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vol. cxliv, no. 19 | Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | Serving the community daily since 1891

Cafe Roba Dolce closes suddenly after eviction Penn works

By Sydney Ember
Senior Staf f Writer to contain
Roba Dolce closed its doors Tues-
day and its owners were notified
that they were being evicted from By Ellen Cushing
their corner location on Thayer and Gaurie Tilak
Street, a shocking development that Senior Staff Writer
left Nino DeMartino, the owner of and Higher Ed Editor

the panini and gelato cafe, search-

ing for answers. Three students at the University of
“Unfortunately, we have a situa- Pennsylvania have been hospitalized
tion where we are subleasing, and with meningococcal infection, ac-
the people who are subleasing are cording to health alerts issued by
defaulting,” DeMartino said in a the school.
telephone interview yesterday. “It
just happened today, suddenly, and HIGHER ED
it was unexpected.”
Students and passers-by ap- Penn announced Thursday that
peared taken aback by the dark- two students had suffered the infec-
ened storefront, with many people tion, which can cause meningitis,
stopping to read the notice tacked and announced the third case on
onto the front entrance. Friday. The three students all had a
The eviction notice, filed on “common interaction through Penn’s
Monday in Rhode Island’s Sixth Greek system,” according to the Feb.
District Court, came a mere three 13 alert. The alert recommended
Kim Perley / Herald
weeks after the cafe was granted a The Italian cafe Roba Dolce was evicted from its Thayer Street storefront on Tuesday. preventative treatment for anyone
limited liquor license by the Provi- who attended Greek-related events at
dence Board of Licenses. opening during the proceedings York-based real-estate company I know.” Penn held since Feb. 2 and for anyone
DeMartino said he was not was unclear. Stonehenge Partners, Inc., in the DeMartino’s lawyer declined to who had “prolonged contact” with
notified before being served with “It’s really bad what they did,” legal proceedings, said the evic- comment about the case. those who did.
the eviction notice. He said he was DeMar tino said, “but it’s the tion was filed because the tenants Before he was served the evic- Penn also canceled all “university
hoping to negotiate “some kind law.” “wouldn’t pay their rent,” owing tion notice, DeMartino, who has and student-sponsored parties” for
of adjustment” in court allowing “Hopefully, we can get resolved $36,000, though he did not specify owned Roba Dolce since November the weekend, the alert said.
him to continue to operate his busi- soon and continue to ser ve the who was guilty in defaulting on pay- 2007, said business had been going An e-mail to community members
ness while the legal aspects of the community,” he said. ments. He said the district sheriff “okay,” especially given the current from Brown Health Services about
case are discussed, though he said Murray Gereboff, the attorney ser ved the execution yesterday,
the likelihood of a successful re- representing the landlords, New but “there isn’t much more that continued on page 3 continued on page 5

Filling the gap: tops y- t u r v y

Zipcar membership doubles
students take
years off in Israel
after minimum age lowered
By Etienne Ma affiliated with Brown, she noted,
By Lauren Pischel Staf f Writer but for others the age minimum
Staf f Writer remains 21, and the rates are
Since Zipcar implemented changes higher.
When Sara Glick ’10 arrived on to its program over the summer, The Zipcar program has “real-
College Hill freshman year, it was the number of Zipcar members has ized over 100 percent growth” in
not her first time living away from almost doubled, according to the users and vehicles at Brown in the
home. After graduating from high Brown Transportation Office. Last past three years, said Matt Malloy,
school, Glick spent a year in Israel July, Zipcar lowered the minimum Zipcar’s vice president of new mar-
to learn more about her Jewish age for drivers from 21 to 18 and ket development. He attributed the
heritage. added two more cars to its fleet to program’s success to an “ongoing
raise the total number of cars on relationship” that Zipcar has with
FEATURE campus to seven. Brown.
Zipcar is a car rental company “What’s great about it is you
“I had been in school for 12 that offers “self-ser vice access to have seven cars to pick from. If
years, and then I was going in for cars 24/7,” according to its Web you need a car (for) just one hour,
another four,” Glick said. “It was site. After a membership fee of $30 you can get one. You can’t normally
good to have a break.” a year, members can pay for hourly rent a car like that ­— you gotta do
Many students who take so- or daily usage for a price that in- 24 hours,” said Lighty. “You don’t
called “gap years” choose to spend cludes gas and insurance. have to deal with all the insurance
the time in Israel to explore their According to Carleia Lighty, and parking of the personal vehicle
cultural roots, while others seek to the transpor tation manager for and just everything that goes along
gain a deeper connection with the Brown, the number of Zipcar users with having your vehicle.”
countr y itself. “People ­­that spend at Brown has increased from 472 to For Pete Ciullo ’12, Zipcar made
time in Israel feel much more con- 790 since July, when the changes things easier when he went with
nected with their Jewish identity,” were put into effect. Roughly 60 his friends to attend a concert in
said Yossi Knafo, Israel Fellow at Justin Coleman / Herald percent of users are students, Massachusetts. Ciullo has used
Brown/RISD Hillel. The men’s basketball team lost to Penn Friday night but won its Lighty estimated, while roughly Zipcar twice — he first used the
first Ivy game of the season in an upset over Princeton. 40 percent are faculty and staff.
See Sports, page 7
continued on page 2 The service is not only for those continued on page 3

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Higher Ed, 5 Sports, 7 Sports, 7 Opinions, 11
Editorial..10 Colleges and universities Men’s hockey extended The wrestling team had Nick Werle ’10 offers
Opinion...11 nationwide are hiring more its losing streak to seven a 49-0 shutout against helpful hints for the SciLi’s
Today........12 part-time faculty games over the weekend Wagner over the weekend science resource center

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C ampus N EWS “It was a very important time to find myself and devote my time to
exploration and personal growth.” — Harry Reis ’11, on his gap year

