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BROWN’S GOP ‘WING’MAN In a divisive race, Ethan Wingfield ’07 was elected chairman of the College Republicans Federation of R.I. METRO 3

MUSICAL CHAIRS The music department anticipates further space constraints will accompany renovations to Grant Recital Hall CAMPUS NEWS 5

BIRTHDAY BRUISING Luke Tedaldi ’06 celebrated his birthday by scoring the deciding victory in the m. tennis team’s defeat of Harvard SPORTS 12



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After initial concerns, committee draws few questions from alums BY MARY-CATHERINE LADER FEATURES EDITOR

Though initial media coverage of the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice triggered inquiries from some alums confused about the committee’s purpose, most communication BROWN from alums CONFRONTS about the committee SLAVERY since then Fifth in a series has been positive. Still, a handful of conservative alums see the committee as an example of what they perceive as the University’s liberal political climate. A spring 2004 New York Times article led some alums to understand the committee’s purpose as working toward a plan for monetary reparations for slavery. The committee’s creation came in the wake of a few class action lawsuits seeking monetary reparations from large corporations. In this context, the public discourse about slavery had shifted in the direction of monetary reparations, said the committee’s chair, Associate Professor of History James Campbell. Though the New York Times article confused some alums as to the committee’s official purpose and charge, media appearances by President Ruth Simmons and an April 2004 Boston Globe column dismissing the possibility that Brown would pay monetary reparations provided a more accurate representation of the committee’s

purpose. “I think, in a way, the immediate response was itself the best evidence about why a committee like this is important, because it reflected the difficulty Americans have trying to mount a discussion about slavery,” Campbell said. In the committee’s three years of existence, it has received and responded to correspondence from over 400 people, Campbell said. “Some have been extremely supportive, some have been scurrilous,” he said. He added that the majority of responses have not been from Brown alums but from the general public. Though students working in

the Brown Annual Fund’s Student Calling Center may receive an occasional inquiry about the slavery and justice committee, University officials echo Campbell’s impression that alums have not been outspoken about the committee. Secretary of the Corporation Russell Carey ’91 said alums he is in contact with who serve on the Brown Corporation are supportive of the committee. “From my observations, people fully understand it, they were supportive of it,” Carey said. He added that he had not spoken with anyone opposed to see S & J, page 6

In an attempt to secure a spot in visual art classes — highly coveted courses which are commonly viewed as among the toughest to get into — several first-years have taken an unusual step: filing as visual arts concentrators a full year before they are required to. Of the 92 visual arts concentrators, four are currently firstyears. In all other departments, only three first-years have filed concentrations. Associate Professor of Art Leslie Bostrom, who chairs the

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Department of Visual Art, said inadequate classroom space and constrained faculty availability have limited the number and size of the department’s offerings. Bostrom said she doesn’t blame students who decide to file as concentrators to get into a class, but she did say the tactic “is kind of cheating.” One first-year, who said he filed a visual art concentration just to have the chance to enroll in one of the department’s courses, offered a similar take on the registration strategy. “It’s definitely cheating the system,” said the first-year,

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A less activist Brown?

Activist leaders mull what it means to protest on campus BY CHLOE LUTTS SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Brown’s reputation is that of a particularly activist-friendly university, but FEATURE some students engaged in a variety of causes say the environment falls short of the hype. Is the Brown activist stereotype just a remnant of another era when Brown students cared more about their world? Though student and faculty opinions vary, most seem to agree that Brown students don’t stand outside holding signs as often as they’re given credit for. Scott Warren ’09 came to Brown in part because of the University’s activist reputation, and, in his one year on College Hill, he has successfully organized the Darfur Action Network’s divestment campaign.

Can’t get into VA 10? Try filing for the concentration BY BRENNA CARMODY STAFF WRITER

according to Richard Bova, senior associate dean of Residential Life. Last year, students seeking vouchers lined up outside the office of Brown Student Agencies in Faunce House and received them on a first-come, first-served basis. Only 551 of the 700 vouchers were redeemed. This year, vouchers will be assigned randomly to entrants of a UCS lottery. Students will be able to enter their names later this week through a link on the UCS Web site. A voucher can be redeemed for a standard package of two small boxes and one medium box, for a total of six cubic feet of storage space. It can also be credited toward a larger purchase, accord-

who asked not to be named. “They should really just make more art classes.” “If you’re not a concentrator you have no chance unless you’re a second semester senior and there’s an open spot,” the student said. Another first-year who filed as a visual art concentrator voiced similar complaints. “There is essentially no other way you can get into (visual art) classes and be guaranteed a spot,” said the firstyear, who also asked to remain anonymous. “Art is one

“Brown was sort of this liberal activist Mecca — and the liberal is definitely true,” he said. A veteran of several campus activist groups, Yesenia Barragan ’08 agreed with Warren. “When I came to Brown I imagined that it would have been more radical,” she said. “When I came here I did find a good amount of students who were interested in doing more radical activities,” but they represent a small minority of Brunonians. Students generally support the Democratic Party line, she said, but are rarely in favor of anything to the left of it. Though these observations present an anecdotal picture of activism at Brown, Zachary Townsend ’08 hopes to formalize this history of activism by compiling research on the subject as part of a Royce Fellowship this summer. “You come to Brown and you have this dream that Brown is not going to be like the rest of the world,” he said. Though he said the Brown community tends to care more about global issues than communities elsewhere, this awareness doesn’t characterize a majority of those on campus. “Most people are not that discontent (with leading) overly academic, silver spoon lives,” he said. Nevertheless, Brown’s activist reputation persists because it has been institutionalized, Townsend said. But the relatively infrequent appearance of protesters on campus does not mean Brunonians are apathetic or care less about effecting change. “You can be activist without being radical,” Townsend said, adding many students maintain a “false dichotomy in their head

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Bell Gallery exhibit traces faces of 20thcentury America

Wingfield ’07 elected College Republicans’ state chairman



From the bustling streets and skyscrapers of New York City to the rural, Depression-era American South; from the lives of inmates in the Texas prison system to the violence, drug use and sexuality of adoARTS & lescents, the “7 Documentarians” photogCULTURE raphy exhibition at the David Winton Bell Gallery illuminates the different facets of REVIEW 20th-century America. While taking in the different works, it is easy to become absorbed in the details of each photograph. Shots of New York City streets capture split seconds when the shadows of skyscrapers fell strikingly on sidewalks. Every brick in every building seems to contribute to the pattern and balance of the photographs, and the way each photographer observed and coordinated each shot so precisely is simply breathtaking. In the end, though, it is not the details of each photo or the artistry of the photographer that deserves praise. The real power comes from the exhibition as a whole. The exhibition features works drawn from the gallery’s permanent collection by artists including Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Garry Winogrand, Larry Clark, Danny Lyon, Jim Dow and Jay Wolke. The works are displayed chronologically to offer insight into the social changes and technical innovations that affected photography through the century. 1930s America is first highlighted with works by Abbott

