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Graduate Students Sign Union Cards At Meeting Sunday By CHRISTOPHER BYRNS Sun Staff Writer


Growth spurt | Gannett’s new addition is set to open in 2017 and will double the capacity of the building to accommodate new facilities. This architectural rendering looks southeast up Campus Road toward Anabel Taylor Hall (at right).

Cornellians Decry Lack of Student Input on New Health Service Fee

Skorton: Future town hall meeting will be held to address concerns By SOFIA HU Sun Senior Writer

President David Skorton’s announcement on Thursday that all students not enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan would have to pay an annual $350 fee for health services beginning in the 2015-16 academic year blindsided many.

The University rolled out the fee with minor student input, according to several students and Student Assembly representatives. Gannett administrators held two meetings for the Student Advisory Committee on University Health Services Funding Model where the fee See FEE page 4

Over 50 graduate students signed official union cards and began collecting dues at the third general assembly meeting of the Cornell Graduate Students United Sunday. The signing of officially recognized membership cards marks a “historic” point for the nascent Cornell Graduate Students United, which formed in early 2014 to pursue better work and labor conditions for graduate students, according to Andrew Cook grad, the [Cornell Graduate Students United] Communications and Outreach committee chair, in a press release. By signing cards, the members of the Cornell Graduate Students United are

taking the first step toward organizing union representation for graduate students. The signing of the cards “and the collection of dues builds a formal architecture in which CGSU members can address their common interests as graduate workers and build a voice in the academic workplace,” Cook said. Cornell Graduate Students United’s card signing follows recent successful organizing efforts at other private Universities. Graduate students at New York University won voluntary support from the administration for their graduate student union in 2013, according to The New Yorker. In early December, graduate students at Columbia University gathered enough signatures to request the See UNION page 5

City Enacts More Restrictive Zoning for Cornell Heights By GABRIELLA LEE Sun Staff Writer

A tightened zoning ordinance applying to the Cornell Heights Historic District was passed unanimously by the Ithaca Common Council Wednesday. The new ordinance will restrict construction of multiunit dwellings to one every 500 feet, decrease the maximum story height to three stories and require 50 percent of developable lot area to be retained as green space. The amendment to the zoning code, which had been a topic of discussion for “approximately a year,” initially began out of concern from neighborhood residents who feared that preservation of the historic district was threatened, according to Alderperson Seph Murtagh M.A. ’04 Ph.D. ’09 (D-2nd ward), who is also chair of Common Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee. “The main problem was that we were seeing the zoning in the R-U [zoning] District allowed

for the construction of large multiple dwellings,” Murtagh said. “So the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission, which is a city commission that oversees the historic district, approached us and said that they thought the zoning should be changed there so as to reduce the size and massing of these large apartment buildings.” Local residents were also spurred into action when C.A. Student Living, a Chicago-based developer, proposed developing a multi-unit apartment complex on Ridgewood Road within the Cornell Heights district in the spring. Walter Hang — founder of Toxics K.K. YU / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

House in the woods | A zoning ordinance passed Wednesday introduces tighter regulations regarding construction in the Cornell Heights area.

Targeting, Inc., a corporation that compiles and publicizes environmental information in New York state — began a petition

that amassed over 900 signatures from both Cornell students and Ithaca residents in response to the proposed devel-

opment. “People were really upset over See ZONING page 5

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Condom Couture Event Benefits AIDS Program By PHOEBE KELLER Sun Staff Writer

Nearly 250 people filled the Alpha Delta Phi house Friday at the 4th annual Condom Couture Fashion Show, which featured speeches, slam poetry and a capella performances. Models strutted down the Visit cornellsun.com runway dressed in outfits elabofor a slideshow of the rately adorned with condoms. Condom Couture The $700 raised will be donated Fashion Show. to the Southern Tier AIDS program according to Juliana Batista ’16, one of the event’s co-producers. The event was inspired in part by Alexander Brown ’15, AIDS week co-chair, who spoke on his personal struggle with HIV. “I hope sharing my status helps everyone see HIV and AIDS can happen to anyone,” Brown said of the event. “The stigma still exists.” Maddie Gerrick ’17, the co-producer of the event, said Brown’s story made audience members see that HIV and AIDS are issues “close to home.” “The main thing I hope students take away from the show is how HIV/AIDS is a global issue, which includes the Cornell community,” she said. “It is still relevant and still a devastating fact of life.” Batista said she has co-produced the event for two years, but that the addition of speeches, slam poetry and a capella performances this year made the show even more effective. “We will still have all the glamour and high fashion of shows in the past, but we have incorporated more layers of education about HIV/AIDS, STD prevention, consent and healthy relationships while taking a multimedia approach,” Batista said. Mattie Yarn ’18, the slam poet featured at the show, said she was proud to be a part of a movement. “In a few stanzas, I aim to deliver a powerful message of hope and determination regarding HIV/AIDS,” she


Rubbers on the runway | Student designers and models like Claire Cekander ’17 and Corinne Kenwood ’17 debut clothing constructed from condoms at the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity on Friday in support of HIV/AIDS awareness. said. “Overall, I’m glad to see there’s such enthusiasm toward bringing attention to this global problem within Cornell's student body.” Batista said that besides the messages conveyed in poetry, speeches and songs, each designer wrote a short blurb that was read aloud while her model walked down the runway, pairing each outfit with the message of the designer. “Each outfit has a meaning that the designer crafted and can relate to,” she said. Anshu Gaur ’17, one of the designers, said she went to the show last year and was impressed by the use of creative designs to start an important conversation this year. She said that she wanted to contribute, despite the difficulty of designing with condoms. “Designing was a lengthy and learning process,” she said. “[However], I was surprised by the combined effort and excitement I received from my friends in the process and I plan to continue designing outrageous outfits out of condoms.” The event received an outpouring of support, according to Gerrick, with sponsors including ConsentEd, Wingman, VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, the

Every1 Campaign, Act on AIDS, Haven, International Student Union, the Women’s Resource Center, RC, Fanclub and the Multicultural Concert Funding Advisory Board. She said the event used 9,000 condoms, all donated by ONE Condom. Tarn Susumpow ’15, President of ISU, said the organization was thrilled to be a part of the event and is excited to sponsor them in coming years. “We were very excited to co-sponsor this event because HIV/AIDS is a global issue, affecting over 35 million people worldwide,” she said. “Our organizational goal has always been to bring awareness of international causes to the wider Cornell community, and this event does so with a lot of creativity.” Batista said she was impressed by the turnout and the commitment of all the show’s contributors. “I was incredibly happy with show: it was such a collective effort,” Bastista said. “We’ve seen huge medical advances in 2015 and we want to ride off the optimism of new technologies. We’re here to build that momentum.” Phoebe Keller can be reached at pkeller@cornellsun.com.

