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In an episode of the “The OC” that aired late last year, Brown fi rst-year Summer Roberts gets suspended after she is caught breaking into sci-ence labs to free rabbits in an attempt to save them from inhumane experiments.
Though writers of the Fox drama may have been exaggerating Brown students’ liberal ac-tivism, they were right about one thing — the University does keep animals, from fruit fl ies to sheep, for research. University offi cials say they do their best to ensure the research animals’ safety, but the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims that Brown researchers have been conducting cruel and ineffective studies.
The Brown Animal Care Facility currently has three operational sites, wrote Mark Nick-
el, director of University communications, in an e-mail to The Herald.
The main site is a fi ve-story, 59,000-square-foot center in the Bio-Medical Center, and sat-
ellite sites are located in Hunter Laboratory and the Laboratories for Molecular Medicine at 70 Ship Street. A fourth site, in the Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences, is not yet opera-tional.
The sites house animals as small as frogs, turtles, rats and mice and as large as sheep and pigs, according to Nickel. There are usually about several dozen species at the facility, he added, with rodents accounting for more than 90 percent of the animals.
A Bio-Med facilities pamphlet on the Alpert
Medical School Web site said the animal facility has an aquatic room — mostly for frogs, Nickel wrote — a quarantine space for rodents from noncommercial sources, a rodent housing suite and a biohazard rodent housing and procedur-al suite with “features surpassing (Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention) Biosafety Level 2 criteria.”
There are also three well-equipped animal surgical suites. The facility is in compliance with government regulations on animal wel-fare and, since 1971, has been accredited ev-ery three years by the Association for Assess-ment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.
Most of the research conducted on the animals occurs in Brown laboratories out-side the facility, Nickel wrote. But to ensure the animals’ safety, all experiments must fol-low research protocol set by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, chaired by Professor of Medical Science Donald Jackson. Though faculty researchers are personally responsible for animals in their own experi-ments, researchers cannot modify the protocol without the committee’s approval. Veterinar-ians from both the committee and the animal facility can suspend experiments if protocol is
Volume CXLII, No. 14 Since 1866, Daily Since 1891MONDAY, FEBR UAR Y 12, 2007MONDAY, FEBR UAR Y 12, 2007
THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
Students praise Friedman Study Center despite lack of ‘warmth’
The Friedman Study Center opened to much fanfare two weeks ago and has garnered rave reviews from students and administrators. But how useful is it as a place to, well, study?
Some students say they like its long hours, bright lighting and cafe, but others criticize an ambiance that they say simply doesn’t feel like a library.
The center has attracted
students who had previous-ly preferred to study else-where. “I wouldn’t study in the SciLi if it weren’t for the Friedman Study Center,” said Neerav Parekh ’09. “It’s nicer than any other study space at Brown.”
Juli Thorstenn ’09 agreed. “I used to never come to the SciLi,” she said. “Now I come every day.”
Several students said the use of natural lighting was their favorite feature. “I come
BY JOY CHUACONTRIBUTING WRITER
Students support early admission, affi rmative action, Herald poll fi nds
Students overwhelmingly support the College’s early admission pro-gram and largely favor consider-ing racial diversity in the admis-sion process, a recent Herald poll found.
Though Harvard and Princeton universities made headlines last fall when they announced plans to drop their early admission pro-grams, most Brown students be-lieve the University should contin-ue to offer the program. Seventy-three percent of Brown undergrad-uates polled said they support hav-ing an early admission program, while just 15 percent said they op-pose having one.
Most respondents — 53 per-cent — said they support consid-
ering race and ethnicity in the col-lege admission process to promote campus diversity, while 30 percent said admission should be based solely on merit. But when students were asked if preference should be given to children of alums, 57 per-cent opposed doing so, while 23 percent supported it.
The poll, conducted from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, has a margin of error of 4.7 percent, except for a question about on-campus needs, which has a margin of error of 5 percent.
When asked what they thought were the University’s most press-ing on-campus needs for improve-
BY STU WOOFEATURES EDITOR
Chafee ’75 to call for progress in Israel tonight
In his fi rst major speech since losing his re-election bid last November, former Sen. Lincoln Chafee ’75 will speak tonight about the prospect of peace in Is-rael, and he says he’ll try to resist the temptation to talk too much about a certain other country in the region starting with the same letter.
“It doesn’t do any good to look back,” Chafee — the only Republi-can senator to have voted against the Iraq war — told The Herald. “Right now we have to look for-ward. And I think a big part of the missing debate on Iraq is this im-portant aspect to our success in Iraq, that any progress in the Pal-estinian-Israeli peace process will help us in Iraq.”
Tonight, in the 76th annual Ste-
phen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs, Chafee said he will “focus on the missed opportunities to fulfi ll the president’s vision of a viable con-tiguous Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace with Israel.”
BY MICHAEL BECHEKSENIOR STAFF WRITER
Harvard names fi rst female president
Harvard University named Drew Gilpin Faust its 28th president Sunday. Faust, a Civil War his-torian and current dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is the fi rst woman to hold the post.
The announcement followed Faust’s unanimous confi rmation by Harvard’s alumni Board of Overseers at a special meeting Sunday. Word of the impending appointment had been circulat-ing for days, and the university’s student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, broke news of the ap-pointment late Thursday night.
Faust is an accomplished histo-rian who has served as the dean of the Radcliffe Institute since 2001. The Radcliffe Institute is a research institute with a focus on gender and women’s studies that is the smallest of Harvard’s 12 schools.
In a statement yesterday, Faust said she is honored by the ap-pointment and stressed the impor-tance of collaboration and break-ing down barriers.
James Houghton, the member of the Harvard Corporation who chaired the search committee, called Faust “an inspiring and ac-complished institutional leader, a superb scholar, an outstanding teacher and a wonderful human being” in an e-mail sent to mem-bers of the Harvard community Sunday afternoon.
Early in the search process, President Ruth Simmons’ name was linked to the position. She never emerged as a serious can-didate as the search progressed, though her name was reported to have been on a list of 30 can-didates submitted by Harvard’s search committee to the Board
BY MICHAEL SKOCPOLSENIOR STAFF WRITER
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A look at the University’s animal testingBY STU WOOFEATURES EDITOR
Christopher Bennett / HeraldStudent reaction to the functionality of the Friedman Study Center is mixed .
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“HOUSE OF GOLD”As part of the Brown Literary Arts New Plays Festival, Greg Moss’ play takes an interest-ing look at a sexualized sub-urban setting
BROWN-BLOODS More than 300 members of the Brown community turned out last week and donated 284 pints of blood
OBAMA, FAUST ALL HYPE?Nick Swisher ’08 asks whether Sen. Barack Obama and Har-vard President Drew Faust can capitalize on their recent turns in the public eye
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The stage is blushed pink and dim-pled with teddy bears and scattered dollies — a classic suburban play-room, a little girl’s dream. An omi-nous black and white screen hang-ing on the back wall of the stage bursts the bubblegum sweetness of the room. The jarring juxtaposi-tion, contrasting saccharine-sweet facades with bitter innards, sets the tone for Greg Moss’ GS “House of Gold.”
Last Friday’s premiere perfor-mance was part of the Brown Liter-ary Arts New Plays Festival. With searing dialogue and audacious visuals, “House of Gold” is a testa-ment to Moss’s unabashed talent and bold originality.
“House of Gold” spins a wild and piercing tale resembling a fi ctional postscript of the JonBenet Ramsey scandal. Taking a salacious knife to the juicy tabloid tale, the play ex-poses the seedy underbelly of the household setting — rife with wan-ton sexuality and unrestrained and unsatisfi ed lust. All aspects of the play throb with suppressed sexual dreams and nightmares.
The characters vainly attempt to mask their illicit and poisonous desires but fail miserably in their attempts to squirrel away their poi-sonous fantasies.
The play takes on a sinister hu-mor that evokes Vladimir Nabo-kov’s disturbing but undeniably
fascinating portrait of Humbert Humbert and Lolita. Driven by his sense of entitlement, the father of Moss’ pseudo-JonBenet sees the cheeky and fl irtatious daughter as a fl eshy extension of himself. As the play spirals, wild snippets of their relationship play out. The two waltz eerily across the stage in matching pageant gowns to tinker-ing music.
The young girl’s mother, a cold Nurse Ratchet-like fi gure, asserts a feigned self-confi dence and ma-tronly sex appeal while hiding her disappointment and self-hatred. This toxic mix fuels jealousy and resentment of her daughter.
She maintains a disturbed life as her husband’s sexual partner and as an overwhelming mother. She liter-ally wishes to subsume her daugh-ter in a futile attempt to reclaim the youth the girl has stolen from her.
The characters in “House of Gold” fi nd themselves unable to ward off the alluring power of the young girl’s prepubescent purity. The pageant princess, however, does not wish to be a sultry siren.
Instead, she seeks only to abide by her parents’ rules and live up to their expectations. Completely sub-missive to the wills and wishes of her parents, she becomes vulner-able to their manipulation. In doing so, however, she unknowingly falls into a licentious role as an ever-
obedient sex symbol.Moss’ main character begins to
second-guess her parents’ ostensible truths when she meets Jasper. An as-piring boxer, this gangly, tube socks-clad adolescent models himself after Muhammad Ali. He intrigues the sheltered JonBenet fi gure with his awkward attempts at rhythmic ver-nacular and haughty handshakes. Despite his contempt for her fam-ily, Jasper, in the end, is no different from the rest. He is unable to resist the girl’s pristine whiteness.
In one of the play’s more cau-tious and subtle scenes, Jasper and the girl face an unsettling revela-tion. Despite their guises, the two characters must face reality.
Victims both of their own self-ig-norance and of the expectations of others, Jasper and JonBenet con-tinue to fl ounder around in futile at-tempts to fi nd themselves and their sexuality.
As the play unravels, the plot’s incestuous threads become entan-gled. Like the pulsating fantasies of JonBenet, the snarled scandal swells. Tensions run high and in the play’s fi nal scene, a Pandora’s box of venomous terror explodes. In this horrifying and awesome montage of violence, abuse, sex and sodomy, bacchanalian dance and cultish chants fi ll the stage. Strikingly assertive and confi dent, JonBenet stands in the spotlight, testifying the crimes and wrongs against her, like a white dove of hope.
