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Spring Weekend lineup in question By izzy Rattner Senior Staff Writer
By Hannah loewentheil Staff Writer
The Main Green bustled with activity the first days of classes, as scenes of students hurrying to class, throwing frisbees in the uncharacteristically warm weather and catching up with friends signalled a return to the familiar rhythms of University life. But for mid-year transfers beginning their Brown careers and seniors returning for the last time, the beginning of the semester took on added importance. When transfer student Katie Yates ’14 arrived on campus early for squash pre-season, campus was much calmer. “It was nice getting to know campus when it was quiet,” she said. The lull did not last. As a new student at Brown, the sudden arrival of students was a bit overwhelming, Yates said. For most students, Wednesday marked the beginning of yet another semester, complete with shopping period, long lines at the Sharpe Refectory and trips down Thayer Street. But transfers are taking it in for the first time. “I can’t believe I’m actually here,” Yates said. Yates took a semester off in continued on page 2
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It was the combination best of times,worst of times when Das Racist performed last year.
The lineup for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which will overlap with Spring Weekend for the second year running, eliminated two of students’ favorite Spring Weekend contenders. The favorites were determined by a poll jointly conducted by the Undergraduate Council of Students and Brown Concert Agency. Coachella’s lineup was announced earlier this month. UCS received 900 surveys, and BCA’s website received 468 responses. The poll yielded seven unique acts. Of these seven — Childish Gambino, Mumford and Sons, Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Passion Pit, Lady Gaga and Avicii — only Childish Gambino and Avicii are scheduled to perform at Coachella.
Year of China looks to broaden scope By Alison Silver Senior Staff Writer
The Chinese New Year, which began Jan. 23, marked the beginning of another phase in the University’s celebration of the Year of China. The Chinese Student and Scholar Association is combining with the Chinese Students Association to host its annual new year’s celebration. Previously, each student group held its own event. This year’s collabora-
tion will allow a more elaborate celebration with more people involved, said Shumin Yao GS, president of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association and a member of the committee for the Year of China. The celebration, scheduled for Feb. 5, will also include students from Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton. The Chinese Student and Scholar Association “has a very close connection with the Ivy League schools,” Yao said. “I hope that many American
students and Western students can come to our show,” she said. Yao said she expects 600 students to attend, given that the initiative’s mooncake festival last semester drew over 800 students. “We want to draw Brown students’ attention to China and draw the world’s attention to Brown,” she said. Through a series of lectures, art exhibitions, dance performances and multi-day festivals, continued on page 2
Designers plant SEED of innovation Paris. Milan. New York. Providence? With StyleWeek Providence, setting up runways for the fourth time Jan. 22–28, it may not be long before this college town becomes a fashion destination.
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StyleWeek came together with the mission of designing “a successful model of a Northeast fashion event that directly and economically impacts (its) designers, sponsors, partners and vendors,” according to the project’s website. Events included designer and accessory showcases, cocktail parties with industry insiders and the SEED fashion show. The SEED show, a competition at the Biltmore hotel on Tuesday, featured pieces created by students
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at local colleges and universities. This format allowed “multiple creative minds to come together for one show,” said Jennifer Showstead, director of designer management and acquisition for StyleWeek Providence. The show hoped to reign in and support emerging talent, emphasizing the future of design by having students consider innovation in either their materials or designs. “We told the students to think outside the box. You can use traditional fabrics, but try something new with it,” Showstead said. After receiving hundreds of design submissions in the form of sketches, Showstead and her assistant Cassandra Duguay chose 16 pieces to showcase, including two designs from Brown students — one each from Austin Snyder ’13 continued on page 3
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News in brief
Kennedy to teach seminar Former Democratic Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy will begin co-teaching a seminar on policy and research funding for mental health and neuroscience Monday, the University announced yesterday. The course is a collaboration between the Program in Public Health and the Brown Institute for Brain Science, where Kennedy is a visiting fellow. The course, PHP 1680J: “The Race to Inner Space: Conflating Science, Politics and Economics to Promote Brain Health,” is open to 24 juniors, seniors and graduate students. After eight terms in Congress, Kennedy founded One Mind for Research, which aims to streamline funding and information for brain research. Kennedy’s father, the late Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, died of brain cancer in 2009. “Just as Patrick’s uncle, former President John F. Kennedy, said he wanted to conquer space, Patrick really wants to conquer the brain,” said Judy Bentkover, adjunct professor of health services, policy and practice and an instructor of the course. As of Thursday night, no students had registered for the course on Banner. — Jordan Hendricks
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The overlap in Coachella and Spring Weekend could prevent other acts from performing at Brown. Sandy Ryza ’12, who cochairs BCA with Gillian Brassil ’12, said Coachella complicated Spring Weekend’s planning before the lineup was even announced. Some artists rejected Spring Weekend bids, hinting that they were performing at Coachella. “They say stuff like, ‘we’re playing shows in California’ or ‘we’ll be in Southern California that day.’ It seems pretty clear,” Ryza said. “There are definitely acts that we would have gone for that are playing Coachella,” Ryza said. Spring Weekend conflicted with Coachella last year as well. Ryza said BCA does not schedule Spring Weekend, but he understands the University Scheduling
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the fall and said she has been counting down the days before she would arrive on campus. “After thinking for so long about it in such an abstract sense, to be experiencing Brown is really cool,” she said. Yates, who transferred from Middlebury College, is still adjusting to life at Brown. She said the mid-year transfer orientation helped acclimate her to the Brown community. Now ready to dive into her first semester on College Hill, Yates said she is both excited and nervous. “Students have come from pretty prescribed curricula at their colleges and universities, and high schools before that,” wrote Besenia Rodriguez, associate dean of the college for research and upperclass studies, and Maitrayee Bhattacharyya, associate dean of the college for diversity programs, in an email to The Herald. “Brown’s open curriculum can take some getting used to, and some transfers say that they don’t know where to begin in terms of narrowing down their list of courses to just (four).” Robin Rolader ’14, a mid-year transfer student from Colgate University, prepared herself for a bit of a transition period. After months of anticipation since her acceptance last May, “it was weird to finally arrive on campus and get things started.” “Everyone seems really welcom-
