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U. preps for l ettin g g o Deans screened letters


widespread without telling students
H1N1 cases By Sydney Ember
Senior Staff Writer
and took formal steps to identify that
student as writing-deficient.
“Brown has always had this gen-
By Brigitta Greene Letters students wrote to their first- eral education requirement in its
Senior Staf f Writer year advisers were used by admin- curriculum,” Bergeron said. But she
istrators to assess writing ability said it was “managed in a way as a
The University is taking preemptive in past years without students’ or deficit model.”
measures to control the spread of advisers’ knowledge, Dean of the Bergeron told The Herald in
the H1N1 virus this fall, anticipating College Katherine Bergeron and April that she found enforcement
a worse-than-average flu season. Associate Dean for Writing Kathleen of the requirement “inadequate”
Russell Carey, senior vice pres- McSharry acknowledged. following a similar finding by the
ident for Corporation affairs and The letters — part of the sum- recently concluded Task Force on
governance, and Vice President of mer reading requirement initiated Undergraduate Education, which
Campus Life and Student Services by the Office of the Dean of the she chaired.
Margaret Klawunn sent an e-mail College for the incoming class of To improve the system,
to the University community Aug. 2011 — have been used each of the Bergeron’s office decided to use the
27 detailing further information past three summers to flag students first-year advising letters, in which
about H1N1, commonly referred who did not demonstrate enough students draw upon themes from
to as “swine flu,” as well as resourc- writing competency to satisfy the the assigned summer reading and
es for students, faculty and staff. University’s writing requirement. outline their goals at Brown, as a
A separate e-mail by Director of But until this year, Brown did not way to pinpoint incoming students
Health Services Edward Wheeler inform incoming students their let- as unsatisfactory writers and more
Sept. 4 gave specific instructions ters would be assessed. actively encourage them to take
on how infected students can avoid All students are required to dem- measures to complete the writing
spreading the virus. onstrate “competence in writing” in requirement.
The H1N1 virus resulted in an order to earn a Brown degree, but Before first-year advisers got hold
international public health scare until recently, the requirement was of the letters, graduate students and
last spring, amid reports that H1N1 Kim Perley / Herald
only enforced if an instructor had
was a new, dangerous strain of the The Class of 2013 bid parents farewell as Orientation kicked off this weekend. specific concerns about a student continued on page 8
influenza virus. Since then, public
health authorities have determined
that the symptoms and behavior
of the H1N1 flu are similar to that
Brown students: happiest, 16th-best, and ... douchey?
of the seasonal flu. H1N1 poses a By Lauren Fedor college rankings season this year Happy campers respectively.
higher threat only in that fewer Senior Staff Writer produced a particularly varied roller The Princeton Review’s “Best Many students cited the Univer-
people have been exposed to the coaster of emotions for students who 371 Colleges,” which has been pub- sity’s open curriculum and emphasis
virus and developed immunity, and Students arriving on campus this put stock in such things. Brown was lished annually since 1992, lists the on academic freedom as reasons for
therefore more are likely to be in- week will likely be pleased to dis- situated 16th overall in the highly- 20 highest-rated schools in 62 dif- the ranking.
fected, Carey and Klawunn wrote cover that Brown has reestablished scrutinized U.S. News and World ferent categories. .The 2010 edition “I think the happiness stems
in the e-mail. itself as the school with the happiest Report rankings — but came in marks the first time in three years from all the freedom Brown gives its
The University is encouraging students in America — at least ac- last in the Ivy League — while the that Brown has come out on top of students,” Anthony Urena ’12 wrote
community members to get the cording to The Princeton Review, University also soared to the top of the student happiness list — the in an e-mail to The Herald. “Brown
regular seasonal flu shot, even which released its 2010 edition of GQ’s tongue-in-cheek “America’s 25 2008 and 2009 editions of the rank- is a university just like any other,
though it will not protect against “The Best 371 Colleges” in July. Douchiest Colleges” ranking. ings listed Brown behind Whitman
the H1N1 strain, Carey said. He Happiness aside, the summer College and Clemson University, continued on page 6
added that the University does not
expect to have a shortage of the
seasonal flu vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control Blue Room opens new digs
and Prevention will distribute vac-
cines specific to the H1N1 virus to Focaccia sandwiches, soup are casualties
individual states sometime in late
September or October, said Marga-
of move to former Faunce mailroom
rita Jaramillo, a staffer at the Rhode
Island Department of Health. Allot- By Sara Sunshine ment Ricky Gresh.
ments will be based on state popula- Senior Staf f Writer The relocated Blue Room
tion, Thomas Skinner, senior public opened Aug. 31 in a redesigned
affairs officer at the CDC, wrote in The Blue Room is on the move. multipurpose room that had for
an e-mail to The Herald. Despite extensive renovations decades housed the University’s
The Rhode Island Department to Faunce House that have shut- mail services before they were re-
of Health will then develop a plan tered the former Blue Room Cafe located last year to the J. Walter
for further distribution, focusing and Campus Market for the 2009-10 Wilson student services building.
Eunice Hong / Herald
on those groups deemed most at school year, students will still be The cafe will be open weekdays A year-long renovation of Faunce House has displaced the popular Blue
risk, Jaramillo said. She said the able to get lunch sandwiches or from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Room Cafe, which recently moved to the old University mailroom.
state does not yet know how many an early-morning coffee fix at the During nights and weekends,
vaccines it will receive but has iden- Blue Room’s temporary location the room will ser ve as an event tions, some of its other offerings caccia sandwiches and soups that
tified pregnant women and school in the space that formerly housed space for student programming to will change in the new space, said were lunchtime staples for some
children in kindergarten through the University mail room. replace Faunce’s Leung Gallery, Blue Room unit manager Allison students in the old space will be
12th grade as target groups for A “Postal Cafe” in J. Walter Wil- which is closed because of the Wigen ’10. replaced this year by salads and
vaccination. No special programs son has temporarily replaced the construction. Because Blue Room employees wrapped sandwiches from the
Campus Market, according to Se- Though the new cafe will of- “can’t prepare food on-site” in the
continued on page 7 nior Director for Student Engage- fer the same coffee and pastry op- new location, Wigen said, the fo- continued on page 9
inside

News.....1-9
Metro....11-12
Metro, 11 Sports, 13 Opinions, 19
Sports.....13 state workers at risk fall preview disoriented
Editorial...18 After a judge stayed a plan The Herald takes a look at Tory Hartmann ’11 says
Opinion...19 to conserve cash, layoffs the key fall match-ups for orientation for first-years
Today........20 loom in Rhode Island Brown sports teams isn’t long enough

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C ampus N EWS “It’s finally happening.”


— Rahul Banerjee ’10 on Brown’s adoption of Gmail

For e-mail, Brown turns to Google


By Dan Alexander
Senior Staff Writer

The Brown e-mail accounts of every


undergraduate will be switched from
Microsoft Exchange to Gmail by the
end of September, a move that will
provide students increased storage
space and access to several Google
applications.
Computing and Information
Services will begin migrating ac-
counts this week and complete the
project, known as Gmail@Brown,
by Sept. 25, according to the office’s
Web site. To avoid overloading CIS
and disrupting Internet service on
campus, the accounts will not be
changed all at once. Eunice Hong / Herald
A Brown student who uses Gmail checks her personal account. Google
The change in e-mail providers will soon operate all undergraduates’ Brown e-mail.
will not alter students’ e-mail ad-
dresses. Instead of accessing their can see immediately. more likely to be in staff and faculty
e-mail through Microsoft Outlook John Spadaro, CIS director of e-mails than student e-mails, such as
Web Access, the e-mail service that technical architecture and outreach, academic records and research.
works with Exchange, they will use said the University had considered CIS will also consider outsourc-
Gmail. switching to Microsoft Live for its ing non-undergraduate accounts to
The change comes almost a year larger storage space and applications Microsoft, where the accounts would
after CIS began searching for op- that he found “in some ways more run through Microsoft Live, accord-
tions to expand student inboxes, and interesting” than Google’s, but opted ing to Chris Grossi ’92, Manager of
it is intended to save the University for Gmail because most students Software Distribution and Desktop
millions of dollars, according to were already familiar with it. Support Field Services.
Donald Tom, IT director for sup- “We realize that roughly 60 per- CIS launched a beta, or trial ver-
port services. cent of our student population is sion, of Gmail@Brown in June and
“When we looked at upgrading already using Gmail,” said Spadaro invited 500 students to use it during
our existing e-mail infrastructure … said. “We felt that for us to change the summer. More than 300 did, ac-

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against the direction in which the
students had already gone didn’t
cording to Christine Brown, Gmail@
Brown project manager.

