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Gate to remain closed

until further notice
By Alicia Chen he added.
Senior Staff Writer If the repairs take longer than
first estimated, Dining Services “will
A “steam leak under the floor in the make adjustments with other facili-
servery area” was the cause of the ties,” like extending dining hours,
Gate’s closure, which started Feb. 5 Bova said. In the meantime, Gate
and will continue indefinitely, Senior workers are being redistributed to
Associate Dean of Residential and other units, he added.
Dining Services Richard Bova con- The more than 100 Gate workers
firmed Friday. Due to this problem, will have priority over openings and
the Gate does not have any heat and substitution requests at other dining
will be closed until the problem is areas, said Gate Unit Manager Kara
fixed, he said. Segal ’10.Though “most workers
Bova estimated that the repairs have chosen not to work rather than
will take 10 days to complete, but keep working,” Segal said, many
warned that the repair was “an ex- already work at other Brown dining
tensive project” that could reveal facilities. Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
unforeseen problems. The concrete “We appreciate students’ patience President Ruth Simmons greets New York Times columnist Frank Rich, who discussed theater Saturday night
floor will have to be ripped out in or- for their beloved Gate as we work as with legendary composer Stephen Sondheim (not pictured).
der to access the steam pipe below, quickly as possible,” Bova said.

Sondheim and Rich chat on stage

Festival presents original By Kristina Fazzalaro rience was “overwhelming.” timate air of eavesdropping on a

Staf f Writer “He gave me encouragement friend’s conversation. Salomon
at a young age,” Rich said. “You 101 was transformed into a min-
Theater fans trekked through the never expect something like that iature living room, complete with
By Sarah Mancone 70 Brown St., is one of eight plays be- cold to a crowded Salomon 101 as a college student.” wingback chairs and a Persian car-
Senior Staff Writer ing shown as part of Brown’s Writing Saturday evening to hear Stephen Since their first meeting, Rich pet spread across the stage.
is Live Festival. Sondheim discuss his life and cre- has ser ved as the chief drama Clearly comfor table, Sond-
Blood and potato slide down the wall, The festival consists of plays written ative process with New York Times critic for the Times and now heim casually related stories of
a mother cries over her baby and the by eight graduate students — seven columnist Frank Rich. writes one of its most popular op- his greatest flops and most amus-
father looks triumphantly down at the from the playwriting program and one The pair has had these conver- ed columns, while Sondheim has ing memories. But, as Rich was
vegetable’s fragments. from the acting program, said Chris sations for the past several years continued to write award-winning quick to point out to the audience,
This scene is the final, climactic Tyler ’10, the festival’s associate pro- at various universities. They met musicals such as “Into the Woods” even if many of Sondheim’s works
scene from the play “TOT! An Onto- ducer. over thirty years ago when Rich and “Sweeney Todd.” were not immediately success-
This showcase, which started Feb. was still an undergraduate at Har- Sondheim and Rich were re- ful, “they have made the classical
ARTS & CULTURE 5 and will continue next weekend, vard, after an article he wrote for united about ten years ago when repertoire.”
gives graduate students a chance to the Har vard Crimson on Sond- Rich was asked to interview Sond- Sondheim told the audience
logical Slugfest,” written by Ian Mc- “work on whatever they want,” Tyler heim’s “Follies” during its pre- heim for the New York Times that he per formed “Sweeney
Donald GS and directed by Christo- said, “and develop what they’re work- Broadway run in Boston caught Magazine in honor of the artist’s Todd” for 13 potential producers
pher Windom GS, MFA students in ing on.” the attention of the composer and 70th birthday. Since then, the two but received no financial sup-
the Department of Theatre Arts and This weekend, the program dis- lyricist. Sondheim invited Rich out have become friends, Rich told port.
Performance Studies. played showings of four works-in-prog- for drinks and the two had their The Herald. “Shock takes a while to recover
The play, performed Sunday in first conversation. Saturday’s event, hosted by the
continued on page 3
the McCormack Family Theater at Rich told The Herald the expe- Creative Arts Council, had the in- continued on page 2

