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Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Since 1891vol. cxxii, no. 49
61 / 43
 tomorrow
54 / 39
 today
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Atr Ka P has tw wrds  
advice or Brown students — be
razy.
“I’m so glad that I’m constantly 
meeting people who are making
crazy decisions and crazy choices,”said Penn, actor and ormer WhiteHouse Associate Director o Pub-
 Egagmt, wh addrssd apakd Sam 0 ast ght.
Penn said he has requently been called “crazy” or decisions
he had made — in particular, leav-ing his role on the television show“House” or a two-year stint in the
Wht Hus.
Penns talk occurred during therst night o the housing lottery, a
t r whh h apgzd.“I amst  bgatd t d
you housing now that you’re here,”
h sad.
Te talk encompassed both hu-morous and serious topics, touch-ing upon Penn’s experiences as an
Indian-American actor and hiswork in the Obama administra-
tion. He requently elicited cheers
ad appaus, spay wh h
discussed his childhood in NewJersey, a background he said “islike an ethnicity” in the way it
bds pp.
Te subject o diversity oen
“just ms up rgaay” wh
‘Harold and Kumar’ star goes to the White House
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Trough a all Group IndependentStudy Project, Saturday night din-ners and a series o other initiatives
ad prjts, a w studt grup
is looking to reignite discussions
about the University originally 
sprd by th Nw Curruum.
Born over a dinner between two
upperclassmen, Brown Conver-
sation aims to continue the dia-
logue about Brown, its educational
phsphy ad ts pa  hghrduat.
Te group emerged rom dinnerconversations last semester between
Evan Schwartz ’13, an independentconcentrator in community devel-opment and education, and Anish
Sarma ’12, an electrical engineering
tratr. Prmtd sy a
word o mouth, the group’s listserv 
w basts 2 mmbrs, ad 20t 35 pp shw up at ay g
meeting. Around 100 individuals
 tta ha attdd mtgs atsm pt, Shwartz sad.
With the administrative turn-over taking place, now could be
a partuary pprtu tm r
students to consider the identity o 
th Ursty, Sarma sad, but haddd that tmg s “dta
BrownConversationexamines U.’sidentity 
Housing changes cause tension on rst night of lottery 
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Republican presidential hopeul and
ormer Massachusetts Governor
Mtt Rmy ambastd Prsdt
Barack Obama’s economic policies
 rt  hudrds  supprtrs
at a town hall campaign stop in
Warwk ast ght. Rmy amt Rhd Isad  prparat r
the state’s Republican primary April
2, a mptt h s wdy -ptd t w.
Noticeably absent rom Rom-ney’s address was any mention o ormer Senator Rick Santorum,who suspended his campaignuesday, virtually assuring Rom-
ney the Republican Party’s nomina-
tion. Romney instead ocused his
criticism on Obama — his potentialNovember opponent — in what was
prhaps a dat th grat ampag has bgu.Rmy pd by utrg
the notion that the Republican Party 
is waging “a war on women,” which
has rty rd mda att-
tion because o controversy sur-
rounding the party’s stance on birth
control. “Te real war on women
has b wagd by ths prsdt’s
economic policy, because they haveailed American women,” Romney 
sad. H sad that  th mr tha
800,000 jobs lost over the course
 Obama’s prsdy, 2 prtwr hd by wm. PtFat, a
nonpartisan organization that ratesthe accuracy o political statements,
classied the statistic as “mostly 
as.”
John Robitaille, the 2010 Repub-
lican candidate or Rhode Island
Grr, spk t th rwd b-
ore Romney took the stage. Ro-bitaille highlighted the diculteconomic times and the high un-
Romney seeks GOP support in R.I. before primary 
Corinne Szczesn / Herald
Actor and former White House employee Kal Penn spoke in Salomon last night.
 Tom Sllivan / HeraldMitt Romne slammed Democrats’ policies at a campaign stop in Warwick.
