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McCormick lawyer failed to report U. connection By Ben Schreckinger Metro Editor
After William McCormick III was accused of rape by a fellow student, his first lawyer represented and advised him in the Brown disciplinary process at the same time his law firm was representing the University in another matter, court records show. Walter Stone did not inform McCormick of the ties between his firm — Providence-based Adler Pollock & Sheehan — and the University, while representing McCormick when he was accused of rape in 2006, according to J. Scott Kilpatrick, McCormick’s present attorney. Rhode Island’s rules of professional conduct for lawyers prohibit lawyers and law firms from representing two clients if the representation of one is “directly adverse” to the interests of the other. E-mails released during discov-
ery indicate that several University administrators, including lawyers in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, were aware of Stone’s representation of McCormick. “In terms of conflicts of interest, it would be incumbent upon the attorney to disclose any potential conflicts to his client,” said Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations. “Brown neither recommended nor participated in the engagement of Mr. Stone as counsel to Mr. McCormick.” McCormick, a former member of the class of 2010, brought suit last fall against the University following a 2006 accusation of rape made against him by a female member of the class of 2010 and his subsequent withdrawal from Brown. continued on page 4
After layoffs, staff shuffled to fill voids
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lots Tuesday to determine which candidates the two major parties would field in the November general election. Turnout, which was expected to be lighter than in previous years due to general voter malaise and the lack of a presidential contest and a competitive Democratic gubernatorial primary, was 18 percent statewide, the lowest since 1998, according to unofficial state Board of Elections data. But the
Last year’s 66 layoffs and 139 staff who opted for early retirement have left administrators looking closely at which positions to refill and what new positions to create as part of the organizational review process. The outcome of these measures represents an 8 percent reduction in Brown’s non-faculty workforce, according to a message on the University’s Brown and the Economy website. The Herald previously reported that 60 filled staff positions were eliminated at the end of last year stemming from the Organizational Review Committee’s February report, but this figure was “never set in stone,” according to Vice President for Human Resources Karen Davis. Though the ORC focused on 12 areas deemed most critical by officials, the areas “didn’t literally touch every part of the University,” Davis said. “There were some position eliminations that did not come directly from the University-wide organizational review, but emerged in that same period for the same reasons from units that were sort of left to do their own thing.” Davis said she was not sure which departments the additional layoffs were in, but gave the Admission and Financial Aid offices as examples of areas that might not have fallen under any of the 12 specific
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Dahlia made an appearance on Wriston Quadrangle to promote Rhody Fresh Milk at the Farmer’s Market.
Early start Victors gear up for general election gets mixed reactions By Claire Peracchio Senior Staff Writer
By Ana Alvarez Senior Staff Writer
Like every year, the first week of classes was filled with bustle and energy as new and returning students shopped through classes and moved into dorms. The only difference was that this year it all happened one week earlier — making life easier for some, but causing conflicts for others. In previous years, the first day of classes has fallen on the Wednesday after Labor Day. But this year the start day was moved to Sept. 1, the Wednesday before Labor Day, since the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah began the night of the following Wednesday, Sept. 8. Happy new year The change was made “in order to avoid hardships for both students and faculty that observe Jewish holidays and would subsequently not be able to participate on the first days of shopping period,” said Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron. Normally, Rosh Hashanah falls on the later weeks of September, therefore not conflicting with the beginning of the school year. But since the date of the holiday is set
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As primary tallies trickled in late Tuesday evening, it appeared the night belonged to two men connected by Providence’s top office — Mayor David Cicilline ’83 and his likely successor, former Housing Court Judge Angel Taveras. Cicilline — whose hard-fought four-way Democratic primar y garnered national attention — coasted to victory in the contest to replace retiring 1st Congressional
District Rep. Patrick Kennedy, also a Democrat. Taveras, a Cicilline appointee to the Providence Housing Court, soundly defeated his three opponents to become the overwhelming favorite against Independent
METRO Jonathan Scott in the mayoral general election. Voters across Rhode Island and in seven other states plus the District of Columbia cast bal-
Smokin’? For good or ill, some partake By Suzannah Weiss Arts & Culture Editor
Despite the associated risks and stigmas, cigarette, cigar and tobacco smoking have found their niche on Brown’s campus. Risky business Students make up the majority of buyers of cigarettes and other tobacco products at Thayer Street supermarket Tedeschi, according to cashiers Tim Hidalgo and Albert “Big Bertus” Saldana. Hidalgo and Saldana agreed that cigarette sales amount to about 100 packs per day, give or take 50. “Brown students definitely smoke a lot of cigarettes,” Hidalgo
said. He added that most of their revenue comes from tobacco products, which also include cigars, chewing tobacco and rolling tobacco. Roshan Baral, the owner of Thayer Street convenience store Metro Mart, said he sells about 80 packs of cigarettes and 30 cigars per day. About 75 percent of people buying these products are students, he said. Students who smoke commented that cigarettes are far more expensive in Rhode Island than in other states, and some roll their own cigarettes to save money. The Obama administration outlawed flavored cigarettes last year continued on page 2
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BuD$ Alum aims to create per manent fund for student workers
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Ratty no more? Kshitij Lauria ’13 proposes major overhaul of dining services
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“There are more cigarette butts outside of the Rock than the Sci Li.” — Timothy Nassau ’12, on smoking around campus
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because of suspicions that they were marketed to children and got them addicted at a young age. Metro Mart lost a few customers due to the ban, but Baral said their tobacco-related business has been steadily increasing overall. Tedeschi switched to flavored cigars. “It’s the same thing. You just can’t call them flavored cigarettes,” Saldana said. “They market them as cigars now, but they are cigarettes,” Timothy Nassau ’12 said. “Sorry, Obama.” ‘A rebellion thing’ Some students said they began casually smoking during their early adolescence, but did not become regular smokers until college granted them the freedom to buy their own cigarettes. “Most people who smoke in college smoked already occasionally,” said Julie Cardenas ’13, who began smoking in high school with a friend whose parents always had cigarettes around the house. Ann Kremen ’13 smoked her first cigarette on her 18th birthday because “it was the most aggressively independent thing that I could think to do,” she said. Rory MacAneney ’14, on the other hand, became a smoker at age 14 as “a rebellion thing” but quit just in time for college. MacAneney said college made it easier to quit because she was changing a lot of lifestyle habits anyway. She added that she knows very few students who smoke regularly, but several who smoke exclusively when they drink alcohol. Some students thought the distribution of smokers on campus depend-
ed on their academic fields. “English kids and (Modern Culture and Media) kids and all of those seem to smoke significantly more than science kids,” said Andrew Doty ’12. “After my English class, like half the class is smoking,” he said. Doty added that this trend might occur because science students see “the fact side of it,” whereas humanities students more likely think of “Humphrey Bogart smoking cigarettes in ‘Casablanca’ ” and “romanticize it.” “There are more cigarette butts outside of the Rock than the (Sciences Library),” said Nassau. “Most in front of List, if anything.” According to the Office of Student Life website, “smoking is prohibited in all Brown residential and dining facilities.” Nassau said he wishes the school would have more ashtrays around campus so that he could at least smoke without littering.
An appealing aroma? Several student smokers said they enjoy the social aspect of cigarette breaks. “It’s really relaxing,” Kremen said. “When you’re at the steps of the Rock or something, there’s always someone smoking,” Cardenas said, adding that she is “trying to cut back” and wants to quit someday. “When you think about the future,” she said, “you don’t want to be 70 and still chain-smoking.” Still, she said, “I always felt like I was going to die young anyways.” “I want to quit right now,” Nassau said, having picked up the habit during high school when he studied abroad in France. “I always thought I could stop when I wanted to,” but quitting has proved more difficult than expected, he added.
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On one hand, smoking “is bad for your health, obviously,” doesn’t work as “an emotional crutch when I’m feeling depressed or stressed” and “makes me smell bad,” Nassau said. On the other, smoking is “like going to get a coffee at a cafe. It’s a social activity that you can do with someone else and that you can enjoy,” he added. Nassau also said smoking has the allure of “feeling like you look cool with a cigarette,” adding that he knows people “who don’t smoke but hold a cigarette in their hands and feel better about themselves.”
