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A new English Language Support Office for grad students is scheduled to open in July. | Page 3
Paul Blank ’14 takes a look at this year’s Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts.
Women’s basketball won against Brown Saturday, despite losing to Yale on Friday. | Page 16
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Concerns About Job Market Lead Students to STEM Majors
Dean: humanities education still valuable By JINJOO LEE Sun News Editor
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Students in ART 3700: Hybrid Media and Global Art Practices display projects inspired by environmental issues in the Olive Tjaden Hall gallery Monday.
Advocates for the humanities have expressed concerns in the past few years about the looming threats to humanities majors in the U.S. — ranging from general concerns about high unemployment rates for humanities graduates to a recent 2013 Congressional proposal to cut 50 percent from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cornell, too, seemed to feel the impact in 2011, when the number of degrees awarded in the humanities plummeted. Since 2003, the percentage of students with a humanities major in the College of Arts and Sciences fluctuated between 35 to 41 percent, before dropping to 31 percent in 2011. Since then, the percentage of students with a humanities major increased by one percentage point for the Class of 2013. Meanwhile the number of students with a
major in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics field has steadily increased in the last decade, according to figures provided by the University Registrar. The dip in the number of humanities majors in 2011 may have been partially due to job market concerns, since the decline was cor-
“A liberal arts education ... best equips you for a changing world.” Gretchen Ritter related with the economic downturn of that occurred in late 2008 — around the time that the Class of 2011 began to declare their majors — according to Tricia Barry, director of communications in the College of Arts and Sciences. See HUMANITIES page 4
Four-Week New Member Period Decreases Hazing Violations By ERIC OBERMAN Sun Staff Writer
The first four-week new member period for fraternities and sororities — which was shortened from six weeks in 2013 and eight weeks in 2012 — ended on Feb. 23, as new members were initiated into their respective chapters. According to Travis Apgar, associate dean of students, it is too early to know
the broader effects these changes will have on the Greek system, but there was a decrease in the number of hazing reports this year. “Last year we saw an increase in the number of reports of hazing. This year we still have a number of reports that we’ve received across campus organizations, not just fraternities and sororities,” he said. “The number attached to fraternities and sororities is lower, especially as
Cornell Law School Ranked Ninth In Grads Placed at Top Firms Cornell Law School was ranked ninth in the placement of 2013 graduates at top law firms in a Feb. 24 report of “Go-To Law Schools” released annually by The National Law Journal. The report examines the percentage of graduates from each law school entering as associates at the largest 250 law firms in the United States by number of attorneys, according to Globe Newswire. Cornell’s ranking is up from the tenth spot in 2012, when 44.27 percent of its 192 law graduates were placed into the NLJ’s top 250.
Columbia Law School took the top spot, with 65 percent of graduates entering the largest 250 law firms, according to Globe Newswire. The University of Pennsylvania Law School previously held first place in 2011 and 2012. Of the top 50 law schools for largest law firm placement, 27 percent of 2013 graduates received associate jobs — an increase from 25 percent in 2012, according to Beth Frerking, editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal. — Compiled by Dara Levy
compared to last year, and there are very few cases where we can find any credibility as to what has been reported.” Additionally, there have been no hazing reports this new member period related to alcohol, according to Apgar. However, he said one chapter is still under review for possible alcohol violations unrelated to hazing. According to Erica Whitestone ’15, president of the Cornell Panhellenic
Association, while the new period was shorter than in previous years, it was still successful. “Each chapter was able to teach their new members their history, tradition, as well as prepare them to become part of their sisterhoods,” Whitestone — who is also the Sun’s social media manager — said in an email. See GREEK page 5
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Denis Defibaugh, Artist and RIT Professor, gives a presentation on the aesthetics of birds during the opening of his exhibit at the Cornell Lab of Orninthology Monday.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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English Language Support to Help Int’l Grad Students
Cornell goes to Washington
By ASHLEY COLLIS-BURGESS Sun Contributor
The English Language Support Office — a new resource for international graduate students — is scheduled to open July 1, according to Jan Allen, associate dean for academic and student affairs. Developed collaboratively by the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines and the Graduate School, the office will provide both semester-long credit courses and shorter one or two-week institutes in academic and professional speaking, writing and presentation, according to Allen. Allen said the office will help international students adjust to Cornell courses. “The English Language Support Office’s services will support international students’ academic and social acculturation to help them understand and fully be apart of academic life in the United States, and specifically at Cornell,” she said. Allen said the office will offer mentoring and peer tutoring services for graduate students — many who have learned English as a second language — and additional services will be added as the office develops. “We are currently moving in ... the final stages in the search for a new director for the office.” Allen said. The office will address “diversity and international students,” a focus area of the Graduate and Professional Community Initiative, according to President David Skorton’s Feb. 10 Sun column. Skorton said that the University needs more programs to help graduate students keep up with the constantly changing demands for a graduate school education. “All these changes, and the varied interests and needs of our students, suggest that we need to renew our focus on graduate and professional student education and life,”
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David Sibley, associate director of Cornell in Washington, held an information session in McGraw Hall on Monday to talk to students interested in the program.
Skorton said in the column. The office will be funded collaboratively through the Graduate School and the Provost’s Office, according to Joe Martin, co-chair and director of the Knight Institute. “The Knight Institute will provide the academic home for English Language Support Office instructors who will be lecturers … in the College of Arts and Sciences,” Martin said. The Knight Institute will serve as the basis of the program and provide the office with instructors already experienced with working with international students, according to Martin. “Initially, Knight Institute instructors will be able to orient the ELSO staff to the Cornell graduate student population and highlight areas of major concern,” he said. Gideon Ponio grad, who is from the Philippines, said he believes that the new office will be an asset for graduate students who are seeking to improve their English skills. “International students [at] Cornell definitely already have good English skills, but from experience, some of them
still find it hard to articulate their thoughts or make a transition from their native way of speaking to how it is translated into English,” Ponio said. Mariano Sanchez-Talanquer grad, who is from Mexico, said he could also improve his writing from participating in the program. “Since I am already in my third year, I wouldn’t take long semester courses, but I could use some help in polishing manuscripts for submission to academic journals or writing the dissertation.” Sanchez-Talanquer said. He added that there is a major “gap” between the level of English necessary to perform well in classes and that needed to successfully submit an article to a peer-reviewed journal or give an “error-free job talk.” “I think some support in perfecting those final products would be appreciated by graduate students across disciplines,” Sanchez-Talanquer said. Ashley Collis-Burgess can be reached at email@example.com.
Ithaca Fire Department Extinguishes Insectary Laboratory Blaze A fire caused by a mechanical failure on the roof of the University’s Insectary Laboratory was quickly extinguished by Ithaca firefighters Monday, according to an Ithaca Fire Department press release. Thomas Basher, public information officer for the IFD, said the blaze was caused by the failure of a duct heater within the lab.
At approximately 11:45 a.m., Tompkins County 911 Dispatch received an alarm from the Cornell laboratory, according to the press release. Crews noticed smoke coming from an exhaust fan on the roof and found a fire in the roof assembly. Though the building — which is located on the eastern part of campus — suffered “moderate damage,”
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firefighters were able to quickly control the fire by cutting roof material to gain access to the burning area, according to the press release. The fire was extinguished in approximately 90 minutes. The IFD said that no one was injured in the fire. — Compiled by Anushka Mehrotra
Brown Sees Peace Corps Participation Decline THE BROWN DAILY HERALD
Following a decade of ranking among the top 25 medium-sized colleges and universities sending graduates to the Peace Corps, [Brown] University failed to make the list for a second consecutive year. There are 11 Brown alums currently serving in the Peace Corps, wrote Elizabeth Chamberlain, public affairs specialist for the Peace Corps Northeast Regional Office, in an email to The Herald. This number marks a drop from last year, when 21 Brown alums served in the program — one student short of making the list. In order to be nationally ranked in 2014, the University would have needed 17 participating alums, Chamberlain wrote. With roughly 6,000 undergraduates, Brown falls on the smaller side of the medium-sized colleges and universities group, which is defined as any institution with 5,000 to 15,000 undergraduates. All colleges experience fluctuations
year to year in volunteer numbers, said Kathryn Fidler, regional recruiter for the Peace Corps. She added that there has not been any noticeable decline in interest. The Peace Corps is still an “attractive” option for graduates, Fidler said, adding that the program “offers two years of entry-level international experience, and you don’t have to pay in order to do it.”
The program attracts students interested in pursuing international work directly after their undergraduate studies, said Jim Amspacher, advisor for careers in the common good at CareerLAB. The Peace Corps “opens many doors” and is a “leaping-off point to do a wide range of work,” Amspacher said. “Brown draws people that are internationally focused,” said Caroline Klein
’05, who volunteered in community work with the Peace Corps in Moldova starting in 2005. “Peace Corps gave me the opportunity to understand cultures from an on-the-ground perspective,” she said. The application process was not challenging, Klein said, adding that she was surprised by the speed of the process. Her Peace Corps experience helped her gain confidence and taught her life and business skills, she said, adding that most volunteers learn more about themselves than they do about making substantial changes abroad. Chamberlain wrote that 634 Brown alums have served overseas in the Peace Corps since 1961. Current volunteers are hosted in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda and Senegal, and are working in the agriculture, education, environment and health sectors, she added. This story was published in The Brown Daily Herald Friday.
