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Federal judge hears protesters’ lawsuit to remain on Green


Five-goal effort from DeVito ’14 leads Yale past Marist, 13–9





Yale values to be tested in Singapore

Special guest. Jimmy

McMillan, who gained fame for declaring the rent “too damn high,” stopped by Davenport on Wednesday for lunch. McMillan was on campus to shoot a segment of a new Web series with Michael Knowles ’12. The series, a weekly political show titled “Too Damn Live with Michael Knowles and Jimmy McMillan,” debuts next Thursday. Knowles said McMillan called Davenport’s fare “some damn good food.”

Infamous. On Tuesday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart questioned Rick Santorum’s statement that Mitt Romney was “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.” As evidence, he showed the now-infamous clip of East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo telling a reporter, “I might have tacos when I go home,” when asked about how he could support the Latino community. According to Stewart, Romney is at least a step up from “taco mayor.” Another chance. For registered

campus organizations who failed to send a representative to required training sessions in January: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Melanie Boyd ’90 will be holding makeup sessions today and tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Keeping taxes low. In response to gas prices soaring above $4 a gallon, the Connecticut General Assembly voted unanimously on Wednesday to pass a bill that caps the gas gross receipts tax in Connecticut at $3 per gallon. Punishment’s price. A

fiscal note attached to the bill that would abolish the death penalty currently in the state’s General Assembly reveals just how much capital punishments cost the state. In all, it’s about $5 million a year — without capital punishment, the state would save $455,000 per inmate currently sentenced to death, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis.

In the news. Paul Lorem

’15 was featured in New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof’s column this week. On the eve of admissions decisions, the piece examines Lorem’s long path to Yale from rural South Sudan. “Congratulations to Lorem as well as to college applicants who receive great news today — and let’s work to help all those other Paul Lorems out there, at home and abroad, step onto the education escalator,” Kristof writes.

All roads. Toad’s Place will hold its Wednesday dance party tonight.


dministrators have claimed Yale-NUS College’s academics will be unhindered by any restrictions in the country, but critics question what will happen when students venture outside the classroom. In the final part of a three-part series, AVA KOFMAN and TAPLEY STEPHENSON report how freedoms in Singapore will differ from those in New Haven.

new space for political discourse in the nation. In signing the founding document outlining plans for YaleNUS, Yale and National University of Singapore administrators agreed to allow “academic freedom and open inquiry” at the joint liberal arts college.

public demonstrations are allowed. Elsewhere on the island, the Singaporean government more strictly curtails activism and freedom of expression, but Yale administrators say Yale-NUS College will create a

But the new college will enter a setting where a majority of 27 Singaporean students interviewed said they habitually measure their words

As the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences undertakes a comprehensive review of its terminal master’s programs, the funding arrangements those programs have with the school may change. Though master’s students pay tuition to the Graduate School — unlike Ph.D. students, who are guaranteed five years of full financial support — the Graduate School typically keeps most of the students’ tuition payments and gives a percentage back to their respective programs. But the percentage that various programs receive varies widely, administrators said, and six of eight directors of graduate studies for master’s programs interviewed said they were unclear on their programs’ current financial arrangements with the Graduate School. In an effort to “regularize” the amount of funding from tuition fees that each program receives, administrators are gathering data on programs’ various financial arrangements with the Graduate School, Deputy Provost for Social Sciences and Faculty Development Frances Rosenbluth said in an email. “Of course we don’t want masters programs to be cash cows that expand without regard to academic standards,” Rosenbluth




The Speakers’ Corner in Singapore’s Hong Lim Park allows citizens to participate in demonstrations without a police permit.


SINGAPORE — On the edge of a small park in Singapore’s financial district lies the “Speaker’s Corner,” a grassy field the size of a residential college courtyard that serves as the only place in the country where


Local residents weigh impact of new SOM campus BY BEN PRAWDZIK AND DANIEL SISGOREO STAFF REPORTERS With construction of the new School of Management campus on Whitney Avenue now 11 months underway and the structure beginning to take shape, local residents and businesses are coming to understand the impact the campus will have on the surrounding neighborhood. The $230 million project has thus far combined steel with concrete into the looming 242,000-square-foot building now visible along Whitney Avenue. Local residents, many of whom opposed the new campus when Yale sought its approval by the Board of Aldermen, have come to accept the building as a reality. But as the rising steel skeleton reveals the true physical size and scope of

the building firsthand, twolocal businesses said they expect commercial growth, while several residents said they fear decreases in their homes’ values and a permanent shift in the neighborhood’s character. “Sometimes buildings like [the new SOM building] look better if there’s more space around them because it balances the environment,” said John Herzan, the preservation services officer for the New Haven Preservation Trust. “In this case it looms over the neighbors.” The future SOM campus is bordered on two sides by the Lincoln Street and Bradley Street residential neighborhood, whose residents fought the building’s construction when Yale first put forward its proposal in 2009. Twenty resSEE SOM CAMPUS PAGE 6


The design for the new SOM campus on Whitney Avenue, top, has been approaching fruition as construction moves ahead, but some of its neighbors are apprehensive about the impact of the final result on the area.


Downtown alderwoman’s departure leaves gap BY BEN PRAWDZIK STAFF REPORTER


1945 An exhibit at the Yale Art Gallery showcases the 1640 plan for New Haven, America’s earliest city plan.


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Frances “Bitsie” Clark retired from the Board of Aldermen this year.

t 80 years old, Frances “Bitsie” Clark stands just five feet tall. But as a recently retired alderwoman and current executive director of a New Haven nonprofit, Clark continues to make her mark on the city with energy that has not faded. “Bitsie turned 80 in October, but she might as well have just turned 30,” said Maryann Ott, current director of New

Alliance Foundation, an organization that provides financial support to charitable community groups, and a former colleague of Clark’s at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, which Clark used to head. “She has a joie de vivre that is unparalleled for most people, let alone an octogenarian.” A mother of two children, Clark — called “Bitsie” by all who know her — came to New Haven in the 1950s and embarked on decades of civic activism. Though she retired

in January from her post representing downtown New Haven as the alderwoman for Ward 7, a position she held for eight years, friends and colleagues say she has not lost steam and describe her as “a force of nature” and “a city legacy.” Her retirement from the board was intended to clear her schedule to focus on her role as the executive director of East Rock Village, a local nonprofit that provides health and living services that allow the elderly to SEE BITSIE PAGE 6




“Facebook and other social media are turning into a locus that facili.COMMENT tates, perpetuates, and validates mob mentality.” ‘SMARTYPANTS79’ ON ‘ENDING SELF-DESTRUCTIVE ADVOCACY’

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hings happened while I was off: A Yale grad shook Bill Clinton’s hand. A high school friend decided to pursue his Ph.D. at Texas A&M (“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m taking my talents to College Station”). People traveled. My former roommate posed as a ring bearer in Las Vegas and ate clam chowder in San Francisco. Others went to Spain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Sixty-seven of them changed their profile pictures. They were tanner. About 480 million people log on to Facebook daily. Take all humans living between Canada’s slice of the polar cap and Mexico’s border with Guatemala, then add them to the population of Sri Lanka — that’s about 480 million people. Another 365 million (Nigeria and Pakistan put together, plus Burundi and Burkina Faso) visit the website every month. Add those figures and you arrive at the number of people who currently use Facebook: 845 million. For two weeks, I wasn’t one of them. Sitting at home in Texas during spring break, Facebook became my main pastime. Minutes turned into hours as I clicked through loops of friends’ profiles and tagged photos. After a week, I began to wonder how many times I could cycle through pictures of sunnier, beach-ier breaks before curiosity turned into pathology. I decided to go off the grid. Facebook tried to guilt me into changing my mind. “Are you sure you want to deactivate your account?” the confirmation page asked. It displayed pictures of acquaintances and said they’d miss me, which was a lie. Like the broken-hearted party at the end of a messy relationship, it asked why. Did I not feel safe? Was Facebook too nagging? Was there another account? Few things happen suddenly in life, but Facebook deactivation is a sudden thing. With a click of the mouse, I became an outsider to a community of 845 million people. In the two weeks that followed, muscle memory occasionally dragged my cursor to the Facebook bookmark on my browser. The link led me to the login page. “Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life,” it taunted. Who, I wondered, were these people? On Facebook, I had 700 friends; were they still in my life? Facebook functions as a catalogue of people I know or once knew. Without it, I’d be hardpressed to name all of my close friends, let alone remember the 700 acquaintances that make


up my Facebook friends. They include a writer whose hand I once shook, a man whose last name suggests we’re related, and a girl who became a lingerie model since we last spoke. Deactivating Facebook is like dropping your phone into a toilet and losing the numbers stored in the address book. You worry about how you’ll reach people. Even people who no longer matter — former TAs, coaches, co-workers — suddenly become important. Not that I’d ever find occasion to talk to the guy who taught me how to fold polo shirts when I worked at Hollister — but I liked knowing that I could. For those two weeks, I felt that I was out of the loop. I had deactivated my account, but 480 million people still logged on to the website every day. They shared memes, New York Times articles and YouTube videos of sloths. I felt like the 9-year-old who sits alone on the seesaw while the cool kids push each other on the swing.

FOR BEING SO CLINGY, FACEBOOK GOT ALONG FINE AFTER I LEFT I reactivated my account after two weeks. In a sense, I really was missing out: within 10 minutes, I received four invitations to events that I wouldn’t attend. But I was surprised to learn that not much had changed during my absence: high school friends were still engaged, pre-med students were still sleep-deprived, a cappella concerts were still a thing. As it turns out, life had remained remarkably constant. That’s not to say that Facebook is useless. It reminds me of friends’ birthdays. It allows me to log into and learn how much money I won’t earn at Morgan Stanley or UBS. It tells me that Jimmy McMillan came to campus. But, in perspective, the things that appear on my newsfeed seem inconsequential. For two weeks, I lived off the grid like a modern-day hermit. I was like Thoreau at Walden Pond, Syd Berrett in Cambridge, or David Chapelle in 2005. When I reactivated my account, I expected Facebook to connect me to the world. Instead, it told me that my ex-girlfriend had bought a cast-iron skillet. TEO SOARES is a junior in Silliman College. Contact him at .

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American sensibilities swathed in a golden frame. By manipulating light and appropriating clasMARISSA sical imagimages MEDANSKY ery, like Leucement Sidewinder tze’s George Washington’s place in historical memory, casting him as a demigod of literally larger-than-life proportions. From the symbolic spire of the Washington Monument to the faces carved into Mount Rushmore, Americans crave deification. Our desire to turn our historical heroes into gods neither begins nor ends with George Washington. We turn to history to find Zodiac-style symbols of the Good and the True; Kennedy was Youth and Roosevelt was Power and Obama was Hope. By collecting them all in our popular consciousness, we craft a kind of morality play meant to inform the present as much as it defines the past. This kind of veneration neither begins nor ends with artistic expression. As debates over the meaning and implementation of the Constitution occupy the Supreme Court, they trickle down into the blogs and soapboxes of American public discourse.

We ask ourselves: What would the Founding Fathers say about this or that? Would they approve of the individual mandate? Of contraceptive coverage? Would Benjamin Franklin have made pizza a vegetable? On several grounds, the question really can’t be adjudicated. First, it’s difficult retroactively to determine what these men would have done about anything not immediately within the scope of their times; how Washington might perceive environmentally based regulations, for instance, seems difficult to extract from his writings, and therefore easy to manipulate along partisan lines. Second, the Founders disagreed with each other. A lot. Coming from wildly different geographic locations, cultural backgrounds and ideological perspectives, they disputed everything from the specific policy positions a nascent nation ought take to the meaning of the revolution that they had just fought. Yes, the Founders held certain core ideological principles in common: life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and all that jazz. But they certainly weren’t the unmarred demigods their portraitists made them out to be. I don’t want to dispute the semantics of all “men” being created equal, but I have my doubts that the Founders would have been A-okay replacing that word with “people.” Though the lens of presentism has its flaws, the existence of Colonial-era abolition-

ists precludes us from vindicating our Founders as ignorant or following the times. They knew better, and they made a conscious choice to do otherwise. As Constitutional questions bubble and brew in Washington, consider this: While imagining what specific Founding Fathers might do to resolve certain Constitutional predicaments is certainly a fun exercise in historical fantasy football, how we, as present-day Americans, ought interpret and relate to our founding document presents far more pressing a concern. Yet with André the Giant-sized portraits of the Founding Fathers in our museums, on our mountains and in our popular imagination, it seems history has made the choice for us. Our popular culture demands we venerate the Founders. I might actually be misrepresenting myself, because I love romanticized Americana. I’m all about the amber waves of grain, the Norman Rockwell, the crossing of the Delaware. But although those these images and icons may inspire us, we cannot let them dictate our politics. And the next time someone asks, “But what would George Washington do?” ask yourself, in turn, why that matters. You might be surprised at what you discover. MARISSA MEDANSKY is a freshman in Morse College. Her column runs on alternate Thursdays. Contact her at .


