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vol. cxlvi, no. 12 Thursday, February 10, 2011 Since 1891

Corporation Ne ws in brief
to approve ‘Jockapella’
2012 budget receives UCS
this weekend approval
The Undergraduate Council
By Alex Bell of Students elected an Ivy
News Editor Council liaison and approved
the formation of four new
With few major capital projects left student groups, including
on its plate, the Corporation will “Jockapella,” last night.
meet this weekend to discuss vari- UCS invited its members
ous University policies and vote on to consider serving as the
next year’s budget. body’s representative to the
The University’s highest govern- Ivy Council. Leah Bromberg ’11,
ing body will review President Ruth who currently serves on the
Simmons’ budget recommendations Academic and Administrative
— including tuition and student fees Affairs committee, ran for
— based on the report of the Univer- Stephanie London / Herald the position pointing to her
sity Resources Committee, which Pro- and anti-gay marriage advocates overflowed from the State House yesterday as debate began on a marriage bill. experiences with both UCS

Groups rally for, against gay marriage


will be made public this weekend, and Ivy Council. In addition to
said Russell Carey ’91 MA’06, senior having attended Ivy Council
vice president for Corporation affairs conferences and summits, she
and governance. By CHIp LEBOVITZ tional Organization for Marriage, bearing a recent quotation from was a member of the group’s
A group of Corporation members Staff Writer directly preceded the marriage Chafee: “When equal marriage is policy committee last year.
visited Yale Wednesday to talk about equality rally. Maggie Gallagher, the law in Rhode Island, we honor Bromberg edged out
university governance with their Same-sex marriage supporters chair of the National Organiza- our forefathers who risked their Michelle Frea ’14, who
counterparts, Carey said. They took packed the State House yesterday tion for Marriage, Senator Har- lives and fortune in the pursuit of promised to strengthen the
a similar trip last year to Princeton. at a Marriage Equality Rhode Is- old Metts, D-Providence, and Rep. human equality.” relationship between UCS
Members will attend a series of land rally. Raymond Hull, D-Providence, Chafee did not attend the rally. and the Ivy Council if elected,
committee meetings today, break- were scheduled to speak at the The rally featured speakers saying the latter does not have
ing for the dedication of the Perry city & state rally. such as Senator Rhoda Perry P’91, a large enough presence on
and Marty Granoff Center for the About 300 supporters waving D-Providence, and Rev. Eugene campus.
Creative Arts this evening. Buoyed by the election of Gov- signs turned out to show their sup- Dyszlewski, chair of the Religious The Ivy Council’s Ivy Policy
On Friday, the Corporation will ernor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14, port for the marriage equality bill. Coalition for Marriage Equality. Conference will be held Feb.
meet as a whole during the day be- who has publicly voiced his sup- The total attendance exceeded the The speakers sounded a consistent 25-27 at Dartmouth.
fore breaking into committees in the port for marriage equality, the State House’s capacity, causing an theme of support for equal mar- A number of new student
afternoon and reconvening Saturday group is pushing for the passage L-shaped line to spill out of the riage rights, reiterating their faith organizations were confirmed
morning to vote in University Hall. of a bill introduced this January State House and onto Smith Street. in Chafee’s resolve and a need to at the meeting as well.
A memorial service for Joseph that would legalize marriage for Expectations for the newly press forward. “Jockapella,” an a cappella
Fernandez ’85, president of the all couples regardless of gender. sworn-in governor were high. “Don’t give up. Don’t give up. group formed by athletes from
A rally against legalizing same- Supporters of the bill draped a the track and field and football
continued on page 2 sex marriage, hosted by the Na- banner inside the State House continued on page 6 teams, was approved as a
category one group. Though

Faculty remains
the founding members have
Revered reverend formed a camaraderie with
athletes across a number of

mostly male, white


sports through singing, they
have been unable to join
existing a cappella groups
due to unfavorable audition
By Shefali Luthra recent years. and practice schedules, said
Senior Staff Writer The number of female faculty Ralanda Nelson ’12, chair of the
members has increased by 30 per- student activities committee.
About two-thirds of the faculty are cent since the 2002-03 academic “Jockapella” aims to allow
male and about four-fifths identify year, while the presence of various athletes to further explore their
as white, according to statistics pub- minority groups has also increased. interests in singing.
lished on the Dean of the Faculty’s “The University is putting a Chapters of Operation Smile,
website. The faculty continues to lack great deal of emphasis on diversity an international organization
racial and gender diversity despite in terms of faculty,” Wilson said. committed to treating cleft
concerted institutional efforts in “But you have to understand that palates, and Generation
recent years to increase it. recruiting a diverse faculty is not Citizen, a non-governmental
like recruiting a diverse group of organization founded by Scott
news analysis students in the freshman class.” Warren ’09 and Anna Ninan
Vohra said the current faculty ’09 that educates high school
Though males and whites domi- reflects a lack of diversity in the students about social change,
nate the faculty, the current make-up pool of applicants. In the physical were both approved.
represents a significant increase in sciences, for example, he said it is The Brown Naturalist
faculty diversity, according to Dean “quite well-known” that there aren’t Society, a group aiming to
of the Faculty Rajiv Vohra P’07. Both many senior women faculty mem- promote appreciation of
he and Director for Institutional bers across the “university system nature, was also approved by
Ashley Aydin / Herald Diversity Valerie Wilson cited the as a whole.” the council.
Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson has been the chaplain for 21 years. Plan for Academic Enrichment as
See page 2. an engine for increased diversity in continued on page 4 — David Chung
weather

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

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FEBruary 10 ToMORROW February 11
Chaplain looks back on 21 years
By ashley aydin which was just the two of us, to New Divine Providence
6:30 P.m. 6:00 p.m. Senior Staff Writer Hampshire. I had to make weekly A few years after she arrived as
Israeli Film Festival: “Precious Life”, CSA Chinese New Year Banquet, commutes. There was divinity place- chaplain, Cooper Nelson said she
Avon Cinema Andrews Dining Hall In suite 410 of J. Walter Wilson, amid ment in Hanover, which ultimately talked to senior officers and deans
colorful artwork, classic furniture turned into a job,” she said. and created student focus groups to
8:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
and family photographs of Brown There is not a typical process for see what could be done to increase
East Campus Speed Dating, Dancing with the Profs, community members, sits Reverend becoming a chaplain of a university. religious diversity on campus. Coo-
Barbour Hall Alumnae Hall Janet Cooper Nelson, the University “People come to this position out of per Nelson also created additional
chaplain. academic classrooms at universities, associate positions in her office so

