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Students Travel to D.C.to Participate in Environmental Rally By NOAH RANKIN Sun Staff Writer
Cornell students joined about 35,000 activists from across the country in Washington, D.C., Sunday to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and persuade President Barack Obama to publicly reject its construction. Nearly 100 Cornell students attended the “Forward on Climate” rally, according to estimates from rally attendees. The Keystone XL is a proposed pipeline system that would run from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf “[The Keystone XL Coast, transporting a form of crude oil known as oil sands or tar sands. Pipeline] is The nature of tar sands makes the a “global threat,” according pipeline a global threat.” to Kelsey Erickson ’13, a member of environmental group Kyoto NOW! Kelsey Erickson ’13 who attended the rally. “The tar sands of Alberta are situated right underneath vast arboreal forests and wetlands,” Erickson said. “If the tar sands were to be built, all of that would be destroyed. Tar sands are one of the most inefficient and unprofitable forms of oil extraction. It’s horribly dirty and would emit up to three times as much carbon dioxide as normal oil extraction.” Proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline say its construction will create 20,000 jobs and benefit the economy, according to CBS News. Though workers have begun constructing the southern segments of the pipeline, for more than a year protesters have maintained efforts to shut down the project. In August 2011, more than 1,200 protesters, including Erickson, were arrested at a sit-in rally against tar sands. See KEYSTONE XL page 4
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A fresh start | The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which came back to campus in January of this year, will return to its house at 17 South Ave. in Fall 2014.
No Pledging for New Members of Pike Recruitment efforts lead more than 60 students to join chapter By TYLER ALICEA Sun Staff Writer
The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which was expelled from Cornell’s campus in 2010 after a recruitment event sent three students to the hospital, has recruited more than 60 new members since its return in late January. In January, the national fraternity sent two consultants to Cornell to help “recolonize” the chapter with new members. These consultants
will fully train the members of Pi Kappa Alpha — also known as Pike — to recruit new members and run their fraternity, according to Michael Monnette, one of the consultants. The training should be completed by March 11, when the consultants leave Ithaca, he said. The fraternity met with more than 200 candidates and has been growing at a rate of about five new brothers each day since returning to campus,
Whistleblower Class Aims to Promote Legal Integrity By SARAH MEYERS Sun Staff Writer
LAW 6951: Whistleblowers and Business Integrity, a new class in the Cornell Law School, aims to change society’s typically negative perception of whistleblowers and mold future generations of lawyers, according to Dean of the Law School Stewart Schwab. “There’s a lot of negative synonyms for
‘whistleblower’ and very few positive ones –– ‘snitch,’ ‘weasel,’ words like that ... The easiest thing is to do nothing and turn a blind eye. To step up and say ‘This is wrong’ is very difficult, and there are very frequently personal consequences,” Schwab said. “There’s no doubt that this is a major issue in this country, and I hope that our law students will be aware of that as they go out and start their careers.” Schwab said he hopes to introduce students
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Fraud law lecture | A panel of lawyers speaks about the history of fraud legislation to students in the Whistleblowers and Business Integrity class in the Law School Monday.
to the emerging field of fraud law and encourage students to uphold a high level of corporate and legal integrity. “[Fraud law] is a growing and important area of the law and legal practice –– the amount of fraud against the United States government is estimated to be around hundreds of billions of dollars,” Schwab said. “The IRS has an estimated $400 billion in unpaid taxes each year. So one of the main focuses of the class is involving public citizens in public law enforcement.” Schwab said that “technical details” are a focus of the class; students analyze and compare different instances of whistleblowers who claimed government fraud and listen to panels made up of attorneys and whistleblowers. Schwab also emphasized that “the underlying issue [of the course] is promoting corporate integrity — ensuring that businesses do follow the law and don’t engage in fraudulent schemes against the government.” The class has been in the works for the past few years, according to Schwab. He said he and Neil Getnick ’78 both thought “that [the Law School] should teach a class like this.” “Things kept getting in the way, but we finally decided to do it,” Schwab said. Schwab said the class has tried to include a variety of different perspectives, including “the lawyers who represent the whistleblowers, the lawyers who defend the companies accused of fraud and government lawyers who get See WHISTLEBLOWER page 4
See PIKE page 5
News Grad Student and the City
Mitch Paine grad was appointed to the Board of Public Works earlier this month, making him the only student on the committee. | Page 3
Opinion The Cruellest Month
Deon Thomas ’15 says he is glad that February is the shortest month of the year, and calls for an end to Black History Month. | Page 7
Arts Dancing on My Own
In light of the Harlem Shake dance craze, Arielle Cruz ’15 makes the case for dancing just because. | Page 9
Sports Pinning It
After two wins this weekend, the wrestling team advances to the National Duals’ Finals, which will take place next weekend. | Page 16
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Student Creative Writing
Adventures of the Senses
Exploiting the Scent of Distress In Below Ground Insect Pest Control And Plant Protection 10:45 - 11:45 a.m., A134 Barton Hall
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Local Development for Adaptation And Mitigation to Climate Changes 12:15 - 1:30 p.m., 102 Mann Library
Last night I deconstructed a granola bar on my bed,
Food Safety Management: Common Misconceptions And Lessons Learned 4 - 5 p.m., 102 Mann Library
excavated chocolate chips into mountainpiles,
The Phantom of the Opera 7:30 p.m., Sage Chapel
chewed off my nails like some monkey.
I hoped to find the shiny place
Confessions of a Beltway Bandit: What 24 Years in the Trenches Teaches 12:20 - 1:10 p.m, 135 Emerson Hall
where dreams somersault into colors, colors into ideas,
C.U. Music: Midday Music for Organ 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Sage Chapel
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The Reserved, Exotic, Awkward, Model Minority: Asian American Representations in the Media 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Asian & Asian Culture Center
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Grad School Prepares Students for Job Hunt
By ELIZABETH KUSSMAN
“We are increasing the focus on advising graduate students about the range of career paths In light of continued national available to them in professorial scrutiny regarding employment and administrative roles in acadeprospects for Ph.D. candidates, mia, in industry, in government Barbara Knuth, vice provost and and in the non-profit sector,” dean of the Graduate School, Knuth said. emphasized that Cornell is taking Brian Jacobs grad, who is measures to ensure that its gradu- studying chemistry, said he appreate students find employment. ciates the graduate school’s efforts. Knuth cited a 2010 federal “The graduate school of survey of more than 48,000 Cornell sends out emails regardresearch doctorate graduates in ing employment workshops, the United States that stated that, among other opportunities compared to students nationally, regarding industry and acadea higher percentage of Cornell mia,” Jacobs said. “I feel that Ph.D. students have definite plans regardless of how my goals change either for post-doctoral study or over the next few years, I’ll have employment after graduation. plenty of tools available from Knuth said that of the approx- Cornell to prepare me for postimately 490 Cornell Ph.D. gradu- graduation opportunities.” ates who responded to the survey Other graduate students said upon graduating in 2010, 17.6 they have found that, outside of percent were still seeking employ- Career Services, individual ment or post-graduate study departments at the University opportunities, compared to the have helped them find employnational figure of 29 percent. ment. The percentage of Ph.D. gradJacobs said the Department of uates who reported being Chemistry and Chemical Biology employed after graduation in does a “fine job” letting students 2010 was 36 percent, close to the know of opportunities to apply national figure of 38 percent, for post-doctoral positions. Eaccording to the survey. Of those mail alerts are sent on a regular who found jobs, 60 percent found basis from academic institutions employment in across the country research and “My buddies [at other looking to recruit d e ve l o p m e n t , Ph.D. candidates, schools] pretty much he said. soaring above the national staDaniel Pena got thrown out in the tistic of 36.8 pergrad, an M.F.A. cold after they had cent. student in “These statis- their diploma in hand.” Cornell’s English tics reflect some of department, lauded Daniel Pena grad the differences in his department’s emphasis and efforts to help gradstrengths at Cornell — a focus on uates secure employment. research,” Knuth said. “I don’t think I had the typical Of the graduate students who graduate school experience when found employment, Knuth said it came to finding a job,” said that half of former Cornell stu- Pena, who defended his thesis in dents were employed within acad- the beginning of August and had emia, while one third were in a job teaching creative writing in industry and business. Cornell’s English department by “Many Cornell Ph.D. gradu- the end of that month. ates seek employment in industry “A lot of my buddies [at other and business,” Knuth said. “This schools] pretty much got thrown reflects the strong programs we out in the cold after they had their have in the physical sciences, diploma in hand, which is the engineering and life sciences, and typical graduate school experience accounts for some of the differ- –– I think,” he said. “What’s ence between Cornell statistics great about being a grad[uate] and national statistics.” student at Cornell is that you According to Knuth, the grad- leave with so much teaching expeuate school has recently partnered rience, at least for an M.F.A., that with Cornell Career Services to you’re instantly competitive in the bolster advising for its students. A job market when you leave.” shared group of advisors in Career Services are offering advising to graduate and professional stu- Elizabeth Kussman can be reached dents, Knuth said. at email@example.com.
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Music and lyrics
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Gary Rosenblatt ’15, Eunice Koid ’15 and Tom Hui ’15 sing on Ho Plaza Monday afternoon as part of a celebration leading up to Easter.
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Girl Scouts sold Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and other cookies on Ho Plaza Monday afternoon, satisfying some students’ sweet tooths.
