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Local businesses suffer in economy By Lauren Fedor Senior Staff Writer
It’s been a long, hard winter for local businesses. As the economy continues to unravel, shop owners on the East Side have been forced to dramatically alter their business strategies to stay
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METRO afloat. With sales significantly down from this time last year and limited cash available for advertising, longtime vendors on College Hill have marked down merchandise, cut back on hours and introduced creative promotional schemes. It’s no secret that consumer spending is down — the Pew Research Center reported in February that a vast majority of Americans have recently made changes in their shopping habits. Many local store owners say their single greatest sales challenge is just getting passers-by to enter their stores. Jagdish Sachdev, owner of Spectrum India at 252 Thayer St., said that despite a lack of customers lately, his store offers “some of the best prices and deals” anywhere. So, continued on page 6
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Jagdish Sachdev has come up with a promotional scheme based on the days of the week to draw customers into Spectrum India.
Cutting back on haircuts man,” Matos said, she has noticed an increase in the amount of female customers in the past few In these hard times, many people months. Matos thinks the shift is are trimming costs wherever they driven in large part by the worscan. But does cutting back mean ening state of the economy. cutting hair? Customers are requesting Economists and businessmen shorter haircuts because they have tied fashion styles to eco- will last longer, Matos added. nomic trends for decades. EconoThe recession has helped mist George Taylor dreamed up Supercuts’ overall business, she the “hemline index” in the 1920s, said, because “people don’t want suggesting that hemlines mirror to pay 70 bucks for a haircut.” the economic climate With a basic cut — falling during recesFEATURE starting at $15.95, Susions and rising during percuts offers its serboom times. vices at a lower price than most of Since the recent decline of the other salons on Thayer. the global economy, The Nikkei, Hector Ramirez ’12, who reJapan’s leading business news- cently got his hair cut at Superpaper, has proposed a corollar y cuts, agreed that Supercuts is an to Taylor’s theor y. The paper, attractive option because of its which looked at over 20 years of low price. data from Japan’s largest manuBut, Ramirez added, “In genfacturer of consumer products, eral, $40 for a haircut is pricey suggested that Japanese women for whatever situation you are get shorter haircuts during finan- in. The recession didn’t really cial crises. impact my decision.” Holly Matos, a hairstylist at While other hairstylists on the Thayer Street Supercuts, said College Hill have obser ved that the economic recession has con- more women are getting shorter tributed to changes in the hair haircuts, many disagreed that the salon’s customers. recession is the explanation. Though Supercuts has tracontinued on page 2 ditionally catered to the “urban
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E-mail slip divulges financial aid roster The Office of Financial Aid sent out four e-mails Monday that inadvertently released the names and e-mail addresses of nearly 1,800 students who had initiated an application for financial assistance from the University. Three of the messages showed the Brown e-mail addresses — including first and last names — of approximately 500 first-years, sophomores and juniors who have submitted financial aid documentation, and the fourth contained nearly 300. In all, The Herald counted 1,773 names mistakenly divulged Monday. The messages, which were sent around 2:40 p.m. Monday from Financial_Aid@brown.edu, reminded students which documents they need to submit and of the application’s deadline. They did not state that the messages’ recipients were students who had begun the process of applying for financial aid, but Director of Financial Aid James Tilton confirmed that fact
Monday night. Normally, students are sent information by blind carbon copy, or “BCC,” which does not reveal an e-mail’s other recipients, Tilton said. “We made a mistake, and we clearly need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. The Of fice of Financial Aid tracks the names of students who send in any documentation through Banner, according to Tilton. The office then sends those students reminders about the process of applying for financial aid. While the e-mail includes a disclaimer that the information it contains “is confidential and/or legally privileged,” Tilton said he does not consider Monday’s mistake a violation of the confidentiality agreement. “We didn’t include any personal information” about individual students, Tilton said. Because the email does not contain any other identifying information, Tilton said he did not consider the mescontinued on page 4
Dean jabs at Bush, GOP to large MacMillan crowd By Lauren Fedor Senior Staf f Writer
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean spoke to a packed MacMillan 117 last night about his 2004 presidential campaign, his four years as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and the 2008 presidential election. Students seemed to enjoy Dean’s characteristically direct — and often blunt — rhetoric, and responded with a standing ovation
at the end of the lecture. Speaking and answering questions for just over an hour, Dean’s addressed a wide variety of topics and criticized, at times pointedly, the Bush administration, the Republican Party and conser vative pundits Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. The Bush presidency was “not normal,” he said. “The president and vice president did not respect the Constitution.” continued on page 2
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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.
BuDS revokes warnings to student workers By Matthew Klebanoff Staf f Writer
BuDS managers have revoked the formal warnings issued to workers last month for failing to sign a new contract, which introduced a no-homework-on-the-job policy for Blue Room cashiers and non-cashier employees across campus. BuDS supervisor Yanely Espinal ’11 said she thinks the repeal of the formal warnings came as a result of the petition she e-mailed to the management last week. Though
the petition called to revoke the nohomework rule altogether, Espinal said it primarily took issue with the formal warnings, which workers received for failing to sign and hand in the new contracts on time. Normally, two formal warnings are grounds for termination and can affect the size of bonuses, Espinal said, so workers take them seriously. “A bunch of supervisors, mainly at the Gate, were really disenchanted with the entire policy, and we wanted to tr y to get it revised,”
Espinal said. “We thought that might be a little far-fetched, so we just decided to do a petition against the way the policy was implemented.” According to Espinal, workers received revised contracts in their mailboxes last month, which they were meant to sign and return to BuDS by a set deadline. But many workers were not aware of the form’s purpose or the consequences for not handing it in on continued on page 4
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“When people are cutting back, you have to give more.” — Luz Pray, owner of Hairspray Salon
Q&A with Howard Dean Before his lecture Monday, former Vermont governor, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean spoke with The Herald about the DNC, the Obama administration and his plans for the future. The Herald: What led to your decision not to seek another term as chairman of the DNC? Dean: The job is very different with an incumbent president. When I was chair, I could pretty much run the place as I saw fit. My constituency was the 447 members of the DNC and all of the people outside of my constituency who supported the party. With a Democratic president,
you have a constituency of one, who is the president. It’s a more fun job when you’re on your own. What have you been doing since stepping down in January, and what do you hope to do in the coming months? Well, I’m doing a bunch of things. I’m consulting for an organization called Democracy for America, which is a progressive activist group. I’m consulting with a law firm in Washington, mostly on alternative energy issues. I’m running — organizing, not running — a zero-to-three early childhood program in connection with a school in a really tough neighborhood in New York. And I’m very active in
health care. Under your leadership, the Democratic Party was successful in both the 2006 and 2008 elections. Why wouldn’t you continue a career in electoral politics? I might. It’s not in my interest right now. There’s a list of things that need to get done now that we have a Democratic president, a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House. Do you have any ideas or opinions about what your successor, Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, should be doing? If I did, I’d call him up and tell
him. He’s a wonderful guy — and one of the people I recommended for the job. We have a great relationship, and I’m going to keep that relationship. I’m not going to give him advice through the newspaper. There was much speculation about your involvement in the Obama administration, especially as a potential Secretary of Health and Human Services. And, most recently, people have been talking about the possibility of your being appointed surgeon general. Were you interested in these positions? No, I don’t have an interest in being in the administration. That
didn’t work. I didn’t get the job I wanted — or the jobs I wanted — and that was fine. I don’t want to be the surgeon general. When you say “jobs”... We don’t talk about that. What do you think should be President Obama’s health care priorities as he moves forward? This plan is the best plan I’ve seen in 35 years. The most important part is having a choice for the American people so they can have a choice. If you only confine their choices to private insurance plans, then you might as well not do health care reform.
Dean counsels students to remain politically active continued from page 1 “They did what Joe McCarthy did,” Dean said. The presidency “was totally ideologically based.” But Dean said he was confident President Obama would usher in an “extraordinar y” time. “You have no idea how extraordinar y Barack Obama is,” he said, likening Obama to President Kennedy. “Barack Obama is your generation’s president. He brings your generation into politics.” Dean discouraged students from “abandoning” the commitment to politics they showed during the 2008 campaign now that Obama is in the White House. “(My generation’s) biggest mistake was that we decided we could take a vacation from politics,” he said. “I think if we had stayed in politics, George Bush would have never become president.”
