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The modern TV infomercial started with a karate chop. “In Japan,” begins the dramatic voice-over in the 1978 commercial, “the hand can be used as a knife.” A man in a white karate suit splits a stack of wooden boards with his hand. The image changes: The same hand is now poised above a ripe red tomato on a cutting board. “But this method doesn’t work with a tomato,” the voice continues. The hand smashes the vegetable into a pulpy mess. “That’s why WE use the Ginsu,” the voice intones, as the scene cuts to a knife cleanly slicing a tomato. The hand belongs to Ed Valenti P’98, as does credit for these marketing catchphrases,

which Valenti jokingly called his “literary classics”: “But WAIT — there’s more!” “NOW how much would you pay?” “Operators are standing by,” “Limit one to a customer,” and, “So you don’t forget, order before midnight!” In marketing the Ginsu knife, a supposedly ever-sharp cutlery set with a faux-Asian name, Valenti changed the way products are sold on TV. He essentially created the dialect of today’s latenight television ads, the language of vegetable peelers and singing wall fish and Chia pets. If you’ve ever bought an Ab Roller or a George Foreman grill from an 800 number because you couldn’t fall asleep, you can blame Valenti. “That Ginsu commercial, when all is said and done ... has to be up there in the top 10 of the greatest single pitches,” said Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University. “To this day, if you watch

Nelson’s ’77 equity firm goes to court By George Miller Senior Staff Writer

The financial firm of a prominent alum and donor has found itself in the midst of a legal tussle over its purchase of several television stations. Providence Equity Partners, cofounded by Chief Executive Jonathan Nelson ’77 P’07 P’09 — the Corporation trustee for whom the future Nelson Fitness Center will be named — entered a deal in April 2007 to buy the stations for $1.225 billion from media conglomerate Clear Channel Communications, according to a complaint Providence Equity filed in a civil court in Delaware. When Providence Equity balked at completing the deal at the set price, Clear Channel sued to force the company to close. When the two agreed on a lower price of $1.1 billion, the financial services company Wachovia, which had agreed to finance about half of the sale, sought a court ruling to the effect that it was free of its lending obligation, according to the complaint. The deal fell through when Wachovia failed to send a representative to a Feb. 25 closing. On Feb. 28, a holding company that Providence Equity controls, called Newport Television LLC, filed the complaint, asking the Delaware court to require Wachovia to complete the deal. continued on page 7

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Not loving leave policies Despite the comparative generosity, some faculty members have criticized the policy because it does not provide full salaries to those on leave, which some say is unfair

Touting its recent financial aid expansion, the University responded Monday to a letter from leaders of the Senate Finance Committee requesting detailed information on its financial aid policies and endowment. In a letter accompanying the response to committee chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, President Ruth Simmons emphasized the “extraordinary investments” in financial aid being made by Brown and other schools. “Much of this progress would not be possible without income from our endowment,” Simmons wrote to the senators. The senators’ Jan. 24 request to 136 of the nation’s wealthiest colleges and universities came after Baucus and Grassley had expressed concern about the increasing cost of college in a period when universities with large endowments are seeing substantial returns on their investments. Grassley has suggested that he would consider proposing legislation to require colleges and universities to spend a minimum proportion of their endowments every year, as charitable foundations must, in order to help drive down the cost of higher education for low- and middle-income families. Brown, like many of its peer universities, opposes that idea. Simmons did not directly acknowledge or argue against it in her letter, but she implied that current efforts were sufficient. “I respectfully suggest that, as you review the issues surrounding university endowments, you and your fellow members of Congress consider the great strength of our system of higher education,” she wrote. “We must maintain the partnership between the federal government and our institutions to ensure affordable

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Faculty leave policy now on par with peers By Jenna Stark Senior Staff Writer

Department chairs and University officials are gearing up for the upcoming implementation of a new faculty leave policy, allocating funding to hire extra replacement teachers. At the same time, some faculty remain concerned that the policy is not generous or not equitable enough. The new policy, approved last year, gives professors the option of taking sabbatical with 75 percent of normal salary after only six semesters of teaching. The University also provides academic departments with $10,000 for each professor on leave to help hire replacement teachers. With tenured faculty now allowed to take more frequent sabbaticals, the University is more on

par with peers’ sabbatical policies, Dean of the Faculty Rajiv Vohra P’07 said. “We have made very significant changes, but they’re not going as far as some universities have gone,” Vohra said. “This provides people with the breathing room that’s very necessary for cutting-edge research.” Harvard, Yale and Princeton all have similar three-year sabbatical cycles, said Associate Dean of the Faculty Elizabeth Doherty. “It makes us competitive with the most competitive of our peers,” she added. Harvard offers tenured professors one semester of sabbatical at full pay after every six semesters of teaching, according to its faculty handbook. Harvard’s leave policy allows faculty to take a semesterlong leave at full-pay or a yearlong

leave at half pay. Yale offers leaves of absence every six semesters for those who have reached the rank of associate professor, and lower-ranked faculty members are eligible for a semester’s sabbatical leave at full pay or a year’s sabbatical at half pay after 12 semesters of teaching, according to Yale’s faculty handbook. Brown’s policy is now more generous than those at New York University, Columbia and Dartmouth, according to the schools’ faculty handbooks.

A lover of rap scrutinizes ‘the masculinity of hip-hop’ Filmmaker screens Sundance selection By Lauren Pischel Contributing Writer

Byron Hurt is perturbed by how people have become desensitized to what he considers the lewdness of hip-hop. And with his documentary film, he’s hoping to reveal this face of rap to people. Hurt, a gender violence educator and self-proclaimed hip-hop

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junkie, brought the issues of violence, sexism and homophobia of rap to Salomon 101 on Thursday night. He showed his documentary, “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” to a small but enthusiastic crowd and held a question-andanswer session afterward. The documentar y’s central theme is deconstructing “the masculinity of hip-hop,” Hurt said after the screening. The documentary attempts to answer the questions of why rappers are so protective of their masculinity, why all

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women are so objectified and why American culture is so accepting of this. The documentar y explicitly states that these problems were not created by hip-hop. Instead, they go far back in American culture — all the way back to outlaw Jesse James and the Wild West. Violence, sexism and homophobia are present in mainstream Hollywood movies from “The Terminator” to “Scarface.” Hip-hop is merely a manifestation of this Amerian culture, the documentary

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points out. Hurt goes straight to the source of the music, interviewing some of hip-hop’s biggest names, including Chuck D, Fat Joe, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes, as well as music mogul Russell Simmons. He asks them questions about their roles in perpetuating stereotypes of hip-hop that, at times, the rappers and producers are reluctant to answer. In his film, Hurt asserts that

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PW stages Aeschylus, orgies and tomatoes By Robin Steele Arts & Culture Editor

Under magenta lights, a violent orgiastic scene rages to a creepy, seductive techno beat. Brides and grooms strip to their underwear, simulating sex and murder while wedding guests flit around, maniacally snapping photos, flicking champagne and ballroom

Student film on rape at Brown debuts at Cable Car By Caroline Sedano Senior Staff Writer

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dancing with audience members. Thus unfolds the climax, so to speak, of Production Workshop’s new play, “Big Love,” which opens tonight in the PW downstairs space. The play, directed by Sophia Shackleton ’09, was written by Charles Mee and adapted by Tara Schuster ’08. Shackleton said PW has taken some liberties with Mee’s play, interjecting new monologues written by Schuster. After interviewing cast members, she incorporated their personal experiences into the play, Shackleton said. Mee’s original play is in turn based on “The Danaids” by Aeschylus, according to his Web site. Set in contemporary Italy, the play focuses on 50 Greek sisters who are escaping unwanted marriage to their 50 male cousins. They arrive at an Italian estate and attempt to take refuge with an Italian family. PW’s set features a two-story facade of an Italian villa and a water-filled pool in the middle of the raised stage. Rows of twinkle lights crisscross the ceiling of the first-floor performance space. The play opens as one of the sisters, the gentle Lydia (Andrea Gompf ’08), bursts through the performance space doors in a wedding dress, pushing and dragging a floral love seat, to light-hearted music. She is soon joined by two sisters, representative of the 50 — the aggressive Thyona (Caroline Straty ’10) and seductive Bella (Jenna Horton ’08). The sisters angrily rearrange the furniture on the stage while singing Britney Spears’ “Stronger.” The three sisters lobby their cause to the family — Italian mama Olympia (Chrissie Bodznick ’10) and her relatives Giuliano (Paul Cooper ’11) and Piero (Rafael Cebrian ’11). In a memorable scene, Olympia, sitting on the second-floor terrace, describes her many adult sons, while handling

and forced her to give him money and perform a variety of sexual acts on him. The hand held camera zooms in slightly as she bites her lip and looks right into the camera and says he held her at knife point throughout the whole ordeal. This is just one of the stories told in the film “Hush” — a student documentary exploring the rape culture on Brown’s campus. Starting with three students’ and one affiliated non-student’s stories of sexual assault, the documentary, running a little less than half an hour, explores more than just sexual violence itself, also delving into the humiliating and often futile process of reporting rape, Brown’s unsatisfactory policy and the culture of silence that follows rape throughout our entire society. The film, created by Marta daSilva ’09 and Kristin Jordan ’09 and edited by Finn Yarbrough ’09 as a part of INTL 1800E: “The Good Fight: Documentary Work and Social Change,” took almost all of last semester to create and made its debut Monday at the Cable Car Cinema . Jordan said that the goal of the film for her is to bring out what she calls the “rape culture crisis” into the open. “(Rape) is talked about as a pri-

