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URC proposes stipend R elay R eady

increase for grad students
By Sarah Mancone ic year stipend of $19,000 for doctoral
Senior Staff Writer students, according to Bonde. Brown
offers a stipend “lower than the peer
The University Resources Committee institutions” it competes with, Tan
has recommended increasing graduate said.
student stipends — a change spurred “The recommended increase,
in part by Brown’s need to be more based on the cost of living in Provi-
competitive in attracting graduate dence, will allow the Graduate School
students, said Professor of Physics to remain competitive with peer institu-
Chung-I Tan, chair of the Faculty Ex- tions in attracting and matriculating
ecutive Committee. top-notch students,” Bonde wrote. “We
The recommendation suggested list the stipend amount in the offer
a $500 increase, which, if approved letters for doctoral programs.”
by the Corporation when it convenes “Graduate student stipends are one
later this month, would be “the first of the factors that are compared when
increase in the stipend for doctoral people are ranking and comparing
students since the 2007-08 academic graduate schools,” Stephen Wicken
year,” Dean of the Graduate School GS wrote in an e-mail to The Herald.
Sheila Bonde wrote in an e-mail to “An extra few hundred dollars per stu-
The Herald. Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
Brown currently offers an academ- continued on page 3 Relay For Life teams met last night to prepare for Brown’s April 9-10 event to support cancer research and

Photo exhibit Rep. Kennedy not to seek reelection to Congress

sheds light on By Claire Peracchio
Senior Staff Writer
reelection this year,” Kennedy said
in a video released to the media last
He also vowed to continue work-
ing on behalf of those suffering from
win,” said Schiller, who attributed
Kennedy’s retirement to fatigue and
Syria and Iraq The news that Rep. Patrick Kennedy
Thursday. mental health issues, a fight that was
one of his signature priorities in the
the belief that he could pursue his
objectives in public service outside
By Sarah Mancone will not be seeking reelection offers METRO House of Representatives. of Congress.
Senior Staff Writer has upended the race for the First Kennedy’s decision to retire was Democrats Mayor David Cicilline
Congressional District House seat In the video, the eight-term in- not last minute and was disclosed ’83 and Bill Lynch, chairman of the
Westerners often have a limited view and prompted two high-profile Demo- cumbent cited the influence of his to members of his inner circle in Rhode Island Democratic Party, en-
of the Middle East, but the photo- crats to enter the contest. father, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, December, according to Associate tered the fray for their party’s nomi-
graphs of the exhibit “Tomorrow, “Now having spent two decades in in shaping his views on public service Professor of Political Science and nation last Saturday. They joined state
God Willing” by Emma LeBlanc ’11 politics, my life is taking a new direc- and thanked the people of Rhode Public Policy Wendy Schiller.
provide insight into parts of Iraq and tion, and I will not be a candidate for Island for their support. “I think he was always going to continued on page 4
Syria that are seldom seen outside
their borders.

ARTS & CULTURE After studying abroad,

LeBlanc originally took a leave of
absence from Brown to study Arabic
readjustment difficult for some
in Damascus, Syria, which she had By Anne Simons said the OIP warned her departing
also done the previous summer, she Staff Writer group about re-entry shock, but they
said. joked about it. She said when she
“I got to the highest level of Ara- Every year approximately one-third first heard the term, she thinks she
bic,” LeBlanc said, “but didn’t want of the junior class spends a semester made a “that’s what she said” joke
to go back to Brown yet.” abroad — attending a foreign univer- about it.
Because of her continuing interest sity, exploring a foreign country and Hicks was more anxious about
in the culture and language of Syria, adapting to a foreign culture. But by getting used to life in Spain and
LeBlanc began volunteering at the the time they return to Brown, it may expected things to be the same
Dar al Karama — the Arabic phrase have begun to feel foreign too. back home, she said. The different
for House of Dignity — which is “a Re-entry shock, the “reaccultura- academic environment and cultural
home for the old-aged, mentally and lifestyle have been hard to shake,
physically handicapped, and those FEATURE she said. She still has not gotten re-
seeking refuge from abuse, addic- accustomed to having to eat dinner
tion or poverty,” according to a photo tion” process that occurs when stu- by 7:30 p.m.
caption in the exhibit. dents return home from a sojourn For Evie Fowler ’11, who was
“I finished the Arabic program abroad, is a real phenomenon, ac- also in Barcelona this fall, re-entry
offered at the University of Damascus cording to the Office of International shock was “just as bad as the culture
and was looking for something else Programs. Departing students re- shock when you get there.” She is
to do,” LeBlanc said, “which is how ceive information about it, includ- now always late and “can’t handle
I ended up at the asylum.” ing research and graphs charting the Ratty,” she added.
“The physical conditions of the students’ moods during the process But Nina Lauro ’11, who spent the
place are really shocking at first,” of leaving and returning from study fall in Rome said she expected more
she said. “My first impressions were abroad, said Ned Quigley, associate re-entry shock than she has experi-
really negative.” Courtesy of Paige Hicks director of the office. enced. “Home was just the same as
Paige Hicks ’11 (right) at Salvador Dali’s home in Port Lligat, Spain. Paige Hicks ’11, who just re-
continued on page 3 Hicks spent the fall semester in Barcelona. turned from a semester in Barcelona, continued on page 2

