TWC leaders aim to propose new center name by July by Brown Daily HeraldNov 27, 2013 “Leaders of the Third World Center hope to propose a new name for the center to President Christina Paxson by July 2014, said Mary Grace Almandrez, associate dean of the College and the center’s director, at a Tuesday meeting of the Brown University Community Council.
The group also discussed priorities for a new dean of the College, the current state of the University endowment and an upcoming proposal for a new bike-sharing program.
A new TWC strategic planning committee of administrators, undergraduates, faculty members and alums will convene by December, Almandrez said.
The center has already undergone a self-evaluation and external review, she said.
The committee will strive to “develop a mission and vision that speaks to students of color,” including holding community-wide discussions to decide on a new name and reinvigorating the center’s commitment to student activism, Almandrez said.
“We will try as much as we can to make this process inclusive,” she added.
In a discussion about the search for a new dean of the College, council members highlighted communicativeness and accessibility as key traits a new dean must possess.
So far, community feedback has emphasized that candidates should demonstrate strong communication skills, a commitment to undergraduate advising and cultural sensitivity “especially in light of the events this fall,” said Provost Mark Schlissel P’15, who chairs the dean of the College search committee.
Council members said a good candidate should be forward-thinking about the University and open to interacting with students and their ideas.
Alex Drechsler ’15, chair of the Undergraduate Council of Students’ Student Activities Committee and a former Herald opinions columnist, said the next dean must be able to “change his or her views based on student input.”
“Undergraduates like to feel a personal connection with certain members of the administration,” said Richard Bungiro, lecturer in biology. “I would want a candidate who really truly enjoys interacting with undergraduates in all sorts of settings.”
The dean of the College search committee, which has met weekly for the past month, has written a job description, created a website for the search, sought applications and solicited nominations from students, student groups, faculty members and administrators, Schlissel said.
The committee decided to open up the position to candidates both within and outside the University, he said. There is no deadline for candidates to apply, he said.
At the meeting, Chief Investment Officer Joseph Dowling and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Beppie Huidekoper also spoke about the University’s endowment and outlined its investment strategies.
“At the core is managing this endowment with a long-term perspective in mind,” Dowling said.
The University’s $2.9 billion endowment currently makes up roughly 16 percent of the operating budget, a much smaller proportion than that at any of Brown’s peer institutions, Dowling said.
But “when you break it down,” Dowling said, the endowment provides $16,000 per undergraduate student, more than either Penn or Cornell, both of which have larger endowments.
“Of the endowment we do have, a fair portion of it is restricted for specific purposes,” Huidekoper said, adding that the University must comply with donor specifications and federal regulations.
Bungiro asked how the University may grow the endowment going forward.
Dowling pointed to “the generosity of (the University’s) alumni base,” adding that there is a balance between fast and aggressive growth and financial responsibility.
“I would like not to have to borrow to maintain our facilities,” Huidekoper said.
Speaking about future changes he intends to make, Dowling said the University will begin to invest directly instead of using financial intermediaries and will also begin to carry higher levels of cash to “deploy in times of stress.”
Most of the University’s investments are tied up with financial managers for long periods of time, making them difficult to access in an emergency, Dowling said.
Drechsler asked about increasing student involvement with University finances.
The investment office currently has one student intern and hopes to expand the program, Dowling responded, adding that he hopes to speak to UCS and eventually “teach a class, once things get settled.”
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Catherine Kerr asked how the investment office deals with socially responsible investments.
Huidekoper said the University “makes the best investments with certain restrictions put upon them.”
The investment office considers divestment based on social or moral priorities in cases where divestment from certain areas will affect the social norm and if the harm put forth by current investments is “so egregious that we can’t ignore it,” Paxson said.
“When we have a restriction, we can eliminate it from managers, but we can’t eliminate it from indexes,” Dowling said.
Leah Haykin ’16, Philip Strauss ’17 and Arielle Johnson ’16, members of the student group Bikes at Brown, spoke to the council about a plan for a larger campus-wide bicycle share.
Bikes at Brown currently runs a bike-sharing program with 15 bikes, which does not meet student demand, Haykin said.
Johnson said a bike-sharing program is “a great way for Brown to connect with the greater Providence community” and promotes healthier lifestyles and long-term sustainability.
Over the past week, Bikes at Brown has combined its efforts with Brown Student Agencies and other groups on campus that have spearheaded separate efforts to implement bike-sharing, Haykin said.
The groups hope the University will work with Providence, which is starting its own bike share program with a Rhode Island-based company and is beginning efforts to create safe bike lanes on many roads, she added.
Sveta Milusheva GS said safety will be an important factor to consider before moving forward.
Haykin said the University can work with the city to address concerns and that bike safety workshops have been effective at other universities. Bikes at Brown and collaborating student groups hope to present a formal proposal to the BUCC at its next meeting, Haykin said.”
Poll unpacks marriage expectations by Brown Daily HeraldNov 26, 2013 “This article is part of the series Fall 2013 Student Poll 1
By the time Ananya Bhatia-Lin ’16 reaches age 30, she hopes to be married with children. Getting hitched, she figures, is a means to creating a stable, environment for starting a family, and doing so at a younger age will make her an active, energetic mother, she said.
And then there’s a simple biological fact.
“I’m very afraid that all my good eggs are drying out,” she said. “I’m not going to have the energy to be a mother if I’m like 45 and slightly menopausal.”
Bhatia-Lin’s view demonstrates the variety of factors weighing on undergraduates’ marriage expectations. These concerns figured prominently in student responses to the question “At what age do you expect to get married?” in an undergraduate poll conducted by The Herald Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
According to the results, about 48 percent of students expect to marry between the ages of 25 and 29, and about 28 percent of students expect to marry between the ages of 30 and 34.
Statistically significant differences in expected age of marriage were seen across gender and sexual orientation identities. These discrepancies may be tied to issues of child rearing, career viability and family history, according to both students and experts.
Planning for marriage quickly becomes a conversation about cultural values, social expectations and a shifting political environment.
