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vol. cxlv, no. 19 | Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | Serving the community daily since 1891

Recent grads seriously M. hoops

injured in hit-and-run shocks
Phelan ’09 pushed
A cab driver, whom the Daily
roommate out of News identified as Muhammad,
witnessed the incident and called
car’s path the police, Grimpel said. Muham-
By Tony Bakshi
Sports Staff Writer
mad told the Daily News, “I heard
By Goda Thangada a big boom. Then she took off. She Steve Gruber ’10 is a backup point guard
Senior Staff Writer started driving faster and (passed) who averages just four points a game.
me. It was a young woman driv- But in the waning seconds against Princ-
Erinn Phelan ’09 and Alma Guer- ing.” eton on Saturday night, his record was
rero ’09 MD’13 were struck by a Police sources searched for irrelevant. Gruber sunk two clutch free
car and seriously injured in a hit- Cindy Jasmin, 31, the registered throws with eight seconds remaining,
and-run accident in Brooklyn at owner of the car, for more than two
4:30 Sunday morning. days before she agreed to speak SPORTS
Phelan pushed Guerrero out of with the NYPD. Detective John
the way of the car, Alma’s father Sweeney of the NYPD confirmed helping the Bears (10-17, 4-6 Ivy) grab
Fidel Guerrero P’09 told the New to The Herald on Tuesday night an upset victory over the title-contending
York Daily News, and is currently that police had made contact with Tigers (16-7, 7-2). The night before,
in critical condition. Guerrero is Jasmin, who hired a lawyer before Brown avenged a heartbreaking home
stable, with non-life-threatening in- meeting with detectives. Sweeney Jonathan Bateman / Herald
Steve Gruber ’10 came off the bench against Princeton and made all six of
juries, said Lt. John Grimpel of the said Jasmin claims her sister was his free throw attempts, helping the basketball team go 2-0 last weekend. continued on page 6
New York Police Department. driving the vehicle when it struck
Since the accident, Phelan has Phelan and Guerrero. The case

Corp. stayed out of Goldman decision

been surrounded by friends and remains under investigation, with
family at her bedside in Kings the warrant for the arrest of the
County Hospital, according to perpetrator still outstanding.
friend Rob Warner ’10.5. “We can’t assume anything,”
Warner said Guerrero had a Sweeney said. By Alex Bell apprised of her thinking and solicited served” by being made public.
broken collarbone and may be re- A large digital signboard has Senior Staff Writer our views,” said Chancellor Thomas In an interview with The Herald
leased soon. been placed at the scene of the Tisch ’76 P’07, the Corporation’s earlier this month, Simmons said she
Phelan and Guerrero were accident, broadcasting a plea for President Ruth Simmons’ decision leader and the University’s highest felt strongly that she doesn’t “know
crossing the intersection of Flat- tips. to leave Goldman Sachs’ Board of officer. But the senior leadership’s enough as an individual” to make the
bush Avenue and Prospect Place Guerrero, who attends Alpert Directors earlier this month was view, he said, “was that this really decision to leave Goldman’s board
when a northbound 1993 green Medical School, was visiting Phel- not influenced by the Corporation, was a decision for her to make.” without others’ input, so she dis-
Acura Legend struck the two, ac- an, her roommate of three years, members of Brown’s highest govern- When asked what thoughts Sim- cusses the matter with a committee
cording to the police report. The for the long weekend. ing body told The Herald. mons expressed in such discussions, of the Corporation periodically.
vehicle was found abandoned after Phelan has been working as “I want to make it as clear as I Tisch said this sort of conversation Before Simmons chose to leave
the accident, according to police can that, as she has noted, President from within the leadership of the Goldman’s board, she discussed the
reports. The front windshield was continued on page 4 Simmons kept the senior leadership Corporation would not be “well-
continued on page 5

C o m e BAC k K I d s
Students F— their lives: Students
weigh in on find outlet on Brown FML
budget By Nicole Boucher debut of the original site, FM-
By Max Godnick Staf f Writer As the phrase became
Senior Staff Writer integrated into teenage popular
During reading period, with the culture, more forums appeared
Most college students rarely have the inevitability of finals mounting, documenting unfortunate but hu-
opportunity to help craft nine-figure stressed and anxious students cling morous events in the lives of young
institutional budgets. But five Brown desperately to their last moments of adults.
students — the student representatives freedom, and humiliating moments Brown FML is a school-specific
to the University Resources Commit- have a way of accompanying this Web site following this trend. The
tee — do just that as they advise senior ner vous tension. Brown site is par t of the larger
administrators on the University’s an- College FML project, which was
nual budget. FEATURE initiated by Har vard freshman Jo-
The committee, chaired by Pro- nah Varon and now includes over
vost David Kertzer ’69 P’95 P’98, is But beginning Dec. 8, students 50 colleges. Varon said he hopes
responsible for drawing up budget were able to relieve their stress that the forums serve not only as a
recommendations for the president through Brown FML — a Web site place for students to complain but
to present to the Corporation, Brown’s where students can anonymously also as opportunities for contact
highest governing body. The URC post stressful or embarrassing ex- between fellow students. Varon
consists of six elected faculty mem- periences, usually with a touch of said he envisions the individual
bers, two staff members, five senior humor mixed in. college FML site as “an anonymous
administrators — including Kertzer; The use of the phrase “FML” forum where students can com-
Rajiv Vohra P’07, dean of the faculty; Jonathan Bateman / Herald (F— My Life) to denote a particu- municate.”
Men’s hockey achieved two major comebacks back-to-back. larly negative or embarrassing
continued on page 2 experience skyrocketed after the continued on page 2

Spor ts...6-7
News, 3 Sports, 6 Opinions, 11
Nation....8-9 Engineering change hoops for haiti Eco-Friendly apathy
Editorial..10 A proposal for a school of Women’s basketball team Sarah Yu ’11 calls
Opinion...11 engineering at Brown is raised thousands of dollars out students for their
Today........12 slated to be passed for Haitian relief environmental laziness 195 Angell Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Page 2 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Wednesday, February 24, 2010

C ampus N EWS “It builds camaraderie… like eff our lives together.”
— Anna Hsu ’10 on BrownFML