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entirely make sense.”
One of CIS’s major concerns
“The feedback, really, has been
all positive,” Brown said.
Sunday, Sept. 13 declined to give exact figures. with outsourcing student accounts One of the beta testers, Rahul
The new accounts will give stu- to a corporation was the safety of its Banerjee ’10, said he liked the format
Tuesday, Sept. 15 dents nearly 150 times more storage user content, according to Spadaro. of Gmail better than that of Outlook
Thursday, Sept. 17 space in their e-mail inboxes. While
Exchange provided 50 megabytes
The servers holding the Exchange
accounts’ e-mails had been in the
Web Access, noting that the former
works better on his Macintosh com-
All at 8 p.m. at 195 Angell St. of capacity, the Gmail accounts of- CIS’s data center, but with the switch puter.
fer more than 7.3 gigabytes, said to Gmail, e-mails will be stored on “Gmail works almost on any
CIS Computer Education Specialist Google’s servers. browser or any computer,” Baner-
sudoku Stephanie Obodda. “While there are definitely con- jee said.
Students will also be able to use cerns, they have been addressed He said he doesn’t envision any
additional services, such as Gchat — through the contract,” Spadaro serious problems in the campus-wide
an instant messaging service — and said. “We wouldn’t have moved transition to Gmail. The only glitch
Google Calendar. Other applications, for ward with this if we had any he ran into was that his Gmail@
such as Google Docs and Spread- concerns about the privacy of any Brown account looked too much like
sheets, will enable students to save user data.” the Gmail account he already had, so
documents online, rather than on But CIS is still moving forward he gave his accounts different color
hard drives or thumb drives, making cautiously, and isn’t ready to switch schemes to tell them apart.
documents available on any com- medical and graduate student, facul- “I’m really looking forward to
puter with an internet connection. ty and staff accounts to Gmail, yet. this,” Banerjee said. “A lot of us have
For group projects, students will According to Tom, CIS wants to been talking about hopefully hav-
be able to make live changes to on- make sure that the Google will fully ing Gmail for years, and it’s finally
line documents that their partners protect certain information that is happening.”

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C ampus N EWS “It’s not something that cannot be fixed.”


— Assoc. Provost Valerie Wilson, on Tougaloo’s reaccreditation warning

movin ’ on in Tougaloo faces reaccreditation challenge


By Ellen Cushing Tougaloo — a small, historically the mission of the institution and the
Senior Staff Writer black college outside of Jackson, scope of its programs, a sufficient
Miss. — engaging over the years number of qualified library staff, a
Financial woes have Tougaloo Col- in a student exchange between the recent financial history that dem-
lege facing a reaccreditation warn- two institutions and in various joint onstrates financial stability, control
ing, but the school — and Brown’s learning and research ventures. over all its financial resources, and
academic partnership with it — are Tougaloo was placed on warning adequate procedures for addressing
safe for now, according to administra- after SACSCOC’s regular reaffirma- written student complaints.”
tors from both institutions. tion visit, according to Belle Whee- In June 2010, SACSCOC will
The reaccreditation warning was lan, the organization’s president. evaluate Tougaloo’s progress and
placed on the school, with which The school underwent a standard either reaffirm accreditation, keep
Brown has had ties since the Civil reaccreditation process consisting of the school on warning, place the
Rights era, in June by the Commis- an internal analysis, peer review and school on probation or remove the
sion on Colleges of the Southern As- a decision by the elected members institution from SACSCOC member-
sociation of Colleges and Schools. of the Commission on Colleges. The ship. For now, Tougaloo remains a
“The partnership is in no danger Commission found Tougaloo to be fully accredited institution.
whatsoever,” said Associate Provost out of compliance with several of its Tougaloo President Beverly Ho-
and Director of Institutional Diversity accreditation standards, including gan said the college is confident it
Valerie Wilson, the program’s lead having adequate financial stability will be reaccredited and has a strat-
coordinator from the University. and control of those finances. egy in place to meet the reaffirma-
“Nobody wants to get a warning, According to a press release from tion standards.
but it’s not something that cannot SACSCOC, “These specific stan- “I don’t think there will be any
be fixed.” dards expect an institution to provide problem getting reaffirmed,” Hogan
For the past 45 years, Brown evidence that it has a sound financial
has maintained a partnership with base and financial stability to support continued on page 7

U. teaming with Draper Lab to tackle energy


By Alexandra Ulmer engineering organization. capture and sequestration.
Senior Staff Writer A memorandum of understanding “Innovation comes when you
signed by Brown and Draper officials collaborate,” said Len Polizzotto,
In a move intended to invigorate earlier this year laid out a plan for the Draper’s principal director of stra-
alternative-energy research at partnership, whose overarching aim tegic business development and
Kim Perley / Herald Brown, the University announced is to help translate innovation at the marketing. “Brown has big research
A first-year student moves his purchases into Keeney Saturday. this summer that it will collaborate University into marketable products and little development, we have very
with Draper Laboratory, a non-profit that could increase energy efficiency little research but we have big devel-
in the United States. opment. Now that’s a match made
Among the partnership’s central in heaven.”
initiatives, Brown and Draper, which The match began to flourish
is based in Cambridge, Mass., plan about a year ago, when Draper
to jointly establish a center for en- contacted the University, and it
ergy research with a broad scope of will be cemented with more formal
study, including exploring how to agreements in the months to come,
make coal plants more efficient and
continued on page 8
investigating novel methods of CO2
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 5

C ampus N EWS “It’s preferable and much safer to hop through backwards on one foot.”
— Christopher Moynihan ’11, on walking through the Van Wickle Gates

news in brief
Watch your step! Campus curses abound
By Mitra Anoushiravani standing Brown tradition, first- especially during big events.
Senior Staf f Writer years walk through the Van Wickle “During Commencement, we
Gates into campus, and graduating keep it fairly clean and formal,”
You might think your chances of seniors walk through the gates in he said. “It’s good to have a few
graduating are related to how much the opposite direction after com- silly traditions.”
you study, or that with responsible mencement, out into the world. A lesser-known myth involves
behavior you’ll have a safe and University folklore, as tour guides Brown’s “sacred” libraries: the
stable love life. But according to regularly tell visitors, dictates that John Hay, the John Carter Brown
a number of Brown myths and leg- any female student who passes and the Annmar y Brown Memo-
ends that have endured over the through the gates more than twice rial. According to the myth, often
years, your fate might be sealed by will not get married, and males will repeated on tours, students who go
a careless misstep — literally. not graduate. into all three of these libraries dur-
A decades-old myth says that ing their freshman year will not get
girls who walk over the Pembroke FEATURE married. (Unlike its better-known
seal, located on steps near Alum- companions, this curse, apparently
nae Hall, will become pregnant Members of groups like the does not discriminate by sex.)
before they graduate, and that Brown Band who need to walk Dennis Landis, curator of Eu-
male students who tread over the through the gates more than ropean books at the JCB, said he
Pembroke campus landmark won’t once for events like Convocation believes the myth grew out of the
graduate at all. and Commencement have come serious nature of the libraries. At
Gayle L ynch, a senior librar y up with clever ways to avoid the one point in its histor y, the JCB’s
specialist who has been working curse. Some people cross as many doors were permanently locked,
Kim Perley / Herald
at the John Hay Librar y for 43 digits and limbs as they can while he said, and if a student wanted to
Cafe purchases now an ID swipe away years, estimated that women at walking through, said Christopher go inside, he or she had to ring the
Nothing should get between college students and their Pembroke College popularized the Moynihan ’11, a drummer in the doorbell. A librarian would decide
daily doses of coffee — a sentiment the University and myth about the seal in the 1940s Band. if the student was suited to enter. It
operators of the College Hill Cafe are now closer to making and 50s. When the University went But, he added, “It’s hard to was believed that anyone who was
a reality. coeducational in 1971, the myth cross your fingers while playing studious enough to be let into the
Brown ID holders can now use their declining balance changed to include men, accord- an instrument, so it’s preferable librar y was too absorbed in their
accounts to buy sandwiches, pastries and drinks at the cafe ing to L ynch. and much safer to hop through studies to ever marr y, according
located inside the Brown Bookstore, said Josh McCarthy, the But the Pembroke seal isn’t backwards on one foot.” to Landis.
cafe’s manager. the only University landmark that Moynihan said nobody takes In years past, the Annmar y
“We think it will give Brown students a good option threatens students with academic the myth seriously, but many of Brown Memorial Librar y was also
for food and beverage besides what the University offers,” failure or a love-life calamity. the band members do take pre-
McCarthy said. In accordance with a long- caution when they walk through, continued on page 7
Though only a few people have used the option since
it became available Aug. 31, McCarthy said he is “very
enthusiastic” about its potential.
Elizabeth Darmstatter, who works at the cafe, said the
declining balance payment option should boost sales.
“It’s a wonderful convenience for the students and
faculty,” she said.
The cafe, which is operated by Blue State Coffee, opened
in February. Though it does not accept meal credits or Flex
Points, McCarthy said he is “open to the idea.”
“We would love to accept those forms of payment, but
that is something that is at Brown’s discretion,” he said.

