M O N D A Y MARCH 21, 2005
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXL, No. 37
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SASA WAY MORE THAN SO-SO Annual South Asian cultural show “Rangeela” packs Salomon and delights its audience A R T S & C U LT U R E 3
JUDGEMENT CALL Gavin Shulman ’05 takes on dictionary dumber-downers and comes out looking smrt OPINIONS
D’Souza sees a more politically diverse Brown
SCHELL OF A FIGHT Wrestler Jeff Schell ’08 represents Brown at NCAA Championships but drops first two matches S P O R T S 12
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Weekend conference examines slavery reparations
TWO YEARS,TOO LONG?
BY JONATHAN HERMAN S TAFF WRITER
BY CAMDEN AVERY SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Dinesh D’Souza said he found a more politically diverse Brown when he arrived to speak March 14 than when he last spoke on campus in 1997 as a part of a Gabriella Doob / Herald debate on affirmative action. The well-known author, fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and former senior domestic policy analyst in the Reagan administration spoke last Monday to a substantial crowd in Salomon 101. D’Souza said he noticed a definite political moderation on campus since his last visit to Brown eight years ago. “I don’t know if the crowd was typical — it was certainly less of a left-wing crowd (than) when I debated the affirmative action issue,” D’Souza said. “I think there was a good range of intellectual diversity. The kind of hard left that I usually encounter at Brown has declined, was absent or in a post-election funk.” D’Souza said that his speech was an “effort to reflect” the importance of intellectual diversity in a predominantly homogenous political atmosphere. President Ruth Simmons’ fund for intellectual diversity provided most of the capital to bring D’Souza for the lecture sponsored by the Brown College Republicans. “By itself, it’s a drop in the ocean, but I do think that if bright students hear something that makes sense, even if they are indoctrinated every day, they will look into it and want to learn more,” D’Souza said of his speech. “I see it as a
his work at DPS, said Capt. Emil Fioravanti, interim chief. Glen Hebert worked with the Woonsocket Police Department for 21 years and was detective sergeant in charge of the night division for the last six years. Hebert received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University. Hebert said he wanted to join DPS because Brown is “a nice community and a good place to start a second career.” John Heston, a graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island, has worked for the Rhode Island Park Police Department and the Rhode Island Capitol Police Department. For the past 12 years, he has worked as an officer for the Charlestown Police Department. Anthony LeDoux, also a graduate of CCRI, was previously an officer for the Rhode Island School of Design Public Safety Department. Prior to that
Swearer Center has been in the process of changing the nature of spring Breaks Projects to better align them with the mission of the center, Flam said. Past projects organized small groups of students to volunteer with a variety of organizations across the country, he said. Students had a range of community work and locations from which to choose. Some went to South Carolina to provide hurricane relief, and others went to Arizona to volunteer in hospitals, he said. There was little or no intellectual component to these trips, he said. Now, spring Breaks Projects only take place in Rhode Island to take advantage of local Swearer Center connections, Flam said. “Moving the projects to Providence and Rhode Island seemed more in line with the Swearer Center mission to establish a connection between the Brown community and the local community,” he said. The Swearer Center has also added an intellectual focus to make the projects more meaningful, Flam said. Students now volunteer work in a variety of local organizations and meet with local nonprofit organization leaders and community activists. The projects’ new goal is to investigate specific issues in the community based on a chosen theme, Flam said. Past projects constructed along these lines have investigated issues from immigration to affordable housing to food security. “We hope that these projects will have a better chance to impact lifelong learning if they have an intellectual component,” he said. This year the Brown Christian Fellowship has undertaken a project in the
“It’s easy and cheap to say, ‘Get over it,’” said Alfred Brophy, a law professor at the University of Alabama, at the first session of a weekend-long conference on slavery reparations Friday night. Even apologies, said panelist Melissa Nobles, associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “seem to be the way to go for two reasons: They’re easy, and they’re cheap.” The conference, titled “Historical Injustices: Restitution and Reconciliation in International Perspective,” lasted all weekend and included a film screening and six discussions with guests, each of which was hosted by a University professor. The University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice kicked off the conference Friday evening with a brief speech by President Ruth Simmons and a discussion about truth, apology and reconciliation. Like all the conference’s discussion panels, Friday’s event was held in Smith-Buonanno 106, with packed seats and people sitting on the floor. In his introduction Friday night, Associate Professor of History James Campbell, chair of the slavery and justice committee, laid the foundation for the weekend’s discussions, briefly sketching the University’s historic involvement with slavery. “Like nearly every American institution,” Campbell said, the University has “a long history with the slave trade,” with community members and presidents who have acted vocally as both abolitionists and slave owners. He drew attention to the fact that the president’s office was built, in part, with the labor of slaves. Vanessa Huang ’06 said Sunday that for her, this was the chief question concerning reparations — what, exactly, should the University’s role be, especially considering its history with the slave trade? Huang said she thought the question was raised over the weekend but not satisfactorily answered. The question came up several times in terms of what a university might to do change the United States’ approach to slave reparations. Still, Huang said, she was pleased with the conference overall and with the kinds of discussions raised. In her opening address, Simmons posited the weekend’s endeavor as an effort to begin to address the “catastrophic inhumanities” of slavery and to “repair the moral breach” made by the University in years past. Indirectly acknowledging the resistance the subject of reparations meets — on campus, as anywhere — Simmons said, “I welcome any discomfort this process may cause as entirely necessary and salutary.” Some of this discomfort became evident by the time Sunday’s conference
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Protestors stop outside the Rhode Island National Guard Recruiting Office on Saturday’s anti-war march that marked the two-year anniversary of the war in Iraq.
