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Committee to consider ROTC’s return
Apps from prospective students hit record high
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By Lindor Qunaj Senior Staff Writer
President Ruth Simmons has convened a committee to review Brown’s policy towards the Reserve Officer Training Corp program, according to a University press release from mid-January. In an e-mail Tuesday morning to the student body, Undergraduate Council of Students President Diane Mokoro ’11 wrote that the committee will be chaired by Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron and invited students to apply for two seats reserved for undergraduates on the committee. According to the e-mail, Simmons convened the committee to make recommendations on the future of military education and recruitment on campus. The recent repeal of the United States military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy “has resulted in much conversation regarding the place of military education on campuses across the country,” Mokoro wrote. “There have been whispers about it for at least the last year,” Mokoro told The Herald. “The repeal of
hospital based — are some of the best in the country, and we are all proud of their collaborative work to create the best student and resident education in the country as well as their research and clinical care,” she wrote. “There is an op-
As students settle back into their Providence homes and dive into the often hectic shopping period, the Office of Admission will continue to review over 31,000 applications they received for the class of 2015, a task which has been underway for more than a month. This year’s record-breaking number represents a 3 percent increase from last year, according to Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73. Although the number of applications did rise from last year, the 3 percent increase is not as dramatic as the consecutive 20 percent yearover-year increases in applications for the classes of 2013 and 2014. While Miller said he could not specifically explain why this year’s increase was smaller, he said that admission numbers are generally “hard to predict” and “tend to move in waves.” Miller speculated that applicants may have seen the significant upward trend in application numbers and concluded that, since it may be “a lot harder to get in this year,” they should instead focus their attention on less selective schools. Regardless, Miller said the 50 percent increase in applications over the last three years reveals that Brown’s overall reputation remains strong. “Students and their parents get information about institutions from many different sources (such as) books, internet articles and blogs,” Miller said. “These numbers show that much of this information about Brown is positive,” he added. In comparison, Princeton, Stan-
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Glass walls bring arts under one roof By Greg Jordan-Detamore Senior Staff Writer
The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts — the newest building on campus — opens to the public today. The building, located on the Walk between Angell and Olive streets just west of the Brown Bookstore, will provide a common space for interaction between different programs in the
arts, as well as other disciplines that can be connected to the arts in new or existing ways. The space will not belong to any one department. Construction on the center began in June 2009, and a private dedication ceremony is slated for Feb. 10. An open center
Openness and interaction are key elements of the Granoff Cen-
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Med school’s OB-GYN chair resigns abruptly By mark raymond Senior Staff Writer
Richard Holbrooke ’62, distinguished public servant, was a professor-at-large at the Watson Institute until his death last December. See full coverage on page 3 and letters on page 10.
ter. Glass on the facade allows passers-by to see what is going on in most of the building’s rooms. “Giving people a peek at what’s happening might entice them to come check it out,” said Chira DelSesto, program coordinator of the Creative Arts Council. The most prominent design feature of the center is the lack of floors spanning the entire build-
The Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women and Infants Hospital and Brown University, Joanna Cain, resigned late last month, sparking confusion over the circumstances surrounding her departure. A University statement by Edward Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences, said that Cain stepped down “to pursue other career opportunities” and that Maureen Phipps would be replacing Cain on an interim basis as the chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Alpert Medical School. In an e-mail to The Herald, Cain praised her colleagues at Women and Infants and did not provide a specific reason for her departure. She served just over two years in the position. “The OB/GYN Faculty at Brown — both community and
News in brief Farewell to Fishco Tonight, for the first time in many years, students will not mark the first day of classes by heading to the South Water Street bar the Fish Company. Wednesday night at Fishco was an institution for a significant portion of the undergraduate student body, particularly first-years. At the end of last semester, BlogDailyHerald reported that Fishco would be closing, arousing student concerns and sparking a “Free Fishco” t-shirt protest. But the bar’s website soon announced it would be reopening on New Years Eve. In January, though, the website confirmed that Fishco has closed for good. See next Wednesday’s Herald for full coverage. —Herald staff
Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 assumes role of R.I. governor
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The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts opens today. It sports features such as media labs, a recording studio, and an eco-friendly roof.
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TWC searches for new director By ben Kutner Staff Writer
The Third World Center has begun its search for a new director, following a semester under the interim leadership of Associate Protestant University Chaplain Reverend William Mathis. The position of TWC director opened last summer following the unexpected year-long departure of Dean Karen McLaurin ’74. Candidates will come to campus this spring for a “broad and
comprehensive set of interviews,” said Senior Director for Student Engagement Ricky Gresh, who serves on the search committee composed of faculty, students and alumni. The committee plans to announce the new director by mid-April, with a target start date of July 1, according to the TWC’s website. The TWC is an institution that aims to represent minorities by supporting cultural groups and sponsoring events such as the Third World Transition Program
for incoming freshmen. “The new person chosen for this role will need to be both an effective academic adviser and an effective mentor for a diverse population of Brown students,” Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “The director of the Third World Center has always formed an important link between the Division of Campus Life and the College.” continued on page 4
Applications rise in overseas, PLME pools continued from page 1 ford and Harvard saw increases of 3.3, 7 and 15 percent, respectively. Columbia saw a more significant 32 percent increase. In a Jan. 19 article in the Daily Pennsylvanian, Columbia Dean of Admission Jessica Marinaccio attributed most of the jump to the decision to move to the Common Application, an application used by over 400 undergraduate institutions across the country. Historically, when schools switch from their own unique process to the Common Application, admission offices see a 5 percent increase in applicants, Miller said. But Brown’s huge consecutive jumps cannot be explained by this simple trend. Miller said improvements in the financial aid program, as well as the University’s success in broader efforts to recruit students, may be contributing to the sustained increase in applications. The large applicant pool for the class of 2015 is geographically and
academically different from last year’s. The number of international applicants increased 10 percent as a result of more active recruiting efforts overseas. Miller said that the initiative to recruit international students has taken time to build momentum, but is now “beginning to bear fruit.” Domestically, there has been a shift toward applications from students in the south and west, an observation that Miller said was consistent with general population trends. California keeps its title as the state with the largest number of applications. In terms of intended concentration plans, admissions officers have noticed an increasing interest in the sciences and the number of applicants wanting to pursue the Bachelor of Science degree. Additionally, the number of students applying to the Program in Liberal Medical Education increased 5 percent, more than the overall applicant pool increase. Miller attributed these changes to targeted
recruitment in the sciences, as well as “very good publicity in recent initiatives in science and math.” Although these new programs, in addition to recruitment, may attract many students, Evan Sweren, a senior at the Gilman School in Baltimore, said that his decision to apply to a particular school is less concrete. “I think it’s more visceral — an off-the-cuff reaction,” Sweren wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. For Sweren, it was the way that most students on campus seemed to be happy and friendly that attracted him to apply. “From my adventure to the rare books library to my more adventurous adventure on a slack-line on a green, Brown welcomed me in,” he said. In the past, admission decisions have often been released in late March. According to Miller, 2000 or more offers of admission will be made this year. While the target class size is 1485, nearly 580 students have already been admitted through the binding Early Decision program.
