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On Feb. 23, the University’s highest governing body announced a budget that would increase the net investment in graduate education to $12.4 million from $10.8 million. The increased funding will allow the Graduate School to expand the first-year class without having to reduce the level of support for each student, said Sheila Bonde, dean of the Graduate School. Stipends for both current and entering doctoral students on University support will increase from $18,500 to $19,000, said Richard Spies, executive vice president for planning and senior adviser to the president. Spies said the change in stipend will not affect master’s students. “Most of those programs do not regularly provide fellowship support.” Spies said that Brown’s more competitive stipend will be more attractive to prospective doctoral students. “Obviously, any increase in sti-
David Gumbiner ’08 had never smoked a cigarette before he spent a semester in India, China and South Africa last spring. But while he was abroad, Gumbiner started to smoke
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One of the trees on the Front Green fell during the weekend, damaging part of the natural art installation created in 2006 by artist Patrick Dougherty.
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For charity, med students become doctors of love By Connie Zheng Contributing Writer
Program in Liberal Medical Education and Alpert Medical School students strutted and stripped on the stage of List 120 to a full house Friday night for the second annual “Date-a-Doctor,” a charity auction designed to raise money for asthmatic children. The event raised $2,091 for the Community Asthma Programs at Providence’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital from donations and bids for the 18 students auctioned off, said Lauren De Leon MD’10, the event’s organizer. The winning bids ranged from $60 to $145. Last year’s Date-a-Doctor brought in $3,641, with a top bid of $469, The Herald reported last year. The auction was again hosted by Breeze Against Wheeze, a group run by Brown medical and undergraduate students that sponsors an annual five-kilometer run in Providence. Conceived in 2001 by a Brown medical student, the race raises about a quarter of the total costs for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Asthma Camp, according to the Breeze Web site. Date-a-Doctor primarily seeks to raise money for the weeklong summer camp, which is for asthmatic nine- to 13-year-olds from any income level, according to the Asthma Camp Web site. At the camp, the children participate in outdoor activities while learning to manage asthma.
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An Rx for Love Top Fetchers at Date-a-Doctor $125 $120 $120 $110 $110
Lauren De Leon MD’10 Armando Bedoya ‘07 MD’11 Laura Slavin MD’11 Tina Charest ‘07 MD’11 Monica Kaitz MD’11
“Let’s remember why we’re here,” said Adam Vasconcellos ’07 MD’11, one of the auction’s two emcees, after bids for the first participant stalled at $25. The quip drew loud laughter from the audience, and the bids for Michael Gart MD’10, a Breeze co-president, eventually soared up to $100 as Gart flexed his chest muscles through a tight shirt for the audience. After reading each participant’s brief autobiography — while often making a few raunchy changes of their own — emcees Vasconcellos and Andrea Dean MD’10 opened up bidding to the audience. The bids typically started at $20 but were sometimes higher when a particular line from the biography struck a chord with the audience. “You want walk beach with me?” Aleksey Novikov ’07 MD’11 asked the audience in an exaggerated accent, after the emcees told the crowd that Novikov enjoyed walks on the beach. Novikov’s line elicited much laughter from the audience. Not all high bidders received dates from their doctors, with
Cultural Collage AASA showcases beats, breakdancing and boardbreaking abilities
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Incoming first-years may see rooms in 3-D By Chaz Kelsh Senior Staf f Writer
A Brown student’s business venture could vastly reduce the shock incoming freshmen feel when they see their dorm rooms for the first time. Digital Wingman, Inc., co-founded by Jake Powers ’09 in January 2007 to produce three-dimensional renderings of dorm rooms for colleges and universities nationwide, could create images of Brown residence halls, said Richard Bova, senior associate dean for the Office of Residential Life. The renderings give future residents a full picture of their rooms from different angles, including not only the size and shape of the room but also the furniture supplied. The images can also include the actual textures of the furniture. Brown could purchase renderings from Digital Wingman to have them available as soon as next fall, Bova said. “I would so much look forward to being able to provide (the renderings) to students,” he said, adding that it could help incoming firstyears and current students entering the housing lottery. Bova said he has asked the company to submit a proposal for evaluation this spring. He said he has “no sense of cost,” and that the project could be funded either through ResLife or through special funding. ResLife had to “verify and cull” the floor-plan data for Brown’s more than 2,500 rooms into a special computer-aided design format to provide to Digital Wingman.
Wriston on the Web Former Brown President Henry Wriston’s biography makes its online debut
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The three-dimensional floorplans (above) were created for UGA by Jake Powers ‘09 (below). Based on this information, the company will be able to create an accurate proposal, including the potential cost, he said. The business’s clients include Belmont, Nor th Carolina State, Stanford and Johnson and Wales universities, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of Georgia, the University of California at Berkeley and Williams College, Powers said. To produce the images, Digital Wingman gathers traditional floor plan information on residence halls as well as photographs of the intericontinued on page 6
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bidis — small cigarettes popular in South Asia — with some participants in his program. Gumbiner said it became “part of our friendship to sit around and smoke.” But cigarettes lost much of their cultural appeal when Gumbiner returned to Providence — he said they were “more exciting in the developing world.” Though he continued to smoke “one or two” a day throughout the summer — more than when he was abroad — he eventually quit in the fall. Cigarettes are right next to escargots, siestas and new idioms on the list of things students try when they go abroad. But though a number
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Asian Fest pleases with kicks, lion dancing By Alex Seitz-Wald Contributing Writer
Dancing lions, gymnastic breakdancers and Taiko drummers pleased a crowd of about 100 people in Salomon 101 on Friday night at the Asian Arts Fest. The annual event, sponsored by the Asian American Student Association, included eight student group performances blending traditional and modern influences from a variety of Asian cultures. The title of the event, “Capturing Images: A Collage of Our Community,” reflects the diversity of acts presented during the two-hour performance. The night began with Chinese lion dancing, which has been a traditional part of Chinese New Year celebrations for over two thousand years, according to the event’s program. The dance featured two pairs of dancers — each sharing one lion costume — moving to the percussive beats of live musicians. The crowd clapped enthusiastically to the rhythm of the music as the dancers meandered through the audience. This performance was followed by traditional Korean drumming, known as Hansori. The all-female Filipino spokenword group Archipelag-a took the stage to deliver poetry that discussed themes of female empowerment and the importance of cultural roots. Attendee Sonia Russo ’09 said she particularly enjoyed Archipelag-a and that they represented a “voice missing on campus.” The nationally ranked Brown Taekwondo team then gave a boardbreaking performance. It included a finale that featured a student with a black belt smashing a stack of eight one-inch-thick concrete blocks in a single punch, which received enthusiastic applause. The team members sold candy during the intermission to raise money for their trip to nationals at Stanford University. Master Instructor Sung Park ’99, a former president of the team, said he was “very excited” about nationals and that the team has been training “very hard,” including regular 7 a.m. practices. Angela Yang ’09, the team’s current president, said she hopes to send 28 people to Stanford. So far, the team has only raised enough money to send 10. The second act included the powerful rhythms of Japanese Taiko drums and a whimsical duet perfor-
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Spring Weekend tickets on sale today Spring Weekend tickets will go on sale today in lower Faunce House and will be sold daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m while supplies last. Tickets for students, faculty and staff with Brown/RISD ID are $12 for the April 11 concert and $15 for the April 12 concert. Two-day passes will also be available through Friday for $20. The Friday performance — featuring rapper Lupe Fiasco and indie rock band Vampire Weekend — will start at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. The Saturday show will star British rap/grime artist M.I.A. with mashup DJ Girl Talk and prog-jam band Umphrey’s McGee. The performance will start at 2 p.m. on the Main Green and doors will open at 1 p.m. A Feb. 20 Herald article reported that Brown Concert Agency has been in talks with Director of Student Activities Ricky Gresh, Associate Vice President of Campus Life and Dean for Student Life Margaret Klawunn and other campus administrators about the possibility of holding the April 11 concert on the Main Green as well. Cash McCracken ’08, BCA’s administrative chair, confirmed that this discussion is still ongoing, but added that a decision about the concert location is expected this week. For the first time, this year’s Spring Weekend tickets may be purchased with a debit or credit card, in addition to cash, McCracken said. General admission is $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. — Robin Steele
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At Friday night’s Asian Arts Fest, the nationally ranked taekwondo team broke the crowd into applause with its board-breaking and high-flying kicks. mance by dancers from the South Asian company, Badmaash. In a more contemporary piece, Brown’s Break Dancing Club excited the crowd with impressive moves to an electronic hip-hop mix. Dancer Gerardo Tejada ’09 stood out when he ran up a wall and did a back-flip. The final act of the night, by the Filipino Alliance, resonated with the collage theme of the evening by combining traditional Filipino with modern hip-hop dance styles. Audience member Toni Ramirez ’08 said she “appreciated the diversity and culture they were able to bring to the show.” Despite some technical difficulties, the audience was engaged and supportive throughout the show, cheering performers on with shouts of encouragement. Eric Lee ’10, who helped plan the festival, said he was pleased with the event overall, but thought the rain may have dampened turnout. He said the event was intended to “show off the culture of groups and bring the
groups together and put on a great show.” AASA charged $3 for tickets in order to cover the costs of organizing the event, Lee said. The Arts Fest line-up changes from year to year. “Every time is something new,” said veteran attendee Mark Doss ’09. Eva Kranjc ’09, who also attended last year’s show, said she thought this year’s was better and especially enjoyed the Taekwondo demonstration. She said she thought planners were “more organized and had lots of cool new stuff.” In addition to the live performances, the lobby of Salomon displayed student artwork, including photographs, collages and a video. “We had a great time putting Arts Fest together, and we’re glad people had a good time,” Lee said. Jay Cao ’02, who was born in China, said he was “very impressed” with the event. He was pleased that Asians born in America could “enjoy who they are and what their culture brings to them,” he said.
