THE BROWN DAILY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2006
Volume CXLI, No. 45
An independent newspaper serving the Brown community since 1891
NO RECALL HERE “Elected,” a new mockumentary on BTV, pokes fun at UCS in an entertaining debut ARTS & CULTURE 3
DEMANDING A DIALOGUE Members of the Brown community present an open letter to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., on her Iraq war record OPINIONS 11
GOOD SEID Athlete of the Week Mary Seid ’06 on co-op cooking and the morality of stealing sweatpants SPORTS 12
Michener ’06 remembered for her cheer and love of science
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Providence City Council votes to divest from Sudan
Tax status of Brown Bookstore also addressed at meeting
BY CHLOE LUTTS SENIOR STAFF WRITER
BY BEN LEUBSDORF METRO EDITOR
Though Alison Michener ’06 had previously considered attending graduate school to study biology, a desire to use her passion for science to beneﬁt others and “work with people” had recently inspired her to consider medical school, according to her thesis adviser, Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Hughes. It is this passion for bettering the world through science — combined Alison Michener ‘06 with a genuine concern for those around her — for which Michener will be most remembered at Brown, according to friends and professors interviewed by The Herald. Michener, who was born in Colorado but attended high school in California, where her parents reside, died March 31 while rafting in Peru. She had been vacationing with a close friend, Hae-In Kim ’06. Shirin Shakir, a student at Harvard Law School, also died in the rafting accident. Kristi Wharton, an associate professor of medical science who worked closely with Michener, described the senior’s “adventurous and upbeat nature” in an e-mail to The Herald. Michener spent a semester abroad in Australia last year and wrote home to friends about her “amazing experience,” which included traveling in the Western outback and rock climbing 10 meters above the ground. In these messages, see MICHENER, page 9
Clinton, focus of presidential rumors, to lecture on women leaders BY STU WOO CAMPUS WATCH EDITOR
It is a safe bet that many students attending Sen. Hillary Clinton’s lecture tomorrow night will be on hand not only to hear what the former ﬁrst lady has to say, but to also catch a sneak peek of a woman who may be the country’s next president. Clinton, a New York Democrat, will deliver the inaugural lecture of the DohertyGranoff Forum on Women Leaders in Meehan Auditorium tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. She is considered by many political experts, including Professor of Political Science Darrell West, to be the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2008. “She has all the ingredients of a successful candidate,” said West, who is also director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy, a co-sponsor of the lecture. West said Clinton was chosen to be the inaugural speaker of the forum besee CLINTON, page 9 Editorial: 401.351.3372 Business: 401.351.3260
pitch, the team worked to promote women’s rugby in Uganda and foster international understanding. The inspiration for the trip came from captain Jennifer Hustwitt ’07, who spent time in Uganda over the past two summers, most recently through Brown’s Royce Fellowship program doing research about access to secondary school education. Last summer, she attended a game that paired a Ugandan women’s rugby
The City Council unanimously voted to divest from Sudan Thursday night, making Providence the ﬁrst city METRO in the United States to do so, according to the measure’s backers. The council voted 13-0 in favor of divestment. The ordinance must be passed by the council a second time, on April 20, before it is sent to Mayor David Cicilline ’83 for his signature. “It is easy to ignore or forget that this genocide is happening,” said Ward 9 City Councilman Miguel Luna, one of the ordinance’s sponsors, before the meeting. “We are paying attention because our money is supporting this genocide.” The genocide in Sudan’s province of Darfur has left an estimated 400,000 dead since early 2003, with many more displaced, according to the Washingtonbased Coalition for International Justice. The ordinance requires that Providence divest from all companies that “provide revenues to the Sudanese government,” do not offer “substantive” beneﬁt to the Sudanese people and have not taken steps to halt the genocide. The city has already identiﬁed at least one qualifying investment — $800,000 the city has invested in Alcatel, a French communications company. Ward 1 City Councilman David Segal, co- sponsor of the ordinance, said he hopes Providence’s divestment will spur other cities to do the same. “We hope that our action will trigger a wave of action on the municipal level around the country,” he said. “We want to do what we can to mitigate what’s happening there.” The city’s divestment came on the same day that a divestment bill was introduced in the state House of Representatives by ﬁve legislators, including Rep. Edith Ajello, D-District 3, whose district includes
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Stephanie Bruce ’04 runs with the ball at one of the women’s rugby team’s games in Kampala, Uganda over spring break. The team went 5-3 during the 13-day trip.
Women’s rugby makes history with Uganda trip BY KAM SRIPADA STAFF WRITER
Over spring break, the women’s rugby team made history in Uganda, becoming not only the ﬁrst non-African women’s team to play in SPORTS East Africa, but also the only team to score points against the best club in the country. During its 13-day expedition to Kampala, Uganda, the team won ﬁve out of eight matches against teams from Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. Off the
U. ends bid to use RISD dorms BY ANNE WOOTTON METRO EDITOR
The possibility of using Rhode Island School of Design residence halls for Brown housing evaporated after RISD’s housing lottery for the fall semester, ending hopes that the halls could be used to alleviate the University’s current housing shortage. At a March 2 meeting of the Undergraduate Council of Students, President Ruth Simmons mentioned University administrators were looking into this potential solution to the housing crunch, which left some students living in converted lounges in Keeney Quadrangle last fall. “When that was all said and done, it see RISD, page 4
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The University will no longer attempt to buy Rhode Island School of Design residence halls like this house on the corner of Prospect and Waterman streets.
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WEEKEND EVENTS AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL SHOWALTER ‘92 7 p.m. Friday, (Salomon 101) — Michael Showalter ’92, a writer/star of “Wet Hot American Summer,” will deliver a lecture as part of the Ivy Film Festival. ODD APPETITE NEW MUSIC CONCERT 8 p.m. Friday , (Grant Recital Hall) — A cellist and a percussionist synthesize electro-acoustic concert music for your pleasure.
“BLACK GOLD” 10 p.m. Friday, (Salomon 101) — Part of the Ivy Film Festival, “Black Gold“ follows the transnational pathway of coffee and the injustices of the trade. THE BEST OF BROWN AT THE UNDERGROUND 9 p.m. Saturday, (The Underground) — WBRU and BSR present a concert, featuring Get Him Eat Him, Saves Nine, The Wilers, Guerilla Funk, Zero the Hero and SMP. Free admission.
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VERNEY-WOOLLEY DINING HALL LUNCH — Vegetarian Mushroom, Vegetable Soup, Rhode Island Quahog Chowder, Chicken Fingers, Couscous Croquettes, Vegan Brown Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms, Steamed Vegetable Melange, Cheesecake Brownies DINNER — Vegetarian Mushroom Vegetable Soup, Rhode Island Quahog Chowder, Breaded Pollock Filet, Grilled Chicken, Tortellini Angelica, Red Potatoes with Fresh Dill, Carrots, Beets in Orange Sauce, Italian Bread, Carrot Pineapple Cake
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BTV’s ‘Elected’ offers hilarious take on college government BY KATE GOLDBERG CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Kent Haines ’07 and Matt Vascellaro ’07, the creators of “White Brown Friends,” have collaborated once again to create a hilarious mockumenREVIEW tary about student government set at a familiar New England university. Brown Television’s student-written and produced series “Elected” premiered Wednesday to an enthusiastic crowd in MacMillan 117. “Elected” follows a traditional mockumentary style, cutting back and forth between the events that occur in the meeting room of the Undergraduate Council of Students and private interviews with each council member. Despite its traditional format, it is ﬁlled with original wit and hilarious spins on the kinds of characters and relationships that are all too familiar to a college audience. After UCS’s previous president mysteriously departs, former vice-president Jeff (David Dryer ’07), a power glutton who can’t back up his high sense of self-assurance, takes over the job. Dryer presents the character as unbearably irritating while still making the audience laugh. Jeff often butts heads with Blair (Amanda Parker ’07), the witty and sarcastic council member who has grown bitter over the incompetence of her UCS colleagues. One source of her irritation is Becky (Katie Bosland ’07), who ﬁnds color-coordination and list-making the most signiﬁcant aspects of student government. Maura (Emily Roberts ’08) is an exceptionally shy council member whose peculiar tendencies include an elaborate fantasyland and sporting ﬂamboyantly patterned vests and turtlenecks. Nick Clifford ’08 portrays Trey, the son of a senator who ﬁnds himself in UCS because of a drunken decision. While the frat boy who never uses his head is an overused character in comedies, Clifford’s portrayal does not fall prey to over-exaggeration but instead captures a believable persona, while still managing to make the audience burst out in laughter. The premiere episode involves the selection of a new council member. Greg (Haines), the calm and see ELECTED, page 4
Med School to change biomedical ethics offerings BY SARA MOLINARO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Changes to the Medical School’s biomedical ethics offerings will be instituted next year, Med School administrators conﬁrmed this week. Instead of teaching biomedical ethics material through group discussions as part of clerkships in students’ third and fourth years, the material will become primarily classroom-based. The subject of biomedical ethics is currently covered during hospital clerkships in the format of small group discussions, which are led by professional clinicians with expertise in biomedical ethics, according to Tom Bledsoe, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics. Next year, however, these discussions will be scaled down, and ethics will be taught in a classroom-based format in a new course for ﬁrst- and second-year med students called “Doctoring,” Bledsoe said. The new course was ﬁrst implemented this year for ﬁrst-year students, but it only included a brief overview of biomedical ethics material. Next year, “Doctoring” will be offered to second-year students for the ﬁrst time and will include an extensive study of ethics and ethical problems doctors are likely to face. Bledsoe praised impending changes to the curriculum.
