T H U R S D A Y APRIL 21, 2005
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Volume CXL, No. 54 FOCUS ON: FINANCIAL AID Focus looks at the financial aid taboo on campus, international students’ packages and aid at other Ivies FOCUS 3
BITE-SIZE EDUCATION Kurt Moriber ’07.5: Some halflength classes should be offered to facilitate subject sampling O P I N I O N S 15
BIG RED GETS RAIN REPRIEVE Bruno baseball pounds Cornell, 16-5, in Ithaca; postponed second game keeps men in N.Y. S P O R T S 16
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U. reinstates fired BuDS worker with back pay
ARA protest draws response from students, but not administration BY CHRISTOPHER CHON STAFF WRITER
Holding signs that read “Apartheid South Africa fell; Israel is next” and “Palestine must be free; Israel equals white supremacy,” around 20 members and supporters of Anti-Racist Action protested outside University Hall Wednesday, demanding that the University disclose its entire investment portfolio and divest from the state of Israel. Protesters called for President Ruth Simmons to respond publicly to their demands. Meanwhile, several student groups set up a table on the other side of the Main Green to present their positions on the Israel-Palestine conflict. “Our objective today is to have Simmons publicly address the community for once about why Brown’s investment portfolio is kept a secret,” said Dara Bayer ’08, an ARA founder. “We want to draw attention (to) and expose these serious issues and problems.” Wednesday marked the second protest this semester sponsored by ARA, the Democratic Solidarity Committee and Brown Alumni for Divestment. During the first protest Feb. 11, the groups demanded that the University divest completely from the state of Israel, all Israeli corporations and any U.S. corporations doing business with Israel. Simmons subsequently followed the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility and Investing and rejected ARA’s demands for divestment in a private letter addressed to Bayer. Last week, ARA sent Simmons a letter demanding the University disclose its entire investment portfolio. After several speeches from ARA members and supporters on Wednesday, the protesters walked into University Hall to speak with
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concerns about a specific company, we can determine whether the University has a position in that company,” Chapman wrote. ARA planned the Wednesday protest to coincide with A Day on College Hill so the group’s concerns could be publicized to both current and future students, said ARA member Matthew Hamilton ’05. “The bottom line is, we believe authority should rest democratically and not solely with (Simmons),” Hamilton said. “We’re here to put pressure on her to let her know that we’re watching her and waiting for a public response.” Several students and passersby expressed confusion over ARA’s reasoning and logic. Peter McElroy, a prospective first-year who said he was “pretty decided” on coming to Brown in the fall, described the protest as “kind of amusing, actually. It seems like they just take a few buzzwords and slap them together: ‘Palestine,’ ‘white supremacy,’ whatever,” he said.
The University has rehired with back pay a Sharpe Refectory worker who was fired for not washing her hands after entering the bathroom — where she said she only adjusted her uniform and did not touch anything. Valdi Williams, who had worked as a “limited duration employee” at The Gate since 2000 before being hired under a union contract as a dishwasher at the Ratty, was fired March 7, her second day in the position. When Sam Holzman ’05, a friend of Williams from her time at The Gate, found her “in a state of shock” in the back of The Gate a few hours after she was fired, he brought her to the Human Resources Department so she could present her side of the story. After three meetings with Human Resources administrators and a public campaign by the Student Labor Alliance, the matter was referred to Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services David Greene by the director of Brown Dining Services. Greene told The Herald that he initiated a formal “problem resolution process,” looked into the facts of the case and ultimately rehired Williams at a meeting early Wednesday afternoon. At the meeting, attended by Greene, Williams, a union representative and five members of the SLA, Williams signed a letter providing that she would be rehired to her dishwashing position, starting work Sunday, according to Seth Leibson ’05, an SLA member at the meeting. “At the request of Valdi and the union
see PROTEST, page 13
see WILLIAMS, page 4
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Kevin Kliman ’06 (left) spoke with Matthew Hamilton ’05, a member of Anti-Racist Action, during their rally on the Main Green Wednesday. Simmons, but Marisa Quinn, assistant to the president, told them Simmons was not on campus and had not yet seen the letter. “Once again, there were no concrete statements,” Bayer said, “and (Quinn) didn’t offer any schedule of when Simmons would publicly respond.” In an e-mail to The Herald, Michael Chapman, vice president of public affairs and university relations, said investment portfolios are often not disclosed, not only at Brown but also at many other institutions and businesses. “Most management firms consider the portfolios they build to be a trade secret,” Chapman wrote. “To divulge those holdings is to reveal the strategies and analysis that is the managers’ stock in trade and maintains their competitive edge. In most cases, the University signs and adheres to a non-disclosure agreement.” “For the most part,” the University does not “purchase and hold securities directly,” Chapman said. Instead, it employs several managers and management firms with expertise in particular areas. “When the University community raises specific
BCA prepares for Spring Weekend BY SHAWN BAN STAFF WRITER
Chris Bennett / Herald
Supporters of the American Sign Language program spoke to students, gave out buttons and sold t-shirts on the Main Green Wednesday.
As the campus gears up for Spring Weekend shows tonight and Saturday, members of the Brown Concert Agency are seeing to day-of details ranging from setting up stages and dressing rooms to arranging a ride from the airport for performers. Elizabeth Sczudlo ’07, BCA hospitality chair, will oversee the setting up of the dressing rooms for the bands. Rooms in Meehan and Faunce House will be converted to dressing rooms on Thursday and Saturday. Citing confidentiality clauses in the contracts signed with the acts, Sczudlo declined to reveal details of the requests made by the bands, commonly known as “riders.” “It’s mostly just food and magazines. Some asked for alcohol and cigarettes, but we’re not allowed to provide that,” she said. While two or three BCA members are typically assigned to acts as “runners” to fill requests from the band, Howie Day is bringing his own runner.
Siegel said that overall the bands were “surprisingly reasonable in their requests.” According to Sczudlo, the acts will arrive at Brown through a variety of different means. Arrangements have been made to pick Howie Day up from T.F. Green Airport, while The Shins will arrive in a tour bus from a prior show in Toronto. The acts are expected to leave shortly after their sets. “Some choose to load out right after their set. Others might choose to stay around and sign autographs,” Sczudlo said. The Brunettes are scheduled to open tonight’s sold-out show at 8 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium, followed by Talib Kweli at 9 p.m. and The Shins at 10:15 p.m. On Saturday, Matt Nathanson opens at 12:30 p.m. on the Main Green, followed by Howie Day at 1:30 p.m. and Ben Folds at 3 p.m. Brown Concert Agency members have been meeting weekly with Director of Student Activities Ricky Gresh, fire marshals and Department of Public Safety staff see BCA, page 9
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THIS MORNING THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005 · PAGE 2 Final Curtain Eddie Ahn
WORLD IN BRIEF Ecuadoran Congress ousts president amid protests QUITO, Ecuador — Lawmakers voted to oust President Lucio Gutierrez Wednesday morning after a week of protests and appointed the vice president to replace him. But enraged mobs continued to take to the streets, burning government buildings and beating employees and politicians who tried to flee.
Majority opposition members of the 100-seat Congress stormed out of the legislative chamber and regrouped in an auditorium several miles away. They quickly voted 62 to 0 to overthrow the embattled president on grounds of abandoning his office. He had been widely accused of trying to control the judiciary.
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TO D AY ’ S E V E N TS SPRING WEEKEND CARNIVAL Noon (Lincoln Field) — The Special Events Committee sponsors the annual SW carnival. Includes free BBQ, ice cream, popcorn, rides, and giveaways. BIZARRE BAZAAR 3 p.m. (Main Green) — Sponsored by Alpha Delta Phi. Bid on such items as tickets to the Clinton lecture, a $300 gift basket from Miko’s, a night for two at Foxwoods and dinners with professors. Door prizes offered. All proceeds raised go to benefit Providence Summerbridge.
“TELLING LIVES : WRITING BIOGRAPHY” 6:30-8 p.m. (Salomon Center) — A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning biographer, will speak. The lecture will be preceeded by the English Department’s presentation of the 2005 excellence in creative nonfiction awards
TALIB KWELI AND THE SHINS 7 p.m. (Meehan Auditorium) — The Brown Concert Agency presents Spring Weekend’s Thursday night concert.
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MENU SHARPE REFECTORY LUNCH — Hot Turkey Sandwich with Sauce, Mashed Red Potatoes with Garlic, Sugar Snap Peas, Cantonese Casserole, Vegan Tofu Pups, Waffle Fries, Gingerbread with Whipped Cream, Sugar Cookies. DINNER — Braised Beef Tips, Baked Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Chives, Sunny Sprouts, Summer Squash, Sourdough Bread, Tapioca, Chocolate Sundae Cake.