Arts & Culture Editors’ Picks • Now to March 23: “Some Things Are Private” presented by Trinity Repertory Company; created by Deborah Salem Smith and Laura Kepley. Generally runs Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. • March 12 to March 16: Fusion Dance Company’s 25th Annual Show; Wednesday Through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ashamu Dance Studio; $5 a ticket, only two tickets per person. • March 13 to March 16: “Peer Gynt” by Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by John Emigh, presented by Brown Theatre and Sock and Buskin. Performances are Thursday through Saturday
at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Stuart Theatre. Tickets are $7 for students, $12 for employees and senior citizens and $17 for others. • March 13 to March 16: “Blowback,” by Gina Rodriguez ‘08,presented by Rites and Reason Theater; performances run Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space in Churchill House, 155 Angell St. The suggested donation is $8. • March 13: Student film “The Face,” created by Paul Wallace ‘08 and Nick Clifford ‘08, premieres at the Avon Cinema at 11:30 p.m.; Admission is free. • March 14 to March 16: Brown Opera Productions presents
“Orfeo ed Euridice.” The performances, which are free, run Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Alumnae Hall. • March 11 to March 16: Production Workshop presents playwriting festival “Pastiche;” Includes writing workshops, staged readings, a 48-hour playwriting marathon and more. • March 16: Ferdinand Jones, professor emeritus of Psychology, presents “Harlem Renaissance” as part of a six-part film series, “Looking at Jazz,” in Grant Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Admission is free. • March 17: Drummer and music professor Paul Mason presents a jazz concert at 8 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall. Admission is free.
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Grad students, junior faculty get boost Side effects of going abroad continued from page 1 pend will benefit the graduate students’ well-being, making it much easier to focus on our research and teaching rather than worrying about financial matters,” wrote James Doyle GS, president of the Graduate Student Council, in an e-mail. “Among schools that provide stipends, teaching assistant positions or research assistant positions, Brown is definitely comparable in its offer of financial support,” Doyle wrote. “The guarantee of five years of reasonable compensation definitely factored into my decision to attend Brown.” The deliberations of the University Resources Committee are confidential, said Professor of Political Science Terrence Hopmann, a URC member. “For a variety of reasons, last year there were some cuts in the funding of the Graduate School,” Hopmann said, adding that the increase this year is in part compensating for cuts made last year. But he added that the increase in funding for the Graduate School will help Brown recruit faculty. “Having a good-sized graduate program is so important to a department’s reputation,” said Ruth Colwill, associate professor of psychology and chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, which addresses faculty concerns. Colwill said the University hired more faculty in accordance with the Plan for Academic Enrichment, a comprehensive statement of Brown’s goals. But the size of the Graduate School did not keep pace with the faculty’s growth, she said. “Part of the work of the faculty — research — requires graduate
students,” Colwill said. Colwill said the faculty is pleased with the increase in funding for the graduate school. “The FEC has worked ver y hard to convince the administration that this was very important,” she said. “We particularly like the allocation of money specifically for enhancing graduate student support for junior faculty in the sciences,” Colwill said. Though the increased funding will benefit the Graduate School as a whole, she said, it will also specifically fund ten fellowships to support graduate students who work for junior faculty in the biomedical and physical sciences. Providing support for junior faculty members helps them in their early careers, Colwill said. “When we make that kind of commitment, faculty respond,” Colwill said. She added that it would encourage faculty loyalty to Brown and encourage them to remain here for a long time. Colwill said the increased support for graduate students will benefit undergraduates, too. “Being able to generate preliminary data is essential for grant applications,” Colwill said. Once professors receive grants, she added, that grant money can help support undergraduate participation in research and increase the number of research opportunities available to them. Colwill said she expects the increased support for the Grad School will please faculty. But she added that she also expects the response: “This is a good start, but we need to do more.” “The Graduate School was just one dimension of supporting faculty expansion,” Colwill said. She
Grad School gets $1.6 million more With a bigger budget, the Grad School will: • Increase the size of its incoming class • Increase Ph.D. candidates’ stipends by $500 • Support grad students working with junior faculty in the sciences also said faculty would like to see improvements to the Library and increases in office and laboratory space. “I hope that there is good communication between the faculty and the administration as we decide what the priorities are to accomplish what the Plan (for Academic Enrichment) has set out,” Colwill said. The budget increases have had an immediate effect, Spies said, since the Grad School can now accept more applicants this year. But he added, “That’s not the end of the story.” Spies said there is “ongoing assessment” of all Graduate School programs, including master’s programs, but doctoral students are the focus of the University’s attention. “That’s, in some sense, where the concentration is, where joint exploration and transmission of knowledge happen most intensely,” Spies said. “That’s not to say we don’t need to pay attention to other things.” But he added, “The role of the Graduate School in the University is a critical one.” He said the Brown will focus attention on the doctoral program despite other possible improvements that could be made. “It will be a little bit of a balancing act,” Spies said.
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of students start smoking casually while studying in foreign countries, few of them keep up the habit when they return — at least not for long. Tommy Dahlberg ’09 had smoked occasionally before he studied in Rio de Janeiro last spring, but he said his habits changed while he was abroad. Dahlberg smoked “casually” when he went out to bars in Brazil, “mostly because cigarettes were really cheap there,” he said. “It was drinking-induced, and it was something you do with other people,” Dahlberg said, adding that he never bought a pack of cigarettes while he was there. “And nobody there gives you the stink-eye for smoking. It’s more socially acceptable.” Dahlberg said smoking is still sometimes “appealing,” but he has not smoked a cigarette since he returned to the United States. Gumbiner said his continued smoking after his program helped him get through the jobless summer he spent taking classes he did not enjoy. “Smoking was contemplative for me,” he said. “When we would sit around and smoke, those were times of the day when we just sat back and thought about nothing. Cigarettes helped break up my day in that regard.” But Gumbiner said he never felt addicted, and he stopped when he “just didn’t feel like smoking anymore.” It is not uncommon for a student who has never smoked to pick up the habit while abroad, said Kendall Brostuen, director of the Office of International Programs at Brown. “It certainly can happen,” he said, “and it certainly does happen.” The OIP provides site-specific orientations for Brown-sponsored programs, and Brostuen said some of these orientations address smoking in the context of cultural differences. “As part of immersing yourself in a culture, students often find themselves questioning their own value systems,” Brostuen said.
But he added that most students who start smoking abroad usually stop when they come back to the United States. Students sometimes start smoking while abroad and plan to stop once they return, Naomi Ninneman, a health educator at the University, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. But these students should consider “whether they might be setting up a habit that will be very hard for them to quit,” she wrote. Ninneman added that our environment “certainly affects our behavior,” and that studying in a country where smoking is the norm “can mean you will be more likely to pick up smoking yourself.” Zindzi McCormick ’09, who studied in Lyons, France, last semester, said she did not feel any pressure to smoke. But she said smoking cigarettes “is like drinking coffee in France — it’s just what you do.” France’s recent bans on smoking in cafes, nightclubs and restaurants means the country is “not exactly the smoker’s paradise it was before,” said Allison Wright ’08, who studied in Paris last spring. Still, students studying there said smoking is still very much part of the culture. Christine Ronan ’09, who is currently studying in Paris, wrote in an e-mail that none of her friends have picked up the habit. But she added that smoking has been “brought up as an idea a few times as something to help ‘fit in better.’” But for students like Gumbiner, smoking was more of a cultural experience than a way to fit in. Gumbiner said he actually felt guilty about smoking, as his program was a public health program focusing partly on the effects of smoking in China and the role of cigarette companies. He added that some of the students in his program looked down on his practices. Still, Gumbiner said he did not regret the hours he spent smoking bidis with his friends. “It was what it was,” he said. “Going abroad is a lot about exploring parts of yourself you haven’t looked at for a long time.”
