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Volume CXLIII, No. 34
U. makes its case on young faculty’s need for NIH funds By Michael Skocpol News Editor
Stagnant funding for the National Institutes of Health may be taking a toll on young researchers and threatening the United States’ longterm status as the world’s leader in biomedical advancement, according to a glossy report released Tuesday by Brown and six other research institutions. Following a major federal investment in biomedical research that doubled the NIH’s budget between 1998 and 2003, the report says, budget increases have slowed and allowed inflation to “erode the purchasing power” of the NIH, a multibillion dollar federal agency that provides the vast majority of public funding for biomedical and health research in the United States. As a result, competition for NIH research funding among professors at Brown and nationwide has increased dramatically, plac-
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ing a particular burden on young investigators tr ying to establish themselves. The report, entitled “A Broken Pipeline? Flat Funding of the NIH Puts a Generation of Science at Risk,” was released Tuesday in Washington by Brown, Har vard, Duke University, Ohio State University, the University of California at Los Angeles, Vanderbilt University and Partners Healthcare. It presents the institutions’ concerns and profiles 12 early-career researchers — including Assistant Professor of Chemistr y Carthene Bazemore-Walker and Assistant Professor of Medical Science Tricia Serio — whose potentially important research endeavors have been hindered by the dwindling availability of funds, the report says. Brown derives about 45 percent of its external research funds from the 27 institutes that make up the continued on page 4
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Concerts sell out, students cry fiasco BCA may later release 1,000 tickets for M.I.A. By Sam Byker Senior Staff Writer
“Buy one ticket!” Nicholas Carter ’11 yelled at the line in front of him in lower Faunce House Tuesday afternoon. Brown Concert Agency members had been walking through the Post Office, breaking the news to hundreds of students waiting for Spring Weekend tickets that they were likely to walk away emptyhanded, and Carter worried he would be among them. After record-breaking sales on
Monday — when almost two-thirds of the tickets for each concert sold in just four hours — hundreds vowed to arrive early. But many were shocked when tickets sold out at 1:30 p.m., leaving students dejected and BCA members reeling at the unprecedented two-day surge. “To give you an idea, last year, the first six days were a record for us. We sold 1,453 packages,” said Elliot Colbert ’09, the BCA board member in charge of ticketing. “Yesterday, we sold 1,506.” And though demand was high in 2007, he said, sales continued for weeks before tickets for both shows sold out. This year, it took seven-and-ahalf hours.
When sales began Tuesday, at 10 a.m., two separate lines already wound to the back of the Post Office. Lamya Khoury ’08 joined one at 11 a.m. but failed to get a ticket. “I’m more upset than angry,” she said. Though she’s been a fan of rapper M.I.A. for years and was excited to see her at Brown, Khoury is now facing the prospect of “all my friends out at Spring Weekend going crazy while I’m sitting alone in my room listening to my Spring Weekend playlist,” she said. Many students were unhappy with the BCA’s sales policies. “There’s no way tickets should sell continued on page 8
Times editor tells women how to succeed By Joanna Wohlmuth Senior Staff Writer
Female scientists should know what they want out of their careers and pursue those goals, Cornelia Dean ’69, former science editor at the New York Times, told about 25 female students, faculty and community members in Petteruti Lounge Tuesday night. Though many barriers prevent women from advancing in the sciences, they can succeed by networking, believing in their abilities and learning how to negotiate, she said. Dean is currently a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard and a trustee of the Corporation, Brown’s highest governing body. The lecture, which was organized by the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, was part of a series of events for Women’s History Month to explore the theme of “Women Inside/Outside Tradition.” Dean drew on statistics, personal
experience and the observations of others to address the underrepresentation of women in science. The National Academy of Sciences is less than 20 percent female; the National Academy of Engineering is “thrilled” that five percent of their members are women; and top-tier research institutions have very few female professors in science fields, Dean said. Studies “demonstrate very clearly that people judge Ken’s resume better than Karen’s,” she added. But, Dean said, it “is a mistake to dwell on these things.” “There are real things still happening that we can work on,” she said. Many problems affecting women in science stem from a double standard applied to women in sciencerelated fields and cultural constructs that associate science with “masculine characteristics” such as aggression and curiosity, Dean said. To be successful, women must
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be high-achieving, develop negotiation skills and “find a mentor,” Dean said. Because of the disadvantages women must work through to gain prominence as scientists, it is crucial to network and find people whose opinions are respected who will “be in your corner and on your side,” she said. “Even if you have to hold your nose and look the other way,” continued on page 8
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U. looking at political speech policy, parking By Emmy Liss Senior Staff Writer
Brown’s general counsel and top student life officials reviewed the University’s policy regarding political speech on campus for members of the Brown University Community Council in its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon. Members also heard a presentation on campus safety and discussed efforts to manage rising demand for parking on College Hill. Clarifying the University’s policy on campus political speech, administrators said they believe it’s important to encourage student political activity on campus, but that, as a non-profit organization, Brown must comply with certain rules. The University can’t hold any fund-raising events on its campus, but it can host speakers. Administrators are in the process of redrafting a policy to better reflect the school’s goals, said Russell Carey ’91 MA’06, interim vice president for campus life and student services. The current policy is not as helpful as it could be, said Ricky Gresh, director of student activities. Student groups looking to bring speakers to campus should be able to follow a set policy, he added. But there should not be a standard for political speakers different from the rules that govern any event sponsored by a student group, Gresh added. Candidates may also rent University facilities, independent of an invitation to campus, just like any other individual or group can, Carey said. Beverly Ledbetter, vice president and general counsel, said IRS guidelines apply to all universities, but must be “context-driven” and interpreted in developing a Brown-specific policy. “You’re not going to find crosscampus consistency,” she said. “It’s
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an integration of the law and the campus culture, (though) there will be some underlying themes across all campuses.” The University is required to stay neutral and allow all candidates to receive equal access to the campus, she said. If multiple candidates are invited to campus and only one accepts, that individual still may speak here. “It’s all about giving opportunity,” Gresh said. “Not how they use it.” Council members asked about candidate propaganda around campus, including stickers on dorm windows. One council member asked whether it’s permissible for candidates to appear at Brown on the same day they hold fund-raising events off-campus. Ledbetter said that as long as no University mechanisms or resources are used, Brown cannot preclude fund raising from occurring on the same night that a candidate visits Brown. Stickers are acceptable, but there is a prohibition against using the campus as an advertisement space, she said. Michael McCormick, assistant vice president of planning, design and construction, also presented on the University’s parking crunch at the meeting. He first showed council members a 1925 newspaper clipping that argued Providence needed to fix its transportation issues. Since then, however, parking and transportation have been perennial problems for the city. The three main areas that need to be addressed are demand, management and parking, he said. McCormick presented recommendations from the College Hill Parking Task Force, which is comprised of businesses, neighborhood associacontinued on page 6
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Welcome to college! Here, have an iPhone By Melissa Shube Staf f Writer Is the iPhone a necessar y tool for academic success? Abilene Christian University seems to thinks so. The Abilene, Texas university announced Feb. 25 that it will give either an iPhone or an iPod touch — which has many of the same functions as the iPhone — to its entire incoming freshman class of just more than 1,000 students. “This whole thing for us is really about learning initiatives,” said Kevin Roberts, chief information officer at ACU. “It’s not about just giving somebody a device.” Rober ts said the university has been searching for a way to better integrate technology into the classroom for six years and looked at other options, including laptops and palm pilots, before settling on iPhones. “The fact that with this one device I can literally have any web application at my fingertips was really the tipping point,” he said. As to how iPhones can help students learn, Roberts gave an example of a professor instantaneously and anonymously surveying students via the iPhone and modifying his lectures to the level of understanding of the class. Kristina Wallace, assistant professor of communication at ACU, said the use of iPhones will provide her students with better background information. She plans to use the iPhone to replace a textbook in her freshman communication class. In addition to providing educational benefits, the iPhones will make daily life more convenient for students. According to the school’s Feb. 25 press release, students will be able to use their iPhones to “receive homework aler ts, answer in-class sur veys and quizzes, get directions to their professors’ of fices, and check their meal and account bal-
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Three years after Katrina, NOLA schools see apps rise By Chaz Firestone Features Editor
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Abilene Christian University, of Texas, announced last month that it will give either an iPhone or an iPod touch to its incoming freshman class next year.
