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Big KicKs
Men’s soccer preparesfor its fall season with a
renewe competetive ege
Sports, 7
giving BacK
Stuent-run non-profit
helps irect funs towarcollee scholarships
News, 3
Applauin Brown’secision to compromise
on Thaer St. Chipotle
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the Brown
vol. cxlv, no. 61 |
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
| Serving the community daily since 1891
Bg B thnBCA fcnct
By suzannah Weiss
& C
OutKast rapper Big Boi will head-
line Brown’s all concert, scheduled
or Saturday, Sept. 18, on Lincoln
Field, according to a Brown Concert 
 Agency press release. The concert  will also eature Stegosaurus — the
stage identity o DJ James Hinton ’10,
a ormer BCA booking chair.
 The agency “really wanted to ex-
pand the all show this year,” saidBooking Chair Abigail Schreiber 
’11. She predicted that Big Boi, also
known as Antwan Andre Patton, will
“appeal to a wide variety o Brownstudents” and make the concert 
“more inclusive.”
 With his frst solo album, “Sir Lu-
cious Let Foot: The Son o Chico
Dusty,” named Billboard’s release o 
the week in July, Big Boi has been ar 
rom an OutKast. The hip-hop artist,
songwriter, producer and actor is
“on most people’s radars,” Schreiber 
said, adding that several popular 
magazines praised the album. “Since
 when does the New Yorker write
about hip hop?” she asked.
Stegosaurus composes “a lot o 
creative mixes and mash-ups that we
thought would really enhance the
Big Boi show,” Schreiber said. Hin-
ton, who has released two albums,
perormed as a DJ in Providence
   U.  b  q  
Campaign exceedsexpectations four months before end 
By sydney emBer
Financial gits and pledges to the
University ell nearly 25 percent 
last year, even as the University’s
ambitious undraising campaign
continues to outperorm expecta-
New gits and pledges ell rom
$180 million to $135.3 million in
the last iscal year. Total cash gits
ell 14 percent, rom $193.4 mil-
lion to $167 million.
But despite the continued slide
in undraising igures, optimistic
administrators have increased the
total goal or the Campaign or  Academic Enrichment — Presi-
dent Ruth Simmons’ $1.4 billionundraising eort that launched
in 2002 — to $1.6 billion, our 
months beore it is slated to end
Dec. 31. The campaign’s total cur-
rently stands at $1.54 billion.
 The undraising drop-o hashindered the campaign, which was on pace 18 months ago totop o at $1.7 billion, said Ron-ald Vanden Dorpel MA’71, who
 was senior vice president or Uni-
 versity advancement beore he
retired on June 30.
“Our pledges were substantial-ly down because o the economy,”he said. “People weren’t willing to
commit large amounts.” The downward trend in und-raising began in iscal year 2009,
 when new gits and pledges ellnearly 22 percent, rom $230million to $180 million, Vanden
Dorpel said. Though administrators at the
time called the total or 2009 a success, the igure was some-
 what buoyed because the Univer-
sity epedited some outstanding
pledges rom high-proile donors, Vanden Dorpel said. By calling inoutstanding pledges — arranged
contribution commitments that can cover several years — theUniversity reduced the number 
o pledges in the pipeline or this
 year, Vanden Dorpel told The Her-
C  :   b
 Blue Room returnsafter $20 million Faunce renovations
By alicia chen
It is a truth universally acknowledged
that any campus space with comy couches and ood must be in want 
o students. The Brown community’s
enthusiastic adoption o the new Ste-
phen Robert ’62 Campus Center —completed ater a year o etensive
renovations to Faunce House — isno exception to the rule. Since itsopening Aug. 16, a steady stream
o community members have taken
advantage o the Campus Center’sroomy interior spaces like the new Blue Room and the Leung Gallery 
to rela, meet with riends and eat. The main level eatures an openfoor plan, a quiet reading area and
an airy new Blue Room with moreseating and ood options. The up-per foors o the Campus Center 
also bring together dierent admin-
istrative oces — like the Student 
 Activities Oce and the Curricular 
Resource Center — and student 
group ofces — like Brown Student 
 Agencies and Brown Student Radio— which had previously been scat-tered all around campus.
