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The Cornellian

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

February 10, 2012

Volume 132, Issue 9

Mock Trial Advances to ORCs by Neil McCray Managing Editor

The Cornell College Mock Trial team will attend the Opening Round Championships (ORCs) of the American Mock Trial Association’s national tournament, held in St. Louis, in March. For the second year in a row, the team is sending two squads to ORCs. “This is the second year in a row that Cornell Mock has won two bids to ORCs,” Mock Trial attorney Melissa Mannon (14) said. “Now we need to look forward at our competition and push towards nationals. We are all talented enough to make it to nationals, and with the help of our coach we will be prepared for any team we face.” In order to qualify for ORCs, squads must compete at a smaller Regional tournament. For the first time in the program’s history, Cornell hosted its regional tournament at the Kirkwood Hotel in Cedar Rapids. Twenty-seven

teams from many different schools participated, with the top eight teams advancing. Cornell’s two squads placed sixth and eighth, and will compete in St. Louis to try to advance to Nationals. There was no certainty that the team would make it out of

Regionals. Every Mock Trial tournament has four rounds of two judges each. Each judge has one ballot where they score individual performances. The team with the highest total score wins that judge’s ballot. On the first day of competition, Team 1313’s

record was 1-3 (1 win, 3 losses) and Team 1314’s was 2-1-1 (2 wins, 1 loss, 1 tie). So, in order to even have a chance of advancing, 1313 had to win all four ballots on the second day. They were able to do so and earned an eighth See Mock Trial/ Page 2

N ews Co-Editor

According to Blue Zones Project’s website,, “Blue Zones Project is a collaboration between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways to help make Iowa #1 in the nation for well-being as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index®. As a significant par t of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, it will bring the secrets of the healthiest, happiest and longest-living cultures in the world to 10 Iowa communities, as well as related tools and infor mation for all Iowans.” One of those ten communities chosen is Mount Ver non. The Cor nell community now has the oppor tunity to work with the people of Mount Ver non to help create change in the sur rounding area. The Blue Zones Project has had success in the past. The website mentions the town of Alber t Lea, Minnesota and the many changes brought to the town. According to the website, changes included an increase in the life expectancy




The Road to Zero Jennifer Knox (14) delivers her opinion on getting rid of nuclear weaponry.

Changes to the Compass The following sections have been changed: Conduct Procedures, Student Rights and Freedoms and Activities and Organizations. The changes are effective immediately.

Credit by Internship

If you want do an internship and recieve Cornell Credit over the summer, you can pay $400 instead of taking a vacation block.

R enovations !

Renovations in F.W. Olin should begin over the summer, according to President Brand.

New Student Organization Photo By RJ Holmes-Leopold

The Cornell Mock Trial Team, after winning two bids to ORCS, at the American Mock Trial Association’s Regional Tournament in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Blue Zones Project Looks to Better Mount Vernon by Stephen Pittman

In Brief

by 3.1 years, average weight losses per citizen by two pounds and high percentages of community involvement (school and work attendance), just to name a few. Fliers around campus state,

“As a Blue Zone Community, Mount Ver non will get the assistance of exper ts to make changes to our living environments and policy that promote healthy behaviors for individuals, families and

community.” As of Tuesday, Feb. 6, Mount Ver non is in 13th place in the r unning for receiving these Blue Zones benefits. Community Engagement See Blue Zones/ Page 2

Student Senate has voted to approve the charter of the Model U.N.

Music Mondays Boris Andrianov (Cello) and Alexander Kobrin (Piano) are coming to Cornell on Feb. 13, 2012. Concert will be at King Chapel at 7:30 p.m.

Capitol Steps The nationally renowned politcal comedy group, Capitol Steps, will be performing at Cornell! Come and watch their spin on current events. Saturday, Feb. 18, 8:00 p.m. in King Chapel.

Africa Bound?

Photo Courtesy of Blue Zones Iowa

Featured above is Sam Champoin, the Meterologist for ABC’s Good Morning America, in Alber Lea, Minnesota where the Blue Zones project, which is coming to Mount Vernon, first made an impact.




Who’s Who of the Oscars Tana Tyler (14) and Matt Jones (14) discuss the nominations for the Oscars







32 To 31

Super Bowl XXXXVI

Eleanor Cotton (15) discusses the recent change in the number of credits required to graduate.

Charlie Egan (13) reviews the 2011-12 NFL Season’s 46th Super Bowl

Want to study off campus? Interested in spending Block 3 in Africa? Women’s Studies 306 and English 273 will be traveling to South Africa and Namibia. Professors Shannon Reed and Rebecca Entel will discuss the courses, the region and the opportunities for scholarship money with intersted students. Monday, Feb. 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Thomas Commons.


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New Grad Requirement: 31 Credits, Not 32 by Eleanor Cotton B lock Break Co-E ditor

Cornell is making drastic changes in the coming years. One of the biggest changes will be that starting next year, the 201213 academic year, Cornell will be switching from a nine-block academic year to an eight-block academic year. This change to eight blocks also sparked Cornell to change the number of required credits to graduate from 32 to 31. The switch to 31 credits involved many people. Chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs, Joseph Molleur, stated, “This proposal was drafted by the Academic Regulations Subcommittee and then approved

by the Academic Affairs Committee and finally the full faculty.” The Student Senate was also involved in the switch. Student Senate Chair of Academic Affairs, Mo Walsh (12), said,“Last year when the 8 block plan was brought forward, Student Senate passed a resolution which said we supported the move to an 8 block calendar as long as other changes were made, such as a decrease in credit requirements. We have been actively involved in giving opinions on the change in credits since that point in Academic Affairs.” There are many positive outcomes of the switch to 31 credits for the students. Associate

Dean of the College, Gayle Luck, stated that a big reason for the switch was to “provide flexibility to students so they can graduate in 4 years… even if there is illnesses, family emergency, etc.” The change to 31 credits, “still keeps us on par with other ACM schools,” Walsh said. Luck also stated, “Other liberal arts colleges, such as Beloit and Grinnell, require 31 credits for graduation.” Although Colorado College, one of the only other schools who offer the Block program, still requires 32 credits to graduate, they also offer summer courses. This change will affect all returning and new students next year. All returning and new students will have the option to

graduate with 31 credits, instead of 32. Cornell is also making changes to the BA requirements, “This part (the switch to 31 credits) of the BA proposal is separate from the general education requirements which were passed by faculty last year. They reduced the gen ed requirements pretty drastically, but also specified that it will only apply to next year’s incoming class and on.” Walsh said. Overall, this is a change to help students. “It really gives students the realistic possibility of graduating on time,” Walsh said. If students have any questions about the switch to 31 credits, they can contact the Registrar’s Office.

Cornell Corner Excluding the dorms, which building on campus do you want to see renovated and why?

I would like College Hall renovated because it’s one of the most important buildings on campus and one of the oldest, so we need to have it a bit up-to-date. So we have better classes and better technology buildings in there. Tevin Glasper (14)

If France Can Do It, We Can Do It by Melissa Mannon L ayout Editor

On Feb. 6, 2012, distinguished author T.R. Reid visited Cor nell campus to speak about the status of health care in the United States and, his book, “T he Healing of America: T he quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care.” Elle Pope (13) said, “I thought Reid was ve r y infor mative because he made health care across the world easy to understand. He also explained how those models of health care could be applied in the United States.” Reid traveled the world to experience dif ferent models of health care in the process of seeking treatment for his shoulder. “I tried to be an objective jour nalist,” said Reid when he was discussing his experiences in other countries, including Japan, France, Ger many, India, Canada and the United Kingdom. As Reid described in his book, the four major models of healthcare are all cur rently present in the United States, and as a result, this accounts for a por tion of the problems the population is forced to face. In addition to shedding light on many of the f laws, Reid also detailed some of the more drastic consequences of this prog ram, from the massive debt accumulated over time due to the fact that over 49.9 million American citizens are cur rently uninsured and, thus, only have access to health care in the case of an emergenc y. Reid emphasized that no system of care is perfect, but a universal system of care, in his opinion, is a

more ef fective approach than the cur rent collection of health care systems in the United States.“T he speaker was able to review many of the dif ferent healthcare institutions around the world, and as a result, he was able to propose numerous possible solutions to the vast ar ray of problems we have with our cur rent system. One interesting thing Reid discussed was the fact that, even though the United States believes many of these countries are in fantastic condition re garding their healthcare, the citizens of these countries still have many complaints about it. In addition, these systems are all encountering problems, no matter how well planned out they are. Reid was tr uly able to put many of the dif ferent ideas for organizing these systems into perspective,” Dyonis Miller (13) said. Reid spoke about his book, but also shared how his experience as a jour nalist inf luenced it. “Reid talked about how his experience as a jour nalist dif fers from the experience of politicians. Politicians focus on the theor y of healthcare over the moral argument of why we should implement universal healthcare. Reid argued that the moral argument should be our first, and is our best, argument but is not used,” Pope said. As a jour nalist, Reid has covered Cong ress and many Presidential Elections for the Washington Post, but Reid has recently worked with the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) to make documentaries about health care. Dr. Barbara ChristiePope, professor of biolog y, stated to the g roup at the lecture that Reid’s new film

Well, personally, I have a lot of classes in College Hall, so I would like to see College Hall renovated. Jenny Loewen (14)

I would probably like South Hall to be renovated because the stairs creak so loudly, and maybe if they could make it a little bit bigger, because the classes are so cramped together. Maria Dogaru (14)

Photo by Nicole Potter

T.R. Reid in Hedges speaking about the state of health care in the U.S. “U.S . Health Care: T he Good News” will air on PBS, Feb. 16, 2012. T he ter m socialized medicine was addressed by Ried, as well as other arguments against universal health care from ske ptics. He discussed dif ferent systems of care that have dif ferent levels of gover nment involvement. T he involvement of gover nments can range from only re gulation of insurance companies with insurance companies, doctors, and

hospitals remaining private, to gover nment insurance, doctors and hospitals. W hen discussing the arguments made by ske ptics that universal health care is unachievable, Reid stated, “My answer to them is if France can do it, so can we.”

