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ResLife investigating fake ‘surveillance’ letter By Sydney Ember News Editor
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Students gather in front of Faunce to advocate providing undocumented students a path to citizenship.
Undocumented students protest status By Alexandra Ulmer Senior Staff Writer
When Christian ’11 fell sick as a child, he almost never went to the doctor. When his classmates got their pictures taken for their driver’s license, he sat on a bench and watched. When guidance counselors began discussing colleges, he feared
he wouldn’t even be able to apply and envisioned his job at McDonald’s becoming a full-time one.
FEATURE Christian is one of thousands of college students without documents that allow them to be in the United States legally. Though they can
receive diplomas, most lack Social Security numbers, health care and many professional possibilities. “Coming to Brown was going from being someone who has no rights to someone who has everything,” said Christian, who asked that his full name not be revealed becontinued on page 2
Sound art Watson hosts conference exploring the ‘Next Left’ pioneer visits U. By Jonathan Staloff Contributing Writer
By Alicia Dang Staff Writer
Christina Kubisch, a pioneer in the field of sound art, gave a presentation on her career to a packed List 225 Thursday evening. A composer by training, Kubisch has developed new techniques to realize her sound installations, such as magnetic
ARTS & CULTURE induction and experimenting with ultraviolet light and different cable arrangements. Her artistic explorations are described on her website as a “ ‘synthesis of arts’ — the discovery of acoustic space and the dimension of time in the visual arts on the one hand, and a redefinition of relationships between material and form on the other.” Currently a professor for sound art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saarbrucken, Germany, Kubisch was brought in as the third visitor in the visiting artist series by the Media and Elec-
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The Watson Institute for International Studies hosted a conference, “The Next Left: Globalized Social Democracy in the North and South,” on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss how politicians can face modern global issues and crises. Held in the Joukowsky Forum,
the conference was a follow-up to one held in the spring. The major topics of discussion included the economic strategies and the effects of globalization on the “Next Left” movement — a European movement founded by Alfred Gusenbauer, former chancellor of Austria and Watson Institute professor-at-large, continued on page 3
Administrators are investigating a forged letter posted Wednesday in Keeney Quadrangle. The Office of Residential Life is reviewing the circumstances surrounding a letter announcing the installation of security cameras in Keeney and Pembroke campus, according to Senior Associate Dean of Residential and Dining Services Richard Bova. The letter, created by Evan Donahue ’11 as part of a project for a modern culture and media class, was addressed to residents of Keeney and Pembroke and signed by “Residential Life.” Bova said he was looking into information regarding the hoax, though he said he could not comment on further actions because a student was involved. “It’s all under review,” Bova said, though he said he has not spoken directly with the student. His office is in the process of removing the letters from Keeney bathroom doors, he said. The forged letter had claimed that a number of closed circuit television cameras would be installed by the Department of Facilities Management in Keeney and Pembroke during the fall. Cameras would go up in Keeney “in the next few weeks” and on Pembroke later this fall as a response to complaints “regarding the treatment of emergency exit signs inside Pembroke buildings and in the Keeney Quadrangle,” it claimed. It went on to state that the installation was approved by the Corporation at its May meeting “as part of Brown’s continuing investment in
capital projects.” The project was designed for MCM 1700M: “Techniques of Surveillance” and was intended to evaluate how people behave when they think they are being watched, said Donahue, a Herald editorial cartoonist. In addition to posting the letter, Donahue also put up markings in Keeney hallways meant to suggest imminent camera installation and sent an e-mail to Residential Peer Leaders in Keeney after the letters were posted in the residence hall, he said. Natalie Basil, associate director for ResLife, sent an e-mail Thursday afternoon to RPLs notifying them that the letter was fake. “Please know that any time there are going to be changes that will impact you and your residential communities to this degree, you would be asked to give your input through a focus group and receive notice from myself or your Community Director prior to these changes being announced in your communities,” Basil wrote in the e-mail. The fake letters “struck a chord,” said Dylan Field ’13, a Residential Counselor in Keeney. Field said he was initially worried about the possibility of camera installation, adding that his group of RPLs discussed the letter at a meeting Wednesday before learning it was a scam. He said he began taking down posted letters this morning. ResLife does not have plans to publish a response to the letter, Bova said. “Sending out a broadcast e-mail is not the way to approach this,” he said, adding that he is leaving it up to RPLs to notify other students that the letter was forged.
