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The Brown Daily Herald Wednesday, M arch 19, 2008

Volume CXLIII, No. 39

Community gathers after firebombing

R.I. cities should merge, former mayor Cianci says By George Miller Senior Staff Writer

U. could have informed people faster, Carey says By Sam Byker Senior Staff Writer

In the wake of the unsolved firebombing of a Brown/RISD Hillel employee’s apartment Saturday, members of the Brown community gathered last night in Alumnae Hall’s Crystal Room to discuss the attack and its aftermath. “This gathering is an opportunity for members of the Brown community to receive information, ask questions and share concerns and ideas about the incident this past weekend and the issues it has raised on our campus and the surrounding community,” Interim Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Russell Carey ’91 MA’06 told the audience in his opening remarks. He began with the facts. At 1:15 a.m. Saturday morning, two Molotov cocktails — glass bottles filled with gasoline, stuffed with rags and set on fire — were thrown at the off-campus apartment of Yossi Knafo, an emissary from the Jewish Agency for Israel employed at Hillel. One explosive struck the side of Knafo’s apartment and fell to the ground, leaving scorch marks on the house’s siding. Another flew through a window and landed in Knafo’s bedroom but failed to ignite. In the intervening days, an investigation launched by the Providence Police Department has grown to involve the Department of Public Safety, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Rhode Island and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Israeli reaction to the attack has been swift and severe. The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday that Israeli officials are investigating the incident and believe that it was “most likely spontaneously perpetrated by a local group,” and that hundreds of Jewish Agency employees in the U.S. and Canada have been “briefed on the event and its security implications.” A $10,000 reward has been offered by Hillel, the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible. Knafo has been moved to an undisclosed location. “There will likely be more questions than answers at this time about what happened and why,” Carey said. “What we do know is that this was a serious and reprehensible act of violence that affected a member of our community. It is important that we acknowledge that and in doing so stand together as a community and repudiate any acts of violence in any place at any time, on our campus or off.” “We all have a responsibility to stand up for what is right and stand against what is wrong,” Carey concluded. “I encourage all of you to engage in discussion tonight and beyond continued on page 4

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Buddy Cianci, former mayor of Providence, talked about his experiences and the future of the city in a lively lecture to a capacity Salomon 101.

Providence should “seriously consider merging” with its neighboring cities, former mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. told a crowded Salomon 101 Tuesday night, in a speech in which he recounted the history of Providence and his more than two decades of service in the mayor’s office. Cianci served two terms as Providence’s mayor, from 1975 to 1984 and 1991 to 2002, making him the city’s longest-serving executive. He is widely credited with facilitating Providence’s 1990s “renaissance,” though that work hasn’t saved him from controversy and criticism. During his first stint, he resigned from office after pleading no contest to assaulting a man he said had been having an affair with his wife. His second term came to an end when he was sentenced to five years in federal prison for conspiracy. He

was released last year, and since then has been hosting a weekly radio talk show. Or, as Cianci summed it up: “I was mayor for a while. Then I stopped being mayor. Then I was mayor again.” But he saved the boldest part of his speech for the end, when he called on the city to merge with its neighbors — including Warwick, Cranston and North and East Providence — into “a union of equals.” Cianci called Providence “a city divided,” and added that it is also the seventh-most crowded in the nation, occupying the same 18 square miles it did 100 years ago. Providence and the surrounding cities currently work as a single city even though they are separate politically, he said. Rhode Island was once called a city-state, he said, in the days when a few cities held almost all of its population. He sugcontinued on page 4

Liberal bishop questions literal reading of Bible By Connie Zheng Contributing Writer

The Rev. John Shelby Spong, a retired Episcopal bishop from Newark, N.J., and the author of books such as “Jesus for the Non-Religious,” delivered his modern interpretation of Christianity to an audience of about 40 in List 120 last night. In “The Christian Church and the Sexuality Debate,” Spong addressed homosexuality, abortion,

sexism and racism from a reframed Christian viewpoint, as he offered an analysis that emphasized a nonliteral interpretation of the Bible. “There’s a difference between an experience of Jesus and an explanation of the experience of Jesus,” Spong said during the question-andanswer session after the lecture, which was hosted by Students for Choice. The lecture was sponsored by the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity,

Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom and the Kaleidoscope Fund, a fund created by President Ruth Simmons in 2005 in order to promote intellectual diversity on campus. Spong, who is “pro-a woman’s right to choose,” said that he is excited about the American public slowly overcoming its prejudices toward homosexuality. He said he hoped to see homophobia, racism and sexism “exorcised” from Ameri-

1,500 more packages may be sold for Spring Weekend ‘Go early,’ BCA chair advises ticket-less By Caroline Sedano Senior Staff Writer

The Brown Concert Agency will sell an additional 1,500 tickets for each Spring Weekend concert if weather permits, the group announced today. Good weather will also allow the Friday event featuring Lupe Fiasco to be held on the Main Green. The tickets will go on sale on April 9 for seniors and April 10 for all other students. “After demand was so high this year, there couldn’t be any other option for us — we had to sell more tickets,” said Cash McCracken ’08, the BCA’s administrative chair, who added that he’s been working to get Friday’s concert outside all year. “There’s such better sound and experience being outside,” McCracken said, adding that, if it rains, the concerts will be held in Meehan Auditorium, which seats 3,500 students. Students who can’t be seated in Meehan will be offered

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full refunds. In addition to allowing Friday’s concert to be outside, administrators increased the designated capacity of the Main Green from 4,500 to 5,000 people, McCracken said. Moreover, the BCA will not sell tickets to the general public, freeing up more tickets for students. Students must pay in cash and will only be able to purchase one $20 package, which will include a ticket for both shows, though McCracken said students can buy one extra package with another student’s ID. In the first round of sales, students were allowed to buy up to eight tickets, or four packages. BCA has not set a limit on the number of tickets students could buy in the past, McCracken said. “Going off of feedback from past years, we started off with four packs per person, but once we saw the unbelievable demand, we cut that off,” McCracken said, estimating that only about 50 people were able to buy eight tickets.

JOY RIDE CUT SHORT Crime Log: Students’ drive around Main Green fails to amuse campus police

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can life. Spong analyzed the racism and sexism that he said are persistent in attitudes toward the presidential campaigns of Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill. and Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. He asked the crowd why, after an 11-state sweep, Obama still had not clinched the nomination. He also used the success of black politicians such as Secretary of State Condocontinued on page 4

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Operation Iraqi Freedom, a campus anti-war group, and other Providence peace groups held a Funk the War dance event at Kennedy Plaza as a part of a week of anti-war actions to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war.

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Religion depts. open doors to Mormon studies Studying a religion once overlooked By Noura Choudhury Staf f Writer

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Dave Harmon ’11 (left) and Dave Jenkins ’11 reached for trays at Verney-Wooley Dining Hall yesterday.

No-tray policies cut meals down to size By Zunaira Choudhary Contributing Writer

Look down at your tray. Do you think you’re going to finish the burger and seasoned fries, the plate heaped with eggplant parmesan and spinach strudel and that monstrous salad drowned in dressing? Dining services at universities across the country are tired of watching students stack away food without even taking a bite, and they consider the cafeteria tray a cloaked conspirator in this wasteful behavior. In an effort to reduce waste, universities from Maine to North Carolina are partially or completely eliminating trays in their cafeterias. The grounds for tray abolition? Dining ser vices employees say students will consider what they are really planning to eat when they must carry food with their hands. While a tray-toting diner may absentmindedly add dish upon dish to his plastic cornucopia, the patron who must transport his goods back to the table without a tray thinks about what is actually going to end up in his mouth. In order to size up the idea, the University of Connecticut conducted a three-week experiment in one of its cafeterias: Week one supplied the usual abundance of trays, week two was a combination of trays and no trays with posters informing students about waste savings, and week three was completely trayless. The test was completed early this month, said Denise Beal, assistant director of dining services at UConn. Beal said the “difference in waste was significant.” Compared to 3.23 ounces of food wasted per person during week one, week three showed only 2.23 ounces per person, Beal said. In addition, the dining hall in the trial program ran 166 fewer dishwasher cycles when it eliminated trays. As far as student reaction to the changes, “it is a mixed bag, with some totally for it and an adamant minority against it,” Beal said. To facilitate the transition, UConn’s dining services plans to officially introduce a trayless cafeteria to incoming freshmen during orientation this summer so that students “won’t know any different.” Crayton Garrell, food services director for Fountain Dining Hall

at North Carolina State University, said since trays were put away about a month ago, the school’s facilities management staff has found a “major decrease in water usage.” Eliminating trays in cafeterias is part of the university’s plan to reduce water consumption in light of the ongoing drought in the region, he added. In a school of 28,000, with 7,200 students on meal plan, Garrell said “less than 1 percent” of diners complained about the changes. Though trayless meals are an “inconvenience to some extent, we are doing our part,” he said. At North Carolina State, he said, “trays won’t be coming back because there is no need for them.” Varun Avasthi, director of dining ser vices at Colby College, which has been experimenting with trayless dining halls, said there is “definitely something happening across the country.” Colby is pushing the trayless idea gradually in an effort to “include students in this decision,” Avasthi said. “Some don’t like the inconvenience since we don’t have the capacity to carry multiple items at a time,” Colby freshman Charles Wulff said. “Some groups were actively campaigning against the trays, and other groups have been complaining about taking them away.” In February, dining halls participated in a week with trays out of circulation. Now, Colby Dining Services is working to educate students about the amount of food wasted and the environmental impact, Avasthi said. Avasthi said the point is not to discourage eating, emphasizing that students are free to take as much food as they desire in the all-you-can-eat setting. Eliminating the trays reduces situations where diners are “loading a bunch of stuff on their plates, finding they can’t eat it, and throwing it out,” he said. The one-week trayless trial reduced food waste by 250 pounds in one dining hall, and Avasthi projected that a 34-week school year without trays could save 21,000 gallons of water. When Alfred University in New York went trayless in January, it found that students wasted 30 to 50 percent less food and drink — reducing solid waste by about 1,000

pounds and liquid waste by over 100 gallons, according to Alfred’s dining ser vices Web site. The trayless endeavor, which was recommended by a student advisory board and Green Alfred, a student group promoting sustainability, is “going great,” said John Dietrich, the school’s dining services director. As far as student response, Dietrich said there is “a portion of students that understand and are in favor of helping the environment, but most are in the middle with this.” But even students who don’t care about the environmental effects of removing trays may see other benefits. If the new policy saves money, Alfred dining services may be able to provide more “specialty items,” including seafood dishes, steak sandwiches and roast lamb, according to its Web site. Ann Hoffman, director of administration for Brown Dining Services wrote in an e-mail that BUDS is “intrigued by the concept” of trayless cafeterias and is investigating the experiences of other schools. But though some schools have reported success, she added, “the overall reviews — including the reaction of customers — appear mixed.” In addition, Hoffman noted that since the dish room is one level below the main dining hall at the Sharpe Refector y, some Dining Services officials have pointed out that transporting dishware could be another challenge. However, BUDS is “looking at operations other than the Ratty” and is talking with students in the Sustainable Food Initiative about the possibility of a trial run, possibly coinciding with Earth Day, she wrote. Students had mixed feelings when it came to giving up their Ratty trays. “It would be a drag,” Herald Cartoonist Zachary McCune ’10 said. “If you wanted to eat on a tighter schedule, you would be strapped since it is not feasible to get an entree, dessert and two drinks without a tray.” Diners who currently don’t use trays proposed that because of the number of trips involved in getting more food, they eat less. Gerardo Tejada ’09 said the idea “sounds more inconvenient.” But he did say, looking down at his tray, “I don’t know if I’m going to eat all this.”

