The Brown Daily Herald F riday, A pril 25, 2008
Volume CXLIII, No. 59
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Shaky economy a major challenge, U. officials say
‘ I bri n g lo v e , lo v e to the people ’
By Alex Roehrkasse Senior Staff Writer
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Swedish music phenom Gunther performed Wednesday in Alumnae Hall with the Sunshine Girls. See Page 3, Q&A Page 15
Profs.’ pay sees no real increase By Kyla Wilkes Contributing Writer
Brown professors’ salaries increased by 3.9 percent this year — a slightly higher rate of increase than the national average of 3.8 percent, according to a study by the American Association of University Professors released April 14. But this increase is not enough to keep up with inflation, the study says, resulting in no increase in real income for postsecondary educators. The AAUP study examined salaries of professors, administrators and coaches at colleges across the country, and the data reflect percentage increase between the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 academic years. Dean of the Faculty Rajiv Vohra P’07 wrote in an e-mail to The Herald that University faculty pay rose an average of 5 percent per year from 2001 to 2007. Nationally, salaries of professors are not keeping up with those in other professions, said John Curtis, director of research and public policy for the AAUP, a professors’ advocacy group. The study’s data are worrying “in the sense that there’s always a question of whether we can attract the best and most capable” individuals to the postsecondary education profession, Curtis said. Brown tends to follow national trends, Carolyn Dean, associate dean of the faculty, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. The average full-time Brown professor’s salary is $139,900, according to this year’s AAUP data. Brown’s salary is above the national average salary of $118,444, but the University is still the lowest-paying in the Ivy League. On average, Harcontinued on page 13
ARTS & CULTURE
Taking it off Six money-strapped actors reveal it all for a little cash in ‘The Full Monty’
The turbulent economy that some experts and politicians argue is bound for a recession may present significant financial challenges for Brown, according to senior University administrators. Recent pledges to improve undergraduate financial aid and plans for ambitious capital projects may strain the University’s finances in the face of a staggering economy, but such stress would not affect Brown’s commitment to those goals, administrators said. Both fundraising and investment returns on Brown’s endowment are down from record-setting performances last year, though administrators are hopeful that they will
bounce back in the last quarter of the fiscal year, which ends in June. But the Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, is concerned about the bleak economic landscape, said Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Elizabeth Huidekoper. She acknowledged several economic indicators of potential strains on the University’s coffers, but maintained that the Corporation’s concerns are at present “mostly speculative.” Nevertheless, the University must formulate contingency plans for any situation in which the economy might “fall off,” Huidekoper said. “We are trying to proceed with continued on page 4
A sad tune for BSR: New frequency denied for now By George Miller Senior Staff Writer
Brown Student and Community Radio has lost, for now, in its long bid to find a new home on the airwaves. In one of the longest cases in the history of the Federal Communications Commission, the agency has awarded the low-power FM frequency 96.5 to a coalition of two churches and a Bible college. Since its 1997 creation, BSR has been broadcasting on 88.1 FM, renting time from a frequency owned by the Wheeler School, the nursery-to12th-grade school on Hope Street.
But the station has been seeking a different broadcast outlet “almost since it began broadcasting,” according to its Web site. In 2000, BSR applied for 96.5 FM, Providence’s only low-power FM frequency, in hopes of having its own home. Twelve other groups vied for the spot. The station’s hope was that broadcasting from Providence — as opposed to Seekonk, Mass., where the antenna is currently located — would strengthen BSR’s ties to the city. BSR’s community relationship has been very important to the orcontinued on page 4
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Emily Josephs ‘08, left, and Elizabeth Gilbert ‘08 host the show “Absolutely Ridiculous” on Brown Student and Community Radio.
New UCS VP faces tough dynamic
Saucy gentlemen debut a new ketchup Mark Ramadan ’08 and Scott Norton ’08, along with a friend from USC, have been working to create a gourmet ketchup. They think the spicy style will sell best.
By Catherine Cullen Contributing Writer
Sir Kensington is a nobly born graduate of Oxford University who holds three degrees and is credited with the invention of re-insurance. He cuts an impressive figure and is said to resole his shoes with old top hats and have a smaller version of his cane within his cane. Kensington is rumored to have “invented romance when he tired of committing adultery,” and “invented hunting to amuse himself on bank holidays.” Who is Sir Kensington? The monocle-wearing, top-hat-sporting, black-and-white cartoon figure is the public face of a new gourmet ketchup brand bearing his name. Despite Kensington’s myriad accomplishments, he is first and foremost the brainchild of entrepreneurs Scott Norton ’08 and Mark Ramadan ’08. The duo, along with Norton’s childhood friend and University of Southern California
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By Chaz Kelsh Senior Staff Writer
Michael MacCombie ’11 was elected vice president of the Undergraduate Council of Students in a runoff election against Ellen DaSilva ’10, UCS officials announced last night. MacCombie received 336 votes, or 60 percent, while DaSilva, a Herald account manager, received 226 votes, or 40 percent. The runoff was necessary after neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote in the first election because of writein ballots. The results were announced at midnight on the steps of Faunce House. “I am very excited about this,” said MacCombie, immediately after hearing the results by phone. He was
senior Brandon Child, are the pioneers behind “Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup.” The high-end brand is set to debut at a launch party Saturday night and is the culmination of a semester’s hard work, determination and occasional physical injury. ‘I have a great idea’ When Norton visited Child at USC over winter break, Child presented him with a business continued on page 8
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Summer internships Sixty-five students will collect summer internship funding through CDC programs
Pie in the face Kevin Roose ‘09.5 and Professor Stephen Porder protest the pie-throwing protesters
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A rts & C ulture Friday, April 25, 2008
‘Full Monty’ performers deliver the goods By Robin Steele Ar ts & Culture Editor
Nudity always draws a crowd. Or at least, that’s what the cast of “The Full Monty” may be hoping. Musical Forum’s spring musical opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the Production Workshop downstairs space in T.F. Green Hall, following a group of average Joes who turn to stripping to make ends meet — and rediscover self-respect in the process. The book was written by Terrence McNally, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek ’82, following the 1997 film of the same name. With a run time of around twoand-a-half hours, the show, directed by Matt Bauman ’10, follows a group of laid-off factory workers searching for work in early-1990s Buffalo, N.Y. After witnessing the success of a local male strip club, divorced father Jerry (Brandon Chinn ’09) recruits his sad sack buddy Dave (Mike Williams ’10) to join him in creating a one-night-only strip show to make some extra money. Jerry needs the money in order to retain partial custody of his son, Nathan (Adam Cassel ’08). Jerry and Dave eventually enlist four more desperate locals — mama’s boy Malcolm (Chris Tyler ’10), former manager Harold (Herald Sports Columnist Ellis Rochelson ’09), elderly “Horse” (Nick White ’10) and the well-endowed Ethan (Lee Taglin ’10). As the ner vous group practices for the big night, with the help of brassy pianist Jeanette (Sophie Shackleton ’09), the personal stakes get higher. Harold hasn’t told his wife Vicki (Allison Schneider ’10) that he lost his job because he’s afraid she will leave him. Dave and his wife Geor-
The sun sets and the swords come out in Shakespeare on the Green’s spring production, Christopher Marlowe’s “Edward II,” which opened Thursday night and will run through Sunday.
REVIEW The open-air show, free and open to the public, is performed in Starr Plaza, behind the Watson Institute for International Studies at 111 Thayer St. Directed by Emily Toner ’10, Marlowe’s play tells the sad tale of the 14th-century English monarch — played by Ted Cava ’11 — whose public relationship with his gay lover, the lowly born Gaveston (Jonathan Migliori ’11) incites open war with the nobles and his conflicted queen, Isabella (Seicha Turnbull ’11). In the end, Edward is psychologically destroyed, deposed and brutally murdered, though the traitors also meet a quick end at the hands of his heir, Edward III (Shana Tinkle ’11). The student production is energetic and fast-paced, clocking in at just under 90 minutes at Wednesday’s dress rehearsal. The fight scenes, choreographed by Adam Lubitz ’09, are especially well-done, making good use of Starr Plaza’s open layout. Performing in Starr Plaza “adds
Gunther, Sunshine Girls ‘Tra la la’ audience By Mitra Anoushiravani Contributing Writer
See Gunther Q&A, Page 15
When Dan Mahr ’11 first heard of Gunther and his “Tra la la” four years ago, he knew that Gunther “wasn’t just a musician. He wasn’t just a DJ — he was an idea. He was a way of life.” On Wednesday night, Alumnae Hall was filled with more than 600 Brown and Rhode Island School of Design students who had come to witness Gunther’s “way of life” in person for $10 a ticket, at a show hosted by the Freshman Class Board. About 60 people even purchased coveted VIP tickets for $35 so that they could meet Gunther and the Sunshine Girls in person and have a picture taken with them. The stage was barren but for a lighting system in the background, and Gunther and his Sunshine
Girls only lip-synced for about an hour. But the crowd seemed satisfied. He played all of his hit songs, including “Ding Dong Song,” “Tutti Frutti Summer Love” and “Teeny Weeny String Bikini.” Gunther even gave Brown students a taste of a brand new song that will be hitting the Internet in a few weeks. “It was great,” Matthew Bubley ’09 said. “It was hilarious.” “It was worth it,” said VIP ticket holder Michael Robinson ’08. “It was a wonderful show, and Gunther is just as amazing, as I always expected.” The VIP reception that took place after Gunther and the Sunshine Girls performed was wellcontinued on page 15
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Nick White ‘10 plays Noah “Horse” Simmons in “The Full Monty,” a musical about a group of laid-off factory workers who become male strippers.
gie (Beth Berger ’10) are becoming increasingly estranged, leading to his defection from the group to take a job as a mall security guard. The professional stakes also get higher when Jerry impulsively declares that the group will go for the “full monty” — complete nudity —
in order to differentiate themselves from professional strippers. As word spreads and personal plot lines come to a head, the town comes out in full force to see “the full monty.” Will all the characters perform? continued on page 14
‘Edward II’ brings an old, sad tale to green By Ben Leubsdorf Staff Writer
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a lot to the show in terms of using all of it,” Toner said, adding, “It forces us to be more creative in staging it.” Especially strong performances come from Cava, playing Edward, and Nick Schoenfeld ’10 as his nemesis, Young Mortimer. Edward is a weak king, distracted from the business of ruling by his obsession with Gaveston, easily manipulated and resorting to bribery to get his way with the nobles, to no effect. “Was ever king thus overruled as I?” he wails, and gets a sharp reply from the Earl of Lancaster (Jill Griffith ’10): “Learn, then, to rule us better.” Cava brings across Edward’s weakness and internal conflict well, as he does Edward’s latent cruelty, dismissing his loving wife by embracing and kissing Gaveston. But Cava especially shines as the play goes on and Edward deteriorates, losing articles of clothing, his dignity and perhaps his mind as his throne crumbles beneath him. Schoenfeld appears natural as the intense, strong-willed Mortimer, who is willing to take whatever actions are necessar y to protect England and achieve his own ambitions — somewhat in the spirit of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, though less overtly evil. “Edward II” is, of course, not by Shakespeare, the theater group’s namesake, but by his contemporary, Marlowe. Toner said she was excited to do a production of “Edward II” after discovering the play
last summer. “I think Marlowe is a fairly underappreciated playwright, especially in comparison to Shakespeare,” she said. Marlowe has a different style than Shakespeare, she said, and she wanted to show the range of work from that fertile era. Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in Starr Plaza. In case of rain, the Friday and Saturday performances will be moved to List 120 and the Sunday show will be in Petteruti Lounge in Faunce House. Admission is free to all shows.