Ethan Wingfield ’07 was elected chairman of the College Republicans Federation of Rhode Island Saturday, defeating University of Rhode IsMETRO land junior Tom Merrigan. The secret ballot was 11-6 in favor of Wingfield. Each of the six Rhode Island chapters holds two votes, and each current executive board member has one vote. Prior to the election, Merrigan claimed to have eight of the nine votes needed for victory sewn up, with endorsements from two executive board members and three chapters. “I’m glad to have the campaign over and have the opportunity to put it behind me and start doing some real work, some real substance,” Wingfield said. That work will begin, he said, by convening the new executive board — including Marc Frank ’09 as secretary — and having a series of conversations. “The first thing we’re going to do is get the new executive board together and talk with the different chapters and the different campaigns and the party and put together a plan for what the College Republicans should be doing over the next year, especially with the campaign season coming up,” Wingfield said. Merrigan said the vote “came down to personal grudges and personal issues” and “wasn’t based on substance, as far as I can see it.” During the speeches and debate before the vote, Merrigan said, Wingfield did not offer specifics in the style of Merrigan’s well-organized platform, which included a four-point plan to re-energize the CRFRI. “I do question the legitimacy of the College Republicans Federation and how serious they are, if they elected Ethan,” Merrigan said. He said he sensed members of the executive board “were unhappy with the status quo.” But he added, “I feel Ethan is going to lead this like the status quo. He’s not going to change it, or at least he hasn’t shown he is in any concrete way.” Wingfield said the vote showed the College Republicans’ rejection of what he has called a “culture of attack,” noting, “I, unlike Tom, did not engage in a campaign that involved threats and mean-spirited attacks.” “I’m honored that the people who make up the College Republicans in Rhode Island thought I would be the best person to lead their organization, and I’m looking forward to proving them right and proving Tom wrong.” The race for state chairman had been dominated by negativity. Incumbent chairman Pratik Chougule ’08 dropped his re-election bid and resigned from office two weeks ago. Last week, Chougule told The Herald “the campaign got to the point where it was just negative campaigning, and I wasn’t enjoying myself.” Chougule’s opponent, Merrigan, then seemed set to win the post until Wingfield, the treasurer of Brown’s chapter of the College Republicans, entered the race April 8. A few days later, Merrigan sent out a mass e-mail — which was later posted on the Rhode Island’s Future blog — attacking Wingfield and saying he was “left questioning the motive of a candidate whose last minute decision is counterproductive to the unification of our organization.” Zach Drew ’07, vice president of the Brown College Republicans, also sent an e-mail to the CRFRI executive board criticizing Wingfield for performing “poorly” in his post in the Brown chapter. After the vitriol of the campaign, Wingfield faces a difficult task: reuniting the CRFRI. But he said that can be done by focusing on a common enemy — Democrats. “As far as the Republican Party is concerned, the only enemies are Democrats,” he said. “The primary reason that the College Republicans exist is to advance the Republican Party, and that means electing Republicans and growing the party and so forth,” he added. But Seth Magaziner ’06, president of the College Democrats of Rhode Island, said that may not be easy. “After any dirty election, there’s going to be hard feelings,” Magaziner said. “I certainly hope that they all find individual happiness.”

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The David Winton Bell Gallery in List Art Center hosts the American photography exhibit “7 Documentarians” until May 10.

and Evans. Abbott’s photos document New York City after the first boom of skyscraper construction and feature images of tall buildings, street peddlers and storefronts. Through such images, Abbott set out to create a complex map of urban life, from Wall Street and the South Street district to Harlem and the outer boroughs. Meanwhile, Evans’ art, a product of his work in the 1930s for the Farm Security Administration, documents American life during the Depression. His works also include images of Cuba (“The Crime of Cuba”) as well as candid portraits of New York City subway passengers. The exhibition then moves on to documentary photographs of the 1960s and 1970s. Winogrand’s works focus on moments when unrelated activities coincide. Typically shot from the hip and at an angle, his photographs juxtapose different elements of street life. One notable work, “Women are Beautiful” (1975), features determined womsee BELL, page 9

Throwback from 60s, SDS holds regional conference BY OLIVER BOWERS STAFF WRITER

“Dare to struggle, Dare to win,” is the slogan of Students for a Democratic Society, and that message was reiterated several times during SDS’s first regional New England conference, which was held Sunday in Salomon 001. SDS is a grassroots organization of students currently protesting the Iraq war and business interests connected to the conflict. The group also advocates reducing poverty and supports immigration rights and the rights of students to organize. Brown students, along with Senior Lecturer in American Civilization Paul Buhle, helped organize the event. SDS was born during the civil rights movement and reached its zenith in 1968 when it organized massive protests against the Vietnam War, according to a documentary available on the SDS Web site titled “Rebels with a Cause.” At its 1968 peak, SDS had over 100,000 members and 400 chapters, making it the largest student organization in the nation. By 1970, SDS had disintegrated due to a difference of opinion between then-President Carl Oglesby and Bernardine Dohrn, leader of a faction within SDS. The group was defunct until 2003, when SDS was reformed by students and some of the group’s veterans, including Buhle. The group currently includes 91 chapters at universities across the country. SDS does not currently have a chapter at Brown, though one is being formed, Buhle said. Sunday’s meeting included an array of speakers who discussed issues including workers’ rights in France, immigrants’ rights in the United States, the right of students to organize in universities and what current SDS members can learn from the original SDS of the 1960s. Empowerment emerged as a theme during discussion of all these topics. Oglesby spoke first, touching on SDS’s history and the lessons he gleaned from his experience with the group. One of the hardest and most important things about a revolution, he said, is learning how to do things you don’t know how to do. “That’s what we had to learn to do when we raised up against that demoniacal war in Vietnam,” he said. Ambre Ivol, a current student organizer from Paris’ Sorbonne, claimed, “We’re stronger than we think everywhere.” Ivol spoke out against the French government, which “wants to drive conditions for workers back to the 19th century.” Ivol discussed workers’ rights in France and the role student groups played in organizing recent rallies in opposition to the First Employment Contract, the law proposed by Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to allow employers to hire and fire workers under age 26 more easily than other workers in their first two years of employment. “There’s a lot of spontaneity” fueled by new members

that goes into large protests like the ones in France, Ivol said. The impetus behind these protests comes from organization among students, she explained, adding, “Small steps add up to huge explosions.” Brian Kelly and Lauren Giaccone, two students from Pace University, spoke out against universities that repress political student groups such as SDS. Giaccone gave the example of Central Connecticut State University, which she said denied SDS a university chapter and banned the organization’s use of university space for meetings. “Today’s radical students continue to face repression,” she said, adding that the CCSU students have continued to hold meetings despite the bans and have since been interrogated by the Secret Service. Kelly said without free expression, education cannot exist. He also said student organizers are repressed because “we have the power to stop their tuition hikes, to stop their surveillance techniques.” Yesenia Barragan ’08 spoke on immigrants’ rights in the workplace. She gave the example of two immigrant workers who work 10-hour days but are only paid for five, commenting that such situations are no longer just about immigration, but also constitute infringement on civil rights. Barragan invited the assembly to join her and the Industrial Workers of the World for the upcoming May Day protest for immigrants’ rights. The protest, “The Great American Boycott,” calls for immigrants and supporters to boycott work, school and shopping May 1. SDS passed a resolution endorsing the boycott yesterday. Other speakers included Robert Meeropol, founder and CEO of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which aids the children of persecuted political activists, according to the organization’s Web site. Another speaker, former SDS leader Al Haber, opposed the collusion of politicians and “vampire-like” business leaders. He also emphasized the need to listen to the voices of all reformers and the importance of “taking all the ideas and making a harmony that is beautiful.” The event was well-attended by students from universities both within the United States and abroad. Buhle, who introduced the speakers, praised the assembled crowd as being “a conference of organizers.” Students were receptive to the messages at the conference. “It was a really impressive line up of speakers,” said William Lambek ’09. Another student, Elizabeth Sperber ’06, said she thought the conference was “pretty awesome” and that it is “really important for all students to come together from pretty much all around the Northeast.” Cleve Higgins, a student from McGill University in Montreal, also said he thought the conference was valuable. Higgins said though no SDS chapters exist outside of the United States, the conference was still relevant because of the growing importance of international solidarity.


