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C R E AT I V E C O N S T R U C T I O n Simmons won’t be
‘buffeted about’ on boards
By Alex Bell In a statement on its compensa-
Senior Staf f Writer tion policies released in December,
Goldman stated that its compen-
President Ruth Simmons said in sation policy, which emphasizes
an inter view last week that she per formance-based bonuses, is
does not expect negative publicity “designed to attract and retain
about the practices of Goldman the most talented human capital,
Sachs, whose Board of Directors which has been a key contributor
she ser ves on, to carr y over to the to generating excess returns rela-
University’s image. tive to peers.”
Simmons joined the board in But to the surprise of many
2000 while president of Smith Col- analysts, Goldman announced on
lege. The New York–based financial Friday that the bonus received by
ser vices company Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein will be only
has suffered harsh criticism since $9 million this year and will be
early in the current financial crisis delivered entirely in stock. Blank-
for doling out high bonuses to its fein’s largest bonus, of $67.9 mil-
Hilary Rosenthal / Herald executives after receiving money lion, came in 2007. Newspapers
Construction on the Creative Arts Center progresses on Angell Street. from the federal bailout program. such as the Times of London had
All 10 of the company’s directors repor ted suspicions of a bonus

Trustee may Faculty wage freeze may

ser ve on its compensation com- as high as even $100 million this
mittee, which is responsible for year.
determining and approving the In Januar y, Chairman of the Fi-

face lawsuit be lifted for next year compensation for the company’s
CEO and executives, according
nancial Crisis Inquiry Commission
Rep. Phil Angelides, D-Calif., criti-

from ex-wife
to the committee’s charter. cized Goldman’s practices during
By Max Godnick due to the harsh economic cli- The debate over Goldman’s the months leading up to the finan-
Senior Staff Writer mate. practices is to be expected, Sim- cial crisis of selling debt products
By Goda Thangada Should the recommendation mons said, but she declined to tied to mor tgages it knew were
Senior Staf f Writer The University Resources Com- be acted upon by the Corporation make a public statement on the declining in value. He compared
mittee made a recommendation when the budget is passed later company’s past actions. the practice to “selling a car with
A high-stakes lawsuit against a Cor- to the Corporation earlier this this month, it would allow Presi- “There are lots of things in a faulty brakes and then buying an
poration member may be brought month that the freeze placed on dent Ruth Simmons’ Plan for Aca- complex institution that go on,” insurance policy on the buyer.”
back to life after being dropped in faculty and staff salaries be lifted demic Enrichment to continue in she said. “You’re not in charge of Simmons said she can “fully ac-
January. in the next year’s budget. Last its efforts toward creating com- ever ything that your friends do cept” the public’s scrutiny, as well
Steven Cohen P’08, a trustee of year’s budget initiated a freeze and every policy that organizations
the University’s highest governing on all University employee wages continued on page 2 that you’re affiliated with issue.” continued on page 4
body who amassed a vast fortune in

Low point for the diving team Former

hedge funds, was accused by his
ex-wife Patricia Cohen in December
of concealing assets at the time of

dean dies
their divorce in 1990. Her lawyer,
Paul Batista, dropped the suit in By Nicole Boucher
mid-January, though Patricia Cohen Staff Writer
announced that she would continue
to pursue the suit with another law-
yer, Gaytri Kachroo, who told The
Nothing brings a group together
quite like a road trip, and practice
at 88
Herald that the case will be refiled has taken the diving teams out of By Ana Alvarez
soon. state twice a week for over two Senior Staff Writer
“What is open to us now is to years.
file a new complaint or an amended Elizabeth LeDuc, former dean of
complaint,” Kachroo said. FEATURE biological sciences and landmark
SAC Capital, the hedge fund member of Brown’s Division of Bi-
founded by Steven Cohen after After structural problems led ology and Medicine, died Jan. 31 at
the divorce, was also named in the to the demolition the Smith Swim 88 years of age. At a time when few
suit. Center in 2007, a temporary aquat- women were included in academic
“As we have said from the outset, ics facility was built on campus life, LeDuc left a legacy of effective
these decade-old allegations by Mr. to accommodate the swimming, leadership and groundbreaking re-
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
Cohen’s spouse are patently false diving and water polo teams. search in biology.
The temporary aquatics facility cannot accommodate three-meter
and entirely without merit,” said However, the pool is not deep diving, forcing the team to travel to Massachusetts for practice. According to the University Ar-
Jonathan Gasthalter, an SAC Capital enough to allow for three-meter chives, “Dukie,” as her colleagues
spokesperson. diving. Fish out of water — and out Traveling takes time away from called her, earned full professorship
Patricia Cohen’s claims come This setup places the diving of state school work and other social ac- in the BioMed division at Brown in
at time when the public is increas- team in a unique situation — they The team travels about 40 tivities, she added. 1964 — the third woman to reach that
ingly scrutinizing the practices of must travel off-campus twice a minutes to the University of Mas- Diver Charles Kambe ’10 put rank in Brown’s history and the first
prominent hedge funds. In the suit week to practice with the three- sachusetts at Dartmouth twice a a positive spin on having to use to do so in biology, the Providence
filed by Batista, she sought $300 meter springboard. week to use the three-meter board. off-campus facilities. “On the up- Journal reported.
million. “We deal with what we have They leave around 2:30 p.m. and side, it makes us much better at LeDuc served as the division’s
The earlier suit went into depth and we get by by thinking posi- get back around 6, Tassell said. traveling,” he said. “We are bet- dean from 1973 to 1977, another im-
describing Steven Cohen’s financial tively,” said Rebecca Tassell ’12, a “It’s hard on the team in terms ter at adapting. A lot of teams pressive achievement for a woman
member of the diving team. of traveling and commitment,” said
continued on page 7 team member Kara Lindquist ’11. continued on page 7 continued on page 4

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C ampus N EWS “It boils down to making sure that we remain competitive.”
— Rajiv Vohra P’07, Dean of the Faculty, on lifting the salary freeze

