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Gymnastics wins All-American honors Paxson talks divestment

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Ten gymnasts from the University qualified for preliminary sessions at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. honors and its first individual title since 2014. Mei Li Costa ’22 ties Ten gymnasts from Brown qualifor first on bars, Alyssa fied to compete as individuals in the Gardner ’21 finishes fifth preliminary sessions held Friday at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, on vault Connecticut, and four Bears placed high enough to advance to Sunday’s event fiBy TESS DEMEYER nals. Alyssa Gardner ’21, Julia Green ’19 SENIOR REPORTER and Kate Nelson ’21 joined Costa in vying Led by a near-flawless routine on the for a spot on the podium in the final day uneven bars from Mei Li Costa ’22, the of competition. gymnastics team capped off the 2019 After tying the school record for the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National second time this season with a 9.900 in Championships with six All-American prelims, Costa scored a 9.850 to capture

Brown Divest protests at ADOCH Organizers threw leaflets from auditorium balcony of Salomon Center during introductory ceremony By SPENCER SCHULTZ SENIOR STAFF WRITER

During a Sunday afternoon welcome ceremony for A Day on College Hill, organizers from Brown Divest threw informational leaflets from the auditorium balcony of the Salomon Center and called upon the University administration to end its complicity in human rights abuses in Palestine, according to the group’s Facebook page. Following the end of a University promotional video that played at the ceremony, six demonstrators chanted “Brown students voted yes on divest. Provost Locke: what’s next? End our complicity now,” according to a video posted on Brown Divest’s Facebook page. The leaflets that the organizers threw from the balcony described Brown Divest and its mission. “An entire row of people just stood up, and from the mezzanine started chanting something. … I couldn’t understand anything they said. And then they just threw

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a ton of leaflets, and we just saw them raining down,” said prospective student Miguel von Fedak. The demonstration follows a twomonth long campaign from Brown Divest to pass a referendum on the Undergraduate Council of Students and Undergraduate Financial Board ballot, which called for the University to “divest all stocks, funds, endowment and other monetary instruments from companies complicit in human rights abuses in Palestine.” The referendum passed with 69 percent support from voting students, The Herald previously reported. In response to the Divest referendum, President Christina Paxson P’19 expressed her opposition to “divestment from companies that conduct business in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” she wrote in a letter to the Brown community March 22. Brown Divest organizers demonstrated at the ADOCH welcome ceremony “to show President Paxson and the administration that we are not satisfied with her dismissive response to the referendum result,” Brown Divest wrote in a statement to The Herald. “Brown tends to lean heavily on its reputation as the ‘progressive Ivy’ » See PROTEST, page 6

a share of the uneven bars crown Sunday. Her event win marks only the second USAG National title in Brown’s history, after Diana Walters ’16 won the allaround in 2014. Nelson earned a 9.775 on bars to advance from the preliminary sessions but suffered a fall in the finals, finishing with a 9.100 for 12th place. Both Nelson and Costa were recognized as First Team All-Americans on bars. Gardner punched her ticket to the vault final by snagging the top spot in the second preliminary session with a career-high 9.825. She completed her sophomore season with a 9.7375 in finals to earn a fifth-place finish and First Team All-American honors. Green tallied a 9.750 during prelims of vault to collect Second Team recognition for the third time in four years. She then concluded her collegiate career by receiving First Team All-American honors on balance beam, where she finished 14th with a 9.675. Rose Domonoske ’21 gained Second Team recognition on beam after earning a ninth-place finish in prelims. The six All-American laurels acquired at the 2019 USAG National Competition amounted to the most since 2016 when the Bears collected 11 All-American awards.

politics, referendum Part one of Herald question-and-answer dives into campus dialogue on divestment By DANIEL GOLDBERG SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Between March 19 and 21, students voted in favor of a referendum to divest the University’s endowment from companies “complicit in human rights abuses in Palestine” and ask the University to increase transparency about the endowment. Sixty-nine percent of those who voted, or 27.5 percent of total undergraduates, voted in favor of the referendum. The next day, President Christina Paxson P’19 responded to the referendum by declining to act on its results, a decision she communicated in an email to the Brown community. Throughout the Undergraduate Council of Students’ campaign and following the vote, students responded in a number of op-eds and editorials in The Herald , taking a range of positions for and against the referendum and Paxson’s letter. On April 10, The Herald sat down with Paxson to ask questions and clarify

her position on divestment and the referendum. This is the first section of a question-and-answer session with Paxson on the subject. The second half delves into the Investment Office’s function and the costs of divestment. Why did the University decide against divesting from companies that, as Brown Divest has argued, profit from Israeli human rights violations? Divestment decisions — which are very rare — are made on the basis of a well-defined set of principles that the University has followed for a long time. (These principles) get at deep moral and ethical issues applied to the facts of the situation. We don’t do this by popular vote. … A referendum that garners the majority of whoever is voting is not the way that these types of issues are decided. So, your response was motivated more by the process that Brown Divest advocated for than political or financial reasons? My sense (of Brown Divest) is that what students were talking about was not the behavior of the companies in » See DIVEST, page 3

