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Firebombs thrown at Hillel staffer’s house Employee not injured, moved for safety By Max Mankin and Michael Skocpol Senior Staff Writer and News Editor
In an attack early Saturday morning, improvised explosives were hurled at the off-campus apartment of Yossi Knafo, an emissary from the Jewish Agency for Israel employed by Brown/RISD Hillel. Knafo was home at the time but unharmed by the attack. In a telephone interview Sunday, Knafo said that he and a friend — identified in a police report as Roei Bahumi ’08 — were in the secondstory apartment at 122 Camp St., about a mile and a half north of campus just after 1 a.m. Saturday. At that time, unidentified attackers threw two Molotov cocktails — glass bottles filled with gasoline and stuffed with rags — at the residence. One struck the building and ignited, scorching the outside of the house, and the other entered Knafo’s bedroom through an open window but did not explode. Knafo and Bahumi, who were in the adjacent kitchen at the time, were unharmed. Damage to the property was minimal.
Construction noise creates early birds By Debbie Lehmann Higher Ed Editor
target him. He has moved out of the apartment to a “safe place” and will remain there for at least the next several days, he said. Knafo, a 25-year-old Israeli citizen, has been working at Hillel
At 7 a.m. one day in the last week of February, freshmen living on the east side of Littlefield Hall groggily dragged their blankets anxd pillows into the lounge on the other side of the building, trying to ignore the deafening roar of jackhammers that came bursting through their windows. The migration was, in the words of Littlefield Residential Counselor Molly Jacobson ’10, a “mass exodus.” Those who got there first made their beds on the couches and stuffed their heads under pillows to muffle the noise. But the couches quickly filled up, and other Littlefield residents had no choice but to start their days a few hours earlier than usual. Some students headed to the showers. Others paced up and down the hallways, occasionally yelling insults at the construction workers outside the window. Jacobson recalled one student showing up at her
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Scorched siding was still visible Sunday, after a Molotov cocktail attack on Hillel employee Yossi Knafo’s second-story apartment on Camp Street just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Officials from the Providence Police Department responded to the scene and originally classified the attack as arson. But Special Agent Gail Marcinkiewicz, an FBI spokeswoman, said the bureau is investigating the “possibility of a hate crime.” Marcinkiewicz and
PPD officials declined to discuss specifics of the investigation, including whether those responsible for the attack might be affiliated with Brown. Knafo said he had not received any threats prior to the incident and did know why anyone might
Former felon finds new life Students, Simmons talk global change in NOLA as Brown student, activist By Alex Seitz-Wald Contributing Writer
RUE student traded drug dealing for political activism
College students and presidents from across the country — including Brown students and President Ruth Simmons — convened in New Orleans this weekend along with former President Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt and James Carville to discuss pressing global issues at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference. The conference, part of the
By Michael Bechek News Editor
Less than four years ago, Andres Idarraga ’08 was in prison, serving a 14-year sentence for selling drugs. He was broke. When he was paroled, he would not have voting rights until he was nearly a senior citizen because of Rhode Island state law. In another world, Idarraga might still be in prison, on the street or dead. Yet today, he is a 30-year-old Brown senior, and on March 4, he
FEATURE voted for the first time in his life. Nine years ago, Idarraga landed in jail after police caught him in Pawtucket selling drugs and illegally in possession of a gun. He had been arrested for selling once before, at age 16. Then, he had been sent to the Rhode Island Training School — a juvenile facility — and was released to his mother’s custody just a week later. This time was different. Legally an adult, he was sent to maximum-security prison and wouldn’t be eligible for parole until he had served nearly five years. It didn’t have to be this way. Recognized as a bright student at his high school in the poor city of Cen-
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example, Michael Glassman ’09, Undergraduate Council of Students president, made the commitment to help install compact florescent light bulbs in low income housing in Providence. Glassman said he met students who are working on similar projects at CGI U and plans to keep in touch with them. A number of Brown students at the conference committed to help organize the Brown Is Green continued on page 8
ba d - wha t ? Courtesy of Andres Idarraga
Andres Idarraga ’08 put drugs and prison behind him to come to Brown.
tral Falls, north of Pawtucket, he earned a scholarship to attend the private Moses Brown School just north of the University on Lloyd Avenue. But he quit halfway through his senior year, unable to adapt to the alien environment and weary of having to take two buses just to get there. When he returned home to Central Falls, he “retreated” into his neighborhood. “I always had a lot of teachers saying, ‘You could make it out,’” he remembers now. “But I never really knew what they meant.” Born in Colombia, Idarraga emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1984, when he was 7 years old. His parents both worked factory jobs to gain residency, and the family eked out a living in Pawtucket,
SCI-fi in R.I. Students Paul Wallace ‘08 and Nicholas Clifford ‘08 show their ‘Face’ at the Avon Cinema
Clinton Global Initiative, asked each attending student or college president to make a “commitment to action,” and focused on energy and climate change, global health, human rights, and poverty alleviation, according to attendees. The conference was intended to empower participants with the tools and contacts necessary to follow through on their projects. Commitments should be “new, specific and measurable,” according to the CGI U Web site. In one
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From left to right, Sean Holmquest ’10, Chintan Patel ’08, Vivek Buch ’08 and Priyan Chandraratna ’08 performed in BadRAAS as part of the South Asian Students’ Association’s yearly show on Saturday. See Campus News, Page 5
convenient A physics professor is using statistical models to help predict climate change
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A rts & C ulture Monday, March 17, 2008
Def poet wraps up Islam Awareness Month Sulaiman performs spoken-word poetry before packed crowd
Two seniors show off postapocalyptic vision at Avon By Caroline Sedano Senior Staff Writer
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“I want this to be less of a presentation and be more of a conversation,” spoken-word poet Amir Sulaiman told a full house in Salomon 101 Friday night. “I say some poetry. You ask some questions. You get some comments. You talk. You have a good time. Poetry. Everything is good.” Sulaiman, an African-American Muslim who has been featured on HBO’s “Def Poetry” program, took questions from the audience and told anecdotes between reciting six poems. The event, which concluded Islam Awareness Month, opened with per formances by Sarah Kay ’10, Phil Kaye ’10 and Amina Massey ’08, members of WORD, Brown’s spoken-word and performance poetr y group. In his introduction, Muslim Students’ Association President Rashid Hussain ’10 said the month’s events showed “a side of Islam you don’t usually see in the mainstream media.” He said that poetr y is central to Islamic culture but added that the views expressed in the night’s performances “may or may not reflect those of the MSA.” Religious themes featured prominently in many of Sulaiman’s poems. His first, entitled “Thief in the Night,” began with the lines, “They say the Lord will come/ Like a thief in the night/Perhaps the Lord will come/In the things that I write.” In “Vanilla Sky,” Sulaiman said, “What was old and grief/Is now new and sweet/Like sweet sweat was swept off my feet/Like souls solaced in the sanctuary of God.” The poem also included lines from the Christian Lord’s Prayer. In response to a question from the audience, Sulaiman said “Vanilla Sky” was about this world and the next, represented respectively by a pair of “chocolate” and “caramel” women in the poem. “I’m speaking about ... coming into a state of consciousness, coming into a state of awareness that is divine,” Sulaiman said. “So the poem’s about life and death, but it’s not just about physically dying ... one of the maxims of the Sufi (a mystical Islamic tradition) is to ‘die before your death,’” he added. In addition to spiritual themes, Sulaiman’s poetry addressed race, drugs, materialism, love, violence and mortality. One line in “Thief in the Night” — “Terrorism that precedes alQaida and Osama/Forget Bin Laden, Ben Franklin enslaved my great-great grandfather” — drew applause from the audience. When Sulaiman characteristically asked the audience for any “questions, comments or concerns” about the poem, one student asked him to elaborate on the Franklin reference. The reference was “not necessarily about Ben Franklin the person but what he represents as far as our founding fathers ... this person, this idea, this archetype, this caricature of Bin Laden has not — nor do we even expect
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Amir Sulaiman’s spoken-word poetry performance on Friday, sponsored by the Muslim Students’ Association, addressed spirituality and several other themes.
