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Alum scoops Olbermann donations
By ClAiRe PeRACChiO Senior Staff Writer
More than 100 rally in U. hall for library contract
Contract set to expire tonight
By Alex Bell Senior Staff Writer
A handful of Brown alums were thrust into the spotlight late last week when the suspension of MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann ignited a firestorm of controversy over media bias. Olbermann was suspended Friday after Simmi Aujla ’09, a reporter for Politico and a former Herald editor-in-chief, broke the news that the outspoken host of MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” had donated the maximum legal amount to three Democratic candidates during this election cycle, in violation of MSNBC’s employee policy. In a statement, Phil Grif fin, president of MSNBC, said he had suspended the anchor “indefinitely without pay” after discovering the donations. The network announced Sunday that Olbermann would return for Tuesday’s show. Immediately following the suspension, MSNBC announced that Chris Hayes ’01 would be replacing Olbermann on Countdown Friday evening. The network later stated that Hayes, Washington editor of the Nation, would no longer be hosting that night. Like Olbermann, Hayes also made recent political contributions — though Hayes’ dated to 2008 and 2009, prior to his work at MSNBC — according to the Village Voice’s blog. continued on page 3
A rally in support of library workers Friday reached its peak as more than 100 filled the first floor of University Hall for about five minutes. Heather Goode, receptionist in the President’s Office, was the first to receive the ralliers. Becca Rast ’13, a member of the Student Labor Alliance, asked Goode if the group could speak with President Ruth Simmons or Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Beppie Huidekoper. “It’s really important to us that both Beppie and Ruth understand that there’s a lot of support for affordable health care for librar y workers and that we shouldn’t be cutting wages and cutting health care for the lowest-paid workers on
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Receptionist Heather Goode (right) tells Becca Rast ’13 none of the administrators the crowd is looking for are present.
campus,” Rast told Goode. “They’re not in the building, unfortunately, but I will pass the message along to them,” Goode said, and thanked the students for their message. After a few seconds of tense si-
lence, labor alliance member Alex Tye ’10.5 shouted a rally call into a megaphone from somewhere in the packed first-floor hallway, and more than 100 answered. Three members of Providence’s What Cheer? Brigade also joined in, with bass
drum, snare drum and sousaphone. After a few minutes, the calls and responses turned to chants of “Don’t hide, Huidekoper.” As the University’s chief financontinued on page 5
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“I’m living the dream,” says Cathy Jamison, the main character of Showtime’s “The Big C.” The line comes at the end of the first episode of the dark comedy about a woman dying from terminal cancer. Sitting on a couch in her backyard with only her neighbor’s droopy-eyed basset hound for an audience, Jamison is bathed in highly theatrical lighting, reciting a
Campus to camera: Laura Linney ’86 5 years after O’Reilly, a tamer SPG
soliloquy more suited to the stage than the television screen. “I’m here all year, performing at stage four!” she shouts before breaking into a tear-filled laugh.
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For Jamison, the moment captures the crossroads between the humor and sadness that define her life post-diagnosis. For Laura Linney ’86, the actress who plays her, the scene reflects a different
kind of life juncture. If she had said, “I’m here, performing eight shows a week at the Cort Theater!” the line would have accurately described the current phase of the actress’s life. The announcement earlier this fall that “The Big C” was renewed for a second season, coupled with critical praise for her current role in Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still” on Broadway, continued on page 4
By luiSA ROBledO Senior Staff Writer
M. hockey disappointed after one-point weekend
By eThAn MCCOy SportS Staff Writer
Sex Power God never fails to turn Brown on. With provocative garments — anything from burlesque to fetish garments to classic boxer briefs — students proved that this year was not any different. Since Bill O’Reilly attacked the party five years ago on his Fox News program, Queer Alliance has strived to achieve a more organized and safer night of debauchery.
The men’s ice hockey team (1-2-1, 0-1-1 ECAC) opened its Eastern College Athletic Conference schedule with a 3-3 tie with Quinnipiac (4-3-1, 0-1-1) and a 4-3 loss to Princeton (1-
home,” said Head Coach Brendan Whittet ’94. “We had 12 home games, now we have 10, and we have a really tough road ahead of us.” Brown 3, Quinnipiac 3 It could have easily been two losses for Bruno this weekend, but a strong third period against Quinnipiac on Friday night salvaged a valuable point. After opening the scoring on a goal by assistant captain and forward David Brownschidle ’11 early in the second period, the Bears surrendered three consecutive goals to the Bobcats, who pulled ahead 3-1. The Bears fought back to even continued on page 9
The O’Reilly aftermath In 2005, Bill O’Reilly called Sex Power God “the party Brown University doesn’t want you to know about,” after terming the University’s administrators “pinheads” and “very liberal.” He condemned the University’s involvement with the event, claiming incorrectly that Brown funded the event. Queer Alliance raises funds each year to finance the party. “People took the side of the school,” said Meryl Rothstein ’06, who reported on O’Reilly’s coverage for The Herald. “He really talked trash about” continued on page 5
3-0, 1-1-0) this weekend at Meehan Auditorium. A week ago, the Bears fell to undefeated Yale (4-0-0, 2-0-0) and defeated Princeton at the Ivy Shootout in New Haven. Last weekend’s tourney games did not count toward ECAC standings. “It was not a good weekend because we only got one point at
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Jack Maclellan ’12 congratulates Dennis Robertson ’14 on his gametying goal against Quinnipiac on Friday.
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to give presentations on farm workers’ rights. Another major goal of the project is to “put together our favorite resources to give to professors who are teaching classes on agriculture, food systems and environmental history, so they can incorporate more lectures on farm workers,” she said. The de facto GISP, which meets twice a week, is led by two different students each class session, who assign readings and prepare a lecture to be followed by discussion. The group checks in with four different faculty advisers from the Center for Environmental Studies and the sociology, political science and history departments. Rast said she believes the range of the departments reflects the project’s nature. “What we’re looking at is very interdisciplinary: social movements, policies, history of agriculture, environmental justice and implications for farm workers,” she said. “It’s a very specific topic, but there’s so much to look at.” The idea of putting together a GISP out of nine ISPs resulted in something slightly different than either program. The group has “a little bit more freedom,” and students “don’t necessarily have to do the same final projects,” Rast said. But “generally it functions the same as a GISP — it just shows up as an ISP on transcripts.” Working both independently and as a group “involves a lot of accountability” in terms of students checking in and getting input from each other, Rast said.
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“It’s a very specific topic, but there’s so much to look at.”
— Becca Rast ’13, on agricultural politics in New England
GISp studies ocean State project mixes humanities and technology farm working conditions
By lOuiSA ChAFee Contributing Writer By SOPhiA SeAwell Contributing Writer
Inspired by an interest in conditions for U.S. farm workers, a group of undergraduates is pursuing an independent study project intended to “lay the groundwork for potential research” on agricultural politics in New England, according to Becca Rast ’13, one of the students involved. The students, who range from sophomores to second-semester seniors, met last spring while taking ENVS 1560: “Sustenance and Sustainability,” a class about the impacts of policies and cultures on food systems in the United States. Rast said she “was especially interested in farm workers and the people who are producing or picking and harvesting the majority of our food in the states.” She said she wondered, “Why aren’t labor rights a prominent part of the conversation?” Rast star ted talking to fellow students in the class, who expressed interest in working together to further pursue that idea. Because they had missed the deadline for forming a Group Independent Study Project, the nine students decided instead to propose nine separate Independent Study Projects and work together. The group plans to begin interviewing Rhode Island citizens about farm worker conditions in this state, “an area where there hasn’t really been any research,” Rast said. In addition, the group plans to begin visiting high schools
A collaboration among the Department of Computer Science, the University Library Center for Digital Initiatives and the Department of Italian Studies — with sponsorship from Microsoft Research — created “Garibaldi on the Surface,” the centerpiece of “Growing Knowledge: The Evolution of Research,” an exhibit at the British Library. It is a pilot project intended to increase future collaboration and technology in the humanities. “Garibaldi on the Surface” is a digitized version of the Garibaldi Panorama, a painting given to the library five years ago. The panorama is four-and-a-half feet tall, 273 feet long and intended to be read like a scroll painted on both sides. It depicts the life of the Italian liberator Giuseppe Garibaldi. Massimo Riva, an Italian studies professor and Garibaldi expert, said he began the process of digitization to enhance a seminar he was teaching. In 2007, the Garibaldi panorama was filmed over one week and digitally stitched together so that it would appear to move forward. But Riva wanted to be able to access the images on a more usable device — University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi said the first version was “awkward.” Riva talked to Andy van Dam, professor of computer science, who was interested in touch technology and, with Microsoft as a sponsor, they used the touch tabletop to create the current exhibit. The tabletop looks like a coffee table and functions like an iPod, except the user doesn’t have to touch the surface. “It’s like an iPod on steroids,” according to van Dam. Touch table
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The computer science and Italian studies departments came together to create a 273-foot-long panorama that scrolls on a touch table.