New Graduate School dean Weber settles into role BY Luisa Robledo Senior Staff Writer
On July 1, Peter Weber began his role as the new dean of the Graduate School. After teaching in the Department of Chemistry for over 20 years, Weber said he is excited to take on new tasks. “It’s great to be in this position,” he said. Though he has not yet defined his major projects, Weber said he plans to address his students’ needs immediately and continue to improve their experience. One of his goals is to further facilitate the assignment of graduate teaching assistants to the courses they are going to teach because “they don’t know until quite late,” he said. He would also like to finish the
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New Dean of the Graduate School Peter Weber is ready to get to work
process of making the Grad School application materials entirely computer-based to make the process
much more efficient. Housing is another subject he aims to tackle. Weber said he will
create discussion forums with the help of the Graduate Student Council, through which he hopes to learn whether students are satisfied or not. “My objective is to listen,” he said. “If there is a problem, I would like to know about it.” Since this is only his third month on the job, Weber said there are still a lot of “dimensions of these issues” he needs to figure out before he works on a solution. The Grad School, he said, fosters the University’s “research mission” and complements its college education. Whether it is by serving as teaching assistants or by working closely with undergraduates, graduate students are “a very important continued on page 3
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“It’s either grad school or getting married or going to McDonald’s.” — Alexandra Filindra, member of BIRC
Student but not citizen: undocumented undergrads at Brown continued from page 1 cause of his immigration status. “But now I feel stuck. I won’t be able to change my family’s socioeconomic status even though I went to an Ivy League school.” Last week, the Senate blocked debate about a bill that included an amendment known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. Passage of the DREAM Act would grant Christian and other undocumented students a path to citizenship. He watched on live television as the measure fell short by four votes. Undocumented students currently enrolled in college therefore remain in limbo — at Brown as well. The University admits undocumented applicants, whom they categorize as international students, according to Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73. “And if we admit them, we agree to fund them,” Miller said. “It’s hard to tell how many there are on campus. I don’t have a figure.” Three agreed to share their stories with The Herald. ‘Running on hope’ When Christian was seven, his family took a plane from Mexico to the United States. He landed in Chicago, which marked the first time he saw snow, and entered the country with a tourist visa. He has since overstayed that visa — by 16 years. Throughout high school, Christian kept his status a secret. “If someone doesn’t like you, they can just call the immigration office,” he said. “I’m always terrified of cops. If I ever get stopped, I think, oh my God, they’re going to send me 2,000 miles south to Mexico.”
In addition to avoiding the police, Christian learned to stay away from medical problems, since he didn’t have health insurance. “But I broke my arm once,” he said. “It cost us a fourth of my mom’s wages. She had to take a second job.” Both because of financial hurdles and his undocumented status, Christian initially deemed college unfeasible. But he was recruited by Brown’s cross country team. Members of the team personally delivered a letter Christian wrote to President Ruth Simmons, explaining his legal situation. “I wrote that I should have a chance because all the other schools I applied to refused me because I didn’t have a social security number,” he said. Throughout his time at college, he has become increasingly open about being undocumented, he added. Last spring, during a documentary screening organized by Brown Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, he chose to announce his status for the first time. “I just straight up said, ‘Hello, my name is Christian, and I’m an undocumented student at Brown.’ It felt strangely good, but it was scary,” he said. Christian has since told his story at high schools across Rhode Island. He said he recognizes many of his former beliefs in the students — the idea that both jobs and education are out of reach for undocumented students no matter how hard they work. Though he says his time at Brown has been a haven, his impending graduation is reviving the likelihood of his returning to Chicago and working at a fast-food restaurant under a fake Social Security
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number once more. “I have hope, but I’ve been running on hope for a while now,” Christian said. “I grew up like an American, and kids who grow up American want more.” Mounting activism High school friends of Steve ’12 probably thought his parents were extremely strict. They wouldn’t let Steve get his driver’s license — because they didn’t want to buy him a car. They forbade Steve from going on a school-sponsored trip to France — because they didn’t think he needed to leave the country. “It had become second nature for me not to tell anyone what the real issue was,” said Steve, who also asked that his full name not be revealed because of his immigration status. His family used a tourist visa to leave its native Hong Kong when he was one year old, and he hasn’t left the United States since. He was one of few undocumented students in his Vermont high school, and felt isolated from the issue until recently. Steve, who transferred to Brown this semester, had been selected to be a residential advisor his sophomore year at Vanderbilt University. But when he was unable to produce adequate documents, he was told he could not take up the position — a rejection that marks one of the sharpest reminders of his precarious situation. “I had always been able to ignore my status in some way or another,” Steve said. “I’m slowly getting to terms with it, but I’m still not going to go around parading my status. Brown is the first time I’ve actually joined the immigrant rights group.” But Steve said he still avoids thinking about his predicament. Otherwise, he added, resentment