Students take year off after high school to volunteer, study in Israel
continued from page 1 Taking a gap year, Glick said, sity and the second semester vol- “We had this closeness that them.
of fered her a break from a fast- unteering in a school. I just cannot describe,” Zeigen “It is just a question that you
“Israel is so a part of your life track culture which propels young “The kids (at the school) were said, that was “beyond the bond can’t answer, because it is just this
all of the time,” Knafo said. “You adults from high school to college, crazy,” Glick said. “They would yell of friendship.” comprehensive experience,” Zei-
hear it mentioned about 100 times followed immediately by work or at the teacher, calling her fat and Harr y Reis ’11, president of gen said. “It is like asking what the
in a ser vice in synagogue.” graduate school. “Israeli society ugly. I got really good at saying, Brown Students for Israel, spent first year of college is like.”
For their years abroad, students is ver y dif ferent than American ‘Don’t hit him.’” the first semester of his gap year Adjusting to Brown was difficult
can choose from a wide variety of society,” she said. “In Israel, people Most gap-year programs are di- learning Hebrew in Jerusalem. at first for Glick, who — like many
programs and projects, including take a lot of time to just travel and vided into two semesters like Glick’s During his second semester he gap-year students — entered col-
learning Hebrew, volunteering in just discover themselves.” was. Most gap-year programs are volunteered in an ambulance and lege a year older than most of her
schools and working on farming Glick spent the first semester also highly structured. “Once I got in an “absorption center” that fellow classmates.
collectives. taking classes at Hebrew Univer- there, I found that I could not do provided housing to recent im- “The first week before classes
certain things and go certain plac- migrants. was hard. I felt a little bit different
es, and that was really annoying,” “It was a ver y important time than the other freshmen who had
Glick said. to find myself and devote my time just come out of high school,” she
Jenna Zeigen ’12 worked on a to exploration and personal growth said. “But then once classes start-
farming collective for the first half and friendships without the obli- ed, I felt like ever yone else.”
of her gap year and then volun- gations of being in school,” Reis “I think it was one of the best
teered in a high school for the sec- said. decisions I could have made for
ond half. The program Zeigen par- Some students said they found myself,” Zeigen said. “I’m definite-
ticipated in was smaller than most, it difficult to describe their experi- ly more outgoing since going on
with only 48 other students. ences in Israel when people asked the program.”

news in brief

Banner internal
record gets facelift
Changes have been
implemented to Banner’s
internal academic tran-
script page, the Office of
the Registrar announced
in a community-wide e-
mail yesterday. The up-
date fixes problems with
the old online transcript,
which displayed some un-
wanted records and omit-
ted others, and which was
not amenable to printing.
Programmers encoun-
tered technical difficul-
ties earlier this month,
but those issues were re-
solved quickly.
Most students inter-
viewed last night said
sudoku they had seen the e-mail
and visited the new Ban-
ner site, but plenty said
they continued to have
issues with the Banner
transcript, despite the
“It’s more clear-cut,
but there are still dis-
crepancies,” said Sherrie
Khadanga ’09.
Michael Levy ’10 said
he had already sent an e-
mail to Dean of the Col-
lege Katherine Bergeron
voicing his concerns about
the new system. Levy
said he was “very disap-
pointed” by the update
because the transcript
now displays dropped

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C ampus N EWS “This is our livelihood, and these people come in and shut our doors,
and now we have nothing.” — Nino DeMartino, owner of Roba Dolce

Program seeks to replace

Hope High writing tutoring
Sarah Julian a week, every other week. They will
Contributing Writer work to improve students’ writing
and teach the foundations of essay
When the Writing Fellows program writing, Jhaveri said. She has tu-
at Hope High School ended last year, tored Hope students for the SAT
Sejal Jhaveri ’09 and Cristina Rodri- and said many students are not even
gues ’10 wanted to make sure the proficient in basic grammar.
school’s students would continue “English and literacy skills are
to get the writing help Brown stu- so important to being a success-
dents had previously offered. The ful person,” she said. The goal
two have collaborated to create the of the program would be to help
Literacy Fellows program, which the high school students master
aims to replace the functions of the these skills.
old program. “Classrooms at Hope are big,”
Jhaveri’s and Rodrigues’ pro- Harwood said. “Having volunteers
gram was created through the in the classroom automatically
Swearer Center for Public Service. means each student is getting more
In addition to discussing the new individual attention.” Herald File Photo
program with former Writing Fel- According to Harwood, students Twice as many students have signed up for Zipcar after the company changed its rules and added cars.
lows program director Britt Har- at Hope are generally behind grade
wood ’09, the two are also working
with Jonathan Goodman MAT’89,
level in reading and writing. “The
ultimate goal is really trying to help Zipcar registrations gain speed on campus
head of the English department at students value their own writing and
Hope High and co-director of the academic work, and to facilitate im- continued from page 1 rent to using Zipcar. “appealing,” while Cydney Dupree
previous Writing Fellows program proving their writing,” she said. Despite the perks of Zipcars, ’11 said that she has “been want-
with Harwood. Jhaveri said she is still looking service last December — and has many students have yet to try the ing to” use Zipcar, though neither
The Literacy Fellows plan to for more volunteers, but plans to had no difficulty booking the cars ser vice, and several inter viewed had tried it.
work in classrooms at Hope twice start the program next week. for travel. by The Herald said they didn’t Zoe McKinnell ’12 also in-
The pricing, Ciullo said, is have the need for it. Some were tends to rent a Zipcar once she

Thayer loses Italian cafe

“pretty fair” and “pretty inexpen- unsure what Zipcar was, while has her license. “Many students
sive” because the cost would usu- others were unaware that Zipcar use Amtrak to get around, but
ally be divided among friends. operated with a minimum age Zipcar would be cheaper.”
continued from page 1 you don’t have money, you can’t But Marielle Giancarlo ’11 of 18. “We’re proud of the program,”
operate.” cited price as the largest deter- Emily Reese ’11 found Zipcar Lighty said.
economy. DeMartino, who said his cafe
“Everybody’s suffering a little caters primarily to Brown and RISD
bit,” he said. “Under my supervi- students, has been in the restaurant
sion, we made more money than business for 16 years, he said.
ever.” But he said there had been His goal in life, he said, has been
a 20 to 30 percent decrease in busi- to support his family, especially his
ness since 2007, a trend he said he children, whom he said he wants to
had been hoping to combat with the send to college. “I’m a family man,
recently granted liquor license. and I have children,” he said. “If
“We finally got the license,” he this doesn’t go well, what am I go-
said, “but now we can’t even oper- ing to do?”
ate.” Many Brown students were
DeMartino said his goal had equally stunned.
been to create a classic Italian cafe “They had amazing paninis,” said
— not a full-scale restaurant — with Mike Tackeff ’12. “I always thought
the limited license, fostering a so- they were a little expensive, but it
cial atmosphere for students and was a good place to take a date.”
local residents. But with his cafe Without the cafe, DeMartino
doors currently locked, the windows said he is unsure if he will be able
boarded shut and the phone discon- to support himself or his family.
nected, DeMartino acknowledged “This is our livelihood,” he said,
his plans were uncertain. “and these people come in and
“We’re trying very hard to ac- shut our doors, and now we have
commodate people,” he said. “If nothing.”
Higher Ed
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | Page 5

