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Student Assembly Urges C.U.to Divest From Fossil Fuels
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“This is an important statement from students encouraging the University to invest in a greener and more sustainable future.” Adam Gitlin ’13
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In a victory for environmental activists at Cornell, the Student Assembly passed a resolution Thursday demanding the University divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry by the end of 2020. The resolution, which also calls for 30 percent of the divested money to be reinvested in sustainable enterprises, was passed by the S.A. by a vote of 22 for and 2 against, according to former Kyoto NOW! co-president Anna-Lisa Castle ’13. Kyoto NOW! — a climate justice organization — began working on the resolution about a year ago, according to Castle. The S.A. debated the proposal last week, according to S.A. President Adam Gitlin ’13. The resolution served as a way to put pressure on the administration to invest in sustainable organizations, former Kyoto NOW! coSee DIVEST page 4
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Speaking up | The Student Assembly voted Thursday to recommend that the University end its investment in fossil fuels, at the urging of environmental group Kyoto NOW!
Cornell ROTC Reacts to Lift Despite Warning On Ban of Women in Combat Of Major Storm, By SARAH SASSOON
sion overrode a 1994 policy memo that prevented women from being part of military units that involved direct combat, according to NBC News. Cadets and professors in Cornell’s Although women were technically Army Reserve Officers Training Corps reflecting on the Pentagon’s decision last banned from positions in direct combat, month to lift its ban past notions of allon women in combat male units are decep“I’ve seen amazing acts suggested that the ban tive, according to of valor by female will not change much McKeegan. in the army. soldiers.” “I’ve been deployed “I think there’s a four times, so I have misnomer when peoLt. Col. Dan McKeegan four tours under my ple say, ‘OK, now belt, and I’ve seen women are going to be in combat.’ Female soldiers have been amazing acts of valor by female soldiers,” fighting, serving, dying for the past he said. decade . . . in numbers,” Lieutenant McKeegan added that the army does Colonel Dan McKeegan, military sci- not discriminate based on gender, race or ence, said. See COMBAT page 4 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s deciSun Staff Writer
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Emergency | A fire truck arrives to put out a Collegetown fire Thursday evening.
Classes Continue By AKANE OTANI
Despite warnings that Winter Storm Nemo may bury New England in up to two feet of snow, Cornell plans to hold class Friday, a University official said Thursday evening. “I spoke with Joe Lalley, [director of facilities operations], Cornell’s most faithful weather watcher, and he says the storm will definitely clobber [New York City] and New England, but Ithaca will be relatively unaffected,” Claudia Wheatley, director of press relations said Thursday. According to Wheatley, Lalley said the See NEMO page 5
Fire Breaks Out in C-Town; Residents Flee Building Sun Staff Writer
On Thursday evening, Zach Yuzka grad was in bed with his 15-month-old daughter when he heard a noise from the bathroom of his house at 109 Delaware Ave. As he approached the room, it seemed like a light had turned on — which was strange, he said, as his wife was not in the house. However, Yuzka encountered some-
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thing a bit more troublesome than a faulty light in his home: “The bathroom was on fire,” and the fan had fallen out of the ceiling, he said. Yuzka said he quickly exited his house, which is half of a duplex owned by Denice Cassaro, assistant director of Community Center Programs. Cassaro lives in 111 Delaware Ave. “Denice [Cassaro] took care of [my daughter,] Hannah, and I called 911,” Yuzka said. According to the Ithaca Fire See FIRE page 5
Cornell was ranked first of the Ivy League Universities in the number of Peace Corps volunteers. | Page 3
Opinion Marketing and Moos
Nikhita Parandekar ’11 talks about why vets can’t market themselves the same way Frito-Lay markets chips. | Page 7
Arts Culture Vultures
The Arts and Entertainment staff members tell readers the most entertaining ways to spend the upcoming weekend. | Page 9
Sports Ivy Showdown
Men’s basketball faces off against Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday in two important conference matchups. | Page 16
Weather Snow HIGH: 32 LOW: 15
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Today Solamente Español: Informal Spanish Practice and Conversation 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 4th Floor, Rockefeller Hall “Planet Cornell” Opening Reception 3 – 5:00 p.m. Mann Library Gallery Hidden or on the Hip: A Frank Discussion on the 2nd Amendment 4 – 5:00 p.m., G85 Myron Taylor Hall, Cornell Law School Meditation Workshop by the Consciousness Club 4 – 5:00 p.m., 200 Computing and Communicaions Center C.U. Music: Pianist Andrew Zhou 8 p.m., Barnes Hall Auditorium
Valentine Card Making 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Big Red Barn Dumpling Throwdown 3 – 8:00 p.m., Hasbrouck Community Center, Hasbrouck Apartments Memories of Milosz Exhibit & Poetry Reading 5 p.m., Andrew Dickson White House The Mickees With Charlie Walters 7 – 9:00 p.m, Bear’s Den in the Ivy Room, Willard Straight Hall
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People Value Experiences More Than Objects, Study Says
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A photographer makes an adjustment to a senior Cornell student’s graduation robe before taking his graduation photo at the Browsing Library in Willard Straight Hall on Thursday.
It’s common knowledge that “Cornell” and “snow day” don’t fit in the same sentence. In light of Winter Storm Nemo, what would you do all day if classes were somehow canceled? “I don’t really attend class all that much to begin with, so it wouldn’t make that much of a difference.” — Barely a Student ’14
“Spend the day in Helen Newman playing basketball.” — Ball is Life ’15 “Do the same thing I usually do: roll out of bed at noon, and look out the window and head back to bed.” — Hit the Snooze Button ’14 “Make ice penises, duh.” — Getting It In ’15
Are people more likely to be happy talking about the designer jeans they got at Christmas last year or about an epic spring break trip skydiving in Fiji? According to a new study by Prof. Thomas Gilovich, psychology, and Amit Kumar grad, talking about experiential purchases makes people happier than talking about material purchases. “Experiences give you the opportunity to tell a story ... and we enjoy stories,” Kumar said. Gilovich and Kumar based their findings on seven different studies they conducted, which all looked at various aspects of talking about experiential and material purchases. They are currently working on publishing a paper with their findings. In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to discuss either a material or experiential purchase they had made. The participants were then asked to specify their most significant purchase in the last five years in the category they were assigned and to answer questions about the satisfaction they derived from those things. Participants reported that talking was much more important to their experiential purchases than to their material purchases. Results also indicated that participants got more purchase satisfaction from experiences, according to the study. The research, which focuses what will most increase consumers’ happiness, may help consumers shift their patterns of consumption so purchases can be more satisfying, according to Kumar. “Maybe you save 20 bucks on a shirt to go out to a movie with your friends instead,” he said. “You get excited about going and can still talk about it
later. Experiential purchases have benefits before and after.” According to Gilovich, the current study is an extension of a paper he previously wrote with another graduate student, Leaf Van Boven ’00. Gilovich said that the first paper studied experiences and material things and found that experiences made people happier. “I had to ask myself why this was,” Gilovich said. “I had an ideological consideration that people talk about experiences more and feel better because of it.” Although designer jeans may physically last longer than a spring break trip to Fiji, Gilovich said people’s happiness diminishes as they become accustomed to these things in their lives. “One of the biggest findings in well being and happiness is how readily we adapt to changes in life, both good and bad,” Gilovich said. “This [ready adaption] is an enemy of happiness, because material things don’t endure in our minds.” Gilovich said that the evidence suggests that society should spend less money on material goods and more money on experiential purchases in order to be happier. “There’s nothing magical about experiences themselves that produces these effects,” Gilovich said. “It’s the social connections associated with experiential purchases that endure through reliving them.” According to Kumar, research in happiness and well being, similar to the new study, has been increasing in popularity in recent years. “How can we live our lives in a way that will make us happier?” he said. “People are discovering there are ways of actually measuring these things.”