Breaks Projects shift to local focus BY STEWART DEARING STAFF WRITER
Spring Breaks Projects — community service projects funded by the Swearer Center that used to consist solely of flying to an area and volunteering for a week — are becoming seminar-style workshops on community issues in the real world, said Rabbi Alan Flam P’05, a senior fellow at the Swearer Center and associate University chaplain. Over the past four and a half years, the
see D’SOUZA, page 6
DPS inducts five officers BY NICOLE SUMMERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Department of Public Safety swore in five new officers at a Friday ceremony attended by the officers’ families and various members of the Brown community. The ceremony came on the heels of the University’s announcement Friday that Mark Porter, currently director of public safety at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, will become Brown’s chief of police and director of DPS in April. The officers come to Brown from a variety of backgrounds in policing and crime prevention. Leif Anderson rejoined DPS in November 2004. He has a degree in administrative justice and served in Operation Desert Storm. John Finegan previously served as a member of the Providence Police Department. Finegan is trained in detective and interrogation techniques, which are skills he can incorporate into
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ARTS & CULTURE MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005 · PAGE 3
Smith ’04.5 wins film society competition BY JANE TANIMURA STAFF WRITER
Recent Brown graduate Chris Smith ’04.5 was named the winner of the student trailer competition for the Film Society of Lincoln Center earlier this month. Smith will receive a check for $5,000 at the trailer’s March 23 premiere, the opening night of the New Directors/New Films festival at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Smith’s trailer, promoting the society, will then be shown before every Film Society screening for the next two years. Smith’s trailer was one of over 30 entries showcasing the mission of the Film Society. Established in 1969, the Film Society is a top film presentation organization that celebrates American and international cine-
ma, and sponsors annual events including the New York Film Festival. In looking over submissions, judges were asked to choose a trailer that was visually and musically innovative, something “branding, smart, fast paced” said Graham Leggat, the organization’s director of communications and one of the judges for the competition. Leggat said Smith’s trailer was clearly the best because of its creative way of presenting information about the Film Society. “It was sophisticated. It was snappy, beautifully put together and well-scored,” Leggat said. Smith’s trailer presents information about the Film Society through distressed film strips that are mostly black and white, with occasional spots of color. The trailer is entirely animated
and accompanied by a soundtrack Smith also produced. The trailer doesn’t “look like a commercial, (but) reads like something exciting,” Leggat said. Smith said he chose animation as a way of communicating his ideas for the trailer because of its flexibility and expressiveness. “For me animation is a way to combine all of my instincts,” he said. Smith entered the competition during his last semester at Brown, after seeing promotional flyers posted around campus. A double concentrator in music and visual arts, Smith said the opportunity to do this trailer “was right up my alley.” Smith attributes his success thus far to the inter-departmensee SMITH, page 8
‘Secret Life of My Vagina’ examines South Asian female sexuality BY KIM STICKELS S TAFF WRITER
South Asian women are speaking out about their vaginas, combating the silence surrounding sexuality that is so pervasive in South Asian culture. “The Secret Life of My Vagina,” a series of monologues written and produced by South Asian women at Brown, examines masturbation, body hair, sexual abuse and other topics at the confluence of sexuality and ethnicity. Director Rashi Kersawani ’05 recalls reading Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” over winter break and feeling the narratives did not represent Kersawani’s own experience as a South Asian female. “Our stories are unique as a result of our ethnicity,” she said. “The experience of sexuality by South Asian women is some-
thing that is stifled by our culture.” Comprising 17 acts and a cast of six, the production explores the confrontation of South Asian and Western sexual mores. Shara Hegde ’05 performs a monologue confronting the issue of body hair and the difficulties of coming of age as the only South Asian girl in the community. Her character feels the need to remove her body hair in order to be accepted by men, yet when she seeks support from her parents, they dismissively insist she “focus on her studies.” The author of one monologue recalls her mother’s admonition before she attended a school dance: “No dancing with boys. You may have been born here, but you aren’t some dirty American girl.” She then see SECRET, page 7
ARTS & CULTURE PREVIEW “The Secret Life of My Vagina” March 22 through 24 Upstairs Production Workshop Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Suggested donation $5
‘Rangeela’ features South Asian diversity BY SUNISA NARDONE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
This year’s SASA cultural show “Rangeela” — held Saturday night in a sold-out Salomon 101 — was nothing if not colorful. Women in green and gold saris danced in circles around men wearing black and silver vests and trousers. Punjabi bhangra beats, Bollywoodinspired dance moves and hip-hop culture added to the effusive cacophony of sound and color that entertained a diverse audience for almost three hours. The South Asian Students Association represents students from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. One light-hearted skit between acts filmed “Rangeela’s “masters of ceremonies, Anoop Raman ’05 and Rajiv Kumar ’05, conducting a survey of Thayer Street pedestrians to test knowledge of South Asian geography. To the amusement of the audience — who at least by virtue of their attendance had some knowledge of the region — some of the interviewees proved unable to name any countries in South Asia. While participants in the show were mainly South Asian, there were students wearing saris and dancing who were not. As one of the organizers, Reva Gaur ’07 noted, “Anyone who has an act they think is appropriate for the show can audition it, as long as it pertains to South Asian culture in some form.” Gaur and fellow organizer Zara Matthews ’07 discussed how the SASA show allowed first-years to bond with South Asian upperclassmen. The act of putting on the show, with many time-intensive rehearsals, helped to bring the community together. And certainly the theme of the show was a fusion of the different cultures represented within the group. The first act was an original song titled “East and West Collide,” which combined Nilay Patel’s ’08 rapping abilities with classical instruments and a traditional folk melody sung by Vivek Buch ’08. First-years opened the show, with an early act performed by Lana Zaman ’08, who danced a classical Indian piece on the theme of summer. Zaman was a smiling, jaunty performer resplendent in
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Wrestling continued from page 12 want to not just go (to Nationals), but to place, I need to work accordingly.” Schell’s losses mark the end of the season for the Bears, but the team is confident that it will come back next year and earn the honors at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships and the NCAA Championships that it narrowly missed this year. The Bears came into the season hoping to finish in the top three in the Ivy League and in the top five in the EIWA, but
Breaks continued from page 1 new format centered on the theme of poverty and social justice, said Greg Johnson, an adviser for the Chaplains’ Office. Its participants’ mission is to connect with the local community and develop a better understanding of social justice and poverty in Providence, he explained. The 10 participants plan to spend a week living in a Providence church. They will volunteer at a variety of local organizations dealing with poverty and reconvene at night to read related articles and share their daily experiences with one another. A representative from the Poverty Institute at Rhode Island College and the director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence have also been invited to speak. Project leaders hope the combination of community work and discussion will help students
bad outings against Columbia and at Easterns denied them their goals. “I think the team … knows we’re real close to competing at the top-20 level,” Amato said. “There’s a lot of light at the end of the tunnel. It’s frustrating because we were so close but didn’t get it.” The Bears lose only Heath Lohrman ’05 to graduation, so the team will be much more experienced next year. “I think we’re in a great position for next season,” Schell said. “We have a lot of juniors that are going to be leading the team as seniors, and the freshmen will have another year under their belts.”
develop their own moral structure to deal with local poverty, which they may not have been aware of before the project, Johnson said. “We are trying to enter into a different world for a week to see how it can affect (our) own lives,” he said. BCF hopes the project will open students’ eyes to the reality of Providence, said Laura Leis ’07, student coordinator of the project and Herald photographer. “It’s really important for any person, not just members of BCF, to put their moral ideals into practice,” Leis said. “It should become a part of your lifestyle, not just your beliefs.” The project has a clear goal, but organizers aren’t exactly sure what conclusion it will reach, according to Brandon Gill ’05, a student coordinator and BCF member. He stressed the open-minded nature of the project and encouraged students not affiliated with BCF to participate. “We are so pleased with this project and are excited to see how others apply faith in practice,” he said.
W. Lax continued from page 12 said. “They were really stepping up. We were all moving the ball, stepping up and seeing the open person.” The Hawks finally broke through at the 26:55 mark in the second half, scoring on a low free position shot. They added another one minute later, as a Monmouth player swept the ball past Southard while lying on the ground. The Bears, however, refused to quit — especially after losing their last two games largely due to big second-half rallies. Brown continued to do an excellent job moving the ball around, finding Passano on the crease for her fifth goal of the game with 24:28
SJC continued from page 1 session came to a close. Upon one black audience member’s remark that he had to “de-black” his $600,000 East Providence house before selling it, another member of the audience asked whether that didn’t indicate progress on some level — namely, that a black man was able to sell his house for $600,000. The two broke into heated debate before agreeing to continue discussion later, after which the panel continued. Friday night’s first speaker was Brophy, who spoke on the history of Brown’s approach to slavery. He focused on former President Francis Wayland, whose 19th-century book on morals argued that society’s standards of morality were evolving and that people who were indifferent to the abolitionist movement were as culpable of evils as slave owners. Brophy’s final words were a precaution to the audience to consider Brown’s historical involvement in slavery in its moral context — though the University owned slaves, he said, it pushed the limits of liberalism even then and was looked upon as an institution with progressive political ideals.
left. “I knew Passano was going to have a breakout game,” Staley said. “She is capable of that every game. She is doing a great job placing her shots.” A score by Caitlin Wolff ’08 pushed the lead to 9-2, but Monmouth scored again by feeding the ball onto the crease from behind the goal. The Bears, however, quickly picked up on the tactic and held the Hawks scoreless until Monmouth added a garbage time goal with just over a minute left. The Bears also added two late goals, one from Lindsey Glennon ’06 off a pass from Amie Biros ’07, and the other from Biros on a feed from Ashley Holden ’06. For the game, the Bears scooped up 37 ground balls to
the Hawks’ 30, including five apiece for Biros and Meg Sullivan ’06, and four each for Staley and Herald contributing writer Anne Duggan ’06. “We put the ball on the ground when the other team had it, and we took a lot of risks in coming up with the ground balls,” Staley said. The Bears came into this game with the mentality that this was the start of a whole new season. They will look to build upon this newfound unity, as they take on three opponents during spring break: University of California, Berkley, Syracuse University and the team’s Ivy League opener at Dartmouth. “We came out with the mentality that this was game one,” Southard said. “We want to go forward from here and not look back.”
