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The economic effects of the sequester — across-the-board budget cuts put into place after a battle in Congress to balance the federal budget — could force the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to lay off workers and cope with increased flight delays. The Ithaca airport is on a list of 173 small airports nationwide whose control towers are due to close April 7 as a result of the sequester, according to airport manager Robert Nicholas. the federal government coming “This could create to aBarring new agreement, Ithaca’s air traffic cona small ripple trol will be taken over by Elmira’s control tower, said Tony Rudy, assistant airport effect for delays.” manager. Although Elmira has the ability to do Tony Rudy so, the change could increase flight delays in Ithaca, Rudy said. “In the busier areas of the country, they might have to separate the planes [going to Ithaca] and give them a little more distance,” he said. “This could create a small ripple effect for delays, but it’s hard to predict right now.” See SEQUESTER page 7

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The Cornell baseball team started off its spring season with three wins and one loss. | Page 16


Mark Bittman, a food writer for the New York Times, delivers a talk at Hans Bethe House Wednesday. See page 10 for the interview.

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Wines Prof Says Class Is‘Window to Univ.’ Johnson Sees New Trends By ERIKA HOOKER

dents. Today, he teaches this class to 700 students. In total, almost 40,000 Cornellians have taken the After 41 years of teaching HADM “Introduction to Wines” class with 4300: Introduction to Wines, Prof. Mutkoski. Steve Mutkoski ’67 Ph.D. ’76, hotel While on sabbatical in France in administration, still says his favorite 1983, Mutkoski said he received a call wine is “whatever is in my glass at the from a colleague who was then teachtime.” said. PROF. MUTKOSKI Mutkoski first came to Cornell as “I had a personal interest in wines a freshman in the School of Hotel Administration and a professional knowledge as well,” Mutkoski in 1963, and during his time as an undergraduSee WINES page 4 ate, he took a wines class consisting of 30 stuSun Staff Writer

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More students turn to startups for jobs

By JONATHAN SWARTZ Sun Senior Writer

U.S. business schools have experienced drastic changes in the past few years, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management —with help from the Cornell NYC Tech campus — is no exception, according to professors, administrators and students. Wall Street and financial services firms are hiring fewer people than they did in the past, and more MBA graduates are heading to the entrepreneurial world of Silicon Alley or pursuing their own startups, according to a recent report by New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. According to Frederick Staudmyer ’77 MBA ’79, director of the Career Management

Center, the Johnson school is beginning to see students engaging more with the growing world of entrepreneurialism. “We are seeing at Johnson an increase in the number of students interested in tech in general and digital media startups and early

School’s profile of entrepreneurialism through its relationship with the Cornell NYC Tech campus — where business courses will be taught to engineering graduate students and MBA students will be immersed in innovation. “[The Cornell

“[The tech campus] opens up a whole range of possibilities.” Frederick Staudmyer ’77 MBA ’79 stage companies in particular,” he said. “The two clearest trends in employment out of Johnson are a continuing increase in the number of students interested in management consulting and in high tech [at both] large and small companies.” Staudmyer noted the future enhancement of the Johnson

NYC Tech campus] opens up a whole range of possibilities for Johnson to create a strategy focused around technology innovation,” he said. “We do not have concrete plans yet, but are looking at a range of program and degree options. See JOHNSON page 4

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Common Council Discusses State Gun Control Law

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The City of Ithaca Common Council and Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 voted 10-0 to pass a resolution in support of the Safe and Fair Gun Policy and the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act Wednesday evening. However, some council members felt that the resolution required revision, and a modification to the Common Council’s resolution that indicated its support of the act’s “intention” was passed with a 7-3 vote. Provisions of NYSAFE — which places restrictions on the possession, transportation, and use of firearms around New York State — were enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 15. It declares the unsafe storage of assault weapons a misdemeanor, bans the online sale of assault rifles, requires that stolen weapons be reported within 24 hours and requires therapists who believe a patient may be threatening to use firearms illegally to inform a mental health director, according to the resolution. According to Myrick, the passing of NYSAFE in New York elicited strong opposition from the National Rifle Association. “The [NRA] feels very threatened by the fact that New York State came out and passed these strict gun laws,” Myrick said. “They wanted to make New York State a test case. They wanted to see if they could come in to see if they could get legislation to appeal it, and by appealing it, to frighten other states or the federal government into not taking any action to tighten gun controls.” According to the Common Council, the NYSAFE Act was proposed following the tragedies in Newtown, Ct., on Dec. 14, and in Webster, N.Y., on Dec. 24. Some members of the Common Council said they believed NYSAFE was written too quickly in response to these acts of violence. “I have concerns about the process because [NYSAFE] was done out of a message of necessity by the state legislation,” Alderperson Joseph Murtagh M.A. ’04 Ph.D. ’09 (D2nd Ward) said. “It was done quickly ... and the process of


President David Skorton presents the nineteenth annual James A. Perkins Prize for interracial understanding and harmony Wednesday in Willard Straight Hall.

this [act] was flawed. When you rush complex pieces of legislature you make mistakes.” Alderperson J.R. Clairborne (D-2nd Ward) said the resolution needed to reflect the fact that the council supported the motivation behind NYSAFE but thinks that NYSAFE needs some revisions. In response to Clairborne’s concerns, the final line of the resolution was modified. Ithaca residents expressed concern about the resolution’s focus and its effect on the community. “We’re burdening the people who are actually following the law and want to do the right thing. They want to protect people, protect themselves and use [guns] in a sporting fashion,” said Ithaca resident John Littlefield. In contrast, Alderperson Stephen J. Smith (D-4th Ward) said that NYSAFE would primarily affect owners of assault weapons while only minimally affecting the owners of handguns and other arms. “The act does a great job of minimizing the impacts on legal gun owners while making sure that we are keeping guns in safe places, that we’re reporting them when they get lost, [and] that when we have a method when someone has a mental health issue,” Smith said.

Alderperson Cynthia Brock (D-1st Ward) said she was hesitant to support the resolution without first hearing the input of Ithaca law enforcement. “I support the intent and the spirit behind this resolution, but I think this discussion makes it clear that none of us are really deeply knowledgeable on this subject. Now, I’m hearing that our law enforcement officials ... have concerns about this legislation, and it makes me uneasy. I’m reluctant to support this at this time,” Brock said. Despite concerns expressed at the meeting, members of the Common Council who support NYSAFE said they hope to communicate Ithaca’s stance on the issue to the NRA and other organizations. “The NRA is a hugely funded, not-for-profit corporation. There are millions of dollars floating between the NRA and the gun industry. People in the NRA are not wellinformed either,” Alderperson Donna Fleming (D-3rd Ward) said. “We have a chance to make a less-than-perfectly-informed vote that could make a huge political statement towards the good. I would urge you to vote for this.” Lauren Avery can be reached at

Resolution Brings International Student Center Closer to Creation By SARAH SASSOON Sun Staff Writer

International students are a step closer to having a center to call their own after the Student Assembly passed a resolution in an 18-2 vote. According to Enrico Bonatti ’14, S.A. international representative at large, the center will provide international students with a meeting space and centralize resources available to them at the University. Bonatti, an international student, said that the center would meet a need for international students on campus.

“Cornell needs to become a friendlier place for international students,” Bonatti said. “[In this project] there was a lot of input from international students. . . . It has been something that [they] have been wanting and needing for a long time.” S.A. President Adam Gitlin ’13 said that the initiative, sponsored by Bonatti, aligns well with the assembly’s goal of “[elevating] the student life experience of all students on campus.” The resolution has been sent to President David Skorton, who has 30 days to respond to the resolution. If the resolution is approved, Skorton would commission a task

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Ross Svabo, a mental health advocate, discusses the connection between alcohol abuse and mental health in Willard Straight Hall Wednesday.

force comprised of representatives from the Office of the Dean of Students, International Students and Scholars Office and international students. This task force will have the responsibility of speaking with international students, discovering what they would want in the center and taking inventory of spaces on campus that could house the center, according to the resolution. The resolution also states that the findings will be presented to the S.A. at their first meeting in Spring 2014. “We’re not asking for a new building to be built,” Bonatti said. “This would have to be something connected to and maybe run by the International Students and Scholars Office.” He said that, currently, the ISSO is the closest thing that Cornell has to an international student center. Brendan O’Brien, director of the ISSO , said that although he has met with Bonatti more than once regarding the establishment of the center, he does not yet “exactly know what form it would take or the details of it.” “I think the center may have great potential to enhance the experience of international students and the student body in general . . . but I think there are some challenges with budget and space,” O’Brien said. Bonatti said that although the ISSO provides international students and faculty with resources such as assistance with immigration, tax and labor regulations, and counseling for social and academic affairs, there is still a need for a tighter sense of community among the more than 4,000 international graduate and undergraduate students.