C.U.Professor Speaks on Black Lives Matter Movement By GRACE HURLEY Sun Staff Writer

Prof. Travis Gosa, Africana studies, spoke about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and social media campaigns at the first “Thursdays at 626” talk of the semester Thursday. Hosted by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, Gosa’s talk — which was titled “#BlackLivesMatter: Moment or Civil Rights Movement?” — focused on whether the objectives of Black Lives Matter activists and the tactics they employed would be

enough to withstand the gradual nature of social reform. In his talk, Gosa said that when some Black Lives Matter protesters spoke with President Barack Obama, they were met with the President’s request that they fight for incremental change and were advised to remember that social change occurred slowly. “This idea that this movement should wait for incremental change seemed to really turn off the protesters,” Gosa said. “My question is ‘Are people willing to wait for these changes?’ That may be a downside to

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this generation — having to wait may be a dealbreaker for them.” Gosa also said that a lack of centralized leadership in the Black Lives Matter movement drew questions about the movement’s future and longevity. While Gosa said the absence of a leader may make for a more democratic dynamic, he added “a lack of identifiable, charismatic figures can make it difficult for people to latch on in meaningful ways.” Still, Gosa said in the past five months, over one million Black Lives Matter demonstrators have taken to the streets. “I think they give me hope that black activism is not dead,” Gosa said. “It may be a sign that we are no longer waiting to be saved by Obama. It may provide some clues as to what social justice looks like in a postObama America.” Included in recent protests were local demonstrations in the Ithaca area. According to Gosa, protesters shut down Route 13, Route 79 and State Street late last year in order to participate in the Black Lives Matter call to action. “I’ve been impressed by the level of civil disobedience by my fellow Ithacans,” Gosa said. Gosa also discussed in his talk the strategies that have been undertaken by activists in various demonstrations across the country among them singing and marching as well as holding up mirrors to the police during protests and artivism—which has included the practice of throwing food coloring in public fountains so that “they are literally running red with blood.” Gosa said that the protesters displayed

“creativity” in their variety of methods. However, he added that the question of which strategy would be most effective “is still unclear to [him].” At one point in his talk, Gosa asked audience members what made them feel as if they were a real part of the movement. Lois Ann Davis ’15, an attendee at the talk, spoke of the importance of the movement to her personally. “There is a difference between just showing up, just being another body and saying, ‘No, I’m not going to move to the sidewalk because this is my little brother that I’m fighting for, this is my unborn son that I’m fighting for.’” Davis also said she thought the talk discussed a relevant and important issue. “I thought that it was a very good summary of what has been going on thus far and the different tactics that have been used in the movement,” she said. “I just hope that more talks like this will continue to occur and eventually lead to the next steps to keep this movement alive.” Gosa concluded his discussion by comparing the Black Lives Matter with black activism movements of the past; which he said historically worked towards electing more black officials as a mechanism for solving problems. “There is a real concern that we don’t just need more people; we need to change the actual system,” Gosa said. “This is key to understanding how this moment will turn into a movement.” Grace Hurley can be reached at ghurley@cornellsun.com.

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Skorton Will Hold Meetings to Discuss University Finances FEE

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was discussed, according to David Vakili ’16, a member of the committee and the Arts and Sciences representative for the S.A. Though student discussion over the fees mostly occurred during the fall semester, according to Vakili, a document detailing the Division of Student and Academic Service’s strategic plan for 2014-2017 indicates that the administration has been considering implementing the fee since at least May. Stabilizing the funding model for University health services is listed as a “health and well-being priority” in the document. “In the context of the evolv-

ing national health care delivery and insurance landscape, plan for implementation of a health fee (exposed or embedded),” the document reads. According to Vakili, when the committee met in October and November, the administrators presented the student health fee as if it were already set to be implemented. “The administrators gave an overview of the Gannett funding model and said they were being squeezed, [financially],” Vakili said. “Then they introduced the consideration of a fee, but it seemed like they were already set on having the fee and the meeting was just a formality.” Vakili said during the meetings, the students were askedwhether they prefered at $350 annual fee with a $10 co-pay-

ment or a $300 annual fee with decision made by higher-ups in for their opinion on the new a 10 percent co-insurance. the University,” said Matthew student health fee. Several members said they Stefanko ’16, at-large represenAccording to Wang, 72.68 were unable to attend the two tative for the S.A, at the meet- percent of respondents indicatmeetings — which lasted for ing. “There was very limited ed that they did not support one-and-a-half hours each time conversation and when we had the $350 fee at all. In addition, — because the meeting times that conversation, it felt like 47.3 percent said they strongly were inconvenient or held dur- those decisions had already disagreed with the idea that ing class times. “the $350 fee “I never will help to received any make health “The fee is reflective of a system in meeting notes, or care more which actual student needs are not I would have accessible to tried to commustufinancially prioritized, and the University every nicate my input,” dent.” is content to balance its budget on the said Casey Cazer In the surgrad, who was vey, 76.8 perbacks of the students.” unable to attend of cent either meeting. e s p o n d e n ts r Michael Ferrer ’16 Several memsaid they bers of the comstrongly agree mittee declined to comment, been made.” with the statement that Cornell citing their lack of attendance In response to Stefanko, should “publish a detailed, of the two meetings. Skorton said he agreed that the transparent budget spending The committee consists of at transparency of the process policy at Gannett.” least 12 undergraduate and needed to be improved. To help Merckel acknowledged that graduate students according to address the issue, Skorton said the survey had many faults, emails obtained by The Sun. he will be meeting with deans including the fact that responFour are graduate students in and vice presidents, as well as ders self-selected to fill it. the Sloan Program in Health the heads of the shared gover“The self-selection factor Administration or the veteri- nance institutions to explain in means that only people who nary school, and another eight detail the University’s budget. care are going to respond to the are undergraduates involved in “We will also organize a survey,” Merckel said. “Another various organizations including town hall meeting later this inherent bias is that this survey the S.A., Emergency Medical semester to talk about the was posted on a group page on Services and the Student finances writ large,” Skorton Facebook frequented by underInsurance Advisory Committee. said. graduate students, many of Beyond members of the whom first saw the announceTaking to Social Media Student Advisory Committee ment of the fee on that page, However, the town hall accompanied by a very negative on University Health Services Funding Model, administrators meetings are not coming soon statement about it, which may also informed some S.A. repre- enough in the semester, for have acted as a sort of priming.” many students who took to sentatives. #FightTheFee “[Most] members of the S.A. social media to convey their In addition to conducting who did not know about the fee opposition to the fee. Students also expressed dis- surveys and posting on social before [Thursday’s] announcesent in an online, anonymous media sites, students are also ment,” Vakili said. survey created by Catherine planning rallies against the fee. Town Halls to Come Wang ’16 and Kathryn Merckel As of Sunday night, approxiSkorton acknowledged rep- grad. According to Wang, the mately 1,000 people on resentatives’ concerns about the survey received over 1,600 Facebook said they planned to lack of transparency and stu- responses during the time it attend a protest called dent involvement in the was open, from Thursday night #FightTheFee on Ho Plaza and University’s decision to imple- to Sunday morning. Willard Straight Hall at noon The survey included five Monday. The protest is hosted ment the fee at the S.A. meetquestions asking respondents’ by the Save the Pass coalition, ing Thursday. “This feels like a unilateral satisfaction with Gannett and the same group of students who led protests last year in support of free TCAT bus passes for freshmen. The fee is being “undemocratically imposed,” according to Zakiya William-Wells ’17, a member of the coalition. “The fee is reflective of a system in which actual student needs are not financially prioritized, and the university is content to balance its budget on the backs of the students,” Marshall said. “More importantly, for low-income undergraduate students receiving financial aid, this fee will simply displace more of the cost of attendance into work-study funds or the ‘expected student contribution,’ which often comes from students’ summer jobs.” Nadia Shebaro ’15 said she believes there is a “lack of student inclusion in governance and lack of financial transparency” at the University. “It’s not as though students are ever consulted before yearly increases in tuition, and the administration continually refuses to release documents that would actually allow students to understand where their money is going,” Shebaro said. Sofia Hu can be reached at shu@cornellsun.com.

