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FRIDAy, FEBRuARy 20, 2009THE BROWN DAILy HERALDPAGE 2
“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 plansor 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.
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,
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 lie 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 conlicts 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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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 surace or air, disturbing the water’s surace and hinting at therantic 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,
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 reerence 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
The Reds’ weekly pickup gamesare largely inormal. 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 utureor underwater hockey on CollegeHill.“Brown needs to get somethinggoing!” he said.