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BUCC discusses gay rights, homophobia on campus By Casey Bleho Staff Writer
Following the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi and amid increased national media attention concerning homophobia and the issue of gay rights, the Brown University Community Council addressed the dangers of anti-gay sentiments on campus and the means through which the University could eliminate and react towards such currents of thought. The council met Tuesday evening at Brown/RISD Hillel to discuss the increased visibility and availability of LGBTQ community resources and upcoming events, as well as ongoing University initia-
tives for Pakistan relief effort. “This is one of those moments that a lot of things seem to be coming together in some pretty terrible ways,” said Gail Cohee, director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, saying that gay rights and homophobia are issues that permeate all of society. “At Brown, we have to wonder how many students come here having already been harassed and bullied,” she said, opening the floor for discussion of the available resources the University offers. “We are pretty lucky at Brown — we have great support and resources,” said Kelly Garrett, coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource continued on page 2
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are used to saying about our opponents after a victory. We also lost the aerial game, another thing we pride ourselves on and normally dominate.” Brown outshot Princeton 1610 in the game, but shots on goal were tied at five apiece. The Bears were only able to take one shot from their twelve corner kick opportunities. The Tigers scored their final two goals midway through the second half. At 58 minutes, a cross into the box was headed into the net by
Three physics graduate students were rescued in the New Hampshire wilderness this weekend. Mingming Jiang GS, Xu Liu GS and Xu Luo GS were separated from their hiking group Sunday as they traversed the trails around Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, said Kevin Jordan, the Fish and Game Department’s assistant chief of law enforcement. The three hikers diverged from their group in the Franconia Notch area of the loop trail system, Jordan said, where the terrain is particularly rugged. Though there are signs along the paths, they are not at every trail intersection, he said. Jiang and Liu declined to comment for this article. Luo could not be reached Tuesday evening. Jordan said he did not know if the rest of the group with which Jiang, Liu and Luo were hiking included other Brown students. One of the men used Google Earth to pull up a map, which they then used to “bushwhack” to another trail in an attempt to reposition themselves, Jordan said. But the men were unable to find a trail. Late Sunday night, they
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BUCC members discussed on-campus resources available to LGBTQ students in the wake of the recent nationwide focus on homophobia.
Gift to fund Bears suffer first defeat at hand of Tigers new position in Islamic humanities By Zack Bahr Sports Editor
By Hannah Abelow Contributing Writer
The Corporation formally accepted a $2 million donation at its October meeting from Prince Karim Aga Khan IV P’95 to fund a visiting professor of Islamic humanities. The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili branch of Islam, has a “long-standing connection” to Brown, said Vice President for International Affairs Matthew Gutmann. His son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, graduated from the University in 1995. Karim Aga Khan received an honorary degree from Brown in 1996, according to a May 1996 University press release. The Aga Khan gave the gift in honor of former University president Vartan Gregorian. “Having the Aga Khan Visiting Professor of Islamic Humanities means that we can have a really prominent figure and expert in these areas at a time when the more knowledge about the Muslim world and Islam, the better,” Gutmann said. Gutmann said the University hopes to have someone in the post for one or both semesters of next school year. The position is intended to continue for many years into the future, he said, adding that the position will allow the University to bring in experts from a wide range
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All good things must come to an end. For the no. 15 men’s soccer team (7-1-2, 1-1-0 Ivy), last Saturday’s 3-0 away loss to Princeton (6-3-2, 2-0-0 Ivy) ended Bruno’s nine game unbeaten streak. “It was the first letdown we’ve had this season,” said defender David Walls ’11. “To lose in the fashion we did is very difficult to take.” Princeton capitalized early in the game on a free kick from 20 yards out. Just shy of the 16-minute
mark, the ball was headed by forward Matt Sanner into the path of midfielder Lester Nare, who drilled it into the back of the net. This goal marks the first allowed by goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand ’11 since Indiana scored against him on Sept. 17.
SPORTS “The things about Princeton that gave us problems are sadly the things we normally do the best,” said forward Austin Mandel ’12. “We were out-scrapped and outbattled by them, something we
Pawtucket’s The Met fills a void in local arts community By Brian Mastroianni Features Editor
Hipsters, aging hippies, parents with children, young, old and the young at heart all walk up and down aisles of long tables filled with an assortment of treasures as both live bands and classic rock records play in the background. It is the Rock-N-Roll Yard
FEATURE Sale, a record sale and music festival wrapped in one that has been held in local venues like AS220 for the past seven years or so. Looking for something new, the event’s creators decided to hold the sale Oct. 3 at a different location — the Met, the newlyopened club at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket, R.I., co-owned by Rich Lupo ’70.