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the Ridgewood project that was going in,” Alderperson Josephine Martell grad (D-5th Ward) said. “There was a lot of concern that there was going to be more development inappropriate for that location, because Cornell Heights is a low-density area.” Martell added that she felt residents feared that continued development in the area would cause the district to “lose the green space and pastoral elements.” “Being a historic neighborhood, it’s in a really fragile location right now,” Martell said. While Murtagh and Martell said they hoped the zoning change would help preserve the neighborhood, they both added that they recognized it would not solve all the problems that the historic district faced. “I would say that there is support for this zoning change, because it will halt the construction of new multi-family multiple dwellings in that area, which was our goal when we originally set out on this,” Murtagh said. “But I think there is concern from neighbors of Cornell Heights that the restrictions that we introduced … only apply to the R-U District, but don’t apply to other areas of Cornell Heights.” Martell also said she found residents to be supportive of the decision, but that she hoped the City of Ithaca would eventually examine the code for historical districts more extensively at a future date. “Overwhelmingly, I’ve gotten lots of emails of support and calls from the other neighbors and I think people recognize that even though this may not fix the entire issue, it certainly prevents any of these other big developments from coming in the meantime,” Martell said. “There’s more work to be done on how we address our historic districts

across the city and that’s really a discussion that has to be done comprehensively, looking at all the historic districts at once, and how we better protect those.” Although Murtagh and Martell said they have received large amounts of support from local residents, there are still some who believe the new zoning ordinance will not be sufficient in preserving the neighborhood. Hang, who has lived in the Cornell Heights Historic District for over 20 years, said he believed the new zoning ordinance “not only won’t solve the problem, [but] could actually create more problems.” “The problem with the R-U amendments that were adopted is that they will actually permit bigger structures to be built than would normally be allowed given to the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission guidelines that you can’t build anything new, significantly bigger or significantly smaller than what’s already in the vicinity of that location,” Hang said. “So the developers would be able to say ‘We’re just fulfilling the zoning requirements’ and then the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission is most likely not going to enforce their own guidelines because they never do.” Additionally, Hang said he did not believe the zoning amendment would be effective as it could easily be challenged through the Board of Zoning Appeals. “I wouldn’t trust this proceeding as far as I can throw a truck and I have grave concerns about the inadequate preservation of this historic district,” Hang said. Still, despite Hang’s concerns, Martell said that with support from other local residents, she felt “confident that it will at least help and get us moving in the right direction.” Gabriella Lee can be reached at glee@cornellsun.com.

vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, resulted in the “documentation of Cornell’s procedures for graduate student injuries.” “The ‘new’ part of these procedures was [to codify]

procedures can more readily be invoked as soon as such an injury is known,” Knuth said. administration and petition Knuth declined to comthe National Labor Relations ment Sunday evening on the Board for official recognition. Cornell Graduate Students Students at the New School United meeting, citing a lack have since joined of “direct knowledge” with those at on the discussion of Columbia in their “The ‘new’ part of these procedures was the organization. petition, according to Graduate students ... [to add] an explicit category to the New Yorker. at Cornell previously Interest among Cornell’s online injury reporting system.” attempted to form a graduate students at union in 2002 and Barbara Knuth Cornell in organizing held an election to grew in March of last decide on unionizayear, in particular over issues them all in one document for tion, but voted against unionregarding workers’ compensa- clarity, and [to add] an explicit ization by a margin of 1,351 to tion, according to the press category to Cornell’s online 580, The Sun previously release. The issue of workers’ injury reporting system to reported. compensation led to the cre- more explicitly be able to idenation of a task force that, tify when graduate students are Christopher Byrns can be reached according to Barbara Knuth, reporting injuries so that these at cbyrns@cornellsun.com. Continued from page 1

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CORNELLIANS WERE FRUSTRATED FOLLOWING the announcement of Cornell’s mandatory $350 health fee for those not enrolled in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan. Administrators claim the payment is necessary to provide predictable funding for Gannett Health Services and to lower barriers to those who choose not to seek care on campus due to financial concerns. President David Skorton added at a Student Assembly meeting Thursday that it would not be feasible to allocate resources from the budget. Though it is not apparent whether these fees are justified given the lack of data from the administration, there seems to be a disconnect between those in Day Hall and the student body. We believe the administration can ease tensions and foster understanding of how the budget works by explaining how the University allocates its resources — including charitable donations and tuition — to the Cornell community. Before answering questions from the Student Assembly and others at Thursday’s S.A. meeting, President David Skorton said the University will brief shared governance groups on how the health fee will affect students and how Cornell’s finances are appropriated. With participation in the shared governance groups being limited, it is imperative that the University inform the Cornell community to explain how decisions are made among senior administrators in ways that are accessible to the entire campus. Within hours of receiving President Skorton’s statement to the community Thursday, Cornellians planned a protest to be held Monday to combat the charge. This is not the first time there has been a misunderstanding about Cornell’s budget constraints. As tuition continues to rise each year, students express their concerns, with some Cornellians describing the most recent hike of $1,920 announced in April as “outrageous” and “disappointing.” If Cornell was more transparent, students — even if they disagree — could have a better understanding of how the University operates. By justifying its financial decisions with hard evidence, the administration can create a stronger understanding of its budget model and the choices that follow, even if students disagree. We support any efforts by Cornell to become more transparent about how it operates and encourage the administration to organize town halls across campus throughout the semester to engage Cornellians. Before any student can understand why a health fee would be necessary, the senior administration must explain how it distributes the University’s resources. While dissent and constructive dialogues that yield productive results are encouraged, misunderstandings between Cornellians and Day Hall can easily be resolved by providing information about its decisions.


