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Newly resurrected dinner series will foster discussion about religion, culture, traditions and customs. | Page 3

Zachary Zahos ’15 says At Berkeley is an exploration of the flaws of one university and a nation. | Page 8

The women’s hockey team will host events with Athlete Ally and Do It for Daron this weekend. | Page 16

Gannett Health Services to Expand by 2017

Changes include redesigned lobby area,new exam rooms By NOAH RANKIN Sun Senior Writer

With Gannett Health Services currently unable to “accomodate current campus health needs,” the University plans to more than double the overall size of the center by 2017, according to University officials. The University will expand the center’s usable space from 25,000 square feet to 52,000 square feet and update the facility to comply with current health standards. As part of a $55 million renovation, the expansion will allow space for patients in crisis, according to Sharon Dittman, associate director for community relations at Gannett. Gannett’s current building, which dates back to 1956, will expand primarily in the back of the building, Dittman said. Other renovations will include a redesigned lobby area for general information, new visiting and examination rooms and a renovated and relocated entranceway facing Ho Plaza. The additional space will increase the size of waiting areas, offices and exam rooms, since many existing spaces are too small to accommodate Cornell’s student population, according to Dittman. Ithaca’s Planning and Development Board reviewed the sketch plan for the renovation — which includes a summary and renderings of the project — Tuesday. The final plan will be reviewed in April, and construction will begin in March 2015 and end in Aug. 2017, according to Dittman. Dittman said the University has been exploring


Healthy changes | Renderings of the proposed addition to Gannett Health Services depict (above) a view looking southeast up Campus Road and (below) a view from the Ho Plaza promenade, including part of the existing building.

options to improve the health services facility “since the middle of the last decade,” though the project was originally tabled in 2009 due to the financial crisis. “The pressures on the Gannett facility had required several health services departments to move out of the building, staff in the building to work in increasingly tight spaces [and] the growing number of patients and clients to crowd into tighter waiting areas, exam rooms and counseling offices,” Dittman said. According to Dittman, Gannett was last renovated in 1979, when there were 5,000 fewer students, demand per student was lower and there were fewer regulatory See GANNETT page 4

East Ave.Closure Will Affect C.U.Events NPR Host to Give Events such as Dragon Day, Cornell Days to experience minor changes By SOFIA HU Sun Staff Writer

Students may have adjusted their routines to the partial closure of East Avenue, but those planning major events on campus may find the closure to be more of a roadblock, student leaders say. The closure of the road’s southbound lane until April 2015 may

cause minor changes to University traditions such as Dragon Day and Cornell Days, according to students involved with the events. The Dragon Day parade — which occurs in March — traditionally passes through East Avenue towards the Engineering Quad. With construction and road closures, however, the freshman architecture students who traditionally


Road closed ahead | The East Avenue road closure may potentially affect the operations of some University events, student leaders say.

organize the event are considering other options, according to Aya Maers ’18, co-president of the Dragon Day committee. The event’s organizers may be required to work with the University to potentially open the northbound lane, Maers said. “[We] are looking into alternate routes and seeing if there are people we can contact to see if an exception can be made,” she said. “Hopefully, the closure does not have a big impact on the route of the dragon ... it is really too early to tell at this point.” Because the dragon is made on a rolling frame and must travel along a flat road, East Avenue is a “critical part of the [parade’s] route,” Christopher Andras ’18, president of the freshman architecture class said. “Usually, the procession on East Avenue allows spectators to sit on the hill to the East and see the Dragon, but changing the route might do away with this,” Andras See EAST AVE. page 4

Lecture at Cornell By SARAH CUTLER

to a spin-off blog called “The Race Card Project,” according to Norris’ webMichele Norris, the for- site. mer host of the National Kenneth Clarke, direcPublic Radio tor for the evening news Center for program, “All C o r n e l l T h i n g s U n i t e d Considered,” Religious will take to Works, one of the podium in the campus Sage Chapel organizations Tuesday to tell sponsoring the story of the lecture, writing her said Norris self-described “ s p e a k s NORRIS “a c c i d e n t a l poignantly to memoir.” the issue of race” in her Her book, The Grace of book. He aniticipates “a Silence, was named one of fair amount of interest” in the year’s best books by The Norris’ visit. Christian Science Monitor, “I think she is going to the book began as a quest to be a very compelling speakuncover how Americans er,” Clarke said. “She’s talked about race in the somone many people are wake of the Obama presidential election, and has led See NORRIS page 4

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Quotes of the Week


News, “University Officials Support Federal Sexual Assault Memorandum,” Thursday Speaking about Obama’s new task force, which will support students fighting campus sexual assault

Using Cornell I.T. With Assistive Technology: Does It Make the Grade? 10 - 11 a.m., G10 Biotechnology Building

“This support should come in the form of compensation for students who are doing the work that administrators are getting paid for, lending additional support to overworked lower-level administrators who deal directly with students.” Anna-Lisa Castle ’14, student activist

Psychology Colloquium 3:30 p.m., 202 Uris Hall

News, “Cornell Cafés Cook Up Business,” Thursday Speaking about building a customer base at the Fork and Gavel Café

Get Your Game On 6:30 - 10 p.m., TV Lounge, Robert Purcell Community Center

“The law school is small and wonderful, but we need to be serving more people to make this business sustainable. We’re working to build a stronger, bigger customer base.”

Constesting Constructed Indian-ness 7 - 9 p.m., 2nd Floor Auditorium, Robert Purcell Community Center

Fork and Gavel co-owner Kathleen Pasetty


News, “Reddit Co-Founder to Discuss New Book at Cornell,” Thursday Speaking about Alexis Ohanian’s upcoming visit to Cornell as part of five-month tour “Ohanian is an angel investor and advocate for open-Internet. He’s not only inspiring as a successful entrepreneur, but as an active angel seeding some of the most influential companies today.”

Meet the Conifers 1 - 2:30 p.m., Cornell Plantations Many Voices, One Hill: A West Hill Dialect 2 - 4 p.m., 1259 Trumansburg Rd.

Ali Hamed ’14, event organizer

Shimtah 13th Annual Concert 7 - 9 p.m., Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall

Letter to the Editor, “Defending Cornell Athletics,” Thursday Responding to a Sun editorial, “A Call to Change the Academic Policy for Athletes”

C.U. Music: Violinist Ariana Kim and Colleagues 8 - 9:30 p.m., Hayloft, Carriage House Café

“The editorial implies that coaches are not sufficiently concerned with their student-athletes’ academic and athletic success. Nothing could be further from the truth. During my 30-plus years at Cornell, the welfare of student-athletes has always been our top priority.”

Club Big Red Karaoke and Mocktail Bar 6 - 9 p.m., TV Lounge 101, Robert Purcell Community Center

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Cornell Diversity Initiative Helps ‘Navigate Differences’

Year of the horse

‘Breaking Bread’ dinners foster student dialogue By LUSINE MEHRABYAN

ing Cornell community,” Gilman said. “The goal is not to help these groups find everything they have in common, Students with diverse worldviews and but rather to learn more about their difcultures will be brought together thanks ferences and connect on a human level.” to a the newly resurrected Breaking At each dinner, Alexander facilitates Bread Series, according to the Renee discussion with six students from each Alexander ’74, associate dean of stu- group about religion, culture, traditions dents. and customs, she said. The series, re-initiated by Alexander Alexander said she saw the increasing — who is also the director of intercul- diversity on campus as a reason tore-start tural programs — the Breaking Bread will bring together series. two groups or orga- “The goal is ... to learn “Here we have an nizations periodi- more about their amazing diverse stucally throughout dent body, but that is the semester to differences and connect only step one. Step two facilitate discussion is seeing how do [stuand exchange, on a human level.” dents] navigate their according to Renee Alexander ’74 differences,” Alexander Alexander. said. “Does everybody Breaking Bread, feel they have a sense of which was began at belonging? Are there Cornell in 2007 as a diversity initiative, people who feel they are marginalized on will launch Feb. 11 at 104 West!, with this campus?” members of Cornell Hillel and the The University today has a dramatiMuslim Educational and Cultural cally different racial composition than it Association participating in the first did in the past, with many more minormeal of the series, according to ity and international students than it did Alexander. in the 1970s, according to Alexander. Breaking Bread is a good way to fos“If you take a look at the demographter friendship, said former Cornell Hillel ic profile of Cornell today, we have more President Jordana Gilman ’14. non-white students than ever before. We “The goal is to bridge gaps between have the largest class of African ancestry, groups of people on campus and ulti- more Latino students and more Asians mately create a more accepting and car- than ever before,” Alexander said. Sun Staff Writer


Students celebrate the Chinese New Years with a variety of traditional Chinese meals at Okenshields Thursday.

According to MECA President Mohamed Ismail grad, the dinner topics of the first Breaking Bread will allow for introspection while learning about the similarities between the Muslim and Jewish religions. “There is more of an individual level,” Ismail said. “What does being Jewish or Muslim mean to you? There is more personal connection there.” Nina Gershonowitz ’16, the chair of Cultural Programming at Hillel, said she believes Breaking Bread can be the start of something important on campus. “Our world is filled with so many kinds of people, and I think it is important to get to know someone who is not like you,” Gerzhonowitz said. “The

Term at Sea ‘Opens Eyes’ to New Cultures By ZOE FERGUSON Sun Staff Writer

Partway through their Semester at Sea study abroad experience, Cornell students praise the program’s ability to bring students together and provide real-world experience on a trip spanning 11 countries. Along with over 500 students from universities around the world, the eight Cornell students onboard will take daily classes, earning credit through the University of Virginia, the academic sponsor of the program, according to Mallory McCarty, communications intern for the Institute for Shipboard Education, which manages the program.

