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hoops for haiti
Woen’s basetball tea
raise thousans of ollars
for Haitian relief
Sports, 6
EnginEEring changE
A proposal for a school of
engineering at Brown is
slate to be passe
News, 3
Eco-friEndly apathy
Sarah Yu ’11 callsout stuents for their
environental laziness
Opinions, 11
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the Brown
vol. cxlv, no. 19 |
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
| Serving the community daily since 1891
C.    G 
By alEx BEll
President Ruth Simmons’ decision
to leave Goldman Sachs’ Board o 
Directors earlier this month was
not inuenced by the Corporation,
members o Brown’s highest govern-
ing body told The Herald.
“I want to make it as clear as I
can that, as she has noted, President Simmons kept the senior leadershipapprised o her thinking and solicitedour views,” said Chancellor Thomas
 Tisch ’76 P’07, the Corporation’s
leader and the University’s highest ofcer. But the senior leadership’s
 view, he said, “was that this really 
 was a decision or her to make.”
 When asked what thoughts Sim-
mons expressed in such discussions,
 Tisch said this sort o conversation
rom within the leadership o theCorporation would not be “well-
served” by being made public.In an interview with The Herald
earlier this month, Simmons said she
elt strongly that she doesn’t “know 
enough as an individual” to make the
decision to leave Goldman’s board
 without others’ input, so she dis-
cusses the matter with a committee
o the Corporation periodically.Beore Simmons chose to leave
Goldman’s board, she discussed the
Rcnt gs sus nju n ht-n-un
Phelan ’09 pushed roommate out of car’s path
By goda thangada
Erinn Phelan ’09 and Alma Guer-
rero ’09 MD’13 were struck by a 
car and seriously injured in a hit-
and-run accident in Brooklyn at 
4:30 Sunday morning.
Phelan pushed Guerrero out o 
the way o the car, Alma’s ather 
Fidel Guerrero P’09 told the New  York Daily News, and is currently 
in critical condition. Guerrero is
stable, with non-lie-threatening in- juries, said Lt. John Grimpel o the
New York Police Department.Since the accident, Phelan has
been surrounded by riends and
amily at her bedside in KingsCounty Hospital, according to
riend Rob Warner ’10.5.
 Warner said Guerrero had a 
broken collarbone and may be re-leased soon.
Phelan and Guerrero werecrossing the intersection o Flat-bush Avenue and Prospect Place when a northbound 1993 green
 Acura Legend struck the two, ac-cording to the police report. The
 vehicle was ound abandoned ater 
the accident, according to police
reports. The ront windshield was
 A cab driver, whom the Daily News identifed as Muhammad,
 witnessed the incident and calledthe police, Grimpel said. Muham-
mad told the Daily News, “I heard
a big boom. Then she took o. Shestarted driving aster and (passed)
me. It was a young woman driv-
Police sources searched or Cindy Jasmin, 31, the registered
owner o the car, or more than two
days beore she agreed to speak with the NYPD. Detective John
Sweeney o the NYPD confrmed
to The Herald on Tuesday night 
that police had made contact with
 Jasmin, who hired a lawyer beoremeeting with detectives. Sweeney 
said Jasmin claims her sister wasdriving the vehicle when it struck
Phelan and Guerrero. The case
remains under investigation, with
the warrant or the arrest o the
perpetrator still outstanding.
“We can’t assume anything,”
Sweeney said.
 A large digital signboard hasbeen placed at the scene o theaccident, broadcasting a plea or 
Guerrero, who attends Alpert 
Medical School, was visiting Phel-
an, her roommate o three years,or the long weekend.
Phelan has been working as
S  b
By Max godnick
Most college students rarely have the
opportunity to help crat nine-fgure
institutional budgets. But fve Brown
students — the student representatives
to the University Resources Commit-
tee — do just that as they advise senior 
administrators on the University’s an-
nual budget.
 The committee, chaired by Pro- vost David Kertzer ’69 P’95 P’98, isresponsible or drawing up budget recommendations or the president 
to present to the Corporation, Brown’s
highest governing body. The URCconsists o six elected aculty mem-bers, two sta members, fve senior administrators — including Kertzer;
Rajiv Vohra P’07, dean o the aculty;
M. kP
By tony Bakshi
Steve Gruber ’10 is a backup point guard
 who averages just our points a game.
