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Tyler Ehrlich ’14 and Prof. Turner face difficulties in digitizing the conducting world with Google Glass. | Page 3
Calvin Patten ’15 reviews Sun Kil Moon’s latest, emotionally charged album. | Page 10
The Equestrian team looks forward to its first event of the semester on Saturday. | Page 16
Professors: Benefits of MOOCs Outweigh Risks at University Prof. Richard Miller, philosophy, a member of the DLC, said the report includes During a University Faculty policy recommendations for Senate Meeting Wednesday, Cornell and outlines controprofessors debated the benefits versies about the impending and financial concerns associat- transformation of higher edued with expanding Cornell’s cation due to MOOCs and other online learning procurrent MOOC offerings. MOOCs, massive online grams. According to Miller, the open courses — which the committee University encourages began to offer “We are not in the in February — business of money. We e x p a n d i n g Cornell’s differ from traare in the business of online educaditional classes education — and this tion program in that they are in both scope online, shorter is education.” and content. than a semester Joseph Burns Ph.D. ’66 The committee and open to the also suggests public, The that the University continue Sun previously reported. The Distance Learning to not grant credit to on-camCommittee’s drafted a report on pus students for MOOCs and the future of MOOCs at to weigh the impact of licensCornell, which served as the ing MOOCs for credit at base of conversation at the meeting. See MOOC page 5 By SLOANE GRINSPOON
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Clothes for a cause | The Cornell Store will stop selling items from apparel companies that do not create safe working conditions for laborers and collaborate with Bangladeshi unions.
C.U.Stops Sale of Apparel Linked To Labor Abuse in Bangladesh By SOFIA HU Sun Staff Writer
Cornell will be the sixth university to require its apparel licensees to abide by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a five year agreement between apparel companies and Bangladeshi unions which legally binds its signatories to create safe working environments, the University announced Wednesday.
The Accord was created in response to the fatal collapse of Rana Plaza, an eight story commercial building outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 24, which killed over 1,120 workers. The signatories have agreed to develop and support a fire and safety program to prevent future incidences, according to the Accord. “We believe the Accord is a fair, transparent See APPAREL page 4
Ithaca Officials,Residents Discuss Collegetown Zoning Ordinance City officials‘keen’to move proposal forward By ANNIE BUI
Landlord Jason Fane expressed his support for the zoning of Collegetown, citing the multiple benefits that the ordinance Ithaca residents and members of the would bring to the area. City’s Planning and Economic Develop“New buildings will provide superior ment Committee deliberated over changes housing and improve the appearance of to Collegetown’s zoning ordinance at a Collegetown … many existing buildings are meeting Wednesday. over 100 years old,” a repThe proposed changes “Collegetown has radically resentative for Fane said. would help promote high“New buildings [would changed in the last 50 quality construction and also] mean more jobs. [It’s] years; most residents protect the character of time for the city to maxiraising families have established residential mize the objectives of this neighborhoods in the area, law.” disappeared.” according to Alderperson Jan Rhodes Norman, John Graves Graham Kerslick (D-4th co-founder of Local First Ward), who is also the Ithaca, reflected on the executive director of the David R. Atkinson importance for the city to adopt a busiCenter for a Sustainable Future at Cornell. ness-friendly zoning ordinance. Under the plan, the Collegetown area “GreenStar [Cooperative Market] has would be split into two types of districts. had plans to open a new satellite store in While four zones are designated for resi- Collegetown ... it fit[s] into this type of new dential use, the remaining two are desig- development — smart growth and new nated as mixed-use for both residential and urbanism,” she said. “When the project was commercial purposes. According to a City first brought up, the issue was the on-site document, each type of district would be parking … [we] encourage the city to adopt subject to its own specific building regula- a zoning ordinance that doesn’t make it tions and restrictions. harder to achieve [such a development].” Sun Senior Writer
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City life | A conceptual image of what Linden Avenue could become under proposed zoning changes to Collegetown. The hypothetical view looks towards Dryden Road.
Norman was referencing developer Josh Lower’s ’05 proposal to construct a housing complex and a GreenStar market on College Avenue, which hit a roadblock due to the city’s parking laws, The Sun reported in May 2012. Some residents expressed apprehension over the new Collegetown zoning ordinance. “Collegetown has radically changed in the last 50 years; most residents raising families have disappeared,” Ithacan John
Graves said. “Landlords have built large apartment complexes … too much shock has happened too quickly and negatively impacted the city.” Graves added that he was “anxious” to see “housing diversity being built back into the Collegetown-area plan.” Other members of the community added that while the ordinance was not See ZONING page 5
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New Humanities Building Expected to Open in 2015 By AIMEE CHO Sun Staff Writer
Despite the winter weather that has been hitting Ithaca since the start of the year, Klarman Hall — the new humanities building that will be located alongside Goldwin Smith Hall — will open in 2015, according to Gary Wilhelm, project director at Cornell Planning, Design and Construction. Now that the preparation work has been completed, workers are underpinning, or beginning to lay the foundation, for the exterior walls of Goldwin Smith Hall to allow for digging to occur underneath the walls, according to Wilhelm. “Underpinning is the placement of the concrete under the existing footings — down to the rock — to support the building,” Wilhelm said. “This is done so that the exterior grade can be excavated below the height of the existing footings on Goldwin Smith. We’ll be digging down 25 to 30 feet below East Avenue to excavate for [Klarman Hall].” Wilhelm said the underpinning and excavation process is expected to take about four to five months. The process will also include shoring, or supporting the area adja-
cent to the excavation site, so it does not collapse. Wilhelm said workers have installed plywood near the areas undergoing construction to help isolate the sound of construction from offices in Goldwin Smith. “After the [underpinning process], there will be rock removal. Then we’ll start with the concrete footings and foundation walls,” Wilhelm said. In addition to the work on Klarman Hall, construction is also taking place on the roof of Goldwin Smith Hall. “[Goldwin Smith’s] roof is 109 years old; it has had a number of leaks in the past,” Wilhelm said. “Rather than subject occupants of the building to an addition and then a roof replacement, we decided to sequence them and combine them into one time period.” He added that the recent inclement weather has been an obstacle for the work on Goldwin Smith and Klarman Hall. “It’s pretty hard to install a roof when it’s below zero and snowing, so that’s caused [the workers] to not get as much of the roof replaced as planned. Their response to that will be to catch up when the weather gets better,” he said.
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Habitat for humanities | Klarman Hall will have 33,250 feet of available space and will house humanities departments when it opens in 2015.
Construction on the humanities building is expected to be complete by the 2015 school year, the Sun previously reported. It will have 33,250 feet of assignable space, a café, an auditorium, a courtyard and a sunlit atrium. David Taylor, associate dean of administration for the College of Arts and Sciences, said in an email that the college is continuing to explore uses for Klarman Hall. "We know that the Departments of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature will move into Klarman Hall, in order to bring all the European literature departments into one building,” Taylor said.
‘Google Glass Explorers’ Face Challenges Cornell professor and student use new technology for musical purposes By ERIC OBERMAN Sun Staff Writer
As one of 8,000 “Google Glass Explorers,” Prof. Cynthia Turner, music, and Tyler Ehrlich ’14, discovered that introducing new technologies to conducting comes with a few challenges and skipped beats. Turner and Ehrlich began using Glass to record students in Music 4121: Conducting to simplify the process of giving students feedback, Turner said on her personal blog. Since then, the team has developed a number of different apps to reinvent the way conductors interact with music. Using Glass, however, was more difficult and time intensive than they expected, despite apps designed to make the experience easier, Ehrlich said. “We really thought it would be a lot more obvious — you’d just put it on and then you’d be good to go,” he said.