The ship, called the MV Explorer, will periodically stop at various international ports for several days, according to McCarty. Students in the program boarded the MV Explorer in Ensenada, Mexico Jan. 10 and will disembark May 2 in Southampton, England. One Cornell student participating in the program, Seth Martin ’16, said his decision to join the voyage was “the best choice that [he has] ever made.” Martin said he “never realized how beautiful a real and pure human connection was” until he spent a few weeks “with people all stuck together.” Aaron Rouser ’15 said participating in the program


John Chong, director of Project Engineering at KIONIX, a manufacturing company, gives a lecture about technology Tuesday.

has provided him with an experience that he would have never received if he did not take this opportunity at sea. “I have come to interact with a small portion of the world outside of Chicago and Cornell, and see cultures and ways of life vastly different from mine,” he said. Onboard the Explorer, cell phone use is forbidden and Internet use is limited to about two hours for the entire semester. The lack of social media has kept students more focused on their coursework, according to Martin. “We don’t want to be in port playing catch-up, so people work hard,” Martin said, adding that the learning environment onboard the ship is both “intense and invigorating.” According to Rouser, students in the program are encouraged by their professors to put aside their books to get real-life experience. “[We] experience and apply what we learn in the classroom to see the relevance that it holds in the real world.” Rouser said. “The world truly is our classroom, and class never ceases to be in session.” Martin said the lack of technology onboard has also changed the way he thinks about his interpersonal relationships. He says he has come to realize that his use of technology at home is unnecessary.

“I will never use a cell phone at a dinner table again,” Martin said. “I look back on any time I’ve had my phone out unnecessarily when there was a real fleshand-blood human being sitting next to me and cringe.” Besides the removal from technology, Martin said he also appreciates the opportunity to experience life in different parts of the world. He said the only downside of his trip so far has been his “sheer incredulity” that students in America are not required to engage in study abroad or become fluent in a foreign language. “Everyone in the United States, or Cornell to start, should be required to study abroad. You learn far more than you ever could [by] staying in one place,” he said. Martin said his experience on the ship this semester has been “amazing” and “enlightening.” “I will never stop traveling,” he said. Rouser echoed Martin’s sentiment, saying he would never view the world around him the same way as he did before. “I am just shy of a month in, but already this has been one of my most remarkable life experiences that I will never forget,” Rouser said.

more people you know, the more cultures you can understand and respect, and the better off as a person you will be.” Alexander said she hopes the first Breaking Bread dinner will result in Jewish and Muslim students learning more about each other. “We are going to firmly root Breaking Bread and build a campus community where we understand each other,” Alexander said. “Why not take advantage of the wonderful difference that we have on campus and learn from it and embrace it?” Lusine Mehrabyan can be reached at

Burning Question With the Super Bowl this Sunday, what do you think are the best foods to eat on game day? “Super cereal. Although I will need to find my super spoon before the game.” — That Guy ’16 “Doesn’t matter so long as it’s with Beyonce.” — That Other Guy ’16 “WINGS. NACHOS. So many fattening options, so little time.” — Calorie Counter ’17 “Just that side dish of celery that comes with the wings.” — Hottie with a Body ’15 “Dinosaur chicken nuggets … don’t judge me.” — Cretaceous Chomper ’14 “Eating during the Super Bowl? Forget that; I’ll be saving my appetite for the Puppy Bowl. — Dog Lover ’15 “A whole football. Raw. I love the pigskin.” — Confused Bacon Fan ’16 “Okenshields.” — No One Ever ’17

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Univ.:Visitors Can Enjoy Campus Despite Road Closure EAST AVE.

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said. “My hope is that we can ask to clear the road for one day to allow Dragon Day to proceed without changing a tradition that has been upheld for over 100 years.” Prospective students and other visitors to Cornell will also have to navigate around the closure during Cornell Days, according to Jacob Tallman ’14, a member of the Ambassadors Steering Committee. Still, the road closure is not expected to have “any significant impact” during the event, according to Tallman. “In the past, Cornell Days has occurred while the Thurston Avenue bridge was closed for construction, and the program occurred with no major issues,” Tallman said. Because many visitors do not drive through Central Campus during their visit and choose to walk, use pub-

lic transportation or park in other areas on campus, the event does not bring much additional traffic to East Avenue, according to Tallman. Even if visitors choose to drive through campus, they may benefit from seeing some of the more scenic parts of campus when directed to West Avenue, Tallman said. “Driving through West Avenue will give visitors another opportunity to see more of the campus, including the West Campus housing area, as well as the gorgeous view up Libe Slope that they otherwise may not have seen,” Tallman said. “With our great student volunteers and wonderful faculty and staff support, we don't expect that the construction will make [the campus] more difficult to navigate.” For events like Cornell Days, Commencement, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Department of Transportation and Mail Services officials said they have an established process to accommodate the increase in

traffic. The process includes working “closely with event committees to identify routes to minimize the impact of increased traffic,” collaborating with “charter bus and shuttle operators to move participants from parking areas to events taking place on campus,” and installing “wayfinding signage to direct motorists to their destination,” according to Transportation Services officials. Despite any potential issues the road closure may cause, University officials are optimistic about the construction. “We believe that visitors and prospective students will continue to enjoy our pedestrian campus, perhaps be encouraged to try TCAT, and see what a positive addition to the Arts Quad that Klarman will become,” Transportation Services officials said. Sofia Hu can be reached at

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compliance requirements. “The current facility was not designed to accommodate current campus health needs, nor to facilitate the provision of integrated health care services,” Dittman said. “The project is envisioned as a transformation of the university health services facility.” The project cost will be funded by a “unique partnership among the deans of all of the schools and colleges, the administration and donors,” Dittman said. Two-thirds of the project funding will be covered by the colleges and administrative units and are already in place, while the remainder is still being raised through philanthropy, Dittman said. Last July, Cornell Board of Trustees Chair Robert S. Harrison ’76 and his wife, Jane Harrison, donated $5 million to the project, The Sun previously reported. The project will be completed with assistance and design from local architectural firms Chiang O’Brien Architects and Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects LLP. The co-founder and president of Chiang O’Brien Architects, Grace Chiang ’81, studied architecture at Cornell and has worked on projects for the University since the 1990s. “Chiang O'Brien Architects is delighted to be working on this extremely important project with the University to transform the

Speaker to Provide ‘Valuable Insight’ On Issues of Race NORRIS

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Blueprint | A drawing depicts the $55 million planned Gannett renovations between Campus Road (left) and Ho Plaza (right).

health center in a way that will allow the physical facility to support their expansive health care services,” Chiang said. “We are extremely pleased that the University chose us to design this facility for them.” Dittman said the Gannett staff looks forward to working with Chiang’s firm, as well as the prospect of the renovation in general. “The entire Gannett team shares a

sense of excitement and gratitude for this opportunity to engage with the architects, the campus community, and our generous benefactors to build a facility that reflects the centrality of health in Cornell’s values and mission,” she said. Noah Rankin can be reached at

familiar with in this very NPR-friendly region, and I am very excited to hear what she has to say.” Students, too, look forward to the talk. Alexander Schonenberg ’16, an “avid” NPR listener, said Norris’ program is “an important part” of his life. “Norris has reported on a wide range of issues, and her experiences provide a valuable insight into the problems that America faces today,” Schonenberg said. “I am very excited to watch her MLK speech because of what she has to offer in regard to race relations.” Brendan Gleason ’16 said enjoys listening to Norris’ show and looks forward to hearing her lecture. “Michele Norris seems like someone I can have an easy conversation with,” he said. “She speaks fluently and intelligently, but never comes off as condescending.” Anika Sethy contributed reporting to this article. Sarah Cutler can be reached at

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Police: Nine Family Members Killed in Kentucky House Fire

GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The bodies of eight children and their mother were found huddled together in or near a master bedroom, victims of an early-morning fire Thursday from which only the father and an 11-year-old daughter escaped after it ripped through a modest home in western Kentucky. The fire started accidentally with combustible material against an electric heater in a bedroom, said Kentucky State Police Trooper Stu Recke. The side and roof of the small, white-wood frame house with three bedrooms and an enclosed porch collapsed, leaving a lone chimney standing. Fire investigators pored over the melted and burned remnants of household goods and charred beams that lay scattered on the ground. Recke identified those killed as 35-year-old LaRae “Nikki” Watson, 15-year-old Madison Watson, 14-year-old Kaitlyn Watson, 13-year-old Morgan Watson, 9-year-old Emily Watson, 8-year-old Samuel Watson, 6-year-old Raegan Watson and 4-year-old twin brothers Mark and Nathaniel Watson. Recke said the fact that all the victims were near each other could be an indication that they were trying to escape through a window, but investigators aren’t sure. The mother and children were all found together; the ninth person was found between 10 and 15 feet away, Recke said. Autopsies on the remains were started Thursday afternoon. The father, 36-year-old Chad Watson, and 11-year-old Kylie Watson, were at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Hospital spokesman Doug Campbell said both were in critical, but stable condition Thursday afternoon. The fire broke out in the single-family house just west of Greenville, which is about 130 miles southwest of Louisville in the state’s western coal fields. Greenville had a population of just more than 4,000 people in 2010, census figures show. Recke said Chad Watson told first responders his wife and other children were still inside, but the rescuers couldn’t get into the house. A family member, Ricky Keith, who lives about a mile up a hill from the home, said the couple struggled financially with Chad Watson working construction and handling a paper route while Nikki Watson stayed home with the children. “I don’t know how they made it as long as they had. They’ve struggled as long as I’ve known them, but they loved one another, I know that and they loved them kids,” Keith said. Recke described the region as “a rural area where everybody knows everybody.” The house is in a small neighborhood of single-family dwellings, trailers and farmland. In front of the house, a white van stood on a concrete parking pad. At least five kids’ bikes and a child’s riding toy were strewn about the yard near a swing set. Keith said the home was

