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Bruno claims first win with season-high total Brown honors five seniors at final home meet, Morant ’17 wins individual all-around title By TESS DEMEYER CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The gymnastics team captured its first win of the season Sunday, posting a season-high final team score of 192.650 during its annual Senior Day meet. Prior to the competition, five seniors, Tori Kinamon ’17, Jorden Mitchell ’17, Brooke Williams ’17, Caroline Morant ’17 and team manager Renee Edelman ’17 were recognized for their individual achievements and contributions to the program over the past four years. The Bears hosted the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and Southern Connecticut State University. Because the Bears were the home team, they competed in the Olympic order, starting on vault, before moving to bars, beam and the floor exercise. Bruno’s first rotation was highlighted by personal-bests from Anne Christman ’20 and Julia Green ’19,
with scores of 9.600 and 9.675, respectively. Morant claimed the vault title with a 9.775. After the first event, the Bears led the competition with a team score of 47.925. Brown got off to a shaky start on the bars, but Maggie McAvoy ’18 pulled the rotation back together with a clean routine and a stuck double layout dismount that earned her a season high 9.650 and second place in the event. “We’ve been really focusing on details lately,” McAvoy said of the team’s recent training sessions. “I’ve been working on sticking for the last couple weeks. To nail the double layout so well made me so happy.” Following McAvoy, Mitchell made her first appearance of the season on bars and kept the momentum swinging with a 9.600. Anya Olson ’18 nabbed the bars title with a stuck double tuck dismount and a personal best of 9.775. At the competition’s midpoint, the Bears kept a tight grip on first place with a 95.650. Though the balance beam had been the source of struggles in past meets, the team was able to put up five solid routines Sunday. The » See GYMNASTICS, page 2
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Ken Miller ’70, professor of biology, discussed the political aspects of the denial of issues such as climate change, vaccinations, genetically modified organisms and evolution at his lecture Thursday.
Ken Miller ’70 talks politics of science denial Miller ’70 emphasizes power of denying scientific facts on both sides of political spectrum By JONATHAN DOUGLAS SENIOR STAFF WRITER
As part of the “Reaffirming University Values: Campus Dialogue and Discourse” series, Professor of Biol-
ogy Ken Miller ’70 examined science denial Thursday, discussing the scientific facts and theories people often disagree with despite overwhelming supporting evidence, such as climate change, vaccinations, genetically modified organisms and evolution. Miller highlighted the political aspect of science denial throughout his talk, noting that people deny scientific facts on both sides of the political spectrum.“Why is it (that)
depicting yourself as anti-science has become a viable political strategy?” Miller asked the audience. “Science is powerful. Science can be misused by people on the right and people on the left.” Miller argued that on the left, some politicians use scientific denial to impose regulation, while on the right, some use it to oppose regulation. For example, despite » See MILLER, page 2
Mayor discusses redevelopment of Kennedy Plaza Elorza asks attendees for input, proposes potential plans for plaza revitalization By KYLE BOROWSKI METRO EDITOR
Mayor Jorge Elorza held a meeting to discuss the development of Kennedy Plaza, the city’s main center, at the Department of Planning and Development Thursday. “This is a historic moment for Kennedy Plaza,” Elorza said, noting that a final undeveloped parcel of land in the city center will soon be completed. A “citywide discussion” on the issue, the event offered citizens of all perspectives and backgrounds to propose their own ideas for the plaza — from transforming the plaza into a European-style open-air market to tearing down the historic terminal building to facilitate the creation of an elaborate water feature. Elorza spoke to the current amorphousness of Kennedy Plaza’s future and asked attendees to share their own visions for what that space will ultimately look like. “Since the beginning of our city,
Kennedy Plaza has been the heart of Providence, a hub of civic space,” said Bonnie Nickerson, director of the Providence Department of Planning and Development. Nickerson emphasized her point by showing a slideshow of historical photos and renderings of the city, charting its development as a transportation center. But this development has not always been salutary, Nickerson said, drawing attention to the 1960s and 70s when the plaza began to “deteriorate.” This image of a city space in decline has been invoked times over as an argument for a drastic reimagining of Kennedy Plaza and its role in the city. While there has been some consensus on a need for change, the nature of that transformation has yet to be determined — something made clear by the meeting’s facilitators. Nickerson presented a number of possible options for development of the plaza. One plan would see Kennedy Plaza and Burnside park joined to form a contiguous space, while another proposed a diversion of traffic directly through Burnside. Another entailed a relocation of some bus activity from Fulton Street to Exchange Terrace to relieve the flow of traffic at the perimeter of the plaza.