‘Rising Stars’ discuss acting, industry Logan Lerman, Danielle Macdonald, Callum Woodhouse give advice, talk acting, rejection By MAIA ROSENFELD SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Working with the biggest names in Hollywood has made young actors Logan Lerman, Danielle Macdonald and Callum Woodhouse realize that their famous co-stars are human, too. In the Ivy Film Festival’s Rising Stars Panel moderated by IFF industry board leader Katya Stambler ’21, the young celebrities shared some of the lessons they have learned from working with A-list actors, as well as some of their own struggles within the industry. “You can’t be in a scene with someone if you idealize them,” Macdonald said. “Because then how are you ever meant to connect with them and get on the same level?” Macdonald is an Australian actress who starred in the 2017 film “Patti Cake$,” as well as the 2018 Netflix films “Dumplin’” alongside Jennifer Aniston and “Bird Box,”

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Katya Stambler ’21 talked with panelists about the importance of preparing for roles and their experiences working with famous co-stars. alongside Sandra Bullock. “It’s a really good thing that when you meet them, … they’re just another human being who you’re connecting with, like you would your friends,” Macdonald said. Logan Lerman, an American actor known for his roles in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall” and the “Percy

Jackson” film series, among other films, echoed this sentiment. “It’s just liberating to see that some really talented people who have done … really great work… are human. They’re just searching just like myself or anybody else is,” Lerman said. Before working with stars such as Al Pacino and Jim Carrey, Lerman » See STARS, page 2

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Men’s lacrosse falls 17-12 to Bulldogs in New Haven Bruno loses in faceoff with defending national champion, Yale, drops record to 4-7 By EMORY HINGORANI SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Coming into Saturday’s game against No. 5 Yale, the men’s lacrosse team hoped to find its third Ivy League win for the year and avenge last year’s shootout loss against the Bulldogs. However, strong offensive attacks and dominant face-off play gave Yale (8-2, 4-1 Ivy) the advantage over Brown (4-7, 2-2), as the Elis came out on top 17-12 in the back-and-forth match-up. Bruno’s Jack Kniffin ’20 quickly opened scoring for the game, posting a goal just over a minute in off an assist from Luke McCaleb ’20. But, Yale’s offense started to build momentum, scoring a minute later and then twice more in the middle of the quarter, before Carson Song ’19 scored a goal narrowing the game to 3-2 with 7:21 left to play in the first. A goal from Darian Cook ’22 tied the game up at three-all with 5:48 remaining in the period, but the Bulldogs followed with two more goals, giving them a 5-3 advantage as the first period came to a close. The Bears found the back of the net before Yale in what would prove to be a high-scoring second quarter for both teams. Back-to-back goals from Ryan Aughavin ’21 and McCaleb in the middle of the period tied the game up at 5-5. Yale tallied a score only eight

» STARS, from page 1 said he thought such top names “may possess some sort of greater ability than I had.” But acting alongside them “demystified the whole perception,” he added, noting that it was rewarding to learn about “who they are, what their process is like and to know that they’re just as nervous as you.” Lerman emphasized the importance of preparing for a project, describing how good acting requires a good work ethic. This message resonated strongly with audience member Yurema Perez-Hinojosa ’20, a student on IFF’s programming staff, who has witnessed the importance of preparation as a student actor and director. “People think that there’s an innate talent, or it’s something that people are born with, but a lot of the time it’s literally just how much effort and energy are you willing to put in? And, how much is that going to drive you?” Perez-Hinojosa said. She added that “this can go across any field of work.” The panelists also spoke about challenges they have faced as actors. Macdonald shared the difficulty of learning to rap for her role in “Patti Cake$,” and Woodhouse and Lerman discussed dealing with rejection in their careers. “The whole rejection thing, … I can’t imagine it would ever get any easier,” said Woodhouse, a British actor known for his roles in “The Durrells in Corfu,” “The Hoist” and other films and TV shows. “It’s horrible, but I mean you just try and cope

