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Thursday, February 9, 2012
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Since 1891vol. cxxii, no. 12
32 / 48
 tomorrow
27 / 47
 today
news....................2-5
editorial............6opinions.............7 
city & state..........8
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F-la 
sun nk fv c nn cu v  b mcn,p nk 
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Students can now study abroad in
th Mdd East thrugh a wy 
approved program at the Univer-sity o Jordan in Amman. Te cre-ation o the program, coordinatedthrough Middlebury College and
auhd  th a, ms ara study abrad prgram  A-
andria, Egypt was placed on hold
ollowing last year’s outbreak o 
a prtsts agast th g-rmt.
wo Brown students were par-
ticipating through the approvedprogram in Egypt — also coor-dinated through Middlebury —when they were evacuated rom
Aadra ast Jauary.
Middlebury decided to post-
pone its Egypt program until
urthr t baus “th stu-
ation is still too unstable in Egypt
rght w,” sad Mha Gsr,
Middlebury’s vice president or
language schools, schools abroad
ad graduat prgrams.
Amanda Labora ’12.5 was
Egypt still ‘too unstable’for study abroad program
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Te Undergraduate Council o Stu-
dts passd a prpsa at ts g-
eral body meeting Wednesday night
rmmdg a amdmt t
its constitution that would give the
council the power to control its
own unding. Under the current
system, the Undergraduate Finance
Board must approve the council’s
budgt. T prpsa w w g
to a reerendum on MyCourses and
the student body will have until
ths Suday t t thr  arr agast th hag.
“We give you the power to und,
but you don’t really und us that
well,” said UCS-UFB liaison Daniel
Ppk ’4 t UFB.
Pipkin said the amendmentwould help clariy the relation-
ship between the council and UFB,
whh was ratd  4 t hp
oversee the distribution o unds to
studt grups. UFB atr bama subsdary  th u.T prpsd hag w hp
“eliminate this power struggle thatseems to occur when UCS and UFB
d’t agr  smthg r d’tgt ag,” Ppk sad. T u-
cil’s budget would need to be ap-
proved by the general body as wellas by a member o the Student Ac-
tts O udr th prpsdhag, h sad.
UCS President Ralanda Nelson’12 said “contentions” between the
council and UFB have previously 
atd th u’s udg, m-patg th u’s tss
and discouraging the group rom
UCS proposesconstitutional change
Rattner ’74 settleswith Quadrangle
 The artraton case eteenSteven Rattner ’74 P’10 P’13 P’15,ormer ello or the Corporaton,the Unversty’s hghest governngody, and the prvate nvestmentrm Quadrangle Group has endedn a settlement, the Ne York Tmesreported Tuesday. The case had een“amcaly and conclusvely resolved,Quadrangle eecutves rote na Fe. 1 letter to nvestors. Theletter dd not specy  a monetaryagreement as reached, the Tmesreported.Rattner, ho co-oundedQuadrangle, had led clams or anunspeced amount o money hesad the rm oed hm hen he letn 2009.Shortly ater Rattner’s departure,the Securtes and EchangeCommsson and then-State AttorneyGeneral and current GovernorAndre Cuomo launched annvestgaton aganst Quadrangle,allegng Rattner partcpated n aploy to generate kckacks or thecompany rom a state penson und.Ater settlng th the SECn 2010, Quadrangle ssued astatement callng Rattner’s conduct“napproprate, rong and unethcal.Rattner, a ormer Herald edtor-n-che, admtted no rongdong. Atthe end o 2010, he pad $10 mllonto settle th the SEC and attorneygeneral’s oce. He as temporarlyanned rom the securtes ndustryand rom appearng eore a pulcpenson und.Last eek’s Quadrangle letterthanked Rattner or “sustantalcontrutons to the rm over theyears.”Nether Rattner nor Quadranglerepresentatves returned requests orcomment.
