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A weekend At home
Four Brown teas payat hoe this weekend,
incuding 5-1 . tennis.
Sports, 7
whAt’s your PleAsure?
“Pleasure Doe” exaineslife inside your television at
T.F. Green Ha.
Arts, 5
Ben Bernstein ’09 criticizes
the U.’s lack of transparency in
the current financia crisis.
Opinions, 11
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the Brown
vol. cxliv, no. 13 |
Friday, February 6, 2009
| Serving the community daily since 1891
S V  b b
By mitrA AnoushirAvAni
 The Department o Athletics sent 
an e-mail to all student-athletes and
coaches Tuesday inorming them
that some avors o Vitaminwater,
the popular avored-water label,
contain substances that are banned
or “impermissible” under NCAA 
Six o Vitaminwater’s 15 variet-
ies contain common stimulants or 
other psychoactive chemicals that 
could be problematic or both the
University and the student-athletes,
according to Drug Free Sport, anorganization that conducts drug
testing or NCAA schools. A student who tests positive or 
a banned substance above a certainlevel, according to the NCAA, loses
a year o eligibility. An “impermis-
sible” substance is one that is not 
banned, but is against the rules or 
coaches or trainers to provide to
 The avors known as Power-C,Energy, B-relaxed, Rescue, Vital-T 
and Balance were all mentioned in
G S 
By hAnnAh moser
Members o the Graduate Schoolcommunity are attempting to roll
 with the punches in light o the
campus-wide e-mail sent last week
by President Ruth Simmons, an-nouncing large-scale reductions
to university expenditures.
 The e-mail outlined a plan topostpone “the planned growth
o the Graduate School,” in reac-
tion to the fnancial crisis and to“reduce expenditures, constrainexpansion and limit major new 
obligations” or the entire Browncommunity.
Simmons had made grad schoolexpansion an important component 
o the Plan or Academic Enrich-
ment in 2001. But in her e-mail,
she wrote that she anticipates “es-sentially no growth in the number o doctoral students matriculating
each year” and “little or no increase
in the base graduate student sti-
pend or the next ew years.”
Sheila Bonde, dean o the
Graduate School, said beore the
economic crisis administrators hadhoped or the increase in graduate
students to catch up with aculty growth under the plan. Now, the
Justin Coean / Herad
W. basetba hosts Dartouth and Harvard this weeendafter two hoe osses against Iv rivas.
 J,  , b  
By Colin Chazen
 An unlikely group o a cappella 
singers — decades older than the
average Brown student — gath-ered in Wilson Hall last night.Five alums returned to cam-pus to help usher in a new gen-
eration o one o Brown’s old-est perormance groups. Ater  years o looking on wistully at class reunions as ormer Jab-berwocks joined their group’s
current members in song, they 
 would fnally get their chance.
 The students auditioning in ront 
o them would be part o the re-
 vival o Brown’s second-oldest 
all-male a cappella group — theHigh Jinks.
Patrick Gonon ’79, joined the
eight-person group in 1976, itssecond year o existence. For Gonon and other High Jinksmembers, the group became
an essential part o their college
experiences and even their ca-
 And though it ell apart in the
early 1990s ater several mem-bers graduated in the same year, it lived on in Gonon andhis riends, who saw salvation
in their children.“I always imagined the prog-eny o the original group would
pick up the banner,” said Dean
Zi ’81, whose twin sons wereaccepted to Brown early deci-sion this all. “They’ve heard a 
lot about it over the years.”
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P z f  ‘  
By mAtthew scult
In the event o an emergency, you
could always make your way to
the exits by eeling or the drat,
said Kurt Teichert, environmental
stewardship initiatives manager 
at the Center or Environmental
Studies, pointing to the door in
List 120.
 The comment elicited some
snickers rom the 50-person audi-
ence, but the statement was in-
tended or more than just comiceect: It encapsulated one o themain messages o the three-per-son panel on Green Energy, that small-scale energy conservation
measures may be the most e-
In other words, those con-
cerned about renewable energy 
should think about fxing that gapunder the door beore considering
solar power, Teichert said. The event, hosted by the stu-
dent environmental advocacy group emPOWER, brought to-
gether Teichert, Christopher Bull,
the Department o Engineering’ssenior research engineer and As-
sistant Proessor o Economics
Sriniketh Nagavarapu to discuss
environmental issues, including
the benefts o new technologies
and the political and economic
motivations or using more renew-
able energy.