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Andrea Gompf ’08 looks on as Sammy McGowan ‘11 attempts to woo Caroline Straty ’10. “Big Love” runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. tomatoes, dropping them or smashing them based on her level of anger or disappointment with her sons. Piero, who seems to be in charge, is reluctant to intercede on their behalf, so the sisters persuade him by singing and sidling up seductively. Though they secure his promise of help, Thyona doesn’t trust him, and the women begin debating whether men can be decent and good. They break into an increasingly frenetic workout routine and an escalating rant about men that ends in a loud scream. This coincides with the arrival of the prospective grooms, dramatically bursting from the top of a wooden platform. Dressed in powderpink jumpsuits and sunglasses, they strut on scene to a pulsing techno beat, dance in unison and peel off the jumpsuits to reveal suits and weddingappropriate garb. Constantine (Sammy McGowan ’11), the aggressive alpha male of the three, speaks seductively to his intended bride, but upon being rebuffed, explodes into a violent rage. This segues into another techno interlude as the characters dance and grind to the beat and Oed (Jonathan Gordon ’11) monologues from the second-floor terrace. Lydia shows more vulnerability than her sisters, dancing with wedding guest Leo (Sam Alper ’11) after saying he reminds her of her father. Left alone on stage, she is approached by her intended groom, Nikos (Herald

Sports Columnist Ellis Rochelson ’09), who confesses that he has real feelings for her and wishes to court her. When things go awry, the men go into a destructive frenzy, echoing an earlier scene of female destruction by throwing rubber balls, shouting and dragging a mattress onto the stage. “F--- these women!” Constantine concludes. “People say it’s hard to be a woman. You know it’s not easy being anyone.” He rants about the qualities he wants in a woman as he struggles to put a bottom sheet on the mattress, which he then strews with rose petals. It soon becomes evident that the marriage is going to take place whether the sisters like it or not. Their inability to escape their fate leads them to act drastically — they decide to kill their future husbands on their wedding nights. Hence the orgy. In the end, Constantine and Oed lie dead and Thyona and Bella are dismayed to learn that Lydia has not killed her new husband, Nikos, because she loves him. The play asks some difficult questions about relationships between the sexes: “How do you navigate giving yourself to somebody but also valuing yourself?” Shackleton asked. An emphasis in Charles Mee’s work is finding ways to force and heighten emotion for the audience, she said in an interview with The Hercontinued on page 4

Film festival brings Brazil to Brown By Evan Pelz Staff Writer

Brazilian filmmaker Joao Moreira Salles believes that international audiences see only certain themes in Brazilian cinema — think of violence in “City of God.” But he’s hoping that CineBRASIL, the Brazilian film festival the University is currently holding, will demonstrate the intricacies of his country’s films. The festival, which began Wednesday and runs through Sunday, is presenting 11 feature films, documentary or shorts. Screenings and panel discussions, taking place at the Avon Cinema, MacMillan Hall and the Salomon Center, are free to Brown and Rhode Island School of Design students, faculty and staff, said Student Coordinator Caroline Landau ’09. “Brazilian film is renown for being thoughtful, provocative and filled with beautiful music,” Landau said. The films deal with “military dictatorship, samba, soccer, music, Brazilian im-

migration in the U.S. — all aspects of Brazilian culture.” “Brazil is the largest country in Latin America with a strong and growing economy, interesting political dynamic with social movements that continue to change the country and a vibrant and rich culture with a long tradition of producing excellent internationally acclaimed films, and this is a way to highlight and spotlight that,” said Associate Professor of History James Green, director of the Center for Latin American Studies. CLAS Outreach Coordinator Jose Torrealba said one of the most unique parts of the festival is the presence of two Brazilian documentary film makers — Salles and Tania Cypriano — whose works are being screened on College Hill. Cypriano will be part of a panel discussion on Brazilian immigration to the United States after the Saturday screening of her film, “Grandma Has a Video Camera.” “I think that one of the main con-

tributions of the film is that it gives a face — or rather, faces — to a family within the abstractness of immigrants,” Cypriano wrote in an e-mail. “Whenever people start talking about a population under a larger topic, they forget the human side of the people they are talking about.” The film’s portrayal of Cypriano’s own grandmother makes this current issue more real, Cypriano wrote, as the audience sees a story of a transnational immigrant and understands “how it is not easy to make that final decision of where one really wants to live.” Salles, whose films “Entreatos” and “Santiago” were screened Thursday evening, said one of the great aspects of the festival is presenting the Brown community with Brazilian film normally unnoticed by the international community. “Brazilian cinema is not really well known,” Salles said. “You have continued on page 4

vacy issue, which I respect, but it makes it hard for people to come forward because it is not publicly acknowledged,” Jordan said, adding that the film serves as a starting point for a larger dialogue on and awareness of sexual violence on Brown’s campus. The film explores the countless reasons rape has remained a silent issue. According to the documentary, almost 60 percent of rapes in the United States go unreported and only one in 20 rapists spend any time in jail. “By getting people to fight the stigma and come out in public to talk about their trauma, I thought people would be more apt to talk about such a prevalent and widespread dilemma,” daSilva wrote in an e-mail. Interspersed with the four women’s stories, “Hush” includes Brown students and faculty attempting to define rape, rape statistics written on people’s bodies and daSilva and Jordan doing spoken word performances inspired by their own experiences with sexual violence over a black screen. As the stories of sexual assault unfold, the four women explain the process of reporting their rape. “I realized I would need to fight the Brown system to be heard,” one of the women said of her efforts to report her rape through the University, instead of going to Providence Police. The women described how deans lost their testimonies, discouraged them from pursuing accusations and doubted their stories. They had to tell their painful continued on page 4


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‘Hush’ debuts at Cable Car continued from page 3 stories over and over. One woman explained how it took months of work and her attacker only received a semester’s probation. Another said her attacker went unpunished and was proven “guilty only of being drunk.” For Jordan, herself a victim of sexual violence, this was one of the main reasons for making the film. “I saw first-hand that things are not handled well at Brown,” she said. Her own experience has inspired her to become involved with the Sexual Assault Task Force and to create a support group on campus for victims of sexual violence. But Jordan explained she does not see the film as antagonistic towards the administration but, instead, as a way to “help them see where the real problems are.” Though all of the sexual assault victims expressed dissatisfaction with the way Brown handled their cases, “Hush” does not feature a response from any Brown officials. Jordan explains that this exclusion was a conscious choice because the “administration has a voice already and this film is a vehicle for people who do not.” Another omission in “Hush” is any male perspective on sexual violence. While Jordan and daSilva interviewed men about sexual violence, they could not find any victims and so chose not to include a male voice. Jordan explained that finding men who had been sexually assaulted was very difficult. “One of my initial goals was to break up the binary dialogue around rape victims because that gender binary is completely false, and it

only adds to the problem,” she said. “Even if I’d love to show that side, I can’t create it out of thin air.” While this is an understandable dilemma, a film about giving voice to the voiceless that doesn’t mention men as victims of rape only adds to this problem. Jordan added that another piece missing from the documentary are issues of homosexual rape. “Hush” leaves many questions unanswered and could have delved deeper into the cultural issues of rape on Brown’s campus. There was no mention of what Brown’s actual policy is on sexual violence. The film included national statistics on sexual assault, but had no Brownspecific statistics. As a film focused on the rape culture at Brown, more University-specific numbers could have been more powerful. Despite these omissions, however, the women featured in the film, the statistics and the spoken word are incredibly powerful and thought-provoking. At times discomforting, heartbreaking and shocking, “Hush” gives an honest and straightforward look at the painful truth of sexual violence on Brown’s campus. For Jordan and daSilva, the film is not about providing solutions or attacking administrators, but about raising awareness. “I don’t pretend to have any kind of answers,” Jordan said. “I have no demands other than that it needs to be acknowledged.” The film will be screened again on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Salomon 001, accompanied by readings from a book compiled by Jordan and daSilva, in an event sponsored by the Sexual Assault Task Force.