The sound of music
would help conductors keep time and tempo, according to Ehrlich. They are also working on a reverse metronome, which can listen to music and detect its tempo for conductors. With the reverse metronome, “you know the tempo you’re at, and you can correct to be either faster or slower,” Ehrlich said. Ehrlich and Turner have also collaborated to create a score viewer, which allows a “#ifihadglass I’d wear them conduct- conductor to see the score of the piece he or ing my bands and orchestras and is conducting stream the experience live from New she through Glass, according York, Salzburg and Costa Rica” to Ehrlich. He said one challenge Prof. Cynthia Turner, @cjta with this program is fitting large scores onto the small screen of the Glass, though they Ehrlich. “When you’ve been looking at have attempted to address this issue by music on a stand for years or in combining music for different instru[Turner]’s case, decades, to put it up ments all on one line. “Something we’ve worked on is there and be kind of worrying about and working with technology is some- condensing the score, and some scores thing that takes practice,” Ehrlich said. come pre-condensed,” Ehrlich said. The team has coded new apps to “Instead of looking at a full score, you digitize the conducting experience, can be looking at four [lines of music].” Glass can be used to enhance the such as a metronome for Glass that audience’s experience, in addition to that of the conductor, according to Turner’s blog. By wearing Glass, the conductor can display the orchestra and concert hall for the audience’s viewing pleasure. “I repurposed a program to take photos while Glass was on,” Ehrlich said. “We then showed them to the audience so that you could get the conductor’s perspective.” Turner received the opportunity to buy her Glass before public release after explaining why she wanted it in a Twitter contest run by Google, according to a University press release. “#ifihadglass I'd wear them conducting my bands and orchestras and stream the experience live from New York, Salzburg, and Costa Rica,” her tweet read. ANDY JOHNSON / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
“When you’re conducting, you’re focused on so many things — the quality of the music, where all the musicians are located, giving cues and making sure you’re doing the right thing and [Glass is] one more big thing.” This challenge is partially due to the fact that both Ehrlich and Turner have significant experience conducting without the use of technology, according to
Matthew Hall grad, plays music by Johann Sebastian Bach on an organ in Anabel Taylor Hall Wednesday.
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“Klarman Hall will also house the College of Arts and Sciences' Admissions and Advising, as well as offices for teaching assistants.” Wilhelm said he is grateful to the occupants of Goldwin Smith for their cooperation during the Klarman Hall construction process. “It will be an almost two-year project, and enabling it was another six months, so the occupants have been very patient with these disruptions. Everyone appreciates their cooperation,” he said. Aimee Cho can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Arrested After Theft of Tip Jar Two individuals were arrested after stealing a tip jar from a restaurant on the 100 block of East State St. around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Ithaca Police Department. Officers responded to a call after the individuals stole the tip jar from the restaurant's counter, an IPD press release said. The victim told police that the suspects — who were later identified as Nateah Ellison and BobbiJo Craft — fled the scene on foot.
According to the press release, “a physical struggle” occurred while Ellison and Craft made their escape. Officers discovered the location of the suspects after the dispatch informed them of Ellison and Craft’s direction of travel. Both Ellison and Craft were charged with robbery in the Second Degree and were arraigned in Ithaca City Court Wednesday morning. — Compiled by Tyler Alicea
Around the Ivies Princeton President Considers Allowing Transfer Students Though Princeton University does not currently allow undergraduate transfer students, President Christopher Eisgruber recently announced that the University will consider overturning this policy, The Daily Princetonian reported Tuesday. If the policy is changed, Eisgruber said the University will likely only allow a small amount of transfers. Columbia Will Host Body Positivity Week Two Columbia University students are organizing the University’s first “Body Positivity Week” later this month to promote awareness about eating disorders and having a positive self-image, the Columbia Daily Spectator reported Wednesday. The event’s organizers, Liz Orozco and Paulina Pinsky, said the week will include events such as body-positive themed yoga, speak-outs and photoshoots. — Compiled by Anushka Mehrotra
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and unbiased approach to factory inspection and remediation. It is clear that the inspection practices that have been in place for years have not been effective in preventing these types of tragedies,” President David Skorton said in the press release. According to the Accord’s website, over 150 companies from 20 countries are signatories, including major apparel manufacturers like H&M, American Eagle and Adidas. Out of Cornell’s 18 apparel providers that have disclosed factories in Bangladesh, seven have signed the Accord, Mike “This is a critical Powers, director of Product Licensing for Cornell, said. The and trend-setting University has sent letters to the remaining companies who have step.” not signed the Accord, accordMolly Beckhardt ’14 ing to the University press release. "Following Cornell’s decision, a number of our licensees moved quickly and signed the Accord. Non-compliance would be grounds for terminating our contract," Molly Beckhardt ’14, a member of the Licensing Oversight Committee and Cornell Sweatfree Coalition, said. Several student organizations formed a coalition that reviewed the Accord and recommended the University adopt it, the Cornell Organization for Labor Action said in a press release. The coalition, which includes COLA, Cornell Sweatfree Coalition and cultural groups, hosted several advocacy events in support of the Accord. Beckhardt also said the Cornell Sweatfree Coalition is “thrilled” that the University is supporting the Accord. “This is a critical and trend-setting step towards eliminating death traps," she said. “It’s unacceptable for workers to fear for their lives in unsound, death trap factories as they sew our Cornell hoodies and sweatshirts.” Sofia Hu can be reached at email@example.com.
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“perfect,” it was time for the City to pass the zoning law. “Collegetown rezoning has still not been resolved,” John Novarr of Novarr-Mackesey Property Management said in a written statement. “We all live in the same city, and therefore there should be some give and take.” In another written statement submitted to the committee, resident Mary Tomlan ’71 echoed Novarr’s sentiments, saying that while “many of the ideas of the proposal [were] laudable,” several inconsistencies remained. Members of the Common Council said they were “keen” to move the ordinance forward, hoping to smooth out its details at a later time. “Pragmatically speaking, given land pressures and where the process is, my gut [feeling] would be to move forward what we have, but with an open mind,” Alderperson Ellen McCollister ’78 (D-3rd Ward) said. “Move this now, and if it’s not working, I think we have a very open group here to revisit it.” Mike Niechwiadowicz ’68 of the City’s Building Division agreed with McCollister, saying “[he] would personally like to see it go forward even if [he saw] things in there that [he would] want to change right now.” Common Council members unanimously voted for the ordinance to be moved forward to the March Council Meeting. Annie Bui can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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other colleges and universities. In addition it recommends that the University should continue to expand support for distance learning, or teaching students who are not physically present in a traditional setting, such as a classroom. The report primarily references sites like edX, the host of the four Cornell programs and a non-profit that offers MOOCs to the public. Miller said Cornell should proceed “strategically and carefully” in considering whether to renew Cornell’s two-year contract with edX and in deciding how many more MOOCs to produce. Faculty expressed concern over Cornell’s production of MOOCs when asking questions to a panel consisting of Miller, Prof. David Delchamps, electrical and computer engineering and Prof. Michael Fontaine, classics. University faculty also said that finding a balance between MOOCs and a classical Cornell education and that MOOCs are geared towards math and science courses instead of humanities ones troubled them. Faculty also questioned the program’s profit potential, since
the University offers MOOCs free of charge. MOOCs — which cost around $70,000 in non-faculty costs and take an estimated 200300 hours to produce — are costly because of the high quality of production, including elaborate formatting and interactive designs intended to increase audience engagement, according to Miller. Joseph Burns Ph.D. ’66, dean of University Faculty, responded to concerns by saying “we are not in the business of money. We are in the business of education — and this is education.” The panel noted that MOOCs will grant the University visibility in an expanding educational field, while giving prospective students a taste of a Cornell education. Miller echoed Burns’ sentiments, emphasizing the nonfinancial endeavors of MOOCs. “We hope that the report will stimulate discussion at Cornell in which the creativity and knowledge of the faculty and administration will add to the benefits and mitigate any harmful sideeffects of the entry of the online revolution into higher education,” Miller said. Sloane Grinspoon can be reached at email@example.com.
