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Ivy Students Call On Universities ToWaive App Fee By NICHOLAS BOGEL-BURROUGHS Sun Staff Writer

Stand for solidarity | People from across the nation gather despite cold, snow and rain to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Standing Rock Nation Chair to Speak

Chairman Archambault’s views on this issue will provide valuable insight to the Cornell community, according to Jevan Hutson ’16 MPS ’17, co-chair of the In the wake of the controversy with the Indigenous Graduate Student Dakota Access Pipeline, Chairman of the Association. Standing Rock Sioux Nation, David “He’s an inspirational leader and a Archambault II, will speak to the Cornell tremendous advocate not only for his own community on Thursday. people, but also for environmental welfare “This is an opportunity for Cornell, for and the welfare of other indigenous peothe entire community, to learn directly ples and non-indigenous peoples alike,” from Chairman Archambault, who has Hutson said. been providing leadership at these peaceful “Regardless of your political views, you protests on their traditional territories,” would do well to hear from Chairman ARCHAMBAULT said Kyrie Ransom ’18, co-chair of Native Archambault,” he added. American Students at Cornell. Hutson also emphasized that students should recognize The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline reappeared in the news when, on Feb. 8, the U.S. Army Corps of how Cornell is connected to these atrocities which are playEngineers issued an easement that would allow the construc- ing out in the country today. “We must not forget that this is one pipeline among tion of a 30-inch diameter, light crude oil pipeline under the federal lands managed by the army corps according to See PIPELINE page 13 Ransom.

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Accused Walmart Killer Facing Prior Charges By NICHOLAS BOGEL-BURROUGHS Sun Staff Writer

The Ithaca man accused of fatally shooting and driving over a UPS driver in the Ithaca Walmart parking lot is also facing misdemeanor charges in Lansing Town Court for allegedly punching and choking a store clerk months before the Walmart incident, court documents show. Justin Barkley, 38, arrived in Tompkins County Supreme Court on Wednesday morning to argue against his mother’s request for guardianship. Linda Edwards, Barkley’s mother, filed a petition with the court in January requesting custody of her son and the ability to make legal decisions for him, The Sun previously reported. Barkley is “totally unable to speak realistically, accurately or coherently about the situation which he faces,” his mother said

in the petition, noting that he had been ruled incompetent to stand the murder trial by two psychiatrists. In addition to requesting the ability to make legal decisions for her son, Edwards also asked for the power to make medical decisions for Barkley and manage his financial assets.

Barkley is facing two felonies — murder in the second degree and menacing a police officer or peace officer — for allegedly shooting William Schumacher, 52, of Candor, in the See BARKLEY page 4


Custody | Barkley, 38, is opposing his mother’s request for custody and is also facing previously unreported charges stemming from an August incident in Lansing.

Student representatives of 11 colleges — including Cornell and the seven other Ivy League schools — called on their universities Wednesday to automatically waive application fees for first-generation and low-income applicants. Leaders of student governing bodies from all Ivy League schools, as well as Northwestern University, Stanford University and the University of Chicago, endorsed the “No Apologies Initiative” led by Viet Nguyen, president of the Brown Undergraduate Council of Students. The initiative urges schools to begin waiving the fees next year. Nguyen, in the three-page initiative, wrote of the “humiliating” process of emailing colleges at the last minute explaining that he could not pay the application fee because of the many other fees associated with applications, including submitting test scores and Advanced Placement credit. “My emails were filled with apologies,” Nguyen wrote. “I was apologizing for the inconvenience I was causing. I was apologizing for how embarrassed I felt. I was apologizing for being poor.” All of the colleges ultimately waived the fees, Nguyen said, but he said the process was “convoluted” and “unnec“People often essary.” “The guilt and shame praise our alone almost stopped me from university ... going to college,” he said. for doing all Cornell requires first-year and transfer applicants to pay these ‘amazing’ an $80 application fee but also things for offers several ways for prospective students to have the people of all fee waived. Cornell applicants backgrounds. can submit a fee waiver reBut they’re quest using any of several different forms or by submitting nowhere near a letter from a guidance counacceptable as selor or social service representative stating the fee would far as cause financial hardship. accessibility.” Student Assembly President Jordan Berger ’17 said Matt Indimine ’17 she signed the initiative because she wants to ease the burden for students who are already spending time and effort to submit applications to prestigious universities. “It’s really important because of the ‘any person [...] any study’ mission of Cornell that we shouldn’t have any barrier to applying,” Berger told The Sun. “A student shouldn’t feel held back because of their socioeconomic status.” S.A. Executive Vice President Matthew Indimine ’18 said he discussed the initiative with Nguyen earlier in February when the two roomed together at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogotá, Colombia. “People often praise our university and our peer universities — all the Ivies — for doing these ‘amazing’ things for people of all backgrounds,” Indimine said. “But they’re nowhere near acceptable as far as accessibility.” Indimine has been working with Paola Muñoz ’17, president of the Cornell First Generation Student Union, See FEES page 4

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Thursday, February 16, 2017


Nonprofit and Government Career Fair 1 -5 p.m., Statler Hotel, Ballroom Student Assembly Meeting 4: 45 - 6:30 p.m., Willard Straight Hll, Memorial Room Kripalu Yoga 5 - 6:15 p.m., Willard Straight Hall, Garden Room The Empathetic World: Cold War Comunications Theory and Literature Across the Pacific 4:30 - 6 p.m., A.D. White House, Guerlac room The Pensive Primate: Keynote Presentation, Dr. Ian Tattersall 6 p.m., Goldwin Smith Hall


Student Assembly | Student Assembly meets Thusday to discuss new resolutions, including one to recommend uniformity in faculty laptop policies.

Today Cornell Behind Bars 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Boyce Thompson Institute Auditorim Black History Month Discussion With Prof. Baptist Noon - 1 p.m., Center for Intercultural Dialogue, Multipurpose Room

Midday Music at Lincoln 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., B20 Lincoln Hall

Teach-in on Islam, The Middle East and America 10 a.m. - Noon, Klarman Hall Atrium Reprodution in Spotted Hyenas 6 - 7 p.m., Cornell Vet School

Standing Rock: The Violation of Indigenous People(s) Rights 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., 146 Stocking Hall

Fuertes Observatory Public Open Hour 8 p.m. - Midnight, Fuertes Observatory

Printing the Qur’an in the 16th Century 4:30 p.m., 2B48 Kroch Library

Darwin’s Trivia Challange 7 p.m., Rhine House

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Employee Assembly Votes to Support DACA Students

Unanimously passes resolution affirming the safety of undocumented students at Cornell By DAVID BROTZ Sun Staff Writer

The Cornell Employee Assembly unanimously voted to pass a resolution to declare its support for undocumented students under the Deferred Action of Children Arrivals program. More than 2,000 Cornell students, faculty, staff and alumni have supported the original petition in November and similar petitions are circulating at over 100 other colleges and universities, according to the resolution. The resolution comes at a time when, following the presidential election,according to multiple news sources, the nation has seen an increase in the frequency of discriminatory actions against people of color, queer people, immigrants, Muslims and other historically marginalized people. Before approving the amendment, the Assembly changed the name of the resolution and added content from statements by Interim President Hunter Rawlings. The Assembly additionally discussed parking and transportation at Cornell, emphasizing that the two should be addressed “as a single unit,” said Jeremy Kruser, executive vice chair of the E.A. “My personal belief is that part of the problems that we are running into is trying to separate those into two individual things without enough connection between them,” said Kruser.


Deep in discussion | Members of the Employee Assembly deliberate over transportation issues. At the meeting the representatives also discussed the worries faced by undocumented students.

Kruser cited difficulties with using TCAT as one of the primary reasons why the issues should be tackled together. “TCAT buses are often not showing up when they’re supposed to, the information is often not updated, there are routes disappearing, and the other side of that is that we’re hearing from TCAT that they are underfunded,”

Kruser said. “We require reliable transportation across campus,” Kruser added. “As parking gets pushed farther to the edges of campus, and spots harder to come by, we require reliable transportation across campus.” David Brotz can be reached at

Prof Explores Intersection of Climate Change and Social Justice By JULIETTE OVADIA Sun Staff Writer

Prof. Gerald Torres, law, discussed the ramifications of climate disruption and its effect on children, vulnerable communities and indigenous people in a lecture Monday. “[Climate disruption] speaks to your role not just as budding scientists,” Torres said. “Not just as people who may be concerned about the environment, who may or may not be concerned about justice or injustice, but it speaks to your role as citizens.” Torres sees an intersection between climate justice and issues of race, fairness, and the fundamental question of political activism — what a citizen can rightly demand of his or her government. From his experience as counsel to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ’60, Torres described that while race plays a substantial role in the dis-

be satisfied first,” he said. Yet Torres ultimately frames climate justice as a question of governmental obligation, asking what the state owes its citizens and in whose interests it should act. He cited three examples in considering questions of fair“By failing to act on climate ness in environmental protection: indigenous peoples in the disruption, [the federal government] United States, climate refugees and the Our Children’s Trust is trading away our future.” cases. Prof. Gerald Torres “Tribal governments ought to have a say ... in the creation of policies that are going to tice in economic terms. A basic stan- have an effect on their resources,” dard of living is necessary for citizens to Torres said, referencing a lawsuit muster the political currency to brought on behalf of Alaskan natives demand environmental protections, forced to evacuate their island due to rising sea levels. according to Torres. Torres referred to people such as the “Environmental quality is a good; it’s a good like any other good, and in Alaskan natives as “climate refugees.” order to demand environmental quality, He argued that the “legal system has to the basic needs [of citizens] … have to take into account [climate refugees] in tribution of environmental burdens, the most susceptible communities to environmental hazards are largely lowincome “communities in transition.” Torres said he views the relationship between social and environmental jus-

