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4 arrested at sorority party

By Alexandra Ulmer Shortly after the second scuffle was
Senior Staff Writer quelled, “there was a kind of powder in
the air and everybody started cough-
Four men who were “harassing” ing,” said McDonald, who added that
Department of Public Safety officers she did not know the source or iden-
outside a party in Alumnae Hall were tity of the powder.
arrested Saturday night by Provi- Soon afterwards, McDonald said,
dence police officers for disorderly she “saw blood on a kid’s shirt.”
conduct, according to Lt. John Ryan, “It had several blood splashes —
commander of PPD Dist. 9. you could see handprints on the shirt,”
A student who attended the Delta she said.
Sigma Theta party, called “Scandal- But the commotion made it dif-
ous,” said the arrests followed fights ficult for McDonald to discern what
that escalated among partygoers on else occurred. The powder appeared
the dance floor. about 15 minutes after the first fight
“Some people got into an argu- began, McDonald said, and partygo-
ment outside and started harassing ers dispersed quickly. “The whole
Jesse Morgan / Herald the Brown police, so they called the thing escalated and went down really
Jimmy Develin ’10 and Buddy Farnham ’10 made big plays to lead Brown past Dartmouth on Saturday. The Providence police,” Ryan said, add- quickly,” she said.
Bears rushed the field after the 14-7 overtime win at Brown Stadium. ing that he did not know if the four Ryan, speaking away from his

Football gets OT win in last home game people arrested were Brown students.
A poster for the event informed par-
tygoers they would need “R.I. college
station without access to the official
report of the incident, said he could
not confirm details of the surround-
By Dan Alexander Develin, a defensive end, rushed into making a play, it’s just — it’s every- I.D.” to be admitted, and non-students ing incidents.
Senior Staff Writer the backfield — unblocked — and thing I dreamed for at Brown.” were instructed to contact the sorority Delta Sigma Theta Chapter Presi-
sacked the quarterback. The entire Develin wasn’t the only senior in advance of the party. dent Dami Olatunji ’11 said there was
For co-captain Jimmy Develin ’10, Brown team rushed onto the field who went out on a high note. Evangeline McDonald ’13, who “rowdiness” at the party, but declined
Saturday’s game was a fitting end to in celebration. On Buddy Farnham’s ’10 last attended the party, said two fights to elaborate. “There are different per-
four years in Brown Stadium. Dart- “I couldn’t imagine it any better,” play on home turf, the standout initially erupted between attendees spectives,” she said. “We’re still look-
mouth, trailing 14-7 in overtime, Develin said. “I mean, Senior Day, in Alumnae Hall, and DPS officers ing at the facts. We’re trying to handle
dropped back on fourth-and-one. last game, just going out like that, continued on page 3 entered the venue to apprehend them. the situation internally.”

Whitehouse: Time not on Taking (pole) dance to another level

Congress’ side for change By Emily Kirkland
Staff Writer
The Poler Bears charged $5 for the
workshops, hoping to raise money to
times a year at venues like Produc-
tion Workshop.
By Alicia Dang sults, not for procedures. cover the costs of their new pole. “It’s a great conversation starter,”
Staf f Writer “The only way we turn this health For three years, the Brown Poler Members of the group, which said Julianne Fenn ’11, the club’s
care mess around is to change the Bears — the Ivy League’s first pole president.
Time is running out when it comes business model for health care in- dancing club — have been practic- FEATURE Last year, the Poler Bears were in
to reforming health care and passing surance,” Whitehouse said. A public ing moves like “The Fireman” and danger of extinction — there were
legislation to curb damage to the option needs to be competitive with “The Martini” on two poles in the Art meets twice a week, teach them- only six members. But this year,
environment, Sen. Sheldon White- the private plans and “responsive House lounge in Harkness House. selves from pole dancing videos 30 people arrived to audition, and
house, D-R.I., told a crowd of about to each state’s circumstances,” he But this weekend, the club gave posted on YouTube. They’re not now the club boasts 16 perform-
100 in Salomon 101 Friday. added. other students a chance to participate afraid to showcase their skills, ei- ers, including two men. The club’s
The talk was the second of a “One thing to promise is that for the first time, offering hour-long ther — they perform regularly at
two-part series organized by the the public option will have no ef- workshops on Saturday afternoon. Art House parties and two or three continued on page 2
Brown Democrats. fect whatsoever on the deficit,” he
One of the biggest challenges said.
facing health care reform is a
filibuster by Senate Republicans,
Whitehouse said. By demanding
Along with health care reform,
climate change must be addressed
for the sake of the country’s fiscal
Gandhi explains a confluence of ideas
300 amendments to the bill, each of future as well as its “ability to take By Sydney Ember
which requires a vote, Republicans care of the people,” Whitehouse Senior Staff Writer
are burning the floor time remaining said.
“to get things done,” he added. He discussed the major conse- “The non-violence of King and
Whitehouse noted a “new and quences that climate change will Gandhi had a strong element of
different level of vitriol” directed have, such as the intoxication of courtesy and forgiveness,” Rajmo-
at President Obama since he was the atmosphere and the loss of han Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma
elected, which he said negatively natural habitats. Gandhi, told a packed Salomon 101
affects the policies he tries to bring “We are in the stage where Sunday.
forward. the evidence (regarding climate The former member of India’s
“What it boils down to is the petty change) is blindingly clear,” White- Upper House of Parliament, current
procedural obstruction in one insti- house said. president of Initiatives of Change
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
tution,” Whitehouse said. “It’s im- To move bills that address cli- International and renowned au-
Rajmohan Gandhi praised Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.
portant for us to call the Republicans mate change through Congress, thor and biographer examined his
out on that.” the economic ramifications must grandfather’s view on non-violence surrender,” Gandhi said. “Violence shaped his grandfather’s ideas
The main objectives of the public be clear, he said. Lawmakers should and the influence those views had was not merely cruel, it was folly about civil disobedience and
option, Whitehouse explained, are to be able to “assure any of our people on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ap- as well.” passive resistance. Though his
establish an electronic health record that economic consequences (of proach to civil disobedience. The concept of non-violence grandfather initially was a “propo-
system, create a national integrated such bills) will be beneficial rather “With Gandhi as with King, dates back to Henry David Tho- nent of violence,” Gandhi said the
platform to foster transparency and non-violence was a fight for equal- reau and Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi
to pay doctors and hospitals for re- continued on page 2 ity — it was the opposite of meek said, both of whom significantly continued on page 3