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Health educator Candey Corley, left, instructs Joan White, senior production specialist for CIS, in the University’s Smoking Cessation Clinic for staff.
New Web site honors former U. president Henry Wriston was ‘his own man’
The Peter Green House, home to the Department of History, has reopened on Brown Street following a relocation and renovation. Moving the building from Angell Street to clear the way for the Walk — the greensward currently under construction that will connect Lincoln Field to the Pembroke campus — was “a huge project” that was “handled very, very well,” History Department Manager Karen Mota said. The reopened house features new stairs and railings on the Alex DePaoli / Herald exterior. The Herald reported in Peter Green House, now at 79 Brown St. October 2006 that the department appreciated the move because of a shortage of office space. Six “desperately needed” faculty offices were created in the new basement level, Mota said, adding that the department is in the process of hiring three new senior-level faculty members. The house is handicap-accessible following the move, with a wheelchair entrance on the basement level and an elevator to the first floor. A number of fire safety features were also added following the move. A second staircase was built on the east side of the house and, in the house’s main staircase, obtrusive fire doors were removed. A sprinkler system was also installed and a new fire escape was added on the north side. The spacious central foyer is crowned with a restored stained glass window that Mota said she believes is original to the house. Other preserved details in the Peter Green House include mosaic tile fireplaces, hardwood floors and leatherette paneling. A conference room on the first floor is the building’s only classroom space. Built as a private residence in 1868, the University acquired the house in 1966. Funding for a 1999 renovation of the house, which included the installation of an air conditioning system and updates of the home’s heating and electrical systems, was provided by Peter Green MA’80 P’99 P’01, who studied history at the University. Green, a former Corporation trustee, made the donation in honor of his late wife, Mary-Jean Mitchell Green P’99 P’01. Formerly located at 142 Angell St., the Peter Green House was moved to its current address at 79 Brown St. last summer. — Matt Varley
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A biographical multimedia Web site detailing the life of Henry Wriston, former Brown president and prominent advocate of liberal education, was recently introduced by Wesleyan University’s Academic Media Studio. The site was sponsored and initiated by members of the Wriston family. It provides a detailed biography of Wriston, who graduated from Wesleyan in 1911, and it consolidates his speeches and writings in a single location,said Mariah Klaneski, a Wesleyan alum hired to research, design and create the site. The site also contains a comprehensive timeline of Wriston’s life and achievements, numerous photographs of him and images of documents related to his career. The site aims to make resources regarding Wriston “accessible to the average person interested in Wriston for any number of reasons,” Klaneski said. Before becoming Brown’s 11th president, Wriston served as president at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wis. He earned degrees at both Wesleyan and Harvard. After retiring from Brown, Wriston left academia and served as chairman of President Eisenhower’s Commission on National Goals, chairman of the Secretary of State’s Public Committee on Personnel, president of the American Assembly and president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Klaneski said the Brown archives were “very helpful in developing the Web site,” as “a lot of projects have the content already worked on, or a professor working on it, whereas this project didn’t have anyone to
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Henry Wriston, Brown’s 11th president, told admission officers not to admit anyone who had been rejected at other schools, according to Encyclopedia Brunoniana.
generate the actual writing,” Klaneski said. Klaneski spent a significant amount of time at the John Hay Library looking through Brown’s collection of writings and photographs associated with Wriston, and obtained albums of Wriston’s speeches at the Orwig Music Library, said Raymond Butti, senior library specialist at the archives. “Most of the material from the Brown portion of the Web site came from us,” said Butti, who scanned many documents and photographs for the site. “Wriston was a ver y popular president when he was here — he
was his own man and didn’t follow many trends,” Butti said. Wriston catalyzed many changes at Brown, including an improvement of its public image. Under his leadership, admission officers were instructed not to admit anyone “who had been denied admission elsewhere” or “who had not named Brown as first choice on the College Entrance Examination Board blank,” which helped to establish Brown’s reputation as a selective university, according to Encyclopedia Brunoniana. The new Web site can be accessed at http://www.HenryMerrittWriston.org.
Med students auction off dates and Trader Joe’s trip continued from page 1 some contestants offering special “services.” Jill Wei ’07 MD’11 and Diana Moke ’07 MD’11, who were auctioned as a pair, awarded their high bidder a shopping trip to Trader Joe’s. “These girls aren’t just good-looking, they’re good-cooking,” Dean said as the pair walked onstage. The winning bid for Vivek Shenoy MD’10 included a violin serenade, of which Shenoy gave a small sample onstage by playing a single quavering note — “the G-string,” Vasconcellos said. This year’s audience consisted primarily of the participants’ friends, many of whom engaged in raucous bidding wars with one another. Last year’s auction, which took place in Sayles Hall, drew mainly graduate students. “This year, we had five, six PLMEs. It’s nice because we had a mixed crowd,” Vasconcellos said afterward.
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Other students auctioned off include Geolani Dy ’08 MD’12, who told the audience that she wanted to be an American Gladiator named “Thor,” and De Leon, the event’s organizer. De Leon was “pleasantly surprised” by the turnout this year, she said after the auction. “Some people were bid on by random people,” she said, “but most people had friends bid on them.” Though the to-be-dated doctors saw plenty of friendly faces in the crowd, many of them said they were nervous before the show. “It was scary, but unexpectedly fun,” Dy said after the auction. “It’s scary being up in front of an audience, being a subject to other people’s scrutiny.” “I was a little frightened,” Novikov said afterward, though he had volunteered. When asked whether he would offer himself up for auction again, Novikov answered “absolutely.” “As long as it brings in the money,” he said with a grin.
Students may get 3-D room previews continued from page 1 ors of the rooms, Powers said. He said it then compiles the information into graphics using a software package. Once the images are ready, clients can log into a special “communications center” on the company’s Web site, view the renderings and submit comments or requests for changes. The price of each rendering ranges from about $150 for a single-occupancy room to about $400 for an apartment, Powers said. A single can be rendered in as little as an hour, but the time goes up “exponentially” with room size, he said. Brian Rider, Powers’ business partner and a junior at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, came up with the idea of 3-D renderings to replace the traditional floor plans universities often post on their Web sites after realizing that such plans were “inadequate” for students, Rider said. He contacted the housing office at Grand Valley and pitched the idea, soon earning his first client, he said.
Rider, a computer science and finance major, said he then invited Powers to handle Wingman’s business end as a partner. The two played football together in high school, as right and left tight ends, and also took an entrepreneurship class together. The “shared experiences” bonded the two and “helped (them) into the business world,” Rider said. “You don’t want to start up a company with just anybody,” he said. Powers, a Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship concentrator, said he jumped at the opportunity. Rider “knew that I would be interested in starting a business,” he said. The renderings have been met with warm reception from school officials with whom they have worked. “Over and over, our greatest challenge in talking to incoming students is giving them a sense” of what their rooms will be like, said Ed Kelly, student affairs specialist in housing administration at the University of Georgia. Digital
Wingman’s renderings “bring the experience to life,” he said, providing “amazing levels of detail.” “Even in rooms that are ver y similar in dif ferent halls, you would see the subtle differences,” Kelly said. “They were able to really make it happen for us in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.” “It’s been a huge part in helping us to tell our story,” he added. Johnson and Wales has been e-mailing the images to incoming students because they cannot post the images on their Web site until it is redesigned, said Tara Leamy, associate director for housing and operations at JWU. She said students are often surprised and appreciative to receive such detailed images. “They’re not expecting us to say, ‘Hey, here’s what a double looks like in that building,’” she said. “We know they’re going to be a huge hit” when posted online. Leamy said Wingman’s rates were affordable. “We operate on a tight budget, and it fit easily into our budget,” she said. Powers and Rider are working on a more interactive version of the renderings that would allow students to place and arrange furniture from major retailers directly into the depiction of their room, Powers said. He said they hope to solicit outside investment to fund their continued growth. Students seemed to appreciate the renderings’ potential at Brown. “A lot of students are scared of the lottery,” said Sophie BernerEyde ’11. “Having (3-D images) would help them make a more intelligent choice.” Lea Mouallem ’08 echoed Berner-Eyde’s words. “A lot of rooms have weird layouts here at Brown,” she said. Some Vartan Gregorian Quad suites have bay windows, while others do not, she said, and she did extensive research before last year’s lottery to find out which rooms to pick. “Some people didn’t get better rooms, even though those rooms were available,” she said. “I guess (3-D images) would save a lot of research time.” But not all students think purchasing the renderings would be a good idea. “There’s better ways to spend resources than on 3-D floor plans,” Alena Davidoff-Gore ’10 said.