Located in the Hope Artiste Village, a 650,000 square-foot restored mill complex, the Met is meant to be a haven for smaller bands and local acts that might not be suited for larger spaces in the area. With a capacity of over 500 people, the club fills a void in the Providence music scene, said Lupo, who also owns Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel. “I’ve been doing this for 35 years,” Lupo said. “Our most recent locations haven’t been the best for local bands — the history of the club is local bands. One hundred bands would bypass Providence because Lupo’s was too big for them.” A musical legacy Lupo said he knew he wanted Hilary Rosenthal / Herald
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The Met, located in Pawtucket in its current incarnation, caters to the music scene on a smaller, more local level.
Carbon reduction initiative reaches first of many goals
Cross-country teams push themselves at Boston meet
Social networking and the future of academia
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“There is nothing more intimidating than a faceless threat.” — President Ruth Simmons
BUCC discusses LBGTQ Carbon reduction programs implemented resources on campus By JenNIFER Kaplan Contributing Writer
continued from page 1 Center. Garrett outlined various events that the center will be undertaking for National Coming Out Week, which started Monday. Such events include the Out for Lunch Program with keynote speaker Charles Glickman and a Oct. 20 event addressing bullying. Garrett also spoke of the increased ef for t to create oncampus “safe zones,” through which community members can increase tolerance and open discourse concerning gay issues, as well as make evident allies within the community. “There are lots of resources here, but sometimes that isolated student may not know what those resources are,” Garrett said. Just as “there are allies here, there are lots of allies, but students don’t always know who they are,” she said. The center hopes to change this with a visibility campaign intended to make resources more readily accessible — not just for undergraduates, but for graduate and medical students, she said. “There is a feeling that Brown is mostly pro-gay, but there are some anti-gay sentiments still around,” said Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services. The council expressed concern over numerous accounts of the expression of such sentiment on campus in recent months, including the vandalism of white boards and doors on the fourth floor of Keeney Quadrangle with homophobic slurs. The coun-
cil also addressed the speed with which University administration takes action against these incidents and the individuals responsible for them. “There is nothing more intimidating than a faceless threat,” President Ruth Simmons said, who emphasized it is the responsibility of the University to act, particularly in instances where there are threats to student safety. “There is nothing more serious in an academic environment than having students be afraid,” Simmons said. The Council also heard an update on Pakistan relief efforts. Speaking on behalf of the Pakistan relief efforts group, Farrukh Malik ’11 and Areebah Ajani ’11 underlined future events the group hopes to hold. Following the success of the Sept. 24 Brown/ RISD teach-in, which considered the sociopolitical implications of the flood on Pakistan, and a video campaign that raised approximately $2500 for the cause, the group is now turning toward creating an art installation to be displayed on the Main Green in mid-November, they said. Additional events may include an open mic event, allowing “different community members to come out and perform their reactions to the flood,” Malik said. The group may also attempt to bring in more guest speakers to increase and contribute to University discourse on Pakistan. “All efforts are aimed at promoting an understanding of what is going on in Pakistan,” Ajani said.
Students working to reduce carbon emissions on and off campus have achieved measurable success — even before spending all of the grant money that created their group. The Community Carbon Use Reduction at Brown Initiative has completed its flagship project, has three active projects and is looking for future endeavors. The initiative was originally funded by a $300,000 grant from President Ruth Simmons’ office and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. The initiative’s goal, according to its website, is to get Brown students involved in enhancing the sustainability of Providence and the surrounding area. It is a “great opportunity for students to get creative and be innovative trying to think how the greater community can reduce carbon emissions,” said Spencer Lawrence ’11, the initiative’s project coordinator. The initiative’s flagship project, Project 20/20, successfully surpassed its goal last spring of installing earth-friendly light bulbs in over
gives loans to install the thermostats. The project, which began in the 2008-2009 school year, has now reached just under 200 homes, Severson said. The third current project works to foster community weatherization. Small projects include improving insulation and caulking leaks. The initiative also provides loans of about $3,000 for professional contractors to do larger or more serious projects. The project, which started last spring, will actually pay for itself in about five years with the amount of money saved from heating costs, Lawrence said. In addition to these three projects, there is a proposal in the works for a new project, working with the John Hope Settlement House in downtown Providence. This project would involve working with an energy engineer to do things like “weatherizing, changing out some of the equipment and installing a solar wall” at the house, Dahan said. The project is not yet approved but would begin sometime this year. The initiative is looking to use the rest of its grant this year, Lawrence said.
