Page 1

Daily

Herald

the Brown

vol. cxlvi, no. 96

Friday, October 28, 2011

City hands eviction DPS gets notices to Occupiers radar gun to clock traffic By elizabeth carr Senior Staff Writer

Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Pare distributed eviction notices to the members of Occupy

Gyowon Cha / Herald

Occupiers of Burnside Park may face arrest if they do not vacate by Sunday.

Since 1891

Providence residing in Burnside Park yesterday afternoon, mandating that they vacate the park within 72 hours. The notices list a series of ordinances the group violates — including hosting a large gathering in the park without a permit, failing to keep off the grass and littering — and states that the park

is closed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. The Occupiers, most of whom seemed unsurprised by Pare’s announcement, discussed how they would respond to the eviction notice at the group’s General Assembly meeting yesterday afternoon. Miriam Weizenbaum, a lawyer at DeLuca and Weizenbaum, Ltd., explained possible options to the meeting’s attendees. The group can bring its case to court prior to the eviction, wait to act until after the eviction or opt not to involve the judicial system at all. Weizenbaum said the group’s chances of winning in court are slim, but she said a court case could buy the group time and provide a venue for further demonstration. “They can move people off this

Though it was known that marine taxa took a huge hit, with somewhere between 70 and 80 percent going extinct, no studies had looked closely at the effects on land. So Whiteside and Irmis set out to settle the debate. They looked at 70,000 specimens from two of the best-preserved locations in the fossil record, one in South Africa and one in Russia. Their analysis revealed the impact on land was similar to that at sea. The end-Permian extinction

Department of Pubic Safety has added a new gun to its arsenal. DPS officers have begun using radar guns to enforce traffic laws on and near campus this semester, according to Mark Porter, chief of police and director of public safety. Last spring, DPS trained officers in conducting traffic stops and furnished its police cruisers with ticket-printing equipment, he said. “This is the first semester we’ve fully implemented strategies for traffic enforcement,” Porter said. “We’re being more proactive with traffic controls.” In previous years, DPS has worked with Providence police on traffic enforcement. The addition of radar guns is part of a greater effort to improve pedestrian safety on campus. Porter said he is interested in increasing pedestrian safety in other ways, such as improving the visibility of speed limit signs. The initiative follows two recent traffic-related accidents — a drunken driving accident that killed Avi Schaefer ’13 in Feb. 2010 and a hit-and-run that seriously injured two female students in April, Porter said. Officers can monitor traffic

continued on page 4

continued on page 3

continued on page 4

Bears look Extinction more massive than thought to snap streak tomorrow Science By Natalie Villacorta Senior Staff Writer

Two hundred and fifty million years ago an egg-laying mammallike reptile the size of a German shepherd dominated land ecosys-

The football team will look to break Penn’s 18-game Ivy winning streak — currently the second-longest streak in Ivy League history — tomorrow at Brown Stadium. Though the Quakers (4-2, 3-0 Ivy) are two-

tems. “It doesn’t really look like the guy you would bet on for being the champion survivor,” said Jessica Whiteside, assistant professor of geological sciences. But this now-extinct species, called Lystrosaurus, was able to

Richard ’09 founds ‘NPR of India’

Sports time defending Ivy League champions and are currently tied with Harvard for first place, the Bears (5-1, 2-1) are doing anything but quaking under the pressure. “We’re not getting all amped up to play Penn,” said wide receiver Jimmy Saros ’12. “We’re not focusing on what they’ve done in the past or what they’ve done this year — we’re focusing on what we need to do.” Brown’s defense will again be put to the test against a potent offense. Penn’s offense is averaging over 25 points per game, but the Bears’ defense ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense and has surrendered an average of 17 points per game to their opponents.

inside

continued on page 5

news....................2-3 Science...................4 editorial............6 Opinions..............7 SPORTS....................8

By aparna bansal Senior Staff Writer

Thane Richard ’09, a self-proclaimed “NPR Junkie” was sitting in a crowded train from Bandra to South Mumbai, listening to downloaded podcasts, when he

arts & culture

Courtesy of Nonie Tuxen Ravi ‘Shekar’ Chandrashekar interviews individuals in Dharavi, India for Dabba Radio, India’s first independent station which was created by Thane Richard ’09.

Fear Factor

13 creepy places to visit during Halloweekend

arts & culture, 3

100 percent Henriques ’12: Occupy should welcome the elite

OPINIONS, 7

was struck by a realization. “Why am I listening to shows about Chicago and Boston when I am in Bombay?” he asked himself. “Why aren’t there these kind of podcasts about India?” So Richard founded Dabba Ra-

D&C

The Indy doesn’t even get coal Diamonds & coal, 6

weather

By ashley mcdonnell Sports Editor

survive the end-Permian mass extinction, the most severe in Earth’s history. During this event, 78 percent of all land-dwelling vertebrates went extinct, Whiteside and co-author Randall Irmis from the University of Utah and the Utah Museum of Natural History reported Tuesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Before this study, the impact of the end-Permian mass extinction on terrestrial species was highly debated — some scientists said land vertebrates were devastated and others said they were not affected at all, Whiteside explained.

By Lucy Feldman Senior Staff Writer

dio, India’s first independent news radio station. The station, which broadcasts online, features shows about Indian art, news and politics and brings in guests from different pockets of Indian society. Richard’s interest in India began his freshman year at Brown, when he shopped an introductory Hindi class a friend had recommended. Two years later, he spent a semester abroad at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi. Cornel Ban, postdoctoral fellow in international studies, worked with Richard on his senior thesis continued on page 2

t o d ay

tomorrow

49 / 32

49 / 33


2 Campus News calendar Today

October 28

7 P.m.

ToMORROW

October 29

7 p.m. Haunted House,

Halloween Masquerade Ball,

Sayles Hall Lobby

Alumnae Hall

9 p.m.

8 p.m. BSR Cover Band Show,

Out of Bounds Halloween Show,

Alumnae Hall Auditorium

MacMillan Hall 117

menu SHARPE REFECTORY

VERNEy-WOOLLEY DINING HALL LUNCH

Hot Ham Sandwich, Green Beans with Garlic, Vegan Roasted Vegetable Burrito, Spanish Rice

Chicken Fingers, Vegan Nuggets, Sugar Snap Peas, Halloween Cookies

DINNER Beef Cannelloni with Tomato Sauce, Chicken Parmesan, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Ginger Chicken Pasta, Vegan Roasted Vegetable Stew, Rosemary Focaccia

Sudoku

The Brown Daily Herald Friday, October 28, 2011

Town-gown relations increasingly economic By Anna lillkung Staff Writer

The University’s recent work to develop a Knowledge District downtown places it in the center of a nationwide trend of schools becoming increasingly interested in exploring their relationships with surrounding cities. Representatives from five universities gathered yesterday to discuss how their institutions have taken active roles in shaping the surroundings at the annual Anton/ Lippitt Conference, hosted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy. Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center, and President Ruth Simmons represented the University at the conference, which the Taubman Center has organized for the past 11 years. The University has become more involved in the

reciprocal relationship of learning between students, faculty and community members. Andrew Frank, special adviser to the president on economic development at Johns Hopkins University, took a humorous look at some of the pitfalls of university-based urban planning. He recounted the perhaps ill-advised decision to name a newly restored community “the Middle East.” He also discussed the East Baltimore Development project, which has established new housing north of the university and built a biotechnology park. Representatives from the University of Buffalo, the University of Maryland and the University of Pennsylvania also discussed neighborhood development projects undertaken by their institutions.