him to — cause the type of death and destruction to civilians as some of our founding fathers’ actions,” Sulaiman said. He also explained that two neighborhoods mentioned in the poem — one in his native Rochester, New York, and another in his former home Atlanta, Georgia — are notorious for their high crime levels. Sulaiman also told anecdotes about his work. He said he was surprised “Danger,” which he performed Friday and on season four of HBO’s “Def Poetr y,” has become his most popular poem. Sulaiman said he wrote “Danger” shortly after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and thought it would be “too extreme” for a wide audience. The poem opens with the lines, “I am not angr y; I am anger/I am not dangerous; I am danger” and continues, “Freedom is between a finger and the trigger/It is between the page and the pen/It is between the grenade and the pin/Between righteous and keeping one in the chamber.” “So I write this poem and I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is gonna get me kicked out of, like, the little corner-store poetr y club,’” Sulaiman said of “Danger.” “Next thing I know I’m on TV.” Sulaiman said he was surprised to learn how many different types of people identify with his work. He cited a fan base that includes people of different religions and races as well as “pimps, whores, hustlers” and “strippers.” Shortly after “Danger” aired on HBO, federal agents called Sulaiman on the phone and contacted
his coworkers and relatives, Sulaiman said, asking questions like “‘Is Amir’s poetry anti-American?’” Sulaiman chuckled as he recounted the investigation, which he called “absurd” for two reasons. “First of all, it’s not like I have ‘secret’ poetry,” he said, prompting raucous laughter and applause from the audience. “You give me 10 dollars, I give you a CD — investigation over!” Second, Sulaiman said that he doesn’t make any specific references to the United States or government figures in his poetry. “I just say ‘devils’ and ‘oppressors’ and they show up,” Sulaiman said, joking that the government must have “some self-esteem issues.” Sulaiman said the incident made him reflect on the freedom of speech, which he called a “universal and inalienable right.” “You know, God knows, I know that we are witnessing evil,” Sulaiman said. “Everyone knows that we are witnessing evil.” Drawing on a quote from the prophet Muhammad, he added, “Your victory, your freedom, your liberation is in the heart. And what is in the heart sincerely appears on the tongue.” Sulaiman’s appearance was cosponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Students Against Sexual Assault, the African Students Association, the Department of Africana Studies and the Watson Institute for International Studies’ Middle East and Islamic Studies Initiative Fund.
It would have been impossible for a passer-by to miss the hundreds of Brown students waiting outside the Avon Cinema at 11:30 p.m. last Thursday. The line stretched from the Avon’s entrance and wound around the block, transforming the street into a buzzing spectacle. These students were waiting to see the free premiere of “The Face,” a 50-minute film about two brothers in a post-apocalyptic world that was produced, written and directed by Paul Wallace ’08 and Nicholas Clifford ’08. “I was blown away by the attendance,” Clifford said, adding that a lot of the people who attended were not just friends and family, but people genuinely interested in the film. “It wasn’t just a pity gathering,” he said. Even Richard Dulgarian, the Avon’s co-owner, thought the crowd was a “bigger turnout than I’m used to.” Wallace and Clifford created a sense of intrigue and mystery for the film with what they called “guerrilla advertising.” This included wrapping large white banners around trees on the Main Green, mailing hundreds of personalized fliers and providing little information about the film itself other than an online preview. Many students lining up Thursday weren’t sure exactly what they would be seeing. “One guy asked me if I knew what the movie was about,” Wallace said. “I was like, ‘Yeah man, I don’t really know.’ It was great.” Once the doors opened, students poured into the theater — some racing to get seats. The film began with several minutes of a completely black screen accompanied with garbled music and sounds so loud that the theater seemed to vibrate. The sounds built to a frenzied, urgent crescendo until they suddenly stopped, pitching the theater into a silent blackness. “By using this enveloping, disorienting sound, you as the viewer are ready to receive a new world and reality,” Wallace said of the film’s opening moments. And create a new world it did. Shots of ravaged building frames, graffitied walls, desolate landscapes
— all drained of color — transported the viewer to a world of destruction, absent of people. It may be hard to believe, but these other-worldly wastelands were all filmed in Rhode Island. “Who knew Rhode Island could double as a postapocalyptic world?” said Ben Mishkin ’08, who attended the premiere. Clifford explained that because they couldn’t build sets, the locations they found helped them create and develop a science fiction story they could tell. “We wanted to create our own world,” Wallace said. “In a postapocalyptic world, everything is part of our palette. We could extend the emotions of our characters outward into locations, clothes, makeup and color of the film. Everything becomes a canvas for emotions.” Another defining aspect of the film is its focus on only two characters. The two brothers, played by Clifford and Jonathan Gordon ’11, spend the duration of the film searching for what they call “The Face,” an elusive refugee camp located “at the end of the tracks,” safe from the mysterious “Locust.” Along their journey, the brothers briefly encounter two sisters, played by Alexandra Panzer ’08 and Elizabeth Rothman ’11, also hiding from “The Locust.” “The story becomes not universal, but specific to these two boys,” Wallace said. “It’s about how to have hope in the face of death — everything is much more immediate and on a smaller scale, which allows us to explore emotions in a deeper way.” As the viewers watch the two characters struggle through this strange world, very little information or backstory is provided about the apocalypse or the brothers’ plight. Clifford explained these omissions as a way to give the viewers a more unique experience, allowing them to “experience this journey and not just watch a journey.” The few characters and absence of backstory are just two of the elements that Clifford and Wallace believe make “The Face” different than other science fiction films. “Science fiction is a very cliched genre. At all times we tried to go against that genre and make choices that aren’t usually made,” Wallace said. He added that in many respects, continued on page 9
A&C Editors’ Picks March 14 to July 20: “Styrofoam”; exhibition at the RISD Museum featuring work by artists that experiment with styrofoam. Opening reception is March 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the RISD Museum followed by panel discussion with artists in the exhibition at 6:45 p.m. Free with museum admission, which is $3 for students with valid ID. March 15 to 30: “Student Exhibition 2008”; the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the 28th-annual juried student exhibition. Bell Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Open to all Brown students. March 15 to 30: “Reject Show 2008”; the 2nd annual exhibition featuring artists rejected from the Student Exhibition. Presented by the Department of Visual Art and its Department Undergraduate Group in the first- and second-floor gallery spaces of List Art Center. March 18: Brown University Jazz Combos; performance at 8 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall. Admission is free. March 20: “Battle of the Bands”; concert hosted by Mission North Korea. All proceeds go to help North Korean refugees; 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. in Salomon 101. Tickets will be on sale for $5 at the Post Office Monday through Thursday and at the door.
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Idarraga ’08 got out on parole and into Brown, each on second try continued from page 1 managing to send some money to relatives back home. Mother and father separated when their son was 12, and Idarraga went to live with his mother in Central Falls. When he quit Moses Brown, he left Central Falls to live on his own in Pawtucket. He respected his mother’s house too much to bring home the problems that came with drugs, he says. She pleaded with him not to drop out, but he had lost all interest in school. He finished his senior year at a public high school in Pawtucket just to appease her. “I was street-wise,” he says. “I could handle myself.” Idarraga made his first deal at age 15, he says, pocketing $80 after running a drug errand for a friend. Craving the respect and independence it gave him, he got more involved. Soon, he was keeping his own store of drugs and selling regularly. “I didn’t want to be the kid that didn’t have (anything),” he says. Selling drugs was the way to get ahead, while the benefits of education were too abstract. He couldn’t wait that long to make a better life for himself. After finishing high school, Idarraga made a living by dealing. He brought in enough to pay for his own place in Pawtucket and keep some cash saved up. But every day, life became more dangerous. Once, another dealer who wanted Idarraga to stop selling in the same neighborhood started a fistfight with him in a night club and then pulled a gun on him outside. Only a mutual friend was able to persuade the rival dealer
not to shoot Idarraga. “When I was arrested, I was almost relieved,” Idarraga says. Bruce Reilly, 34, a friend of Idarraga’s who served time with him in prison, said the 20-year-old drug dealer who landed in jail in 1998 was “quiet and polite,” but respected. “People knew that kid sold some serious drugs,” Reilly says. “You can be quiet and still be a strong person.” Idarraga spent his first few years in prison getting settled in his new surroundings. Reilly says he often invited him to join him in the prison library, but Idarraga said he was too busy. “It does take a little time to realize, like, ‘Holy s—, I’m in jail. What can I do except wait?’” Reilly says. It wasn’t until later that Idarraga realized he needed something else to fill his days, and the two started going to the prison library. At some point, Idarraga decided that he was going to turn his life around. “I was not going to let that be the final chapter,” Idarraga says. ‘Dead broke,’ but happy Idarraga started spending the greater part of his days in the library. He read voraciously and started tutoring other inmates studying for their GED exams. He became active in a program that brought troubled teenagers to the prison to meet inmates and see first-hand why they wouldn’t want to end up there. He had hours on end to do nothing but read, and he was introduced to Dickens, Cer vantes, Tolstoy and others. He read biographies of Thurgood Marshall and Nelson
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After a stint in prison, Andres Idarraga ‘08 has made education and pursuing felon voting rights his passions. Mandela. Then he sent out college applications to the University of Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University and Brown in September 2002. One month later, Idarraga came up for parole for the first time, having served one-third of his sentence. He presented the “best package” he could put together for the hearing, he says, and was able to mention that he had applied to college. He was denied parole.