technology was originally built for restaurants, but Microsoft was interested in extending the uses of the devices. After the British Library learned about the touch table project through a former head librarian at Microsoft, Van Dam said, Brown hosted a delegation from the London institution. They were so impressed with the work that they made the Garibaldi project the centerpiece of the “Growing Knowledge” exhibit, Hemmasi said. The Garibaldi exhibit is interactive, with music, videos, news articles and photographs accompanying various parts of the scroll to place the artwork in context. “It now looks like what is was intended to be, a research tool,” Hemmasi said. This is only a pilot project, with two similar projects already under way. Van Dam joked that one of the next projects will produce “Garibaldi on steroids” — a version with such high resolution that a user could see individual brush strokes, and a larger surface so the image will be life-size. This is still in the very early design phase.
A second project, HumBub — which stands for Humanities Bubbles — will enhance the image with added scholarly information in “bubbles,” small windows capable of moving around the screen. This is intended as a productivity tool for humanities scholars, but it is also still being formulated. Van Dam called it the “first pancake” — the one that always needs to be thrown out. Van Dam said that those who are curious to see the Garibaldi project can contact him via e-mail. In addition, Riva plans to test the touch table project in a seminar he is teaching next semester, ITAL 1340: “Garibaldi and the Risorgimento.” The Garibaldi project is one step in a larger effort to enhance collaboration and make better tools available to scholars in the humanities, Hemmasi said. In the future, she said, libraries may come equipped with a “digital scholarship lab” with touch tables and similar technology that will make difficult-to-access materials more available to researchers and allow multiple people to work on a project at once.
peta recognizes U.’s vegan options
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Last month, fliers appeared in dining halls announcing Brown had been recognized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as a vegan-friendly school, though it was eliminated in the first round of voting for the designation of most veganfriendly college. In the past, PETA’s designation focused on vegetarian-friendly schools. In 2007, it named Brown a “Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly College,” Gina Guiducci, Dining Services’ dietitian, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. But this was the first year the group focused specifically on vegan-friendly schools, she wrote. “After receiving feedback from students, PETA reached out to Dining Services for additional information about our dining program and our vegan offerings,” Guiducci wrote. The “vegan-friendly college” nomination was not PETA’s ultimate prize but rather “more of a recognition and start of a voting period, in which students were asked to vote,” Guiducci wrote. The next stage was a bracket-style tournament in which schools competed for votes head-tohead. Brown was eliminated after
losing to Smith College in the first round of the tournament, according to PETA’s website. But Guiducci said Dining Services is “very proud to have been recognized by the nomination, which has opened the doors to increased communication with students on campus who are vegan or vegetarian.” “I always have something to eat,” said Ellora Vilkin ’14, who was a vegan for several months before coming to Brown and has kept it up since. “Sometimes it’s not the most exciting food in the world,” but there is always an option for her, she added. Vilkin said she had been in contact with Guiducci about when the dining halls would have soy milk, which they did not get until October. Guiducci had been very responsive, she said. Sophie Hawley-Weld ’14 tried a vegan diet for several weeks this fall. “It just means you’re eating the same things every day,” she said. Ultimately, she quit “mainly because I was doing it for the wrong reasons,” she said. She said she was trying to go vegan after a class challenged her to try something new, but she didn’t have the commitment level to keep it up.
“I absolutely think it requires you to think about what you’re eating,” Vilkin said. “The salad bar is my friend,” she added. Though she is satisfied overall with the options at the dining halls, Vilkin said she will not stay on meal plan. “I love to cook, so I’ll go off when I have access to a nice kitchen,” she said. According to Guiducci, Brown sets itself apart because “we don’t rely solely on vegan hot dogs, nuggets or patties.” Instead, Dining Services has developed its own recipes, including “oven roasted tofu, vegan falafel, vegan chana masala” and many more, she wrote. “Both the nomination and our past award in 2007 speak to the diversity here on campus and the desire and need for a department, like Dining Services, to continue to service students of varying dietary preferences,” she wrote. Future vegan-friendly projects for Dining Services include labeling vegan menu items and the development of more vegan-friendly desserts, Guiducci wrote, adding that she plans to work with Brown Animal Rights Coalition on these projects.
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“A lot of us would basically do anything for Josh.”
— Chris Hayes ’01, supporter of Joshua Segall ’01
alum’s report rocks MSnBC
continued from page 1 One of the candidates whom Hayes supported was Joshua Segall ’01, a former leader of the Brown College Democrats, whose 2008 bid to represent Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives was unsuccessful. “A lot of us would basically do anything for Josh,” Hayes told The Herald in Februar y 2008 for a stor y about Segall’s candidacy. In a Twitter post Friday afternoon, Hayes wrote that he would not be substituting for Olbermann that night because he “didn’t feel comfor table doing it given the circumstances” and not due to his campaign contributions. Politico’s Mike Allen reported Sunday that Olbermann’s suspension stemmed from his refusal to apologize on the air for the contributions, which would have permitted him to remain the program’s host. Olbermann has been a leading progressive voice in a media landscape increasingly dominated by opinionated news commentators who have strayed from objective reporting and garnered
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From left, Anand Desai ’12 placed third, Daniel Moraff ’14 first and Liban Mohamed ’12 second in Friday’s scrabble tournament. Moraff’s highest-scoring word: “winters,” for 85 points.
Bottled options don’t hold water, says panel
By APARnA BAnSAl Contributing Writer
Ben Leubsdorf / Herald file photo Simmi Aujla ’09, pictured at The Herald’s 2007 banquet with co-editor-in-chief Ross Frazier ’09, broke the news that Keith Olbermann violated MSNBC ethics rules.
