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U. aims to spur ‘knowledge economy’ in R.I. Profs’ small


By Ben Schreckinger on Slavery and Justice. edge-based economy” in Rhode Is- an economic opportunity, he said. discovery has
Senior Staff Writer

The Brown University Community


Richard Spies, executive vice
president for planning and senior
adviser to President Ruth Simmons,
land. “There isn’t really an economic
focus in the city or — for the most
part — in the state,” he said.
The area opened up by the “Iway
“project, as the relocation is known,
could be designated a “knowledge
large effects
Council heard reports on the Univer- spoke on Brown’s involvement in A proposed medical education district,” Spies said. By Rachel Starr
sity’s role in bringing a “knowledge- Rhode Island’s economy, which suf- facility could be “both a symbolic “Nobody’s quite sure exactly Contributing Writer
based economy” to Rhode Island and fers from one of the nations highest and a substantive cornerstone of what that means yet,” he said, but
Brown’s progress in internationaliza- foreclosure rates and one of its high- an economic strategy in the Jewelry one feature of the district would be Brown scientists were recently key
tion yesterday. est unemployment rates. District,” where the University has zoning to promote high-tech and members of a team whose work led
Provost David Kertzer ’69 P’95 “Our success really is closely already invested in property, Spies other similar businesses. to the isolation of a single top quark,
P’98 also discussed the University’s linked to the success of the com- said. In response to a question about the smallest fundamental particle of
progress on implementing the rec- munity we live in.” Highway construction that will the role of the humanities in Brown’s matter. The research, which involved
ommendations of the 2006 report of Spies said he sees a role for the ultimately relocate the junction of smashing tiny particles together re-
the University Steering Committee University in developing a “knowl- I-95 and I-195 downtown represents continued on page 2 peatedly, took place at the Fermi Na-
tional Accelerator Lab, the location of

Fate of two
the Tevatron collider — the world’s
highest-energy particle collider.
The top quark was “one of the key

old houses things that was missing” from the


Standard Model of particle physics,

up in the air
said Associate Professor of Physics
Meenakshi Narain, who spent years
working on the research that ulti-
By Anne Simons mately produced the discovery. The
Senior Staff Writer isolation of the top quark might be the
“last step” on the road to observing
Plans to sell two historic University- the Higgs boson, which is believed
owned houses on Angell Street are to generate mass, she said.
“up in the air” following the Cor- “It was one of those nagging
poration’s decision in February to things,” Narain said.
scrap plans for a giant brain sciences The research, which was pub-
building, said Mike McCormick, lished in Physical Review Letters
assistant vice president of planning, earlier this month. was written col-
design and construction. laboratively by two teams of scien-
The final word on the sale is tists that had previously competed
pending the outcome of an internal Herald file photo to produce the discovery — DZero
investigation into the possibility of The University has postponed its sale of two historic houses on Angell Street for $10 each. Experiment and Collider Detector
accommodating the need for a new yet,” he said. “It could be many themselves were put on the market brain science programs elsewhere, at Fermilab.
brain sciences facility elsewhere on years” before the University is ready for $10 apiece, and Brown promised the University may keep the houses David Cutts, professor of physics,
campus, McCormick said. Those to move the houses, he added. up to $1 million to defray moving and rent them as student housing, was one of the original members of
findings will be presented to the The Angell Street properties costs. McCormick said. the DZero Experiment. Collabora-
Corporation at its next meeting in currently occupy the location Ninety parties expressed inter- There is no plan to use the two tion is very important because the
May, when a more definite decision previously chosen for a proposed est in buying one of the houses, buildings to house academic depart- Tevatron “is a very large piece of
will be made, he said. “Mind Brain Behavior” building. McCormick said, of whom nine sub- ments or offices, he said, because equipment — it’s very complex,”
Plans to sell the houses — at The University hoped to preserve mitted serious proposals. Brown building codes are much stricter for Cutts said.
127 and 129 Angell St. — are “es- the houses, rather than knocking worked with the city and the Provi- offices than for residences and the Narain joined the DZero collabo-
sentially on hold until we finish” the them down, by selling them to own- dence Preservation Society to cull buildings would require extensive ration as a post-doctoral researcher
investigation process, McCormick ers who were willing to move them two specific proposals from the and expensive renovations to bring and was involved in the discovery
said. elsewhere on the East Side. In or- nine, he said.
“No decisions have been made der to attract buyers, the houses If it proves feasible to house the continued on page 3 continued on page 4

For sophomore, the story’s in the food


By Monique Vernon It all started with her work on a that” his class helped inspire Buck to
Contributing Writer farm in Ireland, Buck said. The ability follow her passion.
to be self-sufficient in the production “One of the reasons I was so ex-
Emma Buck ’11 has always been in- of food inspired her to further explore cited that it is all here,” Buck said.
terested in food, but it wasn’t until she how food and people connect. Currently, her courses include ECON
took BIOL 0190H: “Plants, Food, and During her freshman year, Buck 1530: “Health, Hunger and the House-
People” that she realized it could be a took BIOL 0190H, taught by Professor hold in Developing Countries” and
field of study. of Biology Peter Heywood. The course ARCH 0770: “Food and Drink in Clas-
Using cuisine “as a lens for dif- sical Antiquity.”
ferent issues,” Buck has declared FEATURE She has already taken a range of
an independent concentration in other courses for the concentration,
gastroanthropology, the study of the further stimulated her interests, and including BIOL 0030: “Principles of
relationship between the evolution of after reading an article about the en- Nutrition,” AMCV 0190J: “Old Salts
cultures and their dietary practices. vironment, food and sustainability, and Sacred Cod: Culture and Environ-
Buck said food illuminates topics of Buck said she saw her path “laid out” ment in New England Fisheries” and
nutrition, health, history and cultural before her. HMAN 1970A: “Eating Cultures: Food
development. Heywood has signed on to be her and Society.”
“A lot of political and economic is- advisor and to support her work. “I In the future, other classes she said
sues come at play as to why a person was interested in the subject,” he said, Max Monn / Herald
eats,” she said. adding that he would “like to think continued on page 2 Emma Buck ’11 cooks up an independent concentration in food and culture.
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C ampus N EWS Internalization is “something in our own minds and our