British attorney Lord Anthony Gifford’s speech, which followed Brophy’s, examined the legal and moral basis for reparations. Gifford emphasized that according to international law, reparations must come from the descedants of criminals who still profit. “Don’t,” he said, “let people think it all happened too long ago,” adding that timing is less central to considering reparations than “how atrocious and lasting the crime is.” Gifford supported the idea of reparations in all countries affected by slavery, including the United States, Jamaica and the Caribbean and Africa. To the comment that reparations have been made in the past, he said, “I’m sure you do (remember), that the only compensation paid by the British at the time of emancipation was to slave owners for the loss of their property.” Nobles ended the panelists’ speeches with commentary on the meaning of apology and reconciliation. Nobles questioned the importance of apologies, saying that though apologies do not necessarily promote reconciliation, they are often thought to. Nobles, explaining the ineffectiveness of mere apology and the need for committees and mobilization to effect change, cited the Bureau of Indian
Affairs’ national apology to native peoples for relocation and genocide. Not only did the BIA’s apology go unnoticed, she said, it lacked success in part because the former secretary of the BIA, the man who made the apology, was himself an American Indian. In the United States, she said, “It is hard to see how reconciliation could be achieved with only apology.” She cited statistics showing more than 70 percent of whites opposed reparations and over 70 percent of blacks supported it. Brophy added that according to the Mobile (Ala.) Register’s poll, the issue of slave reparations today is the most racially divisive issue ever, even more than school integration after the decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Nobles said white America may be opposed to reparations because it sees social progress and does not think racism is a problem in the United States anymore. Gifford added, “We are indoctrinated to think how well we’ve done and how good we’ve been.” The focus of other sessions during the conference included historical injustice, the public memory, locating responsibility and restitution and compensation. The conference’s final panel focused on examining global examples of reparations made, both successfully and unsuccessfully, in cases such as Rwanda and the Holocaust.
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WORLD & NATION MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005 · PAGE 5
Rubella virus eliminated in United States Rumsfeld regrets path of invasion in Iraq BY DAVID BROWN THE WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON — The invisible “chain of transmission” of rubella virus has been broken in the United States. With it disappears a disease that a little more than a generation ago struck fear in the heart of every pregnant woman. Fewer than 10 people a year in this country now contract the infection known popularly as German measles. Since 2002, all cases have been traceable to foreigners who carried the virus in from abroad. Between those rare events, however, no rubella virus has circulated in the United States because the bug simply cannot find enough susceptible hosts. After years of assiduous vaccination, virtually the entire U.S. population is immune. Mild and often entirely unnoticed in children, rubella infection can be devastating to developing fetuses. A woman infected with the virus in the first three months of pregnancy will probably suffer miscarriage, or deliver a stillborn or permanently disabled child. In the last great U.S. epidemic of rubella — 40 years ago, before there was a vaccine against the
disease — about 12,000 babies were born deaf or deaf and blind. The outbreak so swelled the number of congenitally deaf Americans that Gallaudet University, the District of Columbia’s educational institution for the hearing-impaired, eventually acquired a second campus to accommodate them. “This is a milestone,” said Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It is a major step forward in our ability to eliminate this problem in the Western Hemisphere, and then in the world.” She will announce rubella’s disappearance from the United States at the opening Monday morning of the National Immunization Conference here. The disease’s decline began after the introduction of rubella vaccine in 1969. The infection’s virtual disappearance, however, required more than high levels of immunization in the United States. The disease also needed to become less common in the Caribbean and Latin America, the source of most imported cases. Mass rubella vaccination began in those regions in the late 1990s, although some countries (notably
Cuba and Uruguay) had moved against rubella decades earlier. The recent campaigns reduced the number of cases coming across the border, and to some extent also reduced the number of susceptible immigrants living here — a segment of the population in which an unusual number of the last decade’s cases occurred. Lacking both spark and fuel, rubella burned itself out. Keeping rubella at bay depends entirely on keeping immunity high. According to the CDC, more than 93 percent of children younger than 3 have been vaccinated, usually with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) shot, although rubella vaccine can be given by itself. The Pan American Health Organization’s recent resolution to eliminate rubella from all of the Americas by 2010 will also help. “Eliminated” means the disease is no longer endemic — all new cases arise from imports. “Eradicated” means there are no cases from any source. Global eradication of rubella, while conceivable, is a distant goal. see RUBELLA, page 8
BY SONNI EFRON LOS ANGELES TIMES
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday he regretted that the United States had not been able to invade Iraq through Turkey, because Iraqi military and intelligence forces in the north of the country melted away to form the insurgency now batting U.S. and Iraqi troops. Rumsfeld also urged the new Iraqi government to be “darned careful” to avoid staffing the Iraqi security services with patronage appointments that could undermine their effectiveness. Rumsfeld made the remarks during two television appearances marking the second anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. At least 1,520 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war, according to an Associated Press count. Asked what he considered to be the greatest mistake of the war, Rumsfeld said, “Had we been successful in getting the
4th Infantry Division to come in through Turkey in the north when our forces were coming up from the south out of Kuwait, I believe that a considerably smaller number of the Baathists and the regime elements would have escaped. “More would have been captured or killed. And as a result the insurgency would have been at a lesser intensity than it is today,” Rumsfeld told ABC’s “This Week.” “We’ve seen attacks on infrastructure. And they’ve been successful in slowing economic progress and slowing political progress,” he said. In the run-up to the Iraq war, Washington offered political and economic incentives to try to persuade Ankara to allow the U.S. military to use Turkish territory as a base for the invasion. But with public opinion in Turkey running more than 90 percent against the war, the Turkish parliament rejected the prime minister’s request and refused to allow passage of see RUMSFELD, page 8
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D’Souza continued from page 1 first step, but it is a good step.” Intellectual diversity is necessary at Brown to keep the liberal majority politically challenged, D’Souza said. “It’s refreshing that there is a kind of conservative presence at Brown that is providing a needed balance and intellectual diversity on the campus,” D’Souza said. “Otherwise, the liberal sheep would go unmolested. I think that it’s very healthy for a campus, even if it is a liberal campus, (to) be challenged.” He said a Brown student unsuccessfully solicited at least five professors to debate D’Souza in a similar style to his 1997 visit. The president of the Brown College Republicans could not be reached for comment on the structure of D’Souza’s appearance.
SASA continued from page 3 a silver belt, jingling bracelets and anklets and bright purple costume. The show moved through a series of dances specific to each region. “When the Drum Beats,” choreographed by Seema Vora ’06, showcased Raas, a dance from the Northern Indian state of Gujarat. It involved the beating of wooden sticks between the men and women dancing on stage as they skipped, jumped and weaved their way in between one another. “I loved the Raas and the belly dancing. I was interested to learn about the different state folk dances,” said Rachel Lauter ’06, who was at the show supporting friends. The Raas was performed to exuberant audience response, a
“It’s refreshing that there is a kind of conservative presence at Brown that is providing a needed balance and intellectual diversity on the campus,” D’Souza said.“Otherwise, the liberal sheep would go unmolested.” “I thought it would be a little fun to have an organized debate or opposition,” D’Souza said. “I was a little sorry that a professor didn’t step up to the plate.” Since D’Souza started the conservative Dartmouth Review in the 1980s, he said he has become more aware of the political homogeneity of what he calls the “liberal East Coast schools.” “I am much more alert to the differences between Texas A&M and Brown,” D’Souza said, drawing on his experiences delivering speeches to college campuses across the country.
