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As president, McCain said he would make the Bush tax cuts permanent, reduce taxes on American corporations and adopt green technology in a “free enterprise, capitalist fashion.” Ana Morgan, a McCain supporter at the rally, said McCain’s continued on page 4
WARWICK — The biggest challenge facing the United States in the 21st centur y is the “struggle against radical Islamic extremism,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to
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gates of hell, I will get Osama bin Laden,” he said, prompting loud and prolonged applause from his supporters. Referring to Iraq as the “central battleground” in the war against Islamic extremism, McCain said he would like Democrats and Republicans to “join together to defeat al-Qaida and the forces of evil.”
Chafee ‘75 endorses Obama Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee ’75 endorsed presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Thursday morning. Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 announced his endorsement of John McCain later in the day at a rally the Arizona senior Republican senator held in Warwick. “I’ve got to vote for Chris Bennett / Herald File Photo Obama,” Chafee told The Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee ‘75 Herald. “The leading candidates are supporters of the war, and that’s a major issue for me … It would be a shame” to have only candidates who support the war as choices in November, he said. As senator from Rhode Island from 1999 to 2006, Chafee was a Republican, but he left the party this summer after losing his bid for reelection in 2006 to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. “The biggest surprise (of Chafee’s endorsement) is in terms of John McCain,” said Darrell West, professor of political science. The two have a “warm personal relationship,” and McCain held fundraisers for Chafee during reelection campaign. Chafee’s Obama endorsement is a “major slap at John McCain’s Iraq policy,” West said. Still, “in general, endorsements don’t count for that much,” he said, citing Sen. Ted Kennedy’s, D-Mass., endorsement of Obama before Super Tuesday. Despite that endorsement, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., beat Obama in Massachusetts. Chafee is currently a visiting fellow in international studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies. He joined the Watson Institute last year.
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supporters at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday. Beginning his address with jokes and humorous anecdotes, McCain spoke mostly about national security and terrorism, with brief remarks on the economy and the environment. McCain said his experience ser ving in “ever y major national security challenge this country has faced in the last twenty years” has prepared him well for his role as the next president. “I do not need any other job training,” he said. McCain, who spoke for about 20 minutes, emphasized the need to combat terrorism in the Middle East and catch Osama bin Laden, who might be hiding in Afghanistan or Pakistan. “I look you in the eye, and I tell you if I have to follow him to the
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Matching grants to be part of grad support next fall By Brian Mastroianni Senior Staff Writer
In 1988, Yimo Lin’s ’09 parents were far more familiar with College Hill than she was. Her mother, a nuclear physicist, and her father, a lasers and optics engineer, were post-doctoral researchers at Brown. But Yimo was back in their native China, two years old and living with relatives, waiting for her parents to make enough money to bring her to America. While conducting their research on College Hill, Lin’s parents lived in a “one-room attic barely high enough to stand up in,” and washed dishes in a French restaurant, earning $25 a night, Lin wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Though Lin’s parents were paid for their research, they needed to supplement it “with whatever work they could find,” she wrote. Two decades later, the Graduate School has spent millions of dollars to offer greater financial support for its students while lessening the need for outside employment. But the policies designed to meet these goals, including both a five-year guarantee of support and a matching grant program that will debut next fall, have critics saying the policies are too broad for a large university with a diverse student body. For graduate students who need funding beyond their stipends, the University has started a matching program that will take effect during
the 2008-09 academic year. “The program is designed for students to find external funding, which is part of their professional training — it provides financial incentive to search for funding outside of the University,” said Chad Galts, communications director for the Grad School. The initiative was prompted by “conversations with graduate students and observations of support within their departments,” Bonde said. The departmental support “ensured that the policy was in the best interest of graduate research,” Bonde said. The initiative will affect all graduate students, except those who are part of the Division of Biology and Medicine, which has its own separate sources of funds, she said. The program’s offer of financial supplements is awarded to students whose external grants provide stipends of $3,000 and up. Not all graduate students are familiar with the new program. “I’m not aware of this program,” said Jonathan Nichols GS, who studies geological sciences. “In general, if the information does not come in through my Morning Mail, I will not know about it,” he said. “It would be nice if the University made this information more visible.” The policy will have a greater effect on grad students in the humanities than in math and science fields, Nichols said. “In geology and most sciences, the funding comes
med school morale Warren Alpert’s gift increased morale but hasn’t yet affected the Med School’s coffers
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Cupid’s arrows travel long-distance By Scott Lowenstein Metro Editor
Under the watchful eye of a poster of “A Clockwork Orange” and an enormous cardboard sign supporting Barack Obama, Nick Greene ’10 trolls the Internet on a rainy Providence day. He’s looking for a Valentine’s Day ecard for his boyfriend, Daniel Goldbard ’09, who is studying abroad in Madrid. “Where are the tacky, gay cards?” Greene says, scrolling through a list of cards on Yahoo. com and a Spanish Valentine’s Day Web site. Rejecting a slew of cards — one was “too heteronormative,” another “just whack” — Greene finally settles on a pink and purple card festooned with moving hear ts and accompanied by a poem he found on the Spanish Web site. Greene’s virtual gift exemplifies the blend of technology and tradition that Brunonians have found to celebrate Valentine’s Day from a distance.
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“On Valentine’s Day … it’s hard when they are not there,” says Barbara Petersen ’10, who has been dating her boyfriend Tyler, a junior at the University of Colorado, for more than two years. For these couples, Valentine’s Day serves as a potent reminder of the distance that separates them. Whether it’s study abroad, different campuses or graduation, these couples won’t let their love be confined to College Hill. But budgets and midterms may prevent Brown students from reaching significant others with anything more than a quick phone call or e-mail, a difficulty highlighted on Feb. 14. “It’s always hard being away, no matter what day it is,” says Santiago Godard ’11, who has been dating his girlfriend Emily, a Northeastern University student,
for five years. Godard, a native of Mexico, says though he is used to his long-distance relationship — his girlfriend is from Australia — it’s still essential to “remember to communicate,” on Valentine’s Day, or any other. Maintaining that long-distance relationship is about “honesty, trust and effort,” Godard says. And luckily enough for the tech-savvy college set, rapidly improving technology has made communication from Rhode Island to just about anywhere with an Internet connection increasingly possible. E-mail and Facebook allow for almost instant contact across campus or across the world. Skype — the popular and free online phone service — is also a favorite among lovesick students other wise out of each other’s reach. continued on page 4
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Clinton leads Obama in R.I., U. poll finds By Lily Szajnberg Contributing Writer
As new poll results show that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., leads Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Rhode Island by eight points, Democratic students on campus rally for their candidates in the few weeks before the primary. The poll, released this Monday by Professor of Political Science Darrell West and the Taubman Center for Public Policy, indicated that “if the primary were held today, 36 percent of the 474 voters … (would) vote for Hillary Clinton, (and) 28 percent (would) support Barack Obama.” The study sampled 739 registered voters in Rhode Island, and sub-sampled 474 probable Democratic voters. These statistics contrasted with those taken in September, when Clinton had a lead of 19 percentage points over Obama. “Rhode Island is a state where the Clintons have always done well. The demographics here are good for them,” West told The Herald. “An eight-point lead with three weeks to go should not make anyone feel comfortable,” he added. Though Rhode Island is a small state, with a total of 32 delegates, its March 4 primary will be quite important due to its crucial time in the election process, West said. In the coming weeks, Rhode Islanders can expect to see Clinton and Obama put a significant amount of energy into campaigning in the state, he said. With e-mail listservs at 100 members and growing, Brown Students for Hillary and Brown Students for Obama are wasting no time getting their supporters down the hill to canvass, make phone calls and increase their efforts to get out the vote. This past Tuesday, more than 60 Brown students trekked through the winter storm to attend a Students for Obama meeting. The room buzzed with excitement over Obama’s wins in D.C. and Virginia just a few hours prior. Chris Torres ’06, now the Providence Field Coordinator for the Obama campaign, joined the group to help organize the students’ ef-
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forts. “If we beat Hillary here, she’s going to have to drop out because she’s going to run out of money. We’re down eight percentage points which isn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be. We thought we were going to be down 20 percentage points. But we still have a lot of work to do,” Torres told the group. “Rhody is tightening. I think this is going to be the highest turnout in Rhode Island history, upwards of 300,000 voters. For us to win, we have two weeks to persuade people here in Rhode Island, which means we have to attempt 20,000 calls per day,” he said. To that end, Obama supporters on campus will make personal phone calls to voters, said Max Chaiken ’09, head of Brown Students for Obama and a Herald opinions columnist. Brown Students for Hillary will also join the Providence campaign office of the Clinton campaign, to be “a big part of their get-out-thevote operation,” said Craig Auster ’08, one of the group’s co-leaders,, who added that he was satisfied with Clinton’s lead. “Eight points is a pretty healthy lead for Hillary. The Clintons have a long relationship with the state, and Hillary has a lot of support in this state from a lot of political leaders and grassroots activists as well,” Auster said. The Brown Democrats must remain officially undecided, but their mandatory neutrality does not translate into stagnancy. The group has partnered with Residential Life to bring voter registration to dorm life,
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Alums can now borrow books for $15 Alums who miss the familiar smell of dusty old books from the Rockefeller Library have cause for celebration — University library cards are now available to alums at a one-time cost of $15. The service came into effect on Jan. 1 and will offer borrowing privileges free of charge to alums, according to the library’s Web site. Due to copyright issues, electronic books and journals will be restricted to in-library access only. In the past, access to borrowing privileges had been available only to alums who paid the $75 annual membership fee and to non-alums who paid $400 annually. This new adjustment in fees doesn’t affect fees for the general public. “We thought it’d be nice if we could offer it as a sort of a promotion, or PR, for alums to connect with the University,” said Florence Doksansky, associate University librarian. Doksansky hopes that the release of these new librar y cards will increase alumni awareness of the different programs offered by the library, including the “Friends of the Library” program, which organizes different talks and events regularly for members. Only 33 alums have applied for the alumni library cards thus far. But Doksansky is optimistic about the service’s popularity — The library has sent letters to only about 100 alums since the program was launched, she said. And she has reason to feel confident. “I know that there are interesting events happening in the library and in (the) John Hay (Library),” said Ari Savitzky ’06, a former Herald opinions editor and Providence resident. “It seems like a great deal,” he said. “I haven’t been to get the card, but I’m going to make a point to do it.”
