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Budget groups begin


work across University
By Sydney Ember crisis.
Senior Staf f Writer “There’s pretty much no part
of the University that is not ad-
The University hopes to identify dressed,” Huidekoper said of the
approximately half of $30 million subcommittees’ focuses, adding
Alex Ulmer / Herald in necessary budget cuts this fall that the current economic situa-
Negotiators from both sides posed for a photo after reaching an agreement early Thursday morning.
through the work of 12 recently tion has necessitated organizational

Tentative BDS agreement reached


formed subgroups of the Organi- changes that are “deeper” and that
zational Review Committee, accord- more directly address the Univer-
ing to executive vice president for sity’s efficiency.
By Alex Ulmer bor and employee relations. “Now Service Employees International finance and administration Beppie The $14 million figure was cho-
Senior Staf f Writer they need to get an agreement Union, Local 615, which repre- Huidekoper. sen to encourage the subgroups
from their party.” sents the nearly 200 Dining Ser- These subgroups, which include to come up with aggressive ideas
The University and Dining Ser- Previous rounds of negotia- vices employees. faculty, staff and students, each met for deficit reductions, Huidekoper
vices workers reached a tentative tions failed to secure an agree- “There was a time we had noth- independently for the first time Oct. said. Administrators will inform the
agreement around 2 a.m. Thursday ment, chiefly due to divergences ing to recommend to the mem- 8, and are scheduled to come up Corporation about the formation of
after days of intense negotiations over proposed changes to health bers,” said Rabbit Hoffinger, first with $14 million in recommended these review teams when the body
— though ratification of the settle- care premium payments, retire- cook at the Sharpe Refectory and a cuts, Huidekoper said. The ORC will convenes this weekend.
ment remains contingent on an ment benefits for future hires and member of bargaining committee. propose a full $30 million in cuts to “We are asking them to brain-
employee vote today. wage increases. The contentions “To say that we got this at the mid- the Corporation at the meeting in storm and think creatively,” she
Neither party would discuss were amplified by the University’s night hour is to understate it.” February, she said, when the Uni- said. “There’s no magic and no
the specifics of the settlement bruised financial situation, which Negotiations to replace the versity’s highest governing body science.”
ahead of the vote, but members Sarno said was a “big factor.” already-extended contract be- will approve the budget for the 12 The 12 subcommittees — among
of the workers’ union’s bargaining The seven members of the bar- gan Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., ac- months beginning July 2010. them groups charged with oversee-
committee said they would be rec- gaining committee will “strongly” cording to union of ficials, and The subcommittees are part of ing academic departments, facili-
ommending that Dining Services recommend that workers ratify an agreement was reached more the University’s latest efforts to ties, athletics, events management,
employees ratify the agreement. the settlement during two meet- than 14 hours later. Members of trim down the annual budget after librar y operations and student
“It’s a total settlement,” said ings today, scheduled between the bargaining committee added the endowment — a key source of ser vices — will develop recom-
Joseph Sarno ’91, the University’s employee shifts, said Roxana Ri- that they were granted today off annual revenue — lost nearly $740
chief negotiator and director of la- vera, the chief negotiator for the from work. million during last year’s financial continued on page 2

Two Brown profs make a splash in moon water research


Pieters-led team curred with Pieters’s findings. One
research group’s instrument was on
makes surprise find its way to Saturn and found similar

with lunar scan readings using their spectrometer,


while the other’s was on its way to
a comet.
By Monique Vernon When the Indian Space Research
Staff Writer Organization offered to carry foreign
instruments on their Chandrayaan-1
Water molecules have been found on spacecraft, Pieters and her team
the moon by a research team headed went to work on forming a detailed
by Professor of Geology Carle Pi- proposal to NASA to acquire funding
eters. But like many momentous to construct the instrument, known
scientific advances, the discovery as the Moon Mineralogy Mapper,
was made almost by accident. or M3. The project was accepted
“You don’t expect any water on by NASA and the ISRO, and the In-
the moon,” Pieters said, and neither dian spacecraft containing the M3
did her research team, which was launched successfully in October
studying lunar mineralogy. But when 2008.
the team happened upon indications With 10 months of data from the
Courtesy of J.P. Wiens / NASA Ames
of water that at first confused them, craft, the team was able to observe With NASA’s help, Professor of Geology Peter Schultz smashed a rocket into the moon, hoping to find water.
they investigated further and discov- the water and hydroxyl molecules
ered they were genuine.
“When our team saw a clear
with a “unique detection using spec-
troscopy,” Pieters said. NASA mission a smashing success for Schultz
signature of water on the surface, “It is such a fantastic look at the
we thought it was wrong,” Pieters way science works in the real world,” By ana alvarez the crash — was a “complete suc- Earth, he said.
said. said Postdoctoral Research Associ- Contributing Writer cess,” said Schultz, a co-investigator Schultz is currently at NASA’s
After months of probing and test- ate in Geological Sciences Jeff Net- on the project. Ames Research Center in Califor-
ing to try to resolve the disparity, the tles. As a co-author of the Science A NASA spacecraft slammed into The objective of the Lunar Cra- nia, studying the data gathered
team later concluded that there are paper, his role during the mission the moon early last Friday morning, ter Observing and Sensing Satel- from Friday’s impact. NASA will
molecules of water and hydroxyl was to use software that processes exploding into a cloud of debris — lite, or LCROSS, mission was to release initial conclusions soon, but
— a functional group consisting and analyzes geospatial imagery to and Professor of Geology Peter determine if the make-up of the the official scientific results of the
of hydrogen and oxygen — on the help analyze the surface. Schulz was elated. debris suggest a substantial amount mission will not be released until
moon’s surface. After the team detected spectra The rocket’s mission — to of water is present in the crater, the American Geophysical Union’s
The team’s conclusion appeared and mapped them through the use of search for signs of water in a cra- Schultz said. Fall Meeting in December.
in an issue of the journal Science ter near the moon’s south pole by If so, lunar mining stations could
alongside two other articles that con- continued on page 3 analyzing the debris produced in provide future water resources for continued on page 3
inside

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C ampus N EWS “I mean, how is that not fun?”


— Li Pallas, an assistant curator of a storefront art display, on the creation

Brown prof joins


group of elite scholars
By Julia Kim 19 Foreign Honorary Members in-
Contributing Writer ducted Saturday.
Induction into the AAAS “marks
David Konstan, professor of clas- the highest level of recognition in
sics and comparative literature, was the arts and sciences,” said Profes-
inducted into the prestigious Ameri- sor of History and Classics John
can Academy of Arts and Sciences Bodel, who has worked with Kon-
this past weekend, alongside such stan since 1984.
luminaries as former Secretary of “It’s a great honor,” Konstan said.
State Colin Powell, former South “I was very moved.”
African President Nelson Mandela His election as an AAAS mem-
and Academy Award-winning actor ber is the latest of many honors
Dustin Hoffman P’09. for Konstan, who has accumulated
The AAAS, which was founded many awards and distinctions for
in 1780 as a forum for collaboration his work during his more than 40
Hannah Moser / Herald
among the nation’s elite scholars, years as a professor, scholar and Put your hand on this unremarkable-looking outline and you’ll soon see yourself displayed on a screen behind
leaders, professionals and artists, writer. Konstan’s research focuses the glass. The Olneyville storefront is known as the Dirt Palace, a “feminist art collective.”
annually honors “men and women on ancient Greek and Latin literature
of exceptional achievement” with
election into its membership. Kon-
stan was one of 212 new fellows and
and philosophy, and recently has

