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www.browndailherald.com195 Anell Street, Providence, Rhode Islandherald@browndailherald.com
training pays off
Bobby Sewall ’10 negotiatesa two-year contract with an
NFL team
Sports, 6
Building Brown
A behind-the-scenes look
at the workers constructing
the Universit’s future
Feature, 3
‘open’ curriculum?
Hunter Fast ’12 makes an
argument for the return of
ROTC proram to Brown
Opinions, 11
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the Brown
vol. cxlv, no. 57 |
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
| Serving the community daily since 1891
BIAP ,   
By anne artley
 The Career Development Center 
saw a 21 percent increase in appli-
cations or the Brown Internship
 Award Program this year and gave
out nine more awards.Fity-nine students were cho-sen out o 284 applicants or the$2,500 award, which helps to de-ray the costs o working duringthe summer as an unpaid intern.
Last year, 234 students applied
and 50 received awards.
Roger Nozaki MAT ’89, associ-
ate dean o the College and direc-tor o the Swearer Center, said heattributes the rise in popularity o 
unpaid internships to students
recognizing the benets o these
internships, and not to the eco-
nomic climate.“These are opportunities that 
students value,” he said. “And this
increasing interest started long
beore the economy turned.”
 To apply or a BIAP grant,students had to write an essay 
about how the internship would
serve as a stepping stone or their 
Fcut cotuht tu bt
By goda thangada
 At an occasionally rowdy meeting
 Tuesday, ollowing an equally tensedebate at an April 13 orum, aculty 
discussed proposed changes to
tenure policies preceding a May 4
 vote on the proposal. Provost David
Kertzer ’69 P’95 P’98 called the
aculty to the discussion, which was
moderated by the ad hoc Commit-
tee to Review Tenure and Faculty Development Policies.
 The committee’s recommenda-tions include extending the proba-
tion period or tenure candidatesrom seven to eight years, solicit-
ing external letters about candi-
dates by the Dean o the Faculty and increasing the provost’s role
in appointing aculty to the Ten-
ure, Promotions and Appointments
 The University is reviewingits tenure policies in response
to a New England Association o 
Schools and Colleges report that 
criticized the high rate o tenure at 
Brown, though not all the recom-
mendations are aimed at reducing
the tenure rate.
Sharon Krause, proessor o 
political science and a member o 
the ad hoc committee, opened the
discussion by saying, “We invite
questions o all sorts.” Each mem-ber o the committee presented an
element o the proposal that was
individually discussed — or, more
oten, criticized.
Susan Alcock, proessor o archaeology and classics and a 
member o the ad hoc committee,
presented changes in the recom-
mended procedure or election to TPAC. With the changes, the pro-
 vost will nalize the nominations
or appointments in consultation
 with the aculty.
“We would also like to note, the
nal decision remains by aculty 
S ISD 
By heeyoung min
President Ruth Simmons willdeliver the keynote addressat the Rhode Island School o 
Design’s commencement ceremony 
 June 5.
Simmons, who will also beawarded an honorary Doctor o Fine Arts degree, was chosen to
speak “or her distinguished career 
pursuing educational activism andexcellence,” said RISD spokesper-
son Jaime Marland.
 The topic o the keynote addressis still in the works, Simmons wrote
in an e-mail to The Herald.
“I am still writing my speech, so
I can’t tell you yet what it is likely 
to be,” Simmons wrote. “RISD has
asked that I address some dimen-
sion o the Brown-RISD relation-
ship in light o our recent eorts
to increase collaboration betweenRISD and Brown.”
 The design school’s selection
committee or honorary degree re-
cipients and commencement speak-
er — which includes representa-
tives rom RISD’s aculty, student 
body, Board o Trustees, the RISD
Museum o Art and the library —reviewed nominees who were not 
trained in the traditional art and
design elds, Marland said. The committee “placed an em-phasis on including a broad range
T  I   
By Brian mastroianni
Last October marked another phase
in Rhode Island Hall’s ever-evolving
story. The hall, which was built in
1840, is the ourth-oldest building on
the Main Green — and in the all was
rededicated the Artemis A.W. and
Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute or 
 Archaeology and the Ancient World,
establishing it as a place dedicated to
the study o the past.