“If you look across the board about when and how med schools teach ethics, we’re an outlier — the current program is expensive and time-intensive, so the people at the top have decided that we’re not going to do that anymore.” Philip Gruppuso, associate dean of medicine, was one of the administrators involved in outlining changes to the curriculum. Gruppuso explained that the biomedical ethics program is supported by an endowment from the class of 1951, which was originally intended to “support the educational topic of humanism in medicine” at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The curriculum shift was intended to ensure that this endowment is being used in the most effective way. “I know that this change comes in the context of a perception that the biomed ethics program is being cut or discontinued, and that’s not the case at all. It is a change, but it’s an expansive one,” Gruppuso said. “I consider all of this a very positive development in the context of medical education. It’s about broadening opportunities for students.” Bledsoe emphasized that the group discussions currently taking place during students’ third- and fourth-year clerkships are highly valuable and will not be eliminated altogether. “There’s the sense that when students are in see BIOETHICS, page 4
Harper’s Lapham addresses TV’s destructive inﬂuence on national discourse BY NATHALIE PIERREPONT CONTRIBUTING WRITER
When Lewis Lapham was approached in 1965 about considering a job in television reporting, he “turned it down with contempt.” Having already spent almost a decade as a writer, he thought “television was for children,” Lapham said to an audience in MacMillian 117 on Thursday afternoon. Lapham, who recently retired after nearly 30 years as managing editor of Harper’s Magazine, the country’s oldest political journal, is the author of several books of essays, including “Fortune’s Child,” “Money and Class in America,” “Imperial Masquerade,” “Hotel America,” “Waiting for the Barbarians” and “Theater of War.” As editor, he wrote a monthly essay for Harper’s called “Notebook.” In 1995, he won the National Magazine Award for three of those pieces. Lapham’s respect for history and traditional literary knowledge was a recurring theme throughout his lecture, which was titled “Observations on 40 Years in the Literary Trade.” In describing the transformation of the media and its effects on his writing career, Lapham claimed
he has “learned more about politics from Machiavelli, Cicero and Shakespeare than from George Will and the New Republic.” Lapham admitted having a “romantic perception” of the newspaper business when he began his writing career at the San Francisco Examiner in 1957, a year after completing a graduate program at Cambridge University, entering “with literary expectations … a notion that long-form journalism could be raised to low-end literature.” Although he was hoping to write “longer pieces and to employ various literary devices,” Lapham quickly experienced the reality of print journalism when his ﬁrst story on a local ﬂower show was cut from 4,000 words — “4,000 very beautiful words,” he said — to a mere paragraph. “It was my introduction to editing,” he said. Before heading to Harper’s Magazine in 1971, where he was almost immediately appointed managing editor, Lapham worked for the Saturday Evening Post and The New York Herald Tribune for six years and two years, respectively. see LAPHAM, page 4
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RISD continued from page 1 turns out that I’m 120 beds short for next year,” said Brian Janes, director of RISD’s Residence Life Ofﬁce. According to Janes, RISD recently gained 500 beds and had the capacity to house about 45 students displaced by Hurricane Katrina last fall, which was the reason he anticipated having extra residence hall space next year. “We did have some vacancies — we were able to consolidate and help out with the Katrina students — so that’s what happened to prompt speculation and discussion (of renting space to Brown),” Janes said. “That all happened before our lottery process.” The housing that the University might have rented from RISD includes eight houses at the western edge of Brown’s campus on Angell and Prospect streets, according to Janes. One house is across the street from Carrie Tower. Deanna Chaukos ’08, chair of UCS’s Campus Life Committee who was present at the March UCS meeting in which Simmons mentioned the possibility of utilizing RISD residence halls, said the apartment-style nature of the housing was its most appealing feature. “It might (have been) upperclassmen housing if it’s apartment-style, which is something students want more of,” Chaukos said. “I think it’s immensely important that we ﬁnd some alternative for housing (in) the meantime. If building a new residence hall isn’t possible right now, then we’re going to have to ﬁnd some other alternative,” she added. The University’s housing crunch has escalated in recent years and is fast becoming a top priority for administrators, according to David Greene, vice president for campus life and student services. “We’ve been really squeezed (for housing) for the last couple of years,” Greene said. Minden Hall, formerly a hotel, opened as Brown housing in 2002, but the University “absorbed those rooms very quickly,” Greene said. “We originally thought if we add 150 beds to our housing stock, it might hold us over for a
bit; in fact, it didn’t make much of a dent — the demand is still very high,” he said. Greene added there are several options that could be pursued to alleviate the housing shortage. In 2004, the University issued a Request for Proposals to a number of developers and landlords to see if properties they owned or would consider building could be used to house Brown students. “That came back with some options — some of which we actually used for graduate students — but that’s one possibility we could continue to explore,” Greene said. Though there is no “speciﬁc plan” in place for building more housing on campus, “we are looking at whether or not we would build residence halls ourselves,” he added. Greene said the University’s ﬁrst “big push” to increase housing came about a year and a half ago, when a specially appointed housing task force issued the RFP and advised that housing capacity be substantial enough so only seniors move off campus. “We had a whole idea for students paved out” to improve facilities over the next few years, Greene said, including construction of the Jonathon Nelson Fitness Center, better study space and improved dining halls, but “it’s been apparent to me and others we have to address this situation sooner … in particular because of the number of students who are interested in being on campus.” “I think especially the administration’s realized that residences are a huge issue on campus, if not a deterring factor from Brown campus life,” Chaukos said. The Ofﬁce of Residential Life approved over 50 applications for off-campus housing in the days before the housing lottery this year, whereas in the past “you had to apply for it earlier to get it,” said Justin Glavis-Bloom ’07, the chair of Residential Council’s lottery committee. RISD has taken a similar approach. “We’ve been approving requests for those people who wish to live off campus, so some people have been changing their mind about where they want to live, but … it’s going to be difﬁcult,” Janes said, adding that problems particularly arise in ﬁnding housing for new transfer and graduate students.
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Elected continued from page 3 collected candidate with previous student government experience under his belt, is clearly the best option. His entry into the council, however, will potentially be troubling for a number of reasons, including balancing the job with Becky, his girlfriend of more than two years — a tension that will likely unfold over the re-
Lapham continued from page 3 Lapham explained that the nature of media was changing at the end of the 1960s. “So much was getting replaced by television networks,” he said. “The language for print is entirely different than the kind of language that is made for television,” Lapham added. He referred to television communication as requiring only “Dick and Jane” language — a simplistic subject-verb construction. In television, the focus is on what “emotion a picture evokes, not necessarily what the picture is of. … Content is secondary and there is little cause and effect,” Lapham explained. He added that there is little use of irony, as well as an increase in loose vocabulary in broadcast discourse. This transformation caused a “loss of force of a literary way of thinking,” Lapham said. Following a two-year exile from the magazine in the early 1980s after being ﬁred, he returned to his role as editor of Harper’s determined to change the publication’s structure. “The expectations of the audience had changed,” he said.
maining four half-hour episodes of the season. Vascellero explained that he and Haines, like many screenwriters, found it “hard to relinquish our baby,” so they decided to become producers as well. Dealing with both aspects of the creative process meant “there were always about eight things you had to think about,” explained Haines, but the two were dedicated, dealing with a schedule that demanded at least two hours each night of shooting
and a process that began just before school started this past fall. The final product reflects this effort and time. But even more obvious is the creative dynamic that exists between the show’s two creators. The series promises to work both visually and conceptually, with scenes that are fast-paced but not jarring and a script that has ease, crispness and wit, shining light on the humorous aspects of the very familiar.