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ing and accommodating so far,” she said. Now, she is looking forward to the activities fair where she hopes to get involved in the campus arts scene through dance and a cappella. For other students, this week represented the beginning of the end. Jordan Mainzer ’12.5 eagerly awaits his final year on campus. “While you want to wrap things up mentally … at the same time you feel like you haven’t been here for that long,” he said. Like many seniors, Mainzer is designing a somewhat unconventional schedule for this semester. He has decided to finish his concentration requirements next semester. “This semester I am going to try to expand my horizons ... by moving on to subject matters with which I have zero
Year of China rallies students, alums continued from page 1 the Year of China initiative is broadening its reach to address contemporary issues and entrepreneurship in China. “We like to engage as broadly as possible,” said Professor of Physics Chung-I Tan P’95 P’03, a member of the Faculty Executive Committee and the leader of the initiative. Tan said he is encouraging different academic units and student groups “to organize events that are meaningful to them from the perspective of how Chinese culture impacts them.” The initiative will increase its interdisciplinary approach in coming months to engage more students and to make them aware of Brown’s global significance, Tan added. Building on past efforts, such as the Year of India in 2009-10, the Year of China is part
of a “continual effort of internationalization and globalization of curriculum,” he said. “We learn from what’s been done in the past and add to it.” At the suggestion of a group of graduate students to increase involvement with the social sciences, Tan allocated funds for a lecture series, which will start Feb. 1 with a talk on the Arab Spring’s influence on China. Other events include a Lantern Festival Gallery Walk, a week-long film festival on gender equality in China and symposia organized by the Watson Institute for International Affairs on climate change, cybersecurity and economic relations among China, the U.S. and Europe. The initiative’s diverse events incorporate a vast network of alums who are eager to return to speak about their successes,
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familiarity.” Mainzer has decided to take all his classes outside of his concentration, and he will take them all S/NC. Jared Davis ’13, who recently returned from a semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh, said he now felt differently about coming back to campus than he had in years past. “You think about coming back the whole time when you’re abroad, so definitely it’s a bit more surreal when you get back here,” he said. Returning for the first time, Hunter Massad ’15 said he is excited to fall back into last semester’s routine. He said he definitely feels more relaxed than at the start of his first semester. “I have friends here already and it’s great to see them,” he said. “I’m just nervous for my classes.”
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Tan said. Giving them the “opportunity to re-engage” is very rewarding, he said. Among the many keynote speakers who will appear over the course of the semester are John Chen ’78 P’06 P’11, chairman, CEO and president of the leading enterprise software company Sybase, and Alison Friedman ’02, founder of Ping Pong Productions, an organization that develops cultural exchange projects in Chinese performing arts. A recent delegation from Brown that traveled to Shanghai also promoted more alumni involvement with the Year of China, Tan said. The trip “had a way of energizing alums, particularly the ones in China,” he said. Brown has numerous connections with Chinese universities, many of whose presidents have visited Brown and expressed interest in furthering communication between the institutions in the future, Yao said. In particular, they want to encourage more Brown students to travel to China, he added. While many events so far have been well-attended, Tan said he wishes more students would participate. The initiative’s ultimate goal is to engage more students so that they have a better understanding of “how globally everything is intertwined,” he said. “That’s part of the educational experience at Brown — how we fit into the world and how the world is part of everyday life we have to face.”
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Prof. awarded Mexican honor Jacobsen ’15 joins By Sandra Yan Staff Writer
Last month, Julio Ortega, professor of Hispanic Studies, was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government bestows upon a foreigner. Established in 1933, the Order of the Aztec Eagle is the “highest recognition that the Mexican State gives to those who it deems worth giving by their enormous contributions to Mexico and Mexicans or by their contributions to humanity,” said Ricardo Alday, a spokesman for the Mexican Embassy. Each year, members of the Mexican government suggest candidates for the honor. These names are then considered by the Mexican Foreign Ministry, and the Mexican Congress votes on the most highly qualified nominees.
Ortega, an internationally renowned scholar of Latin American literature, has published roughly 40 books and has been praised by such luminaries as Octavio Paz, a Nobel Prize-winning Mexican writer. Ortega’s department has twice been recognized as one of the best in the nation by the National Research Council, and he has been decorated with awards from various countries and universities. But the Order of the Aztec Eagle “is special because my friendship with Mexico is effective and intellectually rich,” Ortega said. He is currently directing the Transatlantic Project, “an academic initiative to study, do research and teach intercultural history between the Americas and Europe with the common link of the Spanish language,” he explained. The project stems from his belief that an isolated culture cannot survive, and in order to thrive,
there needs to be exchange between cultures. Ortega said he believes that in 20 years, the United States will be bilingual, and Spanish will no longer be considered a foreign language. “When you learn Spanish, you acquire a new space in freedom,” he said. This year’s recipients also included Seymour Menton, professor emeritus at the University of California at Irvine, and Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso. Menton’s research focuses on Mexican culture and Latin American literature. Natalicio’s work deals with creating educational opportunities for talented young people on both sides of the Mexican border. “I was deeply honored to accept (the Order) with Professor Ortega, who is very renowned,” Natalicio said. “My award is really enhanced by having received it with him.”
rookie top ten continued from page 8 had a stick and was playing two years above me because that’s the only age group that they’d really allow. I snuck in somehow… You mentioned juniors, junior hockey. So, in junior hockey, you live in like a housing family — someone takes you in, and you live there. You become part of the family for the season or whatever. So I did that when I was younger. All the way, growing up, I housed kids — my family housed players from teams in Spokane, (WA). So I always had the older brother. I had just a different experience because I had those guys living at our house. So it’s kind of funny to be on the other side of things, when I actually went to juniors. We used to go to their games all the time, and that probably got me. Are there any players who you
looked up to growing up, or even now whose style you try to emulate?