“wore out” and the children played constantly in the yard. “They kept them in the yard and didn’t let them out of their sight,” Keith said. Several first responders lived near the home and reported that the house was fully engulfed when they arrived, within minutes of getting the call, Recke said. The Kentucky State Fire Marshal also had an investigator on the scene. Recke said it is too early to tell what caused the blaze but noted that temperatures in the area were in the and single-digits teens overnight. Muhlenberg County School Superintendent Randy McCarty sent a note to staff members at schools about the fire and said grief counselors were being made available to teachers and students. “This loss has affected staff and students alike,” McCarty said in the note. “We want all to know that we are here for them and their needs at this time of loss.” This is Kentucky’s third fire in a little more than a year that has killed five or more people. Last January, four children under 6 and their father were killed in a blaze near Pikeville in eastern Kentucky that also severely burned their mother. Authorities said the home lacked a smoke detector. In March, a fire at a home in the southern Kentucky community of Gray killed a young couple and five children, the oldest of whom was 3. The area of the latest fire was featured in the 1971 John Prine song “Paradise,” about the impact of coal mining and what happens to the area around the Green River once the mining ends. The song references Peabody Energy Corporation and a now-defunct town called Paradise.

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Tobacco Companies Challenge New York City Coupon Ban NEW YORK (AP) — Tobacco companies and three trade groups representing cigarette retailers asked a federal court on Thursday to block a new law designed to keep tobacco prices sky high in New York City. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, challenges a city ordinance passed last fall that set a minimum price of $10.50 for every pack of cigarettes sold in the city, and prohibited the use of coupons or other promotional discounts to lower that price. The coupon ban also applies to other forms of tobacco. Tobacco manufacturers and sellers say those restrictions on discounts are an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights. “The ban on coupons and promotional price discounts raise serious federal and state constitutional questions while also being pre-empted by federal and state laws,” said Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets. The suit asks the court to block parts of the law from taking effect in March. It does not challenge the most high-profile section of the law, which banned the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. New York City’s pricing rules were signed into law in November by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They were the last in a string of anti-tobacco rules and laws that he championed over his 12 years as mayor that made New York City’s cigarettes the

costliest in the country. Retail prices now often exceed the minimum set by the city, due to high taxes. Bloomberg left office at the end of December. The city’s Law Department did not respond to a request for comment. Anti-smoking advocates have pushed for pricing controls as a way of making cigarettes so expensive that people won’t pick up the habit, or will be forced to quit. Courts have generally upheld laws establishing minimum prices, and the lawsuit filed Thursday does not challenge the city’s $10.50 pricing minimum. But in other jurisdictions, legal price minimums usually allow for consumers to pay less through manufacturers coupons and other pricing deals, like “buy one, get one free” sales. The tobacco companies named in the suit, including giants Lorillard, R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris USA, say they have the right to keep offering consumers those discounts. The tobacco industry filed a similar lawsuit against the city of Providence, R.I., when it implemented a ban on coupons and discounts. That legal challenge failed when the city’s rules were upheld by a federal appeals court. That decision is not binding in New York, however, Briant said he believes that different legal standards apply here that put this new challenge on better footing.

Boston Globe Owner Henry Takes on Publisher Role BOSTON (AP) — The new owner of the Boston Globe named himself publisher Thursday and appointed a well-known Boston advertising executive as CEO. John Henry, also the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, said he will concentrate on strategy, while Mike Sheehan will oversee dayto-day business operations. Henry bought the Globe and related New England properties from the New York Times Co. in October. He is the Globe’s third owner and its ninth publisher. “My main role as publisher is to ensure that the Globe has the right management and that management has the resources to accomplish its mission,” Henry said. Sheehan, former CEO of Boston-based Hill Holliday, joined the Globe earlier this month as a consultant. The Massachusetts native began his newspaper career as sports editor of the Weymouth News and as a reporter for The

Patriot Ledger, of Quincy, before moving into advertising. As CEO of Hill Holliday from 2003 to 2013, he handled clients such as Bank of America Corp. and Dunkin’ Brands. “I am just a true believer in the value of quality journalism, properly sourced, well vetted, wonderfully written and edited,” Sheehan said. “And I’m not the only one.” Sheehan is treasurer of the One Fund Boston foundation for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Henry had said earlier this month the Globe would seek an executive to oversee business operations and work to expand its presence in television and other platforms, as well as exploring new ways of attracting advertisers and sponsors. Former publisher Christopher Mayer, credited with restoring the Globe’s profitability over four years, resigned this month as part of the ownership transition.


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Expanding Mental Health Counseling Online FOLLOWING THE INITIATIVE OF OTHER universities such as the University of Florida, Cornell announced that this month it will begin to provide online mental health counseling, in the form of instant messaging. In a high-pressure college environment, in which students may feel overwhelmed, isolated or even depressed, it is important that students who may feel uncomfortable talking to a counselor — in person or on the phone — can still seek help. Though Gannett’s Counseling and Psychological Services already provides many resources to the Cornell community, this specific program is important because it targets a type of person who may not otherwise seek out Gannett resources. We are glad the University’s Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service, a program under CAPS, is taking another step to offer a greater variety of counseling options. One benefit of this program is that instant messaging provides a level of privacy unmatched by the current resources available. According to Micaela Corazón — director of Ithaca’s Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services’ 24-hour telephone counseling service, Crisisline — students may be more open over chat than on the phone or in person because of the feeling of anonymity. Therefore, having counseling available over instant messaging will provide students a more private space to discuss their problems and feelings. Instead of needing to physically go to Gannett or talk over the phone, students can take advantage of the chat to get the help they need from the comfort of their own home. In addition to making students feel more comfortable about seeking help, this program will also allow quick, convenient access to mental health services whenever and wherever someone needs it. Rather than waiting for an appointment, a student can just use his or her computer to talk to a counselor right away. Since students already have very busy schedules, avoiding additional appointments may help relieve stress. However, we recognize that instant message counseling is not without its flaws. From behind a computer screen, a counselor cannot pick up on non-verbal or physical cues. Additionally, the hours that online counseling is offered could be expanded to help more students. Offering this service only three hours a day during the workweek — from 6 to 9 p.m. — may not be accessible enough for students seeking these resources. We hope that if this program sees initial success, Gannett will expand the hours of availability until later at night, when many students feel the most stress. Though we understand if this online service cannot be extended to a 24-hour program, we believe that by eventually extending this service later into the night and weekends, it would be more beneficial to students seeking immediate counseling. CAPS already strives to offer a range of counseling services to the Cornell community, including EARS, 24-hour phone consultation and group counseling. Still, we believe that by adding online counseling services, CAPS may be able to reach even more students. While it is not yet clear whether online counseling will be an effective substitute for in-person counseling, we applaud the University for continuing to expand its mental health services.


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Q: I’m in a debate with my friend about the name of Libe Slope. My friend thinks it’s named after a person, but I think it’s short for “library.” Which is it? — Struggling with Abbreviations ’15 A: You won this round. Libe Slope is simply short for Library Slope. The abbreviated version appears in The Sun as early as 1926 (in a joke about the need for a fence on the Slope to shield against the wind). Cornell’s first dedicated library building opened at the top of the Slope in 1891. Originally just known as the University Library, it was renovated and renamed Uris Library in 1961, to honor donors Harold Uris ’25 and his brother Percy. (Percy attended Columbia, which also has a Uris Hall.) The term “Library Slope” shows up as early as 1902, just over a decade after the library opened. Q: Did folk singer Pete Seeger ever perform at Cornell? — Where Have All the Flowers Gone ’13 A: Seeger, who died Monday, was a frequent visitor of Ithaca. He hosted an evening of folk songs in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room as early as 1946 and frequently returned throughout the subsequent decades for performances at Anabel Taylor Hall, Willard Straight Hall, Bailey Hall and in the beloved American Folk Literature course (known to students as “Romp-n-Stomp”) taught by Harold Thompson, a former Cornell professor. Seeger’s many campus visits in the ’50s and ’60s likely had a significant impact on the Cornell folk community. The Cornell Folk Song Society formed in the 1950s. Peter Yarrow ’59, who served as the society’s president while a student, later formed the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, reaching the Billboard Top 10 with Seeger’s “If I Had a Hammer.” One of Seeger’s songs, “Garbage!,” was written by local folk musician and Cornell staff member Bill Steele ’54. And Cornell’s student-run radio station, WVBR-FM, began airing Bound for Glory in 1967, which is now North America’s longest-running live folk concert broadcast. Seeger and his legacy were celebrated locally in 2009 when Ithacans gathered at Stewart Park in honor of the musician’s 90th birthday. Q: Is it the Dairy Bar or the Dairy Barn?