Lapham reconstructed the format of the magazine in 1984 to feature only one long and several short articles, because people have less patience, he said. However, Lapham was sure to maintain the tradition of this 155-year-old monthly, founded by Henry Raymond, who also founded the New York Times, by thoughtfully choosing the main article in each issue. “The magazine has published a wonderful group of American writers,” he said, citing Herman Melville and Mark Twain as notable contributors. In his selection process, Lapham determined whether he could “hear a human voice with the ﬁrst couple pages,” because, he explained, social change depends on “language that induces a change of heart.” The magazine is currently experiencing its highest circulation in the last 30 years, according to Lapham. Having retired just last week, Lapham is planning new endeavors to “combat the destructive and diminishing effects of television,” he said. To do this, he said he hopes to start a new quarterly journal and a weekly radio show. Both are “intended to restore, encourage
(and) fortify the use of history,” which he believes is “absent in the political consciousness.” The journal will highlight an important idea in current news and use 50 to 60 relevant texts to bring the issues forward in the context of a historical continuum, he said. Lapham believes knowledge and history — “concrete facts on which we can rely” — are essential for adequate reasoning. There is “nothing to build the future but the lumber of the past,” Lapham said. Following his talk, Lapham took questions from the audience, encouraging members to inquire about political issues. The request elicited inquiries ranging from his reasoning for urging the impeachment of President George W. Bush to the magazine’s political orientation. In response to a question on the Internet’s potential for destruction in comparison to television, Lapham said he is unsure, but not completely pessimistic, about the Internet. “The Internet is relatively new,” he said. “Whether or not we can make elevated use of it is in question.” Lapham’s speech was part of the John Hazen White lecture series organized by the Taubman Center for Public Policy.
Bioethics continued from page 3 the clinical rotations, the ethical issues that they’re facing are not abstract and the students will get the most value from talking about something when they’re directly dealing with it,” Bledsoe said. Bharati Kalasapudi ’07, a student in the Program for Liberal Medical Education, said she believes changes to the Med School’s biomedical ethics offerings could improve its curriculum. “I think it’s great that students are being exposed to ethics early on in their Medical School education,” she said. But “it’s just important to make sure that that’s something they’re exposed to in their third and fourth years as well,” she added. The PLME program “does a good job” exposing students to the importance of the “physician-patient” relationship, Kalasapudi said, adding that talks for ﬁrst-years effectively convey this material and “emphasize that medicine is not just lab work.” Still, this component of the curriculum is “not as strong” in later years, she said, adding that cuts to undergraduate biomedical ethics offerings hurt the University’s pre-medical curriculum. Gruppuso said other changes to the teaching of biomedical ethics in the Med School will include the creation of summer research assistantships that will focus on humanities and the arts, which includes ethics-related material. Those positions will begin this summer.
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Seminar explores ethics of archaeology
Talk part of larger interdisciplinary series addressing ethical standards in academia BY AIDAN LEVY STAFF WRITER
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Wilfredo Peréz ’08 and volunteers from his organization Operation Happy Birthday hosted a party Wednesday for underprivileged and homeless Providence children.
Peréz ’08’s Operation Happy Birthday brings gifts to underprivileged children Wednesday’s party the second of its kind this year BY MELANIE DUCH SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Eight-year-old Yocaira Ramos enjoyed celebrating her birthday Wednesday evening during an event that featured a cake donated by chefs-in-training from Johnson and Wales University and a game of pin-the-nose-onthe-clown. “My favorite part was whipping the other kids with balloons,” Ramos said. Ramos and about 20 other children celebrated their birthdays with 16 Brown students. The party, the second one of its kind this year, was thrown by Operation Happy Birthday, an organization dedicated to tutoring and mentoring underprivileged children and adolescents and throwing birthday parties for those who would not otherwise have them. The party was organized by Wilfredo Peréz Jr. ’08, founder of Operation Happy Birthday, and was held in McAuley Village, a transitional apartment facility in Providence that helps single mothers and their children through phases of homelessness, unemployment and domestic violence, among other things. Beginning with a song by the Ursa Minors and ending with the children slaughtering balloons en masse, the party was “very, very special” for the residents, said Sister Holly Cloutier, resident services coordinator of McAuley Village. “Just look at (the children’s) faces,” Cloutier said. “They’re delighted. Everyone is delighted with the gifts they got.” The children were each treated to gifts based on wish lists made in advance. They also received balloons, games, party hats and noisemakers. Purchase of the gifts was covered by the Swearer Center for Public Service, Johnson and Wales and private donors. Peréz, who has become a mi-
nor celebrity by giving speeches across the country as a part of the Boldly Brown campaign, said though he has gotten private donations from people across the country, the party left Operation Happy Birthday “nearly broke.” He is currently in the process of applying for $50,000 in funding to become a nonproﬁt organization. The Undergraduate Finance Board does not provide funding to Operation Happy Birthday because it is not a campus-based student organization, he said.
Peréz said he got the idea
Happy Birthday several years ago from the Notorious B.I.G. song titled “Juicy.” In the song, the rapper “talked about how bad life was, how Christmas missed us, how birthdays miss us. … So I was like, let’s ﬁx that,” Peréz said. Peréz’s path to Brown was tumultuous. He spent much of his childhood homeless and now, though only a sophomore, has had three offers for medical residencies at Stanford University. His personal story is so compelling, in fact, that it often overshadows the work he does with Operation Happy Birthday, a three-year-old program that has already shown the potential to develop into a national organization.
“When I gave a speech for Boldly Brown in San Francisco last year, (Mayor Gavin Newsom) fell in love with Operation Happy Birthday,” Peréz said. Newsom’s efforts in support of the program mean that the San Francisco branch of Operation Happy Birthday “is going to become a government program starting next ﬁscal year,” Peréz said. Peréz said he hopes to make the program as well known as organizations like the United Nations Children’s Fund because “it’s just as important.” For now, however, he is focused on gathering more volunteers, acquiring more funding and getting people interested in the project. Peréz said he got the idea for Operation Happy Birthday several years ago from the Notorious B.I.G. song titled “Juicy.” In the song, the rapper “talked about how bad life was, how Christmas missed us, how birthdays miss us. … So I was like, let’s ﬁx that,” Peréz said. While many homeless shelters are flooded with gifts at Thanksgiving and Christmas, Peréz said donors often overlook birthdays and children over the age of 13, so Operation Birthday focuses on a day “just to celebrate each child,” he said, complete with custom gifts that cater to the children’s interests. “These kids don’t have the opportunities other kids have,” he said. “This is a chance for each kid to just celebrate themselves.” The children were not the only ones who enjoyed the birthday party, however. Jay McCarthy GS said he had a lot of fun, adding that it was rewarding to “see the kids’ faces light up.” Watching them “run towards the candles makes you remember when you were eight or nine, because you don’t really get to do that anymore,” McCarthy said.
Looting at ancient Armenian tombs and the pending litigation regarding the J. Paul Getty Museum’s purportedly illicit acquisition of Italian antiquities were among the topics discussed last night as part of “The Dirty Ethics of Archaeology,” the fourth and ﬁnal installment of “The Academy in Context” dinner-colloquia series for the 2005-2006 academic year. Over 30 administrators, faculty and students from the Graduate School gathered at the Faculty Club Thursday night for the event. The lecture and ensuing discussion, led by Susan Alcock, professor of classics and director of the recently renamed Artemis A. W. Joukowsky and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, and Hima Mallampati, an archaeology graduate student at the University of Michigan, stressed the importance of maintaining ethical standards in archaeology. “I think bringing students from many disciplines together with free food is a great idea,” Alcock told The Herald. The series, sponsored by the Ofﬁce of Campus Life and Student Services, the Graduate Student Council and the Grad School, began in the fall as an effort to promote an interdisciplinary community by uniting students in a discussion of ethical standards and concerns they would not usually be exposed to, said Sheila Bonde, dean of the Grad School. Between 40 and 80 grad students from more than 30 departments have attended each seminar. Due to this year’s high attendance rate, the series will continue in the 2006-07 academic year, Bonde said. “Issues of ethics affect all of us, across the humanities and sciences, and I think the series has had an impact on students,” Bonde said. “It’s important to
Softball continued from page 12 third strike, Laabs singled to left to score Anderson. Seid then beat out an inﬁeld single that scored Amini. After an RBI walk from catcher Amy Baxter ’08, Wirkowski came through in the clutch once again. She roped a single down the line that scored Seid and Laabs and gave Brown a ﬁve-run lead. Those ﬁve runs would be all pitcher Michelle Moses ’09 would need. She was sharp all night, confusing the Blue Devil hitters with precise location and varying pitch speed. “Michelle looked on today,” Leonetti said. “She was getting ahead of almost every hitter and was challenging every hit-
talk rather than only having a code of ethics.” Past talks include a seminar led by author Michael Chorost ’87 and Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science Roger Blumberg on the complex interdependence of modern technology and modern life; a discussion led by best-selling author John Barry ’68 on politics in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the preparation effort for an avian ﬂu pandemic; and a discussion led by Professor of Economics Glenn Loury on the ethics of punishment and mass incarceration in American society. Jing Song GS, a doctoral candidate in sociology, attended several of the seminars. “They’re fantastic. You meet people from outside your narrow area of concern and have a chance to talk to people outside your department,” she said. “The ethical standards across countries and disciplines are different, and it’s good to be able to talk about them.” In the introduction to her lecture, Alcock discussed the “surprising murkiness that archaeologists have to confront,” from excavating sites ravaged by looters to the dirty dealings of museums and private collectors that trafﬁc valuable artifacts on the black market. “We all face and indirectly face the taintedness and temptation of dirty archaeology,” she said. Mallampati, who holds a law degree from Stanford University, focused her talk on patrimony litigation, the legal nuances of the antiquity trade and law enforcement issues. She also addressed topics regarding the legality of provenance and the illicit behavior of archaeologists, organized grave-robbers and artifact collectors. “The topic of ethics in archaeology is a topic that’s not usually discussed in graduate seminars, and opening this ﬁeld up to the public at large is important,” she said.
