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MIT dean named director of Watson Institute By Eli okun Senior Staff Writer
Richard Locke, deputy dean of the Sloan School of Management and political science department chair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be the next director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, the University announced Friday. This appointment comes after a long period of administrative turmoil at the institute — Locke will be its seventh leader in nine years. Locke is a professor and administrator known for his scholarship on labor issues in the global supply chain and his work with both multinational corporations and not-for-profit companies. At MIT, he established the Global Entrepreneurship Laboratory, a popular course that connects students to startup ventures in developing countries. But administrators expressed confidence that the announcement will usher in a new era for the institute, aligning with the new president and the Univer-
sity’s plans for an increasingly international focus. Locke said he was excited to get started in July, when he will assume the role currently held by Interim Director and Professor of Political Science Peter Andreas. “It has a core of great faculty, it has a wonderful building, it’s in a university that has amazing students,” he said. He added that one challenge will be determining how best to fulfill the institute’s mission, which has historically been oriented around issues of international security as well as issues of political economy and development. President Christina Paxson, who headed the search committee, said Locke possesses the ideal combination of skills and experience sought in a director. “He put the whole package together of innovative leadership and great talent,” she said. Locke and Brown administrators emphasized the goal of better integrating the Watson Institute into the University at large. Locke said / / Watson page 9
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MIT dean and department chair Richard Locke said as Watson Institute director, he will work to better integrate the institute into the University.
Faculty to vote on greater URC representation By Molly Schulson Staff Writer
The faculty will vote Tuesday on a proposal that, if approved, will create a new faculty position on the University Resources Committee — a change that would come only months after the number of undergraduate student positions on the committee was doubled. Either a lecturer or a senior lecturer would fill the proposed position, bringing the committee’s faculty-tostudent ratio to an even split with seven members representing each. The motion to increase undergraduate representation from two to four positions, passed after much faculty debate, The Herald previously reported. The change responded to
student concerns that the URC’s duties — which include setting the University’s budget and recommending tuition hikes — were of particular relevance to undergraduate interests and called for greater student input. “The increase of faculty from six members to seven responds to a concern expressed by a member of the faculty that, after increasing student representation on the URC last spring from five to seven, faculty are now in a minority on a university committee,” wrote Mary Louise Gill, chair of the Faculty Executive Committee and professor of philosophy, in an email to The Herald. Gill also wrote that adding a lecturer or senior lecturer to the group “is a way to increase their voice” in University governance. This pro-
posal comes on the heels of a vote last month to add a position to the Faculty Executive Committee to be held by a lecturer or senior lecturer. Senior lecturers and lecturers are not on the tenure track — unlike professors, associate professors and assistant professors — and they are not required to devote as much time to research. “Lecturers are considered regular faculty at the University,” said Mark Schlissel P’15, provost and chair of the URC. “They are concerned that they don’t have enough representation.” Currently, no lecturers hold positions on the URC, even though they are affected by decisions the faculty makes in establishing the next year’s budget, Schlissel said.
He said the current proposal is in part a “manifestation” of last year’s decision to increase the number of student representatives. “Faculty might be concerned that this committee might be unbalanced,” he said. With students now outnumbering faculty members on the committee by one, the proposal could “make up for perceived loss in parity,” he said. Student representative Abigail Plummer ’15 said she does not see a problem with the addition of another faculty member. “Everyone deserves a say in the budget … and the greater diversity of opinions, the better,” she wrote in an email to The Herald. Luiz Valente, professor of Por/ / Faculty page 8 tuguese and
The Herald announces 123rd Editorial Board Ayyy, sexy ladies — Herald style By Phelan Huan Twanteeto Singer - Songwriter
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The 123rd Editorial Board will seize power Jan. 1. From left: Aparna Bansal ‘14, Jordan Hendricks ‘14, Lucy Feldman ‘14, Shefali Luthra ‘14, Elizabeth Carr ‘14 and Alexa Pugh ‘14. Feldman and Luthra will be editors-in-chief.
Like Scandinavian warriors descending on the mead hall, The Brown Daily Herald’s staff convened at popular “Antiques Roadshow” filming destination and sophisticated Providence eatery Cav restaurant Friday night. The paper’s current leadership announced the 123rd Editorial Board, who will officially take the reins of the organization Jan. 1. The inspiration for Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Shefali Luthra ’14 will serve as editor-inchief and president of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Trying to match Luthra’s knowledge of the inner workings of faculty governance and Brown’s presidential history is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street.
Luthra, who hails from sunny Los Altos, Calif., knows the latest Bollywood trivia all too well and can fearlessly execute complicated baking recipes while analyzing Proust’s madeleine episode. Lucy Feldman ’14 will serve as editor-in-chief and vice president of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Feldman, from Portland, Ore., is a former news editor and the star and inspiration for the new USA Network drama “Crimes of Fashion,” about an impeccably dressed lady detective. Her coverage of the impact of socioeconomic status on Brown’s social scene earned her five frat tanks out of five. Elizabeth Carr ’14, also known as the lady in red, hails from St. Louis and will serve as managing editor. Carr previously turned down an offer / / 123 page 3 to participate
U. joins task force to up hospital collaboration By Eli Okun Senior Staff Writer
Lifespan and Care New England, the hospital systems that run five of the Alpert Medical School’s seven teaching hospitals, are partnering with the University to create a task force investigating ways to strengthen administrative and research collaboration between the institutions. The task force, which was announced at a Nov. 19 panel hosted by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, will seek to break down research barriers between hospitals when it begins meeting in January. The focus of its efforts will be “nutsand-bolts issues,” Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Ed Wing told The Herald. The Med School’s roughly 600 clinical faculty members are fulltime faculty members at the University, but they work principally at the hospitals, where they conduct research and teach interns, residents and medical students. The idea for the task force arose on an April research retreat for leaders from Brown and the two hospital systems, Wing said. Among the planned initiatives that came from that retreat were the formation of a joint steering committee to coordinate committees, an analysis of common research cores — like a center on transgenic mice — to maximize efficiency, transforming laboratory ideas into commercial pursuits and cooperating on investments in new technologies. There had previously been minimal joint / / Hospitals page 4
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Convened by novelist and Professor of Africana Studies Chinua Achebe, the Achebe Colloquium on Africa will provide a forum to discuss key issues confronting the continent, such as security, terrorism and insurgency. By Rachel Margolis Staff Writer
The 2012 Achebe Colloquium on Africa, entitled “Governance, Security and Peace in Africa,” will be held this Friday and Saturday at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Convened by celebrated Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, professor of Africana studies, this year’s colloquium will focus primarily on security issues throughout Africa. Now in its fourth year, the annual colloquium brings together international government officials, activists, scholars and other experts to discuss issues facing Africa and the world. Previous topics have included the 2010 Nigerian elections and the Arab Spring. This year’s colloquium will highlight “the security issues that challenge the establishment of institutions and principles of good governance on the continent,” according to a University press release. Panels will address security and terrorism, regime change and ethnoreligious insurgency in West Africa and race, politics and peace-building in Southern Africa. The two-day event will feature speakers such as British entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Niger Bisa Williams and Mamphela Ramphele, South African activist and former managing
director of the World Bank. Other speakers will include Deputy Head of Mission for the Republic of South Sudan to the United States Dhanojak Obongo, Nigerian activist and writer and the President of Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria Snehu Sani, and Johnny Moloto, deputy chief of mission for the South African Embassy in the United States. The event will also include appearances by author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga and Nneka, a renowned Nigerian singer. Achebe, who is known for his political commentary in addition to his creative writing, was named earlier this month as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 global thinkers “for forcing Africa to confront its demons.” The colloquium is “one of the signature projects that Professor Achebe brought to the University when he came here in 2009,” said Associate Professor of Africana Studies Corey Walker, chair of the Department of Africana Studies and member of the Colloquium Organizing Committee. He said the 2012 event “promises to be another very interesting and intriguing set of conversations,” and that he is looking forward to the “incisive commentary and keen analysis” this year’s speakers will bring to the table. “(Achebe) is using his reputation to uplift the intellectual culture in American universities about Africa,” said
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Horace Campbell, professor of political science and African American studies at Syracuse University. Campbell, who will be speaking at the event, said Achebe has greatly influenced his work, as well as that of any other scholar engaged in the study of Africa over the past 50 years. He added that a central issue to address at the colloquium is the “conditions of instability” that American and European policies have created in the region in the name of peace and humanitarian intervention. “If this colloquium or universities in America are serious about peace, then we must critique the idea of liberal peace and fighting terrorism, conditions that create the basis for more terrorism and instability,” he said. The source of these destructive policies, he added, is the “conception of Africans as savages involving tribal conflict” that has traditionally been “the driving force in thinking about Africa.” He said peace can only be achieved by “respecting Africans as human beings, not as tribal bodies of people.” Campbell noted that forums like the Achebe Colloquium are particularly crucial as the U.S. government increasingly attempts to militarize the study of Africa. He said other universities have “sat by” as the U.S. Department of Education cut back funding for their African studies centers, instead choosing to channel funds toward the Department of Defense. “Any money for research is going to the Pentagon and not to universities,” he said. As a result, the study of Africa “is dominated by the U.S. military and military interests in Africa.” He said that the colloquium serves as a place where these issues can be freely discussed. “It is my hope that the Achebe Colloquium will continue to highlight Africa’s great complexity and beauty while analyzing its challenges,” Achebe wrote in an email to The Herald. Though space will be limited and registration is required, the event is free and open to the public and can be watched live online.
