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Despite airstrikes, Israel study abroad continues By Alison Silver Senior Staff WRiter
Following a wave of air strikes in the Gaza Strip last week, Israeli universities where Brown undergraduates are currently abroad will maintain normal operations for now, according to Kendall Brostuen, director of the Office of International Programs. The students’ host universities are in close communication with Israeli security authorities, who are taking the necessary precautions under the advice of the Israel Defense Forces, Brostuen wrote in an email to The Herald. “The universities assure us that all students are safe and accounted for,” Brostuen wrote. In response to an ongoing campaign of rocket missiles launched by Palestinian military wing Hamas across southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces have undertaken a large-scale military operation and renewed air strikes on Gaza Thursday night, according to Haaretz.com. The first of the IDF strikes Wednesday resulted in the assassination of Ahmed Jabari, the
head of Hamas. In the four days following the assassination, Israel’s anti-missile defense system intercepted 240 of the rockets launched into Gaza by Hamas, according to the Washington Post. At Tel Aviv University, students had to use the bomb shelter near the dorms after three rockets were fired at the city, wrote Elana Wenger ’14.5, who is currently studying abroad at the university, in an email to The Herald. While students are not currently being evacuated and the program is continuing as usual, she wrote that she is considering withdrawing from the program early. “I believe that in a matter of weeks, it may be too dangerous … for foreigners in Israel to leave the country,” she wrote. She added that she is currently working with her family to come up with the “safest, most comprehensive decision possible.” Chelsea Feuchs ’14 is currently enrolled at the University of Haifa, north of where the conflict has so far occurred. As of Saturday morning, everything was continuing as normal for international students, she / / Israel page 3
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Chanting “long live the intifada,” among other things, about 25 students rallied in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Saturday.
Concerns persist as grade distribution remains steady Photo exhibit By Isobel Heck Contributing Writer
The distribution of undergraduate grades has remained consistent in recent years, with the proportion of As fluctuating between 53 and 55 percent since the 2008-09 academic year, according to data released by the Office of Institutional Research. About 53 percent of grades received last year were As, 22 percent were Bs, and 4 percent were Cs. Out of those students taking classes S/NC last year, about 88 percent — or 17 percent of total grades given — received an S, boosting the proportion of students receiving the highest possible grade in a course to 71 percent. The grade distribution within the four designated areas of study has also remained steady, though all divisions have experienced an increase in the per-
centage of students receiving As in the last decade. Currently, As make up about 52 percent of grades in humanities, 57 percent in life sciences, 49 percent in physical sciences and 55 percent in social sciences. This trend has also been evident nationwide, as the percentage of As has risen drastically in the past few decades, with the largest increases occurring in the most recent years. Grades rose nationwide between 1940 and 2009 at universities where there were no systems of grade control in place, according to a 2012 study published in the journal Teachers College Record. “Grades will almost always rise in an academic environment where professors sense that there are incentives to please students,” the researchers concluded in their report. But grade inflation “has made it difficult to distinguish between
excellent and good performance,” according to the report. University administrators noted that Brown’s policy of not adding pluses and minuses to letter grades may be another factor in its own skewed statistics. “Grade inflation is a national trend in both high schools and colleges,” wrote Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron in an email to The Herald. “Brown’s simplified system of just three letter grades (vs. no credit) makes the shift perhaps even more visible.” Stephen Lassonde, deputy dean of the College and adjunct assistant professor of history, said “pluses and minuses would be good” from a professor’s perspective because they would help “define a student’s performance.” Lassonde also said he feels that students’ opinions about grades have shifted in recent years.
“There are more disputes over grades than 20 years ago,” he said. “Students challenge about their grades more often, and that worries me. The student has to take responsibility.” This change may be a result of increased pressure to excel from parents and friends, he said, adding that professors may ultimately end up feeling this pressure as well. Both deans added that the administration is aware of the issue of grade inflation. “We do ask chairs to monitor the grading patterns of courses in their departmental curriculum,” Bergeron wrote. “Each semester, chairs receive a report highlighting large-enrollment courses in which a significant proportion of the students received an A. They are asked to speak to the instructors about the reasons / / Grades page 5
No. 15 Bears suffer season-ending loss in NCAA Round 2 By Alexandra Conway Sports Staff Writer
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Sam Kernan-Schloss ’13 allowed two goals in last night’s final-minute loss to the University of Maryland, ending Bruno’s tournament run.