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Cornell Leads Ivy League Schools in Peace Corps Recruits By KEVIN MILIAN Sun Staff Writer
Cornell has been ranked fourth in the nation among mediumsized schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers. The University currently has 40 alumni working overseas in the Peace Corps. Cornell produces the most Peace Corps recruits of Ivy League schools. The Peace Corps is a U.S. government-run program that trains volunteers to work in a host nation to advance its social, rural and economic development, according to the Peace Corps’ website. A total of 1,595 Cornellians have served in the Peace Corps since its founding in 1961. Cornell alumni currently serve in 25 countries, including Benin, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia and the Philippines, according to Marshall McCormick, Cornell’s Peace Corps coordinator. “Cornell produces students with an extraordinary skill set that integrates nicely with the skills that our host communities request,” McCormick said. Cornell offers two master’s
degree programs affiliated with the Peace Corps — the Master of Professional Studies degree and the Master of Regional Planning degree — in which students spend two years working with the organization. Evan Delahanty ’07, a current volunteer in the jungles of the Republic of Suriname, focuses on community economic development and youth development in the nation. “One of my largest projects so far is designed to stimulate renewable energy in Suriname,” he said in an email. “This project will support entrepreneurs in the interior of Suriname who want to sell small solar energy devices and educate consumers about climate change and how they can benefit from renewable energy.” Delahanty also works with students in the sixth grade of the school in his host village, teaching the students English, computer skills and entrepreneurship. “We make and sell juice as a hands-on business lesson for the kids, with all profits going towards the group and the goals the children set for themselves,” he said. Delahanty cited Cornell’s diverse environment as one of his
influences in deciding to volunteer. “My college experience prepared me to be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of people working through a diverse set of problems,” Delahanty said. McCormick echoed
Delahanty’s sentiments, citing several characteristics that play a role in Cornell being “so effective in producing volunteers.” “I think the culture of civic engagement at Cornell resonates very well with what the Peace Corps does,” McCormick said.
“Students that serve with Peace Corps have a commitment to making a difference and can see tangible results within their two years of service.” Kevin Milian can be reached at email@example.com.
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Students celebrate the Chinese New Year with a special dinner at Okenshields in Willard Straight Hall on Thursday.
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Lifting Ban on Women in Combat S.A.Resolution Asks Will Open Up New Jobs,Cadet Says Cornell to Invest in a COMBAT
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Regardless, Panetta’s decision will formally allow women to apply for jobs at “brigade level and below combat arms” including “infantry, armor and some special forces units that were all male,” McKeegan said. He said that these orders will be enacted no later than 2016 – or “as soon as humanly possible.” While it is unclear as to whether the more than 200,000 direct combat jobs that will open up for women will be filled, Cadet Therese Bailey ’13 said she is hopeful. “I have certainly seen women who have been chomping at the bit to really get into combat branches,” she said. “A lot of women are very excited [rather than fearful] for the prospect.” While Bailey will be commissioning in May as a Second Lieutenant in the military police – which she added is “not typically a female position” – she said she is looking forward to seeing what new opportunities will be available to women. The cadets and McKeegan alike stressed that the army is already, for the most part, gender neutral. “Every cadet goes through a three week summer training – it’s about as integrated as it can get,” Lieutenant Kevin P. Bassney ’13 said. “I slept in the same tent as women; they used the same bathrooms as me. I think the only thing that was different is that they had a men’s and a women’s changing tent. That was it.” Although the Department of Defense will need to come up with appropriate new genderneutral standards that the soldiers must meet for these positions, since its lift on the ban is so new, no one can be entirely sure as to what
those standards will be, according to McKeegan. “I’m interested in the fact that this will open up discussions about how to better equip women with things that ergonomically make sense and make us even more combat effective than we already are,” Bailey said. But by May 15, each respective branch will propose its integration plan to the Secretary of Defense for approval, Bailey said. As far as the cadets’ hopes for the Army’s future, each said that they have no doubt that the recent policy change will be a success. “I don’t for a second believe . . . that women can’t perform at the level that men can,” Cadet John Carlisle, a senior at the State University of New York at Cortland and civil affairs specialist, said. “[Physical training]-wise, I’m pretty certain that [Cadet Therese] Bailey [’13] could out [perform] me.” Bassney said equal opportunity for people of different races, religions and genders has been present in the army for a while. “The army has really worked to make it[self ] as blind as it can be,” he said. All three cadets corroborated this point, saying that in their training experience, a fellow cadet’s gender has never been an issue. “In the absolute heat of chaos, people aren’t thinking, ‘Oh this is a girl, I need to act differently,’ . . . you’re thinking I have a mission and I need to get it done. Women have this in mind, men have this in mind,” Bailey said. Echoing Bailey’s sentiment, Bassney said, “We all wear the same uniform.”
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president Rebecca Macies ’14 said. Gitlin said that the resolution aligned with the University’s already demonstrated prioritization of environmental issues. “The administration in many ways has already shown its commitment to sustainability and a greener campus,” Gitlin said. “But this is an important statement from students encouraging the University to invest in a greener and more sustainable future.” Day Hall administrators and the Board of Trustees will next consider the proposal, according to Student Trustee Alex Bores ’13. “I think the administration and Board of Trustees are always amenable to student suggestions, but they don’t always agree with them,” Bores said. “We will have to see their conversations in the next weeks and months develop.” The resolution, which was presented by Castle and Macies at the meeting, touted the benefits of the divestment program. Many members voiced their support for the resolution during the ensuing debate, like Ulysses Smith ’13, vice president for diversity and inclusion for the S.A. “I agreed with this last week; I agree with it now. [The S.A. has] been approving resolutions that are in support of Cornell’s mission and its green initiative,” Smith said. However, during the meeting, other members of the S.A. expressed concern about the effect of the resolution on the University’s endowment. Geoffery Block ’14, at-large representative for the S.A., said that although he supported the principle behind the resolution, he
questioned what the effect of the policy would be on Cornell’s endowment. Bores, who supported the resolution, also acknowledged potential obstacles facing the policy. “There were a lot of comments [at this Assembly meeting] realizing there were a few snares in implementing [the policy]. There are a number of potential obstacles in its existing form,” Bores said. In response to questions about the financial impact divestment could have on Cornell’s endowment, Castle cited a study that concluded that the financial risk of divestment has been exaggerated. Castle noted that the resolution did not particularly specify how the divestment should be conducted, which she said will allow the administration to handle the divestment in a manner administrators see fit. Current Kyoto NOW! co-president Dennis Fox ’15 said that although there were possible issues with divestment that could arise, everyone at the meeting agreed that the University needed to make sustainable investments. “I didn’t have any problems with the reservations that were voiced tonight. No one disagreed with the principles behind the [resolution],” he said. Irrespective of opposition to the resolution, Castle emphasized on the importance of being ‘carbon neutral.’ “When we say ‘carbon neutral’, we should mean it,” she said. “It doesn’t mean we should just start recycling on campus; we also want to see that we are not hypocritical by investing millions of dollars in the fossil fuel industry.” Erica Augenstein can be reached at email@example.com.
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Man’s Swift Action Five to 10 Inches of Snow Expected Minimized Damage, Ithaca Fire Dept.Says NEMO
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Department, dispatchers received the call about the fire in the bathroom, and all on-duty fire personnel and a number of off-duty personnel arrived at the scene within a few minutes. The Ithaca Police Department, the Ithaca Department of Public Works and the Red Cross shortly followed. No injuries were reported at the scene, according to Lieutenant Tommy Basher Jr., public information officer for the IFD. “Early detection and notification allowed for minimal damages and loss of property,” said Guy Van Benschoten, assistant fire chief of the IFD, who estimated the fire caused less than $20,000 worth of damages. The official cause of the fire is still under investigation, although it is believed to be connected to a circuit problem in the bathroom’s electrical fan, according to Van Benschoten. According to Van Benschoten, the firefighting team quickly extinguished the fire and cut a hole in the roof to allow smoke to escape. The fire was under control after about 10 minutes. After the main fire was extinguished, the team stayed on “fire watch” to ensure that there were no other sparks that might rekindle the flames, according to Van Benschoten. Cassaro’s half of the duplex, which sustained no damages, was checked for carbon monoxide, but it was deemed safe enough for her to return that night. Yuzka’s family stayed with their neighbor, Prof. Bruce Lewenstein, communications. “The fire department and the neighbors were immediately wonderful and helpful,” Yuzka said. “Everything was fine, and everyone was helpful.” Cassaro said that she was “very grateful no one was hurt.” “The firefighters were amazing, as were my neighbors. We were very lucky and Zach responded quickly. He and his family are very dear to me,” she said. Noah Rankin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
storm may halt or delay the University’s Campus to Campus bus service between NYC and Ithaca Friday. “That call will be made tomorrow morning,” Wheatley added. The National Weather Service warned that Winter Storm Nemo could “go down in the history books of crippling New England blizzards.” Five to 10 inches of snow are expected to hit Ithaca on Friday. The snowfall is expected to begin slowly Friday morning, rapidly accumulate between 4 and 7 p.m and diminish early Saturday morning. During the peak of the storm, Ithaca could see at least an inch of snow fall per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
“The primary impact is likely to be hazardous travel due to low visibility and snowcovered roads,” stated the National Weather Service. Tompkins County officials warned residents to “use good judgment about the need to drive when roads are snow-covered … [and] to keep warm by dressing in layers.” Elsewhere around the northeast, airlines cancelled more than 2,900 U.S. flights slated to lift off Friday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also said Thursday that NYC is prepared to tackle the storm with snow plows and 250,000 tons of salt on standby. Akane Otani can be reached at email@example.com.
