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W E D N E S D A Y APRIL 6, 2005


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SEASON TWO ‘White Brown Friends’ returns to BTV tonight, with guest stars and technically advanced production A R T S & C U LT U R E 3


M. track strong in the South, tennis teams pick up wins in the West; crew teams prep for season INSIDE 9

Without quorum present, faculty endorse new intellectual property policy

TOUGH LOVE Rob Sand ’05.5 spends spring break planting trees in a rough North Philly neighborhood O P I N I O N S 11



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Speaking about his personal experiences in Vietnam, former U.S. Senator and one-time Veterans Administration chief Max Cleland addressed a predominantly civilian audience Tuesday about a different war: the fight to preserve and expand the U.S. effort to provide counseling to veterans returning from Iraq. Cleland implored everyone in the packed crowd at Andrews Dining Hall to volunteer their services to alleviate the burgeoning mental health epidemic and praised the Brown Medical School’s Pathways to Recovery from Combat Center. The program at Brown has recently gained its wings after a donation from Steven Price ’84, among oth-


After contentious debate lasting more than an hour, the faculty voted 33-22 at its Tuesday meeting in favor of a resolution endorsing a new policy on patents, inventions and copyrights — but the result might have been illegitimate because procedure at the faculty meeting appeared to violate faculty rules. At issue was whether the University should be able to claim rights to inventions and discoveries made by professors while away from Brown and without University funding, such as during summers, breaks, sabbaticals and in independent consulting projects. Sixty-four professors were present for the vote — short of the required quorum of 100 voting faculty members. In a last-ditch effort to block the passage of the resolution after it passed a faculty vote, opponents quickly pointed out that a quorum was not present. But the meeting’s parliamentarian, Professor of Engineering Peter Richardson, said that a quorum is assumed unless a count is first requested. Because a request for a count was not made before the vote, Richardson said the passing vote was legitimate. With Richardson’s assertion, the meeting continued to other business. But the faculty rules and regulations that govern faculty meetings suggest that the vote should have been voided. Part 1, Section 1, Clause IV-B-7-a of the faculty rules and regulations reads, “Business that has been transacted in the unascertained absence of a quorum is legal unless it is ascertained that there is an absence of a quorum before other business has intervened. If no other business has been taken up, the business that has been transacted just prior to determining the absence of a quorum is automatically null and void.” In other words, any action taken immediately prior to a count finding a lack of a quorum is null and void. Tuesday’s vote supporting the resolution to endorse the policy occurred immediately prior to the count finding that a quorum was not present. Richardson could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening. This was one example of the procedural confusion that plagued the meeting and increased tension among those present. At times, faculty and administrators were unsure of which resolution or amendment was on the table for debate, and President Ruth Simmons, who presides over faculty meetings, inconsistently interrupted and stopped professors who spoke without being recognized. Some professors who wished to speak could not due to time constraints. The intellectual property policy caused see FACULTY, page 5 Editorial: 401.351.3372 Business: 401.351.3269

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Feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino spoke about the process of producing, directing and starring in her first video,“The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women,”Tuesday evening in Smith-Buonanno. She discussed the reasons for which she chose to do pornography, the challenges and breakthroughs she has experienced within the adult industry with regards to women’s pleasure, and her personal goals for working within the industry.

U. changes Spring Weekend’s schedule in response to Passover conflict Community-wide Seder to be included in program BY STEPHEN NARAIN STAFF WRITER

University officials decided to conclude Spring Weekend’s “major social events,” including traditional campuswide parties, by Saturday afternoon in order to allow those celebrating Passover to travel or participate in campus Seders, according to an e-mail sent to undergraduates by the Office of Campus Life. The dates of Spring Weekend will not be changed, because doing so “would mean diminishing the program significantly,” according to the e-mail. In February, the Greek Council announced that Rage on Wriston, a popular student band concert held Saturday of Spring Weekend on Wriston Quadrangle, will be moved to Friday. Greek Council President Chris Guhin ’05 wrote in an e-mail to The Herald that there will be no official parties of over 250 people between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. Evin Isaacson ’05, vice president of religious life for the Hillel Executive Board, said she is “pretty sure” smaller parties can still go on. “Saturday evening there are no offi-

Senate Judiciary Committee hears medical marijuana testimony BY MARY-CATHERINE LADER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

cial University events. … I don’t think it’s asking too much to not have official university parties from 8 (p.m.) to 10,” she said. These changes will allow students observing Passover, which begins at sundown April 23, more time to travel and make Seder preparations. A “broadly inclusive” Seder aimed at sharing the Jewish festival with different parts of the Brown community will be held the Saturday of Spring Weekend at 8 p.m. in the Hillel building. “There are so many different levels of observances. It will actually be 10 different Seders happening at once at Hillel,” said Isaacson, who was instrumental in planning the event. “It’s about however you feel like participating. Some Seders last four hours, other last one (hour).” Isaacson noted that the event “is not simply a Hillel thing.” “We have a social justice Seder, a sustainable food Seder and a freedom Seder. It may not be traditional, but these themed Seders were meant to be imbued with the unexpected. They fit in with the holiday’s celebration of freedom and triumph over oppression,” Isaacson said. Ricky Gresh, director of student activities, said the idea of the Seder

Chronically ill Rhode Islanders, medical experts and advocates testified in favor of the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Act before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon at the State METRO House. Although State Sen. Leo Blais, R, expressed animated opposition to the bill early into the proceedings, there were no witnesses testifying against the measure. If passed, the bill will allow chronically ill individuals and their caregivers to acquire and cultivate marijuana with protection from prosecution and arrest. Qualifying medical conditions include cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and illnesses that cause severe symptoms alleviated by marijuana use, such as nausea or seizures. Ten states have passed similar measures, most through voter initiatives, but medical use of the drug remains illegal at the federal level. “We believe this bill is about compassion for those with serious illness and those on the precipice of dying,” said the bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Rhoda Perry P’91, a Democrat who represents College Hill and serves on the judiciary committee. The committee’s chair, Sen. Michael McCaffrey, D, and two of its other members, Democratic Senators Michael Damiani and Joseph Polisena, are co-sponsors — a “very rare” combination, Polisena said. Despite such pre-existing support, legislators questioned each witness and raised concerns about whether the bill’s language might allow for abuse of the drug. Each of the sponsors said at least once that they opposed the legalization of marijuana in

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WORLD IN BRIEF Mourners continue to file past Pope’s body BY LAURA KING Los Angeles Times

of Friday’s papal funeral, which is expected to be the largest public event ever held in the city-state. The cardinals, however, failed to set a date for the start of their conclave, the sequestered gathering at which the next pope will be chosen by secret ballot cast in the frescoed Sistine Chapel. By church practice, the gathering, whose name comes from the Latin phrase for “with a key,” must commence between 15 and 20 days after the pope’s death.

VATICAN CITY — Seemingly endless lines of mourners wound their way through the ancient cobbled streets surrounding St. Peter’s Square Tuesday, an enormous public outpouring that coincided with a second day of talks among powerful Roman Catholic cardinals who will soon choose a successor to Pope John Paul II. The cardinals gave their seal of approval to elaborate ritual elements

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TO D AY ’ S E V E N TS EMS FROM 9/11 TO THE STATION FIRE 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Bio Med 291, Eddy Auditorium) — Part of Brown EMS week, featuring Dr. Selim Suner ’86, an attending physician at Rhode Island Hospital in Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the R.I. Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

PANOS KARNEZIS READS FROM HIS ACCLAIMED NOVEL “THE MAZE” 5:30-7 p.m. (Petteruti Lounge, Faunce House) — The author of “Little Infamies” and “The Maze” (short listed for the Whitbread Award) will read and discuss his recent work. Book signing and reception to follow.

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VERNEY-WOOLLEY DINING HALL LUNCH — Vegetarian Mushroom Barley Soup, Potato Vegetable Chowder with Ham, Beef Tacos, Vegan Burrito, Vegan Refried Beans, Corn and Sweet Pepper Saute, Frosted Brownies

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New season of ‘White Brown Friends’ hopes to draw viewers to BTV BY LISHAN SOH STAFF WRITER

When Herald Graphics Editor Matt Vascellaro ’07 started the production and shooting of “White Brown Friends” in the spring of 2004, he and his crew “didn’t know how to film a television show,” he said. ARTS & CULTURE “White Brown Friends” aired its first four episodes last semester on BTV. The second season of the sitcom will premiere tonight at 9 p.m. on BTV, with concurrent streaming on the show’s Web site, The new season, comprising four episodes, moves up a notch in terms of professionalism, said Kent Haines ’07, who wrote, produced and directed alongside Vascellaro. “I think this season is much better than our first season in terms of the video and audio quality as well as the flow of the episodes,” Haines said. The production of “White Brown Friends” has also become more “technically complicated,” Haines said. Apart from being more experienced in various aspects of filmmaking, such as lighting, Vascellaro also invested in a crane for the camera so that new camera angles could be introduced to produce a more polished piece of work. “Filming the show this time was faster, better and cleaner,” Vascellaro said. The new season reunites the four main characters introduced last fall — Sophie Waskow ’07 as Jordan Baker, Beth Enterkin ’07 as Ali Traub, Adam Cantor ’06 as Rob Allister and Vascellaro as Tripp see FRIENDS, page 7

