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Professors,Students Split Over Revisions To Academic Calendar ing to a University press release. The changes were made after nearly two years of committee Cornell community members discussion, and were designed to are split over recent revisions to reduce student stress in the spring Cornell’s academic calendar, semester, Provost Kent Fuchs said in a University many of which are going into “It’s nice to have a statement. “The commiteffect for the break, but I’m not sure tee’s objectives first time this why the school were to re-examyear. Changes ine the existing include the new added it.” calendar with an two-day-long Shelby Park ’16 eye to proposing Winter Break changes that on Feb. 16 and 17, a delayed Spring Break, and a would: Address concerns about student stress and mental health shortened study week. The calendar revisions, which related to prolonged periods of were proposed by the University instruction without multi-day Calendar Committee and ratified breaks, enhance educational last May by the Faculty Senate, opportunities and comply with split the semester into thirds and New York State Education reduced the number of instrucSee CALENDAR page 5 tional days from 70 to 69, accordBy CHRIS YATES

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A violinist at the Department of Music’s Ensemble X plays a piece at the Carriage House Café Hayloft Sunday.

Univ.Targeted by Congressman For Fed.Financial Aid Violations

C.U. among 111 schools under scrutiny for financial aid requirements By SOFIA HU Sun Staff Writer

Cornell may be violating a federal law regarding financial aid qualification by requiring students to submit financial aid forms other than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, according to a letter written by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) released on Feb. 3. In his letter addressed to the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Cummings listed 111 universities that seemed to be in violation of an amendment to the Higher Education Act. The act states that universities should only use the FAFSA when determining student eligibility for

financial aid. The Democratic staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform discovered during an investigation that many universities ask, or require students, to submit the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid Profile forms, which charges students fees, in addition to the FAFSA. Cummings identified Cornell, as well as Ithaca College and seven of the eight Ivy League schools except Princeton, on the list of 111 potential violators of this law. Fifty-eight out of the 111 colleges explicitly See AID page 5

Fire Breaks Out at North Balch Hall Friday Morning A fire broke out in a dorm room on the third floor of North Balch Hall at approximately 1 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Ithaca Fire Department. A passerby witnessing the flames from a third floor window of North Balch Hall called 911 at the same time as the fire alarm alerted students of the fire, according to an IFD press release. One female student was evaluated by Bangs Ambulance for smoke inhalation, but she was not transported to the hospital, the press release said. Upon arriving to the scene, responders worked to

evacuate the residents of Balch Hall and extinguish the fire, which was contained to one dorm room. The dorm room suffered moderate damage and was “not inhabitable.” Arrangements were made for the occupants of the room to stay in another dormitory, according to the press release. Despite below freezing temperatures, Tom Parsons, fire chief at the Ithaca Fire Department, said firefighters worked together to fully ventilate the building after smoke spread to several floors. Grace Ha ’17, a resident of North Balch, said most students couldn’t see any smoke

or flames and thought the residence hall was holding a practice drill. Students realized the incident was not a drill after they heard the sound of fire trucks. According to a press release, the cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation by the Cornell University Police Department and the IFD’s Fire Investigation Unit. Four fire engines and a fire ladder were called to the scene in addition to Bangs Ambulance and responders from the CUPD, Parsons said. — Compiled by Alexa Davis

Alumna Documents Dangers of Keeping Whales in Captivity By SUSHMITHA KRISHNAMOORTHY Sun Contributor

The 2013 documentary Blackfish, which seeks to expose the dangers of keeping killer whales in captivity, was screened at Cornell Cinema on Feb. 6 and followed by a Skype Q&A session with cast member and

former SeaWorld trainer Samantha Berg ’89. The film tells the story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale who was “involved in the deaths” of three people, and it was well-received in film festivals, being shortlisted for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar and nominated for Bafta’s Best Documentary Award.

According to students who attended the screening, the film was very persuasive. “I had seen some interviews with the director so I wanted to see the movie and support it,” said Jaimee Alsing ’14, “I definitely won’t go to SeaWorld now.” See BLACKFISH page 4


Behind the glass wall | In the 2013 documentary Blackfish, Samantha Berg ’89 exposes the ugly truth regarding keeping killer whales in captivity.

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Entrepreneurs:‘Startup Bubble’Does Not Exist Stricter requirements and new hurdles lower investor risk, ensure startups add value to equity market By JONATHAN KWEE Sun Staff Writer

With the increasingly high market value of startup companies, some finance gurus believe there is a startup bubble waiting to pop. Cornell entrepreneurs and professors disagree, saying that the bubble does not exist. A true market bubble is characterized by a rapid rise in equity markets due to investment in a growing trend that is not completely backed by actual value product. A notable example is the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s,

which resulted from the boom in Internet-based companies. However, Prof. Pedro Perez, applied economics and management, said that the supposed startup bubble carries an important distinction — namely, an increased wariness of investors. “The engine of growth in the late 90s was the Internet itself, the engine of growth right now is more the apps space, the mobile space and some of the social networking space,” he said. “The appetite for risk of the investors is not clear. The appetite for risk in the late 1990s was immense.”


Start it up | Startups such as the PopShop receive investor funding for tangible business ventures, ensuring the stability of the startup equity market, professors say.

Despite these macroeconomic influAli Hamed ’14, co-founder of the PopShop, a space for entrepreneurs to ences, some entrepreneurs believe that exchange ideas and work on startups, the companies that do succeed create significant value, Hamed said. echoed Perez’s sentiments. “People thought that Twitter was a “The dot-com bubble was very real. People were putting money into things stupid little app that let people know what you were eating. Oh, by the way that weren’t real businesses,” he said. Hamed said he feels that it is incor- — it also led to a revolution in the rect to compare the current economic Middle East. If you don't think there's a situation surrounding startups with the lot of value being created you [have to] open your eyes a little bit,” Hamed said. dot-com bubble. Hamed said that the value created is “It takes a lot more to raise money now — you actually have to have a real not merely economic, but also social. “Think about business,” he said. traditional “Before, they would “The engine of growth in the the media industry. It fund an idea. Now late 90s was the Internet was really expensive you need to have a product, you need to itself, the engine of growth to have your voice heard; only the have proof that peoright now is more the apps majority [would] ple like your product have their voice in and are willing to [and mobile] space.” the newspapers,” he pay for it [before you said. “Now, every can get funding].” Pedro Perez minority can have Prof. Zach Shutheir voice heard on lman, management, said that the recent wave of startups has a platform as long as they have Twitter resulted in new hurdles for those who followers, [and] that's a pretty big wish to obtain venture capital funding. equalizer.” However, there is still concern over “You have to prove your value, you have to prove the value of your product, the economic fundamentals of such you have to prove that there’s a market startups, Shulman said. “Some of the companies are raising that wants your product,” he said. money and have very high valuations ... “These are all difficult things.” Perez said he believes that ultimately, [some] feel that the valuations have no market forces will decide the future of real connections with financial metrics,” venture capital funding for startups with he said. a choice between investing heavily in the startup equity market or waiting for Jonathan Kwee can be reached at stronger technological fundamentals.

Students Express Concern Over Corporate Gender Gap “Historically and statistically, it has been a significant challenge for women to be considSome undergraduate stu- ered just as competent as men dents have recently responded and to have their opinions to reports that women are heard,” she said. “Having a underrepresented in leadership quota representation does very roles in business, by saying little to change that.” Though many women are workplace environments are not qualified for these leadership conducive to gender equality. Though the participation of positions, prejudice in the corwomen in the labor force has porate world prevents them been steady for over a decade, from progressing through the membership to the traditionally ranks, according to Sakalli. “A blind resume test proves male-dominated power roles is rare, according to a report by that there are some women who the United Nations, titled The are just as qualified on paper but they can’t move on due to the World’s Women 2010. Gizem Sakalli ’15 echoed the glass ceiling, as they are prejudiced against in sentiments. the finance “I don’t think women “Women have to prove world,” she said. “I are underrep- themselves competent have heard women alumni narrate storesented in the ries of situations c o r p o r a t e beyond [a] doubt.” where their opinworld but Aparna Pande ’14 ion didn’t matter, they’re defiwhich shows prejnitely underrepresented in leadership roles,” udice against women.” Christine Yu ’14 said she she said. “Some people argue that they’re underrepresented believes that gender parity due to the pipeline issue that depends on the company polisays that there aren’t enough cies and team setting. Though qualified women who want to there are lots of positive and fair go into STEM fields and work environments, corporate finance, as they don’t want to do world could use a lot of progress, she added. that.” “Progress in the corporate Aparna Pande ’14 said though many workplaces have a world is contingent upon quota for their number of progress in mainstream society female employees, she does not when it comes to gender norms believe these policies create an and fair treatment,” she said. “The present growth of incluequal workplace environment. By MANU RATHORE