menu Appointed chaplain in 1990,


Cooper Nelson has been a part of
out of (non-governmental organiza-
tions), out of congregational work
Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and
Muslim traditions would all be
the Brown community for the past — which is the least likely­— and represented on campus. She also
SHARPE REFECTORY VERNEy-WOOLLEY DINING HALL
21 years. She serves not only as direc- other different areas,” she said. established new positions in public
LUNCH tor of the Office of the Chaplains and service.
National Pizza Day, Cavatappi and Beef Stew, Vegan Tofu Raviolis Religious Life but also as a personal Nuts and bolts and faith “It was a more successful design
Whole Wheat Penne, Oatmeal with Sauce, Grilled Cajun Chicken, resource for the students, faculty and Being chaplain of the University for signaling to people that the di-
Butterscotch Cookies Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies staff whose images adorn her walls. is no easy role. The job is both an ad- versity of religion was a priority at
ministrative and a spiritual vocation. Brown and would be supported,” she
DINNER
Feature Cooper Nelson typically meets with said. “The range of practice in each
Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Lemon Broiled Chicken, Cauliflower other administrators, fulfills pastoral of the major strands of tradition here
Sweet and White Potatoes, Vegan Au Gratin, Rosemary Potatoes, Revered reverend duties by running religious services, is very broad.”
Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake Vegan Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake “When I took this job, I was the reads and writes articles and speaks Cooper Nelson also focuses on
first woman to take a job like this at publicly at University events and on increasing religious literacy on cam-
Sudoku an Ivy,” Cooper Nelson said.
Though she is now the author-
the road, she said. She also works
with other religious organizations
pus. The Office of Chaplains and
Religious Life provides invitations
ity on the University’s religious life, to aid in fundraising efforts. to students to collaborate with fac-
Cooper Nelson started her career “There’s a big Brown family, ulty, undertake research projects and
in the secular world. Her path to and anyone who is in need of care participate in programs to increase
chaplain began when she left her gets our help,” Cooper Nelson said, knowledge about different traditions,
job as a history teacher. adding that the Office of Chaplains she said. This semester, she is facili-
“My brain was tired from teach- and Religious Life has a wide reach. tating a religious literacy seminar
ing kids, and I needed a break,” she “Our e-mail address group is close for students seeking extracurricular
said. After leaving her teaching posi- to 18,000 people,” she said. learning.
tion, Cooper Nelson became inter- Cooper Nelson said there is a “We’re endlessly teaching when
ested in studying law and headed to broad interest in religion on campus. we are caring and caring when we are
graduate school on an experimental “It’s not hard to get people to talk teaching. We’re never off the hook
grant, she said. about the topic of religion, but that’s in each direction. We’re trying to
When the time came to reapply kind of true at Brown for anything,” help students voice what they think
for the grant, she started to consider she said. and reach a place of understanding,”
a new path. “What about ordina- “I would say 40 to 60 percent of Cooper Nelson said.
tion?” Cooper Nelson asked herself. Brown students are involved in re- For Cooper Nelson, the notion of
Cooper Nelson started to look ligion, whether through fellowship religion is still complex. “I think the
into combined programs at Harvard groups, attending services or writing word ‘religion’ is a stumbling block.
Divinity School and Harvard Law about religion for some journal,” she People associate it with institutional

across to bear School but did not like the way the
law school worked “because of its
added.
As chaplain, Cooper Nelson said
failure,” she said.
Religious institutions across the
ACROSS legends of the Hidden temple by natan last ‘12 sort of ‘hazing’ process,” she said, she tries to supports students in their world are undergoing processes of
1 Cops, slangily “where students would have to stand choices instead of dictating specific deep reform and restructuring.
5 Peaces out
11 As yet up and read cases.” solutions to them. “Your grandchildren will see radi-
unscheduled: Abbr.
14 Troy’s best friend, Cooper Nelson enrolled at the “We’re just going to hold the cally different models, whether due
on “Community”
15 86th Street home Divinity School in Cambridge, mirror up for you and make sure to finance, deep moral outrage about
of Caravaggio’s Mass., while her husband worked you’ve made a decision that reflects the conduct of some communities
“The Musicians”
16 Live ___, 1985 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, the values you have,” she said. “That’s and the people in some communi-
fundraising concert
for Ethiopian N.H. “We moved our family home, our job.” ties, or something else,” she said.
famine relief
17 Be a role model, as
to younger siblings
20 ___ Lanka
21 Ambulance driver,
for short
22 Former Oasis
Corporation to review building projects
guitarist Gallagher
23 Headlines? continued from page 1 Aquatics Center and Jonathan Nel- in the company.
28 ___ Mawr, Pa. son ’77 Fitness Center and the Medi- Chancellor Thomas Tisch ’76,
30 Bills at a strip club
31 Actress Green of Brown Alumni Association and a cal Education Building. who leads the Corporation, said that
“Casino Royale”
32 Eye of the tigre? trustee of the Corporation at the time Carey said the University’s invest- for the past few years the body has
33 “That’s just
embarrassing...,” of his death in December, will be held ment in HEI Hotels and Resorts will been “operating under the shadow of
online Saturday at 12:15 p.m. in Sayles Hall. also be on the agenda for the Cor- convulsions of the financial markets”
36 “Actress” who, to
assuage her fear In addition to the budget, Carey poration’s Investment Committee in its discussions of fundraising and
of flying before 66 Cuthbert of “The 13 Suffix with hater 48 Harsh
getting on planes, Girl Next Door” or power 49 Chomper in said discussion will likely also touch following the December recom- capital projects.
pumps some 67 Population: ___ 18 Web ___ “The Land
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39 Reality TV show in Family” cousin 19 Riotous crowd 51 “Still ___” (Hit
which Paris Hilton 69 “Shaun of the 24 City near from 1999) as the Katherine Moran Coleman in Investment Policy not to reinvest look forward,” he said.
and Nicole Richie Dead” or “Dead D√ºsseldorf 53 ___ Maas,
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Thursday, February 10, 2011 Campus News 3
Swearer Center brings student pay in line with labor law
By Claire Gianotti nator for the Swearer Classroom student employment policies and
Contributing Writer Program, said the only real change procedures,” Warner said. The
to her routine was that she would same review led the computer sci-
This semester the Swearer Cen- have to log her time hourly rather ence department to begin paying
ter for Public Service will pay its than weekly. its teaching assistants by the hour
program coordinators by the hour, Every week, coordinators will last semester.
rather than with a stipend, in order now have to fill out a form to log This committee revised the stu-
to bring its compensation polices their hours in order to receive dent employment handbook and
in line with the Fair Labor Stan- payment. Last year, Lin said, “the standardized a time-tracking sheet
dards Act. checks just came.” that can be used by all departments.
Coordinators are paid not only The Swearer Center does not This effort will continue, Warner
because of their large time com- expect “a major change” in funding said, adding that the committee will
mitment, but also in the hope that for the center, or in the amount of work with the Dean of the College
the compensation will make com- compensation students will receive, to define a new category of paid
munity service “more financially Nozaki said. “At this point it is a “student opportunities,” which will
accessible,” said Roger Nozaki pretty straightforward thing,” he not be subject to the Fair Labor
MAT’89, director of the Swearer added. Standards Act. Offering “student
Center and associate dean of the The decision is not a result of opportunities” in addition to stu-
College for community and global the Swearer budget cuts announced dent employment will hopefully
engagement. last spring, said Elizabeth Warner, provide more avenues for students
Affected students did not ex- director of compensation and or- to be involved in campus life, War-
press strong opinions about the ganizational services. Instead, the ner said.
change. “I do the work that I need change is intended to bring the The review “has nothing to do
to do, and I happen to get paid,” University into compliance with with money,” Warner said, and is
said Brian Lin ’12, a coordinator for the Fair Labor Standards Act of rather in response to a need for
the Brown Language Arts Program, 1938, she said. more communication between
which works with elementary-age A committee convened by the departments regarding employ-
students in Providence schools. Department of Human Resources, ment on campus. She added that
Lin said he was unsure how the the Office of Financial Aid and the the review is not likely to spur any
change would affect him. Controller’s Office met at the be- further changes to the way money Stephanie London / Herald
Christine Joyce ’12.5, a coordi- ginning of the semester to “clarify is allotted to student-run programs. The Swearer Center will pay students by the hour instead of on a stipend basis.