continued on page 5
A lens into Olneyville’s community
By Hannah Moser Dirt Palace’s seven members each ously displayed in Boston’s City Hall
Senior Staff Writer have studio space in the building for and a Harvard art gallery. While the
their artwork, a range of media that in- camera in the Olneyville display re-
Two large display windows look out cludes printmaking, film, lace making, sponds to movement — a hand in
onto Olneyville Square from a red writing, puppetry and painting. Each front of the sensor — the camera in
brick building. It used to be a public month they select an artist, usually the city hall installation responded
library, but the building has since local, to be featured in the gallery. to noise at a certain volume, Pallas
been transformed into Dirt Palace, The window display has been ac- said. Loud voices triggered the cam-
a self-described “feminist art collec- tive since the collective was founded era, which then took a snapshot of
tive.” in 2000. Dirt Palace looks for art they the speaker and projected it onto the
With the display’s nondescript screen.
black backdrop and the glare on the FEATURE The installation “instantly made
case’s glass, distracted passersby people feel so violated,” Pallas said,
might walk past totally oblivious to think will be relevant and fun for its that it was altered after 48 hours to no
the screen inside. The changing im- Olneyville audience, said Li Pallas, longer include the still shots.
ages on the screen zoom in, Google- who helps curate the display. Past Bearse’s project was partly a re-
Maps style, on Dirt Palace’s location displays include a constantly moving action to a culture in which unprec-
on the western side of Providence. flying brain and a “fantasy world” that edented amounts of personal informa-
The screen flashes images of people presents liberation as a theme. tion are made public on Web sites like
on a sidewalk, peering into a window. “I mean, how is that not fun?” Pal- Facebook and MySpace, Pallas said.
Some look quizzical, and others pose las said. The display toys with the concept of
with friends, realizing that the camera Pallas said the collective seeks “playing with these public and private
Julia Kim / Herald is looking at them from behind the to bring “art into a community that spaces,” she said.
David Konstan, professor of classics and comparative literature. glass. might be otherwise disadvantaged.” But the project is structured dif-
All these participants have placed She has a “personal bent” for displays ferently in Olneyville than in Boston,
their hands inside the white outline that inspire relationships and com- since many of the people getting their
sudoku of a hand, triggering a sensor behind munity, she said. picture taken put themselves inten-
the glass. The camera flashes, and This month features the work tionally in front of the lens.
a few seconds later they are on the of Sarah Bearse, a local installation “It ends up showcasing our neigh-
screen — and a new part of Dirt Pal- artist. bors,” Pallas said. “I feel like it’s for
ace’s most recent art installment in its Bearse adapted her installation the community here more than any-
Storefront Window Gallery. from similar pieces she had previ- one else.”

Budget committees roll up their sleeves


continued from page 1 to President Ruth Simmons and the with “ways to support the Univer-
Corporation for final decisions re- sity more efficiently and ensure a
mendations for deficit reductions garding budget reductions. greater quality.”
through a combination of savings “At this point, they’re trying to During her group’s first meeting,
and strengthening revenue streams, understand what their scope is,” she said, the team briefly discussed
Huidekoper said. Huidekoper said. “It’s going to “what we thought success and fail-
Although the groups consist take a lot of time.” It is too soon ure would look like in the process”
mostly of faculty, students and staff, to speculate on any proposals, she to more successfully select “stake-
Huidekoper said the subcommit- said, adding that the teams are still holders” to aid in enacting their
tee leaders, which include many of in a formative position. proposed deficit-reduction plans.

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C ampus N EWS “This will be a thing for textbooks.”


— Professor of Geology Carle Pieters, on the significance of findings about the moon

U. scores another high grade for ‘sustainability’ Moon


By Emily Kirkland fantasy for
researchers
Contributing Writer

realized
For the second year in a row, Brown
has received an A- on the College
Sustainability Report Card, which
compares the environmental prac-
continued from page 1
tices of 300 colleges and universities
nationwide. images, they were able to provide
The 2010 report, which was re- more concrete findings.
leased last week by the Sustainable “It was a Christmas present,”
Endowments Institute and refers to Nettles said.
the year ending July 2009, places “There is a whole field of sci-
Brown among the top 23 schools in ence that is in its infancy,” Pieters
the country for sustainability. said. Her team’s discovery has
Brown earned straight As in opened up doors in the study of
seven categories, including green how the surface of the moon and
building, investment priorities and other “solid, silicate, rocky bod-
“food and recycling.” The Commu- ies” interact with their environ-
nity Harvest Program, LEED Silver ments, she said.
buildings and greenhouse gas reduc- “Water is a very important
tions were highlighted as examples component for long-term explo-
of demonstrated leadership. Brown ration,” Pieters said. If found in
earned only two Bs, one for Adminis- abundance, it can be used for fuel
tration and the other for Endowment Max Monn / Herald by astronauts.
Sidney Frank Hall’s LEED certification contributed to Brown’s leading A-minus grade.
Transparency.

Crash goes
“This is nice validation,” said Kai commitment to reducing its green- ministration. In determining the stitute relies on surveys distributed
Morell ’11, a leader of EcoReps, a house gas emissions by 42 percent Administration grade, the Sustain- to administrators and students to
student group focused on environ- below 2007 levels by 2020 — and able Endowments Institute awards compile information, and then makes
mental initiatives.
“It’s nice to have maintained our
its achievement of a 7.7 percent re-
duction so far — as the basis for
a sizable boost to schools that have
committed to carbon neutrality —
comparisons between schools based
on a list of 48 criteria. No school has off without
a hitch
grade,” said Christopher Powell, the grade. which Brown has not yet agreed ever earned an A overall.
director of sustainable energy and “Last year, we had goals,” Powell to do. This year the surveys were far
environmental initiatives. said of emissions reductions. “This “Most schools that signed have longer and more detailed. But there
While the University’s overall year, we had results.” no clue how to achieve that goal,” are still questions about the validity continued from page 1
grade held steady at an A-, its grades The other improvement was seen Powell said, explaining Brown’s de- of the letter grades.
in individual categories improved. in the Endowment Transparency cision to forgo the commitment to “This needs to be taken with a After the initial rocket crashed
The biggest jump was in the Climate category, which was given a C last carbon neutrality. Instead, he said, grain of salt,” Ari Rubenstein ’11, into the lunar crater to create
Change and Energy category, where year and a B this year. Brown set its own emissions reduc- one of emPower’s leaders, said. “If debris, a second spaceship car-
last year’s B became an A. In the 2010 report, Brown re- tion goal. we’re already at an A-, there must be ried instruments developed by
The report cited the University’s ceived only one other B, for Ad- The Sustainable Endowments In- something higher than an A.” Schultz, who was involved with
the mission from its earliest

Providence author finds UCS creates new category


stages, to collect data about the
debris.
The data will allow him to ana-

niche in science writing for fundraising groups lyze how deep the crater was at
impact, how high the debris rose
and how fast it fell.
By Chelsea Xu arts. In his book, Weiner discuss- By Suzannah Weiss to be filtered through off-campus “All instruments worked well”
Contributing Writer es Darwin’s theory of evolution senior staf f writer organizations,” said UCS Student during the mission, he said, and
and the groundbreaking work of Activities Chair Brady Wyrtzen “enough data was collected.”
“At Classical, they used to call me Peter and Rosemary Grant. The Undergraduate Council of Stu- ’11. But the idea of adding a new People hoping to glimpse the
the eternal freshman — and in “The Beak of the Finch” was dents passed a revision to its Code categor y for ser vice groups had lunar crash on Friday expressed
high school that wasn’t entirely selected for the 2009 orientation of Operations Wednesday, allowing been percolating since last spring, disappointment once it became
a compliment,” writer Jonathan program First Readings. This is for official recognition of student he said. clear that plumes of debris from
Weiner told a Salomon 101 crowd the third year of the program, in groups whose primary purpose is UCS has traditionally classified the crash would not be visible
of community members and a which freshmen and transfer stu- fundraising for off-campus organi- student groups as Category I, II or with backyard telescopes as
smattering of students Wednes- dents receive a summer reading zations. III. Category I encompasses most NASA had announced, accord-
day night. assignment before they arrive on Because the Student Activities new groups, granting little or no ing to an article on CNN’s Web
Author of “The Beak of the campus. Students used the book Fund comes out of students’ pock- financial support, while Category site.
Finch: A Stor y of Evolution in as a springboard to write intro- ets, student groups have not granted II and III status provides major Brendan Hermalyn, a gradu-
Our Time” and a professor at the ductory letters to their academic official categorization of any kind clubs and organizations with sti- ate student in planetar y sci-
Columbia School of Journalism, advisors. unless their efforts directly benefit pends from the Student Activities ences working with Schultz
Weiner described how his undy- According to Dean of the Col- Brown students — as opposed to Fund. Since last year, there has also on the impact physics of the
ing curiosity, fascination with biol- lege Katherine Bergeron, this was external charities, for example. been Category A for club sports, crash, added that the analysis
ogy and love of writing propelled “The money is meant to be spent will bring “unique insights out
him to reconcile science and the continued on page 5 for students on campus and not just continued on page 5 of the data.”
Page 4 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Thursday, October 15, 2009