He said that at the moment, a lot of international students mainly socialize with people of the same nationality. “[This] makes it very hard for international students to have a voice ... the international community is very fragmented,” Bonatti said. Felix Tabary ’14, an international student from France, said the center could be beneficial to the international student community at Cornell. “I hope [this center] helps international students meet each other and realize that there are lots of us on campus,” he said. Bonatti also said that while the center will attempt to build a more cohesive international community on campus, it will not serve as a social space. “We’re not trying to put all the international students together so that they can only hang out [with each other]. That’s not the point,” he said. “The last thing we want is to create a ‘clique.’” Bonatti said the two S.A. representatives who voted against the center “were worried that the center would decrease interaction between the international students and the rest of campus ... [or] create a more closed environment for [them].” Bonatti said, however, that non-international students would also be welcome at the center. “[The] center is not just for international students; it’s also for American students to go and learn [about] and meet international students,” he said. Sarah Sassoon can be reached at

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MBAs Heading for Tech, Start-Ups Prof Teaches ‘Sophistication’ BUSINESS

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There is a real focus on fostering the engagement of students with innovative technology companies.” Prof. Deborah Streeter, personal enterprise, noted that although the pursuit of finding a startup has become more popular in recent years, not all students are eager to pursue such a nontraditional path. “Cornell students still see entrepreneurship as the path less traveled, and in some ways that makes sense,” she said. “The startup venture involves more ambiguity, less structure, perhaps more risk –– although corporate life can also turn on a dime. ... The positive is that in a startup, students are going to have many more chances to do a wide range of things.” However, despite the nontraditional and unpredictable nature of the entrepreneurial path, Staudmyer said that many student groups are working to enhance the presence of entrepreneurship on campus and to help students transform their ideas into a reality. “The percentage of our graduates going into startups is still not large,” he said. “But groups — like our Johnson Entrepreneurship and Venture

Capital Club –– are very active and taking advantage of the many resources available to learn about and foster new business ideas and the commercialization of technology.” Staudmyer said that students engage with entrepreneurialism in a variety of ways: many work on their business ideas and company development during their time at Johnson, while others start their own businesses after school. For example, during his time at the Johnson, Nick Nickitas grad developed Rosie — a smartphone app that notifies its users when they run low on basic necessity items at home, like groceries and paper towels. Nikitas said he found that the Johnson School helps support students who want to pursue a career in entrepreneurship. “[By] doing everything from helping us provide marketing, consulting, feedback to the way we are building our brand ... I would say that the student body at Johnson has embraced [the startup culture]. ... It has just been tremendous,” Nikitas said. “I feel lucky to be at a school that supports entrepreneurs the way [the] Johnson does.” According to Nikitas, many


MBA students are motivated to found their own startups because they see startups as a less traditional way to influence society. “You are seeing now more than ever, as a result of the last financial crisis, students that are interested in making impactful contributions to the world outside of financial engineering,” he said. “These are students that are pursuing –– not in 20 years, but today –– their business ideas and aspirations, and immediately applying the lessons learned in the classroom ... to their startups.” According to Staudmyer, as a result of the changing nature of the modern business industry, Johnson graduates will have the opportunity to find more jobs across the economy. “I think the future is exciting for Johnson MBAs, as there are more types of companies hiring MBAs, including a larger demand from technology companies,” he said. “MBAs are thinking more broadly each year about the new economy, how best to use their skills in the current market and what types of careers will make them happy.” Jonathan Swartz can be reached at


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said. “I saw the class as a new adventure.” He began teaching the class full time in 1984 and has taught thousands of students since. At one point, he said, the class reached a total enrollment of 880 students. Mutkoski said many people are curious about the liability of running a classroom where alcohol is not only discussed, but also tasted. According to Mutkoski, he keeps the atmosphere controlled with measured pourers and over 10 teaching assistants to monitor the class. Mutkoski said, however, that most students take the class seriously. “Ninety-nine percent of students come into my classroom with the right intention,” Mutkoski said. “We weed out the ones who don’t fairly quickly.” “Introduction to Wines,” an item on the “161 Things to Do At Cornell” list, typically fills up within minutes of course registration opening. Mutkoski likes to say he’s teaching far more than what’s in the glass; he’s developing “sophistication.” “Years later you run into these people all over the place,” Mutkoski said. “They’ve had time to travel the world and visit places we learned about in class, and I’m so happy they can bring this piece of Cornell with them.” Besides obtaining his undergraduate degree from Cornell, Mutkoski also recieved his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1976. Between degrees, Mutkoski operated a restaurant on Long Island, which he later sold to another Cornell graduate. According to him, it was a natural progression to become a teacher. “To work in food service and management, you need to develop your own staff to become as efficient as possible,” Mutkoski said. “I’ve found teaching very similar. It’s rewarding in the same ways.” Mutkoski has traveled extensively to conduct research for his class and other projects, visiting France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chili, among other countries. According to Mutkoski, whenever he has at least a week off from work, he tries to visit a wine region. “On my last sabbatical I visited South Africa and New Zealand. I made five or six trips to Australia because it’s so vast and spread out,” Mutkoski said. He added that while he cannot pick a favorite wine, he said he recommends South Africa or the Douro area of Portugal. Although Mutkoski has traveled the world researching and tasting thousands of varieties of wines, he says he appreciates his quiet Wednesday afternoons teaching “Introduction to Wines” the most. “I enjoy sharing the subject of wine with these students,” Mutkoski said. “For me, it’s a window to the entire University.” Erika Hooker can be reached at


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Time Warner Inc. Will ‘Spin Off’ Magazine Operations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that it will spin off the magazine unit behind Time, Sports Illustrated and People into a separate, publicly traded company by the end of the year, ending a media marriage that has lasted more than two decades. CEO Jeff Bewkes said in a statement Wednesday that the decision to split off the Time Inc. magazine company will give Time Warner “strategic clarity” and enable it to focus on its TV networks including TNT, HBO and CNN, and its Warner Bros. studio, which produces movies and TV shows. He said the move would create value for shareholders, similar to the company’s previous spin-offs of Time Warner Cable and AOL. In recent weeks, Time Warner had been in talks to combine all of Meredith Corp.’s magazines with Time Inc.’s lifestyle titles such as People, InStyle and Real Simple. But talks broke down over a value for the combined company and over which magazines from Time Inc. would be included in the mix, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Meredith said Wednesday that it respected Time Warner’s decision and hoped to work with it on future opportunities. Des Moines, Iowa-based Meredith publishes magazines aimed at women such as Better Homes and Gardens, Fitness and Family Circle. Time Warner shares rose 79 cents to $56.24 in after-hours trading following the announcement, after closing up 41 cents at $55.46. Shares of Meredith fell 80 cents, or 2 percent, to $39.50 after-hours. It closed down 86 cents at $40.30 in the regular session. Analysts have estimated that the Time Inc. division is worth around $2.5 billion. Time Warner said the spin-off would be tax-free to its shareholders. The move completes the yearslong unwinding of a media and telecoms giant that reached its peak size in 2001 when America Online, an Internet access company, used $147 billion worth of inflated stock to buy Time Warner, in what has been regarded as the worst corporate merger of all time, because expected company synergies never materialized. On Wednesday, Time Warner’s market value was about $52 billion. Over the years, Time Warner moved to spin off the cable TV hookup business as well as AOL in order to focus on its profitable and growing TV and movie businesses. Matthew Harrigan, an analyst with Wunderlich Securities, said shareholders have wanted the spin-off of the challenged magazine business for some time, mainly because the rise of Internet advertising has steadily eroded ad revenue from print publications. Investors had come to see the magazine business as a drag on revenues and profits. According to the Publishers Information Bureau, U.S. magazine advertising revenue fell 3 percent in 2012 to $21 billion. “Investors like pure plays and some instances where there are genuine synergies,” he said. “I think they concluded it was a bit of an odd duck.” The spun-off company will have to attract investors betting on the successful transition of magazines into the digital world, which has been slow in coming. In the second half of last year, digital versions of U.S. magazines represented just 2.4 percent of circulation while overall circulation was flat at about 298 million copies, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Bewkes said a separate Time Inc. “will now be able to attract a more natural stockholder base.” The person familiar with the matter said that the parent company will continue to be known as Time Warner, keeping Time in its name despite the spin-off.

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American Cancer Society Says Sequester Will Cut Free Screenings ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The American Cancer Society said Wednesday that the across-the-board federal cuts that went into effect this month and proposed New York spending reductions could cost residents in the state their lives. The group said the federal cuts alone will mean 1,670 fewer free screenings for breast and cervical cancer for New York women who have no health insurance. The federal cuts amount to a 5 percent drop in cancer screenings in New York, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget would add a 10 percent cut to the program, according to the American Cancer Society. “The potential cuts will lead to more cancer misery for future patients and a bigger health care tab for New York taxpayers,” Blair Horner of the American Cancer Society said at a news conference. “These programs have been proven to save lives and reduce the cancer burden. They deserve more — not less — funding.”

