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C.U.: Gates Hall Will Open Doors In February ’14 Facility will be ‘state-of-the-art,’ University administrator says By ZOE FERGUSON Sun Staff Writer

After years of planning and construction, the Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, which will house the Computing and Information Sciences unit, will be complete next month. “It’s like a boy coming into a candy store,” said Haym Hirsh, dean of Computing and Information Science. Construction on Gates Hall, a $60-million venture, began in 2012 and will be completed by late February, according to CIS Business Officer Patricia Musa. According to administrators, the goal of constructing Gates Hall was to unify the computer science and information science departments.


Open the Gates | Construction of Gates Hall took two years and $60 million of funding. The building will house both the computer science and information science departments when it opens in February.

Hirsh said the University started thinking about building a “state-of-the-art facility” to expand Cornell’s computing capabilities back when it founded its Computing and Information Science unit in 1999. In 2005, the Gates Foundation gave the University a $25-million grant for the “construction of a signature

building” that would combine “several units of the University’s faculty of computing and information science,” according to a University press release. Fundraising continued until 2011, and the University See GATES page 5

Cornell, Area Schools Launch Business Incubator By TYLER ALICEA


Taking care of business | A rendering of the upcoming Downtown Ithaca Incubator, a space that will provide resources and mentoring

Sun Senior Writer

This story was published online on Jan. 17. With hopes of encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting economic growth in the region, Cornell and two partnering schools announced Thursday that they will open a business incubator in downtown Ithaca. The Downtown Ithaca Incubator, housed in the Carey Building on 314 E. State St., will give entrepreneur hopefuls a co-working space from which they can conceptualize, form and launch businesses, according to Tom Schryver ’93 MBA ’02, executive director for new venture advancement at Cornell. See INCUBATOR page 4

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Mandic ’15 Was ‘Force of Good’ Celebrate MLK Day By TYLER ALICEA Sun Senior Writer

This story was published online on Jan. 15. Milica Mandic ’15, a student in the College of Engineering, died due to illness Monday while in Serbia, a University statement said. She was 21. Mandic, a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, was “kind, funny, lively and truly a force of good,” her sorority sisters wrote on Facebook.

“Everyone who met Mili could see her shine, and we will miss her dearly. We feel so blessed to have known her and words cannot describe what she meant to us and our sisterhood,” a statement from the sorority said. A computer science major, Mandic worked as an intern at INDAS, an industrial automation company, last summer, according to a University press release. In addition, Mandic was a member of the Cornell University Sustainable Design

engineering project team. Prior to her time at Cornell, Mandic was “an accomplished athlete” who competed in track and field, as well as tennis, according to the press release. Susan Murphy ’73 Ph.D. ’94, vice president for Student and Academic Services, expressed her condolences to the friends and family of Mandic in a statement released Wednesday. “Please join me in taking a See MANDIC page 5

For First Time in Its History By ANUSHKA MEHROTRA

Sun Senior Writer

Starting this year, Cornell will join the nation in remembering Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of “activism and social justice” by making MLK Day a paid University holiday. The University’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day will include a series of diversitythemed workshops, meals, con-

certs and films, according to Prof. Riche Richardson, Africana studies. Additionally, University faculty and staff will receive the day off of work. Thaddeus Talbot ’15, minority liaison at-large for the Student Assembly, said he hopes the community will take time to celebrate King’s accomplishments and “philosophy of equality and love.” See MLK page 4

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Joel Malina brings ‘superb background’ toV.P. job and Walker in April 2013. “Now, as difficult as it will be to leave a place after 21 years, this is the kind of This story was published online on Jan. 13. unique opportunity that I was waiting for Joel Malina, CEO and general manager and hoping for,” he said. The Vice President for University of the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates, Relations oversees all of Cornell’s internal has been named Cornell’s new Vice and external communications, including President for University Relations, the relations with the media, community groups in New York State, plus federal, state University announced Jan. 9. Malina has worked in political advertis- and local governments. “It’s a pretty important portfolio — one ing, campaign fundraising, lobbying for that is tasked with making sure over two decades and, for a few there is a cohesiveness in the way years, musical theater. He will that the University is presenting take office March 31. itself to all sorts of audiences,” “The life of a working actor Malina said. “How do we best is not always as fulfilling as communicate the extent of the those who dream about it,” value that the entirety of Cornell Malina said, though first provides to the city, the state, the cousin and television star region, the nation and the global Joshua Malina urged him to community? Cornell is improvperform professionally straight JOEL MALINA ing the lives of people every day. out of Yale. After performing in off-Broadway pro- That’s a great story.” Following a “competitive national ductions and on national tours, Joel Malina said he was “able to see what a working search,” President David Skorton said in a actor’s life was like,” adding that he realized University press release that Malina’s backhe wanted to pursue a career doing some- ground in government relations and strategic communications best matched the posithing else. “I knew that Washington, although I tion. “Joel brings to Cornell a superb backwasn’t sure what elements of it, held a lot of ground in government relations and strateinterest for me,” Malina, 49, said. Since then, Malina has worked for Sen. gic communications at a time when coordiMax Baucus (D - Mont.) and Rep. Nita nated approaches and strong partnerships Lowey (N.Y.-17) before moving to Wexler locally, across New York state, in and Walker. One of Malina’s major clients Washington and around the world will help there was the Science Coalition, a group define our future,” Skorton said. “I look dedicated to sustaining federal funding for forward to welcoming Joel to the University.” scientific research. After Stephen Philip Johnson “I was able to learn the lobbying business from a lot of smart and generous people, announced his retirement last spring, his and in 21 years developed an understanding position of Vice President for Government of how the public policy system works, grew and Community Relations was merged a set of relationships with clients, interest with that of Vice President for University groups and policy makers and ultimately Relations, previously held by Prof. Glenn assumed the leadership of my firm,” Malina Altschuler Ph.D. ’76, American studies, and dean of the School of Continuing said. Joel Malina became the CEO of Wexler Education and Summer Sessions.

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Christina Cherny ’15 teaches children how to brush their teeth as part of a medical brigade in Lima, Peru with Cornell’s chapter of MEDLIFE, which empowers underprivileged families.

The merging of responsibilities, Malina said, will create an interesting opportunity. “The Cornell opportunity caught my attention because the position has lines into so many of these important functions,” Malina said. “I think it is a testament to David Skorton’s realization that describing the contributions of Cornell to reporters is very much the same as describing them to a legislator in Albany, a senator in D.C. or to a civic organization in Ithaca.” According to Malina, this includes significant engagement with students as well. “I consider the initial stages of my tenure to be a lot of sitting down with all sorts of individuals, in all sorts of positions at the University, a lot of listening, engaging and discussions around what makes Cornell unique,” Malina said. “I have to imagine

that those [discussions] will include a number of conversations with undergraduates.” Malina does have some personal connections with Cornell already — his uncle, Robert Malina ’60, was an editor in chief of The Sun and the a cappella group he sings in, the Tone Rangers, was created by three former members of the Hangovers. Now he said he is prepared to make himself at home on the Hill. “I am very much looking forward to immersing myself in this community for the long-term,” Malina said. “I wouldn’t be making this move if I felt otherwise. My wife and I and my kids are really excited about moving to Ithaca.” Noah Rankin can be reached at

WCMC to Expand Cancer Research With $75 M Gift By TYLER ALICEA Sun Senior Writer

Weill Cornell Medical College received a $75 million gift that will allow the college to expand its cancer research and treatment programs, the University announced earlier this month. The gift from Sandra Meyer and Edward Meyer ’48 and the Sandra and Edward Meyer Foundation will establish a cancer center named after its benefactors at WCMC, according to a University press release. The Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center will be led by researcher Dr. Lewis Cantley and will use the latest cancer research findings to create new therapies. The donation will also allow the medical college to continue to recruit new students, as well as provide funding for a variety of research projects including

projects involving cancer genomics and computational biology, according to a University press release. Laurie Glimcher, dean of WCMC, said she appreciated the Meyers’ “transformative gift” to the college. “Cancer is a disease that touches everyone’s lives, and with Ed and Sandy’s generous support, we will be able to rapidly accelerate our pursuit of groundbreaking treatments and therapies for our patients,” she said. This gift is not the first that Edward Meyer has made to the University. In 2012, he established the Edward H. Meyer Professorship of Economics, an endowed professorship in the department of economic. MICHAEL APPLETON / THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Finding a cure | Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City received a $75-million gift to expand its cancer research.