I wouldn’t say that I try to emulate anyone’s style. I could probably think of some, but just a hockey role model that I still look up to today — his name is Kurt Sauer. He played in the NHL for a long time, for the Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado, Anaheim, just a bunch of different teams. He lived at my house when he was in juniors, like what I talked about before. We housed him when he played in Spokane. So he then helped me out a lot. He knows the game, has a lot of experience. So if I ever have a question, I always talk to him. And we still keep a very close relationship. When he was in Denver, I used to babysit his kids, that type of thing. So we’re very close family friends still, and I’ve definitely looked up to him as a role model.
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Committee’s restrictions. There are only two weekends between spring break and reading period, not including Easter weekend. Ryza said weather is also likely factored in, as it is often better later in the year. Ryza said BCA will try to schedule between four and six acts for Brown’s three-day festival. One unnamed headliner is already slotted to perform, he said. While Ryza would not comment about whether the scheduled act is one of the unbooked student favorites, he said some of these acts were eliminated as possibilities because of budgetary concerns. The other performers are still not booked. Ryza said he hopes scheduling will be completed by the end of February, though it continued “well into March” last year. Spring Weekend is funded by the Undergraduate Finance Board. Last year, the budget was $180,000. But this year, Ryza said it has decreased to $150,000 — a drop of 17 percent. Stephen Weinreich ’14 said he will go to Spring Weekend depending on the bands and added that understands there is a competition with other concerts to book acts. Adam Garcia ’14 said last year he “just didn’t think the concerts were worth it.” While his attendance this year will depend on the acts, he said he will likely go and is “sure it will be fun.”
and Caitrin Watson ’13. These 16 designs walked the runway for five judges from the fashion industry, each designer keen on winning the prize of $500, an installation at the next StyleWeek and two months of representation from StyleWeek PR. The pieces varied in both style and interpretation of the “innovation” theme. Some more original designs were made out of materials including garbage bags, newspapers and Capri Sun pouches. The winning design, created by Kwong Hui Yee of the Massachusetts College of Art, featured a ballerina-inspired skirt made out of hand-dyed mop heads, a waist of clothespins and a top of hair elastics that took the designer a week to braid. A trip to Bosnia last summer inspired Snyder to make a loose black knit gown with a high neck and cape-like long sleeves. Details
of raffia — a straw-like material — and different weaves of knit added a finished and textural element to the dress. Part of a three-piece collection in which each piece represents one ethnic group in the Bosnian conflict — the Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks — this particular piece represents the Bosniaks. “I got to travel all around the country and see how affected the country still is by the war,” Snyder said. “That’s really what the collection is about. It’s about the shroud of sadness that still is encompassing Bosnia.” This heaviness is reflected in the black in Snyder’s piece as well as the downward movement created by the hanging raffia and many layers. Since coming to Brown, Snyder, a Visual Arts concentrator, has integrated himself with the Rhode Island School of Design’s design program and plans on following the fashion design route after graduation.
Watson’s design was also knitwear, a difficult medium to work with, especially considering the many weaves and textures she used. Her off-white design featured a modified mermaid skirt with panels of knitted loops and a matching, voluminous bolero. “The idea of this young tribal princess who lived in the north” inspired Watson to make the winter wedding dress, she said. Watson, who considers herself an eco-designer, also drew inspiration from nature, particularly geysers, the full moon and snowy woodland landscapes. “I wanted to capture the power and drama of nature,” she wrote in an email to The Herald. The many organic textures reflect varying natu-
ral landscapes. Watson, who is concentrating in Environmental Studies at Brown and Apparel Design at RISD, tries to use what she learns at Brown about the environmental impacts of apparel production and implement it into her designs at RISD, she wrote. The knitwear aspect of both of the designs impressed Showstead. “I love anything hand-knitted because I know how much time and effort goes into it — I was just amazed,” she said. Although a Brown student did not win, the show itself provided an exciting experience. “The runway, the lights, the attendees. It’s an amazing opportunity for them,” Showstead said.
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Student thespians Spring theater leaves Bard behind make do without U. By Ben Kutner Senior Staff Writer
By Nicole Grabel Contributing Writer
The Repertory Project, a new independent theater group led by Emma Johnson ’14 and Skylar Fox ’15, will produce “Opus” by Michael Hollinger and “Speedthe-Plow” by David Mamet this February at the Production Workshop Upspace. Although Brown students are running the performances, the Repertory Project is not University-affiliated. “It kind of started by accident,” said Fox, who is directing “Speed-the-Plow.” The students involved in the project have performed together at Brown in the past, and they informally talked about starting something new together. Eventually, their ideas snowballed into the formation of this group and the production of these plays, Fox said. The fact that the group is not affiliated with the University comes at a price — namely, the price of royalties, sets, costumes and props. With no University funding, they are relying entirely on donations to raise money for these “bare minimum needs,” which add up to $1,500, according to the project’s website. They are offering prizes to contributors based on the value of their donations. For example, individuals who give $25 will see their names on the set of one of the plays and receive two front-row tickets. Those who donate $100 will get cake and the opportunity to touch one of the main performers’ abs, according to the website.
The group remains optimistic despite the steep cost, said Johnson, who is directing “Opus.” The group received a significant amount of support, she added. Although being a registered University group would ease the group’s money concerns, there are benefits to independence. Johnson said starting a group of her own gave her the opportunity to try directing a play, a first-time experience, without the pressure of “risking anyone else’s reputation.” After this experience, she said, she will feel more comfortable and qualified to direct for someone else. Fox and Johnson also noted that the experience of working on this play is unique due to the focus on collaboration. Since there is no tech team, just the directing duo and the actors, technical responsibilities fall on everyone’s shoulders. “Actors are more aware of the production side,” Johnson said, and work together produce each other’s plays. This theme of collaboration also serves as the theme for the company’s production season. Both “Speed-the-Plow” and “Opus” demonstrate the importance of collaboration. “We hope to start a conversation in the community about the joys and challenges of collaboration in each of our lives, and what it means to work with others toward a single goal,” according to the company’s website. “Speed-the-Plow” and “Opus” performances will be taking place Feb. 1-4.