Fifty-nine percent of female undergraduates surveyed indicated they expect to be married before 29. Male undergraduates were less cohesive — 39 percent of males responded they expect to be married between the ages of 25 and 29 and 34 percent between the ages of 30 and 34.
This age gap in marriage expectations between men and women has historic roots, said Carrie Spearin, visiting assistant professor in sociology. Because men traditionally had more opportunities to attend college and pursue careers than women, males tend to get married later in life, she added.
“It doesn’t surprise me that much,” Spearin said. “The trend has been and continues to be that women get married at younger ages than men.”
Biological reproduction concerns for women could also explain this age gap, many students said.
“For me, I would expect to be married before 29 or else I wouldn’t be married,” said Enejda Senko ’15. “It’s the biological clock.”
“Thinking about evolutionary theory, men are going to want someone who is more fertile, so they are going to look for someone who’s younger,” Spearin said. “These are deeply ingrained in us. We don’t think about them, but they’re there.”
Other students said marriage signals the establishment of a family unit — with many citing 30 as the age at which they want to begin that process.
Mac Woodburn ’17 said he ideally hopes to marry by 30 because he would “be ready to start a family.”
Claire Walker ’16 plans to marry in her late 20s after completing medical school but before her residency program commences.
“I would probably say 27 or 28 or something before residency gets too hectic,” she said. “I think there’s a difference between getting married and having kids, too. … I want to get married a couple years before I have kids.”
Americans of all gender identities are marrying at older ages, Spearin said. In 2010, the median age for marriage was 28.2 for men and 26.1 for women, according to a 2010 Time Magazine article. The median age of marriage for both genders has increased by approximately one year every decade since the 1960s, according to the article.
Spearin teaches SOC 0170: “The Family,” which examines how families function across cultures and the gender roles within them. Matrimony should be understood through the lense of a “marriage market,” which classifies marriage as an exchange of qualities and resources, she said.
“You see much more marital homogamy now,” Spearin said, referring to the tendency of those with similar cultural, educational and economic backgrounds to marry one another.
A couple’s earning potential has become “imperative” in the current state of the economy, she added. “So in the past you were seeing doctors marrying nurses, but now we see doctors marrying doctors. It’s not the way it was when you had that one person who could make that family income.”
Spearin said marriage is now a “capstone” event for modern, college-educated women — a milestone that comes after earning a degree and securing a well-paying job.
For Lindsey Hassinger ’16, tying the knot must be organized around her plans to attend nursing school, she said.
“My career is definitely important to me, so I’d like to have that solidified before settling down and getting married,” she added.
Spearin said peer expectations have a significant impact on the age a person chooses to marry. “You hit your late 20s and early 30s and you’ll go to a gazillion weddings in those years,” she said. “You kind of do what everybody else is doing. We’re very influenced by our connectedness.”
Poll results also revealed an age gap in marriage expectations across sexual orientations. Respondents who identified as gay were more likely to answer with an older age than were heterosexual respondents.
Just over half of heterosexual respondents expected to marry between ages 25 and 29, while only 27 percent of gay students responded the same. Approximately 27 percent of heterosexual students responded between the ages 30 and 34, while 40.5 percent of gay students chose that age bracket.
The delay in marriage plans among gay respondents may be attributed to the fact that same-sex marriage is a relatively new legal option in American society, said John D’Emilio, a professor of history and women’s and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“(Same-sex marriage has) only really been dramatically and significantly in the public eye and American culture in the last five years or so,” D’Emilio said. “By contrast, the heterosexual students, as early as they can remember, have been aware of marriage as something a man and a woman (do).”
Tori James GS, who identifies as heterosexual, said she feels most straight women she knows hope to marry in their 20s. But the gay adults she knows do not necessarily plan on doing the same, she added.
“My brother is 31 and gay and still doesn’t want to get married for another five years,” James said.
Keil Oberlander ’15 identifies as gay and is from South Dakota, where same-sex marriage is not legal. He said he has only considered marriage as a serious option in light of the increase in the number of state legalizing same-sex marriage.
This age gap between heterosexual and gay respondents could also be explained by a largely heteronormative high school dating culture, D’Emilio said, adding that most heterosexual students “have lived around and participated in dating and going out for several years” by the time they are in college.
“(Gay students) have not had nearly the opportunity to socialize and date as heterosexual students have,” he said. “The raw material for marriage is more likely to come to them after they have become adults.”
D’Emilio said the biological restrictions many heterosexual couples face when planning a family are less concerning for same-sex couples, and because of this, gay couples can choose to marry at older ages.
“The so-called biological clock might lead to a somewhat earlier age for marriage for heterosexuals,” D’Emilio said.
For some queer students, marriage is part of a larger conversation about defecting from traditional narratives of the family, and tying the knot may not be the final, monogamous engagement in their romantic lives.
Adam Bennett ’16, who identifies as gay, said he wants to be married multiple times, adding that he hopes his last marriage will be the one that produces children, ideally before he is 35.
All in the family
Most survey respondents agreed that their parents’ experiences with marriage partly shaped their views on family planning.
A child’s household environment — particularly if it includes divorced parents — “will certainly affect whether or when you get married,” Spearin said.
Rachel Stern ’16 said she plans on dating her partner for “at least 10 years” before marrying to ensure her marriage will not end in divorce like her parents’ did.
“I’ve seen (marriage) not work out too many times,” Stern said. “I want to only get married once and have kids.”
Bennett agreed that his plan to marry multiple times is partially influenced by his divorced parents, who are both on their second marriage but “don’t regret their first.”
Ria Vaidya ’16, whose parents had an arranged marriage, is wary of the institution, she said.
“I just see it as very systematic and weird,” she said. “I think that I’m probably going to get married, have a child, get divorced and keep the kid and live my life like that. I think I would be a better parent by myself.”
Bhatia-Lin said her views on parenthood and marriage were shaped by her own active, involved parents, particularly her mother.
“She spent a lot of her time being my mother and a lot creative energy being my mother,” she said. “I think that’s definitely something that’s important to me — to create that space for my kids.”
Spearin said no single influence dominates the age at which a person marries. Rather, an “intersectionality” of “loading factors” determines marital decisions, she said.