But in the waning seconds against Princ-
eton on Saturday night, his record was
irrelevant. Gruber sunk two clutch ree
throws with eight seconds remaining,helping the Bears (10-17, 4-6 Ivy) grab
an upset victory over the title-contending
 Tigers (16-7, 7-2). The night beore,
Brown avenged a heartbreaking home
Jonathan Batean / Heral
Steve Grber ’10 cae off the bench against Princeton an ae all six ofhis free throw attepts, helping the basetball tea go 2-0 last weeen.
F—  : S   B FML
By nicolE BouchEr
During reading period, with the
inevitability o fnals mounting,
stressed and anxious students clingdesperately to their last moments o reedom, and humiliating moments
have a way o accompanying thisnervous tension.
But beginning Dec. 8, students
 were able to relieve their stress
through Brown FML — a Web site
 where students can anonymously 
post stressul or embarrassing ex-
periences, usually with a touch o humor mied in.
 The use o the phrase “FML”
(F— My Lie) to denote a particu-
larly negative or embarrassing
eperience skyrocketed ater the
debut o the original site, FM-
 yLie.com. As the phrase became
integrated into teenage popular culture, more orums appeared
documenting unortunate but hu-
morous events in the lives o young
Brown FML is a school-specifc
 Web site ollowing this trend. The
Brown site is part o the larger College FML project, which was
initiated by Harvard reshman Jo-nah Varon and now includes over 
50 colleges. Varon said he hopes
that the orums serve not only as a 
place or students to complain but 
also as opportunities or contact between ellow students. Varonsaid he envisions the individual
college FML site as “an anonymous
orum where students can com-
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Jonathan Batean / Heral
men’s hocey achieve two ajor coebacs bac-to-bac.
George Miller, President Claire Kiely, Vice President Katie Koh, Treasurer Chaz Kelsh, Secretary  The Brown Daily Herald (USPS 067.740) is an independent newspaper serv-ing the Brown University community daily since 1891. It is published Monday through Friday during the academic year, ecluding vacations, once duringCommencement, once during Orientation and once in July by The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Single copy ree or each members o the community.
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the Brown
“It bils caaraerie… lie eff or lives together.”
 — Anna Hs ’10 on BrownFmL
Dick Spies, executive vice president 
or planning and senior adviser to the
president; Beppie Huidekoper, ex-
ecutive vice president or fnance andadministration; and Lindsay Graham,eecutive dean or administration or 
the Division o Medicine and BiologicalSciences — and fve student represen-
tatives, consisting o two undergradu-
ate students, two graduate students
and one medical student.Starting in April o each year and
continuing through January, the URC
holds two-hour meetings during which
University department heads present 
their priorities and requests or the
ollowing year’s budget, Kertzer said.
 The committee then holds private ses-
sions in which members discuss the
suggestions and requests o Univer-sity administrators and department 
“We look at how the things they are
asking or match up with the unding we have available,” said Chaney Har-
rison ’11, whose term as URC student representative ended last month. “It’s
like a puzzle. We just try to put the
pieces together in a way that is most benefcial to the institution.”
In late January, the committee givesits recommendations to President Ruth
Simmons. She then examines themand makes any changes she sees ft beore presenting the budget to the
Corporation at its February meeting.
“Usually she sticks pretty closely to our recommendations,” Kertzer 
Undergraduates apply to serve onthe committee at the beginning o the
spring semester and are appointed
by the Undergraduate Council o Stu-
dents, according to UCS Appointments
Chair Kening Tan ’12. The councilinterviews applicants, and decisionsare approved by both the council’s
eecutive board and its general body,
 Tan said. The URC plays no role in the
appointment o its members.
Committee members said appli-
cants must be thoughtul, outspoken
and able to analyze the University’s
budget as a whole.
“You want someone who is con-scientious, because there’s a lot o 
 work and it’s a big time commitment,”
Kertzer said.
“We want someone who is not 
araid to speak up despite the act that 
they are surrounded by aculty, the
provost and various vice presidents,”he said. “Our members have to take
a broader view o both the student 
interests and the University’s overall welare. We don’t want someone who
is interested in theater, and all they 
can think about is how theater needsmore resources.” Arthur Matuszewski ’11, a ormer 
Post- magazine editor-in-chie who
is currently serving two terms as anundergraduate representative on the
committee, also spoke o the unselfsh
qualities representatives must share.