Last Month in Review Fire at Viva Taqueria Caused by ‘Discarded Cigarette’ On Jan. 3, Ithaca firefighters and police officers collaborated to put out

a small fire that broke out at downtown Mexican restaurant Viva Taqueria. Officials said the fire was accidental, likely being caused by a “discarded cigarette blown into a void space.”

Temperature in Ithaca Drops Low Enough to Cause Frostbite In 15 Minutes When the sun went down in Ithaca on Jan. 6, “dangerously cold” gusts

brought wind chill values plummeting to -30 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The temperatures could cause rapid-onset frostbite, according to the NWS.

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Incubator to Open Summer’14 For First Time,Univ. INCUBATOR

entrepreneurs from throughout the community, according to Skorton. “This is not an institutional space. This is a The space is a product of a collaboration community space,” Skorton said, adding that between the University, Ithaca College and the space will be not only for the entrepreneurs Tompkins Cortland Community College. of today, but also available for generations to Cornell President David Skorton said the part- come. nership between the three academic institutions Once the incubator opens, the “wealth of will help alleviate the effects of the recession in imagination” in the region should allow the the region. incubator space contribute to the area’s econo“What this is — this partnership — is anoth- my, according to John Conners, vice president er step in our wonderful region in growing our and provost of TC3. way out of an equilibrium that’s left municipali“Imagination is the lifeblood of what we do ties struggling [and] that’s left as institutions of higher many families struggling,” “This partnership ... is education, and I think that Skorton said. is true of so many people Ithaca College President another step in our who we align ourselves Rochon echoed wonderful region in growing with here,” Connors said. Tom Skorton’s sentiments, adding While officials are that he expects there will be our way out of an unsure of number of staran “enormous outflow of equilibrium that’s left tups that will be able to be entrepreneurial ideas” into the municipalities struggling.” housed in the incubator, community once the space is they say they are certain remodeled and open for busi- President David Skorton that there is a demand for ness in summer 2014. such a site. The incubator is supportThe universities hope ed by the Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot, a to expand the incubator by working with real plan to stimulate economic development in the estate agency Travis Hyde Properties, which will region. Startups housed in the incubator will be bring the final size of the entrepreneurial space eligible for state tax benefits, and businesses that to 9,000 square feet. The expansion is expected “graduate” from the incubator will qualify for to be completed by early 2015, according to a additional incentives through Start-Up N.Y., a University press release. program creating tax-free zones for small busiThe total estimated cost for remodeling the nesses forming in the state. space, including the expansion, will be $3.5 milSkorton said that one of the challenges the lion, with funding provided by the state and incubator will face will be keeping successful Travis Hyde Properties. startups in the region. Still, he says that tax benWhile New York has not committed to proefits provided through the state to new business- vide funding in order to pay for operation costs es should be a tremendous advantage in prevent- of the incubator, the partnering institutions have ing startups from leaving. committed to pay three years worth of operating Despite the incubator’s ties to academia, the costs, according to the University. resources provided through the incubator will not be limited to just students of the partnering Tyler Alicea can be reached at institutions. Rather, it will be an open space for Continued from page 1

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“Take friends, coworkers, or family to any one of the community events,” he said. Prof. Travis Gosa, Africana studies, said the holiday is an “important step” for Cornell in demonstrating its commitment to diversity. “I am pleased that Cornell has designated Dr. Martin Luther King Day as an official Universityrecognized holiday, and I know that staff will appreciate the opportunity to join the rest of Ithaca in a serious day of reflection, community service and activism,” he said. Gosa also said he hopes Cornellians will use the day to reflect upon how King’s dedication to fighting against poverty and racism can be applied to the Ithaca community. “It is my hope that Cornellians will use the day to think about how our institution might help families in the wider Ithaca and Tompkins county area deal with joblessness and food security,” he said. Prof. N’Dri Assie-Lumumba, Africana studies, said the day is also important in the context of the University’s stated commitment to inclusiveness and acceptance of diversity. “It is important to stop and

think what Dr. King’s dream was about and how we can actualize it to move toward the achievement of the ultimate goal,” she said. She added that it is important for Cornell to acknowledge the holiday in order to demonstrate gratitude for what Dr. King has achieved and sacrificed. “The ultimate goal is social transformation: It is not to achieve something at one point in history and then forget it,” she said. “The celebration should be an opportunity to renew individual and collective commitment … to an inclusive society.” The holiday is a result of a series of calendar revisions approved by Provost Kent Fuchs that are taking place this year. Richardson said the “day is for everybody” and “is a great day for the University.” “The celebration at Cornell of Dr. King’s birthday has reached an important and inspiring milestone,” she said. “The national celebration reflects the … movement that underscored the impact of Dr. King’s legacy in civil rights activism.” In a commemorative email, President David Skorton said he is “delighted” the University is “honoring one of the great figures in modern American history.” Anushka Mehrotra can be reached at

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met its $60 million fundraising goal under the leadership of Dan Huttenlocher, former Computing and Information Science dean and vice provost of Cornell Tech. Construction began in April 2012, according to Hirsh. Only the construction of the hall’s outdoor plaza and one lecture hall remains, according to Musa. If work continues as intended, Musa said that the lecture hall in Gates will be available for use by some CIS classes in the spring semester. Gates Hall has a total of 60,000 square feet on five floors, including seminar and conference rooms, student services, labs and 50 faculty offices, according to Musa. Some faculty began moving in early this month, and the first wave of move-ins was completed on Friday, according to Musa. “The community response has been very positive,” Musa said, adding that faculty have been pleased with the ample amounts of lighting in the building and the availability of a “flexible” seminar room. Cornellians conducting research in information science and computer science will be able to interact with each other much more in the new building, Hirsh said. The main priority in the planning of Gates Hall was to create a modern space that would best serve researchers in CIS, according to Hirsh. In consolidating

Information and Computer Sciences and instituting new and advanced technology, Gates is intended to improve the experience of research in CIS, he added. Gates Hall is intended to be the physical representation of both the technological expansion and the community-oriented consolidation of CIS, Hirsh said, citing research showing that “opportunistic meetings,” like those which might occur on a new central grand staircase in Gates Hall, are “a key element for vibrant collaboration.” “The building was designed to be thoughtful about what we know from a complex scholarly perspective about what design choices you could make in a building to foster greater collaboration,” Hirsh said. Technology in Gates Hall has a focus on collaboration as well: Sophisticated dual display systems enable professors at Cornell’s New York City campus to “teach” in Ithaca, Hirsh said. CIS was designed to be “organizationally promiscuous” as well as technologically advanced, Hirsh said, accessible and useful to all Cornell students. Offering degrees in three colleges and minors in every college and professional school, CIS is an “amazing home of the three key departments for the information age,” Hirsh said. “Gates Hall is now where CIS can finally live up to its potential,” Hirsh said. Zoe Ferguson can be reached at Hold Gathering For Mandic Wednesday MANDIC

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moment to remember Milica and acknowledge this unfortunate loss to our community,” Murphy said. A support gathering will be held on Jan. 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Upson Lounge, 117