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Gabe Kussin ’09, head of the Brown Democrats said. “We’re not allowed to endorse a candidate, but we’re definitely going to do a lot of get out the vote on campus, let people know where their voting spots are. For a lot of people it’s going to be their first time voting and we want them to feel as comfortable as possible with it,” he said. Once the primaries are over, the Brown Democrats will have a much more clear-cut agenda, canvassing for the Democratic candidate in Rhode Island and surrounding states. But both Chaiken and Auster were hesitant to entertain the idea of anything but a win for their candidate. “I’m not thinking about that yet,” Chaiken said, adding that he wants to focus on canvassing for Obama. “I try not to think of the what-ifs, because the only thing useful is to think about what I can do now, to make sure I’m doing everything I can to elect Barack,” Chaiken said. “The convention is really going to come down to delegates and at this point it’s not how many states but how many delegates. We’re confident that Clinton will win Rhode Island, and she’ll have the most delegates and be our party’s candidate,” Auster said. Kussin, who won’t be casting his vote in his home state of North Carolina until May, said he is excited to still be undecided. “The Brown Democrats are really excited that the party is so galvanized right now,” he said. “I’m enjoying every minute of it.”
DPS officer almost hit by angry property owner’s car Aggressive driver threatens officer with arrest By Max Mankin Senior Staff Writer
The following summary includes all major incidents reported to the Department of Public Safety between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6. It does not include general service and alarm calls. The Providence Police Department also responds to incidents occurring off campus. DPS does not divulge
CRIME LOG information on open cases that are currently under investigation by the department, PPD or the Office of Student Life. DPS maintains a daily log of all shift activity and general service calls which can be viewed during business hours at its headquarters, located at 75 Charlesfield St. Thursday, Jan. 31: 2:43 p.m. An officer was dispatched to investigate the larceny of a laptop in the GeoChem building. The reporting person stated that a laptop was stolen from a lab. The cable lock was pulled off the back of the laptop, which was found to be missing at 8:30 a.m. There was no sign of forced entry. 9:34 p.m. A Facilities Management supervisor stated that a vacuum cleaner was left secured in the first floor closet of Manning Hall on Jan. 28 at approximately 4 p.m. He returned at about 3 p.m. on Jan. 29 to discover that the vacuum cleaner was not in the closet. There was no sign of forced entry. Friday, Feb. 1: 1:25 p.m. A Brown researcher reported one personal and one University laptop stolen. He said that midnight on Feb. 1 was the last time he noticed both laptops in his office in the BioMed Center. On Feb. 1 at 1 p.m., he noticed both
computers missing. The room was not locked. There are no suspects at this time. Saturday, Feb. 2: 4:38 p.m. A student stated that while playing basketball in the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, he observed two males standing by his jacket, which was on the floor with his wallet in it. He said that when he wasn’t looking, his jacket was moved. When he checked, he noticed that his wallet was taken and the two males were gone. An area check for the suspects turned up nothing. 9:12 p.m. A student stated that while sitting in the Rockefeller Library he heard a loud bang on a window. It was determined that the cause of the damage was thrown rocks. No one was injured. Sunday, Feb. 3: 12:45 a.m. An officer was approached by a male student who stated that he was egged. The student said a white Nissan Altima was driving on Thayer Street in the direction of George Street. The victim stated that he was hit with an egg from the vehicle. The victim also said that at about 11 p.m., his friend was in the same general area. The friend also had an egg thrown at him, but the egg did not strike him. The friend confirmed that the car matched the description of the white Nissan Altima. The victim had some marks on his face but refused medical attention. 2:03 a.m. Roommates reported that several items had been taken from their dorm room in Goddard House between the hours of 10 p.m. on Feb. 2 and 1 a.m. on Feb. 3. A student said when he left the room he thought he locked the door. When they returned later the room was open and they discovered that an iPod and two brand new silver laptop computers had been taken continued on page 6
Engineering group races to build car Colin Chazen Contributing Writer
Every fall a group of dedicated students gathers inside a windowless garage on the lower floor of Prince Laboratory and begins planning, once again, how it is going to design, build and test a 450-pound formula racing car in nine months. For the devoted members of the Brown Formula Society of Automotive Engineers, the months between September and the annual FSAE competition in May are a hectic time. Seniors on the team regularly devote between 30 and 50 hours per week to the project — a commitment that can reach 70 hours nearer to the competition. Missing final exams or taking them while at the competition is a regular occurrence. And last year during the endurance race, one of the drivers suffered burns across his back due to a lack of insulation between the engine and cockpit. But for them it’s worth all of the sacrifices. “It’s really a whole different type
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The Brown Formula SAE team inspects its car during a test run. of education ... a much more practical education,” said Saben Murray ’08. The competition, held in Michigan, pits about 100 teams of college students against each other in a contest to construct and race an opencockpit car. There are four events: autocross, drag race, skidpad and a 22-km (13.7-mile) endurance race, in addition to a business presentation in which competitors are evaluated for cost and design.
Last year, the Brown team came in 27th out of 105 teams. This year, the team is led by five mechanical engineering seniors. Its members said they hope to place in the top 20. “If (in) any year in the foreseeable future we were going to win, it’s going to be this year,” Kyam Krieger ’08 said. The big reward for the hundreds continued on page 5
Rhody Republicans turn out to show support for McCain continued from page 1 “character” separates him from all the other candidates. “(By coming to the state) he has shown one more time that he is committed to the people of Rhode Island,” she said. “He is, in my opinion, the only person that has the capacity to take the countr y ahead.” “He’s a public ser vant, not a politician,” Morgan added. “I hope the candidates will pay attention to the domestic policies as well as to foreign policy,” said Steve Jennings, who was representing Divided We Fail, a non-partisan group that wants Democrats and Republicans to work together on economic security and health care reform issues. The group, which is a partnership among organizations such as the American Association of Retired Persons, Business Roundtable and the Service Employees International Union, has had all the presidential candidates delineate their stands on various domestic issues. “After the elections we’re going to try and hold the politicians’ feet to the fire and make them do what they promised,” Jennings said. But some attendees expressed their support in a more lighthearted manner. In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s day, one supporter held up red heart-shaped balloons
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reading “I love you” and a sign that read “McCain,” with a heart-shaped “a.” Though many college and high school students were present at the rally, none of the Brown Republicans attended, said Herald Opinions Columnist Sean Quigley ’10, vice president of the Brown College Republicans and second vice chairman of the College Republican Federation of Rhode Island. But Quigley said he is happy that McCain has “a fair amount of support” in Rhode Island. “I’m glad that he is showing good will to (the state’s) Republicans and Democrats who could support him,” he said, adding that he is one of the few McCain supporters among Brown Republicans. Josh Unseth ’09, a self-proclaimed “loud conservative on campus,” said after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney dropped out of the presidential race last week, he has “no choice” but to support McCain. He added that he is “not excited about McCain being (the Republican) nominee.” Unseth said McCain “compromised” his integrity when he voted against a bill banning waterboarding as an interrogation technique on Wednesday. “He has too many years to pretend that he’s conser vative,” Unseth said.
Stipends support grad students, add structure continued from page 1 from the departments and is facilitated by our advisers,” he said. The spread of information about the program differs from department to department. For instance, the English department “really kept us up to date and told us about the program,” said Austin Gorman GS. The new program, however, is not without its critics. “Where it is easier to get a larger grant, the program would be more helpful,” said Martin Goetz GS. “For instance, in social sciences it is harder to get anywhere above $13,000,” he said. “Also, it benefits students who know how to draw up grant proposals.” For Julia Shaw GS, currently working on her Ph.D. in the English department, the University’s policy of five years of guaranteed funding has kept an outside source of income from becoming a necessity. “The condition for acceptance to graduate study at Brown, at least in the English department, is full funding; there is a tuition waiver and fellowship offer along with support for summer studies,” Shaw said. In fact, all doctoral students are fully funded for five years of study at Brown, and “individual departments can make requests to the Grad School to fund a sixth year, as long as the student works as a T.A. or participates in assistantships,” Dean of the Gradu-
ate School Sheila Bonde told The Herald. This question of graduate funding for students in their sixth year and beyond caused controversy when the guarantee was first introduced in fall 2007. Many students felt the guarantee was too short for students in some departments, like in the humanities, where time to degree completion tends to be longer. However, some students who once objected to the change are now more accepting of the University’s policy. “The English Depar tment has done a great job at changing benchmarks for us. They handled addressing the issue in a timely manner,” said Gorman, who originally objected to a guarantee that he saw as too short and rigid. “In fact I prefer it. I’d rather complete my studies in five years.” Still, not all students support the five-year guarantee. “I don’t like the one-size-fits-all approach,” said said Goetz, who studies in the economics depar tment. Some departments have dif ferent means, and I see it as a harsh statement that it is expected that all departments follow the same formula,” Shaw, who has ser ved as a teaching assistant, said financial help of fered to Brown’s graduate population compares to that offered by other institutions. In a grad student’s second year, “a T.A. would get paid roughly
$18,000 a year, which is something that is probably comparable to other Ivy League programs,” Shaw said. The full funding of fered to graduate students causes students to “focus on their studies,” Shaw said. James Doyle GS, president of the Graduate Student Council, wrote in an e-mail that he has not looked for outside employment while studying at Brown. In the past, the Grad School limited the number of hours any student could spend in outside employment. “We no longer have a standard number of hours in which students are allowed to par ticipate in outside employment, but we do recommend that students do not take outside work that will take them away from their graduate studies, especially their work on their dissertation reports,” Bonde said. Like Shaw, Doyle said that the stipend of fered by the University “is competitive with other top graduate programs and is quite reasonable considering the cost of living in Providence.” For grad students with families, the University now accommodates potential financial difficulties. “The diversity of the graduate student body allows for many dif ferent financial living situations. Most graduate students with families do not seek outside employment in accordance with the Graduate School’s policies,” Doyle wrote.
Skype, flowers keep longdistance love going strong continued from page 1 Without technology, “I don’t know what I would do,” Greene says. Between cell phone calls from Spain, e-mail, Skype and Facebook, Greene says he is able to talk to his boyfriend “every couple of days.” Godard says he uses AOL Instant Messenger and Skype’s video chat frequently to keep in touch with his girlfriend, a technique he learned when they were separated by thousands of miles before each came to college in New England. Since getting to the U.S., both Godard and his girlfriend purchased ser vice plans from AT&T. Petersen also says she relies on phone conversations, text messages and e-mails to maintain daily communication with her boyfriend. “We talk a lot on the phone, and we have gotten better about having real conversations,” Petersen says. Though visits are rare — Petersen’s boyfriend flew to Providence twice last year and the two share time in their hometown of Littleton, Colo., every school break — Petersen says their time apart has helped her “learn to trust him more.” She has also learned not to rely too much on the Internet for instant communication. “We tr y to avoid using Facebook,” Petersen says, adding that using the Internet for regular contact “can be frustrating.” Still, Petersen says she is more than happy to use the internet when shopping for gifts. A Valentine’s Day bouquet her boyfriend ordered online sits on her desk — and a card and a basket of cookies and brownies are on their way to
Colorado, ordered from Harry and David, a specialty food company. Petersen is by no means alone in ordering online gifts for her long-distance valentine. Any students trying to get their mail must weave through stacks of boxes from overseas and 1800Flowers. com in the Faunce House mailroom. One particularly large box covered with hearts has “perishable” written in bold red letters across its front. Lines of as many as 25 people snake around the mailroom to pick up packages between classes. “Valentine’s is like our Christmas,” says Fred Yattaw, manager of Brown’s mail ser vices. Package volume from mail couriers like UPS and FedEx increases to three or four times its usual volume on Valentine’s Day, Yattaw says. Even on a national scale, the days surrounding Valentine’s are “some of the busiest all year” for mail couriers, according to Jennifer Caccavo, a FedEx spokeswoman. Caccavo says deliver y volume for items like “plants, boxes of chocolates, chocolate-dipped strawberries, gift baskets and teddy bears” often increases more than 15 percent during the week preceding Valentine’s Day, with a 20-percent jump in volume on Feb. 14. Flower deliveries alone are 25 times higher than on an average day. Despite the popularity of lavish gifts, students inter viewed by The Herald mostly have different takes on the holiday. Godard has this advice, after five years of practice: “Be spontaneous. Make sure it’s not mundane. And always communicate.”
