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blue states
New Haven, Conn. gets a
taste of Brown-born BleState Coffee.
News, 7
shall we dance?
Waltz with Bashir’ artdirector David Polonsky
spoke at the Avon Cinema
Arts, 5
shop till you drop
Kate Doyle ’12 offersher advice for a Lit Arts
Opinions, 11
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the Brown
vol. cxliv, no. 21 |
Friday, February 20, 2009
| Serving the community daily since 1891
Budget, long-term planning take center stage this weekend 
by chaz Kelshand Jenna starK
 With an economic crisis throwinga wrench in the University’s ambi-
tious spending plans, the Corpo-ration will have some major deci-
sions to make when it convenes
or a meeting this weekend.
Chancellor Thomas Tisch’76, who arrived in Providence Wednesday evening, said theCorporation plans to “review an
extraordinary amount o inorma-
tion” this weekend. “It’s a pretty ull schedule,” he said.
One month ater the University revealed it has likely lost roughly 
30 percent o its endowment in
less than a year, sacriice may have
become the name o the gameor the inal years o President 
Ruth Simmons’ signature capitalcampaign. Though several major 
projects — including a new itness
center and a huge brain sciences
building — remain on Brown’s
to-do list, administrators have ac-
knowledged that, even i no new 
building is scrapped, timelines will
need to be pushed back.Some ambitious academic ini-
tiatives — with tighter budgets
ahead — also appear likely to su-
er rom a decreased availability o unds, though the University 
has repeatedly expressed its com-
mitment to the goals o the Plan
or Academic Enrichment, Sim-mons’ wide-ranging blueprint toimprove the school’s academic
standing. The University’s desireto expand the Graduate School to
keep up with the growing size o 
aculty, or example, is likely to
go unmet. The Corporation, which gath-
ers three times annually — in Feb-
ruary, May and October — will
use this meeting to approve a bud-
get or the iscal year that begins
 July 1. Simmons is expected to
present a balanced budget to the
by Jyotsna Mullur
“Underwater WHAT?”
 The Rhode Island Reds — a 
team o underwater hockey enthu-siasts — oten hear this when they 
tell riends what sport they play.
 And on the surace, their un-
usual pastime merits the conused
response they receive.On Thursday, the club team’s
ippered players lined up along
the walls o the Care New England
 Wellness Center in Warwick. At a teammate’s signal, the players
dove rantically toward the center o the rectangular swimming pool,
splashing loudly.
Suddenly, the splashing
stopped. The surace became de-
ceptively calm while, underwater,eight fn- and snorkel-clad players
swam and icked small, one-oot 
sticks. They pushed a lead puck
around on the pool oor.
T , 
U.      j
by anne siMons
 When members o the Corpora-
tion gather on College Hill this
 weekend, they will ace the sticky 
reality o an economic recessionthat threatens to derail or delay 
a number o planned construc-
tion projects on the University’s
Brown’s top governing board islikely to have a “tougher standard”
or evaluating whether or not tomove orward with projects, said
Richard Spies, executive vice presi-
dent or planning and senior adviser 
to President Ruth Simmons. Given
the economy, administrators will“almost certainly do less than we
otherwise would have,” he said.
In recent years, constructionhas sometimes been given the
go-ahead to begin even beore allmoney pledged by donors or the
Kim Perle / Herald
Trading ice skates for flippers, nderwater hocke plaers swam for the goal at a practice last night.
Qidong Chen / Herald
The Corporation ma rle this weekend on the fate of a new swim center, among other things.
continued on
A,  B . b  
by hannah Moser
Human rights are essential to a air and
 just society — though war can compli-cate things, Larry Cox, the executive
director o Amnesty International USA,
and University o Caliornia, Berkeley 
Proessor o Law John Yoo agreed in
a debate at Salomon 101 Thursday 
But the two agreed about little else, with Cox — who has spent his career 
deending human rights — describ-
ing such rights as “sel-evident” while
 Yoo, a ormer lawyer or George W.
