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Volume CXLI, No. 21 UGANDA OR BUST Women’s rugby aims to beat African teams and AIDS during an atypical Spring Break trip CAMPUS NEWS 5

An independent newspaper serving the Brown community since 1891 NO MORE FUN IN GAMES After a struggle for survival, Games House votes to disband due to low membership CAMPUS NEWS 5

SQUASHING THE OPPOSITION Athlete of the Week Breck Bailey ’09 discusses vegetables, office cubicles and octogenarians SPORTS 12



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Students received free backrubs for stress relief from members of the Brown Univeristy Relaxation Project at a Wellness Cafe recently.

Tuition hike, Sudan divestment on Corporation’s weekend agenda BY ERIC BECK NEWS EDITOR

Members of the Brown Corporation will convene on campus this weekend to set the University’s budget and tuition, consider divestment from Sudan, formally accept major donations and plan for the University’s future. Brown’s bicameral governing body gathers on campus three times each year — in October, February and May. The tightly scheduled weekends include a strategic discussion session, a general body business meeting and committee meetings. The February meeting is especially notable because the Corporation sets

the University’s operating budget for the next fiscal year. Each year, the University Resources Committee makes a budget recommendation in a report to President Ruth Simmons. The president then makes her own budget recommendation, which is presented to the Corporation along with the URC report. The Corporation’s budget topics include increases to tuition and room and board fees for the next academic year. The budgetary considerations will include whether to move club sports from the student activities budget to see CORPORATION, page 4

Despite several crucial setbacks, the massive Life Sciences Building — a $95 million undertaking to expand science facilities on campus — is slated to open this summer. Since work at the site of the building began in 2003, several problems emerged that impeded construction. While some of these problems were unforeseen, others resulted from the building’s complex architectural program. The LiSci was “talked about 10 years ago,” and design work began in September 2000, according to Richard Spies, executive vice president for planning and senior advisor to the president. By mid-2003, the Brown Corporation had approved the budget, and work on the site began soon thereafter. Since then, “this whole project has been a struggle,” Spies said. “We’re fighting to hang on to both our schedule and our budget.” Spies called the 170,000 square foot structure “by far the most expensive building on campus.” The original plan for the building included space for the cognitive and linguistic sciences department, in addition to the molecular and cell biology department and the neuroscience department. But by mid-2002, “the Plan for Academic Enrichment increased faculty, (and) we realized that we couldn’t fit all three departments,” Spies said. This realization “inspired us to push for the Sidney Frank Hall,” which is where the cognitive and linguistic sciences department will eventually be relocated, Spies added. Plans for building faced another problem when community members filed

Could copyright laws land you in a courtroom? Even with Napster service, illegal file-sharing continues on University network BY SIMMI AUJLA SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Kanye West is hot on campus. In fact, his single “Gold Digger” topped a recent list of most downloaded songs on Brown’s Napster service, which the University began to offer students this fall in an attempt to curb illegal downloading. But the Napster program itself has not been nearly as popular with Brown students. Daily summaries that the music vendor FEATURE sends to the University show that only 1,866 students currently subscribe to Napster. Not all students are able to subscribe because the service is not compatible with Macintosh computers. Even with non-Mac users, Napster has not been met with the unbridled success for which the University had hoped when a committee decided last spring to offer students a one-year trial of the program. “For such a large group of people, it’s really hard to find something that works,” said Sarah Saxton-Frump ’07, president of the Undergraduate Council of Students and member of the selection committee. The committee also considered other music vendors, such as Rhapsody, Cdigix, Ruckus and iTunes,

according to Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services David Greene. “I can see the value of using it (next year), but also how the money might be used in a better way,” Saxton-Frump said. Greene said Napster would have cost the University $30,000 this year had it not received a grant from “a group remaining anonymous that had an interest in keeping file-sharing legal.” Saxton-Frump and former UCS President Brian Bidadi ’06 told The Herald in September that Campus Action Net-work, a Sony BMG Music Entertainment-led industry group, was funding the service. Greene told The Herald that the University would evaluate the program’s success this spring, paying special attention to any decrease in illegal file-sharing on campus. Computing and Information Services can determine a decrease in illegal activity by noting changes in the amount of traffic that passes through the network. But activity appears much the same as before, according to Director of Information Technology Security Connie Sadler. “The activity tracks very close to what we saw last year during this same period of time,” Sadler wrote The Herald in an email. Copyright holders such as the Record-

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ing Industry Association of America, the Motion Pictures Association of America and Universal Studios send the University complaints on a weekly basis, she wrote. The University would like to see a decrease in illegal file-sharing for practical reasons as well, according to Greene. “We don’t want (the network) slowed down by music and videos when people have to use it for legitimate uses,” he said. “It interferes with the educational process.” Students who illegally share files also violate CIS policies, which require network users to “observe the copyright law as it applies to music, videos, games, images, texts and other media.” Last summer, The Herald reported that the University had received a subpoena from the RIAA requesting information about six students who had illegally shared files. “If they have an (Internet Protocol) address, they can ask the University to turn over a name and other info,” Greene said. Once the University turns over the information to the RIAA, the suits become a private matter. “That’s why we wouldn’t know what’s necessarily going on with an individual student and the RIAA,” Greene said. The University did not release see COPYRIGHT, page 8

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The two-story glass-enclosed atrium contains a curved stairway designed to mimic the double helix curve seen in DNA. a lawsuit against the federal government agencies responsible for environmental assessment of the LiSci. The suit alleges that these agencies “did not properly follow the procedures and rules established for such a review and did not do a full enough job,” according to Spies. “(The agencies’) determination was that they did not need to do the next level of the review, and that’s part of what’s being contested.” Notwithstanding this litigation, Paul Dietel, assistant director of design and construction, hopes that the building will earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. If the LiSci does receive see LISCI, page 4

QA and CHC collaboration for HIV testing not an official cosponsorship BY MARY-CATHERINE LADER FEATURES EDITOR

Queer Alliance will provide free HIV testing on campus in March in cooperation with the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center. A story and accompanying headline in yesterday’s Herald incorrectly described College Hill for Christ’s general support for the event as an official co-sponsorship. QA Co-President Josh Teitelbaum ’08 said the group had not discussed holding the event in partnership with CHC, but he added that “we can talk about it now.” A formal co-sponsorship “raises some questions for us about how it affects our constituency if we partner with a group that has not always favored some of our members,” Teitelbaum said. But he added that, “By no means are we antireligion.” One CHC leader, Alana Rabe ’08, said she attends QA meetings and planning see TESTING, page 3 News tips:


WEEKEND EVENTS “THE NORTH KOREA PROBLEM: COMPETING APPROACHES AND THE USSOUTH KOREA ALLIANCE” Friday, 4:30 p.m., (MacMillan Hall 117) — Young-Kwan Yoon, a professor at Seoul National University and former Republic of Korea Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will deliver a lecture. RED HERRING Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., (Leeds Theatre) — A blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot. Student tickets: $5.

ZOOT SUIT BALL Friday, 8 p.m. , (Alumnae Hall) — Dance the night away with a full 21-piece big band. Swing, Salsa and Ballroom are teaming up for a night of swing, ballroom and Latin hits. Free for students, faculty and community members. Chocolate Covered Cotton Mark Brinker ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM Sunday, 9:15 a.m. (Sayles) — Six panel discussions will be held throughout the day on topics like real estate, finance and education. Students and alums will engage in roundtable discussions by industry experts.


