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Two Thayer vintage stores robbed within four days By Colin Chazen Senior Staff Writer

The Providence Police Department is investigating two armed robberies of vintage stores that took place on Thayer Street last week. The first robber y occurred around 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at New and Vintage Apparel at 281 Thayer St., also known as NAVA. A female clerk told police that a man entered, walked around and then asked if anyone else was in the store. After she responded “no,” the suspect approached her while she was next to the cash register. The man then placed an object wrapped in fabric against her back, according to a police report. He told the clerk to “Give me the money.” The suspect took about $500 from the register. The clerk then went with the subject to the rear door and opened it, at which point the suspect fled. The clerk described the suspect as a black male around 6’1’’ with a heavy build and short hair. He was

America wakes to Simmons talking gender By Emmy Liss Senior Staf f Writer

President Ruth Simmons appeared on “The Today Show” Friday for “Brunch with Power Women.” Hosted by Meredith Vieira, four women, including Simmons, discussed gender and equality in the workplace. Vieira asked the guests — Simmons; Hannah Seligson ’04, author of “New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches;” Sharon Allen, chairwoman of the board at Deloitte and Marissa Mayer, a vice president at Google — why they thought women earn less than men. Simmons said pay disparities are “some of our own making.” “Women ask for less,” Simmons said. “We have to encourage women to learn the negotiating skills.” Given Simmons’ role in teaching women, Vieira questioned why lessons in workplace negotiation are lacking in the university experience. Seligson defended her Brown experience and said the “culture of achievement” in academia does not translate to the workplace. She said the office is not a meritocracy like the academic arena is. However, she cited TSDA 0220: “Persuasive Communication” as an incredible course that she took during her senior year at Brown. She said universities need to “take that model and implement it, and have a class called ‘You need more than a black suit to succeed in the workplace.’”

wearing a brown leather coat with “ROCA” on the back. The second robbery occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Foreign Affair, another vintage clothing store, at 219 Thayer St. Police responded at 4:34 p.m. to a report of a suspicious person leaving the building and “a female with a bloody face pursuing” the person, according to a police report. The victim told police that the suspect entered the store in a friendly manner. She asked what he was looking for and he said he wanted to get something for his mother. While walking through the store, the suspect’s demeanor changed, and he abruptly pushed the victim on his way to the cash register. The suspect threatened the clerk with his hand wrapped in a T-shirt, as if concealing a weapon, and demanded the money in the register. The clerk refused to cooperate and the suspect pushed her to the floor. He then hit and repeatedly


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GISP studies traditional Eastern medicine By Sarah Husk Contributing Writer

On a campus bustling with pre-med students toting cumbersome chemistry textbooks and complaining about single-digit medical school acceptance rates, a number of students are trying to infuse their studies with an alternative — alternative medicine, that is. Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the largest Group Independent Study Projects

Brown has ever approved, according to the GISP’s student organizer, Kevin Liou ’10. The group numbers 17 registered students and several non-registered students, each of

FEATURE whom represents a different background and set of interests. The course tackles issues related to traditional Chinese medicine from scientific, cultural and public health angles, bringing in speakers

‘Surprising’ endorsements affect election, study shows


By Matthew Scult Contributing Writer

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Students congregated to raise money for breast cancer research by bench pressing.

FLip-FLopping The Providence Journal endorses a Democrat for president for the first time in four decades

from various fields to lecture students on their areas of expertise. “It’s a lot of reading,” Liou said, adding that it’s been difficult to acclimate to the Eastern way of thinking about medicine and the human body. The group meets regularly to discuss readings and hear from guest speakers and practitioners, such as acupuncturists and herbalists.

Two top University administrators told a concerned audience at Monday’s open forum of the University Resources Committee that Brown could delay capital projects, slow the addition of new faculty positions and increase payout from the endowment in response to the dour economy. The URC, comprised of faculty, students and staff, advises the president and the Corporation on the budget. The hour-long forum, led by Provost David Kertzer ’69 P’95 P’98, was held in Salomon 001 and attracted about 90 people. Usually fewer than 40 people attend the meetings. Questions also focused on the continuing implementation of the Plan for Academic Enrichment and funding for the Graduate School. Kertzer opened the forum by discussing the impact of the financial crisis on the University. He noted that Brown’s finances may suffer in the short-term but said administrators are optimistic about the future. “Our attitude has been, first of all, let’s not get rattled,” he said, adding that he hopes the market will “bounce back.” Fundraising is continuing despite the downturn, he said. “We’re still hearing good things about annual giving and giving to our capital campaign, but we have to keep an eye on those things as well,” he said. Elizabeth Huidekoper, executive vice president for finance and

Thayer Street vintage stores, Foreign Affair (top) and New and Vintage Apparel, were both robbed last week.

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A HEATED MATTER Most heat is good to go, but there are still a few bugs to worked out



Could a shift in newspaper endorsements have changed the outcome of the 2000 or 2004 election? What could it do this year? A study released this month by Brian Knight, associate professor of economics, and Chun-Fang Chiang AM’04 PhD’08, a former graduate student in the economics department, may be able to shed light on these questions with their study on how endorsements from different newspapers can affect voter decisions. Their analysis indicates that endorsements for a Democratic candidate coming from a more right-leaning or neutral newspaper will convince more voters than the same endorsement coming from a left-leaning newspaper, according to Knight. The reverse is also true: Endorsements from left-leaning

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newspapers are more likely to convince voters if they endorse a Republican candidate, he said. These types of crossover endorsements are also referred to as “surprising” endorsements and are considered more credible than a newspaper endorsing a candidate with the same ideological leanings as the paper, according to the survey. The study found that “unsurprising” endorsements lead to a change of less than 1 percent of voter preference whereas surprising endorsements saw up to a 3 percent change in voter response. “These results suggest that voters are sophisticated and attempt to filter out any bias in media coverage of politics,” the researchers wrote in the conclusion of their study. For the study, Knight and Chiang analyzed data collected by the National Annenberg Election Surveys continued on page 4

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Med students explore healthcare firsthand Segal runs unopposed, yet By Jyotsna Mullur Staff Writer

It seems unlikely that a degree in Portuguese and Brazilian studies might land you in medicine — but that’s exactly where Ben Brown ’08 MD ’12 is today, using his background in languages to improve medical interpreter services at local hospitals. Brown’s project and a handful of others are made possible by a grant from Area Health Education Centers, a national organization that provides health care access to underprivileged and vulnerable groups by connecting university science resources, local clinics and health care providers. The Rhode Island branch of AHEC, one of more than 50 nationwide, has its program office at the Alpert Medical School, giving its students the opportunity to experience

the challenges and rewards of working in the community health field. Students undergo primary health care training while using AHEC grants to plan and execute their own community health projects. Brown described the process of applying for the grant as “pretty painless,” saying it was like applying for any other type of research grant. With his foreign language background, he is currently conducting research at Rhode Island Hospital in conjunction with their Interpreter Service Department to analyze whether or not clinicians at Rhode Island Hospital are using medical interpreters appropriately — and if not, why they choose not to. Brown hopes to take the data from his surveys and ultimately use them to create programs to train clinicians to effectively serve patients with lim-

ited English proficiency. “The idea is to create a model for institutions to assess their foreign language services, and then to respond with an interdisciplinary workshop that’s targeted to the particular strengths and weaknesses of that institution,” Brown said. Brown described his project as “pretty independent,” saying that his research is self-directed and self-motivated, even though it is in close collaboration with Rhode Island Hospital. Though his project is not very closely tied to Alpert Medical School, Brown said that the experience has benefited his formal medical education through a “doctoring” course, which is offered by the Med School in conjunction with the AHEC procontinued on page 6

Journal breaks with tradition, endorses Obama By Simon van Zuylen-Wood Senior Staff Writer