Bergeron to chair ROTC review committee continued from page 1 ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was maybe the last straw.” One of the committee’s primary goals will be to determine whether or not it would be possible to reinstate ROTC at Brown “under terms that would be appropriate today,” according to a statement of purpose sent to Mokoro by Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron. Two seats on the committee are reserved for undergraduate
students, who will be selected by a board of UCS members. “We don’t want somebody who hasn’t engaged with the issue at all,” Mokoro told The Herald. “At the same time I’m not sure that the perfect candidate is somebody who’s served in the military and has all that experience… I don’t want them to be questioned for bias.” “I want somebody who’s relatively in the middle,” she added. Mokoro said the committee will serve as a way to gauge the feelings
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of the Brown community and will issue a recommendation on the reinstatement of ROTC. “I see the committee as an attempt to review the culture of Brown and how it relates to the culture of ROTC,” Mokoro said. ROTC was removed from Brown’s campus in 1969 by a faculty resolution, and the Corporation reaffirmed this decision in 1981 after a review of the policy. In 2002, Professor of English Paul Armstrong, who was then dean of the College, reiterated that students could not receive credit for ROTC political science courses. Although Brown does not currently have a branch of the ROTC, students may join the Patriot Battalion Army ROTC at Providence College. Universities around the country have reconsidered their policies on ROTC and recruitment on campus following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Administrators at Columbia and Harvard have issued statements applauding the repeal and stating they will work toward greater cooperation between universities and the military, according to a Jan. 7 article in The Dartmouth.
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Holbrooke ’62, public After 15 months, judge recuses servant, dead at 69 self in McCormick case By aLEX BELL News Editor
Richard Holbrooke ’62, distinguished public servant, died Dec. 13 after undergoing emergency surgery to repair a torn aorta. He was a professor-at-large at the Watson Institute for International Studies at the time of his death. Holbrooke, who has served in every Democratic administration since entering the Foreign Service in 1962, is perhaps best known for his role in negotiating the 1995 Dayton Accords, ending the war in Bosnia. “Tonight, the Brown community joins the nation and the world in mourning the loss of one of our most distinguished diplomats,” President Ruth Simmons wrote in a statement to The Herald. “Seeker of peace, Richard Holbrooke’s career spanned decades, geography, presidential administrations and international conflicts.” From 2009 until his death, Holbrooke served as President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, making him one of the nation’s top diplomats. He was among a handful of leading candidates for the secretary of state nomination that ultimately went to Hillary Clinton. Besides his work toward ensuring Balkan peace, he served under the Clinton administration first as ambassador to Germany and then as assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs before being appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1999. Under President Jimmy Carter, Holbrooke became the youngest assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs in history, at age 35. He worked in Vietnam for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and authored a significant portion of the Pentagon Papers. During the Nixon administration, Holbrooke, a former Herald
editor-in-chief, left government and worked as managing editor for the magazine “Foreign Policy.” More recently, he has authored a bestselling account of his work during the Balkan Crisis. Alongside public service and journalism, he pursued a successful career in finance. He was the managing director of Lehman Brothers from 1985 to 1993 and served on the board of American International Group until 2008. During his time on AIG’s board, the corporation engaged in risky credit default swaps. During the 2008 global financial crisis, the corporation came to the brink of bankruptcy before receiving a large government bailout. Despite these diverse commitments, Holbrooke managed to find his way back to Brown. In February 2007, he accepted a five-year appointment as a professor-at-large at the Watson Institute. Holbrooke “remained ever true to his alma mater,” Simmons wrote in her statement. David Kennedy ’76, interim director of the institute when Holbrooke was asked to join the Obama administration, told The Herald at the time that Holbrooke had been a “very effective participant in teaching and research at the Watson Institute.” “He has led student working groups, participated in classes, spoken at the Institute and — in general — supported our teaching in international affairs,” Kennedy said. Holbrooke returned to campus regularly over the years for events such as lectures, Janus Forum debates and small Watson Institute study group series. In 2007, when asked about working for the next presidential administration, Holbrooke told The Herald, “It’d be fun to have one last shot at public service, and I’d like to do that.”
By Nicole Boucher News Editor
More than 15 months into William McCormick’s lawsuit against the University and two alums, the presiding judge recused himself from the case in early January. Judge William Smith of the Rhode Island District federal court did not provide an explanation in his order of recusal. While it is fairly common for judges to recuse themselves at a case’s onset, recusal is rare after a case has commenced. “It’s surprising to see it happen in a case like this,” Yale Law School professor Robert Gordon wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “One would think it more likely in a case with financial stakes, in which a judge realizes in the middle of a litigation that he has some financial interest connected to one of the litigants.” While recusal this far into a case is infrequent, stepping down without giving an explanation is very common, Gordon wrote. A judge’s decision to do so is “final and unappealable” without an explanation required, Gordon added, a setup which has spurred criticism over the years. Judges may recuse themselves for a number of reasons, some more valid than others, Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor Charles Geyh wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “The general rule is that a judge must disqualify himself when his impartiality might reasonably be questioned,” Geyh wrote. For example, a judge choosing to step down for personal or financial relationships with any party related to the case would be legitimate grounds for recusal, while choosing to withdraw to avoid making a difficult political decision would not be an honorable reason, he wrote.