M. hockey ties Dartmouth

after loss to Harvard
By Dan Alexander
Sports Editor Harvard 5, Brown 2
Blood spilled onto the ice, the
With the men’s hockey team trailing officials ejected three players and
Dartmouth, 4-2, and less than seven the penalty box got 24 visits. It sure
minutes left in regulation, it looked looked like a rivalry game when Har-
like Brown was going to go 0-2 on vard came to town on Friday night.
the weekend. But the Bears scored “Those are games you definitely
three goals in the next five minutes circle before the season on your cal-
endar,” Harvard captain Alex Biega
SPORTS said of his team’s match-ups against
Yale and Brown this past weekend.
before Dartmouth got another goal Friday’s game was the only time
with just 28 seconds left, evening the Harvard had beaten Brown in the last
score at 5-5. The game ended in a tie, six times the teams have played.
Jonathan Bateman / Herald
making the Bears’ weekend record Defenseman Jeff Buvinow ’12
Tri-captain Aaron Volpatti ‘10 clashes with a Dartmouth player during Saturday’s game. The Bears went on to tie 0-1-1, after their 5-2 loss to Harvard
Dartmouth, 5-5, in overtime. on Friday. continued on page 5

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continued from page 1 face of enormous criticism,” Rich could have read the audience the
cartoonists, columnists, artists — said. phone book after those eight min-
from,” Sondheim said. “Any work Sondheim said he never lost his utes and they would have loved
of art … has to find its level,” he passion for music and urged audi- it.”
come one, come all! added. ence members to “write for love Sondheim underscored the
If Sondheim had listened to the and for no other reason.” importance of taking risks as an
critics, some of today’s most be- Sondheim said that it was pro- artist.
loved musicals would not have ever ducer Hal Prince’s determination “Big failures are dignified. Little
been made, Rich told The Herald. that pushed production of “A Funny failures are shameful,” he said.
For more information, e-mail Rich recalled his first time seeing Thing” forward despite the nega- Sondheim discussed the people
“A Funny Thing Happened on the tive reviews. It was also Prince’s who have inspired him to push his Way to the Forum,” saying there encouragement that helped Sond- own boundaries, including Tim
were 15 people in a 1,800 person heim write the musical’s memo- Burton and Leonard Bernstein.
theater because the critics had rable opening number, “Comedy “Lenny taught me to be a little
given it such horrible reviews. Tonight,” he said. less square. I’m pretty square by
“He’s an example of somebody “Yeah, that was (written) over nature,” Sondheim said. “He was
who sticks to his guns even in the a weekend,” Sondheim said. “You never afraid to fall off a ladder.”


Alum wins nonfiction book award

by Corina Chase the publication of “On the Origin eventually left that job to become
Contributing Writer of Species.” a freelance writer.
“Charles and Emma” is also a Though Heiligman said she
Deborah Heiligman ’80, a prize- Michael L. Printz Honor book and always wanted to be a writer, she
winning children’s author, re- a National Book Award finalist. initially did not know where to
ceived the 2010 YALSA Excellence Heiligman said she did not set begin.
in Nonfiction Award, which hon- out to be an award-winning au- “I didn’t think real people could
ors one young adult nonfiction thor. She graduated from Brown be authors,” she said. Yet, after a
book each year. Heiligman’s book, with a degree in religious stud- day of reading children’s books to
“Charles and Emma: The Dar wins’ ies not knowing exactly what she her first son, she woke up from a
Leap of Faith,” was picked from wanted to do. Writing was not nap with “words in (her) head”
a list of five finalists. something she studied in depth — words that then became her
Heiligman’s book follows the at Brown, though the essays first book. She went on to write
stor y of Charles Dar win and his she wrote for religious studies several other children’s books,
wife, Emma, and focuses on how courses developed her interest including the 10 books in her
Dar win’s marriage af fected his and skill in nonfiction, she said. “Holidays Around the World” se-
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A Rts & C ulture “The sky’s sort of the limit.”