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yotoNOW!, along with students from 230 other campuses across the country, are calling for the divestment of university endowment funds from the fossil fuel industry. On Thursday, the Student Assembly passed “Resolution 32: Toward a Responsible Endowment” in support of the campaign. This movement is gaining momentum as an increasing number of universities respond to the moral cri-
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Thursday, President Skorton announced that the University will invest $1 million in our new green revolving fund. This is a step in the right direction and it demonstrates that Cornell is willing to put its money where its mouth is. Skeptics argue that divestment is misguided and it will have no impact on climate change. It is true that divesting Cornell’s endowment will not cause Exxon and Chesapeake to go out of business.
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Let’s be honest: Nobody is reading this paper today. Seriously, the only people who will dig out of their snowed-in dormitories to read the print edition of The Sun are its editors, who are (and this is coming from us) a bunch of dweebs. So we’re gonna write about something only newspaper nerds want to talk about: fonts! Here are four fonts our Berry Patch reporters use on their resumes and what it says about them. Helvetica: Helvetica is the font version of Banksy. People who want their colleagues to think they know a thing or two about fonts praise Helvetica to high heaven. Much like Banksy, Helvetica owes its popularity to a documentary, Helvetica, that was popular among whitebread NPR faux-intellectuals who enjoy name-dropping documentaries in order to shame their friends for enjoying James Bond movies. When you use Helvetica on a resume, you are telling your potential employer that you are a poseur. While this might get you hired at an accounting firm (theyʼre notoriously desperate for cred), advertising firms will burn your resume in their daily sacrifice to David Ogilvy. Times New Roman: You’re one of those people that hates change, aren’t you? This is the font you use on every single paper you’ve ever written. If it were up to you, your ancient Windows desktop computer would be a Smith Corona (our Vonnegut-loving Associate Editor would agree, but you should both move on). You think of yourself as a real-life Ron Swanson, admonishing the frills of modern life (dafont.com? psh!) and opting for the tried-and-true methods of old. Your prospective employer will look at your history of “running social media campaigns” and wonder how technologically proficient you can really be if you don’t even know how to change the font settings on Word. Futura: If you’re applying to work as a “digital youth sustainability marketing intern” for a company that specializes in fair-trade tea and also helps raise money to pay for Smiths cover bands to play at the weddings of gay burn victims, Futura just might work. It says that you’re young, hip enough to have seen a couple of Wes Anderson movies and that you probably think you look great wearing a tweed jacket with jeans. (Editor’s Note: Everyone looks like a pompous tool when they wear a tweed jacket with jeans.)
Garamond: If R. Kelly and James Joyce had to work together to write a love letter from Ice-T to Coco as part of a hackneyed sitcom plot to get them back together after a series of preposterous misunderstandings, they would set it in Garamond. Garamond (or, as Yates called it, “the typography of lust”) tells employers that, while you are an idealist, you are also a hard-worker who is forward-looking and understands the importance of innovation and other nonsensical business buzzwords. People who use Garamond have better sex, birth better-looking children and score higher than average in Scrabble. In conclusion: If you want a job, set your resume in Garamond.
sis of climate change. And let me be clear: The climate is changing. But more than just the atmosphere is at stake; we risk continued economic losses, new natural disasters and unjust human suffering around the world with continued inaction on climate change Although there are many sources of greenhouse gases, the main sources are fossil fuel extraction and combustion. Fossil fuel companies also fund anti-science climate skeptics and misinformation campaigns, while lobbying aggressively against pragmatic climate legislation. This industry does not play by the rules. They do not deserve our money. Divestment does not have to hurt our endowment. In fact, divesting from fossil fuels can be seen as a sound financial decision. A recent study by the Aperio Group, an investment management firm, found that screening investment portfolios for fossil fuel companies and divesting from them would have an overall negligible effect on returns. Along with this idea, the long-term rationality of investing in fossil fuels is increasingly coming under question. A report by HSBC predicts that the coal, oil and gas industries will become risky investments in the future as climate mitigation strategies are implemented. By 2035, coal consumption is expected to fall 30 percent and oil by 12 percent. That means prices will go down. High-cost projects (which are also high-cost to the climate), such as tar sands extraction, have the highest investment risk. Hurricane Sandy cost over $40 billion; climate change is a bad investment. Alternatively, renewable investments are producing high returns. Green revolving funds are raking in 30 to 47 percent returns at universities like Harvard, University of Colorado and Western Michigan. On
However, widespread divestment will stigmatize the industry. As Kirat Singh mentioned in his Sun column on Wednesday, during the South African divestment movement, many companies divested to avoid being labeled as discriminatory. Wouldn’t it be incredible if the fossil fuel industry had a similar stigma? “Oh, you fund fossil fuel extraction? I’ll take my business elsewhere.” Divestment puts an idea in place that can start a movement. Singh rightly argued “You Only Divest Once,” and with the support of 230 other campuses and international climate change advocacy groups, now is the time. The climate will neither repair itself, nor will fossil fuels be replaced with sustainable energy, if we do not put pressure on dirty energy industries. Most scientists agree that we, as a planet, are approaching a tipping point in the climate battle; if a movement to divest were to exist, like it did for Apartheid thirty years ago, it should be now, not later. Divestment is just one of many tools we can and should use to fight the fossil fuel industry. As students, this is something we have the power to do. We don’t need to wait until we graduate to fight for what we know is right. The passing of this resolution shows we have broad student support. Now it is time for the administration and the Board of Trustees to respond. The University cannot be impartial on this issue. Cornell either supports an immoral, destructive industry, or it doesn’t. Let’s think about the future; let’s think about the long term impact on our climate and our endowment. Divest now, Cornell!
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Why Veterinarians Are Not Like Doritos
atching the Super Bowl last weekend made me think about marketing. My dad worked in advertising briefly when I was very young, and because of that, I grew up learning how to critique advertisements. He would point out an ad in a magazine, ask me what I thought about it and show me why it was particularly effective. I wasn’t as impressed with the Super Bowl commercials this year as I have been in the past — the M&M one always makes me smile and the Budweiser Clydesdale one is continually my favorite (this probably says a lot about me). This year, I liked Kia’s space babies but am definitely biased because of all of the animals in it. Mercedes was clever, and my friends all generally liked the Doritos and AXE ones. I won’t bore you with my personal critique of Super Bowl commercials, though. The point is, while watching all of these ads, I started thinking about veterinary advertising, or, more accurately, the lack thereof. Join me on a little thought adventure to figure out why you never see advertisements for veterinarians. I’ll first put this in the context of medical advertising to make it easier to relate to. It’s always seemed tacky to me to see doctors’ faces plastered on billboards and buses, and no matter how many times I hear a radio commercial for a laser eye surgeon, I’ve never been tempted to look him up. So, how do people find doctors? Most of the people I know either find them by word of mouth or through rating websites like Angie’s List and Consumer’s Checkbook. Sometimes, if I need to find a specialist, I’ll look at all of the doctors in my area who accept my insurance and then Google them to find out more about them. It’s possible that I’m just the wrong demographic for the cheesy billboards and posters, but I would say most people in my generation at least Google a doctor before going to him, especially if the doctor had not been referred to them by someone else. So why don’t we trust the flashy advertisements? Maybe because there’s not enough real work put into them. I’ve learned (equally from my father and from Mad Men, so
perhaps this lesson should be taken with a grain of salt) that good advertisements are driven by smart ideas and subtle messages. In order to create a stunningly effective advertisement, you probably need to pay people who understand the business and psychology of it all. Most of the medical advertisements I’ve seen look like every cent that went into the project was just to pay the photographer. So maybe the ads aren’t sophisticated enough for us to like them. Or, it could be a social phenomenon –— people like to form a rapport with their health professionals and feel personally cared for, and seeing their face on a bus every day could take away from that experience. Now that we’ve talked about doctors, let’s move on to the next question: How do people find veterinarians? I would be willing to bet that people who care enough to bring their pets for regular vet visits search for veterinarians the exact same way they search for their own doctors — word of mouth or some kind of online review. That’s certainly how I searched for a veterinarian over winter break when I was staying with my parents and one of my kittens contracted conjunctivitis (the clinic I spent a lot of time at when I lived at home was recently bought out by a large corporation — a topic for another column some other time). None of my friends with pets were effusively positive about their veterinarians, so I Googled/Yelped/looked through Consumer’s Checkbook at all of the practices in the area trying to find one that “seemed” reliable to me. So what does a vet (or any medical professional) have to do to “seem” reliable? I’ve been thinking about this not just because of the Super Bowl, but also because I’ve heard several times in the past year that when we graduate, if we
want to get a job at a good practice, we have to show potential employers that we can bring in new clients. This can range from being certified in a special or different technique to being a part of an organization with many local contacts. Whichever way we prove we can do it, it will only be truly successful if the practice has a way to inform old clients of the new services we are providing and introduce new clients to the business. In my opinion (as a pet owner, vet student and Generation Yer), I think the
Nikhita Parandekar Hoof in Mouth best option is a professionally-made website with testimonials, detailed biographies of the staff and a comprehensive list of services offered. This brings us to the main reason why I think television and other mass media advertisements don’t work for (human and animal) health professionals: People need to know more about their doctors than can fit into a minute time-slot or a piece of paper. After all, it should come as no surprise that people need a greater depth of knowledge about selecting doctors than Doritos (seriously, have you ever even thought of going to the Doritos website?).