own hearts.” — David Kennedy ’76, VP for international affairs

sudoku Budding gastroanthropologist forges own path


continued from page 1 taking a food anthropology course adding that “the proposal should be
at Yale, discovered that there was a personal.”
she plans to take include one on hunt- legitimate, “research-intensive” aspect Buck said a fair number of faculty
er-gatherer adaptations and another to food studies. members are also interested in the top-
on ethnographic anthropology. “I think it is a fascinating under- ic. And a group of students is trying to
Buck’s family and friends “were not studied field,” McDonald said. establish a Food Studies Departmen-
surprised” when she revealed she was Buck’s interest in food and its pro- tal Undergraduate Group to “bring
concentrating in gastroanthropology. duction extends beyond her studies resources together that can benefit
She has always had an interest in the to her extracurricular activities. She other concentrations,” she said.
culinary arts and shopping for food, is an editor of the Sustainable Food A number of Group Independent
she said, and the concentration brings Initiative’s Ripe calendar, has a gar- Study Projects exist to address related
together many of her interdisciplinary dening education fellowship and sells topics, including one about sustainable
interests. She had otherwise planned cheese at the Farmers’ Market held agriculture and another on disordered
to concentrate either in Literary Arts on Wriston Quadrangle. eating. Though there are not many
or American Civilization. Buck is not the only person at undergraduate gastroanthropology
Colleen McDonald ’12 is a fellow Brown fascinated by the relationship programs, the study is more prevalent
concentrator in gastroanthropology. between food and people. Though among grad students, Buck said.
Along with Buck and other prospec- no independent concentration can be After graduating from Brown,
tive concentrators, she is trying to es- exactly duplicated, other students are Buck said she would be interested in
tablish a Department Undergraduate pursuing a similar path, according to attending culinary school or managing
Group. Her track will focus on “nutri- Jonathan Mitchell ’09, an independent her own farm, though she said she is
tion, food psychology, and sociology,” concentration program coordinator at not yet certain of her future plans.

Daily Herald
she said. the Curricular Resource Center. She has many possibilities, she
the Brown
McDonald said she has always The justification for each concen- said, because gastroanthropology is
been captivated by food, but after tration has to be different, he said, “a really emerging field.”
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Stephen DeLucia, President


Michael Bechek, Vice President
Jonathan Spector, Treasurer
Alexander Hughes, Secretary
‘Knowledge-based’ economy would help R.I.
continued from page 1 President Ruth Simmons said had identified curricular gaps, in ac-
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such an economy. efforts to broaden Brown’s global tensive language programs.”
outlook. Professor of Medical Science Chi-
Kennedy, who is also serving as Ming Hai, a member of the Council,
interim director of the Watson Insti- told Kennedy he knew of several
tute for International Studies, said graduate departments that had dis-
Brown should concern itself with couraged international students from
“understanding the extent to which applying for financial reasons.
… we pursue and ought to be pursu- “I’m not sure if Brown’s getting
ing internationalization at home.” more internationalized or less,” Hai
In some regards, he said, interna- said, adding that the University ap-
tionalization is “not something that pears to be “opening doors on one
involves traveling here or traveling side, closing doors on the other.”
there, but something in our own “It takes money,” Kennedy re-
minds and our own hearts.” sponded. “You just have to keep
In that vein, Kennedy said he opening the doors.”
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 3

C ampus N EWS “Our success really is closely linked to the success of the
community we live in.” — Richard Spies, executive VP for planning

Brown signs agreements


with Chinese university
By Kristina Fazzalaro of years, Stephenson said.
Contributing Writer Associate Professor of History
Kerr y Smith was in contact with
The University finalized two memo- Professor Gladys Tang, chair of the
randums of understanding with department for Linguistic and Mod-
the Chinese University of Hong ern Languages at CUHK, Smith
Kong last week, suggesting future told The Herald in an e-mail. The
collaboration. two discussed bringing graduates
The two memorandums — legal of the department’s new master’s
documents describing an agree- program to teach in Brown’s De-
ment between parties in which they partment of East Asian Studies.
agree to work together on projects “Students enrolled in Mandarin
in the future — focused on gradu- language courses will benefit both
ate study abroad opportunities and from exposure to a highly moti-
a new Chinese language exchange vated native speaking instructor
program. and from the increased program-
“Academic synergy has to be the matic capacity a new teacher will
primar y focus of collaborations,” represent,” Smith wrote.
said Vasuki Nesiah, director of In- Smith added that, due to the Quinn Savit / Herald
ternational Affairs, which generally increased interest in Mandarin, Nick Horton ’04 (right) and fellow alums screened their documentary, “Stronger Than Their Walls,” Tuesday.

Alums’ film takes on probation law


takes the lead in forming official the Chinese program at Brown is
agreements between Brown and understaffed.
foreign universities. In addition, Brown’s staff will
Brown has signed a total of four be given the chance to learn new By Dan Alexander
memorandums with CUHK over methods and instructional frame- Staff Writer Jackson was never put on trial for put him in jail in the first place and,
the past several years. A partner- works from the visiting instruc- the incident. But because he was on later, on probation. He said he has
ship has existed between the two tors “through team-teaching and It was more than two years ago that probation, he was put behind bars become more responsible since he
schools since November 2006, departmental forums, and ongoing Phillip Jackson, 43, was charged with for seven years anyway. became a father.
when the first CUHK delegation discussions with our counterparts simple assault. He was alleged to have During a screening of the docu- But because of a law that allows
arrived in Providence for discus- at CUHK,” he wrote. hit a 17-year-old who neighbors said mentary “Stronger Than Their judges to send people to jail for vio-
sion. According to Stephenson, Brown had yelled racial slurs at Jackson’s Walls” in List 120 last night, just over lating probation if they are charged
In June 2007, a group of Brown is hoping to set up other programs young children. But a witness who 25 students watched film of Jackson with a new crime, Jackson sees his
professors and administrators with CUHK in the future. These saw Jackson confront the teenager saying that he was a changed man children under twice a week now,
visited CUHK to pursue this rela- may include a faculty exchange pro- said Jackson didn’t touch him. from when he committed the crime
tionship. Assistant Provost Shelley gram and a summer study abroad The charge was dismissed, and that — more than 20 years ago — continued on page 4
Stephenson, who has a background program. Students from Brown
in Chinese film and literature, said and CUHK would spend three to
she first got involved in the project four weeks in Providence study-
then. ing a particular field of interest.
After many talks back and forth, The same group would then go to
the original two agreements were CUHK and study the same mate-
finalized. The first was an umbrella rial, Stephenson said.
agreement covering the basics of The relationship between Brown
the collaborations between the and CUHK was made possible part-
two universities, and the second ly because the universities have a
went into more detail concerning common donor, according to Ste-
undergraduate study abroad and phenson. This donor — a Brown
educational opportunities. alum’s family — has had good ex-
The agreements signed last periences at both universities and
week offered more detailed infor- would like to see them collaborate,
mation concerning study abroad she said.
and educational prospects for Faculty members were also sup-
graduate students and a new for- portive of this collaboration, she
eign language opportunity for those said, especially of pursuing a gradu-
studying Mandarin. ate student exchange program.
The Chinese language exchange In the future, Brown will con-
program promises to be very ben- tinue to pursue relationships with
eficial to Brown students, especially foreign universities to benefit both
since Mandarin classes have been students and professors as it did
in high demand over the last couple with CUHK, Stephenson said.

U. struggles to get Angell


Street houses off its hands
continued from page 1 some point.
Relocating the Urban Environ-
them up to code. mental Lab — another historic
Brown has notified the two pro- building on Angell Street that was
spective buyers that a decision has granted a temporary reprieve by the
been delayed until May, McCormick Corporation’s decision — is also still
said, and the parties were under- a possibility, he said.
standing. The University would eventually
“Everybody understands, given like to put a large new building in
the economy, it’s much harder to the place of the two houses and the
move forward,” he said. UEL, he said, and to relocate the
The University realizes that if the historic houses to the perimeter of
delay is too long, it will lose its cur- College Hill.
rent buyers and will have to begin “We’re not moving the houses
the process again, McCormick said, this summer, but everything else
but the University’s long-term plans is still very much up in the air,” Mc-
still involve moving the houses at Cormick said.
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C ampus N EWS “Seven years? For yelling at someone?”


