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BY JULIA ZUCKERMAN STAFF WRITER
An overflow crowd packed Salomon 101 Tuesday afternoon to hear John Nash, the Princeton mathematician, Nobel laureate and subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” present an unorthodox view of international monetary policy. Nash’s lecture, “Ideal Money and Asymptotically Ideal Money,” centered on the connection between fluctuation in inflation and exchange rates and the perceived long-term value of money. “Good money,” he argued, is money that is expected to maintain its value over time. “Bad money” is expected to lose value over time, as under conditions of inflation. The policy of inflation targeting, whereby central banks set monetary policy with the objective of stabilizing inflation at a particular rate, leads in the long run to what Nash called “asymptotically ideal money” — currency that, while not achieving perfect stability, becomes more stable over time. Nash argued that the emphasis on stabilizing the value of currency should extend to the international level, where exchange rates represent currencies’ value relative to each other. He proposed that international exchange rates be fixed
BY ROBBIE COREY-BOULET METRO EDITOR
When Ethan Ris ’05 arrived on campus to begin his first year, a potential career in local politics “wasn’t on the table.” Though the Maryland native came to Brown with political interests, he said, “I definitely didn’t think I’d be staying here after graduation.” Four years later, Ris is “very strongly considering” a run for David Segal’s Ward 1 City Council position in 2006, the culmination of four years spent “learning about the city and state and coming to appreciate it tremendously.” Such stories are not uncommon — a quick scan of the state’s top political offices reveals Brown alums’ undeniable impact on the local political scene. Former Brown students currently occupy the governor’s mansion, the attorney general’s office, a U.S. Senate seat and Providence City Hall. In addition to these officeholders — who represent a broad spectrum of political ideologies — students have historically participated as interns, lobbyists and political activists, a trend that continues today. Many alums say Brown’s reputation as a hotbed for political activism represents a tradition that has gone largely uninterrupted for decades. Others offer a different description, saying students’ level of political participation is cyclical and requires prominent social issues or the efforts of visible leaders for high mobilization. Attorney General Patrick Lynch ’87, a Rhode Island native, came from a decidedly political background — his father served five terms as the mayor of Pawtucket before Patrick turned 16. But his time at Brown played an important role in shaping the issues that would become central to his political career and reinforced his commitment to public service, he said. At the time of his graduation, the University “was a hotbed of debate and public discussion of issues” that taught stu-
see NASH, page 4
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Mr.Brown 2005 entertained a full Solomon 101 Tuesday.The annual contest was judged by a panel of Brown faculty and staff.Clockwise from top left: Brian Fujimoto ’05 shows off his jumproping ability; Cliff Voigt ’05 danced during the talent portion; Herald Sports Staff Writer Ian Cropp ’05 won the hula hoop segment; Shushil Jacob ’05 was crowned Mr.Brown 2005 for his ability to jump between Hip Hop and Bhangra; Josh Wilson ’05 shows off his bulging biceps as he lifts Clement Lee ’05.
see POLITICS, page 8
Architect of Vietnam War to speak about nuclear threats McNamara was attacked onstage in previous appearance at Brown BY MERYL ROTHSTEIN ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR
Robert McNamara, former secretary of defense under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, will appear on campus today as part of a Watson Institute for International Studies series on Vietnam. McNamara was one of the principal architects of the Vietnam War. He will speak with Professor of International Relations James Blight on “Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century.” The event will be held at 4 p.m. in MacMillan 117. McNamara will discuss the effects his
personal experiences have had in shaping his view of war and in particular the threat of nuclear war. McNamara, who at 88 is essentially the last living major figure involved in the Cuban missile crisis, wants to make clear that the risk of catastrophic nuclear war may be even greater now than it was during the Cold War, Blight said. Nuclear war “can happen and it almost did,” Blight said. McNamara is what Blight calls a “nuclear abolitionist,” — he shares his experiences with potential nuclear disaster to help avoid it at all costs in the future. Because of his central involvement in perhaps the most controversial war in U.S. history, McNamara was attacked by contemporaries for allegedly misleading and misinforming the American public. Both pro-war and anti-war groups criti-
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cized him for not doing enough to win the war and for getting the nation involved in the war in the first place. McNamara first lectured at Brown in 1996, when an ex-marine in the audience attacked McNamara onstage, Blight said. When security guards tried to shuttle McNamara offstage after restraining the man, McNamara shrugged them off. Instead, he asked the man to talk. After 15 minutes, they shook hands, agreeing that no matter their difference of opinion, physical violence was unnecessary. McNamara’s visit is particularly noteworthy not only because he is one of the foremost political figures in recent U.S. history, but also because he is “one of the very few people we know who is willing to look critically at what he and his cohorts did,” said Professor of History see MCNAMARA, page 4
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ROTC may have left campus 33 years ago, but Brown’s participation in the U.S. military did not leave with it. Brown students are active in the military through the ROTC program at Providence College and a military leadership training program in the summer. Though Brown students may not see a strong military presence on campus, the Brown community is represented in the armed forces. This week’s Focus spotlights five Brown alums currently serving and examines the larger issue of Brown’s relationship with the military. News tips: email@example.com
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33 years after ROTC, Robert and the military Cybulski ’00 Brown still on unsteady terms
U.S. Army Capt. Robert Cybulski ’00 is currently working toward a doctorate in microbiology at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md. But nine years ago, he was confronted with the question of how to pay for his Brown education, and he chose to join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Providence College for its full scholarship. “Originally, I joined because I needed the money to go to Brown,” he said. But, he added, “I quickly came to enjoy the program and the folks there.” Though Cybulski’s long-term goal was to work in research science, “I enjoyed the stuff I had been doing in ROTC and I admired the instructors I had there.” He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant upon graduating with a degree in biochemistry in 2000. He spent the next four years serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, leading a medical platoon and coordinating logistics for his infantry brigade. He was deployed to Afghanistan for six months in 2002, and
see CYBULSKI, page 7
The United States military has a low profile at Brown as well as at many other elite universities. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, a staple institution on college campuses across the nation, left Brown’s campus in 1972 over widespread student and faculty opposition to the Vietnam War. For many, especially in the wake of protests against the war in Iraq in recent years, the generally liberal atmosphere on College Hill does not seem wholly compatible with a military ethic. But the military is here. Recruiting, while not as widespread as at many places, is active at Brown. Many Brown students and graduates choose to serve in the military, and at least one, Dimitrios Gavriel ’97, was killed in Iraq. Brown students come to military service for different reasons and by different paths, while others question whether Brown’s mission is compatible with the military.
Deborah Kuklis ’88
Dimitrios Gavriel ’97 Dimitrios Gavriel’s ’97 path took him from College Hill to Iraq and then to Arlington National Cemetery, where he was buried Dec. 2, 2004. A lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps, he was killed in Fallujah on Nov. 11. Coming to Brown from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, N.H., Gavriel double-concentrated in neuroscience and organizational behavior and management, according to the Liber Brunensis. He was on the wrestling team and was a member of Delta Tau. After graduating in 1997 he began working as an analyst for several Wall Street investment firms. But on Sept. 11, 2001, he lost several friends at the World Trade Center in New York City, including Paul Sloan ’97 and Raymond Rocha ’95, two of his Delta Tau brothers, according to the Brown Alumni Monthly. He began to consider joining the military more and more strongly, over the objections of his friends and family. After he was laid off in 2002, he decided to join the Marines.
Recruiting at Brown According to Barbara Peoples, associate director of the Career Development Center, the Marine Corps and the Army are the most active branches of the military on camDeborah Kuklis ’88 spent one year at Brown before she ran out of pus. The Marines have attended the CDC’s career fair money. every semester for the past three years and have held “I was in a situation where I really wanted to go to Brown, but I recruiting information sessions on campus twice this year. didn’t really have any financial options,” she said. The Army has attended every recent career fair except in So she joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, taking advanSpring 2004 but has not held other activities on camtage of the Army’s offer to pay full tuition and expenspus. The Air Force last came to campus at a career es for her remaining three years. Double-confair in the spring of 2003, and the Navy has not centrating in engineering and history of art recruited on campus in the last three years. and architecture, she graduated in 1988 People “are initially surprised by how and spent four years on active duty in many (recruits) we get out of Brown,” the Army, stationed as a communicasee GAVRIEL, page 7 said Capt. Brendan Fogherty, the tions officer with a tactical division in Marines recruiter for Hawaii. Brown. “It’s been a very Having reached the rank of cappositive experience. tain and fulfilled her active duty I’ve been pleased with obligation, Kuklis entered the the caliber of qualified Individual Ready Reserve in 1992. candidates we’ve gotEleven years later, she was activatMaj. Laura Klein ’89 is now a “JAG,” a judge advoten out of Brown ed to support the U.S.-led invasion cate, in the U.S. Army, two decades after she chose University.” of Iraq. to attend Brown over the U.S. Naval Academy. He said the focus is on Kuklis said she was “a little freaked “I can’t quite recall why I was so intent on servrecruiting officers, all of out,” since she had not put on a uniing, but in large part, I wanted to travel and ‘see the whom are expected to have world.’ Had I not joined the service, I would likely a college education. have joined the Peace Corps or attempted to join see KUKLIS, page 7 “I don’t think the Marine the foreign service,” she wrote in an e-mail from Corps really recruits enlisted (solher current posting in Mosul, Iraq, where she is the diers) at Brown,” he said. “I don’t think they deputy staff judge advocate for Task Force really see it as a viable source.” Freedom, the U.S. headquarters in Northern Iraq. Michael McBride ’06, a Brown student who serves as “What drew me to the military was the team a cadet in Army ROTC at Providence College, agreed. concept. … The military is very much a team He graduated from Brown in 2001 with a double con“Someone who has a college education, they have sport,” she added. centration in philosophy and economics, but found skills someone with a high school diploma doesn’t,” he At Brown she double-concentrated in history of himself saddled with debt and unsure of what he said. “If you want to serve your country, if you have a art and architecture and anthropology, and in her wanted to do with his life. college degree, you should join the officer corps,” he time on campus played softball, rowed crew, “I wasn’t interested in any of the job options I had added. worked as a technical assistant and director in stucoming out of Brown and I wasn’t sure what I wanted But such recruiting does take place — Scott Ewing ’10 to do,” he wrote in an e-mail from Baghdad, asking enlisted in the Army last year to finance his final year at not to be identified by name. “Plus, I had loads of debt see KLEIN, page 7 Brown for which he will returnin the fall of 2009. Ewing, in student loans, and the Army offered to pay them whocould not be reached for this article, entered with off in three years.” the Class of 2005. He joined the Army in August 2001, but unlike In addition to recruiting graduates into officer trainmany Brown graduates in military service, he chose ing, Fogherty also runs the Platoon Leaders Class proto enlist rather than become an officer. “I thought it gram at Brown and 18 other colleges. PLC allows interwould be a bit presumptuous of me to come in as an ested students to go through two six-week training sesofficer right away and be in charge of soldiers who sions during the summer at no expense. If they choose had more time and experience than I had.” As an to join the Marines, upon graduating they are commisenlisted soldier, the Army would give him more flexisioned 2nd lieutenants and spend six months in basic bility about choosing a specialization and would pay infantry training. Students can then choose to go to off his student loans, he said. flight school, law school or other specialized programs. Still, he said, when he tells people where he went to “I’d say there are students at Brown who want to school they often ask why he enlisted. “I met a guy from serve, and I think the program is a great fit for them Rhode Island the other day and I told him I went to because there’s no commitment during the academic school in R.I. He asked if I went to (the University of year” and no commitment until graduation, Fogherty Rhode Island), and I said Brown. He said, ‘What are you said. Of the 19 schools at which he oversees PLC, he doing here? Brown kids don’t come over here,’ ” he wrote. said, Brown is his biggest source of recruits, with eight He studied Arabic at the Defense Language students currently enrolled and another six applying Institute in Monterey, Calif., but spent most of his
Laura Klein ’89
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Abbott Gleason, who will moderate the discussion. In recent years, McNamara has spoken and written extensively about his views on war and has publicly acknowledged mistakes he and the Kennedy and Johnson administrations made — particularly notable for a man who has been criticized for his arrogance. He has spoken in particular about the disagreements between him and Johnson, who he said did not adhere consistently to his advice, particularly on the reduction of casualties. McNamara, whom Blight expects to speak with his “usual passion,” will also discuss his book, “Wilson’s Ghost,” which he co-wrote with Blight. In the book, McNamara and Blight argue that U.S. foreign policy must be founded on a moral obligation to avoid the carnage of the last century as much as possible. In the Academy Award-winning Errol Morris documentary “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara,” excerpts of which will be shown during the discussion, McNamara outlined some principles necessary to avoid the repetition of such death tolls. The United States can only engage in unilateral aggression out of self-defense, he
said in the film. Furthermore, the United States must be able to empathize with the enemy — a crucial failing of the Vietnam War. Blight will also discuss the research that went into the film, for which he and his wife, Adjunct Associate Professor of International Relations Janet Lang, were principal advisors. McNamara attended the University of California, Berkeley, then went on to Harvard Business School, where he later became an assistant professor. He served in the army for three years during World War II. After the war, he began working at Ford Motor Company, where he ultimately became president — the first from outside of the Ford family. He quit after five weeks when Kennedy asked him to join his cabinet as secretary of defense. When McNamara was leaving the administration — he has said that “to this day, I don’t know whether I quit or got fired” — Johnson awarded him the Medal of Freedom. McNamara went on to serve as president of the World Bank from 1968 to 1981. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Watson Institute’s series in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the introduction of U.S. troops into Vietnam, the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon to communist forces and the 10th anniversary of the normalization U.S. relations with Vietnam.
