W E D N E S D A Y JANUARY 26, 2005
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STICKER SHOCK Judge orders evolution “theory” stickers removed from professor’s textbook; new case opens in Pa. CAMPUS NEWS
THAYER STREET GAP Restaurant, clothier shuttered, but Shanghai and City Sports set to replace them CAMPUS NEWS 3
WHELAN ‘04 REMEMBERED Teammates and friends reflect on life of men’s lacrosse team’s “Unsung Hero” S P O R T S W E D N E S D AY 12
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Blizzard impedes return to campus BY JUSTIN ELLIOTT CAMPUS WATCH EDITOR
Students flooded back to campus Tuesday after the weekend’s powerful northeaster caused flight cancellations and dumped snow on roads, preventing many from returning to Providence over the weekend. The blizzard, which began late afternoon Saturday and continued through early afternoon Sunday, shut down both Logan Airport in Boston and T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. Logan did not reopen until Monday morning, while T.F. Green opened later Sunday. Some roads in and around Providence were unsafe or impassable as late as Monday, and Amtrak has operated on a reduced schedule since Sunday. In a campus-wide e-mail sent Sunday afternoon, Vice President for Administration Walter Hunter informed the Brown community that the University would be closed Monday and urged students to delay their return until Tuesday. As students arrived Tuesday, cars crowded College Hill’s streets, which were narrowed by large snow banks and, in some cases, incompletely plowed, even two days after the storm. Canceled flights stranded some students at airports around the country. Henry Kaplan ’06 said he left Los Angeles Saturday morning, but didn’t arrive in Providence until midday Monday. “I was supposed to fly from L.A. to Nashville and change planes and continue on to Providence,” he said, “but when I got to Nashville they told me the flight had been canceled.” Kaplan said he made it to the Grand Ole Opry, but he spent most of his time in the airport because he kept being told that he would be put on the next flight. His airline would not pay for the two nights he spent in an airport hotel because the delay was weather-related. “It takes me a minimum of four planes
Department of Public Works quickly navigate the city’s streets and plow roadways, said Major Paul Fitzgerald of the Providence Police Department. The blizzard produced “near whiteout conditions,” according to John Nickelson, director of the Providence Department of Public Works. The city received about three or four inches of snow every hour for much of Sunday, he said. By Sunday evening, city workers had managed to clear snow from much of downtown Providence, Cicilline said in a statement. The Department of Public Works used 75 plows and sanders in the cleanup effort, though their work was far from completed by evening’s end. “The snow is falling so quickly and the
Josef Mittlemann ’72 P’00 P’04, adjunct lecturer in engineering, has accepted the position of chief operating officer of Silverstein Properties, the New York real estate giant and World Trade Center leaseholder announced Jan. 3. Jon Cohen ’87, adjunct lecturer in engineering, will replace Mittlemann this semester as instructor of the popular EN 9: “Management of Industrial and Nonprofit Organizations.” Mittlemann, who will remain an adjunct lecturer at Brown, described his decision to accept Silverstein’s offer as a difficult but quick one, adding that he sees the job as an opportunity to work on an important project in the field he knows best — real estate. Students taking EN 9 will not be left in the lurch by Mittlemann’s departure. Cohen, an experienced entrepreneur and principal of the Newport Hotel Group, has extensive knowledge of the field and will provide proper leadership for the course, said Clyde Briant, dean of engineering. “Jon has been involved in EN 9 for a long time,” said Barrett Hazeltine, professor emeritus of engineering. Hazeltine taught the course last semester. Cohen delivered some EN 9 guest lectures last semester and was well received by students, Hazeltine said. Mittlemann said he and Cohen have met to refresh the EN 9 curriculum. The two have also worked together, leading a group independent study project and advising the Brown Entrepreneurship Program. Though Cohen intends to draw from the syllabi of both Mittlemann and Hazeltine, he said he would steer toward Mittlemann’s because many students probably registered expecting him to teach the class. Cohen said EN 9 will feature four mod-
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High piles of fresh snow on Thayer prompted students to bring out their sleds and take advantage of the weather.
R.I. gets most snow in 27 years BY ROBBIE COREY-BOULET METRO EDITOR
Last weekend’s blizzard — which led to the first state of emergency in Rhode Island since 1978 — shut down large portions of Providence through Sunday and Monday morning, interrupting municipal services and forcing many businesses to close. Governor Donald Carcieri ’65 declared a state of emergency Sunday morning in response to nearly two feet of overnight snowfall, while city officials took measures to expedite cleanup efforts and encouraged residents to stay indoors for much of the day. Mayor David Cicilline ’83 issued a parking ban for all business and commercial districts that remained in effect until midnight Sunday. The purpose of the ban was to help crews from the
May weather responsible for long winter break Brown has the longest winter break of all of the Ivies, a five-week stretch with no classes that leaves many students itching to get back on campus and asking the question: Why is the University’s vacation so long? The length of the break is not determined independently, but is dictated by the start and end of the academic year as a whole. The nearly $250,000 the University saves on heat and electricity during winter break is not a factor in determining the length of winter break, said Carl Weaver, director of physical plant. The amount saved is about the same as that spent on additional security for unoccupied campus buildings, said Peter Heywood, professor of biology and chair of the committee responsible for creating the current academic calendar. The wish for a warm, dry Commencement week weighed much more heavily in the decision to create the five-week winter break, which went into effect in 1983. Shortening break by one
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week would move Commencement activities a week earlier, increasing the chance of rain during the outdoor campus dance, Heywood said. The committee changed the schedule in the early 1980s so that finals came before rather than after the winter recess. The original schedule gave Brown students two weeks off before reading period and exams, followed by a week off as a buffer between exams and the spring semester, a schedule similar to the one used today by Princeton and Harvard universities. “As one of the students said at the time, ‘We didn’t study, but we worried,’” Heywood said. “The fact that there were term papers and examinations prevented students from enjoying the break.” The committee began the schedule with Labor Day and cut the break off just before Christmas on Dec. 20. It then scheduled Commencement to take place during Memorial Day weekend and counted backwards 16 weeks to arrive at the start of the spring semester — the Wednesday before the last Sunday of January.