seconds later, before another goal from Cook tied the game again with 9:33 remaining in the half. The teams continued to trade punches to the very end of the quarter. A score from Riley Stewart ’21 followed two more goals from the Bulldogs. Yale scored once more with 6:07 remaining, followed by a tally by George Grell ’21 three minutes later. The Elis scored twice more with under 40 seconds remaining in the half, sending the game to halftime at a score of 11-8 in favor of the Bulldogs. Just over three minutes into the second half, Kniffin opened scoring once more. However, after a period of seven scoreless minutes from both sides, which included five saves from Phil Goss ’20, Yale’s offense began to rally. The Bulldogs scored with 5:09 remaining in the third, then once more eight seconds later. Another goal from Yale two and a half minutes later put the game at 14-9. But Kniffin broke the Elis’ scoring streak during the final 40 seconds of the third quarter before Yale sneaked one more goal in with five seconds remaining to set the score to 15-10 entering the fourth quarter. The two teams continued to go back and forth in the last period. Brown capitalized off a man-up opportunity to start the quarter, as Kniffin scored under 30 seconds into the period off an assist from Cook. McCaleb scored three minutes later, posting his teamhigh 27th goal of the year to put the Bears within three at a score of 15-12. Strong defensive play from both sides locked down scoring for the next ten minutes of the game. Brown

with it,” he continued. “Every time there is a rejection, … you see the project at the end, and it’s like, ‘Oh well of course I didn’t get it, they were perfect.’ … There’s always a reason, it’s not because you’re terrible — you have to try and remember that.” Lerman followed up this advice with a confession met by laughter from the audience: “Sometimes I’ve been terrible, and some of my favorite actors I’ve worked with — I have seen them be terrible.” All three actors discussed the need to normalize their failures and humanize their famous co-stars. The hour-long event was split between the moderated panel and audience questions. According to IFF managing director Chautauqua Ordway ’20, the IFF industry team was responsible for bringing the speakers to campus, formatting the panels and deciding the festival’s themes. This process included filling the Rising Stars Panel with “people who are young, who can relate to a college audience,” Ordway said. Perez-Hinojosa said she “was interested in listening to what young actors have to say about the work that they’re doing and the experiences that they’re having,” adding that the best part of the event was talking to the stars after the panel. Another audience member, Vivian Van ’21, liked that the moderator asked questions on “things that you can’t really find in online interviews with these panelists.”

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The men’s lacrosse team showed strong defense in a Saturday game against No. 5 ranked Yale, but the Bears were outscored by the Bulldogs. They will face cross-town rival Providence College on Tuesday. continued to battle and take good shots but was unable to find the back of the net. Yale closed scoring with two empty-net goals in the final minute of play, putting the game at its final score of 17-12 in favor of the Bulldogs. Despite the loss, the team’s hardfought effort against the defending national champions demonstrated their resiliency and competitive capabilities. “Throughout the game with our team, no matter what, there was no quit. We kept fighting,” said defenseman Alex Santangelo ’19. “There were definitely opportunities for us. … It comes down to a few critical plays that we just didn’t make.” “We did a great job capitalizing on our opportunities at the beginning of

the game,” Kniffin said. “Down the stretch, they just made more plays than we did.” While the Bears’ record is 4-7 this year, the team has only been marginally outscored by opponents by an edge of 139-135. Four of Bruno’s losses have been within two goals or less, and the team has faced three squads ranked in the top 10 nationally: Yale, Penn and the University of Virginia. Going forward, the Bears hope to build off this experience of playing with high-level talent as they continue to push for a berth in May’s Ivy League tournament. “Having great competition in the Ivy League means that everybody is forced to play their best game every time we step on the field,” Kniffin said.

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“We’d much rather play top teams that force us to play at the top of our level than play weaker teams where we can scrape a win out without playing our best.” The Bears have a quick turnaround from the Yale game, as they will face off at cross-town rival Providence College tomorrow and then return home to play Cornell Saturday. “The great thing about playing Tuesday is you get to move on after a Saturday loss and move forward,” Santangelo said. “If we can start off the momentum this week right with a big win on Tuesday, that will be huge for us.”

