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Cornell professors mourned the recent death of Alan YoungBryant Ph.D. ’11. | Page 3

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Christo Eliot ’13 draws life lessons from a bird attack. | Page 12

Arts Nothing Miserable Here

The Sun gives an A- to the new adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel. | Page 15

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A previous version of this story was published on cornellsun.com on Dec.

Emergency responders recovered the body of Alan Young-Bryant M.A. ’07 Ph.D. ’11 from the Cascadilla Gorge early on the morning of Dec. 5. Young-Bryant’s death appears to have been caused by an “accidental fall” into the gorge, police said. A resident of Los Angeles at the time of his death, Young-Bryant, 32, was found in the gorge by Treman Triangle, near the intersection of Linn Street and University Avenue. Earlier on Dec. 5, the University said emergency services responded to an incident “in Cascadilla Gorge underneath the Stewart Avenue Bridge.” The Cascadilla Gorge trail runs from Stewart Avenue to Linn Street. Young-Bryant had been “back in Ithaca to celebrate the successful defense of his long-time partner’s Ph.D. thesis and to reconnect with their friends in the area,” according to Prof. Jonathan Culler, English, who was Young-Bryant’s thesis adviser. He was last seen on the night of Dec. 4 at the Chapter House. “The couple had been celebrating the end of her exams at the bar before they lost track of each other,” a University press release said. Young-Bryant’s partner then called the Cornell University Police and

Cornellian Joanna Guy ’13 vied to become Miss America earlier this month. Read The Sun’s interview with Guy on p. 8.

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H.S.Seniors Jubilant After C.U.Admission By AKANE OTANI

to cheer for the Big Red in the fall. One accepted student A previous version of this summed up her reaction in story was published on cornell- 30 characters. sun.com on Dec. 21. “I’M GOING TO CORHigh school seniors NELL NEXT YEAR!” around the world screamed, Tweeted Ruth, whose Twitter cried and Tweeted exclama- account did not give her last tions of elation on Dec. 13 name. when accepted early to Others detailed the Cornell’s Class of 2017. exhausting, almost unbearThis year, Cornell able wait for the University’s received 4,193 early decision admissions results. applications and accepted For the “entire week” 1,237 students, according to leading up to his acceptance, Noah Bloem ’17 was able “I spent most of the last week to think calculating the number of hours left about little other than until the decision was announced.” Cornell, he Noah Bloem ’17 said. “I barely slept last Claudia Wheatley, director night, and I spent most of of University press relations. the last week calculating the The University received number of hours left until almost 600 more applica- the decision was tions for the Class of 2017 announced,” said Bloem, a than for the Class of 2016, student from the and its early acceptance rate Netherlands attending the dipped from the Class of Dwight School in New York 2016’s 32.7 percent to 29.5 City. percent. When Bloem got home Celebrations were in order after school on Dec. 13, he from New York to Singapore watched the production for accepted students, who diaries of The Hobbit to disdescribed their relief, the tract himself while waiting for nerve-wracking wait for the See H.S. ADMISSION page 4 decision and their excitement Sun News Editor

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First volley | Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), citing the shootings in Newtown, Conn., signs gun control legislation on Tuesday. President Skorton has called on President Obama to also take action in response to the Connecticut shooting.

Skorton to Obama:Gun Control Now By KERRY CLOSE Sun News Editor

In the wake of Newtown, Conn. school shootings, University President David Skorton –– along with nine other university presidents –– has urged President Barack Obama and members of Congress to take legislative action against gun violence. In a statement issued on Jan. 2, the presidents –– who are members of the executive committee of the Association of American Universities, a coalition consisting of 62 American and Canadian

research universities –– condemned the U.S.’ “culture of violence, particularly perpetrated by guns.” “The Newtown slaughter is the latest in a series of mass murders, but the nature and number of its victims have caused Americans to devote special attention to this tragic event and its causes,” the statement said. “Our schools and campuses have unfortunately become centers of national mourning, from Columbine to Virginia Tech, and now Newtown.” In the statement, Skorton and his colleagues encouraged political

leaders to combat gun violence through arms control, moderation of messages of brutality in the media and improved treatment of mental illnesses. “We know that there are no simple ‘solutions’ to violence in America, but we do believe that all three areas require focused and serious consideration by the president and the Congress,” the statement said. The statement particularly emphasized the need to minimize violent images in the media. See GUN CONTROL page 4


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Profs Mourn Death Of Cornell Alumnus English grad student had ‘rare mastery’ By AKANE OTANI Sun News Editor

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Cornell professors said that Alan Young-Bryant M.A. ’07 Ph.D. ’11, who was found dead in a gorge Dec. 5, was a “brilliant” scholar with an erudite mastery of the 19th century poems he studied. Young-Bryant, 32, was found in Cascadilla Gorge on the morning of Dec. 5. Police continue to investigate his death, which they said they think was caused by an accidental fall. Prof. Jonathan Culler, English, comparative literature, said in an email that Young-Bryant’s thesis, an exposition of Victorian poetry and its formal devices, was “remarkable.” Young-Bryant, who earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English language and literature, studied the works of poets Algernon Charles Swinburne, D.G. Rossetti and Gerard Manley Hopkins for his dissertation. The man was also “a very accomplished teacher whose assignment sequences won a prize from the Knight Writing Program,” said Culler, who was Young-Bryant’s thesis adviser. Through his time working with Young-Bryant, Culler said he grew to know him as “a man devoted to serious reading and thinking and conversation, serious and amused, with friends and colleagues.” “He will be greatly missed,” Culler said. “At the time of this unfathomable tragedy, I can only offer my deepest sympathy to his partner, Alexis Briley, and to Alan’s family.” Young-Bryant, who worked in Los Angeles after graduating from Cornell, had been back in Ithaca to visit Briley, according to Culler. The couple was last together at the Chapter House COURTESY OF LINKEDIN Tuesday night to cele‘He will be greatly missed’ | Alan brate Briley’s successfully Young-Bryant Ph.D. ’11 died in December. defending her Ph.D. thesis and completing her exams. To Prof. Debra Fried, English, Young-Bryant was astute, yet “at the same time, such a gentle, understated guy.” “I watched him lead students through poems with such a lightly guiding hand as brought them to such wonderful, complex insights, and made it all seem as though the students had arrived there all on their own,” Fried, who also worked with Young-Bryant on his thesis, said in an email. Young-Bryant’s ability to teach without dictating showed a “rare mastery,” Fried said. “I simply cannot take on board the idea that Alan won’t get the chance for a long, rich life as a teacher and scholar,” she said. Akane Otani can be reached at aotani@cornellsun.com.

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Do over | A federal judge ordered a retrial of an Ithaca Police officer’s $2-million lawsuit against the City of Ithaca.

Judge Throws Out $2 Mil.Award To Ithaca Officer,Orders Retrial By AKANE OTANI

ment in the months since Miller’s lawsuit began, even as the city was named in multiple other discrimination lawsuits filed by former police and A previous version of this story was published on fire department workers. cornellsun.com on Dec. 21. With its decision to grant the city a new trial, After a jury awarded a $2-million settlement to the federal court dealt several blows to Miller that a white police officer who sued the City of Ithaca could hamper his efforts to clinch a courtroom for discrimination, a federal judge has thrown out victory. the damages and ordered a new trial to proceed, In addition to throwing out the $2 million in the City of Ithaca announced on Dec. 21. damages, the court dismissed the jury’s finding Mayor Svante Myrick ’09, who has repeatedly that Lt. Marlon Byrd — one of several high-rankdefended the city against claims that it perpetu- ing police officers ensnared in Miller’s discriminaates systemic racial discrimination, lauded the tion lawsuit — was liable for retaliating against judge’s decision. Miller, according to “I am pleased to Myrick. report that Judge “I am pleased to report that Judge The court, Myrick [Thomas J.] McAvoy [Thomas J.] McAvoy granted the city’s said in his statement, granted the city’s concluded that the findmotion for a new motion for a new trial.” ing against Byrd was trial, entirely vacat“‘severely erroneous … ing the verdict’s Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 against the weight of the $2,000,000 in damevidence and warrants a ages, which ... the court [said] ‘is patently exces- new trial.’” sive, shocks the conscience’ and ‘was far outside The court also found that the “plaintiff intenthe range of reasonableness,” Myrick said in a tionally omitted past instances of employment statement. “The city looks forward to complete from his [job] application,” according to Myrick. vindication in the coming months.” Although Miller alleged that the city retaliated In his $17-million lawsuit against the city and against him after filing a complaint against the the Ithaca Police Department, city police officer department, the judge said that Miller “would Chris Miller alleged that he was passed over for have been issued a notice of termination regardpromotion because he is white, received harsher less of any retaliatory motive,” according to punishments than his black colleagues and was Myrick. retaliated against when he filed a human rights complaint. Myrick has staunchly defended the Akane Otani can be reached at conduct of both the city and the police depart- aotani@cornellsun.com.