Physics students found after hiking trip continued from page 1 managed to call 911 “several times,” Jordan said. The search party found the students around 2 a.m. Monday in good
health, Jordan said. The department may bill the students for the rescue, Jordan said. New Hampshire law allows for public safety officials to charge liability costs in the event that a person acted
recklessly in the events leading up to the rescue. But this expense is considered in all rescue cases, Jordan said. It is too soon to tell if this will happen with the three students, he added.
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5,000 homes. At a cost of $52 per home — which also included money used to pay students, who received an hourly rate of $10 for their work on the project — each house will save an estimated $320 over the fouryear lifespan of the bulbs. In total, the project saved $1.7 million in energy costs and reduced carbon emissions by 4,400 tons. It was “interesting to see a different aspect of life in the Providence area,” said Matt Severson ’11, who also works on the initiative. The initiative is currently working on three projects, all of which are funded by the program’s original grant. In one project, students pump underinflated tires at a local gas station to improve cars’ fuel efficiency. The average tire is underinflated by three pounds per square inch, translating to 104 pounds of wasted carbon dioxide every year, said Danielle Dahan ’11, a student active in the project. Another project — known as the “Double Green Loan” — installs programmable thermostats in local homes. Through a partnership with a local company, the project
of disciplines, including religion, history, anthropology and comparative literature. The visiting professor will come from any of the various disciplines depending on who is thought to be the best for the job in a given year, and will be affiliated with the Cogut Center for Humanities, Gut-
mann said. Associate Professor of History Vazira Zamindar is heading the search committee to find the first Aga Khan Visiting Professor of Islamic Humanities. She said the search committee includes two other faculty members, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Sherine Hamdy and Associate Professor of Political
Science and Director of Middle East Studies Melani Cammett. “Together we have generated a list of names of people who work in this field or might have an interest in this position,” Zamindar said about the search process thus far. She said she plans to “reach out to them and, through them, get the word out about the new position.”
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“It’s always a good sign when you see the fleet of college kids.” — Rich Lupo ’70
Lupo ’70 brings back musical feel of an older Providence scene continued from page 1 to own a club and promote music the first time he walked into a bar his freshman year at Brown. Lupo said he immediately thought to himself, “I would love to someday do this and get bands. Gee, that would be really fun. ” After he graduated, Lupo didn’t know what he wanted to do, but after painting houses for about five years, he finally opened his first club. The first Lupo’s opened in September 1975 and about a month later, the Met Cafe opened up just down the street, run by childhood friends Josh Miller, Tom Fairchild and Riley Hayford. Located in the Jewelr y District, ,the Met was a venue for smaller bands, while Lupo said his club was “a large music club.” The two venues became “sister clubs” right from the beginning, Lupo said, and by the time the original Met closed in 1993, Lupo re-opened it himself as an annex to his larger venue. Both clubs were housed in the same building, with a door connecting the two. Local acts and emerging national artists played the Met’s stage, with the Dave Matthews Band and the Black-Eyed Peas making their Rhode Island debuts at the club. Despite all of the Met’s success, the music stopped in 2003 when Lupo moved his larger club to its current location at 75 Washington Street in downtown Providence — a building that did not have room for both venues. Recreating the past While Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel flourished in its new location,
the Met ceased to be a part of the Providence music scene. That all changed when Lupo saw a show at the Blackstone, a club right at the border of Providence and Pawtucket. “I walked in and said ‘Holy cow, this place feels like the first Lupo’s,’ ” Lupo said. For Lupo, the club immediately brought back fond memories of his first club, with its smaller size and intimate atmosphere. After showing the space to his national booking agent, Jack Reich, Lupo acquired the building a year-anda-half later when the Blackstone closed. Renovating the building was a labor of love for Lupo, as he tried to recreate the look and feel of his first club. “It was my attempt later in life to recreate the original — I talked about doing it for 10 years,” Lupo said. “The original club was a place that was always ver y comfortable for everyone,” he said. “No matter what you did for a living, or walk of life or what band it was, no matter your reason to be there, people seemed to feel comfortable.” Flash forward to today, and the new Met is ver y much the kind of intimate venue Lupo had in mind. The club is an industrial space with exposed brick and thick, black support beams. The natural harshness of the space is softened by warm lighting that evokes a family living room more than it does a cold New England factor y. For Mike Delehanty, local booking agent for the Met, the new space is ideal for small- to midsize concerts. “It is a great place to go see live music. Fans come happy and leave
happy. There is a great staff, good vibe in the room, no single fight in the club yet — bands want to come back, and fans want to come back,” Delehanty said. As far as Lupo is concerned, the response from the club’s audiences so far has been over whelmingly positive — all he has to do now is make sure larger crowds come to the venue. The Met doesn’t have the luxur y of Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel’s downtown location, reducing the foot traffic of Providence citizens and tourists in transit. “I can see that it is going to be a journey to get people turned onto it, but I think once people figure it out, they’ll see that coming from the East Side, for example, is a simple process,” Lupo said. With 100 free parking spaces and without the hassle of downtown parking, Lupo said, the Met is now much more college-friendly than either of its past locations. Delehanty said this will be key to the club’s success. “In downtown Providence, you have to pay to park. Here, it’s free. The other night, I saw college kids, probably from RISD or Brown, coming down on their bikes — it’s always a good sign when you see the fleet of college kids on bikes come in,” he added.
