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Sexual misconduct policy may change
Spring Weekend artists may have to ‘turn it down’ By Luisa Robledo Staf f Writer
Last year, Nas’ Spring Weekend performance went on past 11 p.m., irritating some neighbors who weren’t able to sleep that Friday night. As a result, the Brown Concert Agency is taking extra care to inform the community about the potential for noise at this year’s shows, which will take place April 23–25 and will feature Snoop Dogg, MGMT, the Black Keys, Major Lazer and Wale. The group received “a bunch of complaints” last year, said Alex Spoto ’11, BCA’s administrative chair. “It was loud,” he said. “I think Nas had some low frequencies rumbling Fox Point.” The response from neighbors encouraged BCA to keep the entertainment coming while taking
neighbors into consideration this year. Its first measure was to send the immediate College Hill areas a mass e-mail with details on this year’s Spring Weekend. “I think people were caught offguard last year,” Spoto said, adding that with the appropriate warnings, neighbors will at least know what to expect. BCA has also acquired a decibel reader, and it plans to measure the volume levels at this year’s concerts. This way, it will be able to get an idea of how loud the concerts get. As a sign of respect toward the city and the community, MGMT will finish their show at 10:15 p.m. and “the sound system will shut down” 15 minutes later, Spoto said. “Hopefully this will solve some of the problems,” he said. “If we get complaints this year, we’re just
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Due to complaints of noise from Nas’ performance last year, BCA is taking extra precautions to keep neighbors informed.
By Ashley Aydin Senior Staf f Writer
up for classes they were interested in. The cost of one class ranged from $65– $110, so a student taking three classes spent roughly $250. With the new pass, students can take any number of classes for $99, Tsimikas said. On April 5, the department is launching “55 at 5” — students will
The Office of Student Life is recommending changes in the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and the creation of an Office for Student Conduct for academic and non-academic offenses, announced Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, at a Brown University Community Council meeting March 16. The meeting — one of the monthly BUCC meetings — was held to present a review of the University’s Standards for Student Conduct, which occurs ever y three years. A committee of faculty, staff, undergraduate students and graduate students reviewed the Standards for Student Conduct, with Philip Gruppuso, associate dean of medicine for medical education, chairing the committee. “There was quite a bit of student input while we were formulating the recommendations,” Klawunn said. The changes to the Sexual Misconduct Policy would cre-
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All-access gym pass popular in first few weeks By Shanoor Seervai Contributing Writer
With the new all-access pass offered by the Department of Athletics this semester, pass holders can attend an unlimited number of classes, — a welcome change, according to athletics department administrators and
enrollment statistics. The introduction of the $99 allaccess pass — which buys access to classes including yoga, pilates, cardio kickboxing and spinning — has been “wildly successful and unbelievable” just over three weeks into the program, according to Matthew Tsimikas, the assistant
director of the athletics and physical education. “We wanted the PE program to mirror the Brown curriculum,” Tsimikas said. For an affordable price, students have the opportunity to try a range of classes and maintain good health and fitness, he said. In the past, students had to sign
Israel silences media outlets, speaker says By Julia Kim Staf f Writer
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Jared Malsin told students of his personal experience with the compromise of press freedom in Israel.
Contrar y to the stated U.S. and Israeli policies to “incentivize” Palestinians to choose state-building over “resistance models,” Israel is undermining Palestinian civil society, said Jared Malsin in a lecture Tuesday night about press rights in Israel. Malsin, a Jewish-American journalist, spoke on his experience working for two-and-a-half years in the West Bank for Maan, a Palestinian news agency. This Januar y, upon returning from a vacation in Prague, he and his girlfriend were taken by Israeli officials in Tel Aviv for questioning and were not allowed to en-
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M. lax falls to UMass in rainy-day disappointment by Andrew Braca Assistant Sports Editor
No. 18 Massachusetts won a battle of momentum shifts with the No. 15 men’s lacrosse team, 11–10, on a rain-soaked Tuesday afternoon. After twice being on the wrong end of one-goal games against the Bears in the past two years, the Minutemen walked off Meister-Kavan Field victorious in the old rivals’ 45th meeting.