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question. We don’t divest from countries, we divest from companies, and the whole campaign was much more about … ‘is there social harm being done by Israel or not?’ And that’s a really important question. But when it comes to divestment, that’s not the relevant question. The relevant question is whether (the) companies that are mentioned are engaged in morally abhorrent behavior. I don’t think that was really what the conversation on campus was about. I think it had much more to do with people’s political views about Israel’s actions. Because Brown Divest identified specific companies and their actions, how is their argument advocating for divestment from a country as a whole, rather than these specific companies? If you were to … apply this to the (Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies) principles that we have, you’d need to say, ‘is the fact that (Hewlett-Packard) is selling (the Basel biometric control system) to Israel — is this something that constitutes really exceptionally grave social harm?’ Compared to something (we’ve divested from) like tobacco, which is a case where the company’s product itself has no redeeming social value, … it’s very hard to separate that social harm from the manufacturers. That’s a case that seems to be very different from this, where … the product is being purchased by a group that is being accused of doing something wrong. … So, what I didn’t see was a very clear articulation of the social harm caused by the companies. What should Brown Divest have done if they wanted University action or to elicit something from ACCRIP? They could have, and they still

could, submit a petition to ACCRIP. That would be a valid way forward for them. I’ve met with some of the students who have been involved with Brown Divest and told them that. In 2013, ACCRIP did take up a petition from Students for Justice in Palestine that requested recommendation to divest from companies that conducted business in the occupied territories, and ACCRIP voted against moving that forward. … I want people to understand that we have a process, and we follow it. I’m not saying that because I think that decision is necessarily going to stand forever, but the last official word from ACCRIP was not to divest. The University has in the past made statements and taken action that is political in nature, such as support for students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status. What makes this different? If the University starts taking political positions, we run the risk of undermining academic freedom on the campus. If we say we’re the university that opposes Israel, how can we have scholarship and debate on what’s happening in the Middle East? … So, we shouldn’t, in most cases, take political positions. We want members of our community to do the research and do the thinking to become really informed citizens, so they develop their own convictions and act accordingly. … You note that sometimes we’ll come out and take policy positions, and those are a little bit different than political positions. … When I take a policy position, I’m always thinking very carefully about whether the issue is core to our mission. So, when I come out in support of certain types of immigration policies, it’s because we need our international students if we’re going to be able to do what we do well. … Similarly, we have DACA

students right here on campus, we have undocumented students right here on campus. It’s our obligation to try to protect them as best we can. So I see those issues as being very directly related to Brown’s mission. You’ve said that choosing not to divest is abstaining from the political conversation, but many have argued that it is a political statement in itself. What is your response to that? I think that is not a sound argument. People who say that are saying, ‘I want to force Brown into a yes or no choice here, and if you don’t say yes, then we’re going to say that you’ve said no. Either you’re against Israel or you’re for Israel.’ By choosing not to divest, we are not saying anything about whether we’re for or against Israel. Our obligation is to run the endowment, to have great, long-term, risk-adjusted returns … and in very rare cases to apply moral principles to how we invest. And by not acting on every human rights issue that comes to the attention of the University, that certainly doesn’t mean that we’re condoning behavior.

always going to get the answer that they want from the administration.

Almost a hundred faculty recently published an op-ed arguing that your response to the referendum discredits student activism. Are you concerned that your response will stifle future student activism? I am a big supporter of student activism. … I would never want to suppress it. …If students thought that I was chastising them for being activists, that certainly wasn’t the case. … When the Brown Divest campaign was going on … and they put up for one day an apartheid wall, they had the support of the University to do those things just as any student group would have. … It doesn’t mean that they’re

In your email, you express concern that divestment has polarized the Brown community. Has this issue divided the campus in a damaging way? If we… continue to say ‘Brown’s got to take a position one way or the other,’ that could be extremely damaging and divisive. I’ve talked to a number of students, as well as faculty members, who were deeply disturbed by the campaign, who felt like they couldn’t say what was on their mind. … In a lot of people’s minds, … Israel and Jewish identity are so tightly intertwined that it’s impossible for people to think about these issues without believing that calls for divestment from Israel represent

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anti-Semitism. … I really appreciate the fact that the students involved in the Brown Divest campaign were very open at saying ‘this is not about anti-Semitism.’ …But, I think we have to confront the reality that anti-Semitism is on the rise in this country and around the world, and a lot of people are feeling very threatened. …The day after I wrote my letter, a large number of Corporation members got an email from somebody — I don’t know who it was, I don’t think it was anybody affiliated with Brown — that was one of the most vile, anti-Semitic emails I’ve ever seen. So, this kind of conversation has to be conducted carefully. … And the same is true on the other side. We have to guard against Islamophobia, too. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Paxson Q&A Part Two: Paxson talks costs of divestment Part two of Herald question-and-answer dives into divestment’s logistical difficulties By DANIEL GOLDBERG SENIOR STAFF WRITER

This is the second half of a questionand-answer session conducted with President Christina Paxson P’19 following the divestment referendum. In addition to her thoughts on the politics and policy involved with divestment and the referendum, Paxson also expressed concerns about the limitations, practicalities and function of divestment from a financial and operational perspective. On March 18, the Investment Office contributed an op-ed to The Herald describing its policies and procedures on investment and divestment. Who has a say in how the University’s money is invested? So, we have a professional investment office, and they are responsible for selecting fund managers and assessing whether to move in or out of positions. There’s an investment committee of the Corporation that’s responsible for oversight of that office. … Endowment management is one of

the most important responsibilities of the Corporation, because their duty, ultimately, is to (ensure) the long-run financial security of Brown. Why shouldn’t students, faculty or alumni have a say in how Brown’s money is invested? Because we have a responsibility to get the best risk-adjusted returns possible, and we need professionals doing this.