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How to Do Cornell

t’s a strange feeling — finding myself experiences that tie all Cornellians with enough time, enough hours in together. I joined the Orientation the day, to do everything on my to-do Steering Committee and served as colist. I don’t feel like I should be at the chair my second year. I found myself feellibrary or studying more. I don’t feel like ing grounded devoting my time to workthe people around me are doing more, or ing toward the one week of the year that have more impressive resumes. I’m not touches every student on campus. wondering if it’s all going to be worth it. This idea of being a part an effort that I feel like I’ve finally got it kind of, sort of affects our entire community, while simulfigured out and know what I’m doing. taneously pursuing my academic and perWhat’s the strangest feeling, though, is sonal endeavors, has driven and shaped my going to sleep without setting an alarm Cornell career. It’s led me to proudly preclock. Allow me to explain: sent at information sessions for prospecI’m one of “those” seniors. I graduated tive students and welcome the entire Class in December, but I am still hanging of 2018 this past August. But enough around campus. I am/was a pre-med bio- about me, what I’m really trying to say is metry and statistics major. I’ve finished that as I sit here now, generally content my thesis, pulled too many all-nighters with the path I’ve taken, I have realized and have been involved with my fair something tremendous in retrospect. share of campus activities and leadership There’s not one way to do Cornell roles. right. There isn’t a set path to take to sucI tell you this — not to list the headers ceed in any community or to find a niche on my resume — but to give you some here at Cornell. There’s not one way to context of where I’m coming from. You thrive or reach your end goal. In fact, if see, I didn’t go abroad and I spent my last you spend all your time here working two summers in Ithaca. Over the course towards your end goal, you’re missing out of the last seven semesters and two on this place entirely. With hundreds of “gorges” summers, I think I’ve gained student organizations, dozens of majors some decent perspective on this place and and thousands of some of the brightest learned important lessons. Cornell is a minds of the future walking around you completely overwhelming place when — it’s important that you take advantage of exactly what you first arrive. I perCornell has to offer sonally found myself lost at the beginning There’s not one way to do you.What Cornell of my freshman year, nervously trying to Cornell right. There isn’t a offers you is entirely figure out where I different than what set path to take to would belong and fit it offered me. The in. This university is path you take home to a tremendous succeed in any community should be entirely campus full of endless different than that or to find a niche here opportunities, and kid in class that’s at Cornell. until you find your beating you on path here, it’s just every quiz and preplain scary. lim. The direction For me, I had to first overcome the you go in should not be you just followwhole “little fish in a big pond” syn- ing your roommate or the group of drome. I think for a lot of Cornell stu- friends you’ve fallen into. You’ll get as dents, you arrive here in a class full of much out of this place as you put into it. valedictorians, class presidents and varsity We’ve each got a finite period of time to team captains alike. The classes are hard- try and make a difference in our own lives er, the work piles up and you quickly and impact a community on a continuallearn that studying to get straight As is ly evolving campus. The time goes by not always (rarely ever) an achievable quickly, and it’s important to make the goal. I found my way by getting involved most of being a part of a community as quickly in every organization and activity prodigious as Cornell. that seemed up my alley, some of which Take what you will from this column, I’ve stayed active in, some of which I and this whole series of my so-called dropped along the way. advice. At the very least, join me on this It took me until the beginning of my self-reflective and introspective journey sophomore year to really figure out what and humor me in my abundance of newly I wanted to do on this campus and where found free time. I wanted to be. Serving as an Orientation Leader initially made me realize what I Rachel Gerber graduated in December from the wanted to do most. I realized that there College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Responses are very few events, commonalities and can be sent to associate-editor@cornellsun.com

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Conna Walsh |

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Defending Science I

have never been good at science. Biology, chemistry and physics always consisted of strange mazes of mathematical and technical information that I could never quite figure out in high school. Even now, I am one of those people who would rather write a 25 page research paper or literary analysis than do one chemistry or physics problem. Despite my steadfast inclination towards the humanities, I still recognize the crucial importance of science to our society. Progression of thoughts, ideas and policies most often rely on scientific evidence to prove that a change is possible. Without science and scientific thought, our world would be stuck in the dark ages. We all owe the quality and safety of our lives to the advancement of science in every field. But too often, many people ignore this debt we owe to the scientific community, choosing to doubt certain studies or findings without citing any evidence whatsoever. For some reason in the United States, science is always under fire. For decades, American politicians have been refuting concrete scientific data on specific issues for their own political gain, which in turn causes their constituents and supporters to disbelieve scientific evidence. The mainstream media in the United States also enjoys spreading such stories, which leads to widespread skepticism of science as a whole across the country. This trend is incredibly unfortunate, as it leads to dangerous consequences. Most recently, the U.S. has experienced an uptick in cases of measles, pertussis and other infectious diseases as a result of the antivaccination movement. This stems from a now-discredited study of only 12 people in 1998, which claimed that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine could cause autism in young children. As a result, many parents have been choosing not to vaccinate their children against these dangerous diseases. Even though the measles virus was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, proponents of the anti-vaccination movement have caused dangerous outbreaks to occur due to their personal choices. In 2014, there were 644 cases of measles in the United States, and in these first two months of 2015 alone, there have been almost 100 cases of measles. Cases of pertussis, colloquially known as whooping cough, have also been on the rise. In 2012, there were over 17,000 cases of pertussis in the United States, making it the worst outbreak since 1959. We must trust in science, but also know when to be reasonably skeptical. Anyone who has taken a statistics course or has learned about the scientific method should realize that a study of only 12 individuals almost always requires further investigation. This sample size is completely inappropriate for a study that made such sweeping claims regarding the supposed link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The original study, conducted and published by now-disgraced researcher Andrew Wakefield, was officially retracted and discredited in 2011. Unfortunately, the American media is especially talented at spreading fear. Whether it’s terrorism, Ebola or underage drinking, the media knows how to present topics in a way that will instill fear in the minds of the populace. In a country that struggles to provide adequate and continued education, these media tactics cause undereducated people to believe everything and anything they see on television or the internet. Many politicians are also at fault for turning these issues into partisan warfare, rather than questions of scientific facts. These scientific issues should not be politicized for personal gain. For example, scientific evidence supports that vaccines do not cause autism — so why do some politicians continue to ignore this fact? Whether they are Republicans, Democrats or Independents, our leaders and lawmakers should be fighting for the truth rather than focusing solely on their own political interests. This anti-science attitude is also unfortunately present when discussing other serious issues, such as climate change and global warming. Although evidence from prestigious and reputable sources overwhelmingly supports that climate change is indeed occurring all over the world, many politicians continue to deny this phenomenon for political gain. Because many members of Congress depend on campaign donations from large fossil fuel companies to fund their reelection efforts, they speak out against climate change-related legislation that would hurt the profits of these corporations. For example, Senator James Inhofe, the new chairman of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, is a vehement denier of scientific evidence pointing towards climate change. He literally wrote the book on the denial of anthropogenic climate change. During his tenure in Congress, Senator Inhofe has received over $2 million in campaign donations from oil, gas and electric utilities companies. How can we stand by and allow misinformation and corporations to rule our political landscape? These groups and individuals who deny science are also actively denying the American public with the actual truth regarding these extremely important issues. We elect our officials to be our advocates, not to hide information for the purpose of advancing their own political careers. We need to bring scientific thought back to the forefront of our society. We need to emphasize scientific education in our schools and elect more leaders who have scientific experience. With more emphasis on fact and evidence, the policies and ideas in the United States will subsequently become more progressive and our country will once again be admired for its scientific contributions to the world. Conna Walsh is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at cwalsh@cornellsun.com. A Word with Walsh appears alternate Mondays this semester.