Alum on the right frequency in India continued from page 1

Crossword

urban district and in the development of the city’s economy, they said. Simmons said the University has remained committed to its local investments over the past 10 years, enabling further development in the state. The University’s progress in the fields of biotechnology, engineering and medicine has paved the way for further expansion of these disciplines downtown. After Orr’s introduction and Simmons’ welcome, the conference shifted its attention to other universities. Marilyn Higgins, vice president of community engagement and economic development at Syracuse University, explained how Syracuse has initiated projects in the city to revitalize local neighborhoods. These projects have focused on a

presentation about farming methods in Montana. “He has a very charming presence,” Ban said. “If someone can talk about manure and hooves to an audience that would typically be repulsed by that, that’s a measure of extremely creative intellect.” Richard found himself in India again after graduation, this time on a two-year contract with Mahindra & Mahindra, an automobile and farm equipment manufacturer in Mumbai. While there, he decided to take a stab at media. “I needed a hobby,” said Richard, who had some experience with radio in high school. “I was thinking of pitching a current events show to a radio station.” But government restrictions in India only allow one station — All India Radio — to discuss news and current events live on the radio, he said. Instead, he started a radio blog. He began by interviewing people he found interesting and posting his shows online. He discussed a snake fossil discovery in Gujarat with two paleontologists and internet censorship with a former head of public policy for Google in South Asia. He named the show “TiffinTalk” and hosted it under the pseudonym of Arthor Danchest. The show represented an effort to fill a gap in Indian media cover-

Daily

the Brown

age, which Richard said is dominated by Bollywood love triangles, the feud between the billionaire Ambani brothers and the social life of politician Sonia Gandhi. There were “all these great stories hiding behind the redundant smokescreen of the mainstream media,” he said. With TiffinTalk, he realized he had “hit the tip of an iceberg of something people wanted.” But Richard said he wanted to involve Indians in a more “homegrown” approach, and slowly abandoned TiffinTalk. He began to focus his energies on creating a network of shows, with the goal of establishing a respected media outlet that did not pander to politicians or corporate interests, he said. To fund this project, Richard approached Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra, and asked for a donation. “Are you afraid to make money?” Mahindra asked Richard, and encouraged him to look at the station as a “potentially exciting business” which could create a new market. Richard began developing a business plan for Dabba Radio as part of his work with Mahindra. He also hired Nonie Tuxen, a recent graduate from Australia, as a full-time station employee. “It was an interesting insight into the condition of media in India,” Tuxen said. “I was not interested with hits

Herald

www.browndailyherald.com 195 Angell St., Providence, R.I.

Ben Schreckinger, President Sydney Ember, Vice President

Matthew Burrows, Treasurer Isha Gulati, Secretary

The Brown Daily Herald (USPS 067.740) is an independent newspaper serving the Brown University community daily since 1891. It is published Monday through Friday during the academic year, excluding vacations, once during Commencement, once during Orientation and once in July by The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Single copy free for each member of the community. POSTMASTER please send corrections to P.O. Box 2538, Providence, RI 02906. Periodicals postage paid at Providence, R.I. Subscription prices: $280 one year daily, $140 one semester daily. Copyright 2011 by The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. All rights reserved. editorial

(401) 351-3372 herald@browndailyherald.com

Business

(401) 351-3260 gm@browndailyherald.com

or how many shows we could produce,” Richard said. Rather, Richard said he focused on “finding the right people to produce exceptional radio content.” Christopher Lydon, visiting fellow in international studies at the Watson Institute, agreed to be on the advisory board and Sidharth Bhatia, a former editor at Indian newspaper Daily News and Analysis, signed on as the station’s consulting editor. The station’s name was inspired by the Dabbawallahs of Mumbai, who deliver lunches to 200,000 Mumbai offices every day. “Just like one of those dabbas,” the show is a “potpourri of different types of content,” Richard said. The pilot included shows about the jazz age of Mumbai, India’s metal music scene and interviews with slum residents in Dharavi, a segment Richard described as an Indian slum version of “This American Life.” In an homage to a show he worked on in high school, he also created a show called “Bridging the Gap,” which is hosted by 13-to-17year-old students. Because of the high cost of licenses, radio stations in India are reluctant to experiment with new formats, Richard said. Dabba Radio circumvents these restrictive costs by broadcasting online. Though the deal with Mahindra fell apart, Mahindra has remained a “cheerleader” for Dabba Radio, Richard said. Richard is now back in the United States, seeking investors for the radio station. Richard’s ambitions include expansion to live stream on phones and computers, but until he returns the radio station will remain dormant, he said. “I never thought it would evolve to be such a huge project — it could really change the media landscape in India,” he said. He hopes Dabba Radio will one day be regarded alongside respected media outlets in India like Mint, a business newspaper, and Tehelka, a weekly news magazine. “If people looked at Dabba Radio and said, ‘It’s kind of like the NPR of India,’ then I would say I have done my job,” Richard said.


Campus News 3

The Brown Daily Herald Friday, October 28, 2011

Initiative to add study abroad options 13 spooky sights and spirited sites for the 31st By Jeffrey Handler Staff Writer

By suzannah weiss Arts & Culture Columnist

1. Shades Plus is the perfect place to buy last-minute Halloween widgets like whiskers, wings and masks guaranteed to obstruct

Arts & Culture your ability to breathe, see and hear. The other day, as I was intently examining a plaid top hat, a fox mask on the wall turned to look at me. I’m not even kidding. 2. George Street between Hope and Cooke is the only block I have come across near campus where houses tout actual decorations, including a giant black cat perched on a giant pumpkin on a roof. Don’t be too noisy or you’ll startle the ghosts. 3. Being greeted by a life-sized witch figurine at Abe’s bar on Wickenden might not seem scary now, but wait until you’ve had a few too many and are in a room full of similarly dressed creatures. 4. The Exeter Historical Cemetery is a bit out of the way, but it is too famous to leave out. About a century ago, a girl with supposedly vampiric qualities — also known as symptoms of tuberculosis — was exhumed from this graveyard two months after her death in order to test whether she was really a vampire. The blood dripping from her heart apparently indicated the affirmative. So naturally, the ashes were mailed to Colorado in an attempt to cure her also-ill brother. It didn’t work. This gruesome tale may have inspired the novel Dracula and the H.P. Lovecraft short story “The Shunned House.” For more information, see “Food for the Dead” by Rhode Island state folklorist Michael Bell in the John Hay Library. 5. Speaking of the Hay — the library, not the rides, though those are fun too — it houses several occult book collections, including the Damon Collection of Occult and Visionary Literature, the Graham Collection of Literature of Psychic Science and the H. Adrian Smith Collection of Conjuring and Magicana: the bibliophile’s equivalent of a haunted house. 6. I’m hesitant to give out the address of the house where H.P. Lovecraft’s ghost resides, and there’s nothing interesting to be experienced there by the five senses, but if you have that sixth one, you’ll know what the prospects are (hint). 7. The graveyard on Benefit and James is the site of many hauntings, according to Professor Emeritus Robert Mathiesen, who told The Herald last October that one of the adjacent houses rarely has long-term residents because of frequent otherworldly encounters. Benefit Street dates back to the founding of Rhode Island, when people buried the dead in their backyards. Though the known bodies were moved to the