The Providence Journal’s endorsement of Barack Obama is its first for a Democratic presidential candidate in four decades. The paper’s Sunday editorial lauded Obama’s “self-discipline, calm, intelligence, experiences, eloquence and ability to reach out to a panorama of Americans with widely different backgrounds.” Sen. John McCain, the Journal editors wrote, “used to be a deficit hawk, who warned about the effects on our over-indebted society of federal budget deficits” but has recently abandoned his fiscally responsible mentality. The editors also criticized McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee, who though “intelligent and often engaging ... has not yet shown the breadth of knowledge, the judgment or the temperament needed to be a good president.” In recent years the Journal has endorsed Republican George W. Bush twice for president, Republican Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 and then-Republican former Sen. Lincoln Chafee ’75, but has gone blue this year. Its other endorsements of Democratic candidates include Congressmen Patrick Kennedy, James Langevin and Barney Frank, D-Mass., architect of the recent $700 billion bailout plan. The Journal, though often identified as a Republican-leaning paper, does not shy away from Democrats as a rule. “I’m not the least bit surprised,” M. Charles Bakst ’66, the Journal’s recently retired political columnist, said of its endorsement of Obama. He added that he thinks it is a misconception that the ProJo only endorses Republicans. “Some of the paper’s social values are pretty liberal,” he said. Bakst wrote a column one week after Bill Clinton handily defeated Bob Dole in the 1996 presidential election, detailing the Journal’s frequent — and overlooked — support of local Democratic politicians. A year later, in 1997, the locally owned Journal was bought by the Texas-based A.H. Belo Corp., which also owns the Dallas Morning News. The News, which has consistently endorsed Republican candidates,

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The Providence Journal endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in four decades, reversing its conservative editorial streak. endorsed McCain last week. The Journal’s support for Obama on Sunday set the state’s blogosphere abuzz. Matt Jerzyk ’99, editor of political blog Rhode Island’s Future, said that the newspaper has “gone incredibly right” since it was bought by Belo. But Jerzyk said the company’s influence is only one of several factors affecting the paper’s endorsements. Jerzyk said three factors — the wishes of the “top brass” in Dallas, the paper’s readership and the views of the editorial board itself — influence its endorsements.

The board, which Jerzyk called “conser vative with a libertarian leaning,” includes some supporters of universal health care and ane alternative energy advocate. Robert Whitcomb, editorial page editor, coauthored “Cape Wind,” a book about wind turbines in Cape Cod. Jerzyk suggested the editorial board was “split down the middle” politically, but said it was telling that the endorsement came in the midst of the paper’s own financial crisis. After offering many of its employees continued on page 6

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ambivalent about campaigns By Scott Lowenstein Metro Editor

State Rep. David Segal has mixed feelings about campaigning. “It’s an opportunity to re-educate people, reconnect with voters and learn more about their concerns,” Segal said about his rigorous canvassing in District 2 during last month’s Democratic primary, which he won by a wide margin. “But it can be pretty distancing, pretty superficial.” Luckily, Segal, 28, is running unopposed in the general election race to fill the seat for District 2, which includes the Fox Point neighborhood and parts of College Hill. Segal has been on the East Side political scene since he was 22, when he ran for and won a city council seat as a member of the Green Party — a first-ever win for the party in Rhode Island. Since then, Segal has joined the Democratic Party and moved up to state legislator. But he has kept his progressive politics and push for statewide reform that has defined his tenure in Ocean State government, he said. “I believe in a participatory democracy, a participatory economy and a participatory society,” Segal said, touting what he calls his progressive leanings. “It is pretty evident that (being a state legislator) is an effective way of changing society and actualizing one’s ideals.” One of Segal’s signature issues is advancing renewable energy — a goal he said is made easier by the increasing public awareness of environmental issues and the prospect of creating a wind-power based energy industry. “There’s a reason Rhode Island is called the Ocean State: because we have the highest ratio of ocean coastline to land area,” Segal said. “That gives us a comparative advantage in wind power.” Segal said promoting alternative

energy would create much-needed jobs in the state, which recorded an 8.8 percent unemployment rate in September, the nation’s highest. A bill to incentivize wind energy production by requiring National Grid — Rhode Island’s largest power company — to make long-term contracts with wind energy providers in exchange for a rebate was vetoed this year by Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65. Segal said he will vote to override the veto in a special meeting of the state legislature this fall, which he predicts will be successful. Segal also said he will support increased funding for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, which he calls “an economic development tool” and a good environmental investment. Segal spoke passionately about a range of issues beyond the environment — including prison reform, increased support for housing and utilities and better education funding. He said he is a strong advocate for changing the way taxes are collected and distributed at the state and local levels. “People think of Rhode Island as a high-tax state ... but it is only property taxes that are so high,” Segal said, adding that he favored a system that increases state-level taxes, such as the income tax. Amid talk of helping his constituents’ economic situations, Segal is cavalier about his own. Living on his meager salary as a state representative, Segal said he relies on odd jobs like tutoring and “living frugally” to support himself. Along with his legislative work, he is a founder of the blog Providence Daily Dose and a frequent contributor to the progressive blog Rhode Island’s Future, though he isn’t paid by either site. He also works with FairVote Rhode Island, a group seeking to reform the Eleccontinued on page 6

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Foreign Affair, NAVA both held up last week continued from page 1 kicked the victim in the face before dragging her toward the back of the store and pushing her under a clothing rack, asking her, “Why couldn’t you be cool?” At this point two witnesses entered the store and the suspect fled on foot. He went south on Thayer and turned east on Waterman Street. The clerk described the suspect as a black male around 5 feet 10 inches with short hair, a husky build and a brown coat. Based on the physical descriptions and “the way he wraps his hand,” Lt. John Ryan, commander of Providence Police District 9, believes the robberies are related. District 9 includes Brown and much of the East Side. A man matching the description of the vintage store robber also robbed a Dunkin Donuts on Admiral Street Sunday evening around 7 p.m. “He seems very brazen,” Ryan said, referencing the fact that both Thayer robberies occurred in daylight on a busy street. “There is a definite possibility that he will come back.”

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In response to the robberies, police have increased patrols on Thayer Street and warned other solo clerks to contact the police if someone matching the descriptions enters their store, Ryan said. The robberies surprised many Thayer retailers. “I’m shocked,” said Jagdish Sachdev, owner of Spectrum India. “I suppose it can happen sometimes. I’ve been in business for 41 years on this street. On this block, we haven’t had anything of this kind.” Andrea LaRue, a clerk at Foreign Affair not on duty at the time of the robbery, said the crimes worried her because she often works alone and has to close up the store by herself. “I’m pretty scared,” she said. “A lot of people just assume because Brown is here and it’s the East Side, it’s safe. Bad things do happen here.” Rhode Island currently has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and Ryan fears this may lead to increased crime. “As the jobless rate goes up, sometimes crime has a tendency to go up” he said. “Crime can happen anywhere.”