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Why the Lonely Hearts Club Isn’t So Bad
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Clarifying Financial Aid Application Requirements RECENTLY, A COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT and Government Reform investigation included Cornell on a list of more than 100 universities that may be circumventing the Higher Education Act. Under the act, a university cannot require — or appear to require — students to submit fee-based forms for federal financial aid. While institutions can require additional forms for their own aid, many schools imply that these fee-based forms are also necessary to obtain federal aid. We call on Cornell to comply with national standards and explicitly state its requirements for students to receive different kinds of aid. University Spokesperson John Carberry said that Cornell students do not need the CSS Profile to receive federal aid. However, Cornell’s own financial aid application checklist includes the CSS Profile without saying what kind of aid is necessary or clarifying that the form is not mandatory for federal aid. We understand that the profile is “especially useful” for the University and that Cornell can use the form to determine how much aid to award a student. At the same time, clarifying financial aid requirements would prevent students who do not want to fill out the CSS Profile from having to fill out forms they do not need. If Cornell made its requirements for financial aid more clear, it would not only make it easier for students to receive adequate aid, but would also help the University comply with federal law. By requiring fee-based forms like the CSS Profile, universities can make “undue hurdles for students seeking federal student aid,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. College Board does charge students for the CSS profile: a $9 application fee and $16 for each report. While the fees may not seem prohibitive — and they could potentially lead to thousands of dollars in aid — universities should not put students in a situation where they have to spend money when it is not necessary. Higher education policy around the county should focus on providing as much financial aid as possible to students who need it, regardless of the forms students need to submit. While there are potential benefits to filling out forms like the CSS Profile, we think universities should be explicitly clear in what is and is not required of students applying for financial aid.
Up to Date
’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. As a little girl, I loved the Hershey’s Kisses and the doily hearts my fellow classmates and I would leave on each other’s desks. Back then, Valentine’s Day was a collective holiday: We gave out candy indiscriminately, even to the kids in the class who sat alone at lunch, because it was the right thing to do. Everyone left happy. As we grew older, Valentine’s Day revealed a more selective dark side. Not everyone gets candy or flowers; not everyone leaves happy. There is a pressure to meet and manage expectations. And at worst –– as pictures of bouquets of flowers addressed to others pop up on our Facebook newsfeeds –– Valentine’s Day can seem like a big, cheesy, forced competition. When a holiday devoted to love is the source of so much anxiety, we have to wonder: Are we doing it wrong? If Valentine’s Day is a competition, then everybody loses –– or will lose at some point. Let’s face it. No matter who we are, there will be years when Feb. 14 rolls around when we’re single. There will be years when we’re dating someone who doesn’t know romance from table tennis, and there may even be a year when our best friend gets engaged, while we’re home alone feasting on Insomnia Cookies we ordered for ourselves. That’s just the way life is. Last year, as a single girl, I had no choice but to celebrate Valentine’s Day
vicariously through my friends in relationships. And yet, looking on in Libe Café as my best friend Kelly received a basket of candy delivered by her boyfriend, I was as euphoric as if it were me. It was exhilarating to know that such a thoughtful gesture could exist in the world. Whether or not it was directed at me this particular year seemed irrelevant. After all, I knew the good times would come for me, too. One day, I will be getting flowers, and it will be someone else’s turn to abuse Netflix on Feb. 14. When that happens, I can only hope that my friends are as happy for me as I was for Kelly that day. So for those of us who are single, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about what we’re missing. Instead, it can be an opportunity to revel in the happiness of those closest to us. We all have our share of good and bad times, but if we are able to look beyond our own relationship status and appreciate the love the world has to offer, we can never really lose. Allowing the happiness of others to make us happy is the emotional equivalent of our elementary school days, in which we tirelessly wrote out cards to all 27 of our classmates: Everybody wins, every time. Liz Kussman is a senior in the College of Human Ecology. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Up to Date appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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Amy O. | Some Like It Rough
Becoming a Plaything And (Sometimes) Liking It W
ell, the holiday with which I have a love-hate relationship has officially arrived again: Valentine’s Day. I love this holiday because it lets you appreciate the people you love. Be it friends, lovers, significant others, people we admire from afar, parents or siblings, we all have at least one person in our lives that we love. I think it’s nice that there is a day to honor love in all its forms –– well, that, and I love that chocolate and candy are sold at half off the day after, so I can stock up on individually wrapped Kit Kats. Then again, I hate Valentine’s Day because pink is an ugly color, romance is stupid and I’m a shamelessly bitter single woman. The other day, I looked back at pictures from high school, and in my face, I saw innocence and unburdened happiness. I laughed and smiled freely and carelessly, like I often do now, but there was no harshness in my face or hidden hurt behind my eyes. You see, I used to do relationships. I was the datable girl –– the one
your parents would love, the one who went to all of your soccer games and the one who would cook you chicken soup when you were sick and surprise you with cookies if you were having a bad day. I don’t know when exactly I became the one-night stand girl –– the one who sleeps with guys but doesn’t get invited to date nights or formals. Part of me likes that this is who I’ve become: I’ve never had to sacrifice my independence, and I’ve become the “cool” girl who doesn’t expect or want anything more than sex. But sometimes, when it’s a lazy Friday afternoon, and I don’t have any work for the weekend, my thoughts drift. And I wonder what changed in me and when it happened. Sometime this past semester, having fun and sleeping around became the
norm instead of the exception, and people who used to have feelings for me, people whom I never even slept with, simply stopped. I want to say it was because I entered senior year, and no one wants to start a serious relationship now. But maybe, it was that people, m y s e l f included, began to take advantage of the sexually liberal attitude I had adopted. Maybe, when I became the “cool” girl, people stopped seeing me as someone who would want more than a one-night stand. Maybe, just maybe, I had done such a good job at pretending I didn’t want a boyfriend, that everyone (again, myself included) began to believe that I really didn’t want a serious relationship now or ever. Then again, maybe everyone’s secretly in love with me, and no one has spoken up. Just kidding.
I don’t know when exactly I became the one-night stand girl –– the one who sleeps with guys but doesn’t get invited to date nights or formals.
I can’t be the only one who feels like this. With articles about college hookup culture supersaturating my Facebook newsfeed, maybe you, dear reader, have also felt this way. Right now, I don’t want a boyfriend. Being the one-night stand, “cool” girl works for me for where I am in my life. But come talk to me in two months when I’m sick of the life of a SWUG –– a senior washed up girl. Come talk to me when all I want is to just have a picnic with the cute hipster boy from home who still won’t emotionally open up to me. We all go through these different spells –– the times when we’re having too much sex, no sex, emotionless sex or emotionally deep sex. My recommendation? As you ride out the spells, ask yourself, “Am I happy?” If the answer is yes, who cares what your label is? If the answer is no, change it up. You’re in control of your sex life, love life and personal happiness. Own it. Amy O. is a senior in the College of Human Ecology. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some Like It Rough appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
Donny J. | Headshakes and High Fives
An Ode for Your Bed-Buddy A
s you can see, today is a little different. This is an original work for all of the guys out there to read to that special someone to whom tomorrow is dedicated. Warning: It starts out douchey, but then it turns sweet –– similar to how many people have described me. So happy Valentine’s Day, and may you find yourself a permanent bed-buddy if you haven’t already. Roses are red; violets are blue. / I love our amazing sex, and I know you do too. It’s a day for nice lingerie, so small and slinky. / So away with the bland stuff: It’s time for the kinky.
sex because it’s the only way I know how to show you I’m happy to be your guy.
night looking across the table thinking, “Damn, look at her.”
