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The Brown Daily Herald M onday, N ovember 5, 2007

Volume CXLII, No. 103

New pre-law advising draws mixed student reviews By Michael Skocpol Senior Staf f Writer

The quality of pre-law advising has been disappointing since a long-serving dean in charge of the program left as part of a larger restructuring of the Office of the Dean of the College, several pre-law students told The Herald. But others, including the copresidents of the Pre-Law Society, said they and other students have been pleased with the quality of advising since the change. This year, pre-law advising is the joint responsibility of Andrew Simmons, associate dean of the College for health and law careers, and Linda Dunleavy, associate dean of the College for fellowships and prelaw. Simmons and Dunleavy’s prior experience lies in pre-med and fellowship advising, respectively, and both are new to the pre-law field. The duo replaced long-serving prelaw adviser Perry Ashley, formerly executive associate dean of the College and now an executive associate dean in the human resources department. Simmons and Dunleavy are not alone in filling new or unfamiliar jobs. The Herald reported last month that, since Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron took her post in July 2006, a high rate of turnover in the office and the departure of a number of long-serv-

ing deans — some due in part to displeasure with the restructuring — has left the current staff of the office stretched thin, with deans taking on new responsibilities in many cases. Sources told The Herald last spring that Ashley was one of two experienced deans forced out of their posts as part of the restructuring, which was announced in Februar y by Bergeron following an external review of her office by Princeton Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel and Stanford University Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education John Bravman. Bergeron has denied that Ashley was fired. Five of eight juniors and seniors contacted by The Herald who have sought pre-law advice in individual meetings or at pre-law office events this semester expressed var ying degrees of displeasure with the advising they received. Most students contacted by The Herald said they felt Simmons and Dunleavy were working hard to learn more about pre-law advising, but several also said the new advisers’ inexperience has left them unable to answer some questions and reduced students’ confidence in the office. “I just don’t feel as though we are getting the appropriate pre-law continued on page 6

By Hannah Mintz Contributing Writer

Courtesy of Andy van Dam

Before September, Randy Pausch ’82 was relatively unknown outside of the computing world. Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, was recognized as a ground-breaking researcher in the field of computer science, particularly for founding Alice, a program for animating 3-D objects. In 2006, Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Despite tests that showed him to be free of cancer earlier in the summer, in August doctors told him that the disease had returned and was terminal. Pausch had perhaps three to six months to live. In late September, in front of a full auditorium, Pausch delivered his last lecture at CMU, titled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” His talk, however, had little to do with illness. Rather, for more than an hour, 400 of Pausch’s students, colleagues and friends laughed, cried and applauded at a speech that was equal parts funny, inspiring and bitterly sad. In the weeks since, footage of the lecture has been viewed more than a million times online, articles on the talk have appeared in newspapers across the country and Pausch has appeared on “Good

Carnegie Mellon Professor of Computer Science Randy Pausch ‘82, shown here during his graduation from Brown.

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Tropical Storm Noel brought rain and wind to New England this weekend, but the storm didn’t prevent students interested in combating climate change from gathering on and off campus. Some students rallied in Providence for environmental activism, and others attended a weekendlong summit on global warming in Maryland. A subdued rally was held Sunday morning in front of Faunce House. Approximately 40 students gathered to listen to speeches and raise awareness about environmental issues. Around half of those students then boarded a RIPTA trolley — rented by the group for the afternoon with the help of President Ruth Simmons, according to Shane Easter ’10 who helped organize the event. The group headed for a rally to fight climate change in Rhode Island at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Easter, who helped organize the rally at Brown, said he was happy with the turnout. “Because it was more intimate,” he said, “it made the messages go deeper.” Easter said it was more important for the rally to make a big impact on fewer people

Meara Sharma/ Herald Saturday’s Awaaz-a-palooza featured performances from more than a dozen campus groups. The event was sponsored by Awaaz, the South Asian journal of arts, and BOMBS.

By Sam Byker Contributing Writer


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The ins and outs of UCS’ parliamentary procedure By Franklin Kanin Senior Staf f Writer

This Wednesday, student group leaders eager to take part in the debate over an increase in the Student Activities Fee may attend their first Undergraduate Council of Students general body meeting. As the debate drags on, students may spend their first several hours in Petteruti Lounge wondering why questions are introduced with a “point of inquiry” and why discussions are structured with speaker lists. These terms are par t of UCS’ parliamentar y procedure, a longtime staple of the council intended to make meetings run more smoothly and give members equal time for discussion. Many find the procedure only serves to complicate, while others think it ensures fairness. “The purpose of the procedure is to make sure UCS does things fairly and openly,” said UCS Student Activities Chair Drew Madden ’10, who serves as parliamentarian pro tempore. “Everyone knows the rules we’re playing by.” UCS Communications Chair Gabe Kussin ’09 said parliamentary procedure provides a framework necessar y for r unning smooth meetings. “I’ve seen what On random hookups Sam Loomis ‘10 offers a spirited examination of John Stuart Mill and his relevance to hooking up.

happens when you suspend the rules, and it can get pretty crazy, so having a framework is important.” UCS President Michael Glassman ’09 said he can see the benefits of parliamentary procedure, but a strict focus on rules can prove frustrating. “It’s supposed to help things run smoothly and instead of having a crazy free-forall debate, it gives it some structure and organization,” he said. “Sometimes it gets really annoying and frustrating — when you’re voting on whether to vote, and everyone’s confused.” Some of the procedures do not seem necessary, Glassman said, and he usually does not worr y about whether or not every aspect of procedure is followed. “When someone wants to ask a question, and they have to say ‘point of order’ or ‘inquiry,’ ... it gets a little ridiculous,” he said. “I try not to stick to that too heavily. If you have a question and you don’t say the right thing, I’ll call on you if you have a question.” Procedure can be frustrating for members sometimes, Glassman said. He noted a time when UCS took a straw poll — a noncommittal vote where members


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Scalpels and sex change abound in ‘Weightless’

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By Marisa Calleja Contributing Writer

Rahul Keerthi / Herald Spoken-word artists Giles Li, Bao Phi and Ewuare X. Osayande moderated workshops on activist before performing at a poetry slam later on Saturday night.

“Weightless,” a darkly absurd play at Providence’s Perishable Theatre by Australian playwright Christine Evans MFA’02 GS explores family, fear and cultural attitudes towards plastic surgery, gender and sexuality through surrealist satire. Set in a penthouse 70 floors above street level, “Weightless” focuses on Lillian, a plastic surgeon who never leaves her apartment and the small band of family members and employees with whom she has isolated herself from the world. Lillian is obsessed with artificial perfection in the lives and bodies of those around her. She commands her lover and live-in nurse, Marion (Sara Betnel) to regularly drug her son, Seth (Matt Bauman ’10) in order to suppress his violent outbursts. Even more disturbingly, Lillian performs cruel

surgical procedures on her maid, Arrende (Luis Astudillo), whom she has stripped of her legal documents, female genitalia and ability to feel gravity. While Lillian uses her mind, medication and scalpel to control Seth, Marion and Arrende, she neglects her husband Horace (Richard Noble), who is desperate for attention and affection. At the beginning of the play, he has breasts and appears to be turning into a woman, and by the end, Horace sprouts feathers and clucks like a chicken, indicative of his inability to stand up to his manipulative wife. To add another dimension of the surreal, as the relationships between the characters crumble, so does the skyscraper in which they have sequestered themselves. The set, mostly constructed of grey plastic panels layered over internally lit continued on page 4

Students go ‘On the Road’ across campus The many faces of children, in photography By Ben Hyman Contributing Writer

“Kids” showing at the Bell Gallery By Catherine Goldberg Staf f Writer

“Kids,” which opened Friday at the Bell Gallery, showcases the photography of three artists who feature children as their subject. Works by Julie Blackmon, Jill Greenberg and Ruud van Empel reflect the late 20th-century trend of using digital techniques to remove photography from its association with reality, essentially creating constructed images. Part fantastical and part realistic, the images created by Blackmon, Greenberg and van Empel do not document a moment in time but instead capture the artists’ interpretations of a subject. Blackmon uses a number of photographs, sometimes as many as five, which she then digitally collages and color enhances to create one clean but complex surreal scene. Blackmon takes pictures of her extended family in Springfield, Mo., but by staging and collaging the photos she takes, her pieces become “both fictional and autobiographical,” she wrote in her artist’s statement. She cites the work of Jan Steen, a 17th-centur y Dutch artist who painted scenes of boisterous family gatherings with rowdy children, as an inspiration for both her subject matter and busy compositions. Blackmon’s “Play Group” captures a scene in the entrance room of a house. Toddlers and their playthings are scattered across the floor while a mother, standing barefoot in a black dress and pearls, chats with two others sitting on the floor. The door is open to reveal two women in heels sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch. Blackmon’s images are charming and cute, but they also beg a further glance, offering viewers a poignant glimpse into modern-day family life. Greenberg captures crying children with the same elaborate studio

lighting and retouching she used as a commercial photographer. Tears of deep anguish, hysteria and pain fall down the faces of children, who are glamorized with glowing skin and backlit, halo-like hair. The series, entitled “End Times,” came about when a little boy burst into tears during a photo session in 2005. Just after the 2004 presidential election, the boy’s despair reminded Greenberg of her own sadness that “America had re-elected this idiot,” she said in her presentation at the opening reception, referring to President Bush. She decided to keep shooting and titled the image “Four More Years.” She continued taking photographs of various children, titling them “Torture,” “Misinformation,” “Shock” and “Awe,” with reference to political misdeeds, or “Armageddon” and “Left Behind,” reminiscent of the evangelical Right. The profound images of pain on the children’s faces led to a great deal of scrutiny, and viewers wondered what had caused these children to cr y. Greenberg appeared on MSNBC and ABC’s “Good Morning America” to respond to accusations of child abuse. Greenberg, whose daughter is included in the series, said at the Bell Galler y reception that cr ying was induced by giving each child a lollipop and then taking it away from them, an action she always insisted the child’s parent perform. Critics are divided between those who believe Greenberg’s work is cruel and those who argue that young children cr y frequently for little reason. Dutch artist van Empel’s photographs deal with the ideals of childhood innocence and race. His images consist of frontally-posed children in dense forest scenes wearing antiquated styles of clothing. The colors are vivid and sharp in each piece, and the constructed children that appear wide-eyed and doll-like. continued on page 4