With uncertainty and tumult beyond the Van Wickle Gates, students can take solace in Brown’s thriving and healthy theater world this semester. This spring’s thespian offerings include student-written theater, as well as a drama by two of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. “We Can Rebuild Him,” written by Deepali Gupta ’12, is a new musical that will take the stage in early March. The play is a collaboration between two student theater organizations, the Brownbrokers and Sock and Buskin. The musical’s plot centers around a family in which “the oldest son has been killed and dissected, but his heart is still beating,” Gupta said. She explained she was interested in a family’s attempt to fix something instead of moving forward. It’s a play about denial, she said. “It seems to take place in this suspended reality,” said director Talya Klein GS. “It’s got this beautiful balance between comedy and darkness.” The play features a small cast, with three different actors playing the role of the dismembered son. Production Workshop is staging a new play called “Trigger Hand” by Sam Barasch ’12. Set in a supervised injection site — a type of facility that, in certain countries, provides controlled doses of illicit drugs to addicts — in Vancouver, Barasch’s play tackles questions of addiction and dependency in all forms — including addiction to work. In the play, Barasch explores the idea that the prevailing model of addiction as a disease is the wrong way to approach the problem. Barasch conceived of this project in a research-based theater class, he
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Sock and Buskin follows up “Gross Indecency” with “A Perfect Wedding” in April.
said. The play was brought to the attention of PW when Barasch introduced it to Leandro Zaneti ’12, the play’s director. Because he trusts Zaneti’s vision, Barasch does not attend rehearsals, he said. “Trigger Hand” will be staged in the PW Downspace in February. The student-run theater company will also stage “Guests,” which the PW website calls a “devised movement piece,” in March. In another corner of Brown’s theater world, 17th-century English drama reigns in a production by Shakespeare on the Green. Contradicting its own moniker, Shakespeare on the Green brings us a play that is neither Shakespeare nor being staged on the green. William Barnet ’12 will direct “Roaring Girl,” by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, in a Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the
Creative Arts studio in late February. The play is about feminism, gender dynamics and class tensions, Barnet said, adding that it is “very rarely produced.” He discovered the play in a class dedicated to placing Shakespeare in the context of his contemporary playwrights. “Shakespeare is not on some magical pedestal that he created for himself,” said Barnet, explaining that the Bard borrowed and learned from contemporaries such as Dekker and Middleton. The play offers an equal balance between silly fun and serious discussion, he said. Elsewhere in the theater world, Sock and Buskin is staging “A Perfect Wedding” by Chuck Mee in April. The Writing Is Live playwriting festival, put on by the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, begins Feb. 4.
Controversial propaganda collection earns accolade By Alexandra Macfarlane Senior Staff Writer
Extreme propaganda and dissident literature may be treasured by those who write and live by them, but the pamphlets and flyers often find their way to the trash, washed up in gutters and covered in yesterday’s lunch. But some of this literature has reached the University’s campus as part of the Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda, located in the John Hay Library. The second part of the collection recently received the Mellon Foundation’s 2011 Hidden Collection award, according to the Hay’s website. The award provides the
necessary funding for categorizing and digitizing the second part of the collection. The collection’s second part initially had 800 cartons of inventory, twice as much volume as the first part, and the three year grant provides the funding to completely organize the remaining 300 cartons, said Jennifer Betts, University archivist. The collection, which includes over 150,000 items of extremist and dissident propaganda in the United States from 1945 until the end of the century, was painstakingly collected by World War II veteran Gordon Hall. He made it his life’s work to compile a complete picture of the country’s most extreme groups, hoping to increase awareness about the
spectrum of extremes he believed threatened the stability of the middle ground in the U.S., said Holly Snyder, curator of American Historical Collections at the Hay. At first glance, the content of the unorganized cartons resembles the inside of your grandmother’s attic. Unopened envelopes addressed to many of Hall’s accomplices and his fake names lie rapped in rubber bands. Hall personally infiltrated many of the extremist groups whose propaganda composes the collection, Snyder said. He was consequently blacklisted and even threatened at many times by groups such as the John Birch Society, she said. A copy of a more recent issue of the Atlantic magazine lies underneath a handwritten note reminding the writer of some long forgotten address. Some of the contents are extremist publications, and other items are correspondence, both personal and formal, addressed to many different names, underscoring the long and dedicated span of Hall’s work. Hall was a young man when he first encountered the danger and charisma of extremist groups
and their propaganda. As a young veteran of World War II, he was seduced by the teachings of communist fellow soldiers, Snyder said. He soon saw the potential of these groups to damage the stability of the middle of the political spectrum and spent the rest of his life gaining physical evidence of every aspect of all dissident groups, she said. He sold the collection to the University in 2000 to fund his retirement. The first part of the Hall-Hoag collection demonstrates what the award-winning second half will one day resemble. Once they are recalled from an offsite storage space, researchers will be able to access folders revealing collections of Black Panther newsletters as well as pro-life and pro-choice literature from the 1970s, carefully stored side by side. The second part of the collection will also benefit from the library teams’ careful organization and access to digital systems, said Andrew Ashton, director of the Center for Digital Scholarship. The library’s technology will make the second part of the collection easier to search and find digitally,
he said. Hall’s own organizational system for cataloguing the different material is idiosyncratic and flawed by years of at times singular effort, Snyder said. The available part of the collection has already been used by many students as a way to “recapture the flavor of the period,” Snyder said. The collection is highly valuable in its power to explore the cultural products of the last fifty years in our country, she added. Both graduate students and professors have already used the categorized collection as material for their studies. Recently, Associate Professor of History Naoko Shibusawa directed her students to use the collection for their papers and primary sources, Snyder said. But curious historians should be warned. “This is controversial material, and many will probably be offended,” Betts said. The library has collected this material not because the University holds any of the extremist groups’ views, but because documentation of these debates is an important aspect of our cultural history, Snyder said.