toward his parents for bringing him to the United States spills over, and worries about his future submerge him. “I firmly believe the DREAM Act will pass eventually,” he said. After a pause, Steve added: “I can go to grad school if legislation doesn’t pass, just to buy time. But other than that, what can I really do other than go back and work in my parents’ restaurant?” Inspired to transfer When Alejo Stark ’12 was a child, he dreamed of becoming a professional pilot. “But obviously I hit this issue where I had to be a citizen and I wasn’t even a resident,” he said. “Once I began realizing all the roadblocks, I realized I had to do something. I went from being very afraid to being very active.” In 2000, Stark left his native Argentina under the Visa Waiver Program, which allows certain foreign nationals to travel to the United States for a maximum of 90 days. The five members of his family lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Miami. His father worked as a busboy, among other jobs, while his mother cleaned houses. Stark said he initially lived in a constant state of fear — once, when he was peeking out from behind his blinds, he mistook a van delivering gas to neighbors for a police car. Detention and deportation occurred often in his community — even to the priest of his family’s church. “My legs literally shook every time I passed a state trooper,” he said. But as the challenges grew to include the possibility that he wouldn’t be able to attend college, so did Stark’s determination to strive for change. His college counselor, unsure how to handle his situation,
advised him to go to community college. During his two years at Miami Dade College, he grew much more vocal about his status and became an active member of the group Students Working for Equal Rights. Last spring, he decided to transfer and began calling universities to ask if they accepted undocumented students. Stark cited Tam Ngoc Tran, who was killed in a car crash last spring, as a model who influenced his college search. Tran was of Vietnamese origin, born in Germany and raised in the United States — but lacked citizenship of any of these countries. While a graduate student at Brown, she advocated for immigrant rights. “She was one of the reasons I applied to Brown,” Stark said. “She’s kind of an icon.” He transferred to Brown this semester — which marks the first time he has health coverage. “I can run down the stairs now,” Stark said. “I have peace of mind.” But he has also intensified his efforts to diffuse certain misconceptions about undocumented students — for example, that they’re eligible for federal aid. “There is a huge escalation in frustration that is a product of feeling really disappointed by the political system,” Stark said. “But it’s a really hard position to be in — how do you get political capital if you don’t have a vote?” An uncertain path The three undocumented students said anti-immigrant rhetoric is swelling as the national debate grows increasingly polarized. But they also added that these divisions are spurring more activism on the part of undocumented students. “In the past five years, the way undocumented students speak about their status has changed dramatically,” said Associate Professor of American Civilization Matthew Garcia, who said that this new wave of activism disrupts conceptions of immigrants as criminals. “The image is never of these undocumented immigrants who are the best and the brightest.” Despite the surge in activism, few options are available to undocumented students after they graduate from university. “It’s either grad school or getting married or going to McDonald’s,” said Alexandra Filindra, postdoctoral research associate in public policy and a member of the immigrants’ rights coalition. “Someone with a Brown degree mowing lawns or cleaning houses? It’s such a waste of an incredible investment.” The economic downturn has eclipsed immigration reform from the political agenda, she added. But ultimately, the urgency of the issue will propel legislation forward. An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school each year, a number that makes ignoring the problem difficult, according to Filindra. “They’re basically doomed to a life in the shadows,” she added. “But these are the people who can be leaders.”
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“There is a need for an alternative.” — Alfred Gusenbauer, Watson Institute Professor-at-Large
Film about parkway is ‘one big special effect’ By Crystal Vance Guerra Contributing Writer
A recent documentary produced by Charles Greene ’13 and directed by Eliza McNitt, a sophomore film student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, blurs the line between documentary and dream.
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At the Watson Institute for International Studies’ “Next Left” conference, Professor-at-Large Ricardo Lagos spoke about working together in a “post-crisis world.”
Conference focuses on economic growth continued from page 1 which introduced a new plan for social democracy around the world. “Traditionally, the left needs four elements,” Gusenbauer said at the conference’s opening. “The one is an idea about the world, the second is a program of change, the third is an agent of the idea and transformation and the fourth is a crisis.” “One is to say we are quite lucky because one of the four elements which is necessary we have: the crisis,” he said as the crowd of professors chuckled. “There is a need for an alternative not only in Europe, but in the world and that’s what we are working on, and this seminar offers an excellent intellectual opportunity to come forward with policy proposals,” Gusenbauer told The Herald. In his opening remarks, Gusenbauer spoke of the need for economic growth on the global scale
to include equal access to advanced means of production and of the inequality produced by the competitive nature of society. Michael Kennedy, director of the Watson Institute and moderator of the conference, said “the most important thing is that these conversations have not taken place elsewhere. We are bringing social science perspectives with real policy questions that pose uncomfortable answers.” “The nature of the conference builds on a long Watson legacy. Watson has always been concerned with development in a global sense,” he added. The conference also featured Professor-at-Large Ricardo Lagos, president of Chile from 2000 to 2006. Lagos, known for signing free trade agreements with the United States, the European Community, China and other nations while in office, brought different experiences to the
conference than those of his colleagues in Europe. Lagos said he would discuss using new instruments in government such as the media, rethinking international institutions like the G-20 and establishing new ways of listening to the people. “We need a better understanding of how the post-crisis world is going to be and in what direction we are going to move in,” Lagos said. “We need to learn the lessons needed so politics can influence the markets in a better way.” After the first day of debate and discussion, Gusenbauer told The Herald, “I think it’s getting a very good over view. I am ver y much looking forward to tomorrow to talk about the economic rationale of the New Left agenda.” Attributing the saying to Mao Zedong, Gusenbauer said, “Even the largest march starts with the first step.”