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/ / 123 page 1 on “Cupcake Wars” in order to be City & State editor. In her new role, Carr will school The Herald on shooting range etiquette and tomato horticulture. Jordan Hendricks ’14, who will also serve as managing editor, was born in Oklahoma! City on “oh what a beautiful morning.” Hendricks maintains an active social media presence and has been known to own the night like the 4th of July. Aparna Bansal ’14, who came to the States from Jakarta, Indonesia, will serve as senior editor. Formerly a features editor who perfected stories on everything from Quidditch at Brown to Hope Street shops, Bansal is on the Chipotle and Kabob and Curry meal plan. Alexa Pugh ’14, of Ridgefield, Conn., will also serve as senior editor. Pugh transferred from Northwestern University in fall 2011 to pursue liberal arts and enjoy Providence’s milder climate. A former senior staff writer, Pugh will use what she learned at a Glamour Magazine internship to bring the “Hey, It’s OK!” feature to The Herald. First on the list: to sneak a nap on the back-office couch. The 123rd Editorial Board will work with an exciting roster of new leaders in 2013. Greg Jordan-Detamore ’14, of Philadelphia, will serve as The Herald’s first-ever strategic director. He has mastered the wily tricks of the College Publisher content management system and knows the public transportation offerings of your city better than you do. Jordan-Detamore resides in Graduate Center C. Alexandra Macfarlane ’13 will continue as news editor, joined by Mathias Heller ’15 and Eli Okun ’15. Macfarlane, of Sandy, Utah, led this fall’s Herald poll and specialized in asking the tough questions about students’ relationship statuses and sleeping patterns. Heller, of Alexandria, Va., has already begun planning his presidential campaign alongside running mate Joe Biden. His campaign will be punctuated by quotations from former University president Gordon Gee and a stunning array of bowties. Okun, of Rockville, Md., is often spotted in deep discussion with President Christina Paxson at Tealuxe, occasionally accompanied by Assistant to the President Kim Roskiewicz. Sona Mkrttchian ’15 and Adam Toobin ’15 will team up to take Providence by storm as next year’s City & State editors. Mkrttchian, of South Egg Harbor, N.J., has a penchant for pensions and ventured to Princeton last spring to report on Paxson’s time at the lesser Ivy. Toobin, of New York City, showed his political expertise while covering a number of closely contested local and national races this election season. His ability to quickly digest complex issues, among other things, clinched The Herald’s victory in its semiannual kickball throwdown versus the College Hill ’dependent. Hannah Abelow ’14 and Maddie Berg ’15, both from New York, will take their considerable talent to the stage as Arts & Culture editors. Abelow gave The Herald’s international coverage a boost by writing about support for President Obama while abroad in Cape Town this semester. Berg, who reported this semester that many students are single, but seek re-
lationships, will steer the section’s coverage toward perfect-date restaurants. Elizabeth Koh ’15 and Alison Silver ’15 will serve as features editors. Koh, who hails from La Mirada, Calif., and goes by the nickname Echo, plans to use her knowledge of Greek mythology to start a new blog called Narcissists@Brown. Silver, of Concord, Mass., will draw new writers to the features section with her Italian flair and trademark hospitality. Sahil Luthra ’14 will continue as Science & Research editor, joined by Kate Nussenbaum ’15. Luthra, of Los Altos, Calif., will bring his muchenvied improv skills to The Herald’s musical comedy-focused newsroom. Nussenbaum, of Concord, Mass., specializes in tattoo tales, and rumor has it that Nussenbaum had a tattoo of Jonah Lehrer removed this past summer. James Blum ’14 and Connor Grealy ’14 will take over as sports editors. Blum, of Potomac, Md., will bring his expertise in covering the track team to The Herald’s sports section. Grealy, of Greenwich, Conn., loves golf. Kyle McNamara ’14, of Alva, Fla., will continue as design editor, joined by Brisa Bodell ’15, of Albany, Calif., and Einat Brenner ’15, of Sunnyvale, Calif. Sandra Yan ’15, of Derwood, Md., will serve as assistant design editor. The design quartet will maintain The Herald’s diva factor by keeping the dial locked on Pandora’s Beyonce station. The Herald’s picture-perfect photography leadership will remain in place next year. Emily Gilbert ’14, of Summit, N.J., Sam Kase ’15, of New York City, and Tom Sullivan ’15, of Glenside, Penn., will stay on as photo editors. Gilbert will use her knowledge of optics to manipulate light for stunning photography. Kase and Sullivan will continue to beast at their respective contests: being a dead ringer for a younger Woody Allen for Kase and growing mountain man-themed beards for Sullivan. Sara Palasits ’15, from Fanwood, N.J., will serve as copy desk chief. Palasits can find an out-of-place comma with her eyes closed. She was reading the dictionary by age two, and one of the characters from the musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” was fashioned after her. Lucas Husted ’13, from Washington, D.C., will continue as opinions editor, sipping mate tea to spark his ingenious ideas, and will be joined by Matt Brundage ’15, of Montclair, Va., and Maggie Tennis ’14, of Baltimore, Md. Dan Jeon ’14, of Slippery Rock, Penn., will continue as editor of The Herald’s editorial page board. Jeon brings a passion for public policy and mad skills on the tennis court to the job. Joe Stein ’16, of Woodbridge, Conn., will take over for Neal “Swimming” Poole ’13, of New York City, as The Herald’s web producer. Poole will serve as assistant web producer in the spring. Stein’s intriguing demeanor will make up for the fact that his beard does not come close to rivaling Poole’s. The Herald is also proud to announce its newest staff writers so far this semester: Sheza Atiq ’14, Kiki Barnes ’16, Mariya Bashkatova ’15, Alex Blum ’16, Emily Boney ’15, Sophie Flynn ’15, Jasmine Fuller ’15, Sam Heft-Luthy ’16, Sabrina Imbler ’16, Maxine Joselow ’16, Katie Lamb ’16, Maggie Livingstone ’16, Rachel Margolis ’16, Ria Mirchandani ’15,
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The outgoing 122nd Editorial Board bids adieu (from left): Natalie Villacorta ’13, Claire Peracchio ’13, Tony Bakshi ’13, Rebecca Ballhaus ’13 and Nicole Boucher ’13. Sarah Perelman ’15, Brittany Nieves ’15, Sonia Phene ’15, Molly Schulson ’16 and Corinne Sejourne ’16. Zoe “HYFR” Hoffman ’13, of Falls Church, Va., and Claire “Lipstick” Luchette ’13, of Hinsdale, Ill., will take over as editors-in-chief of post-, The Herald’s vivacious weekly magazine. The two will use morse code to exchange story ideas through the wall they share in the notorious Brook Street Pinkhaus. Meredith Bilski ’14, from Chappaqua, N.Y., will rise from managing editor of BlogDailyHerald to serve
as its editor-in-chief. Bilski is wont to mack them dudes up, back coupes up and chuck the deuce up. Moderately priced soaps are her calling. It’s spoooky. The Herald also announced its new business leaders Friday. Sam Plotner ’14, who hails from Larchmont, N.Y., will move up from finance director to general manager and treasurer of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Plotner, who has been deemed “most likely to be both a frat-master and a grandfather,” will definitively not be working any night shifts at The
Herald to keep up his 10 p.m. bedtime. Julia Kuwahara ’14, who hails from Japan and served as sales director in the spring, will take the role of general manager and secretary of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Kuwahara earned the honor of being named “most likely to elope” this fall. Emily Chu ’14, of Essex Junction, Vt., will serve as alumni relations director. Luka Ursic ’14 will serve as finance director, Eliza Coogan ’15 as sales director, Justin Lee ’14 as business development director and Angel Lee ’14 as business strategy director.
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Sculpture incorporates daily objects, invites student interaction
Artist Thomas Friedman crafted ‘Circle Dance,’ a new sculpture installed by the Walk between Angell and Waterman streets, from reclaimed aluminum roasting pans. By Corinne Sejourne Staff Writer
The sculpture “Circle Dance” by Thomas Friedman made its debut on the grassy area of the Walk between Angell and Waterman streets following a week-long installation process. The sculpture, inspired by Henri Matisse’s painting, La Danse, depicts the motion of 11 life-sized human figures holding hands in a circle. The cast is made of shiny stainless steel meant to emulate the pans used by Friedman in his original creation. The sculpture weighs 3,200 pounds and is 22 feet in diameter, according to a University
press release. At first glance the sculpture seems “much simpler” than Friedman’s other works, said Ian Russell, curator for the Bell Gallery, but it is consistent with his style of creating art from everyday materials. He added that the life-size human scale of the work is meant to be very approachable, and he anticipates that students will play with it, perhaps adorning it with “woolly hats” in the cold winter months to come. The stainless steel sculpture was cast from the original in a foundry on Long Island before it was brought to campus Monday morning, said Jo-Ann Conklin, director of the David Win-
ton Bell Gallery. Conklin, along with members of the Public Art Committee, was on site to decide how to orient the statue before it was permanently installed. During the installation process, workers secured the sculpture in place by inserting rods from the feet of the figures into concrete pillars under the ground. The sculpture was protected by a fence while the cement was curing. “It is really exciting to see it in person for the first time,” Conklin said. “I like being able to see the material. It’s made from aluminum roasting pans and you’re able to see the maker’s names, the concentric circles. I think
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it fits well.” Russell oversaw the installation, making sure the visions of the artist and the Public Art Committee became a reality. His responsibility was to “ensure that, in as much as possible, we address technicalities but do not undermine the artist,” Russell said, describing the process thus far as “smooth.” “I really enjoy the piece,” Russell said. “From afar, it really does echo Matisse’s La Danse, but from closer you can see that it reflects the roasting tins and everyday materials,” he noted. The statue’s central location on the Walk receives regular foot traffic from
the student population, enabling it to become a place for cultural expression, Russell said. Student passersby had mixed opinions of the sculpture. “As an art piece I like it,” said Jason Kirschner ’13. He said he wasn’t sure how the sculpture fit into the design scheme of the University but thought he “could grow to like it more by the end of the year.” The sculpture “seems to defy anatomy and physics, which is odd,” said Paolo Burkley ’16, adding that the sculpture seems unnatural. “I think it’s cool,” said Ayanda Collins ’16. “I hope no one vandalizes it.”