One that I would like to see renovated is South Hall because I’m an English major, so maybe I’m a little bit biased. I’ve had multiple classes in South Hall, and the classes are always bigger than the room, and so we are all just crammed in there. It’s just not one of the comfortable places to be right now. Ann-Marie Garcia (14)

People might want to look at the heating in West [Science]. And maybe it has something to do with the all of the animals, skeletons and occasional cadavers in there. But, the heating’s always really messed up. Hannah Riggle (14) Photos by Stephen Pittman

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place finish, while 1314 won three more ballots to finish sixth place. “I am proud of how hard we have worked to earn two bids to ORCs,” Mannon said. “This past weekend was nerve-wracking because we just barely made it out of Regionals, but we knew we had to win all four ballots on the second day of competition and that is exactly what we did.” Director of the Career Engagement Center RJ HolmesLeopold helped to run the Regional tournament. “I am extremely proud of the success of our mock trial program at Cornell,” Holmes-Leopold said. “In only six short years Cornell mock trial has gone from a nascent program to two nationally competitive squads. The students on each squad have worked hard throughout the year to get to this moment, and their efforts are paying off. Coach Stensland has done an exceptional job in getting our two squads into the Opening Round Championships for the second consecutive year in a row. Cornell will be represented incredibly well in St. Louis.” President Jonathan Brand judged two rounds at the Regional tournament. “I must say—I was entirely blown away by the work and "performances" of the teams which I judged,” Brand said. “The knowledge of the rules of evidence was extremely impressive as was the ability of everyone to improvise as they asked questions, received responses and dealt with objections—never going off character or being even remotely flustered. I would say that the performances were of a uniformly high quality—extremely impressive. I personally can't imagine anything more challenging (and rewarding) than mock trial.”

Coach Abbe Stensland was the director of the tournament, and worked as the team’s coach as well. “I love that Cornell hosted the event—Abbe and the team did an exceptional job hosting the event—entirely emblematic of Cornell College—and a great way to share how terrific Cornell is,” Brand said. “I am also extremely impressed that both teams made it in, especially knowing how competitive these tournaments really are. What I love about mock trial as I reflect on my day—mock trial is a true team effort—teams don't move on or succeed if they don't learn how to work together, in an endeavor that is as intellectually demanding as I have ever seen. I am so pleased for the teams and Abbe—well deserved and a real feather in Cornell's cap.” On the second day, Team 1313 faced teams from the University of Iowa and Drake University. 1313 won both ballots in each round. Team 1314 faced Loras College and the University of Notre Dame, and went 3-1. At the end of the tournament, Team 1313 went 5-3 and 1314 went 5-2-1. “It could have gone a lot more smoothly, but we made it out and that's what matters,” Mock Trial attorney James Hoeffgen (13) said. “We have the same opportunity to place at ORCs as the team that got first at our Regionals. It was clear that the judges liked our witnesses, and witnesses are what win us rounds, so there's no reason why we can't make it to the national championship tournament.” The team practices several times each week, learning about trial advocacy, the rules of evidence and running scrimmages to prepare for tournaments. In the days leading up to Regionals, both squads tried to practice as much as possible, travelling to the University of Iowa

to scrimmage two of their teams on the Thursday night of block break. “I feel incredibly honored and excited that both Cornell MT teams are going to ORCs again,” Mock Trial witness Lisa Chen (12) said. “Our hard work and dedication paid off, which is such a wonderful feeling. I feel like we are improving a tremendous amount as a team together and the sky is definitely our limit! Hopefully, ORCs will be an amazing experience and we will place in the top six so we can advance to Championships.” Six members of the team won individual awards. From team 1313, Claire McGuire (14), Neil McCray (14) and Lisa Chen (12) all won witness awards, while James Hoeffgen (13) won an attorney award. On team 1314, first year Mock Trial member Thomas Cooke (15) won an attorney award, while Leonard Schlanger (15), who plays the witness Cooke direct examines, won a witness award. “It was no surprise that both squads made it out of Regionals; that's what all of us expected to happen,” Cooke said. “1313 is stacked with talent and 1314 is hardworking and always willing to practice. On a personal level, I never expected to win an award at Regionals, especially as a freshman. Luckily, my older teammates and my coach have been very helpful and informative over the course of the season, and I was paired up with a witness who made me look like a very good attorney (Leonard Schlanger). Cornell deserves to be going to ORCs, and we're going to own it when we get there.” Team 1313 is comprised of more experienced mockers—all are second years or higher. 1314, however, was composed of five

first year mockers and three experienced ones. “I couldn't be more proud of our mock trial team,” Mock Trial witness MacKenzie Dreeszen (14) said. “Making it to ORCs two years in a row is a big achievement. While we have a lot of experienced mockers, we also have a lot of new talent that will keep the team going in the future.” The team is very thankful to both the college and the

Blue Zones/ Continued from Page 1 Director for the Blue Zones Project for Mount Ver non, Jen Rothmeyer, says, “W hile Mount Ver non has not been selected to be one of the final ten communities yet, they have made it through several steps of the application process which nar rowed down the communities from all areas in Iowa to 54 eligible communities. The final ten communities will be announced on Febr uar y 10th (this Friday!).” The fliers also state, “The Blue Zones Project is not about being told which foods to eat and exercises to do by the gover nment, health care industr y or another individual. It’s about promoting a balance in our careers, work, home, family, community and self that leads to happiness and health. Researchers have found simple changes in environment that can lead to healthy choices being the easiest choice. In tur n, the cumulative effects can add years to your life and remove needless health care and missed work expenses.” Rothmeyer adds, “This project will be bringing in

national exper ts on a variety of topics to induce the oppor tunity for easy, healthy changes to our lifestyles. This isn't about joining a marathon, eating a cer tain diet, or being forced to do anything at all. The project brings research-based answers and solutions to common problems. Dan Buettner, the author of The Blue Zones, studied people around the world who had lived long and happy lives. Blue Zones derived Power 9 and Thrive from these studies and others. As an example, research has shown that volunteers rate higher on happiness scales. Infor mation like that is used to infor m people about simple and easy ways to be happier and have a longer-lived (and WELL-lived) life.” “Our cur rent initiatives that we are working on include things like a community center with year-round pool, better bike and r unning trails, creating community gardens, suppor ting healthy families, and much more. I've included a document that lists out our initiatives. By becoming one of the 10 communities, we will receive exper t advice

and assistance on planning these different projects so that they are suppor ted by research on what is successful. In addition, the exper ts can assist us in locating g rant money and other ways to fund the projects. An example is that in one of the Blue Zones cities, the city wanted to increase the parking space on their downtown street by widening it. Blue Zones Project members spoke with the city and told them that by increasing trails to the downtown, which would encourage safe and healthy walking, they would have less parking issues and would be encouraging community health. The exper ts help us to see another way that is proven to work in different places. A year later, there were plenty of people using those trails to access the downtown area,” Rothmeyer says. Students and citizens of Mount Ver non can help bring these changes to the area by texting “BZP” to the number 772937 and answering the follow-up questions. These follow-up questions ask for an email address, full name and zip code (52314). You

can also register at www. and click on the “I’m A Citizen” page to pledge your suppor t. Rothmeyer says, “Even if a student is only going to be at Cor nell for a shor t period of time, they will have a chance to experience the positive mental and physical health changes that we are all par t of bringing to this community. They will be taking something away with them when they leave - and will be able to par ticipate in a lot of the mentoring and projects that are going on in our community. Cor nell students are IMPORTANT to Mount Ver non! In addition, they will know that they are helping to create a legacy for future Cor nell students and staff who will be able to live, work, lear n, and play in a town that will be suppor ted by healthy and happy living initiatives with access to even more community benefits such as possibly a community center or better connected biking and r unning trails. They may be able to access a community garden or indoor swimming. The ideas are limitless, although of course nothing is

numerous alumni who judged at the tournament and financially support the team. “[Regionals] was amazing,” Tim Bingham (13) said. “Cornell Mock Trial is incredibly lucky to have Cornell support us financially and institutionally. It was amazing that President Brand came to help judge two rounds and give a speech at closing remarks. It really goes to show how much Cornell supports us.”

Photo by RJ Holmes-Leopold

Neil McCray (14), Leonard Schlanger (15), Lisa Chen (12) and Claire McGuire (14) after winning All-Region Witness Awards.

Photoby RJ Holmes-Leopold

Thomas Cooke (15) and James Hoffgen (13) after winning All- Region Attorney Awards.

cer tain at this juncture.” Rothmeyer encourages Cor nellians to help Mount Ver non receive these benefits. “We ask that the Cor nell students and staff please pledge their suppor t for this project as we are all par t of the Mount Ver non community and this benefits us all,” Rothmeyer says. Mount Ver non City Council member Slaton Anthony also encourages Cor nellians to help out. “Cor nell student body makes up approximately 25% of the population of Mount Ver non. Hopefully if we can get 250 Cor nell students to text, we can be in the top 10 communities in Iowa related to community suppor t. Cor nell is one of the primar y factors in the g reatness of Mount Ver non and with Cor nell Student suppor t we can not only be one of the top ten coolest small towns in America but one ofthe top ten healthiest and happiest small towns in America,” Anthony says. The Mount Ver non Area only needs about 600 votes now.