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Med School gift still more about ‘impact’ than cash By Franklin Kanin News Editor
Just over a year ago millionaire entrepreneur Warren Alpert gave $100 million to the Medical School — one of the two largest donations in Brown’s history. Now, though most of the money has not yet come in, the gift has nevertheless had an impact on the University and the Med School, which has since been renamed after the donor. The gift will go toward the erection of a new medical education building, an endowment for student financial aid and support for research projects, faculty recruitment and endowed professorships, said Larry Zeiber, a senior associate dean for medical school advancement. “It is aligning really closely with the Plan for Academic Enrichment,” he said. “The gift really set the stage to strengthen or enhance medical education at Brown. Certainly the student financial aid piece is really important, and building a building ... really will move the med school forward.” But so far, the gift has had mostly non-monetary effects. “The dollars are not flowing yet,” Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Eli Adashi said. “I think a significant part of the impact has been on overall morale.”
Changing the Med School’s name “almost certainly provided substantial visibility,” he added. “The knowledge that these plans will be there to essentially ensure building a Med School building, supporting research and providing financial aid — that in itself has been very positive.” Neil Steinberg ’75, vice president for development and director of the Campaign for Academic Enrichment — and one of the original solicitors of the gift — had a similar sentiment to Adashi’s — that thus far, most of the gift’s impact has been intangible. “The bottom line is, in a year, there is not much radical change,” he said. Steinberg said the relationship the University has been able to maintain with the Warren Alpert Foundation and the increased publicity of the Med School were important impacts. “The most important thing is that we continue to solidify and enhance our relationship with the Warren Alpert Foundation,” he said. “After the gift was announced — and the naming — it got a tremendous amount of national publicity. It has given the medical school national recognition.” “It gave the school clout it didn’t have before,” Adashi said. Steinberg also said the gift will play an important role in aiding the progress of the Med School’s devel-
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Alpert’s gift will support a new building for the Med School.
opment. “It’s so the Med School can plan for the future,” he said. Zeiber said the University’s agreement with the Warren Alpert Foundation set a timeline for the delivery of the gift, but he added that the specifics were “confidential information based on the gift agreement.” Alpert, a graduate of Boston University and a recipient of a Purple Heart military decoration in World War II, founded Warren Equities Inc. in Providence in 1950. Shortly after making the donation to Brown last year, Alpert died of heart failure at the age of 86. Though the full effects of the gift may not be seen for years, Adashi said it will have a great impact on the school. “It was a watershed event ... I think it will change the course of the school forever,” he said.
Grant to broaden Hay’s global stamp collection By Colin Chazen Contributing Writer
Comprising over 100 volumes and covering every country that issues stamps as postage, the John Hay Library’s George S. Champlin Memorial Stamp Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of international postage — and it’s about to get even bigger. The University received two grants from the Champlin Foundations last month, which fund an array of projects on the condition that they benefit the public. A grant of $50,000, received annually, will be used for the continued support and expansion of the Champlin Stamp Collection. An additional grant of $200,000 will be used to fund display cases that will be placed inside the Hay’s reading room, and will increase the library’s exhibit capacity, according to the Library’s Web site. The display cases are part of a proposed $4,000,000 renovation to open up the Hay Reading Room and restore it to its original size
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and purpose. The Reading Room currently houses Library staff offices and materials waiting to be processed, with the remaining onethird of the room open only to those working with the Library’s special collections. Once the renovation is complete, the special collections reading room will be moved and the Hay reading room will again be open to students seeking a quiet, elegant place to study. “(The reading room) could be wonderful, as it once was and was intended to be,” said Harriette Hemmasi, the University librarian. Though the proposed renovations are still millions of dollars in fundraising away, the installment of the new display cases should begin later this year, according to Hemmasi. The display space inside the Hay is currently restricted to a small exhibit room and a scattering of cases, an amount “inadequate for the amount of material in the Library,” Hemmasi said. The Library houses more than 2.5 million items. Beginning in 1960, George S. Champlin, the president of a family-
owned jewelry manufacturing company in Providence, began donating to the University a collection of stamps from countries around the world. He added to the collection almost every year, and by the time of his death in 1979, it had grown from six to 90 volumes. “This was his great passion,” said Brent Lang ’04, the Library’s communication and marketing specialist. “He’d ask all his employees, when they went to various countries, to look for stamps.” The Champlin Foundations’ primary goal is to “fund tax exempt organizations within Rhode Island that have the greatest impact on the broadest possible segment of the population,” according to its Web site. The foundation has a long history of supporting the University Library, and was awarded the William Williams award in 1997, the Library’s highest honor, according to a press release on the library’s Web site. “We’re so grateful for the grant,” Hemmasi said. “The foundation has been a great supporter of Brown.”
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Thirty-five elected to Phi Beta Kappa Thirty-five members of the class New members of 2009 were elected to the Rhode Island chapter of the Phi Beta KapSaran Ahuja, Bonni Brodsky, Caitlin Browne, Daniel Butler, pa honors society on Feb. 5. Alison Cohen, Michaela Cohen, Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and Gerry Della Rocca, Chao Deng, advocates excellence” in arts and Marc Frank, Jessica Goldberg, sciences, according to its Web site, Fiona Heckscher, David Hock, by honoring about one percent of Janine Kwoh, Emily Lau, Amy all college students nationwide Littlefield, Nikolas Logan, Daneach year. Founded in 1776, it is iel Lu, Jacob Matlick, Dan Meltthe oldest undergraduate honors zer, Eric Mukherjee, Nisha Narorganization in the country. ula, Samuel Nofzinger, Samuel Brown’s chapter, called Rhode Oliker-Friedland, Sheila Pakir, Island Alpha, was established in Soyoung Park, Manuel Possolo, 1830, making it the seventh-oldest Ravi Ramanathan, Katharine chapter in the country. AccordReutershan, Gretchen Roecker, ing to Encyclopedia Brunoniana, Elizabeth Schroeder, Christian Rhode Island Alpha elects new Seale, Samuel Terman, Julia members twice a year: juniors at Vazquez, Jonathan Wing, and the middle of each academic year Javier Zapata. and seniors in April. To be eligible as a junior, a student must have received at least 17 A’s during a period of five semesters at the University. Undergraduates chosen in their junior year become “electors” in their senior year, and then elect senior and junior class members. Electors choose the next inductees based on their grades and the difficulty of their course loads. Thirty-nine juniors were elected to the society last year. —Andrew Kim
Alcohol tied to risk of being sexually assaulted Young women who increase alcohol consumption are at a higher risk of being sexually assaulted, a new study shows. About 900 women, mostly 18 years of age, participated in the study, conducted by researchers at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Researchers say that female students are more vulnerable to victimization if they increase their drinking. Female first-years are particularly at risk for physical assault, especially if they are new drinkers or have a previous history of victimization or psychological problems. According to Health Services statistics, freshmen and sophomores make up about three quarters of alcohol-related Emergency Medical Services calls to Health Services. High levels of drinking among firstyear students can be partly attributed to “anxiety over the transition into college,” said Director of Health Education Frances Mantak. “For some people, alcohol use is a way to feel more comfortable socially,” Mantak added. Students with previous history of victimization often abuse substances because they struggle with other problems, Mantak said. “They drink because they haven’t found other positive mechanisms for managing (their problems).” Mantak also said the offenders’ behavior should not go unnoticed, since offenders target vulnerable victims with heavy drinking habits. “We have to be careful about how we frame our words because we have to be careful to not make the victim feel like it’s their fault,” she said. “We have a culture of victim blaming, and the researchers may be unintentionally doing it as well.” Emily Mellor ’10, a member of the Female Majority Leadership Alliance, agreed. “I’m pretty sure the findings are true, but I’m not sure how useful it is to look at findings like these,” she said. “The only thing you can take from it is if you drink, you get assaulted, and I don’t think it’s the fault of the person who drank if they get assaulted. People who are sexually assaulting others are using alcohol as a weapon,” Mellor said. Though the study may be “one-sided” in examining only female victims, Women’s Peer Counselor Hee Kyung Chung ’10 said that, since the behavior of offenders is harder to control, women should limit their drinking to ensure their own safety. “Taking into account the logistical difficulties of studying the other side, the best thing a woman can do is to make responsible life choices,” Chung said. — Hudson Leung
Brown engineers head to national racecar competition continued from page 3 of hours they put into constructing the car comes when they finally get to drive it. Last year’s car went from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and had a top speed of 93 mph. “It’s probably the fastest thing you can get into for under a halfmillion dollars,” Adam Greenbaum ’08 said. The car, which resembles a supercharged go-cart, costs between $40,000 and $50,000 to produce. The funding comes primarily from the engineering department, private donations and donations in-kind from auto-related companies, according
to Krieger. The close-knit team of 24 learned almost everything they know about automobile design from the members that came before them. Although the group, founded in 1996, at one time retained an adviser knowledgeable about automobiles, its current faculty adviser, Christopher Bull, senior research engineer, has no background in mechanical design. “They didn’t need an adviser who knows about design,” Bull said. “I sort of let them go until they get in trouble, which doesn’t happen very often.” Only four to eight people get to drive in competition, but everyone
gets a chance to drive the car during testing. The problem is finding a place to drive it. Previous efforts to use the Power Street parking garage and the Erickson Athletic Complex parking lot led to noise complaints from people in surrounding houses, according to Bull. Last year the group used an abandoned airstrip, but the runway was overgrown and bumpy, two qualities not conducive to practicing highspeed turns. “(The car) has two inches of ground clearance and a very stiff suspension, so you feel every bump,” Krieger said. The team is currently looking for new testing sites, but li-
ability issues tend to complicate the search. Members of the team attribute many of their successes and the opportunities now available to them to their experiences with the team. Mark Glennon ’07, the driver who suffered the burns in last year’s endurance race, now works for the automobile company Roush, designing specially modified racing editions of the Ford Mustang. But for some of them, it all comes back to a desire to drive. “It’s a rush,” Krieger said. “Some people get rushes from jumping out of a plane … Everyone has their fix.”