The Feb. 6 performance of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” directed by Teaching As-sociate in Music Douglas Kevin Wilson and Noreen Yarwood, abounded with an emotional pow-er matched only by the skilled performances of the cast.
A few black boxes suffi ced for a set, and the actors dressed in black. The only embellishment came in the form of a few project-ed images displayed on a screen at the back of the stage. Yet once the actors began to sing, nothing else was needed.
The show was composed of a series of musical vignettes, with a thematic contiguity rather than a narrative holding the work to-
gether. Each of the songs pre-sented a totally new context and plot.
In “King of the Worlds,” An-drew Suzuki ’09 shone as a young man haunted with remorse, and Julian Cihi ’09 portrayed the fl ag-ging strength and unyielding de-votion of an imprisoned idealist
in “King of the World.” Monica Willey ’07 played both a suicidal housewife and later a murder-ous one to great effect in “Just One Step” and “Surabaya Santa,” while Emily Borromeo ’09 daz-zled the audience with “I’m Not Afraid.”
Brown’s writing created a di-chotomy between youth and ide-alism and mediocrity and decay.
“I’m Not Afraid,” performed by Borromeo, exemplifi es the bravery the show advocated. Though describing a bleak and often terrifying world, the song relates a message of hope. By not idealizing the world, the song’s optimism became more realistic and all the more powerful.
In contrast, fear complicat-ed an otherwise over-the-top ro-mance in “The World Was Danc-ing.” Suzuki and Borromeo sang a duet about collegiate love. The piece was seemingly a story of two lovers on the eve of their wedding. Yet, at the end of the piece, the audience realizes that this couple never reached the al-tar as this duet was made up of two remembrances. Suzuki’s character sang from years later, recounting the happiness of his
past love and lamenting his deci-sion to leave her, while an insti-tutionalized Borromeo sings only in perpetual anticipation of some-one who could never return.
This vision of life made the optimistic note on which the play ended even more climactic.
Brown implored his audience to choose life and bravery in the face of tragedy and conformi-ty. Beauty dies, love fades, “and dreams get burned down over-night,” as one of the songs goes, but “Songs for a New World” sug-gests they merit a gamble.
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The fi rst clue that Production Workshop’s “A Doll House,” by Henrik Ibsen, intends to be un-orthodox is the Brazilian samba simpering in the background before the play begins.
Director Tara Ahmadinejad’s ’07 choice to use “The Girl from Ipanema” as a sonorous thread lends itself to some curious par-allels. It is diffi cult to imagine Ibsen’s protagonist, the duti-ful housewife Nora Helmer, as “tall and tan,” as the song goes, but she is certainly “young and lovely.”
Nora is strong-willed and stubborn, though childish, a fact emphasized by the ener-getic performance by Alice Winslow ’08. In a play lauded as one of the fi rst cries of femi-nism in modern dramatic litera-ture, Winslow’s Nora uses the weapon of feminine charm as she sees fi t. She seduces, elic-its pity and plays the innocent as she navigates the constraints of social acceptability in a man’s world.
“I can’t get anywhere with-out your help!” Nora cunningly cries to her husband Torvald (Adam Mazer ’08) at a moment particularly thick with dramatic irony. The audience knows, un-like Torvald, that Nora is dis-tracting her staunchly moralis-tic husband from opening a let-ter sent by his associate Krogs-tad. The letter will inform him of Nora’s illegal fi nancial activi-ty that she has kept secret from him for many years.
In order to save her ailing husband’s life, Nora forged her father’s signature to bor-row money from Krogstad. In Nora’s eyes, this constitutes a noble act. In Torvald’s eyes, it cuckolds his status as bread-winner and violates the civil law he upholds. After all, Torvald is in the process of fi ring the cor-rupt Krogstad from the bank where they work.
Despite this seemingly som-ber unraveling of events, Ahma-dinejad’s production is in many ways a comedy, which she es-
tablishes in the fi rst seconds of the show. A bit of dramatic light-ing and the pulse of a samba ac-company Nora as she stumbles into the enormous white kitch-en holding a toppling stack of shiny Christmas presents. She is heralded by a mysterious clan of black-clad fi gures who fl it around the stage for the en-tire piece.
At times posing as the Hel-mer children, the household servants, and even adopting a Greek chorus-like mimicry of the storyline’s emotional undercurrent, this ensemble serves to make explicit the re-pressed emotional fabric that is often a hallmark of Scandina-vian drama.
Indeed, melodrama is some-thing Ahmadinejad plays with ingenuously. Her characters often give in to intense physi-cal manifestations of their inner turmoil, entering and exiting the stage through the gigantic cabinets, as though Nora’s en-tire world springs from the sti-fl ing domesticity of her native habitat.
Thankfully, Lizzie Vieh ’07 provides much-needed solem-nity in the role of Nora’s es-tranged childhood friend, Kris-tine. Vieh’s subtle negotiations between the sadness and the humor of her character’s tragic situation make for a strong dra-matic force and a glint of natu-ralistic comedy that tempers the whole work.
Ahmadinejad’s directorial hand is a heavy one. Her seem-ingly abrupt ending leaves audi-ence members in a daze, ques-tioning the viability of the actors’ performances. Still, as the fi nal scene of the show fades from view like a still in a Fellini fi lm, Torvald stands alone against a panoramic of white, black and red, while Nora’s voice echoes in the emptiness. The impact of the message, no matter what the content, is strikingly accom-plished.
The last performance of “A Doll House” is tonight at 8 p.m.
BY ELISABETH ZEROFSKYCONTRIBUTING WRITER
PW’s “A Doll House” subverts tradition
Play explores highly sexualized, disturbing suburban worldBY MARIELA QUINTANACONTRIBUTING WRITER
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Singers in sample “Songs for a New World” capture audience’s attention
Couresy of Mark TurekJonathan Horvath (left), Cory Hinkle (center), and Piper Goodeve in the interrogation scene in Greg Moss’ “House of Gold.”
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President Bush stated that goal in a June 2002 speech and later de-veloped the “Roadmap to Peace” with Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, but lit-tle progress has been made.
Chafee’s speech is titled “Mid-east Roadmaps: An Unkept Prom-ise,” and he will speak as part of a Spring Forum sponsored by the Undergraduate Council of Students. The speech will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Sayles Hall. Pres-ident Ruth Simmons will make opening remarks on the state of the University and will introduce Chafee.
Chafee also told The Herald that he wants to see a return to “real meetings, real progress” in the Israeli-Palestinian confl ict, with the United States as a crucial moderator. He criticized President Bush for having so far “declined — despite the rhetoric — to be ac-tive in the peace process.”
“It’s a vision that we have to put some effort behind,” he said.
He said the confl ict in Iraq, a war that has “turned out worse than I ever could have imagined,” has resulted in the Israeli-Pal-estinian confl ict being pushed aside by the Bush administration, which simultaneously agitated for peace in Israel and regime change in Iraq.
“They’ve done one, but they haven’t done the other,” Chafee said.
Chafee said a dialogue must be pursued, regardless of the cur-rent leadership of the countries involved.
“It’s certainly much more dif-fi cult with the election of Hamas — we all know that,” he said, re-ferring to the group’s victory in the January 2006 Palestinian elec-tions. Hamas has refused to ac-knowledge Israel’s right to exist and is regarded as a terrorist or-ganization by the United States, European Union and others.
“But nonetheless, this is the ground that we have to play on,” Chafee said.
“My own world view is formed by growing up in the Cold War,” he added, “and that in this era of nuclear weapons, you have to talk to everybody, whether it’s reach-ing out with Ping-Pong teams to China or detente with Russia. The proven results are you can avoid armed confl ict through a dialogue.”
Chafee represented Rhode Is-land in the Senate from 1999 un-til his term expired this winter, and he served as chairman of the Middle East subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Com-mittee. He often clashed with the leadership of his own party, frequently voting with the Dem-ocratic minority, notably on the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq.
In 2004, Chafee told the Provi-dence Journal he would not rule out switching parties if George
W. Bush was re-elected. He has remained a Republican.
Despite his moderate approv-al ratings, Chafee was defeated by Democratic challenger Shel-don Whitehouse last November, and he accepted a position last month as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, where he is leading an undergraduate study group on foreign policy.
Last year’s Ogden Lecture was given by Chafee’s former colleague, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., who addressed Iraq, Iran and President Bush’s strategy for fi ghting global terror in a speech titled “President Bush and the Long War: Are Slogans Enough?”
Tonight, Chafee will call for the Bush administration to keep the promise of working toward peace in Israel, even if the pro-cess moves forward slowly. The confl icts in Israel and Iraq are in-tricately linked, he said, and the peace process must be picked up again in Israel to have any hope of a peaceful Middle East.
“When (Secretary of State) Condoleeza Rice said, ‘What we’re seeing are the birth pangs of the new Middle East,’ there’s never been an articulation of what this new Middle East looks like,” Chafee said. “And I asked frequently at hearings, ‘Share it with us. What’s this new Middle East look like?’ and there’s no sat-isfactory answer to that.”
here often because of the win-dows and the light,” said Jessie Hopkins ’08. “Every other build-ing on campus has barely any light, making it hard to study.”
“The natural lighting of the center really adds to the ambi-ence,” said Ysabel Gaspar ’07. “It puts people in a good mood.”
Students also praised the mod-ern, minimalist decor of the cen-ter, describing it as a comfortable environment for studying. “The furniture is retro but new age. It’s contemporary retro,” said Vincent Paulino ’07.
The collaborative work-rooms are Zindzi McCormick’s ’09 favorite feature — she said Brown’s campus had previously lacked spaces for groups to meet, and the new rooms give stu-dents a space for that purpose. But Paulino had one criticism of the rooms. “They’re often taken up by just one person,” he said. “Nobody is willing to go in and tell them to leave the space for groups.”
Kelly Glaser ’10 said she likes a lot about the center, including the furniture, layout of the space and the Friedman Cafe. But she dislikes that the center has the same institutional feel as other study spaces at Brown. “Plus, the cafe closes too early,” she said. The cafe is open until 1 a.m., Sun-day through Thursday.