February 10, 2012

Claremont McKenna Found Cheating to Boost Rank by Olivia Cotton

B lock Break Co-E ditor

Late last month, U.S . News and World Re por t published their annual list of “America’s Best Colle ges.” U.S . News and World Re por t has been publishing the list since 1983 ,and is thought by many to be the best of the best when it comes to colle ge rankings. Although there is always some amount of competition among colle ges to be in the top of the list, some colle ges take the competition so seriously that they pay students to retake exams and/or fudge the actual exam scores. Claremont McKenna, a liberal ar ts colle ge in Califor nia, is the latest example

of this type of cheating. A senior administrator testified to falsifying the score of the colle ge entrance exams. Although the administrator did not raise the score ver y much, only 10 to 20 points higher on the SAT scale (1,600 points), it did bump Claremont McKenna up to ninth place instead of 11, putting them in the top ten best liberal ar ts colle ges. T his is not the first time a colle ge has cheated on its data. One of the most well known cases occured last fall when Iona University in New York boosted its ranking from 50 to 30. Test scores are par t of what U.S . News and World Re por t takes into consideration, but they also examine a wide

range of other factors such as retention, financial resources, student selectivity and faculty resources. Although colle ges take these rankings ver y seriously, some people say that students do not take these ranking into consideration. UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute conducted a sur vey and found that the colle ge ranking was fairly low down on the list of impor tant factors (Number 11) below price, location and size. "As someone who is asked ever y year to comment on the rankings, it seems to me that who cares most is the media. Second would be colle ge presidents and development of ficers. Way down the list seem to be those who are

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Greek Groups to Decrease to One Pledging by Elizabeth Brown Staff Writer

T he shift to the eightblock plan will change a lot of things on campus— including the yearly tradition of pledging. Due to new placement of Spring Break (after block six instead of block seven), pledging for Cor nell’s thir teen Greek g roups will be moved up to occur after fifth block. It will also occur only once per year. Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Life, Gwen Schimek, explained that the change was decided upon last year. T he Greek presidents and Diane Timm, who had Schimek’s position at the time, decided to move pledging up to be after fifth block. Schimek added that they felt fall pledging would not be necessar y because spring pledging would be happening closer to mid-year. “T here probably didn’t need to be two pledge c ycles that were so close to each other,” she said. Schimek added that not all Greek g roups cur rently do spring pledging , and only thir ty students pledged during the fall this year. “I’m not too concer ned about it af fecting who decides to be Greek and who doesn’t decide to be Greek, because I think that’s something that folks kind of find for themselves and see what fits for them on campus and where their involvement should lie,” she said. President of Phi Ome ga (the Phi Os), Lauren Dingle

(12), said she didn’t think the shift to one pledging per year would g reatly af fect membership for the g roup. “We generally only do spring pledging ,” she said. “We think it’s more meaningful to only do pledging once with one big pledge class.” President of Greek Council, Jacob Gehl (12), ag reed. “I am a member of Sigma Kappa Psi, where we have, since our ince ption, done both Spring and Fall pledging ,” he said. “I do not believe the switching to one pledging will g reatly af fect the amount of people who pledge as a majority of new members to the Greek Community pledge during Spring each year. T hose interested enough to pledge during the Fall of previous years will likely wait until the Spring pledging in my opinion… Half the Greek g roups on campus either never or rarely have done Fall pledging in the past, and these g roups still appear to have strong interest from prospective members and active membership within the g roup.” On the new eight-block schedule, students will retur n to Cor nell in the middle of Januar y rather than at the be ginning , so pledging will occur in the middle of Febr uar y. Schimek said that g roups were still figuring out what to do about pre-pledges and whether some pre-pledge events would have to take place before winter break. One of the three cur rent leaders of Delta Phi Delta (the Del Phis), Nicole Potter (14), said she thought the

earlier star t time for pledging season would be beneficial: “Pre-pledge season will be three months, star ting in November, I believe, which has a slightly lower chance of bad weather than the cur rent spring pre-pledge season which star ts in Januar y. T he earlier time will probably ef fect pledging in a dif ferent way, usually the weather is star ting to get a little better by the end of Febr uar y, but it is often at its worst in Januar y, this will make it necessar y for g roups to be more aware of possibly dangerous weather.” Dingle ag reed that weather could be a problem. “Weather will be a big issue next year for pledging , unless we have another extremely war m winter like this year. Many g roups do events outside so I think this will be dif ficult to cope with,” she said. “I also think it will r ush pre-pledge season, and may result in fewer numbers of pledges.” President of the Ar rows, Eva Fisk (12), was also in ag reement. She said that their pre-pledge schedule usually spans over two months, and events will be split up over an extended winter break. Gehl, however, felt that weather would not be any more of a concer n than in years past. “I do not par ticularly see a strong dif ference between pledging in Mid-Febr uar y versus the end of Febr uar y; we live in Iowa and the weather during that time period is always unpredictable,” he said. “I would doubt pre-pledges

would be af fected by the shift, as most pre-pledges occur in indoor locations with g roups providing transpor t to and from them.” Despite possible weather concer ns, the majority of those inter viewed felt that spring pledging still made more sense. T he main reason for this was that it would allow freshmen to pledge but still give them time to consider the g roups thoroughly. “Folks have to have been here for one semester in order to pledge, and that will continue to remain the r ule,” Schimek said. “I think we want to just make sure that students are adjusting to campus before they’re really connecting to--kind of se gmenting themselves into the Greek population and having a chance to find their niche in a variety of ways before they are connected to that par t of it.” Gehl ag reed, saying , “I believe that reducing to Spring pledging was preferable over Fall because of the oppor tunities given to first-year students. If we had Fall pledging in which first-year students could pledge we would likely have to do it over second block break, which would give these students approximately nine weeks to become acclimated to Cor nell, make friends and attend pre-pledges and then having to decide whether to pledge. W hile this schedule is the nor m at other institutions, I prefer Cor nell’s pledging timeline because it gives first-years almost an

entire semester to settle into a routine at Cor nell while getting to know our Greek Community, both through pre-pledges and other socialization before making such a decision.” Fisk, however, did not feel that spring pledging was the better choice. She said that pledging in mid-Febr uar y could involve poor weather conditions that would be dangerous for all g roup members. She also added that fall pledging only would mean freshmen had to wait until sophomore year to pledge, which she felt would be helpful in encouraging freshmen to find where they fit in on campus. Overall, Schimek said she saw the change as being a positive. “Groups can really focus on who they are and who they want to be, and spend fall semester really being able to fulfill their mission, whereas, spring semester, they’re focusing a little bit more on recr uitment and then transition of leadership,” she said. “I think that will really allow g roups to focus on their role on campus during fall semester in a way that some of them may have been distracted with doing their pledging in the fall semester previously… Because of the type of community we tr y to build here at Cor nell, I think having it during second semester is really an asset to the institution... I’m really happy that that’s the way that it is.”

Corrections: Martin Luther King Junior Day Celebrations at Cor nell 1) Ken Morris was incorrectly reported as the President of Intercultural Life when he is in fact the Director of Intercultural life. 2) “Sankofa” was referred to incorrectly as Dr. King. It is a term that means to look back as you look forward. 3) The picture for the MLK article was taken by Ken Morris, not Hilary Swift.



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A c a d e m y Aw a r d N o m i n a t i o n s by Tana Tyler and Matt Jones C ulture Editor and Staff Writer


Academy award nominations were announced on Jan. 24 with few surprises. Since that date, we have been debating which movies deserve to take home the big prize. With so many categories to consider, some predictions on those categories will be left out. In addition, there are some movies that we have not seen, so they will be considered on their media reviews as well as the Oscar buzz around them.

Best Picture Tana: I believe that “The Artist” will win. The reviewers have been infatuated with the silent film aspect and that makes it stand out in this category. It may be one of the movies that takes home multiple awards just for its ability to captivate audiences in silence in a preoccupied world. Matt: I agree with Tana’s prediction that “The Artist” will take this award. Not only is the movie a high-quality film about film, but with all Oscar buzz generated early in this film’s life, it treads the line by being a hit with audiences and critics alike. However, the fact that this was largely a French production may hurt its chances, as the Academy tends to favor Anglophone productions.

T: If the “The Tree of Life” doesn’t take this award, I will be very surprised. The other nominees did a great job, but I truly believe “Tree of Life” went above and beyond. M: The other nominees in this category have beautiful cinematography (including, of course, “The Artist”), but none stack up to “The Tree of Life.” Whether it is the breathtaking computer-generated sequence chronicling the birth of the universe up to the emergence of humans, or the airy, nostalgic live action sequences, no other nominee has the purely visual clout of “The Tree of Life.”

Actress in a Supporting Role T: “The Help” was huge this year. If Octavia Spencer doesn’t get an Oscar for her supporting role, then Jessica Chastain will. M: This is another difficult category. I enjoyed Jessica Chastain in “The Help,” and a win for her here would hopefully bring just as much recognition for one of her other performances this year, a more delicate role in The Tree of Life.

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T: I’m going to call for an upset with Nick Nolte as the winner. He hasn’t had a refined past, but audiences see an unexpected great performance from him in “Warrior.” M: A tough call in a tough category. However, I was fond of Kenneth Branagh’s Laurence Olivier in “My Week With Marilyn,” a movie that I enjoyed but I fear will be overlooked by the Academy.

T: I think Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life”) will take home the Oscar in this category. He works on a non-linear timeline as well as supplementing the storyline with beautiful and brief images making it all work together…something most directors cannot do. M: There is stiff competition in this category, and all of the nominees are equally deserving of this award for different reasons. However, I believe that Terrence Malick is worthiest of praise for his operatic, dreamlike “The Tree of Life.” If I had it my way, “The Tree of Life” would win in all of the categories for which it is nominated (please excuse the tangent).

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) T: The writers of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” will take this one. I think the Academy has a soft spot for well-written spy films. M: I think that “Moneyball” will take this one. It takes a well-crafted screenplay to communicate the complexities of a book, and an even bettercrafted one to explain the ins and outs of Sabermetrics while still making us care about the characters. Besides, Alan Sorkin’s tight style is Academy gold.