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Human rights lawyer released BEIJING (Washington Post) — A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was released Saturday after two days of secret police detention. Teng Biao, 34, said police questioned him about articles calling for an independent and fair legal system that he has written for his blog and overseas Chinese Web sites. China’s Communist Party controls the judiciary, which routinely imprisons dissidents after convicting them in secret trials. “I was released around 1:40 this afternoon, and they put me down at a place near my home,” Teng said in a telephone interview. “The police were from the Beijing Public Security Bureau, but they don’t allow me to tell any more details.” Teng has defended dissidents and been an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in China, especially as international scrutiny has increased ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games, which open here Aug. 8. Witnesses said Teng was forced into a black Jetta without license plates after he had driven home Thursday evening, according to his wife, who reported him missing that night. Teng’s supporters had planned to petition authorities to release him and Hu Jia, an online activist in Beijingwho was detained in December and charged in late January with inciting subversion. Teng said he was not beaten nor told to stop representing clients. He was unsure why police arrested him last week, while security is high during the annual meeting in Beijing of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature. Asked whether he had been told to keep quiet during the Olympics, Teng said, “This is not very convenient to say.” — Maureen Fan
Democrats’ influential superdelegates Opposition reconsider options, Post survey shows to form government in Pakistan
By Dan Balz Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s trio of victories over Sen. Barack Obama last week appears to have convinced a sizable number of uncommitted Democratic superdelegates to wait until the end of the primaries and caucuses before picking a candidate, according to a survey by The Washington Post. Many of the 80 uncommitted superdelegates who were contacted over the past several days said they are reluctant to override the clear will of voters. But if Clinton of New York and Obama of Illinois are still seen as relatively close in the pledged, or elected, delegate count in June, many said, they will feel free to decide for themselves which of the candidates would make a stronger nominee to run against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the fall. “You’re going to see a lot of delegates remaining uncommitted,” said Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., who has not endorsed either candidate. “There’s a sense that this is going to Denver not resolved.” Obama’s victory in Saturday’s Wyoming caucuses gave him an additional seven delegates, bringing his total to 1,578. Clinton won five delegates, bringing her total to 1,468, according to the latest tally by the Associated Press. Obama had 59 percent of the votes, or 4,459, to Clinton’s 40 percent, or 3,081, with 22 of 23 Wyoming counties reporting. At the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August, there will be 796 superdelegates — members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state and national party leaders who have automatic seats — and more than 300 remain uncommitted. To win the nomination, Obama or Clinton will need a total of 2,025 pledged delegates and superdel-
egates. That is, unless Michigan’s and Florida’s delegations, now barred because the states violated party primary rules, end up being seated at the convention. Then the winning number would be higher, depending on how many delegates the two states are awarded. Pat Waak, who chairs the Colorado Democratic Party, expressed the view of many uncommitted superdelegates who hope the remaining primaries and caucuses will produce an obvious winner. “My hope is that there’s a clear lead among pledged delegates and the popular vote before we get to the convention, so that the automatic delegates can reflect what’s happening nationally,” she said. “I’m just very hopeful that it’s not up to us.” But Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury said that if there is no clear leader, he is prepared to exercise his judgment. “If the pledged-delegate total is within 100 votes or whatever, I don’t think there’s a great deal of significance in that,” said Bradbury, who also represents other secretaries of state as a superdelegate. He added: “I just believe that the determining factor for superdelegates shouldn’t be, `Well, 49 percent voted for Hillary and 51 percent voted for Obama, and that decides it for us.’ Sorry, but that’s not how it works.” By winning in Wyoming, Obama recaptures a little of the momentum he lost when Clinton defeated him in three out of four states last Tuesday. Until then he had reeled off 11 straight victories, pushing Clinton to the verge of defeat. This Tuesday, Clinton and Obama will square off in Mississippi, with Obama heavily favored. Next on the calendar is Pennsylvania, whose April 22 primary offers the single biggest delegate haul of the remaining contests. The Keystone State tilts toward Clinton at
this point. Party rules allocating delegates on a proportional basis make it virtually certain that Obama will finish the primary season with more pledged delegates than Clinton. But neither he nor his rival can clinch the nomination without the superdelegates. So far Clinton, with 242 superdelegates, has had more success soliciting their support than Obama, who has the backing of 210. In addition to the 719 superdelegates whose identities are already known, a group of 77 “add-ons” will be named later by state party leaders. In interviews, superdelegates described calls from the candidates or from Clinton’s husband, former President Clinton. They described pressure to endorse coming in emails, phone calls and even oldfashioned letters from allies of the campaigns. “I’m thinking of changing my phone number,” joked Doyle, who had supported New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson but is now uncommitted. He said he got a surprise call from Bill Clinton on Super Bowl Sunday while cooking osso buco for his family. Tony Podesta, a Washington lobbyist who is one of Clinton’s top organizers in Pennsylvania, called from Istanbul at midnight recently inviting Doyle to dinner. Doyle continues to resist the overtures. The potential power of these superdelegates to decide the race has conjured up fears of party bosses repairing to smoke-filled rooms to pick a nominee, but the reality is far different. These delegates have never met as a group, and the first time they do may be on the floor of the convention, along with more than 4,000 pledged delegates. The superdelegates are a crosssection of the party, young and old, continued on page 8
Spain’s prime minister re-elected after tough campaign By John Ward Anderson Washington Post
MADRID, Spain — The Socialist party of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero won a re-election battle Sunday, turning back a tough challenge by the more conservative Popular Party, which accused the Socialists of mismanaging the economy, opening Spain to a flood of illegal immigrants and capitulating to terrorists. But voters turned out in force to endorse the progressive social agenda that Zapatero championed in his first term — including new laws on women’s rights, divorce and gay marriage — and returned him to of fice for another four years. The Socialists increased their seats in the Congress of Deputies, falling about seven short of an absolute majority; they may now rely less on coalitions and compromises with smaller parties, strengthening Zapatero’s position. “I will govern thinking first about those who don’t have everything, working for the aspira-
tions of women, giving hope to the young, and giving help and support to the elderly who have worked all their lives for it,” Zapatero told cheering supporters in his victory speech. He promised to “govern with a firm hand, but an extended hand.” With 99 percent of the ballots counted, the Socialists won a projected 169 seats in the 350-member Congress with 43.7 percent of the vote, compared with 154 seats for the Popular Party, with 40.1 percent of the vote, according to Spain’s Interior Ministr y. In the last session of Congress, the Socialists had 164 members and the Popular Party had 148. The number of seats held by smaller parties fell from 38 in 2004 to 27, signaling Spain’s continuing transformation into a two-party democracy. In a concession speech interrupted repeatedly by defiant cheers, Popular Party leader and former interior minister Mariano Rajoy noted that the party had increased its seats and its share of the popular vote. Despite the better showing, it seemed possible that Rajoy, whose
combative style as opposition leader has been widely criticized, could face an internal battle to keep his job as head of the party after leading it to two consecutive losses. The Socialists, who tend to appeal to younger voters with a higher rate of absenteeism, were concerned about low turnout this year. But 75.3 percent of eligible voters cast ballots Sunday, apparently giving the Socialists an impor tant edge. Analysts said the killing on Friday of a former Socialist politician in the Basque region of northern Spain might have helped energize the left’s base; many newspapers on Sunday carried front-page pictures of the slain man’s daughter calling for people to vote. The campaign this year was intensely negative and personal. The election was a rematch of the 2004 Zapatero-Rajoy face-off, which the Socialists won in an upset after voters turned against the incumbent Popular Par ty at the last minute, angr y at its mishandling of deadly terrorist bombings in Madrid three days before the balloting. Popular Party
leaders blamed the Basque separatist group ETA for the attacks, which killed 191 people, ignoring evidence that Islamic extremists were behind them. Many voters also strongly opposed Spain’s participation in the Iraq war, which had been approved by Popular Party Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. Zapatero withdrew Spanish troops from Iraq shortly after his election. During Zapatero’s term, the opposition rarely missed an opportunity to attack the prime minister and his policies, particularly his landmark social changes that included legalizing same-sex marriages, permitting gay couples to adopt, liberalizing divorce, strengthening gender equality, granting amnesty to 600,000 illegal immigrants and reducing the role of religion in public schools. His government passed new laws permitting more regional autonomy, which the Popular Party said threatened the unity of the state. Zapatero also launched peace talks with ETA that colcontinued on page 8
By Candace Rondeaux Washington Post
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The heads of Pakistan’s two leading political parties vowed Sunday to form a coalition government and restore the country’s embattled judiciary by returning judges deposed last year to the bench within a month. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, widower of former prime minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, called for the country’s newly elected Parliament to adopt a resolution reinstalling about 60 judges. “The restoration of the deposed judges, as it was on the 2nd of November 2007, shall be brought about through a parliamentary resolution to be passed in the National Assembly within 30 days of the formation of the federal government,” Sharif said after a marathon meeting between members of his Pakistan Muslim League faction and Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party. The announcement, at a televised news conference in the northern Punjab town of Murree, came as hundreds of lawyers protested in cities across Pakistan to mark the one-year anniversary of a decision by President Pervez Musharraf to remove the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. Chaudhry’s removal and the disbarment of dozens of other judges touched off a constitutional crisis and sparked widespread instability in the nuclear-armed nation of 164 million. The political crisis worsened considerably, however, after Musharraf declared a state of emergency on Nov. 3 and placed the chief justice and several other prominent judges and lawyers under house arrest. In Islamabad, the capital, about 500 lawyers and their supporters marched Sunday to Chaudhry’s home to demand an end to his four-month house arrest. Waving black flags, dozens shouted for Musharraf, the former army chief, to be hanged. Hundreds of police in riot gear fired tear gas into the crowd. “This day marks the day last year when the general thought he would get rid of the chief justice, but he was sadly mistaken,” said Masood Sharif Khattak, a director of Pakistan’s intelligence bureau under Bhutto who participated in the protest. “There’s no way this country can move forward on any political path unless and until the judiciary is restored.” Protests for the restoration of the judiciary have become routine since Chaudhry’s dismissal. On Saturday, hundreds of black-suited lawyers led by Supreme Court bar association president Aitzaz Ahsan marched in a marketplace in the nearby garrison city of Rawalpindi to kick off a week-long protest over the judiciary, dubbed “Black Flag Week.” Ahsan has been campaigning for the restoration of the judiciary since his release two weeks ago from months under house arrest in Lahore. The firebrand lawyer has called for the judges’ immediate reinstatement through an executive order. Zardari and Sharif have called for Parliament to decide the judges’ fate.