Hopeful outlook for U. salary increases higher ed news roundup

heeyoung min
senior staff writer
continued from page 1 lars is freeze salary increases,” he Kertzer said that he is impressed
added. with the dedication of University
petitive faculty and staff wages, said Both Vohra and Kertzer noted staff.
Provost David Kertzer ’69 P’95 P’98, that Brown was not alone in its 2009 “Their good work is key to the Survey reports falling endowments nationwide
who also chairs the URC. salary freezes. good functioning of Brown. Nothing
“One of the goals of the Plan for “Last year it was hardly uncom- would function if they weren’t there University endowments nationwide saw an average
Academic Enrichment was to ensure mon for universities to have zero and working well,” he said. endowment loss of 18.7 percent for the last fiscal year,
that Brown did have competitive salary increases,” Vohra said. “We The general sentiment among according to a report with data from 842 institutions
salaries to ensure that we can build were part of the much larger sce- faculty and staff regarding this year’s compiled by the National Association of College and
the best faculty possible,” he said. nario.” salary freezes has been an under- University Business Officers and Commonfund.
The plan was successful in bring- Despite similar trends at other standing one, said Chung-I Tan, Colleges with small endowments, on average, saw better
ing Brown closer to its competitors peer institutions, zero salary increas- professor of physics and chair of returns than their wealthier counterparts — an outcome
in terms of median staff and faculty es are an unprecedented figure for the Faculty Executive Committee. that most experts have never encountered, Inside Higher Ed
salary by 2006, said Dean of the Fac- Brown, Vohra said. “The University has to make pri- reported Jan. 28. Brown’s endowment, which is among the
ulty Rajiv Vohra P’07. Kertzer said this year, the eco- orities,” he said. “The priority right biggest in the nation, saw more than a 26 percent decline,
“In the first few years of the nomic environment will allow for now is to maintain what we have set President Ruth Simmons wrote in an e-mail to the Brown
plan we made rapid progress,” he salary increases. for the University, which include community Feb. 2.
said. “By 2006, in terms of where “We are still faced with having to preserving academic programs as Some of Brown’s wealthier peer institutions suffered
we stood as far as median salaries cut tens of millions from the budget,” well as making sure that students’ bigger losses — Harvard’s and Yale’s endowments took
are concerned, we had made up for he said. “But we have had the op- interests are being taken care of the biggest hits, with a 29.8 percent and a 28.6 percent
that gap.” portunity to do the organizational while they are on campus.” reduction, respectively, according to the report. However,
But by 2008, these improvements review to look at ways we could ef- “In this difficult time I think ev- several institutions with larger endowments than Brown’s
had deteriorated due to changing fect savings without affecting the erybody agrees that the budget is — including Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern and the
economic conditions and cautionary core of the student experience.” pretty tight,” he said. University of Chicago — reported comparatively smaller
measures that were implemented in Vohra said the decision to lift the Kertzer made similar observa- decreases.
the budget, Vohra said. salary freeze was made for two main tions regarding faculty and staff
“We undertook some cautionary reasons: to increase Brown’s com- reaction.
measures when the budget was to petitiveness with peer universities “It was widely understood that Yale cuts grad admission by up to 15 percent
be decided. Salaries of senior admin- and to maintain employee morale. last year was an extraordinary one,”
istrators — those receiving more “I think perhaps we have a win- he said. “I heard no criticism from Yale will downsize doctoral admissions to its Graduate
than $175,000 — were frozen and dow of opportunity in which we faculty or staff.” School of Arts and Sciences by 10 to 15 percent beginning
faculty salaries went up only by four can make up for the grounds that Vohra noted that some faculty the next academic year, according to Inside Higher Ed.
percent,” he said. we already lost,” he said. “It boils had gone as far as to advocate for The scale back in graduate admissions is one of several
At the same time, Vohra noted down to making sure that we remain another year of salary freezes due efforts — along with staff layoffs and reduced salaries of
that peer universities were still in- competitive.” to the economic climate. top administrators — to recover from Yale’s budget deficit
creasing their salaries at the normal Vohra and Kertzer both recog- “I think that even today, there are of more than $100 million, the Yale Daily News reported
rate — about five to six percent. nized the importance of keeping some faculty who are here saying Feb. 5.
In 2009, University salaries took faculty and staff morale high. that we have such a difficult task Though master’s degree students pay tuition, Yale
an even greater toll when the budget “To have no salar y increases ahead in cutting $30 million from supports each doctoral student with $65,000 to $70,000
included no salary increases for any means you are unable to reward next year’s budget, that perhaps per year in stipends and fellowships, Yale President Richard
faculty or staff. even the most productive employ- there shouldn’t be an increase,” he Levin told the Yale Daily News.
“Last year we were faced with ees,” Vohra said. said. “However, I do worry that if Brown, faced with an endowment reduced by about $740
having to very quickly cut $35 mil- “A zero increase means that ev- (the freezes) were to continue, there million, is considering $30 million in budget cuts for the
lion from our prospective budget eryone is treated the same, regard- could be more long-term impact on next fiscal year, according to Simmons’ e-mail to students,
with very little time,” Kertzer said. less of their accomplishments, and faculty and staff morale. We don’t faculty and staff Feb. 2, but doctoral programs may see
“One of the levers you can most that’s a problem in itself, I think,” want to see our faculty beginning to increased funding.
easily pull to save millions of dol- he added. think about the possibility of greener “The University’s resources committee’s budget
pastures.” recommendations call for modest funding increases for
sudoku Vohra hopes that the decision to the Graduate School,” Dean of the Graduate School Sheila
lift the salary freezes will put Brown Bonde said, “with improved stipends for doctoral students,
back on the track that it was on be- funds for 10 additional graduate students and enhanced
fore 2006. faculty compensation to ensure that Brown attracts and
“I think we are well-positioned retains top scholars, who work closely with both graduate
but I wouldn’t say that we can be and undergraduate students.”
complacent,” he said. “It’s going to “Over the past decade, Brown has invested in
remain a challenge, but if we are able strengthening the Graduate School, which is central to
to ensure that we do not lose ground the University’s mission,” Bonde added. “The University
in the next few years, then we should maintains that commitment.”
ensure we will be in a reasonable
place for the years to come.”

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 3

C ampus N EWS “We’re almost struggling with our success right now.”
— Professor Jan Hesthaven on Brown’s supercomputer

Professors limit enrollment

in some uncapped courses
By Matthew Klebanoff because of an administrative slip-
Staf f Writer up, Banner listed it as uncapped.
After preregistration period,
Shopping period — already stress- Hastings noticed that more than
ful for many — becomes all the 30 students had enrolled in her
more complicated when professors course, and she contacted the CCC
require overrides for courses that and decided to enforce registration
appear uncapped on Banner. restrictions through Banner.
This semester, as in previous “The classroom I’m in didn’t
years, some professors placed fit more than 30 students, and for
registration restrictions on their some of the labs I wanted to do,
classes after the preregistration there was only enough equipment
period in November, preventing for a certain number of students,”
students from joining without re- Hastings said. “Just from my ex-
ceiving instructor approval. perience in the department, that’s
Most of these registration the reason I hear most often that
restrictions were enacted when there is a cap.”
more students preregistered for Professor of Political Science
a course than the professor ex- Mark Blyth said he decided to Alex Bell / Herald
Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65, center, was present in the fall for the ribbon-cutting at the supercomputer site.
pected, said University Registrar place registration restrictions on

Supercomputer already swamped

Michael Pesta. his course, POLS1420: “Money and
“If the professor at the begin- Power in the International Political
ning of the semester finds out Economy,” when he realized his
that the resources they have at classroom could not accommodate
their disposal aren’t adequate — if the 118 students who had enrolled By Sydney Ember “It really is a resource that cre- to spearhead a proposal for a Race
they can only get so many TAs and in his class on Banner. News Editor ates visibility,” he said. “We’re al- To The Top award — a grant to
can’t handle any more students, Blyth received a larger class- most struggling with our success advance education reform given
the (College Curriculum Council) room that could fit 110 students, After almost three months in right now.” to states by the U.S. Department
has said they can request to put and ever yone who wanted to get operation, Brown’s multimillion- Though the cluster was initially of Education.
a restriction on the course,” he into his course received a spot, dollar supercomputer is running at available to everyone, including Brown is also hoping to receive
said. he said. full capacity, according to Profes- undergraduates in research-driven a significant grant to fund a math
Assistant Professor of Geologi- But it was not just the space sor of Applied Mathematics Jan courses, Hesthaven said the center institute at the University using the
cal Sciences Meredith Hastings, restrictions that forced Blyth to Hesthaven, the director of the has had to limit who could use the availability of an on-site supercom-
who teaches GEOL1350: “Weather limit enrollment in his class. He computational center. Spurred system by giving first priority to puter as one of the cornerstones
and Climate,” said her class was also chose to place a cap on his by research projects initiated by University researchers. of the award proposal, said Clyde
supposed to have a limited enroll- many of the University’s science The computing cluster — which Briant, vice president for research
ment during preregistration, but continued on page 4 departments, use of the comput- is located in the Center for Com- and another leader of the initial
ing cluster has increased by about putation and Visualization at 180 computing initiative. The institute
50 percent since Nov. 20, when George St. — is available to outside would serve as a statewide think
the cluster was officially unveiled, institutions such as the University tank for computational and experi-

Blog promotes social

Hesthaven said. of Rhode Island and the Marine mental mathematics, he said.
The enthusiasm for the high- Biological Laboratory in Woods “Having a statewide collabora-
performance computing cluster Hole, Mass., Hesthaven said, add- tion is really a good and healthy

entrepreneurship — which was initially created in

partnership with IBM to boost the
University’s national research pres-
ing that other large companies in
the state have already begun using
the computer for a fee.
and strong thing to do,” Briant
said, adding that many institutions
in the area already have access
tige — will allow Brown to more Par t of the initial plans for to the system through secure ac-
By Casey Bleho “Our sense historically is that effectively apply for state and na- the supercomputer was to allow counts.
Contributing Writer there are a lot of students at Brown tional research grants, especially Rhode Island middle- and high- Though Brown is using the
that get (these projects) started because of the system’s immediate- school students to use the facility, cluster to promote collaborative
The Swearer Center for Public Ser- both locally and globally,” said ly quantifiable success, he said. giving students from across the research across the state, the
vice launched an 11-part series on Roger Nozaki MAT’89, director of The increasing University and state access to a system usually University is also seeking grants’s social entrepreneur- the Swearer Center and associate statewide interest in the supercom- reserved for advanced research. for its own researchers. Since the
ship blog last month. Organized by dean of the College. “It is the fabric puter could also generate further But so far, Hesthaven said the fa- supercomputer’s unveiling, many
Brown’s Social Innovation Initiative, of Brown. I believe that the Brown investment in the cluster’s develop- cility has not been opened up to professors have already used the
the series will showcase stories curriculum and natural interests ment and drive it into the TOP500 these students because the cluster facility in a wide range of grant
and ideas from the University’s (of students) in social change leads — a prestigious list that ranks the is already swamped with University proposals to appeal to various agen-
students, faculty and alums on the to social entrepreneurship or a so- world’s 500 most powerful com- projects. cies, Briant said.
topic of undergraduate social en- cial culture.” puting systems — in the next six “It’s something that we continue “Overall, there’s going to be a
trepreneurship. “Our challenge at Brown wasn’t months, Hesthaven said. Already, to pursue,” he said. “But it’s some- lot of proposal opportunities cen-
The blog’s main goal is to raise to create a culture of social inno- the computer is the most powerful thing we have to find resources tered around supercomputing,”
awareness for the center’s work, vation among students,” Nozaki supercomputer in Rhode Island, to do.” he said. “Having a supercomputer
said Alan Harlam, director of social wrote in his blog post. with an ability to perform 14 trillion He said administrators have dis- makes the University an attractive
entrepreneurship for the Swearer “We needed to figure out precisely operations per second. cussed using the supercomputer place.”
Center. The center also hopes what we could do to increase the
their success with the blog will potential for student learning and
lead to sign on for a significant, sustainable impact re-
second series. sulting from what students were
“The blog is an ever-evolving already doing.”
and emerging tool,” Harlam said. “If the organization itself is going
So far, posts have included advice to succeed, it must be well thought
on how to create sustainable so- out,” said Barrett Hazeltine, profes-
cial entrepreneurship initiatives sor emeritus of engineering and
and discussions about ethics and author of the second post on the
generosity among social entrepre- blog. To make their
neurs. projects sustainable, entrepreneurs
The Social Innovation Initiative must have a “cold mind” focused on
was “formed to build a capacity profits, while making a difference
of student-led and -run projects,” in the community, he said.
Harlam said. Students work to cre- “Little things can really make a
ate better constructed and sustain- big difference, and if you can make
able projects to foster community life better for one family, it’s worth
development. it,” he added.
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C ampus N EWS “It could funnel to me, but not to the University.”
— President Ruth Simmons on bad publicity from her board service

