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Bergeron to step down at semester’s end The dean of the College will be inaugurated as president of Connecticut College in January By MAGGIE LIVINGSTONE SENIOR STAFF WRITER


Bergeron will resign during time of multiple administrative turnovers, leaving behind her efforts in strategic planning and online education.

Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron will leave the University to become president of Connecticut College beginning Jan. 1. She will continue her duties as dean this fall. Bergeron has been a prominent voice in President Christina Paxson’s strategic planning efforts and recently emerged as a major advocate of online education initiatives at Brown. The Connecticut College Board of Trustees announced Bergeron’s selection in a press release on the New London, Conn. school’s website Aug. 20, after a nearly nine-month search to replace current president Leo Hig-

don, Jr. Higdon, who has held his position since 2006, will step down this December. Bergeron will be inaugurated in January after students have returned from winter break, said Amy Martin, a spokeswoman for Connecticut College. Bergeron’s resignation comes amidst a series of high-level administrative turnovers. Paxson just completed her first academic year at Brown, and Provost Mark Schlissel P’15 began his tenure at the University in July 2011. Dean of the Faculty Kevin McLaughlin P’12 also assumed his current administrative post in July 2011 but has served as a faculty member since 1996. Dean of the Medical School and Biological Sciences Ed Wing stepped down last year, as did Vice President for Research Clyde Briant, Chief In» See BERGERON, page 3

Chafee ’75 Trustee’s hedge fund indicted for fraud The U. has not said to seek whether charges against second term Cohen could affect his status as a trustee as Democrat By ELI OKUN


Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 announced May 29 that he will join the Democratic Party, setting the stage for what analysts anticipate will be a heated three-way Democratic primary during the 2014 gubernatorial election. Chafee was the nation’s only independent governor during his first two and a half years in office. Chafee began his political career in 1986 when he was elected as a Republican to the Warwick, R.I. City Council. In 1992 he became the mayor of Warwick, serving until 1999 when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to serve the remainder of his father’s term after he passed away in office. Though Chafee remained a member of the GOP through his 2006 loss to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., he frequently clashed with his Republican colleagues and was the only Republican senator to vote against the Iraq War. He was also the first and only Republican senator to favor legalizing same-sex marriage, un» See CHAFEE, page 11



After years of mounting investigations into alleged insider trading at his hedge fund, Corporation Trustee Steven Cohen P’08 P’16 took two big hits this summer when federal authorities filed a civil case against him and criminal charges against the fund, SAC Capital Advisors L.P. Administrators still have not said whether or how the charges might affect Cohen’s status as a trustee. As of

In April, Chancellor Thomas Tisch ’76 said in a statement released to The Herald that “there has been no pressure” on Cohen to step down. Tisch did not respond to further requests for comment this summer. The civil action filed in July is an administrative proceeding, which is less harsh than a lawsuit and does not accuse Cohen himself of taking part in fraud or improper trading. But if the case succeeds, a sentence could place a blanket prohibition on Cohen from overseeing investor funds, effectively ending his tenure atop SAC. National news outlets have depicted regulators as attempting to ensnare Cohen on counts of insider trading for years, and he could face other charges » See COHEN, page 5

Hundreds of counterprotesters turned out to support gay pride and same-sex marriage By KATE NUSSENBAUM SCIENCE & RESEARCH EDITOR

Four members of the Westboro Baptist Church staged pickets across the state Aug. 1 to protest Rhode Island’s first day recognizing same-sex marriage. They protested at Cranston City Hall, Providence City Hall, the Rhode Island State House, Pawtucket City Hall and Brown, meeting crowds of counterprotesters at each stop. Brown students flocked to the intersection of Waterman and Prospect streets around 10 a.m. to await the arrival of WBC members, who stood by Prospect House holding signs with anti-gay slurs. About 200 students also assembled in front of Robinson Hall and the Carrie Bell Tower carrying signs, waving noisemakers and releasing glitter to celebrate the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage. Their cheers aimed to drown out the singing of the Westboro Baptist Church members, who had altered lyrics to popular songs like Maroon 5’s “This Love” and Lady Antebellum’s “I Need You Now” to express their view that the United States’ tolerance of gay people goes against their religious beliefs. “The deaths of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are signs of God’s righteous judgment” against the country, » See WBC, page 4

R.I. issues first same-sex marriage certificates A Brown alum was among the first to receive a marriage certificate in the state By SONA MKRTTCHIAN AND ADAM TOOBIN CITY & STATE EDITORS

Rhode Island became the 10th state in the country to begin offering marriage certificates to same-sex couples Aug. 1. Same-sex couples across the state celebrated the day with weddings and by trading in their “civil union” licenses for marriage certificates. The bill legalizing same-sex marriage


passed in the House of Representatives in January and the Senate in April, and Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 signed the legislation May 2. Zachary Marcus ’10 MD’16 and Gary McDowell, a Harvard Medical School student, were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Providence. “It’s wonderful to be able to do it where we live,” Marcus said. The couple initially planned to file for a civil union in the United Kingdom, but after Rhode Island legalized same-sex marriages, they said, they opted to marry in the state where they met. McDowell, who is not an American citizen, said he plans to apply for a green card once the two are married, allowing him to stay in the country and eventually » See MARRIAGE, page 11


Speaker of the House Rep. Gordon Fox, D-Providence, officiated the wedding of Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, and his husband Tony Caparco.

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Brown athletes took their skills overseas to vie with international competitors

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Chafee faces a competitive primary election to earn the Democratic gubenatorial nomination


Monday evening, Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, had not responded to requests for comment. The Securities and Exchange Commission brought the civil case against Cohen July 19, charging him with “failing to supervise” two former SAC portfolio managers who allegedly engaged in insider trading. Six days later, prosecutors indicted the hedge fund on four counts of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud, pointing to “institutional practices” that made insider trading a permissible part of the company’s culture. Federal authorities have in recent years implicated eight current or former SAC employees in insider trading schemes, leading to four guilty pleas.

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New dean of medicine assumes post Former Yale doctor Jack Elias will head the Med School and biological sciences division By EMILY BONEY CITY & STATE STAFF WRITER

Jack Elias, a physician and chair of internal medicine at Yale Medical School, assumed his role as the new dean of medicine and biological sciences Sept. 1. He replaced Provost Mark Schlissel P’15, who served as interim dean after former dean Edward Wing stepped down at the end of June. Wing had held the position since 2008. Elias will oversee the growing Alpert Medical School and head the undergraduate and graduate biology departments. The Division of Biology and Medicine encompasses teaching, research and clinical collaboration with local hospitals, so members of the search committee who selected Elias sought “someone who had experience and expertise in all those different areas,” Schlissel said. Elias has been a professor at Yale since 1990 and became chair of medicine and physician-in-chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2006. Much of his research has focused on pulmonary fibrosis and other lung diseases and injuries. He earned both his undergraduate degree and his MD from Penn. Schlissel cited Elias’s “experience both as a clinical doctor and laboratory investigator” as qualifications for


Elias’ goals include a high level of collaboration between the Med School and the School of Public Health. the position. “Dr. Elias shares our aspiration that Brown continue on its pathway to becoming one of the top med schools in the country,” he said. “I’m extremely excited to be able to attract to Brown such a well-known and outstanding academic and medical leader.” “There are a number of wonderful things about Brown that were attractive to me,” Elias said, citing the Med School’s rapid growth and the legacy, values and educational record of the University as a whole.