‘Misery loves company’ Students impact U. budget on URC

on procrastination site continued from page 1 they are surrounded by faculty, the
provost and various vice presidents,”
similar committees.
“It’s an exciting moment when
Dick Spies, executive vice president he said. “Our members have to take faculty are interested in what I’m do-
continued from page 1 semester. People responded tell- for planning and senior adviser to the a broader view of both the student ing on the committee, and sometimes
ing her to hang in there. president; Beppie Huidekoper, ex- interests and the University’s overall it’s a little disappointing to not see a
Varon said he deals primarily Brown FML focuses on prob- ecutive vice president for finance and welfare. We don’t want someone who certain level of curiosity about what
with the technical aspects of the lems par ticular to Brown stu- administration; and Lindsay Graham, is interested in theater, and all they I’m doing,” Matuszewski said.
site, making sure everything runs dents, allowing shared or com- executive dean for administration for can think about is how theater needs The URC holds two public forums
smoothly on all of the different parable experiences to build the Division of Medicine and Biological more resources.” each fall where students and faculty
college FML sites. The modera- connections between members Sciences — and five student represen- Arthur Matuszewski ’11, a former can ask committee members about
tor for Brown’s site, who asked of the same community. tatives, consisting of two undergradu- Post- magazine editor-in-chief who “what they are doing and what we are
to remain anonymous because “It builds camaraderie … like ate students, two graduate students is currently serving two terms as an in for,” Matuszewski said. He noted
she has received an increasing eff our lives together,” said Anna and one medical student. undergraduate representative on the that last fall the first forum had five
number of threatening comments Hsu ’10. Starting in April of each year and committee, also spoke of the unselfish people in attendance and the second
in recent weeks, is responsible The anonymity puts the indi- continuing through January, the URC qualities representatives must share. had only two.
for choosing to approve or reject vidual at ease and makes them holds two-hour meetings during which “You are not just here for your inter- “Seeing them unattended, seeing
comments based on their level more willing to share, Ohr t University department heads present est group,” he said. “You are here for a general disinterest for them, was
of appropriateness and to edit said. their priorities and requests for the the University.” perhaps emblematic of a disconnect
offensive posts. The individual The site “lets me know that following year’s budget, Kertzer said. Tan agreed. “We definitely want between the impact of the work we
moderator for each school’s site not all these perfect ‘Ivy-League’ The committee then holds private ses- people who have a very good sense are doing and the consciousness of
is responsible for giving the site students are so per fect,” she sions in which members discuss the of campus issues and who are willing the University at large,” he said.
“the flavor of the school,” Varon added. suggestions and requests of Univer- to learn about the whole allocation of Harrison had similar com-
said. Despite this community build- sity administrators and department University resources,” she said. “We plaints.
Diana Ohrt ’13 said she can ing, the site still serves mainly as heads. need very motivated people who will “At Brown we talk about being
see dif ferences between the a form of entertainment, where “We look at how the things they are give valuable advice to the commit- involved, we talk about participating
Brown site and the original FM- embarrassing or stressful experi- asking for match up with the funding tee.” in community, but it bothers me how “I feel like it is a little ences are combined with a dash we have available,” said Chaney Har- Committee members said students’ few people apply to these positions,”
more sophisticated,” she said, of absurdity. One anonymous rison ’11, whose term as URC student input is valued just as much as the he said. ”It is important that the stu-
adding a mock example of the poster wrote on Dec. 12, “I live representative ended last month. “It’s input of any other URC member. dent voice is listened to.”
regular site versus the Brown in Caswell, and I was awoken like a puzzle. We just try to put the “Students’ perspectives are always But Matuszewski said his expe-
specific site — “ ‘I slammed my at 4 a.m., five hours before my pieces together in a way that is most highly valued by the Committee,” rience on the URC has given him
hand because I was drunk’ versus exam, by kids on Lincoln shoot- beneficial to the institution.” Kertzer said. new perspective on Brown and his
‘I overslept and missed my orgo ing roman candles at each other In late January, the committee gives “You really have a voice,” Harrison education.
exam.’ ” whilst shouting Harr y Potter its recommendations to President Ruth said. “People listen to you.” “You realize how complicated an
The FML site plays of f the spells. This went on for half an Simmons. She then examines them He added that students are includ- institution the University actually is,”
idea, as the saying goes, that hour. FML.” and makes any changes she sees fit ed in every aspect of the budget delib- he said. “We see the many different
“miser y loves company.” The comments “are usually before presenting the budget to the eration process, from the presentations processes at work, the questions
“There is some comfor t to pretty entertaining,” Ohrt said. Corporation at its February meeting. by senior administrators to the private about what is the University’s main
know that people are going “I’m not gonna lie, though, it’s a “Usually she sticks pretty closely sessions to the drafting process. function, not just to itself but for so-
through the same thing in one source of procrastination.” to our recommendations,” Kertzer Both Harrison and Matuszewski ciety at large.”
way or another,” said Jeanne The combination of anxiety said. noted the uniqueness of serving on “I’ve become more conscious of
Tong ’10, noting that the site’s and humor may explain the site’s Undergraduates apply to serve on the URC and said it had added value to the value of my education and what
use was highest during finals. continued success. If nothing the committee at the beginning of the their overall involvement at Brown. has been put into it by all these par-
She said she posted a comment else, Jane Chen ’13 added, it spring semester and are appointed “For me, it was an absolutely incred- ties on campus,” he said.
on the site when she was stressed “makes me feel better about my by the Undergraduate Council of Stu- ible experience in gaining a perspective UCS approved the appointment
out from writing her thesis last own life.” dents, according to UCS Appointments on how an institution like Brown runs of Evan Schwartz ’13 as Harrison’s
Chair Kening Tan ’12. The council and functions,” Harrison said. successor on the committee at their
interviews applicants, and decisions “A lot of the questions raised by Feb. 17 general body meeting.
sudoku are approved by both the council’s the URC allow you to think about the “It is one thing to discuss philoso-
executive board and its general body, whole of Brown rather than taking phy but another to figure out where
Tan said. The URC plays no role in the a microcosmal look,” Matuszewski you’re going to put your money,
appointment of its members. said. because that is what will ultimately
Committee members said appli- “There’s a lot of ‘who are we’ and determine the University’s priorities
cants must be thoughtful, outspoken ‘who do we want to be’ type questions and direction,” Schwartz wrote in an
and able to analyze the University’s that you don’t see raised elsewhere e-mail to The Herald.
budget as a whole. in the University,” he said. “We have “I don’t have strong opinions as of
“You want someone who is con- to decide what really makes sense yet as to what our priorities should
scientious, because there’s a lot of for Brown.” be,” he wrote. “But I was and am very
work and it’s a big time commitment,” Matuszewski and Harrison both much looking forward to being part
Kertzer said. expressed disappointment in the lack of the discussion and learning more
“We want someone who is not of interest and participation of other about Brown’s history and current
afraid to speak up despite the fact that students and faculty in the URC and issues.”

Biotech firm gets grant for ulcer cure

By Brielle Friedman tissue would have all its normal func- sailors centuries ago and discovered
Contributing Writer tions, including feeling and sweating,” in the 1980s — secrete the proteins
said Christopher Thanos ’97 PhD’01, that CytoSolv uses to produce the

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CytoSolv Inc., a biotech startup in one of the company’s founders. In treatment. While Living Cell Tech-
the Brown
Providence, received $500,000 in addition to diabetic ulcer wounds, the nologies, for which Thanos used to
seed-stage funding from the Slater product could eventually be used to serve as the director of research and
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Claire Kiely, Vice President Chaz Kelsh, Secretary technology-based businesses. Cyto- Thanos said. Solv use the pigs’ organs in exchange
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 3

C ampus N EWS “All the sciences could benefit.”

— Provost David Kertzer on the creation of a school of engineering

Engineering school approved by APC Seeking two-state solution,

By Goda Thangada peace org joins nat’l mov’t
Senior Staff Writer
By Crys Guerra become an affiliate was largely due
The proposal to create a school of Contributing Writer to the increased access to resourc-
engineering at Brown is about to es and the ability to bring speakers
pass through the final stages of ap- Puzzle Peace, a student organiza- to campus.
proval, nearly two years since the tion that focuses on education and “It’s useful for us and them to
first version was written before sum- advocacy about the current Israeli- be part of this national campaign,”
mer 2008. Provost David Kertzer ’69 Palestinian conflict, is affiliating Nessim said.
P’95 P’98 said the Academic Priori- itself with the national “pro-Israel, Puzzle Peace supports a two-
ties Committee, on which he serves, pro-peace” movement J-Street, state solution to the Israeli-Pales-
gave a “thumbs up to this proposal” which is connected to Brown tinian conflict, loosely based on
at a Feb. 2 meeting. Following a fac- through its Rhode Island branch, Israel’s 1967 boundaries, accord-
ulty forum on March 9 and pending slated to start up operations this ing to Manuel. They advocate for
approval at a faculty vote on April 6, week. The four co-chairs, Sophia a divided Jerusalem, placing East
the Corporation will make the final Manuel ’11, Noa Nessim ’12, Kara Jerusalem in Palestinian territory,
decision in May. Segal ’10 and Jenna Zeigen ’12, said and supporting a change in U.S.
There is no national accrediting the group has gone through several foreign policy to actively pressure
body for engineering schools, ac- changes since its 2008 founding.
cording to Kertzer. Steps outlined Nessim said the motivation to continued on page 5
in the proposal, including the hiring
of new faculty and the construction

India tie strengthened

of a building, would be carried out as
funding becomes available, he said.

Catching up
In 2008, the engineering program
at Brown ranked 43rd in the nation,
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
Built in 1965, Barus and Holley is the most recent construction project
devoted solely to the Division of Engineering.
through new council
according to U.S. News and World Kertzer said. be achieved through gifts, Kertzer By Anna Andreeva schools.
Report. The decision to propose a In addition to highlighting the said. Contributing Writer Another key goal of the advi-
school comes on the heels of the potential for practical interdisciplin- The proposal serves the dual sor y council will be to publicize
formation of Schools of Engineering ary research, the proposal touts the goals of offering more courses and The University will launch an In- Brown’s work in areas such as
and Applied Sciences at Yale in 2007 Division’s research relationships improving the research capacity of dia Advisory Council in March to global health, the environment
and Harvard in 2008. Though it has with several businesses. “With no the University, according to Kertzer, increase outreach and generate and liberal education for under-
the oldest engineering program in business school at Brown, the Di- who said those objectives were alumni support in the region, said graduate students, Gutmann
the Ivy League, Brown is now the vision serves as the seat of entre- linked. “The more research, the Vice President for International said.
only university in the league without preneurship, business leadership more excitement for undergradu- Affairs Matthew Gutmann. The new council will be
a school of engineering. and technology management at the ates to get involved as a part of their The council’s purposes in- comprised primarily of leaders
The school would be an expan- University,” the proposal states. For education,” he said. clude attracting alumni support, in their fields who are Brown
sion of the Division of Engineering instance, it is the Division that main- Combining research capacity establishing new faculty research alumni or parents of Brown stu-
rather than a separate entity with an tains the “largest corporate partner- and education is also reflected in the collaborations, raising Brown’s dents, Gutmann said. These are
independent admissions process. ship on campus,” a 10-year, $5-mil- projected rise in graduate student visibility and encouraging col- “people who know the country or
Requirements for the bachelor of lion research contract with General enrollment, one of the key fundrais- laboration with foundations and region,” he said, adding that they
science degree, now 21 courses, Motors. The proposal cites the tech- ing strategies of the proposal. The institutions abroad, Gutmann will be able to “put us in touch
would be consistent as the transi- nology track in the Commerce, Or- financial projection accounts for 36 said. The University has already with people in government, busi-
tion occurs. The school would “not ganization, and Entrepreneurship new doctoral candidates and 40 new formed China, Asia and East Asia ness and academics.”
disturb full integration of engineer- concentration as one that may be master’s students. Advisor y Councils. The inaugural meeting of the
ing with the arts and sciences,” improved by a stronger engineering The council will also make India Advisory Council, for which
Kertzer said. department. An overdue expansion suggestions to the University President Ruth Simmons will be
In particular, the proposal in- The cost of the school would Professor of Engineering Rodney on admissions, Gutmann said, traveling to India, will take place
cludes initiatives to foster collabo- total $100 million, with $35 million Clifton, interim dean of the division adding that council members will during spring break, according
ration between engineering and allotted for space, $50 million for of engineering, said growth at this be able to advise the University to Gutmann. This first meeting
other sciences, both physical and faculty and staff and $15 million for point would be vital to retaining fac- on how to better attract incom- will address the council’s general
biological. “All the sciences could program development. Twelve ad- ulty, attracting students and winning ing international students from
benefit,” Kertzer said. ditional faculty members would be research grants. To conduct exciting different regions, countries and continued on page 5
Though 100,000 square feet of hired over five years in the areas of research, “you need to have a cer-
new space for the sciences is part of micro- and nano-technologies, bio- tain critical mass,” he said. “We’re
the proposal, a school of engineer- medical engineering, and in energy, so small that it’s hard.”
ing would occupy only 35 percent environment and infrastructure. Six The lack of the title of “school”
of a renovated or newly constructed staff members would be hired for also diminishes the engineering
building. The remainder would likely administration.
be occupied by the other sciences, The bulk of the cost is likely to continued on page 4
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C ampus N EWS “She is very well-loved.”