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tive officers of the hospital systems, Timothy Babineau at Lifespan and Dennis Keefe at Care New England, are spearheading the task force effort. The leaders already meet regularly but realized a task force could address overarching issues, Wing said. Babineau declined to be interviewed because the task force has not yet begun meeting or laid out any goals. Keefe could not be reached for comment. “It’s a little vague,” Wing said of the task force. “It’s in its infancy.” Though the results of the task force’s meetings are unlikely to affect students or most of the Brown campus directly, Wing said they could have an impact on clinical faculty members. “We’re very supportive of our teaching hospitals,” he said. “Anything that makes research easier across the system is an advantage to the Medical School.” Members of the task force have not yet been announced. Wing said its work would not be affected by his stepping down at the end of the academic year.
strategic planning among the institutions, Wing said. This is unusual among university-hospital systems, many of which have a central governance structure. “We’re on our way to it,” Wing said. Much of the task force’s work will focus on eliminating the barriers to cooperative research that exist among the competing hospitals, Wing said. One issue addressed might be coordinating institutional review boards, which are the bodies that must approve any research project involving human subjects. Each hospital currently has its own IRB, as does Brown, so projects that span multiple institutions must go through the procedure with each, sometimes receiving conflicting decisions, Wing said. The task force will also look into bolstering research collaboration and emphasizing “other synergies,” Wing said, like allowing researchers from different hospitals access to equipment only one owns. The presidents and chief execu-
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Undergrad episodic drinking Concert celebrates Guthrie compositions rate exceeds national average By kiki barnes staff writer
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Forty-three percent of Brown undergraduates reported heavy episodic drinking in the two weeks preceding the administration of a survey by the Office of Campus Life and Student Services during the last academic year — a figure that exceeds national averages. In November 2011 and March 2012, a total of 2,526 undergraduates were anonymously polled online — a 42.7 percent response rate, said Frances Mantak, director of health education. “We surveyed all undergraduates in two separate groups, essentially 50 percent in the fall and 50 percent in the spring,” Mantak said. “We were careful to avoid spring break and Spring Weekend.” The survey used the common national measure for defining heavy episodic drinking, or binge drinking, which is “five or more drinks in one sitting,” Mantak said. “That’s the threshold where we see problems occurring.” Brown fell in the middle of the pack when compared to five peer institutions, Mantak said. Though many other universities conduct similar student surveys, only five released their binge drinking numbers to the University, she added. But Mantak noted that the University’s numbers are “higher than national average rates” according to statistics from the National College Health Assessment conducted by the American College Health Association. Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, said this finding was surprising. “Two weeks ago, we would have told you our binge drinking rate was about national norms,” she said. “We have to pay attention to college students around the country, and we’re a little high for episodic drinking.” But the survey also reported that
one in five Brown undergraduates does not drink at all, Mantak said. “That’s consistent with not only national data, but with lots of other surveys that have been done on Brown students,” she said. Klawunn added that the survey found older students were more likely to report episodes of heavy drinking. As students progress through college, they tend to have more drinks in any given night, the survey reported, though “we tend to see reports of alcohol transports to be exclusively first-year and sophomore students,” she said. “Of people who drink, 39 percent have had a hangover, 35.2 percent had less energy or felt tired, 33.7 percent reported saying or doing embarrassing things,” Mantak said. “Not being able to remember long stretches of time was at 11.4 percent.” The survey was conducted as part of the National College Health Improvement Project, a collaborative effort started by Dartmouth’s former president Jim Yong Kim ’82. The University joined last fall, and the project now includes 32 institutions across the country, Klawunn said. The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies also helped with the survey, Mantak said. “There was a lot of flexibility for universities to do what they felt was the right fit,” Mantak added. “One of the items that we identified early on that we thought was important to do was a survey to get a baseline data about our students’ alcohol abuse.” The University only has a “limited amount of the results right now” because “there were a lot of things to look at,” she said. Mantak said the University will release more reports after additional data analysis. “We are going to be having conversations with the alcohol subcommittee, with Residential Council, maybe with (the Undergraduate Council of Students), to get more information from students,” Klawunn said.
Continuing this semester’s theme “Musical Voyages” and in celebration of the Woody Guthrie centenary, the Brown University Orchestra performed music by Beethoven, David Amram and Leonard Bernstein in a concert in Sayles Hall Nov. 29 and 30. “The range of music is extraordinary,” said Paul Phillips, senior lecturer in music and conductor of the orchestra. “These are works that compliment each other very beautifully and give the audience something to think about.” The concer t op ened with Beethoven’s “Piano concerto No. 3 in C Minor, op. 37” featuring pianist and Concerto Competition winner Peter Asimov ’14. The competition takes place every fall and is open to members of the orchestra, as well as pianists, singers, organists and guitarists, Phillips said. The 2012 competition awarded three winners — Asimov, Akshaya Avril-Tucker ’15 and Carolyn Ranti ’13. Each winner has the opportunity to play his or her concerto with the entire orchestra.
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“It’s a really amazing orchestra, and they devote a huge amount of time to every performance,” Asimov said. “It makes it that much more of an honor to have such exceptional performers playing with you.” To celebrate the famed American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, the next part of the concert featured the Rhode Island premiere of Amram’s “Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie.” Amram met Guthrie in New York City in 1956 and composed the piece in his honor at the request of the Guthrie family, Amram told the audience before the piece was performed Friday night. “(Guthrie) was just an encyclopedia,” Amram said. “This is not the kind of music you can do just by tapping your foot.” The symphony is a musical documentation of Guthrie’s travels throughout America based primarily on the song “This Land Is Your Land.” “Amram wrote each verse in a different part of the country. The music parallels Guthrie’s journeys,” Phillips said. He added that the symphony features movements inspired by Oklahoma, Texas, Mexican immigrants, Native American rhythms,
the Dust Bowl and different locations in New York City where Guthrie lived for 20 years. Amram and Phillips have worked together many times in the past, Phillips said, adding that he was thankful to have Amram at rehearsals with the orchestra. “Because the composer was there, he directly helped us for the performance,” said Jacob Stern ’14, a percussionist in the orchestra. “It was a really fabulous experience.” After a brief intermission, the orchestra concluded the concert with Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story.’” “Several members have asked to play it for years,” Phillips said of the piece, which continues Amram’s American motif. The orchestra’s year-long theme of “Musical Voyages” began with concerts during Family Weekend that described a voyage to outer space, Phillips said. The concert included music such as Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” The voyage will continue March 23-31 when the orchestra will travel to and perform concerts in Ireland. “After hearing this orchestra, everyone will fall in love with America,” Amram said. “They are ambassadors for the best that Brown has to offer.”