Schlissel said the recent creation of a School of Public Health may present a challenge to Elias in ensuring “the Med School and (public health program) maintain the close collaborative relationship that they’ve had all along.” Elias said he remains confident that his prior experience will be helpful as he begins to “understand the system,” a task he cited as his first goal upon arrival. “Whenever I can, I will try to draw on the things I’ve learned in 23 years at Yale” and attempt to tailor similar solutions and procedures to Brown, he said.

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R.I. House, Senate oppose graduation requirement Gist’s requirement will apply to the class of 2014, despite opposition from the General Assembly By ADAM TOOBIN CITY & STATE EDITOR

In the final hours of the 2013 legislative session, the Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives passed a joint resolution calling on the state Board of Education to stop a controversial high school graduation requirement developed by Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, set to take effect at the end of this school year. Despite the legislative opposition, the requirement appears poised to take effect this year. Board of Education Chairwoman Eva Mancuso has repeatedly expressed her commitment to the requirement. “We’re not backing down. We’re not backing down right now,”Mancuso told WPRI after the Board of Education discussed the requirement for 90 minutes last week. The requirement mandates that students either earn a grade of at least “partial proficiency” on the New England Common Assessment Program standardized test or demonstrate some improvement in their score from junior year to senior year to receive a diploma. Though the state has administered the NECAP for years, the class of 2014 is the first with the new graduation requirement. Of the students who took the test last year, 40 percent — about 4,000 students — did not reach “partial proficiency” and are in danger of not being allowed to graduate. Those students will have the option to take the test twice more as seniors and only need to show a small improvement to fulfill the requirement. The legislative vote was the most recent high-profile denunciation of the requirement. The joint resolution passed the House unanimously and the Senate 32-2, with two Republicans voting in favor of the requirement. Rep. Eileen Naughton, D-Warwick, who co-sponsored the joint resolution in the House, said the NECAP requirement punishes students without providing them help. “If students are given time and the support they need during the years in which they are constructing the building blocks of their education, then we’re not going to have these problems with standardized tests,” Naughton wrote in a statement. “It’s just a shame that one class is going to be punished for not rising to the level of a test that was not designed for graduation evaluation.” Elliot Krieger, spokesman for the state Department of Education, maintained that the graduation requirement places a minimal burden on students, offering them numerous opportunities to demonstrate improvement while guaranteeing that students who graduate are equipped with the basic skills implied by a Rhode Island diploma. “We’re talking about a year later in which you’ve had a full year of math


instruction,” Krieger said.“Every high school in the state has a program to improve their math performance,” he added. If students do not boost their scores from junior to senior year, “they really didn’t avail themselves of these opportunities to improve,” he said. Rep. Edith Ajello, D-Providence — who represents the district that includes Brown’s main campus — voted in favor of the resolution, citing concern over whether the NECAP was designed to be used as a graduation requirement. “The NECAP test was developed to compare schools to see how they are doing on teaching a broad array of topics that it would be good for (students) to learn,” Ajello said. Though Ajello did not rule out the possibility that she could support a different test as a graduation requirement, she said, “If you are going to have a test that is make-or-break for individual students, it should be a test that is designed to be that sort of decision-maker.” Krieger said there is “nothing in the scoring, the design, development (or) administration of the test that makes it inappropriate for use as a graduation requirement.” “I’m not stuck on one test, but I haven’t heard anything that makes me say we’re doing the wrong thing,” Manusco said. Rick Richards, a retired Department of Education employee who has worked in both the office of testing and evaluation and the office of school improvement, said that while nothing technically disqualifies the test’s use, the NECAP might not have been properly tested to serve as a graduation requirement. The Providence City Council also passed a resolution — introduced by Sam Zurier, chairman of the Council’s education committee — requesting that the Department of Education remove the graduation requirement, arguing that it does not provide students “a reasonable chance to succeed, and imposes devastating consequences on many children who, through no fault of their own, are not ready to achieve the required test scores.” Mayor Angel Taveras also voiced concern about the requirement. In a letter addressed to Mancuso, Taveras wrote he is worried “state leaders have imposed a graduation requirement on our students that is tied to a questionable measurement of individual proficiency and graduation readiness.” The NECAP requirement has become a lightning rod for activists who bemoan the increasing prominence of high-stakes testing in high school education. The Providence Student Union, a student-led organization founded at Hope High School in 2010, has held numerous demonstrations against the requirement, during one of which 40 adult state leaders took sample math NECAP questions and performed worse than the students. About 60 percent of the adults failed to reach the “partial proficiency” milestone that guarantees graduation from high school.

» BERGERON, from page 1 vestment Officer Cynthia Frost and multiple other deans and administrators. Major administrative turnover frequently accompanies a presidential transition, The Herald has previously reported. In an email to The Herald, Schlissel suggested the turnover has no single cause, writing that many administrators who recently stepped down had served for several years. Schlissel will head a search committee for a new dean of the College. The University will determine the committee’s composition this fall, he wrote, and the committee will first consider candidates from within the faculty. Bergeron said she was asked to apply for the college’s presidency this summer in a “compressed timeframe.” She added that her first presidential task will be to acclimate to the New London area and the college’s network of students, faculty members, staff members and alums. “I’ve benefitted so much from my experiences with the amazing Brown undergraduates and the passionate and dedicated faculty,” Bergeron said. “It’s made me very excited to move into a position that is really focused entirely on undergraduate education.” As an academic administrator, Bergeron headed the Task Force on Undergraduate Education in the 200708 school year. The committee oversaw one of the largest assessments of

Brown’s curriculum since the 1980s. Her work on the committee resulted in new academic standards for University concentrations and reformed academic advising. Under then-President Ruth Simmons, Bergeron worked to increase the number of first-year seminars and expanded the writing requirement, the University’s sole academic requirement. The expansion of the writing requirement in particular drew student criticism as recently as last fall, with some calling it poorly implemented or contrary to the open curriculum. Bergeron has played a major role in the technological side of a Brown education: She helped install the prerequisites feature on Banner, which prevents students who do not meet certain course requirements from enrolling without an instructor override. The change elicited criticism from some faculty members, The Herald reported at the time, with some saying the changes in Banner represented “a quasi-change in culture” at the University. More recently, Bergeron has spearheaded the University’s involvement with Coursera, a massive open online course service, and called for a prominent University presence in the realm of online education. Bergeron worked at the University for two years, the first as a professor of music and the second as chair of the music department, before assuming her current position as dean of the College in 2006.

Her appointment to the deanship was not without controversy. In the year following her appointment, five colleagues from her office — including two long-serving deans and a research analyst — left the University to seek employment at other institutions. Several of the departures — part of a restructuring of the dean’s office — involved staff members being fired or choosing to quit because they did not approve of changes Bergeron had made, The Herald reported at the time. The restructuring created the position of deputy dean of the College, to whom all deans would report, and changed the titles and responsibilities of many of the academic deans already in place. A new dean of the College will join Paxson as she pursues her new capital campaign and strategic plan. The plan — expected to be finalized this fall — will guide Paxson’s tenure as University president, The Herald previously reported. In the past year, Bergeron headed the Committee on Education Innovation, one of six strategic planning committees created by Paxson. Bergeron said the research she conducted on the committee has helped her set goals for her final semester at the University. “Things that have to do with science education, online education, in the engaged scholars program and diversity education at Brown are some of the highlights that we’re going to be working on very assiduously this fall,” Bergeron said.