“(It’s) this idea that race, class and gender are these three components that we really can’t tease out,” Spearin said. “In terms of marriage, we can look at men versus women, but these things are all kind of intertwined.”
A minority of students did not express a desire to tie the knot — about 3 percent of respondents do not intend to marry at all.
“I don’t necessarily want to get married,” said Cellie Pardoe ’16. “I was never obsessed with planning my wedding and reading magazines when I was younger like I know some people were.”
“I do think the majority of people in general would get married as a romantic goal,” said Kwang Choi ’17. “But I’m not likely to get married.”
For other students, the decision remains up in the air at this point— nearly 15 percent said they were unsure at what age they expected to marry. Meeting that special someone, they figure, is not something that can be precisely coordinated. “I wouldn’t be opposed to marriage,” Oberlander said. “It depends on if you find the right person.””
Letter: Kelly committee seeks ‘dispassionate’ review by Brown Daily HeraldNov 26, 2013 “Oftentimes an event that generates debates and concerns is an opportunity for reflection and positive action. The events surrounding New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s visit allow us to have one such moment here at Brown. Last week, as part of that process of reflection, President Christina Paxson appointed a committee with the following charges:
• To provide a full accounting of the circumstances that led to the protest;
• To review broadly the climate on campus around issues of free expression and dialogue and to make a set of recommendations about this climate.
The committee has begun its work focusing on the first aspect of its charge. We will (a) gather materials related to the organization and marketing of the event and (b) meet with the event organizers, students and administrators who attended the lecture and those who participated in the protest.
In all of this we will be guided by a single concern: to find out in as accurate and dispassionate a way as possible the circumstances culminating in the protest of Kelly’s visit. We are not collecting evidence for possible action against any student, and therefore in our report the names of anyone interviewed, including the students, will remain anonymous. Our objective is solely to investigate the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the event to ascertain those factors that contributed to its outcome and not to single out any individual.
The committee hopes to engage the Brown community in its work, particularly in addressing our second charge. We recognize that there are forums and other activities planned to address these issues, and we welcome them. This is a crucial matter for the entire University community, and it needs as much debate and discussion as possible to produce a way forward that continues the distinctive strengths of this great university.
Committee chair, professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
Lyn Crost Professor of social sciences and critical theory”
The Herald unveils 124th Editorial Board by Brown Daily HeraldNov 26, 2013 “Against all odds and after much struggle, The Brown Daily Herald’s staff successfully infiltrated a heavily guarded CAV restaurant Friday night for an evening of high-class cheese and cracker consumption. The event also featured a vital announcement made by the members of the 123rd Editorial Board: the identities of their illustrious successors, who will officially take the helm Jan. 1.
University News Editor Eli Okun ’15, who will serve as editor-in-chief and president of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc., hails from Rockville, Md., and plans to produce a special first issue of The Herald focusing exclusively on the business transactions, court dealings and art preferences of Corporation Trustee Steven A. Cohen P’08 P’16. Okun has been known to spend many an evening crying over reruns of “Friday Night Lights,” and he may or may not complete his year on the editorial board, depending on whether he hears back about the video audition he submitted to be on “Survivor.”
Adam Toobin ’15, of New York City, will bring his experience as a City & State Editor back up College Hill to serve as managing editor and vice president. As his first act, Toobin will return vending machines to 195 Angell St. and use the subsequent influx of Diet Coke and processed foods to fuel intense, hours-long policy debates and, occasionally, help put out the newspaper. Known for arriving to the newsroom caked in mud, Toobin will expect his staffers to similarly sacrifice anything — including cleanliness — for the sake of a good story.
University News Editor Mathias Heller ’15, of Alexandria, Va., is widely known in the Washington, D.C., area for both his encyclopedic knowledge of past and present American political leaders and his tear-inducing dance moves. As managing editor, he will spearhead the effort to supplant frozen yogurt with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream as The Herald’s late night dessert of choice — and will stand for justice when staff members receive less than their scoop-worth.
Sona Mkrttchian ’15, who hails from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., will reluctantly release her hold on the City & State section after four semesters to take the position of managing editor. After years of covering Providence’s pension crisis and the antics of former Red Sox player Curt Schilling, Mkrttchian sees the move to University News as an opportunity to report on a more fiscally-sound entity. Mkrttchian, despite popular belief, is not Russian, and she will seize this opportunity to build a fort in her corner of the office where she does not have to interact with humans and can instead watch videos of babies.
Arts & Culture Editor Maddie Berg ’15, of Westchester County, N.Y., will serve as a senior editor. Berg, who began her career with an in-depth investigation of spoiled products sold at Brown eateries, has pledged to fight to replace all Brown Dining Services food with granola bars. As a senior editor, Berg plans to remodel The Herald’s office to include space for both her fabulous wardrobe and the men’s crew team.
Hailing from Newton, Mass., Kate Nussenbaum ’15 will also serve as a senior editor, mainly so that she can spend her Thursday nights writing The Herald’s weekly Diamonds & Coal column. Nussenbaum, currently a Science & Research editor, often travels to New Haven, Conn., where she donates her time offering wisdom and counsel to lesser campus publications. Nussenbaum will dedicate her tenure to installing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as The Herald’s official theme song.
The 124th board will be supported by a strong slew of section editors and editorial leaders.
Kiki Barnes ’16, Michael Dubin ’16, Maxine Joselow ’16 and Tonya Riley ’15 will plug into the campus gossip as the University News Editor team. The formidable Barnes, of Manhasset, N.Y., has pledged to pass on the dogged reporting skills she’s developed, which have been known to cause professors to flee at the sight of her. Dubin, of New York City, will divide his time between analyzing the policies coming out of University Hall, pontificating about the various quality levels of AMC dramas and doing his best Ottolenghi impression. Joselow, of Manchester, N.H., cried a little when notified she could no longer lead The Herald’s investigations into the goings on of the Undergraduate Council of Students, but has since accepted her editorial destiny. Riley, originally from Union Bridge, Md., and currently studying in Russia, rejected an offer from Vladimir Putin to lead the country’s public relations efforts in order to take her rightful place with The Herald’s news desk.
