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sales for Partners in Health, which already had sites in Haiti at the time of the earthquake. “Kembe firme” means “stay strong,” The open-mic event featured a Max Clermont ’11 said to attendees variety of performances, ranging of an open mic to raise money for aid from serious topical poetic readings to Haiti Saturday night. to songs from a country band and a Clermont, who has worked with rap-spoof guitar group. Partners in Health, the high-profile BASS and Word! independently international medical organization that decided to raise money for Haiti and the event’s funds eventually decided are going to, used ARTS & CULTURE to work together to throw a “superthe Haitian-Creole phrase to express solidarity with the huge event,” said coordinator and earthquake’s victims. performer Nicole Parrish ’12, who The Brown Association for Stu- is involved in Word! and the HERE dent Songwriters, Word! and the Haiti committee. Earthquake Relief Effort Committee continued on page 6 raised $2,600 from ticket and food By Nicole Boucher Staff Writer
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Brown blogs green at Copenhagen Chris Young: the
By Alicia Chen Senior Staf f Writer
As representatives from 192 nations gathered in Copenhagen last December to address climate change, four students and a professor from Brown also joined in on the discussion. J. Timmons Roberts, a professor of sociology and environmental science and director of the Center for Environmental Studies, blogged for Today at Brown about the climate talk proceedings at the United Nations-sponsored conference and delivered a presentation
about Aid Data, a program that he helped develop which collects data about development finance and measures the effectiveness of aid worldwide. Aid Data, a vast database with information on almost 1 million aid projects, will become public in March, Roberts wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Roberts expressed frustration about the final product of the climate talks. He said that the final accord was “very weak, weaker than most people thought we would end up with.” For instance, the accord was not legally binding like
the Kyoto Protocol, he said. In his final blog post, he wrote that it was “in the end, a realist’s deal.” Both Roberts and Matthew Severson ’11 noted in blog posts the difficulty many nations had in putting aside their own short term interests to come to a meaningful agreement addressing global warming. Divisions opened up between developed and developing nations and between northern and southern nations, among others. “It is essential that nations be open to compromise and that any continued on page 5
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By Alex Bell Senior Staff Writer
Narragansett’s Chris Young will compete for the third time this November against Providence Mayor
FEATURE David Cicilline ’83 in the Democratic primary for a spot on the mayoral ticket. Young has thrown his hat into the ring for his party’s nomination for several state, federal and municipal offices over the past decade with
no success. In the 2006 Democratic primary for mayor, he garnered 26% of the vote. Young may not be a familiar character to many Brown students, but he crossed onto the administration’s radar this December when the University banned him from campus after his arrest at November’s health care forum in Andrews Hall. On the issues To Young, the biggest issue the country faces is abortion. continued on page 4
Agent: no Pauly D in the PVD anytime soon
By Dan Alexander Spor ts Editor
Sixty minutes of play wasn’t enough to settle either of the men’s hockey team’s games this weekend. The Bears beat Rensselaer, 4-3, in an overtime thriller on Friday night and tied with No. 18 Union, 2-2, in another overtime battle on Saturday night. In both games, the referees made controversial calls with just minutes left and the game on the line. On Friday night, RPI was whistled for two penalties in the last nine seconds of regulation, giving Brown a 1:54 fiveon-three power play in overtime. Tri-captain Aaron Volpatti ’10 took advantage of the opportunity and scored the game-winner 47 seconds
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Despite rumors, DJ Pauly D — one of the stars of MTV’s popular reality TV show “Jersey Shore” — will not be making any scheduled appearances in Providence until May of this year, according to Michael Schweiger, his agent. The star, whose real name is Paul DelVecchio, is “booked solid doing press, TV and marketing,” Schweiger said. DelVecchio, originally from Johnston, R.I., has scheduled a big homecoming party for his return to the Providence area in May, Schweiger said. Prior to the airing of the MTV show, DJ Pauly D had performed regularly at the local bars Fish Company and the Red Room.
But he is “no longer a resident DJ” at Fish Co., said Tony Pirri, a bartender there. Pirri said he did not know if DelVecchio would return to Fish Co. “They fly him out to Las Vegas, New York,” he said. “He’s getting so much money now, I just can’t say for sure.” The minimum booking fee for DJ Pauly D for one night currently stands at $10,000, according to Schweiger. MTV will begin filming the second season of “Jersey Shore” with the original cast later this spring, Schweiger said.
in the limelight Assistant Professor of Engineering Rashid ’01 wins award
buzzer beater! Men’s basketball gets shot out at the last second by Princeton.
helping haiti? Brian Judge ‘11 explores a controversial long-term aid plan for Haiti
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Forward Jack Maclellan ’12 scored the Bears’ first goal against Union Saturday in an overtime game that ultimately ended in a tie.
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“Our group is getting recognition for the work we do.” — Assistant Professor of Engineering Rashid Zia ’01
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Assistant Professor of Engineering Rashid Zia ’01 was honored Jan. 13 for his research on lanthanide ions.
Honored by Obama, prof wins $1 mil grant By Warren Jin Contributing Writer
Assistant Professor of Engineering Rashid Zia ’01 was one of 100 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, who were honored by President Barack Obama on Jan. 13. This award is given to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers who have contributed notable scientific research. The honor gives Zia a $1 million grant over a period of five years that Zia plans to use to buy new equipment, support more graduate students and expand his lab’s research capabilities, he said. Zia said this award is significant not only because it brings attention to his research group, but also because it opens doors for future funding opportunities.
“Our group is getting recognition for the work we do,” Zia said. Zia’s current research looks at lanthanide ions, a class of metal ions that is used in light emitters in many technologies, including phosphorescent LEDs, fluorescent lighting, color displays and telecommunications. Zia’s project hopes to use the magnetic properties of dipoles to create light sources that are smaller and brighter than current technology. Recent winners of the award among Brown faculty include Assistant Professor of Physics Anastasia Volovich, Associate Professor of Engineering Pradeep Guduru and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Chad Jenkins. After graduating from Brown, Zia completed a master’s and doctorate at Stanford and returned to Brown in 2006 as a member of the engineering faculty.
The Bursar’s Office will no longer print student account statements beginning in March, according to Elizabeth Gentry, assistant vice president of Financial and Administrative Services, to whom the Bursar’s Office reports. Student Financial Services Director Wynette Richardson, who oversees the Bursar’s Office, said she recommends that students who want their parents or guardians to view their billing statements set them up as authorized users online before April. All future statements will be available electronically at http:// payment.brown.edu and http://selfservice.brown.edu. Both students and authorized users receive an email notification every month when a new billing statement is issued, Gentry said. Gentry said the change is pri-
The following summary includes all major incidents reported to the Department of Public Safety between Dec. 17 and Jan. 25. It does not include general service and alarm calls. The Providence Police Department also responds to incidents occurring off campus. DPS does not divulge information on cases that are currently under investigation by the department, PPD or the Office of Student Life. DPS maintains a daily log of all shift activity and general service calls which can be viewed during business hours at its headquarters, located at 75 Charlesfield St.
Dec. 19 6:57 a.m. Brown student stated that she fell asleep at about 2 a.m. in Champlin Hall. Her dorm room was left unlocked. At about 3 a.m. she thought she heard her door close. She said she got out of bed and looked out her door, did not see anyone, closed and locked her door and returned to bed. When she got up at about 6:50 a.m. she noticed that her laptop was missing.