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Mohammed Ghazi Atallah ’13
startd f ths yar’s husg t-
tery by choosing Minden Hall
07. T rst 60 husg grupsstd rms at Says Ha astght, ad th rst w hs t-mrrw ght.
Members o Residential Coun-
, drssd  brght -shrts aduy hats, std bath a argsr dspayg aaab rms
at the ront o the auditorium. A
  rprstats r th up-
coming six groups ormed along
a sd  th rm. T rst  th
participants waited nervously in
thr sats, at rst y g th
ront rows. In the middle o thenight, when the event was most
heated, the auditorium was packed
wth rwdy ad aus studts.
For around the rst 20 minutes,the lottery went smoothly as mem-
brs  th rst 00 grups swy 
led in. No shows did not even
r th typa appaus rmth rwd.“It’s just h,” sad Frddy Na-
 varro ’13, whose group, number 69,
was hoping to get a suite in Vartan
Grgra Quad wth hs grup.
Te majority o the early groups
sought singles. Singles in Minden,the Pembroke dorms and rooms in
the newly renovated 315 Tayer
St. were some o the most popularchoices, though some groups whochose 315 Tayer St. said they were
a tt usur  what t pt.
“Tey didn’t list the square oot-
age o the rooms, so we’re not sure
what we got ourselves into,” saidLuisa Garcia ’13 aer her group
leader selected a room in the build-
ing. “But we really like that part o 
ampus, ad th ass t Tayr(St.) s grat.
ensions started to rise as the
prm rms wr swpt up, adth rm startd t  wth bth
people and noise. At this point,
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no-shows were met with cheersand applause rom the audience,
and certain room choices were met
wth bs ad gras.
Singles went quickly in a yearwhen, due to upcoming renova-tions, Keeney Quadrangle, An-
drws Ha, Mr Ha, WayadHus ad Mta Ha wr t
included in the lottery. o re-
pa sm  th mssg sgs,
Graduate Center D was converted
try t sgs.
ResCouncil wants to emphasize
ratg a mmuty r sph-
mores, housing them largely indoubles on main campus, saidAndy Chang ’13, housing lottery 
mmtt har r RsCu.
“We’re trying to have sopho-
mrs   dubs ad jurs
and seniors live in singles,” he said.
“People overemphasize singles
sometimes, but we want to try and
kp th mmuty tat.
ResCouncil’s plan is or sopho-mores to live in Littleeld Hall and
Hope College, which were madesophomore-only or next year, joining Caswell Hall and Hege-man Hall. Juniors will live in the
Grad Center and New Dorm areas,
and seniors will live of-campus
and in the Barbour Hall and Young
Orhard apartmts.
But rising seniors did not al-ways ulll those expectations,usually targeting the dwindling
sgs.By umbr , th ast sg Pmbrk was tak, prmpt-
ing loud groans, and the last o the
Wrst Quadrag sgs s
ollowed. Many students ended
up drppg dw t rm argr
groups as others started to dip into
th Grad Ctr sgs.
Around the same time, rising
 juniors started to make their selec-tions, many o them disappointedby the dearth o remaining singles.
“I just wanted anything on Pem-
broke — Grad Center was prob-
aby th ast pa I watd,” sad
Alexandra Salinas ’14, who, with
number 299, was le with no other
h.
Other juniors who hoped to getsingles had even worse luck — the
ast sg was amd at umbr
375. Some juniors said they ex-pected better luck based on the
prus yars’ rsuts.
“All the past years, there were
sm  at ths pt,” sad Fra
Jin ’14, who had hoped or a single
but dd up  a Md dubwth a rd.Hgma ad Yug Orhard
also disappeared earlier than in
previous years with the last rooms
bg hs  th md-300s. Iprus yars, rms wr aa-ab w t th 00s.