“You are not just here or your inter-
est group,” he said. “You are here or the University.”
 Tan agreed. “We defnitely want people who have a very good sense
o campus issues and who are willingto learn about the whole allocation o University resources,” she said. “Weneed very motivated people who will
give valuable advice to the commit-
Committee members said students’
input is valued just as much as the
input o any other URC member.
“Students’ perspectives are always
highly valued by the Committee,”
Kertzer said.
“You really have a voice,” Harrison
said. “People listen to you.”
He added that students are includ-ed in every aspect o the budget delib-
eration process, rom the presentationsby senior administrators to the private
sessions to the drating process.
Both Harrison and Matuszewskinoted the uniqueness o serving on
the URC and said it had added value to
their overall involvement at Brown.
“For me, it was an absolutely incred-ible experience in gaining a perspective
on how an institution like Brown runs
and unctions,” Harrison said.
“A lot o the questions raised by 
the URC allow you to think about the
 whole o Brown rather than takinga microcosmal look,” Matuszewski
“There’s a lot o ‘who are we’ and
‘who do we want to be’ type questions
that you don’t see raised elsewhere
in the University,” he said. “We have
to decide what really makes sense
or Brown.”Matuszewski and Harrison both
expressed disappointment in the lack
o interest and participation o other students and aculty in the URC andsimilar committees.
“It’s an exciting moment when
aculty are interested in what I’m do-
ing on the committee, and sometimes
it’s a little disappointing to not see a certain level o curiosity about what I’m doing,” Matuszewski said.
 The URC holds two public orums
each all where students and aculty can ask committee members about 
“what they are doing and what we are
in or,” Matuszewski said. He notedthat last all the frst orum had fve
people in attendance and the second
had only two.
“Seeing them unattended, seeing
a general disinterest or them, was
perhaps emblematic o a disconnect 
between the impact o the work weare doing and the consciousness o the University at large,” he said.
Harrison had similar com-
“At Brown we talk about being
involved, we talk about participating
in community, but it bothers me how 
ew people apply to these positions,”
he said. ”It is important that the stu-dent voice is listened to.”
But Matuszewski said his expe-rience on the URC has given himnew perspective on Brown and his
education.“You realize how complicated an
institution the University actually is,”
he said. “We see the many dierent 
processes at work, the questions
about what is the University’s mainunction, not just to itsel but or so-ciety at large.”“I’ve become more conscious o the value o my education and what has been put into it by all these par-ties on campus,” he said.
UCS approved the appointment o Evan Schwartz ’13 as Harrison’s
successor on the committee at their Feb. 17 general body meeting.
“It is one thing to discuss philoso-
phy but another to fgure out where
 you’re going to put your money,
because that is what will ultimately 
determine the University’s prioritiesand direction,” Schwartz wrote in an
e-mail to The Herald.
“I don’t have strong opinions as o 
 yet as to what our priorities should
be,” he wrote. “But I was and am very 
much looking orward to being part o the discussion and learning more
about Brown’s history and current 
 Varon said he deals primarily 
 with the technical aspects o the
site, making sure everything runs
smoothly on all o the dierent 
college FML sites. The modera-
tor or Brown’s site, who askedto remain anonymous becauseshe has received an increasing
number o threatening comments
in recent weeks, is responsible
or choosing to approve or reject 
comments based on their levelo appropriateness and to edit oensive posts. The individual
moderator or each school’s siteis responsible or giving the site“the avor o the school,” Varonsaid.
Diana Ohrt ’13 said she cansee dierences between the
Brown site and the original FM- yLie.com. “I eel like it is a little
more sophisticated,” she said,adding a mock example o theregular site versus the Brown
specifc site — “ ‘I slammed my 
hand because I was drunk’ versus
‘I overslept and missed my orgoeam.’ ”
 The FML site plays o theidea, as the saying goes, that 
“misery loves company.”
“There is some comort toknow that people are goingthrough the same thing in one way or another,” said Jeanne Tong ’10, noting that the site’suse was highest during fnals.
She said she posted a comment 
on the site when she was stressed
out rom writing her thesis last 
semester. People responded tell-
ing her to hang in there.
Brown FML ocuses on prob-
lems particular to Brown stu-dents, allowing shared or com-parable experiences to buildconnections between members
o the same community.