“How Brown is different from Dartmouth today, I’d be a little hard pressed to say.” D’Souza said he was intrigued by the questions and discussions his lecture generated because they were different from questions he’s heard before. He said one audience member’s insinuation that D’Souza supported white supremacy “reeked of ethnocentrism.” “There is a false equation of empire as if it was an exclusively white device,” D’Souza said. “The empire of the European is just one of a long succession of empires in the history of the world.”
plus considering that the emcees had earlier urged the audience to participate vocally and acrobatically — one emcee even told the audience to “gyrate” if they felt like it. “The crowd is extremely diverse,” said Jen Tan ’07. “I think its great that so many people are interested in coming to see South Asian culture.” The South Asian Women’s Collective commemorated South Asian writers, activists, athletes and media stars in their brief slideshow presentation, calling attention to such people as Arundhati Roy and Nandita Das. A more light-hearted act was the short film “Jalebi Ki Pyar.” Slow motion love scenes, a chase and a fake death had the audience laughing at the obvious stereotype of Hindi movies. For many people, “Rangeela” was an opportunity to witness a wide diversity of dances. There was a Nepalese dance choreo-
graphed by Smirti Mallapaty ’07, and Anna Chacon ’08 choreographed a belly dance combined with Lebanese folk dance. Six women stood with colorful scarves over their heads as an Indian DJ danced through their midst, waking them from 3,000 years of sleep to a passionate hipshaking, arm-waving dance in celebration of their freedom. “We come every year. We love it. This is the first time we’ve seen a Lebanese dance — it is very exciting,” said Mohini Roper P’06. And even the technical difficulties that arose during the Senior Dance brought “Rangeela” dancers and audience members together, as they showed support for the seniors. The first-years introduced their dance with a long personal film, but their energy and confidence on stage spoke to their certain ability to carry SASA’s rich cultural traditions to new levels.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Before their teams even met Sunday, Rick Pitino and Paul Hewitt made observations that sum up this year’s NCAA tournament as well as any could. After Georgia Tech defeated top-seeded and second-ranked North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals a week ago, Hewitt anticipated the reaction and warned listeners, “This is not an upset.” And on Saturday afternoon, Pitino answered a question about a pair of high-quality opponents facing off so early, in the second round of the tournament, by saying, straight-faced, “Well, it could be bad seeding.” Pitino quickly pleaded to have that remark taken off the record, but he was only half-joking even then. The truth is that “seeding” and “upset” are relative terms this March, maybe more than usual, and Pitino’s Cardinals are perfect examples. Thursday’s Albuquerque Regional semifinal pits the No. 1 seed against the No. 4 — and against all logic, it’s Louisville that’s the lower seed, against Washington. Not that Washington hasn’t justified its position so far, but it hasn’t had to play a team like Georgia Tech. The Jackets had a solid claim to being under-seeded as well at No. 5, yet Louisville ran and shot them off the Gaylord Entertainment Center floor Sunday. Louisville led by 10 points four and a half minutes into the game, and by the midway point of the first half, the question was becoming not if the Cardinals would win, but by how much.
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The last sniff at a chance for Georgia Tech came with just under 10 minutes left in the game; the Yellow Jackets finally had strung together something of an offense, had their three key players in something resembling a groove, and had gotten the deficit back to single digits, at 52-43, for the first time since the opening minutes. Soon afterward, three straight three-pointers by Taquan Dean put an end to that dream; they put the lead back to 18, and it eventually ballooned to 23. B.J. Elder and Will Bynum (11 points combined) might as well have gone back to Atlanta between games, and at halftime, Jarrett Jack (11 points in the first eight minutes, none the rest of the game) might as well have joined them. These, again, were the runners-up in the tournament for the best conference in the country, one that sent three teams to the regional semifinals. Louisville treated them like a Conference USA cellar-dweller (or one from its future home, the Big East). The Cardinal faithful (many of whom turned the arena into Freedom Hall South all weekend, even when Louisville wasn’t playing) eagerly await the selection committee’s explanation of why the No. 4 team in the country, and its 29-4 record, was dropped so low in the field in the first place. They were lumped into that seed with three frauds: Boston College, Syracuse and Florida, which was artificially boosted after winning the Southeastern Conference tournament but got slapped around by Villanova in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Besides that, two No. 2 seeds
and three No. 3s went down the opening weekend. In their place in the Sweet 16 are one 12th seed, WisconsinMilwaukee, and a 10, N.C. State — which 10 days earlier had been in the same position as Maryland, an opening-round ACC tournament loss away from checking on arena dates for the NIT. That probably isn’t chafing Gary Williams much at all. Overall, the committee’s perceived wisdom took a beating, and its reputation landed slightly north of Mark McGwire’s post-congressional hearing. Talk about a lack of trust and credibility. Of course, a gracious person would point out that this reflects the rampant parity the decade-long defections to the NBA have created. To his credit, Pitino chose to be gracious; even as he joked before and after the game about the seeding, he admitted to being only so upset. “There are no levels anymore. Everybody is at the same level,” Pitino said. “That’s what makes it so exciting. That’s what makes it so much fun. And that’s what makes it so tough to seed.” Thus, neither he nor his players plan to join the masses talking about motivation or vindication this week. Dean simply claimed that for him and his teammates, there is “not a chip on our shoulder.” Once they got over the initial anger of Selection Sunday, Pitino said: “I told them that’s the last time we’re going to talk about that. We’re just going to focus on playing great ball.” And they have. But what else do you expect from a top seed? Besides actually getting a top seed, that is.
Secret continued from page 3 describes her feelings of guilt about past sexual experiences with her boyfriends. Another monologue examines the issue of sexual abuse in the South Asian community and a young girl’s decision to lie to her parents about sexual abuse by her uncle. The monologues are among the first in the United States to address the sexuality of South Asian women. Last year, two South Asian cultural organizations at Stanford University hosted “Yoni Ki Baat: Talks of the Vagina,” addressing similar issues. Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s 1999 film “Fire” chronicled a lesbian relationship, triggering strong condemnations and acts of vandalism at theaters that showed the production. Kersawani said she hopes that her production will create dialogue about an issue that has for too long been silenced. The
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show features a talk back after each performance to explore issues the production raises abut the “notion of a South Asian woman as heterosexual, and virginal until marriage,” Kersawani said. She cites Saturday’s South Asian Student Association Spring Cultural Show as an example. Vani Kilakkathi ’08 was prevented from performing an excerpt from a monologue about masturbation because the organizers of the show believed it would offend people in the audience, which included younger children and parents. “That incident exemplifies the need for the show,” Kersawani said, adding, “The most effective change results from people feeling uncomfortable and thinking about ideas they never considered.” Proceeds from “The Secret Life of My Vagina” will benefit Asha for Education, a group that works to educate underprivileged children in India, for which cast member Parendi Mehta ’07 volunteered last summer.
Brown because he wanted to be part of a sworn police department in which all officers have attended a police academy. “This department is as strong as it has ever been, and it can only improve. Each day it gets better and stronger and more professional,” Fioravanti said in the opening remarks of the ceremony. The new additions bring the force to 33 officers.
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M. Lax continued from page 12 offense to work, the Minutemen took control, especially as Brown’s defense began to tire. After scoring two goals in the first quarter, UMass added three in the second, and then six in the third to put the game out of reach. “We played pretty solid defense the first half,” said cocaptain Dan Spinosa ’05. “(But) when you play that much defense, it’s hard to hold a team down.” UMass started the game with two goals in the opening 13 minutes, before David Madiera ’07 scored off of an assist from Derkac, ending the first quarter
Rubella continued from page 5 Rubella vaccine is not yet part of the standard package of childhood immunizations in many developing countries. The annual number of cases globally is unknown. However, the World
with the score still close at 2-1. From there, the Minutemen asserted control, shutting the Bears out for two full quarters, while scoring nine goals of their own. “I don’t think it was one thing,” Nelson said when asked about UMass’s control of the second and third quarters. “We had a couple penalties, we missed a few easy grounders (and) we had a couple of (mental) errors.” Whatever the cause of the slump, its effects on the Bears were damning. After going into the second quarter trailing 2-1, the Bears came out of the third stanza down an insurmountable 11-1 margin. Brown’s four goals in the fourth shrunk the deficit, but they all came after UMass eased up. Looking back on the game,
Health Organization estimates that 100,000 babies are born with “congenital rubella syndrome” — the constellation of birth defects the virus causes. In the United States, there was a single case of the syndrome in 2003, none in 2002 and three in 2001. The total number of U.S. rubella infections was nine in 2004, seven in 2003 and nine in
the Bears are confident that they will be able to regroup in time to face the Ohio State University on Saturday. “I think we have to get back to basics, doing what we do day in and day out, working hard and trying to execute as best we can,” Woodson said. The Buckeyes are the last weak team on the schedule for the Bears, who go on to face powerhouse No. 7 Syracuse University before starting the competitive Ivy League schedule. “We just have to stay together,” Spinosa said. “As long as we stay together and play our game we’ll be just fine.” The Bears host the Buckeyes this Saturday, 1 p.m. The game is scheduled to be held at Stevenson Field.
