independent, student-run radio station, will be the only alternative rock station in Providence. The frequency’s new owners will shut down FNX, which mounted a three-year head-on challenge to WBRU, and simulcast WEEI Boston Sports Radio. Bradley Mindich, executive vice presi-
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dent of FNX’s parent company, downplayed the significance of competition in Providence. “Obviously any competitors need to be looked at,” he said, but he placed blame for FNX’s failure primarily on a bad economy. But WBRU Program Director Seth Resler ’99 had a different view, citing ratings data from last summer. In a survey of male listeners between 18 and 34 years old, 56 percent of those who said FNX was their favorite station named WBRU as their second favorite. This indicates that FNX and WBRU were in competition for both listeners and advertising revenues, Resler said. Resler said that FNX was a well-funded, well-oiled competitor with a strong signal and a media conglomerate behind it. But now, both Gordon and Resler said see WBRU, page 4
When Mikhail Shapiro ’04 arrived at Brown as a first-year in 1999, he planned to major in philosophy, telling himself he would never take another math or science class. Five years later, he is graduating with a Sc.B. in neuroscience; next year, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in bioengineering at Brown, Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or the California Institute of Technology. Shapiro said he has not yet decided which school he will attend, but one thing is certain: Tuition will not be an issue. Shapiro has been named a 2004 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. The award, available to students who are immigrants or children of immigrants and are working towards a Ph.D. in any field, covers half of the cost of graduate school and
provides a $20,000 stipend. Shapiro also received a Hertz fellowship, awarded to students who have made significant contributions to science and technology. That award provides tuition, is renewable and pays a yearly $25,000 stipend. Shapiro said he is currently working on the development of tools to more precisely record the activity of neurons in the brain. His main field of study is human consciousness, an interest he developed when he took a leave of absence after his freshman year to run an Internet startup company with a friend. Although the business failed, Shapiro used the year off to gain a better perspective on his academic interests. It was at that point, Shapiro said, that he decided he wanted to study the science of consciousness. “People have been philosophizing
Vanessa Lipschitz ’04 and Katy Love ’04 take issue with the Career Development Center column, page 7
BY STEPHANIE CLARK
about consciousness for hundreds of years, but it’s difficult to study scientifically because the patterns of consciousness in the brain are so subtle,” Shapiro said. After returning to school and using his business savvy to help found Cyberkinetics Inc., a company devoted to brain research created by scientists at Brown, Shapiro said he found himself becoming “more and more sucked into science.” When Cyberkinetics hired a chief executive officer in 2002, Shapiro left the company to work with Engineering Professor Arto Nurmikko. At that point, he began developing new technologies to investigate neural systems. According to Shapiro, no tools cursee SHAPIRO, page 4
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Puerto Rican Heritage Week speakers say open communities are strongest The theme of this year’s Puerto Rican Heritage Week, “Siempre Pa’lante,” or “Moving Forward,” accurately characterizes the way author and poet Willie Perdomo feels about his poetry, he said. Perdomo, the keynote speaker at Puerto Rican Heritage Week’s Monday evening convocation, read poems that related to some of the other themes mentioned throughout the evening. “When I write ... it’s always moving forward. There’s perpetual movement,” Perdomo said. Two of the poems read mirrored this theme in a more physical way. The first poem of the evening was set on a commuter train out of New York City and was quick-paced, energetic and frenzied. The last poem he read took place on the same train, seven years later, and was much more slowly paced and reflective, although still moving. Perdomo said of the poem, “Sometimes you have to take one step back to move a couple steps forward.” Perdomo also talked about issues of identity and discrimination. One poem discussed the common misconception
Shapiro ’04 wins fellowships, excels at science and entrepreneurship BY SARAH LABRIE
see MED SCHOOL, page 4
A gay state rep made a courageous move and came out, according to Peter Ian Asen ’04 column, page 7
W. crew pulls through challenging conditions to defeat Radcliffe, the national champs. sports, page 8
After beating Loyola, m. lacrosse falls to Syracuse, drops down in rankings sports, page 8
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THIS MORNING TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2004 · PAGE 2 Coup de Grace Grace Farris
TO D AY ’ S E V E N TS ADVANCE IN RETREAT: VISUAL AND LITERARY AMBIGUITY IN WANG SHEN'S MISTY RIVER 5:30 p.m. (List Art Center, Room 110) — a lecture by Charles Hartman, Professor of East Asian Studies, State University of New York at Albany. Presented by the Wayland Endeavor Fellowship Program and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.
AYA DE LEON IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT 9 p.m. (Salomon 101) — Award-winning writer/performer Aya de Leon will be debuting her new political spoken word remix show.
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2 Wherewithal 3 Relative by marriage 4 Inept golfers 5 The Seminoles of coll. football 6 Sunrise direction 7 Circle segments 8 Pay 9 In that place 10 Low rating 11 Noted Wild West scout 12 Ballerina Pavlova 13 2000, e.g. 18 Lounging slipper 24 Drink like a dog 26 Be right next to 28 Cut off 29 Not interfere with 31 “__ Vibrations”: Beach Boys hit 32 Greek god of love 33 Two-by-four defect 34 Nabisco cookie 35 Dawn, to TV’s Buffy 37 100 smackers 1
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Answer: Emo — The others are popular bands, and emo is a type of music.