— Rob Warner ’10.5 on Erinn Phelan ’09

Community visits hospitalized alums Plan for engineering

continued from page 1

one of six coordinators for Mayor

Daily News that Phelan pushed his
daughter “in order to save her,”
Phelan’s immediate family has not
10 days after the death of freshman
Avi Schaefer ’13, who was killed in
an alleged drunk driving incident
school moves forward
Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Civic yet spoken to the media. near campus Feb. 12. continued from page 3 of universities, including Dartmouth
Corps, a volunteer initiative mod- The Office of the Chaplains “This kind of senseless tragedy and Yale, that recently founded en-
eled on the Peace Corps. and Religious Life confirmed that is always painful, but it is particu- program’s visibility, Clifton said. gineering schools for ideas.
Before she graduated last spring, Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson has larly jarring to our community “Graduate students look up schools Clifton said it has been difficult
Phelan explained her career choice traveled to New York to be with coming on the heels of the recent of engineering. Brown is not on that to convince the administration over
to The Herald, saying, “As long as the families. heartbreaking incident,” Quinn list.” the years that engineering merits ex-
you do something you learn from “The Brown community is pro- wrote. But the program is well-poised pansion. The original proposal, from
and are passionate about, that’s foundly saddened by this tragedy,” At Brown, both Phelan and for expansion. Clifton said there are the summer of 2008, was “bigger,
enough. It’s a very freeing idea.” President Ruth Simmons said in a Guerrero were highly involved in many engineering graduates, parents less specific” — notably requesting
The women have received visits statement. “We embrace Erinn and student life. Phelan was an active and companies with an engineering that 23 additional faculty be hired,
from prominent New York City fig- Alma’s families and extend to them member of the Undergraduate focus that might be interested in he said. The current proposal has
ures, including Police Commission- our heartfelt concern and offers of Council of Students, while both giving to a new school. The financial been scaled back by half.
er Raymond Kelly and Bloomberg. assistance during this painful and Phelan and Guerrero served as boost that the school could generate
Grimpel said, explaining that Kelly challenging time.” Secretaries General of Brown Uni- could further improvements that the Pushing the proposal forward
visited the family “out of respect for “She is very well-loved,” War- versity Simulation of the United Na- Division has been keen on since a One of the major steps toward in-
a city employee.” ner said of Phelan. “We ask that tions, a high-school Model UN con- self-study in 1999, he said. troducing the proposal has been the
Bloomberg, who was at Phelan’s people keep her in their thoughts ference. They were both “strong, Since Barus and Holley was built creation of the Engineering Advisory
bedside Sunday evening, said in a and prayers.” independent, luminous women,” in 1965, no new space has been Council. President Ruth Simmons
statement, “When I spoke to Er- The University learned of the said Amelia Plant ’10, who worked specially allotted to engineering at appoints engineering graduates to
inn’s parents earlier today, I told accident Sunday afternoon, wrote closely with them on Model UN. Brown, though satellite labs exist in the council, which itself “took a while
them that as a father I can’t begin Vice President for Public Affairs “These are awful moments,” Metcalf Research Laboratory, Way- to get approved,” Clifton said. The
to imagine what they are going and University Relations Marisa said Margaret Klawunn, vice presi- land Square and 2 Stimson St. EAC reports to the Provost annually
through, but all of our prayers are Quinn in an e-mail to The Herald. dent for campus life and student “This space is just not appropri- about the state of engineering.
with their dedicated and idealis- A community-wide message has not services, who taught both women ate space for the kind of work that The strategy team that wrote the
tic young daughter who’s helping yet been released due to “a num- in a freshman seminar. “They are people do now,” Clifton said. Engi- proposal includes selected members
New York City answer President ber of factors, including issues of moments when the strength of the neers now increasingly work with of the faculty and EAC.
Obama’s historic call to service.” safety and security; rights, rules Brown community shows, but not nanoscale materials, which require After the struggle to get the pro-
The accident has drawn a flurry and regulations with regard to pri- moments you want to be tested technologies that the current labo- posal to this point, Clifton said he is
of media attention, but Grimpel said vacy; the availability of facts; and by.” ratories are not equipped for. The feeling positive about the proposal’s
the police will handle the case like the interests of students and family building is also at capacity for the success. “I’m sure there is opposi-
any other. members,” she wrote. — With additional reporting by installation of fume hoods and lasers. tion” among the faculty, he said. “But
Though Fidel Guerrero told the The accident comes fewer than Brigitta Greene “The building has been pushed to its generally, they were supportive. The
limits,” Clifton said. biggest concern that people have is
When asked why engineering that we might take away resources
had been relatively neglected at that could be used for their pro-
Brown, Clifton, who arrived at the grams.” But because collaboration
University in 1964, replied, “It’s between other sciences and engi-
a historical thing.” Princeton, for neering is part of the proposal, other
example, has traditionally empha- sciences stand to benefit.
sized engineering. About 18 to 20 Clifton added that the Corpora-
percent of the Princeton student tion members he had spoken to were
body is composed of engineering also supportive of the proposal, espe-
students, compared to 5 to 7 percent cially because the school is expected
at Brown, he said. to generate much of its own budget
Clifton, who was here when the through gifts and grants.
New Curriculum was instituted, It would be unfortunate if the pro-
speculated that engineering may posal weren’t passed in its current
have been sidelined because ad- form, Clifton said. The proposal itself
ministrators perceived the field as cautions that the University risks
too professional. being set further back if nothing
“We were larger then than we changes in the division.
are now,” he said. In the 1960s, “It needs to be done,” Clifton said.
there was a larger faculty that “Brown would have been more out
could bring in sufficient grants to in front had we done it earlier,” but
support salaries and research. As the creation of a school is better late
the federal government began to than never, he added.
reduce the proportion of grants al- The first step would be a search
lotted to academic salaries and the process for a new dean who could
University did not compensate, the serve for “an appreciable period of
division was compelled to reduce time” and “help establish the charac-
many 11-month appointments to ter of the school,” Clifton said.
nine-month appointments, thereby Richard Spies, executive vice
losing faculty members. president for planning and senior
Clifton said he believes engineer- adviser to the president, who would
ing is not contradictory to the idea of begin dealing with the proposal if the
a liberal arts education. “Engineer- Corporation passes it, said phasing
ing is a good foundation education,” will be an important part of imple-
he said, noting that graduates can menting the proposal. Portions of the
go on to work in a variety of fields proposal must be realized in “mean-
because they learn to solve problems ingful bites,” he said. The authors of
and think inventively. the proposal are moving in “a very
Though the establishment of en- good direction,” he added.
gineering schools at Harvard and Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 has writ-
Yale “added the impetus” to the ten a letter to Simmons expressing
proposal, Clifton said, “that’s not his support for the proposal. He
sufficient reason.” wrote, “Innovative graduates and
“We kind of stand out as not faculty members have created local
showing the world that Brown is companies that have employed hun-
committed to engineering,” he said. dreds of Rhode Islanders,” with the
“It helps the overall impression of implication that a school of engineer-
the University to have a full-fledged ing would assist the state economy
program.” by turning the city into a hub for
Clifton said he’s visited a number technology.
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C ampus N EWS “I think we have succeeded.”