Susan Farr of Saratoga County, who attended the news conference, said the free screenings she saw offered in her local newspaper saved her life. The former substitute teacher said she and her husband began struggling to pay for groceries, utilities and the mortgage after he was laid off from work. That’s when she noticed a lump in her breast. “And I was really scared,” the 43-year-old Farr said. “I had two little kids, no health insurance and a husband working three jobs to make ends meet. Farr said the free screening found the breast cancer and she subsequently had surgery and radiation treatments, also free under the governmentfunded program. “The cancer services program truly saved my life,” Farr said. “I believe my physical, emotional and financial life was saved by this program.” The cuts, both federal and state, are the result of years of overspending and rising taxes, sharp declines in tax revenues from the Great Recession and a slow, uneven recovery.

NYC Will Campaign to Have Teens Turn Down Their Music NEW YORK (AP) — The city wants young New Yorkers to hear its latest public-health warning loud and clear: Cranked-up headphones can be hazardous to your hearing. So much so that the city is planning a $250,000 social media and marketing campaign to warn teens that they risk hearing loss from listening to personal music players at high volume, health officials said Wednesday. It’s the latest in a slate of efforts on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s watch to urge New Yorkers to eschew unhealthy habits, from smoking to drinking large amounts of sugary soda. The prodding has sometimes included graphic ads, such as an online video of a man pouring himself a soda that

turns into a glass of glop made to look like fat and an ad featuring a close-up of a smoker’s gangrenous toes. It’s not yet clear how the city will deliver its hearing-loss messages, which will aim to “to better inform and educate New Yorkers about ways to protect hearing from exposure to loud sounds,” particularly long and loud listening sessions on music devices with earphones, the city Health Department said in a statement. Officials plan to use focus groups and interviews with teens and young adults to decide how to frame the campaign, according to a description from the city Health Department’s fundraising arm, called the Fund for Public Health. It has raised $70,000 so

far, from a donor who asked to remain anonymous, said the fund’s executive director, Sara Gardner. The plan got mixed reviews Wednesday from headphone users. Cecilia Sanchez, 17, knows she plays her music loudly through the headphones she wears much of the time — bus drivers have been known to yell at her to turn it down. But the high school senior finds it relaxing because “it shuts out the whole world,” and she doesn’t think anyone’s going to listen to chiding from city officials. “You can’t really control what people do. I think people get the risks, but they’ll do what they want to do. Especially young people,” she said.

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Rep. Giffords Urges Gun Background Checks

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the scene of the horrific shooting that wounded her and killed six people two years ago, urging senators Wednesday to pass background checks for gun purchases in her first public event at the site since the rampage. Giffords, who is still recovering from her injuries, spoke fewer than 20 words in the parking lot of the Safeway grocery store in her hometown of Tucson in a brief but emotional call for stricter gun control measures. “Be bold. Be courageous,” Giffords said. “Please support background checks.” At one point, Giffords pumped her fist in the air and grinned. Other survivors joined Giffords at the news conference, along with her husband, Mark Kelly. Giffords and Kelly have returned to the Safeway previously to visit the memorial, but Wednesday marked their first public event at the store since the shooting. Sheriff’s deputies were there to provide security. A gun control group started by Giffords and Kelly began airing a new television ad in Arizona and Iowa Tuesday urging Congress to take action. Giffords and Kelly support extending background checks to gun shows and Internet purchases. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up tougher firearm regulations Thursday. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who sits on the committee, has criticized universal background checks. “This discussion is not really about the Second Amendment,” Kelly said. “It’s about public safety and keeping guns out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill.” Jared Lee Loughner, 24, was sentenced in November to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, in the Tucson shooting. The rampage happened at a meet-and-greet event organized by Giffords outside the grocery store on Jan. 8, 2011. Kelly said it was not difficult to return to the place where his wife nearly died. As he spoke, shoppers and vehicles moved throughout the ubiquitous shopping center that includes a nail salon, a Starbucks and dry cleaners. It smelled like grocery store fried chicken. It’s places like this, Kelly said, that Congress needs to make safer. Supporters gave Giffords a standing ovation as she arrived at the event with her husband and staffers. With Kelly’s help, Giffords walked directly to a memorial outside the supermarket honoring the victims of the shooting, where she placed a bouquet of white roses and daisies. Kelly, who was not present when the shooting occurred, recalled the massacre that took place two years ago on a chilly morning. Loughner walked toward Giffords and shot her once in the head before directing fire at the crowd around her.

D.C. Radio Commericals Reflect Potential Government Contractors ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — To get a sense of just how much federal government spending influences the Washington metropolitan area, all you have to do is listen to the ads on an all-news radio station there. Instead of promoting happy hours and nightclubs, WTOP’s commercials are replete with buzzwords about cloud computing and fulfilling mission statements — pitches by IT consultants and contractors trying to land business with federal agencies. And the storm that hit the Mid-Atlantic region on Tuesday? It’s been dubbed "snowquester," a play on the D.C. wonk jargon that is used to describe the $85 billion that must be cut from federal budgets over the next six months after President Barack Obama and lawmakers failed to reach a deal that would reduce the national deficit. Communities on the Capital Beltway have disproportionately benefited from the federal government’s growth for decades — and there is no doubt they will now take a disproportionate hit from the budget cuts. The federal government is the region’s largest single employer and an economic engine. Thousands of federal government workers for agencies as varied as the CIA and the Patent and Trademark Office make their home in the area — about 15 percent of the total federal workforce, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Office of Personnel Management. So do those who labor for the scores of private contractors in the region that live and die off federal dollars. The exact effect of the automatic budget cuts is, of course, difficult to predict with any precision. Federal agencies are still trying to figure out exactly how they will tighten their belts — and nobody knows if the cuts will remain in place for an extended period of time. The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department. The measure heads to the Senate, where Democrats hope to give a variety of other federal agencies flexibility in implementing their share of the $85 billion in spending cuts required to take effect by the end of the budget year. Still, hundreds of thousands of federal workers in the region are bracing themselves for unpaid furloughs. Eugene Russell, a fire inspector and firefighter at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, is considered a Defense Department civilian. He said he is still waiting to find out whether firefighters will be furloughed — which he estimates would cost him $1,200 a month — or will in some way be made exempt from furloughs because of the public-safety requirements that demand a minimum level of staffing. Russell said he knows some colleagues who are already cutting back, canceling cable TV and the like. In his own case, Russell said he may be forced to stagger payments for some family medical bills to hold the family budget together.


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The changes would also require the airport to lay off the approximately five people working in its control tower, Nicholas said. In a letter sent to the Ithaca community, Nicholas said that “the changes will not happen right away, and it will not threaten air service or safety in the future. The function of our air traffic control will simply transfer to an FAA facility in the region.” right now.” The changes would also require the airport to lay off the approximately five people working in its control tower, Nicholas said. In a letter sent to the Ithaca community, Nicholas said that “the changes will not happen right away, and it will not threaten air service or safety in the future. The function of our air traffic control will simply transfer to an FAA facility in the region.” Nicholas emphasized that the changes would have a fairly limited impact on the airport. “It is business as usual at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport,” he wrote in an email. “There is no reason for travelers who fly into or out of our airport to be alarmed or feel threatened. Nothing has changed in our day-to-day operations.” The federal government is currently operating under the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, which will provide funding to the airport through March 27. During this time, Congress has the opportunity to reprogram cuts from sequestration, according to USA Today. Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport’s control tower is one of the approximately 230 airport control towers in the country whose closure is under consideration, according to Rudy. If nothing has changed by April 1, he said, the Ithaca tower will cease to operate. The airlines that service the Ithaca airport are still planning to fly to the airport, according to their schedules. But the ways in which the sequester may affect this remain “kind of up in the air, and it’s hard for us. We’re anticipating the worst,” Rudy said. “I’m hoping this gets resolved, because sequestration is becoming a major problem in many different ways,” Nicholas said. “I’m hoping Congress will realize they need to do something about this mess.” Although the sequester will likely affect the Ithaca airport, it is unclear to what extent the City of Ithaca’s budget will be affected. According to City Controller Steve Thayer, in 2013, the city budgeted only $15,000 in federal aid in its operating funds, though it does expect $4,500,000 in federal aid for its Commons redesign project. Thayer said that it’s possible that some state programs may be affected by the sequester, which could translate to lower state grant funds during 2013. But at this point, the city has not heard of any changes, Thayer said. “I don’t have much information on the federal sequester’s impact for the city at this point. We are waiting to see where it may impact us,” Thayer said in an email. “We don’t receive much in federal operating funds. Many years ago, the City received much more federal aid in the operating funds than we do now.” Sarah Cutler can be reached at