The case has been referred to Judge Ronald Lagueux. In September 2009, in another highly unusual move, Smith sealed the case when it was transferred from Rhode Island Superior Court to federal court. Until the case was unsealed in April, there was no public record of its existence. The reasons for sealing the case were given in chambers, and there is no publicly available record of the reason for the sealing. The case had also been sealed when it was initially filed in Rhode Island Superior Court. McCormick’s lawyer, Scott Kilpatrick, formally accused one of the University’s co-defendants of witness intimidation in November when the girlfriend of former assistant wrestling coach Michael Burch received a package inviting Burch to a free dinner. Burch is a witness for the plaintiff and has spoken to various media outlets about the case. The lawyer traced a phone number used to call Burch about the package to Patrick Brosnan, a private investigator employed by one of the alums named as a defendant in the suit. The accusation has not yet been resolved. McCormick, a former member of the class of 2010, is suing the University, a female alum and her father — also an alum — over what he claims is a false rape allegation made against him in 2006
by the female alum. He claims the University did not handle the allegation impartially because the female alum’s father is a significant donor and fundraiser for the University. A lawyer for the female alum maintains she was in fact raped. Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, has stated that University officials handled the matter properly. In 2006, before any University hearing on the allegation took place, McCormick and the female alum signed an agreement stipulating that McCormick withdraw from Brown and that neither he nor the female alum take legal action against the other. McCormick’s lawyer at the time, Walter Stone, represented McCormick while his law firm, Adler Pollock & Sheehan, was representing the University in a separate matter in federal court. McCormick’s current lawyer has said that Stone did not disclose this apparent conflict of interest to McCormick at the time. The Herald is withholding the name of the female alum because she may have been the victim of a sex crime. The suit is currently in its pretrial discovery period. Chief Judge Mary Lisi cannot try the case because her husband, Stephen Reid, represents the two alums named as defendants in the case.
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U. mourns death of Fernandez ’85 Phipps steps in as interim OB-GYN chair By claire peracchio City & State Editor
continued from page 1 portunity for us all together to create new models of quality and safety in medicine and we (the entire faculty) are all proud of the work done by Brown faculty to make this happen — not just at WIH but across the Alpert School of medicine.” Disagreements are prone to exist over hospital practices, said Professor of Family Medicine Jeffrey Borkan, though he did not comment about the specific reason for Cain’s departure. “There is always a tension between what medical schools want and what academic departments want,” Borkan said. Borkan told the Providence Journal on Dec. 31 that Cain’s departure “raises questions about academic freedom, about the ability of leaders within the academic and medical community to take independent action or to lead.” Associate Chair of Community Relationships for Women and Infants Pablo Rodriguez said that Cain was well-respected at the hospital and that it would be a challenge to find a worthy successor. “She was a terrific leader and
someone that the entire medical staff supported,” he said. “It will be difficult to find someone like her, or to find anyone at this point, given the circumstances of her departure.” Cain wrote in an e-mail to The Herald that she wants to continue working with members of the Brown community in some capacity as well as pursue other career goals. “I hope to provide clinical ethics analysis education and training for residents and students at Brown as well as curricula for medical students in resource-poor areas of the world,” she said. “In addition, I am consulting in the area of women’s health clinical services nationally and internationally.” Prior to her time at Brown, Cain chaired the obstetrics and gynecology department at Oregon Health Sciences University. She was the first woman to chair the Committee for Ethics in Women’s Health in the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the first woman president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Former Providence city solicitor, state attorney general candidate and dedicated Brown alum Joseph Fernandez ’85 died Dec. 18 following a brief illness. Fernandez, who was 46, was a University trustee and president of the Brown Alumni Association at the time of his death. “His selfless service and uplifting spirit inspired us all,” President Ruth Simmons said in a statement. Raised in Pennsylvania as the son of Filipino immigrants, Fernandez graduated from Brown with a degree in American Civilization. Described as “a consummate Brunonian” in Simmons’ statement, he was a Brown Alumni Schools Committees interviewer, a member of the Brown Corporation Committee
on Minority Affairs and a director of the Brown Club of Rhode Island. Fernandez also chaired the Multicultural Alumni Committee of the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors and in 2006 received the Brown Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award, a tribute to “distinguished, continuing volunteer service to Brown,” according to the statement. Within the Providence community, Fernandez served as a trustee of Trinity Repertory Company and a director of the Community College of Rhode Island Foundation, the University release said. After graduating from Brown, Fernandez attended Harvard Law School, where he was a classmate of President Barack Obama. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Fernandez served as the co-chair for
Obama’s Rhode Island campaign. “I was shocked and saddened to learn today of the passing of my friend and colleague Joe Fernandez,” Obama wrote in a statement. “From our time together in law school to his work as a dedicated public servant in Providence, I knew Joe as someone who had lived the American dream and was committed to protecting it for his fellow citizens.” Following a stint in private legal practice, Fernandez served as city solicitor from 2003 to 2009, when he resigned to run as a Democratic candidate for attorney general. He garnered roughly 27 percent of the vote in a three-way primary contest this September. Fernandez is survived by his wife, Emily Maranjian ’86, and their two daughters.
TWC vets candidates for new director continued from page 2 The new director will have to “speak broadly about the value of diversity,” Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Margaret Klawunn said. Bergeron wrote that the new director will “also form natural
connections to many diversity officers on campus— not only in the College but also in the Graduate School, the Provost’s office, the Office of Human Resources and many other places as well.” The committee is responsible for identifying candidates for the position and ultimately recommending candidates to Klawunn and Bergeron, Gresh said. In addition to three students on the search committee, Gresh said an additional advisory board comprised of students involved with the TWC and collaborating organizations will weigh in. Gresh said the student groups elected their own representatives, noting that the search process will run while students and faculty are on campus. Lorena Garcia ’12 first heard
about the search when the TWC sent an e-mail to student groups. Garcia joined the student advisory board and became one of the three students serving on the Search committee. She said she is unsure how often the board will meet. Klawunn said she does not expect Dean McLaurin to reapply for the position. “As for Rev. Mathis, he is already a beloved member of our community, and has been a wonderful interim director of the Third World Center this year,” Bergeron wrote. “We are so fortunate to have his leadership.” “It’s absolutely critical to keep in mind the TWC is a vital and important program on campus,” Gresh said. “We’re absolutely committed to get the right person.”