Meningitis at
Penn linked to
National trend favors
Greek system, untenured faculty
fencing team By Nicole Friedman
Senior Staff Writer
Hantke, a professor at Sogang Uni-
versity in South Korea, in an e-mail
to The Herald. Hantke co-edited a
continued from page 1
Colleges and universities around the book about the struggles of adjunct
the outbreak at Penn also tied the country are hiring fewer faculty mem- faculty.
infections to Penn’s fencing team. bers on the tenure track, choosing But Brown and other top-tier in-
The Brown team participated in a instead to hire contingent faculty, stitutions buck the national trend. Of
tournament with Penn’s team at which include adjunct professors and Brown’s 689 regular faculty mem-
Columbia last week. lecturers. bers, 637 are professors, associate
Jeanne Leong, a Penn spokes- As of 2007, full-time tenured facul- professors or assistant professors,
person, was unable to confirm that ty made up only 21.3 percent of faculty meaning they either have tenure or
one of the affected students was in- nationwide, down from 36.5 percent in are on the tenure track, according to
volved with the fencing team, but 1975, according to the Department of the Dean of the Faculty’s Web site.
both Brown and Columbia have is- Education. Full-time, non-tenure-track The remaining 7.5 percent of regular
sued health alerts that specifically faculty and part-time faculty together faculty members are lecturers and
referred to the schools’ fencing made up 68.8 percent of national fac- senior lecturers.
teams as at risk. ulty in 2007, compared to a combined In addition to regular faculty,
One of the infected students has total of just 43.2 percent in 1975. Brown currently has 200 to 300 vis-
already been released from the hos- This trend is often attributed to the iting and adjunct faculty members, As-
pital, Leong wrote in an e-mail to The lower cost of part-time and untenured sociate Dean of the Faculty Elizabeth
Herald, while “the other two are in faculty, said John Curtis, director of Doherty said.
fair condition.” the department of research and public Unlike many other schools, Brown
To ensure that more students policy for the American Association has a student body whose size re-
aren’t infected, Penn health services of University Professors. Part-time mains relatively constant from year
is offering preventative antibiotic faculty do not receive full benefits to year and a commitment to using
pills to students free of charge. The and are often hired on a per-course or regular faculty in teaching “whenever
Courtesy of Pamela Ellerman / The Daily Pennsylvanian
cost of the treatment is being shared per-credit basis at “rates that are well possible,” Doherty said.
About 3,000 University of Pennsylvania students received preventative
by the university and the city of Phil- meningitis treatment at the school’s Student Health Service, above. below those paid to full-time faculty,” Other top schools are similarly
adelphia, Leong told The Herald. he said. situated. Of Stanford’s regular faculty
Pennsylvania state law already either.” It is spread through close physi- The current economic crisis will — which does not include faculty at
requires all entering undergradu- In response to the Penn out- cal contact, like kissing or sharing “exacerbate this situation” by provid- its Medical Center — 54 percent are
ate students to receive one dose break, Brown Health Services is- utensils, cups or toothbrushes, he ing colleges and universities with “the tenured and an additional 16 percent
of the meningitis vaccine, Leong sued an e-mail alert on Monday said. rationale for a further decrease of
said. But, she said, the vaccine only recommending preventative treat- Brown fencers contacted by the workplace security,” wrote Steffen continued on page 6
protects the body against four of ment for students who have had Herald Tuesday all said they are not
the five strains of meningitis. The close contact with the students in concerned about the outbreak, al-
Penn students all contracted the the Penn Greek system or fencing though several team members said
strain of infection not covered by team. they had already gone to receive
the vaccine. Twelve Brown students received antibiotics from Health Services.
Antibiotic treatment was avail- the prophylaxis yesterday and about “Personally, I am not worried
able to students over the weekend 20 other students went to speak with about this scare,” fencer Scott Phil-
and on Monday and will continue to Health Services, said Health Ser- lips ’11 wrote in an e-mail to The
be offered on a case-by-case basis vices Director Edward Wheeler. Herald. Phillips added that a Health
for the remainder of the week, Le- Although no cases have been Services representative was plan-
ong wrote in her e-mail. So far, about reported at Brown since the Penn ning to come to the team’s practice
3,000 of the 10,000 undergraduates outbreak, the Brown e-mail alert yesterday to offer the antibiotic pill
at Penn have opted to receive treat- was sent because of the potential to anyone on the team who wanted
ment, she wrote. seriousness of the disease, Wheeler it.
But Penn sophomore Lucy Me- said. The situation at Penn poses “a Joseph Isaacson ’11 wrote in an
drich, who did not take the antibi- very low risk,” he added. e-mail that he is not worried about
otics, said many students were not “We don’t have any reason to infection because contact between
concerned by the outbreak. believe that anyone was actually in fencing teams during the tourna-
“I didn’t get a prophylactic be- contact with the people who actually ment was “limited to a quick hand-
cause I didn’t go to any frats over the have it,” he said. “We’re just being shake.” But he is glad Brown offered
time period they said the meningitis cautious.” the team treatment. “Even if chance
outbreak occurred,” she wrote in Symptoms of meningitis include of infection is near zero,” he wrote,
an e-mail to The Herald. “Most of stiffening of the neck, high fever, “it is better to offer those most at
my friends aren’t worried about it headache and rash, Wheeler said. risk some preventative treatment.”
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H igher E d
Struggling colleges hire more part-time profs; Brown bucks trend
continued from page 5 tier universities also employ profes- levels, said Professor of Education issues or “challenge students to really members are hired to teach specific
sors in full-time, non-tenure track Kenneth Wong. Hiring faculty on take on tough questions,” he said. classes about their field of work,
are on the tenure track, information positions as research faculty — po- fixed-year contracts is also a “flexible Nonetheless, many faculty mem- Wong said, citing professional per-
on the university’s Web site shows. sitions that are not always included way to bring in new ideas to the teach- bers choose not to be on the tenure formers, teachers and judges as ex-
Around 62 percent of Dartmouth’s when schools calculate their regular ing program of those institutions,” track for various reasons. Instructors amples of professionals who have
total faculty are either tenured or on faculty numbers. said Wong, who serves as chair of who are solely interested in teaching taught as adjunct faculty members
the tenure track, according to that Brown does not track the number his department. sometimes choose not to be on the at Brown.
school’s Web site. of adjunct and visiting faculty mem- But the use of non-tenure track tenure track, since review for tenure Brown has a hiring freeze in place
Harvard and Yale both employ bers, Doherty said, but the number and part-time faculty can have nega- focuses on a professor’s publications for staff and administrative positions,
around 68 percent of their regular of regular faculty has gone up so fast tive consequences for students, Cur- and scholarly efforts in addition to but not for faculty, and it will continue
faculty in tenured or tenure-track that “it would be hard to imagine that tis said. Since non-tenure track faculty teaching. to hire tenure-track professors. If any
positions, according to their respec- adjuncts and visitors would have in- members often hold other jobs, they Because contingent faculty are group is affected by changes in hir-
tive Web sites. Those figures do not creased at anywhere near that rate,” are less available to students, which evaluated on teaching ability and ing, Doherty said, “it’s more likely to
include research faculty or academic she said. places the burden of advising and student enrollment, adjunct faculty be on the visitor and adjunct group.”
support personnel. In addition to allowing institutions writing letters of recommendation al- members are “often among our best If a department wanted to hire a visit-
Curtis said research universities to “contain or control the cost” of fac- most entirely on tenure-track faculty, teachers,” said Professor of Econom- ing or temporary faculty member, the
often employ graduate students to ulty, having fewer tenured positions he said. Also, without the protections ics Andrew Foster, who also chairs University would be more rigorous
teach courses, decreasing their need gives institutions flexibility to adjust of tenure, contingent faculty may be the Department of Economics. in determining the necessity of the
to hire non-tenure-track faculty. Top- the size of the faculty to enrollment less willing to address controversial At Brown, many adjunct faculty hire, she said.
The Brown Daily Herald