— Dairy-Deprived Senior ’14

A: Cornell has both a dairy bar and dairy barns, but the place where people buy ice cream is the Cornell Dairy Bar, which finally reopened this January after closing in 2010 for a major renovation to Stocking Hall and a rebuilt dairy plant. The cows themselves hang out in Cornell’s dairy barns. In fact, Cornell opened a nationally-acclaimed stateof-the-art Teaching Dairy Barn in fall 2012. The best part? The barn has back scratchers for the cows. Curious about Cornelliana? Looking for Cornell lore behind a legend? Submit your questions to Ezra’s Oracle appears alternate Fridays this semester.


Boycotts won’t work To the Editor: Community organizing –– the art of bringing people together to bring about real, substantive change –– rests on a central principle: You judge an action by its reaction. If what you care about is a certain result, you don’t bother with actions that feel suitable, but rather actions that will work. When it comes to Palestinian statehood –– a cause I fight for everyday as an active member of J Street U, a pro-Israel, pro-peace organization –– boycotts, as Rebecca John advocates for in her column, are hardly a useful tactic. While you can certainly debate their validity, there’s no question that boycotts do little more than alienate Israelis and drive a wedge between a growing community fighting for peace. Equally unproductive is John’s assertion that Israel is engaged in a “genocidal state apparatus.” Statements like these –– which, by the way, are factually absurd –– only hand the opposition more opportunities to dodge the real issues. Why welcome debates about anti-Semitism and historical accuracy when the plain truth is a sufficient cause for critique? There is no shortage of Americans eager for Middle Eastern peace, but it is crucial that we remain united in our message. Promoting tactics like boycotts while delivering inaccurate remarks is hardly the way to influence our adversaries. Jess Coleman ’16 CORRECTION A Jan. 30 new story, “University Officials Support Federal Sexual Assault Memorandum,” incorrectly implied that President Obama’s memorandum was signed Wednesday, Jan. 29. In fact, the memorandum was signed last Wednesday, Jan. 22. Also, A Jan. 29 news story, “Cornell Aims to Make Events Accessible,” incorrectly identified Erin Sember-Chase as an industrial labor relations professor. In fact, she is a project coordinator for the Employment and Disability Institute within the ILR school.

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Hoof in Mouth

New Year, New Pet Resolutions

et’s talk about routine animal health care. The start of the new year is stereotypically when people decide to lead healthier lifestyles: They make an effort to go to the gym, eat better and follow their doctors’ advice. But what about healthier lifestyles for our pets? Routine wellness care is the bread and butter of many veterinary practices, but I’ve increasingly been hearing complaints from people that their pet’s veterinarian has recommended frivolous procedures and that appointment costs are higher than ever. Somehow, the perception seems to have developed that many veterinarians are just out for money. I can see how this perception could have arisen. First of all, there has recently been increased media attention regarding the high cost of a veterinary education and about how most vet students graduate with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. Unfortunately, it is human nature to assume that veterinarians would do whatever possible to make more money in order to climb their way out of debt. People fail to consider, however, that veterinarians do not choose their profession for the money. I’ve never met a single veterinarian or veterinary student who has said, “I decided to become a veterinarian because I want to be rich someday.” Most veterinarians do what they do because they feel passionate about the profession, and they completely acknowledge that they may face financial difficulties. I’ve never met a veterinarian who would recommend a procedure purely for monetary gain or that would be detrimental to an animal. So what about these ostensibly frivolous procedures that veterinarians seem to be recommending? For example, I’ve heard several complaints about dental procedures that com-

It’s never too late to make a new resolution –– for 2014, consider pledging to stay on top of your pet’s medical needs. panion animal veterinarians have recommended that often cost hundreds of dollars. To pet owners, it sometimes seems as if the veterinarian has only glanced in their animal’s mouth before recommending one of these procedures. However, they are not frivolous –– dental health is essential to maintaining our pets’ well-being. The veterinarian has likely seen signs of periodontal disease, ranging from gingivitis to calculus accumulation on the teeth. Many of these conditions can be painful and even lead to the eventual loss of teeth. Animals can be very good at hiding signs of pain, so owners often do not notice their pets are experiencing any discomfort. But imagine what it would be like if your mouth hurt all the time –– especially when you tried to eat. Aside from the necessity of these procedures, many owners question the validity of their high cost. Hundreds of dollars seems high for a simple dental procedure, but take into account that the costs of pet dental care are similar to that of human dental care and that animals must additionally be put under general anesthesia. Maybe one day pet insurance will be commonplace, affordable and inclusive of routine procedures and office visits, but it isn’t there yet. There are two take-home messages from all of this. Firstly, the real issue may not be the procedures or how much they cost, but the quality of the veterinarian-client relationship. I think that clients have to make an effort to shop around, not for a veterinarian with the lowest prices, but for a veterinarian who they can get along with, who knows their animal and who they can trust. From the veterinarian’s side, perhaps more should be done to explain to clients the rationale behind the procedures they suggest –– though handing out informative pamphlets may be quick and efficient, it doesn’t always help to build the most successful relationship between veterinarian and client. The other message to remember is that routine animal care is important in order to maintain the welfare of our companions: Owners should take this into account when they consider acquiring an animal and should make an effort to stay on top of their animal’s needs. It’s never too late to make a new resolution –– for 2014, consider pledging to stay on top of your pet’s medical needs. Nikhita Parandekar graduated from Cornell in 2011 and is a third-year veterinary student in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. She may be reached at Hoof in Mouth appears alternate Fridays this semester.


Comment of the day “Love and intimacy drastically help men and women to realize their full potential as human beings. This prize is so very much worth the gamble of meeting a couple of ‘vampires’ along the way, especially if you are able to laugh it off like this and not take yourself too seriously. ... Who knows, even if it takes a while to find him or her, you learn so much about yourself and others by trying.” Aguy Re: “KUSSMAN: Does Love Conquer All? It’s Up to You,” Opinion, published January 30, 2014

Mark Sonnick |


What’s Up, Doc?

If You’re Healthy and You Know It,Wash Your Hands

oday’s hospitals are high-tech healing centers that feature the latest medical techniques. Doctors are using robotic technology to perform surgery, and DNA sequencers are producing mountains of information about patients. Physicians and scientists at medical schools like Weill Cornell Medical College continue to discover new technologies to heal people and keep them healthy. In spite of all the exciting health care technology available today, there is a scoundrel in American medicine — a villain in the wards that is responsible for many hospitalacquired infections. This villain is none other than the hand –– specifically, the hands of health care workers that are all too often full of germs. As medicine continues to focus on the advancement of health care technology, low-tech hand hygiene procedures that are necessary to protect patients are not always followed. The necessity of hand hygiene, which includes hand washing and the disinfection of hands with sanitizing products, has been documented since the mid-1800s due to studies conducted by Boston physician Oliver Wendell Holmes and Vienna doctor Ignaz Semmelweis. Both Holmes and Semmelweis realized that puerperal fever, a leading cause of death in women who had recently given birth, could be transmitted through the hands of physicians. Despite Holmes’ and Semmelweis’ assertions that diseases could be transmitted through doctors’ hands, it was decades before the health care community and relevant

authorities took hand hygiene seriously. The United States Public Health Service published a hand washing instructional video in 1961, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first formal written guidelines in 1975. Federal guidelines aside, hand hygiene in health care facilities continues to be subpar. Is it because health care workers are lazy? Not exactly. Sometimes there aren’t enough sinks for good hand hygiene to be part of the workflow. Even when sinks are available, health care workers complain

Presbyterian, it is hospital policy for a staff member to disinfect his or her hands whenever entering or leaving a patient’s room. Also, all hospital employees and medical students are required to complete an infection control training course that includes a unit on hand hygiene. There are other factors driving the ongoing hand hygiene initiatives in health care facilities. The advent of MRSA, a bacterial infection resistant to many antibiotics, and other hospital-acquired “super bugs” have increased the need for excellent hand hygiene in

