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Volume CXLIII, No. 64

Damaged line stops water service By Franklin Kanin News Editor

Wednesday morning, Max Ashby ’12 woke up at 10 a.m. and began his morning routine. But when he got to the shower, the water had been turned off. He went back at noon, and again, he was not able to make use of the shower. Ashby was not alone, as water service for 28 buildings on campus were turned off yesterday between shortly after 8:30 a.m. and shortly after noon. The water had to be turned off when contractors working on the Utility Infrastructure Renewal Project damaged an underground domestic water line on Waterman Street, said Paul Dietel, director of project management for Facilities Management. Providence Water was called in to make repairs to the line, and in order to do so effectively, it had to turn off a water main that provides water service for various University buildings, including Faunce House, Hope College, the Rockefeller, John Hay and John Carter Brown libraries and buildings on the Main Green. Dietel said he thought the contractors working on the project and Providence Water did a good job dealing with the situation and getting the water back online as efficiently as possible. While Dietel said it is not uncommon for utilities to sustain damage during construction, this particular problem was unusual. “I can’t remember the last time something like this happened. Not an everyday occurrence, I would say.” Showers were not the only amenities shut down due to the lack of water. The Blue Room was one casualty, and the workers had to scramble to keep it running, said Ken Richardson, a food service worker there. Richardson said they had to get coffee from the Sharpe Refectory, use pre-made sandwiches from Josiah’s and close down the deli line. “It was embarrassing. We couldn’t serve certain things, couldn’t wash our hands, so we had to use other means,” Richardson said, noting the use of hand sanitizer and trips to the Ratty bathroom. “It was terrible.” At the Rock, the bathrooms were out of service. Senior Library Specialist Sue Gervais, who was at the library while the water was down, said they had to use the facilities across the street at Horace Mann. Gervais, who called it “very inconvenient,” said she did not use the bathroom while it was down, opting to stay at the Rock rather than cross the street for those. But Gervais said the library, including the cafe, remained open despite the shut down. “I was able to get coffee. I think we were able to get it all poured before it happened,” she said. “We got all the important stuff.” Ashby was not discouraged by the lack of water. Instead, he walked to Morriss Hall on Pembroke campus to use those showers. “I might start using those regularly anyways,” he joked, referring to the private showers in that dorm.



More EMS patients to be sent to hospital

First-years start off with few EMSed

Night and weekend calls affected by state regulation

cal assistance, they evaluate that person on site and decide if he should be treated there, brought to Health Services or transported to a hospital. In instances involving alcohol abuse, EMS transports the patient to the hospital 43 percent of the time, Sanderson said. Twenty to 30 percent of the time, EMS judges the student does not need

Brown Emergency Medical Services received three calls during Orientation this year, two of which required transportation to a hospital, said Amy Sanderson, manager of safety and emergency medical services. These numbers were similar to those from Orientation last year, Sanderson said, and they represent a decrease from 2006, when there were nine transports to a hospital over the same time period. The change reflects an overall decrease in the number of EMS transports required in recent years for large-scale campus events like Spring Weekend and Sex Power God. “The number of alcohol-related calls have been dropping across the board,” Sanderson said. Before 2007, Orientation had been six days long, beginning with move-in on a Wednesday and courses beginning on the following Tuesday, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Margaret Klawunn said. It was shortened last year to only three days. Though there were various reasons for shortening Orientation, Klawunn said, one reason was that the longer Orientation left a lot of free time in the schedule that freshmen spent drinking. Edward Wheeler, director of health services, said he thought that changes in Health Services staffing over the weekend may have also contributed to the lower number of transports.

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— Cameron Lee

By Colin Chazen Senior Staff Writer

Emergency Medical Services has begun transporting patients to Rhode Island Hospital on nights and weekends in compliance with a newly enforced but long-standing state regulation. The Rhode Island division of EMS informed the University in July that it would start enforcing the regulation, which mandates that ambulances transport passengers to a facility staffed by a physician, administrators said. Health Services is staffed by nurses 24 hours a day, but doctors are only on hand during working hours. “During the day, ambulances will operate as they always have,” said Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services. “On nights and weekends, if EMS examines a patient and sees they require further care, they would have to be transported to a hospital.” In response to the regulation, the University plans to clarify EMS’s policies that decide if a student can refuse care and issue a written appeal to the state requesting the regulation be removed, Klawunn said. While the regulation has been on the books for years, the Rhode Island Division of EMS only recently decided to enforce it following an internal audit at the agency, Safety and EMS Manager

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Thirty to 40 percent of students treated for alcohol abuse were previously kept at Health Services. Those students will now be sent to Rhode Island Hospital.