4 university news » WBC, from page 1 the organization’s website claims. The group has previously told the media that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the bombing at the Boston Marathon were also signs of God’s anger. Some counter-protesters expressed surprise that only four Church members came to Rhode Island. The organization consists primarily of founder Fred Phelps and some of his children and grandchildren, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center website. Phelps founded the organization in Topeka, Kan. in 1955, describing it as an “Old School Baptist Church,” according to its website, though national Baptist organizations have repeatedly denounced the church and its actions. Edwin Silva ’16 helped to organize the student counter-protest, along with Paul Wojtal ’16. The LGBTQ Center hosted a discussion in midJuly to prepare for the WBC’s oncampus picket, he said. During that discussion, students strategized about how to respond most effectively to the WBC, he said. Some brought up the idea of ignoring the protestors altogether, arguing that the group thrives on media attention, while others suggested creating signs that directly attacked the WBC, Silva said. But students ultimately decided to create positive signs “focused more on celebrating ourselves and our identities,” he said. “To let voices of hatred go unchallenged only further empowers them,

and the only way you can take away from their power is not by ignoring them but by being a presence of love in contrast,” Silva added, describing the counter-protest as “wildly successful.” Kelly Garrett, LGBTQ Center coordinator, organized fundraisers for two Providence-based organizations that support LGBTQ youth — Providence Youth Student Movement and Youth Pride, Inc. — in response to the WBC picket. She also organized two debriefing sessions following the picket, the first of which Silva said was primarily attended by high school students interested in learning more about activism. Students from Alpert Medical School also joined in the counterprotest efforts. Several medical students set up a Sexual Health table where they distributed pamphlets, condoms and lubricant. “We wanted to show positivity — that Brown supports the LGBTQ community,” said Fei Cai ’12 MD’16, a former Herald staff writer. Some students arrived at the campus counter-protest after following the WBC protestors around the state all morning. Counter-protesters assembled at Providence City Hall around 8:30 a.m., holding signs and cheering as same-sex couples emerged from the city clerk’s office. “City Hall was quite possibly my favorite because people kept coming out with marriage licenses that they had just gotten,” Emily Walsh ’13 said. Passing cars also contributed to



Four members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church picketed across Rhode Island, protesting the first day of same-sex marriage legalization in Rhode Island Aug. 1. the festive atmosphere, slowing down to honk and celebrate the counterprotest. At one point, a group of motorcycles decelerated in front of the WBC picket and revved their engines to drown out the group’s singing, which elicited applause and hollers from the counter-protesters across the street. “I’ve been waiting for the Westboro Baptist Church to be in the same city as me for a very long time,” said Providence resident Yo-Landi Fizzure, who attended the City Hall protest dressed in drag.

The size of the counter-protest crowd sent the message that “love is prevailing,” he said. Katrina and Savanah Kite traveled from Winthrop, Mass., where they were married in May, to participate. “We just wanted to support gay marriage,” Katrina said. “It’s just nice to be able to put a positive message out there,” she said, describing the WBC members as “a little lost.” As the convoy of counter-protesters walked from City Hall to the State House, they were joined by three people in full-body monster costumes.

One monster shouted that the other two had come to Rhode Island to get a marriage license, so that they too could wed. They were not the only counterprotesters in costume. Pawtucket film director Richard Griffin attended the downtown counter-protests dressed as the pope. “True Christianity and Catholicism is about tolerance, it’s about love, it’s the message of peace — everything these people are against,” he said. “Rhode Islanders do not accept hatred.”

Dennis selected as new deputy dean of the College In his new role, Dennis will oversee advising and implement strategic planning initiatives By SABRINA IMBLER SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Christopher Dennis, associate vice provost at Temple University, will be the new deputy dean of the College, Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron announced in a communitywide email June 14. Dennis’ selection marks the end of a semester-long search that began in February after Stephen Lassonde announced he would vacate the position starting in March, said Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Margaret Klawunn, who chaired the search committee. Kathleen McSharry, associate dean of the College for writing and curriculum, served as interim deputy dean this spring during the search process. Dennis, who assumed his role in July, was the committee’s first choice, Klawunn said. His selection was unanimous, Bergeron said. As deputy dean of the College, Dennis will oversee advising programs and work with students on a daily basis, Bergeron said. He will also help implement initiatives resulting from the University’s strategic planning process, she added.

Dennis has worked at Temple since 1999 and previously served as an assistant professor of English and faculty fellow in residence at Penn, where he helped design the school’s College House system, Bergeron wrote in the campus-wide email. “When the opportunity came to think about going to Brown and knowing that Brown has one of the most innovative undergraduate programs in the country, it was a nobrainer for me,” Dennis told The Herald. “There’s a real opportunity here to help shape priorities and look at the future of Brown’s education.” Dennis cited the expansion and enrichment of academic disciplines in the fast-paced world of modern universities as a top challenge for his new post. He also stressed the importance of integrating study abroad and internship experiences into students’ liberal learning, a task he called “a real problem of higher education.” Search committee members looked for a candidate “with strong experiences teaching and advising” who would appreciate “the uniqueness of the Brown curriculum,” Klawunn said. Dennis said his work with Temple’s two international campuses in Rome and Tokyo will help him promote international experiences at Brown. He added that he plans on closely examining programs for graduate students to keep pace with future developments in graduate education.


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» COHEN, from page 1 in the continuing investigation. But due in part to a lack of cooperation from some of the arrested SAC employees, federal authorities have been unable to tie him directly to the schemes that allegedly occurred at the hedge fund. Instead, the civil case targeted Cohen for mismanagement. “After learning about red flags indicating potential insider trading by his employees, Steven Cohen allegedly failed to follow up to prevent violations of the law,” said Andrew Ceresney, co-director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, in a statement at the time. The criminal case cited improper trading practices at SAC that stretched from 1999 to 2010, during which time the hedge fund emerged as one of Wall Street’s biggest power players. The hedge fund managed roughly $15 billion at the start of 2013. The indictment, written by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, described the alleged misdeeds as “on a scale without known precedent in the hedge fund industry.” This summer’s investigation also extended to another SAC employee with

ties to the University — Richard S. Lee ’01, who pled guilty to insider trading in July. Lee joined SAC after reportedly being fired from Citadel Investment Group on his first day in 2008 for attempting to falsify trading numbers to boost his pay. Though the criminal suit highlighted an extended period during which insider trading allegedly occurred at SAC, the civil charges against Cohen focused on two cases involving former portfolio managers Mathew Martoma and Michael Steinberg. In separate incidents in 2008, the two are accused of manipulating so-called expert networks to receive advance information about new drug trials or quarterly earnings, which they used to change SAC’s stock holdings in advance of public announcement. The two instances are alleged to have earned the hedge fund roughly $275 million in profits and averted losses. Martoma and Steinberg will face trial separately this fall. No evidence so far has indicated Cohen knew he was relying on illegally obtained information when he acted on the portfolio managers’ advice. In March, SAC settled with the SEC over the two cases, paying roughly $616 million to the federal government. Media reports have indicated that Cohen

believed the settlements could end his legal troubles and was surprised by the new charges. A rewritten indictment of Martoma released Aug. 22 said he obtained illegal information from two doctors involved with clinical trials of a new Alzheimer’s disease drug — previously, only one doctor had been cited — and attempted to corrupt a total of more than 20 doctors between 2006 and 2008. Concerns linger for SAC that investors frightened by the charges will pull their money from the hedge fund. Though roughly $9 billion of SAC’s funds at the beginning of the year was Cohen’s personal money, most outside money has evaporated over the past several months, leading to some recent speculation that Cohen could downsize the fund to manage only his money and run as a “family office” in the future. Cohen is the second Corporation member to come under federal scrutiny for Wall Street dealings in the past few years. Former Corporation Fellow Steven Rattner ’74 P’10 P’13 P’15, a former Herald editor-in-chief, was penalized in 2010 for an alleged pay-to-play pension fund structure at his private investment firm Quadrangle Group.