The following spring, he received acceptances from URI and Johnson and Wales. He was denied admission to Brown. A year after his first parole hearing, the board agreed to parole him in time for him to attend college. In September 2004, he was a 26-year-old freshman at URI. “I was so happy to be in college,” he remembers. “I’m dead broke. I don’t have a dollar to my name — but I couldn’t be happier.” He had spent six years and four months in prison — almost a quarter of his life. In the time away, he learned a respect for education that he didn’t have before. “He was very fervent about what he wanted because of the time lost,” says Angel Green, who taught Idarraga’s introductory literature class at URI. “He was very clear about his intent, in terms of what his future was to hold.” Though the 2004 elections were coming up, Idarraga was barred from voting because he was a convicted felon. So he began volunteering for the Rhode Island Family Life Center, an advocacy and support organization for former criminals that was working to change the law. He got Reilly involved as well. “We felt that we needed to go out there and do some really important things, set the bar really high,” Reilly says. “It became more than just being able to vote. ... It was about humanizing us.” While completing his freshman year at URI, Idarraga applied again to Brown through the Resumed Undergraduate Education program. Green wrote a letter of recommendation describing him as an outstanding student. He was accepted. “I was giddy,” he says. The right to vote When he was accepted to Brown, the Family Life Center asked him to take on more of a spokesman’s role. He became the poster child for the Rhode Island Right to Vote Campaign, which was able to create a ballot initiative to change the law so that felons could vote after leaving prison. He was sent around the country to speak for the Center and organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union. He worked with other Brown students on the campaign as well. Idarraga lost no time taking ad-
vantage of his Brown education. He worked tirelessly at a double concentration in comparative literature and economics and became a writing fellow. He tried to keep a low profile and not talk about his past. “He never told his classmates about his background,” says Rhoda Flaxman PhD’82, a former director of the Writing Fellows program. “I was always ver y impressed with that.” Now finishing his last semester
“I was so happy to be in college,” Idarraga remembers. “I’m dead broke. I don’t have a dollar to my name — but I couldn’t be happier.” of college, Idarraga has been accepted to three law schools and wants to pursue educational policy as a teacher, lawyer or policymaker. In November 2006, the ballot initiative narrowly passed. Idarraga registered to vote a month later. On March 4, the day of Rhode Island’s presidential primary, Idarraga drove his 8-year-old nephew to school and engaged him in “a little semi-conversation about voting.” “He asked me, ‘Who are you going to vote for?’ and I said I didn’t know,” Idarraga recalls. His nephew then brazenly pronounced, “I’m going to vote for the lady,” Idarraga says. “I said, ‘You have to have reasons behind it!’” Idarraga says. But now, he realizes, his young nephew is “going to remember, ‘I’m supposed to vote. I see my uncle vote all the time.’ ” Idarraga completed his first-ever ballot at Curvin McCabe Elementary School in Pawtucket. “It felt like I was now a part of society again,” he says. Though he would not say for whom he voted, Idarraga says he is attracted to elements of all three of the major candidates and is pleased to see both a woman and a black man among them. “Either way, it makes me very invested in my country,” he says. “It’s inspirational.”
C ampus n ews Monday, March 17, 2008
At annual SASA show, jokes and jumps ‘Raaz’ blends traditional dances with newer pieces By Allison Wentz Staff Writer
Gwen Stefani met Bollywood at the annual South Asian Students Association culture show on Saturday night, as tunes from both were featured in the event, which was also filled with MTV hits, traditional South Asian music, carefully choreographed dance pieces and slapstick comedy. Called “Raaz” and held in a packed Salomon 101, the sold-out show closed with the highly anticipated senior and freshmen dances, both filled with talent and energy. The seniors danced both to South Asian music and hip-hop songs such as Flo Rida’s “Low.” During the senior dance, the male dancers invigorated the audience by running through the aisles and jumping — from a trampoline — onto the stage. The freshmen also mixed up their music, dancing first to a song by Indian singer Kishore Kumar and ending with a remix of Britney Spears’ “Gimme More.” Rajan Kothari ’11 and Zeeshan Hussain ’11 break danced, holding their bodies diagonal to the ground with only their arms and then jumping over one another. Attitude Dance Company performed at the show to a mash-up of music accompanying Garba, a style of Indian dance, and other South Asian beats mixed with songs such as Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl.” They also included Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat,” performing their own modified Soulja Boy dance to the song. The show began with a video starring the three emcees, Vivek Buch ’08, Chintan Patel ’08 and Ojus Doshi ’08. The movie shows the trio turning on a TV and finding nothing good to watch. They then all agree that they want a SASA TV channel, and they pitch their idea to Brown TV. One of the emcees tells a scout at Brown TV that the new channel could have a good name: “Really Brown TV.” Parody videos were shown throughout the show, referring to popular television shows such as “The Office,” “Friends” and “Next,” the MTV dating show. In SASA’s parody of MTV’s “Cribs,” the video shows the home of one of the emcees, Chintan Patel ’08, who welcomes viewers with a heavy Indian accent and tells them, “Take off your shoes first.” The video goes on to parody Indian families, as the emcee shows his plastic-wrapped couches, his wife
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Priyan Chandraratna ‘08 flips Rima Shah ‘11 in BadRAAS. Raas, a folk dance from northern India, involves drum beats and choreographed partnering with sticks.
cooking with Taco Bell hot sauce packets and his son crouching on the floor of the cupboard reading the newspaper, a setup the emcee calls an “eastern toilet.” Gaurab Chakrabarti ’10 took the show in a different direction, adding stand-up comedy to the danceheavy program. He joked about his parents, recalling a Halloween for which “my dad dressed me up as an engineer.” The audience laughed heartily when he joked about the difference between being South Asian and Asian. “I was Asian enough for the kid sitting next to me to cheat off me, but not Asian enough for him to pass the test,” he said. Students also performed Raas, a folk-dance style from northern India. The style features heavy drum beats and uses sticks, or “dandiya,” which the students twirled, banged together and hit against the floor while dancing. The show also featured three musical performances. First, Herald Senior Staff Writer Nandini Jayakrishna ’10 and Sakhi Saraf ’09, accompanied by students on guitar, keyboard and “tabla,” an Indian percussion instru-
ment, sang in harmony to two pieces, one from a Bollywood movie and the other from Pakistani musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The second was a soothing acoustic performance of a song from another Bollywood movie. The last was an instrumental piece featuring the guitar and the “tabla.” Ben Nicholson ’11, who attended the show, said he was “really impressed” with Chakrabarti’s act. “Usually when students do stand-up (comedy), they don’t have the authority of being a professional comedian, so the audience decides beforehand they’re not going to laugh,” he said. But in Chakrabarti’s case, he said, “the audience was receptive.” Salman Somjee, a sophomore at Columbia, said she enjoyed a piece by Lana Zaman ’08, who commanded the stage during her solo performance of Odissi dance, a classical Indian dance form that involved dynamic moves and hand gestures. “I really liked the Odissi,” Somjee said. “It’s a really cool form and people don’t realize how difficult it was to do what she did.” Another attendant, Alex Morse ’11, called the show “really great.” “You could tell they put a lot of hard work into it,” he said.
