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Friday, October 26, 2007


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Diamonds and coal A cubic zirconium to Bobby Jindal ’91.5, the newly elected governor of Louisiana. Sure you were a PLME, a double-concentrator with honors in public policy and biology, a Rhodes Scholar, president of the University of Louisiana system, a congressman and governor-elect all by the age of 36. Your greatest legacy, however, was naming yourself Bobby after the “Brady Bunch” character at age four. Bravo, sir. A pity diamond to Margaret Klawunn, associate vice president for campus life and dean of student life. You and your colleagues may stalk us on Facebook, but you still don’t have any friends in your network. So how will you get invited to the really cool parties? A cubic zirconium to DPS for gamely sticking it out for 40 minutes while no students bothered to show up to ask you questions. Coal to the students who will protest their lack of transparency, anyway. Solidarity, brothers! Coal to those toddlers apparently giving the maximum legal donation to presidential candidates this year, according to the Washington Post. Even Jindal wasn’t that precocious — his foray in politics didn’t begin until age four, when he selected his Americanized political moniker. A diamond to a recent study that showed that students who attended public high schools were generally as successful in college as those who attended private high schools. Of course, we all go to private school now. Coal to Brown researchers trying to develop nanomaterials. It’s not the size of the molecule that counts, it’s how you use it. Zing! A commemorative diamond to former President Howard Swearer. True to his nickname — Clark Kent on College Hill — he saved Brown not only from fiscal ruin but also from mass suicide in the face of Soviet aggression. Bravo, sir. Coal to Michael Pickett, vice president for computing and information services, whose main method of persuasion seems to be taking students out to dinner. If we can get on that gravy train, we’ll bump you up to at least a cubic zirconium. A welcoming diamond to the hordes of parents that will descend on College Hill this weekend. We recall a previous Parents Weekend party called “No Pants, No Parents.” But, uh, we’re pretty sure that won’t happen again this year. Enjoy the weekend, but don’t forget why you’re really here: to donate to the Campaign!

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To the Editor: I’m writing in response to The Herald’s coverage of the Richard Meier lecture (“Meier gives a window into his creative process,” Oct. 24). I can’t help but feel that the article presented a rather glorified picture of the event. Meier unfortunately did not give “a window in to his creative process,” as the headline indicates. Meier came across as a congenial man, and the images he presented were incredibly beautiful, even inspiring, but they were just that — images. Meier did not provide much insight into his motivation for particular buildings, his evolution as an architect, the process of designing, conceiving of ideas or solving problems, and he ultimately failed to deliver any cohesive themes. What he provided was a soupedup slide show that I could have viewed, dare I say, on

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Senior Editors Jonathan Sidhu Anne Wootton

editorial Lydia Gidwitz Robin Steele Oliver Bowers Stephanie Bernhard Simmi Aujla Sara Molinaro Ross Frazier Karla Bertrand Jacob Schuman Peter Cipparone Erin Frauenhofer Stu Woo Benjy Asher Amy Ehrhart Jason Harris

Letters Herald overstates Richard Meier lecture the Richard Meier architect Web site. Entertaining? Yes. Enlightening? No. I realize that The Herald tried to present a detailed outline of the event: the crowded auditorium, glowing introduction and presentation of slides, but some of it was just overkill. For example, “Meier’s down-toearth remarks drew laughter from the enthusiastic audience — a sound that continued throughout his lecture.” Ugh! Not everyone left the Richard Meier lecture feeling exalted, wishing they had brought their HIAA 0850: “Modern Architecture” book for him to sign. The Herald need not glorify every event it covers; a balance should be struck and some attempt at objectivity should be made. Katharine Hermann ’09 Oct. 24

Shield ’09 unfairly characterizes pro-lifers

T he B rown D aily H erald Editors-in-Chief Eric Beck Mary-Catherine Lader

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As a pro-life activist, I must respond to the column by Lily Shield ’09 (“New study indicates need to reframe abortion debate,” Oct. 25). Although I appreciated the new (and certainly important) view on the abortion debate, Shield either ignored or was unaware of certain facts concerning this public health issue.   Shield used information presented by the Guttmacher Institute, and she seems to state that all abortion opponents will immediately disregard such information because it provides statistics for Planned Parenthood.  However, Rock for Life, a project of the respected American Life League, provides links to the Institute on its webpage. Additionally, though Shield referenced a study proving that abortion rates are no lower in countries where it is criminalized over countries where it is legal, the same Guttmacher Institute shows that in the United States, the number of women out of 1000 (aged 15-44) who had abortions jumped from 16.3 in

1973 to 26.4 in 1977, after Roe v. Wade was handed down. Women may not be deterred by illegality, but they clearly must have been somewhat encouraged by legality. Additionally, Shield makes another accusation against pro-lifers that is simply not true. She insinuates that many (or all) abortion opponents believe all women who have abortions are murderers who deserve to die. However, the truth is that very few of us believe women who have abortions “deserve to die,” and in fact many of the most prominent pro-life advocates are women who have aborted their children, and we welcome them with open arms. I truly hope Shield examines the opinions of the entire pro-life community in the future, instead of assuming that we all share opinions that fit well into an article.   Christina Cozzetto ‘10 Co-President of Brown Students for Life Oct. 24

Corrections A comic strip in Wednesday’s Herald (Oct. 24) was incorrectly labeled as “Nightmarishly Elastic” by Adam Robbins ’09. In fact, that comic was titled “Vagina Dentata” and was drawn by Soojean Kim ’09. Due to an editing error, an article in Thursday’s Herald (“Red Sox rock the Hill,” Oct. 25) incorrectly referred to Rogelio Ramirez ’11 as female. Ramirez is male. C O R R E C T I O N S P olicy The Brown Daily Herald is committed to providing the Brown University community with the most accurate information possible. Corrections may be submitted up to seven calendar days after publication. C ommentary P O L I C Y The staff editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Brown Daily Herald. The editorial viewpoint does not necessarily reflect the views of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Columns, letters and comics reflect the opinions of their authors only. L etters to the E ditor P olicy Send letters to Include a telephone number with all letters. The Herald reserves the right to edit all letters for length and cannot assure the publication of any letter. Please limit letters to 250 words. Under special circumstances writers may request anonymity, but no letter will be printed if the author’s identity is unknown to the editors. Announcements of events will not be printed. advertising P olicy The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. reserves the right to accept or decline any advertisement at its discretion.

Friday, October 26, 2007  
Friday, October 26, 2007  

The October 26, 2007 issue of the Brown Daily Herald