There are over three billion males in this world who aren’t as lucky as I am every day. / And it’s not just because I look this good shirtless; it’s because in your
Soon, I’ll get to make sweet love to you and then head to brunch after we wake. / I won’t be slinking home after a night of regret –– I love you for goodness’ sake!
You see, I love you more than I can say or show, and more than all of the things I can buy. / I just talk about sex because it’s the only way I know how to show you I’m happy to be your guy.
You know that thing you do with your right leg and five feet of rope? / Actually, we’ll save that for my birthday. This time, we’ll do it on the Slope.
heart, I get to stay.
And this year, V-Day is on Friday, so we won’t hold back for that 8:40 a.m. class. / We can get it on all night –– or at least for as long as I usually last.
So please forgive my drunken nights of stumbling and yelling, “I love you, girl!” / You always kindly proceed to take care of me as I sit over the toilet to hurl.
V-Day sex is where it’s at, because we both put time aside / From our endless days of work, so I can take you out and then later, jump your hide.
I’ll give you all the chocolate and flowers –– I’ll steal them all if I must! / Though I probably shouldn’t do that, since V-Day in prison would be quite a bust.
You see, I love you more than I can say or show, and more than all of the things I can buy. / I just talk about
And we’ll go out to a nice place, or I’ll cook at home –– whichever you prefer. / Either way, I get to spend my
Getting to have sex with you makes me grateful for more than just a steady lay. / It’s a sign that I’ve found someone to slow down for, and I want to show you that in every way. Tonight, I really don’t want to make a baby, so let’s just practice a lot instead. / Let our genitals collide in a way that makes us question the stability of our bed.
Let’s scream and sweat because we can. We’ll show our housemates that their nights aren’t nearly as good. / And then we should watch reruns of Friends until 5 a.m. simply because we could. I love you, baby, more than sex could ever possibly convey. / Just like you always are, please be mine on this Valentine’s Day.
Donny J. is a senior in the College of Engineering. He may be reached at email@example.com. Headshakes and High Fives appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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Mercato Bar and Kitchen: Love at First Taste By JACOB LIFTON Sun Staff Writer
The Italian-inspired Mercato Bar and Kitchen first opened on the Ithaca Commons in late 2010 and has since merged seamlessly into the competitive Ithaca dining scene. Its neighbors on Ithaca’s so-called “Restaurant Row”—Just a Taste, Simeon’s and Mahogany Grill —may form an intimidating lineup, but Mercato more than holds its own amongst its gourmet companions. In fact, this small restaurant, with its creative handling of Italian classics and an unwavering attention to detail, has proven itself a force to be reckoned with. Mercato presents itself as such from the moment you enter, as the restaurant’s detailoriented nature begins and ends with the interior. Colorful specials are neatly printed on a chalkboard above the bar, and Italian nouveau art imbues a timeless dimension to the space. The restaurant’s footprint, though narrow, is lined with happily spacious booths, and small spotlights from above illuminate each table like a stage, readying the customer for an evening of attractive presentations. The building’s clean lines (and floors) orient the customer’s attention to the beautiful Italian cuisine that he or she is about to consume. The restaurant proudly announces that it is both “bar” and “kitchen,” and both facets are equally imaginative. At the bar, unique ingredients make for a cocktail selection that is intriguing and delicious. I opted
to try one of the evening’s specials—nicknamed Blood and Sand—which featured scotch, cherry liqueur, vermouth and blood orange juice in a sweet blend. The wine menu, about which the wait staff seems fairly knowledgeable, is also quite impressive, featuring many reds, whites and sparklers from Italy and the Finger Lakes. The kitchen of Mercato is quite possibly more impressive, boasting mouth-watering prospects and an ingenuity that many Italian restaurants lack. You might not find chicken parmesan here, but rather some twist on an old favorite. And though the entrée selection seems somewhat limited, it is certainly to no fault, as each choice offers a unique appeal. Even with just eight options, I found making my decision to be very difficult. Afterall, when a mushroom-and-goat-cheese cappelletti, gnocchi with oxtail ragu and porkshoulder over creamy polenta share a menu, choosing is bound to be problematic. The menu is seasonal, so although the selection may seem slight, a repeat visit at a later date almost guarantees a new roster. Unfortunately, most options are not vegetarian-or-vegan-friendly, so be sure to inquire about even seemingly “safe” dishes. Before diving into the main course, my party and I warmed up our taste buds with fresh baked bread and a pleasant mortadella mousse crostini from the appetizer menu. The crostini were small, and there were only four, which made a three-way split slightly challenging, but they excellently combined sweet
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with savory and fluff with crunch. Finally, after much deliberating, we ordered the gnocchi with oxtail, the pork shoulder and a black pepper fettuccini that contained a cut of meat I was not even aware of (guanciale is a sumptuous bacon-like meat from the pig’s jaw, and it is simply delicious). The gnocchi was perfectly tender and puffy and was mixed with savory chunks of oxtail; the buttery fettuccine was baked with pepper inside of it, demonstrating the lengths that this restaurant will go for its food. The sweet pork shoulder competed beautifully with the cheesy polenta it lay upon, and the caramelized onions and tomato sauce that had been spooned atop offered complex punches of tang; it was honestly one of the best courses I’ve eaten in a long, long time. Finally, we finished up with a nice chocolate
pot de crème that, while not overwhelmingly good, was a delicious conclusion to our meal. Mercato is a fine establishment with unique food and delectable drinks. The prices are high but not mind-boggling—
my one complaint was that our waitress refilled our waters a bit too frequently. Overall, I found my journey through Mercato’s seemingly endless parade of delights to be a rather sensual experience. Each dish was extremely attractive, with nary a noodle out of place or a pistachio askew. Every smell and taste delighted, and every crack and pop of chewed meat resounded throughout my mouth. The lighting warm and romantic, myself a bit tipsy from the cocktail, I began to feel myself falling for the pork shoulder before me. As the meal progressed I began to whisper it sweet nothings, and it returned the favor with a luscious smack. I think I’m in love, and I’m already looking forward to a second date.
