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After 2011 Simmons recs, athletics changes take hold By Mathias Heller Senior Staff Writer
Following recommendations made by former president Ruth Simmons last October, the University is in the process of implementing far-reaching changes within the athletics department, including a reduction in admission spots for recruited athletes, an increase in coaches’ salaries and new fundraising efforts for improving athletic facilities. Reducing admission spots The University’s reduction of recruitment admission spots from 225 to 205, a decrease of 9 percent, will take three years to implement and will begin this year, according to the Admission Office. It is too early to speculate on the impact of these changes since this will be the first admission cycle the reduction will be in place, said Jack Hayes, director of athletics. “We came up with a plan for how
to do it while not disproportionately disadvantaging any of the teams,” said Provost Mark Schlissel P’15, adding the admission changes would be made gradually so no team would be affected all at once. Administrators will take away no more than one or two spots per team, Schlissel said. The decision will be based partly on how each team fares competitively as well as how many spots are allotted at other Ivy League institutions. The changes in funding and admission resulted from an oftenheated debate over the University’s athletic programs beginning in 2011. The Athletics Review Committee, which was formed to examine possible athletic reforms, submitted a report to Simmons in May 2011 citing the budgetary difficulties of sustaining the University’s 37 varsity teams. The committee recommended eliminating four varsity teams — the men’s and women’s fencing teams, the ski team and / / Funding page 2
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Increased funding for athletic facilities and coaches’ salaries are two key changes brought about by former president Simmons’ recommendations.
‘Mean Boys’ breaks mold of high school ‘Plastics’ Student By Maddie berg senior staff writer
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Michael Goodman ‘13, left, took on the part of Cady Heron in an original gender-swapped script-reading of the popular movie “Mean Girls.”
“So if you’re from Africa, why are you white?” a solemn Nate Huether ’15 asked Michael Goodman ’13 this past weekend during the Production Workshop’s unique script reading of Mean Boys, a spin-off of the popular movie “Mean Girls.” The cast read the entire film script with one key difference — the genders of the roles were flipped. As the audience laughed, the actors played on in all seriousness, each reciting the lines of his “Mean Girls” character, engrossed in the catastrophes of the high-school movie drama that has come to mark a generation. Tristan Rodman ’15 and Tarek Shoukri ’15, the production’s co-pro-
ducers and directors, were inspired to put on the reading by a series of table reads of movies organized by director Jason Reitman at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Rodman attended a reading of “The Big Lebowski” featuring Seth Rogan and promptly told Shoukri about the experience. The pair sought to find a screenplay that would particularly resonate with the student body, and after much thought, they chose “Mean Girls.” “Right now, (‘Mean Girls’) is just being recognized as the classic high school movie for our generation,” Rodman said. “It’s an awesome movie. It’s really fun and lighthearted. It’s fast-paced and not too long.” The pair said they needed to choose a script / / Mean page 3
Bears suffer first shutout loss since 1996 By Lindor Qunaj SPOrts Editor
The football team was shut out on the road Saturday, falling to the Princeton Tigers 19-0 and remaining winless in the Ivy League. Both teams came into the weekend’s matchup in N.J. looking to extend their respective win streaks to three with a critical Ivy win. But the Tigers (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) were seemingly out to avenge last season’s humiliating 34-0 loss to the Bears (3-2, 0-2), as their relentless defense turned the tables and kept Bruno off the scoreboard this year. The game marks the Bears’ first shutout since 1996, when they gave up 30 points to Yale in the season opener, and the first scoreless game under Head Coach Phil Estes. “(The Tigers) were inspired — they had a reason to play,” Estes said.
With injuries racking up on a roadweary Bruno squad playing its third consecutive game away from Brown Stadium, it may have been difficult for them to remain optimistic. Both running back Spiro Theodhosi ’12.5 and offensive lineman Jack Templeton ’13 were out with injuries and are not scheduled to return for the rest of the season. “Do injuries hurt? Yes, but we need to get over it,” Estes said. “We’re banged up, that’s for sure, but there’s still a lot we can do. A lot of it is a mental state. We moved the ball well against Harvard, Georgetown and even at Rhody without a Theodhosi.” The Bears rushed for 120 yards in their battle for the Governor’s Cup against the University of Rhode Island two weekends ago, with running back Mark Kachmer ’13 stepping up to collect 73 on the ground. / / Football page 3 The of-
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sustains injuries in Waterman assault By Lucy Feldman News Editor
A student received non-life-threatening injuries following a knife assault near the intersection of Brown and Waterman streets at around 11:15 p.m. Thursday, said Paul Shanley, deputy chief of police for the Department of Public Safety. Providence resident Francisco Depina, 20, and a juvenile accomplice whose identity could not be released were both charged with felony assault following their apprehension by two DPS detectives, Shanley said. Neither suspect has a connection to the University, he said. The victim, whose name has not been released, was walking home when he was approached by two males who asked him for directions to Thayer Street, Shanley said. When the student’s back was turned, he was assaulted by the two men who then ran north, he said. The exact nature of the victim’s injuries could not be released as the case is still being investigated, Shanley said, though he added that the victim was not hospitalized. One of the three students who witnessed the incident used a blue light phone on the Main Green to contact DPS, Shanley said. Minutes later, DPS detectives John Remka and Armand Pereira apprehended men matching the students’ descriptions of the suspects — one male wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and another wearing a blue zippered jacket — near the intersection of Meeting and Thayer streets, / / Crime page 4
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the wrestling team — in a move that sparked backlash from coaches, team members and alums. In her subsequent recommendations to the Corporation one year ago, Simmons did not recommend going through with the proposed team cuts, instead endorsing new fundraising for facilities upgrades and for raising coaches’ salaries, which had been below the Ivy League average. In April 2011, The Herald reported that Brown head coaches earned an average of $63,618 a year compared to a league-wide average of $81,788. The Corporation adopted Simmons’ recommendations at its October 2011 meeting. Salary increases The University’s decision to create a $1 million pool for raising coaches’ salaries has been met with widespread approval from coaches. “The pay increase is a positive effect,” said David Amato, head coach of the wrestling team. Michael LeBlanc, head coach of the ski team, said he already works two other jobs in addition to coaching and that he hoped the pay raise would allow him to devote more time to the team. Amato and LeBlanc both expressed optimism for the future of their teams, which had been on the brink of elimination during last year’s review. “I think we weathered the storm last year,” Amato said, adding that he was pleased with the fundraising efforts of wrestling team alums who also lobbied the University to keep the team’s varsity status. “What happened maybe even strengthened the program as far as alumni stepping up to the plate.” Hayes said that, to the best of his knowledge, funding from the University has not changed for the four teams that had been under review. “They’re on a stable path moving forward and doing everything that every other team is,” he said. He added that he has met with alums from each of the four teams who expressed excitement about the future of the programs now that the University has committed to them. The Corporation’s review also mandated that the ski team change its practice location to both make it more accessible and cut travel costs. In their report to Simmons, members of the Athletics Review Committee had expressed concern about safety issues related to the frequent longdistance travel to New Hampshire and Massachusetts for practices and events.