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“It was really these two magic dates,” said Robert Shaw, executive associate dean of the college. Labor Day was a convenient separator between summer recess and the start of the new school year, he said. Memorial Day was convenient not only because of the warmer weather, but also because it coordinated well with the commencement activities of other local universities that did not take place at the same time, said University Registrar Michael Pesta. The long winter break is a critical period in which the University wraps up the fall semester and prepares for the spring. The five weeks provide a window in which the Committee on Academic Standing can review student records and request that those in poor standing take leaves from the University before the start of spring semester, Pesta said. Prior to the calendar change, these students would not learn of their academic standing until two weeks into the spring semester.
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WORLD IN BRIEF Dems lambast Rice in confirmation hearing Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Some of the most critical Democrats were centrists from states that President Bush won or nearly won in November. Their comments came as recent polls have shown growing public disenchantment with the situation in Iraq. Too many Republican senators allow Bush’s top aides “to get away with lying,” said Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn.“Lying to Congress, lying to our committees, and lying to the American people. It’s wrong, it’s immoral.”The only way to stop it, Dayton said, is to keep the administration from promoting officials “who have been instrumental in deceiving Congress and the American people, and regrettably that includes Dr. Rice.”
THE WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats delivered one of the sharpest critiques yet of the Bush administration’s credibility and handling of the Iraq war Tuesday, as the Senate prepared to confirm Condoleezza Rice’s nomination to be secretary of state Wednesday. Seizing on a nine-hour debate that Republicans had hoped to avoid, several Democrats excoriated the administration’s pre-war claims about Iraqi weapons and its handling of the ongoing war and transition. Both parties agreed that Rice, 50, will be confirmed, but that didn’t stop a cross-section of Democrats from questioning her truthfulness in terms that until Tuesday were used only by liberal
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Thayer St. departures continue over break BY ROBBIE COREY-BOULET METRO EDITOR
Two more Thayer Street mainstays — Café Java and The Gap — ended their leases near the end of last year, continuing a series of store closures that began with the departure of In Your Ear Records last April. Café Java, a restaurant and coffee shop located on the corner of Thayer and Meeting streets, closed its doors Nov. 30 and is being converted into a Chinese restaurant. The new owners, Michel Boutros and Ray Hugh, took over the space Dec. 1. Boutros’ father, Iksandar Boutros, told The Herald in December that the new restaurant, Shanghai, would likely open by midJanuary. But the process has been pushed back “by about a month” as the owners wait for permits from the Providence Fire Department, Michel Boutros said. Boutros’ family has been operating East Side Pockets at 278 Thayer St. for eight years. Shanghai’s owners said competition from nearby restaurants offering similar food and coffee options, such as Paragon and Starbucks, may have caused Café Java to close. Paul Anjoorian, owner of Café Java’s space at 272 Thayer St., said he was not aware of the factors that caused the coffee shop and restaurant to close. “They just transferred the lease to the new owner,” he said. Café Java’s owners could not be reached for comment. The restaurant’s telephone number has been disconnected. Hugh said he believes there is sufficient demand for a restaurant that only serves Chinese food. Other Asian restaurants, such as Asian Paradise at 165 Angell St., offer many different varieties, but none of them specialize in Chinese dishes, he said. Shanghai’s owners want to “supply the students and this whole area with Chinese food the way it should be cooked.” see THAYER, page 9
Midyear transfer orientation snowed under BY ALEXANDRA BARSK SENIOR STAFF WRITER
The blaring sounds of the Brown band welcomed 46 midyear transfers and four visiting students to Brown Tuesday morning as they made their first symbolic passage through the Van Wickle Gates. The procession was one of the first official events of the mid-year transfer student orientation; the first two days were cancelled due to the blizzard last weekend. It was followed by a lunch in the Leung Gallery where students were joined by members of the faculty and staff, 10 transfer student counselors and members of the Brown band. Antonia Dixon ’07, who transferred from Johns Hopkins University because the school didn’t have an art concentration, said of Brown, “It’s getting better every day, but it didn’t start off very well because of the blizzard.” “We had a big orientation planned out but had to scrap the whole thing because of the storm,” said Andrew Hirsch ’05, a transfer student counselor and co-coordina-
tor of transfer student orientation. “We had to cancel a welcoming meeting and a meeting for parents and try to compress everything into one day. Now we’re focusing on explaining the nuts and bolts of academics,” said Joe Pucci, associate dean of the college. According to Carol Cohen, also an associate dean of the college, the transfer student counselors took on extra responsibilities on Sunday and Monday, keeping transfers informed as they arrived on campus and organizing informal events to replace the canceled ones. “Last minute, we planned some getting-to-know-you activities… a group lunch in the Ratty, a tour of campus (and) a trip to the bookstore,” Hirsch said. He said midyear transfer student orientation is usually easier and quieter than the one in the fall when there are 100 students entering Brown. “But this year was pretty stressful and hectic,” he said. Hirsch said the goal of the counselors, all of whom see CONVOCATION, page 5
Anti-evolution sticker ruled unconstitutional BY ALLISON WHITNEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Georgia trial over stickers placed in a science textbook written by a Brown professor was resolved Jan. 14 when U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper ruled the sticker was unconstitutional. Stating that evolution was “a theory, not a fact,” the sticker was placed in the ninth-grade biology text in 2002 after parents complained to the Cobb County school board that alternative ideas about the origin of life were not presented. A group of parents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued the school board, claiming the stickers violate the separation of church and state. Professor of Biology Ken Miller testified for the plaintiffs in the four-day trial in November 2004. As the author of the textbook, he was called in to defend the presentation of evolution in the book. Cooper spent two months writing the 44-page ruling,