Nikhita Parandekar graduated from Cornell in 2011 and is a second-year veterinary student in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. She may be reached at email@example.com. Hoof in Mouth appears alternate Fridays this semester.
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hy is the sky blue? You might get a different answer to that question depending on whether you ask a physicist or a neuroscientist. The physicist might speak to you about particles in the atmosphere and the Rayleigh effect. The neuroscientist could respond that, while particles in our atmosphere do scatter light of a certain wavelength, our perception of this phenomenon as “blue” is because of the way we sense information from our environment. In other words, our eyes and ascendant sensory processing systems have evolved to view this light in the visual spectrum, rather than the infrared or ultraviolet emissions that insects are attuned to. Humans have been conferred the evolutionary gift of
Our nervous systems are compiling the information we need to navigate our days, as we build a construct in our minds that is representative of our world. For many of us, this construct remains stable and guides us throughout our lives. But what happens when something goes wrong with the information in our minds, as is the case in psychiatric or neurological disease? The Synapse
As living beings learn, actual physical changes occur in our brains. New information can strengthen or weaken the connectivity between neurons at their synapses. The neuronal synapse represents a unique relationship between two cells that is at once intimate and muta-
Megan Fitzgerald What’s Up, Doc? color vision by distant primogenitors, and therefore can process a clear sky as “blue” instead of a shade of gray, like a snake or an owl would. So, the sky is “blue” not only because of our atmosphere’s innate qualities, but also because we are able to perceive it as such. We can go through our entire lives believing our perceptions tell us all there is to know about the world around us. And why shouldn’t we? We are uniquely fine-tuned instruments, detecting and processing the information in the world around us that is the most relevant to our lives. As we grow through infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood, we are constantly learning.
ble. At the synaptic junction, chemical signals from one neuron can be transduced into electrical impulses in its partner neuron. Estimates of the number of synapses in the human brain range from tens of trillions to hundreds of trillions — figures that underscore the immense complexity of our minds, as well as the challenges we face as neuroscientists. This network of synapses is unique to each mind — far more intricate than a fingerprint, ever-changing depending upon our experiences. Our genes give us the raw materials to build the framework of our minds, while our experiences dictate their composition. Within this network of synapses lies our memories, our
fears, our hopes, even our personalities. The key to our ability to learn is the pliancy of synaptic contacts within our brains, a phenomenon known as synaptic plasticity. Synaptic plasticity refers to a combination of subcellular and intercellular processes that allow experiences to alter the communication between neurons. It is how learning creates a change within our brains. On a neuronal level, altered synaptic inputs can induce the rearrangement, synthesis and degradation of a host of proteins and molecules (many of which are still being discovered), leading to changes in that neuron’s output. On the level of the individual, this incredible dance of proteins and molecules is what allows us to function, to interact with our environment and to adapt to our surroundings. Unfortunately, this amazing system is not infallible. Genetic mutations can cause the micro-machinery that builds and maintains synaptic connections to function differently. When these mutations occur, psychiatric disorders can result. Many genetic mutations implicated in schizophrenia, for example, have been found to affect synaptic proteins. These genetic mutations may themselves induce alterations in the synapse that ultimately manifest as psychiatric illness. Or they may weaken the synaptic infrastructure, rendering it abnormally and irrevocably vulnerable to the effects of adverse environmental conditions. Although research is unraveling the function of these synaptic genes and proteins on a cellular level, we still don’t know how their malfunction can sometimes lead to the complex manifestations of psychiatric disease. How might a slight fault in neuronal architecture predispose an individual to suffer from hallucinations, delusions or extreme mood swings? Those who suffer severe mental illness can no longer trust the internal
construct their minds have built of the world around them; their very perceptions may be false or paired with unwarranted but overwhelming emotions. I imagine this would be distressing, confusing and possibly quite terrifying. We as scientists have a long way to go towards discovering the causes of psychiatric diseases and improving treatment, and we as a society have a long way to go towards understanding and supporting this vulnerable population and their families. Beyond body/mind dualism
As vast and enigmatic as it is, the mind is undoubtedly rooted in the physical entity of our brains. Why, then, do we still impose a dichotomy between mental and physical illnesses? The semantics would not matter, except for their implication that mental disorders have a nonphysical origin — perhaps a spiritual one. This results in a stigma being attached to sufferers of mental illness that is absent from other ailments. Maybe we are reluctant to acknowledge the physical origin of psychiatric disorders because, in so doing, we might begin to conceive of our very selves as nothing more than a mash-up of cells transmitting chemicals and electricity. And that frightens us. But I don’t see it this way. I think that, in placing the human spirit in the brain, we are not constraining it, but granting it the only structure capable of containing it, a structure that is at once a triumph of the evolution of a species and the culmination of the life of an individual — a structure that we’re only beginning to understand.
Megan Fitzgerald is a Ph.D. Candidate at Weill Cornell Medical College. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. What’s Up, Doc? appears alternate Fridays this semester.