The athletics department has not finalized the ski team’s new practice location, Hayes said, but all of the spots under review are closer to campus than previous locations. He said a final decision on the team’s permanent practice location will likely come within the next couple months. “We were already compliant with what (the Athletics Review Committee) was demanding,” LeBlanc said. He said he works around ski team members’ schedules and that the team now holds most of its practices at Blue Hills, Mass. Facilities upgrade Another key budgetary change from the Corporation’s review of athletics was the creation of a new $42 million endowment for funding facilities upgrades and other long-term enhancements for athletic programs. The University has already taken out a loan to pay for the first $6 million in facilities upgrades, including the new field hockey field and the renovated gym, Schlissel said. Administrators are contacting alums and parents to raise funding to finance the $6 million loan and meet the $42 million endowment goal, he said. “We’re working on reaching out to them and telling them how increased funding benefits athletic programs,” Schlissel said, adding that the interest earned on the new endowment will go toward a host of long-term upgrades for athletics. He declined to say how much had already been raised but said administrators were “very optimistic” about reaching their fundraising goal. “Our early efforts have been very positive,” Hayes said. He singled out new locker room construction and renovations to the softball field as already apparent evidence of the benefits yielded by increased funding. President Christina Paxson has stated her intent to establish a capital campaign, but Schlissel said the commitment to create the $42 million endowment for athletics would continue regardless of whether it is eventually incorporated into the new plan. The University’s efforts to grow funding for athletics and to improve facilities have been a welcome change for many athletes. “The new facilities are fantastic,” said Nathan Elder ’13, a member of the men’s track team. Elder said while he initially felt it was strange the University had increased funding for facilities upgrades while also reducing admission spots, he decided the reforms could work. “If decreasing the number of spots increases the prestige of Brown, then for me, I’d
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rather have a smaller number of really good athletes than a large number of mediocre ones.” Athlete reactions But some athletes said the University’s reduction in admission spots could harm recruiting efforts. “I don’t know if they went about cutting spots in the right way,” said Cory Abbe ’13, co-captain of the women’s fencing team. Abbe said if there is a future increase in the number of athletes interested in applying to the University, the reduction in spots would complicate recruiting efforts. “It’s definitely going to be harder to be able to look at as many recruits,” said Emma LeBlanc ’14, co-captain of the ski team, adding that the reduction in spots would give coaches less “security” because they would have fewer spots to offer sought-after recruits. “I definitely disagree with the decision to cut admission spots,” said Augustus Marker ’16, a member of the wrestling team. “Giving athletes the opportunity to compete in the Ivy League definitely helps the league’s reputation.” Echoing other athletes, Marker added that he definitely would have explored alternatives to Brown if he had been applying after the reduction in admission spots. “It’s really hard to get in touch with coaches and hear they only might have a spot,” said Katie Liebowitz ’16, a member of the ski team. “I think it’s going to make the decision-making for the applying athletes tougher.” Though many athletes that had been under review opposed the reduction in admission spots, others said they felt their teams were now on a sustainable path toward the future. “It was very clear to the public that Brown decided to save these teams and decided to apply more resources to athletics,” Abbe said, adding she would be interested to see how the University reconciles its reduction in admission spots for recruits with the simultaneous increase in athletics funding. Katie Deutsch ’13, a member of the fencing team, said the team’s lobbying efforts to save itself from elimination last year improved its visibility. “Because we’ve raised all this money, we’ve shown people care about fencing,” she said. Deutsch noted that while some members of the team remain unhappy about how close they came to losing their varsity status, the team is in a great position now. “There’s probably a little lingering resentment, but it’s not getting in the way,” she said.
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/ / Mean page 1 that would be recognizable by a student audience. “Everybody knows a bunch of lines, and there are ironic moments around every corner,” Rodman said. “We thought it would be a lot more fun than something more serious or more action-heavy.” But choosing a funny script was not enough, since they didn’t want the production to be just “a cheap and not as good reenactment of the screenplay,” Shoukri said. Genderswapping all the roles “seemed to be the perfect twist,” he said. “It was cool to see the gender roles reversed because it’s behavior that you associate so much with high school girls,” said audience member Andy Triedman ’15. As the audience filed into the Upspace, the familiar “Mean Girls” soundtrack blasted from the speakers. As Rodman and Shoukri ushered in each actor, the audience laughed in anticipation, which culminated in outright hysteria when the tall and robust Greg Nissan ’15, who played Head Plastic Regina George, strutted out in a full pink velour sweatsuit, a popular high school trend in the early 2000s. The stage directions — read aloud
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/ / Football page 1 fensive line struggled against Princeton, giving up six sacks. In upcoming games, Clayton Paino ’14 will need to step up at left tackle to make up for Templeton’s absence, Estes said. Despite the unit’s overall struggles, Estes said Paino played “extremely well” overall Saturday. The injuries kept coming during the game as fullback Cody Taulbee ’14 went down in the game’s second play, challenging the Bears’ offense even further. “We had a lot of offense going through Taulbee and Kachmer,” Estes said. “Our whole game plan had to change.” Kachmer’s team-high 35 yards on the ground were not enough to permeate a Tigers defense that allows the second fewest rushing yards per game in the league. Bruno had averaged 164 rushing yards in its first four games.
by Rodman and Shoukri — were a welcome addition to the production. Written by Tina Fey, each scene setup was described with such humor that it made the lack of an actual set worthwhile. The audience exploded in laughter as Gretchen was described as having a “sniveling, whiny face,” Janice and Damian as having “a contest to see who could hold more ham on their faces” and Aaron Samuels as “running daintily like a gazelle.” But it was the actors’ unique interpretation of the script that prompted the most laughter. The actors interpreted the table read differently, adapting and changing their characters throughout, making the read a study in character development. “Characters being portrayed in a different light can make it interesting to see how something you are so familiar with can be transformed,” Shoukri said. “A lot of the fun is realizing how much of the character resides on the page versus in the actor,” Rodman said. While some of the actors mimicked the actors of “Mean Girls” — Goodman, whom Triedman referred to as “sincere and girly,” was a dead ringer for Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron — others were more liberal with their roles, putting their individual spins on the characters.