Upson Hall for members of the community. University resources: Members of the Cornell community seeking support can call Gannett Health Services’ Counseling and Psychological Services (607-2555155), EARS’ peer

counselors (607-2553277), the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (607-2552673) or find additional resources at Tyler Alicea can be reached at

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An 88-year-old man shot and critically wounded a woman Sunday at a Nevada hospital, authorities said. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said William Dresser was arrested after firing one shot at the woman with a handgun at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City. No other injuries were reported. The woman was a patient in a third-floor room at the time of the 11:30 a.m. shooting. Furlong said they were in a domestic relationship but

declined to elaborate. The woman’s identity and age were not immediately released. The woman’s injuries are life-threatening and she was transferred to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Furlong said. A preliminary investigation indicates the man came specifically to the hospital to shoot the woman, the sheriff added. The Carson City hospital issued a statement saying the shooting was “a targeted situation” that prompted a twohour lockdown of the facility. Hospital security personnel

and state Department of Corrections officials at the scene quickly detained the man until sheriff ’s deputies arrived. A woman who answered a phone call at a listing for a William Dresser in nearby Minden said she was too busy to talk Sunday afternoon. Dresser has no known prior criminal history in the Carson City area, Furlong said. The shooting comes about a month after a gunman walked into a medical facility next to the Reno hospital and killed one doctor and shot another before committing suicide.

LaGuardia to Undergo $3.6B Renovation NEW YORK (AP) — Dark, dingy, cramped and sad. These are some of the ways travelers describe LaGuardia Airport, a bustling hub often ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst in America. “It does not represent what people think of when they think of New York and Broadway shows and glamour. It’s not very pretty,” said

Layla House, a sales manager for a medical supply company who travels from her home in Bullard, Texas, to New York at least six times a year. That’s about to change. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the state is taking control of an ambitious $3.6 billion construction project that envisions an entirely

new central terminal at LaGuardia, with vast open spaces, restaurants, shopping plazas, new parking garages, free Wi-Fi and other amenities now common in other airports. Cuomo also wants to develop a plan to upgrade cargo operations at nearby John F. Kennedy International Airport. “We are going to redevelop those airports the way they should

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often experience epiphanies in Barton ative governments in the Middle East, Hall. It usually happens in the mid- Africa, and Asia look normal — even dle of the annual old guys’ heroic — the average American would be Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile, more likely to say: “Why, again, do we when it becomes painfully clear that I have to pay for millions of troops, tens of haven’t trained hard enough for the pace thousands of spies, thousands of aircraft we are running. But I recently had a and ships, hundreds of foreign bases, and more political epiphany in Barton while dozens of allied dictators and human training for this year’s race. I was brought rights abusers?” up short as I jogged by a poster outside Barton Hall is actually a fitting place the ROTC office that reads “Global to consider these issues. It was conReach Starts with Community structed as a military drill hall during Outreach.” World War I, when former Princeton Truer words were never written, if you president Woodrow Wilson decided to properly translate Global Reach as “manufacture consent” for this remarkAmerican Military Primacy and ably senseless war, through government Community Outreach as “Heart-tugging propaganda. It was the era when it Propaganda.” became common to salute the flag and The ROTC slogan really means play the national anthem at sporting “unless we portray our armed forces as events. It was also when dissidents to a warm-hearted heroes, Americans may foreign war were first ostracized by the not support their expensive, amoral compliant media, raided by local and domination of other countries.” This is national police and jailed for draft-dodgprecisely why ing and pubthe armed serlic protest. vices spend As part of The ROTC poster shows pictures of the Vietnam hundreds of millions of the color guard at a Cornell Football amno vt ei m- we nat r, dollars a year game, uniformed marchers in an on videos, Cornell stucommercials, dents disruptmovies, foot- Ithaca parade and students attending ed ROTC ball and bas- classes in their camouflage uniforms, exercises and ketball games, ceremonies in parades and cunningly blending into the foilage of Barton for NASCAR their symbolic the Arts Quad so they can take out teams. These and actual ads bombard unsuspecting academic malefactors. role in prous with the jecting viopositive words lence in “honor,” Indochina. “freedom,” “democracy” and “security.” And when almost the entire student body Their goal is to obscure the fact that the occupied Barton in 1969 to protest discirulers our troops sustain in return for plinary action against members of the military bases and mineral contracts Afro-American Society who had openly often dishonor our heritage by denying carried unloaded weapons on campus in freedom and democracy to their people, a protest, the claim that there was “no leading to the very attacks on us as the place for guns on a campus” was laughed “far enemy,” like 9/11, that make us less down when a speaker simply asked the secure. audience to turn and look at the training Is that an uncomfortable assertion? artillery arrayed around them. Well, how else would you describe our Those of us promoting a pro-democsupport today for Saudi Arabia, Uganda, racy U.S. foreign policy should take our Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq and Chad, and dur- lead from the Cornell ROTC strategy, ing the Cold War our support for gov- and engage in our own kind of commuernments in El Salvador, Sudan, South nity outreach, identifying and challengVietnam, Somalia and Liberia and rebels ing — policing, you might say — as I in Angola, Cambodia, Guatemala and have in this article the military propaganNicaragua? da we encounter in daily life. Our poster The ROTC poster shows pictures of might read: Global Peace Starts with the color guard at a Cornell football Community Police. See something? Do game, uniformed marchers in an Ithaca something. As Martin Luther King Jr. parade and students attending classes in said, the time is always right to do the their camouflage uniforms, cunningly right thing. blending into the foliage of the Arts Quad so they can take out unsuspecting academic malefactors. Rossiter ’73 Ph.D. ’83 is an alumnus from Without this steady flow of commu- Caleb the College of Human Ecology. Feedback may be nity outreach making the global role of sent to Guest Room runs our armed forces in maintaining cooper- periodically this semester.


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Aditi Bhowmick | Abtruse Musings

The Week That Was I

t is that time of year again when all of Cornell talks and thinks in Greek letters. There is certainly a science of structural organization involved in harmonizing this meticulous process called “Rush Week.” My career as an opinionated columnist started with a column about this bedlam we call recruitment week when I was experiencing it as a potential new member. This year, as I participate in recruitment from the other side of a sorority’s mystifying doors, I am realizing the indispensable nature of Greek life at Cornell (unfortunately for those who like to call it a glorified network of cults). I remember scoffing at the thought of getting bewitched by new girls I met and wanting to adopt them as little sisters instantaneously. I used to think magnetism between human beings primarily stemmed from underlying physical attraction. I was baffled when I learned that a conversation absolutely devoid of intoxication and with the sole goal of just getting to know about someone’s life could lead to friendship too. Every time I was talking to a potential new member, for once, I was not constantly thinking about myself or my seemingly impossible life. In an exacting atmosphere like at Cornell, it is rare to shift the focus from ourselves to someone else. We are all constant-

