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BROWN MED GETS $100M Self-made millionaire entrepreneur Warren Alpert will give $100 million to the Medical School, the University will announce today. The gift ties for the largest single gift in the University’s history with a 2004 donation for undergraduate financial aid from liquor magnate Sidney Frank ’42. News of the gift first appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal. The Med School will be renamed for Alpert, who graduated from Boston University in 1942 and whose Providence-based company,

Warren Equities Inc., specializes in retail food and fuel, according to the Journal. Alpert’s donation will be used to finance a new building for the Med School as well as medical-student scholarships, new faculty and biomedical research, the Journal reported. Alpert’s foundation, the Warren Alpert Foundation, has previously donated large sums to Harvard Medical School and Mt. Sinai Hospital, but the gift to Brown is the foundation’s largest. — Herald staff reports

25 Brown students join D.C. protest BY EVAN BOGGS STAFF WRITER

Eunice Hong / Herald Mia Farrow (top left), Anthony Lake (top middle) and Fatima Haroun (top right) joined 200 high school and college students at the Northeast Regional STAND Conference hosted this weekend at Brown by the Darfur Action Network.

Water shutdown creates sanitation problems in Keeney BY SCOTT LOWENSTEIN SENIOR STAFF WRITER

A leak in the main water line leading into Keeney Quadrangle left the dormitory without water for most of the day Sunday. Water was turned off to make emergency repairs to the water main. The water was turned off around 8 p.m. Saturday and remained off until about 3:30 p.m. yesterday, except for a short period overnight, according to an email to all Keeney residents from Derek Henries, manager of the Facilities Management service response center. The extended time without water was due to the deep underground location of the leaking pipe, which required excavation to repair. Cold weather caused the pipe to crack, and a large rock located beneath the pipe caused it to rupture, said James Coen, director of maintenance services for Facilities Management. The pipe has been replaced by 12 feet of new pipe installed on top of clean fill to ensure that another rupture does not happen, Coen said. The water interruption caused sanitation problems in Keeney, which houses about 600 students, mostly first-years, and is the largest self-contained residential complex on campus. Blockages in continued on page 7



Disagreement over solutions for Darfur crisis at conference The international community remains unwilling to take action to end the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region despite “three World Trade Centers’ worth of death occur(ing) each month,” said Eric Reeves, a Sudan expert and professor of English language and literature at Smith College, during this weekend’s Northeast Regional Conference for Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, held on campus. The Darfur Action Network, Brown’s chapter of STAND, host-

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A large crowd of University employees gathered in the OlneyMargolies Athletic Center Friday afternoon for the third annual Brown Employee Appreciation and Recognition Day, an event that featured President Ruth Simmons. “Today we acknowledge the consistently good work that you (do) … to support our ongoing mission,” Simmons told the crowd of several hundred, which overflowed into the area behind the rows of seats in front of the

POLITICAL PHOTOGRAPHS The Darfur/Darfur exhibition creates a chilling juxtaposition between the beauty of Sudan and the horror of the genocide in Darfur

ed the three-day conference from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, with about 200 high school and college students from araound the northeast region attending. “The more we learn about Darfur, the better equipped we are to take action,” said Scott Warren ’09, leader of the Darfur Action Network. The conference included workshops on current issues, lectures on Sudan and opportunities for students from different schools to collaborate on activism-related activities. “We’re not going to end the


A small contingent of Brown students protested the war in Iraq this weekend, criticizing calls by President Bush to increase the number of U.S. troops there. The students, most of whom were members of the student group Operation Iraqi Freedom, marched as part of a major rally in Washington, D.C., organized by United for Peace and Justice, a national coalition of anti-war groups. Operation Iraqi Freedom joined forces with the Rhode Island chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, an organization connecting and coordinating the efforts of grassroots groups across the country, to encourage local residents to take part in the rally, with the RIPDA organizing a series of buses to carry protestors to Washington. Though the march was the main event of Saturday’s rally, it was preceded by a series of keynote speakers, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Reps. Dennis J. Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and actors Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. The rally was followed by workshops on Sunday and a “lobbying day” today, though only one Brown student stayed to lobby Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, according to Robert Malin, media coordinator for the RIPDA.

Operation Iraqi Freedom student leaders publicized the march in December by e-mailing the group’s members and other interested students. Most students bought their $65 bus ticket from Operation Iraqi Freedom members during the four days before the rally. According to Vale CoferShabica ’09, a member of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the rally was promoted by hosting a table in the mailroom, posting ads around campus and spreading the word through “a lot of personal contacts, given the short amount of time.” During the rally, the Brown students clustered together beneath a Brown banner, drawing a number of curious onlookers and questions about the University. The day’s speeches included an unusual style of anti-war rhetoric, according to Malin. There was “a lot of talking about spirituality and oneness and how we conduct ourselves in the world,” Malin said. Malin said the rally itself and the speeches in particular were marked by a tight focus seldom seen in these sorts of events. Malin found “the focus and eloquence of (protestors) on their positions … remarkable,” compared to those at a similar event he attended in late September 2006. Students in attendance appreciated the large numbers of protestors at the event. “The sheer vol-


podium. Thirty-four employees, nominated by their peers, were honored with excellence awards in the categories of citizenship, diversity, efficiency, innovation, managing for excellence, service and “rising star.” Winners received a certificate along with a handshake and photo op with Simmons as they crossed the stage. Vice President for Administration Walter Hunter, who introduced the winners, said the excellence awards together totaled about $50,000 in prizes. Nearly 500 other employees continued on page 7

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Min Wu / Herald University employees gathered in the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center Friday afternoon for the third annual Brown Employee Appreciation and Recognition Day.

RETHINKING SHOPPING Zachary TTownsend ’08 offers a different model for Brown’s shopping period based on Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government


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Photos give voice to the tragedy of Darfur BY LINDSEY MEYERS ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR

Photography was the medium and the horror of genocide the political message in a stunning synthesis of art and politics at the Darfur/Darfur Exhibition in List Art Center Gallery Friday night. Hosted by the anti-genocide coalition Students Taking Actions Now: Darfur and the Watson Institute for International Studies, the exhibition, held on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, used the four walls of List Art Center Gallery as a canvas to digitally project searing photographic images of the genocide in Darfur. Whether it was the silhouette of a crying man, the scars of an abused woman, marching soldiers, burning villages or faces frozen in grief, the photographs on display testified to photography’s power to elicit compassion and inform viewers about how prejudice can lead to atrocity and despair.

Using effective film editing by Sharon Hughes and Matthew Jacobs, Leslie Thomas, curator of the exhibit and an architect from Chicago, presented masterful photographs taken by photojournalists. By creatively joining film technique with photography, Thomas created a compelling vi-

REVIEW sual presentation. Especially effective were the photographs taken by French photojournalist Helene Caux, who is internationally known for her work on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and those taken by Newsweek photographer Paolo Pellegrin. The exhibition also included the works of former U.S. Marine Brian Steidle and photojournalists Lynsey Addario, Mark Brecke, Ron Haviv, Ryan Spencer Reed and Michael Ronnen Safdie. Though photography is a silent

medium, the photographs in the exhibition were a poignant cry for help that resonated with those in attendance. “Photography weighs on our consciousness” and compels viewers to act, said Max Schoening ’09, a STAND member. Schoening said the exhibition was “important to the student movement” to provide relief to the suffering in Darfur. The exhibition contrasted the horror of genocide with the natural beauty of the Sudan and its people, as if the former were a photo negative of the latter. The result was a dramatic juxtaposition of images of enthralling beauty and heartbreaking horror. Warm smiles were balanced with bitter tears, and hands that reached for help stood in stark opposition to limbless victims. These juxtapositions aesthetically underscored the political necessity of helping those suffering in Darfur. The goal is “to get people to come and see an image

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The List Art Center Gallery digitally projected a series of photographs from Darfur on four walls as part of the Darfur/Darfur Exhibition this weekend. The exhibition was sponsored by STAND and the Watson Institute for International Studies.

and care because this can make a difference,” said Thomas. Many in the audience signed letters demanding action to stop the genocide and relieve the suffering in Darfur. Actress Mia Farrow, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, spoke at a panel discussion following the presentation and presented her

own photographs of Darfur. Since its September 2006 opening in New York, the exhibition has traveled throughout the United States and the world. It has been presented at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and in Cape Town, South Africa. Brown is the first university to host the exhibition.