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Students readjust to life at Brown after study abroad Research teams awarded
continued from page 1 her experience with people who
understand it.
dents integrate their study abroad
experiences with their life at Brown over $1 mil. in grants
it had ever been.” But coming back These growing experiences can through collaborations with the
to Brown was “weird,” as was see- strain old friendships. Hicks said Watson Institute for International By Rebecca Ballhaus and get more funding and eventu-
ing the changes that had occurred she tries hard to avoid over-sharing Studies, the Swearer Center for Contributing Writer ally commissioning.”
in one semester, she said. In her her stories from abroad with friends Public Service and the Career De- Smith said this is precisely what
Tae Kwon Do club, there were new who did not go abroad so they don’t velopment Center, Quigley said. Last Wednesday, the Rhode Island the grant is intended to do. “Its
members who felt established and get sick of it. These events can help show stu- Science and Technology Adviso- purpose is to provide funding at a
viewed her as the new person. The other returners agreed dents how to use their time abroad r y Council awarded state-funded catalytic stage of a group’s work so
As she got used to being away — Lauro said she is “glad to be to enhance their job and graduate grants totaling over $1 million to that we can give them a jump-start
from home, Fowler said she began able to share (her) feelings with school searches, as well as their re- six research teams, each with an until they apply for federal fund-
“realizing a lot of stuff” about her- other people who were abroad,” maining time at Brown, he added. affiliation to Brown, according to ing or commercialize the product,”
self. who understand what she’s going Students studying abroad gener- the Providence Business News. she said.
Students may simply feel like through. ally take time to learn their new city Christine Smith, the council’s Wayne Bowen, chair of the De-
different people when they return, Schneider said she had to real- and its culture, creating an intense innovation program manager, said partment of Molecular Pharmacolo-
OIP Director Kendall Brostuen ize that she doesn’t need to share bond. Fowler said four months that of the 38 proposals reviewed gy, Physiology, and Biotechnology,
said. While abroad, they have been her experience abroad with her abroad is definitely enough time for the grants, about half included is researching the anti-cancerous
“growing personally in a way that old friends because they still share that it can feel weird to come back. a Brown representative as a pri- qualities of turmeric with James
would be very, very difficult to du- Brown. Even though she does not Her re-entr y shock experience mar y proposer. “It just gives you Jacob of Organomed Corporation,
plicate on campus.” They now see feel as at home at Brown as she could “easily” be a combination of an idea of the level of research a life sciences research company.
the world through different eyes, used to, she said she has learned the usual reacculturation as well as activity that’s being conducted at The pair was awarded $200,000,
he added. not to feel guilty or frustrated about her lingering love for Barcelona, Brown,” she said. “It’s representa- according to the Business News.
Allison Schneider ’10, who spent that. she said. While she still loves Provi- tive of the environment.” “The spice has been shown to
last spring in Buenos Aires, Argen- Even if re-entry is not a com- dence, it “feels a lot smaller,” she The projects included research have lots of medicinal value and
tina, said she got in touch with a fortable process, it demonstrates said. People can “outgrow” a city. of an anti-cancer drug found in tur- has been used for many years in
different part of herself during her that a student is not in the same Lauro said she treated getting to meric, a spice used in Indian curry, Indian medicine,” Bowen said. Cur-
semester away, and that it was dif- place he or she was before, Bros- know Rome like an extracurricular and the development of an instru- cumin is an “active component” in
ficult to integrate her study abroad tuen said. It is “an indication that activity, a goal aided by the fact that ment allowing three-dimensional the spice’s effect on cancer cells,
side and her Brown side. After a something positive has happened,” her architectural history classes vision of the bladder that would but it is scarce in nature, he said.
semester free from extracurricular he added. were usually spent walking around allow urologists to detect bladder “Our goal is to determine whether
commitment, she said she struggled Students who really struggle the city. She said she is coming to cancer in its earliest stages, ac- there are other bio-available com-
to put in as much time as she had psychologically and emotionally terms with the fact that she is not cording to the grant-winners. pounds that have anti-cancer ac-
before she went abroad. She had to with returning to Brown can speak there anymore, although she added Associate Professor of Engi- tivity.”
find a “balance” between “involve- to a dean, someone in the OIP or that she would love to return. neering and Computer Science He added that the council’s
ment and isolation,” she said. Psychological Services, Brostuen Hicks said her time abroad made Gabriel Taubin is researching the grant will create many jobs for
Schneider’s experience with re- said, though he added there are her see herself living abroad in the 3-D camera with George Haleblian chemists at Organomed.
entry shock moved her to work as usually not many people who reach future. While she said she valued and Gyan Pareek of the Rhode Is- Providing jobs and aiding the
a peer advisor at the OIP, she said, that point. her semester, by the end she was land Hospital and Jason Harr y of economy are also an impor tant
adding that it allows her to share The OIP also works to help stu- ready to return home. Lucidux Corporation. The team goal of the grants, Smith said. After
was awarded $199,895, according the proposals go through a peer
to the Business News. review process by a scientist in the
“We are ver y excited because field, and are evaluated for their
this (grant) will give us the re- “intellectual merits and broader
sources to work on this problem,” impacts,” they are also reviewed
he said. “As we make progress for their economic impact by coun-
within six months or so, we will
be able to make the project bigger continued on page 5


