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C.U.Defends Medical Amnesty

Univ.official:TEP’s call for help did not cause it to lose recognition By ELIZA LAJOIE

But one TEP brother –– who spoke to The Sun on the condition of anonymity –– stressed the disbanded chapter’s commitment to seeking medical After Cornell revoked its recognition of the Tau help in emergencies no matter the potential discipliEpsilon Phi fraternity this month in the wake of alco- nary consequences. hol-related hazing allegations, a University official “From my perspective, there shouldn’t be any disstressed the importance of taking advantage of Cornell’s incentive for calling 911, within or outside the medical amnesty policy in emergency situations. Greek system,” he said. “I can say definitively that In October, two of the fraternity’s pledges were there's never been a doubt in any TEP brother's hospitalized after members of the fraternity called for mind that you should always call 911.” emergency services in relation to an alcohol-related Still, the brother said he feels student safety could hazing incident. Though the medical amnesty policy be improved if the University’s policy were to cover protects organizaall medical emertions and individu“The reason we have to close [the gencies, including als from judicial those related to hazfraternity] is that they hazed their ing. consequences if they call 911 in an emer“There’s no way new members. They put their new gency medical situaof ignoring the fact members’ lives at risk.” tion involving alcothat there is still hol or drugs, it does pledging and hazing Travis Apgar not apply to … Even when there instances of hazing, is this culture according to Travis Apgar, associate dean of students change, there should still be this idea that the human for fraternity and sorority affairs. life is of the utmost importance and there just shouldApgar said that, while TEP called for emergency n’t be any reason not to call,” he said. medical help after the October incident, its loss of But Apgar said the incident alone did not result recognition was not related to alcohol consumption, in TEP’s loss of recognition. The decision to remove but rather to reports of hazing at the incident that the fraternity from campus was reached after the surfaced several days later, as well as a history of sim- University received first- and second-hand reports, ilar violations. complaints filed online and police reports indicating “The reason we have to close [the fraternity] is that hazing had occurred. that they hazed their new members. They put their “[The allegations of hazing] would have come to new members’ lives at risk,” Apgar said. us one way or another,” Apgar said. “Furthermore, this is an organization in particular Despite the lack of applicability of amnesty, that has a history of hazing, a history of alcohol- Apgar applauded TEP’s decision to call for assisrelated violations … Even if we were to have applied tance, stressing that its call for help was not the reaamnesty in this case, we would have ended up with See AMNESTY page 4 this same result.”

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‘Downtown renaissance’ | The City of Ithaca recieved a $1.8-million grant to improve the Commons (pictured above).

Commons Project Receives $1.8M By TYLER ALICEA Sun Staff Writer

The City of Ithaca received a $1.8-million state grant last month that will be used alongside federal funds to revitalize downtown Ithaca in what Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, called a “very sub-

stantial downtown renaissance.” The grant was awarded by the state of New York to enhance economic development downtown, according to Mayor Svante Myrick ’09. The redesign of the Commons will improve aesthetics See COMMONS page 4

Power Outage Stymies Some Students’ Studying Cornell experienced a brief “campus-wide power outage” Wednesday, according to a University-wide email sent at 10:45 p.m. that evening. The email said outage resulted from “loss of steam” in a central heating plant. Power was restored by 11:05 p.m., according to another email sent by the University Wednesday night. Some students said their studying was interrupted when they found themselves without power. Kendra Hayes ’15 said the power outage generated “a lot of noise” from confused students who took to the hallways in her dormitory in Sheldon Court. “Some of my friends were reading, so [the lack of light] created some issues,” Hayes added. Still, others were undeterred by the loss of light, according to Katy Reines ’14, who was studying in Duffield Hall when the building lost power for about 20 minutes. “Everyone was very chill and just kept working like nothing happened,” Reines said. Reines said that although fire alarms blared in Duffield for several minutes, the noise “didn’t seem to deter anyone.” “I guess everyone’s just as behind with work as me,” she said. –– Compiled by Kerry Close and Jinjoo Lee

Vigil Honors Rape Victim By ALEXA DAVIS Sun Staff Writer

While throngs of protesters gathered around India’s parliament in protest of the fatal gang rape of a 23year-old female student, a group of 70 students, faculty and local residents met in Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday to commemorate the death and raise awareness of sexual violence against women.

On Dec. 16, 2012, a female student was violently raped by a group of six men on a moving public bus in New Delhi, according to The New York Times. The victim later died from internal injuries caused by the attack. The men, if found guilty, could face the death penalty, The Times reported. The attack has sparked a debate about the treatment of

women and the legal penalties of sexual assault in India, where, according to The Times, rape is common and conviction rates for the crime are low. The vigil began with the singing of “We Shall Overcome” and a Hindi prayer song called “Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum,” which was sung by mourners holding glow sticks in See VIGIL page 4

News Community Love

Black and Latino male students gathered for the first town hall meeting of its kind to discuss what it means to be a community. | Page 3

Opinion Defending Divestment

Katerina Athanasiou ’13 explains her belief that the University should divest from fossil fuels. | Page 9

Dining Vegan Discoveries

Austin Buben ’14 shares his rather pleasant experience testing different vegan dishes in Ithaca area restaurants. | Page 10

Sports Splash

Cornell’s swimming and diving teams will travel to Brown to finish off the regular season. | Page 20


Weather Sharing stories | Students, faculty and local residents gathered in Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday in a vigil for a rape victim in India.

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First Town Hall Meeting Encourages Solidarity Black,Latino men discuss common challenges By NOAH RANKIN Sun Staff Writer

About 50 black and Latino male students gathered in the Physical Sciences Building Tuesday in the first of a series of town hall meetings that will discuss commonalities in the college experience for these groups, according to Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean of students and director of intercultural programs. Alexander, who planned and moderated the meeting said the first town hall was dedicated to black and Latino men because compared to other minority groups, students of these demographics have experienced some of the lowest sixyear graduation rates. Seventy-five percent of African American male students graduate within six years, while 87 percent of Latino American male students graduate within six years, according to the 2010 Undergraduate Graduation Rate Report. Alexander said that the meeting was “a climate check” designed to create an environment of support and community focusing as much on the academic relm as on life outside the classroom. “We have to look at students holistically,” she said. “The untold story is that a lot of black guys graduate and do very, very well,” she said. “One of the problems with underrepresented minorities in general is we are often viewed through the lens of the deficit model. We need to take a look at ... what is it about this 75 percent? What other factors are in play here? The University is just planning to do that.”

Alexander also said that it was important for her to hear the perspectives of black and Latino communities on their the similarities and differences. “On the surface, black and Latino students get along, but there are some cultural differences in these communities and they’re not always as homogenous as you may think that they are,” Alexander said. The discussion revealed several issues that resonated with many attendees. Several students said they felt that they had been perceived as products of affirmative action at Cornell, especially during their freshman year. “I could walk down the hallway ... in [the School of Industrial and Labor Relations], and think that people think I’m not as adequate because of affirmative action,” Iheatu Kanu ‘13 said. “During freshman year, I know that that was a big thing that affected me.” When Alexander asked if anyone had ever been the only non-white person in a classroom, almost everyone raised their hands. Still, many attendees agreed that it can be difficult to be the only minority student in certain academic settings, Kamaal Jones ’13 said he felt that he had to be a representative in his classes. “I feel like I can’t be the guy slacking off in class,” Jones said. “If I’m slacking off, that means black people are slacking off. I’m representing a whole group, not just myself.” Chavez Carter grad, president of the Black Graduate Professional and Student Association also said that many of his peers expect black or Latino students to


Forging connections | Black and Latino men meet in the Physical Sciences Building Tuesday to participate in a town hall meeting that encouraged communication between the groups.

comment on racial issues, or clarify facts be willing to take it to the next level and step out of our comfort student. To solve relating to black or Latino culture. “Why should underrepresented stu- any problem, all parties have to do their dents have the burden of diversifying share.” Although black students comprise a everyone else?” Carter said. “From a scientific perspective, that doesn’t make “One of the problems with underrepresented sense. It should be the other way minorities in general is we are often viewed around. It would be through the lens of the deficit model.” more effective that this message not only come from the Renee Alexander ’74 people it’s afflicting, but that these programs would be initiated by the over- small percentage of the student body, Kennedy Ogoye ’12 said that he does all community from the central body.” Attendees also discussed the benefits not see himself as the minority, but of becoming predomidantly white orga- instead, “as 100 percent.” “I represent the five percent, but I’m nizations on campus. Juan Carlos Toledo ’13, who is also a sports writer for The here. I can do anything that I want to Sun, said that he feels Cornell offers do, and that adds up. When you start many opportunities to explore different looking at it as five percent, you’re already belittling yourself. You’re saying, communities. “How many of us, in reality, are from ‘I’m a minority” he said. communities as diverse as Cornell?” Toledo said. “When we first get here as freshmen, we really have to find our Noah Rankin can be reached at niche, find our comfort zone. But then,

Conference to Tackle Sexual Issues

Getting technical

Organizers hope event will raise awareness of child exploitation


Joyce Muchan, the conference Upstate New York] certainly will focus specifically on rural validated why we need to do it.” Muchan said the conference areas, where there is not only Students Against the Sexual less awareness of, but also an is part of a series of campus Solicitation of Youth — a stu- increase in, CSEC cases. In events co-sponsored by SASSY dent group dedicated to raising rural Oneida County, N.Y., for and GEMS during the past sevawareness of the commercial example, nine people were eral years. For instance, last sexual exploitation of children arrested in November 2012 for year, Rachel Lloyd, founder and — will co-host a conference on their involvement in a sex traf- CEO of GEMS and a survivor the issuesin rural areas of the ficking ring, according to the of commercial sexual exploitaCentral New York tion, came to Cornell to give a reading of her novel, “Girls Like News. “SASSY has been a terrific Although the Us” — an event that drew more conference was than 400 Cornellians and memadvocate and ally in the fight to planned before bers of the Ithaca community, end CSEC.” November 2012, according to Muchan. According to Deanna Green, Muchan said that Deanna Green the recent events traning and technical manager in Oneida County at GEMS, working with SASSY United States at Cornell in triggered a stronger urgency for has allowed the organization to April. share information about CSEC the conference. The day-long event will “The conference is a way to with a wider audience. include an educational work- bring visibility to the issue,” "GEMS is excited to have an shop led by SASSY on how to Muchan said, “I’m pretty sure opportunity to train and edudevelop a sustainable, student- that there hasn’t run CSEC awareness group. been anything of “The conference is a way to bring The Girls Educational & this scope of visibility to the issue.” Mentoring Services, a national bringing all of organization that works with the rural schools Joyce Muchan victims of CSEC, which is co- together because hosting the conference with it’s usually the SASSY, will also provide techni- conferences that cal training that will inform are focusing on urban areas cate Upstate colleges and uniparticipants about CSEC, because the issue of CSEC has a versities about the commercial according to Cate Vavrinak ’14, more intensified visibility in sexual exploitation and domesSASSY liaison to GEMS and urban areas. ... We were already tic trafficking of young people. conference coordinator. planning to [hold the confer- SASSY has been a terrific advoAccording to SASSY advisor ence] but [recent events in cate and ally in the fight to end

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Students visit booths at the Engineering and Technical Startup Career Fair on Wednesday.