VERNEY-WOOLLEY DINING HALL LUNCH — Vegetarian Mexican Bean Soup, Lobster Bisque, BBQ Beef Sandwich, Eggplant Parmesan Grinder, Cauliflower, Sugar Cookies. DINNER — Vegetarian Mexican Bean Soup, Lobster Bisque, Roast Turkey with Sauce, Vegan Roasted Vegetable Stew, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing,Whole Kernel Corn, Green Beans, Sourdough Bread, Chocolate Sundae Cake.
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Aid recipients earn student contribution in a variety of ways
BY SONIA SARAIYA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
FINANCIAL AID: BY THE NUMBERS
How do students pay for a Brown education? Workstudy and impending loan costs are a significant part of the college experience for many undergraduates — 45 percent of Brown students receive “some kind of financial aid,” according to Director of Financial Aid Michael Bartini. And within this wide segment of the community lies a diverse range of experiences. “I made almost as much as my mom this year,” said Aaron White ’08. “My family made significantly less in 2004 than it did in 2003,” he said, because his mother went back to school to earn a professional certification. “Last year I was paying all the bills.” White is on a financial aid package that provided him $44,727 this year — funds that include Brown grants and loans, a federal grant and an outside scholarship — out of a calculated yearly cost of $45,277, including travel expenses, health insurance, housing, meal plan and, of course, tuition. His family was expected to contribute nothing, while his own contribution of income from a summer job was $550. After the University saw that his mother was not receiving an income, his portion dropped to $360. “I got hooked up,” he said. Brown provided almost all of the money in a grant and loaned him $1,550 in the form of a Perkins loan — federal money administered by the University that has a capped interest rate. Students may also receive a federal Stafford loan, which has a variable interest rate that is “always less than 9 percent,” Bartini said. Perkins loans are administered first because they are generally more favorable, Bartini said, though Stafford loans currently have a lower interest rate of about 5 percent. Students are not expected to pay interest on these federal loans while they are in college. Instead, the government covers interest for four years. After graduation, interest payments begin. Usually payment takes up to 10 years, Bartini said, with a minimum monthly payment of $50. If a student has both Perkins and Stafford loans and cannot afford to make two minimum payments, they can choose to consolidate their loans, which will cost more over time, since the interest rate increases, but will allow them to make one smaller minimum payment per month. White is also on a work-study program, but as a firstyear, the University subsidizes his portion until sophomore year. “Depending on how much it is, I might be able to work off enough to pay off in one lump sum with
No U.S. passport? No need-blind admission at Brown
BY MARY-CATHERINE LADER SENIOR STAFF WRITER
my summer job,” he said. This summer, he will continue to work in the Giants gift shop at San Francisco’s PacBell Park for eight hours a day, five days a week. His hourly wage is $8.50, although he “might get a raise.” This summer, with plans to concentrate in environmental studies, he will also have an environmental internship. “I miss working a lot, since I’ve been working since eighth grade. This is the first time in five years where I haven’t worked — it’s hard not having an income,” White said. “I’m basically dependent on my outside scholarship” for books and travel, he added. White’s outside scholarship, based in San Francisco, helps average middle-class families, although White said he had a higher GPA and a lower income than the cutoff for the scholarship. Mary Kathryn Horning ’07 supports her time on
International students apply for financial aid just as U.S. students do. Their packages include loans, work-study requirements and grants, just like their American classmates’. But there is one big difference — foreign students are not admitted need-blind. The current policy deters international students from applying and creates an imbalanced international community in which many regions remain underrepresented, said Anya Rasulova ’08. The only graduate of her Tashkent, Uzbekistan high school to ever attend Brown, Rasulova received financial aid offers from 11 schools — some of which offered better packages than the University. Harvard, Princeton and Yale are among the few U.S colleges that offer need-blind admission to all students, regardless of their passports. Brown’s foreign financial aid capacity placed among the top 20 schools nationally in a recent College Board ranking, said Director of Financial Aid Michael Bartini. Currently, $3 million of the University’s total $45 million in aid supports roughly 100 international students — just over a quarter of Brown’s foreign population. However, Director of Foreign Student, Faculty and Staff Services John Eng-Wong questioned whether that statistic included Canadian students whose application for aid differs from that of other international students. “If it’s 100 (students on aid), I’d be surprised,” Eng-Wong said. “Should we give more money to international students? Absolutely,” Bartini said. Determining the full scope of foreign student support is difficult because some students may receive sponsorship from individuals, companies or government programs in their own country, Bartini said. Foreigners do not qualify for U.S. federal aid, and consequently all money lent, loaned or paid in salary to them comes from Brown — not government — resources. Existing student packages offered by the University are similar to those of American students, Bartini said. Regardless of changing economic or political situations in their home country, foreign students may not apply for aid after being admitted or enrolling at Brown. Eng-Wong estimated that at least one foreign student each year leaves the University because of changed financial circumstances. Occasionally these students can continue at Brown thanks to loans from classmates, “but
see AID, page 10
see FOREIGN AID, page 9
percentage of Brown students on financial aid
Princeton’s endowment (2001)
federal work-study requirement, in dollars
Brown’s rank in endowment size among Ivies (of 8)
cost of a Brown education, in dollars, 20042005
Harvard’s endowment (2004)
7 Brown’s 2004 U.S. News & World Report rank for “best deal” among Ivies
Brown’s 2004 U.S. News & World Report rank for “best deal” among national Universities
Brown financial aid package average among Ivies, Bartini says BY JONATHAN HERMAN SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Brown’s financial aid program “is probably in the middle among the Ivy League,” according to Michael Bartini, director of financial aid. Brown and all other Ivy League institutions offer need-blind admission to all domestic incoming first-years and promise to fulfill 100 percent of their need. However, the methods these universities use to calculate need vary from college to college and are unavailable to the public. “It’s not a cookie-cutter approach. We’re all using (different strategies) to determine need. But we may have a little different policy than Harvard has or Columbia has,” Bartini told The Herald. Brown instituted need-blind admission for the Class of 2007 for domestic undergraduate students, Bartini said. With need-blind admission, the University accepts students regardless of their ability to pay the $39,808 that a Brown education cost in the 2004-2005 academic year. Annie Cappuccino, senior associate director of admission, said the University has seen a significant and positive difference in applicants since the University went to need-blind from need-aware. “I think the nice thing is that we have a
financial aid program that continues to get better. We are not even finished administering need-blind,” Bartini said. One area in which Brown’s financial aid package is more accommodating than other universities’ plans is its first-year “no-work policy” established three years ago. Unlike other institutions, Brown does not require first-year students to contribute work-study money and instead provides an additional grant, Bartini said. Princeton students on financial aid are required to work nine hours a week, according to Princeton’s Web site. Harvard students are expected to work 12 hours a week during the semester to fulfill the student contribution and contribute approximately $200 a week during the summer, according to Harvard’s Web site. Having the smallest endowment of all Ivy League universities — about $1.65 billion — limits the size of Brown’s financial aid packages. Brown students continue to graduate with debt, but students at other Ivy League institutions may graduate debt-free. Sixty percent of the average financial aid package Brown awards is made up of grants and 40 percent is composed of loans and work, Bartini said. “We assess through our policy proce-
dure what a family is going to be able to pay. We will meet that with financial aid,” he said. The University announced last summer that Sidney Frank ’42, the billionaire liquor distributor and Brown dropout, donated $100 million to support the neediest of Brown students. The donation will create approximately 32 four-year scholarships per year, starting with the Class of 2009. The recipients will not accumulate any loans from their undergraduate education. “On average, students (on financial aid) graduate $15,000 in debt, but a student who gets an outside scholarship can conceivably graduate debt-free,” Bartini told The Herald. Other institutions, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton, have instituted programs to eliminate the need for loans to pay for college. With an endowment of $22.6 billion in 2004, Harvard eliminated the contribution expected from families who make less than $40,000 and reduced the family contribution for students whose families earn $40,000 to $80,000, according to the Harvard Crimson. With the largest endowment of any private university in the world, “almost 20% of the families receiving need-based schol-
arship assistance from Harvard have incomes above $130,000,” according to Harvard’s Web site. Princeton had an endowment of $8.2 billion in 2001, according to its Web site. The school has replaced the student loan portion of its financial aid packages with grants as part of an effort in 2001 to eliminate student debt, said Don Betterton, director of undergraduate financial aid at Princeton. “Loans are minuscule. We don’t give loans as part of our financial aid,” Betterton said. Financial aid is “well over 90 percent grants (and) could be as high as 95 (percent),” he added. “I think we wanted to be able to say that Princeton is affordable for any student,” Betterton said. “Without the loans, Princeton (is) a better choice (than before), and Princeton would cost the same as their local public institution.” Earlier this year, Yale announced a new policy to begin in the 2005-06 academic year that will eliminate the family contribution for students whose families have incomes of less than $45,000. “The motivation of the changes is to ensure that Yale remains accessible and affordable to students of limited or modest means,” said Tom Conroy, deputy director of public affairs at Yale.