Between smokers and vegans I

t’s common knowledge that smoking is addictive and bad for your health. That’s why I was baffled freshman year to find that many of my friends smoked. Some smoked casually, others only socially, some daily, but nobody ever brought up the whole cancer thing. Death and judgment being uncomfortable topics, I never really broached the subject. Honestly, I wasn’t judging, but I genuinely did not understand how people could be so indifferent to the consequences of their actions. Over spring break, I emailed my roommate and another friend who smoked. Don’t you care about the health impacts? I asked. Back at school, I started asking more people about their smoking habits. What startled me about everyone’s replies was how much they resonated. I’ll give you a general summary of the responses: Smoking is enjoyable. The very act of breathing in deeply and breathing out smoke is undeniably cool. It is relaxing, a way to clear your head, a way to bond with another person outside on a casual smoke break or to have time to your-


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he History of our Revolution,” wrote John Adams in 1790, “will be one continued lye from one end to the other. The essence of the whole will be that Dr. Franklin’s electric rod smote the earth and out sprang General Washington. Then Franklin electrified him, and thence forward those two conducted all the Policy, Negotiations, Legislations, and War.” It’s a brilliant quip — full of cynicism and prescience. Forgive me for assuming, but I think Adams would have been horrified to accompany me on my recent visit to the new American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—and not merely because of the #firstworldproblems-worthy incident involving my skirt and a halal cart gyro. Inside the museum’s doors, the fetishization of the Founding Fathers assumes an iconographic form, filling walls with a manipulation of historical memory Adams would no doubt find egregious. The Met’s replica of Gilbert Stuart’s famed Lansdowne portrait of George Washington, for instance, stands over eight feet tall. That’s over one and a half times my height. Similarly, Emanuel Leutze’s iconic image of “Washington Crossing the Delaware” takes up an entire wall. The painting frames the entire collection and serves as a kind of representation of the American Wing as a whole. It’s hard-work can-do

self. It is reflective. There is also something about the legacy of smoking that adds to its appeal, whether it is the images of the beautiful, wealthy woman or the rugged steel worker. Everyone in America smoked. There is the sheer romance of living on vapor. On cancer, the general response was either, “I don’t smoke often enough to worry about it,” or, “I know I’m not addicted, I’m young and there is no reason to quit now.” As I read and listened to my friends’ responses, they seemed darkly familiar. I am a meateater who believes deeply that the meat industry in America is inexcusably destructive. We’ve so redesigned our poultry and livestock that we essentially eat monsters, animals bred to be killed and eaten — creatures alive in only the vaguest sense. There is no way for our environment to absorb all the waste produced by animal agriculture. Factory farms’ fumes are notoriously noxious. We grow absurd amounts of grain — about 30 percent of the world’s land surface is used to feed animals — that could go to feed people

School before sports America has betrayed the life of the mind by encouraging almost all of its great universities to take part in a kind of huge semipro league, especially in football, basketball and hockey. Big-ticket athletic programs, even with their huge stadiums filled with fans, do more damage than good to the universities’ educational project. It is apparently assumed that alumni judge their schools by how many NFL, NBA or NHL stars have played for their alma mater. That kind of thinking should be discouraged by our college presidents and by all members of our community. It has long been a lament that young athletes and their families have been encouraged to believe in the statistically preposterous chimera of professional athletic success. This is not to say that our great universities should admit only the greatest intellects. At Yale, the best students have been chosen for their character, their energy and their self-sacrifice as well as their intellect; nothing is more likely than that a high-school athletic career should give evidence of these other important traits. But the intellectual life should be paramount to students during these precious years of study. Let there continue to be Yale Olympians, and let there continue to be football games, if football can indeed be played without wantonly damaging people’s brains and bodies. But why does the Yale website brag that “there are 23 former Yale hockey players skating professionally” and that 18 of

instead of all these animals that nobody needs to eat. The details are actually nauseating when you allow yourself to read about what you are eating — if you don’t believe me, look up maceration in chick culling, pink slime or fecal soup. Over break, as I was contemplating my smoking friends’ responses, I found myself at a dinner next to a vegan couple. We vigorously discussed the horrors of the meat industry while I calmly ate a steak. My friends suddenly made sense to me. Freshman year, I was baffled that anyone could dismiss the risk of cancer for the enjoyment and romance of a cigarette. In his book “Eating Animals,” Jonathan Safran Foer argues that once you know how much cruelty and damage goes into each bite of meat, you must reconsider whether its taste justifies the eating. Yet like many meateaters, I’ve dismissed all the moral and practical concerns of meat in America today for taste, ease and convenience. As I read my friends’ responses to why they smoke — it’s enjoyable, it’s social — I heard my own justifi-

cation for being a meat-eater. Unlike some of my friends, I don’t have a problem with killing animals for consumption. As someone who keeps kosher, I’ve also always found solace in the six-hour waiting period required between eating meat and eating dairy. This ensures that you notice that you are eating what was once living. If you have chicken for dinner, then you can’t have ice cream for dessert. You can’t ignore the fact that somehow your mouth has been contaminated, as it were, by the dead food. I imagine that as difficult as it was for me to understand people smoking in an age in which the risks are fully known, it will be hard for my children to understand how I ate meat when the evils of the meat industry were known. This spring break taught me something sad but true about my own values and internal logic. I was disturbed freshman year by the smokers, when I should have been disturbed by myself.

the 28 players on the (admittedly great) team of 2010-’11 came to Yale not from high school, but from league hockey in Canada or the upper Midwest? Will that help or hinder Yale students competing for graduate posts or jobs? President Levin should be applauded for reducing recruitment, and his fellow Ivy presidents should follow his lead.

asks that we challenge representation further, adding subjects. We can start with class and race. Activists aren’t informed by abstract ideologies alone. Critical thinking and awareness of how power works are crucial to an activist’s development and success. But activism is also unquestionably rooted in lived experience, what Ritvo calls the “aesthetic and interpersonal circumstances that are worth our time as artists.” Activism (or responsibility) is about how we — and others — inhabit the world, whether as individuals or through an identity or within a community. Injustice, alienation and possibility are very much worth our time. Audience is key. Who is this art for? Who might it alienate, and are these the right people to alienate? What does it mean for a poem to talk about the consumption of tea and not the labor or military and political forces that produced it? What does it mean to be human for those without my privilege?

GREGORY WILKIN March 27 The writer is a 1975 graduate of Morse College.

All art is political It is repeatedly said that art critical of dominant structures of power is political, while art reproducing aesthetic and socio-political norms is apolitical. This is wrong. We should all dismiss the notion of the apolitical work of art. Those interested in the preservation of norms easily identify and police what challenges those norms. Meanwhile, those outside the norm easily identify when artists or institutions reproduce hegemony. Max Ritvo (“Art in and out of the canon,” March 27) uses gender-inclusive language: “her aesthetic” instead of “his.” My art merely

SHIRA TELUSHKIN is a sophomore in Pierson College. Contact her at .

KENNETH REVEIZ March 28 The writer is a senior in Calhoun College.




First documented use of birth control (1850 BCE) Even during the times of the Mesopotamia and Ancient Egyptian empires documents have shown the use of birth control: pessaries that used acacia gum. Found in marshmallows, acacia gum has spermatocidal qualities.

Federal judge hears Occupy case

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 4:30 P.M. “The American Civil War: Legacies for Our Own Time.” Independent scholar-historian Amanda Foreman, University of Virginia professor Gary Gallagher, University of Pennsylvania professor Stephanie McCurry, The Atlantic senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates and Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco will speak. Moderated by David W. Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. LinslyChittenden (63 High St.), Rm. 102. 6:30 P.M. “Sustainable Parks for the 21st Century.” New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe will give the Myriam Bellazoug Memorial Lecture. Myriam Bellazoug ARC ’91 died at age 30 when her plane to Paris, where she had designed a residential building, crashed off of Long Island. Paul Rudolph Hall (180 York St.), Hastings Hall.

Panel opposes Secure Communities


Occupy protesters rallied at the federal courthouse on Church Street, where a hearing in their suit to remain on the Green was held Wednesday. BY NICK DEFIESTA STAFF REPORTER


Panelists including Mayor John DeStefano Jr., right, and Yale law professor Michael Wishnie, decried Secure Communities, a deportation program. BY CYNTHIA HUA STAFF REPORTER Students, politicians and community activists convened in Sudler Hall Wednesday night to oppose Secure Communities, the federal government’s new program intended to deport criminals living in the country illegally. The panel was jointly hosted by the Yale College Democrats, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) de Yale and the University’s chapter of Amnesty International. Mayor John DeStefano Jr., Yale Law School professor Michael Wishnie, Armando Ghinaglia of Connecticut Students for a DREAM, Fair Haven Alderwoman Migdalia Castro and Latricia Kelly, the director of development and programs for Junta for Progressive Action, along with around 30 students, gathered to discuss their concerns about the program and future steps as it is executed nationwide. While the program has been advertised as a narrowly targeted program focusing on violent offenders, its long-term implications may be broader, Wishnie said, describing the Secure Communities Act as the “latest effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs [Enforcement] to arrest and deport lots of people.” Under Secure Communities, criminal suspects’ information is run through ICE’s database following incidents as small as a routine traffic stop. If ICE’s information identifies the suspect as likely to be undocumented, the agency can issue a request to a state that it hold the suspect for up to 48 hours. Panelists expressed concerns that these detainment requests were issued too broadly. Less than a third of the people detained are actually dangerous criminals, Wishnie said. “Your main goal is to target individuals with violent records, but you’re opening a Pandora’s box of ills to come into this state,” said Castro, whose neighborhood contains the city’s highest proportion of Latino immigrants. Panelists also stressed that the program leads to insecurity in immigrant neighborhoods. In communities such as East Haven, which has a large Ecuadorian population, Kelly said, “there is a great sense of fear — people don’t want to go out, and don’t want to report crimes.” Lack of public understanding has created rumors that police are pulling people to check immigration papers, she said, adding that this

has contributed to “the fear of being profiled … because you are a Latino or a person of color.” Castro agreed with this assessment, and suggested that a public awareness campaign might be helpful in explaining the program to city residents. DeStefano also highlighted New Haven’s track record of immigrant-friendly policies, which he said are under threat by the ICE program. The New Haven Police Department, DeStefano said, is not concerned with residents’ immigration statuses unless they have committed a crime, a result of an executive order he issued in 2006. He added that effective policing depends upon trust between a city’s residents and its police department. Without trust, he said, residents refrain from reporting crimes and are less cooperative with law enforcement officials. Though he was critical of Secure Communities, Wishnie reminded attendees that ICE’s requests for detainment are not legally binding mandates. While a warrant undergoes a constitutionally mandated review from a judge, detainment requests are issued by ICE agents, and therefore it is up to states to comply with them or not, Wishnie said. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office clarified its stance toward Secure Communities on Tuesday, releasing a new policy which would result in the state’s compliance with most, but not all, detainment requests. Such a policy is promising, Wishnie said, because it demonstrates Malloy’s understanding that detainers are not binding. Wishnie said he believes Malloy is the first governor who has publicly decided not to honor all detainment requests. Panelists called for students in attendance to get involved with community-based organizations, sign petitions and speak with representatives to oppose the program. “The Secure Communities would turn the police into de facto agents of deportation, which would erode faith in police, and this is very risky,” said Sohara Shachi ’12, who attended the event. “That is a huge argument against it, especially in New Haven, where crime rates are high.” Secure Communities is scheduled to be implemented nationwide by 2013. Contact CYNTHIA HUA at .

Federal judge Mark Kravitz heard arguments from Occupy New Haven, City Hall and the New Haven Green’s legal proprietors today in a lawsuit that Occupy protesters encamped on the Green hope will protect them from eviction. Norm Pattis, Occupy’s attorney, argued before Kravitz that the regulations governing the Green, where the protesters first settled on Oct. 15, are ambiguous, as is the source of legal authority for those regulations. Pattis also argued that Occupy’s tents constitute speech protected by the First Amendment, and that therefore the city could not forcibly remove them. But city lawyers and Drew Days, the head of the group of five proprietors of the Green that has perpetuated itself since the 17th century, maintained that the Green’s rules have always been clear, and that the city’s request for Occupy to leave is constitutional. Pattis called Days as his first witness in an attempt to clarify the exact legal relationship between the city and the proprietors, formally known as the Proprietors of Common and Undivided Lands of New Haven. Days testified that the Green should be regarded as “private property for public use,” explaining that the proprietors are in charge of regulations for the Green’s use, which are meant to provide “guidance” to the city when it makes decisions. Theoretically, Days said, the proprietors could override a city decision regarding the Green, but such a situation has never occurred in the Green’s centuries-long history. Pattis said this was the “central paradox” of the hearing — that a private body is able to overrule city actions in a public space. “It’s like Skull and Bones telling me I’ve got to eat Chinese food on Wednesday,” Pattis said. Days said his group is concerned that Occupy New Haven’s encampment on the Green limits other people’s ability to enjoy the space. The encampment has also caused damage to the grass and elm trees on the upper Green, he said.