Arts, 4 Sports, 5 Opinions, 7
Sports......5 Love it or... Big East, BiG Problem pressing matters
Editorial.....6 Small-town charm comes W. basketball falls to cross- The media can affect key
Opinion......7 to Stuart Theater with town rival Providence political outcomes, says
Today..........8 “Leavittsburg, Ohio” College, 83-50 Kate Fritzsche ’10 195 Angell Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Page 2 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Monday, November 16, 2009

C ampus N EWS “Friends ask me, ‘Do you give lap dances?’”
— Britney Katz ’12, member of the Poler Bears

Poler bears offer more than just sex appeal

including Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” in dance.
continued from page 1
Participants also practiced dancing The group’s dances aren’t always
members, few of whom had previous with ladders, chairs, platforms and overtly sexual. “It depends on the per-
experience in pole dancing, all learn even a Swiffer. son,” Katz said. “Mine are silly.”
together, Fenn said. The name “Poler Bears” helped to Emily Winterrowd ’12 said hers
“I’ve never met an actual pole draw in participants. were “graceful.”
dancer,” she said. “We thought about a “I thought it was really witty “It’s not just grinding,” Fenn said,
strip club road trip last year, but none and clever,” said Ebony Enab- adding that each dancer tries to in-
of us have a car.” ulele ’13, who attended one of the corporate athletic, acrobatic moves
While the Poler Bears have survived Saturday workshops. into their routines, such as spinning
without experience, poles are an indis- Fenn said the name had been around the pole with one leg hooked
pensable element of their routine. Hellquist’s from the start. “She was over it or sliding down the pole up-
“You can’t really practice with- really into puns,” Fenn said. side down before finishing in a
out a pole,” said Brittany Katz ’12, a The group’s members said it was handstand.
Claire Huang / Herald
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., spoke about the need for health-care Poler Bear. sometimes hard to explain exactly “You don’t realize how difficult it
reform and speedy action on climate change. Purchasing and maintaining the what the Poler Bears entailed, espe- really is,” Reardon said.
poles has been a constant struggle. cially to their parents. But the Poler Bears do more than

Whitehouse: Investigation The first was purchased by club

founder Alexandra Hellquist ’08,
“My mom is minimally aware” of
what the group does, Katz said, add-
perform at parties. Last year, they
did a carefully choreographed show

into torture practices to who installed a pole in her off-campus

house after learning how to pole dance
ing that her dad had no idea she was
in the group.
in Salomon with theme music and
a plot.

return ‘constitutional order’

from online videos. Soon after, she Fenn said her parents were fine “It was set in fairyland,” Fenn said.
got permission from the president with the idea of her pole dancing, Katz played Cinderella, she said, and
of Art House to move the pole to the but she added she would never invite Reardon said she was Little Red Rid-
continued from page 1 suring feelings” that things will be program house’s lounge and the Poler them to a show. ing Hood, dressed in a gingham cos-
put “back in constitutional order” Bears were born. “My parents think it’s just another tume made of vinyl.
than harmful.” with the investigation on torture. “We’d just play around on it,” said quirky thing I’m doing at college, like Of course, pole dancing is
The long-term effects of legisla- “I don’t think Obama will veto Fenn, who has been a Poler Bear since rock climbing!” said Kat Reardon ’12, never entirely innocent. Fenn
tion that makes companies pay for it,” he said. Rather, “it’s a matter of the group’s founding. another Poler Bear. sometimes dances in lingerie from
the harmful waste they release, getting to it,” because priorities of Hellquist wrote a proposal for a Many Poler Bears said their Victoria’s Secret.
for instance, will improve quality floor space at the moment are “get- $500 grant to purchase a second pole, friends, on the other hand, don’t pass “My dance was kind of slut-
of life, he said. ting health care fixed” and “getting Fenn said. But when she graduated, up the chance to tease them. ty,” Fenn said of her role in the
Students’ questions for White- the economy going,” he said. she took one of the poles with her, and “Friends ask me, ‘Do you give lap show. “Then again, I was playing
house ranged from health care Students said they were satis- the remaining dancers had to pool dances?’” Katz said. a stripper.”
reform and climate change to the fied with what they learned from their funds to buy another. Katz and Reardon said paying with Because of the demands of differ-
current investigation of “inter- Whitehouse’s speech. But that pole broke earlier this dollar bills takes on a whole new sig- ent moves, performers in costume
rogation techniques” conducted Austen Mack-Crane ’13 said he year. “This isn’t supposed to happen,” nificance for members of the club. must have bare shoulders and almost
under the Bush administration. enjoyed hearing the “perspective Katz said, “but the metal just split.” “People go, ‘Oh, is that from Poler entirely bare thighs.
One question focused on a bill of a politician.” The Poler Bears ordered another Bears?’” Reardon said. “You have to grip with your inner
aimed at preventing employers “It’s nice to see the realities online and hope to have raised enough But lewd comments and unwanted thigh,” Katz explained.
from discriminating on the basis of of decision-making even though this weekend to cover their costs. advances from men are rare, Fenn “It’s fun to be sexy,” Reardon
sexual orientation. it’s not always a sunny outlook,” At the workshops, Fenn, Katz and said. Even dancing at off-campus par- pointed out. “Ever yone wants
Whitehouse said he has “reas- he added. other Poler Bears taught basic moves ties, she said, was “much less sketchy that avenue.”
such as “backspin” to popular songs, than anticipated.” But the Poler Bears said they pole
Fenn said the audience at perfor- danced for other reasons, too.
mances usually consists of the danc- “I do it because it’s an amazing
ers’ friends and people with an interest workout,” Katz said.


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Monday, November 16, 2009 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 3

C ampus N EWS “There had to be a better way of fighting — a way of non-violence.”

