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www.brownaihera.com195 AngeStreet, Provience, Rhoe Isanhera@brownaihera.com
take it to the matt
Wrestler Matt Gevelinger
’09 pins own a successfu
Sports, 7
musical magic
Romance an humor take
center stage in Gilbert &
Suivan’s ‘Ioanthe’
Arts, 5
leave off the lights
Michael Fitzpatrick ’12
thinks every hour shoul
be Earth Hour
Opinions, 11
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the Brown
vol. cxliv, no. 44 |
Friday, April 3, 2009
| Serving the community daily since 1891
S    
By seth motel
Nearly 8 percent o students have
illegally used prescription stimulants
— such as Adderall, Dexedrine and
Ritalin — during this academic year,
according to a recent Herald poll.
 Among the students surveyed,
7.9 percent said they had used pre-
scription stimulants that were not prescribed to them once or more
during that time period. O those sur-
 veyed, 3.1 percent said they used
stimulants only one time, 3.7 percent 
said they used them “a ew times” and
1.1 percent said they used them morerequently than that. 89.8 percent saidthey had not used them this year and
2.2 percent chose not to answer.
 The results are similar to thenational average estimated by theNational Center on Addiction andSubstance Abuse at Columbia 
(CASA), which ound that 6.7 percent 
o college students used prescrip-tion stimulants illegally during the12-month period studied. Doctors
generally prescribe such medications
to people who suer rom attentiondecit hyperactivity disorder.Most o the admitted illicit users
in the CASA study said they used the
medications to help them study, but nearly a third said that getting high
 was at least one actor. The study 
ound that white males most requent-
ly used those drugs illicitly, and said
research has ound Greek member-
ship to be another positive correlate
 with illegal use nationwide.
CASA reported that at least 43
pharmaceutical Web sites sell stimu-
lants without requiring a prescrip-
tion. Still, the most common method
or college students to obtain thesedrugs was through riends.
One Brown sophomore, whoasked to remain anonymous, has
bought Adderall “3-4 times this year,”
he wrote in an e-mail to The Herald.
“It was real easy,” he wrote.“All I had
to do was ask a riend to get some.”
 The student, who added that he has given the drug to riends, wrote that he did not ear getting
in trouble.
 A rst-year, who also asked not to
be named, said he has been taking
 Adderall since a doctor diagnosedhim with ADHD in ourth grade.Because he takes the prescribed
medication only when he eels it is
necessary, he has possessed surpluspills that he has given to some o his
A,       b
By mitra anoushiravani
 At 6 p.m. sharp yesterday, Deb Ma-hato ’09.5 was on the spot.
 With the rst pick o the 2009Housing Lottery, Mahato chose a 
single in West Andrews, and Brown’s
annual dash or on-campus housingocially began.
 The rst hal o this year’s lottery  went o smoothly Thursday night inSayles Hall, with almost 500 numberscalled in a rapid-re three hours. The
night’s nal pick went to six rising
 juniors — group number 488 — just beore 9 p.m.
“I’m sweating,” said Sage Erskine
’11, one o the students who had the
last pick o the night. “My adrenaline
is all up and down!” All six women in the group were
on the edges o their seats, yelling words o encouragement to thegroups ahead o them that did not 
choose the Goddard House suite they 
 wanted. Every time there was a no-
show, the girls could be heard cheer-
ing rom anywhere in Sayles.“Our strategy is to intimidate ev-eryone,” Erskine joked.
Mahato, who is entering his tenth
semester, said he “just wanted some
quiet space, so it didn’t matter whereI’m staying, because I know very ew 
people and most o my riends are
Maggie Machaiek ’09.5 had the11th number called Thursday, but she was still nervous beore head-
ing to the podium to make her pick.“I really wanted a single in Minden,but there are only 10 so I was really nervous,” she said.
It turns out she needn’t have wor-
ried — she got her wish.
For others, like Jennier Tan ’11
 who had number 403, the housing
lottery was especially tumultuous.
“I’m dissatised,” Tan said. “We’reat the beginning o the bottom hal o 
numbers, so we can’t even be on the
 waitlist to maybe get a good room.
 And there were a lot o people going
abroad, so there was a lot o hectic
switching around.”
Tw mssng stunts sf n Tn
By Ben schreckinger
Kimberly Hays ’11 and Sophia Roy 
’10, who had been declared miss-ing ater they did not return rom
a spring break trip to Trinidad,
are now sae at a hotel there, Ste-
 ven Hays, Kimberly’s ather, said
 Thursday.“They’re all right,” he told The
Herald in a telephone interview 
last night.
Hays did not elaborate on what 
happened to the two students ex-cept to say that he had spoken to
Kimberly briefy and that “one o 
them may have been drugged.”
Ocials at the FBI and the
State Department conrmed ear-lier Thursday that both agencies
 were investigating the students’
 The University had announced
in an e-mail to students late Wednesday night that two un-
named students had not returnedater break.