First published in 1957, Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” introduced the world to Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty and their long-distance roamings across the United States. On Thursday night, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of this quintessential Beat work, the Student Creative Arts Council’s annual MESH party began with a journey across campus, stopping at a series of arts events along the way. Though hardly cross-continental in scope, MESH captured the sense of spontaneity and surprise at the heart of Kerouac’s novel. “This is our fourth annual MESH event,” Chloe Malle ’08 wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Malle and Anna Hermann ’08 direct the SCAC board. “It’s typically been a party in List (Art Center) around a theme,” Hermann said. “This year we also wanted to add another component that was targeted at a fusion of the arts, which is what MESH is all about. We had this idea of creating a small-scale happening — we were taking a group of people on an experience that they couldn’t necessarily predict.” “Past themes have included Warhol’s factory, ‘La Boheme’ and surrealism,” Malle wrote. “This year we decided to place an emphasis on the literary, as past events have centered more heavily on the visual arts. The beat generation was a perfect way to underscore that priority and complemented the migrant nature of our event.” The journey began in Modern Culture and Media Production Room 1, with screenings of short films by Claire Harlam ’08, undergrad David Harrington and Katrina Lencek-Inagaki ’08, all of which reflected some form of Beat influence. Harlam’s piece, “Red Webster (1965),” wore its Beat connections most prominently, with two Allen Ginsberg poems as its text. With its grittily beautiful images of New York, Harlam’s film argued persuasively for the persisting relevance of the Beats in contemporary America.

The screenings were preceded by a reading of “Odysseus’s Nightmare,” written by Mateo Mancia ’08 for the Literary Arts class, LITR 1110N: “Workshop for Potential Literature.” All of the MESH events included a reading or some other literary component. The party then proceeded up Thayer Street and across Lincoln Field to Ashamu Dance Studio in a procession led by lion dancers Andrew Mathis ’10 and Paul Zhu ’11, dressed in elaborate Chinese lion dance costumes. There, the dance group New Works performed a piece whose “beats” came from two percussionists on djembes and other African drums. The piece, based on a sequence of stomps and repeated motions was thrilling and ecstatic, and the brightly colored skirts and tops worn by the dancers made for a series of brilliant stage images. The performers’ obvious joy in the piece was infectious — audience members, contributing a chorus of claps, whistles and whoops, became part of show as well. The next stop was the McCormack Theatre, where a “Museum of the Museum of Reality TV” had been set up as a reprise of “Be Brave, Anna!” a play by Tara Schuster ’08 that ran at the Production Workshop in October. “Be Brave, Anna!” comments on contemporary celebrity culture by turning the life and times of Anna Nicole Smith into a melodrama. The “museum” exhibited items such as the “Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor Worn by Lindsay Lohan” and “Acrylic Nails Removed from Skin of Contestant in ‘The Bachelor,’ Season 4.” It also featured two actors performing excerpts from “Be Brave, Anna!” The student performers not only enacted various roles from the play, but also portrayed two squabbling professional actors, constantly bickering about missed cues and dropped lines, creating a hilarious variation on the original play that was entirely in keeping with the meta-theatrical, impromptu nature of the “museum” itself. The group then walked along Fones Alley to see Providence’s Big

Nazo Puppeteers perform in the rotunda of Robinson Hall. This nontraditional puppeteering troupe features performers, dressed in body suits that resemble giant, green, alien or ogre-like creatures, who sing and play instruments. Their offthe-wall performance was extremely well-received by the group of partygoers, which had grown from a dozen people into a crowd as the evening progressed. Big Nazo then led everyone to List for a DJed party on the secondfloor terrace, overlooking the nighttime Providence skyline. MESH is only one of SCAC’s projects. The group also organizes the Spring Arts Weekend and helps the Creative Arts Council, a governing body that represents all of the visual and performing arts departments, distribute student arts grants. This year, trying to get a new annual speaker series off the ground, the SCAC also conducted a poll by e-mail to find out whom from the arts world Brown students would most like to see on campus. Hermann declined to name the speakers SCAC is courting, only saying that the opportunity is “exciting.” “As a student group,” Hermann said, “I think our presence is really growing, which is great.”

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‘Kids’ makes grown-up statements continued from page 3 The ar tist’s pieces are composed of around 100 separate photos, which he selects from an inventor y of thousands organized in categories such as water, leaves, foreheads, arms and legs. For example, in “World #19” the little girl’s green dress is created on a computer from images of draped green velvet. The background is built up from an out-of-focus image of foliage onto which individual leaves and flowers have been applied. Her forehead, eyes and cheeks are digitally tweaked. This series of van Empel’s work began with an image of a blondhaired, blue-eyed girl in braided pigtails surrounded by a wooded forest. While the piece was inspired by memories of van Empel’s Dutch childhood, it was criticized as a representation of the idealized Ar yan of Nazi Germany, said JoAnn Conklin, director of the Bell Galler y, at the opening reception. In response, the artist created a piece of an exaggeratedly darkskinned girl of a similar age also wearing a white dress, surrounded by the leaves of a tropical forest. This led to a series called “World,” featuring only black children as symbols of innocence. The Edenic nature of his pieces runs counter to a histor y of slaver y and discrimination, making the artist’s work both an embrace of the concept of childhood innocence and a critique of racial stereotypes. “Kids” is an exploration of family life, the Bush administration and race relations, revealing to viewers that images of children are far more than simply cute. The show will be on display at the Bell Galler y until Dec. 21.

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On campus and in DC, students work for climate change continued from page 1 than to have a larger number of passive participants. The speeches at the rally mainly focused on concrete actions students can take to help reduce their impact on the environment. Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Steven Hamburg suggested students apply pressure to Thayer Street restaurants to cut back on energy consumption. Hamburg said he believed that most Thayer Street restaurants could cut their energy use in half and that students could help bring about this reduction by voicing their concerns to restaurant owners. State Rep. David Segal, D-Dist. 2, urged students to campaign for Frank Ferri, a Democrat running in a special election for state representative in Warwick to be held Nov. 27. According to his Web site, Ferri supports investing in business practices that encourage environmentally-friendly behavior. “If you get an activist (like Ferri) elected ...

he can apply pressure and point out hypocrisies,” Segal told The Herald. “It can be really powerful.” Current and former Brown students also spoke. Jon Magaziner ’07, who now works for the Clinton Climate Initiative, talked about fighting climate change on a global level. Speaking on behalf of emPOWER, Mollie West ’09 discussed what is currently being done around campus to reduce carbon emissions. Specifically, West mentioned the University’s $350,000 allocation for community environmental initiatives that could encourage students to come up with ideas to improve Brown’s impact on the environment. Despite the small number of people who turned out for the Faunce House rally, student attendees generally agreed that the rally was a success in terms educating campus about climate change issues. Danielle Dahan ’11 said it’s important to “keep reminding people and educating people” about energy consumption. But Nida Abdulla ’11 was disap-

pointed that the rally didn’t draw more attention. “I was hoping to make other students — those walking by — aware,” she said. “I don’t think we did that enough.” Twenty of Brown’s environmental activists missed the rally on campus to join thousands of other students from around the country at Power Shift 2007, a conference that offered a series of workshops on environmental activism. Today, the Brown contingent will be in Washington, D.C., lobbying members of Congress to support legislation on climate change. The rally on the Main Green, which had been scheduled for Saturday but was moved to Sunday because of the inclement weather, was part of a national day of climate action organized by Step It Up, a national organization that supports reducing carbon emissions. Following the gathering at Faunce, students traveled to the zoo for “GO BIG, little rhody!” a rally organized by several environmental organizations in Rhode Island in co-

ordination with Step It Up. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 spoke to an energetic crowd of around 200 people from across the state. The campaign, launched at the zoo, seeks “to slash global warming pollution in the Ocean State 80 percent (of 1990 levels) by 2050,” according to a Nov. 4 press release. “We can’t wait around for the federal government,” said Denise Parrillo, who works with the Rhode Island Climate Coalition. “We’re in line with Step It Up. But this is definitely Rhode Island-specific.” Unlike the events at Brown, the zoo rally was relatively devoid of specific recommendations for reducing the state’s impact on the environment. Segal called himself a “cynic.” He said he felt the politicians and organizers of the event at the zoo were “not focused enough on specific action that will achieve concrete goals. ... Some stuff is happening, but it’s not nearly as substantive as it sounds.”