The Friedman Cafe has met with approval for its practical lay-out. “There’s much more choice in the cafe here, compared to that
(in) the Rock,” said Gaspar, who added that she likes how students can eat in the center, unlike in the Rockefeller Library, where food is only allowed in the lobby.
But students say the center is not without its fl aws.
Many students have com-plained about the bathroom fa-cilities. “They’re awful,” said Aly-son Ahearn ’08. “There is often not enough soap or toilet paper, and there is only one stall in the women’s bathroom.”
Some students also criticized the center’s use of space. “There could be more tables, more work-ing nooks,” said Landon Kuester ’07. “I don’t think they divided up the space very well.”
Dev Ratnan ’09 said he is con-cerned that there aren’t enough computers. “Every time I come, it seems someone is waiting to use a computer,” he said.
Ratnan added that, although the whole modern design of the center is “cool,” it doesn’t seem to suit a library. “A library should be warm,” he said. “The Friedman Center has so much space that it doesn’t seem like a library.”
Danielle Sheridan ’10 agreed. “The Friedman Study Center is modern, but it’s not warm,” she said. “I think it would help if they put up some artwork on the walls. Art would give the space warmth.”
The center is still a work in progress and will undergo im-provements, said Russell Carey ’91 MA’06, interim vice president for campus life and student ser-vices.
“As with other projects on campus, we will continue to as-sess how facilities and programs are working and adjust them as necessary,” he said. “The prima-ry goal of the center was and still is to greatly increase the amount of 24-hour study space, and we’ve done that.”
The popularity of the Fried-man Study Center has drawn stu-dents away from other spaces on campus. “I went to the Rock the other day, and there was barely anyone there,” Ahearn said.
Paulino is another convert. “I used to go to the Rock often, but now I come here instead,” he said
But computer science concen-trators may still prefer to use the Sun Lab in the Center for Infor-mation Technology, and many students say they expect the pop-ularity of the center to be short-lived, as they say novelty is its biggest draw.
“Like anything new, it’s popu-lar right now, but I’m sure it will change,” Kuester said. Ahearn said she thinks the hype will like-ly die down in a couple of weeks.
Carey said it’s too early to tell how popular the center will be. “It usually takes about a semester to see how people use a facility and how they feel about it,” he said.
In the meantime, fl oods of stu-dents are fi ling into the center’s three fl oors to study, eat and socialize. “I love the Friedman Study Center,” Glaser said. “I feel more comfortable here than in my room. It is by far my favorite place to go, on or off campus.”
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Friedman Study Center draws mixed reviews from students
This weekend, Festival Bal-let Providence performed “Schéhérazade” and “El Amor Brujo” — two sultry pieces about the passions and powers of love. The sets were relatively un-adorned and the costumes sim-ple — the dancing was the true decoration.
The show was performed Fri-day through Sunday at the Veter-ans Memorial Auditorium Arts and Cultural Center in downtown Providence.
For the Feb. 9 performance, choreographer Gianni Di Mar-co created dances involving ha-rem girls, slaves, gypsies and soldiers. A beautiful visual array of movements, both on the fl oor and in the air, graced the stage with effortlessness and sizzled with seduction.
The fi rst piece,
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Last week, about 300 Brown students, faculty and staff stopped by Sayles Hall to give a total of 284 pints of blood to the Rhode Island Blood Center.
The three-day drive, held Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Friday, Feb. 9, ex-ceeded the organizers’ goal of 90 pints per day and drew 338 participants, wrote Peter Hanney, donor recruitment manager at the center, in an email to The Herald.
Campus blood drives have been held at the University since 1979, Han-ney said, noting that Brown’s drive is the largest in the state. The blood drives are now held twice each semester and once over the summer. Last week’s event was sponsored by the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Kappa Al-pha Theta sorority, pha Theta sorority, pha Theta sorority Health Services and the Health Promotion Committeeand operated by the Rhode Island Blood Center.
Of the 338 community members who volunteered to give blood, 54 were turned away and not allowed to give blood. Hanney said 9 percent of willing donors are usually deferred due to travel to some countries, partic-ular medications, medical reasons or failure to meet the minimum weight requirement. At last week’s drive, 16 percent of Brown donors were de-ferred. Hanney said the higher deferral rate was likely due to participants’ international travel.
LeAnne Edwards ’07 gave blood on Friday afternoon for the 15th time in her life. “It was a chance to do something I was afraid of,” she said of her fi rst experience giving blood. “It’s fulfi lling every time.”
The blood is supplied to hospitals in Rhode Island and parts of Mas-sachusetts and Connecticut. The next blood drive will begin at the end of April, Hanney said.
— Kate Taylor
Blood drive exceeds goal
A computer glitch on the Medical College Admission Test has caused some test-takers to choose between canceling their scores and ac-cepting possibly lower ones.
On Jan. 27, the MCAT — required for students seeking admission to medical schools — was administered electronically for the fi rst time. An error in the verbal reasoning section affected 787 of the 2,378 test-takers. Those examinees faced questions about songbirds after reading a passage about robotic fi sh.
The Association of American Medical Colleges, which runs the MCAT, has said it “will be able to provide valid scores” despite the glitch but has not explained how the tests will be scored. The AAMC will allow affected test-takers to cancel their scores and receive a full refund, in a departure from regular policy. Typically, students can only cancel the MCAT on the day of the test. Test-takers affected by the January glitch can cancel their scores up to Feb. 15, and the test will not be counted against the annual limit of three exams.
Daniel Sonshine ’07, who encountered the error on his exam, said he thinks his performance may have been hurt by the mistake. He later received a letter from the AAMC assuring him his test would be accurately graded and informing him of the cancellation option. Sonshine, who said he spent hundreds of hours preparing for the exam, wrote a complaint to the AAMC about the situation but de-cided not to cancel his score. Still, Sonshine is upset with the AAMC. “How hard would it be to write an apology?” he asked.
— Ian Nappier
MCAT glitch irks students
The Offi ce of the Dean of the College will be restructured as two executive associate deans depart, Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron announced Saturday in a campus-wide e-mail.
The two deans set to leave their posts at the end of the academ-ic year are Perry Ashley and Jonathan Waage, who is a professor of biology. Ashley, who has been at Brown for 29 years, has served as the primary pre-law adviser for undergraduates and the coordina-tor of the Resumed Undergraduate Education and Brown-Tougaloo exchange programs. He is leaving “to pursue other opportunities at Brown next year and beyond,” Bergeron wrote in her e-mail.
Waage, who has been a member of the faculty for 34 years and an adviser to the dean of the College for fi ve, will return to full-time teaching and research after a scheduled sabbatical next semester. Waage sits on the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards planning committee and has served on the College Curriculum Council and various faculty committees.
Waage and Ashley’s departures follow those of associate deans of the College Armando Bengochea and Joyce Foster MA’92 PhD’97 and Assistant Dean of the College Sheilah Coleman.
Bergeron intends to use the departures as an opportunity for a fresh start— she wrote in her e-mail that her plan to reorganize her offi ce developed as a response to the departures of Bengochea, Fos-ter, Waage and Ashley.
“These developments required a rethinking of the structure of duties in my offi ce; and so in October we invited two consultants to campus to offer their professional perspective,” she wrote.
Bergeron wrote that she plans “a new emphasis on sophomore advising, advising in the concentrations, post-baccalaureate advis-ing and academic standing, broadly conceived,” and “a new focus” on writing competence, undergraduate research and tutoring.
The University will implement those changes by hiring three new deans — a deputy dean of the College, a dean for diversity programs and an associate dean for curriculum. Based on job listings in the Chronicle for Higher Education, the University is looking externally to fi ll at least two of those positions.
— Ross Frazier
Dean of the College restructures offi ce
Festival Ballet Providence heats up stage BY CATHERINE GOLDBERG CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Courtesy of Thomas Nola-RionLeticia Guerrero played a young gypsy girl in Gianni Di Marco’s “El Amor Brujo” at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Arts and Cultural Center this weekend.
ARTS & CULTUREREVIEW
While making copies at an MTV of-fi ce, a researcher complained aloud that she did not graduate from Wes-leyan University to do such menial work. Alison Stewart ’88 looked at her and demanded 60 copies.
Emmy Award-winner Stewart, currently anchor of the MSNBC show “The Most,” delivered the keynote speech of Career Week Saturday. She has anchored for or contributed to the news divisions of ABC, CBS and MTV. She reported on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist at-tacks, covered Hurricane Katrina and traveled with actor Tom Cruise on his worldwide publicity tour for
the movie “War of the Worlds.”After graduating from Brown,
Stewart worked stuffi ng promo-tion packets for A&M Records. She earned $75 for each of her three-day workweeks.
Stewart cautioned students that they might be dissatisfi ed with their fi rst jobs.
“At some point, around day eight, you’re going to feel that this is beneath you,” she said. She had a simple response to that sense of frustration: “Tough.”
Stewart also said women face challenges in any career fi eld. She said women must “be really good” at what they do to be competitive
Stewart ’88 gives “The Most” adviceBY TAYLOR BARNESSTAFF WRITER
Courtesy of Brown.eduAlison Stewart ’88, the anchor of MSNBC’s “The Most,” was the keynote speaker at Career Week this Saturday.
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ment, 35 percent of respondents said student fi nancial aid, 21 per-cent said on-campus housing and 11 percent said hiring more facul-ty. A smaller number of students thought the University should improve social spaces, athletics facilities or classroom and labs.
President Ruth Simmons’ ap-proval among students remains enviably high. Eighty-one per-cent of students said they ap-prove of how she is doing her job, versus 4 percent who disap-prove. Still, her approval rating is slightly lower than it was a year ago, when a Herald poll found 87 percent of students voicing their approval of Simmons.