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Prof.’s work gives new look at climate change He may not be working for NASA or the Department of Defense, but one Brown professor can predict the course of climate change with his physics equations. During a March 11 presentation at an American Physical Society conference in New Orleans, Professor of Physics Brad Marston introduced his work on using statistical models to forecast climate change, an approach that may facilitate the accurate prediction of some of the effects of global warming. Marston is working to produce a set of equations that will more directly assess climate patterns. He said scientists traditionally use weather models that run for an extended time into the future and take the averages of those outputs to assess how the climate is going to change. “That seems like an inefficient way to think about climate because you have to put it all in this really large supercomputer and follow every little detail of the weather to eventually calculate averages,” Marston said. Marston applies statistical physics and quantum mechanics to create equations that, in his view, reach the average properties to get a more accurate view of climate change. Marston’s work focuses on climate directly rather than using weather models. He said that people often confuse the two. “Climate is really the average weather, and we can’t predict the weather more than a few weeks in advance,” Marston said. “But we can predict the climate because it is statistical. It’s something that is much more robust than the weather.” Marston said his research is focused on creating simple models that do not immediately answer practical questions of climate change. He said he hopes that, if his work produces accurate models, other climate groups and researchers will apply his methods to climate models. But Marston’s work won’t necessarily predict global warming. Climate change covers global warming and other aspects of the climate, such as precipitation changes and geographical patterns, said Professor of Biology Osvaldo Sala, director of the Center for Environmental Studies and the University’s Environmental Change Initiative. He said researchers at Brown focus on studying climate change to address the very specific problem of global warming, which concentrates on rising temperatures and their effects. Since Marston’s research covers climate change, it may not give a comprehensive view of the future of global warming. “In a warming world, what we really want to know are better regional predictions of climate change — what will happen to New England winters, for example,” Marston said. “Probably, the models do a pretty good job of describing the average temperature of the Earth but do a poorer job of answering the questions about where California will be experiencing a shorter drought.” —Noura Choudhury
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Jackhammers and beeping trucks cost students ‘crucial sleep’ continued from page 1 door wearing only pajama bottoms and holding a plastic knife in each hand. “I’m going down there and you can’t stop me,” he told her. Construction projects next to Littlefield and Minden halls have turned some students into early risers against their wills. Littlefield residents are hearing the renovation and restoration of Gardner House, which accommodates visiting dignitaries and guests of President Ruth Simmons, and Minden residents are waking up to the melodies of renovations to visiting scholar housing on Waterman Street. The jackhammers and beeping trucks have become effective alarm clocks for students — except that they go off at 7 a.m., hours before many students normally rise. The Office of Residential Life tries to be “proactive” in making sure construction projects disrupt students as little as possible, said Richard Bova, senior associate dean for residential life. Whenever possible, ResLife schedules construction projects to be during summer and winter breaks, when few students are on campus. But projects outside of ResLife occur year-round, and some residential projects cannot
be completed in just a few months, Bova said. When construction does occur during the academic year, ResLife works with managers of residential projects to ensure that noisy work like jackhammering does not begin before 8 a.m. But sometimes new workers, who are less familiar with the rules, come on site, Bova said. This was part of the problem with the early jackhammering next to Littlefield, said Thomas Forsberg, associate director of housing and residential life. “We fixed that problem,” Forsberg said. “But instead, they started doing other work in the morning that was also loud. One of the challenges is getting everybody to understand a model, not just specifics.” Construction sites often receive deliveries before 8 a.m., and the unloading of trucks and beeping of trucks backing up can be loud. But these deliveries can’t be postponed, because city streets are narrow and it’s easiest for trucks to get through before parked cars fill the roads, Forsberg said. The inconvenience to students is “simply unintentional,” Forsberg added, as construction workers sometimes forget students can be affected by projects not directly in-
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One of the culprits behind student disturbance sits innocently outside Littlefield Hall. side dorms. In 2004, when an exercise facility was added to to Emery Hall, workers had to drill holes in the ceiling to install TVs. They didn’t realize students were sleeping right above them, Forsberg said. Ultimately, Bova said, it comes down to the nature of the schedules of college students, who often oper-
ate on different hours than working adults do. “As much as we try to mitigate noise, there will still be problems for students who don’t wake up at eight,” Bova said. Forsberg added that construction workers have a fixed schedule. “You would be hard-pressed to find a
contractor who starts work at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.,” he said. Still, students said the noise is frustrating and interferes with studying and social plans. Davy Perez ’10, who lives on the third floor of Minden, had several friends from Texas staying with him last week, and they all woke up to jackhammering at 7 a.m. on Thursday morning. Trying to catch up on their sleep, Perez and his friends took a nap in the afternoon, and ended up missing their train to Boston. Perez said he and his friends were “really pissed off,” but he added that he doesn’t mind the construction if it’s “fixing a problem that exists.” Julia Beamesderfer ’09 lived in Minden last semester and said she used to wake up to jackhammering at 8 a.m. a few days each week. “I’m sympathetic to the fact that they need to start early,” said Beamesderfer, who moved to Hegeman Hall this semester when her suitemates went abroad. “But maybe they could hold off on the jackhammers until at least 9 or 10.” In Littlefield, residents were more upset. Mike Johnson ’11 said he woke up to jackhammers at 7 a.m. every day for a week and a half. Though he has class at 9 a.m., Johnson said he lost a “pretty crucial” hour of sleep. Littlefielders also put up with construction noise last semester when workers were finishing renovations on Wilson Hall, Johnson said. “That was affecting the other side of the dorm,” he said. “They’ve got us at all angles.” But Littlefield residents were more proactive in voicing their concerns this semester, possibly because the noise woke students on the day of the CHEM 0350: “Organic Chemistry” exam. One student called the Department of Facilities Management every morning to complain about the noise, Johnson said. Jacobson, the RC, called Facilities when the noise first became a problem, but could not reach administrators because of the early hour. “I felt like marching over to the Office of Student Life and dragging a dean over and saying, ‘Listen, could you sleep through this?’” she said. Instead, she exchanged several e-mails with Forsberg, who said he would ask the project managers to hold off on the jackhammering until 8 a.m. “I was satisfied that the same day, the administration explained what was going on,” Jacobson said. “But there were still 64 students who lost sleep and study time. We would have appreciated more sympathy.”
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U. officials take ‘precautions’ to ensure safety of students, staff at Hillel continued from page 1 since September on a fellowship with the Jewish Agency, an international organization dedicated to facilitating immigration to Israel and education related to Zionism worldwide. His responsibilities at Hillel include scheduling speakers and events and facilitating cultural exchange with Israel through programs like Taglit-Birthright Israel, which pays for Jewish students to travel to Israel. The Jewish Agency has more than 2,000 cultural emissaries like Knafo in the United States “to promote knowledge about Israel” and “cultural understanding,” said Jacob Dallal, a spokesman for the organization. Jeff Rubin, a spokesman for the national Hillel foundation, said that Knafo is one of 21 such envoys placed in Hillel organizations on college campuses. “This is the first time that this has happened in the U.S. to an Israeli emissary,” Knafo said. “That’s why (Jewish Agency officials are) trying to see if it was any kind of terrorism.” Knafo said he had no reason to suspect that the attack was related to his work. “I don’t believe that it came from my work in Brown, because Brown is a great place to work in,” Knafo said. “It’s very liberal.” Knafo said he did not see anyone outside his apartment after the attack, but was later told by investigators that a neighbor witnessed the attack and reported seeing two men running away immediately afterward. In an interview Sunday night, President Ruth Simmons called the incident a “terrible act” and confirmed that University officials were communicating with PPD. But, she said, there remain more questions than answers about the attack. Simmons and other Brown and PPD officials met with students and staff at Hillel Sunday night to discuss the attacks. “Collectively, people didn’t have much more information than ... the fact that these devices were thrown,” Simmons said in the interview. “There is no way to know at this point what the nature of the incident is,” she said. “Until more is known, we have to exercise judgment about what might be involved without obviously drawing the conclusion that it is a hate crime.” The University took “precautions” Sunday “to make sure that the staff and students at Hillel are safe,” Simmons said. That includes having “police coverage” of the Glenn and Darcy Wiener Center on Brown Street, which houses Hillel, she said. The University is unaware of any specific threats and has no reason to believe the attack was not an isolated incident, she said. But, she said, “People are justifiably concerned about what this might represent in the community in general.” Simmons said she “would never speculate” about the attackers’ possible affiliation with Brown. “Since we don’t know, it would be irresponsible to suggest that it is someone from the Brown community, or to suggest that it definitely is not somebody from the Brown community,” she said. “At this time, especially in an environment like this, when there is likely to be some fear and a great
deal of concern, it is important not to go beyond what we know,” Simmons added. Megan Nesbitt, interim director of Hillel, declined to comment Sunday and referred inquiries to Michael Chapman, vice president for public affairs and University relations. Hillel student leaders and staff contacted by The Herald Sunday directed inquiries to Nesbitt. The investigation is being led by PPD, which is working in “close contact” with the Department of Public Safety, according to a statement issued by Chapman. Simmons wrote in an e-mail sent to the Brown community Sunday night that PPD notified the University “early Saturday” about the incident. Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Mark Porter said in an interview
“I just, like, realized what happened,” Knafo said. “I went into the room and I saw the fire outside and I found the bottle next to my bed.” that he was briefed on the investigation Sunday afternoon by PPD officials. Jewish Agency and national Hillel officials were also notified of the incident, as was the Israeli embassy. Simmons, however, said she didn’t learn of the attack until late Sunday. “I think we could have done better in getting information out more quickly,” she said. The first statement from the University about the incident came from Chapman yesterday and the first campus-wide announcement came in Simmons’ email at 8 p.m. last night. The incident was first publicly reported late Saturday by several Israeli newspapers. A targeted attack? Knafo said that he was with Bahumi in the kitchen when he heard the devices being thrown. The PPD report stated that the attack took place around 1:15 a.m. on Saturday. The report said that Knafo “heard a banging sound coming from the bedroom” and upon investigating noticed flames on the sidewalk outside his window. He then smelled a strong odor of gasoline and “observed a small glass bottle with a clear liquid and white cloth inside” on the floor. Police recovered that bottle and another shattered bottle from the sidewalk outside. “I just, like, realized what happened,” he said. “I went into the room and I saw the fire outside and I found the bottle next to my bed.” He did not see the attackers, he said. He only later heard that a neighbor had seen two men running away. Knafo said he quickly realized what had happened and called the police. “In the Middle East, especially in the West Bank and Gaza, there is a lot of this,” he said. Knafo lived in Israel before coming to Brown in the fall. He said he had seen similar attacks during his time as a soldier in the Israeli army.