Today: Watch out for roving hordes of zombies —“Z-Day” starts tonight. Participants will meet at 8:30 p.m. in the Rhode Island School of Design Upper Quad at 55 Angell St. to apply fake blood and make-up. At 10 p.m. the zombies will wander up College Hill to Brown. Participation is free, although a $1- $2 donation to cover event costs is encouraged. Today: Attitude Dance Company will perform in “Release: The Attitude Show” with performances by Badmaash, Mezcla, What’s On Tap, Fusion and Xtreme. The performance is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Salomon 101 and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in the P.O. today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and $7 at the door. A joint ticket for the Attitude and Impulse shows is $8. Today to April 26: IMPROVidence’s Long Show will start tonight at 5 p.m. in Smith-Buonanno 106 and run 30 hours without stopping. The show will move to MacMillan 117 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Petteruti Lounge from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. they will perform on the Main Green (or Leung Gallery in case of rain) before moving to Smith-Buonanno from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Arnold Lounge from 6 p.m.,
concluding in Salomon 101 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $1 at the door. April 26: Impulse Dance Company will perform their spring show in Alumnae Hall at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 in the P.O. today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $7 at the door and $8 for the joint ticket with Attitude. April 26: Out of Bounds presents “The Apocalypse Show” at 9 p.m. in MacMillan 117. Admission is free. May 1 to 4: The Brown Festival of Dance, produced by Julie Strandberg, senior lecturer in Theater, Speech and Dance, will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Stuart Theater. For ticket information, call 401-863-2838. May 2: “The Merasi,” a group of lower-caste Indian musicians, will perform in Salomon 101 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is presented by the Merasi School — founded by Caitie Whelan ’07.5 — and nonprofit group Folk Arts Rajasthan. The performance is free, although $5 donations are encouraged. Tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing Pamela@ brown.edu.
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BSR fights to appeal FCC’s rejection U. budget, finances stable continued from page 1 ganization, General Manager Jenny Weissbourd ’08 said. “Remaining local to Providence is really important to us,” said Station Manager Mike Dupuis ’08. Toni Pennacchia belongs to the “community” part of BSR, where she volunteers as the world-music director. She said the organization works both as a training ground in radio for students and a place for community members to work together. But she said the FCC decision makes that harder. “It’s hard for us because we want to have an identity,” she said, and it’s hard to form a presence when the station broadcasts for only half the day. Currently, BSR broadcasts only from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.. Low-power FM, or LPFM, frequencies are a new class of frequency created in 2000 by the FCC to allow more community voices on the radio. Of the initial 13 applicants for the Providence LPFM frequency, five were considered by the FCC: in addition to BSR, the contenders were Providence Community Radio, Ephese Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Casa de Oracion church
and Zion Bible College. The FCC decides contested cases with a point system based on “established community presence” and other criteria, the FCC decision said. The coalition of the churches and Zion won the frequency because they combined their points. But BSR filed objections, claiming that Casa and Ephese did not meet the requirements for community presence and that, because they were churches, they did not meet the requirement for an educational organization. FCC officials did not return requests for comment. However, the FCC decision released March 14 rejected the many objections filed by BSR against Zion, Ephese and Casa de Oracion. It stated that noncommercial organizations, even if they are religiously oriented, are still eligible for LPFM licenses as long as they are educational. It also found that BSR had insufficient evidence to prove that Ephese and Casa de Oracion had no “established community presence” at the time of their application, or that Zion Bible College was planning to move its campus, which BSR also alleged. Casa de Oracion and Zion Bible
College representatives did not return calls for comment. But BSR has appealed the decision with the help of attorney Peter Tannenwald ’64, who specializes in FCC law. Tannenwald is an alum of WBRU, but his time at the station predates the birth of BSR by decades. He’s done pro bono work for WBRU in the past, and has been aiding BSR in their current case. The case was very unusual in that the five FCC commissioners made the decision themselves, Tannenwald said. He said the eightyear-long considerations have been either the longest or the secondlongest in FCC history. He said he found the commission’s argument that the churches qualified as educational organizations hard to buy, but added that a BSR victory is unlikely. “The FCC doesn’t like to change its mind,” Tannenwald said. Even without the new frequency, Weissbourd said BSR has experienced a period of expansion recently, with more listenership and more involvement. “We’re remaining optimistic” about the appeal, she said, “but not counting on it for our long-term sustainability.”
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a bit of optimism,” she said. “We believe the world is still going to turn. You gotta believe.” Huidekoper pointed to off-pace figures in fundraising and endowment returns — as well as rising food and energy prices — as signs of a struggling economy’s effects on the University. Small, temporary fluctuations in these figures should present little concern to Brown, but larger trends of this sort would mean that the University could have “problems,” she said. Part of the reason University officials are in no rush to get upset that Brown’s financial performance has not improved this year is that the University has seen such great success in the last several years. Donations to the annual fund last year reached an unprecedented amount. Brown’s endowment also grew an unprecedented 21.7 percent. “We’re nowhere near that this year,” Huidekoper said. But she also noted that the University’s annual goal of 10 percent returns on its investments means that virtually any performance this year would keep returns on par with that goal for a two-year average. The “biggest unknowns” for the University in the face of economic woes are its sources of revenue, Huidekoper said. The amount of federal funding Brown is receiving is “not where we’d hoped it would be,” she said, citing a federal budget that is in “tough shape.” Another main source of revenue — donations and other fundraising — will likely be affected by an economy on the ropes, said Senior Vice President for Advancement Ron Vanden Dorpel, who also said he has raised money through several recessions. While growth in fundraising efforts may slow in times of economic hardship, he said, any large institution of higher education with an “effective fundraising program” like Brown’s should not experience absolute decreases in the revenue it generates from gifts. Vanden Dorpel said that the annual fund is only 2 percent lower than last year’s performance, which he called “tremendous.” He said he has recognized no recent changes in the number of demurrals on his office’s solicitations for donations, and that instances of demurrals by potential donors citing economic difficulty are “anecdotal and sparse.” Vanden Dorpel also noted the enduring financial success of the Plan for Academic Enrichment. That campaign has already raised 84 percent of its $1.4-billion goal even though only 68 percent of the campaign timeline has expired, he said. But in the event that the economy falters, the University’s fundraising efforts will have to become “more focused,” Vanden Dorpel said. “When it gets tougher, you have to run twice as hard to go the same
distance that you would in easier times,” he said. “So we’ll have to do a few extraordinary things, but I think we’re prepared to do that.” Because alumni’s interests are more diverse than potential donors to other types of not-for-profits, said Vanden Dorpel, institutions of higher learning are better insulated from economic lulls. As part of a strategy for navigating a challenging economy, his office will be running “mini-campaigns,” subdividing fundraising efforts into projects to bolster the undergraduate financial aid endowment and bankroll new buildings on campus. He feels that Brown has plenty of “momentum” to weather any setbacks in fundraising. “We’re all taking a kind of waitand-see attitude,” Vanden Dorpel said of a potential recession. “The one thing you don’t want to do is have it become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Rae Goldsmith, vice president for communications and marketing at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, confirmed Vanden Dorpel’s assessment of the limited threat a hurting economy poses to fundraising efforts. She said that in the recession that followed Sept. 11, private donations to institutions of higher education dipped by only 1.2 percent, and quickly rebounded. Universities often rely on this constancy of giving when returns on their investments don’t pull through, she said. As for the present economic landscape, Goldsmith said University administrators and education experts are watching and waiting. “There is concern. It’s not yet alarm,” she said. Both Vanden Dorpel and Huidekoper emphasized the importance of sticking to the priorities Brown has committed itself to as it navigates potential financial hardships. Among the most important of those is undergraduate financial aid, they said. Huidekoper noted that when families make less money in a stagnant economy, the University’s commitments to providing financial aid — for which it has budgeted $68 million this year — might grow. “We said we’re need-blind. We will stay need-blind,” Huidekoper said. Demands on Brown’s coffers will not likely decrease any time soon. Vanden Dorpel said that after the Corporation meeting this summer, the University will be “announcing something that is a pretty bold thing to do” in conjunction with the recent decision to increase undergraduate financial aid, but he would not specify what those plans were. “The important thing is to keep going, keep asking for gifts, to keep stewarding those gifts properly, keep in contact with your alumni and friends,” Vanden Dorpel said of how his office plans to proceed in the face of a potential recession. “We’re cautiously optimistic. We’re not throwing in the towel,” he said. “We’re hanging in there.”
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‘Green’ conference fosters dialogue, dissent The Brown is Green conference, which aims to bring together experts and activists from across a variety of backgrounds in a dialogue about environmental sustainability, kicked off yesterday. It started with a panel featuring the Watson International Scholars for the Environment and an art exhibition at Hillel exploring the history of an 80-year old campus elm tree that fell prey to Dutch Elm
Disease in 2003. But the conference will really get underway this afternoon when a number of environmental movers and shakers converge on College Hill for a series of lectures and panels. Event organizers said that the conference was originally conceived as an opportunity to foster better communication between a diverse group of scientists, policy-makers, businesspeople and activists who all fall under the banner of the “sustainability movement.”