C ampus N EWS “It’s a hometown effort.”


— Jeff Prystowsky ’06 on The Low Anthem’s Providence show

spic y with - ouch ! Bikes, handbags,


birthday cake stolen
By Ben Schreckinger cake was stolen from a refrigera-
Senior Staff Writer tor in a common area in Sidney
Frank Hall. The incident occurred
The following summary includes all sometime between 3 p.m. on Sept.
major incidents reported to the De- 17 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 18. She also
partment of Public Safety between reported that other food items were
September 9 and September 29. It also stolen from the refrigerator in
does not include general service and that area in the past couple of days
alarm calls. The Providence Police and months prior, that belong to
Department also responds to incidents other students that work in the labs
on that floor. The common area
CRIME LOG room does not have a lock on that
door and access can be gained by
occurring off campus. DPS does not anyone.
divulge information on cases that Sept. 21
are currently under investigation by 11:29 a.m. Student stated that
the department, PPD or the Office of on Sept. 19 at approximately 5 p.m.
Student Life. DPS maintains a daily he left his backpack in the Sharpe
Lara Press / Herald log of all shift activity and general ser- Refectory. He remembered at 11:30
Max Mathias ’10 helped another student with his flu shot during the seasonal clinic at Josiah’s.
vice calls which can be viewed during p.m. that he left his backpack and
business hours at its headquarters, contacted DPS. Officers responded

Alums play Avon homecoming show tonight


located at 75 Charlesfield St. and were unable to locate the back-
Sept. 9 pack. On Sept. 20 he went back to
11:27 p.m. Officers were dis- the Refectory and looked through
By Ellen Cushing feat that took a little convincing. us out — WaterFire is providing patched to the Fish Company to the lost-and-found but the back-
Senior Staf f Writer “It took a lot of work to get them the sound and lights; Trinity Bre- assist the Providence Police with pack was not there. The backpack
to agree with this,” he said of an ar- whouse is providing subsidized an investigation involving Brown contained a laptop, iTouch and one
Eight years ago, as freshmen, Jeff rangement that has proven fruitful beers,” he said. “There were all students. Upon arrival they were book.
Pr ystowsky ’06 and Ben Miller despite the Avon’s lack of concert these problems, one after another, advised by Providence officers that 12:23 p.m. Student stated her
’06 were jazz DJs for WBRU’s infrastructure. and people stepped up from the two Brown students were involved in wallet was stolen from New Pem-
graveyard-shift jazz show, 2:30- Getting over logistical issues community. It’s a hometown ef- an altercation with Fish Co. staff and broke 4 on Sept. 16. She stated that
5:30 a.m. wasn’t the concert’s only hurdle: fort.” then with Providence officers. The she was at a friend’s room with 15
Now, years later, Pr ystowsky Due to a scheduling problem, all The band — which released its two students were arrested by the other Brown students when her
and Miller — who, along with Jocie of the band’s instruments have third album, “Oh My God, Charlie Providence police and were being wallet went missing. She searched
Adams ’08, compose the folk trio Dar win,” last September — has charged with disorderly conduct. the room but could not locate the
The Low Anthem — have toured ARTS & CULTURE maintained a strong relationship Sept. 11 wallet.
the world and amassed a fan base with Providence. 10:20 a.m. A student reported 9:40 p.m. Student stated that at
far beyond College Hill. Tonight, already been shipped to Seattle Pr ystowksy and Miller began three handbags with a total value of approximately 9:40 p.m. she left her
they will be returning home for a in advance of the band’s upcom- playing together during their first- over $6,000 stolen from her room in room in Bronson House and went to
show at the Avon. ing West Coast tour, Pr ystowsky year stint at WBRU in a variety Sears House. She had last noticed the laundry room. Her room door
Local bands Brown Bear and said. Despite the difficulties, he of groups and genres of music. the bags on Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. and was approximately three inches ajar
Death Vessel will be opening. said, friends of the band have lent They finally settled on a name and noticed them missing on Sept. 11 and the laundry room is 50 feet up
“It should be a really special instruments, and local establish- a sound and began playing shows at 9 a.m. The room door was left the corridor. When she returned
show,” Pr ystowsky said, adding ments have offered their support. at the Underground and around unlocked. to her room approximately 10
that this will be the first live show The show will go on. 4:12 p.m. A student stated that minutes later, her laptop had been
at the Avon in over a decade — a “All of our friends are helping continued on page 7 she had secured her mountain bike stolen from her desk. The laptop
to the bike rack at Graduate Center was unplugged and cords were left
Tower C on Sept. 6 at 8:50 a.m. She behind. There are no witnesses or
stated that she went to retrieve her suspects.
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bike rack and were not damaged. at 5 p.m. she noticed all the folding
She stated that the way she attached tables on the ground floor level. On
the bike may have left the bike vul- Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m. she noticed one
nerable because if the handlebars of the folding tables on wheels was
were removed the bike could be missing, and then on Sept. 23 at 8:30
freed without disturbing the lock. a.m. she noticed another folding
Sept. 12 table with wheels missing. There
12:00 a.m. Officers responded are no witnesses or suspects.
with Providence Police to 212 Wil- Sept. 27
liams Street after PPD received a 2:16 p.m. A resident counselor in
call about a loud party with revel- Bronson House reported that at 10
ers filling the street. When Brown a.m. she noticed graffiti depicting
police arrived, Providence officers images of male genitalia and some
were already on scene and actively words drawn in black permanent
dispersing the partygoers and clos- marker on a door of a room. She
ing down the party. Four renters of stated that she waited until 2 p.m.
the property, all Brown students, to speak with one of the residents of
were cited by PPD for violating the the room to find out if there was any
noise ordinance. reasoning behind the markings and
Sept. 17 found there was not. Neither room-
3:09 p.m. Student reported his mate wished to file a complaint. Fa-
bicycle was taken from the bike cilities Management was notified of
rack at Marcy House, and that he the graffiti. There are no suspects
was “pretty sure” he locked up the at this time.
bicycle with a cable lock on Sept. Sept. 28
16 at 7 p.m. When he returned on 7:24 a.m. Facilities Manage-
Sept. 17 at 12 p.m., he noticed the ment employee reported five large
bicycle missing. cement flower pots on Manning
Sept. 18 Walkway were tipped over and one
2:26 p.m. Complainant reported pot with a value of $500 was found
that half of her ice-cream birthday broken.
Thursday, October 15, 2009 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 5