While the whole cast added to the read’s humor, other standouts included Sarah Weiss ’15 — whose rap as mathlete Kevin Gnapoor incited raucous audience applause — and Jack Usher ’15, who perkily chimed in as both Regina’s and Cady’s mother, varying his tone with what Triedman called “great comedic delivery.” Nissan managed to perfect Regina’s valley-girl self, and Cheno Pinter ’14, who played Damian, exaggerated the loud, dramatic character to make him even more endearing. “The more it went on, the more ridiculous it was, but the funnier it became,” said Katie Bommarito ’15, an audience member. Another benefit of the table read was the sense of casualness and intimacy it created. “It’s not too serious if you screw something up,” Rodman said. “Everybody is taking it in stride. It’s really light-hearted.” This evidenced itself when Goodman, playing Heron, accidentally said he fed Regina 500,000 calories a day instead of 5,000. When both the cast and audience laughed at this, Goodman played along. “I just like lolzing you,” he said. This informality made the audience feel more at ease, to the extent that most members joined in with the Plastics as they sang “Jingle Bell Rock.”
/ / Soccer page 8 us a goal,” Laughlin said. “Not a lot of great soccer was played from there on, so it became an Ivy battle.” “We started very sluggish and gave up a very bad goal,” Remick said. “However, by the end of the second half, we were playing well again and putting good pressure on them.” Neither team scored for the remainder of the period, pushing the game into overtime. “We battled back and created some good looks on goal,” Robertson said. “Their goalkeeper had some great saves to keep them in it, but we were on top of them going into overtime.” “Our goal in OT was to keep playing our game and finish our chances,” Remick said. The Bears played heated, physical soccer in the extra minutes, and the Crimson responded in kind. But Bruno was able to put away the golden goal six minutes into the first overtime period. On a counterattack off a Crimson corner kick, Ben Maurey ’15 sent a strong cross into the middle of the box, setting up Remick to find the back of the net. “As the cross came I just wanted to get a shot on goal, and fortunately I struck it well,” Remick said. “We were very happy to get the win and
keep ourselves with a chance to win the league. The match was marked by intensity from both sides until the golden goal. “We did a good job limiting chances, minus one slip-up, but also a great job creating chances,” co-captain Ryan McDuff ’13 said. “There were great performances by the team all around, and we are really looking forward to battle Cornell for that first-place Ivy standing.” “It was great to get another win in the league, but we have a lot of work to do coming into the final stretch of the season,” Robertson said. With this win, Bruno took second place in the league standings with seven points, trailing first-place Cornell by two points. “A victory over Cornell would put us in position to control our own destiny,” Belair said. But before the Bears can focus on their next Ivy matchup, Bruno will play Boston College Tuesday evening. The Bears and Eagles have faced off in key matchups in the past several seasons. Bruno defeated the Eagles in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in front of a raucous Stevenson Field crowd, but BC took revenge of sorts last season with a 2-0 victory that ended the Bears’ 17-game unbeaten streak at home.
“I always say it’s about us, not about them,” Estes said. “But you need to give credit where credit’s due. They had one of the best defensive fronts that we’ll see all year.” But Estes added that Bruno’s injuries and a much-improved Princeton squad cannot alone explain the Bears’ poor offensive performance. “There was no excuse for us on offense,” he said. “We made mistakes that only high school teams would make.” Estes said he thought some of the team’s unsuccessful offensive effort stemmed from a lack of confidence, but he also mentioned the players weren’t the only ones to blame. “It goes right to the coaching part. We did not prepare them well enough,” he said. On the other side of the ball, Bruno’s defense had a decent showing, collecting four sacks and one interception. Though the Tigers’ quarterback duo of Conn Michelsen and Quinn
Epperly was still able to pass for a combined 186 yards, the Bears’ greater weakness lay in their inability to stop the Princeton rush. “Defensively, we came out slow and it was kind of disappointing,” said cocaptain and defensive lineman Ross Walthall ’13. “But I think we started to get a feel for what they were doing.” Estes said he had a similar opinion of the team’s defensive performance. “The defense played well in spurts,” he said. “We got beat not because of our defense.” Midway through the first quarter, the Bears had their best attempt at getting on the scoreboard with a 35-yard field goal attempt by Alex Norocea ’14. But the kick went wide right, Norocea’s first miss of the season. After receiving a pass at the Brown 20 yard line a few minutes later, Spenser Huston ran into the end zone for the Tigers’ first touchdown. Princeton extended its lead to 10-0 with a 21-
yard field goal at the top of the second. On the next drive, Kachmer was tackled by Caraun Reid in the Bears’ end zone for a safety. Neither team would score again until the second half. The last points of the game came less than five minutes into the third quarter, with the Tigers moving the ball 80 yards for a touchdown in their first possession of the half. The Bears could not gather any offensive momentum in the final two quarters, ending the game scoreless. Explaining that the team would need to refocus itself and return to playing fundamental “football 101,”
Estes said, “we need to leave the last five games behind and start a new season.” “We have to find out what motivates us,” he added. “It’s like we have a new mini-season,” Walthall said. “There are five games left, and there’s a lot of opportunity in those five games.” The first of those battles will bring the Bears home for the first time in four weeks. They will face a Cornell (3-2, 1-1) squad coming off a nonconference victory against Monmouth University Saturday.