Smoking scorn Many students said they didn’t pick up cigarettes under peer pressure, though some feel pressured to stop. A 2002 study published in College Student Journal found that two-thirds of college students in Florida found smoking unattractive and about half considered it socially unacceptable. In the fall 2009 Herald poll, 18.3 percent of undergraduates said they had used tobacco in the previous month. About one-third of all Rhode Island college students responding to a 2008 University of Massachusetts study said they had smoked in the prior 30 days. College students generally overestimate the prevalence of smoking on their campuses, Director of Health Education Frances Mantak wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Though 7 percent of Brown students in 2009 reported using tobacco 1-3 times per month, Mantak wrote, the popular perception would be closer to 50 percent. The same survey found that 6.6 percent of Brown undergrads use tobacco weekly. “College can be a time when people develop habits around smoking that can be very hard to change once they graduate,” Mantak wrote. For the Brown student body, smokers constitute a minority. “Patterns of smoking at Brown tend to be lower than the national norms for their age group and for local college students,” wrote Nancy Barnett, associate professor at Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, in an e-mail to The Herald. “The general Brown culture is antismoking,” Kremin said. Still, “having somebody tell you to stop isn’t actually very helpful,” she said, adding that her friends are “respectful enough not to make it an issue.” “There’s a total social stigma attached to smoking,” MacAneney said. Cardenas said that some strangers once approached her while she was smoking outside a party, informing her that she would get cancer. The risk of cancer isn’t enough to scare kids away from smoking, said Kamil Witek ’14, who suggested that health educators warn students that smokers are “not going to be able to get erections.” “I don’t get why you would smoke because it doesn’t have any interesting effects” like those of alcohol or drugs, Witek said. Though he makes money off others’ smoking habits and used to smoke, Saldana went as far as to say that tobacco should be considered a drug. “How many people die of cancer from cigarettes compared to people who die from weed?”
continued from page 1 categories looked at in the ORC’s report and so would have been left to do their own internal reviews. Of the 66 staff who lost their jobs last year, Davis said at least 10 had applied for and found another job at Brown. Julie Haworth, who used to manage events for the Office of Continuing Education, lost her job but was able to secure a position heading the University’s new Events and Conference Service Center. “We strongly encouraged her to apply for this new position,” Davis said. “She was absolutely the best person for the job.” Other positions could not be filled in-house. After Deborah Berlo left her post as director of Graphics Services to lead Princeton’s printing and mailing operations this winter, no lower-level employees were ready to step up to the position, Davis said. Leslie Rutledge came this summer from San Diego State University’s graphics department to head the office. According to messages on the Brown and the Economy website, all of the laid-off employees received severance packages effective July 1 to provide four weeks of compensation, including health benefits, for ever y year they worked at Brown up to 40 weeks. The package included additional compensation for staff with more than 10 years of service. The University also agreed to provide workshops and training programs regarding job seeking and transitioning as part of its outplacement support services. “We’ve had some real success stories over the summer of people finding jobs elsewhere,” Davis said. Of the 139 positions vacated by
those who took advantage of the voluntary staff retirement incentive offered last year, Davis said about 40 have been approved to be refilled. “The whole point (of the early retirement incentive) was to free up positions that could be used for different things, but some of those positions needed to be filled anyway,” Davis said, noting that there was no way to control who participated in the program. The University created a Vacancy Review Committee in the fall of 2008 when President Ruth Simmons announced a hiring freeze on all vacant staff and administrative positions. Davis said the committee, which carefully reviewed which vacancies had to be refilled during the tough economic times, has been eliminated. Because the freeze is currently still in effect, Davis said the Human Resources Department will take over the committee’s function, but in a “less bureaucratic way,” without asking for all the forms and documentation the committee had required. As the University undergoes a process of reorganization and consolidation to adapt to a weakened economy, Davis said there is also talk about restructuring to mitigate the effects of future economic downturns. “The other thing the Organizational Review Committee said to us is just to make sure our normal processes — filling vacancies, recruitment or whatever — allow us to change over time,” Davis said. “The committee said, ‘Don’t make us go through this painful process again. Figure out how, in the normal course of business, to design processes, discussions and vehicles for reorganizing to keep up with the times in a way that doesn’t get everybody in a tizzy.’ ”
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according to the Jewish calendar, the event occurs at a different time every year. Having the first day of shopping period coincide with Rosh Hashanah would pose a serious conflict for students and faculty who formally observe the holiday. “I am someone who observes Rosh Hashanah, which means no class, no computer, no phone,” said Leor Shtull-Leber ’12, president of the Brown-RISD Hillel and a Herald design staffer. This means for Shtull-Leber, and any other observing student, participating in the first days of shopping period would have been nearly impossible. “In general, I appreciated (the
change) because it made life easier,” Shtull-Leber said. “Still, I understand the frustrations and complications that came with it. While it was beneficial for the observing Jews, they are a small part of the whole community.” When the Office of the Registrar recognized the conflict, University administrators were made aware of the situation, Bergeron said. University Hall then discussed alternatives and presented the schedule change to the faculty for a vote. Bergeron said the change was only a response to the specific circumstances of this year, and there is “no plan to change the calendar permanently.” continued on page 5
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Alum creates internship fund to benefit BuDS workers
By Abby Kerson Contributing Writer
Brown Dining Ser vices’ student employees can win compensation for low-paying and unpaid summer internships through a fund created by a former BuDS worker and recent alum. If the fund reaches at least $25,000 by the end of the academic year it will be endowed and continue “for as long as Brown is around,” said Dora Ruiz ’06, who created the fund. But Ruiz is hoping to raise $50,000 in order to provide for more students. If the endowment goal is not reached, whatever is raised will be used to fund the program until the money runs out. Students applying for the grant must demonstrate financial need, have worked for BuDS for at least a year, and have a recommendation letter from a BuDS supervisor. Hopeful workers must apply to receive the grant for a specific internship. Ruiz worked for BuDS for over three years when she was at Brown. She wanted to give back, but there was “nothing yet set up for donat-
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Brown Dining Services’ student employees are now eligible for stipends for unpaid summer internships.
ing to BuDS or BuDS employees,” she said. Now anyone can donate to the fund through the University’s website. Ruiz and a fellow alum, Cindy Swain ’09, have each pledged to donate a dollar for each member who joins a Facebook group that Ruiz created to raise awareness about the fund when the group reaches
2,000 members. The Brown Internship Award Program, which provides grants to undergraduates with low-paying and unpaid internships, saw a 21 percent increase in applicants last year, according to an April 28 Herald article. Ruiz pointed to this increase in demand for internship grants as a main reason for setting up the fund.
“It was hard when you were working all year to make ends meet, let alone to let go and do what you want for the summer,” Ruiz said. When Ruiz was a student, she applied for a BIAP grant to work for a nonprofit in Boston that worked to prepare high school students for the coming school year, but was waitlisted. She ended up working as a
summer RC instead. “It was OK, but it wasn’t my passion. I like to work with underprivileged youth,” Ruiz said. Ruiz contacted Ann Hoffman, director of administration for Dining Services, who said she was “bowledover, not surprised, but struck by the fact that four years after (Ruiz) graduated, her BuDS experience had still been so meaningful that she wanted to give something back.” “Dining Ser vices wouldn’t be able to financially support the fund,” Hoffman added, but the fund will have her “full support”. Ruiz has also been in contact with Melanie Masarin ’12, the general manager for BuDS, in order to help facilitate fundraising on campus. According to Masarin, the fundraising is still in the early planning stages but a few local businesses have already donated to the cause. Avon Cinema has contributed 50 movie tickets, which Masarin said she hopes to raffle off at a benefit in the spring. BuDS employees will also soon have the opportunity to work at the Gate on Friday or Saturday night and donate their wages to the fund, she said.