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METRO TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2004 · PAGE 3
New future in store for Masonic Temple
Simmons encourages Fox Point volunteerism; one-day project overenrolled
BY CAMDEN AVERY
BY SARA PERKINS
To anyone traversing Francis Street in the Capital Center District of downtown Providence, the abandoned Masonic Temple seems an outdated monolith. It looms over the mall and the State House, emerging from cracked pavement and broken glass. Iron beams protrude from the sides, and curled rusty iron frames the blackened empty windows. The long-abandoned Masonic Temple on Francis Street was built in 1929. It was never finished and has been vacant for 75 years. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the building was built by the Scottish Rite Masons. Construction was never completed because funding for it disappeared when the Depression began, leaving the steel-framed brickand-limestone skeleton with its eastern wall of ionic columns. The city bought the temple in 1944 and has owned it since. On March 11, Providence’s 17-member Capital Center Commission approved a plan to develop the temple, the Providence Journal reported. The developer is Sage Hospitality Resources, a Denver, Colo.based hotel development firm. In addition to Sage Hospitality’s own investment, the Kimberly-Clark corporation, which produces tissue and paper products, is investing as a way to earn a tax break. Sage Hospitality and Kimberly-Clark are relying on a $41million mortgage from Fleet Bank to cover the remaining cost, according to the Journal. The proposed design is for a $77 million, 270-plus room luxury hotel, according to the Journal. The hotel will be operated by Marriott Renaissance, a luxury branch of Marriott International. This isn’t the building’s first shot at redevelopment. Development attempts began in 1997 but failed after prospective investors backed out, according to the National Trust. In 1996, then-Governor Lincoln Almond issued an executive order to create a Masonic Temple Task Force to further “an interest in historical and architectural restoration and preservation.” The order noted that the building is on the Register of Historic Places, calling it a “historic and architecturally significant building.” Two years ago, the Rhode Island Economic
An all-day project to revamp the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club has attracted so many volunteers that organizers say they have had to turn students and staff away, even though it falls on the Saturday of Spring Weekend. The project is part of Rebuilding Providence Together, a citywide program — now in its 10th year and formerly called Christmas in April — that organizes multiple groups to refurbish community centers and homes of low-income families, the elderly and the disabled in Providence communities. Each Rebuilding Providence Together project is sponsored by a different Providence organization, including several other colleges and universities. For the last nine years, staff members from the Department of Facilities Management have participated, helping low-income families with home improvement tasks like plumbing, fixing roofs, fencing and landscaping. But “President (Ruth) Simmons wanted to include more faculty, staff and students this year,” said Michelle Ross, administrative assistant in the department of psychology and a member of the staff advisory committee’s events subcommittee. Ross said publicity about the April 24 project in the Morning Mail e-mail on March 9 brought a flood of responses. “We were so overwhelmed by people who wanted to volunteer that we’re not taking any more names,” she said. “I’ve turned probably more than 30 people away.” “I wish I had 10 projects to do,” she said. Simmons chose the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club as the project site. The Fox Point Club was built in the late 1970s and is in good shape for its age, according to Anne Stern, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence. The center offers tutoring in reading and science, arts and crafts, athletics, leadership training and special programs like December’s all-student production of an updated version of “A Christmas Carol.” The regular staff includes four full-time and around eight to 12 parttime staffers, Stern said. The rest of the club’s needs are filled by 10 to 15 regular adult volunteers. “(Simmons) has about 20 to 25 college students there as volunteers” to help particularly with tutoring, Stern said. “The college students are helpful because it enables the kids to see what’s next after high school. … A lot of our kids come from economically disadvantaged circumstances,” she said. “The Boys and Girls Club is so important in this com-
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For those who were turned away from this project, the (staff advisory committee) hopes to organize several other volunteer opportunities this spring, ... including sending a team to the American Heart Walk on May 8 and volunteering at St. Mary’s School for Children, a school for children with “emotional and other problems.” munity, and this is just one more facet of the relationship that we have built with the club,” Simmons told the Brown News Service. The University has held fundraising events for the club in the past, like the Dave Zucconi ’55 5K Road Race last year. Robert LaVigne, manager of structural trades, has organized volunteers since Brown began participating in the program. He visited the club to identify what could be done to fix it up, Ross said. “The biggest job will be painting,” she said. Volunteers will also replace ceiling tiles, install shelving and help landscape the outside areas, but “just about everything in the place will be painted,” she said. For those who were turned away from this project, the SAC hopes to organize several other volunteer opportunities this spring, Ross said, including sending a team to the American Heart Walk on May 8 and volunteering at St. Mary’s School for Children, a school for children with “emotional and other problems” that needs math tutors and supplies. Rebuilding Together volunteers will receive a T-shirt that doubles as a ticket into an afternoon celebration at Waterplace Park. “Hopefully next year it will get even bigger and we’ll do more,” Ross said. Herald staff writer Sara Perkins ’06 edits the Metro section. She can be reached at sperkins@browndailyher-