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Granoff Center opens for classes continued from page 1 ing. Rather, the north and south halves of the building are offset by half of a floor. The center of the building — where the two offset floors come together — features a soundproofed wall with two layers of glass, which allows people in a room to see what is going on in the rooms a half-floor above and below on the other side of the building. The glass wall in the center of the building allows interaction between the different artists using the space. “Somebody could be sitting in the multimedia lab and see a dance rehearsal downstairs,” said Julie Strandberg, director of dance and senior lecturer in theater arts and performance studies. The building’s stairs feature “living rooms” — landings which extend away from the stairs and will have seating. They will have projection and sound capabilities, which can be used for small presentations or class breakout sessions, DelSesto said. The living rooms will provide a place for “serendipitous” meeting, she said. Under one roof
“The arts departments are now spread out around the campus,” said Richard Fishman, director of the Creative Arts Council and professor of visual arts. Faculty may want to work with others in other disciplines, but may not be aware of what others are doing. He said he hopes the Granoff Center will facilitate frequent interaction. This semester, there will be
several courses held in the building. No class or department has a permanent spot in the building, and applications for prospective classes are reviewed by the Creative Arts Council, Fishman said. One such class is TAPS 1281P: “Under One Roof: Interdisciplinary and Intermedial Art.” The class is “primarily a studio course using the inside and outside of the Granoff Center as a canvas/ studio/stage,” according to the course description. The class will explore the building and become acquainted with all of its technology and special features, Strandberg, one of the two instructors, said. Students will work in project groups to create works of art in or on the building, she said. The Granoff Center will play host to presentations, lectures, films festivals and other events throughout the spring. “The calendar is pretty full this semester,” DelSesto said. The Creative Arts Council also wants to reach out to the Providence community, DelSesto said. “Anything we can open to the public we certainly will.” An innovative space
The building has two entrances — one on the Walk and another on Angell Street next to the entrance to the Brown Office Building. Just inside the main entrance, a gallery space with a movable wall will feature both student and professional work. A gallery committee of the Creative Arts Council will determine what is featured there, DelSesto said. The southern half of the
ground along the Walk slopes down to an amphitheater, and on the south half of the ground floor is the main auditorium. The amphitheater has grass seating and can be used on its own or as an extension of the auditorium. Uses of the amphitheater are “open to the lively imagination of the students and faculty,” Fishman said. One of the main features of the auditorium, which seats about 200 people, is a 35-mm projector. Standard for modern cinema, it is a new technology at Brown, said Mary Ann Doane, professor of modern culture and media. “We’ve been fighting for a 35-mm (projection space) for over 20 years,” Doane said. It will be of use for both courses and film festivals. One of her classes, MCM 0260: “Cinematic Coding and Narrativity,” which she said she has taught for about 30 years, will use the Granoff Center this semester. There is also a modern recording studio, a physical media lab and a multimedia lab with 16 computer stations. Additionally, there are four multipurpose production studios, which will have a variety of audiovisual connections available. If blackout shades are used, the studios can be transformed into black box theaters. The building is topped by a green roof, which will not be publicly accessible. Another environmentally friendly feature is the building’s “exterior venetian blinds” which can be retracted during the winter to “take advantage of passive solar heat gain,” said Jesse Saylor, the project architect.
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Layers of snow greeted students as they returned to campus this week.
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No transfers to Med school accepted By Sarah Mancone Staff Writer
The Alpert Medical School did not accept transfer students for the current academic year due to alterations in its clerkship curriculum, according to Philip Gruppuso, associate dean for medical education. During clerkships, students gain personal experience with patients, working full days under the supervision of faculty members in different areas of medicine. Instead of having a window of six quarters to complete core
clerkships in their third and fourth years of medical school, students will be allotted only four and a half quarters, Gruppuso said. Students will now be able to complete all clerkships before making a career choice. “One important purpose of core clerkships is to expose students to the breadth of medical practice so they can make an informed career choice,” Gruppuso said, adding that it “used to be that our students would be doing core clerkships so late that they would already be on residency interviews.” Generally, the amount of transfer students accepted is determined by the number of students in clerkships, he said. With the shorter span to complete clerkships, the number of students per clerkship will increase. In addition, with the new medical education building downtown, “the class has grown substantially,” said Arnold-Peter Weiss, associate dean of medicine, making it “harder to fit somebody in.” Grupposo said the Med School “didn’t want to restrict the flexibility of the students” by filling the core clerkships up with transfer students. It is very likely no transfers will be accepted in the upcoming years either, Gruppuso said. The dwindling of transfer students is “not a huge change” though. There are “never a lot of transfer students,” Weiss said, adding that students are very well informed when choosing a medical school and as a result very few drop out and create spaces for transfer students to fill. Transferring during medical school is an “exception rather than a route to admission,” Weiss said. Exceptions include larger schools that “accept transfer students for tuition revenue” because they do not have to fully train these students, and offshore schools that do not have their own clerkships for their students, Gruppuso said. Outside of these cases, transferring is not very common. “If all the stars line up then sometimes it happens,” Weiss said.
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Stabbing on Thayer Street brings violence close to home By JENNIFER KAPLAN Contributing Writier
Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 was sworn in as Rhode Island’s first independent governor on Jan. 4.