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families in April 2009, serving as a “soft opening” for the new program, she said. The implementation of electronic billing was an effort made to “create convenience for our families, particularly international families,” because it can take a long time for the regular mail to reach them, Gentry said. The new system also enables the user to schedule a payment for a future date, Richardson said. Since its implementation, online billing has gained in popularity among students and parents, according to Richardson. There are currently over 7,000 active student users of online billing and about 2,200 other authorized users, she said. The next step is to make the University’s Installment Payment Plan, which lets families spread annual charges over a span of 12 months, available online for fall semester this year, Richardson said.
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marily aimed at “business process improvement” and cost efficiency. She said it will save on printing, machine running and mailing — an estimated amount of $40,000 to $50,000 per year. It will also save the staff time spent on the “very manual and labor-intensive process” of printing paper statements, she said. The change at the Bursar’s Office is part of the “Brown is Green” initiative, which will reduce paper usage by 6,000 to 8,500 paper statements per month, Richardson said. Gentr y said families who prefer to have paper billing statements mailed to them for various reasons can contact the Bursar’s Office and make such arrangements. Going paperless is part of the process of establishing an electronic payment system, which dates back to the implementation of Banner in 2007, Gentr y said. Electronic billing became a new option for
2:34 p.m. Brown student stated he arrived to Morriss Hall around 2 a.m., and when he woke up in the afternoon at approximately 1 p.m., he noticed items missing from his computer desk. The items were a wallet containing a debit card, a driver’s license, a Brown ID card, a Brown University health insurance card, and an iPod. The room was left unlocked the entire time. Dec. 21 8:34 p.m. Student stated he had been at the Sharpe Refectory with his laptop and returned to his room at Olney House around 7:40 p.m. When he realized he left his laptop in the Ratty at about 8 p.m., he returned to locate it. He could not find his laptop. Jan. 8 12:40 p.m. Brown employee stated that she left the vehicle she was driving running in Fones Alley while she ran into Robinson Hall. When she exited the building a few moments later the vehicle was gone. Inside the vehicle was her wallet with her credit cards and driver license.
Providence Police responded to the scene to take a report. 4:30 p.m. Complainant stated he parked his vehicle at approximately 10:15 a.m. When he returned to his vehicle at approximately 4:30 p.m., he found his passenger front window smashed and the following items were missing: a car stereo, an iPod, a GPS and power cords. Providence Police responded to take a report. Jan. 13 8:51 a.m. Employee reported that sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 persons unknown took a University-owned laptop and some other property from her vehicle. The passenger’s window was smashed and two bags were taken. Providence Police took a report. Jan. 25 3:46 p.m. Student stated a digital camera was taken from her dorm room in Metcalf Hall. She stated she secured her door on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. for winter break and when she returned on Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. her door was found unsecured.
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Obama honors education group Earlier this month, President Barack Obama honored the Leadership Alliance, which is headquartered at Brown, for its excellence in science, mathematics and engineering mentoring. The Leadership Alliance is a group of 33 colleges and universities that work to develop students from underrepresented groups as leaders and role models, according to its Web site. The Leadership Alliance was founded at Brown in 1992. Valerie Wilson, associate provost and director of institutional diversity, accepted the award at Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” four-day event, which recognized educators from across the nation. The honor comes with an award of $10,000. The Leadership Alliance plans to use the money to “enhance their relationship” with the faculty members who are the “heart and soul” of its Summer Research Early Identification Program, Wilson said. The program, a main component of the Leadership Alliance’s activities, pairs undergraduates with faculty mentors for eight to 10 weeks. Wilson said the award, which is given by the National Science Foundation after a nationwide selection process, “gives us bragging rights that we are one of the best in the country.” — Jessie LaFargue
New undergraduate opportunity for environmental fellowship Applications are now available for Brown Environmental Fellows, a new research opportunity for undergraduates run by the Environmental Change Initiative, an interdisciplinary program that funds research on environmental change. “The idea of the Brown Environmental Fellows program is to give undergraduates, particularly juniors, the opportunity to engage in environmental science and practice in a meaningful way,” said program director Heather Leslie, assistant professor of environmental studies and biology. As part of the application process, students will team with professors and external mentors to create research projects, according to the program description. Leslie said the program will fund between five and 10 fellows. The program directors expect the same type of close collaboration between faculty mentors and students as in other research programs, Leslie said. But environmental fellows will also collaborate with external scientific mentors, based at governmental or nongovernmental institutions, who will contribute to the projects’ design and execution, she said. This program will require a more extended commitment by the fellows than other research opportunities, Leslie said. Fellows and their mentors are expected to meet informally this spring to organize the summer research, and to work together during the summer. Next spring, Leslie will teach a seminar on global environmental change that will enable the fellows to reflect and build upon their independent research experiences. Program directors decided to move the deadline from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 to give the students longer to coordinate with faculty mentors, said Martha Downs, associate director of the Environmental Change Initiative. It is also intended to align with the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards deadline, she added. Over 40 students attended the program’s information session in November, Leslie said, adding that she had a lot of inquiries from both students and faculty since the program was announced in the early fall. One of the faculty members who has already committed to the program, Senior Research Engineer and Senior Lecturer Christopher Bull, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald that he expected fellows to have “broad interest in science, policy, practice and the environment.” He added that fellows should be able to work hard and cooperate “with diverse collaborators.” “I think it’s easy to think of science as one path and practice as another path. What we intend to do with this program is to emphasize that they’re not so much separate paths — that research has real policy implications,” said Downs. Cecilia Springer ’11, an environmental science concentrator who said she might apply to the program, said she liked how it would connect her scientific research to the real world. Bull said he has high hopes for the program’s first year. “It has the potential to grow into a very valuable opportunity for students, faculty and the larger community,” he wrote. — Xuan Gao
“The early deadline is a big stumbling block.” — Harrison Stark ’11 on the BIAP deadline
In tough times, interns go unpaid By Ana Alvarez Senior Staf f Writer
As spring semester kicks off and class schedules are finalized, Brown students are looking ahead to their summer plans. But given the current double-digit unemployment rate, paid internships are becoming scarce. As a result, more and more undergraduates are settling for unpaid internships and seeking financial support elsewhere. Roger Nozaki MAT’89, associate dean of the College and acting director of the Career Development Center, attributed the rise in demand for internships not to the current economic climate, but to their value in preparing students for the workforce. “Student interest in internships has grown because students have seen the value of these opportunities in building their work experience,” Nozaki wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “Because of that, the interest has grown steadily at a national level over the past several years, across economic cycles.” However, Willy Franzen, founder of One Day, One Job — a blog about entry-level jobs — disagrees, citing the economy as an important factor in the rise in demand for unpaid internship. “The number of unpaid internships has increased significantly during the economic