Parliamentary procedure bogs down UCS meetings, some say continued from page 1 raise their hands to indicate their leaning on an issue. It was clear that most people had voted yes, but “someone really into parliamentary procedure wanted to go around and count it and have it go into the minutes. We said ‘No, we’re going to move on,’ ” Glassman said. “It becomes this point of contention, which I think is stupid.” UCS Appointments Chair Erik Duhaime ’10 said while he understands the rules are important, they can take away from the overall effectiveness of UCS. “My biggest qualm with UCS is that (parliamentary procedure) plays too large a role,” he said. Duhaime said the procedure

should not be followed so closely in situations where everyone agrees. “If there is a situation where it is very clear exactly what is going to happen and what everyone wants, I see no problem with getting to the point,” he said. Lisa Gomi ’10, who ser ved as UCS secretar y last fall and a representative in the spring, said the process of debate can be timeconsuming and inefficient. “There will be times where we’ll be debating about something and it’s pretty contentious, and you still have to go into a whole process, which bogs down the discussion,” Gomi said. “The current system has elements which are good, but I don’t know if you need to structure every

discussion,” Gomi said. Parliamentary procedure is not specific to Brown’s UCS — other schools’ student governments use a form of it as well, though their practices vary. At the University of Pennsylvania, the Undergraduate Assembly follows a code of parliamentar y procedure closely, but it also honors “an unspoken rule of chair’s discretion” that allows the president to extend speaker time by one speaker, said Penn Undergraduate Assembly Chairman Jason Karsh. The Yale College Council also uses parliamentar y procedure but frequently discusses matters informally, unless it is passing a resolution. Its official guide to

procedure lays out the rules it consistently uses and considers “non-negotiable,” said Vice President and Parliamentarian Emily Schofield. The introduction to the council’s official guide reads: “The official procedure is listed below these bullet points, but it’s pretty dense. Just stick to these simple rules, and you’ll be fine.” “We definitely adhere to the rules when it’s necessary, but we also think that informal discussion is a lot more constructive,” Schofield said. “I think it’s more constructive when you’re going to collaborate but do it (in) an orderly way, and that’s really the point of our rules and the way we enforce them. I haven’t heard any complaints.”

Grad student’s ‘Weightless’ premieres continued from page 3 wooden frames, periodically splits along a jagged line running through the center of the stage. This happens at moments of high tension and eventually serves as the force that pulls Lillian and Horace out of their self-imposed seclusion. With another cast, “Weightless” might seem gratuitously bizarre. But the astute acting allows the deeper themes to shine through and prevents the play from relying too heavily on the jarring nature of the script. From Melissa Penick’s cold, calculating Lillian, to Bauman’s eerie and emotionally damaged Seth, to Astudillo’s gender-ambiguous Arrende, the cast draws meaning out of a disturbing and abstract plot. “Weightless” is Evans’ fifth fulllength play. It will run through Nov. 11 at Perishable Theatre, located at 95 Empire St.

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EmPOWER advocates for local carbon offsets By Jenna Stark Contributing Writer

Though the University has not yet decided how to spend the $350,000 recently earmarked for environmental initiatives, the Energy and Environment Advisory Committee has proposed putting the funds toward local carbon offsetting projects. In its community outreach and awareness proposal, the EEAC recommended the University use the $200,000 gift from the Sidney E. Frank Foundation and the $150,000 allocation from the Office of the President to reduce carbon emissions and educate the community about environmental efforts. The Corporation considered the EEAC proposal at its October meeting. The EEAC’s main plan for the funds is to research local offsetting projects in an effort to help Brown achieve climate neutrality, said Julia Beamesderfer ’09, a member of the EEAC and student environmental group emPOWER. A committee to define the criteria for judging project proposals is being formed, wrote Elizabeth Huidekoper, executive vice president for finance and administration, in an e-mail to The Herald. “My expectation is that the highest priority will be that the projects result in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions,” she wrote. Though the EEAC considered several different options for achieving climate neutrality, the committee and emPOWER are primarily interested in local offsets, where carbon emissions are counteracted through ‘green’ or carbon-reducing efforts in the local community. “If the University does this, it will really set Brown apart in the movement against climate change,” Beamesderfer said. Most institutions contract offsets from outside companies, but local offset efforts are gathering steam in Boston and Washington, D.C., said emPOWER member Kirsten Howard ’09. “So we feel a pressure to move




quickly so we can set the precedent of local offsets that the EEAC deserves for creating these very innovative offsetting projects,” Howard said. “If the University passes these EEAC recommendations in their entirety ... we would be well ahead of the game.” If the University finds that it is not possible to become climate neutral via local offsetting, the next step will be to explore contractual offsetting. Contractual offsetting costs $200,000 to $550,000, but it is more easily implemented than local offsetting programs, Howard said. Cathy Halstead — a Corporation member, trustee of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation and daughter of its namesake, the late philanthropist and liquor magnate Sidney Frank ’42 — said current environmental issues would have been important to her father. “In the case of the environment, what happens in college campuses will be so important for the country and so important for the world,” Halstead said. “I felt very strongly that this would be a fantastic thing to be a part of. I have such a strong respect for the students and their initiatives.” EEAC is looking for student groups and Providence community members to come forward with ideas on how the University and its surrounding communities can reduce their carbon emissions. “One thing to remember is that the grant money would be put to a very educational use, but the actual goal is to reduce Brown’s emissions through studentinitiated actions,” Beamesderfer said. “We actually want to get a measurable result through all this. We need to do this efficiently and productively.” One idea that has been proposed to help reduce carbon emissions is the distribution of compact fluorescent light bulbs to high school students and homeowners in Rhode Island. However, emPOWER members noted that it may be difficult to distribute the light bulbs and to guarantee that homeowners would

actually use them. Another proposed idea is to create programs in Providence to educate students about the effects of and potential solutions for climate change. “(The money) is very much to get an idea of what types of projects are needed in Providence and are feasible,” Howard said. In the future, if it is feasible to go climate neutral, future funding, which would need to be an awful lot more, could be put to use.” Halstead emphasized the importance of helping local communities. “It may not be possible for everything in our lives to become localized, but finding ways for life to become localized really will give a lot of power to communities,” Halstead said. “It also connects Brown and the students more tightly to the local community.” As of February, the University’s total greenhouse gas ecological footprint was 82,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents — 46,000 metric tons emitted from on-site fossil fuels and the remaining 36,000 metric tons from electricity use. The goal of the EEAC is to reduce the University’s carbon emissions 15 percent below its 1990 levels by the year 2020. In 2005, Yale University released a similar plan to cut carbon emissions 10 percent below the 1990 levels by 2020. “Brown’s ideas would be to directly reduce emissions, whereas Yale’s included carbon offsetting,” Beamesderfer said. “Not only is our goal more aggressive, but it also is really attacking the heart of the problem: direct emissions.” EmPOWER members stressed that students of all concentrations should become involved in the usage of the grant money. “Climate change really impacts so many different departments at Brown,” Beamesderfer said. “No matter what you’re studying, no matter what you’re involved in, you have a potential for developing a related project to help Brown reduce its emissions.”

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Opinions vary on pre-law advising continued from page 1 advising that I assumed I would get by going to Brown,” said Carly Edelstein ’08, who said the changes in the pre-law advising — being “stuck in that one year of transition” — played a role in her decision to delay applying to law school until next year. Edelstein, who attended an event hosted by the pre-law deans and met with Dunleavy during her open office hours, said she was concerned not only that Simmons and Dunleavy are inexperienced, but also that the University is “stretching deans thin” by assigning them pre-law advising responsibilities on top of their work with pre-med students and fellowship applicants. “I had ver y good interactions with Dean Ashley before he left, both in a personal and academic capacity, and he knew his stuff,” Edelstein said. “I don’t think that (Simmons and Dunleavy) know everything.” “I don’t know that they have any real solid connections with law schools either,” she added. Lizzy Hang ’08, who is involved in the Pre-Law Society and is applying to law school this year, said an information session hosted by the deans that she attended early in the year left her with doubts, in part because Dunleavy incorrectly identified 170 as the highest score possible on the Law School Admission Test — a faux pas cited by other students with concerns. (The highest possible score on the LSAT is actually 180.) But Christopher Keys ’08, copresident of the Pre-Law Society, told The Herald “the majority of how that of fice has historically functioned is still intact” and that the new advisers “have been doing a very good job.” From the perspective of the PreLaw Society, Keys said, the new deans have succeeded in picking up more or less where Ashley left off. “The approach is largely the same,” Keys said, noting that Ashley has continued to collaborate with Simmons and Dunleavy since leaving the post. But, he said, “it’s obviously a difficult transition.” Anton Brett ’09, the Pre-Law Society’s other co-president, agreed. “I think the new advising system inherited a lot from the old advising system,” he said. “Generally speaking, the Pre-Law Society has received all the changes well.” “My experience with students in

the student body they’ve received it well as well,” he added. But many pre-law students said this year seems different. Jennifer Tarr ’08, who is applying to law school this year, said that it is “hard to tell” whether the quality of pre-law advising is different this year, as she hadn’t worked with Ashley. But, she said, the new advisers are “learning about applying as we’re learning about applying,” leaving this year’s class of seniors to be “a first year of test students.” “After this year, they can rely on our experiences,” she added. Tarr said she believed that, as a result, her class was relying on recent graduates for more information than they otherwise might. She herself sought out a friend who is now attending law school at Columbia University for tips on applying to that particular institution. “They meet with you one-on-one for a prolonged period of time so you can get all your questions in,” she said. “But in terms of what’s going to happen in December, I’d probably be more comfortable going to my friends.” Tarr said she thought Simmons and Dunleavy’s experience with pre-med and fellowship advising might make them a more useful resource later in the process. “They may not know the more technical stuff yet, but this stuff about how to present yourself well, I’m pretty sure they know that,” she said. “People at least used to talk about Dean Ashley, whereas this year I haven’t heard people talk about pre-law advising,” Hang said. “Personally, I haven’t heard people complaining either, but I haven’t heard people talk about their involvement with it at all.” Andrew Jacobs ’08, who is applying to law school this year, said the current system is acceptable, but that it could be better. Jacobs said the current advisers aren’t necessarily able to offer an “insider scoop about stuff that you wouldn’t know,” such as how par ticular schools approach an application. “That’s not something that you necessarily need, it’s just interesting to have,” he added. For his part, Simmons told The Herald that “things have gone as smoothly as we would hope from our end.” He and Dunleavy are “certainly learning as we go,” Simmons said, noting that Ashley has been a valuable resource this semester.