Amy Sanderson said. Prior to the enforcement of this regulation, those needing only minor care or observation were taken to Health Services, Sanderson said. The new regulation will not change the way EMS decides how much medical attention patients need, only where they transport them to, Sanderson added. Currently, when EMS receives a call for a student requiring medi-

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Survey: seniors’ confidence in job prospects down By Scott Lowenstein Metro Editor

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Gerardo Tejada ‘09 performs at the Activities Fair Thursday night.

Sayonara Trattoria The long-running Trattoria line in Sharpe Refectory has been replaced by ‘Tastes of the World’

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Gold-digging strippers Tara Schuster‘s ’08 play “Be Brave Anna” was in the New York InterARTS & CULTURE national Fringe Festival




American college students aren’t feeling great about life after black gowns and graduation parties. A survey released yesterday by Right Management, a Philadelphiabased employment consulting firm, found that 72 percent of the 236 “recent and soon-to-be college graduates” expect trouble in finding their “ideal job,” up from 59 percent in 2007. Only 26 percent think their ideal job will be “somewhat to very easy” to obtain, down from 37 percent last year. Perhaps reflecting that concern, members of the senior class converged at the Career Development Center’s annual event for careerrelated resources yesterday. While the event is meant to benefit seniors as an early reminder of the potentially stressful job-search season, the members of the senior class who attended the event were on edge in a crowded Salomon 101. The event, led by CDC senior

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associate director Barbara Peoples and senior assistant director Ron Foreman, had a distinctly optimistic tone, but the anxiety about finding a job in a weakened economy and graduating with increasing college debt was palpable. When Peoples asked the seniors in attendance if they felt stressed about future job prospects, more than half of the hands in the auditorium went up. Anxiety about post-college plans is nothing new, but the poor economy and lack of money in academic and non-profit work were on the minds of some seniors attending the CDC meeting. Lily Axelrod ’09, a public policy and Latin American studies concentrator who was at the CDC meeting, said she worries about finding a meaningful job that still provides essential benefits like health care. “It’s partially the anxiety of ... not having a firm path, and part of it has to do with the economy,” Axelrod said about her employment angst. She hopes to work for a non-profit or continued on page 4

meet the coaches Say hello to some of the new members of Brown’s coaching staffs

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Menu Sharpe Refectory

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Lunch — Creamy Cappellini with Broccoli, Onion Rings, BLT Sandwich, Vegan Vegetable Couscous

Lunch — Chicken Fingers, Vegan Nuggets, S’mores Bars, Enchilada Bar

Dinner — Refectory closed for Athletics barbecue

Dinner — Closed for Athletics barbecue.

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Rotating menu replaces Trattoria Hungry for hummus? Tickled by tacos? The new “Tastes of the World” line in the Sharpe Refectory opened this week with the first of five rotating menus from around the globe. With such offerings as baba ghanoush and stuffed grape leaves, a Middle Eastern menu debuts the new food line, which replaced Trattoria’s pizza and pasta. Nevertheless, the perennial favorites aren’t gone for good. “We knew these items were popular so we didn’t want to remove them entirely,” Dining Services’ Director of Administration Ann Hoffman wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Pizza will continue to appear in the Bistro line nightly, and two of the five “Tastes of the World” lines ­— Mediterranean and Italian — will feature pizza, pasta and calzones, she wrote. The remaining two menus will be Asian and Tex-Mex themed. Trattoria was replaced because administrators felt it got less traffic than the other lines and sensed that students found it stale, Hoffman wrote. Hoffman wrote that the change was made “to offer something new and more varied, and to enhance students’ exposure to foods from around the world.” She added that it is too soon to tell whether the new line is popular. “So far I think it’s okay,” Rolando Huerta ’11 said. The pasta bar was something he could always count on when other lines were lackluster, but the new international line is more “hit-or-miss,” he said. “How can you mess up pasta?” “I really like it,” said Gabriel Wingfield ’12, who as a first-year never knew the old Trattoria menu. He is used to lighter cooking than typical cafeteria fare, and so the new line reminds him more of what he had at home, he said. — George Miller

Station owners settle with victims The owners of The Station night club in West Warwick, where a 2003 fire killed 100, reached a tentative final settlement of $813,218.82 with the victims on Wednesday. This settlement from brothers Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, among the last defendants to settle, pushed the total sum of money offered to the victims and their families to about $175 million, according to a Sept. 4 article in the Providence Journal. The Feb. 20 fire occurred during a concert by Great White, whose band member Ty Longley died in the blaze. More than 200 people were injured. Great White, whose pyrotechnics show set off the fatal flames, also agreed on Wednesday to pay the victims $1 million, according to the Journal. The town of West Warwick and the state of Rhode Island have also agreed to pay $10 million to the victims for failing to properly inspect the Station. Other defendants who have settled include companies which made the Station’s unsafe foam lining and the sponsors of the concert. — Simon van Zuylen Wood

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A dull roar and controlled chaos filled the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center last night.