Sports “It was a great lacrosse game,” said Head Coach Lars Tiffany ’90. “UMass is very good. We’re a good lacrosse team. The last couple years the UMass-Brown battles have been one-goal games. We’ve been fortunate to come out on top. Today … they made one more play than us.” UMass (5–2) gained several op-
portunities to make that extra play by dominating in the faceoff circle. Just three days after Brown (3–2) secured 16 of the 27 face-offs in a 13–11 win over then-No. 11 Harvard, the Bears won only eight of the 24 faceoffs on Tuesday, and the Minutemen took advantage. “The faceoff battle is always the key thing in a lacrosse game,” said attacker Andrew Feinberg ’11, who led all scorers with four goals. “But hopefully we can watch film and work on it, and we’ll get better, I’m sure.” The first quarter was highlighted by strong defensive play, anchored by the two goalies. Matt Chriss ’11 finished with 12 saves, while Tim McCormack posted 17 for UMass. Feinberg and attacker Thomas Muldoon ’10, also a quad-captain, scored to give Brown a 2–1 lead going into continued on page 4
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lgbtq advancement Pedro Juilio Serrano discusses Puerto Rican LBGTQ movement
softball comeback Softball player Kristie Chin ’11 throws no-hitter against St. Peter’s
math errors Dominic Mhiripiri ’12 recommends improvements to the math department
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“The sanctions will be serious.” — Margaret Klawunn, VP for campus life, on proposed changes to sexual misconduct policy
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ate two separate tiers representing two levels of sexual offenses. The first tier, IIIa, consists of sexual misconduct that “involves nonconsensual physical contact of a sexual nature.” The second tier, IIIb, consists of sexual misconduct that “includes one or more of the following: penetration, violent physical force or injur y.” The creation of the two tiers in the Sexual Misconduct Policy was spurred by an effort to make the specificity of offenses more clear, Klawunn said. Klawunn said that this distinction mirrors Rhode Island state law. The policies of Brown’s peer schools have more specific levels of misconduct, she said. “In some of these cases, as it stands now, (the sexual misconduct code is) ver y general. Cases would go for ward and students would come out with a decision and not know where it falls,” said Yolanda Castillo, associate dean of student life. “We didn’t want to make things narrow, but we also wanted to make sure students had a sense of specificity on these issues,” Castillo said. Trish Bakaitis-Glover, sexual assault response and prevention program coordinator with Health Ser vices, said the new tiers prevent students from “being in an unknown place” about why a sanction is applied and what evidence is necessar y to prove a violation. According to proposed new language to the sexual misconduct code, offenses falling under IIIb will “result in more severe sanc-
tions, separation from the University being standard.” “We needed to clear up the language on what the actions would be. The sanctions will be serious,” Klawunn said. Klawunn said the two tiers and their corresponding disciplinar y consequences are not par t of a criminal process. “However, we remind students that sexual misconduct is a criminal offense, and they can also file it for a criminal case,” Klawunn said. According to the presentation, some sexual misconduct may be subject to prosecution by Rhode Island authorities, separate from charges under the Code of Student Conduct. Bakaitis-Glover said that, based on statistical information from the U.S. Department of Justice, one in five women experience rape or attempted rape in college and one in 33 men experience rape or attempted rape during their lifetimes. “We don’t have any reasons to believe it will be different on our campus,” she said. Bakaitis-Glover said that many sexual assault cases are not reported and that charges are not filed. “It’s very underreported everywhere, and we figured it must be true here,” Klawunn said. Castillo said students who are involved in campus life are well aware of the academic and nonacademic codes in general. But, she said, she does not think all students are fully aware of the details. She said there are plans to follow up on the review by raising campus awareness about the policies. “Reviewing policies and send-
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ing the message that we want to be clear in expectations and what the policy includes is important. When a community says they don’t tolerate violence, it prevents many serious issues,” Bakaitis-Glover said. She also said the University and campus culture can be effective in sending this message together. Bakaitis-Glover said that programs such as the Sexual Assault Peer Education program and Sexual Assault Advisor y Board can “bring awareness to issues on campus providing direct support to those who have been affected.” “What we’re doing is tr ying to make sure more of these resources are available,” Klawunn said. Aside from the creation of the two tiers of sexual misconduct, the report presented to the BUCC also included the possibility of installing an Office of Student Conduct to manage all academic and nonacademic offenses. The Dean of the College currently deals with student violations to the academic code, while the Office of Student Life is focused on behavioral offenses. An Office of Student Conduct would “encourage a ‘community standard’ ” and provide deans with “a plan for shared management of cases,” according to the presentation. “We want to have one group of faculty, staff and students who are trained and share some training so that there is one office for student conduct,” Klawunn said. “We need to be more proactive in getting the code out. That’s what the academic code is in need of — getting information out consistently and together,” Castillo added. Some other recommendations included in the repor t were a change in the name from “nonacademic disciplinar y system” to the “code of student conduct” and strengthening the language for weapon and violence violations.
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House passes student loan overhaul The U.S. House of Representatives passed health care reform legislation late Sunday night that also included provisions for an overhaul of the federal student loan program, Reuters reported. The legislation means the government’s role in providing the loans would increase. Under the current system adopted in 1965, the government subsidizes private lending groups who give loans to students. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that cutting this program will save $61 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Washington Post. Of that $61 billion, $36 billion will help to shore up the Pell Grant Program. The rest will go to helping community colleges and historically black colleges and to establishing caps on loan payments. The package of changes will now go to the Senate for approval, where a vote is expected this week, Reuters reported. RISD tuition rises 4.4 percent The Rhode Island School of Design’s board of trustees agreed to raise tuition to $49,605 for the 2010–11 academic year, which represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year’s total fees, the Providence Business News reported last week. According to the article, the increase is RISD’s smallest in a decade. The school will also increase its operating budget for the 2011–12 school year by 4.5 percent, up to $129.9 million. Like many colleges, RISD has suffered from the effects of the economic downturn. According to PBN, its endowment lost 27 percent of its value, down to $273.8 million at the end of the last fiscal year. The school also had to make cuts in staff and benefits last year, PBN reported. Penn’s new efforts to recruit gay students brings praise Inside Higher Ed reported last month that the University of Pennsylvania was going to start using gay students to recruit gay applicants. Eric Furda, dean of admissions at Penn, maintained that the effort was consistent with common practices in recruiting other groups of students. Gay applicants are currently identified by information they provide about themselves in personal essays or group membership. But at least one gay advocacy group is preparing to petition the Common Application to include a box where students could check “gay” as they do their gender and race, according to the Inside Higher Ed article. Dartmouth has also begun a similar practice, Inside Higher Ed reported. Some gay and lesbian advocacy groups have praised Penn for its progress in the acceptance of gay students as part of a college campus. But an article in the American Prospect criticized the move, saying schools would be better served building the strength of their gay and lesbian community and support services.