slowdown,” Franzen said. “Especially last year, entry-level hiring and paid internships really got cut,” Franzen said, “so the logical replacement was unpaid internships.” But college students are not the only people demanding unpaid internships. High unemployment has caused graduate students — and even previously employed people who have lost their jobs — to consider taking unpaid internships, making finding unpaid internships all the more difficult for undergraduates. “A lot of students who have since graduated from college have decided that taking an unpaid internships is better than doing nothing at all,” Franzen said. In a typical unpaid internship, he said, “you have people who have graduated from college, you have adults, you have students who usually would be going for paid internships.” Sam Magaram ’12, who held an unpaid internship in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce last summer, made a similar observation when applying for internships. “A lot of grad students or even people that were fired from investment banking jobs were applying for internships,” he said. “For example, one of my friends who was
interning for a congressman, one of his fellow interns had an MBA.” Harrison Stark ’11, who took an unpaid internship last summer in the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School last summer, noted that he was the only undergraduate interning in his office, where the majority of interns were law students. Moreover, as unpaid internships become more competitive and economic troubles prevail, competition for grants that support undergraduates taking unpaid internships is becoming steeper. Brown offers grants such as the Career Development Center’s Brown Internship Awards, which support students pursing low-paying or unpaid internships during the summer. According to Nozaki, the program consists of two parts, the Brown Internship Award Program — or BIAP — which awards students a $2,500 stipend to help with living expenses, and the Aided Internship Award Program — or AIP — specifically designed for Brown students receiving financial aid, which waives the student’s usual summer earnings requirement in their financial aid package. The awards are funded by the endowcontinued on page 4
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“This is the new civil rights issue of this country.” — Mayoral candidate Chris Young on abortion as racial cleansing
Young on student tax, abortion continued from page 1
“Abortion is tied to all the economic problems that are occurring in this country,” Young said. “It’s creating an issue that divides our country.” As Young said to the audience at November’s health care forum before his arrest, he opposes abortion because of his Catholic beliefs. Young said he also believes abortion is a form of eugenics, through which pro-choice advocates are encouraging the racial cleansing of blacks. A disproportionately large number of abortions involve lowincome, black women, he said. “This is the new civil rights issue of this country,” Young said of his theory of racial cleansing. “You’re on the ground floor of an issue that will be exposed. It will be exposed.” Hitting closer to campus, Young also believes many of his stances will appeal to Brown students. Young said he opposes legislation proposed by Cicilline to tax students, and instead seeks to find a way to tax universities without burdening their students. “These university presidents make hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries. Why should the students have to pay? (Universities) should just not pay their staff as much,” he said. Taking money from universities to give to municipalities would “decrease the power that these little ‘quasi-governments’ are taking away from the public interest,” he said. He said he advocates taxing universities’ properties as well as their trusts and also wishes to remove their abilities to arm their police forces. And for all of his politicking, Young said he takes no campaign contributions. “The way you empower the populace into government is to show them that they can run without spending money,” Young said. “And the way you reform the process is by getting large numbers of people to run for political office.” A troubled childhood At age six, Young lost his father to asbestos poisoning, a consequence of the sailor’s service in the Merchant Marine during World War II, according to Young. But Merchant Marine members were not eligible for veterans’ benefits at the time, he said, and the family made due on
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Chris Young is running for mayor of Providence.
Social Security payments. “My mother was unable to get veterans’ benefits raising four children in South Providence in a very poor, urban neighborhood,” Young said. “She could never get the veterans’ benefits, and she died when I was ten years old in 1980, right before the Merchant Marine was acknowledged as a military force and was granted veterans’ benefits.” A 1988 federal court decision gave Merchant Marines that served in World War II access to benefits. He remained in South Providence with his uncle, Joseph Young, who was a dean at Harvard and administrator in the U.S. Department of Education. Young said that while working for the Assistant Secretary of Education, his uncle “helped build the colleges in this country.” Young attended Saint Michael’s and later Bishop McVinney schools before being accepted to Classical High School. “I’ve lived literally on probably 30 different streets in the city of Providence,” Young said, noting that he has lived in far more neighborhoods than current mayor Cicilline has. “He’s only lived, I think, on two addresses in Providence, and I have lived all over the city.” A man of his principles Young refused to meet The Herald on Thayer Street for fear, he said, of infringing upon his notice not to trespass on Brown’s campus, stemming from his November arrest. He refused to meet at the Providence Place Mall or a downtown Starbucks because, he said, he didn’t know what sort of relationship the University might have with such nearby locations. The Providence mayoral
candidate said the University’s restriction, which he considers a repression of free speech, has even made him afraid to enter the city of Providence. When he arrived at the interview near the carousel in the Warwick Mall food court, he brought with him two of his most important political weapons: anti-abortion videos and video footage of his arrest by Brown police. Young introduced Kara Russo first as his campaign manager, then added that she was his girlfriend as well. They have been together ever since they met 18 years ago in Boston’s subway, he said, leaning over the food court table with a nostalgic smile. Russo shares many of Young’s views, especially his conservative Catholic stance on abortion. “Kara and I have made it public that we don’t live in sin, that we don’t have sexual relationships,” Young said. “Also, we’re going to get married when I become mayor of Providence. There’ll be a ceremony in Providence — a nice wedding in downtown Providence — when we get elected. We’ve made that very public.” Young graduated from Boston University with an electrical engineering degree, and went on to research superconductors and electromagnets at Northeastern and Boston universities. “And then I got involved in civil rights issues,” Young said. “I saw what was coming down the line — the expansion of private police powers, university powers — and when you become aware of what really is going on, you have to stand against it.”
Brown offers fewer BIAP awards continued from page 3 ment and outside donations from parents, alums and faculty, Nozaki wrote. The BIAP saw a 30 percent increase in applications in 2009, in part due to the economic situation, The Herald reported last March. As a result, the career center increased the number of BIAP awards from 41 in 2008 to 50 in 2009. This year, however, the number of awards will decrease to about 40, according to
the center’s Web site. “The number of awards made depends on funding availability,” Nozaki wrote. Stark, who was awarded a BIAP last summer, found the application process to be very competitive, especially with the quality of unpaid internships Brown students apply for. “You get a lot of people who want to do really effective, powerful work, and so it’s extra competitive for grants like the BIAP,” he said. In addition, the BIAP’s March 22
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deadline sometimes conflicts with students’ internship application process, which normally ends around April. In order to apply for the BIAP, students must obtain a letter from their potential employer stating that they are being seriously considered for the internship position. This prevents some students from becoming eligible for the grant. “The early deadline is a big stumbling block,” Stark said, “because you may not even hear back from where you’ve applied by March.”
