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Full-time RISD faculty forgo salary increases By Chaz Kelsh News Editor

Full-time faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design have agreed to forgo a salary increase next year in the face of the worsening economic climate. Henr y Ferreira, associate professor of printmaking and president of the full-time faculty’s union, said the faculty “arrived at a decision that it would probably be best” to give up raises for a year to see where the economy was headed. The union’s current contract expires July 1, at the end of this fiscal year. The faculty members have decided to wait for a year rather than negotiate a new contract amid economic turmoil, Ferreira said. The union would have been “essentially tr ying to negotiate a contract with sand under our feet,” Ferreira said, adding that the faculty would have faced a “very long, protracted kind of negotiation.” Though RISD spokeswoman Jaime Marland declined to comment specifically on the school’s finances, she confirmed that the union accepted a wage freeze. “We are targeting a 0 percent (salar y) increase for all RISD employees,” she said. RISD’s part-time faculty union is still considering whether to accept a wage freeze, its leader said. Though the part-time union negotiated a new contact last year that included scheduled raises, RISD has now asked the union to consider accepting no increases for next year, said Randy Willier,

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illustration critic and the union’s president. Though the school is “contractually obliged” to give part-time faculty a raise, “we don’t want to look like the bad people here,” he said. “The school is saying, ‘If everybody pitches in, we can all do this together’ — which we’re all for,” Willier said, adding that part-time faculty — who are hired on contracts as short as one year — are also concerned that some of their jobs may be cut if they do not accept a wage freeze. “As of today, it’s fairly split,” Willier said of the faculty’s willingness to forego raises. “There are some that are resisting.” Some part-time faculty had been waiting for the full-time faculty’s decision, he said. The part-time union has until June 30 to make a decision, Willier said. “We’re not in a big hurr y,” he said. Ferreira said he hoped the fulltime faculty’s decision would be beneficial to RISD students in the long run. “Hopefully, tuition will be raised less because we won’t be getting a raise this year,” he said, adding that the school will also save “quite a sum” by not having to hire lawyers to negotiate with the union. At Brown, President Ruth Simmons has announced a moratorium on salar y increases for nearly all faculty and staff. Proposed hires must be vetted by a special administrative Vacancy Review Committee.

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Students took advantage of mild weather this weekend as deep snow all but melted away.

A cub becomes a bear — mazel tov! By Matthew Klebanoff Staf f Writer

Last weekend, Brown/RISD Hillel had a “bear y” unusual guest of honor — Bruno, the University mascot. On Friday night and Saturday morning, the Jewish sabbath, Bruno celebrated his growth from a cub into an adult bear with classic Bar Mitzvah festivities at Hillel. Bar Mitzvahs are “a rite of passage now, especially in American Judaism,” said Rabbi Mordechai Rackover, the associate University chaplain for the Jewish community. “Originally it signaled that a person had gone through puberty

Instead of hiring, Campus Life office re-tools By Emmy Liss Features Editor

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The Office of Campus Life and Student Services has expanded the roles of several top administrators to cover the responsibilities once filled by currently vacant positions, including that of the associate vice president. The associate vice president position, previously held by Margaret Klawunn, now the vice president for campus life and student services, has been open since July. Though a national search was underway, the University-wide hiring freeze led the division to “take another look” and redistribute responsibilities, a change that took effect March 1, Klawunn said. Employees will be compensated for taking on new responsibilities. “If

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you’re asking people to do additional work, then there’s additional pay for taking on the additional work,” Klawunn said. Ricky Gresh, who formerly directed the Student Activities Office, is now the senior director of student engagement. He will have oversight over the SAO and will also be responsible for the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, the LGBTQ Resource Center, the Chaplain’s Office and the Third World Center. In his previous role, Gresh collaborated extensively with the other centers to “share strategies and advance priorities together,” he said. His job now entails more “management responsibility.” A number of those centers are dealing with vacancies of their own, creating “short-term critical needs,” Gresh said, which he hopes to ad-

dress. Gresh has been “calling meetings” between the centers for over a year and is, given the current vacancies, in a position to facilitate “how we share what we’re doing,” Klawunn said. Putting the centers under one individual’s oversight encourages cooperation within campus life and “creates more of an opportunity for strong collaboration with the Dean of the College’s office,” Gresh said. With plans for the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House moving forward, Gresh said it was time to “rethink staffing structure and support anyway.” Gresh’s colleague Phil O’Hara was promoted from assistant direccontinued on page 2

and was ready to be part of the adult community.” Gene Goldstein-Plesser ’11, chair of the Shabbat Committee, and Jennifer Grayson ’11, chair of the Student Welcoming Committee, planned the Bruno-themed weekend in hopes of attracting

FEATURE new faces to Hillel. “It’s always the same people that read things at services,” said Grayson, a former Herald copy editor. “A lot of times we don’t have new people come in.” On Saturday night, Bruno celebrated his coming of age with a party that included numerous Bar

Mitzvah traditions. The party kicked off with Bruno and students dancing the traditional Hora to the klezmer band Yarmulkaze. Four or five students, arm-in-arm with Bruno, danced in a circle to “Hava Nagila” and lifted him in a chair several times. Students played traditional Bar Mitzvah games like Coke and Pepsi — a modified game of tag — and limbo. Later that night was a candlelighting ceremony, when, traditionally, the celebrated teenager lights candles on a cake to honor important friends and family members. Candles were lit in honor of continued on page 3

Researcher teams receive $200k for medical studies By Emma Berry Staff Writer

Two research teams with collaborators from the Warren Alpert Medical School and the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island have received grants to study fertility and pregnancy risks. Funded by the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council, the grants are designed to encourage collaborative research and development within the state, according to the hospital’s Feb. 23 press release. This year, the council awarded grants to seven Rhode Island teams working in a variety of fields. Each team received approximately $200,000

in research funding. One team — a collaboration between Associate Professor of Medical Science and Engineering Jeffrey Morgan, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Sandra Carson and Assistant Professor of Engineering Anubhav Tripathi — will use a 3-D Petri dish technology previously developed by Morgan and colleagues to create an “artificial ovary” that could be used to preserve the fertility of women undergoing certain medical treatments. Carson, who directs the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Center for Reproduction and Infertility at Women continued on page 2

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‘Good for the jews’ Musical group that wants to “radicalize Jewish music” will perform at Hillel tonight