Ironically, many o the archaeol-ogy students who pass through the
sand-colored Greek Revival building’sdoors and into its state-o-the-art inte-
rior are probably unaware o the build-
ing’s own history and its past lie as
the campus’s hub or scientic study.
From 1871 to about 1915, the build-
ing was home to Brown’s Museum o 
Natural History, which was called “a  world o objects and acts,” designed
“both to charm and instruct,” in a No-
 vember 1879 issue o “The Watch-
man,” a Boston publication.
 The museum’s extensive collec-
tions, which included mounted birds
and mammals and cases o anthro-pological exhibits, were the result 
o one man’s work — the museum’s
curator, John Whipple Potter Jenks,
class o 1838. Jenks’ adult lie began and endedat Brown. He came to the University at the age o 16 and died at the age o 
Courtes of David Silverman
Heather Arison ’12, pictured in October, scored second-best for thewomen’s olf team, behind Mean Tuoh ’12 at last weekend’s IvLeaue Championships. The team finished fifth.
Courtes of the Universit Archives
For over 40 ears, Rhode Island Hall was home to Brown’s natural histormuseum, a collection of stuffed birds, camels and other exhibits.
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s  B s.   
A senior was assaultedon Brook Street near FonesAlle Monda at 8:30 p.m,accordin to a ProvidencePolice report.The victim, who wishedto remain anonmous,was carrin a lare cellohome from Orwi MusicLibrar. He told TheHerald he did not see hisattacker or have warninof the assault.Jara Crear ’12, whowas walkin on Fones Alletoward Brook Street, saidthe attacker was walkinso close to the victimshe thouht the weretoether, until she hearda loud “slappin sound,”and looked up to see thevictim on the round.Accordin to the report,Crear saw a “thin whitemale” fleein the area andjumpin into a lare whitevehicle, possibl a FordCrown Victoria parked at204 Anell St.Nothin was takenfrom the victim, who saidhe received onl minorabrasions on his face andhands.
 — Alex Bell
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the Brown
“Power relations can affect how thins can pla out.”
 — James green, professor of histor
o honorary degree recipients,”Marland said, “to refect their recognition that contemporary 
artists and designers are working
and vital in all areas o society.”“Their ocus was on selecting
nominees who embody RISD’smost prized values and aspira-tions, regardless o the eld in which they choose to express
them,” she added.
Simmons wrote that “ulti-
mately” the ocus o her speech
is “likely to be on the importanceo bringing art and design to bear 
on a wide range o elds o en-
Others who will be honored at 
the ceremony include illustrator 
and graphic designer Seymour 
Chwast, art collector and philan-
thropist Paula Grano and comic
and graphic artist Art Spiegelman
P’13, who lectured at Brown April
Past RISD commencement speakers include Gore Vidal,
Laurie Anderson, Ken Robinson,Kurt Andersen, Dave Hickey and
Henry Louis Gates Jr., Marland
Simmons will also be awarded
an honorary degree rom Wes-
leyan University May 23.
She holds honorary degreesrom more than 25 institutions,
including Amherst College, Princ-
eton, Harvard, Dartmouth, Co-
lumbia and Spelman College.
Nick Sinnott-Armstron / Herald
President Ruth Simmons will speak at RISD’s commencement andreceive an honorar deree this June.
ISD   S,G, S P’3
ballot,” Alcock said. The provost’s
role in TPAC would resemble his
role in appointing members o the
 Academic Priorities Committee
and the University Resources Com-
mittee, she said.
“I don’t see the problem with
adding the chie academic ocer into the mi,” Alcock said.
“The provost’s role is not a  veto role,” Krause said. “This isan individual who has a uniqueperspective on the University as
a whole.”
Repeating a sentiment that 
had been epressed at the aculty 
orum, Proessor o Comparative
Literature and French Studies Mi-
chel-Andre Bossy said, “Having a 
set o proposals that gives much
more power to the administration
is something that strikes at the
heart o aculty governance.”
“Power relations can aect how 
things can play out,” said James
Green, proessor o history. “There
is signicant, sincere and honest 
concern rom the aculty about these measures, and we’re not 
being listened to in this regard. I
have not seen this in the six years
I’ve been here.”