Bahumi could not be reached for comment yesterday. The only visible evidence of the attack on the outside of Knafo’s building Sunday afternoon was a few square feet of blackened, scorched siding next to a second-floor window above the building’s front entrance. That was where the Molotov cocktail hit the outside of the house and caught fire, said Irene Twomey, Knafo’s landlord. Although an initial police report identified the attack as arson, Twomey said she had no reason to believe anyone would want to burn the building down, and said the use of Molotov cocktails thrown from outside the house would represent “a very poor attempt” at arson. “I think somebody wanted to attack him,” she said, calling the attack “really cowardly and really crazy.” Knafo said he had no idea who might have attacked him, or why. The incendiary devices, which police took from the scene as evidence, were Corona beer bottles filled with gasoline and rags, Twomey said. “They could have hurt so many people,” Twomey said. “They could have burned down this house.” Twomey said the only damage to the apartment was the scorched siding and the spilled gas in the room where the other device landed. “The girl who lives on the third floor was home, asleep, but she didn’t hear anything. Nobody (else) heard anything,” Twomey said. Tanenbaum confirmed that Knafo had left. She is still living in the apartment, she said, and is “not scared” of further violence. The apartment still smelled on Sunday afternoon from the gasoline that spilled in Knafo’s bedroom, she added. The third resident of Knafo’s apartment was not home for the attack and could not be reached for comment. Both Tanenbaum and Twomey said that Knafo does not associate much with other residents in the neighborhood. “He knows only people on campus, friends. He doesn’t know anybody in the city,” Twomey said. But Knafo does go out to clubs sometimes, Tanenbaum said. Coordinating a response At Hillel’s Sunday meeting about the attack, Simmons, Porter, Interim Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Russell Carey ’91 MA’06, PPD officials and employees of the Chaplain’s Office discussed security and creating broader campus opportunities to talk about the incident, Carey said. Simmons told The Herald that officials were working to organize a forum “early in the week” for the wider campus. According to Simmons, some students at the meeting Sunday evening wondered why the University had not gotten word out about the attack earlier, a concern Simmons said she shared. “There are lots of reasons for that,” she said. “I didn’t find out myself until late (Sunday).” Simmons said that in the next several days, while police are conducting their investigation, it’s important to have a coordinated response on campus to address the issues the attack raised. “This is a time to draw together” and to “be sure that we protect indi-
viduals who are vulnerable and who feel afraid,” she said. “That’s the work of this community right now,” Simmons added. “We will wait and pressure law enforcement officials to work hard to get to the bottom of this.” Simmons said she has been told by police that they were able to gather evidence from the scene of the attack, which she hopes will help police make headway in the investigation. Though University of ficials were unaware of any other recent incidents of violence against Brown students or employees, Simmons said, it’s important that anyone notify the Office of Campus Life, the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life or DPS if they are aware of an incident — “even when they think it’s minor.” “Any sense of threat or harm that anyone is aware of, they should report it immediately,” Simmons said. “How would we know (about any issues) if the community doesn’t take the time to report incidents?” Jewish organizations alerted Dallal, the Jewish Agency spokesman, and Rubin, the national Hillel spokesman, said both the Jewish Agency and Hillel were very concerned about the attack and are following the situation closely. Other Jewish Agency emissaries have been notified of the incident, Dallal said, but the Jewish Agency has no specific reason to believe
there is any further threat. “In the somewhat tense climate of what’s going on internationally, this incident is of great concern to us,” Dallal said. “Such an incident certainly would alarm us and has to be investigated. We have to find out who the perpetrator was and what the motivation was.” The Jewish Agency is “in touch with the local authorities” to ensure a full investigation, Dallal said, “and of course to check the hate-crime angle.” “It is especially important in a university setting that everyone be able to operate freely and express their worldview freely and with respect,” Dallal said, adding that conclusions about the motivation behind the attack should not be drawn until officials have finished investigating the incident. “If indeed it’s something that was meant to curtail or intimidate people who represent a certain country, or with a certain worldview, that’s very serious.” “A firebomb is a lethal device,” he added. “This is a serious incident either way, but we hope it’s not haterelated.” Rubin said that the incident “won’t lead to any heightened security measures” at Hillel organizations on other campuses, but that they have all been made aware of the attack. “I think that as a rule of thumb, Jewish organizations are very security-conscious,” he said.
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Simmons reconnects with alma mater at Clinton’s New Orleans conference continued from page 1 conference on climate change and sustainability. The conference, which will take place from April 24 to 26, will bring speakers and activists to campus, according to Dan MacCombie ’08. MacCombie, who is helping to coordinate Brown Is Green, said the CGI U event was “a really good, professional conference on a lot of the issues we’re working on.” The conference began on Friday night with a reception and continued on Saturday with panel discussions. During the two sessions, experts in each of the four CGI U issue-areas addressed the attendees and fielded questions. On Sunday, attendees were encouraged to participate in service projects in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, a neighborhood that was particularly affected by Hurricane Katrina. The conference featured a special session on rebuilding New Orleans so as to make it environmentally sustainable that Simmons attended, said Marisa Quinn, assistant to the president. Simmons was “very excited to participate and bring Brown students” to the conference, Quinn said. Brown students were able to attend the conference free of charge
thanks to funding from the Office of the President, according to participants. While Simmons has attended Clinton Global Initiative conferences in the past, she was particularly excited about CGI U, Quinn said, because her alma mater, Dillard University, is located in New Orleans. Simmons has been involved in helping universities in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and also in bringing Brown students to the city for service work, Quinn added. Under Simmons, Brown initiated a partnership with Dillard to help make its campus more environmentally sustainable, Quinn said. On Sunday, Simmons and a handful of students went to Dillard’s campus to see what its faculty and students were doing and what Brown students could do to accomplish this goal. Glassman said the visit to Dillard was a highlight. Simmons, who was one of about 50 college presidents in attendance, also moderated a panel discussion on alleviating poverty, according to Quinn. Several attendees remarked that they were impressed with the organization of the conference and caliber of the students who attended. MacCombie said many students had started their own NGOs.
Nat Manning ’08 said he appreciated seeing “how smart and cool people from our generation are.” He added that he thought many were “well-rounded and caring.” Jenn Baumstein ’08 said the conference was an “empowering experience” because she was “surrounded by people who want to do something important.” Brown was well represented at the conference, according to multiple attendees. Baumstein said she left the weekend with an “appreciation of what Brown has to offer,” noting that the University has been a leader in sustainability and climate change. For many in the Brown group, the culminating moment was when, in front of an audience of 1,500, Clinton recognized Simmons for leading Brown’s partnership with Dillard. In what Quinn called a “dramatic moment,” the former president’s comments earned a standing ovation from the Brown students in attendance. As Clinton continued his speech, Glassman said, he referred to the Brown students in attendance as positive examples of active and involved students. MacCombie said Simmons “seemed really proud that all the students were there.” He added, “We were really proud that she was there.”
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Burke ’09 saves day for m. lax continued from page 12 Burke did more than refocus. He made every save in the second and third quarters and made some saves from point-blank range in the fourth quarter. In addition, after saves he was able to outlet the ball to defensive midfielders Brian Asher ’08 and Mike Cummins ’08 to quickly transition the team to offense. “We encourage the men to break out, knowing that Jordan can make that pass,” said Head Coach Lars Tiffany ’90. “We encourage the men to cheat sometimes if there’s a ground ball and it looks like we are going to get it.” Asher added that it’s “one of the most fun parts of the game for us. Even if we don’t score off it, it’s a quick, easy clear.” After one save in the third quarter, Burke even started a fast break himself. He saw daylight in front of him and took the ball up over midfield before passing it off. “It’s not something I like to do often,” Burke said of his sprint upfield. “I got it and started going. Once I crossed half, I knew I should stop.” Perhaps Burke’s concerns were justified. Later in the game, Schneider, the Massachusetts goalie, took off with the ball after a save and was leveled by Hall, who received a penalty for an illegal bodycheck on the play. Burke had help from the rest of the defense as well. Tiffany pointed to close defenseman Reed Deluca ’08, who was assigned to the Minutemen’s top scorer, Tim Balise. Though Balise scored two of Massachusetts’ three goals, one came in transition and the other came in a man-up situation when Deluca was off the field. Tiffany also cited strong performances from long-stick midfielder Jake Hardy ’10, as well as Asher and Cummins. “Mike Cummins and Brian Asher are always there,” Tiffany said. “They are warriors. They do everything for us. Those two are truly indispensable.” While the Brown defense was incredible for most of the game, the offense was only as good in the first half. Attackman Thomas Muldoon ’10 tied the score at two with 3:44 left in the first quarter in a man-up situation. The ball swung around clockwise to Muldoon in the slot and he fired one into the top-left corner.