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Bears squad perseveres through illness, injury By sam rubinroit Assistant Sports Editor
As the weather grew bleak, so did the men’s basketball team’s fortunes. The Bears (6-13, 0-2 Ivy) played seven games over winter break, dropping six in a row before earning a victory Monday against Bryant. “We’ve been in some pretty heated games,” said Head Coach Jesse Agel. “We played two or three games where we had the lead in the last two or three minutes. Playing hard is one thing, but winning is another.” Bruno kicked off the break with four non-league matchups, falling to Maine 71-58, St. Francis 66-49, American 70-61 and Longwood 79-77. The squad also opened Ivy League play over the break, falling to Yale (12-4, 2-0) on the road in a hard-fought matchup. The Bears held a six-point advantage with just over three minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs battled back to clinch the 68-64 victory. “We had a great chance to win, up three at the end of the game, but we just weren’t able to close the door,” Agel said. A week later, the Bulldogs traveled to the Pizzitola Center for a rematch. Yale had little trouble tak-
ing down the Bears the second time around, seizing a three-point lead at halftime and never trailing in the second half to come away with the 73-60 win. “The first game, we caught them by surprise with a lot of our defenses,” said co-captain Matt Sullivan ’13. “They didn’t know how to handle it, and we jumped on them at the beginning of the game. But then they got to go back and watch the film. We tried to come out with some new stuff in the second game, but they were a little bit more prepared for it.” The Bears were able to rally as a team Monday in their final nonconference matchup of the season against Bryant (2-18), earning a 67-60 victory. Stephen Albrecht ’13 led the team with 21 points, as Sean McGonagill ’14 and Andrew McCarthy ’13 added 15 points apiece. “It was a big win,” Sullivan said. “Whenever you lose a couple in a row, it feels good to win. It helps everybody feel better and gain some confidence.” The Bears’ struggles over break can be traced to a perfect storm of problems. The squad has been depleted by illness, injury and eligibility issues, forcing Agel to contend with an ever-changing roster as players enter and leave the line-
up on a seemingly nightly basis. “We still don’t have back all of the bodies we could, but our kids are battling,” Agel said. “We have had to persevere through some unfortunate injuries, but it’s been great seeing some guys step up and fill roles.” The Bears have seen their numbers so slimmed that Agel accepted two walk-ons to the team: Tellef Lundevall ’13 and Patrick Donnelly ’13. Both are members of the football team — Lundevall a wide receiver, Donnelly a quarterback — with no experience in collegiate basketball. The duo has been quick to pick up the team’s offensive and defensive schemes, and in the seven games over break, Lundevall averaged 15.8 minutes per game. “We love having the football players on the team,” Sullivan said. “They bring a lot of energy and a lot of toughness. They help our numbers in practice, and they are playing good minutes in the games.” “They’ve really provided us with a tremendous boost,” Agel said. “It’s extremely hard to come in to a Division I sport having not played that sport competitively. There are a lot of things that (the coaches) can’t fine tune and just have to give the big picture, but they’ve acclimated pretty well.”
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Top scorer Stephen Albrecht ‘13 drives to the hoop.
Bruno will look to climb out of the bottom of the Ivy League standings this weekend as they reopen conference play, facing Dartmouth Friday at 7 p.m., before taking on No. 23 Harvard Saturday at 6 p.m. For the Bears, it would be easy to
concede the season and look ahead to next year when their roster returns to full strength. But Agel said the team has refused to give up. “That’s a long way down the road. Right now our concentration is on this weekend.”
W. basketball splits series with Yale By madeleine wenstrup Sports Staff Writer
After a short vacation, the Bears resumed their winter season Dec. 29, playing five non-conference games and a two-game series against Yale to kick off Ivy League play. Over the course of winter break, the Bears (10-6, 1-1 Ivy) won four straight games against the University of Vermont (8-13), Dominican University of California (2-15), San Jose State (7-11) and the University of Rhode Island (1-19). But in their final non-conference match of the season, the Bears fell to Holy Cross (13-8). “We’re very confident in what we can do now,” said guard Sheila Dixon ’13. “We’ve seen that when we play really well, we do really well.” At the end of December, the Bears traveled to California to play San Jose State, giving a few players an opportunity to go home to their families for longer than usual.
“We have a lot of teammates from California,” said forward Jordin Juker ’14. “So our coach wanted to go before they graduate — it was a great experience.” Even 3,000 miles away from its home court, Bruno had plenty of fans cheering in the stands. “The amount of support from the friends and families — I think we had between 400 and 500 fans — it was amazing and a great win,” Dixon said. But Bruno’s winning streak was broken in its first Ivy League game Jan. 13, as they fell 75-65 against Yale at the Pizzitola Center. Despite three Bears scoring in the double digits, the Bulldogs’ (9-7, 1-1) defense proved too much for the Bears. Dixon led Brown in points with 20 and shot 60 percent from the field. Guard Lauren Clarke ’14 and co-captain Hannah Passafuime ’12 followed with 13 and 12 points, respectively. “Yale plays a smothering defense,” said Head Coach Jean Burr. “It was
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a tight battle throughout.” The Bulldogs forced 17 turnovers from the Bears. A week later, Bruno had a chance for a rematch at Yale — the team got their revenge, picking up a 60-55 win. “The second time, it was less about offense and definitely a lot more about defense,” Dixon said. “We were able to recognize their key players and actually stop them.” Clarke led the Bears with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. For her excellent performance in the Yale series, Clarke was named the Ivy League Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness Ivy League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Clarke “stepped up in the heat of the moment,” Burr said. “She really wanted the ball.” This weekend, the Bears will travel first to Dartmouth and then to Harvard for two more conference matchups.