CSEC,” Green said. “This training is sure to make a significant impact on GEMS' efforts to spread awareness nationwide.” Muchan said she hopes the conference will be a meaningful experience for the students who attend.

“One of my goals also [with this conference] was to see what students from other places then do with the information that they’re given,” Muchan said. Sarah Sassoon can be reached at

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Speakers ‘Break the Silence’ Commons,TCAT Will Vigil for rape victim in India protests against rape culture VIGIL

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candles, which protesters have used to illuminate India over the past two weeks. The event continued with speeches and poetry readings from students and staff, who urged the audience to “break the silence” and “take a stand against rape culture.” Several people in attendance were so moved by that night’s proceedings that they spontaneously shared their thoughts with the audience. Bani Subramanian, a visiting research fellow from Delhi, India, spoke about the importance of listening to rape victims’ stories and understanding their struggles. “Everyone has something we tell ourselves to preserve our sense of distance from [sexual assault]. When you meet with people and you talk about things like this and you understand the cross connections, you often understand everything a little bit more,” Subramanian said. Other speakers echoed this sentiment. Faaiza Khan ’14 emphasized the importance of raising awareness and erasing the taboo of openly discussing sexual assault. “Whether these things happen in Pakistan, another part of India, or anywhere else in the world, the basic right of every human being needs to be respected,” Khan said. “If we acknowledge and then speak up about these atrocities and support others who do, you can bring justice to those who have already been vic-

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timized and protect countless others from being so.” Karan Javaji ’14, an organizer of the vigil, said she was pleased that those in attendance had such a strong emotional response to the speeches. “Our goal was to get the conversation starting. Until now, there wasn’t any community discussion about these issues and we wanted to get that ball rolling so that in the future we can come up with more proactive actions,” Javaji said. Subramanian said the sexual attack in India has become a turning point for the way people view sexual violence against women. Although people tend to question the victim’s behavior in sexual assault cases, in this case, people did not blame the victim, Subramanian said. Referring to multiple reports of sexual assault on and near campus last fall, Amita Verma, director of the office of research integrity and assurance, called upon Cornell faculty and students to send an unequivocal message that sexual violence is not acceptable in any circumstance. “No means no ... [The] Cornell campus itself has seen so many incidents in the last semester and so it’s important for us to keep coming back together,” Verma said. Alexa Davis can be reached at

Undergo Renovations $4.5-million grant will provide funds for Ithaca transportation improvements COMMONS

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and repair infrastructure that, in some areas, is about 100 years old, Susannah Ross, a senior associate at the Boston-based firm at Sasaki Associates and lead designer of the project, told The Sun in November. With this money, the city will revitalize the Commons with Sasaki’s design, which was approved by the Planning and Development Board in November. Ferguson said the renovation will help increase business downtown. “This pedestrian mall is going to have a complete facelift,” he said. “It will look completely different than it does today.” Myrick also helped the city earn a $4.5-million Federal Transit Administration grant last summer to improve the TCAT bus system and the Commons, describing the latter as “the Grand Central Station” of Ithaca. “I convinced [the Federal Transit Administration] not only that a million dollars of TCAT upgrades were worth investing in, but also the Commons because it’s the hub of all our transit systems,” Myrick said. Furthermore, Myrick said, enhancements such as GPS sensors and real-time signs and kiosks will let bus riders know when the next bus will arrive so the TCAT will increase its efficiency. The renovation of the Commons and the TCAT enhancements are expected to cost between $10 and $12 million, according to JoAnn Cornish, the city’s director of planning and development. In addition to the grant money, which adds up to $6.3 million, the city is expected to contribute $3.5 million to the project, she

said. However, due to insufficient funds, extra amenities that are currently in the proposal, including the installation of a fountain and small playgrounds, may have to be constructed at a later date or eliminated from the plan entirely. A budget is being formulated to determine what the city can afford, according to Cornish. Regardless, the city will install new underground infrastructure so amenities that require underground work, such as fountains, can be placed at any point in the future. “What we will do is make sure that everything underground can support those amenities,” Cornish said. The first discussions about revitalizing the Commons began in 1997, when people tripping over damaged sidewalks resulted in a series of lawsuits against the city. However, instead of only focusing on the sidewalks, the city decided that it would revitalize the entire Commons area, Cornish said. “We realized that if we were going to do this, we should do this all at once rather just than just piecemeal,” she said. Construction on the redesign is set to begin on April 1 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014, according to Myrick. During the construction, retail spaces will remain accessible to customers. “[The construction] will actually be slower than a more straightforward project because we want to keep access to all the businesses open,” Myrick said. “We want to reduce noise, dust, [and] all the stuff that comes with construction.” Tyler Alicea can be reached at


Cornell: Hazing Not Included as Part of Medical Amnesty Policy AMNESTY

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son its recognition was revoked. Interfraternity Council President Chris Sanders ’13, who has worked throughout his tenure to promote the University’s medical amnesty, said that even if the policy does not apply to certain situations, fraternity members will still prioritize others’ well-being and call for assistance, no matter the disciplinary risks. He also said that a major, student-driven shift is necessary if Greek culture is to remain relevant on campus. “People have the audacity to continue to haze with hard alcohol or alcohol in general. There needs to be a change. We can’t just idly stand around and say it’s bad administration policy,” Sanders said. “People need to make a conscious decision to be healthy and safe.” But the TEP brother said he feels the University’s efforts to promote medical amnesty to fraternity houses and other organizations have made the policy seem more inclusive than it is in reality. “It felt like it was a clear-cut thing. I think that’s why everyone was so excited,” he said. “[We thought] if there ever is an instance where someone is sick, you can always call without fear for yourself or your organization.” The TEP brother said he believes Cornellians involved in Greek life should not be “afraid” of administrators, but rather should aim to work collaboratively with them. He also argued that TEP’s punishment does not represent a solution to the problems of the Greek system on campus. “It’s really unfortunate that the University continues to act reactionary and [thinks] that this won’t happen again,” he said. Eliza Lajoie can be reached at

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Teen Performer at Obama Inaugural Events Fatally Shot in Chicago Park CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who had performed in President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities is the latest face on the ever-increasing homicide toll in the president’s hometown, killed in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her. Chicago police said Hadiya Pendleton was in a park about a mile from Obama’s home in a South Side neighborhood Tuesday afternoon when a man opened fire on the group. Hadiya was shot in the back as she tried to escape. The city’s 42nd slaying is part of Chicago’s bloodiest January in more than a decade, following on the heels of 2012, which ended with more than 500 homicides for the first time since 2008. It also comes at a time when Obama, spurred by the Connecticut elementary school massacre in December, is actively pushing for tougher gun laws. Hadiya’s father, Nathaniel Pendleton, spoke Wednesday at a Chicago police news conference, which was held in the same park where his daughter died. “He took the light of my life,” Pendleton said. He then spoke directly to the killer: “Look at yourself, just know that you took a bright person, an innocent person, a nonviolent person.” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy consoled him, the girl’s mother and 10-year-old brother. Hadiya was a bright kid who was killed just as she was “wondering about which lofty goal she wanted to achieve,” her godfather, Damon Stewart, told The Associated Press. Hadiya had been a majorette with the King College Prep band. “She was a very active kid, doing dance, cheerleading, who felt like she could accomplish just about anything, a very good student who had big dreams about what she wanted to be, a doctor, an attorney,” said Stewart, a Chicago police officer

and attorney. “She was constantly getting good grades.” Obama was asked about Hadiya’s death in an interview with Telemundo, which led to a discussion about gun control. Also Wednesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president and the first lady’s “thoughts and prayers are with” the teen’s family, adding: “And as the president has said, we will never be able to eradicate every act of evil in this country, but if we can save any one child’s life, we have an obligation to try when it comes to the scourge of gun violence.” In Chicago, gangs routinely and often indiscriminately open fire. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy are pushing for tougher local, state and national gun laws and longer prison sentences for offenders. About three blocks from Hadiya’s school, she and a group of 10-12 young people, including members of her volleyball team, had taken refuge under a canopy at a park to avoid the rain Tuesday afternoon. A man climbed a fence behind the park, ran at the group and started shooting, and then jumped back over the fence and into a white Nissan. The group scattered, but Hadiya was shot once in the back and a teenage boy was shot in the leg. Police said Hadiya had no arrest record and there was no indication she was a member of a gang or was the gunman’s target. In fact, McCarthy said there are no indications that anyone in the group was gang-affiliated. He said the police suspect that the gunman may be a member of a gang that considers the park its turf and that he mistook somebody in the group as someone from an encroaching rival gang. McCarthy vowed to put a police officer at the park “24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year” if that is what it takes to show the gang that the park belongs to no one but the community.