Muslim adviser to Obama urges interfaith cooperation By Ana Alvarez Senior Staff Writer
In his lecture Wednesday night, Eboo Patel urged interfaith cooperation and pluralism in America, especially in response to last summer’s tension between the Muslim and Christian faiths. Patel founded the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and was recently appointed to President Obama’s Advisor y Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He spoke to a half-filled but spirited crowd of students and community members in Salomon 101. Patel’s lecture, titled “Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership at a Time of Global Religious Crisis,” was part of the Catalizing Conversations on Diversity series sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity. Patel began his discussion with a description of the current rise of bigotr y in America against Muslims. Today, “Muslims are afraid to be Muslims,” he said. Following 9/11, the national de-
bate about the planned interfaith center near Ground Zero and the recent controversy over a proposed Quran-burning in Florida, “forces of bigotr y have built a hate machine for the past 10 years,” Patel said. However, Patel added, the next 10 years will change. Patel outlined steps that needed to be taken to cement interfaith cooperation in the United States. He advocated for a new definition of “us and them.” Instead of making “us” one religious group and “them” another, “us” should be those who support pluralism, and “them” those who support extremism, he said. Quoting Martin Luther King Jr., Patel reminded the audience that we can either “live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Patel also promoted making interfaith cooperation a social norm. Patel referenced the interfaith cooperation that arose as a response to the threat of Quran-burning in Florida. Leaders from all religions
joined to denounce the burning, Patel said. If we can make this response a social norm, like environmentalism or human rights, Patel said, we can defeat bigots by making them immediately marginalized. Patel also encouraged believers of every faith to find the theological basis for interfaith cooperation in their religions. He described an anecdote from his childhood in which he neglected a Jewish friend that had been bullied for his faith. When his father realized this, he told Patel that he had “failed as a Muslim.” His Muslim faith, Patel said, called for him to stand up for his Jewish friend and par take in inter faith cooperation. Today, some Christian children are being taught that hatred towards Muslims is part of Christian theology, Patel said. These teachings are extremely detrimental to interfaith cooperation, he added. “We need to give our kids the tools to positively engage in a world of theological diversity,” Patel said.
In order to further enact the movement to interfaith cooperation, Patel said, we need to understand the tradition of America as a pluralist nation. Recent behavior would have been a “slap in the face on our founding fathers,” Patel said. “We cannot let America be defined” as only Christian, he added. “American tradition is a tradition that speaks to pluralism,” Patel said. “The world needs to see from America that this model of pluralism can work.” Patel urged members of different religions to find common ground in their theologies. He pointed to the golden rule and the cannon of mercy as two common points between various religions. Patel closed his address by calling on Brown students to apply interfaith cooperation in the University and in the Providence community. If students do this, Patel said, they can become a model for interfaith cooperation for the nation. “What better moment than now?
What opportunity is more right?” Patel asked the crowd. In the question-and-answer session, an audience member asked Patel about the recent controversy over the community center near Ground Zero and whether the mosque took into consideration the sensitivities of 9/11 victim’s families. While he thought these sensitivities were important, Patel said, he thought that the sensitivities of families of Muslim victims were also impor tant. These families should be able to go to the burial site of their loved ones with head scar ves and walk a few blocks to pray without fear, Patel said. Patel also added that the center would not be a “mega mosque” as extremists described, but would instead be “an institution that serves common good and is inspired by faith.” He noted that the controversy over the mosque was not caused by the acquirement of the property near Ground Zero, but by extremist bloggers.
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Lawyer may have had Veteran students look for support conflict of interest By Lindor Qunaj Senior Staff Writer
continued from page 1 McCormick maintains that the accusation was made falsely and that, partly because the female student’s father is a major fundraiser and donor to Brown, the University failed to properly investigate the claim and actively interfered with his ability to exonerate himself. A lawyer for the female alum and her father — also defendants in the suit — maintains that his client was in fact raped. The University has denied any wrongdoing in the matter. The Herald is withholding the name of the female alum because she may have been the victim of a sex crime. According to court records, two lawyers from Stone’s firm represented the University in Touret, et al. v. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, et al., in which it was named as a defendant. The suit was before the court from 2004 to 2007. Stone represented McCormick in the fall of 2006. In a January 2009 article in the National Law Journal, Brown’s general counsel, Beverly Ledbetter, named Adler Pollock & Sheehan among four law firms the University typically turns to for outside legal work. Stone — who estimated he has represented 15 to 20 Brown students in disciplinary hearings over the past 25 years — said he was “not aware” that his firm was representing the University in the case at the time he represented McCormick. He said he did not list the University as an adverse party when checking for conflicts of interest. According to David Grossman, a Harvard Law School professor who teaches ethics, Stone should have disclosed the conflict of interest created by representing both Brown and McCormick under the American Bar Association’s model rules for professional conduct. The Rhode Island rules are the same as the bar association’s model rules in the area of conflicts of interest. “The lawyer shouldn’t represent the client if it would be directly adverse to another client,” Grossman said. Rhode Island rules allow lawyers to represent two clients who may present a conflict of interest only
after getting both parties’ written permission and only when their interests are not “fundamentally antagonistic.” But McCormick never gave this permission, said Kilpatrick, McCormick’s current lawyer. According to Michael Burch, a former assistant wrestling coach who acted as McCormick’s adviser in the disciplinary process, Stone directed his efforts towards negotiating an agreement with the female alum’s lawyer rather than preparing for a Brown disciplinary hearing. Burch said Stone “would scream and raise his voice at me about getting the McCormicks to sign the agreement.” Stone said attorney-client privilege prevents him from discussing the details of his work for McCormick. Grossman said Brown would have had an interest in the negotiations even if they were performed directly with the female alum. For example, McCormick’s withdrawal from Brown relieved the University of the onus of adjudicating a contentious rape allegation. In an October 2006 e-mail revealed in the current case’s discovery process, the female alum’s father wrote to President Ruth Simmons, “Ruth … I am working to resolve the matter with the student who attacked (the female alum) — the goal is to have him withdraw from Brown and not have a University hearing.” During negotiations of the agreement that led to McCormick’s withdrawal, the female alum’s attorney wrote to Stone, “To have (McCormick) decide not to follow the course that you and I have been discussing for a week is unfair and unreasonable,” after McCormick signalled reluctance to withdraw and release his accuser of any legal liability. “I can only hope that you are able to persuade him and his family of what a mistake this is.” In response, Stone wrote, “I don’t think anyone is more upset than me. I acted in good faith, as did you. My gut reaction tells me that someone else is giving this family very bad advice.” Stone said that McCormick never signed a release barring him from legal action against the University, despite University efforts to compel him to do so. “If anything, I was working against Brown,” he said.
In the few years leading up to the momentous ice-cream social and other equally memorable orientation festivities, many Brown students are caught up in an over-scheduled world of sports, theater, standardized exams and, of course, the usual high school drama. For Staff Sergeant Chaney Harrison ’11, though, that was not the case. On Aug. 22, 2007, just three or four days before embarking on the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training program, Harrison separated from active duty in the U.S. Air Force’s 23rd Special Tactics Squadron. Based out of Hurlburt Field in the Florida Panhandle, he served as a Special Operations Pararescueman prior to enrolling in Brown’s Resumed Undergradute Education program. Finding support “Coming directly from the military onto a campus with the resources like those we have here at Brown, the opportunities to explore my interests in almost any direction have been almost overwhelming,” Harrison wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. And Harrison, a public policy and education concentrator and avid rugby player, has certainly had the opportunity to pursue a wide range of interests in his first three years here at Brown. After beginning his study of Portuguese, he won the Oliver Kwon Research Award through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. With funding from this award, Harrison was able to travel to Rio de Janeiro in the summer after his freshman year to film a documentary that was then featured at Providence’s Latin American Film Festival the following spring. The following year, a C.V. Starr Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship from the Swearer Center for Public Service allowed him to return to Brazil the following year for nonprofit work. Though Harrison soon learned how to make the most of his Brown experience, the beginning was not entirely easy. “My freshman year I quickly realized that there was nothing on campus, either in the administration or among the student groups, that was prepared to help veterans make the transition into campus life,” he wrote in an e-mail to the Herald. That is where the Brown University Student Veterans Society comes in. In spring 2008, Harrison — along with veterans Chris Baker ’09, John Hermansen ’10 and Miranda Sum-
mers MA’09 — created the society to provide a peer support network for current veteran students as well as veterans considering Brown for their college education. But “due to the extremely small number of veterans we have in the undergraduate community, it has been ver y challenging for our organization to put on numerous activities or programs,” said Harrison, who serves as the group’s president. Fortunately for veteran students,
FEATURE it seems that the administration is taking notice of this lack of social support. Last fall, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Margaret Klawunn and Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron hired Harrison as a veterans liaison to the administration. In this position, his role has been to make faculty and other administrators cognizant of the various issues that veterans face. Becoming ‘veteran-friendly’ Brown has made significant progress in veteran affairs in terms of financial aid. While veteran students have always been able to bring in their standard GI Bill benefits to help pay the cost of tuition, they have also become eligible to receive supplementar y funding through the newly-formed Yellow Ribbon Program, an initiative set forth in the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Run by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, the Yellow Ribbon Program forms partnerships with schools willing to provide additional funding for veterans who want to attend college. Brown, for instance, annually provides twenty $10,000 scholarships for undergraduates, ten $14,000 scholarships for graduate students, and three $5,000 scholarships for medical students. These amounts are then matched by government funds. Director of Financial Aid James Tilton, who is a veteran himself, praised the Yellow Ribbon Program. “We believe this is a great opportunity for students who are talented and interested in coming to Brown to have the resources necessary to do so,” he said, adding that the University was immediately interested in a partnership when approached by the program two years ago. Brown’s commitment to financial aid for veterans is apparent after a comparison of scholarship amounts awarded by similar institutions. “Some of our peers have more students that are eligible, but the total amount of scholarship they can receive is lower,” Tilton said.