6 Editorial & Letter diamonds & coal
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A giant Hope Diamond to Brown for each year mandating that students register on Banner, only to have the server experience “technical difficulties” like the ones that prevented students from registering for classes for 45 minutes Wednesday. The University can sell the diamond and buy a better server. Also, coal. A diamond to Aaron Horowitz, the designer of a toy bear that helps children cope with diabetes, whose decision to pursue his business venture in Providence began with an email to a Brown professor entitled “A Crazy Idea?” The last time we emailed our professor using that subject line, she replied that no, class could not be relocated to the Whiskey Republic. A diamond to the three science professors who will be named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science next month. “You sometimes wonder if anyone’s even paying attention to what you’re doing,” Barry Connors, professor and chair of the department of neuroscience, said of the honor. We’re pretty sure that’s what the naked masturbator who terrorized College Hill last semester wondered, too. Coal to the Undergraduate Council of Students for attaining their “long-standing” goal of installing banners on the Main Green to recognize Brown’s 250th anniversary. You know, it’s never too soon to start planning for the 500th anniversary. Coal to the faculty member who said that people would no longer call Brown a religious institution. Clearly, he’s never heard of the sacred tradition known as Sex Power God. A cubic zirconium to the Repertory Project, a new independent theater group. The group is soliciting donations by offering people cake and the opportunity to touch a main performer’s abs if they contribute $100. We’ll take the cake and leave the abs, thank you very much. A diamond to the student who said of Google+, “I mean, if I knew more about it, I would, but I’m pretty good where I am with my social networks.” Another satisfied reader of The Herald’s Facebook, Twitter and Washington Post Social Reader accounts. A Sorcerer’s Stone to Professor of Hispanic Studies Julio Ortega for joining the Order of the Phoenix — we mean, the Order of the Aztec Eagle. We hear the Ministry of Magic is doing some heavy recruiting. We’re looking at you, President Ruth Simmons. Five hundred and fifty-six diamonds to each of early decision applicants who were accepted. Welcome to Brown!
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The university-college in the Internet age By Ethan Tobias Opinions Columnist A potential employer scans two resumes lying on his desk. On one side is a recent Brown grad who has taken 32 courses in a variety of areas. On the other side is someone who took the same courses online. In his cover letter, the online student claims full proficiency in all courses listed and practically dares an interviewer to question him. Upon being interviewed, the online student proves his acumen, leaving the potential employer impressed. The scenario envisaged above is fictional but not that far-fetched. Several universities already upload lectures, assignments and tests and provide them free over the Internet. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, provides thousands of courses online that cover a broad range of topics. The benefits of so much free access to higher learning are obvious. The belief that a better educated citizenry is more productive and makes smarter decisions is what motivates governments to spend immensely on higher education. At a liberal arts college like Brown, it is hard to deny ease of access to education. The freedom to explore and shop courses
that cover topics that are not within our concentrations is a key facet of the New Curriculum. However, with so many free courses now available online, one wonders exactly how educational they actually are. At a brick and mortar institution, professors provide vital feedback, and peers offer new perspectives and intellectual challenges. And the university setting allows undergraduates to gain invaluable research involvement. Surely these expe-
plan to offer online masters’ programs. This move to grant degrees for coursework completed entirely, or almost entirely, online completely devalues Brown’s brand and suggests that online coursework can substitute for the experience of learning from a real teacher in a university setting among peers. If Brown is known as a school that offers online degrees, then the line between a degree earned online and a degree earned from sitting in class is fuzzy at best.
Eschewing online degree programs and online access to course content will make Brown stand out as one of the last bastions against the digitization of learning. riences add real value to the college experience that cannot be gained from online coursework alone. However, recent developments suggest that the distinction may be lost on some, including Brown administrators. A four-part series in The Herald last semester (“Guided by Green, Brown tests uncharted waters,” Dec. 2) described how the University has put aside its emphasis on undergraduate education to instead seek increased revenues. Among the new schemes to bring in the big bucks is a
During the break, many websites went dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act in Congress and the fight by multinational media corporations to garner revenue from their intellectual property. Brown and other institutions of higher learning should watch this fight closely. They should realize that once they put content online, even if they initially charge, it will inevitably be disseminated for free. If Disney cannot get websites to take down their movies, then what hope does Brown have of regulating the distri-
bution of their courses? As Brown struggles to assert itself in the globalized world of the 21st century, eschewing online degree programs and online access to course content will make Brown stand out as one of the last bastions against the digitization of learning. At some level, the world must remain cognizant of a truth we at Brown all know — that actively attending college is an experience that cannot be replicated over a computer. While I agree that greater access to education should be lauded, online courses fail to provide the comprehensive interactions that are an essential part of learning. Furthermore, Brown developed under the vision of a “university-college” where the undergraduate experience is valued above all else. Online courses and degrees have the potential to jeopardize Brown’s uniqueness and debase the Brown degree. When our hypothetical employer interviews our two candidates, the Brown grad should be able to talk about forging faculty relationships, learning in an active research environment and being among peers who challenged their intellect. No amount of online coursework can compete with that. Ethan Tobias ’12 cannot stand staring at a computer screen all day. He can be reached at Ethan_Tobias@brown.edu.
The parachute strategy By Chip Lebovitz Opinions Editor Shopping period is an unnecessarily frantic period. Everyone gets caught up in minutiae that rarely have a large impact on their final classes. Oh no, my schedule has room for an introductory archeology class, but I’d rather not take it because it’s too far from the Verney-Woolley Dining Hall, and I’ll end up stuck in the line for Chicken Finger Friday. The worst shopping period offense is one inspired by practicality. Since most students figure that they plan on taking four classes, they must end up with four classes at the end of shopping period. Often, in pursuit of this artificial requirement, students drop incredibly interesting classes that would otherwise allow them to expand their intellectual horizons. Understandably, Brown’s course catalogue is so diverse that the choices are difficult. Many factors have to be considered: your concentration, your interest level and the difficulty level of the course. That’s why you are taking NEUR0650: “Biology of Hearing” over PHYS0500: “Advanced Classical Mechanics” — the subject matter. Who isn’t? We only have two ears after all, and have you seen President Obama’s ears? They’re huge, and he’s the president. Also, it’s a neuroscience class, and your parents would never tell you not to take a neuroscience class.