administration and a URC member, also said the University could delay construction projects funded by pledged gifts it has not actually received, instead waiting until the gifts are “in hand.” Kertzer mentioned the new swim center and the Nelson Fitness Center as examples of projects that could be delayed, noting that the temporary pool is “working well as it is.” Huidekoper also said the University plans to pay more out of its endowment than it normally does to offset falling revenues. “There’s some understanding that we’re going to be out of policy for a year or two,” she said, noting that Brown has already exceeded its traditional draw of between 4.5 and 5.5 percent in the current year. She also said administrators are contacting donors who have pledged money to confirm their ability to donate. “I’m loving my job right now,” she joked. Tyler Rosenbaum ’11, chair of the Academic and Administrative Affairs Committee of the Undergraduate Council of Students and

a Herald opinions columnist, asked whether the Plan for Academic Enrichment’s goals would be delayed by the economic crisis. Kertzer said the plan will continue “on a slower path,” noting that the final 20 professors to be added could be hired over a longer period, especially since the University is already able to offer a first-year seminar to almost every freshman. In response to another question about a possible hiring or salary freeze, Kertzer said the University has no plans to implement either but that they could be considered. “It’s a pretty good bet that any salary increases next year are going to be pretty modest,” he said. Linda Gillette, director of financial aid for the Alpert Medical School, asked about plans for next year’s tuition increase. Kertzer said the URC will be under enormous pressure to keep any tuition increase “on the modest side,” even after last year’s 3.9 percent increase placed Brown “in the lower quartile” among its peers’ increases. Several audience members also voiced concern about graduate student funding, especially in light of the faculty’s expansion and the cur-

rent teaching assistant crunch. Kertzer acknowledged the problem, though he did not outline a specific plan to increase grad student enrollment. Jessica Johnson GS asked about funding for sixth-year graduate students. Kertzer said the University has been able to fund a sixth year for ever y grad student recommended by their department but did not mention a policy change to guarantee sixth-year funding. Herald Opinions Editor Ben Bernstein ’09 asked whether the rush to finish the J. Walter Wilson renovations before this month’s Corporation meeting had increased building costs. The deadline was contractually agreed upon by the contractor, resulting in no additional cost to the University, Huidekoper said. UCS Communications Chair Clay Wertheimer ’10 told the committee that the council plans to seek a more modest increase to the student activities fee, suggesting that it could be as little as $6, compared to last year’s request for a $54 increase. The URC’s next open forum will be held on Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Salomon 001.

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from 2000 and 2004, which asked people which newspaper they read and whom they planned to vote for. One set of these sur veys asked people those questions before a newspaper made an endorsement which was compared to another sur vey, which asked a separate sample of readers for the same information after a given newspaper had endorsed a candidate. Knight and Chiang studied whether biased media outlets are able help candidates. For example, Knight said they wanted to see if “Fox News can help the Republican.” “What was novel and interesting — and maybe surprising

— was that voters think about if this is a surprising endorsement,” Knight said. “Voters actively filter out media bias.” Assistant Professor of Political Science Jennifer Lawless and Associate Professor of Political Science Wendy Schiller said more factors about the papers and their readers might need to be taken into account. “Keep in mind that it is part of a much broader set of information,” Lawless said. Factors such as an individual’s trust in a newspaper are important to consider, as is how often an individual reads the paper, she said. If people get their news from “15 different sources” on a regular basis, then an endorse-

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ment from one of them is going to matter less, she said. Schiller said it is important to know about a reader’s political knowledge before predicting how much of an effect the endorsement will have. “If you have strong opinions, it might not matter as much,” she said. So far this year Sen. Barack Obama has about twice as many newspaper endorsements as Sen. John McCain, Knight said, and “in the past it has been 50-50” between the Republican and Democratic candidates. Knight said the endorsements “will matter” in this upcoming election and “Obama is getting more endorsements from right-leaning newspapers ... that have never endorsed a Democrat before,” such as the Chicago Tribune. “Our analysis indicates that given how close the elections have been in the past two cycles, the Democrat may have been able to win if he had secured more endorsements,” Knight said.

America wakes to Simmons continued from page 1 “It’s not an ambition gap,” Seligson added. “It’s a skill gap.” Simmons talked about the necessity of advocacy from women and raised the example of Louise Lamphere, who brought a lawsuit against the University for gender discrimination after she was not given tenure in 1977. Turning to Vieira, Simmons asked, “Do you know what she did? For us? She sued us.” But she presented the example with pride, as Simmons discussed the framework of equality at Brown that resulted from Lamphere’s actions.

continued from page 1 About half of the students involved in the GISP said they are pre-med, and a handful said they hope to practice alternative medicine as a career. Regardless of how they hope to integrate the aims of the course into their career, students agreed that taking the class was about broadening perspectives and thinking alternatively. “It’s good food for thought,” Dan Woolridge ’10 said. “It’s good to take away that whole sense of holism that Eastern medicine prides itself on.” William Chen ’10, who said he plans to pursue a career in Western medicine, said he is drawn to these ideals of holism and patient interaction in his study of alternative medical practices. Some students, like Chen — who lived in Shanghai for nine years before matriculating at Brown — were exposed to traditional Eastern medical practices at home as children. Others, like Woolridge, who said he cultivated an interest in Eastern philosophies by reading the well-known Chinese book the I Ching and other texts, are simply attracted to a viewpoint that sees patients as “living people ... not just blood and viruses and pathogens,” Woolridge said. Chen said while students like him are attracted to the Eastern take on medical practice, many Westerners are more skeptical. “There’s this stigma against Chinese medicine. There’s this fear of uncertainty,” Chen said, noting that many Western medical practitioners and patients often see it as “quaint” or “folksy.” Bob Heffron, an internist turned acupuncturist who spoke to the class last week about acupuncture, said he thought holistic principles were missing from Western medicine. Modern doctors, he said, “don’t have time. They frankly don’t want to know about your life ... They’re not bringing in your attitudes, your family life.” The dichotomy between mind and body in Western medicine is, for many of the students involved in the GISP,

troublesome. “I’m not sure if I want to go to med school,” said Conrad Stern-Ascher ’09, a Herald opinions columnist. “I’m definitely very skeptical of Western medicine.” “There’s not a lot of holism in Western medicine,” Stern-Ascher added. “The practitioner will just look at the patient as problems, parts within the whole,” he said, pointing out how quick-fix medicines that target individual symptoms often have unpleasant side-effects. In fact, the impetus to begin studying alternative forms of medicine, for Liou, was this very realization. In high school, Liou, currently a student in the Program in Liberal Medical Education, said he “did the whole deal: volunteering in the hospital, volunteering in the nursing home. I thought that bio was the way to go.” But then Liou “started talking to patients,” he said. “I realized the way I could help them wasn’t with my biological knowledge.” Liou said he remembers playing the piano for a group of elderly Alzheimer’s patients, seeing how visibly happy it made them and realizing that Western medicine may not have all of the answers. Despite the profound ideological and practical differences between Eastern and Western medicine, Heffron said, the two schools can be compatible. “I mean, you can be a surgeon and practice holistic medicine,” he said. “It’s about how you treat your patients.” And despite their relatively small number, these students said they want to get the greater Brown community involved. As the semester’s culminating project, all of the students involved in the GISP are putting on a health clinic in early December with demonstrations, speakers and food. Liou added that the group had initially hoped to have an acupuncturist on hand, but legal issues precluded it. “Part of the goal of a liberal arts education is to broaden your mind,” Liou said.

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Brooklyn doc talks about communication By Lauren Fedor Contributing Writer

“What’s the main reason relationships fail?” Dr. Jay Parkinson asked an audience in the Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences last night. “Communication!” shouted a student in the audience. “Exactly,” replied Parkinson. Parkinson, a self-proclaimed “accessible doctor” who “communicates just like you,” spoke directly to nearly 25 students from the University and the Alpert Medical School about his use of the Internet to improve the doctor-patient relationship as part of the ongoing Eureka! Lecture Series. Parkinson is a physician based in Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. — which he described as “the epitome of cool” — who started “the world’s first virtual practice” in 2007 with $1,500 and the goal of a “super easy” doctor visit. He said he designed his own Web site with the idea that patients could communicate with him via e-mail, instant messaging, texting and video chat. Dubbed “Dr. IM” by the media, Parkinson is currently the Chief Concept Officer for Myca, a “consumer-friendly” technology platform that promotes “an entire range of communications” between doctors and patients. Describing his profession as “awesome” and “very cool,” Parkinson engaged in a casual presentation and discussion with the audience. Parkinson said he founded his revolutionary practice to “produce quality medicine” as opposed to the “quantity medicine” that he claims permeates the health care industry. Parkinson said physicians feel pressure to decrease face-to-face time with patients in order to maximize the number of people served. Taking aim at the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Parkinson said there is a 70 percent over-