— Anne Speyer
page 6 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Tuesday, September 8, 2009

C ampus N EWS “I really don’t care what U.S. News thinks about Brown.”
— Miriam Furst ’13

Brown remains at 16th


in U.S. News rankings
continued from page 1 leased in August, are based primar-
ily on empirical data — and placed
but what makes it special is that no Brown considerably lower on its list.
one is telling you how to spend your “Best Colleges,” which has been
tuition,” he wrote. printed annually since 1985, ranked
David Manning ’12 offered a Brown as the 16th-best school in the
slightly different take. nation, the same ranking it received
“As a student population we have a year ago.
a sense of self fulfillment that comes The rankings are based on 15
from a desire to be a positive influ- weighted categories, including fresh-
ence in the world,” he wrote in an man retention and alumni giving.
e-mail. “So we’re content.” Peer assessment, freshmen reten-
This year, The Princeton Review tion and faculty resources are the
also named Brown a “Best Northeast- most heavily weighted categories,
ern College,” and ranked the school factoring in at 25, 20 and 20 percent, Kim Perley / Herald
6th for “Best College Radio Station,” respectively. Other important cat- Brown’s campus, according to a recent Princeton Review ranking, epitomizes happiness.
13th for “Best College Theater,” 15th egories include student selectivity
for “Best Quality of Life” and 17th for (15 percent) and financial resources high school, and college rankings were you can thrive academically as the home of “The ‘Peace Sign on
“Lots of Race/Class Interaction.” (10 percent). were definitely a popular topic of and socially.” My Mom’s 7 Series’ Douche,” add-
The Princeton Review’s rankings The U.S. News rankings compare discussion within the first semester In a telephone inter view last ing that in 10 years, a typical Brown
are determined entirely by student Brown to other national universities. of senior year,” she wrote last week week, Provost David Kertzer ’69 “douche” will be “living with your
opinion, according to Jeanne Krier, Harvard and Princeton tied for first, in an e-mail to The Herald, adding, P’95 P’98 agreed. He said that despite family in an old house that you
publicity director for Princeton Re- while Yale ranked third on this year’s “I applied to Brown early decision, their popularity among high school quit your job to refurbish yourself
view Books. Each college is given a list. Brown ranks last among its Ivy and it’s my dream school. People in students and their parents, rankings (by overseeing a contractor) with
score based on students’ answers to League counterparts, with Penn my school were actually pretentious might not be the best place to look painstaking historical accuracy in a
an 80-question, multiple-choice ques- tied for 4th, Columbia tied for 8th, enough to tell me, after I got in, that when selecting a college. formerly decaying section of the city
tionnaire, and the scores determine Dartmouth ranked 11th and Cornell it’s the lowest-ranked Ivy League.” “These are not really the best that’s recently been reclaimed by a
which schools rank where. 15th. But Furst said she couldn’t be less basis for judging quality in higher small population of white guys in
Unlike other publications, The While most students interviewed concerned with Brown’s position in education,” he said. “It has a lot of hand-painted T-shirts who are help-
Princeton Review does not give said they were not upset by the fact the U.S. News listings. limitations.” ing you put together a health care
schools an overall numerical rank- that Brown fell behind other Ivy “The truth is, though, I really “If this is supposed to be a guide fund-raiser for MoveOn.org.”
ing. League schools, Miriam Furst ’13 don’t care what U.S. News thinks for what’s the best place for one to Gillian Brassil ’12, who interned
said some of her high school class- about Brown,” she wrote. “The receive a college education, it’s re- at GQ this summer and helped com-
Top sixteen, but last Ivy mates placed a particular emphasis U.S. News rankings are constantly ally a terrible place to go,” he added. pile the list, wrote in an e-mail to The
U.S. News and World Report’s on the U.S. News rankings. changing, so I think what’s more “What’s best for any particular stu- Herald that the ranking was “all in
“Best Colleges 2010” rankings, re- “I went to a really competitive important is that you go to a school dent is relatively unrelated to the good humor” and not intended to be
ranking.” taken too seriously.
“It’s obviously intended in jest,
No. 1 for intimate hygiene? and it says somewhere that part of
Even so, one ranking — which the douchiness criteria was just them
Brunonians can only hope won’t fac- being intimidated by alumni at that
tor into high school students’ college school,” she wrote, “so I maintain
decisions — seems to be catching the that we can be flattered by it rather
interest of current Brown students. than offended.”
Taking its place alongside The Princ- Meanwhile, Eden Castro ’12
eton Review and U.S. News & World wrote in an e-mail that she thought
Report, GQ Magazine has added its GQ had selected the wrong Ivy to
opinion to the college discussion this top its list.
summer, finding Brown without peer: “Douchiest?” she wrote, “What’s
In the magazine’s first-ever “Amer- that about — shouldn’t that award
ica’s 25 Douchiest Colleges” rank- have gone to Yale? That’s the
ings, Brown sits at number one. biggest legacy, money, power,
The article, included in the maga- Skull and Bones school around,
zine’s September issue, cites Brown isn’t it?”

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C ampus N EWS “Tougaloo has always...done substantially more with substantially less.”
— Beverly Hogan, president of Tougaloo College

U. officials urge swine flu caution Campus superstitions


span generations
continued from page 1
If you come down with a fever...
have so far been identified by the
state for colleges and universities, • If possible, recover with family and friends (non-Brown
she said. students) off-campus. continued from page 5 Some helpful hexes have trickled
The CDC has recently placed • Stay in your room until you have no fever for 24 hours. down through the years, too. For
those under the age of 24 in one of Keep the door to your room closed, or, if you have room- a place frequented only by the instance, Lynch said, rubbing the
the top priority groups for vaccina- mates, arrange beds as far apart as possible. most dedicated students. At one nose of the bust of John Hay in
tion, Carey wrote in the e-mail. But • Keep at least six feet from others. point, the heating in the building the John Hay Librar y will bring
though this includes most college- • Use cough etiquette and direct any coughs or sneezes was so poor that students could a student good luck. The statue
aged students, “that does not mean into your elbow. be seen shivering as they stud- was installed in 1910, according
that they are necessarily the first • Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol- ied, Landis said. to the Brown admissions Web
priority,” he said. based sanitizer. Ask any roommates to wash their hands The Hay was included in the site — and the varnish on its
Any students who catch a fever regularly as well. myth sometime after 1964, when nose has completely worn away
are advised to remain in their rooms • If you live with others and must enter common areas, the Rockefeller Librar y replaced after nearly a centur y of rubbing
until they have no fever for 24 hours, wear a mask (available with RPLs or at Health Services). it as the University’s main library, by anxious Brown students.
Wheeler wrote in his e-mail. If fe- Use a separate bathroom if possible, and use hand sani- Landis said. For all the students worried
brile students have roommates with tizer before and after use of the bathroom. The old librar y’s myster y about their marriage prospects,
whom they are in regular contact, grew with the addition of its Campus Tour Co-Coordinator
they are advised to wear masks in collection of rare books, includ- Christiana Stephenson ’11 of-
common areas, to aim any coughs The University’s H1N1 task force Brown community members can ing an anatomy book bound in fered a solution. Stephenson, a
or sneezes into their elbows and to met with the director of the Rhode do to prevent the spread of illness human skin. Landis speculated Herald business staff member,
clean their hands often with soap or Island Department of Health in is to practice good hygiene,” wrote that the Hay’s collection of such said she tells her tour groups
alcohol-based sanitizer. August and continues to meet on Carey and Klawunn in the e-mail. strange and unusual objects may that if students kiss at midnight
The University expanded its ex- a regular basis to monitor updated The University is also encourag- be a reason it is now also believed under Soldier’s Arch at the Thay-
isting crisis management structure information from public health au- ing students experiencing flu-like to be cursed. er Street end of Lincoln Field,
last spring to include members with thorities. symptoms to delay their arrival on But not to worr y — not all of they will get married to each
public health expertise, Carey said. “The most impor tant thing campus. Brown’s myths are about curses. another.

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said. “We’re working to ensure the
college moves forward.”
She also noted that SACSCOC’s
concerns with Tougaloo are finan-
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cial, not academic.
“We do have our financial chal-
lenges, which we’re working to
resolve,” Hogan said. “Tougaloo
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has never been questioned for its
institutional effectiveness.”
Wilson also acknowledged that
Tougaloo suffers from a lack of fi-
nancial resources. “Tougaloo has
always been an institution that has
done substantially more with sub-
stantially less,” she said.
The 900-person school has an
endowment of about $4.7 million
— less than a quarter of a percent
of Brown’s.
Evan Pulvers ’10.5, who spent last
fall at Tougaloo, said her experiences
at the school offered an indication of
the college’s relative financial insta-
bility. “My understanding was that it
was definitely poor. You have to pay
for your own toilet paper. There was
never any soap in the soap dispens-
ers,” she said. “You definitely get
a sense from those kinds of things
that it’s not a Brown.”
Wilson maintained that in the
face of the recession, Tougaloo’s
financial situation is not uncommon.
“Certainly in these economic times,
when everyone is struggling, this is
not unusual,” she said.
Wheelan, SACSCOC’s presi-
dent, also said that while warnings
are rare, they are not necessarily
unusual. SACSCOC conducts two
review cycles each year, and among
the 80 to 100 reviewed in its June
2009 cycle, two schools in addition
to Tougaloo — Florida Memorial
University and Eastern Shore Com-
munity College — were placed on
warning.
page 8 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Tuesday, September 8, 2009

C ampus N EWS “It wasn’t really an issue of doing anything to students.”


