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The November 19, 2004 issue of the Brown Daily Herald


  • W E AT H E R F O R E C A S T


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    THE BROWN DAILY HERALDAn independent newspaper serving the Brown community since 1891

    N O V E M B E R 1 9 , 2 0 0 4

    Volume CXXXIX, No. 114

    F R I D A Y

    I N S I D E F R I D AY, N OV E M B E R 1 9 , 2 0 0 4

    BY ANNA ABRAMSONTechnical theater artists at Brown mightnot be visible on stage, but the finalproduct of their labor is anything butinvisible. These students are responsible

    for sets, sound,design, costume,props, lighting,

    stage managing and much more.Technical artists say it is logical that theirwork should occur in the background,because they aim not to highlight theirown technical work but to use that workto illuminate the directors vision for theshow.

    Adam Immerwahr 05, who has beeninvolved in numerous projects, includingdirecting, stage managing and acting,said that the better behind-the-sceneswork is, the less the audience will noticeit.

    If we do this great, no one is ever

    going to think about how we did all this,he said. Theyre going to think, wow, youcouldnt have done that any other way.Our goal is transparency, to make every-thing seem natural.

    There are many different types of tech-nical artist each show typically has alighting designer, costume designer,sound designer, set designer, scenicartists, stage managers and productionmanagers. Production managers havemore of an administrative job thatrequires them to attend meetings andmonitor the budget, among other tasks.As a show nears its opening, more crewmembers are needed to put into effectwhat other artists have worked on formonths.

    In the months leading up to a show,technical artists are an indispensible part

    Behind the scenes, technicalartists make shows happen

    Ethan Ris 05 doesntbelieve in gaymarriage at leastnot the type that thegovernment regulatescolumn, page 7

    GTech is the future ofdowntown Providence,modern design and all,writes AlexanderBernstein 07 column, page 7

    Womens basketballreturns multipleplayers, looks ahead tostrong season withsenior leadershipsports, page 8

    With only one juniorand one senior on theteam, mens basketballis relying on newrecruitssports, page 8

    Two senior runnersreach the NCAA cham-pionships and the endof their Brown crosscountry careerssports, page 8


    Nick Neely / HeraldBackstage crew member Natalie Hirsch 08 checks lighting from center stage before aperformance of Fucking A in Leeds Theater Thursday night.

    AmeriCorp out of funding crisis,but City Year still faces cutsBY SUCHI MATHURAmeriCorps and its affiliated programsare continuing to recover from last yearsfunding crisis with a bigger budgetnationwide, but membership in RhodeIsland remains stagnant.

    Nationally, AmeriCorps membershiphas grown to 75,000, a record high sincethe programs inception in 1993, saidSandy Scott, spokesman for AmeriCorps.Bipartisan support in Congress led to alarge funding increase this year, Scott said.

    AmeriCorps is a network of nationalservice programs that focus on meetingcritical needs in areas including educa-tion, public safety, health and the environ-ment. Its main purpose is to provide man-power to existing non-profit and commu-nity service organizations. After success-fully completing a term of service, mem-bers enrolled in the National Service Trustare eligible to receive an education awardwhich can be used at qualified institu-tions. One year of full-time service corre-sponds to an education award of $4,725,while shorter terms correspond to smallerawards, according to the AmeriCorps Website.

    Prior to 2003, Rhode Island Americorpsreceived about $3 million in federal fundsand supported 12 programs, said RickBenjamin, acting co-executive director ofthe Rhode Island Service Alliance. Butbudget cuts in Washington, D.C., meantthat during 2003, the states AmeriCorpsfunding could support only three pro-grams, Benjamin said. AmeriCorps inRhode Island currently has approximately$2.3 million in federal money, which sup-ports eight programs, he said.

    The Rhode Island chapter of CampusCompact administers all AmeriCorpspositions for students currently enrolledat Brown who want to work in the pro-gram part-time. Brown had 20 slots thisyear and last year for students wishing toserve as corps members, said ClaudiaDeCesare, assistant director of health pro-grams at the Swearer Center.

    DeCesare, who also coordinates off-campus work-study and AmeriCorps forthe University, said she has had to turninterested students down in the past.There was a time last year when it was

    Local TV reporter Taricani convicted of contempt for not revealing sourceBY DANIELLE CERNYLocal television reporter Jim Taricaniwas found guilty of criminal contemptThursday for refusing to name thesource of a secret FBI videotape used inthe 2002 Operation Plunder Dometrial of former Mayor Vincent Cianci andassociates.

    Taricani, a reporter for WJAR Channel10, NBCs Providence affiliate, will facesentencing Dec. 9 and could receive upto six months in prison. Chief U.S.District Judge Ernest Torres said therewas no way of knowing exactly what thesentence would be until he hadreviewed all of the evidence, butTaricani ought to be prepared for anyeventuality at the time of sentencing.

    Yesterdays ruling was the end of athree-year attempt by the court to learnthe source of the secret tape, which wasgiven to Taricani in violation of a courtorder. WJAR aired the videotape, whichshowed Cianci associate Frank Correnteaccepting a bribe from an undercoverFBI agent, before Corrente and threecodefendants were tried on corruptioncharges. The trials resulted from a four-year-long public corruption investiga-tion nicknamed Operation PlunderDome.

    Taricani was found in civil contemptlast March for refusing to reveal thetapes source and was fined $1,000 a dayas a result. WJAR, which coveredTaricanis fines, paid a total of $85,000before the court ruled on Nov. 4 that thefines were not sufficient to forceTaricanis compliance with the courtorder. Torres then gave Taricani one lastchance to reveal his source before beingfound to be in criminal contempt.Yesterday, Taricanis chances ran out.

    Before the ruling, Taricanis lawyer,Martin Murphy, made a final attempt to

    avoid a criminal contempt ruling.Murphy argued that criminal prosecu-tions of this nature had a chilling affecton the ability of reporters to gathernews.

    Murphy also argued that Taricanishould not be found guilty because hehad been acting on good faith and abelief that his conduct was protected bythe law.

    But Torres emphasized that Taricaniwas not on trial for airing the video. Thecrime was instead his refusal to revealthe tapes source a direct violation ofa court order. Moreover, Torres said thatgood faith and a misunderstanding ofthe law was not a defense against acriminal contempt charge.

    The issue is a very simple one,Torres said. There was a lawful courtorder of reasonable specificity, whichTaricani willfully violated. The evidenceis clear, overwhelming and undisput-ed, Torres said.

    Torres pointed out that Taricani wasgiven numerous opportunities to com-ply with the court order and the courthad attempted to reason with Taricanion several occasions.

    Taricani, who received a heart trans-plant several years ago, was given a weekto submit medical information to thecourt, which will be used to place him inthe appropriate facility upon sentenc-ing.

    After the ruling, Taricani read from awritten statement: When I became areporter 30 years ago, I never imaginedthat I would be put on trial and face theprospect of going to jail simply for doingmy job.

    Although I am willing to go to jail, Ithink it is wrong that journalists should

    see AMERICORPS, page 4

    see TARICANI, page 3 see THEATER, page 3

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    C R O S S W O R D


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