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sion initiatives and awareness of the many reasons to foster a gender inclusive environment is a good sign.” Pande agreed, adding that younger companies are “more conducive environments” as more educated women are entering the corporate world to assume roles traditionally held by men. “Even so, in most cases, sim-

ply expecting hard-working women to have the same opportunities as men to rise in the corporate world is unrealistic,” she said. “Women have to prove themselves competent beyond a doubt, and build strong personalities.” Though gender parity in the corporate world might seem a long shot for the current generation, Sakalli said that she is

optimistic about the future of women in the workforce, especially in the developed world. “[The gender gap] might not change in our generation, but the future looks optimistic,” she said. “[However], in the global scene this issue might not be resolved just as quickly.” Manu Rathore can be reached at



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Cornell Alumna Exposes Abuses at SeaWorld BLACKFISH

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During the Q&A session, Berg said she became disillusioned with her experience after fellow trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by Tilikum on Feb. 2010. Brancheau had worked with Tilikum for 16 years, according to the film. “I realized that if it had been her, it could have been anybody. If I had still been working there, it could have been me,” said Berg, who left the park in 1993. “As an animal science major, I worked with horses, cows and domestic animals and I did not

think that captivity as a paradigm was a problem.” In her time at SeaWorld, Berg was surprised by the poor quality of veterinary attention that the killer whales received. According to Berg, killer whales were infused with dolphin blood and some animals died after being administered wrong medicine. The whales were also forced to breed at a very young age and mothers were separated from their calves, she said. “It was pretty much guesswork. It was not the level of medicine I was used to at

Cornell,” Berg said. Berg became an activist when she heard of Brancheau’s death, several years after leaving SeaWorld.

“Do not buy tickets to SeaWorld. Write them a letter telling them why. Tweet about it, talk about it.” Samantha Berg ’89 “What really opened my eyes was the moment I saw pictures on the Internet of Dawn

Brancheau lying in a slideout next to Tilikum just before he pulls her in,” she said. “When SeaWorld blamed Brancheau for her own death was when I started asking questions and doing a lot of research.” In early 2010, Berg joined ex-SeaWorld trainers, journalists and activists in Voice of the Orcas, an activist group seeking to end captivity of killer whales. “I learned more about killer whales in that short period than when I was working at SeaWorld,” Berg said. “It was embarrassing.” Exploring possible solutions

to the issue, Berg explained that the idea of releasing the killer whales in the wild is not practical, as their poor health conditions and unfamiliarity with the new environment makes it unfit for them. According to Berg, activists are instead arguing for a coastal sanctuary for the animals and an end to the breeding program. During the Q&A, Berg also urged the audience to boycott SeaWorld. “Do not buy tickets to SeaWorld. Write them a letter telling them why. Tweet about it, talk about it,” she said. Berg recognized the momentum that social media provided to the film’s campaign. “Twitter activity for the film has been nonstop,” she said. According to Berg, CNN’s broadcasts of Blackfish were seen by more than 21 million viewers and a majority of them were between ages 18 and 24. “This is rare for a documentary film, so there has been a big effort to show the movie in schools and colleges,” Berg said. “These are the people who will change things.” Students who attended Cornell Cinema’s screening were similarly affected by the film. “The movie made me question our morality and what it says about how we treat each other and how we treat our planet,” Jacky Choi ’14 said. “It made me outraged at SeaWorld, their influence and the fact that they’re still amassing large audiences.” According to Choi, the screening was especially effective due to the comments Berg made afterward. “It was a strong message,” Choi said. “The Q&A made it as effective as it was. Some of the questions that Samantha raised were really important.” Sushmitha Krishnamoorthy can be reached at

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C.U.Identified Among 111 Cornell Students,Professors Schools for Legal Violation Say Academic Calendar Changes Not ‘Logical’ AID

allows Cornell to equitably provide considerable institutional grant aid well above the Pell Grants that students apply state on their websites that students must for using the FAFSA.” fill out the CSS profile to qualify for any The CSS Profile charges a nine dollar financial aid, including federal student application fee and a 16 dollar reporting aid. fee for each college or scholarship proAnother 53 universities directed stu- gram, which students submit to, accorddents to submit both FAFSA and the ing to the College Board’s website. CSS Profile to obtain federal aid, but did While the CSS Profile’s fee can be not clarify which of the two forms would waived, Cummings said the “the waiver be used to assess federal aid eligibility. process is not transparent or clear.” According to a National Association According to students who have of Student Financial Aid Administrators applied for financial aid using both the press release, NASFAA President Justin profile and FAFSA, the CSS Profile is Draeger said he more difficult to fill “doubted the colout because it asks for leges were with- “The only reason why I got more detailed informaholding federal aid through all of [the CSS tion. from students who “Filling out [the] had failed to com- Profile] was because my CSS Profile was a very plete the [CSS older sister went through it long application Profile], but … process. It was a lot of acknowledged that before.” documentation,” some of their web- Haritha Aribindi ’17 Haritha Aribindi ’17 sites could be clearsaid. “The only reason er.” why I got through all of On its website, Cornell’s Office of it was because my older sister went Financial Aid and Student Employment through it before and knew what to do.” listed both the CSS Profile and FAFSA as Though students may find the finan“financial aid application requirements” cial aid application process to be diffifor current undergraduate students inter- cult, Carberry said Cornell is dedicated ested in applying or renewing their to making the university affordable for Cornell financial aid. admitted students. University Spokesperson John Given that so many universities Carberry said that while students are not including Cornell use non-FAFSA required to use the CSS Profile when forms, Cummings hopes to work with applying for [general] federal financial Secretary Duncan to ensure that schools aid, the form serves as a helpful tool. “are not creating improper and unnec“While the CSS/Financial Aid Profile essary barriers to the federal assistance is not required to secure [non-federal] that is so critical to enabling students to aid, it’s especially useful in helping our pursue their academic and professional Financial Aid office build packages that dreams.” meet the full financial needs of our families, especially lower income families,” Sofia Hu can be reached at Carberry said in an email. “The [profile] Continued from page 1


sure why the school added it. Spring semester goes by so fast compared to fall semester. I’d prefer if Cornell gave snow Department requirements,” Fuchs said. days [when the weather is dangerous],” Some faculty members, such as Prof. said Shelby Park ’16. Barbara Correll, English, applauded the Other students do not support the University's decision to prioritize the calendar changes, particularly the placemental health and well-being of students. ment of Spring Break in late March “I like the breaks.” Correll said. because it does not overlap with the “They make an otherwise long semester spring breaks of many other universiseem more endurable. If they give the ties. students more relaxation time, I’m all in “I feel that the University made severfavor of the changes.” al mistakes with the revisions to the acaOther faculty members agreed with demic calendar, particularly choosing to the decision to add another break to the schedule a break four weeks into the spring semester, but questioned its place- semester, and pushing spring break back ment so early in the semester. by several weeks so that it doesn’t coin“Two breaks are a good way to reduce cide with breaks at most other schools,” some of the stress on students. The break said Anita Mbogoni ’15. in April was a great idea because students Some recent graduates echoed the are often exhausted at that time,” said sentiments of current Cornell students, Prof. Sherene Baugher, expressing mixed archaeology and landfeelings about the “The February Break scape architecture. new schedule Baugher said the doesn’t break up the changes. break would be more “I think the effective if it occurred semester in a logical way February break is a when students were on because it is too early in really nice addition campus for a longer and gives students amount of time fol- the semester.” something to look lowing Winter Break. forward to after a Prof. Sherene Baugher “The February stretch that would Break doesn’t break up otherwise be a very the semester in a logical way because it is long time with no breaks,” said Barbara too early in the semester. Having the Taylor Sands ’11. “I think there may be break at the end of February would have pros and cons to both sides, but I would been better,” she said. be willing to guess that most students Some students appreciated the new would prefer to have it overlap with Winter Break, but felt that the other schools’ Spring Breaks.” University should have allocated a set number of snow days instead. Chris Yates can be reached at “It’s nice to have a break, but I’m not Continued from page 1

Methodists in Crisis Over Gay Marriage,Church Law NEW YORK (AP) — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for gay marriage have been recruiting clergy to openly officiate at same-sex ceremonies in protest of church policy. In response, theological conservatives have sought formal complaints against the defiant clergy, which could lead to church trials. One scholar has warned that Methodists are “retreating into our various camps” instead of seeking a resolution over an issue the church has formally debated since the 1970s. “At this point, we have kind of come to the place where we know what the brute facts are,” said Matt Berryman, executive director of Reconciling Ministries Network, which advocates for gay and lesbian Methodists. “Most folks, after 40 years of trying legislative solutions, realize they won't work. The way forward is to claim what we know to be true. And we’re going to continue doing it in an aggressive way.”