graveyard when it was established, Mathiesen added, “it is as certain as the sun will rise every morning that they didn’t get all the graves when they moved them.” 8. The Providence Athenaeum was one of Edgar Allan Poe’s hangouts back in the 19th century, and a venue for his poetry readings. Keith Johnson of New England Anomalies Research told The Herald last fall that the East Side is very haunted because it remains largely unchanged since this time period, and warns readers “about the dangers of spirit communication. ... They’re not all what they seem.” 9. The Annmary Brown Memorial is the subject of classic Brown folklore. It contains the sarcophagi of Annmary Brown, a member of the founding family of the University, and her husband General Rush Hawkins. Though he did not believe in the afterlife, Hawkins maintained that anybody who tampered with his late wife’s tomb would regret it, said Mathiesen, who added that one of his students has seen Brown up and about at her memorial. 10. The Boiler room in the Corliss-Brackett House — the admission office — has “an elaborate ghost story written on the wall” behind the boiler, according to former Facilities Management worker Bernie Larrivee. But this mysterious room is probably reserved for those with key access. 11. The Woods-Gerry House, a building now used by the Rhode Island School of Design for art exhibits, once belonged to a family that still haunts the building. But the Woods’ hate family portraits and will ensure that your camera turns off if you try to capture them. This may sound like an excuse for lack of proof, but try this for converging evidence: Last October, two sources — Larrivee and Courtney Edge-Mattos of Providence Ghost Tours — told The Herald of mysterious signs of somebody falling down the stairs. Larrivee recalled an experience of hearing something “bouncing down the stairs like a kid” but seeing nothing, and Edge-Mattos said a puddle of blood appears and disappears at the bottom of the staircase periodically. Based on family records, Edge-Mattos hypothesized that the blood is a remnant from the death of a young servant girl. Explain that. 12. The Main Green has so much history, including Revolutionary War soldiers housed and healed, or not healed, in University Hall, the Carrie Tower, whose inscription reads “Love is Strong as Death” — a dark love metaphor compared to usual motifs like flowers or the ocean — and Sayles Hall, which between the Romanesque architecture, the organ music and all the dead guys peering down at you from the wall, is just inherently creepy. 13. The Whiskey Republic, which is creepy for entirely different reasons.

A new initiative by the Office of International Affairs will foster student exchanges with universities across the globe — sending Brown students to far-flung campuses and bringing more foreign students to College Hill. Though the program is not yet finalized, the University has already established partnerships with universities in Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey, according to the September update to the Plan for Academic Enrichment. “It will be very beneficial to train-

ing our students abroad and bringing the best and the brightest from around the globe to Brown for a month or two,” Matthew Gutmann, vice president for international affairs and a professor of anthropology, wrote in an email to The Herald. The new partnership should also enhance graduate-level research abroad. “Robust graduate student mobility is usually a good indicator of thriving research collaborations between Brown and our partner institutions abroad,” Shelley Stephenson, director of international initiatives, wrote in an email to The Herald. “For a lot of the graduate stu-

dents in the history department, our research takes us overseas,” said John Rosenberg GS. “If the exchange allows us to go to a place like Brazil, where we need to do research, and actually have some time to get research done, then I think we’d be really interested in it.” Matteo Riondato GS, president of the Graduate Student Council, said he thinks many students will be interested in the opportunity because graduate-level coursework often requires fieldwork. “I am a foreign student myself,” he said. “I come from Italy, and I can say that yes, for sure, people would be interested in coming to Brown.”

Brown leads Ivies in gov’t Armed with language scholarships radar guns, DPS aims to improve safety By Austin Cole Contributing Writer

This past summer, Brown led the Ivy League in the number of students awarded prestigious Critical Language Scholarships, winning 11 of the 600 total awards. The scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Government, provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves for a summer in the study of one of 13 “critical” languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Urdu. The scholarship, which was founded in 2006, is the best way to develop critical language skills, said Mirena Christoff, senior lecturer in Arabic and Arabic coordinator for the scholarship at Brown. The entire program — from flights to lodging to spending money — is paid for by the government. Though a free trip abroad may seem like a vacation, 2011 scholarship winner Jonathan Bateman ’13 said “it’s a very intense program.” Bateman, a former Herald sports photo editor, is currently studying abroad in Amman, Jordan. He said his Arabic improved dramatically because of the scholarship. Though he said his first weeks in Amman were difficult, the constant exposure to the language gave him confidence. When he returned to Amman for his semester abroad, he was able to “hit the ground running.”

The program has been popular since it began — an average of seven or eight Brown students have won scholarships each year for the past five years. Despite Brown’s success with the program, Christoff, who also serves as an admissions officer for the scholarship, said the University name has no impact on a student’s chances. The applicant’s school is not revealed until after he or she has been awarded the scholarship. Elsa Amanatidou, director of the center for language studies, said the University is supportive of students interested in applying, though the process is mostly independent. That independence may be the key to students’ success with the program. “Brown students take the initiative, do their research,” Christoff said. She added that the New Curriculum teaches students to write well, make informed decisions and think independently. Stefanie Sevcik GS, who participated in the scholarship’s Arabic program, said the New Curriculum draws students who are more likely to study obscure languages. Brown’s academic policies surrounding this program have furthered students’ abilities to enrich their academic experience in a new environment. “You can study anywhere,” Bateman said, “but you can’t get the experience anywhere.”

continued from page 1 where they see fit, he said, but they will focus primarily on areas where there have been accidents in the past, including the intersections of Waterman and Brown streets and George and Thayer streets, he said. Officers have stopped about a dozen cars so far this semester, he said. Juliana Unanue Banuchi ’14, one of the students who was seriously injured in April, said she was happy to see DPS taking measures to increase pedestrian safety. “It’s necessary, not only for physical safety but my mental ease that I’m safe when I walk around,” she said. She said she would like to see more of an open conversation on campus about pedestrian and bicycle safety. “I do see a lot of jaywalking and people running across streets. It’s also an issue of awareness,” she said.

twitter.com/ the_herald


4 Science

The Brown Daily Herald Friday, October 28, 2011

Mollusc family tree pruned Biodiversity recovers By Michael Weinstein Contributing Writer