— Katherine Bergeron, dean of the college

Brown and Draper team With summer reading, a hidden test


up on alternative energy continued from page 1

continued from page 4 we do so.” writing assistants in the Writing Cen-


Draper and the University have ter were instructed to review them
officials involved in the collabora- already collaborated effectively on and flag first-year students who had
tion said. a project to improve coal power submitted writing samples deemed
It is possible that the part- plant efficiency, according to Mi- unsatisfactory, Bergeron said. The
nership could expand beyond chael Feng, Draper manager for graduate students were overseen by
alternative energy research into the Brown-Draper collaboration. McSharry, who did a final read of the
other fields in the not-too-distant While Draper was developing a letters to verify the decisions before
future. sensor to make carbon seques- giving the letters to advisers.
“Their mission is to create tration more efficient, Brown re- “It was a trial period the first
knowledge, much like ours is,” said search on coal combustion and year,” said Bergeron. “It wasn’t re-
Chair of the Department of Chem- power generation was significant, ally an issue of doing anything to
istry Peter Weber. The partnership he said. students.”
will be conducive to Brown taking “Our vision for an energy part- Both Bergeron and McSharry
on larger projects, increasing op- nership clicked” with that project, also said they did not inform advis-
portunities for both undergraduate Feng wrote in an e-mail to The ers the first-year letters had already
and graduate students and receiv- Herald. been evaluated.
ing more grant money for energy The partnership will permit Bri- “It was kind of in a gray area”
research, he added. an Ahr GS, a graduate student in whether more systematic commu-
Draper and Brown have already the chemistry department, to gain nication about the program was
applied jointly for funding from the more market access and feedback needed, McSharry said. “We only
Department of Energy, and the for his research on CO2 release communicated with advisers about
availability of stimulus money from and capture, he wrote in an e-mail students with difficulties.”
the American Recovery and Rein- to The Herald. But because neither Bergeron
vestment Act means that funding “The research questions are nor McSharry told first-year stu-
is more accessible than ever. fascinating on their own, but know- dents or their advisers the letters
“The partnership makes us ing that there is a large-scale ap- would be used as an initial step in
more competitive for getting what plication that could have an im- enforcing the writing requirement,
Kim Perley / Herald
is now a bigger pot of money,” said mediate effect on our planet brings some students wrote letters that
Administrators have judged incoming first-years’ letters to their advisors
Richard Lewis, a science media the work to a whole new level,” McSharry said she realized did not to identify those who might not fulfill the University’s writing requirement.
specialist for Brown. “Let’s hope he added. reflect their writing ability.
Michael Frauenhofer ’11 said view panel told her Brown needed to no intention to introduce a special
he was flagged because he wrote a inform students their writing would writing course to satisfy the require-
more poetic letter in non-standard be judged, prompting a revision in ment, he said.
form and without capitalization about the letter Bergeron sends to first- Instead, Becker said the goal was
his interest in art. year students along with their sum- to identify and make visible opportu-
If he had known his letter would mer reading. nities for students to work on their
be critiqued, he said, he would “defi- Unlike in previous years, writing.
nitely” have written a more formal Bergeron included a paragraph in One of the possibilities would be to
letter. her letter explicitly outlining the introduce a new category of courses
After the Task Force on Under- advising letter’s purpose as a diag- that would be labeled in the course
graduate Education — formed by nostic tool. guide much like first-year seminars,
the Dean of the College in 2007 to “I should mention that your letter he said. This designation would indi-
review academic programs at Brown will be read by a few other people, cate courses whose instructors would
— recommended last September a as well,” she wrote. “The special- actively critique a student’s writing.
more tangible approach to enforcing ists in Brown’s Writing Center will Students will also be able to dem-
the writing requirement, the Office read your letter to get a sense of onstrate competence with a new
of the Dean of the College began your strengths or weaknesses as online portfolio tool that Bergeron
taking steps to reform the writing a writer.” said launched Sept. 1 as a place for
requirement by making it a more No such paragraph was included students to submit writing samples
active process. in letters sent to members of the throughout their time at Brown.
At the suggestion of two external classes of 2011 and 2012, which only Though Bergeron’s statement
consultants from Yale and Massa- instructed students to write to their from last semester did outline these
chusetts Institute of Technology, advisers about their academic goals concrete pathways for satisfying the
Bergeron and McSharry decided to as a form of introduction. requirement, Becker said the state-
inform this year’s incoming students But Bergeron said this year’s let- ment did not succeed in designat-
their letters would be evaluated as ters from first-year students were ing a specific person to decide if a
part of the reformatted writing re- not used only to flag those who student has demonstrated writing
quirement. had weaker writing skills. Though competence.
McSharry said the external re- some students did receive warning “Part of the issue was that we
letters, students who were judged never articulated what we expected,”
to be exceptionally strong writers Becker said. As a result, the CCC is
also received letters praising their in the process of drafting another
writing ability. statement that more succinctly puts
According to McSharry, 8 per- a system in place for identifying sat-
cent of students received positive isfactory fulfillment of the require-
letters, while only 5 percent received ment.
letters with flag notifications. Nevertheless, Becker said reform-
“The overall quality of essays is ing the writing requirement is tak-
higher this year,” McSharry said. ing longer than the deans expected,
which he attributed to student and
Enforcing writing competence faculty opposition to any form of re-
Also part of the more active en- quirement at Brown.
forcement of the writing requirement Bergeron said she thinks institut-
was a collaborative statement drafted ing more concrete methods for com-
at the end of last semester by the pleting the requirement — as well as
Dean of the College and the College making the first-year advising letter
Curriculum Council offering sugges- a more recognized diagnostic tool —
tions for tangible fulfillment of the will ultimately benefit students.
requirement. “I think the requirement embold-
“The goal is to move from a suf- ens students to really work on the
ficiency model to a proficiency mod- thing that will stretch them to im-
el,” said Jason Becker ’09, a former prove their thinking,” she said. “I’m
member of the CCC. But there is excited about the next steps here.”
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 9

C ampus N EWS “When students need food between classes, we’ll still be the hub.”
— Allison Wigen ’10, Blue Room unit manager

New Blue Room still


in ‘prime location’
continued from page 1 on Waterman Street or through the
courtyard between Faunce and
Sharpe Refectory kitchen. the Salomon Center, though the
The University had originally entrances may shift during certain
planned to relocate the Blue Room phases of the construction, Gresh
to the lobby of the Salomon Center said.
during the Faunce renovations, but The Postal Cafe, located near
student concern about lack of seat- the main entrance on the ground
ing led to the new plan, Gresh said. floor of J. Walter Wilson, is designed
“What we heard from students is to function as a mini-mart like the
the availability of a space to gather Campus Market, Wigen said, but
during the day on the Main Green it is smaller.
was really important.” “In size, it’s more like a cafe
The new Blue Room will feature cart,” she said. reational lounge will open in Mor- Eunice Hong / Herald
“significantly increased seating,” The Postal Cafe will be open riss Hall, across the lobby from the Renovations in Faunce (above) forced the Blue Room to relocate tempo-
Gresh said. Wigen said the way weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Morriss-Champlin study lounge, rarily. The bathrooms in Slater Hall were replaced over the summer.
service is laid out this year should Both the new Blue Room and the Gresh added.
improve traffic flow during busy Postal Cafe will close once current “There’s a real commitment to
times of day. construction is complete. University bring (the new campus center) on-
“The way the new space is set up, officials have said they aim to have line as soon as possible,” Gresh said,
business will be more streamlined work complete on the Stephen Rob- and construction is currently on
than it was in the old location,” said ert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce schedule.
Wigen, who added that she thinks by next fall. The Blue Room will Other summer construction
students will be pleased by the new reopen in its permanent location finished on schedule, according
location. on the first floor of the new campus to Thomas Forsberg, associate di-
“It will take a couple days for center, while the Campus Market rector of housing and residential
everyone to find out where we are will return to the building’s lower life. Caswell Hall has a new lounge
and just get used to the new loca- level, Gresh said. and kitchen space and several new
tion and new menu offerings, but In the meantime, wireless access double rooms, while Slater Hall got
ultimately I think we have prime has been added to the Third World new bathrooms. Residents of Little-
location on campus,” said Wigen. Center and Sarah Doyle Women’s field, Hope, Slater, Young Orchard
“When students need food between Center for students who need ad- and Barbour halls will enjoy new
classes, we’ll still be that hub.” ditional working space, Gresh said. furniture this year, Forsberg said.
Students will be able to access The Bear’s Lair in Graduate Center “We are just getting ready for
the Blue Room through an entrance will remain open, and a new rec- everybody to show up,” he added.
Metro
The Brown Daily Herald
“This decision ... may just be the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
— Gov. Donald Carcieri’s ’65, on a judge’s decision not to allow a furlough day