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Queens District Attorney Interview Wording Deemed Illegal

NEW YORK (AP) — A state appeals court on Wednesday struck down language that the Queens district attorney’s office has used in its systematic interviewing of thousands of arrested individuals before arraignment, calling it unconstitutional. The State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, said in a written ruling that a videotaped confession should have been suppressed before the 2010 trial of a man convicted of attempted robbery. It said the Queens district attorney’s office routinely conveyed muddled and ambiguous language, preventing the office from effectively describing rights to defendants in a program it has touted as a way to reduce the prosecution of innocent people. “In essence, although suspects interviewed pursuant to the program are told, through the Miranda warnings, that they have the right to remain silent, the preamble suggests that invoking that right will bear adverse, and irrevocable, consequences,” the

court wrote. “Such a suggestion conveys that suspects have a right to remain silent only in the most technical sense.” It added: “Simply put, suspects cannot knowingly and intelligently waive their rights if they are not effectively advised as to what those rights are, and the consequences of foregoing them. Indeed, effective advice as to the nature and consequences of a suspect’s Constitutional rights is the very essence of the solution devised by Miranda to combat the compulsion inherent in custodial interrogation.” In a statement, District Attorney Richard Brown said the program in effect since June 2007 no longer contains the statements cited by the court. He said the office already has revised the program created to prevent wrongful convictions in response to Wednesday’s ruling. He said the program has resulted in the dismissal of charges against more than 100 innocent people before arraignment and the

reduction of charges and the lowering of bail recommendations in scores of other cases to more accurately reflect credible evidence. He called the program “an integral part of our making certain that justice Is done with respect to each and every one of the cases that we handle.” Taylor Pendergrass, senior staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the ruling “lays bare the deeply troubling reality that the Queens District Attorney’s program has resulted in the systematic violations of core constitutional rights for over ten thousand individuals since 2007.” He added: “The court’s appropriately unequivocal ruling leaves little doubt as to the unconstitutionality of any program by which prosecutors, as a matter of policy, mislead unsophisticated defendants into making statements — almost all of whom are indigent and a majority of whom are people of color — just before they are appointed an attorney to represent them.”


Magic Forward Davis Hurts Foot During Game

NEW YORK (AP) — Orlando forward Glen Davis was forced to leave the Magic’s game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night after hurting his left foot in the first half. Davis played 4 minutes, 20 seconds and scored the Magic’s first basket before being taken out of the game. It was not clear how he was injured. Both teams came into the game short-handed as Orlando was without leading scorer Aaron Afflalo and the Knicks were without veteran backup point guard Jason Kidd. Kidd, who sat out the second half of Sunday’s win over Atlanta, was again out with a sore lower back. Coach Mike Woodson said Kidd may have tweaked his back playing extended minutes with starting point guard Raymond Felton out recently. An 18-year veteran, Kidd has averaged 28.5 minutes this season — roughly three to five minutes more than Woodson wants. Afflalo, who is averaging 16.7 points, missed his second straight game with a strained left calf.

N.Y. Thruway Plans to Lay Off 234 Workers ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Thruway Authority is planning 234 layoffs to help shore up its finances, but no toll increases are planned. Thruway spokesman Dan Weiller says the layoffs of fulltime workers will be in all regions, including the Albany headquarters. The authority employs 2,968 workers. Weiller says no toll increases of any type are planned. The layoffs are expected to save $20 million. The authority’s total is budget is $977 million. Weiller says Wednesday the job cuts aren’t linked the rejection of a toll increase for truckers last year. The authority is run by appointees of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but is legally independent of state government. It operates the statewide toll highway and New York’s canal system.


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Newtown Residents At Hearing Urge Stricter Gun Laws

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown officials and parents of children killed in last month’s elementary school massacre, often in emotional testimony, called on state lawmakers Wednesday night to turn the tragedy into “a moment of transformation” by banning high-powered, militarystyle rifles and high-capacity magazines while providing better care to the mentally ill. Several hundred residents, many wearing stickers urging more gun control measures, attended a public hearing held Wednesday night in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead. Lawmakers are considering possible changes to laws and policies affecting guns, mental health and school safety. Bill Sherlach, whose wife, Mary, a school psychologist, died in the rampage, said that he respects the Second Amendment but that it was written in a longago era where armaments were different. “I have no idea how long it took to reload and refire a musket,” he said. “I do know that the number of shots fired in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in those few short minutes is almost incomprehensible, even in today’s modern age.” Unlike a legislative subcommittee hearing held Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on gun laws, which lasted hours into the night and attracted hundreds of gun rights activists statewide, the crowd at Newtown High School on Wednesday was overwhelmingly in favor of gun control. “Turn this tragedy into a moment of transformation,” said Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, was among those killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who fatally shot his mother in their home and then drove to the school to carry out the massacre before committing suicide. David Wheeler, whose 6-yearold son, Benjamin, was killed at Sandy Hook, said a more comprehensive system of identifying and monitoring individuals with mental distress needs to be created. “That a person with these problems could live in a home where he had access to among the most powerful firearms available to non-military personnel is unacceptable,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to whom these weapons were registered. It doesn’t matter if they were purchased legally. What matters is that it was far too easy for another mentally unbalanced, suicidal person who had violent obsessions to have easy access to unreasonably powerful weapons.” But Newtown resident Casey Khan warned that further restrictions on gun rights leave “good and lawful citizens at risk.” While one of the few to speak in favor of gun rights, Khan still received applause from some in the audience.

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Winter in Ithaca: Where Are Your Pants?


hen I told people that I was going to Cornell, the one thing that I always heard first was “Oh, it’s cold there.” Sometimes it was a variation like “Bring a jacket,” or the classic “Brrrrr!” But no matter what it was, people always wanted to talk about the weather and how devastating it would be. It would have been one thing if I had grown up in Thailand, El Paso or even San Diego. Maybe then I would have been cautious. But I am from Colorado. In my younger days, when I met kids from other states and they heard I was from Colorado they would always ask me, “Do you ski a lot?” “Does it just snow all the time?” or “Do you ride a horse to school?” (Yes. That was an actual question I received at age 14, believe it or not). Colorado is

whether it is in the mid-sixties and sunny or it is 10 degrees with a bonechilling wind ripping across the arts quad. And, of course, there is the multitude of girls who wear leggings and Uggs every day. Somehow, though, despite an Ugg endorsement from Tom Brady, this look hasn’t quite made it to the male community at-large. THE WINTER WARRIOR This person dresses like they are going to face the punishing cold of K2’s north face. Each morning when the temperature dips a bit below comfortable, this person can be found adding an extra 40 pounds in clothing to his or her frames. He or she covers him or herself head to toe, only leaving a small gap visible for the eyes. Now, while I must admit that this person probably isn’t


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The Boundaries of Amnesty As the issues surrounding high-risk drinking and hazing continue to dominate campus dialogue, the role of medical amnesty inevitably enters the conversation. Some have argued that medical amnesty should shield organizations from punishment for all behavior — including hazing — that is uncovered as a result of a medical emergency call. And many in the Cornell community are unaware that amnesty is not so comprehensive. The University must combat this misconception that medical amnesty can be used to protect hazing. First, it must educate the community on the limits of amnesty protocols. Doing so will allow the University to place the onus on student organizations — from Greek chapters to athletic teams to musical groups — to eradicate the behavior that leads to these alcohol- and drug-related emergencies in the first place. In Sept. 2011, New York State passed its Good Samaritan Law, under which students on- and off-campus can seek protection from underage drinking charges if they call 911 on behalf of an individual in need. The policy complemented Cornell’s existing protocol, which similarly protects students from being penalized by the Judicial Administrator. But these protocols do not ensure blanket amnesty for entire student organizations whose medical emergencies are the result of illegal hazing activity; nor should the University offer such protection to these groups. We support the use of medical amnesty as applied to individuals. We emphatically encourage students to act morally and intelligently in emergency situations by calling 911, knowing that they will face neither legal nor collegiate judicial consequences for making that decision. Efforts by the Greek governing councils, the Student Assembly and the administration to spread awareness about the importance of calling for help are noteworthy and have helped to increase safety at Cornell. But they have not gone far enough in elucidating the boundaries of amnesty protocols. The gift of amnesty — and it is a gift — cannot be exploited as a safeguard against punishment for engaging in humiliating, dehumanizing or otherwise abusive behavior against fellow Cornellians. The word “amnesty” carries a weighty connotation. Its implication is that it is allencompassing, but students should know that certain egregious actions will be met with consequences. The University has not done enough to clear the fog surrounding medical amnesty policies. These protocols have been in place for months without proper education, and we believe that this oversight has led some groups to act as though they are beyond sanction. In the aftermath of crackdowns on hazing, including the recent expulsion of one fraternity and the suspension of several others, the administration is just now beginning to shed light on what medical amnesty truly means for students. Although we wish these clarifications had come sooner, we commend the University for taking the necessary steps toward denying student organizations an auspice under which to continue hazing.

CORRECTION An editorial Wednesday, “Myrick: One Year Later,” incorrectly stated that Svante Myrick ’09 sold land occupied by Ithaca Community Gardens to a private developer. In fact, the Community Gardens has not been sold.