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 3

C ampus N EWS “Graduate students get overlooked in a lot of plans

on the University level.” —Jadrian Miles ’08 GS

U. shows devotion to Grad School through stipend increase Student’s photos tell ‘story you
continued from page 1
can’t see in black and white’
dent might just make the difference in continued from page 1 council taught LeBlanc a great
taking Brown up a position or attract- deal and gave her an opportunity
ing an extra talented student or two.” But after first glance, LeBlanc to “learn something concrete about
There is a lot of “competitive pres- realized the asylum was “a lot Iraq,” she said.
sure,” said Peter Weber, professor of more complex” than she originally LeBlanc added that she was able
chemistry and the department’s chair. thought, she said. “to learn the processes, not just the
The goal is to “attract who we want to “People are very happy there,” results” of the events she had seen
attract,” he added. she added. “You’ve got friends. on the news.
But competition with other insti- You’ve got respect. You’ve got dig- Before becoming close to the
tutions is not the only driving force nity.” council’s tribal fighters, Americans
behind the stipend increase. “I heard all these amazing sto- tend to give them “no identity” and
“Enhancing the Graduate School is ries,” LeBlanc said, which then “don’t see them as people,” LeB-
an integral part to enhancing Brown,” inspired her to write about and lanc said, which is why the exhibit
Tan said. photograph the asylum and its includes a large wall completely
Furthermore, making Brown more residents. covered with portraits of members
attractive to graduate students helps to Each image of the House of Dig- of the council.
“strengthen its standing as a research nity, originally developed in color, is “These are people,” she said.
institution,” said Jadrian Miles ’08 GS, entirely black and white. “I wanted “They want what’s best for them
a doctoral candidate in computer sci- to sort of simplify the House of Dig- and what’s best for their country,”
ence. nity,” LeBlanc said, so the pictures but at the same time they are “all
Graduate students are “an impor- are “focusing on the people.” totally different.”
tant part of Brown’s intellectual com- Herald file photo The lack of color is meant to The pictures of the council, un-
The University Resources Committee recommended a $500 increase in
munity, contributing to the research graduate student stipends. be ironic as well, LeBlanc said, be- like those of the House of Dignity,
of our faculty, advancing knowledge cause the photographs tell “a story remained in color.
through their own scholarship, and “As a graduate student in the math It also provides more teaching you can’t see in black and white.” “The colors felt really soft,”
developing their teaching skills,” department, I would welcome any in- assistants for undergraduates, Miles The exhibit also features por- LeBlanc said. “I didn’t feel that
Bonde wrote. crease in the grad student stipend, said, which helps both students and traits of members of Iraqi Awak- the colors were taking away from
This change comes as a pleasant though I don’t see it as strictly nec- faculty. ening Council, which consist of anything.”
surprise to graduate students, Miles essary,” Diana Davis GS wrote in an Graduate students are stretched Sunni tribe members that fought She said she “wanted you to feel
said. “Graduate students get over- e-mail to The Herald. “My stipend is very thin, Wicken wrote. “The hap- alongside al-Qaida until they grew like you were actually there” and
looked in a lot of plans on the Univer- already quite sufficient for my living pier, better paid and less stressed the disillusioned and switched sides in “face-to-face” with the people on
sity level,” he said. expenses, and I am able to save money graduate students are, the better the 2005. With help from the U.S., they the wall.
The increase shows that the Uni- each month.” teaching undergraduates receive.” killed Islamic extremists through- This is not the end of LeBlanc’s
versity is “taking graduate students But not all graduate students rely Grad students have to focus on out the province of Anbar. experiences with the House of Dig-
seriously even in the current budget- on University stipends — in fact, the their own classes, research and writ- LeBlanc came in contact with the nity and the council. She is current-
ary situation,” he said. majority are “not supported by the ing, Wicken wrote. “If they have to do council when a friend approached ly writing a book of her experiences
“It’s important that the University University,” Weber said. Many are sup- extra jobs to top up their grad school her in Damascus with an invita- in the House of Dignity. “It will be
is signaling support for the Graduate ported by faculty members’ grants, he stipends, it’s going to be their TAing tion to go to Iraq and photograph mostly oral histories,” LeBlanc said,
School even in tough economic times,” said, and if the University’s stipends commitments that receive less atten- them. “the stories of the people there.”
Bethany Ehlmann ’08 GS, a doctoral for graduate students are higher, the tion.” “It was pretty overwhelming at LeBlanc said she now lives in
candidate in geological sciences, wrote amount of funding students receive “Most graduate students are se- first,” LeBlanc said of photograph- Syria while she’s not at Brown and
in an e-mail to The Herald. through professors’ grants likely will verely strapped for cash,” Wicken ing the council members. “I didn’t will continue to volunteer at the
The stipends themselves vary from have to adjust accordingly. wrote, “and many of them have fami- know what I was getting myself House of Dignity about once every
department to department, Tan said, But the effect on faculty is not only lies to feed.” into.” two weeks when she’s in Syria.
though Weber said there is a “Univer- financial, because giving more attrac- Overall, any more money in your LeBlanc said there was obvi- LeBlanc will likely be taking an-
sity rate set by the Dean of the Gradu- tive stipends and having a greater num- pocket is nice to have, Miles said. ously “a lot of energy” in the council other leave of absence from Brown
ate School.” ber of qualified graduate students “puts It is good to “see progress happen- members she met. “People were in order to continue pursuing photo-
But the disparity between depart- less pressure on faculty for research ing,” Miles said, “and I hope that it will unsure how things would go.” journalism in Iraq, where she hopes
ments is noticeable. assistantships,” Miles said. continue down the line.” These experiences with the to return by the fall.
The Brown Daily Herald
“It seems to me that Rhode Islanders are ready for change, and I don’t
see anybody that represents real change.” — Mayor David Cicilline ’83
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Page 4