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Close Democratic race turns to economy By Stephen Braun and Tom Hamburger Los Angeles T imes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The nation’s economic anxieties took center stage in the increasingly rancorous Democratic presidential race Thursday as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tilted their campaigns toward blue-collar voters in the upcoming Wisconsin and Ohio primaries. Both candidates tweaked their media advertising and campaign messages to deliver stinging television ads and stress strong populist themes on the economy. Despite focusing openly on Ohio, which holds its primary March 4, Clinton prepared to spend much of the weekend in Wisconsin, where her campaign was diverting resources to match Obama’s organization and week-old media campaign. The Wisconsin primary is Tuesday. While Clinton toured an auto plant in Lordstown, and brandished a pair of boxing gloves given to her by General Motors executives and workers -- an apt nod to her sharpened attacks on her rival for spurning more debates -- Obama was securing endorsements from two major labor unions. A day after he visited a GM factory in Janesville, Wis., to unveil his $210 billion plan to create construction and “green industry” jobs, Obama won the backing of the United Food and Commercial Workers. According to several reports, he also was on the verge of an endorsement from the Service Employees International Union. Those assets would give him new firepower in taking on Clinton’s strong backing from unionized teachers and public service employees in the Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania primaries. Clinton had also sought endorse-
ments from both unions and had even won earlier backing from SEIU’s New York local and several other chapters. But the national SEIU’s endorsement -- representing 1.5 million public service workers and nurses -- trumps those moves. Both unions have long been critical of Wal-Mart, the giant national discount chain. Clinton was a Wal-Mart board member in the late 1980s. The UFCW move is a potent body blow to Clinton because the union, with more than 1.4 million grocery and food processing workers, has more than 70,000 members in Ohio. It has even more influence in Ohio than the United Steelworkers, which has yet to endorse in the Democratic race. But Clinton had news to cheer about Thursday, learning from New Mexico Democratic party officials that she had squeaked out a victory in that state’s caucuses. After party officials counted more than 17,000 provisional ballots from the Feb. 5 contest, they announced that Clinton had won 48.4 percent of the vote to Obama’s 47.7 percent, giving her 14 delegates to his 12. Earlier in the day, during her visit to the Lordstown GM plant, Clinton tried to cast Obama as beholden to special interests, and she released a plan to cut tax breaks for the oil industry and to limit fees and impose other rules on the insurance, credit card, student loan and other industries. Clinton said she would “rein in the special interests and save the American people at least $55 billion a year — money that can go back into your pockets, money we can use to create new jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, make college affordable and so much more.” She went on criticize Obama for letting the “nuclear industry water
down” an Illinois state bill he had championed to regulate nuclear power plants. She was referring to Exelon Corp., a Chicago-based nuclear plant operator whose executives and employees have contributed more than $200,000 to Obama’s campaigns since 2004. Obama spokesman Bill Burton responded that “Barack Obama doesn’t need any lectures on special interests from the candidate who’s taken more money from Washington lobbyists than any Republican running for president.” Clinton also continued to press Obama to agree to more debates. Obama has assented to debates in Texas and Ohio, but in a conference call with reporters, Clinton tweaked her rival, suggesting she had bettered his performance in earlier bouts. “Maybe he doesn’t want to answer tough questions,” she said. “I’m sure she thinks she does well in them,” Burton replied. “But the truth is we have debated and we’ll continue to debate.” Obama had no campaign events Thursday, but his Wisconsin operation was in full swing. According to several Wisconsin Democratic party veterans, Obama operatives set up in the state nearly four weeks ago, aided by strategy advanced by Wisconsin Gov. James Doyle Jr., an early Obama endorser. “Wisconsin is a strong union state and the real battle is going to be over blue-collar, Catholic voters in places like Green Bay and Janesville,” said Mike Tate, a Milwaukee-based political strategist who headed Howard Dean’s campaign in Wisconsin in 2004. The Clinton campaign finally began running television ads on Wednesday, criticizing Obama for failing to debate in the state, and set up a ground operation two days ago in Madison.
FEMA plans to move people out of toxic trailers By Thomas H. Maugh II and Jenny Jarvie Los Angeles Times
GULFPORT, Miss. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that it would accelerate efforts to get victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita out of government-supplied trailers. Tests showed the temporary residences
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to contain unhealthy levels of toxic formaldehyde. In a statistically sampled selection of 519 trailers, formaldehyde levels averaged five times higher than levels in new housing, and in some cases much higher than that. There are no federal standards for formaldehyde levels, but Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
said about one-third of the homes had levels high enough to create problems for children, the elderly and adults with pre-existing respiratory problems. About 5 percent of the homes had levels high enough to make even healthy adults sick. Gerberding and FEMA administrator R. David Paulison said they feared that levels would rise inside the trailers this summer as higher temperatures bake the chemical out of fiberboard, plywood, rugs and other materials used in construction. Paulison said the agency would move people into hotels and apartments, with the elderly, families with children and those with asthma or other chronic conditions getting priority -- as well as families in units with high levels. “The real issue is not what it will cost, but how fast we can move people out,” he said. “We have to be very aggressive about it.” FEMA said that, as of Feb. 1, there were approximately 38,297 continued on page 7
In odd incident, DPS officer confronts angry driver continued from page 3 from the room. Monday, Feb. 4: 12:55 p.m. An officer observed a broken storm window on the south side of Arnold Lounge. The glass was shattered and there were large shards of glass hanging from the window and on top of the air conditioner. It is unclear how the window was broken. Facilities Management was notified. 1:46 p.m. A Residential Life employee reported six large screens cut and an exit sign damaged on Jan. 31 on the second floor of Woolley Hall. 6:49 p.m. The reporting person stated that when she entered room 043 in Wayland House she noticed two industrial-style paper towel dispensers on the floor. She said one was from room 043, a communal kitchen area, and the second appeared to be from room 044, an adjacent men’s restroom. She stated she believed the dispensers were damaged between the evening of Feb. 3 and 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 4. Facilities management was notified. 9:38 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Goddard House to respond to a report of stolen property. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a Brown student who stated that he left his room on Feb. 2 at approximately 11 a.m. and returned on Feb. 3 at approximately 12 p.m. to find his laptop missing. He reported that he left his door unlocked. His laptop was registered with Operation ID. There are no suspects at this time. Tuesday, Feb. 5: 2:27 p.m. A student said she locked her bike to the handrail outside Smith-Buonanno Hall on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. When she returned on Jan. 23 she noticed it missing. The bike was not registered with Operation ID. 2:28 p.m. An employee said that a projector was last seen on Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Faculty Club. On Jan. 16 at 10 a.m., she noticed the projector missing. The employee said that the Faculty Club was closed for the holidays from Dec. 21 to Jan. 11. There are no suspects at this time. Wednesday, Feb. 6: 3:42 p.m. Officers were dispatched for a report of a suspicious person last seen walking toward Thayer Street. An officer spoke with the reporting person, a student, who stated that his laptop was stolen from his room in Goddard House. Another student reported seeing the suspect walking in the hall after he may have taken the laptop. Another student spoke to the suspect as he left the building. DPS officers checked the area and did not locate the suspect. 4:16 p.m. A DPS officer was on pa-
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trol searching for a suspect involved in an earlier incident. While turning into a lot behind 175 Benefit Street to turn around, she saw a vehicle quickly exiting the parking lot. As she pulled into the lot, she saw the vehicle turn around. The operator pulled his vehicle into the lot and parked at a 45 degree angle to the police cruiser. The operator exited his car and accused the officer of being on private property and told her that he was going to arrest her. The officer exited her car at the same time. She told the driver that she was looking for a suspect and that by blocking her in, he was keeping her from her job. She was unable to move the cruiser as there was only one way to exit the lot. A witness walked across the lot, and the vehicle operator told the witness that he was on private property, and they exchanged some words. The officer asked the witness to leave and he walked to the end of the property. While the officer made a phone call to her supervisor, the operator backed his car up towards her, almost striking her, and then drove forward. He turned around and drove toward her in a manner that indicated that he was going to hit her. The officer told the driver that he could not leave the lot. He accelerated as he continued to drive his car in her direction. The officer was afraid that he was going to hit her as he drove within a few feet of her before changing his direction. As he drove by, the officer reached out to grab the door handle so that she could arrest him. He continued to speed away, crossing Meeting Street and the lot between Meeting Street and South Court Street. He took a left onto South Court Street and then a right onto Benefit Street. Providence Police responded to the scene. The case is being handled by PPD detectives. 5:01 p.m. A student stated that her laptop and iPod were stolen out of her room in Goddard House between 1:50 p.m. and 4 p.m., during which time she was downstairs in the kitchen. When she returned, her items were missing. 5:45 p.m. A student stated that at approximately 5:25 p.m. she left her laptop on a desk in the southwest corner of the basement of the Rockefeller Library. She left the area for approximately 10 minutes to get a drink. When she returned, the laptop, which was not registered with DPS, was missing. 9:12 p.m. A student stated that at approximately 5:45 p.m. he was on the second floor of the Sciences Library studying at the middle section study cubicle. He said he turned around to use the computer behind him, approximately eight feet away. When he turned around approximately 45 minutes later, his laptop was missing. He asked the students in the area but they stated that no one saw anyone take his laptop. His laptop was not registered with DPS. There are no suspects at this time.