“We have to keep the campus hydrated and have appropriate alternatives in place,” said Beyond the Bottle steering committee member Jason Harris ’10.5 at last Friday’s Water Week panel, “Why No More Bottled Water?” The panel, which discussed the challenges of making the campus bottle-free, concluded the weeklong event — which encouraged students to sign a pledge to drink only tap water, showcased a sculpture of water bottles on the Main Green and screened the documentary “Tapped.” The purpose of the week was to raise awareness about the environmental, health and social issues involved with the consumption of bottled water, according to Harris, a former Herald sports editor. “We wanted to really hit hard and make a very visible effort, and this seemed like the appropriate time,” he said. Friday’s panel included representatives from Brown Dining Services, the Department of Facilities Management and Corporate Accountability International’s Think Outside the Bottle campaign. “Access to water is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced,” said John Stewart, national organizer for the campaign. “Bottled water companies continue to turn water, which is a public good, into a commodity, undermining the public water system, and this is dangerous for the future of tap water. We need to send a clear message about society’s priorities.” The panelists discussed some of the dangers of the increased consumption of bottled water, such as the effect on towns where bottled water companies extract water. The local population is sometimes left without direct access to water and is forced to buy it from the bottled water companies themselves, they
said. But the panelists agreed that there remain challenges to eliminating bottled water at Brown. “We need to balance the needs and desires of the community with the mandate of moving this program forward,” said Gretchen Willis, director of Brown Dining Services. “We need to remove water bottles in a systematic way without removing the ability of students on campus to hydrate themselves.” Christopher Powell, director of sustainable energy and environmental initiatives, said there are “obstacles” to eliminating bottled water on campus. “We don’t want students buying more soda because there is no water,” Powell said. Stewart, who stressed the superiority of tap water, compared the slow disappearance of public water fountains to that of phone booths. “There is a perception that bottled water is better, safer and cleaner, which is a result of bottled water companies disparaging the alternative to get people to buy a product that is other wise free,” Stewart said. The panel discussion ended with an eight-minute video titled “The Stor y of Bottled Water,” which stressed the cheaper cost, higher quality and decreased environmental impact of tap water and encouraged viewers to “take back the tap” and “invest in public water infrastructure.” The organizers of the national Think Outside the Bottle Campaign plan to show this video to Congress in January. The organization works with over 100 student groups like Beyond the Bottle across the country, educating students about the issues with bottled water and giving the administration support to restrict water bottles, Stewart said. “In general, the week was a success,” said Ari Rubenstein ’11, continued on page 5
higher ratings in the process. On “Countdown,” Olbermann criticized News Corp., the parent company of MSNBC rival Fox News, for its $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association. Olbermann’s donations to unsuccessful Kentucky Senate candidate and state Attorney General Jack Conway, who was defeated by Tea Par ty favorite Rand Paul, and to members of the Arizona delegation Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Raul Gri-
jalva have raised questions about media ethics. The contributions occurred the same day Olbermann inter viewed Grijalva on his program. Olbermann said in a statement to Politico, “I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns, nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.” Aujla did not return an e-mail request for comment.
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continued from page 1 gets the sense that she is listening intently. This down-to-earth quality has defined Linney since her time at Brown, according to Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Speech and Dance Barbara Tannenbaum. Tannenbaum first met Linney when she taught an introductory acting course during the actress’s first year at Brown after transferring from Northwestern University. For Tannenbaum, Linney’s empathy for others and sense of poise stood out in the classroom just as much as her acting talent. “She cares about people, and there’s nothing phony about her, and she’s very smart,” Tannenbaum said. “I remember, even at an early age, that Laura had, and still has, a sense of grace — a sense of intellectual curiosity. She has this grace and power, and there’s a gentleness and sensitivity at the same time,” she added. Tannenbaum said Linney brought an incredible work ethic to the course, effectively collaborating with her classmates while always raising the bar high for herself. “As a student, she was bright and natural. She was delightful to work with, and she pushed herself,” she said. “I don’t think anyone’s quite like Laura … She always had a clear focus and wonderful energy that
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“I learned how to think at Brown.”
— Laura Linney ’86
Linney leads on Broadway, in hollywood and at home
touched everyone around her.” It is this energy directed to her craft that has provided the 46-yearold actress with the career longevity that many of her peers only hope for. Trained for the stage, Linney emerged as a screen actress in the early 90s, with small supporting roles in films like “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “Dave,” which preceded her breakout television turn in the miniseries “Tales of the City,” which first aired on PBS in 1994. Four years later, her performance opposite Jim Carrey in “The Truman Show” put her on Hollywood’s radar, leading to a period of almost non-stop success throughout the last decade. Her performance in 2000’s “You Can Count on Me” ushered in the first of three Academy Award nominations. Her talent has shined just as brightly on Broadway — in “The Crucible,” “Sight Unseen” and, most recently, “Time Stands Still” — with Tony Award nominations matching her Oscar recognition. Back to Broadway Linney’s latest Broadway appearance provided her with the rare chance to revisit a stage character. “Time Stands Still” originally opened last January for a limited run. In a rare move, producers announced in May that the production would reopen in October, with the original cast returning, except Alicia Silverstone, who had a scheduling conflict. Like “The Big C,” the play handles dark subject matter with naturalistic humor. Linney plays Sarah Goodwin, a photojournalist returning home from Iraq after suffering an injury from a roadside bomb. In his review of the latest mounting of the play, New York Times theater critic Christopher Isherwood wrote that Linney’s characterization “is now an even more formidably commanding mixture of steely resolve and suppressed feeling” than it was in the play’s initial run. When the subject of reviews came up, Linney immediately said she does not pay attention to the critical notices that come her way. Instead, she focuses on the everevolving nature of live theater performance. “That’s the thing about theater, you get the luxury of what time will do,” she said. “You know that things, just by the nature of chemistry and physics, will grow with time, and that’s something that you can’t force, you can’t generate — it’s something that has to happen on its own.” For Linney, the prospect of revisiting a character months after moving on to other roles was not jarring, since it reflects the normal process of acting for the stage. “You approach it every night like it’s new,” she said. “You act as if you don’t know what happened in the past 24 hours. It’s not enormous change, but it’s a growth.” dual roles There’s a link connecting Linney’s two current characters. Both are women facing difficult hurdles abruptly thrust upon their lives, while dealing with changes that comes with the passage of time. “There’s a strand of similarity, which is that they are both dealing with how they spend their time,” she said. “Other than that, they are very, very different women.” When asked whether or not the two characters would like one another if they were put in the same room, Linney answered with a decided “no.” “I don’t think they would like each other at all. Maybe Cathy would be sort of fascinated by what Sarah did for a living,” Linney said. “I think she would just admire her courage.” She added that Cathy would “just bore Sarah.” Perhaps the clearest connection between the roles is that they are quirky, flawed and utterly human. The two fit naturally with the actress’s gallery of past roles for both theater and film. Never a larger-than-life movie star, Linney has always slipped into realistic characters effortlessly. Though stage and screen work are decidedly different, Linney said playing these eccentric roles while switching from medium to medium is an exciting challenge. “I just love to adjust and readjust, and figure out ‘how does this material suit the medium?’ ” she said. “I’m just a lucky person to do both. It’s not that I get to pick and choose,
means Linney is riding high in a very fruitful period of her career. Having worked in theater and film for over 20 years, Linney is currently in a juggling act between the lights of New York’s stages and the gaze of Hollywood’s camera lenses. For many performers, this attention might be intimidating. Show business is littered with stories of entertainers cracking under the pressure of success, and of oversized egos that manage to supersede standout talent. But for Linney, a New York native whose career has taken her from College Hill to Juilliard, from Broadway to award show stages, the work is more important than the hype. “I don’t really think about it a whole lot,” she said of the white-hot spotlight currently directed at her career. “I’m so concentrated on the work part of it, which is where I get my sense of satisfaction — I’m just really happy and relieved that it’s going so well.” The star student Over the phone, Linney’s voice is deep and rich. Her voice radiates authority, but is blended with a relatable sense of warmth. No condescension enters her tone, and one
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Laura Linney ’86 has starred on Broadway and currently plays Cathy Jamison on Showtime’s “The Big C.”
I’m just lucky enough to be asked — that’s something that I never lose sight of.” ‘The triumph of grace’ Off screen and away from the stage, Linney plays just as many roles, including wife and friend, as well as executive producer of “The Big C.” She cultivated this need to multi-task and experiment during her years at Brown, she said. “I learned how to question at Brown. I learned how to think at Brown. I learned how to have really good friendships at Brown,” Linney said. “You learn so much about yourself there. You have the opportunity to strip away any preconceived notions you have about yourself, and you have the opportunity to figure it all out,” she added. Citing Brown’s welcoming atmosphere for artists to “experience and explore,” Linney said she has learned to apply that same sense of exploration to her career. Tannenbaum said Linney’s fearless approach to interesting roles made her stand out during her undergraduate years. “At Brown, whenever she was in a production, everyone knew it would be successful.” For Tannenbaum, watching her former student’s success is exciting. Watching Linney’s performances, she said, is a “wonderful celebration of seeing the power of hard work pay off, and the triumph of grace.” When selecting her roles, Linney does not think from a business or career standpoint, she said. She often does not know if they will work, or even if the projects themselves will be successful, she added. “Probably 80 percent of the stuff I do is stuff where I question, ‘will this work or not?’ But it’s worth a go even if it’s just fostering a director,” Linney said. “So much of it is having a life and not having a career.”