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Williams continued from page 1 representative, David Greene handwrote another clause that (provided) she would be paid for time missed,” Leibson said. Greene would not comment on the details of the matter “to be able to protect the privacy of the employee.” Williams, reached at her home in Pawtucket Wednesday night, told The Herald that the firing took her by surprise. She said that she had gone to the bathroom the morning of March 7 only to adjust her pants because they were too tight, and that she did not touch anything in the bathroom. Williams acknowledged that she went into a stall and closed the door, but she said
she did not think anyone else had been in the bathroom. Later, she said, one of her supervisors informed her that she had to wash her hands whenever she was in the bathroom and brought her to the bathroom to demonstrate proper hand-washing technique. Williams said she was told later that day to see a supervisor and was handed her papers. The director and two associate directors of BuDS were not available for comment Wednesday. Williams said she was pleased with the University’s response to her firing, saying she expected “no more problems” when she comes back to work Sunday. She also expressed gratitude for the students who helped her. In the weeks Williams was not employed by Brown, she worked at a part-time cleaning job for about three hours a day, she said. As a “limited duration employee” at The Gate — a temporary worker whom the University does not have to pay its minimum wage of $10 per hour — Williams said she had worked from 20 to 35 hours a week at an $8 per hour wage. Her dishwashing job at the Ratty was for 30 hours a week at a pay rate of $11.57 per hour, she said. If she is paid at that rate for back pay since March 7, she will receive a check for approximately $2,400 from the University. The route to Williams’ reemployment was lengthy and complicated. The day she was fired, Holzman accompanied Williams to Human Resources, where she gave an HR staff member “the brief rundown of what happened,” Holzman said. However, Williams, who immigrated to the United States from Cape Verde in 1989, speaks her native Portuguese better than English, and no interpreter was present. At a mid-March meeting with Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Roberta Gordon, a Cape Verdean friend of Williams acted as interpreter. Finally, at a third meeting, Gordon “ended up saying that because Valdi was a probationary employee, the University could fire her (legally) at will,” Leibson said. That is, since Williams had only recently become a member of the union, she did yet qualify for all the protections of the union contract.
Leibson said he replied that “the issue is not legal, it’s ethical. ... This firing was unjust.” After Gordon recommended at the third meeting that Williams meet with Gretchen Willis, director of BuDS, Leibson talked to Willis in early April. However, Willis refused to meet except oneon-one with Williams, Leibson said. At that point, a guest column by Leibson about the matter was published in The Herald (“Students should oppose unreasonable firing of BuDS worker,” April 13), and the SLA coordinated a mass e-mailing of students, parents and alums to Willis and President Ruth Simmons. Leibson said at least 400 of the e-mails were sent that said that the firing was unjust and “that it’s unjust ... to keep employees as limited duration when they’re working full time for multiple years.” On Friday, Williams and Leibson met with Greene and “we had this sort of funky interpretation going ... sometimes her speaking in English, sometimes Spanish — sometimes understanding him, sometimes not,” Leibson said. Greene, the University official who oversees BuDS, told them he had begun the “problem resolution process.” Later that night, Williams and 10 members of the SLA attended a Brown University Community Council meeting and several SLA members spoke about Williams’ firing. Leibson told The Herald the SLA hopes “this is the beginning of a broader discussion about limited duration employees first of all — but second of all about the treatment of workers at Brown University.” Greene said the Human Resources Advisory Board “is going to take a look at” the issue of limited duration employees this week. He said the issue should be examined to make “sure that our policies and practices fit with the overall values of the University.” He also noted that limited duration employees “can include a number of groups of people,” including high school students who work at the Ratty and Johnson and Wales University students working at Josiah’s. Greene said “it totally depends on the outcome of (the HRAB) discussions … but it could lead to potential policy changes.”
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In Yale-New Haven payment deal, school’s students are worth $250 each BY STEWART DEARING STAFF WRITER
There are some things money can’t buy. But, as it turns out, a Yale University student isn’t one of them. In fact, a Yalie is worth $250, according to an agreement between Yale and the city of New Haven announced April 12. The agreement determined that Yale would voluntarily contribute a total of $470 million to the city government over the next 50 years. Like other non-profit educational organizations, Yale is exempt from taxes because it provides a public good. Some universities, however, have recently begun to donate money to local governments in support of services the institutions use, such as fire and police protection. Yale began making payments in lieu of taxes to New Haven in 1991, mostly based on the cost of fire services for the university. The university gave $2.3 million last year in accordance with a previous agreement. With the new agreement, which was negotiated over the past year and accounts for inflation, Yale will pay New Haven $250 per student and per fulltime employee. Its donation is expected to be $4.18 million in 2006 under the new terms. This new payment represents an 80 percent increase on Yale’s previous contributions and is “the largest contribution made by any college or university to any municipality in the nation,” according to a press release issued by the Public Information
Office of the City of New Haven last Tuesday. Yale and New Haven’s settlement is also the first agreement in Connecticut that is based on assigning a numerical value to each of the university’s students and staff members. Richard Levin, Yale’s president, was very optimistic about the agreement and linked Yale’s success as a university with New Haven’s improvement over the last few years. “New Haven’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and study has been increasing, and that trend has added to Yale’s own progress and success,” he said in the press release. “The growth of Yale’s voluntary contribution is inspired by the many worthwhile changes of the past dozen years and a desire to add to the positive momentum that has been created.” Brown reached its own donation agreement with Providence in Spring 2003, in cooperation with the Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson and Wales University and Providence College. In sum, all four universities agreed to give the city a total of $50 million over the next 20 years. Brown will give a little over $1 million per year, with adjustments for inflation, according to Richard Spies, executive vice president for planning and senior advisor to the president. Before this new agreement, Brown had contributed to Providence via an organization called the Health and Education Leadership for Providence, which was established in 1994.
Brown’s $620,000 that had traditionally gone to HELP now goes toward the larger payment stipulated in the 2003 agreement. The University will pay the new donation in two parts: a pre-determined annual payment based on its budget and an amount based on the property taxes of newly acquired land. Land bought by the University and used for educational purposes becomes tax-exempt. Under the University’s agreement with Providence, it will pay an amount equal to the assessed property tax of the new land for the first five years of ownership, two-thirds of the amount for the next five years and one-third of the amount for a final five years. When the University acquires property, it hopes to lessen the city’s loss in tax revenue by making these donations, Spies said. “It should be a good thing when colleges expand. We don’t want the city to feel that Brown’s growth hinders its finances,” Spies said. Brown will also pay a certain amount over the next four years for properties that were acquired during or slightly before the new deal was struck, like the buildings at 70 Ship Street and 10 Park Lane, Spies said. While Brown did consider choosing its annual donation amount based on the number of students enrolled, as Yale did, the University did not find it to be an appropriate measure and no dollar value was assigned to a Brown student, Spies said. “The Brown student is priceless,” he said.
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Mark Cho / Herald
The Brown Band and ADOCH coordinators led future Brunonians to the Student Activities Fair at the OMAC Wednesday afternoon.
Kori Schulman / Herald
Brad Portnoy (left) from Bloomfield,Mich.,attended the Academic Department Fair as part of ADOCH activities on Wednesday.Portnoy says he is thinking about concentrating in political science or public policy.