At the end o the night, the
rst o the members o the class o 2014.5 began to select rooms. Sev-
ra rms  Hp wr amd
immediately, and around 9:30 p.m.,
the stressed masses exited Sayles
r th g.
“I think it went well,” saidChang, who had previously ex-pressed concern that it had notbeen advertised suiciently in
years past. “Tere weren’t as many 
no shows compared to last year,
s I thk w maagd t gt thwrd ut.”
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Singles go quickly in rst night of lottery 
mpymt rat, whh h attrb-
uted to Democratic policy. “I think 
w ught t sd hm a pk sp.I thk w ught t sd PrsdtObama bak t Chag,” h sad.
Romney spent most o his
sph addrssg Obama’s “ad
economic policies.” He listed the
200 Amra Rry ad R-
investment Act — known collo-quially as the stimulus bill — as
w as hath ar ad Wa Strt
reorm legislation as examples o 
the administration’s ailed attempts
t shr up th my.
He proposed instead reducing
th dra burauray by 0 pr-
cent, lowering tax rates and cutting
ft grmt prgrams.
National, state and local govern-ments currently control 38 percent
o the economy, Romney said, and i 
Obama’s health care bill remains in
pa, th grmt wud -
trol 50 percent o the economy. “Atwhat point do you stop being a ree
economy, by the way? And a ree
at?” h askd.
Government “running theeconomy, telling us how to liveour lives, telling us what kind o 
health care we can have, what kindo treatment we can receive — that’swhere we’re headed,” Romney said.“Tat’s the course to become more
like Europe. Europe doesn’t work 
 Eurp. I d’t wat t hr, arght?” h addd.
Romney also said Obama’s deci-
sion to cut deense spending hasharmed America’s security. “Weneed to have a military so strong
that no one in the world would ever
think o testing it,” he said. “I I were
president, I would take our ship-building not down but rom nine
t 35 (shps) pr yar. I’d purhas
more F-35s. I would add about100,000 troops to our active duty personnel, and I’d make sure our
 veterans get the care they deserve,
h addd.
Aer speaking, Romney took 
qusts rm th aud. Stat
Rep. Doreen Costa, R-Exeter andNorth Kingstown, asked Romney 
or advice on addressing illegal im-
mgrat py, k a rt aw
passed in Rhode Island that gives
illegal immigrants in-state tuition at
state colleges and universities. Call-ing the Republican Party “the party o immigration,” Romney vowed to
stop illegal immigration in orderto allow the country to bring inmore legal immigrants, who havethe education and language skills
to help America’s economy, he said.
Rmy’s rmarks wr gr-
ally well-received, but some Re-
pubas rusd t d that
the primary race is over. Michael
Gardiner, a candidate or Congress
in Rhode Island’s second district
ad th ad dgat r th Nwt
Gingrich campaign on the ballot
 Rhd Isad, sad h s wgt supprt Rmy  th grat, but h w t r G-
grich, the ormer speaker o the
House, in the primaries. Gingrich is“a conservative, who balanced our
budgets consecutively,” Gardiner
sad. “H passd th rst baad
budget in 25 years (as Speaker o the
Hus). H -authrd th C-
tract with America. … His creden-
tas ar ubab,” h addd.
But Heather Swagart, a Con-necticut native, said Romney was
“ry sprg.”“H aswrd a t  my qus-
tions, and I think more o the Unit-ed States needs to listen to what he
has t say,” sh addd.“I dty thk t was a -
spiring speech,” said Allan Fung,mayor o Cranston. “He hits a lot
o points, particularly with respect
t th m ds  ur ty ad ur stat ad ur utry,” haddd.
“We need to go back to the capi-talist experience,” Fung said. “Tere
ha b a t  ad prmssby th prsdt.”
Many Brown students attended
the event in support o Romney.
Alex Drechsler ’15, Stephanie Hen-
gs ’5 ad C Smth ’3 sad
they thought the governor did a
“grat jb.”