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | Page 11

Teacher hiring plan draws lawsuit


By Emma Berry and education department officials sanctioned for continued poor aca-
Staf f Writer say, because to eliminate one posi- demic performance.
tion the policy requires administra- By the 2010-2011 school year,
As the school year begins for more tors to send multiple layoff notices all teacher vacancies will be filled
than 20,000 students and teachers and allow numerous teachers the using the new system, said Rhode
in Providence public schools, a chance to select new positions on Island Commissioner of Education
change in hiring policy has led the basis of seniority. Deborah Gist.
to praise, concern — and now a The revised hiring process re- Gist, who took office in July,
lawsuit. quires applicants to demonstrate said she was confident the new
The new policy ends the prac- knowledge of relevant curricula, system would “make sure that we
tice known as “bumping,” in which show examples of work their stu- have the very best possible teacher
teacher vacancies are filled on the dents have done, and teach model in every classroom.”
basis of seniority, and institutes an lessons. Candidates are evaluated Students at the affected schools
interview-based system that gives by a team made up of the school’s will see “high-quality educators
principals greater autonomy in se- principal, the academic depart- who have risen to the top,” she
lecting faculty. ment head and teacher represen- said.
Under a system of “bumping,” tatives. The change came in response
the most junior teachers in the Six schools implemented the to a February letter in which then-
school system are also the first to new system this school year, in- Commissioner of Education Peter
be fired, and first crack at a vacant cluding the new Providence Career McWalters ordered the Providence
position goes to the most senior. and Technical Center, the newly school district to “introduce and
Excessive shuffling of teachers renovated Nathan Bishop Middle
Kim Perley / Herald File Photo among schools often results, school School and others that had been continued on page 12
The Rhode Island state government will lay off 1,000 recent hires after
Gov. Donald Carcieri’s plan for furloughs was postponed in the courts.

Top court’s stay of state


furloughs triggers layoffs
By Joanna Wohlmuth ing for ward with the shutdown
Metro Editor days cripples our ability to address
growing budget gaps and stops the
One thousand state workers are executive branch from fulfilling its
scheduled to receive layoff notices constitutional duty to balance the
this week after a judge blocked the state’s budget.”
first of Gov. Donald Carcieri’s ’65 Union leaders criticized the gov-
dozen planned government shut- ernor’s action.
down days scheduled for last Friday, Joseph Peckham, who leads the
according to the governor’s office. largest state employees union, told
The shutdown days, a cost-saving The Herald he was stunned by Car-
measure proposed in the face of soar- cieri’s statement and called the lay-
ing unemployment and declining tax offs “reckless and irresponsible.”
revenue, are part of Carcieri’s overall The governor’s “strident lan-
plan to make the $67.8 million in guage is also inappropriate and
cuts required by the state budget undignified and exaggerated,”
plan passed this summer.
On shutdown days, nonessential continued on page 12
state workers — about 80 percent of
the state workforce — would stay
home without pay, for a savings of
$1.7 million per day, or about $20
million a year, said Amy Kempe, a
spokesperson for the governor.
Last Thursday, State Supreme
Court Justice Maureen Goldberg
granted a request by unions rep-
resenting state employees to block
the Friday shutdown. The full Rhode
Island Supreme Court is slated to
hear arguments Friday to determine
whether the governor has the power
to implement shutdown days under
union contracts.
A Superior Court judge had is-
sued a decision Thursday morning
allowing the governor to implement
the shutdown day while awaiting an
arbitrator’s decision in the case, but
union officials quickly appealed to
the higher court.
Shortly after Goldberg’s ruling,
Carcieri released a statement an-
nouncing he will move forward with
layoffs. “I have asked my depart-
ment directors to identify the last
1,000 people hired and begin the
process of layoff notifications,” the
statement said.
“This decision ... may just be the
straw that broke the camel’s back,
sending this state down the path
to financial ruin,” Carcieri wrote.
“Preventing the state from mov-
Page 12 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Tuesday, September 8, 2009

M etro “The problem with the criterion-based hiring is that there are no criteria.”
— Steve Smith, teachers’ union president

Union and governor School hiring changes meet resistance


square off over layoffs continued from page 11 ultimately creating more instability,
not less.
union and negotiate,” Smith said.
In response to the lawsuit, Gist
continued from page 11 But Carcieri said the unions left implement incrementally criterion- “We have 109 teachers who did said she would defend “the authority
him with no other choice. based hiring and job assignment not have jobs who are going to be that I have to order these kinds of
said Peckham, acting executive “I don’t want to do this. It could processes that are driven by student placed in temporar y positions,” changes so that we can make the
director of Council 94, American be much smoother, much easier need rather than by seniority.” Smith said. “That’s 80 more than improvements that we need to make
Federation of State, County and and much fairer if everyone could Supporters say the new system last year, under the old system.” to ... our education system.”
Municipal Employees. “There have just agree to take a very small pay reduces shuffling teachers across In a Sept. 3 Providence Journal Michael MacCombie ’11, who
been informal discussions with the reduction this year,” Carcieri told the district and ensures that vacan- article, district spokesperson Chris- followed the controversy this sum-
governor’s representatives and we the Providence Journal last week. cies are filled by the most qualified tina O’Reilly disputed Smith’s claim, mer as a member of the Providence
are trying to come to some sort of “Every day that goes by, the situa- candidates. saying that 97 percent of teachers Education Excellence Coalition — a
settlement.” tion gets worse, not better. I have But in a district court lawsuit had permanent assignments. But group of students, parents and com-
“We have a very autocratic gov- to start now to effect any kind of filed last month, the Providence she acknowledged that about 70 of munity members devoted to improv-
ernor,” he added. savings this year.” Teachers Union called the com- these teachers are serving as long- ing the city’s public schools — said
missioner’s order an illegal breach term substitutes. the coalition seemed to support the
of the union’s collective bargaining The union, Smith said, was not new policy.
agreement that harms students “by necessarily opposed to an interview- But MacCombie, who coordi-
equating student need with discre- based hiring process, saying it had nates Brown Students for Educa-
tionar y decision-making by the successfully worked with the school tion Reform, a group that is part of
building administrator.” district to staff Providence’s charter the coalition, said he understood
State law grants the Department schools similarly. the union’s concerns and believes
of Education significant control over But he characterized the dis- both sides must work to ensure that
failing schools, including the abil- trict’s recent actions as capricious the interview process is “fair and
ity to break contracts. The union’s and unfair. equitable.”
lawsuit argues that this law violates “The problem with the criterion- “When the experience of hav-
the federal No Child Left Behind Act based hiring is that there are no ing been in the system is a factor of
and the U.S. Constitution. criteria,” he said, noting that senior- teaching effectively within the sys-
Union President Steve Smith ity was an objective measure that tem I think it should be considered,”
said the district failed to work with had been agreed upon by both the MacCombie said. But, he said, the
the union when formulating the school system and the union. old policy failed to “consider the
new policy and demonstrated “in- “We’re hoping the judge will or- entire picture” of what makes a good
competence” in its implementation, der the district to sit down with the teacher.