Activism continued from page 1 — you either do nothing, or you have a protest.” But fewer public efforts can often be more effective, he said, and it may be impossible to convince enough people to participate in a protest to make it effective. “You shouldn’t throw a protest just to have a protest,” Townsend said. Elizabeth Sperber ’06, the founder of several groups including Operation Iraqi Freedom, defended the validity of protests, regardless of their impact. “(Activists are) always hopeful that the things that you do, do have an impact,” she said. But, she added, reality is not lost on activists either: “We don’t expect to be moving mountains anytime soon.” Simply raising awareness of issues and subjecting them to dialogue is valuable, she said, adding that activism has the greatest effect when a variety of methods are engaged simultaneously and work together in concert. The protest in favor of divestment was essentially a “waste of resources,” Townsend said, because the Brown Corporation

Visual Art continued from page 1 of my main interests but it’s not my only interest,” the student said. “I didn’t file the (visual art) concentration because I wanted to be a (visual art) concentrator but because I wanted to get into classes.” Associate Professor of Visual Art Marlene Malik, who currently teaches VA 10: “Studio Foundation” and VA 142: “Sculpture II (Installation),” said first-years filing as visual art concentrators are rare. Bostrom also said the practice of disingenuously filing a concentration in visual art and then dropping it later is not widespread. “I think that it’s more of an urban legend than it is a reality,” she said. Registration numbers seem to confirm Bostrom’s view. Visual art concentrators currently make up 2.4 percent of all declared concentrations. In 2005,

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had all but decided to divest already. He said one student who founded an anti-police brutality group and successfully lobbied for related legislation provides a good example of activism through institutions. “People don’t think of that as activism because he didn’t wave signs,” Townsend said. Still, he added, “I wish there were more people (engaged in activist groups) if for no other reason that it would restore one’s faith in the activist student at Brown.” What activism does exist, Townsend said, contributes to what he considers University administrators’ unique attention to student concerns. This may be “in a way, necessitated by the activism,” he said. Transfer student Claire Harlam ’08 arrived at Brown this semester from Barnard College, where she was a member of Columbia University’s International Socialist Organization. So far, Harlam said Brown strikes her as less of an activist hotbed than Columbia, where protests seemed omnipresent, perhaps because Columbia is in New York City and not all demonstrations are affiliated with the university.

On the other hand, Harlam said she meets “more people who are further left or have more extreme politics at Brown.” Yet there is no ISO on campus. “Political affiliations that are not Democratic or Republican are not really organizing,” she said. Questions persist about who is organizing, how often they do so and whether it matters. A disruptive protest during a lecture given by Sen. Hillary Clinton, DN.Y., two weeks ago highlighted questions about the usefulness and validity of different kinds of protests. Professor of English and antiwar activist William Keach said the view that the protest during the senator’s speech was inappropriate subscribes to ideals of decorum and respect. But he said he believes even “conflicted speech” can be valuable “where the issue is so grave … and you have a chance to confront (a responsible individual) in public.” Though shouting in lectures may not be what some aspiring activists had in mind when they came here, Warren and Sperber argue there are plenty of forms of activism still alive at Brown — even if the University’s climate does not quite match their expectations.

dropped visual art concentrations constituted 3.4 percent of all concentrations dropped, according to figures provided by Associate Registrar of Registration Services Lisa Mather. That number was 4.3 percent in 2004 and 2.1 percent in 2003. “There does not seem to be a disproportionate number of visual arts concentrators dropping their concentrations,” Mather wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Bostrom said students typically fail to finish the concentration because of “things that don’t have anything to do with trying to get into classes,” such as taking time off from Brown. A lack of space and faculty are at the root of the department’s resource limitations. “It’s a space problem. We are really kind of filled to the gills in (List Art Center) in terms of classroom space,” she said. “It’s a problem that we’re constantly trying to solve, but basically we need more faculty,” Malik said. “The University has slowly in-

creased our adjunct budget so we can offer more classes,” said Bostrom, adding that the department was one of the first to get a new faculty member during the faculty expansion efforts initiated by President Ruth Simmons. “We have been trying to relieve the pressure little by little and the University has been helpful,” Bostrom said. One way the department has attempted to meet demand is by adding more VA 10 sections. “If somebody wants to get into a VA 10 class, they can get in. It’s the upper level classes that are harder,” Malik said. Some students agreed, although they reported securing a spot in VA 10 still requires some perseverance. Rebecca Lebowitz ’09, who is currently enrolled in VA 10, said of the course’s lottery process, “It came to the point where they had to draw names from a hat and draw names to be put on a waiting list.” She said sections occurring at inconvenient times — such as the evening — are easier to get into. One of the first-year visual art concentrators was able to get into VA 10 last semester only after attempting to gain a spot through the VA 10 lottery and shopping five of the course’s sections. Finally, the student was accepted by a professor after showing up to one VA 10 section for a week and a half. “They would have lotteries for, like, 30 people for two spots,” the student said. Another first-year who did not file a visual art concentration said she could understand why one might choose to file to increase the chance of getting into a class. “I devoted a decent amount of time to visiting an art professor because I wanted to be in their class and eventually it began to interfere with the classes I was already taking,” said the student, who also asked not to be identified. She was unable to get into the class but said, “I feel if I had been a concentrator I would have had a much easier time getting into the class and the professor would have taken me more seriously.”


Music dept.’s growth may compound space constraints BY BRIANNA BARZOLA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With the renovation of Grant Recital Hall and an increase in course offerings, performers and students interested in Brown’s music program, the Department of Music could expand considerably over the next year. But with all of these changes, professors and students within the department still face one looming question: will there be enough room? The department has been coping with space constraints for quite some time, according to Katherine Bergeron, professor of music and chair of the department. Such limitations have only been exacerbated by the department’s recent growth. “We’ve increased the size of our faculty, and that means — among other things — new courses, new programs, and a lot more activity,” Bergeron wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “The number of our public events increased by 40 percent this year and we’ve added more than a dozen courses to our curriculum. All of this activity is exciting but it’s also true that we’re now scrambling to find the room to make it all work.” Renovations to Grant Recital Hall are set to begin in June and will last through the fall semester. The changes, which will be overseen by Brian Healy Architects, a Boston-based firm, are an attempt to create a more aesthetically pleasing building. According to the department’s Web site, “The refurbished facility … retains the same seating capacity while boasting a larger lobby and reception space, a grander entrance, and a more generous green room for performers.” Though students and faculty said they look forward to the renovated recital hall, they are also concerned about where performances lined up for the fall se-

mester will take place. “It is great that Grant Recital Hall is being renovated but there is still the problem that there are about 70 events that will have to go somewhere else on campus and that don’t really have a place,” said Frederick Jodry, senior music director and director of choral activities. Jodry said he hopes successful completion of the renovations to Grant Recital Hall will eventually lead to other projects that will improve the department’s facilities. Bergeron also remained optimistic regarding the problems posed by the renovations to the recital hall. “With the renovation of Grant Recital Hall scheduled to begin in June, the space will be off limits for a whole semester, which only complicates matters, but thinking through the problem and looking to the future is more fun than frustrating because it’s a very creative process,” Bergeron wrote. “This semester we began looking at all of our buildings to try to imagine how we might re-purpose some of the spaces to accommodate our increased teaching and rehearsal performance needs.” In addition to renovations, an increase in courses and interested students may also prove problematic for the department as it tries to accommodate students’ needs. According to the department’s Web site, “there are never enough” practice spaces. Jodry said the department is expecting to add between six and eight more classes within the next two years. In addition to what Bergeron called the department’s “growth spurt,” some students voiced concerns related to performance space. “We can play in other halls but they are not built for performances because of bad acoustics like

Campaign fund raising on track, officials say BY KRISTINA KELLEHER STAFF WRITER

The annual report of the University Resources Committee, which was released in February, included a reduction in the projected amount of cash generated by the Campaign for Academic Enrichment for fiscal year 2006. The report says the reduced cash flow — which was adjusted from a projected $50 million to a projected $40 million — means there will be less money for capital projects. But University officials told The Herald the campaign is going well and that donors have responded to the campaign’s request that they fulfill their pledges quickly. Ronald Vanden Dorpel, senior vice president for University advancement, said the campaign is on track. As of mid-April, the campaign had received $643.5 million in gifts and pledges, and the pledges are coming in on time, Vanden Dorpel said. 61 percent of money pledged has already been sent in, amounting to $390 million. The $390 million already collected includes $100 million donated by Sidney Frank ’42, Vanden Dorpel said. Richard Spies, executive vice

have pledged money to try to deliver those pledges as soon as possible. “I think people are in fact responding to the request that they try to make good on those pledges as soon as possible, to provide that support as soon as possible,” Spies said. Spies said the URC report attempted to outline what has turned out differently than planned. “Making adjustments of this kind were expected,” he said. “Some things are happening faster then expected and some things are happening slower than expected.” The hiring of additional faculty is an example where “we’re a little behind where we thought we’d be,” Spies said. Because Brown is highly selective when it comes to hiring new faculty, the extra time required has slowed this process, he said. The URC report also points out that searches for new faculty are being conducted along with searches to replace many retiring faculty. The Campaign for Academic Enrichment has been up and running for two and a half years, including a two-year quiet phase, and is on the way to meeting its $1.4 billion goal.