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said. Their small budget has also been sapped by the cost of quickly used items, like tomatoes — Shackleton anticipates running through 50 during the play’s run. As of the Wednesday night rehearsal, the cast and staff were still tackling some of the show’s technical elements and the mess of the trampled cake and tomatoes, only incorporated in the final stages of preparation. The show will run at PW today through Monday at 8 p.m., with an additional show Saturday at 11:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved online and must be picked up at the box office one hour before show time.

Dept. heads must manage more carefully continued from page 1 to less wealthy professors, and because lecturers are excluded from the policy. There is concern that “some faculty will not be able to take advantage of it because of the 75-percent salary,” said Kevin McLaughlin, professor of English and chair of the department, though he added he doesn’t share that view. “Not everyone can afford taking a pay cut — I can’t,” said Luiz Valente, professor of Portuguese and Brazilian studies and chair of the department. “I think there is an inequity built into the system that at some point we will have to deal with,” Valente said. “It may make it impossible for some faculty to take more frequent sabbaticals,” he said. The new leave policy has also raised faculty eyebrows because it does not include a sabbatical option for lecturers. The old policy also didn’t include the option, but in practice, many lecturers were able to go on leave. Some lecturers, who carry teaching responsibilities but no official research commitment, were unhappy that the new policy does not provide them a sabbatical option, even though many of them still publish. “It’s not equitable,” Senior Lecturer in Classics Peter Scharf said. “Senior lecturers do more teaching than professors and also work to create publishable teaching material.” “Even if (a lecturer) did propose a research project, he would only get one semester (off) after 12 semesters of teaching,” Scharf added. Scharf proposed that the University revise its policy to “frame criteria for deciding what is research and what is not,” so that the policy is no longer subjective. Still, Scharf said the problem with sabbatical policies is “nationwide and has more to do with contemporary fads in the humanities than with Brown’s particular policies.”

Managing teaching loads The new policy means faculty will be on leave more often, necessitating careful management of teaching resources so that the curriculum doesn’t suffer. Though the University will give a fixed sum of $10,000 to departments for every professor that goes on sabbatical, Vohra said the University recognizes that amount will frequently fall short of what departments need to bring new faculty to the campus. “That is not always going to be enough to reach teaching needs,” Vohra said. “Departments will need to be far more careful in terms of planning in how to deal with leaves than what was necessary in the past.” Department heads agree that the fixed sum may not be enough, especially for smaller departments. “I think everybody knows that $10,000 is not enough for anyone to bring in faculty to come and teach,” McLaughlin said. “For smaller departments it could be a problem.” The Brazilian and Portuguese studies department has five-and-a-half “full-time-equivalent” faculty members. “Small departments are much more vulnerable because, obviously, we don’t have a lot of people available to teach courses,” Valente said. Some department chairs, however, do not anticipate any trouble. “At this point, that’s enough money to at least replace one course,” said David Jacobson, professor of Judaic Studies and chair of the department, which consists of 11 faculty members. “If in any given semester the typical faculty is teaching two courses, the fact that we can replace one course will be sufficient,” he said. The University is preparing for unexpected needs, especially of smaller departments, by allocating $200,000 next year toward hiring temporary teachers, Vohra said. Departments can request additional money from the University to help pay for a fulltime visiting professor. The English Department is currently planning to consolidate its money to hire replacement faculty for

a semester or even a year, McLaughlin said. “I see an opportunity to bring in scholars from interesting institutions and have them be in residence here for a year,” McLaughlin said. “The students would benefit more, the graduate students would have access to a new professor for a semester and we would diversify our offerings by having someone come in and not necessarily cover something that we offer, but offer something new,” he added. Still, McLaughlin was quick to add that the department first would guarantee that basic classes would always be available. “There are going to be situations in which the chair will have to say, ‘I don’t think it’s a good time for you to be taking time off,’” he said. “If one person is up for tenure review, they will have priority,” he said, since professors may want to take a sabbatical to complete research before getting reviewed for tenure. The new policy will place additional responsibility on department chairs. When planning for sabbaticals, the department chairs will need to be more vigilant in determining the number of faculty allowed on leave, Vohra said. The faculty will also have a responsibility to determine the best time for their sabbaticals. “I think that any faculty member will understand that the department has certain obligations, and not everyone can be on leave at the same time,” Vohra said. For now, it may take two or three years for University officials to understand the costs of the policy change, Doherty said. “If there are real stresses in covering particular areas, that will be important to know and we will have to learn how to cover it,” she said. “When you have a faculty of 700 people, it’s hard to tell in year one exactly what is going to happen.” “I think it’s a movement in the right direction,” Valente said. “But I think we might have tried to do a little bit better, and I’ve remained concerned about the equity of the plan that is in place.”

Festival has ‘another kind of Brazilian cinema’ continued from page 3 a couple of examples, but it’s really rare to have Brazilian films to be able to transcend Brazilian borders.” As a documentary filmmaker, Salles said he finds a lot of value in showing these films as a complement to other types of Brazilian cinema. “There’s a very strong documentary movement in Brazil,” Salles said. “Documentary was always underneath Brazilian cinema. ... It’s a joy to know ... that universities in the States are interested in the films.” Salles is also pleased with the variety of cultural themes present in the films at the festival. “What I hope is that Brazilian cinema is not confined to a certain kind of niche,” Salles said. He explained that usually, Americans are only exposed to films that portray certain themes of Brazilian culture, violence being the most recent.

“I have a sense that outside Brazil, Brazilian cinema is only about violence and a certain aspect of Brazilian society,” he added. “Suddenly, American audiences are seeing another kind of Brazilian cinema, making it more complex than a certain kind of film that only shows one kind of things.” The festival is sponsored by CLAS, the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and the Creative Arts Council. In addition, it is also receiving support from Cinemateca Brasileira, a Brazilian film preservation group, the Renaissance Providence Hotel and Oliver Kwon ’87, whose made a “generous donation” for the festival, according to the CLAS Web site. “I chose to donate the money for this festival to continue a vision I had five years ago, which was to promote the development and preservation of Latin American film as a cultural and

historical resource,” Kwon wrote in an e-mail, provided to The Herald by International Advancement Officer Joshua Taub ’93. Celina Pedrosa ’11, who holds citizenship in both Brazil and the United States, said she is glad that Brown is holding such a festival. Pedrosa said that a flaw with many Latin American studies programs is that many overlook Brazil and its vibrant culture, which includes “not just samba and beaches, but art, literature and politics.” This culture is present in the upcoming film festival, giving students like Pedrosa “an opportunity to see these films I normally wouldn’t have been able to see.” Pedrosa commends the University on its ability to emphasize nations not normally spotlighted at other universities. “It’s a big deal,” Pedrosa said. “My mom’s coming up (from Massachusetts), which is exciting.”

Burns ’09 looking to peak before nationals continued from page 12 Do you have any superstitions or routines you do before you go into a race? Before every race, I say a quick prayer and tell myself to ‘run to Jesus.’ That’s a motto I use, but I wouldn’t call it a superstition. I guess one superstition I have is that I sleep in the same T-shirt the

night before ever y big race. So I guess that’s my superstition. Do you wash it? (Laughs.) Yeah, I definitely wash it. It’s a lucky shirt — but it’s not one of those kinds of lucky shirts. What are your goals for the outdoor season this spring?

I want to run the 400-meter in 53 seconds and I want to win the 200-meter and beat this girl from Penn. I missed last outdoor season because of an injur y, which was unfortunate because I was running my fastest times coming out of indoors. So I haven’t peaked yet, and I just want to lower my times and peak at the right time so that I can go and compete at Nationals.