Taiwan issue discussed in ‘strait’ chats By Anna Lillkung Contributing Writer
Strait Talk, a non-partisan dialogue group, is starting a series of informal, biweekly chats on Taiwan-China relations. The first chat was held on Sept. 22. All upcoming sessions are open to everyone in the Brown community interested in learning more and talking about the Taiwan Strait issue. The aim of the hour-long chats is to bring together people who are interested in the issue, according to Sarah Yu, former Strait Talk Symposium chair and a Herald opinions columnist. The chats will also be covered on the Watson Institute for International Studies blog Global Conversation. Dates for upcoming chats will be posted on Strait Talk’s Facebook and Twitter. Strait Talk was initiated in 2005 by Johnny Lin ’08, who formed the group with other undergraduates, ac-
cording to Strait Talk’s website. Lin grew up mainly in the U.S., but his family was separated by the conflict between China and Taiwan, according to Yu. The year 2005 marked a particularly sensitive period in Taiwan Strait politics, with the United States arming Taiwanese forces, and Lin thought it was time to get people together to discuss the issues, Yu said. Every year, Strait Talk selects fifteen delegates who come together for a week-long symposium. This year’s symposium —the sixth since the program began — takes place from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 at Brown. At each symposium, each party — Taiwan, mainland China and the U.S. — is represented by five delegates. “The symposium has been consistent and successful on the Brown campus,” said Alina Kung ’12, the Strait Talk Symposium chair. The symposium ends with a presentation, open to the public, of the final consensus report agreed to by
all fifteen delegates, providing recommendations on the Taiwan Strait issue, Yu said. The report will later be presented at the Asia Society in New York City where it will be introduced to policy makers and researchers, Kung said. Delegates are selected through an application process and must be under 30 years of age and able to represent an American, Taiwanese or Chinese perspective on the conflict. Applicants come from many universities in the U.S., though, historically, Brown tends to produce more applicants than other schools, Yu said. This year’s deadline for submitting applications — which can be found on Strait Talk’s website — is Sunday, Oct. 3. As an organization, Strait Talk has grown every year since 2005, according to Kung, and now includes a chapter at the University of California at Berkeley. Kung characterized the group as a space for “game changers in the global community.”
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Greene and McNitt said their mission in making “The Magic Motorway,” a film about the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut, was to inspire awareness about and, hopefully, attachment to the parkway. The Merritt Parkway Conservancy approached Greene at the beginning of this past summer and proposed the project to him, McNitt said. “We were approached to make a documentary that would appeal to a younger crowd,” Greene said. The conservancy had been depending on donations to maintain the parkway, Greene said. But its steady decomposition and the lack of awareness from a younger generation have necessitated a change in strategy. “Our purpose is to show people
how beautiful it is, that we are really lucky in Connecticut to have such a beautiful place,” Greene said. “It’s known as the ‘Queen of the Parkways,’ ” McNitt said. Featuring 68 bridges and adorned with native trees and plants, the 37.5-mile parkway — running from the state line in Greenwich, Conn. to the Housatonic River in Stratford, Conn. — is a highway meant for enjoyment, not merely traveling from place to place, Greene said. “You would get on (the parkway), and that would be your destination,” he said. The opening of the parkway in 1938 “strangely coincided with the World’s Fair,” McNitt said. Expanding upon the idea of the “dream fair,” a popular concept from the time, McNitt and Greene wrote a screenplay that is nothing short of magical. “It tells the story of two kids who travel along (the parkway) in time,” Greene said. Moving from the 1930s through 2010, “The Magic Motorway” is about “driving into the future,” McNitt said. continued on page 4
New dean settles in to head grad school continued from page 1 part of Brown.” “It’s a good partnership,” he said. “They really help each other.”
“I went to graduate school, and I loved it,” Weber said. “So I want to make graduate education the most thrilling experience a student would have in his or her lifetime.”
