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T U E S D A Y MARCH 8, 2005


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NO SMOKING, NO COMPLAINTS Restaurant owners aren’t fuming after first week of R.I. public smoking ban METRO


KEGSTRAVAGANZA Just when you thought the debate was dead, three final words on bringing kegs back to campus O P I N I O N S 11

SAINT HAPPENIN’ W. icers fail to advance in ECACHL playoffs after dropping two games to St. Lawrence S P O R T S 12



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Pulitzer winner Hersh to give Meiklejohn lecture tonight BY MARY-CATHERINE LADER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Nearly a year after he first reported on the Abu Ghraib prison abuse in the New Yorker, investigative journalist and author Seymour Hersh will give the 39th annual Meiklejohn lecture tonight at 7:30 in Salomon 101. Perhaps best known for exposing the My Lai massacre in 1969 and its subsequent cover-up during the Vietnam War, Hersh has garnered attention in recent years for his critical coverage of the Bush administration and Iraq war. Though former Pentagon advisor Richard Perle has declared him the “the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist,” many laud Hersh’s commitment to free speech. According to Associate Professor of Political Science Ross Cheit, who chairs the Meiklejohn Committee that extended the speaking invitation to Hersh last fall, his dedication to the First Amendment makes Hersh a particularly appropriate speaker. “It’s an endowed lecture about freedom under the constitution, and he’s a real advocate of the free press, that’s for sure,” Cheit said. He added that the committee tries to attract a range of judges, lawyers and academics as Meiklejohn lecturers from year to year. Endowed by Louis Schweitzer, the lec-

ture honors the memory of 1893 Brown alum and Dean of the College Alexander Meiklejohn. In addition to his contribution to the University, Meiklejohn established himself as a firm advocate of free speech and constitutional freedoms through his publications and involvement in the American Civil Liberties Union. Multiple people suggested that Hersh give the Meiklejohn lecture this year, Cheit said. A University of Chicago graduate,

Hersh has not spoken at Brown before. He began his journalism career in 1959 and received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting 11 years later after breaking the My Lai massacre story for the Associated Press. He worked in the Washington and New York bureaus of the New York Times in the 1970s and currently writes on military and security issues for the New Yorker, see HERSH, page 6


Proposed business too ‘Steam’-y for Fox Point BY PHILLIP GARA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

On Feb. 25, many Fox Point residents and local government officials were relieved to hear that the Rhode Island Superior Court denied a building permit to the Fox Point Steam Center, METRO a proposed stress-reduction center city officials suspected of being a front for prostitution. The Steam Center, which was supposed to open on 77 Ives St. next to Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, in one of Providence’s oldest residential districts, invited questions about its legitimacy when owners ran an advertisement for the business in the Adult section of the Providence Phoenix’s Classified section. In response to pressure from the Fox Point Neighborhood Association and local politicians, including Ward 1 City Councilman David Segal, State Sen. Rhoda Perry, State Rep. Edith Ajello, State Sen. Paul Moura and Mayor David Cicilline ’83, the Steam Center underwent — and ultimately failed — a more intensive series of licensing and zoning inspections by the city. Rhode Island state law only prohibits prostitution in cases of solicitation on public streets. Private acts are not addressed by state law, according to the Providence Journal. According to Samuel Shamoon, the director of the Department of Inspection and Standards, the Steam Center tried to navigate its way around the C1 and C2 residential-commercial zoning laws by not clearly defining the intended use of the business through false and often conflicting advertising. see STEAM, page 9 Editorial: 401.351.3372 Business: 401.351.3269

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Brown medical student Eric Huang, En-Ling Wu ‘08, Juliza Lam ‘05, and Flora Yee-Kwong ‘05 from the Reformed University Fellowship asked students passing through the post office for donations to help Rhode Island’s Liberian refugees.

$20 million donation to support human genome research BY AIDAN LEVY STAFF WRITER

An initial working draft sequence of the human genome was published in 2001, but scientists have continued to investigate the seemingly boundless intricacies of the genome, and now the University has strengthened its commitment to such research. The Corporation’s approval of a $20 million donation to establish an endowment for the new Center for Computational and Molecular Biology will provide funding to further scientific research in this expanding field. A $16 million donation from an anonymous Brown trustee will support a new professorship in each of the five departments involved with the center — computer science; molecular pharmacology, physiology and biotechnology; ecology and evolutionary biology; molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry; and applied mathematics — and $4 million will support teaching programs and undergraduate and graduate research. The search for professors is currently underway, said Chip Lawrence, professor of applied mathematics, who came to Brown last fall as the first director of the CCMB. “Brown made a commitment to computational and molecular biology over a year ago,” Lawrence said. “Computational and molecular biology is a very hot topic.” “The impact of the information scisee GENOME, page 5

Graduate school experiences unprecedented growth under Academic Enrichment initiatives BY ANNE WOOTTON STAFF WRITER

Although Brown is primarily known for its undergraduate program, the Corporation’s February decision to increase graduate student stipends is part of the graduate school’s steady coming into its own. Since the 2001-2002 school year, the graduate school has celebrated its first centennial, seen its student body expand by almost 200 students, launched eight new programs and experienced a 46-percent increase in applications, an increase unmatched by any of the University’s peer institutions. Today, the graduate school offers degrees in 55 departments, and boasts a 17-percent acceptance rate that rivals the college’s selectivity. In 2001, the University’s $12,800 base stipend for fellowships awarded to support graduate students’ studies was lower than every other Ivy League school, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; and the University of Chicago, according to Dean of the Graduate School Karen Newman, a professor of comparative literature and English. This year, stipends totaled $16,000, putting Brown fourth from the

bottom among “Ivy plus” schools. For the 2005-2006 school year, stipends are anticipated to be $17,000. “We’ve certainly increased aid — we were at the bottom of our peer group,” Newman said. “(The increased stipends) make us more competitive.” “It’s no secret that the graduate school needed attention in the last few years,” said Provost Robert Zimmer. Brown has always had a distinct repu-

tation for encouraging undergraduate study, especially compared to universities like Harvard and MIT, which feature big professional schools and graduate student bodies larger than their undergraduate populations. “I’ve never heard a justification for why Brown doesn’t have any professional schools, other than its dedication to the see GRAD SCHOOL, page 6

Game over: Man caught after attempted PlayStation theft A chase on foot at about 1:30 a.m. Monday morning ended with a suspect’s arrest in the dead end behind Josiah’s and the East Side Mini-Mart. The suspect, according to his pursuer, Justin Glavis-Bloom ’07, fled from Grad Center Tower A clutching a PlayStation, which he managed to hold on to for the duration of the chase. Herald Copy Desk Chief Lela Spielberg ’07, the only resident of her suite awake when the larceny occurred, said she had kept the main door of the suite open to let in Glavis-

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Bloom. They were studying when the suspect entered the suite and grabbed the PlayStation from an empty bedroom, she said. Glavis-Bloom saw the thief leaving the other room when he left Spielberg’s room, he said. “I went out and opened the door (into the suite’s hallway) and out of this (room) came this African-American guy. At first I was like, ‘Hey, how’s it going,’ thinking he might be one of (the suitemates’) friends, and then he just starts runsee THEFT, page 8 News tips:


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AT A G L A N C E U. Colorado president resigns amid school scandals BY DAVID KELLY LOS ANGELES TIMES

DENVER — University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman announced her resignation Monday amid pressure generated by sex and recruiting scandals at the Boulder campus’s athletic department and an uproar over comments by a professor who compared the

Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi war criminal. Last week, a leaked grand-jury report said two female trainers had accused an assistant football coach of sexually assaulting them.The report also said thousands of dollars from Head Coach Gary Barnett’s football camp were in a slush fund, stashed in 16 boxes around campus.

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TO D AY ’ S E V E N TS 39th ANNUAL MEIKLEJOHN LECTURE 7:30 p.m. (Salomon 101) — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, famous for his exposé of the My Lai massacre during Vietnam, will speak on his latest book, “Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.”

“SOLIDARITY AT A DISTANCE” 4:30 p.m. (Smith-Buonanno 106) — Lecture by Bruce Robbins, author and professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. Robbins specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, literary and cultural theory and postcolonial studies.

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MENU SHARPE REFECTORY LUNCH — Squash Pie, Waffle Fries, Sliced Turkey and Roast Beef, Minestrone Soup, Vegan Tofu Pups, Mexican Corn, Kielbasa, Liberty Chocolate Cake.

VERNEY-WOOLLEY DINING HALL LUNCH — Vegetarian Lentil Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chinese Chicken wings, Wisonsin Ziti with Four Cheeses, Mandarin Blend Vegetables, M&M Cookies.