“I certainly feel confident with my knowledge level,” he added. “I’m equally confident saying, ‘Here’s what I don’t know.’ ” “I think it would be nice to know more about individual schools,” Simmons said. “That’s an area where we certainly can continue to learn.” Many of the office’s resources are “in some ways better” this year, he said, citing a revamped Web site and a new applicant’s guide. Simmons said he thought having two deans instead of one working on pre-law advising was beneficial. “If anything, I’m glad to have a colleague doing this with me,” he said. Dunleavy did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment for this article. Deputy Dean of the College Stephen Lassonde said he did not think the changes are negatively affecting students this year. “Students who are interested in applying to law school are going to get all the help that they need,” he said. “There’s nothing about this year that’s going to be required that (students) won’t get.” Lassonde said the transition so far has been “very successful,” calling Simmons and Dunleavy “really knowledgeable, hard-working and conscientious.” Their inexperience has not proved problematic, Lassonde said, in part because law school admission is much less subjective than applying to college. “There are real, specific numbers that anybody can look up in a book,” he said, meaning that students are more interested in getting advice that is “more gestalt ... What sorts of things can you do to make yourself stand out?” Lassonde also said he believed spreading pre-law advising over multiple deans was helpful and that by doing so “you get more hours devoted to pre-law advising in the week.” Brett said he thought the deans had been working hard to get up to speed, and the results of their efforts have showed. For example, Brett said, Simmons attended a Pre-Law Society event and held a question-andanswer session in which he came across as very knowledgeable. “A lot of members threw questions at him that were pretty obscure,” he said. “He dealt with some issues that you would really have to know a lot about the process to be able to answer.” Simmons and Dunleavy have also done a good job of keeping pre-law students informed online through regular e-mails and an improved Web site, Brett said. Their inexperience has not left them uninformed or unhelpful, he added. “When I’ve asked them specific questions, they’ve always known the answers or been able to look up the answers and get back to me,” Brett said. In pre-law, as in the dean of the College’s office more broadly, Lassonde said he believed the recent restructuring would improve the services students get. “You adapt the ser vices of the office to the talents of the people you have,” he said. “As people turn over in the office ... there will be a deepening of expertise and a broadening of its availability to students because it’s spread out over a few people.” “Change is always hard for everyone,” Lassonde said. “I would ask the students to trust that things are going to work out.”


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Musharraf suspends Pakistan’s constitution

Floods displace 1 million people in Tabasco, Mexico

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By Griff Witte Washington Post

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s government on Sunday executed a nationwide crackdown on the political opposition, the news media and the courts, one day after President Per vez Musharraf imposed emergency rule and suspended the constitution in a bid to save his job. Police throughout the country raided the homes of opposition party leaders and activists, arresting at least 500. Top lawyers were also taken into custody, and 70 activists were detained at the offices of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in the eastern city of Lahore. Police confiscated the equipment of journalists covering the raid and ordered them to leave the premises. All independent television news stations remained off the air for a second straight day. The United States continued to express outrage at Musharraf’s decision, and Secretar y of State Condoleezza Rice said Washington would review its $150 milliona-month assistance program to Pakistan. In an address to the nation that ended in the early minutes of Sunday, Musharraf justified his declaration on the grounds that he needed a free hand to battle rising militancy in Pakistan. But a top adviser conceded later Sunday that the final decision came only after a Supreme Court judge quietly informed the government last week that the court would rule

against Musharraf’s effort to stay on as president. “After that, there was no option,” said Chaudhr y Shujaat Hussain, president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League. “He is not happy with this decision, frankly speaking. We are all not happy with the decision. But there was no other choice.” Critics of Musharraf have said his moves amount to a declaration of martial law. Because he took the steps in his capacity as army chief, many here have called the move “a second coup,” with Gen. Musharraf taking over the government of President Musharraf. He first came to power in a militar y-led coup in 1999 and has been promising ever since to restore Pakistan to civilian-led democracy. Hussain, who has been advocating internally for emergency rule since spring, said he expected it to last “three to four weeks” and that elections slated for early 2008 would be held on time. But Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz told reporters that the emergency declaration would remain in place “as long as it is necessary.” Aziz said that parliamentary elections could be postponed up to a year but that no decision had been made. Aziz acknowledged that 500 opposition activists had been arrested. Opposition groups said the number was higher. Ahsan Iqbal, the spokesman for an opposition party led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said that as many as 1,000 activists from his party had been detained, including top leaders. Iqbal said Musharraf was

After 7-hour space walk, station is repaired By Rob Stein Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Astronauts patched a damaged solar panel on the international space station Saturday during a tricky and dangerous seven-hour spacewalk. Perched on the tip of an extension on the station’s long robot arm, astronaut Scott Parazynski snipped off tangles of broken and frayed wires that had ripped open two spots on the giant solar array and installed five jur y-rigged straps to reinforce the damaged area, allowing the panel to finally fully unfurl. “Excellent work, guys, excellent,” space station commander Peggy Whitson said after the tense, painstaking job was finally done. The spacewalk was considered unusually risky because Parazynski ventured farther from the safety of the station than ever before. The repairs were unusually complicated because the astronauts were unable to fully assess the damage before getting close to the array and had to hope their quickly improvised repair plans would work. Normally such a repair mission would take weeks or even months of preparation and rehearsal. But without the repairs, the damaged solar wing could have become structurally unstable, posing a hazard to the outpost and requiring it to be jettisoned. Without the panel, the station would not have enough power to continue expanding. That

could have forced a postponement of the installation of the next component, a European laboratory, next month. NASA is under pressure to complete the construction of the station before retiring the aging space shuttle fleet in 2010. So, wearing protective spacesuits, Parazynski and astronaut Doug Wheelock ventured out of the station orbiting about 213 miles above the East Coast just past 6 a.m. to begin the unprecedented job. “Go out there and fix that thing for us,” Whitson radioed just before the pair left the safety of the station’s airlock. With Wheelock positioned at the base of the giant solar array, Parazynski anchored his feet to the end of a 50-foot boom from the space shuttle grasped in the middle by the station’s 58-foot-long robot arm. The arm then carried him on a slow-motion 45-minute trip half a football field away to just barely in reach of the damaged panel. Dramatic live television images showed Parazynski atop the extended arm with the bright orange solar array behind him and brilliant blue and white Earth passing below. Once there, Parazynski assessed the full extent of the damage for the first time, describing a daunting “hairball” of tangled wires in the area that was mangled when the solar panel was deployed on Tuesday. The panel suffered two tears, the largest of which is about two and a half feet long.

“guilty of treason” for suspending the constitution. Asma Jahangir, a leading human rights lawyer, reported in an e-mail that she had been ordered to stay confined to her home for 90 days. She said it was ironic that Musharraf “had to clamp down on the press and the judiciary to curb terrorism,” adding, “Those he has arrested are progressive, secular minded people while the terrorists are offered negotiations and ceasefires.” Pakistan has been fighting a losing battle against Islamic extremism in the tribal areas, and beyond, with its forces targeted by rampant attacks in recent months. Late Sunday, Taliban fighters released more than 200 soldiers who had been captured in the tribal region of South Waziristan more than two months ago. A member of the jirga, or council, that negotiated the release said the government had agreed to free at least 28 Taliban fighters in exchange. Local sources said that all of the arrested men were extremists loyal to Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud. “Out of these alleged militants, seven were arrested on charges of planning suicide attacks,” said a local official in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan. Opposition groups did not organize any large protests Sunday but vowed to do so later in the week. “Lawyers and civil society will challenge the government,” Jahangir wrote, “and the scene is likely to get uglier.”