ances.” They will also be able to order food, listen to music and get notifications from the university, no matter where they are. Wallace hopes the phones will better connect students to both their classes and to the school. “Students are just attached to their phones and their iPods,” Wallace said. “It’s their lifeline.” While the university has not ironed out all the details, the plan is to distribute the devices to incoming freshmen before classes
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Columbia latest to end low-income fees Columbia will join a growing list of wealthy colleges and universities offering new and improved financial aid policies for the next academic year. Students from families earning less than $60,000 a year will no longer need to pay tuition, room and board or other fees. Families earning less than $100,000 will have a reduced expected contribution for tuition and other costs, the New York City university announced Tuesday. Additionally, Columbia will offer grants instead of loans to students currently eligible for financial aid. Undergraduates at Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science will be affected by the changes, and will be encouraged “to apply for exemptions from summer and academic-year work expectations when they engage in community service or accept unpaid research or internship commitments,” according to yesterday’s press release. Approximately 50 percent of students at Columbia’s School of General Studies, who are generally older than undergrads in Columbia College, will receive additional aid next year, the release said. “We are both proud of (our socioeconomic) diversity and determined to maintain it by expanding aid to the extent our resources allow so that our students will continue to benefit from the full range of experiences that are part of a Columbia education and, we hope, part of the lives they choose to lead in the future because of those experiences,” Columbia President Lee Bollinger said in the release. The change mirrors those that other elite colleges and universities announced in the past few months, as competitive and legislative pressure has pushed universities to strengthen financial aid packages. Brown announced its own financial aid boost Feb. 24, increasing aid spending by 20 percent, eliminating contributions for families earning less than $60,000 and ending loans for those earning less than $100,000. Columbia’s increase in financial aid spending is funded by donors and increased endowment spending, and it has currently raised $260 million of the $440 million it wants to raise for undergrad financial aid endowment, the release said. — Caroline Sedano
begin next fall. Students who choose the iPhone will have to set up their own plans with AT&T. Adding telephone ser vice may incur a cost, but other wise, the devices are free to students. When asked if Abilene Christian had made an agreement with AT&T and Apple, Roberts said the university is “still in discussion.” “Even if we had a deal, I
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Three summers ago, Ethan Olson packed his life into some boxes and evacuated his Slidell, La., home, swearing to himself he’d “never apply anywhere close to home.” Then a rising high school sophomore, Olson settled 100 miles northeast in Mobile, Ala., as his house joined hundreds of thousands of others flooded with water from Lake Pontchartrain. Now 17 years old and months away from beginning college, Olson is happily going back on his word. The high school senior was one of nearly 34,000 applicants to Tulane University, just one of the handful of New Orleans colleges now flooded with applications. Tulane’s teeming applicant pool represents nearly a 100-percent increase over last year and is the largest in the school’s histor y, said the university’s Assistant Director of Admission Jeff Schiffman. “At this time our first year after Katrina we were calling people and hoping they would still be interested,” Schiffman said. “Now we’ve nearly doubled our application total. We’re really thrilled.” Following an initial drop in applicants immediately after the storm, interest in the college has increased steadily. The year after the storm also saw a record number of undergraduate applicants, but Schiffman said Tulane reached its “tipping point” this year. “We’ve now well surpassed our pre-Katrina numbers,” he said. Andy Benoit, director of admissions at the University of New Orleans, said his school has seen a similar trend, with 85-percent increases in both undergraduate and graduate applicants. Benoit attributed some of the application influx to improved conditions in the city and aggressive public relations campaigns by both
UNO and the state of Louisiana. But the key to the spike, said Benoit, has been the draw of volunteer opportunities to aid in the city’s recovery. “We have some folks who have come to help in the rebuilding effort for the city, and a lot of those students are coming in and falling in love with the place,” he said. “We’ve seen a vast increase in our out-ofstate applicants.” Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie agreed. “There have been literally thousands of college students who have volunteered time — a weekend or even a semester — to help rebuild the city,” he said. “And many of them have felt this is something they want to really devote themselves to.” Savoie also pointed to more than 10,000 state-funded “Return to Learn” scholarships, which offer displaced Louisiana students $1,000 over one year to study in New Orleans. But for high school senior Elena Pavlova, no extra enticement was needed. Raised in New Orleans but now living in Gaithersburg, Md., Pavlova initially recoiled at the thought of college in her birthplace after seeing the devastation wrought by Katrina. But a visit to some old friends rekindled her love of the Big Easy. “Everything is so nice there now. It’s so gorgeous and so unique,” Pavlova said. “And the stereotype about southern hospitality is really true — everybody there is so warm.” Pavlova originally applied to Tulane as a “safety school,” but her visit and a $24,000 scholarship have made her “98 percent certain” she’ll enroll. Though admissions officers said the passion of prospective students continued on page 6
R U there? Students aren’t enrolling in texting systems By Cameron Lee Staff Writer
As Brown began testing its emergency notification system last month, college administrators across the countr y have had mixed results in getting students to sign up for their schools’ emergency notification systems. About 60 percent of undergraduate students at Brown have made their cell phone numbers available to the administration, said Walter Hunter, vice president of administration and chief risk officer. The administration also has access to all students’ e-mail addresses and can make use of a campus siren in case of emergency. Even though not all Brown undergrads have given out their cell phone numbers, the rate of participation at Brown is still higher than at many other schools, Hunter said. He cited a Feb. 28 Associated Press article, which found that the emergency system e2campus, used at more than 500 campuses nationwide, had an average enrollment rate of 39 percent among students, faculty and staff. Schools using other providers have also seen low participation
rates, the AP reported. California Polytechnic State University, one of the schools using e2campus, currently has an enrollment rate of 12 percent among students, staff and faculty, said Vicki Stover, associate vice president of administration at Cal Poly. The service was made available to a limited group of people last November and has been available to the entire campus since January of this year, Stover said. Other schools have seen a sharp rise in participation after their campuses were threatened. St. John’s University in New York, which uses the same MIR3 service Brown does, only had about 2,000 people enroll in the emergency texting service in the first few weeks of September, said Tom Lawrence, vice president for public safety at St. John’s. But after Sept. 26, when a gunman came onto campus, “numbers went dramatically up,” Lawrence said, adding that 82 percent of the school’s approximately 20,000 students are currently enrolled in the service. When administrators were alerted to the gunman, texts were sent out to students to stay in place until the police could ascertain the cam-
pus was secure. St. John’s student Eliveth Saenz told The Herald she received the text notification since she had signed up for the service before the gunman came on campus. “The incident that took place in September made me appreciate that I had signed up for this service ahead of time,” Saenz wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Vin Fulgieri, another St. John’s student, wrote in an e-mail that the Sept. 26 incident changed his opinion on his school’s emergency notification system. “Since the incident, I think the notification system is a good thing,” Fulgieri wrote. Fulgieri did not sign up for the texting service until after the gunman threat. “That incident got a lot of people to realize things like this can happen anywhere at anytime,” he said. “It’s definitely a little more reassuring that we will be aware when something is happening.” Fulgieri’s apathy prior to the incident reflects the attitude of many Brown students interviewed by The Herald. Paul Jeng ’10 said he hadn’t signed up to receive emergency texts continued on page 6
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Less NIH funding hurts younger researchers most, U. argues continued from page 1 NIH, according to Vice President for Research Clyde Briant, making it a “major funding source” for the University. Since 1999, the report notes, the success rate for grant applications to the NIH has dropped to 24 percent from 32 percent, meaning that researchers must spend more time developing and revising grant proposals and have a harder time securing funds for more ambitious but riskier proposals. The size of the grants being awarded has also been cut, the report says, and the average age at which researchers are receiving their first major grants from the NIH is rising. Those major awards — known in biomedical research circles as R01 grants — are considered the lifeblood of academic researchers, officials say. Receiving R01 funding is a major benchmark for any young investigator seeking to become established in his field, but as approval rates drop, the hurdles young researchers must clear to earn R01 approval are growing more daunting, the report says. The result, the report contends, is that more intense competition and difficulty initiating research will drive a generation of young investigators away from academia, leaving a dear th of established researchers to build on current advances. Joseph Balintfy, an NIH spokes-
man reached Tuesday afternoon by The Herald, did not immediately have any response to the report. But in an earlier statement posted on the NIH Web site, Norka Ruiz Bravo, the agency’s deputy director for extramural research, said the NIH gives a variety of special considerations to young researchers to help them achieve the funding they need to become established. “We at NIH remain committed to identifying and attracting new independent biomedical researchers and will continue to explore novel ways to accomplish this,” the statement says. “However, we cannot do it alone. Institutions — our partners in this venture — must continue to look for ways to reduce the duration of graduate and postdoctoral training and find new ways to enable new investigators to compete successfully for extramural funding.” But the dozen researchers profiled in the report say new hurdles have emerged in the last several years that are threatening their research — and, in some cases, their ability to save lives. Bazemore-Walker was profiled because, according to the report, her research could potentially improve diagnosis of kidney damage from diseases like lupus and diabetes but has not been funded by the NIH. Since 2005, in her time as a junior faculty member at the University of Virginia and at Brown, she has submitted about 15 grant proposals to the NIH and other
organizations. But she has, “not been able to secure an independent research grant from (the) NIH,” she said. Governmental funding, especially from the NIH, is considered “the hallmark” for young researchers in the life sciences, Bazemore-Walker said, and a major grant like an R01 is “the gold that we’re seeking.” She has focused on smaller grants, however, because without them she can’t produce the kinds of preliminary data that are often necessary to secure an R01 in the current competitive environment. But even those smaller grants are tough to come by right now, she added, because many more established researchers who would normally pursue R01s are turning to alternative sources of funding in the more competitive environment. Bazemore-Walker also said that her troubles are compounded by the fact that she spent several years in a full-time teaching position when she was first starting out and is several years older than many researchers are at the same stage of their careers. As a result, her grant proposals are often scrutinized more than are those from younger applicants, and she is ineligible for some programs targeted at new researchers. “I’m ver y concerned about the future for our generation of scientists,” Bazemore-Walker said. “A lot of us, both senior and junior, are spending so much more time in our
offices writing grants,” instead of working in the laborator y. “We have to write so many more to tr y to increase the odds that one of them will get funded,” she added. Serio was traveling Monday and Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. Despite the NIH’s plateauing funding, which the report says has ef fectively shrunk the agency’s budget by 13 percent when inflation is accounted for, Briant said that Brown has not seen its total revenue from the NIH drop off in a harmful way. “We’ve been able to hold our own right at the moment,” he said. But Brown is nonetheless concerned by the potential implications nationwide and the possibility that young researchers drawn by the funding boom in the late ’90s and earlier this decade will now be driven away, he added. Brown has also not seen an exodus of junior faculty, Briant said. In recognition of the difficult environment, University officials have tried to provide more start-up research money internally to junior faculty and to help young investigators write better proposals and navigate the more rigorous funding environment, he added. Although Brown’s funding has held up so far, faculty here are having to work much harder than in years past to earn grants, according to Professor of Community Health Terrie “Fox” Wetle, associate dean
of medicine for public health and public policy, who also worked at the National Institute on Aging, a sub-agency of the NIH, from 1995 to 2001. “Even experienced researchers are finding themselves having to work much, much harder,” she said, adding that ever yone is having to submit more grants in order to secure the same level of funding. “It feels as if the treadmill is going faster — that you have to work harder to keep your place.” The problem is especially acute for young researchers, Wetle said, because the competition means more preliminar y data and “upfront” investments are required to get approval. Junior faculty, she said, find it “harder to get (a) foot on the first rung of the ladder.” Despite her own difficulty finding her footing and the report’s contention that young investigators will be driven from the public research “pipeline,” BazemoreWalker said she will not be deterred from making her career in academic research. “Like many of us who have taken these positions in spite of the environment … I still feel positive,” she said. “I think that my research is in one of the better areas to be funded, because of (its) potentially significant impact on human health and disease.” “I’m confident in my ability, so that’s another reason why I’m positive that I will, in fact, be successful,” she added.