ter. She also worked both sides of the plate very effectively.” Moses pitched all ﬁve innings, giving up only four hits while striking out four and walking just one. She set the tone for what was a dominant performance by the Bears in the second game. “We were all much more relaxed and we did what we needed to do,” she said. “It is deﬁnitely great to get a win in front of the home crowd.” The game was called after ﬁve innings due to darkness but still registers as a win for Brown. Brown will travel down Interstate 95 this weekend to open up its Ivy League season with double headers against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday and Princeton on Sunday.
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Rugby continued from page 1 team against a team from Kenya, and “it was the most inspirational game I’ve ever seen,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “It was then that I decided I wanted my team from Brown to experience that.” The team started planning fundraising in October and projected it would cost over $120,000 to cover all expenses for the trip’s 42 participants, with airfare alone making up approximately $50,000 of that ﬁgure, according to Kalie Gold ’08, the treasurer for the trip. To tackle this ﬁnancial challenge, the team sponsored a rafﬂe using donated prizes — including a trip to London, a laptop, an iPod Shufﬂe and weekends in vacation cottages. Each athlete was expected to sell 110 tickets at a price of $10 each as a personal contribution. One player, who also works at Miko Exoticwear, did not reach her goal but made up the difference by selling 40 vibrators donated by her employer. She raised approximately $1,200, though her tactic was independent of the team’s effort, Gold said. During the winter months, the team received ﬁnancial packages from the Undergraduate Finance Board, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services David Greene and the Ofﬁce of the President. Families, anonymous donors and philanthropic organizations poured thousands of dollars into the team’s collection. During a last-minute push in February, players sold reduced-price rafﬂe tickets in dorms and even contributed out of their own bank accounts, raising $10,000 in less than a week and pushing the team’s total to around $95,000. This sum was enough to cover all expenses for the team’s 32 current players, ﬁve alums, two coaches and two non-athletes, David Sobel ’08 and Laura Green ’06, who took photographs and video footage, respectively, to document the trip. A team doctor, who covered his own expenses, also accompanied the players. At the team’s first game on March 25, the bleachers at the Kyadondo Rugby Club grounds were packed with 3,000 spectators, according to Gold. Ugandan drummers and dancers performed while the squad lined up. “(It) seemed like the opening celebration in the Olympics,” said Lindsay Joseph ’09. “That’s when it hit us that we were finally playing Uganda, the team we’d only seen pictures of and heard scary things about.” The Kyadondo A side won the ﬁrst game 32-8, but Brown became the ﬁrst team to ever score points against the squad. Undefeated in its three-year history, the Uganda team generally routs its competition, typiﬁed by its 99-0 victory over Rwanda earlier in the season. In addition, Brown became the “ﬁrst non-African women’s team to play in East Africa,” according to a Jan. 10 team press release. Gold said the Kyadondo A side featured a wide range of professional and amateur players aged anywhere from 16 to 26. The game was televised, and Ugandan national newspapers printed articles related to the
events throughout the week, according to Gold. One such piece, on Planet-Rugby.com, ran with the headline “Ugandan women beat USA tourists” and expressed its disappointment at the small size of the players “from the land of the Kahuna-burger and the chocolate milkshake.” After the match, the teams joined for dinner, and the Ugandan women expressed their surprise at the strong playing skills of Brown’s team, Joseph said. “They couldn’t believe that we had scored on them,” she said. “They said they had expected to walk all over us, but they said we put up a good ﬁght and were surprised by our aggressiveness. It was so inspiring to hear them talk about our team that way.” The teams often socialized at events hosted by the Ugandan rugby club after the games. The players discussed rugby stereotypes and gender issues, and Joseph said “it was so interesting to hear these women who live so far away but had so many similarities to us.” “They play with intensity and passion for a sport that many people there don’t think they should play,” Gold said. On the days between matches and practices, the team left its hostel on small trips to nearby areas. The entire team spent a day at a resort, sponsored by the Ugandan team. Later in the week, the women went to a crafts market, rafted on the Nile River and visited a ﬁshing village to speak with families that Hustwitt had met during a previous trip to Uganda. Village residents reacted favorably to the squad’s presence. One impoverished man praised the team members for being “not another volunteer that showed up once and disappeared and didn’t leave anything sustainable,” Gold said. The team also met with representatives from the nonproﬁt organizations Right to Play and Kid’s League, both of which work to make sports available to children in Uganda.
However, Becca Constantine ’09 said the purpose of the trip was “not about changing things, but about learning from them and coming back to share the experience.” On March 29, it was back to rugby, with Brown’s developmental B side facing off against Kyadondo’s B side, which won 12-5. “It was the most physically demanding game I’ve played in,” Gold said. “It tested everyone on the B side.” Though there were no injuries during other parts of the trip, several players had collisions or falls during this game, including Joseph, who needed four stitches, Gold said. Because most of the Ugandan women had previous athletic experience with basketball or soccer, they possessed “quickness and athleticism we hadn’t seen anywhere else,” Gold said. “It shellshocked us, but we learned a lot.” Kyadondo hosted an international tournament on April 1 involving a version of the game that called for seven players on a side instead of the 15 Brown typically ﬁelds. The Bears beat Rwanda, Kenya, Kyadondo B and a local Ugandan team before falling again to Kyadondo A 19-0 in the ﬁnal round. “It was impressive that we beat those other teams having never played sevens before,” Gold said. The ﬁnal game of the trip was held on April 2 against Rwanda, which Brown won. As for the future of Brown-Kyadondo matches, “we’re hoping to bring (Kyadondo) here,” Gold said, “but since getting visas is so difﬁcult, we’re hoping to be invited back for 2008.” Hustwitt said the challenge for the team now is one beyond the physical sport. “The larger goal is that this one-time interaction will turn into some sort of partnership,” she wrote. “That is what we face now, as well as how to share, communicate and present our experience in Uganda.”
AOTW continued from page 12 cause then I can adapt to other peoples’ needs and rituals. Like this last road trip … once, when we got on the bus, Natalie (Hewitt ’08) sat down in a seat across from me and she asked if she could sit in the seat I was in because she’d been sitting there the whole road trip. What was the hardest thing for you to adapt to at Brown? I had to learn how to balance my academics, my personal life and my sport. There have been times where each have been the top priority. Last spring, it was my goal to get top grades because I felt I hadn’t really been performing to my potential since freshman year. It almost killed me, but I did it. But then, because I was more intense about school, it carried over into sports and I became more intense about softball. How do you guys match up in the Ivy League this season? I don’t look online; I don’t follow the Ivy League sports Web sites. I don’t want to know other teams’ reputations coming into the game. … I don’t know if it helps me, but it deﬁnitely keeps it simpler. Do you keep it simple on the ﬁeld or do you like to try other positions? I haven’t tried many other positions. I’ll tell you my biggest secret: I love catching. We have more pitchers than catchers, and when we have to volunteer or get chosen to play catcher for a day, I love it. But I like shortstop. I like being on the inﬁeld and dictating the game. Unless it’s a strikeout, you’re involved in the play. Can’t complain either way. Do you live with the team? Actually I live in a co-op, which has been a big growing experience. Learning how to work with other people that have just as a demanding schedule as you do is tough. Getting on the same page can be nearly impossible. You have responsibilities in the house and cooking duties every week.