DINNER — Stir Fry Carrots With Lemon And Dill, Tortellini Angelica, Squash Rolls, Tomato Quiche, Brussels Sprouts, Wild and White Rice Pilaf.

DINNER — Vegetarian Lentil Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Italian Beef Noodle Casserole, Vegan Stir Fry Vegetables with Tofu, Red Potatoes with Fresh Dill, Squash Rolls, White Cake with Coconut Frosting.

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Same-sex marriage bill brought to R.I. Senate a second time Hearing necessary before vote BY JONATHAN SIDHU STAFF WRITER

For the second consecutive year, District 3 State Sen. Rhoda Perry, a Democrat, has introduced a bill supporting recognition of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. The bill, introduced toward the beginning of this year’s legislative session, was referred to a judiciary committee for review. Perry stressed that the legislation is still in its introductory stages. If the bill is to come to a vote, a hearing will need to be scheduled before April 14. State Representative Arthur Handy, also a Democrat, has sponsored a similar bill in the House. Two comparable bills were introduced last year, though they failed to garner sufficient legislative support. Perry said last year’s Senate bill did not come to a vote because sponsors realized not enough legislators would vote to pass it. “This year, I think there is some chance, but I’m not sanguine that it would pass,” Perry said. Currently, Rhode Island does not recognize gay marriages or civil unions, Perry said. Proponents of gay marriage legislation say civil unions would not adequately ensure equal rights for same-sex couples. State Senator Leo Blais, a Republican, sponsored a bill Feb. 17 that would legally limit marriage to unions between a man and woman. Kelly Hall ’06, a member of the Brown Democrats and chair of the club’s Local Politics Committee, said she believes Perry’s bill has more support from legislators this year. “We have 21 co-sponsors. Last year we had 11 cosponsors,” Hall said. “In the House it takes 38 votes for a bill to pass. This is actually a possibility because there has been a lot of progress this year. The numbers are just shaping up very well.” Perry said her past legislative experience has taught her that enacting change through such bills requires patience. “I know in the case of the sexual orientation discrimination bill, it took us 11 sessions before the bill was passed,” she said. “When you are looking at major social change, it sometimes takes time to garner up the support.” Perry cited several differences between civil unions and marriage licenses, comparing civil see SAME-SEX, page 7

Despite initial setbacks, Hope High reforms ‘fast-forwarded’ BY ROBBIE COREY-BOULET METRO EDITOR

This morning, Providence School District Superintendent Melody Johnson will appoint three senior administrators to lead Hope High School’s small learning communities, forming a collaborative team to help guide internal reforms recently initiated by Rhode Island Education Commissioner Peter McWalters. Today’s appointments come two weeks after Johnson announced her decision to accept the superintendent position in Fort Worth, Texas — a job with a $300,000 salary. Today also marks the beginning of a series of interviews in which administrators, community members and union leaders will evaluate faculty members’ commitment to McWalters’ educational objectives. On Wednesday, McWalters will name a “special master” to oversee improvement efforts and ensure implementation of the Consolidated Corrective Action Plan for Hope, according to education department spokesman Elliott Krieger. McWalters released the corrective action plan Feb. 4. McWalters ordered the creation of a teacher-review committee as part of the corrective action plan. Originally, teachers were to submit letters stating their approval of the 19 educational objectives in the plan by Feb. 18. However, this deadline was extended due to what Johnson called “a breakdown in communication” among McWalters, administrators and union leaders. According to Johnson, McWalters failed to bring the plan before herself and State Rep. Steve Smith, president of the Providence Teachers Union, prior to the February press release. “He had given both Steve and I his word, and in fact just the opposite happened,” Johnson said. “We got it just prior to the press receiving it in its final form.” But Krieger said McWalters was “under no obligation” to reveal details of the plan before the official press conference, likening the intervention to a judicial ruling. “A judge doesn’t negotiate with the parties before making a decision,” Krieger said. “They did get an advance copy, but it wasn’t something that was negotiated with them.” As a result of the perceived miscommunication, the union discovered many components of the plan that conflicted with teachers’ bargaining agreements, Johnson said. Smith “felt that he had to advise the teachers that, if it were him, he wouldn’t sign up,” Johnson said.

McWalters granted teachers an additional two-and-ahalf weeks to submit their letters of commitment, thereby giving union members and administrators time to discuss several unclear points, including alleged violations of the union’s contract and dispute over Johnson’s role in implementing reforms. The extension will give teachers the opportunity to pose questions during their interviews with the teacherreview committee. Teachers are still required to sign letters of commitment, though McWalters “agreed he was not going to require a letter before an interview was scheduled,” Krieger said. Despite this setback, Johnson said she believes the reform process is “back on track.” see HOPE, page 7

After first week of smoking ban, restaurant owners breathing easier BY ANNA ABRAMSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

“Now we can all breathe a little easier,” read one Rhode Island Department of Health slogan in support of the Public Health and Workplace Safety Act, which went into effect March 1. During the past week, breathing in restaurants and offices became a great deal easier, according to local restaurant managers and a representative from the Rhode Island Department of Health. Only a handful of violations and concerns were noted. The act, which prohibits smoking in the workplace and almost all public places in Rhode Island, was signed into law last August. Advocates of the bill presented it as a health initiative to protect workers and the general public from the damaging effects of secondhand smoke. On Sunday and Monday, after the first smoke-free weekend, Providence restaurant managers and workers reported largely positive results, citing both the improved air quality and simplified logistics of running a restaurant without separate smoking and nonsmoking sections. “We have had no problems whatsoever,” said the see SMOKING, page 9



Officials worry about intelligence-agency infiltration BY BOB DROGIN LOS ANGELES TIMES

WASHINGTON — U.S. counterintelligence officials are increasingly concerned that al-Qaida sympathizers or operatives may have tried to get jobs at the CIA and other agencies in an effort to spy on U.S. counterterrorism efforts. So far, about 40 Americans who sought positions at U.S. intelligence agencies have been redflagged and turned away for possible ties to terrorist groups, the officials said. Several such applicants have been detected at the CIA. “We think terrorist organizations have tried to insinuate people into our hiring pools,” said Barry Royden, a 39-year CIA veteran who is a counterintelligence instructor at the agency. Also, three senior counterintelligence officials said they feared terrorist groups might be trying to place an “insider” in the United States’ fast-growing counterterrorism planning and operational networks as part of a long-term strategy to compromise U.S. intelligence efforts. But unlike Royden, the officials added that it was still unclear whether anyone had been assigned to infiltrate U.S. intelligence to commit espionage for a terrorist group. No one has been arrested, and no one has been linked to any new “sleeper cell” of suspected terrorists in the United States. Royden’s remarks came at a national conference on counterintelligence held over the weekend at Texas A&M University. The other counterintelligence officials were interviewed separately.

Genome continued from page 1 ences on biological sciences over the next few decades is going to be very large in a multitude of ways, and there’s a great deal of interest at Brown in the way this is going to happen,” said Provost Robert Zimmer. “We have been clear for two and a half years that CMB was a high priority, and it was gratifying to find a donor.” While the center will not be housed in its own building, the Corporation is currently discussing the possibility of providing space in the biomedical research laboratories located in the Jewelry District at 70 Ship St., or in on-campus alternatives. Brown is not the first university to add CMB to its list of offerings, but it was the first institution in the country to offer a computational biology concentration, a program that began eight years ago. Since then, 30 undergraduate students have received degrees in the field. Professor of Computer Science Franco Preparata has been involved with the computational biology program since its inception in 1997 and anticipates future involvement in the center’s activities, he said. “There’s a strong demand in the world for the interaction between biology and the