— Phillip Jackson, subject of the documentary, “Stronger Than Their Walls”

Alums’ film documents plight of those under legal probation


continued from page 3 “Huge parts of communities are on But under state law, a judge does strongest opponents is State Attorney time to override Carcieri’s expected
probation, so that combined with the not need to find guilt beyond a reason- General Patrick Lynch ’87. veto.
even though the assault charge was very low standards for re-sentencing able doubt to put someone on proba- During June 2008 State Senate According to Segal, the speaker
ultimately thrown out. Rhode Island someone, is kind of a perfect storm tion back in jail. The law only requires hearings that are shown in the film, of the house and committee leaders
is one of only three states in the na- for creating due process violations,” the judge be “reasonably satisfied” a member of Lynch’s office argued said they would discuss the bill early
tion, along with Alabama and South he said. that the defendant violated his or her that someone on probation can still in the legislative year.
Dakota, to have such a law. In addition to Jackson’s and other pledge to “preserve the peace and be a danger — and can still be sent In the meantime, Segal and Hor-
Four Brown alums working at the personal accounts, the film details be of good behavior,” according to to jail — even if he or she is not found ton are trying to garner support from
Rhode Island Family Life Center, a efforts, led by State Representative the film. guilty of an additional crime. the public. Horton said the documen-
non-profit organization that works David Segal, D-Dist. 2, and the Fam- It’s very rare that a judge will rule “Probation violations aren’t based tary had been screened seven times
with and advocates for ex-inmates, ily Life Center, to advance legislation in favor of the person on probation, a on the new charge, they’re based on before last night, and he thought
began creating the film about a year called the “Justice and Innocence public defender named John Hardi- the old charge,” Lynch’s representa- Brown would be a good place for an
ago. Bill,” which would take away judges’ man says in the film. “It’s like driving tive said at the hearing. eighth screening.
“I thought that the documentary ability to put people on probation in a bike up a mountain. It’s really hard L ynch’s office could not be Brown students “are really inter-
would be the best way to bring the jail without a new conviction. to overcome.” reached for comment. ested in criminal justice and prison
pretty compelling ideology of the In Rhode Island, when people on Jackson didn’t win his hearing, In the organization’s first try two reform issues,” he said.
problem to people who were more probation are charged with a crime, and the judge sent him back to prison years ago, the bill passed the General Scott Turcotte ’11 signed up for
distant from the issue,” said Nick they are given two options: to plead for seven more years. Assembly but not the Senate. Last the Family Life Center’s mailing list
Horton ’04, a policy researcher at “no contest” and accept a deal that “Seven years. For yelling at some- year, it passed both houses, but Gov. after the screening and said he would
the Family Life Center. could put them behind bars or to have one?” Jackson said. Donald Carcieri ’65 vetoed it. like to go down to the State House to
Julia Liu ’06, Jon Mahone ’99 and a hearing, the film explains. Jackson’s complaints are echoed Segal, who attended the screen- support the bill.
Keith Heyward ’07 all worked on the Jackson, who is the film’s central by two others — sent to jail by the ing, told The Herald afterward that he “I thought it was really tragic,”
film with Horton. figure, maintained his innocence and law — whose stories the film high- is confident the bill he sponsored will Turcotte said. “I’d love to get in-
According to Horton, who is also refused to accept a deal that would lights. become a law this year. But he said volved.”
a co-producer and co-director of the have put him behind bars for two The film also chronicles the road- it is largely dependent on whether Until the bill passes — or until his
film, one in every 26 Rhode Islanders years. He opted for a judge’s hear- blocks Segal’s and the Family Life the bill can pass early in session, so seven years are up — Jackson will
is on probation. ing instead. Center’s bill has faced. One of its that the legislature will have enough remain in prison.

On a tiny frontier, profs


push the boundary
continued from page 1 The Tevatron fires protons and
anti-protons at each other every 396
of the top quark, and the anti-top nanoseconds, but “industry can’t sup-
quark in 1995. port” keeping data about each colli-
DZero and the CDF have been sion as there is not enough computer
studying the top quark’s properties space, Narain said.
and production mode ever since, One of Pangilinan’s hardest
Narain said, adding that this month’s jobs has been helping to determine
discovery is “like a dream come true” which collisions are interesting to
after 14 years of experimentation. the researchers and which to ignore,
“Particle physics is just a very ex- Narain added.
citing time right now,” said Monica The analysis would have taken
Pangilinan GS, a Brown Ph.D. student about 1.5 million days if it had run on
who is currently on site at Fermilab a single computer, Pangilinan said,
conducting research. “We’re closing adding that the weeks leading up to
in on this window of where the Higgs the publication were “very intense.”
should be, if it exists.” Still, neither Narain nor Pangilinan
Pangilinan, who is writing her the- have any intention of stopping now.
sis on the “observation of this rare They are hoping to work with the
production mode” of the single top Large Hadron Collider, located on
quark, has been closely involved in the Switzerald-France border, which
both the observation and the analy- is scheduled to resume operations
sis taking place at the Tevatron, this fall and one of whose primary
Narain said. purposes will be to isolate the elusive
Pangilinan and the rest of the DZe- Higgs boson.
ro physicists had to analyze billions “I think I’d like to look for the
of collisions in order to find just hun- Higgs,” Pangilinan said.
dreds that matched the production “I personally think there’s some-
modes for which they were looking. thing beyond the Higgs,” Narain,
As part of the analysis, Pangilinan said, adding that “something new
“developed this technique to extract has to show up” with energies as
a very small signal from a huge back- high as those at the Large Hardron
ground” Narain said. Collider.

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“Medicine should serve public interest and not corporate interest.”
— Arnold Relman, professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | Page 5