In an exacting atmosphere like at Cornell, it is rare to shift the focus from ourselves to someone else. ly tuned into our own lives and, as a result, tuned out to everyone else. When I trek to class each morning wading through the snow, it always feels like I am a solitary warrior. Collective pride and feeling accountable for each other is rare at a place like Cornell. But being incredible together instills a person with so much more confidence than being incredible alone. Last year, I wrote an article about how I transformed from a Greek life cynic to a Greek life advocate for everyone on campus from international students to those who do not typically consider themselves outgoing or social butterflies. For me, Greek Life has served as an automatic system which never lets me descend into complacency. When everyone around you is doing remarkable things with their lives, in the spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood, you can’t be the one to settle for average, for their sake and for your own. This year, as I go through recruitment week, I can feel another definitive transformation taking place. I never quite used to perceive sisterhood as a tangible thing, but I have come to realize that this tangibility is something that gets established with time. I am uncertain how often a girl just walks into a sorority and gets swept off her feet by an instant wave of sisterhood. It is the 48 hours we spend awake working to ensure our respective chapters reflect the excellence of each member. It is the spirit which motivates us to break a leg celebrating our sisterhood when our ankles have already been broken from wearing five-inch heels from dawn to dusk. It is the sudden appreciation of pathetic humor because sleeplessness just does that more often than not. I grew up as an only child with one cousin. Naturally, having older sisters in my sorority house to fill in the roles of troublesome siblings in my life is something I have cherished during this week. I spent these past few days eating, sleeping and breathing the letters I proudly represent. This pride, however, is not unwarranted. We have managed to make each other smile in the face of worst possible circumstances and my sisters have reminded us to not take these rare relationships for granted. I feel privileged to have been an indispensable part of so many lives within two years of going to University in a country that I had only heard of or read about before. I do not feel like a nervous international student anymore. I walk around Cornell and own the life I have come to live here. This renewed sense of confidence definitely has to do with the sisterhood I have been bestowed with. During the past two weeks, I discovered sisterhood is not an engineered myth. It has been established by the maxim that “from the outside looking in, you can never understand it and from the inside looking out, you can never explain it.” Aditi Bhowmick is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at Abstruse Musings appears alternate Mondays this semester.


Comment of the day “Bailey, are you going to specify what you mean by ‘expectations that account for the challenges these groups face?’ What are those expectations that ALANA shouldn’t be held to and what are the challenges that prohibit them from doing so? Oh yes, that’s right, you're just making this up as you go along because HEAVEN FORBID a cultural group be criticized in any way, shape or form. You’re trying to say that anything a cultural group does wrong isn’t wrong because we’re perceiving it as wrong and ‘we’ don’t understand. Do you see how absurd this is? By your logic, we will NEVER be able to criticize a cultural group. Thoughtcriminal Re: “DINEEN: Don’t Make an Exception for ALANA,” Opinion, published Dec. 5, 2013

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The Need for Putin’s Homophobia and 19th Century Russian Literature

ecently, educators and intellec- Diaz. Despite its rich legacy, some pletely. The importance of social contuals alike have lamented the courses taught under the same roof in tributions and past legacies do not shrinking focus on humanities recent years may puzzle most of these seem to be incorporated in the deciin higher learning. Much of this talk writers. sion-making process when the centers around the quantitative While Cornell’s English survey University eliminated the decline in the number of humanities course on Shakespeare had a meager Department of Education and graduates ivy towers produce with an 14 students enrolled last fall, newly demoted the Russian Department to envious glance over to the rising created courses on television scripts a subsidiary under Comparative prominence in STEM fields and job and hip-hop lyrics each filled 100-seat Literature — a disgraceful decision, training programs. auditoriums in spring. Another considering Vladimir Nabokov, the Cornell is, perhaps, the forerunner English course, Desire, which preeminent Russian-American author in this trend. For the first time in this explores human sexuality in deca- was a faculty member here at Cornell. University’s history, the College of dence with an in-class porn showing As of now, three Russian Literature Agriculture and Life Science’s admis- has also enjoyed robust enrollments courses have a combined enrollment sions were more selective for the over the years.Other humanities of fewer than 10 students while entering class of 2017 than the departments reflect the same trend. Human Bonding is completely full at College of Arts and Science’s, the col- While students’ interest in western 600 students. Does this mean the lege with the longest history and tra- music history is waning, another University should eliminate all of the dition. The statutory colleges with course in the music department about Russian courses and hire more social more pragmatic apscientists who study proach to education, human attraction in such as CALS and ILR, quantifiable, stratiDoes this mean the University should have experienced a drafied ways? Or should eliminate all of the Russian courses and professors create matic increase in the applicant volume by 20 more provocative, hire more social scientists who study percent just in the past attention grabbing admissions cycle. On the title as “Putin’s human attraction in quantifiable, other hand, the volume Homophobia and stratified ways? of applications for A&S 19th Century has stagnated. On a Russian Literature” national scale, the numinstead of just calling ber of students pursuing degrees in rock music draws in 200 students it “Gogol?” Cornell students are intelthe humanities has suffered, while the every year. ligent but as typical 20- and 21-yearnumber of students pursuing ecoThe birth of these new courses is olds, we lack discernment and persenomics degrees has exploded, accord- exciting and accommodating under- verance in our course selection. ing to The New York Times. graduates’ evolving interests is imporCornell professors need to step in The quantitative decline in tant. Our multifaceted postmodern and shouldn’t be afraid to tell underhumanities is disconcerting yet not society does require exposure to cul- graduates which class is edifying to unfounded, given the rising cost of tures outside that of the dead, white, our flesh and bones and which are tuition and the competitive job mar- seemingly heterosexual thinkers. Yet, fatty and should be consumed in ket. The battle is on two fronts, how- the extent to which these new, pseudo moderation. Justice Ruth Bader ever, and little attention has been intellectual courses overshadow and Ginsburg ’54 attributes Nabokov as placed on the qualitative shift within devour the very foundation of western having a profound influence on her as the humanities. canon should concern defenders of a writer. Cornell is at a junction where Cornell’s prominence in pure sci- humanities in its pure, classical sense. it must decide where its core identity ences and engineering has been wellOf course, the departments aren’t lies. Is this a place that will continue marketed and established, but con- solely responsible for marketing these to provide the humanities rigor suffitrary to many undergraduates’ obliv- courses. According to several faculty cient for producing the next Ginsburg ion, the humanities at Cornell are and staff members I talked to, it seems or will it be a networking ground for hidden jewels that ought to be exca- that the University administration future tech job hunters? vated by more students. The English applies steady pressure on each Department has a long legacy of dis- department to maintain a minimum tinction, from Nobel Laureate Pearl level of undergraduate enrollment, Don Oh is a senior in the College of Buck and Toni Morrison, as well as and if the expectation isn’t met, they Architecture, Art and Planning. He may be other transformative writers such as ruthlessly relegate departments to reached at Bi the Way E.B. White, Pynchon, Vonnegut and programs or disintegrate them com- appears alternate Mondays this semester.

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Side-by-Side-by-Siri Reviews of Her MARK DISTEFANO Sun Staff Writer