“This doesn’t stop with Barack Obama,” he said. “It starts with Barack Obama. Now you’ve got to do the work.” During the question-and-answer session after the approximately 35-minute speech, Dean was asked about rumors that he had sought a cabinet appointment in the new administration. “Obviously I was disappointed,” Dean said, but “what really matters is that they produce what they’re supposed to produce.” “There are more impor tant things than whether I ser ve in Barack Obama’s cabinet,” he said. Though the talk was titled “The Internet Revolution 2.0: A New Age of Politics,” Dean quickly dismissed the idea that his use of the Internet in the 2004 campaign revolutionized politics. “Don’t pay attention to what people say,” he said. “The Internet
is a community. It’s not just a tool that you can use to raise money.” “What we found (during the 2004 campaign) was that if you had something to say and you understand the Internet, the Internet will make your campaign,” Dean said. Dean said the Internet allows like-minded people to “connect with each other” and form “affinity groups” to support a certain candidate. “The basic notion is that you develop af finity groups initially around a candidate and eventually to each other,” he said. “When (people) care about each other, it’s almost impossible to pr y them away from the candidate.” Despite the success of Dean’s Internet strategy, the former governor did not receive the Democratic nomination in 2004. And though some pundits said his infamous
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money, people and resources in ever y state — which Dean said aided both Obama and his main opponent, Secretar y of State Hillar y Clinton, in their respective primar y campaigns. The “voter profile,” Dean said, referring to the database, was part of a larger initiative known as the 50-state plan. Dean explained the motivation behind that plan — often mentioned as a factor in Obama’s victor y — last night. “I don’t believe that you can win with 25 states,” he said. “If you want to govern, you have to be the president of ever yone.” “I think George Bush’s biggest mistake, among many large mistakes, was that he decided to care about only half the countr y,” Dean said. “That is a short-term strategy for winning elections. The long-term strategy is that you ask ever yone to vote for you.”
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“scream speech” after the Iowa caucuses cost him the nomination, Dean said he did not lose the election because of that speech. “The scream speech is not why I didn’t win the presidency,” he said. “I didn’t win the presidency because I came in third (in the Iowa caucuses) when I was supposed to come in first.” Dean became chairman of the Democratic National Committee in Februar y 2005 and shifted his focus toward rebuilding the party. “We didn’t have a national party,” he said. “We were in 25 or 30 states … The Republicans had ever ything.” “They knew what they were doing and they knew how to talk people,” he said. Dean sought to emulate Republicans by building a database to track voter information for the entire countr y. The party invested
Hairstylist Patrick Knerr of Salon Kroma on Thayer said many customers are requesting pixie cuts. But, Knerr added, they say they favor the shorter style due to its easy maintenance, not because of the recession. Celebrities like Katie Holmes may have pioneered the trend by spor ting shor t hairstyles, said Sergio Veneziano, a hairstylist at Squires Salon on Euclid Avenue. While Knerr said the college students who frequent Salon Kroma tend towards lighter subjects, the economic recession is a frequent topic on other customers’ minds. The economy is “the most common topic in the chair,” said Veneziano, whose clients include many University administrators. Many of his customers ask, “‘I wonder if I can keep affording to do this?’” he said. Despite customers’ financial concerns, many salons in the area have not yet felt their business contract significantly. Many stylists said that customers are spacing their appointments farther apart. Still, the volume of
business has remained steady, they said. The apparent contradiction can be explained by an upswing in new customers, according to Luz Pray, who owns Hairspray Salon on Wickenden Street. Pray is “amazed by the increase in new clients,” she said. According to Pray, the haircut can be a “quick fix” that allows customers an affordable way to reinvent themselves, especially after a long winter. “In times like these, people want to feel good about themselves,” he said. Veneziano’s obser vations echoed Pray’s. “In tough economic times, people still spend money on themselves,” he said. The actions that salons have taken to retain and attract customers are another explanation for their sur vival in the tough economic climate. “When people are cutting back, you have to give more,” Pray explained. At Hairspray, Pray offers a package deal to her loyal customers. If they book six appointments and pay for all six in advance, they receive 20 percent off their haircuts.
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Local salons find many customers have the recession on their minds.
Pray began offering this discount last May, she said, and credits it with helping her business continue to thrive. Stylists from Salon Kroma, Salon Persia and Hairspray have all implemented weekly student discount days. “Tuesdays and Wednesdays were never a draw,” Knerr said, adding that Salon Kroma now gives a student discount on those days to attract customers.
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U. gets early access to medical brain device By Jeremy Jacob Contributing Writer
As the patient sat listening to music on her iPod, an electronic device protruding from her head delivered a series of clicks into her skull, vibrating the skin around her forehead. “It feels like a woodpecker knocking on your head,” the patient said, who asked to remain anonymous. The patient was being treated with the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy device, a new method designed to treat bipolar depression, said Linda Carpenter, associate professor in the Bio-Med department of psychiatry and human behavior. Carpenter, who is chief of the Mood Disorders program, said the device was first used to treat patients on Jan. 15 at Butler Hospital in Providence, where many Brown medical students perform their residencies and which serves as the University’s “flagship” psychiatric hospital. TMS therapy uses an appliance to send “short pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the brain,” according to the Neurostar Web site. The system targets a specific region of the brain that controls mood — the left prefrontal cortex — by inducing electrical charges to flow and stimulate brain cells. The system is one of only “eight to ten” in operation around the country, Carpenter said, adding that it is seen as a revolutionary breakthrough in the treatment of bipolar depression. “It’s a huge step forward for many patients that aren’t getting better
with existing treatments,” she said. Carpenter explained that due to Brown’s reputation for brain stimulation research, Butler Hospital was able to quickly acquire a TMS device from the company and get it running promptly. “Based on our track record (the company) knew we had expertise and knew how to identify patients for this sort of treatment, and clearly we had an interest in making it available to the Rhode Island community as quickly as possible,” she said. Before the device was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in Oct. 2008, treating depression involved only a limited number of options such talk therapy, anti-depressant medication and electroconvulsive therapy, otherwise known as “shock therapy,” Carpenter said. Of the 20 million people in the United States with serious depression, only one-third got better after taking antidepressant medications. Even with the introduction of the new TMS device, electroconvulsive therapy is considered by psychiatrists “the most effective treatment for depression” and is still recommended to people with serious cases, she said. Each of the existing treatments, except for talk therapy, comes with considerable risks — most notably, loss of memory and the monetary cost of shock therapy. But the TMS therapy machine has not yet shown any negative side effects as patients are able to remain fully conscious during the process, experience no confusion afterwards continued on page 4
Clinton aide Solis Doyle tells her career history By Monique Vernon Contributing Writer
Patti Solis Doyle: longtime aide and campaign manager for now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the first Latina to manage a presidential campaign and one-time campaign chief of staff for the candidate Barack Obama’s future vice president. She may have an impressive resume now, but Solis Doyle’s credentials have been hard-won. In Salomon 101 last night, Solis Doyle, a child of Mexican immigrants, delivered the opening convocation for Latino History Month, spearheaded by the Third World Center. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Unlocking the Present: Shaping the Future, Honoring Our Past,” her lecture charted her path from a difficult adolescence through her contributions to the 2008 presidential election. Solis Doyle began her political career working in the offices of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, She made her way through the ranks and was soon hired as the sole
aide for would-be first lady Hillary Clinton during Bill Clinton’s 1992 run for president. Solis Doyle said she established a close relationship with Hillary Clinton during that first campaign and continued to work with her for many years, through Clinton’s bid for president in 2008. Solis-Doyle resigned from the campaign during the 2008 primaries after she became the focus of negative media attention. In response to accusations that she was too aggressive and foulmouthed, Solis Doyle shrugged off the criticisms. “Do I always have the vocabulary of an altar boy? Not so much. Do I like to win? Yes,” she said last night. Despite her ultimate resignation, she said, “I am proud of the race we ran … I’m proud of the 18 million votes she got … I am especially proud of the role Hispanic voters played.” Solis Doyle later ended up as the campaign chief of staff for the potential vice president of the Obama continued on page 4
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Residents gathered at Ada Books on Westminster Street Monday evening to celebrate James Joyce.