2002, said Susan Reef, an epidemiologist at the CDC who tracks the disease. The infection, whose name means “little red,” was thought to be a variant of measles until 1814, when German researchers described it as a distinct illness (hence its popular name). It causes a short-lived red rash, lowgrade fever and, in adult women, often pain in the joints. If a woman is pregnant, however, the virus crosses the placenta and infects the fetus 50 to 85 percent of the time. There, it spreads widely, causing cells to die or stop dividing. The classical “triad” of rubella birth defects is cataracts, deafness and malformations of the heart, but the list of possible defects is much longer. They include bone
Rumsfeld continued from page 5 American troops or weapons into Iraq. The 4th Infantry Division was re-routed and invaded Iraq from Kuwait. However, a military analyst said Sunday that the delayed arrival of the 4th Infantry Division was far less a factor in the development of the anti-U.S. insurgency than the Pentagon’s failure to plan for postwar security. “The insurgency came about more because of the chaos that reigned after the fall of Saddam (Hussein) rather than the delayed arrival of the 4th Infantry Division,” which arrived in Kuwait in early April and
reached Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit by mid-April, said Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution. Moreover, the Pentagon could have delayed the invasion for a week or two until the 4th Infantry Division arrived, or it could have sent the division north to hook down to Baghdad in a “hammer and anvil” move, O’Hanlon said. “Rumsfeld’s never going to admit ... that he was negligent in not formulating a plan for dealing with (postwar) insurgency or lawlessness,” O’Hanlon said. “In fairness to Rumsfeld ... it’s not in the nature of this job for anybody to admit a mistake that serious while they are in office.”
abnormalities, liver enlargement, mental retardation and delayed development. Of 430 New York children with the syndrome studied in the 1960s, 6 percent had autism. That discovery was the first evidence that autism — at the time thought to arise from bad parenting — was shown to have biological origins in fetal development, at least in some cases. Rubella is less contagious than measles but still easily transmitted by coughing and close contact. Before the vaccine, epidemics occurred in the United States in cycles of six to nine years. Because infection confers natural immunity, that was the length of time it took for enough susceptible people to accumulate in the population to permit sustained
person-to-person transmission. In 1964 and 1965, rubella exploded. There were 12.5 million infections here, which gave rise to 20,000 cases of the congenital syndrome, about 6,200 stillbirths, and at least 5,000 abortions — some legal and some not. The epidemic also gave a great push to Stanley Plotkin, a research physician at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, who had begun working on a rubella vaccine in 1963. His final product proved unusually effective and safe. A single dose confers life-long immunity in nearly all people. Among the thousands of women who turned out to be pregnant when they got the vaccine over the years, none has ever had a baby with congenital rubella.
Magazine and has been editor-inchief since 2002. The genre-crossing publication publishes the works of emerging animators, filmmakers, computer programmers, composers and other artists on DVD. After the trailer’s premiere, Smith said, he will be moving to New York permanently, where he hopes to pursue a career as a freelance animator.
continued from page 3 tal programs at Brown, which provided a synthesizing approach to learning that helped him to cultivate and combine his talents. Smith was co-founder of Chaise
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LETTERS EXTRA MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005 · PAGE 9
Ris shouldn’t be discouraged from running To the Editor: It was rather disheartening to stumble upon a letter published earlier this week discouraging Ethan Ris from running for public office in Providence (“Ris shouldn’t run,” March 16). The last time anyone bothered to make me aware of it, a representative form of government was necessarily defined by the notion of choice. The three individuals who would opt to keep David Segal in power hardly comprise Providence’s constituency and should be warned of the deleterious ramifications of steam-rolling the very oppor-
tunity to oppose that Ris presents. I find this lack of open-mindedness and faith in democratic principle and protocol troubling. I’ve known Ris for the latter part of my years here and would strongly support as honest, hard-working and committed an individual as he is in his efforts toward serving the city. I know very few who have come to know him for his strong character and sense of leadership who would think otherwise.
Emir Senturk ’05 March 17
Mak misses the point on keg debate To the Editor: Jeremy Mak’s opinions column, “UCS keg stand unfounded” (March 8) is rather ironically titled when one takes a closer look at the arguments he presents. His main point can be summarized in this excerpt: “The idea that kegs will curb dangerous drinking assumes that kegs will wholly replace cans on campus. This is not logically feasible.” This entirely misses the point. The crux of his argument is that even if kegs are safer than cans, they won’t be adopted. But what is the current state of affairs? Regardless of whether students actually take advan-
tage of it, giving organizations a safer choice is at least better than giving them no choice at all. Problems such as waste (those red cups usually used at parties are, unlike a can, refillable) and underage drinking are already present in the system. This isn’t new news. And arguments that the keg ban should not be lifted because some parties will carry on doing things they way they do at present are ultimately pretty empty. Dan Rogers ’08 March 16
Keg debate riddled with contradictory arguments To the Editor: The arguments recently raised against USCS’s “keg stand” have successfully demonstrated that kegs are not necessarily better than cans and bottles when it comes to reducing drinking (“UCS keg stand unfounded,” March 8). However, this is about the only argument that doesn’t have an equally compelling rebuttal. I have complied a list of contradictory messages from both camps: Against: Harvard’s keg use correlated positively with binge drinking. For: Banning kegs had no effect on alcohol consumption at Harvard. Against: Plastic cups are not recyclable and people recycle them incorrectly. For: Plastic cups are easily recyclable as Brown recycles plastics 1-7; furthermore, cups can be re-used whereas cans cannot. Against: Kegs are easier to drug than cans. For: Punch, and any container from which multiple people get their drinks, can be drugged with the same ease as kegs. Against: Most people won’t bother to
register kegs and nobody will enforce keg registration. For: Kegs will have to be registered and returned. Forgive me if I’m a little confused as to who to believe. Can someone show some sources and numbers, and/or outline some concrete policies about registration and enforcement? I voted for bringing back kegs because I believed that while they wouldn’t curb alcohol use or necessarily be more beneficial for the environment, they wouldn’t be worse. After all, the “For” camp has left out the most salient environmental argument: Most people use plastic cups and not cans at parties anyway, so it’s not like kegs would be creating a trend where none exists. Nevertheless, I’m quite confused at the moment. Hopefully someone will oblige me with some smooth, potent data.
Natalie Smolenski ’07 March 8
Ris’ candidacy would split the progressive vote To the Editor: I was very surprised to see that Ethan Ris intends to run for Ward 1 City Council against David Segal in 2006 (“Ris ’05 pondering City Council run,” March 14). Ris has acknowledged that he and Segal do not differ much ideologically, but if Ris runs it will mean taking votes away from Segal, and risk handing the election to a Republican or conservative independent. This is especially ironic, given Segal’s role in steering the national Green Party toward a 2004 presidential candidate who recognized the difference between Bush and Kerry and consciously avoided becoming a “spoiler.” Segal founded and chairs a national Political Action Committee called
Greens for Impact (www.GreensforImpact.com), which among other things encourages the Green Party to run elections only where there are no other progressives in the race. Segal’s work on the Providence City Council is vital to our city, and the record he’s built up over these past two years is already quite impressive. That the only way Ris thinks he can serve the community is by running against a community advocate like Segal, and possibly spoiling it for everyone, is very puzzling.