Ithaca Mayor’s Agenda Includes Street Parking, Stormwater, Dredging
The City of Ithaca’s odd-even parking policy, which is effective throughout snow season each year, may be changed or eliminated, the Ithaca Journal reported Sunday. Mayor Svante Myrick believes “we can do better” to effectively manage snow removal and street cleaning, according to the Journal. Also on his agenda were initiatives for stormwater management and a dredging task force. N.Y. Reports Safest-Ever Hunting Season
New York State reported no accidental shootings in Tompkins County throughout 2013, with this season also seeing the lowest number of hunting related shooting incidents across New York, according to Ithaca Journal. Low numbers were reported for both bow and gun hunters, the Journal said. The number of hunting incidents per 100,000 hunters has fallen by more than 70 percent since the 1960s, with the past fiveyear average down to 4.3 incidents, according to the Journal. Southern Tier Casino Resort Planned Near Thruway
A shopping mall developer from Rochester wants to build a $350 million casino in Tyre, a farm-town with a population of 981, Ithaca Journal reported Saturday. The plans include about 2,000 slot machines, at least 100 gambling tables, and a 200-room hotel, according to the Journal. Resident opinions are split, with some opposed to the out-of-place casino, while others think it will contribute greatly to the economy, providing job opportunities and generating millions of dollars in revenue, the Journal reported. — Compiled by Talia Jubas
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Humanities Majors Flock to STEM for ‘Career Prospects’ HUMANITIES
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There may be a basis for humanities majors’ concerns about unemployment. According to data released by the Georgetown Public Policy Institute last year, the unemployment rate for recent college graduates was highest for anthropology and archaeology majors — at 12.6
percent — while the unemployment rate for other humanities majors, including English, philosophy and history, ranged from 9.5 to 9.8 percent. In contrast, recent graduates with majors in chemistry faced an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, while math majors faced an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent and engineering majors had an unemployment rate of 7.4 per-
cent. But long-term earnings reflect better earning prospects for humanities majors. Although humanities and social sciences majors start out earning 84 percent of what professional and preprofessional majors earn, they begin to out-earn from ages 56 to 60, according to a January report by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. STEM
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majors and Engineering majors still outearn humanities and social sciences majors both in the short run and the long run. Gretchen Ritter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said that the concerns about the humanities have been exaggerated. Anxieties about the economy have fueled a “narrow, short-term perspective” on careers, she said, citing a recent survey that found that 74 percent of CEOs advocated a liberal arts education. “A liberal arts education with a strong foundation in the humanities is the education that best equips you for a changing world,” Ritter said. In contrast to the humanities decline, the number of students in a STEM major increased in the last decade, according to statistics from the University Registrar. In 2013, 38 percent of Arts and Sciences students had a major in STEM-related fields, which was up six percentage points since 2003. Connor Archard ’15 — who is also a Sun senior photographer — said one of the factors that affected his decision to switch majors from psychology to electrical engineering was concern about his career prospects. When Archard attended an engineering career fair his freshman year, he said he was impressed by the number of opportunities available to engineers. “It seemed like [engineering students] had a lot of interesting prospects, and I didn’t see any of those for myself,” he said. According to some students, by increasing resources for career planning, the University could keep more students in the humanities. Olivia Duell ’14, who is double majoring in English and feminist, gender and sexuality studies, said that while humanities majors are given plenty of academic resources, the college could do more to guide humanities students after graduation. “It would be so much nicer if [humanities departments] had resources to put current undergraduates in contact with recent alumni for advice,” Duell said. “If this is already a resource, it should be better advertised.” Archard said Cornell seems to have great resources for students in STEM fields “in terms of getting students to have hands-on
experience,” something he said did not seem readily available as a psychology major. Such resources include career fairs geared towards STEM majors — such as the Engineering, Technical and Entrepreneurial career fair — and student project teams in the College of Engineering, which allocates funding and resources to groups of students to pursue their projects of interest. Ritter, however, said Cornell has not lagged in providing support for humanities or social sciences. “We have raised $110 million over the last five years for a new humanities building, a faculty hiring initiative and program support, demonstrating the university and alumni community’s strong support for the humanities,” she said. Meanwhile, advocates of the humanities, including President David Skorton, have brought attention to the most recent threat to humanities funding — Congress’ proposal to slash funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the U.S., by half. Skorton told Inside Higher Ed in July that the country is “excessively vocationally oriented” right now and that the proposed bill showed how the National Endowment for the Humanities lacked the lobbying power that other agencies possess. Skorton went on to defend NEH’s value, saying that the organization’s programs “are preparing people to play critical roles in what's happening in our society in the 21st century, whether it’s analysts in our intelligence agencies or people who drive innovation in our companies.” Ritter also said that the humanities have a deeply rooted place in the world. “The humanities embody the profoundly and inescapably human endeavor to understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos,” she said. “As long as there are humans, there will be a need and a future for the humanities.” This article is part of the Daily Sun Dialogues, a new digital project launched this week. Read more at dialogues.cornellsun.com. Jinjoo Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumna Charged With Felonies Cornell alumna Brenda Condon ’81 was charged for two felonies on Feb. 21. Condon faced charges in Alameda County, Calif. Superior Court for grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to an Alameda County court document. She is not currently in custody. Condon was involved with the women’s hockey team during her time at Cornell, winning two All-Time First Team All-Ivy League awards for the 1979-80 and 1980-81 school years, according to the Cornell athletics website. Condon has been chief executive officer of Artisan Landscape Management since August 2013, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was also the chief operating officer of FloraTech Landscape Management — a landscape management and construction company based in Hayward, Calif. — for 17 years. Her next hearing is scheduled for March 18 at the Hayward Hall of Justice, according to the court document. — Compiled by Annie Bui
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Period for Greek New Jury Selection Begins in New York Members‘Too Short’ Rape, Murder Conspiracy Trial GREEK
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However, according to Zach Benfanti ’16, vice president for membership for the Cornell Interfraternity Council, some in the greek community feel that a four-week process is too short and detracts from the positive aspects of the new member period. “There’s been a lot of pushback from the Greek community as a whole. A lot of national chapters are basically saying that we cannot do this four-week period because there is not enough time to get everything done,” he said. Benfanti also said that effects on new members after initiation must be taken into account prior to making judgments about the new period length. “Honestly, the true test of the [student] safety will be this coming week, now that that new member education period is over,” he said. “It’s going to be really interesting to see how students respond given the fourweek period and how much they really did learn over the course of that process.” According to Apgar, the process of shortening the original 12-week new member period began in 2006, when he began working at Cornell. “Even if you took away things that were maybe hazing related, like bad treatment — physically or mentally — and just looked at the time commitment and the length of the time, we heard a lot of feedback from students, parents and alumni saying that [12 weeks] was just too much,” he said. There were concerns that the length of the new member period was hurting the academic performance of those joining Greek life, according to Apgar. He said when the period was
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still 12 weeks, the average grades of new members were lower than the average grades for other students. These factors, along with consultations from student leaders, contributed to the decision to shorten the new member period, according to Apgar. “We slowly and kind of quietly started to reduce the number of weeks,” Apgar said. “It was amazing because most people in the system never even realized we went from 12 weeks to 8 weeks over a few years.” According to Apgar, another goal of the changes to the new member period is to improve the relationship between new members and those who have already been initiated into chapters. “The power differential that exists between members and those who are aspiring to be members needs to change,” he said. “We know that a lot of times chapters are just doing unto the new members what had happened to them, and so we wanted to make sure [the process] was well-organized and well thought through.” Additionally, chapters are now required to submit plans for their new member orientation processes, and articulate what they hope new members will gain from each activity planned, according to Apgar. The creation of the Delta Series — a weekly program introduced this year that educates new members on issues such as hazing, alcohol and inclusion — was also beneficial to the new member period, according to Whitestone. “The Delta Series helped new members have a safer experience by providing them with knowledge to succeed,” she said. Eric Oberman can be reached at email@example.com.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of two men charged with conspiring to rape, torture and murder women and children as a judge said he was inclined to let jurors hear testimony about an “extremely disturbing” video found in a former Manhattan school librarian's apartment and a conversation with an undercover investigator in which he expresses sexual interest in infants. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe said he had not yet made a final decision, but believed both pieces of evidence had relevance to the charges against 61-year-old Robert Christopher Asch, a former librarian at Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan. Also on trial is Michael Vanhise, 23, of Trenton, N.J. in a case that stems from the prosecution of Gilberto Valle, a former New York City Police officer convicted last year of plotting to kill and eat women. Valle is awaiting sentencing. Verbal questioning of potential jurors was set to begin Tuesday after about 100 prospective New York jurors filled out questionnaires Monday aimed at
learning if they can be fair and impartial despite the ghastly nature of the evidence. One prospective juror shook her head slowly as Gardephe warned that the evidence includes discussions of kidnapping, raping, torturing and murdering women and children. She put her head in her hands as the judge said defense lawyers were likely to assert that the conversations were sexual fantasy and imaginary role-play. Gardephe said he viewed a roughly half-hour “pain video” before deciding it was likely relevant to the charges against Asch. “It’s a graphic tape. It’s not a staged event or phony event. It appears to be real,” the judge said. “The video is extremely disturbing.” He said he was likely to let an agent testify about the sexual instruments used on women in the sadistic video because prosecutors say the instruments are similar to those that Asch brought to a meeting with an undercover agent. But Gardephe said he was likely to require the agent to testify outside the presence of the jury first so he can clearly define the scope of the testimony.