Grant for Women Writers Project sparks nationwide seminar series BY ALLISSA WICKHAM STAFF WRITER

The speeches of Elizabeth I and a book on the “art of midwifery” are among the works of early women’s literature that the Brown University Women Writers Project has worked for nearly two decades to make more accessible through transcription into digital text. This January, the WWP was awarded a $250,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which it will use to finance a series of 12 workshops and seminars at selected universities across the country. These workshops, which will attempt to explain the major concepts behind transcribing scholarly documents as electronic text, begin this March at Stanford University. “Text encoding doesn’t usually loom large in the humanistic imagination,” said

Julia Flanders, the project’s director. “The goal of these seminars is to give people a sense of text encoding as representation.” Just as in print editions, the transcription process affects the format and content of the primary documents. With this in mind, Flanders added that she hopes to teach scholars to analyze digital texts more critically. Though the WWP has plenty of experience giving workshops — staff members have traveled as far as Taiwan to teach — these seminars will focus less on the step-bystep process of text encoding than have previous workshops. “It’s definitely going to be less hands-on and more about theory,” said Syd Bauman, a senior analyst and programmer who will conduct the seminars with Flanders and Paul Caton, the project’s editor of electronic publications. Since its inception, the WWP has en-

coded a total of 234 works, all of which are currently available on its Web site, Women Writers Online, which can be found at www. According to Flanders, up to 25 or 30 texts may be added to the database each year, depending on the number of student programmers the project is able to hire. In addition to its collection of plays, poems and novels, the WWP also houses several unusual documents in its database. A cookbook written by Hannah Wolley in 1664 describes the best procedures for pickling artichokes and stewing cows’ udders, while Elizabeth Grey’s “Secrets in Physick and Chyrurgery” offers home remedies for maladies such as toothaches and the plague. The database also contains texts by early female philosophers, such as Margaret Cavendish. “She wrote plays and natural philosophy in verse,” Flanders said of the 17th-

century author. “She asked things like ‘Why is water wet?’ and ‘Why does heat rise?’ She was very interested in science, but her medium was poetry.” While at first the project had difficulty locating documents, a renewed interest in the field of women’s writing has unearthed a plethora of rare works. A board of librarians and literature professors from across the nation, including Melinda Rabb and Elizabeth Bryan, both associate professors of English at Brown, now consults the WWP about which documents to encode. In addition to their workshop series, the WWP has several other projects slated for 2007. In the coming months, the WWP hopes to post an online collection of syllabi from faculty that show the various ways in which female-authored texts are being taught. The project will also publish an online guide to scholarly text encoding.




25 Brown students join thousands of war protestors in D.C. continued from page 1 ume of people was impressive,” Cofer-Shabica said. “The whole Mall, as far as we could see back, was full,” he added. “I really liked the grassroots part of it all,” said Molly McLaughlin ’10. “Everyone’s chanting, and you get to see all the different signs.” Malin, who videotaped the speeches and the march for his organization, watched the crowd’s enthusiasm from the march’s outset. “It was like people were pouring into the streets to start the march,” Malin said. “Everyone there was just so enthralled by the speeches. (The speakers) would say something really powerful, and everyone would scream,” McLaughlin said. “That’s what a rally should do.” Cofer-Shabica said he found congressional support a particularly important aspect of the speeches. “Two really powerful Congresspeople (speaking at the rally) gave some hope that powerful people in Congress are on our side,” he said. Operation Iraqi Freedom is currently a category II campus group, but Lambek and CoferShabica told The Herald they hope that the Undergraduate Council of Students will soon make Operation Iraqi Freedom a category III group, which would give it access to more University funding.

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Providence Police Department detectives are investigating a purse snatching that occurred Friday evening as well as a wave of laptop thefts in cafes surrounding campus. At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, an unidentified suspect approached a female student from behind while she was walking near the intersection of Brown and Olive streets. The suspect grabbed her purse and ran toward Thayer Street, according to a campus-wide crime advisory e-mail sent Saturday afternoon. The student told the Department of Public Safety that the suspect was between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches and was wearing a black, hooded coat. PPD officers are also investigating a rash of laptop thefts, which occurred in the late afternoon Thursday and Friday. On Thursday at approximately 4:30 p.m., a man attempted to steal a laptop that was “in use” at the Coffee Exchange on Wickenden Street, according to a PPD public posting on display at Spice on 110 Waterman St. The suspect was chased from the scene and dropped the laptop in the street. On Friday at approximately 5:45 p.m., a suspect fitting the same description stole a laptop that was in use at Starbucks on Angell and Elmgrove streets. DPS and PPD officials were unavailable Sunday for comment.

In its 70-year history, student radio at Brown has had a number of firsts. In 1936, George Abraham ’40 and David Borst ’40 established the first college radio station in the country, the Brown Network, in part by stringing copper wires across campus. Then during World War II, at a time when few women worked in radio, female students filled on-air positions vacated by male students serving in combat. In the 1970s WBRU-FM became one of the first stations to broadcast rhythm and blues and soul music during the weekend program “360˚ Black Experience in Sound,” according to Jason Sigal ’07, general manager of Brown Student Radio. “It was really ahead of its time,” Sigal said of radio on campus. These stories and others will be captured in a documentary that charts the history of Brown student radio. The 60-minute documentary, which is still in production and scheduled to air on BSR in February, has been compiled by a group of students involved in BSR and WBRU. Sigal is one of documentary’s three producers, working under executive producer Paul McCarthy ’01.5, a BSR alum who has worked as a producer at WRNI, a local NPR station, Sigal said. McCarthy began work on the documentary two years ago, but Sigal and Rita Cidre ’07, former general manager of WBRU, later signed on to help. The documentary will tell the story of a student radio station that began in 1936 and split into two entities in 1966, when a part of WBRU broke off from the exclusively AM station to begin FM broadcasting. The FM station grew in popularity and became what is now WBRU. The AM

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Ready, set, recycle RecycleMania, the friendly competition that pits colleges against one another in an effort to reduce waste, began Sunday and will last ten weeks. Kevin O’Brien ’09, co-coordinator of the eco-rep program, said Brown had placed in the “middle of the pack” in recent years and said he hoped a campaign to promote participation in the competition would improve on previous results. According to the program’s Web site, 201 colleges and universities are slated to participate in RecycleMania 2007, up from 93 in 2006. Schools will compete to get the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita and the most per capita recycling of paper, corrugated cardboard and bottles and cans, according to the Web site. Last year’s battle was dominated by West Coast schools, as California State University, San Marcos and Oregon State University took home first place in highest recycling rate and largest amount of recyclables per capita, respectively. Rhode Island School of Design placed first for bottles and cans. — Michael Bechek