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Artists take literal approach to ‘Iron Chef ’ competition By Sheza Atiq Contributing Writer
Donning chef hats and aprons, the 12 contestants worked tirelessly in a cloud of smoke, rummaging through the pantry to find ingredients for a final winning product. But this was not your typical Iron Chef competition — the pantry offered a variety of metal scraps, and the task was to create a beautiful symbolic sculpture out of junk. The nonprofit organization the Steel Yard, co-founded by Clay Rockefeller ’03 and Rhode Island School of Design graduate Nick Bauta in 2001, is a multi-purpose industrial site that acts as an arts facility and education center. In addition to offering classes on welding, blacksmithing, ceramics, jewelry and glass and metal casting , the Steel Yard, a 10-minute bus ride from Kennedy Plaza on Sims Avenue, also hosts exhibits, workshops and theater performances. Nathaniel Harris, a board member of the Yard and founder of Newport Biodiesel, said it is “important for people to work with their hands,” adding that the Yard offers “an opportunity for people to get dirty.” What’s cookin’, good lookin’? Team members gathered on a September weekend afternoon in the industrial complex’s open space to discover Providence’s very own Iron Chef — a title reserved for the team that best showcased its industrial craftsmanship in a time frame of 80 minutes. Staying as true to the televised cooking show as possible, the competition consisted of three teams, each comprised of a master chef, a sous chef, a “yardie” and an apprentice. A “pantry” of metal scraps, corroded steel, wire mesh and other seemingly innocuous junk was arranged in a large pile before the teams’ work studios, and contestants were free to rummage through its contents to assist them in
their production. With the theme of ‘citrus’ and secret ingredients, including a motorcycle head, bamboo sticks and three 44m deck gun shells from World War II, the teams dove into the challenge. Before long, the sound of clanging metal and grating materials drowned out the rock music drifting through the speakers. Several members of the Brown community have a close relationship with the Yard. Richard Fishman, professor of visual arts and director of the Creative Arts Council, was one of the judges for the competition. Fishman, who said he was looking for “imagination” and “surprise” from the contestants, taught Rockefeller during his time at Brown and has since followed the Yard’s activities. He also remains in touch with former students such as Dave Cole ’00 who are also engaged with the nonprofit. Cole was one of the contestants vying for the title of “Iron Chef ” and could be seen ransacking the pantry for a piece of metal scrap that could be transformed into a winning sculpture. As the teams’ blow torching and smelting techniques held the crowd’s attention, Fishman described the Yard’s work as “transformative,” adding that “everyone needs to have a passion and sometimes it can be discovered in a place like this.” Every year, he recommends his students visit the Yard and enroll in its classes to learn to use welding equipment. He added that the Yard is a great way for Brown students to interact with and meet the larger Providence community. “It can change people’s lives who wouldn’t have access to a creative space,” he said. Iron men and women The Steel Yard engages in a range of projects centered around the foundry arts, or metal casting. As she pumped the handle of a blackened apparatus and stoked the kindling fire, the instructor
April Franklin gave the audience a live demonstration of blacksmithing. In addition to teaching a class on blacksmithing and texturing, Franklin is also in charge of refurbishing the Yard’s blacksmithing studio. As a graduate of the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Franklin said she first heard of the Steel Yard through former colleagues and has been instructing at the nonprofit since 2004. “In an age where everything is so manufactured, it’s very important to reconnect with handmade objects,” Franklin said. Her classes, which introduce students to the art of blacksmithing and crafting finished tools, usually have about five members, but she said they are highly diverse in terms of their age demographic. Students from Brown, RISD and East Greenwich High School, as well as a retired chef, can all be found working together in one of the weekly classes she teaches. Franklin described her students as “really involved and enthusiastic, sometimes overwhelmingly so” and added that she especially enjoys seeing young students take an interest in such hands-on metalwork activities. Franklin said that she usually has at least one student from Brown enrolled in her courses each semester. Exploring the backyard The Yard has a long-standing connection with the University — Rockefeller was also a former student of Barrett Hazeltine, professor emeritus of engineering. According to Hazeltine, Rockefeller’s interest in urban development and the recycling of old buildings led him to design an independent course study, and it was during this time that he began to consider the possibility of transforming the abandoned industrial site into a creative space for the community. The success of the Steel Yard even prompted Hazeltine to incorporate it into his course, ENGN 0090: “Man-
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The “Iron Chef” competition conducted at the Steel Yard’s industrial complex challenged contestants to create sculptures out of metal scraps. agement of Industrial and Nonprofit Rockefeller and visited the site in the Organizations.” The course, which Ha- past. He described it as a “fascinating zeltine described as a “succession of location (where) old industrial Provianalyzing cases,” used the example of dence starts to take on a new life with the Steel Yard as part of its final exam the founders’ creativity.” and in some homework assignments. The Swearer Center had the option Hazeltine said he used the Yard as a case of hosting its celebrations on campus, study “partly because it was an intel- but wanted to venture out and bring lectual challenge, and partly because it Brown into the community instead, was an inspiring story.” Nozaki said. The organizers ultimately Students seemed to enjoy learning selected the Yard because “our mission about the organization, and a few even aligns itself with what the Steel Yard’s proceeded to check out the site and mission is,” he said. enroll in some of the classes, Hazeltine With stalls showcasing glazed cesaid. He added that he might include ramics, uniquely fashioned pottery, the Yard in future classes because it customized jewelry and T-shirts, the would be “interesting to write the case Steel Yard caters to a wide range of into see where they’ve gone and where terests and crafts. they’re going.” Franklin described the Yard as very The Steel Yard was brought into the accessible, adding that it has the potenspotlight recently when it was used tial to emerge as a highly “influential as the venue for the Swearer Center’s center for urban arts and crafts.” Its 25th anniversary celebrations. Roger classes help “instill pride in what you Nozaki, director of the Swearer Center have produced, and an appreciation for for Public Service and associate dean those people who have come before you of the college, said he had met with and who are currently making objects for everyday use,” she said.
/ / Crime page 1 he said. After taking the suspects into custody, DPS turned the men over to Providence Police to be formally charged, he said. Another witness told officers one of the men had thrown something into a bush on Angell Street as he ran, Shanley said. Officers recovered the small knife that had been used in the assault later that night, he said. The reason for the assault is unclear at this time, Shanley said. Theft was not involved in the incident, he said. “I haven’t heard of any type of assault like this for a while,” Shanley said, adding that he was glad that the witnesses stepped in to call DPS. Libby Stein ’15, a resident of Hope College, the dorm nearest to the location of the assault, said she has been more cautious walking home after dark since the incident. “I’ve always been cautious further out from campus,” she said. “I’ve never really felt like around Waterman was unsafe, but my mind has definitely changed.” “I think it’s awful that it happened,” said Nick Goelz ’15, another Hope resident. But he added, “I don’t think it’ll change my habits. You can’t let something that’s that isolated really affect you too much.”
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Friday night’s Strong, Sexy Words event showcased dance groups, a cappella singers and open mic performers. By maggie livingstone contributing writer
Guitar strums, harmonious voices, stomping and snaps echoed from Alumnae Hall Friday night during the fifth annual Strong, Sexy Words, an event sponsored by the Women Peer Counselor program. Organized by Elisa Glubok ’14 and approximately 12 other WPCs, the event mixed scheduled performances by various student groups and open mic participants from Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design. The goal of the event was to construct an environment where students could feel empowered through performance and community support, Glubok said. “We wanted to create a space where people could express themselves in a positive way.” The emcees for the evening were Jeanine Mason ’15 and Shruti Nagarajan ’14, both WPCs. The night began with a performance by the Bear Necessities, the all-male, all-suspendered a cappella group. Later in the night, audience members were treated to performances by the Brown’sTones, an all-female a cappella group, both Fusion and Impulse dance companies and Divine Rhythm, a step dance troupe. Individuals were encouraged to perform as well. Camila Pacheco-Fores ’14 performed a spoken word piece called “Soft Animal.” Later in the night, Pacheco-Flores, Rebecca Wolinsky ’14 and
/ / Pottery page 8 her artwork,” he wrote. In particular, Santiago’s sculpture “Sky Woman,” made in part out of her mother’s used insulin bottles, provides the audience with a haunting and personal depiction of contemporary heath issues that Santiago said often plague the Iroquois population. “I wanted to create a piece that had an impact, and to help people want to be aware (of these issues) and change,” she said. “I would be the fifth generation to get diabetes. I hope to break this cycle — for myself, my children and for future generations,” she said. An element of femininity and empowerment runs through many of Santiago’s pieces as well, seen particularly in casts of pregnant bellies intricately painted and often embellished with ribbon, basket-weaving material and traditional symbols.