Major SAC events of the summer July 19: The Securities and Exchange Commission files a civil suit against Steven A. Cohen on charges of “failing to supervise” two SAC Capital Advisors L.P. portfolio managers accused of insider trading. July 25: Federal officials indict SAC on five counts of fraud. They also announce that Richard S. Lee ’01 has pled guilty to insider trading. Aug. 12: News outlets report that SAC has shuttered Parameter Capital Management, a stock trading unit. Aug. 14: An SEC filing shows that SAC reduced its U.S.listed stock holdings by 20 percent during the second quarter of 2013. Aug. 22: Prosecutors release a rewritten indictment of former portfolio manager Mathew Martoma that accuses him of having obtained improper information from two doctors about an Alzheimer’s disease drug trial — up from the one previously announced — and tried to do so with roughly 20 others.

Carleton VP joins U. admin as vice president for development Don Hasseltine will focus on Paxson’s strategic plan, to be released this fall, and aligned fundraising By BRITTANY NIEVES SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Don Hasseltine, vice president for external relations at Carleton College, joined the University as the new vice president for development Aug. 1. Hasseltine will work alongside Senior Vice President for Advancement Patricia Watson on several fundraising initiatives, including an upcoming capital campaign and the University’s 250th anniversary in 2014. He will oversee the policy, strategic development and execution of the primary fundraising program, Watson said. The three-month search process resulted in three top candidates, Watson said. Hasseltine learned of his selection in early June. “I was looking for someone that not only did the work themselves, coming up through the ranks … but also could lead the work. And he clearly had that experience,” Watson said of Hasseltine. Hasseltine previously served as vice president for college advancement at Dickinson College and vice president for advancement at ColbySawyer College. He was also the director of the annual fund at Georgetown University. “I have been a senior vice president for the last 14 years,” Hasseltine said. “So I’ve had the opportunity to be at the table helping to guide the strategic direction of a couple of great colleges.” Hasseltine applied for a position at the University’s Office of Advancement several years ago, but the search was abandoned, Watson said. Many positions within the office have been vacant for several years because of significant turnover, Watson said. She was given the task of filling

the office’s open vice president position when she joined the University last December. “When you consider the number of vacancies, the best thing will be to have another senior person to run ideas off of, to strategize and take some responsibility off of my plate, so that I can serve the president and the Corporation more effectively,” Watson said. The office is currently awaiting the fall release of President Christina Paxson’s strategic plan, which will dovetail with a long-term capital campaign, The Herald first reported last fall. The University will align its other

fundraising initiatives with Paxson’s objectives at that time, Watson said. Hasseltine said he has already begun discussing the strategic planning and long-term future of the University with Paxson. The advancement office is also planning for a 250th-anniversary fundraising campaign, Watson said. “It’s a campaign to engage people who may not have been engaged up to this point or may have lost contact with the University for a variety of reasons, including career development, raising families, babies, travel,” Watson said. “We’ll see who’s out there and make sure that they know Brown

is having a 250th anniversary party.” Brown’s significant private funding and the new leadership in advancement influenced Hasseltine’s decision to apply, he said.

“I’m excited about that opportunity to be a part of a community that has all the right pieces in place to do really great things in the years ahead,” he said.

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SLA members join labor march Activists protested Old Navy’s refusal to sign a Bangladeshi factory safety agreement By MICHAEL DUBIN SENIOR STAFF WRITER

About 20 Brown students marched Monday to Old Navy at the Providence Place Mall, where they joined the Rhode Island Jobs with Justice coalition to mark Labor Day by rallying for workers’ rights both abroad and closer to home. Around 100 protesters — including members of the Brown Student Labor Alliance, hotel and service workers’ union UNITE HERE Local 217 and labor advocacy group Fuerza Laboral — called on Old Navy and other apparel brands to sign on to the Accord on Factory and Building Safety in Bangladesh in the wake of the Bangladesh factory collapse that killed 1,129 garment workers in April.

Gap, which owns Old Navy, and Walmart — both of which rely heavily on Bangladeshi labor — have refused to sign the legally binding accord. The SLA marched from the steps of the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center to Old Navy carrying a banner that said “End Death Traps in Bangladesh” and chanting slogans like “When Bangladeshi workers are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” Mariela Martinez ’14, an SLA member who recently traveled to Bangladesh, told the crowd assembled in front of Old Navy that college students must stand up for those who died in Bangladesh. “These are people who look like us. … These are people our own age,” she said. She urged brands like Old Navy, Gap, the Children’s Place and Walmart to stop “profiting off of the exploitation of these young women in Bangladesh.” The march proceeded to the Re-

naissance Providence Downtown Hotel, where Santa Brito and Julian Bello, two hotel employees, shared stories of alleged mistreatment while working at the hotel — an issue separate from worker safety in Bangladesh. Bello said pregnant female workers were not given protection while cleaning with harmful chemicals and that some later suffered miscarriages. The marchers protested the tax breaks the hotel received, holding an oversize check for $9 million that read “pay to the order of Providence taxpayers for ending tax breaks for bad employers” and chanting, “Sign the check!” “We have two sacred obligations today. We have an obligation to the workers who came before us,” said Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee. “We also have an obligation to the workers of today and the workers of tomorrow.” “We cannot achieve economic justice for all workers” without organized labor, he said.


Thomas Perez ‘83 was finally named to Obama’s cabinet in July after facing a gridlocked confirmation process in the Senate.

Perez ’83 confirmed as Secretary of Labor Perez is the first Brown alum to join a presidential cabinet since the Clinton administration By MATHIAS HELLER UNIVERSITY NEWS EDITOR

Thomas Perez ’83 received Senate confirmation to be the new U.S. Secretary of Labor July 18, becoming the first Brown alum to hold a Cabinet-level position in 12 years. Richard Holbrooke ’62, a former

Herald editor-in-chief, was the last alum to reach that level of the executive branch, serving as President Clinton’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1999 to 2001. The Senate vote split along party lines, with all 54 Democrats and independents voting to confirm Perez and all 46 Republicans voting against his nomination. Perez, who was nominated by President Obama in March, was one of several executive branch nominees whom Republican senators blocked from a final confirmation vote in recent months. But a deal reached Tuesday between senior Democratic and Republican senators cleared the way for Perez and other executive appointees to receive up-or-down confirmation votes. Perez served as assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights since 2009 and previously held positions as Maryland’s secretary of labor, an elected County Council member in Montgomery County, Md., and a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice. Civil rights activists and labor groups publicly backed Perez’s appointment. Perez won support from liberals for leading the Justice Department’s legal challenges to controversial voter identification laws in South Carolina and Texas, The Herald previously reported. Senate Republicans who opposed Perez’s nomination alleged that he misled Congress about the Justice Department’s decision not to pursue an investigation about a 2010 incident of possible voter intimidation in Philadelphia, The Herald previously reported. Obama released a statement Thursday thanking the Senate for confirming Perez. “Tom has lived the American dream himself and has dedicated his career to keeping it within reach for hardworking families across the country,” Obama said in the statement.