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“This university has to go on strike.”
— Corey Walker, associate professor of Africana studies
SpG made more popular after recent publicity
continued from page 1 Brown, she said. “So people were annoyed.” O’Reilly’s producer also photographed and filmed students without their permission, airing compromising images of students on his program. “SPG always sparks a lively conversation,” said Joshua Teitelbaum ’08, who served as QA co-chair at the time. “Instead, that year it was only a war over the O’Reilly sound bite.” Teitelbaum added that, during the week of Sex Power God, people would go to the Sharpe Refectory and “table after table, people would be alive talking about these subjects — sexuality, gender, queerness,” subjects which “they would not be exposed to otherwise.” “The O’Reilly coverage resulted almost in an anti-intellectualization,” he said, “an interesting, public conversation losing depth.” People “reacted more to the coverage” than to the party itself that year, according to Rothstein. “I thought it was awesome to be at a party that got national attention,” wrote Ruben Spitz ’09 MS’10, who attended the party in 2005, in an e-mail to The Herald. “As soon as students found out that SPG was going to be on the show, we all made it into a ‘thing.’ Pretty much every one of us was in someone’s room watching it on TV.” A tamer beast “Now it is more carefully managed,” said Michael Rose ’13, the QA dance committee leader. “We have security everywhere.” He called the 2005 debacle a “learning experience.” Since then, organizers have increased the number of party managers and have hired officers from Green Horn Management, the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Medical Ser vices, Rose said. “We want this to be a space where people can feel safe,” he said. “We will have party managers roaming everywhere — in the dance floor and the bathrooms — to make sure nothing nonconsensual occurs.” With posters encouraging people to reach out to the party managers if they felt their consent had been violated in any way, QA aimed to better define this “ambiguous concept,” Rose said. “Consent should not be a fuzzy grey area,” he said. “That’s why we want this to be a dry party. If people are not intoxicated, then they can preserve their judgment.” To strengthen their “dance sober” campaign, Queer Alliance partnered with Health Education. The University office posted strategies on its website on preventing alcohol intoxication and how to “stay safe for Sex Power God.” Safety first Teitelbaum, QA co-chair at the time of the controversy surrounding O’Reilly, said that at the 2005 party, 24 students were EMSed out of Sayles Hall. The highest number of EMS calls was received earlier that year during freshman orientation. “I think (the O’Reilly scandal) highlighted some of the issues of substance abuse going on on campus that year,” Teitelbaum said. Consequently, QA imposed the “dry party” policy and has made a point of not allowing any visibly intoxicated students into the party. The party has “really taken a tough approach against intoxicated students at the door,” Spitz wrote. “I did see a bit of that in SPG 2005, but I think they got much tougher after that.” This year, three party managers, two GHM and two DPS officers were stationed outside the entrance to Andrews Dining Hall — the party’s new venue — checking each student’s level of sobriety. In a text message to The Herald, Rose wrote that he believes “only one student” was EMSed at this year’s party Saturday. He wrote that this “is less than last year and considerably less than 2005.” In light of the increase in cases of HIV in Rhode Island, Queer Alliance also distributed materials for safe sex at the entrance. “Whatever people do, they should do it safely,” Rose said. On the move Another change to the party over the years has been its venue. After the 2005 scandal, organizers moved the party from Sayles Hall to the larger Alumnae Hall. “Even though Alumnae is a larger space, Sayles has this feeling of being very old, and I think it added to SPG’s appeal,” Spitz wrote. Due to changes in fire regulations, the party was held at Andrews Dining Hall this year. “People seemed to like the venue and the music,” Rose wrote. “Having it in Andrews was kind of funny,” said Ellen Perez ’12, who has experienced the party in both venues. To her, the dining hall is not a venue naturally associated with a party like Sex Power God, she said. “Alumnae Hall seems slightly more historic and fancy,” Perez said. “And there are more places to sneak off and do things in corners than in Andrews. I wouldn’t expect to have this crazy party” there. This year, the party’s organizers also brought back the Booty Box, which projected “ego-boosting messages” sent by students to one another, Rose wrote. “People had a lot of fun” with it, he wrote. With messages that included phrases like “finish taking that off” or “you look hot,” the Booty Box further allowed people to “express themselves,” he wrote. An untamable beast Though O’Reilly’s claims did not allow the party “to present itself on its own terms,” Sex Power God “has taken a life of its own,” Teitelbaum said. “It is one of those interesting Brown kind of moments when a large part of campus comes together and pushes the limits, tests the limits of what is possible and desirable,” he said. For Rose, the controversy surrounding O’Reilly’s coverage of Sex Power God only made the party more popular. Rose said the party’s popularity “spiked up exponentially in spite of, or because of, O’Reilly.” And even today, Sex Power God still continues to be Brown’s most “famous or infamous” party, Rose said. “At least it’s the only one for which people camp out,” he said. “This year tickets sold out on Wednesday night.” “Students (take) pride in Brown because of it,” Rose said. “I’m really pleased with how things went.”
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Jordan Taylor ’13 of the men’s ultimate frisbee team leaps for a catch in Saturday’s game against Cornell, which they lost.
Beyond the Bottle says it’s time to tap the tap
continued from page 3 member of the Beyond the Bottle steering committee, though he said the “Tapped” screening had low turnout because it competed with the results of Tuesday’s election. Beyond the Bottle will continue to have smaller events to encourage the use of tap water throughout the year, he said. So far, the group has worked with Dining Ser vices to get more water fountains around campus and to distribute a reusable water bottle to first-year students in the beginning of the year. “It’s a great time to get involved,” Rubenstein said.
Students and profs side with library workers
continued from page 1 cial officer, Huidekoper oversees the University’s bargaining team for the extended library contract now set to run out Monday night. Huidekoper was not in her office at the time of the rally and did not respond to an e-mail sent Friday requesting comment. The rally began around 2 p.m. Friday outside University Hall, just feet from the window of the provost’s office. Associate Professor of Africana Studies Corey Walker was the first to speak. “If you are committed to them, if this isn’t just a rally, if this isn’t just another demonstration, then if our colleagues have to go on strike, this University has to go on strike,” Walker said. “There should be not a class, a student assembly or a worker that reports to work if our colleagues in the libraries are not treated fairly, are not treated with dignity and are not treated with justice. That’s our commitment.” Student librar y worker Jesse Towsen ’12 pledged to stand in solidarity with a union strike. Brian Baggesen, the chief steward of Brown Dining Services’ union, said that while he could not speak for his whole union, he would support a solidarity strike with the libraries union. Karen McAninch ’74, the head of the union’s bargaining team, told The Herald after the rally that no plans have yet been discussed for a strike, though union members voted to authorize the bargaining committee to use that tool at the union’s Oct. 29 meeting. Negotiations were scheduled to resume Friday at 2:30 p.m., but got underway late, McAninch said, because ralliers migrated from University Hall to the lobby of the Rockefeller Library, near where the bargaining teams were sitting down to begin the day’s negotiations. McAninch said students asked to send a delegation into the negotiations, but the mediator who has been working with the bargaining committees asked that the door remain closed to students. Originally set to expire Sept. 30, the contract between the University and library union workers was extended first until Oct. 14, then until Oct. 29, and once more until Monday. McAninch said the bargaining committees have not yet discussed what to do if a contract is not agreed on by the end of the day. The contract may be extended for a fourth time, or workers could proceed without an explicit contract, she said.