iPhone U.: Freshmen getting gizmos next year continued from page 3 wouldn’t comment on it, and we don’t have any kind of special agreement with either one of those companies,” he said. While some ACU students support the initiative, it has sparked a backlash among others. Wallace said students opposed to the initiative had several concerns, including issues of entitlement and budget. In addition, she said some students are concerned that the university is losing sight of its Christian mission, “feeding the consumerist mindset and spending money that some students consider a waste.” Troy Thomason, an Abilene freshman from Buf falo, Texas, said he was upset that students in his grade would not receive the devices. “What I don’t like is that they told us they were giving us those, and now we’re becoming sophomores and they’re giving them exclusively to freshmen,” Thomason said. “I’m a little upset about it.” Rober ts acknowledges that some students are angr y but said it would not make sense to give the iPods and iPhones to the entire campus, at least initially. “There’s too many unknowns,” he said. “How bad would it be if we gave 5,000 of these things out and it brought our network to its knees? It would just be irresponsible to do that.” The Abilene Christian student body has star ted a substantial protest on Facebook against the iPods and iPhones. There are 459 members in the Give Us All iPhones Facebook group and 218 in the Official ACU Freshman iPhone
Policy Protest Group. The group walls are surprisingly heated. Some students wonder where the money for the iPhones is coming from; others question the University’s motives. Even faculty are responding angrily: “You have crossed a line,” posted one faculty member. “For a person of faith, you seem to have ver y little faith in us,” posted another. Roberts said the money for the iPhones is coming out of an existing university fund and that the tuition and fees were set before the decision was made to give out the devices. He denied the accusation that the iPhone initiative is a stunt for publicity, but he said the university welcomes the attention. In addition, Roberts doubts that the initiative will have a large affect on the school’s admission rates. “I honestly don’t think that a whole lot of students are going to make a decision to go to school based on whether or not they’re getting a phone,” Roberts said. Thomason, on the other hand, believes the iPhones could absolutely affect admissions. “I’m just saying, you know, if someone like me was having to choose between those Christian schools, and that was a factor, I really would go to ACU because it sounds really cool,” he said. But Thomason and his Facebook compatriots’ concerns bring up a crucial question — will iPhones still carr y their cache if all freshmen have them? Rachel England, who will start her freshman year at Abilene in the fall, is doubtful. “At first I was like, ‘I’m going to be so cool with the iPhone,’” she said. “And then I was like, ‘Ever yone is going to have this.’”
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Lack of attendees stifles SUBU meeting The Student Union of Brown University cancelled its general body meeting Tuesday night after about 25 students, less than its quorum of one percent of the student body — 59 students — appeared in the Crystal Room in Alumnae Hall. After calling to reschedule the meeting, students opened the floor for discussion for those who wanted to stay. Donata Secondo ’10, a SUBU member, said the union would prefer a discussion in which more students participated. “Ideally, students would publicize before meetings and get a lot of students who care to volunteer” to attend meetings and advocate for issues. The quorum was set at SUBU’s first general body meeting last May, when 84 students attended, according to a Sept. 17, 2007 Herald article. Four items were on the agenda of the cancelled meeting, including proposals on student-worker pay, accessible education, transparency of the Undergraduate Finance Board and a proposal for “academicfree time” by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group that represents student-athlete interests at Brown. Several members of the committee, including Dylan Sheehan ’09 and Julie Mandolini-Trummel ’08, spoke about their idea for “academic-free time.” They advocated the University set aside a time when classes aren’t scheduled to ease the conflict between athletics, extra-curricular activities and class meetings. Noting similar policies already in place at Cornell and Princeton, Sheehan and MandoliniTrummel said they are seeking support from fellow athletes and other student groups to pressure University administrators. “What it comes down to is maximizing our time at Brown,” said Sheehan, adding that he did not think it was possible to do that with the limitations of practice schedules. Mandolini-Trummel spoke briefly of efforts to reach out to alumni, those in the athlete-faculty liaison program, other student athletes and student group leaders to define exactly what they want to advocate, provided there is enough support. She said committee members would like to find answers to several questions, such as what times of the day would be best to set aside, given University space constraints. “It is not just an issue for athletes,” she said. — Susan Kovar
Bleeding perp thieves chips from Jo’s at 5:40 a.m.
Rollerblader punched in face by angry women By Max Mankin Senior Staf f Writer
The following summary includes all major incidents reported to the Department of Public Safety between Feb. 28 and March 5. It
bleeding from his chin. She stated that he looked as if he was in a fight, and he smelled like he had been drinking. The employee stated that the student grabbed a bag of chips and walked outside. She did not see his direction of travel. Officers checked the area but were not able to locate anyone fitting the description.
does not include general service and alarm calls. The Providence Police Department also responds to incidents occurring off campus. DPS does not divulge information on open cases that are currently under investigation by the department, PPD or the Office of Student Life. DPS maintains a daily log of all shift activity and general service calls which can be viewed during business hours at its headquarters, located at 75 Charlesfield St.
Saturday, March 1: 10:13 a.m. Officers were dispatched for the report of a fire in the Sharpe Refectory. An employee used an extinguisher to put it out before the officers arrived. Providence fire investigators responded to the scene. The case is under investigation by the Providence Fire Department and DPS. 11:14 p.m. A student reported that at approximately 9 p.m., she rollerbladed alone to Kennedy Plaza. Two females began talking to her. They pushed the victim down and punched her in the face about four times. The student declined medical attention. PPD is investigating.
Thursday, Feb. 28: 5:40 a.m. A Facilities Management employee stated that a male knocked on the door of Josiah’s. She approached and saw that the man appeared to be a student. She asked him if he was a student, and he stated that he was. The employee opened the door and allowed the student to enter. She handed him some paper napkins to stop some
Tuesday, March 4: 10:18 p.m. A student stated that his laptop computer was taken from a desk in his room in Harkness House. He stated that he last noticed his laptop around 7:30 p.m. when he left his room. Upon returning at 10:10 p.m., he noticed his laptop missing. The door to his room was left unlocked. There are no suspects at this time.
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Fellows give late-night aid for writers in need By Priyanka Ghosh Contributing Writer
Students writing last-minute papers will now have access to late-night help in the form of a writing fellow in the lobby of their nearest library. The Writing Fellows have instituted a new program that, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. each night this week, will place a fellow in the Rockefeller Librar y and the Friedman Study Center, sitting with a sign saying, “I will read your paper!” The program aims to give students “another opportunity to talk through their papers, have another person to brainstorm with, or discuss how to best revise their papers in an informal setting,” Writing Fellow Sara Mann ’10 wrote to The Herald in an e-mail. Writing Fellows will be in the cafe in the Rock’s lobby and the Friedman Center through ThursMeara Sharma / Herald
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Writing Fellow Kathleen Ross ‘08 looks over Byron Asher’s ‘08 paper in the lobby of the Sciences Library.
Quakers warm up to friends, not oatmeal By Gaurie Tilak Staff Writer
College students strapped for time may start their mornings with a bowl of Quaker Oatmeal. But as the many
FEATURE Brown students who attended Quaker high schools can attest, there is more to Quakerism than hot breakfast cereal. Quaker schools differ from other private schools in a number of ways, but students said the most defining
difference is the unique attitude toward faith and community. Quakerism, which is officially called the Religious Society of Friends, is an offshoot of Christianity that emphasizes personal faith over strict creeds and religious hierarchy. “What I loved most about it was meeting for worship,” said Caroline Landau ’09, who attended the Friends Seminary in Manhattan. Landau, who is Jewish, said her entire school would meet twice a week for 25 minutes at a time and sit in silence, which Quakers refer to as “Meeting for Worship.” Students who felt particularly inspired
would spontaneously rise and speak their minds. “It’s not uncommon for people to speak out,” Landau said, adding that there is a certain etiquette to speaking during a meeting. “You’re not supposed to respond directly to other people.” The length and frequency of meeting for worship varies by school. Sanjay Bhatt ’11, who attended the Moorestown Friends School in Moorestown, N.J., said his school met once a week for an hour at a time. Bhatt said at continued on page 6
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like Olson and Pavlova is encouraging, new opportunities have been accompanied by some new questions. Schiffman said Tulane’s recordsetting applicant pool will likely lead to a record-low admissions rate, as the university is looking to keep enrollment where it was before the storm. “Typically we admit 40 percent” of applicants, Schif fman said. “But we’re still planning on having a freshman class of 1,400 students.” The sudden jump in selectivity should only improve the quality of education at Tulane, Schiffman said. Crescent City colleges have also tried to channel increased interest in the school into increased action in the community. Benoit said UNO encourages public service and provides volunteer opportunities to its students, and Schiffman said Tulane has introduced a community service requirement incumbent on all incoming freshmen from last year forward. Schiffman said students take service courses for their first two years at the school and then embark on their own projects specific to their majors.