The officials said that all those who have come under suspicion were filtered out during the application process for providing false information, for failing lie-detector tests, for applying to multiple spy services, or flunking other parts of the application process, the officials said. But fear of possible penetration has grown because of what one official called “an intense competition” among the United States’ intelligence, military and contractor organizations. They are seeking to hire thousands of skilled linguists, trained analysts and clandestine operatives who can blend into overseas communities to collect intelligence and to recruit foreign agents inside terrorist cells. In some cases, the officials said, those most qualified for such sensitive jobs — naturalized Americans who grew up in the Middle East or South Asia, for example, and who are native speakers of Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Urdu and other crucial languages — have proved the most difficult to vet in background checks during the application process. In addition, because of restrictions imposed by U.S. privacy laws, authorities at one spy service may not know that someone they rejected later found a job at another agency or at a defense contractor working on classified systems. “We’re looking at that very carefully,” one counterintelligence official said. Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network has used sophisticated reconnaissance and surveillance techniques in the past. Operatives

interactive and computational sciences,” Preparata said. “This is not something that the average computer scientist would like to do, but there are those who have interest in biology. We are trying to help those people build the right background to be able to tackle with the computer very complex problems in biology.” After the human genome was decoded and sequenced, scientists were left with three billion DNA bases, which is intimidating without the use of computers, Lawrence said. That gave impetus to establish programs in CMB. In addition to analyzing the genome, CCMB research could help discover cures for viruses. Currently, there are enormous databases containing variants of viruses such as HIV that are yet to be fully analyzed. The CCMB will provide students with the opportunity to take part in this groundbreaking research, Lawrence said. “It’s become a hot topic because the genome has been put in our face, then we’re standing there looking at this mass of clearly relevant data and asking ourselves what are we going to do with it all,” Lawrence said. But Lawrence said he expects that substantial developments will not be immediate. “At this point, Brown has demonstrated the seriousness of its commitment to this field, but it is in a stage of growth,” he said.

have tested security systems at embassies and airports, taken photographs or sketched diagrams of potential targets, and used encrypted communications and computer programs to frustrate U.S. spying. The FBI has assigned counterintelligence officers at all 56 of its field offices since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to Timothy Bereznay, a senior FBI official. The effort is less intensive than in the mid-1980s, the height of the Cold War, when the bureau assigned one-fourth of its agents to spy-hunting efforts. Despite the deployment during that era, CIA officer Aldrich H. Ames and FBI agent Robert P. Hanssen, as well as other American moles, compromised hundreds of secret agents and intelligence projects, causing far more damage to national security than any spy sent from Moscow or its allies. The Sept. 11 commission and several congressional investigations have sharply criticized the CIA and other intelligence agencies for hiring too few linguists fluent in Arabic or other target languages. They also have cited the CIA’s failure to recruit or plant any agents inside al-Qaida who are able to provide reliable intelligence. With vast increases in funding from Congress after the 2001

attacks, the 15 U.S. intelligence agencies launched sweeping recruitment programs. Most have been deluged with thousands of resumes and job applications, forcing several spy services to contract background checks to private firms. The CIA director, Porter J. Goss, last month gave the White House plans to increase by 50 percent the number of CIA clandestine officers and analysts in an effort to improve intelligence on terrorist groups and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. During his Senate confirmation hearings last September, Goss said the agency would need years to train and deploy enough case officers to meet the current challenge. “The great bulk of what we need is more than five years out there,” he said at the time. The National Security Agency, the spy service that eavesdrops on communications to collect intelligence, announced plans last fall to hire 7,500 new employees over the next five years to push the total NSA payroll to about 35,000. Especially sought are Arabic and Chinese linguists, regional analysts, communications-signals intelligence specialists, computer experts and others. The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency has taken its job search public, running ads for human intelligence officers for the

first time in The Economist and other publications. The littleknown DIA hired TMP Worldwide, a New York-based advertising and communications firm, to improve its name recognition and attract more candidates. The need to vastly improve counterintelligence efforts dominated the weekend Texas conference, which drew scores of current and former intelligence officials. The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, which Congress created in 2002 to coordinate counterintelligence efforts across the government, cosponsored the conclave, which was open to the media. Michelle Van Cleave, director of the office, said the Bush administration has adopted a strategy that calls for more pre-emptive action against foreign intelligence services and others viewed as threats to national security. She and other officials described the United States as the principal target for intelligence services from as many as 90 countries around the world. Paul Redmond, a longtime CIA officer who works for the counterintelligence office, called it an “actuarial certainty” that spies have infiltrated U.S. security agencies. He warned that because of efforts since Sept. 11 to more widely share critical intelligence as part of broader reforms, the danger of espionage is growing.


Hersh continued from page 1 although he has rejoined the Times twice on special assignment. Hersh’s coverage of the Bush Administration has been controversial, notably a 2004 article on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney’s circumvention of normal intelligence analysis in their justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But in May 2004, Hersh’s reports on abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison, including the now-infamous pictures of the prisoners, instantly sparked widespread media coverage. Hersh himself was not a subject of public scrutiny until he published an article later that month claiming the abuses were

part of an interrogation program called “Copper Green” that was expanded to Iraq with Rumsfeld’s permission. His work in 2005 has included a January article suggesting the United States is conducting covert operations in Iran to identify possible strike targets — a claim denied by the U.S. and Iranian governments. Hersh also published a piece claiming Pakistan and the United States have a “Khan-for-Iran” deal that dictates Washington will ignore Pakistani nuclear activity and the role of its nuclear proliferator, A.Q. Khan, in exchange for Pakistan’s cooperation in U.S. efforts to neutralize Iran’s nuclear plans. Despite the questions occasionally surrounding Hersh’s regular work for the New Yorker — part of the magazine’s “Fact” section — he has won over a dozen

major journalism awards, including four George Polk Awards. The author of eight books, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for “The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House.” Tonight he is expected to speak on his most recent book, “Chain of Command: From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib,” an in-depth investigation of pivotal post-Sept. 11 events that led to the U.S. invasion of Baghdad. Hersh’s coverage of terrorism investigations included mention of Jesselyn Radack ’92, a Department of Justice attorney who garnered media attention in 2003 when she leaked e-mails to Newsweek implicating the department in ethics violations. Radack quit the Justice Department in 2002 after she received an unduly poor performance report shortly following her complaints that FBI prosecutors questioned “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh without his lawyers present, thereby contradicting her professional advice. Radack, who has since met Hersh, played a central role in bringing Hersh to Brown, Cheit said, and will introduce his lecture. Cheit anticipates Hersh’s significant name recognition may draw a larger crowd than previous Meiklejohn lectures, and for that reason a larger venue was selected for the speech. Sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the lecture is free and open to the public. Hersh will speak for between thirty minutes and one hour, allowing time for questions following his remarks. Although the speech has been advertised as focusing on his latest book, no book signing has been arranged. Regardless of Hersh’s specific remarks, Cheit hopes his lecture will spark continued conversation and discussion in the Brown community after the event itself. “He’s a beacon of investigative journalism,” Cheit said.

Grad school continued from page 1 liberal arts,” Newman said. Even given the recent growth of the graduate school student body — there were just over 1,400 students when Newman became dean — it is still the smallest graduate school in the Ivy League, with 1,600 graduate students to the college’s 5,700 undergraduates. Princeton, whose graduate school Newman described as comparable to Brown’s, has about 2,000 students, but conferred 282 Ph.D.s and 155 master’s degrees in 2004 to Brown’s 143 Ph.D.s and 124 master’s degrees. Dartmouth College is the only Ivy League school without a graduate program. Zimmer emphasized that the University encompasses more than simple comparisons. “Undergraduate versus graduate is the wrong question to ask,” he said. For him, the graduate school is especially important as one distinct “fabric” of the University’s overall composition. Newman is happy with the growth the graduate school has experienced so far and says she is aware its small size brings good and bad ramifications. “Staying relatively small is a positive — when (potential students) come to visit, they are excited that it’s not a big factory churning out Ph.D.s, but instead they have lots of opportunities to interact with undergraduates and faculty in lots of different ways, and not just get lost in the shuffle. It’s one of the attractions of Brown, so we certainly want to keep our size,” she said. On the other hand, “when students come and it’s so small that they feel that they won’t have a cohort of students to interact with it can have a negative effect,” she added. For this reason, most graduate programs have expanded in the last four years, particularly in the sciences. The graduate school had excess grant capacity, according

to Newman, which meant there were faculty members with excess money from federal grants who could afford to support graduate students as research assistants, but the University had not been giving enough fellowships to students to make use of that money. Newman said the computer science and engineering programs have used this excess grant money to attract more students. Some of the humanities departments in the graduate school award fewer than five degrees each year, which means that they run the risk of having “not enough critical mass to really make a class,” Newman said. “As part of the Academic Enrichment Plan (the University) is expanding by 100 faculty — those faculty need students,” she said. Humanities departments that used to accept between two and four students each year now accept between three and six, she said. The University’s 2001 consortium with Trinity Repertory Company offers master’s and doctoral degrees in acting and directing in three years, adding between 14 and 16 students to the graduate student body each year, according to Newman. Master’s degrees were recently added in public policy and public affairs, and doctoral programs were added in computer music and modern culture and media. Graduate degrees are available in biology through a partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass., that also includes research collaborations and faculty exchanges, and a partnership with the National Institute of Health will offer a graduate program in neuroscience starting in the fall of 2005, according to Simmons’ Status Report. “To recruit good faculty, you need a good graduate program as well as undergraduate program. They need students working in their labs and working on research that they can collaborate with,” Newman said. “Everybody feels that it’s really important for Brown to be involved and engaged in producing the next generation of scholars and teachers — we want to be sure that there are brilliantly trained and really smart and engaged teachers and scholars for the next generation of faculty,” she said. One of Simmons’s 10 academic initiatives is “Excellence in Graduate Education.” Another initiative, which involves the graduate school extensively, is “Fostering Multidisciplinary Initiatives.” Newman said fostering interdisciplinary work and collaboration across departments is paramount to the future of the University. “The reason we’re moving in that direction is because the issues and problems in our society and the way in which knowledge is produced increasingly requires that kind of thinking and collaboration,” she said. “Increasingly in our society, problems require cross-disciplinary approaches. You can’t solve environmental problems just by doing the science. We need to change people’s behavior, incorporate literary and artistic and rhetorical analysis and questions — psychological ones, even,” Newman said. “As knowledge has become specialized, one person hasn’t been able to provide everything anymore.”