For over 160 years, the mollusc’s evolutionary tree has remained ambiguous and incomplete. But after three years spent sampling genes, researchers Casey Dunn and Stephen Smith presented a firm new take on the relationship between eight major molluscan groups. Dunn, assistant professor of biology, and Smith, a postdoctoral research associate, published the results of their study Wednesday in the journal Nature. Because of the abundance of fossils and the many variations between species, molluscs are one of the best-studied groups of organisms. But despite the large body of research, even within the context of evolution, their evolutionary tree has remained largely unresolved. “Molluscs are a funny animal, in the sense that when you see a mollusc, you know it’s a mollusc — they all share similarities,” said Dunn. But most previous evolutionary trees did not group molluscs together, choosing instead to split them apart on different branches. “The relationships between the molluscs were just a mess,” he said. After collecting samples of 14 species from eight major groups, Dunn and Smith were able to use

transcriptome data — the sequencing of active genes — in order to better understand the molluscan evolutionary tree, or phylogeny. “It’s like figuring out what your genealogy is,” Dunn said. “The way we do it, instead of going through courthouse documents and looking at Ellis Island records, is we go and sample DNA from all the things that we think are related. Then we compare those DNA sequences.” In general, DNA sequences that are more similar come from more closely related species, Dunn said. DNA sequencing has been used before, but not at the scale at which Dunn and Smith were working. Advancements in DNA sequencing technology in the past few years have made this sort of research possible, Dunn said. While the research reinforced some assertions already put forth by the scientific community, it also unearthed some unexpected relationships between molluscs. One of the biggest surprises for the researchers was determining a close relationship between two mollusc subgroups, cephalopods and monoplacophora. “Everyone loves cephalopods: octopi, squid, cuttlefish, nautilus,” Dunn said. “They’re so different from other molluscs. But it turned out that the closest relative to cephalopods is this very poorly known

animal called a monoplacophora.” Thought to be extinct until the 1950s, when they were discovered on a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico, monoplacophora are small deep-sea animals with caplike shells. “It was amazing, like Lazarus,” Dunn said. “They just came back from the dead.” Dunn and his researchers were able to collect some samples of the rare species. The research allows scientists to better understand the significance of shared characteristics among species of molluscs. For example, until recently, it was unclear whether shelled molluscs were closely related to other shelled molluscs, because it could not be determined from the presence of a shell alone. But Dunn and Smith’s research resolves the question — all shelled molluscs share a recent common ancestor. Dunn and his lab will continue to work on refining the phylogeny of molluscs for at least another year. The research also gave Dunn and Smith invaluable experience understanding and interpreting transcriptome data, Dunn said. While they used a variety of tools to sequence and analyze the data, they hope to automate the process in the future so that larger transcriptome analyses will be faster and easier.

slowly after extinction continued from page 1 was likely tied to major eruptions from fissures in the Earth’s crust, Whiteside said. These eruptions threw lava over a kilometer into the air, releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A dramatic change in climate likely ensued, she said. It took five to 10 million years for the planet to recover its biodiversity, the study reports. During that period, two “disaster taxa”— the Lystrosaurus and a reptile that might be related to the turtle — dominated land ecosystems. “What’s interesting is they weren’t dominant members of the ecosystem during the Permian,” Whiteside said. “It was only after their way was paved” that these species took over, possibly because they were not particular about foraging conditions. The long recovery period was caused by the low number of species, making the food web more susceptible to perturbations like

climate change, Whiteside explained. Just as an ecosystem was starting to recover, “it gets hit by something that should be relatively minor,” leading to a series of “boom-and-bust-cycles,” she said. During this period of low diversity, the carbon cycle was unstable, hinting that climate change may be affected by ecosystem stability. Climate change is not a purely physical process, the research suggests. “The carbon cycle has wild swings because diversity itself is low,” Whiteside said. “The effects of an extinction last for a really long time, on the order of five to 10 million years,” Whiteside said. Current extinction rates mimic those of previous mass extinctions, she said, and some biologists suggest that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction is currently underway. “Unfortunately, in that aspect (the study) paints a dismal picture,” she said. Just look at the long, lonely reign of Lystrosaurus and his turtle-like companion.

Occupy members ordered to move out continued from page 1 property at any time, especially after nine at night,” Weizenbaum reminded the protesters. She recommended that the group assemble a legal team to investigate the issues. During the Assembly meeting, protesters also agreed to a series of proposals from the Direct Action Working Group, a component of Occupy Providence. The group will host a day of solidarity on Sunday, when it hopes to gather supporters from along the East Coast to oppose the eviction. The group also agreed to measures to prepare for the eviction, including nonviolence training, rights education, the establishment of a legal team to create a legal strategy and the development of a contingency plan.

Participants also discussed the creation of affinity groups. Those unwilling to face arrest on Sunday can show their support for more devoted protesters by joining these groups, promising to contact family and lawyers and providing other assistance in the case of arrest. “There are some individuals in the group planning on complying” with the order, said Michael McCarthy, one of the members of Occupy Providence specifically addressed in the commissioner’s letter. Most, however, do not, he said. “You have folks who are very committed to committing what is essentially an act of civil disobedience,” he said. “If it comes down to arrest, then that might be something they would be willing to endure.”

Got tips? herald@browndailyherald.com


Sports Friday 5

The Brown Daily Herald Friday, October 28, 2011

Bears to defend Ivy title Sheehan ’12: Good QBs a rarity in NFL chances against Quakers continued from page 8

continued from page 1 But the Quakers have shown resiliency and the ability to execute in high-pressure situations in all three of their conference games this year. Penn has mounted a comeback each game to keep its Ivy string of victories intact. Against Dartmouth (2-4, 1-2), Penn scored a touchdown with 17 seconds left to defeat the Big Green 22-20 in its league opener, and against Columbia (0-6, 0-3), found the end zone with 25 seconds left in the game for a 27-20 victory. Last week, the Quakers exploded for 27 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and beat Yale (3-3, 2-1) 37-25. Yale and Brown are currently tied for third place in the league. “We know that they’re a confident team,” said outside linebacker Daniel Smithwick ’12. “They’re not going to be afraid of anyone they face. It’s something that we’re going to be ready for. We’re kind of similar in that respect — we’re not backing off anyone, either.” Smithwick, who leads the Bears’ defense with 52 tackles and two interceptions, said Penn is very athletic and has plenty of weapons on offense. One such weapon is running back Brandon Colavita, who averages over 100 yards rushing per game. In contrast, Bruno’s leading rusher, John Spooney ’14, averages 66 yards per game. Last week in a 35-24 win over Cornell (2-4, 0-3), Spooney ran for 156 yards, which was the first time since 2009 that a Bear rushed for over 100 yards in a game. But Spooney suffered a concussion on his last carry of the game, and his status against Penn is questionable. Brown’s second leading rusher, Mark Kachmer ’13, left the Cornell game early, but Head Coach Phil Estes said he will be good to go tomorrow. Estes said Penn quarterback Billy Ragone is a threat both through the air and on the ground. Ragone has thrown for five touchdowns and an average