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Profs aim to create artificial ovary continued from page 1 and Infants, said she represents “the human side” of the research. She said Brown already has a program to freeze ovarian tissue and eggs for women about to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. The problem, Carson said, is that sometimes women must wait for weeks before the tissue and eggs can be harvested, which can present problems for their medical treatment. The artificial ovary could replicate egg maturation so eggs could be harvested from women earlier to facilitate in vitro fertilization. “We’re trying to create that threedimensional structure to mature the egg to a point where it would be suitable for IVF,” Morgan said, though he added that the eggs used in the research and development phase will never be fertilized and implanted. While the artificial ovary is the immediate clinical goal of the research, Carson said it would also help increase understanding of the way eggs are nourished. “We hope to be able to investigate a number of physiological processes we don’t understand,” she said, including the way the cell layers in the ovary interact with each other and with egg cells. Morgan’s team uses a computerized model to synthesize an agarose gel to create spheres of cells. “We can take those spheres and put them into a second mold, and those spheres will fuse and form a larger, more complicated tissue,” he said. In a paper published March 1, Morgan and graduate students showed that these “building blocks” could form tissues that mimic vasculature. The development of the 3-D Petri dish to grow tissues and “create an en-

vironment where cells stick together” was first introduced by Morgan’s team in a paper published in 2007. Understanding the principles behind cell adhesion is relevant to developmental biology and basic cell biology, Morgan said, adding that it may also shed light on some of the processes involved in cancerous cell development, during which cell adhesion can go wrong. “We see it as a very fundamental process,” he said. Because his work may reduce the need for animal models, Morgan has received funding for the 3-D Petri dish from the International Foundation for Ethical Research. The reasons for the “worldwide movement” to eliminate animal testing are primarily ethical, but they also have practical consequences: “It costs less,” he said. “What the industry needs are in vitro models that mimic selected tissues within the body,” Morgan said. “That way they can test more drugs cheaper and more thoroughly.” Carson said her team had been working together for “a little over a year.” “It’s terrific,” she said. “We all sort of bring our own piece to the puzzle.” The team has already developed an artificial ovary model that they hope to bring to the clinic soon, Carson said. Another group in the obstetrical field to receive the STAC grant is studying complications in pregnancy. The team, headed by Professor of Pediatrics Surendra Sharma, also includes Professor of Pediatrics James Padbury, pediatrician-in-chief at WIHRI, Zahir Shaikh, professor of pharmacy and toxicology at the University of Rhode Island and Udo Markert, a researcher at Germany’s

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University of Jena. The team is investigating proteins involved in the development of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and excretion of protein in the urine. Sharma said preeclampsia affects 10 to 15 percent of women and is related to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Still, Sharma said, “despite extensive investigations, it has remained enigmatic, and there is no treatment.” Part of the problem, he said, is that development of preeclampsia is difficult to predict and does not occur until the third trimester when “we can’t do much about it.” He hopes his team’s research can change that. By comparing serum samples of pregnant women who went on to develop preeclampsia to those who did not, Sharma and his team identified a protein that women with preeclampsia lack. Sharma and his colleagues have since developed an in vitro test for the protein, which has allowed them to predict early in a woman’s pregnancy whether she will develop preeclampsia. The team has also demonstrated that injecting this protein into animal models prevents them from developing the disorder. In mice, “one injection can rescue a pregnancy,” Sharma said. He expects the grant to help his team continue to develop the research so that it can win Food and Drug Administration approval for use in humans. Sharma — who led another team that also won a grant from STAC last year to study proteins associated with placental inflammation — said he was “very proud” to have won a grant two years in a row. He has high hopes that his research will soon be applied in clinics. “We have completed a great deal of work already,” he said. “And so far, so good.”

tor of student activities to fill the role of SAO director. His former position will not be filled, Gresh said. Richard Bova, formerly the senior associate dean of residential life, will now oversee both ResLife and Dining Services. Bova said he is “excited” about the additional responsibilities. On a day-to-day basis, it will “make me more conscious about focusing my time,” he said, but will also give him “greater flexibility in bringing more people together.” Review and reorganization The associate vice president of the division was also responsible for “some aspects of the non-academic disciplinary system,” Klawunn said. These will now be handled by Allen Ward, the senior associate dean for student life. The division is looking to have a new code of student conduct approved by the Corporation. Ward said it is a “good time to assume a greater level of responsibility” with the implementation stage ahead. MaryLou McMillan, whose former position was executive officer of campus life and student services, will be assuming new responsibilities as the senior director for planning and projects for campus life. She will also serve as the liaison to the Department of Athletics, “formalizing” a connection that already existed, Klawunn said. McMillan said that, in most roles at Brown, administrators must think broadly. The planning component of campus life “is really codified in this position,” she said. The reorganization was completed with input from the Organizational Review Committee, which was established by President Ruth Simmons in the fall to assess ways in which the University could cut costs and share resources, Klawunn said. Simmons also created the Vacancy Review Committee, a group of top administrators which must approve any hiring decisions. The division of campus life and student services currently has a proposal to hire a Muslim chaplain pending before the committee. The Vacancy Review Committee already granted the division permission to hire a temporary administrative assistant for the Sarah

Doyle Women’s Center, according to Klawunn. Kathy Tameo, the office’s director of finance and administration, has been responsible during the reorganization process for looking at the office “as a whole” and working to “tap into people we already have here,” she said. As the division reorganizes itself, administrators will be continually “reminding ourselves” what to focus on, Klawunn said. “The academic experience is the whole experience,” McMillan said. Putting pieces together About half the division reported to the associate vice president of campus life and student services, Klawunn said. She had been performing the duties of both the vice president and associate vice president since July, and, though her colleagues were complimentary of how she handled the responsibilities, Klawunn said she “can’t do everything in both of those jobs.” Reassigning responsibilities was done with efficiency in mind, Klawunn said, and each administrator is expanding upon something “they had a hand in previously.” “If it helps you to do better thinking about a project, that’s ideal,” Klawunn said. For example, combining ResLife and Dining Services under Bova offers an opportunity to examine “how those together provide for students’ room and board needs,” Klawunn said. “It’s all about how we serve students and how we serve them efficiently,” Bova said. Campus life has also redistributed positions in Health Services. That office had been planning to use a “different management model,” but has now abandoned that idea, Klawunn said. Instead, Edward Wheeler, director of Health Services, will “oversee the whole operation,” she said. McMillan said the completion of J. Walter Wilson has been “beneficial” in bringing people together both physically and in the way they think about their work. Through this tough time, she said, “various aspects of the University have pulled together.” — With additional reporting by Nicole Friedman

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“Our actions reveal domination to be one of the major ends of our foreign policy.” — ­ Jeffrey Stout ’72, Princeton prof. of religion