“It builds camaraderie … like
e our lives together,” said Anna 
Hsu ’10. The anonymity puts the indi-
 vidual at ease and makes themmore willing to share, Ohrt 
 The site “lets me know that 
not all these perect ‘Ivy-League’
students are so perect,” she
Despite this community build-ing, the site still serves mainly as
a orm o entertainment, where
embarrassing or stressul experi-
ences are combined with a dash
o absurdity. One anonymousposter wrote on Dec. 12, “I livein Caswell, and I was awokenat 4 a.m., fve hours beore my 
eam, by kids on Lincoln shoot-ing roman candles at each other 
 whilst shouting Harry Potter spells. This went on or hal an
hour. FML.”
 The comments “are usually pretty entertaining,” Ohrt said.
“I’m not gonna lie, though, it’s a source o procrastination.”
 The combination o anxiety 
and humor may explain the site’s
continued success. I nothingelse, Jane Chen ’13 added, it 
“makes me eel better about my own lie.”
‘M  ’  
S  . b  C
continued from
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B      
By BriEllE friEdMan
CytoSolv Inc., a biotech startup in
Providence, received $500,000 in
seed-stage unding rom the Slater  Technology Fund, a Rhode Island
capital und committed to supporting
technology-based businesses. Cyto-Solv is in the process o testing an
acellular treatment or healing diabetic
ulcers. The product aims to improve
the appearance and potential unction-
ality o skin that would otherwise becritically scarred.
CytoSolv’s product regeneratesskin and results in hair regrowth.
“Regeneration o the multiple layers
and skin cell types means that the
tissue would have all its normal unc-
tions, including eeling and sweating,”
said Christopher Thanos ’97 PhD’01,
one o the company’s ounders. In
addition to diabetic ulcer wounds, the
product could eventually be used totreat injuries rom burns, cardiovas-
cular disease and bone degeneration,
 Thanos said.
 The company, ounded in October by Thanos and Associate Proessor or Research o Molecular Pharmacology,Physiology and Biotechnology Moses
Goddard, uses the choroid pleuses
rom a herd o pigs that live on an
island o the southern coast o New Zealand or its product. The choroid pleuses o the pigs
— which were let on the island by 
sailors centuries ago and discoveredin the 1980s — secrete the proteins
that CytoSolv uses to produce thetreatment. While Living Cell Tech-nologies, or which Thanos used to
serve as the director o research and
development, has eclusive rights to
the herd, it has agreed to let Cyto-
Solv use the pigs’ organs in exchange
or part o the anticipated product’s
 The U.S. Food and Drug Ad-ministration has ewer regulationsor acellular products, Thanos said.
Because CytoSolv’s product does not actually contain any o the pigs’ cells,
the process o receiving approval or the drug’s clinical use will be easier,according to Thanos.
All the sciences col benefit.”
 — Provost davi kertzer on the creation of a school of engineering
Sk - ,  j ’ ’
By crys guErra
Puzzle Peace, a student organiza-tion that ocuses on education and
advocacy about the current Israeli-
Palestinian conict, is afliating
itsel with the national “pro-Israel,
pro-peace” movement J-Street, which is connected to Brown
through its Rhode Island branch,slated to start up operations this week. The our co-chairs, Sophia 
Manuel ’11, Noa Nessim ’12, Kara 
Segal ’10 and Jenna Zeigen ’12, saidthe group has gone through several
changes since its 2008 ounding.
Nessim said the motivation to
become an afliate was largely due
to the increased access to resourc-
es and the ability to bring speakers
to campus.
“It’s useul or us and them to
be part o this national campaign,”
Nessim said.
Puzzle Peace supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Pales-tinian conict, loosely based onIsrael’s 1967 boundaries, accord-
ing to Manuel. They advocate or a divided Jerusalem, placing East  Jerusalem in Palestinian territory,
and supporting a change in U.S.
oreign policy to actively pressure
   b PC
By goda thangada
 The proposal to create a school o engineering at Brown is about to
pass through the fnal stages o ap-
proval, nearly two years since the
frst version was written beore sum-mer 2008. Provost David Kertzer ’69
P’95 P’98 said the Academic Priori-
ties Committee, on which he serves,
gave a “thumbs up to this proposal”at a Feb. 2 meeting. Following a ac-ulty orum on March 9 and pendingapproval at a aculty vote on April 6,
the Corporation will make the fnaldecision in May.