“A business major might help a small ma-and-pa shop get back on their feet after Katrina,” Schiffman said. “It’s a great opportunity and it benefits the students and the community.” Though Olson and Pavlova said this attitude helped convince them to apply to Tulane, convincing family members was another matter. “With Tulane, you’re of course concerned about another hurricane, rebuilding the city, crime,” said Garry Olson, Ethan Olson’s father. “And when you’re paying that kind of money, by golly, you expect some good bang for your buck.” To ease the older Olson’s concerns, the pair took a trip to New Orleans to visit the school. “Even on the way he was against it,” Ethan Olson said. But once they made it to New Orleans, Gar r y Olson came around. “I never realized how intimate it would be,” he said. “The small classes, the accessible faculty — they’ve really done a great job addressing students’ needs.” The highlight of the trip, however, was a one-hour open discussion session with Scott Cowen, Tulane’s president. “He spoke very personally and just mingled with us,” Garry Olson
said. “He even gave us his e-mail address.” The younger Olson laughed. “Ever since then he’s been really gung-ho about Tulane.” Despite increased student and parent interest, Savoie said the state hasn’t quite achieved its preKatrina applicant numbers. “We were at 214,000 just before the storms, and this last fall we were back up to 198,000,” he said. “We’re still down about 16,000, and that’s almost all from New Orleans schools.” Savoie said he expects it will be a few more years before interest in Louisiana schools returns to where it was before the storm. “We saw this as a five-to-tenyear challenge,” he said. “It may be a while before the institutions are where they were before the storms, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be high quality — just a little smaller package.” Still, Savoie remained optimistic about the state of higher education in Louisiana. “We’re still down from prestorm numbers and will be for some period of time, but the trends are very positive and the projections are positive, so we’ve got to feel good about that,” he said. “New Orleans has a way of capturing you.”
Students remember Friends’ influence continued from page 5 his school, which enrolls students from preschool through the twelfth grade, the length of worship meetings gradually increased as students grew older. Younger students only meet for fifteen to twenty minutes while high school students meet for about one hour. Students said their schools also fostered strong relationships between schoolmates, and even teachers. “It was a really tight-knit community,” Gabrielle Greenfield ’10 said of her school, the Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Md. A key component of this community-oriented atmosphere is public service. Carolyn Tilney ’11 said her high school, Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa., promoted community projects. “The area isn’t a very good neighborhood,” she said. Tilney said her school was so dedicated to the surrounding area that when offered the chance years ago to move to a larger campus in a more rural area, the school declined. “We decided to stay and help the community,” she said. But while students at Quaker schools shared many of the same experiences, arriving on College Hill affected each differently. Bhatt has continued his commitment to the community and is still heavily involved in public service projects. Throughout high school, he participated in projects beyond the school’s requirements. “I actually went on two independent service trips to India,” he said. Bhatt is now in the process of setting up a financial education and literacy program for Providence high school students. But Tilney said despite her school’s strong emphasis on community service — “we had days when the whole grade would not go to class and do community service projects,” she said — she has not involved herself in public service at Brown. “I haven’t done any recently,”
Tilney said. Even though Quaker schools are unique, students said they found similarities between their high schools and Brown. “It’s not quite as Quaker but somewhat the same feel,” Greenfield said. She said her friends are good at discussion and coming to a consensus, and they tend to share an interest in social justice — both Quaker values. Landau said high schools and colleges are different enough that her own school’s Quakerism doesn’t distinguish the two experiences any more for her than for other students. “I think that they’re incomparable,” she said. In her experience, Landau said she has found that people at Brown practice some of the positive Quaker virtues, like equality and pacifism. Greenfield said Quakerism promotes equality among all people. “I called all my teachers by their first names,” she said. She also attended a Quaker elementary school, where she said everyone — including teachers — sat on the floor. Bhatt said every year around Thanksgiving, his school would bring together students who would normally not interact, from kindergarteners all the way through high school seniors. The students were divided into groups and worked on craft projects, the products of which were donated to various local organizations. “There are a lot of really unique aspects of going to a Quaker school that help me identify with other people,” Bhatt said. Though students said they enjoyed their experiences at Quaker high schools, attending an affiliated college was not a priority for them. Colleges like Haverford and Swarthmore still run on some of the Quaker values on which they were founded. Greenfield said when looking at Haverford, she liked some of its Quaker aspects, like its honor code and tight-knit community. “In the end I thought it was too small,”
she said. Though Brown is a larger school, Greenfield said she has found a fair amount of community here. Bhatt said though Quaker affiliation was not a factor in his college choice, many of his classmates from high school did attend Quaker schools like Haverford and Swarthmore, which draw many students from his high school. Greenfield said the community atmosphere in her school was close and comforting, especially during the time immediately after Sept. 11, 2001. “Being a D.C.-area school, 9/11 was a big deal for us,” she said. The day of the attack, the whole school was called into an assembly and students were told they could go home if they wanted. The next day, all of the public schools were closed. “We were told school was optional,” Greenfield said, but she and her sisters decided to go to school anyway. The student body met for worship, and many of Greenfield’s classmates spoke. She said it’s generally hard to talk during Meeting because one has to stand up and break the silence, but that she spoke nonetheless. “I talked about how glad I was to be back at school,” she said. “At a scary time I would rather have been at school.” Students said this comfort persists despite the fact that few students at their schools actually practiced Quakerism. In fact, many Quaker schools attract large numbers of Jewish students. Greenfield, who is Jewish, said there was a large Jewish population at her school. “There were more Jews that Quakers,” she said. Tilney’s school was similar in this regard — “30 to 40 percent of my school was Jewish,” she said. Landau said she personally identifies more with the Jewish community than with Quakers. But despite not being a Friend herself, she said she does feel connected on some level with Quakerism. “I really believe in Quakerism,” she said. “I think it’s beautiful.”
continued from page 3 because he “didn’t feel like it.” “I know at least two people who (signed up),” he said, adding that most of his friends hadn’t signed up. Matt Greenberg ’11 also said most of his friends hadn’t signed up. He didn’t remember signing up himself, but he did receive the text accompanying the siren test in February. Other students interviewed by The Herald weren’t aware of the existence of the notification systems at their schools. Sharon Chiu, a student at Cal Poly, thought that emergency texting would be helpful should the situation arise, but did not know that the service was already available. At Brown, Jadie Detolla ’08 also said she and her friends were not aware the texting service existed. Stover said she thinks many students haven’t registered yet because phone carriers charge some customers for each text message received, and students do not want the extra charge. She also said some students might not have had a chance to register yet. Hunter voiced similar reasoning, saying he thought the system used for sign-ups might have been overloaded when Brown students first tried to enroll and that students might not have had the chance to try again. Schools around the country have used various methods to increase student awareness and participation. “There are some campuses that do stuff to encourage or incentivize students to enroll in a system,” said Melanie Kuderka, director of marketing for MIR3. She said that some schools have used drawings
for prizes to encourage students to sign up for the texting service. “It sounds like it takes a little more encouragement to get people involved,” she said. In New York, St. John’s has been “proactive in pushing people to sign up,” Lawrence said. Administrators used the self-service system Banner, which all students use to register for classes and check grades, to ask users to sign up for the texting ser vice. When students logged into the system, a screen popped up prompting them to opt in or opt out of the program. “We’ve only had less than a thousand people opt out,” Lawrence said. And many administrators emphasized the importance of a complete emergency notification system, one in which text messaging is only a small part. “This is just another way we’re going to communicate,” Stover said. Text messaging seems to be a popular medium of communication, but it isn’t the only one Cal Poly would use in case of an emergency, she added. Lawrence also felt that using different methods of communication would be effective at St. John’s. “If we implement multiple measures we’ll be able to (notify) most of the people,” he said. “We don’t think there’s one silver bullet that’s gonna get everybody.” Still, the importance of text messages during emergencies should not be underestimated, students at St. John’s said. “I had the attitude of ‘nothing is gonna happen,’” Fulgieri said. “Unfortunately it took something like the (gunman) incident for me to be like ‘Ok, fine I’ll do it,’ and I think that sadly will be the case for a lot of students who haven’t signed up yet.”
Managing demand is U.’s key to parking paradise continued from page 1 tions and College Hill institutions. The group has focused on on-street parking since 2006. The task force’s key finding was that enough parking spaces exist to fill demands on the Hill — but parking demand must be better managed. The city needs to better accommodate all-day parking for individuals who work on College Hill, McCormick said. The current regulations create a shuffle for parking spots every few hours. McCormick cited a study that shows 30 percent of traffic comes from people looking for a place to park on College Hill, suggesting that more feasible long-term parking options would also reduce traffic. The task force also found that signage on College Hill is confusing and inconsistent and that pedestrian behavior, particularly on busy intersections like the corner of Angell and Brown streets, slows traffic down. The task force suggested that the city implement new street-by-street regulations to combat the current discrepancies and to strike a balance between short- and long-term parking. The group also recommended installing meters for long-term parking, which would keep short-term vehicles out of spots and encourage carpooling and public transit. The University has addressed demand management by increas-
ing safeRIDE programs, joining the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s UPASS program, limiting student parking and working to reduce the minimum age to rent a Zipcar to 18, McCormick said. Administrators also want to manage demand through carpool incentives, making the campus more bike-friendly and increasing parking rates. Projected growth in faculty, staff and graduate students and the loss of parking spaces due to construction will lead the University to lease 250 off-campus parking spaces next year for student parking. Though the location of these spaces has not yet been determined, they will be accessible by safeRIDE and RIPTA and monitored by 24-hour security. The University will study other options for student parking as it continues construction, McCormick said. Vice President of Administration and Chief Risk Officer Walter Hunter and Director of Public Safety Mark Porter also made a presentation to the council, discussing crime reduction, safety enhancement, enhanced coordination with the Office of Student Life, an internal review of the Department of Public Safety and increased background checks for all new, part-time and temporary staff. Attendees didn’t hear from President Ruth Simmons on any of the issues covered, as she was out sick. Provost David Kertzer ’69 P’95 P’98 presided instead.