The No. 15 men’s soccer team’s season came to a heartbreaking end last night in the second round of the NCAA tournament against the No. 2 seed University of Maryland. The Terps scored a goal in the final minute of regulation to grab a 2-1 lead and advance to the third round in front of a raucous home crowd at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. “We’re really proud, and I’m extremely pleased with the team’s performance,” said Head Coach Patrick Laughlin. “To go into the home of a top team after they’ve been resting for a week and we’ve been away competing, and to stand up and compete like we did … it was an outstanding effort.” Co-captain Eric Robertson ’13 similarly praised the Bears’ (13-3-3)
performance. “I think the team played well especially against a team ranked in the top two all year,” he said. “Everyone stepped up. I think we had better plays at certain points, but we really battled and had good chances.” The match marked Bruno’s fourth consecutive appearance in the second round of the tournament. Going into the game, the Bears knew Maryland (18-1-2), the Atlantic Coast Conference champions, would be an imposing force standing between them and the next round. The Terps had reached the tournament’s third round in 10 straight seasons. “Coach told us to stay toe-to-toe with them and play and compete with them, and we did exactly that,” said co-captain Ryan McDuff ’13. “What hurts most is to compete and play hard to the last minute and unfortunately give up that final goal.” The game / / Soccer page 3
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“Until the Kingdom Comes,” an exhibit by Norwegian artist Simen Johan, opened Saturday at the David Winton Bell Gallery in the List Art Center. Showcasing 17 photographs and two sculptures, the exhibit features images of animals in unnatural or primordial circumstances. The artist, who began work on this project in 2006, used a combination of analog photography and digital alteration to achieve the final effect. A reception moderated by Jo-Ann Conklin, curator of the exhibit and director of the Bell Gallery, was held Friday before the official opening featuring an artist’s talk by Johan. Conklin told the audience she was drawn to Johan’s work after the artist applied for a Howard Foundation Grant, a fellowship program administered through the University that helps fund artists’ pursuits. For the first time, the foundation sought photography as a specialty. Conklin, a juror for the program, saw Johan’s new project and was impressed, she said. “We had a slot fall out in our exhibition schedule and were able to put his show in,” Conklin told The Herald. The images incorporate animals juxtaposed against environments not typical of their natural habitats or altered into thought-provoking poses. A particularly striking image is an entangled web of snakes set against a series of rocks. Johan photographed the snakes one by one and created a digitally-composed image that layered the / / Photo page 4
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But with Bruno going on to score 22 unanswered points, the concern must have gradually receded as the game wore on. Quarterback Patrick Donnelly ’13 took control on the Bears’ first drive of the second quarter, directing an explosive 76-yard touchdown drive in just over two and a half minutes. Jordan Evans ’14 came up with a big 24-yard reception to move the ball over the midfield line, but it was a 29-yard catch in the end zone by Jonah Fay ’12.5 that gave the Bears a lead they would never relinquish. Estes commended Donnelly’s effort in front of what he considered a good Columbia defense. “Patrick read the coverage very well,” he said. “We knew they had a great pass rush, so we moved the pocket a lot, changing the launch point of the ball.” After preventing the Lions from converting on a fourth-down attempt on the next possession, the Bears took control again. Following an 11-yard run by Jeffrey Izon ’13, a tailback who became increasingly important to the injury-plagued Bruno rushing game, Fay got wide open to make a 23-yard catch in the end zone. Though the touchdown was called back on an illegal motion penalty against the Bears, Donnelly ran a similar play to get the ball 29 yards to an undefended Evans and extend Bruno’s advantage to 14-6. Columbia head coach Pete Mangurian spoke highly of the Bears’ versatility and ability to make game-changing
plays. “It doesn’t matter if it was first, second, third or fourth down — they made big plays,” he said. And the big plays continued in the second half. Bruno extended its lead on the first drive of the third quarter after Andrew Marks ’14 lunged forward to grab a phenomenal 22-yard touchdown reception. Instead of going for the extra point, the Bears tried their luck at a twopoint conversion. Alexander Phelan ’14 made it look easy, darting into the end zone to put the final points of the game on the board and move Bruno ahead 22-6. Two Bears turnovers — one interception and one fumble — gave the Lions some hope later in the half, but they failed to establish any sort of offensive rhythm. “We’ve had quite a few turnovers this season, but we just focused on getting fundamentals down,” Zambetti said. “The defense has to trust the offense and vice versa.” Brackett was sacked four times in the second half, with three of those coming on important third-down plays. “Protection was an issue, and Sean was under pressure the whole day,” Mangurian said. “They’re a good team on defense — there’s no doubt about it.” Though the Bears will be ending their season with the same overall record they had last year, Estes said the circumstances of this year’s finish are far more positive, citing last season’s late back-to-back losses to Dartmouth and Columbia. “We don’t have to judge a season on whether or not we won a title,” Estes said. “This was a good season.”
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Artist enhances everyday objects By riley davis contributing writer
Ever heard the phrase “make love not war”? How about the almost-as-popular phrase “make tacos not war”? An exhibition of works by Alejandro Diaz, who coined the latter term, opened last Friday at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and will run through June 9. The exhibition kicked off with a free opening Thursday night, when participants wandered the gallery and chatted with the artist as he designed custom cardboard signs for $20. Cardboard signs are one of the many materials Diaz uses for his works. He often uses mundane materials — like cardboard, packaged good boxes and coffee cans — to paint sayings and witticisms like “in the future everyone will be famous for $15.” Diaz has also become known for featuring neon signs displaying sayings similar to those on his cardboard creations. These signs now light up the walls of the museum next to a life-size picture cutout of his aunt — which participants could take a picture with for $5 during the opening on Thursday — and several other multimedia creations. His works even extend outside of the museum and to the street, with his flashing neon signs inviting people into the museum to explore the rest of the exhibit. “This show is very accessible” said Lani Stack, senior marketing communications specialist at the museum. “There are a lot of different aspects that we think will appeal to all ages and people from many different backgrounds.” “It seems at first very open and witty, which it is, but it’s very serious in terms of cultural issues,” said Judith Tannenbaum, curator of contemporary art for the museum. One piece consists of just a large canvas painted orange and slashed through the middle, where a bouquet of silk flowers has been placed. This piece, among many others, serves as an example of how the purpose of mundane things can be completely altered with just a slight physical change — for example how a canvas can become an unusual vase with just a slight alteration to its surface, according to a description hung alongside the piece. “He mixes high art, people like Andy Warhol, with Mexican folk art,” Tannenbaum said. “And there are a lot of interesting individual pieces, but it works as a whole show as well.” This is not the first time that the RISD Museum has featured an exhibit like this — one that combines humor, politics, cultural issues and creativity into entertaining pieces, Stack said. The museum will be giving a free toaster to those who sign up for a museum membership during the exhibit — Diaz’s idea — while supplies last.