— Rajmohan Gandhi, on his grandfather’s legacy

Scholar: Gandhi, King believed

in non-violence, not submission Q&A with Rajmohan Gandhi
non-violent submission, Gandhi Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of the here, work here. So it’s unthink- There is need for stereotypes
continued from page 1
said. Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, able for people in India to imag- to be resisted and replaced with
famous Indian leader’s experience “There had to be a better way sat down with The Herald before ine some kind of conflict between a more realistic picture on both
as a student in England, coupled of fighting — a way of non-vio- his lecture Sunday to discuss his India and the United States. But sides of this divide. I would urge
with a series of events in which lence,” he said. “Gandhi also re- grandfather’s legacy and his views then, what these two very large Americans not to fall into the trap
he experienced physical violence vealed a wish to claim the moral on East-West relations. countries, one extremely power- of thinking some countries are
when he moved to South Africa in high-ground.” ful, the other also potentially quite impossible, and hopeless cases,
his early twenties, made him real- Though terrorist attacks by The Herald: Both of your grand- powerful, what these two countries failed societies, failed states. Those
ize the power of non-violent forms extremist groups have riddled the fathers were ver y prominent will together do for human kind is are completely incorrect readings
of protest. South Asian region that includes freedom fighters in the Indian a great question. of the situation. There is hope in
“The temperature of violence left India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, independence movement. How all those places, and there are just
Gandhi’s system,” he said. “A fight to Gandhi said his grandfather’s leg- have you been influenced by This year, Brown is promoting some very real wonderful human
uphold the equal wealth of all human acy continues to have a worldwide their thinking? a better understanding of In- beings there who need our under-
souls, whether the body encasing impact. Rajmohan Gandhi: Gandhi’s dia through our Year of India. standing.
the soul was white-, black- or yellow- “Not all the sad experience of life from my childhood impacted Why do you think this is im-
skinned would be a spiritual as well conflict in all the countries, not all me. I was aware how Indian people portant today? Do you see the U.S. playing
as a political exercise.” the efforts that we make to make loved him and of course, the final Well, for better or for worse, any sort of role in promoting
Gandhi came to Brown as part ourselves high and others low, can phase of his life when he was as- the one billion-plus Indian popula- peace between Pakistan and
of the University’s Year of India cel- destroy either the necessity or the sassinated. So that had the pro- tion is going to impact the world. India?
ebration, which includes a series beauty of Gandhi’s 1908 vision,” foundest impact on me as I grew Remember, too, that the median Yes, very much so. I know that
of lectures, conferences and other he said. up, and I understood, among other age in India is quite small. In the people in that part of the world, in
events to promote a better under- But he urged the audience to things, that if you believe in cer- years to come, active, energetic, India and Pakistan don’t necessar-
standing of Indian culture. consider the plight of many mem- tain things deeply, then sometimes educated Indians will be quite a ily want others to tell us how to
The University of Illinois at Urba- bers of South Asian minority groups, you pay for your beliefs with your factor in the world, so their think- sort out our disputes. That said,
na-Champaign professor and author especially in light of the Fort Hood life. So that was a sobering and yet ing is important to all corners I would say that if Americans can
of the biography “Mohandas: A True shooting that occurred in Texas moving and in some ways inspir- of the planet, and therefore, for form really good relationships with
Story of a Man, His People and an earlier this month. ing impact. young Americans, who I imagine Pakistanis, individual Americans
Empire,” also headed the Indian “Every single day, many more will have a leading role in the fu- with individual Pakistanis, likewise
delegation to the United Nations Pakistanis have passed, died from During your research for your ture of the world. individual Americans strengthen
Human Rights Commission held in extremist attacks, and they too have latest book, did you find any- their relations with individual In-
Geneva in 1990. loved ones,” he said. “But their death thing interesting or surpris- Later this month, the Prime dians, that will help the Americans
Though King was influenced by is unrecognized.” ing about Mahatma Gandhi’s Minister of India is visiting the become a natural bridge.
Gandhi’s message of love and truth, In a question-and-answer session life? White House. What do you ex-
Gandhi’s grandson said King en- following the lecture, Gandhi ad- Not in the sense of new facts, pect from the visit? If Gandhi were still alive today,
countered different circumstances dressed the treatment of prisoners at but new perspectives, new insights, The election of Barack Obama what do you think he would
in promoting his ideas. Guantanamo Bay and the effective- new understandings — yes, a good was quite an exciting thing for In- think about the way our world
“There was an obvious but critical ness of non-violent protests against deal. One of them was his family dians. We didn’t expect that all of is right now?
difference between Gandhi’s India oppressive regimes. relationship with his wife and his America would vote for an African Two things would trouble him.
and King’s America,” he said. “Indi- One questioner asked how Guan- sons — a very important part of his American. So likewise, although One is the worship of money more
ans were a great majority fighting tanamo Bay detainees ought to be life. I understood that much better it’s not fully realized in the United and more and more. And the other
a small if powerful and well-armed treated, to which Gandhi replied, as a result of this research. States, the Indian Prime Minister is the revenge, counter-revenge,
minority of British rulers. American “with tremendous seriousness.” is a Sikh. So in India also, the fact bomb, counter-bomb, nuclear
blacks were a defenseless minority “I think he kind of avoided some How have you seen the rela- that we have a Sikh Prime Minister bomb arms race. So these two
with living memories of slavery in a of the questions,” said Julieta Carde- tionship between the United is a very noteworthy event. So that things would disturb him pro-
predominantly white society.” nas ’13. “I wanted him to give his States and India evolve, where will result in some very interest- foundly. He would not be shocked
Despite this difference, Gandhi own opinions.” does it stand now and where do ing exchange I think. This is an by them because he knew human
said the two leaders shared the be- Despite his hope that cultural you think it should go? extremely important session. nature, and people do react like
lief that non-violence had an element divides can be bridged, Gandhi I think the feature of our mod- this, so he would want the world to
of “toughness” that detracted from stressed the importance of main- ern world is the U.S.-India relation- You’ve spoken a lot about bridg- see the stupidity of greed let loose,
any connotations of passivity. taining his grandfather’s — and that ship, the two largest democracies ing cultural divides, especially unleashed. Greed, on the one hand,
Both leaders shied away from of his predecessors — messages in the world. And a growing rela- between the Western culture and this unthinking revenge and
softer characterizations of their of peace. tionship, with a real understand- and the Islamic culture. Do counter-revenge, when actually all
views, emphasizing the strength em- “For their sakes,” Gandhi said, ing, real friendship and a great you see hope for bridging this of us have so much in common.
bodied in civil disobedience rather “let them continue to stir all honest stake in each other — so many divide, and how we can help
than the more negative aspect of persons everywhere.” people of Indian origin now live bridge this divide? — Sydney Ember