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Student’s projector film screened at Cable Car By Andrea Savdie Assistant Arts and Culture Editor
Filmmaker and Modern Culture and Media doctoral candidate Paige Sarlin GS presented her documentary “The Last Slide Projector” Wednesday night at a nearly full Cable Car Cinema. The documentary and two abstract
ARTS & CUTURE short films comprised Magic Lantern Screening Series’ first presentation of 2008, “The Projector Show,” celebrating the technologies — often overlooked and undervalued — that have long enabled the sharing of art. In 2004, Eastman Kodak announced its decision to discontinue the manufacturing of carousel-style slide projectors. This was an occurrence that probably went unnoticed by most. In the present-day digital world, it is easy to forget the less-efficient devices that were once a staple of art history classrooms and living rooms everywhere. But this is not the case for Sarlin, whose documentary chronicles the history of the slide projector and the production of the last of these in Rochester, N.Y. Sarlin’s film is a “personal meditation on the idea of technological progress and the impulse toward nostalgia that loss and endings often inspire,” the description states. The film begins at the end, with an amusing image of a slide projector elevated over two long poles balanced on four crates. The projector, like a coffin, is topped with a bouquet of flowers. Accompanied by a poetic voice-over narration, this image characterizes the restrained humor that Sarlin frequently infuses throughout the film. Sarlin then takes the viewers back to the invention of the magic lantern — the predecessor of the modern slide projector — and describes the shift from this straight-tray model to the “robust and reliable” carouselstyle model. In Sarlin’s eyes, the carousel-style projector did more than just project slides. As the narration recounts, this device “brought people together in real time and real space.” It offered art to those who couldn’t travel, captured embarrassing family moments and saw history unfold. The film alternates between the use of different technologies and
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media. At times, it takes the form of a photographic slide show, accompanied by the rhythmic whirl and click of the round projector. As Sarlin finishes narrating the history of the apparatus, the film shifts to digitally videotaped interviews of Kodak employees, engineers and other people who were in some way involved with the production of the last machine. Through the story of the slide projector, Sarlin describes the evolution of American manufacturing and consumer culture. She includes old Kodak commercials, which show a man vigorously emphasizing the quality and novelty of the product. The simplicity of the commercial contrasts with the flashy ads on most TV screens today; so it’s not surprising that the outdated commercial caused the audience to laugh. Marking the move from a manufacturing-based economy to one of knowledge and innovation, Sarlin explains in the narration, the film shows the last slide projector coming off the assembly line. The documentary is a celebration of a past that is quickly disappearing, but Sarlin’s sincere tone and creative compilation of images avoids slipping into cliched nostalgia. “The Last Slide Projector” will also be screened on March 13 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. The event also included a screening of Jeanne Liotta’s 10-minute film “Dervish Machine.” Spaced out by enumerated figures, the short film combines written words projected onto the screen with images of body movements. One figure portrays a nude body moving face to face with a skeleton, while another accompanies the phrase “lift me up” with a close-up of a person’s pointed feet, seemingly struggling to rise into the air. The second short film, Alan Berliner’s “Patent Pending,” features a roll of film being reeled throughout its entire duration of 11 minutes. As the camera’s shutter speed varies, the reel seems to change dimension, appearing at some moments flatter and at others thicker. The speed has an effect on the holes of the reel as well, which become more fluid as the film progresses, and finally return to their original shape when the roll of film ends.
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About 50 guests were present at a reception held last night for Pook Panyarachun’s ’10 art show, entitled “Illumination.”
Strike’s over, so Hollywood plays catch-up By Maria Elena Fernandez and Matea Gold Los Angeles T imes
HOLLYWOOD — With the strike over, the salvage operation begins. Hollywood lurched back into gear this week, reviving projects sidelined by the three-month labor dispute with its writers. For broadcast television, which felt the brunt of the work stoppage, the most pressing issues center on the prospects for next season. Studios are now rushing to piece together a truncated pilot season. Even with a limited pool of new shows to choose from, the networks plan to roll out some kind of fall season. CBS and ABC said Thursday they would join Fox in holding upfront presentations in New York in mid-May, when the networks showcase their new
schedules for advertisers. The week of presentations -usually lavish affairs that cost as much as $5 million per network -- kicks off the period in which broadcasters sell the bulk of their commercial time for the coming TV season. NBC plans a low-key approach this year, although the network has not yet provided specifics. Overall, the upfronts are likely to be scaled back, in part because broadcasters won’t have a bevy of new shows. “This year it might be more of a meeting-like presentation, but we have plenty to talk about to our advertisers,” said Mike Shaw, ABC’s president of sales and marketing. Still, the delayed pilot season has left the industry playing catchup. In a typical Februar y, most pilot scripts have been finished, and producers are busy casting, location scouting or building sets.
By March, between 110 and 120 pilots are in production, about 40 of which get picked up as new series. Instead, studios that had pilot scripts in hand before the strike are now weighing which ones to produce, while writers who hadn’t finished their drafts before the walkout are racing to complete them. “Everyone is scrambling,” said Cyrus Voris, who is developing two pilots with writing partner Ethan Reiff, one for for CBS and another for the CW. “The basic sense is that we’ve got a week or two to get our scripts in, or else they’ll automatically be written off,” Voris said. Gar y Newman, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, said the studio’s development staff was in touch with its writers. “We’re continued on page 9
FEMA trailers being emptied because of toxic waste continued from page 6 households still living in governmentsupplied trailers and mobile homes on the Gulf Coast. About 5,000 to 6,000 of those were families living in group sites, and they will be among the first to be relocated. Most of the rest, Paulison said, are in trailers parked in their own driveways while they are rebuilding their homes. At the peak of the crisis, an estimated 144,000 families were living in the FEMA-supplied residences. The agency has been moving about 800 to 1,000 households per week out of the temporary residences, Paulison said. Paulison also said, however, that the agency would proceed with plans to supply trailers and manufactured housing to victims of recent tornadoes in Arkansas and Tennessee, and per-
haps also Alabama and Kentucky. He noted the shortage of apartments and other facilities in those areas and said trailers would be checked for formaldehyde levels before being made available to storm victims. In Washington, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent letters to three manufacturers of the trailers and mobile homes asking what they knew about the formaldehyde levels and what information had been exchanged with FEMA on the subject. Residents of the trailers wondered what took FEMA so long. Matthew Abson, 46, a building contractor who has lived in a FEMA trailer in Gulfport for two and a half years, figured something was wrong when his FEMA caseworker came to his trailer last month wearing a mask. When he asked her why, she said
“formaldehyde.” Then she recommended he wear a hazmat suit. “If they knew chemicals are in the trailers, why did they put us in them?” he asked. “Billions were sent down here after Katrina, and I did not get a dime. All I got was this trailer, and now that’s going to cause potential death?” Abson said he had had trouble breathing over the past year. His roommate has had to scrub black mold off the inside windows with bleach. Sometimes, he said, it just got too cold to keep the door and windows open. FEMA purchased 25,000 trailers and manufactured homes at a cost of more than $850 million after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. A fact sheet released Thursday said the agency had since received more than 7,000 complaints about fumes and other health problems
from residents of the trailers. Those who complained have already been given the option of moving, according to the statement, and about 3,300 families have done so. Trailers were tested for formaldehyde by an independent contractor between Dec. 21 and Jan. 23. The results were sent to the CDC a week ago, Gerberding said, and the agency has been checking and verifying them. The testing showed an average formaldehyde level of 77 parts per billion, with a low level of 3 ppb and a high of 590 ppb. The average level in new homes is about 10 to 20 ppb. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, Gerberding said, and long-term exposure to levels of 77 ppb could have potentially serious effects. Exposure to the higher levels can causing coughing, irritation of the eyes and other respiratory problems.
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‘Lively’ skier setting records in practice continued from page 12 significantly and helps the team score.” Consiglio is equally, “amazing” during conditioning by setting records during practices, according to LeBlanc. “She is incredibly strong and fit. She has one of the best physical conditions I’ve seen, not just in women, but men skiers as well,” LeBlanc said. When judging where her strengths lie, Consiglio “has several skills that stand out as an athlete,” LeBlanc said. “She has power, balance, vision and no fear. She has a great
background in skiing. Mentally, she is confident and not afraid at all,” LeBlanc said. The transition to collegiate skiing was not a difficult one for Consiglio, who said she likes the “more relaxing environment” and the mutual support among the teammates in college. “The coach and the team are ver y supportive. It’s a lot more fun (than high school),” Consiglio said. Besides racking up points for the team during races, Consiglio’s personality and attitude are also enjoyed by her teammates. “Everyone on the team loves her because she has a great personality,” Casey said. “She is lively
and enthusiastic, has a great attitude and consistently supports her teammates.” Along with the team, Consiglio will compete in the upcoming NCAA Regionals in Middlebury, Vt. on Friday, Feb. 22. LeBlanc believes it will be just “one test” that Consiglio will meet throughout her college career as she faces “some much better skiers (and) the toughest competition so far in the year.” But heading into the Regionals, Consiglio doesn’t have any specific goals in mind. “I am not the type of person to set particular goals,” Consiglio said. “I just want to enjoy myself and have fun.”
Trudeau ’09: There’s a ‘big’ in ‘Big Apple’ continued from page 12 New York. Since New York State’s last championship (Yankees 2000 World Series), we’ve endured shame (Knicks 2000-2008, Rangers 2000-2006), two punches to the groin that never stopped throbbing (WS 2001, and the ALCS 2004), and countless playoff letdowns in every major sport, including going 0-3 in three championship games/series. Some eight-year-olds have never seen the Yankees win a ring! We needed this. We exorcised the 2004 ALCS demons. I won’t go so far as to say the Patriots choked worse than the Yankees did in ’04 or the Sox did in ’86. I am an odds man and simu-
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lations had the G-men winning XLII about 17 percent of the time, while winning four playoff games in a row (’04) and allowing four straight batters to reach base with two outs in the ninth inning (’86), is ridiculously improbable. However, the Giants’ victory was among the greatest upsets in sports history. We broke up New England’s perfect season(s). Not only did the Giants end New England’s bid for 19-0, but they also broke up what could have been a historic Boston sports year in which the Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots all won championships. Phew. We made Bill Simmons and Tom Brady look like huge tools. I give BS credit for predicting the Giants would score 17 points, but he
was off by 28 points with the Pats. 42-17? Really? Kiss the ring, Simmons. Kiss it. Meanwhile, Brady laughed at Plaxico Burress’ prediction that the Giants would win 23-17: “We’re only going to score 17 points? Hahaha!” Owned, Brady. Let’s face it, we can talk all we want about how it’s only a game, but we care a lot. Many of us factor our self-worth into our ability to brag about our teams’ superiority. It is central to our happiness. So thank you, Eli Manning. We needed this. Now I can graduate in peace.
Tom Trudeau ’09 wrote this column listening to “New York, New York” on repeat
Moore ’08: kicking butt and supporting charities continued from page 12 cited about wearing the pink jerseys. I think it just gave us all a little more energy because we knew we were playing for something extra. Overall, what did you think of the ‘Pink at the Rink’ event? I think it went really well. Everyone was excited about it and it was a great day for everyone involved. What is your favorite memory of your college career? That’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to say going to the ECAC playoffs my sophomore year. We made it to the finals and it was just a really fun experience. You’re a nominee for the Frozen Four Skills Challenge. How did that come about and how excited are you at the possibility of participating? I think our sports info guy, (former Herald Executive Editor) Chris Hatfield (’06), nominated me. You have to be a senior to participate, so I know that was one of the requirements. I’m really excited about it. I am hoping I get to go. It would be really cool to get the chance to play with the other great seniors out there and get to watch the men’s Frozen Four. If selected, what would be your best event? Probably either the puck control contest or accuracy shooting. You’re from Massachusetts. Does that make you a Bruins
fan? Definitely. Do you feel like the Bruins missed out on something? It seems like every other team in Boston is dominating its sport. When will the Bruins catch up? I’ve heard people talking about the Bruins a lot on the radio lately. They’re saying it’s a good thing Boston has the Bruins. Otherwise everyone would hate all our sports teams because they’re all so good. I don’t know when they’re going to catch up, hopefully soon, but I’ll be a Bruins fan no matter what. What are your goals for the rest of the season? We only have four games left, so really we’re just going to play hard and play with pride and try and gain some respect in our league. I don’t think we’re the type of team that will just pack it in for the last few games. What has been the best thing about playing college hockey here at Brown? The best part has probably been just getting to know my teammates so well. You’re with them everyday and you develop strong relationships that you really can’t get outside of the locker room. What are your plans for next year? Right now I’m hoping to play in a women’s professional hockey league in Switzerland. It’d be pretty cool to get to travel around and play hockey at the same time.