C ampus N EWS
Group honors classics
professor Konstan
continued from page 2 In addition to his academic
achievements, Konstan is “one of the
revolved around the history of emo- most active and engaging” teachers at
tions in ancient Greek society. Brown, with “enormous energy (and)
Ancients provide modern people enormous charisma,” Bodel said.
with a “diverse and rich set of emo- Election into the AAAS is a two-
tions,” Konstan said. step process that begins when current
The honor also comes as Konstan members nominate individuals they
nears retirement after more than 20 believe should be considered for elec-
years on Brown’s faculty — Konstan tion. Nominated individuals are first
told The Herald on Tuesday that considered by peers in their discipline
he intends to retire from teaching “who consider their scholarship and
full-time at Brown at the end of this contributions to the field” and decide
academic year. whether to recommend induction,
The induction of Konstan, one of said Paul Karoff, an AAAS spokesman.
Brown’s best-known classicists, into Then the Academy’s members elect
AAAS is “a great honor for Brown each year’s class from the winnowed
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
classics,” said Bodel, who chairs the group. Jonathan Weiner, author of “The Beak of the Finch,” spoke to a crowd in Salomon 101 Wednesday night. The
department. The induction ceremony, which science writer said he realized science writing was his niche after four years of poetry courses.
Bodel also had high praise for his took place in Cambridge, Mass. over
friend and colleague. “He’s really one
of the most dynamic figures in our
profession” as well as “a widely re-
the weekend, involved “speeches
(and) more speeches,” Konstan said.
“Everybody got up, shook hands,”
‘Beak of the Finch’ author speaks
spected scholar abroad,” he said. “He signed some papers, and were in- continued from page 3 gos finches and watching natural “evolution in action” is especially
is really quite a remarkable person.” ducted. selection in action. The study was exciting because Dar win was so
the program’s “most successful renowned in biology but largely convinced that the process would

UCS passes resolution first reading yet,” adding “even the


non-scientists found themselves
unknown outside of the field.
“I lit up. This is my stor y!”
be impossible to see “by mortal
humans.”

for new group category


captivated.” Weiner said. “It possessed me Maya Sikand ’13, who attend-
The spark of Weiner’s passion from the minute I heard it.” ed the lecture, said she appreci-
for scientific writing came during Still a young writer, Weiner ated how Weiner took evolution
continued from page 3 Brown said her group does not his senior year at Classical High spent two years “wooing the out of the small example of the
need University funding because School, which is in Providence. A Grants,” who were initially hesi- finches and applied it in a wider
which receive recognition but not the organization’s national office visit to the library led to Weiner’s tant about the book. The Grants context.
money, Student Activities Director provides it, but that if Nourish were discovery of an article in Scientific documented each step of Dar- William Donovan ’12 asked
Phil O’Hara said. to receive a portion of the Student American, “The Social Amoeba,” win’s argument about the Gala- Weiner whether he would do
The addition of Categor y S, Activities Fund, it would go toward by John Tyler Bonner, professor of pagos finches and the swing of anything differently if he had the
proposed last week and approved spreading awareness of world hun- ecology and evolutionary biology a “pendulum” in favor of certain chance to return to Har vard.
by the UCS general body without ger and recruiting student partici- at Princeton. beak sizes based on pressures of “I spent four years tr ying to
argument, allows clubs created for pants. “We weren’t trying to funnel Weiner was captivated by the natural and sexual selection. crack the kind of seed I wasn’t
the benefit of causes not related to money directly from University re- article, in which Bonner elegantly The Grants eventually agreed equipped to crack,” Weiner said.
Brown to get all the University sup- sources,” she said. tells a story of how amoebas come to work with Weiner, who said he “It was only when I realized that
port of a Category I group except Whether or not the new catego- together to form “fabulous towers” had fallen in love with the finches I actually loved the science and
for money. rization will affect existing groups in times of crises. Weiner decided and the evolutionar y process as the writing and I could put the
These privileges include incor- is still up in the air, though Wyrtzen then that he had to write about much as the Grants and their stu- two together — it was then when
porating the school’s name into the said it probably will not. The pur- biology. dents had. Weiner said watching I found my way as a writer.”
group title, using a mailbox and oth- pose of the code revision was “to Weiner eventually attended
er resources in the Student Activi- incorporate the groups that we’ve Harvard, where he chose to study
ties Office and having permission to had to turn away already,” he said, writing over biology.
table-slip, said O’Hara, who met with adding that if there are categorized “Since now I was a poet, I now
Wyrtzen and supported the UCS groups that, upon reevaluation, had to hate science,” Weiner joked.
Student Activities Committee. seem better suited for Category S, But despite four years of poetry
Wyrtzen, who devised the pro- “We might have to boot them.” courses, he realized science writ-
posal along with the SAC, said the The debate over which groups ing was his niche. He launched his
code change “was definitely some- are eligible for University funding — science writing career with the es-
thing that we wanted to get going a “long, philosophical discussion,” say “Marching Along with the So-
on as quickly as possible” because according to O’Hara — has been cial Amoeba,” which was published
the SAC already has had to turn present for decades, he said. in Har vard Magazine. Weiner’s
down fundraising groups requesting A challenge for UCS, O’Hara first book, “Planet Earth,” was a
categorization this fall. added, is that because students companion book to the seven-part
One of those groups was Nour- “only have four years,” it is “hard PBS television series.
ish, a group whose mission is “to for a student group to have a long Struggling with writer’s block,
fight global poverty” by supporting view.” Still, he said, the decision to Weiner turned to Bonner, who
“sustainable development projects,” recognize fundraising organizations gave Weiner the idea of writing
according to Carolyn Brown ’11, will have a lasting impact, because about evolution and the work of
who started a chapter of the club their role is “a long-term issue.” the Grants. They were involved
on campus and said she hoped it — With additional in a classic evolutionary study of
would be granted Category S status. reporting by Kyla Wilkes measuring the beaks of the Galapa-
The advantages of formal Univer-
sity acknowledgment, Brown said,
include being allowed to reserve
room space and announcing events
through Morning Mail.
UCS President Clay Wertheimer
’10 said the addition of Category S
was “a smart solution.”
“There’s definitely some gray
space,” he said. Groups that in-
corporate teach-ins, lectures or
other ways of spreading awareness
around the community, he said, are
still eligible for Category I, II and
III status.
Thursday, October 15, 2009 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 6

M etro
A Model for Regionalized Government? Rhode Island towns
consider sharing services
Rhode Island Fairfax County, Va.

By George Miller ing town manager for Westerly last


Metro Editor week, said regionalization “makes
sense.” Each city and town manag-
Rhode Island’s cities and towns, ing its own departments “doesn’t
their budgets tighter than ever, are necessarily work to our fiscal ad-
considering sharing services such vantage,” she said. “Certainly it’s
as fire departments and trash pickup something we should be looking
to save money. into.”
With 39 cities and towns packed Westerly has already acted to
into the nation’s smallest state, con- consolidate the finance and recre-
solidation appeals to many, includ- ation departments of the town and
ing the state’s General Assembly, its school department, Ahern said.
George Miller, Jessica Calihan / Herald
Fairfax County in northern Virginia operates with one centralized government rather than distributed which has launched a commission At last week’s commission meet-
municipalities. Some point to it as a model for how the small state of Rhode Island could operate. to study the idea. Providence Mayor ing, members heard a presentation
David Cicilline ’83 is calling for state from John Simmons, executive di-
legislation to pave the way for re- rector of the Rhode Island Public
1,050,788 Population
(July 2008) 1,015,302 gionalization. Expenditure Council, that outlined
The state commission met for examples of shared services from
the first time last week, electing as the state and nationwide.
its chair State Sen. Lou DiPalma Simmons told The Herald that
Area MA’89 P’09, D-Dist. 12. DiPalma, interest in sharing services exists,
1,545 (sq. miles)
395 who introduced the bill that created but the commission needs to decide
the commission, said the increased how best to implement it.
efficiency and effectiveness from Meanwhile, Cicilline is pushing