R.I. dance crew steps up Mayor Cicilline ’83

By Caitlin Trujillo
Senior Staff Writer
when they met to practice daily.
Their performance on the show —
we have people who are dedicated
and into the dream,” member Gen-
seeks Congress seat
where they competed against other esis Camacho said. continued from page 1 evidence of a commitment to solving
Nicki Minaj’s “I Get Crazy” blares teams from the East Coast — was a They wanted to test themselves, problems.
in the studio as the dancers watch remarkable feat despite their elimi- but they also felt compelled to put Rep. John Loughlin, R-Dist. 71, the Re- To Loughlin, however, the Demo-
themselves in the mirrors. One nation at the regional level. Rhode Island on the map. Street publican challenger who announced cratic contenders currently vying for
will stomp and dip his head, and Not that success was a surprise dancing is popular in the state, his candidacy earlier in February. Kennedy’s seat are “establishment
the others will mimic. They pause for the team. DraZtik will cel- member Christine Torres said, Other names that have been candidates” who represent “the Demo-
to tell each other what they think ebrate their one-year anniversary “but the scene is so small.” floated as possible candidates on the cratic machine.”
they should do, each demonstrating in March, but they are all veteran The seven-person crew audi- Democratic side include state Rep. “It seems to me that Rhode Island-
specific moves. dancers — some members have tioned in Boston on Dec. 11. Nor- Jon Brien, D-Dist. 50, and Lt. Gov. ers are ready for change, and I don’t
“We’re all choreographers,” Kel- been dancing since childhood. mally, the dance team has eight Elizabeth Roberts, Schiller said. Brien see anybody that represents real
vin Fabian, one of the members of They bring to the table many dif- members, but because “America’s announced Thursday evening that he change,” he said.
Rhode Island’s DraZtik dance crew, ferent dance styles — raw hip hop, Best Dance Crew” limits the squads was forming an “exploratory commit- Loughlin linked Rhode Island’s
said. “It’s not just one person. That’s pop flair — which they creatively to seven, member Sheila Henriquez tee” to assess the implications of a run economic woes, which include high
what’s unique about us.” combine, “with a swish of DraZtik stayed behind. The two days of au- for Congress. unemployment and record foreclo-
The crew uses the studio at the attitude to top it all off,” member ditions exhausted the crew, they Roberts stated that she is con- sures, to the legacy of Democratic
High Steppin’ Dance Academy — Marvin Horsley said. said. On the first day, they pre- sidering running and will make a rule both in Congress and the state’s
located on the second floor of a They have competed in contests sented their own dance mix to the definitive announcement in the next General Assembly, and said he, unlike
commercial Johnston, R.I. property as a team and performed a Michael judges. The second day consisted of couple days, Michael Tanaka, Roberts’ his opponents, is “ready to stand up
— as its workshop space. Jackson tribute dance last year at a challenge in which the crew had spokesperson, said. to Congress.”
Typically, they meet two or a Dominican heritage festival in to formulate a routine incorporating For Cicilline, the choice to run for While Rhode Island voters “tend
three times a week to practice and Rhode Island, dedicating the perfor- a random prop — in DraZtik’s case, Congress was based on his perception towards the Democratic party,” the dif-
choreograph their own dance rou- mance to a cancer-stricken boy. two ladders. of a “dangerous disconnect” between ficult political climate for Democrats in
tines. When the opportunity present- It was an intense two days, but Washington and the people of Rhode the state and across the country can
But there was nothing typical ed itself, they knew they needed to they are two days the crew remem- Island, he told The Herald. be traced to a weak economy and the
about the weeks leading up to DraZ- make “America’s Best Dance Crew” bers fondly. Cicilline credited his experience tendency for the party of the White
tik’s audition for a spot on MTV’s their next goal. “It was all worth it,” Fabian said. as mayor with showing him that there House to lose seats in a midterm con-
“America’s Best Dance Crew,” “I knew we could do it because “Obviously it was worth it because is “no more urgent time than now” to gressional election, Schiller said.
we made it.” find “real solutions” to the problems As for predictions on the outcome
DraZtik made it through the au- faced by middle-class Americans. of the race, Schiller offered a wait-and-
dition stage and onto the show in He cited achievements in advancing see attitude and said the challenge left
Los Angeles, where they competed education reform, improving public to candidates is to “sell themselves as
safety, attracting new business, and far as what they can accomplish as
continued on page 5 building a “knowledge economy” as congressmen.”
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M etro “Every day you dance, you grow.”