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | Page 7

M. hoopsters score first Ivy win Hockey team continues

By Benjy Asher
Spor ts Editor
on seven-game slide
By Dan Alexander Milan had a shut-out until Bobby
After a devastating 73-52 loss to Sports Staff Writer Farnham ’12 beat Milan with 1:17
Penn (7-13, 3-3 Ivy) on Friday night, remaining in the game to make the
the men’s basketball team (7-15, 1-7 The men’s hockey team (2-19-4, 2-13- score 2-1. Union scored an empty-net
Ivy) bounced back the following 3 ECAC) fell to ECAC rivals Rens- goal with 2.8 seconds left to make the
night, earning its first Ivy League selaer Polytechnic Institute (7-21-2, final score 3-1.
win under new Head Coach Jesse 6-11-1) and Union (15-13-2, 8-9-1) in
Agel in an upset 61-43 win over away games last weekend, extend- RPI 4, Brown 3
Princeton (9-10, 4-2 Ivy). ing Brown’s losing streak to seven The Bears headed to Troy, N.Y.,
games. on Friday night to close out the sea-
Penn 73, Brown 52 RPI had a 4-2 lead heading into the son’s series with the RPI Engineers.
Friday’s matchup with Penn was final frame on Friday night, and as- When the teams faced off against
an emotional game for both sides. sistant captain Matt Vokes ’09 scored each other earlier in the season, RPI
Brown was coming off two narrow his ninth goal of the season with just handed Brown one of its worst de-
losses the previous weekend, 63-61 over seven minutes left in the game feats of the season in a 7-2 game.
Courtesy of Jesse Russell Morgan
to Dartmouth and 64-63 to Har- to bring the Bears within one goal. The Engineers took to their home
The men’s basketball team lost against Penn Friday but beat Princeton
vard, while Penn had lost back-to- the next day for its first Ivy win of the season. But the last minutes ticked away with- ice Friday night amid a four-game
back Ivy League home games for out either team netting another goal, losing streak. The weekend before,
the first time in 41 years, according the motion offense to perfection to from the floor and attempted only making the final score 4-3. they had lost a home and an away
to the Daily Pennsylvanian. build a 20-point lead, 56-36, with two free throws, the offense was The Bears lost again the next
To add to the tension, three 9:52 left to play. As the Penn de- operating on all cylinders in the night when Union goaltender Corey continued on page 8
starters for the Bears — Matt fense clamped down on Williams, second half. The Bears came out of