The intensity of the conflict was laid bare over the last several months, when the church tried, convicted and defrocked

Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor who presided at the wedding of his son to another man. Berryman said the case galva-

nized Methodists advocating for recognition of gay marriage, increasing donations to the group and traffic on Reconciling

Ministries’ online sites. Schaefer has since been traveling the country giving talks and sermons on gay acceptance.


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In opposition to the boycott To the Editor: Re: “A Call to Boycott,” Opinion, Feb. 6 It’s an unfortunate phenomenon that a growing number of those who support Palestinian independence are currently leading a hateful anti-Israel boycott, which only makes independence and peace harder to achieve. The boycott also violates basic rights of academic freedom, as President Skorton has repeatedly stated. Emad Masroor offered a defense of this movement in his column last week, portraying it as a correct and effective form of gaining Palestinian rights. In fact, the movement is based on false characterizations of Israel’s history and current policies, and these attacks encourage hate at the expense of peace and independence. For example, Masroor claims that Israel was, “founded on the ethnic cleansing and mass expulsion of its indigenous people.” In fact, Israel was founded following the General Assembly’s adoption of U.N. Resolution 181(II), which called for partitioning the land into a Jewish and Palestinian state. Jewish leaders accepted the resolution, while the Palestinian leaders rejected it. Instead, they, and neighboring Arab states attacked Israel, hoping to destroy the Jewish state. Many Palestinians chose to leave and avoid the conflict, and others were forced to leave by Arab armies. Many simply remained in their homes; those individuals and their offspring now make up Israel’s population of two million Palestinian Israelis, who are full citizens of Israel with equal access to all rights including service in the Israel Defense Forces. There were isolated cases in which Jewish forces coerced Palestinians to flee, but there was no mass expulsion. Masroor characterizes the current situation as apartheid, which is defined as a policy of systemic racial discrimination and denial of rights. In fact, Palestinian humanitarian rights are guaranteed through combined efforts of Israel and the Palestinian authority. Israel reduced the number of West Bank checkpoints from 40 to 13 between 2008 and 2013, such that Palestinians now move with greater ease to anywhere in the West Bank. The separation barrier was unfortunately necessary to stop the onslaught of Palestinian suicide bombings of the second intifada, but it doesn’t restrict normal movement. If Palestinians wish to travel into Israel, they can easily apply for a permit, and the vast majority are quickly approved. This system now allows 83,000 Palestinians to hold regular jobs in Israel proper, and another 20,000 work in settlements. Palestinians receive medical care in their cities, and if this is inadequate, they are transferred into Israel for further care. All Palestinians are entitled to a lawyer and free trial in IDF courts. The IDF allows all regular commodities and goods to be transferred into Gaza. Lastly, the Palestinian Authority denies Palestinians the right to vote for their own leaders, (Abbas is four years past his elected term), not Israel. In short, while the Palestinians certainly deserve full sovereignty and political independence, their current situation is far from being an “open air prison” or apartheid. There is currently an ongoing peace-process with the goal of reaching a two-state solution. Masroor claims that Israel sabotages this solution, when in fact it has made multiple concrete proposals for the creation of a Palestinian state. On the other hand, when the Palestinian leadership refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and unabashedly encourages a campaign of anti-Israel incitement in Palestinian schools and society, it’s difficult for Israel to envision future Palestine as being anything but a new platform for attacking Israel. Boycotting Israel is wrong, and only deepens this mistrust. President Abbas himself has spoken out against BDS because he knows that it won’t bring rights or statehood. Mutual recognition, educating toward peace and making courageous compromises will. Claire Blumenthal ’14 Ben Horowitz ’14 Rachel Medin ’14

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n these Cornell Daily Sun columns I usually write about undergraduate education. But it is also very important, especially at Cornell, to focus on graduate and professional students, who make up a third of Cornell’s student population and are critical partners in faculty research, scholarship and creative activity; in the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students; and in outreach to the broader community. Graduate and professional students at Cornell pursue degrees in more than 90 graduate fields and in professional schools in Ithaca, in New York City and elsewhere. Most recently, Cornell NYC Tech has joined the graduate education options at Cornell. From that variety of programs comes a wide range of career paths. The prospects for those pursuing advanced degrees have changed over the past decade due to the realities of the job market and the interests of students themselves. Throughout the University, in Ithaca, at Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell NYC Tech and beyond, there is a new emphasis in graduate and professional education on collaborating with industry, promoting innovation and encouraging entrepreneurship. These changes have accelerated with the opening of the Belfer Research Building on our New York City medical campus, where students will learn, among other things, about how basic research is translated to drug development through interactions with the newly established TriInstitutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute. The theme of the integration between science and medicine is emphasized at the Weill Cornell Graduate School and also through the new Weill Cornell Medical College curriculum that will be rolled out during the next academic year. All these changes, and the varied interests and needs of our students, suggest that we need to renew our focus on graduate and professional student education and life. In 2007, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly presented a vision statement to Cornell’s senior leadership and the Board of Trustees for a Graduate Community Initiative to address the needs of these students. While many issues were addressed, the global financial crisis slowed our ability to act on several of the worthwhile ideas put forward, especially those with larger costs. I am grateful to the GPSA for renewing its efforts to bring the interests of graduate and professional students to the attention of the campus. The Graduate and Professional Community Initiative (GPCI), which was unanimously approved by the GPSA last March, is providing a welcome and carefully conceived framework for strategic discussions between the GPSA and the university administration. An executive committee, co-chaired by Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy and Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Barbara Knuth, is providing guidance and coordination in moving the GPCI forward. It has just formalized working groups to address the eight priority areas identified in the GPCI and to build on progress that has already been made across the university. Here is a brief update on where we are, our plans for the future and the leadership of the working groups: 1. Graduate and professional student center: A GPCI working group, co-chaired by Jan Allen, associate dean for academic and student affairs, and Sarah Wicker, associate dean for administration in the Graduate School, is working with the Big Red Barn Advisory Board to enhance the operation of the Big Red Barn for graduate and professional students. In addition, the Big Red Barn will undergo renovation, including better climate controls, next summer. 2. Career Resources: Anne Poduska, graduate and international student career advisor, and Kimberlee Swartz, associate director of engineering career and cooperative education services, co-chair the working group charged with making the offerings of Cornell Career Services

more accessible and valuable to the graduate and professional student community. As part of this effort, the Graduate School and Cornell Career Services have created a position that supports graduate students pursuing non-academic careers as well as international students, who make up 45 percent of Graduate School enrollment. 3. Mental Health and Wellbeing: Greg Eells, associate director of Gannett Health Services and director of counseling and psychological services, is chairing a working group to provide appropriate resources targeted to graduate and professional students, including improved resources for coping with work-related stress and for physical fitness. We continue to offer drop-in counseling sessions and counseling groups for graduate and professional students. Beginning next summer the Office of Graduate Student Life will include on its website listings of fitness activities that are free and open to the University community. 4. Diversity and International Students: Sheri Notaro, associate dean for inclusion and professional development at the Graduate School, and Adriana Rovers, associate director for programming services in the International Students and Scholars Office, co-chair a working group for international students, students of color, female students and LGBTQ students. We’ve also created an English Language Support Office to provide conversation and writing support groups, acculturation activities and other services for international graduate and professional students. A search for the inaugural director of the office is underway. 5. Family Services: Janna Lamey, assistant dean for graduate student life at the Graduate School, chairs a working group seeking to better address the needs of students with spouses, partners and/or children. As a first step the Office of Graduate Student Life has created a website for students with families that provides information on services and resources available. 6. Housing: Barbara Romano, director of residential and event services, chairs this working group, which will focus on the supply of University housing for graduate and professional students and support for those students who live off campus. New in 2014 will be the inclusion of off-campus housing as an option in the housing brochure distributed to every newly matriculated graduate student. 7. Transportation: The GPCI offers recommendations on better parking options for graduate and professional students, improved public transit options and ways to disseminate information. Helen Steh, manager of transportation services, and the new director of transportation services will co-chair this working group. 8. Sense of Community: Amanda Shaw, executive director of student services at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, and Jan Allen co-chair a working group charged with helping to create a stronger sense of community. New programs, such as a writing boot camp, already are assisting students in building academic skills while also meeting peers across diverse graduate fields. Going forward, the working group will seek additional opportunities to promote meaningful interactions and interdisciplinary collaboration across the broad graduate and professional student community and improve integration and communication across departments and units. I am heartened by the efforts currently under way. I look forward to the output of the working groups and intend to work with Dean Knuth, Vice President Murphy and Provost Kent Fuchs to realize as many of the aspirations put forward in the GPCI as resources allow. I invite you to keep abreast of these initiatives and to share ideas with the GPSA, the executive committee of the GPCI and the various working groups that are moving the initiative forward. David J. Skorton is president of Cornell University. He may be reached at From David appears bi-monthly this semester.