— Noa Nessim ’12, Puzzle Peace co-chair

Puzzle Peace works to Tisch: No conflict of interest for Simmons

educate, advocate continued from page 1 acting on Simmons’ behalf in the
event of a conflict of interest, said
University” as the reason for her
continued from page 3 very active but did not address the decision with the committee, Tisch such situations are “very occasion- According to Tisch, recent
Israeli occupation of Palestine, the said. “She came and expressed what al.” Mallow also said he was not in- discussions regarding Simmons’
Israel in this direction. Their work war in Gaza and the conflict over she was thinking, and given what volved in discussions leading up to involvement on Goldman’s board
primarily brings together speakers East Jerusalem. “I felt that having she was thinking, we said it’s a de- Simmons’ decision not to stand for have been limited to the Corpora-
from different perspectives to advo- dialogue and pretending that you cision for her,” Tisch said, adding reelection to Goldman’s board. tion’s four-member Committee on
cate for this position, said Manuel, are coming from all directions is that he “respects her decision not Regarding Simmons’ motiva- Senior Administration, composed
who is the president of the student hiding from the real issues,” she to stand for reelection.” tion for the decision, Mallow said of Tisch and the Corporation’s vice
board of J-Street U, the college stu- said. Simmons’ decision, officially an- he knows only what has been made chancellor, secretary and treasurer.
dent branch of the J-Street national The group’s other members nounced Feb. 12, was not caused by public through a Goldman press He said the rest of the Corporation
organization. also realized that this position was a conflict of interest, Tisch said. release, which cites “increasing would be briefed on the discussions
The J-Street national organiza- contradictory though for different Matthew Mallow ’64 P’02, the time requirements associated with that occurred with Simmons at this
tion identifies itself on its Web site reasons. Corporation fellow responsible for her position as President of Brown weekend’s meeting.
as “the political arm of the pro-Isra- “We felt that it was sort of
el, pro-peace movement.” It focuses hypocritical to advocate for a spe-
on expressing a progressive Jewish
voice to “broaden the debate on
these issues nationally and in the
cific line and try to be open to all
voices,” Manuel said.
At the same time, Segal said,
U. generates further India outreach
Jewish community” and its mission though the group was exclusively continued from page 3 Fur ther meetings will most been made for the formation of ad-
“is to promote meaningful Ameri- a space for progressive Jews, it likely take place annually and be ditional regional advisory councils,
can leadership to achieve peace expanded because of a desire to goals, including “where we should chaired by a council member from the University is potentially inter-
and security in the Middle East,” include all of those in support of be in terms of admissions, faculty India as well as faculty and admin- ested in expanding in key areas
according to the organization’s Puzzle Peace’s position. collaborations and working with istrative officials, Gutmann said. such as Latin America, Gutmann
Web site. As an affiliate, Manuel The polarizing tendency of the government,” he added. While no concrete plans have said.
said, Puzzle Peace has maintained dialogue also influenced this
its own mission statement. change, Segal said, emphasizing
Puzzle Peace began under the group’s focus on education as
the name of “M’kol ha’ Kivunim,” aimed at parsing the complexity
which means “from all directions” of the issue.
in Hebrew, according to Manuel. Puzzle Peace’s education and
She and the group’s other founders advocacy approach has yielded
— Segal and Rosi Greenberg ’10 — change, its members said.
shared a common story in wanting “Even though we can’t influence
to express their voices as members foreign policy, I think changing the
of the Jewish community who dis- temperature on campus is impor-
agree with Israel’s actions. tant,” Nessim said. “I think we have
Greenberg said the group was succeeded.”

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | Page 6


Tumblers lose to tough competition

By Tory Elmore But the team couldn’t score when they arship school, we have a very good
Contributing Writer needed the points most. The Bears chance of beating them,” Chelsey Bin-
were edged out by the Seawolves by kley ’11 said as the team departed.
“If you like peeling pieces of skin the a mere two-tenths of a point. But even a team season-high score
size of quarters off of your hands, bars They didn’t win either meet against of 189.325 wasn’t enough to knock off
are for you,” says Haley Graham, the the University of Alaska at Anchorage, the talented Alaska team. The Sea-
bad-ass gymnast in the film “Stick It,” Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne’s alma wolves, led by vault and beam standout
pleasantly describing the appeal of mater, but the fact that the Bears held Lauren Agostino, swept the first three
the uneven parallel bars in women’s the scholarship-offering UAA squad spots on vault and secured first on
gymnastics. Brown has its own bad-ass to such a tight margin was a victory beam and floor.
on bars: Julia Meyer ’13. in itself. Meyer kept the Bears alive with
She took first place on the bars in Going into the weekend, the girls first on bars and a close second on
both of Brown’s meets with the Univer- acknowledged the tough competi- the beam. A recent ECAC Rookie of
sity of Alaska over the long weekend, tion. the Week, she’ll be a key player at this
posting a season-high 9.800 on Sunday. “Even though they are a schol- weekend’s Ivy Classic Competition.
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / Herald
The women’s hockey team scored its first ECAC victory Friday night.

W. Hockey M. basketball beats Penn, Princeton

Icers snap 10-game losing continued from page 1 four points, 73-69, with just over a minute
broke one of 12 tie scores, and gave
the Bears their first lead of the half, 42-

streak with Princeton win loss to the Penn Quakers (5-18, 4-5) with
an 80-73 away victory at the Palestra.
On this night, though, the Bears did
not relinquish their late-game lead.
“I think we just didn’t break down
39, with 11:35 remaining. But the lead
was short-lived, as Princeton guard Dan
Mavraides connected on his own trey
By Andrew Braca playing with a lot of enthusiasm, Brown 80, Penn 73 mentally this time,” said Garrett Leffel- to tie the score again, 42-42.
Assistant Spor ts Editor and we were all around the net, Despite falling behind early, 18-15, man ’11, who scored a career-high 18 Bruno grabbed the lead for good on
and initially it wasn’t going in,” Bruno’s hot shooting propelled them to points on the night. “We hit more free a Sullivan lay-up with 3:30 remaining. In
Laurie Jolin ’13 scored with 19 Murphy said. “When the puck a dominating 26-7 run to close out the throws down the stretch, which really the final sixty seconds, Brown relied on
seconds left in overtime to stun actually started to bounce for us, half and give the Bears a 41-25 halftime closed the door.” steady free throw shooting to seize the
Princeton Friday night on the Ti- our team started to believe.” advantage. victory, highlighted by Gruber’s clutch
gers’ home ice. The 4-3 victor y Mykolenko tied the score on Penn’s competition shot up in the Brown 57, Princeton 54 pair of shots with under ten seconds
gave the women’s hockey team a two-on-one breakaway with Ni- second half. A 7-0 Quaker run cut the Bruno got off to a sluggish start in- to go.
its first ECAC Hockey win on the cole Brown ’10, who assisted on Bears’ lead to 51-44 in the opening min- side Jadwin Gymnasium on Saturday “Two big shots for Steve,” Leffelman
final weekend of the season. the goal, less than four minutes utes, but Bruno responded with a 9-2 night. Three quick turnovers resulted in said. “It’s big for a senior to step up like
“We came together as a team, before the second intermission. run of their own to push the score to a 7-0 Princeton lead only three minutes that. Those free throws were two of the
and we finally played a complete “I don’t think they expected 60-46. into play. The Tigers dominated inside biggest of the season.”
game,” said Head Coach Digit it, because usually we don’t have But just like they did in the matchup throughout the half and scored 14 points Princeton guard Douglas Davis
Murphy. “I think that’s a tribute many breakaways,” Mykolenko between Brown and Penn at the Piz- in the paint to Brown’s six on their way missed a jumper after Gruber’s foul
to their never-give-up spirit.” said. zitola Center earlier this season, the to a 30-24 halftime lead. shots, sealing the Bears’ impressive
Murphy said the Bears’ tenac- Katelyn Landry ’12 gave Brown Quakers kept hanging around. A press “We felt like we didn’t play our best away victory.
ity in rallying from a 2-0 deficit a 3-2 lead five minutes into the defense disrupted the Bears’ rhythm half against Princeton,” Leffelman “We definitely have more momen-
to topple the Tigers, who were third, but it took Princeton only and got the Quakers right back in the said. “We knew that we could win the tum after this good weekend,” Leffel-
playing for home ice in the playoff a minute to tie the game. Mur- game. A three-pointer by Penn forward game.” man said. “We’re looking forward to
quarterfinals, was reminiscent of phy said she considered calling a Jack Eggleston — the man who scored The teams battled neck-and-neck playing both Harvard and Dartmouth
the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey timeout but saw that her players the controversial game-winner in the from the start of the second half. A and hopefully keeping our momentum
upset of Canada two nights later, remained undaunted. first meeting — brought Penn within three-pointer from Peter Sullivan ’11 going.”
but on a smaller scale. “We knew we were playing