While Pattis and members of Occupy New Haven have accused the city of choosing to evict protesters due to Yale’s Commencement ceremony on May 20, Days denied any contact between Yale and the proprietors. Pattis then called Robert Levine, director of the city’s parks department, to testify about how the city maintains the Green. Levine explained that despite never officially adopting the proprietors’ regulations regarding the Green, his department still uses them to decide how to manage it. Next to take the stand was Danielle DiGirolamo, who said she has lived with Occupy New Haven since the protest arrived on the Green. The encampment that the city wants to evict, DiGirolamo said, is a central part of the protests. “I think a visual message is way more effective than any pamphlet we could hand out,” she testified. After the testimony, Kravitz began oral arguments by stating two points: that the Green is a public forum, and that Occupy New Haven is engaged in activities protected by the First Amendment. Whether the city can limit those activities, he said, is the central question of the case. But Pattis said he believes the question of who truly controls the Green to be an important question as well. He asked Kravitz to extend the time Occupy will be allowed to remain on the Green so that further research can be done on the Green’s legal status. “It’s kind of a loosey-goosey thing with fuzzy boundaries,” Pattis said. Meanwhile, city-hired attorney John Horvack and Alfred Pavilis, an attorney representing the proprietors, argued that the central question facing Kravitz was one of the boundaries of First Amendment protections. In response to a question posed by Kravitz, Horvack said the city does not want to prohibit protests on the Green, but only to remove permanent structures on the Green due to a variety of safety and environmental concerns. Kravitz said he “took heart” to that argument, and questioned why the city would allow Occupy New Haven to stay so long and provide them with bathroom facilities if their

intent was to stamp out the protest’s antieconomic inequality message, as Pattis had claimed. Horvack finished by arguing that Pattis had failed to prove that the city would be infringing upon protesters’ First Amendment rights. If Kravitz allows Occupy to stay on the Green, he said, it would set a precedent that could allow any group to spend as much time on the Green as they would like. After the hearing, Kravitz said he would allow protesters to remain on the Green until at least 5 p.m. on April 9, two days later than the date he set at a pre-hearing conference Tuesday afternoon. He said he needed additional time to prepare his written opinion, which he aims to release by then. On the steps of the Church Street courthouse, Occupy New Haven member Ray Neal, who Pattis called as a witness at the hearing, said he would continue to protest with Occupy New Haven, whether or not Kravitz rules in their favor. Occupy New Haven is the last encampment of its kind in New England. When they first pitched their tents in October, protesters had full cooperation from the city, which provided portable toilets for the encampment and secured the location with police officers. Adam Joseph, the City Hall spokesman at the time, said the city did not plan an end date for the protest’s presence on the Green, emphasizing that the city’s primary concern was public safety in and around the Green. That changed earlier this month, when the city and the Green’s proprietors proposed Occupy New Haven move to another space or limit its presence on the Green to designated time periods. After protesters rejected the city’s proposal, city officials issued a notice that the Green needed to be cleared of Occupy’s tents by March 14. As the city-imposed deadline neared, Pattis filed a lawsuit against the city and the proprietors and successfully convinced federal judge Janet Hall to allow protesters to stay on the Green until after today’s hearing. Contact NICK DEFIESTA at .

Debate over contraception insurance hits Elm City BY DIANA LI STAFF REPORTER As the Supreme Court evaluates the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, debate has intensified in New Haven over its requirement that employers cover contraception in their health care plans. Last Friday, protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse on Church Street to speak out against the requirement, just hours after Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose district incudes New Haven, hosted a panel about the benefits of President Barack Obama’s health care plan for women. The new health insurance plan, which will go into effect starting in August, has prompted a variety of opinions on campus, as well. Some Yalies object to the requirement on moral grounds, while others expressed a belief that contraception should not be funded by those who believe it is wrong. Those in favor of the requirement said the issue is not one of religious freedom but of basic women’s rights. Over 150 people attended the protest on Friday, which was part of a nationwide movement called “Stand Up for Religious Freedom,” a coalition dedicated to stopping the contraception requirement. In all, 61,000 people across the country attended one of the 134 protests run by the movement, according to its website. Isabel Marin ’12, one of two Yale students who gave speeches at the rally, said she found out about the protest from pro-life groups in New Haven, who asked if she or other undergraduates would be willing to speak. Marin emphasized that people need to see themselves as morally culpable not only for what they consume, but what they support, even indirectly. Forcing someone to help pay for something they see as evil and immoral is a violation of religious freedom, she said. “There’s a lot of evidence that contracep-

tion is bad for the woman and her family, in terms of health of the woman, the likelihood of needing an abortion, the likelihood of single moms, people [who might not be ready] getting into marriage and commitment to sexual partners without emotional commitment,” Marin said. “The Catholic Church sees contraception as something that is fundamentally at the root of all these social issues.” On the other side of the spectrum, DeLauro’s Friday morning panel discussion featured speakers who spoke in support of the health care act. Teresa Younger, the executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women — a state agency that advises state politicians about women’s issues — was one of the panelists. She emphasized that contraception has uses beyond birth control, such as regulating female cycles, controlling ovarian cysts and potentially lowering women’s chance of developing cancer. She added that, regardless of these other benefits, contraception in itself is a valid reason to use birth control. “Contraception and access to it are essential parts of comprehensive preventative health care. Fundamentally, women should have access to and be able to afford preventative health care services,” Younger said. “The long-term implications for women’s economic security far outweigh what I believe are individual religious beliefs.” But for Lauren Hoedeman DIV ’13, who attended Friday’s protest and brought a few friends with her, individual religious beliefs should matter enough not to be overridden by law. “I have a right to follow my conscience, and I don’t think anyone should be required to do anything by law that they think is wrong,” Hoedeman said. “For example, I don’t think Jewish people should be required by law to eat pork.”

Mary Welborn, the secretary of St. Stanislaus Church on Eld Street, also voiced religious concerns with the law. Roman Catholics believe that contraception is immoral, she said, and therefore they do not want to pay for it. But Shelly Kim ’15, who is active in a Christian campus ministry, said she does not think there is any conflict between her religious faith and this mandate. “I feel like a lot of the problem is that aside from Planned Parenthood, you can’t get affordable contraception. That’s why a lot of women aren’t on birth control, who maybe should be, because it’s really expensive,” Kim said. “I think it counts as something that should be covered by health insurance because it is, after all, for your health.” Kim said among her religious acquaintances, none of them thought that contraception was inherently immoral, and from her experience, that belief is only held by very strict Catholics. She said that the association between contraception and teenage pregnancy is inaccurate, as even married people use contraception. Similarly, Lewis Golove ’15, a member of the Party of the Left, said he believes that women should have full control over whether they become pregnant regardless of how much money they have. “Being uncomfortable with a government policy is not grounds for exempting yourself from it, especially regarding issues of public health,” Golove said. “People were uncomfortable with the Iraq War, but still had to pay taxes. The Church shouldn’t be deciding public policy in America.” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by Obama in March 2010. Contact DIANA LI at .




“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” SALMAN RUSHDIE AUTHOR

Freedom of expression at Yale-NUS questioned YALE-NUS FROM PAGE 1 to avoid overstepping government restrictions on freedom of expression — both inside and outside the classroom. For Yale-NUS to offer courses and extracurriculars that draw on systems ingrained at Yale, it will have to find ways to place them within the Singaporean framework. While construction crews are already laying the foundation of the new college, it remains unclear to what extent Yale can maintain its values of freedom of speech and expression in Singapore.


Singaporean students and faculty said Singapore’s policies on free speech are vague and often inconsistently enforced. They frequently referred to “out of bounds markers” restricting free speech, though few could explain exactly what the government deems unacceptable. Ten journalists and four lawyers interviewed in Singapore said these rules are unclear, which can lead to confusion and a hesitancy to voice opinions. “We’re trained to police ourselves,” said Kirsten Han, a widely-read blogger and activist. “There’s a sense about how you have to be careful and can’t say anything too specific.” She also cited recent legal warnings sent to bloggers regarding material on their sites as the examples of the government regulating speech through “soft coercion.” Charles Bailyn ’81, Yale-NUS dean of faculty, said the political climate in Singapore does not preclude NUS students from seriously debating political issues in classes. “NUS has a lot of classroom discussion on what you might describe as sensitive issues, if you look at the syllabi and talk to the people who teach the courses,” he said. “It’s not like there’s a commissar in the corner taking notes. That’s just not how it is. It became clear to us as we investigated this … that the question of limited freedom of expression didn’t really exist in the gross ways that some people had imagined.” But most Singaporean students and faculty interviewed said they err on the side of caution when stating controversial opinions about politics, race and religion. Rebecca Zhang, a prospective Yale-NUS student, said students at her high school sometimes warn each other be to wary of governmental restrictions on free speech. “There is a bit of peer censorship in the sense that even if you’re not one who is scared of government rules, if you want to say something, your friends might say, ‘Oh, don’t say that!’ ” Zhang said. NUS political science professor Terence Lee said academics in Singapore can publish on “90 or 95 percent” of topics, and topics that are not pursued do not detract from the studies that are published. He said professors are free to criticize government policy, but studies that question the “character” or “integrity” of an individual public official risk drawing defamation lawsuits from the government. For exam-

ple, he said an analysis of nepotism would require extra sensitivity. The academic’s publisher would need evidence of nepotism that is “water-tight” and “leakproof to five kilometers,” he said. English professor John Rogers ’84 GRD ’89, along with some other professors at Yale, have contended that any restrictions on scholarship limit the freedom of inquiry necessary for academic endeavors. “The potential for the academic freedom at any of Yale’s campuses to be either narrowly constrained or cynically redefined should worry every member of the Yale College community,” Rogers said. James Scott ’67, Sterling professor of political science and anthropology who specializes in East Asia, said he thinks this hesitation to address politically sensitive material could influence universities’ faculty hiring and research programs. For example, NUS Law professor Michael Hor said Douglas Sanders, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, was not allowed to give a public talk on sodomy laws. But Pericles Lewis, an English and comparative literature professor who chairs the Yale-NUS humanities faculty search committee, said an academic community can still thrive in a nation that is not completely free. “I don’t think that a liberal education depends on being in a totally free society,” he said. “I don’t mean to say there are no problems, but the problems are such where you can have a liberal education in Singapore.”


Questions regarding freedom of expression in Singapore extend beyond the classroom to other activities on college campuses. Prospective students, Yale faculty and Yale-NUS administrators alike have expressed particular concern about the Singaporean law banning homosexuality, known as Section 377A. Yale-NUS administrators, as well as several Singaporean residents, have said the law is not proactively enforced and that Singapore has an active and safe gay scene. Simon Chesterman, dean of the NUS law school, said it is common for governments to keep controversial laws without always enforcing them. George Bishop GRD ’76, an openly gay NUS psychology professor, attributed the continued existence of 377A to Singapore’s conservative Christian population, which he said would protest vigorously if the government ever considered repealing the law. He added that he feels safe as a gay person living and teaching in Singapore. But Indu Lekshmi, a queer activist in Singapore and graduate of the NUS law school, said the law is “obviously being enforced” because it is used by law enforcement as “a weapon against gay and transgender people.” She is currently working with prominent human rights lawyer Ravi Madasamy on a case involving two men who were charged under 377A for having sex in a public bathroom. “Because there’s no gay bashing, people think it’s just okay here,” she said. “They don’t see

the laws as active discrimination, [but] it’s possible to discriminate without meaning to.” Yale and NUS administrators have varied in their responses to how an LGBTQ advocacy group may function on the Yale-NUS campus in the face of the government’s ban. At a Yale-NUS information session about college life on March 17, Melissa Tsang, a prospective applicant to Yale-NUS, asked admissions representative Austin Shiner ’10 if she would be able to start an independent queer activism group at Yale-NUS. “Yale-NUS is in Singapore, and our organizations will abide by Singaporean law. It will be lawful,” Shiner responded. “If you want to start an organization, we will help you start that organization, lawfully. So that’s a balance we will have to strike.” NUS Vice Provost for Student Life Tan Tai Yong said he is not aware of any LGBTQ advocacy group at NUS, and he said such a group could not exist officially, in part because parents of students would “write in” complaining that school was promoting a “lifestyle” they do not support. Still, he said students could create an unofficial group as long as it did not attract attention to itself. “If it’s a question of forming a formal society, where registry gets involved, we get into all these issues of the statutes,” he said. “But if students were to form their own [group] and stay below the radar screen — basically an informal group, an alliance — they can call it whatever they want, without any formal constitution, I mean, ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’ ” He added that NUS would not actively “curtail” the private activities of LGBTQ students. Yale administrators have said the U.S. military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy — which barred gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military — had kept officials from allowing the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps’ to return to Yale’s campus, as University policy states that students cannot be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation. University President Richard Levin said Yale-NUS would have the right to create its own regulations for student organizations, though he could not comment on specific rules on group registration since they have not yet been written. He said students would be able to form groups focused on gay-straight and LGBTQ issues, adding that he does not “see any connection” between the Yale administration’s stance on DADT and the situation at NUS. “There are gay students and faculty at the National University of Singapore; gay subjects are taught; it’s not required for gay people to keep their identity confidential as there was in the [‘don’t ask don’t tell’] policy,” Levin said. “I really don’t see the analogy.”