Wrestlers sweep weekend

Mullery ’10 and tri-captains Chris Brown struggled to generate any the locker room and put together a
Skrelja ’09 and Scott Friske ’09 offense. Mullery, the Bears’ lead- 17-3 run in the first nine minutes of
— were former recruits of Penn ing scorer on the season, was held the half to take a 38-24 lead. During
Head Coach Glen Miller, who held to just 12 points, while tri-captain the run, Sullivan, who was held to a By Katie Wood its team put together five wins in the
the head coaching job at Brown Peter Sullivan ’11 managed just single point in the first half, scored Assistant Sports Editor next seven matches. Eli Harris ’09
through the 2005-2006 season. seven points and Friske and Skrelja six points, while Williams hit a pair lost 8-3 at 133 pounds and Stephen
“It’s always difficult when we made just one field goal each. of treys and Mullery continued to The wrestling team finished off its final DeLorenzo ’10 bounced back from
play against players I recruited,” “We struggle when people get make his presence felt in the post, road trip of the season on Saturday the Harris defeat and pulled away
Miller said. “They’re good guys, in our face, because we don’t have adding five points. with a 3-0 sweep over Boston Univer- from his opponent with a technical
which is why I recruited them, so a lot of guys who can create off the Free-throw shooting was key sity, Harvard and Wagner, including fall (6:36). Rickey Bailey ’11 could not
I want to see them do well, but I dribble to get shots for themselves for the Bears, who shot 14-of-19 a 49-0 shut-out against Wagner. After get started and fell 16-0 in a tech. fall
also want to win.” or for other people,” Agel said. “We from the line in the second half. a win at Princeton last weekend, the (2:48) at 149 pounds.
Early on, Tyler Bernardini had also didn’t cash in on free throws, Sullivan led the offensive effort for Bears have rattled off four wins in a For the next five matches, the
the hot hand for Penn, leading the and we just looked rattled on the Brown in the second half with 12 row heading into the final weekend Bears and the Crimson would battle
Quakers with 13 first-half points en floor.” points, including 7-of-9 free throws, of the regular season. back and forth, each team record-
route to a game-high 16. Adrian Brown shot 11-for-21 from the to finish with 13 points. Skrelja had “We did a much better job this ing two major decisions to keep the
Williams ’11 kept the Bears in the charity stripe, while shooting just a solid all-around game as well, weekend,” said co-captain Matt match close.
game with his hot shooting, as he 34 percent from the floor, and Penn chipping in with nine points and Gevelinger ’09. “In the past we have No. 4 J.P. O’Connor handed Bryan
went off for 15 points on 4-of-4 cruised to a 73-52 victory. a team-high nine rebounds, while underachieved. This weekend we felt Tracy ’10 a 14-3 major decision at 157
shooting from the field, including Williams knocked down three that we were capable of winning three pounds. But Jeff Lemmer ’12 returned
three treys, in the first half. Brown 61, Princeton 43 treys to finish with 11 points. and finally reached our potential.” the favor to the Crimson at 165 pounds
Two free throws from Williams On Saturday, Brown opened The Bears also protected the and scored his own 15-6 major deci-
tied the game at 21 with 7:04 re- with three-pointers by Williams ball, committing only nine turn- Brown 25, Harvard 19 sion. Despite a fever, Bran Crudden
maining in the first half, but the and Mullery on back-to-back pos- overs, well below the team’s sea- Brown traveled to Cambridge, ’10 battled his opponent and fell by a
game quickly began to slip away sessions to take an early 6-0 lead, son average of 14.7 turnovers per Mass., to take on Ivy League foe Har- slight 5-2 margin at 174 pounds. Louis
from the Bears. The Quakers fin- but a 19-8 run gave Princeton a game. vard early Saturday afternoon. The Caputo (No. 10) recorded a 10-0 ma-
ished the half from that point on 19-14 lead with 4:49 left in the Brown will try to carry its mo- Crimson failed to suit up a full team jor decision over Gevelinger at 184
with an 18-8 run, including seven first half. Treys from Mullery and mentum into Friday night’s game as Greg Einfrank ’10 won by forfeit at pounds and Leo Saniuk ’09 handled
points from guard Harrison Gaines Morgan Kelly ’11 gave the Bears a against the Columbia Lions (10-12, 125 pounds to start off the meet. Har-
in the last 3:08 of the half. one-point lead, and at halftime the 5-3 Ivy), who defeated the Bears, vard controlled the middle-weights as continued on page 9
“They played at an extremely score was knotted at 21. Mullery 65-59, in the first meeting between
fast tempo, and they had great led the way with 12 points in the the teams. Then, on Saturday, Bru-
guards who pretty much blew by first half, and finished with a game- no will take on first-place Cornell
us at will,” Agel said. high 19, along with six assists and (17-7, 7-1 Ivy), looking to avenge a
In the second half, the Quak- four blocks. 90-58 loss at the hands of the Big
ers’ offense continued to click, as After the slow first half, in Red on Jan. 30. Both games will be
Gaines and guard Zack Rosen ran which Brown shot just 38 percent at 7 p.m. at the Pizzitola Center.
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S ports W ednesday
Men’s hockey loses two
games over the weekend
5-1, 14-3-1) the night before in a 4-2
continued from page 7
game, both to Union. The first time Brown faced off
After a scoreless first period dur- against Union this season, the Bears
ing which RPI outshot Brown 10-6, left with their first victory of the sea-
the Bears began the second period son, a 5-4 win on Dec. 5 at Meehan
with 1:26 remaining on a power-play. Auditorium.
Jeff Buvinow ’12 took the puck from Grillo said the difference between
the top of the left face-off circle to the the two games was Brown’s power
point and fired a rocket with under a play. In the first game, the Bears were
minute remaining on the power-play. 3-for-6 with the man advantage. They
Assistant captain Aaron Volpatti ’10 went 0-for-8 on the power-play last
deflected the puck to Milan’s five- Saturday.
hole to give Brown a 1-0 lead. Saturday’s game was more of
RPI evened the score 2:40 later a defensive battle than the last
when Jeff Foss tried a shot from the match-up. Corey Milan, who gave
blue line. Mike Clemente ’12 stopped up all five goals against Brown in
the puck, but Justin Smith won the the teams’ first meeting, was perfect
rebound. Smith took a shot from just in net until he let one by him with
outside of the crease and put the puck 1:17 remaining.
across the goal line. Union took control in the first pe-
Clemente started in net for the riod, gaining a 16-5 shot advantage.
Bears on both nights last weekend. It took Union all 16 shots to finally
Head Coach Roger Grillo has experi- beat Clemente.
mented with different players in goal Brock Matheson fired the puck
recently. Last weekend, Clemente from the left point and teammate
and Dan Rosen ’10 each got starts. Adam Presizniuk deflected it past
The weekend before, Mark Sibbald Clemente for his 13th goal of the
’09 got a chance in net too. season, to put Union ahead 1-0 at
“I think we have three very good the end of the first period.
goaltenders,” Grillo said. “I don’t The goal siren lit up far fewer
think we have a definite number times in the second period on Sat-
one.” urday than it had the previous night,
Grillo said he was impressed with when Brown and RPI combined for
Clemente’s play last weekend. “I six second-period goals. The middle
thought he played really well. There’s frame was scoreless on Saturday until
a goal or two that he’d probably want Jason Walters made it a 2-0 game with
back and that’s generally the case five seconds left in the period.
when you don’t win,” he said. Milan passed to Lane Caffaro,
The Bears reclaimed the lead who fed Walters on the left wing.
when Jack Maclellan ’12 scored the With the last seconds ticking away,
third goal of the period 4:00 after the Walters threw a shot on net from the
opening face-off. RPI goaltender Allen left boards. The shot that would prove
York stopped three shots in a row, to be the game-winning goal deflect-
but couldn’t make the fourth save on ed off of a Brown defenseman’s skate
Maclellan’s shot from the bottom of and went into the net.
the left face-off circle. “That was kind of a downer,” Cle-
Brown maintained the 2-1 lead un- mente said.
til RPI gained a 5-on-3 man advantage Like the first two periods, the last
late in middle frame. Chase Polacek 20 minutes remained scoreless until
knotted the score at 2-2 with a slap- the end of the frame. With Brown
shot 16:11 into the period. trailing 2-0 and just 1:35 remaining,
The Engineers took the lead just Grillo pulled Clemente in favor of an
24 seconds later while they still had a extra attacker.
one-man advantage. Clemente stopped The strategy worked as Buvinow
one shot, but the puck went loose in won the puck on the right wing and
the crease, and Alex Angers-Goulet passed it off to Maclellan. Maclellan
managed to knock it into the net. fed Farnham, who scored Brown’s
RPI’s scoring spree continued lone goal on the night.
when they put in their third goal in The goal prevented the shutout,
just over a minute on a shot from the but it wasn’t enough to bring the
bottom of the right face-off circle, giv- Bears back. Grillo pulled Clemente
ing the Engineers a 4-2 lead. again after the face-off at mid-ice.
“You take out that 1:16 and we This time, the extra attacker wasn’t
actually played a heck of a game,” enough and Union scored an empty-
Grillo said. net goal with 2.8 seconds left, making
Vokes added to his team-leading the score 3-1.
scoring statistics with 7:07 left in the The two losses keep Brown at the
game when he beat York with a wrist bottom of the ECAC standings with
shot from point-blank, to make the only seven points.
game 4-3. “We’re not giving up,” Clemente
Grillo pulled Clemente, who tal- said. “We’re going to keep battling.
lied 26 saves on the night, with 1:13 Everyone is still coming to practice
left in favor of an extra attacker. De- and working hard.”
spite the man advantage, the Bears Brown will take on No. 10 Princ-
only managed to get off one shot eton for the third time this season in
before the buzzer sounded with RPI New Jersey next Friday at 7 p.m. The
still ahead 4-3. Bears lost their home opener, 4-1,
against Princeton and lost another to
Union 3, Brown 1 the Tigers in a 5-1 game at Meehan
Union came into their Saturday on Jan. 31.
match-up against the Bears having “The expectation is to go down
won two of their last three games. to Princeton and beat them,”
They had fallen to No. 7 Yale (19- Grillo said.
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S ports W ednesday
Wrestlers win four straight
continued from page 7 portunity to see the Terriers in action
against Sacred Heart.
his opponent 11-1 for a major decision Once Brown’s match began,
at 197 pounds. Gevelinger (184) pulled out a close
Harvard could not fill the heavy- 3-0 win, keeping the momentum going
weight spot as the Bears narrowly from the Bears’ hard-fought match
edged the Crimson 25-19 with the help against Harvard and their domination
of 12 free points from forfeits. over Wagner. Stearns (197) fell in a
“Everyone stepped up and did tough 4-2 decision as Zdrada (heavy-
their job as certain people had to get weight) kept the score low once again
bonus points and not get pinned in with a 6-3 decision.
order to win the match,” Einfrank said. Einfrank was ready to wrestle de-
“It was nice to see — the team coming spite sitting out the first two matches.
out of the weekend on a high.” He finally had the opportunity to
wrestle for his team and aimed to
Brown 49, Wagner 0 score as many points as he could for
The Bears had a few moments to Bruno because he knew it would be
rest before they faced off with Wag- a tight match.
ner for the second match of the day. “I watched my opponent against
Many new faces filled the lightweight Sacred Heart, so I knew what was
positions in the dual, taking down the coming,” Einfrank said. “I went out
Seahawks 49-0. aggressive and got some bonus points
Einfrank was stuck on the bench for the team. It was crucial for every-
yet again as Wagner did not have a one to battle for points.”
125-pound entry, earning six points Einfrank delivered for his team
with the forfeit. Ross Baldwin ’09 and recorded a 19-4 tech fall (5:15)
(133), Grant Overcashier ’12 (141), to earn five crucial points.
Bailey (149), Tom Fazio ’09 (157) and Brown and BU traded wins the
co-captain Chris Musser ’09 (165) next four bouts as Harris (133) fell 3-2,
each rolled to convincing wins. The DeLorenzo (141) won 4-1, Dave Foxen
Seahawks were never able to recover ’11 (149) would not let his opponent
as Crudden (174) battled through a distance himself for bonus points, fall-
7-6 decision, and Gevelinger (184), ing 11-6, and Tracy (157) managed to
Branden Stearns ’09 and Zach Zdrada hold on for a 6-4 decision.
’09 carried out the perfect match for The Terriers took the next two
the Bears. matches, but with the score close,
Despite the dominant win, the Lemmer (165) and Crudden (174)
Bears still have a lot of work to do in held off their opponents from scoring
order to finish out the season strong, bonus points. The Bears prevailed 17-
Gevelinger said. 15 despite their last two duals.
“Our goal is to continue to im- The Bears return home for the
prove,” he said. “Each day we try to final weekend of the regular season
get a little bit better.” to take on No. 3 Cornell on Friday
at 3 p.m. and Columbia on Saturday
Brown 17, BU 15 at 2 p.m.
After an impressive win over Wag- “We’re excited to finish off on
ner, the Bears traveled across town for
their final match of the day against
a strong note, especially after four
straight wins,” Einfrank said. “We’ll try
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More free rides