Writing (Original Screenplay) T: The writers of “The Artist” may take this award, the story is funny as well as touching. M: Tried-and-true Academy favorite Woody Allen should take this award. It takes a skilled hand to make the multi-era storyline clear (“Midnight in Paris”), and you can never go wrong with Mr. Allen.

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Animated Feature Film T: “Chico and Rita.” Although I haven’t seen the animated film, the story looks remarkable and the animation isn’t typical. M: “Chico and Rita.” A beautiful story backed by an equally beautiful jazz soundtrack, this one should easily take the award. However, it may run into trouble given the fact that its line-drawn style contrasts with the Academy-favored Pixar-esque computer animation, not to mention the fact that it is only partially in English.

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T: Jean Dujardin, in “The Artist” may take this because he is the only silent actor and silent acting is much more challenging. M: While I applaud the diversity and the strength of the nominees in this category, I think that awards darling George Clooney has a good shot at this award. Though The Descendents is not necessarily his strongest performance, it is pleasingly understated and would be the first Best Actor win for Clooney.

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Actress in a Leading Role T: I will be surprised if Glenn Close doesn’t get the award for her transgender role in “Albert Nobbs.” M: Meryl Streep. Though she is the most-nominated actress of our era, she has only won Best Actress/Supporting Actress twice. “The Iron Lady” was disappointing, but Streep’s Thatcher was stunning. However, she may have competition from the popular Rooney Mara and the ever-impressive Michelle Williams.



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Why Tom Hanks is Nominated For an Oscar (But Shouldn’t Be) –or–Why Terrence Malick Won’t Win an Oscar (But Should) by Matt Jones S taff Writer

The inclusion of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in the Best Picture category during this year’s Academy Awards nominations was one of the ceremony’s greatest shocks to me. While the Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock 9/11 drama is unquestionably a heartfelt movie, I have personal doubts that it should be considered for an Academy Award. Did the film do anything differently? Has it done anything to stand out? Did any of the actors deliver incomparable performances? I believe that the answer to all of these questions is no. There was nothing in cinematography or storytelling that made this film different than the average Christmas feel-good movie. The only things that make it stand out are the big names and the 9/11 subject matter. The actors were good, but none of the performances were career bests (with the exception of Thomas Horn, whose extremely short career makes this fact an inevitability) and, in fact, I could see a number of actors in any of these roles. The only possible explanations as to why this film has been nominated are that 1) the story resonates especially deeply with the Academy voters or 2) there

are more sinister forces at work. The first explanation is believable given the fact that many voters (actors, directors, producers and other members of the film industry) maintain residences and business dealings in New York as well as Los Angeles, making it more possible that these individuals may have been directly affected by 9/11. But this certainly cannot account for the nomination entirely. We must attempt, then, to discover an explanation that is more complete and, unfortunately, more sinister. The problem, then, is not with the film but rather with the awards themselves. This is a perfect example of how the Academy Awards do not honor those films that achieve new things with distinction, but rather the films that achieve things slightly better than what we have seen time and time again. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close presents a family drama and a child’s struggle in a slightly more polished and audience-friendly way than say, The Tree of Life, which takes risks with cinematography, storytelling, script and artistic direction. Malick’s flick is clearly more artistically adventurous and (not to predict the future) historically profound than Extremely Loud. Only thinly veiled by the Academy’s lip service to a handful of big name art

films is the fact that the Oscars are motivated less by contributions to film as an art form and more by box office performance and movie-biz. Ever the ticket-selling darlings, it is not surprising that the Tom Hanks/ Sandra Bullock star vehicle was a favorite of the Academy while only garnering a 46% from nationwide critics. Stated simply, by nominating this comparatively sub-par film, the Academy Awards have undermined their own prestige. What, then, is the solution to this problem? I propose that the Academy add film critics to its ranks. While not ingrained in the studio system like its other members, critics are every bit as vital to the film business and are, in many ways, artists in their own right. The fact that certain awards nominees are nominated in direct conflict with critical reception ignores a vital cog in the film industry machine, an oversight that should be rectified immediately. If this step is taken, then I believe we can expect to see more artistic risk-taking and progression in the film industry as a whole. The result would be higherquality films recognized with awards that have regained their former prestige. Photo Courtesy of

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Chasing Away the A Slightly Smaller World Cup Chill with Spirtiuality by Dyonis Miller N ews C o-E ditor

by Kaitlin Calkins Staff Writer

We are always searching for a way to celebrate different beliefs with open arms from one another. In an effort to share the range of unique cultures, different organizations throughout the Cornell College Community came together to represent their own beliefs, as well as to learn and embrace others. It was also fun for anyone just coming to have a good time! This event was titled Red Sea Peds Dance and included intercultural music and dancing. Organized by Slick Shoes, the Chaplain, Hillel, Muslim Student Association (MSA) and Inter-faith Understanding, the dance was free and open to the public. The dance was an effort to celebrate culture in the “chill of winter.” Slick Shoes started things off by teaching a dance so people who wanted to take part in a more cultural-induced dance could do so. It looked like fun, as the dance was taught to individuals

and then to couples, who switched every once and a while. The music was performed by Chicago’s Red Sea Pedestrians, who incorporate a blend of Greek, Gypsy, Jazz, American and Klezmer music. The diverse amount of music that they provided was even a greater indication of the different cultures that had all came together to be celebrated. The music was fun to dance to, but it was also entertaining just to watch the myriad of different instruments and voices being played together. Another indication of faith was that of Albina Alieva, who represented her country and religion through her beautiful solo dancing. She taught some belly dancing toward the end of the event as well. With a smile on her face, she enthusiastically told the crowd to “pop it!” It was charming to see all the girls move their hips and funny to watch all the guys attempt to! Overall, the event promoted a wonderful sense of togetherness and was fun for everyone there. Cornell College truly shows that we all can live with each other in peace.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Organization for Latino Awareness (OLA) hosted the Cornell World Cup in the Small Sports Center. Teams representing various countries faced off against one another, although the members comprising these teams were not necessarily all from the same country. Since this event has never before been held at Cornell, the members of OLA were generally nervous about how this would turn out in regard to participation from the student body and the overall organization of the event. In addition, this was held on the weekend to ensure that students would not be too busy with classwork. Before the event officially began, the teams of students showed up early in order to get in last-minute practice and warm up before the big face-off. The fact that six teams of students participated shows that the event drew initial interest, and this will help in creating a base of interested students if the event is to be held again in the future. As Laura Sanchez-Lopez (13), Vice President of OLA, said, “We were anticipating

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16 Cornell teams but despite all of our advertising and promoting only 8 signed up, which was fine because the brackets worked out perfectly. Shirts were ordered, whistles for referees, goal posts, medals for the top 3 winning teams... everything was ready for the big day except for the fact that two registered teams did not show up the day of. This kind of threw us off but, luckily, Stephon Mikell (15) and Adonis Gonzalez (15) were able to work the brackets out.” Regarding the game overall, the teams began with two games being played at a time whilst the fans stood and cheered in the background. The fans were confined to the bleachers on the upper part of the Sports Center, in order to eliminate crowding between the fans and the players between each game. As the teams fought hard against one another, it became clear that they were enjoying the fierce gameplay. As one player, Genghua Li (13) said, “In general, this event seems very successful. Everybody had lots of fun and nobody got hurt too bad. There were some controversies over fouls and goals; but seems like teams were arguing friendly. Since the purpose of this World Cup is to raise culture awareness, some cultural elements could be added; for instance,

learning the national anthem of the country players represent. If such an event is to be held next year, I will definitely do it again.” As far as the overall outcome of the event, there seem to be many students who are eager to see this event come around again in the future. One of the problems encountered with a new event is that it does not have any real standing with any of the students on the campus, so individuals are never really sure what to expect if they are to attend an event. However, since this event gained lots of good publicity amongst the student body, it will most likely occur again next year, as Sanchez-Lopez said, “As far as attendance I wish there would have been more Cornellians as fans in the crowd cheering on their friends. All of the OLA members and our members from the world cup committee were of such great help! This event wouldn't have been successful if it wasn't for them. Now for next year I expect to see half of Cornell in the stands and double the amount of teams playing out in the field. We already saw how this tournament went now we know for next year how to score a goal and make this event something that all Cornellians will look forward to.”

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T he Holy Book of the Crackians by Linch Zhang Staff Writer

III. The great flood. It was a time of despair and sin, a period of time not so very different from our own. Once, people paid attention not to the feelings of the spirit but to the material world. They received their enjoyments not through holy bread, holy wine or holy points, but from the accursed materialism, the bourgeoisie ethics of work, for the eventual gain of larger huts and rounder wheels. They worshipped false gods, untrue

ones. Pagan deities like Money and Sobriety and Responsibility and Not Getting Naked in the Middle of the Street in December. So to punish their insolence, The High One sent a Flood. But God was kind. To his true followers, he showed them the Needles of Light and beckoned them to share with the beasts of the land. “Truth is relative,” he said. “Take this, and your pains shalt goeth away.” And so they did. And when they woke from their journey, all was different. All that they had known was destroyed and, but for the Ones of Awareness, all ceased to be.

When He saw the misery and pain, the High One was upset. “Never shall it happen again,” he vowed, and took a puff to forget his misery.