Italian Premier Wins Confidence Vote ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi won a crucial confidence vote in Parliament on his brand new government early Tuesday, managing at least for now to tamp down anger from among his own Democrats over his brash, quick rise to power. The vote in the Senate came hours after he argued that he
could get his country back to work while the last three premiers failed. Renzi, at 39 Italy's youngest premier, was sworn into office on Saturday along with an unusually young Cabinet, with many of the ministers newcomers to national government. The Senate voted 169-139 to confirm Renzi’s broad coali-
tion, which ranges from his center-left Democrats to center-right forces formerly loyal to ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi. Renzi needed at least 155 votes to clinch the victory, one of two mandatory confidence votes. The second vote, in the Chamber of Deputies, was expected later Tuesday.
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In Support of College Education in Prisons
GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-N.Y.) ANNOUNCED an initiative earlier this month that would provide those incarcerated in New York State prisons the opportunity to earn a college education. In response, Cornell students and faculty have expressed their support, saying that the program would decrease the recidivism rate — the percentage of prisoners who are rearrested after release — and save the state money in the future. With a current recidivism rate of 40 percent, Cuomo has recognized the need for a program to help alleviate the problem of criminals returning to prison. Cornell has also shown its commitment to prison education through its own Prison Education Program, which provides classes to inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility and Cayuga Correctional Facility. We laud the University for continuing its commitment to CPEP, as well as State officials for recognizing the benefits of these kinds of programs. We believe that the benefits — to both inmates and the general population — of instituting a prison education system statewide outweigh the initial cost. Currently, the State of New York spends $60,000 a year per prisoner on incarcerations, according to a press release from Cuomo. While it does cost an additional $5,000 a year per prisoner to provide courses to complete a Bachelors or Associate degree, this cost should save the state in imprisonment costs later on. According to a study from the RAND corporation, inmates who participated in education programs were 13 percent less likely to be arrested again within three years of release. According to Rob Scott, executive director of the Cornell Prison Education Program, the potential savings associated with inmate education are such that “for every person who is released from prison without returning, we save enough money to fund 12 more students to go to college while incarcerated.” By reinvesting some of those funds in prison education, the State could both save money and continue to strive toward a lower rate of recidivism. Critics of the proposal say the program is unfair; they argue that inmates should not be given free college education over students from low-income backgrounds who have never been incarcerated. We agree that low-income students should be a priority when it comes to financial aid and gaining access to education. However, the money being used to fund these programs is coming from a different pool than state-sponsored aid programs. The Federal Pell Grant Program, one of the main financial aid programs for low-income students was available to inmates until 1994, when Congress passed legislation that disqualified inmates from receiving the grants. Shortly after, inmates were also barred from receiving New York State aid for prison education. Cuomo’s program should not detract from the financial aid upon which so many deserving students rely. Rather, we hope this program will pay for itself by reducing recidivism, and thus incarceration costs, to the extent that it offsets the cost of providing inmates with a college education. So long as it is as financially successful as the governor claims it will be, we believe this program is worthwhile to the state. The societal benefits, beyond the potential financial gain, are immense. Education is a key component to ensuring previously imprisoned individuals will reintegrate as productive members of society. Through its commitment to this program, New York State is showing its support for what Prof. Mary Katzenstein, government, calls making “corrections correctional.”
My Forken Opinion
arlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan federal agency, released a report titled, “The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income.” First, the good news: A 39 percent increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would lift 900,000 families out of poverty while simultaneously increasing the incomes of 16.5 million low-wage workers. The CBO also determined that an increase in the minimum wage would lead to the reduction of 500,000 jobs. Predictably, the Obama administration touted the reduction in income inequality while Republicans pointed to the ensuing job loss. However, the Republicans would be smart not to fight the Democrats on the minimum wage for two reasons: The first being that the CBO report was, in reality, largely inconclusive, and the second being public opinion. As mentioned before, one of the main talking points of the Republican base is that increasing the minimum wage will ultimately force firms to reduce employment. Nevertheless, even if you take the CBO report at face value, these 500,000 lost jobs only translate into a 0.3 percent reduction in the labor force. There are many reasons not to see the CBO report as the be-all and end-all in the minimum wage debate, including numerous conflicting reports from other labor economists, such as Lawrence Katz of Harvard, who claim that the CBO overestimated the policy’s effect on the labor market. Furthermore, consider this direct quote from the CBO report, “Once fully implemented in the second half of 2016, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers, or 0.3 percent, CBO projects ... As with any such estimates, however, the actual losses could be smaller or larger; in CBO’s assessment, there is about a two-thirds chance that the effect would be in the range between a very slight reduction in employment and a reduction in employment of [one] million workers.” The uncertainty in the report indicates that the minimum wage may decrease total employment by negligible amounts or around 0.3 percent at the most. Adding to the ambiguity of the report are the conclusions from the CBO on increasing the minimum wage to $9.00, which the orga-
nization also considered in the report. The findings on this increase were that the effects could range from a very slight increase in employment to a very slight decrease in employment. Essentially, the CBO report verifies that predicting how the labor market will react to an increased minimum wage amounts to a shot in the dark. Put simply, the Republicans have nothing to gain from resisting a wage increase. The effects are so uncertain that neither party really has ground to stand on. That being said, the Democrats have the upper hand due simply to public opinion. According to a Quinnipiac poll from January, 72 percent of voters favor an increase in the minimum wage to $9. Additionally, 52 percent of Republican voters favor the proposal. The Republican base has to realize that voters do not care about CBO reports. They care about putting more money in their pockets. It is true, although not certain, that some may lose their jobs because of a minimum wage increase. However, as Jared Bernstein, a former White House economic advisor, commented, “Even if they’re [the CBO] right, the beneficiaries far, far outweigh the people who are hurt by this.” To their credit, the Republicans managed to follow public opinion and approve a clean debt limit earlier in the year. That may prove to be for naught if the GOP cannot follow the will of the voters continuing into the 2014 midterms and 2016. From a political standpoint, it seems nonsensical for the Republicans to oppose the Democrats on minimum wage. While their policy beliefs may tell them one thing, the GOP would be smart to give up the minimum wage fight in the spirit of winning elections. As the economics do not universally support either party’s stance, public opinion should dictate the views of policymakers. While the Republican base can gain nothing from preventing an increase in the minimum wage, as their own constituency even supports the idea, they can further the rebranding of their image away from the “Party of No,” by saying yes to what Americans support. Jake Forken is a sophomore in the College of Human Ecology. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. My Forken Opinion appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Deon Thomas |
It’s Not Me, It’s You
The Word That Shall Not Be Named I
’m a user. It’s hard to admit, but I’ve been using it almost my entire life. I hurt myself every time. There are songs about it, there are articles about it and sometimes they even talk about it on T.V. It has taken me many years, but I think it might be just about time to rid it from my life. The N-word. Let’s be honest, you knew this was coming. No columnist who writes about race can avoid this topic and still respect their work at the end of the day. I decided when I first became a columnist that I would stop using the word before I wrote anything about it. However, it has been quite a while and I cannot seem to give it up. Something about it is enticing. It feels great to be able to use a word that others cannot unless you authorize them to do so. The word seems to make songs sound better, jokes funnier and it can make an insult stand out further. I recently read that the NFL is attempting to adopt a rule penalizing the N-word. This is obviously going to be a very controversial rule change, as any athlete knows that it is hard to control your language when things don’t go your way. These days, it’s even hard for fans to refrain from saying the word. Quite recently, Marcus Smart, a basketball player for Oklahoma State, was involved in an altercation with a fan over the alleged use of the word. In January, Madonna caused quite a bit of controversy after using the word to refer to her son in an Instagram post. She defended this, stating that the use of the word is all about intention, and that it did not indicate that she is racist. Nonetheless, the takeaway from all of these issues is that the word creates a discussion whenever it is used no matter the race of the user. The problem with the N-word is not in its use. I devoutly
The problem with the Nword is not in its use. I devoutly believe that the problem lies in its current state of limbo. believe that the problem lies in its current state of limbo. It is used as a term of endearment, yet can also be an insult. The word can be said, but only by African-Americans. It was originally used to let black people know that they were less than human. However, today it is used with an “a” at the end, which somehow elicits a completely different meaning. I don’t know about you, but when I pronounce a word differently than it was intended I am not foolish enough to actually think it means something else. Changing the ending of the word is not nearly enough to distance it from its racist origins. In my opinion, there are two ways in which the problem of the N-word can be solved. The first way being the obvious: If everybody stops saying it, it will eventually fade from our vocabulary. However, the reason why this method hasn’t been working is because the word is so definitively engraved in African-American vocabulary and culture. It would be nearly impossible to rid the world of the word. Which leads to our second option, which is to embrace the word and start allowing everybody to say it. It becomes nearly impossible to argue that it is no longer racist and is a term of endearment if non-black people are not allowed to use it. How is the word not racist if only one race is associated with it? The problem with choosing the latter is actually being able to enforce it. I cannot simply call a symposium of all AfricanAmericans to get together and decide to let everybody use the word. There isn’t a black listserv that I can e-mail blast to let everybody know that we are changing our stance on the Nword. There is no easy way to get such a large movement started. This is why the N-word is in this current state of limbo. We need those who have clout in popular culture to get the ball rolling. It is my earnest belief that if everyone is allowed to say the word, it will quickly become “no big deal.” The N-word is out there, and the truth is that nearly everyone is saying it, whether in public or in private. If well-known celebrities are using the word on social media Currently, the word presents a problem that causes fights, proliferates racism and quite bluntly just pisses people off. Whether we decide to keep it and change its meaning, attempt to rid our vernacular of it forever, or if you think the current state of the word is acceptable, just remember that it’s not me, it’s you. Deon Thomas is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at email@example.com. It’s Not Me, It’s You appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Maggie Henry |
Get Over Yourself
Does That Make Me Crazy?