Yale-NUS administrators and Singaporean residents said they see Yale-NUS as a marker of increasing liberalization in Singapore, but they differed on how


Yale officials have distinguished between what freedom of speech will exist on and off campus in Singapore. Yale-NUS will fit into Singapore’s changing society. Citing greater press freedom on political blogs and elevated discourse during the most recent general election, Singaporean residents said their country is noticeably more liberal than it was a decade ago. Still, laws restricting freedom of expression limit people’s ability to voice their opinions and protest peacefully. Though the Yale-NUS agreement includes provisions protecting academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus, it does not protect the right to assemble. “They take demonstrations in a kind of different way,” Bailyn said. “What we think of as freedom, they think of as an affront to public order, and I think the two societies differ in that respect.” Tsang, a prospective Yale-NUS student who hoped to begin a LGBTQ advocacy group, questioned the usefulness of studying queer theory in the classroom if she “can’t have a parade with [her] friends.” NUS Vice Provost Tan said NUS has allowed students to organize protests over “international issues” that do not involve Singapore — such as imprisonment of monks in Myanmar — but only within lecture halls. Lewis, the Yale-NUS humanities faculty search committee chair, said he felt that an absence

of organized protests would not limit the “free exchange of ideas in the classroom and free expression.” Lily Kong, Yale-NUS acting vice president for academic affairs, said academia can substitute for activism as an instrument of change in Singaporean society. “I don’t, excuse the phrase, burn my bra, if we’re talking about feminism,” explained Kong, whose research focuses on urban planning and conservation. “But I do that through my scholarship, and through the work that I do.” Lewis said Yale-NUS itself could help push Singapore toward more liberal policies. There has been a movement toward “greater pluralism” in Singapore, he said, adding that Yale-NUS can “contribute to that.” He said students who graduate from Yale-NUS will have a chance to “go on and shape Singaporean culture and society in the future.” Bishop said a liberal arts curriculum could encourage students to think critically about Singaporean policies and consider ways to alter them. For example, he said, the course of study at Yale-NUS could sway Singapore toward more liberal policies regarding homosexual behavior. But Alex Au, an influential Singaporean blogger and workers’ rights activist, said he thinks the college will operate independently from the rest of Singapor-

ean society and have little effect on the country’s political situation. In order to preserve the government’s commitment to upholding academic freedoms at Yale-NUS, Au said he thinks the school will need to avoid drawing attention to any of its potentially controversial programs or speakers. “The biggest compromise that Yale is going to make is to accept that there is a fence between academia and society at large,” Au said. “You’re going to find that you’re going to bargain in order to protect your academic freedom within the fence.” As the school has yet to recruit most of its faculty and students, the society within the college still has not taken shape. Bailyn and Yale-NUS Dean of Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan ’03 said the campus culture will ultimately be defined by the personalities and outlooks of the first group of students and faculty who join YaleNUS for its opening in fall 2013. “You’re a pioneer if you’re coming here as a student,” Quinlan said. “If you’re coming here as a student … you’re going to have to like a certain amount of uncertainty.” Contact AVA KOFMAN at and TAPLEY STEPHENSON at .




A marriage between an elephant an a dove Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s marriage was unconventional from the start. Rivera, 42 years old, 6’1” and 300 pounds, and Kahlo, 22 years old, 5’3” and only 98 pounds, married on Aug. 21, 1939. It was just like Kahlo’s mother said: “Marriage between an elephant and a dove.”

Law School forum probes health law BY IKE LEE CONTRIBUTING REPORTER As the Supreme Court hears arguments for and against the Affordable Care Act, two professors from Princeton University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government came to Yale to speak about health care reform in the United States. At the talk, Amitabh Chandra, an economist and professor of public policy at Harvard, discussed specific problems with the nation’s health care system, such as inefficient coverage and costly treatments. Paul Starr, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton and former Pulitzer Prize winner, focused on issues that are currently before the Supreme Court, and explained his personal concerns that the ACA may be knocked down by the court. Known to many as “Obamacare,” the ACA was signed into law in March 2010 and is the largest piece of health reform passed since Medicare was created in 1965. Proponents of the bill applaud it as long-overdue legislation, while dissidents say it oversteps the powers of Congress and will be ineffective. These arguments have also been made along strict party lines, with Democrats largely in support of the bill and Republicans mostly against it. Starr spoke about the ACA’s controversial government mandate that requires all American citizens with sufficient resources to purchase health insurance fulfilling basic requirements. He said lawmakers would have benefited from advocating an automatic enrollment policy with an opt-out option rather than the mandate. Such an option he said would have prevented constitutional problems, he said, and still decreased the uninsured population because research has shown that people rarely opt out in similar situations. The constitutionality of the ACA and its associated mandate have been challenged fiercely in the lower courts over the past two years, and Supreme Court has spent the past three days debating the case with attorneys representing both sides. “As someone who’s been pushing for health reform for quite some time, it was disturbing to hear the oral arguments [Tuesday] at the Supreme Court,” Starr said. Starr said he has always been worried about the mandate causing constitutional problems and generating negative public sentiment. He expressed concern that the public would interpret the idea of a “mandate” as similar to a compulsory military draft. But the consequences of noncompliance with the two are very different, Starr said, as the government can only “withhold a tax return”

Art critic discusses role of ‘frenemies’ in art world BY JOSEPHINE MASSEY CONTRIBUTING REPORTER


Princeton professor Paul Starr discussed issues before the Supreme Court as it considers the constitutionality of the health care overhaul. should someone decide not to buy health insurance and refuse to pay the resulting penalty. Avoiding the draft is a federal offense that could result in up to five years of imprisonment and a hefty fine. Chandra then discussed the nation’s “national health care trilemma” — problems with insurance, quality and costs in the health care system.

You’re essentially born into the health care system. GABE SCHEFFLER LAW ‘14 “Even if [the ACA] stands, there is still much to be done,” Chandra said. “Americans are only receiving 55 percent of what they could be getting [in terms of health coverage].” In outlining problems that plague the current U.S. health care system, Chandra discussed Medicare’s fee-for-service payment scheme, which he said encourages doctors to overutilize services rather than perform thoughtful procedures. He showed a slide of a brochure advertising scanning equipment for urologists that included a table outlining how physicians would earn more by increasing how frequently they ran the machine for daily procedures over a five-year period. Chandra added that the gov-

ernment has refused to analyze treatments based on cost-effectiveness. “We would rather take tax dollars to pay for unproven medical technology three times over [rather than using the] money to insure the uninsured,” Chandra said. Physician Moreson Kaplan and nurse Nina Adams, two retired Yale employees who attended the talk, said they enjoyed the speakers’ presentations. Kaplan said Starr explained his well-known and published views clearly. Adams praised Chandra and Starr for presenting an “enormous amount of information,” adding that she thinks those who are less informed about the health care system and ACA have contributed to the craziness of the health care debate. Gabe Scheffler LAW ’14, who helped organize the talk, said he thinks the mandate is “absolutely constitutional.” “You’re essentially born into the health care system,” Scheffler said. “By choosing not to purchase health insurance, that effectively means either that you’re going to pay out of pocket … or that someone else is going to foot the bill, and that in itself is an economic decision.” The Supreme Court will release its decision on the constitutionality of the bill in late June. Contact IKE LEE at .

It seems “frenemies” is a term that applies not only to the social dynamics of high school but also to the turbulent friendships forged in the art world. In a Pierson College Master’s Tea on Wednesday, the Boston Globe’s art critic and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism Sebastian Smee discussed rivalries between artists who are also friends. Hosted by professor Margaret Spillane, who is teaching an introductory English class on art criticism this semester, the talk began with a discussion of Smee’s 2007 book, “Lucian Freud.” In the nonfiction work, Smee explores the volatile friendship between painter Lucian Freud — the psychologist Sigmund Freud’s grandson — and the British artist Francis Bacon, who Smee said had a profound impact on Lucian Freud’s work. After publishing a review of one of Freud’s exhibits, Smee said he visited Freud at his London studio for an interview. The first image that Smee faced upon entering the studio was a “Wanted” poster that featured an image of Bacon — an accurate representation of the relationship between the two artists plagued by affection and antagonism, Smee said. In his early career in the mid-20th century, Freud focused on precise drawings that required deep concentration, but Smee said that after meeting Bacon, the “element of chance and risk in [Bacon’s] painting” inspired Freud to cease drawing for 10 years and to instead pick up a paintbrush.

“What interested me when I thought about their relationship is the tension between someone for whom making art is a fluid affair that comes with relative ease, and on the other hand, the artist for whom making art is an arduous, laborious matter that involves getting stuck,” Smee said. “When these two temperaments meet they can have an amazing effect on each other.” Smee explained that although Freud admired Bacon’s charm and audacity, he disapproved of Bacon’s personal choice. Bacon’s older lover would often beat him, and although Bacon insisted he enjoyed the pain, Freud did not understand and the two fell out of touch. Bacon, who is known for incorporating images of carcasses and grotesque renderings of the human figure in his paintings, later become jealous of Freud’s success as an artist. Smee noted that he has seen this tension in other artists’ relationships, including that of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, and Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas. When Heidi Knudsen, a Yale parent from Wisconsin, asked Smee about possible rivalries between husbands and wives who are both artists, Smee noted the infamous tensions between Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz, as well as those between Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Originally from Australia, Smee now lives in Somerville, Mass. Before joining the staff of the Boston Globe in 2008, he worked for The Australian in Sydney. Contact JOSEPHINE MASSEY at .


Art critic Sebastian Smee discussed love-hate relationships between artists a Pierson Master’s Tea.

Alcoa CEO sees power shift toward Asia in global business BY KIRSTEN ADAIR CONTRIBUTING REPORTER


Aluminum executive Klaus Kleinfeld spoke about trends in global business at a Morse Master’s Tea Wednesday.

Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and CEO of Pittsburgh, Pa.-based aluminum company Alcoa, spoke about global developments in business at a Wednesday master’s tea. Kleinfeld spoke to roughly 50 people in the Morse College master’s house about the ways in which business has shifted in response to several global trends of recent decades, in addition to identifying areas where it has remained unchanged. He argued that there are “mega-trends” shaping the world today, such as technological development and environmental damage, and then analyzed how these trends are shaping today’s businesses. A current board member of the Brookings Institution and the World Economic Forum USA, Kleinfeld said the massive population growth seen across the world in recent decades — combined with increasing urbanization — will present the next generation’s business leaders with challenges in transportation, infrastructure and security. He added that “environmental stress” is shaping the world’s social and economic climate, while technological progress has led to business developments such as high-frequency trading. One of the most significant

changes to global businesses today, Kleinfeld said, is that businesses have increased their focus on the company’s social mission. He encouraged students to push companies to articulate their social purposes further, which he said will have tangible, positive impacts on businesses and will force company leaders to consider such questions. Beyond those global trends, Kleinfeld also identified a power shift toward Asia as a trend shaping today’s world — a development he said is not surprising based on historical tendencies. “The truth of the matter is that this shift ends a very small period of this planet where Asia was not the center of gravity,” Kleinfeld said. “It was only because Asia missed this tiny blip called industrialization that they did not continuously dominate world events.” While Kleinfeld explained several factors impacting global business that have changed in recent decades, he also spoke about ways in which the global business environment has remained the same. For example, he said factors of growth and cost that have historically driven companies will continue to do so. The talk also wrestled with the benefits and drawbacks of working at established corporations versus new startups. Kleinfeld said positive work experiences can occur in both environments,

noting that while large corporations offer name recognition, startups typically allow for more flexibility. Morse College Master Frank Keil and three students interviewed said Kleinfeld gave a thought-provoking analysis of trends and changes in global business today. Keil said Kleinfeld is “uniquely and ideally positioned” to discuss global businesses, and how they “must adapt to changing circumstances” while also preserving their core missions. “Dr. Kleinfeld offered a very valuable discussion of the ways very large companies adapt to current economic and political climate,” Keil said. “I was surprised at the number of students interested in these large companies, as startups seem to be increasingly popular among undergraduates.” Eleanor Michotte ’15 said she was impressed by Kleinfeld’s ability to draw on his vast knowledge of business and experience in multiple fields. She said his views on globalization were particularly interesting. Kleinfeld worked at Siemens, an international company and leading supplier in the field of energy technology, for 20 years before joining Alcoa in 2007. Contact KIRSTEN ADAIR at .