Friends o Roy and Hays said
 Thursday that the two had been ex-pected back rom their trip by Mon-
day, the day classes resumed.
But Steven Hays said the two
missed their Delta Airlines fight 
o the island, and the students’riends told The Herald that, to
their knowledge, no one had heard
rom either o them since they let the country. An ATM withdrawal was made
in Trinidad rom Kimberly Hays’
bank account on March 30, Steven
Hays said, and law enorcement 
ocers had attempted to use se-
curity ootage to determine who
had made the withdrawal. The pair 
had planned to return beore that day, riends said.
 Two students who live with
Hays said two FBI agents, accom-
panied by a Department o Pub-
lic Saety ocer, had questioned
them and searched Hays’ room on
 Wednesday night.Steven Hays said his daughter 
 was being interviewed by StateDepartment ocials in Trinidad
 Thursday night.
Nat Rosenzweig ’11, who said he
is a riend o both students, said he
had planned to travel to Trinidad with Hays over spring break but,
or personal reasons, decided not 
to go. Roy went on the trip with
Hays instead, he said.
“I don’t think there was any spe-
cic itinerary or the trip,” Rosen-zweig said.
 The two departed rom New 
 York on March 22 ater originally 
Quinn Savit / Hera
Stuents watche intent as rooms few off the boar.
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,      
By hannah moser
 A crowd o nearly 200 people gath-
ered in the State House rotunda  Thursday aternoon, calling or 
legislators to use ederal
stimulus money to help
those who have lost their 
homes due to oreclosure, evictionor job loss.
 The rally was organized by 10
groups, including non-prot orga-
nizations such as the Rhode Island
Coalition or the Homeless and
Housing Opportunities or People
Everywhere, a student organiza-
tion at Brown that works with the
homeless community. The coalition
and HOPE share “a concern about the lack o aordable homes,” said
Nellie Gorbea, executive director o Housing Works RI, a homelessness
advocacy group.
Rhode Island will
receive $1.1 billion romthe ederal stimulus package, TheHerald reported last month. The groups called or using theederal stimulus money to prevent 
oreclosures, protect tenants andreinstate unding or the Neigh-
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Hannah Moser / Hera
Severa nonprofits organize a ra at the State House Thursa after-noon, caing for a soution to homeessness.
metrothe heralD Poll
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“To think that ou can sen an ki off to schoo with an kin ofrug is naive.”
 — Aan Zametkin Md ’77, NIMH senior cinica staff phsician
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the Brown
 The student said he has given
away the pills a ew times, accepting
money i the other person insists onbuying the pills rom him. Whether or money or not, he has been care-ul to give out Adderall to only a ew people, he said.“I wouldn’t eel comortable giv-ing it to someone I didn’t know,” hesaid.In comparison to using Adderall
to stay alert, coee and other drinks
 with caeine are not as helpul, therst-year said.
h 
In act, ingesting enough caeine
to equal the eects o a prescription
stimulant would probably be more
harmul, said Associate Proessor o 
Pediatrics Judith Owens ’77 MD’80,
 who studies the relationship between
stimulants and sleep.But snorting prescription stimu-lants to get high is ar more danger-
ous than simply ingesting them in pillorm, Owens said. In addition to ethi-
cal and legal issues posed by use o 
the drugs, Owens cautioned against thinking that they will necessarily im-
prove one’s mental perormance.
“One o the concerns I have is that I think people assume that when they use these sort o alertness-enhancingsubstances that they reverse any det-riments associated with sleepiness,”
she said. “The jury is still also out in
regards to how much these medi-
cations actually do improve peror-
mance, especially in the ace o sleep
Director o Health Education
Frances Mantak ’88 said she worries
that a student who eels more alert 
ater using a prescription stimulant 
once might be convinced that he
or she can no longer ocus without 
using the drugs. People can alsoincorrectly assume there will be
relatively ew harmul physical e-
ects, she said.
“People have a sense that, ‘Well,
this is a legal drug, thereore it’s
sae,’” Mantak said. “They don’t o-
ten realize what could happen to
them i they have a heart condition,
or example.”In a 1990 study by the National
Institute o Mental Health, AlanZametkin MD’77 concluded that stimulants like Ritalin could help
treat ADHD — a nding which somepeople credit with starting the surgeo stimulant prescriptions or ADHDdiagnoses. Between 1990 and 2005,
prescriptions o methylphenidateand amphetamine (the generic
terms or Ritalin and Adderall, re-
spectively) jumped more than 3,000percent, according to the Chronicle
or Higher Education.
Now a senior clinical sta physi-
cian or the NIMH, Zametkin said
 ADHD is not over-diagnosed, but there needs to be more attention
paid to the unlawul distribution o drugs prescribed or the disorder.
“The medical community itsel 
has to take some responsibility or 
the issues o (stimulant) diversion
because we just don’t warn our pa-tients about it enough,” he said.