IV. Mosses And it was such that one day, a great man, in a valiant attempt to seek enlightenment in a world gone mad, went into a desert and searched for twenty years*. After starving for about three weeks, in the distance, he saw a bush and behold! Near the bush, some moss. The Pilgrim knew that branches of the bush were unhealthy for his digestion, so he gathered his

last reserves of energy and crawled towards the moss. He binged upon the moss, and soon full,**the bush spoke to him. “I am your Lord, thy God, the One Most High,” it said. It told many truths, for three days and nights, and in that time, the Man learnt much. He learned of the creation of the world and the Ten Commandments, the beauty within and the sanctity of Moss. Indeed, all the earlier chapters in this book came from that revelation, and are considered the direct and absolute words of God (subject to minor editorial changes, of course). He became satisfied and went back to

share with his fellows the Moss and the Words. It took him three years to find his way home, but when he did, the People titled him Prophet and dubbed him Mosses, meaning “to be one with the Moss” *Heathens would say that he is lost, but believers know better. The twenty years were clearly a test of mettle. **The man, not the bush.



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To me, burgers are one of the ultimate foods one can consume. A fresh, well seasoned, well cooked and juicy burger on a fresh bun is something to strive for. The Lincoln Cafe, as many of you know, has created something close to burger nirvana, but the best place for a Cornell student to satisfy their burger cravings is at Short’s Burgers and Shine in Iowa City. It’s easy to miss seeing Shorts, as it is located in what used to be a small shoe shine shop, but this smallness is not at all indicative of the flavor to be found within. Their motto, “Expert Workmen · Best Materials Used · Prompt Service” (borrowed from the old shoe shine business), is entirely expressive of their product. The beef used in their burgers is from a farm less than 30 miles from the restaurant (and is never frozen), their fries are hand cut daily, their buns are exquisite and made fresh in town, and they feature many locally brewed beers. The employees are always friendly and ready to help you choose a burger, showing that they are clearly “experts” at what they do. My personal favorite burger is the “Dundee”, which is made up of mushrooms, bacon, garlic aioli, American cheese and a fried egg, but any of their offerings are a solid option. They also offer five different black bean burgers, which receive the same flavourful treatment as their beef cousins. All burgers are less than $9, and are well worth every penny. Shorts Burgers and Shine can be found at 18 South Clinton Street in Iowa City.

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Miss Cotton’s Top 5 Best Valentine’s Day Movies There is no better way to spend Valentine’s Day then with a loved one cuddling up on a love seat and watching a romantic movie together. So Miss Cotton is here to give you my top choices for the best movies to watch on this coming February fourteenth. Number 5- Titanic-This is a classic love store about Jack and Rose, and how they fall in love while traveling to America on the Titanic. I suggest that you stop the movie right before the Titanic actually hits the ice berg, because that to the end is just one giant buzz kill. Number 4- Saw-This iconic horror movie might bring up some of your breakfast, but it will make you thankful that you are cozying up to your loved one and not sawing your own leg off. Number 3- Love Actually- Even if this movie does take place during Christmas time, it is truly a movie to be watched on Valentine’s Day. And if you don’t love seeing Severus Snape married to Professor Trelawney, then there is clearly something wrong with you. Number 2- Wall-E- What could be cuter and more romantic than a little robot with a Rubik’s cube falling in love with a sleek, sassy robot? The answer: Absolutely nothing Number 1- Brokeback Mountain- One of the most beautifully crafted love stories of all time starring two of the most beautiful men ever. By: The Cotton Sisters a.k.a. Ellen Wrede, Olivia Cotton, Eleanor Cotton

Dear Miss Cotton, Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I am dreading it. I have despised Cupid’s Holiday ever since a traumatic elementary school Valentine’s Day (everyone in my fourth grade class forgot to get me a valentine, expect for the class paste eater, who got me a half-eaten heart shaped Hershey’s bar). Every year when that damn fourteenth of February comes around I feel my heart beat quickening, my sweat glands start to crank out perspiration and my reoccurring nightmare of a paste favored chocolate bar smothering me begins again. If the things mentioned above weren’t bad enough, then there are all of those sickly sweet couples swapping spit on every single street corner. Every time I see one, I upchuck a little in my mouth and have to run to a restroom (or spit it on the couple if I am feeling extra cranky). And why does every single store that I go to have to shove bears holding hearts down my throat? I need some advice on how to survive this upcoming holiday, because if I don’t get some help soon, I think I might have a nervous breakdown next time I walk past a Hallmark, and rip up every single card that has a cutest animal on it or just beat up the closest innocent bystander the next time I hear James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful. Sincerely, Cupid’s Nemesis Dear Cupid’s Nemesis, May I ask why Valentine’s Day seems to be so important to you? If you hate the holiday so much I would simply suggest you ignore the holiday as much as pos-

sible. Next time you go shopping walk quickly past the Hallmark stores and immediately enter stores such as Hot Topic or a shoe store where Valentine’s Day is the last thing on their mind. When walking past kissing couples, look away and watch the squirrels chasing each other around instead. Also keep in mind although Valentine’s day was originally meant to honor St. Valentine, a Christian martyr, in is now primarily a consumer holiday. If I were you I would be extremely grateful to not have to spend any of my income on over priced flowers and fancy dinners. So when when you walk by those people spending their monthly allowance, just think of all the other things you can buy with your money. Sometimes Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let that special person know how you feel about them. So if there is someone you have been swooning for, ask them on a date, or to just hang out. Do not make if too formal, but if they are also alone on the holiday, perhaps they would enjoy some company too. If none of these suggestions work for you I suggest climbing to the roof of a building and throwing small soft objects (such as water balloons) at couples passing by. Don’t worry about getting in trouble, I will make sure to keep your identity a secret. Have a very happy, holidayless, February the fourteenth. Sincerely, Miss Cotton Need Some Advice? Email Miss Cotton at thethreecottonsisters@ All letters will remain anonymous

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February 10, 2012

Iowa Landscapes Worth Exploring

Photos by Maria Helgeson A view of the Cedar River from the South Cedar Natural Area.

by Maria Helgeson

Investigating the natural world surrounding Mount Vernon may Features Editor help relieve the winter monotony and give students a welcome break In the middle of an Iowa winter, it from studying. A few of the closest can be tempting to stay inside all day options to campus are listed below. to avoid freezing temperatures and icy roads and sidewalks. However, for Cedar Valley Nature Trail those willing to put on a few layers, This trail was constructed on there are a number of trails and parks top of an abandoned railroad, so it worth exploring within a few miles is almost entirely flat and straight. of Mount Vernon. Although Iowa's This makes it a good destination for landscapes are often criticized as flat anyone hoping to take a walk or run and monotonous, the Cedar River outside without being challenged by and the hilly terrain surrounding it uneven footing or steep hills. Most make for some noteworthy views.

of the trail is grassy and tree-lined. It can be accessed from Springville Road, from which it extends in both directions for a total length of 52 miles.

Sac and Fox Trail

Recently renovated after being flooded in 2008, this is a seven-mile gravel trail that winds through a wooded area near the Cedar River. It is accessible from Mount Vernon Road and is available for hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and bicycling.

J. Harold Ennis Preserve

The Ennis Preserve is located a few miles outside of Mount Vernon on Cedar River Road. The preserve consists of a mile-long trail that climbs to the top of a ridge before dropping down alongside the Cedar River.

Palisades-Dows Observatory

This building houses two telescopes, one with a six-inch lens and one with a sixteen-inch lens. It is located just a few miles from campus, near the southern edge of

Palisades-Kepler State Park. Besides having regular viewing hours, the observatory regularly hosts guest speakers on Saturdays.

South Cedar Natural Area

Located just outside of Mount Vernon on Highway 1, this small park is directly adjacent to the Cedar River and offers an excellent view of the river landscape. The area does not see much traffic, and visitors are likely to find the park’s single picnic table unoccupied. For an isolated, serene outing this park is ideal.



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Jeremiad Changing the World

by Cate LiaBraaten Guest Writer

I’m not prone to rage. However, it is safe to say that during a stroll across campus (enjoying the unusually nice weather of finals week), I experienced a fleeting moment of rage. I quickly settled back into the simmering disgust I have been nursing for several weeks. The sight that upset me? A Miller Lite can in the grass by the Amphitheater. I had already seen one that day, plus one Busch can and one Keystone. This is not intended to be a tirade against littering. This is a jeremiad about not caring. There are plenty of things Cornell students care about. There are issues both at home and abroad that Cornellians are cognizant of and work to impact positively. But when it comes to caring about small things, things around us, we let a lot slip. Beer cans on the grass are just a start; there is spit in the stairwells, trash in the hallways and food in the snow. The reason this bothers me is that Cornellians do not seem to be valuing the enormous opportunity we have in being here. According to Huffington Post, only 6.7% of the world’s population has a college degree. Here we are, in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on our way to being part of a tiny group of people who have completed higher formal education.

We all got here because we are privileged. Before anyone gets too defensive, yes, you may have worked hard, you may still be working hard, and I am sure you deserve this. But still, you’re privileged. Life has afforded you wonderful opportunities; plenty of people have worked hard and have still not been able to attain higher education. This is not about guilt for being privileged, it’s about gratitude. I do not care if you thank a Higher Being, your parents or dumb luck. However, we need to realize and appreciate what we have. In my opinion, spitting in the stairwells of your residence hall that costs $3,630 a year is like spitting in the faces of all of the hardworking people who have never been able to get a college education. Cornell is one of only two colleges whose entire campus is on the National Registry of Historic Places. That may not seem significant to people who are not into history, but the fact is, it’s a big deal. At least care enough about our school to throw your beer cans away (or better yet, recycle them). It is troubling to think about how little Cornellians seem to value the fact that that they have the opportunity to get an education. With tuition at $32,720 (and 9 blocks), each day of class costs $201.97. Wear something other than sweatpants when you give a class presentation. Care, darn it.