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was a battle from the start, but it was the Bears who jumped to an early lead. In the 17th minute, defender Dylan Remick ’13 sent the ball into the box off a corner kick. It was headed in by Bobby Belair ’13 past goalkeeper Keith Cardona, giving the Bears a 1-0 edge. The goal marked Remick’s third assist off a corner in the tournament and Belair’s fourth goal of the season. It looked as if Bruno was going to double its lead five minutes after the opener when Ben Maurey ’15 took a shot after Cardona was caught out of his goal. But the chip went slightly too wide and just missed the net. The Bears continued to apply offensive pressure, but the Terps were quick to reciprocate, turning the match into a back-and-forth contest. It was not until the closing minutes of the half that Maryland found the equalizer on a quick strike. Forward Patrick Mullins took a long strike from 30 yards back, and the ball brushed past the fingertips of goalie Sam Kernan-Schloss ’13 and into the right side of the net. With the game knotted at 1-1, the second half was a nail-biter. Intense action was seen around both goals. The game seemed bound to go into overtime, but Maryland capitalized on a golden opportunity in the final minute after a Bruno foul. The ensuing free kick from Helge Leikvang was seized in the box by midfielder Dan Metzger, who deflected the ball into the top right of the goal to take the 2-1 lead. And with the seconds ticking down, the Bears saw their season come to a bittersweet close. “There is always sadness when something ends. But what’s so great is we really took all the challenges and stood up to every opponent and showed that we are a top team in the country,” Laughlin said. “I couldn’t be happier for them.” The season was “a great journey,” Robertson said. “Every year, we have an unbelievable group of guys,” McDuff said. “Chemistry is one of our strong points, and especially this year, everyone rose to the occasion, and every guy on the team stepped up to contribute.” With the season over, the Bears can now celebrate the year’s accomplishments. As for the team’s future, McDuff said there are still “very good things to look forward to.”
wrote in an email to The Herald, “although that is obviously all subject to change at any point if we experience an attack or major security threat.” She added that she hopes to remain abroad for the duration of the semester, but said, “I also prioritize my safety, and I know Brown does, too.” While the international school has not yet encountered any changes due to the rocket strikes, Feuchs wrote that her Israeli friends have been called into the reserves. Israel’s military is made up of everyday civilians as opposed to professional soldiers. “Israel’s made it a very high priority to avoid civilian casualties,” said David Gordon ’13, spokesperson for Brown Students for Israel. The group’s president, Zach Ingber ’15, said members do not see Israel’s military operation “as an outward assertion of authority but as a protection of civilians and the fundamental right of self-defense.” “The situation that Israel and the Palestinians are in now has to do with the inability of both parties to produce leadership since the assassination of Rabin,” Israel’s fifth prime minister, in 1995, said Omer Bartov, a professor of German studies and history who is currently on leave. “Neither side, for respective reasons, has been able to produce political leadership that is willing to look at a political compromise,” he said. “And in fact, I don’t think they’re capable of it.” He added that he believes the United States is the only entity capable of enforcing agreement on both sides. During a protest led by Brown Students for Justice in Palestine Saturday, students held a large banner stating “Stand with Gaza,” as well as smaller signs to commemorate the 37 people who had so far been killed in Palestine by the air strikes. Bartov said he agrees that there should be political protests, but the protests “should actually be directed at the American administration.” He added that one of the most useful things students can do is educate themselves as opposed to just expressing strong opinions. “We want to see more people talking and less people shouting,” Gordon said.
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Economist discusses India’s role in global economy By Sam Heft-Luthy Staff Writer
The Eurozone crisis woke up India “with a jolt last year,” prompting the nation to strive to adapt to a changing global economy, said World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu in the second installment of a two-part lecture on Indian economic development Friday afternoon. Basu — the inaugural speaker of the Brown-India Initiative’s OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture series — was previously the chief economic adviser for India’s Ministry of Finance. Basu traced the history of India’s economic development since 1947, when it gained independence, to 2009 in the first part of the lecture, and he continued from that point Friday, discussing India’s relationship to the European and American economic crises and the role of economic analysis in creating laws. Before the Eurozone crisis, Basu said, the borrowing rates for different countries across the European Union were relatively similar. Yet when the debt crisis hit, the differences in interest rates grew, and those disparities became more salient to the global markets and to countries like India. India is now trying to balance its role as a growing economic power with the dangers a globalized economy presents, Basu said. “There is a tightrope run in India between inflation management and growth management,” Basu said. Basu’s work also focuses on game theory and the way individual actors respond to the incentives created by new laws. Referencing a paper he authored while working for the Indian Ministry of Finance about bribery and corruption laws in India, Basu said the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988 “treats the act of giving a bribe and the act of taking a bribe as equally wrong.”
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World Bank Chief economist Kaushik Basu posed with President Christina Paxson after presenting the second installment of a two-part lecture. In cases of “harassment bribes,” such as a worker demanding a fee for a driver’s license, where one party is essentially being extorted, this law can actually convince people not to report bribery out of fear of legal retribution, Basu said. Basu previously authored a controversial report suggesting that only demanding a bribe should be illegal. “My hunch is the incidence of bribery is going to go down if you change the law and make it asymmetric,” Basu said. Basu also spoke about the idea of law itself as an exercise in game theory — he argued that citizens only change their behavior in response to a new law when they have a reasonable
assumption that the policemen and judges will carry out the rule. Governments in countries like India that have trouble implementing important laws should keep that idea in mind going forward, Basu said. “If everyone decides that a law is not worth looking at, it becomes meaningless,” Basu said. “The only power of law comes from expectations in our minds about other people.” Gayatri Singh GS, who attended both weeks’ lectures, said Basu’s “breadth of experiences” helped him deliver an informative presentation. “Both sets were incredibly detailed,” she said, adding that she admired that Basu was “weaving a great narrative.”