About 2,000 take advantage of Activities Fair By Max Mankin Senior Staff Writer

On their way into the fall Activities Fair Thursday evening, about 2,000 students flashed their IDs to Chuck Hampton, the front desk attendant at the OMAC. The students were on their way to speed-date about 290 student groups active in athletics, performing arts, publishing, community service and politics whose members were waiting at tables eager to recruit them — freshmen, transfer students, upperclassmen and graduate students alike. “Almost every freshman comes” to the activities fair, Director of Student Activities Ricky Gresh said. Groups in attendance, ranging from the ever-popular ­— like a cappella groups and the Brown Band — to smaller groups like Watershed and the Brown Linux Users Group, put on quite a show aiming to impress new recruits. Clubs boasted break dancers, uniforms and even costumed mascots to draw attention. And the droves of potential recruits didn’t disappoint, many of them enthusiastically putting their names and e-mail addresses down for more than a few mailing lists. “I signed up for Anime Club and the Speculative Media (and Entertainment) Group,” Joshua Brown ’12

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said. “I checked out BSR, the Indy, the Brown Democrats and emPOWER,” Fiona Condon ’12 said. Some student groups hoped to use the fair to establish a strong presence with the community. “(The activities fair) is always at the back of our minds because we want to get a good presence in the Brown community,” said Jason Ziplow ’10, a representative for Alpha Epsilon Pi at the fair. “It’s not really about numbers — it’s more about making sure people know who we are.” Other groups were focused on taking on new members. “This is always a great event to get fresh members,” Michelle Lam ’09 of Habitat for Humanity said. Lam said she hoped to enlist 30 to 40 new members but was worried about maintaining interest level throughout the year. “With most clubs there’s a big initial interest, but the problem is getting people to keep showing up throughout the year.” Watershed, a student group that publishes an environment and culture journal and which started about four years ago, was trying to boost its numbers. “A lot of people graduated. It’s a rebuilding year,” Helen Mou ’10 said. The group hoped to recruit 10 new members. The Orientation Welcoming Committee and the Student Activi-

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Members of ARR!!, a pirate a capella group, offer some of their booty. ties Office began planning for the activities fair last November, said Michelle Norworth ’10, an OWC committee chair. The number of groups increased by about 25 from last year’s activities fair, Gresh said. More upperclassmen showed up to browse the groups than had come in the past, he added, likely because the fair was on a weeknight instead of a weekend.

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The state’s new enforcement of an old regulation means late night and weekend EMS calls will end up at a hospital.

New EMS policy may discourage calls continued from page 1 further medical care. Prior to the new regulation, EMS brought the patient to Health Services for observation in the remaining 30 to 40 percent of cases, Sanderson said. It’s these incidents in which students require minor medical care or observation that will be most affected by the regulation. EMS does not charge patients for ambulance transportation, Sanderson said, but unlike at Health Services, patients will likely have to pay a health insurance co-pay at a hospital. The regulation only applies to those needing ambulance transport, and Health Services will continue to provide the same types of 24-hour medical services to students who walk — or are escorted on foot — to Health Services. “But we don’t want people walking from unsafe distances,” Director of

Health Services Edward Wheeler said. Administrators said the regulation should not stop students from seeking medical assistance. “It’s very important that if anyone is worried about their level of intoxication that they call,” Klawunn said. “Get your friend evaluated. Hopefully your friend is not going to require care.” The University of Rhode Island’s EMS and several other organizations that use ambulances will also be affected by the regulation, Sanderson said. Hiring physicians to staff Health Services around the clock would fulfill the regulation’s requirements. But doing so wouldn’t be cost-effective, Wheeler said. Although most students said they would still contact EMS if their friend needed medical assistance, many said the regulation could discour-

a union for a few years before potentially returning to academia. Randi Roberts ’09, an art history concentrator, said she hopes to find temporary work in New York City next year, perhaps as an au pair or with Teach for America. “There is no money in art right now,” Roberts said. She added she is interested in museum education, but poor funds at museums and galleries limit her opportunities. “I have some anxiety about finding a high enough paying job

that I can support myself, and do what I want to do,” she said. Foreman, the career counselor, said that so far this year, the CDC has not received a noticeable uptick in interest or demand for its programs in comparison to previous years, but that it is too early to draw a conclusion. He said despite the difficulties presented by the weak economy, “there will always be jobs for people if they go about it the right way.” “I know I can find a job,” Roberts said. “I also know it’s going to be uncomfortable.”