— shi luth
NEwS iN bRiEF
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A week ater Gov. Lincoln Chaee
’75 P’4 rasd hs budgt pr-
posal to the General Assembly,
Rhode Island residents are ex-pressing their distress over itsproposed tax increases, whichChaee himsel called “contro-
 versial” during his annual State
 th Stat addrss t gsatrsast wk.h amst $76 m  ta
hikes in the proposal include a
our-cent increase to the state tax
on cigarettes, as well as an ex-
pansion o the taxable base orthe lodging tax, extending it tocertain bed-and-breakasts andrental properties. he sales and
us ta wud pad t ud
services such as limousines and
taxis, moving, storage and car
washs. A w ta wud as bappd t thg ad twarpurhass dg $75.
he most controversial mea-
sure in Chaee’s tax plan is the
2 percent increase to the meals
and beverage tax, raising the totaltax to 10 percent — a proposition
that ds t bd w r arstaurat wrs.
“hey should roll (the tax rate)back to what it was 10 or 15 yearsago,” said David McAllister, ownero Meeting Street Cae on the cor-ner o Meeting and hayer streets.
Measures like this are “makingit more diicult or students to
d ut.”
McAllister added that while he
ds t b th ta ras
will drive customers away, his cus-
tmrs — th majrty  whmar studts — w dty batd by th rasd st.
he tax increases represent
Chaee’s attempt to rectiy a $120
million budget deicit rom last
year, said Sen. Daniel DaPonte, D-
East Providence and Pawtucket,
who chairs the Senate Committee
 Fa.
R.I. budget proposal targets eateries
Courtesy o Alea Stevens
instalty n Egypt prolongs study aroad program suspenson.
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Tough recruiting season is arrom over, the number o appli-
cations submitted through the
Center or Careers and Lie AerBrown Student Job and Internship
Bard has arady surpassd ast
year’s total. Te number o ap-
plications submitted rom Aug.
 t Fb.   ths yar rprsts
a 57 percent increase rom last
year’s total, said Andrew Simmons,
drtr  CarrLAB.
Te number o “unique” stu-dents applying — students whohave submitted at least one ap-
plication — is also up 19 percent,
Simmons said. He did not have
data r ah ddua ass.
“It probably means that stu-dents are more aware o the re-sources than they have been in
th past,” h sad.
Te surge could also be due
t th rs  -ampus rrut-g. Tugh h dd t ha -
act numbers, Simmons said the
umbr  rrutrs stg thUrsty has rasd.
Many o the companies that
ormally recruit at Brown are inthe nance, consulting and en-gineering elds. As Te Herald
Job boardsees surgein studentsubmissions
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 A w  urs rw t,
whose number o users has climbed
to 600 in under two weeks, may make uture shopping periods a
tt ss ht. Bst  Brw, a
website created by Jonah Kagan ’13
ad Lz Nu ’4, dspays a st  
the most popular courses at Brown
that ar submttd t th wbst.
Students can submit their three
avorite courses and, in return, view
a list o the most recommended
asss.
Kagan, a computer science con-centrator, said they started Best o Brown to help his suitemate, Chris
Ftzsmms ’3, d th prt
ourth course. Te site has nowbeen visited 1,800-2,000 times,
Kagan said. In addition to rank-
g urss, th wbst trs uturss t urrty rd ad
ranks proessors teaching the samecourse. Kagan said they may add aeature allowing students to update
thr tp thr hs.
Te site has received mixed
student eedback, with the main
criticism being that the site’s rank-
gs ar basd, arg arg, -
troductory courses over smaller
ones. CSCI 0150: “Introduction
to Object-Oriented Programmingand Computer Science” and CSCI
030: “Itrdut t Cmputr
Systems” are currently the leading
urss. Kaga sad ths bas was
interesting but added that he plansto add course enrollment numbers
t “rmaz” th data.