Dean LeDuc remembered Surprise course caps trip up students

as warm, professional continued from page 3 clude a lot of discussion,” Spoehr
said. “So there are teaching tech-
had expected a small, discussion-
based class.
continued from page 1 ward at a time when other depart- course because the political sci- niques, pedagogical reasons, why In order to provide his students
ments weren’t growing,” Heywood ence depar tment could not pro- numbers matter in a course like with opportunities for discussion
at the time. said. vide enough teaching assistants this.” and more personal attention, he
“She was a woman in an age Outside of Brown, LeDuc was to accommodate the number of When nearly 70 students at- decided to split ever y Friday class
when there were not many woman recognized for her work as a re- students signed up for the course, tended Spoehr’s first class this into two sections that meet at dif-
professors,” said Professor of Biolo- searcher and prominent leader in he said. semester, he decided to enforce ferent times.
gy Peter Heywood, who worked with the field of biology. She was the only Senior Lecturer in Educa- enrollment restrictions on Ban- Spoehr said he plans to put a
LeDuc at the time, “and certainly not woman appointed to then-President tion Luther Spoehr, who teaches ner. cap on his course before prereg-
many woman full professors who Gerald Ford’s nine-member Commit- EDUC1200: “Histor y of Ameri- “My course is in a particularly istration next year, but said he
then became deans.” tee on Science and Technology, ac- can School Reform,” faced simi- dif ficult position,” Spoehr said. thinks the issues af fecting reg-
Marjorie Thompson ’74 PhD’79 cording to Heywood’s biography. lar problems this semester when “It’s not a lecture course. (Having istration are highly complex and
P’02 P’07 P’09 P’12, associate dean During the summer months, his uncapped class attracted the so many students) was fundamen- require attention from administra-
of biological sciences, studied under she collaborated with researchers interest of more students than tally affecting the kind of course I tors, including the Registrar.
LeDuc as an undergrad at Brown from the Institut de Reserches Sci- expected. was teaching.” “I think there will be a lot more
and later took over teaching LeDuc’s entifiques sur le Cancer in France, “It regularly, ever y year, has an Spoehr said about half a dozen faculty asking for caps because the
course on histology. according to the biography. enrollment of 24 or 30 students, students told him they decided not demand is both unpredictable, but
“The thing that was wonderful “She was a member of 12 profes- which meant that I was able to in- to take his course because they generally growing,”he said.
about Dukie is that it wasn’t about sional societies, served on several
gender,” Thompson said. editorial boards and was a member
“We are making that observation of the National Advisory General
now in retrospect,” she added, “be-
cause she was in a sense free of all
Medical Sciences Council of the
National Institutes of Health,” the
Simmons says board service is important
the decrements of worrying about Journal reported.
whether this was a woman achieve- But beyond her impressive ca- continued from page 1 of Trustees around the time that man’s board, she said, she does
ment or a man achievement.” reer, her colleagues remember her she started a center for financial not think she would join another
According to a short biography most for her approachable and af- as potential regulations and legis- literacy on campus. board.
Heywood penned about LeDuc, she fectionate personality. lative actions regarding compensa- “We had a big push to think “At this juncture, I sort of think
grew up in Vermont, earning her “She was a very good person to tion policies that might ensue. But about how we could improve the I would like to devote most of my
bachelor’s of science from the Uni- work with. She was a very profes- she said she does not believe her knowledge and ability of women time to Brown,” she said. “So my
versity of Vermont in 1943. She then sional sort of person, but she was affiliation with Goldman Sachs will to manage their financial affairs,” guess is that if I leave boards, I’m
went on to earn a master’s degree also a warm person, just ideal to garner negative publicity for the she said. “At the same time, there not going to replace them.”
from Wellesley College. work with,” Heywood said. University. was a good deal of interest in the One reason Simmons cited
After obtaining her PhD at Thompson said “she was sim- “I don’t see how it could funnel fact that women have not done so not to seek out new positions was
Brown, LeDuc stayed on in Provi- ply someone who was a leader, who into the University,” Simmons said. well in the financial sector and on that the seniority she now enjoys
dence for a postdoctoral fellowship was excellent and who engendered “It could funnel to me, but not to Wall Street.” on Goldman’s board allows her
and — after teaching anatomy at the admiration, love and respect of the University.” Simmons said she and Smith’s to advocate for programs to help
Harvard Medical School — returned everyone.” She added that if she ever Board of Trustees sought to make women and minorities.
to Brown for the remainder of her LeDuc was a “lover of travel, of thought her actions “put Brown certain fields more accessible to Simmons said that, as with her
academic career. As a graduate food, of the arts,” Thompson said. in a difficult position,” she would women and minorities through her retirement from Pfizer’s board
student, she co-authored several Heywood shared LeDuc’s love be “ver y concerned.” service on the boards of Goldman, three years ago, the decision to
articles with her mentor, J. Walter for French food. Stephen Nelson, an assistant Texas Instruments and Pfizer. call it quits with Goldman will not
Wilson, Heywood said. “She loved to eat,” Heywood said, professor of educational leader- “I think we had a good discus- be one she makes by herself, but
According to Heywood, LeDuc “and for someone who in the labora- ship at Bridgewater State College sion about whether or not the time rather in cooperation with the Cor-
taught histology, focused her re- tory worked with liver, she liked to who studies university presidents, allocation and the involvement poration, the University’s highest
search on cellular biology, special- eat liver, too.” agreed that the likelihood of the is- with corporate boards would do governing body, with which she
izing in liver cells and pioneering He added, “I think she enjoyed sue becoming a publicity problem anything for my position as presi- meets regularly to evaluate her
the field of cytochemistry. the good life and good food and good for Brown is relatively low. dent of Smith,” she said. “They actions.
“She helped push biology for- company.” “Generally, it runs under the were persuaded that it would, and “I feel ver y strongly that I don’t
radar screen,” Nelson said of uni- so with some reluctance I acceded know enough as an individual —
versity presidents’ positions on to that.” a sole individual — to make that
corporate boards. “I don’t mean She called her work with wom- decision alone,” she said.
that anybody is hiding it. It’s just en and minorities on boards mean- Matthew Mallow ’64 P’02, a
not that big of a deal for the aver- ingful to her in “a way that a lot of Corporation fellow, also acts on
age person.” people won’t understand.” her behalf whenever a conflict of
Regardless of the potential ef- Simmons said her ser vice on interest could arise between her
fects on Brown’s image, Simmons Goldman’s board gave her the eco- function as president and a direc-
said her work on corporate and nomic savvy to take certain risks tor for Goldman, she said.
nonprofit boards is important to that she might not have taken oth- “The president is not involved
her personally. er wise, such as the introduction in any way” with the process of
“What I’d like my students to of need-blind admissions. But Sim- selecting a bank through which to
understand is that we all make de- mons said she was unsure of what, issue debt, Executive Vice Presi-
cisions about what we are going to if any, skills still remain for her to dent for Finance and Administra-
commit to doing,” Simmons said. take from Goldman’s board. tion Beppie Huidekoper wrote in
“In making that decision, and a “I appreciate the question about an e-mail to The Herald.
commitment, our obligation is to whether or not it’s the right com- The University has employed
do the best we can and to do it pany for me to be involved with Goldman Sachs in the past for
ethically, but not to be buf feted at this point,” she said. “That’s a debt ser vices, and Goldman cur-
about.” legitimate question. It is one that rently ser ves as the remarketing
Simmons said she originally I think about, as I think about ev- agent for some of the University’s
joined Goldman’s board at the rec- er ything that I do.” outstanding debt, Huidekoper
ommendation of Smith’s Board If Simmons were to leave Gold- wrote.
Page 5 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Tuesday, February 9, 2010

C ampus N EWS “Would you rather pay your cell phone bill or your health
insurance premium?” — Vincent Mor, professor

