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BSA ticket Web site crashes, N e w d irection Yellen ’67

students snoop for answers tapped
By Talia Kagan if BCA determines that the weather
and Sara Luxenberg
Senior Staf f Writers
will be good enough to hold the con-
cert on the Main Green. Until then,
the number of tickets is restricted to
for Fed
Spring Weekend rain-capacity tick- 3,500, the capacity of Meehan Audi- By Anne Artley
ets sold out yesterday morning after torium. BCA could only offer 3,250 Contributing Writer
trouble with the Web site that hosted tickets per day in Wednesday morn-
sales left frustrated students refresh- ing’s online sale because the agency Janet Yellen ’67, the president of
ing their browsers for 40 minutes. reserves 250 tickets for people such the Federal Reserve Bank in San
The tickets were adver tised as the artists, security, volunteers Francisco, has been nominated by
to go on sale at 8:00 a.m., but stu- and stage crew, said BCA Hospitality President Barack Obama to serve
dents from Brown and Rhode Island Chair Abby Schreiber ’11. as vice chairwoman of the Federal
School of Design who attempted to Of the 3,250 tickets available, a Reserve Board of Governors.
buy tickets were not able to do so “negligible” number were reserved The Board of Governors is the
until about 8:40 a.m., according to for RISD students, staff and faculty, main branch of the Federal Reserve
Alex Spoto ’11, the Brown Concert while the rest went to the Brown System, the central banking system
Agency’s administrative chair. By community, according to Spoto. in the United States. If confirmed,
9:30 a.m., the 6,500 tickets available As students attempted to pur- Yellen will replace Donald Kohn in
— 3,250 for each day’s concert — chase tickets online, “the server’s the second highest Fed position in
were completely sold out. capacity to handle the amount of the country.
data transfer at 8 a.m. was inade- Yellen wrote in an e-mail to
Inadequate capacity MGMT quate,” Mike Caron ’12, technology The Herald that, if confirmed to
On April 21, at 1:30 p.m., stu- and e-commerce coordinator for the position, she hopes to help the
Min Wu / Herald
dents, staff and faculty who were Federal Reserve work towards its
Brown/RISD Hillel’s new executive director, Marshall Einhorn, will take
shut out will get a second chance — continued on page 4 over this summer. See page 3. two key macroeconomic goals: full
employment and price stability.

Neurosurgery Hockey alums wear same pro uniform

“We need to foster a great deal
of job creation to achieve the first
goal,” Yellen wrote.

department By Ben Noble

Contributing Writer
rarely play on the same line. They
do, however, see each other plenty
“We do stuff after practice togeth-
She wrote that another goal of
the Federal Reserve is to supervise

gets new head Three former men’s hockey players

off the ice. er,” Prough said. “It’s nice having two
guys you went to college with.”
banking organizations and monitor
developments that could threaten
— Matt Vokes ’09, Jeff Prough ’08 Sports Vokes said he is enjoying the the financial system, especially in
By Sarah Mancone and Chris Poli ’08 — have kept in lifestyle of a professional hockey light of the current recession.
Senior Staff Writer touch better than most graduates. The Vokes and Prough are roommates player. Yellen wrote that she is “strong-
three alums play for the East Coast in Trenton, and Poli lives next door. “You have a lot of freedom and ly committed to price stability,” and
Garth Cosgrove has been appointed Hockey League’s Trenton Devils, “It’s a fun atmosphere,” Vokes time to pursue outside interests,” has voted 20 times to “raise interest
as inaugural chair of the newly cre- a professional team owned by the said. “Its easy to make the transition Vokes said, mentioning that he does rates in order to contain inflation-
ated Department of Neurosurgery at NHL’s New Jersey Devils. from college to the pros when you
Alpert Medical School and as chief All three alums are forwards but have close friends looking out for continued on page 9 continued on page 3
of neurosurgery at Rhode Island
Hospital and the Miriam Hospital,
according to a press release from the
Med School. These appointments will
be effective June 1.
Blue State brewing
The neurosurgery department
was formed in December 2008, but
has not had a permanent chair be-
two new locations
fore now. By Brigitta Greene staple for coffee drinkers from both
It takes a while to appoint a new Metro Editor Brown and the greater East Side.
chair, said Karen Scanlan, communi- Blue State has two locations on
cation and administrative manager of The order is simple: coffee, black. College Hill, and now runs through
the office of Dean of Medicine and Alex Payson ’03.5 doesn’t miss a approximately 10,000 pounds of
Biological Sciences Edward Wing. beat. coffee a year. If all goes well, the
There is a “stringent process of hiring He pours the 200-degree water company hopes to open two new
a new chair,” she added. over the grounds, watching carefully locations before the end of this year,
The search committee first must as the brown grains swell upward another store in Rhode Island and
find candidates for the position, and and begin to froth. The mixture is one in Boston.
then there is a rigorous interview “We try to push the envelope for
process “once they get past the point Metro how good coffee can be, to do the
of being worthy,” she said. best we can to treat coffee well,”
The department was formed after creamy and rich. Coffee beans give Payson said. He says his goal is ab-
the Corporation separated the Depart- off carbon dioxide for a brief period solute quality in every cup. And the
ment of Clinical Neurosciences into after they are roasted. The bubbles coffee-curious customer is rarely
the Department of Neurology and betray a truly fresh cup to come. disappointed.
the Department of Neurosurgery. It He waits 50 seconds before de- The company’s first store, at 300
is great to be bringing “neurosurgery livering the first serving. It tastes Thayer St., opened in the summer
onto the campus,” Scanlan said. of cocoa and stone fruit, of peaches of 2007. Last January, Blue State
Cosgrove is taking over for In- with a salty note. opened a new location — the Col-
terim Chief of Neurosurgery Curt Payson is co-owner of Blue State lege Hill Cafe — within the Brown
Herald file photo
Coffee — a shop that has established Blue State Coffee, which opened two new locations last January, is
continued on page 2 itself, in less than three years, as a continued on page 6 looking to expand yet again by the end of this year.

Metro, 6 Sports, 8 Opinions, 11 editor’s note
This is the last issue
Sports.....8–9 What’s percolating? pitch perfect IN DEFENSE OF LARRY of The Herald prior
Editorial....10 Take a sip of the coffee Pitching for Kristie Chin Susannah Kroeber ’11 to spring break.
Opinion.....11 shops Providence has to ’11 has been a walk in the ponders the benefits of Publication resumes
Today........12 offer ballpark recently studying the gender gap April 5.
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C ampus N EWS “You can expect to see a feistier version of me.”