Hope continued from page 3 Johnson said the administrative appointments serve as a critical part of McWalters’s plan, which includes a vast array of reforms meant to address Hope’s low test scores and high dropout rate. Under the plan, McWalters opted not to close down Hope or assume control of its daily operations, instead allowing the school to retain its current structure with three individual learning communities. Each community — centered on the themes of leadership, arts and technology — holds about 400 students. Though the plan’s implementation has faced several hurdles since McWalters unveiled it last month, Johnson said these appointments will “fast-forward” improvement measures. “Within three to four years, I anticipate it will be one of the best-performing schools in New England,” Johnson said. The administrators’ roles will differ from those originally laid out in the plan, as community directors will form a collaborative partnership meant to diminish competition among the different communities, Johnson said. While McWalters previously advocated independently-functioning communities, Johnson said collaboration will allow “the image of Hope as a complex” to go forward. Mary McClure, president of the Providence School Board, said she does not believe Johnson’s departure will negatively impact any of the reforms she initiated during her twoand-a-half-year tenure. Because the Hope reforms are part of a state intervention, Johnson’s decision to leave will not likely generate significant fallout, McClure said. “We have to comply with (McWalters’) directives,” she said. “We have a strong administrative team that will see those through.” Johnson’s decision to leave the district should not come as a surprise, according to Adeline Becker, executive director of the University’s Education Alliance.

Becker said Johnson, who has spent much of her career in Texas, was forthcoming about her plans to eventually return. “When she got the superintendent job, she indicated she probably wouldn’t be here more than two years,” Becker said. “She had many years in retirement, and if she didn’t get back to Texas she would lose her retirement benefits.” McClure said Johnson demonstrated “outstanding” leadership skills as she developed strong relationships with local officials and union leaders. This networking was “absolutely huge” in promoting reforms and maximizing gains in student achievement, she said. As the search for a replacement begins, McClure expressed his desire to hire someone who will continue these improvements. “We definitely don’t want someone to come in and change direction,” McClure said. “It’s very disruptive to have a completely different vision, and we’re happy with what we have.” Robert Peterkin, director of the Urban Superintendents Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, echoed this preference for someone who will advance the district’s current reform trajectory. “They’ve chosen good reform models,” Peterkin said. “The board would be wise to continue the progress being made.” Johnson’s ability to repair relationships with local officials and community leaders will help make the position attractive to prospective applicants, Peterkin said. “That’s Melody’s legacy,” he said. “Melody really repaired a lot of the broken relationships between the school system and the rest of the city. I would hate to see that fall apart again.” Becker said she believes the district will “certainly” conduct a national search for a replacement, though officials may eventually settle on hiring someone internally to continue the progress made in recent years. “If history’s an indication, they may favor somebody from within,” she said.

Same-sex continued from page 3 unions for same-sex partners in Vermont and marriages for same-sex partners in Massachusetts. “The differences relate to state law and federal law,” she said. “If one is married, then the partners in that union have access to over 1,300 rights and responsibilities, the most important of which are access to the partner’s Social Security, death benefits and federal pensions.” A marriage license also guarantees a surviving spouse will be granted automatic guardianship and responsibility for the care of children, Perry said. “Civil unions legislation is simply legalizing a separate but unequal law for the LBGQT community,” Hall said. “With civil unions legislation, the union doesn’t hold up in any other state. We are unable to settle for anything that is unequal. If it’s good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for us.” Hall said she particularly supported the bill’s support for the families of same-sex couples. “To me it’s about upholding traditions of fairness and equality,” Hall said. “It’s about protecting families. People forget about all the ways a family is protected through the institution of marriage.” The Brown Democrats have provided considerable support

for Marriage Equality Rhode Island, a group that supports equal-rights legislation, Hall said. “We attend rallies, we promote events. We go down to the State House twice a week,” Hall said. “We have all been trained in the talking points and the facts of Rhode Island legislation.” Perry said she believes such bills are aided by same-sex couples willing to speak up in support of equal-rights legislation. “We need to be persuasive and provide compelling information to the members of the General Assembly,” she said.

“Couples that have been together need to continue to tell their stories of what their life is like and how having a marriage would benefit a family.” Christopher McAuliffe ’05, president of the College Republicans, said he supports the same-sex marriage legislation. “Given the fact that the government is involved in marriage, I can’t see any justification for making it available for straight people and not for gay people,” McAuliffe said. “Ideally I would like to see the concept of marriage defined by churches and not by the government.”


Track continued from page 12 relay squad failed to qualify for finals, Wemple was quite pleased with the performances of two first-years. “Smita Gupta (’08) and Becky Crossin (’08) ran really tough on the 4x800 relay and showed why I recruited them and why I believe they will be major contributors to the success of our team,” Wemple said. Julie Komosinski ’05, along with four other seniors, finished out her indoor campaign with a 5:03.25 effort in the mile run. “After a disappointing race last weekend, it was nice to finish my indoor season on a good note,” Komosinski said. The meet marked a disappointing end to the season, however, for others who had competed well at Heptagonals just one week before. While Fara Kitton ’05 had scored for the Bears the weekend before, she explained, “the energy at Heps contributed significantly to my performance there, and the lack of energy at ECAC’s prohibited me from performing the way I wanted to.” Kitton finished the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.03. Also finishing out their indoor careers were Jen Donahue ’05, co-captain Jill Lynch ’05 and Ashley Wall ’05. However, they still have the spring season before hanging up their spikes. — Katie Quinlan

Gymnastics continued from page 12 upon to fill in for Durning, who had sustained a serious knee injury during her beam routine. Despite missing practice all week with a strained neck and having only three minutes to warm up, Pouchet finished third, scoring a 9.550. “Overall, the meet was a great boost for us,” CarverMilne said. “We made changes

Men’s Track Although men from nearly every event group qualified for the prestigious IC4A Championships, only four distance runners took advantage of the last chance to race in the indoor season. The Heptagonal Championships last weekend took a heavy toll on the Bears’ squad, as tired legs and worn spirits made competing a difficult task. The Bears were led once again by Owen Washburn ’06, who took fifth overall in the 3,000-meter run. His time of 8:16.95 was only one second off his personal best, and though the race was not as fast as anticipated, Distance Coach John Gregorek was impressed with how Washburn competed. “He got caught up in the second group,” said Gregorek. “But, overall, he got to the next level this indoor season. It was a real confidence boost.” Washburn’s breakthrough season included races that placed him on the top-10 all time for Brown in both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs. Also rising to the challenge of the weekend was Ozzie Myers ’08, who finished out his first indoor season with a personal best in the 1,000-meter run at 2:28.89. “Their performances are good indicators for the future,” Gregorek said. “But we have our work cut out for us over the next six to seven weeks.” — Jilane Rodgers in routines on beam and it paid off. We did not have nearly the amount of mistakes as we did in the past.” Carver-Milne and the captains realize there are still more improvements to make. Moran pointed to their performance on the bars as a low point of the meet, while Forziat said the injury of Durning could seriously hurt the team in the future if she cannot compete at full strength. “This season has been a