— Erik Ehn, head of the playwriting program

Students experiment on thesis productions crooners for haiti

continued from page 1
moments. cause of fundamentally different views
ress. These plays are not complete in In it, a mother looks down and sees on life, as well McDonald’s strong in-
the traditional sense, but give play- her little baby girl, and a father looks terest in moral relativism and the idea
wrights an opportunity to “see what and sees nothing but a potato. The play of two alternate realities existing at
happens,” view their work on stage follows the mother, played by Amanda once, he said.
and gauge the audience’s reactions, Weir, and the father, played by Robert Overall, the play was an intellec-
Tyler said. It also allows the writers, Haflinger, as their different perceptions tually challenging experience for the
audiences, actors, crew and faculty to of their child tear the family apart. audience. Combining comedy, drama,
experience “performance as a kind of The script leads the audience to action and vegetable cruelty would
dialogue,” he added. side with the father when the blanket be a challenge for any writer, but Mc-
The showcase, formerly called is pulled aside and in the mother’s Donald was able to put it all together
the New Plays Festival, was renamed arms only a potato is seen. The goal seamlessly.
“Writing is Live” to emphasize that writ- was to have the audience committed The plays to be shown this Thurs-
ing is a “dynamic entity” that continues to the idea that it was a potato, said day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at
to change and is “always evolving,” McDonald, to give the audience only the Pell Chafee Performance Center
Tyler said. Erik Ehn, the new head one perception. at 87 Empire St. are workshop the-
of the playwriting program, changed The ending throws all preconceived sis productions, “full productions in
the name of the festival in order to notions aside, though, when the father the more conventional sense,” Tyler
put a greater focus on “writing as an throws the potato against the wall, and said. The thesis productions are more
organism itself,” Tyler added. on the wall is not only potato, but also complete and refined and fulfill the
Ehn’s “philosophy of playwriting is blood. more traditional idea of the medium,
open to experimentation and risk,” said The play was meant to end with “a he said.
Tyler. “The sky’s sort of the limit.” question mark,” McDonald said. Its Tickets are free and available on a
This process of “constant revising goal was to have “the audience think- first-come, first-served basis.
and rewriting,” he said, is “meant to ing one thing” until the end and then Despite the second weekend’s
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
be wild and unhinged.” changing it, he added. more traditional atmosphere, “there’s Lee Saper ’12, the Brown Derbies and 10 other a cappella groups
“TOT! An Ontological Slugfest” Inspiration for the play came from no way to expect what you’re going to performed Friday to a packed Salomon to raise money for Partners
certainly had its “wild and unhinged” a friend’s relationship that ended be- see,” Tyler said. in Health in Haiti.

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W. Swimming
Cornell 160
Friday, Feb. 5 Brown 14 Brown 5 Brown 7
Brown 135
Harvard 4 Siena 4 Colgate 0 URI 0
Brown 1 M. Swimming
Saturday, Feb. 6 Brown 12 Brown 4 Brown 5
Dartmouth 4 Villanova 4 Lehigh 1 PC 0
& Diving
ScoreS Brown 2
Cornell 166
Brown 134


After promising start, weekend disappoints Bears

By Han Cui had a freshman. But I’m pleased with
Assistant Sports Editor most of our guys. We tried to pick
up the pace, be aggressive, look for
The wrestling team hosted four dual the pin and wrestle hard for seven
meets last weekend at the Pizzitola minutes.”
Center. After winning the first dual
meet against Boston University, 28- Princeton 21, Brown 15
12, the Bears dropped the second The final dual of the weekend
to Drexel, 27-9. The next day, they against Princeton “was a heart-
faced off against Penn and Princeton breaker,” Amato said.
and lost both duals, 6-35 and 15-21, The Tigers led, 12-3, halfway
respectively, which puts their record into the dual. The Bears won their
at 0-2 in the Ivy League. next match by fall, and were one win
“It was a disappointing week- away from a comeback. Kharbush
end for us,” said Head Coach Dave nearly had that win, and was leading
Amato. his match, 5-1, when his opponent
pinned him 4:49 into the match. With
Brown 28, BU 12 the win, the Tigers gained six team
The weekend started out on a points and shattered the Bears’ hope
high note for the Bears in their first Jonathan Bateman/ Herald of a team victory.
dual against Boston University. After The wrestlers hosted four dual meets in a busy weekend, winning one meet and losing three. The team’s Ivy “They did a great job,” said Princ-
League record now sits at 0-2.
taking the first two weight classes eton Head Coach Chris Ayres of his
by decisions, the Bears led 6-0. The its Ivy League season with a morning ’10, took down his opponent, 7-4. wrestlers. “We had some things go
Terriers stormed back in the next Drexel 27, Brown 9 dual against Penn, followed by an “Stearns had a really good week- our way. Brown wrestled great, too.
three matches, but Ziad Kharbush ’12 The Bears did not put on the same afternoon dual against Princeton. end, going 4-0,” Amato said. “Crud- It was just a darn good dual.”
turned the momentum once again in performance against Drexel. After From the start of the first meet, the den too, going 3-1.” “It wasn’t a lack of effort,” Amato
favor of Brown with his 10-2 victory. losing the first three matches, the Quakers dominated the Bears. They Penn Head Coach Rob Eiter said said of his team. “We didn’t wrestle
The rest of the dual went the Bears’ Dragons established a comfortable won the first seven matches and ex- his team started out very strong, smart. We missed a few close calls
way, including a win by fall with five 13-0 lead and never looked back as tended their lead to 32-0. but he wished it could have finished from the ref. Br yan Tracy (’10)
seconds left in regulation time in the they took the dual, 27-9. Bran Crudden ’10 finally broke well, too. and T.J. Popolizio (’12) were both
heavyweight bout by Tyler Cowman the losing streak for the Bears at 184 “It’s a tough sport,” he said. The wrestling with injuries. I hope the
’13, which sealed the Bears’ first Penn 35, Brown 6 lbs with a 6-1 victory. Following Crud- match at “197 was a key bout, they guys can move forward from this
home victory 28-12. The next day, Brown kicked off den, another senior, Branden Stearns had a very good kid, a senior, and we weekend.”