Nash continued from page 1 by pegging the value of each currency to a standardized basket of commodities, called the “industrial consumption price index.” Such a policy would curtail the ability of central banks to make monetary policy. Nash came up with the idea of the industrial consumption price index a few years ago, he said in the question and answer period, though he said he has been considering the problem of monetary stability for some time. After World War II, international exchange rates were fixed, with currencies’ value first pegged to gold and later fixed at set ratios. That regime was abandoned in the early 1970s, when increasing inflation forced the United States to devalue the dollar. Nash said his system would be more stable and sustainable than the gold standard because exchange rates would not be seriously affected by fluctuations in any one commodity. “If it’s defined in terms of commodities, it would be something you could trust,” he said. Nash compared the function of the price index to that of the metric system: It would facilitate the easier transfer of money and goods by standardizing the unit of measurement. Diversified baskets of goods are also used to minimize fluctuation in the price indices used to calculate domestic inflation and in measures of stock market performance such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Nash responded with caution
to the suggestion from an audience member that a system of currencies approaching perfect stability would ultimately produce a system with only one world currency. “There’s nothing wrong with it,” Nash said. But he added, “In practice, I’m a little distrustful of the politicians at the level of the United Nations and elsewhere,” who would be in charge of administering a world currency. Nash framed his argument as a critique of Keynesian economic theory, which allows the use of inflationary monetary policy as a tool to stimulate the economy during times of recession. This acceptance of small increases of inflation, he said, can allow inflation to spiral in the long run. Hovering over an overhead projector and speaking in a low and steady tone, Nash rarely departed from the prepared text of his often-complex lecture. He brushed off a question about the inspiration for his research, requesting that questions deal only with the topic of Tuesday’s lecture. Nash received the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics for his application of game theory to economics and is best known for his study of equilibrium in noncooperative games. Nash’s life, including his early research and his struggle with paranoid schizophrenia, was the subject of the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind,” which won the Academy Award for best picture. His lecture was the last in a yearlong interdisciplinary series on rationality and decisionmaking sponsored by the Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning.
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Panelists decry ‘war’ on drugs BY ARI ROCKLAND-MILLER STAFF WRITER
At Tuesday night’s panel, “The International War on Drugs: Plan Colombia and Beyond,” Peter Andreas, assistant professor of political science and international studies, admitted that he once inadvertently contributed to Bolivia’s cocaine economy by agreeing to sit on top of a large stack of toilet paper on a public bus. Unbeknownst to Andreas at the time, toilet paper is used to dry coca paste, and Bolivia’s cocaine production depends on the surreptitious import of this seemingly innocuous product. Andreas used the anecdote, though ironic, as a reflection of the inanity of the current state of the international drug war, which panelists said was riddled with contradictions. Sanho Tree, director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, said that the logic of the international war on drugs is fundamentally backward and misguided and that this has created troublesome and undesirable results. Tree said policy makers respond to the trade of illegal drugs by merely escalating law enforcement as opposed to considering the root of the problem — the staggering demand for drugs on an international level. This creates a Darwinian “survival of the fittest” dynamic that leads to authorities catching “only those stupid enough to get caught,” he said. “We have forced this economy to evolve at a lightning pace,” Tree said. see DRUGS, page 10
New dean assessing pre-medical advising BY STEPHANIE CLARK FOCUS EDITOR
Students seeking advice about their pre-medical paths or a letter of recommendation to medical school have recently seen a new face in the Health Careers Office. Andrew Simmons, a former dean at Brandeis University, took over as associate dean for health careers in early March, after former Associate Dean Robert Ripley announced his retirement last semester. Simmons served as a class dean and the pre-medical dean at Brandeis, in Waltham, Mass. He began his tenure there as a Residential Life hall director while he was completing his Ph.D. in education at Boston College. He then worked for the academic affairs office, where one of his responsibilities was to help draft letters of recommendation for students applying to medical school, a duty that eventually led to his current position. He credits his entrance into advising to his ability to write quickly and “decently,” he said, but likes advising for other reasons. “I love working with students to map out what they’re going to do,” he said. Regarding pre-medical advising specifically, “I think we all agree that it’s important to participate in helping to pick the nation’s doctors,” he said. A graduate of Hampshire College, where he studied history and music, Simmons had no formal science education before beginning his advising career. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on pre-medical students’ attitudes about liberal education, and likes working at Brown because the “unstructured curriculum attracts a certain type of student,” he said. Simmons’ appointment was the result of a nationwide search, according to Dean of the College Paul Armstrong. “He emerged in the national search as the very best, and we’re very happy to have him,” Armstrong said. As for Simmons, he was enthusiastic about working at Brown. “I thought, ‘Wow, that would be great if I could get (the job),’ and lo and behold, here I am,” he said. Simmons came to Brown in early March and spent his
first few weeks working here three days a week and at Brandeis two days a week. “I really had to hit the ground running at Brown,” he said. Ripley’s announcement last semester that he would retire caused “a lot of anxiety from students and parents,” Armstrong said. In the months before Simmons started working, a team of associate deans and faculty members were in charge of pre-medical advising. Ripley took fewer vacation days than he had planned to help organize the effort, Armstrong said. “We owe him a great debt,” he added. Despite the anxiety, there were no complaints during the interim months. “I was committed to making sure that Brown students had the very best pre-medical advising, because they deserve it,” Armstrong said. Since Simmons has started working full-time in his new position, things have been running smoothly, according to both Armstrong and Simmons. A general meeting was held last week to introduce Simmons to pre-medical students, and students have been coming to meet with him as well, Simmons said. As for the future of pre-medical advising at Brown, there may be some changes. Simmons has spent time “assessing what Dean Ripley had done,” and assessing the program in general. “I always spend time taking stock before doing anything,” he said. Armstrong said that though there may be changes, the program has been successful in the past. “You don’t want to make changes in a winning formula,” he said. Simmons said he is considering changing the way students are assessed for letters of recommendation. He would like to collaborate more with faculty members. He also wants to explore ways to improve advising for first-years and sophomores. “I’m impressed with the amount of independence (Brown) students seem to show,” Simmons said. “It’s a really dynamic and activist group … which is indicative of good physicians.”
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Military continued from page 3 this year. Christopher Rigali ’06, a member of the PLC program, chose to attend Brown after being accepted at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., saying that military service “is just something I’ve always been interested in.” He found out about the program from his captain on the track team, Lt. Anthony Hatala ’04, who was commissioned upon graduation and is currently in flight school. “I like how you don’t have to be pushed into it,” Rigali said, since students do not have to decide whether to join the Marines until graduation. “I think it’s a really good program to see if you’re interested in service,” he added. “Originally, I knew I was going to serve after school,” said William Wilson ’06, who said he has thought about joining the military since he was a child. He said he appreciated the intense summer training as a chance “to test myself and push myself and see what I’m made of,” and plans to go to flight school once he joins to learn to fly helicopters. Wilson said he thinks the PLC program is “better than ROTC because I can have a real college career,” with no obligations during the school year. Though ROTC left Brown’s campus in 1972, since 1975 Brown students have been able to participate in the program at Providence College, across town from College Hill. This poses difficulties in terms of not only transportation but also time — ROTC cadets are required to participate in sunrise physical exercise sessions three times a week, engage in field training exercises three times a semester and attend military science class and laboratory on Wednesday afternoons, for which they receive no credit at Brown. ROTC cadets are obligated to join the Army after graduating. But in return, the Army grants a scholarship covering the student’s full tuition and book fees, as well as a monthly $400 stipend, according to Lt. Col. Steven McGonagle, commanding officer and professor of military science at Providence College ROTC. “The Brown students have to find their way to me,” McGonagle said, since he does no active recruiting at Brown. But, he said, his Brown cadets are “the very best leaders of my battalion here,” calling them “really world-class people and great leaders.” Currently only two Brown students are enrolled in ROTC, McGonagle said, with that number usually varying between one and four. But that appears to be down from past numbers — according to
Deborah Kuklis ’88, a former ROTC cadet, there were half a dozen Brown cadets in her class. Scott Quigley ’05 is the ROTC battalion commander, the top cadet position. He came to Brown after being accepted at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., because at “Brown I could be a college student, get a liberal education.” After his first year he felt “there was something missing” from his college experience, and after discovering the ROTC program at PC, he “fell in love with it.” “I want to serve my country,” he said. “The military, as an officer, is what I want to do. It’s what I’m best at. … The overall experience (in ROTC), in short, has been a journey through leadership development, really, finding my style of leadership.” Quigley said he does not feel uneasy joining the Army in a time of war. “As a professional, it’s my duty to carry out (President Bush’s) orders. So I have no qualms about going to Iraq, going to Afghanistan. That’s what I signed up for,” he said. McBride, the other ROTC cadet from Brown, said he also “always wanted to serve in the military, and ROTC is the best way to do it.” He said he especially appreciated the “camaraderie you get (in training) — it’s like a sports team.” “I get great kids from Brown, just not many of them,” McGonagle said. Keeping a low profile Elizabeth Sperber ’06 is a leader of a movement at Brown against military recruitment. She is coordinating efforts by Brown students to disrupt recruitment at locations in Providence, especially local low-income high schools, with the assistance of Derek Seidman GS and several professors. “I think it’s a poverty draft,” she said, referring to military recruiters’ tactic of targeting low-income youth with promises of benefits and money for college. But, she said, disrupting recruiting at Brown “has not been a priority for me.” “It would be a pretty trivial site, in terms of the numbers they’re getting from Brown,” she said — since the focus at Brown is on recruiting officers, the situation is far different than when the military is “looking for bodies,” when it targets low-income, usually minority, areas. “Someone with a college education, if they chose to enlist in the military … the chances that they’re going to be discouraged by counter-recruitment is much less, because in my mind they’ve put a lot more thought into it,” Sperber said. “I’m not particularly concerned about recruitment at Brown because of the numbers. It’s not as relevant as what happens down
“Once as a freshman (pre-ROTC), I returned late one night to my room in Perkins from my Army Reserve unit and someone started yelling obscenities at me. I actually heard him say ‘baby-killer!’ ” Lawrence Brennan ’88 Former ROTC cadet and Army Reserve member
the street” in Providence, she added. McGonagle explained that he thinks “there aren’t probably as many kids going to Brown with the proclivity to get in the mud and lead soldiers,” since Brown is an academically elite school and is regarded as quite liberal. But despite an atmosphere that does not necessarily seem fertile for military recruitment, most students participating in either the ROTC or PLC programs said the attitudes of their peers have been positive. “For the most part, Brown students have mostly shown a curiosity … (and) a cautious support, almost a respect,” Quigley said. “Most people are pretty surprised, but are proud of me and supportive,” Rigali said. “I think most people at Brown can express their opinions in a respectful and appropriate way,” he added, explaining that he believes most students separate their criticism of overall policy from the soldiers who carry it out, a sentiment echoed by several other students. But the relatively low profile of military activity may contribute to this uneasy acceptance. When the Army recruiters came to campus this semester for the career fair, they did not wear uniforms, as the Marines did, but instead wore polo shirts with Army emblems, according to Juan Huezo ’05, who attended the fair. Robert Cybulski ’00, a former ROTC cadet, said that when he wore his uniform on campus Wednesdays before going to PC for training and class, he always drew a number of looks and “could definitely feel like an oddball.” Wilson echoed that sentiment, saying, “The thing about PLC is that so few people know about it,” but noted that he gets more looks and questions when he wears a Marines sweatshirt on campus. “I’m sure (the uniform) does make a difference,” Rigali said. Lawrence Brennan ’88, a former ROTC cadet and Army Reserve member, said he experienced actual hostility on campus. He wrote in an e-mail, “We couldn’t wear our uniforms near campus because doing so risked creating a confrontation or altercation, and on occasion that happened. Once as a freshman (pre-ROTC), I returned late one night to my room in Perkins from my Army Reserve unit and someone started yelling obscenities at me. I actually heard him say ‘baby-killer!’ ” “I laughed then, but realized as a ROTC cadet that we couldn’t risk any kind of incident in uniform — we and the program would have been the losers, no matter what, and there were enough people around school willing to create a confrontation, so we just stayed out of our uniforms on or near campus,” Brennan added. The military and the liberal arts At the heart of the ambiguous relationship between Brown and the military is the question of how to reconcile a liberal arts education such as the one offered at Brown with the aims of the military. On one hand, many former and current students who have served or plan to serve in the military said Brown’s liberal arts education makes for better military
“As a professional, it’s my duty to carry out (President Bush’s) orders. So I have no qualms about going to Iraq, going to Afghanistan. That’s what I signed up for.” Scott Quigley ’05 ROTC battalion commander officers. “I don’t like the sort of separation of America’s intellectual elite and the military,” said Huezo, who was a ROTC cadet last year but withdrew due to health issues. If the two were combined, he said, the military and society would be served far better. Huezo said he is considering joining the Army after graduation, despite his setback in ROTC. “I feel like a liberal education … just broadens your mind and helps you become a better critical decision maker,” important skills for a military officer, McBride said. “My Brown experience has been invaluable to my military career,” wrote Maj. Laura Klein ’89 in an e-mail from Mosul, Iraq, where she is deployed with the Army. “My classes, professors and fellow students helped me develop the critical thinking skills demanded not only of an attorney, but anyone who chooses to lead, in whose hands the lives of soldiers are placed and whose orders soldiers must follow without question.” But Catherine Lutz, professor of anthropology and an anti-war activist, said she was not convinced by these sentiments. “To me, it sounds like the first thing you get taught the first day of ROTC” is that a liberal arts education will help you in the military, the expert on militarization and war said. “Public and private universities shouldn’t be in the business of making better officers,” Lutz continued, saying the missions of the military and a liberal arts education are fundamentally different. She specifically noted the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which bans openly gay people from serving, as discriminatory and incompatible with the openness and tolerance of many universities. That policy has been at the center of much debate over the place of the military on college campuses, including recent debate over the role of ROTC at Princeton University, according to the Daily Princetonian. William Keach, professor of English and also an anti-war activist, agreed. “I’ve just always thought that academic environments are not appropriate places for the military to be,” he said, his beliefs stemming from his opposition to U.S. military actions, especially in Iraq. “From that fundamental perspective, what the education level and cultural sensitivity of the people carrying out this occupation are is irrelevant,” he said.