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Mayor Elorza discussed renovations to Kennedy Plaza and the Amtrak train station at a city hall meeting Thursday. Providence locals and students alike were at the meeting to voice their opinions on the changes. Even though the final direction must still be mapped out, Nickerson said some of the plaza’s future attributes have already been decided — for example, that the number of bus
berths will be lowered to three or four in each direction. Additionally, a multi-purpose transit center at the Amtrak station will reach completion in the next three
and a half years, Nickerson said. The finalized center would involve a movement of some bus services to the train station. The city is also repurposing a » See PLAZA, page 2
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NEWS Science Center hosts panel of researchers to discuss diversity, inclusion in STEM fields
SPORTS Men’s lacrosse, with new head coach, looks to improve upon last year’s final four run
SPORTS Softball sets sights on Ivy League title, seeks to take advantage of new facility
COMMENTARY Steinman ’19: Demolition of Urban Environmental Lab detriment to community, activism
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Researchers at the “Celebrating Excellence in Science” event answered questions from students about their experiences pursuing STEM careers, highlighting multiple avenues for STEM involvement.
Panel discusses diversity in STEM fields “Celebrating Excellence in Science” event highlights diversity, inclusion in STEM fields By STEPHANIE ZHANG SENIOR STAFF WRITER
“How can you create black scientists if there’s no black scientific community?” asked William Massey, professor of operations research and financial engineering at Princeton during this week’s “Celebrating Excellence in Science” event. Hosted by the Science Center, the two-day lecture event aimed to foster greater representation for minorities in STEM fields as part of the University’s recognition of Black History Month. Consisting of a lecture from engineer and inventor James West and a panel of scientists from research institutions across the country, the event was a continuation of the “Seeing Myself in Science” speaker series. Director of the Science Center Gelonia Dent said in her introduction, “The idea is that we want to bring a diverse set of scientists to Brown to share their expertise and advice about diversity, inclusion and excellence.” West, a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University, gave a lecture Tuesday on his work in acoustical science that led to the development of technology now used in 90 percent of all contemporary
» GYMNASTICS, from page 1 pressure was on when, following a routine that had a few mistakes, Christman stepped up to salute the judges. Her teammates shouted “confidence, Annie!” and cheered her on as she mounted the apparatus. Christman recalled being “really nervous” because beam was “shaky” during practice, but she maintained her balance and got the team back on track. Regan Butchness ’18 stuck her dismount for a season high 9.775, earning her a third place finish. Morant and Mitchell raised their personal bests and secured the two top spots
microphones. Beyond his scientific discoveries, West is perhaps equally renowned for his work in supporting minorities in science, technology and engineering. During his forty-year career at Bell Laboratories, West co-founded several programs aimed at providing mentoring and funding for underrepresented minorities studying science, including the Association of Black Laboratory Employees. Wednesday, the Science Center hosted a panel of scientists from top research centers across the United States to discuss mentorship, diversity and inclusion in STEM. All of the panelists had worked at Bell Labs during their respective careers and cited the laboratory as a catalyst to their success as minorities in STEM. The panelists included Benjamin Askew, vice president of research at SciFluor Life Sciences, LLC; Kaye Fealing, chair of the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and William Wilson, executive director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard. Fealing distanced herself from the pipeline model for including more minorities in STEM, which emphasizes early involvement in science for minorities. “It sounds like there are no other ways of ‘getting in’ unless you get on the train early in life,” she said. While Fealing herself had participated in a diversity-focused program like some in Bell Labs, she highlighted multiple pathways to STEM involvement.
Rather than identifying a program in which students should participate or a specific timeline for students to follow, Fealing pointed to the broader needs for information, communication, scalability, sustainability and leadership. She cited mentorship and support from her family as instrumental to her personal success. Likewise, Massey emphasized mentoring as key to expanding representation for minorities. “This is where it starts — bringing in the next generation,” he said. “Everyone’s talking about pipelines, and no one’s talking about plumbing,” Massey said. “How do you connect those people who’ve gone through the pipeline?” Instead, Massey said that scientists should focus on building community. Wilson also spoke to creating an environment where young scientists can make connections and collaborate. Wilson said that he strives to achieve that kind of community at the Center of Nanoscale Systems, where he encourages his students to build upon a diverse and versatile array of research resources to tackle cuttingedge nanoscience research questions. Echoing the words of William Baker, former president of Bell Labs, Wilson described his vision for his lab: “I’m going to build an ecosystem for doing science. We’re going to let people build science from within.”
on beam with a 9.875 and a 9.850, respectively. “We started with a fall, but then every single person after kept improving,” Morant said. “Once we were done, we all kind of knew that was one of the best beam teams we’ve done this season.” The team’s score of 48.750 in the event was a seasonhigh for the Bears. Going into the final rotation, the Bears led the field with a team score of 144.400. The team has been focusing on “presenting and drawing the crowd into our performances,” said Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne. Her team did just that, as Morgan
Hagenbuch ’19 kicked off the floor exercise with a career high 9.675. Christman claimed third place on the event with a personal best 9.725. Olson followed with a solid 9.700, and Morant closed the show with a season-high 9.875 to take first place. Bruno ended the meet with a 192.650, almost two points ahead of second-place Southern Connecticut, and Morant outscored fellow competitors by nearly three points to win the all-around. The Bears will compete twice this weekend in St. Charles, Missouri before returning home to prepare for the Ivy Classic.