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Will the Real Al Pacino Please Stand Up? the dance floor at a bar to Sam & Dave’s “When Something is Wrong with My Baby” — perfect. But the film had almost as many bad moments, in which the actors seemed stripped of their dignity. Pacino following a Russian prostitute up the To be 19 years old and writing a review about a last-hurrah stairs at a brothel, only after he’s downed half a bottle of Viagra work of a posse of 20th-century film greats feels more than a lit- — depressing. Best known for his Academy Award-winning documentary, tle sacrosanct. My father was seven years-old when the first Godfather was released; who am I to shed a tear over Michael The Cove, this is the first feature film by director Fisher Stevens. Corleone (Al Pacino) reduced to campy Viagra-gone-wrong Partnering with first-time screenwriter Noah Haidle, the pair jokes? I hadn’t even heard tell of Alan Arkin until he faux-grand- struggle with obvious pacing problems, frequent patches of trite fathered Abigail Breslin, and I certainly haven’t earned the right dialogue, and many cheap-thrills á la Betty White’s look-at-oldto laugh patronizingly at Christopher Walken’s (grand)dad people-doing-things-they-shouldn’t shtick. Pacino and then jokes — he was applauded for his role in Tarantino’s first writ- Arkin’s characters are laboriously befuddled by the automatic ing project True Romance in the same year that I was born and ignition on a stolen sports car and Arkin’s stupefied “This is like the future!” is just too pandering to handle. The repeated joke his first Oscar win was 15 years previously. But this is where Stand Up Guys’ most successful punch of the film, told in tandem by Pacino and Walken, is cheesy too, comes from: Its nostalgia. For the largely past-middle-age audi- but much more likable: “We have two choices: We can either ence that surrounded me in the theater, it was nostalgia for the chew gum or kick ass. And I’m all out of gum.” Walken delivers most of the film’s legitimate comedy — with grand era of movies that they had once experienced and now the line: “These guys are animals. long for. For myself and the fellow They’re the type to take out your kidSun writer sitting next to me, it was Stand Up Guys neys and not even sell them” — as well nostalgia for a time that we got to see Directed by Fisher Stevens as one of his best dramatic perforonly in the aftermath, an era which mances in years. His strongest had already become legend by the Starring Al Pacino, moments are when the plot isn’t time we arrived on the movie-loving Christopher Walken, forced — when he’s monologuing, scene. These interior conflicts are catching up with Arkin or establishing what make the film so difficult to Alan Arkin. the oh-so-important relationship with talk about. The premise is a surprisfriendly waitress Alex (Addison ingly original one — retired gangster Doc (Walken) picks up old friend and partner Val (Pacino) Timlin), as opposed to when he’s following Pacino around, after a 28-year prison sentence, but soon after they’re reunited, pulling dour expressions while he watches his friend’s desperate Val correctly guesses that Doc has been ordered by the crime antics. A surprising amount of back-up in the comedy department boss Claphands (Mark Margolis) to kill him in recompense for a long-ago accidental heist-gone-wrong. Doc is determined to comes from supporting actress Lucy Punch (remember her make a grand adventure out of Val’s last day, which includes from Ella Enchanted, not from Bad Teacher). As the daughter springing their old buddy/get-away driver Hirsch (Arkin) from and successor of a fondly-remembered madam in the neighhis nursing home. The most beautiful moments in this movie borhood brothel the boys frequented in their good old days, were like this one, when the film lingered on the potency of she somehow earns an entire backstory flush with character, that particular sort of love story about life-long friendships, the empathy, warmth and respect, delivering only laughs that are notion of topping one’s “good old days,” and the dignity of righteously-earned and surprisingly-wholesomely delivered. grace under pressure. Pacino spinning a young woman around Arkin isn’t in the film quite as much as one might wish, but the BY KAITLYN TIFFANY Sun Staff Writer
Two Films, 12 Monkeys The first time I saw 12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam’s tale of time travel and global catastrophe, it blew my mind. Yes, I was only 11, and most of my other experiences in the realm of science fiction had involved cute little animals forcibly stuffed into little balls, and yes, almost the entirety of the plot flew completely over my head, but the movie revealed possibilities I had never before imagined as possible. The movie’s most important takeaway, as I later learned through subsequent views, concerns the subjectivity of memory and the limits of our perception of reality. In my case, 12 Monkeys had altered both — and my perception of film, culture and society would never be the same. I wasn’t the only one affected by 12 Monkeys: When the film was released in 1995, it was met with many critical accolades, though not without serious reservations about the film’s admittedly convoluted plot. Yet, few critics realized the film’s link to La Jetée, a French science-fiction “film” composed almost entirely of a montage in which pictures taken immediately before disasters are coldly analyzed to create a loosely coherent plot. It is difficult to immediately see the link between these two films: How can a convoluted futuristic thriller, filled with expensive special effects and high-budget acting be based on a 29-minute collection of stills from the 60’s? To start, the films share a similar plot. In La Jetée, a prisoner living in the devastated remnants of post-WWIII Paris is sent back and forth through time to find food, supplies and a way to save what is left of Earth. All the while he is tortured by a perpetual memory that he does not understand the origin or meaning of. Similarly, in 12 Monkeys, a prisoner is sent back in time to stop a virus from wiping out most of humanity while he is haunted by an ever-present and ever-changing dream of people who he does not recognize being murdered. In both films, any further details would act as spoilers, but, suffice it to say, Gilliam was inspired deeply by
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scenes he is in add a much-needed adrenaline shot to a plot that is mostly dragged through its first 30 minutes. Pacino’s performance is spotty at best, a travesty that weighs the movie way down. Val has none of the power of Michael Corleone, little of the real spunk of Frank Slade and all of the sloppy late-career disregard he displayed in his decision to appear in Adam Sandler’s abysmal Jack and Jill. The only glimpse of the powerhouse Pacino is during an exquisite monologue towards the end of the movie in which he tamps down the crassness long enough to note, “They say we die twice. Once when the breath leaves our body, and once when the last person we know says our name,” and to then deliver the question to Walken, “You gonna say my eulogy?” He frames the whole movie as an interpretation of life in which a person’s only task is to be good to their friends and to recall them fondly if they outlive them — to be “a fuckin’ stand-up guy.” The soundtrack will signal to the audience to remember a better time for the crime genre and give a hint of setting (it’s no particular city, but could it be Chicago?), following Baby Huey, Elvin Bishop and Muddy Waters deep into the era of The Sting and The Godfather, Mean Streets and Thieves Like Us. The prevailing antics of the movie’s stars are more reminiscent of another late (partially) and great (completely) crime duo who didn’t quite know what type of movie they were making — they were on a “mission from God” as certainly as Pacino and Walken were “all out of gum.” A movie that’s not sure how serious it is, the sentiments of this film could hail from Harold & Maude just as easily as they could Ferris Bueller. Then again, they wouldn’t be unfamiliar to the guys of Goodfellas either. Thus, despite its failings, Stand Up Guys is largely a tribute. A tribute to buddy movies, to crime movies, to the golden era of 70’s film, to the careers of three Hollywood legends, to comedy and to heart, to jokes that are overused but can sometimes still be funny, to clichés that are cliché for a reason. As Arkin decides in a lilting and skimmed-over revelation, this isn’t the good old days: “It’s better. Because this time we can appreciate it.” Kaitlyn Tiffany is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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the Chris Marker’s seminal work, which was rated the best time travel movie of all time by Time Magazine in 2010. The two films could not be further apart in terms of style, at least on the surface. Marker’s minimalist creation, whose moderation is clear in every aspect of the production, is almost unrecognizable in Gilliam’s overstuffed epic that features a budget in the millions rather than the thousands, hordes of well-known actors and zoo animals (Marker’s work had a budget of just about 0). It is difficult to say whether this divergence makes one of the films “better” than the other; yet, it is clear that Gilliam’s work is a very different beast than its ancestor. Despite this superficial difference, the two works share a sort of sensibility, a tone derived from the worlds of delusion they create and a hopeless feeling that endures after viewing. 12 Monkeys undoubtedly tilts between a balance of philosophy and entertaining violence, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing: In the end, both films make you think. Though the questions they raise differ, they share an ability to turn one’s traditional understanding of the world upside down. 12 Monkeys is screening at Cornell Cinema this Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Samuel Bromer is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do This Stuff Instead: 1. See Black Francis
3. See the Storm Tharp Exhibit at the Johnson
9 p.m. on Saturday at The Haunt
By this point in your life, you either love the Pixies or have gone far too many years without “Debaser” storming your virgin ears. If you fall into the latter group, I guess The Haunt’s Saturday show with Black Francis, frontman of the Pixies, means little to you. For the rest of us, we’ll be screeching and yelping our lungs out as the anti-hero of alternative rock graces our presence. Black Francis will perform plenty of selections from his prolific and ever-incendiary solo work from recent years, but if tradition has any say, he will very likely throw in a “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” “Where Is My Mind??” or even a “Cactus” in there for the old timers. 2. Watch The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
9:30 p.m. on Friday 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Cornell Cinema
When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters less than two months ago, a fair number of viewers felt affronted by the film’s excessive length and general delirium. Clearly, these people have never watched the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in one sitting. I have, with a brave group of friends, and I am well aware that this maximalist, unapologetic brand of filmmaking belongs only to the great bard, Peter Jackson. Often sidelined when compared with its groundbreaking predecessor and Oscar-sweeping sequel, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is simply the most fun and, yes, excessive entry of the three. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli spend most of the film sprinting over hills, and hobbits Merry and Pippen find themselves peacemakers with a colony of angry trees. It’s three hours of epicness that any fan of Game of Thrones and its standout episode “Blackwater” should revisit or, what joy, watch for the first time this weekend at Cornell Cinema.