Brown stays even in

conference games
By Zack Bahr The Bears only led twice in the
Contributing Writer second half and shot just 16 per-
cent from three-point range. Lindsay
This weekend’s contests for the Nickel ’13 and Christina Johnson ’10
women’s basketball team looked led the Bears with a combined 32
oddly similar to last weekend’s. Co- points and 11 rebounds.
lumbia, which is 13-7, and Cornell, Bruno took it down to the wire,
which has yet to win an Ivy League trailing by one with just a minute
game, resembled last weekend’s left in the game.
league-leading Princeton and 1-18 However, four free-throws by
Penn. But team records weren’t the Big Red sealed the deal for
the only similarities between the Cornell.
two weekends, as Brown went 1-1 “We should have came out 2-0
for the second week in a row. this weekend, but you can’t cry over
spilled milk,” Bonds said. “I think
Columbia 65, Brown 60 this weekend gave the Ivy League
Friday night’s game in the Piz- a wake-up call about Brown. We can
zitola Center was a thriller, with 11 compete with the best.”
lead changes and seven ties. For
much of the game, it looked as Cornell 54, Brown 61 Olivia Means / Herald
though the Bears would pull off the With a bitter taste in their mouths, Hannah Passafuime ’12 and the Bears lost to Columbia despite a nine-point lead in the first half of the game.
upset against the Lions. the Bears got a chance at redemp- The guard had 10 points and five rebounds.
“We are tr ying to ruin other tion at Saturday’s home matchup from beyond the arc. and five steals. nell, 45-37. The win made Brown
team’s seasons and make a run for against Cornell. Nine players on With Cornell up one at the half, Bruno held a 10-point lead, its even in conference games, with a
the championship,” said co-captain the Bears’ roster played double- the Bears attacked in the second largest of the night, with 11 seconds 3-3 record.
Natalie Bonds ’10. digit minutes. Hannah Passafuime half and outscored their opponent, left, before a Cornell three made the The ladies travel to Hanover,
During the first half, Brown had ’12 was the story of the night. She 38-30, with smart shots and hard final score a seven-point victory. The N.H., on Friday to take on Dart-
a nine-point lead before Columbia played all but two minutes and put defense. The Bears forced the Big Bears ended the night shooting 33 mouth at 7 p.m. and then to Har-
gained a one-point advantage head- up 22 points, sinking nine of 11 from Red into 19 turnovers — an effort percent from the floor, had just 12 vard for a 6 p.m. tipoff the following
ing into the locker room. the free-throw line and 60 percent led by Bonds, who had 12 rebounds turnovers and out-rebounded Cor- evening.
Page 5 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Monday, February 8, 2010

S ports M onday “He’s the type of kid who can make a living playing hockey.”
— Coach Brendan Whittet ’94, on Aaron Volpatti ’10