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Brown study uses virtual reality to challenge popular baseball lore “Keep your eye on the ball” is probably the best advice a baseball coach can give to his or her fielders, according to the results of a recent Brown study. The research disproves the popular notion that outfielders predict in full the trajectory of the ball, said the paper’s senior author, Professor of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences William Warren. Instead of running to where they think the ball will land, outfielders track the velocity of the ball and move in order to keep the speed constant from their point of view, in accordance with a model called optical acceleration cancellation. In this model, fielders aim to keep their eyes still as the ball nears. If a fielder’s eyes are moving up, the ball will land behind him or her, while downward movement indicates that the ball will land short, Warren said. The study was published in last month’s Journal of Vision and was funded by the National Institutes of Health. The research deepens knowledge about the link between visual cues and movement in human cognition, Warren said. He said the study also raises an important question: Why are some people much better at catching fly balls than others? The study’s conclusions could also have a big impact on how Little League players are taught to catch fly balls, Warren said. The other two members of the team, which began its work in 2002, are Philip Fink, formerly a postdoctoral associate at Brown and now a lecturer in exercise and sport science at Massey University in New Zealand, and Patrick Foo, also a former postdoctoral associate at Brown, now an assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Warren said he and his team employed virtual reality techniques to arrive at their conclusion. The eight varsity baseball players and four varsity softball players who participated in the experiment wore head-mounted displays, which allowed the researchers to monitor their movements as they were fed virtual fly balls. As the participants ran around the 40-by-40 foot experiment space, the researchers programmed the computer to change the downward course of some balls, having them travel in an impossibly straight trajectory as opposed to a parabola. By observing the participants’ reactions to the balls’ altered paths, the team was able to conclude that prediction has little to do with an outfielder’s movements. The team’s research question proposed to investigate which of three models better describes how baseball players catch high balls. The first model, called the mental model of trajectory, maintains that baseball players view the initial trajectory of a ball’s parabola and calculate a landing spot, to which they then run. The problem with this hypothesis is that “the human visual system can’t see the ball’s motion and velocity in three dimensions from that far away,” Warren said. If the prediction model were true, the participants would have shown no reaction to the altered path of the ball. Instead, the fielders adjusted immediately to the impossible trajectory, and even caught the ball, Warren said. The second model the team considered is called linear optical trajectory. This hypothesis maintains that outfielders constantly keep their eyes on the ball and move to make their visual image of the ball form a straight line. Warren said his team has “ruled out the linear optical trajectory” because of a subtle inconsistency. The theory contends that the fielder’s effort to keep his visual image of the ball straight causes him to move forward and backward at the same time as he moves side-to-side. Though the two movements could be related, there were no side-to-side adjustments when the virtual trajectory of the ball was modified, indicating that the two movements are independent of each other, Warren said. This indicates that human vision more closely follows the optical acceleration cancellation model, he added.
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“It is essential that nations be open to compromise.” — Matthew Severson ’11
Students share green research continued from page 1 compromise is based on a firm foundation of trust. If one takes the first leap, the other must pledge to follow,” wrote Severson in a blog post. Though wealthier nations have promised to dedicate $100 billion dollars by 2020 to help poorer countries avoid high-carbon development, “you don’t know what that means,” Roberts said, noting that similar previous promises were never fully met. “They probably know there is some way to weasel when they say these things,” he said. Whether the promised aid will exclusively fund new projects and whether it will be composed of
grants or loans remains unclear, he said. More transparency and enforcement is needed to ensure the effectiveness of the funding, Roberts said. He also stressed that the United States needed to take a more active role in combating climate change. “For the last 15 years the world has been waiting for the United States, and the United States has not moved,” Roberts said. Severson, Aron Buffen GS and Katherine Dagon ’10 participated in a student workshop called “Greening Universities” at the University of Copenhagen. “The basic idea was to come up with a proposal to promote sustainability at your home university,
while at the same time including a plan to secure high-level support and a way to track progress,” Dagon wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. One idea that arose from the workshop was the creation of a social networking site where universities could share ideas and experiences about their efforts to promote sustainability. Universities also presented green projects in a final session. While the students could not attend the official talks, they were still able to absorb the atmosphere of the city and attend public events like Klimaforum and protests. “You could feel the energy and excitement all around,” Dagon wrote.
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The student workshop was held at the University of Copenhagen.
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The workshop culminated in a final poster sessions showcasing green projects.
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Katie Dagon ’10, Aron Buffen, Matt Ramiow, Katherine Dykes and Matt Severson ’11 at “Greening Universities.”
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Alums’ album taps folk and Appalachian beats By Fei Cai Contributing Writer
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Students performed in Salomon 101 Saturday night to raise funds for Partners in Health, an international medical organization that works in Haiti.
Student talent funds Haiti continued from page 1 “Our goal was to have a collective effort at Brown that brings different people together who leave with a sense that they made a difference,” said Addie Thompson ’12, who helped coordinate the event. Participants were not limited to subjects about Haiti, but could prepare unrelated pieces of their choice, Thompson said. This freedom was evident in the range of performances the show offered. Many contributed lighthearted acts, such as comedic covers of rap songs from the student band Six String Thugs and a routine
from Boston University first-year and comedian Nick Peine. Remy Fernandez-O’Brien ’12 played his own digitized rendition of “Let it Be” on the piano. Alec Brownridge ’12 chose to directly address the aftermath of the earthquake in a poem called “Mother Haiti, Strong and Caring.” The poem called the earthquake victims the children of “Mother Haiti,” who envisions a day when “Haiti is strong and providing.” The poem also alluded to the benefit of international aid, as Mother Haiti cries, “I can see some hope on the horizon, for my sisters have sent their children to help and heal.”
Laura Brown-Lavoie ’10 also wrote a themed poem for the event called, “Is it Sunday?” The poem, based on an article Brown-Lavoie read in the New York Times, repeated the refrain, “I never know where to pray or who to pray to. Is it Sunday?” The poem described the earthquake and turmoil in Haiti as “too much thunder. I need a quiet God.” Other performances did not address the crisis in Haiti, but maintained the reflective atmosphere. Rob Ren-Pang ’12 recited a poem about a father and son. The father says, “I hold your hand because many hands make the load lighter,” a line relevant to both the poem and the evening’s topic. “I wanted a way to contribute, and this was something I’m good at,” Ren-Pang told The Herald. Thompson said she hoped that the performances were not only moving, but also that the experience could educate students about resources available to Haitians through groups such as Partners in Health, which was co-founded by Dartmouth president Jim Yong Kim ’82. “It was really good to see how Brown students came together” even when they were not directly impacted by the earthquake, Melanie Chow ’11 said after seeing the show. “This event is just the beginning of us doing a lot of things at Brown through the semester,” Parrish said, adding that recovery is a continuing effort. “Families are suffering, and we need to be conscious of that.”
At first listen, the Wingdale Community Singers’ latest album seems somber, reminiscent of both a folk band and an Appalachian music group. But listen again, and you catch the lyrics: “Lies with his sister twice a month, her issue does he kill / buries them in unmarked graves right beside his steed / tidies up for Sunday church, recites the Nicene creed.” These are the first lines of “Rancho De La Muerta” on the Singers’ second album, “Spirit Duplicator,” released on Scarlet Shame Records Nov. 17. Rick Moody ’83, a novelist and short story writer, formed the group with Hannah Marcus in 2002. Nina Katchadourian ’89, a visual artist, joined in 2006 after being invited by Moody. The fourth member is David Grubbs of The Red Krayola, Squirrel Bait and Bastro. The group started as a few people coming together to play music. “Performance is just a part of it,” Moody told The Herald. “We are just doing something that we love, something for the joy of it.” Moody, who sings as well as plays acoustic guitar, piano and organ for the group, said that while “Wingdale Community Singers” sounds like a typical folk band name, it comes from a specific childhood experience of driving by a foreboding mental hospital in Wingdale, N.Y. The album’s title also contains deeper insights into the group’s history. On one hand, Moody said, “Spirit Duplicator” recalls a 60s-era copy machine, reflecting the age of the band members — these are not hopeful 20-somethings seeking fortune and fame, but adults with successful careers. On the other, the title suggests that the group is duplicating something from another time and place and adding its own modern, urban flavor. “We are totally uninterested in imitating folk music and Appalachian music,” Katchadourian told The Herald. “We are people who live in the present, and we live in the city. We’re not sitting on a porch in Appalachia. We live in Brooklyn, and we take the subway.” Despite the band members’ modern lifestyle, Moody said the album tries to evoke images of distant times and places. “Most of the songs have an implicit narrative that connects them to a much older reservoir of songwriting,” Moody said.