Gabrielle Sclafani ’14 reprised a piece the three had previously performed at Nudity in the Upspace. The content of the spoken word piece regarded women’s body hair, but in contrast to “Nudity,” it was performed fully clothed. “I really liked the poetry, the readings. It’s really powerful,” said Libby Zorn ’16. “Besides some technical difficulties, it went great,” Glubok said. “The ambiance was exactly what we were looking for.” In the past, this event has been held in Salomon 001, a smaller venue, but the switch to Alumnae Hall this year allowed for more spectators while still creating a cozy atmosphere, Glubok said. Approximately 70 people attended, and publicity was conducted through Facebook, posters and table slips in campus eateries. “I always like going to these open mics,” said Josh Jackson ’16, another audience member. “It’s great to see this display of talent at Brown and how supportive everyone is.” A bake sale ran concurrently with the event. The proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to the Rhode Island Free Clinic, which offers women’s cancer screenings and other health services. Though Strong, Sexy Words was not directly a fundraising event, the WPCs said they saw it as a great opportunity to simultaneously raise money for important causes.
“A lot of her art focuses on women, and the power and beauty of women,” said Elizabeth Hoover, assistant professor of American studies and a close friend of Santiago’s. “Mohawk culture is matrilineal, so the women’s perspective is often emphasized.” Following the pottery workshop Saturday, Santiago and members of her family gathered in Alumnae Hall for the closing event of the weekend — a traditional Iroquoian song, dance and story-telling performance by their group, Akwatsire. Dressed in traditional garb of brightly colored fabrics, feathers and shells, the performers allowed audience members to actively and openly participate, creating a sense of cultural learning, shared experience and understanding. “I like to share through the arts and through our music,” Santiago said. “I think it is important for people to travel the world and share their own cultures with others, as I hoped we did here.”
Experimentations in light, rhythm and sound took center stage at the ninth annual installment of Pixilerations, a media festival presented by FirstWorks Friday and Saturday night in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. The full schedule included two concert programs of digital animation, performance art and electronic music in addition to artist talks, video screenings and multimedia exhibitions in the Cohen Gallery and the Rhode Island School of Design’s Sol Koffler Gallery. Pixilerations is produced by FirstWorks in collaboration with the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments program, the Visual Art Department and the Creative Arts Council at Brown and the Digital Media Program and the Center for Student Involvement at RISD. This year’s festival featured 14 digital media artists from across southern New England and four from Taiwan in partnership with the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture. “We’re really interested in the reach that Pixilerations is starting to have and the dialogue that’s possible for the artists who are participating,” said Kathleen Pletcher, founder and executive artistic director of FirstWorks. “It started with us using raw space in downtown Providence,” she said, “but we’re looking at Pixileration’s 10th year, and we’re really interested in where it will go from here.” The headliner for the concert performances was Miwa Matreyek, an animator, designer and multimedia artist, who was featured at the TED Global conference in 2010.
She presented two live performances, “Dream of Lucid Living” and “Myth and Infrastructure,” in which she used her own silhouette to interact with projected animation and original music. Exploring domestic spaces, navigating imaginary landscapes and manipulating layers of light and shadow, she executed a carefully choreographed performance that blurred the line between illusion and reality in digital animation. “When I make work, it’s very much about experimentation between the animation, the body and objects around me,” Matreyek said. “It’s a rhythmic, intuitive performance with a few very lo-fi tricks.” Following Matreyek’s performances in Studio 1, the audience moved to the Martinos Auditorium, adding a processional adventure to an evening rife with creative energy. “We thought about making it a ‘Moveable Feast,’” Pletcher said, referencing Ernest Hemingway’s memoirs. “It was an interesting experiment, and I think that’s something that the Granoff Center’s architecture and certainly the Creative Arts Council encourages.” The concert performances also included exciting new works in electronic music. Friday night, a group called BUMPR presented “UVB76,” in which they improvised with handmade objects and computer technology to create an immersive digital soundscape. Saturday’s offerings included “Sonic Universe,” by Rafael Attias and Mikhail Mansion, which looped original material for synthesizer, percussion and electric guitar with archival media from NASA. “It’s a mix of technology and traditional media,” said James Moses,
technical director and lecturer in the music department, who also serves on the steering committee for Pixilerations. “It allows the universities, FirstWorks and the city to work together and to collaborate,” he said. “Our audience is a combination of people who are extremely knowledgeable and working in art and technology and people who … are interested in discovering new things,” Pletcher said. “I hope on the level of practicing artists that it will encourage conversations and connections being made, and then on the level of experiencing new media perhaps for the first time. I’m hoping that it builds a bridge for audiences who are less familiar and for whom this is a whole new world.” Audiences reacted positively to the performances and gallery installations. Friday night was a full house, and many people had to sit on the floor. “I thought there was some really interesting stuff,” said Hannah Subotnick ’16, who said the space enhanced BUMPR’s ambient electronic music. Africanus Okokon RISD ’12 said Matreyek’s work reminded him of music videos on MTV in the ’90s, except that Matreyek was physically engaged with the animated material. “I thought it was beautiful,” he said. “I hope the audience takes away some sense of wonder, happiness or fantastical-ness,” Matreyek said. “I feel like there are still new discoveries to be made.” Video screenings will be presented Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. at the Cable Car Cinema, and installations featuring works by Chung-Kun Wang, Jie-Lin Zhuang and Zih-Jing Wei will continue until Oct. 21 in the Sol Koffler Gallery and the Cohen Gallery.
Bears finish first at N.Y. regatta By Tom Shaw Contributing Writer
The men’s crew team looks poised to defend its Ivy League crown, finishing in first place in both the four and the eight at the Head of the Genesee Regatta in Rochester, N.Y., Saturday. Bruno ended the 2012 spring season in force, capturing the Eastern College Athletic Conference and Ivy League titles. The squad also registered a second-place finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship and two
second-place finishes at the Henley Royal Regatta. “Last year was a fantastic success on so many levels,” said co-captain Owen Traynor ’13. Still, Traynor said he believes the team can achieve an even higher level of performance and hopes “to use that hunger for success to our advantage this year.” Traynor described the team, composed of 33 returning rowers and 12 first-years, as “scrappy and battlehardened.” Before this weekend’s race, Bruno started off the year at the Oct. 6 Head
of the Housatonic with three novice boats. The freshmen rowers had a strong showing with first- and thirdplace finishes in the eight and fourth place in the four. Traynor said he is “looking forward to an even more competitive and successful spring in 2013.” The majority of regattas take place during the spring. The team will travel to Cambridge, Mass., for the Head of the Charles Regatta next Saturday, where it will face off against all of its conference rivals.