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Kai Sam Ng |

Cross-Eyed and Painful

Some People, Any Study “I

had no idea that poor people lived like that,” the girl sitting in front of me said to her friend at the end of lecture. “This class is so eye-opening. I wish there were more classes like this.” I disagreed silently. The professor simply delivered a broad introduction to the concept of income inequality. The professor’s ultimate message was that poor people exist and that poverty is a terrible thing. There was no in-depth analysis. Yet, this girl sitting in front of me was awestruck by that revelation all the same. My story admittedly sounds too caricaturized to be true, even though it actually happened. Was it really possible that there are people so sheltered that they see income distribution in the United States as a revelation? And yet, every day a similar attitude manifests itself around the campus in subtler ways. One student, wearing Burberry rain boots, accused my friend of being elitist. A friend thinks poor people deserve their position, “because they are just not working hard enough.” Another friend tells me, “you are just my only friend that discusses what is wrong with the world.” Something about all of these examples is universally frustrating, but translating that frustration into words is a struggle. The problem isn’t that students come from a comfortable background, or even that are sheltered because of that background. Nor am I dictating that everybody must talk about “what is wrong with the world,” which is silly (I talk about other things, too, like Beyoncé). The problem is cluelessness, and a lack of tact when discussing the lives of others. Such cluelessness also transcends political and ideological boundaries. Indeed, what unifies these acts of cluelessness is an unwillingness to take those tools which we use to analyze other people — poor or otherwise — on ourselves. They have taken the first step to become aware of the world beyond the bubble, but are not aware of that bubble’s place in the world. I don’t dislike people for being clueless; not only is it an unavoidable part of learning, but it naturally corrects itself as people absorb more experiences that are not their own. Rather, the problem is when such cluelessness does not

Regardless of whether people are sheltered or express an unwillingness to change, the result is statis. change and becomes static. Regardless of whether people are sheltered or express an unwillingness to change, the result is stasis. And when college students in a class discussing poverty don’t know any poor people themselves, that academic experience doesn’t seem worth the tuition dollars we pay. Could this be Cornell’s fault? It’s likely. Cornell doesn’t release many statistics of the economic makeup of its students, but no one denies that many Cornell students are well-off. For the class of 2017, only 54 percent applied for financial aid, in spite of rising tuition rates and record student debt. It raises the question of how similar the Cornell student body is to that of other schools. My professor, for example, pointedly asked people to not shop on J. Crew during lecture — not H&M or Gap. To be fair, Cornell is not the only school that’s struggling with economic diversity. Broadly (and unfortunately), admitting too many students who need financial aid is antithetical to the college financial model: balancing the budget requires that a proportion of students pay full cost. For the 2011-2012 school year, 18 percent of all Cornell undergraduates received Pell Grants, which is a decent measure of the amount of low-income undergrads on campus. We’re doing much better than Princeton or Yale (12 percent and 14 percent respectively), but we also can’t compare to Columbia’s 30 percent or Berkeley’s 37 percent. But these four schools don’t have as their motto, “Any Person ... Any Study.” The Cornell administration does a great job touting its verbal commitment to racial diversity, though it admits it has a long way to go. I wonder, however, if we shouldn’t also focus on economic diversity. Economic diversity and racial diversity aren’t in opposition to each other — rather, by necessity they’re intertwined. Here’s where I’ll ruffle some feathers: diversity initiatives are a good thing, but they only go so far. Admitting (not recruiting, but admitting) more people from working class backgrounds, so discussions on economic diversity are done by an economically diverse group, is much more efficacious. This won’t harm the quality of education, but will instead enhance it. Discussions on diversity will become far more organic than the top-down initiatives the administration has tried. In addition, the administration should publish the percentage of students belonging to different household income brackets. The results are probably not pretty, but neither is boasting that the incoming class is the “most diverse yet” with a whopping seven percent of African-American students. When I first came to Cornell, I thought it apt that students self-described the University as “Far Above Cayuga’s Waters.” The song was written with a positive connotation in mind, but I thought it was a good description of the bubble many students live in. And when I read the lyrics seldom sung, “Far above the busy humming of the busy town … Looks she proudly down,” I couldn’t help but think of students derisively describing Ithaca’s residents as “townies.” But bubbles are meant to be popped, and we should endeavor to relentlessly expand our own bubble’s inclusivity until it finally bursts. Kai Sam Ng is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at Cross-Eyed and Painful appears alternate Mondays this semester.


Comment of the day “Let’s not forget that high school quality is a huge factor in Cornell acceptance. It’s much more difficult for a stellar student from an okay or subpar public high school to get in here than it is for a decent or good student from a prestigious downstate New York high school to get in here. ... Socioeconomic and geographic diversity need to be a bigger part of the diversity conversation, in my opinion.” Dumbledore Re: “Official: High School Quality Not Factor in Cornell Students’ Success,” News, published Feb. 5, 2014

Eric Schulman |

Schulman’s Schtick

Google: The Real Skynet In Council Bluffs,Iowa T

he Terminator franchise was one of the less embarrassing moments of the 80s. If you haven’t seen the films, you should. So you don’t waste your time searching on Netflix only to realize they’re not there, I’ll summarize. In the future, a defense contractor builds a computer network called Skynet to manage military data but things go wrong. It develops intelligence and exploits its information to enslave humanity by turning our military technology against us and running the show behind the scenes from Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. Skynet is pure fiction, of course, but computers making intelligent decisions aren’t — at least, not anymore. L i k e Skynet’s servers in Colorado, Google’s servers in Council Bluffs, Iowa (one of Google’s 12 global data centers) make decisions for Gmail, Chrome and its other services. By signing Google’s privacy agreement, you sign away your soul — or, at least, the data from your emails, search queries and documents because Google uses your data to sell intelligently placed ads. Like an overinvolved mother,

Google wants to know what you want before you know you want it ... but unless you’re made of silicon and your mom sells information about you, Google isn’t your mom. If Google starts abusing our data like Skynet, taking on more serious projects than placing ads, we should get worried. Already, our data isn’t as secure as we might think. If you don’t live in a cardboard box, you know Edward Snowden exposed the NSA for arbitrarily peeking into Google (among other companies’) databases. Although, if you do live in a cardboard box, you probably shouldn’t worry about

aged white hacker, but it’s empowering and significant. Although figures like Snowden can inspire us, they can’t change digital policy without ordinary people. Snowden leaks documents showing that the NSA claims 100 percent success in installing spying malware on iPhones, but Apple will keep selling if consumers keep demanding them. Google won’t change their privacy policy if 400 million use their services without complaining or even reading it. In some sense, we’re all Sarah Connor, but not because we’re all 19 and beautiful. We can’t control every-