couple of months al and romantic identities. empowering effects of ago, my friend, (let’s Charlotte Lieberman, a hook-up culture alongside call him “Frank”), recent Harvard grad, wrote the rhetoric we use to and I sat on his faux-leather about this phenomenon in describe it, it’s hard to agree couch, bundled up against a recent Cosmopolitan with her. She, and many his failing heat system. He piece, “Why Is College like-minded contemporary told me about a girl who Dating So Screwed Up?” feminist thinkers, point to had been texting him every that (I hope) you’ve seen college-age women’s particfew nights asking if he was circulating your social ipation in hook-up culture going out. Sometimes media accounts. Lieberman and relatively high levels of when Frank was at parties, highlights what academics achievement to conclude this Jane Doe would hang have called “the whoever- that there is an empowerout nearby, attempting to cares-less-wins dynamic” ing effect. In her eagerness initiate conversations with under which “it always feels to causally link hook-up him. Because of her sur- like the person who cares culture with college prised, wild-looking, shifty less ends up winning.” I women’s ability to achieve gaze, we called her “Crazy agree with Lieberman that at increasingly high levels, Eyes,” and referred to her as our college communities Rosin glosses over potential “crazy” a few times place a premium on being emotionally counter-prothroughout our conversa- “chill,” and that sexual ductive impacts of hook-up dynamics are such that culture on that same demotion. Describing women as seeming uninterested gives graphic. Rosin correctly identifies empowering ele“crazy” is ubiquitous today, you the edge. Last summer, I was ments of this culture, but but in this instance it began to upset me. It felt rude intrigued by similar themes fails to acknowledge everyand demeaning, and the I encountered when I read day sexist rhetoric that mitconversation ballooned to Hanna Rosin’s book, The igates those empowering other stories Frank and his End of Men: And the Rise of effects. Though I wish I could roommates shared about Women and her 2012 folother “crazy” women. Em- low up article, “Boys on the agree with her that hookbarrassingly, however, it Side.” In the latter, Rosin up culture actually prowasn’t male, fratty, beer- praises hook-up culture for motes women’s success, crushing and emotionally- enabling college women to here at Cornell and elseunattached Frank who said the nickname first. It was me. I said it because it To express interest as a sounded funny. I said it woman without assurance because we tend to make jokes about our of reciprocation, even in a experiences for fun. But mostly, I said it hook-up context, means because I felt lazy, and you’re “crazy.” “crazy” has become a vocabulary touchstone for an ocean of obnoxious, engage in relationships where, I have to conclude archetypal sentiments while freeing time for other that women are kicking pursuits. Indeed, she asserts butts and taking names in about women. “Crazy” is a one-stop that “feminist progress spite of a cultural tradition shop of descriptions of right now largely depends that tells us “to care is to be women we find to be irri- on the existence of the crazy.” Alternatively, when tating, sensitive, exuberant, hookup culture.” At the women genuinely don’t drunk, romantically-inter- end of her piece, Rosin care to be seriously engaged ested, loud or upset. We observes that ultimately with romantic partners and rarely call women “crazy” women will need time “to engage in hook-up culture because we’re actually try- figure out what they want for fun, we run the risk of ing to empathize with real and how to ask for it,” per- being labelled “slutty,” mental health issues with haps laying aside hook-up “promiscuous” or a variety which they might be deal- relationships as they pursue of other Scarlet Letter woring. We call women crazy satisfying, deeper emotion- thy descriptions. In our cold winter confor sending rude texts to al connections. She doesn’t exes. We call women crazy see that process as mutually versation, Frank and I were for demanding discussion exclusive from the hook-up saying that because she culture, and actually thinks expressed overt interest in of a break-up. Mostly, however, we call engaging in hook-up cul- Frank, Jane Doe had women crazy for acting too ture provides women with stepped over a line college interested in potential time to mature into long- culture has drawn between romantic partners. In this term relationship decisions. “chill” and “crazy.” To When we consider express interest as a woman way, “crazy” is a descriptor very much tied to our sexu- Rosin’s assertions about the without assurance of recip-
rocation, even in a hook-up context, means you’re “crazy.” And not just to the archetypal frat boys of the world — I, and most women I know, use the description as casually and as inaccurately as ever. I know Jane Doe. She’s not crazy, she’s not overlypromiscuous and she deserves to move through Cornell and its accompanying social scene without having to perform a reputational tightrope act worth of Cirque du Soleil. Her experience (and that of myself on occasion and, likely, a significant population of Cornell women) shows us that agency in the hook-up culture doesn’t put women on the same level as men. Instead, said culture paints over a continued social prejudice against women who take ownership of their own romantic futures. The rhetorical traditions that accompany hook-up culture encourage us, men and women alike, to crucify women who take matters into their own hands as “crazy” or “wanton.” Ever since I started writing a column that focuses on campus issues, I’ve tried to focus on institutions — Greek life, the University administration and beyond. But a lot of the problems start right at home with me, my friends, you, your friends and the way we talk. Our use of words like “crazy” are verbal abbreviations that save us the time of an accurate description, but lead us to marginalizing women and, indeed, trivializing real mental health issues. I’m not going to call women crazy anymore, and I hope you’ll join me.
Maggie Henry is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get Over Yourself appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Anyone’s Game: Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts at Cornell Cinema BY PAUL BLANK Sun Staff Writer
The short film categories of the Academy Awards are infamous for being the wildcards of the Oscar pool. Hardly anyone watches them, and thus people have a hard time grasping what qualities Oscar voters favor in awarding the ultimate prize. Up until now, I too was among the oblivious, and so, checking out this year’s Live Action Short Nominees screening at Cornell Cinema, I was expecting a unique viewing experience. Turns out, not so much. Perhaps it’s because the pool for short films is a lot smaller than that of feature-lengths, but the five films nominated this year ranged from mediocre to merely pretty good. None of the shorts stood out as especially distinct or exceptional, and, as a result, were a lot more susceptible to the tropes Oscar voters are known for: safe storylines and bland self-righteousness. The films of the lot that benefit most from the shortened format are the two comedies: Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? and The Voorman Problem. At under 10 minutes, the former, from Finland, hinges on a simple nadir: a family rushes to get to a wedding for which they are already late. From its bumbling, loveable couple to its adorable children who don Halloween costumes instead of formal dresses, it plays out like a Scandinavian Little Miss Sunshine. It tells its story efficiently while throwing in a pleasant final twist and chuckles to spare. The latter, from the U.K., plays out like a folk tale of a psychoanalyst tasked with diagnosing a prisoner who claims to be God. Starring
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM COURTESY OF MARK GILL
JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING COURTESY OF XAVIER LEGRAND
Martin Freeman, of The World’s End and Hobbit fame, its beats are consistent and predictable, but done with enough humor to stay engaging up to the film’s darkly funny climax. Also of note in Voorman is Tom Hollander’s excellent performance as the titular prisoner — with a crazed, menacing stare, he leaves a haunting impression in the small amount of screen time he’s given. The other three films nominated are dramas that you could safely describe as “Oscar bait.” That Wasn’t Me, what at least feels like the longest film here, starts off well as the story of a group of Spanish doctors who are ambushed while traveling through Africa. Director Esteban Crespo does a good job of THAT WASN’T ME COURTESY OF ESTEBAN CRESPO
DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING? COURTESY OF SELMA VILHUNEN
HELIUM COURTESY OF ANDERS WALTER
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ratcheting up the tension as the doctors attempt to negotiate with a group of child soldiers manning a checkpoint. But, once the doctors are captured and a rival faction descends upon them in armored jeeps and helicopters, it is suddenly shot like an action film. The switch feels jarring given the tragedy of the situation up to that point and the fact that most of the casualties caught in the fray are teenagers. Then, it is revealed that the film is an account of one of the child soldiers giving a speech at a Spanish university, rescued by one of the doctors sitting in the audience. So, in about half an hour, the film goes from heartbreaking to heroic to mawkish, and, by its end, I had an uncomfortable feeling that the film’s subject matter had been unintentionally
exploited. I had a similar feeling while watching Helium, a Danish film about a hospital attendant who comforts a terminally ill child patient with tales of an afterlife that shares the film’s name. The short’s storyline can be predicted beat-for-beat to the point of downright self-parody. On top of that, it depicts Helium with cheap CGI saturation that makes it look like a screensaver on Windows XP. I was so bored by it that I saw the film just a few days ago and am having trouble recalling how it ended. I honestly got more emotional investment in the ice-fishing story in American Hustle. Just Before Losing Everything, from France, manages to be thoroughly dramatic without succumbing to cliché. It takes a while for the film to get into its plot about an abused wife who attempts to leave town with her children before her husband finds her, but once it does, it is choreographed with the intenseness of a skilled and promising filmmaker. Just a simple bee-line through a department store is depicted like a scramble behind enemy lines, a little bit of visual space always leading actress Lèa Druckner to indicate to the viewer that her husband can appear at any moment. Of the films nominated, Just Before best presents a filmmaker capable of excellent work in the future. For that reason I would say it has the best shot of winning the Oscar. But like I said, the Live Action Short category is a wild card. Because it has star power, lacks subtitles and is, frankly, the best overall product of the bunch, The Voorman Problem appears to have the best odds of winning on Oscar night. But don’t be surprised if Just Before Losing Everything or even the saccharine safeness of Helium ends up making an upset. Voorman and Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? are the highlights, but their notability still comes in comparison to their peers more than anything else. You’re better off just watching 12 Years a Slave again before it takes home Best Picture. That’s kinda how I wish I’d spent my time. Paul Blank is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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THIS WEEK IN TELEVISION: WINTER PREMIERES MONDAY TUESDAY NBC is fighting the good fight to bring a Fey-andKrasinski-mourning America a new solid comedy roster. The post-Olympics preview of About a Boy, starring David Walton (New Girl) and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), garnered 8.26 million viewers, an early sign COURTESY OF NBC of promise, as it moves to its new Tuesday timeslot at 9 p.m. Another new sitcom, Growing Up Fisher, airs immediately after and stars J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, featuring narration by Jason Bateman and directed by David Schwimmer. If brand-attachment is any indication, NBC is on the right track with its winter premieres.