UCS/UFB ELECTION RESULTS Vote totals for contested Undergraduate Council of Students and Undergraduate Finance Board elections: UCS President Brian Bidadi ’06 861 Ben Creo ’07 688
UFB Representatives (from field of 11) Dobbs Hogoboom ’08 Phil Wood ’07 Danielle Hamilton ’07 Katherine Cummings ’06 Thomas Kim ’08
UFB Chair Swathi Bojedla ’07 Richard Soto ’06
Voter turnout by class First-years Sophomores Juniors Seniors
Campus Life Committee Chair Deanna Chaukos ’08 804 Halley Wuertz ’08 475 Admission and Student Services Committee Chair Zac Townsend ’08 736 Anya Rasulova ’08 646
571 554 538 536 440
620 596 404 262
Election officials did not tabulate vote totals for specific write-in candidates.No write-in candidate secured the required 5 percent to be eligible for uncontested positions. Source:UCS Elections Board
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BCA continued from page 1 to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the days of the concerts. “Things are absolutely going according to plan,” said Randi Siegel ’05, BCA chair. The stage crew is expected to
Foreign aid continued from page 3 there are other cases where the outcomes are not as happy,” EngWong said. Whether otherwise qualified foreigners are rejected on account of their financial standing is unclear, but the University aims to make its policy as fair as possible. Bartini said that although the international community is probably less economically diverse than the rest of the student population, foreign students do not differ in merit. “Brown admits the best students regardless of their point of origin,” he said. Students are deemed qualified by the Office of Admission and then evaluated by Bartini’s office on the basis of their country’s cost of living, family income and their currency’s exchange rate to the U.S. dollar. The evaluation process “is not a perfect science” because
begin building the stage and setting up lights and sound equipment in Meehan Auditorium at 7 a.m. The bands are scheduled to arrive in the early afternoon and will perform sound checks until doors open at 7 p.m. The stage crew will begin building the stage for the Saturday show on the Main Green on Friday, Siegel said. The bands
are scheduled to arrive at 8 a.m. and will perform sound checks until the gates open at noon. Siegel noted that the Saturday concert will begin earlier this year, as the date coincides with Passover. “The show traditionally starts at 1 p.m., but we begin and end earlier so that students observing the Passover can travel,” she said.
it requires comparison across so many countries, Bartini said. “If they need money, we either fund them or don’t admit them,” Bartini said. “It’s a difficult problem, and there’s no right answer. The right answer is need-blind for all students.” Calculating the necessary funds to implement needblind admission for foreign students depends on the number of applicants and other variable factors, but Bartini estimates it lies between $4 and $7 million. Rasulova pushed for needblind foreign admission as an Undergraduate Council of Students representative, but said she soon realized Brown currently lacks the resources to amend the policy. Bartini said increasing financial aid for all students, including transfers and Resumed Undergraduate Education students, remains a University priority, but foreign students may or may not be the group most in need of aid when funding is allocated.
“The pot is not endless, and hard decisions need to be made every year,” Bartini said. Serena Oppenheim ’05, a British citizen, said she hopes her efforts as co-president of the BRIO Scholarship Fund will add to the pot of funding available to foreign students. Founded in 1996, the student organization raises money for scholarships specifically for foreigners. Several named or endowed scholarships exist for foreign students, Bartini said, but those funds typically contribute to the general resource pool for foreign aid. BRIO Scholarship Fund currently supports one student in each class year, but Oppenheim and the rest of the fund’s board aim to increase its capacity with an upcoming fundraising drive. “We hope that increasing financial aid for internationals will encourage students who might not otherwise apply to Brown,” Oppenheim said. “More scholarships should open up the University to greater diversity.”
Softball continued from page 16 Frank, who had to make a diving catch on the play. With Frank still on the ground and her back facing the infield, Wirkowski tried to dart home, only to be thrown out on an impressive play from the Fairfield infielder. “In that situation it was aggressive baserunning and I thought it was a smart play,” Jenkins said. “It took an incredible play to get her out and the girl made an incredible play.” “I’ll never question hustle or aggressiveness,” McCreesh said. “I thought it was a smart move. The first baseman was on the ground in the opposite direction, and (Wirkowski is) one of the best baserunners we have.” Omokaro grounded out to end the inning, and the Bears went 1-2-3 in the final inning to give the Stags a 2-1 win. Omokaro took the loss, going the distance while allowing seven hits and two walks and striking out five. Game two was another lowscoring affair as Marissa Berkes ’05 and Fairfield’s Tara Hansen were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first five innings. Just as in game one, Brown broke through in the sixth inning. Meghan Andrews ’08 pinch-ran for Jenkins after she led off with a single. After advancing to third on a sacrifice fly from Baxter,
Andrews scored on Melissa Ota’s ’07 two-out single down the left field line. “Ota’s been hitting the ball hard for quite some time, and it was good to finally see her find a hole,” McCreesh said. “She battled and I’m glad she got it done.” A two-run double from Jenkins in the seventh would provide the final 3-0 margin. Berkes was brilliant in her complete game, allowing only three singles in her fourth win of the season. “She’s been a rock and she’s been solid for us all year. She’s probably the gutsiest kid we have on the team,” McCreesh said of Berkes. “I think it’s time for her to get her due now. The team wouldn’t be where it is without her.” All five of Brown’s runs on the day were scored in the sixth inning and beyond, part of a trend of late-inning heroics that extends back to last season. “Especially last year and this year we’ve been a late-inning team,” Jenkins said. “I think it’s a goal of ours to get out to a lead early.” Brown returns home for a match-up this afternoon with the University of Connecticut. After a 3-3 stretch over the last six games, the Bears want nothing more than to finish the season with a flourish. “We just need to keep focused and keep momentum going early and keep it going through the next games,” Jenkins said. “We just need a sense of urgency going into the home stretch of our season.”
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Baseball continued from page 16 ning, having taken the Rolfe division title two of the past three years, defeating Bruno in a onegame playoff for the title in 2002. This season has been more of the same as the Crimson has cruised through league play, posting a 1710 overall mark, 10-2 in the Ivy League. In what should be an intrigu-
Aid continued from page 3 College Hill with work-study, three jobs and a loan to cover her portion. Horning’s aid is about $25,000 in grant money and $5,500 in both Stafford and Perkins loans. Her family portion comes to about $9,000, $2,250 of which she pays off in work-study. This year, Horning makes $1,250 as a Women’s Peer Counselor, $1,400 as a teaching assistant in a German class and between $700 and $800 a semester as an employee of the Blue Room, she said. Two of her jobs each require at least a 10-hour commitment per week. In order to cover the rest of her family’s share, Horning’s mother has taken out a PLUS loan, another government loan that parents can take out on behalf of their children, she said. Her mother works as a nurse while her father sells car parts, although he declared bankruptcy five years ago. “It’s kind of rough, trying to fit everything together, It can be stressful, but it’s also what I have to do in order to be here, so I just do it,” she said. This summer she will work as a residential counselor for Brown’s summer program. Next year she plans to work as a counseling coordinator and hopes to continue to work as a German TA. “It’s taken me a while to find a good balance, and I think maybe I still haven’t found the perfect balance,” she said. “Last year when I didn’t have to work, I could just do my studying whenever I had to,” she said. This year, however, she’s “really tired at the end of the day when I need to sit down to do a paper.” “My grades did go down last semester. I can’t say that’s directly a result of having had to work, but it definitely played a role.” In addition to classes and work, Horning tries to find time for extracurricular activities as well — she was a cast member in “The Vagina Monologues” and volunteers as a tour guide. “I still manage to do things, not as much as maybe I would do if I didn’t have this other stuff going on.” Horning said she hopes that in the future, counselors will be paid the full federal work-study requirement — $2,250 per year — so that counselors on aid will not have to work multiple jobs to pay their expenses. “We are not fairly compensated,” she said. There may be a pay raise next year, she said, although it hasn’t been confirmed. “I wish there was a better way to get all this stuff paid for. There are plenty of people here who will never have to work a day in their four years here …
ing test of the timeless baseball adage that sound pitching beats good hitting, the Ivies’ most potent lineup will attempt to crack the league’s best pitching staff when Bruno’s batters step in to face Harvard’s array of arms. The Crimson’s staff has allowed a league-low 104 earned runs this season. That stands in contrast to the Bears, who lead the league with 201 runs allowed. First pitch in Brown baseball’s biggest series of the year is set for noon on Saturday.
sometimes I feel we’re on unequal footing, but I think Brown’s doing the best it can, all things considered,” she said. In addition to her jobs and the loans she already has, next year she will have to consider more loans as her parents will no longer be eligible to take out PLUS or private loans. She said she hopes an organization like the Sallie Mae Foundation will be able to help her out. Also, she intends to go to graduate school and will need to take out loans to pay for her further education. “I’m definitely worried about paying off loans eventually. … I’m worried my first apartment is going to be a one room shack in God-knows-where, but it’s the price I’ve chosen to pay to be where I want to be,” Horning said. “It’s worth it. It’s going to be hard for a long time, but it’s worth it.” Olga Maymeskul ’08, on the other hand, can’t get federal financial aid at all. She has an H4 visa, which means she is classified as a dependent of someone with an H-1 visa. An H-1 visa holder is permitted to work in the United States. Because she is not an U.S. citizen, she is also not eligible for most private scholarships in this country. The University responded to her need by providing her with international student loans. Her father’s income as a professor for Georgia Southern Univesity covers her family contribution at present. “It’s a Russian thing, your parents pay for school and you take care of them when you grow up,” she said. However, next year she’ll be on work-study and will contribute to the cost of her own education. White and Horning said other schools they had applied to offered them more aid, but they chose Brown for other reasons. White said, “If (Brown) had offered me less, I would have been more inclined to go to another school,” while Horning “didn’t want to go to school in Virginia,” her home state. Both Maymeskul and White said they felt that the University had been accommodating to their unique needs. While Brown ranked among Princeton Review’s bottom 20 schools for satisfaction with financial aid last year, the addition of the Sidney Frank Scholars in the class of 2009 signifies an improving financial aid policy for incoming students at Brown. Horning views not only her academic but also her financial aid experience as educational. “I look at my time here a little bit differently than other people do,” she said. “I … really value my education, I know how much it’s costing me and my family, and I wouldn’t very well have been able to come here if things had been different.”