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Med school continued from page 1 Simmons, who made the announcement Monday morning, said the money will help the University achieve “a tremendous range of capital needs and additions to the budget.” The administration’s announcement culminated a two-and-a-half-year review by Brown faculty and an external committee of experts and followed authorization by the Corporation in February. Interim Dean for Medical and Biological Sciences Richard Besdine said he hoped the expansion will raise the stature of the medical school and help bring the very best faculty to Brown. At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Corporation approved a set of strategic goals for the Medical School, including bringing the school into the top quartile of U.S. medical schools and Brown
residencies into the 20 nationally. The Corporation also approved an expansion in the Medical School to 400 students, from its current size of about 320 students. As part of the Plan for Academic Enrichment, the University plans to expand the size of the life-sciences faculty by 30 percent. It also plans to build up the Program in Public Health by doubling the size of the graduate student body and almost doubling the size of the Department of Community Health faculty, from 54 to 100 full-time positions. To support the changes, Zimmer said the University has signed an agreement with its affiliated hospitals that will give new responsibilities to the dean for medical and biological sciences, a position the University is currently conducting a national search to fill. The new dean will command the discretionary fund to promote collab-
oration across departments and the affiliated hospitals. Before this set of agreements, Besdine said, individual department chairs made most of the decisions. A more centralized structure organized under the dean of medical and biological sciences will be beneficial to certain areas of medicine and research, he said. This is “exactly the framework for ensuring the dean sits at the center of this activity,” Zimmer said. What exactly will come out of the new organization has not been specified, but Zimmer said the new dean will use the discretionary fund for programs in research, education or whatever he deems necessary. “It’s a little hard to anticipate the programs that will emerge,” Simmons said. Herald staff writer Justin Elliott ’07 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WBRU continued from page 1 they hope to see an increase in revenues as advertisers turn solely to WBRU to reach the alternative rock audience. And if FNX listeners return to WBRU and ratings go up, the station will be able to raise advertising rates. FNX, originally based in Boston and simulcast in Providence and New Hampshire, billed itself as the “new rock alternative” and entered the Providence market with the slogan “Make the Switch” — an appeal to WBRU’s listeners, Gordon said. “They had some good (ratings) books,” he said. “They really scared us.” But about one year ago, FNX broke away from its Boston counterpart and began to broadcast a Providence-specific lineup. By that point, FNX was already on the decline, Resler said. Gordon attributed WBRU’s success largely to its 34-year history as an alternative rock station in Providence. “Nirvana did their last radio
Shapiro continued from page 1 rently exist to measure large patterns of consciousness in the human brain. The diffuse nature of these patterns makes them hard to detect, Shapiro said. He describes the technology he hopes to create as a combination of an MRI, which provides fuzzy information about many brain cells, and an electrode, which records very precise readings from a few neurons. Although he imagines the technology for such a tool will not be available until at
Temple continued from page 3 Development Corporation issued a “Request for Letters of Interest” on behalf of the state, asking for proposals to be submitted by June 2002. The RIEDC specified that it was “seeking creative reuse of this building,” either by reusing the existing structure or, if necessary, by demolishing and rebuilding entirely. According to the RIEDC, the
W. Crew continued from page 8 varsity, novice, second novice, undefeated Junior Varsity and Varsity Four crews are happy with the composure and momentum with which they faced down Radcliffe last Saturday. “(Defeating
interview at BRU — FNX can’t buy that,” Gordon said. Resler said Rhode Island listeners are loyal, too. “We tailor to Rhode Island and the people in this area,” he said. WBRU has overcome other competitors in the Providence market. In 1995, WBRU weathered the assault of 99.7 FM “The Edge,” a station that attempted to win over the alternative rock audience. “The Edge” is no longer broadcasting. FNX’s failure is “the second time in a decade that a major company has come to the market and tried to knock us out,” Gordon said. “It’s the second time a bunch of college students had the right formula.” That formula includes some unconventional features, such as an award-winning news department and the weekly “360: Black Experience in Sound.” WBRU is also “one of the few radio stations left who takes chances on bands,” Resler said. Herald staff writer Justin Elliott ’07 can be reached at email@example.com.
least 20 years from now, he plans to use his fellowship awards to continue pursuing this goal. Normally, Ph.D. candidates must depend on the professors whose research they assist for stipends. The money from Shapiro’s awards will allow him more flexibility when choosing labs for his work. “My work is kind of out there. This way I can be a lot more independent in the research that I do,” Shapiro said. Herald staff writer Sarah Labrie ’07 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
building is 155,200 square feet and was structurally sound as of the mid-1990s. Capital Center Commission Executive Director Deborah Melino-Wender said the next phase of approval is the review of a “detailed landscape” plan. This includes landscaping the now condemned four-lot area north of the temple, according to the Journal. Melino-Wender said construction is expected to begin this spring.
the defending national champs) is a great place to be in, but the close margins just showed that we’ll have to work even harder,” Starr said. The women’s rowing squad will go toe-to-toe with Rutgers and the University of Massachusetts at home on the Seekonk River this weekend.