Providence can sometimes be a difficult mistress. We want to take public
transportation — it’s good for the environment, and best of all, the University
gives it to us for free — but traveling on RIPTA buses can be a tragicomic
adventure filled with delays, vaguely marked stops and confusing routes.
Despite the system’s obvious flaws, the University should continue to
encourage students and employees to take public transportation by offering
free rides with the UPass program. Recent Herald coverage stated that the
University will need to re-negotiate the financial terms of this program in
August. Elizabeth Gentry, assistant vice president for Financial and Admin-
istrative Services, said that due to RIPTA’s own budget crisis, they will likely
want the University to start paying more for the UPass service.
We hope that the University will not consider discontinuing this program,
which is a valuable service for students and employees. Though the program
cannot be expected to solve the parking shortage on campus overnight —
which it certainly hasn’t — anything that encourages more people to take
public transportation is a good thing.
The UPass program will never replace students’ need for cars, unless there
is a dramatic overhaul of RIPTA’s routes and services. Those who choose
to bring cars to campus are not likely be dissuaded by the promise of free
bus rides — especially when most RIPTA routes run infrequently and lack
service to popular student destinations like Seekonk and Sam’s Club.
However, administrators seem more hopeful that free RIPTA tickets
via the UPass program will encourage University employees to use public
transportation to commute to work. This is an eminently reasonable expecta- carly hudelson
tion for the program, especially with the price of gas fluctuating wildly as it
has been over the past year. If nothing else, UPass might make commuting
much more affordable for employees.
In the end, however, the success of Providence’s public transportation
l e t t e r s to t h e e d i to r s
program is completely in the hands of the RIPTA board of directors. They
can make Rhode Island a much less car-dependent state by lowering ticket
prices, increasing the frequency of service along popular routes and adding Deferral and delay stifle dissent
more routes where there is a demand. Making RIPTA convenient for use
on a daily basis will not be an easy or inexpensive task, but is well worth To the Editor: ing some initial divisiveness? There will always be
the investment. The energy crisis in this country is only going to become disagreement, but discomfor t should never be a
more severe, and any city with a high-quality public transportation system With regards to “Vote on renaming Columbus Day reason to disregard the values and priorities of this
will have a significant head start in confronting it. put off” (Feb. 11), I must add I am both disappointed University. The decision is the faculty’s alone. To
and angered by the response from the Faculty Ex- defer our motion (which already conceded to them
Editorials are written by The Herald’s editorial page board. Send comments to ecutive Committee after months of cooperating with the date of the holiday) on the grounds that it might
editorials@browndailyherald.com. them. Not only was our time wasted after deferring, step on someone’s toes is hardly legitimate.
yet again, a motion sent in before the actual meet- I believe the Columbus Day Project, since its in-
ing, but the manner in which we were treated was ception last fall, has been grossly misconstrued. It
t h e b r o w n d a i ly h e r a l d arguably repugnant. A student in the audience sent began as a small yet symbolic act, a starting point in
Editor-in-Chief Managing Editors Associate Editors Senior Editors us an e-mail after wards: “After years at this school, addressing the neglect and ignorance surrounding
Steve DeLucia Michael Bechek Nandini Jayakrishna Rachel Arndt I’m still shocked and disgusted at the condescension the violence and imperialism on which the countr y
Chaz Firestone Franklin Kanin Catherine Cullen
Michael Skocpol Scott Lowenstein which authority figures give to students, and you was founded. It was meant to stir dialogue and pro-
editorial Business were on the receiving end of some of the worst that vide the impetus for meaningful cooperation across
Ben Hyman Arts & Culture Editor General Managers Office Manager I’ve ever seen.” all differences.
Hannah Levintova Arts & Culture Editor Alexander Hughes Shawn Reilly
Sophia Li Features Editor Jonathan Spector The rationale being offered is: “You are inviting Reiko Koyama ’11
Emmy Liss Features Editor Directors the law of controversy and dissent.” I ask, has there Member, Native Americans at Brown
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No ROTC with ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy
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Regarding Thursday’s editorial (“U. should rein- to at least have the option of joining.” He’s right; this
Chris Jesu Lee Graphics Editor
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state ROTC,” Feb. 12): ROTC may deserve a place on is a question of access, and bringing ROTC on campus
Eunice Hong Photo Editor Sarah Rosenthal Opinions Editor campus. But until “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed, would provide easier access for those currently trek-
Kim Perley Photo Editor Editorial Page Board ROTC shouldn’t even be up for debate, because Don’t king over to Providence College’s Battalion. But until all
Justin Coleman Sports Photo Editor James Shapiro Editorial Page Editor
Nick Bakshi Board member Ask, Don’t Tell violates Brown’s clear nondiscrimina- students — lesbian, gay, straight, bisexual or any other
Kathryn Delaney Copy Desk Chief
Zack Beauchamp Board member tion policy. identity — have equal access to ROTC, we can’t allow
Sara Molinaro Board member
Seth Motel Copy Desk Chief The editorial betrayed a shallow understanding of the organization on campus, just as we wouldn’t allow a
Marlee Bruning Design Editor
Jessica Calihan Design Editor Post- magazine DADT, arguing that residual homophobia in the military whites-only organization to operate here (even if Brown’s
Anna Migliaccio Asst. Design Editor Arthur Matuszewski Editor-in-Chief should be addressed by making it easier for Brown involvement might make it more progressive).
Julien Ouellet Asst. Design Editor Kelly McKowen Editor-in-Chief students to become young officers: Even “a handful of If Obama follows through on his campaign pledge to
Neal Poole Web Editor
new officers” from Brown and its peers would “make repeal DADT, perhaps then we can have a meaningful
Jessie Calihan, Julien Ouellet, John Walsh Designer
a significant difference,” it asserted. But how could debate about the role of ROTC at Brown.
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that handful of Brunonian officers — “up to 15” in one
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Rethink the science resource center: make it bigger