College girlfriend of JFK Jr. to tell all Actress Christina Haag ’82 will receive $1 million to write a tell-all book about her fling with John F. Kennedy Jr. ’83 while the two were students at Brown, according to the New York Daily News. Haag will reportedly reveal details of Kennedy’s alleged affair with pop star Madonna, and recount Haag’s turbulent relationship with Kennedy’s mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the News reported. Kennedy died in a plane crash in 1999. — Michael Bechek

channel recovered from a steady decline in popularity and became BSR when it switched to FM in 1997, according to the station’s Web site. The documentary will include excerpts of recorded interviews with listeners and Brown radio alums, Sigal said. In addition to airing on BSR, the documentary will be available as a podcast on the BSR Web site and CDs of the program will be distributed to Providence libraries, Sigal said. Associate Professor of American Civilization Susan Smulyan, who assisted the producers during their early research, said the documentary is both eye-opening and groundbreaking. “There has been very little scholarly research on college radio, and it turns out to be an interesting subject,” Smulyan said. The documentary began in earnest last fall when Sigal and several other students involved with Brown radio launched a Group Independent Study Project about the history of Brown radio and contacted Smulyan, who specializes in radio history, Smulyan said. Under her guidance, the group produced a number of essays and collected relevant documents that have formed the basis of the documentary. These items will soon be placed on a public Web site hosted by the Rockefeller Library, Smulyan added. Some of the documents the students collected were pulled from the John Hay Library, but others were dug up from archives at WBRU and BSR, Smulyan said. Materials from the past 50 years had not been collected by the Hay and were “rescued from basements and old file cabinets,” she said. Following their use, they will be donated to the Hay. “It’s a huge addition to the Brown archives. … The Hay is re-

ally excited about this,” Smulyan said. Sigal said the students in the GISP always planned to turn their work into a documentary, and she hailed their dedication to exploring the history of the medium. “They weren’t doing (the work) for their professor, they were doing it because they’d learned something, and then they were going to explain it to someone else,” Smulyan said. Cidre said her work on the project was partly motivated by the chance to serve as a historian on a subject that had not been researched before. “You spend four years reading history and reading books,” Cidre said. “It’s very rare that a student will get a chance to write history, and this project has allowed me and everyone involved in it to write a history of a station that has really impacted the development of radio in the United States.” The documentary has stirred up interest among sponsors at the University and beyond. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, a nonprofit that gives out more than $100,000 per year to projects that “inspire … intellectual curiosity and imagination in all Rhode Islanders,” donated $1,750 to the project. Sue Ellen Kroll, who reviewed the proposal for the council, said the council members were excited about the commitment of the producers to extend the project “beyond the gates of Brown to reach a wide and diverse” Rhode Island public. “The access potential for a digital project like this was very great, so we were very excited about that,” Kroll said. The documentary has also received funding from Brown organizations, including $1,000 from continued on page 9

BSR to be on-air seven days a week BY MELISSA KAGEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Brown Student Radio, the self-described “Providence student and community radio that serves the curious listener,” is expanding its radio broadcasting hours on 88.1 FM and will now air from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., seven days a week, including during all academic breaks at the University. Station Manager Michael Dupuis ’08 said the expanded hours should enhance the station’s reputation in Providence. “It’s important for us to have a presence on-air in Providence,” Dupuis said. Rhode Island College and the Wheeler School, the latter of which owns the transmitter used by BSR, previously held the two evening time slots taken over by BSR. Because of the weakness of the Seekonk, Mass.-based transmitter’s signal, most Brown students tune in to BSR online at BSRLive. com, where the station and its archives have been broadcast since October 2006. The new expansion will not affect the 24-hour online programming, but the station’s new FM hours are expected to attract

more local listeners. Since BSR will be broadcast on the radio until 5 a.m., General Manager Jason Sigal ’07 said the station should gain more latenight listeners after Providence clubs close. “They’ll want the party to keep going, and now it can on BSR,” Sigal said. By extending its hours, BSR will be consistently available to listeners who might previously have been confused by the station’s varying schedule, said former station manager Josh Siegle ’07 and programming director Shauna Duffy ’04. BSR had previously broadcast at non-uniform times and, until this summer, only during the academic semester. Duffy said BSR had been losing listeners during academic breaks and confusing them with erratic hours during the school year. With the new changes, “listeners understand when we’re on the air better,” Duffy said. “We can just say 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., always.” Adding broadcast hours on Sundays, when the station had not previously broadcast, was the most significant change, she said. BSR, which inaugurated its remodeled studio last week, involves the work of about 120 students and

receives funding from the University as well as outside donors. New programs accompany the expanded hours. The student-run Brown Journal of World Affairs will introduce a biweekly show on Mondays at 7 p.m., Chris Duffy ’09 will collaborate with Providence arts center AS220 to air their live poetry slam and Charlie Hunter ’08 and Bremen Donovan ’08 will present “Roots and Shoots,” a country and folk music show that will air Thursdays at 11 p.m. Duffy said the station’s eclectic mix of music, features, news and sports programming is in the tradition of a college radio station that must acknowledge its diverse online audience and its local relevance. Sigal said BSR’s online listeners come from around the world. “People call in from Providence and write in instant messages from Germany and Tanzania,” he said. The station’s varied programming will improve as the station expands, Duffy said. “It’s by far the best group of programmers and group of shows we’ve ever had,” Duffy said. “This is the best we’ve ever been and we’re just going to keep getting better.”



Two 2nd-half rallies not enough as m. hoops falls to Harvard, Dartmouth continued from page 12 pass it, the defender got his hands on the ball.” In Cambridge the following evening, the Bears found themselves in an even deeper hole. Brown spent much of the game trailing by double digits as the Crimson shot a scorching 61.2 percent from the field and 25-of-30 from the free-throw line. Harvard used its sharp shooting to take a 40-31 lead into the locker room at halftime and jumped out to a 50-38 lead with 10:01 left in the game. To Brown’s credit, the lead shrank for the rest of the game. After a quiet start, Huffman scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half, and the rest of the offense picked it up as well. Five Bears finished the night in double figures. “Everyone was in a real attack mode, and we had a variety of guys like Scott (Friske ’09), Chris (Skrelja ’09) and Colin (Aldridge ’10) step up and make some key shots,” McAndrew said. “We continuously scored offensively more than anything.” Switching to a 1-2-2 press defense triggered the Bears’ rapid scoring in the second half. While Harvard continued to shoot well, the new alignment gave the visitors a little extra boost on offense. “Marcus was a pain-in-the-neck on the 1-2-2 and caused some turnovers,” McAndrew said. “He really did a nice job of turning over (Harvard point guard) Drew Housman and converting that into easy buckets for us.” Yet for the second night in a row, it was almost but not quite. Harvard found itself in the bonus early in the second half and took advantage, netting 21 of its 52 second-half points from the charity stripe, including its last 14 points of the game. Brad Unger put the finishing touches on the Crimson win, sinking two free throws with four seconds left for the

final 92-88 score. “That’s the part of basketball that’s interesting because if you’re in the bonus early, you can just milk it,” Huffman said. “We knew Harvard was a good free-throw shooting team, and the cards seemed to fall that way.” “The first trend (we need to reverse) is getting out to a better start,” he said. “We put ourselves in a hole the first three minutes of (each) game. We need to come out with the mentality that we need to play hard all the time, not just when we’re losing.” The team needs to do a better job of asserting itself early in games, and the second half of the Harvard game was a good start, McAndrew said “We need the confidence as a team that when we step on the floor, we want to impose our style of play on the opposing team,” he said. “It’s all about (coming) out of the gates knowing that your style and your ability to play basketball is better than theirs. I think some of those guys are now coming around and realizing that this is how we have to do it.” The motivation to play hard will not be in short supply this weekend, when perennial league powers the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton come to town on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. The first game will mark the return of former Head Coach Glen Miller, which the players have eagerly anticipated since Miller took the Penn job last April. “It’s definitely a game we’ve been looking forward to since we get to play against our own coach,” Huffman said. “It’s a motivating factor, but you have to control your emotions. If you get too amped up, you won’t play as focused as you should.” The tip-off for both games will be at 7 p.m. at the Pizzitola Center.