CIPA Hosts Immigration Policy Discussion By HNIN WAI LWIN Sun Staff Writer

Cornell Institute for Public Affairs hosted a panel discussion on President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, with the goal of responding to concerns of international students. Raza Rumi, CIPA visiting lecturer and Pakistani author who fled to the US following a failed assassination attempt, said that the formation of the travel ban is “a symptom of a larger malaise known as Islamophobia, which has been brewing in the U.S. over the past decade.” “It’s demonization of Muslims, specifically Muslims from certain countries,” Rumi added. “If we look at cases of young men and women joining the ISIS or insurgents, most of them are usually in search of an identity or belonging. So, obviously, marginalizing a communi-

ty further will breed fear.” Rumi highlighted the contrast between the number of American deaths resulting from acts of terrorism in the last decade and number of American who have died of gun violence. “There’s lopsided coverage in mainstream media. There’s definitely a shift now but the US will need to partner with these Muslim countries and the ban is making the U.S. lose allies,” Rumi said. The panelists agreed that the reaction of the public to the executive order on immigration was touching. “It’s very promising, the kind of reaction that occurred after the Muslim ban. Attorneys are providing free services, and there’s free counseling services. I would not say that it’s not as gloomy because the reaction from civil society, media and academia has been touching. These are complicated issues and we need to be

working together,” Rumi said. Jonathan Cummings ’18, president of the Cornell Public Affairs Society, explained that the event aimed to “help students understand the current situation and discuss legal rights.” Considering that Cornell’s international student population consists of nearly 5,000 students — about 30 of whom are from the seven countries directly affected by the executive order — Cummings argued for the necessity of the event. “The board got together and we wanted to take action. We wanted to host a public event where there would be an exchange of conversation, especially for international students,” Cummings said. To read the rest of this article, please go to Hnin Wai Lwin can be reached at

the same way that we would take into account consideration of refugees … from other human-caused events.” Torres maintained his sincere belief, grounded in legal argument, that the environment belongs to the people, and therefore the government must act as its steward for future generations. For that reason, Torres insisted that the federal government has an obligation to act to protect that resource. Citing the Our Children’s Trust cases — class action suits that have been brought by children across the United States to demand environmental action by their government — Torres reiterated the inclusive and deeply egalitarian argument that social justice for the environment is a collective responsibility. “By failing to act on climate disruption, [the federal government] is trading away our future,” Torres said. Juliette Ovadia can be reached at

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Barkley Allegedly Choked, Punched Store Clerk Student Reps. BARKLEY

choking a store clerk at the Triphammer Marketplace on Aug. 26, according to court documents that have not been prechest with a rifle outside of Walmart on viously reported. Dec. 8. The alleged assault occurred a little In a handwritten letter sent by Barkley more than three months before to the court, he requested a jury trial in Schumacher was killed, after which the custody case and asked that the judge Barkley drove away from police and holed appoint an attorney to defend him. up in his house with a rifle, commencing “I do not want the counsel to have an hours-long standoff with police before permission to inspect my medical, psy- ultimately surrendering. chological or psychiatric records,” A manager at Planted Earth said a man Barkley wrote in the letter. entered the hydroponics and garden supJudge David Guy sealed court pro- ply shop on Aug. 26 claiming he had lost ceedings and case files related to the cus- his wallet and then began punching the tody case after Barkley’s attorney — manager and accusing him of raping his appointed by Mental Hygiene Legal girlfriend, according to a statement given Services — filed a to State Police under motion to exclude the “The man punched me ... penalty of perjury. public and prosecutors “I came out from I don’t know who this from the proceedings, behind the counter to District Attorney man is or why he thinks I help the man find his Matthew Van Houten wallet when he started touched his girlfriend.” yelling at me telling me told The Sun. Judge Guy denied Van not to touch his girlPlanted Earth Store Clerk Houten’s request to friend again,” the manobserve the guardianship ager said in the deposiproceedings, saying the district attorney’s tion. “The man punched me, he grabbed presence might have a “chilling effect” on me, we struggled back and forth falling to Barkley’s ability to freely testify in oppo- the ground where he got me in a choke sition to his mother’s guardianship hold with his arm around my neck.” request, Van Houten said, adding that he After trying to choke the manager, the disagreed with but respected the judge’s man called 911 and spoke with an operadecision. tor before leaving the store and riding Documents from Lansing Town Court away on a white Harley Davidson motorraise new questions about the mental cycle, the manager said in the deposition. health status of Barkley, who claimed in “While we were struggling the man December that he had killed President said something about me tieing up his Donald Trump outside of Walmart and girlfriend and raping her in the store,” who has been ruled incompetent to stand the manager said. “I don’t know who this trial by two psychiatrists. man is or why he thinks I touched his Barkley is facing two misdemeanor girlfriend.” charges — menacing and falsely reportA State Police officer said in a coming a crime — for allegedly punching and plaint that Barkley called 911 claiming Continued from page 1

his girlfriend was being raped and assaulted by the store clerk before screaming “send help” and hanging up. The officer says Barkley’s claims were entirely false. Attorney Mike Perehinec, who is representing Barkley in Lansing Town Court, said the case has not been dismissed but was put on hold after Barkley was charged with the Walmart murder. Asked about the misdemeanor charges and the incident at Planted Earth, District Attorney Van Houten said the Lansing case is “on hold” as Barkley deals with the murder charge, but that prosecutors are aware of the case and have spoken with people involved. “Those people that interacted with him are people that we have on record and we will continue to communicate with them as it becomes necessary,” Van Houten told The Sun. “Everything that [Barkley] has done that we can document is relevant to evaluating his mental health.” Judge John Rowley, who is presiding over the murder case, said in January that prosecutors are doing “a disservice to the public” by maintaining that Barkley is competent despite the two psychiatrists’ evaluations otherwise. “Your evaluation is that he’s competent based on nothing,” Rowley said to a prosecutor in January. Barkley is currently undergoing a more thorough psychiatric evaluation at a secure mental health facility. Van Houten said in January that he was confident Barkley would be found competent to stand trial and said he was comfortable prosecuting the case even if Barkley still believed he had killed Donald Trump. Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs can be reached at

Hoping to Spur ‘Domino Effect’ FEES

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and Nguyen over the last few weeks to strategize around the initiative. Indimine said he hopes the coordination of students at the 11 schools will put pressure on universities to comply with the request. No meetings have yet been scheduled between administrators, S.A. or the First Generation Student Union, but Indimine said he hopes the groups will be able to meet within the coming weeks. If one school responds favorably, Berger said, it could create a domino effect of other institutions automatically waiving their application fees for first generation and low-income students. “All of a sudden you would have students who are incentivized to apply to other schools instead of our school if other schools are adopting these policies,” Berger said. Bowdoin College and Trinity College waived their application fees in 2015 for students who would, if accepted, be the first in their family to attend college, Nguyen said. Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs can be reached at

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he Decadent movement in the late 19th century, which affected both literature and art, was one of excess. It favored aestheticism, devoid of anything with political, spiritual or moral value. Edgar Allen Poe, a notable Decadent writer of the time, thought the only purpose of poetry was to be beautiful to read. It should be separate from truth and feeling — an “elevation of the soul.” The focus of his poem, “The Raven,” is not his dead wife, but rather the musicality of language and the way the vowels and rhyme scheme sound when read aloud. There is no significance behind the

picture? I don’t think there’s something completely wrong in wanting an experience because of a certain aesthetic. Recently, I based my decision to go to MUD Coffee, a trendy brunch spot, solely on what people told me about it — it was a place that had my favorite brunch foods but was still deemed aesthetically “cool.” And the exposed brick walls, mismatched tables and chairs and lowhanging lights didn’t disappoint. But most of the time we don’t question why we go somewhere in the first place. With a growing desire to aestheticize experiences, sometimes we’re lured into


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Although “decadent” would not be the word I would use to explain the way we live now, there is an appreciation of a different kind of aesthetic that has grown more noticeable. The aesthetic I talk about is not a visual or artistic one.


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Make It Public “‘THE FORGOTTEN MAN AND WOMAN will be forgotten no longer.’ I’ll explain tonight, 7:30 pm, Cornell,” tweeted Michael Johns, co-founder of the Tea Party movement and conservative policy analyst. Johns was scheduled to give a public talk, hosted by the Cornell Political Union, at Anabel Taylor Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening to discuss the merits of a Trump administration. However, on Monday, CPU turned the event private after speaking Cornell University Police Department about the intent of campus organizations and certain community members to protest the guest speaker. “I was told the Union could either pay $2000 in security fees to ensure the presence of CUPD officers at the event, cancel it altogether or make it private,” said Troy LeCaire ’17, co-founder of CPU. The public was kept in the dark as CPU refused to disclose further details about the event, which is open only to Union members and certain guests. CPU’s decision to make a once-public event private is an unfortunate one that speaks to a more insidious trend on campus. The inability of an organization to host speakers without incurring serious financial costs and coordinating a police presence is a problem that needs to be addressed. The best conversations are always those that are accessible to all willing participants, and closing Mr. Johns’ event makes it much more difficult for students across campus to partake in such a conversation. Cornell Political Union should do everything in its ability to make sure that, although closed physically, the event is disseminated to as many students as possible, either via a live stream or video recording posted online. The University must work more closely with its student organizations to ensure that this situation never arises again. Discussions, even those relating to controversial topics, should include as much of the community as possible. Cornell should look into providing free or discounted logistical support to organizations facing these difficulties. The fear of protest or the spectre of overwhelming fees should not inhibit open discussion.