Regardless of motivations, often the hardest part of these shopping period deliberations is the final cut, chopping your fifth and final class. But for those who are unsure about which class to drop or are just terrible at making decisions, I offer you another way: the parachute strategy. The parachute strategy works as follows. You find five classes that you enjoy and stick with them through shopping period to their first respective midterms. Then, after taking the first midterm, you drop the class in which you got the worst
vor of easier classes? These are all fair points — unless you think about the parachute strategy as an impersonal means to understand what classes you truly care about. A score on an exam is a direct by-product of the effort you put into a class. Effort, though not directly tied to your interest, is indicative of how much you care about a certain class. So, in fact, you do better in all the classes that you care about. The parachute strategy actually helps identify which classes you truly care about most
In fact, you do better in all the classes that you care about. The parachute strategy actually helps identify which classes you truly care about most and, therefore, which classes you desire to take.
grade — in essence, parachuting out of that fifth class into your four other, more successful classes. Parachuting out of a fifth class on its face seems cynical. After all, doesn’t that make a student appear to be driven by grades only? Aren’t we Brown University, a school that values the liberal arts education so much that we probably have the term “Open Curriculum” trademarked? What happens if you just had a fluky first test? Isn’t the parachute plan biased in fa-
and, therefore, which classes you desire to take. Any argument about limiting your ideological boundaries based on a set of grades is unfounded. If you really cared about having a diverse course load, you would have loaded up five different departments’ courses into your parachute plan. The bias toward easy classes might be in effect if you loaded up your schedule with four incredibly difficult classes and
one easier course. Then, it is likely that you won’t be parachuting out of the latter class, but that makes sense. Unless you have a healthy sense of self-loathing, you don’t want to load up a schedule with four incredibly difficult classes. One easier class makes sense in your schedule, and the parachute strategy will in turn tell you which of the difficult classes you really want to take. Of course, you have to account for classes in your concentration, but it would be counter to the whole point of the parachute plan if you didn’t actually care about your concentration. Also, this approach forces you to take five or six classes for a few weeks, which may cause others to grouse about your lack of time. Stop it — you have time, and you know it. If you don’t, I hear the Sciences Library is open all night in case you need to study more. So the parachute plan takes nearly all of the difficult personal decision making out of your shopping period. It allows you to identify what classes you care about with the added bonus of being able to experience at least part of a class you would have otherwise never experienced. So parachute this semester, think less and find out what classes you really want to take.
Chip Lebovitz ’14 often finds holes in his parachute and can be reached at Charles_Lebovitz@brown.edu.
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Jacobson ’15 shoots into top W. icers near conference playoffs 10 rookie scorers W. Hockey
By sam wickham Sports Staff Writer
Last season, reaching the playoffs was an impossibility for the women’s hockey team. But thanks to a strong start to 2012, the Bears (7-7-7, 4-6-4 ECAC) are in a good position to reach the conference playoffs for the first time in more than five years. Under new Head Coach Amy Bourbeau, Bruno is 3-2-2 in January, falling only to ECAC foes St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Ties at Union and University of Connecticut, as well as wins against Rensselaer and Yale, have propelled the Bears into eighth place in the ECAC standings. They must maintain this spot for a playoff berth. Tuesday’s 4-1 win against Yale (120-0, 1-13-0) was Bruno’s second in a row, and the team hopes to ride this momentum into the season’s grueling finish. “Moving into the new year, everything is just starting to click,” Bourbeau said. “Everyone is starting to get on the same page and understand what we’ve been trying to teach them. … And we’re outshooting our opponents now, which is incredible.” “We had a good start to the second half of the season,” said cocaptain Katelyn Landry ’12. “All our games left now are ECAC games, so we have more of a focus on making the playoffs and trying every game to get as many points as possible.” Brown 4, Yale 1
A hat trick from forward Sarah Robson ’15 helped Bruno grab a decisive victory against the Bulldogs Tuesday night at Meehan Auditorium. The Bears’ potent offense peppered the Yale goal with 45 shots in the game, while goaltender Aubree Moore ’14 made 25 saves to keep the Bulldogs at bay. Bruno got an early lead midway
through the first period thanks to Robson. After receiving a long pass through the neutral zone from forward Alena Polenska ’13, Robson slipped by a Yale defender at the blue line and fired a wrist shot past the keeper’s glove side to put the Bears up 1-0. “We’ve been working on our offense, getting people up into the play and getting them to possess the puck on entry and take a shot versus dumping it in,” Bourbeau said. The Bears doubled the lead midway through the second half after a piece of individual play from Landry. Bruno’s co-captain beat her defender to the puck in Yale’s defensive zone and fired a quick shot on frame. Collecting the rebound, she wrapped around the net and shot the puck into the goal, where Janice Yang ’15 redirected it home to bring the score to 2-0. Despite a Bulldog’s goal less than a minute later, the Bears tightened their defense and rebounded with a pair of goals in the third courtesy of Robson. She completed her hat trick with one goal off a centered pass from Jessica Hoyle ’14 and another from a power-play slap shot to secure Bruno’s 4-1 victory. “We played a complete game,” Landry said. “It was great to see … our special teams working a little bit better, like our power play and our penalty kills, which will make a big difference in the next couple weeks.” The team will welcome ECAC foe Dartmouth (12-6-2, 8-4-2) to Meehan Auditorium Friday and will hope to continue its league success. “We have to be ready for each and every game,” Bourbeau said. “If we can concentrate on us and make sure everyday in practice we’re getting better, no matter who we play, we’ll be successful.”