Harvard, for instance, provides fifty scholarships to undergraduate veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program, but each award is only $3,000. Yale gives out fifty $5,000 scholarships, for undergraduates and graduates combined. Financial aid aside, Brown has more to do to draw veterans to the Van Wickle Gates, Harrison said. “When it comes to the public attitude of the institution towards veterans, the policies and programs in place for veterans, and the presence of a student veteran community as a whole, then Brown is definitely behind some of its peers,” he wrote. He cited Columbia University as a specific school that has actively tried to make itself veteran-friendly and as a result, has increased its veteran enrollment to approximately 140. Brown, by comparison, has veteran enrollment in the single digits, according to Harrison. “One of the biggest barriers to creating the necessar y support structures is simply the lack of demand,” wrote Harrison. And “unfortunately, Brown is simply not doing a good job of attracting student veterans.” Future directions When asked about any changes in the number of veterans applying and coming to Brown, Admission Officer Peter Newcomb was optimistic. “We have not seen big increases in our enrollment numbers, but we have fielded many inquiries from service members and vets in the past year,” he wrote in an email to The Herald, adding that the University “may have an increase in the number of applications from vets this admission season.” The Resumed Undergraduate Education program, designed for students who have been out of high school for six years or longer, is the most common route of application and admission for veteran students coming to Brown, Newcomb wrote. When veterans apply as RUE students, admission officers “have more time to carefully consider and discuss their experience” because the RUE applicant pool is “much smaller,” Newcomb wrote. “Specific training and experience in the military is considered, especially in terms of how it relates to choosing Brown and a potential field of study.” Overall, Harrison explained that his time on College Hill has been an “incredible experience from day one.” “Despite its reputation as an antimilitary school,” Harrison wrote, “the Brown community has been incredibly welcoming and supportive of myself and my fellow veteran students.”
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By Mark Raymond Senior Staff Writer
The University completed asbestos abatement procedures in 22 residence halls over the summer, according to Facilities Management’s Director of Project Management Paul Dietel, though none were in response to an imminent problem. The procedures, which the University conducts as part of renovation projects, are also sometimes conducted proactively in buildings that are not under renovation. “None of the work was done because of a hazard, but part of an ongoing maintenance of the buildings,” said Director of Environmental Health and Safety Stephen Morin. “We coordinated it around the summer programs and had a closely planned schedule.” Morin said that projects like the current renovation of the Metcalf Chemistry and Research Laborator y include a standard asbestos abatement procedure, but the University also takes a proactive approach in dealing with asbestos when students are not using certain buildings. “For asbestos in buildings, the (Environmental Protection Agency)’s policy is to not impact asbestos unless you are doing renovation,” Morin said. “We took a proactive approach in Hegeman (Hall), for example, because we wanted to prevent the potential for students to impact the asbestos.” Dietel and Morin emphasized that the University takes into account all necessar y safety measures when conducting an asbestos abatement, including air containment and minimization of exposure to hazardous materials. “It’s all highly regulated,” Dietel said. “All of the abatement sites are completely contained.” Morin said the University ensures that all necessar y precautions are taken into account and that they go above and beyond required measures to make sure the safety of both students and faculty is met. “We definitely expect more than the minimum,” Morin said. “We have a consultant who makes sure the contractors are doing their job properly and that safety measures are followed.” He said the project must also meet set regulations for its workers outlined by the EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Dietel said there are other buildings being considered for abatement, and the availability of funding will determine how soon the University can move forward on treating those. “There is a possibility that we may move forward with more projects over winter break and next summer,” Dietel said.
But some faculty have wanted to “reexamine the fall schedule to make it more in line with spring,” said University Registrar Robert Fitzgerald, noting that the fall semester is often shorter than the spring semester because of Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah. A proposal to make the earlier start permanent never went to a faculty vote, he said. To make this change permanent, Fitzgerald added, “we would need more feedback from students, teachers, parents and alums.” According to Fitzgerald, the calendars for the 2011–12 and 2012–13 school years will return to normal. But, he added, the administration will run into the same problem again in the fall of 2013, when Rosh Hashanah starts the night of Wednesday, Sept. 5. “Maybe another year that poses similar challenges, we may be asked to vote again,” Bergeron said. Poli sci problems Not ever yone welcomed the change. One big conflict that arose from starting earlier was that professors from the Department of Political Science were attending an important conference during Labor Day weekend. “The early start date has been a nightmare for political science,” wrote James Morone, professor of political science and chair of the department, in an e-mail to The Herald. According to Morone, political science professors normally attend the annual convention of the American Political Science Associa-
tion starting the Thursday before Labor Day, when Brown classes usually are not in session. “Last year, we had 1,246 students taking courses from us in the fall,” Morone wrote, so it’s been “an incredible scramble for us to juggle everything — shopping period, advising and our professional obligations.” According to Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Ross Cheit, when professors from the Department of Political Science heard of the change and realized the conflict, the department met and concluded that every professor would individually decide how to best handle the conflict. Some professors, Cheit said, decided to cancel the first class. This caused confusion among students — some of whom thought their class was meeting when it was not and others who did not attend class because they thought all political science classes were cancelled. Laura Stumhofer ’13 ran into this very problem. While she enjoyed having the long weekend off, she said, she was annoyed that her political science classes were affected. “There were some poli sci classes that didn’t even start until a week later,” Stumhofer said. Though faculty have discussed making the change permanent, Cheit said that making the change permanent would cause a large problem for the Department of Political Science. “If this was a one-time thing, it wouldn’t be that bad,” Cheit said. “But if it’s permanent, that’s a whole different story.”
Monday blues The change also caused problems for students and professors with Monday-only seminars. Because shopping period starts on a Wednesday, Monday seminars normally are not held that week. However, since the first Monday of shopping period fell on Labor Day and classes were cancelled, Monday seminars did not meet until Sept. 13, making shopping for these classes difficult for students. “I liked the fact that we had a long weekend to ease into school,” said Kara Kaufman ’12. “But at the same time it was very frustrating because I had a Monday seminar that didn’t start until two weeks after school started.” Kaufman said that in order to make up for the missed classed time, her professor assigned reading before the first class met. Students who wanted to shop a class at the time, however, were still restricted because they could not shop the class until near the end of shopping period. The conflict with Monday seminars “has been an unfortunate side effect,” Bergeron said. To make up for the conflict, the Office of the Dean of the College “tried to accommodate registration” for Monday seminars by extending by a week the deadline of registration without a fee for those classes, she said. Nice long weekend? Other professors expressed discontent with the change, but many students who didn’t have any conflicts with classes said they appreciated it, especially the long weekend it provided.