The poll also found that only 44 percent of students said they were aware of the University’s new alcohol and drug policies, versus 53 percent who were un-aware. The new policies were recommended by two University committees — an ad hoc commit-tee to review social event policy, which was created in November 2005 and completed its work in March 2006, and the permanent Campus Life Advisory Board Subcommittee on Alcohol and other Drugs, which produced a report on the University’s al-cohol and drug policies last Au-gust. The committees’ recom-mendations included requiring a per-drink charge at parties, pro-hibiting re-entry into some so-cial events and requiring further
training for party organizers.Though every Ivy League in-every Ivy League in-every
stitution except for Brown re-quires students to study a foreign language, most Brown students oppose such a requirement, with 70 percent against it, compared to 27 percent who said they favor a requirement.
Only 44 percent of students said they believe the University’s English requirement, which re-quires students to “demonstrate competence in writing” in order to graduate, is fulfi lled by all un-dergraduates, versus 38 percent who said they didn’t believe the requirement was met.
The Undergraduate Council of Students continues to enjoy modest support among its con-stituents, with 46 percent of stu-dents approving of the way it is handling its job, a slight increase in support since last fall’s Herald poll found 38.9 percent approval for the council. Twenty percent disapprove of how UCS is han-dling its job, and 34 percent of students said they didn’t have an opinion of UCS, compared to 42 percent who said they didn’t have an opinion last semester.
Most students leave College Hill at least once a week, the poll found. Thirty-three percent of students venture down the Hill once a week, 20 percent do so several times a week, 31 percent said they leave a couple of times per month and 15 percent said they leave only a couple of times each semester.
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Simmons’ approval rating remains high, poll fi nds Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ruth Simmons
is handling her job as president of Brown University?Strongly approve: 45 percentSomewhat approve: 36 percentSomewhat disapprove: 3 percentStrongly disapprove: 1 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 15 percent
Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Undergrad-uate Council of Students (UCS) is handing its job?Strongly approve: 7 percentSomewhat approve: 39 percentSomewhat disapprove: 15 percentStrongly disapprove: 5 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 34 percent
About how often do you leave College Hill to dine, shop, work or travel in the rest of Providence?Several times/week: 20 percentAbout once/week: 33 percentA couple of times/month: 31 percentA couple of times/semester: 15 percentNever: 1 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 0 percent
Which comes closer to your view about evaluating stu-dents for admission into Brown University? Applicants should be admitted solely on the basis of merit, even if that results in few minority students be-ing admitted. OR: An applicant’s racial and ethnic background should be considered to help promote diversity on cam-pus, even if that would mean admitting some minority students who otherwise would not be admitted.Solely merit: 30 percentRace/Ethnicity, too: 53 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 17 percent
Do you generally favor or oppose giving preference to children of alums in admission to Brown?Favor: 23 percentOppose: 57 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 21 percent
Do you believe Brown should offer an early admission program to the College?Yes, should offer one: 73 percentNo, should not offer one: 15 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 12 percent
Have you been aware of recent changes to the Uni-versity’s alcohol and drug policies (such as requiring Class F parties to charge per drink, anti-pre-gaming measures, etc.)?Yes, have been aware: 44 percentNo, have not been aware: 53 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 3 percent
Do you believe all undergraduates at Brown should be required to learn a foreign language?Yes: 27 percentNo: 70 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 3 percent
Do you believe the University’s English requirement, which mandates “competence in reading and writing,” is fulfi lled by all undergraduates?Yes: 44 percentNo: 38 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 18 percent
What do you believe is the most pressing on-campus need for improvements?Improving student fi nancial aid: 35 percentImproving on-campus housing: 21 percentImproving classrooms and labs: 5 percentImproving athletics facilities: 8 percentImproving study and social spaces: 9 percentHiring more faculty: 11 percentOther: 5 percentDon’t Know/No Answer: 6 percent
About the poll:
Written questionnaires were administered to 439 un-dergraduates in the Registrar’s Offi ce in University Hall during the fi rst full week of shopping period, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. The poll has a margin of error of 4.7 percent with 95 percent confi dence, with the exception of the fi nal question — the most pressing need for on-campus improvement — which has a margin of error of 5 percent with 95 percent confi dence.
The sample population generally matched the under-graduate population on campus as a whole. The poll’s sample was 52 percent male and 48 percent female. Twenty-three percent of respondents were fi rst-years, 34 percent were sophomores, 20 percent were juniors and 23 percent were seniors. The low percentage of juniors in the poll is likely due to the relatively high number of juniors studying away from campus, and sophomores were over-sampled in the poll. The racial/ethnic breakdown was as follows: 65 percent white, 8 percent black, 9 percent Hispanic, 18 percent Asian, 0.5 percent American Indian and 0.5 percent Hawai-ian or Pacifi c Islander. An additional 5 percent de-clined to answer the question. The categories add up to more than 100 percent due to the 6 percent of respon-dents who selected more than one race or ethnicity.
The poll was overseen by Metro Editor Sara Molin-aro ’09 and Features Editor Stu Woo ’08.5 and was conducted by Herald section editors and senior staff writers.
HERALD POLL RESULTS
It’s offi cial: Obama dives into ‘08 race
W O R L D I N B R I E F
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Los Angeles Times) — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., formally launched his bid for president Saturday, his eyes on history and feet rooted in the frigid Midwest as he pledged a new genera-tion of leadership to end the war in Iraq and banish “the smallness of our politics.”
In a speech that recalled his soaring remarks to the 2004 Demo-cratic National Convention — the speech that launched his political rocket fl ight — Obama sought to set himself apart from not just the large Democratic fi eld of White House hopefuls, but also the Wash-ington establishment he joined two years ago as a U.S. senator.
He cited a familiar litany of woes: poverty, underperforming schools, soaring health care costs, hard-pressed wage earners, reli-ance on foreign oil and the Iraq war. But the larger problem, he sug-gested, was a rancid political system that perpetuates those ills rath-er than solves them.
“What’s stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics, the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points,” Obama said. “The time for that kind of politics is over,” he added. “It’s time to turn the page.”
Petraeus takes command of U.S. forces
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Los Angeles Times) — Army Gen. David Petraeus took control of U.S. forces in Iraq on Saturday with a grim assessment of the situation he is inheriting from the outgoing commander, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who predicted that Iraqi troops would be in charge of the country’s security by fall.
In a brief ceremony beneath a massive chandelier in the marble and mosaic rotunda of one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces, the two leaders’ contrasting styles stood out.
Petraeus warned that Iraq was doomed if U.S. and Iraqi troops did not bring sectarian violence under control, while Casey suggested that American forces had done plenty of heavy lifting and that it was up to Iraqis to take over.
ted out four fi rst-years to start the game. Fitzpatrick, Johnson, Lee and Lindsay Walls ’10 all started the game for the Bears alongside McAfee.
“That group sparked us against Cornell,” Burr said. “They played really aggressively toward the end of the game.”
One player who duplicated her strong performance from Friday was Johnson, who was relentless in going to the basket in the fi rst half. The Lions had a diffi cult time stopping her drives, and she capitalized with 11 points in the fi rst half on 5-of-7 shooting.
Even with Johnson’s inspired play, both teams played evenly in the fi rst half. Neither team led by more than fi ve in the fi rst 20 minutes.
Brown continued to play well in the second half. Walls estab-lished herself in the post and the Lions had no responses for her.
She converted two jump-hook shots in the fi rst fi ve minutes of the second stanza to help Brown build its biggest lead, 42-36.
“Lindsay’s improvement has been amazing,” Burr said. “She is such an important player for us. When she establishes herself in the post, it opens up so many other options in our offense.”
However, whenever Brown built a bit of a cushion, the Lions always seemed to answer with a three-pointer. With 7:57 remain-ing, Brown went on a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 53-44. How-ever, Columbia answered with a three to cut its defi cit to a more manageable six.
On the next trip down the fl oor, Johnson converted a layup to give Brown an eight-point lead. However, Columbia knocked down another three-pointer from the top of the key to cut the lead back to fi ve.
“We tried to keep the ball out of the middle as much as possi-
ble,” Burr said. “They did a good job drawing our defense and kicking out to their perimeter shooters.”
Brown led 57-54 with seven seconds to go. The Lions had to travel the length of the fl oor and the tough Brown defense forced a turnover with no time on the clock to seal the victory.
Against Columbia, Johnson led Brown with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Walls also had a solid showing, netting 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
“Winning again feels so good,” McAfee said. “Now that we have all the Ivy teams a second time, we can make the necessary ad-justments and be more competi-tive in the league.”
Brown now hits the road for four straight games starting with Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend. Brown returns to the Pizzitola Center March 2, in the last games at home for the class of 2007.
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employees and that they also must re-sist shyness. “If you want a job, make sure somebody notices it,” she said.
Stewart admitted that she had been a workaholic for about a decade. “I missed birthdays. I missed friends’ kids being born,” she said.
She advised students to remember their childhood ambitions for guid-ance on their career path. “I apparent-ly used to sit with a tape recorder and interview myself when I was a child,” Stewart said, recalling stories from her parents.
While a student at Brown, Stew-art was the programming director for WBRU. Growing up in a “small bed-room community,” she was eager to get involved with radio broadcasting when she arrived on College Hill, she said. She said the most valuable part of her Brown education was learning to write well.
Her years at the University helped her to overcome her timidity, Stewart said. “It gave me a great deal of confi -dence, my undergraduate experience.”
In its sixth year, Career Week took place last Wednesday to Saturday. About one hundred alumni panelists and 1,200 students were registered to participate in the event, according to Career Week 2007 co-director Eve Formisano.
Stewart ’88 offers advice on fi rst jobs After delivering her remarks at
Career Week Saturday, Alison Stewart ’88 spoke with The Her-ald about her career in broadcast journalism.
The Herald: When you were an undergrad, what did you see your-self doing after graduation?
Stewart: I originally wanted to write for Rolling Stone magazine. I wanted to be in music journal-ism, and I couldn’t crack Rolling Stone. You hear of certain places where people talk about, “How can I get into there? How can I get in there?” I hadn’t done an intern-ship there. I didn’t know anyone there. I just couldn’t get my foot in the door. So that was my original thought. And then I realized that MTV — I think it was our senior year — had started a news divi-sion, which was doing all pop cul-ture news, music news, and Kurt Loder, the editor of Rolling Stone, was their anchor, and I thought, “Okay, this is what I want to do. This is perfect. I’ve found the TV thing. I’ve done the radio thing. It’s broadcast, it’s news. This is made for me.” So that was the job I wanted. It took me a couple of years to get to that department. I was at that very entry-level job that I mentioned for a long time.