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Tennis continued from page 16 Although Shamasdin and Goldberg both ended up in Providence, their road to the Renaissance City could not have been more different. Goldberg, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., was drawn to the Ivies, deciding between Yale and Brown, ultimately settling on Brown due to its mix of excellent academics and a laid-back atmosphere. Shamasdin, from Pickering, Ontario, had no intention of pursuing an Ivy education, and it was only a form filled out on a whim that brought him here. “I just filled out the recruiting sheet,” Shamasdin said. “I was looking at (the University of the) Pacific and (the University of ) Kansas, and I got offers from both. But then, (then-Assistant Coach) Matt Halfpenny came up to Nationals and said they thought they could improve me. They had faith in me and believed me.” Halfpenny and then-Head Coach Jon Choboy’s recruiting pitch sold Shamasdin, who was especially impressed with the close-knit atmosphere of the team. “It was very family-like, very supportive of what I wanted to do,” Shamasdin said. Shamasdin’s and Goldberg’s first year at Brown was arguably the most successful in team history, capped off by a stunning defeat of Harvard to win the Ivy title. It was Shamasdin who delivered the winning point for Brown in an acrobatic feat that Goldberg refers to as “the shot heard ’round the Ivies.” After being down a break at 4-3 to Harvard senior Will Lee, Shamasdin battled back to take the lead at 5-4. With the teams knotted at 3-3, Shamasdin came to within one point of securing the clinching fourth victory. “He hit an approach and got as close to the net as I have ever seen without touching it,” Goldberg said. “Lee hits a passing shot, everyone knew that it was out of Adil’s reach, he stretches out with a forehand volley, and angles it right past him.” The title would not have been within Bruno’s reach, however, had it not been for Goldberg’s earlier victory for a crucial point over Harvard’s Oliver Choo. While the victory was a huge boon to the men’s tennis program, the pressure of living up to his first year often plagued Shamasdin during his follow-up campaign. “I felt like my sophomore year, in terms of academics and tennis, was a slump,” he said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself, but felt I could play a lot better. I had a decent amount of wins, but matches I really wanted to win I ended up losing.” To complicate matters further, Choboy and Halfpenny left Brown in the offseason to take matching positions at North Carolina State University. Harris’ more relaxed coaching style was a complete about face from the in-your-face Choboy. “(The coaches’ departure) also had a lot do with my sophomore slump,” Shamasdin said. “One of the main reasons why I came here was for them. When they left, part of me left. I wasn’t happy to play with (Harris). I was being selfish and stubborn.” Goldberg also had a tough time coping with Choboy’s departure,
but in many ways he felt Harris’ style was a better fit. “I was working for Coach Choboy and he brought me the news in person,” Goldberg said. “Coach Harris and Choboy are polar opposites. Choboy would get in your face all day and ride you; Harris is laid back, encourages self-motivation. That style worked a little better for me — my game started to come out a little bit.” Shamasdin and Harris eventually worked out the bumps, as he and Goldberg reached the finals of the Omni Hotels Regional Doubles Championship that season. The duo at one point was ranked as high as 26th in the country. “If you convert (our doubles) to volleyball, I would be the setter and he would be the hitter,” Goldberg said. “He can put balls away from anywhere and I get him as many looks at the net as possible.” Despite the strong doubles finish, Shamasdin’s general disappointment with his sophomore season led him to move away from tennis over the offseason. “I regrouped myself, didn’t touch a racket over the summer,” he said. “It allowed my body to rest and my mind to rest and stay away from tennis.” Instead of hitting the courts, Shamasdin headed to Boston, where he worked at a program called Tenacity, teaching tennis to inner-city children. The time away helped — Shamasdin had arguably his most successful season the following year, making it to the round of 16 of the NCAA doubles tournament with Jamie Cerretani ’04, with whom he was ranked as high as seventh in the country, before falling to the No. 2 team from the University of Georgia. Shamasdin’s performance in both singles and doubles earned him a Second Team All-Ivy selection, while the team went 20-6 and finished second in the league at 6-1. Goldberg also had a successful year. After developing a better allaround game in his sophomore season, he took a firm hold of the no. 2 singles spot, picking up 29 wins in singles and 25 in doubles. “He got a lot stronger. His serve got bigger,” Harris said. “A lot of coaches around the country have said how much he improved. We vote every year on most improved, and Nick has gotten it each of the last two years.” Coming into the 2004-2005 season, the lone rising seniors knew they would have to step up as leaders for what would be a young team and make up for the loss of three players to graduation. “We had lost three guys, all playing (in the) doubles lineup,” Goldberg said. “It was a big unknown. The year before, we had come in knowing we had a solid core coming back, but this year there were a lot of guys fighting for spots.” “We knew other teams lost a lot as well,” added Shamasdin. “We weren’t down on ourselves.” The leadership of Shamasdin and Goldberg erased any doubts of a down season, and they helped bring each other’s game to a new
level at the same time. “Nick is a guy that is always emotionally stable, keeps things in control, very motivated. He rarely has a bad practice, and if other guys are, he gets on them,” Harris said. “Adil is more of an emotional person. When they are high and positive it’s crazy to be around them, like they are sending out electric shocks.” The duo has truly come through for Brown, pushing the Bears to a 20-5 overall record and a No. 38 ranking. “On the court, they are the fiercest competitors in the Ivy League,” said teammate Phil Charm ’06, who played doubles with Shamasdin for most of the season. “Adil is a little more quiet, but there is a fire burning in him. He is able to flick a switch and get everyone, including himself, fired up.” While Shamasdin tends to lead by example, Goldberg is more of a vocal presence, said teammate Richard Moss ’06. “Nick has much more of a commanding feel,” Moss said. “Nick is the brain box of the team. It has been fantastic to look up to the way he manages academics and athletics. He is a remarkable student and just as good a tennis player.” Off the court, though, the roles are reversed. Goldberg spends his time involved in activities such as the Lecture Board, while Shamasdin is more likely to be found spinning at his turntables. “Nick is the definition of the student-athlete at Brown,” Charm said. “Adil is much more alternative. He focuses on music and DJ’ing.” Shamasdin, a psychology concentrator, is contemplating a career in music or video production, but for the immediate future is hoping to return to Toronto in preparation for joining a pro tennis tour. Goldberg, who is concentrating in political science, plans on working on a congressional campaign this summer with the intention of applying to law school at a later date. With three matches left in the regular season, both Goldberg and Shamasdin are close to cementing themselves at the top of Brown’s all-time career wins records. Shamasdin is currently third in career singles wins with 98, with Goldberg just behind him at 93. The same is true for career doubles victories, where Shamasdin is second all-time with 111 and Goldberg is third with 96. With four more victories combined, Shamasdin will surpass former doubles partner Cerretani for the most total career victories. But for the time being, the accolades can wait. The Bears are on a mission for a championship, and Goldberg and Shamasdin, now back together playing first doubles, know that they have a special role to play as the only members remaining from 2002’s Ivy Championship team. “We are the only ones left that know what it takes to win a title,” Goldberg said. “We are trying to finish off our careers the way it started.”