The Tale of the Dingo At Midnight rugged; it’s the land of Chipotle and skiing. Colorado was for pioneers and cowboys and South Park and the legendary stylings of John Denver. And then last year rolled around and winter in Ithaca never really seemed to come. It would drop down to the 30s for a day or two, but then the sun would shine again and things would start to thaw. Needless to stay, when I returned to Cornell in mid-January this year, I was cocky. I have endured -14 degree days at home. I thought that I knew cold and that there was nothing to worry about. And then the first week of classes came. I remember walking around campus and thinking to myself, “This is the coldest I have ever been in my life. This is absolute zero.” Who was it that settled here in 1790 (Ithaca’s founding year), lived through one day like last Tuesday and said to him or herself, “Yes. This is a good place to live. We should definitely put ourselves through this again next winter?” 1790 was before central heating, before warm buses and before North Faces and Ugg boots. Either way, they put a school here. And one thing I noticed last week (in addition to how my regular banana became a frozen banana on my way to class) was the diversity of wardrobes that could be seen around campus. Here are brief descriptions of a few of my particular favorites: THE CARTOON CHARACTER This person obviously isn’t an actual cartoon character — actual animated figures tend to stay within their cartoons. However, these Cornellians wardrobes’ may as well belong to one. Day in and day out, these people manage to wear a very slight variation (sometimes less) of the exact same thing. They range from teaching assistants to fraternity guys to girls who only own sweatshirts and leggings. Anyone can be a cartoon character — the only qualification is to find one clothing combination and stick with it. You may see someone, perhaps my freshman writing seminar teacher, who decides to wear black from head to toe everyday. Some choose to wears boat shoes and a Patagonia fleece

feeling the crippling cold outside, Cornell tends to keep the insides of its buildings consistently a little too hot. There is no way that person is comfortable sitting in the heat in class or trying to be responsible for all of that clothing after taking it off. To give them credit, though, he or she is definitely not cold when walking outside. THE TOUGH GUY Alright, man. I saw The Social Network too, and however cool Jesse Eisenberg may have looked running across the Harvard campus wearing a gray hoodie, flip-flops and white socks while designing the most influential website of our generation, here in real life, you just look silly. We are not at Harvard. You are not Jesse Eisenberg. You are not designing Facebook. You know what other movie I saw? Everest. People’s appendages froze solid and turned black from frostbite. They had to go through devastating physical therapy and rehabilitation and even then their fingers still fell off. And those people were wearing the most technologically advanced cold-weather gear of all time. Now, Cornell may not be quite as cold as high-altitude Nepal, but it’s close enough. Wearing cargo shorts, a light hoodie and sandals isn’t impressing anyone. Take care of yourself. You look ridiculous. And you definitely don’t want Everest-esque frostbite. Like I said, these are only a few of the styles I noticed walking around campus. And in an opinion column it might be nice to somehow tie this article together into a neat ending about how these styles represent Cornell’s greatness. Everyone can find a place where they belong and still expose themselves to all types of people (and harsh elements) while growing as an individual. I’m not going to do that, though. I just want this column to be a message to the tough guys out there: Invest in some pants. Your calves make everyone around you uncomfortable. Christo Eliot is a sophomore in the College of Engineering. He may be reached at The Tale of the Dingo at Midnight appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

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Let’s Practice What We Preach: Divest Now “D

id you read The Sun yet? You have to look at the editorial. I don’t even know where to begin.” My friend Chris approached me as I entered Manndible Cafe on my quest for caffeine, where he briefed me on the day’s headlines. On my way to my next class, I played a surprisingly coordinated game of readand-walk as I found and read the article. I was livid. On Tuesday, The Sun ran an editorial entitled “Divesting Selectively,” which I can only describe as reckless, disappointing and, in my opinion, unrepresentative of The Sun’s normally progressive stances. 99.83 percent of peer-reviewed papers say that climate change is caused by humans. The very idea that we would take the fact that is climate change and categorize it as a contentious issue is incredibly disturbing. By treating climate change as a purely “polarizing” political issue, the argument belittles the vast scientific work that makes up environmental science. The editorial in turn trivializes the consequences of climate change: a vulnerable world food supply, millions of potential climate refugees and the collapse of entire ecosystems. The Sun asks Cornell to address the pesky dilemma of climate change by “educating future educators, policymakers and voters.” I agree. But why stop at education? Cornellians: We must align our VALUES and our ACTIONS. What the hell is an education or more knowledge worth without real, substantive action behind it? We vote every single day with our feet, with our dollars and with our choices. Cornell is already invested in studying the varied consequences of climate change, like fluctuating agricultural production, raising shorelines and altered biodiversity. We are looking for solutions. In 2009, Cornell committed to climate neutrality by 2050. In 2010, David and Patricia Atkinson donated $80 million to establish Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the largest sum to be given to a University for sus-

tainability at the time. In the summer of 2012, CALS launched a new sustainability major. And this fall, KyotoNOW! gathered 1,400 undergraduate signatures in just two weeks in support of divestment. Perhaps the Cornell Board of Trustees has a legal duty, “to prudently invest the funds it receives to maximize the value of the endowment.” But the Board of Trustees also has an obligation to our generation and to our children to make ethical and responsible investments that won’t leave our planet in disarray. Furthermore, the editorial’s main argument is built upon the assumption that “Cornell must prioritize its role as an institution of higher education, keeping an eye toward the University’s fiscal stability and political neutrality.” This is a completely bizarre concept. On Monday, President Skorton was “tapped to bolster New York business growth” by Governor Cuomo; essentially, our President was selected as a symbol and representative of industry. In 2011, the University decided to partner with the Technion to win Mayor Bloomberg’s Tech Campus bid, despite recent controversy in Israel and the Technion’s involvement in weapons research. In 2010, President Skorton endorsed the Dream Act in support of undocumented students. What exactly is neutral about these very contentious issues? And when an endowment is listed handsomely at about $5 billion and invested in industries across the country, the University is taking sides. Any investment indicates a University endorsement. Every time Cornell publishes a course catalog, silences an academic, funds a project or offers tenure to a professor, the University is acting as a charged entity.

Winston Churchill once said, “I never worry about action, but only inaction.” By doing nothing about divestment from fossil fuels, Cornell has already made a bold and powerful statement. Of course it’s unlikely that every student will be in support of divestment. Most of the time, social movements find contention. Not every-

Katerina Athanasiou Kat’s Cradle one believed in the desegregation of colleges; not everyone believed in educating women. Those were once radical, debated views. The History department offers a one-credit seminar, “The First American University.” The instructor, Corey Earle, explains how Cornell has shaped the modern university. We were the first Ivy to admit women. We awarded the first veterinary degree from a U.S. university. We established the first American university press. We created the first American medical school abroad in Qatar. We were the first U.S. university to teach Far Eastern languages. Cornell: You are a revolutionary place. Will you continue the tradition? Let’s be among the first to divest from fossil fuels. Katerina Athanasiou is a senior in the College of Art, Architecture, and planning. She may be reacched at Kat’s Cradle runs alternate Thursdays this semester.

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riday is Feb. 1. This weekend some groundhog will poke his head out and run right back into his hole, given the cheek-numbing, snot-freezing, I-can’t-possibly-not-take-the-bus-to-class cold we’ve been enduring the last few weeks. In the meantime, it’s now one month since you may have resolved to improve yourself in 2013.

of things I could change about myself. Why stop at being patient? No reason to hold back in 2013. If I could find time to read, I could also be vegan! And go to yoga everyday! Curb my reality TV habit. And stop drinking caffeine. And beer. And sleep 12 hours every night, or whatever Prof. Maas recommends in his overpriced book that all 1,200 student in his class

Hannah Deixler Shades of Grey Although I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions, I decided that this year I would actively try to change. For me, the drafting of the resolutions started as I imagined it would. I chose a few things I really wanted to — and could — work on. I should be more patient (especially with my sister), I should set aside time to read just for me instead of for class and I should spend less time in front of my computer. As soon as I got warmed up writing these resolutions, I couldn’t help but continue. I quickly had a laundry list

had to buy. In almost no time, I had resolved to be the meditating, raw foodeating, retirement home-volunteering Hannah I had always known I could be. 2013 was looking great. Fast-forward a few hours and it’s 2 a.m. I am three lattes into the day (not to mention the turkey sandwich) and scrolling through some brain-eroding website. If I was well-intentioned and modest to start when resolving for a better 2013, I quickly spun out of control into some selfhelping monster who resembled Veruca


Salt in Willy Wonka. Although I wasn’t begging for a golden egg-laying goose, I was wishing for things that were almost as unrealistic. So, at what point is it appropriate to give up on my resolutions, you ask? I don’t know. I know that I really enjoy cheese on just about anything and thus don’t see veganism in my near future. I know that no human being sleeps as much as Psych 101 prescribes, and I am pretty certain that if The Bachelor continues to dish out the grade-A drama its been delivering in recent weeks, I’m going to keep watching. So, maybe I won’t be a well-read, well-rested Mother Teresa by 2014, but with only 11 months left in 2013 (but hey, who’s counting?), I still have an opportunity to try. Not surprisingly, psychologists have long studied New Year’s resolutions, and have found that 50 percent of the population makes them each year. We use a new year as an opportunity for reinvention. Often, we are ready for self-improvement but unprepared to give up bad habits or actually change behavior. In other words, by mid-January we are usually back to drinking too much, sleeping too little and giving too much of our money to Starbucks. However, before you cut your losses and order CTP delivery, researchers have also studied successful resolutions and


suggest that focusing on one or two resolutions, making them year-round projects and doing them with a friend can all improve your chances of being successful. They argue that making realistic goals and celebrating small victories is key. So, what does this mean for my grandiose 2013 plan? I think it means I’m going to resolve to keep resolving, but I’m going to do so without a calendar and forgo some of the more outlandish goals I had set. Certainly, there is no harm in hoping to read more this year, or trying to eat less meat. I am not Buddha. I never will be and, I hate to break it to you, neither will you. But, I don’t have to be a monk to try to improve. If you are at all interested in fighting the good, albeit gradual, fight and trying to do something different in these last 11 months, we can meet at the the gym and a yoga class, as it is empty because all of those who set resolutions on Jan. 1 have sweat enough for the entire year and are no longer trying. Or, if that doesn’t work with your schedule, we can always just meet for drinks after Groundhog’s Day, so long as it doesn't conflict with Real Housewives. Hannah Deixler is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at Shades of Grey appears alternate Thursdays this semester.