— President Ruth Simmons on her coming years in office

Neurosurgery dept. gets first chair Simmons: dorms, grad

continued from page 1

Doberstein at the Med School and

school to expand next
surgery,” Chief Executive of Rhode
Island Hospital Timothy Babineau
said in the press release. “We are
Cosgrove comes from the Lahey
Clinic in Burlington, Mass. There
he served as the chair of the De-
Chief of Neurosurgery John Dun- confident that Dr. Cosgrove’s ex- partment of Neurosurgery and se- By Nicole Boucher for the rest of her time as president.
can at Rhode Island Hospital, who perience and leadership skills will nior neurosurgeon. In addition, he Senior Staff Writer “You can expect to see a feistier ver-
stepped down in 2007. enable him to effectively direct the served as professor of neurosurgery sion of me,” she said of her coming
“It is a real testament to our Department of Neurosurgery and at Tufts University School of Medi- The University will improve and years as president. “I think I’m going
growth at Rhode Island Hospital help us to successfully expand the cine. Before working at the Lahey expand residence halls in the com- to have a lot of fun and not worry too
and the Miriam Hospital to have program to meet increased patient Clinic, Cosgrove was an associate ing years, President Ruth Simmons much about ruffling feathers.”
him lead our Department of Neuro- needs.” professor of surgery at Harvard told the Undergraduate Council of Simmons has ser ved since
Medical School as well as attend- Students at its general body meeting 2001 and announced at February’s
ing neurosurgeon at Massachusetts Wednesday night. meeting of the Corporation that she
General Hospital. “I envision a big dorm project,” will remain at Brown beyond next
Cosgrove has research interests Simmons said. Though she did not year.
in epilepsy, stereotactic and function- discuss any specific residence hall “I learned a lot in my first nine
al neurosurgery, surgical treatment projects, she invited the council’s years how hard it is to move things.
of brain tumors, functional imaging input in the planning process. It takes a long time,” she said. “I
of the human cerebral cortex and “I think we have a lot to do,” Sim- think I’ve concluded that I’m prob-
radiosurgery, according to the press mons said, adding that it will be im- ably going to have to break some
release. portant to garner support from the rules.”
Cosgrove “is an outstanding neu- Corporation, the University’s high- President Simmons meets with
rosurgeon with expertise in func- est governing body, for the capital UCS annually, Clay Wertheimer ’10,
tional neurosurgery, a critical tie to projects that establish new student the council’s president, told The Her-
enhancing our research at Brown,” spaces. ald. The fact that Simmons’ visit falls
Wing said in the press release. Simmons also discussed growing less than a week after her “State of
“Everyone’s very excited about the Graduate School, saying that her Brown” address means that “mem-
him coming,” Scanlan said. He will “State of Brown” speech was a means bers of UCS have had time to think”
serve as a tie that “brings everyone “to launch that debate” within the and prepare questions about under-
together in the clinical setting and larger community. She said lively graduate life that “springboard” off of
research,” she added. discussion must occur before insti- Simmons’ discussion last Thursday,
Cosgrove will also be joining the tuting any plan for growth to ensure he said.
Brown Institute for Brain Science. that Brown continues to “support the The council also approved chang-
“Dr. Cosgrove brings exceptional undergraduate program as opposed es to the requirements for the consti-
leadership, neurosurgical and sci- to detracting from it.” tution that student groups must file
entific skills to Rhode Island and She said any plan must strike before receiving categorization from
Brown’s flourishing multidisci- a balance between maintaining a the Student Activities Committee.
plinary brain research community,” vibrant undergraduate experience The changes include an expanded
said John Donoghue, the institute’s and improving the Grad School to statement of purpose that will better
director, in the press release. enhance Brown’s reputation. reflect the group’s individual pur-
“This appointment will create Simmons advocated sharing in- pose, according to Student Activi-
important future collaboration with formation between universities as ties Chair Brady Wyrtzen ’11. It also
the departments of neuroscience, a means of reducing costs while ex- requires that groups agree to UCS
psychiatry, and neurology,” Wing panding knowledge across a wider procedures after they receive official
said in the press release. “Leaders community. “If we cooperate more, categorization.
like Dr. Cosgrove will help boost our we would have the ability to reduce The Campus Life Committee also
potential to be one of the top destina- costs to students” and improve the discussed its proposal for increasing
tions in the country for clinical and transfer of knowledge, she said. lighting on the Main Green, said
academic neuroscience.” Simmons also discussed her plans Campus Life Chair Ben Farber ’12.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 THE BROWN DAILY HERALD Page 3

C ampus N EWS “She’s not there to follow a party line.”

— George Borts, economics professor, on Fed nominee Janet Yellen ’67

Hillel’s new director starts in summer Fed nominee found ‘life’s

By Qian Yin
Staf f Writer
work’ on College Hill
of Judaic practices and student
backgrounds. “It has been amaz-
Einhorn said he thinks having
a strong set of business experi-
ing for me to see the dif ferent ences will ser ve him well in Hil- continued from page 1
Megan Nesbitt, executive direc- avenues for Jewish students to get lel. He said he sees similarities
tor of Brown/RISD Hillel, will be involved and to have Jewish ex- in operation between Hillel and ary pressures.” She predicted that the
leaving at the end of the semester periences with their classmates,” a business, and will utilize skills inflation level will sink even lower than
to pursue graduate studies. She he said. he gained in the for-profit world, its present level because of the histori-
will be replaced by Marshall Ein- Einhorn called himself a “ca- such as financial and marketing cally high unemployment rate and low
horn, who comes from a business reer switcher.” Prior to coming to skills, to ser ve the Hillel com- rate of wage increases.
background. Hillel, he had 11 years of working munity. Yellen has held the position of
Einhorn has been working experience in business, consult- Nesbitt said she has been president of the Federal Reserve
with Nesbitt since Jan. 25 and will ing, informational technology and “ver y impressed” by Einhorn’s Bank in San Francisco since 2004, and
fully take charge this summer, he marketing. He also holds a mas- “mind for business operations and chaired the Council of Economic Advi-
said. This arrangement gives him ters in business administration. management” and his ability to sors under the Clinton Administration, Courtesy of federalreserve.gov
the opportunity to meet students, But his career in the for-profit see how the community works according to the Christian Science Janet Yellen ’67.
faculty members, administrators world “wasn’t speaking to me,” as a whole and how individuals Monitor.
and alums and to “get an overall Einhorn said, and so he began fit into the organization. Before that, she taught at the in fields as diverse as art history, ar-
sense of Brown and the Jewish looking for “work that had a larger The student executive board London School of Economics and, at chitecture, the philosophy of science,
community at Brown,” he said. meaning to the community,” he at Hillel is “ver y excited” to have present, is a professor at University of Russian literature and geology.”
Nesbitt will leave Brown in said. “I wanted to be in a position Einhorn, according to Yoni Dol- California at Berkeley’s Haas School Professor of Economics George
June to pursue a master’s de- where I felt the connection to the gin ’10, president of the board. of Business. After graduating from Borts, who was chairman of the de-
gree in critical psychology at work that I was doing.” Dolgin said he thinks Einhorn is Brown, she went on to earn her doc- partment when Yellen was an under-
George Washington University, As an undergraduate student a “good listener,” “a true leader” torate in economics from Yale, and graduate, said he was not surprised
she said. at Tufts University, Einhorn was and someone who is both vision- received an honorary degree from by her success.
She said she loves Brown for on the executive board of Hillel ar y and capable of gathering re- Brown in 1998. “She was very sharp and quick-
“the strength of the community for two years, and had been “a sources to support his visions. As a Brown graduate of the late witted,” he said. “It was clear she was
and the sense of really belonging big believer in helping develop “People just love him,” Dolgin 1960s, Yellen remembers the debate going to have a good career in eco-
here.” Her experience at Brown Jewish life on campus.” He said said. around the changes in the curricu- nomics. She was very interested in the
has been “incredibly rewarding,” this position at Brown/RISD Hillel Einhorn will work on crafting lum. Overall, she wrote she has fond field and she picked good advisers.”
challenging her in unexpected “was exactly the kind of thing that an “authentic experience for stu- memories of her college days and is Though Borts said it was too early
ways as well as teaching her I was looking to shift into.” dents to connect and do so in a grateful to Brown for providing her to pinpoint Yellen’s policies should
what she wants to do next, she Einhorn also said he wanted way that is meaningful to the in- with a well-rounded education. she be appointed to the position, he
added. to have a career through which dividual students themselves,” he “I discovered economics as a field said he had confidence in her ability
Einhorn said the Hillel com- he could “help improve the world said. He said he hopes that when of study, was excited by the course- to govern.
munity has been ver y “warm and in some small ways,” so as to set students leave Brown, “their Juda- work I took in that field, and am thank- “I expect her to be pretty indepen-
welcoming.” He said he has been up an example for his kids — a ism is in some ways important to ful that I found my life’s work in the dent,” he said. “She’s not there to fol-
struck by the diversity of the Jew- four-and-half-year-old girl and a them” and they will bring this to process,” Yellen wrote. “I also greatly low a party line. She follows her own
ish community at Brown in terms two-year-old boy. other communities. enjoyed remarkable courses that I took instincts and intelligence.”
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C ampus N EWS “The system did not work the way we wanted it to.”
— Alex Spoto ’11, BCA administrative chair, on its Web site’s crash