Non-Mormon universities including Harvard Divinity School, Claremont Graduate University and Utah State University are now adding courses on Mormonism to their curricula, and several schools have added endowed chairs in Mormon studies. Though often discussed in general courses in American histor y, Mormonism has been largely neglected in religious studies departments of universities around the nation. The heightened interest in the religion comes as more Mormons, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, receive media attention, and as more people realize that Mormons comprise a significant portion of Americans, said Richard Bushman, a professor of histor y at Columbia University who focuses on Mormon studies. Claremont Graduate University and Utah State University are among the first non-Mormon universities to establish endowed chairs in Mormon studies, and the University of Wyoming may soon add its own, according to a Feb. 19 article in the Boston Globe. Bushman will assume the Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professorship of Mormon Studies at Claremont this fall. He said one of the goals of his own course is studying Mormonism’s role in American history and religion. “The idea is to situate Mormonism into the American religious landscape and also to situate it into the theological world,” Bushman said. He added that par t of the growing interest in Mormonism is understanding where to place Mormonism on the scale of other religions. “Mormons are hard to categorize — they’re not quite Catholic, not quite Protestants,” Bushman said. “It becomes a bit of a problem to describe what encompasses Mormonism. Comparisons become quite significant in studying Mormonism.” Bushman said courses on Mormonism could potentially cover a wide range of issues, from a basic histor y and introduction to “Mormons coping with the modern world.” The course at Har vard is taught this semester by Melissa Proctor GS, a visiting lecturer who will receive her Ph.D. in religion and critical thought from Brown next fall. Her course, entitled “Mormonism and the American Experience,” exceeded the 15-person capacity and had to turn away interested students. Only four of the 15 are practicing Mormons, Proctor wrote in an e-mail. She said she has received enthusiastic feedback from students so far.

“We have lively discussions during seminar that often extend into conversations after class about texts we’re reading or relevant theoretical issues in the study of religion that Mormonism illuminates,” Proctor wrote. According to Proctor, the Harvard course begins with an overview of the histor y of Mormonism and the revelation of its founder, Joseph Smith, and then moves for ward with an examination of the contemporary Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The course is not a permanent part of the Har vard curriculum, Proctor wrote. Utah Valley State College, University of Nor th Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Richmond, Vanderbilt University and Arizona State University also offer courses on Mormonism, according to a Februar y 22 press release from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to Utah Valley State’s Web site, the course offerings include a class on Mormon literature and one examining prejudice against Mormonism, among others. The UNC course on Mormonism touches upon race and gender within the Church, according to the department of religious studies’ Web site. Mark Cladis, professor of religious studies and chair of the depar tment, said Brown would welcome the addition of a course on Mormonism. He said limitations with staff and resources may preclude adding a course. Cladis said the department supported Proctor’s graduate work at Brown that focused on Mormon studies. “We suppor ted our doctoral student to write a disser tation on Mormonism long before we knew Mitt Romney was going to be a presidential candidate,” Cladis said. “We thought it was an intellectually interesting topic.” Allison Kantor ’08, who is concentrating in religious studies, said she would find a course on Mormonism highly interesting. But she said she recognizes the field might be too small for a course or specialized faculty. “Where you would have an issue is whether there is a professor who has enough knowledge on the subject,” Kantor said. “You don’t want a professor who is either too critical or too praiseworthy of anything.” Colin Lentz ’09, another religious studies’ concentrator, said he understands that Mormonism often comes second in academic institutions to world faiths that have had greater historic roles in shaping culture. Still, he said he thinks it’s important to recognize Mormon studies as an academic field. “As a religious faith it deser ves just as much of a chance to tell people about what it really is, as opposed to having other people speak for it,” Lentz said.

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leeza Rice and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as examples of the decline of racism in the American public and as catalysts to change American consciousness toward race. Spong also called Clinton the first woman in America the voting public could imagine as president, before citing sexist comments various members of the media have made about the Clinton campaign. One of these was journalist Carl Bernstein’s quip about the width of Clinton’s ankles, to which Spong replied by asking the audience how the public would have reacted if Bernstein had joked about former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s body parts instead. The audience, which was scattered around the auditorium, laughed in response. Spong discussed Christianity’s role in shaping sexism, racism and homophobia as well. He said that many Christians have quoted the Bible to justify these prejudices. After repeating some of these quotes, he suggested that literal, fundamentalist interpretations of them were wrong. “It’s strange what we have to literalize in order to keep our prejudices intact,” Spong said. He added that the Book of Leviticus, which lists male homosexuality as a sin punishable by death, also recommends execution for disobeying one’s parents. “How many of you would still be alive?” Spong quipped, to the crowd’s amusement. “When you treat the Bible literally, you can use it as a weapon against your victims,” he said toward the end of his lecture. “Nothing that defiles life for anyone can be called Christianity.” On abortion, Spong said the practice should be “safe, legal and rare,” calling a woman’s choice a “serious decision.” He said he believes that those who simultaneously oppose abortion and widespread contraception also assume abstinence is the solution to unwanted pregnancies, which he said was “naive.” After living for 20 years in crimeridden Newark, Spong said he could think of many occasions where abortion would present a reasonable option. In the hypothetical case of a 12-year-old rape victim with an unwanted pregnancy, he asked, “Is the (fetus’s) life valued above the life of the girl?” Members of the audience also

gested that having dozens of cities does not make sense for the nation’s smallest state by land area. “It’s only a matter of time” until something must be done, he told the crowd. He compared the scheme to the situation in Fairfax County, Va., which has a population almost identical to Rhode Island’s, but only one government . The unification plan was one of a series of goals he laid out for continuing the city’s renaissance, which he said isn’t yet complete. By the time he left office in 2002, Providence had gained jobs in some sectors but lost others in manufacturing, wholesaling and railroading, he said. Providence’s continued renaissance depends largely on the state government overcoming its current financial crisis and making new commitments to the city as it did in decades past, Cianci said. He argued that the city must end suburban sprawl and bring jobs back from the suburbs. “I believe in cities,” Cianci said, adding that Providence could become a “shining example” for the nation. He showed a video to the audience of himself in 2000 — then mayor, and still with hair — expounding a plan for the revitalization of Providence called the “new cities plan.” It was a broad vision of further land reclamation — 538 acres in all — including the “contaminated and lifeless” wa-

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The Rev. John Shelby Spong spoke on literalism in Christianity last night. asked Spong about American attitudes toward contraception, chasms in the Anglican Church and the role of religion in American life, among other topics. When Gail Rosen ’09 asked Spong what he believed the role of religion in politics should be, he responded that Christianity ought to “bring life back together, as opposed to making religion a part of life ... I’m more concerned about my religion permeating life.” He concluded the question-and-answer session by saying that people should “get underneath” Jesus’ experience, rather than interpret it literally. While a number of audience members left shortly after they asked questions, the small number who stayed through the entire talk — and then afterwards to speak with Spong — were impressed by the bishop’s speech and said they generally agreed with his sentiments. “I came in expecting a talk incorporating a religious sentiment more,” said Rosen, who added that God should be part of the discussion “if you’re going to talk about religion in a relationship.” Still, she said that she agreed with most of Spong’s points. Amelia Plant ’10, vice president of the Students for Choice, said the lecture was “amazing” and that Spong’s words were important during a time when religion “is so politicized and polarizing.” Plant attributed the lecture’s low turnout to the Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. lecture at 8 p.m. last night, which she said SFC only found out about last week. But Spong didn’t seem to mind, calling the audience “wonderful.”

terfront. Though that vision is now a part of official plans, none of it has happened yet, he said. “Some of that would’ve happened, but I was detained a little while,” he said. Far from shying away from his colorful past, Cianci frequently referred to it, to the audience’s general delight. He said his time spent in prison — as “a guest of the federal government at Fort Dix” — influenced some of his policy stances. He has objected to mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes, which he said are especially unfair to the black community, as a result of spending time in prison with crack cocaine offenders. Cianci compared his role in the mayor’s office to that of an impresario, orchestrating the good ideas of others. Though Providence had only one theater and one department store when he first ran for mayor in the 1970s, he said he believed that the city had “good bones.” He shared the credit for his success with city planners and architects, with Howard Swearer — the former Brown president who bridged the gap between the city and the University — and with Barnaby Evans ’75, who created the WaterFire public art installation downtown. But he said his biggest contribution to the city was restoring its confidence. “Providence was not always Tif-

fany’s and Nordstrom’s and Providence Place Mall,” he said. Decades ago, Waterplace Park was a railroad yard, and Brown — now one of the city’s foremost preservationist institutions — was demolishing old buildings instead of saving them. “I enjoyed public service,” he said, though he added, “It’s a real taxing job if you do it right.” The audience seemed enthralled by the former mayor’s speech, and many stopped to take pictures with him afterward. “I thought it was tremendous. It was hilarious,” Lily Sorber ’10 said. She said his one-big-city proposal was a good idea. “Too bad he’s not mayor so he can’t instate it,” she said. Tanmay Misra ’11 said he enjoyed the lecture overall, though he said it seemed like Cianci was running for office again. The unification plan “seemed like a good idea,” especially given that Cianci’s plans have worked in the past, Misra said. (Cianci said he has no plans to run for office.) “He seemed very affable,” said Nicolas Gonzalez ’10, a member of the Brown Lecture Board, which hosted the event, “and you could really tell how he appealed to voters.” Cianci is currently writing a book which he hopes to have published by Christmas, he said in an interview. He confirmed that there may be a movie based on the book, and that though he is not involved in the process, there may soon be an announcement on that front.

If weather’s good, both concerts will be on Green continued from page 1 The extra ticket sales will be a relief for many students, after this year’s tickets sold in recordbreaking time. “I’m happy all my friends can come now — like none of my friends have tickets,” said Sarah Kate Wagner ’08. “I love Spring Weekend. I’m so excited they will both be outside. That’s amazing.” Many students without tickets, like Kate Love ’08 and Miriam Altman ’08, said they’re thrilled at the chance to get tickets — and willing to wait in long lines for them. Love said she’d be upset if she didn’t get tickets for the outdoors concerts. “So yeah, I’ll wait on a long line.” McCracken said students should prepare for those.

“Long lines is the understatement of (the) century,” McCracken said. “It’s going to be crazy.” McCracken added that he still hopes that, since many students already have tickets, there will be less demand than when tickets first went on sale. “But we are still banking on the lines going outside the P.O. I’d advise people to go early.” McCracken attributed the sales to the bands. “If you look around and see the rest of the Ivy Leagues (schools), they have really mediocre spring weekend acts,” he said, adding that the fast sales last year also motivated people to get their tickets early this year. Though the BCA would ideally have several points of sale to cut down on lines, it can only sell tickets in the glass booth in Lower Faunce House because of security issues.