’09er blogged his way into Brown BY STU WOO SENIOR STAFF WRITER

When Pete Gilligan ’09 first started documenting his college application process on his blog in November 2004, he thought it would just be a simple way to keep his friends and family informed of his situation. “I just wanted to have an easy way to share with friends my college situation,” said the 18-year-old from Edina, Minn. But soon after Gilligan started writing about the status of his application to Brown, among other schools, he started getting unexpected visitors on his Web site. Parents and prospective students searching for information on colleges and the admission process on the Internet often found themselves on Gilligan’s page, and after not too long, his blog had a small base of readers who were interested in his progress. “I really doubted it would do anything,” he said. Gilligan’s blog, a surprisingly candid first-hand account of the college application process, captured the spirit of an anxious high school senior. Readers were able to follow the ups and downs of Gilligan’s experience and read about his feelings about the process, which ranged from nervousness to disappointment to confidence that bordered on the cocky. Gilligan, who applied to Brown early decision and has written several times in his blog that Brown was his first choice, wrote about his anxiety over the whole process in one of his earlier postings on Nov. 22. “I seriously think I’m going to go insane,” he wrote. “College applications are driving Pete absolutely mad. … I really am hoping that I am admitted to Brown University early decision just so I can stop worrying about this. I’m still working on finalizing my other schools. I’ll know in 18 days.” He seemed especially anxious in the days leading up to the Dec. 10 early decision date. In a Dec. 1 post, Gilligan wrote, “I’ll hear back from Brown in about nine days regarding my application decision. I’m quite nervous and if I don’t get in I’ll be disappointed, but I’ll get over it. Hell,

I think I’ll get in. I hope I don’t have to bite my tongue.” His apprehension reached its peak in a 12 a.m. post on Dec. 10, 16 hours before Gilligan would know the status of his application. In the post, titled “Waiting…,” Gillian posted only a picture of an ellipsis with the following words written below, “Friday, December 10, 2004. Four o’clock,” referring to the time when he would find out his fate. Finally the hour came, and readers found out about the status of his application through the one picture Gilligan posted on that day: the Van Wickle Gates, with the word “DEFERRED” in bold white letters above it. “I guess I knew this was coming,” he wrote beneath the picture. “My grades really aren’t good enough to get in to a school like Brown, and my SAT scores pretty much suck. “Now I’m just concerned that I’m not going to be able to get in to any school!” he added, echoing the fears of thousands of fellow applicants. But the next day, Gilligan bounced back from his deferral, trying to motivate himself in a Dec. 11 post: “Well, I was pretty disappointed yesterday to see that Brown deferred me to the regular admission pool. Quite honestly, I expected, and I deserved to be admitted. … I’m going to be a freshman at Brown this fall. Mark my words.” But now, reflecting on that post, he said he was trying to motivate himself, although he admits he may have come off as arrogant. “I think it was that one that was putting me out there and made me seem that I got really obsessed,” he said. “I think it was more of a motivational kind of thing. I was really emotional at the time. … Where I was coming from, it wasn’t really such a cocky thing, but a motivational thing. I believe that if you really want to do something, you can do it.” Regardless, Gilligan’s defiance did not follow into subsequent postings. At the end of his Dec. 12 “College Application Panic” post, in which in finalized the list of see GILLIGAN, page 7


Crew continued from page 9 of seniors in Arden Beddoes ’05, Terence Kooyker ’05, Jeff Arbeit ’05 and captain Alex Hurtado ’05, the team is looking forward to a challenging and successful season. But the team must overcome the loss of many varsity rowers who have departed since the season started. “The team is small this year, so that has been a challenge,” Hurtado said. The smaller team means the Bears will lean more heavily on underclassmen like Ben Harrison ’07 and Chris Heim ’07. Both had stellar performances at the C.R.A.S.H. B. Sprints Indoor Rowing Championships, placing first and sixth respectively among all college oarsmen. For Beddoes, the smaller squad will give the team a chance to solidify its rotation early. “If anything, the size of the team will be an advantage because the lines will be more stable,” he said. With the season opener

against Harvard slated for next weekend, the squad is looking to come out swinging. “Harvard is always a pretty big race for us,” Hurtado said. “Having that as our first race will be unusual, but it will really show us where we stand.” “It will be tough competition, but they lost a lot of their best guys last year because they were seniors,” Beddoes said. “It is a tough crew to beat, but I think we can do it.” The schedule will not be easy on the Bears, who have only one home race in a season that is book-ended by meets against perennial powerhouses Harvard and No.1 Princeton. Other big races on the schedule are against Northeastern University on April 16 and Dartmouth on April 23. Despite the stiff competition the men will meet throughout the spring, they remain optimistic and excited to get their season underway. After fighting off the disappointment of not being able to race this past weekend, the men are starting to formulate their long-term goals for the season. “Our goals are to win the Eastern Sprints. We are always striving towards that,” Hurtado said.

Marijuana continued from page 1 general, and Polisena said he had “second thoughts” about the issue. “I need to be thoroughly convinced today,” he said as the hearings began. Rhonda O’Donnell, a Warwick native diagnosed with multiple sclerosis nearly 11 years ago, told the committee that although she had not used marijuana to alleviate pain, she knew the substance would make a difference in her own daily life. “I urge you to avoid playing politics with medicine and pass this bill today,” O’Donnell said. After O’Donnell’s testimony, Blais voiced opposition to the measure in a speech that Perry later said was “nasty, hostile and partisan politics.” “The holes in this legislation are large enough to drive a tank through,” Blais said. “Anyone with a straight face who has a back spasm can qualify for medical marijuana (if the bill is passed).” As a pharmacist, Blais said he believed there was “no accepted medical value in any study” that demonstrated marijuana was a uniquely useful substance. “We

are a society of laws, and we are fooling ourselves and our constituents if we pretend it is OK to violate federal law because of … compassion,” he said, and left the hearing. After Blais’ departure, two medical professionals and a neuroscience professor testified to marijuana’s medical value. A breast cancer survivor and Tourette’s syndrome sufferer also testified to the relief marijuana would have for their respective conditions. Dr. David Lewis, founder of Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and a current professor of medicine, said that some medical organizations oppose medical marijuana because of the unlikelihood of FDA approval and danger of smoking in general, but allowing it “really makes sense for patients.” Lewis dismissed Polisena’s concerns that by not definitively listing the conditions eligible for legal marijuana use, the bill would allow increased use of the drug through unwarranted prescriptions. “Medical judgment should not be replaced by detailed language,” Lewis said. J. Michael Walker, formerly chair of the psychology depart-

ment at Brown and currently a professor at the University of Indiana, said his research into cannabinoids “shows clearly that these compounds behave like morphine.” “Any suggestion these compounds are just making people high is absolutely incorrect,” Walker said. The Director of AIDS Project R.I., Chris Butler, and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Rhode Island Director also testified. Nathaniel Lepp ’06, who had helped coordinate the witnesses’ testimony as executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, said he was pleased with the hearing’s outcome. “I think it will work out,” Lepp said. Lepp said he was both unfazed and unsurprised by Blais’ vocal opposition, particularly given the senator’s occupation. “He sells pills to people for a living,” Lepp said, adding that legalized medical use of marijuana would affect sales of pain medication. If passed by the judiciary committee, the bill will face a floor vote in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, 50 out of 75 legislators have expressed support for an identical bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Tom Slater. Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 has made no statement on the matter. Though the bill can pass without his signature and override a veto with three-fifths of the votes of all those present, Lepp identified the governor’s office as RIPAC’s next major focus. In an effort to communicate citizen support for the bill, RIPAC will be canvassing and distributing postcards, urging voters to call or mail the governor’s office and express support for the measure. Trevor Stutz ’07, president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, estimated that 15 SSDP supporters had attended the hearings from the University of Rhode Island and Brown. “Especially with the stigma that still lingers around a drug policy group, having tons of people show up at a three-hour Senate hearing and sit there the whole time is substantial,” Stutz said. As the hearing drew to a close, Damiani explained his support for the bill despite his previous opposition to it and career as a police officer. “No one can accuse me of being soft on drugs. … (But) in the past couple years I’ve watched a lot of people die from cancer,” Damiani said. He added that there were a few “bugs” in the legislation but expressed confidence that they would be worked out. “As long as smoking grass makes people who probably aren’t going to be around much longer feel better, it’s a halfway decent idea to me,” Damiani said.


Faculty continued from page 1 controversy because it assigns to the University “all rights in any discovery or invention created or made in the course of research carried out by covered individuals,” who are, according to the policy, faculty or others employed by the University who conceive, develop or research discoveries or inventions with University funding or resources. Royalties from inventions and discoveries claimed by the University are split among inventors, their departments and the University. Vice President for Research Andries van Dam, who proposed the policy, told The Herald that the policy would allow the University to assert “default rights” to inventions and discoveries made by faculty during the course of their normal duties, even if the University’s rights are not exclusive. The policy is designed to bring the University into the process of considering rights allocation and not leave the decision of allocating the royalties exclusively to the professor, he said. But Associate Professor of Physics Xinsheng Ling called the policy a “slavery code” and “scare tactic” that is designed to intimidate faculty members unfamiliar with its legalese. He told The Herald that it gives the University unilateral power to claim rights to the work of professors, even if accomplished without University support. “The University is making the policy in such a way that I will be a thief in keeping my own ideas and my own property,” he said. Opponents also say the policy fails to adequately distinguish between work accomplished for the University and inventions and discoveries made independently. Professor of Chemistry Gerald Diebold proposed an amendment to exempt from the policy inventions or discoveries “conceived, reduced to practice or developed” on one’s “own time,” without use of University equipment, supplies or facilities. The amendment specified that evenings, weekends, summers and sabbaticals when the individual does not receive University funding would be considered one’s “own time.” Work done by professors in consulting projects independent of