Stepping up to the line for Haiti

“It was a similar game in that well, and we were in the game,
they were the better, more tal- even if it was tied, so we knew we
ented team, and we kept com- just had to stick to the game plan,
ing at them,” Murphy said. “We and we’d get some more bounces
played with a lot of energy and our way,” Landry said. By Zack Bahr
enthusiasm, and we had great Neither team could score Sports Staff Writer
goaltending.” in the remaining 14 minutes of
The following after noon, the third. In the huddle before The women’s basketball team ex-
Brown (3-21-4, 1-18-3 ECAC overtime, Murphy said that her pected to hit roughly 70 percent of
Hockey) closed out the season team was loose and confident. its shots — its season average — in a
with an 8-1 loss to Quinnipiac in Squaring off against a tense Princ- free throw fundraiser named Hoops
Hamden, Conn., with Jolin scor- eton squad that needed to win to for Haiti on Feb. 17. But with more
ing the lone goal for Brown. have a chance for home ice in the than just a game on the line, the Bears
opening round of the playoffs, made 85 percent of their attempts and
Brown 4, Princeton 3 (OT) the Bears decided to play for the raised $5,000 for UNICEF.
The Bears won in eerily similar victory. “It’s the right thing to do that we
fashion the last time they traveled “Everyone was really focused help our fellow man,” said Aileen
down to Baker Rink, securing a and excited,” Landr y said. “We Daniels ’12. “If we can take some-
2-1 victor y last Januar y when always play Princeton well, and thing that we do well at and help
Jenna Dancewicz ’11 scored with we knew that if we kept skating people, then it’s our duty.”
54 seconds left in overtime. They hard, we had a chance at getting The charity pledged to donate 100 Henry Bruce / Herald
believed they could do it again. our first win.” percent of the money to Haiti. Women’s basketball players blew away their free-throw average to raise
“I just had a feeling we would Katie Jamieson ’13 made four The team members, coaches in- $5,000 for UNICEF.
win when we skated in the morn- of her 30 total saves to keep the cluded, each shot 300 free throws ’70 P’02 placed money on the team’s throws in a set. The loudest may
ing,” said Vika Mykolenko ’12, Tigers at bay in the opening in sets of ten. Donors contributed a shooting ability. have been Head Coach Jean Marie
citing the previous victor y. “It’s minutes of the extra period, giv- certain amount of money per made “It was great to see all the support Burr, who was able to collect several
kind of a pattern or a tradition.” ing Jolin the chance to score the free throw, usually 10 or 25 cents. we received for a great cause,” said dollar-per-make pledges.
But the game did not start well game-winner. Murphy said the The Bears said they were happy Assistant Coach Colleen Kelly. This isn’t the first time that the
for Brown. Princeton scored in Brown players were elated after with the amount of pledges they re- The top five shooters on the team women have participated in events
the first two minutes and again a season of hard work that had ceived. “People are donating to other hit at least 258 of 300. Hannah Passa- to help a greater cause. Every year,
2:30 into the second period to take not paid off with any conference organizations, so we do the best we fuime ’12 led Bruno, making 283 out Bruno partakes in breast cancer
a 2-0 lead. victories. can,” said Caroline King ’13. Each of her 300 attempts, or 94 percent. awareness activities where every-
Ninety seconds later Sasha “They were all jumping up and player received about 10 pledges. “I don’t like missing free throws,” one sports pink shoelaces and head-
Van Muyen ’10 scored her team- down,” she said. “It was almost With a goal of $3,000 in mind, she said. bands.
high seventh goal, and the Bears like we won a championship. It the team collected pledges from the It was a fun atmosphere with “We like doing these events,” Pas-
surged back into the game. was fun, and it was something community, students and professors. music blaring and shooters shout- safuime said. “They bring us closer
“The whole game, we were that they deserved.” Even Professor of Biology Ken Miller ing “ten” when they made all 10 free as a team.”
Page 7 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Wednesday, February 24, 2010

S ports W ednesday “We are going to be ready to battle.”

— Brendan Whittet ’94, men’s hockey head coach

W. Basketball Wrestling M. Tennis W. tennis SKIING

Brown 54 Brown 6 Brown 3 No. 66 Brown 4 5th out of 13

Penn 42 Cornell 46 Xavier 4 No. 32 William & (qualifying team for
Mary 3 Nationals)
Brown 38 Brown 12 Brown 2
Princeton 64 Columbia 25 Louisville 5

M. Hockey

Bears mount two third-period comebacks

By Dan Alexander “It’s one of those things that can last minute.
Sports Editor weigh on you,” Brown Head Coach “When we’re up going into the
Brendan Whittet ’94 said of the third, you just hate giving up a lead,”
What a way to go out on Senior Night. trend. Karpowich said. “That was a hard
With just 35 seconds remaining and And with goalie Paul Karpowich one.”
the Bears trailing St. Lawrence by of Clarkson (7-22-3, 3-15-2 ECAC) de-
one goal, tri-captain Devin Timber- nying everything that came his way Brown 2, St. Lawrence 2 (OT)
lake ’10 came charging down the slot in the first two periods, it looked like The Bears didn’t get a shot on
and got the puck. Firing it into the the Bears (8-15-4, 6-10-4) might be in goal until more than 13 minutes into
back of the net, he tied the game, 2-2, for another tough loss against the the game on Saturday night and man-
and sent the home crowd of 1,574 last-place team in the conference. aged only four shots on goal in the
into hysterics. “We weren’t getting discouraged opening period.
One night after they came back after the first and second when we “They just seemed to be winning
to defeat Clarkson, 3-2, the Bears were down a goal, because we knew all of the battles early,” Timberlake
overcame another deficit to tie St. if we kept playing like we were play- said.
Lawrence, 2-2. ing, we were going to eventually put Brown did win one key battle,
“We’re a relentless team,” Tim- one behind this guy,” Timberlake a penalty shot opportunity for St.
berlake said after Saturday’s game. said. “Persistence paid off tonight.” Lawrence’s Kyle Flanagan. Brown Jonathan Bateman / Herald
“We knew if we just kept up — just The Bears finally beat Karpow- goalie Michael Clemente ’12 made Meehan Auditorium was packed last weekend to see the men’s hockey
like last night — kept at it, something ich 45 seconds into the third period the kicksave in time to prevent an- team pull out a come-from-behind win and a tie.
would pop in for us.” when Timberlake found Chris Zaires other Saints goal. self down and do what I do in practice it will get a home series in the first
The Bears started their comeback ’13 for the Bears’ first goal. But by the end of the second, St. on one of the goalies.” round of the ECAC Tournament.
Saturday night when Jack Maclellan Brown got the go-ahead goal 1:05 Lawrence (14-12-7, 8-7-5) had a 2-0 Timberlake’s last-minute goal tied Next weekend, Brown faces Quin-
’12 — who assisted on Timberlake’s later when Maclellan took the puck lead. the score, 2-2, and neither team could nipiac (15-15-2, 9-11-0), whom Brown
equalizer — scored his second goal from the goal line and up into the Maclellan got a penalty shot op- score in overtime. beat earlier this season, and Princ-
of the weekend on a penalty shot. slot, deked a defender and the goalie portunity for Brown and beat the St. The game ended in a tie, giving eton (11-13-3, 7-11-2), which split its
before burying the puck in the back Lawrence goalie, five-hole, to make Brown one more point in the ECAC series with Brown this year.
Brown 3, Clarkson 2 of the net. it a 2-1 game. standings. The Bears are now tied “We are going to be ready to
Heading into the weekend, Brown The Bears scored an insurance “I haven’t had a penalty shot in I with Princeton for ninth place in the battle,” Whittet said. “We want to
was 0-14-1 in games in which its op- goal to give them a 3-1 lead in the don’t know how many years, so it was league with one more weekend left be at home. We’re 6-1-3 in the last
ponents scored the first goal of the middle of the third, and Clarkson a little nerve-wracking,” Maclellan before the postseason. If the team 10 at home, and this is a good place
game. didn’t get its second goal until the said. “I just tried to kind of settle my- can move up to eighth place or better, to play.”
World & Nation
The Brown Daily Herald

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | Page 8

Dalai Lama urges U.S. College financial aid form: An E for easier
to spread democracy By Scott Travis
Sun Sentinel
tips for helping students navigate
the process.
“There are some big changes,”
missed out on about $24 million in
federal aid.
“Many families have an aversion
By James Davis an easy chair for his addresses. Many have called the long and com- said Terri Roher, a college and ca- to numbers,” said David Bodwell, di-
Sun Sentinel In his morning speech, he called plicated college financial aid form reer adviser at College Academy, a rector of financial aid at Palm Beach
for schools to teach compassion and “The Beast,” but this year’s format high school on Broward College’s State College, west of Lake Worth.
DAVIE, Fla. — Voicing admiration responsibility, rather than just facts. is a bit tamer. Davie campus for advanced stu- “Many people don’t feel equipped to
for American values, the Dalai Lama “With too much education, even a The online version of the stan- dents. “The form is smarter than fill out their own tax returns, rightly
on Tuesday called for the United brilliant mind can go wrong, to de- dard Free Application for Federal it’s been before.” or wrongly. Definitely, the perceived
States to spread freedom to other struction,” he said. “Ultimately, inner Student Aid, or FAFSA, is easier to Last year, the federal government complexity of the FAFSA has been
lands. values are essential.” use. That’s good news for college set a five-year timeline to reduce a deterrent.”
“America is a champion of de- He compared the relationship of students, as the recession has sent the form’s questions by almost half, Roshon Renaud, 19, a student at
mocracy and liberty; you should nations to the relationships of people demand for financial aid skyrock- said Patricia Christel, a Washington, Broward College, said he found it
be proud of those values,” the ex- to families and communities. eting. D.C.-based spokeswoman for Sally confusing. He had to get a neighbor
iled Tibetan Buddhist leader told “In a family, each person carries Students must fill out the form Mae, which administers federal to help him fill out the form.
more than 3,500 listeners at Nova some of the responsibility,” he said. for federal Pell Grants, federal stu- student loans. These are the first “It could have been simpler from
Southeastern University in Davie. “The human being is basically a so- dent loans and many types of need- changes. the beginning,” Renaud said. “Every-
“When you deal with other coun- cial animal. Each person depends on based state aid. For students enter- “The good news is it’s easier than thing you have to put down. All the
tries, you must keep these things the community.” ing college this fall, the deadline ever,” Christel said. “Perhaps better forms you needed. It was presented
very important.” The Dalai Lama said China to be considered for state money news will be coming over the next in a way that wasn’t that clear.”
His morning talk, “Universal deserves to improve its economy is May 15. few years.” In the past year, high schools, col-
Responsibility,” was delivered to and to have a place among more While the six-page, 100-question Historically, the form has been leges and universities have pushed
students, staff and faculty at Nova’s powerful nations. He added that paper version hasn’t changed much, considered so intimidating that students to fill out the forms.
Don Taft University Center. It was he admired the late Chinese leader the online version has been rede- many needy students would not fill Whether it’s because of these
the start of a two-day round of talks Mao Zedong in the early years, but signed to eliminate irrelevant ques- it out. About 41 percent of all under- efforts, the recession, or both, more
in Broward and Palm Beach coun- was puzzled by his subsequent ag- tions. So if you answer that you’re graduate students did not fill out the students are completing the forms
ties. gressive actions in China as well single, you won’t be asked about forms in the 2007-08 school year, than in past years, several schools
Believed by Tibetan Buddhists as Tibet. your spouse’s finances. Women no according to the U.S. Department said.
to be an incarnation of Chenrezig, In a Q&A session, he drew longer have to say whether they’ve of Education. Roher encourages all first-time
the bodhisattva of compassion, the laughs when he donned a visor that registered for Selective Service, a Last year, the Florida Board of college students to fill out the FAF-
Dalai Lama said education and mass matched his maroon robes. Answer- requirement for men only. Students Governors, which oversees the SA form, regardless of income.
media had caused people to think in ing one question, he said his talk who are older than 24 don’t have to state’s public universities, estimated “You may never do it again and
terms of respect and cooperation, with President Barack Obama last sort through questions about their that about 22,000 students with in- you may only be eligible for loans,
rather than conflict. week dealt with Tibet and the need parents’ incomes. comes low enough to quality for Pell but you don’t know that in advance,”
“It is nearly 10 years since the to educate its young people. The FAFSA Web site has also Grants during the 2005-06 year failed she said. “And it doesn’t cost you
start of the 21st century, but already He praised American news me- been redesigned to include more to fill out the forms. As a result, they anything.”
much has changed,” he said at the dia for guarding democracy and said
gathering, co-hosted by NSU and reporters “should have a long nose,