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Hay exhibit showcases Film asks a new generation to care amusements of yore continued from page 3
By Fei Cai Senior Staff Writer
Even in the days before iPods and movies, Americans and Brits knew how to have fun. An exhibit exploring popular forms of entertainment from England and the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries is currently on display in the John Hay Library. “Early American and British Popular Amusements” contains pieces from the personal collection of Don B. Wilmeth, professor emeritus of theatre, speech and dance, and from Brown’s own special collections. The exhibit includes handcolored prints and engravings, playbills, broadsides and many visual representations of the types of amusements that were common in centuries past. These pieces illuminate the popularity of pleasure gardens, performance by child prodigies and even minstrel shows. One of the earliest pleasure gardens — a kind of predecessor to today’s amusement parks — was Vauxhall Gardens in London, founded in 1661 and closed in 1859. Pleasure gardens like Vauxhall typically featured musical entertainment, food and drink, hot air balloon rides and performers like tightrope walkers. While most of the items on display showed entertainments that everyone could enjoy, such as satirical prints and pantomimes, places like Vauxhall “drew a fairly high- class clientele in the UK,”
Wilmeth wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. The exhibit also showcases the many forms of indoor amusements from the early 19th centur y. Before the invention of the feature film, entertainment ventures included magic lantern exhibits and other devices that created optical illusions. “Early American and British Popular Amusements” features an aquatint by William Henr y Payne, called “The Halfpenny Showman” that depicts a classic peepshow. Another display in the exhibit includes the original 1884 program from an equestrian show, managed by W.F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. These shows were usually what the performers believed to be recreations of frontier life and later went on to inspire the popular notions of the American Wild West. Wilmeth wrote that he spent almost six months going through his collection to determine what to put in the exhibit, but the current display only holds one-third of his total collection. “I just wanted to share them with the Brown community,” he wrote. “This represents a large aspect of popular culture that most people know little about — and it was a great reflector of tastes and what was thought to be entertaining at the time.” “Early American and British Popular Amusements” will be exhibited at the John Hay from Sept. 13 – Oct. 28.
The contrast between the past and the present is significant. Completed in 1940, the parkway “represents one of Connecticut’s greatest Depressionera public works projects,” according to a 2010 press release by the Merritt Parkway Conservancy. According to the Conser vancy’s website, during the parkway’s groundbreaking event in 1934, U.S. Rep. Schuyler Merritt — after whom it is named — said, “This great highway is not being constructed primarily for rapid transit but for pleasant transit. This county (Fairfield County) is fortunate in having such beautiful backcountry and it is our great duty to see that these beauties are preserved.” Since its construction, proposals to add more lanes or to turn it into a highway have challenged the Merritt Parkway’s existence. Today, the parkway is one of 11 sites named on the National Trust for Historic Places’ list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places. This lack of concern is what motivated the Conservancy’s directors to seek out McNitt and Greene. Currently, the parkway suffers from maintenance issues which raise driver and road safety concerns, McNitt said. Since many youth “don’t understand or appreciate it,” McNitt said, “we had to appeal to a younger group of people to celebrate the parkway.” To do so, McNitt and Greene decided on “breaking away from traditional documentary,” said Greene. The film itself is an eight-minute time warp of the parkway’s history from past to present. Meant to symbolize the experi-
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In addition to his work on “The Magic Motorway,” Charles Greene ’13 also won first prize in a C-SPAN National Documentary Film Contest in 2009.
ence of traveling the Merritt Parkway at its grandest moment in the 1930s, Greene and McNitt combine archival film and original footage to produce what McNitt described as “one big special effect.” Part of the documentary was filmed against a green screen in a garage while the actors sat in a 1939 red Packard convertible, said McNitt. Archival footage of the parkway was merged with original takes — all filmed within one weekend — breaching the boundaries of time to show the parkway’s history. McNitt and Greene are not new to filmmaking. Last year they entered the C-SPAN “Studentcam” National Documentary Film Contest, responding to a prompt to create a documentary about America’s most pressing issue and potentially have their film
screened at the White House. Their film, “Requiem for the Honeybee,” about bee colony collapse disorder, won first prize, McNitt said. Born within two hours of Greene in the same room on the same day, McNitt said her friendship and collaboration with Greene will undoubtedly continue. “He’s always been a twin,” she said. Despite his passion for filmmaking, Greene said he has chosen to pursue a more academic life by attending Brown. “Getting a well-rounded education is something that can only help you if film is where you want to wind up,” Greene said. Mutually acknowledging the support and energy that they each put into film, Greene and McNitt await the film’s release in early November.