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Democratic superdelegates consider where to throw their weight continued from page 7 women and men, of all races and creeds, famous and obscure. They approach the role with more caution than gusto — and they are now among the most closely monitored Americans on the planet, the focus of elaborate courting and tracking inside the Clinton and Obama campaigns. By one analysis provided to The Post, half of the uncommitted delegates are elected officials, almost a third come from states that have not yet held primaries or caucuses, a third are women, and about a fifth are black or Hispanic. Others say there is no real pattern to who has taken sides and who remains on the fence. Clinton jumped into an early lead in the superdelegate battle, leveraging her connections and a belief among party regulars early in the process that she was the allbut-inevitable nominee. When Obama went on his February winning streak, the tide shifted and he began to catch up. He gained new endorsements and converted a few Clinton supporters, most prominently Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. Now, after Clinton’s victories in Tex-
as and Ohio, the two candidates are fiercely competing for the backing of these delegates. But the superdelegates are resisting. Jenny Greenleaf, a Democratic National Committee member from Oregon, is one of these reluctant powerbrokers who is in no hurry to declare her allegiance. “I’m maybe a little utopian,” she said, “but I would like to wait for the process to play out and hope there will be a clear leader.” While these delegates might prefer to see the race determined by the results of the primaries and caucuses, many said they do not feel bound to support the candidate who has more pledged delegates, especially if the race is close. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the decision to create the superdelegate category assumed they would use their own judgment. “If superdelegates were just intended to automatically vote for the preference someone else expressed, there wouldn’t be any purpose,” he said. Don Bivens, the party chair in Arizona, said he feels a responsibility to help keep peace in the Democratic family and will wait before choosing sides, and then only after touching various bases within the party. But
he added, “I do not feel bound by the popular vote; otherwise there would be no reason to have superdelegates, just to rubber-stamp” the outcomes of primaries and caucuses. Key senators who remain uncommitted are especially torn. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., noted that he entered the Senate in 2005 with Obama, and has shared numerous dinners and workouts at the congressional gym with him. As a moderate Democrat, he has also worked often with Clinton. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., said that he has a much deeper relationship with Clinton but that he counts Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, as a “dear” friend. Obama won Wisconsin in a landslide. “The dynamics of a general election are very different from either a primary or a caucus,” Salazar said. “The question will become, for my state — and this will be my calculation — how can I best deliver the nine electoral votes from Colorado to the nominee?” Kohl added another criterion, which he called “perhaps the most important” one: Who would make the best president? “It’s a judgment based on my knowledge of the two candidates,” he said. “It’s an intui-
tive thing, a feel thing, based on all the things that make Obama who he is and Hillary who she is. It’s mysterious.” Salazar said waiting until after the primaries makes sense for the superdelegates, but he added that they should sort out the nomination long before the convention opens. “The sooner it gets resolved, the better,” he said. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., D-Pa., said that, as a moderate, he sees his role as helping to bring the party together. “The winner of this nomination will be the president,” he said. “When you have that much at stake and you have two historic figures, it’s going to be difficult to unify the party, and I think we’re going to need people in the middle who can bring people together.” Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Rhine McLin decided to support Obama after he won her county in Tuesday’s primary, following a courtship that included calls from Clinton, her husband, their daughter Chelsea and her campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe, as well as from Obama and his wife, Michelle. “I think that I made it clear I was supporting the way Dayton and Montgomery County went,”
McLin said Friday. Should neither candidate reach the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the convention, she said, she hopes that her fellow superdelegates will look closely at who has received the most votes at that point. “I think that popular vote should weigh very heavily in this decision,” she said. When reached late last week, superdelegate Diane Glasser of Florida offered a seemingly surprising answer when asked what she had heard from the campaigns. “I have heard from a lot of reporters all over this country, but I haven’t heard from either one of those camps,” she said. “That’s the truth. They may be taking me for granted. I’m a white, older woman. They may be assuming I’m obviously going one way. I’ve got neighbors, friends, family trying to convince me, but nobody from the campaigns.” She may not have long to wait. Because the Florida and Michigan delegations have been stripped of their right to be seated at the convention, the campaigns have avoided calling them. But as interest grows in finding a compromise that would allow both states’ delegates to attend the convention, Glasser can expect the barrage soon.
Zapatero, socialists retain power continued from page 7 lapsed after the group bombed a parking lot in December 2006, killing two people; the Popular Party accused Zapatero of being naive and soft on terrorism. Zapatero’s initiatives often brought the government into conflict with the Roman Catholic Church, a pillar of Spanish society. Church leaders attacked the Socialists, saying they weakened Spanish democracy, human rights and family values. For his part, Zapatero did little outreach to the opposition as he rammed home his social agenda, contributing to a deep polarization between younger, more modern and secular Socialists, and the Popular Party’s older, more conservative churchgoers. In the end, the negative, divisive politics left many here frustrated and angry. The intense bitterness was displayed Sunday morning when Zapatero voted at Madrid’s Buen Consejo Elementary School, where protesters greeted him with shouts of “liar!” and “coward!” “We have a prime minister who sympathizes with terrorists and doesn’t defend the county’s territorial integrity,” said Almudena Gutierrez, a 50-year-old homemaker, after voting for the Popular Party in downtown Madrid. But Socialist voters said they liked Zapatero’s changes and accused the opposition of exaggerating Spain’s problems. Taxi driver Francisco Vicente Lanciego, 50, said he traditionally voted for the Popular Party but was switching to the Socialists because Rajoy had allowed the party to become too negative and extremist. “The PP doesn’t have any credibility — they criticize everything,” Lanciego said. “Rajoy’s campaign was based on nothing but fear.”
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M. hoops hopes for postseason invitation Gymnasts fall at the Pitz continued from page 12 of over-helped, so we were able to find open guys for shots,” McAndrew said. In the second half, Brown increased its lead to 12 at the 14:15 mark after a layup by forward Chris Taylor ’11, but Harvard quickly cut the lead to 51-49 with a 10-0 run that included two three-pointers by guard Dan McGeary. “We had open shots, but we just missed a few early in the half and (Harvard) was able to capitalize on that,” McAndrew said. But the Bears then went on a 27-13 run to blow open the game. They had their biggest lead of the night, 78-60, after forward Morgan Kelly ’11 hit two free throws with 30 seconds left. Huffman led all scorers with 19 points, shooting 7-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-4 from three-point range. Forward Peter Sullivan ’11 had 18 points and McAndrew added 13. Forward Scott Friske ’09, starting at center for the third straight game, scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Friske started in place of MacDonald, who had been recovering from a concussion and played just three minutes, and Matt Mullery ’10, who injured his knee against Princ-
eton last week. Harvard was led by forward Evan Harris, who scored 16 points. The Crimson shot just 41 percent for the second half and ended the game with a 47 percent field goal percentage, compared to Brown’s 61 percent. On Saturday, the Bears had a much more difficult start at Dartmouth. Brown trailed for nearly the entire first half and, at the 3:33 mark, the Bears were down by eight. The Big Green “came out on fire, it being their last game (and) senior night,” McAndrew said. “They were just ready to go and geared up.” But the Bears were able to come back by halftime, going into the break with a 36-35 lead. Brown started the second half on a 16-8 run but then, at 10:55 mark, let the Big Green back into the game after a three-pointer from Dartmouth’s Robby Pride brought Dartmouth to within two points, 52-50. But the Bears made another run, taking a 12-point lead with less than four minutes to play after a McAndrew steal led to a Huffman layup. Dartmouth cut the lead to three again with 21 seconds to play, but McAndrew and Sullivan made free throws in the final seconds to seal a 75-71 win for Brown. Both teams shot well, with Brown
going 61 percent from the floor compared to Dartmouth’s 55 percent. But the Bears took 15 more free throws than the Big Green, sinking 17 of 22 while Dartmouth went 5-for-7 from the charity stripe. Huffman and Dartmouth’s Alex Barnett led all scorers with 18 points each. Sullivan had 15, McAndrew had 14 and Chris Skrelja ’09 had 12. MacDonald, who wasn’t even sure earlier this week if would play this weekend, played 15 minutes and scored nine points in his final Ivy game. After sitting out of practice and games for much of the past two months, MacDonald had been worrying whether he would be fit enough to play. “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” he said. “I think the adrenaline just kicked in.” For now, the Bears will take today off practice, but they will be back on the court tomorrow. Then, on Sunday, after the NCAA Tournament’s field is announced, they’ll be hoping for a phone call from an NIT or CBI official. “I think we’d all be disappointed and I think it would be hard to accept” if the team didn’t get a postseason invitation, MacDonald said, “but it wouldn’t take away from the season that we had.”