Site crashes, tickets sell out, causing ‘Major’ student outrage

continued from page 1 greater. curate picture,” Schreiber said. much stronger this year, with this immediate question was, “Are you
BSA uses an outside software “The system did not work the Spring Weekend marking the 50th hurt?” Barney explained the ticket
Brown Student Agencies, wrote in company called TouchNet to handle way we wanted it to,” Spoto said. He anniversary and promising a strong situation, gave them her Brown ID
an e-mail to The Herald. the ticket sales for Spring Weekend added that when the crash occurred, list of performances,” Caron said. number and went back to sleep. Her
Caron attributed the crash to “a and other events. BCA was “working both BCA and BSA members did ev- “Tickets sold out much faster parents — “huge concert buffs,” she
lack of sufficient bandwidth for such closely with the software develop- erything they could to get the Web this year than they did in previ- said — tried for an hour, and were
a high-volume day.” ers” before Weds. morning’s sales, site up and running again. “It was ous years,” he added. Last year, eventually successful. When she
BCA and BSA members still do Schreiber said. “We were told it frustrating. It was something that tickets did not sell out until just woke up, she had tickets.
not know why the bandwidth was should have had the bandwidth to we were trying hard to fix for an past midnight on their first day of At 8:40 a.m., Melanie Johnson ’13
not large enough to accommodate function with every person logging hour, with the phones ringing off sales. While there were reports of woke up her roommate, who told
the demand. Caron wrote that either on at once,” she added. the hook,” he said. slow loading times, the response to Johnson she had been dreaming
the bandwidth had been decreased “As more information comes in, While BSA specifically is re- last year’s online sales was mostly about not getting tickets. Johnson
from last year or the demand was we’ll be able to provide a more ac- sponsible for managing the online positive, The Herald reported at had been tr ying since 8:30 a.m.,
ticket transactions, “it wasn’t their the time. though she did not get tickets until
program that they could fix,” Spoto BCA did not sell any tickets about 9:00.
said. to the general public this year, Catherine Freije ’13 wasn’t so
BSA has no control over the Schreiber said. lucky. After trying to log onto the
server TouchNet uses and how the Before last year, tickets were Web site, and making it as far as the
program functions, Caron said. sold in person to the Brown com- ticket selection menu at one point
Spoto said he has been in contact munity. After 2008 Spring Weekend before being shut out, she had to
with TouchNet to attempt to figure ticket sales led to multi-hour lines, go to her organic chemistry class
out why the bandwidth was set inap- online implementation was seen as at 8:45, ticketless.
propriately. more effective, The Herald reported Early on in the day, Facebook
“In light of the situation, I think in March 2009. became a repository for misery and
it is fair to say that BSA was very schadenfreude.
quick to respond to all questions BCA sent to the Dogg-house “Everyone’s status was really an-
and issues with sales, be it by e-mail, Stories of just how students did gry or really happy,” said Rachel
phone call or visit to one of our of- — and did not — get tickets were Zolno ’13.
fices,” Caron said. everywhere on campus yesterday. Sometime before noon, Benja-
The possible heightened demand Sam Barney ’12 has a story that min Mossbarger ’10 created the
for tickets could have been due to might make certain Brown students Facebook group “Spring Weekend
BCA “making a bigger push to ac- turn green with envy. Riot” in response to the ticketing
commodate grad students, faculty After failing to get through to controversy. At press time Thursday
and staff,” Schreiber said. “Last year the Brown Student Agency Market- morning, the group had over 400
we didn’t publicize it as well,” she place Web site at 8 a.m., she called members.
added. her parents. Confused at why she
“Demand cer tainly seemed was awake so unusually early, their continued on page 5
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C ampus N EWS For more student reaction — and other news too — visit

Complaints, traffic at high volume

continued from page 4

Mossbarger had hit the BSA Web

site’s refresh button “continuously
for an hour,” but failed to get tickets
before he had to leave for his 9 a.m.
quantum mechanics class. He later
found out that tickets had sold out as
he sat in class. “I was livid,” he said.
He created the group and e-mailed
BCA, frustrated, he said, that the
agency hadn’t prepared adequately.
BCA should have instituted a policy
of one ticket per student, he said,
since many people got tickets for a
friend from another school.
Additionally, he said he believed
BCA should show preference to se-
niors because this Spring Weekend
is their last. Mossbarger said he
has only been to one Spring Week-
end concert while at Brown — his
sophomore year, he got shut out
of tickets, and the following year
he went abroad — and he is wor-
ried that he might not be able to
go this year.
“Both BSA and BCA understand
the frustration people have after Herald File Photo
today with the payment site,” Caron Spring Weekend 2009 marked the inauguration of online ticket sales. The
concert was ultimately held outside, permitting the sale of more tickets.
said. He added that nobody, includ-
ing BSA members, could access the
site in the 40 minutes it was down. tickets,” he said. “If it had r un smoothly or
“The majority of the BSA staff did With or without glitches, BCA is not,” Schreiber said of this morn-
not end up with tickets to the events, still limited by the capacity of either ing’s sales, “there would still be a
highlighting the fact that everyone Meehan Auditorium or the Main couple thousand students without
had the same chance of obtaining Green. tickets.”
Metro The Buzz
Providence’s Coffee Culture
In Pawtucket, perfecting the roast
By Avery Houser Atlantic competition. New Harvest’s It’s all in the slurp
Contributing Writer own Todd Mackey came in fifth Mackey runs a “cupping” every
place, Harrigan said. morning — a blind coffee tasting.
North of the Rhode Island School Mackey and Simon Ouderkirk, Mackey sets out the grounds of
of Design, Main Street is a deso- who runs the coffee program at three or four coffees in twice as
late wasteland, a drag flanked on Seven Stars Bakery, are working many cups. Employees gather to
the west by gas stations and fast to develop the Providence Coffee smell the grounds and take notes.
food chains and on the east by a Society. The society’s goal is to es- A barista then carefully pours boil-
graveyard. Main Street dampens tablish a “coffee community.” The ing water over grounds at the bot-
the soul. barista culture in Providence is up- tom of each cup.
There is a beacon of hope, and-coming, Harrigan explained. They count down four minutes,
though, just north of the Providence “You can taste it,” he said. the optimal brew time before the
city limits. Near the Pawtucket bor- The roasting room is home to “break.” When the magic moment
der, bomb-shelled storefronts give two coffee roasting machines, af- is reached, a barista sticks his nose
way to old warehouses. And this is fectionately called “Wolf Maiden” almost into the coffee and pushes
the home of New Harvest Coffee and “Cupcake.” Wolf Maiden is back the layer of grounds that has
Roasters. capable of roasting up to 35,000 formed at the top of the cup. It is at
The New Harvest facilities are pounds of coffee a week. When this moment that the most intense

Passion steams behind

divided into a roasting room and a coffee is roasted, it is placed into aromas are released.
training room. When a coffee shop a large drum that rotates it over The proper tasting method is
first begins working with New Har- a gas flame, then transferred to a a loud slurp, such that the coffee