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Mass.Court Dismisses Wrongful Death Suit Against Harvard By THE HARVARD CRIMSON

A Massachusetts court has dismissed the wrongful death suit filed against Harvard and three of its employees by the mother of Justin D. C. D. Cosby. Cosby, a Cambridge resident, was fatally shot in 2009 in the basement of Kirkland House during a drug deal gone wrong. His mother, B. Denise Cosby, filed a wrongful death suit in May against the University, Lowell Co-House Masters Dorothy A. Austin and Diana L. Eck, and chemistry and chemical biology lecturer Ryan M. Spoering, who was resident dean of Lowell at the time of the shooting. The lawsuit alleged that

Harvard had acted negligently by allowing the man who eventually would be convicted of Justin Cosby’s murder to live in Lowell House for months, in violation of University rules. Harvard’s lawyers argued that the University had no duty to protect Cosby. In a ruling obtained by The Boston Globe, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Mitchell Kaplan sided with Harvard, dismissing the lawsuit against the University and its three employees. “There is nothing inherent in knowingly or negligently allowing a Harvard student to permit her boyfriend to stay in

her room such that a reasonable person would expect visitors to the University would be protected from the foreseeable deadly conduct of the room guest,” wrote Kaplan in the nine-page opinion. Denise Cosby’s original complaint centered around a Harvard rule that requires students to speak with their House Master before hosting a non-Harvard guest for more than two nights. Jabrai Jordan Copney, the man convicted of shooting Justin Cosby, resided on campus for months in the Lowell House dorm room of his girlfriend in violation of Harvard rules. The Harvard College

Handbook for Students, which was cited in the complaint, states that “The hosts of repeated overnight guests who are not Harvard students must make their guests’ presence known to the Building Manager and security personnel due to safety considerations.” The complaint alleged that Harvard was at fault because the three Lowell House officials either “knowingly allowed Copney, a nonstudent, to live in the Lowell House for an extended period of time, in contravention of Harvard’s rules, and allowed him to have unfettered access to the House and the rest of Harvard’s campus,” or “negligently failed to detect Copney’s continuing, unauthorized presence.” Harvard in September sub-

mitted a legal filing saying the University could not be blamed for Cosby’s death. Harvard’s lead attorney Martin F. Murphy stressed that point when the two sides traded arguments in court during a hearing on Dec. 19. “Particularly [when] the plaintiff has come onto the property in order to engage in dangerous activities, the law makes it clear that [Harvard] doesn’t have that duty of safety to [Cosby],” said Murphy in December. During that same hearing, attorneys representing Cosby’s mother argued that the University had allowed a dangerous situation to develop by not enforcing its own policies regarding guests in Harvard dorms.


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Early Acceptances Elate Incoming Cornellians H.S. ADMISSION Continued from page 1

“To be honest, I still can’t believe it,” Ramsden said. Thousands of miles away, the sun had not even risen when Stephanie Slaven, a senior at the Singapore American School, received her acceptance to Cornell. Slaven, who will attend the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in Fall 2013, said that once she read the “Congratulations” on her computer

father and Cornellian sister in her bed to count down the minutes. “I think everyone cried when I got in ... even my dad,” Slaven said. Although Slaven and her peers will get their first taste of college when they arrive in Ithaca next fall, other accepted students will arrive at Cornell having taken a much longer path to get to The Hill. Take Paul Tarpey. A 39-year-old student who is currently attending community college in Chicago, Tarpey was accepted to transfer to Cornell from Harold Washington College only after facing a series of disappointments — receiving acceptances from some colleges that did not offer him a large enough financial aid package to transfer, according to Harold Washington College’s transfer center. Now Cornell-bound, Tarpey has his eye set on pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in statistical science and economics and a Bachelor of Science in operations research and information engineering. According to the college’s transfer center, Tarpey’s “biggest takeaways” from his journey to Cornell are “to be persistent and to never sell oneself short.”

his decision. By the time his phone alarm went off at 4:59 p.m., letting him know it was time to check his admissions results online, Bloem said he was in a daze. “I didn’t even think it through at that point. I had been thinking about and dreading the thought of rejection from the moment I sent in the application, but I “Attending Cornell became a dream for just mindlessly pressed the ‘Click here to view your decision’ button. It then took me and was a key motivator for me.” me about 15 seconds to process the fact that the word ‘acceptance’ was displayed Stephanie Slaven ’17 on my screen,” she said. “At that point, I just felt a gigantic flurry of relief and happiness punching me in the stomach. I was just screen, she “screamed and then just started bawling.” overwhelmed and wildly excited.” “My sister, [Lindsay Slaven ’13], is four Bloem will be joined in Ithaca in the fall by Hanna Ramsden ’17, a senior at the Convent years older than me, and so like a lot of people who idolize their older siblings, attending of the Sacred Heart in New York City. Ramsden, whose sister, Sydney Ramsden Cornell became a dream for me and was a key ’14, is the dining editor of The Sun, said she motivator for me throughout high school. Getting into my dream school? It’s actually has dreamed of attending Cornell for years. After spending hours feeling “extremely quite indescribable,” she said. Emotions ran high for every member of nervous” waiting for her admissions results, Ramsden said she feels “so happy and the Slaven household that morning. At 5:45 relieved” to know she is a part of Cornell’s a.m. on the day Cornell released its decisions, Akane Otani can be reached at Slaven said she was joined by her mother, aotani@cornellsun.com. Class of 2017.

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and the Ithaca Police Departments, the release said. At Cornell, Young-Bryant earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in English language and literature. He published a doctoral dissertation in 2011 about “perverse form and Victorian lyric,” according to the website of the Department of English. Young-Bryant’s LinkedIn profile says he was an associate at Oaktree Capital Management, an investment management firm. According to the profile, Young-Bryant received his bachelor degree from Tufts University in 2002 before enrolling in Cornell's graduate school in 2003. The Sun’s News Department can be reached at news@cornellsun.com.

C.U. Gun Ban In Line With N.Y. State Law GUN CONTROL

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“Here too the issue is complex because of the nation’s fundamental commitment to freedom of speech, but moral suasion seems clearly required if we are to stem this tide of the media’s addiction to violence,” the statement said. The presidents decried the difficulty of keeping guns off college campuses. “Many high-powered weapons that have no legitimate use for hunting, marksmanship or self-defense continue to be bought and sold, as are the high-volume magazines often used by mass murderers,” the statement said. “Increasingly, universities find themselves prevented by state laws from keeping guns off campus and out of the hands of students.” Cornell’s policy on guns –– which states that “a campus is no place for a weapon” –– is supported by New York State law, which prohibits possession of a firearm on school or university grounds. Still, Skorton and the other presidents underscored the need to prevent gun violence at universities across the nation. “As leaders of public and private universities, we strongly urge the president and the Congress to seek effective means of mitigating this scourge of American life,” the statement said. Kerry Close can be reached at kclose@cornellsun.com.


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Jersey Shore Town OK’s Deal to Rebuild Boardwalk

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The boardwalk where generations of families and teens got their first taste of the Jersey Shore and where the MTV reality show of the same name was filmed is about to be rebuilt following its destruction in Superstorm Sandy. Seaside Heights on Wednesday night awarded a $3.6 million contract to have the boardwalk rebuilt in time for Memorial Day weekend. The walkway, one of the most popular and heavily used at the Jersey Shore, was destroyed in the late October storm, the state’s worst natural disaster. Officials say it is the centerpiece of the borough’s tourism industry, which funds 75 percent of its budget. “A lot of people love Seaside and want to see what’s happening this year,” Mayor William Akers said. “If they don’t come back, we don’t eat.” Florence Birban, a 47-year resident, said the boardwalk means a lot to homeowners. “We need a boardwalk here to bring in the revenue and keep our taxes from going up, hopefully,” she said. “It just looks wrong without a boardwalk. I look up the street, and I don’t see one, and it’s not right.” The work should be done by May 10. Seaside Heights was famous for generations as a summer destination for families, teens and young adults. It took on a new level of fame in recent years when MTV set its Jersey Shore reality show on the boardwalk, where a tipsy Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi tottered unsteadily and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino flexed his abs as cameras whirred. The contract approved Wednesday just covers replacement of the boards and the substructure beneath it. Akers said a future contract will include ramps, railings and a protective sea wall.

EPA Changed Course After Gas Company Protested WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family’s drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: A company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas. At first, the Environmental Protection Agency believed the situation was so serious that it issued a rare emergency order in late 2010 that said at least two homeowners were in immediate danger from a well saturated with flammable methane. More than a year later, the agency rescinded its mandate and refused to explain why. Now a confidential report obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with company representatives show that the EPA had scientific evidence against the driller, Range Resources, but changed course after the company threatened not to cooperate with a national study into a common form of drilling called hydraulic fracturing. Regulators set aside an analysis that concluded the drilling could have been to blame for the contamination. For Steve Lipsky, the EPA decision seemed to ignore the dangers to his family. His water supply contains so much methane that the gas in water flowing from a pipe connected to the well can be ignited. “I just can’t believe that an agency that knows the truth about something like that, or has evidence like this, wouldn't use it,” said Lipsky, who fears he will have to abandon his dream home in an upscale neighborhood of Weatherford. The case isn’t the first in which the EPA initially linked a hydraulic fracturing operation to water contamination and then softened its position after the industry protested.