Brown seniors star in Senior Day OT win at Brown Stadium

continued from page 1 ever coached.” with Patton rushing and Conner The Bears kept a balanced attack elected to play defense first.
On a sloppy day with rainy skies, Kempe passing. throughout the game, and — after It took just three plays for Brown
wide receiver scored the winning the Bears’ defense kept the Big Dartmouth Head Coach Buddy a scoreless first half — the offense to score in overtime. Newhall-Cabal-
touchdown. With the Bears’ offense Green offense stuck in the mud for Teevens said he didn’t plan to use found more of a rhythm in the sec- lero first hit Bobby Sewall ’10 — who
facing a third-and-three in overtime, most of the game. Other than a lone Patton as much as he did on Saturday, ond. finished with four catches for 37
quarterback screen pass that went 77 yards for a but given the low-scoring game and Running back Spiro Theodhosi ’12 yards — and then found Farnham
Dartmouth 7 Kyle Newa- touchdown, Dartmouth gained only the wet field conditions, he decided scored the Bears’ lone touchdown in in the end zone.
Brown 14 hall-Caballero 144 yards and no additional points to keep the rushing quarterback in regulation with 5:05 left in the third Estes said he wasn’t going to
’11 dropped on the day. the game. In addition to his rushing, quarter, capping a 17-play drive of leave the game up to one of his
back in the pocket. Farnham ran a Brown’s defense was anchored short runs and passes. kickers. Plichta is 0-6 on field
flag route, and Dartmouth’s safety by its four senior linemen. Defensive SPORTS “Kyle played better in the sec- goals in his career. Brown’s other
stayed to the inside, allowing him to end Brian Neff ’10 led the Bears with ond half,” Estes said. “It was a little kicker, Patrick Rooney ’11, is a con-
break to the sideline a step ahead of six tackles, including three tackles- Patton was 7-of-10 passing for 145 bit drier in the second half. The verted wide receiver that kicked in
the defensive back. for-loss. yards and one touchdown. rain wasn’t coming down nearly as high school.
Newhall-Caballero hit Farnham The Big Green managed only 60 Kempe had only one pass in the hard, and we tried to make sure “We knew we had to get it in the
for the touchdown, giving the Bears rushing yards on 32 carries. Dart- first half but got more snaps in the that we had dry balls in there. So I end zone and score seven because
a 14-7 lead in overtime. mouth quarterback Greg Patton, who third quarter. Patton took a hard hit thought he threw a better ball in the we couldn’t let it come down to a field
“The game came down to a Buddy had 243 rushing yards last week in and needed some time to recover, second half.” goal,” Estes said.
Farnham touchdown in overtime his first varsity game, was held to just prompting Teevens to put in Kempe, The Bears had a chance to win The Bears got seven, and the Big
and a Jimmy Develin stop on fourth 35 yards on 19 carries. the coach said. it in regulation, but Drew Plichta’s Green couldn’t match it. After Kempe
down,” said Brown Head Coach Phil The Big Green’s offense spent Brown’s quarterback Newhall- ’10 field goal attempt from 33 yards completed a nine-yard pass, Patton
Estes. “What a way to end your ca- most of the day in a wildcat forma- Caballero was off target early in the was blocked with just five seconds went under center for Dartmouth
reers at home. Pretty damn good for tion, with Patton under center. Last game, completing just one pass in remaining, and the game went on a fourth-and-one. Patton dropped
two — not just great seniors — but week against Cornell, Dartmouth seven attempts for a seven yard gain into overtime. back and Develin dropped him, end-
two of probably the best that I’ve ran out of a two-quarterback system, in the first quarter. Dartmouth won the coin toss and ing the game.
Arts & Culture
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Monday, November 16, 2009 | Page 4