ZACHARY ZAHOS Sun Associate Managing Editor

Spike Jonze’s Her is a film that takes tremendous risks. Her speaks so plainly and openly about the state of It asks us to believe in a love that exists between a man and love today — in spite of its not-so-distant future setting the voice of his computer operating system; it aims for us — that it is next to impossible not to connect with it, in to be moved and enraptured, all the while keeping us a some way. Director-writer Spike Jonze wields sentimenhair’s breadth from a potentially creepy and off-putting tality to great effect, guaranteeing his viewers feel the scenario. This is not a movie for everyone — some will ‘feels’ through a whispered ukulele song or a swelling, find its romance pathetic — but those who are able to buy tearful break-up. You cannot deny Jonze’s ability to manipthe love story can fall instantly in love with “her” the character and Her the film. ulate his audience, no doubt, yet you can — or at least I will, here — question his technique For me, Spike Jonze’s lovely, futuristic tone poem is the best film of the year. Detractors have and the artistry of the final product. It is futile to criticize Her’s performances and emotionmade a mistake in thinking Her is a snarky commentary on man’s relationship with technoloal power, but that does not mean it is a very good film. gy — such an analysis barely scratches the surface of what Jonze is after. This is a beautifully Spike Jonze’s first solo screenplay effort features an enviable conceit — a lonely man falls rendered work of humanism, and it’s not a man-in-love-within love with Samantha, his hyper-intelligent, gregarious operating sysmachine parable. The romance is just a springboard for tem (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) — but forgoes almost any natuJonze to deliver a heartfelt meditation on the inherent ralism once someone speaks. The result gives us characters constantHer human desire to reach out and identify with another. It’s ly thematizing their lives rather than simply living them. A lot of Directed by Spike Jonze also really, really, funny. “What are these feelings I am feeling?” and not much feeling, you The movie’s main character is Theodore Twombly know? Theodore’s best friend, Amy (Amy Adams, in a real 180 from Starring Joaquin Phoenix (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer employed to dictate the American Hustle), only talks in tidy aphorisms about the nature of emotions of others into beautiful “handwritten” letters to love and desire, like in the trailer’s centerpiece: their loved ones. Theodore is a lost soul suffering after a “Falling in love is a crazy thing to do. It's like a PHOTOS COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. divorce from childhood friend Catherine (Rooney Mara) socially acceptable form of insanity.” Many cherish a and left with a forlorn desire to be excited about life good line like that, and I do not doubt it has already again. He buys OS1, the newest operating system, for his made the rounds on tumblr. For me and my cold, home computer, and after answering a few questions and dark heart, however, it’s just too on-the-nose to not deciding he would like his OS to have a female voice, he fidget in my chair and sigh. meets Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). The film’s constant broaching of subtext preIt soon becomes clear that Samantha isn’t Siri. She cludes any actual subtext from developing, and not names herself, expresses genuine concern for Theodore just in dialogue. Jonze has the annoying tendency to and possesses a deep curiosity about the world. interpolate flashbacks of Theodore’s failed marriage Johansson’s voice envelops the movie in a warmth that (Rooney Mara plays the ex-wife) throughout the instantly beguiles us. Her speech is always graceful, even first two-thirds of the film. These Instagram-filtered ethereal, whether she’s composing a lewd picture for snippets inject a liberal dose of preciousness, serving Theodore, sharing a joke or having a fight with him. As as heavy-handed exposition to remind you how Theodore, Phoenix cuts your heart in half in the perforsimultaneously perfect and awful his ex-wife was to mance of his career, eclipsing his work in last year’s The him. Jonze also seems adverse to the long take Master. His self-deprecating, lovable nature belies a (which Paul Thomas Anderson used to mesmerizing human being who longs to be as alive as he once was, as full of life as Samantha seems to be. effect when shooting Phoenix in The Master) and too often resorts to cliché in the editing. Save some high praise for Amy Adams in the potentially underrated part of Theodore’s best By the end of this story, I came away with the feeling that Jonze bungled the brilliant friend. As two kindred spirits going through divorce, Amy and Theodore’s reciprocal affection premise he had. Perhaps some sharper social commentary would have been in order. Jonze is the human link that challenges the movie’s bleak depiction of people’s inability to relate. sets up parallels between human bodies and commodities — as in, Theodore pays for While Samantha helps Theodore learn how, it’s Amy who represents his chance to reinvigorate Samantha, because she is a product. In turn, however, she puts emotional demands on the way he lives. In Jonze’s future, artificial intelligence may be more able than humans to exhibTheodore, as any girlfriend would, flesh or gigabyte. it love, but that may not be an entirely bad thing. Maybe it can help us shed our affectations For instance, when Samantha hires a human surrogate to realize the physical intimacy and bring us closer together. their sex life has been missing, the girl stays silent as she mouths Samantha’s words and kissJonze and D.P. Hoyte van Hoytema conjure up a Los Angeles of the future that is a feast for es Theodore. There is potential here for Jonze to comment on how, by fetishizing technolothe eyes, and Jonze emerges with a solo screenwriting debut as soulful and imaginative as anygy, we turn the body into a product. Or something like that. Jonze knows he sets up a pretthing Charlie Kaufman ever wrote. The editing makes brilliant use of visceral metaphors, from ty neat premise for this scene, yet he does not develop it into anything more. Theodore a hissing tea kettle, to swirling dust beside a bed, to a flurry of snow through a darkened forest. rebuffs the girl’s advances, she starts to cry and she leaves, though not before cherishing Other movies made my jaw drop or my heart jump in 2013 but I held my breath through this Theodore and Samantha’s relationship and lamenting her loneliness. one, wondering how Jonze could possibly be pulling it off, all the way through to the immacLike, is that it? Is the movie just people mulling over their relationship(s) out loud before ulate last shot. bursting into tears? Her makes for effective sentimental romance, with a couple interesting For all its uniqueness and daring, this film works in so many ways, any attempt to intellecquestions built into the logline, but I would not elevate it any more than that. To reach a tualize how it works is futile. It’s best that you just surrender yourself to its breathtaking vision. higher echelon, Jonze would have to embed larger questions into his script and direction and Jonze sees something miraculous in “her,” and if you can accept his foreign premise, you will trust that the situations and simple gestures within a scene speak for themselves. I would see a miracle in his movie. never call Her a bad film, but I have a lot of trouble calling it a great one. Mark DiStefano is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at

Zach Zahos is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at



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Arts Around Ithaca Doc Spots Series:

Venus in Fur

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

Opens Saturday at Kitchen Theatre

7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Cornell Cinema

Venus in Fur will start heating up the Kitchen on Saturday night, the opening night for the drama, in downtown Ithaca. A critic favorite on Broadway that earned its star, Nina Arianda, a number of awards for best actress, Venus in Fur, delves into the lives of Thomas Novacheck and Vanda von Duvayev. At an audition for the female role in a play, the chemistry between the two creates a feeling the Kitchen calls steamy, smart and provocative. Venus in Fur runs Wednesday through Sunday at the Kitchen Theatre until Feb. 8. — Arielle Cruz

Cornell Cinema will kick off the Doc Spots series with The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology on Thursday. The series includes eight thought provoking documentaries addressing issues untouched by mainstream media. Following her earlier perverts guide, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, Sophie Fiennes presents a film that analyzes cinema from a Freudian perspective, pointing out the way that the subconscious ideology of a society influences the creation of film as well as the way films are perceived. — Madeline Salinas


Cornell Free Comedy Weekend Stand-up: Friday at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. 24-Hour Sketch Fest: Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Risley Theatre

Risley Theatre hosts the 3rd annual Cornell Free Comedy Weekend starting Friday with two standup comedy performances from members of campus comedy groups. The performances are followed by a chance to work on a sketch with the comedians themselves. The Sketchfest gives participants 24 hours to create sketch comedy skits and present on Saturday night. Skip out on SNL this week and meet some of Cornell’s funniest, bonus — it’s all free. — Madeline Salinas


Why Are We Obsessed With Sherlock Holmes?


esterday, the BBC’s Sherlock returned for its third season. Or, it returned for its third season on this side of the pond. The Brits, apparently unaware that their stranglehold on international geopolitics slipped some 70 years ago, have held out from broadcasting the show abroad in an apparent attempt to assert their cultural superiority. The show’s triumphant comeback raises a question: Why are we so obsessed with Sherlock Holmes? The answer, my dear reader, is not elementary (ugh … I’m so, so sorry). To some, Sherlock is a victim of a larger trend in entertainment that favors appropriation of widely known characters and stories over the creation of wholly original works. From Baz Luhrmann’s sparkly, empty Gatsby, to J.J. Abrams’ series of Star Trek films, to all of those Romeo & Juliet adaptations at your local playhouse, old franchises and old ideas are being dredged up left and right, pulling in big sales but sacrificing originality in the process. As James Parker addresses in The New York Times, there is a commercial factor to the culture industry’s “built-in timidity”: globally-recognized brands that draw viewers are simply more lucrative than those that don’t. Parker also notes that alongside this commercial reality exists a thoroughly modern


conundrum — the more art we make, the further we stray into the derivative. Parker’s arguments, though valid, don’t fully explain Sherlock’s popularity. If we are in a so-called “golden age of television” — a sentiment that is deeply flawed but rightly appreciative of the quality of original content — is the resurgence of classic characters only motivated by commercial incentive and creative desperation? If greed, a lack of creativity or Benedict Cumberbatch’s good looks don’t hold the key to Sherlock’s continuing popularity, what does?