FROM THE FRONT Among new neighbors, reactions to SOM mixed SOM CAMPUS FROM PAGE 1 idents of the neighborhood signed a petition urging the City Plan Commission to consider their concerns before approving the design for the building. After the Board of Aldermen approved the campus’s Planned Development District, which provides the necessary zoning permissions for the project to proceed, Bradley Street resident Joseph Tagliarini ’83 filed a lawsuit appealing the decision, alleging that the design of the new campus did not fit the existing area physically or aesthetically. New Haven Superior Court Judge Thomas Corradino dismissed Tagliarini’s case in April 2011. SOM Dean Edward Snyder said he has not received any formal complaints from the community concerning the construction, though he said a common reaction to the structure has been, “Wow, it’s big.” Yale spokesman Michael Morand ’87 DIV ’93 said he is confident that community enthusiasm will increase when construction has finished, transforming what was “asphalt surface parking” into “a campus with extensive green space and lots of additional street life.” But some neighbors of the new campus are concerned about its effect on property values and questioning whether the building currently taking shape will match the design in Yale’s proposal. Since the steel structure of the building began forming behind his Bradley Street residence, Tagliarini said an assessment on the house has reflected a 25 percent decrease in his property’s value. He said many had expected more green space around the building than there will be. “I think that [residents] were sold on the idea of an image of a significantly sloped landscape plan … with a higher percent of the site going to be converted from parking lot to greenery,” Tagliarini said. “When you’re back there now and you look at the size of the building and how close it is to the lots, there just is very little opportunity for achieving any significant green space that is of value.” Herzan said that while the plans for the new campus were in the works, the Preservation Trust requested that Yale use the two buildings already at the Whitney Avenue site, which were constructed for the Security Insurance Company in the early 20th century, rather than construct a new facility. These buildings have been torn down to make room for the new SOM campus. Herzan acknowledged that the architecture in the Lincoln-Bradley area is already varied, but he said the old buildings at the site complemented the area’s “ecosystem” better than the new campus will, adding that its large glass facade will clash with the build-

ing’s surroundings most strikingly. Despite continued reservations from homeowners about the new campus’s long-term impact on the neighborhood’s character, city and University officials as well as business owners and real estate developers said the influx of business school students and faculty could spur economic development in the area. “The general effect with a development like this will certainly bring businesses like small coffee shops, delis, printing services and things of that nature,” said Kevin Weirsman, vice president of Colonial Properties, a New Haven-based commercial real estate broker. “These enterprises will capitalize on the daytime traffic of faculty and students.”

This new building screams, “Look at me: I’m serious about what I’m doing.” DOUGLAS RAE Professor, Yale School of Management The campus will likely increase the customer base for businesses already in the area. Jason Sobocinski, the owner of Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro on Whitney Avenue, said he anticipates the arrival of new customers once students and faculty begin using the new campus. “We are very excited about the project,” Sobocinski said. “It is an absolutely beautiful building, and we are always looking for more customers.” Not all neighborhood residents welcome the predicted increase in business activity. SOM professor Douglas Rae, who lives on Lincoln Street, said he feared the “fauna of food carts” that currently line Prospect Street will migrate with SOM’s student body and set up shop near his driveway. As they prepare to descend on Whitney Avenue, SOM students and faculty leave behind a unique set of buildings. SOM’s current use of the mansions lining Hillhouse Avenue gives the school a “distinctive” and “distinguished” campus, Herzan said. Rae said the new campus was more representative of a business school standard, though he would have preferred a building more in line with Yale’s traditional “faux-gothic” style. “This new building screams, ‘Look at me: I’m serious about what I’m doing,’” he said. The new SOM campus will open in late 2013. Contact BEN PRAWDZIK at and DANIEL SISGOREO at .


Thousand square feet: Edward P. Evans Hall

The steel framing of the new Yale School of Management building, Edward P. Evans Hall, has been completed. The hall is 242,000 square feet and construction is on schedule.

A Board without ‘Bitsie’ BITSIE FROM PAGE 1 retire in their own homes. Clark’s departure came at a historic time for the board: 19 of the 30 current aldermen are serving their first terms. With such a large group of freshmen lawmakers taking the reins, Clark — who served as chair of the youth services committee and vicechair of the finance committee — said the new Board of Aldermen is set to be “the greatest show on Earth,” as new political debates continue to unfold in the city over the next two years. “I think the Board goes through these big changes every six to eight years where you have a lot of people motivated to run because they have different ideas — there will be some that will be great and some that won’t be so great,” Bitsie said. “It’s going to be fun and it’s going to be interesting.” While Benton and three current aldermen interviewed said the board was equipped to handle the legislative challenges ahead, all said the board had lost a special character. With a talent for facilitating compromise and galvanizing the interests of those with whom she works, they said, Clark is a figure that cannot easily be replaced.


During her tenure on the Board of Aldermen, Clark found success by maintaining a sense of humor and striving for compromise rather than conflict, Ott said. Clark cited the debate about instituting a youth curfew in the city in 2004 and 2005 as a time early in her aldermanic career when she felt this optimistic attitude was particularly useful. While many voices on the board called for immediate curfews following a spike in adolescent crime, Clark urged greater dialogue with city youth and organized two hearings with both students and adult community members to discuss the potential curfews, which were unpopular with adolescents. “The kids were articulate, smart and thoughtful — instead of being aliens to the conversation, the kids became involved,” Clark said. “By the time we held the public hearing, the curfew lost popularity and a street outreach program grew in favor instead.” As she continued to serve as chair of the youth services committee, Clark came to be known as “a great facilitator of the youth,” said current Ward 16 Alderwoman Migdalia Castro, who worked as an artist when Clark served on the Arts Council and later collaborated with her as a colleague on the Board of Aldermen. Clark said she fostered her leadership skills prior to becoming involved in politics with her experiences in community outreach. After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in political science in 1956, Clark moved to New Haven to work for the Girl Scouts of America. It was

there, she said, that she learned how to recruit, train and direct volunteers, skills she used for the rest of her life. After 10 years, Clark left her job at the Girl Scouts of America for a new position as executive director of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. At the time, Clark said, the Arts Council was looking for new leadership with experience in community organizing. “I didn’t know anything about art but I was hired because the Arts Council was looking for someone that had been a volunteer and led an organization,” Clark said. “They wanted a new building and didn’t know how to handle the city, so they hired a community organizer who could help bring people together.” Clark served for 19 years as Council’s executive director of the Arts Council, helping to fundraise at community events, creating dance and theater groups, and supporting emerging artists by attending gallery openings. Ott, who worked at the Council during Clark’s tenure, said that Clark’s ability to be a “bridgemaker” who brings different sides together to compromise has been one of her greatest strengths through her career of community activism. Ott added that one of the most significant projects the two worked on togeter was organizing a New England “Artists’ Congress” in 1999 that brought together New England artists and — through workshops, performances and “learning labs” — aimed to prepare them to make a living. Ott added that she feels the atmosphere of the Board of Aldermen has grown more combative over recent years, with aldermen becoming “more polarized and more self-interested” on difficult issues. “The Board of Aldermen has lost someone who was instrumental in holding it together and being a glue,” Ott said. “There may be others who can rise to the occasion and play that role, but Bitsie by that very nature was that every day.”


Ott said that while working for the Arts Council, Clark harbored an “amazingly productive energy and passion” for what she was doing. She added that Clark would rise at 5:30 a.m. every day to write grants and letters before arriving to the office around 8 a.m. Throughout the day, Ott said, Clark would take phone calls, meet face-to-face with artists, communicate with board members and manage volunteers. In the evenings, she frequently attended art-related events until 9 or 10 p.m., “never tiring or getting bored,” Ott said. Ott and Castro said Clark’s unending energy and positivity are what helped her succeed in her role as alderwoman. City Hall spokeswoman Elizabeth Benton ’04 said that while Clark was

MEET BITSIE NAME Frances Clark NICKNAME Bitsie AGE 80 ALMA MATER Vassar College, 1956, political science CURRENT EMPLOYMENT East Rock Village, executive director PAST ROLES Ward 7 alderwoman, chair of youth services committee; Arts Council for Greater New Haven, executive director

a “tremendous asset” to the Board, her close relationships with other aldermen and her successor in Ward 7, Doug Hausladen ’04, ensured that the Board did not lose all her institutional knowledge when she stepped down. “One thing she was very careful to do was to very actively groom people to fill the role when she decided not to run for re-election,” Benton said. In her absence, Clark said, the new Board will have to adjudicate entrenched conflicts such as those that persist over the city’s high-priced employee pensions and healthcare costs. Many freshman aldermen have close ties to politically active labor unions that funneled resources into their campaigns last fall. As the process of drafting the city’s budget for the next fiscal year kicks into full gear, Bitsie said the unions’ agenda could run counter to “what it takes to run the city.” Bitsie said City Hall and the unions agree on many issues, but New Haven’s budget is “where the rubber hits the road.” “The mayor’s job is to figure out how to collect the necessary taxes to fund city services, but the Board’s job is to get the most services at the lowest tax rate for constituents,” Bitsie said. “There will be some [freshman aldermen] who will be very wedded to the unions’ point of view and others who say, ‘If we are going to be firing teachers and closing schools and community centers, I can’t vote for that budget.’ ” Still, Clark said it is unclear what direction the Board will take in coming years, particularly when it comes to budgeting. But as Castro said of Clark, “I’m very happy we were able to share a lot of hard work together. She is someone who we can talk to and debate.” In March 2011, Clark signed on as executive director of East Rock Village, a role in which Clark manages a network of volunteers to provide seniors with transportation, group lectures, musical entertainment and social companionship. Contact BEN PRAWDZIK at .

Departments seek clarification of funding policies MASTER’S FROM PAGE 1 said. “But apparently there is, for historical reasons, considerable variation across programs in the particular deals with the Graduate School, so they will all be scrutinized and compared.” The Statistics Department is one example of a department that has concerns about its tuition income arrangement. David Pollard, director of graduate studies for statistics, said professors in the department previously believed they had an arrangement with the Graduate School that would fund the department to support an additional Ph.D. student if it attracted a sufficient number of master’s students. As some master’s students in statistics are later admitted to Yale’s Ph.D. program, Pollard said the department could benefit from using its tuition income to support the doctoral program. Though statistics brought in higher numbers of master’s students in recent years — as many as 20 in 2010 — Pollard said extra support for the department’s Ph.D. students “never actually materialized.” Pollard said he is uncertain whether such an arrangement formally existed, but he added that there has been “disenchantment” among professors who felt the growth of the program should be rewarded. Three directors of graduate studies said that, to their knowledge, their programs do not receive any income from tuition paid by master’s students. Three others said they were uninformed about the matter. Michael McGovern, director of graduate studies for African studies, said his program receives some tuition funding that, under an agreement with the Graduate School, “more or less automatically” goes toward foreign language and area studies scholarships. He said the additional funding allows the scholarships, which are available for students whose academic work includes foreign study and have career plans such as teaching, pub-

lic service or business related to area studies, to cover 100 percent of tuition for students receiving them. William Summers, director of graduate studies for the History of Science and Medicine Program, said he is unfamiliar with the policy governing what percentage of tuition income his program receives. Summers added that his program has so few master’s students that tuition income from them “has not been of much concern.”

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FRANCES ROSENBLUTH Deputy provost for social sciences and faculty development, Yale University Graduate School Dean Thomas Pollard said in a Tuesday email that the school began researching tuition income arrangements in the fall, and will discuss potential changes with master’s programs and University administrators before the start of the 2012-’13 academic year. He added that financial plans for the various programs were created over a number of years and that each “has its own history and rationale.” Associate Dean of the Graduate School Richard Sleight said in a Wednesday email that the study of master’s programs’ finances is part of a larger review of all aspects of Yale’s master’s programs. The Graduate School has 24 terminal master’s degree programs. Contact ANTONIA WOODFORD at .