name “Lenore” beyond the fact that it rhymes with the repeated word “nevermore.” He wrote “The Philosophy of Composition” to describe poetry as an impersonal process, the largest emphasis being on technical and lyrical composition, so that the final product would be one with the greatest aesthetic value. Decadent artists wanted to experience everything to the utmost degree, to experience all the pleasures that come from beauty. Although “decadent” would not be the word I would use to explain the way we live now, there is an appreciation of a different kind of aesthetic that has grown more noticeable. The aesthetic I talk about is not a visual or artistic one. It is an interest in the aesthetic experience. As I have spent my summers, school breaks and occasional weekends wandering the streets of East Village or strolling through Chelsea thanks to my sister’s job in New York City, I’ve noticed a new desire for a particular aesthetic experience. The idea of the “trendy” place to eat seems to permeate the minds of young people living in the city, especially in the bustling, vibrant borough of Manhattan. The tendency to choose a place that has the most visually appealing food and the most charming ambiance seems to trump all other factors. Take, for example, waiting two hours to get a table at Jack’s Wife Freda. Was the two-hour wait just to eat the sunny side up egg or the green Shakshuka? Or was the two hour wait to instagram a photo of the dishes on the notorious menu? Was the desire to go to Cha Cha Matcha driven by the actual craving for green tea or was it to hold the cup against the bright neon pink “matcha gracias” sign or boldly printed “Cha Cha” wall and post for others to see? Did the brightly dyed rainbow bagels with funfetti cream cheese from The Bagel Store look so appealing and delicious, or was it the hope that they would make a striking

an experience based on appearance alone. What I see as the driving force behind this desire for aesthetic experiences is social media, which ends up removing what real meaning we have attached to the actual experience. There is a danger that comes from losing touch with meaning. Unlike the Decadent artists and writers of the 1800’s, we’re not quite doing these things for ourselves anymore. We aren’t indulging in the aesthetic in order to explore all the feelings of pleasure that are available to humans, like Baudelaire or Poe did (although that, too, had its own problems). I think many young people — although certainly not all — go to these places with the hope that they can get an Instagram post or Snapchat story out of it. The number of times I’ve seen the food come, the phones whip out and the immediate ferocious editing that follows is far too many. The enjoyment of the raw, human experience is lost. Some of the most “trendy” spots have the longest waits, the most expensive prices and the loudest and most crowded seating areas. Imagine going to a small restaurant that doesn’t have the so-called “aesthetic” and focusing on the company you’re with and the conversations you have. There’s something we can gain from that. The aesthetic experience extends beyond just trendy restaurants and cafes. When we do things for the appearance alone or to capture and project an image, we fall into a trap. It’s easy to lose sight of the realness of a situation when we simply want for things to look a certain way. As long as we stay aware of the meaning and intent behind our decisions, we might be able to avoid the long-winded search for beauty to which the Decadent artists fell victim. Gaby Leung is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at Serendipitous Musings appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

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Kevin Kowalewski | Democratic Dialogue


The World Is an Angry Place

veryone who was paying attention could tell that Donald Trump was an unusually poor match for the presidency. Casting aside all of his racist statements and nonsensical policy proposals, Trump’s hasty, oversensitive personality should have been disqualifying in itself. Ironically, Trump still managed to campaign on persistent promises that he would strengthen and protect the security of the United States. His words were devoid of value, but valued nonetheless. Now, Trump does not merely speak words. He must take these ideas and use them to direct his policy choices as the leader of the United States government. This situation is not entirely unique. The presidency has been bestowed on many individuals with little to no major foreign policy experience. The issue, however, is not that Donald Trump has a steep learning curve. It’s that his basic temperament precludes him developing the necessary mindset to be a competent foreign policy president. We see almost every possible indication that Trump still doesn’t understand the weight of the office and likely never will. This lack of respect has destructive effects on domestic policy, institutional legitimacy and notably, foreign affairs. In this sense, these deleterious effects can be conceptualized in two ways: first, an harmful set of guiding principles that arrogantly ignore the reality of the world, and second, a disregard for the basic practices and duties of national security pose significant risks to peace.

Let’s begin with Trump’s most consistent foreign policy claim: the persistent charge that America is no longer respected in the world. Regardless of the reality, he is obsessed with the idea that American leadership has been “weak,” and that a firmer voice will improve the position of the United States on the global scene. Such a view is not necessarily out of line with more mainstream conservative thinking. Trump, however, seems to believe that firmness and belligerence are one and the same. Further, traditional allies of the United States have little value to Trump. To him, foreign relations is cold, transactional and devoid of any long-term vision. It is a perspective that allows him to deem NATO obsolete and forces his Secretary of Defense to rush to reassure our partner nations. Donald Trump believes the United States can go it alone, a myopic view in an increasingly multilateral world. He also embraces perspectives that portray an entire religion as an enemy, apologize for authoritarianism abroad and disregard our current international order. It is not surprising that Trump’s first domestic security was a de facto Muslim ban. It must always be noted that this was a severe violation of basic human rights. And of course, it was legally sloppy and ineffectual, making it inoperable as it undergoes challenge in the courts. But for now, it highlights how Trump’s worldview is married to a persistent incompetence. When asked about international anger inspired by his Muslim ban, Trump replied that “the world is an angry

place.” Based on what Trump says, he apparently thinks the problem can't get any worse. Yet his actions, ironically, tell a story of a man determined to prove himself wrong. In conversations with world leaders Trump has frequently horrified top aides with a freewheeling style that utterly ignores the sensitive language of diplomacy. Most remarkably, the president even managed to spark a diplomatic incident with Australia. Imagine being so bad at your job that you alienate one of your nation’s closest allies. Then imagine not even realizing that's a bad thing. Moreover, consider the fact that the presidential campaign, ultimately, revolved around the question of Hillary Clinton’s sub-optimal handling of secure information. Now we are gifted with a president who reportedly uses an unsecured cellphone and conducts meetings of intense international importance in an open dining hall of his country club. He cares so little for security that he has aides pointing phones to illuminate classified documents, and a team of paranoid presidential staffers using an secret app to communicate about the inner workings of the White House. The height of Trump’s failure, of course, is Russia. With the recent resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, this story will continue to drag down his administration with a steady drip of negative stories. Possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials hints at one of the biggest scandals in American history. What’s more, Trump’s ties to Russia have fractured his

relationship with this nation’s intelligence community. The IC is afraid to even share information with the White House out of concern that it will be shared with Russia. A government that fails to communicate with itself is a government that will not be able to detect or prevent potential threats. Simply, what we have are the makings of catastrophe. The Trump administration is wagering that high level competence is an unnecessary factor in the nation’s security. At some point, a crisis will occur.. It is true, at the least, that there is anger in the world. More accurately, there are geopolitical controversies in waiting — with Iran, Syria, and North Korea, to name a few. Key officials in the Trump White House have — such as Bannon — have even suggested that war with China is inevitable. And there are the incidents we cannot foresee. When these occur, they will require rapid and relatively unquestioned executive decision making by the president of the United States. That president is a man who has an uncontrollable urge to seek revenge whenever he is wronged or humiliated. He is a man who has allegedly asked why the United States even has nuclear weapons if we can’t use them, and who has openly welcomed a nuclear arms race. That president, right now, is Donald Trump. Sleep well. Kevin Kowalewski is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at Democratic Dialogue appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

THROWDOWN THURSDAYS Michael Glanzel | Cornell Shrugged

Let Silicon Valley Thrive: Part I S

ilicon Valley is quickly becoming the beating heart of the American economy. The American tech industry is rapidly developing the capacity to touch the economic, social and political infrastructure of every major nation across the globe. The immense potential contained by Silicon Valley demands that government create an environment in which the tech industry can grow. This article is the first in a two-part series in which I will look at the steps the federal government should take to help foster growth in America’s rapidly expanding technology base. Before delving into the specific policy actions the government should implement, I want to emphasize one major point: Silicon Valley is good. The tech industry has long had a mixed reputation, as many believe that tech firms are greedy corporations that exploit foreign workers and erode the American industrial base. Certainly, the tech world is not perfect, and many firms engage in controversial business tactics. However, Silicon Valley, and the tech industry as a whole, generally functions as a force for good. The information boom generated by America’s tech firms has allowed the greatest flow of information in the history of mankind, as billions of people now have access to previously inaccessible information. This newfound accessibility has resulted in an expansion of democracy and human rights, increased access to medical information and an explosion in literacy and education. Moving forward, federal and state governments must willingly recognize that the tech industry serves as a force for good. Considering Silicon Valley’s benefits to society are innumerable, the government must foster an environment in which tech companies can thrive and thus further benefit society.

The first step that the government must take to grow Silicon Valley is a somewhat controversial proposal: embrace globalization. The vast majority of today’s tech companies operate under the philosophy that the world must embrace a greater sense of interconnection. The most obvious example of this is Facebook –– a company dedicated solely to making the world a smaller place via social media. To grow and expand the tech world, the government must create an environment in which this interconnectedness, and the subsequent free flow of information and ideas across borders, can occur. To allow this free flow of information, the federal government must expand free trade. The current administration seems rather hostile to this proposal; President Trump recently signed an executive order that removed the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Furthermore, Trump has routinely criticized free trade at rallies and major speeches. This hostility to free trade is somewhat understandable — the president is under the impression that free trade has resulted in the decline of American manufacturing. However, Trump seems to miss the innumerable benefits of free trade. Free trade allows hardware to be produced at low rates for tech firms –– which, in turn, allows the firms to sell tech products at lower prices. With these lower prices, more people have the capacity to buy these products, which allows a greater and more widespread access to information. The second step that the government must take with regards to globalization is yet again another idea that engenders hostility from the current administration: immigration reform. Currently, America’s universities provide the strongest science, technology, engineering and math curriculums in the world. The strength of

America’s universities attracts some of the brightest minds from across the globe, as students from Asia and Europe flock to America’s ivory towers for education. Unfortunately, the current immigration system fosters a sort of revolving door for these foreigners. Though these students leave their homes for an American education, the complexity of our byzantine immigration system makes it extremely difficult for them to remain in the United States after completing their education. As a result, these foreign students do not use their skills in the United States, and instead return to work in their home countries. The immense loss of talent due to foolish immigration complexities is one of the great tragedies of our nation’s broken immigration system. Through this loss of talent, companies across the tech world fail to gain access to brilliant minds that could help to develop revolutionary software and hardware. To retain this talent in the short term, the federal government should expand H-1B Visas. H-1B Visas allow foreign workers with extensive technical training to remain in the United States and work for an American company. The expansion of these visas would allow thousands of talented workers to use their education to benefit U.S. companies. In the long term, however, the government must be willing to make fundamental changes to the way our immigration system operates. We must give talented scholars and workers the opportunity to become U.S. citizens –– a change that will benefit not only Silicon Valley, but industries across the nation. Michael Glanzel is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at Cornell Shrugged appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

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Paul Russell |


Russelling Feathers

Seeing Stars O

ver the summer, I heard an old Drake song that mentions star projectors and soon became fixated on the idea of buying one myself. I think the appeal comes from childhood memories of seven-year-old astronaut-wannabe me, sprawled out on the carpet flooring of a friend’s bedroom, staring up at a fake version of the night sky as if seeing the real one when I went outside wasn’t enough. When last semester began, I made my pilgrimage to the toy section of a department store and bought a new star projector, for old times’ sake. Oddly enough, it feels deeply profound to lay on my hardwood bedroom floor and stare up at colorful light-shapes on the wall. It’s introspective and placid and energizing, all at the same time. Star projecting is great for thinking and soaking in the feelings that come with my big moments in the outside world. But I was too busy to sit and stare all the time — I needed to deserve it. So, weeks after my initial purchase, I set the projector on a stool and decided that the next time I accomplished something meaningful, I’d put on some records, lay on the floor and watch the stars dance across my ceiling.