Team drops two in Ivies

By Tony Bakshi first half gave Brown a 12-9 lead Red grabbed their first double-digit
Spor ts Staf f Writer and Cornell its first deficit since lead with 3:51 remaining, 69-58.
its game against South Dakota al- In the end, the box score
Matt Muller y ’10 made the Brown most a month ago. showed a seemingly comfortable
basketball record books Saturday With 12:58 remaining, Muller y 14-point victor y for the Big Red.
night, but the Big Red ultimately reached his milestone, notching his But on a night with nine tied scores
spoiled the party. As Muller y be- 1,000th point on a lay-up to give his and eight lead changes, the game
came the 23rd player in Bears’ his- team an 18-16 lead. Brown extend- tape told a different stor y.
tor y to score 1,000 career points, ed that advantage to eight points,
No. 25 Cornell (20-3, 6-0 Ivy) pulled 24-16, halfway through the first half Columbia 65, Brown 54
away from a feisty Brown (7-16, 1-5 on a lay-up by Tucker Halpern ’13, The Bears looked to be in prime
Ivy) squad late in the second half who scored 14 points in a strong position to notch their second in-
for a 74-60 victor y. performance. conference victory against Colum-
On Friday night, Bruno fell to But the Big Red showed their bia (8-12, 2-4 Ivy) as they jumped
the Columbia Lions in an away team poise in closing out the first out to an 11-0 lead after just two
game at Levien Gymnasium, 65- half. Instead of getting rattled by minutes of play. Bruno started the
54. the tenacious Bears, Cornell rallied game with three consecutive field
to grab a 39-36 lead going into half- goals from beyond the arc, two
Cornell 74, Brown 60 time, helped by center Jeff Foote’s by Peter Sullivan ’11 and one by
The Bears entered Cornell’s 11 first-half points. Mullery. A lay-up by Mullery com-
Newman Arena on a four-game los- Bruno hung tough in the sec- pleted the Bears’ scoring run.
ing streak after opening their Ivy ond half. A three-pointer by Mul- Brown continued their hot
campaign with an away victor y at ler y — en route to a game-high 21 shooting throughout the first twen-
Yale. But Brown showed no signs points — pulled the Bears back to ty minutes, hitting 57 percent of Jonathan Bateman / Herald
of a lack of confidence while storm- a 39-39 tie, and a driving score by their field goals. They jogged into Although the Bears lost two games this weekend, center Matt Mullery ’10
reached a milestone, scoring 1,000 career points.
ing out of the gate against Cor- Matt Sullivan ’13 gave the Bears a the locker room up 36-27.
nell, a team that almost pulled off one-point cushion, 45-44, just un- The second half was a differ-
a monumental upset on the home der four minutes into the second ent stor y, as the Bears lost their 20 percent from the field, 5-20, in scored 11 of his 17 points in the
court of the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks half. shooting touch. After Muller y the second half. second half, including a lay-up with
earlier this season. But that would be the last time extended the lead to ten points, Guard Noruwa Agho and for- 4:48 left to give the Lions their first
But it was the Bears playing the the Bears held the lead, as Cornell 43-33, three minutes into the half, ward Asenso Ampim led the Lions’ lead of the game, 50-49. The Lions
role of underdog on Saturday. A began to pull away. Brown got no the Bears converted only two more comeback efforts. Agho scored a did not relinquish that lead in the
three-point play by Peter Sullivan closer than two points for the re- field goals during the remainder of game-high 18 points to go along final minutes, giving the Bears an-
’11 with 16:03 remaining in the mainder of the game, and the Big the game. Overall, they shot just with his 10 rebounds. Ampim other conference loss.