Event organizer Aden Van Noppen ’09 said she hopes to get conference participants “fired up” about sustainability. “I hope for both the speakers and people attending the conference — for everyone — to have their assumptions questioned,” Van Noppen said. A dearth of discussion and disagreement among those interested in sustainability has meant that contemporary environmental problems continued on page 6
Competition rises for U. internship funds By Noura Choudhury Staff Writer
Sixty-five students will receive University internship funding for this summer, the Career Development Center announced earlier this month. But as the number of students applying for CDC’s two internship assistance programs rises, the number of awards actually given is struggling to keep up. Forty students will receive $2,500 stipends through the Brown Internship Award Program, which helps undergraduates take internships with little or no pay. Twenty-five students were accepted into the Aided Internship Program, which waives summer earnings requirements for students on financial aid. There was a 29 percent increase in the number of BIAPs awarded since last year, CDC Senior Associate Director Barbara Peoples wrote in an e-mail. While 40 students received BIAPs this year, 31 did so in 2007. But 35 students were awarded BIAPs in 2006, so over the last two years there has been a 14 percent net increase in the number of awards. At the same time, more students are applying to the program. There was an 18 percent increase in BIAP applicants this year, with 182 applying — up from 154 applicants a year ago and 150 in 2006, Peoples wrote. Thus, over the last two years, the number of BIAP applicants is up 21
percent. According to Peoples, the number of awards depends on funding from “alumni, parent and employer gifts and endowments.” “It is always our goal to increase the number of awards, but some of the funding is dependent upon annual gifts and revenue from endowments,” she wrote. According to the CDC’s Web site, BIAP applicants must be “strongly considered” to secure an internship that requires at least 240 hours or six weeks of full-time work, with earnings of $1,000 or less, to qualify for the award. The AIP awards waive the summer earnings requirement that is part of financial aid packages for students who qualify for University scholarships. The two awards have a common application and students on financial aid can apply for both awards, Peoples wrote. The AIP waives up to $2,650 of the summer earnings requirement. Students who receive funding from University departments or Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards are not eligible for BIAP awards. Peoples added that alumni now working at Lehman Brothers, a global financial services firm, donated six $2,500 BIAP awards, contributing to the increase in the number of awards from past years. Peoples said the CDC has not released the names of this year’s winners but will probably publish
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the list in coming months. She also said the center does not have information on the breakdown of winners by class years or the industries they will be entering. BIAP awards are known for their competitiveness since so few awards are given relative to the number of students in need. Peter McElroy ’09.5 applied for but did not receive a BIAP award to fund his internship this summer at WRNI Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in Providence. McElroy said he thought the application was fairly easy to complete, even though the deadline was earlier than most people ever found out about internships. “The application process was straightforward, and I thought it was perfectly reasonable,” McElroy said. “I didn’t think it was really clear what the criteria was for choosing the winners, but I also think that’s their prerogative.” McElroy will be cutting his hours in half at his internship to get a parttime job to cover his summer expenses. Peoples wrote that the CDC does not offer any other sources of funding and can only direct unsuccessful students to other sources. “We know of funding available through (the) Swearer Center (for Public Service) and (the) Watson (Institute for International Studies),” Peoples wrote. “Other funding sources may be available elsewhere on campus.”
The International Relations program is about to get a lot more international. In spring 2009, five new instructors hailing from South Africa, India, Canada and Israel will begin teaching new international law related courses in the IR and Development Studies departments. Two new courses will also be taught in the Fall 2008 semester, one by Director of International Affairs Vasuki Nesiah and the other by a visiting scholar, according to Claudia Jean Elliott MA’91 PhD’99, assistant director of International Studies. Ten new courses — five lecture and five seminar — will be offered in the spring. Course topics will deal with globalization and international law, focusing on gender, child labor, environmental issues, social justice and economics. “We don’t have courses like these at Brown and I think students are really going to latch onto them,” Elliott said. This influx of international instructors and the focus on international law is part of a global governance initiative worked on by Vice President for International Affairs David Kennedy ’76, who will soon take over as Watson’s interim director, Associate Professor of Political Science Peter Andreas wrote in an e-mail. Both Andreas and Nina Tannenwald, associate professor of International Relations, credited Kennedy’s connections with the international instructors coming to Brown. Many of them were taught by Kennedy or went to Harvard Law School with him, Tannenwald added. However, Andreas wrote that he hopes that as the initiative becomes more established, “personal connections will be less essential in attracting a broad range of international legal scholars.” Elliott expects that these will be the first in a wave of new courses that will “branch out on what we have been thinking and offering in IR so far,” adding that while all the new courses have law components, they also “cover a wide range of themes that would be important to many concentrations.” Currently, there are only two international law related courses being offered: POLS 1500: “The International Law and the Politics of Human Rights” and INTL 1700: “International Law.” Jeb Koogler ’10, who takes POLS 1500, said there is “definitely a need for more international law classes,” because the current ones are too introductory to allow him to dig as deep into the subject as he would like. “As an international studies student, international law will become increasingly relevant, so I want to be able to understand it as best as I can,” he said. Tannenwald, who teaches POLS 1500, said the addition of professors and classes will fill a significant gap in the department. “Without these folks we have no international law program really,” Tannenwald said, adding that the professors will provide a much more specialized perspective on international law. “A lot of what is going on now is about law, and in a legalizing world I think it is very important to have this perspective and discipline,” she said. And according to Tannenwald and Elliott, Koogler is not the only student excited about more international law courses. “International law courses always generate lots of interest,” Elliott said, adding that almost every student she’s talked to was planning on shopping the new courses. — Caroline Sedano
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Carcieri ’65 won’t make green conference on campus continued from page 5 are addressed with the antiquated strategies of 1970s vintage environmentalism, she said. But Brown, with its reputation for “innovative thinking and the questioning of the status quo,” is the perfect venue for generating innovative ideas about sustainability and setting new standards for environmental leadership, Van Noppen added. At 2:30 p.m., Adam Werbach ’95, former president of the Sierra Club and global chief executive of Saatchi and Saatchi S., will deliver an address on environmental leadership. Werbach dropped jaws at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco in 2004 by declaring environmentalism dead. At the same venue earlier this month, he unveiled a new perspective for understanding and achieving environmental sustainability that he said goes beyond the popular concept of “green” to “blue.” “‘Blue’ integrates all four streams of sustainability: social, cultural, economic and environmental,” Werbach said in his speech earlier this month. “‘Blue’ puts the way we treat ourselves and each other at the center of our focus.” Van Noppen said she expects Werbach to voice a holistic prescription for climate change issues that emphasizes positive action instead of the mainstream dialogue about sustainability, which tends to harp on making sacrifices by curbing environmentally harmful behavior. Later in the afternoon, Stanford University climatologist Stephen Schneider will deliver a lecture titled “The World Around Us: Global Environmental
Change.” Schneider has served in a number of environmental policy advisory positions and has, for decades, advocated sharp cuts in greenhouse gas emissions as a strategy for curbing global warming. He has published many books on global warming, climate change policy and environmental biology. Ira Magaziner ’69 P’06 P’07 P’10, chairman of the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Clinton Foundation HIV/ AIDS Initiative, will deliver this evening’s keynote address, titled “Turning Words into Action.” Immediately afterwards, a panel of state legislators will respond to Magaziner’s talk. The day’s events will conclude with a screening of the film “Into the Wild” on the Main Green. The conference will continue Saturday with several panels on sustainable design, green business and sustainability in Rhode Island, and will conclude with a dinner featuring locally grown foods. Absent from Friday’s events will be Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65, who canceled his afternoon appearance because of legislative commitments, said event organizer and Undergraduate Council of Students President Michael Glassman ’09. “We’re disappointed about that,” Glassman said. Asked whether event organizers feared any disruptive demonstrations in the same vein as the pie attack on New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who spoke on campus Tuesday, Glassman said that the matter had been discussed and that event organizers are “prepared.”
High turnover not unusual for UCS continued from page 1 not present at Faunce. “I’m kind of speechless right now.” “I look for ward to working with Michael next year,” said Brian Becker ’09, incoming UCS president. “I hope that Ellen will continue her interest and passion for working with the students.” MacCombie inherits the responsibility of internal management of the council, which has few returning members to its executive board. This high turnover could make the job of next year’s council more difficult. But President-Elect Brian Becker ’09 isn’t worried about the lack of returning council members. “It’s very normal,” he said. “Year to year, it’s very rare to have experienced, veteran (executive board) members.” None of the current committee chairs are serving on next year’s board. Only Ryan Lester ’11, elected appointments chair at the end of February, will remain on the executive board into next year. Two important positions, admissions and student services chair and campus life chair, are completely vacant because nobody ran for them. “There’s not one member of the executive board who started the year on the executive board who will be serving on the executive board next year,” said Student Activities Chair Drew Madden ’10. Not even Madden himself is returning. The student activities chair attends meetings four nights
a week, he said, and it has been tiring. “It’s been a very long year,” he said. “I just need a break from UCS.” But Madden is concerned that the council could suffer from the lack of returning members, especially “in light of the code changes,” he said, referring to the referendum that abolished class representatives. Academics and Administrative Affairs Chair Rakim Brooks ’09 is also not returning. Brooks said he believes that this year’s high turnover stems from the individual circumstances of members, not an endemic problem with the council. “It’s definitely not the greatest thing in the world,” he said of the turnover. But “I think it’s something that’s very manageable” for Becker, he added. Brooks also said that Becker should try to “jump start” next year’s agenda to guarantee that the vacancies are filled with enthusiastic members. Upperclassmen leaving UCS isn’t a new phenomenon. At the beginning of this year, just seven of the council’s 28 voting members were juniors or seniors, The Herald reported in October. Michael Glassman ’09, current UCS president, said part of the “perennial problem” of high turnover is the time commitment UCS membership requires. “People are just burned out from the incredible work they put in,” he said. Glassman cited other reasons
that people choose to leave the council. For example, seniors don’t want to be “tied down” during their senior spring, and other members may want to explore other options at Brown, he said. “UCS as an organization just has high turnover,” he said. It’s “something I wish we did a better job on,” he added. Glassman said he doesn’t think UCS’ performance this year is to blame for high turnover, citing environmental initiatives, a recommendation for an increase in the student activities fee and an increased social fund for student groups as positive changes from the council this year. UCS’s recommendations on the Plan for Academic Enrichment are “already having impact on the long-term planning” of the University, he said. “I am really happy with the things we’ve done,” Glassman said. “There’s so many possible things you can do, and you can’t do them all,” he said, adding that he would do other things with a more “direct impact” on students if he had more time. But Becker thinks the current UCS could have done more to encourage turnout for the vacant committee chair seats. “If there are vacancies on the executive board, the current UCS failed to motivate people to run,” he said. Becker said he thinks he can manage the turnover. “I have absolutely no concerns about filling those positions and getting stuff done,” he said.
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Man spits ‘liquid drink’ at passerby, laughs By Max Mankin Senior Staff Writer
The following summary includes all major incidents reported to the Department of Public Safety between April 17 and April 23. It does not include general service and alarm calls. The Providence Police Department also responds to incidents occurring off
CRIME LOG campus. DPS does not divulge information on 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. Friday, April 18: 12:24 a.m. An officer was dispatched for a noise complaint at Perkins Hall. He responded and walked between 125 Hope Street and Perkins Hall. He remained in the area for approximately 15 minutes and did not hear any loud music or noise, at which point he asked DPS dispatch if the caller wanted to speak with an officer. The caller declined. (A on map) Saturday, April 19: 6:59 p.m. A student reported that while walking north on Thayer Street in the area of the Sciences Library, she passed a male and female who she believes spit some kind of liquid drink on her left arm. She approached the male subject and asked him if he had spit at her. He stated he didn’t, and he laughed. She informed him that she was going to call DPS. The subject then apologized and the victim went on her way. (B)
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Monday, April 21: 9:45 a.m. An officer noticed graffiti on the cement pillars of Lot 81. The Office of Facilities Management was notified. (C) Tuesday, April 22: 1:56 a.m. A student reported that her laptop computer and power cord were stolen from her room in Grad Tower D while she was out of her room for about an hour. Her door was propped open. The student’s roommate stated that her iPod had been stolen. There are no suspects at this time. (D) 6:10 p.m. Officers were dispatched to respond to disorderly conduct by protesters in the Salomon Center. Two students had thrown green Cool Whip at a speaker. The matter is be-
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ing handled by Student Life. (E) Wednesday, April 23: 10:54 p.m. Officers noticed graffiti on the exterior walls and a broken window on Pembroke Field House. Facilities Management was notified. (F) 11:28 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the seventh floor of Minden Hall in response to a fire extinguisher that had been discharged. Upon arrival, the officers found the fire extinguisher on the floor between rooms 703 and 705. The floor and walls in the immediate area were covered with white powder. There was no one in the area and there are no suspects. An on-scene officer notified Facilities Management of the damage.(G)
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Major dorm renovations to start in summer This summer, the University will kick off a three-year plan to renovate many of the residential halls on campus. According to the Office of Residential Life, $6.1 million will be spent from the capital, facility and annual renewal funds. Miller, Metcalf, Caswell and Perkins halls will receive roof replacements to fix water leaks and reduce heat loss. In addition, Caswell will receive new paint and flooring in student rooms and the basement common area. Bathrooms, particularly the showers, will be repaired in Barbour Hall and Barbour Hall Apartments. Restrooms in Gregorian Quad B will also be repaired. Hegeman A, B, C, D and E will all be given new paint and flooring in student rooms. New exhaust systems will be installed in bathrooms. Minden Hall’s current boiler dates back to 1912 and will be replaced this summer. Grad Center Tower A rooms, hallways and common areas will be repainted. The exterior of Littlefield Hall will also be repainted. The University is slated to spend $4.3 million for renovations in summer 2009. It is planning to spend $12.4 million in summer 2010, working on Minden, Caswell, Slater, Miller and Metcalf halls.