People between the ages o 18and 22 in particular may lack the
inormation and maturity to makegood decisions about prescription
drugs, he said.“To think that you can send any 
kid o to school with any kind o 
drug is naive,” Zametkin said, add-
ing that colleges should do more to
oversee prescription drug use on
their campuses and educate students
about the risks o illicit use.
Still, he considers oral use o these drugs to be relatively sae,
he said.
“Compared to blackouts rom
alcohol, we’re talking about an en-
tirely dierent scale o magnitude o 
medical problems,” he said.
‘B  d’
Greg Anderson ’10, president o Students or Sensible Drug Policy,
said that taking these pills “isn’t nec-
essarily a bad thing” and that they should be treated like other illegal,but rarely lethal, drugs.“I personally don’t see anything
 wrong with using it very rarely,”
 Anderson said. “I would put using
stimulants at the same level as using
marijuana recreationally.” The University treats illicit pos-session or distribution o prescrip-tion drugs in the same category as
any drugs that are completely illegal,said Associate Dean o Student Lie
 Terry Addison. University policy 
states that dealers o drugs “are sub-
 ject to immediate separation rom
the University.”
 Though the Department o Pub-
lic Saety reers only about one stu-dent a year to the Oce o Student 
Lie or cases o stimulant misuse,
 Addison said the University is aware
that students violate the rule morerequently.
“Because they’re prescribed and
because they’re being shared andpossibly sold by students, it’s sort 
o beneath the radar,” he said. While Addison said he does not 
condone use o the drugs without a prescription, he said he takes selling
the drugs to be a much more seri-ous oense.
“When a person actively looks toprot by selling prescription drugs,”
he said, “it puts it in a whole other category.”
In light o legal consequencesinside and outside the University,
Zametkin said colleges should make
their students more aware o thelegal ramications o distributing
or accepting prescription drugs il-
legally.Health Education’s Mantak saidshe is planning to create a page onHealth Services’ Web site that will
inorm students o the dangers o using prescription drugs not pre-
scribed to them.
But, she said, she doesn’t want 
people to “lose sight” o the act that alcohol and marijuana use are much
more o an issue at Brown.
 The poll, conducted rom March
16 through 18, has a 3.6 percent margin o error with 95 percent condence. A total o 676 Brown
undergraduates completed the poll,
 which The Herald administered asa written questionnaire to students
in the University Mail Room at J. Walter Wilson, outside the Blue
Room in Faunce House and in theSciences Library.
F  b,     
continued from
Quinn Savit / Hera
Fewer than 10 percent of stuents sai the use unprescribestimuants this acaemic ear, accoring to a po conucte b The Hera.
“I beieve that ‘whore’ is a wor invente for women who ikesex as much as men o.”
 — Staceann Chin, poet an activist
G      
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 oten aected by the disease — or-mally known as Takotsubo cardio-myopathy — and to develop better 
treatment methods.
 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 ater 
an individual has suered 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 specic 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 ater a stressul 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 ater her 
amily decided to take her o liesupport.
 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.
F , C   
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, beore 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 “terric.”
“It’s very indicative o ways in
 which dierent 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 perormer.
She alternated between reading romher upcoming biography and chatting
 with the sound technician.Born to a Jamaican mother and a 
Chinese ather who both let 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 lie.”
“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 lie 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-boyriend 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 meaningul 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
reaking out!”
Others, like Melissa Diaz ’10, had
not entered themselves into the lot-tery but were still in Sayles to oer 
moral support to their riends and
“enjoy a little bit o no-stress,” Diaz
Besides the chaos, the housing
lottery is also notorious or causingrits 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
reshman year.”
But not everyone elt the same way. One lottery-goer, Michael
Frauenhoer ’11, said he “had a milddisagreement with a group member about cleanliness and then they let 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 
ran smoothly.
“MacMillan was too small o a  venue,” Lowell said. “Sayles was a 
bigger space that we could do a lot 
 with.” Another dierence 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 beore they ound out about going abroad,” Lowell said.
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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 decits. We want them to use it to benet the poorest 
Rhode Islanders who need it right 
now and to deal with the structuralbudget decit as a separate issue,”
said Jim Ryczek, the executive direc-tor o the Rhode Island Coalition or 
the Homeless.
In an eort to close the state’s
$357 million budget decit 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 nonprots and
social service agencies, placed inor-
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
in chants.
“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
homeless community.
“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.”
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planning to fy out the day beore,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 Jennier 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 inormation.
“Has ANYONE actually had
contact, phone, text or otherwise
 with Sophia since March 21, 2009,”
one poster asked Thursday ater-
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 Lie and Stu-
dent Services Margaret Klawunn
 wrote that the University was
“extremely grateul or the work
done by law enorcement agen-
cies, as well as by members o theBrown community, that led to this
outcome.”“We look orward to their saereturn to campus,” they wrote.
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