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As a Brown student, you may have spent a summer or two working as an unpaid or underpaid intern. Maybe you are interested in public service and staffed your local representative’s office, or maybe you volunteered in a foreign country. Or perhaps you are a science concentrator and received a small stipend — less than minimum wage — for long hours spent in a laboratory. Why have these internships, paid and unpaid, become the norm instead of traditional local summer employment for college students? Today, we all feel the need to gain “experience” to fill space on a resume. And in ultracompetitive environments, like college admissions and job applications, the supply of eager, optimistic and untrained students far outpaces the demand for temporary entry-level positions. This competition has allowed every sector of the professional world to exploit students. Though it is very appealing to work for a prestigious company, an unpaid internship often involves menial tasks, like fetching coffee, or work of the lowest importance. Sure, you get to experience daily life in your preferred field of work, but rarely are students entrusted with truly significant duties. According to a 2010 Economic Policy Institute review of internships, which outlines the major flaws of the internship labor system, the growth of unpaid internships serves to limit participation to students with the means to “forgo wages and pay their living expenses, effectively institutionalizing socioeconomic disparities.” This disparity, in turn, bars tens of thousands of high-achieving students from keeping up with their peers. You probably know lots of students who spent a summer in New York City or Washington working at a cool internship. Well, they needed a lot more than minimum wage to pay for rent and airfare. College tuition is already at record levels, and students are being compelled to remain financially dependent to pursue their dreams. Even for students capable of pursuing unpaid positions, there is a distinct legal disadvantage to being an intern. According to the New York Times, lack of regulation regarding internships means “no benefits” and “no legal protection from harassment or discrimination.” Only the businesses benefit. An employer can choose to make students spend 40 hours a week making copies or entering data. The legitimate internship can then only be phrased in terms of exploitation. Students pay to learn skills at university like editing a campus publication or mastering a programming language. An employer should not receive free labor and benefit from this skill without due compensation. This is definitely not the right way to introduce students to the job market. The CareerLAB does its best to allow students to remain competitive and involved in their fields. According to its website, “Brown has a number of competitive programs that offer full or partial funding for unpaid or lowpaying internships.” The most prominent example of this is LINK, which provides funding for internships for rising juniors and seniors with certain qualifications. Brown cannot possibly fund internships for all applicants, let alone all undergraduates in the student body. Fixing the problem requires a national labor response. The same Times article stated that the current policy is for interns to check if their employer abides to the Labor Department’s six-point test for legitimate unpaid positions. Interns cannot be expected to regulate business practices. It is the duty of the Labor Department to enforce regulations and make sure there is adequate compensation. Moreover, legislation should distinguish between internships that are paid positions and those that are volunteer opportunities, which only serve a public good.
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To the Editor: As communications chair for the Undergraduate Council of Students, I want to respond to the letter to the editor by Therice Morris ’13 with a clarification (“UCS invite cheapened by Facebook request,” Oct. 12). Yes, we decided that part of the selection would be based on whether or not one has “liked” Brown UCS on Facebook. We aren’t denying that. Our goal in doing so, though, was not for “shameless self-promotion,” but rather to make sure students are aware of UCS and what we do on campus. Our role is to be the liaison between students and administrators, and since social media continues to grow, Facebook is one of our best platforms to do that. For instance, in conjunction with the Center for Careers and Life After Brown and the Office of International Students and Scholar Services, we created World to Work, a program specifically aimed at
international students who want to better understand how the job search in the United States works. We posted a link to this on Facebook, and because of that, 427 people saw it. We want people to be aware of the opportunities available to them, and Facebook is one of the best ways to get news out to everyone. We don’t want to have to send emails to the whole student body every day. Moreover, if you are that opposed to Facebook in general and explained that in your application, your entry in the lottery would not be contingent upon you liking us on Facebook. I would love to talk to you more about other ideas you might have for us to reach the student body, but I wouldn’t go as far to say that what we did was “petty bribery.” Kyra Mungia ’13 UCS Communications Chair
Cl arific ation An article in Friday’s Herald (“Civil engineering track to be discontinued,” Oct. 12) stated that civil engineering structural courses will be subsumed under the mechanical engineering track, and the environmental path will be integrated into the chemical and biochemical curriculum of engineering for students in the class of 2017 and beyond. The article did not specify that these civil engineering courses will now fit within new and existing concentration track options. Within mechanical engineering, there will be a new Structural Mechanics track offered, according to Larry Larson, dean of the school of engineering, and Janet Blume, associate dean of the faculty. For students previously interested in the environmental track of civil engineering, students can concentrate in the already existing chemical and biochemical track, selecting its program options in Energy Production and Conversion or Environmental Issues and Pollution Prevention.