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Cybulski continued from page 3 he spent eight months in Iraq from the summer of 2003 through the spring of 2004. “It was interesting,” he said, chuckling. “Long, hot.” In Afghanistan, Cybulski was based at Kandahar Airfield, coordinating the logistics for his brigade as it hunted down pockets of Taliban fighters. In Iraq, “we were there doing the same kind of thing,” stationed outside Fallujah to fight insurgents and protect a major highway. There, he said, he was responsible for the logistics of a 300-person base, as well as setting up job recruitment for local Iraqis to work at the base. “That was probably even more interesting and more frustrating and more tiring than Afghanistan,” he said, since in
Klein continued from page 3 dent theater, worked in the Blue Room and Ratty, was a resident counselor and worked for The Herald as a photographer. “My Brown education prepared me to be an officer and serves as the foundation for the legal advice I provide to commanders on difficult issues of international law and criminal law — tremendously demanding and challenging work,” she wrote. At Brown, Klein also participated in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Providence College and after graduation was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant and served as a platoon leader near the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea. She briefly served state-
Afghanistan they had been largely isolated from the population, while in Fallujah they were surrounded by often-hostile Iraqis. “It’s a lot more complex than people at home realize, and it’s a lot more complex than our training allows for” in many ways, especially using soldiers trained only in combat to rebuild a shattered country, Cybulski said. He said he appreciated having two complimentary educations, a liberal arts one at Brown and a military one at ROTC. “Both of them were very intellectually stimulating,” Cybulski said, noting especially the “broadening of horizons” he experienced at Brown, which he said he appreciated once he entered the “more insular” world of the military. “I’m glad I had the opportunity I had at Brown … (it) set me up well for the next four years,” he said.
side before being deployed to Somalia for a year in the early 1990s and then decided to attend law school at Louisiana State University. Since becoming a JAG, Klein has traveled widely in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. In 2003 she was deployed to Kirkuk in Iraq, where she “helped review the numerous property claims issues created by the former regime’s forcible eviction and movement of Kurds and southern Arabs,” she wrote. In 2004, she was posted to Afghanistan and afterward went to Mosul, her current posting, helping to set up local courts and dealing with legal issues regarding local Iraqis and U.S. soldiers. “I’m approaching 15 years in the service — I’ve found my military experience to be pretty awesome,” Klein wrote. “At this juncture, it’s a career.”
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form or trained in over a decade. But after one month of refresher training she was deployed to Special Operations Command Central, which is responsible for U.S. military special operations units operating in 22 nations, mostly in the Middle East. “My job was to plan for strategic communications for Special Operations units in Afghanistan or Iraq,” Kuklis said, and she traveled to those countries as well as to other nations in the region over the course of her deployment. Though there was “inherent danger in going” to Afghanistan, she said, she was far more worried about traveling into Iraq, which “was not safe at all.” Her plane was shot at as it came into Baghdad International Airport. She experienced being mortared by insurgents almost every night and riding at high speeds through the streets of Baghdad crammed into the back of a Humvee hoping to avoid being bombed. “It’s taken me about a year to transition back,” she said, having returned to civilian life in 2004. She now works for a software company in New York City. Kuklis said her education at Brown made her “a much more open thinker … including having tolerance for other people,” which she valued during her military career. “I think people who went to Brown did really well in the military,” she said. “I got a lot out of it,” she said. But she was quick to note, “I’m definitely glad to be done.”
time since “sitting around” a posting in the United States, “wasting my language skills and doing nothing worthwhile,” he said. He blamed inefficient Army management, writing it was “disheartening” to have his language skills wasted while at the same time reading countless media reports bemoaning the lack of Americans fluent in Arabic in military service. But he described the Army as an eye-opening experience that has given him a chance to meet “extremely bright and talented people in the U.S. who don’t even have a chance to go to college, much less an elite rich-kid school like Brown,” he wrote. He was deployed to Baghdad about three months ago and said the conditions at his posting are “comfortable.” But he said he does not plan to remain in the Army past his obligation, and wants to go to graduate school once he is discharged. “I’m grateful at having the opportunity to balance my Brown liberalism with the Army’s conservatism,” he wrote. “In the end, liberalism wins.”
“He knew there was more to life than getting a job and making a living,” his father Chris told the Boston Globe. According to BAM, the first time Gavriel tried to join the Marines, he was turned down because of his age and weight. He began a strict exercise routine and lost 40 pounds, eventually convincing the Marines to allow him to enlist in November 2003. He chose not to attend the Marines’ Officer Candidates School as his college degree entitled him to, but became an enlisted soldier. He was deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Division in July 2004 as a rifleman, though he told his family he worked behind a desk in intelligence so they would not worry, according to BAM. He was injured by shrapnel a week before he was killed during the battle in Fallujah, but he returned to duty anyway. Gavriel was “a heavy-duty person, a deep thinker,” his mother, Penelope, told BAM. “He liked literature and poetry. He spoke not much, but his words spoke volumes.”
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continued from page 1 dents the importance of having their voices heard, Lynch said. Many of the issues that mobilized students then garner similar importance today, though they have undoubtedly taken on alternate forms over the years. The gay rights debate, for example, became a point of controversy during the 1980s when Brown agreed to host a conference for student groups championing equal rights. The battle over gay rights has become “even more prominent now,” Lynch said, as states grapple with the issue of gay marriage, a debate that has fallen to attorneys general in other states such as Massachusetts. Given the complicated details of these civil rights issues — and their ability to captivate Rhode Island voters — Lynch said he believes they will retain their political relevance well into the future. “We have rights issues we just can’t address fully” as a state, he said. The scale of the University’s influence in local politics — aided by its large size, rich endowment and proximity to the State House — is unique among its peer institutions and renders these issues more prominent for the Brown community, said Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83. This potential for direct contact with the political process contributed to Cicilline’s own interest in local politics. “There’s no question Brown shaped my interest in politics,” he said, calling his undergraduate years “a time of great privilege and opportunity” when he could “study and learn about the world and the power of political leadership.” Cicilline, along with John F. Kennedy Jr. ’83, founded the Brown College Democrats. But when Ris arrived on campus in 2001, it was apparent to him that this tradition of political awareness had faltered. “Brown’s reputation as a political hotbed was a myth, as far as I could tell,” Ris said. “Almost nobody was active in politics, especially not on a local level.” Even participation in local affairs from groups like the Brown Democrats was “basically nonexistent.” The potential for political influence — if not students’ desire to participate — remained, and Ris described himself as a member of a “small generation” of Brown Democrats who “hated what we saw and took (the group) over.” This revitalization SERVING THE COMMUNITY
Brown alums hold many of the state’s highest political offices. U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee ’75 (R) Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 (R) Attorney General Patrick Lynch ’87 (D) Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 (D) process involved shifting the group’s focus from “sitting around and talking about what we thought” to actually becoming engaged in lobbying and campaigning efforts. The transformation culminated in an impressive display of support for local Democrats in the 2004 election, helping District 3 State Senator Rhoda Perry retain her seat. According to Professor of Political Science James Morone, both local and national trends have led to “more discussion than there was, say, 15 years ago” in regard to municipal issues. The Brown Democrats — who have become “more feisty as of late” — are a prime example of this renewed focus, Morone said. Part of this change is, of course, a reflection of the people in power. “During (former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci’s) tenure, there was a kind of good humor and cheer that undercut the seriousness with which people took to local politics,” Morone said. “People loved Cianci, but Cicilline is much more inclusive.” This approach makes the current mayor more likely to draw upon Brown students for ideas and policy suggestions. While bursts of activism inspired by those who hold political office are subject to change — Cicilline is up for re-election in 2006 — other elements contributing to renewed civic engagement among Brown students reflect long-term shifts in the political climate, Morone said. Twenty years ago, a “huge gap” separated Brown and Providence. In the early 1980s, for example, Ira Magaziner ’69 floated a state development proposal that Morone said focused largely on economic objectives. Such goals failed to capture the interest of the larger Brown community and served only to mobilize “economics professors and Republican students,” Morone
Brown students have a high rate of participation in community service, though that rate decreased between 2002 and 2003. 1,200 Brown students volunteer each semester 51% of survey respondents from the Class of 2003 said they volunteered during their time at Brown 28.8% of U.S. citizens volunteered in 2003 23.2% of Rhode Islanders volunteered in 2003 (state rank: 47th) Sources: Swearer Center for Public Service, Career Development Center, Points of Light Foundation/Indiana University
joked. Since that time, economic prosperity has allowed policymakers to look beyond development measures and examine social issues, which are generally “more arresting” for many students. “The city’s taken on a more sophisticated air,” Morone said. “It’s a much more interesting place.” Now, after “decades of neglect,” both students and faculty seem ready to take on a vast array of urban issues and problems, a trend Morone says he hopes will continue. Though Brown has certainly produced its share of local public figures, the University also has a history of contributing through less visible methods. In Lynch’s office, a group of students has assisted the attorney general in researching the impact of liquid natural gas facilities — what Lynch called “a dramatically significant environmental matter.” Also, the Brown Medical School has become a “prominent player” on a committee researching health care abuses against Rhode Island’s elderly population, Lynch said. The Swearer Center for Public Service, founded in 1987, has become an important vehicle in advancing community service projects, providing an element of organization “so that you’re not reinventing the
“Brown’s reputation as a political hotbed was a myth, as far as I could tell.” Ethan Ris ’05 Former president of the College Democrats wheel” for each proposal. This ability to institutionalize civic engagement makes the University a more efficient service provider at a time when such action is increasingly vital to Providence’s success. Political analysts believe that conservative trends in state and national politics will strengthen the need to make up for municipal programs’ budget shortages. “This is a conservative era,” said Darrell West, professor of political science and director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy. He speculated that Republican gains at the national level “will continue for at least a little while longer.” These trends will likely encourage Brown students to focus on local projects, as there are “fewer opportunities in Washington today than there were 15 years ago,” Morone said. “I think the Bush administration has been very, very good for organizing Democrats in Rhode Island,” he added. Budget decisions made by the Bush administration “directly undermine some of the work being done in American cities,” Cicilline said, citing cuts in education funds and Community Development Block Grants. This “very difficult and challenging time for cities across this country” makes community service “even more important” and boosts students’ ability to impact
“There’s no question Brown shaped my interest in politics.” David Cicilline ’83 Providence Mayor Providence through mentorship programs, tutoring and other efforts, he said. According to outgoing Swearer Center Director Peter Hocking, an associate dean of the college, students have traditionally gravitated toward educational efforts. “One of the consistent things that almost every Brown student brings with them is a familiarity and comfort level with schools,” Hocking said. “Brown students are experts at schools and experts at learning.” The Providence Public School District is a prime example of a city-funded entity facing a dangerous budget shortfall, according to Mary McClure, president of the Providence School Board. “Our budget problems are enormous. I honestly do not know at this point how we’re going to open the doors in the fall,” McClure told The Herald in March. “This year our current gap is $20 million. Even looking at all the possible things we could do to close that gap, it’s not clear” how the district will be able to function next year, she said. When Alykhan Karim ’06 spearheaded tutoring efforts through Students Teaching Students at the city’s troubled Hope High School last year, he saw the reality of these budget constraints. Karim said that without groups like Students Teaching Students, which did not coordinate efforts this year, Hope will likely go without SAT preparation programs and sex and drug education workshops due to lack of resources. But as Brown students look to expand their community outreach to address these concerns, there is “a question of scale” that may limit the effectiveness of these efforts, Hocking said. Because only 1,200 — or about 20 percent — of students can devote time to community service in any given semester, Hocking said expanding the breadth of student-sponsored programs may spread resources too thin. The Providence School District, for example, serves over 26,000 students, so increasing the number of programs would likely force volunteers to transfer energy from existing ones. Despite these logistical constraints, Morone said he is encouraged by evidence of a renewed energy among the University community “that has replaced the kind of complacency felt during the 1990s.” “I expect that only to grow,” he said. But in the future, Lynch said, this commitment to local public service may be tempered as such positions become “financially less rewarding” and students are faced with “perhaps more appealing opportunities.” The need for involvement will persist, however, and Lynch said he hopes students continue to recognize the “priceless” benefits of public service work.