‘A great atmosphere’ Back at the Rock-N-Roll Yard Sale, a festival atmosphere fills the room as Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird” lightly plays in the background. About 40 vendors sell their goods to a wide spectrum of ages. Jewelr y and clothing are mixed in with toys and fresh cupcakes, as customers filter in and out of the building’s wide warehouse doors, heading either to the tables of goods or the bar. “I absolutely love this space — it’s a great place,” said Mike Lawless as he stood behind a table of records. The owner of the Nevermind Shop in Upton, Mass., Lawless has been to many record sales before but said there was something special about being at The Met. “It’s a great atmosphere. A lot hipper than a church hall or a VFW,” he said as two women in their 50s and a young teenage girl sidle up to his table. It is all about the music at the sale. Eager customers rifle through bins of everything from the Beatles to Joni Mitchell, from Andy Williams to Metallica. At one table, Bob Dylan’s Live 1966 concert LP peaks out from one bin, while another one has Barbra Streisand’s “A Star is Born” soundtrack nestled up to Starship’s “Knee Deep
in the Hoopla.” Jennifer Daltr y, who organized the event along with her husband Chris, sits behind boxes full of records. “The Met is a good fit for this event,” she said as people trickled in and out of the club’s main entrance. “The turn-out is amazing. We had some concern about the Pawtucket location, but it seems like the word got out to people.” As the afternoon went on, the background music ended and one of the event’s live bands warmed up. The ‘Mericans, headlined by Daltr y’s husband, set up the stage. Once the band star ted playing, a warm yellow stage light flooded over Daltr y and he began to sing. While some people stopped what they were doing to listen to the band, most of the crowd continued to chatter, walking from table to table, to the bar and outside onto the deck to enjoy the cool October breeze. Four high school-age girls walked out of the building excitedly. One of them clutched a bag full of old records. “I didn’t know they had shows here, this is so cool,” she said, as The ‘Mericans music played, the club’s neon sign flashed to bright red and nighttime fell over Pawtucket.
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“They have more variety now, more things that people buy.” — Michelle Jimenez ’12
Healthier snacks fill vending machines, vending stripe option nixed By Greg Jordan-Detamore Contributing Writer
New snack vending machines have appeared on campus this year, sporting a new look and stocking healthier food, though they do not accept Brown Cards. The changes are the result of a decision by Dining Ser vices to change the company that provides Brown’s snack vending machine ser vices. “It was time to reevaluate the vending program, and we felt going into that that it needed a fresh look,” wrote Ann Hoffman, director of administration for Dining Ser vices, in an e-mail to The Herald. “So we undertook a thorough evaluation of vending options that were now available, as well (as)
vending companies and what they had to offer.” Dining Services selected Next Generation Vending and Food Service, in part due to the company’s Vitalities program, which offers healthier food options, Hoffman wrote. “The Vitalities program focuses on branded items that have lower fat, lower sugars, lower carbs or higher energy,” according to Next Generation’s website. A sticker next to an item’s price indicates which of these categories it belongs to. In addition to the healthier options, which include veggie chips, peanuts, cereal and granola bars, the machines still have traditional snack items such as potato and
corn chips, candy bars, chocolate candy, Pop Tarts, cookies and gum. These snacks are not part of the Vitalities program. Students seemed supportive of the move towards healthier food, but noted that the machines do not accept the vending stripe on Brown Cards for payment. “They have more variety now, more things that people buy,” Michelle Jimenez ’12 said. “Last year, I think they had things that people didn’t really buy that much.” But she added that she wishes Brown Cards could be used for payment. “I think they’re tr ying to promote healthier food,” Meghan Koushik ’13 said, noting fewer items such as candy bars and an increase in other items such as pretzels. “I’ve noticed that you can’t use your strip on your card anymore … which is kind of annoying,” Xavier Sawada ’13 said. In addition to the Vitalities program, Hoffman added that there were several other reasons Dining Ser vices chose to switch to Next Generation. “They had the ability to place many more machines on campus and offer even more growth potential down the road,” Hoffman wrote. “Additionally, though we haven’t fully explored them yet, Next Generation offers advanced technologies in terms of machine
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Snacks from the Vitalities program, associated with the Next Generation company, have been introduced to campus vending machines.