The sweet pork shoulder competed beautifully with the cheesy polenta it lay upon,and the caramelized onions and tomato sauce that had been spooned atop offered complex punches of tang. expect to pay $30 to $50 per person, especially since some of the entrées are smaller and should be paired with appetizers—and the service was very friendly and competent; in fact,
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Sun Kil Moon Benji Caldo Verde
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Calvin Patten Some might be tempted to describe Sun Kil Moon’s (Mark Kozelek, formerly of Red House Painters) latest album Benji as stream-of-conscious — some kind of Twitter-meets-midlife-crisis-meets-folk mash up. But to call Benji stream of conscious is to totally underestimate the thought and purposefulness that goes into making this beautifully sad and poignant album. Instead, these small, intimate details surround the omnipresent wanton death and bring life and a touch of melancholy humor to the proceedings. Kozelek, 49, is dealing with a lot of death and reminders of his own mortality, and on almost every song he sings about it. He spares no bluntness and utilizes no metaphor, simply offering his unadulterated soul for your viewing. Rarely accompanied by anything more than a quiet acoustic guitar, Kozelek’s handsome voice floats, detailing concise stories and colorful details. Benji plays like a diary, and listening feels almost perversely invasive. But Kozelek never blinks, he simply shares. Within the first three songs, we have two seperate family deaths due to an exploding aerosol can and a song about the relatively imminent death of his 75 year old mother. As heavy as these songs play, there is no effort to make them more palatable. The first tale, “Carissa,” is devoted to Kozelek’s second cousin, who died while burning trash in his hometown. Kozelek was not close to her (she was “15 and pregnant” the last time he saw her), but her death reminds him of the tragic randomness of death. So in an
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effort to understand, he sings about going home to Northern Ohio, to “give and get some hugs.” Shockingly, on “Truck Driver,” Kozelek’s retired uncle dies the same way, “in a fire on his birthday,” no less. The entire album plays as quaint, but the subjects are not simple. Rather, they are authentic and unfettered by the outside influences and expectations that would generally make such a dire album off-putting. Kozelek never reaches too far, staying grounded and offering stories that could well be ones own. “Pray for Newtown,” an impassioned plea for others to remember the dead, impressively never loses the scope of his narrative. Instead, he recollects his experience with the various mass killings of his lifetime and shares the pain he felt. It, like many of the songs, is strangely cathartic. In Benji, misery can even be caused by the absence of death. “Jim Wise” is the most dispiriting song on the album, detailing a retired warehouse worker who mercykills his wife of 45 years — the victim of a triple aneurysm — at a hospital and then attempts suicide, only to have the gun jam. Jim is a friend of Kozelek’s dad, and the fatherson pair visit Jim, who is under house arrest. Exemplifying the minute details, Kozelek casually mentions that he and his dad bring food from Panera Bread, and that Jim has a long white beard, listens to The Doors, eats a lot of baked beans and has an old Corvette. The details humanize Jim and make his predicament even more abhorrent. There are a few songs which are not explicitly about
death. “Dogs” details Kozalek’s sexual history with names and places. What starts with his first kiss at five rapidly gets to “Mary-Ann was my first fuck/she slided down my legs and oh-my-god she could suck.” Of course, Mary-Ann would soon leave him for a “guy with a truck,” in the cruel continuation of a cycle in which Kozelek fails to stay with the women he beds. Benji closer “Ben is My Friend” is the closest we get to rock. It finds Kozalek struggling to finish his album and dealing with a “middle-aged thing” while he buys lamp shades and eats blue crab cakes. He then goes to a Postal Service concert to see his friend, band member Ben Gibbard. The concert reminds Kozalek of how old he is and how much younger and more successful Ben is. But, just in time for the end of the album, Kozalek has a change of heart, deciding to get back to the studio. It is not a happy song, but it is a small victory in a sea of loss and disappointment. While this all may sound like the culmination of a midlife crisis, that term fails to describe the discontent. Instead, these are some of the unshakeable doubts and fears that we all carry. The events of the album have a magnificent timelessness, with schoolyard regrets and teenage milestones occupying a plane with recent deaths and professional failures. Instead of a crisis of age, Benji is a crisis of humanity. Calvin Patten is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
COURTESY OF SPEEDY ORTIZ
Real Hair Carpark Records
Michael Sosnick Even though Major Arcana was lauded by critics upon its release last summer, it was not until a few months ago that the alternative music fans finally recognized the genius of Speedy Ortiz’s debut LP. Clearly influenced by the greats of ’90s indie rock, Sadie Dupuis’s guitar-driven project alternates effortlessly between delightfully wonky verses and brash riffs. Speedy Ortiz’s latest effort, Real Hair, stays very close to its roots as the four track, 13-minute EP further solidifies the Northampton, MA-based group’s increasingly distinctive sonic niche. While Real Hair is unmistakably a Speedy Ortiz record, it’s a little hard to put a finger on what exactly that entails. On “Oxygal,” the band’s guitars create a mopey brush of flat and sharp quarter notes. Although they do the same on the intro of “American Horror,” they then launch into a harder, Dinosaur Jr.-style rage. Each note is an exercise in calculated sloppiness, with fuzz seeping into every knotty nook and cranny. Dupuis’s vocal work doesn’t merely keep up with these shifts; rather, she drives them. She talk-sings directly and frankly over the jangly, winding verses but can bare her teeth and wail over the equally gnarly distortionsoaked choruses. Even within these macro distinctions,
Speedy Ortiz tinkers with various shades of dark musical tropes. “Shine Theory,” the EP’s final track, is austere and bleak, while the opener is bitter and angry. Although to the uninitiated this may seem like just a hand-picked salad of ’90s indie elements, the result is much grander than the sum of its parts. Sure, any ’90s college band could have fiddled with all these components, but Speedy Ortiz fuses them into a readily adaptable emotional curve that is their own. As sonically packed as Real Hair is, its lyrics challenge the arrangement in density. Very little of the album’s runtime goes unoccupied by lyrics, and for good reason: Sadie Dupuis loves playing with words, and as a current poetry MFA candidate, she certainly has a right to. While other such wordy groups tend to end up with laughably opaque narratives (see: R.E.M.), Speedy Ortiz’s circular lyrics portray sadness with unprecedented degrees of both clarity and playfulness. Dupuis sets such hypercritical lenses on the world as describing “the pretty waiter from the restaurant” as “a cartoon of every trope the trophy world’s designed to want.” At its root, though, Real Hair is a chronicle of failed relationships, and Dupuis approaches this with a refreshing, honest brand of self-awareness. Describing
her propensity to push people away, she sings, “‘Cause my heart looks in on itself and any friend’s a stagehand at best to help along the play.” She makes this level of introspection possible by treating her songs like metaphor-filled heart-to-hearts with the audience. While her sincerity is real, she tosses in allusions to unknown anecdotes and inside jokes that blur the narratives. The plots of her storytelling may be lost, but the emotion behind them comes through loud and clear. The tangly musicianship and literary lyrics make Real Hair a very mental exercise, much like Major Arcana. Real Hair is definitely more of the same, but is that a bad thing? On one hand, Major Arcana was an incredible album. But moreover, these four tracks are a welcome addition to Speedy Ortiz’s idiosyncratic discography. Their diverse lyrics and varied song structure make each track a new adventure, even if new ground isn’t explicitly broken. Real Hair is whetting our appetite for Speedy Ortiz’s trajectory. This path is certainly exciting, but we’ll have to wait for the band’s next LP to see if it’s actually sustainable. Michael Sosnick is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Modern Baseball You’re Gonna Miss It All Run For Cover Records
James Rainis Months ago, the hipster intelligentsia sporadically decided that music made by (predominantly) white dudes complaining about their feelings over distorted guitars was worth talking about again. It’s admittedly a bit of a misnomer. After all, what most people envision as “emo” is cans of hair dye and a trip to Hot Topic away from the scrappy, tuneful, emotional punk of Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate. However, this so-called revival makes a lot of sense, given that our generation’s unfiltered excavation of our feelings is our favorite sport. If you’re going to talk about your romantic shortcomings on your Twitter account, you might as well put those same thoughts to a two-and-ahalf minute punk song. Drexel University quartet Modern Baseball are the product of Philadelphia’s increasingly fertile punk scene (Waxahatchee, Swearin’ and The Menzingers all have ties to Philly’s DIY circuit), and debut Sports featured enough loser sentiment and jittery energy to earn the emo revival tag. On their sophomore effort You’re Gonna Miss It All, they do justice to their formidable predecessors with a collection of compact songs about girls, trying not to do anything too embarrassing and accidentally doing the aforementioned embarrassing things around girls. Singer Brenden Lukens plays the self-defeating, neurotic nerd from the opening acoustic
strum of “Fine, Great”: “I hate worrying about my future, cause all my current problems are based around the past.” From then on, it’s a sugar rush of mistake-ridden narratives. The band clearly worship at the altar of Weezer’s Blue Album. As proof, look no further than “Broken Cash Machine,” whose guitar shines through the furious downstrokes like sunlight in an Ithaca winter, or the assured chug and “whoa-oh-oh”’s of “Charlie Black,” or the sunny breakdown harmonies of penultimate track “Two Good Things.” While the melodies are sticky, the sentiment is anything but sweet. Modern Baseball songs possess a wicked humor that plays to Lukens adenoidal voice and acidic, self-deprecating tongue. On the energetic start-stop of “Apartment,” Lukens over-shares, admitting to checking a girl out excessively, failing to muster courage to say anything and leaving afraid that he had come off annoying while they were playing a board game. He does put-downs well, too: “Sharp as a tack / but in the sense that you’re not smart, just a prick” he accuses on “The Old Gospel Choir,” before turning the same insult on himself. Modern Baseball, being the college-educated young men they are, have learned to diversify: they don’t solely rely on the downer punk gimmick for the entirety of You’re Gonna Miss It All.