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president for planning and senior advisor to the president, said part of the reason for urging donors to fulfill their pledges sooner rather than later is that the URC was overly optimistic in its forecasts with respect to the Campaign for Academic Enrichment. “This goes back two or three years, (when we were) sorting out what we could do for the (Plan for Academic Enrichment) in advance of the campaign,” he said. “We made certain forecasts about what would come in at each stage, (and) we were a bit more optimistic then we should have been. … This has been clear to us for the last couple years,” Spies said. The URC report’s discussion of the forecast’s shortfalls “certainly wasn’t intended by URC as a major issue,” he said. “It’s a statement of a fact. Even there it’s a comparison to a set of projections that were made a few years ago, not that we’ve fallen short of a set goal.” Vanden Dorpel said it is customary to allow donors three to five years to pay pledges to a campaign like Brown’s. “Donors have until the end of the campaign in 2010 to make good on their pledges,” he added. Still, Vanden Dorpel said the campaign is asking donors who




tion of Prospect and Meeting streets and began yelling at the complainants, who were walking south on Prospect Street. One of the men demanded one of the complainants give up his skateboard. After the complainant handed it over, he ran from the area. The suspects fled the scene without the skateboard after they saw a Rhode Island School of Design Public Safety officer approaching them. The PPD was notified of the incident.








Thursday, April 13: 7:36 a.m. Complainant reported several articles of clothing were missing from the interior of his car, which he had left in a parking lot at the Wheeler School.

75 CH A RLESfiELD ST. Thursday, April 6: 10:26 p.m. Two complainants reported that several men got out of a car at the intersec-

Friday, April 14: 3:30 p.m. DPS officers responded to a report of students shooting plastic pellets from a first floor window in Hegeman

Hall. Officers identified two students responsible for the incident. The students turned over two soft air guns and their supply of plastic pellets. The appropriate Community Director was notified. Sunday, April 16: (No time specified.) Complainant reported her cell phone was stolen from her unsecured room in Goddard House while she was sleeping. The student had placed her cell phone in its charger and gone to sleep at approximately 2 a.m. When she woke up, her cell phone was missing. Monday, April 17: 8 a.m. Complainant reported a chair was taken from Alumnae Hall some time between 12 p.m. on April 13 and 8 a.m. on April 17. There are no suspects or witnesses at this time. 10:12 p.m. Complainant reported his pants, which contained his wallet, were stolen from the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center while he was playing basketball. There are no suspects or witnesses at this time. Tuesday, April 18: 3:10 p.m. A DPS officer responded to a report of a “suspicious circumstance” in List Art Center. The complainant reported that an unknown person verbally threatened and intimidated her. DPS notified the PPD, which is investigating the incident. Source: Department of Public Safety


spring weekend Kori Schulman / Herald

Flynn Berry ’08 and Andrew Renzi ’07 were among the good-humored attendees at Spag Fest on Friday.

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Masses of students enjoyed the sun on the Main Green Thursday.

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Various inflated amusements, including this slide, dotted the Main Green Thursday. Kam Sripada / Herald

Yerba Buena performed before Common at Meehan Auditorium Saturday.

Storage continued from page 1 ing to UCS Representatives Michael Glassman ’09 and Andrew Krupansky ’09. Combining the voucher with the purchase of a large box, priced at $44, would provide storage space roughly the size of a station wagon trunk, Glassman and Krupansky said. The lottery will not take into account a student’s geographic location and financial need, as then-UCS President Brian Bidadi ’06 suggested in a September interview with The Herald. A system based on a student’s hometown would generate logistical headaches, Krupansky said. “How would you say to someone who lives 10 miles further west than (another student), ‘Oh, well, you can’t have storage?’” Krupansky said. Brown students who do not receive vouchers will still receive a $1-2 discount per box if they choose to store through Smart Movers. Glassman and Krupansky engineered this year’s plan in tandem with Bova and Thomas

Forsberg, associate director of housing and residential life. They ultimately decided to stick with Smart Movers after researching approximately a dozen storage companies. Smart Movers offered the best prices, most flexibility and highest security, Glassman and Krupansky said. The company also received positive reviews from Brown students who took advantage of the vouchers last year. Anna Leibinger ’08, who used a voucher last year, praised Smart Movers for its convenient pickup and drop-off points and added that her belongings were stored safely. She noted, however, that $50 met less than one-third of her storage needs, however, and that the box provided through the voucher system “can maybe store one person’s bedding.” Mariposa Garth-Pelly ’08 also rated her experience with Smart Movers as positive, though she said she had to pay an additional $30 because her box was 30 pounds over the 70-pound weight limit. Bova said he received only one student complaint — related to an incorrectly scheduled drop-off — about Smart Movers

last year. “The company has an excellent track record,” Bova said. According to its Web site, Smart Movers stores for 22 large schools in the Northeast, including Harvard and Columbia universities. Krupansky also cited the company’s security. Because Smart Movers is bonded, students’ property would be protected by the federal government if the company were to go bankrupt. This year, Smart Movers has agreed to hire only Brown students as workers for storage needs at the University. Brown Student Agencies will again help Smart Movers find student employees. Glassman and Krupansky hope to look into long-term storage plans, including a contract with Smart Movers. Such a contract, like the one BSA currently has with The Campus Laundry Service, would allow UCS to negotiate for better rates and a larger number of vouchers. “I would really encourage students who need subsidized vouchers to take advantage of this plan,” Bova said. “If you don’t need subsidized vouchers, don’t get them.”

S&J continued from page 1 the committee’s work. “As to the impact for fundraising, I have no idea. … My impression is little (impact) if any,” he said. Director of Alumni Relations Todd Andrews ’83 and President of the Brown Alumni Association Hannelore RodriguezFarrar ’87 MA ’90 both wrote in e-mails to The Herald that alums had not inquired about the committee during their tenures. Vice President for Public Affairs and University Relations Michael Chapman said the only inquiries he received expressed interest in the nature of the committee’s final report. Despite the public nature of their inquiry, committee members were charged to pursue a historical investigation, regardless of public relations or fund raising issues, Campbell said. “Our task was to do the job we were appointed to, and there were other people in the University who have responsibility for these other arenas,” he said. The Annual Fund factor Tammie Ruda, director of the Brown Annual Fund, said after the 2004 New York Times article, student call center workers received questions from alums contacted as potential donors. “It’s safe to say that there were a few people who were concerned that the committee’s purpose was to pay reparations,” she said. “Usually when we explained the actual charge, people accepted it and moved on.” Student callers are told to explain the committee’s purpose to any alum who might raise the issue and then direct him or her to the committee’s Web site. “It’s not anything more magical than that, and we don’t feel like there’s anything the University has to hide,” Ruda said. Alums have brought up the committee infrequently in recent months. “It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about it,” she said. Ari Nielsen ’06, a student manager in the calling center, said when alums do bring up the committee these days, they’re usually upset about it. “It’s usually someone who is upset or someone who may be misinformed and may ask a question,” he said. “A lot of older alums will find any reason that Brown is too liberal and kind of flip out about it, and that’s one of the things they’ll mention.” When an alum expresses frustration or confusion about the committee, the student caller makes a note in the computer system and the alum will later receive a follow-up letter from the development office further explaining the committee, Nielsen said. Ruda said she had not seen any committee-related impact on fund raising, adding that the Annual Fund has continued to grow since the committee’s creation. Alum feedback Norman Boucher, editor and publisher of the Brown Alumni Magazine, which is editorially independent from the University, said the magazine’s 2003 feature examining the reparations movement and Brown’s ties to slavery, as well as announcing the committee’s creation, did not receive a particularly large response.