Bull spoke about the inefcien-
cies o converting coal to elec-
tricity, saying “we lose over hal 
o it along the way” to the wallsocket. Part o this inefciency 
comes rom trying to synchronize
use and demand, Bull said. Both
politics and the economy, not just 
technology, will aect uture en-ergy use, he added.
Nagavarapu discussed the pos-
sible eects o the ederal stimu-
lus package, saying the economy’s
needs in the short term don’t necessarily make sense in the
long term or renewable energy 
policy. “It’s not clear (that) we
know what will be more competi-tive down the road,” Nagavarapu
said. Instead o throwing money at certain technologies, Nagavarapu
said the government must createdisincentives or oil use and und
basic research, and then allow themarket to decide which new ener-
gies would be successul.
 Teichert said very little might 
be done to overcome structural
and technological barriers to
energy efciency in the next sixmonths, but added that it is pos-
sible to create more basic inter-
 ventions. Training people to help
 weatherize homes could go a long
 way toward conserving energy,
he said.
 Teichert said he always tells
people to fnd ways to conserve
energy beore turning to alterna-
tive sources o energy.
 The panel also discussed large-scale options, such as using more
biouels and creating a “smart grid” that would make energy use more efcient, but the em-
phasis o the event was on local
solutions. Rather than relying on
uel produced halway around theglobe, Bull said, the solution is touse “local resources to meet local
energy needs.”
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the Brown
“These are the friendships ou ae forever.” — Rob krausz ’79, High Jins au
Grad School will try to keep the
number o admitted doctoralcandidates stable. It is in ad-
ministrative areas where Bonde
said “we’re trying to tighten our belts.”
 The grad school receives ap-
proximately 7,300 applications a  year, according to Brian Walton,
associate dean o Finance and Administration. Bonde said the
number o applications is double what it was seven or eight years
ago, adding that she estimatesthat those eeling the impact o 
the fnancial crisis the most are
those applying or admission.
But even with this leveling o 
in admissions, a slight growth can
be expected in the humanities,
thanks to a $3-million endowment 
grant rom the Andrew W. Mel-lon Foundation. The grant will
support as many as 14 additional
students over the next fve years,
according to a university state-
ment released in October. The git 
 will also allow or new interdisci-plinary seminar oerings.
 Though graduate stipends will
not increase, the fnancial crisis,
 which has also hit other universi-
ties, is unlikely to aect Brown’s
ability to attract applicants, Bonde
 The Grad School will apply or grants and seek unding rom the
ederal stimulus package to miti-gate the eects o the downturn,she added.
Elena Daniele GS said she
thinks current graduate students
 will be largely unaected by thecrisis, adding that they are guar-anteed unding or their frst fve years at Brown.
But Daniele, who is in her second year in the Italian Stud-ies department, said graduatestudents could ace difculty in
securing unding or summer re-
search and could have to look or 
other jobs.
Proessor o Italian StudiesMassimo Riva, who organizes
summer projects, said he has not 
heard that support or research
 will decrease under the Univer-sity’s cost-cutting measures. In
any case, he said he can use his
available research unds to pay 
graduate students or Web proj-
ects or other work rather thanto buy a new computer or his
Riva said he has noticed a “pro-
tective attitude” toward graduate
students. “At this time I would like
to reassure them that there is noreason or alarm.”
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G  ‘’  
 Years o listening to grown mentell college stories about their musi-cal exploits let a strong impression
on Daniel Gonon ’12. During last 
 Thanksgiving break, Daniel began
contacting High Jinks alums and
exploring the possibility o restart-
ing the group.
 The alums he contacted were
incredibly supportive. “They love
the group so much they would doanything to have it revived again,”Daniel said.