New VP for CIS joins U. leadership In his former position, Pendse promoted university partnerships with private corporations By MOLLY SCHULSON SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Ravi Pendse, former vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Wichita State University, was named vice president for computing and information services and chief information officer in a University press release July 11. Pendse, who had been at Wichita State since he was a graduate student there, assumed his responsibilities Sept. 1. He succeeded Michael Pickett, who retired June 30 after holding the position for six years. Pendse said the opportunity to work with Brown’s “unbelievably talented” student body was among the factors that drew him to the University. “Brown is about sharing ideas, empowering each other and learning from each other,” Pendse said, adding that technology is a tool that can help accomplish these goals. As numerous top administrators are new to campus, there are many opportunities for the University, he said. Pendse plans to create public-private partnerships with companies like the relationship he formed with Cisco at Wichita State, he said. He said he hopes to collaborate with the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning and the Brown Conversation, a group of students who meet regularly to discuss Brown’s mission and identity. A search committee composed of faculty and staff members met beginning in late February to select Pickett’s successor. The committee, which used the search firm Next Generation in its process, ultimately presented three finalists to Provost Mark Schlissel P’15, said Beppie Huidekoper, executive vice president for finance and administration and the search committee’s chair.


» MARRIAGE, from page 1 receive citizenship. While foreign spouses of Americans have long been granted citizenship in the United States, married same-sex couples were only granted this right over the summer when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The 1998 Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage, for federal purposes, as an institution between one man and one woman. The law prevented married same-sex couples from receiving the same federal benefits afforded to opposite-sex couples. “The principal purpose and the necessary effect of this law are to demean those persons who are in a lawful same-sex marriage,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion that struck down the law as unconstitutional. “DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples and all the world that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition,” he wrote.

Pendse “has enormous energy and enthusiasm,” Huidekoper said. “We thought he would be a great collaborator, and he clearly loves working with other people.” Amarnath Jasti, who has known Pendse since he was Jasti’s faculty adviser at Wichita State 13 years ago, called Pendse an effective leader and teacher. “For me, he was more than a boss. He was a great mentor to me,” said Jasti, now manager of Wichita State’s Cisco Technical Research Center. “He has so much great energy and great passion. He’s a visionary,” he said. Pendse has drawn $22 million to Wichita State in support of his research programs, according to the University release. The affiliation he formed with international networking company Cisco helped establish the research center that Jasti manages. Some faculty members expressed support for further integrating CIS into research. “I would like to see CIS complement its support for administrative things and teaching, which it does well, with more support for research efforts in the University,” said Professor of Computer Science David Laidlaw. Pendse said he “absolutely” plans on integrating CIS and research, adding his staff will work closely with the Center for Computation and Visualization. Starting in the spring semester, Pendse said, he would like to teach courses as well. “I love being in the classroom and love what teachers do. It’s the most rewarding experience,” he said. Pendse said he has spent the last few weeks walking around campus and interacting with faculty members. “I’ve been on campus, spending time with faculty members and getting their input,” Pendse said, adding this feedback has been positive overall. Pendse said he used the summer to say goodbye to his colleagues and friends in the Midwest. “There is some sadness in my heart when it comes to leaving behind incredible people in the state of Kansas,” he said. “When people say, ‘Why are you leaving?’ that’s a good feeling because you know you’ve done your job right.”

McDowell and Marcus were married Aug. 1 in Mayor Angel Taveras’ office, with Taveras officiating the ceremony. “This is a historic day. It’s a day that we celebrate fundamental fairness,” Taveras said after the ceremony. “I look forward to telling my daughter what her dad did on Aug. 1, 2013.” Despite a contentious legislative battle in Rhode Island that started when a legalization bill was introduced in 1997 and never received a vote, Aug. 1 saw far more celebration than acrimony. But the Westboro Baptist Church protested the legislation, picketing at Cranston City Hall, Providence City Hall, the Rhode Island State House, Brown and Pawtucket City Hall. On its website the group claims a religious basis for its objections to samesex marriages and lifestyles. Four members of the Topeka, Kan., church — which has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — were greeted by hundreds of counter-protesters at each of their stops throughout the state. Sen. Donna Nesselbush, D-Pawtucket, who introduced the Senate version of the

city & state 11 » CHAFEE, from page 1 til earlier this year when Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, announced his support. After losing to Whitehouse, Chafee switched his party affiliation to independent. In 2010 he won a four-way race for governor in 2010, defeating Republican John Robitaille, Democrat Frank Caprio and the Moderate Party candidate Ken Block. Chafee said he had been considering the switch for “months, if not years,” WPRI reported at the time. “I’ve been looking for a political home,” Chafee told reporters during a news conference announcing the switch in the Warwick City Council chambers. Chafee was the only non-Democrat to speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. “The Democratic Party has always been about inclusion, so I am certainly pleased that Gov. Chafee has joined our ranks,” said Speaker of the House Gordon Fox, D-Providence, in a statement May 29. President Obama, whom Chafee endorsed in 2008 and 2012, also welcomed Chafee to the party in an official statement. Obama described Chafee as “an independent thinker and leader who’s unafraid to reach across party lines to get things done,” and said that he looks forward to “continuing that collaboration on the issues that matter not just to the Democratic Party, but to every American.” Chafee’s political positions have often aligned with those of the Democratic Party. As governor, Chafee supported passage of same-sex marriage legalization in the General Assembly, highlighted environmental issues and rallied to protect abortion rights. “It has long been clear that Gov. Chafee has embraced many of the ideals of the Democratic Party, such as investing in education, responsible budgeting and fighting for the middle class,” said Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport and Jamestown, in a statement responding to Chafee’s announcement May 29. Christine Hunsinger, a spokeswoman for Chafee, said the decision reflects the governor’s beliefs and is not a political stunt, Politico reported. It was “a matter of conviction with this governor,” she said.

legalization bill, protested the church’s demonstration outside of Pawtucket City Hall. Nesselbush was dressed in the robes she wears as chief judge of the Pawtucket Municipal Court, where she had just officiated a same-sex marriage. Nesselbush and her partner Kelly Carse were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Pawtucket. While couples celebrated their personal victories, others looked forward to the possible economic boost for companies in the state’s wedding industry. Chafee’s office released a press release Aug. 1 heralding Newport’s selection as one of’s top 10 “up-and-coming gay wedding destinations” in the world. “As Rhode Island celebrates our first day of same-sex marriage, this ranking reaffirms our role as a welcoming environment for all couples,” Chafee said in the release. “We appreciate this recognition of Rhode Island’s renowned tourism industry in a city emblematic of our state’s long history of tolerance and diversity.” ­—With reporting by Kate Nussenbaum, Eli Okun and Max Schindler


Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from 1999-2007. He was elected R.I. governor as an Independent in 2010. “He’s philosophically very comfortable with the agenda of the Democrats,” said Maureen Moakley, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island. “But he’s going to have to be much more carefully supportive of a number of issues that deeply affect members of the Democratic Party,” such as the state’s pension settlement and unionization of daycare workers, she added. Though his positions have largely been viewed as liberal, some relished Chafee’s independent status and are concerned about his decision to join a party. Jennifer Duffy, a political analyst with the Cook Political Report, said, “Chafee always marched to the beat of his own drummer,” USA Today reported. Bob Plain, editor and publisher of Rhode Island’s Future, wrote in an article entitled “Linc Chafee: Democrat of convenience, not conviction” that he previously thought Chafee “had thrown off the shackles of party politics and was willing to go it alone for the Ocean State.” With Chafee’s switch, all the country’s governors are now party-affiliated — 30 Republicans and 20 Democrats. Chafee’s decision to join the Democratic Party was also a strategic move, Moakley said. He will likely face a Democratic primary race against Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Gen-

eral Treasurer Gina Raimondo, whom WPRI called “the two most popular politicians in the state.” Though neither Taveras nor Raimondo have officially announced their plans to run, both have hired campaign consultants and have started fundraising. Chafee’s approval rating of 25.5 percent trailed behind Taveras’ 63.7 percent and Raimondo’s 56 percent approval rating in a February poll published by the University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy. These results indicate that running as a Democrat could be a smart move for Chafee, because a more crowded race could allow a candidate to win the primary with only 35 percent of the vote, WPRI reported. “Polling suggested that the ‘path to victory’ was probably more feasible in a primary election, especially since he’s expecting strong support from the unions,” Moakley said. “Moreover, were he to lose, as a member of the Democratic Party, he’d be well positioned to receive some sort of federal appointment,” she said. Chafee’s chances in the upcoming election will likely depend on his ability to “forcefully communicate his vision for a better Rhode Island” and on how the economy rebounds through the end of his term, wrote Scott MacKay in an article for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Sports — did you know we have them? A lot of ’em ETHAN MCCOY

Sports Columnist

Dear Class of 2017, This past weekend, as you met new roommates, said goodbyes to tearful moms and stood around in awkward circles at the ice cream social, the aura of college sports made its way back into our lives with the kickoff of the NCAA football season. Odds are many of you didn’t choose Brown anticipating Saturday tailgates or raucous student cheering sections, and you aren’t planning on snagging a spot on College GameDay to make sure your oh-so-clever sign finds its way on to Deadspin. Of course, you likely know all of this. But as you settle into Brunonian life, be sure to keep one thing in mind: There are indeed sports teams at Brown (37 of them to be precise — the third most among all Division I schools), and if you’re a sports fan, you may find more for your fanhood in Providence than you might have

first thought. As an avid sports fan, I hope to highlight what in my past three years have been the best parts of covering and following Brown sports. But remember, this is just a sample of athletics on campus — and I implore you all to go beyond my suggestions, attend friends’ games and see for yourself what all of Brown’s teams are up to throughout the year. A lot happens right off the bat — the fall semester is one of the most exciting times for Bruno (the Bears’ lovable, jaundiced mascot). Ivy League football gets into full swing, and following the historic rivalries of the ‘Ancient Eight’ on the gridiron can be a worthy endeavor. In recent years, the Bears have been a perennial threat to the Ivy League crown, last winning the title in 2008 and finishing in the top half of the league standings the past six seasons. Though Brown Stadium is no Big House and crowds can be sparse at times, don’t knock the quality of play in the Ivy League. There have been alums aplenty in the NFL, including a number of former Bears (Pro Bowl Giants center Zak DeOssie ’07, recently-released Patriots fullback James Develin ’10 and tight end Colin Cloherty ’09, currently a free agent).

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Mark Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 on your calendar for the football team’s two night games of the semester. The 88 year-old Brown Stadium is permanently light-less, but three years ago, the athletic department made the genius decision to bring in temporary lights for one night game each season, giving the student body a chance to make the trek up to Brown Stadium, tailgate and get rowdy under the lights. Attendance at each night game to date has surged above the average and makes Brown feel for a day just a bit like a Big 10 school. The other gem of the fall season is men’s soccer, currently ranked No. 18 in the NCAA Division I pre-season rankings. The squad is consistently one of the best in the Ivy League, which is — unbeknownst to many — one of the NCAA’s most competitive conferences for soccer. The team’s successes (an Ivy League championship in 2010 and two Sweet 16 appearances in the past three years) have brought out some of the best home crowds at Brown, as chilly Stevenson Field turns into a fortress on Friday nights and students line up and down the far sideline. Alums play in the MLS and have earned international caps, and as soccer continues to be on

the rise in the States, these are games you’ll not want to miss. When winter rolls around, hockey and basketball take the spotlight, and teams across the Ivy League have been repping the conference well on the national stage. Yale won the men’s hockey national championship this past winter, and Harvard men’s basketball broke into the top 25 rankings and upset number three-seeded New Mexico in the NCAA tournament last March. As for Bruno, men’s hockey last year had its ups and downs but turned it on during the ECAC tournament, where the team beat Quinnipiac, the top team in the nation, and came within one victory of winning the conference and earning a berth in the NCAA tournament. Former Bears are scattered throughout North America in the NHL and American Hockey League, taking the program’s scrappy and hard-nosed style into the top level. Though men’s basketball has gone through a rough patch in recent years, the team made major strides in last year’s first season under Head Coach Mike Martin ’04, and progress should continue this year. Spring brings with it a number of more competitive Bruno squads,

including men’s lacrosse (a spectator sport filled with highlight-reel goals and big hits that you need to check out if you haven’t already) and both men’s and women’s crew. Crew is one of the more difficult teams to watch in person (due to the lack of a substantial body of water flowing through campus), but the squads are top in the nation year in and year out, with the women’s team winning the NCAA Division I national championship in 2011. And every step along the way, Herald Sports is here to help you keep up with the Bears. From weekly coverage by our team of crack reporters, to features on alums in the pros and Olympics, to investigative sports series and weekly columns, you’ll find sports in The Herald three days a week and on Twitter (@BDH_Sports), 24/7 365 days. Ever True, Ethan McCoy

Ethan McCoy is a former sports editor and current columnist for The Herald. Talk sports with him at

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Sports through summer: Brown athletes compete around the world BY CALEB MILLER, SENIOR STAFF WRITER Though The Herald stops production during the summer, several Bears continued excelling in their sports. These are a few accomplishments from Brunonians that occurred during our time away from Providence.

Track tours Britain

Schoeller victorious in Austria

Twenty-seven members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams combined vacation with competition in a two-week tour of Ireland and England. The group spent the first week in Ireland, sightseeing and competing against the University of Limerick in a dual meet. The athletes then traveled to England, where sightseeing combined with another dual meet as the team took on St. Mary’s University. In both meets, Brunonians teamed up with athletes from Dartmouth to beat the European competition. The duals used old-fashioned scoring systems, but Brown athletes won six events against St. Mary’s, helping the combined team to victory.

Coco Schoeller ’15 was selected from a group of the nation’s top young rowers for a spot on the U.S. under-23 national team boat to compete against the world’s best at the World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria in July. Her efforts helped the U.S. women’s eight to a gold medal. “Competing at Brown, you go in with expectations, knowing a little more about who’s in the other boats,” Schoeller said. “At (the World Rowing Championship), you don’t know who you’re racing or what to expect.” “I don’t have words to describe what this feels like,” Schoeller told the United States Rowing Association after the championship race. “We put in so many meters, and we, as a boat, trust each other so much.” The race was tight the whole way, but the United States surged ahead from a slow start and crossed the line three seconds ahead of Great Britain to claim the top spot.