and reporting capabilities, tenders accepted (and) increased assurances of successful vends.” Snack machines can be found at about 30 locations across campus, including “residential, academic, administrative and athletic facili-
ties,” Hoffman wrote. Hoffman declined to name the company that previously operated Brown’s snack machines, writing, “They are a great company and they offered us quality, reliable service over the years.”
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Squad progresses as home meet nears Princeton Tigers end m. soccer team’s streak By James Blum Contributing Writer
For many runners on the men’s and women’s cross country teams who had not raced recently due to injury, the New England Championships in Boston last Saturday offered an opportunity to get back on the course. Even without most of the top Bears racing, the men’s team captured 23rd place of 47 teams, and the women collectively earned 21st place. The first to cross the finish line on the men’s side was Michael Stumpf ’13, who finished the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 25 seconds. Christian Escareno ’11 followed him in 25:39. Peter Hix ’14 had a notable performance as he dropped almost 30 seconds from his September time on the same course. Men’s Head Coach Tim Springfield said he thought the team “performed pretty well.”
For Escareno, who was a NCAA Championships qualifier last year, this was his first race coming back from an injury. “I don’t feel a hundred percent healthy, but since this is my last year of running competitively in the NCAA, I’ve been training as if I had nothing to lose,” Escareno wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. Though Escareno has returned, he wrote that “to be able to run fast, it takes months of preparation and patience.” But Escareno does not have months to get back in shape — there are only five weeks remaining in the season. On the women’s side, Melanie Fineman ’14 finished first for Brown in 19:07, with Caitlin Stone ’12 finishing next in 19:22. Rachel Baker ’12 improved her time on the course by nearly 50 seconds. “My training has been all over the place because I was sick,” Fineman said. “I felt like I worked
hard, I didn’t really know what to expect.” For the women, this meet was another chance to run a qualifying time for nationals as the season comes to a close, Fineman said. The next challenge for the runners will be their home meet, the First Annual Rothenberg Race. The competition will be held this Friday in nearby Goddard State Park. The course contains miles of “rugged, true cross countr y,” Springfield said. The team is looking forward to hosting the race because “every member of the Brown team is racing,” Escareno said. When asked about the competition at the meet, Springfield said he is “ most interested in (the team) performing well relative to what (they) are capable of.” Friday’s race is the team’s last before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 29 in Van Cortlandt Park in New York, N.Y.
Going away on a baseball Halladay By Sam Sheehan Spor ts Columnist
Any other week in baseball, I would spend this column talking about Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, who is quickly becoming my favorite non–Red Sox baseball player. Lincecum, in his playof f debut, tossed a two-hitter in the first game of the National League Division Series. Given that the final score was 1-0, that’s some massive cojones to go out there and pitch that masterfully when you’ve never been in a playoff game before and only have one run of support. Lincecum also landed in some hot water after game three of that series for yelling at Atlanta Braves fans, “Yeah! Shut the f— up!” after Aubrey Huff knocked home the game-tying run. It’s also worth noting that Lincecum looks like a cross between Adrien Brody and that kid in high school who stared at you from across the cafeteria until you made uncomfortable eye contact. His nickname is “The Freak” and he offered up this quote to the Kansas City Star about what it was like for the Giants to win their NLDS matchup: “A lot of swearing, a lot of screaming, a lot of alcohol.” I love this guy and would have loved to write a column about him. But last week belonged to one man. It wasn’t Randy Moss, who CBS Sports reported really did make fun of Brady’s hair before being dealt to the Vikings — when I wrote that last week, it was a joke. It wasn’t Donovan McNabb, who lead the Redskins to a thrilling overtime win over the Packers. It wasn’t even Brett Favre, who has been accused of sending lewd text images of himself to various women.