Grads face a future

without health coverage
By Caitlin Trujillo tend to their children regardless
Senior Staf f Writer of enrollment status, according to
the National Conference of State
Jessica Kissel ’10 turns 23 in March Legislatures, according to the Web
— which is when her status as a site.
dependent under her mother’s Parents might be willing to
health insurance policy is slated help graduating seniors purchase
to end. health insurance, Miller said, or
Fortunately for Kissel, she and young alums may be able to enroll
her mother are confident that she in graduate school and purchase
can remain a dependent while she health insurance there through the
is enrolled in school. But Kissel university for a better price.
plans to go directly into the work- But those planning to leave
force after graduation, confronting school behind will struggle to find
her with the prospect of living and low-entr y jobs with adequate ben-
working in a world where she can- efits, Miller said, especially since
not afford health insurance. many positions require employees
According to Edward Miller, to work for a certain length of time Herald file photo
an adjunct associate professor of before offering them benefits. Graduates may need to find new health insurance when they move away from University Health Services, above.
community health, people under Miller said he expects many col-
30 make up nearly a third of un- lege graduates to forego health in- her cousin — who had no health phone bill or your health insurance to work for a year or so — not long
insured Americans and are the surance altogether until their jobs insurance — was in a bad car ac- premium?” Mor said. enough to gain benefits in most
fastest-growing group of people offer it as a benefit or they can af- cident. She said the prospect of The problem, he said, was that places, she acknowledged — and
without health insurance. ford private insurance — especially lacking health insurance was some- people who cannot afford the in- then enroll in graduate school.
Miller said many states allow for since college graduates tend to be thing she worried about, despite surance need subsidies. A fight She said she and her friends do
parents’ insurance to cover their young and relatively healthy. her age. to improve the situation has been not talk much about their predica-
children as dependents regardless Unfortunately, Miller said, the Still, Mor said the motivation to raging in Congress, but Mor said ment, though she has a friend who
of whether they are enrolled in trend of younger people waiting go without health insurance was he does not expect the problem to has secured a position that will
school. New Jersey, for example, to buy health insurance can drive strong, especially since many col- be resolved soon. come with benefits.
has one of the countr y’s best health premiums up. lege graduates might see paying for For her part, Kissel said she is “Mostly we just talk about,
plans for allowing dependents to “In a sense, you need those insurance as a waste of money. not sure what she will do about ob- ‘Lord, I hope I have a job,’ ” she
remain on their parents’ insurance, healthy people in as well to keep “Would you rather pay your cell taining health insurance. She plans said.
Miller said. Children stay covered costs down,” Miller said.
until age 31, provided they have Professor of Medical Science
no spouse or dependents of their Vincent Mor said people under 30
own, according to the National who go without health insurance
Conference of State Legislatures
Web site.
leave themselves open to accidents
and other “dastardly things.”
About 30 states have laws that Kissel herself is aware of the
allow for parents’ insurance to ex- risk, she said. About five years ago,
The Brown Daily Herald
“Your life shouldn’t be ruined.”
— State Rep. John G. Edwards on the penalty for marijuana possession

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | Page 6

R.I. considers decriminalizing pot

BY Jamie Brew law similar to that proposed by Edwards predicted his bill could
Contributing Writer Edwards. save the state anywhere between
The bill’s introduction came $250,000 and $2 million annually.
State Rep. John G. Edwards, D-Dist. just before the fifth meeting of a But this savings might turn out
70, introduced a bill last week in Special Senate Commission that to be quite insignificant, said com-
the General Assembly that would is investigating possible marijuana mission member Jeffrey Miron,
decriminalize possession of up to law reform in Rhode Island. who is a senior lecturer in econom-
one ounce of marijuana. Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Dist. 28, ics at Har vard.
Under current law, possession chairs the nine-member panel of The bill “would save the state
of such small amounts is a criminal experts in economics, law and med- some money, but not a lot,” he
offense that carries a $500 fine and icine, which includes David Lewis, said.
up to one year in prison. The sec- professor emeritus of medicine Still, there are compelling argu-
ond offense counts as a felony. and community health, and Glenn ments for relaxing marijuana laws
Decriminalization would mean Lour y, professor of economics. beyond pure economic benefits for
that offenders could no longer be “There’s a significant amount the state, Miron said.
convicted and sent to prison. Under of suppor t” for the bill, Miller “Ever ything should be legal
the proposed legislation, the only said. “More than most people ex- unless there’s some compelling
punishment for small-scale posses- pected.” reason for it not to be legal,” he
sion would be a fine, much like a In its meeting last Wednesday, said. “The burden of proof to make
traffic ticket. Additionally, the bill the panel heard from Jack Cole, a it illegal should be on those who
would reduce the fine from $500 former narcotics officer who said want to make it illegal.”
to $150. that police resources ought to be Meanwhile, Miron said that al-
The legislation “will keep people directed away from drug cases and though in his view the bill would be
from having their lives ruined for toward more serious crimes, ac- “a step in the right direction,” it was
Hillary Rosenthal / Herald
something that is pretty simple and cording to a Providence Journal noteworthy that it did not address
Rhode Island College professor Thomas Cobb did not expect his novel insignificant. If you get caught with article from last week. the laws punishing the production
to be adapted into a movie when he wrote it in 1989. a small amount of marijuana, your “Let police get back to protect- and distribution of marijuana.
life shouldn’t be ruined,” Edwards ing all of us from violent criminals The commission will continue

RIC professor revels said.

Edwards said 35 representa-
and child molesters. We will all be
much better off,” Cole told the pan-
to meet throughout this spring and
has pushed back its deadline for

in novel’s success
tives, including two Republicans, el, according to the article. issuing recommendations from
have already signed on as cospon- Miller echoed Cole’s sentiment; Januar y to March 31.
sors. he said less strict marijuana laws Asked about the role of the
Rhode Island would be the thir- would provide “the potential for lo- commission, Edwards stressed the
teenth state to decriminalize mari- cal law enforcement to save worth- need for quick action. “They’re go-
By Mark Raymond cal acclaim, it did not sell many juana possession to some extent, while money.” ing to talk about it until it’s dead.
Contributing Writer copies. after California, Colorado, Maine, He was referring in part to the My opinion is, get the bill in,” he
“It got great reviews but it just Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mis- cost to the state of incarcerating said.
Thomas Cobb could never have didn’t sell,” Cobb said. “It only sold sissippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New marijuana offenders. It costs an av- Edwards’ bill is currently under
imagined that the story he wrote around 11,000 copies.” York, North Carolina, Ohio and erage of $44,000 per year to house evaluation by a committee chaired
when he was a student at Univer- The 2009 movie, directed by Oregon. In Nov. 2008, Massachu- inmates at Rhode Island’s Adult by Rep. Don Lally, D-Dist. 33, one
sity of Houston would one day be Scott Cooper, has now made its setts passed by ballot measure a Correctional Institute. of its cosponsors.
made into an Academy Award- way to theaters nationwide and is
nominated movie. the recipient of numerous awards,
Cobb, an English professor
at Rhode Island College, wrote
“Crazy Heart” as a doctoral dis-
including Best Actor in a Motion
Picture (Drama) at the Golden
Globes for Bridges’ portrayal of
Under alum, TFA expands to R.I.
sertation, and got the inspiration Bad Blake.
for the story’s protagonist from a “I’m really happy with Jeff and By Anne Artley taught at a public junior high school York state English and language arts
line that repeated over and over Maggie’s performances,” Cobb Contributing Writer in the South Bronx. exam.”
in his head. “Bad’s got the sweats said, referring to Bridges’ por- Her passion for education start- According to Tow-Yick, the mis-
again,” Cobb claims, served as trayal of Bad Blake and Maggie Teach for America, a program which ed with an internship she received sion of TFA is to bridge the gap in
the inspiration for the character Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of journalist trains recent college graduates in while still an undergraduate at Brown. academic performance between afflu-
known as Bad Blake, played by Jean Craddock. “Jeff really cap- teaching and places them in under- During one winter break, Tow-Yick ent schools and schools in low-income
Jeff Bridges in the recent movie tures Bad Blake’s character and performing school districts, will start worked with a fifth-grade teacher at communities.
adaptation of the book. Maggie’s performance was very sending teachers to Rhode Island for Community Preparatory School in TFA works with district partners
Cobb, who worked as a music effective.” the 2010-2011 school year. Heather Providence, which was founded to across America to identify disadvan-
critic while working towards his When pressed about the mov- Tow-Yick ’98, a former teacher, is educate students of color from low- taged schools with openings. While
doctorate, said he heard a song ie’s chances at the Oscars, Cobb heading up the organization’s expan- income families. She described her critics have accused TFA of taking
about a washed-up country singer placed great faith in Bridges’ like- sion ­­— which will send 30 teachers in work with the students as “compel- jobs from traditional teachers, Rose
on an album he was supposed to lihood of winning Best Actor, as its first year — as the state executive ling” and “wonderful,” adding that she said the new teachers do not replace
review, and Bad Blake’s character well as T-Bone Burnett and Ryan director. remembered this experience when anyone, since they have to go through
developed from there. Bingham’s prospects of winning Tow-Yick said TFA had “a lot TFA came to recruit at Brown. the same application process.
The book that resulted from Best Original Song for “The Wea- of support” from the Rhode Island The program recruits its students “Some people think the five-week
his dissertation was published in community, including philanthropic through their universities. After grad- program is not enough, but we have
1987, and while it received criti- continued on page 7 groups, the Board of Regents and uating from college, TFA participants data that shows our teachers are just
Education Commissioner Deborah must complete a five-week teacher as effective,” Tow-Yick said.
Gist. training program before applying for Rose said she hopes TFA teachers
The program “works with com- teaching positions. will be employed in “harder-to-fill”
munities when the time is right,” she Tow-Yick, who double concentrat- positions such as math, science and
said. ed in English and American Civiliza- bilingual education.
Are there things you like? Tow-Yick added that Gist was in- tion, decided to continue working in Even if TFA teachers decide not to
And things you don’t like? strumental in bringing the educational
program to the state.
education after teaching in the Bronx.
She said she would encourage any
follow a career in education, Tow-Yick
said, she believes that their experience
“Teach For America has a reputa- college graduate to apply to TFA. will give them an optimistic attitude
tion as an organization that trains intel- “It’s a great opportunity to do and a solid work ethic that will allow
Man, do we have a site for you. ligent, qualified people,” Kim Rose, something that will have a measur- them to succeed in other fields.
the chief communications officer for able impact on society. Good teachers “What’s most important is that
the Providence Public School District, can make a tangible contribution,” people come away with a deep con- said. “We all know having an effective she said. “Less than half of my kids viction that the kids in these schools
teacher in front of kids is the most entered 8th grade reading at below can achieve as much as kids in afflu-
important factor in education.” grade level, but after setting clear ent neighborhoods,” Tow-Yick said.
Tow-Yick herself is a TFA alum. goals, all but one kid exceeded ex- “They can take (this conviction) and
After graduating from Brown, she pectations when they took the New apply it to other professions.”
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C ampus N EWS “It would be nice to have a place to call home.”