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New group seeks to incite political action Med School workshop encourages collaboration By sophie yan
By Sarah Sachs Contributing Writer
Medical, pharmacy, nursing and social work students gathered at the Alpert Medical School for an inter-professional workshop Nov. 28 to learn how to cooperate as a team of medical professionals. Students from Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island and the Med School worked for three hours on various case studies that pushed them to rely on each other and ask for advice. “You can’t practice medicine in a silo anymore,” said Paul George, director of the Med School’s second-year curriculum and the event’s organizer. “This puts students out of their comfort zone,” he added. “We have them help teach each other.” Groups of four students, one from each discipline, were assigned a case study to work on together. This is the first time social workers have been included in the workshop, which was held for the fifth time. Nationally, there has been a movement to help doctors learn how to take advantage of the skills social workers bring to clinical settings. “It’s where health care is moving these days,” George said. “Doctors are constantly reliant on social workers.” Patients normally struggle to discuss important issues, like paying for health care, with doctors, he said. Andre Anderson ’11 MD’15 praised the workshop for teaching medical students about the importance of social work. As an undergrad, Anderson participated in Health Leads, a group that aims to help patients access resources to address social needs, but he hadn’t been exposed to the socioeconomic issues involved with health care for some time. “It’s always good to be reminded how important socioeconomics is,” Anderson said. One group consisted of Ted Apstein MD’15; Linda Harrod, a social work master’s candidate at Rhode Island College; Kayla Duquette, a fifth-year pharmacy student from the University of Rhode Island; and Joshua Menard, a senior nursing student at the University of Rhode Island. Inside the clinical suite, an actor was waiting, pretending to be a 69-year-old man with pneumonia. The team was then challenged to
evaluate him, diagnose him, prescribe him the appropriate medicine and give him advice on handling his treatment. Before meeting the patient, the team members started to plan their approach outside the clinical suite. Harrod reminded the team to give her a moment alone with the patient to discuss things like domestic abuse or the financial burdens of medical care in a confidential setting. These are issues doctors often face, but that can be more efficiently and comprehensively handled by social workers. The team then entered the room to examine the patient, with the doctor and nurse taking vitals and asking questions about health history as the pharmacist started crunching numbers for dosage suggestions. The team members only broke character once, when they took the patient’s temperature and discovered that the actor really did have a slight fever. “It’s actually supposed to say 100.4 in the script,” the actor whispered to the nursing student, who giggled softly for a moment and continued with the exam. Leaving the social worker and the patient alone in the room, the rest of the team met outside to start developing a treatment strategy. “It was really nice to practice doing these things with my peers,” Menard said. Nursing students get to work with doctors in the hospitals during their rounds, but “don’t get much respect because we’re students,” he said. This was the first time Menard had done any practice rounds with other students. “I can practice more confidently,” he said. “I was really nervous about this, though,” Duquette added, noting that she had never done her rounds with people other than pharmacists. “I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to come to a decision as a team,” she said. “I kept thinking, ‘Oh no, four different majors! We just can’t do it.’” “Trust was a big deal,” Apstein said. “It was the first time we really practiced trusting other people to do what their specialty is.” George said that students are often nervous working with other specialties. “I never got any training like this until I was a resident,” he said. “But this way, it becomes more natural. When they do hit the wards after school, they can work more seamlessly together as a team.”
The weeks leading up to election night Nov. 6 saw a flurry of political activity on campus, with guest speakers and debates, watch parties and students streaking on the Main Green in patriotic spirit. But now that the November election season is over, the political fervor that once gripped campus seems to have drifted back into an atmosphere of political complacency or even indifference. It is as if members of the collective student body is thinking: “Obama’s been re-elected — now what?” To answer this question, Sam Gilman ’15, Andrew Kaplan ’15 and Heath Mayo ’13, a Herald opinions columnist, co-founded the newest bipartisan political group on campus, Common Sense Action, a grassroots organization with a mission to mobilize young voters to political action. The idea for the group was conceived last summer, when Gilman worked for a bipartisan policy center in Washington, D.C. “I realized that a whole generation of Americans were growing up not exposed to the other side of (politics),” Gilman said. Concerned about the policy issues that most youth remain ignorant about, he recruited Kaplan and Mayo
goals,” Gilman said. “We want the same American promise that our parents had, that our grandparents had, for us and the future generations.” One way that the organization is raising awareness is through their document, “Contract with the Future.” They will be organizing their second semester goals around the Contract, a manifesto that students can sign to show their support and express their interest in the group’s
“We want the same American promise that our parents had, that our grandparents had, for us and the future generations.”
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goals. Gilman and Kaplan said they have already made their presence known on campus, holding weekly meetings and discussing various political ideas and plans for the coming months with different students each meeting. They plan to use their website, as well as Facebook and other social media platforms, to spread word on campus. “We are grassroots, not grasstops,” Kaplan said, meaning Common Sense Action seeks the opinions of
“When only half of the country is voting, there’s something wrong.”
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to create a group that would focus on bringing the youth voice to bipartisan politics and launched the initiative in the beginning of November. The three are all self-described “principled partisans.” Gilman is an Independent, Kaplan is a Democrat and Mayo is a Republican — but they found they shared many ideas on how to improve political policy. The team sought to foster diversity in the group, bringing a greater variety of ideas and opinions to the issues they faced. The first topic they addressed was the economy. According to Common Sense Action’s website, “by amassing 17 trillion dollars in debt and failing to invest in nation building, (the government is) mortgaging the future to pay for the past and present.” “By 2020, the United States will be paying $1 trillion in interest alone,” Kaplan said. “As youth, we all have common
ronment that Common Sense Action fosters, and maybe it’s also partly because of the open-mindedness of the student population at the University, the founders said. “It’s important to analyze both sides of a debate,” said Justin Braga ’16, a member of both Common Sense Action and the Brown Republicans. “There are people (in the organization) who obviously disagree with me, but I respect that.”
all members regardless of leadership status within the group. The core leadership group comprises 12 students who take turns holding meetings and conducting one-on-one interviews with other students to learn about their political views and what they would like to see the government accomplish. The founders described a typical meeting as relaxed and informal, starting off with an icebreaker activity. Common Sense Action aims to encourage interaction within the group and facilitate meaningful relationships that transcend partisan lines, Gilman said. Common Sense Action members in the meetings answer personal questions such as “What are your dreams and goals?” and “What do you want to accomplish in the future?” It isn’t until after these check-ins that the conversation transitions toward politics. “How can the government help you accomplish your dreams?” is a common preliminary question that inevitably leads to more discussion among Common Sense members. Gilman acknowledged that the group has “principled disagreements, but there’s always a level of respect.” Perhaps that’s because of the envi-
Elizabeth Pollock, assistant director of social entrepreneurship at the Swearer Center, has been working with the team since its inception and said she is optimistic about the effectiveness of bipartisan cooperation. “One thing that I know (the founders) believe is important is focusing on the issues where principled Independents, Democrats and Republicans can find common ground and setting aside the issues in which they will never find common ground,” she said. The organization has recruited a motley team of students from all political affiliations, from Libertarians to Socialists and everything in between. They have spoken to members of all the political groups, collecting input on the issues that are important to youth. “It’s useful to encourage people to become interested and become involved (in politics),” said Barrett Hazeltine, professor emeritus and adjunct professor of engineering and entrepreneurship, who has advised the group on the proposal for the organization. “When only half of the country is voting, there’s something wrong.” Sofia Fernandez Gold ’14, president of the Brown University Democrats, said she would be happy to collaborate with Common Sense Action in the future. “The Brown Democrats always strive to be the best members of the political community that we can,” she said. “Encouraging people to discuss politics is always a good thing,” she added. In the long term, the group wishes to bring the youth voice to the policy-making table, as well as reduce extremism and advocate bipartisanism in the government, Kaplan said. Through online video and picture campaigns, their goal is to encourage not just politically-minded students, but also students who may not be studying the humanities, such as future engineers or doctors, to come out and support the cause. “Anyone with student loans can relate,” Gilman said. “We need to have a voice in shaping solutions.”