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Profs.’ findings could prevent poisonings You can’t smell, taste or see it, but carbon monoxide can kill you. But thanks to ground-breaking research conducted by Alpert Medical School professors at Rhode Island Hospital, carbon monoxide poisoning can now be caught and treated early on with routine emergency room screenings. The study was conducted from December 2005 to August 2006, and the accompanying article was accepted by the Journal of Emergency Medicine in December. It surveyed 14,000 patients at Rhode Island Hospital over a two-month period, which is the largest group of patients screened for carbon monoxide poisoning to date, said head researcher and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Selim Suner. All of the patients came into the ER complaining of common ailments, such as toothaches, depression and injuries. Doctors found that 11 of these patients had carbon monoxide poisoning. This routine procedure was performed on patients using a noninvasive de-oximiter, which just clips onto the finger and reads blood carbon monoxide concentrations in seconds. Since the study was published, carbon monoxide screening has become a routine procedure for all emergency room patients in both Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital, Suner said. In the near future, EMTs may perform the procedure prior to a patient’s hospital admittance. Once patients know they have been exposed to harmful amounts of carbon monoxide, they can receive proper treatment and figure out what led to the dangerous exposure. Suner said he believes that this routine screening will “lead to earlier detection and earlier treatment which will prevent patients from falling through the cracks.” He said he hopes the study will lead to increased attention on carbon monoxide research as well as public awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide exposure is due to environmental factors, so routine screening of just one patient can lead to detection of an unsafe environment that affects many people, Suner said. He added that he and his team of researchers plan to extend their research into pediatrics at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The other researchers include Robert Partridge, adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine; Andrew Sucov, assistant professor of emergency medicine; Jonathan Valente, assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics; Kerlen Chee, house staff officer in emergency medicine and Gregory Jay, associate professor of emergency medicine. —Priyanka Ghosh

R.I.’s inmate costs highest in nation Rhode Island, a state with a prison population of about 3,800 men and women, has the highest cost per inmate for one year of imprisonment in the country, the New York Times reported Feb. 29. The article, based on a recent report from the Pew Center on the States, focused on the country’s incarceration rate, the highest in American history. “For the first time, more than one in every one hundred adults is now confined in an American jail or prison,” the report said. The Times article mentioned Rhode Island only very briefly, using the state’s $45,000 annual cost-per-inmate as an example of just how high state spending on corrections can be. “We don’t know what methodology they used in the (Times),” said Tracey Poole ’85, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Despite saying that expense reporting standards are not the same nationwide and that other states may calculate their costs differently, Poole admitted that there are some excessive costs involved with Rhode Island’s corrections system. Rhode Island is one of the few states that houses its eight correctional facilities in one complex — the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston. “We have all of the costs associated with someone coming in and going out,” Poole said of the consolidated design. In addition, she attributed costs to the facilities themselves. Not all the buildings were designed to be prisons; several of the buildings, for instance, were once mental hospitals, resulting in what Poole called “less than optimal sight lines.” In the maximum-security facility, for example, one guard can only watch twelve prisoners at a time. With ideal sight lines, that same guard could be watching nearly twice that many, she said. The wages paid to the extra staff necessary to accommodate these design flaws help account for the high costs, Poole said. Poole also cited the state’s high cost of living, diverse population and highly unionized work force as reasons for the inflated bill. High expenditures have not escaped scrutiny, however. In a Feb. 4 press release, Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 announced statewide budget cuts of over $130 million. When asked how these cuts would affect the Department of Corrections, Poole said that they forced the department to take a “hard look at the way (it does) business.” But she added that she did not see any drastic changes in the immediate future. The Pew Center’s report says that, in the face of “mushrooming bills,” states are seeking less expensive alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders. According to John Hardiman, the state’s chief public defender, this does not seem to be the case in Rhode Island. “I don’t see any attempt by the judiciary or prosecutors across the state to lessen the load on the ACI,” he told The Herald. Budget cuts are unlikely to change the way the prison system is run, Hardiman added. —Nick Bakshi

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A text message from the University.

Last Thursday at 11:52 a.m., Vice President of Administration and Chief Risk Officer Walter Hunter stood outside his University Hall office and watched students across the Main Green reach into their pockets and pull out their cell phones. Hunter had sent them a message. Just before noon, 7,000 Brown students and faculty received Hunter’s text, reminding them about the test of the emergency alert system siren, though Hunter said the mass text messaging was meant to test the message system more than to alert students of the siren.

Though he said the University had given students and faculty “plenty of advanced notice,” about the siren, they wanted to test the speed and ef fectiveness of the MIR3, Inc. e-mail, text, voice and fax alert system. Hunter and a colleague received the texts four minutes after activating the system. Over 3,500 students, or 60 percent of undergraduates, provided their cell phone numbers to the University earlier this year. The first request the University sent out asked students to mark one of three choices indicating whether continued on page 6

Dorm inspectors find 30 percent violate rules BY Sara Sunshine Contributing Writer

As the seasons slowly change on College Hill, certain unmistakable signs of spring emerge: warmer temperatures, occasional rain showers — and the second round of housing inspections. In the past week, health and safety inspectors from the Office of Residential Life have been visiting dormitories around campus, including Vartan Gregorian Quadrangle A and B, Hegeman, Barbour, Caswell, Emery, Minden, Morriss and Slater halls, said Richard Hilton, ResLife’s assistant director for operations. Some dorms are inspected during the fall rounds, while the rest are inspected in the spring. Though inspections have not been completed on all the dorms reviewed in the spring semester, the current statistics indicate that inspectors found violations in about 30 percent of the rooms they have visited this semester, with 178 violations found thus far. Last semester, about 16 percent of rooms inspected had violations, according to statistics from ResLife. A ResLife administrator attributed the difference in the number of violations to the difference in class year of inspected residents. Most freshmen-dominated residential halls, such as the rooms in Keeney Quadrangle, were inspected in the fall, while many of the dormitories visited this semester house mostly sophomores and juniors, said Associate Director of Housing and Residential Life Thomas Forsberg. Freshmen rooms usually have a lower number of violations, he said, citing their greater attention to the rules posted on a ResLife Web site. “My instinct is that Brown undergraduates read the Web site more rigorously before they get here than when they are here,” Forsberg said. The most common violation this semester involved unapproved power strips or extension cords, which were found in 42 rooms. Thirty-four rooms were cited for excessive wall decorations, and inspectors found 11 counts of excessive trash. But these numbers may not be an accurate depiction of the condition in residential halls. Students inter viewed by The Herald said they thought ResLife’s inspectors were not intent on catching violations and that it was easy to avoid

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Candles, excessive trash, too many wall decorations and unapproved electrical equipment are among the reasons dorm rooms don’t pass inspection. getting one. Adam Siegel ’09 said he saw the inspection process as “an exercise in futility” that the University performs for insurance purposes. “Brown is pretty lenient in allowing us to do whatever we want in the dorms,” Siegel said. Students also said of ficials seemed less likely to do a thorough inspection if a student was still in the room and consequently missed obvious violations. “It was a little awkward from the get-go,” Crow Norlander ’10 said. “I think I kind of intimidated them by being here.” Forsberg said the primary goal of the inspections isn’t necessarily finding every violation in residence halls. “The point of this is to make sure ever yone’s living safely,” he said. Students are notified that their hall is being inspected in advance with a “bulk e-mail,” and

inspectors conduct a “plain-sight” evaluation of the rooms, in which they enter the rooms and look only for violations immediately visible to the eye. Nate Johnson ’10 said he had no problems with the inspection process. “I’m not really upset about the fact that they inspect rooms. It’s their property,” he said. Other students such as Corrie Tan ’10 said they weren’t against the inspections, but they did view some rules, like those about candles, as a “little much”. The candle regulations, which stipulate a $100 fine per individual candle, “reflect(s)Residential Life policies of the time,” Forsberg said. The concerns about candles followed a series of tragic incidents with fire both around the nation and in Providence, he said. “We don’t want anybody to die,” Forsberg added.


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U. pledges not to spam students with alerts NFL’s rules could use a continued from page 5 they would provide their numbers, declined to give them or did not have a cell phone. Graduate students, medical students, faculty and staff were also included, though fewer graduate and medical students provided their numbers, Hunter said. But even if the University could contact only one-third of the student body, the word would spread rapidly, Hunter said. The text message system will not be used for spamming but only for “important, time-sensitive matters or essential systems tests,” he said. Some instances include “crime alerts where the situation is active” and major impending weather events, Hunter said. As far as weather is concerned, something at the level of a snow storm would not warrant a text message, but rather an e-mail, while a tornado would warrant use of the siren. Text messages would be employed more frequently than the

siren but much less frequently than e-mail alerts, Hunter said. Though some students may hesitate to give their numbers for privacy reasons, Hunter said the University would not “be releasing these cell phone numbers to anybody unless for an official purpose.” After the system test last Thursday, the University sent out another e-mail to all students who had not provided their numbers urging them to do so, Hunter said. The e-mail, which reported the success of the emergency notification system’s text messaging component, then informed students they had missed out. “The system did not send a text message to you, however, because we have no record on the system of you having a cell phone,” the e-mail read. Jentina Mitchell ’11 got the reminder in her inbox yesterday. “I hadn’t given them my number, so last night I got an angry e-mail saying, ‘Give us your numbers,’” Mitchell said. Though she said the e-mail was “weird,” she added that “it does make sense for the Universi-

ty to do the text message alerts.” She will be giving them her cell phone number now, she said, because before she “just never got around to it.” “If they used it only for emergencies, and rarely, then it would be more useful than annoying,” Mitchell said. Danielle Desbordes ’11 agreed. “I don’t think they would use it for any other reason other than warning us of something happening, and I would rather know than not know,” she said. Desbordes said she gave her number to the University the first time they asked for it. “It didn’t seem like a big deal to me because they were only going to use it for emergency purposes, and I don’t have a campus landline, so how else are they going to contact me?” she said. Though Chantel Taylor ’10 said she didn’t remember giving the University her number, she appreciated receiving the text on Thursday. “I definitely think it could be useful just because I always feel like I’m disconnected,” Taylor said. The text messages could be used for situations like the April, 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and “weather emergencies and anything that needs our immediate attention,” she said. And even if other students didn’t sign up to receive them, others could just for ward the texts, she said. “I think it’s a good idea as long as they don’t start spamming,” Taylor said.