Sean Altman ’84, one o three
High Jinks members who went on
to start the proessional singing
group Rockapella, told him to thinkabout the types o voices he wanted
to include in the group and to start 
planning or auditions. Other al-
ums oered to und the group and
support it in any way they could,
Daniel said.
“It’s nice to see the group is com-
ing back to campus, because we
had a lot o un,” said Rob Krausz’79, who drove up rom New York
to join our other ormer High Jinks
members — Altman, Zi, Gonon
and Charlie Evett ’84, another Rock-
apella member — at the Thursday 
night callbacks.“These are the
riendships you make orever.”
Krausz works as a TV writer and
producer, but music remains an
essential part o his lie. He wrotea musical that was perormed o-
Broadway in 2001 and continues to
get together and sing with ormer 
High Jinks members, although they 
no longer don their signature bow ties.
“It’s almost like a musical ra-
ternity,” he said. “You don’t orget this stu.”
For Altman, the High Jinks werethe beginning o his career. For sev-eral years he sang with Rockapella,
an a cappella group that regularly 
perormed on “Where in the Worldis Carmen San Diego?” and record-
ed the show’s theme song. He still
sports his complimentary jacket 
rom the children’s TV show.“I was really sad that the group
 went out o existence,” said Altman,
 who continues to sing proession-
ally and regularly returns to Brown
or class reunions. “It’s just poeticthat it’s a son o one o the original
High Jinks (who is reviving the
group).” Though demand or a cappella 
groups continues to outstrip the
number o slots, not everyone willbe happy about the High Jinks re- vival, said Alex Bachorik ’10, the a 
cappella czar and leader o Inter-
galactic, the governing body that 
arranges concerts and organizes
member selection. Intergalactic will vote next week to decide whether to
admit the High Jinks, Daniel said.
“The boys’ groups in particular 
 will have to make room,” she said.
“There’s a very good-natured com-
petition or members.”
Over 15 students auditioned or 
the High Jinks, though the group
is seeking only fve new members,
Daniel said.
 Joe Bobvoskie ’10 said hedoesn’t like a cappella groups
and previously was not interested
in joining one. But Daniel, who
sings with him in the Brown Cho-
rus, piqued his interest with talko reviving a group whose music
centered on barbershop tunes and
strong voices.“I had never heard o the High
 Jinks beore,” Bobvoskie said. “It’s
a part o the school, it’s just a or-gotten part.”
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     
 Associate Athletic Director Rob-
ert Kenneally’s e-mail to students,
though only Energy and Rescue con-
tain compounds that are banned —caeine in both cases, and guarana 
seed extract or Energy. Caeineis banned only above a level o 15
micrograms per milliliter, according
to the NCAA, a mark that can be
avoided with most moderate diets.
Five avors contain some amount o impermissible substances, and socannot be provided to students. Pow-
er-C, B-relaxed and Rescue contain
the psychoactive compounds taurine
— ound in Red Bull — L-theanineand ECGC, the active ingredient ingreen tea extract.
Balance contains traces o glu-cosamine — sometimes used torebuild cartilage or heal joints —
and Vital-T has chemicals ound inrooibos tea extract.Some athletic coaches have told
their teams not to drink the banned
avors o Vitaminwater. But Sarah
Fraser, assistant athletic director or compliance, said it was “more
the responsibility o the individual
student-athlete to know what they’re
putting into their body.”
“You really have to read the in-
gredients on what you eat and drink
as a student-athlete,” she said.
 Andrew Bakowski ’11, a mem-ber o the baseball team, said he
understood the rules. “We all know 
it’s our own responsibility that any-thing we’re taking is cleared and is
allowed by the NCAA,” he said, “and
 we know that we do get tested.”
He added that two years agosome members o the team weretested or banned substances at a 
regional tournament.
However, or student-athletes
that do not anticipate making it toan NCAA-sponsored event or who
are not on Division I teams, the pres-
sure to avoid banned substances is
not as great. Jamison Kinnane ’12, a member o the women’s crew team,
said she did not think the banned
substances in two o the Vitaminwa-
ter avors would aect her.