Harrington lights up Des Moines

Brown storms through Maccabiah Games

Lily Harrington ’15 used her 3,000-meter and 1,500-meter times in the track season last spring to qualify for the USA Track & Field Junior Nationals Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Harrington proved she fit in with the nation’s best young runners with a ninth-place finish in the 1,500 race. Harrington said the 3,000 is her strongest distance, but she was tripped on the third lap of the first round and lost valuable time. The championship meet was a great experience to run against tough competition under high pressure, she said — a scenario that Harrington may face in her next couple of years at Brown. She added that the level of competition she witnessed in Iowa helps motivate her. “I got to see all the professionals up close, which is really inspiring and gets me really excited to compete,” she said.

The Maccabiah Games, held in Israel every four years, brought together the best Jewish athletes from around the world to compete throughout July. Nine current and former Brown athletes competed in five sports and brought home a combined 12 medals, including seven golds. On the women’s side, Sophie Bikofsky ’15 scored 12 points in the final game, helping the U.S. women’s basketball team to the gold medal. Hannah Koper ’17 and Laura Presant ’10 were part of the U.S. women’s water polo team’s gold-medal effort. And Sigal Markowitz ’16 rowed her way to silver and gold medals in the single scull and double scull, respectively. In the men’s competitions, James McNamara ’14 and Will Klein ’16 were key components of the U.S. men’s water polo team, which won all five of its matches and earned the gold medal. In the championship match, McNamara and Klein bested an Israeli team that included their future Brown teammate Yahel Murvitz-Lahav ’17, which took home the silver. Finally, wrestlers Ophir Bernstein ’15 and Zachary Tanenbaum ’15 represented Brown on the U.S. team, each capturing two medals with Bernstein taking gold in 84 kilograms freestyle.

Bernstein battles in Bulgaria Competing for his birth country of Israel, wrestler Ophir Bernstein ’15 made an impressive showing at the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, Aug. 8-13. Bernstein carried an undefeated record through the tournament until a final-round loss, earning the silver medal. Bernstein had to learn a new style of wrestling and rules for international competition, which he picked up quickly as he defeated wrestlers from Egypt and Germany. Competing for his country made the stakes higher and matches more heated, Bernstein said. He will look to bring the momentum from his success into the upcoming season at Brown. “I definitely have higher expectations for myself after this summer,” Bernstein said. “As an athlete, you are always looking to take the next step, so I’m motivated to improve on what I have done.”

Alums row through South Korea Bruno was well represented at the 2013 World Rowing Championships held last week in Chungju, South Korea. Former Brown crewmen Matt Wheeler ’09, Ben Dann ’12 and Peter Gibson ’13 competed for the United States on the men’s side, while Tessa Gobbo ’13 held a position for the U.S. women. Beyond the United States team, Bears crew alums Nikola Stojic ’97 and Steve Van Knotsenburg ’06 crewed boats for Serbia and Canada, respectively. Alumni competed in four different events, earning two medals. Gobbo helped row the women’s four to a gold medal, and Gibson earned a bronze medal as part of the men’s lightweight eight.


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Why you should take computer science AIMEE LUCIDO Guest Columnist The Center for Information Technology has been my home base in my time at Brown. Whether I am doing my homework there or leading TA hours, it’s a place I can go where I am certain I will be surrounded by friends. The students are kind and wonderful, intelligent and generous in their intelligence. And the professors, while being some of the most renowned at Brown, are on a firstname basis with the majority of their students. There is almost always free food somewhere in the CIT, and no matter what time you enter, there will be someone there who can help you with your assignments. When you take into consideration the fact that companies like Google and Facebook pay large sums of money to recruit Brown computer science concentrators, it’s shocking that more Brown students aren’t rushing to take introductory computer science courses. According to data from the University registrar, only 25 percent of

Brown students will take even one computer science course in their four years at Brown. This dearth might be because computer science often gets a bad reputation, both at Brown and around the country. When I tell people that I do computer science, the reactions I get range from “Do you shower?” to “But you’re a girl!” to “Good! Can you fix Brown-Secure for me?” There is an aura of mystery surrounding computer science. People come to Brown — and often leave Brown — having no idea what it is. Many of us think it’s a subject we get sucked into during our first years that prohibits us from seeing the sun and our friends until we graduate. We think pursuing an understanding of computer science is mutually exclusive with pursuing a love of music or literature or Mande dance. And often we think we need to have a background in the field before we can take even an introductory class. These are all myths, and I hope to debunk them once and for all. If we want to enter the SunLab as first-years and never ever leave, we are more than welcome. But we will be in the minority. Computer science can

be approached in a million different and want to take more than just one ways, many of which involve seeing as class, we are in no way precluded from much of the sun as Providence weather pursuing other interests as well. I do allows. One great way to do this is to not know a single computer science take just one computer science class concentrator who is simply that. There before we graduate. are computer science students who are We can be biology concentrators also teachers, musicians, writers, acor American Studies concentrators tors, athletes and fraternity members. or Literary Arts concentrators and Many are pursuing second degrees in use computer science in a way that is anything from music to literary arts relevant to our speto biology. I double cific, non-technolog-concentrated in There is an ical interests. CSCI computer science aura of mystery 0931: “Introduction and literary arts, to Computation for and I had friends surrounding the Humanities and in and out of computer science. both Social Sciences” is a the computer science People come to course that allows us department. And I to do just that. It is showered daily. Brown — and aimed at humanities It is never too often leave Brown late to start studying concentrators who would like to use — having no idea computer science. I computer science to came to Brown havwhat it is. analyze data for our ing had some expeown interests. Just rience in computer this one computer science and knowing science course can give students the that I was probably going to concenanalytical thinking skills needed for trate in it, but I was one of the few. nearly every field we could possibly Many people who end up pursuing be interested in. computer science have never seen Even if we are interested in pur- the subject before their introductory suing degrees in computer science courses. Sometimes they take that in-

troductory course during their first years, sometimes during their senior years — no one way is better than any other. The computer science Bachelor of Arts degree requires only nine courses. Because of this, it is often possible to pick up a computer science degree as late as junior year. And even if it is our senior year, taking just one computer science class can give us the skills we need to approach our own fields analytically and possibly even give us the edge we need when looking for jobs. Only 25 percent of Brown students will graduate having taken even a single computer science course. But this number can change. So I urge you to register for a computer science class this semester. Whether you are a firstyear or a senior, whether this will be your only computer science course or your first of many, there is no downside. At the very least, you will meet some wonderful people and possibly even snag a few slices of free pizza.