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Perdomo continued from page 1 that Perdomo is black, and the discrimination that both African Americans and Latinos face. The poem had an angry tone and included many repetitions of racial epithets for both African Americans and Latinos. Another theme prevalent in the evening’s speeches was the idea of community. Senior Reflections speaker Amanda Calderon ’04 described the word “community” as a word she has heard used a lot but whose meaning has gotten skewed. “Use the word ‘community’ and everyone will agree with you, everyone's head will nod,” she said. But she said the word has started to be restrictive. People have become excluded from communities if they “don’t speak Spanish, don’t dance the salsa, ... are too radical,” she said. “Our strength should not rest on creating a solid definition of ourselves. It’s impossible and it’s wrong.” Instead, Calderon said, the focus should be on liberation and not adhering to oppressive limitations on what a community is. “As long as we’re building community ... we can know we’re moving in the right direction,” she said. Perdomo agreed. “I'm living in
Lacrosse continued from page 8 Towers. “You don’t often see him go the length of the field. It got us all going.” Brown extended its lead to 123 going into the fourth quarter and then added two more in the fourth for the 14-3 victory. It was another big game for Woodson, who totaled six points on four goals and two assists. He currently leads the team in points with 29 and is tied for second in groundballs with 23. He leads the Ivy League in points per game with 4.33 and is second in goals per game with 2.83. His dominance this season, Towers said, is a testament to his outstanding athletic ability. “Physically, Chazz is one of the best lacrosse players I have played with,” Towers said. “Oneon-one and finishing plays, he is our best offensive weapon. We look to him to quarterback our offense from the attack position.” Nelson agreed that Woodson is definitely the go-to player for offense. “He brings some athleticism, some flash,” Nelson said. “He brings productivity and is a great leader. He is someone we turn to when we need a goal.” Also coming up big for the Bears was Alex Buckley ’07, who contributed two goals and an assist. For his efforts in the game he was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. “Buckley is just stepping up as a freshman,” Towers said. “The most impressive thing about him is his composure as he plays out there against older guys. He’s got a great future ahead of him.” Levin was also honored for his play in the Loyola game, garnering his first Ivy League Player of the Week award for this season. He leads the Ivies in goals against average at 5.22 and save percentage at .659. “Levin is as good a goalie as
the global community,” he said. He cautioned against getting too caught up in the fine distinctions between nationalities, saying that understanding can be reached through common experience. “We get too caught up in ‘You’re black, I’m Puerto Rican.’ We both grew up in the projects.” Other speakers included First Year Expectations speakers Jeniimarie Febres ’07 and Oscar Padilla ’07. Febres talked about her identity, listing ways that she identifies herself and then saying that it is hardest to identify as Puerto Rican. The associations that come with certain cultures are hard to shake, she said. But, she said, her Brown experience so far has provided her with support and encouragement. She cited her minority peer counselor and classes she’s taken as significant influences. Padilla read an original poem in both Spanish and English about suffering in Puerto Rico and the strength of Puerto Ricans around the world. He continued the themes of the night, mentioning brotherhood and community. Puerto Rican Heritage Week continues through Saturday. Herald staff writer Stephanie Clark ’07 can be reached at email@example.com.
there is in the country and he showed that in the Loyola game,” said Nelson. In between the Loyola and Syracuse games, the Bears defeated the winless Hartford Hawks 15-5. The Bears dominated from the start of the game, tallying seven goals in the first quarter alone. While the game may not have been close, it did provide a good opportunity for younger players to get extended playing time. “The older kids did a great job of getting the lead, giving a lot for the younger guys to show up,” Nelson said. Levin had another solid game, as he shut out Hartford and made three saves in the 23 minutes he played. Woodson was also impressive, scoring four goals, including three in the first quarter, and adding an assist in the fourth quarter. David Madeira ’07, who scored the first two goals, and Kyle Wailes ’06, who had three assists, also played well. For the Bears, the most important part of the season begins this week, as they take on Yale University in their first Ivy game of the season. The Bulldogs, who last year defeated the Bears 14-9, are currently 4-2 on the season and 1-2 in Ivy play. Despite last week’s setback, both Towers and Nelson are confident about their prospects for the Ivy season. “We did a good job in the first half of the season,” Towers said. “Now, no matter who you are playing it will be more competitive. Every game is important — you only get six.” “We’re very excited about this team,” Nelson said. “We have turned Brown back into a top-20 team. We need to keep improving, but with the attitude on this team we will.” Herald staff writer Ben Miller ’07 covers men’s lacrosse. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jablonski continued from page 1 “strong vision for … a large, public, research university.” Though Jablonski is the only finalist currently employed by a private institution, she previously worked at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Connecticut, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I am a product of public higher education myself,” Jablonski noted, citing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UMass. The search committee based its selection of Jablonski as a finalist on “the sum total of her experience in the past,” Matson said. “She has had a number of positions before with a set of complex responsibilities,” Matson said. “She has a range of qualities and qualifications — the appropriate qualities and qualifications — that the search committee is looking for,” he added. Though he said he had limited knowledge of Jablonski’s specific responsibilities as Brown’s dean for campus life, Matson said he thought Jablonski would
take on a more expansive role if she is chosen for and accepts the UNC position. Like Brown’s dean for campus life, UNC’s vice chancellor for student affairs supervises counseling, health and housing services. But the office also oversees the dean of students and other programs such as Career Services. “We consider this to be one of the key positions at the level of vice chancellor on campus since they oversee the whole of student affairs,” Matson said. “They are at the top of the pyramid with respect to student affairs.” At Brown, Jablonski reports to David Greene, interim vice president for campus life and student services. If offered the position, Jablonski said she would have to consider many factors, including that her family and friends live in New England, before accepting. But Matson said once search committees reach the finalist level, they work “under the assumption that the candidate would take the position” if offered it. The UNC search committee will make its final selection by early May, Jablonski said. If approved, that individual could
begin work in Chapel Hill by the start of the next academic year, the Daily Tar Heel reported. If Jablonski were to leave the University, her departure would be the second of a high-level campus life administrator in just two years. Last summer, thenVice President for Campus Life and Student Services Janina Montero left Brown, also to become vice chancellor of student affairs at a large public university — the University of California-Los Angeles. Greene succeeded Montero as interim vice president, and a search is in progress to find a permanent replacement. Herald staff writer Jonathan Ellis ’06 covers faculty and administration. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Funding rivalry Funding for University initiatives is not necessarily a zerosum game: Money allocated to one project does not always detract from others. Still, it’s understandable if students in areas other than the biological sciences feel a twinge of jealousy as the University announces the allocation of $475 million to the Division of Biology and Medicine over the next 10 years. We have no doubt that the money will be well spent, with funding going toward new faculty appointments, completion of the Life Sciences and Ship Street buildings and stronger institutional relationships with local hospitals. The goals for the medical school are ambitious, and if they are reached, they will help to raise the profile of the University as a whole. But the size of the new allocation and the timing of the announcement send a disturbing signal to members of its community not directly connected to the biological sciences. The announcement of almost half a billion dollars in new funds for biology and medicine comes at a time when student services are being cut and other academic departments are seeing their faculty and course offerings grow slowly, if at all. The University is passing more costs along to students by eliminating on-campus storage, most on-campus parking and free printing next year. A new $12.5 million discretionary fund was formed for the new dean of biology and medicine while the fund for library acquisitions remains inadequate. It was inevitable that some of the Initiatives for Academic Enrichment would be funded sooner and more fully than others. And it would be illogical to demand parity in funding across areas, when some projects clearly demand larger investments. Judgment calls such as this one will define the upcoming capital campaign, and we should not expect perfection as administrators figure out how to handle the delicate balance of funding. But allocating large sums of money to fund ambitious projects in one area while waiting to supply more modest amounts to maintain the quality of all students’ education is not a decision that benefits the University community as a whole. It pits different constituencies against each other, giving us the impression that we are competing in a winner-take-all contest for funding. Administrators do not need to make sure that all constituencies benefit equally in the distribution of funds, but they must see that none considers itself left behind.