overwhelming evidence that GMOs are not harmful to humans, those to the left of the political spectrum call for a ban or regulation of them. Those on the right use a similar denial tactic regarding climate change, despite extensive evidence proving its existence. In order to fight science denial, Miller proposed a number of solutions. “The reflexive way that most of us in science want to overcome science denial is with a torrent of facts,” he said. But Miller argued against this path, citing studies that show people often become more firm in their opinions when flooded with evidence that contradicts their beliefs. “Winning people over to science isn’t a matter of facts — it’s a matter of identity,” Miller said. High school teachers, he suggested, should be used as a model for getting people to feel like they are part of the scientific community. Miller also promoted integrating science into popular culture. He cited the Big Bang Theory and Neil deGrasse Tyson as effective communicators of science and enthusiastic promoters of the scientific pursuit of knowledge. Miller discussed a number of values that universities should promote as well, such as embracing an “open intellectual culture under which science thrives” and presenting science not just as “a technology but as a genuine liberal art.” A university should also encourage both STEM and humanities students to reach outside of their discipline and expand their breadth of knowledge, he said. “To be
» PLAZA, from page 1 grant for streetcar funding to finance a transit connector between Providence Station and the hospital district, she added. Following the presentation, multiple groups broke out to discuss options for and concerns about the plaza’s direction. As people abandoned their seats to pour over details and stencil features onto blank maps of the plaza, one woman sat alone, holding above her head a sign that read “Keep the bus where the people are, SAVE Kennedy Plaza.” “I am a citizen who uses the bus service at Kennedy Plaza on the regular,” said Deborah Wray, president of Direct Action for Rights and Equality, a community service and advocacy organization. “I am worried because nobody here is dealing with the concerns of the average person.” Barbara Freitas, director of the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, said she also attended the meeting to represent the worries of those who stand to lose the most in the event of Kennedy Plaza’s redevelopment. “I’m more concerned now than ever before that this is really going to impact the homeless,” Freitas said. Any relocation of transit from Kennedy Plaza could also affect the location of Providence’s homeless population, possibly impacting the work of advocates trying to service the city’s displaced persons. “If they keep getting pushed away, it’s going to be harder and harder for us to reach them,” she said.
ignorant of science is as profound of an intellectual gap as to be ignorant of the literature or the history of our country and its people,” he added. The event was open to the public and attended by a number of students and professors. Attendee Willoughby Britton, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, said she felt that Miller’s speech ran counter to the other “Reaffirming University Values” lectures because he promoted science as an existing power structure while other lectures have sought to fight existing power structures. “People think that science is an incumbent power structure and feel oppressed by it. (The lecture gave the) complete opposite message than we’re getting from all of the other talks.” Kristina Eichel GS noted that educational strategies from Germany, where she received her education, allow students to personally interact with scientists more often and could help build relationships with the scientific community. After the event, Miller described his desire to speak to the Brown community. Speaking to the community is “important because you really want to motivate people to … stand up for science in the university community and also in the real world,” he told The Herald. To summarize his points, Miller concluded, “The key to winning acceptance of science in the political and economic sphere … is to let people know this is the most exciting time in the history of science and all of us, whether we are professional scientists or not, are and can be a part of it.”
Freitas pinned a great deal of blame on Former Mayor of Providence Joe Paolino Jr. P ’17, now a managing partner of Providence-based Paolino Properties and board chairman of the Downtown Improvement District. Even while out of office, Paolino has been central to debate over the plaza, and his plans for its development have drawn attention. “I don’t call it Kennedy Plaza anymore because I think he’s the one running the show,” Freitas said. “Now I call it Paolino Plaza.” Paolino’s “priorities are not totally aligned with the vast majority of users,” said Sam Rubinstein ’17. Rubinstein also made note of Paolino’s support for stricter panhandling laws — which some argue could disproportionately impact homeless panhandlers. Rubinstein came to the event as part of Visiting Associate Professor Robert Azar’s class, URBN 1870T: “Transportation: An Urban Planning Perspective.” He explained that Azar, who also serves as assistant city planner, brought the class to the event to contextualize material from the course. Aaron Zhang ’17 also came to the event as part of Azar’s class. “We learned about how with city planning there’s just a lot of politics,” he said. “We definitely felt that today.” Nickerson said that, in the end, all were working toward a common aim. “Our overall goal is to ensure that Kennedy Plaza is an active, vibrant, safe and attractive city center,” Nickerson said. “It’s hard to disagree with that goal.”
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Women’s lacrosse looks to improve on 2016 season
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Kerianne Hunt ’17 handles the ball. Hunt and fellow co-captain Mollie Lane ’17 will lead the women’s lacrosse team as it seeks to improve on last season’s disappointing 1-6 conference record.
Bruno opens its season this week with two home games against Sacred Heart, Holy Cross By CAL BARASH-DAVID SENIOR STAFF WRITER
After a season of disappointment, the women’s lacrosse team is hopeful and eager for the 2017 season, which starts Saturday against Sacred Heart. Having won only a single
conference game in the 2016 season, Bruno finished the year tied for last in the Ivy League with a 6-9 overall record. The Bears are one of two Ivy League women’s lacrosse teams to have never won a conference championship. Bruno lost six seniors from last year’s team, but in their place enters the class of 2020 — a nine-player group in which Head Coach Keely McDonald ’00 sees promise. “They’re a very positive, hard-working crew that just adds to those elements of our culture,” McDonald said.