Lowry Marshall, professor of theatre, speech and dance, said that while the change did not affect her once she was back at Brown, it did affect her summer. Marshall helped run a summer theatre program at Brown that ended very closely to the early start of the school year. “The change throws the whole semester off,” Marshall said. “The distance between summer and Brown was miniscule.” Marshall added that students who participated in the same summer program were also affected negatively by the early start. Other professors, like Douglas Brown, director of writing support programs and adjunct lecturer in English, had mixed feelings about the change. “I liked getting Labor Day off, but I didn’t like starting early,” Brown said. “Thankfully, it didn’t affect my classes.” Myles Coleman ’13 not only appreciated the extra day off, but thought that having a free day helped him reconsider his classes. “The long weekend is nice,” Coleman said. ”You have time to think about classes during the day off.” As a first-year, Atiuh Cervantes ’14 liked having a small break while shopping period was still getting started. “Because of the day off, it’s not so intense right away,” Cervantes said. “I ended up changing one of my classes over the weekend.” Taran Raghuram ’14 was pleasantly surprised by the break. “We already have a three-day weekend? That’s awesome,” he said.
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With a new year, newly appointed representatives join UCS By Nicole Boucher Senior Staff Writer
Seasoned council members and freshly minted first-year representatives came together for the first official general body meeting of the Undergraduate Council of Students Wednesday. The council filled its vacant executive board positions and liaison roles through internal elections at the meeting. David Rattner ’13 and Molly Lao ’13 were voted in as Campus Life Committee Chair and Communications Chair, respectively, filling the two vacancies of the executive board. “Campus life is supposed to be
right in the campus,” Rattner said. “It is about changing our day-to-day life,” so no student concern will be too small, he said. Lao said she helped to increase interaction with students last year with Twitter, Facebook and blogging mechanisms, and she will continue to increase communication this year. Rattner and Lao join Council President Diane Mokoro ’11, Vice President Ben Farber ’12, Academic and Administrative Affairs Chair Eden Castro ’12, Student Activities Chair Ralanda Nelson ’12 and Admissions and Student Services Chair Chris Collins ’11, who were voted in by the student body at the end of
last semester. The council also elected its liaisons to other groups serving in various capacities across campus and beyond. Jessica Liss ’13, a former Herald staff writer, will serve as the Corporation liaison. Liss said “direct dialogue” with Corporation members must increase rather than allowing information to pass through a filter to the Council. Michael Schneider ’13 assumes the role of appointments chair, providing a link between UCS and the various student committees they appoint on campus. Stephanie Pak ’12 will connect Brown with the other Ivy League schools as the new Ivy
Council policy chairperson. Former Herald Senior Staff Writer Mitra Anoushiravani ’11 will serve as the liaison between UCS and the Undergraduate Finance Board. UFB President Adam Kiki-Charles ’11 said this role would be especially important this year in “revamping the relationship between UCS and UFB.” Last March, there was debate on the relationship between UCS and UFB after UFB proposed constitutional changes that would grant them more say in various aspects of control, The Herald reported at the time. Brandon Tomasso ’13 was elect-
ed the council’s alumni liaison. Mokoro said she would like to better “reach out to people who were ‘you’ — one, five or 25 years ago.” Communicating with alums can tap into a resource of knowledge for the council in the future, she said. UCS also elected Remy Robert ’13 as secretary; Holly Hunt ’13, who was responsible last year for developing a UCS website, as webmaster; and Kyra Mungia ’13 as parliamentarian pro tempore. Next week, the council will hear presentations from Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Margaret Klawunn and Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron.
Few surprises in R.I.’s gubernatorial, congressional, local elections continued from page 1 results showed voter turnout in Providence jumping to 27 percent, the highest since Cicilline earned his first Democratic nomination for mayor in 2002. A series of withering last-minute attacks from businessman Anthony Gemma criticizing Cicilline’s record as mayor and blasting him for accepting erroneous pay raises threatened to undermine Cicilline’s frontrunner status heading into the primary contest.
But Cicilline weathered Gemma’s assault, earning 37.2 percent of the vote to Gemma’s 23.1 percent. Progressive state Rep. David Segal, DProvidence, and former state Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch both trailed at nearly 20 percent. Cicilline will face the former state House minority whip from Tiverton, Republican John Loughlin II, in November. But Gemma’s strong showing among blue-collar voters “could spell serious challenges for Cicilline’s campaign come November,”
according to Victor Profughi, Rhode Island College professor emeritus of political science and director of the polling firm Quest Research. While no conclusive polling exists on the impact of Cicilline’s sexual orientation, the fact that the Providence mayor is openly gay is likely “not helpful” among these voters, Profughi said. Taveras also faced a tough primary, though the results tell a different story. The Providence lawyer nabbed almost 50 percent of the vote against opponents City Councilman
John Lombardi; state Rep. Steven Costantino, D-Providence; and repeat mayoral candidate Chris Young. Lombardi came in second with 29.0 percent, while Costantino and Young took 20.0 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively. “The biggest surprise of the evening was the margin of Taveras’ win in Providence,” Profughi said, adding that significant majorities on the East Side, which includes Brown, were key to his victory. There is “no question” that the Brown community, if construed broadly as not only students and faculty but also alums and Taveras advisers associated with the University, played an important role in Taveras’ win, Profughi said. Taveras’ victory also means voters are seeking a change in city government, according to Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science. “It showed that voters in Providence really want a changing of the political guard,” Schiller said, adding that the win represents an “opportunity for Providence to become more coherent politically” if Taveras can live up to his message of being able to bridge ethnic divides. Taveras benefited from the competition between Costantino and Lombardi “for the same core voter base,” according to Schiller. Taveras’ effective get-out-the-vote effort and a successful coalition of South Providence, East Side and Fox Point voters was instrumental as well, she said. Tuesday’s voting also made John Robitaille, former communications adviser to Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65, the winner of the Republican gubernatorial nomination with 70.3 percent of the vote. Robitaille defeated Victor Moffitt, a former state representative from Coventry. State Treasurer Frank Caprio took the Democratic nomination for governor in an uncontested race. He
and Robitaille will face off against independent candidate Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’13 in November. Incumbent Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., fended off challengers Betsey Dennigan and Ernie Greco to reclaim his party’s nomination for the 2nd District Congressional seat, with 57.4 percent of the tally, compared to Dennigan’s 33.9 percent. Dennigan, a former state representative from Pawtucket, attacked Langevin from the left, galvanizing support among progressives and women’s rights groups angered by Langevin’s stalling on the health care bill due to his anti-abortion stance. Greco, a conservative Democrat, criticized Langevin for not sufficiently defending pro-life values. Langevin will have a November rematch against North Kingston businessman Mark Zaccaria, who bested three opponents — William Clegg III, Michael Gardiner and Donald Robbio — in the Republican primary. Langevin handily defeated Zaccaria in the 2008 general election. Yet Langevin’s margin of victory in his Democratic primary means the race could be closer this time around. “I think it’s an opportunity for the Republicans in the 2nd Congressional District even more than in the 1st,” Schiller said, adding that Dennigan’s strong showing despite a lack of campaign advertising reveals “dissatisfaction to some extent with Langevin.” Primary defeats of 10 incumbent Democratic state legislators may also suggest openings for state Republicans, Schiller said. “Republicans are relatively weak in Rhode Island in state legislative races, but this gives them an opportunity,” she said. “If voters were willing to take out the incumbent and put in a replacement Democrat, they might be willing to put in a replacement Republican in November.”