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“Why is this happening? Oh it’s what every ‘good’ college does. Way to follow the pack, Big Red! Let’s just change our name to Harvard and get it over with.” Grigory Chernov Re: “Undergraduate Tuition to Rise 3.75 Percent, Endowed Colleges’ Sticker Price Now $52,612’” News February 14, 2017

Guest Room | Troy LeCaire, on behalf of the Cornell Political Union

Why We Hosted Michael Johns

Life is always about the next thing: the next position, the next internship, the next event. I haven’t touched it since then. The issue isn’t that I’ve lived a meaningless existence since October. I just tend to focus all of my energy on reaching whatever goal I set for myself, and then move on to the next goal once I reach the one at hand. I don’t soak things in; every moment spent basking in self-satisfaction is a moment not spent working toward more of it. I get the impression that I’m not alone in this habit. Life is always about the next thing: the next position, the next internship, the next event. Being in college certainly doesn’t help – in fact, we’re all here because of our future goals, and we are organized into majors and clubs on the basis of them. In a way, it feels wrong to be content for more than a moment. Presumably, the people who aren’t already focused on the next step are the ones who get left behind. I remember riding in a 10-mile bike tour a few months ago. I strapped on a pair of tennis shoes and borrowed a friend’s old cycle so I could feel the sun on my neck and the wind in my shorts. The whole time, I made sure I was going in the right direction and I made sure to never stop unless I needed to. But I didn’t live on the finish line. In bike tours and hikes and canoe trips, we don’t participate because the end is satisfying — we participate because we want to be a part of something: to constitute the group, to see the sights, to feel the awe. We are never complacent; we keep moving and have clearly defined goals. But the miles along the way are what make these trips worthwhile. About halfway through the bike tour, I found myself beside a lake that seemed to go on forever. I slowed down, my eyes locked on the cyan ripples. I thought about the lake back at a Texas sleep-away camp where I swam late at night in my underwear. I thought about how this lake by the bike lane glistened just a little brighter and shone just a little bluer. We don’t have to stop the bike to enjoy the world around us. But if we don’t take time to appreciate where we are now, we’re unlikely to do it later. Usually, when I’m reminded that I spend too much time stressing about the next goal and not enough time appreciating the fulfilment of the last one, I tell myself I’ll stop soon. My plan is always to be satisfied after meeting the goal at hand, and then finally sit back and feel content once I’m there. But this time I’m not going to wait. I’ll certainly aim as high as possible, and I’ll put my whole heart into everything I do. But I’ll also take the time to remember that there’s no sense in having things to be proud of if we don’t take time to be proud of them. So, if you’re looking for me, I’ll be in my room, on the floor, with the star projector on its brightest setting. Paul Russell is a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Russelling Feathers runs every other Thursday. Paul may be reached at


n Tuesday evening, the Cornell Political Union hosted Michael Johns, Sr., a conservative political activist and Tea Party leader, to speak to the body about President Trump’s ideology and his perspectives on American populism. He spoke mostly to explain, not to defend, and attempted to offer his perspective and confer an understanding of this brand of politics. We considered this talk valuable and necessary, and are proud that we hosted it. We also believe Mr. Johns was wrong—at the end of our event, we voted to reject Mr. Johns’ ideology on a vote of 4014. When we first announced this event, it was met with a great deal of interest and excitement from the Cornell community. We predicted that this event would be by far our largest, and students of all political persuasions expressed great enthusiasm about the opportunity to participate in our open forum. Unfortunately, we were also met with what can only be referred to as vitriolic backlash, originating both on campus and in the greater Ithaca community. The character of this backlash ranged from threats to disrupt the event to personal harassment of the speaker in public areas on campus. We were forced to respond to escalatory threats against our event when the Cornell University Police Department informed us that to keep the event open, we had to pay nearly $2,000 in security fees, otherwise, we would be forced to close or cancel the event. We did not have the resources to pay CUPD. To be clear: we did not want to close the event to the public. We believe that open discourse and debate should be shared by as many different voices as possible, and we deeply value our commitment to

those aims. It is unfortunate and ironic that those protesters who criticized our event’s closure were themselves responsible for it. Our refusal to cancel the event was a strong statement in defense of open exchange and free speech. These are not liberal or conservative values, but instead key ideas that form the bedrock of a Cornell education and this American democracy. It is worth including here a sample passage from the university Code of Conduct, which states, “…freedom of speech should be the paramount value in a university community. Because it is a special kind of

The Cornell Daily Sun’s coverage of this event after the fact—written primarily from the perspective of a handful of protesters, with no offsetting quotes from a much larger audience inside the room who actually heard Mr. Johns’ remarks. The statements of the protesters were covered by The Sun as statements of fact about our speaker even though they did not hear a word of the speech or subsequent debate. Presenting this event in caricature makes it impossible for the university at large to determine the truth, and serves to further divide a campus already in political turmoil. In an era of deep political division, the Cornell Political Union is proud to stand up for meaningful discourse. While we are clearly not sympathetic to Mr. Johns’ position, his views did not represent “white supremacy.” In fact, contrary to the sentiments of the protesters, he spoke sincerely about what he believed should be done to improve the lives of Americans of all types. The Sun was correct when, in its editorial “Make It Public”—released the night of the event—it called for the university to more substantially support student organizations hosting speakers on campus. We feel strongly that this was a conversation that deserved to be open to the entire campus community, and a regret our inability to provide that. We look forward to hosting more speakers, liberal and conservative, on many more topics this semester and into the future. As The Sun so eloquently put it, “the best conversations are always those that are accessible to all willing participants”. We couldn’t agree more.

Our members and our guests, as in our tradition, were committed to substantively contesting the ideas of our guest speaker. The idea that the Cornell Political Union served as a “safe space” or an “echo chamber” for any ideas whatsoever is deeply misguided. community, whose purpose is the discovery of truth through the practice of free inquiry, a university has an essential dependence on a commitment to the values of unintimidated speech. To curb speech on the grounds that an invited speaker is noxious, that a cause is evil, or that such ideas will offend some listeners is therefore inconsistent with a university’s purpose.” This event was an important example of this principle in action. Although several protesters did chant and disrupt the speech, we still heard Mr. Johns’ speech in full and proceeded with our debate, which was largely critical of the viewpoints that he introduced. Our members and our guests, as in our tradition, were committed to substantively contesting the ideas of our guest speaker. The idea that the Cornell Political Union served as a “safe space” or an “echo chamber” for any ideas whatsoever is deeply misguided. We are also disappointed to see

Troy LeCaire is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is President and Co-Founder of the Cornell Political Union. Guest Room runs periodically throughout the semester. Submit your columns to

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A Thin Body in a Fat World

The Disconnection Between the Ideal Body and What We Feed It By MIKAYLA KUYKENDALL Sun Contributor


et me preface this by stating that there is no one ideal body, and there is no one perfect way to eat. If your body is thin, medium-sized, short, tall, bulky, athletic, or round, I hope you strut your stuff around this unfortunately steep campus and everywhere else. However, it is no secret that today’s fashion magazines and runways all look pretty similar in regards to the body type they feature, and sometimes this body type is achieved through dangerous eating patterns that includes not eating at all or binging and purging. It’s also not much of a mystery that the American diet favors frequenting the McDonald’s drive thru and hydrating ourselves with carbonated solutions of sugar and caffeine. And if you’re anything like me, these things get consumed in the privacy of your own home so that you can satisfy that gnarly sweet tooth and still fit in with the other nutrition

majors. These phenomena exist simultaneously, creating a paradox so eloquently described by Barbara Kingsolver: “Our most celebrated models of beauty are starved people. But we’re still an animal that must eat to live.” There is a clear disconnect between what is considered the “ideal body” and the food that is available and affordable for that body. Magazines continue to print covers with abs carved like Greek statues, yet even on Cornell’s campus, a salad with less than 500 calories is nine dollars and a veggie-less sandwich with over 1000 calories is six dollars. So what is a broke college student, a single mom with two kids or a child experiencing food insecurity going to choose? They’re going to McPick 2 for two dollars because that’s half the price of a salad, even though it’s twice the risk for cardiovascular events — and I’m not talking about the heart efficiently pumping oxygenated blood throughout the body. Then what will happen? People will gain weight due to an economic strain

forcing them to choose cheap and accessible foods laden with calories, sugar and fat. They’ll become a social stigma because they don’t fit into the clothes that were made to fit one specific body type that gets showcased after models stop eating solid foods for a week and stop drinking water twelve hours before everyone’s favorite fashion show. At least now we know Victoria’s secret — thanks, Adriana Lima. So what do we do, as a society that has to eat to survive, do to overcome this paradox so that we don’t have to choose constantly between eating and looking like the people in magazines who don’t even really look like their pictures? Do we change our standards of beauty? Thankfully, many clothing lines and brands (Aerie, we see you and appreciate you) are beginning to be more inclusive of other (beautiful) body types in their advertising campaigns. Do we protest the price difference in foods here on campus, in grocery stores and in restaurants all over the country? Do we turn to the


food industry and tell them to stop putting so much sugar and fat in our food that is not only hurting all of our chances of being on America’s Next Top Model (oh wait, I’m too short anyway) but also our arteries and internal organs? Better yet, do we head straight to the top and fight against government subsidies of commodity crops like wheat, corn and soybeans and lobby for subsidies of fruits and vegetables? Maybe there’s only one answer to the problem and maybe there’s multiple, but the divide between

the perfect body and the available diet seems to be growing about as fast as our waistlines, especially since Subway doesn’t have a fivedollar footlong anymore. For now, it seems the best we can do is keep the lettuce and tomato on our two dollar cheeseburgers and take a couple laps around Cornell’s campus that is oh-so-perfect for incline training. Mikayla Kuykendall is a junior in the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at