Psych Services reports no increase in visits from freshmen


By Miriam Furst reason for hiring another psy- dents expect to be satisfied with Over the past five years, John- “One common theme, that I
Staff Writer chotherapist was to increase the college,” DeAngelo said. But she son said she has not seen any ma- would guess is somewhat specific
number of free sessions available said many students feel pres- jor changes in the concerns stu- to Brown, is that students tend to
Though in a newly-released na- to students from five to seven per sure and anxiety about “making dents bring with them when they assume that everyone around them
tional survey college freshmen year. the most of their college experi- visit Psych Services. She said that has it together, and that they are
rated their emotional health at a The national Higher Education ences.” Specifically, the survey though more students feel pres- the only one experiencing any sort
record low, Psychological Services Research Institute survey, based on showed two-thirds of freshmen sure and anxiety regarding jobs of distress,” said Remy Fernandez-
has not seen a significant change responses from 201,818 first-year had financial concerns that had because of the economic recession, O’Brien ’12, a residential coun-
in visits from first-year students, students at 279 different colleges, influenced their choice of school. the number is not large. selor in Littlefield House. “This
Director of Psych Services Belinda showed that fewer students per- DeAngelo said in recent years Additionally, when students of course is not true, but it does
Johnson said. ceived their emotional health “was universities have “really started to first go to Psych Services, they are seem to make people less likely to
At the start of this academic in the ‘highest 10 percent’ or ‘above increase the wellness services they asked whether they have seen a seek help when they could benefit
year, Psych Services hired a new average’ when compared to their offer to students.” counselor before coming to Brown. from it.”
psychotherapist. The decision was peers,” according to the research Over the past five years, Psych Johnson said they have been col- “People don’t necessarily want
partially a response to a 2009 New brief. The survey has been distrib- Services has seen roughly 17 per- lecting this information for the to specifically label what’s going
England Association of Schools uted to college freshmen for the cent of the student body each year, past six years and the percentage on with them, but they are often
and Colleges reaccreditation re- last 45 years, said Linda DeAngelo, Johnson said. In comparison, half has not changed. motivated to make things bet-
port, which criticized the Uni- assistant director for research for that many students used the Uni- Johnson said the national sur- ter for themselves,” Fernandez-
versity’s psychological support the Cooperative Institutional Re- versity’s psychological resources vey involves self-reports from O’Brien added. “Because of this, in
resources compared to those of search Program at the University in 1985. freshmen about their emotional many cases I’ll recommend a spe-
its peers, The Herald reported in of California at Los Angeles, which The greater availability of re- health compared to how they per- cific person that I know, in Psych
September. administered the survey. sources is not the only factor that ceive their peers’ emotional well- Services or another department,
The addition to the staff “has In the most recent survey, the has driven the increase, Johnson being. The results are a measure of whom I know to be particularly
certainly improved our ability percentage of students reporting said. “Since 1985, culturally — not perceived emotional health, rather helpful.”
to serve students because a new their emotional health as above just at Brown — there has been than an evaluation of students’ ac- “I do believe that Brown stu-
position makes you more avail- average dropped from 55.3 percent more attention given to mental tual mental states. dents are happier on average
able,” Johnson said. “What will be in 2009 to 51.9 percent in 2010, health,” she said. Brown regularly tops the Princ- than students at other universi-
most interesting to see in the end according to the research brief. Johnson said Psych Services eton Review’s annual list of col- ties,” Johnson said. “So you get
of the year is if we’re seeing more Freshmen are surveyed when they tries to make first-years aware of leges with the “Happiest Students.” this phenomenon that students
students than we had in previ- first enter college, DeAngelo said, available resources by participating But having the happiest students who are feeling bad feel cheated or
ous years. It’s still too early to tell so results reflect how students felt in orientation activities and pro- is not the same as having the stu- are reluctant to let other students
though,” she said. when first entering school. viding information to residential dent body with the highest level know they are feeling bad because
Johnson added that the main “We see in our study that stu- peer leaders. of emotional well-being. they feel out of the ordinary.”
4 Campus News The Brown Daily Herald
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hiring of minority, female faculty progressing slowly


continued from page 1

Finding a qualified female pro-


fessor for the physics department is
“as rare as a fang in an owl’s mouth,”
said Michael Kosterlitz, professor of
physics and chair of the Committee
for Faculty Equity and Diversity.
Vohra also said the high number
of tenured professors — 72 percent
— slows down faculty turnover,
making it difficult to quickly alter
its composition. Consequently, he
attributed the growth in diversity
to increased hiring in the past 10
years, a component of the Plan for
Academic Enrichment.
But both Vohra and Wilson em-
phasized change beyond the overall
numbers, citing shifts in ethnic and
gender composition in individual
departments.
“In the Department of Econom- Gili Kliger / Herald
ics, at one point we had no women at
any level,” Wilson said. “Now there as economics, physics and applied is important to consider the pool Oh, who is originally from Korea, pressed hope for future increases
are two senior women in the De- mathematics will pave the way for of applicants. said her department does consider in faculty diversity, though Wilson
partment of Economics, and there future female hires. “Maybe I wish there were more “the issue of women” when looking said she believes there will always
are extensive recruitments going Professor of Economics Glenn black faculty around not at just this for new hires. But Oh, who previ- be a “lag” between student and fac-
on that we hope will result in the Loury, who is African-American, university, but at other universities ously worked at the California Insti- ulty diversity. According to statistics
appointment of women and maybe said that although he doesn’t like to of this caliber,” Loury said. “But I tute of Technology, also said a lack published this fall, 52.2 percent of
even racial or ethnic minorities.” “play a numbers game” with issues know how hard it is to find out- of diversity exists at many schools. undergraduate students are female
Vohra said he believes the intro- of diversity, he does think increased standing African-American can- About 18 percent of Harvard fac- and 45.8 percent identify as white.
duction of female professors into faculty diversity would benefit stu- didates.” ulty members identify as minorities, The graduate school and Alpert
historically male departments such dents. At the same time, he said it Wilson added that faculty di- while 27 percent are female, accord- Medical School reported similar
versity is considered heavily in the ing to a report published this year. gender and race distributions.
hiring process. When looking for Yale, meanwhile, reports a faculty Wilson also said diversity in the
new faculty members, departments composed of about 20 percent mi- faculty encourages students to fol-
must submit recruitment plans to norities and 33.5 percent females. low their passions. “Having a scholar
the Dean of the Faculty’s office and Penn, Stanford University and Cor- of color or a woman scholar in these
to Wilson. Both review the plans nell all published reports in 2009, classes really demonstrates to stu-
and the subsequent shortlists of ap- finding percentages of minorities in dents the universality of knowledge
plicants to ensure that departments the teens and percentages of females and the potential of every individual
consider diversity. An affirmative in the twenties. An article in Princ- to aspire to those fields to which they
action representative also sits on eton’s alumni magazine reported a are best suited,” she said. “There’s no
every recruitment panel. similar race and gender distribution. such thing as a field that is only for
Professor of Mathematics Hee Both Vohra and Wilson ex- this person or that person.”
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Thursday, February 10, 2011 City & State 5
Undergrads take action in state political campaigns
By casey bleho moved in with Tanzi to assist means state government is highly consultants seeking to provide eras during his campaign. “We
Staff Writer her campaign, did not provide a accessible to students, she said. campaign advice, her campaign knocked on every door on the
graduation year. Tanzi said her campaign shows needed volunteers. East Side three to four times,” Re-
Students pride themselves on get- Both the Brown Republicans the potential for student impact. Anna Quinn ’13 helped Tanzi’s gunberg said. After the election,
ting involved off College Hill, and and the Brown Democrats have Tanzi, a resumed undergraduate campaign garner absentee votes Regunberg was named a member
during the midterm campaign been active volunteers for their student from Wakefield, took a from Brown students. Quinn said of Taveras’s transition team for
season last year, they did just that, respective candidates, said Ter- leave from the University in 2008 her campaign experience showed issues related to education.
lending support to state candi- rence George ’13, president of the to start a family and later success- her that “anyone can be involved.” “With the right legislature,”
dates and getting a real-world in- Brown Republicans. “Politicians fully ran for the state House of Political participation gave her “a students can “absolutely” have
troduction to the political process. know we are a somewhat reliable Representatives. sense of ownership in my repre- clout when it comes to the politi-
“People are intrigued and will source for volunteers,” he said, “Without a doubt, students sentative on a state level,” she said. cal process, Tanzi said. “If they’re
listen to you because you’re young so “we are treated with respect.” were the backbone of this cam- Aaron Regunberg ’12 worked willing to put in the time and the
and bright-eyed. Catch them off- Because students help can- paign,” she said, adding that while as an East Side field organizer for energy and are willing to testify,
guard, and they’ll listen,” said didates during their campaigns, she had plenty of offers from paid Providence Mayor Angel Tav- the sky is the limit.”
Libby Kimzey, campaign man- they know politicians will consid-
ager for state Rep. Teresa Tanzi, er their views when formulating
D-Narragansett, Wakefield and policy, said Katerina Wright ’11,
Peace Dale. Kimzey, who took president of the Brown Demo-
a leave from the University and crats. Rhode Island’s small size