which calls for the stickers to be removed immediately from the textbooks. In the verdict he wrote, “By denigrating evolution, the school board appears to be endorsing the well-known prevailing alternative theory, creationism or variations thereof, even though the sticker does not specifically reference any alternative theories.” The school board decided Jan. 18 to appeal the decision at the Southern Circuit Court of Appeals. Miller said he is confident the verdict will be upheld by the higher court, despite the lack of clear precedents to the case. Miller is already involved in another case in Dover, Pa., where the area school board recently instituted a policy that requires teachers to read a two-paragraph statement explaining an alternative theory to evolution called intelligent design. This policy makes Dover District the first in the country to require the presentation of intelligent design in its classrooms. see MILLER, page 8
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Return continued from page 1 to get here as is,” said Sara Cunningham ’06, of Hilo, Hawaii. But because of a cancellation, she had a 20-hour delay and had to stay overnight in Minneapolis. Cunningham left home Friday night and arrived in Providence at noon on Monday. “These are the times when I wished I lived on the East Coast,” she said. “(But) I did spend an entire month in Hawaii lying on the beach, so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining too much,” she
Whelan continued from page 12 the Bears to victory. “Our junior year, we were playing Cornell in a torrential downpour,” said Tuohey. “He started dropping the ball on the ground before giving it back to the ref. Cornell started turning the ball over and he started getting more aggressive. By the end of the game he was just raking the ball in the mud and Cornell ended up with eight turnovers. It was just an example of how Rick would do anything for his friends.” It would not be the last time that Whelan would engage in some exploits on the football field. “One day I was doing marketing at the football game and I needed someone to participate in a punt, pass and kick contest on the field,” said former teammate Chazz Woodson ’05. “He agreed to do it before I could even finish explaining what it was, and he had a smile on his face the whole time.” Whelan’s fierce loyalty and big heart drew more than 1,000 people to a memorial service at his former high school on Jan. 15. So many people were in attendance that some could not even get in the door. “He just came across as friendly and genuine and he would always be willing to do anything for you,” recalled Tuohey. “He would burn CDs and send them to my brother who is stationed over in Iraq.” Whelan came to Brown from the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pa. He was a three-sport athlete, participating in soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. Lacrosse was the sport where he stood out the most, garnering various accolades including two First Team All-InterAc selections, and his
added. Arielle Baskin-Sommers ’07, whose flight from Los Angeles to Providence was scheduled for Sunday, said she pushed her flight back a day because of news reports warning of the blizzard. When she departed Monday, “it took (her) two hours to get through security” because the flight was packed with people who had been delayed. She got to Providence at midnight Monday. Nina DiBona ’07 of Waterville Valley, N.H., said she had planned on driving back to campus Sunday afternoon, but had to wait until Monday afternoon because of the storm.
team’s Most Valuable Player award. An honors student as well as athletic standout, Whelan’s accomplishments also extended into the arts, where he was awarded the James H. Mk. Quinn Prize for the greatest contribution to his school’s drama program. After graduating from Brown, Whelan went to work at Binswanger, a commercial real estate company. The job was perfect for Whelan because it blended his ability to connect with those he came in contact with, while at the same time using his competitive fire to make sure the job got done. Whelan could often be spotted walking around campus wearing an orange Philadelphia Flyers hat. The cap was a perfect accessory for someone who was never afraid of the spotlight and always stood out as being larger than life. “He was one of those kids who wasn’t a big guy, but the way he attacked everything made up for it,” said former teammate Tony Frick ’05. “He had grit and he was loyal. He always played like he was seven feet tall.” To Woodson, Whelan’s impact upon the community is one that will linger on. “People know how much he meant to the community around here,” he said. “It made me take a step back and realize what we have here, because tomorrow isn’t promised, and he lived everyday like that.” Whelan is survived by his parents, Richard Q. and Virginia Jarvis Whelan, and two younger brothers, Denis and Reid. The Whelan family has asked that any contributions in honor of Ricky be made to the Richard Q. Whelan Jr. Memorial Fund in support of men’s lacrosse at Brown University at PO Box 1925, Providence, RI 02912.
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Blizzard continued from page 1 wind gusts are so strong, it’s a challenge for crews to keep the roadways clear,” Cicilline said. As a result of the inclement weather, Cicilline ordered the closure on Monday of Providence schools, central administration and municipal buildings. All but a handful of Thayer Street businesses were closed Sunday, but those that remained open reported receiving a high number of customers. Chris Fortin, general manager at Tealuxe, said he was surprised by the turnout. “I thought it would be really slow and I would get paid for basically doing nothing. I was wrong,” he said Sunday. “We’ve been really busy since about 11.” Fortin, who walked “about a mile” from his house to get to Tealuxe, said only two employees managed to make their scheduled shifts. Employees who typically drive to the cafe were unable to work because of the parking ban, he said. “A friend of mine who isn’t even employed by the store helped to serve customers for two hours because we were so slammed,” he said. Fortin said Tealuxe would remain open only until around 6 or 7, well before the usual 10 p.m. closing time. Joe Maraia, general manager at Store 24, said Sunday he planned to keep the store open until its usual 2 a.m. closing time. “We’ve been super busy,” he said. Maraia said he had little trouble driving approximately 25 miles from Burrillville to get to work. A confused Swathi Bojedla ’07, who was supposed to be meeting friends at Bagel Gourmet on Brook Street, walked from her room in Caswell Hall to Bagel Gourmet Ole on Thayer Street, only to find it closed. “I had to eat at Antonio’s, and I had just walked past there,” she said. “It was very upsetting.”
Convocation continued from page 3 were transfer students themselves, is to help transfers adjust to the academic and social life at Brown and to create a strong inter-transfer community so that they will “have something to fall back on.” “It’s easy to talk to people and be friendly. It’s harder to make sure they’re really comfortable,” he said. Meghan Denault ’07, who transferred from Ithaca College but took this past semester off to study in Ireland and travel around Europe, said her biggest challenge as she enters Brown will be getting used to classes, not meeting new people. “I’ve changed environments so many times in the past couple months. It’s less of a big deal this time around. There’s less social pressure,” she said. Some transfer students are accepted at the mid-year point due to individual students’ preferences and in order to balance the size of the University, said Michael Goldberger, director of admission. About three years ago Brown stopped admitting first-year students at the mid-year point because “it really put them off track,” Goldberger said. But he said entering the University mid-year doesn’t seem to have the same effect on transfer students.