 The proposal recommends that 
candidates or TPAC meet the
threeold criteria o strong schol-
arship, citizenship and teaching
ability. Sheila Blumstein, proessor o cognitive and linguistic sciences
and a member o the committee,
said the provost could enorcethese standards. She asked, “Isit the case that consistently 100
percent o the members o TPACmeet the criteria? I think that hasnot been the case.” The committee also discussed
recommended changes to the ten-
ure review process.
Changes rom the last proposal
stipulate that the dean o the ac-
ulty can only add, and not elimi-
nate, names o external evaluators
and would reduce the minimum
number o letters rom 10 to eight.Candidates or tenure will still not 
be inormed o the list o letter-
 writers nor o the vote tally.“I nd it very, very disturbing
that this is being proposed,” Bossy 
said. “It increases the role o se-
crecy in the process.”
One o the ew aculty mem-bers supportive o the proposal,
Proessor o Geological Sciences
 Tim Herbert, said the discussion
 was devolving and pitting aculty 
against the administration.“It’s not a democratic process.It’s not an open election, it never 
has been,” he said o tenure re-
 Assistant Proessor o JudaicStudies Marcy Brink-Danan said
the aculty may seem paranoid be-
cause they were envisioning the
“worst-case scenario” o a petty and
 vindictive dean. Even generally,she said, “I don’t think the dean
has the knowledge to recommend
the right eld o candidates or 
 writing the letters.”
Proessor o Judaic Studies Ross
Kraemer rejected the recommen-
dation that the candidate not see
the nal list, even i the department 
can. Scholars encounter a number 
o peers with whom they have di-
erences or even grudges, she said.
Members o the department “may know where the proessional ones
are, but not where the personal
ones are,” she said.
Proessor o Philosophy Charles
Larmore noted that candidates
 would be able to list scholars rom whom they would not want recom-
mendations. “It would be dicult or me to imagine a person losing
track o all the personal enemies
they have or whose spouses they stole,” he said.
 The discussion moved on to the
issue o etending the probation-
ary period or tenure candidates
rom seven years to eight years.
“What research did you consult to come up with this magical num-ber?” asked Associate Proessor o 
 Aricana Studies Corey Walker.
Krause said the number o years
 was raised by one to accommodate
scholars in the sciences who may 
need more time to establish them-
selves. A year can make a dier-
ence, she said.
Finally, Larmore spoke about 
the division o TPAC into two sub-
committees o seven members,
one covering the sciences and the
other the humanities and social
Proessor o Cognitive and Lin-
guistic Sciences Jim Morgan said
that some scholars, like himsel,researched in a gray area that 
could all into either discipline. “Ithink the principle behind this is
 well-ounded, but the execution is
poor,” he said.
 The point o the change, Lar-more said, would be to “concen-
trate epertise and knowledge in
the decision-making process.” This
 would benet the candidate, he
said. Several proessors expressedconcern that dividing TPAC would
split the sciences and humanitiesacross the University.
 Joan Richards, proessor o history and TPAC chair, recom-
mended that ad hoc committees be
convened or evaluating individual
candidates or that TPAC be divided
into two subcommittees that sepa-
rately evaluated promotions and
Proessor o Comparative Lit-
erature Dore Levy suggested that the tenure review process be stag-
gered and spread throughout the
 year or dierent elds o candi-
Despite the many new recom-
mendations raised by aculty at the orum, the committee’s rec-
ommendations will go to a aculty  vote May 4.
uture goals and include a letter 
rom their potential supervisor stat-
ing that they were being strongly 
considered or the internship or 
had already been hired.
 Winners o this year’s awards
 will work in a variety o elds, in-cluding law and education.
Sarah Schuster ’11 said she
plans to utilize her passion or mu-
sic during her internship with a 
nonprot music school in Harlem,
N.Y. This summer, she said, she
 wants to orm a liaison among this
school and other perorming artsschools in Harlem that are strug-
gling to stay afoat. Though she
does not want to pursue a career in
music, she said she hopes her e-
perience will give her background
as a uture attorney.