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head cost in most aspects of health care. He likened insurance companies to “sugar mamas.” Parkinson added that despite advances in technology, most hospitals and health care providers function under a “3,000-year-old system” run with “slips of paper” instead of computers. But Parkinson said he is working to change that. Parkinson told the audience that he founded his practice to use free Internet applications like Skype, iChat and Google Calendar, and today he is part of a group of doctors that do the same. Parkinson is now one of four doctors at Hello Health, the “neighborhood doctors of the 21st century,” according to the practice’s Web site. The group, a subsidiary of Myca based in Williamsburg, proposes a communication platform where each patient is surrounded by a network of physicians. For a $35 monthly membership fee, patients of Hello Health have access to all four doctors either in person at the practice’s office — for a cost of $100 to $200 per visit — or through the Internet using forms of telecommunication like e-mail, IM or video chat, he said. Unlike most health care providers, Parkinson said, Hello Health provides patients with free, prepackaged medications at office visits and operates with just 10 percent overhead cost. He added that the practice also functions like a social networking or shopping Web site, allowing patients to “rate” doctors based on quality of service. “Ratings hold me accountable,” he said. Hello Health is wildly popular in Brooklyn and plans to open a second office this year in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood in Manhattan, N.Y., and the doctors have adopted a “streamlined” and creative advertising campaign that “sells the experience” of the practice, he said. Among the more innovative ideas

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Jay Parkinson of the advertising campaign is the practice’s “free shots” initiative, Parkinson said. 5,000 local patients can receive a free flu shot, followed by a free shot of alcohol at a local bar — or a free shot of wheatgrass, if they prefer. Students responded enthusiastically to the innovative ideas of Parkinson and Hello Health. “I think he’s doing fascinating things. He’s really revolutionizing the approach,” Jason Beckman ’11 said. Parkinson received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis before attending Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatric medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village. Parkinson completed a second residency in preventative medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He also earned a master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins. The next Eureka! Lecture, presented by the University’s Entrepreneurship Program, will take place on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. It will feature Terry Lozoff and Brett Zaccardi, co-founders of the Boston-based alternative-marketing agency, Street Attack.


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Down, set, cure! Athletes lift for cancer Yesterday afternoon, football players and other student athletes sported hot pink T-shirts and pumped iron for the second annual Bench Press for Cancer, held on the Main Green. Thousands of pounds later — perhaps even hundreds of thousands — the event had gathered $22,500 in pledges for the American Cancer Society. Unlike the previous contest, this year both men and women were allowed to participate: Men were challenged to do as many 165-pound reps as they could, and women were given a lighter load of 50 pounds. Participants collected pledges from teammates, friends, faculty and family members — some had agreed to donate a certain amount of money per repetition, and others just gave a flat sum. To keep the spirit of competition alive, much of the fundraising came from amount-per-repetition pledges, giving participants an incentive to keep going even after their limbs felt like Jell-O. Yelena Cvek ’09, the football team’s manager, was the principal organizer for the event. She said her main objective was to make the event much larger than last year by setting up sports team liaisons, creating a Facebook event and allowing women to participate in the event. Last year, Mackenzie Staffier ’08 brought the Bench Press for Cancer event to campus after hearing about it at another school, Cvek said. Staffier’s fundraising expectations were modest, setting the bar at $2,000. After rallying the men’s lacrosse and football teams, about 70 participants raised $11,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to Cvek. Alcino Soares, a food service worker at the Sharpe Refectory, said he skipped a shift break to bench press, giving the football players a run for their money. Soares performed 42 reps, bringing in a total of $132. Nearing the end of the event, defensive end James Develin ’10 held the record for most reps at 52. On the women’s side, track and field’s javelin thrower and Herald Assistant Sports Editor Katie Wood ’10 came out on top with 70 reps. Wood said she “thought about doing 165 pounds,” but can usually handle a maximum of 160. The decision to do 50-pound reps was better for this event, she added. Football Head Coach Phil Estes took in one of the day’s largest sums, with the help of a number of generous alums who donated in memoriam of Lawrence Rubida ’05, who succumbed to cancer during his senior year. By the event’s end at 2 p.m., more than 200 student-athletes, team coaches and other participants had taken part in the event. — Beatrice Igne-Bianchi

Save a few ‘glitches’, the heat is on in dorms By Frédérique Couture-Carrier Contributing Writer

The heat was turned on in the majority of University buildings by last Monday, but residents can expect to still experience irregularities as certain “glitches” in the system need to be addressed, according to Thomas Forsberg, associate director of housing and residential life. The University began heating buildings in the beginning of October, and the majority had their heat turned on by Oct. 20, according to the 2008 air conditioning to heating changeover schedule. When the heat is first turned on it usually takes a couple of days to become operational, Forsberg said. Now that the heat is on, Facilities is hoping to “kick all of the bugs” out of the system, said Carlos Fernandez, assistant vice president of facilities operations and engineering. Detailed documents have been made available on the Facilities Management Web site in an effort to educate the Brown community about the heating system on campus. But Clare Kim ’11, a resident of Graduate Center Tower D, said that a large number of people “weren’t very well informed” about the heating system, which she believes might have led to some of the

confusion regarding the change. Kim said she only discovered that her residence’s cooling and heating system is controlled by a fixed thermostat and cannot be adjusted in individual rooms when she turned the valve on her radiator and had problems with leakage. When Facilities came to fix the leak, she was told that she should not be adjusting her radiator anyway. This system varies among buildings, since some residents in Minden and Barbour halls can control the heat in their own rooms. In order to refine the heating system in the long term, Fernandez said numerous projects were underway to improve energy efficiency and reduce the University’s carbon footprint. Christopher Powell, director of sustainable energy and environmental initiatives, said one such project, dubbed retro-commissioning, focuses on getting the systems in older buildings to work the way “they should,” and making them “state-of-the-art antique.” For example, Minden was recently renovated to give residents control over the heat in their own rooms. The heat in Minden used to be controlled by a single, old thermostat in the lounge on the ground floor, but the thermostat has now been replaced with individual control valves in each

Is your heat still not on? A few tips: • Check the valves on your radiator to make sure it’s actually on. Remember, righty tighty; lefty loosey. • Make sure you don’t have a thermostat that controls heat. If it’s set too low, the heat activate. • If all else fails, call Facilities Management at (401) 8637800. • You can also make a service request online at http:// Facilities_Management of the rooms. Although this particular transformation was successful, Powell said that “it’s just not easy” to modernize old buildings. James Coen, director of maintenance services, explained that another project modernized the central heating plant by replacing aged machinery. When the heat is not properly functioning in students’ rooms, Forsberg said it’s important that students contact Facilities Management right away so that the problem can be dealt with in a timely fashion.