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Despite the premiere of Portlandia’s fourth season on IFC this Thursday, it is still Shonda Rhimes night — the second half of Scandal’s third season as well as the second half of Grey’s Anatomy’s tenth season premiere on ABC back-to-back. Every 20-something (but pre-teen at heart) girl in America and my dad have been on pins and needles since December to see the aftermath of the April/Jackson matrimony interruptus debacle.
Seth Meyers moves from the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update chair to the Late Night chair on Monday, succeeding Jimmy Fallon for the second time. His first guests are none other than America’s sweethearts — Amy Poehler and Joe Biden (whom Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character carries a long-time affection for and has designated as her marriage “freebie.”) If you needed another reason to watch, Fred Armisen will front the new house band for the show, The 8G Band. Oh, and when you’re done streaming Meyers and Poehler you can switch right over to Cranston and Paul — season five of Breaking Bad will be available on Netflix in its entirety starting this week. COURTESY OF FX
WEDNESDAY FX’s The Americans, a Cold War period-piece created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg, returns for its second season this week. Dubbed by television critic Gail Pennington as “the deepest moral dilemma since The Sopranos,” this critically-acclaimed drama follows the story of two Soviet KGB officers (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) posing as a suburban married couple in the Washington D.C. Bring on the bad wigs.
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FRIDAY SATURDAY The last piece in the puzzle — Saturday Night Live head writer Colin Jost takes over the Weekend Update seat vacated by new Late Night-host Seth Meyers, completing this round of late-night musical chairs. This transition marks the 14th year that Update has been co-anchored by a head writer, a tradition begun by Tina Fey from 2000 to 2006 and continued by Seth Meyers from 2006 until this month. The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons hosts with musical guest Beck, fresh off of the release of his highly-anticipated LP Morning Phase (Feb. 21).
NBC’s hit thriller Hannibal returns this Friday at 10 p.m. Based on the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon, the series focuses on the evolving relationship between the infamous cannibal psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). The ridiculous opening fight sequence between FBI agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) and Lecter, ostensibly inspired by Charlie’s Angels, is already available on the NBC website to aid in getting adrenaline levels ready for Friday night.
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The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, but just as importantly, live-tweeted by former and current Sun Arts Editors Zach Zahos ’15, Sam Bromer ’16, Sean Doolittle ’16 and Kaitlyn Tiffany ’15. The Daily Sun Arts Section’s official Oscar predictions will be revealed in tomorrow’s paper. Sunday night also marks the first season three episode of HBO’s Girls to be written by Bruce Kaplan, best known for his work on NBC’s Seinfeld and for the Girls season one and two highlight episodes he penned (“Leave Me Alone,” and “Video Games,” respectively).
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Revive the Series, Save the World
s enthralled as I’m sure many of you were during the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, I just could not shake a sense of disappointment and insignificance with the event as a whole. The United States team has slinked home with a paltry number of medals — a meager 28 to Russia’s 33, salvaged only by the introduction of new events like snowboard slopestyle — and the media commentary has started to die down, red eyes and all. Yes, two long weeks of homophobia, police brutality and roving packs of wolves (oh my!) have finally come to a close, and the games will soon fall in the obscure tomes of pop culture meme-dom, never to be seen or heard from again. Aside from a newfound appreciation for curling, what was the point of it all? That’s the question I found myself asking this past Saturday. That is, until I saw something that changed everything: a mysterious, 14-second video of a solar eclipse that ended with a simple hashtag — #HeroesReborn. It is true, ladies and gentlemen, Heroes is coming back to the airwaves in 2015. Please, attempt to contain your squeals of excitement and/or groans of disapproval. In the wake of the announcement, droves of television hipsters quashed all enthusiasm with a
collective, “Who cares?” After all, it has been four long years (an eon in TV-time) since NBC’s superhero-smash Heroes took its final breaths, choosing to go out with a disappointing fizz and signalling the beginning of ratings hardship for the network. In my younger and more vulnerable years — seventh grade to be precise — I was just beginning to broach the wealth of shows that television had to offer. Heroes, along with its Monday night timeslot neighbor Chuck and
Guest Room Sean Doolittle Showtime’s Dexter (while you were watching Hannah Montana, I watched Michael C. Hall eviscerate pedophiles and hitmen, and damn if I didn’t turn out fine) were my first forays into prime-time and they hold a special place in my heart. Heroes started out strong, absolutely dominating prime-time ratings with one of the greatest freshman seasons of any TV show in recent memory. Its popularity is no doubt thanks to the refreshing premise. The show was at its heart a character drama fea-
turing people with real problems, it just so happened that these everyday people also had superpowers and other interesting abilities that often only ruined their otherwise nondescript lives. The show was as thrilling as it was engrossing, deftly melding action, drama and comedy to hook viewers right away — all the trappings of the perfect comic book or graphic novel. With the pacing and style that rivaled even the greatest superhero flicks, each and every hour-long episode felt like the first hour of a film, laying the groundwork for the inevitable, breath-taking climactic episodes that ended a season. Perhaps most importantly, Heroes had one of the strongest ensembles of characters in modern television, equaling other serialized programs like Lost — Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Kristen Bell and, my personal favorite, Zachary Quinto each played prominent roles across the show’s four seasons. That’s right, before he was the sadistic serial killer Bloody Face on American Horror Story, Quinto was the sadistic serial killer Sylar on Heroes, where he was absolute perfection as a sociopathic cannibal and main antagonist. Quinto stared into his victims’ eyes with the same intense curiosity as a cat killed three times over, in one of the most chilling performances of his career. Unfortunately, the show’s widespread critical acclaim was muddled by plot missteps and questionable character development — allegiances often changed episode
to episode — in later seasons, sullying its otherwise stellar reputation as a whole. But does any of this warrant a mini-series revival? Surely there are other shows that deserve another try: Buffy? Freaks and Geeks? Or the most important of all, Firefly? Fox’s decision to resuscitate the dormant 24, rechristened 24: Live Another Day (Ugh…), has no doubt influenced NBC to follow suit. The choice to market it as a limited-time, exclusive mini-series is a brilliant ploy, destined to bring in old fans and new viewers. As far as limited-time gimmicks go, I hope the series is more Shamrock Shake than, say, the green Shrek ketchup (was it even ketchup?) of yore. That is to say, I have high hopes for the revival, but have my reservations. I must admit, when I first heard the news from NBC, I was flabbergasted. Even I, a staunch defender of the series, had long since given up on any hopes that the show would return. Now that showrunner Tim Kring has confirmed that the project is moving forward for a 2015 release with the promise that original cast members will return for guest spots at the least, I can’t help but feel cautiously optimistic. Until then, I’ll give Heroes another go — it’s all on Netflix! — for nostalgia’s sake at least. In the mean time, I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Sean Doolittle is a sophomore in the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guest Room appears every Tuesday.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The ACC commissioner said Monday that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim won’t be disciplined after he came onto the court to protesting a key charging call during the Orange’s 66-60 loss at Duke over the weekend. Commissioner John Swofford said he agreed with Boeheim’s ejection during Saturday’s game and noted the charge was a “judgment call” by officials. Swofford wouldn’t say whether official Tony Greene made the right call when he whistled Syracuse’s C.J. Fair for charging with 10.4 seconds left, leading to Boeheim’s brief fit of rage. Duke won 66-60. Swofford said the call is not something the conference will review. “We don’t second-guess judgment calls that officials give. They have to make them all of the time,” Swofford said following a football press conference in Charlotte. “That’s probably the toughest call in basketball to make, even with the way it’s changed. I think it’s made a little easier with the rule change, but it’s still a tough call.” Under the revised block/charge rule put into place before this season in men’s basketball, a defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass. If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul. Previously, a defender had to be in legal guarding position when the
offensive player lifted off the floor. Syracuse and Duke fans will surely argue for years whether Duke’s Rodney Hood had his feet set before getting the charge call to go his way. Syracuse had the ball, down 6058, when Fair drove for an apparent tying layup — and a potential blocking foul that could have put the Orange up by one. Instead, the basket was taken away and Duke sealed the win by sinking three technical fouls as Boeheim headed to the locker room. “You are going to have 50 percent of the people who think it was the right call, and 50 percent of the people who think it was the wrong call,” Swofford said. There was no doubting the way Boeheim felt about it. “I just thought that was the worst call of the year, that’s all,” Boeheim said Saturday night. “I hated to see the game decided on that call.” Swofford said the decision to eject Boeheim was handled correctly, saying “I think Jim would agree with that.” He hasn’t spoken directly to Boeheim, but Swofford did talk to Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross about the incident. Swofford relayed the message to Boeheim that, “It would be good to stay in the bench area. (But) he knows that.” Syracuse joined the ACC in basketball this season, coming over from the now-defunct Big East. The two Duke-Syracuse games have garnered a lot of attention for the ACC in what is a budding rivalry.