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r.I.’s only mariachi meets Brown ‘o Barulho Mesmo’ turns
‘noise itself ’ into music
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Mariachi de Brown, Brown’s — and Rhode Island’s — only mariachi group, has been gaining popularity both on and off campus this semester, with 100 Facebook fans, gigs at a local restaurant and appearances at campus events. Undergraduates with a love for Mexican heritage and mariachi music formed Mariachi de Brown in 2005, according to Rafael Chaiken ’11.5, co-director and publicity coordinator for the group. Chaiken is also a contributing writer and designer for The Herald. The band is usually a fifteenman ensemble, but the number fluctuates, in part because the group is always recruiting, Chaiken said. Featured instruments are violin, guitar, guitarron, trumpet, saxophone and vihuela alongside vocals. The flute also makes an occasional appearance, according to Chaiken. Though the group was formed around Mexican culture and heritage, it now has members of mixed heritage, said Chaiken. In the past, Mariachi de Brown typically had gigs at Machado House for special events like Dia de los Muertos, played twice a year for Mezcla shows and played for Brown International Organization events. The group also offers serenade services every year on Valentine’s Day. For $15, you can hire the group to sing a mariachi serenade
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Mariachi de Brown wows a crowd at Machado House.
for your sweetheart. Chaiken said the group has been especially busy this year, with “Mari-archi” performances at arch sings, a homecoming alumni event and downtown restaurant Mexico Garibaldi. “The Facebook page is growing pretty quickly,” Chaiken said. Amy Lehrburger ’10.5 recently hired Mariachi de Brown for a private party. “They were the hit,” she said. “They were really enthusiastic,” Lehrburger added. “Their style was perfect, obviously. The lead vocalist was phenomenal.” Gina Chen ’11, violinist, said she expects the ensemble’s activity to continue. Though worried about
next year, since many members are seniors, she expects to continue playing next year because she is enrolled in the Program in Liberal Medical Education, she said. Chen joined the group as a sophomore because she played violin and “wanted something a little less formal” than orchestra. Mariachi de Brown was “completely different from anything else,” she said, “and the people are fantastic.” Mariachi de Brown has typically performed traditional Mexican songs, but recently performed a mariachi version of “Bad Romance,” according to Chaiken. He added that the group aims to have high musical standards but still be casual and non-bureaucratic.
A car engine revs. Water runs. Feet shuffle. Sounds of everyday Angola filled Grant Recital Hall Friday in “O Barulho Mesmo,” Matthew Peters Warne’s GS performance of original musical compositions created from Angolan soundscapes — recordings of natural occurrences and environments. The title of the concert roughly translates to “the noise itself” in Portuguese, Warne said. In his first piece, “Tilt, Shift,” Warne manipulated an original composition by Angolan musician Socorro. The piece featured what Warne dubbed “Gourdo”: a small gourd outfitted with accelerometers — the technology found in Nintendo Wii remote controls — and connected wirelessly to a computer. According to Warne, Gourdo is an “alternative controller” that tells his computer what types of sound to make. In what appeared to be a careful and painstaking process, Warne began the piece by standing in the center of the floor, tapping and moving Gourdo ever so slightly in his hands. Random pings and pangs emanated from speakers, until the rich rhythms and beats of Socorro’s music began playing. The artist’s voice was warped and drawn out until his music turned into a long echoing sound that faded into silence. In “Awakening,” Associate Profes-
sor of Music Butch Rovan provided a clarinet accompaniment to a sound recording of a morning in Bairro Popular, a suburb of the Angolan city of Luanda in which Warne lived while doing field work. During the piece, one heard the hustle and bustle characteristic of a workday morning: engines starting, cars driving, people sweeping their floors and various individuals speaking and calling out. “This is one of my first recordings of waking up in the morning in this new place — like this state when you’re waking up and you’re not really sure where you’re at,” Warne said. Warne said he was surprised by the quick progression of morning activities in the neighborhood. “I was really struck by these sellers that walk through the streets that have this call,” he said. “They’re selling fish and butter and all sorts of other crazy stuff. And they’re there for about an hour, and then all of a sudden, they disappear, and they’re all just gone and you don’t know what happens. And the neighbors all go outside, and all the cars start and everybody goes off.” Rovan’s clarinet accompaniment was intended to draw listeners’ attention to different details in the recording, Warne said. The performance, in Warne’s words, “really tiptoed the line perfectly between inspiration continued on page 7
Jewish and Muslim comics ‘laugh in peace’ warne’s work interweaves portuguese, Umbundu
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acts as “funny Jews.” After this, the audience was taken on a ver y comic ride. Usman performed first, then Alper, then Usman again, after which they concluded the act together. During each stage change, Usman and Alper parodied checking each other for weapons, much to the amusement of the audience. It was this brash, outright mocking of the political tension surrounding Muslims and Jews that made Usman and Alper’s comedy so effective. Usman covered his tracks after one particularly outlandish joke by saying, “These are just jokes — based on truth.” The issues brought up by both comedians were serious and relevant. But this gravity was skillfully hidden under a thick layer of humor. Usman said mockingly, “I am allowed to say these things because I am a Muslim. Those of you who are laughing are just racists,” highlighting a ludicrous double standard of politically correct society. Alper similarly mocked the reactions people often have to Usman, joking to the audience, “People respond to him with anger, fear and sometimes even hatred, which is understandable as he is a… lawyer.”
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“When you laugh together, you can’t hate each other.”
— Rabbi Bob Alper
Rabbi Bob Alper and his Muslim performing partner of Indian heritage, Azhar Usman, brought their “Laugh in Peace” comedy tour to campus Thursday night. The comedy act aims to bridge the gap between the Muslim and Jewish communities and to extinguish prejudices with “One Muslim. One Jew. One Stage.” As Alper said to the audience, “When you laugh together, you can’t hate each other.” The performance, held in Salomon 101, packed the large space with students laughing together throughout the entire performance. “Just to have ever yone laugh together about real issues and real problems helps us to recognize each other’s humanity,” said Yasmin Or ’11. Two Jewish comedians from Brown, Zachary Bornstein ’12 and Alexander Rosenberg ’11, warmed up the audience with jokes. Rosenberg quipped, “The Taj Mahal is one of the greatest architectural sites in history, like the (Sciences Library).” Usman, when coming on stage, laughingly referred to the warmup
The audience at this moment let out a sigh of relief mixed with a great deal of laughter. Alper and Usman were not afraid of self-mockery or laughing at their respective religions. Alper mocked his rabbinical abilities for much of the performance, stating that his congregation teases him about the declining quality of his sermons by saying that “each one ... is better than the next.” Alper described the temple he used to serve as “a nice synagogue. It could sleep 150 easily.” Usman also was not hesitant to make fun of himself, laughing, “I look like the guy from ‘Lost’ — a cross between the Indian guy and the fat guy.” The comedy never overtly referred to any political issues. Usman and Alper spent much of the act laughing about things that had very little to do with their religions, such as their children, their family lives and other miscellaneous topics. Julia Dahlin ’12 said the comedy was “a great way to show the similarities between the two religions. The comedians showed everyone has a crazy family and crazy life experiences.”
continued from page 6 and imitation.” Rather than mimic the sounds of the suburb, Rovan flirted with them, often echoing the various noises and calls. In “When the water returns,” audience members sat in near darkness, listening to a recording of containers being filled with water after a week-long water outage. Long, reverberating sounds that resembled the periodic tolling of bells accentuated the tediousness of the process. They occurred at moments such as the dull thud of water hitting a new container, the final rush of liquid into liquid when one was almost filled and the brief closing of a tap. Warne’s final piece, “Ombela” — which means “rain” in the Angolan language Umbundu — incorporated the use of Gourdo again to add sounds to a recording of a rainstorm. The piece was inspired by a 1996 book of poetry of the same name by Angolan author Manuel Rui, which contains Portuguese and Umbundu translations of each poem. Warne wanted to explore “this
idea that both languages — Umbundu and Portuguese — talk about the rain, and if the rain had a Portuguese voice, would it be different, and if it had a Umbundu voice, would it be different, and what would it sound like?” he said. The beauty of Warne’s pieces is that they are created from the sounds of ordinary incidents that, on the surface, can seem underwhelming. While he acknowledged that much of his work is about processing his own experiences, Warne said he hopes listeners pay more attention to the smaller details and subtleties of life after hearing it. “My most successful moments as a composer have been when somebody says to me, ‘You know, I’ve never heard a faucet the same way, and every time I turn on a faucet, I think of your piece,’ ” he said. “Those kinds of moments, where people take more care and pay more attention and hear the world differently, (are) really what I’m interested in.” Warne’s compositions revealed an often overlooked truth: Music isn’t only what you make of it — it’s what you make into it as well.