James deBoer ’05 Brown Greens March 16
Despite Bohlen’s beliefs, the Brown men’s crew team can read To the Editor: In response to Casey Bohlen’s letter (“Reaching out to athletes on their level,” March 17), the Brown men’s crew would like to defend themselves against uninformed, libelous accusations. First, there is no member of the men’s crew team who is even close to fitting Bohlen’s description of “6’6’,’ 250lb.” So Bohlen, you have fabricated an individual for the sole purpose of advancing your slanderous story. Also, according to a 2003 issue of Yale Magazine, men’s crew has the highest GPA and SAT average of any major male sport. Bohlen, let me take you through a recent day of one of your “blubbering masses of muscles.” 5:45 a.m.: wake up and go to practice. It’s 30 degrees outside and you run 1.5 miles to the boathouse where you row for two hours before sprinting to campus, saying hello to Fatima at the Ratty (we all love Fatima) and taking midterms all day before sprinting back to the boathouse for afternoon practice. This “blubbering mass of muscle” now goes and eats dinner before returning home to do his homework and read until falling asleep and doing it all the next day. Yet despite this vigorous training
schedule, last year four out of six of our seniors went on to study at Oxford or Cambridge. Bohlen, I will be impressed if two-thirds of your friends get into graduate school there. Two of our five seniors were finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship. The lesson here is simple, Bohlen: Consider who you’re insulting before writing a letter full of lies.
The Brown Men’s Crew Team Jeff Arbeit ’05, Arden Beddoes ’05, Dave Coughlin ’07, Joe Donahue ’07, Sarah Geismer ’07, Mike Goldfarb ’07, Dan Greenberg ’07, Chris Greene ’08, Robert Greenglass ’07, Ben Harrison ’07, Chris Heim ’07, Jeff Hofmann ’08, Ben Hudson ’08, Alex Hurtado ’05, Caleb Karpay ’08, Colin Keogh ’08, Garrett Kirk ’08, Terence Kooyker ’05, Eric Lankenau-Ray ’08, Will Lippitt ’08, Jamie Marcus ’08, Ryan McShane ’08, Lillian Ostrach ’07, Matt Oyen ’06, Evan Panich ’07, John Ploeg ’07, Alexander Raufi ’08, James Rowan ’08, Sam Searle ’07, Oliver Sheldon ’06, Quinn Sivage ’08, Paul Strombom ’08, Joshua Unseth ’08, Steve Van Knotsenburg ’06, Steele West ’07, Dane Wetschler ’08, Wesley Wu ’08, Patrick Yu ’06 March 17
Bohlen’s stereotyping isn’t funny To the Editor: I read Casey Bohlen’s letter several times (“Reaching out to athletes on their level,” March 17), hoping to find some nuance that would assure me he does not actually believe the essence of his statements: that athletes have the academic capacities and vocabularies of children and should be treated as such. While degradingly sarcastic, it does not seem that the letter is ultimately in jest. Bohlen uses stale stereotypes and redundant flippancy to perpetuate an even staler myth about athletes. To make a generalization
about any group is to run the risk of being simplistic and erroneous. Bohlen has succeeded here on both accounts. To categorically deny athletes their maturity, intelligence and academic abilities is both arrogant and immature. In his letter, Bohlen compares athletes to children. In so doing, though, he participates in the unfortunate and childish schoolyard rite of making unnecessary and illogical fun of other people. Zoe Ripple ’05 March 17
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Break-out Students wrapping up midterms this week are looking forward to spring break and the breather from schoolwork it provides. But while some students head south for fun in the sun and others head home for rest and relaxation, participants in the Swearer Center’s Breaks Projects will stay in Providence to do something constructive during their week away from the classroom. For years, Breaks Projects have enabled students to spend a week over winter or spring break immersed in community service activities. The projects allow those who might not otherwise have time in the academic year to work for the public good, and they foster a sense of community among participants. In previous years, some Breaks Projects teams might have had fun in the sun anyway, as students jetted to locations all over the country. This year, however, all programs over spring break are taking place here in Rhode Island — and with good reason. As the University continues efforts to strengthen local relationships, the best way to make Brown a respected name in town is to get student faces out in the community. And students who take part in service projects here are more likely to continue their involvement while school is in session than those who spend a week in, say, New York City. The University should consider going further with this idea. The Breaks Projects are an excellent model of a successful student activity during an academic vacation — a model from which an optional winter J-term could be forged. Even just a weeklong program could make winter break meaningful. As the University does not make pre-orientation programs available to many incoming first-years, and only a limited number of students are able to participate in the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training Program, team activities like the Breaks Projects could build relationships within a wide swath of the student body. The Breaks Projects are organized by students. If the University cannot commit departmental resources to a J-term just yet, it should at least investigate student-run alternatives. They need not be community service projects — some colleges offer student-taught courses on subjects from auto mechanics to “The Simpsons.” The University may be able to implement a student-run program at little cost. The Breaks Projects are an example of a constructive, student-organized program during academic vacations. The University should look into other student-run programs to add to the Breaks Projects to form an experimental J-term coalition.
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LETTERS Councilman Segal fights for social justice To the Editor: As someone who works in a grassroots community organization in Providence, I have been able to see City Councilman David Segal’s hard work and commitment firsthand, and would like to inform those who may not know about what he does day-to-day. What makes Segal truly remarkable is that not only is he motivated by his principles of social justice, but he also puts these principles into action through concrete efforts that make a real difference in the lives of Providence community members. Segal is currently one of the strongest voices pushing implementation of the Providence First Source Hiring Ordinance, an ordinance which requires the city to keep a list of Providence unemployed residents, and requires employers that receive city funding of any kind (such as GTECH, which the city celebrated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today) to use this list in filling open positions. This law was passed 20 years ago, and since we unearthed it two years ago, Segal has fought harder than any other single city official to make it
a reality. Segal has been a key force in assuring funding of the Providence External Review Authority, a civilian review board of the police department set up to create a system of accountability to the community. He is also a key player in stemming the tide of gentrification in Providence neighborhoods, through pushing Inclusionary Zoning, in order to require that city development project create housing that will be affordable to Providence residents. It is through Councilman Segal’s work on projects such as these (and many more) that he has developed relationships with countless Providence residents and organizations. The energy of those who care about the Providence community would be well spent supporting these efforts, and opposing those who have not stood up for real social justice through their actions.