the Blue State counter

vest, the company’s coffee gurus cooling chamber. The roaster — a coats the entire mouth. A sip only
lead the shop’s baristas through person, not a machine — regulates touches the tip of the tongue.
an intensive training regiment. the temperature and air flow during Some tasters cup in absolute
The slightest mistreatment of New the entire process. silence and under a red light to continued from page 1 ranged the bar at his cafe to facilitate
Harvest’s beans can ruin a coffee’s heighten their senses of taste and conversation between baristas and
flavors. Wildness of the bean smell. Without speaking about Bookstore, and a third branch in New customers.
“You can buy the most beautiful This Tuesday morning, Rik what they experience, the baristas Haven, Conn. near Yale. These conversations are incredibly
coffee and destroy it in seconds,” Kleinfeldt, the founder of New proceed to taste the coffee hot, and Beyond deep-rooted passion for valuable, he said, adding that he hopes
said Gerra Harrigan, New Harvest’s Harvest, changes the air flow on as it cools. A coffee that is good quality taste, the company has worked to “create a community around the
director of business development. A the Sumatra he’s roasting to split it even as it cools proves itself to be to give back to the community — do- shop,” to “really make the impression
coffee like their “El Alto” from Costa between the heating drum and the free of defects. nating five percent of sales to local that this is a quality product.” Whether
Rica must be roasted very lightly for cooling chamber. He explains that A cupping can consist of any causes — and to be as environmen- or not the coffee is appreciated to its
the flavor profile to show its bright a goal of roasting is to separate the combination of coffees, often from tally sustainable as possible, Payson fullest “totally depends on the person,”
notes. While trends are moving to- chaff from the quality part of the one region. Tuesday morning, the said. he said, but he is not pretentious about
wards roasting and brewing coffees bean through a heavy air flow, while New Harvest team is cupping east “Most people still use coffee as his art.
to their own specifications, many simultaneously maintaining a high African coffees. Sometimes they a conduit for caffeine,” he said. “We Sugar and heavy cream are con-
shops indiscriminately dark-roast temperature. will cup a triangulation, which con- want to get people to think about cof- sidered to mask the true flavor of the
all beans. Kleinfeldt roasts this Sumatra sists of two of the same types of fee like people think about wine.” roast, to take away from the full ap-
While coffee is central in barista as a “full city roast,” or a medium coffee and one different type, just Blue State, like many independent preciation of its complex flavors. “But
training, many of the classes are roast. Upon picking, most artisanal to keep themselves on point. Providence cafes, brews coffee roast- a mocha is a delicious drink,” he said
espresso-centric, she said. Many coffee is washed before the fruit Mackey loves tasting coffee ed at New Harvest Coffee Roasters with a smile. “I have absolutely no
baristas want to jump right to is removed from the bean. The from other roasters, as he likes in Pawtucket. problem with it.”
espresso art. fruit of a Sumatra coffee is left in to keep track of what others are New England’s coffee culture is The location on the Pembroke
Harrigan says that espresso art contact with the bean far longer, so doing. It’s not for the sake of com- “exploding right now,” said Ryan Lud- campus offers open coffee cuppings
is important for baristas as it helps Kleinfeldt roasts Sumatra longer to petition, he said, so much as for wig, manager of the College Hill Cafe. every Friday at noon. Community
them focus on steaming well-tex- “temper that wildness.” the sake of learning. “We like to Interest in the art of coffee is growing members are invited to taste different
tured milk. When the milk is thin All of the beans are shipped to enjoy everyone’s roasting style,” nationwide, he said, and Providence’s blends, develop their palate and learn
enough to create detailed designs, Pawtucket by importers in New York he said. local coffee scene is “very passionate about the art and theory of coffee.
its density is ideal for a latte. City. While the New Harvest roast- Mackey says that he is always but also very small.” As Payson clears off the counter,
“It’s like chemistry,” Harrigan ers have visited a number of their growing at New Harvest. The spirit The University’s proximity cre- he speaks excitedly of a package he
said. feeder plantations, they still buy is one of adventure — of reevalua- ates a great opportunity to reach out ordered last week. Inside is an aroma
primarily from importers. To buy tion — and it is always a learning to students — often the most open kit full of 36 samples, each one a dis-
The community roast directly from the farmers would re- experience. to “getting out there and trying new tinct coffee aroma. His pallete, he
The training room also plays quire an enormous volume, but New things,” he said. He recently rear- says, awaits fine tuning.
host to monthly “barista jams,” Harvest is beginning to
during which baristas go head-to- form relationships with

Over twenty five years,

head over latte art. The judge usu- individual farms as part
ally throws out the losers’ latte, but of a goal to start buy-
someone will drink the winner’s cup. ing from the
It’s too painful to throw it out, Har-
rigan said.
“It’s like basketball,” Harri-
and the coffee’s still hot
gan said, gazing at the dry-erase By Ellen Cushing changed immensely.
bracket proudly. This past week- Senior Editor This is, Fishbein said, in large part
end the crew was in Boston at due to the fact that even in 1984, long
the Northeast Regional Barista A year before the first Starbucks before terms like “organic” and “fair
Competition. It is the first time opened its doors and long before there trade” even existed, he and the rest
the competition has been held was an identifiable coffee culture in of the business’s managers adopted
in the Northeast, Providence or anywhere else, Charlie an ethos of social responsibility — a
after previous- and Bill Fishbein started roasting and commitment that hasn’t wavered.
ly being held selling brewed coffee and whole beans The business is highly connected
in conjunc- in a cozy, wood-walled storefront on with Coffee Kids, a nonprofit founded
tion with Wickenden Street. by Bill Fishbein in 1988 that aims to
t h e “When we founded Coffee Ex- improve the economic and life cir-
Mid- change, there was nothing,” Char- cumstances of those who actually
Avery Houser / Herald
lie said, sitting at a wooden table in grow the beans from which Coffee
From training the city’s baristas to roasting the perfect coffee, New Harvest Roasters are passionate about their the cafe’s upstairs office, more than Exchange’s lattes are made. What’s
craft. Cities like Portland, Ore. and San Francisco have long been considered isolated hubs for quality coffee — a quarter-century after he and his more, the cafe’s coffee is 100 percent
where a cup of joe becomes more about the complex aromas, multi faceted taste and the art of presentation. brother first set up shop. But now, organic and fair-trade, according to
But Providence is not far behind. New Harvest has played a large role in facilitating the recent “explosion” in local
coffee spirit. New Harvest distributes their specialty roasts to many of Providence’s independent coffee shops —
26 years later, Coffee Exchange has Charlie Fishbein. “All of our coffee is
including Seven Stars Bakery, Blue State Coffee and White Electric Coffee — and hosts regular coffee cuppings managed to thrive, even as the cof-
and workshops for Rhode Island’s coffee-savvy. fee culture around it has grown and continued on page 7
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M etro: The Buzz