— Diving Coach Alisha Hanoian on lacking an on-campus diving pool

RIC prof ’s story hits the big screen Diving on the road: the
continued from page 6
team that has no home
ry Kind,” which is featured in the continued from page 1 fill the absence of student support
movie. at the games. “Swimming is not a
“Jeff has a really good chance struggle with that and we are more huge spectator sport anyway,” she
and I also think the song has a flexible.” added.
really good chance,” Cobb said. Three days a week, the team uses
“Maggie is up against Mo’Nique the one-meter boards in the tempo- Different perspectives
who has won Best Supporting Ac- rary aquatics bubble for two hours The seniors on the diving team
tress twice already, so she has a each day. The diving boards face recall a time during their freshman
tough road ahead of her.” each other, said Katie Olko ’10, so year when the Smith Swim Center
Despite all the recent success, it the diving coach cannot watch both was still fully operational. When the
wasn’t always clear to Cobb wheth- sides at the same time. center was deemed unsafe to use,
er or not his book would become “We are in a very unique situa- the entire swimming and diving
a movie. tion,” Olko said, and you “have to team was forced to travel every day
“There was always the hope give credit to all of us who have stuck for practice before the temporary
that someone would get it made, through it. I’m not sure other teams pool was built.
but I wasn’t holding my breath,” could have stuck it out so much.” “At first, we pretty much pan-
said Cobb. “It was a real surprise icked,” said Kambe. “We weren’t
when Scott was actually able to do No home field advantage sure what would happen to the
it, because nobody had come that Team members agreed that the team.”
close before.” setup impacts their performance Initially, Kambe said, the tempo-
Cobb said a movie adaptation at meets. rary pool seemed like a “God-send”
had been considered on and off “Our team has done very well because it meant traveling only twice
ever since the book was released in remaining competitive, but we a week for the diving team. Still, he
in 1987, but Cooper was the first are at the same time at a disadvan- said it has been difficult to avoid
person to get the film green-lighted tage because most teams practice becoming worn out by traveling
Hilary Rosenthal / Herald
by a studio. Thomas Cobb’s novel is now an Academy Award-nominated film. the three-meter five or six times a every week.
The professor’s life has certainly week,” Lindquist said. Olko said the team dynamics
changed now that the movie has Olko compared practicing the shifted after the Smith Swim Center
been released and is doing well all Cobb said the royalties from who is also the author of the 2008 three-meter only twice a week to closed. With a permanent facility,
across the country. the movie have also allowed him novel “Shavetail.” using only half of a basketball court. she said the swimming and diving
“I’m doing lots of press and fly- to remodel his home, and that the Even with his publicity and As a result, the team has less confi- team “was more cohesive” because
ing back and forth between Provi- original book is now back in print teaching duties, Cobb continues dence than other teams going into they could practice together, which
dence and L.A.,” Cobb said. “I’ve for readers to purchase. to write. He said he is working on a competition, she said. is not always an option in the tem-
walked the red carpet a couple of “I’m happy that it’s back in print new book that he hopes to complete “They have done a good job porary aquatics bubble. “The social
times.” after all these years,” said Cobb, this spring if all goes as planned. overcoming the adversity,” said aspect is different,” she said.
diving coach Alisha Hanoian, who She also said the diving team felt
joined the coaching team in 2008 more competitively confident during
after the Smith Swim Center had her freshman year because they had

Trustee faces lawsuit from ex-wife

already been closed. She said she more practice time with the three-
looks forward to eventually getting a meter boards.
permanent, on-campus pool in order Tassell and Lindquist knew about
to “give the team a better advantage” the state of the facilities when they
continued from page 1 When asked whether Batista’s ing hedge fund market in 1992, in competition. signed on. Tassell said the unique
move damaged her client’s case, founding the stalwart firm SAC The team also regrets not hav- situation made her freshman year
gains during his career as a Wall Kachroo said, “I don’t think so. Capital. SAC is incorporated in the ing meets at Brown. “It would be difficult, but she tries not to focus
Street trader from 1978 to 1992. We’re going to file an amendment British West Indies, but maintains nice to have a place to call home,” on the negatives.
The suit alleges that he had a con- anyway.” She said that a new suit trading floors in Stamford, Conn. Hanoian said. Lindquist transferred to Brown
fidential source alert him to Gen- would have the potential to be and New York City. Lindquist said that even with sup- after her freshman year, knowing
eral Electric’s purchase of RCA in “stronger and more accurate.” Suspicions of insider training portive friends on campus, the extra that the swimming facilities were
1985. “Although she did not have The case caused a stir in the fi- are not new to SAC. Though Mr. time needed to travel to the meets temporary and that she would have
a college degree and had no train- nancial community, but no further Cohen seldom speaks to the public, at the University of Massachusetts to travel. “I valued the swim team,
ing in finance or law, Ms. Cohen information on SAC Capital’s busi- the Wall Street Journal published a leads to limited crowd support. but the ultimate reason I came to
questioned defendant Cohen about ness activities has emerged. feature in 2006 on his career. The Olko said parents have helped to Brown was for the school.”
the legality of trading inside infor- “I took the case because I paper referred to rumors about
mation,” the suit stated. In New thought she had some strong SAC’s improper trading practices,
York, there is a five-year statute of claims against Mr. Cohen and SAC noting that the firm had never been
limitations against insider trading Capital,” Kachroo said. formally accused.
charges. Kachroo is no stranger to hedge “If unethical behavior is not pe-
Steven Cohen’s representatives fund scandals. She has represented nalized, it will continue to grow,”
responded to the suit by request- Harry Markopolos, who blew the Kachroo said. Kachroo expressed
ing that Batista be sanctioned for whistle on Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi the need for more oversight and
bringing a frivolous suit. “There scheme in 2005. Securities and Ex- regulator y ef forts over the fi-
may have been a problem with the change Commission officials infa- nancial industr y. “There has to
prior complaint,” Kachroo said. mously did not act on Markopolos’ be enough law on the books and
Batista told the New York claims at the time. enough examples to send a very
Times last month that he dropped “I see Mrs. Cohen as an under- clear message so that they’re care-
the suit because Patricia Cohen dog, the same way I see Harry,” ful as to how they conduct their
was not returning his phone calls. Kachroo said. “Mr. Cohen is a very business,” she said.
“I cannot fulfill my responsibilities powerful, financially capable, re- In December, former SAC
with a client who doesn’t speak sourceful man. Harry Markopolos analyst Richard Choo-Beng Lee
to me,” he said. He also told the and Patricia Cohen don’t have the pled guilty to insider trading at
Times he believed the case was same kind of resources.” the scandal-plagued hedge fund
strong, but that he could not move Vice President of Public Affairs Galleon Group. Lee said he will
forward without the cooperation and University Relations Marisa provide information on any insider
of his client. Quinn declined to comment on trading that occurred during his
Patricia Cohen claimed the suit the matter. five-year tenure at SAC from 1999
was dropped without her knowl- Steven Cohen is a very wealthy to 2004. B.J. Kang, an FBI agent
edge, Kachroo said. “The former man who has shied away from investigating the Galleon Group, is
attorney withdrew his counsel and the public eye during his career. said to be looking into SAC with
attempted to voluntarily dismiss Forbes Magazine ranked him the the cooperation of Lee, the Times
the case,” Kachroo said. 87th richest man in the world in reported in December. Kang previ-
“We are not surprised that they 2009, with an estimated wealth of ously looked into SAC in 2006, but
withdrew the complaint,” Gasthal- $5.5 billion. After his career as a did not obtain evidence sufficient
ter said of the earlier suit. trader, Cohen went into the emerg- for prosecution.
World & Nation
The Brown Daily Herald