Chafee ’75 P’14 sworn in as governor By Michael danielewicz Contributing Writer
Newly inaugurated Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 urged Rhode Islanders Jan. 4 to reclaim the state’s historic legacy of tolerance and independence in spite of challenging economic times. Chafee — a former Republican who is the first independent to be elected to the state’s top office — was sworn in as Rhode Island’s 58th governor. The heir to a Rhode Island political dynasty, Chafee took the oath of office on a Bible that belonged to his father, Republican John Chafee P’75, a former Rhode Island governor and U.S. senator. In keeping with his inauguration theme, “A Time to Come Together,” Chafee asked Rhode Islanders to unite behind Roger Williams’ vision of “a ‘civil state’ … a vibrant, diverse community that is free of political, cultural and ethnic division.” In his inaugural address, delivered on the State House steps, Chafee criticized the state’s political establishment for failing to address Rhode Island’s challenges. “The time of irresponsibility has ended,” Chafee said. Ted Widmer, the director of the John Carter Brown Library and a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, was the lead writer of Chafee’s speech. In his address, Chafee said he would rescind Jan. 5 an executive order by former Governor Donald Carcieri ’65 mandating the use of E-Verify, an online federal program allowing employers to check workers’ eligibility for legal employment. Chafee said the order causes “needless anxiety within our Latino community without demonstrating any progress on illegal immigration.” He also said he hoped Rhode Island would pass a bill legalizing gay marriage in the near future. “I think that Gov. Chafee has the opportunity to bring individuals together in ways that we haven’t done for some time in Rhode Island,” wrote Domingo Morel GS ’13, a po-
litical science Ph.D. candidate and co-founder of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, in an e-mail to The Herald. Chafee’s election marks what he called in his inaugural speech a “second chance” for the former U.S. senator and mayor of Warwick, who lost his 2006 Senate re-election bid to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. Chafee broke from the G.O.P. in 2007 after joining the Watson Institute for International Studies as a distinguished visiting fellow. Chafee will assume the governorship in a state facing double-digit unemployment, a nearly $300 million budget deficit and controversy surrounding education reform, an issue that made national headlines after a mass firing last year at Central Falls High School. According to David Ricci, a teacher of government at La Salle Academy in Providence, the Central Falls issue is only one of many Chafee must tackle in his first months in office. “Nothing is going to happen without money,” Ricci said, adding that Chafee’s proposed 1 percent sales tax on currently tax-exempt items may be one of the ways to start raising the necessary revenue. Charles Picerno, a self-described “nomadic Rhode Islander,” was among a small group of protesters at the inauguration ceremony. Picerno said Chafee has an “elitist mentality” and added that taxation is the exact opposite of what should happen to ensure the state’s wellbeing. “I own the government, the government does not own me,” Picerno said, carrying a sign that called for Chafee’s recall. Other protestors car-
ried signs in favor of the E-Verify system. Peter Carney, a Warwick resident who attended the inauguration, had a more positive view of Chafee. He said the governor has “got some moral fiber” and that Chafee deserves credit for defecting from the Republican Party on issues like the Iraq War during his Senate career. Chafee’s transition team had promised that the inauguration festivities would be frugal and modest. The ceremony included a poem read by Rhode Island’s poet laureate, Lisa Starr, as well as a flyover by Blackhawk helicopters and C-130 transport aircraft and a 19-gun salute. Following the ceremony, Chafee greeted members of the public who had formed a long line around the second floor of the State House. Returning Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis as well as newly elected Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo were also sworn in at the State House Tuesday. The ceremony came on the heels of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras’ inauguration Monday as the city’s first Latino mayor. The inauguration’s events concluded with a special WaterFire in Waterplace Park and a packed public reception in Chafee’s honor at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Providence. Chafee opted out of an inaugural ball in favor of a party open to the public. “It’s only anybody’s guess” what Chafee will do in office, said Marilyn Soscia, who attended the inauguration ceremony. In any case, “something has to change” in the state, she said.
A Warwick man was stabbed on Thayer Street outside Cafe Paragon following a verbal argument on the night of Jan. 16. Both the 31-year-old victim, Nicholas Johnston, and his attacker are unaffiliated with the University. Paragon Manager Theo Spiridis said Johnston went back inside the restaurant after the fight, and then “got up, paid his bill and drove himself to the hospital.” Johnston told no one about the fight when he returned and only realized he was injured after he sat down to continue his meal, Spiridis added. Violence on Thayer is an uncommon occurrence, according to Lt. John Ryan of the Providence Police Department. The stabbing was “probably our first felony assault up there for awhile,” Ryan said. He added that he does not think this incident indicates any increase in crime. Johnston did not know the attacker and is choosing not to press charges, according to the police report.
Students need not worry that they are in any increased danger, Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, said. “Certainly, we try to remind Brown students that you are living in the city of Providence, and, as you would in any city, we remind students to be cautious and use common sense,” Klawunn said. Klawunn said the Providence Police Department works in tandem with Brown’s Department of Public Safety around campus, but this incident was too far from central University buildings for DPS to get involved. Paragon’s business has not been affected by the stabbing, Spiridis said. “We had nothing to do with it. It’s not like we had a fight inside the restaurant between two guests,” he said. “I can’t tell people how to behave in public.” Students said the stabbing does not affect their perception of safety on campus. “It didn’t involve any Brown students, and it didn’t happen when Brown was in session,” said Max Hannan ’14.
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Rattner ’74 settles payto-play allegations By Claire peracchio City & State Editor
Steven Rattner ’74 P’10 P’13, a Corporation fellow and President Barack Obama’s former “car czar,” agreed Dec. 30 to pay $10 million and accept a five-year ban from business dealings with New York pension funds in a settlement with then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The settlement comes after more than a month of negotiations between Rattner and Cuomo stemming from an investigation concerning Rattner’s role in a kickback scheme involving New York’s main pension fund and Quadrangle Group, a private equity investment firm Rattner co-founded in 2000. The agreement settles two lawsuits alleging that Rattner, a former Herald editor-in-chief, used fees and favors to help Quadrangle secure $150 million in investments from the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Rattner departed Quadrangle in February 2009 to head Obama’s automotive task force, where he oversaw the restructuring of domestic car companies in the wake of the 2008 recession. Rattner did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement. “I am pleased to have reached a settlement with the New York Attorney General’s Office, which allows me to put this matter behind me,” Rattner said in a statement. “I apologize if during the course of this process there is anything I did that may have made reaching this agreement more difficult. I respect the work of the attorney general and his staff to ensure that the New York State Common Retirement Fund operates properly and in the best interests of New Yorkers.”
Thursday’s settlement ends a bitter war of words between Rattner and Cuomo, who assumed his position as New York’s governor Dec. 31. In lawsuits filed Nov. 18 — the same day as General Motors’ initial public offering — Cuomo demanded Rattner pay a $26 million fine and submit to a lifetime ban from the New York securities industry in restitution for alleged influence peddling. Rattner helped orchestrate GM’s restructuring, which decreased the government’s share in the company. “I am gratified that we have been able to reach an agreement in this case, as it resolves the last major action of our multi-year investigation,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The state pension fund is a valuable asset held in trust for retirees and supported by taxpayers. Through the many cases, pleas and settlements in this investigation, I believe we have been able to help restore and protect the integrity of the state pension fund.” The agreement follows Rattner’s $6.2 million settlement in October with the Securities and Exchange Commission on earlier pay-to-play charges. The deal included a twoyear ban from investment advising and securities trading. As with Thursday’s deal, Rattner did not admit wrongdoing in that agreement. Rattner’s personal net worth was between $188 and $608 million as of February 2009, according to records he filed with the federal government before entering the Obama administration. Cuomo said in the statement that the settlement with Rattner concludes a pay-to-play investigation that has resulted in settlements with 19 firms and five individuals and collected more than $170 million for New York and its pension fund.