Co-captain Kerianne Hunt ’17 said the first-year class has already raised the competitive spirit of the team. They “just bring this … fresh, really dynamic, fiery spirit to our team,” Hunt said. They are “so united in everything they do, they have the strongest, hardest work ethic and they are also so eager to learn from us,” she added. “It’s really encouraging to teach them and also to see how much they want to get better. … They have already made an incredible impact on the team.” Beyond their attitude, the first-year
class adds much-needed depth to the 30-player roster, McDonald said. “We will definitely have some freshmen contributing on really every area of the game,” she said. The most notable loss is attacker Lauren Toy ’16, who led the Bears in goals and assists last year. Despite Toy’s absence, Bruno is returning most of its offensive arsenal. Jillian Lee ’17, Rose Mangiarotti ’18, Zoe Verni ’19 and Hunt tallied 15, 13, nine and nine goals last season respectively. The team will also bring back hybrid attacker and midfielder Hafsa Moinuddin ’19, who broke out as a rookie. She netted 12 goals and added eight assists in 12 games last season. The Bears have been working in order to better their fitness. While Ivy League regulations limit the number of offseason practices the team is able to have, it has been conditioning throughout the fall in preparation for spring, with a twist — all of the team’s conditioning is done with lacrosse stick in hand to benefit the team’s play without violating league policies, Hunt said. “We had two scrimmages this past Saturday at UConn, and our coach made the comment that we outlasted both of the two teams we played,” she added. “I think that’s just a result of our hard work.”
“To be a great Ivy League team, you have to put in work on your own,” McDonald said. “That really comes from the players owning the team,” she added. A poor 2016 campaign is reflected in Bruno’s external expectations. In a recent preseason media poll, Brown was predicted to finish the season last in the Ivy League. As is often the case with a team slated to underperform and up against a difficult challenge, the Bears are setting their sights high but focusing on what they can control: themselves. “Our top priority is to focus on us,” Hunt said. “In doing that, we are going to have a successful, winning season with the goal of getting to the Ivy Tournament and winning the Ivy League Championship.” The team’s 2017 campaign begins at home, where they will take on Sacred Heart Saturday and the College of the Holy Cross Tuesday. The Bears will then fly to Orlando, Fla. to play Louisville. For now, McDonald is eager to get started. “We (have) got to play games,” McDonald said. “We really just need to go against another opponent. That’s the best way to learn and the best way to grow and identify strengths and weaknesses.”
Men’s lacrosse gears up for spring success with new head coach Fall ball, difficult preseason ready Bears as core senior leadership, new staff set high bar By NICHOLAS WEY SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Last year, a single overtime goal stood between the men’s lacrosse team and a spot in the NCAA Championship game. Bruno advanced to the Final Four for just the second time in program history and notched a 16-win regular season in the process — another Brown record. A few days later, Dylan Molloy ’17 won the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the most outstanding college lacrosse player in the nation. In more ways than one, 2016 was a historic year for Brown lacrosse. This weekend, the Bears will begin their 2017 campaign against Quinnipiac University, and the team taking the field Sunday carries many similarities to last year’s team — including high expectations for the coming season. “We are looking to continue on the success we had last year,” said starting defenseman and co-captain Alec Tulett ’17. “We’re coming off two back-to-back Ivy League Championships. The bar is set very high, but we have a team mentality not to rest on our laurels.” Bruno will return Molloy, as well as Tulett and long-stick midfielder Larken Kemp ’17, after they received All-American honors last season. Along with veteran midfielder Jimmy Coughlan ’17, the four will serve as team captains for this season. Much of the focus, especially from opposing teams, will be on Molloy, who will be a mainstay in Bruno’s offense after his 62-goal, 54-assist season. His 6.44 points-per-game average was the highest in the nation last year.