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LUNCH — Zucchini Burgers, Saturday Night Jambalaya, Broccoli Au Gratin, Hash Brown Potatoes, Grilled Breakfast Sausages, Butter Cookies, Cheesecake Brownies, Chicken Stir Fry

LUNCH — Vegetarian Mushroom, Vegetable Soup, Rhode Island Quahog Chowder, Chicken Fingers, Tofu Patties Herb Rice, Corn Cobbets, Cheesecake Brownies

DINNER — Red Potato Frittata, Fried Catfish with Tartar Sauce, Spanish Rice, Fresh Vegetable Melange, Okra & Tomato, Italian Bread, Chocolate Pudding, Banana Cake, Steak & Pepper Fajitas

DINNER — Vegetarian Mushroom Vegetable Soup, Rhode Island Quahog Chowder, Breaded Pollock Filet, Grilled Chicken, Creamy Cappelini with Broccoli, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, Oriental Stir Fry, Italian Bread, Carrot Pineapple Cake

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Stephen King, Warner Bros. give life to saccharine ‘Memory of Running’ BY ILA TYAGI CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Ron McClarty’s novel “The Memory of Running” would most likely have remained unread by the public if an audio version of the book had not fallen into the hands of Stephen King in REVIEW 2003, McLarty told a packed East Providence City Hall Feb. 6. Three years later, McLarty has sold the rights to Warner Brothers to turn his novel into a movie. King devoted a column in Entertainment Weekly to “The Best Book You Can’t Read.” He compared the protagonist of “The Memory of Running” — the 43year-old, 279-pound East Providence native Smithson “Smithy” Ide — to “your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians,” admonishing the publishing industry for passing up a great work. Subsequently, McLarty found publishing houses competing for his attention — a far cry from his years of failed efforts. Soon afterward, “The Memory of Running” was published by Viking Adult, a division of Penguin Group, and became a bestseller. McLarty’s hero — a “fat ass,” as King called the character — spends his days working at a toy factory, ensuring that the arms of action figures are screwed on so their palms face inward. In the evening, he travels to the Tick-Tap Lounge to drink lager and watch television. Scarred by his memories of serving in Vietnam as well as his beautiful, schizophrenic older sister Bethany’s descent into madness, Smithy engages little in life to protect himself from pain. By the end of the novel, however, after an epic journey, Smithy finds love and regains control of his life. McLarty’s personal Cinderella story mirrors that of his hero. Like Smithy, McLarty is a native of East Providence, and many of the places he writes of would be familiar to any Brown student or Providence resident. The novel began as an attempt to “avoid spending time curled up with a bottle of vodka” following the death of his father and mother in a car crash, he said. The story begins in a similar fashion, when the shock of Smithy’s parents’ death in an auto accident disrupts his boozeand television-induced haze. This is soon followed by news that his long-lost sister has wound up in a Los Angeles morgue. Left unhinged by the loss of his entire family in one fell swoop, Smithy leaps onto his childhood bicycle, a maroon Raleigh, and pedals off towards the Sunoco gas station at the end of his street. The trip evolves into a journey across America

toward the body of his sister. “He doesn’t wind up in Los Angeles looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger,” McLarty said. During his journey, Smithy abandons beer and pretzels in favor of tuna sandwiches and fruit. He encounters an assortment of colorful characters, including a flower farmer dying of AIDS, a compassionate priest and a seductive lady cyclist. The novel cuts back and forth between Smithy’s adventures in the present and his memories of the past, and for each pound he loses, he unravels a tightly wound memory and gradually comes to terms with his traumatic experiences. Along the way, he develops a longdistance telephone relationship with Norma, his paraplegic neighbor in East Providence who has loved him fiercely since childhood. Even though he is shot at, hit by a pickup truck, beaten up and accused of being a pervert, he reaches his destination with the happy conclusion that “most people are really nice.” The Forrest Gump-ish nature of Smithy’s revelation is characteristic of the novel as a whole. McLarty’s prose is brusque, as evidenced by Smithy’s description of his father: “He was a guy who didn’t need much of anything — baseball, a few beers — and it was hard for him to be emotional, like it’s hard for me, but I think including me in the investigation was his way of saying he loved me and stuff.” However, the writer’s prosaic selfdeprecation occasionally gives way to tritely sentimental adages, reflecting that though Smithy is taciturn on the surface, he also possesses a childlike, good-hearted and homespun philosophy. For example, he opines, “Good people protect people they love, even if that means pretending that everything is okay.” Writing in a format that is not particularly original and repeatedly offering exercises in redemption that occasionally become self-indulgent, McLarty is most successful at inviting the reader to share Smithy’s delight in discovering details that he has long forgotten or failed to notice entirely, such as “the texture and the chewability of bananas.” He also successfully introduces humor in his art, which is never an easy task. In one such moment, the laughter of a Brown student — caused by Smithy asking her out — makes coffee shoot out of her nose. A feel-good novel about losing weight and finding fulfillment in face of great odds, “The Memory of Running” celebrates the power of the small things in life to help us approach larger problems with saccharine whimsicality.


Michael Hollinger’s “Red Herring,” directed by Paige McGinley GS, uses the complex political and social context of the 1950s as the background for the story of three couples’ trials and REVIEW tribulations with love and commitment. And that is to say nothing of the play’s murder mystery. While this multi-layered plot may sound like a recipe for chaos and confusion, it is not. Rather, each of the many sequences of events that unfolds is smooth and easy to follow. Perhaps this can be attributed to the simultaneously cynical and tongue-and-cheek humor of the dialogue that keeps the audience on its toes. Or perhaps it is the director’s decision to play down set design and play up movement across the stage that keeps things flowing. However, after all the plots have been introduced by the second half, the script begins to drag, consequently losing the punch of the pace enjoyed in the first half. The play’s greatest strength was undoubtedly the cast. Six actors portray over 15 different characters and are consistently captivating in each role. Particularly chameleon-esque is Natalie Kotin ’06, whose range of parts includes a conservative housewife in Wisconsin, a pretentious boutique bridal shop owner in Boston and a slipper and robe-wearing landlady, Mrs. Kravitz. Andrei Borchevsky, played by Herald Opinions Editor Patrick Harrison ’08, is the landlady’s lover — a Russian spy.

Testing continued from page 1 sessions for the HIV testing event as a representative of the Protestant campus group. “We support what they are doing with the event ,” Rabe said. A date has yet to be determined for the QA testing event, which will provide entirely anonymous tests taken using

Both the storyline and the characters in the opening scenes immediately elicit smirks at the comedy of romance. The interchange between detectives Maggie (Charly Simpson ’08) and Frank (Jon Magaziner ’07) in the first scene sets the stage for the dual nature of the play: love in the context of Cold War-era espionage. While Maggie is reluctant to agree to Frank’s marriage proposal, she is called for duty at the site of a murder. The audience is then introduced to a hilarious couple, James, a Jewish physicist (Colin Baker ’08) and Lynn McCarthy (Rachel Caris ’08), who capture the fumbling naïveté, anxiety and excitement of a young couple in love. Though these two characters already provide a healthy dose of laughter for the audience, that Lynn’s father is Joseph McCarthy adds more laughs and another twist to the plot. The performance featured a jazz quartet on stage: Andrew Lim ’08 on bass, Nat Seelen ’08 on drums, Noah Meites ’06.5 on trumpet and Mark Mayes ’09 on tenor saxophone. Though the audience was engrossed already by the first few scenes, the group playing 1940s and 1950s jazz between each scene sealed the deal, setting a range of moods reminiscent of the McCarthy era. With a plot full of twists and turns and actors with such versatility, Red Herring will leave the audience with a little more perspective not only regarding the complexities of the 1950s but also the comic side of love and romance — and it does so with lightness and charm.

an oral sample rather than drawing blood, according to Teitelbaum. HIV testing by Brown Health Services is not free, requires drawing blood and is confidential rather than anonymous, Teitelbaum said. Due to writer errors and a violation of Herald policy, Thursday’s story incorrectly attributed a quote to Teitelbaum and included comments made by Gabriel Heywood ’08 in an interview conducted several weeks ago.


Corporation continued from page 1 the athletics budget in order to free up money for student groups, Undergraduate Council of Students President Sarah Saxton-Frump ’07 said at the UCS meeting Wednesday night. Most deliberations occur in the Corporation’s 11 standing committees, which meet on Thursday and Friday. Committees include budget and finance, academic affairs, facilities and design, campus life and investment. The entire Corporation meets twice — for a strategic planning session on Friday and a general business meeting Saturday. At the strategic planning session, the Corporation will consider the future of the undergraduate College, hear about developments in the division of engineering from Dean of Engineering Clyde Briant and discuss the progress of the Campaign for Academic Enrichment, said Vice President and Secretary of the University Russell Carey ’91, the administration’s liaison to the Corporation. Simmons announced at a Feb. 7 faculty meeting that she appointed Provost Robert Zimmer to lead a committee to examine the future of the College, emphasizing Brown’s international profile, its advisory programs, undergraduate housing, financial aid and developments

in engineering and the sciences. Briant was invited to make an “informational presentation” at the strategic session to give Corporation members more exposure to the engineering division, which is an area of the University that is growing in terms of faculty hires and research initiatives, Carey said. The Corporation will hear committee reports and make formal actions during Saturday’s business meeting. Divestment from Sudan is on the Corporation’s agenda this weekend. Earlier this month, the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investing and the Brown University Community Council recommended that the University divest from companies with holdings in Sudan. Simmons will make her own recommendation to the Corporation, which will ultimately decide whether to divest. Yale University President Richard Levin announced Feb. 16 that Yale is divesting from seven companies operating in Sudan. While on campus, trustees and fellows will also have opportunities to meet informally with faculty and students. “We’ve been trying to increase the opportunity for faculty, students and staff to interact with Corporation members. As part of that ongoing program, a dinner (Friday night) includes members of … various campus constituencies,” Carey said. Representatives from UCS, see CORPORATION, page 7