City meets country in lovable ‘Leavittsburg’ Yeasayer and Javelin inspire

By Kristina Fazzalaro
Staff Writer
ried about her father and brother
who, with Jane at school on the
such a character. Likewise, Ben may
be Jane’s annoying little brother, but dance-happy audience
East Coast, are home alone for the he is anything but annoying to audi-
It’s Friday night at Leavittsburg’s first time since her mother’s recent ence members, who will remember By Anne Speyer “Javelin was a little surprise
small-town watering hole, Connie’s. death. his performance in the song “Akron” Senior Staf f Writer hit,” said Manvir Singh ’12.
The local yokels are out in full force, The musical is fun and entertain- as adorably amusing. Even though the audience
celebrating the end of yet another ing, even if the thematic territory of The best part about “Leavitts- After an energizing opening seemed to enjoy Javelin’s high-
laborious work week. Enter into this choosing home versus choosing a burg” is that the quality of the leads performance by the electrofunk- energy per formance — even
scene Jake (Michael Williams ’10). different life has been pretty over- isn’t lost in the rest of the company. inspired Javelin, psychedelic in- Green Horn Management secu-
He’s the quintessential boy from worked. The show is kept moving by Each character gives a memorable die rock band Yeasayer played rity officers were bobbing their
the big city come to steal away the an excellently chosen cast portraying performance. From the lovable an infectious set Friday for the heads by the last song — many
resident golden girl, Jane (Jaime relatable and realistic characters to dreamer Ms. Brighton (Allison Sch- dance-happy audience in the were primarily there to see
Rosenstein ’10). The Ohio boys the beats of lively music. The script neider ’10) to the sassy bartender RISD Auditorium for the Brown Yeasayer.
obviously don’t take kindly to this itself is well-written, with some side- Connie (Madeleine Heil ’13), each Concert Agency’s Fall Concert. BCA Booking Chair James
intruder, pushing and prodding him splitting one-liners and wonderfully person has a moment to shine. Students from Brown and the Hinton ’10 said the fall concert
with insults big and small. “Love it or created characters whose personali- The bittersweet relationship Rhode Island School of Design traditionally features a lesser-
LEAVEittsburg, Ohio!” one jibes. ties shine on the stage. between Jane’s friend Evie (Beth packed the 520-seat auditorium. known band like Javelin in addi-
Brownbrokers’ newest produc- Rosenstein’s Jane is sweet and Berger ’10) and her husband, Todd Despite the stadium seating, Jav- tion to a “big-name band.”
tion, “Leavittsburg, Ohio,” written by charming, with a killer voice to boot. (Gerrit Thurston ’13), who has just elin’s opening song brought audi- “We really like to bring up-
Nate Sloan ’09, is sure to put a smile As Jake, Williams is both hilarious returned from combat in Iraq, pulls ence members down into the first and-coming bands for people to
on any midterm-drained Brown and endearing, inspiring the audi- at the audience’s heartstrings. The five rows, where an enthusiastic get excited about,” he said.
student’s face, providing a rare op- ence to root for this sarcastically wit- Pastor’s (Jarrett Key ’13) lively stand- dance party spilled out into the Hinton said Yeasayer has of-
portunity to kick back and listen to ty prepster, despite the fact that he out number “The Book of Jake” gets aisles. ten ranked highly in BCA polls
some show tunes brimming with can’t drive yet and he’s “20…1…ish” the viewer’s blood pumping. BCA administrative chair, Alex of which bands students would
the propulsive energy of Stephen (his birthday is just a day away). The set is also well-executed in its Spoto ’11, said the concert went like to see at Brown.
Sondheim and the tonal richness of Rosenstein shines throughout simplistic malleability. By wheeling “really well.” The fall concert was “In terms of their sound,
Aaron Copland. the entire production, giving a strong the family’s staircase across stage, previously held in Alumnae Hall, they have enough in common
“Leavittsburg” tells the story of performance from the first notes of the set is transformed and ready but Spoto said he was pleased with those popular, indie Brook-
Jane’s first trip home to the great her opening number to the last bars to tell another part of the stor y. with the move to the RISD lyn bands, but they’re distinct.
state of Ohio from her New York of the finale. And she’s not all sugary When it’s front and center, we’re Auditorium, citing Alumnae’s They’ve done a good job of com-
City Ivy League school for spring sweet either — Jane isn’t going to be in the airport; to the left, we’re in poor acoustics. ing up with some new sounds,”
break with her boyfriend Jake. Await- that heroine who sits and waits for Jane’s house; to the side, we’re up in “The sound in that room Spoto said. “It’s catchy, it’s
ing the young couple’s arrival are the men-folk to make up their minds. the attic. was a million times better than fun.”
Jane’s salt-of-the-earth father Frank She’s a strong-willed young woman The stairs themselves play an im- Alumnae, or even Sayles, so I Yeasayer took the stage with
(Michael Wharton ’12), her teenage being portrayed by a strong actress. portant role in the musical. They rep- think it was a pretty ideal spot,” barely a pause after Javelin’s
brother Ben (Ned Risely ’12), her ex- Williams starts out slow, but that has resent the need to climb past one’s he said. per formance and immediately
boyfriend Corey (Dennis Kozee ’12) more to do with his character’s rela- fears and prejudices. Everyone has The auditorium was trans- launched into their first song.
and just about every other townsper- tive absence from the first act. Once stereotypes — Jake can’t imagine formed by a jungle of white Remaining solemn-faced for the
son in Leavittsburg, young and old. he punches out Jane’s relentless ex Jane wanting to live in a town like globe lights that flashed differ- majority of their set, the band
They are a proud group, devoted to during the first act’s finale, though, Leavittsburg, while the townspeople ent colors throughout the two members seemed serious about
one another in that familial way that there’s no stopping him. can’t help asking whether Jane has performances. The lights were playing seriously good music.
only comes from living in a small Jane’s father and brother both seen a drive-by yet, because that supplied by Yeasayer, whose con- Chris Keating, Yeasayer’s lead
town, and they are more than ready give strong performances. Whar- happens all the time in the big city. certs often feature a light show, singer and a RISD alum, told
to send Jake back to his prep school ton’s Frank is fixed in his convictions Jane has to see past both of these Spoto said. the audience he used to sleep
friends and keep Jane home where — Jake will definitely be sleeping on barriers before she can make up Javelin’s Tom Van Buskirk ’04 through art histor y lectures in
she belongs. the couch in the living room — but her mind. and George Langford, dressed in the same auditorium.
Jane herself is in quite the quan- he does everything with his family “Leavittsburg, Ohio” is a fun matching green T-shirts, were “It’s really surreal, because no
dary, torn between the opportuni- in mind. His firm but soft-spoken dramedy, drawing audiences in visibly enjoying themselves, one who goes here now knows
ties New York has to offer and the delivery is perfect and not over-the- with stellar acting, upbeat mu- jumping up and down and chat- any of my friends. I feel like there
comfort of home. She’s also wor- top, as easily could have happened to sic and a witty script. Even if the ting casually to audience mem- are ghosts sitting up there in the
show’s themes have been seen be- bers. back,” he said. “But you guys are
fore, “Leavittsburg” breathes new Their hour-long set featured the new friends!”
life into them, taking the audience upbeat songs that seemed in- Audience members joined the
on a journey that’s both poignant spired by ever ything from band on stage during the popular
and enjoyable. the kitschy rhythm of a 1980s “2080,” a song about the future
“Leavittsburg, Ohio” continues aerobics video to the nurser y and the importance of appreciat-
Nov. 19 through 22 in Stuart Theatre, melody “Frere Jacques,” which ing each moment.
Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. they sampled over a pounding By the end of the set, so many
with a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. electronic beat. students were dancing on stage
that it was impossible to tell band
members from the audience as
the globe lights flashed wildly in
time with the song.
“I loved Yeasayer,” Louis Me-
dina ’12 said. “I’ve known them
for two years and loved them for
two years. I’ve been waiting to
see this band for a long time.”
Both Spoto and Hinton said
they were happy to share the con-
cer t with RISD students, who
accounted for nearly 20 percent
of the audience.
“I think people are interested
in meeting students from down
the Hill and vice versa,” Hinton
said. “We bridged the gap, or at
least we started to.”
Spoto said he hoped to involve
RISD-based bands in future BCA
productions. “I think involving
the RISD community, both musi-
cians and people who come out
to see the shows, gives us more
diversity,” he said. “It’s a really
fun experience.”
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s p o rt s i n b r i e f
W. basketball suffers big loss to Friars
M. hoops splits road-game series By Tony Bakshi
The men’s basketball team split two road games, Sports Staff Writer
beating St. Francis College, 68-64, on Friday before falling
to Virginia Tech, 69-55, on Sunday in the opening game of The women’s basketball team fell to
the Philly Hoop Group Classic. a tough Big East opponent in its sea-
On Friday, the Bears traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take son opener,
on St. Francis in the season opener for both teams. Four Providence 83 losing 83-50
Bears scored in double figures, led by reserve Jean-Herbert Brown 50 to the Provi-
Harris ’12, who tallied a career-high 18 points on 7-of-7 dence Friars
shooting from the field. on Friday night.
Matt Mullery ’10 scored 16 and tied his own school record The Bears came out playing solid
with six blocked shots en route to setting another Brown- basketball in the early minutes, and
record 121 career blocks, surpassing Alai Nuualiitia’s they stuck with the Friars in front
’03 119. Adrian Williams ’11 tallied 14 points and Peter of the home crowd at the Pizzitola
Sullivan ’11 added 12. Center. Hannah Passafuime ’12 sunk
The Terriers scored eight straight points to break open a an early trey to give the Bears a 3-2
17-17 tie midway through the first half, but Brown closed lead, and two free throws by Chris-
to 32-30 at halftime on a lay-up by Mullery. St. Francis tina Johnson ’10 gave the squad a
took a 47-41 lead with 13:07 left, but the Bears battled 7-4 lead a few minutes later.
all the way back, taking the lead for good at 57-55 with But the tide turned soon after,
5:44 left on a layup by Matt Sullivan ’13, Peter Sullivan’s helped in part by the Friars’ suffo-
brother, and holding on for a 68-64 win. cating full-court press. Brown began
But the Bears did not fare as well on Sunday in having problems bringing the ball up Jesse Morgan / Herald
Blacksburg, Va., falling to Virginia Tech, 69-55. The Bears the court, and a steal by Providence Courtney Lee holds off the Friars’ defense in Friday’s game, in which full-
never led in a tough test against their ACC foe. guard Brittany Dorsey led to Provi- court press led to the Bears’ downfall.
After the Hokies raced out to a 34-23 halftime lead, dence’s first lead of the game, 8-7.
layups by Andrew McCarthy ’13 cut the deficit to 45-40 Minutes later, Dorsey struck Hurd widened the difference to 23- with 16.
with 11:37 left and 51-45 with 8:39 remaining. But the again with a beautiful sequence of 12 and silenced the Brown crowd The Bears continue their sea-
Hokies went on a 12-4 run to close out the game. Brown a steal, crossover dribble and layup. hoping for a turnover. son-opening homestand with two
committed 17 turnovers that Virginia Tech turned into 21 The move led to an eruption of The first half ended with the games this week, facing American
points. cheers from the traveling Friar fans Bears down 16 points, 43-27, after University on Wednesday afternoon
McCarthy led Bruno with 14 points, followed by Mullery and gave her squad a 14-9 lead. a missed jumper at the buzzer by and Central Connecticut State on
with 13 and Matt Sullivan with 11. Providence’s lead grew from Aileen Daniels ’12. They would not Saturday night.
Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 21 that point on, as Brown continued get any closer in the second half, Sheila Dixon ’13, who scored
points. turning the ball over and giving as the Friars continued their strong seven points in her first collegiate
The Bears will host intrastate rival University of Rhode the Friars extra scoring opportuni- shooting to pull away from the Bears. basketball match, was not fazed by
Island Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in their opener ties. Ten first-half turnovers from The Friars shot a fantastic 48 percent the game’s outcome, instead looking
at the Pizzitola Center. The Philly Classic will continue Brown players led to 14 points for (32-67) from the field for the game, forward to the games ahead.
for Brown with a game at St. John’s on Friday before the the Friars. compared to Brown’s 32 percent “It’s tough when our shots aren’t
Bears travel to the Palestra in Philadelphia to take on the After a timeout midway through (16-50). falling not to get frustrated, but
University of the Sciences Nov. 27 and Siena Nov. 28. the first half, Bruno came out with Johnson led the Bears with 10 bouncing back is the biggest feat,”
its own version of a press, hoping points and seven rebounds and she said. “Our ability to stay in the
— Sports Staff Reports to slow down Providence’s offense. Passafuime added nine points. Mi- game, no matter what the outcome is
But the Friars maneuvered around Khida Hankins led all scorers with 17 something (Head Coach Jean Marie
it, and a three-point shot by Tiffany points, followed by Symone Roberts Burr) emphasized.”