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We are deeply saddened by the sermon Muslim students had to endure during a service meant to offer spiritual uplift and bring congregants closer to God. As members of The Diwan Foundation, a group of Cornell Muslim alumni who cherish their Cornell experience and wish to enrich it for future student generations, we prefer the way of professionalism, knowledge and compassion. Few are better trained and more experienced in these respects than the chaplains who abide by the covenant of Cornell United Religious Work. Such chaplaincies are the standard of spiritual and pastoral care at Cornell and also at peer academic institutions. And yet, though students of other faiths at Cornell benefit from the important leadership their respective chaplains provide, Muslim students have no such leaders and guides. A Muslim chaplaincy does not yet exist at Cornell. The University is very supportive of religious life, however, current norms severely limit the financial support it can provide to religious leadership positions. One of our important goals is to have a qualified Muslim chaplain join the ranks of the other excellent Cornell chaplains to bolster CURW’s broad mission, support Muslim religious life on campus and attend to the needs of students during their journeys of self-discovery and growth. Our hope is that a Muslim chaplain will provide self-identifying Muslim students with guidance; provide all students, regardless of religion, a learned and compassionate counselor; provide our partners in faith meaningful fellowship and dialogue and provide the University with a community liaison and advocate. We want Muslim students on campus to know that Muslim alumni “have been there.” To those who have been targeted in any way, we want you to know that we have been there as well and we deeply empathize with the hurt you have felt. Please know that we are working hard to provide the Islamic pastoral leadership on campus that students deserve — a chaplain who will offer everyone, even those who demean and express antipathy toward others, thoughtfulness and constructive discourse rooted in compassion. Jarra F. Jagne ‘90, M. Jainal Bhuiyan ‘04, Fatima K. Iqbal ‘05, Mohamed Ismail ‘12, Fariha Ahsan ‘12, Khairul Anwar ‘08, Saad Hassan ‘98 and Nadeem I. Shafi ‘96

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romiscuity is a relative word. But even I, someone who writes about sex and relationships, was taken aback when I heard about someone who has had sex with more than 100 people. I had to find him. Luckily, he agreed to sit down with me to answer all of my burning questions. We met mid-afternoon at Libe Café. He walked in, tall, handsome, dressed as your typical fraternity man — someone who looked like he could have sex with 100 women, but was not particularly drop-dead gorgeous. I decided to jump right in.

MORGAN: I’ve heard you’ve had sex with over 100 people. Do you know your exact number? MAN OF MANY WOMEN: Not true, not true! M.B.: Oh, well, come on! So how many is it? M.O.M.W.: (With much hesitation) Well, it’s pretty close to 100. I know the exact number give or take five. M.B.: Have they all been women? M.O.M.W.: Yes. M.B.: Do you think you could remember all their names? M.O.M.W.: All of them, give or take five. Mainly just because I’ve been blackout, you know. But I try to keep track of the majority of them — I have a list! Not available to be seen. But mainly a couple of them that I don’t remember are because I’m terrible with names, ask anyone from pledging — it was hard. M.B.: I’m sure there are many readers that want to know your secret, so how do you do it? M.O.M.W.: Well I’ve been asking myself that for a long time. I don’t know, I just try to be myself the majority of the time, like when I’m sober. When I’m drunk, it’s a lot easier — I’m intoxicated, they’re intoxicated. I feel like in those situations it’s less about what kind of quality person I am. They care less so that leads to a vast majority of them. I just try to be funny, try to be nice. M.B.: Have you ever been in a serious relationship? M.O.M.W.: I’ve had one girlfriend in my entire life. It was back in the 7th grade. She was the only girlfriend I ever had and it lasted a month. It happened because her best friend was dating my best friend and we were always together. It has kind of freaked me out recently — she has a baby that’s about two years old. So I think I dodged a bullet! M.B.: When did you lose your virginity? How did you lose it? M.O.M.W.: My junior year of high school, a senior asked me to her prom and of course, immediately, I said yes. But I didn’t know her that well so I asked her to hang out a couple times. And, no, it was not prom night — it was a couple weeks before. It ended up being a casual movie night with a bottle of wine. M.B.: When were your most intense years of sexual activity? M.O.M.W.: Definitely freshman and sophomore year. I transferred from a different school so I spent freshman year there. The atmosphere was a lot different in terms of partying and going out. Freshman year there were a lot of house parties, and if you had a fake I.D., you would try to get into bars. We constantly had parties and it was easy. M.B.: It’s easier than here?! M.O.M.W.: Yes. Believe it or not, people at my old school drank a lot more than

we do here. M.B.: Do you feel like you are particularly skilled in bed because of your extensive experience? How do you know? M.O.M.W.: Yes and no. It depends on which state of mind I’m in. A lot of this revolves around alcohol. If I’m drunk, I honestly don’t know — we never have real conversations about it. They say it’s good but girls tend to lie about that kind of stuff. They want to boost your ego or make you feel better, but also it would be awkward if they told you it was bad. M.B.: Tell me the story of the worst sex you’ve ever had. M.O.M.W.: The worst sex is this one time where I couldn’t come, and I don’t know why. But she kept on wanting to go more and more, and it was just awkward. I’m trying to think of a better word, but it was just bad. Maybe she didn’t know what she was doing. It was freshman year. I think it was uncomfortable because I knew her pretty well beforehand so that just made it more awkward. M.B.: What about the best? M.O.M.W.: It was actually a threesome. It involved a girl from my old school that I was talking to for a little while. I was in the city, and we were hanging out with all her friends and everything. We started having sex in the living room. About 10 minutes into it, one of her friends walks in through the french doors and starts taking off her clothes. I thought, “I guess this is happening.” And it just went on from there. Ever since, I haven’t been able to recreate that scenario. It’s kind of like the thing a lot of guys dream about. M.B.: Is it worth all the hype? M.O.M.W.: Yes. For all of you out there, I would recommend you try it. M.B.: Would you feel any differently having sex with a woman who has also had sex with a large number of people? M.O.M.W.: Yes and no. It is college, so I get that everyone loves to experiment and that sex is a fun thing. I wouldn’t feel any differently as long as I knew they were clean. I actually get tested every 2 months — my mother’s rule! M.B.: What do you think the attitude on campus is about sex and particularly, for lack of a better term, promiscuity? M.O.M.W.: Cornell is a very diverse place where there are so many different opinions on everything. But mainly I would say, especially in Greek life, it is pretty open. You can see people walking home every morning through the streets of Collegetown. But there definitely are people who get that they are part of that scene but also don’t want to be used as objects. So I don’t think it’s a matter of the sex, it’s about the image that they portray. M.B.: Do you think you’ll ever find the perfect girl? M.O.M.W.: I definitely do. There is one girl that I really like right now, but I don’t think she likes me quite as much. A guy can dream! But I’ll settle for being just friends with her. After our interview, a friend of his came up to me, letting me know that I had just interviewed “the most famous womanizer on campus.”

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Putting the Sex Back in Traditional I

t is time to return to our sexual roots. We need to throw out the avant garde sex. You and your partner should no longer sit fully clothed in a darkened room emailing sex terms to each other. Stop making Tumblrs filled with .gifs of sex poses you want to do and sending them to your sex friend as foreplay (but please send links to me). Ramp up the sexual touching from eye-fucking to I’mfucking. “But wait,” you say, “I am already ingrained in a repetitive cycle of sensuous whispering and then falling asleep. I can’t stop!” Now, I don’t want you to go cold turkey. Things need to be handled slowly. The first thing that must be done is to ask your partner if he or she wants to have sex. If yes, great, now you know where things stand. If no, well, try again next week. Should it continue that way, your best bet is to find a more sexually-active partner (I’m free for consultations). Once you’ve established that sex is a possibility, it’s time to actually have sex. For those of you just starting with traditional sex, it helps to have a series of prescribed moves. Don’t think of this like chess (chess-sexing is for another column)

where you have an opening, middle and end game. Think of this more like preparation for getting in the mood, just like one buys ice cream and gets dumped before watching a sad movie. To start you off on the path to sexual freedom, here are some sure fire ways to traditionalize your sex:


“The Importance of Being Earnest:”

Express your desire to have sex with your partner over the course of a season. Refrain from having sex until enough comical antics happen.

“Six Months in a Leaky Boat:” Go on a cruise. Have sex with your partner until “The Collectivizer:” Gather up a you’re bored. Use the boat crashing into bunch of an iceberg money from o r people on the So m a l i a n Things need to be handled slowly. The first promise of pirates as a giving them a thing that must be done is to ask your partner convegreat sexual n i e n t if he or she wants to have sex. If yes, great, future. Steal excuse to now you know where things stand. the money, break up. leaving them Do not destitute, and ever draw fly to N.Y.C. to have a great weekend him or her like someone from France, it’s with a high-class escort. Repeat until just encouraging. 1991. “Out of the Country” (Men only): Reject “Don’t Tread on Me:” You and twelve the strict heteronormative culture that of your best friends all get drunk in a bar you live in and have a secret affair with a on Sam Adams. Proceed to have an orgy. man in an opium den. This country is a dirty place, isn’t it? “The Horde:” Start by having sex with your neighbor. Gather all of his or her “The Poor Richard” (Women only): able bodied children and move down the Decide that men are destroying society, street, repeating at each house. Continue move to the outlands of Brazil with your this way until you reach Syracuse or are ladies and have a rollicking good time.