Meet strange and beautiful people at Third Person, an ethereal selection of ink on paper portraits by Storm Tharp '92, on display at the Johnson Museum till Apr. 7. The self-concocted word games and Japanese portrait prints which inspire Tharp's whimsical or troubling narratives are also on view. Tharp's subjects are very well-dressed; the impeccably tactile detail on sweaters and plaid shirts hint at Tharp's youthful dream of becoming a fashion designer, and more importantly raise the question: Why is fashion important to anyone? Over at Milstein Gallery (running till Feb. 22), fabric sculptures — wild assemblages comprising photographs of body parts, shibori textiles and striped shirts — stand in for apologies or assertions. Taking center stage, however, is a mural Tharp worked on alongside Cornell students. As the youngest Cornell alumnus to hold a monographic show at the Johnson, Tharp is in good company; previous featured artists include Gordon Matta-Clark and James Siena. 4. Watch the Grammys
8 p.m. on Sunday on CBS
Sunday, how do I make thee less sucky? This weekend, anyway, it will be with the Grammys, home of the most expensive and ridiculous performances of the year. The award show that led the world to ask: Who the hell is Bonny Bear? This year, instead of staring at Nikki Minaj in an awkward coma of fear and entertainment, I will be watching two of my guys: Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean. Justin Timberlake is performing his first live show in years and Frank Ocean is, well, he is just Frank Ocean. So what’s not to love, really? That’s what I’ll be doing this Sunday. You know you want to see Lady Gaga’s newest outfit and Ke$ha’s newest personality. — Compiled by Arielle Cruz, Daveen Koh and Zachary Zahos
Grappling With History: Django vs. Lincoln
’ve been through six periods of my “History of African American Literature” Freshman Writing Seminar, and not one class has gone by without someone in the class finding reason to reference Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. This film came at a perfect moment: Right after a heavily raciallycharged election, right before a historicallycharged inauguration (the fortuitous match-up of Obama’s second inauguration and MLK Jr. Day) and even more perfectly, side-by-side with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. These two films make the same historical allusions, but could not have a more opposing treatment of their salient theme: race. Lincoln begins with two black men talking to President Lincoln (Daniel DayLewis). One speaks cautiously about the issue of emancipation and tries to cool the temper of his fellow black soldier as not to upset Lincoln. The latter is more militant, makes demands for black soldiers’ salaries and as he paces backwards, recites the Gettysburg Address to pressure the president to keep his promise for “a new birth of freedom.” These two overcast the rest of the film with a historical binary: the patient “Uncle Tom” (or as Malcolm X phrased it “house negro”) versus the militant black man (X referred to as “field negro”), but for the rest of the film, Spielberg does not add anything to the conversation on race. Django ends with the same opposition, this time to a much bolder, important claim. The final hurrah of Django’s (Jamie Foxx) vendetta is to shoot the “house negro”
(Samuel Jackson’s Stephen), arguing that even worse than the racist slave-master Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the Uncle Tom black man who doesn’t fight for slave emancipation and thereby betrays his race. For its attack on passivity and use of humor in a painful setting (antebellum South), Django has been subject to condemnation and controversy. This film will likely be garnered with Oscars this March but I think this film’s greatest contribution to us is its controversy. I’ve heard some who like Django up until it “goes too far.” I think that this “going too far” is actually the discomfort that these issues warrant and pushes our moral appetite by forcing us to look at the issue in its present day context. People often say the “Mandingo” scenes “go too far” and have criticized Tarantino for creating a non-existent recreation and exploiting a landscape just morally bankrupt enough to suit his imagination. I think that the mentality of “Mandingo” fighting (a fight to death between slaves for the
Henry Staley Politicizing Art owner’s enjoyment) is comparable to the set-up behind today’s professional sports culture where many claim there is a “slave auction mentality” behind owners forcing their (often black) players to take steroids and overlook potentially serious injuries. With these scenes, Tarantino forces contem-
plation with discomfort. ZANDER ABRANOWICZ / At other points, Tarantino SUN STAFF creates modern day compar- ILLUSTRATOR isons with humor. When Dr. King Schultz (Christopher Waltz) allows Django to buy his own clothing, Django gets excited and chooses an ostentatious royal blue Napoleonic riding costume and regal coif. The scene obviously references many modern- day rappers who come from underprivileged environments and, when their talent is answered with money, emphasize fashion and materialism over restraint or, as Kanye West says, “I know Spike Lee’s gonna kill me . . . but I’d rather buy 80 gold chains and go ign’ant.” With Lee’s public disdain for Django (“It’d be disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film”), West and Tarantino can both rejoice in brushing off Lee’s judgement. All these scenes and many others in the film tread a fine line between okay and offensive. Lincoln, on the other hand, is agreeable, tame, sensitive to the issues and consequently, no one is talking about it with the same energy. Django is doing what cinema does when it’s at its best. Psychoanalyst film theorists argue that cinema exists for acting out on or opening up the audience’s repressed desires. Django is crawling into America’s racial subconscious and bringing out the innards (even the grossest) for display. Both a black revenge fantasy and white domination nostalgia get representation by the film’s characters — two threads subtexting American political discussions in the age of Obama. And for that reason, I think 2012 compelled us into a new thinking man’s cinema.
Lincoln is a good example of a genre I hope we forego: films that take familiar stances on issues and contribute to a stalwart in the national discussion, providing us with a commonly accepted set of P.C. “answers” to the problem so that we can “move on.” I think this attitude is the real issue. I have a problem with movies that put serious topics behind a glass casing as if in a museum and cover over historical brutalities to cater to contemporary attitudes. I can’t help but compare these different treatments to the two black soldiers who open up Lincoln: One makes us feel comfortable and content with our present views; the other makes us uneasy and angry, may make us think farther than we’d like to, but ultimately, the second turns us in the right direction. Henry Staley is a freshman in the College of Art, Architecture & Planning. He can be reached at email@example.com. Politicizing Art appears alternate Fridays this semester.
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Globetrotters Bring Laughs to Ithaca
By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor
“And that, guys, is what you call an air ball.” Big Easy — the Harlem Globetrotters’ central showman — received a booming laugh from the crowd as a blue, red and white balloon shaped like a basketball floated into the rafters of Newman Arena. The stunt — which started with a simple switch of balls during the opposing team’s free throws — was one of many on Tuesday night that combined incredible basketball talent and light-hearted entertainment. The Harlem Globetrotters, who are a household name today, originated in the South Side of Chicago in the 1920s. Ever since their first performance in Chicago’s Savoy Ballroom in 1927, the Globetrotters have been touring the country, amusing and shocking audiences across the nation. Contrary to public belief, the Globetrotters do lose. Though they squeaked out a 106-100 win over the visiting Global Selects on Tuesday in a game that included four-pointers, playing with two balls and baskets worth double the points, the Globetrotters are not always so successful. Every year, the team sets aside a three-
week tour where they play real Division One college teams — without the excess hoopla. In 2006, the Trotters made their win total exactly 22,000 with only 345 losses — most recently an 87-83 defeat by the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ All-Star Team in March of the same year. However, Tuesday night was about simultaneously pleasing a crowd packed into the stands of Newman Arena and proving the superior athleticism for which the Globetrotters are known so well. The team’s smallest players and guards — Scooter and Bull — put on a display of dribbling talent midway through the third quarter, sliding across the court on their knees, putting the ball between their legs and behind their backs and avoiding defenders at the same time. Moose — whose puffed-out hairdo gave him a few extra inches on his height — was, for the most part, a walking slam-dunk contest, receiving alley-oops and slamming home 180s and reverse dunks. The 7-4 center Stretch was a totem pole on the court, blocking shots and at one point holding the ball up at full arms’ length for a teammate to grab and dunk. Big Easy provided most of the entertainment, interacting with the crowd by bringing kids and adults alike onto the floor, making them dance and shoot baskets for prizes.
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Hanging by a thread | One of the members of the Harlem Globetrotters hangs off the rim at Newman Arena, part of the entertaining show on Tuesday night.
With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, the Globetrotters took a two-point lead. Though the Trotters have over 22,000 wins under their belts and a 98.5 winning percentage, fans still sat on the edge of their seats, waiting to see if the men in blue jerseys could pull out another exciting victory. With his back to the basket, Big Easy dropped the ball behind him and kicked it into the air with the heel of his foot. It looked as though it was meant to be
a shot, but as the ball remained suspended in mid-air, Bull leapt fully over a defender, grabbed the ball and dunked it. The buzzer sounded and the fans leaned back in their seats. It was another win for the Harlem Globetrotters, full of some truly breathtaking basketball and a lot of laughs. Scott Chiusano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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which they’ve been doing a good job with,” said senior forward Eitan Chemerinski. The big story for the Crimson so far has been Chambers, who has made a profound impact in his rookie season, averaging 13.3 points and 6.1 assists. He leads the conference in the latter category by a margin of almost two per game. Though the Red is familiar with Harvard’s game plan and style of play, the squad has yet to see Chambers himself in live action and will need to find a way to contain him. “He’s young and we have to try to speed him up and make him uncomfortable,” Gray said. “[Young guys] tend to play free, and that can be one of their strengths when they come in and just play ball. So we have to make him think and take away the things he likes to do.”