Brown would also have been exempted under the amendment. The amendment failed by a vote of 20-35. Van Dam told The Herald that the concept of one’s “own time” is foreign to intellectual property policies, both at Brown and at peer institutions. But Diebold told the faculty that laws in six states, including California, delineate between work done for an employer and work done on one’s own time. Brown’s policy would be considered illegal in those states, he said. In a statement to the faculty distributed at the meeting, Ling wrote that the existing intellectual property policy from 1981 “is exactly in line with the law: If the work is done under a grant or used a Brown facility, it’s Brown’s property. Otherwise, it is not.” Van Dam told the faculty that Brown’s policy is consistent with all relevant laws and mirrors those of peer institutions. The University “fundamentally disagrees” that it should not have a right to discoveries and inventions made during times away from Brown, such as weekends and sabbaticals, van Dam told The Herald. The policy applies to sabbaticals and vacations because they are considered benefits of University employment, he said, citing the fact that professors still receive salaries and fringe benefits from the University. But van Dam said the University has no claim to inventions and discoveries completely unrelated to a professor’s work at Brown. Throughout the meeting, van Dam reiterated that the policy acknowledges the existence of unclear situations, stressing that a committee comprised of facul-

Passover continued from page 1 came over a month ago when the University first began dealing with the Spring Weekend conflict. “We did a call for students interested in running Seders, getting rabbis from the community to help out students,” Gresh said. Traditionally, students do not have much experience leading Seders, since it is usually the role of the head of a family, Isaacson said.

ty members will adjudicate such cases. Ling said he was involved last year in a dispute over intellectual property rights with the University that went before a faculty committee. Ling said that the chair of the committee, John Preston, told Ling that Provost Robert Zimmer asked Preston to resign after the committee sided with Ling. Zimmer denied the allegation at Tuesday’s meeting. Preston is currently a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Disagreement over the policy aside, Ling said a fair vote of the faculty is essential. “If the majority of my colleagues accept the University’s policy, I will accept it — even if it is a slave code,” he said. In other business, Simmons solicited faculty input for the development of a summary of University needs, outlining areas that will be targeted in the University’s capital campaign. The Corporation will approve the plan at its May meeting, in advance of the expected October launch of the public phase of the campaign. Richard Spies, executive vice president for planning and senior adviser to the president, updated the faculty on the University’s master plan for physical growth. Long-term plans call for public-private partnerships between the University and city, state and other agencies to allow Brown to grow beyond College Hill, he said, adding that the short-term priority is to locate space to house the medical school and public health program. Several administrative offices, the library annex and some laboratories are already located outside of the main campus. “Seders have a certain order that needs to be followed. It will definitely be a learning experience for students,” she said. Isaacson also praised University officials for the way they have dealt with the Spring Weekend conflict and their sensitivity to those observing Passover. The University will provide Kosher food during the Seder free of charge. “I really appreciate the efforts the University has made to acknowledge its mistake and make it into a positive experience,” Isaacson said.


Cleland continued from page 1 ers, including state funding. “Brown is the number one university in America in terms of research grants in public health, and that is fantastic,” Cleland said. “You are pioneering something here that I hope medical schools will adopt across the country.” Cleland has vehemently advocated for full government support for veterans coping with the emotional aftermath of war. Years after losing both his legs and his right arm in a grenade explosion, Cleland said he realized that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. As he contemplates the 37th anniversary of his accident this month, the issue of veterans’ counseling is especially salient for Cleland. “How can you make a difference in the here and now? This program (Pathways to Recovery) might be one way to really facilitate the plight of regional veterans, but hopefully we can extend some of that know-how nationally,” Dr. Eli Adashi, dean of medicine and biological sciences, told The Herald. According to Cleland, Brown’s program needs to be extended nationally. “We have a massive overload in the Department of Defense and the (Department of Veterans Affairs), and Brown is stepping up to the plate,” he said. “They’re cutting back the VA budget, and the VA is already being overwhelmed right now in comparison with the need,” he said. “If you allow tens of thousands of these Iraq veterans to fall through the cracks, you’ll increase the chance of family breakups and job loss, and it’s going to hurt these communities.” Currently, the Providence VA hospital treats approximately 1,200 PTSD cases every month, including 70 in the past two days, Cleland said. “This is the fastest growing mental health problem, and it’s going to impact the public more and more,” he said. While anti-war protestors are not as dismissive of veterans as they were during the Vietnam War, returning Iraq veterans collide with a society that is “disconnected from their experience,” Cleland said. “The soldiers come back to an alien country where they’re strangers to themselves, and they’ve been through some horrible experiences,” he told The Herald. Veterans coping with the trauma of war will play a perva-

sive role in shaping the contours of American society in the future, so government intervention is more imperative in the current war than it was in the wake of Vietnam, Cleland said. For today’s veterans, “the hardest thing is coming home,” he said. There are inherent differences between the war he fought and the Iraq war, Cleland said. “Vietnam was fought with draftees — male and single. The Iraq war is being fought by volunteers — married, with children. Therefore, they will vote with their feet if they don’t have assistance that’s in their interest.” Consequently, the National Guard’s enlistment rate has diminished by 42 percent over the past three months, the Marine Corps did not meet its recruiting quota last month for the first time ever and the reserve corps is rapidly becoming “a broken force,” Cleland said. At this rate, the “wheels will come off” the army within the next two years, he said. “The war won’t be over as long as this president is in office,” he said. While Cleland is a staunch advocate for pulling out of Iraq, a complete pullout is not feasible, he said. After the U.S. government bypassed the U.N. and NATO, and since it now appears to be attempting to circumvent any foreign policy alternatives to occupation, there is no viable recourse other than to remain stationed in Iraq until a competent Iraqi coalition is forged, he said. “The war was started based on events that weren’t true, and it’s time to come home, but we can’t,” Cleland told The Herald. “You cannot force democracy out of the barrel of a gun, and you cannot violate 500 years of Arab history. Now, we’re creating more terrorists than there were before.” Regardless of whether the U.S. pulls out immediately, however, the government will have to deal with approximately 130,000 veterans who have been stationed in Iraq since the war began in 2003, many of whom suffer from PTSD, Cleland said. “For these troops, every day is Groundhog Day, but they keep waking up and going back to war,” Cleland said. He repudiated the prevailing “Spartan warrior ethic” myth that he said exists in this country, debunking claims that the fear of imminent death is exhilarating. “You either came home with your shield or on it. There was no in between (in the myth), but of course there’s a lot of in between,” he said.

In 1980, while serving as VA chief, Cleland created the Vet Center, the first network to help veterans deal with the pain of war, in hopes of combating the stigma associated with seeking help for PTSD. There are currently over 200 centers nationwide. “The trauma trail can follow you for the rest of your life,” Cleland said. “It can lead to homelessness, depression and drug addiction, but it’s possible to heal and deal.” In the near future, Cleland anticipates a congressional appeal for substantial government funding for veterans’ mental health care, he said. But whether or not added funding is appropriated, students can take the initiative to help, Cleland said. “People graduating from Brown are not fighting this war. It’s the sons and daughters of the groundskeepers here who need financial aid for college,” he told The Herald. Amy McIntyre, a first-year medical student, plans to get involved in the program at Brown. “My interest just started from being at this lecture,” McIntyre said. “I think it would be interesting to get the American Medical Association involved and perhaps propose a resolution to highlight this as a growing public health concern.” Currently, the Pathways to Recovery center is recruiting returning veterans to participate in surveys and other research. “Veterans have special needs and concerns,” said Fox Wetle, associate dean of medicine for public health and public policy and director for the Pathways to Recovery center. “We want to make sure that research and intellectual resources at Brown and the Providence VA are targeted in a way that serves these men and women best,” she said. To help, Cleland said, students can learn more about the emotional challenges of coming home from war and volunteer at the VA hospital, particularly at the PTSD clinic. “When you see a vet, give a hug, make them feel at home, and when they tell a story, listen,” he said. “Most vets won’t start talking to a student, but when they do, listen.” Cleland, who confronts the war “demon” daily, maintained his jovial flair and optimistic outlook throughout the sobering lecture. The aftermath of war may be bleak, but Cleland attempts to glean meaning where there seems to be none, he said. “Out of war or any other shattering experience comes a personal victory,” Cleland said. “To live is to suffer and to survive is to find meaning in suffering.”


Baseball continued from page 12 slide into (the bag). The home plate umpire made the call when it should have been the base umpire’s. After the inning, (Princeton’s) first base coach came up to me and said it was a bad call. When you get the first guy on in a tie game in the eighth (and that happens), that’s a big turning point,” Hughes said. Especially disappointing about the losses was how the Tigers were able to pound Brown’s pitching. Both Tews and McNamara had performed tremendously in their previous outings during the spring break road trip, with Tews picking up a complete game victory against UNC-Asheville and McNamara nearly going the distance for another victory over the Bulldogs. In addition, side-armer Jeff Dietz ’08 threw five hitless innings in a loss to the No. 8 University of South Carolina.