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Amiri Banks |


Honest A.B.

More Golden Than Silence

y Draft 10, I hated every constantly reveals the beauty in detail. I hated Microsoft everything. Other ideas that Word, with its depressing profess to do the same (I’m expanse of unfilled page space. I looking at you, religion) simply hated the cursor, mocking me do not compare. Imagine diving wholeheartwith every flash. I hated the keys, lying idle beneath my fingertips. edly into a phenomenal song. I hated the incessant humming The instruments greet you with of my laptop’s fan. I even hated candor, as they would any other myself for having the idea in the listener; you admire their first place. Above all else, charming naiveté. Here, no one though, I hated the lonely half- seems to notice your weaknesses sentence sitting on my screen. or your background. The artists “The first time a song caused me just continue pouring out their to cry,” it read. Already disap- souls, oblivious to the world. pointed, I sighed. Back to the Buried reassuringly within the confines of their art, you find a drawing board. Again. Several drafts later, I under- piece of yourself. So long as you stand why I couldn’t capture stay, no subconsciously generatsuch a pivotal moment in my ed narrative can touch you. So life. It’s the same reason that my long as you stay, solidarity and love column could never match empathy will envelope you in my actual love for all people. their embrace. When people meet someone Sometimes, words just aren’t going to do the job. You would new, we tend to overthink trivial think that a self-proclaimed music aficionado would have known this. After all, many far Music doesn’t care about our petty superior writers have competition. Music only wants to tried — and failed, as far be found. So go on champ, find as I’m concerned — to yourself some golden gems. pen a proper tribute to music. Now, it’s my turn details, become paranoid, judge to fail. Before I talk about my love and generally clutter our mind of music, I need to talk a bit with bullshit. As much as I about people. The longer I’ve enjoy meeting new people, they been around — which is to say present a frustrating amount of barely any time — the more I’ve risk, annoyances and worry. A looked to music for refuge from new song, on the other hand, people. Nothing against us, but just plays in its entirety, from our species’ (ahem) intelligence beginning to end. Music frustratingly manifests itself in unashamedly offers the full every social interaction. As a extent of its secrets to you, result, we have a remarkable replacing apprehension with proclivity for using the briefest intimacy. No other form of of encounters to develop the expression possesses transparenmost misguided of opinions. We cy like music. Consider films. Watching a see with our eyes instead of our hearts, leaving those caught in movie often requires some level of knowledge. Maybe you need the line of sight to suffer. Labels like “race” and “sexu- subtitles to understand the lanality” have become so thorough- guage or education to underly ingrained in every aspect of stand the historical context. society that we view them as Even though you can enjoy a almost indelible. Though we’ll well-made movie, you may need several more decades to never be able to truly feel a film fully eradicate the implications without certain pieces of inforof such longstanding thought mation. With music, however, processes, music remains a you have complete freedom over cathartic, timeless, universal, the type and amount of meanimpenetrable defense against ing you want to extract. Even a evil. Music loves unconditional- deaf person, can benefit from ly, accepts change willingly and music (look it up). All songs

welcome all people. Period. For example, I have countless non-English songs. Aside from the German tunes, I couldn’t tell you what the people in those songs are saying. Appreciation, however, does not require translation. The most brilliant lyrics in any language would lose their luster if you removed all the ambience and beats that brought them to life. Unfortunately, we’re always trying to figure songs out, and we dismiss those we can’t. Whereas we give our eyes too much power when interacting with people, we favor our brain over our ears when listening to music. Okay, I’ve criticized people a lot. Now, I should take a moment to thank them. Their breathtaking ability to string notes and rhythms together in new ways never ceases to astound me. Their efforts have sent me on a never-ending journey to collect as much good music as possible. Along the way, I’ve been the recipient of many other gifts as well. Among them: new friends, positive vibes, reasons to smile, reasons to love and new ways to think. Without other people’s musical genius, I would not be me. And I do love this version of Amiri Banks. How ironic that I lack any musical talent of my own. I play French horn at a level barely above mediocre, sing terribly and dance awkwardly enough to elicit concern for my well-being. But if you’re looking for the most diverse, robust and emotionally invested repertoire on the planet, crack open my brain and peer inside. If you think you’ve got me beat, guess what: Music doesn’t care about our petty competition. Music only wants to be found. So go on champ, find yourself some golden gems. My inbox will be awaiting your discoveries. Amiri Banks is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He may be reached at abanks@cornellsun.com. Honest A.B. appears alternate Mondays this semester.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Slow-Heated Boil: A Most Violent Year