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“I’m not afraid anymore.” — Pedro Julio Serrano, Puerto Rican LGBTQ movement leader
Palestinians ‘invisible’ in Speaker: Puerto Rico leads LGBTQ mov’t media, journalist says By Warren Jin Contributing Writer
continued from page 1 ter the countr y. After hours of questioning, Malsin was detained in jail for a week before he was released, he said — an experience that exemplified a violation of press rights in the region. Several students, including Leah Cogan ’13 and Riyad Seervai ’13, said they came to the lecture — which was co-sponsored by Common Ground, Puzzle Peace, and Brown Students for Justice in Palestine — because of Malsin’s compelling background. “We kind of turn a blind eye” to the implications of activists’ actions and how they are received, Cogan said. She also hoped to hear more about the “impetus” that drove Malsin, a 2007 Yale graduate, to Israel, she said. But Malsin did not discuss his detainment in detail until the very end of the lecture, focusing instead on how Israeli officials’ actions in his case were consistent with their usual actions. “We can’t isolate Israel’s violations of the freedom of the press from what I’m going to argue is an overall effort to undermine Palestinian civil society,” Malsin said. One Palestinian journalist in a car clearly labeled as belonging to the media was shot by an Israeli tank, Malsin said. “He actually filmed his own death,” Malsin said, an example of Israel’s “deliberate attacks” on Palestinian civil society. Israel is undermining “any institution” that would give Palestinians a nonviolent or not extreme “outlet” for their frustrations, Malsin said.
BCA will try to balance noise, fun in concerts continued from page 1 going to have to turn it down.” Allison Spooner, president of the College Hill Neighborhood Association, said she didn’t get any complaints from Brown’s neighbors last year. But she said her association hopes that Brown students will act respectfully this year. “We trust they will balance activities for the weekend in consideration with our residents,” she said. She also added that she hopes local residents will be better informed about the different shows. “If they participate in them, then it will all be more fun,” she said. Spoto said despite the challenges posed by putting on a large-scale concert, he and BCA intend to work together with the community. “When you’re amplifying a concert for 5,000-plus people, it’s going to get loud,” he said. “But, hopefully, we’ll be able to figure something out that works for everyone.”
A common question in U.S. discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is, “Where is this Palestinian Gandhi?” Malsin said. “Israel, perhaps knowingly … has jailed all the Palestinian Gandhis.” According to Malsin, U.S. portrayals of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are problematic. “It’s a problem not of quantity, but of quality,” Malsin said. “The challenge is that the Palestinians are either stigmatized as terrorists, or they’re just completely invisible.” Malsin also described the challenges of working as a reporter in the region. Small aspects of daily life “are the things that affect journalism the most,” he said. As a Jewish-American working for the Palestinian cause, “Malsin’s voice is definitely a ver y intriguing one,” said Rahel Dette ’13 in her introduction of Malsin before the lecture. Dette said she first met Malsin in the West Bank before she came to Brown. Many of the audience’s questions after Malsin’s lecture focused on his position as a Jewish-American working for Palestinians. Malsin had always been interested in the Middle East, he told The Herald. He called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “one of the greatest, most interesting stories in the world” and said it was a “privilege” to report on it. Malsin ended his lecture by talking about his desire to return to the West Bank. “I hope to go back, and I will,” Malsin said.
Puerto Rico “is on the forefront” of advancing LGBTQ rights, Pedro Julio Serrano, a leader of the LGBTQ movement in Puerto Rico, told a small gathering of about 30 in List 120 Monday evening. The event, QUEERican, is part of the Third World Center’s annual Puerto Rican Identity Week, said event organizer Gabriela Alvarez ’11. Serrano is the communications manager of the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce and in 1998, became the first openly gay candidate to run for political office in Puerto Rico, Alvarez added. Serrano said he encountered homophobia and misunderstanding when running for office. “A man who cannot be a man and wants to be a woman cannot
run for office,” Serrano recalled one of his fellow party members saying at the time. Serrano recounted the sabotage, vandalism and death threats that forced him to give up on his bid for office and leave Puerto Rico, though he ultimately returned four months later to continue his work for LGBTQ rights. “If something were to happen to me, I’m not afraid anymore,” Serrano said. Serrano also spoke about the murder of Jorge Steven Lopez in November 2009. The murder will be the first case to invoke new federal hate crime legislation that protects victims on the basis of gender identity, Serrano said. But homophobia remains a barrier to achieving justice for victims of hate crimes, he said. “There’s an institutionalized homophobia that
we still have to combat so that these crimes are prosecuted,” he said. Serrano praised the Puer to Rican LGBTQ movement for its advances so far, but said it required greater openness in order to move further. “In Puerto Rico, there’s a rights movement that’s very vibrant and progressive,” Serrano said. “We have to demand our rights. The only way we can win them is if we come out.” Aida Manduley ’11, who is from Puerto Rico and attended the event, said she had not encountered much activism in suppor t of LGBTQ rights until she came to Brown. Her experiences have motivated her to bring more dialogue and openness to Puerto Rico, she said. “It gave me more of an impetus to reach out and make things really happen,” she said.