In the time beore the start o classes, students have already be-
gun using the center. “It looks very 
nice, but it’ll be interesting to see
how it unctions as a space,” ChaseHuneke ’11 said. The overarching goal o the new 
F    :  M  
By alex Bell
Mocha can do just about anything
except register or classes. Banner’s
new course scheduler can do that,though it lacks some o Mocha’s
user-riendly eatures.
But a union between these two
systems is unlikely to occur.
Bw’ w bw
 Anyone who has elt apprecia-
tive enough o Mocha to look at its
“About” page is amiliar with its story.Four computer science concentra-
tors created the sotware over the
2005-06 winter break as an alterna-
tive to the Brown Online Course An-
nouncement system, or BOCA. Writ-
ten in the programming language Java, their brainchild came to beknown as Mocha. Since its launch
in 2006, Mocha has been immensely 
popular among the student body.
Despite its popularity, Mocha has not ocially been supportedby Brown. Since the Oce o theRegistrar does not send course in-ormation to Mocha’s developers,
Mocha’s course listings and course
inormation may be out o date at any time. When the site’s develop-
ers realize the Registrar has updat-
ed Brown’s class listings ater theinitial course announcement, they repeat the process o downloading
Max Monn / Heral
The esin of the new Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center respons torequests for more informal atherin spaces.
Max Monn / Heral
“Untitle,” b Arthur Carter ’53, moe onto the Quiet green last month with the class of 2014 — but thesculpture, scheule to be uninstalle in three ears, will rauate a ear ahea of time.
s p 3.
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and various cities while he was at 
Brown studying music and physics,
according to Administrative Chair 
Serin Seckin ’11.
 When scouting out options or 
the all lineup, “we considered BeachHouse, which ultimately ell through
because they had a amily commit-ment,” Seckin said. “But hopeully 
this will be great too.”
 With Big Boi’s perormance “a lot cheaper than we had expected”and an alum as the supporting act,BCA has saved money on the con-
cert, Seckin said. The agency plans
to use the surplus to hold more small
concerts throughout the year.
 The 2010 concert takes place ear-
lier than most all concerts in hopes
o warm weather and catching stu-
dents beore the pace o the semester picks up, Schreiber said. The outdoor 
location is a break rom recent years,
 when Alumnae Hall, this year’s rainlocation, housed the all concert.“We’re really ecited to have allconcert outside,” Seckin said.Concert agency members spent 
time “reevaluating our shows over 
the past ew years and realizing how 
much students enjoy Spring Week-
end,” Schreiber said. Perceivingthat outdoor concerts were part o its appeal, they chose to replicatethat ambiance this September, sheexplained. “It will be a mini-Spring
 The day o the concert, doors
 will open at 6:15 p.m., and the mainact will appear ater sundown to ac-
commodate students observing Yom
Kippur.“We are aware that it’s Yom Kip-pur and we have made sure that the
headliner goes on ater sunset,” Sch-
reiber said.BCA is still “guring out the spe-
cifcs” o the ticket sales process, she
said, adding that more inormation
 will become available on the group’s website, www.brownconcertagency.
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the Brown
“It will be a mini-Sprin Weeken.”
 — BCA Bookin Chair Abiail Schreiber ’11
B B  ;     
Courtes of Brown Concert Aenc
Bi Boi will perform — weather permittin — on Lincoln Fiel, a chaneof enue for the fall concert.
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’    ‘U’ b   Q G
By anita Badejo
 Those strolling across the Quiet Green may notice an addition tocampus scenery. “Untitled,” cre-
ated in 2003 by Arthur Carter ’53
and displayed on the north endo the Green, will be a xture onUniversity grounds or the next 
three years.
 According to a University press
release, Carter enjoyed success-
ul careers in investment banking,
business and newspaper and maga-
zine publishing beore beginning
to create art.