“Dylan Molloy continues to be our hardest worker and toughest competitor,” new Head Coach Mike Daly wrote in an email to The Herald. “He sets the tone for our team at practice and in the weight room.” But other key pieces of the Bears’ lineup will be expected to contribute early on. Brown returns every starting member of last year’s three-man defensive front in Tulett, JJ Nysykalo ’18 and Alex Santangelo ’19. Kemp will also be a critical element of Bruno’s highpace transition offense. He not only was ranked 12th nationally last year in turnovers caused, but also added 12 assists and netted six goals — including a particularly memorable goal in Brown’s matchup against Maryland in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. “The entire senior class has been amazing, stepping up in leadership positions and doing a great job managing all the transitions,” Daly wrote. “I feel very grateful and humbled by their effort to sustain the success of last year.” In many ways, the team has changed since its near-title run last spring. Bruno graduated a particularly strong core of team leaders in All-Americans Jack Kelly ’16 and Will Gural ’16, as well as AllAmerican Honorable Mentions John Yozzo-Scaperrotta ’16, Kylor Bellistri ’16, Henry Blynn ’16 and Brendan Caputo ’16. “There are always losses to graduation and every team dynamic is different, regardless of who or how many guys graduate,” Daly wrote. “This year’s team has been an absolute joy to be around, coach, and it’s a privilege to do what I do.” Daly added that, despite the loss of its two-time captain Kelly — who now plays professionally for the Denver Outlaws — the goalie position had previously been the teams “most consistent phase.” All four goalies on the Brown roster — including first-year Phil Goss ’20 — are in
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New head coach Mike Daly replaced Lars Tiffany ‘90 at the helm of the men’s lacrosse team earlier this year. The Bears’ first game is against Quinnipiac, a familiar early season foe. “tight competition” for the starting spot be here and Brown has been everything conditions, the Bears faced off in a scrimcome Sunday. we hoped for and more.” mage against the Boston Cannons, a “I have been most impressed with Strategically, the Bears will still em- professional Major League Lacrosse that position since day one, and it was ploy the quick-fire offense that helped team. The matchup ended in a 9-9 tie, certainly a strength of our team in our propel them to success last year. Bruno’s and Daly was impressed by the teams’ scrimmage,” Daly wrote. former offensive coordinator, Sean Kir- competitiveness, as well as its “great job According to Tulett, other first-years wan — who spearheaded the philosophy on ground balls” and “toughness versus have also been stepping up, especially behind last year’s attack — came from a very physical team.” to fill the void left on the offensive end. Tufts after working under Daly for mul“It was snowing a ton, and our team Tulett added that Luke McCaleb ’20 and tiple seasons. really adapted well to the conditions,” Jack Kniffin ’20 “have been standouts But from a team culture standpoint, Tulett said. He added that Brown will on offense so far in the freshman class.” the fresh coaching staff has implemented benefit from its depth, “especially in terms But possibly the most significant a number of new approaches as well. of underclassmen and freshman coming change for Bruno was the departure of “We’ve really focused on team culture in. We have a lot of talent down there, head coach Lars Tiffany ’90, who left for and basic fundamentals a lot more than and a lot of players that will make a key the University of Virginia, which led to we did before,” Tulett said. He added that impact this year.” the hiring of Daly from Tufts University the team has been reading a book by But the real first test for the Bears will — where he had led the Jumbos to three John Wooden, the great UCLA basketball be the team’s season opener this Sunday. Division III national titles. coach, and players have been “discussing “Our team and I are focused on Quin“The team has been simply amazing what it means to be a great team, what it nipiac right now,” Daly wrote. “They are with their preparation and their accep- takes to be a great teammate.” well coached, have some very talented tance of a new staff,” Daly wrote. “They “It has really helped us focus on what players all over the field, and they were have taken everything we have thrown at we want to accomplish this year,” Tullet an NCAA tournament team last year. them, and they respond with great work said. We will need all phases to be at their best ethic and toughness. It has been great to Last Sunday, despite the blizzard-like to win.”
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Softball aims to win first Ivy League title in 13 years Bruno looks to improve in-conference record during Head Coach Katie Flynn’s fifth season By JACKSON CHAIKEN SPORTS EDITOR
Three years of improvement in the win-loss column has the softball team looking for a successful season under Head Coach Katie Flynn, who has seen the Bears improve from 4-34 in 2014, her second year as coach, to 18-23 last year. “We are simply more talented than we have been in my tenure here,” Flynn said. “This team wants to compete and contend.” The team got off to a promising start last season, but that soon gave way as Ivy League play began. This year, Flynn hopes to be the “hot team” in the Ivy League. The squad has seen the culture shift over the past few years, said catcher Julia Schoenewald ’17. Schoenewald, one of the team’s co-captains, added that she is “extremely proud of the senior class for instilling high expectations of hard work, dedication and unity.” Schoenewald said the team has “leaders at every level with many
different styles.” She stressed the importance of individual relationships with her teammates “to push them to be their best and to set an example through work ethic and integrity on and off the field.” The work of the team’s captains has not gone unnoticed by younger members of the squad. “Each one of them brings a different leadership role to help our team,” said infielder Sarah Fringer ’20. “They are all great role models, and I definitely look up to them for how I would like to be, not only as a softball player, but also as a person in the future.” The team is not immune to yearto-year attrition, losing some key players from the 2016 squad. This year, the Bears are without Janet Leung ’16, who played all 41 games last season and posted a .315 batting average, and outfielder Yeram Park ’18, who will miss the season while on a mission trip, Flynn said. “Those were two big cogs in our offense, but we feel that we have the personnel to make up for it,” she added. Those losses will be mitigated with increased depth “on the mound and more competition at all positions,” Flynn said. The return of Meghan Wimmer ’19 from injury and the addition of Emily Waters ’20 give Bruno five
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Sofia Venegas ’19 prepares to execute a drag bunt. The softball team hopes to place higher in the Ivy League than it has in previous seasons and also compete with top teams in its division, like Dartmouth and Harvard. pitching options, compared to just and I know if I ever needed something Bruno’s pitchers will benefit from a three last year. I could turn to any one of these girls newly-leveled bullpen, as the pitchers The team has added five freshmen at any time.” were previously required to warm-up to the roster, and despite the chalSchoenewald added that the chem- uphill. lenges that additions may pose to istry will only build as the team pre“We have an amazing facility to some teams’ chemistry, Fringer said pares for its first game of the season. compete in and for our fans to enjoy,” it has not been an impediment. Yet another key addition is the Flynn said. “From the moment we stepped on completion of the new baseball and The Bears will play a 47-game campus last semester, we felt like we softball facility this spring, which schedule this season, opening at the had an immediate family through our will feature a turf field, dugouts, im- Madeira Beach Tournament in Florida teammates and coaches,” she said. “We proved batting cages and bullpens, Feb. 24. Bruno will break in its new are not only teammates on the field, new bleachers and new scoreboards, turf field March 28 in a matchup but we are great friends off the field, The Herald previously reported. against Quinnipiac University.