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The normalization of disordered eating Cara Dorris Opinions Columnist When I wrote a column entitled “Heroin chic is back” last April, I explored the fashion industry’s influence on our body image — how the ideal body type for a woman is nearly identical to the body type of a young boy. I was surprised at how popular the article was and considered exploring it more. However, I was somewhat dissuaded by one of my friends who told me to stop writing about it. She said eating disorders are just a fact of life and that we cannot fight them — almost everyone on campus has a weird relationship with food. But isn’t that exactly why I need to keep writing about it? According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 91 percent of female students surveyed on college campuses in 1995 had attempted to manage their weights by restricting caloric intake. Twenty-five percent of female college students engage in bingeing and purging. Eighty percent of American women do not like the way they look. The point is, unhealthy relationships with food are no longer an unfortunate occurrence, but a common one. They’re an expected milestone in every girl’s life — first date, first kiss, first prom dress and, of course, first diet. They have become so normalized that traditional symptoms of
full-blown eating disorders are now considered acceptable behavior. When we watch an already skinny friend restrict calories, we don’t look twice. We’ve all been there. Why not look thin now when we’re young and beauty is such an asset? Yet while everyone knows you can die from eating disorders, very few people would actually call themselves anorexic or bulimic. The two words have become somewhat stigmatized. It’s a black and white issue. Someone is
asleep, random adrenaline rushes — we accept them as small fees to pay for the overall reward of glamorous weight loss. We assume that if we don’t have lanugo hair all over our bodies and don’t slip into size 00 jeans, then we must be healthy. What people don’t tell you is that simply undereating for long periods of time can be just as dangerous as being anorexic. You may not die, but you could wreak irreversible harm on your body. Here’s a few ways you permanently
I don’t have enough fingers to count the number of Brown students I see everyday who look like they’re literally preparing to die. either fit and trim, or suffering from fullblown anorexia. We tend to forget about unhealthy behaviors that aren’t so clearcut, like disordered eating. According to the NEDA, “disordered eating” includes frequent dieting, irregular eating patterns and ignored hunger signals — behaviors that may seem normal, but still garner clinical definitions. Whether you believe in disordered eating or not, let’s call it what it is. At Brown, I see a large trend of just general undereating — skipping breakfast and lunch on the weekends and only eating dinner, eating a Chobani yogurt for breakfast and half a salad for lunch, and following the new trend and swapping meals for smoothies. When we start to feel the short-term symptoms of undernourishment — constant hunger, fatigue, difficulty falling
damage your body when you are habitually undernourished: You develop a significantly higher miscarriage rate. You may become anemic. You may stop getting your period and become infertile. Your bones will stop strengthening and might actually atrophy. You are at risk for stress fractures and early onset osteoporosis. Your heart may weaken. You may literally get dumber from changes in cognitive function. And your metabolism could become irreversibly damaged, making it nearly impossible to lose weight in the future. I know it’s not fair. It’s like nature is punishing us for trying to emulate the images of models and celebrities we’re assaulted with daily. But that’s how the female body works — it needs a certain amount of fat to function. I’ve written about this before. I feel like
I’m repeating myself. But I’m worried. I can’t find any statistics for College Hill, but I’ll give you my personal perspective: I don’t have enough fingers to count the number of Brown students I see everyday who look like they’re literally preparing to die. I’m worried we’ll grow up into women with fragile bones — fracturing hips at 25, attached to calcium infusion pumps by 35, losing our periods 20 years before menopause, struggling with constant weight fluctuations, never reaching our full intellectual potential because we’re too hungry to focus, our minds always somewhere else. Everyday I see some of the smartest women in the world agonize over fitting into size-two pants. I see women write books, create start-ups and do extensive research in foreign places, yet their shining moments are wearing a crop top to a party and showing off their vanishing waists. Forget heroin chic. We deserve to have strong and successful lives. We deserve to be as much as we want to be — not as little as society suggests we should be. It’s easy to get caught up in the labels — anorexic, bulimic, orthorexic, whatever. Only you know when you’re not eating enough. And any unhealthy relationship with food is just not worth it.
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We take care of our own Claire Gianotti Opinions Columnist Aristotle maintains that we humans are special. That is, we aren’t here on earth just to be, we are here to live a good life. We are meant to be happy. The New York Times published an oped Sept. 28 by Richard Easterlin entitled “When Growth Outpaces Happiness.” It discussed an unsettling finding — that since China moved to a free market economy starting in 1990, the Chinese have been less satisfied with their lives. The statistics are surprising, because the Chinese standard of living has increased tremendously over the past 20 years. Commodities that were once luxuries in Chinese homes are now commonplace, such as color TVs, refrigerators and washing machines. But this increase in standard of living has not necessarily translated into a better quality of life. Easterlin argues the loss of job security for oneself and one’s children and the increase in competition is the primary cause of the decrease in happiness. No one, including Easterlin, would advocate for a return to socialism. But the numbers are evidence of why any society that aims to promote the happiness of its members cannot rely solely on the mechanisms of free market capitalism to provide it. And it is in this light that we should reconsider the current political debate over
those programs that compose America’s safety net. Free market capitalism operates under the notion that if we make choices solely with ourselves in mind, the market will organize those choices to create overarching order. Fiscal conservatives propose that this order is presumably the most efficient conclusion of this perpetual process, and therefore just. The question is then, should laissezfaire economics serve as the “moral” philosophy that defines our age? That depends on what we reckon it means to be human today. The free market recreates a sort of
of just one species. Aristotle asserts natural superiority among humans — some are naturally masters and others slaves. The relationship between a master and his slave, according to Aristotle, is just as necessary for the continuation of the race as the relationship between man and woman. Today slavery is an institution that we no longer have to defend by way of philosophy or jurisprudence. But in our modern industrialized world slavery still exists in certain employer-employee relationships. We will all have choices as to what we do with our lives after Brown, but there are
The question is then, should laissez-faire economics serve as the “moral” philosophy that defines our age? state of nature, and so its sense of justice is in line with a Darwinian view of our natural world. Humans, like all species, are responsive to their environment — our choices are determined by the laws of supply and demand. So this system favors the strong and crushes the weak. Is this not also how a meritocracy works? We got into Brown because presumably we were the strongest swimmers in the pool, and we finished first. If we are to accept this notion of justice, we must also accept a natural hierarchy in our economy and its human participants. Like the food chain places sharks at the summit and plankton at the bottom of the web, our market places the strongest at the top supported by the weaker. The problem is, the free market makes a food chain out
millions of workers living in poverty who have no choice over their occupation that probably doesn’t even pay a living wage. Such workers aren’t enslaved by a code of laws, but by economic necessity. This is justice as defined by the free market, Aristotle and Confucius. But we don’t live in antiquity, and this is not just — in fact it isn’t even natural. We assert global doctrines of human equality and human rights. I would hope we can agree to uphold these notions of human integrity for our fellow Americans. Paul Ryan may be a libertarian of sorts. And he is right when he says we are at a fiscal tipping point. We need to control government spending. And he is also right when he says we are at a moral tipping point. We need to treat Americans not as
animals, but as human beings endowed with a sacred promise: the pursuit of happiness. Most Americans still believe in the American dream. That dream is not possible if we condemn the poorest of us to desperate poverty, the kind that gives them no control over what they do, what they eat, where they live or if they can access health care. There are solutions to fixing our fiscal problems without dismantling the safety net. How about closing tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy? Or better yet, cutting federal farm and oil subsidies? If we cut social programs, we admit that human needs are no different than our animal counterparts. And that would be to deny that we have made any progress as a civilization. As the products of capitalist and meritocratic institutions, we Brown students may be increasingly inclined to use the free market to justify acting in our own self-interest. But we aren’t degenerates who fell from grace to live enslaved to competition and self-interest. We are highly educated, free-thinking, moral human beings. The free market, a state of nature, is not the answer to our problems. So starting in November let’s continue to make progress by defending the creed of our founding fathers and the rights of millions of Americans to a happy, meaningful existence. Since Claire Gianotti ’13 moved off-campus, she often thinks of happiness as manifested in the form of a dishwasher.