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Spitzer’s number two may soon step into spotlight
Obama easily wraps up Mississippi
By Louise Roug Los Angeles T imes
NEW YORK — When Eliot Spitzer tapped him as his running mate during his gubernatorial run two years ago, David Paterson agreed to take the low-profile job. For more than a year after their win, the lieutenant governor quietly toiled in the shadows of the brash governor, reaching out to state Republicans when Spitzer chose to fight. But the spotlight may soon come to the relatively unknown politician, whom obser vers describe as a contrast in character to his boss. If Spitzer resigns in an unfolding sex scandal, Paterson, 53, would be his successor, becoming the first black governor of New York. A 2006 profile in The New York Obser ver described Paterson a “myster y man.” “Nobody knows a lot about him,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a longtime New York political consultant who worked on Spitzer’s 1998 attorney general campaign. Sheinkopf, who has followed Paterson’s career and knows him socially, describes him as a politician more likely to cross the aisle than Spitzer. Unlike his boss, Paterson “is not a confrontational guy,” Sheinkopf said. “Because he has ser ved in the legislature, he understands it — something Eliot Spitzer does not.” Paterson, who is legally blind, grew up in a political family and was first elected to the state Senate in 1985, representing a district that includes Harlem. During his time in the senate, Paterson developed an amicable relationship with Joseph L. Bruno, the Republican majority leader — a marked contrast to the governor who has fought a long, bitter and public war of words with Bruno. (Last year, Spitzer’s office was investigated for using state police to gather information on Bruno.) During his first year in office, Paterson’s stated priorities as lieutenant governor were alternative energy, stem cell research and helping women and minorities. Last year, he led a successful legislative effort to approve a bond issue that directed at least $1 billion toward stem cell research. “My leadership will demonstrate the ability to work against the odds,” Paterson told a local New York newspaper in 2002, the
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year he was elected senate minority leader, the highest statewide office held by a black official in New York at the time. Before becoming a state senator, Paterson worked for former Mayor David Dinkins, who was then running for borough president of Manhattan. In 2004, Paterson addressed the Democratic National Convention, and recently he has campaigned with Sen. Hillar y Rodham Clinton as she seeks the presidential nomination. Paterson, who also teaches as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, was born in Brooklyn, the son of Basil Paterson, a prominent New York politician. In 1977, he received a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Hofstra Law School. He didn’t pass the bar exam, however. Early official biographies of Paterson incorrectly stated that he grew up in Harlem and passed the bar exam. When the discrepancies were discovered, the politician said he had neither written nor read his own biography in what is known as the Red Book, the official directory for politicians in the state. Paterson, who was born with partial vision on his right eye and is fully blind on his left eye, lives with his wife Michelle and their two children in Harlem. Beyond arriving at the governor’s mansion under unusual circumstances, Paterson would face a series of fundamental problems, including a budget marked with red, a state senate where Republicans hang onto the majority by a one-seat margin and a generally dysfunctional government in Albany — described by Sheinkopf as a “confrontational arena.” “He’s going to have to rise to the occasion,” Sheinkopf said. “Can he? Yes, he can.”
By Mark Barabak and Johanna Neuman Los Angeles T imes
Barack Obama rolled up an easy victory Tuesday in the Mississippi primary, gaining steam ahead of next month’s big Democratic showdown in Pennsylvania. The results reflected a stark racial divide; more than 9 in 10 blacks voted for Obama, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won the votes of 7 in 10 whites, according to exit polls. Black voters accounted for roughly half the turnout. The win is the second in four days for Obama, who bested Clinton in Saturday’s Wyoming caucuses. The Democratic presidential race, which seemed nearly settled, was thrown wide open last week when Clinton bounced back from an 11-contest losing streak to beat Obama in three of four contests, including crucial wins in Texas and Ohio. The next six weeks will be devoted to a single state, Pennsylvania, which votes April 22 and offers 158 pledged delegates, the biggest prize left on the Democrats’ dwindling campaign calendar. As of Tuesday night, more than three-quarters of the states had voted, allocating more than 80 percent of the delegates to the Democrats’ national nominating convention in August. Given the math, it seems nearly certain that the party’s superdelegates — Democratic leaders who get automatic entry to the convention — will settle the nominating fight. Obama began Tuesday with 1,579 delegates of the 2,205 needed to win the Democratic nomination. Clinton had 1,473 delegates. There were 33 at stake in Mississippi. Early in the day, Clinton attacked Obama during a Pennsylvania campaign stop, contrasting his rhetoric and his actions on issues such as Iraq and free trade.
“If you’re going to talk, you ought to mean what you say, so people can count on it,” the New York senator said at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. On energy policy, Clinton disparaged Obama for promoting wind energy but voting for the Bush administration’s 2005 energy bill. On the Iraq war, she faulted him for pledging to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq while his former foreign-policy adviser told European audiences that pledge was open to re-evaluation. And on trade policy, she contended, Obama pledged to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement while a top economic adviser assured Canadians his promise was campaign rhetoric. “There’s a big difference between talk and action,” she said. The Obama campaign responded immediately, saying Clinton was trying to score “cheap political points” with “a kitchen sink of distorted and discredited attacks that she knows aren’t true.” Noting that Obama was visiting a wind plant Tuesday to highlight his support for the industry, spokesman Bill Burton said: “If Senator Clinton wants to have an honest debate about why she voted against that bill, we’re happy to have it, but she owes the voters of Pennsylvania more than the same old attack politics that Americans have already rejected across the country.” Obama made a final stop Tuesday morning in Mississippi before flying to Pennsylvania. Stopping at Buck’s Restaurant in Greenville, Miss. — a no-frills diner two doors up from Fast Tax and four doors down from the Washington County Work Center, where signs on the wall say: “Do the crime, pay the fine or work the time!!” — Obama talked to voters about the ailing economy in Mississippi’s Delta. “We just haven’t seen as much opportunity come to this area as
we’d like,” he said. “And one of the challenges, I think, for the next president is making sure that we’re serving all communities and not just some communities.” As Obama ordered a breakfast of eggs “scrambled hard,” with turkey sausage, wheat toast and grits, one man shouted, “I’ve been praying for you!” To which Obama replied, “I believe in prayer.” Sen. John McCain, who clinched the Republican nomination for president last week, took advantage of the still-raging competition between Clinton and Obama on Tuesday to criticize Democrats for pledging to renegotiate NAFTA. “We’ve got to stop this protectionist NAFTA-bashing,” McCain said at a town hall meeting at the suburban St. Louis headquarters of Savvis Inc., an information-technology company. Referring to a Cleveland debate in which both Clinton and Obama pledged to force Canada and Mexico to add protections for workers and the environment, McCain said renegotiation would threaten other trade agreements around the world. “What are the other countries in the world going to think about the agreements we’ve negotiated with them?” he said. McCain acknowledged that many Americans, amid rising home foreclosures and dwindling manufacturing jobs, face tough times. But he insisted that “the fundamentals of our economy are still strong” and argued that protectionism was not the answer. On trade, he said, “I’m a free trader.” McCain is on a nationwide fundraising campaign before heading overseas next week to Jerusalem, London and Paris as part of a congressional delegation. He said he would not involve himself in U.S. efforts to negotiate peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians but would press NATO allies to do more in Afghanistan to thwart a resurging Taliban.
Writing fellows now in libraries to help last-minute continued from page 5 day night as part of a trial of the system, according to Mann. The new program, the result of a suggestion by Writing Fellow Henr y Freedland ’08, aims to provide an informal setting where students can go “if they just want writing help (or) are thinking about a paper,” Evan Pulvers ’10.5 wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Fellows volunteer to staff the programs in the libraries. Writing Fellow Ryan Wong ’10 said the new resource is a good idea because “the writing center can get crowded during finals and midterms. And this gives students an accessible resource where they can just go talk about a paper for a few minutes.” Students’ initial response to the program has varied. Mann,
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who wrote that she was “pleased with the turnout,” spent most of her first three-hour shift working on two papers — a graduate student’s sociology paper and a Spanish literature paper. But Writing Fellow Forrest Miller ’10, who spent three hours in the Friedman Center Monday night, had a different experience. “People would walk by, make eye contact, holding papers in their hands, but didn’t stop.” He said that he feels “there needs to be a table in a ver y central location with a big sign advertisement, that ‘I’m a writing fellow, here to help you!’” Doug Brown, director of writing support programs, said he believes that this new program is a great way to “fill a time gap, making writing fellows and writing help accessible at all times to students.”
Dean ’69 encourages women in science continued from page 1 the benefits of networking outweigh the negative implications of using connections for advancement. Dean also offered her audience some general “life lessons.” First, she said that women must break the habits of self-criticism that hold them back professionally. “If a man is up for a job he will say, ‘Who could be better than me?’” she said. Women will often imagine an ideal candidate and then conclude that they don’t measure up. Second, “if there is something you want, ask for it,” Dean said. Often, figuring out what one wants is the hardest part, she added. Third, “have a plan, have a plan B,” she said. A plan will help women stay focused and having a backup will reassure them that even if things don’t work out, it will be OK. Her final piece of advice was one that Dean was given while prepar-
ing for a reporting trip to Antarctica: “If someone offers you help, take it.” Many people think it is more impressive to do things themselves, she said. But women should think twice before passing up valuable assistance, she said. After opening the floor to questions from the audience, Dean addressed more-specific initiatives to better the situation of women in science. Dean said that she supports allowing women and men to “stop the tenure clock” by extending the probationary period before tenure is achieved to allow for child rearing. She also said that women are usually not vocal enough about demanding affordable childcare. She also spoke about problems faced by science journalism and the need for scientists to engage the public. Since Americans are generally ignorant about science, they are vulnerable to “spin,” Dean said. She cited
the belief that a debate exists about climate change and humans’ effect on the environment when scientific evidence very clearly demonstrates the reality. “It becomes a discussion of values,” she said, as people must decide at what point intervention is necessary, not if the problem exists. Dean’s lecture was one of the highest-billed events for this year’s Women’s History Month series. Each year, the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center chooses a theme that encompasses the many interests of the student organizers who do most of the event planning, said Gail Cohee, director of the center. Tonight, a panel discussion, “Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Smith-Buonanno 106. On March 17 another discussion, “Women in Sports: Where Are We Going and How Do We Get There?” featuring former Brown athletes and Olympians will take place at 7:30 p.m. in MacMillan 117.