“I like the idea of a song taking you to another place.” He added that the lyrics of “Rancho De La Muerta,” which Katchadourain calls “darkly funny,” allude to a small town in West Texas, where Moody once stayed. “I like the disjunctive quality of the music,” he said of the upbeat tune with dark lyrics. Katchadourian said she likes the album because she is interested in timeless works. “Spirit Duplicator” embodies “fascinating and interesting forms” that are “traditional, yet still (bring) the listener into the present day,” she said. “The songs have musical styles that could have come from any time in the last 100 years,” Katchadourian added. Still, “the songs are about contemporary events.” Katchadourian and Moody confirmed there is a third album in the works. Both were in bands during their undergraduate years at Brown. Katchadourian said she was always interested in music but never performed publicly until joining the Singers. With a background in acoustic guitar, accordion, recorder and the tomato (a small, shaker-like instrument), she certainly shows her prowess in the music world. “Music is yet another medium for me,” said Katchadourian. “When I’m thinking about something, sometimes it is best expressed as a song.” It took a while for Katchadourian to comfortably tell people that she is both an artist and musician, though. “I was very strict about not crossing over,” she said, adding that she was afraid that people would compare her art and her music. Moody has also pursued music from a young age, playing piano at age ten. “Novel writing is a solitary thing,” he said, explaining his love for music. “It’s nice to have something to do where you interact with other people.” His love for music also stems from that his role as a passionate listener. Singing in harmony, an integral part of the Wingdale Community Singers’ album, forces him to pay close attention to the music, he added. Moody also finds a relationship between listening and writing. “Writing is musical in a sense. It is made of language, which is an oral form as well as a written form. My attention to music makes me think of the musical aspects of prose and paragraph construction.”
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Bears suffer heartbreaker, blowout By Tony Bakshi Sports Staff Writer
Both teams scored a buzzer beater shot during the men’s basketball game against Penn on Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Bears, theirs came right before halftime, not at the end of regulation. The Quakers’ (2-14, 1-1 Ivy) Dan Monckton grabbed the ball after his teammate’s desperate three-pointer fell short, and laid it in as the buzzer sounded to give the Bears (7-14, 1-3 Ivy) a crushing defeat, 55-54. “Once I saw the ref’s call, I was pretty excited,” Monckton said. The loss was the Bears’ second in two nights, as they fell to Princeton, 63-46, the night before.
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Men’s basketball lost their five-point lead over Penn in the last minute of the game.
Brown 54, Penn 55 Monckton’s last-second bucket was awash with controversy, as it was unclear whether the basket was made before the clock hit zero. But the shot was ultimately called good, sending the Quakers’ bench into a frenzy as the Bears’ coaching staff and players looked on in disbelief. Though Ivy League rules allow
video review, the referees could not utilize video technology to replay the last second of the game because the matchup was not televised. Monckton’s lay-in gave the Quakers their first lead since 16:32 remaining in the first half. The Bears got out to a 24-11 lead in the first half and held a nine-point advantage, 44-35, halfway through the second. In the final minute, the Bears blew a five-point lead, which they earned after Tucker Halpern ’13 broke the Quakers’ press and found Adrian Williams ’11 open downcourt for a layup, giving Brown a 52-47 advantage with just 45 seconds remaining. But Brown opened the door for heartbreak with faulty free throw shooting. Both Peter Sullivan ’11 and Halpern missed the front end of their one-and-ones in the final 13 seconds, and the Quakers took advantage of their last chance. Despite the end result, the Bears got a strong performance from a usually unheralded player, Garrett Leffelman ’11. Leffelman earned a starting position Saturday night and took advantage of the opportunity. He
chipped in 10 points with three steals and only one turnover. Brown 46, Princeton 63 In the first game of the weekend, the Bears were overmatched by the Princeton Tigers (11-5, 2-0 Ivy), 63-46. The Bears started the game shooting cold, giving the Tigers an early opportunity to pull away. Brown missed seven field goals at the start of the game, Head Coach Jesse Agel said. “It wasn’t nerves, I think we were just rushing them.” Led by guard Douglas Davis, who scored all of his game-high 16 points in the first half, the Tigers built a 40-18 halftime lead. The Bears made a paltry four field goals during the first 20 minutes, and headed into the locker room shooting just 22 percent from the field. But Brown came out confidently for the second half and shot the ball better from both the field and the free-throw line. “I was really impressed with our attitude,” Agel said. “At halftime, we were still really excited to get out there and play better. If you don’t do that, you lose by 40.”
W. basketball has mixed weekend By Zack Bahr Contributing Writer
Judging the women’s basketball team’s matchups based on preweekend records, the games went as expected. The Bears took on a red-hot 13-2 Princeton team on Friday night and a struggling one-win Penn squad on Saturday. Brown fell, 75-44, to the Tigers, but defeated the Quakers, 61-47. Princeton 75, Brown 44 The Tigers pounced on the Bears in the first 10 minutes, jumping out to a 23-5 lead and shooting 55 percent from three-point range and the field. Brown scored just 17 points the first half, but they came out of the locker room and put up 27 in the second. The Bears were a per fect eight-of-eight shooting from the free throw stripe, but just 25 percent from beyond the arc on the night. Natalie Bonds ’10 and Sarah
Delk ’11 grabbed six and eight rebounds, respectively. No Brown player scored in the double digits, as the Bears’ leading scorer, Lindsay Steele ’12, had nine points. But with four players in double digits, Princeton showed why they lead the Ivy League standings. Brown 61, Penn 47 Coming off a blowout loss to Princeton, the Bears looked to regain momentum in Ivy play Saturday night. The game was a steady battle for the first half, as both the Bears and Quakers shot 30 percent from the field. However, the Bears’ power on the boards, led by Hanna Passafuime ’12 and Courtney Lee ’10, allowed them to have a 24-18 lead at the half. Bruno earned 12 second chance points compared to Penn’s five. The Bears got key points from their younger players, as Brown’s bench outscored the Quakers, 35-24. Since injuries have been a
problem for Brown this season, it was no surprise how deep its bench was, according to forward Aileen Daniels ’12. “We’ve had to become more flexible,” Daniels said. “Players have had to fill in for the injured players, and do on the floor what those key players had done well.” “Those with fewer minutes have had the opportunity to step up and show what they’ve got in the face of all kinds of pressures,” she added. The Bears maintained their momentum for the rest of the game. Passafuime finished the night with 21 points. Lindsay Nickel ’13 scored 11 and Daniels posted 10. The team shot 92 percent from the line, missing only one on the night. The Bears return to their home court to take on Columbia (12-6, 3-1 Ivy) and Cornell (5-12, 0-4 Ivy) Feb. 5 and 6. Brown sits in the middle of the league standings with a 2-2 record.
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Hannah Passafuime’12 was an offensive threat as women’s basketball faced two defeats by Princeton and Penn this weekend.
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Katie Jamieson ’13 tended goal in back-to-back losses this weekend.
Overtime yields no victory for Bears against Yale “It’s a bunch of young players searching for a victory and they just can’t grasp it.”
By Andrew Braca Assistant Spor ts Editor
Yale’s Aleca Hughes scored with 1:57 left in overtime to send the women’s hockey team to a heartbreaking 3-2 loss Sunday. On Saturday in New Haven, the Bulldogs blanked Brown, 3-0. The Bears were much sharper the following day back at home in Meehan Auditorium, but still fell short of their first conference victor y when they missed out on a golden overtime opportunity. “It was a dagger in the heart,” said Head Coach Digit Murphy.