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | Page 8

Obama’s new budget sits better with Foreign internships

leaders at historically black colleges help job hunters in
By William Douglas
McClatchy Newspapers
tough environment
By Julie Wernau Victor C. Johnson, senior public
WASHINGTON — The leaders of Chicago Tribune policy adviser for NAFSA: Asso-
the nation’s historically black colleg- ciation of International Educators,
es and universities breathed a sigh CHICAGO — After JPMorgan believes an overseas experience
of relief last week when they learned Chase laid off Adi Clerman as soon will no longer be an option
that President Barack Obama’s a recruiter in August 2008, the in lining up a good job.
fiscal 2011 budget includes a $30 26-year-old Chicagoan couldn’t “This is the next digital di-
million funding increase for their find a job — any job. vide,” Johnson said. “The kids
financially struggling schools. “I was looking and looking for who graduate from school who
Last year, many black educa- work and interviewing and inter- have international experience are
tors were shocked by what they viewing, and nothing was coming,” going to have a leg up in gaining
considered to be substantial cuts she said. successful lives.”
to black colleges and other edu- So Clerman decided to go Employers are looking to hire
cational institutions dedicated to abroad. She grabbed a five-month people who understand the econo-
select minorities, such as Native internship in Tel Aviv, Israel, at an mies and cultures of the world,
Americans, in Obama’s first budget American marketing firm through he added.
proposal. MASA Israel’s Career Israel pro- “We just hear CEO after CEO
“The United Negro College gram, a partnership with the Is- saying that the work force of the
Fund and the entire community of raeli government that sends young future, really, the work force of the
minority-serving institutions were people to the country for work ex- present, has to be a cross-culturally
disappointed at last year’s budget periences. It filled a huge gap on competent work force. Work forces
proposal, which recommended a her resume. are cross-cultural; businesses are
decrease from previous funding “When people asked me, ‘You global,” he said.
levels,” fund President Michael got laid off in August 2008; what The Association for Interna-
Lomax said in a written statement have you done since then?’ I had a tional Practical Training, a Mary-
analyzing Obama’s latest budget. really great answer,” she said. land nonprofit that places about
“The increase — $30 million higher One month after returning to 2,500 people in internships abroad
than last year’s levels — proposed Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer the United States, she landed a job each year in 24 time zones, saw a
in the budget that has just been Biddle Hall at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., in 1997. To- as an admissions representative 20 percent increase in 2009 com-
day, leaders of the nation’s black colleges and universities praise President
released shows that the administra- Obama for recommending a $30 million increase in aid for their campuses. at Harrington College of Design pared with a 3 percent increase
tion was listening.” in Chicago. the previous year. About a third
For the fiscal year that will begin purpose of educating black Ameri- million program that provided di- With available jobs at record of their participants are young
on Oct. 1, Obama proposes $279.9 cans — are just 3 percent of the na- rect funding to HBCUs. lows in the United States, and a professionals.
million for historically black col- tion’s higher education institutions, White House officials said they business world that is increasingly “It used to be that speaking
leges and universities — $30 million but they produce almost 20 percent increased other direct aid support global, more Americans are seek- English meant you could work
more than he proposed for fiscal of blacks who earn undergraduate for the schools, but officials at black ing overseas internships and other anywhere in the world, but it’s
2010 and $13 million more than degrees. colleges argued that the expiration resume builders than ever before, not the case anymore. Companies
Congress appropriated, according More than 50 percent of black of the two-year program yielded a experts say. are selecting candidates who are
to the United Negro College Fund. public school teachers and 70 per- $73 million cut. The number of people travel- multilingual,” said Craig Brown,
Including other minority-oriented cent of black dentists are HBCU Administration officials disputed ing abroad for internships from executive vice president at the as-
educational institutions, Obama’s graduates, according to the United the claim, asserting in a May e-mail 2000 through 2008 doubled, from sociation.
total budget request is for $520 mil- Negro College Fund. to that they’d raised 6,950 to 13,658, based on a survey Cadee Oakleaf, 22, a senior
lion, up from $496.3 million this The impact of the nation’s weak discretionar y funding for HBCU of about 1,500 educational institu- at Colorado State University, has
year. economy is being felt at all of Amer- undergraduate and graduate pro- tions, according to the Institute of studied abroad, volunteered in
The proposed funds are dis- ica’s colleges and universities, but grams by 5 percent — “more than International Education. more countries than she can count,
cretionary, meaning that colleges officials at black colleges say their twice the rate of inflation.” Officials at schools and other including South Africa and Costa
that receive the money would have schools have been hit harder than “There were a lot of high expec- organizations that help arrange Rica, speaks Spanish and has taken
leeway to spend it on items rang- most. tations among (black) educators such work experiences say they classes in French and Italian. She
ing from academic programs to Heavily dependent on tuition, because of who (Obama) was that continued to see increases through hopes her experiences will show
construction and maintenance of with modest endowments and deal- they would do much better; he’s 2009, partly fueled by those who global civil engineering firms in
instructional facilities to student ing with declining student enroll- a black president, they’re black cannot find a job. Despite a lifting the U.S. that she would be a good
services. ment, even some of the most pres- colleges — you expect to do bet- recession, nearly 10 percent of candidate for one of their foreign
Administration officials said the tigious black colleges are shedding ter,” said Ronald Walters, a political Americans remain unemployed, offices.
funding request reflects the premi- faculty, reducing course offerings science professor emeritus at the and the rate is more than double “I would love to go anywhere,”
um it places on minority education and weighing other measures to University of Maryland. “There was that for young adults. said Oakleaf, who graduates in
institutions, which they say will play stay afloat. a lot of grumbling.” “Everybody knows, of course, December.
an important role in helping to meet Atlanta’s all-female Spelman Col- “Obama is under pressure that the U.S economy is not doing Still, some people with over-
Obama’s goal of the U.S. having the lege, one of the wealthiest black to be ever yone’s president, and well,” said Robert Trumble, direc- seas experience say having that
world’s highest college graduation campuses, eliminated 35 teaching that’s a difficult line to walk,” said tor of the Virginia Labor Studies background doesn’t guarantee a
rate by 2020. The U.S. ranks 15th positions last year. Its neighboring Mar ybeth Gasman, an expert on Center at Virginia Commonwealth job offer.
among 29 developed countries in brother school, all-male Morehouse black colleges at the University University. “Most people will look When Jay Johnson, 30, of New
college completion, according to College, saw its endowment take of Pennsylvania. “I do think he’s for full-time jobs here, and when York, was laid off from his first job
the most recent National Report a $40 million hit last year. North cognizant of the contributions of that doesn’t work out, they’ll look as a fashion stylist at Macy’s flag-
Card on Higher Education. Carolina’s Barber Scotia College black colleges and the challenges for internships anywhere.” ship store after just three months,
“I said from day one we desper- made news last year when its enroll- they have.” Lauren Krause, 21, a senior he filed for unemployment and fo-
ately need historically black col- ment dwindled to double-digits. Seeking to avoid last year’s majoring in journalism at Loyola cused on getting additional unpaid
leges and universities not just to In Mississippi, Republican Gov. controversy, black higher educa- University Chicago, is counting on experience, including working on
survive, but to thrive,” Education Haley Barbour is advocating merg- tion officials have stepped up their her summer internship at a com- an ad campaign for Napket, a high-
Secretar y Arne Duncan said in a ing three state-supported HBCUs lobbying on Capitol Hill and at the munications company in London to end coffee shop in London.
recent television interview with syn- — Jackson State, Mississippi Valley White House. help set her apart in an increasing- Now unemployed for more
dicated columnist and talk show State and Alcorn State — to save “We’d like to see President ly competitive field. She snagged than a year, Johnson said his ex-
host Roland Martin. “So, we want money. Obama engage HBCUs and (minor- an internship last semester at Fox perience abroad hasn’t paid off,
to support the institutions. We’re Several black higher-education ity-serving institutions) in a more Chicago and scored an interview although some recent callbacks
going to make sure many more officials quietly questioned the first robust way,” said Edith Bartley, the with ABC7, where she’ll intern this have made him hopeful about his
students can go through.” black U.S. president’s commitment United Negro College Fund’s direc- semester. job prospects.
HBCUs — 105 federally recog- to black colleges last year. tor of government affairs, “to really “There’s thousands of journal- “I was expecting way more,” he
nized schools that were accredited They pointed to the administra- taking a strong look and understand ism students in Chicago alone look-
and established before 1964 for the tion not renewing a two-year, $170 the role that our schools play.” ing for jobs right now,” she said. continued on page 9
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W orld & N ation