Holding the show outside in the evening will require additional lighting on and around the stage, McCracken said. That lighting will cost more than lighting for a show during the day, but the cost will be covered by the extra tickets sold, he added. Another change announced Wednesday is that the winner of a Battle of the Bands contest hosted by Brown Student Radio and Coalition of Bands at Brown will play in Saturday’s show. “We are always looking for ways to incorporate students more into Spring Weekend,” McCracken said. In past years, students have performed a dance with the power-pop band OK Go and played horns with alt-country band Wilco. The Battle of the Bands will take place on April 10 in Sayles Hall.

PPD: Few leads on firebombing case being kept under wraps continued from page 1 with that spirit in mind.” Carey then opened the floor to questions. Many students asked Maj. Monty Monteiro, commanding officer of the PPD’s Homeland Security Division, about the ongoing investigation of the attack and whether the incident might fit into a pattern of similar violence. He replied that Molotov cocktail attacks are very rare in Providence but declined to comment on the investigation itself. “It’s not like we’ve got thousands of leads out there,” he said. “We have a few leads, a few directions and those are being kept very close to the vest, so to speak, so that it doesn’t compromise any investigation.” After the period for questions, Undergraduate Council of Students President Michael Glassman ’09 and UCS Vice President Lauren Kolodny ’08 stood to read a statement that they had prepared in conjunction with the

Graduate Student Council and the Medical Student Senate. “When a deplorable event like this happens, we must demonstrate our strength by standing in solidarity,” they read. Glassman and Kolodny distributed copies and exhorted audience members to collect signatures from their friends and return the pages to UCS. Next, attendees divided into four groups, each facilitated by a pair of volunteers, while Carey and President Ruth Simmons spoke quietly in a corner of the room. LGBTQ Resource Center Coordinator Kelly Garrett led one of the sections. “Students need a safe place to talk about their feelings and know that there’s support, so I think (this) event lends itself to discussing difficult topics,” Garrett said. In that group, several students voiced surprise at the level of response the attack generated, given that police are still unsure whether those

responsible were motivated by Knafo’s religion or nationality. “Why, when there are other acts of violence that occur on the campus, why does that just merit an e-mail that someone was mugged or someone was sexually assaulted?” one student asked. “Deep down, are we all thinking because he’s Israeli he was targeted? And if we really believe that we don’t know the motive of this, I’m just wondering, what is it about this attack that’s so different?” Jon Mitchell ’09, a member of Hillel’s student executive board, responded: “I’m trying really hard not to jump to other conclusions,” he said. “But I can’t get away from the idea that the Molotov cocktail is a weapon of movements and statements ... Either there was a statement being made or somebody just needed to set a building on fire for no reason at all, and that’s even harder to deal with in a lot of ways. So the nature of the weapon itself has kept me asking

questions.” Others expressed frustration that the University delayed informing students for more than a day after it first learned of the attack. One student said she first heard about the incident when her mother e-mailed her an article from Haaretz, a leading Israeli newspaper. “I thought it was surprising that it would get to Israeli news significantly before I found out about it, as someone who’s connected to communities here that would care,” she said. “We in the administration did not do as well as we should have in communicating information to the campus community,” Carey acknowledged in his speech. “We recognize that issue and are taking steps to review our protocols and procedures to do better going forward.” Simmons first informed the community about the attack in an e-mail Sunday night, followed by an e-mail from Carey the next evening publiciz-

ing Tuesday’s gathering. Security remained tight in the attack’s aftermath. Two armed Department of Public Safety officers flanked the Crystal Room’s doorway during the meeting, and a second pair guarded the Glenn and Darcy Wiener Center, which houses Hillel. In an interview after the event, Carey and Margaret Klawunn, associate vice president of campus life and dean for student life, said the gathering had been planned on Monday at a meeting of students, faculty and administrators, who concluded that the campus as a whole should have an opportunity for discussion similar to a gathering held for the Hillel community Sunday night. Both administrators expressed satisfaction with the event and said they would continue to monitor the investigation and, through outreach efforts like Tuesday’s event, keep their fingers on the pulse of the Brown community.


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Students drive onto Green, ‘thought it would be fun’ Spike in graffiti plagues Facilities By Max Mankin Senior Staf f Writer

The following summary includes all major incidents reported to the Department of Public Safety between March 6 and March 12. It does not include general service and alarm calls. The Providence Police Department also responds to incidents occur-

CRIME LOG ring 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. Thursday, March 6: 7:16 a.m. An employee reported that someone had spray painted the garage door at 55 Power Street with white paint sometime between 6 p.m. on March 5 and 7 a.m. on March 6. The incident is under investigation by DPS. (A on map.) Time unclear: A student reported that at some time between 5:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. on March 6, unknown person(s) took some of his property from his room in Champlin Hall. He said he had left his room door ajar. There are no suspects at this time. (B) Friday, March 7: 3:05 a.m. Of ficers were dispatched at the request of PPD to Sheldon Street to assist in dispersing a loud party involving University students. PPD issued a $200 fine and officers cleared the party-goers without incident. (Not shown) 3:56 a.m. Facilities Management staff members stated that they witnessed three individuals pull the John Carter Brown sign out of the ground next to the library and flee on foot. The area was checked but the larcenists were not found. (C) Saturday, March 8: 3:00 p.m. An employee stated that 91 lotter y tickets were stolen from the office located in the kitchen of the Sharpe Refector y. The original tickets were attached to a stack of copies that were placed on the desk. The tickets were last seen around 1:45 p.m. and were noticed missing around 2:30 p.m. when the employee went to pass out the copies. He checked the area but the tickets were not located. (D) 7:26 p.m. Of ficers were dispatched for a loud music complaint at Young Orchard #10. As officers approached the room, they could hear the music. They knocked and explained the situation to the student who was very cooperative and courteous. The student turned down the music. (E) Sunday, March 9: 12:33 a.m. A Brown student assaulted a Harvard student while attending a party in Graduate Center Tower E. DPS is investigating. (F) 1:42 a.m. While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle driving recklessly on the Main Green. The officer blocked the gate with the

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Among the incidents reported last week was a door propped open with a propane tank. The tank was removed. Tuesday, March 11: 10:57 a.m. Officers were dispatched for the report of two laptops stolen from a lab in the Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences. The incident occurred sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 10. The computers were locked with cable locks, and the locks were forced off the computers. The lab door was unlocked at the time of the theft. (K) 3:58 p.m. While on patrol, an officer noticed a graffiti tag in silver paint on the rear doors of Grant Recital Hall. Facilities Management was notified. (L)

4:13 p.m. An of ficer noticed graffiti on the west wall and loading dock door of the Brown Office Building. Facilities Management was notified. (M) 5:19 p.m. An employee stated that between 3 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. on March 11, his laptop was taken from underneath his desk in Graduate Center Tower E. The laptop is not registered with DPS, and there are no suspects at this time. (N) Wednesday, March 12: 2:26 p.m. The reporting party stated that her wallet was missing from her desk drawer. She said she placed her wallet in her desk

drawer at 8:15 a.m. and noticed it missing at 1:10 p.m. At the time of the larceny she was in and out of her office in Maxcy Hall picking up the mail for the building. The desk and the office door were both left unlocked. There are no suspects at this time. (O) 3:51 p.m. While on patrol, an officer observed graffiti on the west side of the 68 1/2 Brown Street. Facilities Management was notified. (P) 5:57 p.m. While on routine patrol, an officer observed graffiti on the wall leading to the Graduate Center Bar. Facilities Management was notified. (Q)


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Obama performs a difficult balancing act By Peter Wallsten and Peter Nicholas Los Angeles T imes

PHILADELPHIA — From the earliest days of his political career, Barack Obama has sought to assure black voters that a leader of mixed race, coming from the outpost of Hawaii, could understand the resentments of a black community shaped by slavery and segregation. On Tuesday, Obama tried to explain that anger to voters who have been repelled by racially incendiar y comments from his longtime pastor. In a speech widely seen as his most important to date, Obama again denounced the comments by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. that have played continuously on television news shows and threatened to undermine Obama’s campaign theme of uniting America. At the same time, the Democratic presidential candidate asked voters to understand the frustrations and anger that gave rise to the preacher’s condemnation of America as racist and brutal -- “the U.S. of K.K.K.A.” “That anger is not always productive. ... But the anger is real; it is powerful,” Obama said. “And to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only ser ves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races.” While asking all Americans to sympathize with blacks, Obama said he understood the anger that some whites feel over affirmative action or “when they’re told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced.” “It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years. ... But I have asserted a firm conviction — a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people — that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds,” he said. Speaking at a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution, Obama in effect offered his candidacy as the next chapter in a stor y of racial tension and reconciliation that has unfolded since the countr y’s founding. The son of a Kenyan father and a white mother with Kansas roots, he spoke in sweeping terms about his unusual perspective on race and more than ever elevated it as essential to his White House campaign. It was a speech that seemed unlikely to come from a politician viewed as simply white or black. Obama rejected the most

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controversial of Wright’s comments, while saying he could never renounce the man who had introduced the senator to Christianity, officiated at his wedding and baptized his children. “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community,” Obama said. “I can no more disown him than I can disown my white grandmother -- a woman who helped raise me ... but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.” He called for Americans to “realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams.” Wright — who penned the phrase “audacity of hope” that Obama later used as the title of his second book — became the center of controversy after portions of his sermons were posted on the Internet and shown on television. They included Wright railing against the U.S. government for adopting what he said were racist policies and then wanting blacks to “sing `God Bless America.’ No, no, no,” he said. “God damn America.” After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Wright accused the U.S. of suppor ting “state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans,” and then being “indignant because the stuff we have done ourselves is now brought right back into our own front yards.” It was unclear whether voters who previously thought Wright’s comments reflected badly on Obama would see them in a different light after his speech Tuesday. But several analysts said the Illinois senator took a significant step in overcoming what has emerged as the most serious crisis in his campaign. “It helps to soften the negativity of it,” said Philip Molfese, president of Grainger Terr y Inc., a Chicago-based political consulting and crisis communication company. “And a lot of people will respect the fact that he stood by the man but denounced the comments.” Others, however, said the tempest would not fade. Some conser vatives continued to use the controversy to attack Obama, who has claimed an ability to reach across the political spectrum and has drawn significant numbers of Republican supporters in some Democratic primaries. “This is a core question of character,” Newt Gingrich, a

Republican and former House speaker, said on Fox News. He said that either Obama should have confronted Wright about his comments earlier, “or he didn’t actually mind it as long as it wasn’t public.” Even before Wright’s words were widely publicized, race had become a polarizing factor in Obama’s contest with Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Initially, blacks were slow to warm to Obama’s candidacy. But once he gained traction among white voters in states such as Iowa, black voters grew more excited. Now they vote for him in over whelming numbers. Obama’s association with Wright has challenged the campaign from the start. The pastor had been scheduled to deliver an invocation at Obama’s of ficial campaign announcement in March 2007 but was abruptly removed from the program — a change that campaign aides acknowledged this week was made in anticipation of the controversy that surely would surround him. Writing on the Huffington Post Web site last week and in interviews with Chicago newspapers, Obama had said that when he sat in the pews at Trinity United Church of Christ, he had not heard Wright make some of his more controversial statements. But Tuesday, saying “nagging questions” remain for some voters, Obama of fered a dif ferent account. “Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes,” Obama said. “Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely — just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.” Obama tried to pull of f an unusual balancing act, reassuring white voters who might have been threatened by Wright while convincing blacks that he was not abandoning an outspoken leader in their community. “If he had, he would have shamed us. Shamed blacks. Been just another politician, making promises and lying about his past to get ahead,” said Tyrone Wallace, 42, a single father who works in construction and watched the speech from a relative’s home near Wright’s Chicago church. “I thank the Good Lord that he didn’t shun him.” —Staf f writer P.J. Huf fstutter in Chicago contributed to this report.