Real Food. by Laura Lindsay Guest Writer

As a Cornell student, you are most likely required to have a meal plan, so this affects you. For the four years that I have been here, I have never had a say in who was serving my food, despite my required meal plan. Now, as Cornell is considering contract proposals from four foodservice companies, students finally have an opportunity to influence the future of food at this college. These companies have already been on campus distributing student surveys and will continue to be present to

design contract proposals that will be most likely to gain campus support and win the bid. This is where you have a chance to tell these companies what you want to see in the dining hall for the rest of your time at Cornell. There are a number of students lobbying for Real Food to be included in these contracts, where “real food” is defined as “local/ community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane.” Currently, the vast majority of the food served at Cornell does not conform to these guidelines. However, if a large percentage of students advocate for these qualifications, Real Food may have a stronger presence in the new

on the Road to Zero by Jennifer Knox Guest Writer

When we ponder the end of the world, we might imagine pop-culture depictions of Mayan predictions or devastating climate change. Rarely do we seriously consider the bright, annihilating flash of nuclear catastrophe, despite the fact that more than 21,000 nuclear warheads remain in the world today. But the threat posed by nuclear weapons is more dangerous than ever, and awareness of that threat is returning to public dialogue. Many factors have contributed to this shift in public attention, such as the increasing likelihood of nuclear terrorism and heightened anxieties about the ambitions of countries like Iran and North Korea. It was also brought about by the efforts of Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Thanks to Global Zero – and the student leaders who have taken the campaign to their campuses and communities – world leaders are once again turning their attention to the nuclear question.

The only viable answer to that question is to eliminate nuclear weapons and secure all nuclear materials worldwide: “global zero.” I am now working with Global Zero in their Washington, DC office, and when I return to campus I hope to join with other dedicated students in bringing the Global Zero movement to Cornell. We have a unique opportunity to become an important part of a constellation of efforts involving 300 political, military, business, civic and faith leaders – and nearly half a million citizens – to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide. We can campaign on the front lines of a tremendous global movement alongside current and former heads of state, national security advisers, military commanders and celebrities. Global Zero wants you to join in. On Feb. 18-19, student leaders and activists from around the world will come together at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. for a special Global Zero Student Summit. The program will include sessions on 21st century movement-building, civic engagement and strategies to galvanize the Global Zero campaign,

as well as discussions between students and eminent leaders, experts and senior government officials – like Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Jack Sheehan, Amb. Richard Burt, former CIA Operative Valerie Plame Wilson, former IAEA DirectorGeneral Dr. Hans Blix and leaders from cutting-edge advocacy groups. If you want to get involved in our effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons, join us in New Haven next month. Contact me at jknox@ or register to attend at No matter your background, level of experience or knowledge of the issue, you can play a valuable role in this crucial effort, starting with attending the Student Summit. We are the first generation for whom a world without nuclear weapons is possible, and the work required to make that world a reality is the defining challenge of our generation. But the obligation is ours, the time is now – and we hope you will join us on the road to zero in February.

Students Should Advocate for Local, Fair, Ecologically Sound, Humane Food food contract. In order to lobby for such changes, we must have some understanding of the tenants of Real Food: 1. Local/community-based food is grown, packaged and transported from no more than 250 miles away from campus. Demand for local food may stimulate economic growth in our own community. 2. Fair food is purchased from companies that provide reasonable working conditions and fair pay to their workers. 3. Ecologically sound food is that which has been produced in a sustainable manner and that strives to minimize environmental impact

in general. This includes, but is not limited to, meeting certain sustainability criteria, such as USDAcertified organic and the Rainforest Alliance. 4. Humane food includes meat and non-meat animal products that come from livestock raised and slaughtered humanely. These are the criteria that the Real Food challenge uses to assess the ethics of food. However, we might also look to more tangible benefits of Real Food: health and taste. Local food is usually fresher than food that is shipped long distances because there is less time between harvest and consumption. Additionally, local

produce can be picked in the peak of ripeness, a point at which nutritional and taste benefits are maximized. So, as the four food-service candidates are on campus, use the opportunity to interact with them and college administrators to voice your opinion about food on this campus. Demand a contract that includes Real Food that meets any or all of these criteria. You can find more information about the issue at the Real Food Campaign Day on the OC on Feb. 20, hosted by the Environmental Club, STEP and the Animal Rights Club.

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February 10, 2012

High School Debate: Restructured

by James Hoeffgen Staff Writer

High school debate has been prevalent across the country for years now. The National Forensics League (NFL) sanctions tournaments in many different debate events centered on philosophy, public policy and current events. High school debate is an important activity. The critical thinking,writing skills and confidence in public speaking are valuable skills, all of which can benefit students in college and later on in life. However, the current way that high school debate is structured is flawed. In

order for students to get the most out of high school debate, the NFLsanctioned events known as Policy and Lincoln Douglas need to be restructured. The event that is in most serious need of restructuring is Policy. Policy is a debate event where one team of two students presents a plan and advocates for its implementation while another team of two students argue that the plan should not be implemented. The event is a good idea, but in practice it has lost a lot of its value. The biggest reason for this is because competitors are encouraged to practice “spreading,” which is a rapid speaking technique that allows debaters to speak at over 350 words per minute. If you don’t believe me, just look up “spreading” on Youtube. I can’t tell you how spreading came to be popular, but proponents of the technique now argue that it encourages students to come up with a variety of arguments. This is true, but it also encourages students to believe that the quantity of arguments made is more important than the quality of

arguments made. In fact, a common strategy in both policy and public forum debate (which is a similar event, but one in which spreading is less prevalent) is to argue that you should win the debate because your opponent was unable to address all of your arguments. Many debate judges make their decisions based on that, as well. So students are encouraged, and in fact can win debate rounds, simply by learning how to talk faster than their opponents and by presenting so many arguments, no matter the quality, that their opponents do not have time to refute all of them. Furthermore, spreading is no longer useful once students graduate and are no longer doing policy debate. No employers look for people who can talk so quickly that the average person cannot understand them to give oral presentations. Policy debaters would be better served if they were encouraged to speak clearly and concisely and create a few wellmade arguments instead of a vast quantity of poorly-made ones. The event referred to as Lincoln

Douglas needs restructuring too. Lincoln Douglas debates are oneon-one events where students debate complicated moral issues, such as whether or not it is permissible for a victim of domestic violence to use deadly force against an abuser. Competitors must come up with a value, such as “utilitarianism,” that they must defend and base their arguments off of. While spreading is present somewhat in Lincoln Douglas debates, it is not as prevalent as it is in policy debates. The biggest problem with Lincoln Douglas debates is that students are expected to verbally argue these complicated issues in approximately 32 minutes! This time increment is broken down into smaller sections. For example, the first speaker speaks for six minutes, and then the other speaker gets to cross-examine the first person for three minutes. Even fairly simple philosophical concepts such as utilitarianism cannot be sufficiently explained and applied to specific situations in six minutes, and they certainly cannot be attacked in three.

The result is that Lincoln Douglas debates are very confusing because often debaters do not understand each other’s points and end up arguing right past each other. The only way to sufficiently explore and understand these complicated philosophical concepts is to have them written down on paper where they can be read and examined multiple times. Essentially, if Lincoln Douglas is to remain a debate format, it needs to be made virtually into an essay contest. The topics it explores are just not appropriate for oral argumentation. Again, the way that high school debate is structured now does offer benefits to competitors. Even students who participate in Policy debate or Lincoln Douglas learn critical reasoning and public speaking skills. If the only two options were to leave high school debate the way it is, or get rid of it entirely, I would certainly advocate for it to stay. However, to really maximize what students get out of them, spreading needs to be discouraged in all debate formats, especially Policy, and Lincoln Douglas debates cannot be oral.

Battle of the Bands

Classical Beats The New Stuff

by David Miller Staff Writer

It seems that whenever the question of musical tastes comes up, no one mentions classical. And if it is mentioned, I almost have to

ask, “Do you consider the Beatles or Led Zeppelin classical?” Classical music (the real kind) appears to be more difficult to get into. Just for the record, I do enjoy plenty of modern music, but compared with popular modern music, the melodies in classical music are much more complex. Modern music often picks a simple, short and catchy tune to use whenever the singer is going on about… whatever it is. Only a few things are really happening at a time. With the melodies of classical music, there is constant progress and though the motif returns, it is often a variation using a different set of notes, tempo or key. And this is before adding the harmony, which many modern songwriters have just plain forgotten about. Forgive me for the use of metaphor, but imagine the

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melody and harmony to be partners in a dance, they work in tandem and the harmony allows the melody to shine more brightly. Without the harmony, the melody is just standing by itself, doing a jig in the corner. I won’t say that metaphorical jigs are uninteresting, but it isn’t captivating in the way that the melody and harmony together are. The complexity and forethought present in the melodies, the harmonies and the interaction between them lends classical music a richness that leaves much of modern music feeling very two-dimensional and flimsy. Though I could have gone with a more flashy style of introduction, perhaps capitalizing a few words, it wouldn’t convey what dynamics does in music. Just for clarification, dynamics is basically how loud or soft the music is, crescendo is increasing the volume and decrescendo is decreasing the volume. Again, much of modern music fails to make use of even a moderate range of dynamics, and as a result, the actual volume of the song, no matter how loud or soft it is, has very little impact on the emotions elicited by the music, which leads me to try turning up the volume myself instead of waiting for the band or artist to do it (though it really is their job). I can’t really describe the effect of dynamics in classical music other than to say that it matters every bit as much as which notes are played. For a good example (in my opinion) of dynamics in use, look up Danse Macabre (yes, there is an “s” in danse here). In addition to the excellent quality

Photo Courtesy of of classical pieces, there is also a large quantity of them. Classical music spans hundreds of years and is still being composed. There is a great variety to the pieces as well. Styles of the pieces vary predictably based upon the classical period when it was composed as well as by the individual composer. There are far more composers than just Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Dvořák (duh-vorjahk) and Tchaikovsky. Finally, don’t let concern for your image affect whether or not you listen to classical music. Is it for nerds? Yes. Is it for everyone else? Also yes. What you listen to doesn’t

define you any more than the kind of cereal you eat does. I think classical music is excellent, and that’s why I listen to it. Anyone who would cut off a friendship or avoid interacting with another on the basis that they listen to classical music (or any other superficial reason) is (once again in my opinion) not worth the effort in the first place. I’ll try to end somewhat on track by saying this: classical music is unlike any other genre, it conveys a depth and breadth of emotion that puts most any other attempt to shame.