Robotics team aims for realistic robot By Natalie Uduwela Contributing Writer
A future full of obedient robots following our every command may not be such an unrealistic possibility after all — even if those commands go unspoken. A Brown robotics team has recently developed a robot that can follow gestural commands in a variety of environments without having to adjust for changes in lighting, a breakthrough in the robotic world. While the majority of robots are programmed to recognize specific colors and are constrained to specific lighting conditions, this new robot uses an active light-based system that easily adapts to lighting variance. This ability allows it to operate indoors and outdoors without the need for re-calibration
in differently lit environments. Matthew Loper GS, the lead author of the paper about the project, which was presented at the HumanRobot Interaction Conference in San Diego, Calif., last weekend, said the ability to adjust to light allows the robot to function outside a laboratory setting. “There have been lots of works that have done the kinds of things we’ve done — person following, gesture recognition, speech recognition,” Loper said. “But the important thing is in making a system that has environmental tolerance.” Despite its prevalence in the robotics world, the other important aspect of the robot’s design is its ability to respond to nonverbal, gestural commands. “In the shorter term, we’re trying to take a step away from remotecontrolled, teleoperation,” he said.
“We would rather have them interact with people more naturally, able to understand nonverbal gestures, understand speech and follow a person around.” The robot can be programmed to track multiple people and can discriminate between whom to respond to and whom to ignore. But the design is not flawless. While the tracking distinguishes between two people, the robot can sometimes be tricked because it relies on silhouettes. “We want to foster natural human-robot collaboration in the long term and the kind of interactions that you can get between people,” said Loper, who was responsible for creating the gesture-recognition component. “That a person could interact with a robot in the same way that a person can interact with a person.”
For grad students, tailored writing help By Heeyoung Min Staff Writer
The Graduate School has created the Dissertation Writing Project to help doctoral students cross the finish line of their academic marathon — the All But Dissertation, an informal designation for a candidate who has completed nearly all requirements except the final dissertation. Though the Writing Center, now housed in J. Walter Wilson, has long been available as a general resource, this pilot program is tailored to address the specific concerns of dissertation writing, said Dean of the Graduate School Sheila Bonde. The project, which started last September, allows the Writing Center to reach out to more graduate students, said Douglas Brown, the center’s director. The Graduate School “wanted
graduate students to understand that this service was available and that indeed the Writing Center was up to the task,” Brown said. “The Graduate School also recognized that (Writing Center) staff people could be designated as specialists.” Three Writing Center associates, who are Ph.D. candidates themselves, have been specially trained as dissertation coaches. They are regularly available for one- or two-hour sessions weekly to help at any stage of the writing process. The project also holds a dissertation workshop twice during the academic year, in October and January. Disser tation coaches help students make the transition into a “new kind of thinking,” Brown said. “The resource has attracted students from a variety of disciplines,
including biomedical students,” Bonde said, adding that it’s difficult to gauge which departments have the greatest number of students who struggle to complete their dissertations. One student who has used the Writing Center as part of the project said she found it very helpful. “(I) don’t recall the substance of the conversation, but I know it was about seeing the writing process as just that, a process, and it was good to hear from people at different stages of that process,” said Margaret Stevens, a Ph.D. candidate in American Civilization, of her experience with a dissertation coach. “Sometimes it’s easy to get tracked into your year so that you only see the grad experience from your direct cohort, but when you continued on page 4
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C ampus N EWS Few risks posed by new depression treatment continued from page 3 and don’t generate expensive medical bills, Carpenter said. When patients start treatment they come to the hospital for an hour a day, five days a week, for a little over a month. So far there have been six patients that have gone through TMS therapy at Butler Hospital. All but one have shown some level of improvement in treating their symptoms of depression, Carpenter said, adding that so far two patients have had total remission of their depression while one patient noticed a 20 percent decrease in depression symptoms. “It’s been really fun to see patients get better with this because these are people that are not getting better with medications,” she said. “Many of them had done ECT in the past for their depression, some had
had hospitalizations.” So far the device has been implemented in a limited number of hospitals. There were roughly 20 hospitals involved in the clinical trials, Carpenter said, adding that each hospital still has its machine. The slow pace of implementation is due to the time needed to train staff in machine operation, as well as typical hospital procedure for implementing new programs, Carpenter said, adding that she is the only doctor who currently performs the treatments at Butler Hospital even though three others have been trained. “What’s really cool about this is that we’re probably at the beginning of an era where we can give better treatments for psychiatric disorders.” Carpenter said. “It’s a whole different way to get at the organ that you’re trying to treat.”
Dissertation help offered at Writing Center continued from page 3 talk to people who are writing at more advanced stages then it becomes a more fluid process.” Since it started, the project has seen, on average, over 25 visits to the Writing Center per month, according to statistics kept by the center. Some students come in for multiple sessions so there are fewer students utilizing the project than the number of visits, according to Tiara Silva, administrative assistant for the Dean of the College. Students can, and have in the past, requested “special hours” to extend a regular session to as long as five hours, Silva said. Students from all disciplines come in for help, added Silva, but “we seem to have the most visits from people in economics.” Brown said that, by providing peer support, the project also ameliorates
the loneliness often associated with writing a lengthy thesis. “Some people are truly solitary writers, but most people are not,” he said. As faculty members often work collaboratively, Brown added that “it makes perfect sense that graduate students would share their work with each other.” Still, some students said they are not concerned with the prospect of having an All But Dissertation status. “We know at some point we’ll finish it, even if it takes a longer time,” said Angelica Duran, a second year Ph.D. candidate in political science who saw a Morning Mail notice about the program and plans to utilize the resource. “The most difficult points are the beginning and the end. The intermediate stage is the most bearable.”
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“The state can’t afford to lose $95 million in tax revenue at this particular point.” — Daniel Beardsley, Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns
After petition, BuDS revokes warnings continued from page 1 time, Espinal said, adding that nearly 120 students did not turn in the contracts. “Some people were saying they didn’t get (the forms) in their mailboxes,” Espinal said. “Others didn’t know if they didn’t hand it in, it was going to be such a big deal.” BuDS general manger Alex Hartley ’10, who declined to comment on why the formal warnings were revoked, said the warnings issued to employees who failed to return the new contract would not have affected the number of allowable infractions after which students can be fired. “The formals NEVER were tak-
en into account when someone’s employment was concerned,” Hartley wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “And by ‘formals’ I mean formals that were written for failure to return the contract.” Hartley also wrote that BuDS has begun to encourage workers to share ideas and input with management. “We now hold open forums. We just had our first two last week where workers and super visors could come and communicate with management on any issue,” Hartley wrote. “After spring break, I will be holding office hours for students to come and talk to me personally.” To avoid any repercussions before the formal warnings were
revoked, many employees worked an extra 10 hours in addition to their regular shifts, Espinal said, adding that workers can now use that time to enhance their bonuses. Espinal said management has done an “amazing job coming up with a new tactic to involve workers.” She said she is pleased that the formal warnings have been revoked, but doubts that the homework policy will undergo any revisions in the future. “I think people have generally started to accept it, because I think that most people think that the inner management team isn’t going to change it at all,” Espinal said.
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campaign. Her position involved securing venues, travel arrangements and speeches for the five Democratic vice-presidential hopefuls. Though she did not speak much on her short-lived work with the Obama campaign, Solis Doyle said she is proud of his historic run and her role in it. “For me I took pride in my role as a top Hispanic aide,” she said. Solis Doyle credited her strong work ethic to her father, Santiago Solis, a Mexican immigrant. “Hazte valer — value yourself, work hard and never do anything to embarrass yourself and your family.” Solis Doyle repeated her father’s creed often throughout her talk and said, “It is still the best advice I have ever been given.” Solis Doyle described her father as a determined man, who was deported twice after attempts to immigrate to the United States. His third attempt at citizenship was successful, and he and his family settled into the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Though her parents both worked hard at multiple jobs, Solis Doyle estimated that they never made more than $18,000 a year combined. Despite the family’s economic hardship, Solis Doyle worked hard in school and was able to obtain a scholarship to Northwestern University. “To me, school was one world, home was another,” Solis Doyle said. “In some ways it felt as far as Mars.” Despite her enthusiasm for her education, the conflict between her home life and the pressures of school ultimately led Solis Doyle to lose her scholarship. She
dropped out of school temporarily, married at the age of 19 and was divorced by 21. Eventually she returned to Northwestern to finish her degree. It was through the influence of her brother, Daniel Solis — a Chicago city council alderman — that Solis Doyle was able to make connections and establish herself in the political arena. Solis Doyle said she was inspired to continue working in politics by “the power of organizing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.” Students reacted positively to Solis Doyle’s talk. “I thought she was very down to earth,” Ashtin Charles ’12 said. “Her ability to connect with people, minority people, was profound so the audience could really relate.” “I thought she was excellent and wonderfully combined personal anecdotes with examples from her political activism and professional life in a stirring review and tribute of past, present and current contributions of the Latino community,” Morgan Ivens ’12 said. After Solis Doyle’s talk, the floor was opened up for a question and answer session. Solis Doyle dispensed advice from her experience as a political operative. When an audience member asked why she thought the Republicans were less successful than the Democrats in the past election, Solis Doyle spoke of the importance of the Hispanic media team in the campaigns. Other questions also returned to the importance of Solis Doyle’s ethnicity to her political life. When asked how she balances her cultural and professional roles, she responded, “You can’t really hide who you are or what you are, its a fool’s errand.”