‘Most prominent’ sound artist Kubisch presents her career continued from page 1 tronic Music Experiments program within the Music Department, in collaboration with the Creative Arts Council and the Digital + Media pro-
gram at the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to presenting visual illustrations of her past work, Kubisch played acoustic scripts of her installations, darkening the room and
encouraging the audience to close their eyes in order to fully enjoy the compositions. Kubisch’s career has included installations on electronic music, video performances, electromagnetic induction, use of solar energy on different surfaces, the effect of weather on the sound quality of bells and experimenting with pigments on speakers. One of her permanent exhibitions is the installation of soundmagnifying objects on the thin metal interior of a renovated factory in Germany. Visitors to the factory can hear sounds resonated from outside, a process that emphasizes the relationship between humans, sounds and nature. “There is so little sound art in the media space because it takes time and space” and most installations are temporary in nature, Kubisch said. Having even one permanent piece in a public space is “satisfying,” she added. She has also designed 33 “Electronic Walks in the World” in which participants wear specially designed headphones and go around cities to
detect sounds generated by different objects and magnified by the headphones. She gives each participant an instructional map of interesting locations she found, in addition to exploring sounds from “machines, hidden devices, art, advertisement — everything that is moving.” “Every city is different, every walk is a discovery,” Kubisch said. “You can hear things at places you expect and don’t expect.” In addition to the presentation, Kubisch conducted an electronic walk workshop in Providence with Brown and RISD students on Tuesday and showed her new movie about her sound installation work on Wednesday in the Music Department. She has also been meeting with students to talk about their work. Kubisch is working on integrating new elements to her works, such as photography, and aims at realizing some compositions that are completely acoustic. She has also developed a sound-detecting backpack and plans to make other appliances that include a more physical dimension.
Students said they found Kubisch’s presentation interesting and inspiring. “Hybridity is one of the qualities that characterize contemporary art,” said Jung Min Lee ’11, a modern culture and media concentrator, who said she found the presentation closely related to her own work. “This is an opportunity for us to be aware of and learn about current trends and artistic practices and how to apply what one has learned to his own production.” “I find her interests in place and mapping really intriguing,” said Betsey Biggs, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities. “It’s exciting to have someone so central in the field to come work with students directly.” “It’s been great,” said Jacob Richman, a doctoral candidate in the Media and Electronic Music Experiments program, who was also in charge of organizing Kubisch’s visit. “We feel lucky and happy to have the most prominent person in the field of sound art to come here.” “We study her works all the time,” he added.
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Squad hopes to stay undefeated, grab Governor’s Cup the cup last year with a 28-20 victory, but it is the 2008 battle that remains fresh in the minds of the juniors and seniors of this year’s squad. “Two years ago, we were in the same situation (as this season),” Newhall-Caballero said. “We beat Stony Brook, then we beat Harvard in a huge game at home. Then we went down there — we were ranked No. 23 in the country — and we got
By Ethan McCoy Contributinxqg Writer
Fresh off last week’s historic 29-14 victory over Harvard, the football team (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) will hit the road Saturday for the first time this year as they travel to Kingston to battle the University of Rhode Island (1-2, 1-0) for the Governor’s Cup. Oftentimes in football, teams can suffer a letdown after momentous and emotional wins and come into the following week unprepared. The Bears’ goal is not to let this happen on Saturday. “We’re 2-0, exactly where we wanted to be,” said quarterback and tri-captain Kyle Newhall-Caballero ’11. “Now we have to focus on this next week and not get hung up on the big win against Harvard.” For Newhall-Caballero, Saturday looks to be another stepping stone in the quarterback’s recovery from an injury sustained in training camp, when he hit his throwing hand on a teammate’s helmet. The 2009 All-Ivy First Team selection sat out the first game of the season against Stony Brook, but saw snaps in the Harvard game as he alternated series with fellow senior Joe Springer ’11. “We need to find a way to continue that momentum we had at the end of last game,” NewhallCaballero said. “What we do going forward is going to be what makes the difference here on out.” Brown’s defense and special teams will look to keep up their strong play from this past week as well. In the win over Harvard, Bruno’s defense limited the Crimson to a mere 112 yards of offense and forced three turnovers. Tri-captain linebacker Andrew Serrano ’11 led the effort with seven tackles and a forced fumble and was named the Ivy League defensive player of the week. Kicker Alex Norocea ’14 was both the Ivy League’s special teams player and rookie of the week after tying the school record for most field goals in a game with five. Like Brown, URI is riding into the game on a high note. The Rams overcame away losses to Buffalo
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Kicker Alex Norocea ’14 tied the school record for most field goals in a game, earning him Ivy special teams and rookie of the week honors.