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deprivation ranges from ritualistic to impossible. Let it be known that I’m totally down with a diet rich in vegetables, grains, fungi and fruit. However, when If hipsters were sandwiches, they would be the animal-product substitutions come into play, I’ve bánh mì. Obscure, cross-cultural and visually always found that vegan food falls flat. I couldn’t appealing, this French-Vietnamese fusion food is imagine that this sandwich would live up to my both tasty and cool. As Hipster Kitchen, I’m sort of standards. So, naturally, I ordered it. Cafeo has triumphed. Its vegan bánh mì is difobligated to be into it; thankfully, it’s hard not to ferent from but no less delightful than their classic love. A crash course, for those of you not fortunate version (termed the “Special” on their menu). Tofu is used in place of pork, and enough to have ever stumbled across this delicacy: Literally, bánh I couldn’t imagine that though the texture is not even remotely meatlike, the marimì is the Vietnamese name for this sandwich would nade is identical. I’m usually French bread. Here in the pretty nonplussed by tofu, but Occident it’s come to mean the live up to my this stuff was marvelous: succusandwiches made with said bread, standards. So, lent and balanced. Equally which often uses rice flour in place astonishing was the mushof wheat flour, resulting in a light, naturally, I ordered it. room-nut pâté swapped in for crispy baguette-style loaf. Meat — the meat kind. Savory, mellow usually tender bits of pork, swathed in silky marinade — is the main ingredient, and rich, it’s one of the only nut pâtés I’ve ever tastand more often than not, a thick smear of rich pâté ed that wasn’t drastically over-salted. The pickled lies atop one face of the cut baguette, providing a vegetables and cilantro required no modification, pleasant contrast to the crunch of quick-pickled veg- and I couldn’t detect the presence of any questionetables and cilantro garnish. With the addition of able vegan mayonnaise, which must mean that mayonnaise and sriracha, it’s hard for me to imagine they’re using something good. I was dining with a a more perfect sandwich for the decadent carnivore. friend and thus was able to taste the meat version Thus, I was amazed to see a vegan version of and the vegan version at the same time. I couldn’t bánh mì on the menu at Cafeo, the tucked-away pick a favorite. This is, by far, the most innovative Collegetown coffee shop notable for awesome dish I’ve ever encountered and one of the best lunchespresso drinks with a subtle Vietnamese twist. I’ve es available in Ithaca. Meat-eaters and herbivores had its regular, meat-inclusive bánh mì (at the alike ought to give it a try. Cornell Farmer’s Market) and loved it, but I have to admit that I was skeptical of a meatless variety. It’s hard enough to make something vegetarian; vegans Clare Dougan can be reached take abstemiousness to the next level, where self- at

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For some reason, so much of my life has revolved around tacos. Growing up, tacos meant one of two things: Either that it was Tuesday or Mom didn’t know what else to make for dinner. Needless to say, I ate a lot of them (it’s ok, Mom). My first year at Cornell, I had a hole in my heart; I couldn’t for the life of me find a good taco in Ithaca. What’s a good taco, you ask? It’s simple: A good, hot tortilla (crucial), some kind of MEAT filling (so juicy that it drips down your forearms), freshly made salsa of whatever scoville heat unit, some variety of sharp white cheese (not cheddar) and some shredded iceberg lettuce serving no nutritional value, only texture. I remember going to Viva Taqueria the first time my freshman year and being appalled by the menu. Who in their right mind would put tofu in burritos

(#IthacaProblems)? I gave up on filling the void that is until I had a moment of weakness at Agava and became vulnerable to tofu (scary, I know). The East Hill Vegan tacos at Agava are a definite must-have. Whether you are vegan or not, don’t let the title steer you away. These tacos should be enjoyed free of social and cultural boundaries. What makes them great? The fact that they meet and exceed my previous definition of a good taco. The hot tortillas (whether you choose flour or corn) are the perfect vehicle for the (juicy!) marinated and grilled local tofu, salsa verde (freshly made), tomato, sweet corn and cabbage slaw that adorn them. As much as the purist in me resists change to “trendy” spins on classics, it is innovative dishes like Agava’s East Hill Vegan tacos that open my mouth as well as my mind. Austin Buben can be reached at

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Local Natives Hummingbird French Kiss

ALucas Colbert-Carreiro If Gorilla Manor was Local Natives’ freewheeling, flowerchild of a debut, Hummingbird represents its moody, teenage successor — equally the audible nectar listeners have come to expect, but with the increased range of emotion and energy of an ever-maturing band. Some have accused the four-piece outfit from Silver Lake, C.A. (the west coast’s answer to Brooklyn’s Williamsburg) of being a living, breathing Urban Outfitters commercial, which with its propensity for acid washed denim vests and ill-fitting cardigans is understandable. In a way, the particular brand of indie pop-rock that Local Natives achieves via rolling drums and haunting echoing vocals is so utterly of the moment that such comparisons to the ubiquitous hipster-mecca superstore seem vaguely appropriate. In the wake of 2008’s Chillwave movement, Local Natives has found a sweet spot balance between insanely catchy melodies, unobtrusive guitar riffs and the implementation of unique musical techniques that solidifies them as an integral and defining part of the current indie music scene. While the band does stick with its signature practice of layering high and low octave vocals on top of one another for that extra punch of depth and resonance, something remarkably new that Hummingbird brings to the table is the repeated use of dramatic “drops,” which add an EDM level of momentum to its indie ballads. Songs like “Bowery” and single “Breakers” showcase this method.








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Both create short punctuated silences that, when broken, give way to thundering drums and spine-tingling choruses. Amazingly, the Natives avoid the curse of sounds bleeding together into a multi-instrument mess. Instead, they have created a powerful contrast that is miraculous and downright exciting. Although the album does have these explosive tracks, equally important to note are the slower, subtler ballads. In this way, the album is a clear departure from Gorilla Manor, in which songs were for the most part uniform in terms of upbeat, sunny style to the extent that the song “Airplanes” (which was written about the death of a band member’s grandfather) sounded just as playful and lively as the others. The same is not true for Hummingbird. A difference in tone is evident from the very first track of the album “You and I,” which begins with a minor key (that is present frequently throughout the album) that gives the song a vaguely mysterious air — playful in a more dangerous way. The difference between the happier, fuller songs and these relatively more reserved numbers is made very clear. “Ceilings,” which ruminates lovingly about the summer sun as the refrain “silver dreams bring me to you” is repeated throughout, is audibly different from the subtle sadness heard in the sparseness and mournful vocals of both “Three Months” and “Colombia” — beautiful homages to keyboardist /singer Kelsey Ayer’s late mother. Lines like “Ohh,










every night I ask myself am I loving enough, am I?” bitingly illustrate the bitter loss of an important figure and all of the regrets and uncertainties that go along with such trauma. The suddenness of tragedy is encapsulated as the song pleads, “I’ve got to go on now; having thought that this wasn’t your last year.” The band tackles similar issues of loss in a new, more personal and ultimately more effective way than ever before. Though some early reviews have complained that Hummingbird is just business as usual: the same pretty, simple songs that won the group acclaim in its first attempt — to me, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In its sophomore album, Local Natives builds upon the beautifully easy elegance that earned them fans in the first place, adding intricate melodies and minor chords that grant a level of depth and emotional complexity that, with hindsight, was sorely missing from Gorilla Manor. The group hasn’t lost its “je ne sais quoi” factor that makes every song an instant favorite, but it has also managed to diversify its sound enough to stave off musical stagnation. This impressive evolution of stylistic range illustrates the growth that Local Natives has experienced as a band over the past three years and solidifies them as a real force to be reckoned with. Lucas Colbert-Carreiro is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at

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Gina Cargas Tegan and Sara spent the first decade of their career making their names synonymous with charming indie-folk duo. On their first six records, the twin sisters paired acoustic guitar with twee vocal harmonies, baring their souls on lovelorn and often understated albums. Records like This Business of Art and So Jealous were all about introspection, reflection and, eventually, expression. On The Con and Sainthood, released in 2007 and 2009, respectively, they forayed tentatively into more upbeat territory for the first time, though their music could never be considered to have a dance-y vibe. Their newest album, Heartthrob, signals the duo’s first significant shift in sound. Synth-heavy and pure pop, Heartthrob sounds unlike any of Tegan and Sara’s previous material. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Sara claimed that the band “wanted to take a big step.” Heartthrob is certainly a major change for the duo. In the past, the two have basically been the Taylor Swift of indie Canada, that is to say that each of their records seems to be a breakup album. Desolation and heartbreak remain a theme on Heartthrob, but it’s deliv-


ery is much more straightforward and, often, far less original than their previous albums. Perhaps this is a side effect of the pop production: everything about Heartthrob is large and obvious, foregoing subtlety in favor of heavy drum-and-bass programming. Aside from the flaw in originality, however, the album’s directness is largely successful. Heartthrob feels immediate, and the many approaches it takes to love seem urgent, yet never stagnant. The bombastic opening track “Closer” tells of temptation, as the girls outline a plot of seduction — “All I’m dreaming lately is how to get you underneath me” — over a disco-inspired groove. It is sweeping and grandiose and one of the more successful pop songs released in recent months, thanks in large part to producer Greg Kurstin. In “Goodbye, Goodbye,” Tegan and Sara pack an impressive number of new waveesque hooks into three minutes — think more Missing Persons than Metric. The third track, “I Was A Fool,” is one of the least emotionally impactful on Heartthrob, relying on post-breakup clichés like “stand still is all we did / love like ours just never fits” or the


repeated refrain of “I was a fool for love.” It’s not that “I Was A Fool” is bad per se, but it is simply one in a lineup of many synth-pop love songs that are hard to distinguish from each other — which can never be very good. Next come “I’m Not Your Hero,” “Drove Me Wild” and “How Come You Don’t Want Me,” all maintaining the Heartthrob status quo of irresistible ‘80s hooks. “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend” and the album’s first single “Now I’m All Messed Up” deal with the aftermath of a romantic rupture, perhaps the “love that just never fit.” “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend” questions the classic “we can still be friends” myth while layered in vocal “oh’s” that would somehow make both Lady Gaga and Sufjan Stevens proud. The latter track, “Now I’m All Messed Up,” according to the band, began as a piano ballad. That is until producer Kurstin programmed some throbbing drum and bass into it. This is the strongest song on the record and offers some of the ladies’ most nuanced lyrics of the album (“Why do you take me down this road if you don’t want to walk with me?”). It showcases Sara’s vocals at their best, though the production often

masks her impressive range. Heartthrob closes with “Shock To Your System,” a slow, pulsing track that sounds as though it could have been made by Peter Gabriel’s producer. For all their radio-ready bluster and newfound accessibility, Tegan and Sara do risk alienating their fanbase (though if the fawning Soundcloud comments are any indicator, the devotees are far from disappointed). For longtime Tegan and Sara fans, it may seem overproduced or too drastic a departure from their former sound. Even for newcomers, Heartthrob may at times feel as though it’s trying too hard, grasping at musical straws that vanished when 1990 came around. Tegan and Sara’s new sound, however, dares to attract a totally new following. Brazen and unrepentant, Heartthrob may not be what Tegan and Sara fans expected, but it’s a major — and in many ways largely successful — statement from everyone’s favorite Canadian twins. Gina Cargas is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at