LiSci continued from page 1 the designation — as Dietel is “confident” it will — it would be the first such building at Brown. “Brown always builds with environmental consciousness in mind,” Dietel said. Throughout the building process so far, the construction crew has faced other difficulties, not least of which is the location itself. “It is a challenging area of campus,” Spies said, as Meeting Street has a significant upward slope, and a large five-story wing was constructed a mere six feet away from Via Via IV. Currently, around 200 construction workers and 14 administrators work on the site. During construction near the current site of Via Via IV, workers uncovered contamination from an old gas station and had to clean up the residue before proceeding with the construction. The LiSci is also a “complicated building by virtue of the lab uses planned for it,” Spies said. These uses include a fivestory research tower comprised of wet labs for biological study and some dry, computer-based labs. The labs are geared toward professors’ research or graduate student work, as opposed to the teaching labs found elsewhere on campus, Dietel said. In addition, the first floor will include an “electron microscopy suite.” This will feature two magnetic resonance imaging units — “one of which will be installed as part of the project, and one in the future,” according to Dietel. New space for two departments The LiSci will serve as the new center for the molecular and cell biology and neuroscience departments. Up-to-date technology will facilitate advanced research aid and accommodate the swelling of the departments, as prescribed by the Plan for Academic Enrichment. Faculty from the MCB and neuroscience departments will move from their present facilities to the new building during the summer months, and the building will be open for research in the fall. The building will provide space for the two departments’

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This hallway in the new Life Sciences building has a view of Emery Hall from across Meeting Street. research and current faculty, as well as nine new faculty positions stemming from the Plan for Academic Enrichment. Five of those positions have already been filled, and the search is continuing for the other four. The new technology and state-of-the-art facilities will be a welcome change for the MCB and neuroscience departments, currently located in the JW Wilson Laboratory and Metcalf Research Laboratory, respectively. “These two departments are currently in the worst buildings for the scientific research (they undertake),” particularly when compared to the facilities available to these departments at over universities, Spies said. “The requirements to do scientific research expand and change, but these buildings don’t have the infrastructure or volume of space,” he added. Professor of Neuroscience Michael Paradiso echoed Spies’ sentiments: “These are two very fast-moving fields with new technology constantly coming in, and we’re working in this 80year-old building. … One of the ways neuro is changing is that it’s becoming more genetic and molecular,” and the technology built into the LiSci will address these evolving needs. Paradiso also noted that many research labs are currently dispersed across campus, and “having everything consolidated will help make scientists more efficient and facilitate collaboration.”

From glass to brick Like the equipment within its walls, the LiSci is “as technologically advanced a building as anyone’s building right now,” according to Dietel. It was originally conceived to be made entirely of glass and steel, but, owing to what Spies called a “torturous community review” and talks with University groups and government agencies, the design underwent radical evolution. The resulting brick structure with punched windows “fits in well with the rest of the Brown campus and surrounding neighborhood,” Dietel said. The translucent walkway that connects two parts of the building will incorporate glass artwork by artist Diane Samuels. From the outside, the walkway will feature the image of a handprint, which was selected from 75 community members whose hands Samuels scanned last year. Viewed from inside, the windows appear as thousands of pieces of glass which resemble molecules, some of which have lines of poetry etched on their surfaces. The wide pathway which stretches beneath this walkway will include a “hardscape” with concrete and stone details as well as some trees and benches to “activate the space,” Dietel said. The trailer complex located on the corner of Angell and Brown streets will most likely remain there for “awhile,” and Olive Street will continue to be closed, Spies said. Administrators are currently planning a proposal that will designate the segment of Olive Street currently running alongside the construction site as a service road. However, the specifics are yet to be determined, and the plan must still be reviewed by Providence city officials and other organizations.

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Game over

Games House votes to voluntarily dissolve due to lack of membership BY CAROLINE SILVERMAN SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Leaders of Games House announced their voluntary decision to dissolve earlier this month because of an inability to meet the minimum membership requirement for program houses. Games House President Suzanne Gilman ’07 described the house as united by the “common belief that playing games forms communities.” Residential Council originally voted to dissolve Games House, located in Olney House, in late 2004. Though members last year “worked very hard to get that decision reversed — and succeeded,” Games House has now voluntarily accepted dissolution, according to Gilman. Gilman said Games House leaders originally heard of the impending disbandment in the final two paragraphs of a December 2004 Herald article. In the article, Adam Deitch ’05, who was the council’s chair at the time, cited the house’s persistent inability to meet membership requirements as well as limited space on campus for program houses as reasons for dissolution. The minimum membership requirement for program houses in the past has been 24 members, according to Tal Itzkovich ’06, chair of ResCouncil’s program house committee. This quota was lowered to 22 in the fall of 2005. “The requirements kept on changing every year,” said Eilen Koven ’07, the second president of Games House, which was founded in 2001. “The bylaws were extremely vague. They kept setting different numbers.” Itzkovich acknowleged that, “In the past, a lot of stuff hasn’t been written down and of-

ficialized.” He said ResCouncil is trying to “get everything down on paper to set a precedent for everything,” adding that the reorganization of the regulations is a “transition process.” Itzkovich said Games House never achieved the Class B status recognizing it as a permanent house. While the classification system has changed over the past couple years — the set of classes has gone from A, B and C to just A and B — Games House has always been a Class A house. This distinction allowed it to abide by more lenient policies for newer houses. Houses are expected to progress to Class B status after a couple of years. Games House originally had about 10 members. “We’ve always been very much a niche house,” Gilman said. “We were never that big and never really planned on getting that big,” Koven said. Throughout its existence, Gilman said the house has had about 15 members at any given time. “We didn’t think this was an issue, but last year we were told it was.” Itzkovich explained that the requirements are in place to justify allotting amenities like a lounge, library and kitchen to program houses. “Independents in a program house don’t get to use those facilities,” he said. “Space for program housing is limited.” When Games House’s status was reviewed in the fall of 2004, “It wasn’t clear they understood” the need to attract more members to meet regulations, Itzkovich said. Leaders were told to increase the house’s membership to 22 to avoid disbandment. Last spring, Games House recruited 10 new members during a “marathon rush,” Gilman said. Unfortunately, see GAMES, page 7

Tufts professor warns against ‘corporate capture’ of science BY OLIVER BOWERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Conflicts of interest resulting from corporate sponsorship of scientific research has led to skewed findings in fields from medicine to environmental science, said Sheldon Krimsky, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. Krimsky gave a lecture titled “The Corporate Capture of Academic Science” in Salomon 001 yesterday afternoon. Krimsky said researchers are often pressured by their corporate sponsors to produce results that align with corporate goals. “Corporations view science not as the generation of truth,

Rather than spend their spring break tanning and partying in a tropical locale, members of the women’s rugby team are planning a more unconventional — and humanitarian — excursion. The team has decided to spend its spring break promoting women’s rugby in the central African country of Uganda. Thirty-two members of the team, two coaches, three alums and a doctor will be spending 13 days in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. They will be running clinics for girls at the rugby club in Kampala, visiting a school for children orphaned by AIDS and, of course, playing rugby. They will be facing the “Thunderbirds,” Uganda’s women’s rugby team, twice, in addition to spending a weekend playing teams from five different nations, including teams from Kenya and Rwanda. This alternative spring break

idea was conceived by captain Jennifer Hustwitt ’07, who spent the summer after her freshman year working with a communitybased organization in a Ugandan village. After her sophomore year, she received a Royce Fellowship and was able to return to Uganda to do research at a secondary school in Kampala. While in Uganda that summer, Hustwitt attended a women’s rugby game. “It was one of the most inspiring games I’ve ever seen, just to see it played in such a

company and you have a product X (which studies say is harmful to humans), if you can produce another body of work that says that it isn’t harmful, this balances it off. The weight of the evidence turns out to be zero.” Krimsky added, “You have to be quite skeptical when you see a body of science that has been funded by one sector and that … seems to be pushing in a certain direction.” Krimsky gave a number of examples of researchers who were essentially told what their studies should conclude in advance. In addition, he said scientific journals and ethics and science see KRIMSKY, page 9