Back-to-back goals tie Dartmouth

continued from page 1 empty-net goal with 18 seconds re- As time ticked away, the crowd
maining. of 2,382 — the largest home crowd
said the defeat was especially hard of the season — got increasingly
for Brown’s sophomores because Brown 5, Dartmouth 5 (OT) rowdy. With three minutes left, the
they had never lost to Harvard be- Despite their two-goal deficit, the raucous student section — largely
fore. Bears felt confident heading into the made up of Brown football players —
Goalie Michael Clemente ’12 was third period against Dartmouth on decided the game was too exciting
the biggest reason the Bears had Saturday afternoon, according to for them to wear shirts.
been 3-0-0 in their last three Harvard Tri-captain Aaron Volpatti ’10. Buvinow sent fans, shirt-wear-
games heading into the weekend, “We were calm, but you could ing and shirtless alike, into hyster-
according to both teams’ coaches. In just sense that we had confidence ics when he scored the go-ahead
those three games, Clemente had let — it’s just a feeling,” Volpatti said. goal for Brown with 1:35 left in the
in just one goal on 129 shots. “You knew that we were going to game.
“Certainly coming into the game, come back.” “I was ecstatic, but I knew we still
we were having some nightmares It was 13:41 into the third period had a job to do with a minute and a
of his performances past,” Har- before the comeback began, but Vol- half left,” Buvinow said.
vard Head Coach Ted Donato said patti — who had two goals and two Dartmouth pulled its goalie in
of Clemente. “We got to him a little assists in the game — scored on favor of an extra attacker with 45
early tonight, and we were able to a power play, cutting Dartmouth’s seconds remaining. The strategy
get some deflections on some plays lead to 4-3. worked, and Adam Estoclet scored
that he really didn’t have much of a “Volpatti was great,” Whittet his second of the night with just 28
chance on.” said. “He’s the type of kid that can seconds on the clock to even the
The Crimson scored two goals in make a living playing hockey — and score, 5-5. No one scored in over-
the first period and added another I don’t mean in some lower minors time and the game ended as a tie.
just 2:33 into the second. With his — I mean in the National Hockey Whittet, who played for Dart-
team trailing 3-1, Head Coach Bren- League. He’s just such a determined mouth Head Coach Bob Gaudet at
dan Whittet ’94 pulled Clemente in kid, and he plays so hard.” Brown before becoming his assistant
favor of Anthony Borelli ’13. As the announcer called out at Brown and Dartmouth — where
Borelli didn’t let in another goal
until the third period, but the Bears
Volpatti’s goal on the loudspeakers,
Chris Zaires ’13 scored another one
Whittet was last season — said the
tie was a healthy outcome.
Where to eat lunch.
couldn’t come any closer than one
goal away. They eventually fell
— just 20 seconds after Volpatti’s —
evening the score at 4-4 with 5:59
“It was good to tie because it was
fitting,” he said. “And everyone goes
It’s a problem.
by three after Harvard scored an remaining. home fairly happy with a point.”

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Last Friday, we presented one of our many grievances could be required to sell their plans in the individual
against the U.S. Senate. By stalling on an important market to any person, irrespective of university
student loan reform bill already passed by the House affiliation. If individuals less healthy than average
of Representatives, the Senate is standing in the college students are introduced into the risk pool,
way of major steps to reduce the extraordinary students’ costs will rise.
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would be enough to make us doubt that the Senate no longer be able to calculate premiums based on the
cares genuinely about the interests of America’s practice of “group rating,” which has historically al-
students. But to our great dismay, the Senate seems lowed for affordable plans. The group rating process
to be making a habit out of unfriendliness to higher accounts for the fact that the pool of insured college
education. Indeed, a little-known technicality in the students will, on average, tend to be healthier than
Senate’s health care reform bill threatens the abil- other segments of the population. Either of these
ity of colleges and universities to provide low-cost regulatory adjustments would increase costs for
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Editor-in-Chief Deputy Managing Editors Senior Editors Low-cost health insurance plans are crucial to providers and administrators to rethink a system
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State of the state