Cornell Grad Student Appointed To Ithaca’s Board of Public Works Rental Housing Advisory Commision, which seeks to improve the quality and Mitch Paine grad was affordability of the city’s rental appointed this month to serve housing. The Board of Public Works as the only student on the City of Ithaca’s Board of Public is one of the largest governWorks, the city body responsi- ment committees in Ithaca. The board, according to ble for the upkeep of public Paine, oversees the whole buildings and property. Paine, a graduate student in range of public facilities in the Cornell’s Department of City city, including public buildand Regional Planning, will ings and property, sewage, water, streets and attend his second parks.Paine said he board committee had to prepare meeting this week. extensively for his “Mayor [Svante] first meeting on Myrick [’09] called Feb. 11. me one morning “The budgets are and asked if I would complex and the apply to serve on the funding is complex; board, and I said, I had to get caught ‘Absolutely.’ I know PAINE GRAD up on current proit’s a very influential jects, see what’s board in the city, and it’s a great opportunity,” going on and understand what roles I could play in it,” Paine Paine said. Paine is filling in for former said. Fortunately, Paine said, “the commissioner Bill Goldsmith, who is on sabbatical for six city has a pretty good archive months. He was appointed by of meeting documents –– it’s the Mayor and approved by really easy to keep tabs on the city committee.” the Common Council. “It’s a really transparent sysAs the only student on the board, Paine says he tries to tem, which made research bring a student perspective to easy,” he added. Paine stressed that students, the debates at meetings. “What I vote on affects the many of whom contribute to people who are our age and the city’s property taxes as stay here –– those who have renters, do not realize the grown up in Ithaca –– and it importaance of being involved affects their taxes in the future. in city planning. “We don’t pay taxes directly, It’s very important to have a youthful perspective on it,” he but through landlords,” Paine said, saying that as a result of said. Paine added that “having a this system, “students don’t see student on the board is useful themselves with a vested interbecause they get to say the par- est in public works.” Paine said city planning ticular issues the [board] may not have known [about] in issues can come off as uninteresting to students, even when [Collegetown].” In addition to his studies in they affect their quality of life. He called on students to get city and regional planning, Paine has a background in pol- involved in city government. “A city this size has a lot of itics and city planning that originated in his hometown of staff that help run the city. ... Lincoln, Neb., where he once There are at least a hundred positions that students are eliworked for the city’s mayor. Paine also has prior experi- gible for,” Paine said. “I’m ence in City of Ithaca politics, [also] appalled at how few stuhaving previously worked on dents vote. It’s the minimum Myrick’s campaign and served we should do.” Claudia Jenkins, vice-chair as a co-chair of the city’s
By KEVIN MILIAN Sun Staff Writer
of the Board of Public Works, echoed Paine’s sentiments and emphasized the important role new members can play on the board’s committee. “It’s always good to have young, fresh ideas; young people should participate. They’re living here for four years, or more, so why shouldn’t they participate in the board?” Jenkins said. “Older people get stuck. It’s hard to change old folks. We need more young people in these boards.” Paine also emphasized the need for student involvement in Ithaca. “Ithaca certainly isn’t New York City, but it’s a really great city that values its student populations and resources. It is constantly rated as a city for young people, so there are plenty of reasons for people to get involved,” he said. Paine said that one issue he is interested in addressing during his time on the board is the way sidewalk replacements are funded. Currently, Paine said, there are inequities in the current system of funding repairs. He added that major public works projects are not his sole interest, and that he hopes to discuss smaller projects in his time on the board. “I’m interested in things from the simple stop signs in my backyard to the lack of crosswalk from Maplewood Apartments to the bus stop. I’m surprised it’s been overlooked, but it’s something I’m going to fight for,” he said. Paine said he plans to continue to work in city government after graduating in May –– whether he decides to live in Ithaca or move back home to Nebraska. “Local government deals in mundane things, but it’s much more concrete than working for the federal government. It’s real to me,” he said. Kevin Milian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rally Draws 35,000 Protesters Law Course Focuses KEYSTONE XL
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Erickson said it was exciting to return to Washington, D.C., with so many people beside her. “How inspiring it was to see how much this movement has grown in such a short span of time,” Erikson said. Sunday’s rally was the biggest climate rally in United States history, according to NBC News. One of the speakers at the rally was Bill McKibben, the president and co-founder of 350.org, an organization that aims to use grassroots partipation to address the climate crisis. The number 350 signifies the maximum parts per million of carbon dioxide that should be present in the air, Erickson said. “Right now, we’re at 396,” Erickson said. “At the rate we’re going, business as usual, we’re headed for catastrophe. This is a movement that everyone has a stake in, and everyone should be involved.” Students took buses from Ithaca to Washington, D.C., Saturday and participated in a small “March on Exxon” that evening, according to Erickson. On Sunday morning, before the main rally, 264 schools formed a “student convergence” in the W. Hotel near the National Mall to make signs and discuss divestment, according to Erickson and Allison Currier, a junior at Ithaca College. “We talked a lot about the importance of divestment, the importance of our generation and what our role is in this large, national, global movement,” Currier said. College students are well-equipped to make a difference in the environmental movement, Currier added. “We’re not only [in college] to learn, but we’re here to take the things we’re learning and put it into action and make a difference to best support our global community and our local community,” she said. The rally brought students both old and new to the environmental cause. Alyce Daubenspeck, a junior at Ithaca College, said she had never attended a rally before this weekend. She said the experi-
ence was vastly different from what she had imagined. “Despite the large number of people and all the strong convictions that were present ... there wasn’t any sort of real unrest or upset. While some people might have felt disappointed with that, I felt like it lent credibility [to] the cause,” Daubenspeck said. Cat Lauck ’15, who had also never previously attended a rally, said it was something she would “remember for a long time.” One especially memorable moment occurred near the end of the rally, she said. “[One of my friends and I] were up near the front of the rally, and I could hear a chant starting behind us –– the ‘Show me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like’ chant,” she said. “For the next 10 minutes, [my friend and I] were screaming out the call, and everyone else was responding. It was amazing. It was my first time being in the presence of so many people who were passionate about the same issues as me.” The rally was beneficial in several intangible ways, said Ethan Kellar ’15, who also attended the rally. “Although the major victory would be having Obama reject the construction of the pipeline, even if that does go through, I’d say the effects of the rally are a lot harder to quantify,” he said. “There were so many people talking to each other throughout the rally –– talking about projects they’d done at school and different sustainability groups talking to each other. I’d say that’s one of the most powerful things a rally can do.” Currier emphasized the inspiration participants gained from the rally. “The rally was extremely empowering and moving,” Currier said. “I was standing with [35,000] other people from all different backgrounds and cultures saying to Obama that we don’t want this pipeline built.” Noah Rankin can be reached at email@example.com.
On Fraud,Litigation WHISTLEBLOWERS Continued from page 1
involved in the case.” Past guest speakers have included Eric Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general; John Phillips, a lawyer who helped draft the revised 1986 Federal Claims Act; and Cheryl Eckhardt, a whistleblower who was awarded $96 million after exposing pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s fraudulent behavior. Monday’s panel included attorneys Shelley Slade, David Chizewer and Brian Kenney, who gave a combined presentation on healthcare fraud and employees complaints of illegal behavior in the pharmaceutical industry. Members of the panel emphasized the the relevance of whistleblowing in the modern era. Schawb said whistleblower law has changed a lot throughout its history. He said that the False Claims Act was passed during the Civil War era to introduce liability for individuals and companies trying to defraud the government, and was later revamped in the mid-1980s under President Ronald Reagan. More recently, he said, whistleblower cases have primarily focused on the medical industry, including Medicare fraud and claims against major pharmaceutical companies. In the class Monday, Slade also addressed the evolution of the False Claims Act. “In the last decade or so, the False Claims Act has become much bigger –– in general, it’s much more of a factor now than it was 30 years ago. The law was amended in 1986 to give whistleblowers more protection and more incentive [to speak
out],” Slade said. Slade credited former Attorney General Janet Reno with the increased prosecution of companies –– in particular, publicly traded pharmaceutical corporations and hospital chains –– that have been accused of defrauding the federal government. Chizewer added that there has been a culture shift in the healthcare industry in the years since the False Claims Act was revised. “I think the ‘sales culture’ has invaded the healthcare profession,” Chizewer said. “Pharmaceutical companies and hospital chains have become more business-focused. The government’s health care spending is skyrocketing, so with that spending, there’s increased fraud and an increased need for whistleblowers.” Both Schwab and Chizewer emphasized the need for increased education about the Federal Claims Act, especially among top students who are pulled toward defense work or going to a large law firm. Lisa Zhang law said she appreciated the class’ focus on real-world applications of whistleblowing laws. “I really liked how we went into detail with comparing the two complaints, what the differences are and how that would matter in terms of litigation. I’ve really enjoyed learning more about this area –– it might be something I want to go into later in my career,” Zhang said. “This area is still relatively new. There’s still so much potential for growth.” Sarah Meyers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pike Continues to Recruit New Members
Fraternity says it hopes to ‘reshape’chapter in coming semester PIKE
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“As long as they’re scholars, leaders, athletes and gentlemen, we plan to have them in the fraternity.” John Paton ’14
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process were additional factors that drew him to join the fraternity, as were Pike’s large size and national reputation. According to Pike’s website, the organization has more than 220 chapters across the United States and Canada and 14,000 undergraduate members, in total. “I do think it’ll provide very good networking [opportunities], but the more important reason I joined was ... I wanted the chance to try it. So far, it’s turned out great, and I’m not regretting it,” Huffstater said. He said that publicizing the fraternity’s return to campus and what the organization stands for is currently a top priority for members. Pike brother Eric Lei ’15 said he wanted to rush the fraternity because
of the “great opportunity to rebuild an organization.” “The process takes what the organization is about and the principles of what it was founded upon to allow new members to build on the established foundations,” he said. Paton also said that the new members of the fraternity will be able to shape the future of Pike at Cornell. “In the next few weeks, we’re going to be talking with ourselves about what we want to create,” Paton said. Pike will be the first disbanded fraternity to return to campus since President David Skorton’s declaration in Aug. 2011 that “pledging as we know it has to stop.” Pike is currently based in Willard Straight Hall, but the fraternity will be allowed to return to its former house at 17 South Ave. in Fall 2014. Members of the fraternity said they hope they will be welcomed by the Cornell community as they work to reshape their chapter. “We want to start off by moving away from the past stereotypes and creating new ones by having a presence on campus and by giving back to the community,” Lei said. The national fraternity expressed enthusiasm about Pike’s return to Cornell, in a press release. “Cornell has a proud Greek system, and we believe that this is exactly the kind of place where Pike needs to be.”