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Gunman kills five at Northern Illinois U. before taking own life By William Branigin and Christopher Lee Washington Post
A gunman burst into a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University Thursday afternoon and opened fire with a shotgun and a handgun, killing five people and wounding 16 others before taking his own life, authorities said. The shooter, a thin white male dressed in black and wearing a stocking cap, went into Cole Hall on the university’s campus in DeKalb, about 65 miles west of Chicago. He entered a science class through an emergency door and began shooting at students and a teacher, according to school officials. “At last report, there are six fatalities, including the shooter,” John Peters, the university president, told reporters at an evening news conference. “Four females and two males. Four were dead at the scene; two died later at the hospital.” He added: “All told, there were 22 casualties, including the shooter, that are either injured or deceased. As far as we know, all of the injured are students, including the instructor, who is a graduate teaching assistant, a graduate student.” Donald Grady, the campus police chief, said the gunman had no apparent motive. Peters said that the shooter was an NIU graduate student in the spring of 2007, but that he was not currently enrolled at the university. Earlier, the university reported that 18 students had been wounded, four critically. It did not mention any fatalities. Kishwaukee Community Hospital said in its latest update that 17 victims were transported there, and that six in critical condition were subsequently flown
to other hospitals. The hospital confirmed one fatality, described only as an “unidentified male” who was not the gunman. Grady told reporters that the gunman apparently had a shotgun and two handguns, including a Glock, but that only one handgun was immediately recovered. He said the shooter, who appeared to have been acting alone, had not expended all of his ammunition. Peters said in an evening news conference that the gunman apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the auditorium stage. School officials also said they knew of no motive for the shooting, which took place near the end of a mid-afternoon lecture. The gunman emerged from behind a curtain near the stage of the lecture hall and began firing, they said. The man has been identified, but his identity had not yet been released Thursday night. “This is a tragedy, but from all indications we did everything we could when we found out,” Peters said. “Our security people were there right away.” Grady said that police had found no credible threats to campus safety before the shooting, and that the incident appeared to be confined to Cole Hall, though police will continue to investigate it. “It started and it stopped very, very quickly,” he said. “This thing started and ended within a matter of seconds.” Grady said police officers were at the scene within two minutes of the shooting and that a campuswide alert was issued within 15 minutes. In its first alert to students at 3:20 p.m. Central time, the university said there was “a report of a possible gunman on campus” and urged people to “get to a safe area.” Authorities
confirmed 30 minutes later that a shooting had taken place and canceled classes. The school later reported that “the immediate danger has passed” and that “the gunman is no longer a threat.” Nearly two hours after it first reported the incident, the university announced “that the shooter is dead by a self-inflicted gunshot.” Officials said that the campus will be closed Friday and that students could go to residence halls for counseling. Northern Illinois University has about 25,000 students. Peters, the university president, told reporters: “This is a campus, and like most campuses, it’s fairly open. We’ve put in place so many security measures and we’re reviewing them all the time. Unless you locked ever y door, I don’t know how you really keep people out. I don’t know of any plan that can prevent this kind of tragedy.” In April of last year, a student with a history of mental problems killed 32 people in a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech before taking his own life, the worst such incident in U.S. history. A review by a state-appointed panel after the shooting criticized Virginia Tech administrators for not taking quicker action in shutting down the campus, saying it might have reduced casualties. Officials at Northern Illinois urged people to stay away from campus for the time being. A witness told Chicago radio station WBBM that the gunman entered a science class through an emergency exit — shotgun in hand — and began shooting toward the middle of the lecture hall. The shooter then began firing toward the professor, according to the witness.
Networks ordering up pilots again continued from page 7 not giving people hard-and-fast deadlines,” he said. “We’re just making them aware of the competitive advantage they’ll get if they’re able to turn their script in sooner rather than later.” Newman estimated that his studio had 50 to 60 pilot scripts in the works, including one from popular TV producer Joss Whedon, whose new Fox series, “Dollhouse,” was ordered from a pitch two weeks before the strike began. Whedon is now busy writing both the pilot script and scenes for auditions. Even with projects getting fast-tracked, some pilots won’t be finished by the time the networks have to decide their schedules. Newman said, “My guess is that they will make decisions on projects they believe in off (daily footage), rough assemblages or trailers.” The abrupt shift into work mode this week has been jarring for all involved. “I feel a little bit like we’re all Rip Van Winkle or Snow White,” said producer Tom Fontana, who returned to work this week on
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“The Philanthropist,” a drama originally set to air on NBC this spring. “We’ve all been kind of sleeping, on both sides.” “It’s really surreal,” agreed producer Chuck Lorre. Both of Lorre’s CBS comedies, “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory,” will produce nine more episodes for this season, all in the next 12 weeks, which means his 200-person staff will be back at work by next week, sooner than most. “We’ll be working seven days a week for the next three months, and we’ll be happy to do it to pull this off,” Lorre said. Greg Berlanti, whose company produces three dramas for ABC, “Brothers & Sisters,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Eli Stone,” described the activity in his office as a “sonic boom.” ABC has ordered four episodes of “Brothers & Sisters” to air this spring and six or seven more to get a head start on next season in case the Screen Actors Guild decides to strike this summer. Not all writing staffs are back at work. The CW said Thursday that, after eight seasons, “Girlfriends” has been canceled, while Fox said
“24” will not return until January. Because film production works on a slower schedule, the end of the strike did not have as dramatic an effect on moviemaking. But it did trigger a flurr y of new writing. With cameras rolling this week on Paramount’s “G.I. Joe,” the studio brought in screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien (“Ocean’s Thirteen”) to tweak the screenplay. For potential future movies, Sony is looking for writers on a remake of 1968’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and the longdelayed movie version of “I Dream of Jeannie,” tentatively starring Katherine Heigl. Fox is looking for screenplay help for its romantic comedy “Bride Wars,” and Dimension Films hopes to move for ward on “The $6 Billion Man,” a loose remake of the TV series “The $6 Million Man,” possibly with Eddie Murphy. Warner Bros. is looking to hire writers for “Superman 2,” and Paramount is developing a Billy Crystal comedy. Times staff writers John Horn, Meg James and Lynn Smith contributed to this report.
Fed: Recession avoidable By Peter Gosselin Los Angeles T imes
WASHINGTON -- The nation’s top two economic policymakers predicted Thursday that the United States would probably dodge a recession, but just barely. The economy itself, meanwhile, threw off conflicting signals about whether it is improving or deteriorating. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke told a Senate committee that “the outlook for the economy has worsened in recent months and the downside risks to growth have increased.” And he said central bank officials stood ready to cut interest rates further to counteract the effect of the slumping housing market, weak employment and financial institutions that remain deeply reluctant to lend. Bernanke suggested the central bank’s efforts ultimately would prove successful. Appearing at the hearing with Bernanke, Treasur y Secretar y Henry M. Paulson Jr. declared that the economy was “strong, diverse and resilient,” although he said it was undergoing “a significant and necessary housing correction.” The economy will continue growing, he said, but “its pace in the coming quarters will be slower than what we have seen in recent years.” The somber tone from Bernanke and Paulson helped depress the mood on Wall Street, ending a three-day rally in stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 175.26 points, or 1.4 percent, to 12,376.98. Markets also were unnerved by more signs that the credit crunch in mortgages was spreading to other corners of the financial system. In recent days anxious investors have balked at buying certain corporate and municipal bonds, driving up interest rates on those securities. As it has repeatedly since last summer, the economy continued to send up contradictory signals about its condition. On Thursday, the government reported that the nation’s trade balance, although still in the red, substantially improved in December and for all of 2007, despite record foreign oil prices. The U.S. exported $144.3 billion of goods and services in the last month of the year, a $2.2 billion improvement over the month before. It imported $203.1 billion of goods and services in December, $2.2 billion less than in November. For 2007 as a whole, the U.S. ran a trade deficit of $711.6 billion, down nearly $50 billion from 2006, the government said. The trade report came a day after a report on January retail sales showed unexpected growth. Some analysts drew a dotted line between the trade and sales numbers to conclude that the economy might not be in quite as bad shape as most people had thought. “Nobody can say we’re performing satisfactorily, but it’s not inevitable we’re going into recession,” said Ken Mayland, head of forecasting firm Clearview Economics in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Mayland estimated that the new trade figures would force government statisticians to revise upward the nation’s anemic growth rate for the fourth quarter of 2007 from the 0.6 percent already reported to perhaps as much as 1.0 percent. But other economists suggested the latest numbers would make little
difference in the final figure for the U.S. gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the country’s output of goods and services. “When everything is taken into account, we’re likely to end up where we started -- at 0.6 percent,” said Nigel Gault, chief economist with Global Insight Inc., a Boston-based forecasting firm. Although the trade and retail sales data offered glimmers of hope, there was fresh evidence that the housing slump worsened toward the end of last year, and new signs that the volatile financial markets might be headed for another round of trouble. The National Association of Realtors reported that home prices fell during the last three months of 2007 in 77 of the 150 metropolitan areas the industry group surveys. Nationally, the median price of existing single-family homes sold in the fourth quarter was $206,000, down 5.8 percent from the last quarter of 2006, the group said. The home price report came after Swiss banking giant UBS said it would take a major write-off as a result of losses on U.S. mortgagebacked securities. Wall Street players have known for months that when it came time to close the books on 2007, big banks and investment houses would have to declare steep losses on mortgagerelated securities because of soaring defaults on home loans. Still, the staggering dimensions of the losses have helped drag down stock markets worldwide this year. UBS said it took a $13.7 billion write-down on U.S. mortgage bonds in the fourth quarter, including $2 billion on bonds backed by so-called alt-A loans -- a category considered to be higher quality than the subprime loans that have been at the center of the housing crisis. The risk of rising losses even on mortgages previously considered relatively safe sent a new chill through financial markets. UBS’ U.S.-traded shares sank 8.3 percent. What’s more, interest rates on some municipal bonds rose sharply for a second day as investors remained reluctant to buy the securities. The muni market has been riled amid doubts about the financial health of insurance companies that guarantee the bonds, as the companies reel from losses on subprime securities they also have guaranteed. In his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, Bernanke appeared to be particularly concerned about spreading trouble in the markets. He described a vicious cycle in which the subprime crisis had a domino effect that included “a broader retrenchment in the willingness of investors to bear risk, difficulties in valuing complex or illiquid financial products, uncertainties about the exposures of major financial institutions to credit losses, and concerns about the weaker outlook for the economy.” Bernanke warned that the sequence had made financial institutions “more restrictive in their lending to firms and households,” threatening, in turn, to weaken the economy further. The Fed chief traced the worsening outlook for the economy in part to this kind of cycle, and warned that further problems could lie ahead for housing and the labor market.