By educating ourselves, we better control the intrusions we tolerate. the NSA spying on you. Despite Google and Skynet’s similarities, the protagonist in The Terminator isn’t some Snowden-like martyr protecting the helpless masses. Sarah Connor,The Terminator’s lovely protagonist, is young, ordinary and 19 — that’s the same age as most sophomores. It may have been shrewd marketing, because the films wouldn’t be as iconic if Sarah Connor was a middle-

thing about technology, but we can at least balance efficiency with what we find acceptable. Obviously, people should not give up their Google accounts. Google handles your data more efficiently at lower costs. But posting drunken photos on Google+ with your roommates’ ex is excessive ... not only because that would be more than anyone’s ever posted on Google+. By educat-

ing ourselves, we better control the intrusions we tolerate. For example, you might not know your smartphone automatically stalks your location or that you can disable it if you’re so inclined. If you think your smartphone has no business stalking your location, whip out your instruction manual and turn off location tracking. I dare you. Actively or passively, we make the decisions about what’s permissible by engineering the future’s software, investing in tomorrow’s data centers and legislating technologies’ legal boundaries. With technologies’ future in our hands, The Terminator is so much more than a cyberpunk guilty pleasure. After four movies, some obscure comics, a TV series and too many video games I haven’t had the displeasure of playing, people are still buying into the franchise for its fifth movie. Hopefully, it delivers something relevant about our own struggle with technology. Don’t let Google’s distaste for 80s fashion fool you; we’re fighting our own Skynet today in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Eric Schulman is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at Schulman’s Schtick appears alternate Mondays this semester.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Alfredo Rodríguez Sells Out Barnes Hall TYRAN GRILLO Sun Staff Writer

After hearing pianist-composer Alfredo Rodríguez in the close quarters of Barnes Hall last Friday night, one could only feign surprise to know that he began his musical education as a percussionist before switching to piano at age 10. Whether through clipped breathing, clicks of the tongue or stamping of the feet, his awareness of the beat was front and center. This was surely one of many aspects of his craft that caught the ear of producer Quincy Jones, with whom he collaborated on his recent sophomore album, The Invasion Parade. We might further reflect on his Cuban heritage, which is to his playing as the moon is to night. Yet, if these biographical details meant anything, they were only as valid as the intrigue of his performance, which was, in a word, dynamic. Rodríguez left no doubts about his roots, starting the program as he did with an idiosyncratic take on “Venga la Esperanza” by Cuba’s left-wing darling, Silvio Rodríguez. As he wove from somber beginnings a tapestry of increasing complexity, it was clear that Keith Jarrett has had a huge impact on Rodríguez, who cites the pianist’s legendary The Köln Concert as a life-changing influence. The more he played, the deeper his contrasts and densities became. The effect was such that when the occasional snippet of recognizable melody broke surface, we were reminded that at the root of it all was something worldly. Rodríguez followed up with an original composition, “El Güije.” Balancing dark undercurrents in the left hand with the sparkle of his right, the piece’s borderline-aggressive textures gave way to windswept dreamscapes at the turn of a weather vane. The staggered raindrops of “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás” introduced a triptych of classic tunes rounded out by “Veinte años”

and Ernesto Lecuona’s rousing “Gitanerías.” In them, elements of Messiaen, Bartók, and folk songs showed the full range of Rodríguez’s palette. His highs, always translucent, shone with special care. That said, he never stayed pretty for too long, if only to better appreciate the occasional moment of beauty we were allotted. As is often the case with younger jazz musicians, Rodríguez emoted with blatant passion and tended toward passages of controlled chaos before finding purchase in his themes. Departures felt more like interjections, if not outright explosions, than variations. His tongue-in-cheek take on “Guantanamera,” for example, was a tour de force in technique, invention, and surprise. He approached this deathless tune from within — literally — by hitting the strings inside the piano before migrating to the keyboard proper. The result was a mélange of interpretations, more sketchbook than painting — which is precisely where he deviated from Jarrett. Although the Jarrett’s adlibs come pouring out of him sounding like fully formed compositions, Rodríguez allowed himself the indulgence of thinking out loud with relatively little interest in transition, stacking cell upon cell of distortion. Although something of a curse for many improvisers that smoothes itself out over decades into seamless art, one senses in Rodríguez a “sayno-to-the-flow” attitude that suits him just fine. The result is neither more nor less conducive to the concert goer's listening pleasure, but is a methodological difference that requires sharp atten-


tion from both sides of the front row. He is an honest player, through and through. None of this is to imply that that the concert was devoid of lyricism. As if to prove this, Rodríguez encored with an aching rendition of Ernesto Duarte’s “Cómo Fué.” As tender as tender can be, its somber farewell closed the circle, opening another of fond memory in its place. Tyran Grillo is a graduate student at Cornell University. He can be reached at

Oscar Race Update: It’s a Tie? MARK DISTEFANO Sun Staff Writer

not quite break the mold as much as Gravity did. Best Actor is the most unpredictable category of them all. This is a year in which any one of the nominated actors could unsurprisingly and deservedly take the award. There were even huge snubs as to who got into the category, with Tom Hanks missing out for Captain Phillips and Robert Redford for All is Lost. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McCounaughey seem like strong contenders, the former for perhaps his most electrifying, balls-out performance yet in Wolf of Wall Street and the latter for the pinnacle of his career-reinvigorating work in Dallas Buyers Club. Both won at the Golden Globes, but Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Christian Bale have received equal amounts of critical praise. Of the five, I think the three with the best chance are McConaughey, Ejiofor, and DiCaprio. Dern’s quiet, reserved role in Nebraska could easily be overlooked by the Academy, and the sheer number of great performances in American Hustle means the same could be true of Bale’s. Cate Blanchett was the early front-runner for Best Actress for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and it still seems that way, but there’s a strong threat from both Amy Adams of American Hustle and Sandra Bullock for Gravity. Adams has been nominated four times already, for several such critically-lauded The Fighter and The Master, so the Academy might figure that it is finally time to give her her due. On the other hand, the technical complexity of Bullock’s performance, which required the grace of a ballerina and the mental aptitude of a world class actor, might win over many voters who know just how hard the ordeal must have been. The only surefire win of the night seems like Jared Leto for

With the Oscars less than a month away, the sheer level of quality we saw last year at the cinema is becoming more and more evident. This is one of the most unpredictable Oscar races in years, even more so than last year, when Ben Affleck’s Argo took home Best Picture despite Affleck not being nominated in the Director category. Last year was also rare in that every major category (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress), was awarded to a different movie. This year, it looks like the same could very well happen. Best Picture is a three-way dogfight between American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity. Alfonso Cuarón’s and Steve McQueen’s films came out in October and shook critics out of their seat with excitement, both cementing themselves as the two best-reviewed films of the year. At present, Gravity has a 97 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 12 Years has a 96 percent. They’ve also been determined, by review aggregate site, to have appeared on more top 10 lists than any other movies of the year. American Hustle, which was released amidst a slew of quality films in December, stole the show along with Inside Llewyn Davis and Her, but appealed more to the Academy given its already twice-nominated director, and cast consisting exclusively of Oscar winners and nominees. It’s currently tied with Gravity for most nominations awarded to a 2013 film, with 10 nominations. For now though, my money is on 12 Years a Slave. The Academy will not ignore a big-issue, hot-button film like this — they love heaping praise on historically relevant movies about affliction or torture (King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire). The other three-way tie is between the maestros of the three aforementioned films. David O. Russell has been nominated for The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, while McQueen and Cuarón are first time nominees. However, I think the race is leading slightly towards Cuarón. The reason? The virtuosity of the way Gravity was assembled and directed truly was revolutionary, giving Cuarón a chance to show real artistic brilliance as a filmmaker. While 12 Years and Hustle were COURTESY OF COLUMBIA PICTURES both supremely well directed, the direction did



Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club. His turn as a transgender woman was not only especially strong, it was his first film role in years. His comeback to the world of film required him to lose 30 pounds and affect a sex change while still embodying a compelling character and his success doing so has been rightfully accoladed. It was one of the finest performances of the year. On another note, it was great to see Michael Fassbender, long overdue for Academy recognition, finally get nominated for 12 Years a Slave, and to see Barkhad Abdi nominated for his mesmerizing work in Captain Phillips. Finally, Best Supporting Actress is a two-way split between Jennifer Lawrence, darling of the Academy and obsession of all Americans, and Lupita Nyongo, an earth-shattering in her very first film role. At 23, Lawrence is the youngest person ever to receive three nominations, including her stellar work in Winter’s Bone and her win for Silver Linings Playbook. Her role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld, the hysterical wife of Christian Bale in American Hustle, was perhaps the most enthralling and acclaimed performance in a movie full of them. Nyongo, on the other hand, landed the role of Patsey, the most abused slave on the Epps plantation in 12 Years a Slave, immediately after graduating from drama school. Her turn as a woman sexually mistreated by the plantation owner and grossly humiliated by his wife is one of the most stunning achievements ever offered by a first-time film actor. It has received an insane amount of praise, maybe even more so than that of leading actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and for that reason, it makes the Supporting Actress race that much harder to call. Mark Distefano is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at


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Arts Around Ithaca Kill Your Darlings

Kate McKinnon

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

7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Statler Auditorium

Cornell Cinema will bring the Beat Generation to life when it presents the Sundance-acclaimed Kill Your Darlings this Thursday. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as “Howl” author Allen Ginsberg, who crosses paths with other famous authors of the time, all of whom have become embroiled in a controversial murder. The screening will be followed by an open Q&A session with co-screenwriter and Cornell Professor Austin Bunn, Performance and Media Arts.