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Concerts to Look Forward To: Spring 2013

It is a given that all of us here at the Arts and Entertainment section are big music buffs. From rock and roll to indie to EDM, we love it all, or at least someone in our section does. If it’s got a beat and melody, in the words of Liz Lemon, we “want to go to there.” Of course listening to our favorite albums in our rooms or on the way to class is a great part of the day, but nothing can beat going to a live show. So when great bands come to the area, we want to know about them, and we hope that you do too. Here are some of the announced shows we are looking forward to in Ithaca and the surrounding area this semester. Start harassing that friend of yours with a car right now. AER FEB. 7, THE HAUNT AER is really one of those bands that is hard to describe. They have a reggae sound with distinct rap vocals; unlike the harsh rap of artists like Odd Future and Busta Rhymes, these guys want to spit and relax. AER’s style is synonymous with flat brimmed hats paired with khaki shorts and lacrosse pinnies. The duo, 19-year-olds Carter and David from Wayland, Mass., switch back and forth on their tracks from soft and soulful singing to catchy rap lyrics for the college crowd with songs like “Feel I Bring” and “Floats My Boat.” “Fresh AER Movement” is coming to Ithaca for the second time this academic year in February. This concert should be a party, minus the sticky frat house floor. BLACK FRANCIS FEB. 9, THE HAUNT


Kurt Cobain once admitted that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was an attempt to “rip off the Pixies.” On Feb. 9, the man he jipped is coming to The Haunt. Known for his unhinged, alternative style and his unconventional (to say the least) lyrics, Black Francis, born Charles Michael Kittredge Thompson IV and alternately known as Frank Black, has certainly been around the block a few times. Critically accoladed and hailed as one of the great rockers of the early ‘90s, Black Francis can still yowl, coo and scream his way through some of the greatest songs of the modern era. JEFF MANGUM FEB. 13, STATE THEATRE The anomaly of seeing reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind Jeff Mangum may have worn off since the indie man of mystery reemerged for a solo tour in 2011, but, come on, it’s Jeff freakin’ Mangum, and he’s coming to our very own State Theatre. On what very may well be his last tour, Mangum’s live performance (as far as grainy YouTube videos can tell us) promises intimate, sing-along renditions of tunes from the classic In the Aeroplane Over the Sea as well as earlier NMH tracks. Brush up on your Mangum lyrics for what’s sure to be an unforgettable evening on Feb. 13. GREEN DAY WITH BEST COAST APR. 1, BLUE CROSS ARENA With the weather we’ve been having, perhaps we’re overdue for some California sunshine. Prolific punk legends Green Day have sold 70 million albums worldwide and 25 million in the U.S. alone. Now, Joe, Mike and Tré are touring with on-the-

Shards of Hope

isitors to artist Michael Genovese’s solo show Lines and Cracks and Zebras and Horses at the OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles have cause for concern — massive, silvery cracks run along the otherwise pristine gallery walls. The room appears to be on the verge of crumbling. These fault lines are not really chasms (although you can never really be sure about these things in contemporary art). They are more like casts of chasms, memorials to anything that might take on the form of a line, however sacred or banal. Accompanied by a book of line-dominated images, notably a thunderous herd of zebras, the impossibly reflective sculptures are arresting for their scale and symbolism. Each sculpture is the convergence of disparate worlds: Pompeii frescoes meet Metallica; a crack from an Iranian Mihrab dated 720 A.D. fuses with a mortar line from the vicinity of Castillo de San Marcos in Florida. Looking at them, it’s entirely appropriate to feel like you’re in the throes of an earthquake. In an interview with ArtSlant magazine, Genovese explained that his work is about “designating value” to fragments of life. Whether it’s staring at stray hairs in the bathtub or gazing at a historical landmark (a very loaded term, in the context of this show), these moments mean something because, in that instant, we are registering the things around us and trying to make sense of them. By turning a crack, usually associated with damage, into a sculpture, Genovese alters the meaning of the crack. I like Genovese’s work. It can be simultaneously gentle and violent as it interrupts the everyday and forces you to look at everything twice. The art I am most drawn to often doesn’t conventionally look like art. It’s the kind of art that can be mistaken as debris and accidentally get cleared away by a zealous museum cleaner, as happened to Gustav Metzger’s installation at the Tate Britain in 2004. Incidentally, Metzger’s work was conceived as a comment on the finite nature of art. Another urban intervention is The Shard, presently the tallest building in Western Europe and London’s highly metaphorical monument to the new kind of financial world, among other things. The Renzo Piano-designed building, with a top like a shattered beer bottle (as The Guardian’s architec-


rise surf pop phenoms Best Coast for a night of legendary hits and unhinged fun. What more can we say? It may be in Rochester, but we are happy to make the trip. DEERHOOF APR. 13, THE CLUB @ WATER STREET I never really understood how bands could be classified in the genre of “noise” (after all, there is no genre for silence … yet) but Deerhoof manages to pull it off, and brilliantly at that. Both cuddly and absolutely crazy in turns, the group’s sound is impossible to explain. Like a story that ends with “you had to be there,” each of its tunes manages to tread the line between greatness and absurdity. That’s just the way we like them. BUDDY GUY APR. 21, STATE THEATRE It’s hard to believe, but the 74-year-old,

We hear through the grapevine that there will be a pretty fantastic show coming up on May 16 or 17. We’re talking Fiona Apple level. We don’t know what it is yet, but we’re going to hold off on buying those tickets home. Compiled by Sam Bromer, Arielle Cruz, Meredith Joyce and Sydney Ramsden.


ture critic Oliver Wainwright has rightly pointed out), is a baffling and unmistakable sight in London’s South Bank. Among the most prescient critics, I think, is Prof. Hal Foster, art, of Princeton University. In an interview with The Guardian, Foster prefaced his critique of the building by admitting his ambivalence about perceiving the building as image. It is too tempting for many critics to condemn The Shard as no more than spectacle. Foster does not succumb. He reminds us that architecture can bring order to urban life, and “too often in cities people are lost” as they don’t have “symbols to guide them.” The Shard, a striking pyramidal assemblage of splintered triangles, could certainly come in useful as a landmark. That’s at least one point its detractors can agree on. Foster’s allusion to orientation is also unsurprising, since it’s a well-established tenet of urban theory. The landmark is one of the five elements of the city’s new image proposed by the urban planner Kevin Lynch; the stronger and more prominent these elements are and the more harmoniously they are stitched together, the more legible a cityscape is. I found most of Foster’s commentary almost disappointingly uncontroversial, until he seemed to light up, Darn That near the end, when he Dream likened The Shard to “radical surgery” where “they stick a needle into your heart to get it to go again.” The violence Foster employs is, I believe, justified. His view is that, juxtaposed with other iconic buildings like the Borough Market, The Shard disrupts the neighborhood. There is no attempt at mediation, to bridge the gap in scale between the pedestrian strolling along the Thames and the gargantuan building. I am inclined to agree with Foster’s assessment, though I will add that if The Shard is indeed a monument to a glittering financial world, then the violent disruption is fitting.

Daveen Koh

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inductee is still refining his fabled West Side sound. Starting out in faraway Lettsworth, L.A., Buddy’s first stringed instrument was a selfmade diddley bow. But from these humble roots, Guy made a name for himself, first as a phenomenal session guitarist then as a legendary performer in his own right. Today, he has been recognized as one of the greatest to ever play the guitar. On April 21, do not miss an evening with one of the last living legends of blues.

Meaning making is a highly tenuous exercise, as should by now be obvious. The more theory I try to read, the more apparent it seems that interpretation is the unification of seemingly unrelated elements, like how Genovese merges ancient Italian frescoes with American heavy metal. Nevertheless, the whole exercise makes perfect sense to me, because I have never been able to forget the words of the first theorist I encountered at Cornell. In The Image of the City, Kevin Lynch wrote, “Nothing is experienced by itself, but always in relation to its surroundings, the sequences of events leading up to it, the memory of past experiences.” I know it can all go very wrong — you can end up very lost or injured as you invest more of yourself into everything that you read and write. There’s also a fine line between creative interpretation and well, delusion, and who should be the judge of where that boundary lies? When so many others seem to have said something cleverer, why should I expect to arrive at something newer and better? I defer to the wisdom of those who have sought and found. Former Prof. Colin Rowe, architecture, wrote in The Cornell Journal of Architecture with characteristic adventurousness, “Therefore to agitate and to animate a very few ideas we will begin with a set piece which is going to be partly history and partly parable.” Or more simply put by Renzo Piano, designer of The Shard, “The best things in life are always a little dangerous.” Daveen Koh is a junior in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She can be reached at Darn That Dream appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.