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After Another Emergency, More Trouble for 787Jet NEW YORK, New York (AP) –– The federal government grounded Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced jetliner Wednesday, declaring that the 787 cannot fly again until the risk of battery fires is addressed. The Federal Aviation Administration said it would work with Boeing and U.S. airlines to develop a plan to allow the Dreamliner to “resume operations as quickly and safely as possible.” United Airlines is the only U.S. carrier with 787s. It has six. The FAA decision was the latest setback for a plane that was supposed to set a new standard for jet travel but has been beset by one mishap after another. For the second time in two weeks, a smoking or burning battery has been tied to an emergency aboard a 787. Almost half of the 787s that have been delivered have now been grounded for safety checks. And the latest incident raises the risk that the jet’s electrical problems are more dangerous than previously thought. So far, no one has suggested that the plane’s fundamental design can’t be fixed. But it’s unclear how much will need to be changed. The remedy could range from relatively quickand-easy improvements to more extensive changes that could delay deliveries just as Boeing is trying to speed production up from five planes per month to 10. On Wednesday, Japan’s All Nippon Airways said pilots smelled something burning and received a cockpit message warning of battery problems while flying from Yamaguchi Ube airport in western Japan to Tokyo. They made an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport in western Japan, and passengers evacuated using inflatable slides. An inspection found that a flammable liquid had leaked from the main lithium-ion battery, which is below and slightly behind the cockpit. Investigators found burn marks around the damage. “Anytime you have a fire on board — whether it’s the battery that has caused it or a passenger that caused it or another electrical component — that's a very a serious situation on an aircraft and something not to be taken lightly,” said Kevin Hiatt, president of the Flight Safety Foundation. Japan’s Kyodo News agency quoted transport ministry investigator Hideyo Kosugi as saying that the liquid leaked through the electrical room floor to the outside of the aircraft. The transport ministry said the leak could have led to an accident. ANA, which operates 17 of the jets, and Japan Airlines, which has seven, said they won’t fly their 787s until they complete safety checks. That’s almost half of the 50 planes Boeing has delivered since handing the first one over to ANA in late 2011. Just last week, a battery on a Japan Airlines 787 caught fire soon after the plane landed at Boston's Logan Airport. It took firefighters 40 minutes to put out the flames. The 787 is the first plane to make extensive use of lithium-ion batteries, which have raised concerns

in the past for their potential to catch fire. The Federal Aviation Administration has given the batteries extra scrutiny and issued a special rule for their use in the 787. The plane has two batteries — the main one near the front and a second one in the rear. Boeing and the airlines will need to move quickly to determine whether the problem is a flaw in the batteries themselves, in the plane’s wiring or in some other area that's fundamental to the plane's electrical system. Boeing has booked orders for more than 800 of the planes from airlines around the world attracted by its increased fuel efficiency. The jet’s lightweight design makes it more of a fuel-sipper, and it’s so lightweight in part because it uses electricity to do things that other airplanes do with hot air vented through internal ducts. So a 787 with electrical problems is like a minivan that won’t haul kids. It goes to the heart of what the thing was built to do. Before it carried paying passengers, the 787 was closely reviewed by inspectors from Boeing and the FAA. Mike Sinnett, chief engineer on the 787, said last week that the plane's batteries have operated through a combined 1.3 million hours and never had an internal fault. He said they were built with multiple protections to ensure that “failures of the battery don't put the airplane at risk.” The lithium-ion design was chosen because it's the only type of battery that can take a large charge in a short amount of time. When he spoke last week, Sinnett said Boeing was not considering replacing the lithium-ion design with another type of battery. Neither GS Yuasa Corp., the Japanese company that supplies the batteries for the 787, nor Thales, which makes the battery charging system, would comment on the recent troubles. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are two of the 787’s biggest customers. ANA was especially proud of its 787s. Its executives' business cards and the top of its website read “787” and “We fly 1st.” ANA got the first one Boeing delivered in late 2011, more than three years late. Other 787s have had problems with certain electrical panels and fuel leaks. Back on Jan. 9, ANA canceled a domestic flight to Tokyo after a computer wrongly indicated there was a problem with the 787’s brakes. Two days later, the carrier reported two new problems with the aircraft — a minor fuel leak and a cracked cockpit windscreen. Many of the 787s problems are typical of wellestablished planes around the world, Hiatt said, adding that he would have no qualms about flying aboard a 787. “That airplane is the most scrutinized plane in the air,” he said. “I would get on the airplane tomorrow.” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood dismissed any doubts that the FAA was not as diligent as it should have been when certifying the plane.


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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court on Wednesday paved the way for the counting of additional disputed ballots in a state Senate race that could favor Democrats and affect the complex balance of power in the chamber. The Court of Appeals decided against considering an appeal by Republicans of a lower court’s decision. That means a court will begin counting the remaining 99 disputed ballots, most of which were contested by the GOP. Republican George Amedore led Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk by 37 votes on election night out of the 126,000 votes cast in the 46th Senate District, which winds from Montgomery to Ulster counties. Since the Nov. 6 election, the candidates have traded leads through the long count of absentee and paper ballots. A Tkaczyk win would give Democrats 33 seats in the 63-seat chamber, which in past years would have been a clear majority. However, shortly after their majority power was in doubt following the election, Republicans struck a deal with the five breakaway Democrats who created the Independent Democratic Conference. Together they share power this year. That leaves the traditional Democratic conference in the minority, without a share of the perks and power of a majority. New Senate rules require the IDC and Republican leaders to agree on measures that will get to the floor for a vote. If Tkaczyk wins, Democrats will have gained two seats in recounts since Election Day, giving the IDC and traditional Democrats more than the 32 votes needed to pass legislation if they partnered. The IDC and Democratic conference did just that on Monday in passing a gun control bill, parts of which were blocked in past years by the Republican majority. “We look forward to resolving the electoral process and counting the ballots ruled valid by the courts to ensure these New Yorkers have their voices heard,” Democratic spokesman Gary Ginsburg said. “We accept the Court of Appeals’ decision not to hear either side in this extended campaign for the 46th state Senate seat,” Amedore spokesman Kris Thompson said. “We anticipate the remaining 99 ballots will be counted by the end of this week. We look forward to the final counting and we remain confident.” Fifty-three of the disputed votes were cast by election inspectors in Ulster County, where Tkaczyk had strong support. Forty-six are other affidavit and absentee ballots. The 4-1 ruling that sided with Democrats included three judges appointed by former Republican Gov. George Pataki. A dissent was written by Judge Victoria Graffeo, another Pataki appointee. She argued for the court to consider the appeal because the election inspectors completed their special ballots more than two weeks before Election Day, apparently in an administrative error. Election law states the votes must be made within two weeks of election. A lower court, however, found no violation of the law, which prompted the Republican appeal.

Gun-Rights Backers Expect Suits Against N.Y. Gun Law ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of gun rights advocates signed a petition against New York’s new firearms restrictions on Wednesday as opponents of the new rules said they expect legal challenges to the tightest-in-the-nation rules signed into law a day earlier. A Republican state senator from Saratoga said her online petition for repealing the provisions quickly drew more than 37,000 signatures since she posted it Tuesday. If upcoming legislative attempts at repeal fail, Sen. Kathleen Marchione said she’ll go to court to fight restrictions she says are unconstitutional. “We’re certainly going to wait some time and see how many people sign this petition who feel as strongly as we do,” Marchione said. The freshman Republican said she recently took an oath to uphold the state and federal constitutions that include the right to bear arms. “We’ll look at legislation, and if it’s not successful we’ll be looking at legal action,” she said. Besides banning certain semi-automatic rifles and large magazines, the state law requires owners to register within a year any once-legal guns banned under the law. It outlaws bringing those guns and clips into New York from elsewhere. “Listening to the people in my district one of the things they’re concerned about is registering their guns now that have been banned,” Marchione said. “They’re very concerned the next step might be confiscation.” Administration officials have estimated there are 1 million formerly legal rifles owned by New Yorkers that now must be registered. The law also institutes mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases, tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat and increases prison penalties for gun crimes. The head of the state’s National Rifle Association affiliate said he expects other legal challenges, though the NRA’s lawyers were focused Wednesday on President Obama’s national gun control proposals. “It’s not going to be today. It’s going to be a couple of days,” said Tom King, president of the New York Rifle & Pistol Association. He said there are about 4.75 million gun owners among New York’s 19 million residents, and getting any sort of repeal through the heavily Democratic assembly is nearly impossible.