How did you get your fi rst break into broadcasting?
There was a show that was on MTV that was being canceled. No-body wanted to work it anymore since it was being canceled. And I volunteered to work on it, because I thought, well, I can’t kill it, and it gives them an opportunity to see what I can do. … The second one was a signifi cant one, which real-ly launched my more mainstream career, which was being asked to be the political producer for MTV News. I just knew I liked politics, and they had asked me to do a couple test pieces where I had to explain something very compli-cated to an MTV audience. And with that assignment, that was really the breakthrough for me. That just put me on the map, pro-fessionally, as a producer.
Given that you’ve worked with many different programs, has changing jobs so often been chal-lenging?
I was also doing pieces for “20/20” and also for “Good Morn-ing America” (while working for ABC News), so that’s more a stack thing. I have changed places that I work almost every two or three years. I think in the current envi-ronment, that is the one way to advance. It’s not sort of a straight slope up at one place — it’s kind of a staircase, you know, go some places, take a step up at the next place. … I could have stayed at
MTV. I had the sweetest deal — I had an assistant, I had stylists. I could have stayed there. I didn’t want to stay at CBS. When I got to ABC, I was anchoring the over-night news show; I was a network news anchor. But, then, I wanted to do something else. Every time I’ve moved on, it’s been some-thing that’s been a little more challenging.
You mentioned in your speech that you were a workaholic for at least 10 years. Do you now regret or value the sacrifi ces that you made then?
I embrace it in one way be-cause I was able to accomplish a lot professionally. I had a really fast track, but I was also work-ing 50 percent more than a lot of people. I was working weekends. I was sleeping at the offi ce. I was doing the whole bad-for-you nine yards.
What are the specifi c challenges of being a woman in your career fi eld?
Finding mentorship, because none of the major news networks have a female president. None of the cable companies have a female president. Where I work there is a female vice president, which is pretty amazing, and she’s only 42. So fi nding people who are higher up who you can talk to about is-
sues of being a woman without feeling like you’re crying about it or whining about it. … I think that’s a challenge, trying to fi gure out what you can say to a female candidly.
I was up for a couple of morn-ing show jobs, and I didn’t have a child. And one of them — it wasn’t a news job — was open about it, like “We’re looking for a mom.” And the other was a news show, and I said, “I spent all this time go-ing around the world — and I don’t have a kid? Is that going to keep me from having this?” And I was like, “That is the craziest thing,” but that’s what they wanted. You can get into a cocoon like Brown, but there are still certain stereo-types about nuclear families.
What has been the most interest-ing topic for you to cover?
I went to Jordan for a piece about young women in the Peace Corps in Arab countries. Most of the young women that would do this are real barn-burners, but when they get to these countries, they have to dress head-to-toe and they can’t go out without a male chaperone — just what that’s like to make that exciting trip, that ex-citing life choice for two years, and you end up in a culture that is so different from everything you’ve been born and bred and everything you’ve decided to be.
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“Schéhérazade,” tells the story of a rich sultan’s new young wife, Zobeide (Jennifer Ricci) and the slave (Alexander Akulov) with whom she falls in love. When the sultan leaves his palace for a hunting trip, Zobeide and the slave unite, and together have a passionate love affair.
The eight-minute love scene between Zobeide and the Gold-en Slave speaks to Di Marco and the lead dancers’ talents. Ric-ci moved with both fl uidity and strength while Akulov’s athleti-cism dazzled as he simultaneous-ly exuded dignity and grace. But it is the two together — their ab-sorption in one another and their incredibly sensual movements —
that made the audience members feel as if they were peeking in on an intimate moment between two lovers.
Not quite as sultry as “Schéhérazade” but just as visu-ally appealing was Di Marco’s adaptation of Spanish compos-er Manuel de Falla’s 1915 work “El Amor Brujo.” The story is the tale of a young gypsy girl (Leticia Guerrero) who desper-ately wants to devote herself to her lover (Gleb Lyamenkoff) but struggles to escape the ghost of a previous lover (Maxime Pod-shivalenko). When the comfort of friends proves insuffi cient to escape the ghost of her past, the couple eventually seeks the help of an older gypsy woman (Caro-lyn Dellinger) to get rid of the
ghost.Di Marco’s choreography in
the second piece was as com-plex as those in “Schéhérazade.” Guerrero moved quickly and sharply when dancing with the ghost, while with her lover she danced tenderly and sensually — expressive of the different senti-ments she has for these two fi g-ures. There is also an infl uence of traditional gypsy dancing, as Guerrero and her accompanying friends alluringly twisted their hands and arms in front of their faces.
Di Marco and the dancers he choreographed showed both tal-ent and range, offering audience members the opportunity to ex-perience an array of emotions, each a pleasure to watch.
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Ballet performs two pieces about love
Putin blasts U.S. foreign policy
MUNICH, Germany (Washington Post) — Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted the United States Saturday for acting in a unilateral, militaristic fashion that he said “overstepped” its role and made the world a more dangerous place than during the Cold War.
“Nobody feels secure anymore, because nobody can take safety behind the stone wall of international law,” he told an international security conference here attended by dozens of foreign and defense ministers and other offi cials, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a congressional delegation.
He said Russia would pursue an independent foreign policy, and defended his country’s arms sales to Iran as a way of reaching out to that Middle Eastern power, which is under pressure from the United States and Europe to curtail its nuclear program. Russia has supplied some air defense weapons to Tehran, he said, because “we don’t want Iran to feel cornered,” he said.
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of Overseers. She explicitly dis-avowed any interest in the job in a statement last month.
Simmons was traveling over the weekend and could not be reached for comment.
Faust succeeds Lawrence Summers, a former secretary of the treasury, who resigned the post a year ago after just fi ve years on the job. Summers’ administra-tion was marked by controversy and ended abruptly amid intense faculty criticism focused on his brusque leadership style and comments he made suggesting that intrinsic differences between males and females could contrib-ute to the under-representation of women in the sciences.
Harvard senior Will Marra, who until recently led the Crim-son’s coverage of the search as the newspaper’s president, said the lack of interest from high-pro-fi le institutional leaders like Sim-mons and other more seriously considered candidates may indi-cate that Harvard’s presidency is not the “plum job” it was once considered — perhaps a conse-quence of the tumult that marked
Summers’ administration.Simmons’ denial was accompa-
nied by similar statements from Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman and University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann — the two other wom-en currently presiding over Ivy League universities — and leaders at Stanford and Cambridge uni-versities, among others. Reports had identifi ed Thomas Cech, a Nobel-prize winning scientist and president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, as a serious contender, but he too withdrew himself from consideration in re-cent weeks.
Harvard’s provost, Steven Hy-man, and law school dean Elena Kagan had also been considered candidates.
Despite lacking the high-level administrative experience of oth-er candidates — the Radcliffe In-stitute accounts for just $16 mil-lion of the roughly $3 billion an-nual budget she will now oversee as president — Faust has a repu-tation for being an effective leader and working well with other facul-ty members, Marra said.
Professor of History Omer Bartov, who worked with Faust
as a fellow at the Radcliffe Insti-tute during the 2002-2003 academ-ic year, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald that the announcement was “delightful” and that he is confi dent that she will be “an ex-cellent president.”
In her prepared remarks for a press conference yesterday after-noon, Faust alluded only indirect-ly to her status as the fi rst wom-an to lead Harvard in its 371-year history. “I hope that my own ap-pointment can be one symbol of an opening of opportunities that would have been inconceivable even a generation ago,” she said.
Asked at the press conference about the milestone, Faust ac-knowledged the “tremendous sig-nifi cance” of her appointment but indicated she would not be de-fi ned by her gender. “I’m not the woman president of Harvard. I’m the president of Harvard,” she said, according to a report posted on the Crimson’s Web site.
Faust will take offi ce on July 1, exactly one year after Sum-mers’ departure. The job has been held on an interim basis this year by Derek Bok, a former Harvard president who left the post in 1991.
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Faust selected as fi rst female Harvard president
violated. The University tries to “pro-vide the best possible care for ani-mals used in research,” and the facil-ity provides around-the-clock care for the animals, he wrote.
“Continuity of care in all (animal care) facilities is among the Universi-ty’s highest priorities,” Nickel wrote.
But Alka Chanda, a senior re-searcher at PETA, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald that the labs at Brown “have been on PETA’s radar.”
“Several experimenters at Brown University expose rhesus monkeys, mice and rats to a variety of addictive substances including marijuana, alcohol and nicotine,” she wrote. Chanda described those studies as “very cruel” and the re-search has been criticized for being inapplicable to human conditions, she wrote.
“Often animal addiction stud-ies simply reiterate what is already known about addiction through ob-servation on humans,” she wrote.
But one study using primates helped Professor of Neurosci-ence John Donoghue develop his groundbreaking BrainGate system that enables quadriplegics to con-
trol prosthetic limbs and electronic devices with their brains, according to a 2002 University news release.
Whether or not the studies are controversial, University offi cials remain tight-lipped about the facil-ity to protect its 16 employees. Vet-erinarian James Harper, director of the animal care facility, declined to be interviewed for this story be-cause he and his family have been threatened by animal rights activ-ists in the past. A senior animal technician at the facility also de-clined to comment, saying that em-ployees were not allowed to speak to the press.
The University’s Web site con-tains little information about the facility. Except for the Bio-Med fa-cilities pamphlet, the animal care fa-cility is only listed among other re-search facilities on the Med School Web site and appears in an Encyclo-pedia Brunoniana article about the Bio-Med Center.
“There’s information that you might normally fi nd on a Web site that we won’t give because (we) have to protect the people” that work in the facility, said veterinar-ian Larry Hulsebos, assistant direc-tor of the facility.
Many students seem to be un-aware of the animal care facility’s ex-istence. Most students approached by The Herald did not know about the facility.
“It’s surprising that it exists and no one knows about it,” said Tess Bolder ’07, who said she was un-aware of the facility even though she lives less than a block away from the Bio-Med Center.