Live from New York, it's ... Kate McKinnon! It might not be Saturday night, but Feb. 13 is sure to be lively when this Saturday Night Live leading lady takes the stage for a night you won't want to miss. Straight from the cast of SNL, CUPB presents the popular comedian for a show that is guaranteed to be a hit whether you've been a fan for years or just like to laugh (and who doesn't?). Known for her fearless comedy, hilarious antics, and spot-on J.B. impressions that could fool even the most fervent of Beliebers, this show is sure to strike your funny bone. Free for all students, the must-see show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in the Statler Auditorium. Cornellians craving a good old-fashioned laugh fest with the right-thisminute humor you know and love from this SNL cast member can pick up their tickets in Willard Straight Hall, compliments of CUPB. — Anna Johnson


— Sean Doolittle

The Tempest

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hangar Theatre The Ithaca Shakespeare Company presents one of the famed playwright’s final and most autobiographical works, The Tempest. The play follows a group of magically-shipwrecked castaways as they attempt to survive, seek vengeance and even find true love. Prospero, the play’s hero, is believed to have represented Shakespeare himself as he bids farewell to the theatre toward the end of his long life in the art. The Hangar will bring the gripping and exciting tale to life for only six performances, so be sure not to miss it! — Sean Doolittle


The Cult of Cumberbatch “T

hat is correct. There are more apples than oranges.” — Count Dracula

BRIAN GORDON: Benedict Cumberbatch can count to four. The hottest actor in the world recently lent his celebrity to a segment of Sesame Street where he counts apples and oranges with The Count and what looks to be Elmo’s evil cousin. The clip has gone viral. As I type, it has garnered nearly four million in as many days. How many other actors can stare at fruit with a couple of muppets for three minutes and pull 4 million views? Gosling? Nope. Clooney? Nah. Jim Henson could come back from the grave and he’d still need a least a week to reach this Cumberbatchian level of hits. And the Cult of Cumberbatch extends far beyond Sesame Street. He sat on a stool on Kimmell a few months back and the females in the crowd treated him like the Beatles on Sullivan. Full on shrieks. Grown women shrieked. This was fangirl hysteria for girls who have mortgages. HARRISON OKIN: With the risk of it sounding like a tropical disease, “Benedict Fever” has charmed the world into thinking the man is the best actor of our generation. This is a double-edged sword. Sure, I love the guy. I respect that he chooses characters that value intelligence, satisfying an audience craving for whip-smart dialogue and clever twists in film. Sherlock, the sociopathic genius. Khan, the deceitful genius. A wise man even called Smaug the Dragon the “Hannibal Lecter of Middle Earth.” (Okay, maybe that was me on my Twitter.) But c’mon! He starred in five movies last year, plus a TV show. Next year he’s slated to

portray mathematician genius Alan Turing. He’s rumored to be both the villain in Star Wars Episode VII and a hero in an unknown Marvel blockbuster. So what if Benedict’s booming baritone is what my internal monologue sounds like? I fear that Benedict’s popularity — which I dare say is a tad overzealous — will take the attention away from other well-deserving actors. B.G.: I believe the man is perfectly rated. In fact maybe a bit underrated. Ask people at random around campus and I bet less than five out of ten know who he is. What other actors is he taking the spotlight away from? The dude who plays Watson? What I want to know is why a man who describes himself as resembling Sid from the Ice Age movies is getting every third part in Hollywood and is currently co-running England with the Dutchess of Cambridge? I get that the man perspirates charm. He is self-deprecating (see that Sid/Ice Age comment),

ing Crowe as a witty genius.


H.O.: In all fairness to Russell Crowe, he emanates the stereotype of a guy who gets drunk off whiskey and then brawls with some kangaroos. That sounds pretty interesting to me. B.G.: Here’s a question for you. Do you think the rise of Cumberbatch marks a larger shift in Hollywood? Where the biggest stars will no longer simply be the well-built chiseled and traditionally attractive leading men? Besides Benedict, the other example I can think of where an actor drew the ladies while looking rather dweebish was Adam Brody on The O.C.

H.O.: I hope that is a lasting legacy of Benedict’s ubiquity. For too long, the Gosling-type has dominated Hollywood. That man mumbles Brian Gordon through a movie like he should be taking speech pathology lessons from my & Mom (shameless plug). Then he Harrison Okin removes his shirt and everyone forgives him for a terrible performance. Instead, I’d like to see more wideBring Da spread love for the goofy awkwardness Ruckus of Miles Teller as a drum prodigy, or for ladies-man Jonah Hill redefining baseand you surprisingly make a decent point about ball analytics. Benedict started this trend, but how Cumberbatch plays a lot of smart people he cannot be the only one to capitalize on it. on screen. British newspaper’s have called him I want the next generation to idolize passion, “the thinking man’s crumpkin” which sounds brains and resolve. After all, isn’t that what pretty British and praiseful to me. But does every average-height, average-looking schlub playing smart characters make you an interest- hopes to embody when he or she comes to ing person? Russell Crowe played Dr. John Cornell? B.G.: I wouldn’t really know. I’m pretty Nash in A Beautiful Mind and no one was hail-

attractive Harrison. But you don’t necessarily have to put down the Gosling-types to lift up the Cumberbatchs. You can not like Gosling and his vocal inflections (I personally think the guy’s a real solid actor) but the world is big enough to fawn over those who look like a Hemsworth brother and those who think like a Cumberbatch. Especially with the realm of television expanding and gaining great attention, I think more and more non-traditionally attractive actors (both men and women) will enter the fantasies of middle-age accountants and lawyers who are now more attracted by quick wit than a sharp jaw. H.O.: Well, I was going to invite you to star on my new Netflix series, “House of (Unanswered Valentine’s) Cards,” but you just lost your chance. Frank Underwood would be disappointed. B.G.: I put Glen Coco to shame. Later. Brian Gordon is a senior in the School of Industrial Labor Relations. He can be reached at Harrison Okin is a senior in the School of Industrial Labor Relations. He can be reached at Bring Da Ruckus runs alternate Mondays this semester.


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

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Schafer Questions Penalty Decisions M.HOCKEY

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the opposing power play for the remainder of the third period. McCarron picked up a penalty just twelve seconds following his score, and the Raiders responded with their second man-advantage goal of the evening to extend the lead to 3-1. “I didn’t understand the penalty,” Schafer said. “[McCarron’s] going to the net and the kid’s pushing him from behind and the goalie comes up and pushes him. ... That’s a critical call in a game like that to put a team down four-on-three.” Two more quick scores, one even strength and one power play, left the Red at a 5-1 disadvantage and meant the team would be just four-for-seven on the penalty kill for the contest, more power play goals allowed than in all previous 33 penalty kill opportunities combined. “[O]bviously, just the discipline aspect killed us,” Bardreau said. “So taking all those penalties put us in a rough spot, and put [senior goalie Andy Iles] in a rough spot and just kind of spiraled out from there.” With the score quickly becoming out of reach, freshman goalie Mitch Gillam came on to take Iles’ place for the remainder of the game. Gillam stopped seven Raider shots during that span, but relinquished a final opposing goal to make the score 6-1 at the final whistle. “More disappointing [than the third period] is that we didn’t do the things necessary when the score was 2-0,” Schafer said. “We didn’t do a good job on our power play to bury our chance five-on-three. ... Our lack of discipline and our lack of ability to capitalize when we had chances killed us tonight.” The loss allowed Colgate to jump Cornell in the ECAC standings, where the Red now sits in a tie for fourth. “Put it on the back burner, forget about it, and get back to the basics,” Bardreau said when asked how the team must respond to its first 2014 defeat. The Red now has two pivotal conference showdowns ahead of it against No. 4 Union (19-6-3, 13-3-0) and Rensselaer (12-12-4, 6-7-3) next weekend. Chris Mills can be reached at