Gala to be held on campus this year By Lauren Pischel Staf f Writer

The annual Gala organized by the Key Society will be held on Pembroke Field and not off campus this spring. The decision to move the event, was a financial one, said Rebecca Ruscito ’09, president of the Key Society. In response to President Ruth Simmons’ call for the University to conserve funds, the society “decided to try to reduce costs by bringing it back to campus,” Ruscito said, adding that she hopes doing so “will encourage attendance.” The Gala, scheduled for April 3, is traditionally held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, a banquet hall in Cranston. In past years, 15 buses were used to shuttle students to and from the event. Besides reducing cost, holding Gala on campus will result in several other benefits, according to Phil O’Hara, director of student activities and adviser to the Key Society. “Managing costs more effectively will enable the Key to hold

ticket prices down to attract more students,” he wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Having the Gala on campus will also improve safety management of the event, because the society will have greater access to the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Medical Services and Green Horn Management, O’Hara wrote. The society is planning to set up a tent and wooden floor on Pembroke Field for the event. Though the exact capacity of the tent is uncertain at this point, the Key Society estimates that it can accommodate about 800 people, said Lindsay Houle ’09, special events planner for the society. If good weather is forecast for April 3, the organizers will sell more tickets and extend the Gala to outside the tent. Last year, the Key Society sold around 1,200 tickets for the Gala. Planning the event on campus this year has also given Key Society members more freedom with decorations since they are not constrained by the layout of the Rhodes,

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Houle said. “I think it will be really, really beautiful,” she said, adding that it will make the event more intimate and encourage more dancing. “Rhodes was really overwhelming,” House said. “We had a lot of students alone upstairs.” For Ruscito, the Gala brings a certain degree of excitement to Brown. “It is the only black-tie event and there is such a strong tradition in Gala, it just seems to inspire everyone,” she said. One of the oldest student groups on campus, the Key Society started in the 1930s as an alternative to an honors society but gradually became a group that organized events. It currently has 10 members. Besides organizing Gala, the society is responsible for planning College Hill Kick -off in the fall. It has, in the past, also organized another formal dance, Fall Ball, but did not this year because “it is difficult to get kids dressed up these days,” Ruscito said. Though the Gala will be on campus, Houle said she hopes “it still has the fairy-tale quality.”

Package notifications by e-mail begin today By Anish Gonchigar Contributing Writer

Beginning today, students will get an e-mail notification from University Mail Services when they receive most packages. Instead of the traditional yellow slips placed in mailboxes, students who have received packages from FedEx, UPS, DHL and USPS’s Express, Certified, Insured and Delivery Confirmation mail will be notified electronically. Mail Services Manager Fred Yattaw said students will receive the postal tracking numbers of their parcels via e-mail, but they only need to provide their mailbox numbers to claim packages. Students will also be able to pick up their mail by providing the claim numbers. “Carriers will be scanned and categorized, so when someone comes in with a claim, we’ll know where to find it,” Yattaw said. Mail Ser vices had hoped to

implement the system by the beginning of this semester, but due to the Valentine’s Day rush and some delays in making the program comprehensive, it was postponed, Yattaw said. The program will not incur additional costs, he said, adding that it was unrelated to the move to the new mailroom in J. Walter Wilson. According to Brian Becker ’09, president of the Undergraduate Council of Students, the idea had been in the works since last year. Though Mail Services does not yet send out e-mail notifications for “blue slip” packages — packages that do not require signatures — Becker said he hopes students will soon receive paperless notices for those packages as well. Becker said he believes students will be happy with the new system. “I’m pretty confident that it’ll be a great benefit for students on campus,” he said.

Bruno comes of age at ‘Just War’ talk warns against militarism weekend Bar Mitzvah Alicia Chen Contributing Writer

continued from page 1 Josiah Carberry and the Annmary Brown Memorial, the art gallery and mausoleum at 21 Brown St. Goldstein-Plesser and Grayson also created a video montage for the party, which featured doctored images of the bear statue attending Hebrew school, having dinner with the entire Brunowitz family and getting a bris, a ritual circumcision. Goldstein-Plesser said he and Grayson intended for the weekend not only to encourage more student involvement at Hillel, but also to let people know they can have a Bar Mitzvah ceremony on campus. But the two said they planned the weekend mostly because they thought it would be fun. “You go to all these really absurd parties when you’re 13, when you’re an awkward adolescent,” Grayson said. “We thought it would be fun to do this as college students, who are allegedly a little bit less awkward.” Hillel’s special weekend for Brown’s mascot began Friday night, when Bruno made an appearance at four Shabbat services — Reform, Conser vative, Orthodox and Chavurah — and stuck around for the month’s first Shabbat dinner. The dinner poked fun at the tradition of themed Bar Mitzvah parties with its own motif: Brown. All the dinner tables held a centerpiece, each depicting a different location on Brown’s campus, including the Gate, the Sharpe Refectory and the Sciences Library. The lovable University mascot made his next appearance at Saturday morning services. After the

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Bruno the Bear was carried around on a chair following his Bar Mitzvah this weekend.

Torah reading began, GoldsteinPlesser, wearing an Obama yarmulke, left the congregation. A few minutes later, Bruno, donning an Obama yarmulke of his own, returned. The bear sat down, joined the ser vices and greeted other members of the congregation. The students participating in the ser vices were glad to have Bruno join them. “It was fun to see Bruno expanding his horizons and experience Jewish life at Brown,” Rebecca Strauss ’11 said. Ethan Tobias ’12 offered Bruno a hearty “Mazel tov!” Though Br uno received a warm welcome from Hillel’s congregation, he was not an active participant in any religious ceremonies. “We don’t want it to seem like it’s any sort of proselytizing,” Grayson said. “We just thought it would be a fun, humorous way to get people to get involved.”

After the detonation of the first hydrogen bomb, Manhattan Project physicist Edward Teller sent a telegram reading “It’s a boy” to the wife of one of his colleagues. The bomb’s successful detonation, according to Jeffrey Stout ’72, a professor of religion at Princeton, cemented the United States’ position as a superpower in the 20th century and ushered in an era of U.S. foreign policy based on domination instead of cooperation. Last Friday, in his lecture “It’s a Boy: How Militarism Has Corrupted the Republic,” Stout spoke about the dangers of American militarism, and the history of U.S. foreign policy to a sizeable audience in Petteruti Lounge. Stout said he saw his lecture partially as a response to the justification of the Iraq War through the Just War principles of political philosopher and University of Chicago professor Jean Bethke Elshtain. “Our actions reveal domination to be one of the major ends of our foreign policy,” Stout said, and thus violate the principles of Just War. The so-called liberation of Iraq was not a suitable justification for entering a war, because it is unfair to single out one country rather than uniformly apply Just War, Stout said. Similarly, he said an aggressive foreign policy fortified by the threat of nuclear war is not just. He noted that the United States still has some of its nuclear arsenal on foreign soil, which reveals its “intention to dominate.” “Anyone dominated by a master, however benign that master may appear, is still a slave,” he said. Stout warned that the United States’ perversion of Just War principles will lead to unfortunate consequences.