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NYC Council Eyes Disaster Planning After Sandy NEW YORK (AP) — Superstorm Sandy pointed out shortcomings in the city’s preparedness for gasoline shortages, food distribution and other problems, lawmakers said Monday as mayoral aides spotlighted what they see as an extensive response to unprecedented destruction. City Council members at a hearing on Sandy questioned the administration’s handling of post-storm problems from helping homebound people to dealing with downed trees, while emergency response union leaders said the storm underscored longstanding criticisms of the city’s 911 call-handling system. Some lawmakers asked why a city that had long said it was planning for hurricanes wasn’t able to move faster to set up relief centers and contend with other needs. “We have to do better,” Councilman Peter Vallone said. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is still reviewing its response to Sandy and looking at such questions as how to get more people to comply with evacuation orders, Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway said. He said it was too soon to say what might be done differently in the future, “but I can tell you there will be things that will be changed.” The Oct. 29 storm pummeled the city with the worst flooding in recent memory, killed 43 people and sparking a dizzying roster of emergencies: a fire that destroyed 126 beachfront homes, an electrical transformer explosion that helped darken a huge part of lower Manhattan, hospitals that needed abrupt evacuations when generators failed, a construction crane that nearly fell apart and dangled precariously in Sandy’s winds. The city’s response included helping distribute 2 million ready-to-eat meals and 1 billion bottles of water, picking up tons of debris and getting generators from as far away as Texas to provide temporary power to public-housing high-rises, Holloway said. Meanwhile, the city’s first-of-its-kind “Rapid Repairs” program has arranged electrical and

other key repairs at 4,800 private homes so far; more than 13,000 homeowners applied. Some residents and advocates have said the repairs weren’t rapid enough; the city now expects to have the projects finished in 40 days, Holloway said. Council Speaker Christine Quinn and some colleagues, though, suggested the administration had been underprepared to deal with a basic need: getting food and other relief quickly to people in storm-damaged neighborhoods, and getting word out that it was available. Bloomberg launched food distribution on Nov. 1, the fourth day after the storm’s arrival. Until then, the city had to focus on search and rescue efforts, Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno said. The city also scrambled to deal with a gasoline crunch after Sandy left a key pipeline out of service and many service stations out of power. After initially saying the shortage was expected to ease fairly quickly, Bloomberg ultimately instituted a gas-rationing system from Nov. 9 to Nov. 24. The problem “should have been anticipated,” Vallone said. Sandy also swamped the city’s 911 system, which fielded more than 10,000 calls per halfhour at the height of the storm, 10 times the normal volume. The system, overhauled after a 2003 regional blackout, has spurred years of contention between the city and unions representing firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers. The unions say the new system has led to delays, the administration says it eliminated inefficiencies, and the two sides dispute whether response times have grown or shrunk. Israel Miranda, president of Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Local 2507, told council members the 911 technology “systematically denied service to distressed New Yorkers” during Sandy. He cited records showing that scores of calls within minutes were marked by a notation that means no responders were dispatched.


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From Ithaca toVegas: Guy’13 Talks About Miss America Run

By DANYOUNG KIM Sun Arts Writer

On Saturday, Joanna Guy ’13 basked in the national spotlight as a contestant in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, Nev. Guy, who is Miss Maryland, reached the top ten participants in the national competition before she was eliminated. In an interview with The Sun Wednesday, Guy spoke about her dreams of a law career, her passion for music and the commitment to service she learned from her years of competing in pageants. THE SUN: So I’m not very familiar with the pageant system. What’s it like behind the scenes? JOANNA GUY ’13: In the Miss America Organization, there are different levels that you compete at. So you start at the local level and if you win that, you advance to the state level. Then if you then win your state, you advance to the national level. There’s 13,000 girls competing at the local level, but it’s down to 53 by the time you get to [the national level]. At the nationals, we go out there for ten days and we had things ranging from photo shoots to appearances in Las Vegas to commercial things for sponsors. And we have different support systems and different sponsorships that they give. SUN: I’m actually from Las

Vegas; that’s cool that you spent some time there! J.G.: I loved [Las Vegas]…. I actually got to, after Miss America, [go] out and won a little money at blackjack. SUN: Did you find that people who participate in pageants are affected by body image and self-perception issues, especially in today’s society when there are so many expectations for women? Do you feel that you have personally been affected or that your opinion has changed? J.G.: My opinion as far as myself, no. I think that’s one of the main reason why I chose to participate in Miss America, because if you watch the competition –– and specifically you’re asking about body image, so the bathing suit portion –– you would see that the girls who competed are all different sizes, different heights, different shapes. Actually the bathing suits that we were modeling are by Catalina and are being released into Wal-Marts across the United States now after the competition for women of every size everywhere. So for me, that was a huge part of why I chose to participate in this organization because I felt like it was open to girls of all different types and put so much more emphasis on scholarship and service than it did on body image.

SUN: Out of all the moments of the competition, which was the most nerve-racking? J.G.: On the final night, the most nerve-racking part actually wasn’t during any of the parts of the competition, but it was just waiting for your name to be called. Because once you got started on actually doing something, it just went by so quickly, especially with being televised, we had about three minutes to do outfit changes and we were backstage helping each other out … But when you’re in that moment maybe waiting for your talent to be called, while you’re watching everybody else performing, you really want to perform in that moment. SUN: I know you’ve been interested in music ever since you were young and sang a song from Les Miserables at Miss America. Do you want to include music in your life for the future? J.G.: Absolutely, I would love to keep it as a hobby, maybe even pursue it at the community level or something like that. But my passion is in law and that’s really what I want to do ultimately as a career. Ideally, I think I would want to do something in civil rights law because it’s an intersection of human rights and constitutional development, and I’m just fascinated

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by both areas. But I think if I did music as my job, I think I would start hating it. I’d like to learn more about it, so I love the theory classes and understanding it, but I don’t think I can do it as my career because I couldn’t compose if I was forced to. SUN: So you have long-term aspirations in law. What do you have in mind for the immediate future? J.G.: This year, actually a lot of girls, for their state titles, they take the year off, but I was really fortunate to find the Cornell in Washington Program because I figured, if I’m getting into this for scholarship money, it would be a little bit contradictory for me to take time off of school … So I did [the Cornell in Washington program] last semester in public policy, and it was fantastic. I loved it so much, and now I’m back this semester at Cornell finishing up my senior year. I have my car, so I’ll be traveling back to Maryland a lot. I am going to be applying for jobs in the area of consulting and research, hopefully in D.C., New York or Boston. And then after a couple of years doing that and earning some money for law school, I’m going to take my LSAT and apply in the efforts of a career in law after that.

SUN: What’s the most important lesson you’ve taken away from your years of participating in pageants? J.G.: I don’t know if this is going to sound cliché, but just the value of service and how much all the girls participating hold that as just something that’s so fundamental and integral in their lives. For me, Miss Maryland has provided this incredible microphone for me to speak through. I grew up in a small Appalachian community with only 30,000 people and only two high schools and I led a service project in my community and was able to mobilize them and we raised over $12,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network just through that small community. I think that’s an incredible testament to what people can do and when they’re put in a position where they can speak and the impact that they can have by holding a public position. For me, I think that was a really important lesson … Whatever I pursue in life, if I do have the opportunity to speak publicly or to be in a public spotlight in any capacity, that I need to take advantage of that to promote causes that I care about and to really remain as an integral part of my community. Danyoung Kim can be reached at dyoungkim@cornellsun.com.

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here is no real easy way to say it, but when I was four years old, I was attacked by birds. This experience taught me some valuable life lessons — most importantly, that birds are shady creatures not to be trusted. Perhaps you have had similar experiences to mine: French fries stolen, fingers pecked, windshields sullied. Maybe you have been the victim of aerial defecation once or twice. Though, if you have spent much time around birds, you know that the entire Aves class is a devious bunch of feathery bastards. 1996 was a big year. First of all, it was a leap year. Atlanta hosted the summer Olympics. Bill Clinton bested Bob Dole in the presidential election. And probably most importantly, some angry robin (I refuse to use the words “angry” and “bird” in succession in this piece) tried to assassinate me. My older sister and I were avid

overwhelmingly cool that I did not have the foresight to think that something definitely laid those eggs. And that something might not appreciate some kid, who would proudly tell you that he had compared the flavors of all different Play-Doh colors, mouth breathing all over the fruit of their loins. All of the sudden, a flash of feathers buzzed by my head, and I soon found myself clinging to the tree for dear life. From the striking orange feathers on its chest and the fact that it was the only bird species I knew, I managed to deduce that it was a robin. The orange baron made her turn and came around for the second swoop. The bird and I locked eyes and … I let go of the tree and fell to the ground. That is pretty much all there is to it. I encroached on a bird’s nest and then fell out of a tree. I think it was Winston Churchill