Space shuttle Endeavour lights up Workers turn to foreign
the night sky in successful launch jobs to pad resumes
continued from page 8 of the industry,” said Stephen Reilly,
By Robert Block and Mark destruction. program and its Ares rockets and director and program development
K. Matthews The main goal of Endeavour’s capsules that were supposed to said. “I thought it would make my coordinator for Global Experiences
The Orlando Sentinel mission is to add a final compart- replace the shuttle and return as- portfolio look like gold. What else Inc.
ment to the station. Named Tran- tronauts to the moon by 2020. can I do? I’ve done everything under The Internet has broken down
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space quility, the module will provide A White House blue ribbon the sun in order to become gainfully global barriers, said Reilly, who
shuttle Endeavour brought an early astronauts additional room to panel last year found that the pro- employed again.” started the company nine years ago
dawn to Kennedy Space Center on work and a windowed dome, or gram was too expensive and behind Annie Lesser, 21, a native Chi- as a placement program for teaching
Monday, punching its way through cupola, that will afford them an schedule. It recommended cancel- cagoan, has run into similar issues. English as a foreign language. It has
cloudy skies to close the curtain unparalleled view outside. Cur- ing Constellation and using com- Despite a resume that includes stints evolved to a full-service international
on night-time shuttle launches and rently there are but small portal mercial rockets to take astronauts all over the world, from teaching internship program to meet the de-
kick off the final year of liftoffs for windows on some compartments to the station. Until then astronauts English in China to editorial intern- mands of clients.
the aging orbiter fleet. at the station. must hitch rides aboard Russian ships in Prague, she can’t get anyone “You’re coming into the worst
Low cloud cover almost “The cupola is going to change Soyuz rockets at more than $50 to call her back. employment market in our history.
scrubbed the attempt for the sec- the quality of life for astronauts who million a seat. “I’ve sent out my resume to What sets you apart? I really believe
ond straight morning. But in the live on station because it’s going to The White House decision probably like 20 different places. a university degree isn’t enough any-
end Endeavour’s picture-perfect give them a window on the world,” stunned space supporters, espe- I haven’t heard back from a single more,” he said.
launch, on time at 4:14 a.m. EST NASA Administrator Charlie Bold- cially at Kennedy Space Center, one of them,” Lesser said. Amelia Marksz, a business major
was greeted with cheers from the en, a former astronaut, told space which faces 7,000 job losses when Now in school at New York Uni- at Northeastern, noted that working
crowds that lined the roads from center workers on Friday. the shuttle retires. Many workers versity Tisch School of the Arts, abroad isn’t like studying abroad.
Titusville to Cocoa Beach to wit- “Just having the opportunity to had been hoping Constellation Lesser said she finds herself los- She spent six months working
ness the last time a shuttle climbed float into something like the cupola would save them. ing out to highly experienced in- full time at a startup in Singapore
into dark skies. and reinvigorate yourself is going “Distractions are there, shock dividuals who lost their jobs in the and five months working for the U.S.
Only four shuttle flights now to make an incredible difference is there, uncertainty,” said shuttle downturn. embassy in China, aiding renewable-
remain — all scheduled daytime to their quality of life.” Launch director Mike Leinbach. Despite these stories, interest energy projects through Northeast-
launches — before NASA retires Tranquility and its seven-pane “But I do not worry about the folks in overseas internships continues ern’s co-op program.
the orbiters. bay window were constructed in on console when they’re doing their to grow. “With study abroad, you’re kind
It was a bittersweet moment Italy by Thales Alenia Space for job. I do not worry about the people At Northeastern University in of sheltered,” Marksz said. “You’re
for the agency and its contractor NASA and are the last major com- ... working on the orbiters. ... When Boston, more students are planning with a lot of other American stu-
workforce. ponents for the station. It will take teams are faced with challenges to go abroad for their co-op experi- dents. You’re with a university.”
The 13-day mission is the first three spacewalks to install the new they come together and they act ence: 112 students in the first half Working abroad, she said, meant
of the final five, a long-anticipated additions. Once attached to the left like a professional team.” of this year, compared with 96 in “I had to find a place to live. I had
fate realized last week when Presi- side of the station’s central Unity The final space shuttle mission all of 2007. to get a phone. I had to get a bank
dent Barack Obama released his module, the station will be 90 per- is scheduled for Sept. 16. “It’s now the fastest-growing part account.”
2011 budget ruling out any further cent complete.
orbiter flights and canceling Con- The module will house life sup-
stellation, the planned successor port equipment, exercise gear and
to the shuttle. a toilet. NASA originally planned to
The dramatic shakeup of put Tranquility on the right side of
NASA’s human spaceflight program the station, but engineers decided
cast a pall over the preparations to move it to provide better visibil-
for Endeavour’s launch, but NASA ity and more clearance for Soyuz
managers and astronauts did their spacecraft docking nearby.
best to ignore the distractions and While spacewalkers are busy
focus on the task at hand: sending attaching the new room, the rest
Endeavour to the space station on a of the crew will be working on re-
major construction mission. placing part of the station’s water
“OK Zambo, looks like the recycling system. The urine pro-
weather came together tonight, cessor shut down recently when
vehicle is in great shape, so it’s time a blockage disabled the unit that
to go fly,” shuttle launch director converts waste into clean water
Mike Leinbach told shuttle com- for the station’s six full-time resi-
mander George D. Zamka. dents.
Zamka was joined by his crew: Obama’s $19 billion 2011 budget
rookie pilot Terry Virts Jr. of the supports extending the space sta-
Air Force; mission specialists tion’s life through 2020. The $100
Nicholas Patrick, a British-born billion station would have been
engineer, Robert Behnken, a for- splashed into the Pacific Ocean in
mer weapons designer, Stephen 2016 under existing plans.
Robinson, a veteran of three shuttle Bernardo Patti, the station pro-
missions, and Kathryn Hire, the gram manager for the European
first U.S. woman assigned to a mili- Space Agency — one of NASA’s
tary combat aircrew. international partners — said he
In a post-launch press briefing, was very happy about the station’s
NASA officials said they saw foam potential life extension. The extra
break away from the external fuel time, he said, would “give us a great
tank soon after takeoff, but that opportunity to use to the full extent
their initial assessment determined the (station).”
that no “gross damage” was done. But while the budget was good
Falling foam that damaged space news for the station, it represents
shuttle Columbia in 2003 led to its a fatal blow to the Constellation

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Editorial & Letters
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Page 10 | Tuesday, February 9, 2010

After you have read,

Reflect upon your feelings —
We will always care.

erik stayton and evan donahue

e d i to r i a l

Last Tuesday, President Ruth Simmons e-mailed the papers in the dining halls — and leave them there in
Brown community to share a report issued by the good condition — fewer copies of the newspapers will
Organizational Review Committee, the group charged be necessary and the University will save money. Din-
with finding $14 million in cuts from the University’s ing Services should place a sign near the newspapers
fiscal year 2011 budget. As President Simmons noted, informing students of the expectation that newspapers
correction the budget process is ongoing, and we hope to con- will remain in the dining halls.
tribute continually to the conversation and help the Second, the ORC report noted that entire $33,000
A photo caption in Monday’s Herald (“Crooners for Haiti,” Feb. 8) administration find solutions that are economical, fair currently comes out of Dining Services’ budget. We
misidentified Austin Boxler ’12 as Lee Saper ’12. The Herald regrets the and sensible. Today, we would like to discuss one of hope administrators will take a look at this and see how
the proposed cuts. the subscription costs might be more equally shared
In the report, the ORC suggested canceling sub- among multiple divisions.
scriptions to the New York Times and the Providence Third, the University should immediately conduct
Journal that are currently available in dining halls. These a poll to determine students’ news reading habits. The
t h e b r o w n d a i ly h e r a l d subscriptions cost the University $33,000 each year. New York Times has announced that it will start charg-
Senior Editors
Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Deputy Managing Editors While we understand what an enormously difficult task ing for online content this year, and the Providence
Chaz Kelsh Sophia Li Ellen Cushing
George Miller
Seth Motel the Organizational Review Committee has undertaken, Journal said it is considering the same move. Polling
Emmy Liss
Joanna Wohlmuth we strongly disagree with this particular cut. information will help the University determine whether
Business Life at Brown can be insular, and newspapers pro- to curtail print subscriptions and channel savings into
General Managers Office Manager
Anne Speyer Arts & Culture Editor Claire Kiely Shawn Reilly
vide an essential link to the outside world. We rely on securing electronic access for the entire institution.
Suzannah Weiss Arts & Culture Editor Katie Koh newspapers to promote political awareness on campus, The University could also solicit voluntary dona-
Brian Mastroianni Features Editor
Hannah Moser Features Editor Directors connect our academic studies with current events, tions from parents and alumni who feel strongly about
Kelly Wess Sales
Brigitta Greene Metro Editor
Matthew Burrows Finance prepare us for professional futures, learn more about access to print journalism. We would hope that the
Ben Schreckinger Metro Editor
Margaret Watson Client Relations the Providence community and enable educated politi- cost of tuition covers newspaper subscriptions, but in
Sydney Ember News Editor
Christiana Stephenson Alumni Relations
Nicole Friedman News Editor cal decisions. For many students, casually skimming the worst case scenario, students can also be asked
Dan Alexander Sports Editor Managers a newspaper during a meal is an extremely important to make an additional contribution. For a nominal fee,
Andrew Braca Asst. Sports Editor Arjun Vaidya Local Sales
Han Cui Asst. Sports Editor part of the day. While students also have access to news students could subscribe to dining hall newspaper
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production Opinions Editor
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Jordan Mainzer Asst. Copy Desk Chief such a valuable resource for a minimal return would how difficult and painful the process of implementing
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | Page 11