“Rock Bottom” is borderline romantic, with Lukens telling a girl that “there’s no reason I should leave your bed tomorrow / We can watch Planet Earth and brainstorm tattoos.” There’s also the atmospherics and acoustic balladry of “Timmy Bowers.” Hell, the band even flexes a little cowpunk muscle on “Going to Bed Now.” The emo-tag begins to seem even more inappropriate; I don’t remember Taking Back Sunday, for all their charms, being this versatile. Had all this chatter not existed about this emo revival (do we really want more Seventeen features trying to explain the trend with that journalistic integrity we’ve come to expect from them?), I would have just thought Modern Baseball were a personally distraught yet charming guitar rock band along the lines of Superchunk or Titus Andronicus. On You’re Gonna Miss It All, Modern Baseball serve something more varied, self-aware and a helluva lot more funny than anything I’d traditionally construe as emo. They’re going to be fighting that tag for a while, but at least it’ll mean that we might get to hear Lukens and Modern Baseball crack wise about it in song. James Rainis is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The Curious Case of Shia LaBeouf
o me and perhaps many reading this, Shia LaBeouf has always been known as the shrill teenage lead in the classic Disney Channel series Even Stevens. To my 17-year-old cousins, LaBeouf has always been known as the bumbling lead opposite Megan Fox and robots with giant metal scrotums in the Transformers films. For any actor looking to be taken seriously in Hollywood, that’s not necessarily the best track record to have, and nobody seems to understand this better than Shia himself. Over the past two years, LaBeouf has been trying his damndest to reinvent himself as an artist and for someone, anyone, to notice said reinvention. Just now, after a series of bizarre stunts, people are starting to take notice. But the best is yet to come. It all started in the summer of 2012, when LaBeouf went fully nude in the video for Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros’ “Fjögur Píanó,” sporting the characteristic disheveled long hair and heavy scruff of a young male actor in full-on rebellion mode. But because fans of Sigur Ros and Transformers have about as much crossover as you’d expect, not much fanfare was made of seeing Shia in the Beouf. But Shia would not be so easily reBeoufed. The next year, he brought his ragged new look to theaters with Charlie Countryman, a veritable Beoufet of Shia-driven debauchery that promptly earned less than $10,000 at the box office. Apparently the only people who saw the film were the critics who panned it.
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Which brings us to December of 2013, when, with the air of a first-year philosophy major quoting Kant, LaBeouf unveiled his directorial debut in the short film HowardCantour.com on the website Short of the Week. Jim Gaffigan starred as the titular character, depicting online movie critics as presumptuous and snide, a point that would have been more salient if parts of its script were not taken wholesale from a short comic by Ghost World writer Daniel Clowes. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Clowes claimed he was shocked when he saw the short, as he had never spoken to LaBeouf about it, who had been vocal about his appreciation for Clowes’ work in the past. Hours after the Buzzfeed article was published, LaBeouf took to Twitter to admit that he had used Clowes’ comic as inspiration and apologized for his plagiarism, later summing up his series of tweets with three simple words: “I
Paul Blank Check Your Mode fucked up.” Here’s where things get interesting. Looking over Shia’s tweet-pology, Buzzfeed’s Jordan Zakarim noticed that the wording struck an eerie resemblance to a four-year-old post on Yahoo! Answers of all places. “Why did Picasso say, ‘good artists copy but great artists steal’?” a user named Jessie asks, to which a user named
Lili replies, “Merely copying isn’t particularly creative work though it’s useful as training and practice. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may revolutionize the ‘stolen’ concept.” “Copying isn’t particularly creative work,” Shia wrote in his first apologetic tweet. “Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.” Almost identical wording, same emphasis. It would appear that, in apologizing for plagiarizing a piece of work, Shia plagiarized once again. A few things could have been at work in this strange turn of events. First, Shia could have been Lili those four years ago, reminded of the guidance he provided out of the goodness of his heart to a fellow artist in need. Another possibility is that Shia’s just the kind of mindless dolt who would search “Picasso artists steal” in Google and Ctrl+C the first link that came up. However, I think that something special is afoot here. I think that LaBeouf ’s second plagiarism was intentional, and not in that he shamelessly stole Lila’s response. Instead, I think that LaBeouf ’s so smug that he saw the deserved backlash against HowardCantour.com not as an occasion to hang his head in shame, but an opportunity to comment on the nature of creative expression. He doubled down and further plagiarized to pull a second one over on the critics who espoused so much vitriol. “Not only are these leeches unprofessional,” he tried to say. “They’re unprofessional and fussy!” His subsequent tweets seem to reflect this. A few weeks later, LaBeouf dramatically announced a Bieber-style retirement from “public life,” and, in
response to a joke Jim Carrey made at his expense at the Golden Globes, he replied (his caps, not mine), “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.” To which the public at large responded, “Hasn’t this guy not been in a remotely relevant film in three years?” LaBeouf ’s actions wouldn’t seem all that weird if they were done by more traditional tabloid fodder like Kanye. But what makes this situation fascinating is that LaBeouf appears so committed to being taken seriously that he’s pulling off ridiculous stunts with no credible body of work to justify them. In a way, it’s the anti-Kanye — using bone-headed sensationalism to somehow earn artistic cred, and it’s beguiling in the saddest way. But this may only be the beginning, as reports have indicated that Shia’s try-hard method acting for his role in the upcoming World War II film Fury has led him to ignore showering for weeks, to the point where his co-stars Brad Pitt and Jason Isaacs have requested that he stay in a totally separate hotel during shooting. LaBeouf landed a significant role in Lars von Trier’s fourhour sex addiction drama Nymphomaniac, and, based on press clips in which he sports a British accent that isn’t so much half-assed as it is a sixth of a cheek, the best is yet to come. 2014 may prove to be LaBeouf ’s year, at least earning him recognition for all the wrong reasons. For his own sake, I hope that Shia keeps his promise to stop being famous anymore.