By Maria Antonieta Uribe and Sam Enriquez Los Angeles T imes

CIUDAD DEL CARMEN, Mexico — As thousands of people waited for flights out of the flood-ravaged state of Tabasco, where as many as 1 million have been displaced, a handful made their way Sunday to the international airport here. “We had a half of tank of gas in the rental car and we thought, `What are we waiting for?’ “ said Francoise Cerceau, who drove 233 miles east from Villahermosa early Sunday with her husband and 14-year-old son to escape the disaster. They were among the lucky few to get a flight to Mexico City. Back in Villahermosa, the flooded capital of Tabasco, officials said they had rescued 39,000 people stranded by floodwaters and had given shelter to 75,000. Thousands of others left the state by car and bus. With more than two-thirds of his southeastern Gulf state covered in water, Gov. Andres Granier said Sunday his first priority was opening more roads for truckloads of food, water and medicine. “We won’t rest until our state is back to the way it was,” he said. Civilian volunteers joined military and federal police Sunday as they continued retrieving thousands of men, women and children from rooftops. One person was reported killed in Tabasco this past week. Officials in the neighboring state

of Chiapas said Sunday that four people had died there, down from an earlier report of seven. Once the waters recede, Mexican officials said Sunday, as many as 500,000 people will return to find their homes damaged or destroyed. While the floods have been draining, many areas still reported water as high as two stories. The extent of the damage is unknown. Thousands of people have been reported missing, and most of the state’s crops and factories were flooded. There was only limited electricity and phone service, making communication difficult. More than 100 looters have been arrested, according to the newspaper Tabasco Hoy. As the few stores still open had their shelves stripped of provisions Sunday, both by customers and looters, state officials called for volunteers to help distribute emergency provisions that have been arriving by plane and truck. Physicians are also needed to treat people staying in shelters created at schools, public buildings and parking garages, state officials said. Red Cross officials said 520 tons of supplies have landed in Tabasco since floods swamped the state late last week. “People have really responded,” spokesman Edgar Rosas said. President Felipe Calderon pledged Sunday to provide the resources needed to “protect the life, the security, the health and the heritage of the Tabascans.”

Holy Land trial suggests flaws in anti-terrorism efforts By Greg Krikorian Los Angeles T imes

DALLAS — While the U.S. Justice Department ponders how it will retry its troubled terrorism finance case against a now-defunct Muslim charity, debris from the recent mistrial here shows signs of piling up at the White House doorstep. The nation’s biggest terrorism finance case ended so badly for the government, in fact, that it has thrown into question the Bush administration’s original order to shut down the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development six years ago. Then, President Bush accused the charity of aiding Palestinian terrorists. But similar allegations presented by federal prosecutors during the two-month trial in the president’s home state fell dramatically short of convincing a Texas jury. The panel of eight women and four men failed to convict Holy Land or any of its five accused former officials on any of the 200 combined criminal counts of supporting terrorists. It was the first time the administration’s view of the charity had been argued in court because the original executive order shuttering Holy Land was never subjected to full judicial review. While attorneys and all five defendants in the case remain bound by a gag order, legal observers and two jurors say the recent trial exposed significant weaknesses in the government’s 15-year, multimilliondollar investigation of Holy Land. Before the mistrial was declared,

vote tallies read in open court showed that the jury had acquitted one defendant on all counts, two others on many counts and was deadlocked on convicting the remaining defendants of anything. Jurors later interviewed by the Los Angeles Times said they were far from agreement on any convictions. “I kept expecting the government to come up with something, and it never did,” juror Nanette Scroggins, a retired claims adjuster, said an interview. “From what I saw, this was about Muslims raising money to support Muslims, and I don’t see anything wrong with that.” Fellow juror William Neal, an art director who said his father worked in military intelligence, agreed that the government never produced what he called “any clear evidence linking” Holy Land funding to the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. “If the government can shut them down and then not convince a jury the group is guilty of any wrongdoing, then there is something wrong with the process,” Georgetown University law professor David Cole said. Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, said the criminal trial derailed the government’s long-publicized assertions about Holy Land. “From the beginning, the allegations were highly suspect and only got worse,” said Turley, who has handled a number of national security cases. Indeed, Turley said, if the government had begun with the trou-

bled criminal case, it might never have succeeded in closing down the foundation administratively because its disputed evidence would have come to light years ago. Such criticisms echoed those of Holy Land lawyers who have long complained that the charity was railroaded out of existence without due process of law and based on secret evidence. “Before a person’s domestic pet can be taken away for being vicious, they are at least entitled to a hearing. So what happened to Holy Land wouldn’t happen to a dog,” John Boyd, one of Holy Land’s lawyers, said in an interview more than a year before the court imposed a continuing gag order. Ironically, the government’s decision to seek criminal sanctions might have succeeded most in exposing weaknesses in the administration’s overarching case against Holy Land. Georgetown’s Cole said prosecutors failed to produce evidence that the charity provided “one penny to support terrorist activities.” And in the end, despite years of FBI surveillance, wiretaps and seized documents, the case presented in court largely came down to conflicting testimony between an anonymous Israeli security official and a former American diplomat over which neighborhood charities in the Gaza Strip and West Bank were or were not affiliated with Hamas. The government’s allegations not only proved unpersuasive but engendered skepticism among some jurors.

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Pausch ’82, facing death, speaks to his life as an adventure continued from page 1 Morning America,” “CBS Evening News” and “Oprah,” among other TV programs. Pausch’s lecture, conceived more as a tribute to his own life than as an inspiration for others, has affected viewers worldwide with his message of hope in the face of death. ‘I’m dying and I’m having fun.’ At 47, Pausch had already amassed a lifetime’s wor th of achievements. His work at CMU broke new ground in integrating science and art. Taking Pausch’s popular class, “Building Virtual Worlds,” “was the single greatest experience I had in my educational career,” said one CMU alum in an interview with the Tartan, CMU’s campus newspaper. Pausch is also famous for developing Alice, a free, open-source program aimed at teaching computer

animation programming through graphical storytelling. “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” however, focused on Pausch’s quest to fulfill his personal — not professional — goals. As a child, Pausch had wanted to experience zero gravity, write an article in the World Book Encyclopedia, win giant stuffed animals at amusement parks and work as an Imagineer with the Walt Disney Company, he said in his speech. He told the audience that he had accomplished each of those goals. “I felt good about that,” Pausch said. “So then the question becomes, how can I enable the childhood dreams of others?” As a teenager, Pausch’s parents had let him draw on his bedroom walls, he said. He showed slides of the results, including a spaceship, elevator and a roughly scrawled quadratic formula. “Anybody who is out there who is a parent — if your

kids want to paint their bedroom, as a favor to me, let them do it,” he told the audience. later published a video of families following the instructions. “Focus on other people, not on yourself,” Pausch encouraged his listeners. “Yesterday was my wife’s birthday. If there was ever a time I might be entitled to have the focus on me, it might be the last lecture. But no.” He motioned to a stagehand, who wheeled an oversized birthday cake onto the stage. The audience rose to sing as Pausch’s wife Jai stood, teary-eyed, to blow out the candle. “I don’t know how to not have fun,” Pausch said. “I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day I have left. Because there’s no other way to play it.” From ‘ultimate TA’ to life-long teacher Several times during the lecture, Pausch mentioned his friend and mentor Andy van Dam, a Brown professor of computer science who was present at the lecture and delivered its closing remarks. “When I was a freshman at Brown, he was on leave. And all I heard about was this Andy Van Dam. He was like a mythical creature. Like a centaur, but like a really pissed-off centaur. And everybody was like really sad that he was gone, but kind of more relaxed. And I found out why, because I started working for Andy,” Pausch said. The two eventually developed a close friendship, and as graduation neared, van Dam advised Pausch to go into teaching. “I said, ‘Why?’” Pausch told the crowd. “And he said, ‘Because you’re such a good salesman that any company that gets you is going to use you as a salesman. And you might as well be selling something worthwhile like education.’ ” Pausch paused, looked van Dam in the eye and said, “Thanks.” Van Dam joined the Brown faculty in 1965 after becoming the second person in the nation to receive a Ph.D. in computer science. Four-

teen years later, he became a founding member of the Department of Computer Science at Brown and served as its first chair. Van Dam told The Herald that attending the lecture “was the most powerful set of both positive and negative emotions that you could feel at the same time, because even though you were laughing, the subtext still is, ‘Here’s a guy who’s making you laugh about his death.’ ” “I’m planning to see him when he says, ‘Now’s the time,’ ” van Dam continued. “He’s said he wants me to come spend the weekend with him, but not yet. I’m going to give him space.” Pausch continues to post updates on his health on a Web site maintained by CMU. “Things are going well,” Pausch wrote last Wednesday, next to a photograph of his family in matching “The Incredibles” Halloween costumes. “I get chemotherapy once a week, and it has some side effects but has not been dramatically affecting my superpowers.” “He didn’t want people to feel sorry for him. He wanted people to be doing what he’s doing, which is treating life as an adventure,” van Dam said. Van Dam added that he’s received dozens of letters and e-mails about the lecture. “You don’t know me, and until this evening I didn’t know you,” one e-mail read. “I’ve just finished watching Prof. Randy Pausch’s farewell lecture. I wanted to say that it was one of the more emotional experiences of my life, Prof. Randy’s part and yours. I’ve been through the latest intifada between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as a soldier, reservist and civilian and have gone through a number of moving segments in my life. But this one truly did a number and (taught) me some important life lessons.” Pausch’s lecture has also revived his memor y among those who knew him at Brown. Marc Brown ’80 PhD ’87 was the head teaching assistant for

Pausch’s first computer science class at Brown. . “Every few years, there’s just a kid that just stands out and is noticed by the TAs and by the professor,” Brown said. “Randy was that person. ... Ever y (program) he wrote was a work of art.” Nicole Yankelovich ’83 met Pausch the next year as a fellow teaching assistant. Yankelovich now works as a researcher at Sun Microsystems Laboratories in Burlington, Mass. “I always thought of him as being the ultimate TA,” she said. “He was just so well-loved by students and so energetic.” The two have kept in touch through industry conferences and professional contacts. “Whenever I have a job opening, I always send him the listing, because he always has great students working with him,” Yankelovich said. A legacy of building bridges After Pausch’s lecture — and the two-minute standing ovation that followed — several speakers paid tribute to his life and legacy. CMU President Jerr y Cohon announced that a pedestrian footbridge connecting the school’s center for computer science with its center for the arts will be named in honor of Pausch. “Randy, there’ll be a generation of students and faculty to come here who will not know you, but they will cross that bridge, they will see your name and they’ll ask those of us who did know you,” Cohen said. “And we will tell them that unfortunately they were not able to experience the man, but they are surely experiencing the impact of the man. Randy, thank you for all that you’ve done for Carnegie Mellon. We’re going to miss you.” Van Dam spoke last. He told Pausch, “You have more than fulfilled the terms of (the) Brown University charter, which are to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. Randy, you have been and you will continue to be a role model for us.” His voice swelled with emotion. “Thank you so much for all you have done for us. And to allow us to tell you privately and in such a public way how much we admire, honor and indeed love you.” Pausch rose to hug van Dam, and the crowd burst into applause.