for students to study, for professors and TAs to Brown Library must keep thinking about how floor project. However, for the center to be
NICK hold out-of-class meetings, for campus groups it can repurpose space that is currently wasted as successful as possible the current design
WERLE to host occasional seminars and for students housing underused print materials. process should envision that floor as part of
and researchers to conduct community out- Of the six on-campus libraries, the SciLi is a larger complex. The center would be better
Opinions Columnist reach projects. clearly the most retrograde. Its premier loca- able to meet its goals if the demands on each
And all of this is supposed to fit on the tion makes its physical misuse all the more floor were pared down with a larger project
In the midst of a campus-wide reckoning over third floor. To give some perspective to those disappointing. With the nearly complete on- in mind.
how the current economic misery will shape readers who have never been above the Mez- line migration of scientific journals, it hardly During the focus group meeting, the archi-
Brown’s future, the Office of the Dean of the zanine, the SciLi’s upper levels have only one seems necessary to keep decades worth of tects, whose most recent on-campus project
College announced last week that it is mov- quarter as much floor space as the Friedman journal archives in the SciLi. I doubt moving was the bookstore renovation, seemed keenly
ing forward with plans to build a science re- Center. Obviously, this project’s collection of the 42 volumes of the Oil and Gas Journal aware of the elements that make for effective
source center on the third floor of the Sciences deserving stakeholders and its list of laudable from Thayer Street to the Library Collection study spaces. The students who came to the
Library. goals will not fit on the third floor alone. Annex in Cranston would seriously incon- focus groups unanimously felt that the most
The center, slated to open about a year from The Friedman Center should be used as a venience any Brown researchers, especially effective help the science center could provide
now, is intended to bring together science stu- design model here. As soon as it opened, the considering that the Library’s LexisNexis sub- would be to facilitate the formation of ongoing
dents from different departments and to help Friedman was recognized as one of the pre- scription includes instant access to the journal study groups.
build an interdisciplinary science community mier study spaces on campus. Indeed, it may back to 1978. Because science students are not the most
with dedicated study space and resources tar- gregarious on campus, the architecture itself
geted at science students. must do a lot of the social engineering. The
Since the beginning of the semester, I have As the project team designs the third floor center should be designed to bring students
attended two undergraduate focus groups that together in spaces that will be both accessible
debated the design and mission of the science renovation it should focus on meeting to newcomers and private enough for students
resource center. We analyzed the project’s to concentrate. Science students should also
goals and discussed how the center’s design the needs of students. be able to reserve the study rooms and see
could best serve the University’s science com- real-time availability online so that more time
munity. These meetings provided a detailed have gotten so busy that it has become a vic- As a physics concentrator, the WiFi and is spent studying instead of searching for a
view of not only the goals and constraints facing tim of its own success. And there is a simple the dry erase boards (and walls) in the Fried- place to sit.
the architects but also the project’s motivations reason why it has worked so well: The Fried- man Center have been far more useful to me Group study rooms, dry erase boards, fully
and potential. man Center was designed solely to accommo- than the 11 floors of books above it. To facili- loaded scientific computing stations, printer
I predict that the science center will quickly date the students who study there every day. tate this inevitable conversion, the Library, as kiosks and electric outlets are the components
become a campus resource nearly as valuable Aside from the paucity of outlets in some ar- an institution, should be a full partner in any of an ideal resource center for students. As
to the student community as the Friedman eas, the Fried’s design intelligently anticipates redesign efforts. the science resource center project team de-
Study Center. As it stands, however, I believe the ways that students currently study. Indeed, In an economic environment that will pre- signs the third floor renovation it should focus
that the physical plan is too modest to meet all a properly designed science center would take vent the University from undertaking large- on meeting the needs of students, not faculty
of the needs the Dean of the College has out- some strain off the Fried and make it a more scale capital projects for the foreseeable future, or outreach programs. If the center is popular
lined. The solution to this problem is not to re- usable space again. it is important that the administration recon- with its intended audience, the University can
duce the scope of the center, but to increase its The Friedman Center’s success should sider the current uses of all existing campus expand the science resource center and move
proposed size from one floor to two or three also serve as the strongest indication on resources. The recent renovation of J. Walter in the remaining programs on higher floors.
in order to satisfy all of the constituencies in- Brown’s campus of how the University’s librar- Wilson is a great example of how moderniza-
volved. ies will function in the future. It has been clear tion can reclaim the relevance of underutilized
Currently, the design team is soliciting in- for more than a decade that libraries will have campus spaces for a fraction of the price of a
put from both students and faculty, groups that to physically transform from book warehous- new building. Nick Werle ’10 is a physics and modern
have starkly different demands for academic es to serve the needs of laptop-toting, twenty- Right now, it is clear that the administra- critical philosophy concentrator
space. The proposal aims to squeeze in space first century students. Facing this reality, the tion considers the science center to be a one- from New York.