“I wanted to see how I elt about 
 working in a nonprot organiza-
tion, and I hope to understand the
legal implications in the commu-
nity,” Schuster said. The CDC developed the BIAP
program in the late 1990s because
o the rising trend o unpaid intern-
ships, according to its Web site. The program separately waives
the summer earnings requirement 
or some students who receive -nancial aid.
 According to an April 2 New 
 York Times article, the number o 
unpaid internships, and studentsparticipating in them, is increas-ing across the country. In a 2008
study, the National Association o 
Colleges and Employers discov-ered that 50 percent o collegegraduates had held internships,
compared to 17 percent in 1992.
 According to the article, New 
 York state oicials are concerned
that employers are using college
students as ree labor and havestaged investigations into their 
internship programs.
Guidelines or unpaid intern-
ships released in April by the U.S.
Department o Labor require,
among other considerations, that 
the intern must not take the place
o regular employees and that the
internship should be more or the
benet o the intern than the em-ployer.
Nozaki said CDC sta members
are reviewing the new criteria “to
see what the implications are or 
our students.”
Despite the beneits o un-paid internships, not all parentsare thrilled at the prospect o a summer spent working without 
an income.
“My parents were not happy 
that I might work the summer un-
paid,” said Kathy Do ’12, another 
 winner o a BIAP grant, who isinterning at the Commission or Human Rights in Rhode Island.
“But the most worthwhile law in-ternships go to law students, andI knew rom the description that I
could grow and learn a lot, even
though it’s unpaid.”
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    
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“I was born a builder.”
 — James Sisson, senior construction manaer
F    k, ‘B B’  b
By ashley aydin
 The site o the new Perry and Marty Grano Center or the Creative Arts
building is bustling with sound, and
there are hard hats everywhere.
Inside the construction site oce,a sign reads: “The Five Stages o a 
Construction Project: Enthusiasm —
Disillusionment — Panic — Search
or the Guilty, Punishment o theinnocent — Praise and honors or 
the non-participants.”
Near this sign, a long sheet o 
paper plastered along the wall reads:
“27 weeks to go.” Construction has
been omnipresent on campus since
many o us arrived — and is slated
to continue long ater many o us
are gone.
‘B  b’
 The passion that James Sisson,
senior construction manager or the
University, has or building began with the infuence o his grand-
mother, who was the daughter o a 
ship builder. Sisson began his career 
during college, and “it evolved ater 
that to where it is now,” he said.
Sisson acilitates the University’scapital projects and supports project 
managers. “I mitigate the disrup-
tions caused by construction such as
trac, dust and noise,” he said.Sisson, a resident o Providenceor most o his lie, has 35 years o eperience in all kinds o construc-
tion. “I was a born a builder,” he
 Work or Sisson and the con-struction workers he supervises
usually starts at 6:30 a.m. and runs
until 6:30 or 7 p.m. When a work site
is close to a residence hall, Sisson
said starting time is moved back to 8
a.m. to “diminish the noise levels or 
students who want to sleep.”
I he’s not monitoring various
projects or overseeing building prog-
ress, Sisson is making sure peoplecan get rom point A to point B. “I
update maps on the Web site so peo-
ple can navigate their way throughcampus. I make sure everything isgoing along smoothly,” he said.Still, construction doesn’t come without its obstacles. “The biggest 
challenge or me personally is not somuch the technical aspects o the job
but getting people to work together 
 well enough to bring the project to
completion,” he said. Sisson said
the “human actor” is also dicult 
to supervise, whether it is managing
money, dealing with contractors or making sure everyone is cooperat-ing with each other.
“We’re trying to put more people
to work to nish projects on bud-
get, on time and within reason,” hesaid.
 Though the University is already “a destination,” Sisson said Brown’sbuilding initiative is also making the
campus “more beautiul.” To Sisson, a career in construc-tion is both un and gratiying.
“For me, it’s knowing that you’re
part o something signicant. The
most enjoyment I get is when I see
buildings being used or their de-signed intent. It’s satisying when you see people using the spaces,”
he said.
c    h
For Michael Guglielmo, assistant director o project management,College Hill is no oreign tur. TheRhode Island School o Designgraduate, trained in architecture,“ended up at Brown as a marriagebetween the design side andcontracting side,” he said.