With the growing power of India and China, “the age of the single superpower is almost over,” he said. He warned that if the U.S. does not reform its policies, it will soon have to drink from the “bitter cup” of regret, referencing the famous line from Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” Stout responded pessimistically to a question about how he would advise the Obama administration to proceed. He said he thought President Obama was “actually in a box” because there is “no counter-power outside of the establishment.” He listed prominent politicians such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. John McCain R-Ariz., and Colin Powell as members of the “war establishment” who had helped legitimize the Bush administration’s “militarism.” It is important for Obama to edu-

cate the public about the nature of the situation, Stout said. He noted that Obama’s experience as a community organizer will be an asset for this task. The most important thing for ordinary citizens to do is to hold their government accountable, Stout said. In that way, they can develop a counter to the establishment. Unless they take a stand against leaders who violate Just War principles, citizens in effect allow leaders “to engage in preemptive war with impunity,” he said. Many students who attended the lecture are enrolled in REL0290C: “Christian Ethical Theories,” in which they have read some of Stout’s work. Andrew Ingram ’09, a student in the class, said, “It’s one of the neat things about Brown that you get to meet the authors of the texts you read.”


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“Good for the Jews” will perform tonight at the Brown/RISD Hillel.

Jewish comics celebrate Purim By Luisa Robledo Staff Writer

After playing their second song during a concert, Rob Tannenbaum ’83 and David Fagin typically hear a chair scraping the floor, followed by an older person getting up and a “pair of little orthopedic shoes walking out the door,” Tannenbaum said. It’s perhaps no surprise that the comedic rock duo “Good for the Jews,” which takes pride in its irreverent and unconventional Jewish music, makes some elderly audience members uncomfortable. But the two artists are unlikely to encounter any disgruntled listeners at their performance at Brown/ RISD Hillel tonight. “What we try to do is radicalize Jewish music,” Tannenbaum said. They “want to be able to make Jewish music that isn’t just for oldpeople-Florida.” Tannenbaum and Fagin are “unorthodox Jews,” the former says, adding that the age of audience members often affects how they respond to the duo’s jokes. The group’s best-known song, which is about Passover and called “They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat),” epitomizes their humor. Later today, Providence’s younger crowd will be able to enjoy their “Sarah-Silverman-meets-Adam-Sandler crazy songs,” said Megan Nesbitt, executive director of Hillel. The group will play songs about Passover, having a bar mitzvah and what Tannenbaum calls the “genuine experiences” of being “privileged, assimilated Jews in a part

of the world where our safety is no longer threatened.” Both Nesbitt and Tannenbaum had been planning this performance since last spring, but they were waiting for the right time. The upcoming celebration of Purim seemed like the perfect occasion for the duo to play at Brown, Tannenbaum says. “Purim is pure celebration, and we are encouraged to eat, drink, to be festive,” he says. “The more people drink, the funnier we seem.” Since the duo’s performance is part of the Purim celebration and is “thematically relevant,” Hillel funded the show, which is free and open to the public, using the holiday’s budget, Nesbitt said. “I hope that people will have a really good time with its crazy humor,” Nesbitt said. Though Tannenbaum graduated from Brown some years ago, he told The Herald that in terms of humor and maturity, “as far as I’m concerned, I graduated in ’04.” At Brown, he concentrated in English and was also an active member of WBRU. Tannenbaum, who jokingly said that had there been a concentration in WBRU, he would have gotten it, added that he loves the University and is looking forward to his show. “I feel like this is the homecoming performance,” he said. “I genuinely expect that this is one of the most significant shows I’ll ever get to play, and I’m wild with anticipation.” The show will begin at 9 p.m. tonight, with doors opening half an hour in advance.

“Nos do Cinema” (We of the Cinema) is a documentary that follows six film students in Rio de Janeiro as they struggle to overcome obstacles in film school and pursue their love of cinema. The film — directed by Finn Yarbrough ’09 and produced by Chaney Harrison ’11 — opened CineBRASIL, the second annual Brazilian Film Festival at Brown, this weekend. The festival featured seven feature-length films — including “Nos do Cinema” — and four shorts, as well as a presentation on Yarbrough and Harrison’s research project in Brazil on opening night. Two of the film students from Brazil featured in the documentar y, Thiago da Cruz Marques and Tomas Meirreles, visited Brown for the festival and spoke about their film school experiences. The project started with a proposal by Yarbrough and Harrison to travel to Rio de Janeiro and research film and media in Brazil by working with an institution called Cinema Nosso. With the help of an Oliver Kwon Grant, offered through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the two Brown students were able to travel to Brazil in the summer of 2008 to teach a one-week film workshop and film their documentary. Harrison said the documentary was intended to promote Cinema Nosso, an organization that is both a school and a nonprofit, teaching the art of film to low-income youth in Rio as a means of empowerment and cultural expression, according to the organization’s Web site. Harrison and Yarbrough wanted the film to be a positive piece that would provide background information on the school and capture the organization’s positive impact on the students and on the community. But while working with Cinema Nosso, the two filmmakers began to notice that the organization was not following through with its advertised objectives, Harrison said. In

the two and a half months that Harrison stayed in Brazil, only two classes were taught at the school, each of them lasting only one week. He said he also noticed that the administration hardly interacted with students, even though during their interviews in the documentary, faculty claim to collaborate with them on various film projects. In talking to the students at the school, with whom they had developed strong relationships, Harrison and Yarbrough began to understand that Cinema Nosso was not as wholly dedicated to its students as it advertised. A group of students, including Meirreles and Marques, had prepared an extensive proposal for a film they wanted to make and requested to use one of the Cinema Nosso cameras for their project. The administrators told the students they could only rent out a camera one day a month and would need to provide a one-month notice of their request. “There are three full cameras at Cinema Nosso,” Harrison said, “but only Luis (Nascimento, President of Cinema Nosso) uses them to make his own film.” Further discussions with the students at the school helped Harrison and Yarbrough delve deeper into Cinema Nosso’s backstory throughout their documentary. The institution began as a film school called Nos do Cinema. Founded by the filmmakers who created “City of God,” the school offered students a one-year program in which they would be able to study the history and theory of film, as well as the basics of film production. Nos do Cinema was a nonprofit and depended on donations to stay in business and to purchase film equipment. According to Marques, a dispute among the founders of Nos do Cinema resulted in the break-up of the original administrative team and the name change to Cinema Nosso. As Meirreles claims in the film, as a result of the discord between the artists and the bureaucrats, “the artists left, and the bureaucrats

dominated” in the end. Now, rather than being a oneyear program, Cinema Nosso offers various short workshops throughout the year. These can last anywhere from one day to one week. Ideally they should run consistently throughout the year, but in actuality are scheduled few and far between. Since Harrison and Yarbrough’s class about film basics last summer, there have only been two subsequent classes taught at Cinema Nosso, each only a week long. According to Marques, when Harrison and Yarbrough contacted the organization about teaching their one-week course, Cinema Nosso did not have students for them and had to call former students and ask them to participate in the class. “They called me at home,” Marques said. “They needed students, so they invited me to take the class.” Despite slow business at Cinema Nosso, the organization still employs seven administrators and continues to receive donations as a nonprofit, Harrison said. The documentary includes interviews with the Cinema Nosso students about obstacles they have faced with the administration, as well as interviews with the administrators themselves. Harrison said his favorite part of working on the project was meeting and interacting with the students at the film school. “The most validating part has been bringing them here (to Brown) to tell their own story,” Harrison said. He and Yarbrough do not consider their film to be a “final cut” and intend to re-edit it to include new information they have learned about Cinema Nosso. “With this film,” Marques said, “the truth came out.” There will be an additional screening of “Nos do Cinema” on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in MacMillan 117. The two Brazilian film students will be available for a question-and-answer session after the screening.