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Clarification An article in the Dec. 3, 2010 issue of The Herald (“Alcohol, pot use on campus measure,” Dec. 3, 2010) attributed quotes to Daniel Jacobson ’14. There are two Daniel Jacobsons in the class of 2014. The quotes should have been attributed to Daniel Rowe Jacobson ’14.
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letters to the editor Letters: Death of Richard Holbrooke ’62 To the Editor: Holbrooke was BDH editor 1961-62. Typical of the towering problem solver he was to become, he made a major change at the paper that was to have lasting effects. He recruited women reporters. Pembroke was still a separate entity in those days and had its own newspaper, the Pembroke Record. Women who wished to write for a campus paper reported for that publication. But Richard had a problem — not enough reporters. So he decided to open the Herald’s staff to women. He knew well that he was going to get pushback, but he didn’t care. To the Editor: A remarkable diplomat and negotiator, Richard Holbrooke ’62, was my freshman roommate at Brown University in 1958 and had, by that time, already acquired many of the skills he used so well in his 40-year career as a State Department diplomat. R.I.P.
I signed up and was the first woman on the BDH staff. Though no one on the Brown campus was particularly troubled by this change, the Record staff was outraged. They called me to a meeting, and I remember to this day it was an emotional affair, but I held my ground. Holbrooke was as driven as BDH editor as he was to be in all of his subsequent missions. But the heart and the power of the man was clear before he ever left campus. Susanna Opper ’62 His family reported the last words he said to his doctor before going under were, “We’ve got to end that war in Afghanistan.” So appropriate for the U.S. chief negotiator in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nathan Clark ’62
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Bagel Gourmet Ole: a salute to cultural fusion bY OLIVER ROSENBLOOM Opinions Columnist Here at Brown, “patriot” is a four-letter word. For this reason, many people question my abiding faith in American greatness. I try to make my case by explaining the transcendent beauty of our founding documents, our genuine commitment to human rights and our monumental foreign policy successes. Unsurprisingly, cynical college students never seem to accept this line of reasoning. I have therefore adapted a new, concise, foolproof argument to which the student body can relate. I challenge you to deny American exceptionalism after reading this three-word argument. Three words demonstrate how America is unique. Three words show that America will stay ahead of all of its rivals. Three words illustrate how America is the greatest nation in the history of the world. What are those three words? Bagel Gourmet Ole. This hybrid Mexican and bagel restaurant, with locations on Thayer and Brook streets, represents everything that makes our country unique and exceptional. It perfectly illustrates the source of America’s strength — the unique solutions and products that result from the interactions of so many different cultures. Whenever multiculturalists feel lost for words, they should just make the Bagel Gourmet Ole defense. As Americans who are accustomed to
living amid such diversity, we find it easy to take this restaurant for granted. I urge you to take a minute just to examine its absurdity. This is a Hispanic-run store that sells Mexican food as well as bagels, one of the most stereotypically Jewish foods! One graphic in the restaurant perfectly captures the beautiful absurdity of this combination. This picture features cartoon depictions of Mr. Bagel and Mr. Jalapeno holding hands and smiling. This odd couple represents the best kind of absurdity —
somehow able to offer two distinct cuisines at cheap prices. Bagel Gourmet Ole further distances itself from its competition by providing delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No other establishment on Thayer packs the same culinary punch. It derives its unique appeal from the fusion of two distinct cultures — the same fusion and cultural mixing that defines the larger American economy and society. America has outdistanced its competitors because of its ability to attract immigrants
Bagel Gourmet Ole’s diversity enables it to cater to many culinary needs in a way that no single-ethnicity restaurant could. American absurdity — with all of the multicultural fusion and inter-ethnic cooperation that it entails. The success and popularity of this restaurant proves that we all benefit from the cultural mixing that is so common throughout all of America. Where else can you go to a Mexican-Jewish fusion restaurant? What other restaurant offers bagels with lox, beef tacos and breakfast burritos? In the words of illustrious boxing promoter Don King, “Only in America.” This diversity is admirable in and of itself, yet it is truly great when it leads to better results. Bagel Gourmet Ole’s diversity enables it to cater to many culinary needs in a way that no single-ethnicity restaurant could. This tiny store with a small menu is
from all over the world. This unprecedented cultural mixing enables Americans to create new products and arrive at unique solutions. Whenever you question American exceptionalism, just remember that the beautiful absurdity of Bagel Gourmet Ole exists throughout all of American society. The success of Bagel Gourmet Ole shows that America is still a uniquely diverse country. As long as we maintain this crucial advantage, we will outperform our competitors. China may have many economic advantages, but they will never have our diversity. State-run capitalism can allocate resources effectively, but it cannot match the ingenuity and innovation that results from the daily cultural collisions that shape American life. Bagel Gourmet
Ole is just one small example of the countless American institutions, products and ideas that are shaped by such uniquely American cross-cultural interactions. Take a look at your own community and appreciate how much of it is shaped by unique cultural interactions — Bagel Gourmet Ole is far from the only restaurant to capture America’s greatness. In my hometown of San Francisco, the best pizza parlors combine Brazilian and Italian culinary styles to create superior cuisine. A Korean taco truck took the city of Los Angeles by storm. I’m sure I’ve just touched the surface when it comes to uniquely American food creations. This beautiful absurdity is by no means limited to the food industry. It permeates every aspect of our lives. As Americans, or as international students studying in America, we all reap the benefits of this unique diversity. It’s easy to criticize America, but I think it is equally important to appreciate the beauty behind the multicultural interactions that shape America and make us exceptional. I am merely asking all of us to remember that cultural fusion makes our country great, and to acknowledge that we are lucky to live in a country formed by the interactions of so many distinct cultural groups. No other country can match our diversity — in this way, America is truly exceptional.