Sara Mersha ’97.5 Executive Director, Direct Action for Rights and Equality March 16
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OPINIONS MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005 · PAGE 11 GAVIN SHULMAN
In defense of good judgement Just a few minutes ago, the word “judgement” appeared on the television screen. My friend Mike, who takes grammatical things serious, got real mad. “That’s not how it’s spelled, dammit,” he said to the television screen. “It’s not?” I said. “No. There’s no e. The e is for error,” he replied. Mike is usually right, so I believed him, but I decided to look it up in the dictionary.com anyhow. Mike was wrong, sort of. The first definition of judgement is “a variant of judgment,” and the second is just the definition of judgment: “The formation of an opinion after consideration or deliberation.” So, if one had to spell it for “Jeopardy!”, judgment could be spelled judgement. What this must mean then, is that so many people made the mistake of misspelling judgment that they just added the wrong way of spelling it to the dictionary. They dumbed down the dictionary to include the common misspelling of a word. Maybe that doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but I think it’s in very bad judgment. Should recieve make it? Should tommorrow? Should Febuary? What’s the point of the dictionary if not to tell us how to spell a word? It’s not like it defines anything. Luckily, my computer is keeping it real and underlined those words in red. The computer knows how to spell things. He won’t let you slip up. He can be counted on, unlike the dictionary. He’ll even fix
them for you. You type it in wrong, he’ll just replace it in right. Nope, after c buddy. That goes the other way around. Nope, no e there. I’ll just take that out for you. We can’t just throw e’s around like we got some to spar. Then everything would start getting messed up. We can’t just alter our language because it’s e-sier that way.
have made a spelling mistake by adding an extra e when he used the word judgement in his 1659 visionary classic An Improvement of the Sea and got it published anyway. They’d only had the printing press for five years, though, so I don’t think they were worrying about editing just yet. The OED also said that William Shakespeare made a spelling mistake in
The computer knows how to spell things. He won’t let you slip up. He can be counted on, unlike the dictionary. He’ll even fix them for you. You type it in wrong, he’ll just replace it in right. Nope, after c, buddy. That goes the other way around. Nope, no e there. I’ll just take that out for you. We can’t just change it when we feel a whim to make people feel better about their spelling abilities. Spelling is meant to differentiate the smart from the stupid. That’s why we have bees. There are good spellers, and there are bad spellers, and we can’t complicate that by making both spell a word right. Even the Oxford English Dictionary has it in there. Judgment, judgement. The Oxford English freaking Dictionary, from which I learned that Daniel Pell must
Act I scene I line 109 of Romeo and Juliet, but I went to a Web site that had the play online, and it had been made right. Every other entry in the dictionary for judgement is spelled correctly: final judgment, summary judgment, in good judgment, judgment day. Every one of these is spelled without the e’s, but yet they put judgement in there anyway. I just don’t understand it. Don’t they realize what their doing? Our language is in danger. The dumb
are taking it over. Our language is being distorted, manipulated, decimated, and decomposed. Pretty much it’s an all-out idiot free-for-all. However you spell it, well, that’s fine, as long as there are enough other shmucks out there are spelling it wrong that way too. We’ll just toss it in here. When the dumb are writing our dictionaries, we’re in trouble. Who’s next, the mimes? Now, I’m no etymologist. I never claimed to be. When I looked that up to learn how to spell it, I though it meant someone who studies bugs. But I do feel it is in my duty as a writer to protect the honor of our language or something. I will not sit idly by and let spelling errors be accepted. I will not let the people be cheated into ignorance. I will fight for correct spellings everywhere. This is why I’m beginning my nationwide campaign to bring proper spelling back into the mainstream. Good spelling will be in style again. Everyone will want to get it right. From the urban centers to the rural general shops, people will be enjoying grammar once again. Spelling will be the new math. We will not let ourselves be dumbed down by our patronizing lexicographers any longer. We will not let them make things simple. We will spell the way spelling was meant to be done. Right. And, if not, we’ll always have the computer to do it for us. Gavin Shulman ’05 encourages you all to check out thebeirutleague.com.
Small and separate Between its geographic and cultural diversity, the United States gives plenty of space for political enclaves, and in return finds the roots of its democratic process. Diverse accents and public rituals ranging from mule festivals to St. Paddy’s Day parades underlie a span of local politics that helps American individuals identify themselves in the party system. As Alexis de Tocqueville, the fashionable, if dated, commentator on American democracy, said, “The American attaches himself to his little community for the same reason that the mountaineer clings to his hills, because the characteristic features of his country are there more distinctly marked; it has a more striking physiognomy.” In Providence, the striking physiognomy this past fall included a 30 percent vote for Jeff Toste, the local Green Party Federal Hill waiter who ran valiantly for state senate in District Five. Beyond Buddy Cianci’s signature mayoral stint, Providence likes to flash its politics with sincere progressivism from time to time. Right now, State Sen. Rhoda Perry and Rep. Arthur Handy are reintroducing a bill to bring gay marriage to Rhode Island, with support from Marriage Equality Rhode Island as well as the Brown Democrats. The bill has 21 cosponsors in the House and Senate and Perry is hopeful that perseverance will push it through. Should it pass, Rhode Island will be the only state besides Massachusetts and California to allow gay marriage, and couples looking to hitch up will have reason to celebrate. But Jesse Adams ’07, a member of the Brown Democrats, notes that the decision to institute gay marriage in Rhode
Island may cause a fuss in national politics that could prove hazardous for Democrats (“Same-sex marriage issue threatens to set back progressive agenda,” March 9). “Important as this issue may be,” Adams says, “we as Democrats cannot allow a moral stand on one rela-
alarmingly jolt the chisel that crafts the face of the Democratic Party. I’d like to think this isn’t how democracy works. Sure, the country is stretched thin over red state-blue state opposition, and the last two nail-biting Presidential elections have sharpened our political
In the midst of partisan armament, perhaps heightened political self-awareness is part of effective campaigning. But a strict dedication to national partisanship threatens to strip local politics bare. Sweeping clean the sensitive issues from the fibers of national coalitions may wear out democratic self-interest in our communities. Where are we to find the seeds of new political ideals if not locally? tively small matter to stand in the way of the potential progress we can make on (other) key issues.” Adams’ letter suggests that a decision in Rhode Island based on social values could roil into the thick of America’s tensions. According to this sentiment, local politics sometimes must step aside for larger partisan strategies. While a vote for gay marriage in Rhode Island would represent the will of Rhode Islanders, perhaps it would also
watchfulness. In the midst of partisan armament, perhaps heightened political self-awareness is part of effective campaigning. But a strict dedication to national partisanship threatens to strip local politics bare. Sweeping clean the sensitive issues from the fibers of national coalitions may wear out democratic self-interest in our communities. Where are we to find the seeds of new political ideals if not locally?
Cultivating regional values and enacting them through policy is the core of America’s hallowed popular sovereignty. It’s what de Tocqueville praises about American patriotism, which, he says, feeds itself on the “ritual observance” of rights and duties at the site of town and city. Rhode Island, tucked into the corner of the Northeast, is small enough to offer its residents a go at letter-writing campaigns, mass marches and capitol demonstrations with a good chance for a political response. The state can turn its principles into legislation easier and faster than most, and let some of its own resolute progressivism swell from the ground up. In instances when local politics reinforce more oppression than individual liberty, the federal government may be crucial in rebalancing the scales of democracy. The Brown vs. Board Supreme Court decision that “separate” is “inherently unequal” continues to prove fundamental in regional politics, including cases like San Francisco’s recent ruling that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Even so, personal ideals and community needs ask us to take local matters on our own terms as they come along, and whenever we can, define our regional democratic niches for ourselves. Rhode Island’s ability to find expediency on local progressive issues proves that it’s better to keep our communities separate, and equally active, in the work of advancing issues past the nation’s sluggish debates. Jack Sweeney-Taylor ’06 wants to stay still but can’t.