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Don’t forget mosquito netting and your barbells. Now what do you do after sex? The Avant-Gardist in you might have stood outside and Instagrammed pictures of blackness. I suggest silently pretending to smoke a cigarette while writing in your diary about how scandalous you’re feeling. If you’re not ready to be that traditional yet, a fair compromise is to post the song “I Just Had Sex” on Facebook. No one will groan or be put off by this. Trust me, I do it constantly. Just remember, the most important thing in your switch from avant garde to traditional is that you must have fun and meticulously document everything. Actually, the meticulous documentation is the most important part. The Library of Congress might acquire your sex journal and that’d be pretty sweet. Be sure to dedicate it to me. Note: If you’re having “traditional sex” as I outlined above, re-read this column, but reverse everything I said and you’ll read about how I want you to have avant garde sex. It’s two columns for the price of one! Jimothy Singh is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at Quest for the Perfect Tale appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

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t is right up there with sex in the stacks, role-play and road dome (more commonly known as car head). It’s controversial, a bit queer and a whole lot of body heat to handle: It’s a threesome, and it can happen to you when you least expect it. Then, once the deed is done, you feel accomplished, sexually experienced and wow, a bit risqué. But sometimes, you may come out of a threesome with mixed feelings to go along with that wine haze and those sweaty sheets. With sex between one man and one woman, it is easy to know when you have completed a night of ultimate sexual zenith. There are the tell-tale signs we look for in good sex: the slow, sultry beginning, the moaning, the “ah” of each new position, the vigorous, assertive finish, the team cum and the cutsey cuddle until bedtime. Yet, most of these criteria for good sex are complicated by the addition of a third person. How do you know when you’ve participated in a successful threesome? The first criterion for determining suc-sex-fulness in a three-way is equality. True threesomes include three captains of equal stature and call for all hands on dick. There should be no one making all the calls and no free cock-riders. Everyone should participate in everyone else’s enjoyment. When person A is being stimulated, persons B and C should be focused on A. Just for your imagination, if A is executing reverse cowgirl on B (back-

wards girl on top), C should be sucking on A’s nipple or tonguing her clit. Experimentation is key, but a threesome is more than two do-ers and one watcher. Threesomes great because the sensation of two people getting you off is completely unique and exciting. A second criterion of suc-sex is comfort. One must retain a level of relaxation and merriment; after all you have four hands, two tongues and a variety of other



Sometimes, you may come out of a threesome with mixed feelings to go along with that wine haze and those sweaty sheets. appendages caressing your body. Threesomes should not be scary past the initial same-sex makeout that is the textbook way to begin. After this first phase, once clothes begin to shed and everyone’s in bed, people should be calm and enjoying the experience, not sweating and gagging at the wetness of another vagina. Besides, at this point, there is still time to turn back around and let the other two crazy kids have their fun. Yet once below-thebelt touching commences, you have waited too long to

turn around and run. Make the best out of it! If you cannot be comfortable and recognize the hilarity in a three way, then maybe begin slowly with duo experimentation. The third criterion is by far the most important. It is the longest standing of the three, and no, it is not how long he stands or how long his stand is (but I like where your heads at, you naughty rascal, you). We are talking PTSD: Post Threesome Shyness Disorder. You may feel uneasiness about meeting those same two friends at Duffield to work on your fluid mechanics problem set now that you have had such an intimate and unusual experience with them (and to all you naysayers, engineers get freaky under the sheets too.) In order to rid yourselves of the awkwardness that ensues post-threesome, talk it out! Afterwards, make sure to relive the highlights and make off-handed comments about the “oops” moment — it will make a future interactions way more bearable. With these three tips in mind, your sexual experimentation should bring you complete satisfaction, zero remorse and a hell of a lot of stories to tell your friends (or write about if you happen to be me!) Mona G. is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She may be reached at Erotic Epiphanies appears alternate Thursdays this semester.


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Sound Bites With Mark Bittman This week, New York Times food guru Mark Bittman packed up his palate and brought his passion for simple, accessible cuisine upstate to East Hill. As an opinion columnist, food journalist and author of such books as the best-selling How to Cook Everything, Bittman has delved into everything from restaurant reviews to agricultural policy. On Wednesday afternoon, Bittman sat down with the Sun to discuss his penchant for pasta, his distaste for Instagram and the prospect of his appointment as America’s first-ever Food Czar. THE SUN: You write a lot about “minimalism” in your articles and



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quickly see what they had in com- find the best examples of every cui- looked at everything and I tried to mon and you’d need that stuff. It sine that was simple enough for me cook all the stuff that seemed depends on how elemental you to interpret and do those. So I had weird or that I didn’t know. It was want to get. pre-50s books, books from World a really fun process, I have to say. THE SUN: Did anything in col- War II, I certainly looked at the Life changing. It was engulfing. THE SUN: Now we’d like to lege drive you to pursue a career in Settlement [Cookbook], The Joy of food? offer you a hypothetical: M.B.: It didn’t drive me “The way to cook is to shop and just You were just elected U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. to pursue a career; it drove buy everything that looks good ... Congratulations. me to start cooking. And it M.B.: Thank you. I was how bad the food was. and figure out what you’re going to It is much better now but cook. All kinds of strange and won- have to go now. it’s still not as good as cookTHE SUN: Tomorrow, derful things happen.” ing at home, and probably what are the first plans that your chefs [at Cornell] you’re going to put in place? Mark Bittman would agree with that. M.B.: Well, obviously, first I’d find out how much THE SUN: What inspired or influenced you when you Cooking, Betty Crocker, the old power I’d have ... But if we’ve just were writing How to Cook standards. But more, I’d have a restructured the United States and book out called Majorcan Fish you’re czar of food, the very simple Everything? M.B.: For How to Cook Every- Cookery, or a Lebanese cookbook answer to that question is how do thing, I had this idea that I’d sort of or a West African cookbook and I we disincentivize the eating of stuff that’s hurting us, and how do we encourage people to eat the stuff that’s good for us? Junk food is subsidized both directly, that is by making it easy for farmers to grow corn and make corn syrup, and indirectly by not charging food companies for the costs of the [health and environmental] damages caused by the food they’re producing. So one thing you do is you make those costs real. So now a hamburger costs four dollars instead of 99 cents...And you use the former subsidies of those products so that you have money to encourage growing more fruits and vegetables and then distributing fruits and vegetables. THE SUN: To what extent is it the government’s responsibility to improve what we eat? M.B.: I think the government should be involved in public welfare but other people obviously disagree, and they’re winning that fight right now. We’ve spent untold billions of dollars looking for cures for cancer. And whether or not that money is well-spent is not for me to say. But we have spent much less money on prevention. There are things that we know are possible cancer triggers, and we’ve done nothing to get them out of circulation.

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books. How can we apply that concept to a college student’s limited time, equipment and money? MARK BITTMAN: Well, I think money isn’t so much of an issue because cooking is cheap. For freshmen it’s impossible, but if you have an apartment … I will say that for six months I wrote the Minimalist column from a basement apartment with a microwave and a hot plate. So if you have a little refrigerator and some form of heat, you can get it done. THE SUN: What would you say are the bare basics of what you need to have in a college kitchen? M.B.: Obviously, you want olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce; you probably want parmesan and garlic. If you thought about what’s in your 10 favorite recipes, you’d





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THE SUN: Such as? M.B.: Various ingredients in pesticides. You could certainly argue that increased consumption of meats causes colon cancer, there’s pretty good evidence of that. There’s decent evidence that hyper-consumption of sugar is related to cancer. So, I’m not saying any of this stuff is conclusive, but we are not spending billions of dollars researching that. We are spending billions of dollars looking for cures, because that’s what benefits Big Pharma. What benefits Big Public? No one cares about what benefits Big Public. THE SUN: We’ve seen big changes in food media lately. Everyone has a food blog and uploads pictures of what they eat to Instagram. What are your feelings about the incursion of social media into food? M.B.: It’s really boring. I love to eat, I love to cook, but there’s no question about it: I feel no need to share any of that. I’m not all that interested in what other people are cooking and eating. You can say that’s generational and you’re probably right. But I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. THE SUN: Now we are stranding you on an island. I apologize, but your time as Czar of Food is over. We are, however, leaving you with a kitchen with spices and equipment. Which three food items would you like to take with you? M.B.: Three? Jesus. They have to be the big things. I want pasta or rice, I’m not sure which. If I want to

live for a long time I probably want rice, but for enjoyment’s sake, I’d probably want pasta. I have to have tomatoes. Do I have a fishing rod on this island? Because if I can catch fish, I might be able to do away with animal products entirely. Pasta, tomatoes, and I think I’d do eggs. THE SUN: If you have a bad day, what the first thing you want to eat or drink when you get home?