redrafting of their own continued from page 12 terback has a radio in his helmet that allows him to communicate with a coach on the sideline and receive play calls. Why not give a defensive player a radio as well and eliminate the need for hand signals? If this change is implemented, and there’s a good chance it will be, I guess the Pats are just going to have to find another way to win Super Bowls. Offensive pass interference. I know it’s a relatively minor and infrequently flagged penalty, but this one has always bothered me. When a defender commits pass interference, it’s treated as if the receiver made the catch — whether it was an eight-yard slant or a 40-yard bomb down the sideline — and the ball is placed at the spot of the foul. (The notable exception is when pass interference is committed in the end zone, in which case the ball is placed at the one yard line.) When a receiver commits pass interference — and they usually do so to prevent an easy interception — the offense is given just a slap on the wrist: a 10-yard penalty and a doover on the down. I’m not saying we should treat offensive pass interference calls as if an interception occurred. But why not make the penalty at least a little harsher and make the beaten wideout think twice before he drags that cornerback to the ground before the ball arrives? Loss of down, anyone? Overtime. The league’s overtime

procedures have needed revision for years. Under the current sudden death system, the first team to score wins the game. All too often, the coin toss that determines who gets the ball first ends up deciding the game. From 1994 (when kickoffs were moved back five yards to the 30, giving the return team better field position, on average) through 2002, almost one-third of all overtime games have been won on the first possession by the team that made the correct choice between “heads” and “tails,” giving the other team no chance to score on offense. Granted, historically the team that gets possession first wins the game only slightly more than half the time — in 52 percent of overtime games, from 1974 through 2003. But there’s something morally objectionable — not unlike, say, Bill Belicheat’s tactics (last one, I swear) — about one team not getting an offensive possession. Any change that gives both teams a chance to score, or at least lessens the coin toss winner’s advantage, would be an improvement. Proposals include implementing a system similar to that used in college football, where each team is guaranteed a possession, or requiring a team to score six points to win, which would prevent a team from winning on a single field goal.

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Marketing ‘Japanese’ knives — in R.I. continued from page 1 TV on local channels, especially late at night, you still see the Ginsu idioms. The breathless demonstrations are still present.” Between 1978 and 1984, when Valenti sold his advertising company to investor Warren Buffet, the Ginsu earned $50 million in sales. But wait, there’s more: Thirty years after hitting the airwaves, the Ginsu name may carve its way onto a Warwick street sign. In January, representatives in the Rhode Island General Assembly introduced a bill proposing that an unnamed sidestreet by Valenti’s Warwick office bechristened “Ginsu Way,” in recognition of Rhode Island’s role in the company’s success and influence. ‘What the hell was that?’ In 1975, Valenti was an account executive at an NBC affiliate in Providence, but he was looking to make a few dollars on the side. Inspired by ads hawking music compilation tracks but looking for something with more universal appeal, Valenti and his friend, Barry Becher, bought a painting pad roller gadget from a home goods show to sell on TV. After he was turned down by New York City’s Madison Avenue ad agencies, Valenti decided to make his own commercial for the product, which he named the Miracle Painter. “There was historical precedence for making that decision because the Titanic was built by experts, but Noah’s Ark was built by amateurs,” Valenti said. Valenti’s commercial opened with a man painting a ceiling while wearing a tuxedo. The voice-over asked, “Why is this man painting his ceiling in a tuxedo?” The arresting beginning caught the public’s attention — and Madison Avenue’s as well. “Since then it has been endlessly imitated — maybe the right word is stealing — to do something very imaginative and very astonishing in the first few seconds of the commercial, such as a man painting a ceiling in a tuxedo,” Valenti said. “What better way to illustrate ‘no drip’?” The style of the commercial became known as “grease copy,” Valenti said, “because if you can capture (the audience) in the first few seconds, they say, ‘What the hell was that?’ and you can slide them into the rest of the commercial.” Valenti decided to use 800 numbers and credit cards to deal with orders, and said he created the phrase “toll-free” for the call-in lines. With Becher’s basement and garage as their warehouse, Valenti and Becher sold Miracle Painters to the likes of Johnny Carson, John Wayne and the Russian embassy,

Valenti said. ‘A great sense of foreplay’ In the late 1970s, when Valenti and his Warwick-based ad agency Dial Media decided to sell a knife from Fremont, Ohio, called “Eversharp,” they knew they had to come up with an alluringly exotic story for the product. After playing with the idea of pretending the knife was from Scandinavia or the Middle East, they settled on Japan. So where did the name Ginsu come from? “Drugs were great in the ’70s,” Valenti joked. Actually, he and his friends were “sitting around, being silly and speaking fake Japanese,” when, “someone uttered ‘Ginsu’ and it just seemed to fit,” he said. Valenti credits the knife and the commercial’s success to the fact that, “at the end of the offer, you don’t know what you’re getting, but you know it doesn’t cost a lot.” The 1978 commercial first touts the knife’s ability to stay sharp, even after slicing through a tin can. Buyers were also promised a carving fork, a “six-in-one kitchen tool,” a set of six “precision steak knives” (“their handles match the Ginsu!”) and a “spiral slicer.” “It’s the most incredible knife offer ever!” the informercial voiceover exclaims. The knife has cut itself a slice of American pop culture. Valenti said it was the inspiration for John Belushi’s Saturday Night Live skit “Samurai Delicatessen,” and it was also the subject of a Jerry Seinfeld stand-up routine. It has been mentioned on shows and movies from “The Sopranos” to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Thompson, the Syracuse professor, said the signature line, “But wait, there’s more!” created “a great sense of foreplay.” “By the time the commercial was over, you’d think, ‘How could I be so stupid to not take advantage of it?’ ” he said. Thompson admitted that he bought a set of Ginsu knives off an infomercial when he was younger. “I’ve never used them to cut myself out of a safe, but they’ll cut through a tomato,” he said. According to Thompson, the “But wait, there’s more” idea is not new. He compared the late-night infomercial’s shock and entertainment tactics to those of a 19thcentury “snake-oil salesman.” But the Ginsu commercials perfected the art, Thompson said, and have “transcended cutlery to become an American icon.” Valenti’s latest marketing efforts have focused on a 2005 book he wrote with Becher, “The Wisdom Of Ginsu: Carve Yourself A Piece Of The American Dream.” The book

Nelson’s ’77 firm going to court over television deal continued from page 1 In the complaint, Providence Equity accuses Wachovia of getting “an acute case of ‘lender’s remorse’” and asks the court to force Wachovia to fund the purchase or pay damages for the $45 million break-up fee and other costs Providence Equity will have to pay. Several banks have recently become cautious about funding large purchases because of the worsening economy, according to a Feb.

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25 New York Times article about the lawsuits. Representatives of Providence Equity and Clear Channel declined to comment on the case. Wachovia did not return a request for comment. Providence Equity, founded in 1989, manages over $20 billion in funds worldwide, primarily in media and communications, according to its Web site. The sale is being managed through Newport Television.

combines the story of the Ginsu knife with Valenti’s business and life advice, he said. The advice is “back-to-basic personal and business strategies I’ve used over the last 30 years,” Valenti said. “Those Ginsu-isms let me take a knife ... and make 50 million in sales.” ‘A sharp idea’ Bald Hill Road in Warwick is a major retail street and state highway lined with strip malls. Near a recently built state courthouse and a parking garage, a 500-foot strip of pavement connects Bald Hill Road with nearby Quaker Lane. It also happens to run right past Valenti’s office at PriMedia, the company he currently runs. The short street has no name, but Act 7312 in the Rhode Island General Assembly is trying to officially dub the road “Ginsu Way.” “It would be a nice gesture to recognize the fact that ... the father of the infomercial, the inventor of Ginsu, is a Rhode Islander who became successful and raised family here,” said Rep. David Caprio, DDist. 34, who represents Narragansett and is one of the representatives who introduced the bill in January. Caprio said Valenti first suggested the idea to him last summer. Caprio said no addresses would change if the street were renamed, since all the buildings have addresses on the adjacent streets. “It’s more symbolic than functional,” Caprio said. “I just think it’s a sharp idea,” Valenti cracked. Caprio said the bill had been introduced in a committee hearing and was well received. “Anyone who said anything thought it was a good idea,” he said. “Ever yone remembered the commercials,” Caprio added. “But they didn’t know it was born here in Rhode Island.” The bill has not been voted on yet and still needs to pass through committee and the Assembly, Senate and governor. In the meantime, the story has received worldwide attention. The story about the bill appeared nationally in an Associated Press article, and, according to Valenti, in international newspapers ­— in Japan. And though Valenti said he thought the gesture of renaming the street was “wonderful,” his highest aspiration is for a different kind of namesake. “I won’t have lived until there’s a sandwich” named after him, Valenti said. “I’m fortunate enough to have the respect and acclaim of everyone in the business ... but I don’t have a sandwich.”