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kingdom, the name has more to do with the contrast behind the kingdom in a religious and secular sense. “The kingdom is a more general term for that which we think will one day come and save us from the current state,” Johan said. “It’s a hopeful, dreamy title, but there’s also an eerie notion behind it that it’s not ever going to come true.” Johan found the animals in a variety of different settings, including zoos, farms and independent sanctuaries. He described the photography process as very intuitive because he
could not plan for how his subjects would pose. Johan began his journey as an artist in the early 1990s at 19, when he moved to New York City to pursue film at the School of Visual Arts but then switched to photography. Since that time, he has produced numerous exhibits, the foremost being “Evidence of Things Unseen,” which used similar techniques to “Until the Kingdom Comes,” but with children as the subject. “I chose to photograph children before and now animals because of the primal, instinctive nature of them,” Johan said. “Adults have this, too, but they choose to hide it.” Johan said his process is different from that of most photographers. While most photographers may seek to capture a moment on camera, Johan looks to create his own moment, and therefore he considers himself more of an artist. “I don’t really think of myself as a photographer,” Johan told The Herald. “I do take pictures, but the main thing I’m doing is spending a lot of time on the computer — problem solving and planning the images.” “I feel like it’s really interesting how his photos use more of a filmmaking technique than photography or print,” said Paul Bertolino, a Rhode Island School of Design student who attended the reception. “There’s a certain fabrication to them that is intriguing.” “Until the Kingdom Comes” is running in the Bell Gallery until Feb. 17 and is free to the public.
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Inspections find culprits in power cords, wall hangings By Chad Simon Contributing Writer
Seventy dormitory rooms were found in violation of residential policies during this semester’s health and safety inspection from Oct. 23 to 25. The most common of these violations was the presence of prohibited power strips, said Richard Bova, senior associate dean of residential and dining services. Extension cords that do not meet standards and wall hangings that cover more than 50 percent of the walls are the most common violations, he said. Bova said he wants students to realize that rule infractions affect the safety of those around them. “Fire is a devastating tragedy in a residential hall. We seek to keep as many students as safe as we possibly can,” he said. “(All schools) look for candles, overloaded extension cords, malfunctioning smoke detectors, anything that would cause a fire or jeopardize students’ living.” Most students are conscious about the rules of each residential hall, Bova said. “Generally, first-years are really cognizant (of) adhering to the rules. While upperclassmen are safe, they may push the boundaries of the rules,” Bova said. The Office of Residential Life keeps records on file of students
who violate these rules, and these students have their rooms inspected on a more frequent basis. Students also face fines when found in violation, including a $100 fee for each candle ResLife finds in a room. “The candle one can get pretty expensive,” said Audrey Davis ’14. While the inspections are necessary, she said she thinks the fines are unfair. Joshua Williams ’16, on the other hand, said he is glad these fines exist because it gives students an incentive to respect University property. The inspections can be invasive, said Sriya Muralidharan ’15, though ResLife releases the dates of inspections to students prior to conducting them. But Muralidharan said she feels more comfortable knowing everyone’s rooms are safe, adding that “the rule that they can’t look under anything covered prevents me from feeling like my privacy was violated.” Christina Lam ’13 said she has never been positively or negatively affected by room inspections. “I do recall being present for an inspection and it was quite cursory — they spent less than a minute walking through my suite in Grad Center,” she said. ResLife has made interesting finds during the course of room inspections, Bova said. “Occasionally we’ll open the doors and a kitty will pop out,” he said. Bova said they have also found snakes, bunny rabbits, a little alligator and even a motorcycle in the building.
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Classical concerts celebrate fugues By Maggie Livingstone Staff writer
“You have never been to a concert like this,” began Gerald Shapiro as he introduced “Fugue Radio: all fugues all the time.” The concert, held last Saturday night in the Grant Recital Hall, was the culminating event of a week-long music festival organized by Shapiro, professor of music and composer. The festival included concerts and lectures all week dedicated to fugues, a type of song in which themes are repeated by two or more voices built upon one another. The concert incorporated a variety of instruments including pianos, strings, woodwinds and a keyboard, while also including faculty, students and guest composers. A unique aspect of the concert was that half of the audience was composed of performers, producing a two-hour “marathon of fugues,” Shapiro described to The Herald. The concert included 24 fugues in total. It featured works by classical masters like Bach, Chopin, Mozart and Brahms, and original pieces by modern-day composers Neely Bruce, David Borden and Don Freund, all of whom attended, were also performed. Shapiro premiered an original fugue. Saturday’s concert began with an a cappella piece titled, “The Heart of the Fugue,” a sort of satire of the fugue itself. A quartet from the Brown Madrigal Singers, a student-run chamber chorus group, performed the piece. The lyrics of the song explained the vocal techniques that the singers employed.
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/ / Grades page 1 for the distribution.” “This is the most direct way that we try to raise consciousness about this issue,” she added. “At a certain point, if everyone is getting As, then why isn’t everything just pass or fail?” Lassonde said. “It is something we are conscious of, and if the numbers went up enough, then something would have to happen.” Alison Simmons, a professor of philosophy at Harvard who has served on academic integrity boards at the college, also thought the grade distribution at Brown might be more apparent because of the open curriculum and the S/NC option. But she also said policies instituted specifically to curb grade inflation, such as Princeton’s rule of allowing a maximum 35 percent of As in undergraduate courses, can cause their own problems and seem extreme. She echoed Lassonde’s statement about noticeable changes in student sentiment. At Harvard, “more students are upset if they don’t get an A,” she said. “This generation is different — it is one that grew up online. Students think differently and they communicate differently. Grade inflation is affected by this.” In the classroom, Simmons said she worries that “if students are already getting all As, what do I have to teach them?
“The fugue is a very semiotically dense kind of composition because there’s so many transformations and interactions that work between the subjects,” said Jacob Scharfman ’13, a baritone for the Madrigals. “And when you add words to that you get another stacking.” Fugue Radio was Shapiro’s brainchild. Though he has organized other concerts, this is the first dedicated exclusively to fugues, he said. He has composed fugues and drew from a large community of composers when organizing the concert. Shapiro’s class MUSC 1030: “Tonal Counterpoint” for undergraduates was covering a unit on fugues, so it intersected nicely with his teaching, he said. Shapiro’s students “get the festival as an introduction to the study. It’s a fascinating kind of music to write. It’s got a kind of resurgence,” Shapiro said. After the concert’s conclusion, the audience was encouraged to participate in fuguing tunes with Brown’s Sacred Harp Singers. The lyrics of the tunes were printed on the back of the show’s program, and this last gesture was demonstrative of the evening’s collaborative nature. “The interaction between the composers who are also performers is really cool,” said Devanney Haruta ’16. “A couple of the performers are my professors so it’s interesting to see them in both lights.” The atmosphere of the evening was informal, allowing those not performing to enjoy the display of talent and creativity. “I’ve never heard of a fugue before — I didn’t know what that was before coming,” said Caitlin Meuser ’16. “Everyone did a great job.”