“I thought he said a lot o things
that were really well thought outand not just political jargon,”Drechsler said. “I really think he
would be able to help our economy 
ad hp ur utry.”
Supporters nd Romney’s speech ‘inspiring’
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Campus ews
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the Brown Daily eraldthursday, April 12, 2012
to the act. … It’s sort o undamen-
ta t what Brw s that studtsgag wth ths qusts.
“Part o being educated is know-
ing why you have the education
that yu ha,” Sarma sad.
he New Curriculum, bornrom the eorts o a GISP ledby Ira Magaziner ’69 P’06, P’07,P’10 and Elliot Maxwell ’68, wasimplemented in 1969. Te newguidelines did away with distri-bution requirements and added
th Satsatry/N Crdt pt pa tday.
Schwartz said the original e-ort to revamp the University’s
urruum was t mat t b a“-f thg,” but rathr a spark 
to get students to constantly reecton their education and how to im-
prove it. He said there have been
diferent “pockets o conversation”
s th, ad Brw Crsa-
tion aspires to unite those “diferent
 s”  a abrat sttg.
Te group’s purpose is inten-tionally imprecise. Some peoplecome with concrete goals orstructural reorm at the Univer-sity level, whereas others simply 
want to talk about their own educa-
tion. Schwartz said upperclassmen
might be drawn by controversial is-
sues related to the University, such
as ths prd  T Hrad’s
“Mission Dri?” series last semes-
tr, but rst yars sm t wat t
explore their education personally 
rst. “You can’t have a sense that
Brw has hagd …  yu justgt hr,” Sarma sad.
Some projects that group meet-ings have precipitated are the Out-going Senior Interview Project and
a GISP or next semester. Whilethe group itsel may avoid tak-ing stances on particular issues,
t hps t brg pp  smar
goals together “to catalyze projects
that thy ar abut,” Sarma sad.
Schwartz emphasized the di- versity o group members and a
dsr r rsh as, addg that
the breakdown by class years is al-most even. Te group is especially 
trstd  rrutg rst-yars
so they can start thinking about
their education to shape their our
yars purpsuy.
“It seems like this sort o discus-
s  happs argy amg
seniors,” Schwartz said. But Nikhil
Kayapur ’3, a Hrad ps
columnist, said it seems like un-
derclassmen are more represented
at the meetings than seniors are
— smthg h ad rua rsustag th rsat.
Many o the current members
ar d  studt grups rmmtts that prta t Brw
Conversation’s mission. Severalmembers o the UndergraduateCouncil o Students, including
Anthony White ’13 and David Rat-
tner ’13, have attended meetings.
As a UCS mmbr, Wht sad h
brings certain insights to the group
abut admstrat, addg that
he is also interested in the group as
a studt wh wats t mak th
concentration declaration process
mr magu.Rattr sad h has b wrk-
ing with a committee within Brown
Conversation to circulate inorma-tion about the New Curriculum to
mg studts.
Kalyanpur and Schwartz areindependent concentrators, and
Shwartz wrks at th Curruar
Resource Center. Peggy Chang ’91,
director o the CRC, said BrownConversation shares similaritieswith the center’s mission in thatthey both are peer advising re-
sources that “help any student who
seeks advice to make the most o 
hs r hr tm at Brw.”
Te GISP or next semester,
r whh abut a dz studts
have expressed intent to enroll, was
designed to “contextualiz(e) theBrown Conversation,” Schwartz
said. Pedagogically, it will “analyzediferent philosophies o education… and then through them analyze
Brw’s phsphy hstray asw as what t s w,” Kayapursad.H addd that  ga w bt “mt ur w prata ph-
losophy” that will inorm Brown
Conversations uture projects and
drt.
Last week’s discussion topic wasabout whether Brown should have
requirements. Aer asking whatdepartments people had deliber-ately avoided, the group realized
that or every department someone
had ignored, there was another per-
son who was concentrating in that
or a similar discipline. Members
th pthd thr trats
to get people to “reconsider de-
partmts that thy’d wrtt f,”Shwartz sad.