Paul Cotter ’09 said he heard about the facility through friends who worked with animals on campus.
“I’d like to say it bothers me, but it doesn’t,” he said. “It’s bad to say that the ends justify the means, but I think the research that professors are doing more than outweigh the costs.” He pointed to Donoghue’s BrainGate system as an example.
Elias Sarris ’09 did not know the facility existed, but he echoed Cot-ter’s sentiments.
It’s different when researchers use animals to test cosmetics, he said, “but if it’s for the cure of can-cer, then I think it’s worth it.”
Melanie Carver ’08.5 said though a few of her friends also worked with animals, she was un-aware of the University’s animal facilities. She said she understood why Brown professors would ex-periment with animals but worried about the animals’ welfare.
“I worry a little about what they do with the animals after the exper-iment,” she said. Carver also said one of her friends worked with a rodent that was bred with a mental disability, “which in my book is a defi nite form of cruelty.”
It is unclear what Brown does with research animals after exper-imentation. In 2005 Brown lobbied against a state bill that would have banned euthanizing animals with carbon monoxide gas. The Univer-sity supported the bill after its spon-sor modifi ed it to exempt local col-leges and universities. The bill was approved and became law.
The history of animal testing at Brown stretches back at least four decades. Allan Schrier, a for-mer professor of psychology who studied under primate research pioneer Harry Harlow, established the Primate Behavioral Laboratory in Hunter Lab in 1964. It remained open until his death in 1987, said his widow Judith Schrier. An animal care facility opened in 1969 with the Bio-Med Center, according to Ency-clopedia Brunoniana.
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Up to that point, Rosen had made 40 consecutive saves in the con-test.
“He’s just so consistent,” Prough said of the goalie. “With Dan, you know what you are go-ing to get and you never have to worry about him. Almost always, if we play to our ability, we’ll win with him back there. He gives the team confi dence … and we can just play and let him take care of the rest.”
A late rush by Prough and Mc-Nary almost restored the Bears’
lead with just seconds left, but regulation expired just as Prough and the Bears were bearing down on the goal, sending Brown into its ninth overtime period of the season.
“We just couldn’t fi nish,” Poli said. “We had them where we wanted them and were playing well, but instead of going after the win, we stepped back and let up. At the end especially, we kind of hung Rosen out to dry, so they scored and we just couldn’t get it back in time.”
McMonagle nearly tallied his second goal of the game with 3:11 remaining in overtime, but his
shot clinked off the post. It was picked up by a Saints’ player and carried down the ice for a St. Law-rence goal, just nine seconds after McMonagle’s initial shot at the opposite end.
Rosen fi nished the game with 46 saves.
“The game was kind of a heart-breaker for us,” Prough said. “We were up the whole time. I think we just kind of sat back on our heels and tried too hard to protect the lead instead of playing our game like we did at the start. So they just took it to us.”
“Sean Hurley has been play-ing some great hockey lately,”
said Head Coach Roger Grillo. “Prough and McNary are always assets to have, and Devin Timber-lake (’10) too. There were about six or seven guys who really work hard and help us out every shift. Everybody else needs to follow.”
With the regular season draw-ing to a close, the Bears return home this weekend to face Dart-mouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday. Grillo hopes his team will rebound after a disappointing weekend.
“We didn’t play … like we need to at this point in the season,” he said. “We’ve got to step up, be a little better, a little sharper.”
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Fehri 6-2, 6-2. At fourth singles, Pasanen defeated Shvartz 7-5, 6-3, and Noah Gardner ’09 dominated Smith to take a 6-1, 6-0 win at sixth singles.
Kohli got off to a slow start at second singles, dropping the fi rst set 6-3, but he fought back to take the second set, 6-3. Kohli carried that momentum into the third-set super-breaker, which he won 10-3.
“Saurabh Kohli had a great come-from-behind win against Stony Brook,” Harris said. “We al-ways like to see that.”
Meanwhile, at fi fth singles, Joe Scott ’08 found himself locked in a three-set battle of his own. Af-ter winning the fi rst set 6-1, Scott dropped the second set 6-1, then edged out Markovich 13-11 in the third-set super-breaker.
Even though Brown swept the Seawolves, the match lasted four hours on Saturday — and the Col-gate match was still to be played. “It’s tough to keep going from noon to night,” Thomas said.
Showing no signs of fatigue, the Bears picked up right where they left off. Brown began the match against Colgate by taking the doubles point from the Raid-ers. Hanegby and Kohli teamed up at fi rst doubles to defeat Chris Innes and Marshall Wheeler 8-3. At second doubles, Lee and Pas-anen earned an 8-3 victory. The third doubles duo of Thomas and Gardner narrowly dropped 8-7 outcome to Tyler Deck and John Nogueras, but the loss was incon-sequential because Brown had al-ready taken the doubles point.
“Colgate always brings lots of fi re,” Harris said. “I’m happy with
the way we responded in doubles and singles.”
Singles action began with Hanegby’s win at fi rst singles, where he defeated Innes by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
“I’m improving every match, trying to work on new things,” Hanegby said.
Thomas showed improvements of his own at second singles, over-powering MacIntyre 6-2, 6-2, de-spite the lingering effects of wrist and shoulder injuries. The singles and doubles wins Thomas accu-mulated over the course of the day advanced him past Tim Donovan ’89 into fi fth place on Brown’s list of all-time combined wins.
At third singles, Pasanen de-feated Wheeler 6-4, 6-2 to give Brown its fourth point and seal the victory early.
“Zack Pasanen had one of his
best days of the year,” Harris said. “His energy level was high all day long.”
Lee and Gardner also kept their energy levels high at fourth and fi fth singles, recording wins by scores of 6-3, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-1, respectively.
Brown’s only loss was at sixth singles. Scott dropped his match 6-3, 7-6.
“We had our areas that we didn’t sustain,” Thomas said. “Some matches got close in areas that shouldn’t have been close. But we can win when we need to win.”
The Bears will travel to Blacks-burg, Va., next weekend for a match with the University of Lou-isville on Feb. 17 and a match against Virginia Tech on Feb. 18.
“We’re improving,” Hanegby said. “We’re working our way up.
M. tennis comes up big with wins over Stony Brook, Colgatecomes up big with wins over Stony Brook, Colgatecomes up big with wins over St
M. icers drop two to Clarkson, St. Lawrence in New York
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The newly opened Friedman Study Center certainly alleviates the lack of an adequate 24-hour study space on campus. Just two weeks after its opening, the Friedman Center seems to be a good addition on account of its bright furniture, airy spaciousness and the simple fact that it was so necessary.
But despite the center’s usefulness, its current incarnation creates an isolating study atmosphere, in stark contrast to its predecessor in the Sci-ences Library — the beloved Mezzanine.
We know the University will tweak the center’s layout, and so we hope administrators will remember the Mezz’ legacy. The Friedman Study Center has met the need for late-night study spaces but hasn’t addressed the lack of social study space. There is no reason the expansive and ex-pensive center can’t cater to both needs.
Large public gathering areas like the Mezz play an important role on our campus in the absence of a student or campus center. Small groups could gather in the Mezz to brainstorm for projects or study for upcom-ing tests without fear of being reprimanded for talking too loudly or a sneaking suspicion that everyone was eavesdropping. It was one of the few campus locations where students could read, bump into friends and stop to chat for a while.
The Friedman Study Center has much the same feeling as the Rock — talking above a whisper seems inconsiderate and odd decibel signs give an abstract indication of appropriate volume levels. Of course, the new space is so wildly popular with students that group study rooms are hotly contested and all the computers are typically in use. We’re grateful for the new center, but we hope its quiet and modern atmosphere will soon be balanced by a lively, revived Mezz just upstairs.
For three days each year, students with both fl edgling and fi xed career interests can learn from alums who have met with success in fi elds rang-ing from entertainment and the arts to law or public policy. Though the registration fi gures for Career Week often outpace the number of those who actually show up, those students who do roll out of bed early on a Saturday to hear alums expound on various and varied career paths reap real benefi ts.
But beyond the three-day event, students without computer science skills or an interest in fi nance are too rarely the benefi ciaries of career services e-mails. With its strength in the liberal arts and a reputation for activism and public service, Brown’s campus is rife with students not in-clined to join the investment banks and consulting fi rms that descend on College Hill twice a year. Though the Career Development Center’s employees are available year-round for students whose ambitions range from relief work to public policy research, the center’s organized activi-ties too often tend toward setting Brown students up in brand name cu-bicles rather than helping students search for unique challenges.
It’s all too easy for Brown students to gravitate to a convenient and me-thodical, if challenging, interview process. But instead of reluctantly con-templating professional paths that had never before entered our dreams for the future simply because of convenience, we hope career services will help us learn from the diverse expertise of Brown alums more than once a year.
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EDITORIAL & LETTERSTHE BROWN DAILY HERALD MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2007PAGE 10
I have talked with hundreds of individuals in my role as leader of the Banner implementation project over the last year about what Banner is and how it works. As one might expect on a campus like ours, reactions are as diverse as our community membership. There are fea-tures of Banner that some individuals like, features that some individuals dislike, and disagreement about which features are positive and negative.
To some extent, our satisfaction with pre-registra-tion in Banner this April — and add/drop next fall — depends on how we approach the next several months. Understanding what Banner is and how it works is the fi rst step. The project team worked with faculty and aca-demic departments last semester so that they could de-scribe their course offerings with Banner in mind. UCS has scheduled student forums next week and the Ban-ner project team has planned demonstrations of the soft-ware the last week in February and the fi rst two weeks in March. As the project team completes more and more elements of the implementation, the project website (http://brown.edu/web/intranet/banner/) will become an increasingly useful resource; next week, for example, we will post our spring calendar and launch an interac-tive FAQ page. We trust that community members will use these resources to learn about Banner. In addition, and as Wednesday’s editorial (“Calm down about Ban-ner,” Feb. 7) astutely reminds us, the project team must
work proactively to assure that faculty, staff and students know how to use the Banner system, and a variety of training initiatives are planned for late March and April.