Dalai Lama threatens to resign amid Tibetan unrest By Ching-Ching Ni and Mark Magnier Los Angeles T imes

BEIJING — The Dalai Lama threatened to resign on Tuesday as the leader of the Tibetan government-inexile if the violence that has erupted in his homeland over the last week spirals out of control. The spiritual leader of the Himalayan people made the statement on the day China’s top leadership lashed out at him, charging that he has orchestrated Tibet’s worst anti-China riots in two decades to sabotage August’s Beijing Olympics. “Please help stop violence from Chinese side and also from Tibetan side,” the Dalai Lama pleaded before reporters in Dharamsala, India, the base of his government. “If things become out of control then my only option is to completely resign.” Although few people believe the man revered by followers as a god king is prepared to step down, there is a sense that his own advocacy of nonviolence and compromise with the Chinese government has run up against a younger generation of Tibetans looking for a new way out of the long-standing impasse with Beijing. “His holiness is not young. Time is running out for Tibet. If China keeps on doing what it’s (been) doing for the last 50 years, there is this thinking from the young that maybe his holiness’ patience is not the solution,” said Dalha Tsering, campaign coordinator for the Tibetan community in Britain. “That, however, doesn’t mean their allegiance is minimizing; all it means is they are frustrated.” Chinese troops seized control of Tibet in 1950. The Dalai Lama, who fled the region after a failed rebellion against Beijing in 1959, says he is not seeking independence for his homeland but greater autonomy within China for the Tibetan people. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday accused him of hypocrisy but left open the door for dialogue if the Dalai Lama recognized Tibet as part of China and not support an independence movement in Taiwan, which Beijing maintains is part of China. “You should not only look at what he says, but what he does,” Wen said, who maintained that Chinese authorities have reacted with extreme restraint to the riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and have long worked to spur the Tibetan economy and support its culture and people. Critics say China has restricted media coverage of the sometimes brutal security measures it has used to suppress pro-Tibet demonstrations. “I know a relative who was shot

three times because he was holding a Dalai Lama photo and marching toward the army,” Tsering said. “If the world doesn’t speak up, it will be another Burma,” which is also known as Myanmar. Despite Wen’s charge that the Tibetan leader was seeking to sabotage the Beijing Olympics, the Dalai Lama early this week said that China deserves to host the Olympics and that the Games should not be boycotted. As Chinese military fanned out across western China in areas populated with Tibetans and began making arrests after violence broke out Friday, sympathy rallies spread in and outside of China. Chinese state television reported Tuesday that 100 people had turned themselves in to police for their roles in “beating, smashing, looting and arson.” This followed a midnight deadline issued by authorities for rioters to surrender themselves in exchange for more lenient treatment. In India on Tuesday, more than 2,000 people gathered and called for a United Nations investigation into the reported killings of protesters by Chinese security forces. In Brussels, Belgium, several hundred demonstrators rallied outside the headquarters of the European Union, some waving flags that read “Stop Beijing Olympics game of death.” Critics of China’s actions in Tibet say they are disappointed that the International Olympic Committee has not done more to hold China accountable. On Tuesday, the rights group Reporters Without Borders called on world leaders to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. As the fallout from the Tibetan protests continues to trouble Beijing, another fire is burning in its back yard. Taiwan is holding a presidential election Saturday amid debate over whether the island should hold a referendum supporting membership in the United Nations under its own name. The measure is seen as a challenge to Beijing’s claims to the island, which has been ruled by its own government since the Communists seized control on the mainland in 1949. To deflect any hint that China might have trouble taming the twin political crises, Wen vowed during his rare annual meeting with the media that China’s sovereignty is not negotiable and its leaders will fight all moves toward independence by Taiwan or Tibet. But he did not spell out whether Beijing would consider passage of such a referendum as a provocative enough act to use force against the island, a move it has threatened in the past.

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A Beatles Guitar Hero? Maybe (Los Angeles Times) The latest sign of a video-game “Revolution”? You soon might be able to plug in and play guitar in “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Martin N. “Marty” Bandier, the top executive at the music publishing company that owns the John Lennon-Paul McCartney copyrights, said he liked the idea of a dedicated Beatles edition of Guitar Hero, Activision Inc.’s popular video-game franchise. Activision announced last month that Aerosmith would be the first act with a dedicated version of Guitar Hero. “It’s something we have talked about and something I’d like to pursue,” said Bandier, who last year took over as chairman and chief executive at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The company has loosened its handling of The Beatles’ music. Producers of “American Idol,” for instance, for years had sought permission for contestants to perform Beatles hits on the show but were turned down again and again. That’s changed: Recent episodes have had an “all-Beatles” format, which Bandier calls “a wonderful way to get this legendary music in front of an audience of 30 million people in an exciting way.” — Geoff Boucher

No Child enforcement picks up some nuance WASHINGTON (Washington Post) — Sanctions would be eased for some schools that narrowly miss academic targets in a pilot program the Education Department announced Tuesday, marking a significant shift for enforcement of the No Child Left Behind law. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, using her administrative authority, said she will allow 10 states to move away from the 2002 law’s “pass-fail” system, which makes no distinction between a school in which many students fail reading and math tests and one that misses targets because a few students fall short. She said the pilot will allow states to focus on schools with students that need the most help. “It’s appropriate to make sure that every kid, or darn near every kid, in those on-fire schools, those chronic under-performers, get that help,” Spellings said Tuesday as she met with officials in Minnesota. “Conversely, kids who are soaring ... and meeting expectations at those schools that are within range, they probably don’t need the resources invested there.” The new program addresses a frequent complaint about the federal law. Educators nationwide say that it is unfair to impose the same consequences — and the same label — on schools that almost meet goals as schools with serious problems. The law requires entire schools and subsets of students, including ethnic minorities and students from poor families, to make gains in reading and math over time. Certain schools that fail to meet those benchmarks are required to provide tutoring or offer the chance to transfer to a higher-performing school; some that fall short repeatedly can face stronger interventions, including mandatory restructuring. The Spellings initiative would give states some flexibility in applying interventions. Congress is debating reauthorization of the law. Jeff Simering, legislative director for the Washington-based Council of the Great City Schools, said he worries that urban schools will continue to face sanctions while suburban schools will get a break. “We’re fearful that central-city schools will be the ones that wind up with the consequences,” Simering said. — Maria Glod

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BAGHDAD — Hussain Attar-Bashi watched the American-led invasion of Iraq on live TV, his illegal satellite dish hidden by cloth strategically draped across the roof of his home. Five years later, Iraqi laws restricting access to foreign television and the Internet are long gone, and Attar-Bashi is among the people riding a communications revolution that has swept the country. Nowhere is that boom more evident than on the cacophonous stretch of road in central Baghdad called Sinaa Street, where Sunnis, Shiites and Christians shop for the latest high-tech gear at stores such as Attar-Bashi’s Alreem Computer Center. The fortunes of Sinaa Street, like those of the nation, rise and tumble with the course of the war. When violence ebbs, business thrives. When violence peaks, it suffers. Merchants such as Attar-Bashi have made a living selling their wares along the broken sidewalks here since the March 2003 invasion, in what would seem to be an irreversible connection to the global Information Age. But although Iraqis are now free to communicate with the outside world, they remain wary of speaking their minds in front of people who might disagree with them —even customers in their own cluttered shops. And after five years of war, bombings, kidnappings and murders, Iraqis still do not feel they can move about freely. Merchants on Sinaa Street do what most Iraqis do in their spare time: wonder if the

relative calm will last and compare life now with the lives they had before the war. Here, Iraqis’ newfound freedoms are evident in everything from pirated copies of Oscar-nominated films to sophisticated laptops on which to play them. On a recent afternoon, vendors were selling “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “Juno,” alongside religious DVDs and the latest version of “Grand Theft Auto.” Disappointment is also on display. Attar-Bashi, speaking inside his sprawling store on a recent afternoon, said he had welcomed the arrival of the Americans. “We thought, ‘Oh, we’ll be free.’ We thought: ‘We’ll be able to go out and talk to anyone. We’ll be free.’ It didn’t turn out that way.” Iraqis see that violence has dropped in the past few months, yet Sunnis still worry about being targeted by Shiite militiamen and Shiites are afraid to visit Sunni neighborhoods. All are bitter about the violence and hardship the war has wrought and fearful that widespread bloodshed could return. Along Sinaa Street, young men in jeans swinging shopping bags filled with printers, scanners and other gear pass concrete walls plastered with posters of Shiite clerics. Behind the walls, Iraqi and U.S. soldiers sit atop tanks and Humvees. They watch over streets where battered sedans pass alongside armored BMWs and minivan taxis, whose passengers are frisked for bombs before boarding. The city’s traf fic veers past women in black “abayas” begging for handouts and scatters when convoys carrying soldiers or VIPs

tear through, their sirens blaring and their passengers hidden behind tinted windows. It is loud and lively, yet missing the frivolities of a normal city, where pedestrians might windowshop and where cafes would be filled with couples enjoying a Saturday afternoon. Attar-Bashi kept his shop closed most of the past two years because of the danger. A few weeks ago, he began opening every day because of improved security, but his confidence has its limits. He varies the routes he takes to and from work to keep potential kidnappers off his trail, and he discourages his grown children from going out themselves. “They are prisoners in their homes,” Attar-Bashi said of most Iraqis, whom he acknowledges have fueled his profits by scooping up such stay-at-home diversions as computer games and gadgets. “It’s worr ying,” he said of the long-term effect of a cloistered society. “But compared to going out ... well, things here are still not stable.” They are far better than they were two years ago. Of the 170 or so shops on Sinaa Street, about 130 are open, clustered along a halfmile stretch facing the University of Technology. Most shut down after the February 2006 bombing of a venerated Shiite mosque in Samarra, which unleashed a frenzy of Shiite-Sunni violence that didn’t begin subsiding until late last year. Mohammed Jouda, a 28-year-old computer engineer and former shop manager on Sinaa, recalled a day in continued on page 8

As Fed slashes rates, one still untouched By Kathy Kristof and E. Scott Reckard Los Angeles T imes