Brown took the lead for good at the end of the first quarter as Burke outleted the ball after a save and midfielder Zach Caldwell ’10 finished on the other end. The last goal was Walsh’s, just as Brown went from man-down to even. Bruno almost scored at the end of the second quarter after Burke outleted to Cummins to begin another fast break, but Schneider made the save. The chance proved to be one of Brown’s last good ones, as the Bears were unable to score in the entire second half. “Give the UMass defense and goalie credit,” Tiffany said. “But (in) the second half, we have to look to ourselves to find the reasons for our inability to score. We didn’t execute, didn’t handle the pressure well. The first half we were aggressive, we attacked. The second half, we were tentative.” The slow second half has been a characteristic this season, Tiffany said, as the team has led at the half in each of its five game so far. Fortunately for the offense, the defense stayed strong. Massachusetts cranked up the pressure in the fourth quarter, churning out 14 shots, but Brown did not crack with the lead late in the game. Balise got his manup goal with 7:41 remaining, proving that Burke wasn’t invincible. But after that, Brown gave up nothing else. The Brown ride was particularly strong in the fourth quarter, creating some turnovers and allowing Massachusetts to convert just three of seven clears in the final period, after having cleared every one before that. “Its tough when you play that much defense,” Asher said of the final stretch of the game. “I didn’t think they were going to tie it up, though. We always felt like we would make the stop. It’s fun to play in close games like that.” In the final two minutes, there were many loose balls as Massachusetts pressed for the equalizer, but Asher came up with a ground ball with 12 seconds left to put out the fire for the last time and secure the 4-3 win. “It was a huge game for us,” Burke said. “One of the best I have ever played in. It is a big momentum builder for us going into Ivy League play next week.” Brown will take on Dartmouth Saturday at home at 1 p.m. The Bears will look to avenge a quadruple overtime loss to the Big Green last season.
M. hoops to play in College Basketball Invitational continued from page 12 playing more basketball. “It’s just great to have another game to play,” he said, “and another great opportunity to show our progress throughout the year and show we can compete against a higher, major team.” Robinson said that since the regular season ended last week, he had been pitching his team to officials at the CBI and the NIT. Some players had been hoping for an invitation to the NIT, but Brown wasn’t announced at the tournament’s selection show last night. Robinson said he got a call from a CBI official around 9:30 p.m. last night, around the time the NIT show ended. But he didn’t learn that his team would be playing Ohio until almost 2 a.m. The CBI posted the complete tournament field on its Web site early
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this morning. The other teams in the tournament are Bradley, Cincinnati, Houston, Miami of Ohio, Nevada, Old Dominion, Richmond, Rider, Tulsa, Utah, Valparaiso, Virginia, Washington and the University of Texas at El Paso. Robinson said the team will probably leave today for Athens, Ohio. McAndrew said that the Bears, who have been practicing this past week in anticipation of postseason play, will be ready for the game. “When we huddled up after practice (yesterday), Coach said it was one of our top five practices of the year,” McAndrew said. “The guys are confident, all right, and confident about what we can do.” This will be the Bears’ fourth trip to a postseason tournament. They played in the NCAA Tournament in 1939 and 1986 and in the NIT in 2003.
W. tennis sweeps singles and doubles continued from page 12 way,” he said. But Mansur’s risks have paid off this season because, as Wardlaw put it, “She can hang with the big dogs.” Mansur’s play has helped her to join the rest of the singles players, all of whom won their matches in straight sets. No. 1 Bianca Aboubakare ’11 cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory in less than an hour by minimizing her unforced errors. It was her eleventh singles victory in a row. “I was hitting the ball better than I (had been) lately,” she said. No. 3 Brett Finkelstein ’09 showed some frustration early in her match against Adrienne Markison, a friend from her home state of New Jersey. But she quickly settled down and earned a decisive 6-2, 6-2 victory, her eighth consecutive win. At the fourth seed, Tanja Vucetic ’10 wasted little time in posting a
6-2, 6-1 triumph, beating Amanda Petruzzi in just 45 minutes. “I’ve been doing all the things I need to do,” Vucetic explained. Bruno recorded routs at the fifth and sixth seeds, with No. 5 Marisa Schonfeld ’11 winning 6-1, 6-0, and No. 6 Emily Ellis ’10 posting a 6-1, 6-1 victory. The Bears preceded their sixmatch singles sweep by also sweeping the doubles pro sets. At No. 1 doubles, Aboubakare and Schonfeld won 8-4. That was followed by wins from the No. 2 doubles team of Mansur and Kelley Kirkpatrick ’08 (8-4) and the No. 3 doubles team of Vucetic and Ellis (8-3). The Bears will take their winning streak into their spring break home contest against Army (13-4) on March 28, their last match before starting the Ivy League season at Yale on March 30. Yale’s team is coming off a 6-1 second-place finish in the conference last year, including a 6-1 win against Bruno. In non-conference
play so far this year, the Bulldogs are 3-6. Wardlaw said Brown’s squad has been working on improving the doubles teams’ situational play as the conference season comes closer. “We refined our game plan with a couple of (doubles) teams,” Wardlaw said about Brown setting its own tempo. Assistant Coach Cecily Dubusker said the battle against Yale might be decided by the winner of the doubles point. “Doubles is going to be very important in that match,” Dubusker said. The Bears now face a nearly two-week break after their victory. Wardlaw predicted that they will continue to have success when they return to the courts because of the talent throughout the lineup. Perhaps the Bears can take another line from Yogi Berra, who once wrote about his Yankees team: “We have deep depth.”
Student film faces huge turnout at Avon continued from page 3 “The Face” is a zombie movie without any zombies, and a violent one without any overt violence — an unseen mysterious monster is wrecking cities and killing people. Just as “The Face” tries to be unlike the standard science fiction film, Wallace and Clifford tried to make their film unlike other student films. “When students make films, it’s like this rite of passage where you prove you can pull off (the) same
shot as they use in a feature film for nothing,” Clifford said. “For us, it wasn’t about proving anything. We just wanted to make this film.” But Wallace and Clifford did prove that two students taking full course loads could produce a feature film without going to film school. They hope their success encourages other students to embark on similar projects. “While I really feel this is not just a student film, it couldn’t have been anything else but a Brown film created in Brown’s great environment,”
Wallace said. That is why having a local premiere was so special for the two filmmakers. Since the film was completely student-created, having the “support of local vendors is just another level of that supportive community,” Wallace said. Sharing their film with Brown’s community was a surreal and amazing experience for Wallace and Clifford, who described Thursday night as a kind of birth. “It was a joy unlike anything else,” Clifford said.
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Staf f Editorial
Beyond the honeymoon It’s not often that a top-tier university commissions an examination of a dark part of its history. That’s why Brown got a lot of press in 2003 when Ruth Simmons announced that a committee would review the role of slavery in the school’s formative years. After waiting three years for the committee’s findings, the Corporation approved a set of recommendations for University action in response. And then left it at that. The Corporation’s response set an ambitious course for Brown, and it seems that, in the past year, administrators have realized the challenge of their undertaking. Waiving tuition for 10 graduate students who will commit three years to working in the Providence-area education system, considering setting up a center for the institutionalization of the study of slavery and creating a fund for Providence public schools were some of the meatiest promises Brown made to itself — and to the world. It seemed like the University, in its response to the slavery and justice report, was continuing to break new ground. A year later, some progress has been made. The Education Department has received about 40 applications for those 10 spots, a committee has submitted a report to the provost and the president advocating for the creation of a new center to study slavery-related issues and a little over half a million dollars have trickled into the fund for Providence schools. But there is still so much left undone. The committee on the fund — which is supposed to raise a $10-million endowment — has met only once in the past year. A year ago, Simmons hinted that one donor could sweep in and furnish the hoped-for endowment. A year ago, the superintendent of the Providence Public School District gushed about the University’s support. A year ago, the Corporation seriously considered creating a center to study slavery-related issues. What great steps have been taken over the year? The very same idea brought up among Corporation members has boldly been recommended to the provost and the president. Another committee, this one looking into commemorating the history of slavery, has taken a few field trips to learn about a memorial, but we still don’t know what form that commemoration will take, or when a decision on it will be made. The onceenthusiastic superintendent for Providence public schools hasn’t given Brown a list of programs on which to spend money from the fund, we hear. Of course, the report in itself is a great accomplishment. And we are talking about making amends for wrong done over a hundred years ago. What’s another five years, right? But the effects of slavery, in one form or another, are still being felt today — that’s why Simmons decided to take action in the first place. The Corporation, in a relatively prompt manner, approved a plan of action last year, but Brown has failed to maintain the momentum created by the release of the report. The University has a lot of priorities — improving financial aid and making Brown more international seem to currently take up administrators’ attention. But we want to believe slavery and justice was more than a fad, more than a ploy to attract national media attention. Allowing such a serious matter to take a back seat would truly be unjust.