Lucky Clover brews Coffee culture settled in on Wickenden
pots of coffee gold
continued from page 6 said. “But we’re a coffee business and when my roaster breaks, I can use
it’s because we do really great-tasting his. The bond is personal and very
purchased with a social component coffee that we’ve been able to stay in much enjoyable.”
in mind. That’s part and parcel with business for so long.” Fishbein said business is as
By Talia Kagan spot, then poured into the cylindri- who we are,” he said. “We’ve always He continued, “We don’t change strong as ever even in the face of
Senior Staff Writer cal brew chamber at the top of the tried to put the most sustainable simply because somebody might a changing market and growing
machine. Hot water fills the chamber, product out that we can.” have a new marketing scheme. We competition, and a look at the Ex-
“You’ll smell the berries,” said Steve and the barista mixes the grounds Coffee Exchange buys all of its will improve the taste of our coffee, change’s deck on a Sunday morning,
Peck, manager of a Wayland Square and water with a metal beater. The beans from a cooperative and roasts but we won’t change it to follow some as a long line of bleary-eyed Rhode
coffee shop, inhaling the earthy smell grounds are lowered down slowly, them in-house — another part of the sort of trend.” Islanders waits patiently for their
of sun-dried Ethiopian coffee. He then then raised, then lowered again. The formula that Fishbein said keeps Starbucks — which has six Ethiopian Oromia or Narragansett
displays the Sumatra bean, which he process aerates them more for the people coming back. “Very seldom stores in Providence, five of which Blend, seems to back this up.
said has been aged for three to five vacuum press, which pulls the water do we have coffee beans that are are within a mile of Coffee Exchange “We do have the reputation with
years. The Ethiopia Sidamo is another through a filter out of the grounds, more than two days old,” he said. — isn’t the cafe’s only competitor, as the big deck and the crowds and the
favorite, because of its “kind of lemony Peck said. The coffee brews into a “It’s that freshness that translates Providence’s coffee market has seen line in the morning,” Fishbein said.
flavor,” he said. cup while the grounds remain in a into taste, that translates into staying enormous growth in recent years. Parker Wood, a Rhode Island
Peck said he enjoys small-batch sort of patty that Peck squeegees into in business for 26 years.” And oddly enough, Coffee Ex- native and longtime barista at the
coffees like these because they give a container. Over the course of those 26 years, change actually trained some of cafe, said Coffee Exchange’s “loyal
him “the ability to talk coffee with “They make a really great fertil- Providence’s coffee scene has grown the founders of New Harvest Cof- local following and solid base” was
people.” izer,” he adds. exponentially and a whole host of fee Roasters, which now supplies largely responsible for the store’s
But Peck doesn’t work at some The whole process takes about competitors has sprung up around roasted beans to dozens of the city’s longevity.
obscure artisanal coffee house. He two minutes, which can sometimes Coffee Exchange, starting with the coffeeshops. “It’s like a community center,” he
works at Starbucks. cause a bit of a delay, Peck said. If arrival of Starbucks in Providence Fishbein said the two businesses said. “It’s an unchanging variable in
Starbucks may have popularized customers prefer cold drinks, the cof- around 15 years ago. have a friendly relationship. “We get the equation that is coffee in Provi-
the concept of gourmet coffee — ex- fee can be brewed double-strength “When (Starbucks) first came along very well,” he said. dence.”
panding from Seattle to countries as and poured on ice. into town, there was a question: ‘Is “When his roaster
far as Oman and the Philippines — but Clover coffee has changed some Coffee Exchange going to go out breaks, he
most coffee purists these days turn habits, Peck said. Some customers no of business?’,” Fishbein said. “But,” can use
up their noses at the multinational longer drink their coffee with milk, he continued, “we were never really mine,
corporation’s mass-market appeal. he said, because they now prefer to concerned about Starbucks putting and
Yet the Starbucks in Wayland taste straight coffee. us out of business.”
Square houses a Clover machine, an But not everyone is buying it. One Though the Seattle-based chain
advanced coffee brewer found in only possible deterrent is price — depend- has sparked an interest in gourmet
47 Starbucks locations nationwide, ing on the blend, a Clover coffee can coffee and made for an increasingly
according to the company’s Web site. cost over twice the price of a regular sophisticated customer palate —
This sleek, single-cup machine — brew. the biggest change he said he has
with an $11,000 price tag — could ar- Eva Goodman, who tried a cup of seen over the years — Fishbein said
guably be deemed the most advanced Clover-brewed coffee on the recom- his cafe’s unwillingness to yield to
brewer in the state of Rhode Island. mendation of a friend, said she did trends and enduring allegiance to
The Clover was designed by the taste a difference, finding the taste taste has allowed it to occupy a pro-
Coffee Equipment Company, also “clean and bold.” tected niche.
based in Seattle, which originally sold According to Peck, about three- Starbucks is “a great marketing
Avery Houser / Herald
the machine to independent coffee quarters of his branch’s Clover sales company and they’re responsible for Coffee Exchange roasts their beans in-house, allowing the coffee shop
shops. But in March 2008, Starbucks come from regular, die-hard fans. a lot of the current coffee craze,” he to maintain high quality and freshness standards.
bought the company. Cafes that previ- One Clover fan drives to Wayland
ously owned a Clover still own one, Square even though he works in a dif-
but Starbucks no longer distributes ferent part of Providence, Peck said.
the machines to stores other than Another regular customer sometimes
its own. buys two cups of Clover coffee in the
Starbucks debuted the machine in morning when she knows she won’t
four test markets nationwide — the have time to return later in the day,
Wayland Square branch was the only he added.
Rhode Island location included — and Peck said customers are also pro-
plans to install 250 more machines tective. If the machine is not work-
soon, Peck said. ing, “people can get very upset,” he
The store boasts a metal plaque said.
reading “Clover” outside one of its
entrances to highlight its unique
brewing capacity.
The Clover is a good fit for the
Wayland Square Starbucks, which
sells a lot of drip coffee. In compari-
son, at some other branches — such
as the Thayer Street branch — lattes
and specialty beverages are more
popular, according to Peck.
When a customer orders a Clover
coffee, the beans are ground on the
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Thursday, March 25, 2010 | Page 8

athlete of the week

Softball’s Chin ’11 on no-hitters, BBQ and Taylor Swift

By Seth Motel ing and being a varsity athlete? miss competing, I think. I’ll try to
Senior Editor I’m actually having a lot of fun. at least play pickup or might even
I’m doing civil engineering and ar- try and coach a little bit.
How do you match perfection? Af- chitectural studies. I really try to Would you want to go back
ter sending down 21 Arcadia bat- mix both the science and the hu- to Texas eventually?
ters in a row on March 14, Kristie manities perspectives. Eventually. I really miss the
Chin ’11 came close to throwing a Just like the fastball and the South. I mainly miss the sun-
perfect game again last Sunday. In cur veball. shine.
Chin’s five scoreless innings of work Yep, there you go. Do you have a favorite thing
against St. Peter’s, she gave up no Take us to the seventh in- back home to eat?
hits and allowed only one walk. ning of that Arcadia game. Are I’ll eat it all, but I’m a big fan of
After 26 2/3 innings this season you aware that you’re three bat- brisket — get a barbecue baked po-
as a starter and a reliever, Chin ters away from a perfect game? tato with chopped brisket on top.
sports a 3-0 record and a 0.79 ERA. What’s going through your When I think of good barbe-
Her stellar ERA and .132 opponent mind? cue sports, I don’t think soft-
batting average top all Ivy pitchers. I was mostly trying to forget. I ball.
In light of her second consecutive just tried to put that out of my mind, You’re going to the wrong soft-
gem, Chin has been named The take it inning by inning, pitch by ball parks.
Herald’s Athlete of The Week. pitch. Really? There’s good brisket
Were your teammates staying at softball games?
Herald: Your first two years away from you on the bench? In Texas, you go to any conces-
on the team, you went 1-3, but They weren’t speaking of it. They sion stand, they got barbecue going,
now you can’t lose. What’s been didn’t want to jinx it or anything. they have chopped brisket, sausage
the difference? Was your coach (DeeDee on a stick.
Chin: This year, I think we have Enabenter-Omidiji) saying any- Have you tried United
more consistent defense and our thing to you? BBQ?
offense has been really pulling Not to me, specifically. She asked I haven’t tried any barbecue up
through. As far as my pitching one of the other coaches, “So are here actually.
goes, I’ve narrowed my scope of there any hits? No? Shh, don’t say Jonathan Bateman / Herald There’s a whole vegan section
Softball pitcher Kristie Chin ’11 has not allowed a hit in her last 12 innings.
my pitches, and I try to focus on one anything. Are there any walks? No? (on the menu). They don’t really
Her 0.79 ERA and .132 opponent batting average lead the Ivies.
or two and mix up my speeds. Don’t say anything.” have that in Texas, do they?
You’ve given up zero hits in Why did you trade in the sun- Are the northern kids tougher ing to be a battle to the finish No. We don’t cater to vegans or
12 innings as a starting pitcher niness of Texas to come play in than the southern kids when it between these two teams? vegetarians ver y much, which is
this year. So are you done com- Rhode Island? comes to (cold weather)? For me, I always enjoy playing kind of unfortunate because our
ing in as a reliever? I love Texas and everything, but I’ll put up a pretty good fight. Cornell. I feel like they’re a very coach really likes Logan’s Texas
I’m just going to keep working I’ve lived there most of my whole You won Ivy League Pitcher competitive school and they always Roadhouse. We’ll go there and kids
whenever my team needs me. life, so I really wanted to see what of the Week last week, and the bring a great game, so hopefully will end up having to order the side
Is (the cur veball) your strike- else was out there. ... I like the fall, week before, your teammate Liz we’ll be able to bring our best this of broccoli, hold the bacon.
out pitch or is it the fastball? but I don’t know if the four seasons DiMascio (’13) did the same. year. Have you found any good
Probably my curveball, mostly. are worth the winter. Where do you think Brown’s I know they won (ECAC) countr y music out here?
I’m more of a movement pitcher, Have you been getting used pitching staf f is going to be men’s hockey (and) they’re in I just do Pandora, but I’m a big
whereas the other girls have a lot to pitching in the cold? among the Ivies this year? the Sweet 16 of men’s basket- fan of old country music, none of
more speed. I get a lot colder a lot faster. My I think we have a ver y strong ball — that Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift stuff,
How much fun are you having body thinks the best way to deal staff this year. There’s four of us. We Hopefully, we can take them Carrie Underwood. That’s pop.
concentrating in civil engineer- with it is to go numb. have a very good mix of speeds and down a notch in softball. So you don’t like Taylor
different pitches, and I think that Have you thought about life Swift?
flexibility is really going to help us after graduation? Her stuff’s OK, but she’s sing-
out in the long run. We’ll be able to I’d like to go to grad school for ing about the same thing over and
keep teams off balance and really architecture and eventually become over. There’s only so many teen-
work the batters. a licensed architect and then, a age high school dramas you can
The Ivy season starts for you Ph.D. somewhere in there. go through.
April 2. Both Brown and Cornell It doesn’t sound like as much What’s the rest of countr y
have 10 non-conference wins fun as softball. music about, though?
right now. Do you think it’s go- Not at all. I’m really going to Drinkin’, heartache, livin’ life.