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Seniors prepare to fight ketchup ‘duopoly’ with Sir Kensington continued from page 1 proposition. This is fairly typical for Norton, a teaching assistant for ENGN 1930X: “Entrepreneurship and New Ventures.” “My friends are always pitching me ideas,” he said. Norton said he usually shoots ideas down or has to describe the thousand reasons why they won’t work. But when Brandon told him, “I have a great idea: gourmet ketchup,” Norton was pleasantly surprised to think that the product could really sell. “I started thinking about it and realized, ‘How many different kinds of mustard are there? Tons. How many kinds of ketchup are there? Really only two, Heinz and Hunts,’” Norton said. “It’s kind of a duopoly.” Intrigued by the proposition, Norton returned to campus and introduced the idea to Ramadan. “The idea appealed to me a lot because I’m going into consulting and this idea goes to the core of trading-
up,” Ramadan said. He explained that trading-up economic theories examine consumers’ willingness to pay premium prices for the impression of a high-end product, or as Ramadan described it, a sense of “gourmetness.” “People don’t think of ketchup as having a multiplicity of options,” Ramadan said. “You would never have just one kind of car you can drive or one shampoo to wash your hair with, so why have one ketchup? I just thought that was weird.” From a business perspective, an incremental change in the product yields a significant change in the profit margin. Ramadan used the Starbucks enterprise as a prime example of this kind of marketing: offering the same coffee as any other place, but with the addition of ambience — the music, the decor, the Seattle backstory. Ramadan and Norton both cited Grey Poupon as the inspiration for gourmet condiments. In the 1970s, Grey Poupon debuted to compete with French’s mustard, later airing
a now-famous commercial featuring a man in a Rolls-Royce adorning his food with luxury mustard. From a production standpoint, Ramadan said, the two brands of mustard were not that different, but the presentation of Grey Poupon allowed the manufacturers to charge double. “Coming from a background with (Modern Culture and Media) experience and industrial design, I was inspired,” Norton said. “To sell something like this, you focus on the three elements of design: packaging, product and preparation.” Preparation Making ketchup is a simple fourstep process, Ramadan explained. “You start with a tomato puree,” he said, adding that he and Norton use organic pre-pureed, skinned tomatoes. “Then you throw the puree in a pot, add the ingredients and boil off the water.” Friend Courtney Hutchison ’08 said Norton and Ramadan are not normally handy in the kitchen, but “they really took to the task with a lot of enthusiasm. They’re in the kitchen with their trance music on, just cooking huge pots of tomatoes.” Despite their enthusiasm and the apparent simplicity of the recipe, Norton and Ramadan quickly learned to tweak their process to handle small problems. The addition of the trance music was crucial to the cooking process, Norton said. “We have to have trance music on all the time,” he said. “We were getting tired and we needed something to keep us awake.” The pair did all of the cooking in Norton’s “nice big kitchen,” but soon realized that in the boiling process, ketchup splattered ever ywhere. After the first batch, they decided to lay plastic down on every surface. They also adopted a uniform of gloves, an apron and sunglasses to protect themselves from the hot splashes. Though these protective measures have saved the chefs from any serious injuries, both Norton and Ramadan proudly display small, scarred burns on their arms and hands that they affectionately refer to as “Kensington kisses.”
When friends find out that the two make their own ketchup, “people are always impressed,” Ramadan said. “They seem to think that ketchup is this mystery condiment, but it’s really not that hard.” Product Of course, to create the product, the team needed prototypes, so Norton and Ramadan held a tasting party in Norton’s kitchen. “We took eight different ketchup recipes ... and ‘organified’ everything.” The pair presented the ketchups, as well as a ninth sample of standard Heinz ketchup, to about 40 guests, all armed with scorecards. The scorecards rated the ketchups on various qualities, including whether the sauce “tastes healthy.” Norton explained that almost all of the surveys responded that the gourmet ketchups tasted healthier than the single-blind Heinz sample. This has become a very important selling point for Sir Kensington’s because buying gourmet food is “all about perception,” he said. “I was really impressed by their tasting party,” Hutchison said. “They had eight different kinds of ketchup and none of them were bad.” Based on a matrix of those ratings, Norton and Ramadan culled out two final products: a classic ketchup and a spiced ketchup. The classic ketchup is made with the ingredients of standard ketchups — vinegar, a sugar, salt and a tomato base — but has some variation. To start, all of the ingredients are organic. And rather than using the high-fructose corn syrup found in Heinz, Sir Kensington’s contains organic brown sugar, agave nectar and wildflower amber. The spiced ketchup — the “real moneymaker,” Ramadan said — includes the ingredients of the classic version with the addition of chipotle, cilantro, bell peppers and lime juice. The result is a versatile “scooping ketchup” that should be appropriate everywhere, from fancy breakfast plates to filet mignon or even incorporated into pad Thai — “not just a squeeze bottle to be poured over typical American food,” Norton
said. Packaging Nor ton’s business training warned him that amped-up ingredients would not be enough to turn gourmet ketchup into a worthwhile enterprise. “What sells it is an integrated backstor y, a humorous Web site,” he said. “You make your product into a presence, more than a simple sauce you put on food.” Norton and Ramadan found that backstory in the fictitious Sir Kensington, the English gentleman who figures prominently on the newly minted glass bottles of “100 percent organic, hand-crafted, gourmet ketchup,” the site boasts. Kensington was born out of conversations Norton had with Child. Norton described his group of friends as having a “sub-language ... adding words to something even when it’s not necessary.” This habit led to curious posh British-isms that populated their everyday conversation and eventually led to Child’s cat being named Maximus von Mason and the ketchup mogul being dubbed Sir Kensington. Norton laughed at the irony of the christening, saying Kensington “just kind of became the name and gave it the right sense of gourmet,” though the title was conceived during a trip to “Steve and Barry’s to buy $9 shoes.” The paradox of bargain-barrel footwear and high-end condiments fits Norton and Ramadan perfectly. The pair created a user-friendly Web site, agonized over the typography of business cards and event tickets and threw a cocktail-attired tasting party. But at the end of the day, they were still two young adults who spent eight hours a week cooking ketchup. Prosperity? Getting people to buy what they are offering doesn’t seem to be a problem for Norton and Ramadan. Having produced only 192 jars of Sir Kensington’s for this weekend’s launch party, 163 have already been promised to pre-orders. This includes a case of 20 jars ordered by Paul Neuman, a prominent New York City caterer. This Saturday’s launch party will be a pivotal event for the entrepreneurs as the official debut of Sir Kensington’s. Guests are asked to “dress to impress.” One guest sure to impress will be a life-size cutout of Sir Kensington, who is also scheduled to grace the Main Green this afternoon. Hutchison and two other redheads will be attending as “ketchup girls,” posing for photos with the Kensington cutout. Neither Norton nor Ramadan is sure how each will continue the burgeoning enterprise after graduation this May. Both students already have job prospects that do not involve ketchup, and the launch party will feature guests they describe as “more wellconnected in the food community” and could be potential heirs to the brand. Norton and Ramadan both offered their vote of confidence for Sir Kensington’s large-scale success. “We do believe it’s a high-quality product with an audience,” Norton said. “The thing about a gourmet product is its appeal,” Ramadan said. “If we can get people to ask for our product by name, like San Pellegrino or Perrier, and have that same sense of etiquette, class and gourmetness, then maybe that’s the next step for the business.”
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Quietly, Raymond ’08 prepares for National Football League draft continued from page 20 He anticipates being picked in the draft’s sixth or seventh round or even not at all; expert predictions confirm his expectations. But even if Raymond must sign with a team as a free agent this summer, he will have completed a circuitous, unlikely route to the NFL. Raymond grew up in Miami, where his mother works as a clerk and where, he said, every boy shares the NFL dream. He spent most of high school playing as a small but speedy high school receiver. The recruiting offers did come, but he said there was only limited interest from Florida International
Profs.’ pay lags behind inflation continued from page 1 vard professors make $184,800 and Cornell, the second lowest-paying Ivy, pays their full-time professors an average of $148,200 each. According to the AAUP, the low increase is the result of the current economic situation and universities’ priorities. The AAUP argued in the report that universities nationwide need to re-prioritize and increase funding to resources, Curtis said. As evidence of this, the AAUP report points to salaries of coaches in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A), which are nearly 10 times as much as professors’. “Universities are making decisions all the time on how to expend their resources. The fundamental investment should be at the core areas of teaching and researching,” Curtis said. Another area of concern in the AAUP’s report is the discrepancy between administrator and faculty salaries. The growth of chief administrators’ salaries nationwide has exceeded both the rate of inflation and the growth rate in full professor salaries. “The AAUP believes that the argument for paying faculty well is at least as strong as the argument for paying presidents well,” the report says. “Deploying resources to recruit and retain the best faculty is the most important investment a college or university can make.” At Brown, administrators’ salaries vary, with some paid more than the average faculty salary and some less, Dean wrote in her e-mail. “Administrators work the full year rather than the academic year and have additional responsibilities,” she added. The University’s “faculty increase pool” is determined through the annual budget process and takes into consideration factors such as equity, competitiveness and promotions, Dean wrote. In reference to the University’s salary decision-making, Dean wrote, “Our process is a collaborative one between chairs, faculty and the dean (of the faculty).” Brown students are able to voice their opinions through student evaluations that are weighed heavily in salary decisions, Dean said. The AAUP report said salary decisions should be a joint effort that includes faculty, alumni and students. “Everyone should have a say,” Curtis said.