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final period before a bad move trapped him on his back to give his opponent the win. Dan Apello ’06 and Lee Beane ’06 also suffered similar fates, dropping out of the tournament one round short of that needed to place. The Bears are a young team, and will return all but one of the 10 wrestlers they sent to Easterns this year. The EIWA is one of the top three leagues in wrestling nationwide, behind the Big Ten and perhaps the Big 12, and experience is crucial going up against such a talented assortment of wrestlers. Next year, the Bears hope to learn from what happened this weekend, and to get revenge for what should have been theirs. “Obviously it makes you want to work harder, that’s one good thing,” Pedro said. “It gives you a lot of experience.” The Bears feel that they will be more successful next year with more experience. “I’m just proud of how everyone worked so hard,” Pedro said, adding that this was the hardest working team he or the coaches had ever seen.

ning.” Spielberg said the suspect was leaving the room of an out-oftown suitemate — the owner of the PlayStation — though GlavisBloom said they did not know it was the suitemate’s PlayStation until the next morning. Glavis-Bloom said he chased the man without thinking about it despite being shod in flipflops, one of which he said he lost during the pursuit. He said the chase led him out the back door of Grad Center, through mud and slush, across Thayer Street, through the parking lot behind the East Side Mini-Mart and into the dead end. Once they reached the parking lot at the Mini-Mart, GlavisBloom said, he lost the suspect until a student directed him to the alley behind Jo’s, at which point a Department of Public Safety officer saw the chase and joined Glavis-Bloom. They found the suspect crouched in the dead end with the PlayStation. The officer subdued the suspect and held him to the ground, GlavisBloom said. Talking to the DPS officer that apprehended the thief, Glavis-

gamble of (athletes) staying healthy and being healthy at the end of the week,” Forziat said. After the festive mood of this meet, the team plans to refocus in preparation for next Saturday’s meet against the University of Bridgeport, who handed the Bears a surprising defeat earlier in the season. “We want to go back there and show (Bridgeport) who is the better team. This meet will be a good stepping stone for the ECAC meet,” Moran said.

yard independent medley, while Volosin placed fifth in the 1,000yard freestyle — an event he won consistently in dual meets. Cocaptain Matt Del Mastro ’05 also swam well, finishing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke and garnering praise from his coach. “Matt’s a tough competitor and is always at his best when it is needed most,” Brown said. But the Bears lost ground, dropping to sixth going into the final day of competition. “We had a meeting after the second day,” Sharkey said. “We knew we had to perform well in

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Bloom learned the officer first thought Glavis-Bloom was “exercising” until realizing he was wearing a single flip-flop and a polo shirt, running on Power Street at 1:30 a.m. Glavis-Bloom said the officer quickly realized what was happening and joined pursuit within seconds. Backup arrived quickly, Glavis-Bloom added. “There were like three more DPS cars and three Providence cars in like 20 seconds.” Providence Police informed Glavis-Bloom that the thief had around 15 prior arrests, some of which included shoplifting, possession of heroin, heroin dealing and carrying unlicensed firearms, he said. Glavis-Bloom added that, according to the police, the man arrested was out on parole and would probably be sentenced to five to eight more years in prison upon his arraignment, scheduled for today. Providence Police were unavailable to comment on the arrest. Spielberg said DPS arrived at her suite only a few minutes after she placed the call and took her and Glavis-Bloom to the Providence Police station downtown. The police were “wonderful,” she said. — Camden Avery

the morning the next day … and we knew we had to step it up.” Some of the Bears did just that. Del Mastro earned another fourthplace finish, this time in the 200yard breaststroke. Brumberg and Volosin also capped off their excellent seasons with fifth-place finishes, in the 200-yard butterfly and 1,650-yard freestyle, respectively. But the Bears still suffered some missed opportunities. Sharkey pointed to his own performance in the 100-yard freestyle as an example, as he finished ninth in the preliminary races, just missing the group of eight who go on to compete in the finals. Though they finished seventh in the tournament, which Harvard won with 1,460 points, Brown said that it was important to keep things in perspective, and gave the season’s ending an optimistic twist. “I am sure (the swimmers) are a bit disappointed, but at the same time they feel good about how they represented the school,” he said. “We had nearly 30 lifetimebest performances, placed men in 11 of 14 finals and scored more points than last year.” The Bears will graduate five swimmers this year, including Carlton Cronin ’05, Andrew Sharpin ’05, Zimmerman, and the two co-captains, Del Mastro and Tim Wang ’05. Sharkey said they will be missed. “This was a great bunch of seniors,” he said. “They provided us with some great leadership, which we’ll miss a lot.” Already looking to the off-season and next year’s team, Brown said the Bears will have to improve individually across the board, and fill the hole left by their seniors. “We will focus on the things that we need to improve upon, both individually and as a team,” he said. “For each person it is something different. Everyone should expect to get faster (and) find a way to do that. … Teamwise, we need to direct our attention towards leadership. Tim and Matt graduate, (so) we need to replace their leadership, and that is something we will do this spring.”


Smoking continued from page 3 owner of Andréas Restaurant at 268 Thayer St., who requested her name not be used. “Now we can seat people at the bar” regardless of whether or not they smoke, an Andréas waitress said. She explained that customers often object to tables in the non-smoking section because of their proximity to the smoky bar. She said the ban “made my job a lot easier this weekend.” Konstantinos Karampetsos, the general manager of Kartabar Restaurant and Lounge at 284 Thayer St., said the significant health benefits of the ban have made him consider the new law a “a great thing,” regardless of any economic concerns. “We haven’t had any problems other than too many cigarette butts hanging around the street corners,” said the office manager of Trinity Brewhouse and Restaurant at 186 Fountain St., speaking on behalf of owner Josh Miller. “We haven’t had to yell at anybody.” Armando Dias, manager of Paragon and Viva on Thayer Street, agreed that the health benefits were noticeable, saying that “the air is certainly clearer — now we can smell people’s perfume and cologne, which is sometimes a good thing, and sometimes not.” Bill Dundulis, environmental health risk assessment toxicologist at the Rhode Island Department of Health, said his department has been “very encouraged” by preliminary reports of the ban’s implementation. As of last Friday, there were no formal legal complaints or infractions filed, Dundulis said. There were, however, some phone calls reporting violations. These calls do not constitute a formal violation report, Dundulis said, explaining that a legal complaint requires the completion of an official form available from the Office of Environmental Health Assessment or the Tobacco Control Program. These offices will respond to informal complaint calls, but that preliminary warning does not “count as a strike against the place,” Dundulis said. Instead, the department “will send a nonbinding advisory to the building advisor (and) request cooperation to our mutual benefit.” Dundulis estimated that a dozen or so calls had been received by Friday afternoon. “Each (complaint) is unique,” he

said, “but the biggest problem is that people know they have to move outside but they move right outside the door, which is no good, because the smoke blows right back in.” Dundulis described the excessive smoke directly outside of a building’s entrance as “a corridor of smoke” that requires entering employees to “run the gauntlet” of smoke on their way in. Informal advisories will be sent to those workplaces that reported this problem. Dundulis said the law states that even when smokers are outside, “the smoking area has to be such that smoke from that area can’t migrate back into areas where smoke is prohibited.” Dundulis stressed that his department hopes to work closely with the citizens of Rhode Island to promote voluntary compliance over enforcement procedures. “We would much rather do outreach and talk with you … to improve the health of everyone,” he said. “But if that doesn’t work, we will try the enforcement approach.” The owner of Andréas Restaurant also said the increase in outdoor smoking is a negative side effect of the ban. While people tend to expect to find fresh air outdoors, she said, the opposite is true. Now that smokers have migrated to sidewalks, “You can cut the smoke with a knife,” she said. Though many owners had largely positive feedback concerning the ban’s compliance, Andréas’ owner said she did not necessarily believe the measure was necessary. An alternate measure — such as a designated area with an exhaust fan to keep smoke from disturbing other patrons — could also address the negative health implications of indoor smoking, she said. There were also a few reports of noncompliant customers who responded with hostility to the prohibition of smoking in restaurants. Dias, the manager of Paragon, said some patrons tried to “get away” with smoking, but said “the fine is too great” to ignore an infraction. Failure to post “No Smoking” signs or to address reported violations can each induce a fine of $1,000, according to the Department of Health guidelines for the ban. Dias said one woman opted to leave the restaurant when informed she could not smoke indoors. “I don’t know where else she went to smoke,” Dias said.