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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

ACROSS 1 Treehouse feature 7 Matured, as cheese 11 Some condensation 14 For one 15 One who’s all action 16 Eggs in a clinic 17 Illusionist’s effect 19 Bushranger Kelly 20 Novelist Wiesel 21 “Days of Thunder” org. 23 Duck 26 Diplomat’s forte 28 Feeds without needing seconds 30 Arrive 31 Major bore 33 Pull (for) 35 Kicked oneself for 36 BBQ heat rating 37 County fair competition 41 Flooring wood 43 Busy time for a cuckoo clock 44 Italian soccer star Maldini 47 Many towns have one 51 “Voulez-__”: 1979 ABBA album 52 Big name in foil 53 Make a fine impression 54 Outer limit 55 Discipline involving slow, steady movement 57 Toppled, as a poplar 59 Goose egg 60 1967 #1 hit for The Buckinghams, which can describe 17-, 31-, 37- or 47-Across 65 Traditional London pie-andmash ingredient 66 New newts 67 Stereo knob 68 Funny, and a bit twisted 69 One way to run 70 Nine-ball feature DOWN 1 Slurp (with “up”)

2 “Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?” singer 3 “Makes no __” 4 Lawyer, at times 5 Renewable energy subj. 6 Equips afresh 7 Nelson, e.g.: Abbr. 8 Hit the road, musically 9 “__ mouse!” 10 In one’s Sunday best 11 Make a bank deposit? 12 Top of the world 13 Lump 18 He played James 22 Half-__: coffee order 23 2002 Olympics host, briefly 24 “As if!” 25 How shysters practice 27 Small crown 29 Onetime Beatles bassist Sutcliffe 32 Led __: “Stairway to Heaven” group, to fans 34 One who turns a place upside down 38 Foldable sleeper

39 Blasted 40 Purple hue 41 Org. with an oftquoted journal 42 More racy, as humor 45 Tote 46 Sugary suffix 48 “Oh, __ won’t!” 49 Tunnel effect 50 Five-finger discounts, so to speak

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Sandusky Loses Bid for New Trial Over Penn State Abuse Scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict on child sex abuse charges. Judge John Cleland’s 27-page order said lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy. “I do not think it can be said that either of the defendant’s trial counsel failed to test the prosecution’s case in a meaningful manner,” Cleland wrote. “The defendant’s attorneys subjected the commonwealth’s witnesses to meaningful and effective cross-examination, presented evidence for the defense and presented both a comprehensive opening statement and a clearly developed closing argument.” He also rejected post-sentencing motions regarding jury instructions, hearsay testimony and a comment by the prosecution during closing arguments that referred to the fact that Sandusky, who did not testify at trial, gave media interviews after he was arrested in November 2011. Cleland said the prosecution’s closing was not presented in a way that “was either calculated to, or did, create in the jurors a fixed bias toward the defendant.” Sandusky also argued that charges should have been thrown out because they were not sufficiently specific, but Cleland said the lack of specific dates did not prevent Sandusky from pursuing an alibi defense. “The defendant has simply argued the offenses did not happen,” Cleland said. One of the jury instruction issues was whether Cleland should have talked to them about the amount of time it took for the victims to inform authorities that Sandusky had abused them. “No one who has had the slightest experience with child sexual abuse or given a whit of thought to its dynamics could conclude that failure to make a prompt complaint, standing alone, is an accurate indicia of fabrication,” Cleland said. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for the sexual abuse of 10 boys, including violent attacks inside Penn State athletics facilities. Also Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a bill that aims to keep Penn State’s $60 million fine to the NCAA over the Sandusky scandal within the state. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jake Corman, a Republican whose district includes State College, would require such fines of at least $10 million to be deposited into a state-administered account, and be spent on Pennsylvania programs that address childhood sexual abuse.

Williams Finds Fault In New York Not Receiving Penalty After NFC Championship NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kyle Williams can’t believe the New York Giants weren’t punished by the NFL for targeting him in last year’s NFC championship game. The punt returner whose mistakes cost the 49ers a chance to make the last Super Bowl, and who will miss Sunday’s game against Baltimore with an injured left knee, said Wednesday he is “shocked” that the Giants escaped discipline. “The only thing crazy to me was that nothing came of it after they came down so much on the Saints,” Williams said. “The league announced the bounties and that (former Saints defensive coordinator) Gregg Williams said the same things the Giants were saying. They took it to the highest level they could with the Saints. But it seemed like the league decided it was no big deal what the Giants said.” What Giants special teamers Jacquian Williams and Devin Thomas said after New York’s 20-17 overtime victory sounded similar to what the Saints were sanctioned for. “The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing was to

take him out of the game,” said linebacker Jacquian Williams, who forced the 49ers returner’s overtime fumble, which set up the winning field goal. Thomas recovered both errors — the first was considered a muff when the ball glanced off Williams’ right knee. “He’s had a lot of concussions,” Thomas said. “We were just like, ‘We’ve got to put a hit on that guy.’” The NFL did not punish either player following that game, saying, “There was no conduct by the Giants of any kind that would suggest an effort to injure Kyle Williams in any way.” And the Giants were not penalized once the Saints bounties were announced. “Guys are trying to put guys out of the game every game, so it did not surprise me,” Kyle Williams said. “You know a guy has a history of injuries, you’ll go after it. You might not say it, but you do it.” But the Giants said it. “Yeah,” Williams said with a shrug. “But it’s all in the past now. And we’re at the Super Bowl.” The Giants declined to comment Wednesday.

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Former C.U. Player To Become New Assistant Coach Caldwell’12 Returns to Berman By EMILY BERMAN Sun Staff Writer

After spending four seasons as a Cornell soccer player followed by a stint as an assistant at the University of New England, former Red midfielder Scott Caldwell will now pace the sidelines of Berman field as the team’s newest assistant coach. “Caldwell’s return to the program is very exciting,” senior goalie Rick Pflasterer said. “He was a leader on

“Scott brings a new view to the coaching staff. Having excelled in the program himself as a player, he’ll have a unique wisdom in coaching and improving the quality of play for the team.” Rick Pflasterer the field when I was an underclassman and he has a great eye for the game. As a true left footer, he was a vital part of our strength in attacking at left midfield." Caldwell was an immediate presence for the Red, playing in 11 games in his freshman season in 2007. He recorded two assistant that year, then added two goals in


Back home at the hill | After a year awy from the Red, Scott Caldwell ’12 returns to Cornell men’s soccer as a new assistant coach for the upcoming 2012 season. his sophomore campaign. He started in all 17 of the Red’s game his junior season, racking up seven points to make him the third-leading scorer on the team, but suffered a setback after a summer injury forced him to miss the 2010 season. Caldwell returned in 2011, however, for his fifth year and played in 14 games, recording an assist during the season. ‘Scott brings a new view to the coaching staff. Having excelled in the program himself as a player, he'll have a unique wisdom in coaching and improving the quality of play for the team,” Pflasterer said. After graduation, Caldwell relocated to Biddeford, Maine to assistant coach the D-III Nor’Easters. The Nor’Easters posted an improved record from the team’s

previous season and multiple players received honors. According to Pflasterer, the years apart from the Red will aid his return to the program. “Scott has had two years away from the team. As my class has now left, the rising seniors are the only remaining class to have had a season with him,” he said. “I think he spent enough time away from the team that his transition to a respected coach will be very natural and exceedingly beneficial for everyone in the Cornell men's soccer program."

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Red Sets Sight on Excelling at Team Loyalty ‘Is Not a Fad’ Ivy League Championships TOLEDO

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With the regular season coming to a close, the Red wants to capitalize on its effort throughout the long winter season to achieve the end results the team has worked towards. “We have worked really hard this year in and out of the pool, and I know all of that hard work will pay off,” he said. “For some, our hard training has really shown through at some meets, and hopefully Brown is no exception. Everyone is really motivated to swim fast and compete well at Brown.” On the other side, the women’s swimming and diving team (1-6) also looks to end its season successfully. Last year, the Red had an extremely successful win against Brown and the team wants the same result in this meet. “The team had a strategy meeting this morning, so we are now all on the same page about how to approach this Brown meet,” sophomore swimmer Bethany Douglas said. “They were tough competition last year, but the women's team came out on top. So we're hoping to repeat that victory this year that looks very conceivable at this point.” According to Morin, the two teams compete on similar levels, but the Red hopes its recent intense practice will give Cornell the advantage. “Brown is definitely our closest competition in the Ivy League,” she said. “Coming off of a win at Colgate and a loss at Columbia, we have definitely been working hard the past few weeks to try and get ourselves in that championship frame of mind.” In addition to the swimmers, the divers have also has been practicing hard

in order to pull out the victory. “We have been working hard at practice during this past week to try and take down Brown this weekend,” sophomore diver Elisha Elovic said. “They are a close Ivy competitor and the divers have just been putting out heads down and putting in the work to try and win.” The early morning workouts have been making the difference, Douglas noted. “Our team is definitely more fit and more mentally ready to compete in the league because of the work done at 6 a.m. in Bartels,” she said. The women are confident that they can have the level of success they achieved last year and put themselves into the right competitive mindset going into the final part of the 2012-13 season. “[In Ivy Championships] we are looking to improve in what we did last year,” Morin said. “We are looking to just go in and race and try and get our hands on the wall before everyone else. Hopefully, we will get some good times.” The men are hoping the meet against Brown will prove they are a contender in the Ivy League and prepare the team for the championships. “It is hard to gauge just how competitive the Ivy League Championships will be, since most swimmers will have tapered, but I think a victory at Brown will leave us with the taste of victory as we head into Championship season,” Hallowell said. “It's really important to have great swims at Brown so we can assert ourselves as competitors in the Ivy League.” John McGrorty can be reached at

in there New Yorkers, so take that. My point is that I don’t care if the Lakers are 82-0 or 0-82, I’m going to be a loyal Lakers fan no matter what. I didn’t become a Lakers fan because the Lakers are, historically, the most consistently successful franchise in the NBA, or because of the Mount Rushmore of historically significant bas-

long they’re going to last. I wish I could find a way to measure the change over time of the fan base one team during the outof professional sports standingly disappointing teams, because in a very fall of my team. Well I am real sense I can predict salty, and in any case I’m right now that there’s writing about loyalty, so always a spike in that please indulge. quantity the second the I’ve been a Lakers fan team starts doing well, an since I can remember, eventual plateau, and which honestly would then a decline when the probably be the first time hype ends, or the team I touched a bashas a bad to ketball, so probably somewhere in Logic says jump on the bandwagon lukewarm season. the neighborhood and go for a ride, because it’s As I sit here of sixteen years easier that way. typing, fully I’ve been bleeding cognizant of the Purple and Gold. fact that my Since I was born, the Lakers have only ketball players who have beloved Lakers are a very missed the playoffs once, donned a Lakers jersey at humble 20-25 more than and although it’s looking one point in their career. halfway through the NBA more and more likely I’m a Lakers fan because I season, I’m at a bit of a everyday that this year was born into it. My fork in the road. Should I might be the second time father was a Lakers fan keep cheering on my that it has happened in before I was born, so Lakers knowing full well my entire life, I’ll still be when I expressed interest that they may not make in your face if you say in athletics, I was the playoffs — which I anything negative about immersed into that cul- would liken to trudging ture. Rooting on the uphill in rough terrain, or my team. Even though the team Lakers became an activity should I jump on a bandwas below .500, I bought through which my father wagon to relieve my tickets to take my pops to and I bonded. Long story weary and tired legs? Logic says jump on the watch the Lakers play on short, I’m emotionally Christmas Day against invested in the Lakers. bandwagon and go for a the Knicks, and even Being a Lakers fan is not a ride, because it’s easier when the Lakers were fad, or something that the that way. My loyalty tells trailing in the game, I rest of my friends were me otherwise, and your wasn’t dismayed. Instead, doing, and I’m certainly loyalty should too. If I continued to talk trash not doing it to be cool. you’re finding it hard to and cheer on my team. It’s all about my loyalty to cheer on your team, grit And when the Lakers where I’m from, and how your teeth and let the eventually won, I relished I learned a sport that I bandwagon ride by. in watching all the Knicks love to this very day. When I meet bandfans who had the cojones to sit in the Staples wagon fans, the same Juan Carlos Toledo can be Center walk out quietly. I thought always pops in reached at just had to sneak that jab my head — I wonder how Continued from page 20

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Mad hops | Sophomore Shonn Miller, along with the rest of the Cornell team, will head into the weekend ready to play against Ivy foes Princeton and Penn.