University and the University of South Florida. He got a serious look from Fordham University, which also had a Division I-AA program, but he ultimately chose Brown. “If the NFL didn’t work out, then I’d still have an Ivy League degree,” he recalled thinking. He knew it would be hard to jump from Brown to the NFL, but he was encouraged that Brown receivers before him — Sean Morey ’99 and Chas Gessner ’03 — had done so. Raymond had a decent freshman year, making 16 catches for 178 yards. But he had a sophomore slump and his name did not appear on the team’s final statistics sheet in 2005.
So after football season, Raymond decided to join the track and field team as a sprinter. “I just wanted something competitive to do, to prove that I was a winner,” he said. The decision ended up boosting Raymond’s confidence, as he eventually won two Heptagonal Championships in the 60-yard dash. It may have helped his NFL stock, he said, as he got faster. The coaches noticed. When Estes clocked Raymond running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds before his junior year, the coach made Raymond run again because he didn’t believe the time. “It was incredible, the speed that
he had,” Estes said. At the same time, quarterback Michael Dougherty ’09 said Raymond had become more consistent at catching and better at running routes. Raymond came back his junior year to make 45 catches for 654 yards before having his strong senior year, for which he was rewarded with Second Team All-Ivy honors and a trip to the Hula Bowl. After the Bears’ disappointing 5-5 season, he spent part of this semester in Florida, preparing for NFL scouts by working out with a gym that preps pro football prospects. Raymond said he’s not sure what he’ll do if the NFL doesn’t pan out.
A business economics concentrator, he is considering teaching math and coaching football at a high school. But Estes is confident that his former player will find a spot on a professional roster. Teams will be impressed by Raymond’s speed, durability and work ethic, the coach said. And, as a plus, teams might find Raymond’s reserved nature a pleasant respite from the wide-receivers-asprima-donnas stereotype perpetuated by players such as Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson. “His number one priority has been winning and he hasn’t been selfish about it in any way,” Dougherty said. “People respect him.”
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‘The Full Monty’ cast strips away insecurities, clothes in T.F. Green continued from page 3 Will they go all the way? Musical Forum’s “Monty” is set in a grubby two-stor y industrial space that converts easily into a seedy nightclub with the help of a sparkly curtain and neon lights. Decked out in flannel and light denim, the actors attempt to channel an early-1990s working-class aesthetic, some affecting a New York accent. A lively 11-piece orchestra accompanies the performers. On the whole, the performances were strong, though the lengthy show dragged a bit during some of the quieter musical numbers. Especially memorable were the over-the-top suppor ting per formances by Rafael Cebrian ’11, as
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sassy professional stripper Keno, and Schneider’s loud-mouthed Vicki. In another strong turn, Williams was particularly believable as the overweight Dave, facing weight issues and marital problems, at one point finally snapping under Jerr y’s taunts. The cast seemed to be having fun with a number of high-energy performances. “Monty” is a funny, bawdy musical, featuring boisterous songs, but it manages to simultaneously address important social issues, including an examination of gender roles. The show’s first song, “Scrap,” features the male factory workers lamenting their unemployment and how it undermines their sense of manhood. “I want to feel like the husband instead of the
wife,” Dave sings. This is followed up with the song “It’s a Woman’s World,” in which Dave’s wife Georgie and the other local women celebrate their newfound power and sexual liberation. “Who’s got the power? Who’s got the juice? Whose got the money?” Georgie asks. While the women are jubilant at their newfound dominance, the situation is taking its toll on the men. Dave and Jerry save Malcolm during a suicide attempt, leading to a hilariously dark song called “Big-Ass Rock,” in which Dave and Jerry come up with creative ways they could help Malcolm kill himself while Malcolm revels in his new friendships. The energetic song “Michael Jordan’s Ball,” which concludes
the first act, features the first full dance routine from the six main male characters. During the song, Jerry teaches the others to dance in unison through imitating Michael Jordan’s basketball maneuvers. In another memorable song, “Goods,” the men are hit with a sudden bout of physical insecurities over the prospect of appearing nude in front hordes of women. Looking over a magazine of women’s photos with a critical eye, they suddenly realize they could be judged just as harshly. “Well, we just better hope the women are more forgiving than we are,” Dave cautions. Lingerieclad, the female cast members swan on stage, personifying the men’s insecurities. “He’s fat, he’s old, he’s skinny, he’s bald/ he’s short/ he’s
got pimples on his ass,” they sing viciously. Horrified, the men realize that physical judgement can go both ways. “Holy goddamn f—ing shit,” they cry. “Women can be men.” Bauman said he proposed “Monty” to Musical Forum because he loves its music. “I gravitated toward the music so much,” Bauman said, adding he had first seen the show when he was much younger. He also said he appreciated the various issues the show raises, such as body issues, racial stereotypes and coming out to family and friends. Even though the story is about 30-, 40- and 50-year olds, Bauman said he feels younger people should be able to relate. One issue Bauman faced in staging “Monty” was the question of how to present nudity, he said. In the show, stripping becomes a way to get past one’s insecurities and stand literally and figuratively in the nude, he said. But of course, nudity was an issue with the actors as well, many of whom had never been naked or partially naked on stage, Bauman said. Getting the actors comfortable with the various levels of nudity required in the play was a slow process Bauman described as “group therapy,” initially having everyone go shirtless, then in their underwear and so on. The actors “slowly got comfortable with their bodies individually,” and then in group settings, he said. Bauman said he hopes the audience will learn from the actors’ brave example to “embrace their insecurities instead of tr ying to hide.” “I certainly have been living vicariously through stripping men,” he added. Performances are tonight, Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets are available on the Musical Forum Web site (mf.students.brown.edu/ boxoffice) or at the door starting an hour before the show.
Bear Tracks: Athletics, by the numbers continued from page 14 to being the “best and brightest class ever” at Brown, but sadly not the “most beautiful and most handsome” 9 — Games in a row won by the men’s soccer team, seven of which contributed to a perfect 7-0 record against Ivy League opponents 6 — Tackles made on the season by Zak DeOssie ’07 for the New York Giants en route to a Super Bowl ring .690 — Men’s lacrosse goalie Jordan Burke’s ’09 save percentage, the best in the nation 0 — Number of times the defending national champion women’s crew team spoke with us Over/Under 5,000 — average number of times that a swimmer or water polo player’s ears popped upon entering the Bubble 5.4 million — number of times we referred to someone’s performance as “solid” 4 — Number of national championships Brown teams will take home this spring
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After a wait, Gunther wows audience continued from page 3 stocked with soda, water and snacks. VIPs received posters of Gunther and were able to have a photo taken with him and the girls. Many VIP ticket holders also got Gunther’s autograph. “I think a part of the reason people like him is ... they don’t know if he’s being real or not, but either way they enjoy the music,” said Mayar Zokaei, Gunther’s North American agent. “I don’t know of any other singers that have benefited more from the Internet than Gunther.” In spite of Gunther’s popularity, the concert-goers still had some cause to complain — the concert started over an hour late. Neil Parikh ’11, treasurer of the Freshman Class Board, said that Zokaei arrived for the sound check an hour later than had been agreed in the contract. “So the entire schedule was delayed,” Parikh said. “I mean, we were ready at 6:30 p.m. All of our staff was here, and everything was ready to go, and then when the sound check was done, Gunther’s agent went
down to the hotel with the car they rented to pick up Gunther, but on the way back they kept getting lost.” In the end Vikram Kedar ’11, president of the Freshman Class Board, said he ran about half a mile in order to guide Gunther and the Sunshine Girls to Alumnae Hall. Despite the long delay, Ameer Ameeri ’08 only had one complaint. “I wish Gunther took his jacket off.” It took some work for first-years Kedar and Parikh to bring Gunther and his Sunshine Girls to Brown. The Freshman Class Board receives a yearly budget of $1,000, but the Gunther concert cost about $13,500 in total, with $8,800 going straight to Gunther and the Sunshine Girls, they said. “I actually called up the agent for the first time in late December and he gave me the estimate of $15,000,” Kedar said. “We knew we had to bring that down. Over the months, Gunther’s manager and I have gotten pretty close,” he said. “And he texts me.” Gunther had just performed in Boston on Tuesday, “so we just
told his agent it’s a 45-minute drive and you get an extra $9,000,” Kedar said. “He still wanted $12,000 but we brought it down to $9,000 which was great,” he added. Last year, Yale paid Gunther about $16,500 to perform, Parikh said. The duo, along with the rest of Freshman Class Board, was able to keep ticket prices affordable by partnering with the RISD Office of Student Life, which contributed $4,000, and soliciting an $1,800 donation from the Undergraduate Finance Board. The rest of the costs were covered by ticket sales. Gunther, accompanied by two Sunshine Girls and his managers, came to Brown with three wireless microphones and boxes full of Gunther T-shirts, Parikh said. Lighting and sound was provided by Musik Mayhem, he added. The Class Boards have not planned an event of this magnitude in recent years, but Kedar said they would like to continue. He said he has already started planning events for next year.
Q&A with Gunther and the Sunshine Girls Swedish musician Mats Soderlund, also known as Gunther, performed Wednesday night in Alumnae Hall to an enthusiastic crowd. Afterward, he and the two Sunshine Girls accompanying him sat down to speak — and make lots of eye contact — with The Herald. The Herald: How did you guys become Sunshine Girls? Sunshine Girl: Gunther shows us to be Sunshine Girls and he likes us. How did he find you guys? In the city where we live in Sweden. How did you get your start as Gunther? Gunther: All my life, I pick everything up. And I started for six years write music and, yeah, express my music and, yeah. What is the message you want to send young people about love and fun? Yeah, love and respect, it’s a very important thing. I sell champagne, love, sex and re-
spect — especially love and respect. It’s a very important thing.
lot of people and yeah, it’s a lot of happiness and fun and love, yeah.
Did you like coming to Brown? Yeah! It’s really nice. I like Brown. I like the city here. It’s very nice. It’s fun. I really, really like it. Yeah, I come back, I promise.
Where did the “Ding Dong Song” come from? How did you think of it? I think it was about 10 years. I be around Europe and different things. I was a model and everything and I pick up everything, you know. I think it was a whole package to make Ding Dong. Yeah, I wanted to express myself and not say too much. I wanted to express in a small thing, you know?
How did you get your look? Your special mustache and hair? I think I wanted to start a trend, you know, not follow one. I want to start a special trend and do the slim, tacky sexy, I call it. There are five Sunshine Girls? Five different Sunshine Girls, yes, actually yeah. Because a lot of traveling you know, yeah, you get tired after a while. What is the inspiration for all of your songs? How do you think of them? It’s a lot of experience from my life and everywhere. I meet
Why do you think people love you so much? If they love me, I mean I hope they love me. I want to do happy music. I bring love, love to the people. I look up, like, look up to the women, not look down on them, and I like strong women. Like the Sunshine Girls? Yeah, the Sunshine — they are sexy, they are sexy, but they are very strong. It’s very important, you have to be both way.