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Ebony editor-in-chief and Brown alum finds niche in journalism By caroline saine senior staff writer
Shortly after Amy DuBois Barnett ’91 assumed her position as editor-inchief of the iconic Ebony Magazine in May 2010, she transformed the publication — from the first page to the last. The oldest and largest magazine for African-American readers, Ebony serves as a celebration of news, events and people significant to AfricanAmerican culture. Upon taking the helm of the 67-year-old publication, Barnett launched a sweeping redesign of the magazine. “I wanted to bring a fresh and modern perspective to both the content and the design to make it more appealing and accessible again to a younger reader,” she said. “I think that my biggest issue was that a lot of people considered it to be kind of like your grandmother’s magazine,” she said. Within a year of the redesign, the magazine grew in circulation from 1.1 million to 1.23 million between the first half of 2010 and the first half of 2011, and it reached 1.26 million by the second half of 2011, according to the Chicago Tribune. A winding path to journalism Barnett’s journey to Ebony was hardly a linear one. In her early life, Barnett had always been discouraged from pursuing journalism, though writing, had been her passion since she was young, she said. “So many people told me that (journalism) was a triangular field — that there were few people at the top and tons of people at the bottom,” she said. Ultimately, Barnett went through three different careers before breaking into the magazine industry. But throughout her life, she continued to write. “I thought I was going to write the
Great American Novel — that was my intention,” Barnett said. Her journey to Ebony began as an undergraduate at Brown, where Barnett took courses in creative writing and English while pursuing a double concentration in political science and French. “I was very interested in international law and international policy,” she said, noting that she had once planned on attending law school, which she called a “repository” for smart liberal arts students who are unsure of what career to pursue. Throughout her time at Brown, Barnett said she developed a fearlessness that eventually led to her pursuing her passion. “There was a professor (at Brown) that really kicked my ass in English,” she said. Receiving her first ever B-minus in college was “very distressing” at the time, she said. After graduation, Barnett first worked as a financial analyst, then studied fashion merchandising. She landed at University College Dublin in Ireland, where she studied writing and literature. Studying in Ireland cemented her decision to pursue writing. While there, Barnett applied and was accepted to Columbia’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing. “But while I was at grad school for creative writing, I needed to pay my rent,” Barnett said. This was what finally led her to her first job in journalism — writing for Fashion Planet, a website that later became Fashion Almanac Magazine. Navigating the industry “Journalism is the perfect career for adventurous and curious people,” Barnett said. “At root, that’s who it’s for.” Her abilities as a writer and her own adventurous spirit and curiosity made journalism “perfect” for her character, she said. Since she began working as a journalist, Barnett has
covered topics as diverse as travel, parenting, health, fashion, politics and lifestyle, traversing the world for her stories. Working as managing editor for Fashion Almanac turned out to be a career-altering experience. “I was very, very good at it,” she said. “It turned out to be my calling.” At the age of 30, Barnett became the first black woman to run a major magazine when she was named editorin-chief of Honey Magazine. Barnett went on to work for Teen People and Harper’s Bazaar, wrote a self-help book titled, “Get Yours!: How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More” and started her own consulting firm before becoming editor-in-chief of Ebony in May 2010. Even though her success in journalism has been paramount, Barnett said she still harbors her passion for creative writing. “I have two novels sitting in a drawer right now,” she said. Transforming an icon “I think most African-Americans have grown up with Ebony Magazine in their house,” Barnett said. So tackling a complete redesign of the magazine — the first in its publication history — was a daunting moment in her career. Barnett worked on layout redesigns, font and palette changes and the implementation of new sections in the magazine called departments. Since the redesign, the magazine has seen an increase in circulation numbers and unique visits to its website, and Barnett’s personal letters from readers demonstrate the change’s effectiveness, she said. “The quantitative and the qualitative response has been really positive,” Barnett said. “That’s been extremely gratifying.” More than a magazine On the morning of Nov. 6, Barnett tweeted a message to approximately 14,500 followers: “Barack Obama
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Editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine Amy DuBois Barnett ‘91 increased the publication’s readership by redesigning its content and aesthetics. represents my values. And he is an amazing example for my son.” The Ebony staff advocated for Obama’s re-election, Barnett said. “We’re just really thrilled,” she said of his success. Barack and Michelle Obama graced the cover of Ebony Magazine’s November 2012 issue, which promised “an intimate conversation with our President” and “the President’s personal message to all Black families” inside the magazine. The publication “has successfully survived a hostile publishing industry, catering primarily to the interests of a growing and diverse African-American community,” Francoise Hamlin, assistant professor of history and Africana studies, wrote in an email to The Herald. She added that Ebony succeeds where other publications fail with “its handling of sensitive issues and by featuring an array of black personalities, politicians, artists, musicians and leaders on its cover — many more than in more mainstream
publications.” Ebony plays an important role in documenting the achievements of African-Americans, serving as a “magazine of record,” Barnett said. “We have covered — in a very unique way — the events that have taken place” since Ebony’s launch, she said, adding that Ebony is the only mainstream magazine to have covered the Civil Rights Movement “in a significant way.” “When you look back at the Ebony archives, you will see a tremendous number of very important and very significant images of that period of time that nobody else has,” Barnett said. Speaking about Ebony’s tagline, Barnett said, “When I say ‘it’s more than a magazine, it’s a movement,’ I’m talking about the fact that Ebony not only holds this iconic place in the African-American community, but that it also advocates for its readership in a way that not many other magazine brands do.”
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Med School musicians take talent to stage ‘Raucous’ ceremony honors mid-year grads By sarah goddard contributing writer
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About 150 students graduated in the Midyear Completion Celebration held Saturday, an event Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron called “the most rowdy and raucous yet.” Students, parents and alums gathered in Salomon Center to honor those who will graduate at the end of the semester, a 23-year-old tradition that sets Brown apart from most universities. The ceremony opened with a performance by John Brakatselos ’15, who sang an operatic version of the national anthem. The musicality of the ceremony’s introductions continued when Bergeron compared the “.5” label to syncopation in rock and roll — before breaking into an unexpected but well-received beatbox jam session that engaged the audience. Midyear graduates have some of the most interesting and diverse stories at Brown, said Besenia Rodriguez ’00, associate dean of the College for research and upperclass studies. Emily Hurt ’12.5 and Michael Mount ’12.5 delivered senior reflection speeches that drew great applause from the audience. Hurt took time off from Brown after her first semester. “I left Brown … doubtful I would ever return back to school,” she said. Though she grew up minutes from campus, Hurt said she had difficulty coping with college life and ended up taking multiple leaves. Hurt joked that even though she found the instant financial gratification of working as a waitress seductive, she knew there were greater opportunities available with a college education. Mount followed Hurt, describing the journey he embarked on during his time away from Brown. During what should have been his fourth semester, Mount backpacked the Pacific Crest Trail with a man named Furniture, he said. He lived in tents for several months at a time, sustaining himself on a diet of Almond Joys and Starbucks VIA. Taking time off from school for this journey allowed Mount to develop emotionally, teaching him to focus on living in the moment, he
/ / Faculty page 1 Brazilian studies and comparative literature, wrote in an email to The Herald that he supports “better representation for (lecturers) on faculty committees.” He wrote that he was concerned with having students outnumber faculty members on the committee prior to this proposal. “The URC is a standing committee of the faculty, not a council of the University community,” Valente wrote. His idea to increase the number of URC faculty member positions to eight, with “two from each of the major divisions of humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences,” was not accepted, but he supports the “proposed increase to seven (members).” URC faculty representative and Professor of Philosophy David Christensen wrote in an email to The Herald that he is “provisionally in favor”
said. “The four-year system does not accommodate all the obstacles we encounter,” he said, but “to go through college without struggling is to not have profited at all.” The reasons for graduating during the middle of the academic year vary from student to student.“Some students take internships, work on political campaigns. Some want to spend six months volunteering anywhere in the world. Some do it for personal reasons — medical leave to work on physical or mental health issues,” Rodriguez said. Students who take time off benefit from the opportunity to reflect and explore their passions, Rodriguez said. “They have come back to Brown with a renewed energy for their academic work and thinking about how their life after Brown will take shape,” she said. Transfer students often graduate mid-year, Rodriguez said. Alexa Trearchis ’12.5 transferred to Brown in January 2011 after two years at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. She said she knew she wanted to be at Brown the day she began her first year at Trinity. “I worked hard for two years at Trinity to make myself a good candidate and then applied to Brown when I felt I was ready for the challenge,” she said. Trearchis commented on the rapidity with which college flies by for transfer students. “No matter what sort of experience you’ve had at your past school, there’s a feeling that when it’s time to leave, it’s much earlier than you want it to be,” she said, adding that she wished she had spent all four years at Brown. Ipsita Krishnan ’12.5, who started out in the class of 2011, had to take a year-long medical leave after sustaining a head injury in a car accident and continued to struggle with balancing her health and academics following her return. She is thinking about pursuing a medical degree or working in therapy, she said. Like Trearchis, Krishnan said she is really going to miss Brown. “I love this place. Brown is home,” she said. “It feels like where I’m supposed to be.” of the proposal, but he added that his opinion is subject to change since he has yet to hear any arguments against the expansion. “The rationale to equalize the number of students and number of faculty on the committee and to add the voice of an underrepresented group makes sense to me,” he wrote. Schlissel said last year he supported the increase in student representation and “was not worried about them having too big of a voice.” But Schlissel added that while he feels neutral about the proposed addition, he is concerned about the possibility of increasing the size of the URC to the point of losing effectiveness. “There’s an upper limit to how many people can sit around a table and have a good conversation with one another,” he said. “By adding one more person, I’m not sure if it will make a huge difference.”
United by their joint passions for medicine and music, a select group of Alpert Medical School students and faculty members traded their white coats and stethoscopes for musical instruments Friday, showcasing their talents at the seventh annual BioMed Concert to a nearly full Martinos Auditorium. Many of the medical students and faculty members who performed were “actual musicians, but decided to devote their lives to medicine,” said concert organizer Donna Arruda, events manager for the office of medical student affairs. Associate Dean for Medical Education Philip Gruppuso, who also organized the event, said the musicians were excited to perform in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. In past years the concert has been held in Alumnae Hall. “The sound is much better. It’s a more intimate setting and just a wonderful building. It was a real privilege to hold the concert there,” he said. Students were also involved in organizing the event, Arruda said, adding that several were hired to run lighting and sound. The music selection was diverse and included classical voice and piano performances, an acoustic medley of current popular music, group jazz
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pieces and original songs, including “Little Sister” by VyVy Trinh MD’16, which she introduced as “for my favorite person in the world — my little sister.” The song “melted my heart,” said Michelle Daniel, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and drew tears from some audience members. In past years participation was open to all faculty members, but this year marked the first time that the focus was mainly on the students’ talents. While there were only two faculty member performances, the concert showcased the collaboration
background, Arruda said. While all Med School and PLME students receive an email inviting them to participate, the performance is “not a variety show” but a formal concert. Students who participated have studied music since they were young, Arruda said. While the audience consisted mainly of medical students, there were other faculty and Brown community members in attendance. “There’s a lot of talent,” said Deborah Samos, a Providence resident who works as a standardized patient with the medical students.
“Medicine is my profession, but music is my mistress.”
David Washington ’07 MD’11 Medical student
between medical faculty and their students and allowed them to see each other in a new light. It is “very interesting to see your professors there performing,” since it can be “hard to imagine them outside of lecture,” said performer Rudy Chen ’15, a Program in Liberal Medical Education student. “All you really get to know about people is their interest and abilities in medicine, but people come to (medical) school with many talents,” said Grayson Armstrong MD’14. This year’s performers were chosen through an interview process and based on their musical
Armstrong said performing in the concert was a simple decision. He majored in music as an undergraduate, but “it’s pretty rare to use those talents in medical school,” he said. “It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to invest in singing,” said Daniel, who sang George Gershwin’s “Summertime” with Jordan Thompson MD’16 on guitar. She added that it is challenging to engage in medicine and music at the same time. Arruda summarized the event with a quote from Med School alum David Washington ’07 MD’11, who said, “Medicine is my profession, but music is my mistress.”