What are the logistical difficulties of divestment? What are the costs? The costs of divestment would depend a lot on the specifics of the situation. In general, we can handle narrowly defined divestment actions where it’s one or two or three companies. … One of the issues that I had with the Brown Divest campaign was that … the list of criteria was very broad. It could have expanded to many companies. And if you look at the companies that are (listed), these are major corporations that are in every index fund and almost any stock portfolio that you could think of. … Like most universities, we do very little direct investing. … Right now, direct holdings are less than five percent of the endowment. We’re not choosing stocks (or) companies to invest in.

We’re choosing fund managers, who are making investment decisions. … If we went to those (managers) and we said, ‘we’d love to invest with you, but you have to promise not to invest in the following six major companies, and by the way, we might be adding ten or twelve more names,’ the response would be, ‘we don’t really need your business.’ And we would have a hard time managing the endowment in a way that’s financially responsible.

University and its fund managers say that the University can still tell people what it has divested from? Yes, because … we have many fund managers. So, if we say we’re not invested in tobacco, we’re not talking about the positions of any of our individual fund managers. I guess you could infer from that that none of them own tobacco. But that wouldn’t be a violation of the NDA.

Is the University currently aware of what companies it is invested in? What sort of system does it have for tracking and monitoring our investments? There is a very sophisticated system in place for tracking and monitoring (the University’s investments). … (The Investment Office’s) job is to keep track of the performance of those investments. …(But) we sign (non-disclosure agreements) with our fund managers. Even if they tell us what they’re investing in, we’re not allowed to tell others. … They view that as their intellectual property. This is their business, trying to figure out what to invest in, and they’re not going to give it away for free to the rest of the world.

If you were to release the University’s investment portfolio as a whole without specifying which fund manager holds what stock, would that be a violation of the NDA? I think it would be very hard to do that because things change very rapidly.

But the terms of these agreements between the

I think the issue for Brown Divest is that it’s not about which fund manager holds what stock. It’s about what, with all of these fund managers, is the University invested in? Well, I can assure you right now, without even looking at what’s in our funds, that we are invested in all of the companies that (Brown Divest) listed with the exception of Safariland Group, which is not publicly traded. Because they are major U.S. corporations. …

We can divest if we want to, (but) the larger the number of instruments that we need to get out of, the costlier it’s going to be for the University. Also, you worry that you’re going to undermine confidence in the endowment if people think that it’s susceptible to veering away from being something that is managed to promote high returns. Does the University work with — or has it considered working with — funds that offer environmental, social and corporate governance investment options? A lot of fund managers are coming out with ESG, social-choice-type funds, and those get considered and vetted like other funds. I don’t know where we are right now, but sure, that’s something that we’re very much open to. When our investment office is doing due diligence on a fund manager, they ask about their long-run returns and they look at the stability of the leadership team, all the things that you would normally do to assess the expected future returns of investment. … We want to invest in fund managers who have integrity and whose values reflect our values. So it’s not just a purely cut-anddry financial decision. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


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Actor Kyle MacLachlan visits U. for screening of new film MacLachlan discusses film industry, career before screening of ‘Giant Little Ones’ By KATHERINE OK SENIOR STAFF WRITER

When actor Kyle MacLachlan stepped on the Martinos Auditorium stage, he was greeted with roaring applause and chants of “Twin Peaks!” But MacLachlan came to Ivy Film Festival’s event to promote a different role: Ray Winter in “Giant Little Ones,” a film that examines the complexities and experiences of sexuality and being a teenager. MacLachlan, an actor best known for his work in director David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and “Blue Velvet” and his role as Orson Hodge on “Desperate Housewives,” spoke to the audience of students and University community members about his experience with the film industry and his acting career. Before the advanced screening of “Giant Little Ones,” IFF industry team member Joe Suddleson ’22 led a question-and-answer segment with MacLachlan. “Giant Little Ones,” directed by Keith Behrman, follows teenage boys Franky and Ballas as their friendship is unexpectedly altered by a sexual encounter on the night of Franky’s