Records fall as m. swimmers finish sixth continued from page 12 Other highlights from day one included an eighth-place finish by Peter Volosin ’08 in the 500 free with a time of 4:27.97. Ryunosuke Kikuchi ’11 was less than four seconds behind for an eighteenth place finish. Kelly placed second in the NCAA “B” class for the 50 free with a time of 20.10, breaking the Brown record of 20.32. Hug was right behind him, finishing in 20.75 for a 10th-place finish. The divers built on this positive momentum. C.J. Kambe ’10 placed fifth in the one-meter dive, while Jonathan Speed ’11 was just five points behind for a ninth place finish. This was enough to bump the Bears’ overall standing from seventh place to fifth on the day. “C.J. dove as well as I’ve ever seen him dive,” Pollino said. To close the day, the Bears crushed their former record in the 400 medley relay with a team of Hug, Ricketts, Kelly and Conor Carlucci ’11. The time of 3:17.18, a full three seconds faster than the old Brown record, was good enough for third place. On day two, the Bears continued their record-breaking swimming. Volosin was the first of the day to best a school record for Brown, with a time of 9:10.91 in the 1000 free. Almost two seconds faster than the old record, this time was good for a fourth-place finish. Ricketts followed Volosin’s lead and captured third place in the 100 fly. With a time of 47.57, Ricketts dethroned Charles Barnes ’99, who set the previous record of 48.29 in 1999. Richard Alexander ’09 was just two seconds behind him for 12th place. The Bears continued to place in the top eight in the 100 back as Hug finished sixth, with Ricketts just behind him for seventh. The Bears closed out day two in sixth place overall. The Bears continued to swim personal bests on Saturday. “It was the best meet we’ve ever had as a team — everything came together in the end,” Kelly said. “I don’t think we could have gone out better than we did.” The final day started off with Vo-
losin finishing ninth in the 1650 free. This was followed by the 200 back, in which Hug and Kikuchi snagged fifth and sixth, respectively. Next came the 100 free, in which Ricketts and Kelly battled it out for fourth- and fifth-place finishes. Kelly, who set the Brown record last year with a time of 44.81, beat his own record, finishing in 44.28. But Ricketts was just a shade faster, setting a new record with a time of 44.14. A big win in the three-meter dive came next for Bruno, as Speed captured a first-place finish, the Bears’ best finish of the meet. “It was the most amazing thing that happened in the meet,” Kelly said, “It was so cool having that happen Saturday night with the stands full.” Speed helped bring in crucial points for the Bears in one of the last events of the meet. “He was a rock,” Pollino said. “He did six dives as well as I’ve seen him do it.”
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Harvard Princeton Yale Columbia Navy Brown Cornell Penn Darmouth
1,564.0 1,208.5 925.0 913.5 869.5 793.0 707.5 632.0 309.0
The Bears finished the meet with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay. The team of Hug, Huxley, Ricketts and Kelly swam a time of 2:57.82, breaking the 10-year-old Brown record by almost two seconds. Harvard won the title with 1,564 total points, besting Princeton’s 1,208.5. Yale, Columbia and Navy finished ahead of Brown in third, fourth and fifth, respectively, while Cornell, Penn and Dartmouth brought up the rest of the field in seventh, eighth and ninth places, respectively.
continued from page 12 past few meets and is getting stronger with every performance. Her score (9.15) was much lower than what Carver-Milne had expected because of the routine’s degree of difficulty. Kirkham-Lewitt also showed that she is back and ready to help out her team in any way possible. Jen Sobuta ’09 is plan-
ning to return to the lineup next weekend after three weeks of rest after suffering an ankle injury. The season is winding down, and there are only two home meets for the remainder of the season. The Bears face Southern Connecticut State and the University of Rhode Island on March 14. They will then face Yale on March 21 at 6 p.m.
O’Neal ’08 gracefully exits in w. hoops’ season finale continued from page 12 there, the Crimson took off. After a 6-0 run and a three pointer from Emily Tay, Harvard had its largest lead up until that point, 44-32, with 12:41 remaining. For the remainder of the game, the closest Brown got was within eight points, with 9:50 remaining. “It just didn’t go our way,” O’Neal said. “It was a little bit of a scoring drought. They had really good guard-to-post connections. We weren’t scoring and we weren’t stopping them on defense, either.” Though Harvard beat Brown and improved its record to 18-9 overall and 11-2 in the league, it lost to Yale in its second game of the weekend, putting it in a three-way tie for the league title with Dartmouth and Cornell. Brown’s second game of the weekend and last game of the season began with a ceremony recognizing O’Neal. With her family in the stands, O’Neal had some extra energy that fed the whole team. “It felt great because we almost pulled off a victory,” O’Neal said. “I think overall we played well together.” The Bears gave the Big Green a close scare in an important game for Dartmouth. The Big Green lost to Yale on Friday, meaning it had to win against Brown to have a chance to share the Ivy League crown. Brown started off the scoring in the first minute of the game off a three-pointer from O’Neal. Dartmouth responded and took the lead 5-4, but after a layup from Christina Johnson ’10, Brown gained a 13-9 advantage at the 10:17 mark. Within two minutes, the Big Green tied it at 13. Brown retali-
ated and took its last lead of the half, 22-20, after another three-pointer by O’Neal at 3:41, but two Dartmouth layups and three free throws before the intermission gave the Big Green a 27-24 lead. In the second half, neither team scored until the 17:44 mark, when Bonds stopped the scoring drought with a layup. A foul shot gave Dartmouth a 28-26 lead, but another basket from Bonds tied the game at 28 with 16:12 remaining. Bonds recorded a double-double for the Bears, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Another three-pointer by O’Neal tied the game at 31 less than two minutes later. A jumper by Koren Schram put the Big Green ahead for good, even though Brown stayed within about seven points for the remainder of the game. With 20 seconds left, the Bears were within three points but couldn’t manage another basket before time expired. “The last minute was very intense,” Bonds said. “It was really a tough loss for us because we finally played a whole 40 minutes all the way to the end. In retrospect, it was a great way to end the season because we know we can do it, and it’s very promising for next year.” The Big Green improved its record to 14-14 and 11-3 in the Ivy League, making them Brown’s second opponent of the weekend to share the league title. There will be a playoff this weekend determining the Ivy League’s NCAA tournament representative. Though Brown will miss out on the postseason this season, the team will only lose O’Neal and should have a chance to improve upon this season’s disappointing record next season.
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Establishing a binary After a weekend of rain and wind so heavy we were whitewater rafting down Thayer Street, we believe it is time to come forward and make the courageous call, heard heretofore only in fearful whispers and in dreams. With despondent students trying to get from Jo’s to Minden and Gala attendees trudging through the mud in their fabulous footwear on late-night journeys home from the bus stop, all Brown students can rally around a fundamental principle: SafeRIDE should run in two directions. The safeRIDE system has kept Brown students from harm and carried them valiantly through the harshest of Providence evenings. Call us crazy, but it’s plainly evident to us that the vans and their friendly drivers would be twice as helpful if half of them went in the opposite direction. Imagine if entire freshman units could travel in stylish Dodge Caravans from Keeney to Jo’s, rather than slowly grazing down Charlesfield Street like a herd of wildebeests on the hunt. Imagine if Machado residents studying late at night in the Rock could not only be transported home, but also in a full round trip — without making a 30-minute loop around campus listening to David Bowie’s Greatest Hits. It’s unclear what the challenges would be in accomplishing such a gutsy endeavor. Surely it would require the boldest of Boldly Brown. We envision the University establishing a task force — the Task Force for Transportation Reversal — that would create a WebCT site to seek ideas from all corners of the Brown community on how to safely allow the vans to travel in two directions. We imagine the Undergraduate Council of Students coming to the rescue by holding an open forum in the Ratty and beginning discussions of perhaps voting on whether to vote on a resolution to consider maybe writing a letter to the University calling for change. In these pages, we would publish full-page spreads and special issues devoted to the great challenge of our era. A week’s worth of deadly serious staff editorials would be devoted to “raising awareness.” And without a doubt, Brown’s small army of future consultants could think outside the box to optimize the current route into a bi-directional system. In a world divided on so many issues, we believe we can come together as a community, united around the idea of efficient, two-way transportation. SafeRIDE already provides a valuable service to the student body, but it seems, if it traveled in more than one direction, more students would use the fleet of vans, helping keep them safer. Currently, many students choose not to use safeRIDE at all because it travels in the wrong direction. We realize nothing is quite as simple as we’re making it sound, and that in a neighborhood with one-way streets, creating two circuits is a challenge for the University that could also mean longer waits for some students. But we suggest officials at least try a bi-directional system for two weeks and see how effective it really is. Call it a test drive, if you’d like.