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
SPORTS MONDAY MARCH 21, 2005 · PAGE 12
Grappler Schell ’08 falls short at NCAAs
Ashley Hess / Herald
The only Brown wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Jeff Schell ’08 (top) was eliminated after losing his first two matches. BY BERNIE GORDON SENIOR SPORTS WRITER
The wrestling team’s Jeff Schell ’08 represented Brown this weekend at the NCAA Championships in Annapolis, Md. Unfortunately, Schell’s trip was short-lived, as he was defeated in his first two matches and eliminated from the tournament. “For a freshman, it was a great experience,” said Head Coach Dave Amato. “He got to see what it takes to win, and I think he learned from it.” Schell had a tough match-up in the first round, facing Oklahoma University’s Sam Hazewinkel, the No. 1 seed in the 125-pound weight class. Schell wrestled well, but Hazewinkel had a clear edge in talent and experience, and defeated Schell 13-3. Schell’s next match was against another first-year, Shawn Cordell of West Virginia. Schell was more evenly matched against Cordell, but he again lost, this time 5-1, although the match was much closer than the score indicated. Despite the losses, Schell and Amato agree that it was a positive experience, important for Schell’s development as a wrestler, both technically and emotionally. “I thought it was a great experience,” Schell said. “It definitely gives me something to look forward to for the next three years.” Going to the NCAA Championships was a huge achievement for a first-year, especially on a team that did not have anyone who had BROWN SPORTS SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, MARCH 18 Women’s TENNIS: Boston College 4, Brown 3
SATURDAY, MARCH 19 Women’s LACROSSE: Brown 11, Monmouth 4 Men’s TENNIS: Brown 7, Hofstra 0.; Brown 7, Boston College 0 Men’s LACROSSE: No. 7 UMass 12, No. 17 Brown 5 SOFTBALL: UMass 3, Brown 2; Villinova 5, Brown 1, at Villanova Tournament Women’s WATER POLO: Michigan 8, Brown 3; No. 9 Indiana 4, Brown 2; Brown 9, California Lutheran, at Michigan Invite GYMNASTICS: New Hampshire 193.275, Towson 192.45, Brown 181.25 EQUESTRIAN: 2nd at Johnson and Wales SUNDAY, MARCH 20 Women’s TENNIS: Brown 4, Virginia Tech 3 SOFTBALL: Games at Villanova Tournament POSTPONED Women’s WATER POLO: Brown 7, Michigan State 6; Loyola Marymount 13, Brown 4, at Michigan Invite
gone before on the roster. But for Schell, the trip was simply another part of the high standard to which he holds himself. “I understand it’s a pretty big accomplishment, but I thought I could definitely do it,” Schell said. “I think it’s a matter of how well you perform — not so much age.” The tournament caps a strong rookie campaign for Schell, who went 20-6 for the Bears, losing only two dual-meet matches. “I thought he had a good freshman year,” Amato said. “He was having a great year until the end. That last three or four weeks (can be tough after) a long season for freshmen.” The tournament also showed Schell what he needs to work on in order to advance as a wrestler. Amato cited his offense in the standing position as an area that needs improvement, and Schell is determined to work hard during the off-season and come back stronger next year. “What I’ve seen at Nationals just showed me I want to step it up,” Schell said. “I’m definitely going to step it up in training. If I see WRESTLING, page 4
Unified w. lax team beats Monmouth Ball movement, transition offense power Brown past the Hawks BY BEN MILLER S PORTS E DITOR
It was not clear who got more of a workout at the women’s lacrosse game on Saturday — Monmouth University goalie Jessica Chapman, who let up 11 goals, or the shirtless members of the Brown football team who sprinted around the Erickson Athletic Complex belting out the fight song after each Brown goal. In a unified effort, the Bears defeated the Hawks 11-4, erasing lingering chemistry concerns and showing that the team has finally gelled under the helm of new Head Coach Keely McDonald ’00. Brown, who moves to 2-3 on the season, showed superior ball movement and hustle en route to a 6-0 first-half lead, then weathered a second-half surge by the Hawks (1-3) to pick up the victory. “( We) realized that it’s all BRACKET CHALLENGE LEADERBOARD — WEEK ONE
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MICHAEL ADMIRAND ’06 48 POINTS TIM COURCHAINE ’06 47 POINTS ALEX COX ’08 46 POINTS JASON RANSBY-SPORN ’06
45 POINTS CRAIG MCGOWAN ’07 44 POINTS CHINTAN PATEL ’08 43 POINTS SHELLEY MCDAVID ’08 43 POINTS SEVEN TIED WITH 42 POINTS
about team and what we can do goalie and co-captain Julia as a unit,” McDonald said. “The Southard ’05, who was back in women are realizing what it the cage after missing the pretakes to compete for each other vious two games due to injury. She performed admirably in and with each other.” After a week of practice in her return, recording a Brown which McDonald stressed the season-high 17 saves, including need to play like a team, the 10 in the second half. “We came out with the menBears did just that, recording six assists — four more than tality to get after everything,” Southard said. “We were they had had all season. because we The greatest beneficiary of unstoppable the Bears’ offensive cohesive- played as a unit. I was excited ness was attackman Sarah to be out there on the field with Passano ’05, who outscored the team, because I knew that if Monmouth by herself, netting I messed up, they had my back.” five goals for Brown. With the defense clamping “The ball movement was awesome today,” Passano said. down, Passano added her third “I wouldn’t have had any goals and fourth goals of the half, today if people had not been one off a nice dodge from up moving the ball fast and cutting through, creating openings.” Co-captain Kate Staley ’06, who had been unhappy with the team’s effort during a 15-8 loss to Boston College on Wednesday, took matters into her own hands to start the game, sparking the Brown offense with a transition assist to Passano 36 seconds in. Half a minute later, Staley did the same thing again, racing down from midfield to give the ball off to Ali Holland ’08, who gave Brown a 2-0 lead. Ten minutes later, Staley added a goal of her own, scorAshley Hess / Herald ing off a rebound of a missed Sarah Passano ’05 scored five goals free position shot. Passano in Brown’s win.She is second on the then increased the lead to 4-0 team in points with seven. on a free position shot that top, to give Bruno its 6-0 lead at bounced right past Chapman. When the Hawks did get the the half. Monmouth came out of the ball on the other half of the field, the Brown defense did an break with more intensity to excellent job forcing them start the second half, but it was down the sides, and preventing still Brown who scored first, open looks from pointblank using transition ball movement to extend the lead to 7-0 off a with well-executed slides. “The defense was awesome shot from Justine Lupo ’08. today,” Passano said. “They Holland assisted on the play. “We had freshman-freshman were working as a total unit. Big plays on defense started our connections out there,” Staley attack.” Anchoring the defense was see W. LAX, page 4
No. 17 m. lacrosse shut down by No. 9 UMass, 12-5 BY BERNIE GORDON SENIOR SPORTS WRITER
The No. 17 men’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, falling 12-5 on the road to No. 9 University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The Minutemen controlled the game with a strong defensive presence, shutting down the Bears’ offense and wearing Brown’s defense down with their attack. “They played as well as they could have, (and) we played poorly,” said Head Coach Scott Nelson. The Minutemen were fired up after losing to the Bears, 10-5, last year, and they were determined to return the favor, putting in their best game of the season. Despite limiting the Minutemen’s leading scorer, Sean Morris, to one goal and an assist, Bruno had trouble shutting down the rest of the UMass team. “(Morris) played O.K., but the
other guys stepped it up,” Nelson said. “A couple guys had career games for them.” The key to the game was the Minutemen’s strong defense. Utilizing the athleticism of their lead defender, Jeff Reid, the Minutemen shut down Brown’s leading scorer and co-captain Chazz Woodson ’05, isolating the Brown offense from its most talented player. “It was frustrating,” Woodson said. “You don’t expect to have a game go that way. You try to play as well as you can and hope someone else (picks up the slack).” “They had a great defenseman on him, they had a great game plan,” Nelson said. “We were not very fluid on offense.” With Woodson neutralized, the rest of the offense was not cohesive, and was unable to take advantage of the weaknesses the scheme created for UMass.
Shutting off an offensive player makes it impossible for the defender covering him to help when a teammate is beaten, but the Bears did not get the penetration needed to capitalize. “We didn’t get (co-captain Chris) Mucciolo (’05) enough shots — same thing with (cocaptain) Britton (Derkac ’05),” Nelson said. “It just showed. We didn’t set those guys up enough.” The Minutemen took advantage of the Bears’ disorganization on offense to force turnovers and win ground balls, limiting Brown’s time of possession. Through the third quarter, when UMass eased up, the Minutemen held an 11-16 advantage in turnovers and a 23-16 lead in ground balls. “We didn’t control the ball. We didn’t come up with enough (ground balls). We threw the ball away a lot,” Woodson said.
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David Madeira ’07 scored three goals in a losing effort. “Little things (like) that keep your offense moving and consistent, and we didn’t do (them).” With so much time for their see M. LAX, page 8
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