seventeenth birthday party. MacLachlan stars as Franky’s father, Ray Winter, who had come out as gay and left his family years before. The aftermath of Winter leaving his family is a source of conflict between the father and son. What follows is an intimate portrait of the complexities of sexuality and identity. When asked about his process in taking on the role of Ray Winter, MacLachlan said, “it was a fairly traditional way, through my agency. … I got the script and took a look, and I thought it was a very powerful script.” Many of the film’s characters, including MacLachlan’s own, are of LGBTQ+ and other marginalized identities. Responding to a question regarding Hollywood’s struggle with LGBTQ+ representation and diversity, MacLachlan said, “I think (the film) is a very true telling of an experience and the emotional volatility that not only surrounds people of that age, … but this film approaches that in a very real way.” He expressed his hope that as time progresses, more films will have inclusive and diverse narratives. MacLachlan is well known for his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper on the mystery-horror-surrealist TV show “Twin Peaks,” which gained a cult following after its premiere in 1990 and again after its surprise return in 2017. He spoke of his experience working with award-winning director David Lynch. “He certainly does not exist in the

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Ivy Film Festival industry staff member Joe Suddleson ’22 spoke to MacLachlan about his role in “Giant Little Ones,” his extensive career in Hollywood and his relationship with friend and director David Lynch. bubble of Hollywood,” MacLachlan said, laughing. “I started from the outside, and sort of stayed on the outside, and it was challenging at times, especially when I was younger.” But MacLachlan said he was fortunate to have connected and worked with Lynch on multiple projects.

“Everything that David does, in my mind, is extraordinary … and Twin Peaks is very, very special,” he said, emphasizing its worldwide reach. Audience member Iman Husain ’22 found MacLachlan’s performance in “Giant Little Ones” to be especially interesting when compared to his

previous acting experiences. “It was intriguing to hear how Kyle has been able to act in more outsider, art-house films as well as more mainstream roles,” she said. “I thought it was really amazing that IFF got him to speak before the film.”

Men’s baseball wins one in three-game series against Dartmouth Bears fell to Big Green in series opener, came back to win game two 13-6 before game three loss By RYAN HANDEL SENIOR STAFF WRITER

The baseball team dropped its weekend series to Dartmouth, dominating game two 13-6 but coming up empty in close losses in games one and three. Strong starting pitching and a

late-game offensive outburst fueled Bruno’s Saturday afternoon victory, but early offensive struggles doomed Brown in its pair of two-run losses. Joe Lomuscio ’21, hitting out of the lead-off spot in all three games, was a highlight for Bruno during the series. He finished the weekend with eight hits and five RBI, leading the Bears in both categories. The Bears (9-20, 6-6 Ivy) started off strong in the series opener, taking an early 2-0 lead on RBI singles from Rich Ciufo ’20 and Garett Delano ’20, with Delano pitching four scoreless innings

to begin the contest. The game started to unravel for Bruno in the fifth, when a triple by Matt Feinstein brought in two runs for the Big Green (11-18, 5-7) and an RBI single from Nate Ostmo gave Dartmouth the lead. Brown evened up the game when a sacrifice fly by Delano brought Willy Homza ’19 home. But the Big Green battered Bears reliever Charlie Beilenson ’22, hitting two home runs off of the freshman pitcher and scoring three. Right fielder Calvin Farris ’20 attempted to start a rally in the eighth with a solo home run, but the Bears fell

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Bruno dropped two games and won one game in its series against Dartmouth this weekend. The Bears next face Ivy League leader Columbia in a road series.

short, dropping the series opener 6-4. “We fought well at the end of the games,” Farris said. “We did a really good job of staying in games with our pitching staff.” In the second leg of Saturday’s doubleheader, Brown again jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage. This time, an RBI single from Parke Phillips ’20 and a home run from Lomuscio put Bruno ahead. Collin Garner ’21 pitched a solid outing, allowing just three runs — including two earned — over six innings pitched. Thanks to another home run from Farris, Garner exited the game with a 4-3 lead. Brown’s offense caught fire toward the end of the contest, as the Bears put nine additional runs on the board in a three-inning span. Homza scored two on a sixth-inning single, and Lomuscio was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh. Bruno’s bats exploded in the eighth with a two-RBI single from Ciufo, a wild pitch bringing in Delano for a run, an RBI double from Cameron Deere ’20 and finally a tworun homer from Lomuscio. Despite two late home runs from Dartmouth, Brown captured a 13-6 victory. In the series finale, Dartmouth’s freshman pitcher Justin Murray turned in a stellar performance to help the Big Green pick up a 6-0 lead. Brown notched just one hit in the first five innings, a single in the third from Lomuscio. Meanwhile, Bears starter Will Tomlinson ’20 let up five runs in three innings of work, and Ostmo hit a solo home run off reliever Ryan Kuntz ’22. “We just started off a little bit slow, because when guys were putting the ball in play it wasn’t falling,” Farris