— Marvin Horsley, member of DraZtik dance crew

Local dance crew Stimulus grant helps unemployed build futures

competes in MTV show
BY Shara Azad fering apprenticeships with 28 local ing Futures, I wasn’t doing much of
Staff Writer companies in construction-related anything else,” he said. “Stick with
fields that have formed partnerships (Building Futures) and it will change
As a part of an effort to combat na- with the organization. your life.”
continued from page 4 the nights of and after,” she said, tional unemployment and to rein- The apprenticeships generally Sriniketh Nagavarapu, assistant
adding she only wished she could vigorate the economy, the federal provide half the salary of a full-time professor of economics and environ-
in the East Coast regionals. They have joined them in Los Angeles. government has recently awarded job, with the possibility of becom- mental studies wrote in an e-mail to
performed the dance routine from Her teammates assure her she was the Providence-based Building Fu- ing a full or “journey-level worker” The Herald that the effect Building
their audition with a remastered mix, with them in spirit. tures program with a $3.72 million dependent on job performance, ac- Futures has on the unemployment
with adjustments based on the audi- DraZtik’s members said they federal stimulus grant. cording to Cortes. The money will rate will depend on a “variety of fac-
tion judges’ critiques. wish they could snap their fingers Building Futures was established provide new resources and tools for tors.”
Then, finding themselves among and be back in Los Angeles, com- in 2007 as an offshoot of the Provi- the students in the program, and “A program like this could very
the bottom three teams in the re- peting for the top prize. But they dence Plan, which according to its enable the organization to accept well decrease the unemployment
gional, DraZtik was forced to enter refuse to be disappointed. They have Web site, is a broader initiative that 100 new workers, he said. rate, and the emphasis on labor-
the battle rounds. In that part of the upcoming performances at local uni- addresses the underlying causes Cortes said the stimulus money market attachment — through the
competition, they needed to make up versities and high schools, includ- of Providence’s high poverty rate will be used specifically to expand apprenticeship program — could
three different routines for the three ing Bryant University and Classical and general urban decline. Build- classes in what he called “the green aid in that goal,” he wrote. “But how
different rounds, though they would High School. They have bonded with ing Futures targets unemployment curriculum,” which often lead to jobs strong is the demand for these types
only end up performing one of the other dance teams and kept in touch specifically by offering courses on in industries such as renewable en- of workers in the local economy or
dances. Horsley called the dance with them. They have gained several construction-related subjects such ergy. in neighboring states?”
they performed an aggressive, “in new Facebook friends, both on their as welding and laying pipe, so that Marlo Jackson, a recent gradu- As the program expands, the
your face” piece. own profiles and the team’s page. people may in turn find specialized ate of the program who is currently future will tell if the program will
Not that DraZtik’s performance They have met the “good people” jobs requiring those skills, according employed by Building Futures while build futures as well as Jackson
attitude reflected their relationships of MTV, taught their skills to other to Andrew Cortes, director of Build- he prepares for the exam required to claimed.
with other dance crews behind the dancers at the Academy, and expe- ing Futures. The program goes one enter the piping industry, was quick “The name speaks for itself,” he
scenes. DraZtik and the other teams rienced “the realization that people step farther after graduation by of- to praise the program. “Before Build- said.
fed off of each other’s energy, be- support us,” Horsley said.

Science grants support

cause of both the competition and And they have vowed to return.
the camaraderie that developed
among the squads.
DraZtik will audition again when sea-
son six rolls around, they said. They
Want to see
DraZtik members said Legend-
ary Seven, a squad from Boston and
the other team eliminated from the
want to continue dancing and think
they have something unique to offer
in terms of personality and style.
job development in R.I. your words in
our pages?
East Coast regionals, was constantly They want to improve and do better continued from page 2 With the state’s current fiscal
making them laugh. The two squads next year, with the goal of winning it situation, Smith said the state
still keep in touch.
There was enough time between
all. For this — and because they love
what they do — DraZtik continues
cil members who are “active in
the academic and business com-
gover nment has considered
cutting the council’s funding
Herald new
their elimination and the show’s air-
ing on Feb. 4 for DraZtik to fly back
to put their name out there.
“Every day you dance, you grow,”
munity,” Smith explained.
“The proposals that are award-
by $200,000. “We’re hopeful
that won’t happen,” Smith said.
writer training
to Rhode Island and watch the epi- Horsley said. “Period.” ed grants represent the best of “There’s a lot of support for this Tonight
sode with their friends, family and The members of DraZtik are science as well as the strongest program and a really great need
fans — including Henriquez, who Genesis Camacho, Gabby Cruz, proposals for the purpose of the to do economic development 8 p.m.
said she was extremely proud of her Kelvin Fabian, Sheila Henriquez, grant, which is to improve eco- across a continuum. We need
teammates. Marvin Horsley, Josh Perez, Jared nomic development in Rhode programs that help people right 195 Angell St.
“I cried the night before, I cried Rivers and Christine Torres. Island,” Smith said. now but also for the future.”
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l e t t e r to t h e e d i to r