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one of the Ivy League’s most potent passing attacks, holding Yale quarterback Patrick Witt to 18-of-38 passing for 129 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. On the ground, however, Yale rushed for 159 yards, led by the 131 yards of running back Alex Thomas, who scored on a 21yard run in the first quarter. “We got beat by the run, and it’s something we try to not have happen,” Estes said. “I think the difference was Thomas and the run game, not so much Witt and the throwing arm.” Yale opened the scoring with a field goal. After a Brown three-andout, Yale then began its second drive with good field position at the Brown 49-yard line. After converting a fourth-and-5 attempt, Thomas darted through the line and carried the ball along the left sideline into the end zone, putting Yale up 10-0 only eight minutes into the game. Brown got on the board and cut the lead to 10-7 in the second quarter on a one-yard Kachmer run, his seventh score of the year. On the drive, the Bears went for it on fourth and 3, and Springer found Alex Tounkara ’11 for a huge 33-yard gain to set up first and goal. After the score, the game got a little wild. Yale kick returner Chris Smith took the kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown, taking away all the Bears’ momentum. Brown cut into the lead as Alex Norocea ’14 hit a field goal on the next drive, only to see Smith take back the ensuing kickoff again for a touchdown, this one an 83-yard score. “I have to give credit to my blockers,” said Smith. “We have a really strong kickoff return unit, and we’ve been talking for weeks now about how we want to break one. Everyone locked up their blocks… and it felt good.” Brown responded again, though, and put itself back into the game before halftime. With 3:53 remaining in the half, Springer led the team 64 yards down the field before hitting Jimmy Saros ’12 on a slant route over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown, cutting the Yale lead to 24-17 going into the half. Bruno tied the game 24-24 with 5:36 remaining in the third quarter. After another big gain on fourth down — this time to Jonah Fay ’12 — Tronti took a draw from the 15-yard line up the middle and into the end zone. Neither team could generate much offensive momentum until Yale broke the tie with 9:30 left in the game. The Bulldogs moved the ball from their own 26-yard line, converting twice on third down, to set up a 36-yard field goal by Philippe Panico
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A pair of second-quarter Yale kickoff returns for touchdowns proved to be the difference on Saturday, as the football team fell to the Bulldogs 27-24 at Brown Stadium. Brown (4-4, 3-2 Ivy League) rallied back from the two deflating scores to tie the game in the second half, but a fourth quarter field goal put Yale (6-2, 4-1) on top for good. Bruno now sits in fourth place in the Ivy standings, and hopes for a league championship seem slim. “It’s one thing to give up a big run. It’s another to have two big runs for touchdowns,” said Head Coach Phil Estes. “It just really takes the wind out of your sail.” Brown saw mixed performances on both sides of the ball. On offense, quarterback Joe Springer ’11 had a solid day, throwing for 269 yards and a touchdown. But Springer had only a 49 percent completion percentage and the Bears’ inconsistent running attack amassed a mere 58 yards on the ground. The backfield was thin, as Mark Kachmer ’13 left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury, leaving a banged-up Zach Tronti ’11 (108 total yards) to handle all the rushing duties. On defense, the Bears contained
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Jimmy Saros ’12 scored a touchdown, but giving up two kickoff returns for touchdowns “takes the wind out of your sail,” said Head Coach Phil Estes.
to regain the lead, 27-24. Brown had two more chances to tie the game, but they were hindered by poor field position on both drives. Emory Polley’s ’14 knee touched the ground as he slipped while catching the ball at his own 7-yard line on the kickoff return, and Yale punter Greg Carlsen later pinned Bruno at its own 5-yard line on a perfectly executed punt. On both possessions, the Bears’ punt team ended up on the field. Yale got the ball back with 4:01 remaining in the game and ran out the clock with Thomas, who ripped off big chunks of yardage to seal the victory for the visiting side. “I want to take my hat off to Coach Estes and this team,” said Yale Head Coach Tom Williams. “They are tough, feisty and well-coached, and
they fought very strongly today. It was a heck of a football game.” In the conference standings, Yale remains a game behind No. 19 Penn, who moved to 5-0 in league play after demolishing Princeton, 31-10. At 3-2, Brown now sits behind Penn, Yale and Harvard, and the team will need lots of help to gain a share of the Ivy title. Estes, though, refused to “talk doom and gloom” and said that the loss was not “the end of the world.” “We have to go back and see what we did well and what we need to improve on,” Estes said. “We have to get ready to go up to Dartmouth and play a better football game.” The Bears will be in Hanover, N.H., next Saturday, and kickoff against the Big Green (5-3, 2-3) is set for 12:05 p.m.
Squad crushes Yale on Senior night
By ZACK BAhR SportS Staff Writer
In the final home game of regular season play, the No. 17 men’s soccer team (11-2-3, 3-2-1 Ivy League), who is out of contention for the Ivy championship, dominated Yale (311-2, 1-4-1) Saturday night with a 4-1 victory. “The team played with good emotion and intensity,” said Head Coach Pat Laughlin. “I felt it was a total team effort with many players taking their opportunity to make a difference in the game.” Yale struck first at just over nine minutes in when defender Milan Tica pushed the ball ahead to forward Peter Jacobson. Jacobson blasted it past goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand ’11 into the high left post. After some frustrating play from the Bears — who had six fouls in the first half, compared to Yale’s three — a mass substitution in the 33rd minute brought midfielder Jay Hayward ’12, forward T.J. Popolizio ’12 and midfielder Bobby Belair ’13 to the field.
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Sean Rosa ’12.5 was one of four Bears to score goals on Saturday night.
“We responded well to the goal by Yale,” Laughlin said. “The introduction of Hayward, Belair and Popolizio in the first half raised our pressure on them and made us more dangerous.” And dangerous they were. A throw-in by Hayward set up a Popolizio goal in the 41st minute, as the forward headed it past Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman. Bruno ran away with the game in the second half as the team tallied three more goals, one each from midfielder Evan Coleman ’12, forward
Sean Rosa ’12.5 and midfielder Kevin Gavey ’13. Gavey’s 88th-minute score marked his first career goal. Defender Ian Smith ’11 set the ball up for Gavey, who headed it into the net. Bruno will travel to Hanover, N.H., this Saturday to face Dartmouth (9-6-1, 3-3-0) at 4 p.m. in its final regular season matchup. While the Bears are out of contention for the Ivy crown, they are still playing to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA national tournament.
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“We’ll see what we’re made of.”
— Men’s hockey Head Coach Brendan Whittet ’94
Bruno struggles after defeat by tigers
continued from page 1 the game in the third period. On a power play, defenseman Jeff Buvinow ’12 scored his second goal of the year after a nice setup from forward Chris Zaires ’13 and captain and forward Harry Zolnierczyk ’11, both of whom were credited with assists. With only 2:51 remaining in regulation, Brown found its equalizer when defenseman Dennis Robertson ’14 fired home a one-timer to convert on a Bears power play. The freshman is off to a hot start in his rookie season, leading the Bears in goals scored with three. In overtime, neither side could find the back of the net. Brown goalie Mike Clemente ’12 made several big plays and turned away four shots, including a one-on-one Quinnipiac break in the final minute. The 3-3 tie gave Bruno its first point of the 2010–11 season.
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Midfielder Sarah Hebert-Seropian ’12 scored her first goal of the year in the team’s 2-1 loss to Yale.