Record demand for Spring Weekend tix continued from page 1 out in two days,” Lucinda Ng ’11 said. “My friend bought eight tickets yesterday. That’s not okay.” “They should have paced it out better,” Khoury agreed. BCA members scrambled to deal with the demand. When it became clear that tickets would sell out, the agency scrapped a limited public sale online and released the reserved tickets to students instead. Administrative Chair Cash McCracken ’08 had to make the final announcement. “We are completely sold out to capacity for both shows,” he told the crowd. “For both?!” cried a woman in line.
McCracken reminded the assembled students that the BCA can only sell tickets up to the 3,500-person capacity of Meehan Auditorium, the rain venue for both shows. On April 9, up to 1,000 more tickets for Saturday’s show will be released if the weather forecast is good. “We’ll camp out,” Carter said. His friend Daniel Wiener ’11 suggested that he’d be willing to pay up to $15 above the sales price for a pair of tickets. In the meantime, agency members will be left trying to account for the record demand. McCracken pointed to the success of last year’s shows, which included rock band The Flaming Lips and hip-hop group The Roots. “Last
year’s concerts set records for us for the number of people who came and the excitement level in general,” he said. “I think because people were so excited and had such a good time at the concert, people were really looking forward to these concerts and had an eye out to buying tickets.” Colbert credited this year’s slate, which will feature rapper Lupe Fiasco and indie darlings Vampire Weekend on Friday, April 11, and M.I.A., mashup artist Girl Talk and progressive jam band Umphrey’s McGee on Saturday, April 12. “We knew we were excited about our lineup this year,” Colbert said, “but we could never have imagined how excited the rest of campus would be.”
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Skiers face giant slalom problems continued from page 12 so I guess we were kind of due for it in a way.” The Bears had much better luck on the slalom course on Friday. The course was similar in length to the slalom courses the team had been racing on all year, so unlike the in giant slalom, the team did not have to deal with any surprises with the structure of the course. Consiglio returned to her usual form, earning Second Team All-American honors for her eighth-place finish with a combined time of 1:56.90. Martin finished in 21st place and, on the strength of this and her 29th-place finish in the giant slalom, earned Second Team All-American Combined honors. “Blaine had an unbelievable second run,” LeBlanc said. “It was her best skiing of the year by far.” Elisa Handbury ’10 finished just behind Martin in 22nd place with a combined time of 1:58.63. Consiglio, Martin and Handbury’s combined times placed Brown in sixth for the
event. “Blaine Martin and Elisa Handbury were really the standouts all weekend,” Casey said. “They had great runs and really came through for the team.” In the combined results, which take a team’s times from both the slalom and giant slalom into account, the Bears finished tied for ninth place. Sierra Nevada College took first place overall. “Sierra Nevada was stacked,” LeBlanc said. “But we’re really pleased with our season. This is my fourth year here, so this is the first senior class I’ve been with all the way through, and we’re going to miss them. But we’ll be ready to go next year. We’ll have our top two skiers returning and we have two great freshmen coming in.” Casey echoed her coach, saying, “We had a great season, and the way we all came together at Nationals really shows the great team dynamics we had all year. I’m looking forward to following the team next year. I know they’ll do great things.”
Wrestlers headed to Nationals continued from page 12 said it will be “a good chance to be exposed to everything.” “My goal is to do as much damage as possible,” Gevelinger said about his hopes for Nationals. The two other qualifiers for NCAA are two senior captains. At the 133-pound weight class, Schell, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, who also qualified for Nationals his freshman year, will return after a fierce comeback. After opening the competition with a strong win by technical fall against Matt Swallow of East Stroudsburg University, Schell lost a narrow match against No. 4 seed Joe Baker of Navy, 6-4. The loss meant that Schell had to win all of the following matches in the consolation bracket in order to move on. Schell rebounded from the loss with a win by fall in the first minute in his final match on Saturday. He then won two more matches on Sunday, both in overtime. He upset No. 2 seed Seth Ciasulli of Lehigh in his second overtime match when he scored a takedown. After that win, Schell was back in the third-place
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match, which assured his spot in Nationals, though he lost the thirdplace match to No. 1 seed Mike Grey from Cornell, 10-4. Mock, the No. 3 seed in the heavyweight class, has now qualified for Nationals two years in a row. He had a terrific first day of the tournament, winning both matches, but the second day didn’t go as well. “The coaches were happy with how I wrestled on Saturday,” Mock said. “On Sunday, I didn’t really wrestle my match.” Although Mock lost his semifinal match on Sunday, he came back in the consolation bracket by winning against No. 5 seed Maciej Jochym of Cornell, 4-3. Mock said he “controlled the match” and that was enough to get him a place in Nationals. Mock lost the third-place match, finishing fourth. Mock said there is still more work to do before Nationals next week. He wants to “go further this year than (he) did last year,” when he did not win a match. The three Bears will leave on Tuesday. The competition will begin that Thursday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Quinnipiac ends m. icers’ playoff run continued from page 12 think they’ll have an opportunity for sure,” Grillo said. “A lot of it is luck, being in the right place at the right time with the right team, and if you get an opportunity, you have to make the most of it.” Brown took a 1-0 lead with two minutes left in the first period of Friday night’s game, when Sean Muncy ’09 knocked home a rebound off a shot by David Brownschidle ’11. Although the Bobcats out-shot the Bears 16-8 in the first period, goalie Dan Rosen ’10 made all 16 saves to keep Quinnipiac out of the net. Rosen was unable to repel Quinnipiac for long, though. In the second period, the Bobcats continued the relentless offensive attack, with a barrage of five goals in the first 4:53. After the Bobcats went up 5-1, Mark Sibbald ’09 replaced Rosen in the net. Sibbald made seven saves in the period to stymie Quinnipiac’s attack, and Bruno got back into the game with goals from Ryan Garbutt ’09 at 10:34 and Poli at 17:49. Hurley and Prough assisted on both goals. With 1:12 remaining in the period, the Bobcats beat Sibbald for the first time to gain a 6-3 cushion heading into the final frame. The Quinnipiac defense contained Brown’s attack for the first half of the third period, but with just over seven minutes left, Sean McMonagle ’10 finally beat the goaltender off the rebound of his own shot to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 6-4. Garbutt scored his second goal of the game a little more than two minutes later, when he put home
a rebound off of Poli’s shot. Then, with 22 seconds left, Matt Vokes ’09 won a face-off after an icing call on Quinnipiac. After shots from Vokes and Robertson failed to find the back of the net, Prough picked up the loose puck and tipped it past the goalie to tie the game at six, with only 5.4 seconds remaining on the clock. “The guys were ecstatic,” Grillo said. “They kept fighting and they got rewarded for it. We had another life, another opportunity.” But the Bears were unable to muster another goal in overtime, though Robertson came close with a shot that hit the right post. Then, 11:02 into the extra period, Quinnipiac’s David Marshall got the puck at the bottom of the left face-off circle and put it past Sibbald to give the Bobcats the 7-6 win. Game Two was scoreless until the eighth minute of the opening frame, when Quinnipiac’s Jamie Bates beat Rosen to give his team a 1-0 lead. Then, with 2:36 left in the period, Devin Timberlake ’10 took the pass from Prough and fired a shot on goal. Quinnipiac goaltender Bud Fisher made the save, but Garbutt collected the puck at the bottom of the right circle and lofted the puck into the upper right corner of the net to tie the game. Once again, though, the Bobcats came out of the intermission with an explosive attack, beating Rosen three times in the first 9:20 of the second period. Sibbald came in to replace Rosen for the second night in a row. But five minutes later the Bobcats scored again to gain a 5-1 lead.
This time, there would be no miraculous comeback from the Bears, who were stonewalled by Fisher’s 25-save effort. The Bobcats added two more goals in the final frame, and Brown’s roller-coaster season came to a somber conclusion with a 7-1 playoff loss. Quinnipiac’s 14 goals in two games came as a disappointment to the Bears, who had allowed only nine goals in their last five regular season games. After a shaky start to the season, Rosen had been strong down the stretch, but the Bobcats had him and the Brown defense figured out when it mattered. “It was one of those weekends where defensively, we just weren’t very good,” Grillo said. “It’s not what we are, or what we’ve ever been. Quinnipiac’s an explosive offensive team, but I was disappointed with our defense.” Despite the team’s final record of 6-21-4, Grillo is optimistic about its future. “I think we were disappointed with the way it finished and our overall wins and losses, but if you look at it closely, there’s not that large a gap between us and other teams,” Grillo said. “We have a large number of juniors and sophomores, and some of them stepped up this year and were leaders as underclassmen.” Nonetheless, Grillo expressed regret that the five seniors will be leaving. “For us coaches and the rest of the team, it’s very sad to see them go,” he said. “They’re great kids, classy kids, who represent Brown University, and they’ve been awesome to coach.”
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Gaining perspective It seems that hardly a week goes by without another top-tier college or university announcing huge increases in its financial aid policies — and Tuesday, Columbia was the latest to jump on the bandwagon. More than ever, an Ivy-caliber education is a possibility for all members of our society. Without a doubt, this represents an improvement in equality of opportunity. But what about the millions headed to college each year who couldn’t get in or didn’t even apply to one of these elite institutions? Sometimes we forget that, as much credit as we Ivy Leaguers try to give ourselves, many of our generations leaders — politicians, scientists, philosophers, entrepreneurs and so on — are not among us. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2007 Almanac, as of last fall there were almost 15 million students pursuing undergraduate degrees; the Ivies combined can claim no more than a few tens of thousands. Yes, we were lucky to get in. But does that mean we’re more deserving of generous financial aid? Rhode Island has the second-lowest proportion nationwide of its students enrolled in public institutions — 49 percent, with only Massachusetts’ 42 percent scoring lower, according to the Chronicle’s Almanac — but that doesn’t mean the state can neglect its three public colleges. Gov. Donald Carcieri’s ’65 budget for fiscal year 2009, however, would cut nearly $18 million from the state’s three public colleges. The University of Rhode Island, Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College represent the only reasonable options for many of the 36,977 students currently enrolled there — whether they can’t afford to go to school out of state, need to be close to home or didn’t have access to the high-caliber high schools that so many Brown students seem to have had. The massive budget cuts would dictate tuition increases of at least 12 percent for the next academic year, according to the state’s commissioner of higher education. Scholarships and the number of faculty and staff would likely all be decreased, too. On college hill, we’re only facing a 3.9 percent increase in tuition. We’re not trying to discount Brown’s latest changes in financial aid — they’re unquestionably an important step forward. But if our self-satisfaction over being so egalitarian causes us to ignore the plight of thousands of others — who would surely love to attend a school like Brown but may not have quite measured up — then what is it really worth? So while the wealthiest colleges and universities in the country are trying to one-up each other, flexing their respective endowments, we shouldn’t forget that these institutions can’t even claim to be helping one percent of undergraduates nationwide. It’s important that our whole society remain committed to making higher education accessible to all, especially those with the least advantages. To help the most people, though, federal and state governments must be similarly committed to the system of public higher education. Small savings now will prove too costly for our state in the future.