Be your own advocate. ... Ask your doctor if she cleaned her hands prior to entering the room. If you can’t get an answer, it’s probably time to switch doctors. about the impact of superfrequent hand washing on their skin health. To ameliorate this problem, facilities have installed sanitizer dispensers to permit employees to regularly disinfect their hands in a way that is less damaging to their skin. Even when there is adequate hand hygiene equipment in place, some hospitals simply do not make hand hygiene a priority. One 2007 study found that only 44 percent of 40 hospitals sampled had a satisfactory hand hygiene implementation program. As a result of this and other studies, the World Health Organization (WHO) notes the need for hospital administrators to make hand hygiene a central part of the workplace culture. In response, hospitals around the country have implemented official hand hygiene policies. At our teaching hospital, NewYork-

hospitals. Limiting the spread of MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections isn’t only about saving lives. It is also about saving money: Under the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, hospitals will be financially penalized for having high rates of hospital-acquired infections. Despite robust hand hygiene programs in many hospitals, driven by a variety of forces, there is usually room for improvement in employee adherence to the prescribed practices. Now that hospitals have given employees an ample infrastructure for hand hygiene, how can they make it a part of their employees’ routine? The WHO has recommendations that range from the basic, like reminder signs, to the more exotic — sanitizer dispensers that speak to employees and remind

them to clean their hands. The WHO also recommends that hospitals be well-staffed, lest employees feel the need to cut corners to compensate for an unreasonable workload. Another WHO recommendation is institutional feedback — rewarding employees with great hand hygiene and sanctioning employees with poor hand hygiene. The New York Times recently reported this recommendation in action at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island. There, health care workers were filmed leaving patient rooms, and they were emailed if they were observed practicing poor hand hygiene. Not surprisingly, the program greatly increased hand hygiene compliance. If you’re not in the medical field, hand hygiene is still worth paying attention to. Another important WHO guideline for good hand hygiene in health care settings is to empower the patient. So the next time you are in a hospital or other health care facility, look around. Be your own advocate. Do you see staff members using sanitizer dispensers and sinks to wash their hands? Ask your doctor if she cleaned her hands prior to entering the room. If you can’t get an answer, it’s probably time to switch doctors. For pre-meds, medical students, physicians and other health care workers, the bottom line is this: We need to do better. Better hand hygiene prevents patients from getting sick. Mark Sonnick is a first-year M.D. candidate at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He may be reached at What’s Up, Doc? appears alternate Fridays this semester.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bureaucracy, Boredom And the Big Questions

discussion with her students. She says, “We need to talk about not At Berkeley is four hours of lectures, labs, debates, individual behavior but administrative meetings and construction workers laying structures of power and concrete. It is, by definition, tedious and a test of systems of decisionendurance. It is also distressing, alarming and above all, making that shift that behavior.” Wiseman urgent. Beneath the mundaneness of what veteran documen- must disagree with that tarian Frederick Wiseman elects to show us, strife simmers quote, to an extent, for at a medium boil. In true U.C. Berkeley fashion, this dis- he props up the individcord breaks out into a rousing protest near the film’s end, ual behavior of students yet it leads to nowhere. Wiseman understands that our and administrators as a country is in a state of paralyzing crisis, and with that the- macrocosm for higher sis in mind, At Berkeley looks and sounds less like a cut-up education today. Yet he collage of video TakeNotes and more like a love letter to a surely finds fascinating system of higher education with an uncertain, frightening the back-and-forth that follows the professor’s future. During a lecture on Walden, an English professor stress- prompt, where students es that Thoreau may write “a jumble of observations,” but raise their voices about that there is nonetheless a “pattern” to be discerned. debt, philanthropy and Wiseman must have included this line, about midway Tea Party rhetoric. They through the film, as a wink to his audience trying to draw do not arrive at a solvable conclusion, nor does the metaconclusions from this seeming mess of raw footage. He physics professor who wonders aloud whether, in the includes no lower-third captions (everyone we meet, realm of spacetime, we approach time or time approaches including that professor, goes unnamed), no didactic us. These are questions wedded to the humanities, inhervoiceover, no convenient graphics or cutesy animations. ently unsolvable yet beautiful for the way it tests and Yet, of course, there is much to learn from the film — to expands the boundaries of the human mind. That is one side of the coin, and then Wiseman cuts to say nothing of the lectures themselves. It helps to break At Berkeley into three rough acts: Education, Bureaucracy and a pair of robot arms folding a towel with the grace of a wushu master. This long, random and near-silent scene Change (Or Lack Thereof ). For the first “act” (which runs over 90 minutes), plays like slapstick comedy. Wiseman does not belittle sciWiseman immerses us in the college classroom. A current entific pursuits, mind you, but, with this scene, he quarCornell student may wonder why she or he would watch antines them from the insurmountable concerns currently hours of lectures when we have enough of that already, and engulfing the university and the world. The focus on that concern is not unfounded: There are a few really, real- STEM education these days should, at least we hope, ly boring slogs here. While this just might be a symptom amount to a safer, healthier and more efficient world. Yet of my liberal arts education, I justify these trying sections the most torpid passages in At Berkeley isolate highly edufor a dialectic they explore between STEM and humanities cated students to talk about their highly specialized scientific endeavors. What starts as an majors. Wiseman shows us stuinspiring look at medical technology dents railing against their At Berkeley restoring a paraplegic’s ability to walk money-obsessed peers in finance Directed by Frederick Wiseman before long eschews the young man and whatnot, but he has a more benefiting from this technology and fundamental opposition in mind instead lets the student talk in than that oft-mentioned, though exhaustive detail about his Ph.D. I do no less worrisome, cliché. not think this is me just speaking as a Early on, a professor leads a BY ZACH ZAHOS Sun Senior Staff Writer



humanities student and “not getting” what he has to say. Rather, I see Wiseman allotting praise for the advances made in STEM fields yet advising those in them to flirt with the questions — whether they be in partisan politics or abstract philosophy — looming over the rest of the world. This humanities-STEM tension permeates the first third of the film, while the rest hones in on the bureaucracy of the U.C. Berkeley establishment, and how it works hard, with good intentions, to fix problems beyond its control. The smiling Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau leads most of the closed-doors meetings which Wiseman faithfully depicts as dull, occasionally delirious affairs. In one shot, an administrator in the background talks business while a woman in the foreground drinks a Starbucks coffee, swirls it around for a good five seconds and drains it with gusto. “Faculty meetings, in general, are just awful,” former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says during a standout lecture in the film. Wiseman agrees, so he leaves in moments like that to remind us that, above science, politics and literature, we love the taste of something good. The film culminates with a student takeover of Wheeler Hall (Berkeley’s equivalent to Goldwin Smith). Crosscutting between the hall and the offices where administrators scramble to quell the type of uprising so core to Berkeley’s culture, Wiseman escalates tension while acknowledging the intractable mess of the situation. Some of the student demands conflict with one another and many more target the California government rather than anything within Chancellor Birgeneau’s purview. But, you know, these students are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore! Wiseman remains stubbornly neutral throughout, to the extent that a “moderate” political group on campus complaining about the protest after the fact comes across as left of center, or right, or I cannot really tell. At Berkeley entertains in its tedium. It takes the issues — a vanishing middle-class, rising tuition, budget cuts to humanities in the midst of non-stop, overwhelming oncampus construction (*COUGH*) — seriously, while snickering at how intractable our problems appear to be. Perhaps Wiseman, 84 years young, with a career of perceptive documentaries on American institutions behind him, senses the same issues of the past have only intensified over the years. As one of his last projects, At Berkeley encapsulates the frustrations embedded within institutions, even one as exceptional as U.C. Berkeley. But the higher education experience cannot be matched, whether you are studying spectroscopy, reading e.e. cummings or mowing the lawn all day because the school cannot afford another landscaper. Zach Zahos is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at


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A Family Even Crazier Than Yours MARK DISTEFANO Sun Staff Writer

August: Osage County demonstrates some of the differences between producing a story on stage and presenting that same story as a movie. The film retains many of the good qualities of Tracy Lett’s excellent play, namely the sardonic, cutting lines of dialogue, and transfers them well into the screenplay format. The cast is a stellar roster of actors, including Sam Shepard, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis and Oscar-goddess Meryl Streep. The acting in this movie is never a shortcoming; each of these performers has a great time roiling up the scenery in their roles. The movie’s main problem lies in its repetitiveness. It is a movie about one of the most dysfunctional middle-American families you could ever care to witness on screen, and yet it doesn’t seem to veer too far from events you may have glimpsed in your own household. After Beverly (Shepherd), the husband of Violet (Streep) and father of Barbara (Roberts), Ivey (Julianne Nicholson) and Karen (Lewis), commits suicide, an unwanted family reunion that should never have taken place is set in motion. They all dispatch themselves to Osage County, Oklahoma, in the sweltering 108 degree heat of the summer, to exchange goodwill about a man some of them hated. Instead, they end up releasing a thousand repressed ill feelings. Family members tackle each other to the ground, spew invective at each other and clamp their mouths shut to prevent a whirlwind of disturbing secrets from escaping. The three-hour Broadway show is condensed into a two-hour movie. This

makes for one too many family secrets and one too many reversals of fortune to fit into a run-time of that length. Furthermore, John Wells is a capable and apt director, but nothing about his staging or camerawork seems to be genuinely inspired. That’s not to indict him, as some other critics have, for his handling of the material, but the quiet calmness with which he observes this family of crazy people seems to be at odds with their personalities. Two years ago, William Friedkin directed a film adaptation of another Tracy Letts play, Killer Joe, in which Friedkin’s kinetic energy and exuberant taste for lurid detail was married perfectly with Letts’ dark satire. I had hoped to see a similar kind of fusion in Osage County. There was a kind of horrific comedy to Killer Joe, a brand of