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as proved too much for Moshe Levy and Alex Dobrin to handle, allowing the Bears to seize the match 9-8. At third doubles, Zack Pasanen ’07 and Noah Gardner ’09 defeated Jon Bonnet and Justin Salkin 9-7. “It’s clear we’ve worked hard on doubles,” Lee said. “We’re the only college with two doubles teams ranked inside the top 25 in the countr y, which is a great accomplishment for Brown tennis.” Bruno’s domination continued in singles play, where it won five of the six matches. Hanegby defeated Mohamed 6-2, 7-5 at first singles, while Thomas prevailed 7-5, 6-1 over Clavel at second singles. In the third singles match, Kohli defeated Levy 7-6, 6-4, and at fourth singles, Lee earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over a frustrated Dobrin, who threw down his racquet in anger multiple times during the match. At fi fth singles, Pasanen narrowly dropped the first set 6-7 to Salkin, but bounced back to take the second set 6-1. Pasanen won the third set tiebreaker to capture the match. The Bears’ only loss came at sixth singles. Gardner fell 6-3, 63 to Bonnet, leaving the team’s final score at 6-1. Despite the strikingly lopsided score, Head Coach Jay Harris still believes the team could have performed better. “When they came out against Binghamton, they didn’t play very sharp,”

he said. “But that shows we can fight our way out of a lot of tough situations. That’s a very good thing.” The Bears did not face any serious challenges in their second match of the day, raising their performance level even higher against the Terriers. Pasanen and Kohli led the way, trouncing Barrett Wolf and Giulio Gallarotti 8-1 at first doubles. Hanegby and Thomas were also in control at second doubles, defeating Charles Weinstein and Jeff Chudacoff 8-1. Gardner and Joe Scott ’08 lost the third doubles match by a narrow 8-6 margin, but the Bears had already won the doubles point. Brown then took the singles play by storm, earning easy straight-set victories all around. Thomas crushed Wolf 6-0, 6-2 at first singles despite not being fully recovered from a wrist injury that he said affected his confidence level. “I’m dealing with getting back from an injury, so I’m finding ways to win big points,” he said. “I had to figure out how to win with a couple of shots instead of the long rallies I usually play.” The Bears’ conquest continued at second singles, where Hanegby seized a 6-2, 6-3 win over Weinstein. Meanwhile, Kohli destroyed Miron Nissim 6-0, 6-1 at third singles, and Pasanen defeated Chudacoff 6-2, 6-0 at fourth singles. Scott had an opportunity for revenge at fi fth singles, facing off against earlier doubles foe

Ross Lohr. Scott made the most of that opportunity with a 7-6, 63 triumph. At sixth singles, Lee overpowered Tim Sichler 6-1, 6-0 to round out the Bears’ 7-0 sweep. The Bears’ solid victories were the result of hard work during the past few weeks. “We came back a week early from break and started practicing Jan. 15, the minute the Ivy League would let us,” Lee said. “We started at midnight and went until 3:30 (a.m.). Then we came back at 12:30 (p.m.) the next day. That shows how hard we’ve been working.” The Bears will continue holding intense practices in preparation for their next matches. On Feb. 10, they will face Stony Brook University and Colgate University in another doubleheader. Brown hopes to further improve its level of play. “Everyone has to get healthy,” Thomas said. “A lot of times, we have one guy up, one guy down. In tennis, you can get away with that, but we need everybody healthy to play at the level we want.” Thomas added that steady progress is the team’s goal for the season. “You want to play your best at the end,” he said. For these Bears, “the end” could mean another Ivy League title. Winning the league championship would bring Brown its third consecutive title and fourth in the past six years — a reasonable goal for a team that makes winning look this easy.

Two home losses land m. icers in ECACHL cellar continued from page 12 came out of the gate sluggish. Union used Brown’s lethargy to its advantage, jumping all over the Bears from the start. “We just came out flat,” said Head Coach Roger Grillo. “We weren’t moving, skating hard and playing our style of hockey. There was no energy and it really showed.” In the first six minutes of play, the Dutchmen built a two-goal advantage, netting a puck at 2:38 and another at 5:40 before the Bears even got a single shot off. Forward Jeff Prough ’08 did manage to capitalize on one of just four Brown shots in the period, however, tallying a goal on a power play at 17:15. McNary slipped the puck from the top of the right faceoff circle to Prough in the crease for a one-timer that beat the Union goalie. The goal was Prough’s 11th of the season. At 12:44 into the second period, Union reclaimed its two-goal lead with a power play goal that managed to get behind Brown goalie Dan Rosen ’10 after a flurry in front of the net. At the time, Rosen was playing with a teammate’s stick after losing his own. The Bears started the third period with a four-on-three advantage. Just 18 seconds into the period, David Robertson ’08 received a pass at the top of the circle from fellow point man Sean Hurley ’08. Robertson fired a shot that deflected off a diving Union defenseman’s shoulder and then traveled into the back of the net. With their lead diminished to 3-2, the Dutchmen buckled down, scoring their third power-play goal of the game just a few min-

utes later at 4:14. Brown refused to accept defeat, quietly, however. At 13:36, defenseman Jeremy Russell ’10 fired a slap shot from the left point. The puck slipped through the Union goaltender’s legs, bringing the Bears to within one score. Yet Russell’s effort was not enough. Union’s empty-net goal at 19:10 sealed the Bears’ fate in their 5-3 loss. Saturday night wasn’t any better for the Bears. A hard-fought contest against RPI proved disappointing due to errors made at key times during the game. “We had better energy,” Grillo said of the Bears’ performance against RPI. “We just didn’t capitalize on some chances we were given and we made a few key mistakes that they really took advantage of. That was the difference between winning and losing.” Brown came out with more intensity Saturday, earning a lead at 9:39 in the first period when McNary finished an end-to-end rush by converting a slick give-and-go with forward Eric Slais ’09. Brian Ihnacak ’07 started the play with an outlet pass to Slais on the left side of the offensive zone. The Bears kept their lead for the rest of the period, but RPI tied the score just 30 seconds into the second period, jumping on the opportunity created from a Brown offensive-zone turnover. An RPI power play later in the period enabled the Engineers to gain the lead at 6:31. Just three minutes later at 9:44, another RPI player lit the lamp for a 3-1 lead over the Bears. Aaron Volpatti ’10 netted his second goal of the season at 14:26 of the second period, closing the

scoring gap to 3-2. Volpatti stole the puck from an Engineer along the right side of the boards and had only the goalie to beat. With a teammate running interference in front of the net, Volpatti roofed a shot to slice Union’s lead to 3-2. Brown took advantage of a 5on-3 situation to even the score early in the third. Matt Vokes ’09 won an offensive zone faceoff and swung the puck back to Prough at the top of the circle. The puck went to Robertson, who fed Hurley for a one-timer that Hurley lined up and fired, beating the goalie between his legs. The tie was short-lived, though. The Engineers scored their second power-play goal of the night at 9:09 when an RPI player slapped the puck past Rosen after a skirmish in front of the Brown net. “There were some good things that happened on Saturday night,” Grillo said. “But not enough.” Defenseman Paul Baier ’08 expressed similar disappointment. “The guys are all kind of frustrated,” Baier said. “We came off that huge weekend with a lot of momentum and then we just didn’t get it done these last two games. We’re a gritty, scrappy team. We can’t just throw our jerseys out there and expect to win. We aren’t a finesse team. We can be really good sometimes, but our wins come from battling and fighting hard, so when we don’t bring that attitude to the rink, well, you get this weekend.” Brown will get another crack at improving its ECACHL position this weekend at Princeton on Friday night at 7 p.m. and at Meehan Auditorium against Quinnipiac University on Saturday night.