I’m not sure how to get that balance between learning and grading.” Students also said they were aware of grade inflation. Adam Bear ’13, a cognitive science concentrator, said it is sometimes hard not to feel as though people receiving the same grade work at different levels. “Occasionally, I feel it can be a little ridiculous,” he said, adding that this system is unfair to those who work harder. Andrew Lee ’13, a cognitive science and philosophy double concentrator, said grade inflation could be unfair if certain departments have higher grades than others, if these people are later competing for further education opportunities. Giulia Basile ’13, a Hispanic studies concentrator, wrote in an email to The Herald that she has noticed grade inflation on several occasions during her four years at Brown. Basile wrote that she is happy the S/NC option exists, but she feels that there are students who abuse the system and do the least amount of work possible to still pass. “Brown has kept me happy and much less stressed in my four years here,” Basile wrote. “However, maybe without the S/ NC option, I would have had to genuinely learn by now that I am a smart and worthy student regardless of what my grades say. Recognizing that small failures do not devalue me as a person — that’s important.”
campus news 5 U. group petitions divestment from Israel By Monica Perez Contributing Writer
The Brown Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies sent a letter to President Christina Paxson last Monday requesting further dialogue about possible divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The letter has prompted campus-wide demonstrations by student groups over this issue. “For the past two years, we have had an ongoing dialogue with Brown Students for Justice in Palestine,” ACCRIP states in the letter. “The group raises serious allegations that major U.S. corporations in which Brown may be an investor, such as Caterpillar, Boeing and others, are ‘profiting from the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.’” Brown Students for Justice in Palestine calls for Brown to divest from companies that are linked to human rights violations in Palestine. Paxson plans to respond to the letter by the end of the month, wrote Marisa Quinn, vice president of public affairs and University relations, in an email to The Herald. ACCRIP comprises faculty, staff, alums and students who analyze and make recommendations to the Corporation about its investment policies. Since the committee’s formation, the Corporation has accepted its recommendations to not reinvest in HEI Hotels and Resorts and to divest from companies in support of the Sudanese government and those involved in manufacturing tobacco products. “The documented abuses of Palestinian citizens by the Israeli Defense Force in the Occupied Territories are deeply troubling,” the ACCRIP letter states. “Israel is indisputably engaged in ongoing systemic abuses of human rights and violations of international law, as documented by the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice.” The letter recommended “ongoing discussions” and contended that evidence points to Brown’s possible investment “in firms whose products and services are being used to commit human rights violations in Palestine.” Divestment involves University decisions on whether to hold stock in a particular company, sell stocks,
invest elsewhere and not continue to buy stocks in the future, said Christopher Bull, professor of engineering and a faculty representative on the committee. He said Brown’s administration does not know exactly the nature of their stock holdings because “a fair amount of the endowment is with money managers instead of direct investment,” making Brown a step removed from the stocks they control. ACCRIP is “trying to stay current on what companies are troublesome,” he said. The letter to Paxson comes three years after SJP officially launched its divestment campaign in November 2009. The group was started in February 2009 after more than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died during the bombardment and ground invasion of Gaza between December 2008 and January 2009. The letter requests increased campus awareness on the issue, including a forum to openly discuss it. Ian Trupin ’13, an undergraduate representative on the committee and a former Herald opinions columnist, said he does not think ACCRIP will take an active role in designing this forum, but the aim of their letter is to “reflect the views of campus dialogue.” Brown students have also initiated demonstrations on campus. An enormous banner was displayed on the Main Green last Friday that read, “Do you want your university profiting from apartheid?” Students also handed out pamphlets containing information about the impact of investments in these committees. Caterpillar supplies bulldozers and earth-moving equipment to Israeli military, according to the information collected in the pamphlet. They contribute to demolishing houses and cleanup when houses have been demolished. Boeing is the supplier of the F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jet of the Israeli military that has caused Palestinian civilian deaths, the pamphlet states. Brown students from a number of student groups — including SJP and Brown Immigrants’ Rights Coalition — and members of the Providence community participated in a silent march Saturday on Thayer Street while handing out flyers to passersby. Around 50 protesters assembled in a rally at the intersection of Thayer and Waterman Streets, said Eduarda
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Silva’15, a member of SJP. Ralliers signed a petition demanding the University divest from companies profiting from human rights violations in Palestine. They also signed letters to Paxson and the Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, expressing “enthusiastic support for the recommendation of (ACCRIP) to discuss divesting Brown’s resources from firms whose services and products are used to commit human rights violations in Palestine.” “The nature of divestment campaigns proceeds in a type of opaque environment because our investments are not open,” said Daniel Moraff ’14, an undergraduate representative of ACCRIP and a Herald opinions columnist. The University does not know for a fact how much it has invested in different companies, he said. “The endowment serves as a type of insurance in perpetuity,” Trupin said. Investors often provide guidance to the committee on the practicality and impact of all decisions. SJP members are “really pleased with (the letter),” Silva said. “It’s a critical step for Brown to recognize the human rights violations and recognize ways which we can end our complicity in it. We might be invested in some companies that are contributing to the deaths of civilians abroad.” In the event Brown divests, it will be the first Ivy League university to do this as a result of companies’ involvement in Israel’s occupation of Palestine. In 2009, Hampshire College became the first U.S. institution of higher education to divest. SJP is among roughly 100 campus groups in the U.S. that advocate institutional divestment from companies affiliated with human rights abuses in the region. Trupin, the student representative on the committee, said divestments do not usually happen on just one campus. Campuses often look to more prestigious universities for examples on how to handle divestment situations. The student government at the University of California at Irvine resolved unanimously to divest from Israel’s apartheid and occupation on Nov. 13. Arizona State University also voted to divest in June 2012.