Te Critical Review, another
student-run course review, avoidsbias by using a three-stage editingprocess that averages ratings rom
student evaluations, said Charis
Lk ’3, th Crta Rw’s -ut dtr.
hough based on a similar
prms, th Crta Rw ds
not eel “threatened” by Best o 
Brw, Lk sad, s  thrst mps as muh urs data
as it does. But Loke added that
there is always room to be more
relevant, noting that the return rateo Critical Review surveys has de-
clined in recent semesters, with
only 35.8 percent o evaluationsreturned last spring. In the past,
the percent o student evaluationsreturned was higher, at roughly 38
prt.Kaga sad hs st “s a gap”
in the Critical Review’s data, sinceBest o Brown rates courses relativeto each other, rather than indepen-dently, as the Critical Review does.
He said he intends or the site tosupplement other course review
sts ad ds t wat t t takr th urs-shppg d.
Students have also complained
about having to use Facebook tosubmit their avorite courses on
Best o Brown, which prevents
mutp trs by th sam usr,
Kagan said. He added that though
many people said the website is
“,” w sad t fud thrurs sts.
Irene Rojas-Carroll ’15 said she
usd bth Bst  Brw ad th
Critical Review during shopping
period. She learned about Best
o Brown through Facebook and
ound the site to be helpul in nd-
g urs das. But sh sad sh
was not too infuenced by the site,
s y a w pp ha sub-
mitted their top three courses. Sheadded that the Critical Review was
more useul in narrowing down
urss t shp.
New site showcases ‘best’ classes
reported last all, out o 90 re-
rutrs at th aua jb ar Sptmbr, y 4 wr thr t
provide careers in the common
good — even though 75 percent o students expressed interest in thatarea in a 2010 CareerLAB survey.But Simmons said CareerLAB
was t wrrd by th dmat-
ing presence o nancial and con-
sulting companies, adding that
they are only part o a “smalluniverse o companies that do
this type o recruiting.” He said
other elds are equally accessible
t studts, but thy mght ha
to “use a multi-aceted approach”
that s “ss struturd” tha th-ampus rrutg prss.
Simmons said he did not ex-pect the increase in on-campus
recruiting to aect where stu-
dents apply. Tough data is not
yet available or the class o 2011,the distribution o students across
career elds has been relatively 
stat r th past  yars,h sad.
“Te only thing you can tell
about Brown students is that they are interested in a wide variety o 
ds,” Smms sad.
Abigail Cain ’15 visited Ca-
rrLAB r th rst tm brth start  ths smstr r ss-ss abut trwg ad thtrshp sarh.“It’s  t kw that Brwhas s may rsurs r yu tus, suh as a twrk  aums,”
she said. Cain said she plannedto bring her resume to a career
adsr r a sr k.
But some students use alternatepathways to get summer opportu-nities and explore lie aer Brown.
By using the Fellowships@Brown website, Maddie John-ston ’13 was able to receive a
grant rom the Watson Instituteor International Studies or re-
search last summer. Tis year, shesaid she is applying or an Under-
graduat ahg ad RsarhAward.
Tough Johnston has never
used CareerLAB, she said many 
 hr rds ha ud t ry usu. St, t was  surprs thr that may studts ha tyt usd ts rsurs.
“You have an hour,” she said.
“D yu wat t g t a tr-
ship air or hang out with your
rds?”
Student career choices stay consistent
Courtesy o bron Unversty
The new best of brown site allows users to see other students’ favorite courses.
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the Brown Daily eraldthursday, February 9, 2012
one o the two Brown students
auatd rm Egypt ast Jau-
ary. Upon returning to Brown,
Labora was in a “weird situation”because the study abroad programwas over but second semester had
already started. She decided totake a leave o absence because
 hr utmy rtur.Labra sad hr tm  Egyptwas t why pst r ga-
tive. Her experience was “very 
humbg,” sh sad, baus sh
realized how little control she had
r th ts that trasprd.