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For much of Sunday, Thayer Street saw very little vehicle traffic. Some pedestrians opted to walk down the middle of recently plowed streets and avoid the snow-covered sidewalks. The blizzard kept Providence Police Department officers busy for much of the day, Fitzgerald said. Residents obeyed the parking ban “for the most part,” Nickelson said. But enforcing the parking ban proved to be a demanding task, Fitzgerald said, as officers towed over 370 cars by early Sunday afternoon. The towing was necessary so snowplows could access the roads, he said. “The main roads are good and the side roads are being worked on. People are starting to come out a bit now,” Fitzgerald said. “But we’re still asking people to stay inside.” Fitzgerald said the blizzard made it difficult for officers to effectively move around the city and respond to calls. “(Officers) have to use their common sense,” he said. “They’re walking to a lot of the calls.” Fitzgerald added the department had received few calls that were not related to the blizzard. “The radio’s pretty quiet,” he said. The Department of Public Works managed to clear all roads for travel by Monday morning, Nickelson said. “Right now, I’m encouraging people to get out and enjoy the sunshine,” he said Monday afternoon. The Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority canceled its “fixed route” service Monday. An automated voice greeting said the cancellation was “due to the Governor’s state of emergency.” The after-hours media information line for Narragansett Electric Company, which services many power lines in Providence, reported 560 customers without electricity Sunday morning, though these were located primarily in Cranston. By 9 p.m. Sunday evening, the company managed to service all but two outages. Carcieri lifted the state of emergency Monday evening, saying in a press conference he expected the state would “be back at 100 percent” by Tuesday morning, according to the Providence Journal.
Last weekend’s snowfall total was the highest in Rhode Island since the Blizzard of ’78. Snowfall totals in the 23.4” Providence area for selected dates:
Sources: National Weather Service, Providence Journal
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Mittlemann continued from page 1 ules: marketing, strategic planning, finance and entrepreneurship, and organization behavior. “This class is great because it makes students think about an environment they might be in when they graduate,” Cohen said, adding that the Brown curriculum’s focus on personal choice and individual exploration mirrors the experience of entrepreneurs in the business world. “I know there is some confusion with the changes, but we’re looking forward to a great semester. Students should look forward to the same type of excellent experience they would have received had Professor Mittlemann taught the class,” Cohen said. Originally scheduled for two sections, EN 9 will be offered in one section this semester. The class will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Barus and Holley 168. Brown’s online course announcement had not been updated to reflect the change in instructor Tuesday evening. Though Mittlemann is now working in New York, he said he is not leaving Brown behind. “While I am here in New York, my heart is always at Brown with my students,” he said. He will return to Brown Feb. 12 to lead a Career Week discussion panel, he said. Mittlemann is a planning committee member for the event. Mittlemann said he hopes to participate in this semester’s EN 9, possibly delivering some lectures as a guest or via video. He is also a first-year advisor for the Division of Engineering and an advisory
W. hockey continued from page 12 of positive things with the team.” So far, the Bears have been winning the games they are supposed to, but they have not pulled off any victories against top-flight competition. This weekend’s upcoming
board member of the Brown Entrepreneurship Program. Mittlemann was a 2003 recipient of the Undergraduate Council of Students Award for Teaching Excellence. He continues to receive e-mail from past students, he said. He said his new position at Silverstein is akin to working in a business “laboratory,” where he can examine the complexities of running an organization and working with various players, from construction contractors to governmental regulators and environmental watchdogs. Brown’s lack of a graduate business program meant that the University could not support his desire to perform research, he said, pointing to his role at Silverstein as a way to examine real-world business and organizational management. As chief operating officer, Mittlemann has been asked by Silverstein Properties President and CEO Larry Silverstein to examine several areas of the company, including an overall evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses, Mittlemann said. “Joe will be a tremendous asset as we move forward on the (World Trade Center project) and other exciting developments. I have asked him to work directly with me and other key people on all the activities of Silverstein Properties and I am confident he will do a superb job,” Silverstein wrote in a Jan. 3 company statement. Silverstein and Mittlemann have a longstanding relationship dating back to the 1970s, when Silverstein was Mittlemann’s real estate mentor after graduating Brown. They have worked together on social and charitable projects. Silverstein Properties regularly
games will be important conference match-ups that could define the direction of the rest of Bruno’s season. “We need to have a commitment to Brown hockey,” Murphy said. “If the team has a commitment to defense and is patient with that in mind then we’ll win. We also need discipline in the special teams category.”
appears in national headlines as leaseholder of the World Trade Center complex. Silverstein’s efforts in redeveloping Lower Manhattan will soon materialize with the opening of 7 World Trade Center next year, followed by Freedom Tower in 2009. Silverstein also owns and operates several other residential and commercial buildings, primarily in New York.