said. “First time through the order, (Murray) got ahead of us in terms of throwing strikes. He just threw well today, … that was kind of the difference in the game.” But Brown battled back, with a two-run double from Delano drawing the team within four. In the eighth inning, designated hitter Phillips launched a two-run home run to left field to cut the deficit to two. Dartmouth’s Ubaldo Lopez hit a monstrous home run in the top of the ninth, but Lomuscio answered with an RBI single. Farris drew a walk for the chance of a winning run with one out, but both Homza and Phillips faltered in their chances to earn Brown the walkoff victory. Bruno fell 7-5, dropping its Ivy League record to 6-6. Lomuscio applauded his team’s resilience despite the failed comeback effort. “It’s easy to quit when you’re down 5-0, but we showed we can come back against anyone,” he said. Even with the series loss, Brown has won four of its last seven games. “We’re starting to hit our stride a little bit,” said Head Coach Grant Achilles. “I like where things sit right now. Obviously we’d like to be in a better situation record-wise in the league, but I think with the next three weekends we’re really positioned well to take care of business on our end.” Next up for Brown is a road series against Columbia, who leads the Ivy League with a 9-3 conference record. The following weekend, the Bears will travel to Princeton to take on the Tigers, who hold a 4-8 record in the Ancient Eight.


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Spend senior spring watching the Mets JAMES SCHAPIRO sports columnist It is the second semester of my senior year, which had me thinking last week about what I did during the spring of my senior year of high school. Specifically, I went to 14 Mets games and wrote about the Mets every other night for a blog my friend and I had started, and still managed to pass all my classes. Week nights, weekends, Opening Day, countless cold nights and warm afternoons — I spent them at Citi Field, and it was probably the best few months of my life. I can’t possibly repeat that 14-game performance this spring, what with living in Providence and all of that. And I know that not everyone feels the way I do about the Mets. But there’s still something important to be learned here. It’s senior spring, the last few months many of us will ever have that consist of more free time than responsibility. Some of us have jobs lined up; some of us are going to graduate school; some of us have no idea where we’re headed. But seniors, regardless of your situation, we’ve only got a few months left at Brown, a few months in Providence, a few months left with a college schedule and college

friends. So today, I don’t have a point to make so much as a request: Have fun with it. Do the things you’ve been putting off all these years. Cross those items off the bucket list. I went to 14 Mets games — what have you always wanted to do? Now is the perfect time to do it.

won’t have fond memories of studying — you’ll have fond memories of the things you did instead of that extra hour of studying. The concert you saw, or the cool place you went or the ridiculous thing you did. I have class at 9 a.m. on Fridays. In a few weeks, I think I’d like to see “Avengers: Endgame” at midnight on Thursday. I’ll be tired the next

el and enjoying my last few months in this place with these people. Because it’s not something you find anywhere else. “Avengers: Endgame” isn’t quite 14 Mets games — although it might take about as long — but it’s something. That, in the end, is my message today: Don’t waste these last few weeks. Yes, get your assignments done. Don’t

Today, I don’t have a point to make so much as a request: Have fun with it. Do the things you’ve been putting off all these years.

Sure, we can’t go completely crazy, or at least, not yet. There are still papers to be written, problem sets to be turned in, tests to be taken. But please, trust me on this: You’ll be okay. You’ll look back in 10 or 20 years, and realize that the 85 you got on your final hasn’t made your life any worse than the 95 you might have wanted. And meanwhile, you

morning. Maybe I’ll miss something in class that would have been useful on my final paper. But you know what? I’ll be okay. And that final paper grade won’t matter to me in 10 years. But I know I’ll remember dragging my friends to a movie at midnight on a Thursday, dressing up in some Iron Man appar-

blow off studying completely. Hand in your papers on time, and don’t check out of class: There are still valuable lessons to be learned in every course Brown offers, whether it’s Associate Professor of English Deak Nabers discoursing on Edgar Allan Poe, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs Richard Arenberg spinning the

polarization wheel or whatever happens in science classes. I know that I, for one, plan on taking my own advice. Last Thursday night, I finished a statistics assignment. Friday afternoon, I took the train to New York. Saturday and Sunday, I went to two Mets games. It’s not 14, and the 2019 Mets aren’t the 2015 Mets — at least not yet, and not when Jacob deGrom isn’t pitching — but it was worth it nonetheless. I finally got back to Citi Field. I spent time with my family — especially my brother, who is 11 and just starting to like the movies and TV shows I show him, and my dog, who weighs 130 pounds and drools like a fire hose. I’ll remember this weekend. I’ve already forgotten my grade on my first statistics problem set. Find the balance, is what I’m saying. Get your work done, but don’t only get your work done. In these last few weeks at Brown, find time to live. In short, don’t do anything you’ll regret. But if you don’t do anything, you’ll regret that most of all.