Baseball enters season with sights on Red Rolfe Division crown
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Veteran catcher Josh Huntley ’17 prepares to swing. Huntley and fellow co-captains Christian Taugner ’17 and Rob Henry ’17 will lead the Bears through a packed six-week season as they seek to earn the Ivy League title.
Balance of young, experienced players, new facility set baseball team on path to spring success By ALEXANDRA RUSSELL SENIOR STAFF WRITER
With a brand new facility and strong upperclassmen leadership, the baseball team is entering its season in high spirits. “We’re very confident in what we can do,” said co-captain and starting pitcher Christian Taugner ’17. “Our optimism — freshmen through seniors — is going to drive us through the season and boost us forward.”
The Bears finished last season with a 15-24 overall record, placing seventh in the conference and last in the Red Rolfe Division with a 9-11 Ivy League record. From last year returns a key group of upperclassmen, including co-captains Taugner, outfielder Rob Henry ’17 and catcher Josh Huntley ’17, all of whom were regular starters in 2016. The team will also benefit from the addition of nine new first-years instead of the usual six per class. Having a roster with an equal balance of younger and more experienced players has been an advantage for the Bears in training. “Seeing the upperclassmen work
together with the younger players has been a definite positive for us,” said Grant Achilles, who leads the Bears in his third year as Head Coach. “It’s our opportunity to help shed some wisdom to some of the younger guys,” said Huntley, who paced last year’s team with a .313 batting average. “We’ve put a big emphasis on being able to help the younger guys learn as quickly as possible.” Offensively, the Bears have been working to improve last season’s .259 team batting average. At the plate, Bruno will miss some key 2016 graduates, including infielder Tim McKeithan ’16 and outfielder Jake Levine ’16. But some of the team’s younger members hope to fill in the blanks left
by the six departing seniors. A large percentage of the team’s home runs with be departing with the seniors, as the class of 2016 accounted for half of the team’s 22 dingers. “We’ve seen some of our younger guys and also players who may not have had as much exposure last year truly step into those roles and take them on well,” Achilles said. Following last year’s strain on a smaller pitching staff, the Bears will rely on a stronger, larger group of pitchers — including Taugner, Max Ritchie ’17, Reid Anderson ’18 and Dante Bosnic ’18 — to power through four-game weekends. “It was tough in that last game because we didn’t have enough arms to throw,” said Taugner, who led the Bears in 2016 with a 2.79 earned run average after returning from elbow surgery in 2015. “This year, we have five or six more pitchers that will have an immediate impact, which will really help us out.” With the new season fast approaching, Achilles places particular emphasis on building up the team’s defensive strategy. He cited Brown’s new facility as a catalyst for improvement in this area. “We let a lot of the plays go that we should have made over the past several years,” Achilles said. “A key part for us, just in our quest to improve the team defense, is being able to actually get out there and do it more.” The new facility, he said, gives the team that opportunity. Brown’s new turf baseball and softball complex, constructed in the second half of 2016, has afforded the team an ability to practice outside in colder temperatures than in years past. The facility has provided more opportunities for full-team practices and repetitions in the offseason.
“It’s a great boost in our ability just to practice,” Taugner said. “There have been times where our first time outside isn’t until we travel for our first away game at the beginning of March.” “It’s definitely going to pay off,” Henry said, who finished last season with a team-high 40 hits. “That’s been the main part of our training — just playing more baseball.” Looking forward, the Bears have their sights set on earning their first Ivy League title in ten years. “Winning the Ivy League championship — that’s our expectation,” Huntley said. “Anything short of that is settling and not fulfilling our expectations.” “It’s just a matter of competing and staying present in the moment,” Henry said. “Our season goes by so fast — we have these expectations, we have these goals, and then we just lose sight of them once the season starts because we get so caught up in playing games and recovering.” The Bears will begin their season March 3-12 with a pair of three-game road series at Nicholls State and Texas A&M before playing their home opener on their new field March 15 against Holy Cross. The game will mark the first time in Brown’s recent past that the team is able to play a game at home before the month of April. Bruno is slated to play a full month of non-conference games before kicking off Ivy League play at Cornell April 1. April will keep the team busy with 25 games scheduled, including 12 home contests, ten of which will be against conference competition. “We’re very confident going into the season,” Taugner said. “We’re going to prove some people wrong, and that’s what we’re going to take pride in.”