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M. hoops continued from page 12 throughout, coasting to a 79-63 victory. The young Bears had no answer for the experienced and more physical Providence frontcourt, as the Friars out-rebounded the Bears, 50-33. First Team AllAmerican Ryan Gomes made his presence felt in the Friar win, scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Brown’s own AllAmerican, Forte, received a technical foul early in the second half and remained on the bench for the rest of the game. The Bears proceeded to split the final two games of the winter break, losing 67-56 to Canisius College on Jan. 6 and blowing out Maryland-Eastern Shore 87-38 on Jan. 14. At Canisius, the Bears
Miller continued from page 3 Intelligent design posits that the diversity and complexity of life on Earth is so great that it could not have developed through the natural Darwinian processes of evolution. Instead it is attributed to design by an unnamed higher intelligence. Similar to the Georgia case, Miller’s textbook lies at the heart of the controversy. He said the Dover high school teachers chose his textbook, but the school board was required to approve it. The president of the board rec-
were off all day from three-point range, making a paltry four out of 23 attempts. Brown’s cold shooting enabled the Griffins to register its second win of the season. The Bears responded to the Canisius loss with a dominating performance at Maryland-Eastern Shore eight days later. Playing their sixth of ten straight road games, the Bears regained their touch from long distance, nailing nine three-pointers. All 13 Brown players made the scoring column, led by Forte’s 25 points. The win brought the Bears back to .500 at 7-7. This marked the third occasion since 1954-55 that Brown registered seven or more non-league wins in a season. The Bears have been getting significant contributions from several of the nine freshmen on the roster. Damon Huffman ’08 is seeing nearly 30 minutes of action
per game and is averaging 8.4 points per game. Other first-year contributors include Mark MacDonald ’08, Mark McAndrew ’08 and Adolphe Coulibaly ’08, all of whom are seeing major minutes. “They’re a talented group,” Miller said of his first-years. “Each freshman brings something different to the table, and we’re expecting big things from them.” The Bears will open up Ivy League play on Jan. 28 and 29 at Princeton and Pennsylvania, respectively. Ruscoe, who leads the Bears with 1.85 steals per game, feels defense will be the key to a successful weekend against the two perennial Ivy powers. “[Princeton and Penn] play different styles, so each game will be doing different things,” said Ruscoe. “Overall, we’ll have to play solid defense.”
ommended including intelligent design in the curriculum after reading Miller’s book. The president of the board told a local television network that the textbook was “laced with Darwinism from beginning to end” and that its contents should include creationism, Miller said. Early this month, all Dover science teachers refused to read the statement to their ninth-grade students, citing the Pennsylvania code of education, which states that teachers cannot present information they believe to be false. Instead, the statement was read to students by a school administrator. A group of 32 University of Pennsylvania professors, including representatives of the departments of biology and philosophy and the associate dean for natural sciences, wrote an open letter to the Dover Area School Board condemning the teaching of intelligent design. The letter read, “Science education should be based on ideas that are well supported by evidence. Intelligent design does not meet this criterion: It is a form of creationism propped up by a biased and selective view of evidence.” Paul Sniegowski, an assistant professor of biology at Penn who co-authored the letter, said its writers hoped to convince the
board that the policy was not good science education. “I felt I couldn’t sit by and not voice our concern,” he said. Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, a non-profit conservative Christian organization, replied with an open letter to the Penn professors. It stated, “If the level of inquiry supporting your letter is an example of the type of inquiry you make before arriving at scientific conclusions, I suggest that at the very least, your students should get their tuition money back, and more appropriately, the University should fire you as a scientist.” The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 11 parents in Dover against the school board for requiring the teaching of intelligent design. Miller, who recently met with lawyers representing the plaintiffs, said he estimates town residents are split “straight down the middle” in their support of or opposition to the lawsuit. The case is set to appear in court in September. Snielgowski said he hoped for “the same outcome as in Cobb County.” Thompson, whose organization has been selected to represent the Dover school board in the upcoming trial, condemned the Cobb County ruling.
days it’s hellish.” “This is a case in which the perception of the students and the people that work at the University is very different, because there is a lot going on for us — we don’t see it as an idle time,” Pesta said. Students too have differing opinions on the issue. “I think it gives a good break so that when you come back to school, at least, I feel very ready to come back and get to work,” said Catharine Sotzing ’05.5. Sotzing, who transferred to Brown from Bates College after her freshman year, prefers Brown’s longer break to Bates’ shorter winter recess. “I like that I feel like I want to come back as opposed to dreading coming back.”
continued from page 1 Faculty members also benefit from the long break because they are able to focus on their work outside the classroom for a number of weeks. “I can really do my own writing and research during that time,” said Lawrence Stanley, senior lecturer in English. Many students, on the other hand, feel the break is too long. “I think the school should still keep its schedule but maybe open up the dorms earlier to allow people the chance to fully adjust for the semester,” said Roophy Roy ’05. “I think (break) is too long, and unless you’re going away for a few
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Thayer continued from page 3 Boutros said the restaurant’s price range would be “reasonable.” The restaurant should also appeal to Brown students because “there’s really almost no healthy food on this street,” Hugh said. The owners plan to feature an open kitchen “so everyone can see what’s going on” while customers’ meals are prepared, Boutros said. The owners also hope to obtain a liquor license from the city by the end of February, Boutros said. Christen Decker ’07 expressed disappointment that Café Java had closed. “Shanghai’s got a lot to live up to,” Decker said. “The Java Burger will be sorely missed.” Across from Shanghai, The Gap recently vacated its location at 271 Thayer St. City Sports, a chain with stores in Boston and Chestnut Hill, Mass., began moving into the space in January. A spokesperson for The Gap, Inc. declined to comment for this article, saying the corporation has a policy of not speaking to the media regarding store openings and closings. Gene Goldstein, the building’s owner, did not return telephone messages. Estelle Barada, a shift supervisor at Spike’s Junkyard Dogs at 723 Thayer St., said she remembers
M. hockey continued from page 12 defenseman Pete LeCain ’06 scored his first career goal to put Brown up 4-0. In the third period, Brian McNary ’08 added Brown’s fifth and final goal, and D’Alba turned away two last-minute shots before Providence’s Chris Chaput scored at 19:43 to deny the freshman his second straight shutout. “The defense has been playing really well in front of me, clearing the lanes out,” said D’Alba. “I saw all the shots and they had only one or two real scoring chances.” Against the nationally ranked River Hawks five days earlier, D’Alba stopped 25 shots to earn his second career shutout. Beginning this weekend at Yale and Princeton, Brown embarks on a crucial 11-game stretch against
seeing notices of the impending closing go up in store windows at The Gap before Dec. 24. City Sports could not be reached for comment. A flier on the building’s window requested job applicants, though the posted phone number did not have an activated voicemail box. The company’s Web site said the Thayer Street location would be “opening soon,” though a date was not specified. The closings of The Gap and Café Java come amid a string of closings on Thayer Street last year, which included Esta’s, The College Hill Bookstore and In Your Ear Records. Barada said the December closings seemed to be part of a larger trend. “That was about the same date as all the other stores were closing in the area,” she said. Despite this recent trend, Anjoorian said he believes Thayer Street businesses still have the opportunity to succeed because of the district’s “captive audience,” comprised primarily of college students. But the business district also suffers from other problems that may hinder stores’ success, he said. “I think a lot of people are afraid to go (to Thayer Street) because of the elements that hang around there,” he said. Anjoorian would not elaborate conference opponents. The games in the coming month will determine playoff seeds and home ice advantage. “We are still pushing to bring what makes us good onto the ice every day,” said Haggett. Haggett calls the game that his team should be playing “blue-collar hockey”, a relentless, aggressive attack built on cycling the puck in the other team’s zone. On Saturday, Brown scored one goal off a cycle play, while four goals came from driving hard at the net. “Speed, forecheck, putting the puck into good spots — that is the game we need to be playing,” Grillo said. “We played great hockey at UConn. Tonight we capitalized on our chances, but we only played OK.” He added, “We’ve really got to sharpen up, they’re like playoff games. We’re trying to get into the top four.”