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Letters ‘Shame Diet’ suggestion is shameful To the Editor: I am not sure that the “shame diet” will necessarily be successful (“Adam Cambier ’09: The shame diet,” March 6). I am no expert on nutrition — I do admit to the not-so-occasional Bagel Gourmet Ole binge session and I certainly indulge in chicken finger Friday — but I consider myself to be generally healthy. But calling for public humiliation as a means to end our nation’s obesity problem seems a bit outrageous. After all, many eating problems are the result of emotional distress. Calling public attention to weight problems, especially at the level of children, would have catastrophic results. Of course, some people might recognize their problems and actively try to change their living habits, but many will move in the opposite direction. Emotional eating increases as a result of sadness or depression. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are also rooted
in emotional distress. After all, the people to which we are referring are children. They might not even know what body mass index is, and might not know how to make healthy living decisions on their own. If the government wishes to use legislation to promote health and well-being, the problem could be solved in many different ways. What about mandating more physical education, imposing higher school cafeteria standards or providing every school with proper space so that its students have space to run and to play? If we are embarrassed about our nation’s obesity epidemic, let’s solve it in a humane way. Weight is, after all, less important than overall health — physical and emotional. Creating serious emotional havoc is more suited to perpetuating problems than solving them. Susan Keller ’08 March 6
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Around the world in a nanosecond: globalization, 2.0-style MAHA ATAL Opinions Columnist There is an interesting new video on YouTube. In it, Aitzaz Ahsan P’06, the lawyer leading the resistance against President Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan, calls upon supporters to join him in a Black Flag protest. All this week, they should wear black clothes, bandanas and armbands and fly black cloths from their rooftops and car windows to demand the release of judges deposed and imprisoned by Musharraf’s government in the last six months, Ahsan says. Such grassroots calls to action have been at the heart of the resistance movement. From the beginning, it has been ordinary Pakistanis — professionals and civil servants — who have taken to the streets to protest martial law and demand free elections. What makes this recent video unique is the call to those outside Pakistan: Ahsan speaks in Urdu but the clip has English subtitles. Moreover, he says, the purpose of the protest is to “show the world that from Khyber to Karachi, we are a conscious and enlightened nation and that we do not condone such grave crimes.” It is old news that globalization makes the politics of one nation relevant to others. Our own primary season has been simulcast on news networks worldwide as everyone from Indians to Italians wants to know who will be the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Over winter break, visiting friends from my year abroad in Britain, I was amazed by their detailed knowledge of our primary and caucus system and the specific political preferences of each state. But, I rationalized, the United States is a superpower whose elected leaders make
decisions for the world. Few Americans, after all, watch foreign elections this closely. Indeed, it seemed the left-wing skeptics who call globalization a euphemism for American hegemony might be onto something. So might those — especially in the European Union — who say the flat world threatens to erode national institutions. Examining Pakistani politics over the last few weeks debunked those assumptions. Pakistani-Americans, like my family, have been watching the protest movement closely. We
book example of Web 2.0 politics. It’s a grassroots effort: Ordinary citizens have faced off against the corrupt and brutal authorities. It’s a high-tech effort: Petitions have been emailed, leaders in New York and Karachi have made announcements over Web conferences and Pakistani journalists have gone online to escape the censors. Finally, on Feb. 18, I watched Pakistan’s elections — a triumph for the protest movement and a crushing defeat for Musharraf’s party — live online. As with globalization, the conventional
Web 2.0 and globalization are a boon for Third World development. Where the established political process doesn’t function, Web 2.0 enables individuals to act as citizens of the world, reaching out for support, financial and moral, from individuals abroad. have been sending funds, giving speeches, writing letters of support and securing the assistance of lawyers and politicians in the West. Hillary Clinton has granted direct interviews to Pakistani media outlets promising to reverse the Bush administration’s policy of unconditional military aid. Pakistan is thus a Third World country reaching out to a global audience to support and improve its national politics. The resistance movement is also a text-
wisdom about the Internet is that it’s bad for national political institutions. Web 2.0 moves us to think outside group identities and connect with others on individual terms. It encourages us to reject institutions and authorities, to be our own filmmakers or encyclopedia writers. Even reading news at a computer is a solitar y, sedentar y activity, and members of Generation Y rarely have conversations face-to-face. The gap between joining a political Face-
book group and organizing a sit-in is wide. Look, for example, at the difficulty Barack Obama has in turning his phenomenal online support among young people into a presidential nomination. Brown Students for Obama has more than 300 official members, and the pro-Obama sentiment on campus suggests a larger unofficial base of support. Yet students made up a paltry 13 percent of voters in the Rhode Island Democratic primary last Tuesday. What makes the Pakistani resistance movement so successful is the intersection of globalization and technology. Web 2.0 technologies may be bad for mobilizing the established political process. Globalization may efface the direct chains between citizens and their own government, especially when so many of a nation’s best and brightest emigrate for work. But together, Web 2.0 and globalization are a boon for Third World development. Where the established political process doesn’t function, Web 2.0 enables individuals to act as citizens of the world, reaching out for support, financial and moral, from individuals abroad. In the process, they fulfill their responsibility as citizens of Pakistan. For a technology geek like myself, it’s an interesting case study for another reason. There’s a chicken-and-egg conundrum about technological advancement and social change: Do new devices simply help us fulfill our goals or do they determine the ambitions we have? In this case it seems that new technologies are driving aspirations, redefining the spectrum within which Pakistanis can think about their future. If this model holds true elsewhere, it’s a hopeful sign for global development. Best of all, it means the hours I spend on YouTube aren’t procrastination after all.
Maha Atal ’08 is a citizen of the world
A persistent slur BY MATT PREWITT Opinions Columnist Sometimes you look in the mirror and see something you don’t like about yourself or your community. Sometimes you realize that you’ve forgotten your principles. That’s how I felt during a recent dinner-table epiphany, when I realized that my friends and I were using the word “townie” in polite conversation. I have used the word many times. “Townie” is a useful and coherent social category. It is also unquestionably a slur that exists within the old tradition of words that privileged people employ to belittle their perceived inferiors. We should be ashamed of its currency in the Brown community. It is a classist, elitist and deeply offensive term. If I were a “townie” aware of the particular manner in which Brown students (and their contemporaries at fancy schools everywhere) throw that word around, it would really knot my intestines. Of course, slurs are merely symptoms of prejudice. If we made a law against saying “townie,” our prejudice would gradually infuse the term “local” with the same connotations. Therefore, chiding people over language doesn’t accomplish much per se. Language critiques are only worthwhile insofar as they make people acknowledge precisely what they mean to communicate. So what do we mean when we say “townie”? The word has more than one definition. According to Wikipedia, rural people some-
times call city-dwellers “townies,” and it is an occasional synonym for “Boston resident.” But the most pertinent definition for this column is from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: “A permanent resident of a town, especially a resident of a college town who is academically unaffiliated with the local college or university.” By and large, Brown students will not consider someone a “townie” unless that person is both a lifelong resident of the Providence area and relatively
erarchy. Many Brown students from the lower and middle classes probably feel they are not remiss in using terms like “townie,” since they hail from “townie”-esque backgrounds. But on College Hill, these students rub shoulders with the heirs of the global elite. Over time, we forge a common “Brown student” language, which is lacking in self-awareness. When upper-class Brown students get here, a lot of them are unused to interacting with people outside their milieu. The same goes
If you think you’re better than people who speak in regional accents, by all means call them “townies.” uneducated. (Having a regional accent also helps.) In other words, the criteria for being a “townie” correlate well with social class. At first glance, it is surprising that such a blatantly classist slur can thrive on such a socially conscious campus. But class is a weird thing, and attending Brown does weird things to the way students perceive their places in the broader social hi-
for people from less privileged backgrounds. As a result, class differences are not always acknowledged as such — they are chalked up to culture, or else utterly misunderstood. Many of us get confused about where we stand. After all, is class about money? Is it about education? Is it about culture? There are several consequences to this confusing synthesis. A lot of us end up think-
ing we understand things that we manifestly do not. For example, nearly all Brown students learn to speak the languages of unfamiliar social classes quite fluently — but we often mistake this knowledge for a deeper sort of understanding. Trust fund babies cannot empathize with the working-class experience, no matter how convincing their mastery of regional slang. Conversely, people from humbler backgrounds often underestimate the extent to which their educational opportunities have delegitimized their claim to being the salt of the earth. This murky environment foments a need to define ourselves against something collectively. The end product is a lot of privileged young people cultivating a sense of superiority over the people who serve their drinks and drive their cabs. Like many slurs, “townie” has been partially reclaimed by those it targets as a matter of pride. But it is still offensive. We can do better. Harvard may have beaten us to the punch on expanding financial aid, but we can take the lead on cleaning up our vocabulary and fighting classism in our backyard. For those who remain unconvinced, just look in the mirror. Literally, if necessary. Do you see someone with an Ivy League education who sneers at people with different priorities? Reflect on your unconscious attitudes about class. And if you still think you’re better than people who speak in regional accents, by all means continue to call them “townies.”