Med schools question drug company ties


By Alexandra Ulmer of Medicine. policies. But, he added, the Stu-
Staf f Writer Under Harvard’s current policy, dent Council Advisory Board has
faculty members must disclose to recently created a Conflict of In-
Medical students at both Harvard students which drug companies, if terest Representative to increase
and Brown are concerned about any, employ them for consulting dialogue about the issue.
the ethical implications of current and research. But Relman said it Qureshi has never personally
policies regarding the institutional is unethical for professors to ac- felt the influence of drug compa-
influence of the pharmaceutical cept payment for their services to nies on his studies, he said, and
industry. Since Harvard Medical outside corporations. explained that, by its nature, Har-
School received a grade of F in the “I don’t consider industry to vard draws prominent professors
American Medical Student Asso- be evil — they’re not Satan,” Rel- who are also recruited by major
ciation’s report on faculty conflict man said. “But they have different drug companies. Harvard’s power
of interest last October, a group imperatives. We’re talking about in controlling conflicts of interest is
Courtesy of Chronicle of Higher Education
of students and faculty has mobi- millions and millions of dollars.” restrained because it does not own
A professor explains “tone” in a one-minute lecture called “Writing Tips.”
lized to challenge the university’s Professors employed by drug the hospitals where its faculty and
policy on ties to prescription drug companies may have an incentive students work, Qureshi added.
Try not to fall asleep — these are short companies, the New York Times to misrepresent medications, But the controversy has cre-
reported March 2. Relman said, possibly leading to ated a “healthy debate” on campus,
Small school expands use She includes two discussion ques- “Harvard Medical School is one misinformed doctors who pre- Qureshi said, adding that while stu-
of ‘one-minute lectures’ tions with each lecture, and students
must often conduct outside research
of many schools facing this prob-
lem,” and, as of now, the university
scribe unnecessar y treatments.
In the long term, this may lead to
dent views on the issue varied, all
are “supportive of having a healthy
By Luisa Robledo to respond. is “not adequately addressing it,” increased health care costs and a conflict of interest policy.”
Staff Writer One of the benefits of micro- said Arnold Relman, professor loss of public confidence. Harvard Medical School’s pol-
lectures is that “students can watch emeritus at Harvard Med. Ali Qureshi, vice president of icy on conflicts of interest is quite
San Juan College has found a new the lecture three or four times,” “Medicine should serve pub- Har vard Medical School’s class strict when compared to other
way to keep students from dozing Meeks said. lic interest and not corporate in- of 2012, said the university is “on schools, said David Cameron, as-
off while learning — make them one Richard Fiske, one of Meeks’ terest,” said Relman, the former par with other medical schools”
minute long. students, wrote in an e-mail to The editor of the New England Journal in terms of its conflict of interest continued on page 6
The small Farmington, N.M. Herald that the reading class was his
community college is pioneering first class to use micro-lecture. But,
the for-credit use of what they call
“micro-lectures,” extremely short
so far, Meeks has done a good job
implementing the new technique,
Fighting endowment losses, top schools face cuts
videos that distill a topic into its most he wrote. By Ellen Cushing that worsening economic conditions budget reductions has grown in re-
fundamental ideas. The online lec- “It’s kind of a great jump start,” Senior Staff Writer had led administrators to re-evaluate cent weeks, reflecting diminished
tures are used in conjunction with Fiske wrote in his e-mail, “but a little earlier cost-cutting plans. investment performance and other
assignments and individual projects more would be nice.” After reporting double-digit endow- “The mounting evidence sug- factors dictated by the realities of
that allow students to become more According to Meeks, getting ment losses during the recession, gesting a prolonged recession has the marketplace,” he said.
active learners and discover topics caught up in the one-minute limit is colleges and universities — even caused us to recognize that we need Skorton’s letter also included a
on their own. not a good idea. But three minutes elite ones — are outlining specific to take a more aggressive approach 15 percent cut in endowment spend-
“Learners don’t want to be drawn is usually more than enough to get strategies for slashing their bud- to budget reductions for the com- ing this year, with even larger reduc-
into a long lecture,” said Michelle her point across, she said. gets. ing fiscal year,” Levin said in the tions planned for fiscal years 2011
Meeks, an adjunct faculty member The micro-lectures “give you all Some schools are bracing them- statement. and 2012. The university — which
at San Juan. “It allows me to be more the information you need to know,” selves for even deeper cuts than they Dar tmouth announced last is facing a $230 million budget defi-
succinct in my teaching.” Shannon Boettler, another of Meeks’ anticipated just months ago. month that it would be laying off cit — also plans to sell up to $500
Meeks teaches an online class students, wrote in an e-mail to The In a Feb. 24 statement to the 60 employees and decreasing wages million in taxable bonds and cut its
on academic reading. She prepares Herald. “But they’re short enough community, Yale President Richard for another 28. Seventy employees budget by $60 million. The letter
a micro-lecture on a different topic that it is easy to stay focused and pay Levin announced a revised budget have already accepted buyouts, and announced a “voluntary retirement”
each week, condensing what would attention the whole time.” for the university — which is project- the university implemented a 10 per- program, and the Cornell Daily Sun
normally be an hour and a half of Boettler, who works and partici- ing a 25 percent loss for this fiscal cent cut and a hiring freeze last fall, reported Monday that the school
material into about 60 seconds. pates in a community theater in addi- year — and a 7.5 percent reduction according to media and university has laid off 35 employees this fis-
Each lecture begins with an tion to taking online and classroom- in the salaries and benefits of all non- reports. A Feb. 9 statement from cal year so far, with more layoffs
overview of the topic. Meeks then based courses, described herself as faculty staff, up from a 5 percent re- President James Wright announced expected to come.
presents students with a list of “key “a busy girl.” Micro-lectures have duction announced in December. a freeze on most salaries and wages Stanford University has also been
terms” they are expected to learn “made life easier,” she wrote. The university plans to lay off as and budget reduction of $72 million forced to make larger sacrifices than
on their own. Meeks is not the only faculty many as 300 employees, the Yale over the next two years. previously anticipated. Last week,
“I encourage them to go forward member in San Juan who uses micro- Daily News reported March 2. Cornell President David Skorton Provost John Etchemendy reported
and Google these terms, see what lectures. Chris Baade, an assistant Levin also called for a 7.5 per- issued a statement on March 6 that that the university — which now es-
they can find and come back and professor of mathematics at San Juan, cent cut in non-salary expenditures, discussed the school’s worsening timates an endowment loss as high
complete the exercise,” she said. is in the process of creating them up from 5 percent cut and a salary financial situation and outlined a as 30 percent — would be cutting
Meeks concludes her lectures for her beginning and intermediate freeze for university employees mak- dramatically expanded budget- its budget by $100 million over one
by recommending strategies for stu- ing over $75,000 a year. reduction strategy.
dents to continue learning the topics. continued on page 6 In the statement, Levin explained “The size of Cornell’s required continued on page 6
Page 6 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Wednesday, March 18, 2009

H igher E d “This is the American propensity to reduce everything to sound bites.”


