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the Brown
vol. cxlv, no. 107 |
Monday, November 8, 2010
| Serving the community daily since 1891
SPORTS, 7OPiniOnS, 11
FmbleFree speech
Rhode Island’s onlymariachi band is ahit at BrownBrno drops toforth in Iy Leageafter losing to YaleHnter Fast ’11 sayspeople, not Brown,will stop bad speech
M     U.   b 
Contract set toexpire tonight 
By Alex Bell
 A rally in support o library workers
Friday reached its peak as more than100 lled the rst foor o University 
Hall or about ve minutes.Heather Goode, receptionist in
the President’s Oce, was the rst 
to receive the ralliers.
Becca Rast ’13, a member o 
the Student Labor Alliance, asked
Goode i the group could speak with
President Ruth Simmons or Execu-tive Vice President or Finance and Administration Beppie Huidekoper.
“It’s really important to us that both Beppie and Ruth understand
that there’s a lot o support or a-
ordable health care or library 
 workers and that we shouldn’t be
cutting wages and cutting health
care or the lowest-paid workers on
campus,” Rast told Goode.
“They’re not in the building,unortunately, but I will pass themessage along to them,” Goode
said, and thanked the students or their message. Ater a ew seconds o tense si-lence, labor alliance member Alex Tye ’10.5 shouted a rally call into a 
megaphone rom somewhere in thepacked rst-foor hallway, and more
than 100 answered. Three mem-
bers o Providence’s What Cheer?
Brigade also joined in, with bass
drum, snare drum and sousaphone.
 Ater a ew minutes, the calls andresponses turned to chants o “Don’t 
hide, Huidekoper.”
 As the University’s chie nan-
Aum scpsObmnnntns
 A handul o Brown alums were
thrust into the spotlight late last 
 week when the suspension o MS-NBC anchor Keith Olbermann ig-
nited a irestorm o controversy 
over media bias.
Olbermann was suspended
Friday ater Simmi Aujla ’09, a re-
porter or Politico and a ormer 
Herald editor-in-chie, broke thenews that the outspoken host o 
MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith
Olbermann” had donated the maxi-
mum legal amount to three Demo-cratic candidates during this elec-
tion cycle, in violation o MSNBC’s
employee policy.
In a statement, Phil Griin,
president o MSNBC, said he hadsuspended the anchor “indeinite-
ly without pay” ater discovering
the donations. The network an-
nounced Sunday that Olbermann
 would return or Tuesday’s show.Immediately ollowing the sus-pension, MSNBC announced that 
Chris Hayes ’01 would be replacing
Olbermann on Countdown Friday evening. The network later stated
that Hayes, Washington editor o 
the Nation, would no longer be
hosting that night.
Like Olbermann, Hayes alsomade recent political contribu-
tions — though Hayes’ dated to2008 and 2009, prior to his work
at MSNBC — according to the Vil-
lage Voice’s blog.
5 years afer O’Reilly, atamer SPG
By luiSA ROBledO
Sex Power God never ails to turn
Brown on. With provocative gar-
ments — anything rom burlesqueto etish garments to classic boxer 
bries — students proved that this
 year was not any dierent. Since
Bill O’Reilly attacked the party ve
 years ago on his Fox News pro-
gram, Queer Alliance has strivedto achieve a more organized and
saer night o debauchery.
T O’R aftrmat
In 2005, Bill O’Reilly called SexPower God “the party Brown Uni-
 versity doesn’t want you to know about,” ater terming the Univer-
sity’s administrators “pinheads” and
“very liberal.”
He condemned the University’s
involvement with the event, claim-ing incorrectly that Brown unded
the event. Queer Alliance raises
unds each year to nance the party.
“People took the side o the
school,” said Meryl Rothstein ’06, who reported on O’Reilly’s cover-age or The Herald.
“He really talked trash about”
C  : L L ’6
“I’m living the dream,” says Cathy 
 Jamison, the main character o Showtime’s “The Big C.” The
line comes at the end o the rst 
episode o the dark comedy about 
a woman dying rom terminal
cancer. Sitting on a couch in her 
backyard with only her neighbor’s
droopy-eyed basset hound or an
audience, Jamison is bathed in
highly theatrical lighting, reciting a 
soliloquy more suited to the stage
than the television screen. “I’m
here all year, perorming at stage
our!” she shouts beore breaking
into a tear-lled laugh.