The Red has spent time this week studying film of Chambers’ game, hoping to pinpoint his strengths. “Our coaches always do a good job preparing us with the film they watch,” Chemerinski said. “We’ll watch a lot of film on him and have a game plan [for guarding him].” On Saturday, the Red will be back at it against Dartmouth (513, 1-3), a team that has struggled in the past and finds itself in a three-way tie for the bottom spot in the conference. However, one of the squad’s losses was a five-point overtime defeat by Harvard in which the Green was actually up by seven with 1:10 left on the clock. “Dartmouth is an improved team; they’ve been playing well so we’ll have to come out with a lot of defensive intensity and push the tempo,” Chemerinski said. The Green’s offense features balanced scoring, with four play-
ers averaging eight or more points per game. Center Gabas Maldunas leads the team with 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds and will be a focal point for the Red’s defense in the paint. Sophomore Jvonte Brooks — who was runner-up behind sophomore Shonn Miller for Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season — is averaging 7.5 points, but has yet to break out in conference play. “We can’t overlook Dartmouth at all,” Gray said. “We’ve seen what they’ve done. They played Harvard in a tough game coming down to the wire. They’ve struggled in the past, but at this point, we can’t afford any more losses.” This “can’t lose” mentality has pervaded the Red’s locker room, as the team understands the precarious position it is in right now. In a tie for third place, the squad stands in the middle of the pack, and two wins this weekend would
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tough opponents right now and it’s a great challenge for us,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86. “We’re looking forward to the game on Friday night. Our guys have been awesome in practice this week on both Monday and Tuesday. They’ve come in and have gotten to work and haven’t pouted — they haven’t felt sorry for themselves. They’ve been ready to go and that kind of attitude, as a coach, makes me really proud of them.” Despite the rough patch, the players have not hung their heads. “I think you’d be sur-
prised with the attitude right now in the locker room,” D’Agostino said. “It’s actually pretty positive, pretty upbeat. We feel like we’ve worked pretty hard the last couple weekends and obviously, we haven’t gotten the results we’ve wanted but we do feel like our work ethic ... and compete level [are] there.” Cornell is returning for the penultimate home series of the season after falling in hardfought losses to St. Lawrence and Clarkson last weekend. The Red has lost eight of the last nine for the first time in Schafer’s 18-year coaching tenure. While trying to reverse the team’s fortune this weekend,
Schafer will coach his 599th and 600th career games for the Red. “We’re going to get back to some old mentalities around here,” Schafer said. “The way is that if [you’re] not scoring goals, then stop them. Our lack of scoring — we’ve put a lot of focus on it over the last few weeks, not capitalizing on our chances — it’s been frustrating our team. Well, now it’s time to stop them — stop them from scoring and frustrate the other team and get ready in transition and capitalize on our opportunities.” Amid the team’s slump, the Cornell’s NCAA Tournament hopes have taken a hit.
With eight regular season games to go, the Red is hoping to build momentum going into the ECAC Tournament in March and make a charge for an automatic bid. “We haven’t stopped believing in ourselves at all,” D’Agostino said. “We really like our hockey team ... Man for man, I’d put us up against anybody in the country ... We’re still really confident in ourselves and we know we have the pieces in place to make a run.”
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provide a significant boost. “Right now there’s a state of emergency, we understand we can’t take anymore losses, we have to focus in on each game and play like it’s our last,” Gray said. “This is a good opportunity to keep moving up the ladder, we just
have to play together. It’s an important time of year to be playing our best.”
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Dual Season Underway for Red By REENA GILANI Sun Staff Writer
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Staying single | Sophomore Jason Luu recorded one of the Red’s two singles wins against No. 52 Alabama last Friday.
The Cornell tennis teams continued to put up solid results last weekend, with the dual season now officially underway for both teams. On the men’s side, the squad (3-1) came away with split results after facing two ranked teams. Meanwhile, the women (2-0) found great success in a doubleheader here in Ithaca. Last Friday, the No. 70 men’s team took on No. 52 Alabama (5-1) and suffered its first loss of the season, 5-2. The two points for the Red came from singles wins by sophomores Jason Luu (7-5, 6-4) and Quoc Nguyen (6-3, 6-4). Cornell also put up a good fight on the doubles side, with the tandem of sophomore tri-captain Alex Sidney and junior tri-captain Venkat Iyer coming away with a win, but Alabama ultimately took the point by winning two doubles decisions. Despite its solid attempt, Cornell lost four of the singles matches as well, giving Alabama the victory. “I thought we played pretty well as a whole. We had a lot of chances both in singles and doubles to win the match,” Sidney said. “We certainly competed well, but the next time we get an opportunity like that we won’t let it slip away.” On Sunday, the team had another opportunity to show its strengths and came out on top. The Red bounced back from its Alabama loss to take down No. 66 St. John’s (0-5), 5-2, marking Cornell’s first win over a ranked team this season. The Red lineup started off very strong in doubles, sweeping all three matchups for the point. To clinch the victory, the team won an additional four singles competitions. “We really came off firing in doubles and just rolled it through. That gave us a huge amount of confidence going into singles,” Sidney said. “Maybe it was just in the back of our minds that we all wanted to go and watch the Super Bowl, but after the confi-
dence we gained in the doubles, we started off strong in singles and played solid throughout the entire match.” Looking ahead, the men host a doubleheader on Sunday at Reis Tennis Center, with a schedule consisting of Fordham at 1 p.m., followed by Buffalo at 6 p.m. “We’re training really hard with the usual — lots of running and lots of intense practices. We want to make sure that we have enough energy to compete hard in both of these matches,” Sidney said. On the women’s side, the team started off on Sunday by first taking down Maryland-Baltimore County (0-4), 6-1. Cornell won all three doubles matches for the point and then proceeded to win an additional five singles contests, each of which was won in straight sets. “I thought everyone came out fired up and ready to play, which was great,” said senior co-captain Christine Ordway. “I was especially proud of our freshman [Laila Judeh and Dena Tanenbaum], they played really well and handled their nerves great.” The match against St. John’s (1-2) had very similar results, with Cornell getting the doubles point and another five from singles for a 6-1 victory. Overall, the two Sunday contests set the stage for the Red moving forward. “If we keep up the same intensity and focus that we had this weekend, I think we will have a great season,” Ordway said. This weekend, the women were scheduled to participate in the ECAC Indoor Championships at Columbia, but the match has been canceled due to the promise of a winter storm coming through the Northeast. Reena Gilani can be reached at email@example.com.