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W. lax continued from page 16 minutes, letting up six straight goals — including two for Taylor and three for Sargent — to extend the lead to 10-1 with 8:19 elapsed in the second half. “Yale came out with the edge in the second half,” Southard said. “They wanted it more and took it from us. We allowed them to mow us over.” The Bears finally got the big play they needed at the 10:11 mark when Staley put in her second goal of the game off a free position shot. The score energized Brown, which noticeably picked up the hustle and the defense, creating more offensive opportunities. “Whenever Kate makes a big play off a free position shot, we know we need to take advantage of the opportunity,” Sullivan said.
Protest continued from page 1 Kevin Kliman ’06 asked an ARA member if he was “thinking about moving to Palestine. You don’t seem to like America all that much,” he added. There were also a few students in support of ARA’s efforts. Christopher Owens ’07 came with concerns over what he perceived as a lack of transparency and accountability within the administration. “I’m here to show my support for people who are really trying to do something other than just throw around rhetoric back and forth,” Owens said. “I can’t even begin to speculate why Ruth (Simmons) does some of the things she does, and we’re here today to hold her accountable for her actions.” While ARA protested near University Hall, several student groups countered ARA by organizing a table on the other side of the Main Green. The groups — Tikkun, Brown Students for Israel, Friends of Israel and Common Ground — answered questions and discussed their individual opinions with students and passersby. A banner in front of the table read, “Constructive Dialogue Productive Activism.” Jeffrey Yoskowitz ’07, who organized the table, said that although the four groups clearly diverge in their opinions regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict, they are united in their opposition to ARA. “We do look at that group as radical and on the fringe, and we don’t want to legitimize them,” Yoskowitz said. “At the same time, we want to show the pre-frosh who have come to campus that Brown is an open and intellectual environment, unlike what ARA and their polarizing, propagandist techniques suggest.” McElroy said he appreciated the table’s calmer, more “rational approach to this situation.” “Just symbolically, you can see how both groups present themselves,” the prospective student said. “(The groups behind the table) are sitting down and explaining their opinions. (ARA) is being aggressive and shouting in microphones.” After the protest, Hamilton, Matthew Quest GS and other ARA members challenged the four
“We needed to help the offense go on a run by holding the Yale offense and not letting them score.” The increased effort started paying off as Biros capitalized off a pass from Justine Lupo ’08, cutting the deficit to 10-3 with 18:09 left. By then, however, the Bulldogs looked fresher, trading goals with Brown to bring the game to 11-4, then rattling off three straight, including a goal swept in off the ground by first-year Katherine Peetz, to take their biggest lead of the game at 14-4 with just over five minutes left to play. Brown added two goals by Staley and Sarah Passano ’05. Passano had Bruno’s final tally, a nice score which it paled in comparison to her behind-the-back shot in the first half that was called back because a midfielder was offsides. The second half was much closer offensively, with the Bears taking 14 shots to Yale’s 20. Brown led in
groups to a public debate. Though he said he was somewhat intrigued, Yoskowitz was not completely sold on the idea. “Many of the groups here feel that it would be impossible to have an open, intellectual conversation or debate with ARA,” Yoskowitz said. But some ARA members and representatives of the four groups exchanged e-mail addresses with hopes of arranging some sort of public debate or forum in the future.
both draw controls and ground balls by 10-6 and 12-10 margins, respectively. More importantly, the Bulldogs had 13 fouls to Brown’s 12. Despite the setback, the Bears are ready to move on and prepare for Saturday’s game against the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s in the past, the game is over,” Southard said. “We are looking forward to playing Penn on Saturday.”
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005 · PAGE 14 S T A F F
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Diamonds and coal A cubic zirconium to tonight’s sold-out Spring Weekend show. It’s exciting that BCA put together a lineup so appealing to notoriously hard-to-please Brownies. But the masses that snapped up tickets have shattered every vestige of our illusion that our music tastes are hip or indie. A hazy diamond to April 20. But it’s a shame our haze was induced by sleep deprivation and allergy meds. Coal to false press releases. We thought R.I. Secretary of State Matt Brown’s press release condemning U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee ’75 for his vote to support John Bolton’s nomination to U.N. ambassador was great — until we found out the vote hasn’t even happened. If your strategy to unseat an incumbent is to fabricate news, at least make something up that isn’t so easy to fact check. A colossal coal to Naragansett Electric for ousting us from our office for the third time in as many months. But a diamond to the civilians in CIT 265 who tolerated our noisy takeover into (and out of ) the wee hours. A diamond to outfielder Matt Kutler ’05 for breaking Brown baseball’s career hits record. Hopefully the record lasts for longer than a year this time — it’s like this record is turning into the Major League home run record or something. Coal to Harvard’s campus-wide prohibition on parties on the eve of the MCATs. Why do the pre-professional students get to spoil everyone else’s fun? A diamond to Ruth Simmons for coining the next generation of Goldie’s famous “best class ever” line. We just hope when she called the Class of 2009 the “best-looking class” ever, she was just being maternal. An anticipatory diamond to the moon bounce and the rest of today’s Main Green festivities. And a diamond to SPEC in the hopes that they’ll let us cut in line for said moon bounce.
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD EDITORIAL Jonathan Ellis, Editor-in-Chief Sara Perkins, Executive Editor Christopher Hatfield, Senior Editor Lisa Mandle, Senior Editor Meryl Rothstein, Arts & Culture Editor Melanie Wolfgang, Arts & Culture Editor Justin Elliott, Campus Watch Editor Stephanie Clark, Focus Editor Kira Lesley, Focus Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet, Metro Editor Te-Ping Chen, Opinions Editor Ari Savitzky, Opinions Editor Chris Mahr, Sports Editor Ben Miller, Sports Editor Stephen Colelli, Asst. Sports Editor PRODUCTION Peter Henderson, Design Editor Katie Lamm, Copy Desk Chief Lela Spielberg, Copy Desk Chief Matt Vascellaro, Graphics Editor Ashley Hess, Photo Editor Juliana Wu, Photo Editor
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LETTERS Rozen maligns bobrauschenbergamerica cast To the Editor: I’d like to protest the insulting characterization of the “average Brown theater major” as posited in Joel Rozen’s latest review, “Rambling ‘bobrauschenbergamerica’ mirrors art which inspired it” (April 19). Everyone has the right to hold opinions, and though I must admit that I found bobrauschenbergamerica to be one of the most stunningly original and moving pieces of theater that I have seen on the Brown campus, I realize that a theater review is nothing more than a writer’s opinion, however well- or ill-informed. But I would humbly suggest that the talented and hard-working cast of bobrauschenbergamerica, rather than performing “tacky, alienating” roles in order to “get (their) names on the playbill,” are rather performing and participating in theater for many of the same reasons that other students participate in
sports or music, or even, if I may be so bold, write for papers like The Herald — because they find it challenging, stimulating and fulfilling, and because they care about what they do. Their aim is to portray their roles sensitively and to collaborate to create a piece of theater that they find meaningful and wish to share with the audience, not to slap their name on some playbill that few people will read anyway. Having recognition in a program is a deserved and obviously appreciated part of being a performer, but I do not think it is fair to suggest that Brown theater majors, or any majors for that matter, do what they do for such a superficial and callow reason. But perhaps I’m just another “average Brown theater major,” “falling all over myself” to get my name in The Herald. Charlotte Graham ’07 April 19
The Herald lacks coverage of the death of Providence police detective To the Editor: I am quite disappointed in The Herald’s minimalist coverage of the line of duty death of Providence Police Detective Allen over the weekend. I saw the five-sentence article on Monday under “Providence News in Brief,” but a section of the paper that is so small that it does not even show up in the online version of the paper is a disgrace. Although Brown’s Department of Public Safety has primary jurisdiction over Brown’s campus, the Providence Police also works to insure our personal safety. When a police officer dies in the line of duty, I believe it is the responsibility of a community to
show its respect for both the fallen officer and the police department. As the primary local news source for the vast majority of students, I believe The Herald has a responsibility of informing the Brown community of his tragic death in place more visible than above the Ratty’s daily menu. I am not sure how to interpret today’s editorial cartoon, but there must be a better way to honor Detective Allen’s memory. If nothing else, The Herald should report that the public funeral will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Church on Fruit Hill Ave. Providence. Joe Griffith ’05 April 19
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OPINIONS THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005 · PAGE 15
Shorter, minicourses at Brown? GUEST COLUMN BY KURT MORIBER Especially for first-years, selfexploration and active student involvement in education at Brown could be greatly facilitated if there were shorter, less in-depth courses available. For many of us who are undecided about our options or have multiple interests, the opportunity to choose 16 quarter-long, rather than eight semester-long courses should be created. Of course, consistent with Brown's philosophy, this change in curricular options would be up to each student to fit his or her individual needs, and should not be a requirement for first-years who know where they are going or would rather have eight, more indepth courses. However, those of us less certain about our academic paths could benefit greatly from such a change. While Brown students currently do have a lot of freedom to explore and take risks, this freedom is lost
Allowing students to experiment with more classes and with less risk. once we commit ourselves to the four or five classes for the semester, since we still must complete our courses satisfactorily. The S/NC option is nice for classes we want to experiment with, but these classes have the potential to become a waste, when after the first month, we find ourselves losing interest and doing the work just to pass. Why not allow students the option to experiment with more classes and with less risk? We would no longer be locked into a course for an entire semester and we would still be exposed to enough of the subject to decide if we want to continue. Many students I’ve talked to, including second-semester juniors, remain ambivalent about their concentration decisions. If they had the option during their first year to truly broaden their horizons, they might be less so. I don’t believe shopping period allows enough of us enough time to get a flavor for subject or course material. Two weeks is not enough. Personally, I would be more willing to try a lab course in advanced physics if I knew I wouldn’t be obliged to it for a whole semester. If I enjoyed the class, I could continue taking physics the following quarter. It’s win-win. Kurt Moriber ’07.5 is curious.