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“There was something there of value.” — Luis Hernandez, on his canceled pot-growing school
ABC drama filmed in Marijuana school goes up in smoke R.I. set to premiere By Rebecca Ballhaus Senior Staff Writer
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People familiar with Rhode Island sights will want to add a new television show to their list this year. “Body of Proof,” a new drama on ABC, has been filming in and around Providence since July, and will most likely premiere at the end of October, said Matthew Gross, an executive producer of the show. The drama, which stars Dana Delany of “Desperate Housewives,” is about a workaholic Philadelphia neurosurgeon with plenty of personal problems who sustains a hand injury in a car accident. She can no longer operate on the living, but “she can operate on the dead,” said Gross, so she becomes a medical examiner. Each week, she and her fellow detectives will solve crimes, he added, but she will also be seeking personal redemption for her past. He said the show is in some ways a female version of “House,” though featuring a medical examiner. The show is set in Philadelphia, but is filmed in Rhode Island. Shows are often filmed in cities other than where they take place, said Patrick Preblick, an ABC publicist for the show. Providence was one of “a number of places” where filming could have been possible, he said, and there were “terrific fiscal reasons” for choosing Rhode Island. Gross said he calls Providence “Providelphia” for how well it has worked as a substitute for Philadelphia. The production was lured by what he called “incredible tax incentives” that helped bring down the bottom-line cost. Thanks to the “magic” of filmmaking, set extensions or computer generated images can be added to shots to make them look like they were filmed elsewhere, Gross said. A pilot for “Body of Proof” was filmed in R.I. in April, and — after the network ordered 12 more episodes in May — production returned to the area in July, Preblick said. Much of the filming took place in a production facility in nearby Warwick. The sets used images of the Philadelphia skyline in windows to help establish the location, Preblick said. Other R.I. filming locations included Roger Williams Park, Iron Works Tavern in Warwick, Rhode Island College, Twist Restaurant in Warwick and Bold Point Park in East Providence, according to Preblick. “If Rhode Islanders watch (the
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show), they’ll definitely see local spots in Rhode Island,” Preblick said. While some scenes have been filmed in the areas around Brown, there has not been any filming on the campus proper, Gross said. “We would love to shoot on Brown locations,” he said, though it can be difficult for television shows to get approval from the University to shoot on campus. Gross also pointed to the economic benefits of the show for the state. “We’ve spent a ton of money here,” Gross said. “We’re offering jobs and goods and services.” Many cast and crew members and extras were drawn from the local talent pool, Preblick said, though he did not have exact figures on the number of jobs the show provides. Being in Providence has its advantages for the actors, Delany — the lead actress — said at an ABC Press Tour event in August. “The great thing about being on location is it really makes the actors form a team because we’re all new in town. … So we’ve all been to the mall a lot together,” she said. Providence is a “well-kept secret” in the filming world, Gross said. “It’s got a tremendous ability to double” for other cities, he said. The city encompasses many different looks and styles “within spitting distance,” he said. “We’ve had a great experience. I will shout it from the mountaintops.” “Body of Proof” will continue to film the 12 episodes ordered by the network through December. If the network orders another nine episodes, the show will continue to film through April, Preblick said. Currently, the network plans to air the show on Fridays at 9 p.m., with a premiere on Oct. 22, Gross said. But the network has been so pleased with the product that it is discussing moving “Body of Proof” to another night — a move that could affect the date of the premiere, he said.
The New England School of Alternative Horticultural Studies — previously billed as Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana school — has decided to cancel its inaugural class and indefinitely postpone operations over concerns that the Rhode Island Department of Health has not offered it explicit approval. Luis Hernandez, the school’s founder, cited a Sept. 2 Herald article in which a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health raised reservations about the school as the impetus for his concerns. The health official, Annemarie Beardsworth, said of the school, “From the Health Department’s point of view, our one concern is that accurate information is presented, not only about what the law permits in terms of growing (marijuana) but about the rules and regulations for caregivers and patients.” In addition to The Herald’s article, the abortive school had received extensive coverage in local media and on the internet. Hernandez said he was unable to reach any official at the Health Department to seek the department’s approval of his business. “I didn’t really get a response — not at all, not a thing,” he said. “I thought it would be a good idea to let them know that I’m not going to go teaching in your backyard until we get some communication going.” He said he would be willing to reopen the school if he does receive approval from the Health Department. Hernandez said he had always had concerns about the issue of state authorities, but “sometimes the implications of these things don’t become clear to you until you’re down the road a bit,” he said. “I got a better look at things, and (thought), ‘Oh, this is a much clearer picture — and I don’t know
if I like it.’ ” Hernandez added that he has neither the resources nor the time to deal with a lawsuit if it were to come to that. He has consulted an attorney, he said, adding that “we all came to the agreement that without the approval of the state there was nothing much further to do.” Though Hernandez noted the “controversial” aspect of his school, he said as far as he could ascertain, there was nothing illegal about it. “We’re just showing somebody how to do something without hurting themselves. You could almost argue that the state should be showing them how to not hurt themselves,” he said.
Ultimately, Hernandez chose to err on the side of caution. “Given the subject matter and the controversial factor of it, it would not be wise to move forward without the state’s (explicit) approval,” he said. “I would love to help the community, and I think I have something of value to bring — there are a lot of accidents, fires, things like that,” arising from the cultivation of marijuana, he said. “There was something there of value and still is something there of value for someone who wants to take on the powers that be to try to spearhead the (cause). But it’s not going to be me.” “Frankly, I’d rather spend time with my daughter,” he said.
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Old QB, new wideouts look to improve on record year By Chan Hee Chu Sports Staff Writer
No Buddy Farnham ’10. No Buddy Sewall ’10. No problem — at least according to football coaches and players heading into the new football season. Despite having to replace close to 2,500 all-purpose yards provided by the two All-Ivy receivers, the Bears are confident that the offense will be as explosive as ever. The Bears’ offensive unit led the Ivy League in total production with 396.6 yards per game last year. To maintain their high-powered attack, the Bears will rely on a number of new faces to help fill the void left by Farnham and Sewall. While admitting to the need to adjust to the graduation of the two star wideouts, Head Coach Phil Estes spoke highly of their replacements. “There are routes we can’t run anymore but we have enough guys to replace all that we lost,” Estes said. Many receivers will look to fill the void left by Farnham and Sewall, including Matt Sudfeld ’11, Alex Tounkara ’11 and Jimmy Saros ’12. While Sudfeld has the most game experience, the coaches ex-
pect all the receivers to contribute significantly this year. Helping to ease the receivers’ transition is tri-captain Kyle Newhall-Caballero ’11 at quarterback — a First Team All-Ivy selection in his first year as a starter last season. Some people “look at what we lost, and not so much what we have,” Newhall-Caballero said. “We have talent. We just haven’t had a
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chance for those guys to show it.” Despite setting numerous team and Ivy League records in 2009, Newhall-Caballero still believes he has room for improvement. “The biggest thing about the second year is you’re experienced,” he said. “You know what to expect and how to react. You’re seeing what the defense is giving you and not so much trying to get through each play.” A revamped cast of offensive linemen will provide Newhall-Caballero with enough time to find open receivers. While left tackle and tri-captain Patrick Conroy ’11 and right guard Brian Ellixson ’11 return as starters, the Bears will
have to replace three All-Ivy players on the line. Joining Conroy and Ellixson this year will be John Cook ’11, Jack Geiger ’12 and Evan Johnson ’12. While Brown’s passing attack has gained much of the acclaim in recent years, the Bears return Second Team All-Ivy selection Zach Tronti ’11 at running back. Returning from an ACL tear that kept him out of the last two games of 2009, Tronti is healthy again and ready to contribute. The Bears are also excited about the maturation of running back Mark Kachmer ’13 — an “explosive” athlete, Tronti said, who will be integrated into the offense this year. The Bears will also benefit from the return of Alex Prestley ’11, a tight end adept at both blocking and catching. With the season fast approaching, coaches and players alike have highlighted the importance of completing drives and being more efficient in the red zone. Despite finishing second in Ivy League scoring last year, trailing only Harvard, Estes still believes the team left too many points on the field. This year, the Bears will try to improve on that scoring mark with a retooled offense.
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Running back Zach Tronti ’11 returns to the field this season after a torn ACL ended his 2009 season prematurely.