“Tere’s a dogma at Brown thatit’s always better to be somewhereelse, but real eective change, like
the radical societal change that
happened in Egypt, can’t come
rm th utsd,” sh sad.Hr ad t studts study-
ing abroad is to take every oppor-
tunity and obstacle as it comes,
rather than trying to impose one’sown expectations on a given situ-
at.Mha Dawks ’ as dd
not immediately return to Brown
ar th auat.
“When I got back, it was ex-
tremely dicult adjusting,” hesaid. “Tere was this sensationthat anytime something could
explode or go o, or everything
ud g t has.” H has t
yet resumed studies at Brown andhas been working in Louisiana or
sra mths.
“Te transition was too di-icult and too abrupt, and we
wr’t ray g a t  tmt prss,” h sad.
Geisler said Middlebury is
monitoring the situation in Egypt
day, wathg th ws ad r-
ceiving country briengs rom theU.S. State Department and Global
Rsu, th prdr that hpd
airli students rom Alexandria
during their evacuation. Since
last November, Egypt has been onthe State Department’s travel alert
st, a st that uds utrs
whose conditions pose signicantshort-term risks to the security o 
American citizens, according to
th Dpartmt’s wbst.
“Anytime you send studentsto a oreign country, there is a
certain risk involved, no matter
how much due diligence you do,”Geisler said. Four years ago, Mid-
dlebury was considering imple-
mtg a prgram  Syra, but
“we had inormation that made
us hstat,” h sad.
Prior to the protests thatsprang up across the MiddleEast last year, Middlebury had
already been looking to add anextra site in Jordan because the
Egypt program was so successul,
Gsr sad.
“Everybody is looking at thiswith the understanding that thesituation in Egypt is fuid,” said
Kda Brstu, drtr  -
ternational programs and associ-
at da  th Cg.
Uprisings continue to occur
across the Middle East, particular-ly in Egypt, unisia, Syria, Yemenand Libya, said Melani Cammett,
director o Brown’s Middle East
studies program and associate
proessor o political science. Even
in countries like Jordan, which
are not mentioned as much in the
hads, pta urst s sta ssu, sh sad.
Jordan is less o a concern at
th mmt, Cammtt sad, du
to its dierent government dy-
namics. Jordan has a monarchy inaddition to multiple political par-
ts, ad ts “marhy has b
 very astute at managing politics,”
sh sad.
Protests are ongoing in Egypt,
largely around the issue o the
military’s current role in govern-
mt. Cammtt sad th prtstsha b sussu  trms  
ousting ormer Egyptian Presi-dent Hosni Mubarak and hold-
ing elections not rigged by the
state. But many key eatures o 
th systm ha t yt hagd,sh sad.
Other universities are current-
y ss rstrt  trms  ur-
rent study abroad options. BostonUniversity, or instance, currently 
rs prgrams  Lba adSyra.
“We would like to go back,”Geisler said o Egypt. “But we
have to be assured that it’s sae
or the students, and right now we
 just d’t ha ugh rma-
tion at this point.” Middlebury 
will decide within the next sev-eral weeks whether to reinstate
its program in Egypt or all 2012.Students who applied to study abroad in Egypt or all 2011 werenotied last May that Middlebury was not going to run its program
in Alexandria. Applicants had
been told ahead o time that they 
wud b autmatay aptd
to the Jordan program i Egypt
was t a pt.
Te Jordan program, which
took place or the rst time last
semester, worked “extremely well,”
Geisler said. “Academically, it’s
 ry strg.”
But the non-academic aspects
o the program were not at all
what studts ptd.
“We totally lived in a brothel,
said Alexa Stevens, a junior at
us University. “Tere was a se-cret passage rom our dorm build-
ing to a coee shop next door
where women would work,” she
said. She described seeing women
wearing long black body cover-
ings and high heels and make-up.
“W wud wdr what’s gg
on,” she said. “Tey were most
ky prsttuts.”