of 188.5 yards per game this year. But Bears quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero ’11.5 is currently the top passer in the Ivy League, averaging 22.7 completions per game. This year, he has thrown for an average of 246.3 yards per game and 11 touchdowns. Against Cornell, Newhall-Caballero had a four-touchdown day, throwing for two scores and rushing for another two. Newhall-Caballero also has plenty of athletic targets at his disposal. Tellef Lundevall ’13 has been a favorite target this year, hauling in 34 passes and averaging over 10 yards per gain. Saros, who was Newhall-Caballero’s goto receiver in last week’s win, has caught 28 passes this season, two for touchdowns. “This year we’re going to be a lot more ready for some of the things they’re going to do against us,” Saros said. “Seeing them on film, we can take advantage of them offensively.” On the other side of the ball, Smithwick said the defense has been solid this year and added that they are looking forward to the challenge of containing Penn’s attack. The defensive line has been a wall this year — last week against Cornell, six different Bears recorded sacks. The week before, Bruno’s defense blanked Princeton (1-5, 1-2) 34-0 in Brown’s first shutout since 1990. “We’ve faced some really solid teams this year. We’ve seen a lot of different types of attacks,” Smithwick said. “We feel like we’re definitely ready for what we’re going to see on Saturday.” Like all Ivy games, this weekend’s is vital. If the Bears lose, it will almost certainly knock them out of the race for the Ivy crown with only three games left on the schedule. “We’re just trying to be one point better than them, to just get another win in the win column,” Smithwick said. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Brown Stadium.

Men’s soccer will need solid defense Saturday continued from page 8 matched initially, and neither squad scored by the end of regulation. But it did not take Bruno long to find the back of the net in extra time — just 1:02 in, defender Eric Robertson ’13 scored the golden goal, the first of his college career. Five of the Bears’ last six games have either been decided in overtime or ended in a tie, which McDuff said is the result of a newfound emphasis on defense. “Part of it is that we’re really focusing on being sound defensively,”

he said. “In the beginning of the season, we focused more on keeping the ball and playing a pretty style of soccer. But after a few losses, we realized that we had to get back to the defensive mentality that was instilled into us.” The Bears return to action at home Saturday in a highly anticipated matchup against Penn. “They are a team that we haven’t beaten in the Ivy League in a while, and they are going to be a big challenge for us,” Laughlin said. “We want to keep our home field a fortress.”

facebook.com/browndailyherald

Rivers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick and Tony Romo. I wouldn’t hesitate to give any of these guys four-year extensions, because even if any of them are injury-prone or entering the twilight of their careers, the impact that they would have on the game is clear and tangible. There are also guys who are lurking on the outskirts and seem poised to break into this group. Matt Schaub had a fantastic season last year, Eli Manning shows flashes of brilliance, Matt Ryan makes things happen and the healthy Stafford certainly seems like the real deal. Even Jay Cutler, whom I mocked viciously last year, has impressed me with his tough play behind what is arguably the worst offensive line in football. The problem is that there are still question marks about a lot of those guys, and I wouldn’t count on them to have the caliber of game I would ask those previous eight for. Instead, teams are now accounting for this lack of reliable guys to put under center by bringing back the “game managing” quarterback. This is a nice way of saying they are kind of bad, but other aspects of their team — ­ like the defense and

run game — are good. At that point they are told to play conservatively and just not mess anything up too bad. Guys like Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez and Alex Smith are great examples of this technique. The bad news for them is that this hasn’t worked since Brad Johnson and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won in 2002. What if your team doesn’t have a nice run game, like the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos? Well, then you get a quarterback who can make a play with his legs. Like Cam Newton or Tim Tebow, for example. At the end of the day, though, McCown, Matt Moore, Tavaris Jackson, A.J. Feeley, John Beck, Rex Grossman, Colt McCoy and Kyle Boller have all started for an NFL team at some point this season, and only so much of that can be blamed on injuries. The only reason these guys should be on a professional football field is to perform the national anthem with their newlyformed a capella group, “The ThirdStrings.” Moore probably sings in a gorgeous baritone. Maybe that’s why I’m so excited to see Newton rejuvenating Steve Smith and the entire Panthers franchise. Maybe that’s the reason that I yell “Red Rocket” when I see Andy

Dalton drop a perfect spiral to A.J. Green in the corner of the end zone. Maybe that’s why I’m hoping Blaine Gabbert can get a little confidence from that big Monday night win. Maybe that’s why I was so excited to see Christian Ponder give the defending-champ Green Bay Packers a scare before his awful head coach decided to punt the ball back to the best offense in the league. Talented quarterbacks make the league fun. No one wants to watch Moore overthrow Brandon Marshall all afternoon or to see McCoy and Charlie Whitehurst try to outterrible the other en route to a 6-3 final score. I want these rookies to blossom into the franchise-saving messiahs that their fans hope they can be, because the NFL needs good quarterbacks. And until we get them, we are going to be stuck watching Curtis Painter every Sunday. And not even his mom wants that. Sam Sheehan ’12 didn’t even make one “Palmer? I hardly know her!” joke last Sunday. Talk sports with him at sam_sheehan@brown.edu or follow him on Twitter @SamSheehan.

comics Fraternity of Evil | Eshan Mitra, Brendan Hainline and Hector Ramirez

Uni the Unicomic | Eva Chen and Dan Sack


6

The Brown Daily Herald Friday, October 28, 2011

diamonds & Coal

Editorial cartoon

by lo r e n f u lto n

Coal to the student activities fee at Brown, which is higher than the fees at Harvard, Princeton and Yale. But a diamond to the students at Brown, who are higher than the students at Harvard, Princeton and Yale. A cubic zirconium to Cranston resident and Occupy Providence supporter David Gilbert, who said, “I believe the march is about exercising rights.” If Gilbert were aware of the situation at the Bears Lair, he’d understand the march was actually just about exercising. A cubic zirconium to rapper Jermaine Cole, who proclaimed on stage at Lupo’s Monday night, “Cole under pressure, what that make? Diamonds.” That’s the most blatant pandering to get into this section we’ve seen in a while. And we kind of like it. A diamond to Loui’s Family Restaurant, which provided free breakfast to Occupy College Hill participants as they prepared to protest the Corporation’s arrival on the Main Green Saturday morning. Instead of grilled muffins, Loui’s served Occu-pie. A cubic zirconium to ResCouncil, which is considering moving the housing lottery online but is wary of the “catastrophic problems” should the system crash. This marks the first time ResCouncil and “catastrophic problems” have appeared in a sentence not about living in a single in Chapin House. Coal to Frank Flynn, president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, who said at a pension reform hearing Wednesday, “The bill has been characterized as a math problem, but right now, it’s a civil and human rights problem.” We used a similar argument with our calculus professor, and she still failed us. A diamond to Professor of Economics Glenn Loury, who called for a popular anti-finance movement to “get our money back from these suckers” a month before Occupy Wall Street began. His words are destined to become the rallying cry of the next big movement on campus: Occupy the Laundry Rooms. Coal to Steve Pare, the city’s commissioner of public safety, who yesterday informed Occupy Providence participants ­— many of whom are homeless — of his plans to evict them from their encampment in Burnside Park Sunday. After evicting the homeless, Pare said he plans to maul the lame and sneeze on the sick. And a diamond to Dabba Radio, the independent Indian news radio station founded by Thane Richard ’09. If we played kickball against other independent news outlets, we would be honored to have Dabba Radio as an opponent. As it stands, we’ll have to settle for tomorrow’s match against the College Hill ’Dependent. In honor of Halloween, the Indy’s players will come dressed as real journalists.

quote of the day

“Molluscs are a funny animal, in the sense that when you see a mollusc, you know it’s a mollusc.” — Casey Dunn, assistant professor of biology See mollusc on page 4.