Oklahoma City Thunder End the Night Victorious Against New York Knicks OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The showdown between the NBA’s top two scorers turned out to be a mismatch. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant outscored New York’s Carmelo Anthony 41-15, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112100 on Sunday. Durant, the league’s leading scorer, also had 10 rebounds and nine assists. Anthony, the league’s No. 2 scorer, had 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting for the Knicks. Thunder coach Scott Brooks took Durant out of the game with 1:24 remaining, leaving Durant short of a rare 40-point triple-double by a single assist. “I got on Serge (Ibaka),” Durant said, laughing. “He missed a dunk and he passed up a shot.” Durant also was largely responsible for guarding Anthony. “He missed some shots that he normally makes,” Durant said. “I just tried to play as strong as I can, contest some shots and not get discouraged when he hits them because he makes tough shots and he’s a guy that can get hot. I just try to rely on my teammates, and they did a great job of helping me out, building a wall behind me,

and I just tried to play as hard as I can.” Reggie Jackson had 19 points and six assists and Ibaka had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who were coming off a 103-102 loss to struggling Orlando on Friday night. Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire each scored 16 points for the Knicks, who have lost four of five. The Thunder made 12 3pointers and shot 55 percent overall. Oklahoma City led 58-53 at halftime as Durant outscored Anthony 19-7. The Thunder asserted themselves in the third quarter. Jackson drained a 3-pointer to put the Thunder up 76-64 midway through the period. Durant’s 3-pointer gave the Thunder an 81-69 edge, and the Knicks called a timeout. New York cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 86-80 early in the fourth quarter on a dunk by Jeremy Tyler, but Oklahoma City pulled away. A 3-pointer by Durant pushed Oklahoma City’s lead to 95-86. “You can double him but he’s a willing passer now and he’s finding people all over the place. He was good tonight, real good,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

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Victorious home and away | Senior defender Hayleigh Cudmore netted a short-handed goal to help lift the Red to a 3-1 win over Colgate Saturday.

Red Heads Into Final Two Weekends of ECAC Play With‘Confidence’ W.HOCKEY

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having a little bit of trouble with our starts and making sure that we’re getting a good jump right away,” Saulnier said. “I don’t think that was an issue this weekend. We came out strong in the first ten minutes and really gave it to them.” Colgate was clinging to a 3-2 lead with under five minutes to play in the game, but Cornell tied the game up with a goal by sophomore defender Cassandra Poudrier. With just 19 seconds remaining in overtime, Saulnier backhanded the puck through the goalkeeper’s legs on an odd man rush to win the game. Saulnier emphasized the

“I think defensively we limited their chances, especially in the first and second periods, and then offensively too we were able to forecheck them a lot harder.” Alyssa Gagliardi importance of battling until the end, if the team is to achieve its ultimate aims. “Coming from behind always makes a win that much sweeter, and it’s always nice to contribute to the team,” Saulnier said. “Especially with just two weeks left in the season, just ensuring that we’re doing what we should be doing, sticking to the gameplan the whole time, and playing a full 60 minutes, is really important. I think we showed that this weekend.” According to senior captain and defender Alyssa Gagliardi, the Red was caught off guard by the style of play. “We were really resilient on Friday and it was definitely not the kind of game we’re used to playing,” Gagliardi said. “It was kind of back and forth, and they would dump the puck a lot and try to slow us down as much as they could. So it was definitely a

challenge but I thought we bounced back and tying it up at the end of the game and winning with only 20 seconds left in overtime was really thrilling for us, a great way to go into Saturday’s game.” The Red took an early lead in Saturday’s game at Lynah Rink, with a goal by Saulnier. The Raiders, however, brought the score level early into the second period. Cornell regained the advantage with a goal by Gagliardi just two minutes later. The Red sealed the game with a shorthanded goal by senior defender Hayleigh Cudmore to ensure the win. Gagliardi attributed the victory to impressive defensive play by Cornell, as well as maintaining better control of the puck. These prevented Colgate from scoring as easily as in the previous game. “I think defensively we limited their chances, especially in the first and second periods, and then offensively too we were able to forecheck them a lot harder and better, and that keeps the puck in their defensive zone a lot longer,” Gagliardi said. “Luckily we were able to score a couple of more goals on them and retain that lead.” According to Saulnier, Cornell took the lead at a turning point in the game. “It was obviously a really important goal and especially when we were getting a little tired, it was important to make sure that we scored and kept the puck in their end — keep the pressure up,” Saulnier said. “It was important that we were able to take advantage of a penalty kill and build some offense from it.” Gagliardi highlighted the confidence boost that was gained from the back-to-back victories, putting the Red in a good position for the final stretch of the season. “I think this gives us confidence going into these last two weekends,” Gagliardi said. “These are big weekends coming up, so we’re just looking to improve week by week heading into the playoffs, and hopefully we can get four points each of the next two weekends.” Ben Horowitz can be reached at

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Men’s Basketball Falls to Penn, Princeton in Ancient Eight Play By NIKITA DUBNOV

rebounds. Cressler once again led the squad by scoring 22 points and grabbing five rebounds. Freshman The men’s basketball team had another tough guard Darryl Smith and junior guard Devin weekend on the road against conference oppo- Cherry both got the starting nod from head coach nents. At 0-4 in Ivy League play going into the Bill Courtney, adding to the offensive attack with matchups, the Red was looking for its first confer- 15 points each. The Cornell offense was able to put ence victory. The first obstacle in its way was Penn, up 51 points in the second half and held Penn to another team at the bottom of the Ivy conference. 40 by playing an active, high pressure defence. Cornell took on the Quakers in the Palestra in After 40 minutes of play that were marked by Philadelphia, in a highhigh-volume offense, the scoring affair marked by Red was unable to overimpressive stat lines. come the struggles of the CORNELL @ PENN Penn secured an early first half, falling, 90-83. lead with the play of its Cornell put up a strong 83 90 leading offensive threats. attack, but could not Sophomore guard Tony Game: outdo the Quakers. Hicks 2ND FINAL 1ST Hicks led the Quakers Cornell 51 finished with a game-high 83 32 40 90 50 with his efficient scoring Colgate 27 points and seven and dishing of the basketassists. ball. Cornell’s poor shootAfter Friday night’s loss ing percentage in the first to Penn, Cornell headed CORNELL @ PRINCETON half did not help alleviate to New Jersey to battle the effect of the Penn Princeton in another Ivy 48 69 offense. After hitting only League clash. 39 percent of shots from Game: The Tigers were 12-6, 2ND FINAL 1ST the field — compared to Cornell going into the game, but 27 48 21 the Quakers’ 51 percent Princeton were 7th in the Ivy League 32 69 37 — Cornell trailed, 50-32, standings at 0-4, ahead of at the half. only Cornell. Princeton After the halftime proved to be a tougher test break, the Red came out strong on the offensive than Penn, defeating the Red 69-48. The Tigers end. Cornell hit 51 percent of its shots from the shut down the Red’s offense by holding the team to field, along with some acrobatic plays in the paint. only 34 percent shooting from the field throughSophomore guard Nolan Cressler hit several tough out the game. Cressler was the only Cornellian that layups against Penn’s interior defense. Freshman was able to put up double-digits in the scoring colforward David Onuorah had a highlight putback umn on 4-10 shooting. dunk en route to a career-high 11 points and nine The Red’s defense was unable to stunt the proSun Staff Writer


Road trip | Frehsman guard Daryl Smith started and scored 15 points against Penn, but the Red was unable to come out on top at the Palestra.

duction of the Tigers’ top scorers. Freshman forward Spencer Weisz, senior guard T.J. Bray and freshman forward Steven Cook scored the majority of the Tigers’ buckets. Princeton outperformed the Red in both halves of play en route to their first win in the Ancient Eight. The Red can now look forward to a stretch of four games at home in Newman Arena. Next weekend, the Red takes on Dartmouth and Harvard. Nikita Dubnov can be reached at