Phys. ed. classes adapt to high demand continued from page 1 be able to sign up for a pass for the remaining five weeks of the semester for $55, he said. Ana Bermudez ’12, who has an all-access pass, said this system makes more financial sense for students. However, the classes are on a first-come, first-ser ve basis, so for popular classes like Zumba, students must arrive 20 minutes in advance to get a spot, Bermudez added. This was also a problem previously. Popular classes filled up quickly, and people could not enroll once they were full, Bermudez said. With the all-access pass, if a student really wants to take a class, he or she can just show up early, she said. Currently, there are more than
600 people enrolled for the pass, Tsimikas said. Though the program is still under review, he said all signs indicate that the department will continue to offer it next year. Tsimikas said that ensuring that people have actually signed up for the pass before they enter the class has been a challenge. Anita Bevans, who teaches yoga at the Bear’s Lair, said that this has not been a problem for her because students simply sign in after class. Bevans said she thinks the “allaccess pass is a unique idea that allows maximum participation.” It gives students a chance to try something new instead of sticking to what they already know, she said. Bermudez added that students also must be more disciplined about attending because they are not reg-
istered for one specific class. Having classes at locations other than the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, like the Bear’s Lair, makes for a more “well-rounded experience,” she said. Tsimikas said the department is working to meet demand. “We are doing our best to accommodate the fitness needs of all students” during peak hours, which are from 4 to 9 p.m., he said. Tsimikas added that when the new Fitness and Aquatic Center is ready, it will have three multi-purpose studios to be used for more classes. “Keeping the status quo with the fitness program would have been easy, but maximizing the potential for fitness of students, faculty and staff is more important,” he said.
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M. lacrosse loses to UMass by one continued from page 1 the second quarter. Attacker Parker Brown ’12 extended the Bears’ lead 3:18 into the second before the floodgates opened for the Minutemen. UMass parlayed securing six of the quarter’s seven faceoffs into four straight goals, though Feinberg’s second goal 10 seconds before halftime cut the deficit to 5–4. “We definitely played the majority of the time on defense,” Tiffany said. “We played decent team defense, and Matt Chriss was solid behind us. We played too much defense.” As the chilly rain became steadier, midfielders Reade Seligmann ’10, also a quad-captain, and David Hawley ’11 scored in the opening 7:20 of the third quarter to gain a 6–5 lead. But once again the Minutemen responded, scoring three goals in the next 4:16 to take an 8–6 lead. The Bears counter-punched. After a goal by Hawley, Muldoon picked up a loose ball in the crease as McCormack sprawled to reach for it and tied the game at 8–8 with five seconds left in the third quarter. When Feinberg gave Bruno a 9–8 lead 2:26 into the fourth as the rain began to pound the field, the Bears appeared to be on the right track. “Our offense is playing really well right now,” Tiffany said. “We have a lot of confidence in our offense. We need to give the offense the ball. Losing those faceoffs allowed UMass to go on three-goal spurts where we didn’t touch the ball much at all.” And the Minutemen did just that. When Bobby Hayes picked up a loose ball and fired a shot that found the net from long range to tie the game, UMass took control and scored twice more. Brown faced an 11–9 deficit with one minute left. Feinberg scored again
Bouncing back, Choate ’13 competes in Nationals By Han Cui Assistant Sports Editor
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
The Bears slogged through rainy conditions to fall to Massachusetts Tuesday.
with 18 seconds left, as attacker Collins Carey ’10 provided his third assist of the game, but the Bears lost the ensuing faceoff and time ran out on them. “I’m proud of this team,” Tiffany said. “It’s a tough loss to swallow. … (UMass had) eight more possessions because of faceoffs, and we lost by one, so we obviously did a lot of good things otherwise.” But that will be small comfort when the Bears reflect on a game they could easily have won. “We’ll think about almost every play that could have made a difference — that could have changed the game,” Tiffany said. Both Tiffany and Feinberg said the weather was not a game-changer. They played in worse conditions in an 18–4 win at Saint Joseph’s on March
13, and Tiffany said he was impressed with how few balls were dropped. “We practice in this weather all the time, so we weren’t surprised by it,” Feinberg said. “We like to think we play better in this weather.” The Bears will face another stiff challenge when they travel to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday to take on No. 7 Duke. Brad Ross, who is in his first year as assistant coach, is fresh off a successful playing career for the Blue Devils, and the Bears will need any advantage he can give them. “Our scouting report will be solid,” Tiffany said. “The biggest challenge with Duke is their athleticism and their speed and their intensity. They will bring a ton of pressure and they will go hard to the (end). We’ll have our work cut out for us. We’ll have a lot to do to live up to that challenge.”