Military chiefs guarded on ‘don’t ask’ changes

Broward College. “Now, we should like an elephant.” But he did fault
consider that every part of the world the amount of “negativity,” saying
is part of me. We still need to edu- it should be matched by positive
cate people that our own interests content. By Julian Barnes including some congressional Re- “This is not the time to perturb
depend on others’ interests.” The Buddhist leader also said T ribune Washington Bureau publicans, are looking to the mili- the force that is, at the moment,
Some listeners found the Dalai people should be given light but pro- tary officials for possible support stretched by demands in Iraq and
Lama’s thick accent hard to follow. ductive work between the ages of 50 WASHINGTON — In a sign of pos- for keeping the policy in place. Afghanistan and elsewhere, with-
But if the speech issues were a func- and 70. Retirement homes would sible differences among top military Casey and Schwartz carefully out careful deliberation,” Schwartz
tion of age, the 75-year-old remained also benefit by letting the elderly mix officials, Army and Air Force chiefs followed a middle path outlined in said.
limber enough to sit cross-legged on more with children, he suggested. voiced concern Tuesday about end- recent months by Defense Secre- As part of the 1993 law creating
ing a ban on gays serving openly in tary Robert M. Gates, who supports the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the
the armed forces while the country Obama’s call to end the ban but Pentagon is required to remove ser-
is in the midst of two wars. wants any change to be made slowly vice members accused of being gay
Army Gen. George W. Casey and and studied carefully. or admitting so. More than 14,000
Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz Obama said in his State of the service members have been booted
both told Congress that they sup- Union address in January that he out after being accused of being gay
port the Pentagon’s plan to spend a wanted the 17-year-old policy known or having said that they were.
year studying a change in the policy as “don’t ask, don’t tell” rescinded Sen. Carl M. Levin, D-Mich., the
that allows gays to ser ve only as this year. Military officials earlier chairman of the Senate Armed Ser-
long as they keep their sexual ori- this month said they intend to spend vices Committee, may push for a
entation hidden. the year on a study to assess the ef- congressional moratorium to halt
However, both generals were fects of a policy change. discharges during the Pentagon’s
mum about their own views on gays Appearing before the Senate study.
in the military and neither followed Armed Services Committee, Casey However, McCain, the ranking
the lead of Adm. Michael G. Mullen, said he had reser vations about Republican on the committee, said
the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the effect of a change on deployed that the moratorium would circum-
Staff, who earlier this month said troops. vent the purpose of the study.
gays should be allowed to ser ve “I do have serious concerns On Monday, Army Gen. Ray-
openly. about the impact of repeal of the law mond T. Odierno, the top command-
The appearances by Schwartz on a force that is fully engaged in er in Iraq voiced his support for the
and Casey will be followed Wednes- two wars and has been at war for 8 Pentagon policy study. But unlike
day by Adm. Gary Roughead, the { years,” Casey said. “We just don’t Casey, Odierno voiced personal
chief of naval operations, and Gen. know the impacts on readiness and support for changing the policy.
James Conway, the Marine com- military effectiveness.” “My opinion is everyone should
mandant. “Exactly,” murmured Sen. John be allowed to serve, as long as we’re
Lawmakers and advocates are McCain, R-Ariz., in response. still able to fight our wars and we’re
carefully watching the congres- Appearing at the same time able to have forces that are capable
sional testimony, trying to gauge before the House Armed Ser- of doing whatever we’re asked to
where the various ser vice chiefs vices Committee, Schwartz said do,” Odierno said.
stand on the issue of gays in the there were few reliable sur veys But in a reflection of the com-
militar y as a barometer for the about what airmen and their fami- plex militar y thinking on the is-
eventual outcome of the issue. lies think of the policy. Schwartz sue, Odierno, like Casey, said his
Opponents of the ban on gays, acknowledged that Obama has primar y concern was for troops
including President Barack Obama stated he wants the current law serving in war.
and many congressional Demo- to be changed, but said potential “We’re in two wars right now.
crats, want to quickly overturn it. “complications” should be exam- So I want to see it done properly,”
However, supporters of the ban, ined first. Odierno said.
Page 9 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Wednesday, February 24, 2010

W orld & N ation “They seek peaceful solutions to conflict.”

— David Cole, professor at Georgetown Law School

Justices seek to weigh anti-terrorism law, free-speech rights news in brief

By David Savage “That was about philosophy.

Juniors elected to
T ribune Washington Bureau People joined (the Communist Phi Beta Kappa
Party) for philosophical reasons.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme I think it’s ver y unrelated to com- Forty juniors were elected
Cour t struggled Tuesday to re- pare these terrorist cases to com- to the Rhode Island
solve a conflict between the free- munism,” he said. Alpha of Phi Beta Kappa
speech rights of a Los Angeles- But Justices Ruth Bader Gins- on Feb. 17. The honors
based advocate for international burg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia society, founded in 1776
peace and a broad anti-terrorism Sotomayor said Fertig and his al- at the College of William
law that makes it a crime to advise lies are not seeking to aid terror- and Mary, “encourages
a foreign terrorist group, even if ists or terrorism. intellectual distinction
it means advising its members to “All they want to do is speak among undergraduates by
seek peace. about lawful activities,” Ginsburg recognizing outstanding
The justices sounded closely said. academic accomplishment
split between those who saw this “What’s the government’s in- in the course of a broad
as a terrorism case and those who terest ... in forbidding training liberal education,”
saw it as a free-speech case. in inter national law?” Breyer according to the dean of
U.S. Solicitor General Elena asked. the College’s Web site.
Kagan urged the court to uphold Justice Anthony Kennedy, of-
the broad sweep of the terrorism ten the swing vote in close cases, Paula Armstrong
law and to permit prosecutions of quizzed both lawyers but said he Maximilian Barrows
anyone who gives any support to was troubled the case itself was Sanjay Bhatt
a terrorist group. She discounted vague and abstract. Fer tig had Jilyn Chao
the “supposed First Amendment not been prosecuted or convicted, Victoria Chen
claims” raised by human rights so it was hard to decide whether Noura Choudhury
advocates. the government had gone too far, Bryan Chu
“When you help Hezbollah he said. Jacob Combs
build homes, you’re helping them At one point, Kennedy pressed Colette DeJong
build bombs,” she said. Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times Cole to cite a case in which the Jeremy Feigenbaum
But Georgetown Law Professor Ralph Fertig, a University of Southern California professor of social work, court had ruled on a free-speech Michelle Flagg
has advised the Kurds in Turkey, an action whose legality will be decided
David Cole said the human rights challenge to a federal law before Aaron Foo
by the Supreme Court later this week.
advocates he represents are not anyone in the case had been pros- Jason Freeman
interested in supplying bombs, but to Kurdish leaders. Cole urged the justices to rule ecuted. Andrew Horne
rather in urging foreign groups to “The government has been that the First Amendment protects Cole quickly cited a recent cam- Crystal Huang
avoid violence and to take their arguing for more than a decade those who speak out or advise for- paign finance case, FEC vs. Wis- Kevin Huang
disputes to the United Nations. that our clients cannot advocate eign terrorist organizations, so consin Right to Life, in which the Eric Hubble
“They seek peaceful solutions for peace,” Cole said. long as they advocate only peace court’s conser vative bloc struck Benjamin Hyman
to conflict. And they support only When asked whether Fer tig and nonviolence. down part of the McCain-Feingold Douglas Jacobs
lawful activities,” he said. Cole would be prosecuted for advis- Justice Antonin Scalia agreed Act before anyone in this group Erika Jung
is representing the Humanitar- ing the Kurds, Kagan agreed he with the government’s lawyer and had been charged with violating Jessica Kang
ian Law Project in Los Angeles could be. If he is working for and said he saw no constitutional prob- the law. Huan Lee
and its president, Ralph Fertig, a on behalf of the PKK, he would lems with the anti-terrorism law. The justices will meet behind Katrina Long
University of Southern California be subject to prosecution, she “If you provide any aid” to them, closed doors later this week to Michael MacCombie
professor of social work who has replied. it “fur thers their terrorist activ- vote on whether to uphold the ter- Nathan Margolin
advised the Kurds in Turkey. In response to other questions ity,” he said. rorism law as it stands or car ve Edward Parker
In 1997, the State Department from the justices, she agreed an When Cole cited earlier cases out an exception for free-speech Leslie Primack
listed the Kurdistan Workers American citizen could be pros- that protected American Commu- claims involving peaceful advo- Jason Reeder
Par ty, or PKK, as a foreign ter- ecuted for drafting a legal brief nists from being prosecuted simply cacy. Sorawis Sangtawesin
rorist group, which meant that or writing a newspaper article in for joining the group or attending A ruling in Holder vs. Humani- Alexandra Schultz
Fertig could go to prison for giv- coordination with a banned group, meetings, Scalia discounted the tarian Law Project will be handed Benjamin Slater
ing “expert advice or assistance” such as Hamas. threat posed by such people. down by late June. Eric Sporkin
Erik Stayton
Daniel Sugar
Michael Sunshine