Bears fall to Bulldogs in season’s final game
By TOny BAKShi SportS editor
Princeton 4, Brown 3 On Saturday, Brown faced Princeton for the second time this year, having beaten them only a week before. The Bears picked up right where they left off against the Tigers, coming out to a strong start in front of the home crowd. Bruno got on the board only 2:38 into the game, when forward
Jack Maclellan ’12, Brown’s point leader, put home a Zaires pass from point-blank range. Less than four minutes later, the Bears doubled their lead on a nifty goal by Brownschidle. The senior forward held the puck behind the net before wrapping around the left faceoff circle and sneaking it off the post and in past the Princeton netminder. The lead held for the rest of the period but dissipated in an instant as the second got underway. On a power play, Princeton forward Matt Arhontas put home Princeton’s first goal, beating Brown goalie Marco De Filippo ’14. Less than a minute later, Arhontas again found the back of the net when he cleaned up a loose puck, tying the game at two goals apiece. “We came out to a good start, played well in the first and just thought we were better than we were,” Zolnierczyk said. Whittet echoed his captain’s statement. “I thought we played a great first period, and I thought we totally got away from what allowed us to be successful,” he said. Midway through the period, the Tigers seized the lead on a shorthanded goal. The puck slipped away from a lackadaisical Brown line, and Princeton forward Kevin
Lohry scooped it up and beat De Filippo on a breakaway for the unassisted goal. Things were looking bleak for the Bears, but a clutch short-handed goal by Zolnierczyk breathed life back into Meehan. With 17 seconds remaining in the period and Princeton on a power play, the puck took a fortuitous bounce off a faceoff in the Brown zone toward center ice, where the Brown captain swooped in and picked it up. Zolnierczyk then beat the Princeton goalie with a backhand finish, tying the game at 3-3 at the end of two periods. In the third period, Princeton again struck quickly, this time on a power-play goal from long range by defenseman Michael Sdao only 2:53 into the period. The goal put Princeton up for good, giving the Tigers their first win of the season. The loss capped a disappointing opening weekend at home for the Bears. “We’ll see what we’re made of,” Whittet said. “If we don’t do things better than we did tonight, not only will we lose, we won’t even come close.” “We’re striving to be at the top of this league,” Zolnierczyk said of the Princeton loss. “One out of four points at home is definitely not good enough.”
The women’s soccer team bid farewell to the class of 2011 and wrapped up its season on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. Bruno (7-6-4, 1-4-2 Ivy League) dropped its final game, 2-1, to Yale (8-8-1, 3-4-0), but not before sending off the five seniors — co-captain midfielder Gina Walker ’11, co-captain back Charlotte Rizzi ’11, forward Joyce Chun ’11, midfielder Katie Gannett ’11 and forward Erika Lum ’11 — in fitting fashion. Head Coach Phil Pincince included all five seniors in the starting lineup, and the gesture did not go unnoticed. “It was awesome,” Rizzi said. “And we all played great. It was cool — there was a definite feeling of solidarity.” But the Bulldogs spoiled the party early in the first half. Forward Becky Brown sent a beautiful through ball past two Bruno defenders into the path of forward Kristen Forster. Forster entered the penalty box with a step on the closest defender and spun a shot past a diving Amber Bledsoe ’14 into the right corner of the net to grab a 1-0 lead. The Bears almost responded in the 18th minute. Midfielder Gloria Chun ’12 curled a corner kick onto the head of forward Eliza Marshall ’13, who redirected it just over the crossbar. The ball fell onto the top of the net, keeping Yale ahead by one. But Bruno equalized on its second corner kick of the game, with help from two members of the senior class. After Joyce Chun created the corner kick opportunity,
her sister Gloria kicked the ball into the middle of the box and Walker eventually headed it to midfielder Sarah Hebert-Seropian ’12. HebertSeropian headed it past Yale goalie Ayana Sumiyasu to notch her first goal of the year. With 12 minutes remaining in the first half, the first senior came off the field for the final time. Gannett was subbed out for forward Emily Wingrove ’14 and heard loud cheers from her supporters in the stands. “I was so happy that so many of my family and friends were able to be there,” Gannett said. “It really made it an incredible feeling to feel like I was ending on an exciting note.” After a halftime ceremony honoring the seniors and their attending parents, the Bears came out firing in the second half. They outshot the Elis 10-3, but were unable to put in the go-ahead goal. Less than three minutes before the final whistle, Yale forward Mary Kubiuk took a pass from midfielder Enma Mullo and beat goalkeeper MC Barrett ’14. The game marked Brown’s first home loss of the season, but the graduating players looked beyond the final result after the game. “It was bittersweet,” Rizzi said. “Soccer has been my major commitment for the past four years.” Gannett also reflected on the entirety of her soccer career after the final whistle had been blown. “The group of girls on the soccer team, it’s been incredible to play with all of them,” Gannett said. “And I just think that being on a team like that is something I’ll never forget… I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to have been part of this group.”
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An article in Friday’s Herald (“In PW’s ‘Nunsense,’ the nuns sing and dance,” Nov. 5) incorrectly referred to Nunsense as a Production Workshop show. In fact, it is a Musical Forum show. An article in Friday’s Herald (“Spoehr discusses New Curriculum’s history,” Nov. 5) incorrectly stated that number of college students nearly quadrupled during the 1960s. The correct statistic is that the number of college students in the United States increased from 2.3 million to 8.5 million between 1947 and 1970. The Herald regrets the errors.
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Last Tuesday, when Rhode Islanders headed to the polls to vote on leaders and bond issues, they were also asked whether they wanted to change the state’s name from “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” to the simpler “Rhode Island.” The full and rather unwieldy name is almost never used, and few non-natives know that Rhode Island has by far the longest official name of any state. Many must have thought it only natural to shorten it. But voters wisely decided to keep the name as it is. The General Assembly had referred the question of whether to do away with the extra words to voters because many take offense to the full name’s reference to “plantations,” which they see as an unwelcome reminder of Rhode Island’s past involvement with slavery. But history tells a different story. Importantly, the word “plantations” as used in Rhode Island’s name does not mean the same thing that it does today. The modern definition, which evokes images of slavery in Latin America and the southern United States, did not come into common usage until more than a century after the founding of Providence Plantations, wrote Josh Marshall MA’93 PhD’03 on the blog Talking Points Memo. Marshall, who wrote his dissertation on southern New England in the 17th century, noted that “plantation” was simply a synonym for “colony.” More than this, though, the name actually preserves a history of opposition to slavery that should be celebrated, not eliminated. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations originated as two colonies. One, Rhode Island, was located principally on what is now called Aquidneck Island and had its capital in Newport, while the other, Providence Plantations, was composed of the farmlands surrounding Providence and Warwick. It is true that pre-revolutionary Rhode Island was heavily involved in the slave trade. As Marshall wrote on his blog, it was probably the most important state in the slave trade outside of the South. But Providence Plantations, founded by the vehemently abolitionist Roger Williams, was the first jurisdiction in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw slavery, taking this then-radical step in 1652. It would have been a cruel irony indeed if the history of the oldest voice for abolition in the United States were erased from Rhode Island’s name because of a modern misunderstanding of the historical meaning of Roger Williams’s “plantations.” Even worse, the elimination of the reference to “Providence Plantations” would leave only the remaining part of the name, “Rhode Island,” which references the colony that was so heavily involved with the slave trade. Some opponents of the name acknowledge the historical inaccuracy of their position, but think the state should have changed its name anyway. This is shortsighted. We sympathize with the opponents, and if there were even a hint that Providence Plantations actually stood for slavery, we would join their fight. But the state’s name is one of the most effective memorials to a tremendously progressive colony that, just as much as the colony of Rhode Island, was a forebear to the state we now inhabit. We are glad that voters opted to keep the state’s nearly 400-year-old name, which, by the way, is enshrined in the United States Constitution. It keeps alive a history of which all modern Rhode Islanders can be proud — and of which they should be aware.