Paul Blank is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check Your Mode appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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Huss says individual success is secondary EQUESTRIAN
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point matters, so for both the short and long term, the team is developing and fostering a talent that will be unrivaled each and every show.” Though the team spends hours laying the groundwork inside the ring, going the extra mile outside the ring can give equestrians the edge, according to de Rham. “For this show, the brunt of the preparation is not in the saddle,” she said. When it comes to preparation, though, the Red has had no shortage of dedication. “Our team is so committed and willing to put in extra work,” de Rham said. “I think everyone is strong right now.” The riders are not the only ones getting their heads in the game. “[Maddie Breen and Mary Beth Hannon], the two girls who run the ‘Adopt-A-Horse’ program that organizes our home show, have really spearheaded a great team effort to help get all the horses we use fit and ready to compete,” de Rham said. As the Red prepares for the upcoming weekend, the riders understand that it takes a team effort to run a successful show. “I think everyone on this team is really great about focusing hard on what they need to improve individually, which makes us stronger as a whole,” de Rham said. “Being accountable for oneself and taking initiative throughout the weeks leading up to the show is really important as well, and I think our team is doing a great job.” Though some of the riders are sitting out this show, the team’s success depends just as much on those outside the ring as those in it. “To prepare for the home show, we all have to chip in on
the work,” said sophomore Susan Rhodes. “As a team, we all want our riders to place really well and win the show as a team. … We always think positively and develop a winning attitude.” Steinberger echoed her sentiments, adding that, “it’s really important that the team comes together.” For Huss, individual success is always secondary. “My individual success comes second to the team’s,” she said. “We have all been working incredibly hard. … There is something truly special about this team that sets us apart from everyone else, and it shows each time one of our riders steps into that ring to compete.” Prepared physically and mentally, the riders plan to bring their best to the event. In the regional horse show, the team will compete against others in the region to earn points to qualify for Zone finals, and individuals will compete to earn points to qualify for Regional Finals. From there, riders can advance to Nationals. “Right now, our goal is to win the last two regional horse shows of the season, be the cumulative high point team for our region and advance to Zone finals as a team,” de Rham said. “We would also like a large number of individual riders to advance to Regional Finals.” For now, the team looks forward to the chance to show what it can do this weekend. “Our goal for this show would be to not only win, but to demonstrate … all of our hard work and dedication that we have put into the team and our horses,” Huss said. “The team has been working incredibly hard in and out of practice to ensure that we are at the top of our game for this upcoming weekend.” Anna Johnson can be reached at email@example.com.
Wines Places Third in Epee, Named to All-Ivy First Team FENCING
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the spot, taking the Bulldogs down, 1611. Yale stole the win in saber, but the Red rebounded in its decisive 8-1 triumph in foil. Wines stepped up for epee, once again, to help the Red snatch another narrow victory at 5-4. Junior Olivia Weller also contributed to the win, going 2-1. Wines placed third overall in epee and was named first-team All-Ivy, marking just the third time in Cornell history that a fencer has received this honor. “I am very proud of the fight we showed against top athletes as
well as Vicky Wines, who made the first team on women’s epee — a huge honor,” Whitney said. According to Gangemi, the Red also views Wines’ accomplishment as motivation to show a strong performance at Regionals. “I’m incredibly proud of my teammate, Vicki Wines, for making first team All-Ivy. That’s a huge accomplishment and is inspiration to qualify for NCAAs at Regionals coming up,” she said. Wines showed a stellar performance this weekend, but the Red’s overall standing definitely reflects a larger group effort,
according to Weller. “There were a couple of bouts throughout the weekend that I was really proud of the girls for winning. Kristen Holl, a junior on saber, had a great win against Yale. … And Yolanda Li, a junior and squad captain for the epee team, also had a great win against Columbia,” she said. Weller said the team’s hard work was evident this weekend. “It was great to see a year’s worth of preparation pay off at our toughest tournament of the season,” she said. Sydney Altschuler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pinning it down | Senior Mike Nevinger, fondly nicknamed Woodchuck by his teammates, reflects on his senior season as well as how he can give back to his team.
Sun staff writer John Zakour sat down with senior Mike Nevinger to talk about wrestling as an All-American, his camo truck and how he balances being an engineer and a varsity athlete. 1) Do you have any pregame rituals? Any music you have to listen to? Not really. I just listen to anything. Does it pump you up? Just keep me calm. So the opposite, really. I like to not think about my match so much until right before. I know what I’m going to do, so I don’t need to think about it and get nervous. 2) It said in your bio that you are an engineer. Yep. What kind of engineer? Mechanical Engineer. Do you ever think of the shear stress you’re causing in a match? No [laughs], I like to keep school and wrestling separate. So all the engineers I know complain how they don’t have any time. How are you able to be an All-American and an engineer? It’s tough. Definitely busy. I don’t have too much free time. I just view my wrestling as a mental break from school and my school as a physical break from wrestling. I try to view it as a break instead of work. 3) You’re a senior. Looking for jobs? I don’t have anything lined up yet. I have a few opportunities. I think I’d like to stick around here and help coach the team and a couple [of ] club guys. Try to give back what I can and help the team next year. Especially with the team we have this year. Trying to help them as
much as I can [to] win the national title. That’s always the goal here, right? To win the national title? Yeah. Still waiting. We’re looking pretty good this year. We’re very young, so it’s pretty exciting.
for my brother to start competing before I would do it. I can’t imagine six year olds wrestling. Youth wrestling is just something for kids to do. I wasn’t really that serious about it until seventh grade.
4) Do you have a nickname? I do. It’s Woodchuck. Woodchuck. How did you earn that nickname? I’m not really sure. I’ve heard two theories I guess. One is just [that] I look like a woodchuck. The other one, which I prefer to think, [is that] one of my good friends who was a senior always used to make fires out back. I would always be the one down in the woods, throwing it on. Any favorite memories off of the mat? It’s tough. A lot of my great memories have been through wrestling. All the road trips are a great time. Nothing in particular, but we have a lot of fun outside wrestling. We’re a really close team.
7) So what has wrestling meant to you throughout your life? It’s pretty much everything. It’s been my top priority ever since seventh grade. It’s made me who I am and gotten me to where I am. It’s definitely what got me to Cornell. It’s given me a lot of gifts in life. I’d like to give back to the sport. Giving back seems big to you. Yeah. I just think the coaches here have helped me out so much. The teammates too. And I would just like to, when I’m done and not worried about my career anymore, help those guys reach their goals. Do you have a favorite moment from wrestling? Not to influence you, but I was watching the match you had against Nick Dardanes. That was pretty cool. Actually my two highlights are both against him. The one you’re talking about, here, is one of my favorites. I wouldn’t say it wasn’t a good match by me. I started very slow. I would say I was getting dominated all the way to the third period. And then I came back and won. We were down 9-0 before that. That was big to get a win there; the crowd was going nuts. That was an amazing, amazing feeling. In that same year, [in] the match to get All-American at Nationals, I beat him pretty good. First time All-American is pretty special.