Clay Aiken says gay rights speech will be ‘hopeful’ Erin Teich
Daniel Van Lunen
Chandler Villaverde
By Matt Ehlers actress who recently came out of litical, Aiken said, and included a in August 2008. Parker’s mother Adrian Vladu
McClatchy Newspapers the closet on the “Today” show, slam aimed at George W. Bush. is music producer Jaymes Foster, Jeffrey Yuan
also will deliver a speech. “I don’t feel like this is the place who lives in California. Parker,
RALEIGH, N.C. — Clay Aiken will Since it was announced that Ai- to be horribly politically charged who was conceived via in vitro fer-
take the stage at the convention ken would speak at the HRC gala, and bash people and talk about tilization, splits his time between
center Saturday night to do some- organizers have received e-mails the wrongs that have been done,” the West Coast and Aiken’s home
thing he has never done before: de- from his fans. Some have said that he said. “My goal is to be hopeful, in the Triangle region of Nor th
liver a speech about gay rights. Aiken’s appearance has caused that it’s time for ever yone to have Carolina, near Raleigh and Dur-
But don’t expect him to pound them to have conversations about equal rights.” ham.
his fist and scream for the right to sexuality they wouldn’t have had For Aiken, that means inheri- Aiken said he probably will
get married. otherwise, said Joni Madison, who tance rights and hospital-visitation attend Saturday’s event with his
“There are people who are loud is helping to organize the gala. rights and all the other rights that bodyguard. No family members
and make noise, and there are peo- “It brings a whole other side to heterosexual couples take for or friends were scheduled to ac-
ple who are deliberate and slow the conversation,” Madison said. granted, including the right to be company him. Some in his family
and steady,” Aiken said during an “It’s fun to watch.” married. have handled the news about his
interview this week at a downtown The visibility of gay Americans But, he said, “I’m not going to sexuality better than others.
Raleigh, N.C., coffee shop. “Right has never been higher. More ce- be the person who says it has to be “Some Southern families like
now, at this point in my life, I feel lebrities feel comfortable sharing marriage or nothing else.” to sweep things under the rug,”
like a slow and steady person.” their sexual orientation with the The most basic need, he said, he said. “We just don’t talk about
Aiken, a Raleigh native and public. President Barack Obama is that ever yone have the same it.”
platinum-selling pop singer, advocates ending the militar y’s rights. He believes it will happen, Although Aiken has no plans to
made headlines in 2008 when he policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” A although it could take decades. be a rabble-rouser in the efforts
appeared on the cover of People handful of states allow gay mar- “It’s more important to me, as to secure equal rights, he admits
magazine with the headline, “Yes, riage, with fer vent opinions on a parent, that my son have all the he might eventually change his
I’m gay.” This weekend, he will both sides of the issue. rights -— if he’s gay — than it is mind.
speak as part of the Human Rights HRC provided a speechwriter to for me. I don’t want to do anything Even as he has decided to take
Campaign Carolinas gala at the help Aiken, 31, with his remarks, today that’s going to inhibit, or be a measured approach, “that sure as
Raleigh Convention Center. Mer- but he decided to write his own. a detriment to his rights.” hell doesn’t mean I won’t be loud
edith Baxter, the “Family Ties” The original speech was too po- Aiken’s son, Parker, was born one day,” he said.
Editorial & Letters
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Have a big complaint?

No one will listen to you?
Don’t worry — we will. A le x Y uly

e d i to r i a l

Clear cut
When the Corporation convenes this weekend for its an- pletely. We know firsthand that it’s no fun to be sick in a
nual February meeting, the conversations may be more college dorm room. A roommate might make it hard to
serious than usual. With the University’s endowment fall asleep, and there are no parents around to bring you
down $740 million since the last fiscal year, Corporation Tylenol and soup. Students may want to stay at Health
members will gather to vote on a number of proposals Services overnight to get some more quiet time and a
aimed at trimming the University’s spending. The little extra care.
Organizational Review Committee, which was charged Still, the inpatient clinic is mostly a convenience and
with cutting $14 million from the University’s budget not a necessity. Under current policy, students who are
for the 2010 fiscal year, has suggested everything from seriously ill are taken to the hospital, so they would not
closing the Gate for lunch on weekdays to imposing a be affected by the suspension of inpatient services. The
fee to support athletics and recreation. Budget cuts are students most likely to feel the effects of the cut are the few
always painful, but there is at least one cut that seems borderline cases — those who are too sick to go back to
like a no-brainer. The ORC recommended in its Feb. 2 their rooms but not sick enough to go to the hospital. But
report that the University suspend overnight inpatient these cases are problematic in themselves, as the nurse
care at Health Services. We hope the Corporation will on duty may not be able to deliver appropriate care if the
approve the measure. student’s condition worsens.
Inpatient care allows students who are sick — but not University officials have declined to say how much
necessarily sick enough to warrant a hospital visit — to money would be saved from suspending inpatient care.
t h e b r o w n d a i ly h e r a l d stay in Health Services overnight under the watch of However, a student on the ORC student services subcom-
Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Deputy Managing Editors Senior Editors a nurse. In 2007, an outside consultant suggested that mittee told The Herald last week that the savings made up
George Miller Chaz Kelsh Sophia Li Ellen Cushing Brown discontinue inpatient services to save money. The “a huge portion” of the $500,000 that they were charged
Seth Motel
Emmy Liss
Joanna Wohlmuth
consultant also noted that keeping students overnight with with cutting. Health Services will still have physicians,
staff members who are not trained to offer certain types psychotherapists and nurses on call at night, as well as a
editorial General Managers Office Manager of care was a major liability. Instead of cutting the clinic new overnight nursing triage service. As such, eliminat-
Anne Speyer Arts & Culture Editor Claire Kiely Shawn Reilly
Suzannah Weiss Arts & Culture Editor right away, the University began to phase out inpatient ing the inpatient clinic will have little effect on students’
Katie Koh
Brian Mastroianni Features Editor services in September, closing the overnight infirmary access to health care.
Hannah Moser Features Editor
Kelly Wess Sales Monday through Thursday. Health Services administrators In December, President Ruth Simmons warned the
Brigitta Greene Metro Editor
Matthew Burrows Finance
Ben Schreckinger Metro Editor reported that the change has not affected student access Brown community that the University would face “very
Margaret Watson Client Relations
Sydney Ember News Editor
Christiana Stephenson Alumni Relations to health care. And given that administrators made this painful” budget cuts for the coming fiscal year. We hope
Nicole Friedman News Editor
Dan Alexander Sports Editor Managers
judgment during the peak H1N1 infection period, it seems the Corporation will seize this opportunity to make one
Andrew Braca Asst. Sports Editor Arjun Vaidya Local Sales even more likely that the University can get by in the long cut that won’t be painful at all.
Han Cui Asst. Sports Editor Marco deLeon National Sales term without inpatient services.
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An article in Thursday’s Herald (“Class boards foster spirit, plan activities,” Feb. 18) incorrectly stated that the class
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | Page 11