“It’s a controversial topic, so I expected more (response),” Boucher said. “One of the things we find at the magazine is that a certain number of alums are just set in their paths, whether left or right, and we always hear from them,” he said, Bud Brooks ’83 read the BAM article and remains opposed to the committee. A health care insurance salesman based in Dallas, Texas, Brooks said he does not read the New York Times and did not see the 2004 article. He said he became informed of the committee through BAM and The Herald’s Web site. “I’m completely and 100 percent opposed to any reparations for multiple reasons,” Brooks said. He said he doubts the committee can produce an unbiased historical inquiry, even though he understand its intent is not to “distribute dollars.” “Where do you draw the line and say ‘OK, we’re done with slavery,’” Brooks said. But as an alum who has “removed his interest” from Brown because “it’s so darn liberal,” Brooks’ opinion may not be indicative of those with more current ties to the University. Stephen Beale ’04, an active conservative alum and founder of the Brown Spectator, is a fierce critic of the committee. Among Beale’s primary complaints is the makeup of the committee, which he views as predominantly liberal. “I think President Simmons genuinely wanted to get it right, to make amends, but she may not realize that in an environment that’s predominantly liberal, you have to go out of your way and put conservative people on (the committee),” Beale said. He speculated only a single member of the committee is “on the fence” in political orientation. But Campbell refuted Beale’s perception of the committee. “I don’t know how different people for this committee were chosen, but my impression is that it had nothing to do with our political views but rather our particular fields of scholarly expertise,” Campbell said. Still, Beale questioned even the committee’s name. “I think they have a real activist bent because they’re called the slavery and justice committee and that word justice, I just don’t think that belongs in a committee that focuses on historical inquiry,” Beale said. Beale cited the committee’s organization of a lecture on modern-day slavery last week as “part of this odd notion of justice that has no grounding in reality.” Brooks and Beale agree the committee is one in a series of problems that reflect the liberal climate they believe dominates the University. “It’s ‘exhibit A’ right now in what’s the matter with Brown,” Beale said. Though Beale said his complaints about the committee are not uncommon among conservative alums, University representatives said they have received little word from such individuals. But Campbell said the goal of the committee is not to produce universal agreement. “I don’t have any problem with people arguing with this,” Campbell said. “You hope that people who have that argument have an understanding of what the committee is about.”


M. tennis continued from page 12 Though they ultimately took the match 9-8 (8) over Ashwin Kumar and Sasha Ermakov, the Crimson already had the two wins needed for the doubles point. The pressure was on as singles play began. “It’s hard to win four of the six singles matches,” Thomas said. “It’s an uphill battle.” But the Bears did just that, beginning with Thomas’ 6-2, 64 win over Dan Nguyen at third singles. With the match tied at 1-1, the first and second singles matches were close to ending with neither side gaining an

advantage. Hanegby was two points away from winning his match and Basu Ratnam ’09 was two points away from losing his. Hanegby’s opponent, Kumar, battled back to drive the match into a third set, which Hanegby ultimately lost for a score of 6-1, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Nevertheless, Harris said, “Dan fought like crazy.” Meanwhile, Ratnam said he was able to “step it up” against Chris Clayton to bring his match to a third set as well. “In the third set, I was more confident,” he said. It showed, as he defeated Clayton 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to keep pace with Harvard and tie the match at 2-2. Following Ratnam’s comefrom-behind win and Hanegby’s loss, the Bears’ remaining three

singles players took to the courts. After Kohli won the fourth singles match 6-3, 7-6 (3), Brown needed just one more victory to close out the Crimson. Tedaldi jumped at the opportunity to save the day — especially against his rival, Brian Wan. According to Tedaldi, Wan defeated Garland earlier in the year at the ECAC Championships but had approached Tedaldi to ask why he had not played sixth singles that day. Tedaldi said Wan had told him, “I was looking forward to kicking your ass.” But this time, the only person metaphorically kicking anyone’s posterior was Tedaldi, as he demolished Wan 6-2, 6-2 to give Brown the victory. Following his win, Tedaldi was enveloped in hugs from excited teammates, friends and even twin brother Max, who used to be a captain of the Harvard team. “This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” Tedaldi said. Friday’s victory over Dartmouth kept the Bears in the race for the title, and without it, Harvard’s defeat would have been a bit less celebrated. The match began with a tight battle for the

doubles point. At first doubles, the match came down to a tiebreaker, which Charm and Lee won for a final score of 9-8 (4). Meanwhile, Hanegby and Kohli took the second doubles match 9-7. Thomas and Garland lost at third doubles 9-7, but the Bears already had the two wins necessary to grab the doubles point. Bruno easily dispatched the Big Green in singles play, only dropping one match. Hanegby led the way at first singles, winning 7-6 (3), 6-3. There were three more straight-set victories at third, fourth and sixth singles by Thomas, Kohli, and Garland, respectively. Tedaldi’s match at fifth singles was driven to three sets, but he prevailed 6-4, 6-7 (0), 1-0 (8). The only loss came at second singles, as Ratnam fell in a close 6-4, 7-6 match. The Bears will next face Yale on Wednesday at home at 2 p.m. If they win, they are guaranteed a share of the Ivy League title with the Quakers. “Yale is very, very good,” Harris said. “We’ll have to play as well as we did today.” But as Ratnam said, “As a team we grew today. We stepped up a level. We’re the favorites.”

M. crew continued from page 12 nearly assured a victory, the Bears took advantage of the opportunity to tune up before facing No. 1 Princeton in New Jersey Saturday. “Whatever happened with Dartmouth this weekend, it was going to be our last race before Princeton,” said co-captain Dave Coughlin ’07. “It was our last chance to put everything out there.” Now, the team can focus on its showdown with the top-ranked Tigers in New Jersey. Not to be intimidated, the varsity boat plans to use its usual strategy. “The way our team races is that we go until the other team cracks,” said Colin Keogh ’08. “Our strategy (against Princeton) is to just be tougher than they are and wait for them to crack.” On a roll since upsetting Harvard two weeks ago, the varsity boat has plenty of momentum. “There’s a lot of excitement for sure,” Coughlin said. “It feels like we’re pretty dangerous (entering this race).”

W. lax continued from page 12 the game, the Bears bounced back with two of their own. Bethany Buzzell ’09 opened up the scoring with her 20th goal of the season, and Mimi DeTolla ’08 scored the first of her three goals on the day to bring Brown within one tally at 11:40. “In practice we have such good movement on offense, and Mimi is able to bring that into the games in a way that we need everyone to,” Redd said. But Penn pulled away for good less than two minutes later. Chrissy Muller scored the first of five unanswered goals before DeTolla found the back of the net to bring the score to 8-3 heading into halftime. The Bears, who struggled to maintain possession and generate scoring opportunities in the first half, were not much better in the second. Part of the reason the Bears mustered only eight shots was poor ball control. They turned the ball over 26 times in the game compared to the Quakers’ 15. The second half began identically to the first, as Penn scored three times before Brown countered. DeTolla rounded out her scoring at the 16-minute mark, and Kate Staley ’06 and Krystina DeLuca ’09 added goals in the last minute and a half of the game to close out the scoring. “It’s disappointing, not to be able to reach that level (of play seen in a 10-9 last second win over Columbia April 8) when we know it’s there,” said Sullivan. “We aren’t playing to our potential. … This is the best group of athletes we’ve had at Brown lacrosse in a long time.” The Bears will get a few more chances to prove their ability before the season ends. They travel to Cambridge, Mass., on Wednesday to take on Ivy rival Harvard before finishing conference play at home versus Princeton on Saturday at 1 p.m.