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LETTERS Still time to get out and Swiney’s “smear” demonstrate made-up To the Editor:
To the Editor:
Recent Herald pieces on the (March 20) anti-war demonstration in New York (“NYC protest draws disparate elements,” March 22, and “Welcome to the liberal left,” March 25) stress a perceived lack of political focus in the event and point to problems arising from the involvment of so many “divergent” interests. I myself saw the range and diversity of the demonstration as source of great potential strength. After all, does anyone seriously believe there are no significant connections between the war in Iraq and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? Or current U.S. influence on and military presence in Haiti? Or the Patriot Act? Or the domestic policies of a president and vice president who are both rich oil industry executives? That being said, The Herald raises important questions about how the anti-war movement represents the connection between what's going on in Iraq and political struggle elsewhere. By way of continuing the debate, I just want to say that the future look of the anti-war movement has to be democratically determined by those actively involved in it. Demonstrations like the one in New York aren't events just to be attended, comsumed, commented on: They have to be organized, built, shaped to make the movement grow. If you’re against the war in Iraq, get involved now in making the next demonstration even bigger, even more effective.
I didn’t see Eli Swiney’s attack/smear about me when it appeared (“Horowitz finds his inner nutcase,” Feb. 25). I’ll keep my reply brief. When I was at Brown I did say that universities should bring out the better angels of our nature. I did not propose the absurdly utopian agenda of making all political debates civil as Swiney claims. In fact, I pointed out in my talk that there are no referees in the big world out there which is why such an agenda is unfeasible. On the other hand, universities can act as arbiters and insist on a civil atmosphere within their walls. Swiney's other claim that I am “compiling a blacklist and accusing the left of being funded by Osama Bin Laden,” on other hand, is something he and his blogosphere friends made up. I am doing no such thing. I am putting up a Web site based on existing left-wing Web sites like www.mediatransparency.org and www.namebase.org. If he thinks that there is something wrong with information bases on the Web, he should probably complain about these sites which have been up for years, rather than attacking a site I haven’t put up yet. David Horowitz March 28
William Keach Professor of English March 27
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OPINIONS TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2004 · PAGE 7
Clinton’s “legacy” GUEST COLUMN BY ANNA DEVER-SCANLON
In Rich Lowry’s book, “Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years,” the National Review editor implies that Bill Clinton’s presidency was the apotheosis of a trend he calls the “feminization of politics.” Al Franken, in response to this claim, challenged Lowry to a fistfight, an offer which Lowry declined and which Franken has documented in his book “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.” Despite Franken’s attempt to embarrass Lowry with a schoolyard approach, Lowry’s ideas are seriously disturbing not only because of their vagueness (how does one go about quantifying the amount of “femininity” in politics?) but also because they are blatantly misogynistic. Lowry, who claims that “liberals sought to smooth away America’s ruggedness,” invokes the deeply ingrained American myth of “rugged individualism.” He uses this hackneyed, outdated ideal as a model for how Americans should act in the present day. The fact is, a Wild West mentality with loose gun regulations and an aggressive military policy doesn’t do anything to make us stronger. Despite the Bush administration’s insistence that Dubya has kept us safe, former anti-terrorism chief Richard Clarke’s recent book “Against All Enemies” suggests that, in fact, Bush’s eagerness to send troops to Iraq has actually weakened our anti-terrorism campaign. Lowry has gained some notoriety for his “feminization of politics” schtick. His ideas are not only anti-liberal but also antiwoman. He writes, “If Clinton's presidency was ‘post-greatness’ — on a determinedly minor key — it also was ‘post-masculine.’” Lowry says that in order to be “great” one must also be “masculine.” I find this troubling not only because it implies that Clinton was not “masculine” enough (instead of crafting well thought-out policies, should Clinton have been projecting a more macho image?) but that women are not capable of being good leaders. While waxing nostalgic about the “great,” “masculine” past of American politics, Lowry paints a bizarre picture of the 1990’s, calling it a “Soft Age.” He writes, “Clinton was the new, sensitive man elevated to high office: sentimental and easily moved to tears,