according to John Paton ’14, the fraternity’s president. In order to recruit new members, administrators, faculty and student leaders have been asked to recommend candidates who meet the ideals of the fraternity. There is no pledge class this semester because new members are joining at the same time and will enter the fraternity as brothers, Paton said. “We are not recruiting a founding pledge class or anything of that nature, but are reestablishing a fully functional fraternity on campus,” Monnette said. The Beta Theta chapter of Pike has been searching for men who show the qualities of scholarship, leadership and athleticism, as well as the ability to “be a gentleman,” according to Paton. “As long as they’re scholars, leaders, athletes and gentlemen, we plan to have them in the fraternity,” he said. According to Paton, Pike is currently focusing on finishing the recruitment process and is still looking for more “top quality guys.” “We are hoping to return Pike to being one of the best fraternities on campus again,” Paton said. Pike will receive provisional recognition during a probationary period that will conclude in 2015. Although the fraternity will not be officially recognized until 2015, the provision-
al recognition will give them the privileges associated with full recognition. Pike brother Kyle Huffstater ’16 said he chose to join the fraternity because he missed formal fraternity rush. “I wasn’t able to go to [rush] and kind of regretted it afterward,” Huffstater said. He said Pike’s lack of a pledging period and its short application
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Minimizing Restrictions On International Travel THIS MONTH, THE UNIVERSITY launched a new travel registry to better keep track of Cornell students, faculty and staff abroad. We commend Cornell for following many of its peer institutions in enacting a centralized system for monitoring overseas travelers. But another aspect of the program — a committee that determines whether students may travel to countries classified by the University as “high-risk” — gives us pause. We urge the University to ensure that its goal of protecting Cornellians off-campus does not restrict students’ ability to travel to countries they believe will enrich their studies — or their ability to use that education to better those countries. The new registry will allow the administration to more adequately equip those abroad with guidance, travel insurance and even, in extreme cases, plans for emergency evacuation. These added precautions are reassuring. The registry system also includes the International Travel Advisory and Response team, a group of administrators who review Cornellians’ travel plans and itineraries to determine if they are sufficiently safe. However, although ITART review is limited to those who seek to travel to “high-risk” countries, the University’s definition of “high-risk” begs further consideration — as do the possible restrictions Cornell may impose on students who seek to travel to those countries. Cornell can cut off University funding for a trip or prevent students from receiving credit for classes taken abroad if the chosen destination is considered “high-risk.” But of the 57 countries ITART has declared “high-risk”, only 30 are on the U.S. Department of State’s travel warning list. The remaining 27 are nations that fall just below travel warning status, according to University officials. There is no question that travel to some, if not all, of these 27 countries carries certain risks, including high crime rates. However, travel to any international destination carries its own risk. Cornellians are educated adults who may aspire to acquire certain global experiences. Their willingness to undertake a degree of risk to further their education should not be disregarded by the University. Cornell also has an interest in allowing its students and faculty to apply the knowledge they gain at the University to make a difference in regions that need it the most. These are often areas that might be considered unsafe for travel. The University, while seeking to promote the safety of its constituents, must balance the ideas put forth by President David Skorton in his March 2012 white paper on internationalization at Cornell. In that paper, Skorton wrote that Cornell students, faculty and staff should “effect positive change in the world” by addressing pressing issues such as “nuclear proliferation, food insecurity, poverty, human rights, global health and water availability.” The University must be cognizant that achieving some of these goals may require direct engagement in developing, and perhaps dangerous, countries. The new registry will unquestionably help Cornell document overseas travel and bolster contingency plans for students abroad who encounter emergent situations. But the University should exercise restraint when considering denying students the opportunity to learn and work in the international location of their choosing.
To the Editor: Re: “It’s All Relative: Cornell in a Vacuum” Opinion, Feb. 18 Don Oh’s “It's All Relative: Cornell in a Vacuum” made me contemplate the vagaries of life in an Ivy League. While students do choose colleges deliberately and make a judicious decision when they decide to come to Cornell or go somewhere else, cost-benefit analysis is probably not the best way to describe this phenomenon. What did you know about life at Cornell before you decided to take the plunge except from the third party information that we need to rely on? The best part of your entire college experience is the fact that you get more than the bottom line of a cost benefit analysis when you come to college. Your life and perspectives change. You might have never expected to face the challenges you do (not just academic). And if students complain, they do so because life is a tumultuous experience in college. I empathize with those who could find strong support networks or had the inner courage to ride past difficulties and come out in flying colors through this Ivy League institution, or any other. I sympathize with those who succumb to the pressures of this gigantic four-year machine, which has little pity for those new to the system or need more help treading past. Irrespective of how many services are available for students to sail past this curve of college education, things still get emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting at some stages. Peer groups are not the kindest always, support mechanisms might not reach everyone who need them and things might just start falling apart when you least expect. Everybody needs some breathing space, but the Ivy League spares not one. Believe me, this is no relaxing yoga sojourn — rather more like a combination of zumba, pilates and a knock-out workout. Don’s perspective cautions people to not complain much for they self-selected themselves into this intellectual hub. Most of us probably already know that complaining never gets us much further. Just remember, there is light at the end of every tunnel and surviving this college experience is just one more of your victories in life. There are more to look forward to and many more destinations to reach. Lavanya G. Sayam, College of Veterinary Medicine staff member
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Kirat Singh |
Evaluating the Discontents
Worth the Wait
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his morning, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament will vote on a proposal to delay auctioning 900 million tons worth of carbon emission permits within the E.U.’s Emissions-Trading System. Buried beneath a charade that reeks of Brussels’ legalese is the future of a market-based approach to reducing carbon emissions. The ETS is the world’s first major emissions trading scheme. Covering more than 11,000 industrial establishments across Europe, it seeks to limit emissions and encourage carbon-efficiency by allocating a fixed number of pollution permits that can be traded. The System is on the precipice of a price collapse caused by an initial over-supply of permits (a hotly-contested claim) and the European economic recession that have pushed the price of emitting a ton of carbon to around €5, down from €30 in 2008. Delaying the sale of new permits to the 2019-2020 financial year will reduce their supply and hopefully push the price of carbon to a more effective level. At €5 per ton, European industry no longer has much of an incentive to develop more efficient production processes. Proponents of the resolution argue that failing to postpone the permit auction will cause carbon prices to approach €0, leading the ETS to collapse. This, in turn, will kill hopes of transitioning to a low carbon economy. Opponents remain insistent that this is unjustified intervention. Even with a very low carbon price, emissions reductions are taking place because the supply of permits is supposed to fall at a steady 1.7 percent per year. Further, they contend that the precedent of intervention will create uncertainty among investors. These critics, however, are standing on weak ground. Before addressing these claims, it is useful to point out the diverse coalition that is backing the proposal. In addition to the expected collection of environmental groups, many investor guilds and large corporations that buy and sell these permits are backing the move. The support for the proposal from the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change is not surprising. A collapse in the ETS would hurt those who are invested in the transition to low carbon industry. I also hesitate to ascribe any altruistic motives
A collapse of the EmissionsTrading System would hurt those who are invested in the transition to a low carbon economy. to the industry-coalitions backing the proposal. Shell and General Electric, for instance, are likely seeking some sort of first-mover competitive advantage in low-carbon technology. Motives notwithstanding, it remains true that major financial cogs in the ETS are backing the move. The contention that the current ETS is achieving its desired goals at a low cost and should be allowed to continue uninterrupted appears weak. The ETS has two broad aims: bringing European emissions down to the sum of all permits in the market, as well as incentivizing the development of new, more efficient technology. This development is especially hampered because investments made with the current prices in mind have environmental and financial repercussions for decades to come. As The Economist persuasively argued this week, decisions about what kinds of power plants to build are being taken today, with the price of carbon at €5 per ton. These power plants will be operational for decades to come, and, as the number of permits slowly gets squeezed (in accordance with the 1.7 percent figure mentioned above), they will also be financially strained. Criticism arguing the proposal will create uncertainty for investors is weakened by the fact that this uncertainty is more pernicious in the status quo. Unclear about which way EU governments will vote today and in the future, investors have no leads. If this sets a precedent that suggests the €5 barrier will not be breached, it would be a clear signal in favor of low carbon investment. The least discussed benefit of keeping those 900 million tons out of the ETS is the impact on innovation in developing countries. The ETS allows the 11,000 enterprises in its ambit to meet their emissions reduction obligations by buying carbon credits on the international market. These credits are bought mainly from certified projects in developing countries that have reduced their emissions. This helps fund low carbon infrastructure development in countries like India and China. If carbon permits cost next to nothing in Europe, European firms have little incentive to purchase permits from innovative entrepreneurs in the developing world. Both the E.U. and the U.S. have expressed, with varying degrees of vehemence, their desire for India and China to play their part in the climate game. By eliminating incentives for them to do so, the European Parliament today would make that nearly impossible. Kirat Singh is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. Evaluating the Discontents appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