5) Wrestling is an individual sport, but you guys sounds really close. How does that happen? I think it happens because wrestling is such a grueling sport. There’re so many ups and downs. Obviously everyone has his bad days and good days. You need to rely on each other and help each other to get through the season. It is a long season, and like I said, so grueling that you need that team backing you and supporting you along the way. 6) When did you start wrestling competitively? I started wrestling when I was four or five, but I didn’t start doing tournaments until I was six, I think. I was too scared to wrestle in a tournament. I had to wait
8) You’ve been All-American twice now. What does that mean to you? I don’t know. I’ve thought about it, but I’ve always had the goal of being [a]
national champ. Obviously, being [a] two-time All-American is awesome. For a lot of people, that’s the goal. … I mean, not many people can say they’re a two time All-American and I’m very happy to be one. I won’t be completely satisfied with my wrestling career until I go out with a National Championship. I’m really pleased to be [a] two time AllAmerican. But I still have some unfinished business. 9) I noticed your camouflage truck. Is there a story behind that? I’m pretty into hunting and fishing. Outdoor activities. The main reason it’s camo is [because] it’s basically three trucks put into one. They’re old farm trucks. They all got in accidents and we had to piece [it] together. The hood was dark blue, the door was a different color [and] the rest of it was black. I just couldn’t stand the mismatches, so I painted it. Were you a farm boy? I’m from a very rural area. My great grandfather used to be a farmer, but my family doesn't own a farm or anything. In the county I live in, there [are] more cows than people. 10) I noticed the tattoo [The script C on the inside of his bicep]? Is there a story behind it? Obviously you’re never forced to get it. A lot of guys on the team get [one] after becoming upperclassmen, or after getting All-American. It’s a team thing. The same tattoo? No, everyone has their own twist. It’s just got to be a Cornell C. John Zakour can be reached at email@example.com.
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Red Prepares to Host Cornell Show; Coming Out Hopes for Victory on Home Turf In the NFL W By ANNA JOHNSON
The horses are not the only ones chomping at the bit this week as the Cornell equestrian team prepares for the first home show of the season. This Sunday, Feb. 16, the Red hosts the Cornell Show on its own turf, and the riders as well as the horses will enjoy home-field advantage. Last year, the team rode to victory by winning almost every single class. This year, the Red leads its region by approximately 23 points, and hopes for a repeat performance. “Typically we do pretty well at our home show because we have ‘home team’ advantage and know our horses well,” said junior cocaptain Georgiana de Rham. The home show also comes with the price of extra preparation. “The night before the show, we spend six hours setting everything up in the barn. At the show … we don’t sit down from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a lot of time and energy and organization for us,” said junior co-captain Sofia Steinberger. “We’re at a little bit of an advantage.” While the Red enjoyed success on its home turf last
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Hurdling onwards | Junior co-captain Georgia de Rahm, along with the rest of the Equestrian team, has been practicing hard and organizing for Cornell’s first home show of the season.
year, fall semester’s narrow loss gave the team extra motivation to claim its victory this coming weekend. After weeks of grueling 6 a.m. practices in subzero temperatures, the team is prepared to do what it takes. “Our commitment and work ethic has been tested by our 6 a.m. practices in frigid weather,” said freshman Chelsea Huss. “I think that the perseverance has been proven by the results of all of our shows, as the team is currently leading the region.”
Practice makes perfect, and the Red has been finetuning its performance, streamlining flow and minimizing the chance of any slipups that could jeopardize a victory. “In practice, it’s a lot of keeping ourselves accountable and making sure our basics are ready. … Everyone is really supportive of each other,” Steinberger said. “We don’t want to not win because we made a mistake. We make sure we have everything prepared.”
In equestrian especially, winning is in the details. “The team approaches each practice with an open mind and resolve to not only correct mistakes in each rider, but the horses as well,” Huss said. “Consistency is one of the most important factors that the team focuses on during each and every competition. Every rider and every point matters, so for both the short and long term, the team is developing and fostering a See EQUESTRIAN page 13
Red Places Fifth at Ivy Championships
Squad defeats Yale,Brown,but falls to Columbia,Harvard,Penn, Princeton By SYDNEY ALTSCHULER Sun Staff Writer
This weekend, Cornell’s fencing team competed in the Ivy League National Championships in Providence, R.I. The Red went 2-4, defending its No. 5 spot
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Slicing Ivy | For the second year in a row, the Red defends its fifth place standing
among the Ivies for the second year in a row. The squad picked up two wins against Yale and Brown, but fell to Columbia, Harvard, Penn and reigning champion Princeton. The round-robins spanned two days as the Red took on No. 1 Princeton, No. 5 Columbia and No. 7 Penn on day one and No. 3 Harvard, Brown and Yale on day two. The Red struggled on opening day, enduring three tough losses to three of the Top-10 teams in the nation. The match against Penn, however, almost went in Cornell’s favor. According to senior April Whitney, the squad believes it has the ability to edge out Penn, and move up a spot in the rankings. “I think next year we have the potential to come a place higher by defeating Penn, since this year it was a very close match,” she said. The narrative on the weekend became a story of true resilience. Cornell came back on day two determined to get on the board. In the first match of the day, the Red was tenacious in its pursuit to beat Brown, and ultimately bested the Ivy foe, 14-13. The epee squad broke the tie, defeat-
ing the Bears, 5-4, to tip the scales in the Red’s favor. Freshman Victoria Wines was the driving force behind the epee’s victory, completing a perfect sweep of all her bouts in a 5-4 Cornell triumph. According to Wines, the Red stood collectively strong in a high-pressure atmosphere. “I thought we [the team] handled ourselves well against the tough competition,” she said. “I hope that we can continue improving and do even better next year.” Sophomore Angelica Gangemi and Whitney were both instrumental in Cornell’s 8-1 foil decision, each going 30 in their respective bouts. Senior Christine McIntosh also came through with a 2-1 finish. However, despite gaining some positive momentum, the squad stumbled in the middle match against Harvard and lost, 21-6. The Red had to pick up another win to match its results from last year and defend its fifth place ranking in the conference. Fortunately, Cornell pulled through in the final match against Yale to secure See FENCING page 13
hen NFL draft prospect and SEC co-defensive player of the year Michael Sam came out as gay to the New York Times, he created quite a stir. Shattering any preconceived stereotypes, Sam played defensive end for the Tigers of Missouri and was a unanimous All-American selection. He was a high motor and hard hitting player. He was always a leader for the men at Missouri, and his teammates loved playing with him. Sam played in the trenches of the defensive line in the best defensive conference in America, the SEC, for a team that almost went to the BCS title game. When Sam publicly came out and told the world he was a gay man, his teammates gave him universal support. Some of his closest friends on the team said they had known for all four years and had kept it a secret to respect his wishes. Sam came out to the team before his senior year, his best season. Besides this being a tremendous endorsement of coach Gary Pinkel's abilities, it shows that an adrenaline filled locker room can play and excel with not just an openly gay player, but also an openly gay leader. Why can’t professional athletes, who rou-
John Zakour Point Blank tinely describe their teams as families and their teammates as brothers in arms, be accepting as well? How is it that pro football players can play through unimaginable pain and stress, but would not be able to play along side a gay teammate? However, it is not the players I worry the most about. While Sam's announcement was met with support from past and possibly future teammates, it was also met with comments, as usual, that the NFL is not ready for an openly gay player. Most of the complaints that the NFL is not ready are actually coming from executives and anonymous scouts around the league. According to Sports Illustrated, who surveyed each NFL personnel member, Sam hurt his draft stock. CBS Sports dropped Sam 70 spots in its draft rankings (I’d love to see the methodology behind that. It is worth noting that that is about how much Da’Quan Bowers’ stock was hurt when he had to deal with extensive medical problems. So being openly gay in the NFL is roughly equivalent to having major knee surgery). I say screw that. If we keep waiting for the magic moment when 100 percent of the pro sports workforce and management is OK with openly gay players, we will be waiting forever. The reality of it is some people will always be intolerant, and they should be forced to keep up with the times, not the other way around. The NFL, America's favorite pastime and biggest pro sport, should not have to cater to bigots and the narrow-minded. The concept of “readiness” is bull anyways. If you are only going to define “readiness” as no one has a problem with it, no one would ever be ready for anything but the status quo. To read the rest of this column, please visit cornellsun.com.