For Jamison, the moment cap-tures the crossroads between the
humor and sadness that dene
her lie post-diagnosis. For Laura Linney ’86, the actress who playsher, the scene refects a dierent kind o lie juncture.I she had said, “I’m here, per-
orming eight shows a week at the
Cort Theater!” the line would have
accurately described the current phase o the actress’s lie.
 The announcement earlier thisall that “The Big C” was renewed
or a second season, coupled with critical praise or her cur-rent role in Donald Margulies’
“Time Stands Still” on Broadway,
Alex Bell / Herald
Receptionist Heather Goode (right) tells Becca Rast ’13 none of the administrators the crowd is looking for are present.
M. k  - k
By eThAn MCCOy
 The men’s ice hockey team (1-2-1,
0-1-1 ECAC) opened its Eastern Col-
lege Athletic Conerence schedule
 with a 3-3 tie with Quinnipiac (4-3-1,0-1-1) and a 4-3 loss to Princeton (1-
3-0, 1-1-0) this weekend at Meehan
 Auditorium. A week ago, the Bears
ell to undeeated Yale (4-0-0, 2-0-0)
and deeated Princeton at the Ivy 
Shootout in New Haven. Last week-
end’s tourney games did not count toward ECAC standings.
“It was not a good weekendbecause we only got one point at home,” said Head Coach Bren-
dan Whittet ’94. “We had 12 home
games, now we have 10, and we have
a really tough road ahead o us.”
Bro 3, Qpac 3
It could have easily been two
losses or Bruno this weekend, but 
a strong third period against Quinni-
piac on Friday night salvaged a valu-
able point. Ater opening the scor-
ing on a goal by assistant captainand orward David Brownschidle
’11 early in the second period, theBears surrendered three consecu-
tive goals to the Bobcats, who pulled
ahead 3-1.
 The Bears ought back to even
Jonathan Bateman / Herald
Jack Maclellan ’12 congratlates Dennis Robertson ’14 on his game-tying goal against Qinnipiac on Friday.
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the Brown
“It’s a ery specific topic, bt there’s so mch to look at.”
 — Becca Rast ’13, on agricltral politics in New England
j     
By lOuiSA ChAFee
 A collaboration among the Depart-
ment o Computer Science, the Uni- versity Library Center or Digital Ini-
tiatives and the Department o ItalianStudies — with sponsorship rom Mi-
crosot Research — created “Garibaldi
on the Surace,” the centerpiece o 
“Growing Knowledge: The Evolutiono Research,” an exhibit at the British
Library. It is a pilot project intended
to increase uture collaboration and
technology in the humanities.
“Garibaldi on the Surace” is a digitized version o the Garibaldi
Panorama, a painting given to the li-brary ve years ago. The panorama 
is our-and-a-hal eet tall, 273 eet long
and intended to be read like a scrollpainted on both sides. It depicts the
lie o the Italian liberator Giuseppe
Massimo Riva, an Italian studies
proessor and Garibaldi expert, said
he began the process o digitization to
enhance a seminar he was teaching.In 2007, the Garibaldi panorama was
lmed over one week and digitally 
stitched together so that it would ap-
pear to move orward. But Riva want-
ed to be able to access the images on
a more usable device — University 
Librarian Harriette Hemmasi said the
rst version was “awkward.”
Riva talked to Andy van Dam,
proessor o computer science, who was interested in touch technology 
and, with Microsot as a sponsor, they 
used the touch tabletop to create thecurrent exhibit.
 The tabletop looks like a coee
table and unctions like an iPod, ex-
cept the user doesn’t have to touch the
surace. “It’s like an iPod on steroids,”
according to van Dam. Touch table
technology was originally built or res-taurants, but Microsot was interested
in extending the uses o the devices. Ater the British Library learned
about the touch table project through
a ormer head librarian at Microsot,
 Van Dam said, Brown hosted a delega-
tion rom the London institution. They  were so impressed with the work that 
they made the Garibaldi project the
centerpiece o the “Growing Knowl-edge” exhibit, Hemmasi said.