Cortlandt Choate’s ’13 season was all but over. He was coming off an injury that kept him sidelined for five weeks, he had dropped his first match in the NCAA-qualifying Eastern Championships and he was unseeded in the qualifier. The odds against him were huge, but the 133-pounder fought back and won his way into the consolation match, punching his ticket to Nationals in Omaha, Neb., last weekend. Choate did not place at Nationals, but his fourth-place finish at Easterns made him the only wrestler from Brown to get a top-five finish and qualify for Nationals. “I didn’t expect to be in the top five to be honest,” said Choate, who had to wrestle his way back in the consolation match after an initial loss. “I didn’t want to lose the wrestle backs,” Choate said. “I knew I could win them.” Choate won four straight matches in the consolation bracket to finish fourth, the best finish on the team. “I was very excited when I qualified,” Choate said. “I wanted to win a few matches at Nationals too.” Choate was one of 24 freshmen out of 320 athletes at Nationals. He was the unseeded underdog again, facing stiff competition from the top wrestlers in the country. “I think of them as no different as any other match,” Choate said. In the first round, Choate faced No. 10 Nicholas Fanthorpe of Iowa State. The match was lopsided in
favor of Fanthorpe, who won by major decision, 14-3. After being dropped into the consolation bracket, Choate found himself in the same situation as in Easterns, and he could not afford to lose any more matches. In his first-round consolation match, he faced Ben Ashmore of Arizona State. Choate led at the end of the first period, 2-1, but gave two points away late in the second period and eventually lost the match, 5-2. “I thought about that match for a while afterwards,” Choate said. Head Coach Dave Amato said the experience will help Choate to see “what it takes to wrestle at the Nationals level.” “It’s a big motivation,” Choate said. “Now I want to make it back there next year.” Choate, like many of his teammates, had his share of injuries this season. He missed almost five weeks during January and February, according to Amato. “Five weeks is a lot for a freshman to miss,” Amato said. “To be able to come back and qualify for the Nationals is a great accomplishment in itself.” Despite the injuries, the team wrapped up the season on a good note. Though only two of the 10 Brown wrestlers were seeded in the top eight for the Easterns on March 6 and 7, many of the wrestlers staged upsets, and seven of them finished in the top eight. “We had our ups and downs,” Amato said. “But the guys stayed positive and worked hard, and I always say if you work hard, good things will happen.”
Brown falls to URI, beats Holy Cross
By Jesse Frank Sports Staff Writer
After a tough trip to South Carolina last weekend, Brown’s baseball team (2-7) returned to the Northeast to try to right the ship against the University of Rhode Island (6-10) and Holy Cross (4-7). The team found mixed results as it fell 15-4 to URI but bounced back with a 13-7 win over Holy Cross. URI 15, Brown 4 The Bears had high hopes as they made the short drive to Kingston, R.I., to take on the URI Rams. But URI got off to a fast start, leading 4-0 after three innings, and the Rams never looked back. Brown’s first real offensive opportunity did not come until the seventh inning, when the Bears scored three runs. The runs were batted in by designated hitter Daniel Rosoff ’12, who went 2-5 with three RBI in the game. The Bears’ only other run came in the eighth inning when John Sheridan ’13 came through with an RBI pinch-hit double. But it was too little too late for the Bears as the Rams
went on to the 15-4 victory.
Brown 13, Holy Cross 7 The next day, the Bears traveled to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders. “This week’s first game against URI was a wake-up call for our team,” said first baseman Pete Greskoff ’11. “I think that most of the guys thought that since we were able to compete against the southern teams we played, that we would be able to just show up and win against northern teams. After that game, we knew we had to come to play against Holy Cross.” The Bears got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first inning on an RBI groundout by second baseman Ryan Zrenda ’11 and a two-run home run by Greskoff. But the Bears found themselves down 4-3 going into the second inning. In the top of the second, Brown went up for good when they scored four runs to take a 7-4 lead. The Bears scored all their runs with two outs, as Zrenda had a bases-clearing double and Greskoff followed him with an-
other RBI double. The Bears added six more runs and went on to win, 13-7. Relief pitcher Kevin Carlow ’13 got the win by pitching 4 1/3 innings, giving up only two runs and four hits. Offensively for the Bears, Zrenda finished the game 1-4 with two runs and four RBI. Greskoff was 3-5 with six RBI and three runs scored, and catcher Matt Colantonio ’11 was 2-3 with three runs scored. Brown players said they hope to build on the momentum from the win over Holy Cross. “Our offense responded very well by putting up 13 runs, and our bullpen did a great job of suppressing a pesky Holy Cross offense,” Colantonio said. “The Holy Cross game was exactly what we needed as a team. We are looking forward to our spring break trip and onto the start of the Ivy League season.” But the win did not come without a toll. In the game, starting pitcher Mark Gormley ’11 blew out his elbow and will likely miss the rest of the season because of surgery. The Bears next play Troy on Saturday in Alabama.