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Drugs continued from page 5 However, Aung Din, policy director and co-founder of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, said that in Burma (also known as Myanmar) the problem is principally one of supply and not demand, asserting that eradication of the sources of opium was the only solution. Andreas cited another absurd and unintended fruit of the drug war. Because marijuana is bulkier and easier to detect by dogs than cocaine or heroine, domestic production of cannabis has skyrocketed, and on an international level, there has been a diversification to other less detectable, more dangerous drugs. Andreas and Tree agreed that calling the attempt to eradicate drugs a “war” was problematic, because unlike most wars, this one has no foreseeable end, they said. “For decades we’ve been waging a war against an enemy that is literally incapable of surrender,” Tree said. The “enemy” is incapable of surrender both because drug growers and dealers often have no viable alternate livelihood and because they are not a united group that is able to make a collective decision, he said. Equally troublesome as the use of the term “war” is the common assertion that Colombia is the home of narcoterrorism, Tree said. Though Andreas said that “the politics of the war on drugs and the war on terror overlap tremendously,” Tree said that narcoterrorism “is a terminology that doesn’t help us understand either phenomenon.” Ricardo Luna, a visiting professor in Latin American stud-
M. golf continued from page 11 “Everybody has their style and their comfort zone. It’s not like hockey when you can say to a guy, ‘jump over the boards and give me all you’ve got’ — he might not be able to score a goal, but he could hit a couple of guys in a shift and affect play,” Hanley said. The team travels in-state next weekend, finishing its season at the University of Rhode Island Invitational. “Next weekend we’re going to put up some good numbers. I’m more than confident,” Hanley said.
W. polo continued from page 11 offense.” After a resounding 15-3 victory over host Connecticut College to begin the second day of play, the Bears found themselves matched up against the No. 13 Hartwick Hawks for the third time this season. After being shut out in the first quarter 4-0, the Bears were unable to get on track, dropping an 11-4 decision. Kopra scored two of Brown’s four goals and also had two steals. Livermore added
ies, moderated the discussion. Luna formerly served as Peru’s ambassador, first to the United Nations and then to the United States. Audience members generally seemed pleased with the quality of the discussion, although Tania Albin ’08 said that “the way that they explained the problem but didn’t say any solutions to it” bothered her. When another audience member asked the panelists what type of crops could replace illegal substances to ensure that farmers continue to make a living, Andreas held up a case of Colombian coca tea, which is a mild, legal stimulant that could be produced in place of cocaine. “I really liked the question about alternative crops. There’s never going to be a change unless there is a change in livelihood,” said Dan MacCombie ’08, treasurer of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, which cosponsored the event with Amnesty International, Latin American Students Organization, Oxfam at Brown and Unicef at Brown. Though participants debated the root of the problem, all agreed the current state of the war on drugs is unsatisfactory. “What was really interesting was the hypocrisy of the drug war, which is an unwinnable war,” said Alex Schrobenhauser ’08.
NBA continued from page 11 ACT or SAT, was no longer eligible for college athletics. Cooke, whose game was smoother than a Brian McKnight ballad, has not been heard from since. Advocates for an age limit would argue that Cooke would never have had the disillusioned vision of teenage NBA stardom if he was forced to academically qualify for college and attend for a year or two. He would have tried harder in class and had a better opportunity to succeed in basketball and in life. The quality of the college game would benefit immensely from the added talent pool if there were an age limit. The “watchability” for NBA fans would also increase, as viewers wouldn’t have to wait six years to see the Jermaine O’Neals and Kwame Browns of the league reach their potential. O’Neal, a high-school-toNBA product himself, added to the debate last week when he argued that an age limit would be racist. It is true that there has only been one white American taken straight from
her 11th goal of the tournament and also drew four ejections. “It’s not the best we’ve played against them. The focus wasn’t there even before the game started,” Livermore said. “They just kind of caught us off guard, and they’re a very quick team. Because we weren’t as focused as we should have been, we didn’t adjust to that fast pace very well.” The second-place finish and 31 record at Northerns served as both a confidence booster and a gauge of where the team is. After recapturing some of the momentum lost from the heartbreaker against Harvard, the Bears want
M. track continued from page 16 Myers took the lead with three laps to go, and though the rest of the field tried to match the move, Myers held them off, crossing the line in 9:30.55. Next on the track, the 1,500meter run brought another top performance from a Brown harrier. Jordan Kinley ’06 won the event, clocking 3:55.96 in the stormy conditions. A total of four Bears placed in the event, bringing 20 points to the team score. Ari Zamir ’08, Nick Sarro ’08 and Tushar Gurjal ’06 all dipped under the fourminute mark to score despite a slow, flooded track. “It’s a pleasant surprise to have so many people compete well,” said runner Chris Burke ’07. “You don’t expect great races and personal bests in such conditions. It was one of those days where you simply had to be tough.” Burke proved his own tenacity with a victory in the 5,000meter race, the last event the Bears contested. His time of 14:37.57 was a personal best by over 10 seconds. “The turns were flooded,” Burke said. “I have never raced on a track like that, going against such elements.”
high school (Robert Swift, in 2004), and thus the majority of the players affected would be black. Although O’Neal’s argument is a legitimate one and worth investigation, I believe that Stern’s actions are for the good of the league. The value of an NBA franchise is not keeping pace with the growth of NFL or MLB frachinses. The NBA has been fighting a tidal wave of negitive publicity — fans are unhappy about high salaries and generally becoming more hostile towards players. Stern feels that an age limit could help remedy this. Although there are definitely race issues involved, it is clearly an unfair card to play. It may be true that the quality of the game is not where it was 10 years ago, but that’s the NBA’s fault, not the early entrants’. In the end, the arguments against an age limit in the NBA outweigh the counterarguments. So who is O.J. Mayo? Will you be wearing his NBA jersey and shoes and drinking his soda in two to four years? The verdict on that is still out. Todd Kapostasy ’07 is smoother than a Rob Thomas/Santana duet.
to use the Hartwick loss to improve on their mental fortitude in the week leading up to Eastern Championships, which will be held this weekend in Bloomington, Ind. “We don’t need to work on conditioning or anything like that. That’s already taken care of,” Livermore said. “We’re really going to work on not having mental breakdowns, treating every possession like it’s the game-winning possession. If you have that intensity, you won’t have to worry about that at the end.”
Running through standing water up to two-inches deep, Burke led the race from the start. However, it was not until he hit a half-mile to go that he was able to drop runner-up Max Feldman from UConn. “He stayed with me until there were only two laps to go,” Burke said. “It felt like we were racing the 500-meter freestyle instead.” Still, Burke managed to put a 12-second gap on his competitor before the finish of the race. Another group braving the elements was the Brown throws squad. The squad brought in the fourth victory of the day, as Kent Walls ’06 won the discus throw by a margin of 12 feet, hitting 134 feet, 11 inches. He is ranked second in the Ivy League in the event, only behind teammate and co-captain Jake Golenor ’06. Also competing solidly for the throws despite the storm were Paul Rosiak ’07 and Mathieu Frankel ’08. Rosiak took third in the javelin at 1824, and first-year Frankel claimed second in the shot put with his 45 1/4 effort. Each is seventh in the league in his event. Back on the track, Jamil McClintock ’08 took third in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking 15.15, keeping his composure despite the risks of competing over the hurdles in the slick conditions. The dangerous conditions forced the jumping events to be contested indoors, as slippery
W. track continued from page 11 “The water was ankle-deep for a good portion of the race,” Willard said. The two still ran well, claiming first and second place with times of 2:14 and 2:17. “It might have been easier for us to swim rather than run,” Komosinski added. Akilah King ’08 set a personal best of 25.33 in the 200 meters. Johnson said this was especially remarkable because her seed time was not fast enough to qualify her for the top heat. “She did it from the inside lane of the slower section,” she said. “She couldn’t race the winner but her time was good enough for second.” The throwers spent the entire meet outside in the rain but put forth great competitive efforts regardless, with wins from co-captain Jill Lynch ’05 in the shot put and Laura Dudek ’07 in the javelin. Lynch threw 42 feet, 8 3/4 inches in the shot put, then took third in the discus with a 126-10 effort. Sarah Groothuis ’08 placed just in front of her with a second place throw of 127 feet in the event. By moving to the indoor track, rainy weather could not affect the outstanding pole vault performances. Janea Russ ’06 and Tiffany Chang ’08 placed first and third, respectively. They each jumped heights of 12 feet, qualifying for outdoor ECACs. Jumps
runways and flooded sandpits created hazards for the athletes. Some of the Bears’ top athletes adapted quickly, boosting the team’s score with essential points. Brian Zubradt ’08 had a solid day, clearing 15 feet to take second in the pole vault. Though his mark tied that of winner William Thomas from UConn, it came down to the total number of missed attempts to decide the battle for first place. Zubradt earned eight points for his runner-up effort, keeping him in the top 10 of the Ivies. The high jump duo of Ray Bobrownicki ’06 and John Wade ’08 took second and third in their event, clearing 6-7 and 65, respectively. Bobrownicki remains ranked at the top of the league in the event. Steve Bernardi ’07 and Kevin Ferrone ’05 scored in the long jump, taking third at 22-11 1/4 and fifth at 22-8. Only one week stands between the Bears and the Heptagonal Championships. Though the Bears will travel to New York City to take on host school Columbia and the rest of the Ivy League on May 7 and 8, they will have one more chance to compete in front of a home crowd this season. The squad will be split between the prestigious Penn Relays and the Brown Springtime Invitational, as the team attempts to turn out strong performances at the national-level competition at UPenn and before an enthusiastic crowd at home.
Coach Anne Rothenberg was expecting these kinds of results from her athletes. “We talked about this being the week when things would start to come together,” she said. “They finally started to see the results we had been waiting for after competing on tired legs all season.” Ashley Wall ’05 placed second in the high jump with a height of 5-5, followed by fourth-place Erin Meschter ’06 with a 5-3 effort. Wall then jumped 18-7 in the long jump for third place. Dominique Bosa-Edwards ’05 came in fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 38-5 1/2 . “It’s the best she’s been this season,” Rothenberg said. Next weekend the team will divide itself between two competitions. A small squad will travel to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia while the rest of the team remains in Providence to host the Brown Springtime Invitational on May 1. The athletes traveling to Penn will compete against top Division I competition and have to handle the rigors of having a strong meet just one week before Heptagonals. The timing differs each year, but next weekend most of the distance squad will not compete at Penn because its events cannot be raced well twice in two weeks. Distance Coach Rick Wemple said those remaining in Providence next weekend are “either getting in a final tune-up before Heps or competing in their last meet of the season.”