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Letters Common myths about Spring Weekend tickets To the Editor: The Brown Concert Agency is absolutely delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response to this year’s Spring Weekend concerts. We sold out to rain capacity today, and we are so sorry that some were not able to get tickets. It’s unfortunate that our facilities aren’t able to accommodate a student body of 6,000 people. We want to address a few misconceptions some students had regarding ticket sales. “The shows are sold out.” The shows are actually sold to rain capacity, 3,500 — the capacity of Meehan Auditorium. If the weather permits, the Saturday show will be held on the Main Green. An announcement will be made on Wednesday, April 9, via UCS all-campus email, BCA’s website and Morning Mail as to this decision. If we are able to sell more tickets (at least 1,000), they will first become available to seniors on April 9, and to the rest of campus on Thursday, April 10. “Many non-students got tickets.” We sold far fewer general public tickets this year than in any of the past three years. As per contractual agreements with the artists, tickets were made available to the general public, albeit at significantly higher prices ($45 for both tickets, as opposed to $20 for students). As soon as we were able
to do so, we removed all remaining public tickets from TicketWeb in order to sell to Brown students in line. In all, only 7 percent of tickets sold were to the general public, in contrast to about 15 percent in years past. “Ticket sale management was run differently this year.” This was not the case. The difference was student demand. Based on credit card returns, the vast majority of transactions (93 percent of credit sales) conducted were for one or two packages. In response to the unanticipated and unprecedented pace of ticket sales, we limited sales to two packages per student ID as to enfranchise the people who were actually in line. We hope that this clarifies any confusion that may exist. More importantly, we hope that every Brown student who wishes to attend the concerts will be able to do so. We always welcome constructive advice and suggestions as to how to improve Spring Weekend. If you have any suggestions, please email us at BrownConcertAgency@gmail.com.
Cash McCracken ’08 and David Horn ’08 Administrative Chair and Booking Chair, Brown Concert Agency March 11
January@Brown for credit not yet approved To the Editor: An article last week (“January@Brown will bear halfcredit in ‘09,” March 6) correctly reported that I remain very enthusiastic about the possibility of credit-optional courses for the next incarnation of January@Brown, but the headline itself was misleading. It gave the impression that the decision about credit had already been made. In fact, it has not. While the topic of credit-bearing courses was discussed at the last College Curriculum Council meeting, it did not appear on the agenda of the recent Corporation meeting. Any decision to award credit for
short courses requires not just a discussion with the CCC but the endorsement of the faculty. Until that has taken place, the issue remains very much undecided. Students who would like to support the development of credit-optional courses for the January@Brown term are invited to let their voices be heard by sending an email to Rakim Brooks ’09 or to me. We appreciate your interest and your concern. Katherine Bergeron Dean of the College March 11
Correction An article in The Herald (“January@Brown will bear half-credit in ’09,” March 6) reported an announcement made in last Wednesday’s meeting of the Undergraduate Council of Students that January@Brown will include some classes for half credit next year. In fact, that announcement was inaccurate. January@Brown classes for credit have not yet been approved. C O R R E C T I O N S P olicy The Brown Daily Herald is committed to providing the Brown University community with the most accurate information possible. Corrections may be submitted up to seven calendar days after publication. C ommentary P O L I C Y The staff editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Brown Daily Herald. The editorial viewpoint does not necessarily reflect the views of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Columns, letters and comics reflect the opinions of their authors only. L etters to the E ditor P olicy Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a telephone number with all letters. The Herald reserves the right to edit all letters for length and cannot assure the publication of any letter. Please limit letters to 250 words. Under special circumstances writers may request anonymity, but no letter will be printed if the author’s identity is unknown to the editors. Announcements of events will not be printed. advertising P olicy The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. reserves the right to accept or decline any advertisement at its discretion.
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An experiment in democratic creativity BY MAX CHAIKEN Opinions Columnist On Tuesday, March 4, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made yet another “comeback” in the dramatic Democratic nomination battle. Winning Ohio and Rhode Island, as well as the primary portion of the Texas competition, her campaign was given new life, though she only inched closer to Barack Obama in the delegate count. But another dormant controversy — what to do about the Florida and Michigan delegates — sprung up again. To briefly summarize the situation, the Michigan and Florida delegations to the Democratic National Convention (held Aug. 25 to 28) were penalized for the decisions of their respective state legislatures to move their original primary contests up in the calendar. Michigan held its primary on January 15, and Florida had its contest on January 29. Because the Democratic National Committee allowed only four states to hold primaries before Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, Michigan and Florida were stripped of their delegates, and Democratic candidates largely agreed not to campaign in those states. As the nomination process has progressed, Clinton and Obama have come to a virtual tie, and the question of what to do with these delegates has become more important and complex. Many Democrats think that a doover would be in the best interest of the states and the party. Predictably, the various parties involved have reached an impasse over funding. CNN suggests that the combined cost of
the two contests could reach $30 million. As Chairman of the DNC, Howard Dean is in quite the pickle. If he wants either Democrat to win the general election, he can’t “waste” $30 million holding make-up contests in these two states. At the same time, he realizes the importance of the states in the general election, and understands that alienating the Democratic electorate in either state could pave the way for a McCain victory in November. But if the Democrats had any creativity,
name for the election Web site. When the polls open, voters would go online and cast their votes from the comfort of their homes. The polls could be open for the standard 12-hour period or longer. People with no computer or Internet access could be accommodated with special computers at public libraries and poll-workers to help with the computers. Given the relative ubiquity of internet access, Florida and Michigan would not need anywhere near as
Here’s my idea: Use Florida and Michigan as the guinea pigs for the first-ever official electoral contest held over the Internet. they would revel in this opportunity to find an innovative, democratic solution that doesn’t cost $30 million or take 90 days to set up. Here’s my idea: use Florida and Michigan as the guinea pigs for the first-ever official electoral contest held over the Internet. The process would involve taking all registered Democrats (and in Michigan, registered independents who did not vote in the Republican contest) and giving them a one-time user-
many polling stations as would be needed in a standard election. Internet security is the liability for Internet voting. State governments need to ensure that elections are safe and secure. A primary on the Internet would be a prime opportunity for hackers. Internet elections would also be susceptible to small-time voter fraud, like John, the liberal college student who votes twice — once for himself and once for Grandma.
But there are many ways to address hacking. The election Web site’s domain name could be kept secret while officials are working on the site. Voters could be required to confirm various pieces of personal information when they log in, ensuring that the person voting is the same person who registered to vote. Internet security professionals could monitor the system during the voting period. Perhaps it’s naive, but I can’t accept that Internet voting is impossible due to security issues. It should be noted that traditional voting systems also run into problems with reliability and validity (see Florida in 2000, Ohio in 2004). The benefits of Internet voting warrant the difficulties involved with its implementation. And an imperfect system is better than the unseemly alternative — disenfranchising primary voters in Florida and Michigan. Most importantly, an Internet primary could save time and money. Officials in Florida are already contemplating ways to raise soft-money donations. If we can enlist major Internet companies for soft-money or in-kind donations (Google, Facebook?) an Internet primary could be effective and efficient. Companies would likely jump at the chance to boost their publicity, and the DNC could avoid a funding dilemma. If the DNC uses the Florida and Michigan fiasco as an opportunity to be creative and improve our democratic processes, the people of Michigan and Florida will benefit and democracy will prosper.
Max Chaiken ’09, chapter coordinator for Brown Students for Obama, is actually a hacker waiting to sabotage this contest
One change Brown actually needs: a university press BY MITCHELL MORANIS Guest Columnist Every great university has a press. Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Chicago, Princeton, MIT, Oxford and Cambridge all have their own presses (some with branches in other countries), and the list goes on. In many other categories, Brown University would not just be on this list of great schools, but towards the top. We attend an amazing institution, with many amazing resources; however, we are lacking in an area that would exemplify Brown’s quality as an excellent institution and would distribute great work and knowledge proudly under the Brown colophon. Simply put, a university press is a publisher of academic work affiliated with a university. A university press aims to publish and distribute any scholarly work, ranging from the humanities to the sciences, but central to a university press is the work of its own university. As described by the Association of American University Presses website, “If you visit a university press, you won’t find a printing press… University presses are publishers. At the most basic level that means they perform the same tasks as any other publisher — university presses acquire, develop, design, produce, market and sell books and journals… most also publish books of more general interest.That might mean narrative history, or poetry, or fiction translated from other languages.” The degree to which a university press
participates in the production process varies. Princeton University Press ships all of its work out to independent companies. Columbia University Press uses independent companies for book production but maintains its own warehouse on university property. The decision of how involved Brown wants to be is up to Brown; however, on any path chosen, the result would be that its professors and graduate students could publish work done at Brown through the Brown University Press. It would tie Brown-created research and great
when a full-time staff became necessary. ... In June 1964 the Brown University Press was elected to full membership in the Association of American University Presses. The Press, with no printing facilities of its own, used local and European printers. ... In 1981 the Brown Press, having published only four books in the preceding five years and facing annual deficits, elected to merge with seven other university publishers in the University Press of New England, which had been founded ten years earlier at Dartmouth. This action allowed
It is time that Brown found a building or basement on campus and an offsite publishing house and began to publish academic work once more. non-Brown scholarship to the University. Brown did once have a press. Here is the history of Brown University printing from the Encyclopedia Brunoniana: “The Brown University Press dates from the publication of the first volumes of the ‘Brown University Studies’ series in 1932. David Jonah, Librarian of the University and one of a three-man committee to select works to be published, ran the Press out of his office from about 1957 to 1963,
the Brown Press, for an annual fee, to turn over to the University Press of New England the responsibility for editing, publishing, and marketing books which might bear the imprint of the University Press of New England or ‘Published by the University Press of New England for Brown University.’ ” Brown later left the conglomeration, which today includes Brandeis, Dartmouth, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Tufts and Vermont.