 There is no national accreditingbody or engineering schools, ac-cording to Kertzer. Steps outlined
in the proposal, including the hiringo new aculty and the construction
o a building, would be carried out as
unding becomes available, he said.
c 
In 2008, the engineering program
at Brown ranked 43rd in the nation,
according to U.S. News and World
Report. The decision to propose a school comes on the heels o the
ormation o Schools o Engineeringand Applied Sciences at Yale in 2007
and Harvard in 2008. Though it has
the oldest engineering program in
the Ivy League, Brown is now the
only university in the league without 
a school o engineering.
 The school would be an expan-
sion o the Division o Engineering
rather than a separate entity with an
independent admissions process.Requirements or the bachelor o science degree, now 21 courses, would be consistent as the transi-
tion occurs. The school would “not disturb ull integration o engineer-
ing with the arts and sciences,”
Kertzer said.
In particular, the proposal in-cludes initiatives to oster collabo-ration between engineering andother sciences, both physical andbiological. “All the sciences could
beneft,” Kertzer said.
 Though 100,000 square eet o 
new space or the sciences is part o 
the proposal, a school o engineer-
ing would occupy only 35 percent 
o a renovated or newly constructedbuilding. The remainder would likely 
be occupied by the other sciences,Kertzer said.
In addition to highlighting the
potential or practical interdisciplin-ary research, the proposal touts the
Division’s research relationships with several businesses. “With nobusiness school at Brown, the Di- vision serves as the seat o entre-preneurship, business leadership
and technology management at theUniversity,” the proposal states. For 
instance, it is the Division that main-
tains the “largest corporate partner-
ship on campus,” a 10-year, $5-mil-
lion research contract with General
Motors. The proposal cites the tech-
nology track in the Commerce, Or-
ganization, and Entrepreneurshipconcentration as one that may be
improved by a stronger engineering
 The cost o the school would
total $100 million, with $35 million
allotted or space, $50 million or 
aculty and sta and $15 million or 
program development. Twelve ad-
ditional aculty members would behired over fve years in the areas o 
micro- and nano-technologies, bio-
medical engineering, and in energy,environment and inrastructure. Six
sta members would be hired or 
administration. The bulk o the cost is likely tobe achieved through gits, Kertzer said.
 The proposal serves the dual
goals o oering more courses andimproving the research capacity o 
the University, according to Kertzer,
 who said those objectives werelinked. “The more research, themore excitement or undergradu-
ates to get involved as a part o their 
education,” he said.
Combining research capacity 
and education is also reected in the
projected rise in graduate student 
enrollment, one o the key undrais-
ing strategies o the proposal. Thefnancial projection accounts or 36
new doctoral candidates and 40 new 
master’s students.
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Proessor o Engineering Rodney 
Cliton, interim dean o the division
o engineering, said growth at this
point would be vital to retaining ac-
ulty, attracting students and winningresearch grants. To conduct exciting
research, “you need to have a cer-tain critical mass,” he said. “We’re
so small that it’s hard.”
 The lack o the title o “school”also diminishes the engineering
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 The University will launch an In-
dia Advisory Council in March to
increase outreach and generate
alumni support in the region, said
 Vice President or International Aairs Matthew Gutmann.
 The council’s purposes in-
clude attracting alumni support,
establishing new aculty research
collaborations, raising Brown’s visibility and encouraging col-
laboration with oundations and
institutions abroad, Gutmann
said. The University has already 
ormed China, Asia and East Asia 
 Advisory Councils.
 The council will also makesuggestions to the University on admissions, Gutmann said,
adding that council members will
be able to advise the University 
on how to better attract incom-ing international students rom
dierent regions, countries andschools. Another key goal o the advi-sory council will be to publicize
Brown’s work in areas such asglobal health, the environment 
and liberal education or under-
graduate students, Gutmann
 The new council will becomprised primarily o leadersin their felds who are Brown
alumni or parents o Brown stu-dents, Gutmann said. These are
“people who know the country or region,” he said, adding that they 
 will be able to “put us in touch
 with people in government, busi-
ness and academics.” The inaugural meeting o the
India Advisory Council, or which
President Ruth Simmons will be
traveling to India, will take place
during spring break, accordingto Gutmann. This frst meeting
 will address the council’s general
Nic Sinnott-Arstrong / Heral
Bilt in 1965, Bars an Holley is the ost recent constrction projectevote solely to the division of Engineering.
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