Steam continued from page 1 “At first (the Steam Center) applied for a building permit as a place for stress therapy, but by the first week of February, I got a letter from (the Steam Center’s lawyers) that it was a massage parlor with a licensed masseuse,” Shamoon said. Upon hearing that the Center was going to be a massage parlor, Shamoon then denied the Center’s request for a Certificate of Occupancy. The Steam Center then sued the city, asking the Rhode Island Superior Court to grant the Certificate of Occupancy despite the city’s objections. However, according to Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini, the Depart-ment of Inspection and Standards acted properly within the bounds of its discretion. In addition, the Steam Center did not comply with zoning laws. According to Procaccini, who upheld the city’s decision to deny the Certificate of Occupancy, “When the city went in to inspect (the Steam Center), there were only a few showers, saunas and a large makeup room. The city decided that they were not going to fill the purpose intended.” Aside from legal and zoning concerns, the heart of the controversy is centered on the fact that the Steam Center was to be located in close proximity to the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, the Fox Point Senior Center and the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club. According to Segal, “The concern was not that prostitution is illegal — in Rhode Island prostitution is legal thorough a loophole in the state’s laws — but it is illegal and can’t exist next to the Boys and Girls Club, across the street from the library and near a senior center and school.” Segal added: “There are no grounds on which we can prevent places of prostitution from opening except that it is a business that is inappropriate for a residential neighborhood and the zoning ordinance prevents that. This is the most egregious case of (the opening of a massage parlor in a residential neighborhood). There are other … massage parlors housing prostitution in the city, but they are usually more on the outskirts or in downtown and not next to schools and senior centers.” The recent case has left many Providence residents and government officials, including Cicilline, wondering whether Providence has to make some

revisions to its adult entertainment policies. Rhode Island is one of only a few states where prostitution is not illegal, even though it is severely restricted by zoning laws and is not allowed on the streets. Nevertheless, the zoning laws and regulations that are in place may not be as effective as once thought. During its court hearing, the Steam Center was able to name several similar businesses operating in non-industrial and downtown zones despite regulations prohibiting such activity, Shamoon said. However, of the eight that were named, none were in a C1 or C2 residential-commercial zone — like Fox Point — and a few did not turn out to be massage parlors at all. The problem, Shamoon said,

is that sometimes a legitimate business can transform into a prostitution front “under the radar” because the nature of the business makes it hard to regulate. Currently, Shamoon is now sending violation notices to the recently discovered violators. The controversy created by the Steam Center has caused local officials to propose changes to the existing laws. “The mayor has had legislation submitted on his behalf at the State House,” Segal wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “That kind of business will never have a place in our neighborhoods, ever. This decision puts owners of these types of businesses on notice — you are not welcome in Providence,” Cicilline wrote in a press release after the court’s decision.




Hit the pavement Despite the diplomatic use of “civil unions” instead of gay marriage, a Catholic group in Connecticut is opposing that state’s proposed legislation in order to “protect traditional marriage.” We find this logic somewhat unfathomable — and that is exactly the problem. As long as any legislator can be tarred as anti-family for supporting a bill that will create more families, the hopes of same-sex couples will have to rest with state judiciaries. Brown’s student political organizations have taken great strides in the last few years, spending more advocacy hours off College Hill and studying up on grassroots organizing. Moreover, they have reached outside the University bubble for guidance and financial support and in order to form partnerships with established organizations, all with increasing success. But advocacy without understanding, especially in the case of same-sex marriage, is weak. The key to convincing others lies in an understanding of your opponents’ arguments. So before the Undergraduate Council of Students passes another supporting resolution, or before a corps of eager and idealistic students troops down the hill again to urge skittish legislators to support State Sen. Rhoda Perry’s same-sex marriage bill, we urge them to consider an alternative plan: Rock the suburbs. Proclamations and protests all have their place, but in this case, if the movement is seen as localized to College Hill, it will not have a statewide effect, even here in Lil’ Rhody. Student advocates should consider going to Barrington and Little Compton and Johnston to talk to those who oppose same-sex marriage and civil unions about what they oppose and why. Their legislators are looking out for their own re-election, and all the cajoling in the world from our Ivory Tower cannot deny the evidence of town meetings and polls. It is true that Brown students who support same-sex marriage are not alone — this year’s bill has 21 co-sponsors in the Rhode Island Senate, 10 more than last year. But it will take 38 votes for the bill to pass. If 17 more votes are to fall in behind same-sex marriage, the support must come from the constituents. Brown students do have opportunity to influence Rhode Island policy, but in order to do so, we have to get off the Hill.

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LETTERS An alternative workout strategy To the Editor: I agree with Samantha Plesser that extending hours for our fitness centers would help to alleviate the overcrowding she describes (“Open the gym earlier,” March 7). It would not cost significantly more to keep them open longer. I would also like to hear an explanation of the need for the attendants, whose job has been described as getting paid “to work out and sleep and watch those new TV’s.” Why are we paying these people, especially if they are not always present? However, if this is as serious a problem as Plesser makes it out to be, I’m not sure her solution will improve the situation much. Plesser says “if you come at 11:05 ... you might as well come back at 6.” If this is how congested the gyms are, opening three hours earlier on weekends, before the dining halls are even open, would not solve the problem.

I offer an alternative solution. Rather than fighting for that treadmill, go for a nice run — outside. Yes, even if there’s snow out. It’s New England, not Alaska. It’s springtime, New England kicks ass and Providence is an awesome city. I love roaming the streets at 3 or 4 at night when they’re deserted, regardless of the weather. If you’re already waiting outside in the cold for 10 minutes, then why not, instead of getting in battles with your neighbors, go for a jog with them? I have friends who go out — even in the “bitter cold” — to do this often. It’s a great way to bond and release stress. At the gyms, there is no such social interaction, and the situations Plesser describes outside Keeney seem to be stress-inducing. And I’m all about reducing stress. Michael Pozar ’05 March 7


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Naysayers are rotten keggs GUEST COLUMN BY BRIAN BIDADI AND DAVID BRONFMAN Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s slow down for a second. In their guest column last Tuesday, Nick Mark ’06 and Matt Lawrence ’06 argued fervently against allowing kegs back on campus. Although impassioned, their arguments were based on stereotypes and had little if anything to do with the facts on this issue. First and foremost, it is relevant to state that the UCS resolution on lifting the ban on kegs is not a thinly veiled mandate to party harder. We genuinely care about student safety in regards to alcohol consumption. In order to have a discussion about kegs, it is important to move past the stigmas popularly associated with them. Mark and Lawrence state that “kegs foster dangerous attitudes leading to binge drinking.” In reality, a ban on kegs does not prevent event organizers from bringing in large quantities of cans or bottles of alcohol. The fear that a student has more “difficulty keeping track of their alcohol consumption” is easily remedied as long as keg beer is served in 12-ounce cups (the equivalent volume of a can), and students stack cups after each drink. Also, kegs drastically reduce the rate at which alcohol can be distributed at parties, thus lessening the amount of alcohol consumed. With regards to safety, the primary consideration for anyone reviewing this resolution, kegs do not increase the likelihood of sexual assault. Binge drinking has been correlated in the past with sexual assault, but the prohibition of kegs has been shown to be ineffective at curtailing binge drinking at both Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Preventing sexual assault has more to do with student behavior than anything else. Students should always make sure that no drink is left unattended, whether it is a can or cup. Students should also be aware of their surroundings because they are more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know than a stranger. While it is true that parties are currently registered on campus, kegs would have to be additionally registered with the state of Rhode Island. This means that there will actually be an individual at each party, imagine it being yourself, personally responsible to the state if underage drinking or related violations occur. Would you behave differently? The American Medical Association certainly thinks so. In a 2003 study, keg registration was cited as a policy option to reduce underage access to alcohol. Mark and Lawrence inaccurately claim that “a 2002 study tied binge drinking to the deaths of a staggering 1,400 college students.” The study also showed that most of those 1,400 alcohol-related deaths were the result of motor vehicle crashes. That figure includes drivers with any amount of alcohol in their blood, even if it was below the legal limit. Permitting registered kegs on campus would be a great way to keep students who drink on campus and out of their cars. Research at our peer schools demonstrates that kegs do not promote excessive drinking. Harvard reinstated the use of kegs because its ban led to excessive consumption from cans, bottles and hard liquor. Also, six Ivy League schools allow kegs on campus. Our peers have implemented policies that were successful in keeping students safe without prohibiting kegs. Based on precedents at these schools, Brown could develop a policy that would allow kegs on campus in a safe and regulated manner. Kegs are reusable. Cans are not. Cups can be reused during an event. Cans cannot. Cans are recyclable, but are frequently thrown away because they are mixed with cups. Cups are recyclable (plastics numbered 1-7 are accepted by Brown recycling). If cups were used exclusively, then everything could be recycled easily because no one would have to sift through garbage and separate cans from cups. Finally, it is our obligation to represent student opinion. UCS is determined to responsibly implement a change that is supported by two thirds of the student body. This resolution will help dissolve stereotypes and increase intelligent discussion on alcohol use. We recommend that students read the resolution and its citations on the UCS website in order to fully understand its focus on safety. Brian Bidadi ’06 and David Bronfman ’07 are on the Undergraduate Council of Students.