Men’s Basketball

Red Splits Two-Game Series With Columbia


fter defeating Columbia, 6663, on Saturday to split its two-game series with the Lions, Cornell is tied with Brown, Yale and Columbia for third place in the Ivy League. The Red went 8-9 during its non-conference schedule, playing teams from the Big Ten, Pac 12, SEC and ACC. While the Red was unable to win any of its matchups against teams in the power conferences, the team put up a good fight against Vanderbilt in a 55-66 loss. Harvard and Princeton currently sit atop the Ivy League with undefeated records of 2-0 and 1-0, respectively. The Red will travel to Princeton and Penn this weekend with a chance to improve its conference standing. — Skyler Dale

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Derraugh Becomes Winningest C.U. Ice Hockey Coach By HALEY VELASCO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

Lynah was buzzing Tuesday night as the women’s ice hockey team took on Mercyhurst at 7 p.m. With the game ending in a 4-0 win, head coach Doug Derraugh became the winningest coach in Cornell’s women’s ice hockey history. Currently, he stands at 136 wins — one more than Cornell’s first ever head coach Bill Duthie. “If you stay in it long enough, you’re bound to get there eventually,” Derraugh said in a statement. “But I’m very, very blessed to be in a situation where … the administrators really supported women’s ice hockey here at Cornell.” The action began when junior defensemen Hayleigh Cudmore grabbed a goal thanks to a pass from sophomore forward Jillian Saulnier, putting the Red up 1-0. Junior forward Brianne Jenner scored two goals in the first shortly afterward. For the second goal, Jenner deflected the puck off of her shin pad and went the other direction on a breakaway. She used her skills and slapped a backhand around a Mercyhurst defender and the Red went up, 2-0. For the third goal, Jenner took a pass from senior defensemen Laura Fortino, shot at the Lakers’ goalie which rolled over the goal line and gave the Red its third goal for the day. The goal for Jenner marked her 150th of her career and Fortino earned her 93rd career assist and is No. 5 on Cornell’s all-time list for assists. Junior forward Jessica Campbell had a goal in the third period — scoring the Red’s fourth point of the night — and the Red took home the shutout thanks to some assistance from freshman forward Taylor Woods and junior defenseman Alyssa Gagliardi. “I was real happy with the way our team played,” Derraugh said. “It was good to see us get off to a good start [and to] come ready to play.” Junior goalie Lauren Slebdonick grabbed her third shutout this season with 18 saves in total during the game. The “W”


Making history | After the 4-0 shutout against Mercyhurst on Tuesday night, head coach Doug Derraugh became the winningest head coach of women’s ice hockey at Cornell with 136 total wins.

puts her at 41 for her career, tying her with Alanna Hayes ’99 for the third winningest goalie in all of Cornell history. The win for the Red is the team’s second straight over Mercyhurst and kept the team at a perfect 10-0 at Lynah for the season. Cornell returns to Lynah Friday, when the team will face off against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 7 p.m. in its first

game of the Do It For Daron Series for charity. Fans are being encouraged to wear purple to help support the charity, which focuses on raising awareness and creating conversation about youth mental health. Haley Velasco can be reached at

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Red Looks to End With Win at Brown By JOHN McGRORTY Sun Staff Writer

On Saturday, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will travel to Brown University to close out the regular season. The Red aims to end the regular season on a high note and build strong forward momentum heading into Cornell championship season. With Ivy League Championships fast approaching, the Red will attempt to gain its first Ivy League regular season win vs. against Brown University. “We have been focusing as a team and working on the little things that are going to help us Brown score more points and have greater depth,” sophomore freestyler Katie Morin said. Saturday, 12 p.m. The men’s swimming and divProvidence, R.I. ing team (1-6) is looking forward to the meet after last year’s extremely close finish with Brown. Last season, the meet came down to the final relay, and the Red lost with its closest finish of the season at 155-145. This year, however, the Red aims to put the past behind the team,


Laps on laps on laps | The swimming and diving teams will head to Providence, R.I. to match-up against Brown University in the teams’ final meet of the regular season and prepare for the Ivy League Championships.

implement its hard work and beat Brown. “We have had a couple of hard losses, but I think the whole team is ready to finish the season strong,” sophomore diver Thomas Hallowell said. “We lost a heartbreaking meet last year to Brown, losing on the last relay, so I know everyone is motivated to go and beat them in their own pool.” Hallowell added that the men are likely to have a close

finish again this season. “It is definitely going to be a close meet. We lost by the smallest margin last year, and neither team has lost any of its motivation. Every race will be a battle and we are going to have to perform really well to be successful,” he said. See SWIMMING & DIVING page 18

Let the Bandwagon Go By C.U.Hits the Road at Penn,Princeton R WOMEN’S BASKETBALL


Sun Staff Writer

After completing a sweep of Columbia on Saturday, women’s basketball (10-6, 2-0 Ivy) is set to square off against the Princeton Tigers (10-5, 1-0) and the Pennsylvania Quakers (7-8, 0-1) on the road this weekend. The Red, which hopes to keep its perfect Ivy season alive, needs to have a strong defensive game to lock up the Tigers and last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year, Princeton’s talented senior guard Niveen Rasheed. Since her freshmen year, when she won Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Rasheed has dominated the conference. This season she has scored 15 points or more in 11 of the team’s 15 games and has averaged 16.4 points per game. She has also grabbed an average 8.9 rebounds a contest. “Rasheed has been the best player in our league for the last few years,” head coach Dayna Smith said. In order to beat Princeton, Smith believes the Red will have to play carefully on its offensive and defensive ends. “[We have to] rebound [and] play team defense,” Smith said. “[We] have to take care of the basketball.” Nevertheless, she remains realistic about Princeton and the formidable Rasheed. “I don’t think you can shut her down, but I think you can limit the damage that she does,” Smith said. In addition to Rasheed, the Tigers have a solid supporting cast of

guards and forwards, including junior forward Kristen Helmstetter and sophomore guard Blake Dietrick. The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Red by a margin of 4420 and 15-7 during Smith’s tenure. In the last match up between the two teams, the Tigers dominated the Red 75-39 on the road. After battling with the Tigers at 7 p.m. on Friday, the Red will take on the Quakers at the same time Sunday. While Penn has lost three games in a row, it played well against the Big East’s Villanova Wildcats on Jan. 16 in a 48-44 loss. The Quakers have a similar team structure as the Tigers, centering around one key athlete, junior guard Alyssa Baron. “She’s another player that’s very capable of scoring twenty person a game,” Smith said. While Baron’s 15.1 points per

game make her Penn’s only player averaging over 10 points a contest, sophomore forward Kara Bonenberger and freshmen guard Keiera Ray each have nearly nine points a game. Ray earned her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week award on Monday. The Quakers have the all-time lead over the Red, 48-19, but Cornell has won 10 of the last 14 games against Penn, including both games last season. Smith stresses the importance of limiting her opponent’s best players in each of the weekend’s matchups. “[We can’t] allow both team’s stars to take over,” she said. Ultimately, the Red has been preparing for its physically exhausting double-header this weekend with a challenging goal: to remain perfect in the Ivy League. Skyler Dale can be reached at


Striving for perfection | Junior guard Allyson DiMagno and the Red prepare for back-to-back games at Princeton and Penn this weekend.

emember when sports contests got so heated that fans of the opposing teams would actually engage in physical violence against one another? Picture bare-chested, beer gut-toting middle-aged men attempting to box one another during some random football game. Not the prettiest sight, I’ll concede, but a stereotypical depiction of what happens at sports venues. What drives otherwise sensible and logical people to

from New York, Miami Heat fans from northern California and New England Patriots fans from South Florida. If you’d like to know what my reaction to hearing this looks like, just picture the Jackie Chan WTF meme. Furthermore, another trend that I must admit I loathe more than the aforementioned geographical oddities in loyalty has got to be the spike in the size of a team’s fan base when the given team begins to win, seemingly out of nowhere. Trust me, if you

Juan Carlos Toledo Showtime at the Forum the point of physical altercations against each other at sports venues everywhere? It’s not cheap beer, or even the stereotypically male need to assert one’s dominance over others, although the case could be made. It’s loyalty, plain and simple. Loyalty to a team, to a city, or even to a specific identity or affinity is such strong emotional motivation to sports enthusiasts. A trend that I’ve noticed recently that somewhat baffles me is meeting fans of any given team who, for lack of a more respectful phrase, have no seemingly logical reason, purpose, or need to cheer on that team. I’ve met Oklahoma City Thunder fans

didn’t notice the ridiculous growth in the Miami Heat fan base after the summer of 2010, then you must have been living under a rock for the past two-and-a-half years. Of course, there’s the one case that I will say I absolutely detest above all the rest, and that’s the growth of the Los Angeles Clippers’ fan base since the acquisition of point guard Chris Paul. If you know a thing or two about basketball, then you might be saying to yourself right now that I’m just another salty Lakers fan — based on my column moniker — who is witnessing the rise of See TOLEDO page 18


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