districts. Each town and city (all 39 of them) stincts, though, results like these are the least countercyclical economic stimulus is needed
is responsible on its own for providing these you would expect of a governor whose party to turn things around. Rather, it is after things
Tyler Rosenbaum services. In most states, these are provided is outnumbered nine-to-one in the General As- have recovered and the private sector can
on a county level, and as Carcieri remarked, sembly. Even the most determined opposition step in to fill the hole left by a scaled-back
Opinions Columnist Rhode Island is smaller than many counties. on the part of Rhode Island Republicans to a state government.
(My own, King County in Washington, has particular proposal could be easily ignored by Indeed, Carcieri’s professed solicitude for
almost twice Rhode Island’s population and Democrats in the General Assembly, who need the well-being of the average middle-class
Late last month, Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 gave land area.) It hardly makes sense to perpetuate only muster around two-thirds of the members Rhode Islander fell particularly flat when he
his final State of the State address. For me — the unnecessary duplication and waste that of their caucus to override a veto. crowed about cutting 2,000 jobs from the state
and I venture to suppose for the majority of accompanies such diseconomies of scale. But despite these positive actions, the rest payroll over the course of his administration.
The Herald’s readers as well — the governor’s Perhaps most notably, the governor of the governor’s State of the State address Perhaps it did not occur to him, but that makes
imminent departure from Smith Hill is a rare brought Rhode Island into the Regional only served to reinforce the impression that him personally responsible for a respectable
ray of sunlight in what will undoubtedly oth- Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a compact between he is particularly out of touch with the state portion of the state’s around 70,000 unem-
erwise be a cloudy political year. ployed.
As is expected during such events, the Carcieri’s solution to the state’s financial
governor defended his past accomplishments predicament involves making more than $100
and advanced an agenda for the coming year. Rhode Island’s taxes and expenditures are too million in cuts to state and municipal govern-
Giving credit where credit is due, I should note ments, which will surely result in thousands
that the governor has done and advocated for high, but the time to rectify the situation is not more layoffs, and in cutting corporate taxes
some laudable things. during a full blown economic recession. to attract businesses. But the jobs that lower
In other words, his whole administration taxes would theoretically create would un-
was thankfully not characterized by the cruelty doubtedly be more than offset by the jobs
and political tone-deafness of, for example, his that smaller government would by definition
since-overridden veto of the bill authorizing entail.
individuals in same-sex couples to dispose of northeastern states creating a regional cap- and its citizens. Ultimately, the drafting and enactment of
their deceased partners’ remains. and-trade program to reduce emissions, de- As any politician these days should, the the state’s budget are up to the often-maligned
For instance, the governor’s efforts to pre- spite former Massachusetts Governor Mitt governor focused his address on the state’s General Assembly, whose members — unlike
serve the state’s environment are certainly Romney’s decision to withdraw his state from economic woes. But instead of articulating lame-duck Carcieri — are frequently and di-
nothing to dismiss. In addition to appointing that agreement. how the state’s government could help its rectly accountable to the citizens whose lives
members of the state’s Coastal Resources Additionally, we should commend Car- citizens weather this economic catastrophe, their decisions impact. For this, we should
Management Council who actually seem com- cieri’s investment in the state’s institutions of Carcieri insisted that the proper course would be grateful.
mitted to protecting the state’s beaches and higher education. It is difficult to overestimate be for the state to drastically cut expenditures
waterways, the governor set aside 12,000 acres the importance of education, both to Rhode and even to cut taxes.
of farms and forests — nearly two percent Island’s citizens and to its economy. One can Now, as I’ve said before, I believe that
of Rhode Island’s land area — for preserva- only hope that the state’s impending budget- as a general rule Rhode Island’s taxes and Tyler Rosenbaum ’11 is an international
tion. ary axing does not significantly undermine expenditures are too high. But the time to relations and public policy concentrator
Carcieri also has been working to con- this investment. rectify the situation is not during a full blown from Seattle. He can be reached at
solidate Rhode Island’s police, fire and school However conservative Carcieri’s base in- economic recession, when the government’s