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continued from page 1 sages to be in violation of any state laws or the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which prohibits educational institutions from releasing confidential information without student or parental consent. Tilton, who was hired to head the financial aid office in 2006, said no similar mistakes have been made during his tenure. He does not know of any such mistakes prior to his hiring, he said. “In the future … before mass e-mails like this go out,” Tilton said, “we’ll certainly make sure that they’re created appropriately and mailed appropriately.” Some student said they were upset by the inadvertent release of the names. “I think it’s a really big mistake,” said Molly Jacobson ’10, who said she noticed the error as soon as she received the e-mail. “For a lot of students, (financial aid) is a private thing.” Vivienne Vicera ’11, who also received one of the e-mails, said she too was bothered by the mistake. But other students whose names were divulged considered the error minor. “I’m not angr y,” said Corlis Gross ’10. “It’s not something that I’m ashamed of.” “I don’t care, really,” said Gabe Heymann ’10.5. “I feel like being on financial aid is not really something that is looked down upon or should be looked down upon at all.” — With additional reporting by Brigitta Greene
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Governor’s budget plan sparks criticism By Joanna Wohlmuth Metro Editor
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Unshoveled walks in January prompted a series of complaints in East Providence and may yield a new ordinance.
City cracks down on lazy shovelers By Alicia Dang Contributing Writer
With over 35 inches of snow falling in Fox Point in January, residents have complained about the nonenforcement of a city ordinance that requires property owners to remove snow from public walkways, prompting the city council to prepare a new ordinance to respond to this problem. “There are about four or five more complaints this year than last year,” said Lieutenant John Ryan, commander of Providence Police District 9, which includes Brown and much of the East Side, attributing this increase to higher frequency and volume of snowfall. According to Ryan, there were 10 houses in total that received complaints, most of which are on Gano, East Transit and Ives streets. Two of the houses are unoccupied and some have student tenants, he said. Upon receipt of complaints, policemen went to those houses to give informal warnings but did not impose a fine. “We didn’t have any problem with them,” Ryan said, adding that the tenants and landlords of the buildings quickly removed the snow after being informed of the complaints. “We have more snow this year,” said Daisy Schnepel, president of
the Fox Point Neighborhood Association. “We haven’t received a lot of formal complaints, but people do get upset that the city doesn’t take care of its properties.” A former board member of the neighborhood association brought the issue to the board’s attention about two months ago and they discussed it in a meeting, Schenepel said. The members then reported the problem to the city council. “On the whole, if there’s a problem, we contact whatever department that deals with it,” Schnepel said. “If the problem is related to the mechanisms of the environment, we tell (the complainants) to contact the councilmen or the Department of Public Works.” The city council is taking a twopronged approach to tackle this issue, said Ward 1 Councilman Seth Yurdin. The council is planning to work with local lieutenants to raise awareness of the city ordinance — a “polite way” to remind property owners to remove snow from their adjacent sidewalks, he added. Additionally, a new ordinance that is designed to be more effective than the current one has been introduced by Ward 4 Councilman Nicholas Narducci, Jr., Yurdin said. The existing city ordinance requires residents to clear a path at least three feet wide on the sidewalk in front of their house within the
first four hours of daylight after a snowfall. Violators may be fined between $25 to $300. The newly introduced ordinance proposes to increase the fine to up to $500 and keep a record of the properties whose residents violate the ordinance, Yurdin said, adding that this will hold landlords, rather than tenants, responsible for obeying the ordinance. Currently, police provide a copy of the ordinance to violators, but if a new ordinance is passed, flyers will probably be distributed to all city residents, Ryan said. Yurdin is supporting the new ordinance and is currently working with four other members of the ordinance committee, the Department of Public Works and local lieutenants to discuss and amend it, he said. Once the proposal leaves the ordinance committee, it will go to the entire city council for a final vote, Yurdin added. Even with a new ordinance, educating residents about their responsibilities is still the highest priority. “Once there is more awareness, there is more compliance (and then) enforcement is less important,” Yurdin said. “Sometimes they just don’t know,” Ryan said. Reminding people is “time consuming, but not a problem.”
Arts struggle to survive in recession By Melissa Shube Senior Staf f Writer
Despite the economic struggles of many of Providence’s artistic and cultural organizations, the initiative to produce a cultural plan for the city — Creative Providence —is soldiering on. This month, the group, run by the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, has been holding meetings for artists and community members to discuss topics including infusing the economy with creativity and increasing community access to and cultur-
al participation in the arts, said L ynne McCormack, director of the department. The meetings, as well as community forums and a 2,000-person survey completed last year, will help develop the Cultural Providence plan, McCormack said, which would be ready for its steering committee’s approval in May. The program has allowed the arts community to identify the cultural resources of the city, said Hope Alswang, director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art and member of the Creative Providence’s steering committee. For a small city,
Providence provides a “really rich diversity of arts opportunities,” she added. “The city is now branding itself as the creative capital,” said Umberto Crenca, artistic director and founder of community arts venue AS220 and member of Creative Providence’s steering committee. The group ensures that “there’s as much substance as there is hype,” within the city’s art scene, he said. The promotion of art and culture in Providence comes at a time continued on page 7
As Rhode Island faces crippling unemployment and the largest budget deficit in the state’s history, Gov. Donald Carcieri’s ’65 proposed budget has garnered criticism from all sides in the week since its release. The governor’s budget recommendations for the next fiscal year rely on taxes and federal stimulus funds to bridge the anticipated $860 million deficit over the next two years and to increase state spending by 10 percent. Under Carcieri’s proposal, the state would spend a total of $7.62 billion in 2010. But Carcieri — whose approval rating among Rhode Islanders recently hit a low of 34 percent, according to a poll by the Taubman Center for Public Policy — will have to get his budget through the state’s Democrat-dominated General Assembly. Though the stimulus money includes $110 million from a “state fiscal stabilization fund” to be spent on education and aid to local communities over the next two years, the governor’s proposed budget eliminates a revenue-sharing program from his previous budget that was
to give $31 million in state aid to cities and towns. Many political leaders and interest groups have already voiced concerns about the governor’s proposed use of stimulus funds and restructuring of the state’s tax system. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 questioned the governor’s use of stimulus money to replace state education funding. “The potential transformative impact of the (federal funding) is undermined by the spending proposals” in Carcieri’s budget proposal, Cicilline wrote. “Rather than seizing an opportunity for strategic, increased funding (Carcieri) is instead only maintaining the status quo.” Though the final guidelines for the use of the stimulus funds have not been completed by the U.S. Department of Education, the governor’s proposal follows the “intent and spirit” of the recovery bill, said Amy Kempe, the governor’s press secretary. The fiscal stabilization funds are “fungible,” she added. The governor’s budget recommendations also alter the state’s income tax structure, increasing the continued on page 7
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thayer businesses in the recession
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1: Spike’s Junkyard Dogs 273 Thayer St. After more than 15 years of serving up legendary hot dogs and fried food, the Thayer Street establishment shut its doors last September. Owner Gareth Mundy told The Herald that high taxes and rising property values made business on Thayer Street difficult. Spike’s — known for its hot-dog-eating contests — maintains nine other locations in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
chdev has introduced “unusual” promotions in order to generate business, including the “Name Your Price” sale.
Blaze on Thayer 272 Thayer St. The Hope Street “Cookin’ With Fire” restaurant opened a Thayer offshoot in 2007, but it closed last year. The second-floor location has since been replaced by tropical-themed Marley’s, while the original Blaze on Hope remains.
and gelato cafe on the corner of Angell and Thayer unexpectedly closed last month. Owner Nino DeMartino said he was not notified before receiving an eviction notice on Feb. 16. DeMartino said this month that the possibility of resuming business in the 900-square-foot space is “very, very small.”