SportsMonday The Brown Daily Herald

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Bears finish season with wins over Crimson, Big Green By Benjy Asher Spor ts Editor

After missing his first five threepoint attempts of the night, Garrett Leffelman ’11 was due. As the final seconds Harvard 59 ticked off the Brown 61 clock in Friday night’s Dartmouth 59 game, LeffelBrown 69 man hoisted a shot from just behind the threepoint line on the right perimeter. The ball rippled through the net as the buzzer sounded, giving the men’s basketball team a 61-59 win over Har vard. “Our coaching staff stresses that a shooter’s got to shoot, whether you’re 0-for-5, 0-for-10 or 10-for-10,” Leffelman said. “I wasn’t ner vous at all — I just let it go.” The Bears carried the momentum into Saturday night, when they sent off senior tri-captains Scott Friske ’09, who missed both games due to illness, and Chris Skrelja ’09 with a 69-59 win over Dartmouth on Senior Night at the Pizzitola Center. “We just came out with a lot of energy and emotion,” Skrelja said. “I’ll never forget these games, and to get that feel of winning back is just a great feeling.” Brown 61, Harvard 59 On Friday night, Brown (9-19, 3-11 Ivy) overcame a seven-point halftime deficit with 52 percent shooting from the field in the second half. Matt Mullery ’10 had one of his biggest nights of the season, going 9-of-9 from the field for a game-high 21 points, while also blocking three shots and bringing down a career-high 20 rebounds — a Pizzitola single-game record. “To get 20 rebounds in a game is a special night, and to do it in conjunction with the points is just a phenomenal night,” said Head Coach Jesse Agel. “He’s a special player, having a great year, and I just can’t wait to watch him next season.”

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Tri-captain Chris Skrelja ’09 scored a season-high 17 points in a 69-59 win over Dartmouth, his last game in a Brown uniform.

The Crimson (14-14, 6-8 Ivy) went on an 11-2 run to take a 2514 lead with 7:45 remaining in the half. But the Bears were able to cut the lead to 35-28 by halftime behind Muller y’s 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. “I was just trying to go after the ball on ever y possession and just keep the motor going,” Muller y said. “We owe it to our seniors, who have put in four years of hard work.” In the first half, the Crimson thrived on the perimeter game in their motion of fense, knocking down 5-of-12 three-point attempts. The Bears were hot to start the second half. Skrelja scored on a post move just under four minutes in to put the Bears ahead, 38-37, their first lead since the opening minute of the game. Chris Taylor ’11 knocked down a free throw to put the Bears up 46-39 with 11:18 left, concluding an 18-4 run to start the half. But on the next three Har-

vard possessions, Har vard guard Jeremy Lin took over, draining a jumper, driving for a lay-up and dishing the ball to Andrew Pusar for an open three-pointer to tie the game at 46. With Brown trailing 59-53, Adrian Williams ’11 connected on his second trey of the game with 1:35 left, and Muller y brought the crowd to its feet with a lay-up on an up-and-under move, cutting Harvard’s lead to one point with 47.7 seconds left. Off a Har vard miss, tri-captain Peter Sullivan ’11 pulled down the rebound with eight seconds to play. Sullivan got the ball to Skrelja, who dribbled to the top of the key, hesitated and whisked the ball to Leffelman, who buried a three as time expired, drawing an eruption of cheers from the crowd and a celebration on the Brown sideline. “On that last possession when we stopped them, I just felt like something good was going to happen,” Leffelman said. “We just took

our time, and Chris found me, and I just let it go.” Brown 69, Dartmouth 59 Brown never trailed in Saturday night’s game against Dartmouth (9-19, 7-7 Ivy), which played most of the first half without the Ivy League’s leading scorer, Alex Barnett, who picked up two fouls in the opening five minutes. Barnett still finished with 19 points to lead the Big Green, while Sullivan poured in a game-high 21 points, followed by Mullery and Skrelja, who each added 17. The Bears had a strong shooting night from start to finish, shooting 58 percent from the field on the night. Mullery led the Bears with 12 points and three blocks in the first half, while Sullivan added nine points, to pace the Bears to a 3729 halftime lead. Skrelja converted a lay-up on a post move 3:15 after halftime to give the Bears a 43-34 lead, but then Barnett, back into the game, began to make his presence felt.

Barnett, who entered the weekend averaging 19.7 points per game, hit a running jump shot and banked one in on a drive to cut the lead to five. After back-to-back buckets by Sullivan, Barnett drained a pull-up three-pointer to bring the score to 47-41 with 14:01 left. But the Bears pulled away to take a 64-53 lead with 3:15 left to play. With 30 seconds remaining and his team up by 11 points, Agel sent in a substitute for Skrelja, who walked off the court to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. Skrelja went out in style, finishing with a season-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, to go along with six rebounds and five assists. “My body hasn’t been feeling great all year, but the adrenaline just took over tonight,” Skrelja said. “I’m really going to miss being a part of this team, all the great stuff like road trips and hanging out with the guys, but it was a phenomenal experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Sullivan finished the game 6-of-9 shooting. “Peter had a tremendous game. He defended, he rebounded and he took the ball to the basket,” Agel said. “He’s had a really good season, and the sky’s the limit for him, with the type of body that he has and the amount of work that he puts in.” With the two wins this weekend, the Bears finish the season with a 3-11 conference record, putting them last in the Ivy League standings, but for Agel and his team, the wins have great significance as a fitting tribute to the team’s two departing seniors. “They’re wonderful people, and when I’m recruiting somebody I want them to be able to go to those guys, and I want our guys coming in to be like those guys,” Agel said. “They worked hard all the time, they cared, they were passionate, they were good teammates and they’re what Brown basketball aspires to be.”