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State leaders look Students bring science concepts to life


to reform heathcare
continued from page 12 schools in Providence. Each men- “make more people at Brown know
tor is assigned to five high school more about it and (get) the word
ample, she said, they understand students, teaching basic science out about what we do,” Williams
physics but struggle with the math skills and helping with schoolwork said. “It is a fulfilling and wonder-
continued from page 12 then be able to use the exchange to behind it, such as unit conversions, or college preparation. ful experience to teach students
select appropriate coverage within fractions and ratios. But “they’ll The group also plans “excit- who incredibly deserve” the op-
nesses by driving up health care that budget,” he said. pick it up once they are taught,” ing lessons,” such as chemistry portunity, she added.
costs. Almon said he thinks the ex- she added. of food or a Halloween lesson on Mark Sabbagh ’12, who partici-
“I’ve spoken with small busi- change itself should be simple and Williams called her experience sugar, Williams said. She added pates in the program, called the
ness owners who say they can’t user-friendly. He said the General with students “mentoring, with that the program tries to expose experience “incredibly rewarding”
hire new employees because of Assembly should focus on the ex- science on the side.” The program high school students to college life for the student mentors. “We fall
this,” Robitaille said. change’s structure and authority, is a science enrichment program in and promote the study of science between teacher and friend,” he
But Ted Almon, president and without getting into operational which Brown students mentor and at college. They hope to present said. It is “less of teaching,” he said,
CEO of Claflin, a Warwick-based details. tutor roughly 40 to 50 underprivi- students’ science projects at the but really about “being with them.”
medical device company, said ex- Also last month, freshman leged students from several high Science Center this semester to
changes will benefit small busi- state Rep. Daniel Gordon, R-
nesses.
“The exchange opportunity
provided in the federal legislation
Little Compton, Portsmouth and
Tiverton, introduced a bill that
would prevent the government
Gay marriage advocates find hope
is perhaps the most significant op- from requiring Rhode Islanders continued from page 1 the 21st century.” ernment may not redefine the reli-
portunity that we’ve had to really to purchase insurance and from Twenty to 30 anti-gay marriage gious meaning of our belief.”
bend the cost curve in the future levying a fine if they refuse to do Let your voice be heard at the advocates were peppered through Kyle Marnane, a volunteer for
of health care,” Almon said. so, thereby nullifying a key com- State House today,” said Rep. John the crowd. One such advocate, Marriage Equality Rhode Island
He said the exchanges will ponent of the reform law known Edwards, D-Tiverton and Ports- Jackie Archambealt, told The and a student at Johnson and
make providing insurance afford- as the individual mandate. Un- mouth. Herald she was there to “support Wales University, has been work-
able for businesses, while giving der the federal Supremacy Clause, Students were also in atten- traditional marriage.” ing for the organization since Oc-
workers additional flexibility. states cannot nullify federal law. dance, including members of the “I’m a born-again Christian, tober. “Hopefully this shows the
“Small business, ultimately, Challenges to health care re- Brown Democrats and queer al- and the definition of marriage General Assembly that marriage
through the use of this tool, will form’s individual mandate are liances. should be the way that God in- matters,” Marnane said, “and that
be able to make a defined contri- pending in federal court and Jean McCabe ’14 said she was tended it to be: between a man marriage equality needs to hap-
bution on behalf of their employ- will likely go before the Supreme confident about the future of gay and a woman,” she said. pen now.”
ees — but their employees would Court. rights in Rhode Island. “I think Other counter-protesters in- The legalization of gay marriage
that this is the year we’re probably cluded remaining members of the is not the only bill dealing with the
going to get marriage equality,” anti-gay marriage rally and for- issue that has been introduced to
Get The Herald delivered daily McCabe told The Herald. ”It’s only mer Providence mayoral candidate the General Assembly. Another bill
a matter of time.” Chris Young. “Same-sex marriage has been put up for consideration
to your inbox “It’s a matter of fairness and jus- violates the First Amendment to that would put legalization on the
tice,” said Rachel Cocroft, a local the Constitution of the United ballot in November.
browndailyherald.com/register supporter of equal marriage rights. States — the establishment clause,” “We do not want (a referen-
“I hope it brings Rhode Island into Young told The Herald. “The gov- dum) to happen,” Marnane said.
The Brown Daily Herald
Thursday, February 10, 2011 City & State 7
Citizens flood State House for gay marriage hearing
By Kat Thornton State Rep. Charlene Lima, D- nition of marriage. legalizing gay marriage would Linda Green, who opposes
Senior Staff Writer Cranston, compared same-sex The bill would “hurt our chil- hurt future generations because legalization, said she wishes this
marriage to female suffrage. She dren’s futures,” said lawyer Joe children would grow up without were not a legal issue. She said
Gay marriage supporters and op- said that in the past, a woman’s Cavanagh. He said marriage fathers. she did not want to appear hateful
ponents alike gathered at the State right to vote would not have “between a man and a woman” Listeners outside the hear- toward the gay community, but
House yesterday for the House passed in a public vote because has been the traditional definition ing differed on their views of the claimed the bill’s passage would
Judiciary Committee hearing on it was an “emotional issue.” “since the beginning of the world.” proceedings. Lauren Bonetti, a negatively redefine families.
two bills regarding same-sex mar- Ajello later stopped the discus- “Same-sex marriage is an oxy- same-sex marriage supporter, said “Where does it end?” she
riage in Rhode Island. sion to open the floor for citizen moron,” he said. she is optimistic the bill will pass asked. “Where do we draw the
The first bill would legalize testimony. Other opponents claimed this year. line?”
same-sex marriage, while the After each testimony, repre-
second would put to vote next sentatives asked the speakers
year a constitutional amendment questions.
defining marriage as between a A lawyer who supports gay
man and a woman. Three hun- marriage said she has seen same-
dred people signed up to give sex couples face challenges in at-
testimony at the hearing. taining the same legal protection
Beforehand, the line to enter they would receive from marriage.
the building reached onto the Because same-sex couples can’t
sidewalk outside the north en- marry, it is more difficult for them
trance of the State House, and to take a leave of absence from
space for hearing attendees had work if a partner is ill or to adopt
to be expanded to the second and children.
third floors. Noah Bareto, an eighth grade
The hearing began with debate student at Cole Middle School in
between state legislators, led by East Greenwich, spoke in favor
state Rep. Edith Ajello, D-Provi- of the bill. Bareto said he has not
dence. Ajello, whose district in- seen a difference between children
cludes College Hill, was recently raised by gay parents and children
named chair of the House Judi- raised by straight parents. “It’s not
ciary Committee. going to affect our lives if some-
State Rep. Jon Brien, D-Woon- one else is happy,” he said.
socket, called for the issue to be Many people consider “gay”
put to a public vote because it is a synonym for “bad,” he said,
“larger than this body.” He added, but he does not agree with that
“No one group has a fundamental sentiment. “In the Bible they ate
right” to define marriage for the children. We don’t eat children,”
state. he added.
Other representatives coun- Other gay marriage advocates
tered Brien with the reasoning cited potential economic gains
that marriage equality is a civil from legalization. According to a
rights issue that the government representative from the Williams
has the power to legislate in order Institute for Sexual Orientation
to protect the rights of minority Law and Public Policy, legaliz-
groups such as gays. ing gay marriage could bring the
“The system has been set up to state $1.2 million in the next three
protect the rights of minorities,” years.
said state Rep. Michael Marcello, Sally Lapides, co-founder of
D-Cranston. “It is only through Residential Properties Ltd. in
the system that we protect every- Providence said legalizing gay
one’s rights.” marriage would encourage more
Brien responded that same- people to live in Rhode Island.
sex marriage should not be con- Same-sex marriage opponents
sidered an issue of civil rights called for a public vote and urged
because sexual orientation is a the committee to vote against the
matter of choice, while race is not. bill because it constitutes a redefi-
8 World & Nation The Brown Daily Herald
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Suleiman warns of coup as tensions rise in Egypt