Baseball breaks five-game losing streak at Holy Cross continued from page 20 average, the third-highest on the team, and 31 RBI, second-best for the Bears. In the bottom of the sixth, second baseman Ryan Zrenda ’11 hit an RBI single to put Bruno up 4-3, and shortstop Matt Nuzzo ’09 followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Bears a two-run cushion. Anthony Vita ’08 came in to relieve Feit with two outs in the top of the sixth, and retired all four batters he faced to secure the win for the Bears. In the second game, Brown again found itself down 3-0 in the early innings, but the bottom of the third produced big results for the Bears. Daniels drove an RBI single to right to score left fielder Chris Tanabe ’10 for Bruno’s first run of the game. Tanabe, who has made just six starts all season, stepped up for Brown on Wednesday, picking up two hits and two walks. He scored two runs and drove in another three, in addition to making a spectacular sliding catch in the top of the second inning. “Chris, to me, is a very good role player, and he had a great day for us,” Drabinski said. “He made a great catch early in the game, and he had a couple big hits for us.” Daniels came around to score on an error, and Papenhause laced an RBI double down the left field line to tie the game. With runners on second and third with one out, the Crusaders looked to their bullpen, but to no avail. Catcher Matt Colantonio
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’11, Punal, and designated hitter Pete Greskof f ’11 greeted reliever Dmitri Seredenko with back-to-back-to-back doubles, increasing Brown’s lead to 7-3 and knocking Seredenko out of the game. Tanabe’s seeing-eye single through the right side, a pair of passed balls, two walks, and Zrenda’s bloop single to left field kept the rally going, and when all was said an done, the Bears had a 10-3 lead. Holy Cross cut the lead to 10-5 in the top of the fourth, and starter Matt Boylan ’10 was pulled after two consecutive wild pitches. A two-run double off the bat of Tanabe gave Brown back its seven-run cushion in the bottom of the inning. But the Cr usaders came roaring back, scoring nine unanswered runs over the final three innings, as Rob Wilcox ’10, Peter Moskal ’08, and tri-captain Rob Hallberg ’08 all struggled out of the bullpen. In the bottom of the seventh, Daniels led off with a single, but Zrenda, Nuzzo and Papenhause were unable to continue the comeback effort, and the Bears fell short, 14-12. “Our pitchers probably missed thirty pitches to the wrong side of the plate in that game, and I don’t know why that is. Our command was just not there,” Drabinski said. This weekend, Brown will host Yale for a doubleheader on Saturday, followed by a doubleheader in New Haven, Conn. against Yale on Sunday. On Wednesday, the Bears will finish up their season with a game at Bryant.
Singer ’09: Maybe sports role models aren’t at all continued from page 20 their teams to championships where they were each crowned the MVP. Both have been marketed as “one of a kind” talent and were given record-setting contracts for it. Both are even on the covers of video games (for those of you interested, MVP Baseball 2005 and FIFA Soccer ’08). But the thing that makes these two more alike, more than any other two professional sports superstars, is their less than impeccable work ethic. That said, they aren’t complete clones of each other. While Manny’s phantom injuries, mercurial trade requests and grandmother’s uncanny ability to become ill during spring training and the All-Star Game are accepted as “Manny being Manny” by the national media, Ronaldinho’s international reputation hasn’t caught up to his antics yet. Maybe those in Barcelona have noticed how his late-night shenanigans have affected his on-field performance, but that hasn’t kept Italian team Inter Milan from trying to negotiate for his services. One could argue that like Randy Moss, Ronaldinho just needs a change of environment in order to regain his competitive focus. But Manny and Ronnie aren’t like Randy. They aren’t superhuman athletes bogged down by psychological turmoil or a bad childhood. Nor are they, like Derek Jeter or Pele, iconic celebrities who do all the right things on the field and say all the right things off of it. They’re just
lazy guys who happen to be really good at hitting a ball or kicking a slightly larger ball. When Boston was facing elimination in the 2007 ALCS against the Cleveland Indians, a reporter asked Manny how he felt about his team’s ability to bounce back. “It doesn’t happen, so who cares? It’s not like it’s the end of the world. There’s always next season.” Sure, you could say that Manny and Ronnie don’t respect their games. Their actions don’t always reveal a surplus of maturity or sophistication. But in a sense, with millions of fans, media members and players acting as though their sports are grandiose moral battles decided by intangibles and wits, these guys remind us that it’s just another job. They might not be the best example of upstanding citizens, but they’re still just citizens. “It’s regrettable that a great player loses himself because of his personal life,” one newspaper claimed about Ronaldinho. It’s ridiculous to think that these guys don’t have personal lives, that they’re not like us. In this way, more than the Jeters and Peles of the world, Ronnie and Manny make us aware of how absurd it is to pour so much of your time into watching grown men play kids’ games. If nothing else, they remind us who our role models should be.
Ben Singer tried to buy Manny’s “AMAZING grill” on eBay
Club tennis makes a racket continued from page 20 well at Nationals and everyone was pleased with the result, especially given that it was the first time the team competed in the tournament. “The first day, we won our pool and advanced into the Gold Bracket (which had 16 teams),” Harris said. “We lost in the Round of 16 but won the following two consolation matches before losing the last two consolation finals.” When the team won the New England Sectional, the USTA awarded the Bears $1,000 to cover the expenses of attending Nationals. The Rhode Island division of the USTA also gave the Bears $300 for general club growth. All the co-captains mentioned the incredible amount of growth of the team in the past two years. “The team has come a long way,” said co-captain Paul Bixenstine ’08. “Prior to this tournament, we were not really involved in any real leagues. Now we send people to lots of tournaments and we have regular practice time for the players.” The men’s side currently has 30-40 members and 16 players who compete on a regular basis. Their success has spilled over to the women’s side as well. Prior to the last few years, the women’s club team barely existed, but it has grown alongside the men’s team, according to Baker’s letter to the USTA. The two sides teamed up to host their first tournament last semester in November with 16 teams participating. They will host their second tournament of the year on May 3. “In the future years, we hope to host two tournaments at Brown every year, one per semester,” Harris said. “The more we grow, with more funding, we can send more people to multiple tournaments.”
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Hot, flat and stupid: The dubious enterprise of pie-throwing BY KEVIN ROOSE Opinions Columnist As a general rule, being an op-ed columnist shields you from criticism. You’re not a real journalist, so you don’t have to concern yourself with “facts” or “sources.” Unlike TV commentators, you can’t get cut off in the middle of your argument. And even if someone does disagree with you, you find out about it a day later, and only if your editor decides to print their angry letter. Next to JuicyCampus posts, op-ed columns are the world’s safest soapboxes. So it probably came as a bit of a shock to Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ Pulitzer-Prize-winning golden boy, when scant seconds into his Salomon 101 address on Tuesday evening, two Brown students (Margaree Little ’08.5 among them) hopped up from the front row, green-dyed cream pies in hand, and giddily walloped him, turning a highly-anticipated Earth Day speech into an episode of “What Would You Do?” The media pounced on the pie incident immediately. A University statement released by spokesman Michael Chapman promised to “review this incident through its non-academic disciplinary system” to arrive at a fair punishment. (I’d suggest making Little and her co-conspirator read The World is Flat, but maybe that’s cruel and unusual.) The Providence Journal picked the story up, noting Friedman’s “bewilderment and mild disgust.” By midday Thursday, Piegate was among the lead stories on The Huffington Post, under the headline “Thomas Friedman Gets A Pie In The Face During Speech At Brown.” When I heard that my lefty classmates had interrupted a lecture by yet another pro-war
moderate — juniors and seniors will remember L’Affaire Hillary in 2006 — I shook my head at the lack of originality. Heckling warhawks? Come on, guys. Throwing a pie at Thomas Friedman could only have confirmed more stereotypes about Brown students if the pie had been stuffed with spliffs and back issues of Pravda. The Friedman fiasco bothered me on several levels, the first of which was the choice of target. I’m no Thomas Friedman apologist,
anti-gay Daniel in a den full of clove-smoking, sweatshop-protesting lions. The Herald even printed a pre-emptive editorial called “Let’s not shout at Santorum.” And yet, Santorum described the Brown students who attended his lecture as “overwhelmingly respectful and thoughtful.” Wait a minute. “Respectful and thoughtful” for a guy who makes Mike Huckabee look like William F. Buckley? And Thomas Friedman gets meringued for not being the right kind
Heckling war-hawks? Come on, guys. Throwing a pie at Thomas Friedman could only have confirmed more stereotypes about Brown students if the pie had been stuffed with spliffs and back issues of Pravda. and I’m as wary of his rah-rah neo-liberalism and penchant for twee reductionism as the next guy. But Friedman hardly seems worthy of public ridicule, especially when compared to some of the neanderthals who hobble their way up College Hill. Consider former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa, an arch-conser vative who famously equated gay sex with “man on child, man on dog” relations. By all accounts, his lecture in Salomon 101 last spring was supposed to be a disaster. He was a pro-life, pro-gun,
of environmentalist? My second bone to pick with Little et. al. concerns the method they chose. “Pieing,” as it’s called, has a storied history in American politics. The Keystone Cops movies of the early 20th century pioneered the pie-throw as a slapstick gag, but it wasn’t until 1977, when a Yippie activist named Aron Kay chucked a pie at anti-gay-rights activist Anita Bryant, that the act acquired its current political currency, as a way to deflate egocentric public figures. Soon the practice spread, and pie-
ing was enough of a phenomenon to be the subject of a Chumbawamba song called “Just Desserts.” (In other news, Chumbawamba had more songs than “Tubthumping.”) Pieing is purposefully rude, of course, and it may even constitute assault. But the biggest problem with pieing is that it’s just not a very good form of protest. It’s neither real disruption nor real engagement. Real disruption at the Friedman lecture would have meant assembling a group of protestors to stage a mass walkout. That would have been impressive, frankly, and might have served as a potent rejoinder to Friedman’s less savory views. Real engagement, on the other hand, would have meant waiting until the Q&A to address Friedman’s arguments. But what the two students actually did — threw a pair of green pies semi-successfully at Friedman’s torso and then sprinted out the door, sprinkling explanator y tracts in their wake — seemed immature and self-aggrandizing. Listen, pie-throwers, I know it’s hard out there for a socialist. I’ve got ex-revolutionaries in my family. Certain aunts and uncles still play “Class Struggle,” the socialist alternative to Monopoly. (If you’re curious, the object of the game is to “win the Revolution!” and the box features a drawing of Karl Marx armwrestling Nelson Rockefeller.) So I see where you’re coming from, and I certainly support your First Amendment right to protest Friedman’s pro-capitalist cheerleading. But please, think a little more next time. When you take what could have been a robust dialogue and reduce it to a cutesy attention-grab, you’re committing the same sin as the mustachioed man whose shoulder bore your pie cream. And moreover, you’re giving us all a bad name.