The idea that President Clinton feminized politics is misogynistic and stupid. undisciplined and self-indulgent, endlessly and thoughtlessly expressive, schooled in the language and attitudes of therapy, fundamentally out of sympathy with that center of another, different kind of masculinity, the military. He was a soft man for a soft age.” I have a hard time understanding precisely what Lowry means by “soft age,” but he calls it “a time of plenty, a time of excess, a time of denuded masculinity and of regnant sentimentality.” If he means that it was a time of relative peace and prosperity, I ask, what is wrong with that? Isn’t that what a good president should strive for? Should we feel better about things now that we are living in a “Hard Age” where more people are living below the poverty line and our young people are dying in a foreign country? Lowry, calling Clinton a “weak president,” describes him as an overly emotional basketcase — which could not be further from the truth. Clinton’s “expressiveness” was a sign of his fitness for the position of U.S. president, a role which requires the ability to interact with many different kinds of people. Clinton’s charisma was actually a huge asset for the U.S. in terms of foreign policy, as he was able to strike up friendships with leaders of key foreign countries. Clinton was not out of touch with the military either, adept as he was at positioning military forces in key areas where military involvement was in line with U.S. interests. The idea that Clinton was “undisciplined and self-indulgent” is almost comic when one considers that Dubya reportedly sleeps more and takes more vacations than any other president. Clinton was a notorious night owl and Rhodes Scholar, far from “undisciplined.” This “feminization of politics” malarkey is a particularly zany tactic on the part of Lowry to imply that unfortunate events that occurred during the Bush Jr. regime such as Sept. 11 and the unraveling of the economy were ultimately Clinton’s fault. The tactic is in line with the conservative penchant for knee-jerk character assassination, which has recently come to the fore again since Richard Clarke’s revelations. Aside from smacking of desperation to shift blame, Lowry’s approach is remarkably sexist, something Lowry doesn’t acknowledge or seem to care about. This kind of off-the-cuff regressiveness, which has become remarkably prevalent in recent years, is one of the scariest elements of the current political atmosphere and something that needs to be seriously analyzed, rather than mutely accepted. Anna Dever-Scanlon ’04 doesn’t subscribe to National Review, if you were wondering.
Our problem with the CDC GUEST COLUMN BY VANESSA LIPSCHITZ AND KATY LOVE
Despite many articles that have been written both about and by the Career Development Center, much remains unspoken. First, we would like to congratulate the CDC on its efforts to teach students about what services it offers. We also commend the CDC for creating a new student liaison group to better communicate with students the services the CDC provides. We encourage the CDC to continue the dialogue with students to better assess how the services offered are meeting demand. Yet if one thing has become abundantly clear through the recent spate of commentary in the Herald, it is that many students feel that they are not being adequately served, but cannot identify what they are dissatisfied with. We place ourselves in this category. The CDC is not a placement agency and cannot find us jobs, though they can work with us to teach us the skills to find them. If students feel underserved, it is not because the CDC has not found them jobs. It is instead that they have not received the information and training needed to find jobs themselves. While the CDC may adeptly communicate the skills needed to use the resources it provides such as ACCESS (maintained by Alumni Relations) and e-recruiting, these resources cater to a remarkably limited pool of jobs applicable to only a small sector of student interest. Public interest organizations (non-profits, think tanks, and education, health, social services, political advocacy, foundations, religion, environmental work), for example, are not represented adequately at Career Fairs, ACCESS or e-recruiting. Furthermore, students rarely have the opportunities to learn the skills needed to navigate the job application process in the public interest sector. Students must feel
comfortable letting the CDC know how to better serve their needs. For instance, members of the Engineering Society recently met with Kimberly DelGizzo, the director of the CDC, to let her know their needs. The CDC currently has no mechanism for gauging student demand, except when it is brought to its doorstep through the work of determined (and frequently irritated) students. It is only through student initiatives explaining to the CDC what additional guidance they would like to receive that services provided will expand and we will get the guidance to which we are entitled. What students need to know is how they can inform the CDC of their needs. We encourage students to take advantage of the resources the CDC has, and give the center feedback in the form of e-mail to email@example.com. Without such interaction it is impossible for the CDC to get a handle on what student demand looks like and how to provide services that are useful. We also encourage the CDC to hold an open house one night so that students can voice their praise and complaints. It will not suffice to place blame on either side, and both sides must be willing to engage in a dialogue. Statements of accusation, complaint and defensiveness in a newspaper may provide the impetus for reshaping the CDC, but they cannot provide direction. Consequently, students and staff members of the CDC must take it upon themselves to produce a more meaningful collaboration that can actually result in services that help all of us to find the jobs and futures we want after Brown. Vanessa Lipschitz ’04 and Katy Love ’04 need jobs.