Clean the mess, save the world

our liberal and progressive institution to not for college-aged human beings. And I never to our initiatives and opportunities for stu-
only be concerned with ourselves as privileged even got any e-mails after signing up for the dent participation, yet the assessment criteria
Sarah Yu students, but also to take a substantial step Beyond the Bottle mailing list during a visit doesn’t quite mention anything about how
towards proving that we are responsible and to Jo’s last spring. these ideals have filtered into the psychology
Opinions Columnist caring members of a sustainable world. So how do we align the good intentions and attitudes of individual students.
The requests from student customers for of reusable bags, mugs and bottles — the The next step toward sustainability needs
paper bags and takeout containers, however, well-meaning framework for helping the en- to be up to Brown students. We are not lack-
During my shifts working as a cashier at still come in as frequently as ever. Toward the vironment — with the uncaring attitude of ing in ideals based on the big picture, and I’d
Josiah’s, my heart swells with joy every time end of the semester, students buying twelve students toward helping this process along? like to believe that making positive change is
a customer asks for a reusable green canvas dollars’ worth of bottled water at each on-cam- To have an effective and functional environ- a widely accepted concept within our student
bag or water bottle to be added to his or her pus eatery, per day, is still the norm, to try to mentally friendly system in our University, body. However, before we can have the ability
purchase of mozzarella sticks. Each student I “get rid of” all those unused meal credits. The there needs to be a partnership of available or attain the positions and influence we would
see getting a mug refill or drinking tap water need to make a difference, we must first learn
(especially without taking the unnecessary the fundamental basics of cleaning up after
soda cup lid) deserves an extra-friendly ca- It is not enough to buy a reusable bag or two with ourselves. Something as simple as intention-
shier smile. ally using the condiments station at Jo’s with
I’d like congratulate Brown Dining Services
meal credits we don’t need, but it takes a much responsibility can go a long way in ensuring
for taking new and viable measures to match deeper commitment to understand and adhere that our words of sustainability and action are
up to its reputation of being environmentally actually aligned. If being a part of the Brown
friendly. Of course, Dining Services is not the to the implications and the larger scope of using community means that community members
perfect example of an environmentally friendly have some degree of responsibility to maintain
institution just yet — the plastic syrup cups at
them. that our campus is sustainable, then it is first
the Ratty are hardly efficient — but we have necessary for Brown students to understand
definitely seen some changes in our dining condiment station at Jo’s is a mess even at its structures and resources and the attitude of that environmental concerns are most easily
halls and eateries. best, with piles of unused napkins, straw wrap- community members. solved when individuals make it a personal
It is also a positive sign to see further pers and paper plates lying in multicolored Not only do we need to have access to concern to care.
student group involvement in making some pools of condiments. Just from dirtied paper things like environmentally friendly reusable On-campus dining venues are a good place
sustainable changes happen. I was particularly napkins, utensils, spilled condiments and the bags, recycling bins and clean, drinkable tap to start. Next time you’re at Jo’s, please refrain
impressed by the Beyond the Bottle campaign extra equipment needed to clean things up, water, we also have to, more importantly, take from testing the ketchup dispenser directly
at the on-campus dining venues, initiated by the amount of unrecyclable waste that Jo’s enough care to use these resources properly. onto the counter and from placing a large wad
the Brown EcoReps and emPOWER, as I do and other Dining Services locations produce It is not enough to buy a reusable bag or two of paper towels on top of a puddle to make it
harbor a personal vendetta against the neces- per day is alarming. with meal credits we don’t need, but it takes look like you attempted to clean it up.
sity of bottled water. Brown students, for all our supposed in- a much deeper commitment to understand
The changes Dining Services and its ad- telligence and world-improvement capabili- and adhere to the implications and the larger
ministrators, professionals and students have ties, can frankly be absolute pigs. We seem scope of using them. Sarah Yu ’11 can be frequently
been implementing are positive steps towards to be simultaneously preaching the rhetoric Brown managed to score an “A” on the seen scrubbing down the
that “Brown is Green” image that we would all of greenness while perpetuating a rather irre- College Sustainability Report Card’s criterion
condiments table on weeknights.
like to have. After all, it is an important part of sponsible practice that shouldn’t be acceptable on Student Involvement, giving a thumbs up

Muckraking in the Bayou and beyond

courageous, O’Keefe posed as a pimp circa plaining to clarify his Jan. 25 attempt — with While unpalatable to the knights of civil-
1977 (cane, hat, fur coat and all) and Giles as fellow muckrakers Joseph Basel, Stan Dai ity, O’Keefe may be the perfect remedy to
SEAN QUIGLEY a hooker. For the rather compliant ACORN and Robert Flanagan — to pose as a tele- media syndicates that have lost touch with
workers it was game, set and match. phone repairman in the office of Sen. Mary the journalistic essentials: on-the-street beats,
Opinions Columnist
Within a week of the first video’s release, Landrieu, D-La. creativity in eliciting information, making
the Census Bureau ended its ties to ACORN. Which brings the discerning critic to this the news when the reigning practice is to
Later, the Justice Department attempted to question: How radical are O’Keefe and his observe like a cracked-out bystander and
James E. O’Keefe III is an unlikely lightning freeze future funding for its community activi- tactics? In a recent conversation, he told me practicing a vocation rather than a moribund
rod in investigative journalism. Whereas I ties. O’Keefe and Giles achieved a resound- the chief lesson from this whole affair was that profession.
might draw cries of reaction and looks of ing success in exposing how easily ACORN the more established media do not like com- More importantly, for students ever y-
astonishment for my anarchy-cum-monarchy could fall off a moral cliff while entranced petitors. For instance, the New York Times where, O’Keefe cut his teeth as a writer and
tendencies, O’Keefe is rather conventionally by what lay across the ravine. What is par- barely paid attention to his ACORN videos but editor for (and founder of) The Centurion, a
conservative. He may have a biting take on ticularly surprising is that the prize waiting put the news of his arrest on the front page. libertarian-conservative journal at Rutgers
the bureaucratic enclave that is the Beltway, was ostensibly a few thousand dollars for a Above the fold. On a Sunday. University. From the stories he recounted
but it is not his philosophical disposition that about his time at the New Jersey school, I can
gets him prime-time interviews. safely say that Brown has admirably remained
No, the average liberal would expect him a school, while Rutgers has made a definite
to be pro-life, opposed to federal expansion Which brings the discerning critic to the lurch towards ideological farm.
and upset by affirmative action. But his over- However, even in Brunonia, there exist
arching approach to journalism, as well as question: how radical are O’Keefe and his tactics? tendencies towards totalitarianism that any
his specific tactics employed, have elicited good journalist should seek to expose, even
not-muffled reactions. ridicule. O’Keefe may be too extreme and
To some, his name might be unfamiliar — I edgy for you, but blame that on his love for
should note here that O’Keefe is a personal small campaign. Certainly the man has a point. Perhaps it Saul Alinsky, not the inherent toxicity of in-
friend — but his work certainly should not At least Nixon thought the presidency could be explained by the tendency for any vestigative journalism.
be. On Sept. 10, 2009, he began the release was at stake. media outlet to highlight a person’s negative Going forward, there is much to glean from
of a series of videos on the Association of However, O’Keefe’s ascent in investigative aspects and bury his successes, especially O’Keefe’s experiences. Investigative journal-
Community Organizations for Reform Now, in journalism circles hit a snag recently, and only when those successes reflect poorly on an ists must be careful in planning, resolved in
which he persuaded workers from across the time will tell whether this is an end to the ideological bedfellow of said outlet. Yet, does mission, expert in delivery and well-apprised
country — New York, Baltimore, Washington ride or a test of endurance in a likely prolific that not say something about the deficiencies of the potential risks that face any Hermes.
D.C., San Diego, etc. — to help him launder career. After all, was not the right-of-center H. in current media reporting? The messenger, like the prophet, is still
money for a political campaign in which he L. Mencken arrested in the “tolerant” Boston O’Keefe thinks so. He lamented that barely often reviled in his own time.
would be running as a Democrat. for violating the Comstock Laws? One encoun- any major media figures deigned to consider
The source of the money he would have ter with the badges and some steel does not that he was, just perhaps, planning another sa-
laundered? It was to come from his proceeds necessarily mean perdition. tirical operation that was unfortunately inter- Sean Quigley ’10 consorts with
as a pimp to hordes of prostitutes (many un- However, his recent arrest and pre-ar- rupted, unintentionally plunging the pundits
some audacious cats. He can be
derage), among whom was Hannah Giles, his raignment imprisonment in New Orleans in medias res. As he is wont to say, he is a
companion for the investigative operation. mean something. As many commentators guerrilla journalist, not a lapdog concerned
reached at sean.b.quigley@gmail.
In a manner as comical as it was brazenly have remarked, it takes a great deal of ex- with sweeps. com.
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5:30 p.m. — Negotiating the Faculty Job 4:00 P.M. — Janus Lecture: In God
Offer for Humanities and Social Science We Trust? Salomon 101
Grad Students, J. Walter Wilson
7:00 p.M. — Our Hands are Sore From
7:00 p.m. — Female Athlete Triad: Praying, Rites and Reason Theatre
Latest Research, Smith-Buonanno

Sharpe Refectory Verney-Woolley Dining Hall
Dot Comic | Eshan Mitra and Brendan Hainline
Lunch — Buffalo Chicken Wings, Lunch — Saturday Night Jambalaya,
Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich, Cream Spinach Strudel, Mandarin Blend
Cheese Brownies Vegetables, Cream Cheese Brownies

Dinner — Steak Teriyaki, Couscous Dinner — Turkey Pot Pie, Shells

Croquettes with Cider Pepper Sauce, with Broccoli, Stir Fry Pork or Tofu
Orange Delight Cake Lo Mein, Orange Delight Cake


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