As the new City & State editors, Kate “Not Katherine” Kiernan ’16 and Katie “Kajillion” Rose Lamb ’16 will look to return the section to its former glory as the newsroom’s baking leadership after a lackluster year from its current editors. Kiernan, of Washington, D.C., will bring her experience covering the changing Thayer Street landscape and the University’s finances, as well as her love of policy, to her new role. Lamb, of Portland, Ore., is rumored to be on Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s ’75 P’14 P’17 speed dial after one semester on the City & State beat and looks to dive deeper into state and local politics next year.
In an upset selection, Katie Cusumano ’15 and Andrew Smyth ’16 were named The Herald’s new Arts & Culture editors. Cusumano, hailing from Hamilton, Bermuda, New York City and, most recently, Paris, will grace The Herald with her return to the States to serve as a croissant tester and style editor. She plans to investigate the dearth of boulangeries in Providence. Smyth, of New Fairfield, Conn., will use his expert knowledge of Beyonce’s discography to inform The Herald’s music coverage. His first act as an editor will be to buy the office a stack of dictionaries so other staffers can get on his level, and he has sworn not to leave his post before getting a Q&A (and another hug) from Oprah.
The Features section will be led by the demure and understated duo of Sabrina Imbler ’16 and Maggie Livingstone ’16, of Hillsborough, Calif., and Pelham Manor, N.Y., respectively. The two plan to quietly draw on Imbler’s improv experience and Livingstone’s expertise in video production to produce a series of ironic comedy shorts, which they will play on loop in The Herald’s office. While the pair pursues this project, Imbler’s cat, Boots, will assume the post of assistant features editor.
Isobel Heck ’16 and Sarah Perelman ’15 will pair up to research the effect of extreme niceness on the Science & Research section. Heck, of Boston, Mass., will draw inspiration from the Red Sox to redesign The Herald’s official kickball uniform. Perelman, of Cheltenham, Penn., will offer to resuscitate any members of The Herald shocked into a stupor by the glory of her gluten-free baked goods.
Now stepping up to the Sports editor plate, Caleb Miller ’16 and Dante O’Connell ’16 spent this semester enwrapped in the world of Brown football. Miller, of Vermillion, S.D., is best known for his burgeoning political career, as well as his tendency to arrive fashionably late. O’Connell, who hails from Uniontown, Penn., both writes and speaks with majestic flair. The two were recently spotted studying the art of mustachioed editing, under the mentorship of their predecessors, over milkshakes at Spats Restaurant & Pub.
Features Editor Elizabeth Koh ’15, of La Mirada, Calif., will head The Herald’s new Enterprise project. As she pioneers the position, Koh intends to “explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before” — with more style and grace than Kirk and Spock.
Returning from their sojourns abroad, Brisa Bodell ’15 and Einat Brenner ’15 will sassily reclaim leadership over The Herald’s aesthetic as design editors. Joined by Assistant Design Editors Carlie Peters ’16, Taylor Schwartz ’16 and Sean Simonson ’16, they will resume their long-standing battles over printing finals first, winning the title of “Best Office DJ” and composing the most heavily hashtagged tweets.
The quintessential quartet of Andersen Chen ’14, Avery Crits-Cristoph ’16, Greg Jordan-Detamore ’14 and Jillian Lanney ’16 will serve as graphics editors. Chen, of Brookline, Mass., is famous for introducing data science to The Herald’s repertoire and will grace the newspaper with his steely cool presence for one final semester before dissolving in a pool of tears at the prospect of departing. Crits-Cristoph, of Rosemont, Penn., comes to the graphics team from the design desk, where she once made Herald history by printing all the finals before 10:30 p.m. Jordan-Detamore, a Philadelphia native concentrating in geological sciences and urban studies, looks forward to a final semester of making maps, measuring picas and telling everyone in the newsroom not to “cry-cry.” Lanney, who hails from Concord, N.H., plans to split her time between directing The Herald’s graphics content and serving as New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s ’80 P’15 right-hand woman.
Angelia Wang ’15 will continue as illustrations editor next semester. Wang intends to draw on her love of Cyanide and Happiness to introduce a webcomic-inspired aesthetic to The Herald’s cartoons and will institute mandatory ballroom dance classes for all cartoonists and comic writers.
Brittany Comunale ’16, David Deckey ’15, Emily Gilbert ’14 and Sam Kase ’15 will stay on next semester as photo editors. Comunale harbors a deep love of maps and is known for venturing to the depths of campus for photos of lecturers, snow fights and babies. Deckey, who has been likened to a modern-day Ansel Adams, will spearhead a campaign to caption all of The Herald’s photography in Spanish. Between writing pages of her thesis, Gilbert will occasionally crawl out of the stacks of the Sciences Library to snap photos for sports games and breaking news. When he is not taking photos, Kase intends to draw on his experiences in Class Coordinating Board to sponsor office-wide heavy petting.
Claire Postman ’15 will return from a semester in South Africa to serve as copy desk chief. She hates Oxford commas. Palasits will be joined by current copy desk chief, Sara Palasits ’15, who will serve as assistant.
Rachel Occhiogrosso ’14 of Armonk, N.Y., will continue as editorial page editor, joined by Matt Brundage ’15 of Montclair, Va. Occhiogrosso loves universities, colleges and university-colleges and plans to write a series of editorials consisting entirely of quotes from “The West Wing.” Brundage, who spent this semester studying in New Delhi, India, intends to replace The Herald’s semesterly kickball showdown against the College Hill Independent with cricket matches and tea.
Joe Stein ’16, of Woodbridge, Conn., will stay on as web producer. Stein, who plans to use his technological prowess to help The Herald conquer the Internet, still maintains that the cake is a lie.
The Herald also proudly announces its newest staff writers so far this semester: Hannah Camhi ’16, Cormac Cummiskey ’17, Andrew Flax ’17, Adam Hoffman ’14, Emma Jerzyk ’17, Christine Rush ’15, Khin Su ’16, Marcus Sudac ’17, Alex Wainger ’16, Drew Williams ’17 and Joseph Zappa ’17.