Bush’s administration, countered that 
such rights were sometimes, i not 
sel-evident, sel-deeating.
 At the nearly ull Janus Forum lec-
ture, “One World, Many People: Are
 There Universal Human Rights?” thetwo speakers took the divergent posi-
tions their backgrounds suggested
they would.
Cox used his initial 25 minutes
on the oor to describe the impact o the Universal Declaration o HumanRights that the General Assembly o the United Nations adopted in 1948.I governments generally do not like
limits on their power, Cox asked, then
 why did they agree to such a pact?One reason, he said, was that hu-man rights are hailed as the ounda-
tion o peace. But governments do
not always ollow through with suchagreements because they do not be-lieve they can be held to the accord,he said. This is why, Cox said, it is upto people to use “the power o moralpressure” to claim these rights.
“The past decade has been oneo the most damaging” to humanrights, Cox said. Citing detentions,
disappearances and the use o torture,Cox said, “human rights violations are
carried out in the name o security”
 Yoo, a contributor to the Patriot Act 
 who is known or his advocacy o the
legality o torture during wartime, saidhe did not think he and Cox disagreedabout how an ideal world would look.
But he said that rights apply dier-ently when a country’s security isthreatened. It is generally accepted,
or example, that killing does not count 
as murder during war, he said, adding
that detainment keeps soldiers rom
continued on
Econom on thockt fo Cop.
continued on
Sure, it’s obscure, but underwater hockey is just like real hockey —well, sort of.
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the Brown
“yo have got to come back p and breathe.”
 — Gabriel Matthias, member of the Rhode Island Reds
building is in hand. But one pos-sible response rom the Corpora-
tion this weekend, Spies said, isto withhold fnal approval on all
projects until 100 percent o unds
have been collected.
 The Corporation also has au-
thoritative input in choosing archi-
tects and approving design plans,
said Steve Maiorisi, vice president 
or Facilities Management.
 The current economic environ-
ment leaves the uture o somehigh profle building projects indoubt. Some projects, like theCreative Arts Center, are ready to move orward, Associate Pro-
 vost Pamela O’Neil said, because
o success with undraising or the
building. With approval rom the
Corporation, the University hopesto break ground this summer, she
 The renovation o Faunce
House into an expanded campuscenter is also expected to go or-
 ward soon. But O’Neil said the
Faunce changes may be split into
two phases, with the renovation o 
the old mailroom area potentially 
moving orward sooner than the
more extensive plans or the rest o the building.
Other projects, however, are
less certain. Plans or a $70 millionbrain sciences building, provision-
ally dubbed the “Mind Brain Be-
havior Building,” will be reviewed,but undraising has been slow, ac-
cording to Spies.
 The Nelson Fitness Center and
a new swim center are currently on hold, Maiorisi said, but recent 
developments may change plansor the swim center. Executive Vice President or Finance and
 Administration Beppie Huidekoper 
revealed on Wednesday, speakingat a meeting o the Undergraduate
Council o Students, that an alumhas pledged a large proportion o the needed unds or a new pool.
In addition to the initial costs
o construction, increased operat-
ing costs rom new buildings are
also an important consideration
 when planning new projects, Spies
said. With any new acility, there
are usually increases to operating
budgets that must be accounted
or in University spending, he said,
adding that the budget is a “mainconstraint.”
In the meantime, the Univer-
sity may be looking to scale downprojects or do renovations instead,
O’Neil said. Classroom renova-tions have already taken place,and minor dorm upgrades willcontinue, with the pace o theseprojects determined by the eco-
nomic situation, she said.
Despite the economic slow-
down, Brown will still have accessto debt markets that fnance such
renewal projects, Spies said.
 The economic crisis does not 
mean that construction will stop,
Maiorisi said, adding that potential
donors can come in anytime, and
that there is currently a very com-
petitive market or construction.