Deon Thomas |
It’s Not You, It’s Me
February? Not My Month. D
espite the fact that my beloved Ravens won the Super Bowl earlier this month, I will continue to despise the month of February. You may be asking what the month of February has ever done to me? For starters, year after year, February offends me with its cold and harsh weather. It seems as if every year on Feb. 1, right on cue, I catch a cold. Secondly, the most dreaded day of the years falls within the month of February. This day is without a doubt Feb. 14, better known as Valentine’s Day. I have my own theory that candy companies, jewelers, florists and women everywhere met in secret and devised a plan to sucker men out of their money, as well as their ever-growing egos. It is also a day that single men and women alike must witness happy couples divulging in cheesy romance and rampant PDA. Lastly and most importantly, February is also known as the ridiculous “African-American History Month,” the most ludicrous of all of February’s injustices. As you can now see, by the time March comes around I begin to realize that I am blessed by the fact that February is the shortest month of the year. To begin my rant, I would like to state that I am not merely casting away Black History Month, but also questioning the basis on any month that delineates the history of an entire people. My argument is probably best expressed by Morgan Freeman’s
quote: “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.” What Freeman is getting at is that if certain months are dedicated to learning the history of particular minority groups in America then the learning of that history will become relegated to and contained within that month. One thing I remember about February when I was in primary school was the ridiculous focus on African-American history in every single class. In English class, we would only read books by black authors; in history class,
month. In February, my teachers ended up separating everything else we learned throughout the year from things we learned about AfricanAmericans. This separation causes AfricanAmericans to be stored in a different category in one’s mind. For example, George Washington Carver is not famous for being one of the most innovative inventors of all time; he is famous for being a black inventor, although, along with other inventions, he created 285 additional uses for something as simple as a peanut. Martin Luther
We must work to realign AfricanAmerican history with American history. we learned about the Civil Rights movement; in science class, we learned about black scientists and inventors, and in math class, don’t worry, we still learned about boring old arithmetic. To be honest, by the end of the month I was starting to feel a little “black-ed out.” If I had heard the name Jackie Robinson one more time, I would have stopped playing sports altogether. However, that wouldn’t last very long because for the rest of the school year I can’t quite remember learning much more about any AmericanAmericans. One thing we must look at is the different effects of containing our education of AfricanAmerican history in one
King Jr. isn’t famous for being arguably the most effective activist of all time; he is famous for being a black activist although his message covered many topics outside of racial issues. Jackie Robinson isn’t famous for being one of the greatest baseball players of all time; he is famous for being the first black player, although he played in six World Series, won the MLB Rookie of the Year Award, the National League Most Valuable Player award and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. We must work to realign African-American history with American history. The accomplishments of AfricanAmericans should not be seen as more or less
important than those of others. However, by isolating a minority group’s “history” into one out of nine months of the school year, one is inadvertently saying: “Yes, the history of AfricanAmericans (or women or LBGT groups) is more or less important than others.” In order to solve this problem, the first thing we need to do is rid America of these “history months.” Next, we need to make sure that, in textbooks, instead of comparing King’s impact to Carver’s, King should be compared to similar figures such as Gandhi, whereas Carver should be compared to Leonardo da Vinci. It must also be noted that when I ask for them to be compared, I am not requesting for Carver to be called the “Black Leonardo,” which is what Time Magazine referred to him as in 1941. If these things are done, they will make quite an impact against the segregation of minority groups in American society. I hope you, as readers, can begin this movement to rid us of these months because my only mission at the moment is to survive the next nine days. However, if you believe in the effectiveness of these months and continue to contribute to the segregation of America, I hope you remember that it’s not me, it’s you. Deon Thomas is a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s Not Me, It’s You appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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I Want A Context: A People at The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts BY KAITLYN TIFFANY Sun Staff Writer
Colum McCann once said: “Funny how it was, everyone perched in their own little world with the deep need to talk, each person with their own tale, beginning in some strange middle point, then trying so hard to tell.” It’s an insurmountable task for one person to make sense of his or her own story. It’s absurd to think that just because our lives seem like one whole piece, that there is a way to write one complete chronological story of our allotted 80-or-so years. A People by Lauren Feldman ’01, which takes on four thousand years and millions of lives, does a genuinely impressive job of making sense. The title is more apt than would seem possible. Eight student actors articulate the voices of 96 characters. With limited sets and costuming, limited structure or plot and limited sense of direction, the actors fill 90 minutes with an overlapping, interlocking, sometimes raging and often competing series of monologues and dialogues. The disparate pieces create a mosaic of the history of Judaism by resisting the traditional renderings of the culture, reading from the texts and then stating, “This was not written by anyone like me.” The track of the story is unclear from the start; serious monologues are given in newspaper hats, Match.com jokes are interspersed with religious doctrine and caricatures of accents and ways of life are acted out with unabashed exuberance. Though this imbalance is initially discomforting, it becomes a clear part of the play’s allure. Juxtaposition is necessary for maintaining some levity, and it’s obvious that the production team and the actors have worked hard to make sure that this is a production of inclusion rather than an assemblage of inside jokes. Prof. Beth Milles, performing and media arts, who directs the play, describes it as a “spiritual quest.” And, to be sure, God is not a danced-around
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responsibility, even if it is a pure accident, to love and be loyal to that place and people that just happen to be yours. There is a comfort in this assertion because it suggests that even in your own story, which most think has a clear trajectory and a clear starting point, “even in the beginning there is something that comes before.” You can go, “all the way back to Abraham and Sarah.” Home and heritage are deeply arbitrary and yet irrevocably important, and this is a truth that A People sends home repeatedly, in some cases more subtly than others. There are common aphorisms, stereotypes, oldschool stand-up comedy jokes, surprising acoustic guitar performances and seemingly isolated and unrelated anecdotes, all perhaps for the purpose of saying — isn’t it all kind of random? The life events that get the characters thinking about their heritage are often ridiculous. One character remembers that his grandfather worked in a haberdashery and calls home to say, “I want my shit to exist and COURTESY OF LAUREN FELDMAN be in my progeny’s closet someWelcome Back | Lauren Feldman ’01 returns to day.” Christmas carols, Jon campus for The Schwartz Center’s production of A Stewart and Sarah Silverman are People. part of the conversation. The difference between the “mazel” granddaughter who isn’t quite sure she of Hebrew and the “antiquity” of wants to tell her family that she’s gay Yiddish is also part of the conversation. (and dating a “nice Jewish girl”), a rabbi It’s all to say, “I want a context.” The cast of A People includes Andrew who is also a prostitute and dubs both of her responsibilities “holy vocations,” a Baim ’13, Tré Calhoun ’14, Angela Lu young woman who still remembers how ’13, Amanda Martin ’13, Nate she was taught to roll up a piece of Mattingly ’14, Olivia Powell ’14, Regina turkey and a whole lot of voices just Russell ’13 and Chandler Waggoner ’15, looking for a way to “cure the diaspo- each carrying between six and 10 charra”— in the literal sense or by solidifying acters. Their responsibilities don’t seem the definition of being Jewish in like much when you first think about America in 2013. Often, the play the extreme dexterity with which explores the lives of individuals who can Feldman has crafted the script to recall the people who have left them advance and retreat, confront and evade behind. Feldman says, “They always — in something that seems more like [leave]. And sometimes they come back carefully-followed choreography than — strong, damaged people.” It’s a any kind of improvisation. But there are
topic in A People. But more so than God, the element of the play that makes it viewable by the most diverse range of audiences is Milles’ second claim, that it is a “rich interrogation of presumption, desire and the ability to know oneself through history and ancestry.” The history of a given people includes the individual histories of each person, and A People hopes to portray this, or at least simulate it. There’s a
moments when the play breaks itself down to basics, pushing itself into life outside of the play. This is where the actors get to shine in A People, as they encourage audience participation in the least campy ways imaginable. One of the play’s most powerful scenes is its conclusion. Audience members are asked to join the cast in a prayer circle and the history of prayer is explained as a “blessing for this and for that, for being here at the same time,” and “wherever 10 are gathered, the holy can happen.” Baim announces, “My grandma was supposed to be here today. She died last year but I thought since I was doing a Jewish play, she might make a special appearance.” I didn’t know, and still don’t know, where exactly characters end and real people begin. What’s great about moments like these is that they are absolutely uncontrived. Clearly a play about Jewish history had to take on difficult topics like the Holocaust, diaspora and assimilation. Going all the way back to the birth of the nation of Israel, Feldman says that this people is “founded by children who left their homes,” and is made up of “300 generations of people with PTSD.” These moments do not set themselves up, but emerge from logical places in more light-weight discussions. No audience member could feel assaulted by the religious discussion or guilt-tripped by the historical realism. It’s just not possible to feel lectured when a character cries out, “What is my religion? I don’t know, because you know what? Everything matters.” Everything matters, and everything in A People is, if not entirely unexpected, at least applicable. The themes are “oldies but goodies,” to put it simply, but the deftness with which Feldman makes the specific fit the general — that’s where the magic happens. Kaitlyn Tiffany is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | The Corne¬ Daily Sun | 9 COURTESY OF BANFF FILM FESTIVAL
DANYOUNG KIM Sun Staff Writer