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tree-climbers in our heyday. I have a little sister, too, but she was a baby when the event took place, and babies really don’t have any place climbing trees. It took place in my grandma’s backyard. The venue was really nothing too spectacular. It is worth noting though that my parents were nowhere to be seen when I came under attack. That seems a little absent-minded. A four year-old boy can really get into some mischief when left unattended outside. My sister and I found ourselves at the foot of our favorite tree. I cannot say for sure what the genus or species was, but it had flaky bark like badly sunburned skin and forked close to the ground into two main branches. One branch of the tree went out over the garden and the other looked like a regular old tree trunk, going straight up. Being the four year-old thrill seeker that I was, I opted for the more vertical route. Adrenaline pumped through my veins as I reached heights as high as eight feet, deftly vaulting with the awkward ability of someone who has not fully developed his hand-eye coordination up to the next level of the tree. It was at this point that I found myself face to face with some bizarre circular bundle of twigs and pine needles. I had never seen a bird’s nest in the “wild” before — only when David Booke brought one in for show-and-tell and was a little bit too proud of it — so this was a pretty monumental moment in my life. Only adding to the occasion, in the nest were four light blue speckled eggs. This was all really cool in my four-year-old brain, but it was so

who once said, “Life without risk is like Kool-Aid with no sugar. It just ain’t gonna be sweet.” And even though it was probably not Churchill who said that, the man does bring up a good point: Just because there is some risk involved in doing something does not mean it is something not worth doing. Risk adds some flavor to our lives, and risky business needs to be more than just a tired theme for a mixer — especially in our college years. This is our time to play life fast and loose. Add some sugar to your life this semester. Ignore how cheesy that sounds. Talk to the person you sit next to in class. Contribute to the class discussion on the book you didn’t read. Wear Crocs in February. You know … stuff to get the adrenal glands working. Sure, the metaphor of my bird attack representing the risks in your life may be a little heavy-handed, but so was the one from Sideways that people are all different like wines. Sideways won an Oscar, so the angry robin to your proverbial tree-climbing incident is no reason to not climb it. Worst-case scenario, you might fall eight feet out of the tree. So what? At the very least you are adding a little bit of sugar to your life’s Kool-Aid, and if you do it enough it will at the very least make for some great stories down the road.

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ean salad, red velvet cupcakes and raviolis filled my kitchen table, along with other treats. It was an unusual meal; they always are. A few days into the new year, I decided to have a group of high school friends over for a potluck. During my senior year (of high school), I began these get-togethers so that we could spend more time together before heading to college. I hosted one for each break — before the start of the school year in August, another during Thanksgiving and at least one more during spring semester. For our first two years of college, the meetings were routine. But as the years went on, things only grew more complicated. We went abroad, had internships, were away for summers. We were busy, we were growing up and it was weird. Spending time with old friends was wonderful. It’s strange that four years ago, we spent hours on end together daily and now we hardly know of the everyday happenings in each other’s lives. But when we’re all together, somehow, it works. These people still remember which house is mine, they recognize my parents — they know me. This winter break, I spent one month at home — more time than I’ve spent in New Jersey since this same recess sophomore year. In earlier years, it seemed to be among my favorite pastimes to whine incessantly about the suffocation of being in my childhood bedroom, under the same rules that applied when I was 12. I was itching to get out — to the city, to friends, to Ithaca, to anywhere else. But this time was different. When my dad picked me up from Ithaca this December, I was fried. Sleep deprived for weeks, I woke only an hour before his arrival. Hastily, I threw whatever I could into duffel bags, scurrying to

finish errands and my weekly chore (to my roommates: I did clean the bathroom, thank you very much). Soon enough, my dad had scooped me up, packed the car and began the journey home. Incoherently, I told him what I could about the semester. It was crazy, this is weird, no I haven’t applied to jobs. He tried to share some of the perks of the g-word. My dad, an ever-logical engineer that always instilled a great deal of discipline and wondered about my questionable practicality, reminded me that next year offered inumerable possibilities. “You can start to make a life for yourself.” This attempt was better than our last conversation over Thanksgiving, where he found me in bed, vegetating only minutes after walking through the door. “These are the best years of your life. And they’re over! Hahaha.” He chuckled as I left the room, to weep silently in my pre-grad stupor. So, what is all this? Being home for the last month has been sort of wonderful. I went on no fancy vacation abroad, nor did I venture off into the great American countryside with Kerouac on my mind. I didn’t even do the art project I’d hoped to finish. I did clean out my room, as promised to y’all in a December column. I watched nearly every episode of The West Wing. I had a few infinite meals at the Pilgrim Diner. I caught up with my cousins and fought with my mother. Last week, I got sick and didn’t get out of my pajamas for a week. Nothing was exceptionally exciting,

but was all kind of great. Sometimes, it seems, average is good. Pressing pause has given me a moment to breathe, or more importantly sleep (also: I guess Professor Maas was right about one thing — nine hours a night is divine). This week, my “wherever the wind may blow” schedule is getting old. I am re-charged and I’m excited to return to the hill. And perhaps even ready to own the idea that in six months, I have no plans. It’s been fun to be a child under my parents’ roof once more, giving me a moment of clarity and perspective. I realize that in just a few months, scarily, my friends

Katerina Athanasiou Kat’s Cradle and acquaintances from Cornell will be my “college friends” — a thing of the past, not present. It will surely be interesting to see who keeps in touch, who remembers birthdays and what grab bag group of fellow alums will end up in the same city. But for now, let’s enjoy it — every moment of it. Happy 2013, everyone. Katerina Athanasiou is a senior in the College of Art, Architecture, and Planning. She may be reacched at kathanasiou@cornellsun.com. Kat’s Cradle runs alternate Thursdays this semester.

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few weeks ago, just as I was starting to settle into the life of a pathetically lazy vacationer, I took a short break from BravoTV OnDemand and logged onto Facebook to find 17 of my friends sharing an article entitled “CM’s Most High-Strung Schools.” According to College Magazine (admittedly not the most reliable of sources), Cornell University tops the chart as the most “competitive, challenging and stress-inducing school.” Citing the gray weather and the way

institution. Cornell has approached suicide prevention in two ways: Not only has the institution tried to reduce the opportunity by installing nets under bridges, but, perhaps most importantly, it has also worked diligently to disentangle why Cornell students are stressed, depressed and afraid to seek help. As a community, we are more aware of what mental health is (and is not), and more willing to ask for support when we need it. Reading College Magazine’s critique two short weeks after the Newtown tragedy, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the deadly combination of poor mental health and a means to do harm. Although I say it rarely, I believe Cornell could serve as a role model for many. Instead of focusing solely on the availability of guns Shades of Grey (although this is important and deserves its own conversation), any fight to end mass shootings should Cornellians are inundated with informa- start at the underlying determinant: the tion daily about ways in which they can suffering soul. Too often in popular seek support if and when we need it. press, politics and law, mental health is And it works. CAPS serves 3,000 stu- swept into a cloud of titles and black and dents annually and, although there are white categorizations: bipolar disorder, no posted statistics for EARS, I have schizophrenia or, most commonly, spent many afternoons in their offices, “mentally ill.” I wonder what would and the service is used widely for prob- happen if instead of labeling people as lems of every shape and size. In the wake “crazy,” we looked deeper into their lived of tragedy (although, by the way, it is experiences — their tendencies, their still up for debate whether Cornell’s sui- environments and their beliefs. I wonder cide rate is any higher than other what would happen if instead of fighting schools’ of the same size or if the gorges about arming teachers with guns, we just make them more visible), we have talked more about training teachers to found an opportunity to grow as an detect depression in early childhood. I ever published, College Magazine’s article proves — yet again — Cornell’s knack for gaining (and maintaining) a rep as “the suicide school.” We talk a lot about emotional wellbeing on Cornell’s campus because our nationwide reputation has unfortunately left us no choice. With programs like Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Empathy and Referral Services (EARS), “Lets Talk,” trained R.A.’s and multiple public health campaigns driven by Gannett and student organizations,

Hannah Deixler

Cornell makes you feel like you are “no longer at the top anymore, but no matter how hard you try, you never will be,” CollegeMagazine crowned Big Red the most high strung college in the country. Congratulations in order? Perhaps not. Although some Cornellians have, in my experience, been rank-obsessed, I am certain that — at least in this category — out-performing MIT and Harvard is less than flattering. In its feature, College Magazine factored Cornell’s “alarming number of suicides” in into its score. Although certainly not the most statistically sound report

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wonder what would happen if instead of incarcerating “crazy” criminals we looked at their misconduct as a product of their suffering and looked for ways to help them heal. I wonder what would happen if T.V. and movies portrayed happy and healthy people living full lives while seeing therapists, proving that counseling isn’t only for those on the extremes of the mood scale. We are emotional beings. Our physical and social environments influence our biology. Today, we know more about the emotional beings we are than we ever have before. And yet, mental health is still far too often generalized into broad categories. We focus on the negative effects of mental health without paying enough attention to its root causes. We talk about the guns and the deaths, the drug deals and the violence without asking the important question of why. Cornell has started to ask the important questions and has started to find answers. However, College Magazine’s unflattering article and Newtown’s mourning families remind us all that we are emotional beings who change. They remind us that “crazy” doesn’t have to be deadly, and that bridges and guns are only half of the picture. I am willing to go to The Most High-Strung School if it means digging deep and asking why — if it opens up a space to ask for help. Hannah Deixler is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at hdeixler@cornellsun.com. Shades of Grey appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