Kevin Roose ’09.5 is throwing off his chains
Our greatest challenge BY Stephen Porder Guest Columnist The 21st century presents humanity with the greatest challenge it has ever faced. How do we fit 9.5 billion people on the planet, and provide them with the food, water and services that they deserve, without degrading the life support services provided to us by ecosystems? By 2050, global energy consumption will likely double (if not triple), and if we accommodate this multiplication by using fossil fuels we will face a future climate totally unprecedented in human history. If we hope to support 9.5 billion people with our current, fossil fuel-based food production system, we will have to clear the last rainforests and poison every river. And the costs of environmental degradation will hit the poor first, and hardest. As we move into a global energy crunch, those with less capital will be less able to weather the storms of climate change and the disruption of food supply. Tom Friedman, a well-known New York Times columnist, came to Brown on Earth Day to talk about these issues. He has spent the past five years learning from the world’s best climatologists and biodiversity and energy experts. He has immersed himself in the details of energy production and thought long and hard about how to provide for the
world’s energy demands without choking in the fumes of our own production. Mr. Friedman delivered a truly inspirational talk, and rightly chided us — all of us — to get serious at a global scale about the truly Herculean task that lies before us. Friedman came here to try out ideas in his new book
got a standing ovation from a packed house, and when he left here on Wednesday, he told us that he had enjoyed his visit to Brown. He had been impressed with his conversations with students and faculty and hoped to continue those conversations as we all learned more about these issues. He handled his time
Friedman came here to try out ideas in his new book (waiving his usual speaking fee), because he wanted to support interdisciplinary environmental research at Brown and to motivate all of us to do more, much more, to solve this global crisis ... For that he got a pie in the face. (waiving his usual speaking fee), because he wanted to support interdisciplinary environmental research at Brown and to motivate all of us to do more, much more, to solve this global crisis. For that he got a pie in the face. But he also
here, and the unfortunate incident, with grace and courtesy. We were deeply embarrassed by this attack on our guest and on the freedom of thought and speech that we all value. Unfortunately, the damage was compounded when the The
Herald interviewed the pie-thowers, but failed to challenge their statements, leaving the impression that Mr. Friedman is a promoter of biofuels and a friend of do-nothing green marketers. In fact, in the two columns he has written about biofuels, he has urged extreme caution because of environmental considerations. He is one of very few public voices articulating the over whelming scope of the challenge we face. He is searching for solutions that come close to the scale of that challenge and — after years of research and hundreds of interviews with the foremost scientists working on energy and climate change — he has come to the conclusion that a technological revolution and a conservation ethic are both needed. Lots of us at Brown and around the world spend our lives researching how to solve the problem of climate change, but we don’t have an answer. We need discussion, debate and a lot of research, from science to sociology, to understand how to overcome this daunting challenge. The urgency that drives the “Greenwash Guerillas” is warranted, but their methods have no place in a community that values discourse, and their choice of target was misguided — which they might have found out, had they stayed to hear the talk.
Stephen Porder is an assistant professor of biology and an organizer of Friedman’s lecture
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Diamonds and coal A diamond to the Undergraduate Council of Students, which was finally able to rally an overwhelming majority of students behind a common cause: eliminating UCS positions. Coal to Trinity Repertory Company, which awarded its annual national award this year to ... itself. That’s like Bush giving tax cuts to the rich. That’s like Gunther waging war against the Sunshine Girls. That’s like the University giving money to the Indy. A diamond to a new policy change at this newspaper, which has been renamed The Brown Daily Things-That-Gunther-Said-Yesterday. Coal to prestigious scientists ghostwriting for Merck. If you encourage prestigious scientist ghostriding, then we’ll talk about diamonds. A diamond to the girl in the CIT dressed as a commando while rollerblading back to her ex-boyfriend’s two angry brothers’ syrup-covered scooter, parked next to a stash of beer hidden under a tree — and other crime log adventures. Coal to the Young Communist League representative who asked not to be named because he did not want to be associated with a communist organization in print. What if we printed everybody’s name? A cubic zirconium to students around the country protesting for the right to carry guns on campus. We encourage those students to engage in a constructive debate about gun rights — except at Brown, where we’re going to show that we can handle pies first. Speaking of which, coal to the attack by Col. Custard, with the pie, in the lecture hall. A cubic zirconium to the Canadian government, which labeled the plastic compound found in Ratty cups “toxic.” We’re glad you’re watching out for public safety, but we’ve survived lead water fountains and the Thayer Street fro-yo invasion, so we think we’ll be fine. Once again, coal to audio terrorism. With DPS sound grenades, University sirens and 8 a.m. construction noise, we are overwhelmed. We recommend you outsource noise-reduction efforts to M.I.A. Thank you diamonds to our sources, tipsters, readers and mothers. You put up with a lot. A big, blingin’ diamond to our staff. We’ll see you shining on Sunday.
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Letters Brown Corporation should increase transparency To the Editor: The Brown Corporation is an undemocratic governing body, and it wields more decision-making power than any other entity at this University. From setting tuition to approving construction projects, the Corporation, which is made up of five officers, 12 members of the Board of Fellows, and 39 members of the Board of Trustees, decides the direction of the University behind closed doors, with minimal outside input. Ruth Simmons, who is worshipped by Brown students and community members, has to answer to these 39 shadowy members, specifically to Corporation Chancellor Thomas J. Tisch ’76, the director of the company that owns Sears, K-Mart, and Lands End. Tisch is also a trustee at the conservative Manhattan Institute. The Corporation gathers three times a year, often during long weekends when many students leave campus, to have meetings that are closed to the public. Their meeting minutes are sealed in the vault of the Hay library for 100 years. The majority of the members are elected internally. We, Students for a Democratic Society, find this secretive and undemocratic decision-making unacceptable. We demand that the Corporation make a number of structural changes prior to its next meeting this May. First, we demand that Corporation meetings be open to the Brown community and that meeting minutes be made available to the public immediately. Transparency is
fundamental to even the most basic notions of democracy, and the Corporation must swiftly implement these measures in order to earn legitimacy as a governing body. We demand that members of the Brown community have the power to decide issues placed on the agendas of Corporation meetings to ensure that the Corporation addresses relevant issues, not simply those deemed significant by a small group of wealthy, powerful individuals. Finally, we demand a mechanism for democratic, community based decision-making. The current secrecy of the Corporation’s decision-making makes it impossible to envision exactly how this process would function. However, our present proposal is for a Brown community referendum on all key Corporation decisions. If Brown is to reflect its image as a progressive, socially conscious institution, then we must adopt at least the most basic democratic processes in our own decision making. Susan Beaty ’10 Alex Campbell ’10 Vale Cofer-Shabica ’09 Joe DeFrancesco ’10 Carly Devlin ’09 Olivia Ildefonso ’09 Sophia Lambertsen ’11 James Stefano ’11 Alex Tye ’10 April 23
Apprehension of pie-thrower out of line To the Editor: I find Assistant Professor of Biology Stephen Porder’s “apprehension” of Margaree Little ’08.5 reprehensible (“One of Friedman pie throwers identified,” April 24). It was a cavalier act and should be condemned. What makes Porder believe that he has the right to make a “citizen’s arrest?” The last time I checked, the only people permitted to use force on this campus are the men and women who belong to the Department of Public Safety. Porder is a professor at this University, and as such should have restrained himself. He had no right to hold Little’s hands behind her back and march her over to DPS officers. I ask you to consider a question: Did Little have the right to defend herself against Porder? What would have been the penalty if she had? The ambiguity surrounding these questions
reveals the magnitude of Porder’s mistake. In case I am being misread as supporting Little and her accomplice, I would note that I support the University’s decision if it decides to reprimand Little as well as its quest to identify her male counterpart. Still, Porder’s vigilante justice is just as out of touch with our democratic ideals as the “protest” of these two students. Thus, I would make two recommendations: First, to Porder, leave the tough guy act at home and allow DPS to do the job that we have entrusted them to perform. Second, I recommend that the University review Porder’s actions to determine whether they were in fact in violation of any University policies. He should be held to the same standard as Little and her friend. Rakim Brooks ’09 April 24
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Give economics a chance BY CHLOE LUTTS Opinions Columnist Someone threw a pie at Thomas Friedman. Among the reasons she cited is “his sickeningly cheery applaud for free-market capitalism’s conquest of the planet.” Whether you think free market capitalism is the path to prosperity or the road to ruin, characterizing it as a force capable of conquest demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of capitalism itself. Here’s the thing about capitalism: It only works when people agree to participate, and they do that because it’s the most attractive offering at the economic system buffet. It’s like democracy in that way. Capitalism can no more conquer the world without the world’s consent than democracy can (as opposed to authoritarianism and totalitarianism, which can — and do). If people don’t participate in government, democracy can’t spread. If people don’t willingly enter into economic exchanges, capitalism gets nowhere. That doesn’t mean either always does great things. People voted in Iraq, and it’s not exactly Shangri-La over there. The Chinese have embraced capitalism more fiercely than anyone could have expected, and they’ve got pollution, disease and collapsing coal mines as a result. But they keep making deals, opening businesses, earning money and buying and selling. Any five-minute walk in Beijing presents at least half a dozen opportunities to buy something — whether it’s dumplings from the dumpling restaurant or a DVD from the guy on the corner. He’s the one helping free market capitalism conquer the planet.
There’s a reason capitalism is “conquering” the planet — left to their own devices, it’s the “system” individuals choose to participate in. It may not be perfect, but unlike other systems — like communism — it’s organic. It doesn’t have to be forced upon an unwilling populace by a powerful authority. People choose to create it. Whether you want to look at it as utility maximization or as “the pursuit of happiness,”
of economics is like denying evolution. If you want to take issue with free markets, I suppose you can. But time and time again, over thousands of years, they’ve proven to be the most efficient, most equitable way for everyone to get what they want. They’re not perfect, but they’re the best system we’ve got. I know what you’re thinking: free markets aren’t equitable! (This is Brown, after
Here’s the thing about capitalism: It only works when people agree to participate, and they do that because it’s the most attractive offering at the economic system buffet. you can’t argue with what we do. And we’re going to do it whether we have a free market or not. We may not like the laws of economics, but, like winter, death and gravity, it’s not for us to decide whether they exist. Economics is based on laws of nature — human nature. Throwing baked goods at famous journalists isn’t going to change that. So say what you will about globalization. Say what you will about fake plastic consumerist environmentalism. But rejecting the facts
all.) They’re not fair, I’ll give you that. But that doesn’t change the fact that everyone involved has the same amount of free will. (Obviously, when coercion is involved this ceases to be true, but that’s not capitalism. I’m not defending these examples. That’s like using the Soviet Union to defend communism.) When everyone gets to make his own choice, no one is above anyone else. It’s even better than representative democracy, where we choose people to make our choices
for us. In a true free market, the individual reigns supreme. It’s not good for everyone, all the time, but it’s based on everyone deciding, going after and hopefully getting what each person wants. The “Homo economicus” model has its flaws, yes, and is overly simplistic, yes. No one is ever “perfectly informed” as the economists would have them be. We do have ethics and morals and societies and non-material desires. But that doesn’t mean there’s anything fundamentally wrong with economics. It just means it doesn’t explain everything. What can? Yet the majority of the world doesn’t seem to understand economics. And not just the man on the street; among the ranks of noneconomists are candidates who promise to return automobile manufacturing jobs to Michigan, politicians who consistently subsidize corn farmers and liberals who don’t think increasing the minimum wage will lead to increased unemployment. And, apparently, some Brown students. I know we hate requirements here, so I won’t even suggest it. But I think we should require economics in high schools. Understanding how — and why — markets work is at least as important as understanding U.S. history. Because believe it or not, the textbook that begins, “Assume an economy only has two goods: apples and oranges” explains a lot about the way the world works. Maybe then we could focus our energies on things we can change: farm bills, public schools, scientific research, immigration laws. That’s where we can make a difference.