“It’s like in the middle of nowhere,” is what I tell my friends who have never heard of Ithaca. But is it really? Every year, the Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to town and every year, the residents of Ithaca, including members of Cornell, attend the event and amaze the tour group with their unabated enthusiasm. Banff is the world’s largest film festival with 306,000 people from 40 countries in the audience participating in its mountain festival world tour. On Friday night, the hosts were Chris Leeming, lands program coordinator for Cornell’s Outdoor Education Program, and Charla Tomlinson from Banff, Alberta, the town in Canada after which the Banff Centre is named. Tomlinson’s official title position is irrelevant; what is relevant is that people call her position the “Road Warrior.” Her job is to conquer the road while on tour all over Canada and the United States, showing films that range from clips of extreme skiing to group hiking. According to Tomlinson, the farther away she gets from Banff, her hometown, the more enthusiastic the crowd gets, and Ithaca was no exception. As I noticed, and as she pointed out, only when the lights dimmed did people in the audience started cheering. Many were people returning audience members, people who couldn’t get enough of the festival from previous years, and in fact, this year, Banff doubled its ticket sales from 6,000 to 12,000. Not too shabby. There were a total of 12 films shown on Friday night showcasing a variety of outdoor activities and spectacular filmwork. One was about offwidth climbing, which is like “ultimate fighting with a rock,” as one of the world’s best offwidth climbers describes. It looked incredible, though I personally would never do it. Another film forever changed my previous opinion that skiing is for sissies. And there was yet another one of an old man (I mean, like 92-years-old, old) who digs snow caves, cross-country skis and overall is way more active than me, for fun, because even though “[he] can’t hold his teeth in … and don’t see very good, he’s still livin’ and goin’.” He was so adorable that I wanted to go out, get lost in the woods and develop survival skills just for him (maybe next year, though). The longest film, at 44 minutes, however, was “Crossing the Ice,” the story of two young Australian men who traveled from one edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. It’s impressive enough that they were able to accomplish that, but
Banff Is Back what made their journey particularly significant was that it was the first trip of its kind to be completely unsupported. These two men, these two completely brazen and intrepid morons who didn’t even know how to ski until several months before the voyage, walked without any assistance from the outside world into the wilderness — no air support, no animal support, no nothing. No one thought they could do it, not even the two Aussie adventurers themselves. But they did it. It took them 62 days to get to the South Pole and 90 days in total to make the round trip. Through perseverance, grit and unconditional bromance, they made history. Banff is truly an extraordinary event. Our Road Warrior and festival guide informed us that it wasn’t only outdoorlovers, but also filmmakers who come to the Banff tour and gain inspiration just from observing the audience’s reactions. The Road Warrior called us a part of the “Banff ecosystem”; we were part of a global community that is supported by and inspired by Mother Nature, by outdoor activity and by the physical world. The Cornell Outdoor Education Program, one among the many local and national sponsors, is an integral part of bringing Banff to Ithaca and has been sponsoring Banff for the past 15 years. As I spoke with Chris Leeming, the COE Land Coordinator who hosted the festival, his enthusiasm was infectious. It is clear that COE and Banff have the same objective, to “get inspired by the natural world.”
COE offers all sorts of opportunities to students from leadership positions to simply realizing “wow, look how beautiful it is outside!” I, for one, do not have any interest in the outdoors. Climbing a slab of rock or looking at dirt is not what I do for fun. But Friday’s festival changed my perspective of the outdoors. As Shelton Johnson, a ranger from Yosemite National Park emphasized in the film “The Way Home,” “if [the embrace of the earth, of the continent] is America’s best idea, and we played a role in its creation, how dare we not choose that for ourselves?” Ithaca may be five hours or more away from any major city, it may seem like we’re in the middle of nowhere, but we are in the hub of the natural world. From taking your first hike to going on another bike ride, getting out there is a privilege we shouldn’t take for granted. As Chris Leeming said, “It’s about doing something new.” It doesn’t have to be insanely audacious; it’s all about appreciating the world, about “learning more about yourself,” and “this sounds crazy, but [about] being better human beings, better stewards of the land.” After the Banff Film Festival, though, Chris’ words don’t seem crazy at all. Danyoung Kim is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Just Wanna Dance
very couple of weeks, I get a feeling, this “I just want to dance” feeling. Maybe I’m just channeling my inner Rihanna or, more likely, I’ve been sitting at desks way too long during the week. Either way, after I have been confined in chairs from Cascadilla to Olin, I cannot escape the desire to move. I’m not talking about grinding on some guy at a frat or Pixel; give me a little credit. I just mean jamming to a song with a great beat with your friends. Moving in rhythm with a song and giving way to being nothing more than an extension of the beat. That makes me sound like a much better dancer than I am — just to be clear, I am not a very good dancer. I tried to take ballet when I was a kid; I lasted less than one class. However, my lack of skill does not slow me down in any way. I harbor no dancing shame, especially in public places. This is why the only time I get to dance without feeling judging eyes (no one likes you, serious cocktail lounge studiers) is when I’m out in a crowd, where no one really notices my less-thangraceful arm movements. Of course I dance in front of friends anyway, and in front of my coworkers and occasionally customers when I waitress on the weekends. It’s usually just a sway and head bob (unless Robyn is playing, then things get crazy), but there is often only a certain amount of random dancing to the radio you can do before people start looking at you funny. If it were up to me, I would dance to class listening to my iPod, but of course I restrain myself.
Mostly, anyway. I have noticed that there are some exceptions to the no dancing sober in public rule; most of these exceptions are “official” dances (think “Dougie” or “Cha-Cha Slide”). Every time I blink, it seems like there are more and more of them. There have been organized popular dances for centuries, at balls in Europe and America in the early years, though they were arguably not as fun as “Gangnam Style,” but since the turn of the 21st century, new dances seem to be invented every few months. Before 2000, there were the famous ones — “CottonEyed Joe,” “Electric Slide” and of course “The Twist,” but there were not too many others to speak of outside of the ballroom. “The Twist” came around dur-
Arielle Cruz Just the Worst ing the sock hop days of the 60’s, “Electric Slide” dominated the 70’s and the “Cotton-Eyed Joe” dance was invented in the 80’s, but the roots of the song can be traced back to the 1800’s and Huckleberry Finn. The dances to these songs got so popular that even now, almost anyone in America born since their releases can do “Electric Slide,” its less exciting Cha Cha cousin and of course the “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” Where in the past dance songs went “viral” maybe a couple of times a decade, now we have a new one almost every
year. Since the Internet became a second home, we have been graced with Soulja Boy’s “Superman,” Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie,” Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Twerking and, most recently, the “Harlem Shake,” which is arguably less a dance than a phenomenon. But that is what a lot of the dances are that have stormed the floors of frats, clubs and bar mitzvahs in the past 10 years — phenomena. Short-lived, but never really forgotten. Many begin as videos on Youtube. Sometimes featuring regular people messing around to a song in a way too fun not to copy, these become our “Harlem Shakes.” Other times an artists like Psy makes a video that becomes so inescapable that your parents end up asking you what gayng ham style is. But most are just fun. The Cali Swag District just wanted to teach the world to Dougie, and since we are only human, we were their eager disciples. Even Chris Brown and Beyonce viewed the threeminute tutorial and helped promote this particular dance with videos of their own doing the (surprisingly difficult) Dougie. Chris Brown’s video in a club got a lot of Youtube viewership, as did Beyonce’s “Let’s Move!” campaign video, which included a few prime moments of Beyonce displaying her epic dougie-ing skills. Anywhere you went in 2008, for months, people would run to the dance floor to “Superman that Ho!” whenever the song played, and it played often.
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Until a few months ago, the same was true for “Gangnam Style.” I was at a frat that played the song three times in one night, which from experience is way too much, but every time the song got the desired response — a hundred people blissfully galloping in traditional Gangnam style. I cannot truthfully say that I have not attempted to twerk, or that I was successful in any way, or that I haven’t tried to convince a number of friends to do a “Harlem Shake” video with me, but I also can’t say that I mind admitting it. If people can gallop on the dance floor or brush their hair back to a drum beat, we should all be able to sway to Macklemore while we study in the library. It isn’t that awkward. Well maybe it is, but I just wanna dance. Haters are just the worst. Arielle Cruz is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com. Just the Worst appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Fill in the empty cells, one number in each, so that each column, row, and region contains the numbers 1-9 exactly once. Each number in the solution therefore occurs only once in each of the three “directions,” hence the “single numbers” implied by the puzzle’s name. (Rules from wikipedia.org/wiki /Sudoku)
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Back From an Ankle Injury, Derek Jeter Returns to the Yankees’ Workouts
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter received an ovation that could be heard throughout Steinbrenner Field when he jogged onto the diamond for the New York Yankees’ first full-squad workout Monday. Jeter took part in most of the team drills, including on-field batting practice for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery last October. The 38-year-old captain, who has been hitting in an indoor cage, also took part in a 25-minute defensive session at shortstop. “It felt good,” Jeter said. “It’s the first time I’m doing everything on the field, in terms of hitting on the field, groundballs on the dirt. What I’m doing now is what I would be doing at the beginning of workouts anyway, but I’m a couple weeks behind.” Although he didn’t take part in agility or running, Jeter got the day’s biggest salute from the several hundred fans present when he first appeared. They also cheered when he lined a ball to right on his first BP swing. While waiting to enter the batting cage, a young fan near the dugout yelled “Jeter” several times before the 13-time All-Star turned toward the stands, said “What?, smiled and then tipped his batting helmet. A woman then asked for an autograph, and Jeter replied “(manager Joe) Girardi said no.” That prompted laughs from the fans, Girardi and hitting coach Kevin Long, who was standing nearby. After batting practice, Jeter signed a photo for the woman.