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“We fought until the end.” — Kristie Chin ’11, softball pitcher
Chin’s ’11 no-hitter highlights 3-3 stretch By Ashley McDonnell Spor ts Staf f Writer
The softball team (10–6) began the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., with a 6–4 win and then were shut out 6–0 in two consecutive games. But the Bears rallied back to win two of their last three contests. Brown 6, Manhattan 4 The Bears found themselves trailing 4–1 at the top of the sixth last Thursday in their game against Manhattan College (5–6). But the Bears came alive when they stepped up to the plate that inning and scored five runs, enough to clinch the game. Pinch hitter Kristie Chin ’11 had two RBI. Pitcher Liz DiMascio ’13, left fielder Sandra Mastrangelo ’12 and shortstop Erika Mueller ’13 (also a Herald sports staff writer) each hit singles and had one RBI in the inning. “Throughout the season, we’ve proven that we’re not a team to go down — that we get up again and again,” said first baseman Kate Strobel ’12. “One person can’t win a game. Everyone contributed that inning. That’s how we got it done.” Cleveland State 6, Brown 0 Despite the Bears’ fighting spirit, the team was completely shut down later that afternoon by Cleveland State (18–7). Brown only managed to get three hits against the Vikings, who won all eight of their matchups at the Rebel Spring Games. “There are definitely games where your offense just isn’t on,” Strobel said. “We weren’t making adjustments.” Defensively, the Bears had trou-
ble stopping the Cleveland State runners, who scored six runs on five hits and capitalized on Brown’s two errors. Wisconsin at Green Bay 6, Brown 0 Friday morning against the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay (11–4) proved to be the same as Thursday afternoon, and the Bears were again blanked, 6-0. Green Bay held Brown to just three hits the entire game. “We just couldn’t adjust to the timing” of the pitches, Chin said. “We faced a lot of slow pitchers this weekend. That was the main issue.” In both the shutouts, defensively “we ended up giving away a lot of extra bases,” Chin said. “We would end up giving them more than they deserved.” Brown 4, St. Peter’s 1 Going into Friday’s second game against St. Peter’s (1–9), “we were just feeling really frustrated,” Strobel said. “We just wanted to come back and win that day.” Chin led the team on the mound, throwing a no-hitter and walking just one batter. Trish Melvin ’12 pitched the last two innings in order to “mix up the speed and style” of the pitching and keep St. Peter’s on their toes, according to Chin. Melvin pitched solidly, giving up only one run on one hit. Offensively, Strobel contributed greatly with a home run and two RBI. Mastrangelo and right fielder Alyssa Caplan ’13 each had one run and one RBI to clinch the victory. Marist 3, Brown 2 The Bears were unable to carry
their momentum over into Saturday against Marist (3–13). Though Strobel scored two runs and went 3–3 at the plate with a single, a double and a home run for one RBI, Brown left a runner on base in six of seven innings, preventing the Bears from capitalizing on their scoring chances. Combined with four costly defensive errors, the Bears were unable to come back. “It’s one of those things where the defense wasn’t as solid as other times,” Strobel said. “But we can’t get down on ourselves. We were fighting back.” Brown 8, Fairleigh Dickinson 7 (8 innings) Errors still plagued the team later that afternoon against Fairleigh Dickinson (5–13). In the top of the third, the Bears committed one error, allowing the Knights to score five runs, making the score 6–3. Brown responded with three runs in the bottom of the third, making it a one-run game. The Bears found themselves down 7–5 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. But designated hitter Lauren Kattchee ’13 and Melvin both hit singles to keep Brown’s hopes alive. Danielle Comissiong ’11 pinch ran for Kattchee, and shortstop Katie Rothamel ’10 brought both Comissiong and Melvin home on a double, sending the game into extra innings. The Knights were unable to score in the top of the eighth. Caplan singled in the bottom of the eighth to bring Mastangelo home, allowing the Bears to win, 8–7. “We fought until the end,” Chin said. “And this time, it worked out for us.”
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W. water polo goes 3-1 over weekend After a disappointing loss on Saturday, the women’s water polo team fought hard on Sunday to end their fourgame series at the Red Fox Invitational at Marist on a high note, finishing the weekend 3–1. On Saturday, Brown beat Siena, 13–8, but lost to Marist, 12–10, later in the day. The Bears rallied to win both of their games on Sunday, 8–7 and 14–3, over Iona and St. Francis, respectively. “The energy was there, but there were some communication errors” in the game against Marist, said tri-captain Lauren Presant ’10. “We had some problems converting in man-up situations.” Despite being upset by the loss, the team is looking at it as an opportunity to improve before the Bears travel to California over spring break. “We learned a lot in the game against Marist,” Presant said. “Everyone learned they have to work on something. The first step is to learn your weaknesses, the second step is to remedy them.” Tri-captain Sarah Glick ’10 said she was excited by the team’s ability to bounce back Sunday. Saturday “was a little upsetting because we didn’t play very well, but the fact that we were able to get over that and come back to win both games (Sunday) means we still have a chance of winning the Eastern championships.” — Katie DeAngelis
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No one will be surprised to hear that a group of Brown students supports reduced penalties for marijuana possession. And with Snoop Dogg scheduled to perform on campus in just a few weeks, some might question our timing in writing this piece. However, we in fact have another pertinent reason. A Rhode Island State Senate commission voted last week to endorse the decriminalization of an ounce or less of marijuana. After reviewing the arguments for and against, we support the commission’s conclusion. The commission was founded to study marijuana policy last July in the wake of the marijuana decriminalization referendum that passed in neighboring Massachusetts in 2008. The panel included state legislators, law enforcement officers, economists, a doctor, a nurse and an attorney. Its work became even more urgent in February, when State Rep. John Edwards, D-Portsmouth and Tiverton, introduced a decriminalization bill in the General Assembly. The bill would end jail sentences for individuals caught in possession of small amounts of marijuana, and reduce the maximum fine from $500 to $150. Since 2007, 399 Rhode Islanders convicted of first-offense possession have seen prison time — on average, three and a half months. There are two major reasons for decriminalization. First, it’s fiscally responsible. The commission estimated between $232,000 and $2 million per year in savings just on prison costs. Some members — including a lecturer in economics at Har vard — projected total annual savings of over $10 million. Given these numbers, decriminalization is a small but worthwhile step towards closing the state’s budget gap, which is expected to reach $427 million in 2011. Second, decriminalization would allow police departments to focus their efforts on more dangerous criminal activity. Last year, 2,546 Rhode
Islanders were arrested for first-offense possession. We find it hard to believe that more than a handful of these people truly posed a danger to themselves or others. Smoking marijuana certainly isn’t the healthiest of activities. However, opponents of decriminalization vastly overstate the substance’s negative effects. We agree with Brown’s own David Lewis, who founded the University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and ser ved on the commission. According to Lewis, “The dangers are small compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco.” Critics also claim that marijuana is a gateway drug, and that decriminalization sends a message to youth that marijuana use is acceptable. The gateway drug theor y mistakes correlation for causation — just because many heavy drug users first started with marijuana does not imply that their early experimentation is the driving force behind later involvement with other drugs. Hard drug use may more directly reflect the age at which an individual is first exposed to drugs, as well as the individual’s propensity to use any drugs at all. More importantly, the commission recommended that decriminalization legislation apply only to those above the age of 18. An age minimum sensibly ensures that society’s message to kids about marijuana isn’t different from the message it sends about alcohol and tobacco. And decriminalizing possession would not change anything for those found driving while under the influence. A spokesperson for Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 has said that the Governor opposes decriminalization. We hope he’ll reconsider — don’t do it for Snoop, do it for the state’s coffers.