“I don’t think they usually test 
 you — there is just the threat o be-
ing tested,” she said. Only the top
eight girls on the team make it to an
NCAA regatta, she said.
Max McFadden ’11, a ormer member o the wrestling team,
said he thought there were “a lot o banned substances being used andconsumed at Brown.”
 Testing occurs “on such an inre-
quent basis that NCAA rules never really applied to the wrestlers,” hesaid.
 Vitaminwater is a subsidiary o Coca Cola Co., a major NCAA 
sponsor, which maintains “a sidelinepresence at NCAA championships,”
Kenneally wrote in his e-mail.
Lindsey Raivich, a Vitaminwater 
spokeswoman, confrmed in an e-
mail to the Herald that two Vitamin-
 water avors contained caeine, and
added that “we respect the NCAA’s
rule to not oer these varieties to itsstudent-athletes.” The NCAA has ap-
proved nine avors o Vitaminwater 
or student-athlete consumption, she
 A representative rom the NCAA 
could not be reached or comment ater multiple phone calls to the or-ganization’s headquarters.
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V  b  b C
“That projector is a onster.” — meissa Diaz ’10, on Wison 102’s renovations
C  b 
By mAtthew vArley
Classes meeting in Wilson Hall
102 this semester have brand-new 
seats and a cutting-edge audio-visual
system, thanks to a major renova-
tion over winter break. This, andmore subtle improvements were
conducted across campus prior to
the start o spring semester. A “classroom task orce” imple-mented the frst stage o a $4.5-mil-
lion renovation initiative this win-ter, Vice President or FacilitiesManagement Stephen Maiorisi wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. The budget includes $1.8 million
or lecture halls, $900,000 or new 
urniture and $1.5 million or “new or upgraded instructional technol-ogy,” he wrote.
 The budget also includes
$300,000 or “enhanced technology 
pilot projects,” a category that en-
compasses “intelligent white boards,lecture capture, video conerencing
and podium computers,” Maiorisi
 Wilson 102 is the poster child or 
the recent renovations. In addition
to new carpeting, window coverings
and upholstered seats, the lecture
hall was outftted with an EIKI Wi-
descreen Powerhouse Projector. An
oversized screen installed or theprojector retracts into the ceiling,
allowing the room to be transormedrom a classroom to a movie theater 
and back again.
“That projector is a monster,”
said Melissa Diaz ’10, a student in
POLS 1450: “Political Economy o 
Development,” which meets in theclassroom.
 Aaron Wee ’10, who is takingthe same class, said he was alsoimpressed by the upgrades to Wilson 102. “It sure beats the old
one,” he said.
 Assistant Proessor o Political
Science Melani Cammett, who teach-es the class, said she was pleasantly 
surprised by the improvements.
“It’s beautiul,” Cammett said,adding that the new technology, which includes a touch-screen re-
mote, is “very user-riendly.” Three other classrooms in Wil-
son — 106, 206 and 306 — were up-
graded with 63-inch plasma screentelevisions.
Other classrooms in Wilson and
Barus and Holley got a resh coat 
o paint over break, while carpetsin Hunter Laboratory and Orwig
Music Library were steam-cleaned,
according to Maiorisi. Two base-
ment classrooms in Sayles Hall wereboth painted and steam-cleaned, and
a number o rooms around cam-pus had room-darkening shades
installed, he added.
 A “lack o comortable exible
seating with adequate work space”and inadequate audio-visual equip-
ment are among the priorities or the classroom task orce, accord-ing to Maiorisi, adding that 191classrooms on campus were pho-
tographed, evaluated and rated or upgrade priority.
 Technology upgrades will con-
tinue through this semester and into
the summer, Maiorisi wrote.