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To my outraged readers Oliver hudson opinions columnist
Last week, I wrote a column about universal suffrage that provoked campus-wide outrage (“Universal suffrage is immoral,” Nov. 13). I have not read enough of the comments to determine if more people believe I am Mussolini or Stalin — Hitler was thrown in a few times for good measure. Some responses from readers were respectable criticisms of my argument, but most distorted my message. I will now address a few of the misrepresentations. First, many claimed that I am arguing that some people are superior to others. I never made a claim about any person’s selfworth. I argued if somebody pays more in taxes, he or she should have more voting power. But my critics inferred that more voting power implies superiority. My view, incidentally, is every person deserves respect as an individual, and no person is any better than anyone else. Second, I was lectured about my misunderstanding of democracy and America’s founding tenets. Yes, my proposal is undemocratic. But the United States of America was not meant to be a democracy. In fact, the founders despised democracy. James Madison, the “father of the Constitution,” argued in the famous Federalist 10 that democracy is an undesirable form of government, incompatible with “personal
security or the rights of property.” Thomas Jefferson, who penned the words “all men are created equal,” said of democracy: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.” The founders established a republic, not a democracy, and deliberately did not give a vote to everyone. In the original text of the Constitution, those eligible to vote for representatives in the House “had to have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the
government is only able to act to the degree of expected tax revenue collected. Therefore, the “non-economic argument” offers little resistance to apportioning the vote by taxes. Fourth, many claim that my voting scheme prevents upward mobility. History disagrees. The late 19th-century United States, the “awful” Gilded Age that I want to drag us back to, witnessed the greatest increase in the standard of living of the average man than any other time period. Ac-
Some responses from readers were respectable criticisms of my argument, but most distorted my message. I now address a few of the misrepresentations. most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.” Then, many states only allowed the vote to white male property owners. U.S. senators were appointed by state legislatures. I am not endorsing the voting restrictions at the time of our founding. I am pointing out that universal suffrage was not among America’s founding principles. Third, many say the government acts on non-economic as well as economic issues, so it is wrong to apportion the vote based on economic contribution. There is no such thing as a non-economic issue. Any government action, even if not explicitly economic, must be implemented or enforced with some mechanism — a court system, for example. This costs money. Thus, the
cording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average annual income of nonfarm workers rose by 75 percent from 1865 to 1900, after adjusting for inflation. Between 1860 and 1900, America’s per capita wealth increased from $500 to $1,100. Government during the Gilded Age was very limited. The government did little besides maintaining tariffs and the postal service. The tremendous economic growth benefiting the average man in the late 19th century was not a result of votes at the ballot box. Finally, I was, of course, called a racist. It is true that my proposal would give more voting power to whites than non-whites. This is an effect of the proposal — the purpose is not racist. The effect of choosing the
fastest runners for the U.S. Olympic Sprinting Team leads the team’s roster to have a disproportionate number of African Americans. Does that mean the act of choosing the fastest sprinters is racist? To address the situation as a whole, I would like to end with a quote from Ruth Simmons, former Brown president. “When I was your age … I was passionate in my views, particularly about the manifest evil of apartheid and its adherents in South Africa. One day … in a classroom discussion about apartheid, in which every student in the classroom agreed with me that apartheid was corrupt and indefensible, a lone young white South African woman spoke up in class and defended (apartheid). I have now forgotten all the comments of those in the class who spoke against the horror of apartheid, a hideous system that has now been justly abolished. But I have never forgotten these simple words spoken in opposition to my own. They taught me more about the need for discourse in the learning process than all the books I subsequently read. And I have regretted for 30 years that I did not engage this woman’s assertions instead of dismissing her as racist … Those moments will come to you in this place. You can look away, you can turn away when they do, or you can engage them and not look back 30 years later wishing that you had the opportunity to do it.” Oliver Hudson ’14 may be contacted at email@example.com.
In defense of affirmative action oliver rosenbloom Opinions Columnist Independently of the legal issues at stake in the Supreme Court’s affirmative action case, we must examine the benefits that Brown gains from race-based affirmative action. Brown is a private university, and so it will always have more freedom to implement racebased admissions policies than do public universities All universities reap significant educational rewards from race-based admissions policies. These policies allow for a wider range of perspectives in class discussions, thus instilling in all students a more complete understanding of the relevant issues at stake. If Brown were to make admissions decisions solely on the basis of narrowly defined academic merit — GPA and SAT scores — then the quality of classroom discussion would decline significantly. Even if Brown were to consider socioeconomic status but not race, classroom diversity and education outcomes would still suffer. Research validates what most educators intuitively know — that racial diversity in the classroom benefits all students. A report by the American Association of University Professors states that “racial and ethnic diversity has a direct positive influence on student outcomes and students’ beliefs about the quality of education they received. Empirical evidence from both faculty and student reports of their experiences also indicates that an institution’s racial and ethnic diversity has positive educational benefits for all students.”