What’s your favorite thing to cook? Potato latkes! I’ll make double and invite the team over. The house is a great place to have my teammates over and socialize with them. What’s your favorite thing to eat? My boyfriend asked me that today! I wrote a whole list down. I started with breakfast foods because we were eating Bagel Gourmet. Bagels and lox are a great treat. What’s one store you would add to Thayer? I want to keep the bookstore, of course. I read an inspirational piece on keeping it independent, and I think it’s really important. I’d like to see a new smoothie joint open up. As an athlete, I really miss them. What’s your favorite piece of clothing from the equipment room? Deﬁnitely the black sweatpants. There’s a story behind that. Once, my sophomore year, when we had a team meeting … we had to do self-evaluations and go through a checklist of anything wrong we had done when it came to the team or recruiting. At the bottom was a box called “Other” and I checked it and wrote that I had kept the pants over the summer, because I loved them so much instead of turning them in at the end of the season. The coach looked at me and shaking her head was like, “Mary? Are you serious? Take your paper and just go.” It wasn’t the type of confession they were looking for, but I was just trying to be honest. How has the recent attention felt? I’ve really been enjoying the honors I’ve received in the past couple of weeks. It’s nice to know that people pay attention, and sometimes people will stop and congratulate me. I’ve been injured for two seasons, so it’s been fun. I’m being recognized for what I’m doing to help the team, and so I think it makes me want to push myself that much harder. It’s hard to play a sport, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
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Trudeau continued from page 12 dominating the headlines and the scrolls. For the love of pretzel salt, they’re giving the man a weekly spot on ESPN, “Bonds on Bonds.” Cheater, liar, erstwhile father, get him off the ﬁeld, forever, and tattoo an asterisk on his forehead. Tom: Hold up, asterisk? First of all, how is that not spelled with an “x?” Secondly, let’s not forget Barry Bonds was the best player in baseball from 19901998. He was also the best player in baseball in the years that followed. Really big muscles didn’t help other juicers ﬁnish with a .609 OBP, as Bonds did in 2004. I mean, I don’t care if his head increased in diameter by 300 percent, his back had acne and he beat women (just kidding… not really), I’m still really freakin’ impressed. Ross: Another Barry apologist in our midst. Maybe you just feel certain kinship with substance abusers, eh, Panama Red? This is the classic argument realignment used for defending Barry Bonds and the invasion of Iraq. Point: Barry’s a cheater. Counterpoint: He drops bombs! Point: Iraq didn’t have WMDs. Counterpoint: What, you don’t love freedom? Your double-speak may work on the weak-minded, broseph, but the issue here is whether Bud Selig should investigate Bonds and take punitive action
against him. I say he should, and if Bonds is found to have taken (federally) illegal steroids, then we can start talking about how much they helped him. Maybe they helped a lot, maybe about as much as bleaching your hair helped your sex life back in the day, but let’s cross that bridge when we come to it. Tom: Why can’t you just say “Barry defender” like a normal person? “Apologist?” Who speaks like that? Someone who mentions Iraq in a sports column, that’s who. Listen, bud, if Bud investigates Bonds all he’ll ﬁnd is that he saved the sport. While baseball faithfuls like you and I live for Martinez’s hair on HDTV alone, there are countless others who live for the long ball. Every sport needs a superhero, or super villain, to be jealous of, be in awe of and piss us all off for being so darn good. Barry obliged. Selig is the one who should be investigated if he in fact chooses to investigate Bonds. It’s not like Barry using ’roids is new news. Did anyone actually not realize that Bonds had been juicing? Selig certainly did and he loved what it did for the game. Ross: Ken Caminiti, 1996 National League MVP, known steroids user: deceased, age 41. You know what that means? Exactly. Barry Bonds has been dead for months, and Brian Sabean has been using an elaborate system of smoke and mirrors and holograms to convince us that… nevermind. But seriously, steroids are dangerous, and we’ve
got plenty of clean moon-shooters. David Ortiz hits the Schilling out of the ball every day, and he’s a gorgeous man and a genuinely nice dude. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Barry is one of the more entertaining players in all of sports, but we have to realize that baseball is about more than entertainment value. Kids emulate these men, and the world would be a better place if high-proﬁle athletes like Bonds loved the kids like Trick Daddy. But Barry just loves himself, and I’m done with him. Tom: As a Yankee fan, it’s my duty to correct you: it’s “Ortizfat,” never just “David Ortiz.” And I didn’t know “genuinely nice” people showed up their opponents in such a disgraceful bat-ﬂipping manner. Think of the kids! Do we want them emulating obese show boaters like Ortiz-fat or someone who would rather take a walk than hit anything like gentle, considerate Barry Bonds? Thank God, Allah, Jeter or whoever your god may be that we have outstanding role models like Bonds. Oh, but Barry has been dead for months… dead on the inside. His soul murdered by people like you who keep him from getting sleep at night. Speaking of which, isn’t it past your bedtime? How is an old-timer like you able to write at such a high level at such a late hour? Is that a syringe I see on your desk? Hypocrite.
Tom Trudeau ’09 and Ross Trudeau ’06 luh’ da’ kids.
Colelli continued from page 12 athletics today. With the amount of money generated by athletic programs and the time commitment that certain sports require, many people have argued in favor of paying student-athletes. Paying athletes is often mentioned as a solution to the booster scandals that have involved big name athletes such as Maurice Clarett and Chris Webber. Romar, for one, supported the paying of athletes. He explained that a few of his players did not have the money to afford a suit jacket to attend the awards dinners they are often required to go to. Hewitt, on the other hand, mentioned that he had wavered on the issue, eventually deciding that paying athletes is not the solution to such problems. Since most Division I athletes receive scholarships to play, by paying athletes college administrators could possibly justify no longer granting scholarships. At a school such as Brown, debate on a topic like paying athletes for athletic participation is something that should occur. In the Ivy League, Hewitt’s argument would not hold water since the schools do not grant athletic scholarships. However, it is still an issue that affects a vast number of students on campus, and to hear inﬂuential coaches discuss the matter on our campus was enlightening. Going forward, it seems possible that with more publicity, this event could generate the type of crowd that would be appropriate for top coaches in the profession. I am looking forward to the next Fritz Pollard Award winner visiting College Hill, I hope, in 2007. Miller possibly leaving Brown for Hartford One person who was conspicuously absent from Wednesday’s event was men’s basketball Head Coach Glen Miller, who has been rumored to be a leading candidate for the University of Hartford’s coaching vacancy. Perhaps Miller had a prior commitment or personal conﬂict that prevented him from attending; nonetheless it was interesting that the University’s men’s basketball coach was not present at an event honoring two of his colleagues.
M. crew continued from page 12 date. “I couldn’t be happier with the attitude and the ferocity with which the team has engaged training and racing,” he said. “I’m thoroughly impressed with the rapid improvement of a relatively young boat.” Harrison was also undeterred by the team’s schedule, which is one of the most difﬁcult in the nation. Brown will race four of the top nine teams in the country
While his absence certainly does not signify that Miller already has one foot out the door, it also did not reinforce the idea that he will be the head coach at Brown next season. Given Miller’s ties to Connecticut — he coached at the University of Connecticut and was the head man at Connecticut College for six years — it is logical that he would consider an offer if given one. The director of athletics at Hartford also has ties to UConn. Pat Meiser-McKnett was an associate athletic director for the Huskies for part of the time that Miller was an assistant with the men’s team. If Miller leaves, Brown would lose a good coach. His string of three Ivy League second-place ﬁnishes in four years (in 2000-01 and 2002-04) in a league dominated by the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton speaks to his job of turning around Brown’s program. That said, sometimes a change of scenery can be a good thing for both a coach and a school. Miller has been in charge of the Bears for eight seasons now, and the team has had only one senior each of the past two seasons. Some roster turnover is not uncommon in the Ivy League, in which athletes are not bound to their sport by scholarship. However, carrying just one senior for two consecutive years is something that usually happens at big-time schools where kids leave early for the NBA. Despite Miller’s success at Brown, there is a reason that few college coaches stay much longer than a decade at one institution. After a while, players may start tuning out the coach, or the coach could grow tired of the same situation after such a long period of time. Players may simply become bored with the same system or practices or offseason conditioning program. At an Ivy League school, that can lead to fewer players sticking around for four years. Whether or not Miller decides to take the job at Hartford, the way the Bears closed out the year in conference play is an encouraging sign no matter who is at the helm next year. Hopefully, it is Miller, but if not, it might be just as well for the men’s basketball team.
The only person Sports Editor Stephen Colelli ’08 tunes out is Chris Hatﬁeld ’06.
over a ﬁve-week span in the coming month. Ivy rivals Harvard and Princeton are both ranked in front of the Bears. Boston University and Northeastern University are ranked directly behind Bruno. “We will face the hardest racing schedule in the country, with four of your ﬁve dual races coming against the top four teams in the EARC last year,” Harrison said. “We open up our season against three-time defending national champion Harvard this Sunday at home. It will be an extremely challenging race but one we are prepared for and excited for.”