Oliver Rosenbloom ’13 is a history concentrator from Mill Valley, Calif. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piracy abroad By Ethan Tobias Opinions Columnist Imagine that you had never been accepted to Brown — would it make sense to pay not to go there? Of course not, but this seemingly ridiculous policy officially governs Brown’s relationship to study abroad. All students who study abroad, no matter what program or country they choose, must pay full Brown tuition regardless of the fact that they are not attending Brown. The University then covers the costs of the program and pockets the difference. However, this hasn’t always been the case. Brown students used to pay the cost of the program, which was generally much cheaper than Brown tuition. How can the University justify such a blatant attempt to profit off of students? Apparently, charging the same rate regardless of the program is meant to encourage students to forego economic considerations when choosing a program or country and to base the decision solely on academic considerations. This is a fair point. However, the University fails to live up to the values it espouses. It does not cover — or equalize the cost of — meals, travel, housing, study materials, insurance or any personal expenses, according to the Office of International Programs website. This is not a light consideration. A quick online search revealed that a flight to Barbados is under
$200, while a flight to Melbourne, Australia is over $1000 more expensive. Brown makes no effort to equilibrate the cost of travel. Under Brown’s current scheme, certain countries may be prohibitively expensive just to get to, even if the cost to study is the same. As someone who is returning to Brown after studying abroad in Copenhagen, I can say with experience that the costs of living are very different depending on where you are. In Copenhagen, a cup of coffee at a cafe would range between $4-6, and that’s for a
Of course, the pretense about having students pick programs based solely on academic considerations is mostly nonsense. I learned more in Copenhagen by riding buses and trains than by sitting in class. Exploring foreign cities, surviving unknown metros, ordering food and seeing that things aren’t always done the same way are more important than anything you’re taught in a classroom. While academics remain fairly important, a study abroad experience is impacted far more by where you decide to live,
The University must recognize that the only clear purpose of its policy of charging full tuition for study abroad is to enrich itself while robbing students of an experience of a lifetime. simple, plain, cup of coffee. As one of the more expensive cities to live in, a typical meal out was at least $15 and could easily be over $20. While Copenhagen was certainly expensive, it was by no means typical of study abroad. In Prague, I could get dinner for less than $10, and a friend who studied abroad in Ghana told me that he could eat a solid meal for under $2. If the University’s policy aims to take economic considerations out of the equation, cost of living differences are a glaring hole in that policy.
with whom you associate and what kinds of experiences you have. Are the locals you meet all in the service industry? Are you only hanging out with Americans? Do you follow the local news or read the New York Times on the computer? Academics, which is the major focus at Brown, are at most study abroad programs merely a pretense to spend four months living abroad. For the University to claim that its policies encourage students to choose a study abroad program based solely on academic considerations completely misses the point
of studying abroad. If students went about choosing the best academic experience, the only rational choice would be to stay here. Ultimately, students appear to have been coming to exactly this conclusion since the inception of the new tuition policy began in 2009. That year, Brown’s study abroad numbers dropped precipitously, with almost one hundred fewer students choosing to study abroad in the spring of 2009 compared to the spring of 2008. While the numbers went up slightly in 2010, they were still way below the numbers that the University had been seeing before the change in policy. This drop occurred despite increases in Brown’s total enrollment and the Euro’s fall from $1.60 in the spring of 2008 to about $1.30 at the end of 2010, which should have made living abroad relatively cheaper. The University must recognize that the only clear purpose of its policy of charging full tuition for study abroad is to enrich itself while robbing students of an experience of a lifetime. It forces students to base decisions on the expense of travel costs and increased cost of living. This is unfair to those students and to everyone who foregoes the opportunity to explore a foreign culture in favor of spending most of their waking lives in the Sciences Library.
Ethan Tobias ’12 is a biology concentrator at Brown University who just returned from four and a half months in Europe with a considerably lighter wallet. He can be reached at Ethan_Tobias@brown.edu.
12 Sports Wednesday
The Brown Daily Herald Wednesday, January 26, 2011
W. icers endure winless stretch Bears fall behind early in Ivy League race
By Tony Bakshi Sports Editor
The women’s hockey team has struggled mightily over the past two months, compiling a 0-8-1 record. The Bears (2-14-3, 1-8-3 ECAC) scored only seven goals over the course of nine games, though five have come in the past two games — losses at St. Lawrence University (12-11-2, 7-6-0) and Clarkson University (9-13-3, 6-6-1). Brown faced a tough slate of opponents after the four-week layoff for exams and holidays. In a four-game stretch in early January, the Bears faced Boston University (19-2-3), Cornell (20-1-0, 14-0-0) and Mercyhurst College (20-5-0) — the current third, second and fifth-ranked teams nationwide. Brown was shut out by all three squads and lost back-toback games to Mercyhurst by scores of 6-0 and 12-0. Bruno goaltenders faced a staggering 114 shots over the two matchups. Katie Jamieson ’13 stopped 52 of 58 shots in the first game against the powerhouse. But co-captain Jenna Dancewicz ’11 said the team could benefit from the difficult stretch in the schedule, despite the disappointing results. “You learn,” she said. “You watch game tape from your mistakes and you get better from facing tougher teams.” The Bears’ offense has showed signs of life in the team’s two most recent matchups. Last Friday against St. Lawrence, Brown conceded three goals in the first period, but rebounded to score a goal in the last two periods in the 4-2 loss. Forwards Laurie Jolin ’13 and Vanessa Welten ’14 were the Brown goal scorers. The following day at Clarkson, Jolin continued her strong offensive
By Sam Rubinroit Sports Staff Writer
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Despite recent losses, forward Laurie Jolin ’13 scored three goals across the last two games.
play, adding two more goals — both on power plays — in a five-minute span in the third period. Her outburst tied the game at three, but the Clarkson squad responded with two late third-period goals to grab a 5-3 victory. Dancewicz credited the improved attack on the power-play units. Three of the five Brown goals in the past two matchups have come on the power play. “We’ve been working on our special teams,” she said. “They have finally started to feel comfortable.”