Sam Bromer There’s No Place Like Brome On the one hand, Sherlock is completely unrelatable to the modern viewer. Cold, acerbic and disdainful, he seems, more so than most clichéd antiheroes, to betray further inspection. He is an uncrackable case. Though we cannot pretend to really know Sherlock the man, one can relate to his principles. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in an era that proclaimed the triumph of the rational over the absurd or illogical, Holmes continues to

gain our admiration as an embodiment of that pursuit. Hyper-perceptive, highly judicious and always two steps ahead, he is almost superhuman. He is the endpoint of our intellectual endeavors but shuns most intellectual pursuits, believing them to be little more than a distraction. Both in his abilities and his singleminded approach, then, he represents a rational ideal that is beyond our reach, but to which we nevertheless strive. Fundamental ambiguity stands forcefully over much of our waking lives. Our fear of the unknown — or worse, the mundane — seems to drive us toward Sherlock as a character, and Sherlock as a BBC television series. Not all adaptations satisfy this longing equally. In recent times, Guy Ritchie’s heavy-handed approach has missed the mark entirely, while Elementary dumbs down the character and condescends to the audience, betraying the basic premise of Doyle’s stories in the process. Here is where Moffatt’s Sherlock succeeds: Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is unreachable, but he is admirable and, at his best, intensely likeable. We want him to succeed, even if we don’t understand what success really means to him. In short,


Cumberbatch as Sherlock works because he is a tribute to the rational, unclouded by clichés or cheap callbacks to the source work. Adaptations are not created equal. While some may be the result of a lack of creative integrity or commercial considerations, others are genuine in their treatment of characters which, despite their widespread adoption, deserve further exploration. It is rare for a character to be as relevant and universally adored as Sherlock, and even more rare for said character to be so enigmatic. Let’s just hope Sherlock continues to charm, to inspire and to confound. Sam Bromer is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at There’s No Place Like Brome runs alternate Mondays this semester.

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Denver Clinches AFC Title Game DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning had an answer for everyone. What’s new? For Tom Brady. For the New England defense. For anyone who thought he couldn’t win the big one. Manning is taking the Denver Broncos on a trip to New York for the Super Bowl after another of his impeccably crafted victories — this time, a 26-16 win over the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC title game. Less than three years after being unable to throw a football because of his surgically ravaged neck and nerve endings, Manning will get a chance for his second ring. He’ll try to become the first quarterback to win one with two different teams, at the Meadowlands on Feb. 2 against Seattle or San Francisco, who play later Sunday for the NFC championship. “It’s very rewarding when you put a lot of hard work into the offseason and the regular season and it pays dividends with a huge win,” Manning said. After taking the final knee, Manning stuffed the football in his helmet and ran to the 30yard line to shake hands with Brady. The Indy-turned-Denver quarterback improved to 5-10 lifetime against New England’s QB but 2-1 in AFC title games. “Great team, great coach, great quarterback, great players,” Manning said of the Patriots, who fell a win short of the Super Bowl for the second straight year. “It feels great to get this win.” Though Manning threw for 400 yards, it was far from a fireworks show in this, the 15th installment of the NFL’s two best quarterbacks of their generation. Manning set up four field goals by Matt Prater and put his stamp on this one with a pair of long, meticulous and mistakefree touchdown drives in which nothing came cheap. He geared down the no-huddle, hurry-up offense that helped him set records for touchdown passes and yardage this season and made the Broncos the highest-scoring team in history. The result: A pair of scoring drives that lasted a few seconds over seven minutes; they were the two longest, time-wise, of the season for the Broncos (15-3). Manning capped the second with a 3-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas — who got inside the overmatched Alfonzo Dennard and left his feet to make the catch — for a 20-3 lead midway through the third quarter. From there, it was catch-up time for Brady and the Pats (135), and they are not built for that. A team that averaged more than 200 yards on the ground the last three games didn’t have much quick-strike capability. Brady, who threw for most of his 277 yards in comeback mode, actually led the Patriots to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. But they were a pair of time-consuming, 80-

yard drives. The second cut the deficit to 26-16 with 3:07 left, but the Broncos stopped Shane Vereen on the 2-point conversion and the celebration was on in Denver. The trip to New York, where it figures to be at least a tad cooler than Sunday’s 63-degree reading at kickoff, will come 15 years after John Elway rode off into the sunset with his second straight Super Bowl victory. The Broncos have had one close call since — when they lost at home to Pittsburgh in the 2005 title game — but what it really took was Elway’s return to the franchise in 2011. He slammed the door on the Tim Tebow experiment and signed Manning to a contract, knowing there were risks involved in bringing to town a thirtysomething quarterback coming off multiple operations to resurrect his career. Even without Von Miller on the field, Elway put enough pieces in place around Manning to contend for a championship. “It’s been a terrific group,” Elway said as he hoisted the AFC championship trophy. “They worked their tail off all year.” Manning knows how to make the most of all those options he’s been handed. This game started getting out of hand at about the same time Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib went out with a knee injury. Nobody else could cover Thomas and Manning, who finds mismatches even under the toughest of circumstances, found this one quickly. Thomas finished with seven catches for 134 yards, including receptions of 26 and 27 yards that set up a field goal for a 133 lead before the half. Not a bad day for a player who tweaked his knee last week and was limited in practice Friday. “I told myself, ‘I’m going to put it all out there on the field,’” Thomas said. “It’s one more game to get to the Super Bowl. Time to do it for the older guys on team.” Of course, that includes the 37-year-old Manning, but also 35-year-old Champ Bailey, whose injury filled season will end with his first trip to the Super Bowl. Leading 13-3, Denver got the ball to start the third quarter — working the plan to perfection after winning the coin toss and deferring the choice — and Manning hit Thomas for 15 and 4 yards as part of the 80-yard, 7:08 touchdown drive that gave Denver the 17-point lead. The thought this week was that the Patriots were playing with house money, having well exceeded expectations for a team that lost a number of stars — Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski — and has been plagued by injuries all year. But a loss is a loss and facts are facts. Bill Belichick is stuck on three titles and hasn’t won one since the NFL busted him for the Spygate videotaping scandal.


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to Lynah, the Red played host to the Russian Red Stars, an all-star junior hockey team. “It’s weird; I think it’s the first time we’ve had an exhibition game midseason in a long, long time, but it gives some of those guys a chance to get in and play and a chance to evaluate them,” Schafer said. One of those players was freshman forward Matt Buckles, who scored once in the first period and again in the second as the Red skated to a comfortable 6-0 victory over the Red Stars. “Offensively, he’s got a real good shot,” Schafer said of Buckles. “A lot of times he doesn’t make many mistakes when he’s around the net; he had that ability to score goals in junior hockey. It’s been a bit of a process, but he’s bought into playing physical on our hockey team, he’s done a good job of learning to be accountable within his systems.” With starting forward McCarron taking a breather, Buckles seized the opportunity to play on the front line. “I just tried to keep it simple ... playing with two really good players out there in [junior forwards] Bardreau and Lowry,”

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Buckles said. “I just tried to get shots on the net and keep my game simple: just go to the net.” The party at Lynah did not last long, however. A compressor failure the following weekend cancelled a planned contest against Massachusetts (6-15-3, 2-7-2 Hockey East) “Everybody was disappointed about not playing,” Esposito, who also nabbed a goal in the Red Stars game, said. “The team was anxious to get a game under their belt.” The rare cancellation gave the Red fourteen days without an on-ice opponent prior to this past weekend’s opening face-off against Harvard. Junior defenseman Joakim Ryan did not appear to have much rust, feeding to junior forward Madison Dias for a shorthanded goal from the right hand side 6:22 into the first before later dumping off to sophomore forward Christian Hilbrich, who juked left-toright to evade a Harvard defender, sneaking the puck into the right side for a 2-0 lead. The Crimson stormed back in the second period, including a shorthanded goal that knotted the game at two apiece. In the period’s final minute, Hilbrich fed senior forward Dustin Mowrey from behind the net, who scored on a high shot to retake the lead. The

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Fighting forward | Junior defensemen Joakim Ryan helped out the Red with two assists to snatch the 3-2 win from the Crimson.