Employee buyout not

actually ‘popular’
To the Editor: age, decided to take it. But the way
I see it, the word appears to have
I was saddened to read The Her- been chosen primarily based on
ald’s article “Early retirement popu- Beppie Huidekoper’s statement,
lar choice for longtime staff” (Feb. quoted in the report: “The individu-
15). What upset me was not the als who chose to take it are really
news of the buyout — I had known quite pleased.” I’m disappointed by
about it for months and had come the fact that The Herald didn’t try
to accept it as somewhat inevitable hard enough to find out how those
— but rather the way in which the individuals actually felt before decid-
title of the article misrepresented ing the early retirement package
the buyout as “popular.” was, in fact, regarded with approval
From what I know, many staff by those who took it.
members chose to retire this year I realize that O’Hara was inter-
because they were told that if they viewed to give voice to those who
chose to come back they would re- took the package, but he is only erik stayton and evan donahue
ceive no severance package. Forced one of the 139 people. There are
to choose between two undesir- 138 other people you could have
able options, staff members took also contacted who probably would e d i to r i a l
whichever they decided was less have been glad to tell you how much
painful. Such details are nowhere
to be found in the article or in the
they loved this place and how they
wished to stay a little longer, lon-
Don and taxes
interview with Phil O’Hara (“SAO ger than just one more year. Many The state government is almost certainly in for a struggle imposed on corporations and franchises; currently, even
Director O’Hara ’55 to take early of them, like O’Hara, might have over the budget that Governor Donald Carcieri ’65 recently enterprises that don’t turn a profit must pay $500 to the
retirement,” Feb. 15). told you that they felt “blessed” submitted to the General Assembly. To help close a deficit state each year. Lightening this load would be especially
I understand that the Univer- they were at least offered the early of $427 million for the coming fiscal year, the governor helpful for entrepreneurial newcomers, who will be an
sity needs to downsize in order to retirement package. But not many proposes new and increased fees alongside drastic cuts in important part of any real recovery. This modest approach
survive this economic downturn, of them would have told you they local services and state worker pensions. And to address to reducing the state’s heavy corporate taxes is also a
but I can’t accept the fact that The were “quite pleased” with the situa- a statewide unemployment rate of nearly 13 percent, he welcome shift on Carcieri’s part: Last year, he proposed
Herald chose to portray the buyout tion. From the looks of the interview recommends tax credits for new hires and a reduction in phasing out the entire corporate tax, which would have cut
as “popular” among staff members. with O’Hara, even he doesn’t seem the minimum tax rate for corporations. into state revenue without commensurately stimulating
Perhaps the word was chosen be- pleased with this tragedy. Ultimately, Rhode Island’s situation is miserable Rhode Island’s economy. The Assembly rightly shot down
cause 139 members of the Brown enough that everyone involved in the negotiations over that proposal, but they should accept the halving of the
community, over 50 percent of the Chris Suh ’10 the budget will have many bitter pills to swallow. The minimum rate now and consider scaling back corporate
people who were offered the pack- Feb. 15 government-friendly Democratic supermajority in the taxes at all brackets once the budget crisis has receded.
Assembly should recognize that Carcieri’s proposed tax Carcieri should also give ground. After years of exces-
breaks are crucial for revitalizing the state’s economy. sive spending and in the midst of a severe fiduciary crunch,
And the governor himself should acknowledge that some steep budget cuts are in order. But the government can
tax increases, carefully targeted to minimize economic reduce the pain of this adjustment without mortgaging
disruption, may be necessary to avoid excessively scaling Rhode Island’s future economic well-being. For example,
t h e b r o w n d a i ly h e r a l d back Rhode Island’s public services. by freezing the rate of the flat tax — an alternative assess-
Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Deputy Managing Editors Senior Editors Without a kick to its economy, Rhode Island will face ment attractive to some high earners — at its 2009 level,
George Miller Chaz Kelsh Sophia Li Ellen Cushing similar public crises in years to come. If enacted, Carcieri’s the state could bring in nearly $18 million in additional
Seth Motel
Emmy Liss
Joanna Wohlmuth
well-tailored plan to grant small businesses $2,000 in tax revenue. Most of the affected taxpayers would feel only a
relief for each new hire would almost certainly provide marginal pinch, not enough to prompt them to reduce their
editorial General Managers Office Manager a significant long-term boost to both the private and the participation in the state economy. Two of the contenders
Anne Speyer Arts & Culture Editor Claire Kiely Shawn Reilly
Suzannah Weiss Arts & Culture Editor public sector. The state Office of Revenue Analysis esti- to succeed Carcieri — Independent Lincoln Chafee ’75
Katie Koh
Brian Mastroianni Features Editor mates that the proposal would allow for nearly 1,000 jobs and Democrat Frank Caprio — have already endorsed
Hannah Moser Features Editor
Kelly Wess Sales that otherwise would not have existed and accelerate the this measure, but the governor remains opposed. For the
Brigitta Greene Metro Editor
Matthew Burrows Finance
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Margaret Watson Client Relations
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Christiana Stephenson Alumni Relations over the next two fiscal years. It now falls to the Assem- his cuts may unnecessarily hurt, he should reevaluate
Nicole Friedman News Editor
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bly to verify that the calculations used to produce these this stance. With almost 74,000 Rhode Islanders out of a
Andrew Braca Asst. Sports Editor Arjun Vaidya Local Sales figures were sound. If so, the credits merit inclusion in job, their elected representatives shouldn’t consider bent
Han Cui Asst. Sports Editor Marco deLeon National Sales the final budget legislation. If not, the Assembly should principles much of a burden.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Page 7