on which “elements” he believes may drive customers away. Hugh said he wanted Shanghai’s location because of its potential for views of Thayer Street. The owners plan to install glass windows along the entire length of the wall facing Meeting Street, he said. Boutros said the business district has many advantages, though “parking is a problem.” Anjoorian also said he believes a lack of parking spaces limits business opportunities.
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OPINIONS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2005 · PAGE 11
Mr. President, Look Under this Rock Many people say that perception is reality. This makes sense, as anyone’s perception of the truth or reality can remain unaffected by facts so long as those facts remain unknown. That said, I doubt that President Bush ever asked an aide for a memo on poverty statistics or economic inequality in the United States. If he ever did, he would realize that his drive for an “ownership society,” by which he seems to mean high home ownership rates, has a key requirement yet to be achieved: before people can own something, they need to be able to afford it. Congress last increased the minimum wage to $5.15 an hour in 1997. Today’s minimum wage is worth only about two-thirds of what it was in 1968. Had the minimum wage been tied to inflation since 1968, its value would now stand at $8.65 an hour. That’s quite a raise. Keeping up with inflation would be good. But keeping up with rising productivity, the ratio of labor production to hours worked or workers employed, would be better. Doing so would ensure that workers maintained a certain percentage of the wealth they produced, thus preventing a widening of the wealth gap. By this measure, the minimum wage would have to be $13.80 to match today’s workers’ unparalleled productivity, and just 72 cents less to keep proportional pace with corporate profits since 1968. Clearly in the last 35 years, those at the top have taken a larger amount of labor’s productivity for themselves.
While the Bush administration is seemingly unaware of these facts, it continues to promote Horatio Alger’s image of the American Dream, particularly with regard to two of Bush’s most recent appointments. Alberto Gonzales, Bush’s nominee for attorney general, grew up in a two-bedroom house with seven siblings raised by parents who had not
See the poverty and injustice you’ve never known? made it past sixth grade. Bush's nominee for Commerce Secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, rose from selling Kellogg’s cereal from his van in Mexico City to become its CEO years later. Both of these men fit the “rags-to-riches” prototype like the proverbial glove. And while there is no doubt that such storybook lives still exist, the fact is that it has become harder to get ahead in the United States today. How much harder? There are currently 2.6 million workers in the United States who work full-time yet
live below the poverty level. According to USA Today, this number has risen by 45 percent since 1978. Living above poverty is a minimum handhold on the economic ladder. Below this there is less access to insurance or medical care and terrible consequences for an individual’s health. Those living in poverty are also more likely to live in poorly funded, low-performing school districts. With declining real wages, is it any wonder personal bankruptcies rose by 185 percent since 1980? The Charlotte Observer reports that 27 percent of families who earn less than $10,000 have a credit card debt totaling over 40 percent of the their income. It’s hard to get ahead tomorrow when you are stuck paying for yesterday. Let’s review: Bush’s goal for domestic policy is to create an ownership society. But ownership is hard to come by when one is earning minimum wage: $11,000 a year for full-time work, fully $7,000 less than what it takes to lift a family of four out of poverty. This amounts to nothing more than governmentendorsed poverty wages. Without reasonable pay, buying on credit is often a low-income worker’s best option — and a fine way to ensure that the nation’s workers will remain stuck in debt. So much for turning Bush’s perception of an ownership society into a reality.
Rob Sand ’05.5 used to work at McDonald’s.