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Team hopes to grow from tough losses at invite By Garret Johnson Contributing Writer
Heading into the Bucknell University Invitational, the men’s water polo team (5-2) knew challenging teams were waiting for them. The tough tests of the weekend were games against No. 16 Navy (11-1) and No. 20 Bucknell (7-2). And tough they were. Bruno fell 13-9 to Bucknell and 8-7 to Navy in a weekend of mixed results. The Bears were able to defeat Diablo Valley College 9-3, the University of Toronto (0-4) 13-8 and Penn State at Behrend (1-7) 16-2. “We really had two big games, and we lost both of them,” said Head Coach Felix Mercado. Mercado said he was disappointed with how Bruno started off its games against Bucknell and Navy, but said that he saw “a lot of great things that we can build on.” The Bears played the second half of the game against Bucknell without offensive leaders James McNamara ’14 and Svetozar Stefanovic ’13, both of whom were ejected during the second quarter. In light of being shorthanded, Mercado praised the depth of the team. “We actually rose to the occasion and played better in the sec-
ond half,” Mercado said. “In the past we might not have been able to respond well. We are a more complete team now.” Co-captain Gordon Hood ’11 led the offense against Bucknell, scoring four goals, while Walker Shockley ’14 made eight saves in his 32 minutes in net. Even with these efforts, the team was unable to overcome Bucknell’s 5-0 lead early in the game. Despite the losses, Mercado did find silver lining in the tournament, saying that “we found out a lot about ourselves.” He said the invitational revealed the team’s “areas that need improvement.” Br uno will have to address these issues quickly, as the schedule does not get easier. Mercado’s squad will head to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at Har vard tomorrow. “We are going against the top teams on the East Coast,” he said of this weekend’s matchups. And the following weekend, the Bears will clash with the Collegiate Water Polo Association North’s top-ranked St. Francis College (70) at a tournament held by Connecticut College. As Mercado tells his team about the tough upcoming schedule: “Here comes the gauntlet.”
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Column oversimplifies Prop 8 ruling To the Editor: I have some objections to the information and views contained in the September 10 column “What Brown can learn from Prop 8” by Terrence George ’13. In my opinion, George’s column misrepresents the legal basis of Judge Walker’s ruling in the recent Perry v. Schwarzenegger case regarding the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. George writes that Walker’s decision “declared California’s law in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, citing a lack of legitimacy given its basis in ‘private moral(s)’.” He then goes on to assert that private morals are a perfectly legitimate basis for law, and that the will of the majority should prevail in cases such as this. However, Walker’s decision was significantly more nuanced than George acknowledged in his column. Walker specifically found that the law did not satisfy the requirements of “strict scrutiny”, the standard for testing the constitutionality of a law that infringes what has been deemed a fundamental right. (The U.S. Supreme Court has previously
recognized the right to marriage as a fundamental right, so this test is applicable to the case.) To meet the conditions of strict scrutiny, a law “must be justified by a compelling governmental interest”, a condition which Walker ruled was not satisfied by Proposition 8. Thus, Walker’s ruling was deeply rooted in legal precedent and procedure, rather than merely “about [Walker’s] own urge to castigate the people of California for their ‘antiquated’ morality,” as George asserts. I also object to George’s overall conclusion, which is, as I understand it, that “gay marriage is wrong for California … because the people of California said so.” This statement ignores an important function of government, which is to protect minorities from abuse at the hands of the majority. Just as in the case of interracial marriage half a century ago, the legal principles underlying our democratic system sometimes need to overrule the will of the majority to ensure the full protection of law for all citizens. Nicholas Gaya ’14 Sept. 11
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How to throw a legal party If you live in an off-campus house or just like to visit on weekend nights, you might have noticed that police are breaking up party after party, fining hosts and dispersing disappointed guests into the streets. The police say they are responding to noise complaints, which are up 7 percent this year, according to Lt. John Ryan, commander of Providence Police District 9. As a result of the increase in calls from neighbors, the police are now instituting a zero tolerance policy on violations and fining the residents of noisy homes. They’ll go back to giving warnings to first offenders when things quiet down, Ryan said. If you’re planning to throw a party this weekend, here are some tips: Keep the noise down. Most complaints that the police receive are due to noise. This isn’t just music coming from inside the party — many neighbors call the police because of noise outside homes. Warn partygoers not to talk loudly as they arrive or depart. A city ordinance mandates that noise not exceed 50 decibels between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Noise violations carry a fine of $200 to $500, so it’s in your best interest to avoid them. If you don’t have a decibel meter, here’s a way to know if your party is definitely too loud: Go 200 feet away from your property — about the distance between two telephone poles — and have a listen. If your party is audible, you need to turn it down. Keep the numbers relatively low. Smaller parties are less likely to attract attention, and larger parties are technically in violation of a Rhode Island law prohibiting overcrowded assemblies. The law states that each guest at a gathering
on residential property must have an average of 15 square feet of space. Of course, most complaints from neighbors are on the basis of noise and not overcrowding. Still, if the police come to your house to investigate a complaint and see clear signs of an overcrowding violation, they can enter and break up the party. Be a nice neighbor. We suggest you contact your nearest neighbors to let them know you plan to throw a party and give them a way to contact you if the noise becomes bothersome. This simple courtesy could help you avoid a hefty fine. Another option is to drop off a nice gift at your neighbors’ houses before the party starts. Given the high cost of a fine, a token of appreciation for those living within earshot could be very economical. But don’t only be nice to your neighbors. If you do get busted, be nice to the cops as well — they’re just doing their jobs — and be thankful you don’t go to the University of Rhode Island. At URI, students that have been fined for hosting parties must have an orange sticker placed on their homes to mark the site of an unruly gathering. If residents of the house remove or tamper with the sticker, they face a $100 fine. The URI Student Senate is currently challenging the constitutionality of the practice in a federal appeals court with backing from the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. Fortunately, we haven’t seen any stickers here yet. The Providence Police suddenly don’t look so bad after all. Editorials are written by The Herald’s editorial page board. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Arguing against Elginism BY ANTHONY BADAMI Opinions Columnist The view of Athens from atop the Acropolis, more accurately known as the Citadel of Athens, is heart-stirring and breathtaking. The matrix of bleached-white stone which comprises the city below provides an impressive foreground, while the surrounding cerulean sea is pleasant and welcoming in comparison, a description proven even more appropriate as the city’s furthest points seem to submerge into the shimmering water. Eyeing the bay, it is as if you are watching a shower of minute diamonds drizzle into an undulating azure pool. All of these wondrous components taken together have the effect of rendering the scene cinema-like. It is truly a view worth seeking. Unfortunately, much of the cultural and political accompaniments to this surreal scenery are either ruined or relocated or both. Through centuries of pillaging, theft, tribal conflict and religious warfare, a significant portion of Athenian classical art and architecture has been ransacked and stolen. There is much discussion surrounding the idea of who should be held accountable for this legacy of destruction. I decided to take part in this conversation this past July when I traveled to Athens to witness the wreckage myself. My focal point for the journey was a particularly salient and controversial set of pieces known as the Elgin Marbles. Captured by Thomas Bruce, the Earl of Elgin, in the late 18th century, the
92 original pieces depict either a festival for the Goddess Athena or a story in which man and beast, human and god, celebrate an Athenian victory in the period of Pericles. Regardless, the Parthenon frieze is the exemplar of the High Classical style and a monumentally beautiful piece. I had ventured to London just a few days earlier, and I had the opportunity to see the single largest collection of these Parthenon sculptures in the world. A stale pamphlet distributed nearby provided the rationale
have better facilities? Does a museum with a large collection by definition have the legitimate right to whichever historical artifacts it chooses? To the second, of course they do not. It would be absurd to think that cultural theft is redeemed only by the circumstance that such theft is abundant. The slippery slope argument (“If these sculptures were returned then the Museum would have to return every artifact”) does not apply either. The Byzantines or the Babylonians are no longer around to make simi-
It would be absurd to think that cultural theft is redeemed only by the circumstance that such theft is abundant.