Sochi Shuts Its Doors SOCHI, Russia (AP) — By multicolored patchwork jackets the busload, the world’s athletes who still patrolled the area. Most and visitors rolled toward Sochi’s security barriers remained in airport and took off for home place in anticipation of the Monday, fresh from a Winter Paralympics, but security was Games experience that many noticeably more relaxed. Russians pronounced a smashing These Winter Games, Russian success and that the Olympic President Vladimir Putin’s politimovement’s chief enthusiastically cal showpiece and bragging trolabeled a victory for the region phy, convened under storm and the host nation. “Yes! We did clouds — international concerns it!” one Olympic volunteer exult- about gay rights and fears of a ed as she darted into the night. terror attack among them. But After 17 days of global sport athletes overwhelmingly chose and spotlight, Sochi ended the not to use the Olympic stage to spirited chants of “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro- make any statements, and the ssi-ya!” and started cleaning up. games opened and closed with Travelers through the region’s vigorous (if sometimes spotty) airport, rebuilt completely for the security and no sign of any games, reportpotentially vioed briskly lent activity. “Yes! We did it!” moving securiWhen it ty lines and Anonymous Olympic Volunteer came to logischeck-in times tics and sports, of anywhere Russia outdid from 10 minutes to three hours, itself. Beyond initial grumblings depending on destination. On about unfinished hotels and stray what was predicted to be the dogs, the Olympic infrastructure heaviest Olympic-related travel performed close to flawlessly. day, the transit situation seemed And the athletes: The home team to come down to this: It was like claimed 33 medals, its largest a busy morning at any normal haul ever — even counting the big-city airport. Soviet Union days — and a far By the Black Sea coastline, cry from the 2010 performance Olympic Park, which will be in Vancouver that disappointed hosting events at the upcoming Putin and so many Russians. Paralympic Games, had cleared “Russia has delivered on its out. Like the city of Sochi around promise,” said Dmitry it, the park felt deserted except Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi for the legions of volunteers in organizing committee.
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MLB Experiments With Winston Pulls Double Duty New Home Plate Rule NEW YORK (AP) — Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season. In what both sides said was a one-year experiment, the rule allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner’s direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into the basepath to field a throw to the plate. “It’s not a radical departure from what it had been,” Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said. The new rule, 7.13, states “a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).” A runner violating the rule shall be declared out, even if the fielder drops the ball. “It’s good, I think it takes away the malicious intent behind the play at the plate,” Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia said. “Obviously the runner doesn’t always have to slide, and the catcher still has the ability to block the plate once he has the ball in hand.” Along with the rule, the sides agreed to a pair of comments umpires use for interpretation. The first comment says “the failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation.” The comment says players who slide appropriately are not in viola-
tion of the rule. The second comment says that “unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score.” The runner shall be declared safe if the catcher violates that provision. In addition, it is not a violation “if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in order to field a throw, and the umpire determines that the catcher could not have fielded the ball without blocking the pathway of the runner and that contact with the runner was unavoidable.” “There are some things that often times can make the water a little muddy,” union head Tony Clark said after meeting with the New York Yankees. “Over the course of the offseason, the concern was protecting players, but trying to draw up something that not only made sense on paper, but also was going to make sense to the players that were playing on the field.” The umpire crew chief can use the new video-review system to determine whether the rule was violated. “It stops guys just going out of their way just to try to dislodge the baseball when they (catchers) have the plate,” Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Debate over plate collisions has intensified since May 2011, when San Francisco’s Buster Posey was injured as the Marlins’ Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate. Posey, an All-Star catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, an injury that ended his season.
Sabres Eye Miller Trade BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — ed.” That means Miller isn’t the Ryan Miller was a no-show at Buffalo Sabres practice Monday only player with an uncertain because the star goalie was still future on a Sabres team that, at traveling from the Sochi Games. 15-34-8, remains in last place Though Miller was scheduled coming out of the NHL Olympic to return later in the day and start break. Captain Steve Ott, veteran Tuesday, when Buffalo hosts Carolina, his absence could be winger Matt Moulson and something the Sabres will have to defenseman Henrik Tallinder are get accustomed to with the NHL also in the final years of their contrade deadline approaching on tracts and could be used as trade bait by a team intent on building March 5. A person familiar with discus- through youth. Following practice, interim sions told The Associated Press that general manager Tim head coach Ted Nolan said it Murray continues to pursue would be safe to assume the offers for Miller with the inten- Sabres will be active in making trades. tion of trading “I think him by next “We have to look that’s the key week. forward to rebuilding right there, not “Tim is testknowing,” ing the waters as this organization.” Nolan said. “We hard as he can,” can’t worry the person said, Ted Nolan about who speaking on the might be gone, condition of anonymity because Murray who might be coming in. Today declined to speak to reporters is the day we have to work with what we’ve got. And tomorrow, Monday. The person said the team’s first whatever we’ve got here, then option is trading Miller, who is in we'll work with that, too.” Nolan also had a different take the final year of his contract and eligible to become an unrestricted on his thoughts regarding Miller. free agent. Option No. 2, the per- After previously saying he favored son added, would be making a the Sabres retaining Miller, Nolan bid to re-sign Miller if a trade said the decision was out of his hands. can’t be completed. “My thoughts don’t really Murray, who took over the Sabres last month, had previously count right now,” Nolan said. not ruled out trading Miller or “Certainly, what Ryan Miller means to this team and this town, anyone else on the roster. “This team’s in last place right no question you’d like to keep now,” Murray said, during his him. But it’s business. And we inaugural news conference on have to look forward to rebuildJan. 9. “Everybody can be trad- ing this organization.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If Jameis Sanders have done, though Jackson has not Winston needed any more validation of his played since the 1990s and Sanders last decision to play two major college sports, played baseball a little more than a decade the Heisman Trophy winner from Florida ago. State found it on Monday when he accept“Now, it’s more difficult (to play two ed the Manning Award as the top quarter- pro sports), but I’m living my life the way back in college football. I want to live it, and anything that I put Archie Manning, for whom the award my mind to, I’m going to try to do it,” is named, also was a two-sport athlete at Winston said. Winston and Jackson are both natives Mississippi. Similar to Winston, Manning played football and baseball, the main dif- of Bessemer, Ala., and Winston considference being that Manning played short- ered Jackson an inspiration for his multistop, while Winston is a relief pitcher and sport pursuit. He appreciates the inevitable comparisons, but isn’t sure he’s part-time outfielder. “It was kind of hard to juggle, I guess, quite the athlete Jackson was before a 1991 hip injury but it was fun,” ended his football Manning said shortly “It was kind of hard to jug- career and shortened before the award ceremony at a downtown gle, I guess, but it was fun. his baseball career. “If Bo didn’t get New Orleans hotel. “I I loved playing college injured at age 28, he’d loved playing college baseball.” be one of the greatest baseball. players of all time,” “I admire him for Jameis Winston Winston said. “So doing that,” Manning that comparison is continued. “To be probably out of my able to get to do both, league, but I’m going to try to get it. ... He’s I think, is a great experience.” Playing two sports is keeping Winston a power guy (as a hitter), he was way faster than I ever will be and we’re just different busy — and he likes it that way. “I always have something to do,” he players.” Winston has been selected in the Major said. After flying to New Orleans to accept League Baseball draft once, by the Texas the Manning award, he was scheduled to Rangers in the 15th round in 2012. His best pitches are his fastball, clocked fly to Tampa to rejoin the Seminoles baseball team for Tuesday’s exhibition against in the mid-90s, and his slider. He says he’s working on improving his changeup. the New York Yankees. His best attribute on the mound is his “I’m very excited and I know my team is elated to play the Yankees,” Winston attitude, he said. “It’s just that football mentality of being said, adding that he is looking forward to relentless and believing that no one can hit meeting Derek Jeter. Winston has started talking about the me,” Winston said. “Obviously, I know possibility of playing in the NFL and I’m not that good, but it’s just the mentalMajor League Baseball, as a select few ath- ity perspective of it, and as a pitcher that’s letes such as Bo Jackson and Deion the type of mentality that you need.”