Correction Due to editing errors, an article in Thursday’s Herald (“A more learned occupation,” Oct. 27) referred to Derek Seidman GS as a visiting assistant professor of history at Trinity College and referred to Vazira Zamindar, associate professor of history, as “he.” In fact, Seidman is a visiting assistant professor of history at both Trinity and Brown, and Zamindar is female. The Herald regrets the errors.

t h e b r ow n da i ly h e r a l d Editors-in-Chief

Managing Editors

Senior Editors

Sydney Ember Ben Schreckinger

Brigitta Greene Anne Speyer

Dan Alexander Nicole Friedman Julien Ouellet

editorial Kristina Fazzalaro Rebecca Ballhaus Claire Peracchio Talia Kagan Amy Rasmussen Tony Bakshi Alex Bell Ethan McCoy Ashley McDonnell Sam Rubinroit Anita Mathews Sam Carter Hunter Fast

Arts & Culture Editor City & State Editor City & State Editor Features Editor Assistant Features Editor News Editor News Editor Sports Editor Sports Editor Assistant Sports Editor Editorial Page Editor Opinions Editor Opinions Editor

Graphics & Photos Abe Pressman Emily Gilbert Rachel Kaplan Glenn Lutzky Jesse Schwimmer

Graphics Editor Photo Editor Photo Editor Assistant Photo Editor Sports Photo Editor

Production Dan Towne Olivia Conetta Anna Migliaccio Katie Wilson Leor Shtull-Leber Neal Poole

Copy Desk Chief Assistant Copy Desk Chief Design Editor Design Editor Design Editor Web Producer

Business General Managers Matthew Burrows Isha Gulati

Office Manager Shawn Reilly

Sun rises, sun sets, Herald inbox waits for you-Your letters, your love.

Directors Aditi Bhatia Danielle Marshak Margot Grinberg Lisa Berlin

Sales Finance Alumni Relations Special Projects

Managers Justin Lee Collections Collections Sam Plotner Nicky Robbins Invoice Staff Kevin Lynch Daniel Slutsky Analytics Jared Davis Sales and Communications Alumni Engagement Nikita Khadloya Emily Simmons Ad Relations Human Relations James Eng Angel Lee Business Development Owen Millard Business Development Gregory Chatzinoff Web Relations Post- magazine Editor-in-Chief Sam Knowles Editor-in-Chief Amelia Stanton BLOG DAILY HERALD David Winer Editor-in-Chief Matt Klimerman Managing Editor

letters@browndailyherald.com C O R R E C T I O N S P olicy The Brown Daily Herald is committed to providing the Brown University community with the most accurate information possible. Corrections may be submitted up to seven calendar days after publication. C ommentary P O L I C Y The editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial page board of The Brown Daily Herald. The editorial viewpoint does not necessarily reflect the views of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Columns, letters and comics reflect the opinions of their authors only. L etters to the E ditor P olicy Send letters to letters@browndailyherald.com. Include a telephone number with all letters. The Herald reserves the right to edit all letters for length and clarity and cannot assure the publication of any letter. Please limit letters to 250 words. Under special circumstances writers may request anonymity, but no letter will be printed if the author’s identity is unknown to the editors. Announcements of events will not be printed. advertising P olicy The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. reserves the right to accept or decline any advertisement at its discretion.


Opinions 7

The Brown Daily Herald Friday, October 28, 2011

The WPC program needs a unified vision By Reed mcnab & Leigh carroll Guest Columnists As current and former Women Peer Counselors, we were disheartened by the recent Herald article on the program (“WPCs criticize program,” Oct. 6). While the article accurately conveyed that problematic differences of opinion exist within the WPC community, it did not effectively describe the problem. Therefore, we wish to clarify our dissatisfaction with the WPC program as it currently stands. Ostensibly, the responsibility of the WPC is to counsel first-year students on myriad sensitive topics surrounding gender and sexuality. But that the Office of Residential Life considers women’s, gender and sexuality issues to be ones that WPCs can handle effectively without any specialized training makes it essentially impossible for us to do our job properly. It is dangerous to advertise ourselves to first-years as women who are knowledgeable in these high-risk, highly emotional issues when we are not. The lack of specialized WPC training is a result of different interpretations of the WPC program and the role of the WPC. We stand by the description of the role as outlined in the most recent incarnation of the WPC mission statement: “to be a community of women who serve as a resource to first-years and a liaison to the greater Brown community; to provide a safe space and ini-

tiate, perpetuate and facilitate discussion on women’s/gender/sexuality issues, including, but not limited to, gender construction and gender roles, sexism, LGBTQ issues, healthy and unhealthy relationships, safer sex and sexual decision-making, body image and eating disorders, sexual assault, relationship violence and physical/emotional health; and to promote awareness of these issues through presence, visibility and support.” To achieve the goals of our mission statement, it is imperative that WPCs receive workshop trainings in each of the aforemen-

ing WPCs do receive is organized by the WPC representatives, who are students and therefore are not experts. Training us on the topics that pertain to our position as WPCs should be a continual process, and we would appreciate being trained by such specialists as Brown’s nutritionist or the coordinator of sexual assault and prevention advocacy. We’re not asking for anything irrational or drastic. Our arguments are rooted in the program’s current mission statement. We simply believe that every WPC should know how to arrange her face when a first-year knocks on