— Andries Van Dam, professor of computer science

U.S. med students question big pharma ties Ivies cut budgets to fight
continued from page 5 policy. He said the policy will be
implemented before the end of
student-led.”
However, Gruppuso added
large endowment losses
sociate director of public affairs the year. that, according to a survey result, continued from page 5 article.
and media relations at Har vard “I think it is ver y clear that “Those of us in the administration Princeton is not alone in this
Medical School. there will be support,” for limiting are more uniformly concerned year, instead of the two-year time regard: In his letter, Levin stressed
“We require our researchers the intervention of drug companies than the population of students,” frame announced in January. that Yale will maintain its financial aid
to disclose financial interests,” at the medical school, Gruppuso he said. Princeton is also seeing significant programs, and Penn has launched
Cameron said. “Depending on said. “More recently, people have Joelle Karlik ’08 MD ’12, the stu- reductions to its budget. Administra- a number of initiatives aimed at im-
the nature of the disclosure, we recognized what a problem” it has dent leader of the Task Force, said tors plan to cut the school’s operating proving aid.
have some very firm boundaries created at medical schools in gen- while she thinks this new policy is budget by $82 million in the next fiscal In a letter to the Penn community,
on what a researcher can and can- eral, he added. a “step in the right direction,” dis- year, according to a March 5 article in President Amy Gutmann announced
not do.” This policy change will require closures by lecturers do not erase the Daily Princetonian. The univer- a $17.6 million increase to its finan-
Harvard Medical School is cur- all lecturers to disclose their affili- influence on their teaching. sity also plans to borrow $1 billion to cial aid budget and the university’s
rently conducting a comprehensive ation with drug companies at the “Once money is accepted, there limit spending out of its endowment, lowest tuition increase in more than
policy review, Cameron said. The start of each semester and aims to is that possibility for influence,” which is projected to decrease by 40 years.
“lack of language on conflict of in- develop curriculum on the influ- she said. 25 percent. “With the mounting financial
terests in areas that are specific to ence of the pharmaceutical indus- The administration has been At the same time, however, Princ- stress that many of our students
a clinical setting” is a focus of the try on medical care, according to suppor tive of student recom- eton has increased its commitment to and families are experiencing right
review, he said. Gruppuso. mendations, Karlik said, but has student aid, increasing its financial aid now, we feel a responsibility to relieve
Policy is also being revised at The student group “Brown focused more on limiting pharma- budget by $8 million, or 13 percent, some of their pressure,” the state-
Brown’s Alpert Medical School, Pharmaceutical Policy Task ceutical companies’ influence on according to the Daily Princetonian ment said.
which is aiming to limit all conflicts Force”acted as the catalyst for this students and less on their influence
of interest in teaching, Associate
Dean of Medicine Philip Gruppuso
change by submitting recommen-
dations to Dean Gruppuso.
on professors and hospitals.
“We’re not going to get rid of College experiments with
pithy, 60-second lectures
said, explaining that pharmaceuti- “I converted their recommen- influence in our education without
cal marketing is expected to be dations into an action plan,” Grup- removing industry influence on the
banned on campus under the new puso said. “We wanted this to be greater community as well.”
continued from page 5 using them to tell students about
“interesting bits of research,” and
algebra classes. videos were targeted towards stu-
Baade will spend her summer dents interested in pursuing topics
creating micro-lectures to supple- beyond the scope of a course, said
ment face-to-face interactions with Dennis DeTurck, the dean of the
students. Each lecture will include school’s College of Arts and Sci-
both instruction from Baade and ences. Each semester, professors
practice problems. would “distill information” to only
“If students miss class, they’ll the most important facts and create
have something to view and catch 60-second lectures to be presented
up,” Baade said. “They can also outside the classroom.
view it before they come to class or “It’s interesting to see what you
use them to review for placement leave out,” DeTurck said. “Some-
exams.” times you have to leave out stuff that
Micro-lectures cannot replace makes you sad to leave out.”
classroom interaction, Baade said. David Penrose, manager of online
Her remedial-level students gener- services and the senior instructional
ally “need a little more assistance.” designer at San Juan, said the cur-
Micro-lectures are a “huge back-up rent generation of students was one
plan,” she said. of “net learners” making the online
Micro-lectures are not new in the lectures a good tool for independent
education scene. Ten years ago, the study.
University of Pennsylvania started Another idea San Juan administra-
tors had, Penrose said, was “to find
a learning system that would use
smart phones — cell phones that
had video and that consumed little
air time.”
Hour-long lectures tend to make
learning more passive, Penrose said,
but micro-lectures force students
“to be more specific on what they
are learning.” The assignments are
also just as important as the micro-
lectures, he said.
Andries van Dam, a professor
of computer science at Brown, is
skeptical of micro-lectures. He said
the concepts he addresses in his
class are too complex to reduce to
60 seconds.
“This is the American propensity
to reduce everything to sound bites,”
van Dam said. But micro-lectures
might be effective as a tool for re-
viewing concepts mastered in class,
he said.
Sandra Tracy, San Juan’s dean of
the School of Extended Learning,
said micro-lectures have been a suc-
cess. They are being used by multiple
programs at the college, including
the college’s safety program, archae-
ology, English and cultural heritage
classes, she said.
“It entices students to learn more
about a topic,” Tracy said. “And it is
easy for them to get the essential bits
of information.”
SportsWednesday
The Brown Daily Herald

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | Page 7

Standout Bears pull down Ivy, national honors World


Baseball
Sports Staff Reports his career — including the game
winner.
After a banner weekend, Brown’s For the women, attacker Jesse

Joke
lacrosse teams cleaned up on the Nunn ’09 was named the Ivy League
awards circuit. Offensive Player of the Week for
On the men’s side, goalie Jordan scoring four goals and adding an as-
Burke ’09 was named the Ivy League sist in a 12-8 victory over Harvard on
Player of the Week, New England Saturday. She added three ground I hate the World Baseball Classic.
Player of the Week and LAXnews balls, a draw control and caused a Between the inaugural one in 2006
National Collegiate Player of the turnover in the Bears’ first win over and this year’s equally lame edition,
Week for making 20 saves in a 9-8 the Crimson since 2004. I’ve watched about 20-25 innings,
victory over No. 13 UMass-Amherst Despite missing the two previous tops. That might not be significant to
on Saturday. Burke, a quad-captain, games due to injury, Nunn leads Major League
made five saves in the fourth quar- the Bears with 10 goals and two as- Baseball, which
ter, including three in the final 27 sists, four points higher than the hopes to use
seconds of the game to repel the next leading scorer. the WBC to
Minutemen. Val Sherry ’09 made the Ivy help grow the
Burke leads the Ivy League with League Honor Roll for her de- sport, except
12.6 saves per game and stands sec- fense. She caused three turnovers that I’m a huge
Justin Coleman / Herald File Photo Tom Trudeau
ond with a .589 save percentage. — a game high — and added three baseball fan. If Tru Story
Matt Mullery ’10 was selected to the Division I All-District 13 Second Team.
Last season, he was named the Ivy ground balls and a draw control. She I’m not watch-
League Player of the Year and select- clamped down on Harvard’s second- Mullery blocked 59 shots to set game, respectively, 15th in assists ing, who is? If I’m not interested, who
ed as a second team All-American. highest scorer, Kaitlin Martin, who a single-season school record. His with 2.0 per game and seventh in is?
He is a candidate for the 2009 Lowe’s scored her only two goals of the career total of 115 blocked shots minutes, with 33.1 per game. Fresh off the 2008 Olympics, where
Senior CLASS Award for achieve- game on free position shots. is second in school history to Alai Defenseman Jeff Buvinow ’12 a United States swimmer and USA
ment both on and off the field. Two Brown athletes were rec- Nuualiitia’s ’03 total of 119 estab- was named to the ECAC Hockey All- basketball captivated a nation, why
Two Bears were named to the ognized for their seasons. Men’s lished in 2003. Rookie team. He had already been don’t Americans seem to care? Even
Ivy League Honor Roll. Midfielder basketball center Matt Mullery ’10, Mullery placed among the league named to the All-Ivy Second Team if Red Sox fans can get past having to
Reade Seligmann ’09 was recog- previously announced as a first team leaders in several categories this sea- after posting three goals and 14 as- root for Derek Jeter, or Mets fans can
nized for recording his first career All-Ivy selection, was named to the son. He led the Ivy League in field sists to finish second on the team applaud Jimmy Rollins, or Yankee fans
hat trick against the Minutemen, National Association of Basketball goal percentage with .606, finished in scoring. His 17 points were the can cheer for David Wright and Dustin
and midfielder Rob Schlesinger Coaches Division I All-District 13 fourth in both scoring, and rebound- third-highest total in school history Pedroia, it doesn’t seem that anyone
’12 scored the first two goals of Second Team. ing, with 16.1 per game and 6.5 per for a freshman defenseman. in the States is really into it.
How can any self-respecting MLB