State House speakers address HIV prevention By Andy Jones Contributing writer
HIV prevention must be a top priority for the Rhode Island community, said Thomas Bertrand, executive director of the AIDS Project Rhode Island, to about 40 guests Friday at the HIV Prevention Coalition’s State House World AIDS Day Event. The event hosted a series of speakers addressing HIV and AIDS prevention and aimed “to recognize Rhode Island’s efforts to reduce HIV infection, share concerns regarding HIV prevention work moving forward and increase visibility of HIV risk and need for prevention/education services in Rhode Island,” according to the official agenda. There are about 100 new cases of HIV every year in Rhode Island, Bertrand said when opening the two-hour event. The coalition of 22 organizations, which was founded in the spring, holds regular meetings to help fight HIV infections through primary prevention efforts. Many of the speakers emphasized one of the largest obstacles facing the coalition — as of Jan. 1, 2013, all state and federal funding for communitybased organizations for HIV education and prevention activities will be revoked. The best way to “honor the legacy” of those who have died of HIV/AIDS is “by working to eradicate the dis-
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ease,” Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 said in his remarks. The HIV infection rate in Rhode Island has shown signs of improvement, falling by 16 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to statistics from the Rhode Island Department of Health. There have been significant declines in new HIV infections in women and injecting-drug users, and mother-child transmission rates have fallen to zero. While Rhode Island has witnessed considerable success in fighting HIV/ AIDS in the past 10 years, challenges still lie ahead, said Wendy Hadley, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Alpert Medical School, to attendees. Incidences of new HIV infections remain higher among Hispanics and African-Americans compared to whites, and rates are growing among gay and bisexual men, she said. Both Hadley and Bertrand suggested several ways to further reduce HIV infection rates, including providing free testing and treatment and making information about the disease accessible to all people, especially young adults. In addition to lobbying for increased government funding to fight HIV/AIDS, community organizations should “focus prevention efforts on groups in which HIV/AIDS is most dramatically at play, including men who have sex with men,” said Ben Gellman ’14, an event attendee. Comparatively, Massachusetts
has waged a tougher war against the disease, Bertrand said. In recent years, “Massachusetts has invested about five times more per capita than Rhode Island in HIV prevention,” he noted. Its HIV infections have fallen by about 46 percent since 2000, a rate almost triple Rhode Island’s. Bertrand said it is vital that officials and legislators at the state and national levels make HIV prevention a priority. Community member Darren Wells, who has been living with HIV for 13 years, spoke about the support many member organizations of the coalition provided him as he learned to cope with his disease. He said he now works as an HIV/AIDS test counselor to “pay it forward” after so many people have helped him. World AIDS Day has been observed Dec. 1 every year since 1988. On this day, people around the world come together in the fight against HIV and remember loved ones lost to the disease. HIV — a disease that attacks the human immune system and is a precursor to AIDS — was first detected in the United States in 1981. According to the 2012 UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report, 1.7 million people worldwide suffered AIDSrelated deaths in 2011, and over 30 million are infected with HIV. Wells attributed much of his success in his battle with HIV to the wide support he received from others. “I’m not here because one person reached out to me,” he said, “but because a community reached out to me.”
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/ / Watson page 1 he hopes to strengthen ties with public health, environmental studies, entrepreneurship and computer science, as well as many of the social science departments traditionally connected with the institute’s international focus. Another principal focus will be boosting the institute’s reputation outside the University. One major question will be how to “enhance Watson’s visibility and its impact in the country and in the world,” Locke said. Paxson said the breadth of Locke’s scholarly work would suit him well for the kinds of multidimensional approaches necessary in today’s political and policy landscape. “That’s the world of policy now, where a lot of issues have sort of a combination of for-profit, notfor-profit and public sector players who are involved,” she said. Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences Ashutosh Varshney, who has known Locke since they were graduate students together at MIT in the 1980s, said Locke was “an inspired choice” for Watson. “He has (an) ability to lead, a very disciplined, remarkable work ethic and a very cosmopolitan attitude and temper,” Varshney said. He added that Locke’s research is poised to play a crucial role in the international dialogues surrounding labor standards and “how to ensure that labor rights are protected” in supply chains for major companies, like in the process of manufacturing Apple
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Cory Gibbs ’01, who retired Monday from a 12-year professional soccer career, reflected on people at Brown who influenced his success.
/ / Soccer page 12 until his sophomore and junior years that Gibbs considered a professional soccer career. Gibbs said former Head Coach Michael Noonan, who led the Bears to 10 NCAA Tournaments and eight Ivy championships in his 15 years in the position, was the biggest influence in his decision to play professionally. “He had a big say in helping me grow as a player mentally and physically,” Gibbs said. “He installed that mental focus in my years at Brown, and it stuck throughout my professional career.” Gibbs was one of three Brown soccer players to be drafted in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. He was selected in the fourth round by the Miami Fusion but decided instead to go abroad, where he signed with FC St. Pauli of the German Bundesliga. Gibbs appeared in 60 matches and scored four goals during his three years with the team. “Starting off right away in Germany was my valuable starting point and was a huge success for me in developing the foundation to all the other countries and teams I ended up playing with,” Gibbs said. After his stint in Europe, Gibbs returned to the United States and joined the Dallas Burn of MLS. He later went on to play for Feyenoord and ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands, in addition to MLS sides with the Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and Chicago Fire. One of Gibbs’ professional highlights was being selected for the American national team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He suffered a knee
injury in a tune-up match though, which forced him to miss the tournament. Injuries are a part of any sport, and for Gibbs, they were something he battled throughout his career. “I received a lot of support and a lot of faith and belief that I would come back,” Gibbs said. “The injuries I sustained were really difficult injuries to come over and it took a lot of … confidence in my abilities to know that I would be back each time.” Coming into the 2012 season, Gibbs was ready to play two to three more years with the Chicago Fire. But his injuries cut his expectations short and ultimately led to a decision to retire from professional play. “I wasn’t ready to give it up … but the injury was too much, and I had to start thinking about quality of my life, spending time with my wife, and I couldn’t let the injury strap me down anymore,” Gibbs said. But he does not plan to leave the sport anytime soon. “Coaching is a huge ambition of mine — something I want to pursue in my near future either at the collegiate or professional level,” Gibbs said. He noted that in addition to coaching, he has ambitions to be a technical director or scout for an MLS team. Gibbs cited persistence and challenging oneself as key to developing as a soccer player. “Work hard at it and do what you do well first and foremost,” he said. “But don’t just rely on that … you need to develop your weaknesses and this will help to make you a great athlete.”
products in China. This work would interest many members of the Brown community, said Provost Mark Schlissel P’15. “That is an issue of global security and peace and stability. It’s an issue of justice, and I think it really would tap into the ethos of our students and the University,” he said. Locke said his roles at MIT have informed his leadership style and taught him “that you need to bring people together to build a community, and if people are really invested in that intellectual community then great things are going to happen.” He said he has learned that creating consensus and avoiding excessive mandates are most effective in making things move forward. After a number of searches in recent years resulted in year-long interim appointments, the administration took a different tack this year. The ad hoc committee formed to find a Watson Institute director was much smaller and relied on recommendations from University faculty members, rather than from an external search firm, Schlissel said. It reached out to potential candidates in a less conspicuous way in order to attract high-profile names who might not want to damage their standing at home institutions with a public candidacy announcement, he said. Locke was the committee’s top choice, Andreas wrote in email to The Herald. Also critical during this most recent search was the role of Paxson, whose background as former head of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton
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aligns with the institute’s focus. Locke called Paxson’s involvement “absolutely essential” to his decision to accept the position. Varshney described the appointment as “one of (Paxson’s) great first successes,” adding that committee members he knew were pleased with her hands-on involvement. Her role “was a sign that she was taking it seriously, and she wanted to take Watson to a place which it truly deserves,” Varshney said. Locke said he was first contacted about the position in late summer and came to Brown several times for interviews and meetings throughout this semester. Though he will continue in his full-time roles at MIT until June 30 — including teaching and traveling to Brazil as part of his deputy deanship duties — he said he hopes to visit frequently and engage in “a genuine listening tour” with a variety of constituencies. Though Watson’s history of turmoil at first made him hesitant, Locke said he came to see it “as an opportunity as opposed to a challenge,” adding that he was excited to work with a fairly new University leadership team. Andreas wrote that Watson has begun a number of smaller pilot programs this year, including new graduate and undergraduate fellows programs and collaborations with various centers at Brown. He added that he would work with Locke for the remainder of the year to get him better acquainted with the institute. “We’re all very excited about his arrival,” he wrote.