Ben Resnik ’15 will remain in place as Post- magazine’s editor-in-chief. A master of TweetDeck and a fan of filibustering, Resnik intends to boost the magazine’s rate of fried Oreo consumption by a factor of 10.
Will Janover ’15, of New York City, will return from Argentina to assume the role of BlogDailyHerald’s editor-in-chief. Janover, known for his prowess in crafting Blog polls and covering Main Green protests, hopes the people of Argentina don’t cry for him upon his departure.
David Oyer ’16, of Palo Alto, Calif., allegedly turned down an offer to manage the Oakland A’s to be managing editor of BlogDailyHerald. In order to secure the position, he rescinded his comments on the Nora Ephron classic, “When Harry Met Sally” and acknowledged that it is, in fact, one of the greatest movies of all time.
Georgia Tollin ’15, of Los Angeles, Calif., will return from her European adventures to be managing editor of BlogDailyHerald. A culinary savant, Tollin will sniff out the scoop on the latest Providence eateries and on-campus offerings.
On the business side, Nicole Shimer ’16, of Chappaqua, N.Y., will serve as general manager and treasurer. Shimer, known for her cheerful demeanor and glowing tresses, intends to prove to The Herald that gingers do in fact have souls. She plans to introduce mandatory bubble wrap-popping sessions at the weekly business staff meetings.
Jen Aitken ’15, of Manhasset, N.Y., will serve as general manager and secretary. Aitken was promoted almost purely because of her prowess at kickball, which helped The Herald clinch another victory over the College Hill Independent this semester. Alison Pruzan ’15 will assume the post of Alumni Relations Director. Sarah Levine ’16 and Sameer Sarkar ’16 will jointly serve as Finance Directors, and Winnie Shao ’16 will serve as Sales Director. Melody Cao ’16 will spearhead new business ventures as Business Development Director.”
Editorial: What we’re thankful for by Brown Daily HeraldNov 26, 2013 “Bagels, Brown University Shuttle OnCall, the Creperie, Alice, the 124th Editorial Board, Juan Tien T. Juan, Phelan Huan Twanteetoo, Sven Twintee, Helen Gurley Brown, Trader Joe’s, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Groverina.
“Mean Girls,” Blue State, popcorn, pumpkin, Meeting Street Cafe, sports editors, Stephen Foley, Henry the vacuum cleaner, fond memories of the upstairs library, soup, warm coats, Banquet, Herald Happy Hour, Taboo and goat food.
Pop-Tarts, the Kabob and Curry appetizer deal, Marisa Quinn, Never Have I Ever, Connie Britton, AS220, pancakes, Beer 30, Shawn, poetry night and Zooma Trattoria.
Spreads, pre-webbing, blindfolded picnics in India Point Park, being in the weekend, homemade cheesecake in the Herald refrigerator, kale, humanities-centered robots, robots that make pie, Yankee Spirits, Grantland, Shakespeare, boxed wine, “Clue” and initials.
“Ignition,” Adam Brody’s impending nuptials, 5 a.m. Loui’s, midnight Grad Center Bar trips, infographics, senior staff writers, data science, Nate Silver, frat tanks, kickball victories, the College Hill ’Dependent, listservs and Grad Center D 330/Young Orchard 2 340.
Bollywood mashups, dependent clauses in headlines, comma headlines, em-dashes, design editors and staffers, Songza, Greg Jordan-Detamore ’14, impromptu polls, Google Alerts, breaking news, sample cups and search committees.
Cross-continent Google Hangouts, Nora Ephron, Jell-O shots, Asana, Google Drive, Levain Bakery, Haiku, free discourse, tasteful nudes, the editorial decisions of Post- Magazine, 299 Governor St. and James Egan.
Journalism conferences, Richard Holbrooke ’62, girls on top, the Blue Room door, the mailroom, wildcards, Cormac (the novelist and the laptop), red pens, wet-erase and the yardstick.
Bound volumes, icebreakers, copy editors, new staff writers, Josh Schwartz, photographers, champagne toasts, social media skills, F8, prewriting, 16-page newspapers, cats, Mama Gail, Nikhil, sports editors exiting retirement, web updates, our families, Jonathan Ellis ’06 and friends making it in journalism.
Studying biology, iMessage, secret bakers, Sam’s Club, back rubs, flexible layout and dynamic content, puns, post-4 a.m. delirium, props and you.
The Herald’s 123rd Editorial Board has a lot to be thankful for. Thanks for reading.”
Men’s ice hockey loses to Cornell, Colgate on the road by Brown Daily HeraldNov 26, 2013 “The men’s hockey team fell to two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference foes on the road this weekend, losing to No. 18 Cornell 5-1 Friday and Colgate University 3-1 Saturday. Bruno has sunk to 11th place in the conference, having lost each of its last three games and four of its last five.
The Bears (3-5-1, 1-4-1 ECAC) started off strong against the Big Red (6-3-1, 4-3-1) with a penalty shot goal from Matt Lorito ’15 early in the first period, but the momentum quickly shifted and the team gave up the next five goals. A power play goal by Joe Prescott ’16 against Colgate (7-7-1, 5-3-0) marked the only Bruno score Saturday.
Brown committed six penalties against Colgate and ten against Cornell and went a total of 1-for-7 on power plays over the course of the two games.
“We had some penalty trouble early in both games,” Lorito said. “That’s been one of our biggest problems this year. It’s tough to get any kind of momentum when you’re killing a penalty all the time.”
In one of the weekend’s few positive signs, Nick Lappin ’16, Brandon Pfeil ’16 and Joey de Concilys ’15 all returned to play from injuries.
“They’re three guys we rely on,” said Massimo Lamacchia ’15. “It was a boost for us, and we all played hard, but things just aren’t going our way right now.”
Cornell 5, Brown 1
Despite finding the back of the net first, Bruno could not sustain any offensive momentum, while Cornell lit up the scoreboard.
“We came out pretty strong,” Lamacchia said. “We played well in the first, but the penalty trouble in the second didn’t allow us to do the things we wanted offensively. We were playing from behind for most of the game.”