Gilligan continued from page 3 schools to which he was applying, Gilligan wrote: “I want this to end. NOW. I really just want to be in a school and know for sure that I’m going to enjoy the next four years of my life there. I still think I’m going to end up at Brown, but I’m feeling really uncertain and it makes me feel sick and unhappy.” In the next three and a half months, Gilligan continued to periodically update his site with thoughts on his college selection process, although not as often as before. In a March 6 post, he wrote: “There are 26 more days left until April 1st, and my anxiousness towards college decisions is in full swing. I’m not afraid of rejection; I’m more afraid of the unknown.” Finally, on March 31, Gilligan got the news for which he had been waiting. “I hope you are as pleased to receive this decision notification as I am to provide it,” wrote Gilligan on his blog, copying the decision letter the Admission Office had sent him. “You have been admitted to the

Tennis continued from page 9 Kirkpatrick contributed 11 singles points from the fourth, fifth and sixth spots, relieving some of the pressure that the competition puts on the first three singles players. Pariser especially improved, earning a stellar five wins. “Ashley is really playing well and mentally is she is in match mode,” Ivancevic said. The squad will look to solve its doubles woes and continue their singles savvy as they move into their Ivy League season, which opens at Princeton on April 8. The men’s team opened their trip with a win at the inhospitable “Bubble of Trouble,” at the University of New Mexico,

To commence the trip, Bruno took two of three games from UNC-Asheville, winning by scores of 9-4 and 8-4. Matt Kutler ’05, showed no ill effects from last season’s thumb injury, going 3-for-5 with three doubles and one RBI in the first game, and smacking two homers in the second. Tews was dominant on the mound in the first game, going the distance for the win. “It was a good outing. I mean they didn’t hit many balls hard and once we figured out what they couldn’t handle we really attacked hitters. I wouldn’t say it was my best (outing) though,” he said. Unfortunately, the Bears dropped the middle game of the set, 5-2, managing only three hits in the process. Brown, however, bounced back the next day with a gem from McNamara in an 8-4 win. “(UNC-Asheville) was more of a slap-hitting team that ran a lot,” McNamara said. “I was just trying to keep them off the bases. I actually probably threw better against Santa

242nd class to enter The College of Brown University.” Gilligan’s writings about the college application process attracted a collection of onlookers. “A lot of people who Googled for Brown statistics wound up on my site,” he said, adding that search terms such as “Brown admission statistics” and “Brown deferral” led to his blog. Gilligan said he met many new people, mostly fellow Brown applicants or their parents, who found their way to his Web site after searching for information about Brown. One woman even gave him encouragement after his deferral. “I stumbled upon your website as I was curious about student blogs and googled ‘brown student blogs,’ ” wrote a reader who identified herself as “valerie.” “My daughter learned today that she was also deferred from Brown. So you are not alone. … You seem very bright and with it. You will find your place.” Gilligan’s blog started receiving even more hits after it was referenced in an article in The Herald in January. After being mentioned in the March/April issue of Brown Alumni Magazine, he even started

“arguably the toughest road venue in the nation because of the altitude,” said Head Coach Jay Harris. After dropping the doubles point, the squad won the match 5-2 with strong singles play. Captain Nicholas Goldberg ’05, Eric Thomas ’07 and Phillip Charm ’06 earned easy two-set wins at second through fourth. Richard Moss ’06 won an impressive 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 match at fifth. Saurabh Kholi ’08 clinched at sixth with a scrappy 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win. The squad moved on to No. 7 Pepperdine University, “probably the hottest team in the nation,” Harris said. Pepperdine took the doubles point, and despite a noble Brown effort, captured all but one of the singles matches. The Waves won their first two singles points easily, but Pepperdine first-year Jonas Berg squeezed by Thomas

Clara, but I think I’m getting close to putting together a full nine-inning game.” The Bears’ biggest challenge of the break came on March 29, when they took on No. 8 South Carolina. Dietz frustrated the 2004 College World Series participants for five innings, retiring 17 straight until giving up a two-out home run in the sixth. Dietz’s emergence on the mound has been one of the biggest surprises of the first half of the season. “(Dietz) had hitters off-balance the whole trip,” McNamara said. “He has that side-arm delivery that’s real tough to pick up.” Despite the losses yesterday the squad is still confident of their Ivy outlook. “Now is not the time to hit the panic button,” Tews said. “The urgency will set in this weekend, since it’s the last weekend playing the other half of the league.” The Bears return to action today at noon in Kingston to take on the University of Rhode Island.

receiving comments and emails from current and former Brown students. Two students, one alum and various other well-wishers posted congratulations on his blog after his acceptance to Brown. “I’ve been getting tons of emails from (about five or six) alumni,” Gilligan said. “A lot of them are saying congratulations, or come to Brown. … That’s the (group) I’ve gotten the most response from because I think alumni want me to come to their school.” Looking back at the process, Gilligan said he enjoyed blogging about his college search. “I met a good number of people,” Gilligan said, speaking of the numerous fellow college applicants and Brown alums he met through the process. “The blogosphere in general is a nice way to get to know people and to share thoughts.” In that same spirit, Gilligan is now trying to help future college applicants by posting his college essays on his blog, as well as the follow up letters he sent to Brown after his deferral. As for his future at Brown, Gilligan couldn’t be happier. “I’m really excited, and the people I’ve talked to seem awesome,” he said. “I feel really blessed.”

in the clinching 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at third singles. Moss, playing for pride, earned a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at fifth — Brown’s only point in the match. The team rebounded against California State University, Fresno, sweeping the doubles point and winning at all but first singles, where Captain Adil Shamasdin ’05 fell 4-6, 1-6 to Fresno sophomore Jakub Cech, his third loss in as many matches. “Adil did struggle a bit with some tough competition and his game, but (he) has played his best tennis in the Ivy matches in the past, so he will be ready,” Harris said. The Ivy League season begins on April 8 against Princeton at home. “The title is up for grabs and we need to fight hard and want it more than other teams,” Shamasdin said.

Polo continued from page 9 the Championships. “We got this early lead and we couldn’t nail it home,” Angyal said. “It’s an emotional thing. Our coach said we can’t get too emotionally high or low. We have to maintain focus, continue to attack and not get comfortable.” While Angyal mentioned that individual defense and outside shooting could be improved, she seemed pleased with other key team factors. “We adapted pretty well to how each team played, and our manup definitely improved from about 1-of-11 to 50 percent,” she said. This weekend provides one of only two opportunities the team has this season to show off these improvements at home, where the

Friends continued from page 3 Dryden. Each self-contained episode of “White Brown Friends” portrays different vignettes of the lives of four friends at Brown. The writers tried to capture the nuances and humor of everyday encounters within a group of students in college. Citing the humor of popular sitcoms like “Seinfeld,” “Family Guy” and “Sex and the City” as their main influences “to create our own brand of humor” for the script, Vascellaro and Haines hope that audiences will respond positively to the new season. “I hope we make people laugh,” Haines said. The production team also “tapped into the theater community” here to find guest stars each week to “keep the series fresh,” Haines said. Audiences can expect to see many more new faces, as well as the return of beloved characters from the season past. Mike Hammond ’07, who played Jordan’s

Bears will challenge Connecticut College and Harvard. “It’ll be a big deal for our remaining seniors and it’ll be really helpful to have a crowd of friends and family behind us,” Angyal said. The fourth match-up of the season against Harvard will be particularly important to the team. Brown will be facing off against a familiar face: Harvard Head Coach Erik Farrar ’85 was as an assistant coach for the Bears last year and served two stints as head coach at Brown from 1985-87 and 1993-97. Ferrar’s familiarity with the Bears adds to the pressure Brown faces while trying to even the season series at two wins apiece. “There is pressure to beat Harvard because deep down, we know we have better players, but we have to play as a team to show that we’re better,” Angyal said. “It’s going to be (difficult) but exciting.”

boyfriend, Ray Ray, for a day, is one such character. “It was great working with the team,” Hammond said. “I had an absolute blast.” The cast and crew said they hope the appearance of new characters will encourage an increase in viewer numbers for “White Brown Friends.” In addition to their goal of tickling their audiences, cast and crew members are passionate about the sitcom helping BTV’s “reinvention process,” Vascellaro said. The success of “White Brown Friends” could create awareness for BTV, as well as student-produced television, Waskow said. “It’s great that students here have a lot of interest in making shows — it improves BTV’s image,” she said, referring to other student-produced programs like “Double Blind” and “Thayer Street.” “By contributing to BTV, we are hopefully reestablishing its legitimacy as a college television station. Hopefully, this will excite students to watch more BTV,” Vascellaro said.


M. track continued from page 9 Brown ’08 placed fifth in the discus at 147-3 and Mathieu Frankel ’08 was fourth in the shot put, with a personal best of 50-9 1/2. Tallying another infield victory for the Bears, Ray Bobrownicki ’06 out-jumped the competition by nearly two inches in the high jump as he opened his season with a win at 6-9.75. “I don’t think the mark showed the true quality of the competition,” said Bobrownicki. Jumps Coach Anne Rothenberg agreed. “The competitive effort all around was great, even if it wasn’t necessarily the heights we had hoped for,” she said. “It was one of the best spring training trips we’ve had in terms of focus.” Two more second-place finishes came from Grant Bowen ’07 and Ikenna Achilihu ’08, each of whom will be relied upon for vital points at Heps. Bowen cleared 15 3/4 in the pole vault despite 45 mile per hour winds that delayed the competition for four hours. “Grant had been warming up since 8:30 in the morning, so he did well considering the circumstances,” Rothenberg said.