3: Pie in the Sky 225 Thayer
7: Yang’s 217 Thayer St. The
St. Co-owner Ann Dusseault said that sales at her jewelry and gift shop are down nearly 50 percent from last year. In recent months, Dusseault has reduced the store’s operating hours and stopped ordering new merchandise in order to cut costs.
fabric and gift boutique closed its doors last summer. Local restaurateur Andy Mitrellis said he will open Better Burger Company — a new burger, sandwich and pizza shop — in the location sometime this spring.
4: Spectrum India 252 Thayer St. Owner Jagdish
Bryan Creighton went into “survival mode” about a year ago by adjusting purchasing and bringing less new merchandise into his Thayer Street store. While he is able to pay the rent — this month — Creighton doubts the business can last much longer.
Sachdev said this year’s economic downturn has been “tougher” than anything he has seen in his time on College Hill — and Spectrum India has been on Thayer Street for 42 years. Recently, Sa-
Geoff ’s Superlative Sandwiches 235 Thayer St. The local sandwich shop shut down last summer, and its Thayer Street location has remained empty ever since. The restaurant’s flagship site on Benefit Street remains open.
6: Roba Dolce 178 Angell St. The Italian panini
8: Morrison Office Supply 215 Thayer St. Owner
In tough economic times, business try to think creatively continued from page 1 though he cannot afford to advertise locally, Sachdev has tried to attract shoppers by improving his store’s window displays. The large, brightly colored signs in the store’s windows advertise some of the store’s promotions, including a “Name Your Price” sale. “This year, we are not looking to make a profit,” Sachdev said. “We are looking to stay in business.” Many businesses around College Hill have not been so fortunate. In the last year, familiar locations such as Spike’s Junkyard Dogs and Cafe Roba Dolce have closed their doors, unable to keep up with high Thayer Street rents. The windows of a former Thayer sandwich shop, Geoff’s, are now papered over, while the Wickenden Street sex shop Miko Exoticwear went under last summer. Few new businesses have opened up to replace them and those owners lucky enough to still be in business have been forced to think of new ways to attract customers. Like Sachdev, local businessman Michael Sherman, who has owned the vintage apparel store The 1793 Shoppe for the last three years, has aimed to make shopping a more enjoyable experience for his customers. He estimated that December 2008 sales at his Steeple Street store were down 90 percent from the same time in the previous year. Since then, he has marked down all of his merchandise in an effort to appeal to customers.
In February, Sherman teamed up with the owners of Curiosities — a Wickenden antique shop that used to be housed on Angell Street — for a “Save Our Stores” event at his store. Nearly 70 people paid a $5 cover charge for the refreshments and entertainment, he said, and the owners split the profits. The event was “very successful” because many of the attendees bought merchandise, Sherman added. Yet Sherman said he has seen very few repeat customers since the event, and with no money for advertising, he finds it increasingly difficult to attract customers to his second-floor store. Ann Dusseault, who has coowned Pie in the Sky at 225 Thayer St. for 15 years, has also found it difficult to make her store appeal to shoppers lately. A jewelry and gift shop, Pie in the Sky has seen significantly fewer customers in recent months, Dusseault said. To make matters worse, her “regulars” are also spending less. “I especially saw it at Christmas,” she said, adding that the more expensive items in the store, including jewelry, are not selling at the rates they used to. “It’s a battle,” she said, estimating that sales are down nearly 50 percent from last year. But Dusseault realizes that she is not the only one affected by the economic downturn. Because she is barely able to make rent payments, she is no longer ordering any new merchandise — yet vendors are now frequently calling for her business,
complaining that their companies are suffering, too. Like Sachdev and Sherman, Dusseault has foregone most advertising, simply because any extra money needs to be put toward paying the rent. As for the future, Dusseault too has become increasingly creative in her sales strategies. She recently joined studentrate.com, a Web site that offers students discounts and promotions at local and national stores. In addition, she has begun making her own merchandise, and has even “moved stuff around” in an effort to mix up the store’s offerings. Sachdev has been equally creative in his effort to make shopping at Spectrum India a “memorable experience.” This week, he debuted a series of promotions involving a different discount for each weekday — with a catch. Depending on the day, customers will have to perform a different activity or challenge in order to receive the sale. As part of the “Moody Monday Blues,” shoppers can sing a blues song to receive an extra 10 percent off CDs and DVDs. On “Terrible Tuesdays” customers are encouraged to imitate a toddler throwing a tantrum. If they do, the will receive an extra 10 percent off toys, books and games. Wednesday’s promotion invites shoppers to do a “soft shoe dance” for a footwear discount, and if customers tell a “deep, dark secret” on Thursdays, they will receive free incense with the purchase of candles or essential oils.
Though the sale might be out of the ordinary, Sachdev said he wants customers to “have fun” in his store despite the difficult economic times. “I’ve been through six recessions, and I’ve managed to survive,” he said. With his options limited, Sherman said he plans to hold another gathering similar to the “S.O.S” event — most likely a fashion show in April. But not all business owners think they have the energy to compete in a prolonged recession. Br yan Creighton, owner of Morrison Office Supply, Inc. at 215 Thayer St., said his business went into “survival mode” about a year ago. Since then, Creighton has adjusted purchasing, bringing less new merchandise into his store. While the strategy has allowed him to “pay this month’s rent,” he said it does not appear that the business can endure much longer. A business like his would need new, younger management — “fresh blood” — to survive, said Creighton, who has run the store for 20 years. While he said that the independent stationery and office supply industry was in decline “even then,” financial concerns have become increasingly severe in recent months. He said it was “very possible” that he would soon sell the storefront to local restauranteur Andy Mitrelis, who told The Herald last month that he plans to open a burger restaurant where Yang’s, a boutique store that closed last summer, once was. Sherman said he was concerned
about the number of local business owners who were being forced to close their doors. “When you lose small stores, part of the character of the city dies,” he said. Help on the way? At a press conference Monday, President Obama emphasized the importance of small businesses, which he called the “heart of the American economy.” Obama credited small businesses with creating 70 percent of the new jobs in the past decade, and introduced a variety of measures intended to increase lending. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, known as the “stimulus bill,” has made provisions to help small business owners, said Mark Hayward, Rhode Island district director for the United States Small Business Administration. Under the legislation, the SBA, a federal agency, will drop both its borrower and lender fees on small business loans, and will guarantee banks up to 90 percent of the value of the loan. The agency’s main interests, Hayward said, are the needs of small business owners, providing financial assistance and counseling to small businesses. Hayward said that despite the difficulties local businesses are encountering, the SBA is “actually in a good spot.” “Our goal is to encourage and entice lenders,” Hayward said, adding that businesses “are in need of lines of credit or something to get through.”
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Carcieri proposal relies on tax cuts, stimulus continued from page 5
earned-income tax credit for lowincome households while raising taxes for some Rhode Island couples and individuals making less than $75,000 annually. Carcieri’s proposed budget also includes a five-year phase-out of the corporate income tax. It would raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack and slash funding for RIteCare, the state’s subsidized health insurance. “The state can’t afford to lose $95 million in tax revenue at this particular point,” said Daniel Beardsley, executive director of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns. Cutting taxes for wealthy people and profitable businesses “will do little to improve the economy in the short run and will hurt it in the long run.” Beardsley also called federal stimulus funding a “double-edged sword,” expressing concern about whether the state would again be thrown into economic turmoil when recovery aid is cut off in 2012. Kempe defended the corporate income tax cuts, stating that Rhode Island needs to position itself to be competitive with neighboring states,
such as Connecticut and Massachusetts, which have much lower corporate tax rates. “The only way to grow jobs and grow revenue is to grow business,” she said. The next key point in the state’s budget proposal process will come at the end of April and beginning of May with the Revenue Estimating Conference, said Russell Dannecker, fiscal policy analyst at the Poverty Institute at Rhode Island College. More significant decisions will be made once current budget projections are reevaluated, he said. “Whenever we get into these types of (economic) situations, the budgets are always difficult,” Dannecker said. “This time there was enough advanced notice of the federal aid that was coming in … but it does raise issues in the long term about what to do when the money disappears.” The state legislature will debate the governor’s proposal over the next few months before creating its own revised budget for his approval. “They’ve got a long road ahead of them in many respects,” Beardsley said. “It’s going to be a very difficult road over the next five or six months.”