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The art of acceptance A recent Herald article on affirmative action noted that among Brown students interviewed, “none who opposed the use of both race and socioeconomic status in admissions agreed to go on record with their opinions.” This is revealing about the Brown community as a whole: On such an overwhelmingly liberal campus, certain areas of discussion leave people uncomfortable in expressing their views if they do not match the majority’s. After a semester marked by controversy both on national and campus-wide levels, the Editorial Page Board urges students to consider the elements of productive discussion and the exchange of ideas. A healthy discourse involves mutual respect and a commitment to allowing all voices. That students do not wish to voice minority opinions is disturbing, since it implies that we foster an intellectual environment hostile to those holding particular viewpoints. We do not endorse these viewpoints, but we find it important to note that such discourse is not productive — and in fact ceases to be discourse — if only one voice is heard. As opinionated students we often feel the need to passionately defend our values and beliefs. While this is wonderful for many reasons, we should not promote our viewpoints so vehemently that we discourage those who might disagree with us from being heard. A varied discourse is crucial to our learning. How can we form convincing, rational and justified arguments for our beliefs if there is no forum in which to debate? How will we be challenged to broaden our intellectual horizons if we marginalize opportunities to address contrasting opinions? We are often harshly critical of political discourse on a national level, where it seems politicians, pundits and other prominent figures barely stop to acknowledge an opponent’s point before either taking it out of context or delegitimizing it by attempting to paint the other person as anti-American or idiotic. Yet we often engage in the same kind of ad hominem attacks, bypassing any productive or meaningful dissection. This is something the Internet, for all its benefits of interconnectivity, has made quite simple, as anyone who has entered into a spirited but ultimately unproductive flame war online can attest to. It is even noticeable on web boards specific to Brown. Eyed@Brown and the College Hill Troll Community (hilarious though it often is) both demonstrate, usually in the comments sections, how some students use anonymity to bypass any kind of civil conversation and cheerfully attack those who differ in opinion. We have also seen this behavior in the online comments on The Herald’s website. We acknowledge that it is incredibly frustrating to argue with someone whose views do not conform to our own, and most of us have had that one person in class who seems to miss the point entirely. But without the ability to debate and converse in an academic environment with something that even resembles civility and intellectual respect, the amount of learning that occurs on campus is questionable. If we, as a student body, cannot maintain rational discourse even here, that does not bode well for when we leave the “Brown bubble” and have to engage on a daily basis with people with whom we might have even less in common. We urge students to consider the limits of their own predispositions and find ways to be open to other viewpoints.
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Student alleges insufficient evidence for possible expulsion To the Editor: Many universities these days are demanding a second look at management of sexual misconduct and sexual assault cases, including Brown. As Senior Associate Dean for Student Life Jonah Ward points out in his letter (“Sexual violence victims receive U. support,” Nov. 30), Brown itself has taken many steps in “providing a robust array of services for the immediate and long-term needs of students who report victimization.” This is an incredibly important pursuit, and I do not wish to diminish its value. However, there is another side to this story. Although many of these reports are true and should be handled as such, this is not always the case. This letter is to make people aware of the exception to the rule. This is a personal story I write as I will likely soon be expelled from Brown University. The basis of my expulsion is false allegations. Until recently, I pledged a co-ed fraternity here. One or two members of this fraternity spearheaded a “witch hunt” against me for reasons that I still don’t fully understand. The stories against me snowballed into exaggerated rumors about me last year that I’m sure many in my class heard. Some of these were
proven to be completely unfounded and incorrect, but two members of the fraternity were incited to go to the University with their allegations. Although several other students and I knew these allegations were false, the fervor and drive behind them led to a “preponderance of evidence” against me. This is a common and poorly-defined term far less than the evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt” needed in criminal cases. The testimony against me was seen as sufficient by the University to merit my expulsion. And because I have no substantial evidence other than my word that these allegations are false, I had little to use to show my innocence. My career at Brown has been destroyed by these false accusations. I make no claim that my suffering holds a candle to the suffering of victims of sexual misconduct, but it is essential that more protection be given to those accused in university disciplinary systems. As it stands now, simply making false allegations against other students can ruin them, and people should be aware of this disastrous circumstance. Jacy Anthis ’15
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Let’s keep it civil By James Walsh Guest Columnist I am sure many Facebook friendships were ruined this election season. Political rhetoric can be especially inflammatory and frustrating. When the stakes are high, as they are in politics, the allure of winning can trump the allure of learning, leading to fallacious arguments and nasty attacks. Some of the recent columnists in this publication are egregious offenders. A key ingredient to fruitful dialogue is the principle of charity. This principle states that one should always interpret a view in its most persuasive and compelling form before criticizing it. A moment’s reflection should convince the reader that this principle is regularly ignored in political discussions. Suppose Alice believes abortion should be legally available. Then, suppose Bob, who is pro-life, discovers this fact about Alice, but knows nothing else about her. Bob might claim Alice holds her view because she has no respect for human life. But this is far from the most charitable interpretation of Alice’s position. It would be more reasonable for Bob to claim Alice holds her position for rational reasons. After all, I’ve never heard anyone say, “I am pro-choice because I have no respect for human life.” Similarly, I hope Alice would charitably interpret Bob’s position. Indeed, I have never heard someone say, “I am pro-life because I have no respect for
women.” There is a related issue at play here: ad hominem attacks. An ad hominem attack is an argument that attacks a person — not his or her positions, but his or her character. It is easy to see that these arguments are invalid — one might be perfectly correct despite imperfect moral character. But these arguments are frequently used in political debates. For example, while discussing abortion, Bob might call Alice a heartless baby murderer. Even if Alice is a heartless baby murderer,
I know a few people, some at Brown, who claim they want to become involved in politics. Not one of them has ever claimed that they wish to gain power so they can oppress people, steal money or whatever it is politicians supposedly want to do. They all find politics interesting and want to improve the well-being of others. I would be surprised if President Barack Obama, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, or any other politicians did not meet those two criteria. Perhaps Romney’s suggested poli-
This kind of language does not start conversations — it ends them.
the issue at hand is the legality of abortion, not Alice’s moral character. When one’s interlocutor isn’t a heartless baby murderer — or whatever else he or she has been accused of being — these attacks are slanderous and thus even more objectionable. People often use ad hominem attacks on their favorite punching bags: politicians. One of my least favorite claims about politicians is that they are in it for the power, for the money or to pursue all sorts of other nefarious goals. I do not doubt that corruption exists or that some politicians misbehave. But it seems unlikely that most politicians enter politics in the name of evil.
cies might decrease others’ welfare, but that is quite a different claim than the claim that Romney intended to decrease others’ welfare. Applying the principle of charity might also help us come to agreement. Suppose Alice discovers Bob is pro-life, and she responds by calling Bob a misogynist and saying she has lost all respect for him. This kind of language does not start conversations — it ends them. If Bob disagreed with Alice before, she has not given him any reasons to start agreeing. Even if Alice is correct that abortion should be legally available, she has alienated somebody who might have other-
wise taken an interest in her points. I think part of the problem here is the aforementioned emphasis on winning as opposed to learning. Sometimes, interlocutors have their minds made up from the start and do not consider their positions open for revision. In that case, the interlocutors don’t seem to want to pool their information or perspectives. As long as Alice is interested in winning her argument with Bob by making the most devastating conversation-ending points, they don’t find common ground or learn from each other. I would like to briefly discuss the reaction to Oliver Hudson’s ’14 column (“Universal suffrage is immoral,” Nov. 13). Whether you agree or disagree with Hudson’s conclusion, it is not productive to attack his character. Unfortunately, many on campus, whether in comments on The Herald’s website or on Facebook, did just that. Even though Hudson was arguing against democracy, something many students cherish dearly, I still find the reaction inappropriate. College should be a marketplace of ideas. If we are too dogmatic against marginal opinions and make sacrificial lambs of their bearers, we run the risk of turning college into a command economy of a few select ideas. I am not opposed to political engagement or fruitful political discussion. Indeed, I encourage it! But uncharitable, ad hominem character bashing is neither fruitful nor engaged. And it just isn’t very nice either. James Walsh ’13 is a logic and classics concentrator.
Fund the MBTA Daniel Moraff Opinions Columnist It’s really that simple. Last year the T was put through a painful, unnecessary process. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority held a series of public forums to decide whether to cut service or raise fares. Many pointed out the obvious: If Massachusetts actually valued public transit, the state would be having a different conversation entirely. In the end, we got our fare increase and we got our service cuts, along with a slew of one-time budget fixes. This year, we’re going to have to go through the whole thing again unless something changes. And it has to. Policy-wise, public transit is a slam dunk. It helps create dense, walkable cities where you don’t need a car to get around. It creates cities built for people instead of for cars. It’s an important tool in the fight against climate change. It’s an essential service for those of us without cars. And it makes cities more attractive places to do business. From the lefties to the neoliberals, almost everyone agrees that supporting transit is something government should do and do well. It is inexcusable that we don’t and that the T doesn’t have the money to maintain its tracks, vehicles and signaling, a shortcoming that results in widespread underperformance and delays. Boston and its
surrounding suburbs and cities are large enough and dense enough to support a world-class public transit system. It’s time we started paying for one. Currently, the T gets 20 percent of sales tax receipts, and that’s essentially it. It’s not enough. The T, even as it has streamlined and cut essential services, has curtailed employee benefits, raised fares and fallen deeper and deeper into debt. It pays almost 90 percent of fare revenue on debt services. The gas tax has been losing value
into building the transit we need. Cheap, dirty oil isn’t going to work forever, and climate change will force governments to face that. More immediately, one report after another shows that at the current rate of population growth, cities will be strangled by congestion within a few decades. We can avoid this if we act now and build a transit system we can be proud of. To make the legislators see reason on this, we need to engage. MassPIRG, the T Riders Union, the remnants of the Occu-
Boston and its surrounding suburbs and cities are large enough and dense enough to support a world-class public transit system.