Yale 3, Brown 0 The start of Saturday’s game was delayed by 90 minutes when a compressor malfunctioned at Ingalls Rink. Murphy said the problem in the cooling system did not significantly compromise the ice surface, but waiting for the game to start did a number on the Bears, who came out flat. “It’s tough to deal with that kind of adversity on the road with a young team,” she said.
The Bulldogs finally capitalized on the Bears’ inexperience in the second period, scoring two goals 98 seconds apart to take a commanding lead less than four minutes after intermission. “That just killed us,” Murphy said. “When we get scored on once, (the players) lose (their) focus, no matter how much you tell them.” Yale tacked on a power-play goal in the third, and the Bears were never able to find the back of the net. continued on page 9
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into the extra period. The officials made “interesting choice calls down the stretch,” RPI Head Coach Seth Appert said. On Saturday, when the Bears came back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, the officials made another controversial call, this time against Brown. Harry Zolnierczyk ’11 was sent to the penalty box after crashing into Union’s goalie with 1:54 left in overtime. The penalty put Union on the power play for the rest of the night. “I thought our guy did a good job,” Head Coach Brendan Whittet said. “I thought Harry drove the net like we teach him to, but what are you going to do?” Despite the man advantage, Union couldn’t find the back of the net, so the game ended in a tie. “You get bounces that go both ways,” said forward Jack Maclellan ’12. “Last night, we got one that went in our favor. Tonight, we got one against us, so I mean, in both situations, basically it’s just executing your special teams.” Brown 4, RPI 3 (OT) Brown’s special teams have not been its strong point this season. The Bears’ power-play unit has scored on just 12.5 percent of its chances this season, which makes it the worst in the ECAC. “We have some issues right now when we’re on the power play,” Whittet said. “It’s almost like a momentum killer, and I think the guys are just thinking too much.” So when the Bears went on a five-on-three power play to begin overtime, a goal wasn’t certain. But 47 seconds after the puck
dropped, Volpatti scored Brown’s lone power-play goal of the night. It couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bears. Brown 2, No. 18 Union 2 (OT) Though the Bears’ power play won the RPI game, it was their penalty kill that had to come up big on Saturday night. The penalty kill unit got off to a rough start, as the Bears took four penalties in the first period and let in two power-play goals to go down 2-0. But Brown scored two secondperiod goals, evening the score heading into the third period. Both goals — the first by Maclellan and the second by Fernandez — came from point-blank range, with lots of traffic around the net. The game remained tied for the rest of regulation and into overtime. With 1:54 left in the extra period, the Brown penalty kill was charged with stopping the Union power play, which had been 40 percent successful on that night. Union almost ended the game when for ward Kelly Zajac came charging down the slot and received a pass from the right. He one-timed the puck, but goalie Michael Clemente ’12 made the kick save just in time. “It was unbelievable,” Whittet said of Clemente’s save. The Bears — who are currently ninth in the league — added three points this weekend to their season total, which determines seeding for the ECAC Hockey Tournament at the end of the year. “That point that we earned tonight is going to be very, very important at the end of this season,” Whittet said.
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Haitian quake victims waiting for airlifts to resume By Elinor Brecher, Lesley Clark, Jim Wyss and Carol Rosenberg McClatchy Newspapers
Hundreds of grievously injured Haitian earthquake victims remained in limbo Saturday, waiting for the U.S. military to resume airlifts to American hospitals four days after the flights were halted amid finger-pointing from the state and federal governments. The Obama administration insisted late Saturday that the flights ceased because of logistical challenges — and not over questions of who will pay the hospital bills in the U.S., as the military had said earlier in the day. Flights stopped on Wednesday amid a bewildering flurry of accusations, confusion over intentions, visas and costs — and an angry surgeon’s prediction that 100 of his patients would die if military flights didn’t resume.
Military officials blamed Florida hospitals, saying they wouldn’t take more injured Haitians. Hospital spokesmen strongly denied saying it. One hospital administrators’ group blamed Gov. Charlie Crist, who insisted he neither asked for a halt to the flights nor suggested it. Crist said that the feds misunderstood his request for their help earlier in the week. A White House spokesman said there was “no policy decision by anyone to suspend evacuee flights — this situation arose as we started to run out of room.” Spokesman Tommy Vietor said the problem was finding hospitals that have capacity for patients and are close to facilities that can land giant military C-130s. Yet dozens of hospitals in major cities around the country have offered to accept and treat injured patients from Haiti, said Barth Green,
Black History Month turns to the future By Lolly Bowean Chicago Tribune
Black Histor y Month typically has been a time to reflect on the achievements of prominent AfricanAmericans such as Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, Thurgood Marshall and others. But for some, like Robin Price, this year’s celebration represents an opportunity to look ahead. Prompted in part by a more forward-looking view of Black History Month, which begins Monday, Price has decided to spend the year mentoring a young student. “There are so many young girls that need guidance; their mothers need guidance,” said the 55-yearold event planner from Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. “Not to say I’m a guru, but I have a great base. I’m excited about the prospects. I’m ready to share what I know.” African Americans have made historic gains in recent years, the most prominent example being the Obama family in the White House. Still, they are struggling through a silent economic depression because of foreclosures and unemployment rates greater than the national average. That has prompted some to see Black History Month as a time for service and to chart a more stable future. That’s exactly why Tim Lee plans to kick off an outreach project for at-risk boys in Chicago starting Monday, offering them counseling and guidance. His timing is strategic, he said. “People are expecting to hear about black history, so this is the time when people are open and listening,” said Lee, who is a youth pastor. “I use it to take advantage.
You can learn history from now until the day you die. But if you don’t act, you in a very real sense are failing.” Lee already has the children at his church writing a play where they predict the state of black America 10 years from now. It’s an exercise to make them imagine what murder rates, drop-out rates and HIV/AIDS infection statistics will look like if there is no intervention. “If we’re going to be serious, we have to act now to stop what we see,” he said. Although some are making their efforts more visible, taking an activist approach toward Black History Month is not new, said Barbara Ransby, a professor of African American studies and the director of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In fact, it’s a natural step for people who understand history to then want to change the future, she said. “Sometimes we think of history as stories that have closure,” Ransby said. “Slavery ended, so we can tell the history because it’s over. The civil rights movement ended, so we can tell the story. A more activist approach to history is that history is always being contested and always being made.” The historical element and activist element are intertwined, Ransby said. “History is not a blueprint for the present ... but there are lessons to be learned from what came before,” she said. “History is the study of change over time. So if we don’t like the way things are today, we are pretty much promised that they’ll be different in 20 or 30 years.”
chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, who was in Haiti Saturday. “We have offers from almost every major university in the United States to take patients,” said Green, who called his field-hospital patients in Port-au-Prince “the sickest of the sickest.” “We can’t care for them either on the ground in Haiti or on the USNS Comfort,” a hospital ship off the Haitian coast, he said. “We all agree they need to be medivac-ed out, but all medivacs by the armed forces have been stopped and Homeland Security will not give us paroles for the people.” “We have hospitals waiting to receive them,” he added. “But at the highest level of the U.S. government, they can’t seem to get them out.” Green estimated that “a few hundred” injured Haitian quake survivors need medivacs to U.S. hospitals, and
added that many could be treated in four to six weeks and then be reunited with their families in Haiti. Though tens of thousands are estimated to have been seriously injured by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, Green said tent hospitals are not well-equipped to care for patients with spinal injuries and complex pelvis fractures. Private planes still can carry Florida-bound patients, but Green said that’s not realistic for most Haitians. “Each flight would cost thirty, forty, fifty thousand dollars.” On Wednesday, Crist wrote to Kathleen Sebelius, secretar y of Health and Human Services, asking her to activate the National Disaster Medical System, which helps state and local authorities manage the medical impacts of major disasters — including costs. Crist warned that Florida hospitals were “quickly reaching saturation.”