Stand up for American Sign Language GUEST COLUMN BY NORA PAYMER WASHINGTON, D.C. — When I heard that Brown had decided to for all intents and purposes eliminate the American Sign Language program entirely, I was crushed. I learned sign language at Brown through the ASL program. I started my sophomore year knowing the alphabet and a few signs, but nothing else. Three semesters later, I find myself spending a semester at Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university in the world specifically designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. All my classes are taught in ASL, the televisions all have closed captioning, the vast majority of my social interactions are virtually silent and my neighbors play music loud enough to shake the floor all day long. Let me give you a crash course in Deaf studies: ASL is a complete natural language, and is just one of the almost 200 sign languages that exist worldwide. Although some of its vocabulary derives from English, its grammar is unrelated. Until 1960, people thought of it as an undeveloped gestural system or a bastardization of English, but in that year, the first linguistic analysis of it was done and research on it in a variety of fields continues to rapidly expand. The Deaf community (big D Deaf refers to the culture and its members, little d deaf refers to an audiological condition) considers itself a cultural and linguistic minority, and not a disability group, although its members are not afraid to use laws like the American Disabilities Act to gain equality. How could Brown decide to end the program? Doesn’t the administration know how ASL is expanding across the country as more
people recognize its social and linguistic value? Don’t they know about the research opportunities it grants? Don’t they know about its uses for study away and for theses? Don’t they know about the culture, community and history surrounding the Deaf community? Don’t they see how knowledge of it can be extended to work in linguistics, sociology, ethnic studies, anthropology, education, community health and medicine, just to name a few? The answer must be no.
Why cut a program that, and I am living proof of this, is successful? According to Dean of the College Paul Armstrong, “The APC (Academic Priority Committee) gave highest priority to languages that are closely related to the needs of the undergraduate concentrations, study abroad programs, graduate requirements and faculty research interests.” Although there are no official programs that require ASL, this past December, Brown had its first Deaf Studies concentrator, and more may follow. As for study abroad, I know of three Brown students (two current seniors and myself) who came to Brown with no knowledge of ASL and have since studied away at ASL universities (two here at Gallaudet, and
one at the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, a school of Rochester Institute of Technology). As for faculty research, that’s something that may change. Brown faculty in the cognitive science, linguistics, anthropology, psychology and education departments have pledged their support for the ASL program the research possibilities it provides. Students are already doing research: Two seniors last year had theses related to American Sign Language, this year I know of one independent study relating to ASL and anthropology and I myself am hoping to do a thesis on ASL linguistics or cognitive science next year. The APC suggested two possible courses of action: improve the ASL program or cut it. Without discussing it with any of the students, any of the teachers or the coordinator of the program, the APC made the final decision to cut the program. I understand that the University may not have the resources to expand the program right now. If that’s true, I propose that for the time being they keep it at the status quo until ways for improvement and sources of funding can be found. Why cut a program that, and I am living proof of this, is successful? Please help the ASL club — look for the buttons and t-shirts they’re passing out. We need to convince the administration to reinstate Brown’s American Sign Language program. It’s in our hands. Nora Paymer ’06 is a cognitive neuroscience concentrator currently studying away in the United States at Gallaudet University.
Putting the beef in local produce GUEST COLUMN BY DANA BERGE AND ALEX PENNY When I say “local,” you say “produce,” right? Not so fast. While the Sustainable Food Initiative has been working with Louella Hill ’04 and Brown Dining Services’ Community Harvest to incorporate more local foods into dining hall menus, thus far, most of the triumphs have come in the form of apples and tomatoes in the fall, with other fruits and vegetables making brief appearances in the serving lines. However, we wish to dispel the notion that “local foods” benefit mainly vegans and vegetarians. In fact, contrary to popular belief, the original aim of the Roots and Shoots line was not to create an herbivorous haven, but a place to showcase locally and sustainably grown foods. All you carnivores, take note: The day you’ll sit down to a fresh, juicy, locally raised steak on your plate in the Ratty is not far off. Why local, you ask? For starters, many small Rhode Island farms are unable to keep up with their corporate competition, forcing them to close up shop and sell their farms, oftentimes land that has been in their families for centuries, to maintain their livelihood. Brown has tremendous purchasing power and the potential ability to almost singlehandedly keep these small farms in business. In doing so, the University would also help to prevent more open space from being bought and developed for residential and commercial use. Additionally, increasing local purchasing would keep more capital flow within the state as well as strengthen Brown’s ties to rural Rhode Island. Small family farms often practice more time-honored, sustainable animal-raising techniques than their large-scale factory counterparts, owned and managed by national corporations. Small farms raise ani-
mals with care, providing them with healthy diets and space to run outdoors, and do not use harmful growth hormones to increase production. Because the farms are so close, the products travel far fewer miles than those from large food distributors, where food travels from farm to processor to packager, only to spend more time on the shelf in freezers before preparation. So why should you care? Ultimately, your meat and dairy will taste better. Anyone who has ever spent Thanksgiving with a Swanson microwaveable dinner knows the ill effects
Cheerios on Thursday mornings can attest to the fact that local simply tastes better. In addition to the Rhody Fresh Thursday breakfasts which showcase milk and eggs from nearby Rhode Island farms, BuDS is seeking to expand the amount of local animal products on its menus. Consider the possibilities. Envision a list of potential menu items from local sources: free-range chicken, grassfed beef, lamb burgers, venison, scallops, salmon, tuna, lobster, cheese, yogurt and ice cream. And though they probably won’t make their debut on BuDS menus any time soon, there are also local breweries and vineyards which would happily provide you of-age folk with party-time libations. Imagine setting your tray down at a table and realizing that every aspect of your meal is locally grown and produced. A burger of grass-fed beef with a slice of sharp cheddar on a roll from Seven Stars Bakery, a salad of fresh baby greens and tomatoes, a Hill Orchards’ apple, a glass of Rhody Fresh milk and a bowl of fresh ice cream. And to think that’s only dinner. In short, bringing more fresh local food into dining spaces across campus is an effort that is slowly but surely finding its legs, and would benefit immensely from increased student support. The possibility exists, but will only become a reality if enough desire is expressed to the powers that be, namely BuDS officials. (Think of this as a subliminal message instructing you to fill out as many suggestion slips as the day is long.) Vegetarians have spoken, and their efforts are yielding immense success. Now it’s up to you Burger Kings to have it your way.
Contrary to popular belief, the original aim of the Roots and Shoots line was not to create an herbivorous haven, but a place to showcase locally and sustainably grown foods. All you carnivores, take note: The day you’ll sit down to a fresh, juicy, locally raised steak on your plate in the Ratty is not far off. freezing can have on turkey. Reheating leaves the meat dry and much in need of salt and gravy to at least partially restore the flavor. In contrast, the shorter distances traveled by food coming from a closer regional location will reduce if not erase the necessity of freezing, which will enhance the flavor and eating pleasure. Less travel also diminishes the need for preservatives in foods, which will benefit taste as well as nutritional value. And anyone who pours Rhody Fresh milk on their
Dana Berge ’07 and Alex Penny ’08 are fresh, Rhody Fresh.