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W. water polo goes 3-1 at Northerns Bears down Harvard, avenge last-second loss from two weeks ago BY CHRIS MAHR SPORTS EDITOR
After a 10-day break from competition, the women’s water polo team won its first three games at the Northern Championships in New London, Conn., before falling to Hartwick College in the finals, 11-4. On the first day of the tournament, the Bears were paced by captain Diana Livermore ’05, who scored nine goals en route to a 15-1 victory over Utica College and a hard-earned, 12-8 win over archrival Harvard. The second victory, coming two weeks after a gut-wrenching, last-second loss to the Crimson, was particularly sweet. “It was awesome. It was just so nice to beat them, and to beat them by four is a pretty substantial win,” Livermore said. “Everyone played really well and really came together.” In the first game against Utica, Livermore recorded six of her nine tallies on the day. Claire Angyal ’07 and Elizabeth Balassone ’07 each scored twice, while five other Bears chipped in with one goal. Goalkeeper Anne Deggelman ’08 continued her stalwart play in net, blocking eight shots. Although the victory over Utica was nice, it was the win in Brown’s fifth match-up against Harvard this season that had the team excited. After the Crimson escaped the Smith Swim Center with a 9-8 victory on April 9 courtesy of a fluke tip-in at the buzzer, the Bears were eager to get back in the pool with their rivals and prove they were the better team.
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Captain Diana Livermore ’05 scored 11 goals in leading the Bears to a second-place finish at Northerns this weekend. Just 17 seconds into the match, Balassone scored the first of two goals to put Brown up 1-0. After Harvard responded with the equalizer moments later, Livermore found the back of the net to give Brown a 2-1 advantage. The Bears outscored Harvard 3-2 the rest of the half and led 5-3 at intermission. Unlike the April 9 match, when Bruno let several two-goal leads disappear, Harvard would not come back. “We never let up this game, and I thought that in games past, we would get a lead and get complacent and not worry about them coming back,” Livermore said. “Harvard’s pretty good at coming back from behind. This time we didn’t sit back with what we (had).” In the second half, Brown
W. track falls to Huskies for first time this season BY KATIE QUINLAN SPORTS STAFF WRITER
The women’s track and field team took second out of nine teams at the University of Connecticut Invitational on Saturday. Although consistent rain throughout the day made for difficult conditions, the Bears still managed to take winning spots in the shot put, pole vault and javelin. They also earned three scoring spots in both the 800 meters and pole vault competitions. Saturday was the Bears’ first loss to UConn this outdoor season, after two wins in two weeks over the Huskies. However, several regular scorers weren’t competing in their usual events on Saturday, so the loss was not entirely surprising. “We have beaten UConn twice already, but this time we lost to them by 64 points,” said runner Kelly Powell ’06. “We just weren’t competing at full strength.” In the running events, several athletes put forth noteworthy efforts despite the unfortunate weather. They spent most of the day on the indoor track, dashing outside just long enough to race their event and then run back
inside. Head Coach Robert Johnson explained the effects of the weather on his athletes. “Being inside, you adjust to the temperature, but then your body goes into shock when it hits those elements,” he said. Alex Brown ’08 made an impressive debut with her fourth-place finish in the 5,000 meters. “I was pleased with the results because this was my first attempt at the 5k and the conditions weren’t ideal,” Brown said. “I think I did well, all things considered.” Cheryl Scott ’07 finished second in the 400 meters at 57.72 seconds. Her time was “phenomenal,” Johnson said. “She was determined from start to finish.” Scott was also pleased with her race. “I’ve been coming off a disappointing freshman year due to injuries, so it felt amazing to run well, even if it was in a torrential downpour,” she said. Julie Komosinski ’05 and Anna Willard ’06 faced the same problem during the 800 meters when the rain started pouring. see W. TRACK, page 10
outscored Harvard 7-5 for the final 12-8 margin. Livermore was once again the catalyst, recording three goals, three assists and four steals while also drawing two ejections. Karlyanna Kopra ’07 was also a threat on offense, finding the net three times. Two weeks ago, Harvard was able to slow the match down, but this time around, Brown used its superior conditioning to beat the Crimson up and down the pool. “We’re all in really good shape right now and we’re faster than most of the Harvard girls,” Livermore said. “The fact that we were getting down the pool so quickly meant that we had more time on the shot clock to run our see W. POLO, page 10
The NBA age limit: Is it really going to happen? Pop Quiz: Which of these athletes could you spot in a lineup? Lebron James, Lenny Cooke, O.J. Mayo. Okay, if you’re one-forTODD three I’m not KAPOSTASY that surprised. KAP GUN The other two names may not be so familiar, but along with Lebron, they will both undoubtedly be mentioned in connection with NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent announcement that he will bid to impose an NBA draft age minimum of 20. Lebron James is a perfect argument against an age limit. I remember during my sophomore year in high school being persuaded by one of my friends to go watch some Akron-area freshman compete in a regional final basketball game in Canton, Ohio. After personally coming to grips with driving 30 minutes solely to watch a player younger than myself play, I agreed to make the trek. I left the gym that day thinking one thing: How could a 16year-old boy possibly have the body of Terrell Owens and the athleticism of … well, nobody I’d ever seen? Even as a freshman, he was a man amongst boys. It was obvious to everyone in the gym. So what are players like Lebron James to do? They are ready to be the best players on the planet at
age 18. After all, nobody told little Freddie Adu to wait six years to play in the MLS. This year’s All-Star Game proved that high school players are succeeding in the league: Seven of this year’s participants made the jump from high school. A classic libertarian argument also seems to apply. Why should someone be prevented from benefiting from a valuable commodity that he possesses simply because of his age? The fact that many of those who are able to make the jump to the NBA are in desperate financial situations only increases the clout of this argument. There are, of course, some legitimate counterarguments. Enter Lenny Cooke. Cooke — a Bushwick, Brooklyn, native whose number of shattered glass backboards in his high school career (4) is greater than the grade levels he completed (3) — was the top high school player in the United States in 2001. At the end of his senior year, in which he did not play basketball because he had used up his eligibility, he was told that he was a lock to be a first-round selection in the NBA draft, to forgo his college eligibility and declare. This turned out to be advice he should not have taken. Cooke went undrafted and since he hadn’t bothered to take the see NBA, page 10
M. golf takes seventh at NE Champs BY KATHY BABCOCK SPORTS STAFF WRITER
The men’s golf team competed in the New England Championship in Providence this weekend during sporadically rainy weather. The Bears tied for seventh out of 13 teams with a two-day score of 627, a decent performance but not the improvement over the previous weekend they had hoped for. “It was just a really tough day. The guys played hard, they played well; they just couldn’t get it in the house and put up some numbers. It was just little things that during the round, the ball didn’t bounce our way,” said Head Coach Ed Hanley. “It was a combination between this week and last week — the weather really affected us the second day. We played through it the first day and then a little fatigue set in and we didn’t get any breaks.” Play was delayed throughout the day, and though all the teams were affected, Brown often had a longer wait, which seemed to adversely affect its performance. Also, Brown’s scores were higher on the second day, which is unusual for this team. “On Sunday, we came out
strong, and in the middle of the round (we) were doing fine until the tail end of the round,” Hanley said. “I think the fact that we were there at 8:30 and didn’t tee off until 1 in the afternoon just took a lot of wind out of our sails.” Hanley said he did not feel that the results were due to Spring Weekend stupor, a point of particular pride as the team was rumored to be less than completely committed in previous seasons. He said that leadership played a big role in the better team devotion this year. “I think Rob (Chen) ’05 did a good job as a captain in getting everyone to show up and be ready to play,” Hanley said. Brown’s low scorer was Larry Haertel ’08, who has been the Bears’ strongest performer this spring. He shot a 73 the first day and an 80 the second to tie for 16th overall. “Larry has just kept it within himself and played some pretty smart golf all spring,” Hanley said. “He had some putting problems at the end of his round yesterday or he would have shot what he usually shoots.” Next in line was James Hahn ’05, who tied for 18th with a two-day score of 154. Chen tied for 26th with a solid 157.
“I would like everybody to be a lot more consistent,” Hanley said. “Right now it seems to be Rob (Chen), Jamie Hahn and Larry Haertel putting up some decent numbers and carrying the team. There is a little inconsistency with some of the other players.” The overall play was consistent despite the end results. Yet, by the end of the tournament, the Bears were a bit worse for the wear. “It was so cold, windy and rainy. The guys played really well for 27 holes, and in the final nine holes it seemed to get to them,” Hanley said. Exhaustion alone did not cause the problem. “We had some bad, bad breaks, like a guy hitting a ball and then he can’t find it and then hitting another ball which is now in play and then finding the first ball,” Hanley said. “Also, guys made good shots, and then because of the wind the ball would go over the green or into the trees. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t.” The low scorers for Brown are fairly consistent, and probably will not change in the last tournament of the spring season next weekend. see M. GOLF, page 10
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Baseball continued from page 16 got on his players about their defensive lapses and challenged them to step up. Kutler, who went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs for the game, responded by homering to left to cut the lead to 6-3. Harvard tacked on another run in the seventh when Dietz gave up a lead off long ball to catcher Skyler Mann, but in the bottom of the inning, the Bears responded to their coach’s challenge. Danny Hughes ’06 roped a double down the third-base line to lead off the inning, and Jeff Nichols followed with a bloop single to left. Jimmy Lowe ’05 then doubled, driving in Hughes. With runners now on second and third, Harvard brought in side-armer Jason Brown to face co-captain Chris Contrino ’05, who entered the game in the fourth when Bobby Wigington ’05 was ejected for arguing a strike three call. Contrino delivered, hitting a flair to right that drew chalk from the third-base line. Lowe and Nichols scored to cut the deficit to 7-6.