M.B.: If it’s a really bad day I have a cocktail, but most days I have wine. And pasta is a comfort food for me but it’s not as if every time I come home from a bad day it’s pasta. The way to cook is to shop and just buy everything that looks good, and buy more than you need, assuming you can afford it, and put it in the refrigerator, and open the refrigerator and figure out what you’re going to cook.

And that’s the pleasure of it; that’s the challenge of it. All kind of strange and wonderful things happen. THE SUN: Lastly, if you had a chance to have one last wonderful meal, anything you want and anywhere in the world, what and where would it be? M.B.: We do picnics on the beach at night sometimes, and on a perfect night, that’s the best thing in

the world. When the sun’s going down and the moon’s coming up, and the ocean’s there and you have a blanket, and you have poached vegetables and fish and mayonnaise and wine, that’s the best meal there is. Eliza Lajoie can be reached at Zachary Siegel can be reached at


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse Fat Possum Records


James Rainis Like Syd Barrett with a laptop, Trevor Powers, under the Youth Lagoon moniker, creates deeply introspective music with a flair for the psychedelic. Debut album Year of Hibernation found Powers reflecting on themes of loneliness and the mundane whilst drenched in reverb. Deeply personal, Year of Hibernation was packed with specifics: posters on bedrooms walls, ’96 Buicks, smoking cigars on the Fourth of July — a collage of details from his life growing up in Boise, Idaho. For Powers, his records almost serve as his diaries. "Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears,” Powers explains. “I'm not a gifted speaker, so explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense." On sophomore effort Wondrous Bughouse, Powers turns his attention from the life outside his head to the one inside it. Inspired by a fascination “with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world,” Wondrous Bughouse is the antithesis to the sleek electronics of “big deal” bands like Phoenix and The xx. Fitting to its name, this record explores electronic textures that are organic and gnarled; synthesizers bubble rather than shoot like lasers. Opener “Through Mind and Back” wallows in this aesthetic, sounding like a

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musical interpretation of the sounds you hear in nature: buzzing flies, gurgling brooks and cackling animals are all reinterpreted by Powers’ laptop. However, this is not to say that Youth Lagoon is indulging in the messy compositional habits that plagued Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz. The noise experiments of “Through Mind and Back” give way to the infectiously catchy “Mute.” Powers’ vocals are almost a mirage: you catch talk of the devil and corpses, but any further attempts at decryption are enveloped by the dreamy soundscape of squealing synth arpeggios and distorted electronic moans. For all of Youth Lagoon’s perceived introspection, “Mute” shows that even the heady loners can craft a lighter-waving set finale if they just let loose. The remainder of the record is bursting with innovative textures and sticky-sweet melodies. Powers’ compositional acumen has gotten to the point where he knows just what tweaks to make to his songs — whether he’s introducing new textures or merely lending a song punch by pushing the drums up in the mix, ala this album’s “Raspberry Cane” — in order to evoke an emotional response. “Pelican Man” runs through a dramatic chord change reminiscent of Dark Side of the Moon,

Kate Nash is extremely loud and but not incredibly close on her third studio album, Girl Talk. Heartbreak and feminism should make for an explosive brew, but they don’t on this record, even though Nash has replaced friendly piano melodies with gritty bass lines. The problem is that Nash does a lot of shouting but not a lot of talking. This is disappointing, because Nash is so good at talking — she sighs and whispers through awkward but tender narratives of young love (or would-be love) on her debut album Foundations. “Birds” is a memorable instance: “She said what / He said you / She said what are you talking about / He said you.” The former Myspace sensation turned BRIT Awardwinning pop princess has since grown up. On Girl Talk, she courageously attempts a smothering sound that recalls Courtney Love, Lana Del Rey (Nash even spots the same brooding shade of lipstick) and even Martha Rosler. Nash deadpans her way through the album’s standout track “All Talk,” sounding very much like a murderous Rosler rattling off the names of kitchen implements in “Semiotics of the Kitchen” before howling, “Cause I’m a girl / I’m a

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escalating the stakes with hymnal harmonic motifs (open fifths and fourths are a great way to make your music sound otherworldly and choral) and a clanging dulcimer counterpoint. “Dropla” meditates on eternal life, assuring the listener that “you will never die,” while cinematic strings surge and introduce a subdued coda that provides a breath of fresh air after the mix becomes rather claustrophobic. “Attic Doctor” trades dreams for macabre whimsy, riding a lilting singsong melody as castanets skitter and the drums beat out a bizarre waltz. “Raspberry Cane” is a late highlight whose Beatlesesque melody turns a somewhat morbid mantra — “Here’s to death: Drink on!” — into something you might actually toast to, if you’ve had one too many immediately following prelim season. That cognitive dissonance between Youth Lagoon’s woozily comforting songs and the somewhat dismal sentiments that inspire them encapsulate just what’s so intriguing about Wondrous Bughouse: It forces us to confront death not as this specter of evil and loss, but as a next chapter with boundless possibilities. James Rainis is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be contacted at

feminist / and if that offends you / then fuck you.” Though charged and carefree, “Cherry Pickin’” just gets too annoying after a minute or so, thanks to the screeching chorus involving the repetition of “cut, cut, cut” and “get, get, get.” It’s painful to say this because Nash has such a lovely singing voice, which is more than amply displayed elsewhere on the album. Nash works her charm on the retro rock and roll song “3 am,” gliding swiftly through the sleepless aftermath of a breakup. On “Lullaby For an Insomniac,” Nash tackles the same territory, a capella. It’s not quite clear if she comes across as vulnerable or bland, but the melodramatic instrumental flourish that follows this late night soliloquy at least makes the track interesting. If you like Lily Allen or Hole, and are up for a challenge, Girl Talk is definitely worth a try. But if you’re looking for a heartfelt conversation with a girlfriend, then go listen to A Fine Frenzy instead.

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Daveen Koh is a senior in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She can be contacted at

They might be giants, but the tracks on their new LP are very, very small. The band’s 16th studio album Nanobots is summed up in the eponymous second track that packs a sunny melody and crystal clear vocals into a 2:45 minute length with familiar hints of horn and thematically mechanical vocals. The 25 tracks of Nanobots, which sometimes run as short as under a minute, are brief, sweet and choppy. Guitarist John Flansburgh began writing songs with vocalist and accordionist John Linnell as a high school student in the ’70s. After college, the duo formed their current group. In its early years, the band briefly aired songs through “Dial-A-Song,” an answering service where fans could call to listen — over the phone — to the band’s music. They Might Be Giants’ sound revolves around bursts of instrumentals behind the steady flow of lyrics, stitched together by upbeat, rolling percussion. “Black Ops” and “Circular Karate Chop” showcase the futur-

istic theme of the album, pausing the beat for synthesized melodies or garbled, underwater lyrics in powerful moments of silence. In the sixth track, “Call You Mom,” the band unleashes its sense of humor (no doubt alarming their admiring female groupies) intonating,“I think I’d like to call you mom — cause you remind me of my mom.” The quirky appeal leaks into the album artwork, featuring collages by Sam Weber that distort stoic Renaissance faces so provocatively you might contort your own. Between the broken-up sound and tongue-in-cheek humor, Nanobots is not steady background music, but will definitely satisfy your craving for eclectic, ’90s inspired jams. Madeline Salinas is a freshman in the College of Human Ecology. She can be contacted at


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Whistling Past the Competition SAM BROMER Arts and Entertainment Editor

Two farmers tend lovingly to their crops, while a rival — and serial farm-animal poisoner — seeks revenge. A hillbilly neighbor and his senile grandmother talk way too much about unsettlingly sexual topics. A chicken, transformed into a confused human being, tries to peck everyone in her path. This isn’t an insane asylum, or a soap opera written by a resident of said insane asylum. It is just another day of practice for The Whistling Shrimp, Cornell’s most delightfully disturbed improv troupe. The group’s most recent successes include receiving a berth into the College Improv Tournament National Championship — the “March Madness” of unathletic, but very funny people — and getting a particularly stubborn student to finally leave their practice room in Rockefeller Hall. They go to great lengths to create hilarious, original and absolutely absurd improvised scenes. As one might expect, being this funny requires a serious commitment. For hours a day, six days a week, the Shrimp work to perfect their unique form of comedy, known in the biz as “long form improvisation.” In this improv structure, performers take a suggestion from the audience, then follow a strict set of steps: three individual two-person scenes, a group scene, a “callback” of the first three scenes, another group scene and an all-encompassing finale. Throughout these scenes, the group members work to establish the “game” of the scene, which, Keith Newman ’14 explained, is “basi-