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Young’s banishment gets cold HUNTER FAST Opinions Columnist Many of my friends at other colleges have related to me stories of Christian fundamentalist protestors visiting to lambast them for the sins of showing their ankles and listening to hiphop music. In light of this, they are invariably surprised and disappointed that I have had few interactions with evangelical demonstrators, despite Brown’s reputation as a liberal bastion of debauchery and free love. Imagine my delight, then, when I learned that Chris Young, a noted anti-abortion activist and repeated candidate for government office, was running once again for mayor of Providence. Admittedly, he is no Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church fame, but with his assertion that State Rep. Raymond J. Sullivan Jr., D-Coventry, is a Satanist (note: he isn’t) and his belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories, he would certainly suffice. Imagine also my disappointment upon finding that the ability of Brown students to witness his demonstrably colorful political character would be severely curtailed, as Young was banned from campus after disrupting a health care forum in Andrews Hall last November. While his conduct at the forum was obnoxious, and DPS officers were fully within their rights to remove him, banning Young from campus altogether is absurd. First and foremost, there is no way Young poses a danger to the Brown community that could justify such measures. He is often accused of having “tossed a pro-life video at”
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., conjuring images of Muntadhar al-Zaidi and the shoe he pelted at George W. Bush in December 2008. A review of the footage from the incident, however, shows that Young only threw the video a few feet — hardly a dangerous action. Furthermore, the no-trespass notice issued against him applies not only to Brown’s property on College Hill, but also to Brown’s extensive land holdings throughout Providence. Young himself has stated that he has avoided extensive travel within the city for fear of violating the ban. Because of these
DPS officers are still capable of removing Young if he were to act disruptively at another Brown event, the fact that Brown has gone so far as to file a no-trespass notice against him only serves to bring the University into disrepute. Additionally, the presence of Young’s unorthodox views would be a welcome solution for what has become a dearth of strongly conservative views on social issues on campus. While his opinions on various issues often flirt with insanity, one cannot say that Brown has a profusion of better options vis-a-vis abortion
He is often accused of having “tossed a pro-life video at” Patrick Kennedy, conjuring up images of Muntadhar al-Zaidi and the shoe he pelted at George W. Bush in December 2008. holdings, the outright prohibition of Young’s presence on or near Brown property has had the unintended consequence of inhibiting the free exchange of ideas even off campus, thus further violating one of Brown’s highest ideals. Given that no one can seem to procure a justification for deeming Young to be a legitimate threat to the Brown community, many, including Young himself, have speculated that the no-trespass notice was politically motivated. Indeed, his advocacy of the taxation of Brown’s endowment and the disarming of DPS officers lends some small degree of weight to these accusations. Thus, since
and same-sex marriage. Indeed, disseminating Young’s views within Brown’s political landscape would significantly transform our beloved left-wing echo chamber, enabling us to strengthen our intellectual mettle by confronting those ideas that are the most difficult to assail: those that are completely and utterly irrational. In light of that statement, I should take a moment here to outline a few of Young’s ideas. Young’s campaign Web site features an entire section dedicated to the rationale against Sen. Jack Reed’s, D-R.I., re-election. Among other disorganized thoughts, Young points out that during Reed’s tenure, gasoline
prices and property taxes have both roughly tripled. While he does not appear to comprehend the difference between correlation and causation, this misunderstanding is a mere hors d’oeuvre compared to the conspiracy theories that he regularly concocts. Case in point: When he commandeered the health care forum to advance his own agenda, Young accused Planned Parenthood of using legal abortion to commit ethnic cleansing. What is his proof? By his assertion, AfricanAmericans make up 37 percent of abortions while only making up 13 percent of the population, all the while ignoring the fact that income and other variables certainly play a role. His implication of Planned Parenthood as a vast genocidal conspiracy lends itself to his overall economic view that abortion is to blame for many of the world’s current financial problems. Given the plethora of views as to the cause of the current financial crisis, from lack of financial regulation to corporate greed to groupthink on Wall Street, why not introduce Young’s abortion theory into the exchange? At the very least, he could serve as a caution to Brown students on the dangers of disruptive political tactics. After all, if one can only advance his or her opinions by calling police officers fascists or by appealing to conspiracy theories, then valid objections like those to abortion become defined by these tactics and are thus relegated to the realm of the absurd.