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“A lot of arts organizations ... are just trying to survive.” — Umberto Crenca, artistic director of AS220
Creative Providence brings artists together continued from page 5 of great economic turmoil for the creative community, said Alswang. Alswang and Craig Dreeszen, cultural planning consultant for the Creative Providence project, attribute the financial struggles of the artistic community to the economic downturn and resulting loss of corporate funding to many cultural organizations, reduction of endowments and decreased patronage of the arts. “Our arts institutions in this city have not faced anything like this in living memory,” said Alswang, “There’s a struggle, more so than I’ve witnessed in a while,” Crenca said. “A lot of arts organizations ... are just trying to survive.” The crisis is hurting individual artists too, according to Crenca, who added that more artists than usual have been reaching out to AS220 staff for help finding work. Dreeszen said the economic cri-
sis is “the elephant in the room” for Creative Providence. The group has had to adapt to the economic realities, McCormack said. “I think we have been talking more about sustainability than we have about creating new things,” said McCormack. “There has been a lot of talk about how do we sustain the organization, how do we make sure we don’t lose our art scene, how do we keep spaces cheap and affordable.” McCormack said the economic situation has helped the committee focus on what is important to the community. Dreeszen said Creative Providence also hopes to stimulate economic development through arts and culture by helping cultural organizations whose funding has been cut and assisting “individual artists and creative workers.” “We’re tr ying to establish a climate in which these folks can prosper,” he said, noting that this
is more difficult in a tight economy where art and performance are seen by some as “discretionar y purchases.” Alswang and McCormack said Creative Providence facilitates relationships and allows artists who wouldn’t normally talk to each each other to work together. While Alswang stressed that “there’s no quick fixes here,” the relationships that artists and organizations are building could help in the sharing of resources and potentially in the reduction of costs. “We could do more marketing together, we could do more shared backroom costs,” she said. Crenca said he was impressed with the city’s commitment to arts and culture “at a time when it doesn’t seem like the obvious thing.” “There’s plenty of excuses not to plan,” he said. “Despite the crisis that we’re in, we’re continuing to look towards the future.”
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M. hockey season M. lacrosse holds on to early lead comes to an end at Yale By Benjy Asher Spor ts Editor
By Dan Alexander Spor ts Staf f Writer
Yale’s power-play was all it took to end the men’s hockey team’s improbable run in the ECAC tournament. The Bears (5-23-5, 3-16-4 ECAC Hockey) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Friday night’s game, but the top-seeded Bulldogs (22-7-2, 155-2) scored four straight goals, including two power-play goals in the final frame, to get the first win in the best-of-three quarterfinal series. “We took a lot of penalties and it killed the flow of the game,” said assistant captain Jordan Pietrus ’10. Two more power-play goals on Saturday night gave Yale a 2-0 win, ending Brown’s season and sending Yale to Albany for the ECAC Hockey semifinals. Saturday’s loss was the fifth loss to Yale this season for the Bears, who fell to the Bulldogs three times in November. But the Bears were fresh off a sweep of No. 5 seed Harvard in the opening round of the ECAC Tournament and didn’t look like the same team that had dropped three games to Yale in the beginning of the season. “I think we were a lot more confident coming off Harvard and knowing that a lot of our young guys made a nice step,” said Head Coach Roger Grillo. “I just think we were a much better team” than what Yale had faced earlier in the season. Yale 4, Brown 2 The Bears carried their momentum from Cambridge to New Haven and gained a 15-4 first-period shot advantage on the Bulldogs, who had earned a bye in the first round.
“We had lots of confidence. We were amped up. We were ready to go,” Pietrus said. “We knew they had had an extra week off where they hadn’t had a game, so they could be sluggish, so we really wanted to try and take advantage of that.” With seconds left on a Yale power-play, Pietrus challenged Bulldog Sean Backman at the point. “I knew he was going to look to shoot, so I just tried to get into the shooting lane,” Pietrus said. “He put the puck off my shin pads and I got lucky and the puck ended up going out of the zone. At that point, I had a step on him and, you know, it was just kind of a footrace down the ice.” Pietrus won the footrace and put a shot off the pipe and into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the year. The Bears got another when David Brownschidle ’11 scored his first of the season just 2:16 into the middle frame, giving Brown a 2-0 advantage. But Brown wouldn’t score again for the rest of the weekend, and the penalty spree started after the second goal. The Bears went on the penalty kill four times in the second period and killed all fourman advantages. But after stopping 100 straight pucks over two and a half games, Mike Clemente ’12 gave up his first goal of the playoffs on an even-ice goal midway through the second period. Yale made it a 2-2 game before the end of the period when Bulldog Denny Kearney put a one-timer from the slot past Clemente with just three ticks remaining in the period. The Bulldogs then scored what would prove to be the game-wincontinued on page 9
The No. 15 men’s lacrosse team survived another close game on Saturday, when Brown (4-1) jumped out to an early 5-2 lead and held on for a 9-8 victory over No. 13 UMass (3-3) in the Bears’ final contest before beginning Ivy League play. Quad-captain Jordan Burke ’09 had a season-high 20 saves to anchor the defense, while Reade Seligmann ’09 paced the offense with a teamhigh three goals. Quad-captains Jack Walsh ’09 and Kyle Hollingsworth ’09 collectively registered a threepoint game for the Bears. “We came out pretty hungry,” Seligmann said. “We were talking all week about how UMass is pretty much our biggest rivalry. They’re ver y similar to us, they’re ver y scrappy and we knew we were going to have to match them with that type of intensity.” At UMass’s Richard F. Garber Field, affectionately known as “The Zoo,” the game remained scoreless for nearly nine minutes as UMass goalie Doc Schneider made four saves before Walsh finally broke the tie on an unassisted goal with 6:11 left in the first quarter. But the Minutemen went on the attack, and though Burke made two more saves, Brown failed to clear the ball each time, leading to a goal by UMass’s Art Kell off a ground ball pickup with 4:58 left in the period. Thomas Muldoon ’10 scored off a pass from Walsh to regain the lead for the Bears heading into the second quarter, but the Minutemen came out firing to start the period. Burke made two saves in the opening 30 seconds of the second quarter, but once again, a ground ball pickup off a clearing attempt led to a UMass goal, tying the score at 2-2 just 40 seconds in. “They had a pretty good ride on us all game, and we had a little bit of trouble clearing the ball,” Burke
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Reade Seligmann ’09 led No. 18 men’s lacrosse with three goals.
said. “We know that UMass really likes to shoot, so they don’t necessarily try to get the best shots, but they like to fire.” The score remained tied for nearly eight minutes, but then the Bears took control. With 6:41 remaining in the half, Seligmann notched his first goal of the day, assisted by Hollingsworth, who leads Brown with nine assists this season. Just 28 seconds later, Rob Schlesinger ’12 scored the first goal of his college career, the first of his two goals of the day, to widen the lead to 4-2. Less than a minute later, Walsh added his second goal of the day to make it a 5-2 game. “It was great to see Jack Walsh, Reade Seligmann and Rob Schlesinger step up and get a couple goals,” said Head Coach Lars Tiffany ’90. “There’s no question, if we’re going
to be a strong program and contend for another Ivy League championship and the NCAA Tournament, we must have many threats. We have to be a well-rounded offensive unit, and that did emerge on Saturday.” The Minutemen got one back with 4:36 left in the half, but Brown went into halftime with a 5-3 lead, behind two goals from Walsh and 12 saves from Burke. “Jordan Burke was in All-American form,” Tiffany said. “We play a style of defense that allows the other team to take a lot of shots, and we give up shots that a lot of other teams wouldn’t want their goalie to see. But we welcome those shots on Jordan, because we believe in him so much, and he steps up to the challenge.” continued on page 9
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S ports Tuesday
“I apologized to them that their season had to end.” — Mike Clemente ’12, men’s hockey goalie
M. lacrosse beats Minutemen continued from page 8
UMass cut Brown’s lead to one with 11:27 left in the third quarter, and the Minutemen nearly tied the game with just under 10 minutes left in the period, but Burke made back-to-back saves just eight seconds apart, giving Brown possession, which culminated in Hollingsworth’s only goal of the day, off an assist from Andrew Feinberg ’11. The Minutemen scored two straight goals to tie the game at 6-6, but Seligmann scored his second goal of the game with six seconds left in the period, completing the hat trick just under three minutes into the fourth quarter, giving Brown an 8-6 lead. Seligmann’s three-goal performance came on a day when the Bears needed it most, as the UMass defense shut down Feinberg, who did not score after recording a hat trick in each of the first four games of the season. “We have a lot of different weapons on offense and we have some big superstar names out there,” Seligmann said. “It was one of those days where more people were getting opportunities and hitting the cage, rather than holding up on shots.” Just 10 seconds after Seligmann’s third goal, the Minutemen scored off the face-off to make it a onegoal game again, but Schlesinger’s second goal, with 10:11 left to play, widened the lead to 9-7. Though the Minutemen brought the game back to within one just 35 seconds later, Burke was perfect from that point on, making four saves in the remainder of the game, including three in the final minute, to secure the 9-8 win for Brown, the team’s third one-goal win of the season. “Jordan (Burke) wants the
M. hockey season ends against Yale continued from page 8 ning goal just 3:06 into the final frame, on their seventh power-play of the night, when Yale’s Broc Little beat Clemente with a tough-angle wrist shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle. Yale tacked on another powerplay goal midway through the third, and the Bears couldn’t recover, despite pulling Clemente in favor of an extra attacker with 56 seconds remaining in the game.