By Timothy M. Phelps and Kim While fewer people have been
Murphy out patrolling the last two nights,
Los Angeles Times Suleiman’s comments about “bats”
appeared calculated to stir up those
CAIRO — Egypt’s government and fears.
protesters edged closer to violent The army has taken over secu-
confrontation Wednesday as dem- rity from the police, but has fo-
onstrators escalated their tactics cused on the protests, not police
and the vice president warned of a work. It has been highly praised
coup if the unrest continued, say- by the opposition since it moved
ing protests must end or “the dark into Cairo and other urban areas,
bats of the night” would emerge to but Wednesday that relationship
terrorize the nation. seemed to change as the Muslim
Labor unrest continued to Brotherhood, the largest opposi-
plague the nation for a second day, tion group, accused the army of
threatening to merge the political arresting and torturing protesters
goals of the opposition with the headed to Tahrir Square.
more focused economic issues that “We appreciate the Egyptian
have long plagued Egypt. And vio- army’s role in protecting protest-
lence spread to a normally peaceful ers,” said Muhammad Mursi, who
desert oasis 500 miles southwest has met with Suleiman to discuss
of Cairo, where police killed four the crisis, at a news conference.
people. “But in some places, protesters are
Protesters in the central square, being taken to military camps and
re-energized by massive crowds they are being tortured like those
Tuesday after turnout began to flag from the (police intelligence) tor-
on Monday, promised the biggest tured people in the past.”
demonstrations yet on Friday, He said 70 to 100 people had
this time nationwide as well as in been tortured “very badly” by the
multiple locations in Cairo. On army.
Wednesday, they defied the Egyp- Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul
tian army by occupying the street Gheit also seemed to signal a
in front of parliament, creating a crackdown could be coming, and
second front in downtown Cairo. added that he was “amazed” to hear
Egyptian Vice President Omar of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s
Suleiman, in comments to Egyp- call for Egypt to immediately scrap
tian newspaper editors published its harsh “emergency law” aimed
Wednesday, warned sharply that at maintaining civil order.
demonstrations could not contin- “How can you ask me to sort of
ue. Suleiman, who until now has disband that emergency law while Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times
presented himself as a soft-spoken I’m in difficulty? ... Allow me to A group of protesters established themselves in front of the Egyptian Parliament building Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt.
voice of reason in discussions with have control to stabilize the nation,
opposition leaders, sounded rattled to stabilize the state, and then we the normal tie-ups. full of demonstrators Wednesday, A few blocks away, journalists
as he warned of tougher measures. would look into the issue,” Aboul “It’s not OK what you are doing which was not scheduled as a ma- were on strike for better pay at
The protests are “very danger- Gheit said. here,” Gen. Hassan Ruwaini of the jor day of protest, a sign of con- the magazine Rose El Yussef and
ous for society, and we can’t put up In Washington, State Depart- military police told protesters. “If tinuing vitality within the move- condemned their editors for lavish
with this at all,” he said. “We don’t ment spokesman P.J. Crowley sug- you want to protest, go to Tahrir.” ment to remove Mubarak from lifestyles and supporting Mubarak.
want to deal with Egyptian society gested Aboul Gheit should not be The army has pledged not to at- power. In another escalation, the Hundreds of workers and em-
with police tools.” taken aback by U.S. calls for demo- tack peaceful protesters — at least opposition called for protests in ployees at the Egypt Telecom Co.
He said he foresaw “the dark cratic reform. in Tahrir Square — and it is a rare multiple locations in Cairo on protested outside company head-
bats of the night emerging to ter- “With all due respect to the for- time in modern Egyptian history Friday, the Muslim day of prayer. quarters downtown, demanding
rorize the people” if the situation eign minister, he should not be when people feel free to disregard The protesters were defiant better salaries and working con-
is not resolved. If protests against amazed — if that’s the word that military orders. after Suleiman’s warning about a ditions. There are ongoing strikes
President Hosni Mubarak’s leader- he used — at our call for rescind- “We are not leaving, he is leav- possible coup if protesters don’t and protests by workers at the
ship continued, he said, the like- ing the emergency law,” Crowley ing,” chanted 150 young men be- back down, and vowed instead to Egypt Railway Co., the Omar Ef-
lihood is that “a coup happens, said at a news briefing. “We have hind their barricade. It was not expand their protests. fendi public retail stores and the
which would mean uncalculated been calling for that for years, if clear if they were referring to “What Suleiman said was some- Petrotrade petroleum company.
and hasty steps, including lots of not decades.” Mubarak, the usual focus of that thing aggressive, and that means Several other protests by pub-
irrationalities.” On Wednesday, about 500 pro- slogan, or the general. already they have a decision about lic workers are taking place in
A coup could come from within testers blocked the street in front The frustrated officer pulled what to do against us, and they will the governorates of Giza, Suez,
the regime, the army, the police or of parliament, some of them hav- back from the confrontation, at do it in these next two days,” said Helwan, Kafr El Dawar and Kafr
intelligence services — which he ing camped there overnight after least for a time. Mohammed Taman, a spokesman El Zayat.
used to lead — or the opposition, Tuesday’s massive gathering in The parliament has been a ma- for a coalition of five main youth While the majority of labor-
Suleiman warned. Tahrir Square, four blocks away, jor focus of opposition’s ire because groups attempting to coordinate ers are calling for better contracts,
Middle-class Cairenes in par- spilled over. The government has of rigged elections and one-party the protests. working conditions and pay raises,
ticular were terrified by the with- promised not to forcibly remove rule. Members of parliament were Taman emphasized that none they have also chanted slogans that
drawal of police from the city 11 demonstrators from the central told to stay home Wednesday, and of those purportedly representing salute the protests in Tahrir Square.
days ago, resulting in the mass re- plaza, but the occupation of new the building was closed off. protesters in talks with the gov- Meanwhile, Prime Minister
lease of prisoners and reports of territory increased pressure on the A correspondent for Al-Jazeera ernment were legitimate. “This is Ahmed Shafik is carrying out his
people from poor neighborhoods army to act. television reported Wednesday very bad, several times on TV they duties from the Ministry of Civil
marauding at night in wealthier The army blocked off Kasr El night that the army had entered said these guys represent us. This is Aviation’s headquarters near Cairo
areas. Many have spent nights Ainey Street, the major road into the parliament building for the false. There is no one representing Airport after demonstrators pre-
outside guarding their homes downtown from the south, because first time in modern history to us,” he said. “If there is someone vented him from entering the
and businesses with metal bars it runs by parliament, creating protect it. from the government who wants Cabinet building.
and sometimes guns. massive traffic jams even beyond Tahrir Square was surprisingly to negotiate with us, they should In New Valley, a western prov-
come here.” ince, security forces reported that
He added that “we have one re- the first sizable anti-Mubarak
quest, and we insist on it: Mubarak gathering in the region resulted
must leave.” in clashes between protesters and
While not necessarily throwing police Tuesday and Wednesday.
in their lot with the opposition, Four people were killed and several
workers seemed to take advantage were wounded by gunshots.
of the chaos to issue their own de- Protesters in the city of Port
mands. Said set the City Hall building on
In downtown Cairo, Ministry fire after saying the city’s governor
of Health employees joined the ignored their complaints for sub-
protesters outside the parliament. sidized housing facilities.
The Brown Daily Herald
Thursday, February 10, 2011 World & Nation 9
House panel plans to overturn EPA’s finding on climate change
By Renee Schoof house gases are a threat to American The American Lung Association that millions of jobs and hundreds At a briefing before the hearing,
McClatchy Newspapers health and welfare. on Wednesday released a letter to of billions of dollars per year would Dick Munson of Recycled Energy
“Politicians overruling scien- Obama and Congress from more be lost. “This regulation is going to Development said greater efficiency
WASHINGTON — Republicans on tists on a scientific question — that than 1,800 doctors, nurses and other skyrocket electricity costs,” said Rep. could cut emissions profitably. Re-
the House of Representatives energy would become part of this commit- medical professionals urging them John Shimkus, R-Ill. cycled Energy Development installs
committee on Wednesday aired their tee’s legacy,” she said. to reject Upton’s bill. Barton and other Republicans equipment to capture waste heat in
proposal to block the Environmental She cited the National Academy Committee Republicans pressed cut off Jackson repeatedly, speak- order to make power without addi-
Protection Agency from reducing of Sciences, the government’s chief Jackson for more information about ing over her attempts to reply. She tional fuel. Munson said the EPA’s
greenhouse gases and to reverse science advisory body, which has the costs of greenhouse gas curbs. told the panel the benefits of Clean rule would “drive the installation
the agency’s scientific finding that reported that “there is a strong, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, chal- Air Act regulations historically out- of proven technologies that will en-
climate change is dangerous. credible body of evidence, based lenged her to refute his assertion weighed the costs by large amounts. hance American competitiveness.”
While the plan might be blocked on multiple lines of research, docu-
in the Senate or vetoed by Presi-
dent Barack Obama, the comments
during Wednesday’s hearing were
menting that the climate is changing
and that these changes are in large
part caused by human activities.”
comics
a fresh indication of the depth of Scientific organizations have said BB & Z | Cole Pruitt, Andrew Seiden, Valerie Hsiung and Dan Ricker
opposition in Congress to action in recent years that global tempera-
on reducing U.S. carbon pollution. tures are rising as a result of the ac-
Supporters of the measure to revise cumulation of heat-trapping gases,
the Clean Air Act to take away the mostly from fossil fuel use, and that
EPA’s authority to regulate this type the risks to the planet will increase
of pollution said that curbing emis- if these emissions aren’t cut.
sions would be too costly. Upton has said that global tem-
The EPA’s planned regulations peratures may be rising but he’s not
“would boost the cost of energy, convinced that human actions are
not just for homeowners and car the cause.
owners, but for businesses both The Supreme Court ruled in
large and small,” said Rep. Fred 2007 that the EPA must regulate
Upton, R-Mich., the author of the greenhouse gases under the law if
Dot Comic | Eshan Mitra and Brendan Hainline
legislation. “EPA may be starting by it found they endangered human
regulating only the largest power health and welfare.
plants and factories, but we will all Then-EPA Administrator Ste-
feel the impact of higher prices and phen Johnson recommended in a
fewer jobs.” letter to President George W. Bush
The EPA’s main plan so far is in 2008 that the administration im-
to write regulations that would set pose curbs similar to the ones the
standards for heat-trapping gases agency now plans.
emitted by new or upgraded power “The latest science of climate
plants and refineries. The standards change requires the agency to
would be met mainly through ef- propose a positive endangerment
ficiency improvements. finding,” Johnson wrote. Commit-
Congressional opponents of EPA tee Democrats released his letter
action haven’t offered an alternative Tuesday.
plan to cut emissions. The Bush administration in the
EPA Administrator Lisa Jack- end rejected greenhouse gas regu-
son testified that the agency would lations and didn’t allow the EPA
estimate the costs after it wrote the to make its endangerment finding
regulations. The Clean Air Act re- public.
quires the agency to show that its Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., pre-
plans are cost-effective and tech- dicted that Obama would veto the
nologically feasible. bill if it cleared Congress and that
Jackson said Congress would be he and other opponents of the leg-
wrong to overturn the EPA’s 2009 islation would have enough votes
“endangerment finding” that green- to sustain the veto.
10 Editorial & Letter The Brown Daily Herald
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Editorial Editorial comic b y a l e x y u ly