The second step is for students, faculty, advisers and deans to engage one another in discussing how to use Banner pre-registration to support academic planning. In my experience, faculty and students share common ground on one point: the value of the Brown curricu-lum and its core principles. After spring break, when the community has had an opportunity to review the Ban-ner course catalogue and class schedule and deans’ of-fi ces are actively guiding advising processes, we all have an opportunity to think creatively and generously about how best to use Banner.
Finally, after pre-registration and again in the fall, we will need to assess our experience — to identify what worked well and what needs improvement. Individually and collectively, we can expect to make some errors in our fi rst pre-registration. But if we start with sound infor-mation, work together to use the technology to support our educational goals, and share constructive feedback, we will build processes that serve the curriculum, stu-dents and faculty.
Nancy Dunbar Associate Provost
Banner project owner calls for campus cooperationTo the Editor:
When the Banner enrollment system is implemented, I fear that some of the openness of the current enroll-ment system will be lost. Cognitive and Linguistic Sci-ences Professor Steven Sloman, who teaches a course on decision-making, probably knows the implications of the “stickiness” of the Banner system’s default op-tions better than any other Brown faculty member. That is why I found it fi tting that he noted that the Banner enrollment system would help him enforce prerequi-sites during course enrollment (“Banner launch push-es ahead amid mounting student criticism,” Feb. 7).During my years at Brown, professors have treated prerequisites according to what amounts to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. This has enabled me to take fi ve
or six courses either without having taken the prereqs or before I had reached the “appropriate” class year to take a seminar. In all of these courses, the ability to do the work and available space turned out to be the only important factors for enrollment. With Banner, howev-er, I fear that professors will let previously unenforced entry requirements prevent able and interested stu-dents from taking their courses — not out of a strong desire to enforce those requirements, but merely be-cause enforcement will be the default option.
David Wishnick ‘07Feb. 7
To the Editor:
Banner may end “don’t ask, don’t tell” registration policy
Bring back the Mezz
Guide us somewhere other than Wall Street
C O R R E C T I O NA photo caption in Friday’s Herald (“Protest Rite,” Feb. 9) incorrectly stated that the photograph was taken on Thursday. It was taken on Wednesday. To clarify, the students — both undergraduates and medical students — at the rally sought to restore health care coverage for those children who had previously been eligible for the program and were removed by new rules at the beginning of the year, not all Rhode Island children.
We are writing this as Brown alums who are involved in the struggle to fi ght global warming. Over the past several years, sci-entifi c studies have proven beyond a doubt that the earth’s atmosphere is warming at a very rapid rate and that human generated greenhouse gases, particularly carbon di-oxide, are the primary cause. Since green-house gases stay in the atmosphere for as long as 100 years once emitted, their rapid rise creates a cumulative, accelerating ef-fect.
Recently, human generation of carbon dioxide from electric power plants, indus-try and transportation has increased rapid-ly due to population growth and economic development. We are also destroying the forests that absorb and store carbon diox-ide. Without appropriate and urgent action, global warming will accelerate at an alarm-ing rate in the near future.
Though nobody knows for sure all that will result from climate change, it is clear that the consequences will be serious for human civilization. In a few decades, many coastal cities around the world could be fl ooded, drought could increase in many in-land areas threatening agriculture, destruc-tive storms could become even more severe, tropical diseases could spread to temperate climates and threaten public health and mil-lions of animal species could go extinct.
As the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report explains, the threat of climate change is immediate. Today’s Brown students will likely see its most disastrous effects transpire during their lifetimes.
The solution to this problem is within our reach. We can and must reduce green-house gas emissions by 70 to 80 percent over the next few decades. We can do this
by using less energy and by using cleaner energy. The necessary technologies to do so already exist — it is only political will that is lacking.
We are writing this letter to appeal to the Brown administration, faculty and Corpora-tion to take a leadership role among Ameri-can universities by becoming climate neu-tral — by generating less carbon dioxide than it helps absorb. The University can do this by making its buildings more energy-effi cient, by using more energy effi cient ve-hicles and appliances and by using clean, renewable fuels to satisfy its electricity and heating needs.
Since it will be impossible to suffi ciently
stop generating greenhouse gas emissions immediately, the University should spon-sor projects that reduce its net emissions. This can be accomplished by buying car-bon offsets on fi nancial exchanges that now exist for that purpose, directly subsidizing projects to prevent the destruction of trop-ical forests and funding initiatives that cut energy use or create sources of clean ener-gy. Investing in these programs would help to diversify our nation’s energy portfolio and spur growth in new industries that will play a critical role in our response to global warming.
To this end, we support the efforts of emPOWER, the student campaign for a cli-mate-neutral campus, and agree that the best way for Brown to take moral responsi-bility for its contribution to climate change
is to become climate-neutral by using all of the means described above. Climate neu-trality can be achieved immediately through the purchase of carbon offsets and invest-ment in off-campus projects, which must be complemented by a concerted effort to reduce on-campus emissions, ideally by 80 percent before 2050.
We believe in the powerful voice that our alma mater carries in society. Brown’s achievement of climate neutrality would send a clear message to other larger, wealthier organizations that action is im-perative and possible. Other institutions, most recently the University of Pennsylva-nia, have already announced their intention
to achieve climate neutrality in the near fu-ture. Yet Brown can still play a leadership role in the fi eld by proving that even smaller institutions with more limited resources can achieve climate neutrality and can do so im-mediately.
Among our group are environmental pro-fessionals who specialize in large-scale sus-tainability efforts undertaken by both gov-ernments and private organizations. From our experience in the fi eld, we have con-fi dence that by taking action now, Brown could avoid fi nancial diffi culties that will surely arise as more stringent government regulations are passed in the future. Effi -ciency upgrades will also help lower elec-tricity costs, and renewable energy use will allow Brown to avoid growing price volatil-ity in fossil fuel markets. Furthermore, as
Brown invests in offsets and purchases re-newable energy for on-campus operation, it will be able to trade credits for these activi-ties on the market — for profi t.
Over the past few decades, Brown has rightfully earned a reputation as a progres-sive university at the forefront of important social issues. The New Curriculum has em-phasized an integration of academic study with the real life problems being faced by human society. There is no more important issue that our society will face over the next several years than the threat posed by glob-al warming. Universities, as centers of sci-entifi c inquiry, bear a responsibility to lead society towards a solution to this problem. We believe that Brown, as a University that encourages engagement with the world be-yond its campus, should take a leadership role in this effort.
Ira Magaziner ’69 is policy director at the William J. Clinton Foundation and chairs the Clinton Climate Initiative, which advises the
40 largest cities in the world on how they can reduce their contribution to global warming.
Steve Glenn ’87 is founder and CEO of Living-Homes, a company that produces affordable
“green” housing and whose fl agship home was recently awarded the highest platinum rating from the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
Jan Hartke ’68 is the former attorney general of Arizona and founder of EarthVoice, a fi rm
responsible for securing thousands of acres of rainforest for protection. He is currently an ex-ecutive offi cer of the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Noam Ross ’06 is the alumni coordinator for Brown Environmental Action Network.
EmPOWER will be presenting their prelimi-nary plans for a climate-neutral campus to-morrow at 4 p.m. in Leung Gallery before an open meeting of the Brown University Com-
There were two groundbreaking presiden-tial announcements over the weekend, and two opportunities for liberals to celebrate — but for good reason?
The fi rst: on Saturday morning in Springfi eld, Ill., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., offi cially announced his presidential candi-dacy. The second: newspapers announced that Drew Gilpin Faust, professor of histo-ry at Harvard and dean of the Radcliffe In-stitute for Advanced Study, would become Harvard’s 28th president. Comparisons abound.
First, both offer hope to an embittered constituency by aiming to reform an unman-ageable bureaucracy. For Obama, this has become a major — and at this moment, sole — campaign theme. “Politics has become so bitter and partisan,” the Illinois Demo-crat announced weeks ago, “so gummed up with money and infl uence that we can’t tack-le the big problems that demand solutions.” Obama’s emphasis on bipartisanship con-trasts with the blunt demeanor of President Bush, as well as that of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., whose polarizing image would like-ly exacerbate political partisanship in Wash-ington if elected. Obama wants you to know that he’s a uniter, not a divider. (But where have we heard that before?)
A Faust presidency at Harvard, much in
the same vein as Obama’s presidential cam-paign, promises to alleviate tensions and en-gage in institutional reform. Emphasizing this, an editorial in Harvard’s student news-paper, the Crimson, recently remarked, “Harvard is, after all, in dire need of reform. The new president cannot afford to sit idle while undergraduate education slides into confusion under the watch of an indecisive faculty.” Faust, who has a tremendous tal-ent in “consensus-building,” according to the Crimson, seems capable of reforming
the stodgy Harvard administration. The similarities continue. As of late,
many critics, while acknowledging Obama’s abundant charisma, have questioned his ac-tual capability to be an effective president. Obama’s experience in national politics is scant — apart from academic, literary and brief electoral achievements, his resume for the position is short. His legislative record is undistinguished. (Newspapers across the country have seemingly fi lled these holes with adoring biographical factoids — a re-cent AP article actually traced Obama’s ge-nealogy to George Washington.) On the
other hand, Obama’s proponents have ar-gued that his lack of political experience is, in fact, a distinct advantage. The junior senator from Illinois is not beholden to the Washington political elite, unlike his more experienced opponents.
The announcement of Faust as Har-vard’s president-elect occurred too recently for critics to have yet emerged, but we can surely expect criticisms identical to those lobbed at Obama. Faust, though a noted historian and administrator, has no experi-
ence running a university, let alone Harvard. However, like Obama, her inexperience could easily be spun as an asset. After fi ve weary years under Larry Summers, who at the beginning of his tenure was considered eminently qualifi ed for the job, installing a career academic at the helm might be exact-ly what Harvard needs.
Noting their lack of experience, however, begs the question: if not for their experience, then why are Obama and Faust so embraced by their respective constituencies?