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The Brown Daily Herald

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | Page 13

Key match-ups to watch this season schedule


TUESDAY, SEPT. 8
By Andrew Braca Team All-Ivy honors in doubles. In will look for a stronger showing in hosts MIT at Wheaton College in No games scheduled
Sports Editor singles, Aboubakare was named First this year’s rematch. Midfielder Nick Norton, Mass., in its final tuneup
Team and Herzberg Second Team Elenz-Martin ’10, a Second Team before the Northern Division Cham-
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9
With the school year starting back All-Ivy. All-Ivy selection who scored two of pionship. Brown cannot host home
up, a busy fall calendar for Brown’s those goals, returns to spark Brown’s aquatics competitions because the W. volleyball at Providence,
teams is already underway, and Field hockey, Sept. 26: offense. temporary aquatics bubble built to 7:30 p.m.
there’s plenty to look forward to. Last year, Brown traveled to Ha- replace the Smith Swim Center is not
To kick off the semester, The Herald nover, N.H., and took Dartmouth Women’s soccer, Oct. 31: large enough to host events. THURSDAY, SEPT. 10
rounds up the key match-ups for to overtime before falling, 5-4. The The Bears will take on Penn The Bears, who last year swept
each team. Bears will look to turn the tables on on Halloween, but there would be two games from the Engineers by W. volleyball vs. Bryant, 7 p.m.
the Big Green this year behind for- nothing spooky about shutting out a combined score of 30-17, are led
Men’s tennis, Sept. 18-20 and ward Leslie Springmeyer ’12, whose the Quakers. Last year, a defense by captain and goalie Kent Holland FRIDAY, SEPT. 11
Oct. 2-4: 21 points last year were good for 12th anchored by honorable mention All- ’10.
Brown will host two tournaments in school history. Ivy goalie Brenna Hogue ’10 blanked W. volleyball vs. Syracuse,
this fall, the Northeast Intercollegiate four teams. In addition to a 1-0 over- Volleyball, Nov. 14: 4 p.m.
Invitational in September and the Football, Oct. 3: time victory over Penn, Bruno shut Bruno hosts Columbia in the sec- M. soccer vs. SMU, 7:30 p.m.
Bruno Classic the following month. Homecoming games are often out both then-No. 11 Penn State and ond of a three-game homestand to
The latter is dedicated to the mem- exciting, but last year’s 24-22, rain- then-No. 1 UCLA in the span of three close out the season. The Bears, who M. water polo vs. Iona,
ory of Margaux Powers, a supporter soaked triumph over Harvard will be days. swept two games against the Lions 8:40 p.m.
of the program who was murdered hard to top. This year, the Bears will by identical 3-1 scores, will be led by W. soccer at Arizona,
last May. square off against the University of Men’s water polo, Nov. 1: five seniors playing the penultimate 10:30 p.m.
After three All-Ivy selections grad- Rhode Island in the battle for the 94th The No. 17 men’s water polo team match of their careers.
uated, Second Team All-Ivy singles Governors Cup, seeking to avenge a
selection Jonathan Pearlman ’11 37-13 loss to the Rams last year.
leads a young team. Six All-Ivy selections return from
last year, but Bruno will be breaking
Women’s tennis, Sept. 25-27 in a new quarterback.
and Oct. 24-25:
The women will also host a pair Men’s soccer, Oct. 10:
of tournaments this fall that often Last season the preseason-No.
draw top teams. The Bears will count 12 Bears stumbled to a 9-7-1 record,
on the return of top players Bianca going 3-4 in Ivy League play. Bruno
Aboubakare ’11 and Cassandra Her- needed three second-half goals to slip
zberg ’12, who teamed to earn First past a weak Princeton team, 3-2, but
World & Nation
The Brown Daily Herald