Good riddance, Goldman

Of course, she claims she quit to respect she was discharging her duties as President that $323,000 lopped off your annual income
her “increasing time requirements associ- every time she hobnobbed with the wealthy will help make you a little more sympathetic
SIMON ated with her position as President,” which patrons at Goldman or helped bring their to the families whose tuition payments you’re
LIEBLING I suppose is what she has to say. But what I recruiters to campus. almost certainly going to hike again later this
know is that her decision comes suspiciously So it’s most likely that the combination of month.
Opinions Columnist
soon after she faced campus scrutiny over her relentless campus attention and near-weekly Unfortunately, though, Simmons’ resig-
directorship for the first time since Goldman revelations about the unconscionable garbage nation does not end her relationship with
Sachs became the pariah of Wall Street. Two Goldman Sachs managed to pull off over the Goldman. According to a U.S. Securities and
Ruth Simmons stole my column idea. months ago, no one knew about her Goldman last few years was enough for Simmons to real- Exchange Commission filing from the firm in
I was all excited this week to pile another connection, much less discussed it. Now it ize that her directorial position was untenable. February, she owns 27,386 shares of Goldman
column on to her Goldman Sachs nightmare, fills the Herald for a few weeks, and all of a And I know at least a few alumni made sure to stock, worth $4.2 million. Upon the end of her
writing about why serving simultaneously as term as a director, she has an option for an
a director on the board of the world’s most additional 10,000 shares that would up her
infamous investment bank and as president The combination of relentless campus investment stake to $5.7 million. That leaves
of a university that keeps its investments her with enough of a vested interest in Gold-
secret from everyone might be something attention and near-weekly revelations about man’s continued profitability that the integrity
of an ethical problem. Just imagine: you’re of the University’s secret investments must
an investment officer deciding where to put
the unconscionable garbage Goldman Sachs remain in question. Until those investments
Brown’s money, your boss sits on the board managed to pull off over the last few years are transparent and open, we have no way of
of one of your most obvious options, and no knowing whether she is wielding undue influ-
one in the rabble can hold you accountable. was enough for Simmons to realize that her ence over Brown’s investment decisions.
It’s not too hard to figure out where you’re But Simmons’ sudden departure from
going to put that money.
directorial position was untenable. Goldman improves our chances of winning
Presuming that Simmons wasn’t about those necessary reforms. Her resignation is
to give up her cushy and well-connected sudden she gives up a post that has been hers register their displeasure with the disrepute evidence to the fact that positive change at this
$323,000-a-year gig as a Goldman director for over 10 years. her relationship with Goldman had brought university happens not through unprompted
just because I asked her, I was going to cite Besides, as some pointed out in the me- upon their university. voluntary action by benevolent administrators
her severe conflict of interest as the perfect dia hoopla over the last few weeks, her role But whatever your reasons, Ruth, you did but through sustained community pressure.
example of why Brown needs real investment at Goldman was in effect one of her “time the right thing. No longer will Goldman be We get angry, and they listen. And if that anger
transparency reform — the kind that would let requirements associated with her position able to point to your “unique sensitivity to the is enough to shake up Goldman Sachs, repair-
us see whether our hypothetical investment as President.” Depending on who you ask, views of women, minorities and young people” ing our university should be no problem.
officer was investing our money intelligently she served as a director to bring her enlight- as “one of two women on the board (and) the
or handing it over to a particular company ened “background in education” to Wall Street only African American” to help excuse its bil-
that has been in the news lately for doing or because “Brown benefits from Simmons’ lions in bonuses and corrupted government Simon Liebling ’12 is from New
one thing with its clients’ money and betting role in the financial sphere.” Either way, her manipulation. Brown won’t have to suffer for Jersey. He can be reached at simon.
against them with its own. directorial role was intimately tied to her presi- its president’s high profile dalliances with the
But then she quit. dential day job, and one could well argue that worst robber barons of our age. And maybe