As a result, there is no operation, at Brown or shopped out, publishing work on behalf of Brown. For Brown to have its own press would not take much. Brown would only need to invest in staff, office space and a lead-time of six to eight months before it could begin to publish — along with subsidizing books until the press was able to make money. According to Meredith Howard, an official from Columbia University Press (CUP), Columbia’s involvement in the press is not heavily financial. She stated that the university supports the Press’s staff, administration, and office space and that CUP’s warehouse space is on rent-reduced Columbia land. She said the greater relationship is maintained through deep personal ties: The board of the Press includes the Dean of the College, Columbia faculty help review and select books and a large percentage of books come from Columbia faculty. It is time that Brown found a building or basement on campus and an offsite publishing house and began to publish academic work once more. As we spend five million dollars to re-polish the mahogany and restore the leather walls of the history department and spend even greater amounts on new athletic facilities, taking the time, effort and money to increase Brown’s academic worth and put it on par with the best universities should be considered by the administration to be of the utmost importance.
Mitchell Moranis ’10 is the Editor-in-Chief of the Brown Noser but takes this issue very seriously
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A few falls aside, skiing plows through Nationals By Megan McCahill Assistant Sports Editor
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After wrestling his way to a fourth-place finish in the 184-pound weight class at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association tournament last weekend, Matt Gevelinger ’09 earned his first appearance at next week’s Nationals.
Three wrestlers pin down trip to Nationals
By Han Cui Spor ts Staf f Writer
Ten Bears competed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships at Franklin & Marshall College last weekend. For four seniors on the team, it was their last chance to fight for a ticket to Nationals. Two of them, tricaptains Jeff Schell ’08 and Levon Mock ’08, earned their second trips to Nationals as fourth-place finishers. But the top Bear of the weekend was Matt Gevelinger ’09, in the 184-pound weight class, who finished third at the EIWA competition to secure his first-ever trip to Nationals. The top four finishers in each weight class and seven fifth-place wild card finishers will advance to Nationals. Gevelinger was the No. 4 seed in his weight class. When he found out about his seeding result the Thursday before the tournament, he said it was a “confidence boost” for him. “I definitely thought I could do
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it,” Gevelinger said. “I knew what my competition was going to be and what I had to do.” Gevelinger had a terrific start to the tournament, winning both matches on Saturday to advance to the semifinal bracket the next day. He first wrestled Brooks Keefer, an unseeded wrestler from American University, and took the match easily, 10-3. “It was a match I should win,” Gevelinger said. “But you have to be prepared. If you make a mistake, there goes your season. But I did what I had to do.” Next, Gevelinger faced of f against the No. 5 seed, Ken Caldwell of Navy. Going into the match, Gevelinger was a little nervous because of the close matchup, but Gevelinger took the victory 4-0. Gevelinger’s first match on Sunday was a semifinal match against the No. 1 seed Scott Ferguson of Army, to whom Gevelinger fell, 8-4. “Going into the semi, I was
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Feinberg ’11 picks up Rookie of the Week Men’s lacrosse team attackman Andrew Feinberg ’11 picked up his first-ever Ivy League Rookie of the Week award in just his third and fourth games for Brown. Feinberg has scored in each of his first four games as a Bear, and has scored multiple goals in three of Brown’s contests thus far. He received recognition this week because he exploded for five goals over the weekend at the Pioneer Face-Off Classic in Denver, in the Bears’ close loss to No. 19 Denver on Saturday and their rout of Air Force the following day. Feinberg is now second on the team in goals and points with nine and 12, respectively, just behind Thomas Muldoon ’10, who has 10 goals and 14 points. The team needs Feinberg’s contributions because it has a young offensive unit, often starting no seniors and just one junior.
Stock ’09 receives Second Team All-ECAC Herald Sports Staff Writer Nicole Stock ’09 of the women’s hockey team picked up Second Team All-ECAC honors after grabbing Second Team All-Ivy honors two weeks ago, coming in behind Harvard’s Christina Kessler on both squads. Stock had a save percentage of .924 this season, which was eighth best in the nation. Not only was she good in the back of the Brown defense, but she was also busy. Stock faced the third-most shots in the country and only left the ice for the Bears when they emptied the net to add an extra skater late in games. In those moments off the ice, Stock also excelled in the classroom: She was one of 13 members of the women’s hockey team named to the ECAC All-Academic Team. — Jason Harris
pretty pumped,” he said. “All the pressure was on (Ferguson). He had beaten me before and what I needed to do was to pressure him. It was an OK match.” The next consolation match was the most crucial match for Gevelinger because the winner would have advanced into the thirdplace match and earned a guaranteed spot to Nationals. Gevelinger’s opponent was Kenji Porter from Columbia. Gevelinger had watched him wrestle at the tournament and was “pretty confident” he could win. Gevelinger proved himself correct when he beat Porter 10-2 and successfully assured himself a spot at Nationals. By the time of the final match, the pressure was off Gevelinger. Still, he wrestled well, winning his last match against Manuel Schubert from Lehigh, 8-2, and finishing third in the tournament. As a junior and qualifying for nationals for the first time, Gevelinger continued on page 9
Despite a few unlucky falls, the ski team finished its season with a strong performance at the 2008 United States Ski and Snowboard Association Nationals at Sunday River, Maine. The Bears took 11th place in the giant slalom on Thursday and then took sixth in the slalom on Friday. There were 19 schools competing in the events. The Bears had to overcome some difficult circumstances to place as high as they did in the giant slalom. The race was originally scheduled for Wednesday, and the skiers arrived at the mountain ready to race, but because of freezing snow the race was initially postponed for an hour before being rescheduled for Thursday. While the conditions were better on Thursday, the Bears struggled on a giant slalom course that was much longer and more difficult than any course Bruno had skied all season. “On Thursday the conditions were perfect, sunny and beautiful, and the snow was great, solid ice which helps us against the western teams,” said Head Coach Mike LeBlanc. “But the giant slalom course was way longer than anything we had trained for, and we struggled with it.” The scoring format at Nationals was the same as at Regionals, in which each team races five skiers and the top three times count toward the team’s overall score. But the Bears were without co-captain Anna Bengtson ’09, whom LeBlanc called the team’s “number two” skier, after she suffered a torn ACL while competing at Regionals. Without Bengtson, there was even more pressure for the rest of the Bruno squad to finish cleanly, but the team struggled on the giant slalom course. The Bears only received clean
runs from co-captain Meaghan Casey ’08 and Blaine Martin ’11. Martin led the way for the Bears with a 29th-place finish with a combined time of 2:46.57, followed by Casey in a combined time of 2:49.85, good for 38th place. “Skiing at this level really becomes a team sport,” Casey said. “We knew that with Anna out, we needed to pull together and the rest of the team would have to help out.” Krista Consiglio ’11, the team’s standout all year, took a hard fall on her first run, but gutted it out, hiking back up the hill to get through the gate and finish the run so her time would count. “She crashed her face into the gate going about 35 miles per hour,” LeBlanc said. “Her lip was bloody, and her arm and shoulder were hurting, but she still hiked back up to give us another score. Not a lot of kids would’ve done that. It was a great sign of her team spirit.” Consiglio had a better second run — her combined time of 3:01.89 was the third score counted for the Bears. It looked like Sophie Elgort ’08 would be the other score for Brown, but she fell right at the end of the course on her first run. “Sophie had an amazing run going, but she was skiing too fast for the course,” Casey said. “She just couldn’t hang on at the end.” Martin, Casey and Consiglio ended up being the three top times for Brown, putting the Bears in 11th place for the event. “Considering Anna was out, and Krista and Sophie fell, the fact that we still finished ahead of eight other teams says a hell of a lot about what we had the potential to do,” LeBlanc said. “But that’s ski racing; sometimes you have bad luck. We hadn’t had much bad luck all year, continued on page 9
Bobcats bounce m. icers from playoffs By Benjy Asher Assistant Spor ts Editor
The men’s hockey team overcame a 5-1 deficit on Friday night to force overtime, but it ultimately lost 7-6 in the first game 6 of its best-ofBrown Quinnipiac 7 three Eastern College Athlet1 ic Conference Brown Quinnipiac 7 playoff series at Quinnipiac. In Game Two on Saturday night, Brown’s season came to a disappointing end in a 7-1 loss, in the final collegiate hockey game for the team’s five seniors. Graduating are captain Sean Hurley ’08, assistant captains Jeff Prough ’08 and David Robertson ’08 and Paul Baier ’08 and Chris Poli ’08. All five have signed with NHL organizations, and have already reported to their respective minor league teams, so their hockey careers will continue past Brown and possibly to the major-league NHL level, said Head Coach Roger Grillo. “It’s a big leap (to the NHL), but they’re talented kids who are passionate about hockey, so I continued on page 9
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Assistant Captain Jeff Prough ’08 had a goal and an assist in his last weekend of collegiate hockey. Quinnipiac ended Brown’s season with two wins over the weekend.
The March 12, 2008 issue of the Brown Daily Herald