Those familiar with the works of Sidney COURTESY OF A24 Lumet will probably love this movie. We are firmly in the territory of Serpico, Prince of the City and The Verdict. The setting is New York I have to politely disagree with those who call A Most Violent City in 1981, a year made famous — as the Year an obvious, unimaginative, slow or scant film. The movie film’s title suggests — for its statistically is a Rorschach blot and purposefully leaves it to the viewer to appalling levels of urban crime. The palette fill in the emotions, conclusions and plot points at certain junc- created by cinematographer Bradford Young tures. Some would say this approach is lazy. I say, as long as is stained with browns and yellows — that is, there is enough stimulating material to provoke the intellect in the working class environment. When we while remaining open to multiple interpretations, ambiguity get to the upper class areas, the film has a rich should not be mistaken for an exhaustion of ideas. Inherent Vice golden hue with deep blacks and velveteen is an example of a film whose structure and vitality ultimately texture. It is an era of graffiti, dirty subway crumble when too much illogic is applied. In A Most Violent cars, icy snow and chilly economic competiYear, all the pieces of storyline and character development fit tion. Into the fray enters upstart immigrant and cleanly together, but you have to be willing to supply your own meaning of the big picture. There is enough meat on the bones heating oil salesman Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), who owns the fledgling company for several possible analyses. The feature is the third outing from rising star director J.C. Standard Oil. His hard-edged wife Anna (Jessica Chastain), perate to come up with a loan to expand the company. On top Chandor, who has the remarkable Wall Street ensemble piece grew up in the rough and tumble politics of the mob and got a of that, a determined attorney (David Oyelowo) chooses this Margin Call and the less-than-stellar but much ballyhooed All schooling in money skimming and phony accounting early in inopportune moment to investigate the company for fraud. When he does, the hairs on the back of Anna’s neck stand Is Lost under his belt. While my jury is still out on which is the life. She could easily be reduced to a Lady Macbeth stereotype, better film, A Most Violent Year comes close to matching but Chastain’s performance is a marvel. Though she has far less up. Just look at the way Chastain drops a cigarette in front of screen time than Isaac, her presence turns Anna Oyelowo when he comes to search her house for evidence. She Margin Call for wit, into a vulnerable caged animal backed into a gives him a prim smile and her long nails turn into claws. “This precision and incicorner. At the screening I attended, one line was very disrespectful,” she says. Consider another scene, where siveness in its invesA Most Violent Year about a nasty secret she keeps from her hus- Isaac bluntly informs the new hires of his company that if they tigation of capitalDirected by J.C. Chandor band brought a chorus of gasps into the the- don’t continue to close, they will not continue to be employed. ism and the cutater. No, Lady Macbeth is far too plain a He evokes Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross as he tells his throat world of Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica descriptor for a performance this detailed, elec- men to accept tea, not coffee, when entering a potential client’s American economChastain, David trifying and dangerous. house. It’s an exchange that is frankly more exciting than a ics. But don’t jump The same goes for Oscar Isaac, who is never dozen of the action sequences seen at the movies this past sumto conclusions yet; it Oyelowo anything less than absorbing as the right- mer. would be very It’s a mistake to try to mine A Most Violent Year for distincminded Abel, who ignores his wife’s pleas to wrong to undersell turn to violence and aggression to keep their tive commentary or for stunning profundity. Try to plumb out A Most Violent Year business alive. Isaac emerged straight out of a unique and inventive use of the form from within its archias merely a critique Inside Llewyn Davis with a surefire leading man’s tecture, and you’ll be missing out on a very good time. What it of hard knock business and the blood and guts it takes to live out the American dream. It also happens to be a phenomenal stature. Here, he further demonstrates his ability to carry a offers is a crackling good story told with intense, thoughtful character study boasting two nuanced, powerful performances film’s weight on his shoulders. The problem for Abel is that the writing, sensitively attuned direction and deeply evocative perby two of this generation’s greatest actors, and it features a tight, members of his company are being intimidated, kidnapped formances. The combination is as engrossing a package as ever juicy screenplay which bears resemblance to the works of Paddy and in some cases nearly killed by his rivals in the industry. The you’re likely to see in 2015. Chayefsky and David Mamet. It creates a canny slow-burn union workers driving his trucks want firearms to ward off the atmosphere and generates an aura that is all but a delight to get attacks, but Abel refuses. He raises the ire of his employees as Mark DiStefano is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He his veteran lawyer (Albert Brooks) reminds him they are des- can be reached at mdistefano@cornellsun.com. lost in. BY MARK DISTEFANO Sun Staff Writer

Joe Driscoll Fills Up Empty Space at The Haunt BY RUDY GERSON Sun Staff Writer

As I ran through through the frosty parking lot and ducked into the understated entrance of The Haunt last Friday, a wide smile beamed from my face, and The Haunt's new logo — a halloween-cauldron with a toothy-grin line of text set in the center — appeared to be staring back at me. To me, this was a shrug-worthy replacement of their older logo, a grungier graphic of a guitar playing skeleton set next to the profile of a majestic wild boar. After my third (failed) attempt asking the man checking I.D.’s if they had any old shirts stashed away in the back, I decided I better just shut up and continue inside. I was cold anyway and in need of the warmth that only soulful music, good vibes and dancing can provide. COURTESY OF YUMMY MAGAZINE


But a nagging skepticism filled the air. While I had agreed to cover the musical pair Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, a more than troubling series of events with border agents, visa troubles and 13 kilos of Poached African Ivory (not true) had left the second member of the duo extraordinaire Sekou Kouyate stuck in Guinea with his kora and Joe Driscoll on stage to pick up the pieces. Never fear, though, because local producer/promoter/organizer Dan Smalls knows how to bill a show. Thousands of One set the room aflame with an opening set of holy proportions: one-part sermon, one-part musical purge. The lead man Jahkeem Haltom called upon higher powers as he led his band flowing freely across instruments and musical form. If there were any cool drafts sneaking through cracked doors or leaky windows, the five musicians on stage cleansed the room of all chill with their glorious Afro Funk jams. By night, Jhakeem provides the source flame for his local reggae-rock band grounded in a strong ethic and a deep bond to our Mother Earth; by day, he doubles as the the dean and meditation instructor of Ithaca’s New Roots Charter School. Yet, seeing his students in the crowd didn’t slow him down as he took his inner light and shined it all over, belting harmonies, banging on a conga drum and kissing the air with his tender flute. He even invited quick-witted, local poet-performer Remanu “Remstar” Philips up to join him on vocals for a short number. The crowd — in full Ithaca fashion — offered ample vocal support to Remstar and the rest of Jhakeem’s spiritual army until the end of their humbling opening set. As Jhakeem left the stage, the intimate-sized crowd roared in gratitude. The lead man noted, “The bases are loaded, Joey D. All you gotta do is hit it outta the park.” Hit it out he did, because Joe Driscoll’s first song, “Ridum,” blew my gosh-damn winter hat right off my head. The song started off in an unassuming enough manner. Driscoll dropped a beat out of his mouth box that woulda left Cornell’s a capella percussion sections floored. He then performed sorcery and channeled the almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster on stage. Like a foot-octopus, he looped his original beat, then laid down a filthy harmonica track on top. (Who knew harmonica could