Equestrian continued from page 12 success this year. I mean, I’ve done okay, but this was a much more significant win, and more competitive,” Keefe said. “I just hope it goes well from here.” Keefe earned first place in both the flat and fences classes of the Open division — an exceptional accomplishment for a first-year rider, particularly considering the design of the fences class, which required switching mounts. After a spectacular first round ride, Keefe and five others were called back for a rideoff — requiring the competitors to swap horses with one another — to help the judges determine the most skilled rider. “I was lucky to draw the horse I did, and it was weird because I drew him twice — in the first round and the rideoff,” Keefe said. “He was a bit skittish, but it worked out well. In comparison to what I could have gotten to ride, he was awesome.” Handling her mount expertly, Keefe finished her ride-off smoothly — and was then called back, yet again, for a third ride against just one other competitor. Again, the riders exchanged horses — an adjustment that did not seem to affect Keefe, who rode to victory. The only other Brown rider to secure a spot at the Zone Championship over the weekend was Novice rider Grace Peloquin ’07, who finished second in her fences class. Peloquin, like Keefe, completed a spectacular first round and was then called back for additional testing, which included a question from the judge. Peloquin answered correctly after a few moments of

Achilihu hit 49-1 3/4 in the triple jump, the fifth best score in school history. Rothenberg expects Bobrownicki, Bowen and Achilihu to be top Heptagonal scorers. On the track, Dallas Dissmore ’06 opened his season with a 48.28 second eighth-place finish in the 400m dash, and looks to improve upon his third-place finish at the 2004 outdoor Heptagonals. Mike Pruzinsky ’07 anchored the 4x100 relay to a fifth-place finish and will be a top competitor for the Bears in the sprints this year, anxious to avenge sitting out of most of last year’s Heps after pulling a hamstring in the prelims. Brown swept the top two spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as veteran Mike Piche ’05 teamed up with rookie Ozzie Myers ’08 in Myers’s debut in the event. The distance squad will see co-captain Patrick Tarpy ’05 return to the track next weekend. Now that they have returned to New England, the Bears will stay close to home for the remainder of the season. Their next competition will be April 9 at the University of Connecticut. “We’ve been looking forward to the outdoor season all year,” Eisenreich said. “It only gets more exciting from here.”

deliberation. Co-captain Galyn Burke ’05, who competed in the Walk-Trot-Canter division at the show, was frustrated with the number of third, fourth and fifth place finishes by Brown riders, short of the required first or second necessary to move on to Zones. “The Regionals are a crapshoot, because there is the chance that the judges may be biased, the horses might be challenging and anything else might affect the outcome. If you ride well, and something out of your control goes wrong, well it doesn’t really matter — unless you get first or second,” Burke said. “I am definitely not taking anything away from Grace or Whitney though,” Burke added. “They both rode great and deserve it. It’s great that we got two girls that far. Still, there were a few others we all figured would do really well who didn’t, for whatever reason.” Jamie Peddy ’06, another co-captain, will compete with Keefe and Peloquin during the postseason, both at the Zone and the national competitions. A skilled rider and consistent winner, Peddy is a contender for the celebrated Cacchione Cup, which is awarded to the winner of a special Open division event held at the National Championships, which she will compete in regardless of her performance at the Zones. The only team competition remaining is April 24 in Hackettstown, N.J. There, Brown will compete with the other equestrian teams in the Ivy League in an isolated competition that is unrelated to the seasonal action. During the season, Brown competes against teams within its region — a grouping of teams that is independent of the Ivy League.

Softball continued from page 12 of the same inning on a two-out RBI single to left field by Jaimie Wirkowski ’06. The Bears’ bats really stepped up in the bottom of the next inning, as they hit four consecutive singles en route to tying the score at three. “We were able to learn from our previous at-bats and make adjustments to how they were pitching us,” McCreesh said. Both teams were held scoreless in the sixth inning, and with the sun going down, the coaches and umpires decided to call the game. It was not the first time that the New England weather had hampered Bruno this spring. The softball team had already had seven of their first nine games postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather. With only two games under their belts, Brown traveled to the West Coast this spring break, where the weather finally was not an issue in doubleheaders against San Jose State University, the University of Santa Clara and St. Mary’s College. Having lost their opening games, Brown was tired of waiting for its first win. “We were just eager to play anyone. It didn’t matter what coast they were on. We just really needed some game action,” McCreesh said. McCreesh would not have to

Vallely continued from page 12 unfortunately involved lunch at Roy Rogers, we settled into the monotonous routine of driving 85 mph. The next thing I know, I’m waking up — my head lodged between the headrest and the passenger side window — as we pull into a gas station. “I think I was gone for 10 to 20 minutes,” I say to Matt. He looks at me as if my hair is on fire. “Bro, you were gone for at least two hours.” I rub my eyes, forgetting that I still have my contacts in. “What state are we in?” I ask. Virginia. We were in Virginia, which, for me, signaled our descent into the South. I know little about the geographic region, but the fact that we could buy beer at this gas station all but confirmed the myths and stereotypes that I had about it. I brought this to the group’s attention, and we began to consider our crossing into unfamiliar lands. “That ‘John Kerry for President’ sticker doesn’t help us much,” Hatty said. “We should probably put a ‘Support Your Troops’ sticker over it,” Mike said. Good God. “I mean, ‘Support OUR troops,’” he said. “That’s right. OUR troops.” This did not bode well. The landscape began to change: Billboards for Civil War battle fields stood across the highway from billboards for adult bookstores. We began to see exit signs for Waffle House and, more frequently, fireworks warehouses. We also noticed that, about every 20 miles, there was an abandoned car on the side of the road. Was this still the country I lived in? Did I have to show my passport? We all started showing signs that the length of the trip was taking its toll. Eyelids began to get heavy,

wait long for her team’s first win of the season, as Brown beat San Jose State, 3-2. Omokaro starred for the Bears, holding the Spartans to only three hits in two games, including a two-hit gem in the win. The Bears scored the first three runs of the game, and Omokaro continued to keep the Spartan bats silent en route to victory. “It is always good to get the first win. This was especially interesting, because we didn’t hit all that well in that game and we still won,” McCreesh said. The second contest against the Spartans was a game in which both teams scored in bunches. San Jose got out to a two-run lead in the first inning. Brown answered with three in the bottom of the second, but gave up four runs in the bottom of the third inning. That margin proved to be too much, but San Jose added one more run anyway for the final of 7-3. The rest of the week was unlucky for the Bears, who failed to get another win. The games were all close, however, with all but one decided by four runs or less. In the second doubleheader, against Santa Clara, Brown had a tough time getting its bats going, only scoring one run and gathering 10 hits in two games. Omokaro was once again solid for the Bears, going six innings and allowing only two runs on four hits. Both teams were scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Broncos were able to get into the scoring column. They added one more run

the following inning and the Bears failed to respond, falling 2-0. In the second game against the Broncos, the Bears again found themselves in an early 1-0 hole. Brown quickly answered when Omokaro showed she could do more than just pitch, driving in Bruno’s only run with an infield single in the top of the third. But Santa Clara notched three runs in the final innings to earn a 4-1 win. Berkes pitched well, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three. The last doubleheader for Brown was against St. Mary’s. The two games contrasted sharply, as Bruno was outmatched in the first, only mustering one hit and losing 7-0, but finally got its bats going in the second, but only to tall 8-7. In the first match-up, Omokaro was solid through four innings, but in the fifth the Gaels were able to plate six runs en route to the shutout. In the next game, Bruno lost a very exciting contest in which the bats were finally awakened. Omokaro had two of Brown’s 12 hits, and three RBIs to lead the team. After tying the game at seven off Sarah Wilson’s ’06 RBI single, the Bears were unable to hang on, as the Gaels got a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to get the win. The Bears hope to build off the BU games on Thursday when they travel to New Britain, Conn. to play a doubleheader against Central Connecticut State University.

comments were no longer than eight words and the sun had been down for a few hours. “The sooner we get there, the sooner I can drink,” Matt said from the backseat. “The sooner I can shower in a bubbler,” Mike chimed in. At around 10:30 p.m., Matt and Mike fell asleep in the backseat, leaving me — completely exhausted — riding shotgun with a wellrested Hatty at the wheel. What happened next was a blur of fear. I was having trouble keeping my eyes open, but it looked like the speedometer was creeping close to 95 mph. I looked up at Hatty, who stared blankly out into the night, his shoulders relaxed as if he were driving a golf cart. We were now going at least 100 mph. “Hatty, are you awake?” “Yeah, I’m doing fine; how you doing?” he said. He obviously didn’t understand that he was driving as if we were involved in a jailbreak. I kept my eyes on the speedometer in disbelief, almost hoping that the radar detector would shut off and we’d get pulled over. Later, after we pulled into a gasstation to stretch and refill the tank, Matt provided a fitting analysis of Hatty’s driving. “I’m going to rank driving performances by ass sweat,” he said. “Hatty, this one is swamp factor.” Finally, we arrived in Florida, Mike taking us across the border during the graveyard shift. Hatty again got behind the wheel and a couple hours after the sun came up, we arrived in Fort Myers. We were there. It was 75 degrees. We had been on the road for 24 hours. There was a centimeter of film covering my teeth and I had sweated through two shirts. But, as we pulled into the grass parking lot of City of Palms Park, ushered in by strangely enthusiastic parking attendants, it didn’t matter. We were there: It was baseball time. We decided to pull out the gloves for a healthy game of catch — to get

into the spirit of the game and stretch out. Despite our enthusiasm, it was a lackluster scene. We tried to turn a few fictional doubleplays, but turned them like an infield full of Chuck Knoblauchs. When our third errant throw threatened to hit a car, we were told to stop. After Mike smothered himself with enough sunscreen for an Irish family of six, we headed into the park, standing room tickets in hand. As we walked in, the 6,990person capacity stadium opening up before us, we saw that the Sox were taking batting practice. This was spring training. This is what I drove — or got chauffeured — for. Big league ball-players taking batting practice in 75-degree weather in mid-March. This was worth it. Big Papi cranked a shot over a 30-foot wall in straight away center — 410 feet away. Kevin Millar mimicked Ortiz’s exaggerated followthrough in the on-deck circle. Jason Varitek stepped up and took one swing, sailing a ball over the right field fence, and then called it a day. The Pirates lamely went through their warm-up stretches, giving up on high-kicks and generally disregarding the trainer who led the routine. To be honest, the game was somewhat of a blur, as I kept falling asleep. Wakefield struggled early, but settled in to pitch six innings of one-run ball. Mark Bellhorn homered. Johnny Damon had a two-run double. Byung-Hyung Kim pitched as if he were blindfolded. Even though we had a two-hour ride to our hotel, we could at long last, say that we had made the pilgrimage — that we were promised a few days of baseball, beer and sun. The Spring Training dream had become a reality. Despite his poor throwing skills, Charlie Vallely ’06 did not hit Keith Olberman’s mom in the head with an errant throw.