Stony Brook, Buffalo no match for Bears

By Han Cui impressive 12-3 record. Head Coach after the pair Bianca Aboubakare ’11
Assistant Sports Editor Paul Wardlaw P’13 said the team is and Cassandra Herzberg ’12 and the
building on the success of last year, pair Ellis and Schonfeld won the No.
The women’s tennis team extended when Brown finished with a 19-4 re- 1 and No. 3 doubles, 8-1 and 8-4, re-
its winning streak to five victories cord. spectively. The Bears then took the
after defeating both Buffalo and Stony “Last year was a breakthrough first four singles in order to clinch
Brook, 5-2, on Sunday and Tuesday, year for us,” Wardlaw said. “We were the team victory.
respectively. winning at a consistent basis, so the “We won the first two singles con-
expectation is pretty high this year vincingly,” Wardlaw said.
Brown 5, Buffalo 2 too.” The team will travel to Florida
Emily Ellis ’10 and Marisa Schon- next week to play against Florida In-
feld ’11 won the No. 3 doubles, 8-5, Brown 5, Stony Brook 2 ternational and Miami on Tuesday
to give the Bears a strong start. Julie Unlike against Buffalo, when and Wednesday. Then the Bears will
Flanzer ’12 and Misia Krasowski ’13 Brown played outdoors in the sunny kick off their Ivy League season with
followed by winning the No. 2 doubles, weather, Tuesday’s rain forced the a home stand against Penn and Princ-
8-4, to earn the doubles point for the Bears back indoors for their home eton April 2 and 3.
Bears. game against Stony Brook. But the “We will be playing outside in Flor-
Flanzer and Schonfeld then moved results of the competition were the ida against two teams seeded higher
on to win the No. 4 and No. 6 singles, same. than us,” Wardlaw said. “Princeton
respectively. The Bears featured the same is the defending (Ivy) champion and
With less than half of the spring lineup as they had against Buffalo. we look forward to playing them at
season remaining, the Bears have an Brown won the doubles point again home.”
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S ports t hursday “It would have been foolish not to give it a shot.”
— Matt Vokes ’09 on playing professional hockey

Hockey alums now teammates, roommates s p o rt s i n b r i e f

continued from page 1 Tomasello Award, presented annually really wasn’t a hard choice for me.” Big Red play Cinderella
by the New England Hockey Writers On Tuesday, The Herald reported The Cornell men’s basketball team made it to the Sweet 16
a considerable amount of reading at Association to the “unsung hero in that the Vancouver Canucks of the of the NCAA Tournament Sunday with a win over No. 4 seed
local bookstores. New England.” NHL signed current tri-captain Aaron Wisconsin. The Big Red will face Kentucky, the top overall seed
Vokes said it is no coincidence “We didn’t necessarily win a lot, but Volpatti ’10 to a two-year contract. Vol- remaining in the tournament, on Thursday night at 9:57 in
that three Brown alums ended up we had a lot of fun,” he said. patti, who led the Bears with 17 goals Syracuse, N.Y. in the Carrier Dome. The winner will face No. 2
in Trenton. Chris Lamoriello, the Vokes concentrated in economics this season, will begin his career next seed West Virginia or No. 11 Washington on Saturday for a Final
team’s general manager, played for and interned at Deutsche Bank after year with the Manitoba Moose, the Four bid.
Providence College, where his father his junior year. He turned down a full- Canucks’ AHL franchise. Cornell is the first Ivy League team to advance this far since
Lou was longtime head coach and time job for a chance to play profes- Freshman defenseman Rich Crow- 1979, when Penn made the Final Four in a 40-team tournament.
athletic director. With strong ties to sional hockey. ley ’13 said the team looks up to its
Providence, the Lamoriellos regularly “Finance is always going to be alums playing in the ECHL, AHL, and Ivy hoops teams finish in postseason
scout PC and Brown games and have there,” he said. “Millions of kids want beyond. The Princeton men’s basketball team also won its first two
recruited many athletes to the Devils the opportunity to play hockey in the “We all aspire to go pro,” he said. games to move on to the College Basketball Invitational semifinals
in recent years. pros, and I was fortunate to have that Prough said he was able to watch after a 74-68 double overtime win over IUPUI.
It has worked out well for the opportunity.” a couple Brown games this year while Three other Ancient Eight teams have bowed out of other
Devils. “It would have been foolish not to he was temporarily called up to Lowell, postseason tournaments. The No. 11 seed Princeton women were
After an early-season injury, Vokes give it a shot,” he added, without a Mass. — the Devils’ AHL franchise — trounced by No. 6 seed St. John’s, 65-47, on Saturday in the First
has recovered and has been on fire hint of regret. in late November. Round of the NCAA Tournament.
lately, currently leading the Devils in The ever-selfless Vokes was quick “The ECHL is a good developmen- Both Harvard teams lost their opening games. The men fell
assists. He assisted on three goals in to note that teammates Prough and tal league,” Prough said. “It’s competi- to Appalachian State, 93-71, on March 17 in the CollegeInsider.
Trenton’s Feb. 20 win at Johnstown, Poli have also been playing well. tive, and a lot of guys are getting called com Tournament, and the women lost to Syracuse, 87-68, the
only to score four of his own the very Prough is the team’s leading scorer up to the AHL and NHL.” following day in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.
next day against the Wheeling Nailers with 27 goals, and Poli has posted 37 “I’m hoping that next year, I’ll make
— his first professional hat trick. points in just 31 games. it to the AHL full time,” he added. Cornell on national stage in women’s hockey, too
“He really understands how to get Prough, meanwhile, was eighth on “From there, you’re one step away.” The Cornell women’s hockey team fell just short of a national
to the net,” Trenton Head Coach Rick Brown’s all-time scoring list with 109 Vokes said he is happy with the championship, falling to Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday in the
Kowalsky told NHL.com earlier this points. He led the Bears in scoring in way his rookie season has gone and is championship game, 3-2, on a goal with 33.6 seconds left in the
month. “He just seems to be very com- 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. becoming a better player in Trenton, third overtime.
fortable offensively right now.” He began his ECHL career with but is unsure if he will ever make it
Vokes scored nine goals and eleven the Florida Everblades and was traded to the NHL. Yale and Cornell look to advance to men’s Frozen Four
assists in just 11 games, earning him to Trenton last season after a brief stint “I take life one day at a time,” he Two ECAC Hockey teams will shoot for the men’s NCAA
Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the with the Gwinnett Gladiators. explained. “If that’s the way the course Championship. In the East Regional, League champion and No. 2
Month for February. Of the nine, three Poli signed with the Devils just goes, then great. If not, I have my seed Cornell will face No. 3 seed New Hampshire in the semifinals
were game winners. days after his last collegiate game in Brown education to fall back on.” Friday evening in Albany, N.Y. The winner will face Denver or the
In his Brown days, Vokes played 2008. “And in case you’re wondering,” Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday for a trip to the
115 games for the Bears and scored “My dream since I was a little kid he added, “Yes, Professor (Emeritus Frozen Four.
28 goals. He was assistant captain his was to play in the NHL, and that hasn’t of Engineering Barrett) Hazeltine, —Andrew Braca
senior year and the recipient of the Joe changed,” Prough said. “So going pro we’re still friends.”
Editorial & Letters
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l e t t e r to t h e e d i to r

Athletic dept. a key

University component
To the Editor: ness strategy calls for the Corporation
to emulate the successful policies of
In his recent column (“Why spare its competitors, especially with regard
athletics?”, March 20), Tyler Rosen- to fundraising in tight times.
baum ’11 calls into question the Cor- As approximately 15 percent of
poration’s decision to incorporate a the Brown undergraduate student
$64 fee for recreational facilities, argu- body plays a varsity sport and another
ing that the Department of Athletics seven percent play club sports that
should not be exempted from Uni- also utilize the facilities and athletic de-
versity-wide budget cuts, especially partment budget, it seems that despite
as athletics are a financial drain that low attendance at games, athletics do
most students “don’t care about.” indeed matter to the community. It
What Rosenbaum fails to consider would be difficult to find any depart-
is that the athletic department did ment, group, or other association on
in fact have to make significant bud- campus that represents such a large
get cuts. With the smallest budget number of undergraduate students.
of the Ivy League, the department I encourage Rosenbaum to consider
has incurred significant cuts in both this example in his future work. The
personnel and operational costs. Just athletic department is a committed
ask any member of an aquatics team part of the Brown community. As
about the new pool, which is more such, when the University feels a R ichard S tein and P aul T ran
than two years behind schedule. crunch, the entire community is af-
Other institutions, such as the fected.
University of Pennsylvania, charge e d i to r i a l
significantly more than $100 per year Corey Schwartz ’11
for athletic facility use. Prudent busi- March 24