WPCs should be taught as much about working with students with eating disorders as we are about fire safety. tioned issues. These workshops need not be extensive or exhaustive, but WPCs should be taught as much about working with students with eating disorders as we are about fire safety. Because we base our interpretation of the WPC program on the mission statement above, our ideal WPC is an upperclasswoman with proficient training in each of the issues listed in that mission statement. We don’t think that WPCs should be experts on the issues, as we appreciate the importance of referring first-years in crisis to knowledgeable superiors. But it is disconcerting that there is no standardized knowledge base among WPCs regarding any of the topics listed in our mission statement. And it is unfortunate that any specialized train-

her door and discloses that she has been sexually assaulted. Every WPC should have some sense of the first words she should use when a first-year comes out to her, tells her she is severely depressed or says she is struggling with an eating disorder. We live in first-year units, we are friends with first-year students and we are often the first to respond to crises within residence halls. When a first-year confides in her WPC, she expects that WPC to know how to react and what to say in that moment. Thus far, responses from the Office of Residential Life suggest that the professional staff within that office consider WPCs to be Resident Counselors who are women and who consequently can serve as advocates for women. Many former and current WPCs are

concerned by that office’s apparent interpretation of the role of the WPC because it neglects the issues outlined in the WPC mission statement. Those issues are significant ones that disproportionately affect women during their first year of college. We believe Brown needs to fully endorse the role of the WPC as defined by the mission statement and recognize her indispensability to both women and men in first-year residence halls. Each year, discontented WPCs meet to discuss updating the mission statement to better reflect our role in first-year communities. We believe that changing the mission statement to reflect ResLife’s interpretation of the WPC program would be a mistake, as it would ignore the very real existence of women’s, gender and sexuality issues on campus. The mission statement is not at fault. Rather, the institutional interpretation of the WPC program needs to come into line with that mission statement. If we consciously choose to undermine the efforts of WPCs, who have the potential to play an integral role in improving the lives of women on this campus, we stagnate in a movement toward social progress at Brown and beyond. Written with contributions from: Octavia Wallace ’12, Sandra Mastrangelo ’12, Natalie Serrino ’12, Sotonye Bobojama ’12, Haley Kossek ’13, Christen Dillard ’12, Amanda Dowden ’12, Zoe Stephenson ’12, Julia Duch ’12, Molly Lao ’13 and Anonymous ’13. Reed McNab ’12 and Leigh Carroll ’12 recommend that the WPC program move out of ResLife without leaving residence halls.

99 percent is not enough By Reuben Henriques Opinions Columnist

There was an especially surreal moment at the Occupy Providence teach-in earlier this month when local activist Camilo Viveiros led the crowd in a rousing chant, urging them to “beat back the corporate elite.” Consider a room full of students railing against the elites while tapping furiously on their iPhones, minds preoccupied with their upcoming Bain or McKinsey interviews, well-thumbed copies of Foucault sticking out of their trendy messenger bags. At a school where half the students are able to pay the full $50,000-plus annual sticker price, well, it was ironic enough to make even the most dyed-in-the-plaid hipster proud. It took the last speaker, Associate Professor of Africana Studies Corey Walker, to finally remind the dwindling crowd that “We’re talking about this shit at Brown University!” I am not interested in talking about the hypocrisy of this scene. Chuckling at wealthy Brown students protesting the elite ultimately rests on a shallow critique. Were we to demand moral perfection from those who lead our movements, many worthy causes would go unchampioned. An individual’s behavior does not negate his or her message, and legitimate demands for systemic reform are not necessarily incompatible with enjoying the benefits of these same flawed systems. Such gaps between theory and practice

should, however, invite some introspection. Upon closer examination, they may demand a change in our behavior or our ideals. What does it mean to fight against elite privilege from a position of relative elitism and privilege? There is no simple answer. But it is a crucial question, and for too many campus supporters of the Occupy movement — at least as evidenced by the teach-in — it has not even been asked. In fact, were the College Hill occupiers to justify their involvement in the protests as Brown students, they would expose the oversimplified us-versus-them antagonism at the heart of the movement’s rhetoric. The

99 percent, the occupiers undermine their claims to solidarity by presenting this solidarity as fundamentally limited. Viewing the wealthiest 1 percent as villains furthers the notion that the 1 percent and the 99 percent have intrinsically opposed interests. Such an argument ensures that the movement will remain fundamentally insular, full of people talking among themselves about how wronged they are and hunkering down for a long bout of class warfare. But any successful argument for redistributive economic policies cannot be driven by such a class-based argument. A bunch of people complaining that they want more

What does it mean to fight against elite privilege from a position of relative elitism and privilege?

protesters portray the occupations as uprisings of the disadvantaged 99 percent against a greedy 1 percent. Such a black-and-white conception of American society — though it makes for great slogans — creates, as Brown students like to say, a false dichotomy. After all, if we elites can legitimately protest the injustice of systems that have given us privilege, a movement of the 99 percent still seems not quite inclusive enough. Nothing should prevent the Occupy movement from welcoming allies from the 1 percent. Indeed, doing so is crucial to the movement’s success. By asserting itself as a movement of the

stuff because another bunch of people has too much stuff is a hollow appeal. Instead, convincing calls for structural reform must treat all Americans’ interests and obligations as aligned and interconnected, rather than separate and divergent. The right has done an excellent job of convincing the poor that tax cuts for the rich are not only required by a commitment to freedom, but will lead to the “trickling down” of benefits to everyone. The occupiers must make an equally compelling claim about the moral and material stake we all have in narrowing economic inequality.

I do not deny the difficulty of convincing the well-off to give up rewards they see as justly deserved. But I urge those in the Occupy movement to embrace this challenge head on. While general assemblies in parks are wonderful, economic policy is made by legislators in political institutions. Most policymakers, however, are part of the same elite class the occupiers would have regulated. As long as the Occupy movement continues to alienate those who are able to implement the change it desires, that change will remain a distant dream. Only through appealing to those with power in the present system can the Occupy movement’s noble ideals ever translate into action. Though this may seem an impossible task, it is not hopeless. In a recent New York Times piece, multibillionaire Warren Buffett calls for “shared sacrifice,” arguing that he should pay more taxes. This is exactly right: Any broader appeal for economic justice the Occupy movement makes must invoke a common cause that transcends class antagonism. It must emphasize that our successes are made possible only through others’ sacrifices, and that others’ future success depends in turn on our willingness to reciprocate. As long as politics is framed as a clash between the interests of one class and those of another, any notion of mutual obligations or common good will remain elusive. Instead, we will be stuck with rich and poor locked in a zero-sum power struggle. And we all know who usually wins that fight. Reuben Henriques ’12 is part of the 100 percent. He can be reached at Reuben_Henriques@brown.edu.


Daily Herald Sports Friday the Brown

Friday, October 28, 2011

athlete of the week

Marshall ’13 leads team to 10 victories By Sam wickham Sports Staff Writer

With the race for the Ivy League title coming down to the wire, the women’s soccer team (10-4-1, 3-2 Ivy) is heading into the final two games of its season on a hot streak. Forward Eliza Marshall ’13 has kept her team in the hunt for glory, scoring four goals in the last four games, including a game-winner against Holy Cross last week. Her strike against Cornell Sunday helped the team earn its 10th victory of the year, the most wins since the 2003 season. For her consistent scoring, Marshall has been named The Herald Athlete of the Week. The Herald: When did you start playing soccer? Marshall: I started playing when I was five years old. I started out in the town program, and when I was about seven, I started playing on a club team. Did you have any role models growing up? I guess growing up, I was part of the Mia Hamm generation, watching that team win the World Cup. They were definitely big role models. And why Brown?