Rankings schmankings
vice programs only for that purpose. liberal arts colleges in America. For 2010, leviate the sense that colleges are overly
One poster, andre10, was particularly Harvard and Princeton tied for the number concerned with prestige, the administration
William Tomasko honest about his academic motives: “I did one spot, and Brown was in 16th place, mak- should promptly follow these schools’ lead.
the IB program at my school PURELY for ing Brunonians the lowest-ranked members Boycotting the rankings would call na-
Opinions Columnist the hopes of it boosting my admission chanc- of the Ivy League. tional attention to their flaws, including how
es. I will consider it to be a failure if I get into U.S. News assigns schools scores out of U.S. News’ methodology focuses heavily on
less than 3 of my top 5 choices.” 100 based on 15 indicators, including selec- evaluating incoming students, rather than is a pretty frighten- Clearly, it is not ideal for students to be tivity, per-student spending, the rate of alum- measuring how effectively a college edu-
ing place. joining clubs and taking on demanding work- ni giving and “peer assessment.” They calcu- cates them.
The site features a message board in loads simply to impress admissions officers. late “peer assessment” by surveying college Boycotting the rankings would attract
which posters discuss issues such as find- It’s counterproductive for students to be so presidents, deans of admission and provosts the right kind of attention to Brown. Rath-
ing and choosing a college, preparing for the paranoid about their “chances” that they rely on how those people perceive rival institu- er than appeal to the type of applicant in-
SAT and ACT and improving one’s applica- on generally uniformed input from strangers tions. terested only in Brown’s high rank in U.S.
tion and essays. Nervous high school stu- News’ “first tier” of national universities, the
dents — and many of their parents — can move could make us appeal to the type of
find a sympathetic digital community and re-
ceive the advice and affirmation they crave
Some people applying to college may feel so students who would appreciate what makes
us unique, such as our open curriculum and
during a stressful process. pressured because they are following their dream its celebration of intellectualism. The admin-
However, the forums also reflect unpleas- istration should feel confident that Brown’s
ant, unsettling realities of college admis- schools’ lead — colleges themselves can seem strong record could speak for itself without
sions: its acutely competitive nature and the
desperation it incites among applicants.
obsessed with accumulating prestige and edging relying on a ranking.
Boycotting the rankings would make a
For example, one popular board with out competition. valuable statement about what matters in
nearly 400,000 posts is called “What Are finding and choosing a college. It would dem-
My Chances?” As its title suggests, students onstrate that a school’s qualities and charac-
post their GPAs, standardized test scores, on the Internet. If College Confidential’s message boards ter, which are necessarily subjective and not
extracurricular activities and other informa- I’m optimistic that most high school stu- demonstrate how crazed college applicants quantifiable, are what individual applicants
tion they consider pertinent, and ask other dents have far healthier attitudes about col- can be, colleges’ pursuits of high U.S. News need to evaluate on their own terms.
College Confidential members to tell them lege admissions than some of the posters on rankings also make it clear that these institu- And, maybe, officially abandoning the
what their chances of getting into particular College Confidential. Still, the extreme anxi- tions are not above ambition for ambition’s rankings game can encourage stressed high
schools might be. ety of the minority is unsettling. sake. Colleges have grown adept at manip- school students to worry less about the col-
Also, last month, a “Senior Advisor” on Some people applying to college may feel ulating their rankings through maneuvers lege process. By abstaining from a system in
the site named Sally Rubenstone created a so pressured because they are following such as encouraging their alumni to give which one college must go down for anoth-
discussion topic asking College Confiden- their dream schools’ lead — colleges them- smaller donations at a higher rate, inviting er to go up, Brown can emulate a healthier,
tial members for stories about pursuing an selves can seem obsessed with accumulating applications from those they do not plan to less-competitive perspective on higher edu-
extracurricular activity only because they prestige and edging out competition. A key admit to boost their selectivity and giving cation.
thought “it would impress admission com- example of this preening behavior is the U.S. rankings rivals low “peer assessments.”
mittees.” Students responded that they had News and World Report college rankings. Some schools, including Reed College, William Tomasko ’13 is an undecided
joined groups such as the Model United Na- Every year, U.S. News publishes ordered have rebelled against participating in the concentrator from Washington, DC. He
tions, honors societies and community ser- lists of the “best” national universities and U.S. News rankings. If Brown wants to al- can be reached at william_tomasko@
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t h e n e w s i n i m ag e s comics

Cabernet Voltaire | Abe Pressman

Dot Comic | Eshan Mitra and Brendan Hainline

c a l e n da r
Today, February 8 tomorrow, february 9

all day — MF Hussain Early Master- 12:00 p.m. — “Queering the Fam-
pieces Exhibit, Pembroke Hall ily: Some Reflections on Making a
‘Gayby,’” LGBTQ Resource Center
5:00 p.m. — Veritas Forum: “Forgive- 5:00 p.m. — “The Money Rhetoric in
ness and Faith in a World of Rejection America: A Brazilian Perspective,”
and Rights,” Salomon 101 McKinney Conference Room

Fruitopia | Andy Kim

Sharpe Refectory Verney-Woolley Dining Hall

Lunch — Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, Lunch — Shaved Steak, Artichoke &

Veggie Patties, Spicy Fries, Pesto Pizza Red Pepper Frittata, Italian Marinated
Chicken, Rice Krispie Treats
Dinner — Brown Rice Garden Cas-
serole, Grilled Cheese, Vegan Moroc- Dinner — Chicken Milanese, But-
can Beans, Roast Pork Loin Calypso ternut Apple Bake, Spicy Cuban Stir
Fry, Ambrosia Cake

crossword Excelsior | Kevin Grubb

Hippomaniac | Mat Becker

Bonus Hippomaniac | Mat Becker

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