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | Page 15

Slogging through summer doldrums, Obama advisers take stock


By Scott Wilson money with interest. A smooth Su- ing and tax cuts, the bank bailouts, interest in doing,” the official said. administration had set.
Washington Post preme Court selection has brought and the decision to prop up General “That’s the irony.” “From a timing point of view, we
the first Hispanic justice, Sonia Motors and Chrysler through bank- just don’t know if it’s possible,” an-
WASHINGTON — As President Sotomayor, to the highest bench. ruptcy have nudged the economy That political capital other senior administration official
Barack Obama’s senior advisers America’s standing in the world is toward recovery. Activist presidents always have said on condition of anonymity in
gathered at Blair House at the end improving, according to many polls, But the view from the Hunter’s spent political capital pursuing their order to describe an internal as-
of July for a two-day review of their after Obama’s widely broadcast ad- Creek Community Center, where goals, and Obama has proved the sessment.
first six months in office, what was dress to the Muslim world, prohibi- 150 of Grayson’s constituents had same. As he told volunteers at a Smaller than it was a decade ago,
meant to be a breath-catching mo- tion of torture in interrogation and assembled to hear how the govern- health-care rally last month, “The the Republican Party has shed many
ment of reflection was colored by a decision to close the military brig ment intended to help them keep easiest thing to do as a politician is moderates, leaving few who are will-
sense of unease. at Guantanamo Bay. their homes, was shaded by fear to do nothing.” ing to work even with a Democratic
To a sleep-deprived White House But Obama’s spending plans over the president’s ventures into Before Obama’s inauguration, president who has promised less
staff, the achievements since taking that will require $9 trillion in new the private sector and other planned Rahm Emanuel, the White House partisan governing.
office that chilly morning of Jan. 20 borrowing over the next decade reforms. chief of staff, set out the administra- “At the root of his difficulties
seemed self-evident. The agenda of have alarmed conservatives in his “A large portion of our problem tion’s goals for the year. is a misperception on his part of
necessity they had carried out to own party, and he failed to head off right now is the result of our own Major reform targets, particu- the root cause of the problem,”
stabilize the economy was rapidly an investigation by his own Justice fault,” John Kulifay, a stout, balding larly in the health care and energy said Obama critic Sean Wilentz, a
making room for Obama’s agenda Department into the Bush adminis- retired engineer, said when called sectors, would not be staged one Princeton University professor and
of choice, changing the way Ameri- tration’s interrogation policies that on to speak. “The other problem is after the other, as in past administra- presidential scholar. “He sees the
cans receive health care, generate he had made clear he did not want. the government itself. Please keep tions, but pursued simultaneously problem as Washington. Fine. But
and consume energy and learn in Unemployment is still rising. His your fingers out of this. Let us fix at a time when the private sector the basic cause is the evolution of
public school classrooms. decision to expand the war in Af- it.” had been battered by the financial the Republican Party.”
But opinion polls showed sup- ghanistan, deploying thousands of Applause erupted, along with a crisis. Like Lyndon Johnson, Obama
port for the president and his poli- additional U.S. troops, has not come cry to, “Stop the redistribution!” Emanuel’s logic was a warrior’s is pursuing a broad reform agenda
cies dipping sharply, and the dis- with a clear plan for how to leave. The anxiety stretches from New — that is, the side with the initia- with large Democratic majorities
heartening numbers had shaken the Even though polls show fallen England to the Pacific Ocean, judg- tive succeeds. Since then, the ad- in Congress.
confidence of some of Obama’s staff. approval ratings, Obama remains ing by recent visits, and is rooted ministration has pushed through But Wilentz said it is harder for
Vice President Joe Biden addressed more personally popular than his in the measures Obama has imple- a dozen pieces of legislation with Obama to work across party lines
the anxiousness when the Cabinet policies. His senior advisers say his mented to shore up the economy. little obvious public resistance, in- without the collection of moderate
and senior staff met in the State leadership strength derives from A senior administration official, cluding measures to expand health Republican senators present in
Dining Room in the White House his ability to remain calm in the who spoke on condition of anonym- insurance for children, ensure pay Johnson’s time. The need for him
residence the following morning. maelstrom of 24-hour news cycles, ity to in order to speak candidly, said equity, regulate tobacco and pro- to do so has been made more ur-
“Did you really think this was a mark of his once long-shot 2008 “there were so many things we had tect consumers from credit card gent by the death of Sen. Edward
going to be easy?” Biden said, ac- campaign. The anti-government an- to do, and those are the things that companies. Kennedy and the filibuster-proof
cording to one participant. ger that has risen from a thousand feed into the skepticism that govern- But the strategy will likely cost majority he represented.
The slide has only quickened town hall meetings over the recess ment is taking over everything or Obama an energy reform bill this “You can have an out-of-touch
since then. Emerging from an an- is now testing Obama’s celebrated can’t get it right.” year, as the health-care debate drags
gry August recess, Obama is weak- communication skills and a political “These were things we had no on past the provisional deadlines the continued on page 16
ened politically and faces growing style one confidante described as
concerns, particularly from within “unsentimental.”
his own party, over his strength “I know there is great value asso-
as a leader. Dozens of interviews ciated in this town with the straight
this summer in six states — from right jab and the occasional knee to
Maine to California — have revealed the groin,” said David Axelrod, a
a growing angst and disappointment senior Obama adviser. “He’ll throw
over the administration’s present the jab when he sees it, when he
course. feels it’s necessar y. But he’s not
Democratic officials and foot sol- likely to throw the knee.”
diers, who have experienced the
volatile public mood firsthand, are Economy clouds view
asking Obama to take a more asser- The ferment beyond the Belt-
tive approach this fall. His senior way and the challenge it poses to
advisers say he will, beginning with Obama’s agenda this fall is appar-
his Wednesday address to Congress ent off the Orange Blossom Trail, a
on health care. wide commercial strip that runs out
His challenge, however, is more of Orlando, past the check-cashing
fundamental. Obama built his suc- stores, self-storage centers and adult
cessful candidacy and presidency emporiums.
around a leadership style that The Hunter’s Creek develop-
seeks consensus. But he is enter- ment is a mix of 8,700 homes and
ing a period when consensus may condominiums, a middle-class sanc-
not be possible on the issues most tuary with neighborhoods named
important to his administration and Falcon Pointe and Osprey Links.
party. Whatever approach he takes Like much of Central Florida, it has
is likely to upset some of his most burst open along with the housing
ardent supporters, many of whom bubble. Foreclosure filings are
are unwilling to compromise at a pending against 1,000 properties
time when the Democrats control there.
the White House and Congress. On a recent evening, Rep. Alan
“Until last week, he was still try- Grayson, a freshman Democrat, ar-
ing to play ball with the Republicans rived for a housing forum, which
who said, ‘We’re going to bring you like many of his recent public events
down,’” said Karen Davis, 42, a mu- involved a police presence. A Har-
sician from Jersey City, N.J., who vard-educated lawyer, Grayson of-
raised funds for Obama last year. fered grim if unsurprising figures in
“Now I’m thinking, this isn’t what a region where even Disney has laid
I voted for.” off hundreds of workers this year.
Obama has brought change over “We all know that what we need
his first seven months in office, of- is a healthy economy,” Grayson told
ten through direct government in- them. “And it’s in times like these
tervention, to areas as different as that we discover what kind of people
the conflict in Iraq and the American we are.”
auto industry. In his summer travels, Obama
The economy is improving and has argued that the stimulus pro-
bailed-out banks are paying back the gram’s $787 billion mix of spend-
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Obama team slogs on
leaders that “there is a fight in
continued from page 15
Congress right now, not between
Republican Party, but in Washington Republican and Democrats, but be-
that does great damage to reform tween those who want to help and
efforts,” Wilentz said. “He has done those who say, `Thank God we’re
what he can to put the country on a not helping.’”
new track, and in doing so he can’t
help but disappoint some of his sup- Holding on to ‘no drama’
porters. But it’s not a fan club.” In addressing volunteers from Or-
ganizing for America last month,
Extreme street theater Obama warned those who had
At a late August town hall forum been central to the field operation
in Spring Valley, Calif., Robert Bill- of his grass-roots campaign that
burg, a 49-year-old Air Force veteran “everybody in Washington gets all
and Red Cross worker, watched a wee-weed up” in August and Sep-
scene familiar to YouTube fans this tember.
summer. It was meant as a warning not
Police conducted body searches to believe the Beltway analysis that
at the gymnasium door. Signs depict- Obama, a skilled communicator and
ed Obama as the Joker; others called player of the long game, was los-
him a Nazi. Liberal demonstrators ing control of his message and his
dressed as cartoon-version fat cats broader agenda.
in tuxedos and evening gowns held Governing requires the ability to
up signs reading, “Save health care, appeal to Congress and the elector-
by a Congressman.” The far edges ate simultaneously, and Obama is
of America’s political spectrum were attempting to do that with the pa-
acting out street theater. tience and unflappability that were
“I think the best description the hallmarks of his “no drama”
of him is a centrist technocrat,” campaign.
Billburg said of Obama, whom he To Obama and his senior staff,
supported. “So those on the ex- that means ignoring the “cable chat-
tremes are going to be very disap- ter,” the president’s catch-all term
pointed.” for media punditry and Hill partisan-
Increasingly, they are. ship, and the Washington ethic of
During the campaign, Obama winning in real time.
pledged to run an administration But a traditionally fractious
less concerned by partisanship Democratic Party is also finding
than by ensuring effective govern- that it is easier to remain united
ment. against an unpopular Republican
But from his first weeks in of- administration, as it did during the
fice, as his administration worked to Bush years, than it is to govern. And
secure a stimulus bill the president Obama stands at its head.
believed was essential to preventing “There is something that has
a broader economic collapse, win- grown into the Democratic DNA
ning Republican support has been over the last 30 years that makes
hard. Even the pursuit of it is now our first reaction fear,” said Dan
viewed by his Democratic base as Pfeiffer, the White House deputy
a sign of weakness. communications director. “And we
Only three Republican senators can’t keep our fear to ourselves.”
voted for the stimulus measure, writ- Beyond the Beltway, many
ten in large part by congressional Democrats say they would be less
leaders but pushed through in the afraid if Obama appeared less fear-
final hours by the White House. ful himself, including on issues such
One of them — Arlen Specter — is as race and the legacy of torture that
now a Democrat. Not a single House he has eloquently addressed in the
Republican voted for it. past. In office, Obama has tended
At the time, several senior admin- to view those subjects largely as
istration officials said the amount distractions from his reform ambi-
of Republican support for a White tions.
House initiative would no longer be Rickey Hendon, a Democratic
a measure of its success. state senator in Illinois who served
Yet Obama has allowed weeks with Obama in the legislature there,
of bipartisan Senate negotiations to said the president has always been
take place over health-care legisla- “conciliatory, a consensus seeker”
tion, and he has signaled a willing- and that “hasn’t changed in Wash-
ness to abandon a government-run ington, much to his detriment, I
insurance option to secure biparti- believe.”
san support. Axelrod said the White House
Many of Obama’s senior advis- has been receiving advice, much of
ers were schooled in Washington it unsolicited, to push back harder
politics at least in part on Capitol against the opposition, particularly
Hill, including Emanuel, a former as the health-care debate heads into
House member and pragmatist like the fall legislative session. He said
the president who thinks allowing the president intends to do so, but
Congress to take the lead on legis- on his own terms.
lation is generally the best way to “He’s not going to get punked or
ensure its passage. pushed around,” Axelrod said. “On
But to Democrats like Grayson, the other hand, I don’t think he’s go-
who is defending Obama’s agenda ing to fill his day with gratuitous par-
before sometimes unruly audiences, tisan back and forth because it isn’t
the president should be more force- productive and it’s not healthy.”
ful in the face of mounting opposi- Polling director Jon Cohen and
tion. staff writers Kari Lydersen, Alec
At his recent appearance at the MacGillis, Keith Richburg, Philip
Tiger Bay Club, Grayson told the Rucker and Karl Vick contributed
lunchtime audience of business to this report.
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Iran reformist urges
continued resistance
By Borzou Daragahi Their refusal to back down in the
Los Angeles T imes face of such threats and pressure
suggests there will be no quick reso-
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iran’s leading lution of Iran’s greatest domestic
opposition figure Saturday called on political crisis since the early years
his supporters to continue acts of after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
peaceful civil disobedience, in his “Despite the smear campaign of
first major statement in weeks. the state-run propaganda machine, it
Mir-Hossein Mousavi also de- is we who are calling for the restora-
manded that authorities launch an tion of confidence and peace in soci-
independent probe of Iran’s disputed ety,” Mousavi said in his statement.
presidential election and punish “It is we who want to avoid any kind
people who allegedly abused pro- of extremism and violence.”
testers and detainees in the unrest Authorities continue to be un-
that followed. nerved by Mousavi’s new move-
“We shouldn’t leave any stone un- ment. They have barred fans from
turned and live to up to our commit- entering certain soccer matches, ap-
ments in our struggle against cheat- parently afraid that Mousavi support-
ers and liars,” he said in a statement ers would turn the televised games
on his Web site, kaleme.com. into opposition rallies.
“In pursuing our cause, we Last week, plainclothes security
should brave all the accusations, officials quashed a Ramadan supper
and we shouldn’t duck any act of gathering of detainees’ families and
courage or daring.” supporters outside Evin Prison, as
Mousavi, a former prime minis- well as a boisterous rally outside a
ter, ran and lost against President mosque in downtown Tehran, the
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June Iranian capital.
12 election, which was marred by Authorities also announced the
allegations of massive vote-rigging. first-ever cancellation of annual mid-
Although Mousavi’s deputies have Ramadan ceremonies at the tomb of
been hauled before televised mass Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s
tribunals for questioning the elec- revolutionary founder, after Mousavi
tion results, he has remained un- supporters threatened to turn the
bowed. event into an opposition rally.
The announcement came two Now, authorities nervously watch
days after Parliament voted to ap- as opposition supporters announce
prove a Cabinet dominated by hard- plans to chant anti-government
line loyalists to Ahmadinejad, disap- slogans during annual Quds Day
pointing opposition figures who had commemorations Sept. 18, which
hoped that the battered president is marked by officially sanctioned
would be further weakened in a rallies against Israel.
lengthy brawl over the formation Mousavi announced a nine-point
of his government. plan for defusing the political crisis,
Mousavi unveiled no new strat- including creating a fact-finding com-
egy for his Green Path of Hope, mittee to investigate election irregu-
the grass-roots political movement larities; reforming electoral laws;
he formed in mid-August. But he punishing alleged violent elements
implicitly called for a continuation in the security forces; offering resti-
of nightly rooftop anti-government tution to victims of official violence;
chants and demonstrations. lifting curbs on independent news
“There is no way but praying media, and barring military officials
to God and calls (of Allahu akbar, from interfering in politics.
“Great is great”) in small and big “Now our people have felt in their
gatherings,” he said in the state- skin, flesh and bones that the only
ment. way to save the country is peace-
Earlier in the week, Maj. Gen. ful coexistence of different tastes,
Mohammad Ali Jafari, command- walks of life, ethnicities, religions
er of the hard-line Revolutionary and schools of thoughts in this vast
Guard, delivered a speech labeling country whose diversity of lifestyles
reformists such as former President and communities was part and parcel
Mohammad Khatami as enemies of of her identity since ancient times,”
the state. Mousavi said.