$3.27 billion Budget $3.35 billion


shared services could provide a cru- for legislation to allow the creation
(FY ‘09) cial boost to cash-strapped towns. of a metropolitan fire district, police
“We can’t delay this any longer,” district and public works district
he said. that Providence would share with
Median Household DiPalma, a former member of Pawtucket, Cranston, Central Falls,
$52,755 $105,200 the Middletown town council, said North Providence, East Providence
Income there will be no “one-size-fits-all” and Johnston.
solution, and that different services The legislation will be filed dur-
may make sense to share statewide, ing the next session of the General
39 Local Governments 1 between just a few towns or not at all. Assembly, which begins in Janu-
But he said he fully expects to put ary, said Karen Southern, Cicilline’s
Jessie Calihan / Herald forward concrete proposals when press secretary. He is currently look-
the commission reports back to the ing for a sponsor, she said.
Senate in January. After receiving approval from the
DiPalma declined to comment state, Providence and its neighbors
on any specific plans, saying the could begin work on crafting the
commission will explore all options districts, which could maximize city
but focus on “backroom” services, services in tough economic times,
such as public safety and tax assess- Southern said.
ment, that don’t involve day-to-day Some firefighter’s union officials
constituent interaction. have expressed reservations about
Consolidation is not a new idea in the plan, citing high costs and call-
the state, and DiPalma said the com- ing the proposal “political grand-
mission will hear from communities standing,” the Providence Journal
that have tried sharing services be- reported earlier this month.
fore. He wants to hear “the good, the But Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65
bad and the ugly,” he said. praised the proposal in a press re-
Examples of towns sharing lease.
services include the Government “This action by seven mayors of
Health Group of Rhode Island, a our cities and towns is a step in the
health and dental insurance co-op right direction,” he said. “Perhaps
encompassing 15 cities and towns, the magnitude of the financial chal-
and the Bristol-Warren regional lenges the state, and our cities and
school district, which consolidated towns, face will take these ideas
in 1993. beyond discussion to meaningful
Sharon Ahern, speaking as act- action.”

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“The word’s gotten out that it’s a party district”
— Ward 5 Councilman Michael Solomon on “Red Cup” crackdown

Thursday, October 15, 2009 | Page 7

State colleges raise tuition and fees again metro in brief

By Anish Gonchigar about 10 percent for this school Fuscl added that she hoped the Police effort cracks down on parties
Staff Writer year, and overall tuition and fees tuition hike would be coupled with
have catapulted since 2004 — 64 an increase in educational quality. “Operation Red Cup” may sound like the most epic
The Rhode Island Board of Gover- percent at URI, 75 percent at RIC “Our mission is to provide afford- house party of all time, but it is in fact quite the opposite
nors for Higher Education voted and 72 percent at CCRI, according able, quality education, and we hope — a full-scale effort by the city of Providence to crack down
last week to increase tuition and to the Journal. to stay in that realm of possibility for on the raucous behavior of Providence College, Johnson
fees at state public colleges for the But these tuition and fee increas- our students,” Fuscl said. and Wales University and Rhode Island College students
2010-2011 school year. es have not been met by similar in- Joshua Laguerre, student body carousing off campus in the Elmhurst neighborhood,
According to the Providence creases in income. According to the president at RIC, said an increase in northwest of downtown.
Journal, in-state students at the Providence Journal, median family tuition and fees will be detrimental Town-gown relations have been tense in the
University of Rhode Island will pay income in Rhode Island only grew for poorer students. neighborhood for years, said Ward 5 Councilman Michael
9.9 percent more next year, while by 11.3 percent between 2005 and “RIC takes in a lot of first genera- Solomon, a proponent of the crackdown. But in the last
students at Rhode Island College will 2008, making it increasingly difficult tion students,” Laguerre said, adding several months, students’ drunken revelry has “really gotten
pay 9 percent more, and students at for poor and working class families that fewer low-income students will out of hand,” he said.
the Community College of Rhode Is- to afford higher education. be able to attend after the tuition “I think what’s happened is that the word’s gotten out
land will face a 8.2 percent increase. Jane Fuscl, a spokesperson for increase. that it’s a party district,” he said.
Room and board fees will increase RIC, said the school does not enjoy Laguerre said student demon- The parties have been getting rowdier because they have
by about 5 percent at URI and RIC, implementing these changes but has strations will likely occur before the been “drawing people from outside the area,” Solomon
the Journal reported. no choice in the matter. bill passes. said. In fact, police have “spotted a few high school
Tuition and fees at Rhode Island “No one, including administra- “Don’t be surprised if there is students” partying in the neighborhood.
state schools have been continually tion and students, are happy when some kind of event or rally or some- “There’s never been a unified effort” to clean up the
increasing in the last few years. Fees there’s a tuition increase on the ho- thing along those lines that takes neighborhood, Solomon said. But this most recent effort
at the three colleges increased by rizon,” she said. place in the spring,” he said. brings together city government, law enforcement, the
students’ schools and landlords.