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ON CAMPUS FRIDAY, MARCH 30 7:30 PM Yale Concert Band presents: “Harvest.” The Yale Concert Band, directed by Thomas C. Duffy, presents its spring concert. Music includes J. Mackey’s “Harvest: Trombone Concerto,” F. Ticheli’s “Blue Shades” and R. Strauss’ “Serenade for Winds,” as well as a performance by the Yale Band Percussion Ensemble. Woolsey Hall (500 College St.).

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 4:00 PM “All This Singing, One Song: Myths and Paradoxes in Musical Improvisation.” Symposium will explore myths and paradoxes around practices of musical improvisation. Led by Helen Phelan, course director of the master’s program in ritual chant and song at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the presentation will draw on current doctoral research in vocal performance at the Academy. Presentations will include sung examples from Irish traditional song, Georgian Orthodox chant, Western plainchant, contemporary Irish rituals, and songwriting with children in urban regeneration areas. Institute of Sacred Music (409 Prospect St.), Great Hall.


7:00 PM Yale Anime Society present: “WTF Japan.” In honors of April Fool’s Day Yale Anime Society will be showing episodes from a collection of wonderfully weird anime: “Abenobashi,” “Genesis of Aquarion” and “Tower of Druaga.” William L Harkness (100 Wall St.), Room 119.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1 5:00 PM Finale: Year End Carillon Concert Hear all your favorite pieces performed. Special song requested can also be taken at Optimal listening area Branford College (74 High St.) Courtyard.


7:30 PM Schebertiade: An evening of piano music by Schubert, solo + 4 hands. Faculty members from School of Music will perform a short program consisting of pieces composed by Schubert: two movement C-najor, Fantasy in f minor and more. Linsly-Chittenden Hall (63 High St.), Room 102.


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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2013 federal budget during the budget committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. BY ANDREW TAYLOR ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The House was poised Wednesday to reject a bipartisan budget plan mixing tax increases with spending cuts across the budget to wring $4 trillion from the budget deficit over the coming decade, paving the way for Republicans to muscle through on Thursday a stringent GOP budget that blends big cuts to safety-net programs for the poor with a plan to dramatically overhaul Medicare. The bipartisan measure, patterned on a plan by President Barack Obama’s 2010 deficit commission, was sure to fall victim to GOP opposition to its $1.2 trillion tax increase over a decade - and Democratic resistance to further cuts to domestic programs. The plan, by Reps. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.,

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won praise from outside experts and some lawmakers in both parties, but got a chilly reception from GOP leaders unwilling to stray from the party principles on taxes and top Democrats unable to stomach cuts to social programs they and Obama have promised to defend. At the center of Wednesday’s debate, however, was a budget-slashing GOP plan by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, that would quickly bring the deficit to heel but only through unprecedented cuts to programs for the poor such as food stamps, Medicaid, college aid and housing subsidies. The Republican budget also reprises a controversial Medicare plan that would switch the program - for those under 55 today from the traditional framework in which the government pays doctor and hospital bills to a voucher-like approach in which

the government subsidizes purchases of private health insurance. The GOP plan is set to pass on Thursday, but swiftly die in the Democraticcontrolled Senate. Under the arcane budget rules of Congress, the annual budget resolution is a far-reaching but nonbinding measure that sets the parameters for follow-up legislation. The measure reopens last summer’s hard-won budget and debt deal with Obama, imposing new cuts on domestic agencies while easing cost curbs on the Pentagon that gained bipartisan support just months ago. It would set in motion follow-up legislation that would substitute $261 billion in spending cuts spaced over a decade for $78 billion in automatic spending cuts that would cut the Pentagon budget by about 10 percent next year and cut numerous domestic programs as well.

WASHINGTON — Concluding three days of fervent, public disagreement, a Supreme Court seemingly split over ideology will now wrestle in private about whether to strike down key parts or even all of President Barack Obama’s historic health care law. The justices’ decision, due this June, will affect the way virtually every American receives and pays for care. The court wrapped up public arguments Wednesday on the overhaul, which is designed to extend health insurance to most of the 50 million Americans now without it. The first and biggest issue the justices must decide is whether the centerpiece of the law, the requirement that nearly all Americans carry insurance or pay a penalty, is constitutional. Wednesday’s argument time was unusual in that it assumed a negative answer to that central question. What should happen to other provisions, the justices

and lawyers debated, if the court strikes down the requirement? If the justices are following their normal practice, they had not even met to take a preliminary vote in the case before all argument concluded. Questions at the court this week days showed a strong ideological division between the liberal justices who seem inclined to uphold the law in its entirety and the conservative justices whose skepticism about Congress’ power to force people to buy insurance suggests deep trouble for the insurance requirement, and possibly the entire law. The divide on the court reflects a similar split in public opinion about the law, which Congress approved two years ago when Democrats controlled both houses. The justices’ decision is sure to become a significant part of this year’s presidential and congressional election campaigns, in which Republicans have relentlessly attacked the law.


Paul Clement, a lawyer for 26 states seeking to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, leaves the Supreme Court.





Cuban-Americans greet pope in Havana

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The three cities in Connecticut with the greatest Cuban populations are Bridgeport (935), Hartford (661) and New Haven (485).

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Cuba’s President Raul Castro, right, and Pope Benedict XVI say goodbye to visiting clergy at the end of the pope’s visit at the airport in Havana. BY LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba drew nearly 300 Americans to the island they or their parents long ago fled. What they found was a country that was different from the one they had imagined, yet somehow still close to the place they had dreamed of. Many had grown up in Miami, hearing bitter tales of loss about their exile parent’s beloved homeland. They worried about being followed by police, about the hostility they might face, and about the changes 50 years of communist rule had wrought on the island. Packed into shuttle buses on their fourday visit, they stole what time they could to mingle with ordinary Cubans, visiting neighborhoods, a few relatives and houses their families once called home. Astrid Brana, 39, grew up thinking that a visit to Cuba would be a demonstration of support for the government of Fidel and Raul Castro. She made a mental exception for this trip because it was to see the pope. But her father refused to come. Chatting with Cubans Tuesday, she began to question the broader issue of travel to the island. “I was talking about my father’s opposition to the trip. This man, he stopped me real quick and said there are other ways to think,” Brana recalled over dinner at a staterun restaurant. “He said we were helping the government, but we are also helping the people put food on their tables,” she said. “Now I have to go back and talk to my father.” Brana and her mother, who left the island at age 16, said they were both surprised by the openness with which many Cubans spoke about their frustrations.

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“I thought they weren’t allowed to talk,” Fabiola Brana said. “There was a minute when I wanted to say, ‘Please, be quiet, for your own sake.’” The trip was eye-opening in other ways for the women. Both were angered when security guards refused to let their Cuban relatives enter their hotel room, though paying Cuban customers are now allowed to frequent tourist hotels. “The guards, they told us no, and they trailed us the whole time,” Astrid Brana said. “It was like (my cousins) were the outsiders. But we are the outsiders.” Lourdes Amorin, who left Cuba for Puerto Rico as a young girl with her family shortly after the 1959 revolution, said she grew up thinking she had nothing in common with Cubans on the island. “Our parents, our relatives got it into our minds that we have nothing to return to. I am going to go home to tell them we have a lot in common. We are human. We are all Cuban,” she said. Her comments reflected the feelings of a growing number of Cuban-Americans who have returned to the island in recent years. But it also reflected the differing perspectives of those born outside the island, those who left as young children and those, like Brana’s mother, who were old enough to remember the revolution and the upheaval it caused. Amorim saw beauty in Havana. Fabiola Brana saw a shell of the city she once loved. For Sergio Dalmau, the trip brought some moments of joy, as when he visited one of Havana’s most popular and beautiful churches. But it also brought bitter memories. Finding the childhood home of his exwife in disrepair reminded Dalmau of his departure from Cuba. He left 51 years ago

Thursday as part of the so-called “Pedro Pan flights” organized by the Roman Catholic Church to help spirit Cuban children off the island in the early 1960s. On the taxi ride back to his hotel, Dalmau angrily decried the conditions of the once elegant home, of having to leave his family as a young teen and of the sacrifices his father made starting over from nothing in the U.S. As he spoke, Dalmau’s cab driver offered a sympathetic ear. Before long, the men’s talk turned to baseball - the national pastime of both countries - with Dalmau filling in the driver about where Cuban players who had defected to the U.S. were now playing. Across town, Natalia Martinez, a 25-year-old graduate student who left with her family two decades ago, also had an emotional visit with the current owners of the house where she spent her first six years. “I was looking at the patio tile, and how the woman that lives there had changed it, and I started remembering once hiding out and painting the tile with my mother’s lipstick, and then I’m trying to hold back the tears. And it felt so silly because it was just about looking at the tile, but it was so much more,” she said. As she rode past the Malecon, Martinez described that famous waterfront strip of historic buildings as a metaphor for the Cuba she had rediscovered. Some of the ornate apartments were decrepit. Others looked rehabilitated from the outside, but inside the old beams remained near ruin. Still other buildings had finally been demolished, new modern structures going up in their place. “And all of this is going on at the same time, in this same tight space,” she said. “This is Cuba.

BEIRUT — Syrian activists said Wednesday a government offensive in northern Syria during which troops overran a major opposition stronghold has left behind scenes of destruction, with corpses in the streets, homes burned to the ground and shops that have been pillaged and looted. The reports of 40 people dead in Saraqeb since Sunday come as Arab leaders meeting in Baghdad remain deeply divided over how to help solve Syria’s yearlong crisis. President Bashar Assad said he has accepted a six-point U.N. plan to resolve the conflict, including a cease-fire, but the opposition is deeply skeptical that he will carry it out. The fall of Saraqeb, a large town on the main highway linking the northern city of Aleppo with the Syrian capital, was the latest in a string of opposition strongholds to fall to ruthless assaults by the better-equipped Syrian military. Most of those strongholds and areas around them have since seen renewed flare-ups in violence, reflecting the resiliency of the uprising and the military’s inability to firmly put down the revolt. Activists on Wednesday also reported clashes between Syrian army units and rebels in the country’s center, east and south. At least four civilians, four soldiers and five army defectors were killed in the central town of Qalaat al-Madiq and nearby villages, activists said, as troops advanced and closed in on rebels. The town, in Hama province, has been battered by heavy machine guns and artillery for days. Activists said the town’s historic castle was not spared the shelling. “People are fleeing their homes, many of them unsure which direction to take,” said an activist in the area who identified himself as Ammar. The military seized Saraqeb overnight after a four-day offensive that began Sunday. Rebel fighters had an active presence in the northern town and used it as a base to target army convoys nearby. In Saraqeb, as in other towns and cities recaptured recently by the army, Syrian troops left behind a trail of

death and destruction. The Local Coordination Committees network issued an appeal for international humanitarian organizations to urgently visit the town and said there were many unidentified corpses and wounded people there. “Regime forces have forcibly displaced a large number of activists’ families, and burned and shelled approximately 300 homes. They also pillaged and set fire to most shops,” the LCC said in a statement. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the reports and said most of the town’s residents had fled along with the rebels. It said more than 40 people had been killed during the fighting over recent days. The reports by the groups and by other activists could not be independently confirmed. Video from Saraqeb posted on the Internet appeared to back claims of destruction and pillaging. One video showed what appeared to be a destroyed home. Another showed burned out apartments, several burned cars and a row of shops with their shutters blown off. The slogan “Down with Bashar” was sprayed on one of the shutters. “Down with Iran’s dog,” read another. Iran is one of Syria’s last close allies. Activist Fadi al-Yassin in the northern province of Idlib said the army was now in full control of Saraqeb, stationing snipers on rooftops and conducting searches and raids using civilian cars and taxis to confuse residents. He said army defectors known as the Free Syrian Army resisted on the first day but then pulled out, fearing that they would bring more destruction on the town. “They fled because there was no way they were going to be able to face the regime’s huge military force,” he said by satellite phone. He put the toll at around 50 killed since Sunday, mostly civilians but also including rebel fighters. “The situation is very hard on the ground, and it’s difficult for us to get there to find out exactly what is going on because the army is in complete control of the city,” al-Yassin said.