Jeter broke his left ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 1 and had surgery a week later. He says he will be in the lineup for opening day against Boston on April 1. “I don’t have to convince myself that I’ll be ready,” Jeter said. “I’ve already convinced myself.” Jeter was hurt while going after Jhonny Peralta’s 12th-inning grounder up the middle as the Yankees tried to keep the score tied after they rallied for four runs in the ninth. “It’s nice to see him doing what he loves to do,” Girardi said. “He’s important to our club, and it’s good to see that he’s at this point. The last time I saw him on the field I was helping him off it, and that’s not a good feeling.” No date has been announced for when Jeter will resume a running program and start full lateral movement at short. “Those days, they’ll be here soon enough,” Girardi said. Jeter is likely two or three weeks away from making his 2013 exhibition game debut. Notes: The ankle injury prevented Jeter from playing for former Yankees manager Joe Torre in this year’s World Baseball Classic. If not coming off an injury, Jeter would have played for the United States. ... 2B Robinson Cano said he is not thinking about his potential free agency after this season and is focusing on trying to help the Yankees win a championship. ... Cano will be playing for the Dominican Republic in the WBC.
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Merrick Takes Home the Win At the Northern Trust Open
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Merrick never allowed himself to think about winning at Riviera. Not when he was a kid attending his local PGA Tour event. Not when he was at UCLA and could play the fabled course. And certainly not late Sunday afternoon in a playoff when he faced a daunting 3-iron shot under a row of eucalyptus trees, and his opponent was in the middle of the fairway with a wedge in his hand. No wonder Merrick was at a loss for words when he won the Northern Trust Open. “Yeah, you dream,” Merrick said, his eyes still glossy. “When you’re alone sometimes, you think about different scenarios of winning tournaments. It was fun. We would always play here at UCLA and have great games out here. To be able to play the tournament was a dream of mine. But to win? I can’t describe it. It’s so much fun.” Merrick hit the perfect shot under the trees on the 18th to escape with par, and he followed with another flawless shot to a skinny section of the 10th green on the second playoff hole to 18 feet. He made another par, and won when Charlie Beljan missed a 5-foot par putt. It was the second straight year the Northern Trust Open was decided in a playoff on the 10th, a diabolical par 4 at 315 yards that requires skill and strategy, a hole where players are happy to walk off with par. Beljan made bogey twice on the 10th, once in a regulation and then when the tournament was on the line. He went long and left both times, and in the playoff, his chip didn’t quite reach the green and he took three putts from 70 feet. “I think you could play here 10,000 times and still not know how to play No. 10,” he said. “Eighteen is a great golf hole. I just find it tough that we go to No. 10 to play a playoff hole. I think it’s a great hole, don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking it. But it’s just a tough hole to have a playoff on. We might as well go and put a windmill out there and hit some putts.” Beljan, famous for having an anxiety attack when he won at Disney late last year, holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, similar to the theatrics provided last year by Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, to close with a 4-under 67 and wind up in a playoff. Merrick, who grew up in Long Beach, had a number of big breaks on the back nine. None was bigger than his second shot on the par-5 17th headed toward the trees, only to find that he had just enough of a gap to go for the green and make par. He had a 69 and finished on 11-under 273. He also hit the trees with his tee shot on the 15th, and while it left him a hybrid to reach the green, it could have gone anywhere. “You give me 100 balls off that tee, I’m not going to be there in that spot,” Merrick said. “I just hit a bad tee shot and was able to make par there.” Such are the breaks it takes to win, and for Merrick, it was a long time coming. He won in his 169th start on the PGA Tour, earned another trip to the Masters and is virtually assured to qualifying for his first World Golf Championship next month at Doral. Fredrik Jacobson missed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole that would have put the Swede in a playoff. He wound up with a 69 and tied for third with Charl Schwartzel (70) and Bill Haas (73), who also had chances to win at different stages in their rounds. The final round contained far more drama than anyone imagined at the start of the day, when Haas had a three-shot lead. Six players were separated by one shot going into the final hour at Riviera, and it easily could have been a repeat of that six-man playoff in 2001 in the cold rain. This pleasant day of bright sunshine brought a few cloudy moments. Hunter Mahan was tied for the lead after a 30-foot birdie on the 14th, only to drop four shots on the last four holes. Nothing stung worse than the par-5 17th, where he three-putted from about 30 feet for bogey. He wound up with a 69. Jacobson was tied for the lead when he missed an 8-foot birdie attempt on the 17th, and then badly pulled a 4-foot par putt on the last hole and missed out on the playoff. The Swede closed with a 69, and bristled when asked about the final hole. “You want me to touch that one, only that one? I cannot speak about something else?” he said, before eventually conceding, “The last putt wasn’t very good.” No one was more disgusted than Schwartzel, the former Masters champion. One shot out of the lead, he missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th, and then three-putted the 17th, missing a 6-footer for birdie. He closed with a 70 and tied for third, his seventh straight finish in the top five around the world. Haas faded much sooner. He made five bogeys in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of his round, and his birdie-birdie finish allowed him to tie for third. “Positives to be taken, but overall, you don’t get this many opportunities,” Haas said. “A three-shot lead at one of the best tournaments of the year is a great opportunity that I squandered.” Haas looked to be in good position to join Mickelson, Mike Weir, Corey Pavin and Ben Hogan as the only back-to-back winners at Riviera. And when he dropped in a 30-foot birdie putt on the third hole, he looked as though he would be tough to catch. Instead of running away from the field, he let everyone back into the tournament. Haas made back-to-back bogeys late on the front nine, and his lead was down to one when he made the turn. It all began to take shape at No. 10, the hole where a year ago Haas holed a 45-foot birdie putt to win in a playoff. Merrick laid up on the short par 4, and his wedge was inches from tumbling into a front bunker when it checked up on the fringe. He made birdie from just inside 15 feet and tied Haas for the lead. Haas went just through the green and rolled down a slope into the rough, and from there he pitched too strong and into the bunker. He failed to get up-and-down and made bogey to fall out of the lead for the first time all day, and he never caught up. His tee shots sailed into the trees and into the rough, and he was out of the picture.
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Baseball Needs to Return to Its Roots of At-Bats, Strikeouts SMITH
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and the other stars of the steroid era for their actions, they undeniably “saved” the game of baseball. They brought people back to the seats and helped the sport reestablish its place in our society. However, while the steroids themselves are the primary culprit for the vast increase in home runs during this era, the trend cannot be solely attributed to performance enhancers. Over the course of the past 20 years as home runs have steadily increased, so have strikeouts. In 1993, there were only 5.8 strikeouts per game but by 2012 that number had ballooned to 7.5. These statistics indicate a mass movement toward an all-or-nothing approach at the plate by hitters across the league. Most likely this trend began as players saw that their peers who hit a lot of homeruns were also the ones gaining popularity and signing large contracts. The traditional saying is “Chicks Dig the Long Ball,” but I think the more appropriate saying for the time period would be “Front Offices Dig the Long Ball.” Every team wanted to accumulate home run hitters not only to win games but also to fill the seats and they were willing to pay big bucks for them. It was in this process that they were also willing to look the other way not only on steroid use, but on high strikeout numbers as well. During the steroid era, this wasn’t a problem because players were hitting so many home runs the increase in strikeouts did not negatively affect run production. But as we move away from the steroid era, these high strikeout numbers could negatively impact both run production and the future popularity of the sport. Since Major League Baseball adopted its current Joint Drug Prevention and Blunt Treatment program, it has seen runs per game drop from 4.8 in 2007 all the way to 4.32 in 2012. Yet the amount of home runs hit has stayed at the same level. In fact, the same amount of home runs per game were in hit in 2007 as in 2012.
