FRIdAy, APRIl 3, 2009THE BROWN dAIly HERAldPAGE 3
“I beieve that ‘whore’ is a wor invente for women who ikesex as much as men o.”
— Staceann Chin, poet an activist
By caitlin trujillo
The “broken heart syndrome,” a
rare condition that mimics heart
attack symptoms, may now be bet-
ter understood, thanks to a groupo Brown and Miriam Hospital re-searchers.
Richard Regnante, an interven-
tional cardiology ellow at Miriam
and teaching ellow in medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School,
initiated the study in July 2004 to
determine the demographics most oten aected by the disease — or-mally known as Takotsubo cardio-myopathy — and to develop better
The researchers observed ap-
proximately 70 patients enrolledat the Miriam and Rhode Island
Hospitals who were diagnosed withthe syndrome. The study was pub-
lished in the American Journal o
Cardiology’s April 1 edition this
Though the disease has some
heart attack symptoms, it does not appear to result rom artery block-
age. It gets its colloquial name —
“broken heart syndrome” — rom
the act that it tends to strike ater
an individual has suered a trau-
matic event, such as the death o a loved one, according to a March 27
Providence Journal article.
According to Ryan Zuzek, an-
other teaching ellow involvedin the study, previous researchdetermined that the disease was
primarily prevalent in women. The
Brown-Miriam study aimed to re-
search the causes o the disease
and the specic groups o womenmore prone to developing it.
The results o the study suggest
that post-menopausal women at
low risk or heart disease are more
likely to experience broken heart
syndrome ater a stressul event.
Zuzek also said patients on ACE in-hibitors, pharmaceutical drugs that inhibit the angiotensin-convertingenzyme to relax blood vessels, did
not experience symptoms as se-
Even without ACE inhibitors,
the disease does not usually cause
lasting heart damage and patients
recover i given the right treatment,
Zuzek said, adding that out o the
nearly 75 patients in the study, only
one elderly patient died ater her
amily decided to take her o liesupport.
The syndrome also has a low
recurrence rate, with only two or-
mer patients reporting a return o symptoms, Zuzek said.
The next step in the study o
the syndrome is to conduct intra-
vascular ultrasounds on patients
to look or ulcers or obstructions,
he said. The procedure could help
determine i the condition is the
result o an aborted heart attack
or some other mechanism.
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By alexanDra ulmer
Weaving her way up and down the
aisles o Salomon 101, poet Staceyann
Chin candidly spoke o her graying
pubic hair. “Nobody told me this would
happen,” the energetic artist told a
laughing crowd last night.
This somewhat unorthodox scene
was just one o many in the event, which kicked o Queer Alliance’s
2009 Pride Month and eatured Chin
and openly gay Providence Mayor
David Cicilline ’83. The QA’s theme
or the month is titled “More Than
Marriage: Building an Inclusive Queer
Movement,” and it includes events
ranging rom a lecture on homopho-
bia in hip-hop to a celebration o the
th anniversary o Brown’s LGBTQResource Center.
The event also marked the rst
collaboration between Pride Month,
which aims to celebrate the lives o LGBTQ people, and the Black Lav-
ender Experience, which centers onblack and queer theater.
“The Pride Month is about morethan marriage — it’s about building
an inclusive queer community,” Pride
Month Co-Programmer Alex Morse
’11 told The Herald.
Cicilline introduced the event by
praising youth and the Brown com-
munity or supporting and respecting
the LGBTQ community.
“You are pressing these issues and
raising public awareness,” he said.“Full equality or our community is
only a short way o.”
His visit to Salomon 101 or thisoccasion was “particularly wonder-
ul,” Cicilline added, beore presenting
the LGBTQ Resource Center with a
proclamation rom the city.
President Ruth Simmons attended
and described the collaboration be-
tween the two groups as “terric.”
“It’s very indicative o ways in
which dierent groups nd a way o
working together,” Simmons told The
Throughout the event, Chin, equal
parts slam poet, writer and politicalactivist, proved to be an outspoken,unscripted and vigorous perormer.
She alternated between reading romher upcoming biography and chatting
with the sound technician.Born to a Jamaican mother and a
Chinese ather who both let her, Chin
recounted her tumultuous upbring-
ing in Jamaica and her struggles as a multiracial and queer artist. In one o the three poems she read, a dramatic
and vibrant Chin roamed up and down
the aisles, her deep voice recountinga list o what she believes in.
“I practice believing in the smaller
things ... until I have time to believe
in the rest,” she said. “I believe birds were once people in another lie.”
“Except I believe Saint Nicholas is
actually a transvestite,” Chin contin-
ued. “I believe that ‘whore’ is a word
invented or women who like sex as
much as men do,” she added to audi-ence cheers.
In another poem she recited, Chinspoke o the paradox between lesbians’attraction to straight girls and the di-culty in seducing them. “Rule number
one: You have to be platonic,” Chin
advised. “Rule number two: You cannot
bend rule number one or at least three
months — until she adjusts.”
When reading rom her book, Chinshared her ear o writing and publish-ing her lie story. “I’m still a little shaky,
part-ashamed and also proud o this
book,” she said.
The book, “The Other Side o Para-dise,” will be released April 14 in New
York, with her amily, her ormer e-
male partners and one ex-boyriend in
attendance, Chin told the audience.
She read three passages about her creation in the backseat o a car, anger towards her oster home on ChristmasDay and her sel-exploration ollowing
the discovery o a porn magazine.
Chin said meaningul poetry to
her carries “the spirit and anger andemotional shit o the writer.”