“If we’re so cruel to minorities, why do they keep coming here? Why aren’t they sneaking across the Mexican border to make their way to the Taliban?” ANN COULTER POLITICAL COMMENTATOR


University opens Office of BGLTQ Student Life BY MELANIE GUZMAN STAFF WRITER Members and supporters of the bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer community gathered in Fong Auditorium on Tuesday to recognize the grand opening of the new Office of BGLTQ Student Life. The opening has been anticipated for almost a year, since Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds announced the creation of the office and lounge space in the basement of Boylston Hall last spring. Her announcement came in response to recommendations from the BGLTQ Working Group and student protests for a more visible BGLTQ-specific space than the Queer Resource Center in the Thayer basement.

co-Masters Dorothy A. Austin and Diana L. Eck. The “Secret Court”—uncovered by a Crimson editor in 2002—expelled seven Harvard students and affiliates for perceived homosexuality. Austin and Eck—who read from correspondence between a condemned student, his mother, and the deans—said they wanted to remind attendees of Harvard’s history with the BGLTQ community and how far the University has come. “As we talk about gay and lesbian students and teachers in the university, this is a sobering moment to remember that time. It was only 90 years ago,” Eck said. Reverend Jamie Washington, president of an educational and religious consulting group,

That spring, she also announced the establishment of a director of BGLTQ stuHARVARD dent life—a position that has yet to be filled after Lee Forest turned it down in October. Outgoing Dean of Student Life Suzy M. Nelson and Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus member Rhonda Wittels ’79 welcomed attendees to the grand opening, commenting on the significance and the hard work put into the creation of the office. Nelson and Wittels’ remarks were followed by a presentation of letters from “The Secret Court of 1920” by Lowell House

delivered the evening’s keynote address. During his presentation, he outlined his “10 Tips” for confronting the issues facing the BGLTQ community, which include implementing new institutional politics, providing more campus services, and engaging in conversations about the complexities of identity. “There are no quick fixes to improving LGBTQ resources, so we do not expect the space to answer everything,” Washington said. The opening of an office specifically for BGLTQ students was especially personal for Jonas Q. Wang ’12, who was one of three students involved in the BGLTQ Working Group. As former QSA co-chair, Wang said he was initially disappointed with Harvard’s resources for BGLTQ stu-

dents. “Now being a senior, seeing this happen and knowing students in all future years are going to walk on a campus with amazing institutional support is a vast change and I am really happy for all of this,” Wang said. The majority of the attendees at the inauguration of the office were either administrators or student leaders from BGLTQ related groups. Girlspot cochair Edith C. Benavides ’14, one about a dozen students at the event, said she attended because she hopes to be a part of the development and vision of the office in the forthcoming years. Though the new office is a welcome social space for students, the Queer Resource Center will continue to remain open and there are no plans to close it

any time soon, Assistant Dean of Student Life Emelyn A. dela Peña said. Currently, Divinity School student Emily J. Miller serves as the interim coordinator of BGLTQ Student Life. The Director position remains vacant after Forest, hired by the College in September, turned down the position before she was set to begin. According to dela Peña, the search committee is in the process of reviewing candidates for the position and plans to make an appointment by this summer. For now, dela Peña said she hopes students can take advantage of the new space. “I really hope it becomes a place where people can come together as a community to support one another,” she said.



Mayor defends city against discrimination claims

Minorities lag in graduation rates

BY MICHAEL LINHORST STAFF WRITER In the face of four ongoing discrimination lawsuits against the city, Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 said Ithaca is “committed to diversity” and he is confident the city will prevail in court. Although all four suits claim racial discrimination, Myrick said the city does not “actively, systemically discriminate.” He added that it seems to be “a coincidence that all four of these happened to hit within a year.” The most recent of the four lawsuits, filed on March 13 by a former Building Department housing inspector, seeks $3 million in damages. The inspector, Ramon Santana, alleges the Building Commissioner “made open racially charged comments about him while attending a staff meeting” — one of a series of events that, Santana says, created a hostile work environment. In a separate lawsuit, Mark Hassan, a former city firefighter, is arguing that he faced discrimination within the Ithaca Fire Department. In the suit, he says he “has been referred to, among other terms, as a ‘towel head’ and ‘dune coon’ and portrayed as prone to violence.” Hassan was fired from the department in 2011 and argues his dismissal was a retaliatory measure against him for raising discrimination claims. About two years before he was fired, Hassan says he was ordered to attend a “psychological examination without cause or basis, a tactic employed by the City of Ithaca against disfavored employees.” Myrick said that each of the lawsuits is “without merit.” “We feel confident that the employees in question were removed for cause and there was no discrimination involved,” he said. The Santana and Hassan lawsuits join two suits recently followed by city police officers. In one, filed in May 2010, Chris Miller claims he faced harsher discipline than his non-white colleagues. He also argues the city retaliated against him for filing a human rights complaint. He is seeking $17 million in damages. In the other police lawsuit, filed Feb. 29, Sgt. Douglas Wright alleges that he was unfairly passed over for promotion twice. In


both instances, he says, a black officer was promoted instead of him because of his race. Wright is seeking $10.5 million from the lawsuit’s defendants, who include the IPD, former Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson and other city

officials. “The defendants unfairly and routinely endorse, support and believe the word of African-American and minority employees over that of [Wright] and male Caucasian employees,” the lawsuit states. Wright’s lawsuit claims that IPD’s racial discrimination extends to “hiring, promotions, discipline, retention, training, assignments and investigations into misconduct.” Despite the four lawsuits, Myrick said that he is not undertaking any special efforts to fight discrimination because he is confident in Ithaca’s existing diversity programs. But Hassan — who was a firefighter for almost 15 years — argues that the city, the firefighters’ union and other defendants “violated [his] right to be free from discrimination on the In one example of alleged discrimination, Hassan says he received a notice of discipline in May 2010 that prohibited him “‘from entering any City of Ithaca building, facility, property or worksite,’ a restriction … not placed upon other suspended firefighters.” His lawsuit, which was originally reported by The Ithaca Journal, was filed July 1. The defendants successfully moved it from state court to federal district court at the end of October. “The city is vigorously defending itself against these old, unwarranted allegations,” Ithaca City Attorney Aaron Lavine ’01, J.D. ’04, told The Journal on Thursday. “The city is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and Mr. Hassan’s employment was terminated only after a full and fair arbitration.” In his lawsuit, Santana — who was a city housing inspector from late 2006 until he was fired in 2010 — says he was denied overtime that was granted to white employees. He argues that the overtime was necessary for him to be able to complete his duties.

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BY DIANA GONIMAH STAFF WRITER Though a recent report showed that Penn has one of the highest graduation rates in the nation, college completion numbers for some minorities at the University are lagging behind. According to data on national college completion published earlier this month by The Chronicle of Higher Education, minorities generally had lower four-year graduation rates than their white counterparts at Penn. While 90.9 percent of white students graduated in four years, those numbers were lower for black and Asian students, who had four-year graduation rates of 82.2 percent and 87.3 percent, respectively. Penn had an overall four-year completion rate of 88.6 percent, compared to a national average of 52.5 percent at other private, nonprofit institutions. The Chronicle’s report was based on data from 2010. Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of Academic Affairs Kent Peterman said that the University has made strides in recent years to narrow these gaps. Dean of Freshmen and Director of Academic Advising in the College Janet Tighe agreed, adding that this discrepancy has been “of major interest” to the College. However, she said she was not troubled by the Chronicle’s report, since “at a major research university like Penn, everybody will have to learn to acquire knowledge and process knowledge differently when they get here. It’s not [about] your ethnicity or gender.” Some, though, think the issue deserves further examination. “Given the availability of substantial amounts of grant aid, it is important to probe why graduation rates are lower for blacks than for whites even at a place like Penn,” said Graduate School


of Education Professor Laura Perna, who recently published research on minority gradua-

tion rates. Perna identified several things — including academic preparation before coming to Penn and financial resources — as factors that may be holding some minority students back. College senior George Hardy, who has been an active member of Penn’s black community, agreed that the lower graduation rates among black students can be attributed to “multiple factors.” He was not surprised by the Chronicle’s findings. “I feel as though sometimes the universities aren’t doing enough for students of color, or at least the options for tutoring or other resources may not be as visible to minority communities as they should be,” Hardy said. However, Hardy added that part of the problem may fall on the students’ under-utilization of resources such as Counseling and Psychological Services. Among the black community, he believes there is a stigma in seeking mental or academic help. Engineering junior Michelle Leong, chair of the Asian Pacific Student Coalition, said she has noticed a similar trend among Asian students at Penn. “The under-utilization of CAPS may be contributing to the slightly lower four-year graduation rate,” she said, adding that the APSC has been targeting mental health as one of its current initiatives. For College junior and APSC Vice Chair of External Affairs Jon Kim, “lumping all Asian students into one category” can add to the problem. “Because there are many Asian

stereotypes, people automatically think Asians are successful, which ignores the ethnicities that are underrepresented,” he said. He pointed to groups like Cambodians and Laotians as those that sometimes go “forgotten” in the college completion picture. While the Chronicle’s report pointed out disparities in graduation numbers between Asian, black and white students, Latino students displayed the highest completion rate at 92 percent. Regardless of the numbers, Tighe stressed that “we would like to feel that every student we’ve accepted into Penn will find a path at Penn through which they will thrive and achieve their educational and career goals.” Although Hardy recognized Penn’s efforts to achieve these ends, he believes hiring a more diverse staff of advisers would help alleviate academic struggles within some minority communities. College sophomore and Vice President of External Affairs for the Puerto Rican Undergraduate Student Association Natalia Llado added that “it is definitely sad to see that there is still inequality in graduation rates in the 21st century.” Peterman explained that, regardless of minority status, encouraging students to seek help is difficult across the board. “Some students don’t reach out because of introversion or embarrassment,” he said. “I hear a lot of students saying ‘why is everyone else smarter than I am, I’m the only one having a problem,’ which is definitely not the case.” Hardy agreed, adding that “things would be a lot better if people just realized the importance of reaching out to someone for help. I don’t think enough will be done until there’s a 100 percent graduation rate for all students regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.”




PEOPLE IN THE NEWS AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE The New York Knicks’ Stoudemire will be on the sidelines for at least the next two to four weeks with a bulging disk. His injury comes just as the Knicks are making a push for the playoffs. The team has 15 games left in the season.

W. tennis returns to play

Softball looks forward to Ivy games SOFTBALL FROM PAGE 12 of the first. With only one hit in the next three innings, the Bulldogs found themselves down 5–1 after Fairfield scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The ball’s not going to hit itself. We need to stop playing catch-up and get control of the game early on. MEG JOHNSON ’12 Shortstop, softball As usual, the Bulldogs prepared themselves for a comeback. The top of the fifth looked promising. Riley Hughes ’15 started the inning with a single to left field. Jennifer Ong ’13 walked, and Balta made her way to first off of a fielder’s choice. An RBI single by Sarah Onorato ’15 brought Ong home and took the score to 5–2. Johnson singled, loading the bases with only one out and bringing the



go-ahead run to batter’s box. But Yale did not capitalize on the situation. Captain Christy Nelson ’13 struck out and Hannah Brennan ’15 ended the inning with a ground ball to the pitcher, leaving three on base and ending the Bulldog’s chance for retribution. Yale would not threaten again, and a run for the Stags in the bottom of the fifth sealed their 6–2 win. Dunham (4–5) took the loss for the second game. After attempting to change her throwing style mid-season, she lost two games last weekend. She said she hopes to recover before Ivy play on Friday. “I don’t have a lot of drive with my pitches, and I’m still stuck between these two styles,” Dunham said. “I’m trying to get back to how I was throwing in Florida.” This weekend, the Elis will face Columbia (5–14, 0–0 Ivy) on Friday and Penn (15–10, 0–0 Ivy) on Saturday. Ong said the ingredients for victories this weekend are there; the team just has to put all the elements together. The Bulldogs swept both teams last year. Contact MASON KROLL at .






































Annie Sullivan ’14, who played the fourth seed in singles and the first seed in doubles, defeated her singles opponent 6-0, 6-0. W. TENNIS FROM PAGE 12 Epstein ’13 started off the match by winning with a score of 8-4. At the second seed. Amber Li ’15 and Vicky Brook ’12 defeated their opponents 8–4, and at the third seed, Sarah Guzick ’13 and Blair Seideman ’14 swept the match 8–0. (Seideman is a staff photographer for the News.) Winning all three games gave the Elis a doubles point heading into singles play. The Elis maintained their upper hand in the singles competition. At the fourth seed, Sullivan walked away from the courts first with an impressive 6–0, 6–0 victory. With strong serves and forehands, sixth-seeded Li finished soon after Sullivan, winning one more point for Elis with scores of 6–0 and 6–1. The other four players also won by big margins, taking all the remaining points for the team. “We had some specific things we wanted to work on today, and every-

body did a good job doing those things,” head coach Danielle McNamara said. “Complacency was one of the things we wanted to focus on. It wasn’t a tough match, but we fought hard from start to finish.”