One potential project the group
s pag s a Cursty Far, -sprd by th dsuss abut r-
quirements, where students wouldtalk to people in departments they had avoided to be convinced to ex-
pr dfrt aras.
Started over dinner, group prompts dialogue
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B margareT niCkenS
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President Ruth Simmons visitedthe general body meeting o the
Undergraduate Council o Stu-
dts Wdsday ght t dsuss
the council’s work this past year
and to answer questions about
tuition increases, the relationship
between Brown and Providence and
the University’s priorities. UCS also
discussed a possible code change
regarding the relationship betweenthe council and the Undergraduate
Fa Bard.
Simmons said she expects the
number o students applying to theUniversity to continue to decline in
th utur.
“I think that the landscape is
changing because the public is very 
awar  th hags  mtgth st  hghr duat,” Sm-
mons said, adding that she does not
thk ths w aft th quaty  appats. Smms as sad twas asb r th Ursty tg ursay d-bd g tsurrt budgt.
Simmons later answered ques-
tions about the University’s reputa-
tion nationally and globally, increas-
g th drsty  th auty ad
the University’s relationship with
Prd.
“Universities have become, inmany ways, the most successulsector in society,” Simmons said,adding that because many otherinstitutions are ailing nancially,she believes it will become morecommon or cities to ask collegesand universities or assistance in
th utur.
But she said, “I don’t think it’s
reasonable or the city, having mademistakes and having become insol-
 t baus  ths mstaks, t
turn to institutions that are success-ul and to demand that they pay or
ths mstaks.”
UCS also recommended chang-
s t th ratshp btw th
council and UFB and the way in
which the council is unded. A ve-
member committee was ormed last
mth t rw ways t mpr
the communication between thetwo bodies aer the council pro-posed an amendment that would
g th u mr tr rts udg.
Te committee was a “way or
UCS and UFB to hammer out what
ah grup has r rspsbtsad rghts ad as t put rward
diferent and clear rules about how
UCS was udd,” sad Hy Hut
’13, one o the council members
who served on the UCS-UFB com-
mittee. “Beore, it was actually really 
ambguus.”
Under the proposed changes, the
council will still submit a budget
t UFB ah sprg, ad UFB wrma a subsdary  th u.
But UCS would automatically re-ceive $1,200 each semester to use
or projects on behal o students. Atleast one-third o all proposed “capi-
tal improvements” will be unded
by th bard, ad th u w
receive a certain amount o und-ing or decorations, publicity and
“mss-rat rs.”
Currently, UCS members areall required to attend one UFB
mtg, ad, udr th prpsd
changes, UFB members will alsobe required to attend one councilmeeting because they “didn’t re-ally have a clear sense o what we
d hr, ad why w d my,”Hut sad.
Te nance board will also beallowed to submit a list o groups
they would recommend or catego-
rzat r r-atgrzat t th
Student Activities Committee. Tislist will only be a recommendation,
ad th mmtt w t b r-qurd t adhr t UFB’s suggs-ts, Hut sad.
Te council will vote on theseand other suggested changes next
mtg  th rm  a prpsdd hag.
he council also approved acode change to implement rules
or write-in candidates in UCS-UFB
elections. Because Chris Catoya ’13
did not receive the required number
o signatures to ocially run orUFB vice chair, people will be al-
lowed to write in candidates or the
position during the election. But the
current code does not speciy rules
or determining the victor should
mr tha  wrt- addatr ts durg th t.Fr ths ras, th u ap-
proved a code change speciying
that  y  wrt- addat
enters the election, the candidate
ud w wth  prt  th
 votes. I multiple write-in candi-dates enter, one candidate mustreceive a majority o the votes in
rdr t w.
Simmons discusses
nancial aid, city relations
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