Despite crowd support, m. hockey falls to Colgate, Cornell

By Dan Alexander just how it is.” from the right faceoff circle and beat Colgate’s zone for the remainder of they score whenever you make a
Senior Staff Writer Clemente again. the game, but goalie Charles Long small mistake. That’s why they’re
Colgate 5, Brown 3 Brown spent 5:48 of the second turned away shot after shot, bringing so good.”
Before the men’s hockey season Colgate got goals from five dif- period on the penalty kill and couldn’t his total saves to 29. The Big Red got its first goal
started, Head Coach Brendan Whittet ferent players before Brown got one generate any goals. But the Bears still 11:59 after the puck dropped, when
’94 said he wanted his players to on Friday night. Tri-captain Jordan managed to outshoot the Raiders, No. 3 Cornell 6, Brown 0 Gallagher received a cross-ice feed
experience Pietrus ’10 found the net twice for 13-9, in the middle frame. Cornell came into its game against at the post and one-timed the puck
Colgate 5 Meehan Au- the Bears in the third period. But In the locker room between the Brown after dropping a 4-2 game the behind Clemente.
Brown 3 ditorium like Brown couldn’t come back late, and second and third period, Colgate night before to Yale, which is ranked Before the loudspeaker an-
it was when the game ended 5-3. Head Coach Don Vaughan told his 12th in the USCHO poll. The Big nounced the goal, Cornell got its
Cornell 6 he played for The Raiders came into the game team that their two-goal advantage Red gained back its confidence in second, extending its lead to 2-0 12:12
Brown 0 the Bears. on a three-game winning streak, hav- wasn’t secure. His players respond- Providence. into the game.
He want- ing swept their opening weekend of ed. “We were disappointed with the The Bears played evenly with the
ed them to see the Brown band in ECAC Hockey, putting them in a tie In the opening 3:09 of the third pe- way we played” at Yale, said Cornell Big Red in the second period, but
the stands and to be surrounded by for first in the league. riod, the Raiders scored three goals, Head Coach Mike Schafer. “Our play- Scrivens’s goaltending kept the Bears
2,000-person crowds. Most impor- Colgate gained an early shot stretching their lead to 5-0. ers tonight came ready to play.” off of the scoreboard.
tantly, he wanted them to win. This advantage, but the score remained After the first two goals, Whittet Blake Gallagher led the Big Red Gallagher scored on a power play
weekend, Whittet got everything he even early in the first period. Dis- pulled goalie Clemente, who finished with two goals and four others con- 1:56 into the final frame, extending
wanted — except wins. appointed with his team’s intensity, with 20 saves, in favor of Dan Rosen tributed one. But the biggest star for Cornell’s lead to 3-0.
“Obviously we’re disappointed Whittet called a timeout 7:51 into the ’10. On the first shot he faced all sea- Cornell was goalie Ben Scrivens, who Cornell entered the game having
with the outcome,” said tri-captain game. It didn’t work. son, Rosen let the puck past through had 28 saves in a shutout. scored on 39 percent of its power
Aaron Volpatti ’10. But Meehan “was On the faceoff immediately after his five-hole. “I thought their goalie played tre- plays. But Brown’s penalty kill gave
awesome. It was just an overall good the timeout, Colgate’s Jeremy Price But the Bears clawed their way mendous,” Whittet said. “We had op- up only one goal on five power
atmosphere.” got the puck to Jason Williams, who back into contention, beginning with portunities.” plays.
The arena filled with 2,357 people one-timed it past Mike Clemente ’12 a goal by Pietrus 5:40 into the final pe- Like the previous night, the “Our penalty kill was awesome,”
Saturday night to see the Bears take for the game’s first goal. riod. In the next four minutes, Brown game’s goal scoring was done in Clemente said. “I mean, they had
on No. 3 Cornell. But the Big Red left “It was a stupid timeout,” Whittet netted another two goals, narrowing streaks. But this time, none of them one goal and it was on an odd-man
Providence with a 6-0 win. The night said. “It was my fault. I called it be- its deficit to 5-3. were Brown’s. Cornell netted two rush.”
before, Colgate got ahead 5-0 but cause I was pissed off at how the guys “You play 60 minutes. You can’t goals within 13 seconds of each other In the last two and a half minutes
dropped to 5-3 by the game’s end. were playing, quite honestly. But look- quit,” said Pietrus, who had two of in the first period and another three of the game, the Big Red scored three
Volpatti knows the Bears need ing back at it, I probably should have the Bears’ third-period goals. within 2:08 in the final frame. goals, extending its lead to 6-0.
to win if they want to keep Meehan called it when it was in our offensive Whittet pulled Rosen, who fin- “We played a solid game, just The Bears return to action at 7
full. zone versus the defensive zone.” ished with ten saves, in favor of an had some mental breakdowns on p.m. on Tuesday night when they
“You’re going to get more fans Only 1:20 after the first goal, Col- extra attacker with 1:09 left in the everyone’s part, myself included,” travel across town to play Providence
the more you win,” he said. “That’s gate’s Brian Day ripped a wrist shot game. Brown possessed the puck in Clemente said. “Teams like Cornell, College in the Mayor’s Cup.
Editorial & Letters
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l e t t e r to t h e e d i to r