be filthy?) His rhythm guitar, tamborine shakes and ska-style vocals were the icing on the cake, as he threw the definition of a solo-show for a loop. The musical version of an airplane pilot, Driscoll got loopy all night and moved between his set of six pedals with precision and bravura to craft songs of complexity and genre-blending creativity. The crowd was ready to eat right out of his hands. After his opening jams, vibrations soared and Driscoll promptly jumped into a cover of “Turn on Your Lovelight” by the Grateful Dead that had me just smitten. His cover game was on point throughout the night. Later, he offered an uptempo rendition of Charles Wright’s “Express Yourself” that proved to be a sing-a-long crowd favorite, likely right in front of his gentle interpretation of MJ’s “Man in the Mirror.” At this point, the crowd was maximizing dance floor usage. Since Kouyate could not attend, we made it our mission to dance extra hard, not in spite of his absence but in honor of it. I had expected more of a turn-out of course, but alas, I had never seen The Haunt this empty. As it turns out, bigger is not always better. Then, the sexiest man in the room arrived on stage — a man with long blonde ringlets pushing his early 60s and wearing dark circular glasses. His age didn’t fool anyone, though, because James Moor crooned the crowd with saxaphonic, sexytonic, sultry sashays that only a Miles Davis style prodigy could parallel. The third of the trio, DJ Afar, was spinning his old school turntables back and forth all night long. After a solid performance, Driscoll & co. ended the evening with a mashup of RHCP’s “Soul to Squeeze” and Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry,” an appropriate close to the day that would have been Marley’s 70th birthday. Driscoll put on a solid show Friday night, but if I were you I’d be on the lookout for Driscoll’s return to Ithaca once his partner Sekou Kouyate’s back stateside. Insider information: save the date for Feb. 19 or March 9. See you there! Rudy Gerson is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at rgerson@cornellsun.com.



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Any Hero, Any Network

his week, The Atlantic published the story of Wajahat Ali on its website. It is the story of a MuslimAmerican author, attorney and journalist who attempted, alongside Dave Eggers, to write a show for HBO about a group of Muslim-American cops in San Francisco. The show never went to air. Ali and Eggers decided to take a step back from HBO after around three drafts of the pilot to work on their project at their own pace and in their own way. Even though we will never watch the story of MJ, the lead character of their show, on HBO anytime soon, the story is a reminder of a couple of important things: Television is a surprisingly great way to incite awareness and change, that everyone deserves to be seen as a hero and there is still a lot of work to be done. The show, also titled MJ, is a combination of crime and family drama that would focus on the Muslim and Yemeni community in San Francisco and help to shed light on the Muslim-American world. This idea, creating a Muslim-American family drama, has never been done before for good reason: A lot of Americans — not everyone obviously and pardon this rampant generalization — don’t know how to feel about Muslims. The news is confusing, the politics are confusing and the history is

confusing. With few exceptions, including The CW’s quickly cancelled Aliens in America about a Pakistani foreign exchange student in Wisconsin, Middle Eastern people, Arab people, Muslim people and more, don’t have much of a place in American television outside of crime and terrorist narratives. In the article, Ali claimed that he and Eggers wrote MJ “during the zeitgeist of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones and our MJ was, and remains, a realistic, humanistic entity of that, and for better or worse, doesn’t fit within the confines of popular genre TV.” With that in mind, Ali and Eggers took the rights to the show and left HBO. The article doesn’t say exactly when this zeitgeist he talks about occurred, but it had to be some time in the past few years. While the show was likely to pose a lot of uncomfortable questions, not fitting in with the popular genre isn’t a Death Before reason not to Decaf take a risk, especially not with HBO as your backer. In these past couple of years, we have seen a truly impressive group of shows pop up out of HBO, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Showtime. Now we have Looking, which follows gay men in San Francisco, Transparent, which follows a transgender parent, Jane the Virgin, which is one of the

Arielle Cruz

few modern TV shows to center on a Latin American family, Orange is the New Black, which looks at a women’s prison and we have Scandal and House of Lies, about black men and women at the forefront of their business fields. Though less current, we have Glee which, when it first came out, helped start a conversation about gay teens; we’ve had Monk, which helped talk about mental illness; Breaking Bad, Weeds and Shameless, which helped us talk about drugs and family among other things and Ellen, which helps us talk about just about everything. To be fair, the zeitgeist is favoring women and the LGBT community right now. Gay marriage is legalized in 36 states and we are in the midst of a feminist renaissance. Ferguson has us talking about race, and so does immigration — but not every race. The zeitgeist is progressive and impressive, probably one of the most diverse yet, but there are still issues that haven’t been touched on. Ali went on to say that, “MJ enters a volatile world where some of the same simplistic questions asked after 9/11 are being asked again: Do Muslims hate the West? Where are the moderate Muslims? Are Islam and the West compatible? And so forth.” The questions are unfortunately

still necessary to talk about after some recent current events, botched news stories surrounding Je Suis Charlie and Sharia laws in France and more. But this is precisely why a show like that would’ve been great. It is remarkably important for different cultural groups to be able to see themselves as heroes and as important. That can become difficult when only a few groups are well-represented or represented at all in our culture. Gina Rodriguez touched on this in her Golden Globes acceptance speech. Though maybe the time isn’t now, hopefully, at some point, we can look at the television screen and see Muslims, or people from Yemen or Pakistan or what have you, being heroes too. Arielle Cruz is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at acruz@cornellsun.com. Death Before Decaf runs alternate Mondays this semester.


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Bobcats defender Sam Amas forced a Cornell turnover and started the break away that would result in the game-winning goal. The game was also particularly heartbreaking because of a disallowed goal in the second period. It appeared as if Red forward and senior John McCarron had notched his second goal of the season, only to see it wiped off the scoreboard by the referees. The referees determined that junior forward Christian Hilbrich interfered with Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig before the goal was scored. This point would have seemingly been the game winner. Although it was a devastating call, there was no disagreement on the Cornell bench. “You’ve got to go by the officials,” said Schafer. “They were 100 percent positive and when they’re that positive, even when watching the video, then I’m sure that’s what happened. It was a good call.” The Red took out its offensive frustrations the next night on Princeton. Cornell scored four goals and had several prime opportunities to score even more. The Red dominated the flow of the game and attempted 10 more shots than the Tigers overall. Still, Princeton was able to stick around for the majority of the game. After the Red took a 1-0 lead early in the first period, the Tigers responded a few minutes later. The Red scored again in the first period after a tied 1-1 score, and it appeared the squad was beginning to pull away. But the Tigers clamped down once again and tied the game with a late

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Balling and falling | After winning by more than 10 points at Penn on Friday, the Red squad struggled against the Princeton Tigers, falling by more than 25 points on Saturday.

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On the visitors’ side, Cornell had a few players with outstanding games. The sophomore class once again led the charge, and Aston, Moran and Marshall all scored in the double digits. Despite their strong performances, the rest of the team only put up a combined 10 points on the board.