Strikeouts per game on the other hand have only continued to rise from 6.62 in 2007 to 7.50 mark in 2012 mentioned earlier. In essence, to account for the loss in power from steroids, players are taking this all-or-nothing approach even more seriously. This may be a dangerous game and lead baseball down a path it doesn’t want to go though. For example if we examine the time period from 2007 to 2012 even further, there are many unsavory consequences that come to light. In 2007, the league batting average was
There is another baseball saying that goes “baseball is a game of reaction not action.” However, there cannot be any reaction unless there is action to begin with. .268, but in 2012 it had dropped to .255. There was a similar drop in on base percentage as well from .336 in 2007 to .319 in 2012. It would be fun to believe that the pitchers have just become proportionally better over the past five years, but there are more than 100 years of data to show that probably isn’t the case. The formula for success and popularity during the steroid era of lots of home runs despite lots of strikeouts was entertaining because the ratio of home runs to strikeouts was high enough to allow fans to look past the strikeouts themselves. But as the drug testing gets stricter (which is a good thing), this ratio will naturally become smaller and the game will become less entertaining. That is unless hitters start changing their approach and putting the ball in play more. There is another baseball saying that goes “baseball is a game of reaction not action.” However, there cannot be any reaction unless there is action to begin with. Baseball was at the pinna-
C.U. Looks to Improve Taper Times for Ivies thought they could achieve. “Taper is the best time of the year. Practices are less yardage work toward being more and and shorter than normal, which is great, but it’s even more fun more competitive. “The team is really excited to to see how fast you can go while be nearing the Championship doing sprints during taper pracand end of the season. We’ve tices. We sometimes surprise had a fantastic year filled with ourselves on [how] fast we can intense training and swim push it even in Helen meets that came down to the Newman,” Douglas said. “Taper has been amazing. It’s last race. We even endured double practices everyday in Puerto the one time of the year where you get to be relaxed and fully prepared to “Throughout the season, the swim fast,” Jibrine added. “We are already team grew as athletes, trainers seeing faster swims and competitors and we can’t during practice. [Taper wait to show how far we’ve is] also helping us grow come at the end of the season.” as a team because we aren’t as tired or sore — we have so much Nicole Jibrine energy, which makes practice a really fun Rico over winter break. environment.” As the team’s excitement and Throughout the season, the team grew as athletes, trainers, competitiveness continues to and competitors and we can’t develop, the Red looks to post wait to show how far we’ve extremely fast times in their come at the end of the season,” Championship races and bring back an Ivy League Jibrine said. As practice continue to Championship to Ithaca. become shorter and shorter, the Red has begun to post even John McGrorty can be reached at more explosive times then they email@example.com. SWIMMING & DIVING Continued from page 16
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cle of its popularity in the 1950s when both home runs per game and strikeouts per game were significantly lower than they are now. Fans might not have gotten to watch as many magical home run moments but they did get to see a game filled with line drives, bunts, diving plays, triples, and stolen bases. I’m not saying that these things don’t happen today, but they certainly happen less often when the ball isn’t hit to begin with. What is also intriguing to point out is that were actually more runs scored per game in six out of the 10 seasons during the 1950s than the past three seasons. This statistical fact proves that while the all-or-nothing approach helped lead to the astronomical runs per game totals during the peak of the steroid era, it is not a prerequisite for offensive success and it may actually hurt teams going forward. The good news is that the advanced metrics front offices rely on today value aspects of the game like on base percentage and slugging percentage but they don’t put a specific premium on home runs. With players’ ability to hit home runs declining due to the lack of steroids, it is likely that front offices will look for more diverse production from hitters. Undoubtedly home runs are still going to be highly valued but even the slightest de-emphasization by front offices will affect the way the game is played. Of course, for a trend like this to reverse itself, especially in a trickle-down manner, as it would be coming from the front office, it will take years to actually happen. But just because the framework itself for this change is already in place is reason enough to be optimistic as a baseball fan. The game no longer needs gargantuan home run totals to sustain its popularity and its time to for baseball to go back to being played the way it was supposed to be played: with action occurring during every at bat and strikeouts and home runs being the exception rather than the rule. Alex Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After Two Wins, Red Prepares for National Duals’ Finals WRESTLING
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Then coming in at 165 pounds, Dake pinned Nick Terdick in 1:57 to make his 42nd career pin. Junior Marshall Peppelman beat Hofstra’s Jermain John at 174 pounds in a 3-2 decision before Bosak at 184 took down the Pride wrestler and turned him to win by fall in 1:47.
Sophomore Jace Bennett and senior Stryker Lane also dominated in their weight classes. Bennett pinned in 1:51 and Lane won by fall in 1:11. “I wouldn’t overlook some of our other studs, including Bricker Dixon, Chris Villalonga and Marshall Peppleman,” Stanzione said. “These guys are among the most talented wrestlers that I
have ever seen. If they go out with the attitude that Kyle and Steve do, they will be unbeatable. That being said, I think the entire team are standout wrestlers.” When the Red returned to take on the University of Nebraska, Garrett opened the second dual with an 11-3 major decision against his opponent at 125 pounds. At 133 pounds, Dixon held on to
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Staying on top | Freshman Nahshon Garrett takes down both of his opponents against Hofstra and the University of Nebraska on Sunday.
win in a 3-2 decision against Bennett escaped to open the Nebraska’s Shawn Nagel. third, but Kolb would take him Nevinger wrestled for the down once again to win a 7-5 second time against Ridge decision. Kiley at 141 pounds and won a At heavyweight, Lane faced 6-2 decision for Cornell. Spencer Johnson and with 1:30 At 149 pounds, Villalonga left in riding time, Johnson faced No. 10 Jake Sueflohn won a 5-2 decision. who defeated the Cornell Cornell will travel to wrestler for the first Red loss of the day in “I think that the team is looking a 12-3 major decision. strong. Kyle Dake and Steve Shanaman took on Bosak are the obvious standouts, No. 6 James Green at but everyone is working 157 pounds, who took Shanaman hard in the room.” down to win a 5-2 decision. Cody Hutcheson Dake wrestled Tyler Koehn at 165 pounds. Dake added three back points in the second Minnesota next weekend for before winning by fall in 3:57. the National Dual finals on At 174, Peppelman faced off Friday and Saturday before against No. 4 Robert Kokesh heading to the EIWA and lost the match due to a 14- Championships and then the NCAA Championships in 3 major decision. Bosak took on No. 8 Josh mid-March. “I think the team is looking Ihnen at 184 pounds. Bosak quickly escaped to open the strong ... Kyle Dake and Steve third and with 2:00 in riding Bosak are the obvious standtime won a 3-0 decision outs, but everyone is working hard in the room. I think Mike against Nebraska. At 197 pounds, Bennett Nevinger, Chris Villalonga and wrestled against Caleb Kolb. Jace Bennett are just some of Bennett held a 4-2 lead after the guys ready to have a big the first with two takedowns. weekend,” said senior Cody Kolb escaped 30 seconds into Hutcheson. the second period, and with one second left on the clock Haley Velasco can be reached at took the lead with a takedown. email@example.com.
Women Place Sixth in Nation for Second Time
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This weekend marked the end of the season for the women’s squash team. The Red finished in sixth place for the second consecutive year at the Howe Cup Championships after a series of close matches. The sixth seeded Red headed to New Haven last week to face No. 3 Penn in the first round of the tournament. Cornell lost, 8-1, to the Quakers, its only win coming from senior co-captain Jaime Laird. Laird, who won in five against Penn’s Rachael Goh, said the loss served as motivation for the team’s next match. “We definitely wanted to beat Penn, but the team handled the loss well and it made us more determined to win against Stanford the next day,” Laird said. The Red then came back to defeat No. 7 Stanford on Saturday in the consolation semi-finals. Laird and senior co-captain Maggie Remsen both won their matches, giving Cornell a 2-1 lead after the first shift. Sophomore Lindsay Seginson and junior Jesse Pacheco then won their matches at the No. 8 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Finally, freshman Brynn Daniels gave the Red the win with her victory in the No. 7 spot. In the consolation finals on Sunday, the Red suffered a tough 3-6 loss to No. 5 Yale, earning them a sixth-place finish overall. “Overall, we were happy with how the season turned out. We finished where we were seeded, and that is a positive result,” Laird said. “I personally am really happy with this season and proud of the team.” While the team’s season is over, the women will be back on the courts in two weeks at individual championships. In the meantime, the men’s squash team will play in the Potter Cup Championship this weekend at Yale. Fifth-ranked Cornell is looking to top last year’s record setting fourth place finish. Having ended its regular season with three impressive victories, including a 5-4 win over No. 1 Princeton, the team is certainly entering the tournament with strong sentiments of confidence. “Our expectations are high as we know with have a strong team with a lot of potential,” said senior Arjun Gupta. “Our fourth place finish last year is motivation to do even better this year.”
The first round of play begins Friday when the Red will face the team seeded fourth. Gupta said the team is excited for the matches. “The team is feeling very confident and we’re really looking forward to the coming weekend,” Gupta said. Katie Schubauer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wins on wins on wins | This weekend, the men’s squash team won its fourth straight game, while the women took sixth in the nation for the second season in a row.
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TRACK AND FIELD
C.U.Garners 18 Wins at Meet By JUAN CARLOS TOLEDO Sun Staff Writer
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Racing to the finish | The men’s and women’s teams took home nine event wins each at the 13th annual Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational on Saturday.