The Right and Human Rights GUEST COLUMN BY STEVEN GROOPMAN Over the holidays, Time Magazine chose George W. Bush, “American Revolutionary,” as its Person of the Year. Of course, our current President’s preemptive war policy, or his consistent disregard for America’s traditional allies, could be considered revolutionary. Lately it has become clearer that President Bush’s “revolutionary” foreign policy goes far deeper than syntactical blunders justifying the war in Iraq, such as writing “let freedom reign” on a napkin. In 2000, Marvin Olasky wrote a book entitled “Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Transform America.” The book details how faith based initiatives can alleviate issues like rampant poverty by leaving them to religious charity groups. Religious groups, Olasky argues, instill “good moral values and conservative ideas into the thick of the fight for justice and opportunity," rather than merely handing out food and checks. The 2000 election year saw the birth of the buzzword, and political tool: “compassionate conservatism.” Today, Compassionate Conservatism has taken on an international focus. It is embodied in the President’s campaign to “spread freedom and Democracy” in whatever areas of the world he deems fit. But Bush’s “armies of compassion” have now spread far beyond the bungled campaign in Iraq. The Christian right has taken ownership of many issues Democrats used to wield heartily, and is now working closely with Bush administration to forge new programs and shut Democrats out. The 2004 elections not only gave Mr. Bush a mandate to “finish the job” in Iraq; they now appear to have enshrined the President’s Christian moralist rhetoric as the new justification for American human rights intervention. Acts that used to be jus-
tified by Wilsonian internationalist tenets of peace and human dignity are now being validated by divine right. The President maintains that “Freedom is not America’s gift to the world, it is the Almighty’s gift to everyone.” The war in Iraq has shown that he believes America has a responsibility to make sure this gift is promptly delivered. Consider Allen D. Hertzke’s recent publication, “Freeing God’s Children: The Unlikely Alliance for
The Christian Right acquires a controlling interest in American Humanitarianism. Global Human Rights.” Hertzke argues that the 21st century push for human rights initiatives comes from religious groups that feel they are doing the Lord’s work. For example, conservative Christians have led the charge in coming to the aid of victim’s in Darfur while also pushing to crack down on North Korea’s ugly human rights record. When the right wing evangelical Kansas Senator Sam Brownback traveled to rural Uganda to garner evidence of recent brutalities, he justified American intervention by saying to Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times: “It made me think, the things that the Lord would want done, let’s do. His heart is with the downtrodden, so
let’s help them.” Thus, the Christian right’s newest political movement has acquired a controlling interest in American humanitarianism. This does not bode well for the Democrats. Most of them risk political isolation in opposing America’s apparent “moral values”. But if they want to recover from their recent political thrashing, more on the left are going to have to work with such radical religious groups as Focus on Family, New Directions International, and International Aid that have been incorporated as a large part of Bush’s official American Tsunami relief effort. And although these groups tend to dislike liberal Democrats, a successful partnership between Brownback and Kennedy on humanitarian initiatives should give Democrats hope of climbing back on the donkey. For only by regaining a stake in issues like human rights and foreign policy will Democrats ever be able to expand the terms of debate from divine inspiration to more general values of peace, human dignity, and prosperity. For now, however, Time Magazine seems to have hit the nail on the head; George W. Bush is an American Revolutionary. He has changed the terms of political debate by firmly introducing a proselytizing ethic as substantive justification for military or diplomatic actions. When it comes to humanitarian aide, the ends may be justification enough for everybody when the world hears of successful American food and medical deliveries, but to give similar reason for U.S. force is truly disturbing. How can we possibly debate a future war if it’s simply the Lord's will?
Steven Groopman ’05 was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1993.
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SPORTS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26, 2005 · PAGE 12
Ricky Whelan ’04: loyal friend and lacrosse player BY BEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
Richard “Ricky” Whelan Jr. ’04 was proof that there is so much more to Brown than academics and athletics. The gregarious and kindhearted 22-year-old passed away suddenly in his sleep at his home in
Pennsylvania on Jan. 11, leaving behind countless friends, family members and teammates whose lives he touched in myriad ways. Whelan spent four years on the lacrosse team at Brown, playing in 53 out of 56 possible games, missing three games due to injury. He was also an active member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He graduated in May 2004 with a degree in Public and Private Sector Organizations. “I always thought of Ricky as a great kid,” said men’s lacrosse Head Coach Scott Nelson. “He always had a smile on his face. He seemed to get so much out of
Brown. He was always at the center of everything. The kids really liked him.” On the field, Whelan was a defensive midfielder who made his impact felt far beyond his statistics or his size. “He was not a big scorer, but he was the kind of guy who did everything else,” Nelson said. “Even though he only weighed about 155 pounds, he always tried to hit everybody. He was the kind of kid you love to coach. He just loved to play lacrosse.” Ricky’s blue-collar work ethic was acknowledged at the end of his senior season when he was awarded the lacrosse team’s Unsung Hero Award. “He epitomized that award in that he did the dirty work,” Nelson said. “He was an unsung hero both on and off the field. It didn’t matter if you were a freshman or a senior, if you needed someone to talk to, you went to Ricky.” Whelan’s enthusiasm and loyalty was not limited to the lacrosse team. He worked as a ball boy for home football games — not for the money, but so that he could get as close as possible to support his friends. Although he never set foot on the field during the game, Whelan’s friend and former teammate Rich Tuohey ’04 recalled that he would do all he could from the sidelines to will see WHELAN, page 4
W. ice hockey struggles with tough teams en route to 1-4-1 winter break BY KATHY BABCOCK SPORTS STAFF WRITER
Winter break was not a good time for women’s ice hockey. January started out on a positive note as the Bears returned from a short vacation to tie the University of Connecticut, 3-3, on Jan. 4, but the team finished winter break with a 1-4-1 record after dropping their last three games. “We’re going through some adversity training, going through some life lessons, (and I’m) trying to be an educator and a teacher,” said Head Coach Digit Murphy. “The kids are still adjusting, and we’ve had a few injuries.” The Bears are now 10-8-1 overall and 7-5-0 in the ECACHL. In the latest U.S. College Hockey Online poll they were unranked but received three votes. “We may have been losing but we definitely don’t feel that the rest of the season is a loss,” said Christine Holdredge ’07. “We have a lot more games ahead of us that are a lot more important in terms of Ivies and ECACs.” The Bears return to conference play this weekend with two tough home games against Yale and Princeton, making it even more difficult to end their three-game losing streak. Princeton was ranked ninth this week in the USCHO poll, but in the ECACHL standings they are sixth, right behind fifth-place Brown. Yale is unranked but currently third in the ECAC conference standings with an 8-3 record. “We had a tough time in January being on the road, but I am optimistic that we are usually a second semester team and some