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Michener continued from page 1 one of which was forwarded to The Herald, Michener’s appreciation for the opportunity to travel abroad came across in her descriptions of the natural beauty and uniqueness of the country. Michener’s scientiﬁc curiosity translated into a consistently impressive classroom performance, Wharton wrote. “Alison was a very bright and talented young woman who always had a smile on her face,” Wharton wrote. “She was inquisitive and asked excellent questions in class. I’ll never forget how poised she was when she made an oral presentation for class.” Michener demonstrated the same intelligence and diligent work ethic when pursuing other academic disciplines as well. Associate Professor of English Jim Egan, who taught Michener this semester, said he was “blown away” by the “extraordinary” independent project she was working on. Egan said he “got to know her to some extent beyond the classroom” through conversations before class. She possessed a “great warmth and generosity. … She was just such a nice person.” He also noted her “very genuine” nature towards everyone she met and her “great sense of humor.” But, above all, Michener was enamored of science and the possibilities it held for improving lives. A student leader in Women in Science and Engineering, she was researching bacteria in the coastal waters of
Divest continued from page 1 Brown’s campus. The Brown Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, voted to divest from Sudan in February. A number of universities around the country, including the University of California system and Stanford University, have divested from Sudan, as have several states, including Oregon, New Jersey and Illinois. “I’m proud to live in the city of Providence, the ﬁrst city in the nation to divest from Sudan,” said Scott Warren ’09, a leader of the Darfur Action Network — the Brown chapter of Students Taking Action Now: Darfur — who was on hand at City Hall before the meeting. Luna compared the growing Sudan divestment campaign to the 1980s campaign to divest from South Africa. “I remember back in the 1980s, when an international movement pressured South Africa to end apartheid,” Luna said. “We can do the same now to end the genocide.” In other business, the City Council passed a number of progressive-friendly measures, including an ordinance allowing city employees to invest in “socially responsible” retirement plans and a measure requiring the city to avoid using sweatshop-produced goods. Both ordinances must be passed a second time before becoming law. The Council also passed an ordinance requiring the Providence
Rhode Island for her senior thesis, developing new culture and genetic analysis techniques in the process. She hoped her research would lead to a greater understanding of bacteria populations and their relationships in marine waters. Hughes remembered Michener as “extremely bright and very hardworking (although she) also had a really easygoing attitude.” Michener was dedicated to her work in the lab and “put in way more hours than she ever needed to,” Hughes said, adding that her co-workers in the lab always enjoyed her company. Beyond purely academic pursuits, Michener also combined her love for science with a strong sense of civic responsibility. Michener participated in the Providence Science Outreach Program through the Swearer Center for Public Service, conducting weekly hands-on science experiments with Providence ﬁfth-graders. Her friend Linnea Sanderson ’06 said Michener was always “very giving and loved the kids” she worked with in the program. She “loved sharing things she was excited about — one of them was science,” Sanderson said. Sanderson met Michener during their ﬁrst year at Brown, when they went on a geology camping trip together, and she offered only fond memories of her friend. “I never remember her saying anything negative,” she said. Michener cared deeply about her friends, Sanderson continued, recalling her habit of inquiring about their lives with genuine interest whenever she saw them. Sanderson referred to Michener as “one of the most giving people” she ever encountered at Brown.
Public Library, a non-proﬁt private company, to allow the city to appoint eight members of the 33member Board of Directors. If the PPL does not comply, it will lose its funding from the city. Ward 10 City Councilman Luis Aponte said the city and state provide 60 percent of the PPL budget but have no oversight over how that money is spent. “There has been an unwillingness … to accept some small measure of public oversight of how these dollars are spent,” he said. Segal, a co-sponsor with Aponte of the ordinance, said the bill has not yet been presented to the PPL Board of Directors because their March 30 meeting was postponed, but he said it will be soon. The Council also unanimously passed a resolution requesting that Brown have 25 percent of its energy use come from renewable energy sources by 2010 as well as an easement to the University allowing it to repair its high-temperature hot water system un-
Clinton continued from page 1 cause of her vast expertise relating to its subject matter. “It’s a forum on female leadership, and there’s no better person to deliver the inaugural address than Hillary Clinton,” he said. “She’s shown and demonstrated a track record of leadership. She’s a smart and articulate person. I think there will be a tremendous amount of interest in what she has to say.” Born in 1947, Clinton is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School, where she met her eventual husband, former President Bill Clinton. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000, becoming the only First Lady to ever win elected ofﬁce in American history. She currently serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Special Committee on Aging; and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Though she has yet to ofﬁcially declare her interest in the presidency, Clinton has already raised $20 million that could be used for a run at the White House — far more than any other potential Democratic contender. Though the money is ofﬁcially pegged for this year’s Senate re-election campaign, Clinton is expected to be easily re-elected and can roll over the unspent dollars for a presidential bid. Political experts believe that by the end of 2007, she could raise at least $100 million — what Federal Election Commission Chairman Michael Toner said he considered to be
der Hope, Cushing, Thayer and Meeting streets. But a resolution sponsored by Segal encouraging the University “to maintain an independently-owned and operated bookstore” ran into trouble, as some council members said a bookstore operated by a forproﬁt ﬁrm may generate tax revenue for the city. “Brown’s not paying a dollar” in taxes on the bookstore because the University is a non-proﬁt institution, said Ward 7 City Councilman John Igliozzi. If outsourcing the bookstore’s operation to a for-proﬁt ﬁrm makes it eligible for the city to tax, he added, “let’s do it.” “Independent to the people means they don’t pay any taxes,” he continued. “For me as a taxpayer, it means Browns gets a free ride again.” The resolution was eventually referred to the Committee on Rules for further study after a procedural complaint was cleared up.
the minimum “entry fee … to be considered a serious candidate” in a March 12 Washington Post article. The Doherty-Granoff Forum on Women Leaders, co-sponsored by the Taubman Center and Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, was founded this year by Michael Granoff and Ellen Granoff ’83. Michael Granoff said he and
his wife created the forum because they believe females are “the single largest untapped group of leaders” in the country, and the forum could serve to “train the next generation” of women leaders. “If you think about the future, the purpose of places like Brown is to incubate leaders,” Granoff said. “It’s what the founders of places like Brown were thinking of.”
EDITORIAL/LETTERS THE BROWN DAILY HERALD · FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2006 · PAGE 10
Diamonds and coal A diamond to this year being a “good year in Singapore” for Brown admissions, as well as Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73 for successfully dodging the dreaded North Dakota bullet. Coal to Tristan Freeman ’07 for his “Mission Accomplished” moment during Wednesday night’s UCS meeting, when he declared “the plus/minus debate is dead.” We have a feeling that when plus and minus are embroiled in a violent civil war three years down the line, he’ll be singing a different tune. A cubic zirconium to Wilfredo Peréz Jr. ’08, who became inspired to start a philanthropic nonproﬁt organization after listening to Notorious B.I.G.’s hit single “Juicy.” Though commendable, we wonder why our favorite mid-1990s rap never inspires us to better the lives of others. A cubic zirconium to the University’s efforts to bring “our ticket distribution into the 21st century for big events,” as praised by Michael Chapman, vice president for public affairs and University relations. Though we’re all for the end of nightlong campouts on the Main Green, perhaps there could be a more convincing face of progress than the three little old ladies distributing tickets in Sayles Hall.
A diamond to the women’s rugby team for spending its spring break tearing down cultural barriers in Uganda. Any effort to dispel the notion that American women — hailing “from the land of the Kahuna-burger and the chocolate milkshake” — are somehow unhealthy is OK by us. XXXX to Governors State University administrators’ efforts to censor the school’s student newspaper.
Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.
A sympathetic diamond to President Ruth Simmons, who lamented that she rarely gets to drive herself on personal errands or “go to a drugstore and shop.” We’ll be sure to give you a ring the next time we run out of Diet Cokes and corn nuts in the ofﬁce. And lastly, a diamond to the long-awaited opening of neighboring bar Spats, because those Viva-related sirens weren’t quite close enough. And another diamond to the drunken revelers who stormed our office to mark the occasion — we would’ve never figured out who was causing that ruckus across the street without your help.
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An article in yesterday’s Herald incorrectly identiﬁed Cass Sapir ’01 as a producer of documentaries for the Discovery Channel. He has been associate producer on programs for PBS’s “NOVA” series.
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An open letter to Hillary Rodham Clinton As Clinton visits the University, members of the Brown community demand leadership on Iraq DEAR SEN. CLINTON, The undersigned have requested that when you visit our community, you meet with local members of Military Families Speak Out and Dr. Sureya Sayadi, a member of Code Pink’s Iraqi Woman’s Delegation. You have not responded. We must now demand that you meet with them, as you owe them the opportunity to share with you their continued suffering caused by the current occupation of Iraq, which
Oct. ’02 — passed House Joint Resolution 114, to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq. April ’03 — authorized $473.4 billion dollars to the Department of Defense and only $7.3 billion for “Iraq relief and reconstruction.” June ’04 — authorized $510.3 billion to the Department of Defense and only $7.0 billion for “Iraq relief and reconstruction.” Feb. ’05 — stated that United States should not set a deadline for troop withdrawal.