Simmons: U. doing enough continued from page 1 high quality education for as many students as want to go to college. For our part, we will work to contain costs and manage our endowment in the most effective way possible.” Simmons also noted that Brown is limited in how it can use its endowment, telling the senators that the University is “legally and ethically prohibited” from spending too much from endowment funds and contravening donors’ intentions for the money’s use. “Currently, three-quarters of Brown’s $2.6 billion endowment is restricted to purposes other than undergraduate financial aid,” she added. The University announced its recent aid expansion — which eliminates contributions from most families earning under $60,000, abolishes loans for families earning less than $100,000 and reduces debt for all students receiving aid — on Feb. 23, after it had received the senators’ request but before it responded. The move came on the heels of similar announcements from many of Brown’s peers. The University Resources Committee, which proposed the increased aid budget, cited both competitive and political forces as motivations for the move in a report to Simmons. The University also announced in February that it would pay out 5.89 percent of the endowment’s total value next year, exceeding for the first time a decadesold guideline that dictated endowment draw be set between 4.5 and 5.5 percent. Brown calculates endowment payout on a three-year average value rather than the endowment’s current value to compensate for year-to-year fluctuations in growth. The policy Grassley said he might propose requires that colleges and universities draw at least five percent of their endowments every year. The responses of colleges and universities that received the letter “will help inform” Grassley’s decisions about whether to pursue such a requirement in the Finance Committee, said Jill Gerber, Grassley’s Finance Committee spokeswoman.

Of the recent announcements by Brown and other institutions, Gerber said Grassley “thinks the voluntary action is great, and he’d like to see more of it.” But, she added, “The schools that have taken that action are still just a fraction of the schools with sizeable endowments.” Proposing the endowment draw requirement, she said, remains on the table. Gerber could not say what action the Finance Committee might take next, or when. Replies to the Jan. 24 request, which asked institutions to reply within 30 days, have been “coming in very steadily,” she said. But, she added, “It will take a while for staff to analyze the responses and draw conclusions about what universities are reporting.” Brown’s response included the letter from Simmons and 14 pages of extensive statistics describing the inner workings of Brown’s endowment, how it compensates and evaluates its investment managers and how it calculates financial aid. As leaders of the Finance Committee, Baucus and Grassley have long been focused on the charitable sector and other tax-exempt organizations, according to Brian Flahaven, director of government relations at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Their recent focus on colleges is an extension of that interest, he said. His organization believes that payout decisions “ought to be left in the hands of college and university endowment managers” to enable schools to balance growth with current needs, he said. Flahaven said he believes colleges and universities will use the committee’s request to explain the importance of flexibility in endowment management and how universities with endowments differ from charitable foundations. Recent signs of an economic downturn may depress the high endowment returns of recent years that caught the attention of the Finance Committee, he said, underscoring the need for colleges and universities to be able to restrict endowment draw when longterm growth is threatened.

Terriers defeat w. lax, 4-3 continued from page 12 goal of the game with just 1:21 remaining to produce the 16-4 final. King made nine saves for Brown, while Rachel Klein tallied seven for BU. Eight yellow cards were handed out in the penalty-filled game. In total, BU tallied four of its 16 goals on free position shots, results of

Bruno penalties. The Bears will attempt to rebound on Saturday when they host Stony Brook at 1 p.m. “We had some problems coming together, but we’re going to learn from our mistakes and move on,” King said. “Tomorrow at practice we’ll regroup, refocus and start again to get ready for Saturday.”


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continued from page 1 hip-hop has not always been this way. The movie describes how the narrowing of hip-hop’s scope corresponds to its commercialization and takeover by major record labels. The documentar y’s take is that record labels want to project only the violent, sexist and homophobic aspects of hip-hop. At one point, Hurt inter views several aspiring rappers and asks them why they rap about violence. They respond that violence is what gets an artist signed; music executives do not want nice music, the rappers say. “Media and corporations define hip-hop,” Hurt says in the film. The central metaphor of the film is that masculinity is a box. Power, money and girls are in the box. Inside is for the “pimps” — for those who have power — while the outside is for the weak. Hurt argues that hip-hop is trapped in this “box mentality” almost as a form of protection. In “Hip-Hop,” Hurt says that he was inspired to make the documentar y when he turned on the TV one day and realized that all rap videos are the same: They all involve scantily clad women and men wearing bling and throwing money at the camera. He then decided to make a film examining why these themes are omnipresent in hip-hop culture. The documentar y is not a straight criticism of hip-hop. Hurt starts the documentary by saying that he grew up on hip-hop and confesses that he sometimes feels bad criticizing it. But he adds that men “need to take a good, hard look at ourselves” and see what they are perpetuating with such music. In the question-and-answer session, Hurt said there was much less backlash in the music industry than he was expecting. He prepared himself for rappers cursing him out in songs, but nothing happened. He said that he thought that music moguls who were not portrayed well in the film dropped the matter because they didn’t want to bring more media attention upon themselves. The documentar y was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. It is also being shown to high schools across the country to educate people about hip-hop, Hurt said after the film’s screening. The 70 or so people in the audience were enthusiastic throughout the film, giving it a loud ovation after ward. During the questionand-answer session, several people said that the movie changed their perspectives on hip-hop.

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who, the first part of the season, was a ver y integral part of our team,” said Head Coach Craig Robinson. “It’s tougher to watch because I know how badly Mark wants to play.” MacDonald, who started 15 of Brown’s first 16 games at center, is averaging 6.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. But MacDonald appears to be taking his injury in stride. Though he said he’s “obviously disappointed” that he can’t play, he’s thankful that his injur y wasn’t so serious that he couldn’t study at Brown. He isn’t even devastated that he can’t be involved in the last part of the team’s first winning season in five years, the only one in his time here. “The team has made it easier on me because we’re winning,” he said. “I’m part of it ever y day in practice. I still show leadership.” Robinson said MacDonald hasn’t missed a practice, and he’s been acting as a player-coach, help-

ing some of the younger players. Still, MacDonald said he gets ner vous during games, much more than he did when he was playing, because he can’t control what’s happening. “The worst was our loss at Cornell” two weeks ago, when the Bears were effectively knocked out of the Ivy League title race, he said. MacDonald also has had to grapple with the temptation of coming back too soon from such a serious injury. After the concussion, he sat for a week and a half, missing two games. Then he practiced for a day and played at home against Dartmouth and Har vard on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, respectively. He logged about five minutes in each contest. But at practice on the following Tuesday, he felt what he called a “tension headache,” describing it as a band binding him between his two ears and around the back of his head. The pain didn’t go away the next day, so he told the trainers, who then prohibited him from

physical activity indefinitely. Over the past three weeks, MacDonald has been tempted to push his body and come back. If he went two days without a headache, he would ask if he could start practicing. “I was always nudging my trainers, but they kept their heads,” MacDonald said. Finally, MacDonald’s doctors and trainers allowed him to start practicing this Wednesday, and he and Robinson expect MacDonald to play tonight and tomorrow. His return is especially important since Matt Muller y ’10, who had been starting at center for MacDonald, will probably not play this weekend because he injured his knee against Princeton last Friday. Besides sidelining him for the bulk of the Ivy season, the injur y also came at a bad time because MacDonald is looking to play professionally in Europe next year. But he’s optimistic that his recent downtime won’t hurt too much since many teams could use a

“skilled big man.” The Lexington, Mass., native also hopes to be on the court for another reason this weekend: His father has attended all his home games this season, and he will be in the stands at Har vard and Dartmouth to see his son finish his collegiate career. “My father has always been my biggest fan,” MacDonald said. “It’s going to mean a lot to me” to play this weekend. Robinson, though, has another vision for how MacDonald will end his playing career. “It’d be nice if we would win our last regular-season games and set a new record for Brown and maybe get a chance to win a postseason game or two,” Robinson said. The Bears, who will finish league play in second place, are hoping to improve on their 17-9 overall record this weekend and earn an invitation to either the National Invitational Tournament or the new, 16-team College Basketball Invitational.