For the Whistling Shrimp, being funny requires serious commitment. COURTESY OF CHICAGO IMPROV PRODUCTIONS

cally the inside joke between you and the audience.” During practice, as Jessica Evans ’15 continued, “you have to think about it a lot more — there’s no explosive laughter,” whereas during live performance, “as soon as an audience laughs, you know you’ve found it.” This may all sound complex, but as Shrimp director Keith Newman ’14 said, the form has had “a really big impact on comedy.” For an example, look no further than just about any syndicated sitcom. The concept of three separate, seemingly unrelated storylines merging into one final scene can be seen in Modern Family or How I Met Your Mother and has become one of the world’s most consistently successful comedic formats. But improv can’t succeed on its structure alone; the form lives and dies on the talent —

or, in this case, the depravity — of the performers involved. As is easy to see in their electric live gigs, as well as in their Rockefeller practice sessions, the Shrimp have whatever it takes … whatever “it” is. They also possess a rare chemistry. As Steven Breitenstein ’16 explained, “We come from very diverse backgrounds … well, we’re almost all white and Jewish, so not ethnically … but from our group we have info science, environmental science, ILR, English, oceanography, hotelies ... which definitely helps with the comedy.” This diversity also helps the group to draw in a wider audience, as they can “incorporate intellectual jokes while [still catering to] the hotelies, [who] you know, have a much lower level of humor.” The Shrimp, who will perform this Friday at Barnes Hall at 7 and 9 p.m. in preparation

for their foray into the National Championship, take their success with a grain of salt. As veteran member Chris McGinn ’14 remarked, “we’re only this pretentious because we’re really, really good.” (Disclaimer: This comment was made in jest. The members of The Whistling Shrimp are in no way snobby, snooty, snotty, snarky, or otherwise self-centered.) They may be ranked “somewhere between thirteenth and sixteenth” in the National Championship, as Sam Nadell ’16 said, but without a doubt, these crustaceans are number one in our hearts. Sam Bromer is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at

True Life: I’m Addicted to True Life N

owadays, any time I do anything, I give myself a True Life title. “True Life: I May or May Not Have Jaundice,” I say to myself as I stare at my ghostly pallor in a Snapchat selfie. “True Life: I Am the Foot-bridge’s Bitch,” I mumble as I trudge up the 26 steps that seem as precipitous as Everest at 8:40 a.m. “True Life: If You Cut Me Right Now, I’d Bleed Potatoes,” I announce as I decide to consume six different types of potatoes for dinner. Honestly, there’s just something elusively addictive about True Life, one of the best documentary-style series to ever air on television. And yes, there is a distinction between documentary-style television and reality TV — although the two are often linked. With 15 years on air (15 years, 15 years, you watch one of the eps, got you for 15 years!), True Life seems to be the grandfather of many reality TV shows. I mean, basically all of the guilty pleasure reality shows of TLC seem to have ripped their premise from a could-be or has-been episode of True Life — think My Strange Addiction, Virgin Diaries and Extreme Couponing. And with more than 200 episodes (and counting), there could be a spin-off series called True Life: I’ve been on True Life with a range of subjects that run the gamut of the show’s most memorable characters — the whole drugaddicted, double-lives-leading, obscurely afflicted lot of them. One of the main appeals of the show is that with a million and one episodes to choose from, at least one may be applicable to your own life. Having watched approximately all of them, here are three of True Life’s most iconic moments: TRUE LIFE: I’M ADDICTED TO CRYSTAL METH (2006) The True Life addict episodes are usually instant classics for obvious reasons, but nothing quite compares to the depravity of 21year-old Ashlee, who first started doping at 14. In general, meth heads are known to be the Keystone Light of junkies (cheap and trashy) despite the efforts of Breaking Bad in glorifying “shake-and-bake” pushing, but Ashlee exemplifies a new low. After watching her fuck up her life continuously — her boyfriend leaves her, her family estranges her, her bank account depletes, and her face ashens — you think she really can’t get any lower than that. Alas, it’s just

like that episode of Spongebob where he misses the bus to Glove World and thinks he’s hit rock bottom until he falls off a cliff into the aphotic zone of town known as Rock Bottom. Ashlee’s rock bottom occurs when, broke and addled, prostitutes herself for $30. THIRTY. DOLLARS. She initially asks for $35 but knocks the $5 off (presumably a price commensurate with her level of self esteem). I have no idea how much meth $30 can even buy — a couple bumps at most? If watching this episode of True Life didn’t automatically qualify as the most powerful PSA in your life, then you are either an emotionless cyborg or currently balls-deep in the blue KoolAid yourself. See also: True Life: I’m on Ecstacy for a similar reaction—the MRI of a junkie’s brain looks more or less like a block of swiss cheese. TRUE LIFE: I HAVE TOURETTE’S SYNDROME (2006) Though we all like to joke that our lives are one long awkward moment, that is actually the case for Tourette’s-ridden comedian, Lou. This poor guy spends the entire episode going on different first dates, hoping for just one kiss. I would like to say that one scene in this episode could be categorized as most memorable but just about every scene is equally uncomfortable to watch. Watching him fumble with breadsticks and spill drinks over his date over and over (and over) again left me with the worst kind of secondhand embarrassment. To think that I can barely keep my shit together when I have the hiccups, I can’t even imagine how I could survive life with all of Lou’s spazzy tics. 10 points to True Life for doing what it does best and putting things in perspective. True Life: I’m Going to Fat Camp (2002): Another instant Profanity classic. This started off the Golden Era of True Prayers Life, back in the early days—a few years after the show started and it finally hit its stride with its first iconic episode, True Life: I’m Getting Married. The premise of this episode was borderline brilliant. While some episodes are surprisingly entertaining despite a mundane theme (True Life: I Have a Summer Share) and others are grossly disappointing despite an inherently fascinating premise (True Life: I Work in the Sex Industry), True Life: I’m Going to Fat Camp hit that per-

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fect sweet spot between the two. It was a common premise, but it had a twist that allowed it to be both a guilty pleasure to watch and a universally relatable coming-ofage story. This episode is enjoyable for the same reasons The Biggest Loser is enjoyable (to crudely put it): There are sob stories and fat people NILS AXEN / SUN STAFF ILLUSTRATOR exercising. What more could you want? This episode came with many revelations, the first of which concerned the sweaty meat market that a fat camp is (literally — that’s how the featured subjects describe it). Such are the pains of puberty amongst the plump. Secondly, fat camp is just like any sleepaway camp, except instead of counselors raiding your bunks for porn and weed, illegal contraband at Camp Shane comprises Nutter Butters and Snickers bars. And lastly, some kids that go to fat camp aren’t even fat! I’m half certain these skinny bitches only attend fat camp so they can be esteemed amongst the legitimately obese tweens. They sashay around grounds like some mythically skinny creature, a golden unicorn amongst tubby donkeys. For example, normal-sized teen Stephanie, having lost 13 (unnecessary) pounds at fat camp, tries to impress her crush (who weighs about the same as Nicole Richie). Instead of complimenting her newly toned physique, he advises her to lose “15 more pounds.” Ouch! Stephanie may not belong on this show about fat camp, but she could have her own episode called True Life: I Chose the Wrong Man. Alice Wang is a sophomore in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at Profanity Prayers appears alternate Thursdays.


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ACROSS 1 Theme 6 Woody’s “Annie Hall” role 10 Slash mark? 14 NBC’s “Weekend Today” co-anchor Hill 15 Some parasites 16 Marching band instrument 17 See 60-Across 20 “Viva el matador!” 21 Has the stage 22 Winter airs 23 Plastic __ Band 24 Summoning gesture 26 See 60-Across 34 Big name in big banking 35 Nick-named actor 36 Miss Piggy, to Miss Piggy 37 Neglects to mention 39 Communication no one hears: Abbr. 40 Cabbage salads 42 At an angle: Abbr. 43 Leg bone 45 Applications 46 See 60-Across 50 “... to market, to buy __ pig ...” 51 Smudge on Santa’s suit 52 Snowman’s accessory 55 Hearing subject 57 Summer shade 60 Trio suggested by the answers to 17-, 26- and 46Across 64 Sword with a guarded tip 65 Kept 66 Shah’s fate 67 “Buddenbrooks” novelist 68 Wild about 69 Provide room for growth, perhaps DOWN 1 Jogging instrument? 2 Unwritten test 3 Roofer’s purchase 4 Hard water? 5 Going up against

6 Part for a singer 7 Oz visitor 8 TiVo ancestor 9 So far 10 It precedes “Substituted Ball” in the Definitions section of the “Rules of Golf” 11 Pickled veggie 12 First family member 13 Tropicana Field team 18 Date-setting phrase 19 Rich relatives? 23 “Count __!” 24 Story-telling song 25 Handyman’s approx. 26 Shaggy’s pal, to Shaggy 27 Unsettled state 28 Not straight up 29 With money at stake 30 Violinist’s supply 31 Member of the Five College Consortium, familiarly 32 Swimmer’s need 33 Temper tantrum

38 World No. 1 tennis player between Martina and Monica 41 Abundant, plantwise 44 Tax shelter letters 47 Become pitiless 48 Ascribed, as blame 49 Old Testament queen 52 Mushroom piece