W. hockey iced by UConn and Yale continued from page 12 Brown got on the board in the second. At 9:18 in the middle period, defender Samantha Stortini ’11 scored her first collegiate goal on a pass from Sasha Van Muyen ’10. But UConn responded almost immediately when it scored less than two minutes later. The game remained tied at 1-1 through regulation, but the Huskies scored with less than a minute left in the overtime period to steal the win. Despite facing 40 shots on goal, Stock and the Brown defense kept the Huskies offense under wraps for much of the game. The team goes on the road next weekend, playing ECAC rivals Colgate and Cornell in hopes of strengthening its league record.

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M. soccer tops Yale, continues streak continued from page 12 half. Yale played a 4-5-1 trying to defend and counter,” he said. “It is difficult to play against, but we were patient and possessed the ball well.” Yale’s numerous defenders were able to block many Brown shots in front of the net. For ward T.J. Thompson ’10 had Bruno’s best chance late in the first half when he hit the crossbar. Despite a very good first half, at the break the game was deadlocked in a scoreless tie. But that only inspired the Bears to come out even stronger in the second half. “We deserved to be in the lead in the first half,” Noonan said. “We showed good determination going into the second half.” The Bears finally got the goahead goal 14 minutes into the second half. Midfielder Chris Roland ’10 played a ball from the middle down the right side to Darren Howerton ’09, who beat the Yale goalkeeper to the ball. Howerton headed it across the goal area to for ward Kevin Davies ’08, who headed it home. For the second match in a row, Brown was able to protect and

even add to its lead once ahead. In a few contests earlier in the season, Brown panicked late in games when other teams threw more players forward during last ditch comeback attempts. Against Yale, the Bears were able withstand the push and muster a counterattack for an insurance goal. With 6:50 left, Laurent Manuel ’08, starting for David Walls ’11 — who was suspended for accumulating five yellow cards — played a ball down the right side. Midfielder Nick Elenz-Martin ’10 received the pass and crossed the ball to the back post for for ward Dylan Sheehan ’09. He got a foot on the ball and redirected it into the back of the net. The insurance goal assured Brown it would not resume its pattern of letting down late. “We have learned from our mistakes,” said co-captain Stephen Sawyer ’09. “Once we get the first goal, we want to be ruthless and get more. You can always say you want to finish off your opponents, but it’s easier once you actually do it.” Britner said the team has improved at the end of games. “Other teams push a lot of players up and leave themselves exposed in the back,” he said. “We

have to bury them instead of getting frantic.” The performance was solid all around, as it has been for most of the season. Brown will need more of this stellar play next week when it faces its biggest challenge of the season. The Bears will take on Dartmouth at Stevenson Field at 4 p.m. next Saturday. The Big Green are 4-0-1 in the Ivy League, just a halfgame behind Bruno. “(Dartmouth) has a good defense,” Sawyer said. “It is the most physical game we play all year. They have a lot of size and strength.” The Big Green has surrendered just seven goals all season, and the last two meetings between the two squads have both resulted in ties. “We have to work really hard for 90 minutes” Sawyer said. “They bring everything they have for 90 minutes, 110 minutes the last two years.” The Bears have one final game after Dartmouth, at Columbia, but Saturday’s match is likely to determine the Ivy League title. “It traditionally comes down to us and them,” Britner said. “I think we have an advantage being at home. Hopefully we will get a good crowd.”

Bears fall to Yale on gridiron, 17-7 continued from page 12 “They ended up playing man-toman on that play,” Dougherty said. “The corner came down on Paul (Raymond ’08), and I was able to get the ball out there over the top, and Buddy made a great catch.” Throughout most of the game, however, Yale’s zone defense stifled Brown’s offense. Dougherty completed just 10 passes in 31 attempts, for 99 yards with two interceptions and the lone touchdown. “Everything was there, we just couldn’t make plays,” Dougherty said. “I didn’t play well at all, I couldn’t get anything going.” In the third quarter, Brown had a chance to pull further ahead when wide receiver Miles Craigwell ’09 broke through the line and knocked the ball away from quarterback Matt Polhemus. Linebacker Steve

Ziogas ’09 scooped up the loose ball and had a clear path to the end zone, but the referees ruled that the Polhemus’ arm was moving for ward, making the play an incomplete pass. “I do believe that that call was the wrong call, having watched it on film his arm was going back when Miles hit the ball out,” Develin wrote. “If we had gotten that call ... the game may have turned out very differently than it did.” That Yale drive eventually ended on a 31-yard touchdown run by running back Jordan Farrell to put Yale ahead 10-7, and there was no looking back for the Bulldogs. On the Bears’ next possession, running back Chris Strickland ’10 converted a 4th-and-1 opportunity with a 4-yard run up the middle, and the Bears crossed into Yale territor y. But Bruno squandered

the opportunity when on 3rd-and-6 at the Yale 27, Dougherty’s underthrown pass over the middle was intercepted by Brady Hart. In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs benefited from a 12-yard punt by Steve Morgan ’08, which was downed at the Brown 37. Yale’s run offense proceeded to move the ball down the field and McLeod’s twoyard plunge into the end zone widened the Bulldogs’ lead to 17-7. Brown still has a chance to better last year’s 2-5 conference mark. “We still want to have a winning record in the league,” Dougherty said. “During the season, when things aren’t going well, you have to set new goals and re-evaluate where you want to go as a team.” Next weekend, the Bears will face Dar tmouth at 12:30 p.m. in their final home game of the season.

Field hockey wins, 3-0 — at last continued from page 12 an 8-3 advantage in shots, but Posa said the team still needed to work hard. “It still didn’t feel like (the win) was in any way secure,” she said. In the second half, Brown had to survive Yale’s furious offensive onslaught. The Bulldogs roared out to advantages of 10-2 in shots and 7-1 in penalty corners, but Kristen Hodavance ’08 made five of her six saves in the period to stonewall the opposition. The Bears did not take a shot for the first 22 minutes of the second half, but still managed to tack on an insurance goal at 58:21. Sandhya Dhir ’08 intercepted a pass near Yale’s own goal, drew the defense and passed to a wide-open Zysk, who beat Goins to produce the final margin of victory. Posa pointed to several reasons for the victory. “I think we really capitalized on our chances offensively, which we really hadn’t been doing,” she said. “Kristen Hodavance, our goalie, had

an outstanding game, really her best game of the season. The game was really back and forth and the defense had a lot of action, but they were just really strong all the way through.” The remnants of Tropical Storm Noel produced rough conditions on Johnson Field in New Haven. Zysk said the cold weather made for a slower game, but the Bears fought through it. “Our coaches were determined to not let it affect how fast we were,” she said. “We were doing a lot of running and we were always jumping around to keep warm. As a result, we just wouldn’t let the weather slow us down, but it might have gotten to Yale a little bit.” Posa said the weather produced a sloppy game, but didn’t affect her mentally. “Personally, my mind wasn’t on the weather at all,” she said. “It was just on playing the game and winning the game. I think that’s how most of our team was.” After a tough season, the Bears

believe they will make waves next year. “I think that they’re going to come out extremely strong next year after everything we’ve been through this year,” Posa said. “I think it’s been a very educational experience for all of us, in terms of being a team and playing through adversity.” Zysk echoed Posa’s sentiments. “I think the future is very bright for this team,” she said. “We have a really young team this year. That’s not making excuses for the record this year. We have a lot of girls coming back, every one of them worth their salt.”

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Field hockey’s day finally comes Sports are supposed to be fun, fulfilling and distractions from the day-to-day grind. But when a team goes two full months without winning a game — as the field hockey team did — showing up for practices, games and team functions must be far from enjoyable. The Bears went a heartbreaking 0-16 to start the season, losing five games by a single goal, including a loss at Cornell in which Brown gave up the winning goal with just seconds left to play. Any type of prolonged losing streak can be demoralizing to a group of athletes, especially at the Division I level. Losing often leads to infighting and complaining among team members, and ineptitude can occasionally lead a team to flat-out quit. For some, it’s easier to give up and lose than to give their best and lose anyway. Considering these realities, we would like to congratulate the field hockey team not only for winning its last game of the season, but for not giving up down the stretch either. Throughout the season, members of the field hockey team have been unfailingly positive and upbeat in each Herald interview, never criticizing other team members for spotty play or miscues. For the most part, the team insisted after every tough loss they were focused only on the next opponent, not dwelling on their losing streak. In the end, the team’s unwillingness to abandon its season paid off handsomely. There may not seem to be a big difference between a 1-16 record and a 0-17 record, but for a student-athlete the difference matters. Though the field hockey team had a bad year, it never gave up, and if there is anything to take away from a rough season, it is that giving up is never an option.