I believe in the value of ethnically diverse classrooms because most of my classrooms have lacked any semblance of this diversity. I would have gained a more complete understanding of certain issues if my classes had been more ethnically diverse. In certain instances, I can identify ways in which my white classmates and I overlooked relevant considerations that students from different backgrounds may have discussed. More importantly, there have perhaps been many instances in which I was completely unaware of the negative effects of such a limited range of perspectives. Many critics of current affirmative ac-
As one of many possible examples of the effect of race on personal experience, research shows that African Americans receive harsher treatment in the criminal justice system than whites who commit similar offenses. In his study of the causes of incarceration rates, Kevin Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, wrote, “Poverty and unemployment variables never gain statistical significance. Percent black, however, is a positive and significant predictor. This suggests that (it) is the race rather than class elements of the underclass hypothesis that really (explains) incarceration rates.” This prejudice is not confined to the sen-
In the America in which we live, race still profoundly impacts personal experience. It should therefore be one of many factors considered in the admissions process. tion policies argue that socioeconomic factors should be considered in place of race. I agree that enhancing economic diversity is an admirable goal and that race should not be the only factor considered. But to ignore race and focus solely on economic background is to deny that race forms a key part of personal identity in America, regardless of socioeconomic status. Social science research indicates that people of different racial backgrounds have profoundly different experiences in America, even if they have similar levels of wealth. Colleges that want classrooms full of diverse perspectives should therefore consider racial identity in the admissions process.
tencing procedure. It also manifests itself in the form of racial profiling of completely innocent minorities, even wealthy ones. Admissions policies that control for socioeconomic status but ignore race overlook the fact that race, on its own, affects personal experience. Unequal treatment by the legal system is just one of many ways in which students of different racial backgrounds, regardless of economic status, bring different perspectives to the classroom. The presence of diverse perspectives improves educational outcomes for all students, and considering race in admissions decisions is one way to enhance this beneficial diversity. It is a sad truth that skin color still affects
how Americans are treated, regardless of education level, occupational accomplishments or economic status. A color-blind affirmative action policy focused solely on economic status seems noble, yet it ignores this reality. Moreover it tackles the issue of increasing diversity by focusing on something that is only correlated with race. Proponents of the socioeconomic argument must also confront the real-world implications of their policies. Eliminating racial preferences in admission would almost surely decrease the amount of ethnic diversity at universities. Elite universities already struggle to compose student bodies whose ethnic makeup resembles that of society at large. Taking away racial preferences would only exacerbate this problem. At an elite university like Brown, every student must possess a baseline level of objective academic merit. At some point, however, more subjective personal characteristics, including race, may enable that student to bring more to the classroom than a student with higher test scores. Race is clearly only one of many relevant subjective personal characteristics, but it should be considered on its own, independent of socioeconomic status. Perhaps in an ideal world, racial preferences in admission would not be necessary to ensure classroom diversity. But in the America in which we live, race still profoundly impacts personal experience. It should therefore be one of many factors considered in the admissions process. Oliver Rosenbloom ’13 is a history and public policy concentrator from Mill Valley, Calif. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bruno falls Bears best Lions, finish third in Ivy League behind in back-toback losses By Lindor Qunaj Sports Editor
By Meg Sullivan Sports Staff Writer
Following an 82-48 victory in their season opener against St. Peter’s University, the Bears were beaten twice on the road, falling at Fairfield University Tuesday and at the University of Vermont Saturday. The Bears (1-2) fell to Fairfield (2-1) 49-34. The Stags took command of the court from the outset, scoring the first five points of the game and keeping hold of the lead for the rest of the game. The Bears trailed 33-19 at halftime and were not able to bounce back offensively in the second half. Shooting only 26 percent from the field overall, the Bears were unable to narrow the margin to fewer than 10 points in the second half. Fairfield forward Katie Cizynski was a dominant force in the game, notching a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Co-captain Sheila Dixon ’13 led Bruno with 15 points and six rebounds. The Bears brought an improved performance to their matchup against Vermont (2-2), but came up short in a 66-56 loss. Bruno started out strong, with Sophie Bikofsky ’15 sinking four threepointers in the first half to help the team take a 31-27 lead. “The first half we played very well — we made stops on defense and we scored on the other end,” said point guard Lauren Clarke ’14. “It was a close game the whole time, so we definitely had great defensive moments and just good shots.” But Vermont upped their game after the break. The Catamounts evened the score early in the second half and improved their defense, holding Bruno to a 30 percent shooting rate from the floor. Vermont extended its lead to 12 later in the half, and Bruno was unable to mount a comeback. Forward Niki Taylor led the Catamounts with 15 points. “We know that we could’ve played better, but we take these (games) as learning experiences, especially after Fairfield,” Clarke said. “We’ll look at what we did wrong and use that to motivate us for our next games.” The Bears continue their road trip at the University of Rhode Island (21) Wednesday, and Clarke said she expects a competitive matchup. “We played URI twice last year — we beat them, but they had some key players injured,” she said. “It’s going to be a tough game.”
Looking to win their third consecutive game and end the season on a high note, the Bears came out charged Saturday afternoon, defeating Columbia 22-6 at Brown Stadium. The victory catapulted Bruno to a third-place finish in the Ivy League, a spot it shares with Dartmouth and Princeton, marking the team’s sixth straight season with a winning record in the conference. Inside linebacker Stephen Zambetti ’13 — one of 28 seniors who were honored in a ceremony before their last kickoff in Bears uniforms — said the Ivy League Football: Final Standings 1 Penn 2
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game was filled with “a lot of emotion” for the team. Zambetti added that it was the last time the seniors would be able to showcase their commitment and hard work, explaining that “we do a lot of work for the small amount of time we have to perform.” And with a double-overtime loss to the Lions that crushed their hopes at an Ivy title last season still fresh in their minds, the Bears had even more incentive to perform, with Head Coach Phil Estes citing a motivation to “redeem last year” after the game. But Columbia had motivation of its own, hoping to grab a win to avoid finishing in the basement of the Ivy League. Hot off an unexpected victory over Cornell the week before, the Lions (3-7, 2-5 Ivy) struck first against the Bears (7-3, 4-3 Ivy), scoring field goals on two consecutive first-quarter drives. The first attempt came late in the first after quarterback Sean Brackett connected on a 32-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Chris Connors to put the Lions into the red zone. Though a false start reversed some of that progress, kicker Luke Eddy had no trouble nailing the 27-yard score to put his team up 3-0. The Lions secured great field posi-
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Bruno ended the season in third place with a victory over Columbia. tion on their next possession when the Bears were called for a 15-yard penalty on the punt. Though the Bruno defense managed a critical stop on third-andthree to keep its opponent out of the end zone, Marcorus Garrett’s 28 rushing yards earlier in the drive brought the Lions close enough for the field goal. Miller split the uprights on a 30-yard attempt, widening the Bears’ deficit to 6-0.