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Program allows for health care exploration continued from page 3 gram. In the course, students join a community mentor physician for one shift a week to see patients and practice clinical skills, like taking vital signs and performing patient interviews. The doctoring course “is the closest way I tie (my work) into my curriculum,” he said. Brown originally became involved in AHEC as a way to pursue research in a field he enjoyed and still living in Providence. He said that while he was not originally interested in AHEC as a program, he now enjoys being involved with the organization. “I realized that this was a group of people committed to the same kinds of things that I am,” Brown said. He said he is dedicated to his project,

however long it takes, and hopes it will benefit the hospital. “We’re in the very early stages of a long initial study, which hopefully will lead to years and years of new studies and policy development,” Brown said, predicting that he would probably not be around to see the end of his project. Along with improving access to medical care for disadvantaged patients, one of the major goals of AHEC is to encourage medical students to pursue primary health care fields, according to its Web site. While Brown is still somewhat unsure whether he hopes to pursue primary care as his specialty, Lauren Goddard MD ’11 said she is almost certain she will. Goddard’s project is in conjunction with the Stanley Street Treatment and Resources organization,

Journal endorses Democratic prez for first time in 40 years continued from page 3 a buyout this summer, the Journal reported earlier this month that it had laid off an additional 31 parttime and full-time employees. “In a decision like this, upper management thinks, ‘We should go McCain’ (while) readership is 62, 64 percent for Obama,” he said. “But considering the plummeting circulation numbers at the paper (and) layoffs ... they may have felt a little out of touch with working class average Rhode Islanders.” State Representative David

Segal, D-Dist. 2, who also blogs for Rhode Island’s Future, said he was pleasantly surprised by the “extremely conciliatory” endorsement, but did not think it would make a difference in the general election. “I am confident that it won’t make a difference. ... It’s a blue state anyway,” Segal said. “Maybe two or three people will change their vote.” Many people who would normally vote for McCain are endorsing Obama, Bakst said, predicting that the election will be “a blowout.”

a group that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment. Goddard worked with the organization’s Birth program, a live-in facility for chemically dependent pregnant and postpartum women and their children, according to the group’s Web site. Goddard said she appreciates the opportunity to interact with patients and provide health education through her AHEC project. “I think those are important skills — patient education is a huge part of being a doctor,” she said. Goddard added that the chance to work with chemically dependent individuals reflects the real types of patients she would see in her professional career and that her work with AHEC would help her become more effective as a physician when treating people with drug addiction.

Segal without an opponent continued from page 3 toral College system. He is waiting for an Ethics Committee decision about whether he can receive payment from the group without it being a conflict of interest. As for the future, Segal said he has no ambition for higher office in state or national government, and doesn’t see himself working as a state legislator forever. “No matter what my job or title is, I plan on being an activist throughout my life,” he said. “Right now, I am in a good spot to do that while adhering to my ideals.”

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Central banks hurry to slash interest rates By Anthony Faiola and Neil Irwin Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Central banks around the world are moving to further slash interest rates as they seek to contain the damage from the bursting of the biggest credit bubble in history. The Federal Reserve is poised to cut its benchmark rate for the second time in two weeks at a pivotal meeting in Washington on Wednesday, and the European Central Bank Monday suggested that it would do the same next week. South Korea announced a dramatic rate cut Monday, by three-fourths of a percentage point. Governments worldwide have already approved massive bailouts and stimulus packages to halt financial meltdowns. But the trouble spots in the United States and abroad continue to multiply. Monday, there were growing signs that the U.S. Treasury Department was close to extending its $700 billion rescue program to cover the ailing auto industry. Analysts said governments are trying to manage what has become the biggest threat to the global financial system — a massive pullout by panicked investors from any holding they see as remotely risky. From consumers to multibillion-dollar hedge funds, investors are cashing out to cover losses or guard against further damage by moving into safe havens such as U.S. Treasurys. Rate cuts, however, are not packing their usual punch. Normally, when central banks cut rates, it becomes cheaper for businesses and consumers to borrow money. But now, with banks and other financial institutions experiencing a severe crisis, lenders have been reluctant to extend credit at any price. The pullback by investors, known as deleveraging, is extending massive losses on global stock markets; the Hong Kong stock market on Monday had its biggest one-day percentage drop since 1989, and Tokyo’s Nikkei fell to its lowest level in 26 years. Officials are growing increasingly concerned that the pullback is affecting currency markets, with economists warning of a growing disequilibrium in global exchange rates. Although confidence may be shaken in the American economy, foreign investors still see the U.S. dollar as more reliable than most other currencies, with the rush to

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the dollar sending its value soaring against the euro, the British pound and a host of emerging-market coins in recent weeks. As currencies weaken in emerging markets including Brazil, Mexico and South Korea, corporations in those countries that have foreign loans or other bets in dollars are being slammed as debts suddenly become more expensive to pay back. In Japan, the reverse is happening. Investors are burrowing into the yen, rapidly driving up its price against both the dollar and the euro. For much of the past decade, investors have borrowed yen — at Japan’s very low interest rates — to buy positions in other currencies in emerging economies such as South Africa and Brazil, where yields have been far higher. The financial crisis has soured many of those bets. Investors are rushing back to the security of the yen and, in the process, driving up the currency’s value. Just as the surge in the dollar is making Ford and General Motors cars more expensive overseas, the gain in the yen is doing the same to Sony televisions and Canon cameras just as global demand for them dwindles. The yen’s swing has been so sharp that the Group of Seven industrialized nations warned Monday of “possible adverse implications for economic and financial stability.” That statement hinted at a possible joint intervention in currency markets to stabilize the yen, in a move similar to actions taken by central banks in 1995 and 1998. As early as Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund is set to rule on the creation of an emergency program to rush hard currency to emerging markets that have been burning through billions of dollars’ worth of reserves in recent weeks to defend their currencies. The pool of money available, sources close to the talks said, could be augmented by contributions from nations sitting on trillions of dollars in cash reserves, such as Japan, China and the oil-rich Gulf states. The concern is that the rapidly falling emerging-market currencies could trigger the same kind of debt defaults and financial system collapses that swept across Asia in 1997, adding another layer to the globe’s already severe financial problems. The IMF has already reached preliminary agreements on emergency loans for Hungary and Ukraine; the fund is additionally in talks to ex-

tend lifelines to Pakistan and several other developing nations hit hard by the crisis. “As their currencies go down, the debt in dollars for emerging economies is going up substantially, and that is very much like what happened 10 years ago in the Asian financial crisis,” said C. Fred Bergsten, director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “Of course, it’s a fear that that could happen again.” Deleveraging is complicating attempts to stem the financial bleeding from the crisis. Asian banks, for instance, are reducing their holdings in the U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Yields on the bonds for the companies have recently jumped to their highest levels in more than seven months, driving up their cost of borrowing. That, in turn, could make mortgage rates for Americans more expensive. Global regulators are now looking for relief through monetary policy. Two weeks ago, the Fed was part of an emergency, coordinated rate cut that also included the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and several others. The head of the ECB, Jean-Claude Trichet, Monday said that a cut is “possible” at next week’s meeting, an extraordinarily direct statement from a central banker. Meanwhile, after announcing South Korea’s emergency interest rate cut, the country’s central bank said more cuts were likely. “Domestic demand is faltering amid financial turmoil, and exports will likely slow down,” said Lee Seong-tae, governor of the Bank of Korea. When the Federal Reser ve’s policy-making committee meets Tuesday and Wednesday, analysts widely believe, it will cut the target for the federal funds rate — the rate at which banks lend to each other — to 1 percent from 1.5 percent. If it does so, the rate would match the lowest level ever, reached in 2003. Such a move would signal the bank’s resolve to combat the crisis using all possible means. In a speech two weeks ago, Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke affirmed that the central bank was willing to take unusually aggressive action, saying: “We will not stand down until we have achieved our goals of repairing and reforming our financial system and restoring prosperity.” Ethan Harris, an economist at Barclays Capital, said the Fed is now mounting “a frontal assault on the credit crunch.”