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An unfair burden
dents were targeted for taxation. Unlike residents do. impact fee.”
raising the city’s property or income taxes, Institutions granted federal non-profit Sincere attempts to fix the budget defi-
JAKE HEIMARK levying a tax on large, non-profit academic status shouldn’t be a casualty of bankrupt cit should focus on keeping Brown, RISD,
institutions is both politically convenient cities’ attempts to close their budget gap. Providence College and Johnson and Wales
Opinions Columnist and easy to manage. Most students do not Universities have long held non-profit, tax- students in Providence. The benefits of per-
vote in Rhode Island; only a small minority exempt status, presumably because higher suading even a small percentage of Brown
comes from the state. As far as the city is education is deemed a substantial benefit students to live, work and pay income taxes
Itinerant Brunonians are welcomed back to concerned, we are visitors with pockets deep to the community and to society as a whole. in Providence after graduation would far out-
Providence this fall with a slap in the face enough to pay large tuition fees, but who use Reneging on the contract that grants univer- weigh the $300 per head proposed by the city.
— a proposed $300-per-student tax for out-of- city resources without contributing to the sities tax-exempt status is not only unfair; it Treating students as taxable vagrants instead
state students who attend private colleges in tax base. With the city’s deficit approach- is bad economic policy. It alienates students, of equal members of the Providence com-
Rhode Island. The message from City Hall is ing $17 million, universities have become faculty and staff, and discourages us from munity is a step in the wrong direction.
clear: students at Brown, RISD, Providence an easy target. getting more involved in the community. Our contribution to the city we live in
College and Johnson and Wales are an unfair could and should be more. Some students
burden on the city and state. Our institutions’ spend four years on College Hill and never
contributions fall short of expenses. travel beyond Thayer Street, but many ac-
Mayor David Cicilline ’83 first proposed tively engage with the city in positive ways.
the “student impact fee” earlier this year, Taxing out-of-state students is a cowardly, Legislators have not heard our voices and
claiming that students consume city services do not recognize our contributions. Students
and should therefore pay a fair share of the
backdoor attempt to remove universities’ non- already engaging in the community should
taxes required to support those ser vices. profit status and shrink the city’s deficit. make their actions known, to help our leaders
The bill is currently being debated in the realize that we are tutors, Girl Scout leaders,
General Assembly. soccer coaches and mentors to Providence’s
At first glance, Cicilline’s argument has youth. Soon we may be members of the city’s
some merit.  After all, students do consume professional class. Our presence is valuable.
city resources, and the money to fund them But the legislation as it stands may be Other cities have made vicious threats Private universities are and should remain
must come from somewhere. Brown’s op- unconstitutional. In cases of uneven taxa- about taxing non-profits such as schools, tax-exempt because we are a benefit, not a
erating budget dwarfs those of most Rhode tion, the burden of proof lies on the mu- usually as a means to extract “voluntary” do- burden, to the city.
Island companies, but as a nonprofit, our nicipality to show that the targeted group nations in times of budgetar y distress. A Rhode Island has the second highest un-
“income” is not taxed. Our campus is in one has a disproportionate effect on resources. “student impact fee” is essentially the same employment rate in the nation, exceeded only
of the nicest areas of Providence, with the Providence has not shown that non-resident threat aimed at students rather than in- by the home state of GM and Chrysler. With
highest real estate taxes, but we are exempt students represent an economic burden. Any stitutions. Taxing out-of-state students is myopic, anticompetitive policies that target
from those as well. extra burden to local hospitals, which are a cowardly, backdoor attempt to remove students — is it any wonder?
Nevertheless, the proposed “student im- privately owned, is more than offset by the universities’ non-profit status and shrink the
pact fee” is shortsighted and characteristic of contribution of Brown’s medical school and city’s deficit without cutting back services
the type of poor decisions that led Providence the fact that all Brown students are insured. or taxing constituents. It is no different than Jake Heimark ’10, an economics and
to its budget crisis in the first place. We own and operate our own police force. granting a church tax-exempt status and human biology concentrator, has a
It is not hard to see why out-of-state stu- We pay for our resources just as Providence then charging pastors a “church member Rhode Island driver’s license. 

Extend first-year orientation for the class of 2014


shorter window to absorb everything” (“OWC, program known as Building Understanding the arrival of the rest of the school. Instead,
U. officials plan for revamped orientation,” Across Differences that accepted all appli- Orientation for all students should be extended
Tory
Apr. 26, 2007). cants. It was through this program that I met so as to afford every new Brown student the
Hartmann A more understandable motive was the several of my closest friends. It allowed me chance to get to know their new home.
desire to strengthen the student-adviser re- the perfect forum to get to know first-years Moreover, students become close with the
Opinions Columnist
lationship. With the old orientation, some ad- from all over campus and discuss issues that people they meet during the first few days and
visers were not available to meet during the interested me. It also gave me the advantage weeks of college. If Brown allows for limited
I lived on Pembroke my first year — Woolley, scheduled time. With the new one, they meet of knowing my way around campus by the pre-orientation programs, then it hurts the
to be specific — and I remember a unit-mate the day before classes begin. While this was time my unit-mates arrived. dynamic of the class as a whole and implic-
of mine calling me from the Main Green on a beneficial and necessary change, it has no BUAD no longer takes place as a pre-orien- itly encourages the exclusion of other Brown
the third day of school, asking me for direc- bearing on the length of the rest of Orienta- tation program, and all other such programs students.
tions to the Ratty. Thankfully, today I would be tion. place limits on the number or type of students The transition to college is hard for every-
hard-pressed to name a building on campus Of course, some freshmen enjoy the luxury that can enroll. Each of these programs is one. Just because a student does not fall into
that this friend could not locate, but back then one of the categories delineated by current
he was completely lost. pre-orientation programs does not mean he or
This boy was lost in more ways than one; as she should not have the opportunity to have
are most first-years. When I arrived at Brown, a real orientation. It also does not mean that
I was nervous about meeting new friends and Three days is simply not enough time for an he or she should not have the opportunity to
finding my way around campus. These wor- meet and befriend people who do have those
ries were not trivial, yet the regular first-year orientation; it’s barely enough time to organize a interests.
orientation available to me did not allow the “I have no problem, as yet, with the way
proper time to begin carving out my niche
new room and get to know one’s neighbors. the Brown orientation is set up, though it is
before the campus filled up with upperclass- eminently possible that I could have some
men and I had to start shopping classes and problems once I experience it,” Robert Black
doing schoolwork. ’13 said.
The class of 2013 has three days between of a proper orientation: freshmen that are cho- important, and I am not arguing for their Perhaps once Black experiences Orienta-
the start of orientation and the start of classes. sen to participate in the Third World Transition removal. But it would be best to hold these tion he will agree with his fellow students; ac-
Three days is simply not enough time for an ori- Program, University Community Academic pre-orientation programs in the early weeks cording to a Herald editorial from last spring,
entation; it’s barely enough time to organize a Advising Program, the International Student of school, like the BUAD workshop is doing “200 polled students unanimously preferred
new room and get to know one’s neighbors. Orientation and Excellence at Brown have the for the first time this year. This way, all fresh- the old Orientation to the new one” (“Expand
The reasons behind a committee’s 2007 chance at an orientation that resembles those men would share a common bond from their orientation, move TWTP,” Apr. 23). I hope
decision to move orientation range from the available at other colleges and allows them the first week or so at Brown before beginning to that the administration takes this advice to
unpersuasive to the absurd. (Take, for instance, time to acclimate to their new home. divide up along the lines defined by current heart and reconsiders the way Orientation
committee member Karen McLaurin’s ’74 Priya Gaur ’13 said, “Brown’s short orien- pre-orientation programs. is conducted.
counterintuitive claim, described by The tation doesn’t necessarily pose a problem for With such limitations on enrollment in pre-
Herald, that the change to orientation would me.” But she admits, “I am participating in a orientation programs, not every student who Tory Hartmann ’11 is a political science
be positive because “in past years, students pre-orientation program, so I am anticipating a would like to participate in one can do so. It is concentrator from Hillsborough, N.J. She
have not really had the chance to absorb their little bit more adjustment time than others.” unfair of Brown to provide certain first-years can be reached at
experiences … so it is good to give them a I was lucky to participate in a pre-orientation with special access to the campus prior to Victoria_Hartmann@brown.edu
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Princess”
40 Slump
43 Speaker of
baseball
44 German-
speaking Swiss
city
45 Manhandle Birdfish| Matt Weiss
46 Yom __: holiday,
in Hebrew
47 Course with
many functions
48 Dance with a kick
49 Mate’s response
51 Declared
54 Picket fence
55 Space science
56 Bastille Day party
site
57 London-born
supermodel

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By Barry C. Silk
1 Totals (c)2009 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
04/25/09