At weekend conference, agreement on need for solutions in Darfur but not on specifics continued from page 1 genocide this weekend, I can guarantee you that,” Warren added. “But when we leave, we’ll be in a better position to do that.” “A little controversial” Anthony Lake, national security advisor under President Clinton and the conference’s keynote speaker, spoke to a nearly full Salomon 101 Saturday night. His speech focused on praise for the student movement for Darfur and tips for activists. But he faced criticism from members of the audience when he suggested unilateral American military action as a lastcase scenario to secure consent from the Sudanese government for peacekeepers in Darfur. Prefacing his remarks by admitting, “here it gets a little controversial,” he said if the Khartoum regime continued to refuse peacekeeping troops entry to the country, military force should be used against the regime, even if the United States is the only country willing to provide that force. “We must not rule out using American power when we are convinced that it can save lives,” Lake said. Richard Lobban, executive director of the Sudan Studies Association,

said he was “very distressed” by Lake’s proposal. He responded that Lake would rethink his proposal if he “had a clue of how Sudan would react to U.S. military involvement.” A man in the audience who identified himself as a representative of the Nation of Islam also criticized Lake’s suggestion. “I know that some of what you’ve said is totally untruthful,” he told Lake, saying he believes the United States would only take action in Sudan because of the country’s oil reserves. Fatima Haroun, a Darfuri woman and speaker at the conference, spoke up across the room about the man’s claims and told Lake, “I agree with everything you are saying.” “I’m sorry, in a way, that I proposed it,” Lake told The Herald after his speech. “It is not an invasion. It is not trying to rule Sudan. It is, as in Kosovo, a coercive military campaign” that would utilize air power to attack military targets and apply pressure on Khartoum to disarm militias and allow a U.N. peacekeeping force into the nation, he explained. Warren later emphasized that the conference aimed to bring together different views. He said the debate, though heated, represented a positive step because “it shows that people do care about Darfur.”

Water shutdown creates sanitation problems in Keeney continued from page 1 many Keeney bathrooms were reported, especially as many students were unaware of the shutoff before using the toilets on Saturday night. “The toilets were filled … and the whole bathroom was filthy. Even the sinks were disgusting. It was generally not very habitable,” said Lexi Klebanow ’10, who lives in Jameson House, one of the six houses within Keeney. Vomit-covered sheets and clothing — perhaps the remnants of excessive alcohol consumption the night before — littered Keeney hallways, and a foul stench permeated the building. Keeney residents faced overflowing toilets, vomit-filled sinks and soaked carpets. All Keeney residents were given electronic card access to

buildings on Wriston Quadrangle to use their bathrooms and showers, but many Keeney residents sought refuge in other dorms and even in hotels. “I took a shower in Hope,” said Joy Neumeyer ’10, who lives in Poland House. “It was pretty unpleasant, but it was resolved quickly, so it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience.” The water shutoff disrupted many students’ normal routines, making Sunday rituals like doing laundry and washing dishes impossible. Despite the disturbance, most students found ways to deal with the shutdown. “I just walked into a random frat house and looked around until I found a shower,” said Ethan Currens ’10, who lives in Archibald House. “I got some funny looks, but it was OK.”

Divestment and China Brown and the city of Providence have both said they will divest from companies involved in the genocide, an effort led in part by Warren and the Darfur Action Network. A bill that would divest the state’s holdings in such companies was introduced last year but was not passed. “Scott Warren was very helpful in educating me and my office” on the importance of divesting from companies that operate in Sudan, said Frank Caprio, general treasurer of Rhode Island. Caprio said he supports divesting all of the state’s pension fund holdings in companies that do business with Sudan. One popular topic of the conference was China’s role in the international debate over intervention. The only country that can exert pressure on the Sudan government is China, Reeves said, noting that China consumes 65 percent of Sudan’s oil exports and is a significant provider of weapons to the Khartoum regime. Without pressure from China, “no realistic prospect” exists for the Sudanese government to change its stance against intervention, said Nikolas Emmanuel, a visiting instructor at Connecticut College, who spoke at a panel discussion on Saturday. Reeves and others at the con-

ference called for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics as an anchor for protests against China, with Reeves calling China “complicit” in the genocide. Actress Mia Farrow, a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, attended Saturday’s panel discussion wearing a black shirt with bold white letters reading, “Genocide Olympics.” Reeves said divestment is a way to put pressure on China to influence the Khartoum regime. Farrow encouraged each student to look individually into their investments, since she recently discovered that her retirement fund contained investments in Sudan. Long way to go Although international attention on the conflict has arguably increased in recent years, “the fact is that we are no farther along than we were in 2004,” Lake said. Farrow insisted on remaining hopeful. “This is a genocide that is man-made, and it can be stopped,” she told The Herald. Still, the current situation is bleak. “It’s enormously frustrating to see the huge amount of visibility of Darfur and the continuing inaction,” said Susannah Sirkin, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights.

“There is potential for this to turn into part of the landscape,” Lake said. He mimicked such a perspective, sarcastically saying, “There are Africans dying, isn’t that what they do?” In 2004, after reading an article about the crisis in Darfur, Farrow was outraged. “It seemed to be so under-theradar,” she said. She said she wants to lend her visibility as an actress to the cause and has since worked to promote awareness and take action against the genocide. Farrow shared her personal photos from trips through Sudan during the weekend, once while attending the Darfur/Darfur photojournalism exhibit on Jan. 26 and once as part of a panel discussion on Jan. 27. “As a student activist, I know how important photography has been to the movement as a whole,” said conference co-coordinator Max Schoening ’09, noting that poignant photos can make the difference between awareness and action. After 30 years working in human rights activism, Sirkin said she couldn’t remember a cause that has “seized the students like this.” “The student movement is the heart of the movement against the genocide in Sudan,” and students are “impressively educated” on the matter, Sirkin said.

Simmons honors staff excellence at annual event continued from page 1 were recognized informally for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 or more years of service, including Simmons (five years), who was presented with a commemorative pin by Hunter as she took the podium. Simmons began by acknowledging noteworthy achievements of University employees in 2006 and called the excellence of the staff “truly a cause worth celebrating.” “It has been a remarkable year at Brown,” she said, “and staff … have made astonishing progress across the campus, on so many levels.” Among those honored was Richard Hilton, a custodial services supervisor for Facilities Management, who won an excellence award for innovation for starting an effort to recycle cleaning chemical containers in east campus buildings. Sheila Dillon of Brown Alumni Magazine was honored with an efficiency award for revamping the way writers collect class notes, and the seven members of the Family Feud committee received an innovation award for planning a team-building event for Staff Development Day in June. Those who made the trek to the

OMAC despite the frigid temperature were greeted at the door by a high-fiving Brown bear mascot and enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres following Simmons’ speech. The event seemed to be well-attended, said Kathy Rossi, a financial assistant in the Office of International Programs who is in her third year at Brown. She said she appreciated the events the University organized for its employees, including BEAR Day and Staff Development Day in June, when employees are invited to take the day off and participate in seminars, tours and other teambuilding activities. “It’s nice to give recognition to people,” she said, adding that she thinks BEAR Day has a positive effect on morale. “And it’s nice to interact with people from other departments,” she said. A group of Facilities Management employees milling about the OMAC before the ceremony said they always attend BEAR Day and enjoyed the opportunity to be recognized once each year. They love working for Simmons, they said. “I think a lot of her,” said Bill Bell, a Facilities Management em-

ployee. “She does right by the community.” “We love Ruth,” added Pat Mooney, a carpenter for Facilities Management. BEAR Day was developed in 2004 by the Human Resources Advisory Board and the Staff Advisory Committee. The first BEAR Day took place in January 2005. One of the goals of BEAR Day is “to create a culture of appreciation and foster a sense of community,” according to the Human Resources Department Web site. Rossi said she felt adequately appreciated and thought most of her co-workers felt similarly. “I’m new to Brown,” she said, “but I think it’s a good place to work.” In her 22-minute speech, Simmons was her usual personable self, comfortably working the crowd and demonstrating an ability to speak off the cuff. “I just wanted to give a special … shout-out,” she said at one point, trying to recognize the fundraising efforts of the development office. When laughter followed, she admitted, “I like to do that, from time to time.”

EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS These people, nominated by their peers, were honored with excellence awards in the following categories at the Brown Employee Appreciation and Recognition Day celebration Friday afternoon.


Diversity: Kathy Carlino, Athletics and Physical Education; Margot Saurette, Office of Institutional Diversity; Valerie Torres, Alumni Relations

Innovation: Digital Bookplate Team-University Library (Jean Rainwater, Patricia Putney, Bonnie Buzzell Sr., Nancy Jakubowski); Family Feud Committee for Staff Development Day 2006 (Paula Deblois, Alumni Relations; Paul Rochford Jr., Media Services; Heather Emerick, Human Resources; Steve Tompkins, CIS; Wendy McRae-Owoeye, Human Resources; Beverly Travers, Physics; Judy Nabb, Human Resources); Richard Hilton, Facilities Management

Efficiency: Sheila Dillon, Brown Alumni Magazine; Ricky Gresh, Student Activities Office; Hilary Sweigart, Bio Med-Medical

Managing for Excellence: Campus Life Team-Campus Life and Student Services (Kathy Tameo, MaryLou McMillan); Sheila Fourni-

Citizenship: Joseph Balasco, Public Safety; Jim Hutchinson, Bio MedBusiness Affairs

er, Watson Institute; Derek Henries, Facilities Management. Rising Star: Molly de Ramel, Office of Media Relations; Cynthia Welch, Environmental Health & Safety Service: Apple Study Group TeamCIS (Osiris Gonzalez, Help Desk Specialist; Lea Snyder, Desktop Services Specialist; Kristen Soule Sr., Desktop Services Specialist; Barry Albright Sr., Desktop Services Specialist); Grounds Team–Facilities Management (George Bell, Grounds Equipment Mechanic; Michael Hamel Sr., Grounds Worker); Frank Kellerman, Scholarly Resources Librarian, University Library; Ken Zirkel, Web Communications Specialist, Public Affairs and University Relations



W. hoops’ offense goes missing in losses to Harvard, Dartmouth continued from page 12 surge late in the second half, but they could not get any closer than 14. Dartmouth continued to run its offense without any resistance on the way to victory. Against Harvard, Brown had trouble defending the front-court tandem of Katie Rollins and Emma Moretzsohn in the first half and could not contain guard Emily Tay in the second half. Brown had no trouble executing its offense in the first half and kept the game close. But whenever the Crimson needed a basket, it fed the ball to either Rollins or Moretzsohn, both of whom came through. “They ran a high-low post offense that was difficult for us to defend,” said Head Coach Jean Marie

Burr. McAfee converted a put-back layup that sliced the lead to five, 25-20. But the Crimson outscored the Bears 10-4 over the last 7:31 of the first half, and its lead swelled to 11. Rollins netted 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first half, and Moretzsohn used all of her 6-foot7-inch frame to chip in seven off the bench. Harvard held Brown to a paltry 32.1 shooting percentage from tahe floor on just 9-of-28 shooting in the first half. “We just couldn’t make shots,” Burr said. “One of the things I challenged the team with at halftime was to play better offensively.” Even with the challenge, Brown’s offensive struggles continued. Harvard outscored the Bears 17-4 in the first 10 minutes

of the second half to build a commanding and insurmountable 5228 lead. While the first half belonged to Rollins and Moretzsohn, Tay dominated the second. Harvard’s leading scorer netted 17 points on 6-of6 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. “We are very hesitant on our scoring and our shots,” Burr said. “We have been getting good looks but just have not been able to finish them.” The twin losses dropped Brown to seventh in the conference, three games behind first-place Cornell. If Brown wants to have any shot at contending in the league, it is imperative it comes away with wins on the road in its next two games against the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton this weekend.

Stations join forces to document history of Brown radio continued from page 5 the Creative Arts Council, $500 from the Cogut Center for the Humanities and additional resources from BSR, according to Sigal. The documentary will be supplemented with an exhibit at the John Hay Library titled “From Gas Pipes to Web Sites: Radio at Brown 1936-2006,” based on the research the students performed, said Amanda Murray GS, a graduate student in the Public Humanities program and curator of the exhibit. It will also feature the stories of the students producing the documentary, including their rea-



sons for getting involved in college radio and producing the documentary of its history. “We’re interested in why, at this moment, does their history become important (to them)?” Smulyan said. The exhibit will also focus on the future of the medium, including possible collaborations between BSR and WBRU students, Murray said. It will run from Feb. 21 to March 9. The premiere reception of the exhibit on Feb. 25 will be followed by the second of a series of panel discussions given by scholars and radio professionals as well as

the general managers of BSR and WBRU, Smulyan said. The first panel will take place Feb. 5. The exhibit and paanel discussion will be funded by The John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, and the reception will be sponsored by WBRU.

Strong performance leads w. fencers to NFC title continued from page 12 more breathing room in its other matches. The Bears looked strong, trouncing each of their five opponents by at least nine bouts. Brown defeated Boston College, 19-8, Dartmouth, 22-5, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 18-9, Sacred Heart University, 22-5, and non-conference guest University of Florida, 24-3. The women’s team was led by its sabre squad, which went 38-7 in all its matches on the day. The epee squad was almost as dominant, going 33-12. The women’s foil squad pulled out an respectable 25-20 record. Standout individual performers included Gorth, 13-2 on the day, Randy Alevi ’10, 12-2, and Gartenberg, 12-3, on the saber. Christine Livoti ’08 was 12-2 with the epee, and foilist Kirsten Lynch ’10 went 12-3. The men’s team had a tougher day, losing to Boston College, 14-13, and Brandeis, 16-11. But it defeated Dartmouth, 20-7, MIT, 14-13, Florida, 21-6, and Sacred Heart, 16-11. The victory over MIT was important for the

Bears because the Engineers entered the meet tied for first place with Brown. The foilists led the way for the men Jeremy Zeitlin ’07 went 10-2 and Nick Bender ’09 went 9-3 leading the foil squad while Dan Mahoney ’07 went 9-4 on the saber. “The men did a good job hanging in,” Hausmann said. Entering the home meet, both teams enjoyed some momentum from their success in the previous NFC meet, held Nov. 19 at MIT. The women swept their six matches that day without dropping a round while the men went 4-0. The Bears will compete at the MIT Invitational next Sunday in preparation for their first Ivy League Competition of the year, which will be held Feb. 11 at the University of Pennsylvania. Defeating Ivy League competitors is the next big challenge looming on the calendar. “We had fun,” Tass said of the beginning of the season. However, he said the team will be more focused with the approaching Ivy League season. “Now we have to work hard,” he said.