I liked everything about Brown. I liked the soccer program, I liked that the curriculum was really open, and I love Providence. I think that it’s kind of the best of both worlds in that you get an Ivy education, but the people here are really down to earth. What was the most memorable goal you’ve ever scored? I think my favorite goal was probably in my sophomore year versus (the University of New Hampshire). I intercepted a goal kick and then shot it with my left foot from 30 yards out and into the upper 90.

By Sam sheehan Sports Columnist

Bruno made a shorter trip to take on a struggling Holy Cross (1-12-2) in a non-league matchup Tuesday. “It was definitely a change of pace,” McDuff said. “We hadn’t played a midweek game in a few weeks, and we went in there knowing that it would be tough. They’re a team that doesn’t have a good record, but that allows them to play with freedom and the mindset that they had nothing to lose.” The teams appeared evenly

The NFL quarterback. He’s synonymous with leadership, and is almost always the figurehead for his franchise. The man who takes a chunk of responsibility for his team’s fortunes, whether deserved or not. The other thing about the quarterback is that, besides kickers and punters, he tends to have the longest career. It’s a pretty popular storyline this year that we have entered a “golden age of quarterbacking.” Defenses are getting lit up. So the quarterback talent level must have reached staggering new heights, right? Well, no. That’s what makes the current quarterback phenomena so interesting. Of the NFL’s 32 teams, a staggering 13 currently start quarterbacks who were not the team’s starter last year. On top of that, four of these guys are rookies, an almost unheard of ratio in the pool of first-year starters. But why now? Why the sudden instability in the quarterback market? Some of it can be credited to injuries to regular starters like Peyton Manning, Sam Bradford and the immortal Chad Henne, but there is still another reason. There simply aren’t enough franchise-caliber quarterbacks in the NFL. Every team is burning through their revolving door of players, desperately looking for the guy that will stick. If you think your team can win right now, you go out and a get a proven veteran. Sometimes this works, like it did for the Arizona Cardinals with Kurt Warner or the Minnesota Vikings with Brett Favre in 2009. Other times, it backfires horribly, like with the Jacksonville Jaguars’ signing of Luke McCown or any team that has acquired Donovan McNabb since his Philadelphia Eagles days. If you are stuck at rock bottom and have some time before your team will be a serious contender, the other option is to go young and hope you can get a guy who will be around for a while and become an institution for your franchise. Examples here include Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, Phillip Rivers and even Manning. The point to all of this is that, at the end of the day, not all of these guys have the talent to be legitimate NFL quarterbacks. Personally, I think there are only eight quarterbacks playing right now that are proven guys: Manning, Rodgers,

continued on page 5

continued on page 5

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? I definitely like certain playlists on my iPod before games, and we have our own little team rituals in the locker room. Any go-to pump-up songs? My favorite now would probably be ‘Freaks and Geeks’ by Childish Gambino. What is the coolest soccer match you’ve ever been to? This summer, we went on a team trip to Europe, and we got to watch some of the World Cup games in Germany, so that was really awe-

W. golf

Jesse Schwimmer / Herald

Eliza Marshall ‘13 has used shielding skills to produce scoring chances, propelling the Bears ever closer to the Ivy League Title.

some. We saw the United States play Colombia. What has your best memory of Brown women’s soccer been so far?

To be honest, I don’t think there has been a single one. There is no better feeling winning Ivy games, so I think every Ivy win has been an awesome memory.

M. Soccer

Bears taste honey at Men’s soccer puts Lehigh Invitational in overtime By Connor Grealy Sports Staff Writer

The women’s golf team ended its season with a victory at the eightteam Lehigh Invitational held Oct. 22 and 23 at the Saucon Valley Country Club’s Grace Course. The team registered a 607, finishing the weekend with a team score of 298 Sunday, the team’s lowest round of the fall season. “I thought the team worked really well together,” said captain Megan Tuohy ’12. “We were a few strokes back after the first day, but everyone focused on contributing to shave a few strokes off during the second round.” The weekend was highlighted by yet another impressive performance from Stephanie Hsieh ’15. The first-year was within one hole of her second individual victory of the fall season, but she fell short on the first playoff hole. The second-place finish was Hsieh’s third top-three finish of the season. “I knew that at the end of my round, I was going to have to play in a playoff hole,” Hsieh said. “In the playoff, I got up and down out of a bunker and saved par. But the other girl ended up with a birdie putt from three feet.” Another rookie, Michelle Chen ’15, also led the team, placing third

with a 150 for the weekend, only three strokes behind Hsieh’s 147. The duo of first-years has been a strong force for the team the entire season. The veterans also contributed to the success of the team’s performance. Tuohy had yet another finish near the top of the leaderboard, placing fifth with a 152. Though they were not in the top 10, Heather Arison ’12 and Carly Arison ’12 turned in strong performances — shooting 165 and 167 respectively. “Heather and Carly have contributed to the leadership of this team all season,” Tuohy said. “Their play and how they welcomed the (first-year) players solidified the team.” A large key to the squad’s success was the players’ ability to support one another and coalesce. “Our play exceeded my expectations — everyone performed extremely well,” Tuohy said. “Everyone stays focused on their own game, but at the same time, supports everyone else.” With some success behind them, the Bears’ main goal — winning the Ivy League tournament next spring — lies ahead. “I think everyone on our team is really proud of how we did this season and we’re looking forward to Ivy tournament,” Hsieh said.

NFL star search: the hunt for a quality quarterback

By Sam Rubinroit Assistant Sports Editor

The men’s soccer team delivered two impressive performances on the road, battling first-place Cornell to a 1-1 tie before defeating Holy Cross 1-0 three days later.

Cornell Brown

1 1

The Bears (8-4-2, 2-1-1 Ivy) made the long trip to Ithaca, N.Y. Saturday to take on the Big Red (8-1-4, 3-0-1), currently undefeated in conference play. “They play a style that makes it hard to get into a rhythm,” said defenseman Ryan McDuff ’13. “They do a good job of setting the pace of the game and putting you under pressure.” Cornell stuck to its game plan and, after a scoreless opening half, the Big Red drew first blood 1:46 into the second. The Bears refused to back down, responding three minutes later with a headed goal by forward Ben Maurey ’15, the first of his college career. Neither team was able to find the back of the net for the remainder of regulation or in extra play. “I think in overtime, we definitely focused on coming out with at

least one point,” McDuff said. “We couldn’t lose because that would put us out of contention for the Ivy League championship, so we played smarter and made sure we were solid defensively.” After the game, Head Coach Patrick Laughlin reiterated the team’s motto of “scoring the second goal.” “That second goal is massive in most games,” Laughlin said. “It is either going to put you up 2-0, or tie it at 1-1. Obviously, you want to get that first goal, but whatever happens, we want to ensure that we’re the team that gets that second goal.”

Holy Cross 0 Brown 1

Friday, October 28, 2011  

The October 28, 2011 issue of the Brown Daily Herald

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you