M. lax continued from page 12 The three-goal spurt at the end of the second was half of a sixgoal run that extended into the final quarter. Yet even after Dartmouth’s Jamie Coffin scored to give the visitors an 11-1 lead 2:41 into the fourth, the Bears did not quit. Midfielder and co-captain Will McGettigan ’06 finally broke the string of Big Green goals with his 18th tally of the season, and Brown outscored Dartmouth 43 the rest of the way. During the spurt, attackman Mike Cohen ’08 chipped in with the first two goals of his collegiate career. While the end result was less than ideal, the Dartmouth game did allow for a glimpse at the future, as three of Bruno’s five goal-

Bell continued from page 3 en on the streets of New York going about their business, unaware of being photographed. Clark, on the other hand, uses raw and controversial images to explore themes such as dysfunctional family relationships, masculinity and violence and the construction of adolescent identity. He uses sexually explicit imagery and scenes of drug use and violence in a series titled “Tulsa” to shock the audience, rendering his images of the subculture of the 1960s and 1970s unforgettable. Lyon’s work “Conversations with the Dead” documents life in six different Texas prisons, which he photographed over a 14-month period in 1967 and 1968. Lyon stated in the introduction to his series that he tried “with whatever I had to make a picture of imprisonment as distressing as I knew it to be in reality” by including text from prison records and convicts’ writings. Finally, the late 1970s and 1980s are captured in photographs from Dow (“American

Music continued from page 5 Sayles and Alumnae hall(s),” said Jeff Prystowsky ’06, a music concentrator. “ It would be perfect if we could get a building like Say-

scorers — Williams, Cohen and attackman Kyle Hollingsworth ’09 — are underclassmen. “There are some freshmen and sophomores who are very good,” Nelson said. “I think a lot of those guys have started to get better in practice, and they’ve earned the time (in games).” As unkind as the Ivy League has been to the Bears this season, Bruno plays what are perhaps its two toughest games in the next two weeks. Brown travels to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on No. 2 Cornell this Saturday and ends the season against No. 5 Princeton at Stevenson Field one week later. “Those are two of the best programs in the Ivy League and the country,” Nelson said of the season’s final two opponents. “Going up to Cornell this weekend is a great place to play, and our kids will be excited about it.”

and National League Stadiums”) and Wolke (“Along the Divide: Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway”). In his series, Dow was commissioned to photograph more than 200 major and minor league baseball stadiums in the United States and Canada. Wolke’s series explores life on, around and under one of the nation’s busiest and most dangerous expressways. Each of the photographers presents a unique facet of American society through his or her works. But the viewer is most affected after walking through the entire exhibition and viewing it holistically. One quickly forgets the titles of the photos and the names of the artists and instead sees the works as snapshots of American history, all of which come together to form a montage of the 20th century. Together, these pictures are not worth 1,000 words, but rather 100 years. The Bell Gallery is located in List Art Center and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. “7 Documentarians” will be on display until May 10.

les Hall with the acoustics of the Grant Recital Hall that the music department can control.” Nora Krohn ’06 voiced similar concerns, though she added that, “The orchestra plays in Sayles Hall because Grant, with seating for only 130, does not have enough room.”



Spaced out With the number of long-term, expensive projects underway on campus, it’s all too easy for current students to question how they stand to benefit from the Campaign for Academic Enrichment. In many cases, such skepticism can be short-sighted. After all, tangible improvements require significant investments of time and money. Developments like the Life Sciences Building or the Friedman Study Center don’t just happen overnight. In other instances, however, students’ frustration is perhaps more justified. First-years looking to try a visual arts course often find these opportunities limited to concentrators and upperclassmen. To get around this obstacle, a handful of students have resorted to filing visual arts concentrations before they’ve even explored the department’s offerings, a move that contradicts the New Curriculum’s emphasis on intellectual discovery. Granted, the Department of Visual Art has benefited from faculty expansion efforts, and its adjunct budget has also increased in recent years, according to Leslie Bostrom, associate professor of art and chair of the department. But because this problem is persistent, we wonder why it hasn’t yet been addressed adequately. Fostering interest among first-years is a surefire way to energize and develop a department, but if firstyears must struggle just to get a spot in an introductory course, who’s to blame them for pursuing other interests? The visual art department isn’t the only one facing constraints. Professors in the Department of Music also report a shortage of practice space and performance venues, even as the department experiences an increase in interested students and looks to expand its course offerings. Like in the visual art department, professors in the music department report that space constraints are an ongoing problem. It’s ironic that the music department’s problem will soon be exacerbated by a project intended to improve its infrastructure. Renovations to Grant Recital Hall will begin in June and are projected to last through the fall semester, displacing about 70 events, according to Frederick Jodry, senior music director and director of choral activities. Six months into its public phase, the Campaign for Academic Enrichment is on track, having received over $600 million of its $1.4 billion goal. Though it’s easy to focus on fund raising totals and long-term construction projects, administrators should consider providing immediate support to departments currently facing heightened constraints, perhaps by providing additional performance spaces or hiring instructors who can teach sections of introductory visual art courses. Aiding these departments, in particular, could help dispel the notion that many goals related to the campaign are science-oriented. Moreover, this effort could convince current students that the campaign matters to them as well.

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LETTERS Professor sees growth in Dept. of History To the Editor: Last Monday, The Herald published a story that created a misleading impression of what is currently taking place in the Department of History (“History Department Attempts to Cope with High Turnover,” April 17). It reaches hasty conclusions based on little or no information about the nature of academic hiring and what constitutes “turnover” in large departments like ours. We are experiencing something quite normal: a generation of faculty are reaching retirement age, and the department is conducting searches to replace them. In addition, very few faculty have received offers from other prestigious universities and have chosen, for a wide range of reasons both personal and professional, to accept them. None of this is out of the ordinary and is true of similar departments at any number of Brown’s peer institutions. No department is absolutely stable over a long term. Indeed, as my colleagues, Professors of History Timothy Harris and James McClain, noted, the department is actually in a profound growth phase. We are growing in part because of the new initiatives under President Ruth Simmons and in part because of creative faculty hiring in conjunction with other campus units, such as the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the Americas, Africana studies, Italian studies, Judaic studies and Portuguese and Brazilian studies. The history department is expanding its conceptual scope, building on traditional strengths by adding scholars who focus on race, culture, gender and science, the history of sexuality and environmental history (to name only a few). We are reconceptualizing traditional geographic divisions by adding historians of the At-

lantic world and West Africa/African diaspora. Our faculty, both long-standing at Brown and new, are involved in helping to enrich the university’s curriculum through partnerships with CSREA, American civilization, urban studies, gender studies, Latin American studies, Italian studies, the Program in Science and Technology Studies, classics, and the list could go on. In short, what surprised and, I must admit, dismayed me about the tone of the piece is that it gave precisely the opposite impression from what I, and my colleagues in the department, feel is going on. Looking out from inside the department, this is clearly an exciting and dynamic time for the Department of History. We are growing, stretching and working harder than ever to make our curriculum and our classes interesting and valuable and to continue the department’s long tradition of having a prominent place on campus, on students’ class lists, at the top of popular concentrations and in the profession at large. Far from “defunct,” the department is entering a productive new phase. When any department loses long-standing faculty to retirement, its remaining members wish them well. Their service to the department and to the university at large is honored. But to presume that because a department loses a few prominent members to retirement it is experiencing a “high turnover rate” and is somehow in decline is incorrect and misleading. Robert Self Assistant Professor of History April 18

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The needs of the many and the needs of the few A recent case in Afghanistan illuminates the historical conflict between individual and collective rights BY JOEY BORSON OPINIONS COLUMNIST