The Federal Reser ve has been slashing short-term interest rates since August with precious little effect on the one that matters most to homeowners and home buyers: the 30-year fixed rate. That rate is roughly where it was a year ago, while the discount rate, which is what banks pay to borrow directly from the central bank, is a full 4 percentage points lower. The Fed’s opening of the spigot of cheaper money is supposed to spur across-the-board spending and economic growth, reversing the tide of recession, but bankers effectively have put a knot in the hose. “Right now, the banks are holding back this flood of cash,” said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH Associates, a rate-tracking company in Pompton Plains, N.J. “They are letting money go out only in a trickle, when they could be letting it out with a great flood.” The short-term rate cutting has pulled down certain longer-term rates — pivotally the rate on 10-year Treasur y notes, traditionally the bellwether for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages. No matter. Those mortgages are still expensive, because banks are skittish about making home loans in the wake of rising delinquencies, declining home prices and the subprime mortgage mess. The rate for a traditional 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 6.39 per-

cent as of last Wednesday, according to BankRate.com’s weekly national survey, compared with 6.22 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed rate dropped “a hair” — about 0.125 percentage point — Tuesday, said Jeff Lazerson, president of Mortgage Grader, a Web-based loan shopping service. BankRate.com doesn’t expect its weekly survey to find the rate much lower nationwide Wednesday. In contrast, the Treasur y rate was 3.48 percent Tuesday, down from 4.64 percent a year ago. “Mortgage rates are nearly 1 full percentage point higher than they would be under normal circumstances,” said Greg McBride, a financial analyst with BankRate. com. “But with this credit crunch, this is anything but normal circumstances.” Traditionally, you would expect to pay about 1.5 percentage points more for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage than what you would earn on a 10-year Treasury note. In the current environment, that spread has grown to nearly 3 percentage points, making mortgage rates comparatively more costly than they have been in decades. That hurts the housing market, and anything that hurts the housing market hurts the economy. “Housing was the catalyst for expansion,” said Paul Kasriel, chief economist with Northern Trust Co. in Chicago. “The recession in housing is the catalyst for the recession now. ... What happens in housing doesn’t stay in housing. It perme-

ates the economy.” Housing is key for a host of reasons: building spurs job growth; people who buy homes also buy things to fill those homes, such as washing machines, refrigerators and bath mats; when consumers are spending, companies gear up to produce more goods for consumers to buy; that spurs more job growth and more spending. “The housing market was a bubble, but it created a lot of jobs and it created a lot of paper wealth,” Kasriel said. “Because the values went up, a lot of people went out and borrowed against the increased value of their houses and bought Harley-Davidson motorcycles and big-screen TVs. And Wall Street thrived on this. And state and local governments thrived. It was wonderful.” Now, he said, “everything is in reverse.” That makes banks justifiably reluctant to lend, creating a conundrum for the Federal Reserve: Its ability to pour money into the economy is predicated on banks going along. “The credit squeeze is a new feature weighing on the economy,” said Gary Schlossberg, senior economist with Wells Capital Markets in San Francisco. “It is pretty typical for housing to lead the economy in and out of downturns. But housing is going through more than a cyclical slowdown. For that reason, it’s going to take longer for housing to recover, which is one reason why we may see a slower recovery.”


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Arthur C. Clarke, ‘2001’ author, dies at 90 By Dennis McLellan Los Angeles Times

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who peered into the heavens with a homemade telescope as a boy and grew up to become a visionary titan of sciencefiction writing and collaborated with director Stanley Kubrick on the landmark film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” has died. He was 90. The British-born writer died early Wednesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he had made his home for decades, after experiencing a cardiorespiratory attack, his secretary, Rohan De Silva, told Reuters. Clarke, wrote scores of fiction and nonfiction books (some in collaboration) and more than 100 short stories — as well as hundreds of articles and essays. Among his best-known sciencefiction novels are “Childhood’s End,” “Rendezvous With Rama,” “Imperial Earth” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Clarke foretold an array of technological notions in his works, such as space stations, moon landings using a mother ship and a landing pod, cellular phones and the Internet. “Nobody has done more in the

way of enlightened prediction,” science-fiction author Isaac Asimov once wrote. “I’d say he was the major hardscience fiction writer — that is the writer of science fiction that is scientifically scrupulous — in the second half of the 20th century,” physics professor Gregory Benford of the University of California, Irvine, an award-winning science-fiction author who collaborated with Clarke on the 1990 science-fiction novel “Beyond the Fall of Night,” told the Los Angeles Times in 2005. George Slusser, author of the 1978 book “The Space Odysseys of Arthur C. Clarke” and curator emeritus of the Eaton Collection at the University of California, Riverside — the world’s largest publicly accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian fiction — ranks Clarke as one of the three greatest science-fiction writers of all time. “Clarke, along with Asimov and (Robert A.) Heinlein, is unique in that his human dramas are determined by advances in science and technology,” Slusser, a professor of comparative literature, told the Times in 2005. “He places his char-

acters in a near future where science has changed the way we live, and the possibilities for adventure. “Clarke incarnates the essence of (science fiction), which is to blend two otherwise opposite activities into a single story, that of the advancement of mankind.” His record of foreseeing future technologies led him to be known as “the godfather of the telecommunications satellite.” A radar pioneer in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Clarke wrote a 1945 article in Wireless World magazine in which he outlined a worldwide communications network based on fixed satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 22,300 miles — an orbital area now often referred to as the Clarke Orbit. Clarke’s seminal article, for which he received $40, was published two decades before Syncom II became the world’s first communications satellite put into geosynchronous orbit in 1963. For pioneering the concept of communications satellites, Clarke received a number of honors, including the 1982 Marconi International Fellowship and the Charles A. Lindbergh Award.

Iraqis find bits of freedom with liberation continued from page 7 2006 when nine bombs exploded on the street. Two of the people killed were university students who had been among his regular customers. The owner of the shop where Jouda worked was shot to death when he resisted a kidnapping attempt. The store remains closed. Jihad Yaarub began working at a computer shop on Sinaa in 2004. Business “was growing insanely. It was so fun. ... And then bombings started to occur often. Shop owners fled the country and closed their shops,” he said. Yaarub has seen improvements in security since those bleak days, but the fun has gone out of his job because of the fear that, in a second, something could happen to undo it all. In October, a car bomb killed three people on Sinaa Street. It was one of 45 car or truck bombings, including suicide attacks, that the U.S. military reported that month. Last month, the total was 24, although a series of recent highprofile attacks has raised questions about whether the relative lull might be ending. Iraqi officials say the number of civilians killed in war-related violence last month was 633, compared with 1,646 in February 2007. U.S. officials cite these figures as proof that things have turned around in Iraq, and that five years after the war began, insurgents and militiamen are running out of steam. But to most Iraqis, the security situation looks good only compared with the 18 months following the Samarra blast. They look at their lives in a visceral way: Do they feel safe going out to dinner or visiting unfamiliar neighborhoods? Can they travel to neighboring countries without being viewed as resource-sapping refugees? Can they find a doctor in an emergency or watch TV without cranking up the generator for electricity? Can they count on fellow Iraqis to spend enough money to sustain their businesses?

For most, the answer to those questions remains no. “People have lost trust in America, really,” Attar-Bashi said. “We don’t have much faith. They have left things in the hands of the U.S. Army, but you need more than just the Army to make things better here.” The American military always has said that Iraq won’t be pacified by brute force alone, and in the past year it has turned to former insurgents to bolster security in much of the country. The military is paying about 80,000 of the volunteer security workers $10 a day to stand guard at checkpoints nationwide, but it acknowledges that the program will have to be phased out as U.S. forces withdraw. A nearly $20-billion Iraq reconstruction fund approved by Congress in 2003 is nearly depleted, yet a sixth summer is looming with the country unable to meet its electricity demands. For most Iraqis, that means months of 100-plus-degree days and stifling nights without steady air conditioning. A conversation in Legend Lands, Ahmed Izzeden’s computer shop on the upper level of a two-story building crammed with similar stores and buzzing with shoppers, illustrated the fears and frustrations that plague Iraqis. Each time a customer entered the shop, conversation stopped. Nobody wanted to be overheard speaking to a Westerner, as such an association could prove fatal. “Silent!” Izzeden whispered to his wife, Jinan, who had joined the conversation and failed to lower her voice as customers strolled through the door. “Oh, I forgot,” she murmured, putting her hand over her mouth. He and his wife agreed that Iraqis relish the freedom to watch satellite TV, chat online and run their businesses. But they said that in almost every other aspect of life, they feel stifled. “Before, we used to go anywhere we wanted. Now we have to think if it’s worth the risk,” Jinan said. “You have to think that maybe

if you go out, it’s a one-way ticket,” her sister Lamees added. The two women wore clothes that would blend in on the streets of New York or Los Angeles: black leather boots, jeans, dangling earrings. Lamees wore a black beret atop her long, black hair. Jinan’s wavy auburn locks were unadorned. Both women refuse to wear the head-covering “hijab” that has become more common among Iraqi women since the end of Saddam Hussein’s secular regime, but they are conscious of standing out in a country where religious extremism has taken hold. “Sometimes I feel like I’m about to explode!” Jinan exclaimed as she described the frustration of worrying about whether her hair or clothing could make her a target. “I want to go to a place where no one looks at me, where no one notices what I’m wearing.” Although violence has diminished in the past few months, the couple said the sectarian balkanization of Baghdad’s neighborhoods, which has intensified since the Samarra mosque bombing, still makes it risky for Ahmed, a Shiite, to visit his in-laws in a Sunni neighborhood. The last time the couple went out for the evening in Baghdad was in 2004. “You’re not in a camp. You’re not in a live war. It’s supposed to be a city, but it’s not,” Ahmed said. Asked why he doesn’t leave the countr y, Ahmed became visibly upset. He spent eight months in Dubai, he said, but prefers a hazardous homeland to being among the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees who have streamed into neighboring countries, where they are viewed as second-class citizens. Contemplating Iraq’s future, Jinan said: “It will become better. It has to become better.” Her husband was not as confident. “Maybe,” he said. “Just maybe.” —Staff writer Mohammed Rasheed contributed to this report.

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New food for soldiers was sampled by veterans at a recent Pentagon tasting.