Goldberger continued from page 16 that I see as great. Herald: How then do you reconcile this negative view that people have of athletes? How do you better bring them into the community as a whole? Goldberger: That is going to be the challenge, and I’m not walking into the job (saying) this is the five-point plan and I have to have this happen. We need to start a series of conversations, and those have to include athletes, they have to include coaches, faculty and administration. There are things (though) that I think are pretty simple to do. … Coaches doing academic advising. Right now we will have firstyear admissions officers assigned as academic advisors. I’d like to see coaches — maybe the Brown graduates who have been through it for 10 years — do the same type of thing. I haven’t talked to the coaches yet, I don’t know what their feelings are. … Maybe you start out with team advising with other faculty members. Right now there is a faculty liaison system and think that some of the coaches use that well and others don’t. But I’d really like to sit down with faculty, students and get their ideas on it before I come out with this plan
“I got a curveball that he left up over the outer half of the plate and I just went with it,” Contrino said. Still with nobody out, Tews bunted Contrino to third and reached first safely. Third baseman Stefan Wilson’s throw was offline, allowing Contrino to score the tying run. After Reardon advanced Tews to second with a sacrifice bunt, Harvard brought in lefty Curtis Miller to face Kutler, who singled through the left side to plate the go-ahead run. “I felt like I needed to step up today,” Kutler said. “These are very important games (and) I try to do everything in my ability to help the team win.” The Bears loaded the bases with one out when Thomas singled off the second base umpire and Christian drew a walk, but the Bears failed to score another run. Dietz went back to work, retiring the side while only allowing a walk. In the bottom of the inning, the Bears got two insurance runs for their pitcher. With runners on second and third, Wilson threw a wild pitch that allowed pinch runner Adjatay Nyadjroh ’07 to score. Reardon walked and then Kutler doubled home of “here’s what we’re going to do to make this happen.” Herald: You’re talking a lot about the role of coaches as educators. In light of the issues currently with the wrestling team and Head Coach Dave Amato, what do you see as being the role of the coach, and do you feel like he acted appropriately, or should things have been handled a different way? Goldberger: It’s hard from the outside. … I don’t feel like I know the issue well enough to be able to comment on it. I think that you can’t say out of one side of your mouth that athletes should be treated like every other type of student and that they should be viewed as part of the community and then put extra regulations on them and say that you can’t do X, you can’t do Y, you can’t do Z. But the opposite of that is there are people who have been coaching for a long time and have a lot of experience who say: “Look, these are the types of things that lead to trouble.” It’s finding that balance, and certainly when I get to July 1, I’ll sit down with Coach Amato, and I’ll be sitting down with athletes and talking about what type of things work, what type of things don’t work. Herald: When you look around the Ivies, how does Brown’s athletic department compare to the others? Goldberger: My guess is from seeing our facilities, it seems like we’ve got a lot of work to do. I think other departments seem to be better staffed, they seem to be paid better, they seem to be bigger. I’m not saying bigger is better, but I remember when President Simmons came to Brown and we had a retreat, and one of the people reporting to her said proudly, “We are now able to pay our very best faculty at the median of the Ivy League,” and she said, “That’s ridiculous. How can we hope to attract top faculty if the best they can hope for is to be in the middle of the league?” I want to make sure that we can offer our athletes as good an
Tews. “He’s Mr. Baseball,” said Tews of Kutler. “I don’t know how you can get him out.” Dietz came back out for the ninth, looking to close out the Crimson. He retired the first two batters, but Nichols made an error to keep the inning alive. The Crimson took advantage, hitting a pair of singles and scoring a run. Drabinski visited the mound to check on his starter. “He told me he had come this far, he wanted to finish,” Drabinski said. Dietz did — with a little help. Matt Vance hit a tailing low line drive to right, but Nyadjroh closed in fast and made a spectacular diving catch. Dietz pumped his fist with his first complete game in the books. “That’s one of the gutsiest performances of the year,” Kutler said of Dietz, who improved to 3-0 while lowering his team-leading ERA to 3.83. “He kept battling through everything, and didn’t let anything bother him.” The Bears travel to Norwich, Conn., today to take on Marist University for a tune-up for a home-and-home four-game series with Yale this weekend, the division title still in reach. experience as possible. That means ... making sure that we have top-flight coaches, that we have good facilities, that we have the type of things that they need to be able to compete. I don’t know as I look around at some of the other facilities that we’ve got that. I think that we’ve done some remarkable things. Dave Roach and Joan Taylor did a great job in terms of adding the new field where the lacrosse team played their games this spring. … Things like that are important steps that need to be taken. Herald: When you consider the department as a whole, what do you see there that you like? Goldberger: I’m really pleased with the coaches. The people that I’ve known and the way they have interacted with this office tells me that they really take their role as educators seriously. They’re not presenting (admission) with candidates who are just great athletes but not great students. They understand what the institution is all about. Herald: What do you see that you’d really like to improve upon? Goldberger: The biggest issue right now is going to be staffing the administrative staff when we get in. I’m not going to take this personally, but a significant number of talented people have either just left or are leaving. … Three pretty significant positions have opened up and the first real challenge is going to be to try and get a good administrative staff together to make sure that we can support the coaches and the athletes. And that’s going to be hard. ... Right now in admission, I’m supposed to take the position July 1, and I’d like to get a head start on it, but we’re just so busy here. … It’s really going to take through May to really get things in shape for the way this office has to be. … Absolutely that is an opportunity to create an administration and a staff the way I would like it to be. Herald: Where do you see the department going under your
M. lax After Hartford scored another goal, Madeira led another Bears charge late in the first quarter, scoring two goals in under a minute. Derkac added another goal to make the score 6-2 at the end of one. “We were just trying to get off to a good start to get the younger guys on the field,” Madeira said. “They do a lot when they get out there.” The Bears continued to dominate in the second quarter while getting their second midfield line involved in the action. They responded to the call with a goal from Will McGettigan ’06. Mike Bernard ’07, who was called in to spell Woodson, scored his first goal of the season, and Buckley scored again for a 9-2 score at halftime. The Bears substituted heavily in the second half, but continued to dominate play, aided by the Hawks’ poor passing. Trying to get back into the game, the Hawks began to force things on offense, resulting in dropped passes and more offensive opportunities for the Bears. The Bears took advantage, with co-captain Chris Mucciolo ’05 and Madeira scoring goals. Mucciolo also displayed his selflessness in the final seconds of the quarter, holding back on a shooting oppor-
tunity to save the Bears from having to face off man down. The fourth quarter allowed the Bears to get the entire team some playing time and give defensive players such as Frick some offensive opportunities. Frick, Asher and Gaffney took advantage to score their first career goals, giving Brown its final total of 12 goals. The Bears now face their biggest challenge of the season in No. 4 Cornell. The Big Red has already clinched a share of the Ivy title and will be looking for a sweep of the league against Brown. The Bears, for their part, know that they must beat the Big Red to earn an NCAA tournament bid. “They’re excellent,” Nelson said. “They’re a good team and they’re shooting the ball very well. Talentwise we’re about even, but they’ve been coming through in the clutch.” To beat Cornell, the Bears must contain Cornell’s explosive offense and limit their time with the ball. On offense, the Bears will need to diversify their offense and focus less on Woodson as their primary offensive weapon. “We need to be less predictable (on offense) … and we need to be able to adapt to different situations,” Madeira said. The Bears face off against the Big Red Saturday at 1 p.m. The game is also senior day and the Bears’ final home game of the season.
leadership? Goldberger: I would like to see us increase our competitiveness within the league, and I think that coaches are doing a great job, but I like to win. I’d like to make sure that we are able to compete for the Ivy title, and I’d like to be able to do it in as many sports as we can as soon as we can. Herald: What about increasing turnout at games? Goldberger: Yeah, absolutely. That’s something that I would love to see. I’m not exactly sure how. But it’s got to be that sense of this is our school, these are our friends, this is our team, as opposed to, that’s the football team or that’s the basketball team. I think that when a team starts winning, though, that enthusiasm builds. We saw that with men’s basketball and women’s basketball this year Certainly, the crowds increased as the games got better. Herald: Do you feel that your move to athletics is a sign of greater commitment on the administration’s part to athletics? Goldberger: I don’t know. I’ve seen Ruth Simmons at more basketball games than I saw (former Brown President) Gordon Gee at. I’ve seen Ruth Simmons at more gymnastics meets and volleyball games, and everybody talked about President Gee as being so committed to athletics and there were questions about whether President Simmons was. But she’s there. Just watching her body language, I have a feeling that she wants to win. If we’ve got a team, we want to be good at it. … I think that just reflects what we’ve already seen from her, so I’m not reading a whole lot into it. Herald: Do you have an advantage over an outside candidate since you are already familiar with the inner workings of the administration? Goldberger: I’d like to believe so. I know that when you bring in an outside candidate you bring in fresh ideas and new ways of looking at things. Obviously that won’t be what I’m bringing
because I’ve been at Brown so long. ... I do think (that) there is an advantage in my being here, and in the position that I am in now, and being able to have what I think are very good and meaningful conversations … (saying) these are the types of things that we really need and these are the type of things that people don’t understand. Herald: What do you see as the purpose of club sports? Goldberger: I think club sports are just so important. I think that providing athletic opportunities — if we believe, and I do, that athletics provides a great educational experience for people in terms of setting goals, achieving them, working as a team — then the ability to expand them to as many people as we possibly can is important. There are people who love to play sports like rugby, and who love to play sports that maybe they’re not quite good enough to be on the varsity level, or maybe the sports are not offered on the varsity level, but for somebody to be able to walk in and to be part of an athletic team is an opportunity that I think is important. Now, I understand that there are some club sports that fall under the auspices of the athletic department, there are some that don’t. This is going to be a big learning experience for me as well, in terms of how does it work, what’s the progression, how do sports move from one area to another. Herald: Do you have any regrets about leaving the Admission Office? Goldberger: Sure. I love the people here, and that’s the hard thing. … But the opportunities are so exciting, and the challenges that are out there are, too. I’m really looking forward to doing this, despite the regrets I might have about leaving the people that I really love. Herald: How does it feel to be back in athletics? Goldberger: It actually feels great. It’s a real comfort zone.
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Remember these children GUEST COLUMN BY ALI ZARRABI If you walk on the Main Green today, you will notice a cemetery of approximately 800 graves — one for each of the children lost in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each tombstone is placed in chronological order from September 29, 2000, when the Palestinian intifada began, to April 2005. These children were not in the Israeli army, nor were they suicide bombers; they were innocent victims of a prolonged and violent stuggle. This installation was erected in memory of these children, whose voices will be heard as more than mere statistics. This installation was made by Brown Tikkun, a student group dedicated to creating an open and safe space in order to promote dialogue regarding the current situation in Israel-Palestine. We are open to all students regardless of faith or nationality. To create this public art display, students from a broad political spectrum — from those who identify as Zionist to pro-Palestinian — were involved. While we may differ in politics, we are linked by a common thread: We stand in solidarity with the victims of this conflict. We are pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian, but not necessarily pro-Israel or pro-Palestine. Many have approached us asking for the “message” of the installation. What is your point? What is your solution? So are you onestate or two-state? It was never our intention for the work to present a clear message to the viewer; rather, the viewer must bring his or her own perspective to the artwork. We have simply stated facts, with hopes that it may serve as a catalyst for reflection and dialogue on this campus. With the recent polarization of IsraelPalestine politics at Brown, it is imperative that we listen to the diverse opinions held by students here before we subscribe to labels and succumb to tempting one-sided rhetoric. We must listen to opposing perspectives on the conflict to truly understand our own. I entered Brown entirely and exclusively pro-Palestinian, but I also knew very little about the Israeli perspective. A curiosity about the other drew me to Tikkun, where I met some students who also entered Brown unconditionally supporting a state, only theirs was Israel. Through dialogue, barriers were broken down, and as more perspectives became visible, it became more difficult for any of us to support any state unconditionally. The focus shifted to social justice for the people on both sides, for all victims of the conflict. Brown Tikkun recently hosted members of the Bereaved Parents Circle, an organization of hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost a family member as a result of the conflict. The families, instead of seeking revenge, they have decided to speak and listen to the families on the other side of the struggle’s wall. Once they humanized the enemy, it was far less likely for them to seek vengeance. The same principle applies back home. Through constructive dialogue on campus, we can transcend tensions between students and organizations and actively work for peace in Israel-Palestine. Both in the Middle East and at home, we should work to destroy the barriers separating lines of communication. For IsraelPalestine, demolition of the physical Wall will not guarantee the end of violence; the hearts and minds of the people must be changed as well. At Brown, we must take the initiative to seek out other perspectives not only to challenge our own beliefs, but to also construct new means of activism to help with the situation on campus and abroad. Ali Zarrabi ’06 is a proud Tikkuner.
Affordable housing in Providence GUEST COLUMN BY DAVID SEGAL Providence has a housing affordability crisis. Forty percent of households live in housing that is considered unaffordable for them, and the effects of this situation are felt in all corners of our community. High housing costs exacerbate poverty and all the troubles that follow it, make neighborhoods less stable, make our workforce more transient, and more. I’m working with several colleagues on the City Council and with community groups from throughout Providence, to push an initiative that will start to ameliorate the situation. Housing supply and costs are largely subject to forces over which the city has no control — for instance, RISD’s construction of a new dorm downtown will mean a significant reduction in pressure on East Side rents, while were we to decide that rent controls were a sensible measure to undertake, state law would prevent us from implementing them. But Providence could adopt a so-called “inclusionary zoning” ordinance to generate new affordable housing, at no cost to the city. Inclusionary zoning ordinances are named as such to distinguish from conventional zoning practices, which are often “exclusionary,” in that they tend to stratify cities by socioeconomics. This is a huge problem in Providence, where economic segregation is transparent, and which astoundingly suffered from the nation’s highest increase in whiteHispanic segregation during the 1990s. More than 100 communities in
California have adopted IZ ordinances, as have dozens in Massachusetts, most of metro Washington, D.C., and other cities and towns across the country. I have spent several months working with the Casey Foundation, the Rhode Island Housing Network, Jobs with Justice, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, ACORN and the Providence Plan to organize and commission a study of our housing market, and to develop an inclusionary zoning ordinance for Providence. The
units. If half were owner occupied and half rented, so too would be the affordable ones. In most cases affordable units would be mixed within larger developments. For costlier projects, like mill rehabilitations, mandates might need to be lower, and the city could provide more leeway as to the location of affordable units, or just require a contribution to the city’s new housing trust fund, which we succeeded in establishing last year. In return for producing and maintaining affordable units, the city would provide certain offsets — perhaps allowing fee waivers, somewhat increased height or density, or other design flexibility — which would save developers time and money. Such offsets would negate any disincentive to development that affordability requirements might otherwise yield. Our study will examine the monetary value of particular offsets so we can match them with development costs. Inclusionary zoning wouldn’t solve our housing troubles, which are largely contingent on action by the state and federal governments. But it could stop the problem from getting any worse, and mean construction of new affordable housing for several hundred Providence residents each year. We hope that an ordinance will be formally before the Council by late summer, and the push will heat up come fall.
The city could adopt a so-called “inclusionary zoning” ordinance to generate new affordable housing. work of our study is being performed by PolicyLink, an Oakland, Calif., think tank, and recently we brought PolicyLink to town for a series of forums with lawmakers. Loosely, as our study has not yet been issued, we think the city should require all developments of more than, say, 10 units, to include housing that is affordable to lower-income Providence residents. We anticipate recommending that 10-15 percent of units in such developments be affordable; ordinances in other parts of the country have set asides as high as 25 percent or more. Ideally, the size and ownership of affordable units would mirror the breakdown of other units in a given development: If half of the development’s units were three-bedroom and half were twobedroom, so too would be the affordable
David Segal represents College Hill and Fox Point on the Providence City Council.