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
SPORTS THURSDAY APRIL 21, 2005 · PAGE 16
Brown’ s odd couple has men’s tennis in pursuit of Ivy crown
Back playing doubles together for the Ivy League season, co-captains Adil Shamasdin ’05 and Nick Goldberg ’05 have led Bruno to an undefeated in-conference record. BY BEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
Every great pair is a study of complementary contrasts. In a duo that succeeds, one ultimately finds the weakness in the other and improves upon it, turning a liability into an asset. The men’s tennis team is riding the strength of its own odd couple in the pursuit of Brown’s second men’s Ivy League title since 2002. Four years ago, co-captains Adil Shamasdin ’05 and Nick Goldberg ’05 joined the men’s tennis team, leading the Bears to their first championship in the history of the program. Now, in their final season of collegiate tennis, the team’s lone seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in.
Despite their mutual goals, Shamasdin and Goldberg could not be more different. Wiry and quick, Shamasdin is a sparkplug on the court, exhibiting an artistry better showcased by a basketball point guard or a football running back. He charges the net like a bull and plays a confident game, relying on his hyperactive attack to wear down his opponents. “Everything is fast. He looks to come forward and attack. Adil has an uncommon combination of very quick hands and quick feet. Usually a tennis player has one or the other,” said Head Coach Jay Harris. Goldberg’s game, meanwhile, is about power and defense. With a serve that regularly tops 125 mph,
Softball splits with Stags BY CHRIS MAHR SPORTS EDITOR
The softball team split its third straight doubleheader Tuesday, dropping the first game to Fairfield, 2-1, before coming back with a 3-0 win over the Stags in the nightcap. The hosts jumped on the Bears (9-14-1, 2-6 Ivy) early in game one, loading the bases on a single, an error and a walk before Uchenna Omokaro ’05 walked in the first run of the game. The damage could have been worse for Brown had Omokaro not settled down to fan the final two batters of the inning. “You never want the other team to jump on you so early in the game,” said Head Coach Pam McCreesh. “Walks will come back to kill you and errors will come back to kill you. We
didn’t go into that first inning with a lot of energy.” Neither team scored again until the fifth, when Fairfield (24-17) used a single, a passed ball and another single to score its second run of the day. After managing just three hits through the first five innings, Bruno’s bats came alive in the top half of the next inning. LaQuisha Pierre-Louis ’08 led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second when Jamie Wirkowski ’06 drew a walk. Courtney Jenkins ’07, who came into the day with five RBIs in the last four games, subsequently drove a double to center to score Pierre-Louis and send Wirkowski to third. The next batter, Amy Baxter ’08, popped out to first baseman Erin
according to Harris, he can blow the ball past an opponent before he even has a chance to move toward it. “(Goldberg’s) backhand was always a huge weapon; now we have made his forehand another weapon,” Harris said. “Nick will primarily play from the backcourt — he has good defense.” see TENNIS, page 11
Baseball storms Big Red Rain prolongs N.Y. stay after win in game one BY STEPHEN COLELLI ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
The baseball team pounded Cornell 16-5 Wednesday afternoon to inch within a half-game of Harvard in the Red Rolfe Division. The second game in the doubleheader against the Big Red was suspended due to inclement weather in the top of the eighth inning with the score knotted at 5-5 and will be completed today. Paul Christian ’06 and Danny Hughes ’06 powered the Bears’ offensive machine in the first game, going a combined 7-for-9 with a total of six RBI and six runs scored in the seven-inning game. Unfortunately for the Bears (17-14, 9-2 Ivy), the extended stay in Ithaca was not something the squad has been looking forward to. The team was hoping to quickly shift its attention from Cornell to Harvard, which will visit Aldrich Field for a four-game series this weekend. The contest will go a long way in determining who will be crowned champion in the Rolfe Division. Now, Brown must do all it can to defeat the Big Red (10-16, 4-7 Ivy) today to pull even with the Crimson. The game will restart with Bryan Tews ’07 at the plate with a 3-2 count and two runners on in the top of the eighth with one out. Brown enters the weekend on a tear after dropping its first two league games to Gehrig Division leader Princeton. Since then, the
Bears have rolled off 10 straight league wins and have collected the past two Ivy League Player of the Week awards. Outfielder Matt Kutler ’05 was honored for the week of April 12, and pitcher/infielder Tews received the award Tuesday. Kutler, who recently broke Brown’s all-time hits record, is batting .408 on the season, and more importantly, has started all 30 contests this spring after missing all of last season with a thumb injury. Tews has been pulling double duty during Brown’s recent streak. He picked up a win last weekend at Dartmouth to even his record at 2-2, and came up big at the plate, knocking in eight runs — including his first career grand slam — over the course of the weekend. Although the Bears have been winning at an astounding rate — the 10 game streak surpassed their win total in the Ivy League last season — it has been all the Bears could do to keep pace with the Crimson. Harvard is certainly accustomed to winsee BASEBALL, page 10
A Kut above With a hit against Cornell Wednesday, Matt Kutler ’05 increased his Brown career-record total to:
W. lax bullied at home by Yale BY BEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
The women’s lacrosse team was doomed by inconsistent play on Thursday against No. 20 Yale, falling 14-6. After an anemic first half in which the Bears scored just one goal, Bruno’s injuryplagued defense struggled in the second, letting up six straight goals and 10 overall in the half. The loss drops the team to 3-8 on the season and 1-3 in the Ivy League. “We had spurts when we played really well, but we didn’t follow through,” said co-captain Kate Staley ’06. “We must play a full 60 minutes. Playing 10 minutes well here and there doesn’t add up to a win.” The Brown defense literally limped into the game, having lost two defensive starters last week in Herald Contributing Writer Anne Duggan ’06 (torn ACL) and Kathryn Collins ’07 (stress fracture). “I think that it had a difference in our morale, but that leads to a difference in our play,” said cocaptain Julia Southard ’05. “We
just didn’t do it today as a team. It was our attitude. I attribute this loss to a lack of focus. You have to come out with all 12 of our starters and bench ready to go, when one person is not ready that can bring everyone down.” The Bulldogs (8-6, 3-3 Ivy) started the game with two quick goals from senior Katherine Sargent and first-year Lauren Taylor. The Bears, however, buckled down, only letting two more shots in the net in the next 25 minutes. “The slides were better in the first half,” said defenseman/midfielder Meg Sullivan ’06. “We held them to longer offensive sets before letting the ball in.” Bruno made its 13 offensive possessions in the first half count, breaking through on a dodging goal from Amie Biros ’07. Taylor picked up her second goal at the midway point of the half and extended Yale’s lead to 41 with a score on a busted Brown clear attempt with 33 seconds left. The Bulldogs capitalized on Brown’s inability to catch and
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Julie Clingan ’07 tries to chase down Yale’s Lauren Taylor in the Elis’ 14-6 win Wednesday.Taylor finished with a game-high six goals. throw consistently in blustery conditions, outshooting the Bears 16-3 in the first half. “We were a little bit on edge,” Sullivan said. “We knew Yale was aggressive in the midfield, and we were rushing, making bad passes. A lot of it had to do with the experience level on the field.” After a solid first half, the defense lapsed in the next 30 see W. LAX, page 13
see SOFTBALL, page 9 BROWN SPORTS SCOREBOARD
WENESDAY, APRIL 20 BASEBALL: Brown 16, Cornell 5; Brown 5, Cornell 5 (suspended — 8th) W. LACROSSE: No. 20 Yale 14, Brown 6 THURSDAY, APRIL 21 BASEBALL: at Cornell (Continuation of Apr. 20
game) SOFTBALL: vs. UConn (4 p.m., softball field) FRIDAY, APRIL 22 M. TENNIS: vs. Dartmouth (2 p.m., varsity courts) W. TENNIS: at Dartmouth SATURDAY, APRIL 23
BASEBALL: vs. Harvard (DH, 2 p.m., Aldrich Field) M. CREW: at Dartmouth W. CREW: vs. Cornell and Columbia (Marston Boathouse) M. GOLF: New England Championship (Triggs CC, Providence) M. LACROSSE: at Dartmouth
W. LACROSSE: vs. Penn (1 p.m., Stevenson Field) M. and W. TRACK: at UConn Invitational SOFTBALL: vs. Penn (1 p.m., softball field) W. WATER POLO: Northern Championship (New London, Conn.) SUNDAY, APRIL 24 BASEBALL: vs. Harvard (DH, noon, Aldrich Field)
M. GOLF: New England Championship (Triggs CC, Providence) SOFTBALL: vs. Princeton (DH, 1 p.m., softball field) M. TENNIS: at Harvard W. TENNIS: vs. Harvard (noon, varsity courts) W. WATER POLO:Northern Championship (New London, Conn.)