It really takes a special athletic performance to overshadow the image of Brett Favre texting naked pictures of his wrinkly glor y to sideline repor ters, but Roy Halladay’s no-hitter against the Reds last week in game one of the NLDS was the most awe-inspiring sports moment of the decade. There have been 2,430 Major League Baseball games played ever y year since 1962 when the schedule was expanded. This means that in the past 49 years, 119,070 games of major league baseball have been played. In that time frame, 126 no-hitters have been thrown. This means that a no hitter is thrown ever y 945 games of Major League Baseball. The average number of postseason games played a year is 33. This means we should have seen 1.7 postseason no hitters since ’62. But as much as baseball is a game of numbers and averages, almost no man had risen to the challenge of throwing a postseason no-hitter. In fact, the only man before Halladay who had done so in the histor y of Major League Baseball was Don Larsen of the New York Yankees in 1956. In order to throw a postseason no-hitter you have to be confident. You have to believe. Above all else, you have to be good. Enter Roy “Doc” Halladay. His story is one filled with heartbreak, disappointment, redemption and glory. He entered the league with the Blue Jays as one of the top pitching prospects. But when Doc came to professional ball, he hit a rough patch and was demoted all the way down to the Jays Single-A affiliate. But through the help of coaches, hard work and the support of his family, Halladay clawed his way back up to the big leagues and started dazzling.
The AL East is not an easy place to pitch. Playing for the Jays, Halladay was forced to pitch against perennial powerhouse teams in the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays. In his time there, Halladay was a six-time All-Star selection and was awarded the Cy Young award in 2003. I was interested to see what Halladay could accomplish after escaping the vortex of awful in Toronto, and my curiosity was answered this year when Halladay signed with the Phillies. Doc has been unstoppable in the National League, tossing nine complete games, four shutouts and posting a 2.44 ERA with the Phils. Oh, and he also threw a regular season perfect game. A feat that had until then only been accomplished 19 times in the histor y of baseball. But how would he perform in the postseason? I guess pretty well. Doc allowed one baserunner en route to only the second post-season no-no in MLB histor y. He is the best pitcher in baseball right now. All Halladay needs to cement his status as the premier pitcher of his generation is a ring. And right now, the Fighting Phils appear to be in great position to give him that chance. If you like pitcher’s duels, watch the National League Championship Series opener this Saturday when the aforementioned Freak from San Francisco and Doc Halladay square off in what I think will be one of the greatest pitching postseason matchups in recent years. I’m as excited as Brett Favre around an attractive sideline reporter.
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continued from page 1 defender Mark Linnville. In the 70th minute, Lester found the goal again as he headed in a corner kick. Sean Lynch, the Princeton goalkeeper, exited the game in the 68th minute after a hard collision with Brown forward Sean Rosa ’12.5. But Brown could not take advantage of the substitution, as backup goalkeeper Max Gallin made two saves in his 22 minutes of work. The Bears see the loss as an opportunity to improve as they head into another key Ivy League game against Harvard Saturday at Stevenson Field. “You can expect a pumped and
excited team in our next game, wanting to get ourselves the right path once again,” Mandel said. “We play for keeps, something we forgot about last game,” but the team plans to “remember it as we take on Harvard.” Harvard (4-3-4, 1-0-1 Ivy), ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25 poll earlier in the season, is coming off a double-overtime win against Cornell. A win would move Brown up in the Ivy League standings — they are currently tied for fourth with Dartmouth. The loss against Princeton only dropped the Bears two spots in the national rankings, as they moved down from no. 13.