35 Juniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa Thirty-five members of the class of 2007 were recently elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and largest academic honor society. To be eligible for membership in Brown’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, a junior must have attended the University for five semesters and received at least 17 A’s during that time. Professor of Economics George Borts, who serves as faculty secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, said the rigor of a student’s academic program is also taken into account during the selection process, which is anonymous and based on students’ transcripts. One component, however, of the University’s selection process makes it unique in the United States: students elected to the society the previous year serve as electors to the next class. “What I like about Brown’s selection process is that it means that students are recognizing the merits of their colleagues,” Borts said. “It’s either grade inflation

New take on spring break for women’s rugby team BY HANNAH LEVINTOVA STAFF WRITER

but as one among many inputs to productions,” Krimsky said. As an example, he presented the findings of a body of research material on whether a chemical produced in plastic containers was harmful to certain animals. All 11 articles funded by the company manufacturing the chemical concluded it was harmless. Of the unfunded research articles, 94 showed the chemical was harmful, while 10 indicated it was not. “You have to understand the ability of an industry to manufacture uncertainty,” Krimsky said, referring to the practice of companies that effectively pay off experts to publish findings that contradict alreadypublished articles. “If you’re a

different context,” she said. Upon returning to the United States, Hustwitt proposed to team members that they travel to Uganda to learn about and participate in the growing women’s rugby movement there. And so the team’s saga began. Head Coach Kerrissa Heffernan, who is also the director of the Royce Fellowship program, explained that after much consideration, the team decided to collaborate in fundraisingefforts so that see W RUGBY, page 9

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receive Phi Beta Kappa honors each year. This vote, which takes the same form as the selection process for juniors, will be conducted in April for the class of 2006. — Rebecca Jacobson

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Hatfield continued from page 12 Saturday against Dartmouth, she went 5-for-6 from the line in overtime to close out the Big Green. The team succeeds when Hayes does and it struggles when she struggles. In the Ivy opener against Yale, a four-point victory over a team that is now 2-21 overall, Hayes got into foul trouble early and fouled out with about five minutes to go. It took a superlative performance from Kelly and clutch play by Catherine Schaper ’09 and Lena McAfee ’07 to save the day. Against Harvard last weekend, Hayes’ late-game heroics were required largely because of a 21-4 Harvard run while she sat with four fouls. Against the University of Pennsylvania last season, Hayes’ 3-for-12 shooting performance at the Pizzitola Center contributed to a loss that had the Bears playing catch-up in the standings the rest of the season. At the beginning of this season, the notoriously inaccurate voters in the Ivy League Preseason Media Poll had Brown tabbed for fourth place, giving Dartmouth all 16 first-place votes. Once the season ends, the only thing that should be unanimous is Hayes’ selection to become the fourth Brown player, and first since 1993, to win the league’s top individual honor. Searching for a silver lining The men’s basketball team has been without a healthy senior since the double-overtime win over Dartmouth back on Jan. 27. While few thought the Bears had a shot at dethroning yet another dominant Penn team this season, it’s been difficult to see the team struggle as it has. The first blow came in the always difficult Penn-Princeton road weekend, when Brown combined for 25 points in the first halves of the two games. The second came this past weekend. After dominating a Harvard team that had

Corporation continued from page 4 the Graduate Student Council, the Medical School Student Senate, the Faculty Executive Committee and the Staff Advisory Committee are among those invited to the dinner, Carey said. “The informal social occasion is very much designed to get a lot of individuals from different governing bodies in a setting where they can talk to Corporation members,” Carey said. In addition, the Corporation’s campus life committee met with a group of international students Thursday night for an “opportunity to get input directly from students,” Carey said. Student government leaders are invited to the campus life committee meeting. The Corporation will also hear from Professor of Biology Ken Miller ’70, whose role in the evolution debate has recently landed him in the national spotlight.

completely outplayed them at the Pitz just a few weeks prior, the Bears were yanked back down to earth by a Dartmouth squad that had just one win heading into that weekend’s games. Certainly the lack of a strong senior leader out on the floor is contributing to this inconsistency. However, this current situation could have a big payoff next year for Head Coach Glen Miller’s squad. First of all, his entire current rotation will return next season. Keenan Jeppesen ’08 should become the type of player capable of taking over a game that the team has lacked all year once he starts hitting his free throws (he’s shooting just 60 percent on the year despite having a game that would thrive on scoring at the line). Mark MacDonald ’08 is developing into a nice player underneath, although it would be nice to get more rebounds from your center than 3.9 a game. Chris Skrelja ’09 finally showed something on offense, dropping 19 points in the Harvard rematch to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. If Scott Friske ’09 can rediscover the game he displayed when he averaged 19.5 points and 8.8 rebounds during a four-game span in January and tri-captain Marcus Becker ’07 becomes the emotional senior leader this team has lacked since 2004 — no, Jason Forte ’05 was most definitely not an emotional leader — the Bears could regain the promise they had in Miller’s first five seasons.

Coming out of hibernation Thirty-seven degrees. Cloudy. Chance of snow. Yup, feels like … spring? Last weekend saw the 2006 debut of the women’s water polo team, which at least makes some sense since its games are indoors. However, the same weekend saw the first “spring” competition for the equestrian team, and this weekend both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams open their seasons. Did I mention that all three of those teams played or will play their games in bright, sunny New England? If you’re thinking it seems a bit early for lacrosse, or at least for lacrosse games that count, you’re not going crazy. Each of the past three years, the team’s opened their regular seasons in March. However, with the installation of the FieldTurf playing surface behind the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, the lacrosse teams can play earlier without worrying about tearing up Stevenson Field, their normal home. As for equestrian, I’m not at all sure how that would work in colder temperatures. Do horses get cold? Do they make Under Armour Cold Gear for our equine friends? Lord knows what it would cost if they did — it’s expensive enough for humans already. At least the baseball team is smart enough to open in Florida. Sports Editor Chris Hatfield ’06 co-hosts the Brown Sports Report on BSR 88.1 FM tonight at 7 p.m.

Games continued from page 5 following the rush period, two members of Games House took medical leave. Because there was “absolutely no way we could make 22 members,” the residents of Games House decided to disband in what Gilman called a “very, very painful” decision during the last meeting of the fall semester. “I was worried that I was going to piss a lot of people off,” Gilman said. However, she added that most members and alums “agree with the decision that we could not make the numbers.” Gilman said there is “a lot of overlap with (Technology) House and St. Anthony Hall,” which she identified as “more established houses.” Itzkovich echoed this belief, saying, “Giving them such a large space wasn’t justified. There’s a lot of overlap between them and Tech House, which they themselves brought up.” Now, in the application process for program houses, groups must prove that they are a unique entity. “The application in the past has been really iffy,” Itzkovich said. “If Games House tried to apply this year for program house status, they probably wouldn’t get as far as they did in the past.”

Each year, ResCouncil is often unable to offer space to new houses applying for program house status. “We got four applications for new program houses this year and were only able to choose one of the four,” Itzkovich said. Cooking House, which was selected this year, will occupy Games House’s current space in Olney next fall. “I feel bad that we had to get rid of them,” Itzkovich said.“Even a small community is a community and Brown prides itself on that. We have to pick out the strongest houses that serve the most people.” Gilman described Games House as being “very laid back and informal.” “I’m sad we can’t continue to have such a wonderful environment,” Koven said. Koven said she was “not sure the model of fewer and broader houses will address” the diverse needs of students trying to find “living environments they are comfortable and happy with.” Several of the members plan to live together next year in an off-campus apartment, according to Gilman. “We’re going to miss it,” Gilman said, adding that Games House members plan to continue some of their activities. “We love this place,” she said.