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Before criticizing European anti-Nazi laws, consider their context BY JACOB IZENBERG GUEST COLUMNIST

In a recent column (“An Iron Curtain has Descended Across the Continent,” Jan. 24), Sean Quigley ’10 attacks several European laws banning various types of expression as affronts to liberty, free-speech and the very foundations of democracy. However, Quigley’s argument is problematic on several counts. I will grant without contention that free speech is among the most sacred and important tenets of liberal democracy. Without free speech, there is no room for dissent, and without dissent there is no room for the democratic process. Though I agree that free speech is important, I strongly disagree with much of Quigley’s argument, particularly his critique of German and Austrian anti-Nazi laws. I believe that it demonstrates a lack of perspective and historical consideration to attack the European anti-Semitism laws outright without considering the context in which they developed. Quigley’s assertion that allowing antiSemitism to run its course in either Germany or Austria would cause it to wither under the harsh light of truth is flat-out wrong. Though it is easy to fall into the comfortable

view that anti-Semitism exists today only on the fringes of German society, that notion is in fact quite dangerous. In the eastern German state of Saxony, the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party won 9 percent of a 2004 parliamentary vote, quite high by comparison with the support of similar parties elsewhere. We must not forget that there is a significant contingent of radical right-wing-

many felt after World War II to never permit something like Nazi rule and the resulting war to happen again. For the same reason, we cannot totally grasp the idea that Europe is still not very far removed from the era of fascism in general — a mere 62 years (or if you count Franco’s Spain, only a couple decades). Though we can sit in the comfort of our

It is extremely shortsighted to suggest that repealing the German ban would not pose the unacceptable risk of a resurgence of anti-Semitism. ers in many parts of Europe, including Germany (though perhaps more so in Austria, Hungary, Poland and several other nations) who still subscribe to Nazism, if perhaps by some other name or to a slightly lesser degree. As citizens of a nation that has never been dominated by totalitarianism — and by fascism in particular — I suspect that we (myself included) cannot truly understand the urgent need the citizens of a devastated Ger-

dorm rooms and preach the gospel of the First A Amendment, mendment, it is extremely shortsighted to suggest that repealing the German ban would not pose the unacceptable risk of a resurgence of anti-Semitism. This is even truer in Austria, where a failure to reconcile with a history of Nazism, combined with deep-rooted anti-Semitism, creates an explosive mix that is currently held at bay by laws similar to those in Germany. I agree that such laws make no sense in countries where no deep

history of fascism or anti-Semitism exists, as in America or, say, Australia. However, perhaps to Mr. Quigley’s surprise, what makes sense in America doesn’t necessarily make sense everywhere else. I am not an expert on European politics. However, my sense as a Jew — and thus as one sensitive to anti-Semitism — who has traveled through much of Europe, including Berlin, is that Germany has done a great deal to reconcile itself with its Nazi past and that anti-Nazi legislation has helped, not hindered, this process. For example, membership in the aforementioned NPD party has declined in the last 40 years. I would propose that this might be testament, at least in part, to the success of governmental pressure on neo-Nazis. Furthermore, laws against Nazi propaganda have great public support among Germans, presumably because they understand the role those laws play in both preserving their modern democracy and atoning for the sins of the past. I suggest that we spend more time examining the limitations on our own democratic liberties, particularly in the post-Sept. 11 environment of unprecedented executive power, before we attack institutions that have been both popular and effective in maintaining stability and democracy in post-World War II Europe.

Jacob Izenberg ’08 is your cousin.

To alleviate shopping woes, Brown should look north ZACHARY TOWNSEND OPINIONS COLUMNIST During shopping period, students literally “shop” for courses they want to take, wandering in and out of regularly scheduled classes. I have heard several professors and administrators complain about this system, and we may soon see the possibility of shopping greatly curtailed by the new Banner registration system. However, the inconveniences of shopping period — cramming into a Wilson classroom with a hundred of your closest friends before darting across the Main Green hoping to grab the last syllabus of a class meeting elsewhere — are tribulations we should not have to live with. Though it adds up to just a few hours of class time per course, shopping period helps determine students’ plans for a whole semester’s worth of learning. Discussing this matter with a friend at Har vard’s Kennedy School of Government, I learned of its “shopping days” system — an alternative approach to shopping that Brown should consider adopting. On the Kennedy School’s two shopping days (Thursday and Friday), classes scheduled for all days of the week hold introductor y meetings. Tuesday-Thursday classes meet on Thursday and MondayWednesday-Friday classes meet on Friday. Class meetings during shopping days begin with a half-hour introduction to the course by the instructor, followed by a 15minute break. Following this break, the instructor repeats the half-hour introduction given 45 minutes earlier. Students interested in two classes meeting at 10 a.m. can thus catch the full presentation in both courses. This system benefits students, instructors and the academic calendar in three significant

and noteworthy ways. First, students are able to catch the full introduction. Shopping days allow a student to hear the full introduction to two courses meeting at the same time. Having heard one presentation, he or she has time to move to another lecture hall and attend the second session of another class. Here at Brown, by contrast, attending one class during shopping period necessar-

two sessions essentially allows twice the room’s capacity to attend the course without uncomfortable crowding. Finally, professors can hit the ground running. Under the shopping days system, instructors in their first official class meeting can begin lecturing on the subject matter in earnest. The shopping day meetings fulfill the functions of general introduction and discussion of the syllabus. On the first

The inconveniences of shopping period — cramming into a Wilson classroom with a hundred of your closest friends before darting across the Main Green hoping to grab the last syllabus of a class meeting elsewhere — are tribulations we should not have to live with. ily means missing out on the introduction to another course. Even if we wiggle our way out in the middle of the hour to scramble to another lecture, we unavoidably lose out on its opening. The Kennedy School’s system demands no such trade-off. Second, the option of attending a second session naturally reduces crowding in both the first and second presentation. If a course is overflowing with shoppers, a student can come back 45 minutes later for a less crowded repeat introduction. Having

day of classes (the Monday after shopping days), the lecturer can therefore tackle the subject matter of the course without stumbling through administrative details. The condensed schedule of shopping days allows for a lot of shopping in two days. The time needed for course selection is thus reduced and the uncertainties of shopping period shortened. An extended add/drop deadline keeps open the door of choice, but more informed decisions can be made earlier. Condensed shopping, coupled

with adequate time for add/drop changes, brings students closer to certainty without prematurely binding them to a schedule. The chief drawback to “shopping days” is that time is set out for shopping which instructors other wise might want to use as a full lecture period. Experience has shown, however, that many first lectures are devoted to a course introduction and review of the syllabus anyway — the ver y functions of a shopping days meeting. For most students, the goal of shopping period is both to evaluate the strength of the lecturer and to leave with a copy of the sacred text containing the course requirements and reading assignments. Beyond shopping days, to further simplify the course selection process and to make shopping week saner for both students and professors, all course syllabi — whether for a potentially large introduction class or a limited-enrollment seminar — should be posted on the Internet before shopping period begins. Also on the Internet should be an explanation of the mechanism by which students will be selected for the class if it is over-subscribed. Students could thus refine their shopping lists before attending classes, and the great paper chase would come to an end. Common sense and the need for economy of energy during this hectic time suggest that such posting is not merely useful but absolutely necessar y. With course syllabi in hand and the Kennedy School’s model for an organized shopping period, Brown students and professors alike will have less stressful first two weeks of the semester. Shopping may be inherently hectic, but modifications in scheduling can facilitate the process and alleviate some of its worst troubles.

Zachary Townsend ’08 cannot be seriously proposing that Brown adopts a reform modeled on Harvard. His columns appear on alternate Mondays.