for keeping the display housed in the British Museum. I wish to respond to that, and some other arguments, here. First, the Museum claims that the sculptures are a component of “everyone’s shared heritage and transcend cultural boundaries.” But what makes the British Museum the bastion of such cosmopolitanism? Why not, then, move the sculptures to New York, or China, or India, for that matter, where more viewers may frequent the display? In this instance, transcendence seems to be, at best, an empty euphemism for Anglo superiority. Does the British Museum
lar claims, nor are hundreds of other looted ancient civilizations. But the Athenians have kept this claim alive and well, and one should not put too much stock in logical fallacies. To the first question, though, the British have had some foundation upon which to rest their case. For a long while, Athens did not have adequate facilities to maintain the Parthenon sculptures. Indeed, had the pieces been kept on Greek soil for the last century or so, there is little doubt that they would have suffered significant degradation and decay. However, as I can personally attest, since
the christening of the sparkling new Acropolis Museum, Athens is more than equipped to house its historical sculptures. As I made my way through this sparkling, sleek and super-modern repository, I was awed by the immaculate exhibitions, efficient staff and security, and the artful, minimalist décor. It blew the Greek Antiquities section of the British Museum out of the water. In this situation, we must not make the best the enemy of the good. In other words, a little bit of good can be done towards rectifying a historical injustice; though we cannot correct all historical inequities and exploitation, it is still worth pursuing those minor misdeeds that can be resolved. When I arrived at the few pieces of the frieze on show, I sighed deeply and paced quickly through it. I tried with great difficulty to transplant mentally the London exhibition of the marbles, but I was too discouraged to configure in my mind a reasonable image. I remember reading a cancer-stricken Christopher Hitchens compare this travesty to the Mona Lisa being sawed in half. I can tell you the comparison is suitable. Thus, I add my two cents to the discussion, and I encourage the British Museum to take due steps as quickly as possible to return the stones. There is no longer any excuse for such negligent conduct.
Anthony Badami ’11 is a political theory concentrator from Kansas City, Mo. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refactoring the Refectory BY KSHITIJ LAURIA Opinions Columnist If you really love the food at the Ratty, you can stop reading right now: we have fundamental disagreements that no opinions column of mine can change. I spent all of freshman year avoiding the Ratty, camping outside the V-Dub waiting for the doors to open, going through my flex points way too fast, patronizing every eatery on Thayer and Wickenden and most of all, hating every weekend because the V-Dub wasn’t open. Can you imagine the cognitive dissonance involved in hating every weekend? I was a wreck. At first I attributed it to dismal, but sound, economics: after all, good ingredients are expensive, and when you have a whole university to feed, I might understand the compromised gastronomy. But from friends who work in the back-rooms of Brown Dining Services, at the catering arm, making pizza at the Gate and falafel at the Ivy Room, I heard the same thing: Brown is buying everything one needs in order to make good food. And turning it into Ratty food. As the old pilot manuals would say, the problem is probably sitting in the cockpit. The assumptions under which we are operating are flawed. I think Brown University should not be in the business of making food at all. Real-life organizations often benefit from adopting the Unix philosophy of doing one thing and doing it well — and unless everyone has a huge change of heart and we become the largest open-air cafe in
Providence, that one thing would be the business of educating students. The problem of turning land and sunlight into raw ingredients was outsourced long ago to other sectors of the economic system, and I think it’s time to go all the way up the chain now. Of course, Brown still needs an organization to represent its food needs. I suggest Dining Services evolve towards becoming an administrative and financial body that acts as a liaison between interested parties at Brown (administrators, finance people, and the student body) and private parties
vices already cannot compete with and is expensive compared to Thayer street and whereabouts. One meal credit (6.15 Flex Points) comes to either $6.36 or $7.65 out of your pocket for the two most cost-effective meal plans. It gets better: like many other educational institutions that have gone this way, it would make sense for Brown (rather, the large number of allied food customers that make up the Brown community) to use our financial clout and the dependence of local businesses on us to set up sweet deals. The Ratty can, and should, still physical-
Brown University should not be in the business of making food at all.
that are already in the food business. I envision some kind of buffer between us and the outside world, as well as a body that standardizes across campus eateries for quality and student-friendliness. Someone still needs to set up cards, manage accounts and all that boring stuff, and it might as well be Dining Services. I think this would be a fantastic thing from the students’ point of view. Dining Ser-
ly be the main dining hall on campus. One way to improve the system would be to auction catering licenses to a few companies, rather like a food court. Presumably, students would spend meal credits (or points or whatever other fake money system the accountants come up with for tax reasons) at individual stalls of their own choosing, so that we are back in that happy, happy land where economic success is tied to pleased
and returning customers. A pleasant side-effect of setting things up closer to how they are in the real world is that everyone pays for what and how much they eat. I don’t know about you, but after tuition and housing, food is my biggest expense; if you go to school with a bunch of athletes and other people who eat way more than you do, you’re subsidizing their upkeep. It’s just not fair. It’s also unhealthy, because you want to stuff as much food inside of you as you can while you’re still inside, instead of making prudent, healthy, tasty choices. I’m sure everyone on a meal plan has done exactly that in the past. It is unclear how this would affect the local economy — what if people stopped eating on Thayer because (gasp!) the Ratty was actually good? — but I do think it would be great for student employment, because we’re cheap, live close by and have been working for BuDS for years. Brown could probably twist some arms and get minimum guaranteed employment numbers for student workers. You know what else would be really great for student employment? Ditching that whole plan, ditching the current Dining Services bureaucracy and letting students run the whole thing. After all, if students can independently produce a daily publication such as The Herald, why can’t we feed ourselves, too?
Kshitij Lauria ’13 is off meal plan, at least for now.
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tomorrow, september 17
5:30 P.M. — Memorial Service for Paige Hicks ’11, Manning Chapel
4 P.M.-6 P.M. — Constitution Day Lecture: “Free Speech? Citizens United v FEC Revisited,” Salomon 101
7 P.M. — Joukowksy Forum Screening of “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time,” Salomon 001
Cabernet Voltaire | Abe Pressman
8 P.M.-11 p.M. — Brown Taiwan Society Nightmarket, Sayles Hall Auditorium
menu Sharpe Refectory
Verney-Woolley Dining Hall
Lunch — Vegan Tofu Raviolis with Sauce, Curried Beef Tips, Grilled Ham and Swiss Sandwich
Lunch — Hot Roast Beef on French Bread, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
Dinner — Roast Turkey with Gravy, Cheese and Corn Strata, Mashed Sweet and White Potatoes
Dinner — Meatloaf with Mushroom Sauce, Butternut Squash with Sage and Shallots, Marble Squares
Bat & Gaz | Sofia Ortiz
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Orange you glad?
by Jonah Kagan ’13
Dot Comic | Eshan Mitra and Brendan Hainline
Fruitopia | Andy Kim 56 It might precede a bromance 60 Preﬁx with skeleton 61 Cries of surprise 62 Let’s free 63 Thesaurus entry: abbr. 64 Logical operator 65 Leaves DOWN 1 Piece of pie 2 Dishwasher phase 3 It’s legal to poach 4 Littlest Pickles on “Rugrats” 5 “I’m coming, I’m coming” 6 Givings of the ﬁnger 7 Org. known for its rings 8 Take out for, as a nice dinner 9 Hansel, for one 10 Intergalactic conﬂict in Espisodes II and III 11 Self-referential, say 12 Spanish eyes 13 “Fe, ﬁ, fo, ___!”
16 Good thing to have in the trunk? 21 Part of a nice rack 23 Heroic poem 24 Pot substitute? 26 “N.Y. State of Mind” rapper 28 Italian mayo 29 Muse’s main instrument 30 “___ Prudence” :: The Beatles 31 90’s hit with the lyric “I’m a model you know what I mean / And I do my little turn on the catwalk” 32 Place for a sporting proposal? 36 Conduct 37 Mulan’s enemies 39 Nintendo game featuring a vulpine spaceship pilot 40 Highly corrosive chemical, for short
41 Cheerleaders are full of it 43 Bagel Gourmet ___ 44 Cleft, the Boy ___ Wonder (Timmy’s alterego on “The FairlyOdd Parents”) 45 E Ink user 48 “Don’t ___ Me” :: 3OH!3 49 Classy couple? 50 Cheerleaders’ shouts 51 Seven Evil ___ (Scott Pilgrim enemies) 53 High-charged Barus and Holly denizens 57 Pi follower 58 Dr. ___ (“Scrubs” misanthrope) 59 Charlemagne, for one Solutions and archive online at blogdailyherald.com Contact: brownpuzzles @gmail.com
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