During its last weekend of competition before the Heps meet, the Red was busy hosting the 13th annual Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational on Saturday, against a field of 19 other teams. The men’s team was very strong, producing 28 IC4A qualifying performances, along with nine event wins on the day. Men’s head coach Nathan Taylor said he was encouraged by what he saw out of his team. “I’ve been talking to the kids on the team about really competing fearlessly,” he said. “It was great [and] we had some great performances. I was very encouraged, and I think we’re taking the right steps just before the most important meet of the year.” Taylor added that the athletes who were expected to compete well did so, but he also saw strong performances by the rest of his team. “[Senior] JD Adarqah and [junior] Steven Bell had a good meet,” he said. “[Senior] Bruno Horletano had a good meet, but these are the guys who you expect to have a good meet. There were guys in their shadow who also had good performances.” Bell won the long jump and the Field MVP award with a leap of 23’10.75”, while Adarqah ran a 6.83 to win the 60-meter dash and Track MVP honors. Hortelano won the 500 in a time of 63.92. Junior Dan Scott won the triple jump at 48’2.75”, and freshman Bryan Rhodes won the weight throw with a heave of 58’5.75.” The women’s team was also hard at work,
netting 11 ECAC qualifiers and nine event wins. Women’s head coach Rich Bowman said even though he rested some of his athletes before the Heps, the rest of the team stepped up. “We were very pleased with it,” he said. “We rested a number of people for the championship meet coming up next week. We had the MVP in the running events. We had a number of great things happen in the field events also. All in all, I thought it was the tune up that we needed.” The Track MVP Bowman referred to was junior Ebolutalese Airewele, who won the 300 in 39.46 — the second best time school history. According to Bowman, this kind of meet brings out the best in Cornell athletes. “It’s a memorial meet, and we always try to gear up and perform well and honor [Marc Deneault],” he said. The team certainly performed well. Senior Mercy Gbenjo won the 60 in a time of 7.83, while sophomore Katie Woodford won the 200 in a time of 24.40. The Red also fared well in the field events. Senior cocaptain Ailish Hanly won the high jump with a leap of 5’7”, and senior Claire Dishong cleared 12’5.5” to finish second in the pole vault. Next up for the Red is the Heps meet at Harvard on Friday and Saturday. The team placed second in the meet last year and looks to match or surpass its previous performance. Juan Carlos Toledo can be reached at email@example.com.
Red Falls to Bulldogs, Defeats Brown Bears DiMagno scores career-high points By SKYLER DALE Sun Staff Writer
With just six seconds remaining and the women’s basketball team down by two points in its game against Brown on Saturday, senior forward Clare Fitzpatrick received a pass from junior guard Allyson Dimagno and converted a three-point play — her second game-winning shot in the Red’s last two contests with the Bears. Before hosting Brown (715, 1-7 Ivy) on Saturday, however, the Red (11-10, 3-4) suffered a 58-67 defeat to Yale (913, 4-4) in Newman Arena on
hit some tough shots,” said head coach Dayna Smith. Though the Red led for most of the second half, the Bulldogs capitalized in the last eight minutes of the half with a 9-4 run to give the team a lead that it would not surrender. According to junior guard Stephanie Long, the Red struggled with turnovers and fouls. “We needed to take care of the ball better, particularly in the first half,” she said. “Defensively, I think we needed to step up and stop penetration and silly fouls that sent them to the line.” Despite the loss the Red drew a few positives from the game. Allyson DiMagno scored a career-high 23 points and picked up nine offensive rebounds and the Red outrebounded Yale — a statistic of
“[Clare] is a senior leader with four seasons of experience, so the winning basket on Saturday was the kind of play you come to expect from players like her.” Stephanie Long Friday night. Both teams shot close to forty percent overall, but the Bulldogs capitalized on shots from three-point range. “I thought at times we missed some defensive assignments, but there were some times that Yale was just able to
which Smith said she was proud. “We rebounded the ball much better. It was definitely a focus of ours,” she said. After the loss on Friday, the team regrouped to for its battle against Brown. In a game that
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Bouncing back | After being defeated by Yale on Friday, the Red came back to beat Brown in Newman Arena on Saturday.
was characterized by runs, the Red gave up double-digit leads three times. “[Not] giving those [leads] up — that’s something we’d like to work on,” Smith said. After leading by as much as thirteen, the Red found itself down by five points with just over two minutes to go. Layups by Dimagno and Fitzpatrick cut the lead to one, Brown missed a layup on the other end and Smith called a timeout to set up a last possession play. “Our coach drew up a play that involved a screen for Spencer to come off and me to roll to the basket and Allyson
to be a pressure release and to look for me in the paint,” Fitzpatrick said. When the women returned to the court, the team executed. Dimagno drove to the basket, drew Fitzpatrick’s defender and made a crisp pass. “Allyson delivered an amazing pass and I just put the ball in the hoop,” Fitzpatrick said. The play was reminiscent of the Red’s game against Brown last February when Fitzpatrick received a pass and converted an open layup with 3.3 seconds left in the game. “Clare has been in that situation … and she feels comfortable getting the ball and finish-
ing under pressure, and we feel comfortable with her in that position too” Long said. “She is a senior leader with four seasons of experience, so the winning basket on Saturday was the kind of play you come to expect from players like her.” According to Fitzpatrick, the outcome of the game is a testament to the Red’s determination. “We weren’t leaving that gym without a win,” she said. “We knew we were going to do whatever possible.” Skyler Dale can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2013
Grapplers Advance to National Duals’Finals
Team wins both dual matches By HALEY VELASCO Sun Assistant Sports Editor
After coming out with an Ivy Championship title and a senior day dual win against Bucknell, the Cornell wrestling team advanced to the National Duals’ Finals next weekend thanks to two wins in the regional section of last weekend’s tournament. The Red defeated both Hofstra and the University of Nebraska on Sunday afternoon. Cornell started the competition by shutting out Hofstra, 42-0, before moving past Nebraska, 19-17. The Red wracked up five pins on the day, including two by three-time NCAA champion senior co-captain Kyle Dake. In total, Dake has 16 falls this season and is just one short of tying the school record of 17, which is held by Cam Simaz ’12 and Steve Anceravage ’09. “Our standouts [are] in full force, including Kyle Dake, Steve Bosak, Mike Nevinger, and Nahshon Garret. These guys always step to the line with the “refuse to lose” attitude,” said senior Joe Stanzione. Freshman No. 6 Nahshon Garrett, at 125 pounds, started off the day by taking on Hofstra’s Steve Bonanno and winning an 11-5 decision with 2:04 left in riding time. At 133 pounds, sophomore Bricker Dixon won a 4-3 decision. Junior Mike Nevinger also came up big for the Red at 141 pounds and won a 3-0 decision over Luke Vaith and junior Chris Villalonga grabbed the “W” at 149 pounds with a 6-2 decision over Hofstra. Coming into the 157 pounds weight class, junior Jesse
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Coffee is for closers | Senior Steve Bosak (above) along with the rest of the Cornell squad won both the dual against Hofstra and the one against the University of Nebraska to advance to the National Duals’ Finals next weekend.
Shanaman went up against Hofstra’s Tyler Banks. In the first period, neither athlete could score, but Banks escaped to open the second. The one-point advantage for Banks was the only time during the entire Cornell v. Hofstra dual
that a Hofstra wrestler had the advantage over the Red. However, Shanaman grabbed the lead back and turned out See WRESTLING Page 14
Red Finishes Regular Season America’s Favorite Pastime: SWIMMING AND DIVING
By JOHN McGRORTY Sun Staff Writer
This Saturday, members of the men and women’s swimming and diving teams headed to Ithaca College to compete in their last meet of the 2012-2013 regular season. With The Ivy League Championships for the women’s team on Feb. 28 and on March 7 for the men, this meet offered the Red the opportunity to test their late season progress in a controlled race environment. The Red posted impressive times and looks to swim faster as it progresess in the team’s taper. “Everyone who chose to swim at the Ithaca meet was extremely happy with their results,” said sophomore swimmer Bethany Douglas. “It was a great confidence booster for all of those who swam and also for the rest of us on deck [to
watch] our teammates go so fast.” The meet helped add to the teams’ excitement for the championship season. The Red looks to improve upon the team’s regular season results in its most important race of the year. “The Ithaca Meet really psyched up the team [for the] Ivy Championships,” said sophomore swimmer Nicole Jibrine. “We went some really fast times and we are motivated to only get faster at Ivies. Even members of the team who didn’t swim at Ithaca went to support the team. The spirit and enthusiasm [were] really high — it will only get better and more exciting at Ivies.” The taper has helped to motivate the Red to go faster at Ivies. This resting and development period has given the team time to reflect and See SWIMMING & DIVING page 13
Revolution and Evolution
here isn’t a more entertaining moment at a baseball game than hearing the sharp crack of the bat and then watching as the ball shoots into the stratosphere, only to disappear seconds later into a sea of hands reaching out from the grandstand. As a pitcher myself I know I’m not supposed to be a fan of the long ball, but I am forced to admit there is something majestically beau-
Following the 1994 strike, baseball as a sport, was in a slump. Attendance was down and the sport frankly lacked an edge. That all changed during the summer of 1998 though with the home run chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Fans flocked to ballparks around the country to see these massive sluggers try to launch baseballs into the next area code. We all knew something might be up by the
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Paving the path | As Cornell prepares in the upcoming weeks for its run at the Ivy Championships, the teams were able to take it easy at the meet at Ithaca College and excel in multiple events.
tiful about watching a baseball soar above the roar of the crowd. It is this moment that not only entertains the die-hard fan who understand the intricacies of every at bat but the casual observer on a Friday evening in the heat of July. And it is for that reason that the quest to hit home runs has taken baseball on a roller coaster ride throughout the course of the last 20 years, redefining the very way the game is played.
ease with which they conquered formerly unconquerable records but we looked the other way because we were amazed by it all. Baseball itself looked the other way too and is now facing the consequences of its decision with the drama surrounding the Hall of Fame. But whether or not we ever forgive McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, See SMITH page 13