Copyright continued from page 1 the names of the students and disciplinary measures taken against them. Administrators have different attitudes toward last year’s RIAA suits. Sadler said the suits were not symbolic but was unable to say whether the RIAA would take legal action in the future. “There is no indication one way or the other,” she said. Vice President of CIS Ellen Waite-Franzen said she believed the RIAA was not simply targeting college students. “From the stats we have about illegal downloading, we know there’s a lot of other non-college students RIAA is targeting,” she said. “In the latest round (of suits) I know there were no college students with suits filed against them,” she added. Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs Terry Addison thought the RIAA wanted to “make a big splash. … make all this noise up front to make students rethink downloading.” In the wake of the suits filed against students, Addison said institutions approached student file-sharing more aggressively. “Colleges and universities really took the stance of making sure students are being held accountable,” Addison said. “But we don’t want to legislate against the good will of our students,” he added. Students caught infringing copyright law receive a letter notifying them that a second transgression will result in a judicial hearing. In extreme cases, CIS “can shut down computers and (students in violation) can be banned from using the network,” Greene said. Students can be “separated from the University, although that would be an extreme case,” he added. Addison agreed that suspension would be extremely unlikely. “It would be because the student was a repeat offender, not just because he was downloading in and of itself,” he said. The Herald reported in October that CIS has sent notices to between 700 and 800 students in the past two years asking them to stop using the network for illegal purposes. Only 10 of those cases

resulted in dean’s hearings. The CIS Acceptable Use Policy asks students not to misuse other resources either. For example, students are expected to understand restrictions imposed by online academic databases. Earlier this semester, a graduate student’s violation of the library’s contract with Ebrary — a company that makes electronic books available to libraries — caused the campus-wide suspension of the service. “We had to jump through a number of hoops before we could get access again,” said Waite-Franzen, who co-wrote an e-mail warning that was sent to the Brown community. Resource restrictions usually appear on a page most users simply click through. “We also are talking to publishers and telling them to make it more visible, so that people do not unconsciously violate the website,” said University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi, who co-wrote the e-mail. Rather than pursuing a lawsuit against the individual or the institution in violation, companies are more interested in preventing such an incident from happening again, Hemmasi said. Waite-Franzen stressed the importance of students understanding the restrictions set by the resources they use. “Because of the Digitial Millenium Copyright Act, we need to make sure that students use programs properly, and if they don’t the university becomes liable,” she said. The DMCA, which Congress passed in 1998, limits the liability of higher education institutions that provide online services in the case of copyright infringement by graduate students and faculty members. The act’s expedited subpoena provision requires universities to turn over the identities of network users who violate copyright laws. “DMCA is a measure that gives more teeth to what the RIAA was trying to do,” Addison said. “It holds individuals more than institutions responsible, but is aimed at getting institutions to have strategies in place to work toward reduction of illegal file-sharing.” Student violations of intellectual property agreements could lead to legal action. But the University remains reluctant to step up action against its own students.

W. track continued from page 12 won an individual title in the indoor Heps before and feels like this is the year to make a statement with her performance. “This is my last shot and I want to leave my mark,” she said. Grovey, one of the few bright spots at last year’s Heps and Brown’s only top ranked competitor going into this year’s championship, also feels as though she will leave her mark at her last indoor Heps. “I’m trying not to think about it,” she said. “I don’t want to get

AOTW continued from page 12 school? Actually, my dad got me involved when I was about 10. I started playing on a team in middle school and played mostly with high school kids in middle school. There weren’t many kids my age playing; it was still pretty new. It’s grown a lot since then. Why do you think it’s grown? Well … the game has changed from hardball to softball, which makes it more appealing. It’s always been big internationally, but it’s just taken off in the United States. Our rec facilities here (at the Smith Swim Center) are always packed. What is the recruiting process like for squash? Coaches go by junior rankings and I’d been ranked since sixth grade. The rankings are based on national tournaments sponsored by the National Squash Association. There are no regional tournaments. What is the most demanding aspect of squash? As you get better, matches last longer, so endurance-wise it demands greater stamina and patience and emotional willpower. In a lot of ways it’s like chess, if you were to ever make chess into some kind of athletic sport.

too emotional. I want to leave it all on the track and make my teammates and my coaches proud. I want to help establish Brown as one of the top teams in the league in indoors. It would be great for the younger kids to get some experience. I want to show that Brown is a force to be reckoned with this year and in years to come.” Bruno’s finish last year hinged upon its performance in the relay events and, according to Willard, nothing has changed from a year ago. Both Brown’s 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relay teams are ranked third going into this weekend’s championships and will play crucial roles in the team’s

Who’s the toughest team you’ve faced? Toughest team we’ve faced this year was Trinity (College). They do an awesome job recruiting. They don’t have any American kids on their top ten. They’re eight-time national champions. You recently won what people are calling the “Heisman Trophy” of the squash world. Well, that depends on who you ask. It’s called the Skillman Award, and I wouldn’t go as far as calling it the Heisman trophy of squash. It combines a lot of things — leadership, your record. That sounds like a lot of the same criteria as the Heisman. Well, yeah. Okay, right. Maybe. How did it feel to win something as prestigious as the Skillman Award? It was great, really exciting. This year it was me and Yasser el-Halaby at Princeton. He’s incredible. How did your teammates feel about the award? They were really happy for me. My coaches were thrilled. No one from Brown had won it. I had been playing (this season), but I have been injured all year so I haven’t been able to practice as much as I would like. Have you ever racquetball? No, I refuse.


finish. The relay teams have been strong over the last month with the 4x400 winning BU’s St. Valentine’s Invitational. The 4x800 won the Brown-Cornell-Harvard tri-meet on Jan. 28. That day the Bears showed that the formidable Big Red could be defeated. Willard is hoping the Bears can do the same Saturday and Sunday at Dartmouth. “In order to take down Cornell, everyone’s going to really have to come through,” Willard said. “It’s going to take a lot of effort from everyone to have the best day they possibly can have, and we’re all going to have to do it the same day.”

How about jai-alai? No. No way. Maybe when I’m 80. Jai-alai’s a dangerous sport. People die in jai-alai — it’s pretty intense. When you’re 80, how about tennis? Tennis is tough. But golf — the end of my squash career will be the rebirth of my golf career. Arlen Specter (the Republican senator from Pennsylvania) plays squash daily and is known for having some game even though he’s 75 years old. Do you think you could handle him? Since you think you can take up jai-alai at 80, I think you could take Specter. I think I could take him, but if he had a good shot at one of my knees it could go either way. How do people even know he plays squash anyway? The last match of your college career is coming up this weekend. Have you reflected on that at all? Well, it’s not my last match if I go to individual nationals. But yeah, I’ve thought about it a lot. I mean, obviously it’s not worth going and doing permanent damage to my knee, and not being able to play other sports or not being able to walk, but we’ll see how it goes.

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W. swim continued from page 12 two places to third. Brown looks to continue to climb the rankings today with two of its best performers. First, Larson will compete in the three-meter dive, an event in which she broke the school record last weekend. Also, Ashley Wallace ’07 will compete in the 100-meter butterfly, where she finished second a year ago. Robinson also will try to improve on her second place finish in the 100-meter freestyle from last year. Even with all of Brown’s best swimmers on tap, it will be very difficult for Bruno to nab the team title this weekend. Favorites Princeton (7-1) and Harvard (10-0) currently sit one-two atop the standings with 496 and 394 points, respectively. The meet continues today at 11 a.m. and runs through Saturday. —Justin Goldman


M. track continued from page 12 them will be Ozzie Myers ’08, who has found his stride this year and now ranks sixth in the league in the 3,000-meter run. The fourth runner in this event will be determined closer to the actual meet. The three aforementioned runners will also run individual events in hopes of boosting the Bears’ total. Names to watch for Brown’s distance squad also include cross country standouts Chris Burke ’07 and Nick Neely ’07 in the 5,000meter run. “We’re hoping for two to score in the five (kilometer run) and have Ozzie sneak in and steal points in the 3k,” Lake said. Dallas Dissmore ’06 also enters the championships atop the Ivies in the 500-meter run. Although he finished third at the 2005 meet, this time around Dissmore enters with a top seed after posting a season-best time of 1:02.28, nearly a second and a half over the competition. “Dallas is going for his first Heptagonal win,” Lake said. “He’ll have to get out hard and go after

W. rugby continued from page 5 no member of the team would be unable to go on the trip. Together, members organized a raffle with prizes including tickets to London and weekends at cottages in Maine and Quebec. The team organized a phone-athon to request sup-port from Brown women’s rugby alums. “When we ran into dead ends in organizing it I always just thought, ‘If we can’t do this at one of the top universities in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, then what does that mean?’” Heffernan said. “That got me to write another 10 e-mails.” The team’s relentless efforts have raised $73,000, and it is currently looking to raise $10,000 more before departing. As Hustwitt put it, “There are three parts to this trip: the physical part, which is playing rugby, the fundraising part and then the part where you think about what it means to go there. Where you think, ‘What are the implications across such socioeconomic and cultural divides?’” This week, Hustwitt and a fellow rugby player will present a paper at a conference at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio titled “Women, Gender and Sport in Africa.” Heffernan explained that the team’s trip is a way to empower women across borders, “connecting women to women.” She said there are many mysteries surrounding the recent growth of women’s rugby in Africa, adding, “It is significant that in a country where women are so poorly regarded, they are picking up a combative sport that is viewed as the ‘warrior sport.’” “More than us going there to empower women, I like to think of it as us going there to learn about the experience women are having playing a traditionally male sport,” Hustmann said. “I feel sometimes the idea of helping can get old and become demeaning, so we wanted to collaborate and play together instead. It’s helping both sides. It’s mutually beneficial, not one-sided.”