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between reenactment and reality stays blurred. CIA agent Maya (Jessica Chastain) is, in her own words, “the motherfucker who found” bin Laden. She truly is, but the film — in one of the its boldest choices — shies from A previous version of this story was published on cornell- granting its protagonist too much sympathy. She often loses it with bureaucrats, from her Station Chief Joseph sun.com on Jan. 6. 9/11 introduced the world and the 21st century to a Bradley (Kyle Chandler) to the Secretary of Defense Leon new kind of evil. Al-Qaeda struck unannounced and near- Panetta (James Gandolfini, here for comic relief ), and not ly unseen, inspiring fear and a gnawing sense of helpless- in a sassy, Sandra Bullock kind of way. She is unhinged, ness that no one has been able to fully shake since. The bordering on insanirules of war changed once again, and the U.S. government ty. Multiple characadapted with wiretapping and “enhanced interrogation” ters at multiple times techniques. If there was one boogeyman behind the mad- stress the impossibiliness, it was Osama bin Laden, though it would be an over- ty of her goal or the simplification, of course, to blame it on any one individ- incompetence of her colleagues; most ual. The triumph of Zero Dark Thirty is that it takes what memorable is a tirade could have been jingoistic genre fare — the pursuit and by Mark Strong, remkilling of bin Laden — and tangles it in the global turmoil iniscent of Alec we have lived through over the past 11 years. Director Baldwin’s “Always Be Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the Oscar- Closing” speech from winning pair behind The Hurt Locker, open the film with Glengarry Glen Ross a traumatic audio montage of 9/11 distress calls and dot but with, you know, the background and, in a couple of startling moments, the actual stakes. While foreground of the plot with other al-Qaeda attacks, like the you may admire her Maya 2005 London and the 2008 Islamabad Marriott bombings. resilience, The result is an epic of incredible focus, a 157-minute film comes off as cold, that earns every second. Zero Dark Thirty belongs to us, internal and sexless, now, as a candid document of the anxiety and dislocation the opposite of the giddy Southern housewife she played in of our time. The filmmakers closely follow historical record The Help. She finds a friend in rival-turned-BFF Jessica while creating a piece of art, a riveting cinematic experi- (Jennifer Ehle, unjustly shut out from supporting actress awards so far), but even when they trade texts with “brb” ence and the best American film of the year. Like Argo and Lincoln, spoiler warnings are unnecessary. and “u” in them, Maya always bends the conversation back The foreknowledge of the main plot puts added pressure to bin Laden. Chastain keeps Maya at arm’s length, which on the filmmakers to find other ways to generate suspense. is incredible to think about — somehow, the mastermind Bigelow, cinematographer Greig Fraser and editors Dylan behind bin Laden’s death is just not very likable. Parallel to the film’s treatment of Maya lies the big Tichenor and William Goldenberg respond with a look and feel more polished and artful than a BBC news feed, rhetorical question of Zero Dark Thirty: We killed bin Laden, but at what cost? This core, though not by much. That is and obviously unanswered, question a compliment, as the film Zero Dark Thirty has gone over the heads of all the sennever brings attention to Directed by Kathryn ators and columnists manufacturing a itself. Sure, Fraser composes baseless controversy over the film’s beautiful images — Arab Bigelow alleged “pro-torture” stance. Indeed, fruit markets never cease to Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason the first half-hour consists of graphic dazzle — and Bigelow packs Clarke, Joel Edgerton sequences where agent Dan (Jason some profound juxtaposiClarke) and eventually Maya watertions into single frames — a board and emasculate an al-Qaeda susNorth American map reflecting a white, Muslim CIA official (Fredric Lehne) practic- pect (Reda Kateb, in a thankless role), not to mention coning Salah in his office must mean something. But there is fine him to an awfully small box. For one, the prisoner a spontaneity to the film that keeps you constantly on never seems to disclose any actionable intelligence, though edge, in constant fear that innocent people will die yet that plot point is up for debate. The larger issue remains again. And when a few dozen of them inevitably do, the Maya’s, and in turn the U.S. government’s, own morality film cuts to actual news coverage of the attack, and the line in executing this mission. Regardless if torture was necesBY ZACHARY ZAHOS Sun Arts and Entertainment Editor

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sary to locate bin Laden or to win this war, Zero Dark Thirty wants you to consider whether these two goals were morally bankrupt from the start. Far from lionizing President Obama or excusing Dick Cheney, the film sees past partisan politics and quietly contemplates whether justice during wartime can be called justice at all. The final shot grants credence to this reading, and it is not heretical to consider the cost of a 10-year quest for vengeance. In this way, Zero Dark Thirty approaches something akin to Direct Cinema (a documentary film genre that aims to record objective truth) by staging some version of the truth, refusing a didactic little bow and letting the audience think for itself. That last part may be the problem. I had conflicting emotions during the final 30 minutes, when SEAL Team Six flies to, invades and clears bin Laden’s compound. Viewed on a big screen with surround sound, the experience will render you immobile (a special shout-out to sound designer Paul Ottosson, who engineers the mesmerizing stealth helicopter sound effect, and sound mixer Ray Beckett, who keeps the gunfights startling and realistic). The deliberate pacing and night-vision lighting immerse you to an almost unbearable extent, like a fly on the soldiers’ helmets. The sequence inspires fear, angst and awe, the latter of which stuns the soldier who took the final and fateful shots — all he can say is “I shot the third floor guy,” as his comrades scramble to vacate the premises. Around this moment, I was on the verge of tears as a Navy SEAL handed one of Osama’s children a glowstick to quiet her down and coax out her father’s name for confirmation. I don’t know how to explain this emotional impact or why it struck me then. The mastery of Zero Dark Thirty is that it operates on an ineffable register, free to collide feelings and abstain from easy answers. Call it relativistic or postmodern or any viable, theoretical tag. All I know is that the world post9/11 has been one of confusion and contradiction. Zero Dark Thirty also knows this, and by draping America’s triumphant moment of victory under the same ambiguity, it has rewritten history while staking a spot in it, too. Zachary Zahos is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at arts-and-entertainment-editor@cornellsun.com.


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Love Almost Conquers All in Les Misérables After her exceptional appearance earlier this year in The Dark Knight Rises, Anne Hathaway has redeA previous version of this story was published on cornell- fined herself as an actress, sun.com on Jan. 3. and her performance in Les Les Misérables is a raw collection of broken dreams, piti- Mis maintains the high ful ends and endless suffering. The film’s haunting beauty standard she has set for herfilled theaters all Christmas; families across the country self. Fantine is beautiful and gave up sugar plums and gatherings for the powerful voic- broken, as Hathaway lends es of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. her the perfect spirit and I left the theater after Les Mis with black mascara trails sense of both loss of faith streaking down my face, but not with the feeling of unhap- and hope. And then, of piness and despair that tragedies often evoke. Rather, the course, there is the character hope that characterizes the story remained deep within my and the performance that chest, fueling my newfound love of the film and all who carries the entire film: Hugh were a part of it. Jackman as Jean Valjean. I The film is beautifully shot, cast and directed (by Tom thought going in that I Hooper). Russell Crowe brings an excellent singing voice might be slightly biased, as to Javert, the inspector and main antagonist, and striking- Hugh Jackman is my ly conveys the subtlety of the character's stoicism and pas- favorite actor, but Jackman sion. Helena Bonham Carter is, well, Helena Bonham reconstructed every idea I’ve ever had of him, building Carter, brilliantly channelling her usual insanity, hair and them up stronger and better than they had been before. It all. Her onscreen innkeeper husband, Thènardier (Sacha seems impossible to make a man who has been named the Baron Cohen), joins her on Sexiest Man Alive unattractive, but as the crazy train. The gaudily the convict Jean Valjean, Jackman overdressed pair rides that Les Misérables manages to be repulsive and gaunt. line straight until their last Almost unrecognizable due to the 36 Directed by Tom Hooper shot — being kicked out of a hours of dehydration he forced upon Starring Hugh Jackman, wedding and stealing a few himself, Jackman spectacularly sucwigs along the way. Cosette Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway ceeds in building his character without (Amanda Seyfried), Marius his usual charm and dashing smile at (Eddie Redmayne) and Èpohis disposal. Jackman triumphs in nine (Samantha Barks) are very well cast, although Isabelle nearly every scene, supplying the film with raw emotion Allen (a young Cosette) effectively steals acclaim from through his great expanse of character. He revolutionizes Seyfried. Allen, with her beautiful voice and sweet perfor- the songs he performs, moving beyond simple singing to mance, presents a Cosette whose depth and intensity muttered words, heartfelt screams and plain spoken word. Seyfried cannot quite maintain. Another remarkable The costuming and sets are amazing and each actor young actor, Daniel Huttlestone, carries the rebellion on goes above and beyond to achieve the realism of the film, his shoulders as Gavroche; he is undoubtedly the most from Hathaway’s pixie cut to Jackman’s near death appearvocal, mischievous and adorable revolutionary the French ance. Nothing is pushed beyond what it is: every costume have ever seen. and set looks realistic but with a hint of the musical flavor