UCS keg stand unfounded GUEST COLUMN BY JEREMY MAK I have spoken to UCS president Joel Payne and UCS members Jess Maddox and Brian Bidadi, who authored the keg resolution. First of all, there is strong sentiment among the members of UCS that keg registration will increase student safety and decrease binge and underage drinking. Secondly, UCS argues that the presence of kegs automatically entails a corollary: that on-campus party organizers are trained and held accountable by the University. Thirdly, UCS is convinced that kegs will curb waste. I completely disagree with UCS’s stance. To begin with, how will the University mandate and enforce keg registration? The idea that kegs will curb dangerous drinking assumes that kegs will wholly replace cans on campus. This is not logically feasible. Firstly, kegs are much more difficult to transport than, let’s say a few six-, 12or 24-packs. Secondly, forget moving kegs around, you have to get one first. But with keg registration, it is much more troublesome to obtain a keg. You have to leave your contact information and usually a hefty deposit. And who wants to go through the trouble of returning the keg? As for UCS’s second argument, the use of kegs will not be an effective tracing mechanism that can accurately pinpoint where students get their drinks. UCS believes that kegs will allow tracing of alcohol sources, and even limit underage drinking — a view that UCS feebly attempts to justify by the fact that it takes longer to dispense alcohol from a tap than to quickly consume alcohol from a can or a bottle.

Again, this view assumes that kegs will wholly and automatically replace cans and bottles and ignores the likely possibility that kegs will add to the presence and availability of alcohol on campus. Here’s the clincher that marks the death knell of UCS’s argument: How will DPS be able to tell if a drunk student on Thayer or Charlesfield got alcohol from a frat or a dorm or off campus? Similarly, how will DPS ascertain whether a student drank from a can or a keg? Impossible! Additionally, in a personal email to me, Bidadi claimed that parties on campus are all well-organized and adhere to university alcohol policies. But in practice, parties held in campus-owned group social buildings such as Sayles and Faunce aren’t carefully organized and supervised at all! First-years and underage students can easily drink and are even encouraged to do so. I am an MPC in Hope and have talked to many of my first years about this. They have admitted the ease of obtaining alcohol at such parties. Moreover, I have spoken to DPS officers directly about this, and many say that they do not have the power to curb underage drinking, as they are only allowed to be posted outside the building, not inside. Finally, plastic cups take upwards of 1,000 years to decompose, while aluminum cans do so more easily. Maddox’s letter had the alluring, catchy title: “Kegs are environmentally friendly, safer, cheaper alternative.” Yet in the body he makes no mention of how the environment wins from all this. Yes, he writes that “kegs reduce

the waste associated with canned beers,” but he fails to extrapolate. What about the waste accompanying keg use? I personally would rather have a bunch of metal cans lying around than plastic cups. Does UCS expect every partygoer to bring his or her own reusable mug? Their argument is that Greek houses don’t recycle or recycle poorly, commonly mixing non-recyclable plastic cups with aluminum cans. Therefore, the solution is not to educate the Greek houses, but rather to switch from a consumption waste of half-recyclable material to a complete outflow of nonrecyclable, low-grade plastic cups. If UCS really wanted to be “environmentally friendly,” they would try to fix the recycling problem, not make it worse. Why motivate students to throw away even more trash? Furthermore, Greek houses do try to recycle. While they may inadvertently put in plastic cups, I don’t believe that the answer is the return of kegs to campus. Will kegs replace other containers of alcohol? Glass bottles? Cans? I am very skeptical. Cans and glass bottles are easier to purchase: You don’t have to leave ID. Cases are easier to transport. Furthermore, kegs would only apply to large parties, not the regular 20-person kickback deal. I strongly urge UCS to reevaluate its stance on reintroducing kegs, which may very likely cause more detriment than good. Jeremy Mak ’07 is saving the world, one step at a time.

Striving for kegcellence GUEST COLUMN BY BILL LOUIS I offer one, and believe I need only offer one, reason for the return of kegs to Brown’s campus: Draft beer tastes spectacular. I’ll get back to this in a moment. I have been living in the Czech Republic, the land of heavenly lager, for the past few months. From this vantage point, I’ve watched the campus debate about kegs with great interest. When UCS’s online referendum supporting the return of kegs to Brown passed, I couldn’t have been prouder of my fellow Brunonians. The administration doesn’t seem to be particularly enthusiastic at the prospect of quality draft ales and lagers, but UCS’s stand is a good start. However, when I saw the column by Nick Mark ’06 and Matt Lawrence ’06 in the online edition of The Herald (March 1), I was a bit put off. Their argument seems to be fairly typical of the sort of anti-keg arguments I’ve seen posted on the Jolt and written in the Herald, and seems to echo the statements of the University Administration. I think it deserves to be addressed. According to Mark and Lawrence, “The primary reason for keeping kegs off campus is safety.” Apparently, kegs make it easier to drug someone’s drink. Geez, that’s news to me. Don’t frat parties already serve alcoholic punch pushing 80-proof, which the administration has no complaint about, in large plastic cups? Are these cups somehow harder to spike than cups containing beer? Mark and Lawrence would probably like to see a stop to

punch being served at campus parties. Of course, non-alcoholic drinks, such as juice and water, are served in these selfsame cups, just waiting for some scary man with a pocket full of roofies to take advantage of the situation. Perhaps the serving of water should be banned at campus parties as well? They then pointed out that a 2002 study linked the deaths of 1,400 college students to binge drinking. Of course, binge drinking can mean a lot of things. I wonder how many of these students were drinking only beer. My guess is that the number is probably zero. This is because it’s incredibly hard to kill yourself from alcohol poisoning by drinking beer alone. According to The Denver Post’s Ed Quillen, on average, a blood-alcohol concentration of .4 percent is lethal. In order to reach that level, a 150-pound person would have to drink 25 12-oz. cans of beer in four hours, which is about ten times the capacity of the stomach. While technically not impossible because some of the beer will exit the stomach during that time, it is difficult to imagine that someone could actually accomplish this. Mark and Lawrence then present the results of a Harvard study that indicated a positive correlation between the availability of kegs and the incidence of binge drinking on college campuses. However, as we all know, a correlation does not necessarily imply a cause and effect relationship. I think the advent of kegs to campus might decrease the amount of binge

drinking by Brown students. As it stands now, when a student attends a large campus party where alcohol is served, he or she can expect to find punch as well as malt beverages such as Keysone Light, Busch or something even scarier. The sad fact is that these beverages have but one purpose: getting the drinker messed up. Even the modicum of pallid flavor that can be found in these “beers” is objectionable in and of itself. One of the reasons that these are the beverages served at campus parties is that cost constraints force party organizers to pass up more quality beers for these forms of cheap alcohol. Kegs would ease these constraints. It would then be possible to find something approaching premium beer at campus parties. I suppose it’s possible that someone would chug Bavarian wheat beer or do a keg stand with Pilsner Urquell, but I’ve never seen it happen. This isn’t to say that I think every frat party would be stocking Bohemian pilsners if kegs were allowed. Some student organizations would simply keep buying Natty’ Ice, pay less for it in kegs, and probably not pass the cost savings to partygoers. But then again, we live in a market economy. If one program house was hosting a party with fresh (insert the name of your favorite beer here) on tap and another was hosting with draft Natty Ice, which party do you think would get more patrons? Bill Louis ’06 loves Steve Urkel, and his alter-ego, Stefan Urquell.