Mayor’s Cup and Holiday Classic titles highlight m. icers’ January BY MATT LIEBER SPORTS STAFF WRITER
The men’s hockey team completed a seven-game semester break with a 5-1 win over Providence College Saturday night at Meehan Auditorium, bringing the Mayor’s Cup back to College Hill for the first time since the 2000-2001 season. Overall, however, the semester break was full of mixed results for Brown, which posted four wins, two losses and a tie for the month. The Bears ran their record to 4-5-2 in the ECACHL and 9-6-3 overall. Last Tuesday at Meehan, Brown tied 15th-ranked University of MassachusettsLowell, 0-0, with the two squads matching speed and strong goaltending. A week earlier, the Bears beat up on lowly American International College, 5-2, shooting freely in a somewhat sloppy effort. Home losses to Cornell and Colgate during the second weekend of January dropped the Bears to eighth in the ECACHL conference. On the plus side, Brown captured two trophies while most students were away from campus, win-
ning the Toyota Holiday Classic at the University of Connecticut before reclaiming the Mayor’s Cup on Saturday. Despite Brown’s five goals on Saturday, the team’s leaders were not particularly happy with what they saw as an inconsistent effort against the Friars from a young squad. “I thought we played okay tonight. We did what we had to do to win,” said Head Coach Roger Grillo. “Sometimes we were good, and sometimes we were so-so.” He added: “I thought (goalie) Adam (D’Alba ’08) played well. And I thought Joe Bauer (’06), Seth Seidman (’08) and Rugo Santini (’06) each had a great game.” D’Alba stopped 21 of 22 shots, blanking the Friars until the game’s final minute. In 11 games, the freshman goalie has a 1.61 goals against average, third-best nationally, and a .943 save percentage, best in the country. For his efforts in the UMass-Lowell and Providence College games, D’Alba was named last week’s ECACHL Goalie of the Week and USCHO/ITECH National
Defensive Player of the Week, receiving each award for the second time this season. Bauer’s fourth-line unit figured in four goals, including the pivotal first score. Fifteen minutes into the first period, defenseman Sean Hurley ’08 put the Bears ahead, 1-0 on a pretty play. Hurley raced up the left wing, skated past a defender and banked his own rebound after an initial save for his second goal of the year. “It was a little bit lucky,” said Hurley. “I just took it to the net and kept going for it. Joey Bauer was screening the goalie.” “Hurley’s goal got us going,” said Captain Les Haggett ’05. It also seemed to deflate the Friars after their failed protest on the goal, which came after a quick whistle by the referee. The Bears dominated the Friars in the second period. At 2:29, Bauer scored on an assist from Santini. A minute later, Mike Meech ’05 left the Providence defense in tatters before netting his fifth goal of the season. At 11:27, Brown see M. HOCKEY, page 9
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Despite her position, defenseman Myria Heinhius ’06 is second on the team with six goals, mostly on shots from the point. of the things that we are learning are going to be beneficial because right now we are playing a lot of our conference games,” Murphy said. “I would definitely not be surprised if we swept this weekend because the kids are ready to play.” The team has settled on splitting goal time evenly between Stacey Silverman ’08 and O’Hara Shipe ’08. Over break, Silverman earned her first career shutout on Jan. 8 at Cornell. “The good news for Brown is that goaltending has been huge for us, and with two freshmen stepping up even though they’re not winning those games they’re contributing big,” Murphy said. “Once we get people back we’re starting to play our defensive style of hockey. Historically the teams that win
championships are the teams with the strongest goaltenders and the commitment to defense.” Kerry Nugent ’05 leads the team in scoring with seven goals, followed by Jessica Link ’05 and Myria Heinhius ’06 with six each. Nugent and Link are both fouryear starters who are traditionally strong performers in the Bears’ offense and were expected to be strong leaders for Brown this year. Katie Guay ’05 joins Nugent and Link to form a strong corps of seniors. Hayley Moore ’08 has also exerted a strong influence on the offense, leading the team in assists with 12 in addition to scoring four goals herself. Heinhius is a defenseman but has proven to be a dynamic threat on offense. “We score a lot out of the back because a lot of offense is generated off of point shots,” Murphy said. Their 8-2 and 5-0 losses to the top-ranked University of Minnesota were the season’s toughest, but they may prove key for the Bears in preparation for upcoming opponents. “I was pretty happy with the second game at Minnesota. The kids really played together. For a non-conference game playing the number one team in the country, I think it spoke volumes that on the second day we got back on the horse,” Murphy said. “In any event there were six minutes left in the game and we were down three nothing. We were hugely outmanned and the kids kept playing hard. Minnesota scored a couple to put it away, but I’m seeing a lot see W. HOCKEY, page 7
M. basketball goes .500 in preparation for run at Ivy League championship BY SHAUN MCNAMARA SPORTS STAFF WRITER
The men’s basketball team posted a 3-3 record over the winter break, including two wins at the University of Central Florida Holiday Invitational in Orlando, Fla. The victories marked the first time the Bears claimed a holiday tournament title since the 1971-72 season. The Bears made it to the championship game by defeating host Central Florida in an 83-82 overtime thriller. Co-captain Jason Forte ’05 sank two free throws with 4.5 seconds left in the extra period to cement the upset. Head Coach Glen Miller praised his team for its victory over the Golden Knights. “Our guys took the game as a challenge,” said Miller. “Central Florida was 25-6 last season and made the NCAA Tournament. We played well on both ends of the court and ground out a win.” Forte finished with 15 points against the hosts, then capped off a Tournament MVP performance the next day with 25 points versus Charleston Southern in a 65-52 victory. Co-captain Luke Ruscoe
’06 was named to the AllTournament Team on the strength of his 21-point, nine-rebound performance against Central Florida. The versatile junior drilled six three-pointers in the win. The wins at the UCF Holiday Invitational came at just the right time to boost the team’s flagging spirits. The break started on an unsuccessful note for the Bears with an 84-71 home loss against Holy Cross on Dec. 21. The Crusaders out-rebounded the Bears 33-18 and forced Brown into committing 18 turnovers. Not to be lost in the defeat was the play of Forte, Ruscoe, and P.J. Flaherty ’07. Forte led the way with 19 points, including a 13-13 performance from the charity stripe. Ruscoe played his usual balanced game with 15 points, four assists, and two steals. Flaherty netted a career-high 14 points in the loss. Following the UCF Tournament, the Bears faced intra-city rival Providence College at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Jan. 3. The Friars were in control see M. HOOPS, page 8