Forecast: Chili Outside By CATHERINE ELSAESSER Sun Staff Writer




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Voted BEST BU RGER in Ithaca! – Ithaca Times Readers Choice

s a born and raised Cincinnatian, a love for chili is in my blood. Cincinnati’s version of chili is thin and saucelike, filled with unique ingredients like unsweetened chocolate and cinnamon. Cincinnati’s chili is unique, but I was excited to expand my views on “real chili” by attending the 19th Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off. G REEN S TAR ’ S P ORK C HILI : With GreenStar’s growing presence around Ithaca, I was looking forward to trying its chili. There were nice chunks of tender meat, and I liked the tomato flavor and large pieces of vegetables throughout the chili. It was a little oily on top, but overall a good contender. CAYUGA MEDICAL CENTER’S MEDICINE MAN TEXAS CHILI: I was surprised to see Cayuga Medical Center as a competitor, but it turned out to be a strong one. This chili had big chunks of beef and a creamy mouthfeel but was in need of salt. I liked the combination of black and kidney beans, and the spices provided lingering warmth in the back of my mouth after I had finished the sample. I THACA B EER C O .’ S T EXAS B RIS KET C HILI WITH H OUSE M ADE S ALTINE C RACKERS : The choice of meat was pretty fatty for my taste, but it was still very tender. The homemade cracker was a unique addition that complemented the dish well and provided needed texture against the tender pieces of meat. SIMEON’S MEAT CHILI: With Simeon’s reopening this year, I was excited to see them at Chili Fest. The chili had a mild smoke and a unique combination of beans,

chickpeas and mushrooms. VIVA TAQUERIA & CANTINA’S MEAT CHILI: I’ve been a fan of Viva’s food since I first set foot on campus, and this chili delivered with its distinctive Mexican influence. I enjoyed the dominant pork and onion flavors, and there was a satisfying mouthfeel from the level of fat in the dish. The garnish of a tortilla chip and sour cream was perfect. ITHACA ALE HOUSE’S MEAT C HILI W ITH C OFFEE AND CHOCOLATE: Ithaca Ale House’s chili was definitely unique. I was surprised to see a chocolate-covered chip as the chili’s garnish. As I tasted it, there was an additional burst of orange flavor. The chili itself had a medium spice — a bit spicier than others I tried — but had minimal chunks of meat. The combination of flavors reminded me of the depth of a mole, but there was too much going on for my taste. J UST A TASTE W INE AND TAPAS BAR’S CHILI VERDE: This was a great chili with which to end my chili power hour. The chili was bright with acidity, had a good pork and bean ratio, and the acid and fat were in perfect balance to create a craveable treat. After the ballots were cast and tallied, Monk’s on the Commons won both awards for Best Chili and Best Presentation. Moosewood took Best Vegetarian Chili, Greenstar won Best Vegan Chili and Cayuga Medical Center was awarded Best Meat Chili. Until next year’s competition comes around, I will continue to enjoy chili as one of my favorite winter — and to be honest, year round — meals. Catherine Elsaesser is a senior in the School of Hotel Administration. She can be reached at


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Kulturkampf in The Vegetarian:

Fiction Versus All We Hold Near and Dear BY ZOE LINDENFELD Sun Contributor

The day following Donald Trump’s election, protests broke out on college campuses across the country and Cornell was no exception. Students came together across campus to showcase their collective rage, terror and sadness. These sentiments are just; I shared all of them and questioned our country’s future alongside my classmates. Yet another question continued to nag at my mind: how detached from reality are we? Little effort is needed to recognize the political correctness on college campuses. Civil rights are protected, discrimination on any grounds is forbidden and consent is staunchly required (at least officially). When students perceive the state of affairs to be in violation of certain standards, they take action and are often met with a satisfactory response. In response to objections raised by students, Yale University recently announced that it would be changing the name of Calhoun College, contentiously named for whitesupremacist John C. Calhoun. Here at Cornell, when students advocated for free access to tampons in all non-residential campus restrooms, their request was granted in the form of a referendum passed by the Student Assembly. Granted, there is room to improve; Goldwin Smith is still named for a vocal anti-semite and I’ve yet to see any of the promised tampons in any restroom on campus. Yet overall, the atmosphere at Cornell remains politically correct. In a sense, political correctness is the new currency of the academic world and to be considered intellectual, one must inhabit this mindset. For

professors, failure to do so results in students demanding their instant removal from campus. For an author, this can take form in a scathing review in The New York Times. And for all involved, there is the grave danger of being labeled Republican. In the world of literature, this criterion is made obvious by the books selected as winners of prestigious prizes. Over the past two years, all books chosen as recipients for both the Man Booker and Pulitzer Prize awards for fiction were those which featured stories of racial inequalities or the success of a marginalized underdog. The Vegetarian, a novel by the Korean writer Han Kang and the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize in International Fiction, stands in defiance to such standards, offering instead an unapologetic tale of the grotesqueness of human nature. The story centers around Yeong-hye, a mentally ill young woman whose decision to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle is met with derision, condescension and even physical abuse from those closest to her. Interestingly, Yeong-hye’s perspective is never brought into the narrative. Instead, the story is

told from the viewpoint of three other characters, placing Yeong-hye’s own outlook in a place of relative insignificance. These three characters –— her husband Mr. Cheong, her unnamed brotherin-law and her sister In-hye — attempt to assert their control over Yeong-hye throughout the novel as she succumbs to her illness. Through their eyes, Kang presents Yeong-hye as unstable and unreliable and in chronicling her experience from alternative perspectives rather than her own, Yeong-hye’s sanity is further discredited. The novel does not paint a flattering picture of mental illness, nor does it appear to advocate for its destigmatization. As a mentally ill woman, Yeonghye is depicted as selfish, incapable of caring for herself and with zero regard for social norms. However, as in other literary depictions of mental illness, such as Girl, Interrupted and Darkness Visible, these depictions do not elicit feelings of sympathy or understanding. Kang’s description of Yeong-hye’s behavior is viscerally disturbing, almost to the point of promoting revulsion. Kang portrays her as incorrigible and her mistreatment

at the hands of her family is rendered acceptable, if not outright justifiable. Furthermore, Yeonghye is subject to intense misogyny, from her husband who abandons her once she is unable to perform household tasks adequately, and by her brother-in-law, who takes advantage of her condition and rapes her. Once again however, these events are not recounted apologetically or with a disparaging tone; from the viewpoint of others, in provoking such frustration, the treatment Yeong-hye receives is substantiated. I chose this novel with the knowledge that it was the winner of a prestigious award in fiction and as I read it, I felt that both the author and the selection committee were playing with my mind. The novel grabbed hold of my notions of political correctness and what is deemed respectable in academic communities and in the name of art, brazenly made a mockery of my high-minded ideals. Much as I was shocked by Trump’s election and that so many Americans existed with ideals so different from my own, I was astonished by the difficult nature of the novel and was reminded that in fiction, different rules apply. I imagine that the members of the selection committee smirked as they announced The Vegetarian as the winning novel, knowing that in selecting this book, they were promoting a narrative that would be rejected by most other fields. While it was a difficult book to read, it was also thought provoking and forced me to reconsider the lens through which I view literature. At the very least, I could have used a trigger warning. Zoe Lindenfeld is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at

Imperial Dreams: A Marketable Storyline in a Political Light BY JULIA CURLEY Sun Staff Writer

If you were to invest just under a thousand dollars in Netflix stock when they went public in 2002, if you loyally or stubbornly held on to those stocks and invested another thousand dollars when shares hit their low that same year, today you would have a return on your investment of 20,361.42 percent. Your under $2,000 would be worth over $400,000. You’d probably have watched a lot of movies and you’d definitely be rich. From a website offering 925 movies available for snail-mail rental, to an online streaming service, to producing and debuting original content, Netflix has surprised its skeptics and outperformed its competitors. Imperial Dreams, released on Feb. 3 as a Netflix original, continues the Netflix phenomenon. I believe in buying low and selling high, but Netflix just might be worth the splurge. To Netflix’s fault, however, the subtitled blurb under Imperial Dreams sells the film as another Freedom Writes or The Pursuit of Happyness. The story revolves around a father who struggles “against all odds” to rid himself of gang violence and earn a future; but, ironically, Imperial Dreams plays out in an uncinematic light. It unfolds in a documentary-like style that makes viewers forget fictions and platitudes. The camera turns away from the oversold

comeback story and focuses in on the entirely unglamorous first steps away from destitution. Imperial Dreams tears down the mythicized struggling, single father figure and replaces it with an unfiltered, young man — in this case Bambi — trying

the edges of a story that usually ends in long awaited relief for an emotionally tired audience. Vitthal instead scripts a human response to ongoing conflict and adversity. Within Bambi’s endless fight for independence from a broken rehabilitation


to find his way. The unknowns appear so convincing in Bambi that even he seems doubtful of his extrication from the very real recidivism rates in low-income cities. The film, the actors and the director retain a political awareness. Because behind each imprisoned number lies a complicated web of distress, desperation and temptation. It exposes the most unattractive threads of its over-dramatized counterparts and constructs a film that remains compelling only by its shocking authenticity. Imperial Dreams, a film that focuses on a convicted felon turned aspiring writer, forces itself to offer a new angle on what has become hackneyed, dramatic movie sales. Director Malik Vitthal roughens up

system and a fragmented family, Vitthal captures fleeting smiles and unexpected companionship. The director highlights the brutal impossibility of Bambi’s struggle but simultaneously captures the resilience of individuals with even fractional hope and tiny — five-yearold size — support. Despite the thriller-like drama in Bambi’s life, the gunshots and drugs and police arrests, Imperial Dreams retains a realistic quality in its interspersed moments of serenity. Like the string lights hanging in Bambi’s car, the film moves from a dark thread to dim light in Bambi’s life. Unlike other melodramatic films of its type, Imperial Dreams follows a steady storyline with no definite low