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age people from calling. “If my friend is that drunk that he requires medical attention, I’d still call,” Patrick Lec ’12 said. “But if people are unsure or deciding whether to call it might push them towards not calling.” Sammy Feldblum ’12 said Brown’s past policy of taking student to Health Services made students more comfortable with calling to ask for help. “Some people seem iffy about calling to begin with,” he said. “Now it will show as an emergency room visit to their parents that they will have to explain.” Jenny Wyron ’09 said that a student calling for a friend could be apprehensive under the regulation. “You always have to call for someone else so — not knowing their financial situation or their relationship with their parents — it’s a big deal if they’re going to the hospital.”

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The Brown Swing Club’s members demonstrating a dip.

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Schuster ’08 puts Anna Nicole on NYC stage By Caroline Sedano Senior Staff Writer

After premiering at Brown’s Production Workshop in fall 2007, Tara Schuster’s ’08 play “Be Brave, Anna” — a classically styled French melodrama based on the life and death of raucous reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith — appeared at Players Theatre this August as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. “It was a really amazing ego boost,” Schuster said of being accepted into the festival. According to FringeNYC’s Web site, the festival is one of the largest in North America, with over 200 productions in 16 days at venues throughout Manhattan. The cast and crew crammed onto friends’ couches and the director’s floor when left with the task of finding their own housing. They also contributed $550 collectively to be part of the festival, and Schuster raised $1,000 for production costs. “There was a lot of pressure to do something amazing — you have this opportunity and you want to make the best of it,” Schuster said. Moving to a bigger venue was one of many changes to the play since its October 2007 debut. Schuster rewrote the ending and gave her original duties as director to her boyfriend, James Rutherford ’07. The rest of the original cast and crew stayed on. “The first time around it was such a good experience (that) the chance to be part of that group again was real-

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ly appealing to all of us,” said Andrew Evans ’09, who played Cato, a sort of magical ringmaster to the play. “When I agreed to do the play the first time I would have never dreamed it would end where I was this summer,” said Albert Huber ’09, who plays Smith’s son. In performing the play for the second time, “the expectations were really high,” Schuster said. “We wanted to take over New York City,” she joked, adding that being one of the youngest groups out of 202 productions at the festival only heightened the pressure. “We were kind of unique being so young,” Evans said. “And I think our fresh, young energy added something special to the festival.” Beyond the ages of the actors, the play itself is out of the ordinary. While studying the French melodrama in Paris, Schuster became fascinated with Smith’s sudden and mysterious death and realized that the formulaic good versus evil style of the melodrama could capture the tone of reality television and the sensationalism of Smith’s life. “You can hate her for being a gold digger and a stripper, but people can relate to using what you have. It’s really a perfect example of the American Dream story,” Schuster said. “She became the ultimate individual by having her own reality show — which was her ultimate success. And yet she crumbled under her own image.”

The topical nature of the play attracted Evans to it and, he speculated, was the reason performances consistently drew a full house. “America’s fascination with her led to her demise,” he said. “The play keeps you laughing, just as she did in her life. Yet when she suddenly dies the show suddenly implicates you, the viewer, in her death. It is very powerful.” “We definitely raised a few eyebrows,” Evans said. When the cast and crew were publicizing by handing out fliers and postcards, he added, they found that people had often heard something about the production and would say “Oh, you’re that show!” The show received reviews ranging from the glowingly positive — including a five-star write-up in the weekly magazine Time Out New York — to the bitingly negative. “I realized I’m so much more sensitive than I thought I was,” Schuster said. “But it was also really enlightening as to what theater is like in the real world. You have to have good reviews to get an audience and have to have an audience to have a show. Nothing is as easy as at Brown.” The fact that the whole crew started at Brown and was back together in New York City made the experience especially poignant for Schuster. “We felt like we were representing Brown,” she said. “It was like a quest to show how awesome Brown is to the world.”

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Ben Struhl’ 09 and Nathan Greenberg ’09 reenact the classic photo that hangs in the Ratty as part of Brown’s Coalition for Art in Public Space.