Slash and burn

on corporate profits and the estates of its balanced budgets in the future. the lowest threshold of any state.
WILLIAM deceased residents. But if the Rhode Island corporate earn- Nonetheless, Rhode Island shaves off
MARTIN Carcieri has the right idea. Cutting these ings tax plunges too far below those of its less from most estates than its neighbors:
taxes will earn Rhode Island much-needed neighbors, the state economy is likely to Massachusetts and Connecticut claim 16
Opinions Columnist attention from businesses and retirees, put- see diminishing returns: The bulk of busi- percent and 20 percent, respectively, from
ting the state back on track to economic nesspeople willing to move from Connecti- the highest bracket; Rhode Island only
The smallest state in the union is in a deep stability — and ultimately fiscal sanity. cut or Massachusetts will make their deci- takes 9 percent. And by increasing the
hole. The economic crisis has pushed But eliminating the taxes entirely would sion with only a little prompting, and as the threshold and cutting 1 percent across the
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate to nearly remove two of the main contributions these tax rate moves towards zero, the state will board from the already lenient tax rates,
10 percent — worse than any other state ex- newcomers could make to eliminating fu- see less and less marginal benefit. the state can both attract retirees and enlist
cept Michigan. And this year’s budget runs ture deficits and allowing the government Meanwhile, new Rhode Island business- them in balancing the budget.
an estimated $357 million deficit — more to deliver on its promises without mortgag- es would only pitch in for the state budget Rhode Island needs relief immediately,
than 10 percent of what the state will have and these cuts can bolster both the budget
spent once the fiscal year ends in June. and the economy much more quickly and
For now, the needs of the budget and Cuts to Rhode Island’s estate and corporation reliably than the gradual elimination Car-
the economy are in competition, and the cieri favors.
government is trying desperately to bal- taxes can bolster both the budget and the Reductions would be more likely to pass
ance the two. It isn’t going well. through a Democrat-dominated legislature
Last Wednesday, Republican Governor economy much more quickly and reliably than already irked by Carcieri’s plans to cut ben-
Donald Carcieri ’65 withdrew his support efits for state employees. They would also
for $20 million of increased taxes and fees the gradual elimination Governor Carcieri favors. be more likely to stick around — the phase-
that he himself had put forward, only an out is a recipe for future wrangling in a
hour before the proposal was due for a vote deep-blue state with perennial budget prob-
before the Rhode Island House of Repre- ing the state’s future. indirectly, through increased sales and in- lems. The corporation tax and the “death
sentatives. The next day, a House fiscal ad- Rhode Island is primarily competing come tax revenue, which wouldn’t come tax” won’t stay dead.
visor announced that revenue and savings with its two immediate neighbors, Connect- close to replacing the tax on profits. The re- Carcieri hasn’t yet announced a firm
projections had been vastly overestimated. icut and Massachusetts. But it doesn’t need sult would be higher deficits and more cuts plan for the phase-out. With any luck, he’ll
Carcieri’s latest plan is aimed at long- to drop its rates to zero to create an entic- to vital programs. come to prefer reduction rather than repeal.
term economic renewal, at the expense of ing business environment. The estate tax is a similar story — worthy But when it comes to government and the
a big chunk of short-term tax revenue. Fol- Connecticut taxes 7.5 percent of corpo- of diminution, not elimination. As in other economy, Rhode Island isn’t a lucky state.
lowing the recommendation of a panel he rate earnings; Massachusetts grabs 9.5 per- states, the tax is determined by a complex
had convened, the governor declared in his cent. If Rhode Island lopped off just a third series of brackets and deductions, but ac-
“State of the State” address on Feb. 10 that of its 9 percent rate, it would outshine its cording to Carcieri’s advisory panel, it func- William Martin ’10 is a history
he would seek to scuttle the state’s taxes neighbors while laying the groundwork for tionally taxes all estates above $675,000 — concentrator from Seattle, Wash.
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Beans, Vegan Rice Pilaf Orange Delight Cake
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1 Towed off the 4 Words spoken 39 Jurist in ’90s woman
road, say before the news 50 Suffix with
6 Some TV screens Senate 40 51 out of 100, e.g. Caesar
10 24-Down’s style 5 Caterpillar rival 41 Flight to Haifa 54 Perform horribly The One About Zombies | Kevin Grubb
14 Big bill 6 __ Beach: resort 42 Terrier type 57 Once more
15 Bizet’s “Toreador near Santa Ana 45 “Venerable” Eng. 58 “The Little Red
Song,” e.g. 7 Duster’s target monk Hen” response
16 Actress Spelling 8 Middle 46 Four-time discus 59 “SNL” alum Nora
17 Immortal management? gold medalist Al 60 New York canal
coaching name 9 Window part 47 Greek islander 64 Apt name for a
18 Departs 10 Audiophile’s 48 South African cook?
19 “All is vanity” setup villages 65 Not at all nerdy
Bible bk. 11 Silkworm’s
20 *Drive like the protection ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:
dickens 12 Esoteric
23 Understand 13 Spanish diacritics
25 Poetic dusk 21 Lincoln’s st.
26 Merge spiritually 22 __ Field: historic
(with) Brooklyn park
27 FDR opponent 23 Fisherman’s
Landon et al. hook
29 *1998 Stephen 24 10-Across singer
King novel 28 NBC weekend
33 Fail show Pass/Fail | Steve Larrick and Alex Rosenberg
35 Instrument with a 30 Drug giant
pear-shaped __SmithKline
body 31 Sharer’s word
36 *Have serious 32 Bouquet delivery
financial letters
setbacks 34 Second-largest
43 Paris pair U.S. island in
44 Pursue stealthily area
45 *“Laugh-In” catch 37 Seine, e.g. xwordeditor@aol.com 02/18/09
51 One of the “Love
Train” singers
52 Land at the
53 Penlight batteries
55 Corrida cheer
56 *Burglarize
61 Kett of comics
62 Person, place or
63 Notre Dame Classic Freeze-Dried Puppies | Cara FitzGibbon
squad, familiarly
66 Pass out cards
67 Sicilian volcano
68 Capone cohort
69 Fish-eating birds
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precede the first
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