it.” Dissmore will also take to the line at the conclusion of the meet to serve as a vital cog on the 4x400 relay team, which has clocked 3:16.38 to rank fourth in the league and qualify for the fast heat. Three runners return from 2005’s fourth-place team. One of those returners is Mike Pruzinsky ’07, who will also race the individual 400-meter dash after finishing fourth in the event last year. “This is the most competitive year we’ve seen in the middle distance and distance events in a long time,” Lake said. “The league’s depth is remarkable.” Ikenna Achilihu ’08, who finished fourth at the 2005 meet in the triple jump and is ranked in the same position this year, has been testing the waters in both the triple and long jumps this season. At Heps, he will bypass the double and focus on his forte. “My goal is to be as technically proficient as possible,” Achilihu said. “After that, the marks will take care of themselves. Winning is a high priority.” Paul Raymond ’08, also a member of the reigning Ivy League champion football team, will

chase another crown this weekend. The wide receiver-turnedsprinter is Brown’s top athlete in the 60-meter dash. Raymond’s currently has the second-fastest time in the conference in the shorter sprint event. “We’ll have to maximize on all potential points in order to finish where we want to as a team,” Lake said. Off the track, jumper Grant Bowen ’07 and co-captain Jake Golenor ’06 also head to Hanover as second seeds in the pole vault and shot put, respectively. Golenor has ample backup in the throws, as Brown currently has five athletes ranked in the conference’s top 15 in the shot put and three of the top 10 in the weight throw. “We have three men with the potential to win the individual title in the shot put,” Lake said. “Our weight throw squad is just as solid.” The two-day competition kicks off on Saturday at 10 a.m. “After winning the (Jan. 28) Harvard-Cornell meet, we saw that we really can compete at the level that the Ivy League demands,” Achilihu said. “We are going in with the mindset that it’s time to take care of business.”

Krimsky continued from page 5 advisory committees are at times guilty of ignoring conflicts of interest, which also generates skewed findings. Many have taken steps to disclose conflicts of interest, but Krimsky said this is not sufficient. “Publishing conflicts of interest is not the same thing as prohibiting them,” Krimsky said. Krimsky also gave a number of “golden rules” that he said must be adopted to prevent conflicts of interest. Among the ideas for reform was separating those who produce knowledge in academia and those who have a financial interest in the knowledge. The need for greater disclosure of conflicts of interest and greater distance between drug testers and drug producers was also included. Krimsky said that no researcher should accept contracts that restrict autonomy or that compromise full ownership of the findings. He also took issue with a number of laws introduced in the 1980s that give universities title to intellectual property

developed with taxpayer money. Krimsky compared this to going into a gambling hall, using public money to place bets and then keeping the earnings. He said the patents that result are a part of what makes drugs so expensive. Krimsky said he sees hope that conflicts of interest will diminish in the future. “Science journals are starting to get wise,” Krimsky said, noting that a number had instituted policies that require contributors to disclose the sources of their funding. Universities are becoming more aware of conflicts of interest among faculty as well, he said, citing a lawsuit against a University of Pennsylvania professor who didn’t disclose a conflict. Krimsky added that corporate funding isn’t a bad thing, so long as scientists or professors maintain their autonomy. But he said this can be difficult and that not taking sponsorship has definite advantages. Professors accept moderate salaries “because we have autonomy,” he said. The Brown Bioethics Society hosted the lecture.



Diamonds and coal Coal to the industrious soul who placed a “Providence Singles” sign in front of our office, conveniently located across from the sports bar whose opening is a good three months overdue. If you want to coax us out of the office to explore the Providence dating scene, you can at least offer up some chicken wings. A diamond to Harvard President Lawrence Summers for finally stepping down. Last year, he made a comment that insulted women everywhere, but the incident that finally precipitated his resignation was the firing of one white male. A cubic zirconium to illegal Internet downloading. We can officially label this once-rebellious swipe at the recording industry a dying artform now that the most egregious incidents involve downloading too much of a textbook. A sympathetic diamond to the two Brown Med students who had to fly to Montgomery, Ala. immediately after Commencement as part of their Air Force scholarships. Doing pull-ups down south may be the worst post-Campus Dance hangover cure we can imagine. A cubic zirconium to grades of E, S/U, Credit/D/Fail, NonRecording Options and other quirky evaluations available throughout the Ivy League. Though fascinating, it’s obvious these are acid-induced byproducts of the 1970s, not the result of legitimate attempts at curricular reform. And while we’re at it, an iamon to our beloved grading system for its lack of D’s. A cubic zirconium to intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells. “Adapt with a vengeance” all you want — we’re still pretty clueless about your function. A diamond to the FemSex coordinators at UC Berkeley, Brown and Harvard for spreading openness and acceptance of female sexuality — just so long as that’s all they’re spreading. Coal to the outbreak of technological mishaps at universities across the nation. Between thousands of accidental admissions letters sent to prospective students and a misprinted admissions phone number that actually led callers to “hot, horny girls,” we’re starting to feel grateful that Brown hasn’t yet harnessed the potentially dangerous power of technology… like online course registration.

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LETTERS Claims of Ris ’05 supporters inaccurate To the Editor: On Feb. 16, The Herald printed two letters on the Ward 1 City Council race, both from supporters of Ethan Ris ’05 (“Supporters of Ris ’05 speak up,” Feb. 16). Both were riddled with inaccuracies. Let’s start with the letter from Michael Kadin ’08. I’m not exactly sure where Kadin, who came to Providence in 2004, got his information about the 2002 election. But it is, without exception, wrong. Ward 1 City Councilman David Segal was not a “registered Republican in New York” in 2002, nor has he ever been registered to vote in New York. In 2002, he was registered as a Green in Rhode Island and ran for city council. Segal was raised as a centrist Republican, and, like many people, found his politics in college. Segal did not move here “a few months before the 2002 election.” He moved here 18 months before his election. That’s not a lot of time, but it does mean that Segal lived in this fair city months before Ris passed through the Van Wickle gates, rather than after Ris came to town, as Kadin claims. I know this since Segal was teaching, tutoring and TA’ing at my high school during the 2001-2002 academic year. Segal may have challenged some conservative individuals who happen to affiliate with the Democratic Party, but he won in 2002 precisely because he drew support from voters who identify strongly with traditional Democratic values by speaking about issues that mattered to them, like affordable housing and living wages. Segal was the National Chairman of Greens for Impact, a federal political action committee which helped block Nader’s attempt to get the Green party

endorsement and diverted Nader voters to John Kerry in battleground states that November. Where’s the bashing of Democrats, and the specter of Ralph Nader’s Green party? In Kadin’s imagination? Jeff Tiell ’06’s letter is premised on the claim that during the fourth quarter of 2005, “Segal received zero dollars in donations (large enough to be disclosed) from individual Rhode Islanders.” Yet in the fourth quarter, more than two-thirds of the money Segal raised came from Rhode Island, as do the overwhelming majority of Segal’s hundreds of donors. More to the point though, Mr. Tiell offers a smokescreen, instead of discussing an issue that troubles me, as someone who has lived in Providence for over 16 years, and who knows both of the candidates mentioned. A city council race is not a 50 state ad-war. Building a war-chest almost solely of out-of-state money from corporate lobbyists is not the norm, and it’s never been done before, and it’s not a good idea. I know that many of the big-money donors to Ris were friends of his family who had known him a long time. I don’t think he’s a bad person. But I expect a lot out of my progressive candidates, including the ability to say no, even to friends with checkbooks, if you don’t like where the money came from.

Ari Savitzky ‘06 Feb. 13

CO R R E C T I O N S An article in yesterday’s Herald (“Public access television show blasts T. F. Green Airport for pollution,” Feb. 23) incorrectly stated that former Warwick councilwoman Helen Taylor had been turned away from local news channels in her effort to voice complaints about the T.F. Green Airport. Several local television stations and one local radio station have interviewed Taylor. Her colleague, George Duggan, was turned down for an interview by the American Broadcasting Corporation. An article in yesterday’s Herald (“Senate primary fight reveals deeper split in state GOP,” Feb. 23) incorrectly referred to a Feb. 19 event hosted by the town of Lincoln’s Republican committee as the “State Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner.”