Spring sports preview: part 1 of 3 M.track racks up victories in Fla.tuneup,prepares for outdoor competition BY JILANE RODGERS SENIOR SPORTS STAFF WRITER

When most college students think of traveling to Florida for spring break, the last thing on their minds is a week of intense training and competition. For the men’s track team, it was business as usual as they took advantage of the warm weather in Tampa. The Bears opened the 2005 outdoor season at the University of South Florida Invitational last weekend. At last year’s outdoor Heptagonal Championships, the Bears took a disappointing fifth place. They hope to improve this season and finish in the top three of the Ancient Eight. “The outdoor season is so short that we will soon start focusing on the Heps,” said Head Coach Robert Johnson. Meanwhile, the Brown Invitational on April 16 is the next challenge for the Bears. Coach Michelle Eisenreich’s talented throws squad had numerous highlights at the USF Invite. Out of the four events, they posted two wins and two second-place finishes. In the discus, the men showed their depth as four finished in the top 11. Co-captain Jake Golenor ’06 starred for the Bears, taking first place in the

event with a 165-10 throw. The mark qualified him for NCAA Regionals and was only a foot under his personal best. In addition, Golenor went on to take runner-up honors in the shot put and, at 52-4, was the top collegiate athlete. “It was a fun trip, but the best part was getting to compete outdoors again,” Golenor said. Kent Walls ’06 complemented Golenor’s win with a third place finish, hitting 153-2. Walls came back to take second in his specialty, the hammer throw, with a 171-5 effort, another personal best. Hugh Murphy ’06 won the javelin, outdistancing the competition at 194-3 despite using an abbreviated approach. Coming back from an elbow injury that sidelined him for two years, Murphy says he intends to “play it safe” until the high-level meets. “We’re excited that he was able to take six solid throws,” Eisenreich said. “It was a big mental block for him to get over.” Two football players debuted for the throws squad and immediately made an impact for the Bears. Kai see M. TRACK, page 8

Crew ready for spring season Women tested early in title defense, while men wait for weather to clear BY SARAH DEMERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The men’s and women’s spring crew season is underway. The defending national champion women’s team has already competed in two tough races, while the men are still waiting for their chance due to inclement weather. The women’s crew program has a firm hold on the title of winningest program in NCAA history after capturing its fifth national championship in nine years in 2004. Entering his 21st season at Brown, head coach John Murphy is the reigning NCAA Division I Coach of the Year. With Murphy’s leadership and the experience of tri-captains Catherine Starr ’05, Meaghan Kelly ’05 and Gillian Almy ’06, the team is ready to embark on the quest for its sixth national title. Preseason training proved challenging for the women as inclement weather kept them off the water and inside for most of February and March. The frustration of being unable to get outside did not last long, as the women opened with tough races against Princeton and Radcliffe. The varsity eight fell to both of the rival squads in their match-ups on March 26 and April 1, respectively, but the junior varsity eight, the two varsity fours and the novice eight and four all rallied to win their contests. Despite the solid showing by most of the team, varsity eight

Tennis clubs excel out West Women go 4-1, while men take two of three. BY MATT NICHOLSON SPORTS STAFF WRITER

The men’s and women’s tennis teams hit the road over break on tours that took them through New Mexico and California, as the men picked up two victories in three matches and the women posted an impressive four wins in five contests. After an initial disappointment at Long Beach State University, where Ashley Pariser ’08 scored Brown’s only point at the sixth singles spot, the women’s squad rallied to earn four consecutive wins. Impressively, Bruno managed to salvage all four wins after losing the doubles point in each match. The squad had previously lived and died by the doubles point, losing only one match in which it won the doubles point, and winning only one match in which it lost the point. The women began their fourgame streak at the University of California, Riverside. After losing the doubles competition, they posted the necessary four singles wins to take the match 4-3. Captain Alex Arlak ’05 pulled out a grueling 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 win at the second spot, while Pariser

earned a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 win at fifth. Anita Ivancevic ’08 and Kelly Kirkpatrick ’08 also contributed wins at fourth and sixth, respectively. Next, the Bears came back to shock Loyola Marymount University 4-3 after dropping the doubles point. Daisy Ames ’07 posted a 6-3, 6-2 win at third singles, which was followed by a 64, 6-1 win by Kirkpatrick at sixth and a 6-3, 6-4 victory by Amanda Saiontz ’07 at the one spot. Pariser played in the deciding match and handled the pressure like a veteran, clinching the meet for Brown with her 6-2, 6-4 win. After dropping another doubles point to California Polytechnic State University, the squad again posted a 4-3 win due to its singles play. Saiontz, Arlak and Ivancevic edged out their opponents in long threeset matches at first, second and fourth, respectively. Pariser contributed the fourth point with her dominating 6-0, 6-1 win at fourth. The road trip wrapped up at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where Brown dropped its fifth consecutive

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Ashley Pariser ’08 had five singles wins over spring break. doubles point, yet managed to cap off its streak with four more singles wins, all of which were decided in the third set. Ames earned a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at third singles, while Ivancevic rebounded from a first set shutout to win 0-6, 6-1, 6-0 at fourth. Pariser posted a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win at fifth, while Kirkpatrick clinched with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 win at sixth. Brown’s performance in the last five games showed significant development from the beginning of the season. Each player won at least two matches, while Ivancevic, Pariser and see TENNIS, page 7

rower Alex Hammer ’07 was not pleased with her boat’s performance. “We have to focus on strength and ability,” she said. “It is a team thing. … We are unhappy with the results but we just have to push ourselves harder.” Almy praised the depth of the team and commended the other boats on their ability to defeat tough competition, but “the varsity is a priority race, so we need to perform and get faster,” she said. With the graduation of 10 seniors from last year’s team, the five returning members of the varsity have taken it upon themselves to step up and improve. This weekend, the women will head to Columbus, Ohio, to race against the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University. They do not usually face teams from the Midwest until the National Championships, but the women see it as an exciting challenge. “No one knows (what will happen),” Almy said. “It will be a new experience for us … we haven’t had much water time, but they will be really good, evenly matched races.” With the long-term goal of another national championship, the women hope their depth will permit them to come back and

After winning the NCAA Championship last season, the varsity eight is 1-2 on the season. defeat Princeton and Radcliffe in the future. “We just need to buckle down and get more work done,” Starr said. After laying down a solid foundation of training throughout the winter and over spring break, the men’s team is poised and anxious to begin the season after its debut race against Boston University and Yale on April 2 was canceled due to inclement weather. Led by Paul Cooke, who is entering his third year as head coach at Brown, and backed by a solid core see CREW, page 4

Crimson loss leaves water polo 4th at ECACs BY CHRIS MAHR SPORTS EDITOR

The women’s water polo team had an up-and-down showing at the ECAC Championships this past weekend. After defeating host Bucknell University 6-4 in their first game of the tournament, the Bears dropped their last two matches, falling to Hartwick College for the second time this year, 13-8, and dropping a tough one to Harvard, 75. The fourth-place finish left Brown at 9-9 on the season. “I think we played strongly in our first game, and our second game was better than the last time we played (Hartwick), but not where we wanted to be,” said Claire Angyal ’07. “Our third game, everyone was disappointed, but we have a chance to improve this (upcoming) weekend. (It wasn’t) a disheartening weekend, but it was not what we wanted.” Against Bucknell, Brown jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one quarter of play, scoring on its first three possessions of the match. After a late rally by the Bison, Brown held on for the 64 victory. Angyal and Paige Lansing ’07 led the team with two goals apiece, while captain Diana Livermore ’05 and Elizabeth Balassone ’07 netted one each. On defense, Caitlin Fahey ’07 recorded four steals,

while Anne Deggelman ’08 continued her strong rookie season in net, notching nine saves. Facing off against Hartwick for the second time in a month, Brown jumped out to a 2-0 lead off of two quick goals from Livermore. Hartwick took over after that, outscoring the Bears 7-1 for the rest of the half to lead 7-3. Brown got as close as 9-7 after intermission, but could not draw even, eventually losing 13-8. Livermore had four goals in the game while also drawing five ejections, and Ally Wyatt ’08 tallied two goals. Deggelman performed admirably against a relentless Hartwick attack, stopping 10 shots. The third place match against Harvard was a demoralizing conclusion to the ECACs. Nearly a month after a hardfought 6-4 victory over the Crimson in Cambridge, the Bears could not repeat against their rivals. Brown got ahead early, grabbing a 2-1 lead in the first quarter. But a three-goal second period from Harvard put Brown in a hole it would not climb out of, leaving the Bears with a fourth-place finish. Ultimately, it was Brown’s inability to hold the lead that cost it the last two matches of see POLO, page 7




Quit kvetching Everyone agrees the conflict between Spring Weekend and Passover is far from ideal. But dwelling on the unfortunate situation isn’t the answer to making things better. Collaboration among the Student Activities Office, the Office of Student Life, Brown Hillel, Greek Council and the Student Union has yielded excellent progress in addressing the conflict, and has led to a compromise for all parties. Under the revised Spring Weekend schedule, very little has been lost. Perhaps the most noticeable change is that Rage on Wriston, usually a Saturday night staple, has been moved to Friday night so students will still be able to get their fill of Weezer covers. The fraternity and sorority cocktail parties that traditionally happen Friday can still take place, as long as they work around the 8 to 10 p.m. observance period on Saturday night or stay under 250 people. There will be no shortage of Spring Weekend events to enjoy. Until 8 p.m., Saturday won’t be very different from most Spring Weekend Saturdays: Students on campus can spend the afternoon on the Main Green with Ben Folds and Howie Day, followed by small parties. When 8 p.m. rolls around, students can check out one of 10 creative Seders at the Hillel — which, by the way, do involve wine — or choose to engage in more traditional Spring Weekend activities with friends. Though there may not be any University-approved mega-parties, the option still exists for students, of all persuasions, to use the time as they choose. And once 10 p.m. has passed, even if there is no concert on Wriston, we’re sure there will still be plenty for students to do. Like a good compromise, the tweaks to Spring Weekend have many different parties feeling like they have lost a little. But after looking at the result of months of damage control, it seems that no group has been massively inconvenienced or marginalized. We suspect first-years, not habituated to the Spring Weekend rumpus of years past, won’t find this year lacking. And for upperclassmen, if Hillel is creative enough to host a sustainable food Seder, we trust the rest of us will come up with equally creative ways of make the remainder of Saturday night thoroughly entertaining.