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Diamonds and coal Diamond to the guy at the OMAC who checked the IDs of all 2,000 students going to the activities fair. We know those 52 extra freshmen were hard to handle. We almost can’t believe it ourselves, but coal to the Ratty. You’ve brought this upon yourself, replacing the Trattoria line with multicultural fare — come on, can’t the subaltern Other speak against logocentric hegemony without taking away the pizza? Cubic zirconium to President Simmons’ former chef, who garnered national attention for blowing a .49 BAC — the highest in memor y — during a traffic stop. We don’t condone that sort of heavy drinking, but we must admit we’re a little pleased someone around here is high on a ranking list. Coal, yet again, to a shorter Orientation. Administrators have robbed first-years of the opportunity to use all that free time to, er, socialize. Luckily, one young freshman lady helpfully reminded our reporter that athletic teams have been kind enough to step up and offer, er, socialization stations. Diamond to fire hydrants creating a small river on Waterman St. Natural puns really tickle us, but we’d prefer that the water went to better use. Say, in our Blue Room coffee. Coal to University officials and their incoherent all-campus e-mails. You folks are worse than UCS with these messages and their alien punctuation. Luckily, if you pretend all the Wingdings are blank spaces, these e-mails make for some delightful madlibs. In bed. Coal to King House for not affording enough social opportunities to the six freshmen stuck living there. Unless, of course, they enjoy pancake parties or barefoot boogies. Or good funk music. Or fine literature. Actually, on second thought, we’ll trade rooms with you. Cubic zirconium to the EMS’s enforcement change, which says Brown EMS must transport patients to the hospital unless a doctor is at Health Ser vices. We’re willing to plan our drinking around the physicians’ office hours, but we’ll need a doctor’s note to miss a bit of class. Diamond to the class of 2012, just joining us here on College Hill. And, please, consider joining The Herald.

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Letters Renovated J. Walter Wilson needs a nickname To the Editor: Now that J. Walter Wilson has been fully renovated with classrooms and many of the student services and administrative offices, it has come to the attention of myself and many of my friends that we in the Brown community have yet to come up with a convenient nickname for the building. Many are being tried out, but there is very little consistency, and students everywhere are losing entire seconds referring to the building by its full name, or—even worse—creating a nickname that no one understands. Therefore, I propose a vote of

some form to reconcile this exhausting problem from among the following: A) The Dub Dub B) J-Wall (like AWOL. My personal favorite so far) C) J Dub D) “You know, that place with those impossible-toopen mailboxes” (overheard on Brown St.) Chris Canary ‘11 Sept. 4

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Pragmatism and Tibet BY RACHEL FORMAN Opinions Columnist I had to do a double take when I saw a bottle of “Free Tibet Golden Ginger Ale” at an ice cream parlor my first day home after spending six months in China. In my time away, I had forgotten about how Americans like to openly mix the controversial and the commercial. Maybe it was culture shock, but this struck me as bizarre and unfair. There are lots of territorial conflicts and oppressed people in the world, so why bother slapping the Tibetan flag on bottles of soda as a globally conscious marketing gimmick? Back in March, when Tibet became a particularly hot topic because of the riots in Lhasa and other ethnically Tibetan parts of China, I realized I knew embarrassingly little about the situation. I started asking both American classmates and Chinese teachers and friends to explain the history. At the extremes, these were the two story lines I heard: Chinese story: “Tibet has always been and will always be a part of China. When the Chinese army liberated the Tibetan province from the inhumane feudal system headed by the Dalai Lama in 1950, many people who were previously enslaved went free and Tibetans were, on the whole, grateful for communist rule. The United States, however, wanted to weaken China and oppose communism, so it supported the uprising in 1959 and then the Dalai Lama’s government in exile. “Tibetans have benefited from being part of China, as Beijing has invested immense amounts of money to improve the region’s infrastructure and grow the tourism industry. The Dalai Lama still wants to split Tibet away from the rest of China and is therefore

a dangerous and despised enemy of the Chinese people. “It’s also important to remember that this is an internal Chinese problem and foreigners have no right to interfere or even discuss it in their newspapers.” American story: “Tibet was a peaceful, self-governing Buddhist nation independent from China until the Chinese army ‘liberated’ it against its will in 1950. The Dalai Lama and his government in exile are the rightful rulers of Tibet, which is still occupied by China.

state-controlled media to brainwash the Chinese people into believing its story.” Needless to say, I was a bit confused. The stories line up only on the basic premise that Tibet exists, and there are some problems there. But before cursing the Chinese government as a bunch of totalitarian liars, let’s assume that reality (foggy, censored and subjective as it may be) lies somewhere between these two narratives. I have never been to Tibet and am certainly not an expert on the issue, but my conversa-

If Americans… still feel idealistic enough to become Tibet advocates, they should know that a free Tibet is out of the question and focus on issues of autonomy, rights and religion. The Tibetans have been oppressed for many years, denied religious freedom and political self-determination. “The Chinese occupation of Tibet has not brought any prosperity to Tibetan people, as all industries are owned and managed by government officials and non-Tibetan Chinese who have moved to the region. China rewrote history in a way that legitimates its expansionary territorial claims and then used

tions with Chinese people over the next few months convinced me that the following points should become part of the American dialogue about the region. First, it’s significant that the United States may have been involved in funding and training Tibetans who participated in the 1959 uprising. This information should be a permanent part of the thirty-second CliffsNotes on modern Tibetan history. For better or