PETER IAN ASEN
The Moffitt and the Fox Recently I’ve been feeling bad for Victor Moffitt and good for Gordon Fox, the legislators who represent the yin and yang of Rhode Island’s gay marriage debate. Moffitt is the Republican state representative from Coventry who is sponsoring a bill aimed at defining marriage in the Ocean State as a contract between one man and one woman. His bill would also allow Rhode Island to refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. I feel bad for Moffitt because of a recent “Sanctity of Marriage” rally that he held at the State House, where some of his supporters arrived frothing at the mouth. Supporter Liliana D’Ovidio told a Providence Journal reporter she believed the Station nightclub fire was God’s way of punishing Rhode Island for the presence of homosexuality in the state. Notwithstanding the logical absurdity of her argument (Where are the deadly fires in Provincetown, Mass.?), Moffitt’s supporter was also fairly unoriginal — she was parroting a statement made by Kansas preacher/demagogue Fred Phelps, whose Westboro Baptist Church came to Providence to protest the election of gay mayor David Cicilline ’83 last year and who suggested a link between Cicilline’s election and the fatal fire. Moffitt apologized for the statement, but the damage to his cause had already been done. I feel bad for him because he has discovered that any attempt to have a civil debate on this issue will inevitably be foiled by the blind anger that directs many of his compatriots. There is a limit to my sympathy, though, in spite of Moffitt’s apology — his own comments about attempts to boycott his business showed his own true colors as well. “This is the kind of thing gays and lesbians do,” he told the Journal’s Karen Lee Ziner. Given the clear presence of continuing hostility to gay men and lesbians in the state, it might be surprising that I feel good for Gordon Fox, the East Side state representative and House Majority Leader who came out at a pro-gay marriage rally over spring break. But I do. I am happy that this prominent, powerful politician felt safe to divulge this personal secret that so many people find so difficult and dangerous to reveal. A few weeks ago, I attended a neighborhood meeting of East Side residents who wanted to discuss their support for a number of progressive legislative causes with their representatives. Fox, who represents the Summit and Mount Hope neighborhoods north of Brown, was
there, as was Edith Ajello, who represents Brown and who along with Fox has been a prominent supporter of the gay marriage bill being put forward by Rep. Art Handy (D-Cranston). Handy’s bill would extend to gay couples some of the 1,400 rights straight married couples receive that gays are currently denied. At the neighborhood meeting, a young man from Fox’s district named Matthew Morgan made a presentation in favor of Handy’s civil marriage bill. Morgan spoke about his experience as a bisexual man who had only come out within the past few years. He grew up in Collinsville, in rural Alabama, the son of a Southern Baptist minister. Though Morgan came close to tears, he did not express regret for coming out, even as he admitted that his attraction to women made it potentially easier for him to stay in the closet. “I have felt the weight of rejection from family and friends for almost three years now,” Morgan said, “and you may ask me, ‘Why did you choose this path?’ My answer is the same as any of you who have ever been in a committed relationship. Love.” He emphasized this last point by squeezing the hand of Whitney, his partner of a few years whom he hopes to marry if the Rhode Island General Assembly wills it so. Prior to this meeting, I had heard rumors about Gordon Fox’s sexuality, though I did not know that he had a partner of six years, a fact he disclosed at the rally. As such, I keenly looked in his direction during the young man’s moving statement to gauge his reaction. Fox seemed interested, but if he was deeply moved by the young man, he was able to mask this. As he told us afterwards how he was struggling to convince the House Speaker and other colleagues of the rightness of the cause of gay marriage, I certainly had no idea he would be coming out less than two weeks later. Apparently, neither did he. Fox told the Journal last week that he had not told anyone, including his longtime partner, that he was going to come out. Indeed, he said that he hadn’t planned on speaking at the pro-gay marriage rally in the State House at all, but explained, “the moment moved me.” Fox’s coming out may help the gay marriage cause in Rhode Island, but here in the nation’s most heavily Catholic state, it remains an uphill battle. That is what makes Fox’s announcement all the more courageous. Peter Ian Asen ’04 is our boy in flannel.
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SPORTS TUESDAY APRIL 6, 2004 · PAGE 8
BU no problem for men’s crew; Harvard up next
Despite rough conditions, w. crew sweeps Radcliffe
BY BROOKE WOLFE
BY RUSS GLENN
The women’s crew team swept defending national champions Radcliffe at home on the Seekonk River last Saturday, winning all five races. The Brown varsity and junior varsity boats scored hard-fought wins over Radcliffe by one second and onehalf second, respectively. The first novice, second novice and varsity and novice fours all won open-water victories over the trailing Harvard crews. Windy conditions and a favorable current meant very fast times for the Bears, and the varsity’s 6:10.67 was the secondfastest time ever posted on Brown’s home course. Conditions were so choppy earlier in the day that all of the races except varsity ones were moved to a more protected stretch of water upriver. Despite the wind and cold, co-captain Karen Prazar ’04 said the team “always looks forward to racing Radcliffe, for they are truly high quality competitors, as evidenced by the very close racing in both the varsity and JV races.” The varsity race got underway at 6:15 p.m., and the Brown women quickly showed that they would give Harvard no quarter. The boats battled furiously for the lead in the first half of the 2,000meter race. As both crews flew past the 1,000-meter mark, Meg Anderson ’06 led the crew in an aggressive third 500, giving Brown a half-length lead coming into the final quarter of the race. Charging through the final stretch of the race, Radcliffe attempted an impressive lastditch effort to sprint back through the leading Brown boat, but the Bears kept their composure as they held long strokes through the finish, winning with a determined three-seat lead. Despite tough conditions, Brown’s junior varsity won a plucky victory. The race was neck-and-neck the entire six and a half minutes, but coming into the final seconds Brown led by a slim margin. Despite Radcliffe’s furious last-minute sprint, the Crimson coxswain’s steering was questionable in the windy conditions, and Brown held together to eke out a one-seat victory. The Varsity 4+, Novice 4+, first novice and second novice events went more smoothly, with all boats establishing dominance early over the beleaguered Radcliffe crews and going on to win by sizeable margins. Fresh off of a week of intense springbreak double-days, the varsity squad welcomed the reversal of last week’s season opening losses to Princeton and Ohio State universities. The sweep of fifthranked Radcliffe by sixth-ranked Brown shows that the Brown oarswomen are back on track and ready to compete for the national title at all levels. Head Coach John Murphy was very positive about the outcome of Saturday’s racing. “I was certainly impressed with the way that both Brown and Radcliffe handled the racing. It was close, it was intense, and it was definitely well done,” he said. According to Catherine Starr ’05, the see W. CREW, page 4 B ROW N S P O RTS S C H E D U L E Tuesday, April 6 Softball: vs. Stony Brook, 3 p.m., home
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The freshman boat racked up a convincing win during Brown’s sweep of Boston University this weekend.The Bears will face Harvard this weekend in a key meet.