Mowrey Suffers Head Injury Off Illegal Hit M.HOCKEY

qualification. However, Cornell quickly accrued a penalty of its own and came up empty, even Red’s season-best nine-game after a hooking call on Colgate’s unbeaten streak. Spiro Goulakos sparked a five-on“Coming off the two wins last three advantage at the end of the week at home and the praise and second. The Red had maintained a everything the media poured upon 16-14 shot edge through the first us — [Colgate’s] a proud hockey 40 minutes, but had nothing to team and losing [their previous] show for it on the scoreboard. two games — we knew it was “He’s not doing good at all,” going to be a dogfight in here Schafer said when asked about tonight,” said Mowrey’s head coach Mike “We knew it was going postgame condiSchafer ’86. “It tion. “That hit to be a dogfight here on him is exactjust unraveled on us and they ly, if you’re looktonight.” played well.” ing at the NHL, Mike Schafer Backed by six, eight, ten their home fans, games. It’s somethe Raiders thing we talk struck first, 11:41 into the open- about eliminating in the sport of ing period, and never trailed for hockey, that’s exactly it ... It’s the remainder of the game. Just unfortunate that it happens.” two minutes later, a boarding With 15:35 to play and both penalty on the Red established a teams a man down, Schafer’s team Colgate power play and in the finally got its big chance. Bardreau closing seconds of five-on-four won a faceoff in Colgate territory action Darcy Murphy added a sec- and the puck found its way to ond goal for the Raiders on a tip- freshman defenseman Patrick in. McCarron. McCarron wristed a “We just didn’t play our hard shot off a defender and past game,” said junior forward Cole the Colgate goalie for the Red’s Bardreau. “We weren’t winning first and final score of the night, puck battles; we weren’t getting cutting the Raider lead to only 2first to puck.” 1. Both squads were stymied by It wasn’t the greatest of showpenalties in the second period. An ings for the Red’s special teams, illegal hit to the head from a which had trouble slowing down Colgate player on senior forward Dustin Mowrey resulted in a disSee M. HOCKEY page 12 Continued from page 16

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Bade, Kent Help Penn To Win Over Harvard, But Fall to Brown Bears I

n an Ivy League matchup on Friday, Penn took on Harvard in Cambridge, defeating the Crimson, 23-12. Penn’s freshman Ken Bade led the squad with a first period pin, getting the win over Harvard’s Jeff Ott. It was the third fall for Bade this season and his second dualmeet pin in his freshman campaign with the Quakers. No.17 Casey Kent also helped Penn to the victory, defeating Harvard’s Brennan Smith in the 165 lb. match. Kent got the win of a first period tech fall, capping a three-match run for Penn in the middleweights. Those three wins came from Andrew Lenzi, Ray Bethea and Kent, combining to defeat their opponents 35-9. Penn’s win put them at 1-2 in the conference and 5-6 overall, trailing Cornell and Princeton in the standings. The following day, Penn was unable to build off its momentum, falling to Brown, 18-16, in another Ivy contest. Harvard suffered another loss that day, this time at the hands of Princeton, 1917. Cornell also defeated Columbia, 22-15, lifting the Red to its 12th straight Ancient Eight Title. — Compiled by Scott Chiusano


Staying on top | Princeton moved to second in the Ivy League standings with wins over Harvard and Brown this weekend.


Ivy race | Cornell came out on top of the Ancient Eight standings for the 12th consecutive time.

Princeton Topples Brown


rown fell to Princeton, 21 – 16, on Sunday morning in an Ivy League clash — a disappointing result to kick of their alumni weekend, where former head wrestling coach David Amato was honored for his 30 years of service to Brown wrestling. The victory represented a perfect weekend for the Tigers, assuring them of their first winning season since 2001 and moving the team to an above .500 in the Ivy League. Princeton is now 8-2 on the season. The Tigers scored an early victory in the matchup through injury, as Brown’s Vincent Moita suffered a head injury and was unable to continue. The Bear’s Anthony Finocchiaro evened the score with a fall at 133, defeating Jake Intrator. Princeton, however, won the next five of eight duels with Judd Ziegler scoring an impressive four takedowns against Philip Morano to give the Tiger’s the eventual tightly-contested victory. — Compiled by Hamdan Al Yousefi


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‘It’s always great to continue breaking records.’

12th Straight Ivy Title Makes History Bennett, Aiken-Phillips help wrestlers to victory over Columbia,winning final two matchups

By ANNA FASMAN Sun Staff Writer

The Cornell men’s wrestling team won its 12th straight Ivy League Championship, defeating Columbia, 22-15 on Saturday. With the victory, the Red now has the most conference championships in any Ivy League sport. In what was one of the closest matches all season, the score remained tied at 15-15 with just two duals left. Juniors Jace Bennett and Jacob Aiken-Phillips then took center stage, defeating their opponents and helping the Red to another Ancient Eight title. “It was a lot closer than I expected. We had four kids out of the lineup ... so I was really nervous,” said head coach Rob Koll. “This is not the best or second to best team in the Ivy League, and they could easily have knocked us off today.” However, Bennett and Aiken-Phillips made sure that did not happen, shutting out both of their opponents. “It’s always great to continue breaking records, it’s something we[‘ve] become accustomed to,” Bennett said. Four key starters were sidelined for the match due to injuries, however the team was still able to come together to pull out the win. Sophomore Nahshon Garrett and seniors Mike Nevinger and Chris Villalonga got the Red off to a strong start, winning their matches and giving the squad the initial lead. However, Cornell soon lost its head start when freshmen Taylor Simaz and Jake George and senior Craig Eifert lost their respective duals to level out the score. Both Bennett and Aiken-Phillips explained that while a lot of the pressure fell on them, they were still able to maintain level heads, letting their opponents make the mistakes during their duals. “I was pretty patient during my match, letting my opponent mess up so that I could score. However, I was very scared when it was tied because I didn’t want to have all the pressure on me,” Aiken-Phillips said. Furthermore, Bennett said he did everything he could not to let the pressure get to his head, coming out strong and never letting his guard down. “Like Kyle Dake [‘13] always says, pressure is something you put on yourself; it’s not real. And so I try to remind myself of that often, and so when I walked out on the mat this week-

Keeping the streak alive | Junior Jace Bennet broke the deadlock against Columbia to lead the Red to victory and a historic 12th straight Ivy League title.


end it was just another day in paradise for me,” Bennet said. Moving forward, the Red looks to secure spots for Nationals this weekend when it competes in National Duals on Sunday. Last year, Cornell sent seven wrestlers to the championships and four of those seven wrestled this weekend against Columbia. According to Aiken-Phillips, the Red is confident going into Duals, where it will match up against some tough competition. “We plan to upset some of the higher ranked teams,” he said.

After heading to Ohio for National duals, the Red will have one more match against Hofstra before EIWA and NCAA championships, the two biggest matches of the year. However, according to Bennett, his team is focused on its performance at duals. “We are on the right path to going there and getting the job done,” he said. Anna Fasman can be reached at


Icers Record Back-to-Back Wins By BENJAMIN HOROWITZ Sun Staff Writer

Cornell played back-to-back games against regional rival Colgate this weekend, visiting Hamilton on

Friday night and returning to Lynah on Saturday afternoon. The Red came away with two consecutive wins, coming out on top in Friday’s overtime thriller, 4-3, and again





Game: Colgate Cornell

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Saulnier scores | Junior forward Jillian Saulnier scored the game-winning goal for the Red against Colgate with 19 seconds left in overtime.

defeating the Raiders (7-21-2, 4-140 ECAC), 3-1, on Saturday. With the two wins, Cornell (183-4, 13-2-3 ECAC) is now only one point behind Harvard for first place in the ECAC. According to junior forward Jillian Saulnier, the two wins set a positive tone for the final stretch of the season. “It’s [a] huge confidence boost coming off a two-win weekend,” Saulnier said. “It says a lot about our team moving forward and no game from now on will be easy. It’s going to be a challenge, and then we’ll get into playoff hockey, where things really matter. I think we united very well, and as long as we continue to do what we’ve been doing, we should have a successful season.” Friday’s game was a back-andforth affair throughout, with no team gaining a lead greater than one goal throughout the game. Cornell scored first both games. According to Saulnier, this was an encouraging sign, because the Red has had some trouble scoring first at other times this season. “That was definitely big for us this weekend, because we’ve been See W. HOCKEY page 13


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Colgate Shatters Unbeaten Streak By CHRIS MILLS Sun Staff Writer

Just days after breaking into the Top-10 in the national rankings, the men’s icers took a step back over the weekend. After cutting the deficit

to just one goal in the final period, No. 9 Cornell (125-5, 8-4-4) let Colgate (1411-3, 10-5-1) skate away, with a 6-1 victory in a Saturday night defeat at Starr Rink that snapped the See M.HOCKEY page 14

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