against inflation for decades. It will be a real hardship for some, but outlandishly low prices mask gasoline’s true environmental costs, and it’s time to face them. Gas taxes should be increased and directed specifically toward funding public transit. Transit services across the state, including Western Massachusetts, should receive funding. Finally, the state of Massachusetts, as transit advocates have long proposed, should shoulder the T’s debt. The state got the T into this, and it’s the state’s job to dig it out. If we wait long enough, we’ll be forced
py movement — there are plenty of good organizations doing solid work on transit. We Massachusetts residents can lean on our representatives. All of us at Brown live within the T’s service area, and all of us can play a role in this fight. This is all part of a larger point: The presidential election is over, and for a lot of us, that means we’ll disengage for the next four years. We shouldn’t. We elected the lesser of two evils, but now is our chance to fight for things that are, for once, not evil at all. Massachusetts is Democratic through and through, but
that hasn’t led to sustainable transportation policy. It takes more. The private interests pushing for roads — Ralph Nader’s “auto, oil, tire and cement industries” — have long been stronger than anyone pushing for transit. It’s on us to change that. The more we demonstrate we care about this, the more chance there is that politicians will start taking transit seriously. The leadership is on message. Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Richard Davey warned legislators that they need to act to avoid deep transit cuts. The T brought in a new general manager with a solid record of fighting for transit in Atlanta. And most encouragingly, as of last week, Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration is putting together a funding package to actually give the T what it needs. There’s hope that this is a fight we can actually win. This isn’t just a Massachusetts concern. The country is urbanizing, and transit is more important than ever. Rhode Island faces its own important fight over adequate RIPTA funding. New York is dealing with a fare increase. Los Angeles is building streetcars, and dozens of mid-sized cities are plagued by the mediocrity of their bus systems. Transit is the intersection of urban planning issues, social issues and environmental justice. All of us can contribute, and all of us should.
Daniel Moraff ’14 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bears crusade to victory over Holy Cross, fall to UNH By James Blum Sports Staff Writer
The men’s basketball team split its last two games, beating Sacred Heart University 69-56 Thursday night but falling 63-50 to the University of New Hampshire Saturday afternoon. Brown 69, Sacred Heart 56 Playing at home in Meehan Auditorium, Bruno (3-4) had to contend against the Pioneers’ (2-4) zone defense during the majority of the game. But the Bears had prepared for this strategy and were “patient Sacred Heart 56 and poised” Brown 69 against it, said Head Coach Mike Martin ’04. By working the ball around the perimeter, Bruno was able to finish the first half with a 31-27 advantage despite 10 lead changes. Co-captain Sean McGonagill ’14, who had a teamhigh eight assists, said he worked to feed his teammates the ball because he noticed they were shooting well. “It was a really big team effort and everyone worked really hard,” McGonagill said. “I was really happy with how our guys came out, and it was an important game to hold on to during the stretch.” Forward Rafael Maia ’15 played a large role in the team effort, recording 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Maia said the team’s strong rebounding helped them in “control-
ling the tempo of the game.” “Maia’s a big, strong physical player,” Martin said. “He’s more than capable of scoring when he gets the ball.” In the second half, Bruno outscored Sacred Heart and opened up the largest lead of the game, 61-45. While the men played well, Maia said the team could have “defended a little better.” This was the team’s first home victory this season, but Martin said regardless of location, it felt good to “have the win, period.” “When you get a chance to UNH 63 be successful, Brown 50 winning is great,” Martin added. “So whether that’s here or on the road, it’s a good feeling to come off the court with.” Tom Sullivan / herald
New Hampshire 63, Brown 50 Traveling up to chilly Durham, N.H., the Bears were unable to begin the game with the intensity they needed. “I didn’t think we were ready to play in the opening,” Martin said. “We didn’t have the same energy and focus that New Hampshire had.” In the game’s opening minutes, Maia and Cedric Kuakumensah ’16 were penalized with two personal fouls apiece. Maia said the Wildcats had “really aggressive defense,” so he and Kuakumensah weren’t able to “play the game” they wanted.
Co-captain Sean McGonagill ’14 led his team to victory over Holy Cross at home Thursday with eight assists, a team high. “Any time you get foul trouble, it disrupts the flow of your individual game,” Martin said. “But that’s not why we lost the game.” The Wildcats opened up a 34-20 lead during the first half, but the Bears managed to claw their way back into contention, finishing the half behind by only three points. Less than five minutes into the second half, Bruno took its first lead of the game, 37-34. “Sacred Heart dictated the game they wanted,” Maia said, though he noted that the Bears were able to re-
act well. Martin said the team missed some “pretty good looks,” adding that the players didn’t have the stamina they needed after spending so much energy taking the lead. With 12:17 remaining, the Wildcats went on a 24-8 run to erase the Bears’ advantage. Describing the second half collapse, McGonagill said there are some games where “it’s going to go your way” and some games when it’s not. “Sometimes the ball just doesn’t
Bulldogs edge out Bears to win by a hair
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Captain Dennis Robertson ’14 scored his first goal to give Brown an early lead over Yale Saturday. But the Bulldogs came back in time to notch a 4-3 win over the Bears. By Caleb Miller Sports Staff Writer
The men’s hockey team gave up four power-play goals to allow No. 13 Yale to come from behind and win 4-3 Saturday night in New Haven, Conn. After the Bears (3-5-2, 0-3-2 ECAC) built a 3-1 lead early in the second period, the Bulldogs (6-2-1, 3-2 ECAC) responded emphatically with three goals to erase the margin and steal a win. “For long stretches, we were the dominant team,” said Bruno Head Coach Brendan Whittet ’94.
The Bears grabbed an early lead when captain Dennis Robertson ’14 notched his first goal of the year. Robertson’s shot had to travel a long way through a field of bodies, but eventually found the back of the net to put the first score on the board. Assistant captain Chris Zaires ’13 doubled the lead four minutes later by knocking home a pass from Matt Wahl ’14 to push the lead to 2-0. The Bulldogs cut the margin in half late in the first stanza, but Matt Harlow ’15 answered in the second stanza with his first goal of the season. Bruno took advantage of a power play when Matt
Lorito ’15 maneuvered through the left circle and found Harlow with a pass to the right crease. But Yale’s special teams play proved too much for the Bears in the second period. The Bulldogs’ forward Kenny Agostino scored the first of Yale’s three goals, cutting the lead to one with a hard shot from the top right circle. Yale continued the attack with forwards Andrew Miller and Antoine Laganiere scoring another two goals within 35 seconds to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish. “The area we need to shore up is our intelligence on ice. Mentally, we’re
a little weak right now, taking penalties at real inopportune times that obviously led to us losing,” Whittet said. Robertson said the best defense for the power play is to avoid penalties in the first place. “We’ve just got to stay out of box,” he said. “When you give a good team enough chances on the power play, they’re eventually going to score no matter how well you’re able to kill it off.” But the Bears did not go down without a fight. Trailing by one in the final period, the Bears fired off 14 shots to try to close the margin but came up empty. The game marked Bruno’s return to conference play after a three-week break. The Bears remain winless in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, with all three losses coming by a single goal. “We had them on their heels toward the end of the game, but we just couldn’t seem to find a way, and that’s what were missing — to find a way to win those close games,” Robertson said. “When we do that, we’ll be a lot better. It’s disheartening, but I think everyone is still confident.” Putting a win on the books will not get any easier for the Bears when they host last year’s ECAC champion Union College Friday night. “We are definitively a better team than we were a year ago, (but) it hasn’t shown yet in terms of wins,” Whittet said, adding that a victory this weekend is crucial to proving the team’s improvement. “We’ve got to better in all areas,” he said. “Absolutely no excuses.”
go in,” Martin said. The team will now travel to South Bend, Ind., where it will play Notre Dame Saturday. The Fighting Irish improved their record to 7-1 after beating No. 8 Kentucky Thursday. Martin said Notre Dame is “extremely well-coached” under Mike Brey and have a number of “offensive weapons.” But Maia was optimistic. “Our mindset is just to practice really hard this week,” he said. “And go, as we go to every single game, to get a win.”
Alum retires from 12 years in pro soccer By Alexandra Conway Sports Staff Writer
Corey Gibbs ’01, the most decorated professional and international player in Brown soccer history, retired from his professional career last Monday, according to an announcement made by the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer club. Gibbs ends an impressive 12-year career that saw him compete at the top levels in Europe and the MLS, earning 19 caps with the United States National Team along the way. As the U.S. team’s center back, Gibbs was selected as the club’s 2011 Defender of the Year. Gibbs began his successful soccer career as a four-year standout at Brown. He helped lead the Bears to four consecutive Ivy League titles and NCAA tournament appearances. In his senior season, the team reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, and Gibbs was named Ivy League Player of the Year and School Athlete of the Year and also awarded First Team All-American. “At Brown, I grew so much as a person and a player,” Gibbs said. “I loved it so much, and my teammates definitely helped to raise my level.” It was not / / Soccer page 9