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Quad-captain Jordan Burke ’09 made three of his 20 saves in the final minute, securing the No. 18 men’s lacrosse’s victory over No. 13 UMass.
weight of the world on his shoulders,” Tiffany said. “He wants to be the last man back there when we’re relying on him to make the save to win the game. We’ve been doing that a lot lately, and he keeps proving himself.” The win gives Brown its second straight victory over a nationally ranked team, after the Bears earned a 12-11 victory over No. 19 Denver on March 8. Both wins could prove to be key later in the season, when the team could find itself vying for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. “The NCAA Tournament is
always kind of in the back of our minds, after last year, going 11-3 and not getting in, so we know it’s really important to get quality out-ofconference wins,” Burke said. On Saturday, Brown will travel to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth (1-4) for its Ivy opener. “Going into the Ivy League season at 4-1 is key, and we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Burke said. “But we know we haven’t played perfect yet, and there’s room for improvement, so hopefully we’ll have a good week of practice and be ready for the Ivy League season.”
Yale 2, Brown 0 The Bears did not get off to the same strong start in Game Two as they had on Friday night. Yale got out to a 17-2 shot advantage in the opening period. “I was really surprised at how we came out in Game Two so flat,” said assistant captain Aaron Volpatti ’10. “We obviously didn’t give up, but it’s almost like we were defeated. You kind of got that feeling.” Yale got four power-play opportunities, including two five-onthree chances, in the first frame alone. Brown’s penalty kill kept Yale from taking over the game, but eventually tired out. With the Bears a man down 12:25 into the first period, Mark Arcobello received a feed from Kearney, who was positioned at the goal line, and one-timed the puck past Clemente to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. “The penalty kill was awesome,” Clemente said. “I mean, we killed off a couple of five-on-three’s. The first goal they scored in the first period on Saturday, everyone was
just completely exhausted.” The teams headed into the locker room with Yale ahead by just one goal, but the Bulldogs began the second period with 1:54 still remaining on their fourth powerplay of the game. Six seconds into the middle period, another Bear was sent to the box, giving Yale its third five-onthree advantage of the night. Half a minute later, Backman scored on the two-man advantage, putting the Bulldogs up, 2-0. The scoreboard didn’t change for the rest of the game. Clemente turned the puck away 11 times in the final period, while Yale goalie Alec Richards added nine saves to bring his game total to 19. The Bears pulled Clemente with a minute remaining in favor of an extra attacker, but Brown was whistled for another penalty with 15 seconds left. Clemente headed back in goal and made his 34th save of the night seconds before the final buzzer. Saturday night’s loss was a disappointing end to the careers of Brown’s seven seniors, who skated off the ice for the last time. “I apologized to them that their season had to end. They’re just great guys,” Clemente said. “It was pretty painful.” Grillo said he had mixed emotions in the locker room after the game. “I was proud of the fact that they battled through a tough season and gave themselves an opportunity to continue to play,” he said. “But I was disappointed that we didn’t put our best foot forward, especially in the second game.”
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The Gmail Revolution, 5 years late When some unfortunate souls wake up in the morning, the first screen to greet their bleary eyes is the harsh blue and white of Microsoft’s Outlook Web Access, Brown’s current choice of e-mail server. And worse yet, these poor saps often get warning messages about exceeding their storage limits and have to face the horrifying possibility that they might not receive important e-mails from professors, employers and potential love interests. But good news is on the horizon: Brown may outsource its e-mail to a third-party server as early as this fall, according to Michael Pickett, vice president for computing and information services and the University’s chief information officer. By outsourcing Brown’s e-mail, the University can save money and continue to provide students with brown.edu addresses. In an interview with the board, Pickett said CIS was considering a number of providers, including Gmail and Windows Live Hotmail, among others. The weight of this opinion cannot be understated: CIS should choose Gmail, for the good of the University and for the welfare of its students. A previous article on Brown e-mail (“U. considers outsourcing student e-mail,” Sept. 28, 2007) reported that the overwhelming majority of undergraduates who forward e-mail from their Brown accounts use Gmail. In addition to providing students with all the storage space they could possibly need — 7,305 MB as opposed to the current 50 MB limit — Gmail is far above its competition in providing exciting, useful and innovative features. Recent Google Labs inventions include a tasks bar, where users can make to-do lists and check off items as they are completed, and a “forgotten attachment detector,” which lets you know if you have mentioned an attachment in your e-mail but forgotten to attach it. Stressed out in the florescent-lit Sci Li? A beach-themed background will do wonders for your LCD tan. Perhaps best of all is the feature “Mail Goggles,” where users can choose to have Gmail ask them a set of math problems before sending an e-mail after a certain time on weekend nights. But Mail Goggles isn’t perfect — though some of us writer-types here at the editorial page board may have trouble passing the test even when we’re sober, we’ve heard of some hard-drinking physics majors who can ace the most difficult setting on the first try, just before vomiting into the nearest trash can. Editorials are written by The Herald’s editorial page board. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Watson coverage unnecessarily vicious To the Editor:
I was dismayed by both the tone and content of yesterday’s front-page article (“Watson director’s unpopular agenda draws ire,” March 16). The story comes across as a highly charged personal attack. The Watson Institute for International Studies is certainly going through a challenging transition, further amplified by the financial crisis. There are important ongoing discussions and debates within the Watson Institute and across the University over the future direction of the Institute, and this includes reasonable and understandable differences of opinion over hiring priorities and research agendas. In this regard, some Watson faculty, including myself, have at times disagreed with the interim director. But rather than constructively reporting on and contributing to these deliberations, The Herald has instead added a dose of venom that is both inappropriate and unhelpful — not to mention ultimately counterproductive in attracting a new director for the Institute. The most inappropriate line in the article referred to the interim director’s “romantic relationship” with a Brown public policy professor. The article implied that there may be something improper about their involvement. The person in question has in fact been the interim director’s partner for several decades. For the most
senior level appointments, it is not unusual for Brown (or any other university for that matter) to facilitate spousal hiring when necessary. But regardless, since when is it The Herald’s policy to report on the personal lives of Brown faculty and administrators? Also perplexing is that the story reported that there are “rumors” that the Watson Institute may “eliminate” the international relations and development studies concentrations. I was not aware that it is The Herald’s practice to report on unsubstantiated “rumors.” As the director of the International Relations program, this is the first I have heard of such rumors — and indeed the Herald reporter never bothered to ask me about it. I can assure you that this rumor is pure nonsense. And besides, contrary to what the story reports, it is not up to the Watson Institute and its director to determine whether the IR program should be abolished or not. The Herald should have higher professional standards and greater integrity in its reporting. Peter Andreas Director, International Relations Program Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Watson Institute for International Studies March 16
The nature of romance To the Editor:
My partner Dan Danielsen and I were pleasantly surprised to learn in your lead story (“Watson director’s unpopular agenda draws ire,” March 16) that our relationship remained “romantic” after more than 20 years together. With gratitude, David Kennedy ’76 Vice President for International Affairs Interim Director of the Watson Insitute March 16
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If RISD ran the world
BY KEVIN ROOSE Opinions Columnist “The Rhode Island School of Design collaborated earlier this year with Gap, the clothing retailer, to produce a series of unique cardigans that sold out hours after they were put on display at the G.A.P. Adventures New York Concept Store, a space adjacent to Gap’s flagship store in New York City,” (“At trendy Gap store, clothing by RISD students,” March 13). Following the overwhelming success of the Gap cardigan project, RISD administrators have been deluged with requests from major American corporations looking to hire RISD design students as artistic consultants. RISD President John Maeda expressed surprise at the sudden outpouring of interest. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Maeda said. “We’ve heard from Ford, American Express, Delta Air Lines — maybe half of the Fortune 500 companies are calling us, wanting to hire our students.” Last month, a team of RISD students made a consulting trip to the headquarters of Random House, the venerable New York publishing house whose widely-publicized financial troubles earlier this year required company-wide layoffs. Random House CEO Markus Dohle extended a personal invitation to the students, who were paid a six-figure consulting fee and tasked with “re-energizing Random House’s artistic mission by challenging our notions of creativity in business settings.” On their first day at Random House, the RISD team — who arrived in Manhattan on blue bicycles, wearing plaid pants and oneshouldered leotards — spent the morn-