When soldier food gets dressed up for a promotion By Walter Nicholls Washington Post

WASHINGTON — When U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan open group combat rations in the months to come, they might find an unexpected treat: a walnut tea cake that serves 18. And before they even get to it, they’ll have chicken pesto pasta and Burgundy beef stew to finish off. At a recent Pentagon demonstration of advances in field food, a group of Army veterans and young soldiers who had recently returned from Iraq stood shoulder to shoulder with military brass to sample entrees and desserts that will be introduced in war zonesover the next few years. A compact one-day food supply for mobile combat troops — the First Strike Ration — also made its debut. The media event, hosted by Army Secretary Pete Geren, showcased selected rations developed at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass. In a crowded Pentagon office corridor, two folding tables were turned into an instant buffet for more than 100 invited guests. Small samples of more than a dozen dishes were served by members of the Natick staff. The new menu items will arrive at the front lines in several guises. The chicken pesto pasta, for example, will be available as a Unitized Group Ration, or UGR-E, a new self-contained module that can provide 18 hot meals in 30 to 45 minutes, replacing the need for a field kitchen. Other entrees, such as the Southwest beef and black beans that will replace the unpopular beef enchilada, are destined as MREs, which stands for meal ready to eat. Depending on their location, most U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan eat in mess halls managed by catering contractors. The MRE and UGR-E were designed for Special Operations forces, military police and artillery soldiers in remote locations. Soldiers can choose from among 24 MRE menus, up from 12 in 1998. On average, 3 million cases (36 million meals) of MREs per year are shipped overseas in peacetime, while hundreds of millions are shipped in wartime. The UGR-E consists of four stacked trays — one each for the entree, vegetable, starch and dessert — packed in a cardboard box the size of a small suitcase. Chemical reactive packets to heat the meal are tucked under the trays. At the pull of a tab, a saline solution hits the sealed packets and the heating process begins. Part of the Army Field Feeding System, the ration has a shelf life of 18 months when stored at 80 degrees; it drops to six months at 100 degrees. For the most part, field rations are stored in climate-controlled warehouses. UGR-Es are available to troops in seven breakfast menus and 14 lunch/ dinner menus. The set calorie count for operational rations is substantial — 3,600 per day — and the foods at the Pentagon event tasted that filling. World

War II veteran William Kelley said he enjoyed the entrees he tried, which included garlic mashed potatoes and barbecued pork. “It’s all good,” said Kelley, 86, who served in Europe and lives at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northwest. “What they served us in combat — the K rations — were terrible. They gave us eggs cooked in flour that came in small boxes.” Army Reserve cadet and Arlington resident Kadija Kargbo, 26, praised the beef teriyaki. “This is good. The meat is soft and tender,” she said after a bite. I was less satisfied than Kelley and Kargbo with what the Natick chefs had produced. I found the chicken pesto pasta mushy, with an overwhelming aroma and taste of dried basil. Slices of meat in the beef brisket selection swam in a gluey, salty sauce. But maybe you have to have military experience to appreciate the stuff. After all, this is industrially processed food designed for extreme circumstances. Chef R.J. Cooper and sous-chef John Engle of Vidalia in downtown Washington were also asked to critique the dishes. Cooper was polite as he walked the buffet line, telling his hosts that “the flavors are good.” Later, he had less-flattering things to say about the food, but he gave high marks to the chefs for their efforts. “Was it the best food I’ve ever had? No. A lot of it tasted chemically induced. And, oh my, the dried basil,” said Cooper, who also has not served in the military. “But it would bring comfort to soldiers. It shows a lot of skill and knowledge. It’s important, what they are trying to do.” Engle, who served in the U.S. Marines for 12 years until 2004, found the new menu “drastically different and vastly improved” from the field rations he was served. “These dishes actually have pieces of meat that you can cut with a knife,” he said. For Natick researchers, the challenge is to bring flavor to foods that have usually been cooked to death. The entrees are cooked using the same technology used to can food: heated pressure cooking. With all combat rations, Natick researchers must take into account long-term food safety and packaging. Then there is the issue of flavor. Once a year, researchers go into the field and soldiers score new dishes, which must receive a 6 or higher on a scale of 1 to 9 to make it onto the final menu. Some foods, such as desserts, are commercially produced. A chocolate cappuccino cake served at the Pentagon and slated for combat feeding in 2009 was surprisingly good, compared with the entrees. Army Brig. Gen. Albert Bryant Jr., who is stationed at the Pentagon, said he was impressed by the new menu as he worked the buffet. “What’s different?” asked Bryant. “This has flavor. I’m not going to wolf this down. I’ll take my time.”


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Huffman scores 39 in M. hoops’ CBI loss continued from page 12 Sullivan ’11 added 10 points. The Bears led for the game’s first 21 minutes and kept the score close late. With 1:22 to play and the Bears down 69-65, Huffman was fouled as he drove to the basket. He made both free throws to cut the deficit to two. But on the ensuing possession, Ohio found Tommy Freeman wide open beyond the arc. With 55 seconds left, the freshman guard hit the three-pointer to give the Bobcats a 72-67 lead, one they preserved by hitting free throws down the stretch. “The whole game, we were really trying to pack it in and not let them get open inside ... and they made a nice ball reversal at the top of the key, and (Freeman) was open in the corner,” Huffman said. “They did a good job of countering our game plan.” But while Freeman, an unheralded freshman, hit the crucial shot for Ohio, it was the Bobcats’ all-conference veteran forwards who clobbered the Bears in the paint. Jerome Tillman, a 6-foot-6 junior, had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Leon Williams, a 6-foot-8 senior, had 20 points and 12 rebounds. “Those two guys caused a lot of matchup problems with us,” Huffman said. “They’re scrappy, they’re very strong, they’re very big and very offensive and they offensive rebound like crazy.”

The Ohio for wards helped to slowly chip away at the lead Brown amassed in the first half, when the Bears never trailed and led by as many as 10. Huffman started the game with a three-pointer — and then another, and another. All came from a foot or two behind the arc. He scored Brown’s first 14 points and had 22 first-half points. He made another three-pointer as the clock expired in the first half to give the Bears a 37-32 lead at the intermission. Huf fman “was spectacular,” McAndrew said. “He has a lot of pride when he comes out here (to the Midwest), and he deserves to play in the conferences that neglected him in recruiting. He came out here with a mission to prove that he can play. I’m so grateful to be his teammate for the past four years because he carried us when we needed him the most.” But despite Huffman’s efforts, the Bears still couldn’t find a solution in the second half for Tillman and Williams, whose size and jumping ability helped give Ohio a 33-23 rebounding advantage. They scored nearly every time they got the ball inside, as Tillman shot 7-for-9 from the field and Williams shot 9-for-11. The Bears held a slim lead for most of the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Bert Whittington hit a three-pointer with 9:53 left to tie the game at 53. The scoring then went back and forth until Tillman

hit a layup at the 4:57 mark to give the Bobcats a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Robinson said he was thrilled with his team’s performance on offense and defense. But he said “a couple of plays here and there” — such as a few turnovers and Ohio offensive rebounds — decided the game. “You play great (defense), and they shoot an airball and the guy grabs it and puts it back in — that’s the sort of stuff you can’t plan for,” Robinson said. As the Bears trudged off the court for the last time this season, Huffman and McAndrew said they thought about how the game could’ve gone differently. “When the final horn sounded, it was like, if a couple of shots dropped or a couple of loose balls had come our way,” the Bears would’ve won, McAndrew said. But an hour after the game, the seniors weren’t dwelling on the game, and were already happily reminiscing about their Brown careers. When the team returns to campus this afternoon, the three seniors will begin looking into playing professional basketball in Europe after one of the most successful seasons in Brown’s history. “All the guys on the team are great, and the coaching staff is great,” Huffman said. “I’m going to have a lot of friends for life because of the bonds and the time we’ve spent together.”

Senior baseball star finally beats his injury continued from page 12 were on the baseball team; and everybody was going on trips, playing games and talking about baseball all the time ­— and I wasn’t doing it,” Reardon said. “It really kind of messed with my head, and I was pretty off for a while. It was a pretty bad two years all around.” His teammates were understanding of the situation and supportive throughout. “I felt terrible for him. I mean, it’s a really hard thing to stop being part of a team suddenly like that, and you have to realize that those were all of his friends from freshman year,” said Peter Moskal ’08, Reardon’s roommate and a pitcher for Brown. “He missed all the day-to-day jokes, the stuff going on with the team, and it must have been terrible to listen to all of us do our team stuff and realize he couldn’t play,” Moskal said. Last summer, though, Reardon began to make progress. He started to spend time playing pickup basketball or throwing a football around with his friends and teammates, and they started thinking of the possibility that Reardon might make a comeback. “He was starting to get some mobility back, and it looked like he might be able to do it,” Moskal said. Then, in the fall, when Reardon was interviewing Dietz for an assign-

ment for his creative writing class, Dietz asked him to take batting practice. “I was a little bit reluctant to do it, because any kind of physical activity, even walking, is kind of hellish on my leg,” Reardon said. But Dietz and Moskal convinced him to come down to the field one day, and Reardon surprised himself with his hitting ability. “There were significant problems with my balance and stuff while I was in the batter’s box, but my hands felt okay, and I felt all right,” Reardon said. “The coach approached me and asked me if there was any possibility that I could play. My first thought was that I couldn’t, because it would be pretty painful ... but he said that I should give it a shot anyway.” Head Coach Marek Drabinski was shocked at Reardon’s ability to return after not being able to walk. “He told me he’d like to give baseball another shot, and I was taken aback at first, like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I thought his career was over,” Drabinski said. Doctors cleared him to play, and now Reardon leads the team with a .368 average, three doubles and five RBIs through the first seven games. It is unlikely that his leg will ever return to its pre-accident fitness, and as such, Reardon is limited to designated hitter and still has trouble running the bases.

“His running is suspect at best. ... The other teams aren’t worried about him stealing any bases,” Moskal joked. “But he’s the best hitter on our team right now. Nobody cares how he runs down to first base, as long as he keeps getting hits.” Drabinski was equally as happy to have Reardon in the lineup. “It’s definitely been a lift, because everyone knew him, but I think the guys were in amazement that he could hit so well after not playing for years,” he said. As the student body gears up for spring break, this year’s vacation will be especially significant for Reardon, who missed traveling with the team over the last two seasons. The team will be heading down to North Carolina and Virginia for the break. “It’s going to be just the baseball team, living in hotels, being on the road, playing in games, for ten days,” Reardon said. “And when you’re out of that loop, and everybody else is still in it, you’re kind of, to an extent, on the outside, regardless of how close you remain with people when baseball isn’t going on.” Reardon is now back in the loop and ready to lead the team to another Ivy League championship, but regardless of how the rest of the season pans out, Reardon has already surpassed all expectations, from his doctors, his teammates, his coaches and himself.

New coach, same story for m. golf squad continued from page 12 plenty of practice prior to going to this year’s Ivy League Championship. Hughes is looking forward to the challenge with confidence. “Last year, we placed in second, with Haertel and Malloy performing brilliantly.” Hughes said, “All of the same players that were there

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last year are set to return this year. Therefore I feel we are the team to beat.” The team looks prepared to bounce back from this set-back with full force and maintain an optimistic outlook on the rest of the season, “Last spring we welcomed Coach Harbour as our coach and had a

successful spring. This year is no different,” Hoffman said. “Our team handles adversity well. Our goal is to win Ivy’s, and Coach Hughes will do everything he can to help us reach our goal.” The Bears will kick off their spring campaign at the Towson Invitational in Towson, Md., on March 28.

Equestrians beat UConn in return to past dominance continued from page 12 Flat divisions, which prevented any UConn riders from being able to score first-place points. On the day, Keefe netted the Bears a combined 14 points along with her two blue ribbons. She topped off her spectacular day by winning a ride-off for High Point Rider at the end of the show. Tasindi gave the Bears five points with a second-place finish in Intermediate Flat, setting up Gruener to have a chance to effectively secure the victory for the Bears in Novice Flat. Gruener rose to the occasion by taking the blue ribbon in the event, giving the Bears a 29-17 lead that was virtually insurmountable. “I didn’t know going into it how many points we had or that the math made it so if I won we only needed two points more to win,” Gruener said. “They don’t tell you that you’re the pointed rider before the show because they don’t want you to have any extra pressure, but after I won (Head Coach Michaela Scanlon) came running up to me, and I knew from her excitement that we were in really great shape.”