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Letters Herald underrepresents number of CS concentrators To the Editor: An article in last week’s Herald (“Compute this: CS majors flatline nationwide,” Mar. 13) accurately reports computer science enrollments, but is misleading in that it does not include the numbers for joint CS concentrations. Students concentrating in Math/CS, Applied-Math/CS, CS/Economics and Computational Biology have to complete requirements that essentially include those of an AB in CS. Thus we consider these students to be CS concentrators. If these numbers are included, the data that are plotted in the article should be replaced with the following numbers: Year Concentrations completed 1998 61 1999 59 2000 79 2001 77
2002 94 2003 93 2004 67 2005 52 2006 47 2007 41 There definitely has been a drop in CS enrollments, but it has not been as steep as the numbers presented in the article indicate. Furthermore, it’s not mentioned in the article is that we expect a 15 percent increase in concentrations completed this year. Thomas Doeppner Associate Professor of Computer Science (Research), Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Computer Science March 14
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Corrections An article in The Herald (“Students’ film shown at Oscar pre-show,” Feb. 25) reported that student film “The Face” is 15 minutes long, when in fact it is 50 minutes long. An article in The Herald (“Matching grants to be part of grad support next fall,” Feb. 15) reported that the Graduate School’s new matching grant policy, which will go into effect next academic year, will match outside grants that students receive worth $3,000 or more. In fact, only grants less than $3,000 will be fully matched. Those who receive grants larger than $3,000 may have their grants partially matched by the Graduate School, according to its Web site.
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O pinions Monday, March 17, 2008
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Spring Weekend scalping: the devil’s work ZACK BEAUCHAMP Opinions Columnist
There were a lot of major events in the past two weeks of the type normally covered in this column — the resurgence of violence in Iraq, Eliot Spitzer’s seven-diamond mistake and elections in Iran (to name a few). But I decided to take a break from the usual pontificate-aboutthe-government format to focus on an issue a little bit closer to home: Spring Weekend ticket sales. As one of the people at the very front of the cash line when the “no more tickets” announcement came from on high (or, more mundanely, from students working for the Brown Concert Agency), I experienced firsthand being cruelly denied access to the best social event of the year (sorry, Sex Power God). After the dead feeling that comes from waiting several hours in line for nothing wore off, I started looking for alternative means of acquiring tickets. During my as-yet unsuccessful hunt, I heard reports from multiple different students of scalpers selling weekend passes for as much as $60, a 200-percent markup from the original student price of $20. These high resale prices, viewed by many students as a mere inconvenience, are in actuality a serious moral concern. The BCA cuts prices substantially for Brown students, many of whom are cash-strapped, so they can afford to go. This is especially important for students who come from less wealthy families and have very little in the way of disposable income. For these students, a $20 ticket might be manageable, but a $45 ticket (the price at which tickets were sold to the general public)
could be prohibitively expensive. Hence, the BCA sells $20 tickets to Brown students to try to make Spring Weekend an event that Brown students, regardless of their financial situation, can attend. Scalping changes the game. Students who buy extra tickets for resale make a mockery of the BCA’s attempt to be egalitarian. They exploit the affordable ticket prices to acquire a number of them and then resell the tickets to the student body at the unaffordably high prices that the BCA endeavors to avoid forcing students to pay. The scalper’s desire to make a profit results in the same type of economic
otherwise would have to. Scalpers can use this excess of demand to sell tickets for a much higher markup than they could get away with in other circumstances, or even to start bidding wars between students that cause ticket prices to skyrocket. Of course, students who can afford to compete in these competitions are those with significant financial resources, and less wealthy students are again excluded from Brown’s premier social function. There are two primary defenses against this criticism of scalping. The first argument says it’s okay for scalpers to charge such marked-up prices as long as the only people they make
The Spring Weekend scalper’s desire to make a profit results in the same type of economic elitism in social functions that student prices were designed to circumvent. elitism in social functions that student prices were designed to circumvent. The problem was compounded this year by the extraordinarily high demand for tickets. Because so many students wanted tickets, they sold out at a record pace, leaving hundreds, possibly thousands, of students holding the bag. Many of these students are willing to go to great lengths to get these tickets, including paying significantly higher prices than they
pay them are wealthy students. Even if it were possible to look at a student and tell how much money they have access to (which it isn’t in most cases), this argument still misses the point. If scalpers are given two options — sell a ticket for little to no profit to Student A, or for a significant profit to Student B — they will almost always take the latter route, especially given that their choice of occupation suggests that they aren’t exactly the altruistic type.
The second defense holds that in a capitalist economy, anyone who justly acquires a certain good is justified in selling it for whatever price it can command the market. Because scalpers put in their time in the line to get tickets, the argument goes, they are justified in profiting from that time investment. While it is doubtful that this argument is even applicable to these circumstances (the Spring Weekend ticket-sale process is hardly a classical free market), the moral status of this principle is itself dubious. Why is the right to absolute free exchange of goods somehow more important than preventing a class-based social hierarchy from emerging at Brown? Furthermore, applying this principle more broadly across society would justify actions that most people would view as morally reprehensible. According to this principle, a wealthy person would be justified in purchasing the entire available supply of a drug necessary to treat a deadly disease and then reselling it to people afflicted by the disease for artificially high prices, an action which seems repulsive on its face. Unfortunately, very little can be done to curb scalping this year. But in the future, the BCA could and should help curb scalping by lowering the number of tickets each person can purchase and by limiting the amount of tickets that are sold each day, a la Sex Power God, so that a student’s schedule poses less of a barrier to getting a ticket. These measures, while far from complete, are good starting points for a more comprehensive re-evaluation of the ticket sale procedure. The BCA must take another look at their policies to follow through on the egalitarian principles their reduced student prices signify they believe in.
Zack Beauchamp ’10 seriously still needs Spring Weekend tickets. Any thoughts?
Spring break BY MATT AKS Opinions Columnist Dear Hillary and Barack: I think the two of you need to take a week off. Use the next week or two to settle the Florida and Michigan issue, take a few days after that to unleash your respective media spin teams and then shut down your campaigns for a week. I’m sitting here looking at my calendar, and I notice that there is no primary or caucus scheduled between last Tuesday’s Mississippi primary and the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. That’s five weeks with no electoral contest. This is a unique opportunity for the two of you. Barack, I agree that the “urgency of now” is pretty “fierce,” but I think you can spare a meager seven days. And I understand, Hillary, that you’re looking hard for your vice president. But I think you can afford to suspend the search for at least a week. It might even give some of your vice presidential prospects time to figure out how to cross that “commander-in-chief threshold” that you recently mentioned. In all seriousness, I think a few good things would come from a one-week campaign moratorium for the Democrats. First and foremost, let John McCain have the media spotlight to himself for a little bit. The guy offers no real change in policies from a president with a 30percent approval rating in February. The day President Bush endorsed McCain, I expected the next morning’s New York Times to put a big, juicy picture of a Bush-McCain embrace front and center. Alas, that picture didn’t even make the front page (it was bumped in favor of a photo of Obama brooding over his losses in
Texas and Ohio). Furthermore, a major portion of the Republican base already despises McCain. Let’s give the base an unmediated dose of the immigrant-loving, torture-condemning maverick who toyed with the idea of switching parties in 2001. McCain has also said that he “still need(s) to be educated” about economics. It should be interesting to see how this goes over with the electorate, considering that the economy has repeatedly ranked among the most important issues for voters. Give McCain the media spotlight for
monstrous (shout out to Samantha Power) as I think Hillary and her advisers have been over the past few weeks, I will vote for her in the general election if I have to. Justice John Paul Stevens is 87. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 75. Justices Thomas, Alito and Roberts aren’t even 65. Catch my drift? Oh, and by the way, George W. Bush has been President for the last eight years. Hardcore Clinton and Obama supporters need some time to come to their senses, and to realize that even their second choice candidate is
A short break in the campaign would give everyone time to cool off a little bit and remind Democrats about how much is at stake this election. a week, and let him go to work on alienating 45 to 55 percent of the country. When the two of you come back after a week off, your presence will be refreshing. Undecided voters will embrace both of you after a week straight of “straight talk.” A week off would also give committed Democrats a little perspective. Right now, your hardcore supporters are really digging their heels in. Increasingly, I hear Obama supporters threaten to stay home if Clinton is the nominee. As
— in the grand scheme of things — a very good option. A short break in the campaign would give everyone time to cool off a little bit and remind Democrats about how much is at stake in this election. What do you have to lose? You’ll save some money, and you’ll save some energy. You won’t have to spend a week worrying that one of your surrogates will say something utterly bizarre and offensive (shout out to Geraldine Ferraro). And you won’t have to worry
about whether your subsequent disavowal of your surrogate’s statement was sufficiently unequivocal. After all these rejections, denunciations, repudiations and condemnations, how about a little recuperation for the two of you? Best of all, taking a week off would really stick it to the cable news networks. If the two of you actually took a week, went back to being regular senators, gave your campaign staffs a week off, made no speeches and issued no campaign-related statements, what on earth would the “best political team on television” have to talk about (besides, of course, John McCain)? Obama and Clinton are the Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep in the drama that is this election. McCain is like the combination of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the movie “Grumpy Old Men.” The news networks just want to create drama, but you can’t get much drama if your biggest stars are taking some time off. There will be people — a “chorus of cynics” — who will tell you that taking a week off is a bad idea. They’ll say that the people of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Indiana need you to campaign hard in their states, and that undecided voters still need to be reached. But even if you take a break during the first week in April, you’ll still have two full weeks and two more debates before the Pennsylvania primary. So I’m holding out hope that you two will heed my advice. And as one of you is fond of saying, “In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.” So I conclude by offering you four simple words: Yes, we can rest!