February 10, 2012

Volume 132, Issue 9

How to Build a Libertarian Society An Econ Major Offers a Theoretical Basis for Classically Liberal Government

by Tom Kirk Editor- in-C hief

In the last issue of the Cornellian, Mr. Neil McCray (14) wrote an article denouncing Libertarian government. By and large, it was about the supposed logical impossibility of a libertarian government, rather than any argument based on practicality or morality. Mr. McCray essentially argues that there is an inevitable conflict between security and liberty that a libertarian government would find impossible to reconcile. Because this argument is based on theory, any response should address the theoretical possibility of a completely free society, rather than the practical or political problems involved with transitioning to such a society. Mr. McCray presents two reasons why a Libertarian government is

impossible. First, because Libertarians view government as an organized force, any government action taken to protect its citizens necessarily means the application of force against them. Second, and perhaps more importantly, McCray contends that there is no “bright line” separating areas where a government should, and should not, interfere in the lives of its citizens in order to protect them. These factors, he believes, lead inevitably to the never-ending growth of government, and consequently make Libertarian societies impossible in the long run. Pure Libertarians contend that the only legitimate function of government is to protect a nation’s citizens from the initiation of force, meaning, by and large, foreign threats and criminals. In order to do this, force in the form of a military and police force is necessary. However, this does not violate any Libertarian principle. Even when a government uses force against its own citizens, no Libertarian principle is violated unless the government is the initiator of force. If the government is stopping someone from committing a crime, this is no different, in principle, from an individual defending themselves from a mugger. The same applies to situations where the government must arrest citizens for committing crimes. As no one has any right to initiate force with impunity, no Libertarian principle is violated by stopping or

punishing those who do so. Mr. McCray is correct to point out that there is often no bright line separating areas where government can interfere with its citizens and where it cannot. This has been one major source of government growth, as politicians have felt the need to expand the government’s reach well beyond the traditional role of offering protection from criminals and foreign threats and into protecting citizens from everything from food poisoning to pollution to smoking. Here, the issue is less about exactly what the government does, and more about the guiding principle behind its actions. If we believe that the role of government is to protect us from every danger in the world, from natural disasters to sickness to poverty, then it will indeed be impossible to contain the growth of government; as there are an infinite number of dangers in the world, there will be an infinite number of things for the government to do. If we take the even more extreme position of believing that the government must protect us from ourselves, as we have in regards to illegal drugs, then the government will soon begin to treat its own citizens as the enemy, and use even more oppressive means to “protect” them. The never-ending war that our government has waged against people who use illegal drugs should be proof enough of this. In order for a nation to avoid

giving an unlimited licence to its government to grow beyond all reason and common sense, guidelines must be established. Where exactly the “bright line” falls is the issue that Libertarians debate. There is, in fact, no clear consensus even within the modern Liberty movement (which is, itself, a massively diverse group comprising everyone from actual Libertarians to anarchists to Ron Paul-ites, with ties to strong fiscal conservatives or social liberals). If there is a classical Libertarian answer to this question, however, it is that the government exists to protect people from other people who seek to violate their rights to life, liberty and property. This places police and military functions firmly within the realm of legitimate government roles, while things, such as arresting people for drug use or redistributing wealth from one group to another, would fall firmly outside it. In the gray middle areas would fall functions such as environmental and consumer protection. Most Libertarians will agree that polluting somebody’s land or neighborhood is a clear violation of their rights, as are things like false advertising or selling deadly food without proper warnings. So a Libertarian government would strictly prohibit, say, the dumping of toxic waste in someone’s backyard. But it would be more difficult to draw the line in regards to issues such as global warming. Banning people

from driving cars is obviously a violation of their rights, but to what extent does the burning of fossil fuels violate the rights of everyone on the planet? What balance could be struck? These are the questions that keep Libertarians up at night. Ultimately, the difference between a Libertarian society and any other society may not be the exact roles of government or even its overall size. The difference may be the principle guiding decisions on whether or not the government takes on a certain role. Wherever a society chooses to draw the line, however, is better than never drawing it. Our current system seems to be that if you can get 51% of the people (or even an influential minority) to support something, it becomes law. If, instead, the government operated on the principle of only protecting its citizens from people who wished to violate their rights, then whatever its ultimate size, it would be a Libertarian government.

It’s Not Just Theory:

Libertarianism Wouldn’t Work in Practice, Either

by Neil McCray M anaging Editor

In the last issue of the paper (Issue 8, Volume 132), I wrote an article providing theoretical arguments against an ideally libertarian society. In order to demonstrate these theoretical objections, I will apply an ideal libertarian government to the issue of child abuse. Child abuse is one of the more complicated issues for a libertarian government to address for several reasons. Questions such as what actually constitutes child abuse, and hence, harm, are important. Other factors include what steps government can take

to address the abuse, and to what extent the government is permitted in invading individuals’ lives to prevent the abuse. Perhaps, most importantly: is a government allowed to address child abuse proactively rather than retroactively? The issue requires some basic background information to explain why addressing child abuse is so difficult. There are approximately 2.7 million children reported as abused or neglected each year. Around onethird of those cases are verified as abuse or neglect. Around 1,700 children are found to have died each year as a result of abuse or neglect— and half of those children’s cases were not reported until after their deaths. Of those children who are abused or neglected, current statistics indicate approximately one-third will come to abuse their own children someday. Thus, child abuse is not just a problem in the present—it is a cyclical issue that can directly repeat itself. In order to simplify the discussion

of possible policy responses, I will limit our understanding of harm to include only actual physical abuse— not because emotional abuse is not abuse, but because this excludes potential objections about what actually constitutes harm. With the understanding that physical child abuse is harm, and that the government has an obligation to prevent this harm, we can begin to look at what possible ways the government can respond to the problem. The first, and most obvious, response is to simply illegalize child abuse and heavily punish those convicted of abusing children. This has been done already, and is not an effective solution, as evidenced by around 900,000 cases of verified abuse and neglect each year. Furthermore, this response allows for child abuse to continue, because the problem will repeat itself in around a third of those children who were abused. Also, those children who survive their abuse and are removed from their parents have stark

alternatives for living arrangements. Many children are pushed into the foster care system, which in many cases leads to more abuse. This retroactive response simply does not work at decreasing child abuse—the government is failing in its job to prevent individuals from causing harm to children. There is, however, a proactive alternative that has been proven successful in test cases across the nation. Voluntary home visitation programs, where soon-to-be parents sign up for doctors, nurses, or paraprofessionals to visit their homes and teach them about child developmental milestones and helpful parenting techniques, have been proven to significantly decrease child abuse and neglect rates. However, we must consider whether the government should be able to act proactively rather than retroactively to prevent harm. Any justification for proactive prevention must be taken very seriously, because such a justification would work just as

well in allowing government infinite growth for the sake of security from harm—to the point of using force against individuals before they ever commit crimes in the first place. Even avoiding such a powerful slippery slope, such a justification would open the door to government programs that only tangentially impact individuals causing harm in any way. Child abuse is a serious issue, and a libertarian government would ultimately be unable to address it while maintaining its core purposes and limits. Either the government would simply have to accept its ineffective policies, and allow hundreds of thousands of children to be needlessly abused and neglected, or the government would have to drastically increase its presence in the lives of its citizens by taking proactive measures to prevent child abuse. Neither alternative is acceptable in a libertarian framework, because both lead to the application of force against the government’s citizenry.



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by DJ Dorrington Staff Writer

Joe Paterno was a man of very rare character, and after a lot of thought, I think I’m finally ready to defend him. It’s so easy for anyone of us to simply say that he should have done more. And while it is true, he should have done more, I have a hard time blaming him for not doing it. Let’s start from the beginning. In 2002, Mike McQueary told Paterno that he had seen Sanduasky abusing a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State football’s shower facilities. Reports have said that Paterno notified Athletic Director Tim Curley the next day about the incident, and later notified Gary Schultz, the man who oversaw the University Police, meaning that Paterno did not simply turn a blind eye to this incident. I don’t think Paterno every really understood exactly what had happened. McQueary had said that he did not give all the details to Paterno out of respect for the coach, who was 75 at the time. And when asked in an interview with the Washington Post about whether or not that would have made a difference, Paterno had this to say: “…to be frank with you I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man. So I just did what I thought was best.” The best was an old man not able to fully grasp a situation going to his superiors and asking

them to take over. Even if you say that Paterno knew exactly what was going on and that he is just trying to protect himself, can you blame him? Since the scandal has broken, many in the University have shunned Paterno, his name has been removed from trophies and a nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom was withdrawn. By asking Paterno, or any coach, to do more would mean the end of that coach’s career. 60 years of work would be gone. His legacy would have been shattered, and everything the man spent his life building would be destroyed. How many of us lie to protect ourselves everyday? How many of us would be willing to destroy everything, everything in our lives, for someone else? Think about that last question as you read the stories about Joe Paterno. Think about that question as you see all the pictures of Paterno with everyday people. Think about that question when you read about how he was still listed in the school directory and how he still handed out candy every Halloween. As you read those stories and see the pictures and film you’ll see a man that, if he could have understood the situation, would have gladly done so just to help one person out. That was the kind of man Joe Paterno was.