More than 1,000 hospitals around the country have contracted with the federal government to provide immediate and longer-term medical care through the system. It is unclear, however, whether the earthquake in Haiti qualifies for the system. Vietor, the White House spokesman, said military medivacs did not stop because of Crist’s letter or concerns about cost. “This is not about funding,” he said, noting that the administration is working with states on reimbursement, “but that is not preventing people from getting care.” The day Crist made his request, with 136 Haitian evacuees hospitalized in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, a state health task force member formally requested that victims be sent north — in part to make sure Miami emergency rooms are ready for the Super Bowl.
Early penalties hurt w. hockey against Yale continued from page 8 “We were standing back,” said Laurie Jolin ’13. “We weren’t aggressive, we were, like, afraid and respecting the other team.” Brown held a 30-27 advantage in shots, but Yale goalie Jackee Snikeris stopped them all to set a school record with her 13th career shutout. “I think a lot of our shots weren’t quality, they were from the outside, but we did end up getting inside that attack zone several times, and Snikeris came up big,” Murphy said. Katie Jamieson ’13 made 24 saves for Bruno, while Alena Polenska ’13 led the team with six shots. Yale 3, Brown 2 (OT) Sunday was a new game for the Bears, but it did not begin any better. Bruno took three penalties in the first 11 minutes, the last of which killed a power play and set the Bulldogs up for their first goal. “We killed ourselves early,” Murphy said. “We had a couple penalties, we didn’t adjust well on the power play and it came back to bite us. We’re not a team that’s going to score more than two or three goals a game this year, (so) we’ve got to play stingy defense.” Yale took advantage eight minutes in when Heather Grant fired a shot from the right point that went wide but ricocheted off the boards to Caroline Murphy at the left post, who slipped the puck past Jamieson. “That was bad, (especially) for us,” Jolin said. “We have problems scoring, so we want to have the first goal. … We’re usually like, ‘Oh no, they scored the first goal, we have problems scoring, so what are we going to do.’ But today it was good.
We caught up.” The Bears took less than two minutes before tying the game with a power-play goal of their own. Erica Kromm ’11 was waiting at the right post to cash in on the rebound off of a shot by Polenska, with the second assist going to Jenna Dancewicz ’11. The goal broke Yale’s string of 23 consecutive successful penalty kills. But the Bulldogs retook the lead 1:50 before intermission. Jamieson shifted to her left to make a pad save on a shot by Bray Ketchum, but rebound went right to Alyssa Zupon, who found the open side of the net. The score remained 2-1 for most of the second period until Brown took advantage of another power play with less than four minutes left. Jolin went behind the net and passed to Kromm in the corner, who found Polenska at the point. As Jolin moved to the right post, Polenska “fired it from the blue line, it hit one of our players or their players, and then I just tipped it up,” Jolin said. “That was awesome,” she added. “We were so pumped and we were like, ‘Oh my God, we can win this game. We can do this.’ ” Neither team was able to win it in the third period, as Jamieson made 12 of her 37 total saves and Snikeris made 10 of her 31 total stops. Seven minutes in, Snikeris stopped Jolin on a breakaway and smothered the freshman’s next shot when she recovered her own rebound. A minute later, Jamieson saved a point-blank shot by Yale’s Hughes after a Brown turnover at the left post. Less than a minute into overtime, Snikeris shut down a breakaway by Katelyn Landr y ’12 and then turned away a shot by Samantha Stortini ’11, squelching a golden opportunity for the Bears.
“My whole line missed a lot of chances, especially at the end in overtime,” Jolin said. “We could have won the game — it was there. We just couldn’t get it in.” Yale did, when Hughes circled behind the net and around the right post, where she sent a soft shot across the goal mouth that deflected off a skate and past Jamieson, leaving the Bears stunned and the Bulldogs rushing the ice in a 3-2 victory. Murphy said Bruno has improved since last year, when the players relied on All-ECAC goalie Nicole Stock ’09, a former Herald sports staff writer, as a security blanket. “We would play in the D-zone and just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best,” Murphy said. “I feel now we’re breaking the puck out, we’re playing as a unit; you’ve got five people coming back and forth together, so it just seems downright unfair that we can’t catch a break and be victorious.” Yale advanced to 9-11-3 (7-8-1 ECAC), while Brown fell to 0-133 in conference play and 2-16-4 overall. “We’ve had a good energy in practice,” Murphy said. “That’s what you’re kind of feeling and sensing on the connectedness. At some point it’s going to cash in: Maybe this year, maybe next year, maybe one of these games down the stretch, it’s going to come. It almost did today.” The Bears will hit the road this weekend to face Harvard (12-5-4, 9-5-2) on Friday and Dartmouth (8-12-2, 5-10-1) on Saturday. Jolin has a simple prescription for beating them. “We played really well out there (yesterday),” she said, “so playing like that, even better, and just score whenever we have the chance to.”
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Nobody likes hidden fees, as is painstakingly obvious to anyone who has watched television long enough to see advertisements for cell phone service providers, banks, car insurance companies or airlines. Brown, thankfully, does not add extra, undisclosed charges to stated tuition and fees. However, it often fails to make clear precisely what that money is buying. The University should take a more transparent approach when dealing with students and families who want to know what tuition and other fees actually cover. Most students understand that the administration must make hard financial decisions, especially during the current recession. However, the more secrecy there is about policies, the more students tend to distrust University officials. This applies not only to major University decisions, but also to less complex areas of University policy. For instance, students who choose to live off campus pay a “non-resident fee” of $600 per year. In an interview with the editorial page board, Richard Bova, senior associate dean of residential and dining services, said that this fee covers transportation, security, the Office of Student Life and the administrative costs of running the Student Activities Office. Bova also said that for students living on campus, a portion of the so-called “room fee” goes towards these services. The “student activities fee,” which is billed separately, goes to the Undergraduate Finance Board for distribution to student groups. Most would acknowledge that these services are necessary and would not complain about being asked to pay for them. However, the room fee is poorly named, as it supports things that do not obviously pertain to housing or fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of Residential Life. Yet, the billing statements issued by the Bursar’s Office bundle these expenses together with housing costs and list them collectively as room fees. We are not suggesting that the administration
is cheating students in any way. In fact, we applaud the administration for restraining tuition increases despite a rough economy that has led to a number of other sacrifices. This year tuition increased 3 percent, while the overall undergraduate charge increased 2.9 percent. This increase represented the lowest yearly percentage increase since the 1960s. We understand that the University is expensive to run, and indeed most students expect to pay for services and administrative costs. However, it is unnecessary and inappropriate to be vague about what our money actually funds. With regards to housing, University officials will not disclose how much of the regular on-campus housing fee goes towards other services. To avoid future misunderstandings and complaints, the University should start making available a more detailed breakdown of fees. By giving students a better idea of how money is being spent, administrators also increase the likelihood that students will be able to offer constructive, sensible cost-cutting suggestions. In most cases, money is being spent for services that are necessary and completely legitimate. However, many students’ complaints originate from simple misunderstandings that could easily be avoided if the University made its policies — particularly financial policies — more transparent. In this difficult economy, money is a sensitive subject, especially for students and families who are struggling to finance an education. We hope the University takes the relatively minor steps that will help alleviate concerns and build trust between students and administrators.