and no discernible high. From the red and white dread of a police car’s siren to the peaceful luminescence in a string of Christmas bulbs to the dim, danger in streetlights to the bright sunrise, Vitthal captures only natural, mundane turns from dark, bitter misery to vivid, uninhibited benevolence. Bambi’s resilience in the face of very little progress becomes the film’s most striking facet. Imperial Dreams includes every intricacy of fighting back against corruption — the kind that develops inside from frustration with a broken system and the all consuming breed that threatens to flood Bambi’s sanity — but it also embraces his fleeting smiles and unprotected laughs. Not including the frequent violent bursts, the movie proceeds undramatically and, in that way, serves a simple purpose. Just as Bambi shows no convincing progress, the United States’ incarceration and recidivism rates persist unabated. Bambi’s story may have no clear apogee or nadir but his light-strung life runs like a broken circuit. We all exist from day to day between conductive wire — bored, sad, apathetic — and ignited bulb — happy, excited, motivated — but these wiry moments in Bambi’s life hit too low and his lights burn too dimly. The sprinkled in toothy smiles save Bambi and the audience from reaching a depression but the overall helplessness in the protagonist’s life remains ever present. Vitthal’s realistic lens colors Bambi as a human,

one who smiles, laughs and hugs, in order to highlight the livable yet anguished conditions in a broken prison system. Without hitting a cinematic breaking point, the protagonist allows viewers to see the depravity of his situation and the sadness in his prospects. Imperial Dreams may just be a redevelopment of an old, tired storyline but some narratives need replaying. Movies like Freedom Writers, The Pursuit of Happyness and Imperial Dreams bring to light issues that remain pertinent to generations of viewers. Each new take on the same impoverished U.S. city illustrates an unchanging problem through a distinctive lens. When Netflix first came to be nineteen years ago, the market rejected another movie-rental hub. When the company went public in 2002, stocks initially plunged. Consumers, at first, didn’t know what they were missing. The market could hold another movie distributer. Perhaps a similar story can be told about Bambi and Hollywood’s recurrent characterization of the young man trying to break an impoverished trend. Imperial Dreams provides an untainted, realistic perspective audiences haven’t yet seen. It fills an unglamorous void in the overly cinematic poverty picture. It proves that Hollywood and audiences can handle another new take on the young ex-convict trope. Julia Curley is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at



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Why We March: 20th Century Women BY LAURA KERN Sun Staff Writer

20th Century Women, a film which chronicles the lives of three women and a teenage boy growing up in Southern California in the changing political climate of the 1970s, has been garnering buzz since its debut at the New York Film Festival in October. However, its release in theaters this January has cemented its spot as an Oscar season favorite. In the film, Dorothea (Annette Bening) is the aging single mother of the young teenage Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann); when she finds herself drifting apart from her son, Dorothea decides to enlist the help of two women, Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and Julie (Elle Fanning), to help raise Jamie. But make no mistake: 20th Century Women is no simple coming-of-age story. True, director Mike Mills crafts an honest, powerful film about growing up — but he emphasizes that this growth does not begin and end during adolescence. Rather, through his anecdotal style of filmmaking, Mills gives equal attention to each character’s journey, showing just as much change in Dorothea, Abbie and Julie as he shows in Jamie. Mills develops each character with care and precision, exposing the battles of strength and weakness, genuineness and hypocrisy and independence and reliance that constantly wage within every human, regardless of age or gender. Furthermore, this flawed and often humorous cast of characters complicates the broad label of “feminist”: Even though Dorothea, Abbie, Julie and Jamie are all self-proclaimed feminists, they are each so different in ambition and personality that it seems deceptive to unite them so easily. Without a doubt, much of the movie’s power comes from its talented actresses. Elle Fanning is perfect as Julie — her long blonde hair and wide blue eyes give an air of innocence that contrasts her rebellious lifestyle of sex and drugs. Still, despite the slow reveal of details about her troubled home life, Fanning never makes you feel sorry for Julie; her delivery and expressions border on annoying at times and her innocuous appearance sometimes strikes the audience as deceptive. This clash gives her depth and complexity and puts us in the confused, conflicted mindset of

Jamie, her childhood friend and longtime admirer. Interestingly, Greta Gerwig displays the opposite effect: her short, messy red crop matches Abbie’s taste in punk

music and hardcore feminist literature, but as the movie progresses, the audience begins to see her softness. Gerwig’s tone remains tough and caustic even during expressions of her vulnerability and she allows Abbie’s flaws to come through as clearly as her strengths. Most notable, however, the incomparable Annette Bening shines as the slightly frumpy, brutally honest and stubbornly practical Dorothea, who cannot seem to find her place in any generation of women. Most of Bening’s acting makes Dorothea into a humorous, sometimes frustrating, character. But throughout the film, her insecurities burn holes in her confident persona like the glowing tip of her ever-present cigarette. Balancing Dorothea’s loud, brash strength with her subtle self-doubt and fear of the future seems impossible, but Bening accomplishes it with ease. Bening’s performance is most powerful during her

Sampha Process Young Turks

O Last Friday, Sampha dropped his debut album, Process. However, calling it a debut album betrays his experience. Sampha might not be a household name, but that’s not for lack of influence in the music industry. Before the release of Process, he collaborated with an extensive list of big names in the industry, including Frank Ocean, Kanye, Drake, Beyoncé, Solange, SBTRKT and Katy B. On his own, Sampha has released two E.P.s, Sundanza and Dual, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Sampha’s life has been marred by tragedy. He lost his father to lung cancer when he was just nine. In 2015, his mother also passed away from cancer while he was recording his album. In Process, he channels his grief to create an album full of compelling, emotional stories, despite using few words. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Sampha’s piano melodies and minimal beats easily match that. They add depth and meaning to his words and give life to the album. On “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano,” Sampha tells the story of how he found music as an outlet. When he was just three, his parents purchased a piano from their neighbors, marking the beginning of Sampha’s life of music. He sings, “No one knows me like the piano in my mother’s home / You would show me I had something some people call a soul.” In music, he found his identity. However, an album like Process was never part of his plan. In an interview with The New York Times, Sampha revealed, “When I started, I was just making lots of beats, and I wasn’t even intending to sing over them.”


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interactions with Jamie and in their scenes together, it is clear that Bening’s talent inspires unparalleled performance in Zumann as well, whose character flows between self-assurance and COURTESY OF ANNAPURNA PICTURES uncertainty like any real teenager. Realness is at the heart of every character in 20th Century Women: each is unapologetically human, which makes the movie timeless despite the music, costuming and references that heavily dictate its setting. In fact, the release of the film on Inauguration Day could not have been more timely— 20th Century Women reflects the themes and struggles of the recent Women’s March and other feminist movements, establishing links between generations of activists, questioning “progress” and warning against the dangers of falling backwards. The one way in which this movie disappoints is that the all-white cast fails to recognize the intersection of race with feminism. Women of color are frequently overlooked in discussions of feminism despite their inarguable influence on the movement and the development of “the modern woman.” Unfortunately, 20th Century Women fails to break this mold and deal with issues of race in relation to feminism. Still, the film has merit as a powerful story of feminine independence and strength and its themes will become even more evident — perhaps prophetic — in the coming years.




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He got his start as a teenage producer on Myspace, surrounded by peers who were also trying to push the boundaries of music and discover new sounds. In that community, he found acceptance and validation. Emboldened, Sampha continued with the release of the all-instrumental Sundaza. He remained unnoticed until his collaboration with SBTRKT, which found its way into the right hands. Young Turks signed Sampha, beginning his string of high-profile collaborations. Process was recorded with the help of co-producer Rodaidh McDonald, who has production credits that include all of The xx’s albums and two How to Dress Well albums, among others. To record, Sampha traveled to Ocean Sound Recordings, which bills itself as “Europe’s most stunning recording facility.” The breathtaking studio is set directly on the ocean near the mountains of Giske, Norway, isolated from urban distractions. “Blood on Me,” one of the three singles released ahead of the album, is the most accessible and catchy song in terms of rhythm. In fact, one listen of this song was all it took to put Process on the list of albums I was looking forward to. Despite how easy it is to listen to, layered, cryptic vocals make it one of the most dense tracks on the album. “Kora Sings” trades the slower pace of most of the album for a faster and more optimistic one. The beat features bright synths and a vibrant chorus. The lyrics are less cheerful and more meditative. Referring to his deceased mother, Sampha sings, “You’ve been with



me since the cradle / You’ve been with me, you’re my angel / Please don’t you disappear.” The contrast captures his grief as he contemplates the existence of an afterlife. “Incomplete Kisses” is another standout track, partially because of the happiness contained in the melody. It isn’t a fast track, in fact, quite the opposite. The beauty is in the simplicity of the fuzzy bassline, the piano in the second half and the repetition of the title throughout. “Incomplete Kisses” manages to be both uplifting and calming. The track is steady and dependable while feeling fresh even on repeat listens. Every track on Process tells a story, made compelling by the emotion infused into his soft, confident voice. His minimalistic beats combine his piano and electronic skills to create a cohesive sound. The most unique and powerful aspect about Sampha’s music is his ability to simultaneously display vulnerability and strength. Many songs on the album feel remorseful and act as a window into the pain that Sampha has felt throughout his life. However, weakness is notably absent. Sampha’s vulnerability is a sign of his strength. The emotions on Process are not those of a broken man, but rather a man unafraid to show the world who he is. In Process, Sampha has crafted an album that shows why he has been asked for so many collaborations with big name artists. Released in January, Process will stand out as one of the best albums of 2017. Ryan Slama is a freshman in the College of Engineering. He can be reached at