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New Head Coach Mike Daly replaced Lars Tiffany ‘90 at the helm of the men’s lacrosse team earlier this year. Daly brings a similarly fast-paced offense to Brown as his predecessor, former offensive coordinator Sean Kirwan, who also coached under Daly. The Bears’ first game is against Quinnipiac, a familiar early season foe.
Mike Daly brings winning history to Brown lacrosse Transitioning from DIII to DI, Daly hopes to reinforce Bruno’s top offense with faster play By BEN SHUMATE SPORTS EDITOR
After building a Division III dynasty from the ground up, Head Coach Mike Daly faces a different sort of challenge — taking over a men’s lacrosse program coming off its best season in school history. Daly was introduced as head lacrosse coach July 1, just weeks after Lars Tiffany ’90 announced he was leaving Brown to take the head coaching position at the University of Virginia. In many ways, 2016 was a banner year for Brown lacrosse as the team posted a school-record 16 wins, earning the Ivy League regular season title and winning two games in the NCAA tournament before falling to University of Maryland in the national semifinals. Along with Tiffany and the rest of his coaching staff, a decorated class of seniors departed from last year’s team. But if Daly’s past credentials — a 244-83 record and three Division III national titles over 18 years at Tufts University — are any indication, Brown lacrosse’s winning ways are not likely to fade away with the cast of last year’s squad. Brown was not the first Division I program to reach out to the decorated coach. But in Daly’s eyes, Brown was the right choice. “There were a couple of other opportunities, but this felt like the right fit from the beginning,” Daly said. There was a “real apparent commitment from (Director of Athletics) Jack Hayes and the University. The entire place has been wonderfully supportive. It’s a great fit for our family. It’s been everything we hoped for and more.”
“The search for a new head coach was a positive one,” Hayes wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. “Mike Daly was the ideal candidate because he had tremendous success at an excellent school. He developed a model program for success” at Tufts. Daly brings a few significant connections to the new position. Ryan Molloy, the older brother of Dylan Molloy ’17 — the defending Tewaaraton Award winner as college lacrosse’s top player and the anchor of Brown’s attack— was a captain on Daly’s 2011 team at Tufts and won a National Championship on the 2010 squad. But Daly will also take over a team that has been primed for his own distinct style of play — a frenzied, highpaced approach to the game that has proven wildly successful at both Tufts and Brown. Sean Kirwan worked as an assistant coach under Daly at Tufts before coming to Brown in 2014 as offensive coordinator under Tiffany, bringing Daly’s style with him. In 2016, with Kirwan pulling the strings, Brown had Division I’s most potent scoring offense at 16.32 goals per game. The Division III leader? Daly’s Tufts team, which scored 17.32 goals per game and won its seventh consecutive NESCAC title before falling in the national title game. “We certainly didn’t invent any of this,” Daly said. “We won with it, so that’s why some of the attention came to it.” Watching Syracuse and Virginia play a similar style in the ’90s was highly influential for Daly. “That game every year was 22-21 or 19-18, so it just was one of my earlier imprints of what the game should look like,” he said. “That’s really what we were emulating.” Kirwan has since moved on to Virginia with Tiffany, but the similarities of Daly’s scheme have helped with the team’s adjustment to the new staff, said defenseman Alec Tulett ’17, one of three returning All-Americans from
last year’s team. But Tulett also said the team is not content with the speed of last year’s team, a point which Daly reiterated himself. “We want to play just as fast, if not faster,” Tulett said. “The guys had a taste of playing that way and they did not want to go back to a regimented, slowed-down kind of style,” Daly said. “The guys have really just embraced it. It’s fun, and it’s definitely the way we think the game should be played.” Despite a different recruiting timeline between Division I and Division III, the academic prestige and location of Tufts seem to present a nearidentical challenge for Daly at Brown.
“Our goal in the recruiting process is always to get the right guy, at the right place, for the right reasons — and they’re out there,” Daly said. “It’s about finding the right guys and the guys who embrace what we’re doing to work their tails off and improve.” All similarities aside, Daly has not hesitated to shake things up for his new team. For example, players are now required to keep their individual lockers neatly organized and in order, Tulett said. “It used to be a mess,” he added. “It’s more of a metaphorical thing, but perfection starts at home.” “There were some personality changes and some cultural changes,” Daly said. “The guys have been great.
They’ve been unbelievably receptive — they just needed to adjust to (the new staff) and vice versa.” Daly was able to bring his assistant coaches from Tufts, but he worries little about managing a locker room full of players brought in by the previous staff. While such a dynamic might divide some teams, Bruno’s run to the final four has the team hungry for more, embracing Daly and his staff in the process. “Everybody around here had a great taste of success last year and they want more; they’ll do whatever it takes,” Daly said. “If that includes adjusting to a new coaching staff, they’re doing it. They’re doing everything we ask.”