W. hoops ends season with two weekend losses on the road By Nicole Stock Sports Staff Writer

The women’s basketball team (325, 1-13 Ivy League) closed out the season with two losses over the weekend to the top two teams in the Ivy League. The Bears suffered an 81-57 loss to Harvard on Friday before falling to Dartmouth by a 64-43 score the following day. Harvard 81, Brown 57 On Friday, the Crimson (19-8, 11-2) jumped on the Bears right from the tip-off, taking a 26-14 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the half, but the Bears fought back. “Throughout the season, (staying) focused in games and always (having) three stops in a row on

defense, that has been our goal no matter what,” said captain Amy Ehrhart ’09, a former Herald sports editor. “When we reach that goal we get pretty pumped. Against Har vard, we had three stops in a row and that is why we were able to come back and get so close by the half.” Shae Fitzpatrick ’10 and Sadiea Williams ’11 scored key points down the stretch to cut Harvard’s lead to 32-26 heading into halftime. Karly Grace ’11 opened the second half with a three to bring the Bears within three, but the Crimson turned the tables with a 12-0 run to take a 44-29 lead with 15 minutes left. “They had 40 points in a the paint and we couldn’t compete with their inside players,” Ehrhart said.

“We had trouble with posts because we were a lot shorter.” The Crimson held a comfortable lead the rest of the way en route to an 81-57 win. Brown shot 78 percent from the free-throw line but just 29 percent from the field, and were out-rebounded 47-28. Williams and Christina Johnson ’10 led the Bears with 10 points apiece, while Courtney Lee ’10 pulled down six boards and had five assists. “It’s important to have multiple people contributing to the offense, because our team doesn’t depend on one person,” Ehrhart said. “This will definitely carry into next year knowing that ever yone can contribute. It will open up the offense when we are looking at multiple people to score.”

Dartmouth 64, Brown 43 The Bears faced another stiff challenge the following evening against the best team in the league in Dartmouth (17-10, 12-1). A three-point play by Ehrhart gave Brown a 15-14 midway through the first half, but the Big Green pulled way to take a 12-point lead before Lee drove the basket for a lay-up to end the half with Dartmouth leading, 29-19. “We knew Dartmouth was more of a defensive team, not run-and-gun like Harvard the night before, so we felt confident at halftime that we had a chance to come back from 10 down,” said Ehrhart. “We wanted to limit their threepoint shooting opportunities and do a better job controlling the boards,” she said. Grace, for the second consecutive

night, hit a three to begin the second half. But as Dartmouth’s Brittney Smith scored 11 of her team’s next 15 points, the Big Green cruised to a 44-30 lead midway through the half. Dartmouth continued to push their lead to finish with a 64-43 win, but Ehrhart said there were still several positive points for the Bears. “Our field-goal percentage was higher than usual and our free-throw percentage was the highest it’s been all season,” she said. “We also did a good job taking better shots by attacking their zone and finding our open shooters instead of forcing up bad ones.” Johnson once again led the Bears with nine points, while Lee added eight points. Ehrhart finished her Brown career with seven points and three rebounds.


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A Columbus Day by any other name Anyone who has studied history, especially at a mostly liberal institution like Brown, knows that Christopher Columbus did not “discover” the Americas. Not only are many of his accomplishments falsified or overstated — Columbus was not the first Westerner to explore the Americas, and he never set foot in the United States — but the claim that Columbus or other explorers “discovered” America ignores the civilizations built and sustained by Native Americans for hundreds of years. To celebrate Columbus Day is to celebrate a colonizer’s holiday. It is the celebration of European powers claiming land on this and other continents, and a celebration of violence toward and oppression of indigenous people and culture. White people, ranging from European colonizers to the government of the United States, have committed innumerable brutal offenses against Native Americans over the past 500 years. Honoring Columbus with a holiday glosses over a racist, blood-stained facet of our history and glamorizes the past as victorious manifest destiny. We would like to urge faculty members to attend next month’s faculty meeting — 100 members are necessary to achieve a quorum — and vote for the proposal to change the name of the day off in October from “Columbus Day” to “Fall Weekend.” However, we also want to urge Native Americans at Brown, the student group behind this campaign, not to stop with simply renaming Brown’s vacation days. Most Brown students understand the racist and violent history of colonization, and while changing our calendar is an important symbolic step, it does hardly any work toward altering the way most people understand American history. If Native Americans at Brown is really serious about changing the common understanding of the founding of this country, the group needs a wider scope. It should begin by lobbying the local school boards to change the curriculum, teaching about Native American culture and the way tribes were driven out of New England. It should hold panels and talks on campus to further educate students about the effects of colonization in this country and about the status of Native American tribes and land today. It should lobby the state legislature to change the name, and even the date, of Columbus Day. We should consider any celebration of Christopher Columbus an affront not just to Native Americans, but to the causes of diversity and cross-cultural understanding. Editorials are written by The Herald’s editorial page board. Send comments to editorials@browndailyherald.com.

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Don’t be fooled: grades still matter To the Editor: I read with curiosity David Morris’ ’88 recent letter (“No GPAs at Brown,” March 6), in which my fellow alumnus explains that Brown does not calculate GPAs under the open curriculum. The implication is that we should not fear C grades, as nobody will ever find out. This is dangerous advice, as entry into professional graduate school and private-sector firms has become extremely competitive. For one, top graduate programs require the submission of undergraduate transcripts. While the Brown Registrar does not provide an official GPA, admissions officers will calculate it for you. For instance, anyone who has applied to law school knows that the LSAC will determine your GPA based upon official transcript grades. Whether you believe such a thing exists is irrelevant; Harvard Law will be hardpressed to admit Brown graduates with a slate full of B’s and C’s. For another, many large firms require a self-reported GPA, and refusing to surrender one can jeopardize employment prospects. During the economic

boom of the early 2000s, no Goldman Sachs recruiter or Bain manager ever came to campus and declared that grades didn’t count because econ majors at Brown were somehow incomparable to their counterparts at Princeton and Yale. Is this system desirable? Of course not. We lament how outside institutions should understand how our New Curriculum fundamentally differs from plowing through Columbia’s Core. We bewail how so many Brown graduates intend to pursue white-collar careers that reward good grades with high salaries rather than lives of altruism and public service. Yet as we mourn, we should not forget that Brown is diverse. We should respect those students for whom C’s would hamper entry into professional fields relative to their competitors. Those who insist that there is only one proper Brown education remind me of those conservative dotards whom the New Curriculum was designed to replace.