For some, it may be a means of absolution. Some national columnists have posited that
white voters support Obama largely because of his race, in a sense hoping to apologize for historical under-representation of blacks in American politics. (Ironically, some black voters and leaders are wary of Obama, since the senator, who is part Kenyan, does not share a direct cultural heritage with most Af-rican-Americans.) Similarly, much of Faust’s support undoubtedly comes from those who opposed the comments made by Summers in 2005, when he insinuated that women may be inherently less talented in math and sci-ence than men. Naming a female president at Harvard makes public amends for Sum-mers’ assertion.
There also is the issue of historical “fi rsts.” Obama could prove to be the fi rst Af-rican-American U.S. president; Faust will be the fi rst female president of Harvard. These are both signifi cant achievements and cer-tainly causes for excitement. But should this excitement compel our support?
Ultimately, we have to ask: would such a craze surround Obama were he not African-American? Would Faust have been picked were she not a woman?
The answers remain unclear. In the com-ing weeks, both Obama and Faust must make it clear to their respective constitu-encies that there’s more to them than just hype from identity politics. Let’s support them for their personal talents and skills — not just for the social agendas their respec-tive elections promote.
Nicholas Swisher ’08 thinks Barack Obama should market his own cereal: O-Bamas.
OPINIONSTHE BROWN DAILY HERALDMONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2007 PAGE 11
The rise of the identity candidates
BY IRA MAGAZINER, STEVE GLENN, JAN HARTKE AND NOAM ROSS
GUEST COLUMNISTSUEST COLUMNISTSUEST
Brown can lead the way in the fi ght against global warming
Both Obama and Faust must make it
clear to their respective constituencies
that there’s more to them than just
hype from identity politics.
Brown’s achievement of climate
neutrality would send a clear message
to other larger, wealthier organizations
that action is imperative and possible.
SPORTS MONDAYTHE BROWN DAILY HERALDMONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2007 PAGE 12
If the challenge of one of its lon-gest road trips of the season wasn’t daunting enough, the men’s ice hockey team also had to face a pair of the best teams in the nation on its trip to upstate New York this weekend. The trip turned out to be a disappointing one as the Bears lost to No. 10 Clarkson University, 5-3, on Fri-day, and to No. 16 St. Lawrence University, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday. The losses dropped Brown back to the cellar of the ECACHL standings with a re-cord of 5-10-3 (9-11-5 overall).
“If there was a theme this weekend, it was that we just couldn’t fi nish,” said forward Chris Poli ’08. “We had these lit-tle let-downs that added up and hurt us. This late in the year, teams are just too good to be do-ing that and expect to win.”
On Friday night, Brown re-ceived a gift just a minute into the game when the Golden Knights took two penalties eight seconds apart. Brown capitalized on the
Golden Knights’ generosity with a power-play goal at 1:13. For-ward Jeff Prough ’08 passed the puck to defenseman David Rob-ertson ’08 at the left point, and Robertson sent it to fellow defen-seman Sean Hurley ’08 at the op-posite point. Hurley scored with a shot from the top of the right face-off circle.
Clarkson fought back to tie the game at 1-1 four minutes later with a power-play goal of its own. At 10:17, the Golden Knights jumped out to a 2-1 lead, but 27 seconds later, Prough buried a shot from the top of the right circle to even the score again. Forward Sean McMonagle ’10 and forward Brian McNary ’08 earned assists on the goal.
During the second period, however, the Golden Knights exploded, notching three goals while the Bears struggled to kill fi ve penalties. Brown spent al-most half the period in the box, and Clarkson remained penalty-free.
The fi rst Clarkson goal of the second period beat goalten-der Dan Rosen ’10 at 13:03 on a power play. Then, 1:42 later, the
Golden Knights dumped the puck into the Brown zone, and the puck struck along the boards and ricocheted into the net for what proved to be the game-win-ner.
Down two, Brown kept fi ght-ing to climb back into the game. Forward Eric Slais ’09 scored with just 1:52 remaining in the game to narrow the gap to 5-3, but that was as close as Brown would get.
The following night, against St. Lawrence, Brown held a 1-0 advantage after the fi rst period but it would be the last tally it managed on the night.
Almost 10 minutes into the period, McNary cut off a St. Law-rence pass in the Bears’ defensive zone creating a two-on-one with McMonagle. McNary threaded a pass to McMonagle, who con-verted the feed. The goal was the fi rst of McMonagle’s career.
With time winding down, it looked like Brown might escape New York with a split. But with only 2:42 left, the Saints man-aged to slam a shot past Rosen.
M. icers drop two on long N.Y. road tripBY ELIZA LANESPORTS STAFF WRITER
The women’s basketball team’s losing streak stretched to fi ve Friday night with a 68-59 loss to Cornell, but the team snapped the streak the following night with a 57-54 victory over Colum-bia.
Brown played the Big Red tough in the fi rst half, not allow-ing Cornell a lead larger than four points in the fi rst 12 minutes of the game. With 8:36 remain-ing in the fi rst half, Annesley O’Neal ’08 made a layup that cut Cornell’s lead to two, 18-16. But the Big Red outscored the Bears 11-4 to end the half and push its lead to nine.
Cornell came out fi ring in the fi rst 10 minutes of the second half. The Big Red’s stifl ing de-fense and hot shooting enabled it to build a 17-point lead with 10:09 remaining. Brown had a diffi cult time stopping the inside tandem of forwards Moina Snyder and Jeomi Maduka. The duo scored 14 of the Big Red’s fi rst 17 points of the second half.
With 7:55 remaining and the score 52-37, Brown fi nally began to build some momentum. Head Coach Jean Marie Burr went to her bench and found the right combination of speed and quick-ness that fl ustered the Big Red. The quintet of Courtney Lee ’10, Christina Johnson ’10, Shae Fitzpatrick ’10, co-captain Lena
McAfee ’07 and Herald Sports Staff Writer Amy Ehrhart ’09 sparked the Brown defense.
Over the next 3:46 of game ac-tion, Brown went on a 15-3 run to cut its defi cit to three, 55-52. The run was capped by a fast-break layup by Johnson. During that stretch, Fitzpatrick, who was playing point guard, knocked down two three-pointers to give Bruno some much-needed mo-mentum.
“It was a pressing (defense) lineup,” Burr said of the fi ve that helped bring Brown back into the game. “They really made good decisions on the court. They played well together. They dug deep, overcame a tough start and gave us an opportunity to win.”
With 1:07 to go and Brown trailing by fi ve, the Bears forced Cornell to face a tough three-point shot with the shot clock winding down. But Brown couldn’t corral the rebound, which careened to Maduka. She was subsequently fouled and knocked down two free throws to push the Big Red lead to seven, 63-56. The Big Red converted 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch en route to the 68-59 victory.
“We always play hard in the last four minutes,” McAfee said. “It just took us too long to fi gure out how to beat them.”
On Saturday night, Burr trot-
First-years lead the way in w. hoops victory over ColumbiaSPORTS EDITOR
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BY JUSTIN GOLDMAN
No. 61 m. tennis rocks Stony Brook, Colgate
Six matches into its spring sea-son, the men’s tennis team not only has yet to be seriously challenged — it’s hardly lost any points in each match. On Saturday, the No. 61 Bears re-corded another pair of deci-sive victories, defeating Stony Brook University, 7-0, and Col-gate University, 6-1. Thanks to two wins on the day, co-captain Eric Thomas ’07 moved into fi fth place on Brown’s all-time combined wins list.
“We came out a lot better than we did two weeks ago,” said Head Coach Jay Harris. “The guys have been work-ing their tails off in practice, and I’m proud of how they fought for every point of every game.”
In the fi rst doubles match against Stony Brook, the nation’s 25th-ranked dou-bles team of co-captain Dan Hanegby ’07 and Chris Lee ’09 trounced Nihal Advani and Quirijn Van Veen 8-1. At sec-ond doubles, the No. 15 team of Thomas and Basu Ratnam ’09 routed Youssef Fassi-Fehri and Alex Markovich by a score of 8-3. Saurabh Kohli ’08 and Zack Pasanen ’07 rounded out the doubles domination with an 8-3 win over Ilan Shvartz and Jon Epstein at third dou-bles.
“We improved in doubles, which was pretty weak two weeks ago,” Hanegby said.
The Bears also showed improvement in singles play, taking four of the six singles matches in straight sets. At fi rst singles, Hanegby made quick work of Advani by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Thomas had a similarly easy victory at third singles, overpowering Fassi-
BY ERIN FRAUENHOFERASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Jacob Melrose / Herald File PhotoDan Hanegby ’07 won all four of his matches for the men’s tennis team on Saturday. He won at fi rst singles and fi rst doubles in against Stony Broook and Colgate.
Jacob Melrose / HeraldChristina Johnson ’10 tied a career high with 16 points in Brown’s win over Columbia.
FRIDAY,DAY,DAY FEB. 9
M. BASKETBALL: Cornell 61, Brown 59W.W.W BASKETBALL: Cornell 68, Brown 59M. HOCKEY: Clarkson 5, Brown 3W. HOCKEY: Brown 6, Union 0
SATURDAY,ATURDAY,ATURDAY FEB. 10
M. BASKETBALL: Columbia 77, Brown 68W.W.W BASKETBALL: Brown 57, Columbia 54GYMNASTICS: 4th of 4 at UNH InvitationalM. HOCKEY: St. Lawrence 2, Brown 1 (OT)W. W. W HOCKEY: Brown 4, RPI 1M. SQUASH: Yale 9, Brown 0W. SQUASH: Yale 8, Brown 1
M. TENNIS: Brown 7, Stony Brook 0; Brown 6, Colgate 1W. TENNIS: Kentucky 7, Brown 0WRESTLING: Brown 28, Franklin and Marshall 10; Boston University 22, Brown 12; Harvard 27, Brown 15
SUNDAY,DAY,DAY FEB. 11
M. FENCING: W-0, L-3, Ivy SouthW. FENCINGW. FENCINGW : W-1, L-2, Ivy SouthSKIING: at Boston College Carnival-Slalom, results unavailableM. SQUASH: Cornell 5, Brown 4W. SQUASH: Brown 7, Cornell 2W. TENNIS: Boston University 5, Brown Boston University 5, Brown Boston University 5, 2W. WATW. WATW ER POLO: 1st of 4 teams, Ivy Tournament
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