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price when prospective employers see video of them screaming “no means yes” and other sophomoric chants? Of course, perhaps it isn’t that simple. As Ratledge points out, speech that creates a public safety risk must be banned for the sake of the potential victims. But where does one draw the line in determining whether an expression is not constitutionally protected because of its potential harm to others? There exists judicial precedent stretching back almost a century on this very quesbor views conducive to sexual assault, they would still be unlikely to molest another student as a direct result of their assembly. Aside from there being no legal grounds to prevent these people from speaking, as pleasant as that might be for the rest of us, speech codes also send the message that certain groups are somehow less capable of handling irrational invective than others. Because all students are potential targets of bigoted speech, the existence of speech codes belies the attitude that some groups of students are in need of special protection. This is a notion that regards women, students of color and LGBT students as too weak to handle themselves like adults. Rape is indeed a horrific crime, and it is the inescapable responsibility of the University and of local law enforcement to investigate every allegation of rape in a rigorous and serious manner. However, instead of becoming dependent on the University to serve as the arbiter of what is and is not acceptable speech — again reminiscent of the Vatican — the student community must proactively shun chauvinistic and bigoted speech in the name of solidarity and reason. If we find ourselves incapable of challenging the view that sexual assault is perfectly acceptable, then we undoubtedly deserve to have our values dictated to us like children.
French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once quipped that “man is condemned to be free, because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything that he does.” But while some in the face of this truth use their freedom to illuminate the human condition, others among us use it to wear Tshirts bearing shallower maxims like “Why Date Her When You Can Thete Her?” While such speech is clearly offensive and possibly indicative of a predilection toward violence against women, should it be banned officially by the University? If not, then what is to be done? Enter Alyssa Ratledge’s ’11 recent column (“Sex crimes, complacency and complicity,” Oct. 29), criticizing universities for taking lax stances on sexual harassment and assault. While Brown’s current system for handling assault allegations is reminiscent of that of the Vatican and is in desperate need of reform, this still raises the question of whether the University administration should be in the business of regulating speech on its campus. In many ways, it already is. Brown has a system of speech codes in place that prohibits “suggestive jokes of a sexual nature,” “obscene gestures or sounds,” “sexual pictures or displays” and various other forms of expression, however puerile. These speech codes do not contribute to a society where
wanton sexual harassment and bigotry are unanimously viewed as reprehensible, even among the aforementioned T-shirt wearers. Rather, speech codes only serve to push these actions into spaces that the University’s authoritative power cannot hope to reach, such as fraternity common rooms and the crowds at Spring Weekend concerts. Instead of kicking chauvinistic and homophobic speech out of arm’s reach of the administration and expecting the problem to vanish, it should be noted that such expression is a
We should instead take advantage of the fact that such bigotry obeys the Westboro Baptist Church Principle: The more loudly a stupid idea is expressed, the more impetus it provides for its ridicule and eventual downfall.
reflection of the culture that all students allow to prevail by failing to challenge it as individuals. We as a community should not rely on Mother State — or, in this case, Mother University — to determine our social norms. We should instead take advantage of the fact that such bigotry obeys the Westboro Baptist Church Principle: The more loudly a stupid idea is expressed, the more impetus it provides for its ridicule and eventual downfall. Allowing the ignorant to spout idiocy may make many uncomfortable, but in the end, will it not be these same people who pay the tion. The principle of clear and present danger, first established in 1919 under the Supreme Court case Schenck v. United States, was changed in the 1969 Supreme Court case Brandenburg v. Ohio to cover only speech that would trigger “imminent lawless action.” The oft-cited example of screaming fire in a movie theater is a case of speech that could be reasonably expected to create a dangerous situation in the form of a deadly stampede for the exits. By contrast, a procession of idiots clearly in the throes of adolescence does not constitute a clear and present danger. Though many in the mob may har-
Hunter Fast ’12 knows that his feelings are not more important than the First Amendment, and invites you to test this claim by heckling him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep my liberation out of your occupation!
BY MALCOLM SHANKS
As a queer person who considers himself socially conscious, I was frustrated to hear about the recent Brown/RISD Hillel event featuring Ivri Lider, a gay Israeli popstar. He argued that Israeli queers live in relative freedom, while Palestinian queers may be persecuted for their sexual identity. Let me say that I am no apologist for homophobia in Palestine, or anywhere for that matter. However, this event was just another in Israel’s public relations campaign to “pinkwash” its crimes against Palestinians and its occupation of the Palestinian territories. By creating the false illusion that apartheid Israel serves as an oasis of tolerance for all queers, this PR campaign blatantly attempts to co-opt sexual justice struggles in order to obfuscate the fact of violent, discriminatory and racist Israeli policies against both Palestinians and Arabs living within Israel (gay or otherwise). More troubling, the appropriation of queer liberatory rhetoric is twisted and used in order to justify the imposition of military imperial authority over Palestinians. Ivri Lider was just another to take up this same line of ethically hollow propaganda by comparing the situation of queers in Israel to the situation of Palestinian queers. Lider strategically distinguished between queer rights and other political rights, a divide which I find incomprehensible but all too convenient. Israeli queers can use the struggles of Palestinian queers to claim solidarity with them along lines of sexuality while ignoring the ways in which they are complicit in their broader oppression. Lider purposefully ignores the daily realities lived by the Palestinians; realities defined by the violent, illegal Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine. This approach of compartmentalizing politics enables Israel to ally itself with an assumed queer agenda while actively strangling the human rights of the Palestinian people. As a member of the queer community, I am infuriated by the disregard for human life and humanitarian responsibility expressed by Israel. I reject any attempts to ing sympathy to the discrimination queer Palestinians face (to be sure, Israeli queers face homophobia as well!), I find it appalling that he neglects to mention the long, brutal and illegal occupation of Palestine. The situation of militarized apartheid renders dedicated activism by Palestinians for their rights (queer or otherwise) a near impossibility. It is the systematic demolition of Palestinian homes (made possible by U.S. companies like Caterpillar!), the ongoing construction of the illegal settlements and the myriad check points in the West Bank that intentionally impede any type of collectivization ders but queer Palestinians face the additional challenge of living under occupation. Israel’s apartheid system extends gay rights only to some, based on race.” The struggle for sexual justice in Palestine is inseparable in both purpose and spirit from the overall cause of Palestinian freedom, justice and equality — and the struggle of all oppressed peoples of the world for that matter. If Mr. Lider and other supporters of Israel take queer rights seriously, then they should also be fervent and vocal opponents of Israel’s ongoing crimes in the Palestinian territories. If they support the idea of international queer liberation, then they may have to reach beyond the privilege of being Israeli in Tel Aviv and spread their vision to ending all forms of domination that affect queer people, not just homophobia. It’s a big responsibility, but Lider is just the empowered international gay icon for the job. He can start with calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and align himself with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, one of many that seek to bring about this climate of genuine political freedom. It is only within this climate of political humanity that the beauty of queerness can realize its full potential. If you are interested in this issue I encourage you to visit the website of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (queersagainstapartheid.org) to learn more about this issue.
The situation of militarized apartheid renders dedicated activism by Palestinians for their rights (queer or otherwise) a near impossibility.
even implicitly market Israel as the contribution to any international liberation I should consider valuable. I also question the aims of a campaign to improve international opinion of any nation by appealing to a narrow politics of identity. Joey Low, the founder of the nonprofit organization “Israel at Heart,” which was responsible for organizing Lider’s tour in the U.S., stated in a Jerusalem Post interview, “The gay issue is not the highest issue on my agenda (and) I care more about the image Israel has.” While I give Mr. Lider credit for express-
or political mobilization by Palestinians. The gains made thus far by the LGBTQ movements in both the U.S. and in Israel required sustained, long-term dedicated activism in the face of homophobic policies and players in both countries — sustained commitment that is virtually unimaginable for Palestinians living under a military administration whose tactics are isolation and insecurity. In response to this PR campaign, activist organization Queers Against Israeli Apartheid has pointed out that “Homophobia exists in Israel, Palestine, and across all bor-
Malcolm Shanks ’11.5 is a Middle Eastern studies concentrator from Washington, D.C. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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