Carter and President Ruth Sim-mons decided to eature “Untitled”
on campus, said Jo-Ann Conklin,
director o the David Winton BellGallery.Simmons asked the University 
Public Arts Committee to organizethe arrival o Carter’s work. It was
installed Aug. 20 and is on loanrom the Utilities and Industries
Management Corporation in New  York City.
 An abstract sculpture o stain-
less steel bent into loops and rings,
the piece is characteristic o Carter, whose work almost always involves
metals ashioned into ellipticalshapes. According to Conklin,Carter uses elliptical designs tohighlight his works’ “movement 
through space.”
Conklin added that Carter gains
inspiration rom modernist artists,
such as Andrew Calder, David
Smith and Piet Mondrian.
Still, she said, onlookers shouldnot get caught up in overanalyzing
the artwork. Carter’s art is “ab-
stract, about making things, about 
the materials and kinds o eeling you get rom the materials.
“Untitled” fts its new home, re-
fecting light in a dark portion o the Green near Manning Chapel,
said Conklin. “It’s a good piece or 
that place. It sort o brightens it 
up,” she said. The Quiet Green isn’t the only 
place Brown community membersand visitors will enjoy new artwork
this year. Since the Public ArtsCommittee receives 1 percent o unds devoted to any major Uni-
 versity construction or renovation,there are numerous other projects
in the works.
For example, the committee has
also arranged or a new sound art installation to be eatured starting
next week in the newly opened Ste-
phen Robert ’62 Campus Center,
Conklin said.
“Advice rom a Former Student”by American artist Nina Katchadou-
rian ’89 — an edited compilationo pieces o advice rom various
Brown alums, ranging rom recent 
graduates to a 95-year-old man —
 will be in the new Inormation Cen-
ter, where visitors will begin their campus tours. When taking note o new cam-pus art eatures, it may be best to
leave analysis behind and “just 
enjoy the way it makes you eel,”
Conklin said.
   
By thomas jarus
 When people see riends strug-
gling to pay or college, they might 
ask themselves how they could
make a small but meaningul con-
tribution to their education. With
his new nonprot organization,
CO-Fund, Cody Simmons ’10 wantsto make it easy or people to donateto a range o deserving high school
students in need o scholarships. Through its website or online
person-to-person donations —
co-und.org — the group allowed
its selected students last semester,
known as ellows, to pool dona-
tions rom amily, riends, church
organizations, sports teams and
other contributors, with the goal
o collecting $2,500 o scholarship
money or each selected ellow.
 The group’s “CO” stands or “col-lege opportunity.”
Graciela Kincaid ’12, head o 
student relations, said CO-Fund’s work could make a big dierence.
“I think that not being able to pay or college is a surprisingly com-mon eperience and I don’t think
it gets talked about that much,”
she said.
Simmons said the organization
is based on the idea o helping oth-
ers the same way that one wouldhelp “your mom’s riend’s son.”
During organizational stages,
CO-Fund worked closely with theSocial Innovation Initiative, a pro-
gram run by the Swearer Center or Public Service as a part o its
Social Entrepreneurship Program.
 Alan Harlam, director o social
entrepreneurship at the Swearer 
Center, said his eld “involves
people who start businesses that 
are literally purposed around solv-
ing a social mission.”For CO-Fund, the Social Inno-
 vation Initiative bridged the gapbetween the Brown community the course descriptions to reresh
Mocha. But they have no warning o  when these updates come ater each
semester’s course announcement.
Co-ounder Dan Leventhal ’07
eplained that Mocha’s developers
never made a strong push or access
to Brown’s raw course data.
“Nobody really elt like it was that 
urgent,” Leventhal said. “We already 
had something that worked.”Leventhal also said the develop-
ers fgured the University’s Comput-
ing and Inormation Services and
the registrar’s ofce had more than
enough on their plate dealing with
nancial and scheduling setbacksin launching Banner, which nally 
became active in April 2007.“At no time were we eeling like
 we were being blown o,” he said. I 
the students had gone to Brown ad-ministrators and said Mocha would
no longer be able to run without access to the course data, he said,he suspects an agreement would
have been reached to keep Mocha operational.
i  p
Michael Pickett let a post at 
Duke University to become Brown’s
 vice president or computing and
inormation services in 2007. Leven-thal, then a senior, was a member o 
the search committee that selectedPickett ater Banner was launched.“He has a big job in ront o him,
 which would be true or anyonecoming here,” Leventhal told TheHerald in an April 4, 2007, article.