and Fordham to pull off a huge upset over New Hampshire, who at the time were the No. 8 team in the Football Championship Subdivision. On the way to the 28-25 win, URI gained 215 yards on the ground, led by running back Ayo Isijola and quarterback Steve Probst. The Rams had the following week off, and now are well-rested and ready for Bruno. “They got two weeks to pre-
pare for us,” Newhall-Caballero said. “They have athletes up front. They’ve got some big guys, especially on their defensive line. And they talk a lot of trash, but we’re not gonna go there.” The game will be the 95th meeting between the two schools, and Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65, a former Bear defensive back, will be on hand to present the Governor’s Cup to the winning side. Brown took home
crushed.” The Bears know they must avoid a reprise of that 37-13 drubbing if they are to hoist the cup and keep up this season’s early momentum. “We want to keep rolling. No setbacks. We want to continue to climb throughout the rest of the season,” Newhall-Caballero said. “No valleys, all peaks from here.” Kickoff in Kingston is set for 1 p.m.
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Coal to National Grid for the Thayer Street blackout, and for interfering with the completion of our homewo... No, we changed our minds — diamond for getting the blackout started before we even got to Fish Co. And on that note, a diamond to the GISP that went to Fish Co. and “asked people if they were in love.” Though what you felt on the dance floor is not all there is to love, it may be just the tip. And a good luck diamond to the Corporation as they descend onto campus this weekend. We’d tell you which dorm has the best party, but we’re still waiting for you to build it. Diamonds and Coal is written by Herald staff. Submit your own at diamondsandcoal.com.
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Be (mostly) true to your school(s) Stephen wicken Opinions Columnist “When some loud braggart tries to put me down,” sang Mike Love in 1963, “and says his school is great, I tell him right away, ‘Now what’s the matter, buddy, ain’t you heard of my school? It’s number one in the state.’ ” The Beach Boys’ “Be True to Your School” no doubt meant more to teenagers in their native California than it should to the upstanding young citizens of College Hill today — not least because their competition for the state’s top slot was a little fiercer than a few drunk cookery students and some hipster artists staggering under the weight of their ironically-oversized spectacles. For most of us, however, pride in one’s “alma mater” remains a curiously enduring anachronism, like patriotism, Sarah Palin and Crocs: It ought not to have any place in our grown-up world, and yet it still produces an instantaneous gut reaction. I detest Oxford University, for example. I’m fully aware that it has a rich history of picturesque architecture, heretic-burning and even some modest scholarly achievement. At the time of writing, Oxford alumni hold 11 places in Her Majesty’s Government. (Three of them also possess chins.) Oxford even churned out the two men most responsible for the reputation of my native Britain, particularly in the U.S., as a land of charmingly befuddled and deeply sincere characters who never know when to cap-
ture your heart (step forward, Hugh Grant) or bomb your house (turn around and walk away, Tony Blair). Not even its tremendous comedic potential can endear Oxford to me, however, because I went to the University of Cambridge, the Single Greatest Institution in the History of the Universe. See? I didn’t even mean to write that. It just came out. The fact is that the mere mention of the old place gets my blood pumping. Not only does it bring back all manner
my development as a semi-certified human being. As “consumers” (yuck) of the “product” of higher education these days, we face an absurd amount of choice about where to pretend to study. There are, at a conservative estimate, something in the region of 1,386,000 universities in the U.S. alone. A tiny twist of fate — the prejudices of a family member, say — could have sent you off to California or New York or, heaven forbid, Dartmouth. No doubt you’d be just as gung-ho about
For most of us, pride in one’s ‘alma mater’ remains a curiously enduring anachronism, like patriotism, Sarah Palin and Crocs: it ought not to have any place in our grown-up world, and yet it still produces an instantaneous gut reaction. of memories (or at least it would, if I’d had less of a good time while I was there) but it makes me feel in an absurd way that I’m connected to centuries of traditions and achievements, none of which involve Hugh Grant. This is patently ridiculous: I had no more to do with the discovery of the double helix or the formation of Monty Python than you did, unless you’re considerably older than you look. Yet the simple fact of having run around the place between my eighteenth and twenty-second birthdays (and having been born there, although I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t get a lot done around that time) makes it assume great significance to
your new place in life as you were upon skipping through the Van Wickle gates. As one stumbles along the graduate-professional path, however, a slightly more logical set of imperatives becomes clear. One wants to go to a graduate school with resources or a reputation that caters to one’s particular interests, for example. One of the peculiarities of grad school is that in many cases, one spends more time there than at one’s undergrad institution, and yet seldom does one come to identify as strongly with the latter place of study. This state of affairs is particularly in evidence at Brown, which is overwhelmingly
geared towards undergrad education in enrollment, culture and resources. Ask one of the mole-like creatures you see emerging blinking from the GCB at five p.m. how strongly connected they feel to Brown and the answers won’t vary hugely, I suspect: it’s our place of work, and we probably won’t be boring our grandchildren with proud stories about it in the future. And not just because half a decade on a diet of cheap beer and tinned carbohydrates will render many of us incapable of, or too unattractive to hope for, procreation. None of this is to say that grad students are completely disconnected from the rest of University life. Even as I shuffle between the key appointments in my schedule — writing my dissertation in the library and writing my dissertation on my sofa — I ponder occasionally some things about Brown that I like mentally to associate myself with. Brown’s liberal reputation; the colonial architecture, so much more enjoyable than the Ikea-gothic fakes of the last place I studied, Yale; the impressive work of the Slavery and Justice Commission; the fact that this is where John Krasinski developed his laconic shrugging technique: none of these have anything to do with me, yet I still enjoy an intangible association with them. Not as much, though, as I enjoy hating Oxford.