Alums to play Avon homecoming tonight


“I think when everybody gets together it’s going to be
easy to tackle the problem,” Solomon said.
Solomon said he believes the effort has already started
ists’ community in Providence is Costello and playing high-profile to send a message. He said 70 arrests have been made in
continued from page 4
ver y collaborative, a quality that festivals that draw hundreds of just three weeks.
Providence at venues such as the fostered the group’s growth. thousands of people, there is one The councilman has proposed a city ordinance that
Hot Club and Local 121. “It’s a small town, and you have venue The Low Anthem has yet to would fine landlords — anywhere from $250 to $1,000
“We did a lot on our own in the Brown bands, but then you also play: Spring Weekend. dollars — who do not evict tenants after three noise
Providence in terms of building have these Providence bands that “We’ve tried to play Spring complaints in a single year.
what we have today,” Pr ystowsky help each other out and stay in Weekend and they wouldn’t let us,” Providence Police have also begun reporting the
said. touch,” he said. Pr ystowsky said. He continued. identities of misbehaving students to their respective
All three band members studied “I was like, ‘we’re playing Lolla- colleges. “Hopefully their parents are going to know,”
music at Brown — Adams joined ARTS & CULTURE palooza and Bonnaroo; can’t we Solomon said.
the band in 2007 when she was still play Spring Weekend?’ And they PPD did not return multiple requests for comment.
a senior — and Pr ystowsky said “A lot of people at Brown don’t said no. We’ve been rejected the
their experiences at the University realize it, but the city of Providence past eight years.” — Ben Schreckinger
shaped them as artists. “The pro- has a lot of art going on,” Pr ys-
fessors of music at Brown certainly towsky added. “There’s a lot to the
were influential, being people who city to explore, but people write it
were serious about music.” off because it’s not Boston and it’s
He also said the band — which not New York.”
now lives together on the East Side After the show, Pr ystowsky,
— was ver y much shaped by the Miller and Adams will be reunited
greater Providence arts commu- with their instruments in Seattle
nity. for the West Coast tour, after which
“In terms of Providence, it’s they will begin a weeks’ worth of
probably shaped us more not for shows in London and Holland, be-
the content of our songs, per se, fore heading back home to begin
and arrangement, but for being a recording a new album.
great community of artists here,” After touring with top song-
Pr ystowsky said. writers like Ray LaMontagne, per-
Pr ystowsky also said the art- forming alongside the likes of Elvis
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S ports t hursday
Equestrian earns best in show Men’s water polo swims
By Fred Milgrim
Contributing Writer
ahead of second place URI.
The competition began with the
Rebecca McGoldrick ’12 then won
in the Novice Flat for the second
to one win — and a loss
Flat divisions. Because of Bruno’s straight week. By Liza Jones Defensively, Kent Holland ’10
The equestrian riders took matters extremely strong day, Liz Gilib- Entering the Fences with 14 Contributing Writer kept up his impressive stats in
into their own hands at their home erti’s ’10 score in the Open Flat points after a strong showing in the goal with seven saves in the first
show this weekend with a strong was dropped, but she made up for Flats, Brown made an even stron- While much of the student body three quarters, and Max Lubin
win, earning them first place in the it later with a good ride in the Open ger statement, tallying 18 points. relaxed over the long weekend, ’12 saved three after taking over
show as well as in the Region 1, Zone Fences. Giliberti started off with a third the men’s water polo team trav- for Holland in the final quarter.
1 season standings. Following Giliberti, Emma Bog- place finish in the Open division. eled to Massachusetts to face After the impressive win over
Brown’s tally of 43 points bested donoff ’10, the pointed rider in Inter- Rachel Griffith ’10 followed with Har vard and Iona. After a 15-8 the rival Crimson, the Bears lost
URI’s 34 and UConn’s 32, bringing mediate Flats, took the blue ribbon a first place as the pointed rider in win against Harvard on Saturday, to the Iona Gaels, 10-9, in a close
their season total to 77, four points earning seven points for the Bears. the Intermediates. Finally, Allison the team fell to Iona the following game on Sunday. Brown had an
Dungey ’13, who took second last day, 10-9. impressive lead through most
weekend, bettered her performance Against the Crimson, the of the game, including a five-
with a blue ribbon and added seven Bears had complete control in goal lead in the beginning of
more points to the Bears’ total. En- the water from the beginning of the third quarter. But the Gaels
tering the final three divisions, the the game, leading 3-2 after eight were not fazed, as they rallied
Bears had a total of 32 points, only minutes. The second quarter was to a narrow 10-9 victor y in the
two shy of last week’s total. just as successful, as Bruno took fourth. The game-winning goal
Marisa Fuerst ’12 rode a horse a 9-2 lead. Har vard scored three for Iona was scored during a pen-
that was less than cooperative, but goals to Brown’s two in the third alty shot with just four seconds
still managed to take third place quarter, but the Bears picked it left on the clock, costing Bruno
in the Walk-Trot-Canter — good up again to outscore Har vard, its first regular season Nor th-
for four more points. Rebecca de 4-3, in the final quarter to seal ern Division loss in two years.
Sa ’10 ended the day on a positive the 15-8 win. Stefanovic was again the team’s
note, once again taking first for the On the offensive end, Sveto- leading scorer with three goals.
Bears in Walk-Trot. zar Stefanovic ’13 lived up to his Gladych and Hood each scored
The only home competition of recent title as CWPA Northern two, while Serure and Schwartz
the year was a success, with beau- Division Rookie of the Week by each scored one.
tiful weather all day. Nevertheless, leading the team with five goals Even with this loss hanging
it was a hectic day, as the riders all on Saturday. Gordon Hood ’11 over their heads, the Bears were
had hosting responsibilities outside added three goals, Ryan Gla- still able to defeat Connecticut
of their own competitions. dych ’13 scored two, while Zach College, 22-8, on Tuesday. Bruno
www.browndailyherald.com The Bears will be back in ac- Levko ’10, Corey Schwartz ’11, will travel back to Connecticut
tion on Halloween at Connecticut Dean Serure ’13 and Cyrus Moj- College to face Queens (N.Y.)
College. dehi ’13 each contributed one. and Mercyhurst on Saturday.
SportsThursday
The Brown Daily Herald

Thursday, October 15, 2009 | Page 9

Men’s soccer, unbeaten, keeps rolling


By Katie Wood with it.” line-up for the first time this season
Assistant Sports Editor Thompson crossed the ball over after coming off a broken foot suf-
to Rosa, who opened the second fered during pre-season training. He
The No. 15 men’s soccer team (7-0- with a rocket from the 20-yard line, was an integral part of the defense
4, 2-0-0 Ivy) continued its winning a common spot in Rosa’s goal-scoring that prevented the Tigers from get-
streak with a 4-2 victory over Princ- resume this season. A mere 20 sec- ting too close to the Bears on Satur-
eton on Saturday and a 3-1 win over onds later, the set-up man for the day night.
Rutgers on Tuesday night. Four night, Thompson, sent a cross from “It was great to get back out there,
different Bears scored goals in the the right corner to a cutting Elenz- but I was a little rusty,” Smith said. “It
two contests, including two goals Martin, who connected on a header was great to get back in the line-up
each from Sean Rosa ’12 and Nick for his third goal of the season. and fight out there with the guys.”
Elenz-Martin ’10. “We were ecstatic,” Smith said.
“Teams react dif ferently when Brown 3, Rutgers 1
Brown 4, Princeton 2 they’re down and can let the game The Bears hoped to extend their
The game against Princeton was slip away. But Princeton never gave winning streak Tuesday night in a
very offensive-minded on both sides, up, and we knew they wouldn’t.” tough non-conference battle against
similar to the Sept. 30 Boston Univer- The Tigers responded immedi- the Biga East’s Rutgers (5-7-0).
sity game that ended in a 3-3 tie. The ately with a rally, as Matt Sanner The Scarlet Knights and the
Bears were led by Rosa, the reign- scored on a header that floated over Bears came out hot in the first half,
ing Ivy League Player of the Week, goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand ’11 and as each team tallied over 10 shots.
who contributed the first two goals into the right corner of the net. Rutgers capitalized on offense first
of the game, and is now tied with Jay Hayward ’12 extended in the 18th minute, when Ibrahim
Austin Mandel ’12 and Elenz-Martin Brown’s lead in the 64th minute when Kamara sent a header into the goal
as the leading goal scorer on the Rosa was fouled hard by a Princeton past Jarrod Schlenker ’10, who start-
team with four. defender, giving Hayward a free kick ed in goal for the Bears for the first
“We did OK but didn’t play to our from 35 yards out on the right side time in his career. Schlenker and
full potential,” said Ian Smith ’11. of the field. Hayward placed the ball the defense tightened up and denied
The Bears came out ready to play, perfectly over the three defenders several scoring drives to keep the
as Rosa scored in the game’s open- who established a wall in front of Bears in the game.
ing minutes on a pass to the middle him. The ball curved nicely into the Rosa sent a pass to Thompson,
of the box from Mike Manella ’12, right corner of the net, notching who once again set up a goal for
nailing the ball to the lower right Hayward’s first career goal for the Elenz-Martin in the 37th minute of
corner at the post. Bears. Hayward became the 11th the half. The Bears finished out the
The Tigers and the Bears played player on the team to score a goal first half with the momentum headed
evenly through the next 30 minutes this season. in their direction that would carry on
of play before Brown put together “The biggest part about staying into the second half.
several strong offensive opportu- in the lead was keeping the connec- Hayward lined up for a corner Herald File Photo
The Bears earned their seventh win over Rutgers Tuesday, 3-1. The team,
nities in the closing 10 minutes of tion and communicating on defense,” kick in the 62nd minute and sent a ranked 15th nationally, has not yet lost a game this season.
the half. Jay Hayward ’12 and Rosa Smith said. Princeton “created some perfect ball right at the goal to Evan
passed the ball back and forth to one chaos when they brought more play- Coleman ’12. Coleman headed the en saves to pace the defense that last night.
another, away from their defenders, ers up for offensive opportunities, ball to Thomas McNamara ’13, who allowed one goal on 20 attempted “With each game we play, we’re
and were almost too unselfish as an but we also had our own advantage connected on another header for the shots. looking to solidify things,” Smith
extra pass ended the drive with sev- when we sent the ball to the opposite go-ahead goal. McNamara led Brown Brown travels to No. 6 Harvard said. “We definitely wanted to stay
en minutes left. Taylor Gorman ’12 side of the field for our own scoring with five shots on the night, three of (8-2-1, 1-0-1 Ivy) on Saturday for its on the winning side of things against
crossed a ball to a cutting TJ Thomp- chances.” which were on goal. third Ivy League match of the year. Rutgers. Our team has confidence
son ’10 in front of the goal with five The referees called a foul in the With only a one-goal lead, the Harvard nearly fell at Cornell on and some momentum after several
minutes remaining in the half, but penalty box on the Bears in the 69th Bears kept the pressure on the Saturday, fighting out a 1-1 tie, and positive results heading into our
this drive was also stopped by Princ- minute, which led to a penalty kick Scarlet Knights and put together is seeking to bounce back from a match against Harvard on Satur-
eton, as the ball was deflected out by by Brandon Busch, who sent the several more scoring drives in the 0-4 loss against No. 17 Connecticut day.”
the defense. ball to the back of the net to pull games closing 30 minutes. Manella
The Tigers extinguished Brown’s the game to within two. But Brown beat his defender in the 70th minute
opportunities in the closing minutes squelched the Princeton rally in the but fell to the ground on a hard hit
of the first half, but the Bears came game’s final 20 minutes and emerged by goalkeeper Alex Morgans that
out just as offensive-minded in the victorious, 4-2. was not called a foul by the referee.
opening minutes of the second. Grandstrand (6-0-4) recorded Co-captain David Walls ’11 followed
“Our coach (Mike Noonan) gave five saves in the contest, while right behind Manella and put the ball
us a fiery pep talk in the locker room Princeton’s Sean Lynch recorded away for a two-goal lead the Bears
and we came out with a renewed one save of the five shots on goal maintained to secure the 3-1 win.
mindset,” Smith said. “We made a by the Bears. Schlenker earned his first career
few adjustments and the goals came Smith returned to the starting win in goal with an outstanding sev-
Editorial & Letters
The Brown Daily Herald