Clinton’s record epitomizes the Democratic Party’s capitulation to the Bush administration’s agenda around the Iraq war and occupation. you and our other congressional leaders are choosing to continue. As we can see below, your record as a Democratic congressional member epitomizes the Democratic Party’s capitulation to the Bush administration’s agenda around this war and occupation. Your record also reveals that you have failed to represent, much less lead, the bipartisan majority who favor a plan for troop withdrawal beginning now (this according to a poll by WorldPublicOpinion.org taken in early March; the same poll showed that a larger bipartisan majority — 71 percent — rejects the construction of permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq). Some particularly disheartening aspects of your voting record include:
July ’05 — called for increasing the size of the army by 80,000 soldiers. Nov. ’05 — issued a statement in which you admit that voting to authorize the war was a mistake, but also called Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.’s proposal for the immediate withdrawal of troops “a big mistake” and insisted on continuing the U.S. occupation of Iraq indeﬁnitely. Feb. ’06 — authorized $70 billion in tax cuts for ﬁscal year 2007. We implore you to begin to heed the antiwar majority by leading the Democrats — not through do-nothing criticism and contradictory, legislative complacency, but by advancing a distinctly Democratic alternative for the American military
and for Iraq: bring U.S. troops home. (The March 16 Zogby poll found 72 percent of American troops on the ground in Iraq favor troop withdrawal by the end of this year, with approximately one in four in favor of immediate withdrawal.) Your recent ‘no’ vote to the latest Bush budget for the 2007 ﬁscal year is a good start. But it is not enough. Members of our local community, please join us for a teach-in and rally at 5:30 p.m. outside of Meehan Auditorium to continue expressing our demands and to hear from local members of Military Families Speak, Sureya Sayadi of the Code Pink Iraqi Women’s Delegation, Brown faculty and students and several other community leaders. It is a small step, but also a crucial time to show your support.
SIGNED, Tony Afﬁgne, Professor of Political Science and Black Studies, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Providence College Susan Allen, Associate Professor of Community Health and Sociology American Friends Service Committee Caroline Boswell, graduate student, History Mari-Jo Buhle, William R. Kenan, Jr. University Professor; Professor of American Civilization and History Paul Buhle, Senior Lecturer in American Civilization Lundy Braun, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Africana Studies Brown Environmental Action Network Melissa Burling, graduate student, History Elliott Colla, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Chase Cryn Johannsen, graduate student, History Michael Delucia, Chair of Brown’s Queer Political Action Committee Alden Eagle and Nick Shmader on behalf of the Community Coalition for Peace
Cynthia Garcia-Coll, Professor of Education Matt Garcia, Associate Professor of American Civilization and History Abbott Gleason, Keeney Professor of History, Emeritus Greens for Impact PAC Matthew Gutmann, Associate Professor of Anthropology Paget Henry, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies Warren Heyman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Local 217 Joseph Hogan, Associate Professor of Biostatistics Stan Israel, Head of RI Service Employees International Union Shaun Joseph, International Socialist Organization and graduate student, University of Rhode Island William Keach, Professor of English Arlene Keizer, Associate Professor of American Civilization and English Daniel Kim, Associate Professor of English Eric Larson, graduate student, American Civilization Catherine Lutz, Professor of Anthropology and International Relations Military Families Speak Out - R.I. (Jacque Amoureux and Stephany Kern) Ani Mukherji, American Civilization Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Visiting Lecturer, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America Operation Iraqi Freedom, Brown’s antiwar group (Richard Ahl ’09, Dan Bass, Colin Chazen ’09, Vale Cofer-Shabica ’09, Kristin Jordan ’09, Will Lambek ’09, Amy Littleﬁeld ’09, Kelly Nichols ’09, Will Pasley ’07, Chelsea Sharon ’06, Elizabeth Sperber ’06, and Aden Van Noppen ’09) Oxfam (Stella Klemperer ’06, Hope Turner ’08, Heather Vail ’07) Steve Rabson, Professor Emeritus of South Asian Studies; Veteran, United States Army, 1966-1968 Roxana Rivera, Director of RI Justice for Janitors, SEIU Local 615. David Segal, Ward 1 City Councilman Derek Seidman, graduate student, History Robert Self, Assistant Professor of History Naoko Shibusawa, Assistant Professor of History Stacie Taranto, graduate student, History Vazira Zamindar, Assistant Professor of History
¡Ya Basta! Puerto Rican Cultural Week reminds us that Puerto Ricans are denied voting rights BY MICHAEL RAMOS-LYNCH OPINIONS COLUMNIST
The people of Puerto Rico have been victims of colonization and under-representation since 1493. In its pre-Columbian years, Puerto Rico, then called Borikén, was inhabited by Taínos, indigenous Amerindian inhabitants, relatives of the Arawakan people. Once it was colonized by the Spanish, the Taínos were subjected to slavery and died in large numbers. Borikén was dubbed “Puerto Rico,” which means “Rich Port” in Spanish. Ever since Borikén became Puerto Rico, it has been consistently abused by imperialistic governments. Last Monday, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to attorney Gregorio Igartua, who hoped to open U.S. presidential elections to voters in Puerto Rico. Igartua said, “For 107 years and 22 presidential elections since Puerto Rico became part of the United States, the American citizens of Puerto Rico have been unfairly treated.” The U.S. government seems to disagrees with Igartua, as the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argued in its decision, “The United States must amend the Constitution, or Puerto Rico must become a state before its residents can vote for president.” Solicitor General Paul Clement argued during the hearings, “The appeals court decision is amply supported by constitutional text, unbroken tradition and uniform precedent.
No territory has ever participated in any of the 54 presidential elections conducted over more than two centuries of American history.” Despite Clement’s implication, fundamental differences between territories and states are superﬁcial. The only real difference between living in Puerto Rico and living in the states is that citizens of territories are not required to pay income taxes, unlike American citizens who live in the ﬁfty states. Such a minute difference does not justify depriving Puerto Rico of a voice, especially when Puerto Rico would prove a signiﬁcant voice in the American political process. According to Igartua, “Puerto Rico has unique standing, because it is the only U.S. territory that has a population large enough to qualify for Electoral College votes; each state gets one electoral vote for every 500,000 residents. If allowed to vote, Puerto Rico would have eight electoral votes, enough to sway a close election.” U.S. citizens from the 50 states can cast absentee ballots from foreign countries, yet cannot vote if they move to Puerto Rico. It is obvious that the United States is concerned with the material beneﬁts that stem from “owning” Puerto Rico, at the expense of the rights and happiness of Puerto Rican citizens. Congress made Puerto Ricans ofﬁcial U.S. citizens under the Jones Act of 1917. Similar to the many U.S. state-dwellers, the U.S. citizens of
Puerto Rico are subject to military drafts. Many are voluntarily ﬁghting overseas in Iraq, but they are denied full rights of citizenship. Puerto Rico has sent a greater percentage of their men to ﬁght and die for the United States than any state. Puerto Ricans should have a voice in electing the person who sends them to war.
plicated legal process to grant Puerto Ricans suffrage, but it is obvious based on local sentiment that Puerto Ricans want and deserve such a right. We should either amend the Constitution (we gave the District of Columbia representation with the 23rd Amendment), or we should consider changing Puerto Rico’s status as
Puerto Rico has sent a greater percentage of its men to ﬁght and die for the United States than any state. Puerto Ricans should have a voice in electing the person who sends them to war. The higher courts of the United States defend their position on Puerto Rico with legalistic jargon, but their ultimate conclusions are inconsistent with core American values. The American government continues to promote democratic ideals around the world, but somehow fails to allow some of its own citizens the right to vote. Obviously, it is a com-
a territory. As a country that supposedly values freedom and equality, we are obligated to give Puerto Rican U.S. citizens the right to vote.
Michael Ramos-Lynch ’09 thinks that Igartua should roundhouse kick imperialistic governments in the face.