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Fight fire with firearms Michael Fitzpatrick Opinions Columnist Campus security may very well experience a revolution at some of our neighboring institutions. I’m told that Rhode Island’s three public colleges — the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island — have considered arming campus police officers, a policy which Brown has practiced with its campus police since January 2006. Although a final resolution has not yet been made, I am shocked that they could not have approved this decision sooner. I personally have never been confronted with a problem that could not be solved by a generous application of guns. Granted, I did live a solid eight years of my life in Texas — the real Texas, not the bastion of liberalism that is the city of Austin. My friends and peers in Rhode Island seem to have a very different opinion about firearms than that of my high school friends. Here, they claim that guns “harm people,” that an accident could cause “fatal injuries” to occur. But once you tear down their rhetoric and statistics, you just might find that gun control advocacy is little more than a support group for children who can’t handle a real man’s weapon. I have no doubt that the powers that be will approve of this most noble cause, and that URI and the other state schools will make the same decision that Brown made three years ago. That is why, in order to keep ourselves ahead of the pack, I suggest that Brown set a new trend. It is time for the University to start arming

its students. Believe me, this could be the dawn of a bright new age for Brown. Imagine the improvements that could be made to freshman orientation for the class of 2013. Along with receiving an orientation packet, room key and ID card, they could receive a shiny new Glock .22, a favorite firearm among the majority of police departments in America. In addition to attending class meetings regarding diversity, alcohol consumption and sexual harassment, they could host a gun safety fair. Instead of your ordinary unit activities, residential peer leaders could hold shooting contests. In fact, an entirely new position, the Firearms Peer Counselor, could be created to provide support and guidance for the new students as they adjust to their newfound freedom (courtesy of the Second Amendment). Of course, where the WPCs and RCs dispense condoms and dental dams for students in need, the FPC would dispense rounds and earplugs. There would be benefits for upperclassmen as well. Late-night walks, once deemed too risky without the reassuring presence of a pair of SafeWalk escorts, would become a trendy and relaxing new exercise option. The location of the former Smith Swim Center could be rather easily (and cheaply) converted into a shooting range. With a little ammunition, maybe Students for a Democratic Society could finally stage a successful protest. By no means should these privileges only be extended to students. I’m certain that faculty and staff could find fresh, unique ways to integrate firearms into lectures and activities around campus as well. Deadlines could finally carry some force. Students would no longer sleep during lectures for fear of a rude

awakening. For the tardy few who wander into class 30 minutes late, an awkward sideways glance from their peers would be the least of their worries. All practical innovations aside, the case for arming students is primarily about taking a stance for the safety of individual students and their belongings. If your wallet is stolen from your gym bag while you exercise at the OMAC, what can you possibly do to prevent it? Carry a gun. If you leave your door unlocked for two minutes when you step out to use the facilities in the middle of the night, how can you protect your belongings from thieves? Carry a gun. How do you ensure that your pilfered ID isn’t abused, or that your stolen laptop will be returned to you undamaged? When it comes to theft, the only reasonable solution is a gun. As college students, we live in troubled times. With the chilling memories of the Virginia Tech tragedy still fresh in our minds, who among us can argue that a few more guns can’t solve all of our problems? In an ideal world, schools and governments would hand them out like grants and stimulus packages. Unfortunately for Rhode Island college students, only campus police will have the privilege of carrying one. Even so, I believe we can all sleep a little more soundly knowing that guns are out there, protecting our well-being. When the going gets tough, the tough pack heat.

Opinions Columnist The emergence of comic books, manga, graphic novels and superhero sagas as mainstream genres has been in the works for some time. For long-time fans, the days of hiding comics under the bed, or sticking a “serious” book jacket over the cartooned cover of a graphic novel may, thankfully, be drawing to a close. The unlikely culprit for comics’ changing status is an over-budgeted Hollywood film now playing on a screen near you. The Hulk, Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Daredevil and other superheroes who have graced the big screen in the last decade all reached a mainstream audience in a way that comic books never have. But the latest in the superhero film series degraded the source material more than usual. “Watchmen,” which premiered last Friday, compressed hundreds of pages and a politically charged and Byzantine plot into an exaggerated romance, a boy-meets-girl love story with some costumes and cool gadgets for special effects. “Watchmen” is the only graphic novel that has ever made it onto the New York Times best-seller list. Only a few years ago, comics had to be ordered by mail or purchased at dingy shops that predictably deterred a number of potential customers. Graphic novels were printed by small publishing houses and were either printed in low-quality ink that smeared, or high-quality ink that made them cost substantially more than conventional

novels. Today, thanks in part to “Watchmen,” even Borders carries graphic novels. The most prevalent stereotype about comic books is based on an unrepresentative sample of certain types of books and readers. Most people might think of a nine-year-old boy buying a Spiderman comic at a newsstand for 12 cents in 1962. While the old-fashioned comic books are no more juvenile than popular cartoons or television dramas, they carry a stigma which prevents people from seeing the more mature adult genre that developed from these humble origins. “Watchmen” doesn’t detail a simple story of good versus evil. It is a cultural artifact, relaying a 1980s Cold War mentality that seems entirely foreign today. “Watchmen” has allowed formerly closeted geeks to publicly disclose their interest in comics. Athletes and actors, professors and students are all discovering those friends around them who share the same love that they have concealed for years. Excitement about “Watchmen”’s release has not attracted the same bemused stares comic book fans have dreaded for so long. When I’ve talked with others about the movie, I’ve encountered people with the same level of excitement, or at worst ambivalence, even from those friends who don’t fit the comic book reader stereotype. One of the most visible signs of comics books’ expanded presence at Brown is the perpetually over-enrolled AMCV 1611V: “Color Me Cool,” a course that examines graphic novels. The current acceptance of graphic novels has led me to consider why they have been such a taboo interest for anyone out of grade school. Manga and anime have permeated Japanese society. Any genre of book that you

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might find in the novel form has been turned into a manga series, from children’s tales to gruesome horror stories to romances. In many other media that Americans regularly consume, including magazines stuffed with pictures and television shows that substitute for literature, images replace words altogether. It seems odd that one form of this phenomenon, the graphic novel, does not garner immediate interest. The graphic novelist does not bore the reader with long descriptions of setting. A graphic novel reader has to be more astute in picking up subtle changes (in scenery, in characters’ dress, in facial expression) because the author does not make them obvious. In a conventional novel, the very fact that some aspect has been chosen as worthy of mention indicates its importance to the reader. Reading a graphic novel requires just as much thought as reading any other novels, though it involves more visual discernment. No matter how unfaithful “Watchmen” was to the author’s intent, no matter how many gizmos the producers added to acquire the IMAX screen, no matter how the romantic diversions have obscured the plot’s central focus, the fact that the movie has demystified what was so intriguing about graphic novels trumps all its shortcomings. As reluctant as I am to admit it, I am for once grateful to Hollywood for actually doing a service to the world: They have let the geeks have their day in the sun.