M. tennis makes winning look easy M. hoops falls to BY ERIN FRAUENHOFER ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

To say that the men’s tennis team makes winning look easy would be an understatement. For this team, the question is almost never whether the Bears win or lose — the question is whether their opponents even have a chance. On Saturday the Bears followed up last weekend’s 6-1 and 7-0 victories over Boston College and Lehigh University with another pair of decisive wins, this time defeating Binghamton University 61 in the afternoon before sweeping Boston University 7-0 to close out the evening. “The team has improved since the fall, and we just had a really tough conditioning week,” said co-captain Eric Thomas ’07. “Going through that together brought the team closer.” The Bears showed off that team unity by winning all three of the doubles matches against the Bearcats to start the doubleheader. During the first doubles match, co-captain Dan Hanegby ’07 and Chris Lee ’09 quickly dismantled Faisal Mohamed and Pierre Clavel 8-2. The second doubles match was a closer contest, but the intimidating serves of Saurabh Kohli ’08 and ThomJacob Melrose / Herald Joe Scott ’08 won his singles match 7-6, 6-3 in Brown’s 7-0 victory over Boston University over the weekend.

W. hoops’ offense goes missing in losses to Harvard, Dartmouth BY JUSTIN GOLDMAN SPORTS EDITOR

The women’s basketball team’s struggles continued this weekend with two tough home losses. A huge second-half run by Dartmouth contributed to a 61-44 loss to the Big Green on Friday night, and Brown ran into a tough defense and some solid post play in a 73-42 loss against Harvard on Saturday. Brown is now 1-3 in the Ivy League, 3-15 overall. On Friday night Dartmouth got off to a fast start, scoring the first 10 points of the contest. Christina Johnson ’10 scored the Bears’ first field goal of the game with 12:11 left on the clock to cut the Big Green’s lead to nine, 12-3. The Dartmouth defense stifled Brown from the outset. Brown shot just 1-of-14 in the first nine minutes of the game. Despite the Big Green’s feisty zone defense, the Bears finally found a way to generate some offense in the last 4:33 of the first half. Bruno outscored the Big Green 9-2 to cut its deficit to 22-16 at halftime. The run was capped by



a layup from center Lindsay Walls ’10 off a nice feed from forward Ashley King-Bischof ’07. The Bears emerged from halftime fired up. They managed to cut the Big Green’s lead to two points on ttwo occasions. But KingBischof’s put-back layup two minutes into the second half that made the score 24-22 two minutes into the second half was the closest the Bears would come to taking the lead. “We started to press them,” said co-captain Lena McAfee ’07. “When we start pressing, our whole team starts playing more aggressively.” Dartmouth outscored Brown 22-2 over the next 6:30 to push its lead to 22. During that stretch, the Big Green defense increased its intensity, limiting the scoring opportunities for the Bears. “Our shots weren’t falling,” McAfee said. “They were doubling our posts inside, and once we kicked it out, we really weren’t finishing our shots.” The Bears made another slight T continued on page 9




M. SQUASH: Bowdoin 6, Brown 3 W. SQUASH: No. 7, Brown 9, Bowdoin 0 M. SWIMMING: Yale 181, Brown 119. W. SWIMMING: Yale 188.5, Brown 111.5 M. TENNIS: Brown 6, Binghamton 1; Brown 7, Boston University 0 M. TRACK: 2nd of 3 teams, Harvard Tri Meet W. TRACK: 2nd of 3 teams, Harvard Tri Meet WRESTLING: No. 24 Lehigh 30, Brown 15

M. BASKETBALL: Harvard 92, Brown 88 W BASKETBALL: Harvard 73, Brown 42 W. M. FENCING: 3-2 record, Northeast Fencing Conference 2 W. FENCING: 5-0 record, Northeast Fencing Conference 2 M. HOCKEY: RPI 4, Brown 3 SKIING: 4 of 10 in slalom; 3 of 10 in giant slalom at Colby-Sawyer carnival

GYMNASTICS: 2nd of 4 teams, Brown Quad Meet WRESTLING: Army 23, Brown 10

FRIDAY, DAY JAN. 26 DAY, M. BASKETBALL: Dartmouth 56, Brown 52 W BASKETBALL: Dartmouth 61, Brown 44 W. M. HOCKEY: Union 5, Brown 3 M. SWIMMING: Harvard 179, Brown 116


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On consecutive nights this weekend the men’s basketball team rallied back from early deficits only to see its comeback attempts fall short. The Bears dropped a 56-52 decision at Dartmouth on Friday and lost 92-88 at Harvard on Saturday, falling to 1-3 in Ivy League play (6-13 overall). The narrow losses were tough for Brown to swallow. “When you’re that close, it’s always frustrating just because you know it’s a game you can win,” said guard Damon Huffman ’08. “That’s part of the way the Ivy League works, and you always have to keep your head up because the Ivy League is basically a 14-game tournament.” Bruno’s offense struggled all night against the Big Green, shooting just 36.1 percent from the field. While Dartmouth’s long and athletic defense deserved credit for Brown’s shooting woes, much of the onus fell on the Bears’ inability to execute. “To be honest, it was more us,” Huffman said when asked about Dartmouth’s defense. “We turned the ball over, made a lot of mental errors and just weren’t as crisp as

we should have been.” The Bears fell behind 46-37 midway through the second half, but co-captain Mark McAndrew ’08 helped keep the game close. On a bleak night for Brown offense, McAndrew finished with 25 points, including 12-of-12 shooting from the free throw line. “Given the fact that I had been shooting the ball well from the outside, teams were trying to take the three-pointer away from me,” McAndrew said. “We were struggling to get some points on the board, and I made a concerted effort to attack the rim off the dribble and get some fouls.” With 55 seconds left, Bruno trailed just 54-52 with a chance to tie or take the lead. Unfortunately, Brown turned the ball over before getting off a shot on its final possession, and two free throws by Dartmouth’s DeVon Mosley sealed a Big Green victory. “We set up a penetrate-andscore opportunity,” Huffman said of the final possession. “If (point guard and co-captain) Marcus (Becker ’07) couldn’t score, he was going to pitch it out to one of the guys on the sideline. Their defender cut him off, and when he tried to continued on page 6

Two home losses drop m. icers to ECACHL cellar BY ELIZA LANE SPORTS STAFF WRITER

Coming off an extremely successful bout two weekends ago, during which the Bears tied a strong Colgate University team and defeated then-No. 15 Cornell 5-2, the men seemed uncharacteristically complacent this weekend, falling at home 5-3 to Union College and 4-3 to Rensselaer Polytechnic In-

stitute on Saturday night. “There really is no excuse for our performance this weekend,” said forward Brian McNary ’08. “I don’t even know what to say. The guys are excited after last weekend, but we need to bring that same effort every time. We can’t just expect to beat teams just because. I mean, we’re good, but we still have to come to play, and we didn’t, so we embarrassed our-

selves twice in front of a home crowd.” The defeats knocked Brown into last place in the ECACHL standings, tied with Harvard with 10 points. Fortunately for Brown, only three points separate it from the three squads tied for fi fth. On Friday night, the Bears continued on page 6

Strong performance leads w. fencers to NFC title Men’s fencing goes 4-2 BY ANDREW BRACA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The women’s fencing team clinched the Northeast Fencing Conference title for the second year in a row by defeating all five conference teams they faced at the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center. The men went 3-2 against conference opponents, leaving them in second place in the NFC behind Brandeis University. The final NFC ranking for the men will not be known until the completion of the last NFC competition. The Bears will not be participating in that event. Even with their overall strong performance, the women faced a stiff challenge from Brandeis before prevailing 1512. “It was really exciting,” said Jennifer Hausmann ’07. “Deborah Gorth (’09) won the bout that put us to 14. Everyone fenced really well.” The team had significantly continued on page 9

Jacob Melrose / Herald

David Berliner ’09 led the men’s epee squad with an 8-7 record in Saturday’s tournament. The men’s fencing team finished with a 3-2 overall record.

Monday, January 29, 2007  

The January 29, 2007 issue of the Brown Daily Herald

Monday, January 29, 2007  

The January 29, 2007 issue of the Brown Daily Herald