The trouble with
the double degree
As seniors settle into their last semester, many are double-checking
their requirements to make sure that, come May, they will graduate
with a bachelor’s degree in hand. While some expect to receive degrees
from multiple departments, a small contingent will earn both a bach-
elor’s and a master’s degree through the University’s concurrent degree
program. Not widely publicized, this track allows students to complete
both degrees in four years.
As the system currently operates, candidates may apply during their
junior year for the joint degree at the discretion of their respective de-
partment and the Graduate Council and must demonstrate academic
excellence in a minimum of 34 courses over eight or nine semesters.
Offering hard-working students the benefit of an advanced degree is com-
mendable, yet the concurrent degree program was instituted in the 1960s
before the adoption of the New Curriculum, and in some ways appears
to stand in contrast with Brown’s current philosophy of liberal learning.
The most stringent stipulation is that candidates must have completed
10 courses outside their area of study by the time they wish to apply.
“Area of study” is defined broadly, and in fact often is distinguished at
the level of sciences and humanities. This means that a student seeking
a bachelor’s and a master’s in English, for example, may have to take at
least 10 courses in life or physical sciences by the end of her junior year.
This can impose serious burdens on students who might prefer to
spread such classes over their senior year as well, and it might discour-
age some others who would be reluctant to take so many extra classes
without being certain of admission to the program. On the other hand,
if the student took a fifth year at Brown to pursue her master’s, she would
be free to structure her undergraduate course of study according to the
freedom allowed by the open curriculum, restricted only by the require-
ments within her concentration department.
According to Stephen Lassonde, deputy dean of the College, at the
time the concurrent degree program was instituted, “the philosophy was le tter to the editor
to reward students who had already studied broadly.” Yet we see in this
an inconsistency with Brown’s current educational philosophy. Given
that students gravitate to Brown for its commitment to liberal learning
After fire, new sailing facility badly needed
at the undergraduate level, it seems both unfair and illogical to stipulate
that those with a focused academic interest must spend valuable credits To the Editor: all students, not just the sailing team, can go anytime.
taking courses in other departments in order to even apply for an ad- Now we can editorialize on the need and value for
vanced degree. We would like to see these contingencies reevaluated and Thank you for the terrific article on the fire at the something Brown should have replaced when the first
conformed to the mold in which the New Curriculum has been cast. home of Brown sailing. Now that the disaster has at Brown-owned sailing facility, acquired in 1937 as a
It is also important that students be aware of their options in pursu- least been reported in The Herald, we can begin ef- gift from the class of 1908, was destroyed.
ing degrees at Brown. Lassonde said that he is receiving “inquiries from forts to raise awareness and commitment across the
increasingly younger students,” some before they have even step foot on University to build a Brown-owned waterfront sailing James Mackey IV ’87
campus, yet typically fewer than 10 students graduate each year with a facility, comparable to other schools’. A place where
concurrent bachelor’s and master’s degree. On the one hand, said Las-
sonde, students should avoid “credentialing, rather than broadening and
deepening their education,” but they must also receive proper advising far
enough in advance, because students who only start to consider applying
in their junior year are “having to make real trade-offs.” Students should
quote of the day
work closely with their advisors and departments when considering
possible degree tracks, and do so early on. When commencement rolls
around, we hope to see students become graduates knowing that they
“Same-sex marriage violates
the First Amendment to the
made the most of their time here.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011 Opinions 11
(Some Of) The British Are (Sort of) (Still) Coming!
volved and therefore it was almost certainly erosion. Groin! Every time. are taught primarily in one-on-one or very
Dick Cheney’s fault. Under the British system one can, if one small group meetings.
By Stephen Wicken We’ve even taken over the superhero is so inclined, blind oneself to enormous There isn’t much I would change about
arena, installing British actors as Super- chunks of human thought and endeavor my undergrad experience. I wouldn’t trade
Opinions Columnist man, Batman and Spider-Man, prompt- at a very early stage. At sixteen, I bid adieu the time I spent reading in pubs and on riv-
ing one Hollywood casting director to giddily to maths and the sciences to focus erbanks for all the language labs and cof-
suggest that American men aren’t man- on the humanities and social sciences, and fee shops the Ivy League can throw. Of
During the break, dear reader, I chanced ly enough for such roles. Probably should rarely have I been as happy since. I am, of course, due to educational choices made
across an astonishing car commercial. have thought twice before you changed the course, now innumerate. Around 17, one during my adolescence, I’m not capable of
You might have seen it. The one where the rules of rugby and starting playing in leg- picks a subject to study at university and adding up how many labs and workshops
Dodge Challenger defeats the Redcoats, gings, eh? applies to universities to study it. Stick with that would be. By my 21st birthday, I had
heralding the dawn of a new nation that And now, it seems, we’re coming for it for another three years and before you forgotten more about Nietzsche than Ni-
gets “two things right: cars and freedom.” your universities. Or at least, a few more know it, you’re a notional expert. You can etzsche learned about me in his entire life,
“Auto-industry bailout!” I spluttered. “PA- and I enjoyed forgetting it all tremendous-
TRIOT Act!” Before I knew it, I was thrown ly. There is a reason why British universities
headlong into a gentle transatlantic tiff with are still turning out, for example, the bet-
my American in-laws. ter PhDs in subjects like European history
A while ago, the Yanks had a “revolu- Global energy giants and irresponsibility enthusiasts BP — that relentless focus produces detailed,
tion,” if that’s the right term for a group of sometimes definitive, work.
middle-aged white men refusing to share became ‘British’ again when something very, very bad Nonetheless, the liberal arts curricu-
their slavery earnings. A lot of perfectly happened, despite the fact that Halliburton was involved lum as practiced at universities like Brown
good tea was ruined. The British took the leaves me feeling jealous. I very much like
hint, for the most part, and toddled off to and therefore it was almost certainly Dick Cheney’s fault. the idea of following one’s intellectual nos-
conquer most of the rest of the world with trils without giving up on all other scents.
gin and tonics and silly moustaches. One’s interests change. Imagine having to
Eventually, we reunited when America listen to the same music from 16 to 22. By
popped in for the last five minutes of two graduation, you might have soured a lit-
World Wars, and things settled down into of us are applying to Brown, according to get most of the way toward qualifying as a tle on Weezer. It might have been nice to
a tense but durable friendship, like that of a recent article in The Herald (“Academic doctor or lawyer in Britain before you can mix up all that European political philoso-
two bandmates who remember that they freedom a plus for Brits,” Jan. 31). Lock up order a beer in the U.S. phy with the occasional interpretive dance
wouldn’t be where they are without one an- your teapots: Brits are bursting forth from Before you reel in horror, there is some- workshop and actually get academic credit
other, but still think the other’s solo proj- the gulags and making for the nearest Ur- thing to be said for this approach. Those for it.
ects are crap. ban Outfitters in unprecedented numbers. who view the value of university educa- So take your time, follow your nose and
In the past few years, however, things It’s true that the differences between the tion purely in terms of training the work- enjoy your academic freedom. Or your ac-
have changed ever so slightly. Presi- British and American education systems force appreciate the efficiency of being ademic Dodge Challenger. Just keep Wee-
dent Obama had Bush’s bust of Winston are surprisingly marked. As the earlier arti- able to churn out engineers, for example, zer off the stereo. It’s still too soon.
Churchill removed from the Oval Office cle notes, students in Britain start specializ- at 21. And even the majority of students
because it was intimidating his speechwrit- ing much earlier. Your intrepid correspon- who don’t end up directly translating their
ers. Global energy giants and irresponsibil- dent ditched geography, for example, at the degree expertise into an occupation ben-
ity enthusiasts BP became ‘British’ again age of 14, despite the inevitable homonym- efit from the opportunity for immersion Stephen Wicken GS is a fifth-year
when something very, very bad happened, ic hilarities that come with the adolescent in a discipline. This is especially the case doctoral candidate in history. He can be
despite the fact that Halliburton was in- study of such fascinating topics as coastal at Cambridge and Oxford, where students reached at stephen_wicken@brown.edu.