Page 10 | Thursday, October 15, 2009

evan donahue and erik stayton

e d i to r i a l
What’s on your mind? Effect on target
Write it in a letter! Brown’s administration, like any other, has its
successes and its failures, and it deser ves to be
ation of departmental choices.
The most tempting use of Target of Opportu-
congratulated for the creation and continued im- nity is to stock the faculty with big names such as
opinions@browndailyherald.com provement of the Target of Opportunity hiring Achebe. But no department can run on star power
program. alone. While the program has been well-utilized to
The initiative, a part of President Ruth Simmons’ date, Department Chair and Professor of Histor y
Plan for Academic Enrichment, allows departments Omer Bartov has rightly suggested that target-of-
to request new faculty on an accelerated timetable opportunity hiring could enable an unhealthy shift
t h e b r o w n d a i ly h e r a l d
outside of the normal hiring cycle. Twenty of the in faculty composition.
Editor-in-Chief Managing Editors Deputy Managing Editors Senior Editors
25 slots devoted to the program under the Plan Some departments could end up with an excess
Steve DeLucia Michael Bechek Nandini Jayakrishna Rachel Arndt
Chaz Firestone Franklin Kanin Isabel Gottlieb are currently occupied, but while overall hiring is of senior professors; while each field has its own
Michael Skocpol Scott Lowenstein slowing down, the Target positions will become balance to strike between junior and senior faculty,
editorial Business available for new hires if their current occupants an imbalance is an inherent risk of the flexibility
Ben Hyman Arts & Culture Editor General Managers Office Manager
Rosalind Schonwald Arts & Culture Editor Alexander Hughes Shawn Reilly leave the University. targeting provides. And unreasonably high turnover
Sophia Li Features Editor Jonathan Spector Target of Opportunity hiring has already proven rates from sought-after professors exploring other
George Miller Metro Editor
Joanna Wohlmuth Metro Editor
its worth in full and has made great strides since options could undermine the reliability and long-
Directors
Seth Motel News Editor Ellen DaSilva Sales its inception. The most celebrated new professor term planning required to maintain high-quality
Jenna Stark News Editor Claire Kiely Sales brought in through the program is the Nigerian research and instruction.
Andrew Braca Sports Editor Katie Koh Finance
Han Cui Asst. Sports Editor Jilyn Chao Asst. Finance writer Chinua Achebe. If the administration continues to carefully moni-
Alex Mazerov Asst. Sports Editor Christiana Stephenson Alumni Relations But not all targeted hires are world-renowned tor trends in the requests under the program, keep-
Katie Wood Asst. Sports Editor
luminaries. Outstanding junior faculty are also ing in mind the widely var ying priorities of the
Graphics & Photos Managers among the fast-tracked new arrivals, including departments, the potential downsides of Target
Chris Jesu Lee Graphics Editor Kelly Wess Local Sales
Stephen Lichenstein Graphics Editor Kathy Bui National Sales
some talented women assistant professors in the of Opportunity are unlikely to emerge.
Eunice Hong Photo Editor Alex Carrere University Sales physical sciences, according to Dean of the Faculty The average student enjoys the luxur y of being
Kim Perley Photo Editor Matt Burrows Credit and Collections Rajiv Vohra P’07. Without the program, they might able to simultaneously revere Ruth individually and
Jesse Morgan Sports Photo Editor
well have been snapped up by our peer institutions; vociferate against the administration generally. But
production Opinions
Ayelet Brinn Copy Desk Chief Alyssa Ratledge Opinions Editor instead, they will help make Brown a leader in target-of-opportunity hiring, shepherded by a group
Rachel Isaacs Copy Desk Chief Sarah Rosenthal Opinions Editor tapping into the underutilized potential of women effort, is a proven and ongoing success for which
Marlee Bruning Design Editor
Jessica Calihan Design Editor Editorial Page Board
in quantitative fields. the administration deser ves our thanks.
Anna Migliaccio Asst. Design Editor James Shapiro Editorial Page Editor Brown’s targeting capabilities have also im- Yes, that success is conditional. But we would all
Julien Ouellet Asst. Design Editor Matt Aks Board member
proved in recent years. do well to keep it in mind before condemning the
Neal Poole Web Editor Nick Bakshi Board member
Post- magazine Zack Beauchamp Board member In 2005, The Herald reported that many depart- administration en masse for their next slip-up.
Arthur Matuszewski Debbie Lehmann Board member ments were disappointed by the University’s slug-
Editor-in-Chief
Kelly McKowen William Martin Board member
Editor-in-Chief gish reaction to requests for Target hires, which
Rebecca Ballhaus, Jessie Calihan, Jessica Kirschner, Julien Ouellet, Designers negated much of the program’s usefulness. Four Editorials are written by The Herald’s editorial
Anne Artley, Carmen Shulman, Copy Editors
years on, the process runs much more smoothly page board. Send comments to editorials@brown-
George Miller, Ben Schreckinger, Alexandra Ulmer, Suzannah Weiss, Kyla Wilkes, Night Editors
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A plea for the removal of strings