The Bears found themselves on the power play less than three minutes into the game, when Cornell’s Rodger Craig took a roughing penalty. A few seconds after the power play expired, Cornell forward Eric Freschi was penalized for covering the puck in the crease, giving Brown a penalty shot. Lorito took the shot, firing past Cornell goalie Andy Iles to give Bruno a 1-0 lead.
“I came in with a lot of speed,” Lorito said. “The biggest thing for me on penalty shots is to have confidence in what I’m doing. When I got to the circle, I had a feeling I was going to score. I was looking to the low blocker side. I placed it there, and luckily it went in.”
The Big Red responded midway through the first period with a Matt Buckles power play goal that tied the score at one.
Cole Bardreau struck next for Cornell midway through the second period, beating goalie Tyler Steel ’17, who turned aside 23 of 27 shots, on a rebound from near the right faceoff circle. Five minutes later, Freschi redeemed his first-period blunder by sneaking a quick shot past Steel to give the Big Red a two-goal lead.
Lappin and Matt Wahl ’14 both had scoring opportunities in the third period, but Iles shut the door on Bruno’s comeback efforts. Reece Willcox added an empty-netter for Cornell, and Freschi scored again with less than a minute to play, bringing the final score to 5-1.
Colgate 3, Brown 1
As with the Cornell matchup, the Bears could not generate enough offense Saturday to stay in the game. Goalie Marco De Filippo ’14 turned away 26 of 28 shots on goal for the Bears.
After killing three penalties in the game’s first seven minutes, the Bears went on the power play with just over six minutes left in the first period. But a turnover in the neutral zone led to a shorthanded goal from Colgate’s Kyle Baun, giving the Raiders a 1-0 advantage.
“We got off to a really slow start,” Lorito said. “We need to get our power play going. If we score on more than one of the power plays we had, it’s a tie game and maybe a different outcome.”
Two minutes later, Prescott responded for Bruno, scoring on the power play after another Colgate penalty. Garnet Hathaway ’14 took control of the puck and fed it to Matt Harlow ’15, who hit Prescott in front of the cage for the goal.
The Raiders responded a minute later with a Mike Borkowski goal over De Filippo’s shoulder to put Colgate up 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
Despite outshooting Colgate 13-10 in the second frame, Bruno failed to get on the board. The Bears had to kill a two-minute Colgate five-on-three when captain Dennis Robertson ’14 and Wahl took penalties almost simultaneously midway through the period. Bruno extinguished the threat, keeping the score at 2-1 heading into the third period.
Despite scoring chances for Lamacchia and Pfeil late in the third, Colgate goalie Charlie Finn kept Brown off the board on his way to a stellar 38-save performance.
“Lorito centered the puck in front of the net, and the puck was just lying in the crease,” Lamacchia said of his opportunity. “I tried to shovel it in, but (Finn) made a pretty good save.”
Colgate forward Darcy Murphy added an empty-netter with just over a minute of time left on the clock to bring the final score to 3-1.
The Bears will face Providence College (10-2-1, 6-2-0 HEA) Saturday in the 28th edition of the Mayor’s Cup.
“It’s a big game for us,” Lorito said. “I always circle it on my calendar. We weren’t able to win it last year, but it’s a new year, and we’re really looking forward to it.” “Any time we play for a trophy during the season, it’s big,” Lamacchia said. “We just need to bring our A-game to get out of this little rut we’re in. If we do that, we should be fine.””
Wrestling lands in middle of pack in Md. by Brown Daily HeraldNov 26, 2013 “The wrestling team competed in the Navy Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy this Saturday. The event marked Brown’s second tournament under the direction of first-year Head Coach Todd Beckerman.
The Bears finished seventh overall in a field of 14 teams, which included the No. 26 University of Wisconsin Badgers. Their place in the tournament put the Bears ahead of Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association foe Bucknell but behind Ivy rival Princeton.
Riding off a strong season-opener at the East Stroudsburg University Open, highlighted by a first-place finish in the 125-pound class by Billy Watterson ’15, a former Herald contributing writer, the Bears’ solid team showing at the Navy Classic rested on the shoulders of captain Ophir Bernstein ’15. Bernstein bulldozed his way through five challengers to claim victory in the 184-pound division — his first weight-class title in a college tournament.
Bernstein dominated his first four opponents, with his strongest performance coming in the third round, when he trounced Navy’s Stout Watson 12-2. The final bout against the University of Wisconsin’s Jackson Hein proved to be more of a struggle, but Bernstein ultimately triumphed 3-2.
Bernstein said he was “very happy” with his title but added that he still sees room for improvement.
“After a tournament, even if you get first place, there are still corrections to be made,” Bernstein said. “There’s no such thing as a perfect wrestler.”
Two other Bears, Anthony Finnochiaro ’16 and Justin Staudenmayer ’17, made notable contributions to the team’s score. Finnochiaro finished fourth in the 133-pound division, while Staudenmeyer took fifth at 157 pounds.
Applauding the underclassman performances, Bernstein said the future of Brown’s program looks bright. “Those two guys showed a lot of grit going out there, just grinding out matches against some really tough wrestlers,” Bernstein said. Finnochiaro and Staudenmayer, he added, “could definitely lead the way in upcoming years.”
Bruno will return to competition Dec. 6 at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. Bernstein said this tournament, which will feature top-notch opponents, should help the team prepare to reach its ultimate objectives. “Our goal is to put 10 guys into the national finals in March,” Bernstein said. “Every tournament leading up to that is basically just practice.””
Women’s squash wins two, men’s splits matches by Brown Daily HeraldNov 26, 2013 “The ninth-ranked women’s squash team won both matches of its season-opening double header against Mount Holyoke College and Tufts UniversitySaturday, while the 16th-ranked men fell narrowly to Navy before beating Tufts in its first competitions of the year.
The women dispensed with both of their opponents easily — they won eight of nine matches against Mt. Holyoke (1-2) and all nine against Tufts (2-4). Against the Jumbos, no Bear lost a single first-to-11 game, and Bruno won each of the nine matches three games to none.
The men did not fare quite as well, falling 5-4 to No. 15 Navy (9-0) before dominating Tufts (1-7). The Bears won 3-0 in each of the eight games they played against Tufts, but the Jumbos brought only eight players, so they forfeited the ninth match, bringing the final score to 9-0.