C j     
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University’s highest governing
body — a departure rom the last several years, in which the Corpo-ration has approved the spending
o reserve unds to inance thegoals o the Plan or Academic
The proposed $551 million
budget, which administrators dis-cussed at a meeting o the Brown
University Community Councilearlier this month, would repre-sent a $4.5 million decline rom
the current year’s budget, and a stark $21 million reduction rom
the igure the Corporation had
sketched out or the year last May.
 The University has said it needs
to cut $60 million in previously projected spending or the next 
ive years, beginning with the next 
Given the tough choices acing
it, the Corporation will ocus on
adjustments the University needsto make in the ace o “market up-
heaval,” Tisch said.
Still, he said there was “a very 
clear sense o a plan and a sense o 
direction” to move certain objec-
tives orward, and that the Corpo-ration hopes to support Simmons’
Dealing with the economiccrisis will be the “overriding
theme” o the meeting, said Rus-sell Carey ’91 MA’06, senior vice
president or Corporation a-
airs and University governance.
 The Corporation, which ormedan ad hoc committee at its last 
meeting in October to assess the
economy’s impact, will be deal-ing with “ongoing uncertainty”as it considers the next budget,
he added.
 Tisch said Brown was rela-tively well-positioned comparedto some wealthier peer schools,
and that the University has “great 
strengths” in times o economic
decline. Brown is “lucky” that its
revenue relies more on tuition,and less on endowment unds,than schools like Harvard, Yale
and Princeton, he said. Tisch also said the University  was ortunate to be able to post-
pone capital projects, and to have
no major construction projects
currently in progress.
“We have no big shovels in the
ground,” he said.Some programmatic cuts may 
also be on the table this weekend.
Reductions in student services can
be expected, Margaret Klawunn,
 vice president or campus lie andstudent services, said earlier this
 week. Reductions in the budgets
o academic departments might 
also be discussed.
 Among other business matters,
the Corporation is also expected
to review the University’s policy 
regarding conlicts o interest inresearch. The policy is being re- vised to be more transparent andmore in line with ederal regula-
tions, Vice President or ResearchClyde Briant said during a aculty 
meeting in December.
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B  f  S 
 Their goal? A rectangular hole
at the end o one wall, similar to a giant air hockey goal.
But something else is just as im-portant as shooting the puck in the
hole — remembering to breathe.
Every ew seconds, the under- water hockey players bobbed tothe surace or air, disturbing the water’s surace and hinting at therantic and competitive game that 
raged just a meter below.
“You go down, you push the puck
a certain distance … but you havegot to come back up and breathe,”said Gabriel Matthias, a University 
o Rhode Island sophomore who has
been playing underwater hockey 
or nearly fve years. “When you’re
breathing, you’re kind o out o the game. It’s hard to look down
and watch the other team take thepuck.”“But you have to learn that you
 just can’t go right back down and
keep playing,” he added. Joe Klinger, northeast regionaldirector o USA Underwater Hock-ey, agreed.
“No one can hold their breath
or an unlimited amount o time,” he
said. “The hardest thing is coordi-
nating with your teammates to take
advantage o everyone’s individualskills.”
Many water lovers have splashed
eagerly into the little-known sport.
Matthias said underwater hockey keeps him in shape or the spearfsh-
ing season. Many spearfshers get 
hooked on the sport during the o-
season as a way to train and stay inshape, he said.
“About 80 percent o the guys
 who play are spearfshermen, and
they play in the winter when there’s
no diving to be done,” Matthias
Klinger said many divers seeking
entertainment in the winter months
become involved with underwater 
hockey as well. In act, the game was invented by a British diver in
But that’s not to say that it is a 
sport only or those with underwater 
“Water is a great equalizer,”
Klinger said. “Anyone can play.” According to Klinger, underwa-
ter hockey is even played in physical
education classes elsewhere in the
 world and is gaining popularity in
the United States. USA Underwater 
Hockey sends men’s and women’s
teams every two years to the world
 The Northeast Region boasts at 
least 10 underwater hockey clubs
that meet weekly. They compete in
several regional tournaments andan annual national tournament,
Klinger said.