worse, the Dalai Lama might not have become a household name if the United States had decided to fund guerrilla fighters in Xinjiang instead of Tibet. Second, a free Tibet is not possible because China would not hesitate to use violence against Tibetans in order to preserve its sovereignty in the region. Unchallenged territorial sovereignty is a political necessity for any country, particularly for China with its one-party political system, complicated ethnic situation and, of course, Taiwan. If Americans are familiar with Chinese history and politics and still feel idealistic enough to become Tibet advocates, they should know that a free Tibet is out of the question and focus on issues of autonomy, rights and religion. The conversation with China is over as soon as some one says “independent Tibet.” Finally, we can’t expect China to take seriously Americans “meddling in their internal affairs” when we do distasteful things like use the Tibet issue to sell gourmet soda. This plays on the romanticized Tibet of the American imagination, trivializing the situation, eroding our ability to evaluate the conflict from an unemotional place and undermining the legitimacy of our opinions. No wonder China thinks Americans are just looking for another reason to be critical. Tibet will continue to make headlines as the Beijing Olympics fade further into memory, and while I don’t expect any campus groups to start selling “Don’t Free Tibet” t-shirts any time in the near future, it wouldn’t hurt to add a touch of realism to our understanding of Tibetan history and any attempts at activism.

Rachel Forman ’09 prefers the crisp, clean taste of Chinese-Sovereignty-Is-Inevitable Cola

Brown should force students to think green BY JOSHUA KAPLAN Opinions Columnist It is wonderful that the University is spending its resources reducing emissions and committing to a future of LEED-certified buildings. But Brown is small and therefore any changes in emissions are also small. For Brown to have a significant impact beyond the university community, it must make students think green. The University is doing something about its environmental impact. Specifically, Brown is planning to make current facilities use 42 percent below 2007 green house emission levels by 2020. Making conservative assumptions about future growth, Brown will go from 6,686 homes to 3,878 homes — a difference of 2,808 homes. Or Brown goes from 11,391 cars to 6,606 cars — a difference of 4,785 cars. Those savings describe my suburban town — albeit fewer homes and a few more cars. Those values were for homes or cars, so Brown will save about half the emissions of a smallish suburban town. Assuming of course Brown is not going to keep on building new

facilities, which of course it will. The blunt truth is that while Brown is making a serious attempt to reduce its greenhouse emissions, all of Brown’s efforts will be canceled out by a few new dozen subdivisions Brown can make an impact far larger than its own environmental impact by making us, the students, green in thought. We already have one program that does this in a small way — PAW Prints. It is simple and effec-

cell phone and laptop, along with an alarm clock and a lamp or two are plugged into your dorm room’s outlets. Perhaps you have a microwave, refrigerator, TV, game console or hair dryer. The point is that you have no idea how much energy you are using. I want to shove your energy usage in your face. For the moment, individuals can keep their flat fee of electricity use that is included in the room fee. The University should hook up sensors to the outlets and the light in each

I want to shove your energy usage in your face. tive. Every time you print at a library, you are reminded of how much money you have already used up. It is not perfect, however, because it does not say how many pages you have printed so far or the carbon dioxide or tree equivalent. Nevertheless, it is better than what happens when you turn on the light in your room — absolutely nothing. Chargers for your

room and put up a nice display that can show current, daily and past electricity usage. This is a two-part process. First, start simple. Make one of the Grad Centers a test bed by wiring each room, all singles, with sensors and a display. The display should show that room’s energy use and compare it with the average use of each room in the dorm at that moment. The spe-

cific comparisons could be different, what is important is making students aware. If this program is popular, we should incorporate more dorms. Taking it one step further, go back to the original Grad Center dorm and make it a test bed once more. Now that we know range of student energy usage, we could charge students to use an especially high amount of electricity. Conversely, we could reward people who use an especially low amount. Either way, we can use incentives to make students pay attention. Even if the environmental impact is low, the mental impact is huge. This program will be expensive, but then so is cutting green house emissions and constructing LEED certified buildings. It will not reduce energy consumption very much, but that is not the point. This innovation keeps energy efficiency on ever yone’s mind — and graduating a thousand-and-a half students each year with green on their minds will spread the environmental impact far beyond Brown’s community.

Joshua Kaplan ‘11 thinks it’s not easy being green.