Cry for a nation GUEST COLUMN BY ALISON FAJANS-TURNER Last semester, Andrew Loewenstein, an international litigator and US government advisor, presented a stunning lecture on the ongoing tragedy in Darfur, Sudan. Where else does one have a 61 percent chance of witnessing a family member’s murder, an 80 percent chance of having one’s village destroyed and a 16 percent chance or greater that, if you are a woman, you or someone you know will be raped? Loewenstein’s statistics, gathered by a task force sent to assess the genocide in Darfur, make it all too clear that we cannot sit idly by in the face of such inhumanity. Atrocities in the Western Darfur region began in 2003. Janjaweed militia and government forces forged an alliance aimed at eliminating the non-Arab inhabitants of Darfur. Further complicating matters, a 21-year-old civil war has torn the country in two. The black African majority, concentrated in the south, has been at odds with the northern Arab-dominated government over a lack of representation. Uneven distribution of significant oil revenues has only further fueled these regional hatreds. With preexisting religious and racial animosities already aggravated, a flimsy cease fire was breached in 2003 by two anti-government militias, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLA), and the foundation for genocide was laid. The government struck back with a vengeance, enlisting a militia known as the Janjaweed, composed of local Arab recruits who brought historic prejudices and economic envy into the conflict. This retaliation became the pretext for the persecution of an entire people, culture and way of life. The humanitarian crisis in Darfur is a
blight on the modern conscience, exposing the gross hypocrisy of the cry “never again,” first sounded after the Holocaust and subsequently echoed after each serial genocide of the 20th century. A systematic attempt to annihilate Darfur’s nonArab, black Africans is now underway. Their villages are razed, their farms and livestock are decimated and they themselves are mutilated, raped and killed. Males of all ages have been selected for extermination in an effort to wipe out the seed and strength of Darfur’s targeted populations. Some authorities place the death toll at upwards of 300,000 and the number of displaced at 2.4 million. The sheer magnitude of these atrocities forces us to act against the suffering of Darfur’s people. Too many remain unaware of these terrible crimes. We need to convince our politicians and leaders to take the action that is long since overdue. We have in the past proven ourselves capable of administering in the aftermath of genocide, through shipments of aid and personnel to refugee and internal displacement camps. This time, we cannot limit ourselves merely to alleviating the effects after the fact. We must strike directly at this genocide and its perpetrators. In our attempts to stem the violence we must be careful not to undermine the measures already being taken. U.S. government actions and U.N. troop commitments (presently 10,000) thus far must be supported at the same time as we push for further measures of intervention. It is important to criticize the insufficiency of what is being done, but not at the expense of crippling current efforts. Our criticism must be constructive in its approach: Rather than saying “sending troops without a mandate to engage the enemy is useless,” let us say “send more,” until the troop
level is sufficient to discourage violence. It is frustrating for students to be chastised for not caring enough. Those who chastise rarely provide outlets for effective action, expecting their audience to take their own initiative. However, the sheer magnitude of such problems often leaves us feeling overwhelmed, resulting in unintentional idleness. This lack of action allows crimes of all magnitudes, including genocide, to persist. Here, I believe, we have the opportunity to impact change. To ,this end the Darfur Action Coalition at Brown has initiated a letter writing and phone calling campaign to alert senators to our concern. Furthermore, we are organizing a week of awareness and support for ending the genocide in Darfur ending on April 30. Highlights will include two lecture panels comprised of such experts as Richard and Carolyn Fluehr Lobban, Andrew Loewenstein, Ali Dinar, Ruth Messenger and our keynote, John Prendergast; showings of various documentaries; and t-shirt sales whose proceeds will go to charities and lecture costs. The Darfur Action Coalition will provide the direction and structure for action. All you need to do is add your voice to ours and help us all to make a difference. This is not an event uniquely cooked up by Brown liberalism — it is a nationwide exercise of popular power and opinion. Student’s on campuses across the country are raising a collective call of awareness and support for Darfur’s plight. Here is an opportunity to overcome your sense of powerlessness and speak out in praise of life over death! Allison Fajans-Turner ’07 is a member of the Brown Darfur Coalition, which meets on Sunday 7:30 p.m. in West House.
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Enriching diversity The introduction of the commerce, organizations and entrepreneurship concentration and the potential hiring of several new faculty in each of its three component departments — sociology, economics and engineering — is an exciting thought at the end of this semester. Given the many longterm goals of the Plan for Academic Enrichment, it’s nice to see developments that will affect current students, even if only first-years and sophomores will likely be able to take advantage of the new concentration. However, with the recent suspension of the biomedical ethics concentration and the near-death of the American Sign Language program, we hope the introduction of COE is a more accurate sign of things to come. We understand there is a limited, though growing, amount of resources to be shared among academic programs. But is it really enrichment to concentrate those resources in a few select programs? This brings us to the semester’s catchphrase: intellectual diversity. At Brown the expression gets tossed around in reference to the liberal-conservative divide, but it is not limited to that particular area. Intellectual diversity also means having a varied discourse of ideas on campus, one that is enriched particularly by smaller programs like ASL and biomedical ethics. If the University is committed to increasing intellectual diversity, then protecting programs like these should be a priority. The creation of COE and the faculty hires it could bring will enhance the education of many students at Brown. But smaller programs like the two considered for elimination provide just as important an educational experience. Though COE alums are more likely to make big donations, ASL and biomedical ethics are far from irrelevant. The hiring of faculty to bolster the COE concentration would be great for the University community, but the hiring of biomedical ethics faculty to help that program stay afloat would not benefit the Brown community any less. We are not asking the University to spend money on classes in the study of our favorite cartoons or in underwater basket weaving. We only want the programs from which students are currently benefiting not to be cast aside in favor of bigger, flashier additions or changes to the Course Announcement Bulletin. We hope the University has learned its lesson from the response to the potential ASL cuts: We want growth, but we don’t want to lose what we have to make it happen.
LETTERS Clinton line chaos resulted from lack of info and get tickets during different time slots.
To the Editor: Monday morning’s Clinton line is testament both to Brown students’ enthusiasm and the organizers’ lack of thoughtfulness. Clueless and cold, I was in line near University Hall at 9 a.m. Even then, people around me had no clue whether they would get tickets to the live address. At 9:30 a.m., a staff member reassured the crowd that 4,700 tickets to Meehan would be distributed. Finally, we got a sense of the numbers — even though the information turned out to be wrong. Many of us enjoyed ourselves, but I’m sure many wouldn’t have been there so early on Monday morning if we knew that 3,000 tickets were available for the live event. Surely, knowing that tickets would be held for Monday night and Tuesday would have helped too. In fact, the method itself was brilliant. It allowed people to go to class (among other things)
However, this crucial information was mistakenly withheld. Consequently, thousands showed up before the first time slot, fearing that the “supply will be exhausted.” What we got was a beautiful picture of the snaked line on the Main Green; we got classes cancelled; we got people upset by line-cutters. We got chaos — utterly unnecessary chaos. I urge organizers of future big events to be more specific about ticket distribution. Let people know how many tickets will be handed out, and when. Saying “a limited number” is not enough — unlimited chaos will ensue.
Vincent See ’06 April 26
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Herald failed to cover Anti-War teach-in To the Editor: That The Herald has carried not one story covering Monday’s Anti-War teach-in is more than a little disappointing. The event, attended by over 100 people, was a tremendous success. It was, in fact, one of the largest student-sponsored anti-war events of the year. Four Brown professors spoke, connecting their own research to the war in Iraq. A great discussion section followed, with students and faculty hanging out and talking until 11 p.m. Thus, the event was relevant not only to Brown campus politics and activism, but also to the larger global movement against this war. It was incredibly
well received. ... except by The Herald! And you even ran an announcement of the event on Monday. ... Where were you? The U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq is one of the most important events of our lifetimes. It is a shame that Brown students were not able to read about the Brown Antiwar Coalition’s largest event this year in The pages of the Herald. Derek Seidman GS Elizabeth Sperber ’06 April 25
C O R R E C T I O N S An April 26 sports article, “Crew ends up on top,” misspelled men’s crew Head Coach Paul Cooke’s name. An April 26 editorial, “Controlled chaos,” incorrectly said that the Brown News Service was involved in the process of distributing tickets for Bill Clinton’s upcoming speech.
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Running in front of an avalanche GUEST COLUMN BY WILL PASLEY You run and you run to try to get away but the avalanche is always just behind you, growing. That is the best description for the way schoolwork feels. And I am not alone. Feeling overworked and a little frustrated is common. I have heard the phrase, “I can’t wait for this semester to be over” on numerous occasions. High levels of stress and anxiety are easily observed throughout campus. There are workshops to help people deal with stress. I have even seen an advertisement for a computer program promising to help you avoid insanity by organizing your time better. The stress and anxiety felt by students over their work can also lead to depression and in extreme cases suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 10 percent of all college students have been diagnosed with depression, although some statistics claim as high as 20 percent, especially in more demanding institutions. That is one in five! Disability support services, on the psychological disorders part of their Web site, refers to depression as “common.” It amazes me that this is assumed to be the natural, logical life of a student. Many would blame the individuals for their stress, declaring them “lazy, not smart enough” or “bad time managers.” But the students here at Brown are among the smartest and hardest working people I have ever seen. I also don’t think the majority of stressed students are poor time managers. We may have difficulty staying ahead of the avalanche but we run as best we can. Here is the question I would pose to the Brown community: What can be done to reduce anxiety and stress on campus, to improve the mental health of the students and to simply improve our lives? Psychological services already does an outstanding job helping students deal with stress and anxiety — according to their Web site, 1,300 students have appointments each year, and another 2,000 went to workshops and training sessions. However, they cannot fix the root of the problem, they can only try to help people deal with the symptoms. My instinct tells me that the core issue is the design of the school system. Something is wrong when the drop out rate for high school remains above ten percent Something is wrong when millions of young adults are not attending high school and have not earned a diploma. Something is wrong when students dread school and despise their work. Getting to the root of the problem would require Brown to look into the very core of the education system it embraces. There must be a type of educational system that doesn’t cause such negative side effects on the students it is supposed to help. Major institutional changes would be required, and a new vision of the way the University is designed and how students interact with it is needed. As one of the best schools in the world, we should be able to devise a system where the students don’t feel like they are running in front of an avalanche. Will Pasley ’08 wears snow shoes.
Team huddle Whether we like it or not, modern American politics has become something of a team sport. I consider myself a liberal and a Democrat, so I’ve come up with three relatively simple guidelines that I think my team should start thinking about to make ourselves more effective. 1. Engage with conservatives, in person and in print. I’ve heard a lot of liberal students in my classes blow off conservatives by saying “I just don’t understand where these people are coming from.” That’s unacceptable. For liberals to truly be informed, we must occasionally put down our copies of the Nation and the New York Times’ opinions page and pick up the National Review or the American Spectator. Their Web sites are overflowing with information (or disinformation, as the case may be), and Fox News is only a click away on your remote control. It’s easy to get information about what the other side is thinking, to actually wrestle with their points of view. We absolutely must do so. Also, we should be jumping at every opportunity to have open and respectful debate with our conservative friends. If you don’t have conservative friends, make them. Seriously, they won’t shoot you in the face or anything. Don’t blow off their points of view as racist, dumb, neo-imperialist, etc. Figure out where their argument is coming from and what it’s based on. If we don’t understand their perspective, we can’t confront it. And we’ll get our asses kicked. 2. Pick and choose your battles. There are some in the Democratic Party (including former President Bill Clinton) who believed during the last election cycle that the Democrats should have turned their
back on the gay community even more than they did. Clinton even suggested that John Kerry back some of the state initiatives against gay marriage. To his credit, Kerry refused. Backing those initiatives might have helped him (though I personally don’t think so), but some things are worth fighting over. Now let’s jump to February 2005, when Jada Pinkett Smith visited Harvard and declared, “Women, you can have it all — a loving man, devoted husband, loving children, a fabulous career.” Admittedly, her comments were, as the Harvard BGLTSA put it, “heteronormative.” But the decision of the
poverty. Conservatives highlighted his stances on cultural issues. And that debate made me wonder whether the late Pope would have chosen to be a Democrat or Republican if he were resitering to vote in the United States. I’m still not sure what the answer to that quandry would be, but I know what it should be: Democrat. We need to be willing to embrace people who hold our basic beliefs in peace, equality and opportunity, even if they differ from us on specific issues. Those at the top of our party are starting to recognize this reality, as was evident in the selection of anti-choice Democrat Harry Reid for Senate Minority Leader. Still, we on the grassroots level are too quick to reject someone based on individual policy views. I often find us clinging to issues that divide liberals rather than those around which we can rally together. Can you imagine an anti-choice leader for the Brown Democrats? Or one who supported school vouchers? I myself am pro-choice and uneasy about vouchers, but I wouldn’t want to unnecessarily blow off potential allies just because I disagree with them on one issue. In short, I don’t believe that Democrats need to be “more liberal” or “more conservative,” as many talking heads would argue on CNN. I think we need to make it easier to join our team. And as that team starts growing (and it will grow!), we need to remember to choose our battles wisely and learn what our oponents have to say. If we start there, we might just end up winning.