After Novice Flat, the Bears needed only two more points to clinch the regional title, and because there were only three riders in the Beginner Walk Trot Canter, Brown was guaranteed to win at least four points if its rider finished her run. Vanessa Rubin ’11 did just that, pinning second and taking five points, officially giving Brown the Region 1 title. “It was so great for all the seniors to get this win,” Gruener said. “Whitney (Keefe) was amazing. She is one of our captains and has been so invested in our team all year, it was great to see her do what she did and finish the regular season wining High Point Rider.” The Bears ended up winning the show with 41 points, followed by Post (36), URI (33) and UConn (31). Three Brown riders qualified for Regionals. Tasindi, already qualified in Novice Flat, also qualified in Novice Fences, while Emily Cole ’08 qualified in Novice Flat and Fishelson qualified in Open Flat. Brown now has a total of 20 riders qualified to compete in Regionals, which will take place March 29 at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, Conn.


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Staf f Editorial

BIAP blues With just seven full weeks left in the semester, that uncomfortable conversation is coming up at the Ratty and interrupting otherwise perfectly cheerful chats: The Summer Plans Talk. In a tight economy, coming by jobs is getting harder for everyone. Plus, new entrants into the workforce find themselves caught in the catch-22 of resume-building: To get a good job, you usually need previous work experience. That’s where unpaid internships come in. But wizened economists may scratch their heads as they contemplate this newfangled approach to careers, then realize the problem at its heart: If you’re working for no money, you’re broke. Luckily, the Brown Internship Award Program offers a $2,500 stipend for internships that pay under $1,000 for the summer. The Aided Internship Program offers $2,650 to students on financial aid to waive their student contribution requirement if they take similarly low-paying jobs. But the award amount is small, and few of these awards are offered — of the nearly 6,000 undergrads at Brown now, at most 65 will receive BIAP/ AIP funds to help defray their summer living costs or simply replace their expected contribution to financial aid. Though we don’t have figures for this year’s awards, the competition for University funding is tough enough that the Career Development Center reminds first-years that it has to give preference to older students. Rising sophomores might benefit just as much from an internship stipend, but there simply aren’t enough awards to go around. So, should you score both an award and your dream internship with Teen Vogue in New York, you’re going to need $250 per week for the cheapest housing at New York University. If you spend 10 weeks working, that leaves almost nothing for food, transit and the Manolo Blahniks you need to wear to work each day. You’ll be lucky if you can afford a few bagels to eat. Maybe you prefer to fight terrorism with the State Department. If you take an unpaid position with them, your housing at nearby George Washington University will cost you at least $238 per week plus a one-time fee, which will consume almost all of your BIAP award and limit your D.C. party life to taking free tours of the Capitol. The available internship funding awards are not enough, nor are there enough of them to meet the needs of Brown students as they start their careers. If Brown can invest in helping more students overall — and in particular, younger students and those on financial aid — to fund their summer jobs, more students will gain the work experience they need to score better (and possibly paid) jobs later. The University should specifically request alums to sponsor summer interns. Judging by the concerned faces and murmurs around the Ratty, students need this form of assistance more than many other forms of spending.

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Letters

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Additional coverage of Zolnierczyk ’11 unwarranted To the Editor: Having read the March 14 article, “U. Officials knew freshman faced child porn charges,” we were extremely distressed by the journalistic ethics surrounding the publishing of this story. Having re-read the article and its counterpart from Feb. 22, we found it primarily consisted of “no comments” and were able to discern only three trivial bits of new news: that the university knew that Zolnierczyk faced charges sometime before his suspension from the team, that his arraignment had been postponed and the details of the possible sentences. The third serves no purpose other than to sensationalize a case that has yet to begin. The second is perhaps a minor update better left to the margins of the paper. And the first is so vague and commonsensical that we seriously question its prominent placement both in the paper and as this article’s headline. How is the fact that

the university was aware of allegations against a student before taking action against him newsworthy? Given this stark lack of novel developments we seriously question the decision to run this story, particularly on the front page. Zolnierczyk’s alleged actions are of course a matter of concern, however; the striking lack of new information means that this article serves only to renew embarrassment and precipitate a rush to judgment from his peers. We seriously hope that in the future the Herald editorial staff thinks twice before jumping up and down on the head of one of its fellow students and needlessly dragging him through a second round of awkward questions and already painful allegations. Harrison Kreisberg ’10 Jared Stein ’10 March 17

Greek life coverage lacking To the Editor: I found the article “Greeks governed by rush rules” (Mar. 11) did not accurately reflect the rush process, and that the author made several glaring omissions in researching the article: First, while the author cited a few Greeks on campus, she failed to mention (much less interview representatives from) the main governing body of rush, the Greek Council. Greek Council plays a crucial role in rush by divvying up rush dates, determining when houses can extend invitations for membership, publicizing the rush process, liaising with the administration and ensuring that the houses are complying with all applicable rush rules. Next, the author discusses rush at the two sororities and a few of the fraternities but excludes the experiences of the co-eds (Alpha Delta Phi and Zeta Delta Xi). Finally, the author fails to mention the dozens of wonderful events sponsored by the Greek houses dur-

ing rush, which are open to all students regardless of their rush status. This spring these included a Sushi Night, a Poker Tournament, a Carnival, open mike events, several open houses and cocktails, to name a few. (This information is publicly available on the Greek Council website.) Careless research on the part of The Herald serves only to perpetuate an incomplete and negative perception of Greek life at Brown. I hope that The Herald staff will approach the Greek Council when writing future articles about Greek life. I also hope The Herald will represent the many ways in which the Greek community enriches life on campus through social events and rush, as well as the broader Providence community through a consistent commitment to community service. Meghan Gill ’06 Brother of Zeta Delta Xi Former Greek Council Chair March 17

Corrections Because of an editing error, an article in Monday’s Herald (“W. tennis easily handles Quinnipiac, 7-0,” March 17) said Bianca Aboubakare ’11 won her 11th straight singles victory last Saturday. It was her ninth victory in a row. An article in Tuesday’s Herald (“After attack, officer posted outside Hillel,” March 18) incorrectly referred to the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island as the Rhode Island Federation. 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 letters@browndailyherald.com. 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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Brown needs to revamp its foreign language offerings BY GRAHAM ANDERSON Opinions Columnist As The Herald reported last week, Brown’s Swedish classes will most likely be cancelled next year as its instructor retires (“Swedish classes to leave with instructor,” March 14) I am currently one of Brown’s few students taking Swedish classes, and while I am not surprised that the formal program will end, I do find it to be rather a shame. Since there are currently only 12 students taking Swedish classes at Brown, I suppose the decision to end the program is probably rooted in the cost versus the benefit of continuing a very small and somewhat obscure language program. Realizing this, though, I began to reconsider how much Brown values foreign languages. I am continually disconcerted by just how many of my fellow students do not know any foreign languages and do not plan on learning any, and I would contend that Brown does not value language instruction as much as it should. “Internationalization” has been one of the new buzzwords floating around College Hill recently. Whatever the term means, I do know that internationalization is a two-way street; Brown needs to make sure that its own community is internationally aware just as much as it needs to establish its presence in the international community. Central to helping Brown students become internationally aware is ensuring that Brown has nothing but the strongest, most accessible and most diverse language program offering possible. Brown currently has 24 established language programs, where students take courses for credit. On the surface this seems like a lot, but in terms of pure numbers it lags well behind those universities that we call our peers. Yale offers 52 established language

programs, with many more available through directed independent study. Cornell offers 53 established language programs. Harvard offers 70 established language programs. We do have some diversity in our established language program offerings, with courses in somewhat exotic languages like Catalan and Haitian Creole. Nonetheless, this diversity is certainly not enough to fulfill Brown’s deeper ambitions of internationalization. For example, Brown’s 2006 Slavery and Justice Report explicitly recommended that the University “dedicate particular attention

Any University official will naturally turn to the old standby when a student complains about course offerings: go do an independent study. An examination of Banner’s listing of group and individual independent study courses does reveal that students here are currently also learning Norwegian and Persian for credit, but that is all. Perhaps this is indicative of the inherent difficulty and inconvenience of essentially creating a course for yourself, getting it approved and then taking it. I wouldn’t do it, and most other students wouldn’t do it either. And please do not call

Central to helping Brown students become internationally aware is ensuring that Brown has nothing but the strongest, most accessible and most diverse language program offering possible. to the recruitment of students from Africa and the West Indies, the historic points of origin and destination for most of the people carried on Rhode Island slave ships.” I would imagine that as an implicit corollary to this recommendation, Brown would aim to strengthen its own community’s awareness of these nations of Africa and the West Indies. It is thus a bit strange that Brown does not offer any classes on any African languages — unless Ancient Egyptian counts. Harvard, by contrast, offers classes in 15 African languages.

us lazy for foregoing an independent study in obscure language that we have some passing curiosity in learning — I doubt that you would do it either. As seemingly with every discussion about Brown, it all comes down to money. It costs money to hire instructors, and the more languages offered, the more instructors Brown has to hire and pay. Language classes must be small for effective instruction, and more obscure languages will also probably only attract small numbers of students. But if you

offer it, students will come. In my opinion, the cost of developing a language program even somewhat comparable to those of our peer universities would be well worth the investment. Maybe Brown could find a few dollars if it would reconsider squandering millions on construction projects while still spiraling us into debt, but that is another story for another day. If nothing else, maybe we could start selling luxury condominiums in Grad Center to fund a few more language programs. Finally, I must say something about the accessibility of current language courses at Brown. Many language courses here, particularly those at the introductory level, require five or more formal class meetings a week. Many students, including me, simply cannot fit that many class meetings into a schedule already complicated by concentration requirements, athletic and extracurricular obligations and the precious few moments for sleeping and eating. Obviously many language courses meet so many times a week because students need consistent and frequent instruction in order to proficiently acquire a language in a classroom setting. Nonetheless, without any obligation for students to learn a foreign language at Brown, perhaps some language programs here should reexamine just how accessible they are for students simply unable to make such a big schedule commitment. Indeed, I chose to take Swedish largely because it only meets three times a week. But alas, Swedish at Brown may be dead. I hope that other language programs at Brown do not meet the same fate in the future. Most of all, I hope that Brown will consider expanding its language offerings to a level worthy of its ambitions to be an internationally renowned and internationally aware institution.