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Men’s Lax Travels South for Opener Ivy Champs Nineteen underclassmen look to make impact as Red hopes for rebound year Begin Year Traveling to Villanova M. LACROSSE

said of his new threat. “His mental approach is outstanding. He’s never too high, never too low, and he sees the game butions of John Edmonds ’16, whose at a very high level. He is two steps ahead goal-scoring and playmaking con- out there on the field in terms of recogtributed to his team-high 26 points last nizing plays and understanding where he year. should go with the ball next.” “The younger kids on the team, espe“He has a great lacrosse I.Q. and cially that sophomore class that’s in now, makes you sure you’re focused the whole learned a lot last season,” said junior entire play, because if you’re not, he’s defender and co-captain Jake Pulver. “A going to beat you,” Pulver added. lot of them played as freshmen and I Kerwick also stressed not to rely too think that will help them become leaders heavily on Teat, emphasizing the game and help the new freshmen this year.” plan this year is to be a more “team-oriented, unselfish [and] ball-moving offense.” “The younger kids on the team, “We’re not going to put too especially that sophomore class that’s in much on his shoulders, but he is a very good offensive leader in now, learned a lot last season.” that he looks for his teammates, he’s not selfish and he can also Junior defender and co-captain Jake Pulver put the ball in the back of the net,” the head coach said. “So As if the freshman class of last year that combination is very unique.” was dangerous enough, this year’s is It is also important to not overlook poised to make an even larger splash. the fact that this year’s freshman class The first-years are headlined by Jeff Teat, rivals the current sophomores in number, a Canadian phenom who was ranked the totaling at 14 of its own. Hopes are high No. 1 freshman by Inside Lacrosse, an for defenseman Brandon Salvatore, ESPN-affiliated lacrosse publication. Connor Fletcher and Ryan Maloney, “Jeff is a different talent,” Kerwick who was ranked No. 45 on the same list Continued from page 16

as Teat. Regardless of how the freshmen pan out, everything this team has prepared for gets put to the test this Saturday, when the Red travels to State College, Pa., to take on the No. 11 Nittany Lions (2-0). Last season was a back-and-forth affair for the two powerhouses. Cornell took the 4-2 lead into the half, but Penn St. blanked the Red in the third quarter along with scoring five of its own. Cornell put together a furious comeback in the final frame by scoring four straight, but a Penn St. goal with 3:49 remaining sunk Cornell’s comeback bid. Penn St. already has two games of experience under its belt this season, defeating both Robert Morris and Hobart, which Cornell faces next weekend. The quest for redemption begins Saturday, and for a team that is eager to reaffirm its status as one of the most elite country, it could not come soon enough. “We’re very excited to get going,” Kerwick added. “This is a deep and talented group and we are very eager to get this season rolling.” Zach Silver can be reached at

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As a result, junior forward to the Red’s culture of giving ways. The Red has gotten recent offensive production Alex Rauter has moved back to up the body. “I don’t think I blocked too from its leading goal scorers help out on defense as recently team’s net minder and has — now a three-way tie many shots been relatively effective between before I got here, sophomores throughout the season. Anthony Angello and “I have no problem getting in front of the but it’s obviously Saturday night’s game in Vanderlaan, as well as a huge part of puck to win the game and neither do Potsdam will be the 133rd Yates — and has benefitwhat we do any of my teammates.” meeting between the two ed from consistent goalhere,” he said. teams, whose series dates all tending from senior “It’s part of our Sophomore defenseman Matt Nuttle the way back to 1922. culture. I have Mitch Gillam. Gillam Schafer’s game plan for and the Red’s defensive no problem getSaturday should sound very unit gives up only 2.20 goals- as Sunday — and has done a ting in front of the puck to familiar for those who have per-game, good for seventh- commendable job thus far. win the game and neither do followed the team all year: “It’s best in the NCAA. “Until we get things any of my teammates.” the same road formula we’ve While Cornell is in a prime That unit is particular squared away back on the blue used all season: we play hard, banged up at this point in the line, he’ll probably continue to postseason position, Schafer stay disciyear. Junior eat up some minutes for us,” says his team is still taking plined and things one game at a time. Ryan Bliss Schafer said. “St. Lawrence and don’t get “We don’t look at standings “He did a great job,” Nuttle has not b e h i n d Clarkson are no different played this said. “It was cool having him … You kind of get lost in the early,” he season and back there, and I think he had day to day preparation for than any of the other said. “St. each team, and that’s how it will miss the some fun too.” nights on the road.” Lawrence The team’s captain, senior should be,” he said. “These remainder of a n d the year with Jake Weidner, has been games are huge, but they’ve Clarkson are Head coach Mike Schafer ’86 a lower body tremendous as a shot blocker been huge since the start of the no different injury, forgo- all year long. Weidner averages season. There’s four games left than any of the other nights ing both athletic and academic the most shots blocked per and eight points to get, and we on the road. We’ll just do eligibility for the year. game of any forward and is start with the game at St. whatever it takes to win that Sophomore Brendan Smith fifth in the nation overall with Lawrence on Friday.” particular game.” recently suffered an upper 2.44. Nuttle blocked an As for Cornell, the team body injury and junior Dan impressive seven shots against Charles Cotton can be reached at has returned to its winning Wedman is also out. Brown and has come around Continued from page 16


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captains, there is also a new component to the game the team must adjust to: the shot-clock. “The big [addition] this season is the shot clock,” Gilbert said. “We get 90 seconds every possession as does the other team, so I think that’s going to be a big challenge and a big adjustment to the rules this year, and it will definitely affect the way we will play.” Going into the game on

“We need to take all that we’ve learned in the past few weeks and put all of that knowledge into the game.” Catherine Ellis Saturday against Villanova, the Red looks to start the season on a high note. Villanova ended last season with a 4-13 record, which gives the Red an advantage on paper. Last season the Red came out on top of Villanova, winning 7-6 in the first regular season game. Cornell was up 4-1 at the end of the first half, and staved off a Villanova comeback to begin the season. “Our goal for Villanova, especially because it’s the first game, is to play well in all three phases: offense, defense and midfield,” Gilbert said. “[The second is] to get the younger players who haven’t seen significant time in games to relax and calm their nerves. But the end goal is to win the game.” “We need to take all that we’ve learned in the past few weeks and put all of that knowledge into the game,” Ellis added. Just like any year, it’s going to be a tough season, but there are clear signs that the Red has hustled and worked hard during the offseason. This season Cornell is looking to have more heart than Villanova and any other team it plays, which the team hopes will lead to yet another deep run. Karen Papazian can be reached at

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many,” Hutson said. “We must stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline, but we cannot forget that the violation of indigenous peoples rights and environmental destruction is a global phenomenon, one that impacts native com-

munities here in Upstate New York and around the world.” Simply spreading awareness about the issues of indigenous rights and environmental degradation is not enough and action is also required even in local communities, according to Hutson. “I think it's both a part of acting in solidarity with our

indigenous brothers and sisters, but also alongside that, I think there has to be a commitment to local issues,” he said. “Many in Ithaca are unaware of the environmental impact of oil, of natural gas pipelines, as it plays out here in upstate New York,” Hutson said. These issues are occurring even in Ithaca, accord-

ing to Ransom. The area faces many environmental issues. Local residents recently coordinated efforts to provide input about the construction of the West Dryden Pipeline, which was likely to impact nearly 100 homeowners in that area. Huston said that Cornell’s current cooling system into Cayuga Lake is

causing environmental damage affecting the communities on the north side of Cayuga Lake. Ultimately, Hutson emphasized the importance of “thinking globally and acting locally” in order to address these problems in more systemic ways. “These issues are not one-off events. These are not one-off pipelines,”

Huston said. “At the end of the day, we can stop the DAPL, but there are many indigenous in the United States and around the world who continue to face egregious and violent obstacles and will not have the visibility Standing Rock has.” Shruti Juneja can be reached at

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Women to Honor Seniors in Last Regular Season Games

Not letting the Ivy title hangover take effect, the No.7 women play host to two top-five teams at Lynah By BRITTANY BIGGS

game. “Senior weekend is a time where we can recognize the seniors for everything they have done for us this season,” After securing the Cornell women’s hockey team’s first Lewis added. “[The senior class] has been extremely helpful Ivy League title since 2013, the Red will be back at Lynah and has set an example in hard work, dedication and leaderRink for the last two regular season games this weekend ship on and off the ice. The weekend is chance to show the against No. 5 St. Lawrence and No. 3 Clarkson. seniors what they mean to us and reminds us to give it our Despite all the distractions and emotions that might all and play for them.” come following the end of a multi-year Ivy drought, the Posing a threat to the celebration, the Golden Knights women are zoned in for this weekend. (23-4-5, 17-1-2) will be looking for revenge on Saturday, “As we near the end of the season, I after the Red handed Clarkson its first think we really have to play as a team and and only conference loss of the season in “Our team is even more play unified. Using our team strength January. such as speed and team defense will help motivated and determined “We expect them to be very tough, us succeed in very important games like to stay on task and keep fast and skilled like we have seen in prethis coming weekend,” said freshman forvious games against them,” O’Neill said. playing our best.” ward Kristin O’Neill. “As teammates, I “We will bring have to bring our best think we just hope to see everyone stay- Freshman forward Kristin O’Neill games this coming to succeed.” ing together and being on the same page The recently-coronated Ancient Eight as one another and I am very confident champions are prepared to put the past that we will stay working in the same direction this week- weekend’s Martinelli’s-filled celebration to the side as the end.” team looks towards this weekend, as well as playoffs down But St Lawrence (24-4-3, 15-3-2 ECAC) looks to spoil the road. the Red’s weekend. The Saints present a plethora of chal“After winning the Ivy league championships, our team is lenges for the Red (17-6-4, 13-3-4). The No. 5 team in the even more motivated and determined to stay on task and country has accomplished this ranking with one of the best keep playing our best,” O’Neill added. “I think winning the defenses in the conference, highlighted by holding Cornell Ivy title was just one of our goals … and it gave us a small to two goals and scoring five of its own the first time these taste of success, but we are certainly not satisfied with it, so teams met in January. we will have to work even harder to be able to succeed and “Both St. Lawrence and Clarkson are very strong teams accomplish more of our goals this season.” offensively,” said freshman forward Paige Lewis. “However, Action gets underway from Lynah at 6 p.m. on Friday as if we can capitalize on our offensive chances and continue the women look to end the season with the best record since playing strong team defense, we can shut them down.” 2014. Regardless of Friday’s result, Saturday’s game will serve as “The games [this weekend] are going to be intense, fast senior night for the team, as the Red honors the seniors who and one play can make the game go either way,” Lewis said. have provided four years of leadership in every aspect of the “It will be important to come in strong and keep our

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momentum going as we head into playoffs. I’m excited for a great weekend of hockey as we face the top two teams in our league.” Brittany Biggs can be reached at


Senior send-off | Five seniors will play their final regular season games and look to lead one last playoff push.