“We need our bench, quite honestly, to step up a bit more. We need more production out of them,” said head coach Dayna Smith. Though the scoring might not have been evened out, the Cornell defense was tough and aggressive, forcing 17 turnovers and stealing 10 times. It was not enough to mitigate Princeton’s almost 60 percent shooting, something that has been the decisive factor in the

majority of Princeton’s contests this year. In contrast, the Big Red only converted on 24. 2 percent of its shots in the first half and 46.7 for the second half. The Cornell squad will host Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend, continuing its Ivy play in Newman Arena. Olivia Mattyosovszky can be reached at omattyosovszky@cornellsun.com

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Red SplitsWeekend,CapturesTigers Women Drop

Men fall to Quinnipiac on Friday, followed by two-point win over Princeton By SHANE LEWIS Sun Staff Writer

It was another up and down weekend for the Cornell men’s hockey team. On Friday, the Red (10-10-3, 8-7-1 ECAC) took on ECAC leader Quinnipiac (18-8-2, 13-2-2 ECAC) to overtime, only to see its upset bid fall short, 1-0. The next night, the Red avenged an early season loss to Princeton (3-17-2, 1-14-1 ECAC),

beating the Tigers, 4-2. This weekend’s results were representative of the Red’s season as a whole. Cornell hasn’t had a 4-point weekend since late November, when it beat Yale and Brown. The Red’s inconsistency, according to coach Mike Schafer, can be attributed to the overall strength of the ECAC. “Every team is going to give you its best shot,” Schafer said. “Brown beat Harvard [on Saturday], and Brown MICHELLE FELDMAN / SUN SENIOR EDITOR

Split ice | Senior forward John McCarron came close to a goal in the Red’s game against Quinnipiac. If the Red hadn’t been called for a penalty, he would have scored the game winner.

only has one or two conference wins. The teams’ records don’t matter, it’s going to be a battle every night.” The Red faced Quinnipiac on Friday night, hoping to notch a huge late season win. A victory would have kept the Red in ECAC contention and would have provided the confidence that comes with beating a top-tier team. Cornell came close to earning that much needed win, but ultimately fell by one. The Red dominated defensively, limiting the Bobcats to only 25 shots on goal. Sophomore goaltender Mitch Gillam had another great game behind the net and Cornell only gave up one power play the entire game. But a great defensive performance was not enough to overcome a lethargic offensive output. Cornell was limited to just 20 shots and was unable to capitalize on its three power plays. Still, even with this lack of offensive production, the Red still looked like it would at least pull out a tie. Cornell had suffocated the Bobcats defensively all game and appeared like it could continue to do so for the additional five minutes. But 1:40 into overtime, Quinnipiac forward Travis St. Denis snuck one past Gillam and stunned the Lynah faithful. See HOCKEY page 11

Men,WomenTake Home Second Place Both teams see success at Sykes-Sabock Challenge after Kane Invitational By JACQUELYNN JONES

This Weekend, the Cornell men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to University Park, Pa. for the Sykes-Sabock Challenge. This meet followed strong performances by both teams at last week’s Robert J. Kane Invitational, which took place in Cornell’s own Barton Hall. The men’s squad had a strong performance, placing second overall out of 11 teams total. Penn State took first, with a score of 144.75. Cornell would come in behind them with a score of 115. The Red was followed by the University of Connecticut, Princeton and Buffalo respectively. The University of Pennsylvania, South Florida, Binghamton, Appalachian State, Liberty, William and Mary and UMBC also competed against the Red. On the field, Cornell senior Stephen Mozia had a strong performance in the men’s shot put, coming in third with 17.5 meters. In addition, sophomore Grant Sisserson took second with a final jump of 5.21 meters in the men’s pole vault. Senior Keith Rayburn performed well in the same event, coming in fourth with 5.11 meters. Freshman Myles Lazarou had a standout performance in the men’s high jump, with a final jump of 2.06 meters. On the track, Cornell also came out to win, taking second in the men’s 4x400 relay. In the 400 meter dash, freshman Michael Smith would bring the Red a sec-


After kicking off the weekend with a win against the University of Pennsylvania on Friday night, the women’s basketball team ended its weekend with a loss to Princeton on Saturday. The team walked away from the Quakers having improved its record to 13-6 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League. The Red was focused on improving the little things and taking care of the ball. Hustle certainly did come into play against Penn, with Cornell out-rebounding the competition, as well as forcing a whopping 15 turnovers on the home team and only turning the ball over five times. The Red shot 41.2 percent in the first half and only 33.3 percent in the second half, though it kept Penn to 36 percent in both halves. Sophomore guard Kerri Moran converted on an impressive six out of eight


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ond place finish. The cornell women’s team also had a strong finish in this weekend’s meet. The Red would take second place out of 12 teams. Penn State notched a first place win, with a score of 170.2. The Red was followed by Princeton, Liberty and Buffalo to round out the Top-Five. On the field, freshman Kate Gulbrandsen tied for fourth in the women’s high jump. On the track, Cornell’s junior Kristen Niedrach, senior Emily Woodford, sophomore Libby Nolan and junior Claire DeVoe would take first in the women’s distance medley. In the relays, the Red

would take a close second in the 4x400 relay. In the 5000 meter run, junior Caroline Kellner placed third with a time of 16:37.73, while junior Kristen Niedrach placed third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.19. Fans of the Red track and field teams can look forward to next weekend’s meet, when the teams will travels to Cleveland, Ohio for the NCAA Spire Invitational, followed by the Sunday Invitational on Feb. 15 in Barton Hall. Jacquelynn Jones can be reached at jjones@cornellsun.com.


Flying high | Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams saw many Top-Three finishes this weekend, with the women’s squad earning first place in the distance medley.

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free-throws. Despite getting fouled by the Penn defense, she totaled 15 points, as well as eight rebounds and three assists. Even though Penn was playing a tough zone defense, Cornell forward, sophomore Nicholle Aston, got her third double-double in four games, scoring 17 points and snagging 11 rebounds, the most on the team. Sophomore guard Megan LeDuc also grabbed nine points, and sophomore forward Nia Marshall added 13 of her own. Though Cornell controlled the tempo for most of the game, the Quakers went on a 17-3 run in the second half, with only nine minutes to go. Penn guard Kathleen Roche was throwing up 3pointers and converted on three out of four shots. The Quakers could not handle the Red’s aggressive defense and Cornell ended the Penn scoring streak on a layup from senior guard Christine Kline. “Our coaches really challenged our mental toughness and [challenged us to] execute the little things,” Aston said. The Red finished strong and ended the game with a comfortable 11 point lead, putting the final score at 60-49. Saturday, the Red met the No. 18 Princeton Tigers. The Tigers remain unbeaten and hold a record of 21-0 overall, and 5-0 in the Ivy League. Despite a final result of 75-47, Cornell stayed with the Tigers the whole time. Princeton has not scored less than 75 points the whole season. See BASKETBALL page 11

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