PLME program
decision makes sense
To the Editor: Schools were at best seriously mis-
judging the program’s purpose or,
There has been a lot of fuss lately at worst, trying to have their cake
about the decision to start imple- and eat it too. The Med School and
menting a new applying-out policy the PLME program have enough
in the Program in Liberal Medical benefits in their own right that the
Education immediately rather than “apply out” card shouldn’t need to
waiting five years for a new batch be a selling point.
of students to matriculate into the I sympathize with those who have
Med School. had to take CHEM 0360: “Organic
I’m a senior in the PLME pro- Chemistry” (if it’s any consolation,
gram, so this new policy doesn’t af- I did, too) or pay for MCAT classes
fect me personally. But I still think like other pre-med students. But
it’s misleading for students to claim those who are so reluctant about Alp-
that this is extremely unfair or, as ert Medical School really shouldn’t
Simon Liebling ’12 phrased it, a “dan- have applied in the first place. The
gerous precedent for these admin- PLME program was clearly intended
istrative bait-and-switches” (“WTF, to be an eight-year continuum and
PLME?” Nov. 12). The PLME pro- unfortunately, when you don’t use
gram certainly never tried to “bait” a product as directed, the warranty
applicants by advertising the ability is void.
chris jesu lee
to keep Alpert as a safety school.
Those who applied to the PLME
program with the specific intention Rahul Banerjee ’10 MD ’14
of getting a stress-free chance to Nov. 12
apply to Harvard or Yale Medical e d i to r i a l

Letters, please! Last week The Herald reported on a Princeton
freshman who filed suit against the university
Extra time is more controversial, because
time limits are an essential component of many
in an attempt to receive extended time on her exams. While some students who are learning- exams. We believe Princeton and other schools disabled read more slowly than others who are
deser ve a tremendous amount of deference in not, an extra hour may nonetheless provide an
choosing their own testing procedures. The al- over whelming advantage. Some professors de-
ternative, having judges lift exam requirements sign their exams so well-prepared students have
on an ad hoc basis, would compromise academic exactly enough time to complete them and not a
freedom at institutions of higher learning. minute more. And in quantitative classes, time
t h e b r o w n d a i ly h e r a l d
In the case at hand, Princeton has made ef- limits force students to learn the most efficient
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Good without God? A response.