James Schapiro ’19 can be reached at james_schapiro@ brown.edu. Please send responses to this opinion to letters@browndailyherald.com and op-eds to opinions@browndailyherald.com.

Meritocracy in the American job market ANDREW REED op-ed contributor Most Americans believe in meritocracy. Polls show Americans, more than most people in other countries, say intelligence and hard work, rather than birth and background, are what really count if you want to get ahead. Perhaps they’re right. But as many of my peers and I muddle about in the abyss of networking events, LinkedIn connections and can-you-refer-me’s, I got to thinking. In a professional world where connections are king — and it’s not what you know but who you know — is there any room left for objectivity and empiricism in hiring? According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics and Yale University report, 70 percent of jobs are filled through networking. At that rate, it’s no wonder applicants spend most of their time making connections. Networking gives you more marginal return on your time than anything else; once at Brown, it is much harder to become more qualified than it is to establish a connection. That may be why, if you go to CareerLAB, they’ll tell you to spend 70 percent of your job search networking. But has anyone stopped to think that maybe a system that stresses connections over qualifications might not be the most desirable? After all, few would argue having a neighbor who plays golf with a company’s CEO makes you more

worthy of a job there. It’s almost certainly true that the majority of people who are hired because of a connection are qualified. It’s difficult to get a job as a trader or software engineer without knowing your stuff. But employers

grease the right wheels. That hardly lives up to the idea of meritocracy Americans rightly champion. What is perhaps most egregious about this system is that an existing series of highly predictive, empirical indicators of future job success

instead relied on the wholly unscientific, completely subjective job interview and their own personal connections to make hiring decisions. Whether the solution is to require applicants to take a survey designed to measure emotional intel-

In a professional world where connections are king — and it’s not what you know but who you know — is there any room left for objectivity and empiricism in hiring?

should be hiring not just any qualified applicant but the most qualified one. Currently, there are few instruments in place to ensure that this is the case. Some will say, however, that connections operate at the margins, that the only time they really come into play is when there are two indistinguishable applicants. I don’t believe that for a second given the data, but let’s assume that’s true. If this connection-bias exists even at this level, there is necessarily someone, somewhere down the line who lost out on a job because they didn’t

are rarely utilized. Whether this is due to a lack of resources, a desire to continue the nepotistic practices of old or just plain laziness is unclear. Studies show, two measurable criteria can successfully predict job performance — emotional intelligence and cognitive ability. What should surprise people is that such indicators are rarely measured in the job application process. To be certain, there are many employers (especially in STEM fields) who do use testing measures. But the majority of employers have abandoned empiricism and have

ligence, an IQ test or a job-specific aptitude test, any metric that would add some more objectivity to the process would be a welcomed addition. After all, if you have to take the SAT to apply to college, why should it be any different for a job? Some have argued that these measures don’t tell the whole story. The argument usually goes something like, “no single number can represent intelligence.” For example, one problem with IQ tests is that there is currently no way to normalize for differences caused by upbringing and environmental

factors. But the solution to imperfect empirical measures is to make them more perfect and fair, not to abandon them in favor of networking and, generally, some of the least scientific, most subjective practices available. This doesn’t mean aptitude tests should be the only factor, but they deserve a place at the table. The truth is, we’re wasting an enormous amount of time and resources trying to become the most well-connected applicants when we could be spending that time becoming the most qualified. We can’t blame people who network, as it’s in their self-interest to do so. And I for one think that as long as the system is what it is, I want to live in the same world as everyone else (that’s why you’ll, from time to time, see me standing, conflicted, in the middle of a networking event). But I’d much prefer that didn’t matter. It seems hardly necessary to elucidate the virtue of a society where the smartest, hardest-working people have the opportunity to rise from the bottom of the social ladder to the top of the heap. If that’s the goal, we need to start getting more scientific.

Andrew Reed ’21 can be reached andrew_reed@brown. edu. Please send responses to this opinion to letters@browndailyherald.com and op-eds to opinions@browndailyherald.com.


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