“We were a tiny bit rusty, because it’s one of the first matches of the season, but I think both squads prepared very well and were ready to play — played hard and played well,” said Head Coach Stuart leGassick.
Dori Rahbar ’14, a Staff Writer for The Herald, said she was happy with the way her teammates took care of business. “I think everyone played really clean, competitive squash,” she said.
Despite his team’s resounding win over Tufts, Foster Hoff ’16.5 was more focused on the loss to Navy. “We lost a tough one,” he said. “Sometimes the opponent just plays a little bit better.”
“We just came up short in two or three matches,” leGassick said. “It could have gone either way, but I think they just played slightly better than we did.”
With their first two matches of the season in the books, the teams now turn their attention to the rest of the year. The top-ten women “want to retain their … position” in the rankings, leGassick said. Rahbar was optimistic, saying she expected the team to “do really well.”
“We have a pretty young team, and a very deep team,” she said.
For the men’s part, the loss to Navy means they will face an uphill battle this year. “It’s a bit tougher having lost to Navy … but the season’s very young. There’s still room for upsets on our part,” leGassick said.
Hoff said he saw the loss as just another reason to keep working. “Today was a tough loss to a team that was ranked just one ahead of us, but I think with this loss, we’ll be really motivated to do better going forward,” he said. The men return to the court Dec. 6 against the University of Western Ontario (7-0), while the women will play again Dec. 7 against Drexel (2-2).”
Greek Council may halve budget by Brown Daily HeraldNov 26, 2013 “Greek Council Chair Michael Coates ’14 and Treasurer Alexander Sherry ’15 laid out a plan at a Sunday meeting of the Council to halve Greek Council’s budget — cutting it from about $7,000 to $3,300 a semester — and require houses with more than 30 members to pay a flat rate of $300 rather than $10 per dues-paying member.
Coates and Sherry developed the proposal after Delta Phi and Sigma Chi threatened to withhold payments to the council this past Tuesday unless Greek Council reconsidered both its budget and how it determines the amount each house has to pay.
“There were a number of things in the budget that were no longer necessary,” said Connor Grealy ’14, president of Sigma Chi and a Herald sports editor, who also proposed a budget to the council.
The meeting centered around Greek Council’s current policy requiring all houses to pay $10 per member. Sigma Chi labeled this policy as problematic, since larger fraternities pay more than smaller ones, without receiving additional benefits. The new proposal sets a $300 maximum on the charge, preventing larger houses from incurring greater monetary burdens.
“We plan on agreeing with the proposal,” Grealy told The Herald.
In past years, Greek Council’s budget has been used for inter-Greek events, philanthropy and Greek Week, among other things. The new budget would maintain funding for these events.
“We had a lot of room for creativity and outside events,” Coates said of the previous budget. “We found ways to save money and still throw the best events possible.” Halloween on Wriston, an event in which the council sends buses to bring underprivileged children from Providence to trick-or-treat on Wriston Quad, will still receive funding in the new budget. The council has also budgeted some funds for impromptu charitable actions, like the Hurricane Sandy relief fund founded last year.
Fraternity presidents reacted positively to the budget proposal. Delta Phi, one of the largest fraternities on campus, was especially supportive of the plan. Last year, Delta Phi paid $1,750 to the council, much more than the $600 it would pay for two semesters under the new plan. Delta Tau was also satisfied with the cuts, which will reduce the dues it pays to the council by 50 percent.
“The purpose of Greek Council is to promote inter-Greek relationships and provide an independent outlet for disciplinary concerns. In my opinion, these roles can be fulfilled without an unnecessarily large budget,” said Salaar Khan ’15, president of Delta Phi. “I feel that Coates and Sherry did an excellent job. Delta Phi is in favor of the budget cuts.”
Smaller fraternities were also pleased with the plan.
“I’m really happy about it, because we never got to take advantage of the co-sponsored funding with Greek Council,” said Harry Ramsamooj ’14, president of Phi Kappa Psi, a fraternity with 23 members. Phi Psi was on social suspension this past semester and as a result could only apply for co-sponsorship funds if the event was taking place outside of the fraternity house. If the presidents of campus fraternities and sororities approve the proposal this semester, houses that have already paid more than $300 in dues to Greek Council will be refunded.”
Roundtable: Should the University punish the students who interrupted the Ray Kelly lecture? by Brown Daily HeraldNov 23, 2013 “Enriquez ’16: No, Protesters were standing for racial justice
On Oct. 29, student activists and members of the local community stood up and spoke over New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s planned lecture. Their personal narratives and quotes eventually resulted in the speech’s cancellation.
People who support the punishment of these student activists highlight the fact that the students violated the “free inquiry” clause set forth in the University’s Code of Student Conduct and in our mission statement. I see where those people come from. When I heard that the lecture was canceled, I was angry and disappointed that a few students could ruin a chance for others to form opinions about Kelly. That was until I realized the issues tied to this event are larger than just listening to a single speaker — they are unavoidably tied to our fellow students. Because of the activists’ personal experiences, their positive intentions and the fact that they actually facilitated greater intellectual inquiry, it would be entirely misguided for the University to punish those who stood up.
In the days after the talk, I spoke to black and Latino students who lived in Harlem or the Bronx, and I saw them relive memories of their teenage siblings walking the city streets. They recounted how Kelly’s policies encouraged the police to treat them like criminals solely based on their race and age. I heard someone describe having siblings with strong opinions on what is right and wrong in society — who may burst at the injustice of being patted down for the alleged crime of having dark skin and walking home from school.
I had a visceral reaction to their anecdotes, in which I imagined my friends walking back from class and a police officer pulling them aside, asking them to identify themselves, patting them down, going through their pockets and rifling through their bags. I realized that my protected suburban life never exposed me to the experiences of my minority friends and their families in New York living in constant fear of our government. Only when I saw their bodies shrink with shame as they talked about the police in their neighborhoods did I really understand what I thought I already knew. If Kelly had calmly lectured to that tiny auditorium, I would not have been able to have the impassioned conversation that led me to that realization.