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LETTERS Patriot Act resolution makes a difference To the Editor: I want to address two of the questions Matt Lawrence asked in his recent column (“UCS doesn’t speak for us on national politics,” March 23). Why is it UCS’s job to pass resolutions and what’s the point in doing so? Despite Matt’s comments, the ACLU’s resolution is very pertinent to students. It focuses solely on issues that impact students, such as “sneak and peek” searches, which can be done in dorm rooms, and secretly subpoenaing students’ library, school and medical records. UCS insisted on this focus before passing the resolution. Also, UCS officers encounter many situations they can’t anticipate at the time of election; when those situations arise, it’s our job to tell them how we feel. Supporters of the resolution spoke up, non-supporters had the opportunity to do the same. The Brown ACLU does not expect the president to overturn the act because UCS passed a resolution. However, assuming that this makes the resolu-

tion useless is naive. With this resolution, Brown joins over 56 million people and 21 other universities across the country in condemning the Patriot Act. The national ACLU says these resolutions are one reason why the Patriot Act II has not yet passed. With important clauses of the Act sun-setting in December 2005, Brown is supporting a movement that becomes increasingly effective as more groups join. A national coalition, including the ACLU, was just recently formed to deal with PATRIOT Act’s abuses. This resolution is timely, and makes a difference. I hope this helps clear up some of the issues.

EllaRose Chary ’07 Vice President, Brown ACLU March 23

A modest Passover proposal To the Editor: David Greene, vice president for campus life and student services, and Margaret Klawunn, interim dean for campus life, sent an e-mail to the entire campus Tuesday regarding the conflict of Passover and Spring Weekend. Many people, like myself, will travel long distances to go home for the Seder and therefore will be gone the entire weekend, including Saturday. Instead of trying to make a communal Seder, I would prefer another scheduled concert — just one band or artist, not an entire weekend festival — for another date so I don’t miss out on cheap good music. What should

have been done was not to bring Passover to the campus, but to bring music to Passover-observant students by having another concert a different weekend, because that is what I’m really missing. The current solution does nothing to satisfy Passover-observant Jews who actually celebrate Passover at home, which is what a lot of students do. I don’t think we need to “educate our community about the Jewish Festival of Passover,” but we need to make live music available to students who are missing out. Anat Mooreville ’07 April 5

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Spring break 2005: Welcome to the ghetto I spent my spring break, both days and nights, with five other Brown students in one of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhoods. North Philadelphia is not for the faint of heart. When three of us made the same spring break trip two years ago, the building across the street from the office where we slept was blown up by drug dealers the week before we came; the intent was to put their rivals out of business. That year, we also spent a Friday afternoon inside while a drug addict waved his handgun around halfway down the block in a park. This year, just two weeks before we arrived, Mayor John Street pleaded for witnesses to come forward in any of the 21 murders that had taken place in the past eight days. He is considering asking for extra protection for citizens from the State Police or the National Guard. In January, a 17-year-old girl was shot multiple times while sitting in a car just a block from where we stayed; the shooting took place at 1:30 in the afternoon. On Friday, I watched a man shoot up heroin 20 feet from me in the middle of the afternoon. Sufficed to say, things haven’t turned the corner in North Philly yet. But North Philly isn’t simply dangerous; it’s also as disadvantaged as they come. It’s no wonder that over 50 percent of the zip code’s individuals and families are living in poverty when just one third of residents in the area aged 20 to 55 have a job. Census data shows that 2.6 percent of the zip code’s population hold college degrees, well below the national average of 25 percent, and just 43 percent have high school diplomas. The median family income is $13,000, and your average North Philly house can be bought for

$6,000. Entire blocks are boarded up and condemned, streets are full of trash, and many storefronts are empty. So why spend a spring break there? It is difficult to find areas that feel more like the frontlines of a battle to save neighbor-

program. In addition, after-school visual arts and theater programs are offered for neighborhood kids, as are workshops in childhood lead poisoning prevention. Space is provided to neighborhood residents for meetings and support groups,

It is a fight between oppressive forces and inspirational ones, like the Philadelphia Village of the Arts and Humanities, a nonprofit organization started in 1986. “The Village,” as it is called, has turned 32 vacant, trash-filled lots into parks with grass, sculptures, and colorful mosaics and murals. A walk around North Philly now, particularly near the Village’s home on 10th and Cumberland, is like being in an artists’ community. hoods and improve lives. It is a fight between oppressive forces and inspirational ones, like the Philadelphia Village of the Arts and Humanities, a nonprofit organization started in 1986. “The Village,” as it is called, has turned 32 vacant, trash-filled lots into parks with grass, sculptures, and colorful mosaics and murals. A walk around North Philly now, particularly near the Village’s home on 10th and Cumberland, is like being in an artists’ community. A community garden is also prospering as a part of the Village’s environmental

such as Narcotics Anonymous. The Village is now doing long-term planning for self-induced and sustained economic development in North Philly to develop the neighborhood while preventing developments from out-pricing the current residents. This year, we cut concrete, jack-hammered and dug holes for 15 eight-foot-tall cherry trees, which we planted around Fotteral Square on Saturday. Just across the street from the high-rise Fairhill Housing Projects, Fotteral Square was no park until a neighborhood woman got a

$100,000 grant from the city to clean it up and install new playground equipment. Now it is busy every day with kids, and will be full of blossoms in a few weeks and green until winter comes. But volunteer labor won’t sustain The Village, nor will it help North Philly turn the corner. It takes, at first glance, money. The Village cut after-school programs and adult education plans because of federal budget cuts this year. Many other programs like it are suffering nationwide under a cold-hearted government, and we must start demanding change in our budgeting priorities. Yet more importantly, The Village and North Philly need dedication. The Village has about half the full-time employees it had two years ago. Dave, the environmental director, now spends much more time behind his desk handling administrative duties than he did two years ago. James “Big Man” Maxton, a Village fixture for 20 years and lead artist, passed away this February and simply cannot be replaced. Their positions certainly don’t pay well, and come with much stress and frustration; yet they are immensely rewarding as well. The Village’s shortage of skilled and educated labor begs the question, where are our priorities? How many of us are willing to sacrifice our own well-being or enrichment to concentrate the lives of others? This extends far beyond Philadelphia’s borders. It is easy to stand by, lamenting the pain and suffering of others; it is another to alleviate it. If ours does not stand with renewed vigor to demand equality of opportunity and justice, another generation will be lost. Rob Sand ‘05.5 is running high on idealism.

Survival skills for spring GUEST COLUMN BY SAMUEL COCHRAN As spring (thank God) fast approaches and your fellow students begin to venture at long last beyond their dorm rooms and apartments, you must quickly learn how not to say hello. The past dreary months of classes and drunken nights undoubtedly now burden you with an unmanageable volume of acquaintances, some of whom you welcome, many of whom you don’t: that boy who never called, that boy you never called, the girl who thinks you’re fabulous and can’t understand why you’re not best friends, the twins you can’t tell apart. For anyone who shares my tendency towards social anxiety, these people are simply best to avoid. Only now you can’t. Whereas winter, by imposing a collective hibernation, eliminated all awkward chance encounters, spring affords no such luxury. There is, after all, only one Main Green on which to frolic. So it becomes necessary, given the longer days and well-worn paths, to master the art of evasion. The goal is to maintain your composure. To simply ignore someone is not, in itself, a difficult task, and to be fair, certain people — the boy who never called — deserve the cold shoulder. Jerks notwithstanding, the challenge is to avoid the hello without making your efforts obvious, a difficult task to be sure. There are several familiar approaches. Many opt simply to run the other way:

cross the street, step into a store, do whatever it takes to skirt an uncomfortable interaction before it happens. Chance, however, does not always afford this luxury; take care not to dart conspicuously into an alley or, worse still, Zuzu’s Petals. In the event that time and proxim-

that important conversation with, for all anyone else knows, your ex-boyfriend, potential employer or dying relative. Masters of this art thus never venture beyond their borders without their phone cocked in its holster, ready at any given moment to hug it to their ear, ges-

Never before has a single invention provided such potent means to avoid an awkward exchange. No one can blame you for not offering a pleasant greeting if you are on the phone. ity do not allow a graceful change of course, look the other way. Stare at the ground. Stare into space. Stare anywhere but into the target’s eyes. The problem, of course, is that these are common tactics. Any experienced player would immediately recognize feigned distraction or the sudden aboutface. In the interest of keeping your edge, albeit not necessarily your dignity, it is necessary to adopt other measures. Thank god for the cell phone. Never before has a single invention provided such potent means to avoid an awkward exchange. No one can blame you for not offering a pleasant greeting if you are on the phone. It would be rude to interrupt

ticulate emphatically and engage enthusiastically with the imaginary party at the other end. Not all of us are endowed with the capacity to improvise convincingly. In the interest of credibility, it is best to prepare a repertoire of monologues to choose from during your expeditions across campus. Tell a friend your plans for the evening. Argue with mom and dad over NYU summer housing, the state of the union, whatever. Tell the maître d' your reservation will be for four at 8, nonsmoking please, and request a table by the window. If necessary, practice these routines in front of the mirror before taking them to the streets.