“I wanted to gure out where it
was that I belonged in this thing that I loved so much,” she said.
Tan came to Sayles prepared with
a thick stack o foor plans highlight-ing the best rooms.
Some people were even too ner-
vous to speak to The Herald. Aparna Kumar ’10 declined an interview, say-ing only, “We have to concentrate. I’m
Others, like Melissa Diaz ’10, had
not entered themselves into the lot-tery but were still in Sayles to oer
moral support to their riends and
“enjoy a little bit o no-stress,” Diaz
Besides the chaos, the housing
lottery is also notorious or causingrits between riends.“This year was pretty chill,” said
Tarah Knaresboro ’11, a ormer Her-
ald copy editor. “We’re another year
more mature. The drama happens
But not everyone elt the same way. One lottery-goer, Michael
Frauenhoer ’11, said he “had a milddisagreement with a group member about cleanliness and then they let our group.”
Many o the students that The
Herald talked to also said this year’shousing lottery seemed more orga-
nized than in previous years and that the switch rom MacMillan 117 — the
site o last year’s lottery — to SaylesHall was a good decision.Ben Lowell ’10, the chair o Resi-
dential Council’s Housing Lottery Committee, was one o the people
in charge o making sure the event
“MacMillan was too small o a venue,” Lowell said. “Sayles was a
bigger space that we could do a lot
with.” Another dierence this year was
the increased number o no-shows —the 44 no-shows Thursday night werealmost double the number who ailed
to pick on the rst night last year.
“A lot o no-shows are people who
applied beore they ound out about going abroad,” Lowell said.
borhood Opportunities Program, a
state-unded program that provided
low-income housing or the home-
less.“We don’t want them to invest it
in plugging budget decits. We want them to use it to benet the poorest
Rhode Islanders who need it right
now and to deal with the structuralbudget decit as a separate issue,”
said Jim Ryczek, the executive direc-tor o the Rhode Island Coalition or
In an eort to close the state’s
$357 million budget decit or the
scal year ending in June, a budget
proposal approved by the House
Finance Committee reduced stateaid to cities and towns by $55 mil-
lion. But on Wednesday, the House
voted to “reinstate $25 million o the$55 million in local revenue-sharing
money,” according to an April 2 ar-ticle in the Providence Journal.
At Thursday’s event, severalgroups, including nonprots and
social service agencies, placed inor-
mation tables around the rotunda’s
second foor. In keeping with theevent’s theme, “Stimulating theEconomy, Growing Healthy Com-
munities,” the organizers decorated
the site with pails and shovels and
planned to give each legislator a
shovel and a packet o seeds along
with a sheet outlining their major
Supporters lined the State House
stairs, holding signs in English and
Spanish and ollowing organizers
“We are here to translate our
numbers into power and our power
into action,” Linda Watkins, vicepresident o Amos House, a local
social service agency, told the crowd.
Watkins gave examples o people,
now homeless, who paid their rent
but were nonetheless evicted when
their building was oreclosed on.
Organizers said they are hoping
or the passage o a House bill that will allow renters to continue to livein and pay rent on oreclosed prop-erties as long as they maintain theproperties.
Watkins also asked the legis-lature to reinstate unding or the
Neighborhood Opportunities Pro-
gram, which was eliminated rom
the state budget.
Two representatives rom theRhode Island Bank Tenants andHomeowners Association shared
their personal experiences with ore-closure. “The house that I live in has
been in oreclosure, and the banks
right now are negotiating to rent to me, but they still haven’t given
me a response,” said Ida Rivera, via translator.“I was once homeless or seven
years, so I can relate,” said Catherine
Flemmings, a rally attendee. “I eel
obligated that I should be part o
this because I once walked in their shoes.”
Megan Smith ’10 attended the
rally with HOPE, a student organi-
zation at Brown that works with the
“A lot o the people who died arepeople we’ve known personally,” said
Smith, one o the many supporters
who carried homemade crosses withnames written on them to honor the35 homeless people she said died inRhode Island last year. “They’re olks
rom the community who lived on
the streets or in the shelter.”
planning to fy out the day beore,he said.
They planned on “going rom
hostel to hostel” and “didn’t want
to be staying in one resort,” he
said.Friends expressed relie upon
learning that Hays and Roy had
been ound. “I’m really happy and
relieved,” said Jennier Grayson
’11, who lives with Hays in a suiteon campus.Previously, riends posted sev-eral messages on Hays’ and Roy’s
Facebook walls expressing con-
cern about the students’ well-being
and asking or inormation.
“Has ANYONE actually had
contact, phone, text or otherwise
with Sophia since March 21, 2009,”
one poster asked Thursday ater-
noon. “All o her riends help is
An advisory on the State De-
partment’s Web site, dated March4, advises that “incidents o violent
crime have been steadily on the
rise” in Trinidad and Tobago.
“Violent crimes, includingassault, kidnapping or ransom,sexual assault and murder, haveinvolved oreign residents and
tourists, including U.S. citizens,”
according to the site.Friends o Hays told The Her-ald she had matriculated with theClass o 2010, but took the spring
and all semesters o in 2008 to
travel in Europe.
In an e-mail to students late
Thursday night, Dean o the Col-
lege Katherine Bergeron and VicePresident or Campus Lie and Stu-
dent Services Margaret Klawunn
wrote that the University was
“extremely grateul or the work
done by law enorcement agen-
cies, as well as by members o theBrown community, that led to this
outcome.”“We look orward to their saereturn to campus,” they wrote.
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