Rethinking the higher education paradigm


time: the Internet. charge and accessible to anyone. education. In a society where education is
In 2002, the Massachusetts Institute of Ultimately, this broad-based dissemina- not a virtue, but merely a quantifiable com-
By Oliver Doren Technology began an “OpenCourseWare” tion of high-quality educational material modity in the professional’s repertoire, they
initiative to publish educational materials means that basically anyone in the world are reclaiming it for the intellectually curi-
Opinions Columnist from all of its courses online, for free. Near- with a library card and an Internet connec- ous and the passionate.
ly ten years later, MIT “OpenCourseWare” tion can receive a truly world-class educa- There is immense potential to be found
hosts over 2,000 classes, many of which tion. in this latest iteration of distance learning
Look around. Wherever you are on cam- feature an organized course plan complete These new academic media seem to un- that MIT, Khan Academy and others have
pus, you are most likely surrounded by a with full, in-class lectures by MIT profes- derscore the long-standing inefficacies in helped to build. As an institution that has
fairly diverse group of students who are sors, notes, homework, exams and hours of contemporary higher education. While often been at the forefront of revolutionary
unique in any number of ways, from eth- instructional solution videos worked out Khan’s informal lessons are not in any po- ideas in education, Brown University needs
nicity to sexual orientation to intellectual by graduate students specifically assigned sition to replace the traditional classroom to embrace the egalitarian spirit of free and
passions. Brown’s cosmopolitan character accessible education for all. It’s time that we
is refreshing, and the pattern of growing make a concerted effort to share knowledge
diversity in American colleges is perhaps with the world, rather than foment it in se-
the greatest achievement of education in crecy behind walls that are $55,000 high.
the last century. It is in our mission to serve “the com-
But it has its limits. The new frontiers It’s time that we make a concerted effort to share munity, the nation and the world by dis-
of exclusion in this country — at least in knowledge with the world, rather than foment it covering, communicating and preserving
higher education — are no longer princi- knowledge and understanding in a spirit
pally confined to matters of race or religion in secrecy behind walls that are of free inquiry.” What better way to do so
— they are socioeconomic. As much as than to create an “OpenCourseWare” ini-
we and elite universities like us pride our- $55,000 high. tiative here at Brown?
selves on our inclusivity, it is an irrefutable The logistics of an initiative of this mag-
fact that the strongest internal correlation nitude are by no means trivial. The pro-
among students is that of economic back- gram will be costly — MIT “OpenCourse-
ground. A simple statistic from a recent Ware” runs at about $3.5 million per year
Princeton study says it all: Of all students to “T.A.” the online version of the course. model, they teem with a refreshing sense of — and, in the midst of a budgetary and fi-
in the top 146 universities in America, only Meanwhile, in a converted walk-in clos- childlike enthusiasm that may be in short nancial crisis, it may be some time before
three percent come from the lowest income et just outside of Silicon Valley, Sal Khan — supply in a lecture of two hundred that is anything worthwhile is implemented. But
quartile — 77 percent come from the high- a former hedge fund manager and gradu- taught by a tenured professor a few years establishing an online platform for free and
est. ate of both MIT and Harvard — is record- past his prime. accessible learning should be a top prior-
This is an unsustainable state of affairs, ing a lecture on thermodynamics. He will In the face of the looming higher educa- ity for the “the rebel Ivy” as we move ahead
one that raises a pressing question: How soon upload it to KhanAcademy.org, where tion bubble, in which students are seeing a into the future.
can we oversee the redistribution of intel- one can find 2,100 other lessons just like it, rapidly increasing cost compared with de-
lectual capital from the educated elite to the ranging from statistics to organic chemis- creasing returns for a college degree, these
masses? For the beginnings of an answer, try to the Napoleonic Wars. Like the MIT legitimate, free online resources are pre-
we can look to the great equalizer of our initiative, Khan’s teaching is entirely free of serving the viability of the future of higher Oliver Doren ’14 is from Miami, FL.
Daily Herald City & State
the Brown Thursday, February 10, 2011