U.S. troops enter Syria to combat militant network By Ann Scott Tyson and Ellen Knickmeyer Washington Post

WASHINGTON — U.S. troops in helicopters flew four miles into Syrian territory over the weekend to target the leader of a network that channels foreign fighters from Syria into Iraq, killing or wounding him and shooting dead several armed men, U.S. officials said Monday. U.S. officials have long complained that the Syrian government has allowed Arab fighters to pass through the country to enter Iraq, but since last year, top military leaders have praised Syrian efforts to curb the flow. In recent months, officials have estimated that as few as 20 fighters a month have been crossing into Iraq, down from more than a hundred a month in 2006. But officials said the raid Sunday, apparently the first acknowledged instance of U.S. ground forces operating in Syria, was intended to send a warning to the Syrian government. “You have to clean up the global threat that is in your back yard, and if you won’t do that, we are left with no choice but to take these matters into our hands,” said a senior U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the cross-border strike. The United States has offered similar justifications for recent cross-border strikes in Pakistan, where it has launched missile attacks and at least one air assault against suspected members of Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency. “As targets present themselves, and are identified ... they become more and more at risk. Just like in Pakistan, there will be steps taken to deal with it,” the senior official said. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem called the operation Sunday a “criminal and terrorist aggression” that killed seven civilians. Speaking to reporters in London, he said Bush administration

officials were following “the policy of cowboys” and noted that the United States has been unable to seal its own border with Mexico. The office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a statement expressing “serious concerns” about the raid and the loss of Syrian lives. Syria has lately embarked on policies that France and other Western governments have viewed favorably, including indirect peace talks with Israel. Russia also voiced concern about the operation. In the raid, four helicopters carrying U.S. troops flew into an isolated area of scattered residences and buildings in search of an Iraqi insurgent whom the U.S. Treasury designated in February as a key facilitator of the transfer of weapons, money and fighters into Iraq. Treasury officials gave his full name as Badran Turki Hishan al-Mazidih and his nickname as Abu Ghadiyah, and said that the founder of the insurgent group al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab alZarqawi, had named him the organization’s commander for Syrian logistics in 2004. On the ground, U.S. troops disembarked and opened fire to kill “several armed males who posed a threat to U.S. forces,” according to the senior official. The official declined to say whether Mazidih was killed or injured in the fighting. Other unnamed U.S. officials were quoted in news media accounts Monday as saying he had been killed. Moualem said U.S. troops landed at a farm where they killed a father and his three children, the farm’s guard and his wife, and a fisherman. The network run by Mazidih has smuggled hundreds of foreign fighters into Iraq, including many who became suicide bombers, officials and analysts said. “He ran one of the largest and most productive foreign fighter networks out of Syria” and was “directly responsible for hundreds of foreign fighters who killed thousands” of Iraqis, the senior official said.

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LeBeau ’09 leads men’s water polo continued from page 12 ers away from the outside and we took advantage.” On the defensive end, Holland dominated the cage, tallying seven saves for the Bears. “When Kent’s having a good game, there are not many teams that can beat us,” McBride said. The Bears will be back in the pool Thursday to take on MIT at Wheaton College for their last “home” game of the season. A fan bus will be leaving the OMAC at 7 p.m., and the game starts at 8 p.m.

Cross country confident for Ivy Heps continued from page 12 tive races of the season on Saturday in New York for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The team is confident and prepared for this coming weekend. The runners have been training all season for this meet and are looking to put all the pieces together. “I have no doubt that our team is fit and ready,” Lake said. “If we go in and race with confidence and race to our ability, we will be happy with the outcome.”

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Lackadaisical w. soccer falls to Cornell in ‘surreal’ game continued from page 12 had the worse record. A little over eight minutes into the game, Cornell scored the first goal. A Big Red forward received a cross at the top of the box from right to left, and her shot from 20 yards out went into the far side of the net, beyond the reach of the unsuspecting tri-captain goalkeeper Brenna Hogue ’10. Three-and-a-half minutes later, a similar scenario occurred, leading to another Cornell goal, creating a 2-0 deficit for the Bears early in the first half. “We didn’t match Cornell’s intensity,” tri-captain Jamie Mize ’09 said. “It really does come back to that. Team intensity and individual intensity. And today we didn’t have the team intensity.” The Bears’ problems continued throughout the rest of the half. Spacing issues and an inability to create the necessar y flow to put together drives limited the Bears’ opportunities, while Bruno’s disjointed play allowed Cornell to pick up its game. At the 28:30 mark, Sarah Hebert-Seropian ’12 was injured on a play by incidental contact, but managed to limp off the field with assistance. The loss of Hebert-Seropian was amplified by the absence of Kate Scott ’11 and Cunningham, both of whom did not play due to injury. Emily Geldwert ’09 and Marybeth Lesbirel ’12 were put in the game in the 24th minute, bringing increased intensity to the Bears’ attack. A shot on goal by Lesbirel came with about 13 minutes

remaining in the half. From that point until the end of the half, there was a little more life on Brown’s part. But a 7-4 Bruno shot advantage in the last ten minutes failed to produce any goals. Head Coach Phil Pincince told the team at the half, “You’re going to decide what your memor y of this game will be.” Taking the field in the second half, the Bears showed a significant increase in energy and vigilance. They took a 19-5 shot advantage in the last 45 minutes of play and were favored in control of possession. But this effort was to no avail, as Cornell’s goalkeeper stopped eight shots on goal to keep Brown from scoring.

Likewise, Hogue blocked three more Cornell scoring attempts throughout the second half, to finish with a total of five saves in the game. Hogue also recorded her 100th save for the season on Sunday, bringing her tally to 104. There are many reasons for the Bears’ loss on Sunday and for their overall decline in success throughout the season — players and coaches cited poor focus, injuries and lack of intensity as limitations. But Pincince said he believed Sunday’s failure came down to something else. “Cornell came ready to play ... I don’t think we came out ready to play,” he said. “There was a lack of

communicating. I don’t think we’ve done a good job of communicating, today and in some other games.” “We’re no longer in the race for the Ivy League Championship,” he added. But the season is not over yet. There are still two more games in the Bears’ schedule, the final two career collegiate games for the team’s seniors. On Saturday, Brown travels to Penn where they will try to play the role of a spoiler against the fourth place Quakers (8-4-3, 2-1-2 Ivy). Meanwhile, the Bears’ final game of the season will be played on November 8th at 7 p.m. at Stevenson Field, when they host Yale.

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Ideas to the highest bidder Imagine for a moment that the ink for this editorial was paid for by Barack Obama. That wouldn’t happen to make you think we’re liberal, would it? Over the last two weeks, The Herald has reported on external funding from for the Political Theory Project and by extension, its affiliated student organization, the Janus Forum. The project recently received a $10,000 award from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a think tank devoted to the belief that its “vision of a free society can be achieved through respect for private property rights, limited government under the rule of law, and the market order,” according to its Web site. The Political Theory Project has also received funding from the Veritas Fund for Higher Education, an initiative by the conservative Manhattan Institute that seeks to stanch what it believes is a strong focus on cultural diversity in the humanities and social sciences. We aren’t privy to all of the Political Theory Project’s funding, but the fact that a University academic program is receiving money from groups with an intellectual agenda (conservative, liberal or otherwise) is deeply concerning. The Political Theory Project’s claim that it supports ideology without labels and discussion of all viewpoints is surely undermined by the fact that it takes money from organizations with ideological labels who tend to focus on a particular viewpoint. Perhaps in this case, though, it would be best to explain our concern in the best traditions of the free market and incentives. The Janus Forum has done an admirable job of encouraging political discussion and bringing speakers from two sides of a given issue. But the forum is tainted by the fact that it has a financial incentive to look at particular topics or falsely set up opposing viewpoints in order to garner more money from external groups. More concerning is how funding from ideological groups affects the Political Theory Project as a whole. It seems to us its postdoctoral fellows would have a strong incentive to take up viewpoints that match where the money is, and that those advocating the politics, economics and philosophy concentration it supports would also do well to organize things in the way that would bring in the most outside funding. Libertarian groups, for example, seem more than happy to break out their checkbooks for good students of Ayn Rand. Perhaps “The Fountainhead” would then be placed on syllabi in the proposed concentration? For a group that proclaims itself as an advocate of intellectual honesty and open discussion, taking money from those devoted to a particular viewpoint is hypocritical and intellectually dishonest. A half-measure would be for the Political Theory Project to disclose to the public all of its funding. But the really right thing to do would be to forgo funding from political groups altogether.