The team will look to improve its record at home this weekend, as they host Harvard (10-7-2, 9-3-2) and Dartmouth (12-8-0, 8-6-0) in conference play. While the team has had a disappointing campaign so far — the Bears sit in 11th place out of 12 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference — Dancewicz said the team is still focused. “The weeks are counting down, and we have a goal to win a certain amount of games,” she said. “There’s a fire underneath our butts. We want to win.”
Bruno upsets top-ranked Yale By Garret Johnson Sports Staff Writer
In an unprecedented upset, the men’s hockey team (7-8-4, 5-6-1 ECAC) dramatically took down the nation’s top-ranked Yale Bulldogs (17-2, 11-1), 3-2, on a game-winning goal in the final minute. The victory marked Brown’s first win against a top-ranked team since official rankings have been recorded. With the game tied at two, Yale seemed poised to retake the lead with just three minutes left after they grabbed a man advantage for the sixth time that the day. But Brown goalie Mike Clemente ’12 stopped three Bulldog shots to kill the penalty, giving his team momentum as they returned to full strength. It was the Bears’ captain, Harry Zolnierczyk ’11, who gave Brown fans something to cheer about, drilling the game-winning goal past Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau with just 16 seconds left in regulation. “It was a broken-down play inside our zone,” said Zolnierczyk. “I just pushed it forward and it was off to the races.” The win gave Bruno a split of the
two-game series with Yale, as they dropped the first in New Haven, Conn. 5-2, just one day earlier. Despite the upset, Bruno has suffered from inconsistency thus far. After a tie in the Mayor’s Cup against Providence (7-10-5) Dec. 7, the team took down No. 15 Boston University (117-6) and Harvard (3-15-0, 2-11-0), while losing to Minnesota (10-9-3) and No. 18 Dartmouth (11-6-2,7-41). Last weekend at Meehan Auditorium, Bruno topped St. Lawrence (7-12-4, 3-8-0) but fell to Clarkson (12-9-2,6-4-1) the next day. “We’ve been able to beat some really well-thought-of teams nationally,” Head Coach Brendan Whittet ’94 said. “Our problem is we’ve been inconsistent.” One area of inconsistency has been staying out of the penalty box. According to the United States College Hockey Organization, Bruno ranks fourth in the nation in terms of penalty minutes, but ranks 37th in penalty killing. “It’s not that we’re an inept penalty killing team, but we have a lot of the same guys that kill the penalty that play quality minutes,” Whittet said. “It wears you down.”
Whittet believes that penalties may be one factor that has contributed to his team’s sub-.500 record. “We won’t be successful over the long haul if we continue to be in the box as much as we are now,” he said. Zolnierczyk called excessive penalties the team’s “downfall” to this point in the season. “That’s definitely something I have to work on individually as well,” Zolnierczyk said. The captain is second on the team in points, but leads the team with 83 penalty minutes. Whittet’s squad hopes to gain steam heading into the final 10 games of the season. This weekend, they are hoping to avenge a pair of December home losses on a road trip to No. 10 Rensselaer (15-6-3, 7-5-0) and No. 13 Union College (16-7-3, 8-3-1). Brown currently ranks ninth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, a position that Coach Whittet hopes will improve. “We’re going to have to win a majority of our games,” Whittet said. “But there are 10 games left — that’s a possibility of 20 points. I want to get all of them.”
While the rest of the student body returned home for the holidays, the men’s basketball team remained on campus, playing eight games over the break. “In basketball, we don’t have holidays,” said Head Coach Jesse Agel. “It’s the greatest time of the year for our guys. It’s like being a pro player. All you need to worry about is your game and getting better, and you don’t need to worry about school.” Bruno (7-9, 0-2 Ivy) split six non-conference match-ups, defeating Bryant (6-14) 84-71, Lyndon St. (5-11) 88-55 and Quinnipiac (12-7) 87-78, while falling to Army (1010) 88-86, Central Connecticut State (12-7) 67-51 and American (14-6) 77-67. The Bears’ seven wins in nonleague games ranks third in school history for non-conference victories in a season. “We’ve had a very solid — one of the best ever — non-conference record,” Agel said. “Now, we just want to parlay that into playing well throughout the league and improving as we go along.” Bruno opened Ivy League play Jan. 15 at home against Yale (9-7, 2-0), losing 69-64. Tucker Halpern ’13 led the Bears with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and point guard Sean McGonagill ’14 added 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Brown had difficulty capitalizing on offense, shooting only 38 percent (21 of 56) from the field. Yale forward Greg Mangano had an impressive performance for the Bulldogs, scoring 23 points and grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds. The Bears and Bulldogs played their rematch a week later in New Haven, Conn., and Bruno was bested once again, 59-51. Peter Sullivan ’11, McGonagill and Halpern led
the team with 11 points each and forward Dockery Walker ’14 added 9 points and 5 rebounds. Sullivan’s 11 points propelled him to 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,251 points. Mangano once again excelled for the Bulldogs, contributing 17 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. One of the storylines over the break was the emergence of Walker, a rookie player out of Dover, Del. He has shown flashes of impressive play, posting 10 points and 13 rebounds against American and 12 points and 10 rebounds against Lyndon St. Agel said he is impressed with what he has seen so far in the freshman forward and knows that Walker will only continue to improve. “He’s extremely quiet off the court, but he becomes a lion on the court,” he said. “A lion can sleep 23 hours a day, but when he wakes up, he’s still a lion. He keeps getting better every second he’s out there, and it’s a joy to watch his improvement on a daily basis.” After starting 0-2 in league play, Bruno must make a quick turnaround if it hopes to earn a postseason berth. The Ivy League is the only league in the country without a conference tournament, so the team with the best final record represents the league in the NCAA tournament. “All our guys know we don’t have a postseason tournament, so every conference game is like a postseason game,” Agel said. “It’s a totally different atmosphere. There’s a lot of internal pressure, so you play your hardest and see what happens.” The Bears continue Ivy League play with a two-game road trip, when they will face Princeton (124, 0-0) on Friday and Penn (6-8, 0-0) on Saturday. “We still haven’t hit our peak yet,” Agel said. “Right now, we’re still a work in progress. We’re getting better every time out.”
Jonathan Bateman / Herald
Rookie forward Dockery Walker ’14 dunks the ball, sporting an impressive season for the Bears.
Published on Jan 26, 2011