We had some specific things we wanted to work on today, and everybody did a good job doing those things. DANIELLE MCNAMARA Head coach, women’s tennis Seideman agreed that this match was valuable in sharpening the team’s aggressiveness. With the Ivy League season quickly approaching, the team viewed the match as practice to

achieve the Ivy League title that they claimed last season, she said. “I was glad to be back from spring break and anxious to get on the court again before going on the Ivy season,” Seideman said. “We are working on how to become a more aggressive team. That’s going to help us with the big matches in April.” In addition to honing the team’s aggressiveness and attacking complacency, McNamara highlighted the importance of experimenting with different playing styles. “After the next game with Rutgers, we will head right into the Ivy season,” McNamara said. “Hopefully we can repeat [the Ivy League Championship win from] last year.” Bulldogs will face Rutgers on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.

Sixers show teambased talent COLUMN FROM PAGE 12 show glimpses of greatness in February? To Lou Williams, your team’s leading scorer and possible sixth man of the year candidate? To Andre Iguodala, your All-Star veteran and team leader? The average age of the Sixers is 25, so while the ceilings of most of their young talent is still unknown, it is impossible to say which player will emerge as the closer, crunchtime option. There is also the very real possibility that this player will never emerge and that the selfless play of the Sixers will dictate who gets the ball at the end of games — they certainly have enough players who can shoot the ball. The biggest reason I’ve noticed the Sixers this season is that most basketball columns I read have unwisely overlooked them. It is easy to lack appreciation for a team that lacks any true standout superstar. This is a league loaded with teams that have multiple star-collaborations (The Heat, the Clippers, the Knicks, the Thunder, etc.). And this is exactly why I appreciate the Sixers this season — they’ve been winning games without a “Big Three” or “Batman and Robin” dynamic. Though his presence has been pivotal on both ends of the floor, Andre Iguodala’s averages of 12–6.5–5.5 (and 1.8 steals) this season were probably the weakest statistical submissions of any of the 2012 All-Stars. Yet, he was still attributed All-Star status because his team is winning games, and he’s their most impactful player. I was similarly surprised when the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert was named an All-Star reserve while averaging a modest 13–9–1.5 (and 1.8 blocks … although he’s 7’2’’.). These are simply not All-Star statistics. However, this is what makes the Sixers’ sea-

son so impressive — they’re holding their opponents to 94.5 points per game through a combination of clever drafting and superb coaching. If you were to add up this year’s contracts of their four most important players (say Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday), the Sixers are paying no more than $27 million. Let’s compare that to my Knicks: Melo and Amare alone are making a combined $37 million. And frankly, for the production Philly is getting out of Iggy, Williams, Turner, and Holiday every night, I would gladly swap them for Amare and Melo. Clearly, you can put a price tag on guys who play both ends of the floor. As someone who barely misses any Knicks games, I see Philly play multiple times a year and know how good they are (and yes, despite New York’s win last week, they are currently better than the Knicks). If both of these teams were not in the same division, I would probably have no clue about how good the Sixers actually were. Yet I am still forced to endure tweets, PTI segments and more tweets about “LOB CITYYY!!” (that’s the Los Angeles Clippers for you noobs out there) almost every other day, even though the Clippers are the same seed as the Sixers, and the Clippers have Chris Paul and Blake freaking Griffin. How are the clippers not doing better than the Lakers or Spurs? Oh, that’s right, they’re coached by Vinny Del Negro. But I digress. Seriously though, with what Doug Collins has accomplished with the Sixers this season, just imagine him coaching talents as rare and unique as Blake and CP3. Or for that matter, imagine him having just any superstar. Contact RICO BAUTISTA at .

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The softball team has a total of 62 runs and 118 hits so far this season.

Bulldogs take first away win W. LAX FROM PAGE 12 “Somebody needed to take command, and our offense easily got a lead,” Phillips said. The Elis (3–5, 0–3 Ivy League) continued their offensive onslaught in the second half. DeVito opened the second period by completing her first hat trick of the season, assisted by Avallone, and then recorded another goal shortly afterwards. Although the Red Foxes fought back, their comeback attempt did not slow down the Bulldogs as they poured six more goals into Marist’s net. After Crow’s hat trick, DeVito, midfielder Christina Doherty ’15 and Reilly Foote ’15 added a goal apiece onto the scoreboard. Courteney Rutter ‘14 sealed the game with her season’s first goal before the final whistle.

Jen DeVito ’14 played so well today. She came through for the attack when we needed to score COURTENEY RUTTER ’14 Midfielder, women’s lacrosse “It was great to win on the road today, and it was a total team effort,” defender Kallie Parchman ’14 said. Rutter said the defense was very solid during the match. The defense froze Marist’s offense with 19 clears and 25 ground ball controls. Goalkeeper Erin McMullan ’14 secured the Elis’ net with an outstanding six saves. However, fouls turned out to be a weak point for the Bulldogs. “It is unfortunate since Marist could have scored three less goals if it were not for the free position shots caused by our penalties,” said Phillips.


The women’s lacrosse team handed Marist its fourth straight loss this season when it took down the Red Foxes 13-9 yesterday. The Bulldogs also overwhelmed Marist in shots, 34–18. Phillips said she is happy that the team improved in shots today, which was the team’s major concern going into the game. The Elis also reduced their number of turnovers, only allowing eight in comparison to the 20 committed by the host team. DeVito initiated most of the offensive maneuvers and shots. “Jen DeVito played so well today. She came through for the attack when we needed to score,” Rutter said. Phillips said despite the disadvantage of traveling on the road in the middle of a week, the victory helps prepare the team to execute game plans for the upcoming away matches.

After yesterday’s match, the Bulldogs are now more than halfway into the season, collecting 77 goals so far. “We’re going to use this momentum to get another win at Colgate this Saturday,” Parchman said. The Elis will travel to New York this Saturday to take on the Raiders in hope of adding another away win. Contact EUGENE JUNG at .










NBA Toronto 105 Denver 96

NBA New York 108 Orlando 86


NHL Columbus 4 Detroit 2


NCAAB-W OK St. 73 San Diego 57


MEG JOHNSON ’12 IVY LEAGUE HONOR ROLL Johnson, a shortstop on the softball team, earned a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll this week. In six games, she batted .368, with a home run, triple, double and two RBIs. She also stole six four. The Bulldogs will face Columbia and Penn this weekend.

BASEBALL WEDNESDAY’S GAME CANCELLED The baseball team’s game against Quinnipiac Wednesday afternoon was cancelled due to rain and will not be rescheduled. The Elis will be back in action when they take on Columbia and Penn in their first Ivy games of the season this weekend.

NCAAB-W J. Madison 74 Syracuse 71

“[The win] was a total team effort... We’re going to use this momentum to get another win at Colgate. KALLIE PARCHMAN ’14 DEFENDER, W. LACROSSE YALE DAILY NEWS · THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012 ·


The Philadelphia 7(Sleep)ers Last Wednesday night, I watched my beloved New York Knicks match up against the Philadelphia 76ers. I was dreading this game. As I sat down, I turned to my fellow Knicks fan and said, “Sure, the Knicks are on a four-game winning streak. Sure, they’re being led by a defensively-minded coach. Are they going to beat the Sixers in Philly tonight? Absolutely not. The Sixers are going to give them the shaft.” I said it, and I meant it. I’m probably one of the most diehard Knicks fans you’ll ever come across, but I’m also one of the most die-hard NBA fans you’ll ever come across, so I wasn’t going to fool myself. I didn’t believe the Knicks had a chance. But as they held the Sixers to 11 points in the first quarter, I let myself hope. Ultimately, I wasn’t disappointed — the Knicks held the Sixers to 79 points and extended their winning streak to five. However, rather than excitement, I felt relief. Relief because I knew that we had just dodged a bullet and that in this particular season, eight times out of 10, Philly would beat us on their home court. As someone who makes it his hobby to follow the careers of promising college basketball players’ transitions to the NBA, no other team has personally been more fascinating to follow than the Sixers — Jodie Meeks, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner were some of the brightest stars among their collegiate peers in the past four years. Jodie Meeks scored 54 points his senior year in a game against Tennesse — as a shooting guard. Evan Turner, also known as “The Villain,” played one through three in college and averaged 20–9–6 his junior year. Holiday … well, I couldn’t really find anything that popped out from his oneand-done at UCLA, but his coaches always had great things to say! Anyway, with performances such as these, I would have thought an NBA team featuring all three of these players would be unfathomable. But somehow, the stars aligned to place all of this tremendous upside (keyword being upside) on the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers have five scorers all averaging 10+ points per game. At times, this has proved to be a double-edged sword. When maintaining a sufficient lead of seven or more points in the last few minutes of a game, the Sixers tend to close out. However, in games decided by four points or less, without a “go-toguy,” they often find themselves struggling to decide who gets the ball. The problem isn’t that they don’t have the talent to close out games: the problem is that they have too much. To whom do you give the ball? To Evan Turner, the number two pick of last year’s draft who began to SEE COLUMN PAGE 11

Women’s lax knocks off Red Foxes BY EUGENE JUNG CONTRIBUTING REPORTER The Elis beat Marist 13–9 Wednesday afternoon to grab their first away win of the season.

W. LACROSSE The Bulldogs controlled the game from the beginning to the end, with two players, attacker Jen DeVito ’14 and captain Caroline Crow ’12, recording a combined eight goals. “We felt confident going into the game against Marist, and I am glad that we were able to use that confidence to come out with a win,” midfielder Cathryn Avallone ’15 said. “The match has fired up our team again.”

It was great to win on the road today and it was a total team effort. KALLIE PARCHMAN ’14 Defender, women’s lacrosse Only five minutes after the face-off, DeVito scored the match’s first goal. Two minutes later, midfielder Erin Magnuson ’15 added a goal. Crow followed with one of her own after 12 minutes of play. Magnuson then notched a second goal, and DeVito rounded out the first half with her second goal, putting the Bulldogs ahead of Marist 5–4 heading into the second half. Head coach Anne Phillips said Marist (1–9) was a tenacious team that never gave up. SEE W. LAX PAGE 11


Jen DeVito ’14 scored five goals,and captain Caroline Crow ’12 added three as Yale beat Marist, 13–9 on Wednesday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Yale sweeps Quinnipiac, 7-0

Softball comeback falls short BY MASON KROLL CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Fairfield swept the softball team yesterday, leaving Yale with five losses in six games. The Bulldogs, who have now lost their last six contests against the Stags, fell 5–4 in the first game and 6–2 in the second, hurting their momentum as they prepare for their first Ivy League competition of the season this weekend.



Blair Seideman ’14 defeated her Quinnipiac singles opponent 6-1, 6-0 in yesterday’s match as Yale cruised to a flawless victory BY HOON PYO JEON CONTRIBUTING REPORTER After intensive training in Florida over spring break, the women’s tennis team had a clean 7–0 sweep against Quinnipiac yesterday.

W. TENNIS The No. 26 women’s tennis team (11–


3, 0–0 Ivy) faced Quinnipiac (3–7) as it prepares to begin Ivy League play. Until facing the Bulldogs, the Bobcats had not played any ranked teams this season, and Yale’s victory added to its 5-0 home record this season. Yale dominated the match from the very beginning. The top-seed duo of Annie Sullivan ’14 and Elizabeth SEE W. TENNIS PAGE 11

“We’re a better team than how we were playing today,” pitcher Chelsey Dunham ’14 said. “We just need to play with a lot more confidence.” Although stormy weather early in the day threatened to call the game, by the time the Elis (6–12, 0–0 Ivy) took the field, the sun had came out and the game proceeded as planned. Fairfield (14–15) began the first game with four runs in the bottom of the first, while the Bulldogs were held scoreless for the first four innings. In the top of the fifth, the Elis scored their first run, but the Stags responded with a run of their own in the sixth, bringing the score to 5–1. A last-minute comeback by the Bulldogs in the top of the seventh was not enough to

snatch the lead, and they lost the game 5–4. Prior to Wednesday, the Bulldogs had fought into extra innings in four of their last six games. While team members said this was an aspect of the team’s nevergive-up attitude, they also said it was time to take the initiative early in the game and stop comebacks from being necessary.

We’re a better team than how we were playing today. We just need to play with a lot more confidence. CHELSEY DUNHAM ’14 Pitcher, Softball “The ball’s not going to hit itself,” shortstop Meg Johnson ’12 said. “We need to stop playing catch-up and get control of the game early on.” In the second game against Fairfield, Yale seemed off to a good start with an early run in the top of the first by Tori Balta ’14. But the Stags soon regained control with a two-run response in the bottom SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 11

THE NUMBER OF UNDERCLASSMEN ON THE WOMEN’S LACROSSE TEAM’S STARTING LINE-UP. Only one upperclassman, captain and attacker Caroline Crow ’12, started in Wednesday’s win against Marist. Jen DeVito ’14 led the youth movement, scoring five of the team’s 13 goals.

Today's Paper  

March 29, 2012

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