Matt Prewitt ’08 thinks that shooting BB guns at beer cans is culture, too
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W. hoops ends difficult season with 2 losses By Whitney Clark Sports Editor
Like many things that come to an end, women’s basketball captain and lone senior Ann O’Neal’s ’08 collegiate 68 finale was Harvard 47 bittersweet. Brown Although Dartmouth 51 Brown lost 48 b o t h i t s Brown games over the weekend, falling to Harvard 68-47 on Friday and to Dartmouth in a close 51-48 loss on Saturday, O’Neal led her team in its final game. She finished her final contest with 16 points and five rebounds. Having nothing to lose with a 2-24 record (1-11 Ivy League) heading into the weekend, the Bears came out with energy. “We definitely wanted to end the season on a good note,” O’Neal said. “We wanted to go in and get a win to show we are a good team and we can beat teams.” The Crimson, on the other hand, came into the game with the urgency of a team that needed to win. Although Brown was out of the running for the league title, the Crimson were still in the race with an 17-9 record (10-2 Ivy) and needed both wins over the weekend to secure first place in the Ancient Eight. “We went into the game like any other game because, honestly, we had nothing to lose and they did,” wrote Natalie Bonds ’10 in an e-mail. “It would have been nice to beat them and rough things up.” Harvard scored the first basket and led 9-4 after six minutes of play. But the rest of the half proved more even. Both teams led three times in the first period, capitalizing on each
M. swimmers finish sixth, smash records in final meet By Anne Deggelman Staff Writer
For the past four years, the men’s swimming and diving team saw seventh-place finishes at the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League Championships. This year, the Bears took a step toward improvement, breaking seven school records on the way to a sixth-place finish in the tournament last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “It was the best EISL Championships since I’ve been here,” said Diving Coach Guy Pollino. “We were really in the mix for fourth or fifth place for a lot of the meet. That’s a place we haven’t been in a really long time.” Daniel Ricketts ’09 led the Bears, setting two school records and finishing in the top eight for the two individual and two relay events he swam during the weekend. On day one, the Bears started off the meet with a record-breaking swim in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team, made up of Benjamin Zlotoff ’09, Kevin Hug ’08, Trent Huxley ’10 and Brian Kelly ’08 finished in 1:21.59 for sixth place, breaking Brown’s previous record by .07 seconds. continued on page 9
Gymnasts lose close dual after two-week layoff BY Katie Wood Spor ts Staf f Writer
The gymnastics team lost its dual match at the Pizzitola Center on Sunday afternoon to Bridgeport, 189.25-184.325. The Bears entered their match with two weeks of rest since their last successful meet at the Ivy Classic.
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In her final game in a Brown jersey, Ann O’Neal ‘08 scored 16 points and had five rebounds and four steals against Dartmouth.
other’s turnovers, one of Brown’s biggest weaknesses all season. Bruno turned the ball over 23 times in the game, while Harvard gave it away 19 times. Both teams struggled to score in the closing minutes of the half. Bruno’s only two points in the last 3:57 came off a layup from Sadiea Williams ’11 after a quick transition, bringing the score within three. But following a jumper and a free throw
by Niki Finelli, Harvard led 28-22 at the break. The Bears came out of the locker room with a 6-0 run to tie the game at 28, but a layup by Katie Rollins, who scored 12 points in the game, started a 7-0 Harvard run over the next two minutes. Bruno responded with a free throw and a field goal, but from continued on page 9
“The time off helped us rest our bodies, but the entire team was sick in one way or another,” said Head Coach Sara Car ver-Milne. “Considering the circumstances, I was pleased with the team’s performance.” Although sickness was a major problem for the team, there were some solid performances. Chelsey Binkley ’11 led the way for the Bears, finishing sixth on the vault (9.30), fourth on the bars (9.425), second on the floor exercise (9.55) and second in the all-around (36.975). She emerged as a solid contender in the all-around for the remainder of the season. Carver-Milne was very pleased with Binkley’s performance. “We put together some good routines on the beam,” Carver-Milne said. “Chels overcame a lot on the beam, adding a new layout that she nailed. It was nice to see her come back strong on the floor, where she’s a dynamic performer.” Stephanie Albert ’10 finished in fifth place with a strong performance on the beam (9.55), while both Vida
Rivera ’11 and Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt ’10 finished right behind her (9.45), tied for sixth. This was KirkhamLewitt’s first competition since she injured herself after the Bear’s first meet of the season. Carver-Milne said it was one of the best performances of her career. “It feels really great. It was frustrating to sit back and not be able to help out my team,” Kirkham-Lewitt said. Binkley and Vicki Zanelli ’11 struggled on the beam, but came out strong on the floor exercise, showing they were capable of overcoming little mistakes. “It feels good bouncing back from my beam performance,” Binkley said. “It was frustrating to have some falls, but it motivated me more to hit my routine on floor.” Whitney Diederich ’09 also finished well in the floor exercise in sixth place (9.375). Hannah Goldstein ’08 led off the event with a solid routine (9.25) that helped the rest of the Bears to great performances. Rivera was the next best finisher for Bruno on the bars (9.375) after Binkley, and Goldstein then followed with a 9.3. Zanelli tied Binkley for sixth place on the vault as the Bears’ other top scorer. “We’re hoping to see incredible improvements the next few weeks before we travel to compete at” the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships, Carver-Milne said. “Some of our injured girls are coming back to the lineup and are making great progress.” Carver-Milne said Sarah Durning ’08 has competed in the vault the continued on page 9
After record-setting season, wait begins for m. hoops By Stu Woo Senior Editor
When the final horn sounded on the men’s basketball team’s recordsetting season on Saturday night, the players gave 78 each other Brown 62 the usual Harvard hugs and 75 high-fives. Brown Then, afDartmouth 71 ter celebrating their weekend sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth, the team’s three seniors and captains — Damon Huffman ’08, Mark MacDonald ’08 and Mark McAndrew ’08 — thought about their four years at Brown and cried. “The whole season has been an emotional kind of roller coaster for so many different reasons,” McAndrew said, adding that there was “even more emotion” because it was the seniors’ first winning season at Brown. That position McAndrew was referring to was the Bears’ 19-9 overall record, the best in the program’s history. This year’s team set school records for most wins and fewest losses in a season. The Bears’ only shortcoming was their 11-3 Ivy League record, which wasn’t enough to overcome Cornell and its perfect 14-0 season for the conference title and NCAA Tournament bid. But the Bears hope that their first winning record in five years and
their second-place league finish will be enough for a berth in either the National Invitational Tournament or the new, 16-team College Basketball Invitational. They’ll have to wait until after the NCAA Tournament’s selection show on Sunday to find out about their postseason fate. With the creation of the CBI, 113 Division I basketball teams will qualify for postseason games this year — and with a Ratings Percentage Index ranking of 103 as of Sunday night, according to RealTimeRPI.com, Brown isn’t a lock to play more games. But Head Coach Craig Robinson said the team is optimistic enough that it will continue practicing this week. “I think we’re playing some of our best basketball right now,” Robinson said, noting that the Bears have won 10 out of their last 11 games. The Bears continued to make their case for the postseason by beating Harvard, 78-62, on Friday night. They never trailed in the game, starting the game on a 14-4 run and ending the first half with a 39-31 lead. Both teams shot well in the half, but Brown was better, hitting 63 percent from the floor compared to Harvard’s 54 percent. They also went 6-for-11 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes. The Crimson “played a sagging man-to-man defense, and they kind continued on page 9
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Damon Huffman ‘08 scored 37 points, including seven three-pointers, against Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend in his final Ivy League games.