Crimson outshot the Red in the third period, but Iles kept all eleven Harvard shots in front of him to preserve the 3-2 final. Mowrey kept the ball rolling the following night with another goal in the opening minutes against Dartmouth, but the Green responded with a own rebound goal of its own in the second period. The Red’s offense was stymied for the remainder of the game, and the current cellar dweller of the ECAC was able to escape from Lynah with a tie. Despite the missed opportunity, the Red still boasts a 7-13 record in the past eleven games.

What will the Red’s focus be heading into the bramble of ECAC competition? “Just everything,” Schafer said. Buckles added that consistency will be key to success in future games. “I think we’ve just got to develop more consistency every single game, and I think we’ve been doing that,” Buckles said. “We’ve been working really hard in practice and developed some good habits.” Chris Mlls can be reached at

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the arc. While Cornell is last in the Ivy League in three-point percentage, it has the third most attempts in the league with 347. According to Cressler, improving in that regard comes down to repetition. “We know threes are a big part of our game, so some guys have been coming into the gym on their own to get up extra shots,” he said. “There’s no secret recipe for making shots, so we know that if we put the work in that the shots will fall.” As a sophomore asked to take on a large portion of the scoring for the Red, Cressler has seen a significant spike in his minutes played and field goals attempted. He leads the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game and is second in the conference in that category. According to Cressler, though, he CONNOR ARCHARD / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Lone goal | The Red’s offense was stifled for most of the contest against Harvard on Saturday in a 3-1 loss. Sophomore forward Anna Zorn scored the only goal for Cornell off a deflection of a shot by sophomore defenseman Cassandra Poudrier.


Red Fires 31 Shots on Net, But Crimson Escapes Lynah With Win By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

After defeating Dartmouth, 3-0, on Friday, the Red could not repeat its success the following day at Lynah, dropping its first conference game of the season to Harvard, 3-1. The Crimson struck first eight minutes into the opening period with a goal by Miye D’Oench. The Red’s offense remained quiet for most of the period, but less than two minutes before the break, sophomore forward Anna Zorn found the back of the net. Sophomore forward Jess Brown passed the puck back to sophomore defenseman Cassandra Poudrier, who took a shot on net that Zorn was able to redirect into the goal. It was Zorn’s third goal of the season. Tied heading into the second period, the Red needed a spark to carry it to its second conference win in as many days. But the Crimson squandered those hopes with its stifling defense. The Red had 12 shots on goal in the second period compared to Harvard’s six, but Cornell came

up empty-handed. Marissa Gedman scored the Crimson’s second goal 14 minutes into the second period. The final period told a similar story for the Red. The squad had 13 more shots on goal, but still was unable to connect. Harvard, on the other hand, once again had six shots on goal and found the back of the net one time, effectively putting Cornell away. The Crimson’s goalie Emerance Maschmeyer was the story of the net, shutting the Red out in the final two periods and recording 30 saves in the game. The Red was more successful on Friday night, though, shutting out the struggling Green while pouring on 38 shots. Taylor Woods scored twice for the Red and Brown chipped in with a goal as well. Cornell will go back on the road next weekend with back-to-back conference matchups against St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Clarkson comes in one game behind the Red in the loss column. Scott Chiusano can be reached at

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match, however, we were dominant right from the beginning. I don’t remember the last time we beat Harvard by such a great margin.” Before defeating Harvard on Saturday, the Red had some success in its matchups over the break. The squad kicked off the New Year with a road trip to Chattanooga, Tenn. for the Southern Scuffle. Cornell finished fourth in a field of 35 teams, behind Penn State, Oklahoma State and Minnesota. The highlight of the tournament, though, was freshman Gabe Dean, who sent shockwaves through the wrestling nation when he defeated Penn State’s Ed Ruth with a 7-4 decision. Ruth, a two-time defending national champion, had an 84-match win streak dating back to 2011. Dean snapped that streak in a shock-

ing upset, handing Ruth, a senior, matchup. The Red rode the momentum of just the third loss of his career. “It was amazing to watch Gabe the Southern Scuffle victory into its out at the Scuffle,” Nevinger said. dual with Lehigh, defeating the Mountain Hawks, “We obviously 33-7. knew he was a “We have always great wrestler, “The whole arena was in had a rivalry with but for him to Lehigh in wrestling go out there shock after [Gabe’s] win in and it was one of and beat one of the finals; it was an the most dominatthe best college awesome experience” ing wins we have wrestlers, as a ever had against freshman, was Mike Nevinger them,” Nevinger crazy. The said. “As a team we whole arena was were pretty offenin shock after his win in the finals; it was an awe- sive and really controlled most of the wrestling.” some experience.” The Red will continue conference Dean’s fellow classmate Dylan Palacio, rounded out the dominance play on Saturday against Brown, of the freshmen class with a pair of looking for its second Ivy win as the victories over Ohio’s Harrison Bears visit Friedman. Hightower and Navy’s Peyton Walsh. Villalonga also defeated Penn State’s Scott Chiusano can be reached at Zach Beitz in a quarterfinal

“We know threes are a big part of our game, so some guys have been coming into the gym on their own to get up extra shots ” Nolan Cressler does not feel any additional pressure from the increased role in the offense. “We have a lot of talented guys on this team who can show up and play well on any given night,” he said. “Which is good because if they are being aggressive, it opens up looks for me, and if I am being aggressive, it opens up looks for them.” According to Courtney, Cressler’s performance this season is a sign of good things to come. “He’s had very few downs and a lot of ups this year,” Courtney said. “His consistency has been a terrific force and we’re hoping he’ll continue that and even take another step.” While the Red’s shooting percentage took a step forward against Oberlin, the squad was unable to repeat it on Saturday against Columbia in a 71-61 loss. With a clean slate at the start of Ivy League play, the Red headed to New York, trying to start a winning streak. The 12-6 Lions jumped out to a seven-point lead less than eight minutes into the game, but the Red did not fold. With two minutes left in the first half, senior guard Jake Matthews nailed a three to tie the score at 24. At the break, the Lions led 2926. Columbia went on a 9-2 run to open the second half and was ahead by seventeen with less than four minutes to go. However, the Red clawed its way back once again, and with a minute thirty left, a jumper by Cressler cut Columbia’s lead to single digits. Columbia missed some key free throws down the stretch that gave the Red a fighting chance, but missed threes on consecutive possessions by Cherry and freshman guard Darryl Smith sealed the deal for the Red. Cornell shot a disappointing 28 percent from beyond the arc, but it held Columbia — the conference’s top team in three-point percentage — to just 29 percent. The Red also forced the Lions to turn the ball over 12 times. According to Courtney, this is an area his team has progressed. “I think our group has really shown some signs of improvement, in particular on the defensive end,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll shoot the ball a little bit better.” The Red will look for revenge against Columbia next weekend on its home court. With only Ivy League games left in the season, Courtney said he hopes the steps his team has made over the last few weeks of practice will translate into some conference wins. “I really hope we show the improvement on the court because our guys deserve it because they work that hard, and I’m just looking forward to playing the Ivy League season,” he said. Scott Chiusano can be reached at

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Princeton Leads Pack, Continues Dominance I vy League play is underway for the women, as every team in the conference has now had its first Ancient Eight matchup. Cornell and Columbia rounded out the first round of Ivy games, with the Red falling, 71-64, after a late game comeback came up short. Yale defeated Brown handily the day before with a 70-53 victory. The weekend before, Harvard and Dartmouth squared off in a tightly contested game in which Harvard was able to pull away for the 73-63 victory. Reigning Ivy League champion Princeton proved that it has not taken any steps backwards from its dominant 201213 season. The Tigers trampled Penn, 84-53, exploding for 46 points in the second half. Blake Dietrick and Kristen Helmstetter led the pack with 16 and 17 points respectively. Dietrick also pulled in ten rebounds for a double-double. Eleven different players scored for the Tigers in a balanced effort that displayed Princeton’s depth, an important factor in the Ivy League. — Compiled by Scott Chiusano


Stiff competition | The Red fell to Columbia this weekend, while Yale defeated Brown. Princeton remains at the top of the conference.