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The course network Those who saw the “The Social Network” over the long weekend might have been surprised by the reminder of how different life was before Facebook — when “networking website” was a euphemism for online matchmaking and writing on someone’s wall would have been considered vandalism. It’s undeniable that, in less than a decade, this one particular brand of social networking has grown faster than most others. As Facebook has expanded across campuses and borders, it has faced criticism over privacy and usage issues. Luckily, interesting alternatives are already out there, and others are being developed. While it sometimes seems like a Facebook profile is the primary way to have an online presence, it does not take much investigation to realize that Mark Zuckerburg doesn’t have a monopoly on online social interaction. There are sites that cater to narrower interests and minimize opportunities for selfincrimination, such as LinkedIn for professionals or Last.fm for music fans. We were also pleased to read a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that highlights a different form of networking centered around college academics. These forums aim to create an online network of students, faculty and administrators and strengthen connections among all those interested in a particular course. The University of Pennsylvania, for example, recently launched the Open Learning Commons, designed to encourage online interactions focused on course material. According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, the prototype “allows interested people within and outside the Penn community to participate in classroom activities from the Web.” The developers
of Open Learning Commons claim that this network goes beyond the Blackboard system because of the emphasis it places on social connections between students, professors and interested outsiders. We are glad to see that the social networking trend is being incorporated appropriately and usefully in college courses. While the MyCourses interface isn’t quite as spiffy as Facebook or Brown’s new homepage, Brown generally makes good use of technology in and out of classrooms. But we hope that Brown students will take greater advantage of the tools at their disposal for communicating with classmates and professors. Most of us are comfortable using MyCourses to look up assignments, but the discussion boards tend to be underutilized or disorganized in many classes. We’re often told to ask questions in class because other students are probably thinking the same thing. That idea also seems to support greater use of online message boards to discuss and inquire about coursework. It can be difficult to connect with a professor or TA in person or seek help from a fellow student you don’t know outside of class, but social networking-type sites offer just the kind of space for communication our generation has become accustomed to using. Brown may not need a separate networking platform to get faculty, staff and students to connect, but by expanding and improving resources like the Blackboard system, we could foster a more connected learning approach within the University. Editorials are written by The Herald’s editorial page board. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | Page 7
BY deniz ilgen Opinions Columnist One of the amazing characteristics that distinguishes Brown from other universities in the United States is its diverse student body. Everywhere you look, there’s bound to be another student from some place in the world you’ve always dreamt of visiting or from a country of which you’ve never even heard. I don’t know where else I would’ve met someone from Thailand or Romania if it weren’t for the large variety of students at Brown. Diversity provides many benefits for our school. It allows students to share their cultures and unique traditions with others. It introduces so many different perspectives on life and the world around us, and it makes Brown a much more interesting school compared to others. I’m sure a large portion of high school students that apply to Brown have in mind the heterogeneity of the school when they do so. I know I did. However, I didn’t quite realize just how diverse this place is until one of the orientation assemblies during my freshman year. I remember sitting in a massive room and being surprised at the huge number of people in there, only to later discover that several of my fellow students were from many different states and countries. Everywhere I go, I see advertisements promoting various international clubs and announcing events hosted by said clubs.
These events involve activities such as learning how to prepare regional food dishes, watching foreign movies or exploring new and interesting cultures. The international community here is vast, and it’s so easy to get involved and become a part of it, even if you’re not from another country. There are many clubs at Brown that are meant to bring people of similar races but different backgrounds together, such as the South Asian Students Association or the
on their own and see where it takes them? Well, I feel that the student had a valid point when he noted the somewhat backwardness of the concept of a transition program specially designed for third-world students, but I also believe that the fact that Brown has this program says a lot about its dedication to its international student body; it wants to make students’ transitions into college and America as easy as possible by offering support to whomever asks for it.
The international community here is vast, and it’s so easy to get involved and become a part of it, even if you’re not from another country.
Brown Taiwan Society. These groups are beneficial in that they allow people to meet each other and form connections that never would have been made otherwise. However, some might argue that all these organizations aren’t necessarily as helpful as they’re made out to be. As one student pointed out at a Third World Transition Program discussion during orientation last year, if the University wants people from all backgrounds to be assimilated into the school easily, what’s the point of even having a program that distinguishes such students? Wouldn’t it make more sense to just let them try college out
While having ethnic student associations is useful for promoting strong ethnic community cohesion within the student body, it doesn’t make much sense to only bring together individuals who are of the same race. This only increases the relative homogeneity of the groups and lowers their withingroup diversity. A different, but related, approach would be creating a club with the purpose of bringing people from completely different backgrounds together. Such a club could be considered borderline pointless because the university already does this in a broader sense simply by existing and having a huge variety of students. However, such a
group could achieve a more specific goal of increasing student exposure to different cultures and viewpoints. Diversity tends to be a little scarcer at many schools in the U.S. For example, the University of Alabama primarily consists of in-state students (roughly 92 percent). This is a ridiculously high amount of homogeneity even for a large state school. Brown, on the other hand, is much smaller in size yet much more diverse. I’m glad that Brown is as diverse as it is because it facilitates learning about the world and the United States’ contribution to it. As someone who doesn’t usually pay much attention to international affairs and global politics, I can honestly say attending this school has opened my eyes to worldly affairs. In fact, it’s possible to learn about foreign affairs just by reading The Herald. Of course, Brown’s exotic mixture of people from different cultures does not go unnoticed. We even have an International House to prove it. Its variety of students is one of many characteristics that contribute to its notoriety among other schools in the U.S. So, the next time you see a table slip advertising a foreign event or activity, take a moment to appreciate Brown. You probably won’t experience this diversity anywhere else.