Tumblers finish home season with WCU win BY MADELEINE MARECKI SPORTS STAFF WRITER

The gymnastics team dominated West Chester University Saturday, winning 185.025 to 177.975. The meet, held at the Pizzitola Center, was the Bears’ last home competition of the season and served both as a reunion for alums and celebration of the team’s seniors. “Our goal as a team was to have an absolute blast and to try to motivate each other and the seniors, and we did that,” said tri-captain Melissa Forziat ’05. Although Brown had to deal with some illnesses and injuries, the Bears defeated West Chester in every event of the meet. Amber Smith ’06 headlined the team’s effort with her first-place finish in the all-around competition with 37.575 points. Smith took second in both the vault, with a 9.475, and the floor exercise, with a 9.575. Brown was also led by two first-years who won their respective events. Sarah Durning ’08 continued her consistent season with a firstplace finish in vault with a 9.650. Classmate Jess Pestronk ’08 was the highest scorer of

the meet on the balance beam with a 9.400. “Jess just nailed her routine. It was very beautiful and she was very confident. She not only had a great routine, but she added a new element, a backhand spring back pike,” Forziat said. Sarah Cavett ’06 won the uneven bars with 9.450 points. The three seniors on the squad, who all serve as captains, had strong performances as well. Forziat had a solid routine on the floor exercise, earning her a 9.700 and first place in the event. She also had a good day on beam, taking second. Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne said Forziat’s performance “was a great way to end her career at home. She really went all out.” Kelly Moran ’05 performed well on both the beam and the floor, and Maya Vadiveloo ’05, coming back from injury, “had a very aggressive showing” on the bars, Forziat said. One of the most surprising performances of the competition came from Jess Pouchet ’06 on the floor. On short notice, Pouchet was called see GYMNASTICS, page 8

W. icers fall in first round of playoffs BY HELEN LURYI SPORTS STAFF WRITER

The women’s ice hockey team ended its season in Canton, N.Y., this weekend with a 5-2 loss to St. Lawrence University. The game was the third in Bruno’s ECACHL quarterfinal series against the Saints. The Bears won the first game 3-0, but the Saints came back to take the next two games and the series. “All in all, I think that on any given day they could have beaten us or we could have beaten them,” said Head Coach Digit Murphy. “I think that at some point there were some opportunistic momentum shifts for them, and it could easily have gone the other way.” Brown started the series off on the right foot with a decisive 3-0 win. Lindsey Glennon ’06 scored two goals for the Bears in the first two periods, followed by a Jessica Link ’05 goal in the third. The Brown defense and goalie O’Hara Shipe ’08 held off St. Lawrence’s forwards to preserve the shutout. In the second game of the series, the Saints outplayed the Bears to earn a 3-0 win. Chelsea Grills scored twice on Shipe, who was pulled after the second period in favor of Stacy Silverman ’08. Silverman made 12 saves in the third period, but Sabrina Harbec got the third score for St. Lawrence to end the game. Brown committed eight penalties in the contest, but its penalty kill held


The men’s swimming and diving team finished seventh out of nine teams at the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming League Championships, Thursday through Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. The Bears, who have been hurt by a lack of depth all season, needed to swim their best in each event to compete with the deeper rosters of their opponents. But, despite some solid swims over the course of the three-day tournament, the Bears were not able to swim up to that level, and finished with 231.5 points. “We fell a few swims short,” said Head Coach Peter Brown. “We are not deep enough to be able to overcome a few lapses. We need every point we can get.” The Bears started strong on the first day, as the team of Robert Reinhardt ’08, Brian Sharkey ’06, Matt Zimmerman ’05 and Matt Goracy ’05 finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 41.07. While saying that it was a promising start, Brown also SPORTS SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, MARCH 8 Men’s BASKETBALL: Yale, 7 p.m., Pizzitola Center Women’s LACROSSE: Quinnipac, 3:30 p.m., Erickson Athletic Complex YEARLY AWARDS FOOTBALL Gazette All-American: Second Team — Nick Hartigan ’06, Third Team — Zak DeOssie ’07

said that it was still a case of the team not being able to capitalize to the fullest. “We could have scored another 10 to 15 points, so my sentiments are mixed,” he said. For Coach Brown, the highlight of the day was placing swimmers in each final, which is “a tough but important thing to do,” he said. Among those swimmers were Eric Brumberg ’06 and Peter Volosin ’08, who were two of the most consistent and successful swimmers during the regular season. Brumberg, who had the best finish on the day for the Bears, took third in the 200-yard independent medley. Volosin earned a sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

Matt Frietas ’07, the lone diver on the team, finished 18th in the 1-meter dive. While acknowledging Freitas’ contributions, Sharkey noted that having only one diver continued to hurt Bruno’s chances at competing, as teams were allowed to bring as many as three divers to the championships. “It killed us that we only had one diver,” he said. “We have a good diver, but he can only do so much (by himself).” Heading into the second day, the Bears were in fifth place. Again, Brown got strong swims from Brumberg and Volosin. Brumberg took fourth in the 400see M. SWIM, page 8

the Saints off for all but one goal. “In the second game, (St. Lawrence) outworked us,” Murphy said. “They came out because their backs were up against a wall, and we just didn’t match their energy.” In the third game, the Saints got three goals on the board before Bruno came back with one, with Emilie Bydwell ’08 scoring her first goal of the season. Rylee Olewinski ’08 had an assist on that goal as well as the Bears’ next one, scored by Link. But two more St. Lawrence goals ensured the end of the series. The Saints will go on to the ECACHL semifinals, and the Bears are done for the season. 2004-2005 was a relatively disappointing season for the Bears. With a 14-13-2 overall record and a first-round exit, the team did not match the success for which it has been known in recent years. However, with two promising first-year goalies and other returning star players, the future looks bright for the next few years. “(The team) will be good,” said co-captain Katie Guay ’05, who finished her college career this weekend. “I think they’ve got a lot of new kids in and they’ve got a strong group coming back, so they have a lot of potential if they can put it together.” The contributions of rookies Bydwell and Olewinski in the series did not go unnoticed,

Women’s Track The women’s indoor track team competed in the ECAC Championship meet in Boston this past weekend. While the competitive meet allowed entry

only to athletes who had hit qualifying standards, competing at the ECACs was optional for the Bears. Only 12 women participated in the Championships. The meet traditionally follows the indoor Heptagonal Championships, and according to Distance Coach Rick Wemple, “the ECAC (Championships) is a hard meet for our athletes to get up for mentally because of the emotional letdown from Heps.” The clear standout for the Bears was Brittany Grovey ’06, who won the triple jump with what Jumps Coach Anne Rothenberg called an “outstanding performance.”

Murphy said. “One of the bright spots in the weekend was the freshmen,” she said. “We put them on a line with Jess Link and they got two of the biggest goals. That was a nice surprise for our team. I threw them out there because it was the third game of the series. Everyone else was getting a little tired.” The five graduating seniors will be a great loss for the team. However, with a strong goaltending base, Bruno will look to climb back to the top of the ECACHL and even the national rankings in the next three years. — With reporting by Sports Staff Writer Kathy Babcock.

Grapplers struggle at EIWA Championships

With a mark of 41-1 3/4, Grovey was only the second woman in the history of Brown track and field to win an individual event at the Indoor ECAC Championships. Grovey’s performance capped an indoor season in which she set the school record for the triple jump and won the Ivy League Championships in the same event. “She rose to the challenge of the meet,” Rothenberg said. “It was a test of her capability as an athlete.” Although the 4x800-meter

ing end of all the bad breaks. “I think we had some heartbreaking losses,” said co-captain Mike Pedro ’06. “It really affected our performance. Every guy out there gave it their all and wrestled their all.” Even Schell, who placed fifth, was not immune from the bad luck that seemed to hang over the Bears. Schell lost to Mason Lenhard of the University of Pennsylvania and Jeff Sato of Columbia, both of whom he had beaten earlier in the season. “I wasn’t real happy with how I did, but I’m happy that I’m going to Nationals … regardless (of what happened at Easterns) I’m still going,” Schell said. The other place winner for the Bears was Doran Heist ’06. Heist, who had been suffering from a knee injury all season and had not wrestled since Feb. 2 at Penn, finished sixth in the tournament. Like so many other Brown wrestlers, Heist had hoped to do better, but was held back by his injury. Pedro’s problems in many ways mirrored the problems of the team as a whole. A questionable call denied him a victory in regulation, and, exhausted in double overtime, Pedro made a mistake that led to a pin, costing him the match. Mike Savino ’06, another Bear who had hopes of placing, was leading his opponent 12-2 in the

see TRACK, page 8

see WRESTLING, page 8


The wrestling team had a disappointing showing at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships this weekend. The Bears placed 10th out of 13 teams, and they will send only one wrestler, Jeff Schell ’08, to the NCAA tournament in two weeks. “Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong,” said Head Coach Dave Amato. “It’s not so much that we didn’t wrestle well, we just lost some close matches.” In every weight class, it seemed that the Bears were on the receiv-

Small track squads compete in Mass. After last week’s emotional Heptagonal Championships, the men’s and women’s indoor track teams traveled north to compete in Boston one last time this indoor season at the ECAC and IC4A Championships. The teams head into the outdoor season next and will begin competition during their annual spring break trip to the University of Southern Florida.

Ashley Hess / Herald

Lindsey Glennon ’06 scored two goals in the first two periods of Brown’s series opening 3-0 win over St. Lawrence on Friday.

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