Teaching for America For seniors uninterested in jumping directly to graduate school or entering the corporate world, Teach for America stands out as a highly visible and accessible public service opportunity. But widespread criticism about the program — questioning its effectiveness in improving some of the nation’s worst schools and challenging whether it really attracts bright, young college grads to a career of teaching — is sure to give all but the most enthusiastic candidates pause. Teach for America, which dispatches bright-eyed college graduates to urban and rural public schools, aims to make an impact in needy classrooms and prepare a cohort of alums who will either stay in the classroom or effect education policy through other channels. Because these goals are vitally important to strengthening our country’s next generation, we applaud the Brown chapter of the Roosevelt Institution, a non-partisan student think tank, for hosting a forum on the “Teach for America controversy.” At the well-received panel discussion, which drew an audience that packed Petteruti Lounge, students heard perspectives on TFA from a Brown student who has researched the program, a TFA recruiting director and a handful of professors involved in education and the University’s outreach efforts in local schools. The debate over TFA won’t be settled anytime soon, but students interested in pursuing public service after walking through the Van Wickle Gates would do well to consider the highly-regarded program, and we’re glad that so many students took the opportunity to hear the TFA debate first-hand.

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Editor’s Note The Herald has discovered that six opinions columns by Zachary Townsend ’09 published between 2005 and 2007 contained passages that are similar or identical to text that previously appeared in other published work. Such misrepresentation is a fundamental violation of Herald policy, and Townsend has consequently been dismissed as a Herald columnist. On Oct. 24, in the routine fact-checking process used for all Herald news and opinions content, a Herald copy editor discovered that a portion of a column by Townsend that was slated for publication was nearly identical to a passage in “The Curricular Revolution,” an academic paper written by Katie Kinsey ’09 and posted on the University Library Web site. The column was not published. The Herald then began a thorough review of Townsend’s 15 past columns, which revealed that six of his published columns contained material similar or identical to material in previously published works. When questioned about this discovery, Townsend admitted that several columns contained unoriginal work. “Divestment campaign offers the community nothing” (March 16, 2005) contained material similar to text in a speech by then-Harvard President Lawrence Summers that was posted on the Hillel Web site (“Anti-Semitism on Campus,” Sept. 24, 2002). That column also contained material similar to text that appeared in a Yale Daily News opinions column (“Divestment backers must be fully rejected,” Dec. 2, 2002). “The disaster and the damage done” (Sept. 7, 2005) contained material similar to text in an article by Matthew Yglesias on TPM Cafe (“Predicted and Predictable,” Sept. 3, 2005). That column also contained material similar to text in a letter to the editor of the New York Times (“In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina,” Aug. 31, 2005).

“No more SAT requirement” (Oct. 5, 2005) contained material similar to text in an article by William Hiss, vice president for external and alumni affairs at Bates College, published in the Chronicle Review (“Optional SAT’s at Bates: 17 Years and Not Counting,” Oct. 26, 2001). “Time to rethink Brown’s legacy admission policy” (Dec. 1, 2005) contained material similar to text in an editorial in the Harvard Crimson (“Is Harvard Really Innocent?” Oct. 10, 1990). That column also contained material similar to text in a question-and-answer piece with Yale President Richard Levin published in the Yale Alumni Magazine (“Why Yale Favors Its Own,” November/December 2004), as well as to text in a Daily Princetonian opinions column (“Admissions should be blind to legacy status,” March 4, 2005). “Our politicians stress arrogance over substance” (Sept. 13, 2006) contained material similar to text that appeared in a Harvard Crimson opinions column (“Groaning Our Way to the Polls,” Oct. 11, 2000). “In support of Simmons and academic freedom” (Sept. 27, 2007) contained phrases identical to text that appeared in a 1994 article by Richard Rorty entitled “John Searle on realism and relativism.” That column also contained material similar to text in a 2006 Stanford University commencement address by former Brown President Vartan Gregorian. The Herald expects columnists and other contributors to represent the authorship of their work honestly and to cite all sources accurately. As part of The Herald’s commitment to journalistic integrity, editors on staff maintain a rigorous fact-checking process to verify as much content as possible under daily deadlines. We apologize to our readers for publishing these columns and to the authors whose work was copied.

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Social issues and the end of American conservatism BORIS RYVKIN Opinions Columnist

When modern American conservatism got started, it stressed limited government and individual freedom. Washington would protect property rights, provide for the national defense, institute a minimum safety net and help stabilize the international monetar y system. Budgets would be balanced, deficits minimized or eliminated and inflation kept in check. The political structure would be decentralized and the majority of issues relegated to states for oversight. Yet times have changed, and not for the better. The movement has been undermined by religious ideologues and opportunists. They have sought to equate conservatism with moralism and have made a politician’s position on gay marriage more important than his views on national security. This has created two major problems. First, a Republican can betray conservatism on every issue but be excused as long as his moral compass is straight. Second, younger generations are being turned off by conservatism, seeing it as symbolizing something it actually does not, which weakens the movement’s ability to sustain victor y in the intellectual battle of ideas. Barry Goldwater, at the 1964 Republican National Convention, famously said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice and … moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” He wanted government out of people’s lives and had little time to waste on social issues, which he felt Washington had no business micromanaging anyway. Twentyeight years later, at the 1992 convention, few traces of the old order remained. In its place, thanks to over a decade of intense effort by Christian ideologues and their supporters, conservatism began injecting heavy doses of

boorish morality. The Cold War was drawing to a close and the economy had rebounded from the 1982 recession — which seemingly should have been the focus — but the convention-stopper was Pat Buchanan’s speech announcing a nationwide Culture War. The Republican Party, the vehicle of American conservatives, increasingly veered off course. By the time George W. Bush took office, the level of decay had reached an apex. He and numerous congressional Republicans took on new labels, of which “compassionate conservative” is probably the more famous. While old conservatives aimed for reduced spending, smaller government and individ-

don Johnson, whose Great Society birthed some of our largest entitlement programs, overtook Bush in total spending by a mere 0.1 percent! The Department of Homeland Security, lead by invisible secretaries and sending mixed messages about its ability to enhance coordination among federal relief agencies, has dramatically increased state bureaucracy. No Child Left Behind, centralizing education policy and stripping states of a great deal of control, has yielded very mixed results. The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, which some have called the largest expansion of the entitlement in its history, has exceeded costs beyond anything

Religious ideologues and opportunists have sought to equate conservatism with moralism and made a politician’s position on gay marriage more important than his views on national security. ual power, Bush and the new conservatives embraced centralization and dramatically increased spending. In fact, according to a 2005 study by the Cato Institute, which compared real spending under Bush II to previous presidents, this administration has presided over an 8 percent real growth in discretionary outlays — one of the highest rates in modern history. Lyn-

initially advertised. These trespasses matter little when talk shifts to social issues, which now dominate conservative and Republican Party discourse. Bush and party leaders can get away with fiscal and bureaucratic socialism as long as an amendment protecting marriage is promised and stem cell research vetoed. The power of the evangelical base within

Republican circles has made the party more inclusive and less pragmatic. The personal has become fully political. As the 2008 campaign rolls on, the influence of the Christian base is felt at ever y turn. The candidates are forced to detail their Catholic school experiences and marriage problems. Plans to win the war on abortion are painstakingly analyzed, while most other things are dismissed with empty talking points. The base, along with their Democratic counterparts, need to be told that, moving rhetoric aside, national consensus on these issues is virtually unattainable and a rigid regional divide is inevitable. Through legislative action and public referenda, the people will make their decision on a state-by-state basis. In the meantime, instead of discussing whether Billy and Sam should tie the knot, maybe the American people ought to learn more about the political dynamics of Iran. Conser vatism is losing support among youth. On college campuses across the country, conservatives are not seen as advocates of individual freedom but as theologians seeking to purify the cultural landscape. It is interesting that as soon as serious discussions begin about fiscal policy, foreign affairs or federal authority, many become sympathetic to our approach. The more theocratic the overtones conservatism takes on, the more these gains will evaporate. American conservatism needs to be healed and returned to its core ideals. The influence of religious ideologues and opportunists, who have mutated the movement into something it never was, should be weakened. The Republican Party has left its roots, with politicians able to get away with almost anything as long as their social positions stick to script. On and off campus, conservatism’s decline in appeal among youth threatens defeat in the battle of ideas.

Boris Ryvkin ’09 wants his movement and his party back.