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Gators Top AP Poll in‘Revolving Door’of Rankings
Syracuse drops from first to fourth after back-to-back losses; Wichita State, Arizona move up (AP) The Florida Gators are taking their turn as the been No. 1 if it had not been for the teams in front of newest No. 1 in what coach Billy Donovan calls a us losing,” Donovan said. revolving door atop the AP college basketball poll, their To Donovan, a lot of teams could be considered the first time on top of the rankings since they repeated as nation’s best right now with undefeated Wichita State national champions in 2007. having a strong argument. Donovan also said he’s The Gators (25-2) moved up one place Monday, impressed by Syracuse winning 25 straight games along replacing Syracuse (25-2), which with what Arizona did before lost twice last week and dropped to Brandon Ashley’s foot injury. “We would never, ever fourth. “It’s not like all of a sudden Florida is No. 1 or you get a ranking and Wichita State (29-0) and we’re the best team in the country,” Arizona (25-2) both moved up one have been No. 1 if it had Donovan said. “We’ve been given a place to second and third. Florida, not been for the teams in number, and that’s about the extent of the fifth school to hold the No. 1 it.” spot this season, received 47 first- front of us losing.” These Gators have won a school place votes from the 65-member record 19 straight games coming off a national media panel. The Gators Billy Donovan 75-71 win at Mississippi where they were ranked No. 1 for eight weeks shut down Marshall Henderson in the in 2007. Wichita State was No. 1 on 14 ballots with Arizona receiving the other four second half. They can clinch at least a share of the Southeastern Conference title on Tuesday night with a first-place votes. Donovan called the rankings a revolving door before win at Vanderbilt before having a chance to wrap up the his Gators took over the top spot, and he said being No. championship against LSU on Saturday. Playing at Memorial Gym means dealing with the 1 is an honor and compliment. “But let’s be honest right now: The only reason we unique layout with the benches on the end lines. Even have garnered No. 1 and we would have never, ever though Vanderbilt is playing short-handed with only
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seven scholarship players and even used a couple walkons, the Gators with their new ranking will be tested quickly. Florida senior forward Will Yeguete thinks the Gators will handle the challenge well. “Our lives aren’t really changing,” Yeguete said. “We’re No. 1. That’s a really good accomplishment, especially for us being No. 1. But I think Coach D will use that to motivate us. We’ve been No. 2 before. We know what it is to be ranked really high. We know you just take one game at a time.” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall told The Associated Press that being ranked No. 2 means the Shockers are being recognized for an outstanding season so far, and they plan to keep pushing to see how high they can go. “Florida is an outstanding team,” Marshall said. “I’ve watched them, I really think they're good, there’s a lot of good teams out there. But I just think this continues to be a carrot for our team. It continues to be a goal and it’s a very lofty goal, and it's something to strive for.” Kansas jumped three places to fifth and was followed by Duke, Louisville, Villanova, Creighton and Saint Louis.
World Peace Leaving Knicks After Buyout New York native cuts homecoming short after disappointing outing with new team
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New Jersey Nets center Jason Collins, shown above completing a dunk during a 2003 playoff performance against Detroit, is now returning to the Nets as the first openly gay active athlete in a major American professional sport.
NEW YORK (AP) — Metta World Peace’s dream homecoming lasted less than a season, with the New York Knicks waiving the veteran forward and Beno Udrih on Monday afte buying out their contracts. World Peace finally got his wish to play for the Knicks when he signed last summer, but he never gained a place in Mike Woodson’s rotation and appeared in just 29 games before
asking for his release. “It was a childhood dream of mine to play basketball professionally in New York City, and it has truly been a blessing for that dream to have come true. However, under current circumstances, my agent and I have agreed that being bought out would be the best option for me professionally,” the New York native said in a statement. “I would like everyone to know that whether I was on the court or off, I could not have been happier playing for and cheering on this amazing city, my city.” The moves were announced Monday before the Knicks hosted the Dallas Mavericks. By getting waived this week, both veterans will be able to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs. World Peace, who grew up in Queensbridge and starred at St. John’s when he was still Ron Artest, missed nearly all of January due to a procedure on his left knee. He played seven minutes Friday in a loss at Orlando, and then wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday that his agent was working on a buyout. Udrih, who also signed last summer, had 12 starts among his 31 appearances. “We are disappointed that it did not work out for Beno and Metta here in New York,” Knicks general manager Steve Mills said. “We thank them for their contributions this season and wish them well.” Woodson said he and Mills would talk Tuesday about adding players. Woodson said he thought the Knicks needed a guard to defend on the perimeter, and another big man with Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin injured.
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Grapplers Take Down Hofstra in Last Dual Meet Red ends season with one loss for 13-1 record By ANNA FASMAN Sun Staff Writer
The men’s wrestling team took on Hofstra this weekend in its last dual meet of the season. The Red came out on top with a final score of 28-19, winning two matches by default when Hofstra players failed to show up to wrestle. Finishing the regular season, Cornell was able to secure a record of 13-1, suffering its only loss in last weekend’s match-up with top-ranked Minnesota. Head coach Rob Koll said that while the loss was disappointing, the regular season was still an overall success. “We enjoyed far more peaks than valley’s this season. We also had the opportunity to use many guys who were not our normal starters,” Koll said. “This was caused by some injuries, but in many instances, it was a reflection of our confi-
dence in our back-ups. We have never enjoyed such depth.” This past weekend, the Red earned an overall six wins to Hofstra’s four, struggling to win some of the middleweight matches. However, this win came with five of the usual starters on the sidelines. According to Koll, the weekend’s performance was a testament to the team’s depth and ability beyond the 10 starters. “We were able to use five non-starters and still come away with a resounding victory,” Koll said. “This situation played itself out on numerous occasions throughout the season.” Additionally, four of the 10 starters were freshmen and two sophomores. With such a young team, the Red’s steep learning curve this season sets the team up for future success, freshman Gabe Dean noted. “Obviously we would have liked to beat
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Minnesota and come away with a ‘W,’ but I think looking back on the dual meet season we learned a ton being a young team and I’m excited for the future,” Dean said. With only four weeks before the NCAA tournament, the men are focusing on team intensity and keeping everyone in fighting shape. With five of the starters not able to fight against Hofstra, Koll has been focusing on not overworking the team and trying to help the benched players heal in
time for the tournament. Dean said he is confident going into NCAA tournament, noting that the final weeks are critical for the team. “I feel that myself and our team are in a good place,” he said. “It’s important to stay focused and on task these last four weeks heading into the NCAA tournament.” Anna Fasman can be reached at email@example.com.
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1. The East Is a Wrap
Heat. Pacers. Eastern Conference Finals. We hear this day in and day out. Frankly, someone unfamiliar with the NBA could predict this with confidence. The Pacers are one game up on Miami, with third place Toronto trailing the Heat by 10 games. It is likely that there will be a rematch of last year’s ECF, and if so, it will be something of basketball porn for fans. People seem to be forgetting, however, the six teams that will also qualify for the playoffs. Teams like the Wizards, Raptors, Nets and even the Bobcats (give me a second) could compete in a series against Indiana or Miami. John Wall could go ’01 Iverson for a series or two. Toronto has a tough lineup that can score and play defense. And if you’ve watched Al Jefferson this season, you know how dominant he can be. I predict a Heat–Pacers ECF matchup, too, but it is necessary to point out that the first three rounds of the playoffs will not be a breeze for Indiana or Miami, and you never know when the next historic upset will happen. Please, show the East some love come playoff time. 2. The Suns Will Miss The Playoffs
Phoenix could go down as the most surprising team in the last decade if they hold onto a playoff spot. Suns fans have gone from asking “Wiggins, Parker or Smart?” to “Spurs, Rockets or Clippers?”. They are currently seventh in the West,
and if the season ended today they would travel to San Antonio to meet the Big Three. And they will. Their lineup is full of potential-packed players and hardworking grinders who Jeff Hornacek has taught to play basketball the right way — and the winning way. Goran Dragic has to be the most slept-on player in the league this season. His All Star snub was a travesty. If we define MVP as what it literally means — most valuable player — then Dragic certainly deserves votes. Think Steve Nash’s back-toback MVP’s with the Suns. Watching Dragic is eerily similar to Nash. His ability
It is likely that there will be a rematch of last year’s ECF, and if so, it will be something of basketball porn for fans. to remain in control of the situation is top notch among point guards. He seems to make the right play every time, whether he drives to the bucket and makes a highlight reel finish, or just kicks it out to one of his many sharpshooting teammates. Even minus freeagent acquisition Eric Bledsoe, who is recovering from an injury, the Suns are really, really dangerous. If Bledsoe can have a positive impact upon his return, look out. Their consistency is perfect for a playoff run. They will make the playoffs, and I believe a matchup against a team like the Spurs would be a toss up. Watch them before you judge them. Goran Dragic is no joke.