“he cae on the irst loor
o the dorm is in all likelihood
a ront or prostitution,” Mid-
dlebury wrote in a letter to the
parts  partpatg studts
mid-way through last semester.“Some o these prostitutes may 
well be living in the same building
as ur ma studts.”
“We never elt unsae per se,but there was a lot to be awareo in that part o town,” Stevens
said. Jordan has a comprehensivesecret police orce and stable secu-rity system, which helped ensure
rg studts’ saty, sh sad.
Te building, which was pri-
 vately owned and not aliatedwith the University o Jordan,
was located in a red-light district,
according to Ayane Ezaki ’13. It
was an “uncomortable place,”
sh sad.
It took two weeks beore Mid-
dbury md th studts t a
dierent building in the same red-
light neighborhood. Ezaki saidstudents were sexually harassedand that she personally had ex-
perienced blatant solicitation. Be-
r thy md budgs, thr
was a robbery, an intrusion and
a dog-killing outside their dorm.
“At  pt dd I  that my saty was at rsk,” Ezak sad.
Despite unexpected complica-tions related to their housing, Eza-
k ad Sts sad thy arda t wh studyg  Jrda.
Ezaki said her Arabic improved
considerably, and the Jordanian
aculty was antastic. But becauseo the language requirements, shesaid she had little choice in select-
g hr urss.I hdsght, sh sad sh wasutmaty gad sh dd t study 
in Alexandria especially given theturmoil in the city last November.“I had a crazy experience,” she
sad, but “I’m gad I had t.”
U. approves study abroad in Jordan
takg mr prjts.“W d’t  dram bg ay-
more, because we know we are notgoing to get unded or things,” she
sad.
Pipkin said the council receives
signicantly less unding than do
studt grg bds at P,
Cornell and Dartmouth and has
only received an average o 37 per-
cent o requested unds over the
past  yars.I rsps, Raaj Parkh ’3, a
UFB-at-large representative, saidthe student governments at theseinstitutions have many more re-sponsibilities than does UCS and
noted that nearly all student groupsat the University are underunded.
Last year, UFB was only able
to meet two-thirds o the budget
rqusts, UFB V Char MhaPrhk ’ td T Hrad.
“Te proposal that they are put-
ting orth prioritizes UCS needs
r th ds  ry thr stu-dt grup baus thy’d b rst , prptuay, t th studtatty ,” Parkh sad.
While Nelson contends UCS
will not be irresponsible with the
uds, Prhk td that UCS
does not have the “intimate knowl-
edge” o student groups aorded
t UFB, wh rw th budgt  r 00 grups arud ampus.
“In essence, it will mean even
less money or student groups thatare already chronically underund-
d,” Prhk sad.
Perchonok said he thinks stu-dents deserve more time to con-
sider the proposed amendment,
which would be the rst UCS con-
stitutional change since 2003. Hesaid the change seemed sudden,
though Nelson said in the meeting
that she has unsuccessully been
attempting to begin a conversationwith UFB or the past our months.Nelson also said in the meetingthat she values student opinion on
the issue, explaining that she de-cided to propose a constitutional
amendment rather than a code
hag as th rmr rqurs stu-
dent approval whereas the latter
ds t.
“It is trying to make a statementabout valuing the work that is done
hr,” Ns sad  th mtg.
Aer a lengthy discussion on
the topic, the proposal passed with
y a w gra bdy mmbrs tg agast t.
“Our projects reach the greatest
number o students, but we can’t
get our own unding or that,” UCS
Communications Chair Sam Gil-
man ’15 told Te Herald. “We haveto go use outside sources o unding
or that which is both inecient
and, especially with the state o 
Brw’s as, ry dut, t
nd discretionary unding or those
prjts.”
At the meeting, the council
as passd a statmt urag-
ing the University to incorporatestudent input when deciding on
tenure promotions and announcednext week’s discussion with MarisaQuinn, vice president o public a-
airs and University relations, on
the University’s contribution to the
ty  Prd.
Funding changes wouldallow UCS to ‘dream big’
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