Random hookups: An apology BY SAM LOOMIS Guest Columnist Renata Sago’s ’10 recent column (“A love to last past Saturday night,” Oct. 30) was an impassioned attack on passion, i.e., random hookups. I was so inspired that I’ve decided to write an apology ... a defense for random hookups. Sago’s criticism of the practice centered around the meaninglessness of one-time physical encounters and the “shame and guilt” felt after “a night of libertine action.” Now, I don’t know what “libertine” means, but it sounds a lot like “liberty” to me, and I think we can all agree that liberty is a good thing. In fact, someone wrote a book on liberty, called “On Liberty.” That someone was renowned philosopher John Stuart Mill, and if he were alive today I think he would write an angry editorial condemning Sago’s article. Unfortunately, he died in the 19th century, so I’ll have to do it for him. If Mill were here now, he would undoubtedly point to his conception of individual rights as justification for the practice of random hookups. He writes that “the only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs...” So it is our freedom, our right to pursue our own good in our own way, even if that means making out sketchily on the dance floor. Mill notes that what guides people to their opinions on the

regulations of human conduct “is the feeling in each person’s mind that everybody should be require to act as he.” Sago wants everyone to be like her, to “’meet people” before they sleep with them, and to “respect (themselves).” Well, I have enough self respect to feel that if I don’t want to respect myself, I shouldn’t have to. Sago should not impose her unrealistic moral expectations on others.

to campus administrators. Her column could be the first step in a campaign to eliminate hookups, partying and all possible manifestations of fun on campus. Brown University could become a police state. I read the first 50 pages of “1984,” and trust me, we don’t want that to happen. All of these concerns aside, Sago’s article is scientifically misinformed. Her warning

It is our freedom, our right to pursue our own good in our own way, even if that means making out sketchily on the dance floor. Now, Sago might reply that she isn’t imposing her views, but rather imploring us to attempt to have meaningful relationships. Admittedly, her advice at the end of the article is presented as “requests.” I see the foundation, however, being laid for a disturbing progression. First it’s “requests” in the “opinion section” of The Herald, then it’s formal petitions

about the threat of herpes is alarmist. Everyone knows you can’t get STDs from random hookups, during a full moon or in a swimming pool. I try to use at least two of these forms of protection just to be safe, but one will do fine. Further, even if it were possible to get herpes at Buxton House or in a swimming pool, who is Sago to say what STDs I do or don’t get? That

sounds like paternalism to me, and last time I checked, Renata, you’re not my father. It has been shown that hookups are justified on the basis of individual liberty and that any attempt to discourage them is alarmist, paternalistic and could lead totalitarianism, but I want to take this argument one step further. Another renowned philosopher, Jean Jacques Rousseau, provides the basis for the view of random hookups as not only justified, but as superior to established relationships. In his “Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men,” Rousseau lays out the pure, natural state of man, before the corruptive influences of society. In this state, “everyone bedded down at random and often for one night only; males and females united fortuitously, according to chance encounters, opportunity and desire, without speech being an especially necessary interpreter of what they had to tell one another.” Sounds a lot like Buxton parties to me. This shows that random hookups are natural, and “relationships” are merely societal constructs, damaging to the essence of man. So I say, let us return to our essence, let us be who God or nature intended us to be. Let us transcend, Brunonians, transcend the fetters of society and the chains of morality. I implore that we not fall victim to hesitation or suppress our innermost desires. Only when we hookup liberally will we find liberty.

Sam Loomis ’10 is inviting everyone to his party on Saturday.

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M. soccer kicks Yale hard in 2-0 win By Jason Harris Assistant Spor ts Editor

Not even the rain gods could stop the men’s soccer team’s run. After Saturday’s game at Yale was postponed due to Tropical Storm Noel, the game was played on Sunday and the Bears downed the Bulldogs 2-0. The win puts No.4 Brown’s record at 13-1-1 on the season, including a perfect 5-0 record in the Ivy League, and sets it up for a showdown next weekend against Dartmouth for the Ivy League title. The Big Green beat Cornell, 3-1, on Saturday. Brown showed no ill effects of the scheduling change early on in the contest. The Bears out-shot Yale (3-7-5, 1-2-2 Ivy League) 13-1 in the first 45 minutes and 20-5 for the game. “Ever yone was ready to play (Saturday) even if the weather was terrible,” said co-captain defender Matt Britner ’07.5. “It actually helped us. The better weather (today) helped us get the ball down and play.” Once they found out that the game was postponed on Saturday, the Bears went for a run as a team in the monsoon to make sure they stayed focused and unified. Initially, Brown had a hard time cracking the Bulldogs’ defense because Yale packed defenders in tightly into its own end, but Head Coach Mike Noonan was proud of his team’s persistence against the defensive-minded Bulldogs. “We played really well in the first continued on page 9

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Jonathan May ’09 (No. 5) made eight tackles, but the Bulldogs still ran past the Bears Saturday. As a result, the Bears are mathematically eliminated from the Ivy championship.

Football run over by Bulldogs in 17-7 loss in New Haven By Benjy Asher Assistant Spor ts Editor

Following a convincing win over the University of Pennsylvania last weekend, the football team traveled to New Haven, Conn., full of confidence for Saturday’s tilt with Yale. But the Bulldogs’ powerful running attack and staunch defense, combined with heavy rain and wind, proved to be too much for the Bears, who fell 17-7. With the loss, Brown was math-

ematically eliminated from the Ivy League championship, with a 2-3 record in the Ivy League and two games remaining in the season. As the remnants of Tropical Storm Noel descended on the Yale Bowl, Brown’s top-rated passing game struggled to mount a consistent attack. “You can’t make excuses, but there’s no doubt that the weather was a factor,” said quarterback Michael Dougherty ’09. Brown’s defense made big

Better late than never for field hockey By Andrew Braca Sports Staff Writer

On a rainy, cold Saturday afternoon in New Haven, Conn., the sun finally shined down on the field hockey team. In their season finale, the Bears rose up to beat Yale 3-0, earning their first win of the season in the process. Tacy Zysk ’11 scored twice to double her goal total for the year and tie Andrea Posa ’08 as the team’s leading scorer. Brown finished the season 1-16 (1-6 Ivy League), while Yale closed at 7-10 (2-5 Ivy). “I think the reason we won was because the midfield was stepping up its fronting the entire game,” Zysk said. “They were beating Yale to every loose ball. So we kept possession for most of the game because we had the little extra step to the ball. We wanted it more. You could tell.” Brown played numerous close games this year, suffering five defeats by one-goal margins, but it was never able to take the lead in its first 16 games of the season. That changed when Zysk beat Yale goaltender Charlotte Goins at 12:47. Zysk said taking the early lead sparked the team to new heights. “Mentally, it changed the mood of the entire game for us because we just hadn’t done that before,” she said. “One of the reasons that

plays in the first half to hold the Bulldogs to just three points, despite 157 first-half rushing yards from Yale’s standout tailback Mike McLeod. In the first quarter alone, the Bulldogs gained 156 yards, but a fumble and key stops on third and fourth down kept them out of the end zone. James Develin ’10 led the defensive effort from the game’s outset and finished with 11 tackles, including three tackles for losses and a sack.

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we held on so tough and kept going was because we know how quickly goals can get scored on us. Having the lead to begin with was a good situation to be in.” Brown didn’t let up there, scoring again 14:34 later on a penalty

corner. After Posa played the ball into Sara Eaton ’09, Katie Hyland ’11 fired a shot that found the back of the cage. The Bears took the 2-0 lead into halftime on the strength of continued on page 9

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W. hockey loses twice but improves versus No. 8 UConn By Christina Stubbe Sports Staff Writer

Kristin Hodavance ‘08 saved all six shots she faced in a 3-0 win over Yale.

“Our defense was playing well all game,” Develin wrote in an email to The Herald. “In the first half we were doing a lot of bending but not breaking.” The Bears’ lone score of the game came early in the second quarter when quarterback Dougherty found Buddy Farnham ’10 open down the right sideline and hit him in stride for a 43-yard touchdown to give Bruno a 7-3 lead.

In just one day, the women’s hockey team improved dramatically. Over the weekend, the Bears (1-3, 1-2 ECAC) faced a strenuous schedule, playing Yale at home on Saturday before traveling to Storrs, Conn., on Sunday to take on 8thranked University of Connecticut. After an uninspiring 3-0 loss to Yale, Head Coach Digit Murphy promised line changes for the next-day game. On Sunday, Brown performed admirably, taking UConn into overtime in a 2-1 loss. In its first home game of the season, Brown fell to Yale despite many offensive opportunities and solid play by goalkeeper and assistant captain Nicole Stock ’09, who had 34 saves. Brown proved unable to put the puck in the net in the first game. Though the Bears had 31 shots on goal — just six fewer than Yale — the Bulldogs’ freshman goalkeeper Jackee Snikeris had a standout performance. Brown was again unable to utilize its power play opportunities, a problem that has plagued it through the early part of this season. The Bears have yet to score on a power play this year, which is clearly frustrating for the team. “The main thing is we need to

score,” said Heather Lane ’08. “We didn’t capitalize on special teams.” The Bears had eight power plays during the game, including one 5-on-3 chance during the end of the 2nd period and beginning of the 3rd. But Brown had only 8 shots during these advantages. In contrast, Yale scored twice on power plays. After her team got on the board first at 12:39 in the first period, Denise Soesilo tallied the Bulldogs’ final two goals with the man advantage. She made the score 2-0 just 58 seconds into the second period, and iced the game in the 3rd period with a goal in a 5-on-3 situation at 16:08. Part of the team’s slow start may be attributed to its youth. There are only a combined seven juniors and seniors on the roster, and the current defense includes four freshmen and a sophomore, according to Murphy. But Murphy said she expects the team to get better as the season goes on. “We’re making some rookie mistakes,” she said. “We’re lacking experience and game intensity.” The Bears certainly stepped up their play against UConn on Sunday. Goalkeeper Nicole Stock, who was under pressure all afternoon, stood out with a season-high 38 saves. After a scoreless first period, continued on page 8

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