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Bruno grabs 2-1 Ivy victory in overtime
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Dan Taylor ’15 missed a golden opportunity to put the Bears up 2-0, but the Bears still went on to win 2-1 in overtime. By Alexandra Conway Sports Staff Writer
The No. 19 men’s soccer team continued its winning ways this weekend in a tough battle against Ivy League rival Harvard, clinching a 2-1 victory in overtime at Stevenson Field. In front of a large and enthusiastic home crowd, Bruno (9-1-2, 2-0-1 Ivy) won an important conference matchup against a struggling (1-7-3, 0-2-1 Ivy) Crimson squad. “Harvard came in needing a win, and we were ready for that,” said Head Coach Patrick Laughlin. “The third week for the Ivy season is a really big week since it starts the separation of teams that are contenders from the teams that are not contenders.” With yet another conference win under their belt, the Bears are in a good position to defend their Ivy League title. In the first half of the game, the Bears performed at a high level, putting consistent offensive pressure on the Crimson. Laughlin called Bruno’s showing “as good as any soccer we have played all year.” “We were able to move the ball
well and create a lot of good chances,” said co-captain Eric Robertson ’13. Bobby Belair ’13 led the Bears’ dangerous offensive force, tallying the first goal of the game in the tail-end of the first half. The goal came from a superb buildup combination that began on the left side with Thomas McNamara ’12.5, who passed the ball to Dylan Remick ’13. The ball then reached Voltaire Escalona ’14, who sent a cross into the box. Belair dove in with a header to give the Bears a 1-0 edge heading into the second half. “Voltaire Escalona played the perfect ball into the path of my run,” Belair said. “Lots of credit to him for being able to pick me out … it was impossible for me to miss from there.” But Harvard came out strong at the start of the second half, as forward Jake Freeman slotted in the equalizer in the 47th minute. After slipping past Bruno’s defense, Freeman took a low shot into the left corner, just out of the reach of goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss ’13. “We made a mistake close to the goal where we gave them the ball, and that cost / / Soccer page 3
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No. 12 Bears blow out Crimson on the road By Maria Acabado Sports Staff Writer
The No. 12 men’s water polo team defeated Harvard 23-9 this past weekend to secure the top seed at the Northern Division Championships and a spot at the Eastern Championships. With the win, the Bears have extended their winning streak to nine games. The Bears (18-2) took control of the game early and did not grant Harvard (12-12) any opportunities for a comeback. James McNamara ’14 led the offense with six goals, five steals and three assists. The victory makes the Bears the first team to secure a spot at the Eastern Championships, which will be held in Princeton, N.J. Nov. 16-18. For now, the Bears prepare to travel to California for the Santa Clara Invitational this weekend. Cyrus Mojdehi ’12.5 said he is looking forward to building on the momentum of the season and continuing the Bears’ dominance. “Santa Clara will be a great test,”
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The Bears move on to the Santa Clara Invitational following their win against Harvard this weekend. Mojdehi said. “It will also be a great opportunity to legitimize our rank-
ing as the number one team on the East Coast.”
Iroquois artist gives pottery lesson By Casey Bleho CONTRIBUTING WRITER
A group of 16 students sat around a large table, Natasha Smoke Santiago seated amongst them. After the Iroquois artist recounted how she learned to handsculpt clay pottery on a small island in the Akwesasne Mohawk First Nations Reserve, where many Iroquois people traditionally learn the craft, a lesson began. The clay before the students rebelled, refusing to take the form effortlessly demonstrated by Santiago — but the soft-spoken artist offered only words of encouragement, emphasizing the value of simply participating in Iroquois culture. “The goal was to have students and participants come in and experience something different that they might not be exposed to usually,” said Gera-
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lyn Ducady, curator of programs and education at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. “To see something physical and participate, instead of just hearing about it like in lecture halls,” she added. Santiago traveled from the Akwesasne territory, the boundaries of which extend from upstate New York into the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, to open her two-day cultural event Oct. 13. The event, which also included a show by Santiago’s family’s performance group, Akwatsire, and an exhibition of her artwork in the Haffenreffer Museum, was part of a series sponsored by organizations including the Third World Center and the Barbara A. Greenwald Memorial Arts Program. A predominantly self-taught artist who has been painting since she was three years old, Santiago explores traditional Iroquoian culture, the challenges
of contemporary life and the beauty of the natural world through a mix of traditional and non-conventional mediums. The exhibition, which will be on display in the Haffenreffer Museum until Nov. 12, displays paintings, pottery pieces and sculptures that speak to these themes, providing an intriguing glimpse into a culture both deeply rooted in the traditional and simultaneously challenged by the rapid changes and demands of modernity. “To me, what was most interesting was seeing Natasha’s artwork right next to the ‘Thawing the Frozen Indian’ section,” wrote Nathaniel Harris ’15, one of the event’s co-programmers, in an email to The Herald. “When you take a look at the contemporary artwork that Natasha presented and then read the blurbs about the ongoing appropriation of Native culture, that juxtaposition strengthens the significance of / / Pottery page 5
Bears lose twice over weekend, fall to 7th place By Meg Sullivan Contributing Writer
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Thea Derrough ’14, above, and the women’s volleyball team suffered two home losses against Ivy League opponents this weekend.
The women’s volleyball team fell to both Penn and Princeton in this weekend’s matchups at the Pizzitola Center, dropping to seventh place in the Ivy League. The first match against Penn ended in four sets, while the Tigers bested the Bears in just three sets on Saturday. During their fourth home game of the season on Friday, the Bears’ (5-12, 1-6 Ivy) many errors led to a steep deficit against a Penn (9-9, 4-3) team with a strong offensive presence. The Quakers claimed the first two matches of the game 25-21 and 25-15, largely due to the relentless offense of freshman opposite Alex Caldwell, who led her team with 13 kills. Though the Bears’ defense has been a highlight of their play this season, they were out-
done by the Quakers’ power at the net. The Bears then bounced back and trumped Penn 25-23 in the third set thanks in part to errors on Penn’s end and an energized front line. Opposite Amanda Nickel ’14 and outside hitter Brittany Link ’15 led their team with ten kills each and ended several well-fought rallies with aggression and consistency. Middle blocker Kathryn Glickman ’13 was also key in the cohesive Bears’ front line, racking up three of her four kills during the third set. But Bruno was unable to build on their performance in the fourth set, losing 25-20. The following day, the Bears dropped three consecutive sets to the Tigers (25-17, 25-20, 25-14). Princeton (9-8, 6-1) dominated the match from the start, registering 17 kills to Bruno’s 11 in the first set. Outside hitter Mad-
die Lord ’15 led the Bears with 11 kills over the three sets. Head Coach Diane Short said the team is hoping to bounce back and “win the rest of (our) home matches and surprise some people.” With a young starting lineup that features two sophomores and two juniors, development seems to be the name of the game. Short said there’s been “a big improvement since last year,” with “more girls who can put the ball away” on this year’s squad, including middle blocker Taylor Bantle ’15 and Lord. But Short said there are still areas in which the team can continue to improve. “Serve and pass need more consistency, and we need to improve on blocking,” she said. The Bears will have the chance to test their development when they travel to Yale for their next game Saturday.