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area created in a black and white question. He either has or he has not used PEDs and it should be extremely clear if he has failed a substance test in the past. Second, to offer this from the Hall of Fame. So when it came to light in the week leading statement up as the support for your star lineup to the Super Bowl that Lewis, as well as sev- backer, and repeat what can only be called the eral Alabama players from the NCAA Football battle cry of Lance Armstrong for the past Championship team here had been reportedly decade, was insulting to sports fans everywhere. I don’t believe that Lewis recovered from his using deer antler spray, which contains a substance banned by the NFL as well as the torn tricep with his own will and determination, and I don’t believe that anyone linked to a NCAA, it became a major story. It seems ignorant to ignore the fact that Ray company that is actually called Sports with Alternatives to Steroids Lewis, at the is acting within the rules. extremely old It is no longer reasonable to give Whether or not this age of 37 for an NFL player, someone like Ray Lewis the benefit story and indictment will came back from of the doubt when he comes back carry over into the legacy of Lewis remains to be a torn tricep to play in the from an injury in less than half the seen, but for someone who allegedly committed Super Bowl. prescribed time. a double murder after his This injury, last Super Bowl and which is known to take an average of six months for a full recov- made it out without going to jail, I’m going to ery, only took Lewis ten weeks to overcome and propose that it doesn’t seem like this allegation return to playing for the final games of the will hold. The lesson to be gained from the connecRavens season. It would seem that to juxtapose this mirac- tion between Lewis and the Hall of Fame ballot ulous feat with the Baseball Hall of Fame vote is that the amount of cheating in sports has — not to mention the wonderful production almost reached a tipping point, if it hasn’t being put on by Lance Armstrong in recent already. It is no longer reasonable to give someweeks — that sports fans are willingly ignoring one like Ray Lewis the benefit of the doubt Lewis’ recovery timeline. Where the MLB play- when he comes back from an injury in less than ers have testified and admitted to their steroid half the prescribed time. The records of the MLB players who “tarusage and Lance Armstrong’s two hour chat with Oprah left nothing to the imagination, nished” the game still stand. There is no asterpeople are seemingly willing to hold out hope isk. Nor is there a small footnote accompanying Lewis’s MVP award. It’s not the place of the for Lewis. Following the onslaught of media attention, Hall of Fame to pass moral judgment if the the response from the Ravens’ management excellence of these players is still being acknowlseemed like the broken record heard over and edged in baseball. So now it will be up to the NFL and other over again by any professional athlete accused of doping. ESPN quoted John Harbaugh, head professional sports leagues to decide to take a coach of the Ravens and one of the aforemen- firm stand, or retroactively punish players 10 tioned smiling brothers, as saying, “My under- years after their playing careers. They either standing is that he’s passed every random sub- have to start questioning the integrity of the stance test that he’s taken throughout his sport, or they are forced to honor its cheaters. career.” The first problem with this statement is Annie Newcomb can be reached at “My understanding is that” seems like a gray firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By SCOTT ECKL Sun Staff Writer
The women’s hockey team looks to extend its eight-game winning streak this weekend as it faces ECAC opponents Quinnipiac and Princeton on the road. The No. 4 Red (19-4, 14-2 ECAC) will play an early game against Quinnipiac (159-3, 9-5-2) at 1 p.m. on Friday due to the threat of an impending snowstorm. Saturday’s matchup against Princeton (9-12-2, 4-10-2 ECAC) will be held at 4 p.m. as regularly scheduled. Cornell is just one point behind Harvard (17-3-2, 14-1-1 ECAC) for the conference lead, with six conference games remaining. The Crimson plays Yale on Friday and B.U. on Tuesday before coming to Lynah Arena on February 15. The Red will try not to look ahead to that all-important matchup and focus on this weekend’s games.
Cornell had to come back to defeat Quinnipiac, 4-3, in Ithaca in November, but was able to shutout Princeton, 4-0. Junior forward Brianne Jenner looks to continue her hot streak this weekend after recently being named ECAC 2012-2013 Player of the Week on February 5. She scored four goals and recorded two assists in the Red’s win against Union, a careerhigh six points. She also added a goal and assist in Cornell’s victory against Rensselaer. This is Jenner’s third time mentioned as Player of the Week this season (Nov. 20 and Jan. 22). Historically, the Red has owned Quinnipiac with a 10-3-5 advantage over the Bobcats. Against Princeton, the Tigers hold a slight advantage, 41-34-4; however, the Red has not lost to them since November 2008. Scott Eckl can be reached at email@example.com.
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Too hot to handle | Junior forward Brianne Jenner has been on a streak, scoring four goals and two assists in the Red’s last win and picking up her third Player of the Week Award.
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Back at Lynah, Red Hopes to End Five-Game Skid By CHRIS MILLS Sun Staff Writer
Looking to snap a five-game losing streak, the Red will get a kick start against the ECAC’s top team this weekend. Cornell (8-11-2, 4-8-2 ECAC) is returning to Lynah Rink to host No. 2 Quinnipiac (19-3-4, 12-0-2) on Friday and will battle Princeton (7-10-3, 5-6-3) on Saturday. “It’s going to be great to be home,” said senior defenseman and team tri-captain Nick D’Agostino. “Especially for myself — I only have potentially two weekends [left] here at Lynah. So it’s great to be back here, I love playing in front of this crowd. We feed off the energy, we’ve kind of let down the faithful a little bit, but we’re ready to go and hopefully we can get a couple wins for everybody this weekend.” A veteran Quinnipiac team is in the midst of a 19-game unbeaten streak, dating back to a 3-2 victory over Colgate on Nov. 9th. That was one day before the Bobcats defeated Cornell 4-1 in the teams’ previous meeting this season. “They’re having a great year,” D’Agostino said. “They’re a real mature team — they have a lot of seniors on their team. And obviously they’ve bought into the system that they’re playing in and it’s working for them ... [There are] a
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Bouncing off the boards | Senior defenseman and tri-captain Nick D’Agostino hopes that his team can bounce back from a mid-season slump, especially as his time playing at Lynah winds down.
lot of similarities [between] how they play [and] how we play — their penalty kill, their neutral zone — and obviously it’s a team that we can look up to. So this weekend we’re just going to have to compete and work hard and stay out of the penalty box and try to win the special teams battle against them.” Although the ECAC-leading Bobcats will present a significant challenge for the Red, the atmosphere in the locker
room has been filled with anticipation for a high-caliber showdown. “Quinnipiac is a great team to play. Whether it’s Quinnipiac, Princeton, [or] whoever it may be, they’re all tough opponents right now and it’s a great challenge for us,” said head coach Mike Schafer ‘86. “We’re looking forward to See M. HOCKEY page 13
Antler Spray for All C.U.to Host Harvard, Dartmouth T MEN’S BASKETBALL
By SCOTT CHIUSANO
Sun Assistant Sports Editor
The characteristic spattering of red and white in the stands of Newman Arena will turn entirely black this weekend, as the Red takes on Harvard and Dartmouth in the annual Newman Nation
Jersey Night. The first 1,000 students to arrive at Friday night’s matchup against Harvard will receive a voucher for a black jersey that can be cashed in at Saturday’s game against Dartmouth. This weekend marks the first home Ivy series for the Red (1011, 2-2 Ivy League), and the
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Staying airborne | The Red will need production out of sophomore for-
ward Shonn Miller in order to move up in the conference this weekend.
promise of a large crowd is giving the team a little extra motivation for two important games. “Any time you come back home you’re excited to play, [especially] after two tough road games,” said senior guard Johnathan Gray. “Having a lot of people packed in and hearing the crowd behind us is going to be very exciting, we’re anxious to get out there.” The crucial pair of weekend games will kickoff at 7 p.m. against Harvard (12-6, 4-0), a team that lost its two star players due to a cheating scandal at the beginning of the year. The Crimson has still managed to remain undefeated in the conference and is one game ahead of Princeton. Though Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry accounted for almost 20 points a game last season, Gray expects that the Crimson’s strategy will not have changed much despite the loss. “We’ve scouted them a little bit, they have some young guys,” he said. “There won’t be anything different in their style of play, we just have to pay more attention to personnel.” Most of the Crimson’s scoring so far this season is coming from the backcourt in guards Laurent Rivard, Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders, who are combining for more than 30 points per game. Saunders and Chambers are also both shooting better than 46 percent from beyond the arc. “In general, I’d say we’ll have to contest their three-point shooters and limit their dribble penetration, See M. B-BALL page 13
en days ago, I lived in a world where deer antler spray was not on my radar. If pressed to define its use, I would have been forced to lie and sound foolish. However, if you followed the hype leading up to the Super Bowl — and were not easily distracted by SportsCenter keeping track of which Harbaugh brother smiled more times during their joint press conference (the answer is John with 7 over Jim with 3) — you heard a lot of news about Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’s possible doping allegations, as well as
votes, and players like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens were all included. These aforementioned players have all been connected to steroid use during their careers, and several of them have admitted to their usage of performance enhancing drugs during their careers. Even though not all of the players on the ballot have been linked to steroid use — and notable players that deserve to be in the Hall of Fame such as Curt Schilling, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio were also not voted into this year’s class — the message is clear. Schilling commented on the voting results by saying, “I think as a
Annie Newcomb Sucks to Suck other athletes, related to their use of deer antler spray to promote muscle growth. What makes this particularly interesting is that it comes on the heels of an extraordinary circumstance in Major League Baseball last month: no player gained the 75 percent approval needed to secure a place in this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class. This has happened seven other times in the history of the Baseball Hall of Fame, but there are record-holding players on the list that did not come close to securing a spot. This year’s ballot recorded the third-highest number of
player, a group, this is one of the first times that we’ve been publicly called out.” It would seem that the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which does the voting, has taken this opportunity to punish these players that have seemingly betrayed our trust in the glory of baseball. This is not the first occasion of this feeble attempt at making a statement; Pete Rose serves as a prime example of how cheating can keep you from the Hall of Fame. So when it came to light in See NEWCOMB page 15