When someone told me Nas was coming to Brown, I started screaming in disbelief. In my time at Brown, we have not had any major headliners. After my elation subsided, I realized that most Brown students might not even be able to appreciate a lyricist of his caliber. A number of Brown students are Nas fans, or are at least well acquainted with his work and know that he’s kind of a big deal. This column is not directed towards them. This column is for the hipster, indie-loving, “rap is garbage” types who only listen to underground bands, and have actually heard of Of Montreal. For their information, Nas is a true hiphop superstar. Unlike many contemporary rappers and performers (See: Soulja Boy, Rick Ross), Nas has never been exclusively interested in making music for the clubs and hoping one or two catchy lines will earn him massive album sales. And while I disagree with most of his political messages, his lyrics are sophisticated and intelligent. In an age when sentence fragments are king, even Nas’ latest hit songs (“Hero” and “Hip Hop is Dead”) contain vivid imagery, along with clever similes and metaphors. Many may be inclined to lump Nas together with rappers who only talk about money, guns and drugs. While Nas has certainly touched on all of these subjects, he does not rely on them, nor does he discuss them in a cliched manner. Compared to other rappers, Nas rarely emphasizes the size of the rims on his cars, the amount of diamonds on his chain or his designer clothes. He has been rapping for more than a decade, and has consistently advertised himself as a thinker with plenty of interesting life stories to share. Nas has released nine solid studio albums; the first seven were certified platinum and the last two were certified gold. Beyond the numbers, Nas has been very successful at reinventing himself. In his first few albums, he told stories about growing up in the Queensbridge projects. Afterwards, he morphed into his “Escobar” persona, emulating the rich, lavish, dangerous lifestyle of a drug lord. Lately, he has envisioned himself as more of a new-age political icon, much like the Rev. Jesse Jackson. While I regret the latest transition, Nas has used it to his advantage and probably gained new fans. Nas is one of the hungriest, most ambitious artists in the game. He has never backed down from a challenge or a fight, and has proved this in battle. Many New Yorkers and devoted fans are aware of the legendary feud between Nas and Jay-Z which began around 2001. Nas’s immensely creative diss track “Ether” is arguably one of the greatest hip-hop songs of our era, and ultimately earned Nas a reputation as the “King of New York.” Nas is a fighter with an enviable “I’m a boss” persona. Queensbridge’s Finest is a true alpha male, and passive hipsters can learn a lot from a man of his stature.

Susannah Kroeber ’11 hates aphorisms, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

Anish Mitra ’10 is an economics concentrator from Queens, New York. He can be reached at Anish_Mitra@brown.edu.

Michael Fitzpatrick ’12, a psychology concentrator from San Antonio, Texas, defends the right to keep and arm Bears.

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Spring Weekend tickets on sale today — online For the first time ever, the Brown Concert Agency will forgo long lines and box-office ticketing in favor of online sales for this year’s Spring Weekend. Tickets will go on sale beginning at 8 a.m. today to Brown students at market.brownstudentagencies. com, where students will have to use their Brown Web authorization accounts to purchase tickets and have them delivered through campus mail. Tickets to each show — Friday, April 17’s performances by Nas, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Deer Tick, and Saturday, April 18’s performances by Of Montreal, Santigold and Toubab Krewe — cost $15 each, and

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a packaged deal of both shows will be available for $25. Purchases can be made by credit or debit, and are limited to two per customer. Initially, 3,000 tickets will be made available for each show, but if good weather is forecast such that the shows can be held on the Main Green, an additional 1,500 tickets will be made available 48 hours beforehand. All sales will be exclusive to Brown students until March 16, when they will open to Rhode Island School of Design students. If tickets remain on March 18, they will be made available to the public at $25 for each performance.

comics Vagina Dentata | Soojean Kim

Today, March 9

Tuesday, march 10

8 a.m. — Spring Weekend tickets go on sale online

5:30 P.M. — Women in Residency Fair, Brown Faculty Club

9 p.m. — “good for the Jews,” a concert at Brown/RISD Hillel

8 p.m. — Brown Lecture Board Presents John Edwards, Salomon 101

menu Sharpe Refectory

Verney-Woolley Dining Hall

Lunch — Chicken Fingers with Dipping Sauces, Cheese Raviolis with Sauce, Italian Vegetable Saute, Sliced Turkey and Roast Beef, Cheese Pizza

Lunch — Shaved Steak Sandwich with Mushrooms, Italian Marinated Chicken

Dinner — Casserole, Lemon Rice, Pirate Ship Pork Loin, Pesto Pizza

Dinner — Chopped Sirloin with Onion Sauce, Vegan Tofu Raviolis

RELEASE DATE– Monday, March 9, 2009

Alien Weather Forecast | Stephen Lichenstein and Adam Wagner

c r o sDaily s w oCrossword rd Los Angeles Times Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

ACROSS 1 Honey-flavored flagonful 5 Bee’s cousin 9 Looks toward 14 Rights advocacy org. 15 Johnson of “Laugh-In” 16 Instant messaging for Macs 17 Ali boxing style 19 Mall unit 20 Went kaput 21 Part of SUV 23 Large scissors 26 Tyrannosaurus __ 27 Gave one’s blessing to, briefly 28 Nasty, as remarks 29 “Express Yourself” singer 31 At a prior time 32 Droid 33 Expel from the legal profession 36 Magic show reaction 37 Drumming noise 39 Fib 40 Pageant crowns 42 “My country __ of thee ...” 43 Pear-shaped tomato 44 Advanced college course 46 Like carrots in a frozen dinner 47 Torah holders 49 Consume 50 Derby rider 51 Paging gizmos 53 Cowhand’s bed 54 When Carmen dies 55 Richard Simmons diet system with color-coded cards 60 Bolivian capital 61 Wheels connector 62 Treaty partner 63 Bygone anesthetic 64 Swab name 65 Aswan High Dam site

DOWN 1 Scratch or dent 2 Earth-friendly prefix 3 Swiss peak 4 Book borrower’s concern 5 Strolls in the shallows 6 Yankee slugger, familiarly 7 Additive sold at Pep Boys 8 In a lather 9 Dangle a line from a dock, say 10 __ speak louder ... 11 Tightly packed 12 Grammy-winning country star Steve 13 Jouster’s horse 18 Breezy 22 Genesis follower 23 Hurry along 24 Vietnam’s capital 25 Artistic kid’s toy 26 Machine gun sound 29 Rioting crowd 30 Pen point 32 More bogged down at work

34 Rock guitarist Mann 35 All set 37 Aries animal 38 Spielberg, e.g.: Abbr. 41 Breathe 43 Alan who plays Snape in “Harry Potter” films 45 Exchange where YHOO is traded 46 Lady of Spain

47 Humiliate 48 Shorten further, as a film 50 Minty cocktail 52 At any time 53 Island in the Java Sea 56 Call routing no. 57 Lilly of pharmaceuticals 58 Entirely 59 Drano ingredient

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