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Rescue the Urban Environmental Lab CLARE STEINMAN staff columnist Brown announced potential plans Saturday to destroy what has become a second home to me and many others on campus — but you have to read between the lines to notice it. In an enthusiastic statement, the University publicized a new performing arts center that was approved last week at the Corporation’s yearly winter meeting. But in the statement, administrators gave short shrift to the planned location of the center between Angell St. and Waterman St., which is “currently occupied by a parking lot, three residential structures and two academic buildings.” One of those academic buildings is the Urban Environmental Lab, which passersby might know as the farmhouse-style building with a community garden. The UEL serves as home to the environmental studies department, the Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown initiative, Bikes at Brown, Brown Market Shares, emPOWER and its associated organizations — invaluable members of the Brown and Providence communities. This is not the first time the UEL has come under threat. Plans were drawn up to demolish the building in 2006 to make way for a Mind Brain Behavior building. At the time, students and faculty mobilized to preserve the space, and it was listed as the most endangered building in Providence by the Providence Pres-
ervation Society. By early 2009, the University had abandoned its plans due to financial concerns. But nearly a decade later, we have come full circle. The UEL’s storied life traces the history of Brown and of the environmental movement itself. Built in 1884 as a carriage house designed by the architect of Sayles Hall, the building was later used as a home, a Pembroke dorm and a garage before it was purchased by Brown in 1966 and given to the environmental studies department’s founding in 1978. The building was renovated by students into one
partment. I have a closer relationship with my advisor, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies Kurt Teichert, than almost any of my non-environmental studies friends do with theirs, and I attribute at least part of this to the fact that our meetings take place inside the UEL. Losing the familiarity of this community center would change what it means to be an environmental studies student at Brown. This is not sentimentality: The UEL is the type of synergistic, interdisciplinary space that architects try to create. Nor is it a niche issue. Already, a
The UEL is irreplaceable. Yes, professors’ offices and classes could be relocated. Clubs could find other meeting rooms. But the UEL’s destruction goes beyond what would be the tragic loss of a historic building with a truly extraordinary second life as a model sustainable home. of the very first “green” buildings in the world, heated almost entirely by convection from the greenhouse. Far from being an inefficient use of space, the UEL is designed to “showcase the maximum of what can be done in an urban environment,” in the words of a student involved in its founding. The UEL is a home in the way that a newly constructed building never will be — certainly not in the way that the sleek, chilly Building for Environmental Research and Teaching lounge would be as a replacement. The residential feel of the UEL allows for an intermixing of professors and students that has come to define the de-
Facebook page dedicated to saving the UEL has garnered almost 200 likes, and a petition for sharing memories of the space has over 170 responses, 59 percent of which are from current students outside the environmental studies department. Many of the responses came from music and performing arts students who feel a real need for a performing arts center but object to losing the UEL first and foremost. This decision comes at perhaps the most inopportune time for Brown’s environmental studies program to lose its heart and soul. Students signing a petition to save the UEL recall seeking solace in the space the morn-
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and BERT, the UEL is more than just a symbol of that commitment — it is its most successful manifestation. The performing arts are a valuable part of Brown, and I don’t want to discredit them. But even Brown’s own promotional material makes it unclear what distinguishes this new, state-ofthe-art, interdisciplinary performing arts center from our other new, stateof-the-art, interdisciplinary performing arts center just across the street from the UEL: the Granoff Center, which opened just six years ago. Professor of Music Joseph Butch Rovan, who directs the Brown Arts Initiative and sees the hypothetical new center
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ing after the election, watching Hillary Clinton’s concession speech and literally leaning on professors’ shoulders for support. It is the incubator for student activism and organizing around one of the most important political and social justice issues of our time. When I was a prospective student, the sight of the UEL in the center of campus was, to me, a symbol of Brown’s commitment to sustainability. As the lowest energy density building on campus by a long shot, outperforming even new “green” buildings like the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
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as “central” to the initiative’s mission, envisions the new space as a place to “advance new forms of knowledge and new methods of creative expression across all departments and art forms.” Meanwhile, the Granoff Center, according to its own website, is a place where “creative thinkers from across disciplines can come together to work collaboratively, exchange ideas and create new art forms.” The lesson to learn here is that though the need for a full-sized theater is real, the need for an entire new arts center may not be — particularly not one placed 10 feet over the bus tunnel on Thayer St. The UEL is irreplaceable. Yes, professors’ offices and classes could be relocated. Clubs could find other meeting rooms. But the UEL’s destruction goes beyond what would be the tragic loss of a historic building with a truly extraordinary second life as a model sustainable home. Rather, the demise of the UEL would represent nothing less than the gutting of a tight-knit, often-overlooked activist community. If the University wants to demonstrate a commitment to environmentalism — and indeed, “Sustaining Life on Earth,” which is one of the seven pillars in the 2014 strategic plan “Building on Distinction” — it will have to come to terms with the fact that the UEL’s demolition will be a serious setback to the student environmental community and will hinder that commitment going forward.
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