In the last few months, Afghanistan, despite having several thousand American and European troops stationed within its borders, has received relatively little attention from the international media. In the past few weeks, however, with the case of Abdul Rahman, that all changed. Rahman, an Afghani citizen, was recently charged with converting from Islam to Christianity 15 years ago, which, under certain versions of Islamic law, is considered to be a capital crime, punishable by death. The case was subsequently dismissed, although probably more because of international pressure from leaders whose troops are holding Afghanistan together than from the generosity of the Afghan government. Rahman recently was granted asylum in Italy, a country less likely to harass him because of his beliefs. But this case represents more than just a few men in a country halfway around the world. It also hinges upon difficult issues of religious freedom and questions of how the state can, and should, respond to matters of faith. Rahman was arrested in February, and charged with apostasy, or religious conversion, which, in the eyes of some, violates a commandment by the Prophet Mohammad that if someone changes their religion, they should be killed. Afghani officials, including federal judges and prosecutors, accused him of treachery against the state, and called for him to be hanged. Certainly, this may seem barbaric to Western (and, for that matter, to my own) eyes, and it may be an incorrect interpretation

of the Koran. But if this case was solely an issue of religious law, I don’t think Rahman would have received this degree of international news coverage. Islam is not the only religion to outlaw conversion, and Judge Ansarullah Mawlazezadah, in an interview with the BBC, said, “(I) will invite him again because the religion of

more important than any individual’s. There is nothing inherently wrong, or right, with this view. Indeed, every culture tries to preserve itself, be it through rules about religion, as in the Rahman case, mandating Flemish as an official language in Belgium or calling baseball the national pastime of the United

The Afghani constitution declares that the country “shall be an Islamic Republic” run by Islamic law. But the constitution also states, “Liberty and dignity ... and Freedom of Expression are inviolable.” Which principle wins? Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him.” This opening would seem to mean that the court had given Rahman an opening for clemency. Many cultures, political doctrines and religions, ranging from socialism, to Islam, Christianity and Judaism hold the idea that the society’s well-being is often

States. But other societies take the opposite perspective, and state that the right of the individual supersedes the right of the collective. This forms the heart of what is now known as liberal democracy, and its influences can be found in the works of Ayn Rand, George Orwell and the Republican Party. Afghanistan, and Abdul Rahman,

stand between these seemingly contradictory philosophies. The Afghani constitution, which was written in consultation with Western authorities, opens by declaring that Afghanistan “shall be an Islamic Republic,” a clause that, to some, has been interpreted as meaning that the country will be run by Islamic, or Sharia, law. But the constitution also contains sections that state that “Liberty and dignity ... and Freedom of Expression are inviolable.” Which principle wins? In this situation, the Afghani government decided that acquiescence is the better part of valor, at least when your country is being held together by foreign militaries. Whether this was a principled or a practical stand is somewhat irrelevant. But the reconciliation of collective and individual rights cannot be accomplished by fiat, regardless of whether that fiat comes from NATO troops or Islamic clerics. Instead, Afghanistan’s leaders and citizens must determine the shape of their own nation. Except for literature, there are no pure examples of either a purely individual or purely collective society. There are many examples, from Quebec, to Israel, to India, of countries that have, to varying degrees and varying levels of success, managed to integrate the two. Afghanistan, if it wants to be both an Islamic state and a state that respects the rights of individual citizens, must do the same. Abdul Rahman was only the most recent example of this struggle. I doubt he will be the last.

Joey Borson ’07 wants to read Ayn Rand in Flemish. If he understood Flemish.

Taking back the night — for everybody Rape can no longer be considered a “woman’s problem” — movements against sexual assault must include both sexes BY AMY LITTLEFIELD GUEST COLUMNIST

Sexual assault statistics in the United States are shocking, outrageous and, like most statistics, easy to disconnect from personal experience. A 1998 study by National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 17 percent of women and about 3 percent of men in this country will experience an attempted or completed rape. But it is hearing the stories from those who have actually experienced sexual violence that makes the outrage personal, and (at least momentarily) impossible to ignore. This is the goal of Take Back the Night, an annual event at Brown, held this year on May 3, to raise awareness of sexual assault. The event will include readings from several survivors of sexual violence. Last semester, I participated in a Take Back the Night march in downtown Providence with other members of the Brown Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and young feminists from other schools. During this march, one of the downtown leaders asked that the men who had chosen to attend (there were very few) not march with us. Ignoring the glaringly ironic fact that this march of women was preceded by a flashing cavalry of male policemen on motorcycles, protecting us as we asserted our power in the uncertain night, the leader of the march suggested that rape was exclusively the realm of women. But while 90 percent of rape victims are women, the remaining 10 percent — men — are usually ignored

or forgotten. I have never been a victim of sexual assault. I was simply marching as someone who is opposed to sexual violence and committed to ending it. I assumed that these men were in the same position as I was. Yet because I was a woman, and therefore statistically likelier to be a victim, the leader of the march seemed

it is often even harder for men to admit when they’ve been sexually assaulted. The official Take Back the Night Web site states that such findings have “inspired both women and men to confront a myriad of social ills” caused by sexual violence, but sexual assault continues to be perceived as something done exclusively to women, by men. For exam-

Rape crosses class lines, race lines and gender lines. Rape is more of a statistical probability for women, but it is not solely our problem. We can’t solve it if we exclude others. to assume that I had more of a right to march than the men did. It is true that the threat of rape makes me and many other women feel vulnerable, and the idea of “taking back the night” is a powerful metaphor for reclaiming this frightening space — the darkness — where we feel unsafe. But men are threatened and feel threatened too, though our norms make it harder for them to admit. And

ple, under the section labeled “Victims of Sexual Assault” on the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Web site, “Women” is the first heading. In so many realms, women are considered last, but rape is perceived as solely our domain — our problem. Associating women with rape comes easily because we all hold deeply rooted perceptions of women as victims. And

these assumptions are, to a certain degree, based on convincing evidence. It is true that women are often physically weaker and more likely to be victimized, and that men are more often the perpetrators of violence. But women should not accept their victimization and assert the exclusive right to “reclaim the night,” a space that threatens everyone, men and women. Such beliefs are counterproductive in challenging sexual violence in this country. In order to confront the statistics, perhaps we must first challenge constructs in our society that associate women with victimization. Rape is more of a statistical probability for women, but it is not solely our problem. We can’t solve it if we exclude others. I hope Take Back the Night will spread the message that sexual assault is more personal than we think, more common than we think and more awful than we imagine. Rape crosses class lines, race lines and gender lines. Statistics say that there is a greater chance that women will be raped, and that men will be the perpetrators of this violence. But Take Back the Night is not about numbers; it is about personalizing sexual violence and taking a stand towards ending it. We need to start changing the statistics, and stop accepting and internalizing them. The first step is to create an anti-violence movement that includes everyone and breaks down our gendered notions of power and empowerment.

Amy Littlefield ’09 says you can march if you want to.


M. tennis one win from Ivy title M. crew torpedoes Dartmouth after downing Harvard, Big Green Bears win each race by more than 20 seconds BY CHRIS HATFIELD SPORTS EDITOR


Luke Tedaldi ’06 celebrated his 22nd birthday in style on Sunday afternoon. He clinched the winning point in the men’s tennis team’s 4-3 victory over Harvard and was rewarded with an on-court rendition of “Happy Birthday” for his efforts. The victory, coming after a 6-1 dismantling of Dartmouth on Friday, moved No. 65 Brown one step closer to claiming a share of the Ivy League title. Brown is now 5-1 in the Ivy League, a half game behind the University of Pennsylvania (6-1), whose season is complete. “This is the best tennis we’ve played all year from start to finish,” said Head Coach Jay Harris. “Luke, on his birthday, becomes the hero. There’s no better story than that.” The Bears may have one more fairytale story for print as they close in on another Ivy crown. Bruno narrowly lost the doubles point against the Crimson to start Sunday’s showdown. After the second doubles duo of Dan Hanegby ’07 and Saurabh Kohli ’08 lost a close 8-6 match to Scott Denenbery and Gideon Valkin, the third doubles match

Technically, the men’s crew had a race against Dartmouth Saturday on the Seekonk River. But the three Brown boats, including the No. 4 varsity eight, dismantled the struggling Dartmouth crew, making what should have been a day of races look more like a glorified practice.