To the nay-sayers in Congress, keep naying

families, tell him that’s not enough. Tell him Remember that when you were elected to hurts those of us who have chosen to hire
that tax cuts shouldn’t be used as a device to Congress you abandoned the mantle of leader- workers instead of lobbyists.
WILL WRAY swell your constituency; they are given as a ship and assumed the mantle of protectorship. When he realizes that his grandiose notions
matter of principle. Your salary, skimmed from the salaries of of Father Government have died on the Senate
Opinions Columnist When he appeals to the welfare of your Americans doing actual work, will be money floor and pares his legislative reforms down to
constituents, when he claims that it is his well spent only so long as you spend your time a face-saving fraction of their previous scope,
role to stand between two consenting adults, in Congress protecting us from the savior still say no. Tell him that he was not elected
Barack Obama recently took the opportu- American or abroad, who want to exchange complexes of your companions. to shake hands on television. Obstinance may
nity during his State of the Union address to goods and services, well, say no to that too. When you are tempted to help the down- not play well on MSNBC, but you can hope
chide you nay-sayers for your negativity. “Just Don’t baby us, or soon we’ll be reliant on trodden, the poor or the unemployed, remem- that your voters understand progress is more
saying no to everything,” he condescended, your paternalism and cease to provide for ber that charity is charity only so long as you than a new law.
“may be good short-term politics, but it’s not ourselves.  give of yourself. Even when you find yourself Tell him that you were not elected to go
leadership.” along to get along.
Please pay him no mind. Keep saying no. Remember that you were elected for your
When the semi-governmental organiza- principles and not for one man’s idea of prog-
tions, the bloated banks and failed car compa- Be mindful of the fact that the old D.C. game of ress. 
nies that no longer deserve the title of “busi- Always remember this quote: “The Ameri-
ness” come begging for taxpayers’ dollars,
concentrated benefits/diffuse costs hurts those can Republic will endure until the day Con-
tell them no. It’s not your money to give. Tell of us who have chosen to hire workers instead of gress discovers that it can bribe the public
them that if they have a product worth selling, with the public’s money.” When people like
someone will buy it. lobbyists. me lose conviction, when we smile wryly and
When Obama wants to spend billions on sigh that we are far past Tocqueville’s point
a high-speed rail that won’t reduce emis- of no return, prove us wrong.
sions, traffic or travel time, tell him no. Let Don’t let a president who has never really moved by a sincere desire to better the lives’ Tell us that the essence of self-sufficiency
the European cities keep their ambiance of participated in the private sector decide how of your constituents, say no to the emotions that set the New World apart from the Old,
sophistication; we will take the coarseness to regulate it. that stir your heart. Do not be so cynical as however battered it may be by bailouts and
of efficiency. When you see a problem worth solving, to assume that the empathy that moves you New Deals, subsidies and pet projects, still
When President Obama earns standing like the opaque and misaligned healthcare does not exist within those whose money you exists. Tell us it will prevail over political
ovations by announcing that he has and will market, please resist the urge to solve it on would spend.  demagoguery. 
continue to cut taxes, then, not two minutes the Senate floor. There are many causes worth Do not be so prideful as to assume that by Tell us that despite scandal and corruption,
later, announces further spending projects, tell fighting for; there are few causes that will be virtue of your election, the bounds of your egotism and demagoguery, there exists in
him that no, that’s not how money works, not helped, not hindered, by more legislation. largesse extend past those of our property the U.S. Congress some ideal that outshines
even for the president. You can’t have less of it, Remember what has always been true in rights. desire for re-election.
spend more of it, and claim you are tightening the United States: The creation of wealth, the When your constituents approach you for
your belt all in the same speech. employment of workers and the dissemination pork barrel projects, tell them no. Turn them
When he appeals to Republicans by claim- of goods are within the realm of the American away. Be mindful of the fact that the old D.C. Will Wray ’10 occasionally surrenders to
ing he has cut taxes for 95 percent of working entrepreneur, not the central planner. game of concentrated benefits/diffuse costs the joys of dogmatism.

For the sake of hope

this day, my father credits the day he visited financial investment for the school, test scores neighborhoods, which is to say they grow up
Tsinghua as the turning point of his life, and at Hope are extremely low, and not so long in a world distinctly different from the “Brown
YUE WANG attributes his life’s successes to the inspiration ago, the dropout rate was 56 percent. bubble,” an elitist circle. Some of the Brown
he drew from that visit. There are already many initiatives taken volunteers actually commit several afternoons
Opinions Columnist This is the story that my father has re- by our fellow Brown students to help kids each week to walking a few blocks over to
counted to me many times, and it was the at Hope High School, but I was particularly Hope High School to tutor those children in
story I bore in mind when I decided to sign intrigued by the promise of the COE volun- SAT verbal tactics, yet most of tutees remain
up for the volunteer program sponsored by teering program and signed up for it believing blind to what college life is all about. Even with
Born to a small Chinese village two thousand the Commerce, Organizations and Entrepre- that, just like my father’s trip to Beijing, one higher test scores, Hope students still live in
miles away from Beijing, my father traveled neurship program. The volunteering program day of an authentic Brown experience might an environment of abject poverty, frequent
to the nation’s capital in the spring of 1978 brings students from Hope High School in prove truly transformative and inspiring for violence and depressing morale. Bringing
and toured the city for the very first time. those students over to Brown, even for one
Eighteen years old, he had been deprived of day, to truly savor college life in its entirety
the opportunity for normal schooling thanks and authenticity — in Brown’s libraries and
to the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution that seminar rooms — may have a more profound
had engulfed the nation in the preceding de- Bringing those students over to Brown, even for and lasting influence on the psyches of those
cade, and he had no idea what was to come kids.
into his life. one day, to truly savor college life in its entirety At Brown we always readily extend a
By chance, he came upon the campus of and authenticity — in Brown’s libraries and helping hand to the struggling kids in our
Tsinghua University, one of China’s top uni- neighboring communities. Compared with
versities, and was enraptured by what he wit- seminar rooms — may have a more profound and the academic tutoring services we bring to
nessed: people conversing with each other in Hope students, the COE volunteering program
foreign tongues and students quietly enjoying lasting influence on the psyches of those kids. suggests another possible way to help them:
their readings on the lawn. At each corner of What is more important than Brown University
the campus he was able to find an authentic reaching out to the community is perhaps
ambience of learning. bringing in the local children and stirring
He then snuck into a lecture hall, and Providence to experience college life at Brown high school kids who may otherwise choose aspirations to great education and great expec-
despite not understanding most of what the for one day. to forgo college education altogether. tations. It is for this reason that I would urge
professor was saying, he was impressed by Hope High is a public school that seems Existing programs on campus are indeed you to volunteer to couple with a Hope High
the old scholar’s calm confidence, mild hu- to have suffered all the problems that plague abundant and valuable, and usually enlist student for one day. Bring them to classes and
mor and above all, the air of dedication to American public schools. It is in an East Side Brown students’ help in improving the aca- other campus venues you visit. Share your day
the pursuit of knowledge and truth that the neighborhood and has been historically aban- demic performance of the students at Hope at Brown with one of those students, for the
professor was able to conjure up on the po- doned by the middle class, who prefer to send High School. These range from SAT prepara- sake of inspiration and hope.
dium. Returning to his hometown, he quickly their children elsewhere. The student body is tion to debate team coaching. Still, the role we
dropped the family’s plan for him to apprentice made up predominantly of ethnic minorities. have in tutoring high school students seems
for a local watchmaker and spent the next The school is handicapped by structure and limited. Yue Wang ’12 is a political science and
two years studying for the college entrance lack of funding to improve its performance. One thing that those eager to help need to German studies concentrator from
exam, a career choice that was considered Despite state authorities’ efforts to reform the realize is that most Hope students have grown Shanghai. She can be reached at yue_
sheer madness by his family and friends. To administrative structures and to aggregate up in underprivileged families and minority
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