By nikhil parasher Sports Staff Writer
Men’s ice hockey forward Ryan Jacobson ’15 played a major part in the team’s 4-2-2 record over winter break, scoring five goals in the team’s eight games. He is currently the team’s second-leading scorer and is tied for second in points. In a 4-1 game against St. Lawrence on Jan. 15, Jacobson scored his eighth of the season, which propelled him into Brown’s all-time top 10 goals scored by a rookie. For his offensive contributions as a rookie, The Herald has named Jacobson Athlete of the Break. The Herald: Why did you decide to start playing junior hockey after high school, and do you think that decision has changed your adjustment experience into college hockey?
Jacobson: Yeah, juniors was great for me to kind of get a feel for the college style of play. (College play is) not that much different than juniors. When you’re from around here, there’s a lot of prep school kids that move on to college and that type of thing — they get seen by a lot of schools. They’re very visible. I’m from Denver — it’s harder for schools to come watch you, really. So what they’ve done is they’ve developed a league, and they let all the players come together in one spot. And then every school can come watch them from there. And it makes things a lot easier for the teams, for schools, players. How exactly did you end up at Brown?
Coming out of the (United States Hockey League), you have a lot of options. It’s a pretty highly-touted league, with all the NHL draft picks. And since I was on the All-Star team, I had a lot of options. I could choose from a lot of schools. I was committed to (the) Air Force for a while — Air Force Academy, for like a year — and then I de-committed to come
David Silverman/ Herald Jacobson ’15 chose Brown instead of the Air Force Academy.
to Brown. Because that’s just a way better fit for me. I didn’t want to do the military lifestyle — I did for a little, and then I just reconsidered, and I didn’t want to do it. So when I de-committed, I was looking for another school. I wanted to go to an Ivy League school, because education is very important to me. What hopes do you have for the team’s current season?
We have high expectations, around the locker room. … I think we have a team that has the makings of a championship, and we can definitely win the ECAC Championship this year. We have beaten all the top teams — Union, Cornell. All the guys that are one, two or three, we’ve beaten all of them. So we definitely have what it takes to get there. We just have to play more consistently. So I think my goal would be ECAC Championship this year. How does it feel to now be in Brown’s all-time top 10 goals scored by a rookie, with a fair amount of season still to go? Are you trying to move up that list even further?
Oh, of course, I’m definitely trying to do that, move up. I didn’t really think about it or know about it until someone kind of told me, and they
were like, “Congrats.” But I came in, and I wanted to help the team win, and if it’s scoring goals, I’ll do that, whatever it takes. So it’s nice to be in the top 10, but it’s a small accomplishment for what I want — a big accomplishment, like maybe winning a championship. … I am very, you know, I guess, humbled by it. I don’t know what to say. You seem to be on a roll scoring lately. Have you been doing anything differently recently?
I got off to a slow start, probably. I didn’t put up the numbers that I wanted to or maybe have the offensive production that I wanted to at the start of the year. And then the coach kind of mixed up who we were playing with, like lines and that type of stuff. And the line that I’m on now, we have pretty good chemistry, and we kind of know where we each are on the ice. It really helps. Our style of play really complements each other, so we’ve started to produce a lot more offensively. How did you get into playing hockey in the first place?
I guess at three I started skating. And by four and a half, five, I already continued on page 3
Bears look to boost standing for season end By connor grealy Sports Staff Writer
The men’s hockey team carried its momentum into the core of its schedule, coming off an inspiring victory against Yale Dec. 3, 6-4. While the rest of Brown was on vacation, Bruno (8-8-3, 5-5-2 ECAC) compiled a 4-2-2 record and currently sits sixth in the ECAC standings with 12 points. “The turning points for us were the last games before the break against Yale,” said captain Jack Maclellan ’12. “Before that, there wasn’t a lot of promise. When we got that win against Yale, we turned it around.” The Bears came out of their short hibernation hungry, beating
up on non-conference opponents University of New Hampshire (9-12-2) and Providence College (10-11-2). The team rang in the new year with 5-2 wins over both teams, on Dec. 30 and Jan. 1. Though the stretch of games started off strong for the Bears, inconsistent play ended the team’s three-game winning streak and mired the team in the middle of a contested points battle in the standings. The Bears lost against Princeton (6-10-5) Jan. 6 and tied with Quinnipiac (13-8-5) Jan. 7. “Times like our one-point weekend against Princeton and Quinnipiac are going to hurt us,” Maclellan said. Weekends filled with mixed results, like last week’s 3-0 loss at
the hands of Rensselaer (6-17-1) followed by a 3-2 win over No. 2 Union (13-6-6) make the team’s chase for a high playoff seed increasingly difficult. “We’ve really got to focus during the week on practice and show up big on Friday,” said assistant captain Bobby Farnham ’12. “It’s hard trying to salvage the weekend by doing whatever we can on Saturday.” For the final 10 games of the season, Brown will only be facing other ECAC opponents, all jostling for one of the top eight positions to guarantee at least one home game in the post-season. “We need to approach it like we’re already in the playoffs,” Farnham said. “We can’t afford
to take a night off.” A key to the future play of the team will be the continued strong efforts from its first-year players and the return of players from injury, including forward Garnet Hathaway ’14, Farnham said. “The freshmen have been huge. They’ve stepped in and done more than you could ask of them,” he said. “They’ve been mature in their consistency and their ability to help win games.” Forward Ryan Jacobson ’15 ranks second on the team with 15 points overall and is climbing up Brown’s all-time list for goals scored by a rookie. Jacobson and fellow forward Matt Lorito ’15 — who in only 11 games has accumulated 12 points — have made
their presence felt. “We knew we were going to be a young team,” Maclellan said. “But every freshman has stepped up and contributed.” As the team goes up against Dartmouth (8-8-2) and Harvard (4-6-8) this weekend on the road, it will be fighting for a better spot in the standings. Brown is currently tied with Harvard for sixth place, while Dartmouth is tied for ninth at 11 points. The outcome of this weekend will have major playoff ramifications — Bruno could drop to ninth or catapult to third. “It comes down to everyone playing a part, playing a role,” Farnham said. “All zones need to be top-notch and disciplined.”