“At the same time, I think that bring-
ing in someone new who doesn’t have experience with how thingsare done at Brown could be great 
or the University. He brings a wholenew perspective and approach to the
position.”In the same article, Pickett told
 The Herald, “Brown is dierent rom
a lot o other universities. There isa spark o creativity and innovation
here among students, aculty and
administrators that I’m excited to bea part o.” And Pickett still stands by 
those words.In an interview with The Herald
earlier this week, Pickett said he has
always considered helping Brown
entrepreneurs succeed an important 
part o his job.
 As the son o an inventor, Pickett 
easily assumed an advisory role tothe young Brown innovators.
Going so ar as to take the stu-
dents out to dinner a ew times, he
talked with them about business
models and what they wanted to see
happen with their creation. Preserv-
ing the unctionality o Mocha or 
Brown students was a priority or all
parties rom day one, Pickett said.In 2008, Mocha’s crew incorpo-rated the site into a limited liability 
corporation called Siliconections.
 They moved it o o the Brown com-
puter science department’s servers,
and paid or web hosting with thecommissions they made when us-
ers clicked on links rom their siteto Amazon.com.
Pickett also set up talks withthe Brown Bookstore, leading toMocha’s inclusion o links to buy 
tetbooks rom the store’s site.
“We wanted to make sure they 
didn’t step on any toes in a way that 
could be avoided,” Pickett said. “And
I think everyone got what they 
a p  
In 2007, Leventhal said Mocha’sdevelopers had two or three rounds
o meetings with CIS in which theidea that the University might buy 
or otherwise acquire Mocha was
“They didn’t really want to pay us
the kind o money that we thought 
it was worth,” Leventhal said. “We’drather keep running it and learning
rom it than get a hundred dollarsor it.”
“Plus, taking on a new pieceo code is not necessarily cheap i 
 you’re not amiliar with it,” Leven-
thal said, adding that the developers
 would not be interested in maintain-
ing a program or the University that 
they did not control.He also had concerns that i the
developers did sell the company 
and Mocha declined in quality, they 
 would be disappointed. Besides,making money was never the de- velopers’ goal since they ounded
Mocha, he said.
 Ater most o the developersgraduated and spread out acrossthe country, Leventhal said, talks
became more dicult to arrange.
“I may not have put the right 
deal on the table at the right time,”
Pickett said. “But I think they just 
 wanted to run it or themselves.”
 The year that most o Mocha’sdevelopers graduated, the Univer-
sity began developing what Pickett 
called a “rough prototype” o thecourse scheduler application that 
 was released on March 15.“It’s not intended to knock Mo-cha out o the water,” Pickett said.
“And we’re not going to get into the
business o linking to Amazon or 
anything like that.”
More than 5,000 students have
used Brown’s course schedulingapplication this semester, Pickett  wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. The average cart size is about six
Leventhal was a bit surprised when he ound out the University  was making its own system. But 
he said Mocha’s ounders — all o 
 whom now have ull-time jobs — will
continue to run the site as long asit is used.
“One o the things we always
liked about Brown is that it’s easy 
to shop courses,” Leventhal said.
“But i you don’t have the right tools,
there are going to be courses you
don’t see.”
Pickett said he hopes to see more
innovation on the part o studentsstemming rom the fow o publicinormation out o the University 
as Mocha did.
“As an entrepreneur, you try di-
erent things and sometimes it will work out and sometimes it won’t,”
Pickett said. “But either way, you
learn rom it.”
CIS    M 
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Courtes of graciela Kincai
Co Simmons ’10 (thir from riht) foune CO-Fun, a non-profit that facilitates scholarship onations.
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