The real language barrier

them a highly effective study tool. After all, discussion session.) The same officials also are less well known, thousands of German- and
there should be nothing wrong with wanting said that George was seen “exhibiting anoma- Italian-Americans were also detained during
ADRIENNE to squeeze in a bit of extra studying. lous behavior” prior to the discovery of the this period, simply because of their culture
LANGLOIS Nick George, a senior at Pomona College, flashcards, but declined to elaborate further and the language they spoke. Questionable
thought so too. When he packed to go to the on his actions. detainment continues today in Guantánamo
Opinions Columnist Philadelphia International Airport to fly back George claims he never raised his voice Bay, where many detainees have been held
to California last summer, he stuck a pack of and complied with all requests. His case is without charges for over six years.
Learning a foreign language is serious busi- Arabic flashcards in his pocket to study on now going to federal court with the help of Detainment in a cell for five hours hardly
ness. Although the rewards are great, the path the plane. George said when he was taken the American Civil Liberties Union. compares to the years of internment that
to “fluency” — a concept which becomes more aside for a routine personal screening, Trans- George’s detainment is disturbing, and not hundreds of thousands of individuals have
elusive the longer one pursues it — is long and portation Security Administration officials just because it could have happened to anyone. experienced in the history of our country.
arduous. And just when it seems like you’ve were immediately suspicious of his innocuous The decision to handcuff and lock up a college But George’s experience of profiling based on
significantly expanded your abilities, you real- study aid. student seemingly based solely on his posses- his decision to study a language — in hopes
ize just how much you have left to learn. of serving this country through the foreign
Despite my previous experience with for- service — is certainly an outgrowth of this
eign languages, I didn’t realize just how much
The decision to handcuff and lock up a college disappointing intellectual legacy.
work it takes to make a language “stick” until I student seemingly based solely on his possession I do not wish to decry the importance of
took Arabic freshman year. Though I was and thorough airport screening; in the wake of
always have been enthusiastic about learning of study aids for a language widely studied recent attempted attacks, careful attention
new languages, I found Arabic very difficult, to all airline passengers is even more critical.
which ultimately led to my decision not to
and spoken by innocent people in America But the paranoia and stereotyping George
continue in Arabic 300 sophomore year. For and abroad recalls the unfortunate history of and others have experienced undermines
the year I took the class, however, I threw the integrity of our defense system nearly as
myself into learning the language, using every xenophobic actions in our country. much as attacks from the outside.
study method I could think of to master the Learning a language can open doors. It can
alphabet and vocabulary. George says one official asked him “who sion of study aids for a language widely studied expand minds, break down cultural barriers
One of the most successful methods I found did 9/11” and if he knew “what language Osa- and spoken by innocent people in America and increase understanding, if we are will-
to help me memorize the seemingly never- ma bin Laden spoke.” He was soon handcuffed and abroad recalls the unfortunate history of ing to commit the countless hours and tears
ending lists of words was making flashcards. and removed from the airport for further ques- xenophobic actions in our country. required for even cursory mastery. The path
With my stack of index cards, I was able to tioning, and was detained in a cell for nearly George wasn’t a foreigner, but he was in- to breaking down the prejudice and fear that
study nearly everywhere I went. I brought my five hours as police officers pored over his terested in a foreign culture that is often per- leads to unjust detainment is already difficult
flashcards to the gym, to the quesadilla line belongings — and found nothing. ceived as a threat to America. And our country enough — there is no reason to make it any
in Josiah’s, to orchestra rehearsal. So when I The justification? TSA officials were con- has a long history of using this perceived more complicated.
went home for breaks, it seemed only natural cerned about a few flashcards with words like threat to justify the detainment of civilians
that I would take my flashcards with me on “terrorist” and “bomb,” words George says based solely on appearance or lingua franca.
the plane. he was learning because they frequently ap- The most famous and embarrassing ex- Adrienne Langlois ’10 now studies
I don’t need to waste any more time singing pear in Arabic news media. (For the record, I ample of unjust detention, by far, is the deci- Spanish again and is fully aware that
the merits of flashcards: I know I’m not the learned the word for “rocket launcher” within sion to intern 120,000 Japanese-Americans Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro speak it
only person who thinks their portability makes the first few weeks of Arabic 100 during a during World War II. Although their stories as well.
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Cabernet Voltaire | Abe Pressman

Dot Comic | Eshan Mitra and Brendan Hainline
c a l e n da r
Today, february 16 tomorrow, February 17

4:00 P.M. — Leyla Keough: “Driven 9:00 A.M. — Exhibit “MF Hussain:
Women: Gendered Moral Economies Early Masterpieces, 1950’s–70’s,”
of New Migrations to Turkey,” Pembroke Hall
Watson Institute
5:30 P.M. — Salman Rushdie: “Litera- 4:00 P.M. — Write Well, Right Now,
ture and Politics in the Modern World, Sciences Library, Room 318
Salomon 101

Fruitopia | Andy Kim

Sharpe Refectory Verney-Woolley Dining Hall

Lunch — Creole Pork with Sugar Lunch — Vegan Dal Cali, French
Snap Peas, Vegan Creole Jambalaya, Bread Pepperoni Pizza, M&M
Kielbasa Cookies

Dinner — Bourbon BBQ Chicken, Dinner — Meatloaf with Mushroom

Tomato Quiche, Nacho and Sauce, Herb Rice, Chocolate Cream
Toppings Bar Pie

crossword Hippomaniac | Mat Becker

Island Republic | Kevin Grubb

STW | Jingtao Huang