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Diamonds and coal Coal to Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron for backing out of Dancing with the Profs. We’re sure it’s hard to follow Professor of Biology Gar y Wessel’s act, but seeing you do a cha-cha would make us dance. Besides, if you had won a dance competition, we could have referred to you in print as KBerge. Cubic zirconium to our readers’ dirty minds. We’re happy that you’re reading the paper, but the 3,443 hits for the online article on sex advice from Scott Haltzman ’82 MD’85, clinical assistant professor of psychology and human behavior, shows that you really are paying attention to campus news — well, at least when the word “sex” is in the headline. Coal to Professor of Africana Studies James Campbell, for leaving us for another, warmer woman in Palo Alto, Calif. It’s not you; it’s us. 50,000 pieces of coal to the money that the John Hay Librar y used to buy more stamps for its collection. It makes us cringe that an amount more than our annual tuition instead went to, of all things, buying old stamps. A big sack of diamonds to the women’s rugby team to help pay for your trips to upcoming national tournaments. We like you for kicking ass — and for having kickass position titles, even if they make you sound like members of a crime-fighting squad from a 1980’s British TV show. Go get ‘em, flanker, prop, hooker and scrumhalf! D aniel lawlor
Coal to the passionate advocate of property rights who stopped and threatened to arrest a DPS officer in hot pursuit last Wednesday. It’s a tough scene to imagine — especially when you realize dorm inspections are coming up. Cubic zirconium to Google Docs for brightening our days with their delightful pink layout Thursday. It’s cute and all, but we’re tr ying to get work done — not get weird looks from people in the librar y who wonder why we’re excitedly clicking on heart icons. Coal to the driver of the white Nissan Altima who egged a Thayer Street pedestrian. And while we’re at it, coal to white Nissan Altimas. A heart-cut diamond to The Herald’s staff. A couple of you got together and sent us a rose, candy and one condom (which, in retrospect, is a little strange for a group of five editors). But we love you all anyway.
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Letters UCS moves in right direction, but more is needed To the Editor: The Student Union of Brown University is pleased to see the recent creation of the Undergraduate Council of Students’ UFB Oversight Task Force. This initiative, the goals of which include addressing serious flaws in the distribution of the student activities fee, is a step toward meeting the conditions set forth by SUBU’s “UFB Opendoor Policy Resolution” (approved at the last meeting of the General Assembly, November 2007). The creation of the UFB Oversight Task Force does not, however, fully comply with the terms as set by the SUBU resolution. The SUBU UFB Working Group (authorized at the Nov. 14, 2007 SUBU General Assembly) will therefore reconvene this semester to ensure that all stipulations of the SUBU resolution are met. The SUBU UFB Working Group is open to all members of SUBU, and SUBU is open to all students of the University. For more information on joining, or to share your feedback, please e-mail SUBUfirstname.lastname@example.org. The creation of a closed oversight task force, available by application only — with applicants being selected by UCS members already heavily invested in the organization — is not a solution to problems of transparency. The process also discourages participation and excludes the vast majority of students, particularly those heavily involved with student groups — those who, because UFB demands
regular interaction with them, are most affected by the problem with UFB. These are, of course, the very people who have the least time to spare for another commitment. Further, the task force — lacking powers beyond recommendation — will be toothless in forcing change on an institution that has already proven itself reticent to meaningful reform. At best it will tell us what we already know: that UFB is a broken organization. At worst it will merely provide UFB with a convenient delaying tactic that can be used to put off reform. UFB’s current structure puts unnecessary barriers between student groups and their funds, which harms all student groups on campus, and by extension, all students. It is premised upon the belief that UFB has the right to dictate how a student group uses its funds, what is acceptable activity for student groups, and that the money somehow belongs to UFB, rather than the groups who use it or the student body that contributes it. The SUBU resolution on UFB openness will help remedy these problems by forcing UFB to make its decisions in public, instead of behind closed doors. Mike da Cruz ‘09 Mael Vizcarra ‘09 Alex Tye ‘10 Feb. 7
Herald should be more transparent regarding plagiarism incidents To the Editor: The Herald’s Feb. 8 editor’s note about two unpublished articles and two published articles having been plagiarized was very surprising and reflects very poorly on this newspaper. Apparently the editors of the paper have changed their policy in the last several months since a columnist was caught plagiarizing, and this time the offending authors are not named. This change should not happen behind closed doors, which creates the assumption that the editors make their decisions based on their personal relationships with the writers who are caught. If there are relevant reasons for this change, they should be publicly acknowledged and discussed.
Having looked up the two named articles in the online archives, they were written by two different students. This implies a much broader problem than an error of judgment by an individual student. The Herald should hold itself to higher standards. When at least three students are found to have plagiarized published work in a single year, it is an institutional problem the paper should be open in addressing with more than a simple “two published articles were found that contained passages similar or identical to those in other publications.” Zachary Reiss-Davis ‘08 Feb. 11
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Salawesome, Srizza, Pizzalicious Sonia Saraiya Opinions Columnist In a diary I kept when I was in kindergarten, I wrote an entry that went something like this: “Oh my gosh!! Philip is so weird!!!! He eats chocolate pudding on his pizza!! GROSS!!” My prose, even then, sparkled with clarity and wit, but I may have been mistaken about bizarre pizza combinations. This story begins with the Ivy Room smelling like cake. Scent is a powerful sense. It’s an important part of how we make memories and, incidentally, most of how we “taste” food. It’s also how I make many serious decisions, such as “do I want to eat an entire tray of freshly baked cookies?” I had thought I wanted a burrito, I was perhaps willing to be swayed by a falafel. But I walked in and it smelled like something amazing had just come out of the oven. I sniffed at the muffins. Nope, stale as usual. I checked the counter by the soup, examined the omelettes, in vain. After yet another futile circuit of the Ivy Room, I was about to give up when a friend pointed out something stunning across the room. A pizza just like all the others… but covered in chocolate syrup. Reader, I ate it. And it was delicious. There were strawberries and raspberries mashed into it, plus gooey white chocolate chips drizzled on top. I found out later that half-baked cookie dough was probably the unbelievable fragrance I’d detected. And syrupy chocolate, of course, oozed out from under
the fruit and dripped off the crust. A few days later, despite my previous disparagement of Dining Services’ lettuce policies, I got to watch Ben Weber ’10 make pizza (provided I wore a paper hat on my head to match his). Ben is a tall, sandy-haired guy with a constant smile on his face. He sings energetically to every song blaring out of the stereo speakers and flips pizzas from his spatula to the plate. He also makes some of the most interesting pizzas I’ve seen, both in and out of a cafeteria. Ben’s routine is hectic. He ladles tomato
source of his pizza creations. Though Ben also created the dessert pizza — mostly from ingredients appropriated from the smoothie counter — he’s best known for his falafel pizza and his french-fry pizza, which he calls respectively the Falawesome (it’s not “awful,” get it?) and the Frizza. The Falawesome was invented in part to lure customers away from the outrageously long falafel line. Tomato sauce, carrots, GrapeNuts and cheese cover the dough, and four falafel balls are smashed on top, sometimes with cucumbers. During my visit, someone
The Frizza is a spiky, golden creation, cheese on top of fries on top of a lot tomato sauce. While I was there, a customer sidled up to the counter, stared at its unnatural form for a moment, and then asked, point-blank: “Is that good?” sauce onto pre-made dough in a matter of seconds, then buries it in shredded mozzarella. After that, it’s a choice of any number of toppings before the pizzas are placed on a conveyor belt that bakes them as they go through the hot oven. He’s whizzing about the kitchen so much that it’s hard to believe he’s got time to spare, but he attributes “a lot of free time” as the
specifically requested the next Falawesome, which was still in the oven. Ben gets a kick out of customers requesting his pizzas, adding that sometimes he gets even more bizarre requests. For example, deep-fried pizza — basically the entire pizza, in the fryer. Speaking of unhealthy, the Frizza is a spiky, golden creation, cheese on top of fries on top of a lot tomato sauce. While I was there,
a customer sidled up to the counter, stared at its unnatural form for a moment, and then asked, point-blank: “Is that good?” Ben likes to talk about his pizzas. “It’s like a baked potato. It’s got cheddar cheese, you know?” He recommends “spicing it up” with some of the seasonings by the burrito bar. A few customers later, he advises against onions with the spinach and feta pizza; he doesn’t like the texture. The Frizza, he tells me, is his favorite because it has the best texture. “You bite, and then you bite,” he points out. I agree, though I think the appeal of the Frizza might also be that it’s fried, and then it’s fried. Ben’s latest creations force him to do a bit more legwork — he’s frying fries, grabbing falafel, and appropriating frozen strawberries while making dozens of conventional pizzas a night — but for Ben, who has no other food service experience, it’s just a fun way to pass the time. Along with the Falawesome and the Frizza, the Ivy Room is adding a rotation of fancier pizzas, said Angela Sherwin ’07 GS MD ’13, their retail supervisor. Besides the dessert pizza, they now will feature margherita, avocado and black bean, baked potato and pesto pizzas, one type per week. It’s incredible to me that our college eateries can offer such diverse and creative food. Obviously, I’m a big fan of the four-slicesof-cheese-pizza-a-day diet. But in a world of reheated chicken cutlets and tuna salad sandwiches, the option to eat something interesting is especially valuable. I’m not sure how much I’d embrace chocolate pudding pizza, but I’ve come a long way since kindergarten. And I’ve come to realize that pizza is basically always delicious.