 The Garibaldi exhibit is interactive,
 with music, videos, news articles and
photographs accompanying various
parts o the scroll to place the artwork
in context. “It now looks like what is was intended to be, a research tool,”Hemmasi said.
 This is only a pilot project, withtwo similar projects already under 
 way. Van Dam joked that one o the
next projects will produce “Garibaldi
on steroids” — a version with such
high resolution that a user could see
individual brush strokes, and a larger 
surace so the image will be lie-size.
 This is still in the very early design
 A second project, HumBub —
 which stands or Humanities Bubbles— will enhance the image with added
scholarly inormation in “bubbles,”small windows capable o moving
around the screen. This is intended
as a productivity tool or humanitiesscholars, but it is also still being or-mulated. Van Dam called it the “rst 
pancake” — the one that always needs
to be thrown out. Van Dam said that those who are
curious to see the Garibaldi project 
can contact him via e-mail. In addition,Riva plans to test the touch table proj-
ect in a seminar he is teaching next 
semester, ITAL 1340: “Garibaldi andthe Risorgimento.”
 The Garibaldi project is one step in
a larger eort to enhance collabora-
tion and make better tools available toscholars in the humanities, Hemmasi
said. In the uture, she said, libraries
may come equipped with a “digitalscholarship lab” with touch tables
and similar technology that will make
dicult-to-access materials more avail-
able to researchers and allow multiple
people to work on a project at once.
By SOPhiA SeAwell
Inspired by an interest in condi-
tions or U.S. arm workers, a group
o undergraduates is pursuing an
independent study project intendedto “lay the groundwork or potentialresearch” on agricultural politics in
New England, according to Becca 
Rast ’13, one o the students in-
 volved. The students, who range rom
sophomores to second-semester 
seniors, met last spring while tak-ing ENVS 1560: “Sustenance and
Sustainability,” a class about the
impacts o policies and cultures onood systems in the United States.
Rast said she “was especially 
interested in arm workers and
the people who are producing or 
picking and harvesting the major-
ity o our ood in the states.” She
said she wondered, “Why aren’t labor rights a prominent part o 
the conversation?”
Rast started talking to el-low students in the class, whoexpressed interest in workingtogether to urther pursue that idea. Because they had missed
the deadline or orming a Group
Independent Study Project, the
nine students decided instead to
propose nine separate Independent 
Study Projects and work together.
 The group plans to begin in-
terviewing Rhode Island citizensabout arm worker conditions in
this state, “an area where there
hasn’t really been any research,”
Rast said. In addition, the group
plans to begin visiting high schoolsto give presentations on arm work-
ers’ rights.
 Another major goal o theproject is to “put together our 
avorite resources to give to pro-essors who are teaching classes
on agriculture, ood systems and
environmental history, so they canincorporate more lectures on arm
 workers,” she said.
 The de acto GISP, which meets
twice a week, is led by two dier-
ent students each class session,
 who assign readings and prepare
a lecture to be ollowed by discus-
sion. The group checks in with our 
dierent aculty advisers rom theCenter or Environmental Studiesand the sociology, political science
and history departments.
Rast said she believes the range
o the departments refects the
project’s nature. “What we’re look-ing at is very interdisciplinary: so-
cial movements, policies, history o 
agriculture, environmental justice
and implications or arm workers,”
she said. “It’s a very specic topic,
but there’s so much to look at.” The idea o putting together a GISP out o nine ISPs resulted insomething slightly dierent thaneither program. The group has “a 
little bit more reedom,” and stu-
dents “don’t necessarily have to
do the same nal projects,” Rast 
said. But “generally it unctions the
same as a GISP — it just shows up
as an ISP on transcripts.”
 Working both independently 
and as a group “involves a lot o 
accountability” in terms o students
checking in and getting input rom
each other, Rast said.
GIS   S k 
Cortesy of Brown Library
The computer science and Italian studies departments came together to
create a 273-foot-long panorama that scrolls on a toch table.
 z U.’  