All three of Head Coach Paul Cooke ’89’s boats won by at least 23 seconds. The varsity eight finished in a time of 5:30.11, well ahead of the Big Green’s 5:53.89. The junior varsity won by 23 seconds, 5:47.52 to 6:11.00. The freshman boat had the largest margin of victory at 24 seconds, 5:56.94 to 6:21.08. Despite entering the match-up see M. CREW, page 8

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Luke Tedaldi ’06 defeated Harvard’s Brian Wan 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to seal Brown’s 4-3 victory over the Crimson. was driven to a tiebreaker. Eric Thomas ’07 and Sam Garland ’09 lost to Brandon Chiu and Nick Savage for a final score of 9-8 (5) to put Brown in an early hole. At first doubles, Phil Charm ’06 and Chris Lee ’09 faced a tiebreaker of their own. see M. TENNIS, page 8

courtesy of Susan Keogh

The men’s crew dispatched Dartmouth in three races to remain undefeated heading into its showdown with No. 1 Princeton next weekend.

No. 8 w. crew rules river, wins five vs. N.Y. schools BY MADELEINE MARECKI SPORTS STAFF WRITER

The word “loss” does not seem to be in the vocabulary of the women’s crew team lately. The Bears swept all five of their races for the third consecutive week en route to winning the Dunn Bowl, which took place at the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, N.Y. Bruno defeated Ivy League rivals Columbia and host Cornell at the meet. The varsity eight, ranked ninth in the nation, improved to 72, while the second varsity eight remained undefeated (9-0). The novice eight bettered its record to 8-1. Despite entering as the favorite, the varsity eight faced several challenges, in-

cluding a strong tail wind and a fast current, not to mention an aggressive Columbia boat. The race opened inauspiciously, with the Lions getting off the line quickly and taking the early lead. By starting out too conservatively, the Bears found themselves behind the Lions in the first 600 meters of the race. Led by stroke Deborah Dryer ’06, Brown worked its boat back into contention and overtook Columbia. Bruno finished in 6:24.9, more than four seconds ahead of the Lions. Cornell, meanwhile, was not in contention at any point in the race, finishing last in 6:39.3. Mira Mehta ’06, captain and coxswain of the varsity, credited Dryer’s performance as a major factor in the

Big Green blows past m. lax 14-6 BY CHRIS MAHR SPORTS STAFF WRITER

During its rough 2006 Ivy League campaign, the men’s lacrosse team has struggled with two possession statistics: faceoffs and ground balls. However, at a Saturday home game against Dartmouth, Brown held its own in both departments, winning 13 of 23 faceoffs and picking up 29 ground balls. Unfortunately, it was not enough, as the visiting Big Green jumped out to a 7-1 lead after one half on its way to a 14-6 victo-

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Kyle Hollingsworth ’09 registered a goal and an assist against Dartmouth in Brown’s 14-6 loss Saturday.

ry. The Bears remain winless in the Ivy League (0-4, 2-9 overall), following their seventh-straight defeat. “If you look at the statistics, it was pretty even,” said Head Coach Scott Nelson. “The problem was that we shot one for 18 in the first half. We obviously had to shoot better than we did.” Of Dartmouth’s 14 goals, eight came from the duo of midfielder Brad Heritage — who scored all four of his goals in the first half — and attackman Nick Bonacci. Heritage and Bonacci used two different strategies to find the back of the net, demonstrating the diversity of a Big Green offense that was averaging 11 goals per contest heading into Saturday’s game. “Bonacci’s goals came off unsettled situations, and Heritage’s were one-onone, dodge situations where he made some nice moves,” Nelson said. “They have a very good attack and offense. We knew that, but we couldn’t keep up with them. After shutting out the Bears 2-0 in the first quarter, Dartmouth scored two more in the second before attackman Brady Williams ’09 put Bruno on the board with his second goal of the season. The Big Green, however, were unfazed, tallying three unanswered scores before halftime to make it 7-1. see M. LAX, page 9

team’s win. “Deb was great. She had a confident rhythm,” Mehta said. “That kept everyone focused, and no one panicked. Everyone stayed calm.” Captain Gillian Almy ’06, though pleased with the win, felt there was room for improvement. With No. 4 Yale looming on the schedule next week, Brown will need to get off to a better start in next week’s race. “The plan was to start out conservatively, but we were too lethargic,” Almy said. “Obviously, we would have liked to walk from the start, but we kept our cool and walked the boat back to Columbia. (The race) wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either.” Brown posted convincing wins in its other four races. The second varsity eight defeated runner-up Columbia by over 13 seconds, while the novice eight defeated second-place Cornell by more than 14.5 seconds. The varsity four won its race, 6:31.2 to the Big Red’s 6:36.9, and the sec-

ond novice eight outdistanced the Lions by 16.9 seconds. Brown will host its final home competition next Saturday on the Seekonk River, when it will take on Yale University and Northeastern University. The Bulldogs are one of the top boats in the nation, but the Bears are up for the challenge, according to Katie Reynolds ’06. “We don’t get caught up in where we are ranked or where our competition is ranked,” she said. “We are just going out hungry for the win. A big part of every race is belief, and we believe we can win against Yale. We’re going to give (the race) our all.” Almy views the race as a crucial competition in the season, as it is the team’s last event before the national qualifying race. “We need to keep up the momentum and keep building our speed and strength,” she said. “I am confident (in our team), and excited and curious to see how we do. We’re definitely on the right track.”

No. 20 Penn blots out w. lax in 15-6 win BY TOM TRUDEAU SPORTS STAFF WRITER

The women’s lacrosse team suffered its third-straight defeat in a 15-6 road loss to the No. 20 University of Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon. Penn dominated on both ends, maintaining possession and capitalizing on its scoring opportunities while holding the Bears to just 13 shots. With the defeat, the Bears dropped to 1-4 Ivy League (4-9 overall). “We actually had the ball for five minutes the entire game,” said midfielder Jennifer Redd ‘07. “We were on defense for almost the entire game.”

Brown goaltender Melissa King ’08 returned to action for the first time since April 2 against Dartmouth. King, who was out due to an injury, was tested early and often, facing 22 shots in the first half and making seven saves. “She was less confident coming out of the crease (in her first game back),” said defenseman Meg Sullivan ’06. “She is a tough girl, so she’ll do whatever it takes for the team.” Despite the lopsided finish, Brown hung tough in the early going. After Penn reeled off three straight goals to open up see W. LAX, page 8

BROWN SPORTS SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, APRIL 21 No. 65 M. TENNIS: Brown 6, Dartmouth 1 W. TENNIS: Dartmouth 5, Brown 2 SATURDAY, APRIL 22 BASEBALL: Harvard 1, Brown 0; Harvard 8, Brown 4 No. 4 M. CREW: Brown V8 5:30.11, Dartmouth V8 5:53.89 No. 8 W. CREW: Brown V8 6:24.9, Columbia V8 6:29.1, Cornell V8 6:39.3 M. LACROSSE: Dartmouth 14, Brown 6 W. LACROSSE: No. 20 Penn 15, Brown 6 SOFTBALL: Cornell 5, Brown 3; Brown 3, Cornell 1 M. TRACK: 2nd of 5 ( UConn Select Invitational) W. TRACK: 2nd of 7 (UConn Select Invitational)

W. WATER POLO: Brown 15, Queens College 3; Brown 16, Connecticut College 0 (at Northern Championships) SUNDAY, APRIL 23 M. GOLF: 3rd of 8 (Ivy League Championships) W. GOLF: 6th of 7 (Ivy League Championships) No. 65 M. TENNIS: Brown 4, No. 69 Harvard 3 W. TENNIS: Harvard 7, Dartmouth 0 W. WATER POLO: Harvard 6, Brown 5 (Northern Championships semi-finals) MONDAY, APRIL 24 BASEBALL: at Harvard (DH) SOFTBALL: vs. Columbia, 1 p.m., Softball Field

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The April 24, 2006 issue of the Brown Daily Herald