Qidong Chen / Herad
Renovations to Wison 102 incude new carpeting, seat uphoster and a projector sste.
sds cpa‘a-’
Students for a Deo-cratic Societ hed a“teach-in” ast night inPetteruti lounge, breaingdown recent deveopentsin Universit governancein an attept to increaseawareness aong groupebers and the generastudent bod.Various presentationsprofied five ebers ofthe Corporation, discusseddetais of Brown’s finan-cia aid poic, highightedpoints fro President RuthSions’ Jan. 27 e-aito the counit aboutthe Universit’s financiasituation and gave a his-tor of the Corporationand student protests atBrown.“The point was to showwhat we’ve been figuringout about who the Corpora-tion is, what interests therepresent and what thateans for how studentshave contro over the de-cisions that affect the,”said SDS eber NathanBergann-Dean ’12.About 30 students at-tended the eeting and thediscussion that foowed,an of who expresseddiscontent with the per-ceived ac of student ac-cessibiit to higher evedecision-aing. mutipepresenters criticized spe-cifics of proposed budgetcuts and spending pans,suggesting that onecoud be better used.“There are 200-pusears of tradition of stu-dent protest at Brown,”said SDS eber Wi-ia labe ’09. “We arenot aone, this is nothingnew.”A significant nuberof students who were notSDS ebers were in at-tendance, and the groupencouraged those studentsto attend the next eeting,according to Bergann-Dean.SDS has not begun dis-cussions of whether it wiprotest at the next eetingof the Corporation, Feb.19 through 21, Bergann-Dean said.
 — Brigitta Greene
  b    b
By Andrew siA
 The number o students studying
abroad this semester is consistent 
 with previous years, despite theeconomic downturn and a new policy requiring students to pay 
ull Brown tuition. Though this semester’s enroll-
ment o 254 students is down rom
last spring’s record 315, overall
participation has gone unchanged,
said Kendall Brostuen, director o International Programs and an as-sociate dean o the College.
During the all o 2007, 213 stu-
dents studied abroad, while 212
studied abroad last all, Brostuen
Previously, students wishing tostudy abroad were required to pay 
ull tuition i they were attending
Brown-sponsored programs. Oth-
erwise, they paid only the costso their study abroad institution.
Now, students must pay ull Brown
tuition or all programs, including
Brown-approved alternative pro-grams and petitioned alternativestudies. The new policy was ap-proved in 2005, and the class o 
S     
By lAuren Fedor
 As the economy continues to su-
er, Brown’s a cappella groups haveaced challenges and new opportu-
nities. Though one group has be-
gun to rely on undraising insteado paid gigs, another is capitalizing
on the economic downturn and
expanding its clientele.
Because the Brown’sTones,ounded in 1992, are one o thenewer groups on campus, they do not have the same kind o f-
nancial support rom alums that 
other campus organizations have,
Danielle Crumley ’12, one o the
Brown’sTones’ business manag-ers, wrote in an e-mail to The
 To earn money, some members
o the group have taken on shitsat campus eateries like the Gate,
Crumley wrote. The unds will go
toward group activities, includ-
ing their upcoming tour o several
East Coast colleges. As a result, “it’s not up in the
air” whether they can aord to goon tour, said Taylor Gobar ’11, the
group’s other business manager.
Proactive measures like work-
ing or Brown Dining Servicesare not the only thing ensuringthe Brown’sTones’ fnancial se-
 As a result o the economicclimate, Gobar said clients areplanning events “way more in
advance.”In the past, the girls would be
contacted to sing at the last minute
or o-campus gigs, Gobar said.
But now, she said, most clients
are planning their events months
ahead o time.
Gobar said clients — especially those in the Brown community —used to ask up-ront how much the
group charged or perormances.
Now, ewer clients inquire about 
the ee and the girls have to men-
tion it to ensure they are paid, she
But though the group may have ewer o-campus peror-
mances in the uture, no one has
 yet cancelled an event or fnancial
reasons, Gobar said.
 Though the economy may be making things tight or the
Brown’sTones, the Brown Derbies
say they are beneftting rom thechanging economic climate.
 Amos Budde ’10, the Brown
Derbies’ business manager, said
clients who would otherwise book
a proessional musician are now 
turning to the Derbies, who are a 
less costly option.
In act, the demand or the
Derbies is now so great that the
group has turned away some per-
ormance requests, Budde said.
“We’re not really that expen-
sive to have,” he said, adding that 
 word-o-mouth has “really kept 
us going.”
But the group still aces
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