seems rather counterintuitive. Subsequently, I don’t waste my time writing practical means should be the last organiza-
If atheists are so disenchanted with the columns, paying for advertising campaigns tion that actually needs a support group or
ANISH MITRA idea of organized religion, the methods and or actively “enlightening” my peers about a community in order to help them digest
bureaucratic qualities of these religions and my thoughts. their decision.
Opinions Columnist the “groupthink” mentality that often exists According to Fitzpatrick, it seems as if athe- My last point of contention with this grow-
among members, why are they conducting ism has three main components: “a dedication ing militant atheist movement has to do with
themselves in the same way? By taking the to science, freedom of thought and a firm trust the binary between science and God. Fitzpat-
After reading Michael Fitzpatrick’s column route that officials of the Church have tradi- in humanity.” Sadly, he goes on to claim that rick mentioned that atheists are dedicated to
(“Good without God,” Nov. 10), I was a bit tionally taken (aggressively chasing young re- “religions are essentially groups of people science. Although this statement is rather
puzzled. I saw one of those “Go, Atheism!” cruits), atheism just seems like another belief united by common beliefs,” and additionally ambiguous, is this indicating that religious
banners while I was in the city a few weeks system vying for whomever it can convince, as reveals how atheists, too, need to be involved individuals are not? Isaac Newton and Galileo
ago for interviews, and I never realized that opposed to the enlightened, intellectual aura in cohesive communities. happened to be very strong Christians. Were
people actually took them seriously. After all, which it strives to exude. By his own logic, are atheists not some they not also dedicated to science?
if you saw a banner that said, “One million This leads me to discuss another issue: sort of religious group? It seems as if truly From my general understanding, it seems
New Yorkers are good with God. Are you?,” as if both science and religion require sizable
how would you react? leaps of faith in order for the student to truly
My column has little to do with proving the My column has little to do with proving the accept whatever it is that is being taught. In-
existence of God. As a matter of fact, if I could stead of separating them from each other, we
prove the existence of God with one column, existence of God. As a matter of fact, if I could should research both aggressively and hope to
I’d have to charge a fee. More importantly, find ways in which both spheres can coexist.
my concerns lie with the irony, hypocrisy prove the existence of God with one column, I’d Once again, this column has nothing to
and oftentimes, peculiarity of the so called have to charge a fee. do with why God exists and why atheists are
“atheism movement.” Ultimately, these flaws wrong. As a matter of fact, my own religious
make me question exactly what these atheists beliefs are not too well-defined, and I know I
are trying to accomplish. have far more research to do on the matter
First off, how in the world are these athe- the militant behavior of atheists. Atheists do free-thinking individuals with conclusions before I can identify as anything. However,
ism-promoting signs even helpful? Isn’t athe- not believe in God. Yet, despite the fact that rooted in science would probably not need the clear contradictions, ironies and almost
ism supposed to be a personal conclusion they have already arrived at an extremely much assurance and hand-holding from oth- humorous peculiarities that exist within the
that is logically derived? Further, by embrac- valuable personal conclusion, many of them ers, regardless of whether or not they find modern day atheist movement certainly do
ing a recruitment strategy and establishing a feel the additional, undying need to tell you themselves within the minority. After all, Re- not make me feel “good without God.”
community, aren’t atheists bearing a striking about why they feel the way they do and why publicans are a huge minority here at Brown. If
resemblance to the organization they wish to you should agree. I doubt Fitzpatrick can dis- I needed a large group of like-minded students
discredit completely: the Church? Humans agree with that. If something does not exist, to reassure me of my beliefs from time to Anish Mitra ’10 is an economics
have continually promoted religion due to the why would anyone feel the need to militantly time, I probably would have abandoned ship concentrator from Queens, NY. He can be
spread-the-Gospel-of-God nature of religion preach about the entity’s non-existence? I don’t long ago. Atheists who claim to arrive at their reached at
itself. Thus, an atheist-missionary campaign believe in the Loch Ness monster or unicorns. conclusions through completely logical and

Real news requires real analysis

Mutty, sent an e-mail to supporters in Sep- was motivation enough to vote yes. mediately obvious which view is more correct.
tember entitled, “Should children be indoc- Unfortunately, Nemitz is a rare example But with even a basic reading of the proposed
KATE FRITZSCHE trinated in Maine schools?” In the message, of journalistic integrity. We have seen the me- legislation, it is clear that no such organization
he claimed that if the law stood, Maine’s pub- dia passively accept outright lies, especially as a “death panel” was ever suggested.
Opinions Columnist lic schools would include “mandatory gay this past summer. In August, Sarah Palin be- Without proper basic investigation by the
sex education” in their curricula. gan a nasty rumor that proposed health care press, misleading words can have serious
The recent gay marriage battle in Maine is Mutty’s statement is blatantly false, but reform bills would create so-called “death consequences toward political outcomes.
just one frustrating example of the disturb- his lies were perpetuated in television and panels” that would “decide, based on a sub- It’s much harder to retroactively correct the
ing trend of the media’s irresponsible cov- radio commercials, as well as in Catholic jective judgment of their ‘level of productiv- public’s understanding of an issue than to
erage of political issues. In recent reports churches. Apparently, no one took the time ity in society,’ whether (an individual is) wor- initially report it correctly. Rumors spread
on political events and opinions, most news to read the bill, which states nothing about thy of health care.” Her words were repeat- rapidly on the Internet, and responsible re-
media sources in the United States have de- education. No one read the state educational ed over and over again across the media and porting could reduce the number of those
veloped a dangerous habit of just repeating statutes, which do not require any form of around the country. rumors that are completely false.
what speakers have said without research- Furthermore, Internet reporting can be
ing the validity of their claims. inaccurate for many reasons. Many of the
This tendency is problematic because Without proper basic investigation by the press, news sources online who claim to be cred-
politicians can exaggerate facts, intentional- ible are actually just opinionated bloggers,
ly mislead voters or even lie to their listeners, misleading words can have serious consequences and there’s no particular reason we should
and without responsible coverage in the news,
people don’t know who’s telling the truth.
towards political outcomes. take their thoughts seriously. Quotations
from politicians are often taken out of con-
In the same-sex marriage battle in Maine, text online, which is unfair to the speakers
a vote of yes on Question 1 meant a vote to sex education in public schools, either. Now, it’s important to note that news out- and can lead to the spread of misinformation.
repeal an earlier law, passed in the Maine Except for Bill Nemitz, a columnist for lets all followed Palin’s words with respons- We should be hesitant to accept unqualified
State Legislature and signed into law by the Portland Press Herald. In his Sept. 11 es from Democratic spokespeople attempt- quotations or statements online or in other
Democratic Governor John Baldacci on May column, “Gay marriage critic’s e-mail fails ing to set the record straight. The problem media forms.
6, that permitted marriage between any two the test,” he debunked all of Mutty’s claims is that the media present the two sides as The American need for instant online in-
consenting adults. The question’s wording about same-sex marriage being taught in equally legitimate by not following up any of formation has damaged journalistic integri-
on the ballot included a statement that the schools through a simple reading of the law. their quotations from speakers with an anal- ty by giving reporters the choice between a
law would not permit the state government As straightforward as it was to realize that ysis of the content. fast story and an accurate story. We should
to interfere with any religious group’s prac- Mutty’s claims would never become reality, If you read one article claiming, “The never be forced to accept unfounded claims
tice and definition of marriage. The law was the frequent advertisements and a 12-min- health care bill will set up death panels to de- without clarifying information just so that we
strictly about the legal rights of marriage. ute video shown in lieu of a homily in all termine when your family members stop be- can get them sooner. The consequences are
The chairman of Stand for Marriage Catholic churches in Maine in October as ing ‘worth’ paying for,” and another reading, far too dangerous.
Maine, a group supporting the efforts to re- mandated by Bishop Richard Malone, seem “The health care bill will not set up death pan-
peal the same-sex law, doubles as the direc- to have scared a significant number of voters els and instead will allow insurance coverage Kate Fritzsche ’10 voted no on Question 1
tor of public affairs for the Roman Catholic into thinking their children would be taught of appointments to discuss end-of-life issues in Maine. She can be reached at
Diocese of Portland. The chairman, Marc explicitly about “gay sex” in schools, which between a patient and her doctor,” it is not im-

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