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L e tt e r s Brown should promote hotel workers’ rights To the Editor: At the beginning of her tenure, Ruth Simmons said that universities teach values in the ways they hire and treat their employees. Her administration’s commitment to teaching values through actions has extended into the realm of Brown’s business decisions, showing leadership in helping to found the Workers’ Rights Consortium, which monitors conditions in the global apparel industry, and in supporting the Designated Suppliers Program, a group of universities working to use their buying power to fight sweatshops. Because of this commitment, members of Student Labor Alliance believe that we at Brown should consider the hotel chain HEI, which claims to be the fastest growing in the hospitality industry. Hospitality industry magazines have lauded HEI’s growth and praised their business model. Unfortunately, HEI’s success depends on the mistreatment of its employees. According to the union UNITE HERE, HEI’s model involves reducing cost in every area. With respect to employee efficiency, this means that around 25 percent fewer workers are expected to do more work in less time. This time crunch leads to an increased risk of injury in an already backbreaking industry. This is exacerbated by increased costs to employee health insurance. In response to this, workers at HEI hotels are trying to organize unions to demand better treatment. These workers have been met with illegal firings and intimidations. But we can help them out because HEI receives much of their capital from elite university endowments. While Brown’s investments are kept secret, we fit the

profile of the schools that are currently invested or will be approached to invest in HEI. This presents us with the opportunity to show leadership and teach socially responsible values. A month ago, we approached the Brown investment office to determine whether Brown invests in HEI. If Brown were invested, we asked that Brown use its influence to persuade them to respect workers’ rights and predicate any future investments on this condition and write letters to our peer institutions encouraging them do the same. If Brown were not invested, we asked for the same actions sans the use of investor influence. At this time we have not received any meaningful response or discussion. While we continue to work with the investment offices, we believe that widespread student support will encourage the investment office to make a concrete difference in the lives of these hotel workers. That is why we ask you to sign our petition on the main green and continue to stay informed as the situation develops. Lily Axelrod ’09 Baird Bream ’10 Alex Campbell ’10 Andrea Dillon ’11 Will Emmons ’09 Becky Fish ’09 Lenora Knowles ’11 Mark Morales ’10 Alex Tye ’10 Oct. 27

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Wanted: fresh ideas BY JEREMY FEIGENBAUM Opinions Columnist Imagine that we are sitting in the Ratty, looking at table slips. I say that I find the table slips useful, but you disagree. Now imagine that there are six people eating dinner with us, and you know that five of them agree with me. You aren’t going to win this battle. So instead of defending your position, you call me anti-Brunonian. Sounds ridiculous, right? Tell that to the Republican Party. If you are even slightly politically aware (and I hope you are), you know that this is a bad year for the Grand Old Party. I’m knocking on wood as I type this, but the Democrats should win the White House and expand their majorities in both chambers of Congress. So what is the GOP doing? I wish I could say that their leaders had decided to embrace new ideas. After all, if you are a Republican senator and voters don’t think you can handle the economic crisis, you could advocate for a new tax plan, hopefully one less skewed toward the corporations whose lobbyists meet you for lunch every week. Or maybe you could talk about gas prices. Were you one of those few GOP legislators to consistently support incentives for the research and production of alternative energies? Show off your independence! Show your constituents how you put them first! Why haven’t GOP candidates for the House and Senate done these things? Like the antitable slipper, they know their ideas are sim-

ply unpopular. So they turn to the Karl Rove handbook. What do I mean by this? Maybe you have heard of the new McCarthy in town, Rep. Michele Bachmann R-Minn. Not only did she claim that Barack Obama might hold antiAmerican views, but she called for an expose on the views of the members of Congress to find out if they are pro-America. Thankfully, sane Americans quickly said

Here’s another example. Far right (by which I mean that he even voted against federal aid to Hurricane Katrina victims) Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., slandered his opponent, Dennis Shulman. His TV ad actually claims that Shulman led a rally protesting our troops. That simply isn’t true. Sure, Shulman wants to bring our troops home from Iraq, but no matter how many different Republican talking heads say otherwise, you can be for the

Apparently, the GOP candidates know that their policies are unpopular. They are hoping that vicious and personal attacks against their opponents will make voters forget that minor fact. no thanks. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called her claims “nonsense” and her opponent raised $1 million over the following few days. Shouldn’t Bachmann be spending her time defending her views on the bailout, the war in Iraq or anything even remotely substantive? Out of fresh ideas? No problem! Just attack, attack, attack.

troops but against the war. But Garrett is out of ideas — he has almost always supported George Bush’s policies (except when he opposed them from the right), so now he has to rely on smear tactics. And here’s the last one. It’s the icing on the cake because it targets so many of us here at Brown. Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., actually said, “Liberals hate real Americans

that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God.” I’m not really sure where to begin. I certainly like to think of myself as a real American. I definitely like to think of myself as a hard worker and an achiever. And there is no doubt that I believe in God and that faith plays a central part of my life. Does that mean I cannot be a liberal? I am. Does that mean all liberals must hate me? I don’t think so. Hayes should stick to trying to defend his votes for policies that sent jobs from his district overseas, instead of slandering every liberal in the United States. Apparently, the GOP candidates know that their policies are unpopular. They are hoping that vicious and personal attacks against their opponents will make voters forget that minor fact. I don’t think so. Sure, these Rovian tactics have worked in the past. But in 2008 voters are too busy worrying about our lessened standing in the world and an economic crisis for which we are woefully unprepared. Rather than cringe in fear at those so-called “extremist liberals who hate God,” voters will reject these smears. This year’s elections cycle is not just a race between the Democrats and the Republicans. It’s a battle between substantive ideas and washed-up smears. I know that ideas will win out.

Jeremy Feigenbaum ’11 won’t know what to talk about after Nov. 4.

An alternative stimulus package BY RACHEL FORMAN Guest Columnist The current job market may be the most anemic in recent memory, but there’s one sector of the economy that hasn’t felt the pinch of the recent crisis. Seniors, I suggest you look for jobs in the campaigning industry. Barack Obama has raised over $600 million since the beginning of his presidential bid, and a quarter of that sum was raised last month. Meanwhile, spending upward of $150,000 on Gov. Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, hair and makeup has been the subject of headlines all week. Looking at those fundraising figures, my first reaction was disgust. In addition to the distorting effects that campaign donations have on our democratic process, private jets and pricey clothes represent an extravagance that I find distasteful given the current epidemic of rising unemployment and home foreclosures. Think of all the years of college tuition those millions could buy. It would be nice if John McCain and Obama could use their funds to help undecided swing state voters pay their bills, but I think that might be illegal. Is there a more ethical alternative when the sad reality of our system is that money equals votes? Reducing overall campaign spending through public financing of elections would be a good start. As a Democrat, however, I am glad that Obama decided to forgo pub-

lic financing since his ability to raise huge amounts of money has given him a measurable advantage over McCain. I feel a little guilty for allowing my Obamaat-any-cost attitude to overpower my belief that reducing the influence of money in politics is an essential first step for improving the way

networks, pollsters, pundits and comedians have also cashed in on the presidential hysteria. I bet the printing companies making the official campaign signs, T-shirts and bumper stickers are having a great time, too. The good news doesn’t end there. The children of the elite political analysts who

For a few lucky event planners and public relations firms, this election has been better than Christmas.

democracy works in this country. The silver lining in all of this is that the people who work for campaigns and in campaign-related industries are doing fabulously despite the stormy weather. For a few lucky event planners and public relations firms, this election has been better than Christmas. News

craft all those nasty attack ads are going to get some nice presents come December, which bodes well for the retail sector. The Neiman Marcus sales associate who earned a commission when the Republican National Committee purchased all of Sarah Palin’s fancy suits and shoes probably treated

herself to a pricey celebratory dinner, and hopefully she’s a generous tipper. Thus, the hundreds of millions of dollars in donations spent during the campaign will eventually trickle back down to ordinary Americans. Using this logic, I’ve eased my guilty conscience by seeing the massive amounts of campaign spending not as a symbol of our broken electoral system but as a nice boost to consumption spending in an otherwise gloomy economy. If only McCain were able to match Obama dollar for dollar, then we’d really be able to get back on track. Maybe instead of trying to impose spending limits, we could make spending minimums instead. After all, any candidate who injects less than $500 million into the American economy probably isn’t very pro-America. But what happens when the election is over? If NBC is lucky and McCain gets elected, then the network will be able stand on the shoulders of Tina Fey’s Palin impressions for the next four to sixteen years. As for the rest of the folks who make money off elections, it’s fortunate that the campaign season seems to be getting longer and longer. The next round of presidential elections may be well under way by 2010. The timing is perfect for graduating seniors looking for careers in punditry.