By eMMA wOhl
Last month, fiers appeared in din-
ing halls announcing Brown had
been recognized by People or theEthical Treatment o Animals as a 
 vegan-riendly school, though it was
eliminated in the rst round o voting
or the designation o most vegan-
riendly college.
In the past, PETA’s designation o-cused on vegetarian-riendly schools.
In 2007, it named Brown a “Top 10
 Vegetarian-Friendly College,” Gina 
Guiducci, Dining Services’ dietitian,
 wrote in an e-mail to The Herald.
But this was the rst year the group
ocused specically on vegan-riendly 
schools, she wrote.
“Ater receiving eedback rom
students, PETA reached out to Din-ing Services or additional inorma-tion about our dining program and
our vegan oerings,” Guiducci wrote.
 The “vegan-riendly college”
nomination was not PETA’s ultimate
prize but rather “more o a recogni-tion and start o a voting period, in
 which students were asked to vote,”Guiducci wrote. The next stage wasa bracket-style tournament in whichschools competed or votes head-to-
head. Brown was eliminated ater 
losing to Smith College in the rst 
round o the tournament, according
to PETA’s website.
But Guiducci said Dining Ser- vices is “very proud to have been
recognized by the nomination, which
has opened the doors to increased
communication with students on
campus who are vegan or vegetar-
“I always have something to eat,”said Ellora Vilkin ’14, who was a veg-an or several months beore coming
to Brown and has kept it up since.
“Sometimes it’s not the most excit-ing ood in the world,” but there is
always an option or her, she added.
 Vilkin said she had been in con-
tact with Guiducci about when the
dining halls would have soy milk,
 which they did not get until October.Guiducci had been very responsive,
she said.
Sophie Hawley-Weld ’14 tried a 
 vegan diet or several weeks this
all. “It just means you’re eating the
same things every day,” she said.
Ultimately, she quit “mainly because
I was doing it or the wrong reasons,”
she said. She said she was trying to
go vegan ater a class challenged
her to try something new, but she
didn’t have the commitment level
to keep it up.
“I absolutely think it requires you
to think about what you’re eating,” Vilkin said.
“The salad bar is my riend,” she
 Though she is satised overall
 with the options at the dining halls, Vilkin said she will not stay on mealplan.
“I love to cook, so I’ll go o whenI have access to a nice kitchen,” she
 According to Guiducci, Brown
sets itsel apart because “we don’t 
rely solely on vegan hot dogs, nug-
gets or patties.” Instead, Dining Ser- vices has developed its own recipes,
including “oven roasted tou, vegan
alael, vegan chana masala” and
many more, she wrote.
“Both the nomination and our past award in 2007 speak to thediversity here on campus and the
desire and need or a department,
like Dining Services, to continue toservice students o varying dietary preerences,” she wrote.
Future vegan-riendly projectsor Dining Services include label-
ing vegan menu items and the de-
 velopment o more vegan-riendly 
desserts, Guiducci wrote, adding that she plans to work with Brown Animal
Rights Coalition on these projects.
A lot of s wold basically do anything for Josh.”
 — Chris Hayes ’01, spporter of Josha Segall ’01
B  ’ ,  
“We have to keep the campus hy-
drated and have appropriate alter-natives in place,” said Beyond the
Bottle steering committee member 
 Jason Harris ’10.5 at last Friday’s
 Water Week panel, “Why No More
Bottled Water?”
 The panel, which discussed the
challenges o making the campus
bottle-ree, concluded the week-long event — which encouraged
students to sign a pledge to drinkonly tap water, showcased a sculp-
ture o water bottles on the Main
Green and screened the documen-
tary “Tapped.
 The purpose o the week was
to raise awareness about the envi-
ronmental, health and social issues
involved with the consumption o 
bottled water, according to Harris,
a ormer Herald sports editor.
“We wanted to really hit hard
and make a very visible eort, and
this seemed like the appropriate
time,” he said.