Brackett said he was pleased with the team’s early performance. “We executed our game plan pretty well in the first half,” he said. Meanwhile, Estes said that he was worried about the small deficit early in the game. As a coach, “I’m always concerned,” he said. “I was even concerned when it / / Football page 2 was 0-0.”
Lorito ’15 scores three goals in Army shutout By Caleb Miller sports Staff Writer
The men’s hockey team cruised to a 3-0 victory over non-conference opponent Army Saturday at Meehan Auditorium behind a hat trick from forward Matt Lorito ’15. Lorito — who already led the team in goals entering the game and doubled his season total to six — found the back of the net once in the first period and twice in the third to help capture Bruno’s (2-3-2) first win in three weeks. According to Head Coach Brendan Whittet ’94, Lorito’s performance was on par with the young player’s skills. “He’s a very dynamic offensive player,” Whittet said, describing Lorito as an “effortless, beautiful skater” with “good vision.”
The Bears came out strong on the ice, controlling the puck for much of the first period and firing off 15 shots to Army’s eight. Lorito’s first goal of the night, on a power play five minutes into the period, highlighted the Bears’ strong start. Ryan Jacobson ’15 took a pass from Chris Zaires ’13 and drove hard toward the goal from the right wing. Instead of taking the close-range attempt, Jacobson fooled the Army defense by looping all the way behind the goal and serving Lorito a pass on the other side. Lorito completed the well-designed offensive play with a hard slap shot past goaltender Ryan Leets. Early in the third, the Bears doubled their lead when defensemen Dennis Robertson ’14 and Matt Wahl ’14 teamed up to assist Lorito on yet another Bruno power play. Good puck and player move-
ment culminated in Lorito getting wide open just outside the crease for an easy second goal. “I thought we played pretty good in the first,” Lorito said. “We had a lot of chances on that power play — not just me, everyone. In the third, the coaches came in and said we’ve got to bear down on our chances, and luckily I got a few to go in.” Before the Bruno faithful could settle back into their seats after his last goal, Lorito capped off his standout performance with goal number three. This time it was Army that had the man advantage, but Massimo Lamacchia ’15 turned the play in Bruno’s favor by intercepting a pass from goalie Leets and kicking it out to Lorito who slapped a shot through the defense and into the net. Lorito’s impressive performance was
complemented by a good showing from the Bruno defense. Goalie Marco De Filippo ’14 notched his first career shutout as a Bear, stopping 25 Army shots. “Marco is a special goaltender,” Whittet said. “He made some deceptively good saves tonight, especially when we were short-handed.” Whittet also credited the defensive pressure with forcing shots from outside the “grade-A area.” The win comes at an important time for the team, as they prepare to host intra-city foe Providence College next weekend for the 27th Annual Mayor’s Cup. “It’s a big game that we circle on our calendar,” Lorito said. “There’s a trophy on the line. Last year, we were lucky enough to get the win and the trophy; this year, we’re going to look to defend it against a good team.”
Bruno sees mixed success on the road By Bruno Zuccolo Sports Staff Writer
The men’s basketball team split two nonconference games on the road last week. Bruno lost 86-71 at Central Connecticut State University Thursday and eked out a 70-68 victory over the University of Maine Saturday. Though only three games into the season, the Bears (2-1) have already improved on last year’s away record, when they went 1-12 on the road. “It’s already more than last year,” center Rafael Maia ’15 said. “But we don’t have to think about last year at all.” Central Connecticut 86, Brown 71 Both teams appeared to be evenly matched in the first game, with many lead changes through the first few minutes of play. But the Blue Devils
(1-2) took a commanding lead midway through the first half after forward Terrell Allen scored three straight treys to put his team up 27-18. The Blue Devils extended the lead to 15, 45-30, at halftime. But Bruno did not let up, going on a 12-2 run midway through the second half to pull within four, 67-63. Central Connecticut State guard Kyle Vinales quickly intervened, scoring 10 points in two minutes to put his team up 77-66. Vinales finished with a game-high 28 points. He played all 40 minutes and went 9-13 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc. The game marked the return of Tucker Halpern ’13. Sidelined for all of last season due to an illness, he played 21 minutes and scored 15 points in the game, second only to co-captain Matt Sullivan ’13, who poured in 18. “It’s always good to get guys back like
Tucker,” co-captain Sean McGonagill ’14 said.
Brown 70, Maine 68 Maia was the star of Saturday’s game against Maine(0-3), racking up a careerhigh 21 points and collecting eight rebounds. Maia was forced to miss last season due to a technicality in NCAA regulations — after graduating from high school in Brazil, Maia played for a prep school in Maine, which the NCAA considers to be a non-academic gap year which made him ineligible to play. “I’m really ready and ready to go,” Maia said. “I couldn’t be more excited to be actually playing the games and be a part of this team.” The two teams remained close throughout the game, with the lead alternating many times in the first half. But the Bears managed to break away
at the end of the half, scoring six points in the last minute to go into the break with a 38-31 advantage. The Black Bears quickly came back with a 7-2 run in the first three minutes of the second half. Though they managed to tie the game nine times, the Black Bears never got the lead, and Sullivan’s three free throws in the last 22 seconds secured Bruno’s 70-68 win . “We really stepped up our game in the last minutes to pull through with a win,” McGonagill said. “We were really excited to get (the win),” Maia said. “But our focus now is for the next game, and it’s always been like that.” The Bears will make their home debut at the Pizzitola Sports Center this week. They face Bryant University Wednesday and St. Francis College Saturday.
Published on Nov 19, 2012