August: Osage County Directed by John Wells Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis

humor that steps above black Coen brothers-esque comedy and enters the realm of Clockwork Orange territory. The abhorrent practices going on in Killer Joe were enjoyable not because they often had you busting a gut, but because the characters engaging in them were having so much fun, they became fun to watch. In Osage County, although I laughed


out loud more than once, a significant amount of the humorous dimension seems to have been lost. There were many more chances for Wells to direct his actors to go for the ridiculous elements of the story instead of the tragic ones. The tone of this film seems far more serious than the wealth of graveyard humor Letts imbued his play with. The last of the film’s many fights, for example, has the potential to be hilarious in a way, due to the cretinous nature of one of the characters, who covers herself with the line, “Well, I suppose hindsight is always 20-20, isn’t it?” I enjoyed over three-quarters of this movie immensely, even as a more severe character study, it works phenomenally well on the strength of Letts’ script and the sprawling bunch of talented performers. Nearly every one of them is compelling in their own way, from Meryl Streep’s viciously contentious matriarch, to Julia Roberts’ equally vicious eldest daughter, to Chris Cooper’s touching, fierce father figure, to Juliette Lewis’ cute-

ly naive aunt. This is truly an actor’s movie and the cast does a stellar job, especially in the long, protracted funeral dinner set piece. It was only when the story wound its way to the end, and after one spot-on hysterical moment when Roberts, Streep, and Nicholson hurl plates at the floor while having a shouting match, that the movie went limp. The red-hot, rapid-fire exchanges between the film’s many actors is its primary source of energy, and with many of them out of the picture, things fizzled out. I was left with a slightly sour taste in my mouth, after being riveted for an hour and forty-five minutes. Most great movies have their weak points, and August: Osage County is no exception, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the trip to the theater. You may be surprised at how much of your own family you see. Mark DiStefano is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at

Who’s a Fan of the Big Bad Wolf? O

ver break, I overheard a stranger saying, “College boys! My god, don’t let them see this movie!” The speaker was a concerned adult, the subject was The Wolf of Wall Street. I’m guessing that she said this knowing that, inevitably, adolescents will do what adult’s most fear. And with The Wolf of Wall Street, they have: college-aged males have seen the film and championed it, taking selective messages that director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Terrence Winters did or did not intend. The celebration and controversy surrounding their film has become a cultural phenomenon, especially on college campus where fraternity bacchanalia and braggadocio crosses paths with political correctness and feminism. That’s not to say that feminists unanimously dislike this movie and fratstars unanimously cherish it — you could read the film into a labyrinth of defenses or critiques of white-collar crime and Wall Street excess. The butt of the joke is ambiguous. I sympathize with both camps — those who saw it as encouraging and those who saw it as satirizing the behavior of its characters, much as I imagine the ways people reacted to National Lampoon’s Animal House upon its release in 1978 (in fact, that film was said to have inspired a national resurgence in fraternity membership and the parallels between these two films warrants some discussion). On the one hand, I witnessed a frat-life friend with a frat-life mentality fill a break in conversation with the fist-pounding-heart, mouth-humming chant that finance industry veteran, Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey), introduces to industry rookie, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), over lunch. Belfort repeats the song later in the movie and it becomes synonymous with their Wall Street brotherhood. It struck me that, oddly, my friend identified with the song, almost as if it was the mantra of a totemic clan of Wall Street hopefuls and

wolf-worshippers. After watching an assortment of films with bankers as villains or objects of ridicule (Wall Street, American Psycho), he had been waiting for a The Wolf of Wall Street to give bankers an overdue cinematic celebration. Think of the fin de siècle readers who thanked Conrad’s Heart of Darkness for its defense of colonialism. On the other hand, I had friends who left the theater, citing boredom or outrage. I read a Facebook status by a girl who left a screening in protest of the film’s lewd portrayal of women, writing “if I wanted to stare at boobs for three hours, I’d look in the mirror.” I couldn’t help but react that yes, these are bad things but that’s part of the point. But is it? Is it a cautionary tale for college Wall Street wannabes? Does the film give attention to this bad behavior for a redeeming purpose? Those who defend the film, including myself, would cite the ending, where the camera turns to face an audience listening to Belfort give a motivational speech and pauses until the credits appear. Potentially this gives the question — “who is the butt Politicizing of the joke?” — an answer: us. We Art idolize Jordan Belfort and trust him when he telephones and encourages us to buy problematic stock. We are the ones who desire Belfort’s ubermensch status and wonder, “What would sex be like if you were that rich?” Maybe secretly we envy his freedom to be antisocial and get away with it (Belfort calls a pilot a “nigger” and flirts with his wife’s aunt without consequences, for starters) much in the way Joan Didion argues that people envy Howard Hughes because he is so rich that he can afford to be reclusive and strange. With Hughes and Belfort salaries, you are above and outside the social contract. Potentially, Scorsese is condemning us for contributing

Henry Staley


to a culture of exceptionalism for these individuals. We are watching the movie; are we not getting entertainment from Belfort’s vice? Potentially, Scorsese is drawing attention to our economy’s creation of false-needs. Potentially, he wanted to make an entertaining film. Tentatively, I would say that the film raises the the idea that the blame for white collar crime should not be placed solely on active promoters of it like Belfort. The blame is also on the culture or audience that acts as a bystander or cheerleader to it. But, in this dichotomy, I see one potential danger of showing the film to adolescents. At the end of the day, do we want to be riding on the subway like Sergeant Denham (Kyle Chandler) or on a yacht like Belfort? How much does moral superiority compensate for financial inferiority? The danger of showing The Wolf of Wall Street to us college-aged students is that it could give off the impression that you can be one of two things: a wolf or a sheep. Henry Staley is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at Politicizing Art appears alternate Fridays.


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De Blasio Chooses to Stay Home To Watch Super Bowl With Son NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is co-hosting the Super Bowl this weekend but its mayor will not attend the nation’s biggest sporting event. Bill de Blasio will not travel across the Hudson River to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to watch the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in a game that will showcase the nation’s largest city to a television audience expected to top 100 million people. De Blasio said he would stay home to watch with his teenage son, but the decision not to buy tickets to the high-priced event and to publicly say so is in line with the image he crafted during his campaign: that he was a middle-class family man focused on fixing the city’s widening income inequality. “I’m very excited that the NFL is hosting the Super Bowl in our area, and we’re working

hard to be great hosts of the joked about his lack of disposevent,” de Blasio said in a state- able income. He has one child in ment Thursday. “I’ve enjoyed college and another who will be participating in all the festivities going in two years. Despite being leading up to Super Bowl an avid sports fan who lives near Sunday, but I’ve decided to the new Barclays Center, he has watch the game on TV, just like yet to attend a Brooklyn Nets the vast majorigame due to ty of New high ticket “I’ve decided to watch prices. Yorkers.” Elected offiBy contrast, the game on TV.” cials are prohibhis predecessor, M i c h a e l ited from Bill de Blasio accepting free Bloomberg, was tickets to the one of the richest men in New game and the requirement to pay — with face York, worth approximately $31 values ranging from $500 to billion. Not much of a sports $2,500 — can be difficult for fan, he would often attend games, always sitting just a few those without deep pockets. De Blasio is paid $225,000 a rows from the action. He once year and made $165,000 a year accidentally tripped and injured the last four years as the city’s an opposing player while sitting elected public advocate. courtside at Madison Square De Blasio, who hails from a Garden for a Knicks game. Tickets to the Super Bowl are middle- to upper-middle class Brooklyn neighborhood, has among the priciest in sports. The NFL set the prices at $800, $1,000, $1,200 and $2,500, while another 1,000 tickets were available for $500 each through a lottery. In most cases, New York City officials can’t accept free tickets to the game, according to guidelines spelled out by the city’s Conflict of Interest Board. Elected officials can only receive gifts of up to $50, an amount that would barely cover a handful of souvenirs. The only exceptions, according to the board’s rules, would be if a ticket was given as a gift from a family member or if a politician could make the claim that he or she was attending the game in an official capacity to perform official duties. State laws are similar. Former New York Gov. David Paterson paid a $60,000 fine after improperly accepting free New York Yankees World Series tickets in 2009. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office has use of a luxury box at the stadium, which was privately built by the Jets and Giants but sits on state land managed by a public agency known as the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. All of the luxury boxes, including Christie’s, are relinquished to the NFL for the game but the league has allowed the exposition authority to retain its own box. That box was then turned over to the governor’s office, according to a spokesman for the agency. Christie has largely avoided the press in the wake of the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal but has appeared at a few Super Bowl-related events this week. His spokesman would not discuss the governor’s plans for Sunday. The other governor playing co-host to the game, New York’s Andrew Cuomo, has yet to decide if he will attend, according to his spokesman. MetLife Stadium is in East Rutherford, N.J. and that town’s mayor, James Cassella, was miffed he did not get a ticket. He was later invited to the suite given to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.