Hunter Fast ’12 personally finds pop culture’s advocacy of a party-based economy to be more problematic. He can be reached at hunter_fast@brown. edu.
How do I love thee, o math at Brown? DOMINIC MHIRIPIRI Opinions Columnist Unpredictable as they may have been, a few of the greatest feuds in recorded history occurred safely outside the realm of ancient Roman wars or the hard-line rhetorical exchanges of the Cold War. Science and mathematics, long regarded as essential learning for the most gifted in society (and somewhat rightly so), have provided many epic conflicts worthy of mention. From Galileo’s 17th-century celestial argument with the Papacy, to the long, winding history of the value of the pi constant, to the contentious bid to reconcile Newtonian mechanics with Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, science and math have not failed to provide history with some mind-blowing clashes and struggles. The reason why these past difficulties and conflicts own a cherished place in history is that the main actors in them had great passion and love for their work. They submitted their minds and souls to not just the rigor of their disciplines, but also to the artistic and creative aspects thereof. The same mind-blowing engagement and beauty that should come with learning mathematics is painfully absent in a great number of math classes offered at Brown. It’s sad that a discipline of such immense historical magnitude and real-life importance is often delivered by half-willing, half-inspired individuals to classes populated by young, sharp minds whose ambitions brought them from everywhere between
Alabama and Zimbabwe. Negative complexes of the “I-hate-math, Orgo-is-hard” persuasion are replete in many students. Rather than perpetuate them with their dry and lifeless lectures, educators have the responsibility to dispel them. A confident teacher who colors his lectures with engagement, energy and something that resembles a clearly audible accent (I feel this one, based on personal experience) will solicit the best performances from his or her students. Many math classes at Brown are mere one-man live performances in which text, numbers and lines
class. There is no sink-in accumulation of new knowledge (even though the material remains foreign to students). A few of the students I have talked to about their experiences with learning math at Brown cited a few challenges they faced. The highest common factor was definitely a lack of satisfaction with the level of engagement and interest in class and TA office hours. Apart from that, students often find it more difficult to seek assistance — a somewhat ignominious insecurity lies with “always asking for help” — even when they are sure they do not grasp all the material
The same mind-blowing engagement and beauty that should come with learning mathematics is painfully absent in a great number of math classes offered at Brown. are transported from confusing textbooks directly to Barus and Holley blackboards. Some Brown students do not attend math lectures regularly. Apart from the vain and empty “feel good” factor of actually sitting through a lecture and scribbling something in a notebook (this is not always the case), numerous lectures are plain useless. Not only is there very little new material from what is already in the textbooks and few examples individually and critically analyzed, but whatever parts of the students’ brains that are responsible for “learning something” often remain untouched by the end of
in the fast-paced lectures. According to these assertions, these challenges would be alleviated if teachers would be more engaging and therefore more approachable. That math classes are of extreme importance to Brown students is unquestionable. Those who are concentrating in economics and physical sciences are required to take, at the very least, some foundational calculus classes. Meanwhile, in the pursuit of a strong and comprehensive liberal arts education, many branch out from their humanities concentrations and take a math class or two.
Creating a livelier experience in the math classroom is not an easy task. Many of the educators across the spectrum widely accused of making sleep therapy sessions out of their lectures (yes, some are that lifeless) are extremely talented individuals and leaders in research. Brown could create room for more solid student feedback and make that feedback critical for assigning teaching positions within the two math departments. The University should also expand its resources. The Math Resource Center should be open for more than just the two hours between 8 and 10 p.m. — for at least twice as long. The new state-of-the-art Science Center in the Sciences Library should harbor ambitions of expanding twofold and annexing another floor in the near future. This would allow for the addition of more subject-specific resources focused on finding creative, alternative ways for learning class material and solving problems. The WiSE and math DUG resources should also expand, not just to include non-math concentrators, but also to foster increased creativity in the learning of science and math. Brown students should not have to turn to MIT’s OpenCourseWare for help with their math classes. But the University itself can learn a lesson from this innovative program and invest more in increasing engagement in the classroom and outside of it ... beginning with mathematics.
Dominic Mhiripiri ’12 is pretty sure this one will score approximately zero on the Adrenaline-Controversy scale. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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12:00 P.M. — RI State Government Internship Program Information Session, Career Development Center
7:00 P.M. — “Doin’ Time with Peterson Toscano”, Lyman Hall 002 7:00 P.M. — Palestine in Crisis: What We Can Learn from Gandhi, MacMillan 117
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Verney-Woolley Dining Hall
Lunch — Footlong Hot Dogs, Quarter Pound Hamburgers, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Ragout
Lunch — Beef Pot Pie, Vegan Burrito, Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dinner — Chicken and Shrimp Andouille Jambalaya, Vegan Tempeh with Ginger, Strawberry Jello
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Excelsior | Kevin Grubb
Fruitopia | Andy Kim
Hippomaniac | Mat Becker
Classic Deo | Daniel Perez
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