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Diamonds and coal Coal to the Clinton campaign. Bringing Chelsea to Viva? You know most Buxton residents can’t vote, right? A welcoming diamond to Bishop John Shelby Spong, who will present his views on abortion on campus, thanks to Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom. We’re still waiting on the yoga-practicing tantric-sex expert to be brought by an unrelated group, Spiritual Freedom for Reproductive Youth. A delicious diamond to the new premium salad bar at Jo’s. Finally, a classy, healthy and overpriced option worthy of the post-Fish Co. crowd. Coal to RecycleMania, the annual college competition in which we always score poorly. But just like the U.S. News and World Report rankings, it doesn’t count. A cubic zirconium to whoever started the bomb threat at URI a week after it got a grant for an explosive research center. We get the humor, but think bomb threats are a bit over the top. Coal to the two alums who made a documentary about hip-hop in Morocco. As if we haven’t heard enough about Moroccan hip-hop festivals already. A diamond (and some Pepto-Bismol) to Saurabh Kohli ’08 who, in three hours of intense tennis competition, faced five player disputes, four line-judge challenges, three sets, two time-outs for cramps and one “regurgitation.” It may be March, but reading that sentence made us start humming our favorite Christmas carol. An ambiguous cubic zirconium to Dean of Admission James Miller ’73 for your baffling answer when asked about how our new financial aid policies compare to those at peer schools. Comparing financial aid plans is like “comparing apples to Volkswagens”? That may impress literary arts concentrators, but no one was fooled by your later comment that it’s “bigger than a lot but smaller than some.” Fair enough. And a big lump of coal to throw at potential attackers for the student whose samurai swords were confiscated by DPS. Hopefully, this will be enough to protect you when you encounter a student dressed as a commando prowling the CIT.

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Letters Explicit time frame should exist for full prof. review To the Editor: We are writing to clarify the situation with regard to the consideration of associate professors for review to full professor. Currently, Brown has no written policy that gives a specific time frame for when that review should occur (not a 12 year policy, as The Herald reported). In contrast to her peers, Brown has a large percentage of associate professors who have been in rank for double digit years and who have never been brought forward by their departments for review for promotion to full. The lack of a written statement about when a promotion to full review should occur is in stark contrast to our peer institutions. The goals behind the TPAC proposal to provide an explicit time frame for a promotion to full professor review are to encourage senior faculty to mentor their younger colleagues, to bring us in line with our

peer institutions, and to give recently tenured faculty hope of professional advancement. We agree with the eloquent comment by President Simmons that Brown is in effect punishing its long-standing tenured associate professors who would long ago have been considered for promotion elsewhere. We hope that the Faculty will vote in April to remedy this appalling injustice.

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Boldly emboldening Iran BY JacoB SchUman Opinons Columnist Remember back on Oct. 3, when President George W. Bush warned Americans that pulling out of Iraq too early would “embolden Iran”? War supporters framed this argument as crucial geopolitical strategy — a dysfunctional or partitioned Iraq would allow dangerous Iranian influence to creep across its borders and spread menacingly throughout the Middle East. Moreover, U.S. failure in the region would encourage Tehran to push forward with its nuclear program. John McCain continues to promote this line of argument, declaring on his campaign Web site that pulling out of Iraq would “greatly embolden Iran.” Of course, that all looks a little silly just over five months later, in light of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first official visit to Iraq on March 2. The Iraqi government eagerly welcomed Ahmadinejad — the first Iranian president in history to visit Iraq — after decades of rivalry, conflict and enormous bloodshed. After a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Ahmadinejad declared cheerfully, “Today, by the grace of God, our two countries’ leaders have agreed to cement their brotherly relations.” The Iraqi administration echoed these sentiments — Talabani promising that “economic, oil, political and security issues” would all be negotiated, and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki minimizing American criticism of Iran by saying: “The level of trust is very high. And I say frankly that the position Iran has taken recently was very helpful in bringing back security and stability.” Ahmadinejad responded more boldly to U.S. critiques, standing alongside al-Maliki, who said nothing to dispute his words: “You can tell Mr. Bush that

making accusations about others will increase the Americans’ problems in the region. They will have to accept the facts in the area. The Iraqi people do not like the Americans.” Is it fair to say that Iran has been emboldened yet? The truth of the current geopolitical construction of the Middle East and the IraqiIranian relationship is that the Bush administration — this is a common refrain, so say it with me now — had absolutely no idea what it was doing or talking about in regard to the problem.

the United States was covertly selling weapons to both Saddam Hussein and the Islamic government in Iran during the 1980s. Ending Hussein’s Sunni-dominated secular regime in Iraq, and replacing it with a democratic, Shiite-controlled and religiously influenced government, was probably the surest way to ease tensions between the neighbors and enhance both of their powers. Naturally, I don’t approve of the imperial, amoral policy the United States pursued in the region during the Cold War. Nevertheless, if our country is going to implement an imperial,

Naturally, I don’t approve of the imperial, amoral policy the United States pursued in the Middle East during the Cold War. Nevertheless, if our country is going to implement an imperial, amoral policy in the region, then we should at least do it right. In fact, the best, though perhaps most cynical, way to have kept Iran in check would have been to leave former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein — a secular Sunni — in power. I do not know this because I am particularly skilled in international diplomacy or politics of the Middle East. Rather, I know this because it was American policy for nearly 30 years. Indeed, the very reason that Iran and Iraq have to “get over” a recent war in their relationship (the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, which totalled over a million causalities) is because

amoral policy in the region, then we should at least do it right. In truth, there was no way that an invasion of Iraq, whether it went splendidly or terribly, would not end with a more powerful Iran — a democratic, Shiite-majority Iraq would naturally ally itself with a friendly Shiite Iran, an ethnically partitioned Iraq would permit Iran to extend its influence over the smaller and less powerful states, and an anarchic failedstate Iraq would allow Iran to invade and capture territory rich in strategic and economic

value. Not only has the Bush administration failed miserably in the Iraq venture, but it has failed miserably on its own terms. Scrambling to deal with the new political reality, the administration has attempted to play Saudi Arabia and Syria off Iran in order to balance its growing power. Yet these diplomatic maneuvers have proven relatively unsuccessful, as Syria continues its close relationship with Tehran while the spread of Iranian influence, and its nuclear program, continues unabated. Iranian power is likely going to increase no matter what we do. What’s important now is ensuring that the expansion of this influence occurs as safely and as stably as possible. Engaging with Tehran would be a good first step in this direction, as would continuing to push for a just settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reducing our reliance on Middle East oil. These are just more common refrains regarding U.S. policy in the region. Yet, for geopolitical strategists and those concerned about the rise of Iran, these issues have adopted new significance as tactical, political and economic — not just moral — imperatives. The Bush administration, seemingly unable to plan more than a week past the initial invasion of Iraq, has emboldened Iran more than anyone in the Islamic regime there could have hoped, despite the fact that this was explicitly the opposite of its stated goal. Bush’s failure is another geopolitical mess the next administration must address. This means accepting revitalized Iranian power in the region, and both balancing and accommodating this change with diplomatic and economic — not military — initiatives.

Jacob Schuman ’08 was once called the worst audience participant Cirque du Soleil ever had

Class and college access in Rhode Island BY JOSH LERNER Guest Columnist Last week I asked a group of 30 Central Falls ninth-grade students to raise their hands if they planned on going to college after graduation. As I’ve come to expect at my job, nearly every hand shot up. In my role as a college adviser with the Brown chapter of the National College Advising Corps, it’s hard to ignore the sheer desire to go to college among the young people with whom I work. Unfortunately, because of the barriers in opportunity facing these students, many will no longer see these college dreams as reality by their senior year. Within four years, many of these hopeful hands will be lowered quietly to their desks. In my work with the National College Advising Corps, my goal is to increase college enrollment and awareness among students within Rhode Island’s urban districts. In talking with students about college, it is not my goal to push a value system predominant to a white, upper-class circle (one, admittedly, that I grew up with), but to be involved in a process that grants students opportunities they might not otherwise have. For the truth is that college access remains strictly segregated by class. Students from the top income quartile are almost twice as likely to attain a bachelor’s degree as those from the lowest income quartile. Accordingly, low-income students are more likely to attend two-year colleges, but this says little about their potential to graduate from such institutions. According to the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, the graduation and transfer rates for low-income students of color at the

Community College of Rhode Island are 4.4 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively. In other words, close to 80 percent of these students entering CCRI will not finish with any type of college degree. For low-income students whose parents have not attended college, the barriers to attaining a college degree are numerous. With often busier work schedules, higher rates of mobility and differences in language, families are less likely to know how to navigate the complicated processes of college admis-

public school students in low-income Rhode Island districts are academically unprepared for college-level work. With increased pressure to teach basic concepts in order to improve scores on looming tests, administrators and teachers in urban districts often find little time to focus on the seemingly far-off goal of college access. Meanwhile, according to Dr. Nicole Farmer Hurd, director of the National College Advising Corps, the national average student-to-guidance counselor ratio in low-income districts is more than 400:1. When college counselors