Brown’s mission statement declares, “The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation and the world by discovering, communicating and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry.”
For the thousands of students, faculty members and administrators in our community who were not in the auditorium as Kelly spoke, the actions of the protesters called attention to an issue that many of us would have otherwise brushed aside. Their defiance spurred our campus into weeks of discussion about “proactive policing,” free speech, racism and the ethics of modern society.
It seems to me that through the protesters’ passion and experiences, they communicated something that many of us had not yet discovered for ourselves — stop and frisk is unconstitutional and harmful to communities.
Beyond this fulfillment of the Brown mission statement, their bold actions resulted in wide media coverage of Kelly’s planned speech that amplified this lesson. The New York Times, CNN, the Huffington Post, Fox News and dozens of media outlets carried stories about the protest and therefore brought this essential discussion to the nation.
Recently, when Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC discussed the actions of the protesters, she launched into a lengthy debate about the ethics behind stop and frisk. Looking at statistics from the New York Attorney General’s office, Harris-Perry concluded that on top of the policy being unconstitutional, “stop and frisk does not stop crime” and is “harmful to black communities.” Maybe more people felt empathy for the victims of stop and frisk as a result of the news coverage. Harris-Perry’s national discussion is so much more important to the health of our nation and the millions of people who have been unjustly treated in New York than 200 people sitting quietly, doing the “safe” thing and keeping our university out of the national spotlight.
Not only did the protesters spark a national discussion, they also sent a clear message to the local community. At Kelly’s talk, there were a sizable number of white male police officers seated prominently in the front two rows. Among those officers was Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Pare. The presence of the commissioner and his officers was threatening to the community protesters, who feared that the University was elevating both Kelly and his controversial policies. By standing up, they sent a clear message to Providence law enforcement that our local community would not support the implementation of similar policies.
An essential requirement to the “spirit of free inquiry” in any community is that every individual feels safe enough to venture into that community, both physically and intellectually. Those members of our community — our friends, co-workers and neighbors — who protested Kelly acted non-violently in the interest of their safety and the safety of others. They promoted a discussion that was inevitably more effective than Ray Kelly’s speech. They should not be punished.
Many people in our generation, myself included, are often too disillusioned to make their voices heard. They believe that they cannot change anything and that the powers that be will not respect their opinion. Punishing these individuals for standing up for New York’s communities only feeds this disillusionment and deepens the divide between the establishment and the leaders of tomorrow. Let these brave people go.
Nico Enriquez ’16 is thankful to those in our community who stood up. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Delaney ’15: Yes, Protestors must be held accountable
Over the past several weeks, Brown has been immersed in a discussion centered on the Ray Kelly incident that has brought to light many important tenets of the University, including freedom of speech, social justice and the free exchange of ideas. The Herald has printed columns and letters from students, alums and faculty members with a multitude of viewpoints and ideas regarding the matter.
The most important point that has consistently been made is that this is not a discussion of the validity of stop and frisk. It is a discussion of how members of Brown’s student body acted in response to their opinions of Kelly and his policies. Therefore, the question of punishment should be derived from examining the actions taken by the protesters, independent of what they were protesting.
First of all, the actions of the protesters were an unacceptable form of discourse. As many have already pointed out, the disruptive protests silenced the voices of many students who wanted to challenge Kelly with questions they had prepared. It is not acceptable for some students to feel that their voices are more important than those of their peers, especially in the context of a university.
Furthermore, the forum that was held the following day continued this unacceptable form of discourse. Several students made highly caustic remarks toward faculty members and peers, with one student accusing a Brown police officer of being a racist and another directly referring to President Christina Paxson as a terrorist. This is not an appropriate way to express grievances and underscores a lack of respect toward the student body and the University that should not be tolerated.
Second, as many have pointed out, the students’ actions were a clear violation of Brown’s mission: to foster the free exchange of ideas. It is entirely acceptable that students protested outside the lecture hall — they have the right to voice their opinions through protest. But it is not acceptable that they proceeded to disrupt and ultimately force the cancellation of the lecture.
Speakers, especially controversial ones, are an important medium of discourse and are crucial to both the exchange of ideas on campus and the promotion of students’ intellectual curiosity. It is unacceptable that the group not only shut down the lecture but also potentially jeopardized Brown’s ability to host controversial speakers in the future. It is possible that these speakers will be hesitant to come to Brown after hearing about the way Kelly was treated.
If the University does nothing, it will effectively condone the protesters’ behavior, which would be unacceptable for the administration to do. Nobody is forcing any Brown student to agree with, or attend, any lecture on campus. But for many students, these events are one of the great benefits of attending a university that can host such high-profile speakers. The suppression of intellectual diffusion must never be tolerated.
Finally, aside from what Paxson referred to in her email as “the extraordinary nature of these events,” the actions of the students were a clear violation of the Code of Student Conduct. In the section on “Protest and Demonstration Guidelines,” unacceptable forms of protest include interrupting or halting a lecture, a debate or any public forum. All Brown students agreed to abide by this code prior to matriculating, and they must be held accountable for violating it. The extraordinary nature of these events does not provide sufficient cause for violating the code.
One of the arguments in support of the protesters’ actions is that the context of the situation required a more extreme form of action and justified what happened. Many people at the forum, including a professor, supported the protesters on this basis.
But the emotions and opinions of this small group of people do not warrant impeding the flow of ideas, silencing the voices of other students and violating the code of conduct. And as demonstrated by a recent Herald poll, 73 percent of the student body agrees with me (“Poll shows mixed opinions on Ray Kelly, coal divestment,” Nov. 6).
The majority of the student body also agrees that stop and frisk is an unacceptable policy, one with repercussions to which many of us cannot fully relate. But the protesters crossed the line. The ends do not always justify the means, and the University must hold the protesters accountable. Finally, I think Brown should consider inviting Kelly back to speak. I understand that some students have visceral reactions toward the man and his ideology. But this is a step the University could take to reinforce its mission to support the free exchange of ideas, even if — or perhaps especially when — they are controversial or upsetting. Daniel Delaney ’15 can be reached for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org. ”
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