Deniz Ilgen ’13 is a civil engineering concentrator from Los Gatos, California. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sex, tangentially BY sarah rosenthal Opinions Columnist Two incidents have caught the nation’s attention in the past two weeks. In one, a Rutgers freshman named Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate filmed him having sex with another man and put the video online. In the other, a recent Duke graduate named Karen Owen sent a “senior thesis” rating her various sexual partners from the school’s athletic teams to some friends, and — big surprise — it became an Internet sensation. Now the perpetrators of the Rutgers bullying are being charged with invasion of privacy and Owen’s old squeezes are lawyering up. Clementi’s suicide brought shame to those who believed that something like this could happen in Laramie, Wyo., but never in as reliably liberal a place as New Jersey. Owen’s presentation brought shock to those who believed that girls at Duke are not interested in having or talking about sex (a surprising number of people, as it turns out). Both of these incidents involve sex, college students and the Internet, sure ingredients for media sizzle. But as scandals go, they are not at all on the same plane: one is an enormous tragedy made more potent by a similar incident at Johnson and Wales a few days later, not to mention the horrific torture of three gay men in the Bronx this
past weekend, while the other is basically stupidity, with no clear-cut victims or villains but schadenfreude aplenty. That would explain why the former has received continuous play in major national news outlets, while the latter has become a top headline, gleefully hashed and rehashed, on specialty blogs that see an “angle” in the stor y — Jezebel for women, Deadspin for athletes and Gawker for gossips. Although, The Wall Street Journal blog did do a point-bypoint comparison of Owen’s presentation and
feelings about privacy — and the loss thereof — is reductive. Obviously, Clementi did not choose to put his sex life out there for all to see, whereas Owen may as well have put “PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS LOL” in the subject line. But what about the athletes whose (sometimes unflattering) personal details are out there in the world for all to see, especially those Duke lacrosse players who have had more than their fair share of negative publicity in the last few years?
However uneven the scope and impact of the two incidents may be, at the core, they stem from the same issue. Cue the screeching about privacy.
Tom Wolfe’s fictional account of the college dating scene, “I Am Charlotte Simmons.” However uneven the scope and impact of the two incidents may be, at the core, they stem from the same issue. Cue the screeching about privacy — more specifically, how nobody our age values it, how the Internet is destroying it, how we’re all frogs in Mark Zuckerberg’s pot and he’s slowly, slowly turning up the heat, boiling us alive, and we don’t even notice it. To say all college students have the same
We as college students may just be victims of the times. Growing up online, as we have, there’s bound to be embarrassing stuff about us out there on the Internet, whether it’s a Xanga from your angsty high school years, a Facebook photo from last week’s party or, in one particularly unique and cringe-inducing New York City private school case, a New Yorker profile of your fourth grade class’s Young Democrats club. Hence, unless we make a strongly concerted effort to be private, the best we can hope for is to find “ways
of creating privacy in public,” in the words of Danah Boyd ’00, who gave a talk here on social media last Wednesday. What’s the moral of the story here? Don’t have sex, you never know who’s taking notes? If it didn’t work for Hester Prynne or Bristol Palin, it probably won’t work for Brown students. Besides, most people are not as cruelly perverse as Clementi’s roommate, or as thoughtless and Internet-unsavvy as Owen, so jeremiads about what our generation’s relinquishment of privacy can lead to are a little over the top. We’re navigating treacherous waters when it comes to personal information and the Internet, which is not to say that everyone should go out and delete everything they’ve ever put about themselves on the Web, as Owen did in the aftermath of her scandal. Never mind that this means that the only results from a search for her name will be related to “horizontal academics.” But both Owen and Clementi teach us that privacy is a malleable concept and that we can lose control with dangerous rapidity. The truth is, I don’t know the moral of the stor y, except to be careful to balance the culture of overshare with the value of privacy and to remember that even in the brave new world of the Internet, actions have consequences.
Former Herald Opinions Editor Sarah Rosenthal ’11 told you it was tangential.
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