Ticked off
Organizing back-to-back concerts featuring well- students to purchase tickets at the same time as
known acts is extraordinarily hard work. We can’t Brown students. A BCA member told the editorial
even imagine the full range of concerns that students page board that this move was intended to show
in the Brown Concert Agency face each year in ar- gratitude to RISD, as BCA was allowed to use a RISD
ranging Spring Weekend. By and large, BCA does a auditorium for the fall concert without charge. But
tremendous job of finding performers and making Spring Weekend is a long-standing Brown tradition,
the show happen, and the Brown community should and no quid pro quo should impact Brown students’
t h e b r o w n d a i ly h e r a l d be appreciative of their efforts. Nonetheless, justi- ability to get tickets.
Senior Editors
fied discontent with the Spring Weekend ticketing As far as steps in the right direction, we propose
Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Deputy Managing Editors
Sophia Li Ellen Cushing process persists. this: Starting next year, in the first round of ticket
George Miller Chaz Kelsh
Emmy Liss Seth Motel The process has improved significantly in recent sales, the limit should be one ticket per show per
Joanna Wohlmuth
years. Starting last year, BCA limited students to two person.
editorial Business
General Managers Office Manager tickets per show and moved to an online ordering As long as the number of students is greater than
Anne Speyer Arts & Culture Editor
Suzannah Weiss Arts & Culture Editor Claire Kiely Shawn Reilly system. The cap on tickets helped reduce the prob- the total available tickets, a one ticket per show per
Brian Mastroianni Features Editor Katie Koh lem of students buying tickets for outsiders. And person rule is the only sensible policy. If you have a
Hannah Moser Features Editor Directors
Brigitta Greene Metro Editor Kelly Wess Sales at least in theory, the opportunity to order tickets significant other or sibling at another school that you
Ben Schreckinger Metro Editor Matthew Burrows Finance electronically at a predefined time is preferable to were hoping to invite, then tough luck — he or she
Sydney Ember News Editor Margaret Watson Client Relations
Nicole Friedman News Editor Christiana Stephenson Alumni Relations
waiting in a long line. can come visit you on a weekend that isn’t supposed
Dan Alexander Sports Editor Given the size of the possible venues, the pro- to be a communal celebration. Students should only
Zack Bahr Asst. Sports Editor cess will not be perfect. In the first round of sales, be able to buy a second ticket if extras remain.
Andrew Braca Asst. Sports Editor Arjun Vaidya Local Sales
Han Cui Asst. Sports Editor Marco deLeon National Sales BCA can only release enough tickets to fill Meehan Of course, all this assumes that the Web site can
Aditi Bhatia University Sales
Jared Davis University Sales
Auditorium, in case weather forces the show to be handle the traffic, which this year it clearly couldn’t.
Graphics & Photos
Trenten Nelson-Rivers Recruiter Sales held there. This is just a fact of life for Brown’s 6,013 Even though tickets went on sale at 8 a.m., everyone
Stephen Lichenstein Graphics Editor
Maximilian Barrows Business Operations undergraduates, who are only initially supplied with we talked to said they weren’t able to place an order
Alex Yuly Graphics Editor
Jilyn Chao Business Analytics
Nick Sinnott-Armstrong Photo Editor about 3,000 tickets per show. Those who comprise until closer to nine. This was particularly frustrating
Danielle Marshak Credit and Collections
Max Monn Asst. Photo Editor
Jonathan Bateman Sports Photo Editor
Alexander Carrere Special Projects the excess demand have little choice but to wait for students who woke up early, hit refresh often, and
Kathy Bui Staff
anxiously for the week of the shows, when BCA still couldn’t get tickets. A member of BCA told The
Kelly Mallahan Copy Desk Chief
Michael Fitzpatrick Opinions Editor evaluates the weather report and finalizes the venue. Herald on Tuesday that the website would be up to the
Alyssa Ratledge Opinions Editor
Marlee Bruning Design Editor If the shows are held outside, then about 1,500 more task. Next year, BCA should take the necessary steps
Anna Migliaccio Asst. Design Editor Editorial Page Board
Matt Aks
tickets per show are made available — even then, to ensure this is the case. If this isn’t possible, then
Julien Ouellet Asst. Design Editor Editorial Page Editor
Neal Poole Web Editor Debbie Lehmann Board member still not enough to guarantee each student a ticket the line-up in Faunce House is how it has to be.
William Martin Board member for both performances. We recognize BCA is facing For now, though, all anyone can do is pray for good
Melissa Shube Board member
Post- magazine Gaurie Tilak Board member restrictions they cannot control. weather. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
Marshall Katheder Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Topaz Board member But under these circumstances, BCA certainly
Gili Kliger, Katie Wilson, Designers shouldn’t make things worse. Unlike previous years, Editorials are written by The Herald’s editorial page board.
Victoria Hartman, Lindor Qunaj, Copy Editors this year BCA allowed Rhode Island School of Design Send comments to editorials@browndailyherald.com.
Brigitta Greene, Talia Kagan, Sara Luxenberg, Hannah Moser, Caitlin Trujillo, Night Editors
Senior Staff Writers Ana Alvarez, Ashley Aydin, Alexander Bell, Nicole Boucher, Alicia Chen, Kristina Fazzalaro,
Sarah Forman, Talia Kagan, Sara Luxenberg, Sarah Mancone, Heeyoung Min, Claire Peracchio, Goda Thangada,
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Grin and bear it

them to respect our interests. We let them themselves and forcing the administration to help Brown “remain competitive.”
fire staff members without so much as a meet us halfway. Even if you think this year’s But above all you can see it in the ethical
peep. Instead, we thank them, because for hike isn’t particularly bad, perhaps even nec- illogic of coupling budget cuts with tuition
LIEBLING some mysterious reason we faithfully put essar y, responding so eagerly to still more hikes in this economic climate. The Uni-
our trust in a president and an adminis- administrative disregard for our interests versity, with $2 billion in the bank, decides
Opinions Columnist
tration that have done nothing to deser ve is what empowers the Corporation to keep it has to spend less money, so it thinks it is
that deference beyond projecting an image asking us for more sacrifices. It is confident justified in asking families to spend more.
of cool accessibility that has never been that whatever it does and whenever it does Why it thinks we are somehow better po-
Another year, another tuition hike, another grounded in fact. it, we would rather defer to them than think sitioned than it is to increase spending in
chorus of compliant students racing to be the Because administrators know that what- for a second about putting up a fight. And times like this is beyond me. It’s hypocrisy,
first to thank our benevolent administrators ever they do, they will meet no opposition so the tuition hikes will proceed unabated, straight up, and the only explanation is the
for once again balancing their budget on our from their fawning students, they know that as they have for four decades. obvious one — this administration discarded
backs. Judging just by the gratitude some of the University’s non-profit mission to ser ve
us expressed for the Corporation’s infinite its community long ago.
financial wisdom, you’d think they’d frozen The tuition hikes and layoffs reveal a
our tuition and cancelled layoffs. But no, we University administration consumed with
masochists just love it when they jack up our This brown-nosing, “Thank you sir, may I have profitability and its own priorities — at the
expenses five percent and fire more staff expense of students and staf f. Passively
while Building Brown continues apace.
another” attitude is precisely why tuition keeps accepting — even welcoming — the adminis-
This brown-nosing, “Thank you sir, may going up year after year. tration’s disrespect will do nothing to change
I have another” attitude, expressed most fa- that; tuition will not level off just because we
mously by The Herald’s editorial page board, asked nicely. The only way to win respect
is precisely why tuition keeps going up year for our interests — or rather, our needs —
after year. At the University of California, is to demand it, to make raising tuition and
administrators who tr y to get away with a they can safely cover budget deficits with This is Brown Incorporated — the Uni- firing workers so politically damaging that
tuition hike of essentially the same magni- tuition hikes while protecting their own versity acting like a for-profit enterprise the administration no longer thinks of us as
tude have to face thousands of students on priorities from any meaningful cuts. That’s by charging us as much as it can get away the easiest way to patch budget problems.
strike, rallying in the streets. At Brown, they precisely what they’ve done this year, pro- with rather than as little as it needs. You can The alternative is another forty years of
get a congratulator y editorial. ceeding with spending increases and mas- see it when they waste a $2 million tuition annual tuition hikes, but at least we’ll be
The administration doesn’t charge us sive capital projects that put buildings over surplus — our money — not on financial begging for it.
more and fire its workers because it has to, people yet again. aid or mitigating this tuition hike but on
but rather because when it comes time to Those who are so quick to laud the Cor- speeding up construction projects that will
save money, tuition hikes and layoffs offer poration fail to understand that the tuition get done anyway. You can see it when the Simon Liebling ’12 is from New Jersey.
the path of least resistance. There’s never hikes are going to continue — necessar y budget ignores taking care of the University He can be reached at simon.liebling@
an organized mass student response forcing or not — until students start sticking up for community in favor of initiatives that will gmail.com.