Sonia Saraiya ’08 really liked her paper hat
The trap of electability BY Matt Aks Guest Columnist If the results of the Democratic presidential primary on Super Tuesday are any indication, the ultimate winner of the contest may not emerge for several weeks or perhaps months. It is now a commonly held opinion that very few substantive policy differences exist between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and Clinton’s experience and Obama’s charisma seem to be drawing voters in roughly equal numbers. Recently, however, a new dimension to the race has emerged. Democratic primary voters are increasingly concerned with the all-but-certain victory of John McCain in the Republican primary, and have begun to focus more intensely on which of the two candidates has the best chance of beating McCain in November, thus ensuring a Democratic White House. As campaigns and supporters reframe their respective pitches in terms of electability, Democrats must stop to question the value and utility of this criterion. Each side’s claim to greater electability is convincing. Obama supporters argue that compared to McCain, Clinton will seem divisive. McCain will play up his image as a maverick and Washington outsider, attracting moderates who find Clinton simply too liberal. McCain will simultaneously tap into the long-standing hate on the Right for the Clintons, and mobilize the Republican base. Obama supporters conclude that their candidate is the only one who stands a chance. But Clinton supporters offer an equally convincing pitch. Standing next to McCain, Obama will seem young and naïve. Debates between McCain and Obama will start to sound more like McCain delivering a lecture on realpolitik. McCain’s image as a maverick and non-partisan will nullify Obama’s claims
to bring unity and change. Moreover, Clinton supporters worry about Obama’s ability to defend himself against attack. Candidates have to be willing to get their hands a little dirty, they say, and Obama’s desire to elevate politics will mean nothing when the 2008 version of the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” emerges. The only choice, it seems to many, is Clinton — or better yet, the battle-tested Clinton tandem. The most frustrating aspect of this developing debate over electability is how much of it rests on tenuous, unverifiable claims about the psychology of general election voters.
in a discussion of electability ever overtaking substantive issues in the minds of many voters. Sure, to a general election voter, Obama might seem a little naïve and Clinton a little partisan, but both candidates have shown that they will be equally capable of calling out McCain when he says, for instance, that our presence in Iraq might last a hundred years. And even then, there is no logical reason to believe that the pessimistic view of one candidate is more likely to take hold than the pessimistic view of the other. Opinion polling provides no definitive answer on this issue. While the most recent
Instead, Democratic primary voters should go back to substance ... What did Clinton actually do as a lawyer? What did Obama actually do as an organizer? When Clinton and Obama supporters make these claims about electability, they distill the thought processes of voters down to a least common denominator. They fail to recognize that a voter’s concerns about his or her health care, a friend or relative serving in Iraq, an aging family member soon to become eligible for Social Security, or a child’s college tuition are far more real and far weightier. The contrasts between McCain and whichever Democrat takes the nomination will be so stark that it is hard to imagine the characteristics trumpeted
polls give Obama a slight edge in electability, polls for an election nine months away should hardly be considered. And after the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, polls for an election the following day probably should not be considered either. As long as this debate over electability continues, it creates two distinct problems. First, it is stifling and irresolvable. Neither side seems able to convince the other that its claims about electability are true. And since those claims are based on unjustified psycho-
logical essentialism, the impasse will no doubt continue. Of course, this impasse obfuscates the need for a more thorough investigation of the candidates’ policies and histories, which the current deadlock would seem both to allow and demand. But more importantly, the unfortunate truth is that the debate over electability is an attempt to veil Democrats’ deep concern about how the mainstream media will shape the narrative of the campaign. Coverage of the primary has shown how the mainstream media is quick to overlook substantive issues and latch onto a simple, compelling and personal narrative. The claims currently being made about electability feed a mindset propagated by the mainstream media. The question many Democrats are asking themselves is not who is more electable, but really, who will please more talking heads on CNN and MSNBC? If concerns about electability come to sway primary voters’ decisions, it cedes a great deal of control to the mainstream media. Democratic primary voters should thus reject this discussion of electability. Instead, Democratic primary voters should go back to substance. Who would be in a Clinton or Obama Cabinet? What do the experts say about their health care and Iraq policies? What did Clinton actually do as a lawyer? What did Obama actually do as an organizer? As the primary campaign continues, voters should be thankful for this extra time to do an additional round of research and vetting. But most importantly, voters should ask themselves which candidate is going to be able to convince the American people that “liberal” is no longer a dirty word, and that only a Democrat can begin to undo the damage of the past eight years.
Matt Aks ‘11 hopes you can’t tell who he supports (based on this column)
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Friday, February 15, 2008
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
Boston as the sports mecca? Not a chance For a New Yorker suffering through a 2007 sports season dominated by New England, these past few months have been particularly painful. The Red Sox coasted to their second championship in four seasons. The Celtics acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, and then silenced their Tom Trudeau critics claiming Tru Story that they lacked depth with outstanding contributions by the supporting cast (except for Brian Scalabrine, who continues to be the worst player in the league). The Patriots used Jedi mind tricks in the off-season to convince the Raiders that Randy Moss was only worth a fourth-round pick, and again to convince Moss he was only worth $3 million, en route to a perfect regular season. Then something beautiful happened — the Giants shocked the world (especially Las Vegas) and beat the 18-1 Pats in Superbowl XLII. With one historic victory, the Giants killed multiple proverbial birds with one stone and propelled the New York-Boston rivalry to new heights. Let me explain. First, the game brought home a championship for continued on page 8
Moore ’08 talks records, puck control Ski’s the limit
for first-year downhill racer
By Megan McCahill Assistant Sports Editor
Last weekend Hayley Moore ’08 continued her hot scoring streak by tallying five points in two games against Quinnipiac and Princeton. Moore has had at least one point in 14 out of her last 16 games. Last weekend’s points moved Moore into eighth place on Brown’s alltime career points list with 130. With four games remaining, she needs four more goals to move into seventh place on Brown’s all-time goals list. For her efforts, she was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week. Moore has also been nominated as a candidate to participate in the 2008 Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Denver, CO. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge has the best seniors in the country compete in events such as fastest skater, hardest shot, puck control relay and penalty shot. It will be held April 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
By Han Cui Sports Staff Writer
Herald: Over the weekend you moved into eighth place in Brown history in career points. Were you aware of how close Ashley Hess / Herald you were to moving up the list? Hayley Moore ’08 was named ECAC Player of the Week, with five points last weekend. How does it feel? Moore: I guess it’s really just reer goals scored. You need an honor. I don’t pay that much four more goals to move into You had a lot of success attention to it. I kind of knew I seventh place, and you have playing in the pink jerseys for might be getting close because four games remaining. Is that the ‘Pink at the Rink’ event. Is my coach mentioned it a few weeks on your mind at all? pink your lucky color? Should ago, but it’s not something I was It would definitely be cool to do, Brown make a permanent focused on. but it’s not something I’m going to switch to pink? alter my game to try and do. If it The entire team was pretty exYou are currently in eight happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, continued on page 8 place in Brown history for ca- it doesn’t.
Gymnastics rests up for the tougher Ivy hurdles By Katie Wood Contributing Writer
After pulling off a solid win last meet versus in-state rival University of Rhode Island, the gymnastics team traveled to Kingstown Wednesday night, where the Bears came up short in their rematch. URI (189.850) outlasted the Bears (183.55). Each team has defeated its in-state foe when in its own facilities so far this season. The Bears’ overall score was lower than normal because some of the team was resting up for future meets. Head Coach Sara CarverMilne said she felt it would be important for her team to be healthy and at its best for the Ivy Classic at Cornell on Feb. 24. In anticipation of the upcoming competition she chose not to field a few of her strongest gymnasts. “With such a small team, the gymnasts rarely get a change to rest their bodies during competition season,” Carver-Milne wrote in an e-mail to the Herald. “We count on them every meet.” Jen Sobuta ’09 earned a first place finish (9.60) on the beam for the second week in a row. She also finished third (9.525) on the vault while Victoria Zanelli ’11 (9.45) and Chelsey Binkley ’11 (9.375) finished right behind her. Zanelli came out strong for the Bears on the uneven bars, coming away with a fifth place finish (9.50) and leading the team overall on the bars. Stephanie Albert ’10 and Sobuta tied for third place (9.475) on the floor exercise. The next best finish for the team came from Bin-
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Jen Sobuta ’09 was Brown’s best performer Wednesday night at URI.
kley (9.050). Sobuta finished very well in the all-around, pulling off a second place finish (37.65) — the Bears’ top finisher. She has continued to score well for the team by consistently
finishing in the top three in the allaround and on the beam throughout the season. Although Bruno did not come away with a win, the mistakes it made are ver y fixable, Sobuta
said. “There was a lot of over-rotating of skills,” Sobuta wrote in an e-mail. “Everyone showed that they were more than capable of hitting the routines that they have been practicing all year.” The meet proved to be a valuable indicator of what needs to be the focus of each gymnast before Ivy League competition begins next weekend. The team has been preparing for the upcoming meet all season and is looking to make an impact on the rest of the league. The Ivy League Classic is one of just three meets in which the team faces off with Ivy League foes. Every time the team steps out onto the floor, its confidence grows and has been building with every meet. The coaches and gymnasts are excited and confident about their potential to win the Ivy Classic. “I feel great about it. I can’t say that I’ve ever been this excited going into Ivies,” Sobuta said. “Our team now has the most potential that I’ve seen during my career at Brown. For the first time, I can honestly say that this team of girls has a shot at winning.” With healthy and rested bodies, the team is fully aware that it has the opportunity to finish out the season strong. The Bears pointed to the fact that they have been building momentum with every meet, and that should translate into a great weekend at Cornell. After the team competes at Cornell, there are three more opportunities to see the team in action on Mar. 9, 14 and 21 at the Pizzitola Center.
Krista Consiglio ’11 started skiing at the same time as she started walking. But when her father showed her an article about Picabo Street, the nine-time World Cup champion and gold medalist in the 1998 Olympics, skiing became her passion. “You go as fast as you can down the hill, not against another person,” Consiglio said. “It comes down to you and your training.” After graduating from Stratton Mountain School, a skiing academy in Vermont, Consiglio came to Brown this year. Her collegiate skiing career started with a score of stellar accomplishments. Consiglio has won four of the 10 races in the regular season and finished in the top 10 in every other race. With a total of 225 points, she became the first Bear to earn the overall individual title in the MacConnell Division of the East Region, 46 points ahead of her closest competitor. The decision to attend a skiing academy for high school was Consiglio’s decision, she said. “Once you get to a certain age, you go to a ski academy. When I was 12 or 13, I asked myself — Do I want to be serious about skiing or just be a weekend skier?” Consiglio said after leaving her hometown of Bethany, Conn. “I loved it so much that I decided to go to an academy and my parents supported me all the way.” Consiglio’s high school life was, “centered around skiing,” she said. “I worked really hard in high school. If I was not on the hills (competing), I was in the gym, conditioning.” During her junior and senior years of high school, Consiglio competed in about 50 races during the skiing season, from December to April. She was one of the nation’s top recruits last year and Head Coach Mike LeBlanc worked hard to get her come to Brown. “I knew she was going to be one of the best (skiers on the team),” LeBlanc said. “But it was pretty incredible how well she did and how consistent she was. It is important to the team because we need people to finish the race. She is probably one of the best team skiers in my eight years of coaching.” Consiglio earned her first race title at the UConn Carnival on Jan. 18, and continued with wins in the giant slalom and slalom at the Plymouth State Carnival on Jan. 27-28. She finished the regular season at Mount Ascutney, taking first and fourth in her final two races of the regular season. Unlike most other sports, where the athletes know the competing conditions, in skiing, “every race is different,” according to co-captain Meaghan Casey ’08. “The trail is different, the course setup is different, the condition is different, the ice is different,” Casey said. “To get from the top (of the hill) to the bottom is an accomplishment because you contribute to the team. Because Krista skis so well and so fast, she helps the team dynamic continued on page 8