Matthews,Tomic,Smith Spark Production Off Red’s Bench

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Cornell will look for stops to turn into‘instant offense’ this weekend M. B-BALL

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in the open court, when it has room to drive to the basket, forcing M. Basketball turnovers is especially important. Cornell “We just know that if we want to get open court, fast break situvs. ations, we have to get stops,” he said. “Our defense will Yale turn into i n s t a n t Saturday, 7 p.m. offense.” New Haven, Conn. Another sign of good

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things to come for the Red has been petes.” the play off the bench. Senior Jake Brown is just the first roadblock Matthews, junior Ned Tomic and the Red will have to storm through freshman Darryl Smith all proved if it hopes to move up the Ivy ranks. their ability to contribute last week- Leading scorer Justin Hicks and Yale await the Red end. Smith had 12 Saturday in New points and five Haven. The rebounds in the “All three of them bring Bulldogs lost their first game and was something different to the most recent named Ivy League table.” matchup to Rookie of the but Brown, week. In the sec- Nolan Cressler defeated the Bears ond matchup, the week before. Matthews had “We are just taking it day by day, eight points, including two big threes and Tomic had 11 points and trying to get better every day,” Cressler said. “We know that if we pulled down seven boards. “All three of them bring some- do this, we will get some wins going thing different to the table for us,” in the league. Road games are Cressler said. “Darryl uses his ath- always tough in the Ivy League, but leticism to make plays and get to the that is the fun of it.” rim. Ned plays with fire and provides energy for all of us. Jake steps Scott Chiusano can be reached at up and hits shots and always com-


Lighting a fire | Senior guard Jake Matthews had eight points off the bench last weekend, one of many important role-player performances.

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Mowrey, Ferlin, Hilbrich Make Up ‘Physical’ Line

Cornell looks to stall Brown’s recent momentum M. HOCKEY

in the country in fewest goals against (2.26/gm) and buckled down late on the Cornell forwards in the Red’s 2-1 nailline with [senior forward] Dustin biter win over the Bulldogs last November. [Mowrey], [sophomore forward Christian] “They’re a big group on D, they move Hilbrich and [junior forward Brian] Ferlin their feet well,” Bardreau said. “[But] are playing unbelievable.” instead of worrying so much about them, While the trio of junior forwards I think we need to keep with our game Bardreau, Joel Lowry and John McCarron plan: chipping pucks and getting deep, captured headlines early in the season, the kind of just going to work and make sure Mowrey-Ferlin-Hilbrich line we finish our hits on them — has notched points in every kind of back them off a little Cornell game dating back to bit. I think when we do that, M. Hockey the 2013 Florida Classic. Ferlin we’re a tough group of forwards now leads the Red in total to stop.” Cornell points (21) and goals (9), If Bardreau’s line cannot Mowrey leads in assists (14) break out against the Bulldogs, and the 6’6” Hilbrich has been they will get another opportuno slouch himself, placing secnity against a more porous ond on the team with eight Brown defense (2.95 goals/gm) vs. goals thus far. Saturday. Schafer noted that “When we’re playing fast Saturday’s 3-2 victory over and we’re playing physical and Clarkson had the most even we’re all on the same page, I play between line rotations he think we’re pretty effective,” has seen all season, and he is Brown Ferlin said. “We’re moving our looking for the trend to carry feet down lower — [all three of over into the weekend. Saturday, 7 p.m. us] are pretty big guys — and “I think Mowrey’s [line has] Providence, RI we play pretty physical. I think been leading the charge the last when we’re causing turnovers few games,” Schafer said. “But and playing fast and slicing in I think all of the lines have kind the neutral zone and in our zone and just of elevated their play.” moving pucks quick ... we’re most effecBardreau said his line has the ability to tive.” score goals in droves. Strength will meet strength when the “We’re a little snakebitten as a line,” Red forwards collide with the Yale back Bardreau said. “Once we get one [goal] line Friday. The Yale defense ranks seventh here they’ll come in bunches.” Continued from page 16


Bardreau knows | Junior forward Cole Bardreau said that the Red needs to get back to the basics in the matchup with Brown this weekend.

But where the Bears lag behind in defensive statistics, they make up for with momentum. Brown is 5-2-2 in its past nine, including a recent tie against No. 2 Boston College and a weekend split against Yale. Couple that with recent Cornell ties against St. Lawrence and Dartmouth — both fall below Brown on the ECAC totem pole — and this weekend’s second game becomes all the more important in the chase for a first-round bye in the conference tournament. “At the end of the day, I think we just need to stick to the process, stick to the little things that we do well, play a physical game and kind of just not get down when we don’t get the bounces,” Bardreau said. “I think that’s when we get in trouble, is when we get down and then we stray from our game plan and start trying to do too much. Just keeping to the little things and building off a big win against Clarkson, just letting the little things add up.”

One of those little things may be, in Schafer’s words, two days of “intense” practice earlier this week. “I feel great right now physically and I’m just ready to go,” Ferlin said. “I think a lot of guys are feeling good right now.” The Red will want to keep the puck rolling in another weekend where there is little margin for error. Despite its unbeaten streak, Cornell is still only fifth in the chase to the top of the muddled 12-team ECAC. “Teams in our league continue to win, especially teams near the top of the standings,” Schafer said. “We’ve got to focus on ourselves and win hockey games. Now we’ve got Yale right beside us [in the standings] on Friday night and Brown who’s playing ... arguably some of the best hockey in the country on Saturday in their rink, so it’ll be a good weekend.” Chris Mills can be reached at

Athlete Ally Strives for ‘Accepting Environment’ ALLY

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ing with a big weekend for us,” Cudmore said. “It means that hopefully we’ll put on a really good show, and we have a good cause and a good crowd to do it.” On Saturday, Cornell’s chapter of Athlete Ally — in its first year on campus — will hold back-toback events at the women’s hockey game at 2 p.m. and the women’s basketball game at 6 p.m. According to Cudmore, there will be bracelets for sale in order to raise money for the organization, which will be working to host more events and bring speakers to campus in the future. Athlete Ally is an organization centered around what founder and NCAA AllAmerican wrestler Hudson Taylor called, “empowering as many people as possible to have a voice.” “Women’s hockey has always been a very accepting environment of homosexuals, of everyone,” Cudmore said. “So for us to showcase the tolerant and accepting environment that Athlete Ally wants the entire collegiate and professional athletics community to be, for us to be at the forefront of that, is pretty exciting.” Athlete Ally will also debut its own ‘You Can Play’ project video, which features some important figures from the Cornell athletics community, and will be on display during the games. The ‘You Can Play’ project was

founded by Patrick Burke, the son of NHL general manager Brian Burke. Burke was inspired to start the program after his brother Brendan, who was a student manager for Miami of Ohio’s hockey team, came out of the closet and spoke out against homophobia in professional sports. “Basically the message is, it shouldn’t matter who you are, what you believe, what your sexual orientation is,” Cudmore said. “If you’re good enough to play the sport, just by virtue of that, your teammates and everyone else should judge you on that, love you for that.” President of Cornell’s Athlete Ally Chapter and junior Atticus DeProspo asked that fans wear bright colors to Saturday’s game, “to signify allyship and inclusion of LGBTQ people in sports.” According to Cudmore, Cornell’s chapter of the program has made significant strides in its first year. “For the first year of Athlete Ally to have … the support it’s had across campus has been pretty remarkable,” she said. “And then these are the first events this organization is putting on … so our team is really excited to be a part of this, and hopefully it goes over well, and then we can move forward to do bigger and better things.” Scott Chiusano can be reached at

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C.U.Takes Three Titles at Winter Invitational

By RYAN QUINN Sun Contributor

In its final preseason tournament before competitive non-conference play starts, head coach Mike Stevens’ Red made a splash by winning three titles at the Cornell Winter Invitational this past weekend. Freshmen Marika Cusick and Alexandra D’Ascenzo starred in a dominant 6-1 victory in the doubles championship against the pairing of Jamila Paul and Carolyn Pitman from Army. The freshmen doubles partners

also went on to capture the “A-flight” and “B-flight” singles titles, as Cusick won the “A” bracket in a tiebreak and D’Ascenzo won the “B” bracket in straight sets over her teammate — junior Lauren Frazier. The tournament, which started Friday, featured athletes from Cornell, Army, Seton Hall, Binghamton and Niagara. There were five different brackets featuring 15-player “A-flight” and “B-flight” singles brackets, an eight-player “C-flight” singles bracket, a 10-team “A-flight” doubles bracket and another nine-team “B-flight” CONNOR ARCHARD / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Comeback kid | Senior captain Ryann Young, who was injured during the semifinals of the Winter Invitational, will likely return to play for Friday’s matchup against Buffalo.

doubles bracket. in the semifinal round, she has led the team With Cornell only entering four players throughout the tournament circuit, includacross the top singles and doubles divisions, ing a title in the "A" bracket of the Cornell the “C” singles bracket went to Niagara, Fall Invitational. while the “B” doubles bracket went to "I think everyone’s playing really well Seton Hall. Although the Red only fielded and I think we’re just going to keep getting those four players, it was still able to com- better and better by playing more matchpile a combined 17-3 record, 11 of those es," she said. victories coming from Cusick and The team can now look forward to its D’Ascenzo. first two competitive matches this week against Buffalo (1-0) Despite this only Maryland being their first year, “We just came off of a really and Baltimore County (1the freshman duo has built an impressive good weekend and every- 1). Young will likely return from injury résumé during the one’s really excited to play Friday against Buffalo. tournament season. Although neither of Cusick and D’Ascenzo our first team match.” those opponents are have each won at least ranked, Buffalo recentone match in every Ryann Young ly opened its season event. The two titles with a 7-0 win over St. Cusick captured were her first two of the tournament season after Bonaventure. UMBC, on the other hand, very solid showings throughout the first has seen mixed results, including a blowout semester. For D’Ascenzo, these were her sec- win followed by a blowout loss. And while ond and third titles after she won the “B- the team has competed in match play durflight” title at the Cornell Fall Invitational. ing a few of the preseason tournaments, The two players have highlighted an these upcoming contests will likely have a impressive underclassmen group for this much different air about them. Going up year’s team, which features only one senior against two teams that have already gotten their season-opening butterflies out of the on the roster. That lone senior, captain Ryann Young, way will be a challenge, but, according to said her team has lofty expectations for the Young, the Red is confident after last weekend’s results. season. “We just came off of a really good week“We definitely have our goals set high for the Ivy League season,” she said. “We’re end and everyone’s really excited to play our just going to use each match to try to reach first team match,” she said. to some of those goals.” Although Young was forced to retire Ryan Quinn can be reached at from the Winter Invitational with an injury