Friday’s panel included repre-
sentatives rom Brown Dining Ser-
 vices, the Department o Facilities
Management and Corporate Ac-
countability International’s Think
Outside the Bottle campaign.“Access to water is the biggest 
challenge humanity has ever aced,”
said John Stewart, national orga-
nizer or the campaign. “Bottled
 water companies continue to turn
 water, which is a public good, into a 
commodity, undermining the public
 water system, and this is danger-
ous or the uture o tap water. We
need to send a clear message about 
society’s priorities.”
 The panelists discussed some o 
the dangers o the increased con-
sumption o bottled water, such asthe eect on towns where bottled
 water companies extract water. The
local population is sometimes let 
 without direct access to water andis orced to buy it rom the bottled
 water companies themselves, they 
But the panelists agreed that 
there remain challenges to elimi-
nating bottled water at Brown.“We need to balance the needs
and desires o the community  with the mandate o moving this
program orward,” said Gretchen
 Willis, director o Brown Dining
Services. “We need to remove water 
bottles in a systematic way without removing the ability o students on
campus to hydrate themselves.”
Christopher Powell, director 
o sustainable energy and environ-
mental initiatives, said there are
“obstacles” to eliminating bottled
 water on campus.
“We don’t want students buy-
ing more soda because there is no water,” Powell said.
Stewart, who stressed the supe-
riority o tap water, compared the
slow disappearance o public water 
ountains to that o phone booths.
“There is a perception that bottled water is better, saer and
cleaner, which is a result o bottled
 water companies disparaging thealternative to get people to buy a 
product that is otherwise ree,”
Stewart said.
 The panel discussion ended with an eight-minute video titled“The Story o Bottled Water,”
 which stressed the cheaper cost,
higher quality and decreased envi-
ronmental impact o tap water andencouraged viewers to “take back
the tap” and “invest in public water 
 The organizers o the national
 Think Outside the Bottle Campaignplan to show this video to Congressin January. The organization works
 with over 100 student groups like
Beyond the Bottle across the coun-
try, educating students about theissues with bottled water and giv-ing the administration support to
restrict water bottles, Stewart said.
“In general, the week was a 
success,” said Ari Rubenstein ’11,
One o the candidates whom
Hayes supported was Joshua Se-
gall ’01, a ormer leader o the
Brown College Democrats, whose
2008 bid to represent Alabama’s
3rd Congressional District in the
U.S. House o Representatives
 was unsuccessul.
“A lot o us would basically do
anything or Josh,” Hayes told
 The Herald in February 2008 or a story about Segall’s candidacy.
In a Twitter post Friday ater-
noon, Hayes wrote that he would
not be substituting or Olbermann
that night because he “didn’t eel
comortable doing it given the
circumstances” and not due to his
campaign contributions.
Politico’s Mike Allen reported
Sunday that Olbermann’s suspen-
sion stemmed rom his reusalto apologize on the air or the
contributions, which would havepermitted him to remain the pro-
gram’s host.
Olbermann has been a lead-
ing progressive voice in a media 
landscape increasingly dominated
by opinionated news commenta-
tors who have strayed rom ob-
 jective reporting and garneredhigher ratings in the process.On “Countdown,” Olbermanncriticized News Corp., the par-
ent company o MSNBC rival Fox
News, or its $1 million donation
to the Republican Governors As-
Olbermann’s donations tounsuccessul Kentucky Senatecandidate and state Attorney 
General Jack Conway, who was
deeated by Tea Party avoriteRand Paul, and to members o the Arizona delegation Reps.
Gabrielle Giords and Raul Gri-
 jalva have raised questions about 
media ethics. The contributions
occurred the same day Olber-
mann interviewed Grijalva on his
Olbermann said in a statement 
to Politico, “I did not privately or 
publicly encourage anyone else
to donate to these campaigns,
nor to any others in this electionor any previous ones, nor have I
previously donated to any political
campaign at any level.” Aujla did not return an e-mailrequest or comment.
Ben Lebsdorf / Herald file photo
Simmi Aujla ’09, pictured at The Herald’s 2007 banquet with co-editor-in-chief Ross
Frazier ’09, broke the news that Keith Olbermann iolated MSNBC ethics rles.
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