Penn Squeaks Out Three-Point Win Over Princeton


our teams on the men’s side had their first Ivy League contests this weekend, with Cornell falling to Columbia and Yale defeating Brown, 74-67. The weekend before, Princeton and Penn battled in a back-and-forth affair, with the Quakers coming out on

top, 77-74. The Tigers had five players in double figures, but made a crucial turnover in the final seconds, handing Penn the upset victory. Harvard defeated Dartmouth handily, 61-45. Tommy Amaker’s squad has continued to impress, with its only two losses coming from

formerly nationally-ranked teams in Colorado and Connecticut. The Crimson lost both games by single digits and proved its ability to keep up with top Division I competition. Brandyn Curry, returning from a year away from the team, put up an impressive stat line

against Dartmuth with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Crimson awaits the return of leading scorer Wesley Saunders, who is out with a knee injury. — Compiled by Scott Chiusano


The Ivy circle | Two pairs of Ivy teams faced off this weekend, while the other two played nonconference opponents.

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IcersTop Harvard,Tie Dartmouth By CHRIS MILLS

when asked about Ferlin, who is among the country’s top power play goal-scorers with five this season. “We always talk about putting pucks on the net — [it’s] always a good thing. In a three-week period marked by a mechanical failure, a ... He’s starting to get more and more confident all the time. pair of overtimes and a shutout performance against a visitor He’s starting to mature as a hockey player, so it’s good to see.” from halfway across the world, Cornell emerged from the In a rematch of the 2012 Florida Classic finals, the Red break with a 3-0-2 record and a tournaput away New Hampshire with a 4-2 final ment title. before battling Maine (11-8-3, 5-3-2 CORNELL @ HARVARD The Red (9-4-4, 5-3-3 ECAC) snagged Hockey East), which held a 10-1-0 record a 3-2 win on the road against Harvard (53 2 on home or neutral ice heading into the 10-3, 2-8-3) and tied at Dartmouth (3- Game: 1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL game. Sophomore forward Christian 13-3, 2-9-1), 1-1, this past weekend to Cornell Hilbrich cut a 1-0 deficit against the Black 1 0 3 2 remain fifth in the conference standings. Harvard 0 Bears with a shot that rebounded off the 2 0 2 The pair of contests marked an end to the goalie’s glove and a Maine defenseman 5:35 team’s short stretch of non-ECAC games into the third period. The tiebreak for the that began December 28 at the Florida Ned Harkness Cup came via shootout, CORNELL @ DARTMOUTH College Hockey Classic. which featured opening scores by Maine’s 1 1 Devin Shore and Cornell’s freshman After finishing second in last season’s 1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL defenseman Patrick McCarron. The Red Classic, New Hampshire (13-12-1, 5-5-0 Game: 0 0 1 1 Hockey East) greeted the Red for the tour- Cornell and the Black Bears dueled back-and-forth 1 0 1 nament’s opening round. A quick score for Dartmouth 0 for a series of misses before senior forward the Wildcats less than five minutes into Rodger Craig finally found pay dirt for the the game put the icers on alert. Captain and junior forward Red in the ninth round of the shootout, giving his team its John McCarron responded with a pass from the right wing first celebration in the Sunshine State since its 2008 Florida to junior forward Joel Lowry in the circle, who passed back Classic victory. to McCarron for a backhand goal to tie the game up at the “The guys felt it was a win long deserved,” said senior 11:03 mark in the first period. From there, Cornell pulled defenseman Craig Esposito. “Everybody was excited and I away with a series of goals punctuated by junior forward and felt like it was a win that would get the second half of the seaFlorida native Brian Ferlin’s power play rebound that gave son rolling strong.” the Red a decisive 3-1 advantage heading into the third periFive days later, kicking off a new calendar year and return od. See M. HOCKEY page 17 “He’s really important,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86 Sun Staff Writer


Getting even | Junior forward and captain John McCarron helped the Red to a win over New Hampshire in the first round of the Florida College Hockey Classic.


Struggling Red Finds First Win, Falls to Columbia in League Play By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Asisstant Sports Editor

A season that has gotten off to a disappointing start for the men’s basketball team saw its first bright spot with a win over Oberlin College last Saturday. After a drought of 19 straight losses from the end of the 2012-13 schedule into this year’s, the Red can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the burden of a zero in the win column has finally been lifted.


Triple threat | Junior guard Devin Cherry led the way against Columbia with 16 points.

“Obviously it’s not been a great season for us so far,” said head coach Bill Courtney in a midseason teleconference. “We’ve had our ups and downs, mostly downs at the moment … we haven’t shot the ball particularly well, we didn’t guard well early in the season, and we turned the basketball over a little too much.” However, the Red took advantage of a home matchup against a struggling Oberlin team, giving itself a much-needed confidence boost. Cornell shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, more than doubling its three-point percentage from the loss to St. Bonaventure the weekend before. Junior Ned Tomic led the way with a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds. “It feels good. We just wanted to get that first win out of the way,” said sophomore guard Nolan Cressler. “Although it happened much later than we wanted to, it was good to get it out of the way before Ivy play.” Cressler had 12 points on five-of-nine shooting in the game, and junior guard and captain Devin Cherry dished out a teamhigh seven assists. “No matter what the win is, getting a win gives a little more pep in your step, makes the guys a little more lively the next practice and gets them to understanding that if we do things correctly, we can win basketball games,” Courtney said. A team that relies heavily on the threes that open up off penetration in the paint, the Red has seen its numbers drop in that category this season. In two losses over break, against Stonybrook and St. Bonaventure, the Red shot less than 25 percent from beyond See M. B-BALL page 18


Subs in | Senior Mike Nevinger said it was important to see wrestlers who do not normally start fill in against Harvard this weekend.


Wrestlers Dominate Crimson By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

On a day when four nationally ranked starters sat out for the wrestling team, the Red was still able to come away with a decisive 33-6 victory over the Harvard Crimson. Saturday’s dominating performance gave Cornell its 59th consecutive win in Ivy League duals, and helped the squad’s overall record remain unblemished at 5-0. With sophomore Nahshon Garrett, freshman Mark Grey, senior Chris Villalonga and freshman Brian Realbuto all on the sidelines, the Red put its depth on display, opening up opportunities for some other wrestlers to shine. “We had quite a few guys out because they were a little banged up, but the guys filling in for them really stepped it up,” said senior Mike Nevinger.

Senior Conner David took over for Villalonga in the 149 pounds match, winning by major decision over Harvard’s Nicholas Stager. “I enjoyed seeing some of the guys who don’t get to start all of the time get their chance to go out there and wrestle,” Nevinger said. “Conner David came out and got the major decision, as well as Taylor Simaz getting a win of his own.” Simaz won by decision over Harvard’s Tyler Grimaldi, a former New York State champ. Harvard is 2-3 so far this season, but according to Nevinger, duals with the Crimson are usually more tightly contested. Last season the Red came away with a 24-15 victory. “Usually our matches with Harvard are quite close and come down to the end,” he said. “This See WRESTLING page 18

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