Men,Women Prepare for Four Home Matches in Three Days ness. Unfortunately, the thin nature of the roster does not allow for this. “I only have eleven players on Cornell’s squash teams are gearing up to kick off an intense the roster and we need ten [for week of matches, with games the game]. I may pull someone against Franklin and Marshall, in and out depending on Harvard, Dartmouth and Navy injuries and health but we don’t have much wriggle room,” this weekend. With the women’s team cur- Devoy said. The Red will also face off rently 5-2 after last week’s 9-0 thrashing of St. Lawrence, head against Dartmouth in a tough coach Julee Devoy is confident match Sunday. “We do, however, have a very of a positive result against F&M. “Definitely,” Devoy said, important match on Sunday when asked if she was expecting against Dartmouth,” Devoy said. “[Dartmouth] is the most a win. “Hopefully, 9-0 again.” The Red is currently ranked important remaining game of No. 6 in the College Squash the six that we have. We’re curAssociation ranking, while rently ranked 6th and they’re ranked 8th and we do not want F&M is No. 16. However, when assessing the to lose that game. The girls need matchup against Harvard, the to come out fired up and know that they need Howe Cup to win.” champions and After a run current No.1 “I think we have a of four games ranked team in great chance against on the road, the the CSA, Devoy Red has an was more F&M.” equally extendguarded in her Bryan Keating ed run at home confidence. in Belkin “They’re No. 1 in the league again this season, Squash Courts. “It’s always nice to play at they haven’t lost to anybody so far and they really do have a home; have a home court advansolid team,” she said. “The tage. You don’t have that travel good thing about playing them factor, fatigue as part of the is that everyone takes us as an preparation. It’s nice not to have underdog, so there’s no pres- to get on the bus and have the girls come to play on a court sure.” With this cluster of vital they know,” she said. The Cornell men’s team, curgames coming up, Devoy would ideally like to rotate her squad to rently 4-3 and ranked No. 8, maintain an element of fresh- also face several tough challenges By HAMDAM AL YOUSEFI

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over the weekend. First, the Red will go up against No. 6 F&M. “F&M are going to be really tough. It’s going to be another close one, but I’m hoping to win it,” said head coach Mark Devoy. The Diplomats are currently 10-2 and are on a seven game winning streak. Devoy did stress the importance of getting positive results in the upcoming games. “It’s important to get F&M, who are ranked 6th, and to beat Navy, who are 14th. We need to make sure not to lose because that would upset our season terribly,” Devoy said. Junior captain Bryan Keating is more optimistic about the Red’s chances. “I think we have a great chance against F&M. We’re definitely not counting on beating Harvard. They’ve not lost a single match all year so we’re setting our sights on F&M, and holding off Navy and Harvard so we can maintain our ranking,” Keating said. The Crimson has been leading the rankings this year and is currently 9-0, with seven of those nine games coming by impressive 9-0 victories. “Harvard is just too strong. That’s the reality of life. They’re just going to win the national title. We’re going to compete, but we’re not going to beat them. If we could beat Harvard, we would be ranked No. 1. We’re ranked 8th,” Devoy said. With this weekend being


Underdog tale | The women’s squash team will take on Harvard Saturday, the No.1 team in the CSA.

vital in terms of results, Devoy has been placing extra emphasis on training to make sure the players are in prime shape. “This week entails getting everyone peaking for this weekend. Especially looking at how my lower order players are performing, so hopefully getting options of replacing a few players,” Devoy said. “I’ll be looking closely at how they train and how much they commit themselves. That’s a big factor in who I’ll rest. So my bottom order has

to be ready to step in.” Keating said the team is in top form, prepared to put its best foot forward this weekend. “I think the team is in good enough shape that we can play our strongest roster through all these matches. We’ve been training since January 4th, before school started. We were doing two sessions a day,” Keating said. Hamdan Al Yousefi can be reached at

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C.U.Athletics Play for Causes This Weekend Women’s teams partner with Athlete Ally, Do It for Daron

By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

Two events will headline the women’s hockey and women’s basketball games this weekend. On Friday, when the women’s hockey team takes on Yale, the No. 6 Red will be partnering with Do It For Daron to raise money for mental health awareness. The following day, the women’s basketball and women’s hockey teams will help spread the message of Cornell’s Athlete Ally chapter — one of LGBT inclusion and acceptance for athletes of all race, sexuality and gender. According to senior Hayleigh Cudmore — a member of Athlete Ally and also a forward for the women’s hockey team — the Do It For Daron organization was founded when the Red’s sophomore defenseman Morgan Richardson’s younger sister committed suicide. Richardson — who was 16 when her sister passed — along with her parents and her sister’s friends, created the organization to raise money for and increase awareness about mental health.


Rallying behind a cause | The women’s hockey team will support Athlete Ally in its game against Brown Saturday by wearing rainbow-colored tape on their sticks and skates.

“It started as just [Daron’s] friends … and then it grew to something bigger, kind of the whole hockey community caught on,” Cudmore said. “Now it’s an event and a charity, that is widely recognized for mental health awareness.” Bell Canada, a media company based in Quebec, helped support the cause Tuesday with its fourth annual ‘Let’s Talk’ day. Five cents were donated to mental health awareness every time #BellLetsTalk was retweeted, and the initiative

raised nearly $5.5 million. The Do it For Daron Foundation asks that fans show their support by wearing purple to Friday’s game, a color that, according to TSN’s profile of the story titled Purple Hearts, was Daron’s favorite. “It’s nice that a big event, or a big two events, is coincidSee ALLY page 14


Red Searches for First Ivy Win By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

In a league where 14 games decide who will go to the NCAA tournament, the Red’s 0-2 start in Ivy League is troubling, but certainly not crippling. Only two teams in the Ancient Eight have undefeated conference records right now, and if the Red can catch fire, the title is open for the taking. The Red showed promising signs against Columbia this weekend, one of the two undefeated Ivy squads, and a team that has won seven of its last eight games. Both games against the Lions have featured first halves where the two teams traded baskets. In the opening matchup, Columbia led by three at the half, and in the second game, Cornell took the

same lead into the locker room. The final twenty minutes continue to plague the Red, as the squad turned the ball over a total of ten times in the second halves of the losses to the Lions. “It was good to play competitive, but we still lost both games to them,” said sophomore guard Nolan Cressler. “We are looking at what we did wrong and what we need to correct to get better and move forward.” This means looking ahead to the next obstacle: a four-game conference road trip that kicks off with Brown Friday. The Bears are 1-1 in the conference and are coming off a 73-56 victory last weekend against Yale. Leading scorer Sean McGonagill — who is averaging 19.3 points per game, the highest scoring average amongst the


On to the next | Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler said his team is looking at its mistakes against Columbia and hoping to improve against Brown and Yale.

Ancient M. Basketball Eight — had a c a re e r Cornell g a m e against the Bulldogs, scoring 29 vs. points en route to an Ivy League Player of the Week Brown title. The Red will also have to Tonight, 7 p.m. keep center Providence, R.I. Rafael Maia out of the paint. The junior is averaging 10 points and over eight rebounds per game. “They run a very good offense, similar to Columbia,” Cressler said. “They are definitely improved this year. They play hard and have a lot of different plays we need to be ready to defend.” The Red’s defense was one of the highlights in the series against Columbia. Cornell held the league’s leader in threepoint field goal percentage to below 30 percent in both games, while forcing the Lions to turn the ball over 22 times. According to Cressler, the Red’s defensive intensity from the start is a good indicator of how the game will trend. Because the team is at its best See M. B-BALL page 13


Scoring machine | Junior forward Brian Ferlin leads the Red in points with 21.


Icers Look to Put Up Fight Against Ivy Foes “I don’t think they’re concentrating on the streak,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86, conWhen Yale and Brown visited cerning the team’s preparation this week. “They’re not Lynah Rink in looking at the streak November, Cornell M. Hockey — they’re looking at was only in the infantheir effort and their cy of a 7-1-4 midseaplay from game to son spurt — one that Cornell game.” has included the The Red’s recent nation’s fourth longest performance has gotunbeaten run of seven ten a boost from the games. vs. depth up front, conThe No. 11 Red tributing directly to (10-4-5, 6-3-4 the team’s grind-it-out ECAC) will carry that three-point, seven-goal streak into Ingalls weekend against St. Rink Friday night for Yale Lawrence and a rematch against No. Clarkson. 13 and defending Tonight, 7 p.m. “We have great national champion New Haven, Conn. lines going,” said Yale (10-5-4, 5-4-3). junior forward Cole The squad will then Bardreau. “That first travel to Providence to play Brown (8-8-3, 5-6-1) Saturday. See M. HOCKEY page 14

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