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Friday, September 5, 2008


Soccer to host tournament this weekend By Benjy Asher Sports Editor

The prize inside: My summer working at Yankee Stadium

This weekend marks the first of Brown sports action this fall, so to cheer on the Bears, check out these games. Friday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 7, the defending Ivy League champion men’s soccer team will be taking the field as hosts of the annual Adidas-Brown Soccer Classic tournament versus Big East adversaries St. John’s College and Villanova University. The annual pre-game BBQ takes place on Friday in front of the Pizzitola Sports Center and makes for an excellent start to this kick-off weekend for fall sports. Leading the team will be defender Rhett Bernstein ’09, who after earning First-Team All-Ivy honors in 2007 was named a Pre-season Second Team All-American by Soccer America for the 2008 season. The team will also feature goalie Paul Grandstrand ’11, who hopes to continue his dominance in goal after an outstanding freshman season that earned him Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. Other key returning players include midfielders Darren Howerton ’09, Nick Elenz-Martin ’10 and Chris Roland ’10. Elenz-Martin’s solid all-around play earned him a spot on the AllIvy First Team, while Roland and Howerton, the team leader with nine assists, were both given AllIvy honorable mention accolades. Bruno will look to get its season off to a good start by repeating as Adidas Soccer Classic champions, when it faces St. John’s at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Villanova at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The women’s soccer team will kick off its season at Boston College on Friday before returning to Brown for its first home game of the season when it faces off against Albany at 6 p.m. The team hopes to build on its 2007 season, in which the Bears finished with a 6-10-1 record and a 3-4 mark in the Ivy League. Brown returns two All-Ivy players, Lindsay Cunningham ’09 and Bridget Ballard ’10. Cunningham, a forward, finished with two goals and three assists last season to earn a spot on the All-Ivy Second

Saturday, June 21, CIN @ NYY, 1:05 pm. I’ve been here a hundred times. Yankee Stadium. The Cathedral. I was here when David Wells threw his hung-over perfect game, and when Alex Rodriguez drove in 10 RBI. I’ve heard the man with the recorder play the “Addams Family” theme for nickels and Freddy Sez’s spoon-and-pan is music to my ears. I’ve seen more groundskeepers dance to YMCA than you can imagine. But today is different. Today I begin my job as a Cracker Jacks vendor. The basement of the stadium is dark and musty. I report two hours before the game, mainly waiting around until the National Anthem. Experienced vendors shuffle about, making small talk with their co-workers of many years. “Yo, I hear we’re looking at Ben Sheets!” “Nah, he’s got an inner-ear infection.” I shake my head and grunt in approval — I’m received with looks of confusion. Who is this kid? I bury my head in my copy of “Dreams From My Father,” avoiding small talk until the game begins. One veteran hawker recognizes my greenness and approaches with a bit of advice. “Always ask the customer, ‘How many would you like?’ Trust me, kid.” I nod, anxiously waiting for the game to begin. My mood brightens as soon as I take those familiar, magical steps out to the seats. I watch the outfield grass appear, take a breath and start my new job. I promised myself I wouldn’t fake a Bronx accent, so I attempt to sell my product with full sincerity. “I have Cracker Jacks! Would anyone like some Cracker Jacks? Only $5.75!” No luck, no customers. I acquiesce. “Eyyyy, cracker jacks heeeah, getcha cracker jacks heeah!” Ears perk up, wallets come out. A loud crack, a collective breath, then slow groan. I turn quickly to see that Corey Patterson just launched a home run off of Jose “Ramiro Mendoza” Veras. I’m suddenly reminded that I’m at a baseball game — it’s harder to watch the game than I thought it would be. I ask my next customer: “How

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The women’s soccer team will begin its season at Boston College on Friday and follow up with a home game against Albany on Saturday.

Team, and Ballard was named honorable mention for her strong play as a midfielder for the Bears. The field hockey team also begins its season this weekend, hoping to rebound after a difficult 1-16 season in 2007. Key players include Victoria Sacco ’09, who was named Second Team All-Ivy last season after finishing with three goals and two assists, as well as Tacy Zysk ’11, who emerged as a powerful goal scorer with four goals in the last four games of the season, including two in the team’s lone victory, a 3-0 win over Yale in the season finale. The Bears will travel to Durham,

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N.H., on Friday to take on the University of New M. soccer vs. St. Hampshire John’s Collegein the season opener. W. soccer at Boston College Field hockey at New Hampshire SATURDAY, SEPT. 6 M. soccer vs. Villanova W. soccer vs. Albany Field hockey at Maine

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many would you like, sir?” “Oh, um, now that you mention it — honey, you want a bag? — I’ll have two please.” Cha-ching! This job is an art form. Down in the basement to refill my Cracker Jacks supply, I see manager Joe Girardi in the corridor. It’s just me and him. I gather some courage: “Hey Joe, you’re the man!” “Hey how’s it goin’.” He doesn’t slow down — the man has a bullpen to mismanage — but he speaks to me. What a legendary first day of work. As the innings fly by, I realize I can stop trying to watch the game — Latroy Hawkins has taken the mound. Looks like Girardi has given up on this one. I focus on earning tips. I flip the Cracker Jacks behind my back and toss it to the kids — their grateful parents let me keep the extra quarter. Fans ask for the price, I reply empathetically: “$5.75, unfortunately.” They smile and give me the quarter. I wish I could take a semester off from school and keep this job, but my tuition-paying parents are reluctant. Apparently my “education” is more important than becoming a part of history. For when the dust has settled and the bulldozers are through, there will soon be a playground where Yankee Stadium once stood. I’m lucky to have played a part of this historic, final season — one “Prize Inside” at a time.

