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The November 20, 2009 issue of the Brown Daily Herald


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    News.....1-4Ar ts . . . . . . .5 Editorial....6Opinion.....7Today.........8

    Go Go GondoliersBrown University Gilbert and Sullivan brings Venice to life this weekend

    Arts, 5oH MY!No Tigers, but the Columbia Lions match up with the football Bears Saturday

    Sports, 3Glad as HellJonathan Topaz 12 is pleasantly surprised with Lou Dobbs replacement

    Opinions, 7


    deDaily Heraldthe Brownvol. cxliv, no. 111 | Friday, November 20, 2009 | Serving the community daily since 1891

    experts square off on race issuesBY alex Bell

    Staff Writer

    How are minority groups best represented? Can a member of a group better represent that groups interests than a non-member?

    Those were the key questions that Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier and author Jim Sleeper wrestled with at Thursday after-noons Janus Forum lecture, Does Race Matter?

    Guinier, a former civil rights law-yer, called for greater government involvement to ensure representa-tion of minorities, while Sleeper cau-tioned against policies that might worsen racial tensions.

    Guinier said most people view representation in government in one of three ways. The trustee model stipulates that representa-tives are elected to consult their own consciences when voting, whereas the delegate model re-

    Substance use steady, poll shows BY Max Godnick

    Staff Writer

    Substance use among students has stayed relatively unchanged from two years ago, according to a recent Herald poll. The data also showed that more males used marijuana than females and that more upperclassmen used alcohol than freshmen.

    The poll found that 77.9 percent of students used alcohol in the month before the poll which was admin-istered between Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 32.3 percent used marijuana and 18.3 percent used tobacco. Prescrip-tion painkillers (3.9 percent), amphet-amines (3.8 percent) and cocaine (2.6 percent) were the next-most prevalent substances used in the one-month period. These results were nearly iden-tical to those of the fall 2007 Herald poll.

    Mischa Steiner 10, head of Browns chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald that he thought certain drugs are more commonly used at specific points in the academic year.

    Years in the making, U. unveils supercomputerBY sYdneY eMBer

    Senior Staff Writer

    After months of planning, Brown is set to unveil a new multimillion-dollar supercomputer today.

    The result of a partnership with IBM to boost the Universitys re-search capacity and visibility, the high-performance computing clus-ter will allow researchers from all disciplines to conduct powerful, complicated data analyses.

    Researchers and faculty have been seeking an advanced com-putational system for more than three years, said Professor of Ap-plied Mathematics Jan Hesthaven, who, along with Vice President for Research Clyde Briant and Vice President for Computing and In-formation Services Michael Pickett, led the initiative to bring the system to the University.

    The system, which will be the most powerful supercomputer in Rhode Island and is capable of per-forming 14 trillion operations per second, will be open to educational and research institutions across the state, Hesthaven said.

    You cant have a research insti-

    tution that would like to be at the top of its class without having this type of facility, Hesthaven said. Think of it as a necessity rather than a luxury.

    The supercomputing network, located in the Center for Computa-tion and Visualization at 180 George St., will provide opportunities to collaborate with other research

    centers, including the University of Rhode Island and the Marine Bi-ology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., he said.

    At this time, computers are like libraries and laboratories, Hest-haven said. Its not about physics or engineering or science, but about research.

    Todays official ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring speeches by Gov. Donald Carcieri 65, Mayor David Cicilline 83 and IBMs Vice President of Technology, Nick Bo-wen, marks the conclusion of the years-long effort to streamline com-putational research at the University and bring first-rate equipment to the state, Briant said.

    This is a big step forward for us at Brown, Briant said.

    a visionHesthaven, who will direct the

    computational center, said he first broached the concept of assembling a computing cluster at Brown three years ago, when he saw a dearth of effective computing power. A cen-trally located, high-performance

    Pe class instructors sweat it out, part-timeBY Jenna steckel

    Contributing Writer

    Ditch the workout, join the party!

    This is the mantra of Zumba, a type of dance aerobics and one of the most popular physical education classes Brown offers.

    The saying could apply to all the alternatives the Department of Physical Education and Campus Recreation offers to endless miles on a treadmills belt an array of group workouts and sports, dance

    and martial arts classes taught by about 40 instructors.

    But for about 2,700 students enrolled in their classes, the dou-ble life their instructors lead may

    come as a surprise. The instructors are

    an eclectic mix of profes-sional trainers, profes-

    sors and undergraduates even including experienced coaches such as Shay Lynch, who was an assistant coach for Browns mens and womens squash teams for

    Nick Sinnott-Armstrong / HeraldA new supercomputer at 180 George St. greatly expands the process-ing power available to Brown researchers on campus.

    Kim Perley / HeraldBody Sculpt, one of many fitness classes taught by part-time instructors.

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    Herald Poll

    Bears claw past Seawolves to second roundBy Katie Wood

    aSSiStant SportS editor

    The mens soccer team barely slipped by Stony Brook Thursday night with a 1-0 double overtime win in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Stevenson Field.

    Sean Rosa 12 hit the game-win-ning goal in the 103rd minute, his first goal since a two-goal perfor-mance against Princeton on Oct. 10. The Bears (11-2-5) reach the second round of the tournament for the first time since 2007 and will face off with

    No. 5 North Carolina (13-2-3) on Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Brown entered the contest fresh off a 3-0 win over Dart-mouth last S a t u r d a y

    and came out with the same offen-sive intensity against the Seawolves (6-10-4), tallying a 14-4 shot advan-tage in the first half. In the 11th and 23rd minutes, Nick Elenz-Martin 10 received a cross from the left side to the far post, but could not convert

    on either attempt.Due to excellent defensive play

    on both sides of the field, neither the Bears nor the Seawolves could execute any scoring chances. So the game headed into overtime, tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation.

    After 100 minutes of play, the Bears had one more overtime pe-riod to settle the game before it came down to decisive penalty kicks. Jona-than Okafor 11 beat his defender go-ing down the left sideline and popped the ball over the defense along the goal line. Rosa waited patiently in

    the open at the opposite post and drilled the ball into the back of the net for the golden goal and his fifth goal of the season, tying him with Elenz-Martin, Thomas McNamara 13 and Austin Mandel 12 as team scoring leaders.

    Paul Grandstrand 11 kept the Seawolves off the scoreboard, tally-ing five saves on the night, while An-thony Rogic equaled Grandstrands performance with five saves of his own for Stony Brook, but could not save the most important shot by Rosa.

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    Jonathan Spector, TreasurerAlexander Hughes, Secretary

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    CamPUS newS Its not just a toy for the select few. Jan Hesthaven, prof. of applied math, on a new campus supercomputer

    Amphetamine use would be much higher around finals, and cocaine use would be much higher around Spring Weekend, Steiner wrote. Especially for drugs such as mushrooms and acid, I think the one-month period doesnt give an accurate use rate, since even a regular user of acid often doesnt use as often as once a month.

    Director of Health Education Fran-ces Mantak 88 said the figures are consistent with similar polling done by Health Services, but added that certain data might be skewed due to the face-to-face administering of The Heralds survey.

    The importance of what our peers think about us is very real, Mantak said, adding that students sometime exaggerate their alcohol use. Stu-dents perceive that others drink more than they actually do.

    Mantak said she doubted that so many more