Working for More: Red Looks to Build Upon Impressive 2016

the new class to playing lacrosse at the our strength and conditioning coach, When I think about it, I think about the Erika [Rogan], to make sure we were hit- captains who came before me, and those collegiate level. With any new season and new wave of ting weights and in good lacrosse shape,” are all people that I looked up to. So, to Fresh off the Cornell women’s lacrosse talent, a big focus is always creating team said senior co-captain Catie Smith. get this nod last year when I found out “Erika is awesome and that my teammates voted me in, it was a team’s first NCAA trip since 2006, the chemistry and coheis always making sure great honor.” women look to keep the momentum sion. Head coach Jenny “The offseason was Two new faces will join the coaching that we are pushing rolling as the 2017 campaign kicks off at Graap ’86 tried to ourselves in the offsea- staff this year, after the additions of assisaccomplish that with about team building and Villanova this Saturday at 3 p.m. son to make sure we are tant coaches Bill Olin and Margaret Last season was one for the record off-the-field work, such leadership development ready the second the Corzel were announced in August. The books. With a 14-5 record, the Red host- as community service for all of our squad.” team looks to utilize the knowledge of season rolls around.” ed the first and second round matchups and charitable fundraisSeven new freshmen these newcomers to strengthen its perforof the NCAA tournament, but following ers. Head coach Jenny Graap ’86 were added to the team mance on and off the field. “The offseason was a 7-6 loss to UMass in the second round, “Both Olin and Corzel have been terthis offseason, followthe Red’s magical season came to a brisk about team building ing an eight-member rific additions to our staff [and] bring and leadership developend. now-sophomore class. New additions tremendous passion and knowledge to The team did not take the offseason as ment for all of our squad,” Graap said The team had to work hard this off- include midfielders Caroline Allen, our program,” Graap said. a break from the sport. Cornell played in Although the Red had great success tournaments against Division I competi- season to start their journey of achieving Taylor Lis and Lucy Pedlow, goalkeeper tion and had the annual alumni game in bigger goals than last season. Once the Katie McGahan, defender Mary Kate last season, it wasn’t enough for their likSeptember. As fall moved along and new chemistry was built, getting into shape Bonanni, attacker Isabel Zachara and ing. The team is always looking for how it can improve, but does not want to utility player Alex Monello. players were added to the team, there followed. After losing a handful of seniors last occupy itself with the past. “This offseason our team worked with were many tournaments that acclimated “I do think it’s important to stress that season, the team looks to their young players to step up and stand out from the last year is over, and we begin anew starting this coming Saturday at Villanova,” get-go. “All seven freshmen are doing well and Graap said. “I think we were very successful last seem to be adjusting nicely to Cornell and to our Big Red lacrosse program,” year winning the [Ivy] tournament, but Graap said. “Our freshmen are awe“This year we want to win the regular some,” Smith added. season as well as the [Ivy] tournament. Even with the influx of new talent, the Red also welcomes We aren’t satisfied with just one.” back five of its top seven scorers from last season. Junior Senior attack and co-captain Catherine Ellis attack/midfielder Amie Dickson and classmate Taylor Reed combined for 70 points last season, and are this year we want to win the regular seasure to be key players in the 2017 cam- son as well as the [Ivy] tournament,” Ellis said. “We aren’t satisfied with just one.” paign yet again. The Red looks to work even harder There are also new three co-captains this season, all of whom hail from differ- than last year to achieve redemption in ent spots on the field. Forward Catherine the NCAA tournament. Cornell set Ellis, midfielder Kristen Gilbert and the many goals at the end of last season and defenseman Smith will lead the Red in is going to work towards achieving them. the quest for another NCAA-bound sea- In addition to new coaches, players and CAMERON POLLACK / SUN PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR captains, there is also a new component son. Never satisfied | Last year was one of the most successful seasons in recent memory for “I think it’s a huge privilege [to be a See W. LACROSSE page 13 the women, and the team hopes it is not done posting impressive results. captain of this team],” Gilbert said.”

By KAREN PAPAZIAN Sun Contributor

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Red Redemption: Laxers Open Season at Penn St. Chock-full of young talent, the Red hopes a season of growth pays dividends this campaign By ZACH SILVER Sun Assistant Sports Editor

Last year was not the season that Cornell men’s lacrosse had hoped for. They’ll be the first ones to tell you that. “It was a growing year last year, but no one really wanted that result, no one really expected that result,” said senior goalie Christian Knight, who sidelined the entirety of the 2016 season due to injury. For a program that has been around since Grover Cleveland was the president, success for Cornell men’s lacrosse is not just something to strive for — it is what’s expected. So coming off a season where Cornell finished below .500 for the first time “If you get caught looking since 1998, the team has two options: walat last year too much low in the disappointment of what never you’re not looking was, or use last season ahead.” as a driving force to go ahead and reassert Head Coach Matt Kerwick itself as one of the premier squads in Division I lacrosse. So far this year, it seems like the latter has been the obvious approach. “There has been a little bit of an edge and chip on the


Young guns | Cornell returns four of last year’s top-five point-getters, three of which are underclassmen. shoulder this year and that’s not a bad thing,” said head coach Matt Kerwick, who is entering his third full year at the helm. “But if you get caught looking at last year too much you’re not looking ahead. This is a very different team from last year.” Part of what has Kerwick confident and excited about this upcoming campaign is the maturity he believes some of his younger players gained from last season. The 2016 team consisted of a whopping 17 newcomers — five members larger than the next-biggest class. “Any time you rely on a number of freshmen like we did last year you're going to have some peaks and valleys — and we knew that as a staff — but that’s no excuse,” Kerwick said.

Of those 17 now-sophomores, three of them were within the top-five scorers last season, with Colton Rupp leading the way with a team-high 23 goals. Only two of the team’s top-10 point getters last season have departed form Ithaca, meaning a “wiser and stronger and more comfortable” team is going to take the field this Saturday at Penn St., according to Kerwick. Along with Rupp, this group is highlighted by midfielder/attacker Ryan Bray, midfielder Clarke Peterson — captain as just a sophomore — and the more-experienced Ryan Matthews. They will look to replace the night-in-night-out contriSee M. LACROSSE page 13


No.12/13 Icers Hit Road for Final Time This Season By CHARLES COTTON Sun Staff Writer

This time of year, the Cornell men’s hockey team cannot take anything for granted. Last week, the Red played three ECAC games, taking care of business to earn five of the possible six

points. As of this past Sunday, when the the Red defeated Brown 5-3, Cornell had played five games in 10 days, going 4-0-1 in that stretch. Although the team would have liked a win over Yale last Saturday night, its position in third place in the ECAC is a testament to its


Into form | Sophomore forward Anthony Angello led the team in goals last season and has five in the last five games played.

recent success. Since dropping contests to Harvard and Dartmouth on back to back nights, the Red has not lost and is back up to 13th in the pairwise, an integral ranking when it comes to NCAA tournament selection. “We had a couple of tough home losses, so for us to regroup and get nine out of 10 points was really good,” said sophomore forward Mitch Vanderlaan. “I think our guys really gelled together and pushed through that which was an important step for us.” “We try to stay even keel, but I’d say our morale is pretty high right now,” added classmate blueliner Matt Nuttle. Now, No. 12/13 Cornell (16-63, 11-4-3 ECAC) must turn its attention to its North Country rivals as it hits the road for the final time during the regular season. First up will be No. 17 St. Lawrence on Friday night. The Saints (15-9-6, 11-4-3) are tied for third in the conference with Cornell and will look to avenge a narrow 3-2 defeat at Lynah back in mid-January. Since then, the Saints have struggled a bit. Losers of three of its last five, the team has given up some ground in the ECAC. It will need to kick things back into gear in order to lock up a topfour spot and secure a first round bye in the conference tournament in March. St. Lawrence has been without two of its leading scorers for much

of the 2016-17 campaign. cations, the following night’s conDefenseman Gavin Bayreuther test is also of great importance at continues to lead the team in this critical stage in the season. points with 25 despite missing Clarkson (13-13-4, 8-8-2) is in the seven games in the middle of the ECAC’s six-hole, but is always a season. Forward Mike Marnell tough matchup for the Red. leads the team in goals but has When the two teams met in been out the better of the last Ithaca earlier in the year, the month. Golden Knights sprinted out of Kyle Hayton is expected to be the gate to a 3-1 lead. Cornell in goal Friday night, and the junior came back thanks to a pair of goals has been having another quality from junior forward Trevor Yates, season. Hayton has posted a .933 but things ultimately ended in a tie save percentage and a 2.12 goals in a game where head coach Mike against average — both top 10 in Schafer ’86 labeled his team as just the country. St. Lawrence is a “average.” strong defensive team overall, givAfter its valiant effort against ing up the seventh fewest goals in the NCAA this season. “We’ve got to go in and be physical with “They’re obvithem and expect a tight game ... those ously a really good team,” Vanderlaan types of [close games] are good for us.” said. “They’re realSophomore forward Mitch Vanderlaan ly strong defensively too. We’ve got to go in and be physical with the Red, Clarkson has since lost them and expect a tight game … four of its last six, including two those types of [close] games are disappointing defeats at the hands good for us.” of Colgate and RPI. Clarkson will Both teams also understand the look to right the ship this weekend importance of this one, given the with rematches against Colgate battle atop the ECAC. and Cornell. “Everyone knows that we’ve got Forwards Sam Vigneault and to keep pushing to get a bye in the Troy Josephs lead the team in ECAC and then a spot in the points and goals, respectively, and [NCAA] tournament,” defenseman James de Haas has Vanderlaan added. “Every single also contributed from the blue line game matters at this time of the with five goals and 10 assists. year.” Freshman Jake Kielly is the While the St. Lawrence game See M. HOCKEY page 13 has more direct postseason impli-

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