If you don’t have conservative friends, make them BGLTSA to turn it into a national issue is absurd and self-defeating. Most people can understand that Pinkett was trying to be empowering and encouraging. By deriding her for such basically harmless comments, liberals alienate communities that might otherwise be willing to budge on more important queer rights issues. Kerry understood which battle was important to fight; the Harvard BGLTSA did not. The contrast betrays flaws in liberal politics on both a national and grass-roots level: Nationally, Dems tend not to do what Kerry did and take a stand on an important issue. From the grass-roots perspective, liberals tend to want to take a stand on everything, when we might be better served to focus on a few, weightier battles. 3. Open up our team. After the recent death of Pope John Paul II, liberals and conservatives both tried to claim a piece of his legacy. Liberals pointed out his opposition to the Iraq war, diplomatic multilateralism and hard line against
Joel Silberman ’05 plans to be the Washington Redskins’ first ever 120-pound linebacker.
Rethinking arming: safety or protection GUEST COLUMN BY VANESSA HUANG I once asked Sgt. Stephen St. Jean how he knew that the man rushing towards him in a virtual reality weapons training for Brown police was coming to “kill” him. “What, do you think he was coming to play a game of Parcheesi?” was his response. While I hear that Brown’s Department of Public Safety is working hard to build trust with the campus community in anticipation of having an armed police force, my interaction with St. Jean a month or so ago incited much more anxiety than comfort. I had just sat down to dinner with my partner when St. Jean asked if he might join us. After 20 minutes of uncomfortable silence and awkward conversation, I finally asked him what was on my mind: What was going on with the arming of the Brown police? He told me that DPS will be armed by September at the latest — “just in time for school to start” — and that weapons trainings are well underway. I cringed. It was one thing to hear the administration’s decision last year, but another to be confronted with the reality of a timeline. St. Jean delighted in sharing virtual reality scenarios from the weapons trainings. In one scenario, a man holding a baby rushed at him with a knife to “kill” him. Hold up. How did he know the man was coming to “kill” him? Upon further probing, I found that St. Jean had seen only two options in this scenario: either die or shoot. So, many of his scenarios ended with him shooting the “killer.” I probably should not have been surprised. Brown contracted the Rhode Island State Police to provide all weapons-related trainings for DPS, I learned from St. Jean; of the six state police agencies included in a 1991 Department of Justice report on police
brutality, Rhode Island’s was cited with the highest number of complaints for excessive force, according to Human Rights Watch. When I asked St. Jean my next logical question, “What trainings are you receiving from the Office of Institutional Diversity?” he was slow to speak. “You know, diversity stuff,” he replied. No mention of how black people tend to magnetize cops’ bullets. Something he did recall enough to articulate was his surprise at learning that foreign students are often shocked to see uniformed campus police, because campus police abroad frequently are not uniformed. DPS’s response — that international students need to work on that — seemed odd, yet highly reflective of U.S. culture. We would rather convince foreign students to be more com-
Maintaining long-term visions is difficult, particularly given the restraints that often arise from our funding sources — for the U.S. Congress, multinational corporations; for mainstream anti-violence groups, a lack of state funding; for Brown, the Corporation. Yes, it’s easier to bomb Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s easier to build more prisons. It’s easier to arm campus police. But none of these responses to a need for safety make any sense. As with the world outside of Brown, it seems that legitimate safety concerns have been used to perpetuate racialized fears driving our increasingly militarized communities. This can have deadly consequences, and more likely than not, these consequences will disproportionately harm black and brown students and black and brown local community members. As a campus community, we should be seriously engaging the differences between safety and protection, and encouraging campus administrators to do the same. Rather than buying weapons and training Brown cops to use them, we might instead expand the SafeWalk program and seriously examine — and rectify — Brown’s relationship with local communities Why not invest in true safety for all students — including students of color and female, trans and queer students — and develop genuine accountability processes when we are targeted by hate crimes, sexual assault, or by campus and local policing? Protection — war, weapons, prisons, police — can harm and kill us. True safety will not.
Many of the scenarios ended with him shooting the “killer.” fortable with militarized campuses than take the opportunity to seriously reflect on their surprise, and what it might illuminate about the way we do things in the U.S. In particular, how we think about safety: The media and politicians often tell us that weapons, police, prisons and the war on terror will keep us safe from scary people and “criminals” (read: black and brown people). Yet these measures seem less about safety than about protection. They are dependent on harmful power relations, building barriers and isolation. Creating true safety means building healthy relationships based in trust and mutual accountability, by examining likely root causes for things like Sept. 11 (U.S. imperialism), domestic and sexual violence (rape culture) and poor people mugging Brown students (Brown’s relationship with local communities).
Vanessa Huang ‘06 can imagine a safer world without policing and prisons.
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SPORTS WEDNESDAY APRIL 27, 2005 · PAGE 16
Baseball remains behind Crimson in division race BY CHARLIE VALLELY SPORTS STAFF WRITER
The baseball team split a doubleheader with Harvard Tuesday to remain a game behind the Crimson in the Red Rolfe Division. After losing the first game 10-3, the Bears battled back in the second, erasing a four-run deficit in the seventh and holding off Harvard in the nineth to win, 10-8. “If we had lost (the second game), the season would have been over,” said Head Coach Marek Drabinski. In game one, Harvard jumped to an early lead, plating runs in the first and second off starter Bryan Tews ’07. The Bears evened the score in the third on an RBI groundout by Paul Christian ’06 and an RBI single to center by career hits leader Matt Kutler ’05. In the sixth with the score tied at three, Harvard took the lead with two outs when Morgan Brown drove in a run on an infield single. The next batter, Zak Farkes, hit a basesclearing single to give Harvard a 7-3 lead they would not relinquish. Tews suffered the loss, surrendering eight earned runs on nine hits to drop to 2-3 on the season, though he pitched better than the box score suggested. He got into a groove in the
A Kut above With six hits Tuesday against Harvard, Matt Kutler ’05 increased his Brown career-record total to:
middle innings, striking out the side in the third and two more in the fourth, finishing with eight punch-outs total. “I thought he pitched amazing,” Kutler said. “(Harvard is) a very good hitting team (but) they might have hit two balls hard. Unfortunately, when they got those little hits there were runners on. … (But Tews) got ahead of a lot of batters he faced and that’s all we can ask of him.” “I made my pitches when I had to,” Tews said. “It just humbles you, because there’s nothing you can do (on bloop hits).” Needing a win in the second game to keep the team’s division title hopes alive, Drabinski handed the ball to sidewinder Jeff Dietz ’08. Dietz responded well to the pressure, holding Harvard scoreless through five while surrendering four hits and striking out six. The Bears’ bats gave Dietz some support in the fourth. After Tews led off with a walk, Conor Reardon ’08 — starting for injured slugger Eric Larson ’07 — hit a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. Kutler, who leads the Ivy League with a .430 batting average, stepped to the plate and singled through the right side to score Tews. Catcher Devin Thomas ’07 then hit into a double play, plating Reardon for a 2-0 Brown lead. The Bears’ defense let Dietz down in the sixth, committing three errors that allowed the Crimson to score six runs in the inning. Before the bottom half of the inning, Drabinksi see BASEBALL, page 12
M. track takes third at UConn BY JILANE RODGERS SENIOR SPORTS WRITER
STORRS, Conn. — The men’s track and field team battled inclement New England weather for the first time this season at the University of Connecticut Invitational. Rain and high winds battered the track all of Saturday, but the meet continued as scheduled. The Bears fielded a limited squad, resting a number of top athletes, but managed to place third of the six teams competing. The host Huskies took the win, tallying 213 points. Brown’s score of 153 was also topped by University of Albany’s 201. The Bears turned in victories across the board in the distance races. In the first event on the track, rookie Ozzie Myers ’08 won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, setting a 28-second personal best in the process. “I started off in last place for the first lap,” Myers said. “After that it was about picking people off one at a time. (Distance Coach) John (Gregorek) set up a plan for me, and I just made sure to follow through with it.” see M. TRACK, page 10
Goldberger excited about switch to athletics BY BEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
With the peak of the admissionsseason just past, The Herald sat down with Michael Goldberger, the current director of admission, who will take over as the new athletic director July 1. Herald: Why did you say you were not interested in being considered for the job over the summer, but changed your mind when they brought up the idea again in mid-March?
No. 20 m. lax cruises by Hawks 10 players score in 14-6 rout as Bears improve to 6-4 on season BY BERNIE GORDON SENIOR SPORTS WRITER
The men’s lacrosse team defeated the University of Hartford Tuesday evening, getting goals from 10 different players en route to a 14-6 victory. Three goals by Dave Madeira ’07 and three assists by scoring leader Kyle Wailes ’06 led the Bears. The win brings Bruno to 6-4 on the season and drops Hartford to 2-11. “It was a fun game,” Madeira said. “It was good to get everyone on the field.” After opening up an early lead, Brown took the opportunity to get the entire team some playing time. Tony Frick ’05, Brian Asher ’08 and Tyler Gaffney ’07 all scored their first career goals. The Bears made a special effort to get Frick, a lifetime defensive midfielder, a goal in his second-tolast home game. “He deserved to get a goal,” said Head Coach Scott Nelson. “He’s a good lacrosse player, and we just wanted to make sure he got one.”
Nelson put Frick in on an extra man opportunity and he did not disappoint. When Wailes beat his man and drew an extra defender, Frick cut to the goal, caught the pass from Wailes and buried the ball in the back of the net. “It was good, (because) us defensive middies don’t get a lot of chances to score goals,” Frick said. Reflecting on his four years with the team, Frick said, “I’ve loved every minute of it. (The best part is) walking on the field with five other guys (when) we have to make a big stand.” Hartford scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes in, utilizing its slow-paced, methodical offense to try and wear the Bears down. “I thought they did a good job,” Nelson said. “They had a good game plan (with their slowpaced offense) and they executed it.” The Bears quickly took over the game, though, scoring three goals in less than a minute and a half. Co-captain Chazz Woodson
Ozzie Myers ’08 took first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the UConn Invite Saturday, setting a personal best in the process.
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Alex Buckley ’07 scored two goals in Brown’s 14-6 rout of Harford Tuesday. ’05 got Brown on the board when he scored just after the end of an extra man opportunity, then dished out an assist on an Alex Buckley ’07 tally. Co-captain Britton Derkac ’05 capped the rally by beating his man over the top of the box for an unassisted goal. “Hartford doesn’t recover as quickly as some teams we play, so by moving the ball we were able to get guys open,” Madeira said. see M. LAX, page 12
Goldberger: I really just enjoy the admission job, and it was just something that I probably didn’t give the full amount of thought that I should have at the time. As the search went on, and then when I talked with people in the middle of March when I came back to it — or when it came back to me — there were a couple of things that came up … that sort of heightened by interest, because I didn’t realize that that was really going to be part of the job. These were reinforced the very next day when I talked with President (Ruth) Simmons about it. Those things were twofold. One is what role should athletics play in the life of an Ivy League institution? … I think the president really wants to have a good conversation and wanted to have somebody in athletics who really has a sense of the academic mission of the institution and can participate in that conversation, so that was one thing that I found really intriguing and something that I’d really like to sink my teeth into. The other is there’s a feeling among a lot of people … that athletics is not as integrated into the life of Brown as it ought to be. The athletes are sometimes considered a little bit separate. Coaches aren’t considered educators, and this is a notion that I don’t think is healthy and I don’t think is right, and to address that
became a challenge that I really wanted to sink my teeth into as well. ... This is a great office and I love the people I work with, but I remember when I first began here coaching that you would know a student for four years … and there are people that I still am in touch with (after) all this time. That just surfaced as an opportunity that I hadn’t thought about and something that was very attractive to me. Herald: When you talk about the role of athletics at an Ivy League institution, what do you personally see as its role being? Goldberger: Athletics is an opportunity for people to depend on one another, to learn about working on a project together, to learn about sacrificing and being part of a team to accomplish goals. All of these … can be learned in different ways. … But athletics has traditionally been a place where those opportunities happen and that is something see GOLDBERGER, page 12 BROWN SPORTS SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, APRIL 26 BASEBALL: Harvard 10, Brown 3; Brown 10, Harvard 8 M. LACROSSE: Brown 14, Hartford 6 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 W. TENNIS: vs. Yale (2 p.m., Varsity Courts) BASEBALL: at Marist
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