These days, I feel lucky each time I sit down with high school seniors to work on a scholarship application or prepare for a college interview. sions and financial aid. Economic difficulties at home lead many students to give up on college dreams early on, accepting the idea that college is prohibitively expensive before they learn how they can benefit from systems of financial aid. And with less time surrounded by college-educated adults, students often go through high school never having developed an accurate understanding of what college is and what a degree can do for them. At school, these obstacles persist. Recent results of the New England Common Assessment Program highlight the disparity in achievement between low-income and upperincome districts, showing that the majority of

are overburdened by case-loads, one wonders how it is possible for those students who need the most assistance to receive any support at all on their path to college. The end result of these barriers is that, even for those low-income students who are academically qualified to enroll in a four-year institution, college access remains a distant dream. In the 2007 report of Education and Economic Mobility, Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution notes that “at every step in the process of preparing for, applying to, attending, and graduating from four-year universities, students from poor families are at a substantial disadvantage.” Somewhere along the line in

that process — from learning about college options and filling out applications to finding academic and financial resources upon enrollment — the system breaks down. Too many students and their families lose their way. This year, college advisers with the College Advising Corps at Brown have assisted over 400 students and their families in navigating the college admissions process, from start to finish. This position has allowed us to work one-on-one with extraordinary teenagers and meet their parents in family workshops, to drive caravans of seniors to visit local colleges and organize successful after-school tutoring programs, to cheer our students on in basketball games and swim meets and be a guest of their religious communities in local churches. As college advisers, we have been granted the privilege of entering into trusting and supportive relationships with students at a turning point in their lives. Their enrollment in college this summer will be a momentous achievement for them. But, in truth, it will be only one reward (of many) for the work we have done together this year. These days, I feel lucky each time I sit down with high school seniors to work on a scholarship application or prepare for a college interview. I am excited to see where the work we do together now will take them in the future. Meanwhile, I think back to that ninth-grade group with their hands raised. Within six weeks, I’ll have talked to the entire freshman class. And I wonder what it will take to keep those hands in the air.

Josh Lerner ’07 wants you to apply to be a college adviser with the National College Advising Corps. E-mail him at Joshua_Lerner@brown.edu


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The ‘No Fun League’? Try ‘No Fair’ I know, I know. The NFL season has been over for more than a month now. There hasn’t been a real live snap, tackle or botched Super Bowl-clinching interception by Asante Samuel since Feb. 3. (My deepest condolences, Pats fans. Seriously). Even though I realize most of the sports world has already moved on Alex Mazerov from the gridiron, Master Mazerov I ask that you indulge me for a Maz’s Minute and allow this NFL junkie to write about football one last time before he comes to terms with the fact that he won’t be hearing that Monday Night Football theme for a long, long time. With that in mind, I’d like to talk about some things that annoyed me last season (other than the Redskins’ dismal play for most of the year, of course): bad rules. During every offseason, the NFL Competition Committee examines existing rules and recommends rule changes to improve the game. NFL owners have the final say. Here are a few tweaks the league should make. Sideline-field communications. If Spygate has taught us one thing, it’s that the Patriots are cheaters. If the scandal has taught us two things, it’s that the Patriots are cheaters (sorry, had to get that in there one more time) and that defenses shouldn’t have to worry about their signs being stolen by the opposing team, legally or not. Let’s level the playing field, so to speak, and give defenses the same luxury that offenses have. The quar-

The Bears are hoping to get center Mark MacDonald ’08 back on the court this weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth.

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After injury, ‘Big Mac’ hopes for big finish By Stu Woo Senior Editor

Damon Huffman ’08 and Mark McAndrew ’08 had the best Senior Weekend they could’ve imagined last week. In their final home games, the captains led the Bears to a sweep of Princeton and Penn, helped tie Brown’s season-single win record (17) and basked in a standing ovation as they walked off the court. This weekend, they’re looking to break the season win record on the way to getting a possible berth to a postseason tournament. The team’s third senior and captain, Mark MacDonald ’08,

wants all that, too. But “Big Mac,” as his teammates call him, also has a simpler, more personal goal in mind: He wants his regular season to end with him on the court instead of the sideline. As the Bears streak toward one of their most successful seasons in the program’s histor y, MacDonald has spent much of it watching from the end of the bench, wearing a tailor-made dark suit on his 6-foot-9 frame instead of an extra-large Brown jersey. The center has missed nearly all of the Ivy League season since suffering a concussion 37 seconds into the Bears’ Ivy home opener against Yale on Jan. 26.

As the team was transitioning to offense, Chris Skrelja ’09 accidentally elbowed him in the head. MacDonald fell face-first and was unconscious for about 10 seconds. He was taken out of the game and diagnosed with what trainers told him was a severe concussion. MacDonald has missed eight out of the past 10 games because he had been suffering post-concussion symptoms, and he is still not a lock to play the team’s final regular-season games at Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend. “It’s tough on our team because we’re missing a player

Sprinter Burns the rest of field for All-Ivy honors By Megan McCahill Assistant Sports Editor

Nicole Burns ’09 was named First Team All-Ivy in the 400-meter dash after winning the event in 55.78 seconds at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships last weekend, helping the women’s track team to a second-place

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK finish. She was also named Second Team All-Ivy in the 200-meter after finishing second in 25.0 seconds. To complement these honors, Burns has also been named The Herald’s Athlete of the Week. Herald: How does it feel to be named First Team All-Ivy? Were you expecting it at all? Burns: Based on my performance last year, I had high expectations for myself this year. I didn’t assume that I would win, but I knew how I could perform and expected myself to reach that level. When you took first in the 400-meter, was there a point before or during the race when you knew that you were going to win? The 400-meters indoors is a little different from outdoors because it’s two laps, so the difference is who is

going to be able step it up for the first 200 meters because that’s when you cut in ahead of the other runners, and they usually can’t get around you. So once I got ahead in the (first) 200 meters and was first to cut in, I knew if I could just maintain my speed, I would win. When did you first start running track? I started running track my junior year of high school. Up until then I had played all kinds of other sports — field hockey, lacrosse, basketball — and the track coach had always noticed that I was really fast in those sports. (Laughs.) I wasn’t all that coordinated in them, but I was fast. So junior year, he finally persuaded me to come out for track and I realized I had some talent and kept with it. Do you have a preference between indoor and outdoor season? I prefer the outdoor season. I like the 400-meter better (outdoors) because you have your own lane the whole time and can’t lose over making any silly mistakes on when to cut in. I also just like being outside in the warm weather, even though in New England it takes way longer than other places for it to get warm. continued on page 4

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Nicole Burns’ ’09 first-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships helped Bruno to a second-place team finish.

After taking a 3-2 lead against No. 14 Boston University, the women’s lacrosse team discovered that the Terriers’ bite was much worse than their bark. BU scored 13 straight goals to bur y Brown, 16-4, on Wednesday evening at the Berylson Family Fields. The defeat dropped Bruno’s record to 1-3. Head Coach Keely McDonald ’00 said it was a tough loss to swallow, “especially on (our) home turf.” “I think that they came out really strong and played their game,” she added. The Terriers struck first, 3:58 into the game, on the first of Lauren Morton’s five goals, but the Bears answered with two goals less than a minute apart. Alexa Caldwell ’11 scored her second goal of the season at 10:11 off a pass from Meghan Markowski ’10, and Kara Kelly ’10 converted on a free position shot for her fourth goal of the season to give Brown the lead. The teams then traded goals. BU tied the game at 14:23, but Brown took a 3-2 lead at 16:01 when Ali Holland ’08 scored her second goal of the season after a pass from Kiki Manners ’10. The Bears hung with one of the top teams in the country for more than half of the period. “It’s great to start off a game like that,” said Melissa King ’08. “We’re just going to try to play 60 minutes and keep the energy up, and keep the sense of urgency up all game.” But Brown wasn’t able to do that against BU, and things went bad in a hurry. The Terriers rallied to tie the game just 35 seconds after Holland’s goal, on Molly Collins’ second goal of the game — and they were off to the races from there. After Morton scored on a free position shot with 7:40 left to give BU a 5-3 lead, McDonald called a timeout, but the Bears were unable to stop the bleeding. “Once they got on a run, we weren’t able to get the momentum back in our favor,” McDonald said. In all, the Terriers closed out the half with eight straight goals, including four in the final 2:11, devastating Brown going into the half. Erica Baumgartner’s goal with 11 seconds left increased BU’s lead to 10-3. Getting a break at halftime didn’t change the Bears’ fortune either. Morton scored her fifth goal just 1:01 into the second half, and the Terriers added four more goals in the next 12:44 to extend their lead to 15-3. “You always want to try to control the pace of the game and the momentum, so whenever something like that happens, you just try to push back and refocus and regroup and move forward,” King said. The Bears were finally able to do that, righting the ship for the final 16 minutes of the game. Jadie DeTolla ’08 ended the Terriers’ scoring streak 16:05 into the half with her sixth goal of the season to cut the lead to 15-4. Still, Collins tacked on her third continued on page 7

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