Certain topics may be less appropriate than others. I would reconsider chatting at length about your trust fund, your rash or your most recent misdemeanor. You are in public. Remember not only to vary among these conversations but also to carry them to their natural conclusions. Just because so-and-so is out of sight does not mean it’s OK to abruptly break character. Imagine your horror to discover, upon snapping shut your phone midsentence, a handsome someone within earshot now privy to your ploy. As much as you want to avoid a given person, you also do not want to let on to perfect strangers — potential friends and lovers — that you have been talking to yourself for the past block and a half. On any given sunny day, every other campus denizen walks immured in conversation, cell phone at ear, hands flailing in agreement and disagreement, voices raised in excitement, lowered in concern. As a master of the art of avoidance, are you to believe that all of them are engaged in actual conversation? On a campus of 5,500, how many people are talking to themselves? In the end it doesn’t really matter, so long as you don’t have to say hello. Samuel Cochran ’05 refuses to discuss his trust fund, his rash or his most recent misdemeanor.



After successful spring trip, baseball drops two in Princeton doubleheader BY STEPHEN COLELLI ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

The baseball team returned from a 4-2 spring break trip to the Carolinas full of confidence but was rudely welcomed back to campus yesterday by Princeton’s potent lineup, which hammered out 28 hits in two Brown defeats. It was a false homecoming for the Bears, who served as the visiting team after bad field conditions in New Jersey relocated the games to Providence. The losses dropped the Bears to 5-11, 0-2 in the Ivy League. After plating 39 runs over the course of their six-game road trip, the Bears were unable to muster any offense against Princeton starter Erik Stiller in the first game. Bruno starter Bryan Tews ’07 surrendered four runs on eight hits and took the loss. “It was a tough game,” Tews said. “I felt better than I had my previous outings, but they just found holes in the defense. It’s frustrating when they’re getting those types of hits because they’re more to do with the aluminum bats.” Game two started off the same as Brown fell behind in the first when the Tigers’ sluggers thrashed starter James Cramphin ’06 for three runs on five hits. Cramphin, however, dug in with the bases loaded, and struck out Princeton’s No. 9 hitter to end the rally.

Tired of watching Princeton do all the scoring, the Bears responded the following inning with their first three runs of the day. Eric Larson ’06.5 opened the inning by smoking a twohopper that went right through the third baseman’s legs. Danny Hughes ’06 promptly made the Tigers pay by ripping a double to left, later scoring on a wild pitch. Devin Thomas ’07 then drew a walk, stole second and scored on a single to center by Jeff Nichols ’05. The Bears trailed 5-4 in the sixth when Cramphin was lifted after surrendering a leadoff double. Ethan Burton ’06, making his second appearance of the day, quelled the threat by inducing a fly out and two K’s from the middle of Princeton’s order. Bruno rallied to take its first lead of the day in the top of the seventh as Thomas drew another walk and scored on a Nichols hit. Nichols then scored on a double by Paul Christian ’06 to give Brown a 6-5 lead. Princeton, however, tied it up in the bottom half of the inning, and then the game unraveled for the Bears in eighth. In the top half of the inning, Hughes was called for interference after being forced out at second base, leading to James Lowe ’05 being called out as well. Bruno’s momentum evaporated, and Princeton broke open the game in the bottom half of the inning,

Equestrian sends three to Zones after 2nd place finish BY ELIZA LANE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Competing in two shows over the course of a week, the members of Brown’s equestrian team sacrificed their spring breaks to the quest to win a team regional title and to obtain individual invitations to compete in the upcoming Zone Championships. Unfortunately, Brown’s score on Saturday, March 26 at Connecticut College was not high enough to surmount the point margin by which it trailed the University of Connecticut, leaving the Bears with a second-place finish in the region. The show wrapped up the regular season. “We had a tough morning. The judging wasn’t great and the horses we drew were not the most desirable. But, there’s more to it,” said co-captain Alexis Gilbard ’06. “I mean, we can — and almost always do — ride much better than we did Saturday. I think our finishes in the Novice, Intermediate and Open fence classes were the worst of our season.” “It was just a heart-break-

ing way to end the season,” she added. “At the end of the day, we just knew we weren’t going to win the show, and therefore, the region. … We just sort of accepted defeat. It wasn’t easy.” The second show over break was the Regional Championship competition. On April 2, qualified riders met at the University of Connecticut in hopes of gaining an invitation to the Zone Championships. To qualify for the Regionals, a rider had to accrue a given number of points during the season or have accumulated enough points to advance into a higher division. Twenty of Brown’s riders met these criteria. The Regionals were bittersweet for many, as they marked the abrupt end to an exciting and successful season. For a few, they were memorable and promising. And for first-year Whitney Keefe ’08, they were nothing but smiles. “It was an exciting day for me because it was my first big see EQUESTRIAN, page 8

Softball beats BU, but cannnot stop weather BY JUSTIN GOLDMAN SPORTS STAFF WRITER

Jimmy Lowe ’05 went 2-for-3 in Brown’s comeback win over Western Carolina on March 30. scoring six runs on seven hits and batting around. Herald Sports Staff Writer Shaun McNamara ’06 was charged with the loss. Hughes said the interference call was the turning point that sunk the Bears. “The kid was coming through late, and I had every right to see BASEBALL, page 7

After a week of tough games on the West Coast, the softball team returned to Providence for its home opener on Tuesday against Boston University. The Bears put their 1-5 record over spring break behind them, winning the first game and tying the second, which was called due to darkness. The tie leaves the Bears at 2-7-1 heading into the Ivy League season. The Terriers got out to a onerun first inning lead in the opening game, but Brown responded with three runs in the bottom of the second. The Terriers’ first pitcher, Melody Popravak, had a very difficult time finding the strike zone, throwing three wild pitches and hitting one batter in the second inning alone. The Bears capitalized on walks and aggressive base running to take a 3-1 lead after two. BU got one run in the top of the third, but that would be all the scoring for the Terriers. Bruno’s bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth, as Courtney Jenkins ’07 and Amy Baxter ’08 hit back-toback solo home runs to break the game open. After drawing a walk, Melissa Ota ’07 was driven in on an RBI single by co-captain Uchenna Omokaro ’05 later in the inning. Omokaro finished with a complete game, giving up only one earned run while striking out nine. “Uchenna is a tremendous leader, and she knows what she is capable of,” said Head Coach Pam McCreesh. “She knew she

did not have a good game in her last game, and she wanted to bounce back. In her four years, she has owned that mound.” In the second game of the day, the Bears and the Terriers tied 3-3 when the game was called after six innings due to darkness. Cocaptain Marissa Berkes ’05 was solid on the mound, allowing three runs on nine hits. “Marissa pitched … much better than the score indicates. She is a pitcher that uses the defense behind her, and we did not make all the plays we could have for her,” McCreesh said. BU got on the board first, but with the bases loaded and only one out, Berkes was able to get DeKenya Williams to ground into a double play that ended the threat. The Terriers tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth inning, but Bruno finally cracked the scoring column in the bottom see BASEBALL, page 8

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Co-captain Uchenna Omokaro ’05 struck out nine in a complete game win over BU yesterday.

Annals of Spring Training, pt. II: The long journey to paradise Editors’ Note: This is the second in a four-part series in which Charlie Vallely relives heading to baseball’s ultimate vacation desination: Spring Training. Perhaps my opening play-list was a little too ambitious. After launching the trip with The Standells’ “Dirty Water” — the only plausible beginning CHARLIE for a trip VALLELY C’EST LA V. with the Red Sox at its core — I proceeded to play “Jump” and “Panama” — two synth-heavy, arena-rock barnburners by Van Halen. Mike Yamartino ’06, who sat behind the wheel, looked over and grimaced slightly. “Already?” he asked. “Is it too early?” I responded. It was: We were 12 minutes into our trip to Florida and Spring Training, not even out of Boston, and I had shot almost all of my fireworks. While I knew that this trip would be grueling — that my 6’5” frame would not react well to being

wedged into a tight space for 24 hours — my playlist revealed that I really had no idea what I was in for. Or, rather, that I expected something out of the Blues Brothers — constant action, comedy and plot twists; run-ins with the law; sunglasses at night; and, of course, a larger-than-life soundtrack. Deep down, I thought we were embarking upon a non-stop thrill-ride. But hardly anyone even spoke before we got to Connecticut. We didn’t crack jokes or request songs or debate whether or not Dave McCarty would make the team. We sat still and quiet, as if preparing ourselves for battle. Things were so dull that I made a note when Herald Sports Staff Writer Matt Nicholson ’07 announced that he was opening a box of Chex Mix and a Diet Pepsi. Really. At that point in time, Chex Mix was noteworthy. But after Connecticut, team morale seemed to rise, if only a little, as the road provided us with some entertainment, and Mike began to show signs of going stircrazy. Somewhere around New

Jersey, he delivered his first of many non-sequitur one-liners: “Are we shaving our bodies? Has it come to that?” he asked. I wish I could provide context, but there just wasn’t any, other than his gradual unraveling as the odometer kept ticking and our radar detector — which saved us from a few speed traps — beeped sporadically. He proceeded to read aloud the health facts of a box of Reese’s Puffs, and insist that he would clean himself in a waterbubbler upon arriving in Fort Myers. To look into his eyes was to know that he was serious. After our first break, which see VALLELY, page 8 BROWN SPORTS SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, APRIL 5 BASEBALL: Princeton 4, Brown 0; Princeton 12, Brown 6 SOFTBALL: Brown 6, Boston University 2; Brown 3, Boston University 3 (Called in sixth due to darkness) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 BASEBALL: at Rhode Island (DH), Kingston

See page 9 for part 1 of The Herald’s Spring Sports Preview

Wednesday, April 6, 2005  

The April 6, 2005 issue of the Brown Daily Herald