W. water polo moves up, looks ahead


s p o rt s i n b r i e f fan take it seriously? The best players
aren’t allowed to play, because teams
Equestrian rides (understandably) don’t want their mil-
notching three goals, three steals, an to victory over NYAC. Glick filled lion-dollar assets getting hurt in games
to regular season Sports Staff Reports
assist and an ejection drawn against the stat sheet with four goals, four that are meaningless to the 2009
finale victory The women’s water polo team went Colorado College, she tallied seven assists and five steals, and Schar- baseball season.
2-1 in a tripleheader in upstate New goals, three assists, a steal and an fen made five saves in her first The stars who do play in the tour-
The equestrian team York Saturday to run its record this ejection drawn against NYAC and career start. nament aren’t even close to playing
won by six points at John- season to 11-5, but they dropped the exploded against Hartwick for eight Notable individual performanc- at their peak level. With only about
son and Wales in Rehoboth, conference opener. of Brown’s 10 goals. es still shone through in the 13-10 a week of spring training under their
Mass., in its regular season The Bears beat Colorado College, Brown’s day began in Utica, N.Y. loss to Hartwick. Glick notched two belt by the time the WBC started,
finale on Saturday. 13-4, and knocked off the New York with the victory over Colorado Col- goals and six assists, while Stanton the tournament will be over by the
The Bears won their re- Athletic Club, 15-10, for the second lege. Sarah Glick ’10 matched Pre- chipped in with an assist and three time most of the participating play-
gion by 36 points to clinch time this season, but they dropped sant with three goals, while Kather- steals. Goalie Stephanie Laing ’10, ers are even close to regular season
a trip to the Zone 1 Cham- their Collegiate Water Polo Associa- ine Stanton ’11 and Bethany Kwoka playing her first full game of the day, form. Anything can happen in a small
pionship, while Liz Giliberti tion Northern Division opener to ’12 added two goals apiece and Rita made 15 saves. sample size of only nine innings, but
’10 sealed her season-long No. 13 Harwick, 13-10. Bullwinkel ’11 made four steals. Misa The Bears will be busy over what are the odds that Team USA
pursuit of the Cacchione Lauren Presant ’10 led the way Scharfen ’12 posted three saves in spring break, playing 11 games would get mercy-ruled, as it did 11-1
Cup. As the top rider in her with 18 goals on the weekend and three quarters of action. over nine days in California, includ- on Saturday by Puerto Rico, if Jake
region, she has earned a was named the CWPA Northern The Bears then moved on to ing the San Diego and Bakersfield
trip to Nationals. Division Player of the Week. After Oneonta, N.Y., where they cruised Invitationals. continued on page 8
Giliberti and Elise Fishel-
son ’11 each placed second
in their respective classes
of the Open Fences, while
Katy Eng ’11 won the Nov-
ice Fences.
Giliberti added a victory
in the Open Flat. Dakota
Gruener ’11 and Leona
Rosenblum ’09 placed first
and second, respectively,
in their classes of the In-
termediate Flat, while Eng
pinned first in the Novice
Flat.
Cate Berger ’11 and
Rebecca de Sa ’09 both
took blue ribbons in their
respective classes of the
Walk Trot division.
The Bears will travel
to the Mystic Valley Hunt
Club, Connecticut College’s
home base, in Glades
Ferry, Conn., for the Re-
gion 1 Championship on
March 28.