3. If the Mavericks Make The Playoffs, Thunder in Four
The loaded Western Conference makes it easy to forget about certain teams and certain players. Perspective: the CousinsGay-Thomas big three led Kings are 16 games below .500 at 9-22 in the West. We know the Western Conference is crazy good. But one of the least-discussed teams currently holds the eighth spot in the conference: the Dallas Mavericks. They are two games up on the Grizzlies for the last spot. Dirk Nowitzki is still Dirk Nowitzki — one of the most underappreciated living legends in the NBA. The 7footer is impossible to guard, as unless Yao Ming is plotting a return, Dirk will have no problem draining a fading shot in the post. Ask LeBron. His jumper is pure beauty — basketball at its finest. Monta Ellis has struggled of late, but if he can play well enough to hold onto a playoff spot, the Mavs are primed for a first round upset. If the season ended today, they would face Durant in OKC for a 1 vs. 8 matchup. Remember ’07 when the Mavs were the one-seed and were upset by the Warriors in the first round? Oh, and who led that Warriors team? Monta Ellis. Ellis can win, Dirk is Dirk and the Mavs are going to be a tough out in the playoffs. Dallas is as capable as any team in the West to make a run to the Finals. Ben Shatzman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Future functions | After this past weekend’s event, the Red is looking ahead to the Indoor Heps competition and the ECAC/IC4A Championships.
Red Nabs Wins,Prepares for Heps TRACK AND FIELD Continued from page 16
The women also competed well, with several team leaders rested the week before the Heps. Freshman Adrian Jones completely dominated the track in the 200m, logging in at 25.03 for first place, and an ECAC qualification. Junior Katie Woodford led the winning efforts for the Red women in the 400m, earning an ECAC qualification. Junior Emily Woodford, senior Ryan Woolley and freshman Libby Nolan closed out the top four spots. The next sweep came in the 1000m, with junior Corey Dowe and freshman Kathleen Naeher coming in first and second and qualifying for the ECAC while freshman Delphi Cleaveland rounded out the top three in the event. In the 3000m, freshman Taylor Spillane finished with the top spot by eight seconds in her ECAC-qualifying performance. Junior Bori Tozser came in second, sophomore Maggie Szpak in third
and sophomore Kristen Niedrach in fourth. Junior Eve Bishop, No. 6 all-time at Cornell on the pole vault and senior Jennifer Bush, No. 9 all-time at Cornell at the high jump, both placed third in their respective events, earning ECAC qualifications. The Woodford sisters returned for the 4X400m, competing with junior Ally Knudson, and Woolley. The group ran 3:54.51, for first place with an ECAC performance. The Red’s performances were strong, but there’s more waiting for the track and field squad, Blair said. “I feel like Heps weekend is only going to be an even better weekend for Cornell Track and Field,” he said. The next challenge for the Red is the Indoor Heps, at Dartmouth on March 1 and 2, followed by the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Boston University the following week. Lisa Awaitey can be reached at email@example.com.
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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Red Rebounds During Mixed Weekend Team falls to Yale but topples Brown by 25 points the following night lead at the start of the game, with the Red forcing two turnovers on Yale’s first two possessions. Yale quickly got back into the game, The women’s basketball team experienced using strong defense to slow down the mixed results over the weekend, losing to Cornell attack. With the first half drawing to Yale, 60-52, but beating Brown in a rampant a close, Yale started to build a lead, going into style, 78-53. The Red (13-11, 5-5) had the intermission up by six for a 22-16 advanalready played both teams this year, recording tage. The Bulldogs came out strongly from the wins of 80-70 against Brown (8-16, 2-8) and 65-56 over Yale (12-12, 6-4) at the start of break, eventually building a 31-19 lead. Back-to-back points from February. Lyman and DiMagno, Cornell was unable to CORNELL @ YALE however, and a single free replicate the result against from Lyman the Bulldogs, however, 60 52 throw brought the Red back who jumped out to an 2ND FINAL 1ST into contention at 31-24 early lead and fought off Game: Cornell 36 52 16 with 13:35 to play. a valiant Red comeback Yale 38 60 22 Cornell continued to attempt. push, and six unanswered Cornell was led by points from the Red, led senior Allyson DiMagno CORNELL @ BROWN by three from DiMagno, against Yale, who recordthe team just three ed 16 points to surpass 53 78 saw points behind with 6:05 Karen Force ’04 as fourth 2ND FINAL 1ST on the clock. Despite the in total career points in Game: 39 78 39 impressive comeback, Cornell history with Cornell 27 53 26 Yale ended the game 1,258 points. DiMagno Brown strongly and hit 8-of-10 was supported by freshman Nia Marshall, who scored 14 points, as free throws in the last 1:31 to secure its 60-52 well as senior Shelby Lyman, who recorded win. According to DiMagno, Yale’s strong eight points and five rebounds. Cornell shot out to an impressive 10-2 rebound game undid the Red. By JOEL COOPER
Sun Staff Writer
“Against Yale, we did a good job of playing team defense, especially in the first half,” DiMagno said. “However, Yale really crashed the boards hard and the number of offensive rebounds they got really negated a lot of our good defense.” The Red used this defeat as motivation going into the game against Brown, DiMagno added. “Coming off the loss, I really think there was a strong sense that we were going to come into the game as focused as possible and play the way that we knew we were capable of playing,” she said. “This focus really helped us get up early and then we finally put together a solid 40 minutes.” The focused approach showed as four Cornell players reached double figures against Brown, with Marshall leading the way on 16 points. DiMagno followed with 14 points, Lyman scored 13 and freshman Kerri Moran registered 12. Cornell opened the game strongly as Lyman hit a three-pointer and Marshall scored back-to-back layups. Senior guard Stephanie Long also scored to give the Red a 9-0 lead at the 17:03 mark. Cornell then extended out to a double digits lead and closed out the half with an 11-5 run to go into the intermission ahead, 39-26. After the break, Cornell continued to punish Brown, eventually going up by 28 points. The Red
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Long story | Senior guard Stephanie Long grabbed a team-high six rebounds during Friday’s game against Yale.
finished out the game with a strong defense and secured the 78-53 final score. Cornell will look to build on this momentum heading into its last home games of the season when it welcomes Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday. Joel Cooper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NBA: Expect C.U.Earns Qualifications in Memorial Meet The Unexpected F TRACK AND FIELD
By LISA AWAITEY
Sun Staff Writer
ebruary marks the beginning of basketball paradise for fans around the world. The NCAA tournament is approaching. The NBA All Star break is over (and so is that disaster of a dunk contest). What more can us basketball fanatics ask for? As of today, roughly two-thirds of the teams
Ben Shatzman Guest Column in the NBA are serious playoff contenders. The difference between eighth and ninth place in the East and West is 3.5 games and two games, respectively. The difference could be closer, but there is plenty of time for teams to make a run, and those runs, and the playoffs themselves, are sure to be more exciting than ever. I say more exciting than ever because due to the number of star-studded squads, many teams that have legitimate aspirations have received little attention over the course of the season. In a world where millions of people are connected online, it is easy to read through people’s opinions and predictions for the rest of this season. I will examine a few of the most popular “certainties” that I have come across online, on ESPN, or from chatting with friends, and will show you that there is plenty of reason to expect the unexpected in this final stretch of the season. See SHATZMAN page 15
The Red competed in its last Barton Hall meet Saturday at the Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational — an event named in memory of Marc Deneault ’01, a former Red sprinter who tragically passed in a car crash. Cornell hosted more than 20 schools teams and multiple club challengers, leaving the competition with almost 35 ECAC/IC4A qualifications and 19 event wins. The Deneault family and coaching staff awarded student athletes on both the track and field with MVP awards at the end of the meet. For the men, junior Stephen Mozia and senior Montez Blair tied for the MVP spot.
Mozia, the Nigerian shot put record holder, threw 67’2.75”, ranking him second in the NCAA, while Blair cleared 7’4.25” in the high jump, ranking No. 4 in the NCAA this season. The female Red track recipient was freshman Adrian Jones, who clocked in at 25.03 in the 200m. The award has special meaning to its recipients, Blair said. “Having won MVP honors is a special achievement and I’m very happy to have been presented with the award,” he said. Mozia added that he hopes the honor will aid his performance going into a critical point in the season. “The award allows me to go into Ivy Leagues with a little more confidence,” he said. “Having a good day
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Event achievements | The men’s and women’s teams combined for 19 event wins, with the men grabbing 12 wins and the women adding seven.
the week before one of the most important meets of my season is always a great thing.” Following the leadership of the MVPs, the Cornell men’s track and field compiled 26 IC4A qualifiers and 12 event wins. Senior Kinsley Ojukwu and freshmen Tobenna Attah and Jordan Sherwood took the first three spots on the 400m, with the first two earning IC4A qualifying performances. Freshman Wynne Curtis dominated the 500m with an IC4Aqualifying time of 1:05.97, with freshman Will Gibson and junior Zach Flood close behind, earning the second and third mark. Curtis, Attah, Sherwood and Gibson joined forces in the 4X400 to form a champion allfreshman team, posting 3:22.39, an IC4A time. The long distance events also proved to be fruitful for the men. Cornell dominated in the 1000m, with freshman Mark Tedder in first clocking in at 2:28.52. The Red earned the top six spots; the top four finishers all qualified for the IC4A. Junior Ben Potts won the men’s mile and sophomore Matt Crawford won the 800, the latter qualifying for the IC4A. The 4X800 team placed first, narrowly missing the IC4A qualifying cut-off. Other notable finishes included senior Justin McCollin, coming in second in the 60 to move him to No. 7 all-time at Cornell, and sophomore Max Hairston (No. 2 all-time at Cornell) besting himself with a new personal record in the in the 60 hurdles, placing third. See TRACK AND FIELD page 15