Ellis Rochelson ’09 will never understand why Sidney Ponson plays baseball for a living.

Fresh faces: Looking for Bruno’s best and most promising players By Megan McCahill Sports Editor

This year’s fall sports schedule will offer students the opportunity to watch their classmates in action, but the members of the class of 2012 aren’t the only unfamiliar faces fans will be seeing on the field this season. Meet the new coaches who will be working to lead the Bears to victory this fall, some of whom die-hard Brunonians may already know: Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team has a “new” assistant coach this season, but he may not necessarily count as a “fresh” face. Denis Chartier, a 13-year veteran of the women’s soccer coaching staff, returns this fall for his second turn as an assistant coach. Chartier’s first stint at Brown, from 1989 to 2001, included four Ivy League Championships. Even though Chartier and Brown have a relationship that goes back over a decade, Chartier’s connection

with Head Coach Phil Pincince goes back even further, as the two coaches were classmates and co-captains of the soccer team at Woonsocket High School. After his high school graduation, Chartier served four years with the United States Air Force in Rhein Mein, Germany, where he played for the European All-Star team from 1975 to 1977. After returning from overseas, Chartier graduated from Johnson and Wales in 1984, and since then has served as head coach for various youth soccer teams throughout Rhode Island. During his hiatus from Brown, Chartier spent two seasons as the head coach at Rhode Island College, where he led the Anchorwomen to their firstever berth in the ECAC New England Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament with a school record 14 wins. This season, Chartier will look to add a fifth Ivy League Championship to his resume. The quest for that fifth ring will begin this weekend, when women’s soccer faces Boston College on the road on Friday and hosts Albany

at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Volleyball: Apparently Brown is a tough place to say goodbye to — volleyball’s “new” Assistant Coach Scott Blanchard, like Chartier, is returning for his second run on the coaching staff. Blanchard was previously on the staff for the 1995 and 1996 seasons, the latter of which was the year during which the Bears won the Ivy League Championship. Before his first two seasons on the Brown staff, Blanchard, a native of Michigan, spent eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, three seasons at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan and tallied a 185-60 overall record during his seven seasons as head coach at Trenton High School, also in Michigan. Blanchard left his home state to come to College Hill in 1995, and after two seasons coaching at Brown, he left the Bears but remained on the East Coast. Blanchard spent time coaching at Northeastern, Babson College and

Medway High School before deciding to return to the Bears this season, and Bruno is hoping his championship experience will help lead it to its first Ivy League Championship since 1999. Men’s Golf: Head Coach Michael Hughes, who previously served as an assistant and interim golf coach after Mike Harbour stepped down last March, will begin this season as the official Head Coach of the men’s golf team. A Rhode Island native, Hughes brings a variety of golf experience to the Bears. He was a fouryear letterwinner in golf at St. Anseim College in New Hampshire, and since then has worked as an Assistant Men’s Golf Coach at DePaul University, as a Teaching Professional at Longboat Key Club and PGA National in Florida, and as an assistant professional at Metacomet Country Club and Agawam Hunt in East Providence. In addition to his head coaching duties, Hughes currently serves as the Director of Golf Operations at Mulligans Island in Cranston, which conveniently

is also the home of both Brown’s men’s and women’s golf teams. The Bears will certainly be spending a lot of time at Hughes’ office as they prepare to kick off their fall season next weekend at the Navy Fall Class in Annapolis, Md. Field Hockey: New Assistant Coach Ariel Meyers will be joining the field hockey coaching staff this season. Meyers will bring plenty of playing experience to the team, as she was a four-year standout player for Wake Forest. Her Demon Deacon teams had an 82-8 record over her four-year career, and as a senior Meyers was named a Third-Team AllAmerican as well as earning All-ACC and National Academic Squad honors. Even more impressive is the size of her ring collection, as she was a part of three straight NCAA Championship teams from 2002 to 2004. The Bears are hoping that Meyers’ winning ways will continue as a Bear, as they kick off their season this weekend on the road at New Hampshire and Maine.

Friday, September 5, 2008  

The September 5, 2008 issue of the Brown Daily Herald

Friday, September 5, 2008  

The September 5, 2008 issue of the Brown Daily Herald