Matt Aks ’11, Hillary and Barack are going to Cancun for Spring Break
S ports M onday THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
Monday, March 17, 2008
W. tennis easily handles Quinnipiac, 7-0
Men’s hoops will face Ohio in new postseason tourney
By Seth Motel Staff Writer
Yogi Berra might have called it deja vu all over again. But for Sara Mansur ’09, her performance Saturday against Quinnipiac was about knowing how to capitalize. Quinnipiac 0 The No. 7 Brown 2 seed was among the Brown women’s tennis players who contributed to the 7-0 shellacking of the Bobcats (3-5). The team’s seven straight victory — all of which were 7-0 or 6-1 contests — on Saturday improves its record to 8-4. Mansur’s match epitomized what the coaches called a strong determination to win against a tough opponent. She jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set, but she let her opponent close the gap to 4-3. Mansur buckled down, though, to win the set, 6-3. She started strong in the next set, as well, winning the first three games. But she lost the next four games, and Quinnipiac’s Jackie Herb was serving with an advantage at deuce, one point away from a 5-3 lead. Mansur seemed unfazed by Herb’s momentum, however. She won the next three points to even the score at 4-4, and then took the next two games to win the set, 6-4. “It was really important for me to not lose that game,” Mansur said about being down 4-3. Mansur said she tried to counteract her opponent’s strong comeback by staying emotionally steady.
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Marisa Schonfeld ’11 (front) and Bianca Aboubakare ’11 won their No. 1 doubles match, 8-4, as well as both of their individual singles matches.
“It was just all about not getting too upset when she hit a winner during her streaky period,” she said. Head Coach Paul Wardlaw said Mansur’s big strokes sometimes lead to closer matches.
Late burst helps women’s water polo trounce Harvard By Amy Ehrhart Spor ts Editor
In its last game before spring break, the women’s water polo team pounded College Water Polo Association North rival Har vard, 12-4, to boost 12 its record to Brown 3-9 overall and 4 Harvard 2-1 in league play. “We played our game and executed everything we needed to,” said captain Alexis Blaxberg ’08. “We were in control from the first minute.” Blaxberg contributed three goals and two steals and drew four ejections. Brown built a 5-3 halftime lead off three Brown scores in the first quarter and a great defensive effort, particularly from goalie Stephanie Laing ’10, who finished the game with 11 saves. Laing tied her season high in saves and season low in goals allowed, shutting out the Crimson in the third quarter. “We knew we were the better team and should be dominating the game from the get-go,” said Sarah Glick ’10, who led the team with four goals, three assists and three steals. She boosted her team point lead to 56 to go along with 18 steals. A big part of the team’s strong of fensive ef for t came from the defense of Kat Stanton ’11, who guarded Har vard’s “big girl,” 6-foot-2 senior Lauren Snyder.
“We played a really strong press defense on the outside and we weren’t helping to drop back, so it was just Kat and the big girl,” said Herald Senior Staff Writer Joanna Wohlmuth ’11. The strategy helped to open up the offense and give Brown a lot of scoring opportunities. “I scored my goals on counterattacks and man-ups, which showed we were better conditioned than them,” Glick said. “They were playing lazy defense.” Harvard notched three goals in the second half, but the two-point deficit was as close as they would get. Bruno outscored them 7-1 in the second half, in which the Bears received one goal each from Wohlmuth, Kat Stanton and Rory Stanton ’09. A key for the Bears for the rest of the game was avoiding defensive lapses down the stretch. That was a problem that led to losses last weekend to Hartwick and Marist. “We continued to play as if we were down by one goal,” Blaxberg said. “If we’re angr y enough, we can beat any team. … It’s what we’re going to need against topranked teams.” Up next for the Bears are six games in five days out west in California. Brown takes on Sonoma State on March 26 and Cal State Monterrey Bay and UC Santa Cruz the next day before facing three top 10 teams. They will play No. 10 UC Davis, No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 UC Berkeley in three consecutive days.
“Sara plays a really aggressive style. (There is a) smaller margin of error, which means she probably makes more errors playing that continued on page 9
After Cornell dashed the men’s basketball team’s dream of playing in the NCAA Tournament last month, Head Coach Craig Robinson began telling his players that if they won their final four games, maybe — just maybe — they would still get to play in a postseason tournament. So the Bears won their final four games, finishing second in the league and with the most wins in Brown history. And last night, they were rewarded with an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational, a new, 16-team tournament. Tomorrow, the Bears (19-9) will play Ohio University, the host for the first-round game. The Bobcats, of the Mid-American Conference, are 19-12. “I’m just really excited, happy to keep on playing,” said Robinson, who sounded tired as he stayed up into the wee hours this morning to learn of the Bears’ opponent. The CBI is held by the New Jersey-based Gazelle Group, which has organized preseason basketball tournaments such as the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. All of the games will played at schools competing in the CBI. The teams will be seeded and put in a geographic bracket. The CBI will be single-elimination until the final round, which will be a best-of-three series. First-round games will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the final round could end as late
Postseason basketball How the Bears fared in previous tournaments: • 1939: Brown loses to Villanova, 42-30, in the firstever NCAA Tournament • 1986: Brown wins the Ivy League title, but Syracuse routs them in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 101-52 • 2003: After finishing second in the Ivy League, Brown loses to Virginia, 89-73, in the first round of the NIT as April 4. Ohio should be a good match for the Bears. The Bobcats have a Rating Percentage Index ranking of 77, while the Bears have an RPI of 105. The two teams have two common opponents, in Cornell and Eastern Michigan. Ohio beat Cornell but lost to Eastern Michigan, while Brown beat the latter but lost twice to the former. The Bobcats are led by 6-foot-8 forward Leon Williams, who is averaging 16.2 points and 9.7 rebounds a game. The CBI lacks the name recognition and prestige of the National Invitation Tournament, or the NIT, which some basketball snobs already call the “Not Invited Tournament.” But guard and team tri-captain Mark McAndrew ’08 said the team is thrilled just to be continued on page 9
Minutemen too slow to beat Burke, m. lax By Jason Harris Sports Editor
With 6:57 to play in the second quarter, attackman Jack Walsh ’09 received a pass from attackman Collins Carey ’10, beat his man around the back of the cage and 3 UMass shoveled an 4 Brown underhanded shot by Massachusetts goalie Doc Schneider to give Brown a 4-2 lead. The goal proved to be the game winner, as goalie Jordan Burke ’09 helped hold the Minutemen to just one second-half goal on Saturday. The low-scoring 4-3 win over rival Massachusetts makes the men’s lacrosse team 3-2 on the season, as it heads into its first Ivy League contest next weekend against Dartmouth. Massachusetts fell to 2-3. The Bears got on the board first, within the first three minutes of the opening whistle. Tri-captain midfielder Jeff Hall ’08 got the ball up top, drove his defender to the right side and then spun back to the middle, shooting a left-handed shot that beat Schneider in the bottomright corner. But the Minutemen backed up their moniker by quickly erasing the early deficit. It won the ensuing face-off, broke down the field and put the ball by the Brown defense just seven seconds later. Only 1:04 after the equalizer, Massachusetts struck again as Evan Blum cut to the net, received a pass from Peter McNichols and bounced one by Burke to put the Minutemen up 2-1.
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Jordan Burke ’09 held Massachusetts scoreless for almost an hour on Saturday while making 16 saves in Brown’s third win of the season. After that, the Brown defense locked down the Minutemen for, remarkably, more than 48 minutes. Massachusetts generated shots, outshooting Bruno 38-27 for the game, but many of them sailed wide and Burke saved the ones that did not, finishing the contest with 16 stops. Burke said it was the two quick
goals early on that woke the Bears up and helped them put a clamp on the Minutemen. “It was a great team defensive effort,” he said. “They got those early ones, and I refocused. They were saves I could have had.” continued on page 9