Graham Anderson ’10 melts inside for exotic accents and funky accent marks

Sic semper tyrannis BY TYLER ROSENBAUM Opinions Columnist How ironic it is that one of the founding fathers’ biggest concerns with the Constitution was that Congress would be too powerful? It’s hard to imagine such a situation in this world of executive privilege and the imperial presidency. The fact that 40 million more people voted in the presidential election of 2004 than the Congressional election of 2006 underscores the relative importance of the presidency vis-a-vis the legislature in Americans’ minds. The presidency is currently far more powerful than it was ever intended to be. Now, I am aware that there are more interesting disciplines out there than constitutional law, but in this instance, the cost of apathy is simply too high. Over the last several decades, the American people have lost the right to go to war. The last war declared by the Congress was World War II. Since 1945, American troops have been sent overseas more than fifteen times, without war ever having been declared. Four different “conflicts” have each lasted two or more years, and together account for a total of 99,203 US military deaths and more than 400,000 nonfatal casualties. Not once were any of these military escapades terminated by Congress without the president’s consent. The issue here is not whether each or any particular war was justified or necessary. Rather, the problem is the centralization of power in the president’s hands. Authoritarian prosecution of foreign wars is only the most visible indication of this problem. Some issues, like logistics, properly belong in the hands of one president, as opposed to 535 representatives.

But other matters, like when to go to war, and with whom, are among the most important decisions a government can make. It doesn’t follow that someone as unaccountable and ultimately unrepresentative as the president should have the virtually unchecked power to send forth our armies on a whim. Most Americans only ever get to choose between two candidates for president, and the winner rarely wins by a large margin. Taken together, these facts ensure that it is almost impossible to determine which, if any, of the

Even more disturbingly, once elected to a second term, the president is no longer accountable to anyone for non-criminal actions. In contrast, members of Congress have no term limits, and are constantly forced to justify their actions to their constituencies. Unfortunately, this often fosters political cowardice, leading congressmen to easily capitulate to relentless presidential determination. The current Congress is a case in point. Despite being elected with a clear mandate to end the War in Iraq, it is too afraid to use the one

Some issues, like logistics, properly belong in the hands of one president, as opposed to 535 representatives. But other matters, like when we go to war, are among the most important decisions a government can make. victorious candidate’s policies the majority of the public endorses. No one can really tell whether Bush’s victory in 2004 indicated popular support for the War in Iraq or for a ban on gay marriage, or whether it simply signified an aversion to Kerry’s personality. Furthermore, circumstances might nullify any expectation the public had about the president’s future conduct: Some of us might even remember the pre-9/11 days when Bush ran as a noninterventionist.

effective weapon it has left: the power of the purse. Congress could end U.S. involvement in Iraq simply by doing nothing, by refusing to pay for it. But instead it accepts the president’s absurd assertion that “supporting the troops” means paying hundreds of billions of dollars for them to remain at war, as opposed to bringing them home. Untrammeled presidential control over the military is well established. More disturbing are recent attempts to make and solidify power

grabs in other arenas. The most egregious example of this is the rapidly increasing use of signing statements and of executive privilege. Essentially, the president appends signing statements to bills Congress has passed in order to change the effect of the legislation. The president uses executive privilege to shield anyone associated with him from any sort of Congressional oversight or legal responsibility for their actions. These and other blatant attempts to increase presidential power should be deeply frightening. While many are speaking out against these abuses, it seems that the outrage is increasingly centered on the unusually nefarious ways in which the Bush administration exercises these powers, and not on their existence in general. Similar abuses took place during the Clinton administration, and yet this is rarely, if ever, mentioned. Restricting executive overreach should not be a partisan issue. Americans should look with suspicion at the recent concentration of power in the Oval Office. The Patriot Act, unending military interventions and conflicts, the abuse of executive privilege and the surreptitious undermining of the legislative branch should all set off an alarm in every American’s head. The United States is on its way to a turning point. Will our system of checks and balances be restored to its former greatness, or will the presidency continue inexorably to centralize power in its hands, in the end destroying our cherished republic? If history is any indication, we’re set to hear a very disappointing answer. Sic semper tyrannis.

Tyler Rosenbaum ’11 is appending a signing statement to this column


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Men’s golf head coach departs, assistant steps up

M. hoops’ season ends in CBI opener

Malloy ’09, earned All-Ivy status, with Haertel also becoming the only Brown player ever to win the New England Intercollegiate Golf Championship. Hughes, his successor, has a long list of coaching experiences on his resume, including a stint as assistant coach at DePaul University. Hughes said the shift will have a minimal effect and that he and athletes are pleased for Harbour. “Coach Harbour’s departure at this point in the season shouldn’t affect the team,” Hughes said. “He recruited a lot of these guys, so obviously there is a strong sense of sadness amongst the players, but this was an opportunity he could not turn down, so he has the team’s full support.” Chris Hoffman ’09 echoed his new coach’s sentiments. “The team is ver y excited to welcome Coach Hughes as our coach for this spring,” Hoffman wrote in an e-mail. “Hughes put together our spring break trip to Florida and our entire spring tournament schedule. Over the past year since joining the team as an assistant coach he has devoted his time to helping us on our games as well as helping Coach Harbour out with the behind-thescenes work, such as tournament schedules, trip planning and recruiting.” With the Yale Invitational and the New England Championship on the horizon, the Bears will have

Damon Huffman ’08 saved his best for what he hoped wouldn’t be the last. The 6-foot-2 guard and captain from little Petoskey, Mich., rained three-pointers 74 e a r l y a n d Brown 80 slashed to the Ohio basket when his team needed him late. But Huffman’s grit and careerhigh 39 points still weren’t enough against Ohio University yesterday. The Bobcats’ athletic post players overpowered the men’s basketball team, 80-74, in the first round of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational in Athens, Ohio. The loss ends the stellar careers of All-Ivy guards Huffman and Mark McAndrew ’08, as well as center Mark MacDonald ’08. It finishes a record-setting season for the Bears (19-10, 11-3 Ivy League), who finished second in the conference and set the school mark for most wins. Ohio (20-12), of the Mid-American Conference, will advance to the CBI’s second round to play either Bradley or Cincinnati next week. “We (the coaches) are disappointed, and the guys are just as disappointed,” said Head Coach Craig Robinson. “They would love to still be playing, but it doesn’t take away from the wonderful season we had.” The Bears were led by Huffman, who shot 13-for-20 from the field and 9-for-15 from three-point range, and McAndrew, who had 15 points and six rebounds. Forward Peter

By Lara Southern Spor ts Staf f Writer

Michael Harbour, head coach of the men’s golf team, has stepped down after only one year in the position. Harbour acted as Brown’s director of golf since 2003 and, after his appointment to the head coach position last spring, he helped lead the team to second place in the Ivy League Championship that April. Harbour has been offered a teaching position at a leading golf academy in Palm Desert, Calif. In his place, Michael Hughes, who has acted as assistant coach for the past year, will step in as interim head coach for the men’s team. Harbour has been an integral part of both the Brown men’s and women’s teams, acting as head women’s coach for four years prior to his appointment to the men’s team. He leaves behind a legacy of three tournament championships for the women, including the 2002 Princeton Invitational, the 2003 Bucknell Invitational and the 2005 Central Connecticut Tournament. In 2007, he coached the men’s team through its toughest and most important contest of the season, the Ivy League Championship, and helped it earn second place. The finish was the Bears’ highest-ever placement at the tournament. It was also under his instruction that two of his players, Larry Haertel ’08 and Conor

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Damon Huffman ’08 lit up Ohio for a career-high 39 points, 27 of which came on three-pointers, but his college career ended with Bruno’s loss Tuesday night.

Reardon ’08 roaring back from leg injury By Benjy Asher Assistant Sports Editor

When Jeff Dietz, a former All-Ivy pitcher for Brown who is currently in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, asked Conor Reardon ’08 to come take batting practice last fall, Reardon was hesitant. Though Reardon has played baseball since the age of four and currently leads the baseball team with a .368 batting average, he wasn’t sure he would be able to handle it at the time. Less than two years earlier, Reardon was involved in an accident that left doctors wondering whether they would have to amputate his right leg — he was hit by a car while home in Connecticut in late 2005. Since then, Reardon has grappled with the uncertainty of whether he would regain function in his right leg, while battling through physical complications including nerve damage, vascular damage and scar tissue buildup. In the months following the accident, Reardon had to rehabilitate his leg with simple exercises like walking and eventually progressing to work with weights. By March of 2006, doctors were hopeful that his leg would be strong enough to start jogging, but as soon as he tried, Reardon realized that this was not the case. “When I started jogging, that’s when it became clear that there was still a significant problem,” Reardon said. “I couldn’t jog for more than, probably, 45 seconds at a time.” After his efforts at physical therapy efforts failed, Reardon began to seek different doctors in hopes

Equestrian team secures regional crown at JWU By Megan McCahill Assistant Sports Editor

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Conor Reardon ’08 has rebounded from injury to lead the baseball team in batting average (.368), slugging percentage (.526) and on-base percentage (.520).

that another operation could heal his leg and help him return to athletic action. “I saw probably seven or eight doctors, and the final verdict was that there really wasn’t anything they could do for it,” Reardon said. In addition to the physical difficulties, Reardon also had to face the

emotional issues of being separated from a team that included all of his best friends and being torn away from the sport that had been a major part of his life for so long. “My roommate was on the baseball team; a lot of my best friends continued on page 9

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Heading into Saturday’s final regular season show, the equestrian team clung to a mere one-point lead over second-place Equestrian Connecticut in the regionresults al standings. 41 Brown But the Bears 36 Post stepped up to 33 URI take first place 31 UConn at the Johnson and Wales Equine Center, besting UConn by 10 points and securing their second consecutive Region 1 Championship. After a strong performance in the fall, the team had not been at its sharpest in the month of March — the team finished fifth and fourth in its last two shows. But on Saturday it was a different story for Bruno. “We worked our butts off riding for the past two weeks,” said Dakota Gruener ’11. “We had lessons nonstop and really threw ourselves into training. It really gave us a change in attitude. ... We were confident we could get the job done (Saturday).” Bruno finished atop the Region 1 standings with 348 points, 11 points ahead of the second-place Huskies. UConn was the only Region 1 team within striking distance of the Bears heading into the show. The championship qualifies the Bears to compete against three other teams in

the Zone 1 Championship at Mount Holyoke on April 5, from which the top two teams will head to Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Nationals in Los Angeles. Things looked to be going Brown’s way right from the beginning of the show, when UConn’s Tara Lynch, the region’s top Open Point Rider in the standings all year, struggled with a tough ride and failed to pin in Open Fences. Whitney Keefe ’08 followed by completing a perfect run on the same horse to earn a blue ribbon in the next class. UConn was able to temporarily make up ground with a secondplace finish in Intermediate Fences. Emma Bogdonoff ’10 took sixth in the event, netting only one point for Bruno. However, that turned out to be the lowest finish the Bears would have all day ­— Brown’s point riders finished in fourth place or higher for the rest of the show. Irmak Tasindi ’08 took fourth in Novice Fences, giving Bruno a 10-6 lead over the Huskies after the fences. In the flats events, Keefe once again set a winning tone for the Bears, taking first in Open Flat. There were three divisions of Open Flat, and Brown had a rider in each. Although Keefe was the only point rider for Brown, Elizabeth Giliberti ’10 and Elise Fishelson ’11 also came up big for the Bears by taking first place in their Open continued on page 9


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