by Jim Nowak Sports Co-Editor

After watching two minutes of the National Football League Pro Bowl, I found myself wanting to shut off the TV. The offensive line was playing footsie with the defensive line, the defensive line wasn’t even trying to get to the quarterback, the defensive players were tackling like six-year-olds and coverage by defensive backs was nonexistent. This has become a staple of major sports’ all-star games: No one tries to play the game as it was meant, and the game becomes all offense and no defense. Pro-sports need to take a page out of the Major League Baseball’s (MLB) book and make the All-Star game count. The All-Star game was created as a way to see the best of the best playing with each other in a formal game setting. In the case of the National Basketball Association, most regular season games could now qualify as AllStar games, and when the real All-Star game comes around, the score is in the area of 140-150. How does this happen? No defense. There are dunks all over the place, three point shots raining from all over the court and no defense being played in a 500 mile radius of the arena. The easiest way to solve the problem is to make the game matter. Baseball first made the All-Star game count by giving the winning league home field

advantage for the World Series. When this happened, fans and baseball enthusiasts wondered how managers would react. It had been customary for the managers of All-Star clubs to play all their players in order to reward them for being selected to the game. Now, managers had to play the game to win, so the game meant more. I would like to see all major sports move towards a model like the MLB. This system provides a great product for the fans to watch, and creates excitement about the players playing in the game. However, the model is not perfect. Pitchers that throw the weekend of the all-star game have to be replaced in order to protect their arms from being overused. Basketball and hockey manage to avoid this major flaw, but football is not so lucky. Because of this, the NFL should keep its rule where alternates replace players from Super Bowl teams. As a sports fan and an athlete, I want to see a good game, especially when the stars of the game are playing. That is what made them stars to begin with: the way they play! As fans, we would rather watch the worst players in the league give a 110% effort than watch the best players only give a half-ass effort.

Super Bowl XXXXVI Wrap Up by Charlie Egan Staff Writer

Well, Pats fans, that sucked. Big time. We got close and once again fell short. But there is still a silver lining in all this. First of all, I speak to all football fans, and I think they will agree, that Super Bowl XXXXVI was awesome. Even if the Patriots did lose, it was a well-fought contest that my team (the Patriots) came up just short in. That being said, there are words of consolation and wisdom that I want to share to anyone who is not a Giants fan (Giants fans, you won the Superbowl, you got all the consolation you need!). First of all, football fans enjoyed a record-breaking season. Dan Marino’s single season record was broken not once, but twice, while Aaron Rodgers demolished the single season passer rating record, taking home a well deserved NFL MVP award. Patriots fans, for your part, you watched Tom Brady, who despite this loss will still go down as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, quarterback

of all time by going to his fifth Superbowl. And if it had not been for a costly drop by Wes Welker, Brady would possibly have had his fourth ring. Eli Manning, winning his second Superbowl, has emerged from his brother’s shadow. We saw some great rookies lead their teams to the playoffs, in the case of Andy Dalton and T.J Yates, or contribute to the record shattering year by breaking multiple records in passing and rushing, in the case of Cam Newton. Last but not least, fans in Detroit were able to watch football into January, with the Lions securing their first playoff berth since 1999. So another season is in the books, and to fellow disappointed Pats fans I say, this was still a good year. We, like many other teams, fought hard, did our job and at least we got to the big game. And if you are a true fan, you will know we will be back. Here’s to another great season in 2012.

Photo by Tim Rogash Tom Brady throwing a pass to a teammate during Super Bowl XXXXVI.



February 10, 2012

Volume 132, Issue 9

Rams Winning Accolades by Kerry Kahl


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Cornell junior Camille MarieLidd (13) has been named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District First Team for women's basketball, selected by thefuck College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Marie-Lidd, of Marion, was honored on the NCAA Division III top unit in District 8. The six-player first team included three other Iowa Conference selections in Buena Vista's Laura Hilby, Coe's Kayla Waskow and Simpson's Kate Nielsen. As a first team recipient, Marie-Lidd advances to the Capital One Academic AllAmerica Team ballot, where Division III first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected Feb. 21. The all-academic teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their

combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for consideration, a player must be a starter or important reserve, have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution and carry a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3. Marie-Lidd, a two-time academic all-IIAC performer, is pursuing a major in psychology. She carries a 3.92 GPA. Marie-Lidd is averaging 12.7 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds this season. The 6-foot-2 center joined the 1,000-point club in January and ranks fifth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,023 points. Marie-Lidd is also among Cornell's career leaders in blocked shots (third, 83), free throws made (third, 281), rebounds (sixth, 511) and field goals made (sixth, 368). Cornell's Tyler Bailey (12) has been selected to the 2011 Beyond Sports College Network

All-American Football Team. Bailey was honored on the second team defense at linebacker. The 6-foot2, 235-pounder from West Branch was among eight Iowa Conference players recognized on one of the three BSN AllAmerican Teams. Bailey has racked up an impressive list of accolades following a standout senior campaign in which he tied for eighth in NCAA Division III with 12.3 tackles per game and ranked 22nd with 1.7 tackles for loss per contest. The three-year starter and 2011 team captain led the Rams with 123 tackles and posted a conference-best 17.0 tackles for loss. Bailey finished with 73 solo tackles, two shy of the program's single-season record. He ranked third in tackles for loss in a season. Bailey recorded a season-high 16 tackles at IIAC runner-up Central on Oct. 22, and then matched that total two

weeks later in his final home game against Luther. He had 14 tackles, including five for losses, in the season opener at Olivet Sept. 3. Bailey ended his career with 288 tackles, the seventh-most by a Ram since 1995. He also totaled 32.5 tackles for loss over three seasons. Bailey was a first team allIowa Conference performer and named second team all-west region by Bailey competed in the Division III Football Senior Classic Dec. 9 in Salem, Va. He earned high praise to start the fall as a Consensus Draft Services Preseason First Team All-American. Monmouth quarterback Alex Tanney was named the BSN Offensive Player of the Year. Defensive back Noah Timm, of UW-Whitewater, was the Defensive Player of the Year.

Introducing Coach Seth Wing by Andrew Kinn Staff Writer

The Rams baseball program has a new leader for their upcoming season. Seth Wing, Head Baseball Coach, takes over after the two year tenure of Adam Hadenfeldt came to an end last May. Coach Wing has spent the past eight seasons with Winona State University baseball program. He worked as their baseball recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and spent the last three seasons as the team’s associate head coach. Last year, Winona State went to the Division II World Series for the first time, losing in the national championship game, while finishing with a record of 42-18. As most of you reading this article know, the baseball team has had its fair share of struggles the past few years. Wing inherits a team that went 3-29 last year. When I asked him what his plans were to turn the program around, he first pointed to the recruiting trail. He mentioned that he has been attending games, showcases and camps in a search for additional talent for the team. Wing’s eastern Iowa roots (he is from Maquoketa) will help him out on the recruiting trail. Coach Wing also wants to create a new culture within the team, one that he hopes will help get the program moving in the right direction. He wants to make baseball a top priority for the players, and plans on doing this through creating trust with members of the team that will help build relationships. Once those relationships are established, Coach Wing believes he will see a higher level of practice as well as commitment to the program. Wing would also like to get the

Cornell community more involved in the baseball program. He says that winning games is the first way to accomplish this goal, but in the future Wing hopes to get the team and the players more active on campus to show the

community what a great group of guys he has. As for the team’s current state, Wing points to their everyday lineup, as well as the work ethic and commitment to getting better, as the team’s strengths. He also

mentioned that he is excited to work with and develop the pitching staff. I think it is safe to say that our new baseball coach has the program moving in the right direction.

Photo by Hillary Swift Coach Seth Wing (forefront) addresses the baseball team before practice. He was hired in July and began work with the team in the fall.

Looking Ahead at Cornell Softball by Tim Bates Sports Co-Editor

After finishing with a school record of 25-14, Cornell’s softball team has high hopes going into this season. Practice has just started and there are many new faces on the team. There are also intricate members from last year that are gone, mainly All American Carly Goolsby (11). There are also many returning stars, including ace pitcher Jackie Sernak (14), infielders Kim Griseto (12) and Rebekah Ozga (14) and outfielder Chrissy Rasor (12). Coach Ness is also returning, coming back for her sixth season with plenty of hope. Many of the Rams are planning on replicating and even out-producing their season from last year. Sernak, who went 7-2 with a 1.76 ERA, said, “Instead of replicating the stats of last season, through hard work and dedication I look to better my stats not only for myself but to help the softball program.” Helping the softball program she did, as last year she lead the Rams to the Iowa Conference Tournament and their first ever win, before ultimately falling to number 3 seeded Coe. This left a bad taste in Sernak’s mouth. When asked if there are any games this upcoming season that are more important to her than others, she said, “All the game's are important to me for the upcoming season. Normally, I don't like to know who we’re playing because, in my view, there is not a team out there that we cannot beat! However, the one game last year that I feel I have to redeem myself from is against Coe. They had my number and shut me down. This season I look to turn the tables!” Coach Ness has similar plans. She has all the games circled on her calendar as important. When asked how she plans on building the success of last year’s team, she said, “We will have to find a way to replace some of the offensive production we graduated last year, but also look to improve defensively.” One area of the team that Ness is not worried about is the pitching staff. The entire pitching staff is returning from last season with a couple of new starters. Last year the team scored a whopping 214 runs; Ness is not necessarily looking for that kind of output this year, saying, “The potential is there but, hopefully, we will not need to be that successful.” With the pitching staff intact and an increased emphasis on defense, the softball team should have no problem repeating the season they had last year. As the Rams are a young team there could be minimal growing pains, but making the Iowa Conference Tournament should be easy. Sernak said it best: “I have very high expectations this season even though we are a young team. I think the girls will bring excitement and positivity to the upcoming season and I am looking forward to playing ball with all these spectacular athletes.” So, cornellians, get ready to look forward to another great softball season!

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