Chloe Lutts ’08 is appalled by the waste of perfectly good pie to make a bad point
The Road to El Dorado BY AMANDA BAUER Opinions Columnist Last week, police officers raided a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints polygamist compound in El Dorado, Texas, taking over 400 children into state custody. The police responded to a 911 call from a 16-year-old girl who claimed that her husband (who is 50 years old) was raping and abusing her. The raid has launched the largest family law case in United States history. When I recently mentioned the raid to a friend of mine, it prompted a discussion of polygamy itself. She voiced the opinion that the allegations of abuse in the Church of Latter-Day Saints may be unfounded and that the sect is often “pigeon-holed.” As an International Relations major, she worried that prejudice against polygamists was a type of bigamy of the same caliber as some Americans’ hatred of all Muslims because of the attacks on 9/11: generalized hatred for a religious group based on the acts of a fundamentalist few. She admitted that she did not know a lot about polygamy, however, until she had seen the HBO TV show “Big Love” that turned pluralism into a romantic sitcom. While I agree with my friend that we should not jump to conclusions about any religious or social group, there is in reality quite a lot of evidence that the Church of Latter-Day Saints is, in fact, a repressive belief system. As this is a major government crackdown on a polygamist settlement, it calls into question whether the raid is an attack on freedom of religion. According to leaders of the sect, women enter voluntarily into early marriages
to older men because it is part of their religious beliefs. Experts for the state testified, however, that girls marry voluntarily because they have been indoctrinated from an early age to believe that disobedience will lead to damnation. Women and children who formerly lived in compounds such as the one in El Dorado have
Jeffs (the Latter-Day Saints prophet) claims the bed is simply for church members to rest on during long services. Furthermore, according to officials, about 20 of the women taken from El Dorado had children when they were minors, some as young as 13. One former wife of Warren Jeffs has said that her husband was a control freak who used water
Some worry that prejudice against polygamists was a type of bigamy of the same caliber as some Americans’ hatred of all Muslims because of the attacks on 9/11: generalized hatred for a religious group based on the acts of a fundamentalist few. testified that the polygamist sect of Mormanism is fundamentally oppressive. Girls are forced to marry early in life, some at the age of 12 or 13. In fact, there has been speculation that the bed in the compound’s temple may be for the consummation of marriage directly after wedding ceremonies, though Warren
torture on her children to force her into obedience. According to Judge Barbara Walther, the case “is not about religion — this is about keeping children safe from abuse.” But do the raid and hearings set a precedent to search other polygamist compounds across the country and take the children from
them? What about the wives? Even if they go back to their husbands without their children, the cycle of abuse will most likely continue. Surely they will eventually have more children. Will the police raid the compounds yearly to routinely collect the newborns? Probably not. The raid in El Dorado only occurred after the girl called 911 about her abusive husband, which seems to be a rare case. I agree completely with the raid and the protection of the welfare of the children, but short of outlawing the religion (which would indeed be a violation of freedom of religion), I wonder whether anything will be changed permanently. Whatever the long-term solution turns out to be, though, the raid and hearings are a step in the right direction. Even if no more compounds are raided and no more children are, shall we say, saved, at least 400 more children will be able to lead different lives. Let me get a few things straight: I am not a bigamist, and I am all for freedom of religion. This column is not an attack on Mormonism in general, as Warren Jeff’s sect is a separate entity from the Mormon Church (which officially denounced pluralism decades ago). As someone who has only seen documentaries about modern-day polygamist sects on the Discovery channel, I hardly know what life is truly like for those women and children. But I have a sister who is 13 years old, and I could not imagine seeing her married off and pregnant at her age. Children should be allowed to be children before they have any of their own, whether they “volunteer” to be mothers at 13 or not.
Amanda Bauer ’10 gets all her information from the Discovery Channel and HBO
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Friday, April 25, 2008
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
Baseball stops losing streak, splitting Holy Cross series By Benjy Asher Assistant Spor ts Editor
The baseball team snapped out of a five-game losing skid with a 5-3 home win over Holy Cross in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. It looked as if the team’s luck would continue when the Bears jumped out to a seven-run lead in the second game, but the Crusaders came back for a 14-12 win over Bruno. The team’s record now stands at 15-24 overall. In the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, starting pitcher Josh Feit ’11 turned in his strongest performance since his collegiate debut in the first game of the season. After allowing three runs, all of them unearned, in the top of the first inning, Feit settled down and shut out Holy Cross, and only allowed one hit in his next four and two-third innings of work. “In the first two or three innings, he struggled a little with command of his fastball, and he was missing in on a lot of hitters with his fastball,” said Head Coach Marek Drabinski. “In the third or fourth
Raymond ’08 lets game do the talking NFL prospect reserved, but not on the field By Stu Woo Senior Editor
Phil Estes’ first thought was, “How am I ever going to get this guy to say something?” It was 2003, and the Brown head football coach was in Miami to recruit a wide receiver. But when Estes sat down with Paul Raymond ’08, the then-high school senior just stared at the coach. “Some people, you can get a conversation started and they can just take it away,” Estes said. “Paul was one of those guys who was just very, very quiet and reserved and listened to what you said.” Today, Paul Raymond the college senior shows flashes of Paul Raymond the high school senior. Still polite, he appears to have opened up considerably, though he still nervously fiddled with his Blackberry while answering questions in a recent interview. One thing has clearly changed: the scope of Raymond’s dreams. In high school, he was the undersized, 5-foot-9 prospect passed up by Division I-A programs. But now, he is on the brink of entering the National Football League, as the Ivy Leaguer with perhaps the best shot of being picked in the NFL Draft this weekend. Raymond is hoping his impressive senior year (55 catches and 978 receiving yards) and quick 40-yard dash time (about 4.4 seconds) will help him in the draft. But he’s not a lock, acknowledging that pro teams might still look down on his size and football pedigree. continued on page 13
Manny, Ronnie: Two of a kind
inning, he star ted to locate his fastball away, and he was able to throw strike one a lot more. ... He did a great job of battling through those first two innings and finding his groove.” The Bears got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, cutting Holy Cross’s lead to 3-2. With the bases loaded, left fielder Brian Kelaher ’08 hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring tri-captain third baseman Rob Papenhause ’09. After first baseman JJ Eno ’08 earned a walk to load the bases again, center fielder Steve Daniels ’09 drove in a run with an infield single. In the bottom of the next frame, right fielder Nick Punal ’10 came to the plate with two outs and Papenhause on second base. As he has done consistently all year, Punal, a lefty, took the pitch the other way and drove an RBI single through the left side to tie the game at three. Punal has emerged as one of Brown’s top hitters in his sophomore season, with a .361 batting
pete in men’s and women’s singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles. Some of the teams at the tournament had coaches, but the Brown team did not, and co-captain Cory Harris ’10 thought it was a good thing. “It was clear during the tournament that the fact that we don’t have a coach actually brought the team together more,” Harris said. “We made decisions as a team.” Harris said the team did very
The other night, I was at a bar watching the UEFA Champions League semifinals match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United. Or, if you’re unfamiliar with the jargon, I was watching a really big soccer game. Somewhere in between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ben Singer botched penalty high Notes kick and the guy next to me asking the bartender for a third ashtray, one of my American friends who doesn’t follow soccer turns and asks me, “Where’s Ronaldinho?” It’s a question a lot of people have been asking recently. Often proclaimed one of the best players in the world, Barca’s Brazilian phenom was nowhere to be seen on the field that night or most others this season. While he’s technically been nagged by injuries off-and-on this season, those in Barcelona know the real reason Ronnie isn’t on the field. After “excessive” partying, the overwhelmingly talented superstar became too engaged in the extracurricular benefits of being a professional athlete. As a result, he failed to keep himself in proper physical form in order to help his team much anymore, to the point where FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta said Ronnie “needs help.” To those in New England, this probably doesn’t sound unfamiliar. The only Red Sox player to ever pee behind the Green Monster at Fenway during an inning or try to sell his “AMAZING grill” on eBay, outfielder Manny Ramirez isn’t a far cry from his Brazilian counterpart. Both led
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Right fielder Nick Punal ‘10 had success against Holy Cross pitching, going 5-for-6 in the doubleheader.
After rough start, club tennis blooms By Han Cui Sports Staff Writer
When Alex Baker ’09 came to Brown his freshman year, he joined the men’s club tennis team, which at that time “was very disorganized and lacked any formal structure” and had a budget of $90, according to Baker’s letter to the United States Tennis Association earlier this month. But with the help of the USTA and the hard work put in by Baker and other members on the men’s club tennis team, the
team has grown tremendously in the past two years. This year, for the first time, the team, along with the women’s club tennis team, qualified for the USTA National Campus Championships after claiming the New England title in the regional tournament. The team competed in Nationals last weekend in Cary, N.C., and finished 10th out of a field of 64 teams. The USTA tournament follows the World Team Tennis format in which each school sends 10 people, women and men combined, to com-
Bear Tracks: The year in athletics, by the numbers
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Forward Scott Friske ’09 helped the men’s basketball team win a record 19 games and make its first postseason appearance since 2003.
145-0 — Combined score of the women’s rugby team’s three victories in the Ivy League tournament 96 — Innings played by the baseball team during spring break 86 — Floors ascended by former men’s squash co-captain Ben Oliner ’03 in the Empire State Building Run Up 66 — Saves by women’s hockey goalie Nicole Stock ’09 in a game, a Brown record 50’9.25”— outdoor school record distance jumped by Ikenna Achilihu ’08 in the men’s triple jump 42-40 — Score of the fourth game of the volleyball team’s win against Cornell, the second-highest score in Brown history 40 — Bench press reps by 49-year-old football Head Coach Phil Estes at the Bench Press for Cancer, good for third on the team 34 — Number of varsity sports teams at Brown, as well as the number of conference titles we expect next year 22 — Letters in softball Head
Coach DeeDee Enabenter-Omidiji’s name. 20 — Days it took former men’s basketball Head Coach Craig Robinson to accept a new job after Brown lost in its first postseason game since 2003. 6 – Number of wins by the Oregon State men’s basketball team last season. 0 - Number of wins in Pac-10 play. 20 — Number of Academic AllIvy winners in the fall and winter seasons 19 — Record number of wins for the men’s basketball team 18 — Goals scored by women’s lacrosse team Tuesday, the most by a Brown sports team all year 16 — Games the field hockey team used to build up to its first win of the season 14 — Ranking the men’s squash team finished the season with despite ending the season with a 6-11 record. ’11 — Year of graduation for the freshman class, members of which led the women’s tennis, volleyball and skiing teams in addition continued on page 14
Published on Apr 25, 2008