Aimee Lucido ’13 works at Facebook and thinks everyone should take a CS class at some point in their lives. She can be reached at

A different take on sex in college old, when in reality there is little difference between women of the two ages other than one group’s ability to legally obtain alcohol. Opinions Patton paints a picture of an elite Editor college experience where the final prize is two-fold: a diploma and a The Daily Princetonian ran a contro- husband. While in some ways I unversial letter to the editor in March. Its derstand what she is trying to say, that author, Princeton alum Susan Patton, there is a greater chance of compatwarned women — especially female ibility between classmates who shared students at elite colthe critical college leges — that college The problem with years, Patton’s mesis the best time, and sage is still conserPatton’s letter and vative, outdated, possibly the last chance, for them to rigidly practical and Taylor’s article is find the “right partdismissive of other that they seek to ner.” aspects even more define students T h e r e’s n o t crucial to finding a enough room in this based on the types partner. Those ascolumn to properly pects are chemistry of love and sex address the many and sexual attracproblems with Pattion. Honestly, sex is lives that they ton’s letter, includmore important pursue, not on the atolotmarriage ing the assumptions or any people that they are healthy relationship and stereotypes she makes ranging from regardless of these than a mate who is the hetero- and genyour “intellectual choices. der-normative to the equal.” just plain insulting. So let’s talk about Patton essentially treats dating and sex — sex and college. In July, the marriage as a numbers game — an New York Times ran an article by elaborate gambling scheme in which Kate Taylor focusing on Penn and one’s odds increase or decrease de- the casual sex enjoyed by its female pending on location and class year. students. In contrast to Patton’s letter, Among her more baffling claims is Taylor’s paints a picture of promisthat senior women can only pick cuity, drunkenness and meaningless from among the men of their cur- hookups. The Penn women purportrent class year, while those senior edly view the process of finding the men have “four classes of women to right guy and building a solid relationchoose from.” Patton recommends ship as a burden and a roadblock to that first-year females be nice to their their academic and professional goals. male classmates early on, implying While Patton’s idea of college gives that this will up their odds of winning men power, the culture that Taylor one of these male classmates before describes puts women in control. younger women matriculate. And These pieces represent two exby this presumption, she basically tremes, but both extremes definitely implies that a 22-year-old could and exist. I’ve heard many friends talk should be threatened by an 18-year- about their quests to find husbands


in college. Some of them will — at least one is already engaged. I also have friends who have had sex with people the first time they met them, simply because they wanted to, and they have no regrets. But many exceptions exist. For example, one of my closest friends is in a healthy and committed relationship that started with a drunken one-night stand. Another left a relationship that was the envy of all of her friends in order to “explore” without love or emotion. The range of female experiences in college is wide — much wider than either Patton or Taylor acknowledge. That’s the problem with letters and articles like theirs and the reactions that they fuel. Another problem, of course, is such opinions’ focus on heterosexual women. Everyone in college, regardless of sex, gender or orientation, should read pieces like Patton’s and Taylor’s with skepticism, as well as

curiosity and interest. There’s no right way to “do” relationships — or nonrelationships— in college. But the closest you can come to “right” is to do exactly what makes you feel most empowered, while remembering there will always be an argument as to why your approach is wrong. Someone might tell you that searching for a husband in college is old-fashioned, but maybe you believe your greatest chance at long-term compatibility is with a classmate. Or maybe you have priorities other than a monogamous relationship, but you don’t see any reason why you can’t have a little fun in the meantime. The problem with Patton’s letter and Taylor’s article is that they seek to define students based on the types of love and sex lives they pursue, not on the people they are. In choosing how you will approach sex, love and relationships in college, it is okay to be a little bit selfish. Do what is right for you, but try to be

considerate of others along the way. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are any one thing for making choices that you’ve identified as best for you. How you approach sex does not define you as desperate, needy, slutty or a tease, nor does it make you pragmatic, independent, confident or successful. We are who we are because of so many other aspects of our lives. The problem with articles like the ones I’ve described is that they assume characterizations can be made based on choices concerning love and sex. But it is precisely assumptions like this one that perpetuate name-calling and slut-shaming. Our sex lives should never define us, but so long as writers claim they do, nobody can feel sexually empowered.

Maggie Tennis ’14 would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that consensual sex is hot.

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Brown CubeSat team shoots for the stars with microsatellite Student engineers could launch a project conceived in their engineering class into space as early as 2015 By SANDRA YAN STAFF WRITER

By 2015, Brown students may have made a mark on space. “Space has suffered from being something that’s only interesting to space geeks,” said Rick Fleeter ’76 PhD ’81, adjunct associate professor in the School of Engineering. A group of students is aiming to change that by building a micro-satellite — called a CubeSat ­— to help people learn about and experience space. A CubeSat is a 10-cubic-centimeter satellite with a set of standardized requirements. Within two years, the team hopes to send its CubeSat, named EQUiSat, into space, said Hannah Varner ’14, one of the team’s current leaders. Herald Head Photo Emily Gilbert ’14 is another of the group’s team leaders.


The preliminary computer-aided design of Brown CubeSat’s satellite, EQUiSat, is only 10 cubic centimeters but could eventually have major educational value in space.

Preparing to launch Founded in the spring of 2011, Brown’s CubeSat team grew out of ENGN 1760: “Machine Design” with Fleeter, a class in which the teams designed a space mission and built a piece of technology that could be used in the mission, said Alex Neff ’12, one of the team’s four founders. “It started with an idea that our adviser had for quite some time. He’s been pondering this idea that space is becoming less of a fad after the Apollo missions,” said CubeSat founder Max Monn ’12 GS, a former Herald photo editor. The group decided to continue working on EQUiSat as an independent study project in fall 2012, recruiting new members the following semester. “We basically had one semester to make the group self-sustaining,” Neff said. Because the team members only had backgrounds in mechanical engineering, they had to learn the electrical engineering components of building EQUiSat, like figuring out how to wire a circuit, said Kelsey MacMillan ’12, one of the group’s founders. It usually costs “millions of dollars to launch” a satellite, so students and smaller satellite initiatives cannot afford it, said Casey Meehan ’15, a current leader of the group. Though CubeSats typically cost

around $100,000 to build, the EQUiSat team is operating on a budget of $14,000, Varner said. The team has been able to function on this budget by building all of EQUiSat’s components completely from scratch. The group initially obtained funding from a University grant, which was then matched by the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium, Monn said. The mission Satellites “have a huge impact on your life,” which may not be apparent because they are in orbit in outer space, Meehan said. “When you go up over 300 kilometers in orbit, there’s a lot of data you can gather about Earth on a larger scale that can tell us more about ourselves.” Team members hope to put in a panel of LED lights that will be visible to the naked eye from the ground as well as a radio that people on the ground will be able to hear when the satellite passes over them, Varner said. EQUiSat could have uses in education as well. For instance, teachers might teach a lesson about space technology and the next night, their students could see firsthand “our satellite blinking through the sky,” Meehan said. “Behind all the engineering intricacies, there’s a much more profound educational and social aspect,” Monn said. “It’s good to have a North Star outside of all the tech-y madness.” The group documents the process on its website so that other groups can potentially learn how to build their own satellite. Eventually, the team hopes to design “an interface to allow people around the world to interact with each other to see the satellite,” Monn said. This includes markers on a screen that identifies where observers have seen EQUiSat. “Even though you might be thousands of miles apart, you can both look up and see this little blinking beacon that was cobbled together by a bunch of college students,” Monn said. Eventually “there could be a whole array of satellites, where every one would be like a pixel, and this array of satellites could make an image in space that would be visible from the ground,” Fleeter said, such as an image of the five Olympic rings. The team currently has 25 members and is led by five upperclassmen. The team hopes to launch EQUiSat in 2015, Varner said. “We hope that (the team) will grow and be our mark that we left on Brown engineering,” Monn said.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013  

The September 3, 2013 issue of The Brown Daily Herald.