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Football, worldwide style The 2006 Africa Cup exemplifies the unifying spirit of international football BY NATALIE SMOLENSKI OPINIONS COLUMNIST

Let’s take a moment to put aside thoughts of the violence surrounding the infamous Danish caricatures, the election of Hamas in Palestine and the chaos reigning in Iraq. For many people in Egypt, the most important recent events carrying impact on a national scale were their country’s triumph over Senegal in the semifinals of the Africa Cup, and, three days later, their victory over Ivory Coast to win the Africa Cup itself. I was fortunate enough to attend the semi-finals round, during which I saw entire families flock to the stadium along with their small children and babies. The sheer number of people tripping over themselves just to see the match showcased the universal and momentous appeal of football. They packed Cairo Stadium to overflowing capacity; I initially had to sit crammed into an aisle (note: in Egypt, the concept of “fire hazards” still takes second stage to packing as many people as possible into one place). My experience with Egyptian bureaucracy and business has left me with the strong suspicion that more tickets were sold than there were places — an ingenious tactic on the part of the organizers, though infuriating to those who ended up not getting into the stadium. Meanwhile, the crowd itself was a sea of people who concurrently arrived at identical conclusions: football is great; I love my country; let’s play.

Religion also found a place in the stadium that day; its centrality to Egyptian social life translated into prayers before the game and chants like, Allah hayy, tani gayh! (Allah lives, so go for it again!) Football is in many ways a social balm, something deeply relieving in a world where there exist so many unsolvable troubles. First, football is possibly the most simple, “propless” sport — all you need is something to kick around — so even the poorest of the poor can play it. Further, games provide a safe place for large numbers of people to assemble and join together in a powerful outburst of emotion. In Egypt, for instance, public assembly is tightly regulated, and protests, even peaceful ones that have nothing to do with the government, are often broken up violently by police. Football provides a safe setting in which love of country can be fully expressed without fear of aggravating political CARLOS CAJILIG ’09 regimes. Finally, despite its ability to evoke patriotic designs and shouted slogans at every opportunity. In Egypt, doors nationalist fervor, the sport is also to the stadium close four hours before poised to unify the world. People in the match begins, so people brought every country play it, and most countries instruments, sang songs and danced have developed traditions making it a to keep themselves entertained while prominent national hobby. Such a strong waiting. At various intervals, the voices common interest can be easily translated of Egyptian superstars singing patriotic into a message of international and even songs wove over the rows of spectators. domestic cooperation. Before the match During the football games on Tuesday and Friday nights, Egyptian nationalism was on full display. Not only was the entire stadium, with the exception of a few rows of the other team’s supporters, decked out in red, white and black, but people everywhere carried Egyptian flags, painted their faces with

between Egypt and Senegal, for instance, an announcer gave a speech stressing that only in peace can relationships be forged, and that the Africa Cup is a manifestation of international goodwill and friendship. Additionally, a giant sign next to the field read, in English, “Be fair play — no racism.” Such messages are important in a place where Sudanese refugees have been routinely harassed and excluded from the wider society. The international matches also provide opportunities for Egypt’s women to attend sporting events, as local football matches are considered far too dangerous for female spectators. I have a strong sense that a good football match can leave everyone a little better off than they were before. In the past, I never paid a second thought to sports matches, but noticing football’s influence upon Egyptian communities convinced me of the sport’s lasting ability to unify people across all social backgrounds. I found myself uncannily happy after Egypt’s wins, like I had just seen something truly beautiful. I am also under the distinct impression that many others share in my experience. Before the match, a friend of mine related a story in which a girlfriend told her that going to see a football game was the happiest day of her life, moreso even than her wedding day. My experience with the Africa Cup has made me think that perhaps one of the things that draws us closest together as a human race is, simply put, fun.

Natalie Smolenski ’07 danced in the streets with hundreds of people after Egypt’s final victory.

Corporation must fully divest from Sudan Brown’s waffling over divestment has wasted precious time — action is needed now BY SCOTT WARREN GUEST COLUMNIST

Tomorrow morning, the Brown Corporation will convene to vote on the issue of divesting from companies currently conducting business in Sudan. Because of the genocide occurring in Sudan’s Darfur region, these companies are explicitly providing capital used by the Sudanese government to systematically eliminate persons of African descent. Recognizing these facts, Harvard, Stanford and Yale universities as well as Dartmouth and Amherst colleges have all divested from companies doing business in Sudan. Brown has the opportunity to do the same on Saturday, but it appears that the University will take a half-hearted approach. Throughout the last few months, members of Brown’s Darfur Action Network have worked with the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investing to come up with a list of companies aiding the Sudanese government’s genocidal activities. After much research, we unanimously concluded nine companies that fit a specific criterion. In reference to lists of companies developed by other institutions, expert Sudan researcher Eric Reeves called Brown’s “one of the best yet.” The Brown University Community Council and the Undergraduate Council of Students both enthusiastically recommended that the Corporation divest from these specific companies. There is little doubt that the nine companies are providing capital that is aiding the Sudanese government to maintain its genocidal practices. It seems, though, that the Corporation

will not be voting on this list. Instead, it will solely be voting on the simple concept of divestment from Sudan. Members plan to vote on specific companies to divest from at a later point in time. This is unacceptable. While the University wavers in its full decision, genocide still occurs in Sudan. An estimated 500 people are dying every day, and Brown University will be invested in companies aiding the Sudanese government to do this. The student population cannot allow this to occur. A statement from the Corporation simply expressing interest in divesting from Sudan has the potential to hurt a blossoming movement. Yale, owning the secondlargest endowment in the country, divested from seven oil companies in Sudan on Feb. 15. It did not issue a statement; it acted. Only a week earlier, Amherst, with the blessing of a Nobel Prize winning-economist, divested from 20 companies. As a prestigious Ivy League university with a considerable endowment, we have a real opportunity to keep the ball rolling. We have an opportunity to help the University of California divest, to help the state of Rhode Island introduce a divestment resolution and to help the student divestment campaign receive national news coverage. We also have the opportunity to help stall divestment

campaigns throughout the country. If nothing else, the delay in action reduces the amount of press Brown will receive. After last week’s Yale decision, the AP wire sent the story to over 100 news outlets throughout the country. In response, CNN contacted the students, expressing interest in a segment featuring the divestment movement. Brown has a prime opportunity to be exposed to

a rally to encourage the University to vote on a complete proposal to divest from the nine-targeted companies conducting business in Sudan. CNN is interested in using footage from this gathering, and there is a large possibility it will be covered by local NBC and FOX affiliates. We strongly encourage all students to attend and demonstrate a support for this important cause. In a December editorial, The Herald criticized the Corporation for failing to quickly act on the issue of Sudan divestment. The Herald “consider(ed) this delay, as well as the lack of clarity surrounding the University’s position on divestment, unnecessary and inappropriate for such a pressing issue.” This was three months ago, and yet the Corporation continues to stall. As an educational institution that prides itself on social responsibility, Brown should be setting the precedent on this issue, not taking away from other efforts. On Saturday morning, President Ruth Simmons needs to confidently walk in to the Corporation meeting with a list of nine companies in hand. Anything short of this will be detrimental to the nation-wide divestment campaign.

While the University wavers in its full decision, genocide still occurs in Sudan. An estimated 500 people are dying every day, and Brown University will be invested in companies aiding the Sudanese government to do this. national media and demonstrate social responsibility through our investments. After the Sex Power God media coverage, it would be a welcome change: Brown students helping the University to further a national campaign to end the genocide in Darfur. If the University only issues a statement, it is running a risk of attracting negative publicity because of its failure to completely embrace this important social issue. Saturday morning, we will be holding

Scott Warren ‘09 asks you to support the Darfur Action Network.