Stephen Wicken GS, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the History department, has a rich history of picturesque architecture, heretic-burning and even some modest scholarly achievement. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I support Chris Blazejewski Jeremy Feigenbaum Guest Columnist Too often, I hear students tell me that politics is always about voting for the lesser of two evils. Liberal Brown students sometimes complain that no candidate in a race fully represents their interests. And while I tend to disagree and believe that the Rhode Island Democratic ticket is filled with inspiring and progressive candidates, Chris Blazejewski still stands out among them. Brown students should have no trouble supporting Chris Blazejewski’s campaign in November, not only because of his commitment to a more vibrant economic future and to robust civil rights, but also because of his willingness to engage Brown’s community. As founder of Drinking Liberally, a monthly gathering of young political activists, Chris understands the importance of getting students involved. Blazejewski is running to replace David Segal, who retired to run for Congress, as state representative for Rhode Island’s second district (where many off-campus students live). Just as Representative Segal worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of progressive policies in the state house, Blazejewski will undoubtedly be an integral part of the state legislature’s progressive caucus next year. Blazejewski recognizes that the most important issue facing our state and nation
today is unemployment. He wants to create good jobs that will stay in Rhode Island and, like most Brown students, recognizes the potential that green jobs hold to bolster our economic revitalization. On his website, Blazejewski writes, “by focusing on green and clean technology jobs — such as solar, water, and wind energy, design, and manufacturing — we can harness our state’s sustainable, natural resources while creating professional and working-class jobs that pro-
R.I. students his main concern. A number of other issues generally come up every year in the state legislature and are of concern to students. Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox recently told the Brown Democrats that a marriage equality bill will likely reach the floor next session, and Blazejewski is a strong supporter of the bill. Same-sex marriage has faced too many defeats recently, from California to Maine, but by voting or volunteering for Blazejew-
Rather than give tax breaks to the rich, Chris will make R.I. students his main concern.
vide career paths, excellent wages, and a boost to our economy.” Education is also a top priority. While many states cover two-thirds of funding for education, Rhode Island has generally covered a mere one-third. Despite the recent passage of a school funding formula, more must be done for education, or else cities like Providence will continue to be forced to raise property taxes. Blazejewski realizes this, and sees another funding source: he will eliminate tax cuts for Rhode Island’s wealthiest five percent, which would provide the state with millions of dollars. Rather than give tax breaks to the rich, Chris will make
ski, we can bring equality to our very own Ocean State. In addition to his support for equal marriage rights, Blazejewski is dedicated to other key civil rights issues. For example, he pledges to defend a woman’s right to choose, a right that comes under attack from conservative state representatives every year. Likewise, he promises to fight against those who discriminate against or seek to attack Rhode Island’s immigrants to score cheap political points. While Blazejewski will be a strong advocate for these progressive views, his value also lies in his dedication to this community.
He has met with the leaders of student organizations across campus, learned more about how he can represent us, and pledged to work with those of us who want to lobby for, or even craft, legislation. He knows that students can be passionate activists, and he promises to work with us hand in hand. The choice between Chris Blazejewski and his opponent, Richard Rodi, is clear. Rodi — who is running as a Tea Partybacked candidate — opposed the federal health care reform bill that passed one year ago. Using the same, tired right-wing talking points that universal health insurance would lower the quality of care, Rodi opposed legislation that would prevent insurers from discriminating against Americans because of pre-existing conditions and allow students to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26. As many of us prepare to enter the workforce in a difficult job market, this legislation lifts a major burden from our shoulders, apparently to Rodi’s dismay. In November, the residents of District 2 will have a choice between a community leader with a vision to bring jobs to our state, and a tea-drenched independent that thinks tax cuts are the only answer. Brown students have the choice to get involved or sit on the sidelines. In the 2010 elections, every vote counts; every phone call matters. I hope that you too will support Chris Blazejewski.
Jeremy Feigenbaum ’11 is the president of the College Democrats of Rhode Island. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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