 As any young architect, Gug-lielmo said, his goal as a young
student was to design skyscrapers.
Now, with more than 20 years o experience in construction, Gug-
lielmo manages and controls phases
o project design and constructionmanagement.
“This can involve hiring the
architects, soliciting architects, so-
liciting construction mangers and
 working with agencies such as the
re department and the building de-partment. I also work with acilities
operations and the guys and girls
 who will maintain the acility once
it’s constructed,” he said.
Guglielmo’s time in the oceconsists o a minimum o 50 to 55
hours a week, where he spends the
majority o his days in meetings re-
lated to construction budget, design
and schedule. Outside the oce,though, Guglielmo nds himsel 
 working through his BlackBerry.
“There is always constant com-
munication,” Guglielmo said.
Guglielmo said the University 
does a lot o outreach with com-
munity groups such as the Build-
ing Futures program, which hasbrought several young construc-
tion workers to projects at Brown.
“The Building Futures programallows younger individuals who
 want to get into the building tradeto gain experience. They learn the
responsibility and saety involved
 with working on construction
sites,” he said. With an aging workorce o the
most skilled workers nearing retire-ment, Guglielmo said that programssuch as Building Futures are crucial
to “transer knowledge to the net generation o workers.”
t  
 Tim Sanders and Orlando Gomez,
 who have lived in Rhode Island or 
most their lives, are two o the many 
 young workers participating in theBuilding Futures program.
 The program — designed to pro- vide career training opportunities in
construction or low-income adults
in urban areas, and specically rom
Providence — has partnered with
Brown since the renovation o J. Wal-
ter Wilson, and has remained or 
 work on the Joukowsky Institute or 
 Archeology and the Ancient World
and the Grano Center projects,Marisa Quinn, vice president or public aairs and University rela-
tions, wrote in an e-mail to The Her-
ald. Quinn also mentioned that the
University will continue this partner-
ship through the construction o thenew Medical School building in the Jewelry District, the Metcal Chemi-
cal Laboratory building renovation
and construction o the KatherineMoran Coleman Aquatics Center 
and the Jonathan Nelson ’77 Fitness
“I always worked with my hands,”Gomez said. He worked in construc-
tion independently beore going to
school and the Building Futures
program then helped him get into
the union, he said.
Sanders became involved inconstruction through dierent 
programs. “I got into construction
through a program called YouthBuild. The people who worked in Youth Build also worked with theprogram Building Futures,” he
Starting at age 16, Sanders
 worked on roong and then moved
on to carpentry. He also worked oninteriors in banks.
“I was trying to get into the union
at that time and then ound mysel here,” he said.
Gomez, a pipe tter, and Sanders,
a laborer, are both in their twenties
and have already begun to learn the
rules o the trade.
“In the beginning, I was doing
excavations and digging the hole or 
the (Creative Arts) building. Now 
I’m doing whatever the general con-
tractors need,” Sanders said.
 The University has allowed
Gomez and Sanders to earn the e-
perience necessary to succeed in
the construction trade. Both young
 workers are currently continuing
their labor at the Creative Arts Cen-
ter building site.
Under the Building Futuresprogram, both Gomez and Sand-
ers said their ultimate goal was to
be well-rounded in all acets o theconstruction trade. 
p   
Sisson emphasized that the
University plays a signiicant rolein terms o local employment with
its ongoing construction initia-
tives. “In the institutional market,
including hospitals, universities
and the bio-med ield, there’s not a 
lot o building going on. Throughcareul decision-making, the Cor-
poration kept these projects on
line and adjusted to the economy,
he said.
 According to its Web site, theUniversity is the sixth-largest pri- vate employer in the state. O the$67 million spent on construction
last year, $35 million went to Rhode
Island-based contractors.
Sisson said the University not only provides employment withinthe state but draws workers rom
Massachusetts and Connecticut.“It not only goes or the guys on
the ground,” Guglielmo said. “It’s
also the suppliers and people who
 work in the supply houses. It could
be the iron shop or the roong con-tractors. The initiative keeps a lot o 
people busy.”
Ashle Adin / Herald
James Sisson, senior construction manaer, on the site of the newCreative Arts buildin.

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