 About two weeks ago, players
rom the Turkish national underwa-
ter hockey team were on hand at a 
Connecticut tournament to provide
expert assistance to local teams.
“We talked strategy. There’s
not a lot o reerence around here,since it’s not as popular,” Matthias
said. “Getting taught things is a real
Recently, the Ocean State hasbeen swept up in the current o underwater hockey’s popularity. According to Klinger, the number 
o Rhode Island underwater hockey players has surged, especially when
compared to other Northeastern
states.URI recently recognized an un-
derwater hockey team that Matthias
ounded on campus.
“There’s a lot o interest when
 you explain (the sport),” he said. “It 
took me less than a day to get the
eight names required or a club. I
now have 60 names o people inter-
ested in playing.”
Currently, the Rhode Island Redsplay weekly in Warwick. Some mem-
bers o the team travel throughout 
New England, competing in smaller 
regional tournaments.
 The Reds’ weekly pickup gamesare largely inormal. They call their 
own ouls and use weights to mark
the goals on the swimming pool’s
 walls. New players learn right along-side the sport’s seasoned veterans.
 The game moves quickly, as each
side quickly racks up goals. I one
team becomes more dominant,the group reorganizes the teamsto ensure that they are evenly 
But the sport is constantly look-ing or new stars. Klinger said high
school clubs are emerging across
the nation, and he hopes that play-
ers will get involved at a younger 
age. He said he even sees a utureor underwater hockey on CollegeHill.“Brown needs to get somethinggoing!” he said.
S     
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“We realized that Rth wold be a sick addition.”
 — Brent Zajaczkowski ’12 on his first-pick competition video
B S    
shannon o’brien
Blue State Coee is no longer ex-
clusive to the Brown community.
Now Yale students, too, can enjoy 
a cup o coee at the company’s
New Haven, Conn., location, which
opened Feb. 12.
 The new store is in the heart o Yale’s campus, on the ground
oor o an academic building right 
across rom a residential hall. The
company rents the space rom
 Alex Payson ’03.5, co-owner and manager o Blue State, saidthe company chose New Havenin part because co-owner and co-ounder Drew Ruben is a sopho-
more at Yale. In addition, he said,one o the other our ounders is a  Yale alum.
“We know the area,” Payson
said. “Our ideal demographic is theliberal New England college town,
and it works pretty well or us.”
 The new location will be simi-
lar to the one on Thayer Street in
“basic concepts and ideas,” Paysonsaid, but it will work hard to “cater 
to the local community.”
Both shops “give away 5 per-cent (o profts to dierent chari-ties), both are eco-riendly andboth are local,” Ruben said. “But 
 Yale ocuses more on social justice
causes, and the Providence-based
one ocuses more on educational
and environmental causes. The di-
erences reect the surrounding
Both Payson and Ruben saidthe store has been well-received
so ar.
“Business has been antastic— ar better than we could have
hoped,” Payson said.
Matthew George, a Yale sopho-more, was enthusiastic about Blue
State in New Haven.
“There’s a ton o coee shopshere, so it was nice to have onethat set itsel apart. It has a pur-
pose — the charity stu inuences
everything,” George said. He added
that despite the prevalence o co-ee shops in the area, Blue State is“usually pretty darn packed.”Payson said Blue State plans to
expand urther “in the next year 
or two.”“We’re going to stick with New 
England or the next couple stores,”
he said, mentioning Boston, New 
 York City and another Rhode Is-
land location as possibilities. “When
 we’ve really got the model perect, we can open up in Ann Arbor, Wis-
consin, San Fran, Berkeley, L.A.”
Ruben said expansion would berelatively slow because the owners
 want to keep each store unique.
“It takes a lot o careul attention
to make each store really reect the local community and not just 
be a cookie-cutter hodgepodge o ideas,” he said.