Hayes ’06 is best the Ivies has to offer The box score lists Sarah Hayes ’06 as a forward. Anyone who’s seen a women’s basketball games knows she’s a guard, although she rebounds as if she is at least half a foot taller than her listed 5’8”. Either way, after earning Ivy League PlaCHRIS HATFIELD yer of the BROWN SUGAR Week honors for the third time this season, Hayes has to be considered the frontrunner for conference Player of the Year, especially if the first-place Bears win their remaining four games to clinch a share of the Ivy title. Hayes is third in the Ivy League in scoring (15.0 points per game), sixth in rebounding (6.8 rpg), first in steals (2.74 spg), fourth in field goal percentage (.470) and 10th in free throw percentage (.717). She leads the Bears in all those categories — except free throw percentage — and also in assists (2.39 apg). Of course, this is nothing new, as she has been putting up these numbers for the past four years. Hayes is only the second Ivy Leaguer ever to have over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 250 assists

and 250 steals in a career. The best part of Hayes’ suc-cess is that she also gets it done in the classroom. She has a 3.43 grade point average and is double concentrating in history and psychology. Accordingly, she was named a second team District I College Sports Information Directors Association Academic AllAmerican. That must be one impressive first team, though. But the numbers, as impressive as they are, don’t even tell the whole story. With all apologies to Colleen Kelly ’06, whose deadly three-point stroke makes her the perfect complement to Hayes in Head Coach Jean Marie Burr’s system, the team goes as Hayes does. Hayes has performed so well in clutch situations in the past that it’s more surprising when she doesn’t come through at the end of games now. She has killed Harvard late in games twice this season, hitting the game-winner with four-tenths of a second left in the first game and drilling only the seventh three-pointer of her career to seal a 66-61 victory in the rematch. Though she barely missed the game-winning jumper over a double-team with four seconds left in regulation see HATFIELD, page 7

M. track heading into Heps full of confidence BY JILANE RODGERS ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

The men’s track and field team will travel north this weekend to Hanover, N.H. to take on host Dartmouth and the rest of the Ivy League at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships. Two athletes enter the competition with top seeds, and several others are primed to earn major points for the Bears. As a team, Bruno finished a disappointing sixth in 2005, lacking the depth to back up the squad’s all-stars. “Of course the goal is to improve upon last year’s finish,” said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Craig Lake. “It will be a tight competition this

year in the team scores, where realistically 15 points could separate third and sixth places.” Ray Bobrownicki ’06 was the only Bear to post an individual victory at the 2005 Indoor Heps, and the high jump veteran will take to the infield this weekend with hopes of becoming just the third man in conference history to win the event three times. Bobrownicki boasts a seasonal best of 6 feet, 11 3/4 inches, giving him the top seed in the event. The only other victory from 2005 came from the distance medley relay team. Both Jordan Kinley ’06 and Eamon Quick ’07 return this season in an attempt to defend their crown. Joining see M. TRACK, page 9

BROWN SPORTS SCHEDULE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 M. BASKETBALL: at Columbia W. BASKETBALL: vs. Columbia, 7 p.m., Pizzitola Center M. HOCKEY: vs. Princeton, 7 p.m., Meehan Auditorium W. HOCKEY: at Princeton W. SQUASH: at Howe Cup (Cambridge, Mass.) W. SWIMMING: at Ivy League Championship (Cambridge, Mass.) W. WATER POLO: vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara (Gaucho Invitational) SATURDAY , FEBRUARY 25 M. BASKETBALL: at Cornell W. BASKETBALL: vs. Cornell, 7 p.m., Pizzitola Center W. CREW: at Crash B Indoor Championships (Boston, Mass.) EQUESTRIAN: at Wesleyan FENCING: at IFA Championships (Philadelphia, Pa.) M. HOCKEY: vs. Quinnipiac, 7 p.m., Meehan Auditorium W. HOCKEY: at Quinnipiac M. LACROSSE: vs. UMBC, 12 p.m., Turf Field W. LACROSSE: vs. Sacred Heart, 3 p.m., Turf Field

SKIING: NCAA Regionals (Middlebury, Vt.) M. SWIMMING: vs. Yale, 12 p.m., Smith Center Center W. SQUASH: at Howe Cup (Cambridge, Mass.) W. TENNIS: vs. No. 24 South Carolina, 12 p.m., Pizzitola Center M. & W. TRACK: at Heptagonal Championships (Hanover, N.H.) W. WATER POLO: vs. No. 1 Southern California (Guacho Invitational) WRESTLING: at Cornell SUNDAY , FEBRUARY 26 GYMNASTICS: at Ivy Classic, 1 p.m., Pizzitola Center FENCING: at IFA Championships (Philadelphia, Pa.) SKIING: ECSC Regionals (Waterville Valley, N.H.) W. SQUASH: at Howe Cup (Cambridge, Mass.) M. & W. TRACK: at Heptagonal Championships (Hanover, N.H.) W. WATER POLO: vs. TBA (Gaucho Invitational) MONDAY , FEBRUARY 27 SKIING: ECSC Regionals (Waterville Valley, N.H.)

Athlete of the Week: Breck Bailey ’06, squash captain BY KATE KLONICK SPORTS STAFF WRITER

Breck Bailey ’06 is the captain of the men’s squash team. Despite being hampered by a knee injury for most of the season, he was awarded collegiate squash’s highest honor, the Skillman Award, at last week’s national championships. He was the first ever Brown squash player to garner such honors. Herald: Squash is not a typical sport. When you say you play squash, how many people

think you’re talking about the vegetable? Bailey: When I say I play squash, I hope to God people don’t think I’m talking about the vegetable. People in New England usually know, so I don’t have to explain … Yeah, I don’t even like squash (the vegetable). Clearly you weren’t drawn to the sport for its nutritional benefits. How did you get involved with it? Were you involved with it in high see AOTW, page 8

Ashley Hess / Herald

Breck Bailey ’06 has led the men’s squash team to an 8-9 record. He recently received the Skillman Award.

W. swimmers in fifth after first day After one day of competition, the women’s swim team stands in fifth place at the Ivy League Championship meet at Harvard. The Bears are just three points behind fourth-place Columbia with 252 points. Brown started the day off on the right foot when the 200-meter relay team of Eileen Robinson ’06, Eileen Wong ’06, Sarah Goodman ’09 and Lauren Zatorski ’08 finished with a time of 1:34.49, good for second place. Robinson won the first event for Brown when she captured the 50-meter freestyle, defeating a Yale swimmer by 0.02 seconds. Diver Jessica Larson ’06 followed with Bruno’s second win of the day. She cruised to an easy victory in the onemeter dive. Both Larson and Robinson finished the season without a loss in those two events. Finishing in fifth place after one day is not unfamiliar territory for Brown. At last year’s Championships, the Bears were in fifth place after two days of competition, before four top-eight finishes on the final day lifted Bruno see W. SWIMMERS, page 8

Heps present opportunity for w. track to outrun competition BY GEORGE MESTHOS SPORTS STAFF WRITER

“It’s going to be pretty competitive,” Lake said. “Ideal scenario is that we get fourth place like we did last year. We lost a lot of points due to graduations from last year’s team. Fourth through seventh place is going to be separated by a matter of 10 points.” Despite the challenges, the Bears are unfazed by the stiff competition awaiting them in New Hampshire. “We’re not favored at all to win,” said long distance runner Anna Willard ’06. “We’re definitely the underdogs. (Let’s) surprise the league a little bit. We have a lot of amazing talent on the team. We have people that are expected to win, like Brittany Grovey (’06) in the triple jump, but we have some other people that can win too.” This weekend’s champion-

ships provide four seniors with the opportunity to bolster Brown for the last time in their indoor careers. Although Willard is ranked second in the 800-meter, she will be running the mile, a race in which she is ranked fifth (the top six positions in each race score points). Anya Davidson ’06 has an outside chance to score with a ninth-place ranking in the 5,000-meter run. The team is also looking for points from jumper Erin Meschter ’06, ranked fifth in the high jump, and fourth-ranked Grovey in the long jump. Grovey also sits atop the triple jump rankings after a PR at the New England Championships this weekend. Not only will this be Willard’s final taste of indoor Ivy League competition, but she has never

The women’s track and field team wants to reproduce last year’s top four finish at the Indoor Heptagonal Championships in Hanover, N.H. this weekend — minus last year’s miscues, of course. Although the Bears lost multiple scorers to graduation and have had a new head coach since last year, the team is confident and riding a wave of momentum from recent meets entering this weekends Heps. At last year’s competition, Bruno fell four points shy of third -place Columbia. Brown slipped from second to third place after a University of Pennsylvania runner accidentally tripped Naja Ferjan ’07, costing the team 10 points. Several other mistakes see W. TRACK, page 8 cost last year’s team points, and no one on the team raised her hand when former Head Coach Robert Johnson asked if they felt they had performed their best. With Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Craig Lake now at the helm, the squad is in a strong position heading into this year’s Heps. This past weekend, the Bears set six personal records at the USA Track and Field New England Championships. The team set 20 such records in the month of February, and the program Dan Grossman ’71 is hoping to turn its recent Smita Gupta ‘08 receives the baton from Naja Ferjan ‘07 in the 4x800 success into at least a top-half relay. The Bears will need strong performances from their relay teams finish in the Ancient Eight. at Heps in order to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish.

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