— Sports Staff Reports


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S ports W ednesday
Trudeau ’09: Baseball Classic Guard play is key for Cal in NCAA opener
good for sponsors, not fans By Steve Yanda 10) operates a guard-oriented lineup we’ve kind of come down to earth
Washington Post that prefers to score in transition. a little bit the last half of the season.
continued from page 7 chance for a world-wide amateur draft But whereas Maryland is adept at ... We’re pretty comfortable with the
in the near future, it’s easy to see how The Stanford basketball squad Mike creating its transition opportunities shots that we’re taking because
Peavy is throwing the ball the way he the game itself could produce more Montgomery oversaw in 2001 was via high-pressure defensive schemes that’s what we have to take.”
does in mid-July? stars and enhance the quality of play. anchored by two imposing post play- that produce turnovers, the Golden The Golden Bears have to rely
And what about this double elimi- There’s even talk of expanding the ers who often gave the Cardinal a Bears are more risk-averse. on outside shooting because their
nation nonsense? In a game where tournament from 16 to 24 teams in decisive advantage on the boards “They want to get the ball back, interior presence, Montgomery said,
randomness rules and a team full of 2013, which would expose even more and in half-court sets. Jason and Jar- but they’re willing to be patient leaves much to be desired. It’s not
theoretical minor leaguers would still countries to the game and further pro- ron Collins ­— 7 feet and 6 feet 11, and disciplined,” said Reveno, now that California lacks size — starting
win 33 percent of the time, the best mote Major League Baseball. respectively — led Stanford to the the head coach at Portland, which center Jordan Wilkes stands 7 feet
teams face first-round exits because So you can feel good about rooting region final, where it fell to Mary- lost to California by 20 on Dec. 28. — it’s that those big bodies have not
of one bloop single or a bad call. against Jeter, Sox fans, and you can be land by 14 points. Montgomery was “The risk, for them, is not worth it. yet realized their potential.
Yet the 2009 WBC is pulling in happy that Pedroia hurt himself in the known in those days for his ability They’re not out there trapping or Reveno said Wilkes is “not very
higher ratings, bigger crowds and batting cages, Yankee fans, because to coach big men. anything like that. They’ll force you physical” and that California’s inside
more sponsorship dollars than the with every out Team USA makes, the Eight years later, Montgomery to miss and then spread the floor presence comes, instead, from 6-8
2006 tournament. The TV ratings greater the chances that a country that guides a California team dependent after a rebound.” forward Jamal Boykin.
in Japan for the Japan-Korea game does actually care will win. Unlike the upon the play of its guards. The Those responsibilities — to force “They don’t have a real dominant
were higher than the Beijing Olympics US, where most people remain oblivi- Golden Bears rank No. 1 in the the miss, to grab the rebound and guy inside,” Reveno said, “but they
or any sports event since the 2006 ous to the tournament’s existence, it nation in three-point shooting, and then to spread the floor — fall on the find ways to get around it.”
WBC finals, which featured Japan will give other countries a legitimate now Montgomery is heralded for shoulders of a trio of guards vital to Much as Maryland does, Cali-
and Cuba. Even in the United States, source of happiness and pride while his ability to coach those who man California’s success. Jerome Randle, fornia compensates by asking its
a Friday U.S.-Venezuela game was further promoting a beautiful game the perimeter. a hyperactive 5-10 point guard, or- guards to venture into the post for
more watched than the Celtics-Cavs internationally. “That’s always been his trade- chestrates the furious runs. Though rebounds. Christopher (6-5) and
game on ESPN. Meanwhile, in addi- World Baseball Classic — you are mark ability,” said Eric Reveno, who Randle (18.4 points per game) can- Robertson (6-6) each average 3.8
tion to higher sponsorship revenue, far from classic. Your meaningless was an assistant under Montgomery not always shake his shoot-first boards per game, nearly as many
the number of sponsors for the WBC results are like glorified Spring Train- for seven seasons at Stanford. “ad- instinct, Montgomery lauded his as Wilkes (4.0).
more than doubled at a time when ing games. I hate you and probably justing his style to the talent that improved understanding of how to Montgomery, who is in his first
professional sports have been losing always will. But as long as you keep he has.” get his teammates involved in the season at California, returned to
sponsors in droves. making my favorite sport healthier, California will play Maryland (20- flow of the offense. college basketball after a four-year
This is why if you’re a fan of base- you can stay. 13) on Thursday in the first round Randle’s 4.9 assists per game hiatus, two of which were spent
ball, you have to be a fan of this joke of the NCAA tournament in Kansas do not overshadow his 46.8 per- coaching the NBA’s Golden State
of a baseball tournament, even if you City, Mo. The Terrapins are an in- cent three-point shooting, but it’s a Warriors. He said he didn’t neces-
don’t ever plan on following it. It’s hard Tom Trudeau ’09 is bitter teresting matchup for the Golden step toward the type of balance his sarily miss coaching at the collegiate
to deny that it’s good for the business because two Yankees Bears, Montgomery said, because coach seeks. level, but the time off might have
of baseball. As the game grows more got hurt playing in of the teams’ similarities. Joined by guards Patrick Chris- provided broader perspective.
internationally, combined with the the ’09 WBC already. Out of necessity, California (22- topher and Theo Robertson, Randle He understands that he’ll have to
heads up the most accurate three- keep adapting his style, keep finding
point shooting team in the country. ways around his team’s deficiencies,
California has connected on 43.4 for at least a little while longer.
percent of its three-point attempts. “He just wants a solid and bal-
“I think that’s a little bit of a mis- anced team,” Reveno said. “It’s not
nomer, in terms of being the top like he wants to be small and ath-
three-point shooting team in the letic or big across the board and
country,” Montgomery said. “I think walking it up the court. His style
that’s statistics. We really got off to of play is just like his personality
a fast start and our percentage was — nothing extreme, just solid and
way up, almost uncanny, and then fundamental.”
Editorial & Letters
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Page 10 | Wednesday, March 18, 2009

e d i to r i a l
Laying down the law
Recent developments at the Watson Institute for International Affairs have
worried some corners of the Brown community. In an effort to strengthen
Watson’s global governance expertise, interim director and Vice President
for International Affairs David Kennedy ’76 has brought in scholars whose
primary academic focus is law. Some professors suspect that Kennedy is
launching a full-scale legal studies program on the sly, particularly after hear-
ing of an abandoned campaign to enable Watson to give tenure independently.
Such a program, say the critics, would run the risk of devoting considerable
University resources to a bevy of lawyers whose talents and training are bet-
ter suited to practice or law-school teaching, and who might view a university
post as a sinecure to help them avoid competing with America’s glut of legal
professionals.
These are legitimate concerns. But so far, Kennedy’s recruitment decisions
have been sound. The lawyers he has brought on board are also accomplished
scholars who will enhance Watson’s ability to study international issues heavily
influenced by legal thought and structures. Furthermore, Brown shouldn’t
be afraid to increase the legal experience of its faculty in other areas. The law
is a crucial element of any social science, helping students and professors to
better grasp its interaction with society’s many facets and injecting a dose
of practicality into the often-airy realms of ivory tower contemplation. Even
burgeoning scientists will benefit from basic knowledge of patent law and
other subjects, whether they spend their careers in the private sector or in
medical academia. And, of course, lawyerly professors are a particular boon
to future law students.
When it has weathered the current financial storm, the University should
alex yuly
seriously consider amplifying these advantages and expanding its influence
by founding a law school. The University’s charter obliquely discourages but
does not forbid such professional schools, and the medical school has already
broken down that barrier. And compared to this latter institution, revived in
1975 and now one of the University’s finest assets, a law school would not be
capital-intensive. If the time comes for Brown to take that step, departmental
legal studies programs could help pave the way for the new institution. Until
then, however, legal scholarship should be the preserve of a smattering of
professors across various disciplines. Kennedy can be proud of what he has
done for Watson and Brown, but he and his successors must be wary of
giving momentum to what should be an auxiliary element of Brown’s social
sciences before plans are in place to fulfill the lawyers’ potential as professors
in Brown’s next great institution.