B   S b 
by alicia dang
 The University has signed a 
“memorandum o understanding” with the Instituto de Empresa in
Madrid, a Spanish university withtop-ranked business programs, toacilitate cooperation between theinstitutions.“The collaboration is driven by 
a combination o educational op-portunities or students and pro-grams that connect aculty,” said
David Kennedy ’76, vice president 
or International Aairs and interimdirector o the Watson Institute or 
International Studies.
 The memorandum, which was
signed by Provost David Kertzer ’69
P’95 P’98 and Rector o the Instituto
de Empresa Santiago Iniguez onFeb. 3, does not create any new programs or “ormal institutionalafliations.” Instead, it strives to
provide a oundation or increasedinteraction between the universities
and discussion o joint seminars
and other educational, cultural and
research activities, according to a University statement.Kennedy said the planning and
actual implementation o the ex-change programs are still under 
He said the University hopesto explore “intellectually what we
can do in management and entre-
preneurship (programs) with IE”and to provide more opportuni-ties or students concentratingin Commerce, Organizations andEntrepreneurship or pursuing a 
masters degree with the Program
in Innovation Management and En-
 The University also aspires toattract more students to Brown’sSummer and Continuing Studiesprograms and to fnd new intern-
ship and summer studies opportu-nities or Brown students in Spain,
he said.
But there will probably not be
another regular semester- or year-
long study abroad program estab-
lished between the two schools,Kennedy said, adding that the
administration is instead trying to“bring new things to the table.”
“It’s a long process. We havebeen talking with them or more
than one year,” Kennedy said. “I will
be back (in Spain) in a ew weeks
I  , S,  
by dan alexander
Eight students sprinted down the
aisles o Salomon 101 during an
economics class, jumped on stageand broke into o-key song.
“Why do you build me up, buildme up, buttercup baby?” they sang
to Senior Lecturer Rachel Fried-
berg, who was in the middle o her 
ECON 0110: “Principles o Econom-
ics” lecture.
Students flmed rom the seats asthe singers snapped and danced like
an a cappella group, belting out theFoundations’ classic hit. The video was turned in as an entry or the an-nual First-Pick Lottery Competition
held by Residential Lie.
It was one o nine videos shownto over 200 students on a big-screen
projector last night in Sayles Hall
in an event hosted by ResLie andResidential Council.
Students voted or their avorite videos ater all nine were screened.
 The group with the winning video will be given the frst choice in thehousing lottery this April.
“The goal o our video was to
do something that no other group
 would have the balls to do,” said
 Alex Tin ’12, one o the “Build MeUp Buttercup” singers.
 The videos’ storylines varied
rom a group o reshmen avoidingan attacking Bruno to one student’s
pursuit o a Young Orchard dorm,told as a love story.“This was a lot more about the
movie or us than the competition,”
said Anish Farma ’12, director o the
attacking Bruno flm.
Farma’s video, “Ruthless,” ea-
tured a cameo rom President RuthSimmons as the conniving director 
behind the bear attacks.
“We realized that Ruth would be
a sick addition,” said Brent Zajacz-
kowski ’12, another member o the
“Ruthless” group, about involving
the popular Simmons in the flming.
 The group realized that Simmonshad one open ofce hour every month and went in to ask or her 
help with the project.
“She was really nice about it.
 We told her the story and she was
completely willing to help,” Zajac-
zkowski said.
 The videos will be posted online
 within a week, though ResCouncilChairman James Reed ’09 said theCouncil is uncertain exactly when
they will be posted. Students will
have another week to vote or their 
avorite videos online.
 The event also included inor-
mation tables or program houses,Greek houses and special-interest housing.
“The point really is to raiseinterest about the lottery, about special-interest housing, program
and Greek houses,” Reed said.
Some students visited the inor-
mation tables beore and ater the
 videos played, but most students
enjoyed the ood and drinks beore
the show and let right ater the
screenings ended.
“That was expected,” saidResCouncil Lottery Subcommit-
Qidong Chen / Herald
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