R.I. firms commit to installing car-charging stations


By Hannah abelow Ready’s volunteers have devoted berg said. tiative is to attract more members of classes at Brown have also moved
Contributing Writer their efforts toward increasing the Ryan McGee GS, who has coor- the private sector, and he hoped the toward “active participation” in the
number of charging stations around dinated significant research under- announcement would help “main- project, including courses offered in
Project Get Ready Rhode Island, Rhode Island. “Even though the ve- taken by students for Project Get tain their momentum.” commerce, organizations and en-
an initiative devoted to promoting hicles won’t be available in Rhode Ready, emphasized the significance Since the project’s beginning, trepreneurship and environmental
plug-in electric vehicles, celebrated Island until the end of this year, it’s of Chafee’s statement. “The previ- students have taken an active role studies. Kurt Teichert, a lecturer in
its one-year anniversary last week by important to start building up the ous administration had been totally in the research necessary for Project environmental studies and manager
announcing the pledges of 14 Rhode infrastructure,” Dahlberg said. silent on electric vehicles,” McGee Get Ready to establish the needed of environmental stewardship ini-
Island-based companies to install The number of charging stations said. “We had already established infrastructure. This fall, one stu- tiatives, offered a seminar last fall
charging stations for electric cars. in Rhode Island has been rising relationships with City Hall but this dent researched the geographical in which students discussed differ-
Albert Dahlberg, professor of since the first was unveiled in West is our first high-visibility relation- distribution of Toyota Prius owners ent vehicle technologies, including
medical science, founded the Rhode Warwick last August. ship at the State House.” throughout the state. The project is plug-in electric cars.
Island branch of the Project Get Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 Until now, Project Get Ready has now using this research “to figure “The intent is to have students
Ready initiative of the Rocky Moun- P’14 attended the event and ex- depended on student research and out where early adopters for electric provide some of the research for
tain Institute, a Colorado think tank, pressed an interest in “looking at corporate leadership rather than vehicles are likely to live,” McGee Project Get Ready to better under-
The Herald reported last February. how the electric vehicles could be federal or state support, Dahlberg said. stand how this market is going to
In the last year, Project Get integrated into the state fleet,” Dahl- said. McGee said an aim of the ini- According to McGee, some develop,” Treichert said.

Mentors seek to boost R.I. tackles health care reform


passion for the sciences By Bradley silverman Rhode Island Health Care Reform purchase through it,” Faulkner
Staff Writer Commission. He named Lt. Gov. said.
By JU MYOUNG KIm group that sponsors a number of Elizabeth Roberts ’78, who once There are many questions over
Staff Writer programs bringing together gradu- Rhode Island policymakers are worked in the health care field and how the exchange will operate —
ate students, high schoolers and hammering out the details of how has long advocated for reform, as what authority it will have, which
Each week, students devote hun- their teachers to boost students’ to implement the health care re- its chair. plans will be offered and who will
dreds of hours to teaching and understanding of and passion for form bill Congress passed last “I really think the creation of be allowed to participate. Oth-
mentoring Providence’s disadvan- science. March. this new entity … is really an ex- er remaining questions include
taged youth. But these volunteer In one of these programs, Phys- State Senate President Teresa citing moment,” Roberts said. whether it will be sustainable, how
tutors are facing a problem that ical Processes in the Environment, Paiva Weed, D-Newport, intro- She said the exchange should it will interface with the state’s
even the most dedicated may be graduate students bring weekly duced a bill Jan. 28 to establish address three critical issues ­­— “af- Medicaid program and which
ill-equipped to handle. inquiry-based science lessons to a health care exchange in Rhode fordability, quality and sustain- state government agency will
National science tests show students in Providence elemen- Island. ability.” be responsible for overseeing it,
large disparities in Rhode Island, tary and high schools. Graduate “The exchange will create a The commission will serve to Faulkner said.
according to the most recent re- students work “very intensively” health benefit marketplace that make recommendations to the “Does (the reform law) go
port from the National Assess- to change students’ perception of is fair, competitive, transparent governor and offer legislative pro- beyond what’s envisioned in the
ment of Educational Progress. Test science and to encourage them to and understandable to individuals posals to the General Assembly. (Affordable Care Act) to serve be-
scores are much lower among mi- pursue it at the university level, and small businesses,” Paiva Weed It replaces a task force Roberts yond small groups, larger groups,
nority students than among white Haberstroh said. said in a statement. “It will also established earlier to investigate municipalities?” she said. “Those
students, among disabled students Last summer, the program have the important job of getting the problems facing Rhode Is- are the kinds of questions that
than among non-disabled students sponsored a collaboration be- federal subsidies to the people land’s health care system. In that many folks have raised. Who are
and among impoverished students tween Providence teachers and who need them.” role, she clashed with former Gov. its primary customers?”
than among the better-off. Rhode University professors and graduate The health care reform law Donald Carcieri ’65, a staunch John Robitaille, a Republican
Island tested lowest in the nation students. They worked to develop mandates that each state set up federal reform opponent. who narrowly lost the race for
in 2009 for Hispanic eighth grad- class curricula making science a health insurance exchange by “We have been in the past a governor last year, said the health
ers, with 74 percent scoring “below more appealing and interactive. 2014 or allow the federal govern- national leader in health care and care law’s requirement that in-
basic,” according to the report. The teachers “have been fantastic ment to create one if they refuse health care reform,” Roberts said. dividuals purchase insurance is
The low scores show that “the and so supportive” of the program, to comply. An exchange is a set of “That has not necessarily been our unconstitutional.
need to transform our schools Haberstroh said. standardized health plans, offered position over the past few years, “You can’t require people to
is urgent,” Commissioner of El- “The students are very behind by private insurers, from which but I think it will be a real goal of purchase a product,” he said.
ementary and Secondary Educa- the grade level,” said Daniel Prinz individuals may purchase cover- this group and this administration Had Robitaille won, however,
tion Deborah Gist said in a Jan. 26 ’13, a student mentor for Algebra age. They are intended to inject to put us back in the forefront.” he would have been charged with
Providence Journal article. in Motion, a Brown organization competition into the marketplace, Deborah Faulkner, a consultant implementing the law. He said he
Though the report provided that tutors Hope High School stu- lower costs and extend coverage to the Rhode Island Office of the would like the exchange to pro-
numerical evidence of the score dents in math. “That’s why we go to those currently uninsured. Health Insurance Commissioner, vide consumers with information
disparity, attempting to close the out everyday.” Low-income citizens will receive served on Roberts’ task force and about different insurance options.
gap is not a new goal for many Katie Williams ’11, a student federal subsidies to purchase in- will play a role on the new com- He added that he hopes it does not
Brown tutoring programs. mentor in Brown Science Prep, surance under the reform law. mission as well. become a bureaucracy, preferring
“There are so many factors in- said that students struggle the At a January ceremony in “It will create a shop exchange­ instead something like a website.
volved,” said Karen Haberstroh, most with basic concepts. For ex- downtown Providence, Gov. Lin- — that is, a place for small em- He also said the law hurts busi-
assistant professor of engineering coln Chafee ’75 P’14 signed an ployers to identify options for
and director of STEM Outreach, a continued on page 6 executive order establishing the health insurance and potentially continued on page 6

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