SPORTS WEEKEND THE BROWN DAILY HERALD · APRIL 7, 2006 · PAGE 12
Softball opens home season with split vs. Central Conn. BY JUSTIN GOLDMAN ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
After 26 games away from Providence, the softball team ﬁnally returned home yesterday to host Central Connecticut State University in a double-header. Despite a late inning rally, the Blue Devils downed the Bears 8-7 in the ﬁrst game. Bruno bounced back nicely in the second contest though, shutting out Central Conn. 5-0 in ﬁve innings. Brown now stands at 10-18 on the season. “It’s good to be back here,” said Bears Assistant Coach Laura Leonetti. “I think the team feels very comfortable on this ﬁeld. These games also serve us well because most of our Ivy League games are at home.” In game one, the Blue Devils got off to a quick 3-0 lead after they loaded the bases with two outs and Melissa Pelletier hit a grounder that shortstop Mary Seid ’06 could not handle, leading to two runs. The next batter, Alison Rossi, hit a clean single up the middle to drive in another run. Pitcher Kristen Schindler ’09 then caused Tracy Guerrera to fly out to left to end the inning. Undaunted, Brown struck back in the bottom of the ﬁrst and second innings to take a 43 lead. In the bottom of the ﬁrst, tri-captain Jaimie Wirkowski
’06 singled up the middle and right ﬁelder Kelsey Wilson ’09 doubled over the centerﬁelder’s head to drive Wirkowski in. In the bottom of the second, designated hitter Linnea Anderson ’09 started another rally with a double to right-centerﬁeld. Two batters later, centerﬁelder Kari Best ’08 hit a single to left that brought in Anderson. Wirkowski made her presence felt again when she hit a screaming line drive into the left-centerﬁeld gap to bring home both Best and Kaitlyn Laabs ’09. That, however, would be Bruno’s last lead of the Ashley Hess / Herald game. Central Conn. tied Jaime Wirkowski ’06 knocked in two runs the contest in the third in Brown’s 5-0 win over Central Connectiand took the lead for good cut yesterday. in the sixth when Pam ﬁrst game as I had been in othShifrin hit a grand slam off Heather Garrison ’09 to give ers,” Seid said. the Blue Devils an 8-4 lead. GarBrown was again the aggresrison entered the game in the sor early on in the second game, sixth inning to relieve Schindler, putting ﬁve runs on the board who went ﬁve innings giving up in the second inning, and sendfour unearned runs and striking ing 10 batters to the plate. First out three. baseman Ava Amini ’09 started Brown made a seventh in- the rally with a double down the ning rally, but came up short by right ﬁeld line. Anderson, who one run. Garrison took the loss had walked in front of Amini, adand Seid suffered an 0-for-4 day vanced to third on the hit. After at the plate which snapped her Best reached ﬁrst on a dropped 16-game hitting streak. see SOFTBALL, page 5 “I was not as relaxed in the
SS Mary Seid ’06: hitter, chef, swiper of sweatpants BY JILANE RODGERS ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Shortstop Mary Seid ’06 is off to a fast start this season. In the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Spring Classic over spring break, the softball Athlete of team’s leadoff hitter went 11-for-17 the Week (.647) in leading Brown to the tournament title. In the semiﬁnal, she hit her ﬁrst collegiate home run. The senior, who is concentrating in geology and physics, was named to the all-tournament team and earned tournament coMVP and Ivy League Player of the Week for her performance. Entering Thursday’s double-header, Seid was on a 15-game hitting streak.
that, so I usually don’t ﬁnd that it’s hard to be objective with my own play. The questions that are hard for me actually are about the whole game and the entire other team. Sometimes I just get in a zone where I’m so focused on what (my team) is doing that it’s hard to take in everything else. Is there anything speciﬁc you do before games to get in that zone? Rituals help some people through, and they helped me up to this point. But, right now, I am at the point where I can just get out there and play. It’s good besee AOTW, page 7
Herald: How do you keep yourself focused, especially when going on a spring break trip with the team? Seid: To stay focused, we stay relaxed. And, number one, it’s all about visualization. After the game we do what we call game reports, where we have to evaluate the other team and ourselves. We identify the strengths and weaknesses of both. Is it hard to rate yourself? I ﬁnd I put myself in the seven to 10 range a lot. I know that I work hard not to fall below
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Mary Seid ’06 leads the Bears with a .407 batting average.
BCA event big success; m. M. crew kicks off promising season hoops coach Miller gone? at home with tough Harvard squad On Wednesday night, Brown hosted a forum featuring two distinguished men’s basketball coaches: the Un i v e r s i t y of Washington’s Lorenzo Romar and Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt. The event was held to honor STEPHEN COLELLI the two men BROWN SUGAR for being the most recent selections for the Black Coaches Association’s Male Coach of the Year award. The BCA’s award is named for black pioneer Fritz Pollard ’19, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past summer. The event was deﬁnitely a success. Both men were informative, interesting and entertaining. It was a pleasure to hear them speak about the challenges and
rewards of coaching at major Division I schools. In addition, the current state of college basketball and the disturbing lack of minority coaches in college football and basketball were addressed. During the question-and-answer session, the audience did a commendable job of coming up with thoughtful inquiries. If Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger can ensure this event becomes an annual occurrence featuring the most recent recipient, it will be a boon to Brown athletics and the community in general. Listening to some of college athletics’ top minds discuss these topics is good for campus and will help carry on Pollard’s legacy. To me, the most interesting topic the two coaches addressed was their opinion on whether or not athletes should be paid to play in college. This is one of the most heated debates in collegiate see COLELLI, page 8
BROWN SPORTS SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, APRIL 6 SOFTBALL: Central Conn. 8, Brown 7; Brown 5, Central Conn. 0 FRIDAY, APRIL 7 No. 70 M. TENNIS: at Princeton W. TENNIS: vs. Princeton, 2 p.m., Pizzitola Center
GYMNASTICS: at NCAA Regionals (Ann Arbor, Mich.) M. LACROSSE: at Yale W. LACROSSE: at Columbia SOFTBALL: at Penn (DH) No. 70 M. TENNIS: at Penn W. TENNIS: vs. Penn, 12 p.m., Pizzitola Center M. & W. TRACK: at Connecticut W. WATER POLO: vs. Harvard, 12:30 p.m.; vs. Hartwick, 7:30 p.m., Smith Swim Center
BY STEELE WEST SPORTS STAFF WRITER
After another grueling winter training schedule, the men’s crew team will ﬁnally get its chance to shine on the biggest dual race of the season Saturday against Harvard. The U.S. Collegiate Rowing Poll, which was released Wednesday, has Brown ranked seventh nationally. More importantly, however, the Bears are fourth in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges behind Ivy Rivals No. 1 Princeton and No. 3 Harvard. The ranking places great expectations on the team, with the very real possibility of a top-three ﬁnish at the Eastern Sprints in May. This reﬂects the impressive work of the team and coaching staff in maintaining the program’s lofty status despite the unfortunately high number of injuries and departures during
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 BASEBALL: vs. Cornell (DH), 12 p.m., Aldrich Dexter Field M. GOLF: at Yale Spring Invitational SOFTBALL: at Princeton (DH) W. WATER POLO: vs. Michigan, 12:00 p.m., Smith Swim Center
huge, but with mature execution and continued faith in ourselves and our coaches we can achieve our goals.” Evan Panich ’07 expressed strong admiration for the squad’s work ethic this year. “I feel like we’ve trimmed the fat a bit from last year’s squad, and we’ve got 30 guys who are absolutely raring to go,” he said. What is perhaps most exciting for supporters of the program is the induction of last year’s accomplished freshman squad into the varsity program. Colin Keogh ’08, Garrett Kirk ’08, and Jamie Marcus ’08 have added a strong dimension to the varsity program, bringing the strong discipline instilled under the guidance of freshman coach Luke McGee. Coughlin is also pleased with the team’s work ethic to see M. CREW, page 8
Bonds is a good guy, except when he’s not
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 BASEBALL: vs. Princeton (DH), 12 p.m., Aldrich Dexter Field M. CREW: vs. Harvard, 5 p.m. W. CREW: vs. Rutgers EQUESTRIAN: at Zone Championships (Greenﬁeld, Mass.) M. GOLF: at Yale Spring Invitational
the 2005 season. The varsity program will be led by Ben Harrison ’07 and Dave Coughlin ’07 and features a strong supporting cast that includes Steve Van Knotsenberg ’06, an oarsman who spent last summer training with the Canadian national team. The team also welcomes back for the ﬁnal time Pat Yu ’06 as coxswain, whose ability to focus the team over the past three seasons has been invaluable. While acknowledging the prowess of some of last year’s seniors, including Terence Kooyker ’05 and Arden Beddos ’05, co-captain Harrison is excited about the future of Brown rowing. “We graduated some key contributors last year but we are now standing on the precipice of what may be the best season for a Brown crew team in recent memory,” he said. “The challenge before us is
ROSS AND TOM TRUDEAU TRU STORY
Watch out ‘cause it’s time for Richard Ross and Thomas Moore, they’re gonna go ahead and tell you all the score, ‘bout whether double B should be cheered or abhorred, is he gonna rock the NL West to the core, or is his career done just like Pauley Shore? So check out their expert knowledge and their witty rapport. (The “t” is silent.)
Ross: Errrbody in the Ratty gettin’ tipsy. Barry spiked the punch with HGH. Tru story. April is upon us! Lo, the grass is cut, the Fenway Franks are rotating on the spits and my beloved Baseball Tonight is now marked by the beautiful nasal intonations of Tino Martinez. But there is no joy in Mudville, not with Barry Bonds see TRUDEAU, page 8