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Haiti: where morality meets reality Brian Judge Opinions Columnist As I read the heart-wrenching accounts of people being pulled from the rubble in Portau-Prince, I couldn’t help but wonder what we hope to do for Haiti in the long term. Eventually the streets will be cleared of rubble and the wounds will start to heal. But what comes next? Iraq and Afghanistan should have taught us the lesson that there is no magic bullet for international development. We all want an economic miracle for Haiti, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, and there isn’t much we can do to kick-start the process. China, Japan and South Korea all have thousand-year heritages of strong centralized governments and vibrant economies. The national heritage of Haiti is 100 years of slavery followed by 200 years of endless coups. The development of China wasn’t done with the International Monetary Fund, the U.N. or the United States Agency for International Development. It was done with a combination of profit-seeking American corporations, serious environmental degradation and a despotic government. Even America was developed through slaves, giant corporations and environmental destruction, not women selling
trinkets to tourists. Development is always a very nasty business, but it is the only solution to poverty. We have learned that we can’t make democracies with soldiers, and we aren’t going to make industrial capitalism with aid workers. The only hope for Haiti — and all other Third World countries — is that they will someday produce goods and services that the world economy needs. But we cannot do this for them. So how do we reconcile our moral imperative to help with the reality that we really have no idea how to help Haiti in the long term?
who know what we would want if we were in their situation. I believe this is the underlying tension that manifests itself in the fevered backlash against David Brooks’s column in the New York Times (“The Underlying Tragedy,” Jan. 14). It is the cornerstone of the liberal worldview that we must treat all cultures with respect — something along the lines of treating others the way you would want to be treated. However, we must acknowledge that not all cultures are created equal. Some are more conducive to the development of industrial capitalism than others. This isn’t “racist,” “co-
How do we reconcile our moral imperative to help with the reality that we really have no idea how to help Haiti in the long term? There are historical examples we can look to — Taiwan, for instance — for guidance, but the circumstances are different and will require a different approach. We may have ideas of how to jump-start the Haitian economy, but these are worthless unless the Haitian government and its people are willing to embrace these ideas. The status quo seems unacceptable for us, but we are not Haitians. We are Americans
lonialistic” or “hegemonic”; it is a fact that has been observed for a hundred years (see Max Weber’s “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”). If we want to feel good about our dogmas, then we should go on saying that Haiti is just fine as it is, and it is only our own prejudice that says that it ought to be different. If we want to actually mitigate suffering, then we need to be willing to be paternalistic.
We, as residents of the developed world, have the monetary capital, the intellectual capital and the social capital. Development necessarily means “making Haiti more like us.” It will eventually mean Wal-Marts, McDonalds and car dealerships. It will mean American-designed economic and monetary policy. We can either see this as paternalism or doing what we can to share our knowledge with Haiti. Yes, capitalism means homogenization, commercialization, exploitation and commoditization. Eventually the United States will move beyond industrial capitalism, and hopefully, one day, so will Haiti. For Americans as individuals, the best we can do is to buy Haitian products made by Haitian companies. For America as a country, we can encourage growth by creating tax breaks for companies to source products from and build factories in Haiti. It took Taiwan a generation to go from a per capita income comparable with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to that of the United States. It will take at least that long for Haiti. But in the end, it isn’t about us and what we want for Haiti. It is about what Haitians want for Haiti.
Brian Judge ’11 is a philosophy concentrator from North Carolina. He can be reached at email@example.com
R.I.P. Howard Zinn Adrienne Langlois Opinions Columnist
Admit it: regardless of how much we enjoy our academic pursuits at Brown, they can sometimes seem very distant from reality. The journal articles and academic books we read can seem too specific to be useful in “real life,” and the papers we write rarely see the light of day once their due dates have passed. It’s certainly not every day that an academic’s obituary makes international headlines, either. But the unexpected Jan. 27 death of Howard Zinn, one of the most visible academics of the twentieth century, appeared in news sources around the globe. Whether or not you’ve extensively studied history, you probably know Zinn as the author of the 1980 “A People’s History of the United States: 1942–Present.” The book, which reinterpreted key events in American history from the perspectives of the disenfranchised and oppressed, is frequently found on both high school and college reading lists around the country, and has even been revised into an edition for “Young People.” Much of Zinn’s visibility was most likely due to the controversy he caused: He drew fire from both left-leaning and conservative writers, pundits and historians. He is most often labeled with the title “revisionist histo-
rian” and has been criticized by reviews and by others in his field for oversimplifying the course of events to suit his narrative. He was even fired for his protest activities and radical views. But whether or not one agrees with his politics, Zinn and his writing are of particular value to those of us in the academic system. For undergraduates experiencing their first taste of academia at a liberal arts institution, the theoretical aspects of their chosen course of study can make the practical applications of academic work, whether that
tion of historical events in “A People’s History” is framed in such a way as to be applicable to their present-day counterparts. Beyond his academic appointments, Zinn made his work and ideas visible by protesting, speaking and writing in newspapers, magazines and journals. Even more importantly, Zinn and his writing demonstrated an engagement with his subject matter not always seen in academic literature. Zinn’s interest in history grew from his background as the son of immigrants and his many working-class jobs,
Zinn’s engagement with his subject and his practical applications of the lessons of his discipline still provide an important standard for all students and researchers in every area of study. work be evolutionary biology or international relations, seem distant. While there’s something to be said for theory for theory’s sake (it does, after all, provide the foundation for academic disciplines), finding connections between the goings-on in the ivory tower and the rest of the world can seem difficult. One does not have to look hard to find the practical applications of his discipline within Zinn’s writing; nearly every descrip-
experiences which are fully manifest in his class-centric historical narratives and his fiery prose. Whether or not they agreed with him, readers could not help but share Zinn’s interest in the subject — since its publication, “A People’s History” has inspired countless retorts and reinterpretations. Whether or not you hope to make a career as a professional academic, Zinn’s engagement with his subject and his practical application of the lessons of his discipline
still provide an important standard for all students and researchers in every area of study. With his groundbreaking and often controversial work, Zinn forced his readership to confront the implications of his chosen area of study — history and the past — in the present and the future. Not every student or academic needs to try to be as political or accessible as Zinn. Even the simple act of finding ways to apply one’s academic knowledge in real life is a worthwhile pursuit. Bringing one’s intellectual interests not only to the research library but also to the dinner table and to the evening news is just as useful an application of academic knowledge as protesting (and is far less likely to get you labeled a Communist). Ironically, with his death, Zinn passes into the much-derided category of “dead white men” who write history. Indeed, it remains to be seen what history will have to say about Howard Zinn, and whether he will even make it into the history books. My prediction is that Zinn’s greatest achievement will not be his prolific bibliography or his rethinking of historical methodology. It is ultimately irrelevant whether or not his words remain as tenacious and powerful as they are today. As long as students and teachers from all disciplines seek to mirror Zinn’s commitment to making practical connections to the intellectual, his legacy will be secure. Adrienne Langlois ’10 is also pretty bummed about J.D. Salinger’s death.
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