ing examining the artwork in the offices of several Random House employees. Upon seeing a framed print of Thomas Kinkade’s “The Christmas Cottage” hanging above the desk of senior editor Robert Littrell, RISD senior Megan Lafleur-Ramirez pronounced it “beyond tragic,” and replaced the Kinkade print with “Awareness of Self and Non-Self Entities,” a sculpture consisting of a bag of Cooler Ranch Doritos dipped in honey and tied to a Betamax player. RISD junior David Harrison spent the afternoon replacing many of the Dell computers in the office
knows what he’s doing.” Art consulting for businesses is no new concept, of course. For decades, top American corporations have retained in-house art managers to maintain existing collections and acquire new pieces. But under the pressures of the economic recession, some firms have begun looking to art-scene outsiders — like RISD alumn Shepard Fairey, whose “Hope” poster became an indelible icon of the Obama campaign — for unconventional inspiration. “I really think this is the wave of the fu-
Following the overwhelming success of the Gap cardigan project, RISD administrators have been deluged with requests from major American corporations looking to hire RISD design students as artistic consultants. with cardboard signs reading “COMPUTER + COMP-YOU-TER = THE SIGNIFIED (???)” and sophomore Hannah Benton joined senior Rachel de Compt in the accounts division, where they spent several hours dropping long green threads onto pieces of canvas, attaching them to glass slides and putting the slides in a toaster. The project, de Compt said, was inspired by French surrealist Marcel Duchamp’s “Trois Stoppages Etalon,” and was meant to represent the plight of America’s poor. “It’s been hard to get any work done since they got here,” said associate publicist Eric Kleiner, whose fourth-floor cubicle was unexpectedly ransacked by a long-haired RISD student wearing a “Kitsch Police” badge. “I mean, I know they’re supposed to be artistic geniuses or whatever. I just hope Markus
ture in the corporate world,” said Maeda, who assumed the top post at RISD in 2008. “Robert Rauschenberg once spoke about inhabiting the space between life and art, and I think that’s what our students are doing.” Not every consulting effort has been successful, though. Four junior executives at the advertising mega-firm Ogilvy & Mather were injured when RISD freshman Benjamin Marchese ran through the office hallways swinging nunchucks made of human femurs, part of a living installation he titled, “Rapture and Rupture: Towards an Aesthetic of Suffering.” Elizabeth Wilson, a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins, reported being accosted by RISD senior Amy Goldstein, who attempted to paint her forehead with yellow latex. And one RISD design team was forcibly escorted from the offices
A method to the Madness
BY MARCUS GARTNER Opinions Columnist Yes, it is that time of year. Time to get revved up for three weeks of men’s college basketball. Millions of people will be glued to their high-definition televisions. Most of us, however, probably won’t be so lucky, as we watch the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship within a dungeon of an eatery, at the Ratty or on grainy school cable. At least we have an unlimited supply of soft-serve ice cream. However you plan on watching the tournament, one thing will be on your mind — which team will win the championship title on Monday, April 6? This same question is on the minds of millions who will be filling out their brackets for this 64-team (okay, technically 65-team since 2001) single-elimination tournament, in an effort to predict the outcome of every game from Round One to the championship. And the odds of filling out a perfect bracket? 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 1. Over nine quintillion to one. Those odds are almost worse than the odds of you getting first pick in the housing lottery. If every person on earth randomly filled out 10 million brackets each, unique from any other bracket created, the odds that even one bracket would perfectly outline the tournament results would be less than 1 percent. If every possible bracket were drawn on a single sheet of paper and stacked on top
of each other, that stack would reach from the earth’s surface to the sun over six thousand times. At a quick glance, this certainly seems like madness. The standard dictionary definitions of madness include rage, insanity, extreme folly, ecstasy, enthusiasm or any of several ailments of animals marked by frenzied behavior. These words probably bring SPG to your mind (especially you, Bill O’Reilly). But these words also remind you of the odds of filling out a perfect bracket, the emotions
to 16. Then they play. First seed plays 16th seed, second plays 15th, third plays 14th, etc. You don’t have to be a math major to figure out the pattern. It is easy to see that the bracket is designed to allow better teams to have an easier time advancing, so the elimination of teams is very systematic and even predictable. Nicknames have been attached to the groups of teams that survive at least two rounds. The “Sweet Sixteen” is made up of teams that win their first two games, the
However you plan on watching the tournament, one thing will be on your mind — which team will win the championship title on Monday, Apr. 6th?
of a stereotypical fanatic and even the antics of any number of team mascots representing a frenzied animal. So maybe Brent Musburger got it right in the early 1980s when he attached this term to the college game. The term was first coined in 1939 to describe the Illinois State High School Basketball Championship. Well, maybe madness prevailed then, but if on the surface you link extreme emotions and long odds to this tournament, you may be in for a letdown. Let’s take a closer look. The tournament consists of 64 teams bracketed in four regions. Each region ranks their teams nos. 1
“Elite Eight” are those that make it through another round and tally three wins and the “Final Four” are those who win their first four games. But what about those long odds, you ask? Can anything happen? Sure there are upsets, and clutch shots in the fourth quarter with seconds or less on the clock. A low seed can beat a team seeded higher than them. It has been done before. But how often? Let’s start out with the game between the 16th seed and the first seed. Never in the history of the tournament has a 16th seed beaten a first seed. There have been only four occasions
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of State Farm after they suggested replacing the 85-year-old insurance giant’s logo with a picture of a leprechaun chewing on a syphilitic penis. “We didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings,” said Jessica Williams, the RISD student who designed the offensive logo. “We just wanted to re-construct a semiotics of stability.” Williams then performed a monologue from David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” and renamed herself Coco Fantastico. Perhaps the biggest test for the RISD design students came last week, when Maeda was contacted by Bank of America, who asked for help re-designing their Charlotte, N.C. headquarters. A 10-student team was dispatched to the beleaguered bank, where they immediately began improving the workspace. Workers stood in disbelief as RISD students removed a conference room table and replaced it with a kiddie pool filled with chinchillas. Aeron desk chairs were fitted with chocolate pinwheels, and a photocopy machine in the bank’s Global Wealth and Investment Management division was turned on its side and covered in Russian dressing. “I don’t know what these kids are doing here,” said Dick Thornton, a senior analyst at the bank. “I asked one of them — a girl named Francesca — what she thought of my tie, and she did a somersault, faked a seizure and started humming ‘Ride of the Valkyries.’ How is this helping?” Reached for comment in an igloo made of cigarettes, Francesca defended her actions. “I mean, I guess you can’t expect bankers to understand biomorphic symbology. God, this is so Brancusi-at-U.S.-customs of them.”
Kevin Roose ’09.5 is an English concentrator from Oberlin, Ohio. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
where a 15th seed has toppled a second seed. Our beloved Bears were a 15th seed in 1986, but a valiant effort had us come up short to Syracuse 101-52. If you are looking for upsets in the first round, put your money on the match-up between eighth seeds and ninth seeds. You would expect the eighth seeds to win a majority of the time; however, they have only come out of this game victorious 46 percent of the time since 1985. Villanova, an eighth seed in 1985, won the tournament. But never has a ninth seed or higher won. So, for those of you filling in brackets, you can immediately erase 32 teams off your list of potential champions. If you had been alive in the 1960s and 1970s, you could have wiped all but one team off your list. UCLA’s dominance under coach John Wooden yielded 10 of the 12 championships between 1964 and 1975. Duke entered the Final Four seven out of nine years between 1986 and 1994. At least one first seed has made it to the Final Four in all but two years (1986 and 2006) since the tournament’s inception in 1939. Perhaps the most compelling statistic of all is that 47 percent of tournament championships come from just six schools: Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. After consulting all these stats, your odds seem much better than 9 quintillion to one. Madness? Hardly. Marcus Gartner ’12 is a computer science concentrator from San Jose, California. He can be reached email@example.com.
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