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not found in Hollywood dramas (especially in the Thènardiers' inn scenes). The over-the-top nature of the thievery within the Inn and the song “Master of the House” requires nothing less than the scene’s delightful theatrics. It is difficult to comment on the songs or plot of the film, seeing as it has been a beloved musical and book for so long. What is there to say that hasn’t already been said? The songs are worth viewing on the big screen, I can provide that compliment to them. There are some that have to be mentioned here: “I Dreamed a Dream,” “The Confrontation,” “In My Life” and “The People’s Anthem.” Each one is breathtaking and beautiful in its own way. Everything about Les Mis depicts the hope and despair that accompany life. The actors in the movie, especially Jackman and Hathaway, breathe new life into their characters and maintain what Les Mis truly is, and I don’t think they can receive any higher compliment than that. Marissa Tranquilli is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at mtranquilli@cornellsun.com.

Life Should Not Be Like A Bag of Campbell’s Go

f you’re Taylor Swift, your transition from innocent romance into jaded post-breakup bitterness is immediate and marked with exclamations like,”I hate you!” “We break up!” “We are never ever getting back together!” Swift is entitled to feeling angry about a failed relationship, granted, but it seems oddly controlled. The message of “I knew you were trouble! I don’t need anybody! I am an individual!” is repeated so endlessly that it sounds defensive. But it would be unfair not to talk about how other popular musical acts also cater to how individualistic and unique we are. Avicii: “We will never look back at the faded silhouette!” fun.: “We are young, so let’s set the world on fire!” Drake: “YOLO.” Perhaps the most egregious example is Radiohead-copycat Muse, who won’t shut up about oppression and resistance (also the name of an album and song title). Matthew Belamy comes up with lyrics like “You and I must fight for our rights!” and “You and me fall in line to be punished for unproven crimes!” Answering why we lap up this stuff is easy: Our society is hyper-individualistic, mass culture compels us to differentiate, blah blah blah. What is harder to answer

is why this ideological “perversion” is so revolting that we recoil. Pandering to our desires of uniqueness is just part of the game, and artists must eat too. It’s just a market demographic, simple as that. But there’s just something awfully wrong about Muse, as a financially successful band playing to a sold-out Wembley Stadium, singing about being oppressed. Swift’s lack of singing beyond how she’s her own person creates an uncomfortable realization throughout the album that she is pandering to “individualism” and “uniqueness.” Last year, Campbell’s announced a new line of soups called “Campbell’s Go,” which are soups with “globally-inspired flavors” that are “developed authentically

Kai Sam Ng You’ve Got To Be Kitsching Me with and for Millennials.” They are packaged in pouches (an “‘uncanned’ approach for a younger generation”) that are emblazoned with the faces of obnoxious young people. There’s even a tumblr, with GIFs of “Moroccan Style Chicken,

New York Style Life” and “Creamy Red Pepper’s Abbreviation Of The Day” — LILABOCG: Life Is Like A Bag Of Campbell’s Go. This self-aggrandizing crap makes me fear for the future of marketing (You know what’s ‘in’ nowadays? Vintage things. Andy Warhol gave this to you for free). In theory, there should be no reason why Campbell’s Go should elicit the same reaction from me as New Coke. Campbell’s did everything right — they have a Facebook page, an Angry Birds tie in, Spotify playlists and cat GIFs. Everybody’s favorite superstar philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, provides an explanation with this Communist-era joke: “A guy was sent from East Germany to work in Siberia. He knew his mail would be read by censors, so he told his friends: ‘Let’s establish a code. If a letter you get from me is written in blue ink, it is true what I say. If it is written in red ink, it is false.’ After a month, his friends get the first letter. Everything is in blue. It says, this letter: ‘Everything is wonderful here. Stores are full of good food. Movie theatres show good films from the West. Apartments are large and luxurious. The only thing you cannot buy is red ink.’ This is how we live. We have all the freedoms we want. But what we are missing is red ink: The language to articulate our non-freedom. The way we are taught to speak about freedom — war on terror and so on — falsifies freedom.” We buy into this “individualism”

because it implies “freedom.” Think of a car commercial set on a rustic American highway. But it is no longer true that buying into one gets you the other: If we are hyper-individualistic, we are also hyper-isolated. We’ve focused so much on ourselves that we have forgotten ourselves. There is some danger here. Once the epistemological cynicism starts (that’s not real freedom, this is!), it becomes an endless cycle that is farcically Marxist. We depend on criticism as much as we depend on individualism: Indeed, it is the way we become unique. But, the line between criticism and unwitting parodyby-example is thin. Collage Culture by Aaron Rose and Mindy Khan, for example, examines the “21st century’s identity crisis” to “make an impassioned call to arms urging the next generation of artists to end the collage era by adopting a philosophy of creative innovation.” Choice quotes like “The outcasts in the world know something very important” make me wonder whether Rose and Khan are the same people featured on Campbell’s Go soup pouches. They’re not — but they are selling a limited edition box set containing the book, a spoken word LP, posters, postcards and individual portraits of the authors. Order today! Kai Sam Ng is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He can be reached at kng@cornellsun.com.

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ty strong and we were able to capitalize on our goal scoring chances.” The Red now holds a 4-1 record all time against Syracuse and is now a perfect 7-0 at home in Lynah Rink. Cornell lost its previous game against St. Lawrence, 3-1, and has a losing 25-32-4 record overall. The Red beat Clarkson in its last matchup, 2-1, in overtime and holds an 1810-2 record all time. “Momentum will be important for this weekend’s matchup,” Fortino said. “Both teams are going to be challenges, so we must be on top of our game. We will need to focus on defense first as they will try to capitalize on any holes in our defensive game.” The Red enters the weekend in fourth place in the conference with 16 points, eight points behind Harvard, who is a perfect 11-0 in the ECAC. Clarkson is second with 18 points, as the team holds a 9-1 overall record in the ECAC. "We must stay out of the penalty box as that was our problem in last game against Clarkson,” Fortino said. “We are confident as a group going in, but we maintain the mentality of taking our season one game at a time.” Scott Eckl can be reached at seckl@cornellsun.com.

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To the mat | Senior Kyle Dake has been a critical asset for the Red as the team defeated both Princeton and Lehigh.

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Red Heads to Road for Ivy League Play By HALEY VELASCO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

The break was an interesting one for the Cornell wrestling team, who competed in some massive tournaments and the beginning of Ivy League competition, with some very positive results to start the season, while the rest of the student population went home for the holidays. “As a team we expect to shut teams out. We expect all of our guys to perform at an extremely high level and dominate every time we step on the mat,” said senior Kyle Dake. “The good thing about this is that our young guys are starting to realize what they need to do and how they need to wrestle every match.” It all started with the Grapple at the Garden on Dec. 16, which led to two losses for Cornell against the University of Missouri and Oklahoma State. This showdown was the first time in the 133-year history of Madison Square Garden arena that collegiate wrestling has competed. The team also headed to Tennessee to compete in the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1, where the wrestlers took home fifth place as a collective with a few strong individual performances. In that competition, Cornell crowned two champi-

ons, Mike Nevinger at 141 lbs and Dake at 165 lbs. To cap the break off the Red took home two wins against EIWA rival No. 16 Lehigh on Jan. 16. “It was a great win for us as a team. We just got back from the Southern Scuffle but our guys showed up ready to wrestle, which was pretty awesome. I personally was really excited simply because we lost to them my first two years here and I went up another weight class to help the team earn the victory,” Dake said. The team also beat fellow member of the Ancient Eight, Princeton, in a 42-0 shutout on Jan. 12. “[The win against Princeton] gives our younger kids a lot of confidence going into the Ivy schedule. Historically we have been very dominant and I believe we will continue to that tradition,” Dake said. This upcoming weekend, Cornell will head on the road to face off against Brown on Saturday and Harvard on Sunday, where the Red expects to dominate the competition and the remaining Ivy members for the rest of the season. Haley Velasco can be reached at hvelasco@cornellsun.com.