ney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, the Ste- ment. Every year, the principal remains in we emerged with just $2.04 billion, a loss of
phen Robert ’62 Campus Center, the Cre- the endowment funds, while the investment $740 million in market value. If $3,000 equals
BY MIKE JOHNSON ative Arts Center and the Jonathan Nelson returns on that principle are spent. In es- an UTRA, imagine what could have been ac-
Opinions Columnist ’77 Aquatics Center. All of these projects sence, the Annual Fund helps expand the complished with a direct infusion of $25 mil-
have been either partly or entirely funded academic opportunities at Brown. Accord- lion dollars — an amount equal to the dona-
I may be naive to hope that alumni still read by donors. ing to the Annual Fund’s Web site, 120 gifts tion required for the Swim Center — into
tTe Brown Daily Herald in its online format But donations with strings attached of just $25 dollars helped establish an Un- the Brown Annual Fund.
on a regular basis, but perhaps members of aren’t unique to building construction. Any- dergraduate TRA. Fifty gifts of $50 helped Granted, donating money into the Annual
the nefarious Corporation or our esteemed one who receives a “named scholarship” a doctoral student stay on campus during Fund or into the endowment directly doesn’t
President still find time to peruse these pages, from the University is a recipient of such a the summer. These gifts, and other Annual get one immortalized in stone, or named on
because as classes resume, exams loom and donation. These are earmarked for finan- Fund spending, helped fund education di- a plaque in a prominent place. But it does
the leaves change color, quibbles over money cial aid purposes, based on certain criteria rectly, helping to pay for tuition, health in- have the added benefit of helping students
begin once more. come here, to one of the best universities in
Let me begin by saying I sincerely hope the world, to learn.
that the University and the members of Brown The knowledge they gain while at Brown
Dining Services can find common ground. Brown’s budget isn’t one big pot; rather, it’s a could one day cure deadly epidemics, or pre-
Yes, I realize that the economy ravaged our vent them from even occurring: could put
endowment, but that does not mean we can small pot, with various soup bowls, salad bowls, a man on Mars, or could help develop the
take it out on those who work here. next great novelist of our time. The Universi-
On the other hand, while the University chafing dishes, cookie sheets, deep fryers and ty isn’t suffering alone; students and faculty
cannot visit its endowment woes on its em- and their families struggle to pay the bills.
ployees, the fact remains that those who make roasting pans. A direct infusion of cash could revolutionize
more can afford to help those who make less Brown’s financial aid policy, making an Ivy
acquire health insurance. The debate raises League education an achievable and realis-
an interesting issue regarding how students tic dream for students of all economic back-
see the University’s allocation of funds, and set down by the donor. These donations are surance and other costs. grounds.
how anyone can pursue multi-million-dollar actually a critical part of the University’s As members of the Brown community, So while it’s unlikely that our generous,
renovation projects while charging its em- “Boldly Brown” Campaign for Academic we should all be grateful for the gifts that esteemed and privileged alumni still peruse
ployees more for health insurance. Enrichment. Yet even though the campaign generous donors provide us. But perhaps it these pages, I humbly hope that just one will
The University’s hands are tied most of reached its goal of $1.4 billion last May, it isn’t such a bad idea for donors to reanalyze forego earmarking a building with his or her
the time. Brown’s budget isn’t one big pot; remains a critical part of helping Brown the types of gifts to give in this economic cli- name attached, and help finance an educa-
rather, it’s a small pot, with various soup weather the economic crisis and continue to mate. Which will help the University more: tion — help finance a future.
bowls, salad bowls, chafing dishes, cook- excel. one fancy new building or financial aid for
ie sheets, deep fryers, and roasting pans The Brown Annual Fund helps provide fi- 400 students?
scattered all around. These miscellaneous nancial aid and research opportunities, and Our endowment took a fairly substantial Mike Johnson ’11 thinks the corporation
kitchen apparatus are all earmarked for spe- establishes professorships and classes. Gifts hit during the stock market crash last year; should buy 2.038 billion scratch-off
cific projects. Recent ones include the Sid- into this fund are deposited into the endow- of the $2.78 billion dollars we started with, tickets: one has to hit it big.

For the love of animals, and of meat


meat all my life, and, un-PC as it sounds, I sues. makes us bigger than we need to be, leads
think it tastes rather nice, actually. One of these is that the meat we eat is to global warming issues and inevitably
BY FATIMA AQEEL In an effort to reconcile my love of ani- produced and processed using highly ques- causes us to waste food. Any student who
mals with my love of juicy, juicy hamburg- tionable means. For example, PETA’s own eats at the Ratty is probably shocked by the
Opinions Columnist ers, I made my way to the volunteers who Web site publicizes how Kentucky Fried quantities of meat thrown away every day,
manned the PETA stalls on the Main Green Chicken stuffs chickens into filthy, over- like I am. This meat comes from animals
It is somewhat strange that I can never as- recently. In response to my questions they crowded factories, and then drugs them so killed for no reason at all.
sociate a cooked chicken on my plate with asked me to imagine how I would feel if my that they grow large, so large in fact that As somebody who cares about animals
a walking, clucking chicken that I would own pet cats were shredded to pieces like they can’t even walk. This is obviously done and the planet, I could help advance PETA’s
otherwise never hurt with my own hands. some of the animals I ate were. It wasn’t to cater to the demands of a form of con- campaigns for all these causes — if only
It just doesn’t inspire the same warm fuzzy they wanted me.
feeling. No doubt, organizations like Peo- Like any organization seeking major so-
ple for the Ethical Treatment of Animals cial change, PETA needs popular support,
and Brown Animal Rights Club have come and so it should allow people to contrib-
across many people like me, and dealing People should be allowed to contribute what they ute what they can without being judged for
with us is one of their big challenges. what they decide not to renounce. As long
Plenty of people love animals but still can without being judged for what they decide as they help alleviate the conditions of an-
eat meat. So what does that make us: hypo- imals in one way or another, they should
crites, confused or just plain normal? not to renounce. feel a part of the animals rights movement,
I’m not sure how other people deal with because they are still making a difference.
it (or if they do at all). But I know that I have And it should be okay if I turn up to a BARC
felt guilty about eating meat, especially at meeting and eat a chicken patty, as long as I
times when I’ve had fewer problems in life. am helping the organization in another big
When I first came to Brown, for example, hard to do, with all those graphic images sumerism that is going out of control. But way.
and felt that fantastic feeling that every- around me of animals being butchered and not only is this practice bad for animals, it is In the end, eating meat remains contro-
thing is possible, my guilt made me reduce maltreated in every possible way. harmful for us as well. versial. But animal rights groups shouldn’t
my meat intake gradually until I was eating But I can’t expect to have the same kind The Web site cited the fact that KFC slits waste the goodwill of potential supporters
no meat at all. It lasted for about a month of bond that I have with my pets with ev- chickens’ throats and drops them into hot of other animal rights issues. In asking ev-
and a half. Sure, everything was still pos- ery other animal out there, and so it didn’t water while they may still be conscious. eryone to do something as drastic as giving
sible, but it was made considerably harder really help make the connection between Yes, the chickens will surely die, but there up meat, these groups may just be losing
in the face of chicken finger Fridays at the cooked animals and live ones. is no reason for them to be in pain while whatever support many people can give.
V-dub. Obviously, PETA might ask what the still alive.
The part that I felt worst about was that point of my caring about animals is when Also, while plenty of people would agree
my re-conversion to omnivorism wasn’t be- I’m going to eat them anyway. that eating meat is justified, they would also
cause of a health or nutrition concern which Yet ironically, being eaten is not where agree that devouring the copious amounts Fatima Aqeel ’12 is an economics concen-
would, in a way, legitimize my relapse. Rath- the struggle ends for most animals, because of meat (and everything else too) that we trator from Karachi, Pakistan. She can be
er, it was purely because I’d been eating there are plenty of other animal rights is- do now is not okay. This over-consumption reached at fatima_aqeel@brown.edu.

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12 pm — Brown Bag Series in Archae- 2 PM — Sarah Doyle Women’s Center


ology, Watson Institute Open House, 26 Benevolent Street

8:45 PM — Low Anthem at Avon The- 9 pm — Brown University Jazz Band


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menu
Sharpe Refectory Verney-Woolley Dining Hall
Dot Comic | Eshan Mitra and Brendan Hainline
Lunch — Chicken Cutlet Parmesan Lunch — Sloppy Joe Sandwich,
Sandwich, Zucchini and Parmesan Falafel in Pita Bread, Cauliflower au
Sandwich, Garlic and Butter Infused Gratin
Rice
Dinner — Spice Rubbed Pork Chops, Dinner — Roast Turkey with Sauce,
Cheese Tomato Strata, Oven-Browned Shells with Broccoli, Stuffing, Mashed
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