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A tale of two speakers


tion-and-answer session, a student asked This question was far less explicit than thing far more daunting. He stood in an au-
Yoo a question that seemed needlessly the one that Yoo had been asked, which is ditorium full of people who did not agree
BY FATIMA AQEEL graphic, and not for the purpose of accura- an indicator of the difference in the way that with his ideas. He tried to show them a dif-
Opinions Columnist cy, but for the purpose of humiliating Yoo the two were regarded. Though it is true that ferent point of view, and to convince them of
in public. It wasn’t wrong that the student what Edwards was asked about pertained to the reasons behind some of his policies.
Many influential figures have their own asked the question that he did, but he didn’t his personal decisions, as compared to Yoo, Moreover, at the end of the day, Yoo is a
dirty laundry. And both John Edwards and have to phrase it in a way that was so bla- who was questioned over his public ones, highly accomplished and extremely impor-
John Yoo certainly have theirs. tantly rude. both incidents are in some way connected tant figure with a set of viewpoints that we
This may sound like the beginning of a Furthermore, as Yoo tried to answer the to the moral standards that we expect our don’t hear very often at New England univ-
juicy gossip column, and both figures have question, he was constantly cut off by the leaders to uphold. erities. If in the future he is invited to Brown
a questionable past; Edwards cheated on his student. Nobody gained anything from that Moreover, even though Edwards’ speech and he decides he does not want to come
wife and Yoo was the author of the Bush ad- particular incident, least of all Brown’s im- on the need to eradicate poverty wasn’t again because of the way he was treated last
ministration’s memos justifying torture. So time, it will be our loss and not his.
why did Brown students treat them so dif- It has been noted by many before that
ferently when they came to lecture here? for all their liberalism and openness, Brown
As the day of Edwards’ speech ap- Even though Edwards’ speech on the need to students are somewhat inflexible about
proached, jokes pertaining to his person- their opinions and ideals. They could accept
al life became all too common among stu- eradicate poverty wasn’t shockingly new or even Edwards as a guest because he represented
dents. I wondered if anyone would actually a set of principles that is upheld by the ma-
have the audacity to ask him a direct ques- contestable, he was regularly applauded and jority, but not Yoo because he didn’t.
tion about his extramarital affair. But, if we are to perpetuate the broad-
Though it seemed unlikely that this generally treated much better than the mindedness of this university, we can’t
would happen, I couldn’t help but think of scare away everyone that we disagree with.
Yoo’s February visit to speak at a Janus Fo- more controversial Yoo. In fact, we need to foster an environment
rum debate called, “Are There Universal where speakers feel comfortable express-
Human Rights?” ing new and different ideas. This is required
I, for one, found Yoo’s speech intellectu- age as an open-minded community. shockingly new or even contestable, he not only for the sake of Brown’s reputation
ally stimulating. In it, he addressed some of Therefore, it was surprising, in a good was regularly applauded and generally treated and image, but also to prevent the commu-
the controversial ideas that made him so un- way, that things went relatively smooth- much better than the more controversial Yoo. nity’s intellectual stagnation.
popular. I didn’t agree with them. But then, ly when Edwards visited Brown. The only For Brown students, Edwards is some-
I didn’t have to. I was simply exposed to a time that his extramarital affair was alluded one who represents our ideals. He spoke
new set of ideas that forced me to consider to was when a student asked him if he felt about things we already knew, believed in
a point of view different from my own, and the public should judge politicans according and are convinced of. And we simply ap- Fatima Aqeel ’12 is a first-year from Ka-
that’s what being open-minded is about. to a more rigorous moral standard than the plauded him when he did. rachi, Pakistan. She can be reached at
It was a pity then that during the ques- general public is held to. Yoo, on the other hand, attempted some- Fatima_Aqeel@brown.edu

Cutting wisely
to attract students of the caliber it has been The Ocean State is in the second worst sible that Brown may eventually have to lay
BY WILL ALLEN able to in the past. And to continue to at- economic shape in the country, according off many of its staff. Fortunately, we have
tract these students, it must first make the to a recent article in the New York Times. not yet reached that point.
Opinions Columnist school seem desirable to them, and second Rhode Island’s small size may be the culprit Given Rhode Island’s current situation
make it possible for them to afford to come in most of its problems. By contrast, Michi- and Brown’s local influence, massive staff
We all know that Brown’s financial prob- here. As such, it is reasonable to expect, gan, the worst-off state, has the auto indus- layoffs could be very damaging to the state
lems will necessitate certain changes in the and consistent with the University’s stated try to blame. Unfortunately for Rhode Is- as a whole. Laid-off Brown staff might not
future. How these changes will take shape plan, that short-term budget cuts will come land, bailing out a car company is (long-term be able to find jobs in their home state,
is less apparent. If recent news is any indi- at the expense of the staff.  concerns for the auto industry aside) much pushing the unemployment rate up from
cation, however, the University will trim the It’s difficult to imagine that many Brown easier than expanding a state’s borders. 10 percent. Layoffs would likely reduce the
budget with staff reductions. As noted in a re- students are in favor of investing less in any Symptoms of the Rhode Island’s econom- state’s tax base, increase its unemployment
cent article (“Attrition, layoffs to cut 60 posi- of the three categories unless absolutely ic collapse are a massive budget deficit rela- payouts and thereby inflate the budget defi-
tions,” March 6), the University needs to cut necessary, particularly if it means firing tive to its modest population and the second cit. Despite Rhode Island’s improvement in
spending by up to $90 million over the next recent years, its situation seems precarious
five years in order to achieve a balanced bud- right now; it could easily enter a process of
get by 2014. With these sobering figures in terminal decline. 
mind, the University has already begun to cut At this point, however, I would like to
jobs, removing upwards of 30 unfilled posi- It is reasonable to expect, and consistent with the reconsider Brown’s priorities. I, like most
tions and laying off almost as many personnel other Brown students, am not from Rhode
for a total loss of 60 staff positions.  University’s stated plan, that short-term budget Island. Many of us come to Brown in or-
Top administrators have expressed der to be at Brown, and not in order to be
their reluctance to make cuts in three cat- cuts will come at the expense of the staff. in Providence or Rhode Island. We spend
egories — quality of life, education and fi- our four years here and then, for the most
nancial aid. As Ruth Simmons wrote in her part, we leave; we form no permanent con-
“Remarks on the Current Financial Envi- nections to the state, nor do we particular-
ronment:” “Brown’s principal purpose is to staff. We should begrudgingly support the highest unemployment rate in the nation. ly care about its future. Although this is a
focus on its academic and research mission elimination staff jobs insofar as it is criti- Because of Li’l’ Rhody’s littleness, Brown is somewhat self-centered view, what really
and we must continue to do so in this peri- cal to meeting budgetary constraints while one of the state’s largest employers. And with matters is our experience at Brown, a no-
od… we will maintain a strong commitment maintaining quality of life, etc. When Ruth only about 700 full-time faculty, it’s clear that tion that the University itself reinforces.
to support the continued matriculation of Simmons told the Undergraduate Council of most of those jobs are staff positions.
students.” For this reason, the Universi- Students that staff cuts were coming, there As a result, Brown’s plummeting endow-
ty will not decrease the size of the faculty. were no reports of students protesting. And ment affects not only quality of life, edu-
Aside from the need to produce satisfied while I am fully in this camp, I think it is im- cation and financial aid for students, but Will Allen ’12 is from Berkeley,
alums who are willing to donate to Brown portant to consider staff cuts in the larger also job security for a significant portion of California. He can be reached at
later in life, the University must continue context of Rhode Island. Rhode Island’s working population. It’s pos- William_Allen@brown.edu
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Short online lectures (really short)
The Brown Daily Herald

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the news in images

5 2 7
c a l e n da r comics
TODay, march 18 tomorrow, march 19
Cabernet Voltaire | Abe Pressman
10 a.m. — Wigs for Kids 6th Annual 7 P.M. — “Get Wet: Female Sexual
Haircutathon, Sayles Hall Pleasure, Desire and Orgasms,”
Wilson 102
8 p.m. — Black-Brown Comedy Jam,
Hourglass Cafe 8 P.M. — “Strong Sexy Words: The
Spring Version,” List 120

menu
Sharpe Refectory Verney-Woolley Dining Hall

Vagina Dentata | Soojean Kim


Lunch — Vegetarian Submarine Sand- Lunch — Beef Pot Pie, Vegetarian
wich, Vegan Tempeh Fajita, Cornish Pasty Burrito, Mexican Corn

Dinner — Wisconsin Ziti with Four Dinner — Spicy Herb Baked


Cheeses, Chipotle Chicken, Baked Chicken, Stir Fry Vegetables with Tofu,
Stuffed Pollock Stewed Tomatoes

crossword

Enigma Twist | Dustin Foley

The One About Zombies | Kevin Grubb

Classic Deep-Fried Kittens | Cara FitzGibbon

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