Rachel Forman ’09 thinks K-Street is the new Wall Street.

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‘Surreal’ loss to Cornell for w. soccer

Youngsters strong in cross country

By Jason Wade Spor ts Staf f Writer

By Nicole Stock Sports Staff Writer

There’s no question that it was a must-win game. The women’s soccer team had to defeat Cornell this Sunday, in a match that heavily favored the Bears. The Big Red came into the game with a 1-10-1 overall record, with an 0-4-0 mark in Ivy League play. Cornell was also 0-4-0 in away games and had not won a game since its season opener. Meanwhile, Brown (5-5-4, 1-2-1 Ivy) needed the win in order to stay in the race within the Ivy League. But none of these statistics seemed to matter on the field. The final score was 2-0 in favor of Cornell — which had scored only eight goals in its first 12 games. The Big Red’s win derailed any hopes for the season that Brown may have had, as the loss mathematically eliminates the Bears from Ivy League championship contention. “It’s pretty surreal, actually, that that just happened,” injured tri-captain Lindsay Cunningham ’09 said. The game began badly for the Bears, as they looked uncomfortable playing a Cornell team that appeared much more effective than indicated by its past performances. A casual spectator would have had a tough time discerning which team

“It was probably the best quarter of water polo we’ve played all year,” LeBeau said. Navy tried to jump back in the game in the fourth quarter, scoring three quick goals to cut Brown’s lead to 8-7. But the Bears held them off, keeping them scoreless in the last four minutes of the game while adding four more goals to seal their eventual victory, 11-7. LeBeau led the offensive attack with six goals in the game while Gartner dominated from whole-set, drawing five ejections and scoring two goals of his own. The Bears also saw two goals from Corey Schwartz ’11 and multiple assists from Hank Weintraub ’09 and Fort. “We have one of the best outside shooters in the east and that’s Grant LeBeau,” McBride said. “Gartner made it possible to draw the defend-

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the sixth annual Central Connecticut State University Meet this past Saturday. This was the final tuneup meet before the teams travel to New York for the Ivy League Heptagonal Meet this coming Friday. Due to the enormity of the race in the week ahead, many of Brown’s top runners did not compete at the smaller meet at CCSU. Despite not sending its best squad, Brown placed well in both the men’s and women’s races, as the men finished sixth while the women finished in fourth. The men’s squad finished behind New Hampshire, Stony Brook, Providence College, Wagner College and CCSU, with 171 points. The top finisher for the men was Anthony Schurz ’12, who placed 17th in a time of 15:42 in the five-kilometer race. “I was able to run well by working with my teammates in the first mile, moving up in the pack throughout the second mile and holding my form in the final mile,” Schurz said. The next Bruno runner to cross the finish line was Sam Sheehan ’11, with a time of 15:53, which earned him a 30th-place finish. Rounding out the top five finishers for the Bears were Ethan Hickey ’12 and Mike Elnick ’12, who earned 41st and 42nd with times of 16:05 and 16:06, respectively, and Chris Collins ’11, who trailed Elnick by seven seconds. The women’s team took a fourth-place finish with a team score of 114 points. Bruno fell short of Boston University, PC and UConn in the standings. The Bears were led by a firstyear duo of Ari Garber ’12 and Galia Dietz ’12, who finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Garber, who is just getting back from an injury, had a strong run for the Bears and looks to be getting back in the swing of things. “I have been injured for the past month and I only started running again a few days prior to the race, so, as expected, I felt a little weaker and more tired than usual,” Gerber said. “However, it felt great to run again. I was so excited to compete.” Head Coach Craig Lake said he was impressed with Dietz’s performance and will be looking for her to step up in future races. “Deitz ran an impressive race and has a bright future as a crosscountry runner if she puts her mind to it,” Lake said. Both Garber and Deitz finished the two-mile course with a time of 11:25. The next person to cross the finish line for the Bears was Emily Mepham ’12, who recorded a time of 11:48 to earn a 24th-place finish. Rachel Baker ’12 and Caroline Scanlan ’11 finished strong in just over 12 minutes to round out the top five times for Brown. The Bears will be back in action with one of the most competi-

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Women’s crew grabs top 15 at Princeton Chase On Sunday, the defending national champion women’s crew team competed at the Princeton Chase, the team’s second competition of the fall. In the Varsity Eight race, two Brown squads finished in the top 15. The A team finished in tenth place, in a time of 8:35.691, while the B team finished in a time of 8:47.712, to earn a 14th-place finish. Rounding out the team performance was the Novice Eight, who rowed in 9:20.037 en route to a third-place finish. The Bears will next return to competition on Nov. 22 for the Foot of the Charles race in Boston, their last competition of the fall. — Benjy Asher

s c h e dul e TUESDAY, OCT. 28 W. Tennis ITA East Regionals Philadelphia, Pa., All day WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29 Field hockey at Holy Cross, 4 p.m.

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The women’s soccer team lost all hope for an Ivy League championship after a loss to the Cornell Big Red Sunday.

M. water polo faces tough East Coasters By Anne Deggelman Sports Staff Writer

After playing against three top-10 teams in California earlier this month, the men’s water polo team traveled to Princeton this weekend to battle it out with perennial East Coast powerhouses. After falling to Bucknell 11-9 in the first game on Saturday, the Bears got right back up to take down George Washington 13-8 later that day and Navy 11-7 on Sunday. “We haven’t beat Navy or Bucknell in at least the last four or five years,” said Grant LeBeau ’09, who scored 13 goals in the three games. “We could have gone 0-3 or 3-0, so we’re pretty happy to walk away with two wins and take that momentum into Easterns.” On Saturday the Bears faced Bucknell for the second time this season, having lost 11-9 in the first meeting. The game got off to a rocky start for Bruno, and Bucknell racked up a five-goal lead in the first quarter. The Bears continued to fight, battling their way back to make it a two-point game, but in the end the Bison held them off, 11-9. “I know we can beat them,” LeBeau said. “Correct a few little mistakes and we win the game.” Later that day the tide changed for Brown as the men finished off the day with a 13-8 win against GW. The Bears led with a score of 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. LeBeau scored four goals, followed by Mike Gartner ’09 with three goals and two assists. In the third quarter, the Bears continued to play big, increasing their lead by another four goals and solidify-

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The men’s water polo team was up and down last weekend, with one loss and two wins when competing against the East Coast powerhouses.

ing their victory. “What was different about this weekend was our patience and our passing,” LeBeau said. “Nico (Fort ’09) had three great passes to me. Without a good pass there’s no goal.” With a win under its belt, the men’s team went up against Navy the next day and came out on top, 11-7. “The Navy game was the first time our guys had gone out and executed our game plan from beginning to end — and it worked perfectly,” Assistant Coach John McBride said. Starting goalie Kent Holland ’10 echoed that sentiment. “I think the game we played against Navy was probably the best game we played all season,” he said. “Our defense was unstoppable.” And apparently, so was their offense. Though behind 4-2 at the half, the Bears came back with six unanswered goals in the third quarter to get back the lead.

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