Unfortunately, Harvard doesn’t always get it wrong

is the case. they are closer to answers, closer to un- faults that America’s leading educational
Had Dr. Summers only called on social derstanding how much societal barriers as institutions possessed, and represented the
SUSANNAH KROEBER scientists to determine what societal pres- opposed to biological factors are limiting the failure of academia to rise above institutional
sures force women to abandon aspirations number of women in the sciences. Maybe and societal biases.
Opinions Columnist in the sciences, no one would have noticed. Dr. Summers was just one of the first people Five years later, Har vard has not fallen
Instead, he attracted a media frenzy, eager to outside a science field asking these sorts of from its pedestal. It is still one of the most
point out the blatant sexism in the president questions. selective institutions in the countr y, and
of the most famous American university. In a more tangible way, Dr. Summers’ over the past several years has been there
Five years ago, Lawrence Summers, then- In the following years, there was a parallel departure from Harvard heralded many new alongside Brown in seeing a dramatic rise
president of Har vard University, made a frenzy in research, as institutions around changes at the institution. In 2005, only 13 in applicants. Har vard no longer has the
remark at a conference that ended with his the country poured dollars into disproving percent of tenure offers at Harvard went to lowest percentage of female tenured faculty,
resignation from the post. Many students Dr. Summers’ ignorance. women, while in 2009, 39 percent of tenure vacating that position to Princeton University
now in their junior or senior years of college last year.
might remember this as the mar on Har- The numbers are still low. Columbia leads
vard’s name at the time they were applying to In 2005, Dr. Summers personified the faults with women representing 38 percent of ten-
colleges — the suggestion that “differences ured faculty. Princeton hovers at barely above
in sex may explain why fewer women suc- that America’s leading educational institutions a quarter. But instead of these numbers only
ceed in science and math careers.” being released by the American Association
It may seem to many women that Dr. Sum-
possessed, and represented the failure of of University Women, college newspapers
mers has not received his just deserts. He is academia to rise above institutional and like the Daily Princetonian are interested
now a senior economic advisor to President in gender discrepancies, along with national
Obama, and is probably just as famous within societal biases. papers like the New York Times.
intellectual, political and economic circles Dr. Summers was doing his job. He in-
as he was during his tenure as President creased visibility and funding for projects
of Harvard University. But men who do not Many of those dollars were put into inves- offers went to women. A three-fold increase relating to women in academia and gender-
have any respect for a woman’s place in the tigating the biological differences between in four years suggests a massive change in related differences. He upheld the academic
sciences should not have a place in public men and women, particularly in terms of attitude and priorities beyond simply ap- standard of being open to answers from any
discourse. excellence in education. Many of the ques- pointing a woman as president of the Uni- field, no matter how unsavory society might
But what if Dr. Summers’ comments actu- tions include what structural features of cur- versity. think them. And for those who still think
ally had been an all-too-calculated move, so rent educational practices benefit women Five years ago, America was gloating he has not received his comeuppance, they
calculated that many missed his intention — not only in terms of how women have that Har vard — the bastion of liberalism, just might want to reconsider just how easy
at the time? Dr. Summers made a very valid been socialized, but also in terms of how tolerance and egalitarianism — was in fact a job as an economic analyst in a political
point about the stark underrepresentation women learn from a neurological angle. Is run by a sexist man no different from many administration is in today’s world.
of women in the math and science fields. this discrimination framed by science? Is it other men in the country. It was a moment
As any good president of an elite research any different from the questions Dr. Sum- where intellectuals and average Joes united
university should, he called on researchers mers was asking? behind the idea that Harvard, and the men
from all disciplines, including those in the The only difference today is that we have there, were not morally better than the rest Susannah Kroeber ’11 didn’t want to go
biological sciences, to determine why this more data, and some scientists believe that of us. In 2005, Dr. Summers personified the to Harvard anyway.
Today 5 Hillel welcomes new director to day to m o r r o w

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A diamond to the Senate panel for recommending Coal to those advocating for a “gay” check-off box
decriminalizing pot. You’re doing a much better job on the Common Application — we don’t think Brown
of preparing for Spring Weekend than the Brown needs that kind of affirmative action.
Concert Agency’s Web site.
A diamond to the NHL’s newest player, Aaron
A diamond to the University for “not shrinking back” Volpatti ’10, not that you need it with that kind of
when it comes to construction. Just remember that salary. You’ll be seeing enough ice, anyway.
bigger isn’t always better.
A coal to the English Cellar Alehouse. While we
Coal to Matthew Tsimikas, assistant director of wouldn’t complain about a little British flavor com-

the athletics and physical education department, ing to the East Side, Molson Canadian isn’t really
who told The Herald that the PE program should considered European.
“mirror the Brown curriculum.” We’re not excited
to take Zumba S/NC. A diamond to spring break. We’ll see you in
c a l e n da r A diamond to the Perry and Marty Granoff Center
for the Creative Arts, which Olivia Harding ’12 called Want more D&C? Check out a retro-diamond from
Today, March 25 tomorrow, march 26 “a magic Mary Poppins bag of art spaces.” We can 1998 at blogdailyherald.com, and write your own at
only hope the next Julie Andrews is made within diamondsandcoal.com.
6:30 p.m. — Lecture by Kathleen 4:00 P.M. — Opening Gala of the its glass walls.
Coleman: “Orchestrated Violence: Formative Center for the Evaluation
Music in the Roman Amphitheatre,” of Environmental Impacts on Fetal A diamond to a “feistier” Ruth Simmons. The red
List 110 Development, Laboratories for power suit was only the beginning.
7:00 P.m. — Palestine in Crisis: What Molecular Medicine
We Can Learn from Gandhi, MacMillan 5:30 P.M. — Architectures of Minds
117 and Cultures, Alumnae Hall

Sharpe Refectory Verney-Woolley Dining Hall

Dot Comic | Eshan Mitra and Brendan Hainline

Lunch — Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Lunch — Buffalo Style Chicken Wings
Pesto Pasta, Molasses Cookies with Blue Cheese, Wisconsin Ziti with
Four Cheeses, Pumpkin and White
Dinner — Cilantro Grilled Chicken, Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Raviolis with Sage Cream
Sauce, Brazilian Chocolate Cake Dinner — Marinated Beef, Spinach
with Lemon, Cheese Bread

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13 “__ a big spliff 20 21 22 23
of some good
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Two Joints” lyric)

15 “The Berenstain 31 32 33 34 35

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__-Tac-Toe 36 37 38 39

Mystery” 40 41
16 Grand Theft Auto III
protagonist 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
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mirror-like 49 50 51 52
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shows the enemies 53 54 55 56 57
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19 Spanish for “city” 58 59 60 61 62 63
20 “Too __ To Quit”
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looking at? Fruitopia | Andy Kim

23 The Shangri-__ 69 70 71

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