Men’s lax finally falls to No. 3 Syracuse after upsetting Loyola BY BEN MILLER
In two of its most challenging games so far this season, the men’s lacrosse team upset then-10th-ranked Loyola University of Maryland 14-3 but fell to No. 3 Syracuse University, 13-6. The win over the Loyola Greyhounds, coupled with an easy 15-5 victory over University of Hartford, gave the Bears six wins for the season and the No. 10 ranking in the country heading into last Saturday’s game against the 6-1 Orangemen. At first it looked as if Brown would be in control of the game, as Chazz Woodson ’05 and Chris Mucciolo ’05 scored two goals apiece to put Brown ahead 4-1 midway through the first quarter. “We just came fired out to play,” said co-captain Charles Towers ’04. Unfortunately, the Bears were unable to maintain the momentum, as Syracuse possessed the ball for essentially the rest of the half, scoring the next six goals to go up 7-4. “We started out great, got the ball a lot, but then we made some mistakes out there and Syracuse took advantage of them,” said Head Coach Scott Nelson. Mucciolo would add his third and final goal of the day with 25 seconds left in the half to bring the Bears within striking distance, 7-5. “Going into the half, I felt that if we could get a couple in the third quarter we could get our feet back under us,” Nelson said.
But the Bears were still unable to gain possession of the ball, as Syracuse won all four face-offs in the third quarter and controlled the ball for the first 10 minutes of the second half. During that time the Orangemen blew the game wide open, scoring three additional goals to give them a 10-5 lead. The fourth quarter was more of the same, as the Orangemen added three more goals, giving them the 13-6 win after Rory Hyland ’07 scored one last goal for the Bears with 3:52 left in the fourth. Despite the lopsided score, co-captain Mike Levin ’04 turned in one of his best performances of the year, saving 17 out of 49 shots. But the problem, Towers said, is that when the other team takes that many shots, it is hard to win the game. “Mike made some great plays,” Towers said. “But when you shoot the ball enough times, eventually some are going to go in.” Levin also came up big for the Bears in their game against Loyola University on March 27. In addition to 13 saves, he recorded an assist with eight minutes left in the first quarter. Levin carried the ball the length of the field and dished it off to Woodson for an easy score. That goal, which broke a 1-1 tie, woke up the Brown offense, which then exploded for seven unanswered goals to take an 8-1 lead into the half. “Mike just made a great play,” said
The men’s crew team, rowing in its home competition, won all four races against Boston University’s Terriers on Saturday. The varsity eight won by only one second, with a time of 5:42.2. The race was a close call, as BU pulled ahead of Brown for a bit and was rowing strong in the last 250 meters of the race. “(BU) is strong this year, and they were riding at a very high stroke rate and had a strong sprint at the end,” said team member Eric Sumberg ’04. But Brown was still able to pull ahead and finish about two seat lengths in front of the Terriers. The second varsity eight finished 12 seconds ahead of BU, while the two freshman teams also had big victories. In the first race, Brown finished six seconds ahead, and in the second race the team was 13 seconds ahead of its competitors. “You can never beat them by enough” is a philosophy by which Sam Searle ’07 said his coaches like to live, Searle said. Searle and the rest of the freshmen on the team will be called upon to contribute greatly in their first season and improve in coming seasons. The conditions in which the teams competed on Saturday were so rough that the women’s team decided to compete elsewhere. However, the men were willing to tough it out. “We typically row in anything,” Sumberg said of the rough Providence water. Brown will compete against Harvard University this weekend. The Crimson are the defending national champions, making this weekend’s meet key to the Bears’ run at a championship of their own. Herald staff writer Brooke Wolfe ’07 covers men’s crew. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ford ’04 signs with San Jose Sharks; Danis ’04 one of three Hobey finalists BY JAMES FELDMAN
The men’s ice hockey team’s season ended on March 13, but its players won’t fade from the headlines. Over spring break, two members of the team’s graduating class made waves on the national hockey scene. On Wednesday, captain Scott Ford ’04 signed a professional contract with the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. And last week, goalie Yann Danis ’04 was named one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey’s best player. Seniors Ford, Danis and Brent Robinson ’04 are moving into professional hockey. Ford has had an outstanding career in his four seasons at Brown. He recorded 15
goals and 32 assists for 47 points in his career and is well known for his defensive prowess and punishing checks. He received a number of honors this season, including a First-Team All-Ivy selection, an honorable mention on the All-ECAC team and the ECAC’s award for Best Defensive Defenseman. Ford’s season total of six goals and nine assists ranked him fifth in scoring among all ECAC defensemen. “Scott was a great player for us for four seasons, and he made a tremendous captain this past year,” said Head Coach Roger Grillo. Ford was in San Jose meeting with the team over the weekend and was unavailable for comment. It is likely that he will skate for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate team in
Cleveland before he plays for San Jose. Grillo said Ford will be greatly missed, but that he believes Ford’s career is far from over. “Scott will have a great opportunity to make the big club,” Grillo said. “I’m very excited for him.” Danis will find out if he is the winner of the Hobey Baker Award this Friday, at 2:30 p.m, at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Danis recorded 22 saves for a shutout in his first AHL appearance for the Hamilton Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. Danis has won both games he has played for the Bulldogs thus far, posting a 1.50 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. Robinson has played in three games for the Bulldogs thus far but has yet to register a point.