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Hard in the paint | Cornell refocuses and reenergizes after some tough losses in the past few weeks.

probably need Lowry to provide a spark on offense. “[Lowry] brings that physical element to our team and plays with an edge,” Schafer noted. “Combined with the goals he’s been scoring, but also staying out of the penalty box, he’s done a tremendous job of being more disciplined this year as he scores goals.” “I think we’ve just been trying to keep it simple it up front, play together, get pucks deep, make better plays at the offensive blue line, make sure we’re controlling the puck, and just trying to get to the net as much as possible,” Lowry responded when asked how the team plans to get back on track. “I think when you get pucks and bodies to the net obviously you create chances. I think that’s how we got our goal in the second [Denver] game. We haven’t been having a lot of puck luck but I

think if keep doing those things—keep working on them in practice—things will start to turn around.” Following two long weeks of rest and review, the Red seems prepared to pick up its first road victory since the ECAC opener against Colgate. “[T]he team is focused,” Schafer said. “The games out [in Denver] were good games—we probably played better there than we played at [Colorado College] last year and unfortunately we came out with no points ... [T]he practice and being at home has, I think, re-energized us and refocused us and we’re ready to get into the grind of our schedule with fourteen games to go from here until the end of the year. We know it’s going to be very tough but we’re ready to handle things.” Chris Mills can be reached at cmills@cornellsun.com.

claim the Big East as a casualty. With former member West Virginia already having left for the greener football pastures of the Big 12, this is the last year of Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville and even Rutgers all in the conference. Connecticut may soon be defecting as well, and the replacements have been the likes of Tulane, Eastern Carolina Central Florida, Southern Methodist and San Diego State (notably, none of these teams with the exception Central Florida are practically eastern). The word lackluster comes to mind. The Big East is becoming more western and crappy. As the Big East gropes around in the dark, desperately trying to grab a school to fill their vacancies, Boise State (again, not really Eastern) has already reneged on the Big East, preferring to stay Mountain West. For comparison, the second biggest program in the Mountain West is either one of Nevada, Reno or Nevada, Las Vegas. It’s come to this. A team chose the Mountain West over the Big East. This is the equivalent of having a drowning man decline a lifesaver because the rescue ship is sinking as well. The Big East is rich in history, with all but one of its current 17 members (South Florida) having at least one final four appearance, a conference total of 16 final fours, and 6 national titles. Yet, it’s all coming to end to soon and for the wrong reasons. It is being broken up because of greed, and a power play by a few select conferences, namely the ACC and Big 12. Conference commissioners are after major markets and established fan bases that the Big East offers for more lucrative TV deals. The conference was founded as the best basketball conference ever created, and now will be broken up at the expense of it. The most unfortunate part of all this is that the Big East is still in its basketball prime. The Big East is still, undoubtedly, one of the best basketball conferences in college (if not the best, they certainly were last year but the Big 10 is coming on strong this year). Connecticut won the title not even two years ago amongst a field that included a record of 11 total teams from the Big East, while last year’s NCAA tournament featured 9 Big East teams, including Syracuse as a No. 1 seed. And that’s just men’s basketball. The UConn women famously won 90 games in a row — longest win steak in Division I basketball history - before finally losing to Stanford in 2010. The Big East is going from the best to an also-ran, essentially overnight, not due to any gradual decline or the product of some consecutive down years. Against the backdrop of all this, there is talk of Villanova, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, Providence, Marquette, DePaul and creating their own conference and recruiting similarly proficient basketball school such as Butler to join them. I never thought one of the consequences of the Big East disbanding would be entirely new conference being created, but I greatly prefer this alternative than other conferences vultures picking at the Big East until its totally unrecognizable. This solution puts the Big East out its misery with some dignity and creates sort of a daughter conference. This new conference (which has no name yet, although I’m hearing the name “Catholic 7” being thrown around, which seems like a bad idea) is based on the same foundation of the Big East, putting football on the backburner and creating one of the best basketball conferences in the US. If this does comes to fruition I believe the watered down Big East will lose its automatic and lucrative BCS bowl berth in football, and will hopefully change their name to something more reflective of the current geography (and quality) of the conference. Yes, the ACC is probably going to become the best basketball conference in America, but its very top-heavy featuring Duke and North Carolina hogging the attention as the stars. The Big East was more of an ensemble cast, with UConn, Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame and West Virginia, and Louisville all having recent strings of tournament success. And much like the great ensemble casts before it, its being broken far to soon. John Zakour can be reached at jzakour@cornellsun.com.


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C.U. Struggles Heading Into ECAC Matches By CHRIS MILLS Sun Staff Writer

Coming off back-to-back losses at Denver, the Red is gearing up for ECAC conference play beginning with Union and Rensselaer Polytechnic this weekend. By the end of the team’s road trip against the defending conference champion No. 17 Dutchmen (10-7-4, 4-3-3 ECAC) and Engineers (6-10-5, 1-6-3), the No. 16 Red (7-6-2, 33-2) will have completed a stretch of six consecutive games away from Lynah dating back to December. Cornell faces Union at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 and then RPI on Saturday at the same time. BRIAN STERN / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER During the break in conference play, the Red traveled to Looking forward | After two back-to-back losses, Cornell looks to ECAC conference games to bounce back. Florida to battle Ferris State and Maine, and then trekked west for a double-header at the University of Denver. The the game of our hockey ... we’ve hit over the last two games we do have left and making them count.” team is currently preparing up for its first action in almost weeks.” A 3-3-2 conference record puts the Red in sixth place in two weeks. Sophomore forward Joel Lowry, who scored the Red’s the ECAC with fourteen games to go. Although the team “We’re trying to focus on everything: our penalty killing lone goal in a 2-1 defeat at Denver, echoed his coach’s has had some difficulty on the road this season, holding a and our special teams, all the details of all of our systems enthusiasm. 1-4 record in away contests, the Red is 4-1-2 when playing from breakouts to “I think our out-of-conference schedule within the confines of Lynah rink. controlled break- “[W]e’ve really been getting “I think that if we were to follow a great formula from [was] difficult but every single game in outs to forechecks ECAC hockey is difficult too,” Lowry here on in we’d want to split our games on the road right to everything that detailed oriented.” acknowledged. “We have a really deep now and win all our games at home,” Schafer said. we do,” said head league and it’s tough to get wins. Every sin- “[T]hat’d put us at 10-4 [in remaining ECAC games]— coach Mike Mike Schafer ’86 gle team plays hard every night in our con- that’d be the kind of record we’d want going down the Schafer ’86. ference. I think those out-of-conference stretch. And the kind of hockey we want to play, we got to “[W]e’ve really games, especially the ones that we came up play it very well to accomplish that.” been getting detailed oriented. At the same time we’ve real- on the short end of, really [make] the in-conference games If the Red hopes to make a run in ECAC, the team will ly been working on our compete level, our battle level ... to more important. I think we’re just going to have a lot of See M. HOCKEY page 19 get our possession of loose pucks. Every detail we have in emphasis going forward on ... getting some wins [in] ... the

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hile watching Syracuse basketball take on an overmatched Central Connecticut State, the announcers mentioned that this was the last year of the Big East “as we know it,” and that we should appreciate this and just sit back and enjoy while it lasts. I can’t

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Peeling the Orange | Cornell defeated Syracuse,

8-1, in the first of a three game home stand.

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Cornell Takes Syracuse in Big Win The Red crushes Orange in 8-1 victory at home By SCOTT ECKL Sun Staff Writer

Coming off a tough overtime loss against No. 2 Boston College, the women’s hockey team started its three game home stand with a big win, 8-1, against Syracuse. No. 16 Cornell (12-4-0, 8-2-0 ECAC) got off to a fast start scoring five goals in the first period against the Orange (10-11-1) and cruised to the seven-point win. The Red continues the home stand this weekend against conference rivals St. Lawrence (13-8-1, 8-2-0) and Clarkson (17-5-0, 9-1-0).

Junior forward Brianne Jenner scored a hat trick and recorded two assists in Tuesday night’s win. It was Jenner’s second hat trick of the season, bringing her season goal total to 13 and her two assists brought her to 15. Sophomore forward Jillian Saulnier had a game and career-high six-point night with two goals and four assists. Junior goaltender Lauren Slebodnick had 13 saves in her ninth win of the season. “We played really well as a team,” said senior captain and defenseman Laura Fortino. “Overall, we were pretSee W. HOCKEY page 18

est hoops memories were following the Big East, especially the local Syracuse Orange. While the nearest NBA teams (The Knicks and Nets) languished for years, Syracuse basketball was a dominant force in the best conference for college basketball. I watched the Big East send a record nine and

Point Blank help but agree with this. Big East play is just heating up. We only have one more year of the greatest collection of college basketball teams ever assembled and we should take it all in for a last time. But while you’re at it, also take a moment of silence for the Big East. I grew up on Big East basketball. Growing up in upstate New York my fond-

then later 11 teams to the NCAA tournament. Two different Big East programs have won the NCAA tournament in my lifetime. I even saw the much maligned football programs send an undefeated Cincinnati team to the prestigious Sugar Bowl. Despite this, the realities of conference realignment will See ZAKOUR page 19

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