53 Club where “music and passion were always the fashion,” in song 54 “Right on!” 55 Fries seasoning 56 Menu choice after an “oops” 57 Dancing blunder 58 Folksy Guthrie 59 Rostov rejection 61 Sox, in line scores 62 Boy toy? 63 Send packing


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14 points early on, and came clawing back on the heroics of Curry. The Warriors grabbed a few small leads and even tied it late in the fourth, but it wouldn't be enough. Possibly due to fatigue from playing 48 minutes, Curry faltered just enough the stretch, turning the ball over and having his shot blocked late in the fourth. On the Warriors final possession, down four, Curry passed the ball and his teammates missed two open three pointers to seal their fate. Watching the game, Curry’s greatness was especially obvious. The stats are worth repeating- 54 points on 64% shooting, making 11 three- pointers (one shy of tying an all time record), seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals. But more than that he was as close too as unstoppable as possible. Stephen Curry dominated the Knicks defense. His efficiency was incredibly impressive, as most of the shots Curry made were heavily contested. Curry was pulling up from five feet behind the arc and swishing it. Give him any room, he put it up and it was probably going in. The Knicks brought a double team to try and stop him, yet he would just pass to open teammate or simply create space. He only needed the smallest amount of room, and he was putting the ball in the hoop. Curry’s shooting motion is quick and smooth, it really does make one think he could a superstar in this league. Curry’s 54 points were most the scored points in the NBA this season, topping the likes of Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Kobe Bryant. Unlike those men, Curry did not even make the all-star team, or is he thought of as a volume shooter nor scorer. And despite his gaudy point total, he isn’t a volume shooter. Curry only needed 28 shots to put in 54 points, following his 38-point night on 20 shots. Despite that, it seemed incredible unlikely he would score the most points in the NBA in game, as Curry only averages a little over 18 points a game in his career. Curry is shooting 46% from three and 90.6% from the free throw line. He is one of the best three point and free throw shooters in the NBA, and appears poised on the brink of true super stardom. Or maybe he’s not. Curry’s three games after this outburst have been mixed, his worst performance being his follow up in Boston where he was mostly shut down. But against Toronto, Curry showed off his skill set in handing out 12 assists and scoring an efficient 26 points in a win. Maybe this is the best we’ll ever see from Curry, but if it is, I will never forget the stretch when he was best player in the NBA for two games. John Zakour can be reached at

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you need to point out of both divisions in order to show in walk-trot-canter at regionals,” she said. “I'm just really excited to be here. You learn quickly in IHSA showing that you can't often control most things ... You just have to roll with the punches and enjoy the experience,” Botelho said. “I am really happy to be showing, and will do what I canadvance to Zones.” Because the horse — an unpredictable animal — is the most important piece of equipment in this sport, a rider’s success depends on “the luck of the draw,” “As far as advancing, any of the girls could do it in their respective division,” Karn said. “A lot depends on how they handle the horse they draw. It is like any sport, some luck is involved.” Although the Red will not be compet-

ing as a team this weekend, the squad continues to be supportive of each other. “I want everyone to go and be able to really ride as well as they can,” de Rham said. “I would love to see as many people to make it to Zones as possible. So many of the girls that I’ve been riding with made such improvements this year, and I’d really like to see the work they’ve put in pay off.” Even though there is much at stake for the Red, sometimes it is better to just enjoy the ride. “I hope for myself that I enjoy the show and do my best ... I hope the team comes together and shows the region the CUET spirit we have,” Botelho said. “Overall, I'm just hoping for a positive and successful weekend, with the team backing every rider in the ring.” Ariel Cooper can be reached at

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single from sophomore J.D. Whetsel. After a groundout and a single to the right from D’Alessandro, Cornell grabbed a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. The Peacocks answered to the Red and scored all of the team’s runs in the eighth to make up for the three-run deficit and snatch the game from Cornell’s grasp. In the third game of the tournament, the Red grabbed a win in a rematch against St. Peter’s in a 3-2 showdown on Saturday afternoon. Whetsel knocked in Souza for the winning run as Cornell came from behind to snag the “W.” The game started with Cornell behind by two runs heading into the fourth. The team then scored one run in the fourth, eighth and ninth innings to secure the victory. For the day, sophomore Matt Hall was 3-for-4 with an RBI and was one of five players for the Red with multiple hits in the game. In the Saturday afternoon matchup, sophomore pitcher Nick Busto had his first career weekend start and pitched for six innings. He struck out four with only one walk and the only action for the Peacocks were two runs in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. Freshman pitcher Michael Byrne got the credit for the win thanks to three innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts. “Kaufmann, being the veteran starter on the staff, is a gamer and shows how he can be a leader out there on the mound. I think someone that could surprise you guys is Freshman Michael Byrne,” Tatum said. “He is a big lefty [who] throws hard and has great pitches to back it up. He showed this past weekend what he can do on the mound.” On the offensive end, Tatum hit a two-out double in the bottom of the fourth and then scored on Hall’s single to center to give Cornell its first run. The Red tied the game in the eighth with a pair of leadoff singles from Whetsel and Tatum. In the bottom of the ninth, Souza led off with an infield single who was advanced by Peters and then scored on a single form Whetsel. Souza was one of the all-stars for the tournament as he went 2for-3 with a two-run double in a five-run fourth inning for the Red to take down the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 6-2, on Sunday. When looking at his own game last season, Souza noted, “Last year there were some holes in my game that prevented me from contributing. I took it

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upon myself, with the help of the coaching staff and my teammates, to patch up these holes so I could be a contributor this year.” Tatum got the inning started off with a leadoff single followed by Hall with a single and then junior Ben Swinford getting hit by a pitch to load the bases. With three ducks in a row, Plantier drove in Tatum and Hall which allowed Souza to smack his double to push the lead to 4-0 for the Red. Sophomore pitcher Brent Jones earned the win with three scoreless innings in his first time on the mound this season. “The conditions were bad as everybody knew. It was about focusing in that situation like putting it outside my head,” Jones said. “I think we have to keep playing like we were in the last year. Everyone had a certain swagger about them like we were very sure of themselves.” Sophomore pitcher Roberto Suppa tacked on four innings, only letting up four hits and a pair of walks. He struck out one and the only run put the Hawks back in it, making the score, 5-1. “The last year, some of our major pitchers were underclassmen, freshmen and sophomores. Those guys are moving up obviously. The guys are just going to come in and show their talent level,” Peters said. “The first couple weeks are kind of an audition for when we start Ivy League play. It’s an exciting thing to look forward to with games that matter towards the Ivy League Championship.” The Red grabbed another run in the top of the ninth to put the team up by five thanks to a wild pitch that let Tatum advance to third and to score thanks to Swinford’s RBI groundout. The Red hits the road again next weekend when it plays George Washington in a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday. “George Washington is a solid team. We played them last year and we had some close games. We will be playing at their new field this year, not like last year when we had to play at Catholic University because of their field being renovated,” Tatum said. “There is supposed to be some nice weather there this weekend and I know the team is excited for that. Our bats got off to a slow start at the beginning of the games this past weekend, so I think if we can jump out to an early lead we will be in good shape.”

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B-BallersTake Down Green After Losing Four Straight By SKYLER DALE Sun Staff Writer


Setting records | Junior guard Allyson DiMagno led the team with a career-high 27 points against Ivy League rival Dartmouth.

After dropping four games in a row, the women’s basketball team — led by a careerhigh 27 points from junior guard Allyson DiMagno — overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Dartmouth, 53-45. While neither team shot particularly well from the field — 32 percent for the Red, 36 percent for the Green — it was Cornell’s careful ball handling and effective defense that allowed it to come back and win. The Red forced 17 turnovers, but only coughed up the ball a season-low 10 times. “I thought our team did a fantastic job against Dartmouth’s transition and their penetration,” head coach Dayna Smith said. The win, which was the Red’s first on the road since late January, included a tremendous performance from its leading scorer. Not only were DiMagno’s 27 points the most of her career, but they were also more than half of the team’s total points. DiMagno went 3-for-4 from three-point territory and knocked down eight of her nine free throw attempts. “She just took over in the second half. She was just very hungry for the ball,” Smith said. “[With] the way they played us, she was crashing. She was [also] able to step out on the perimeter.” The Red (12-14, 4-8 Ivy) will conclude its season this weekend when it rematches Dartmouth (6-20, 4-8) and Harvard (17-8, 8-3). According to Smith, the Red is looking

to shoot better in the game against the Green on Friday. “We didn’t have a stellar first half shooting-wise,” she said. “We need to do a better job shooting from the perimeter.” After battling the Green, the Red will play the Crimson on Saturday. Cornell’s first game of the season with Harvard was played after a weekend of waiting due to Winter Storm Nemo. The Red excelled in the game on the defense end, executing effective man and zone defenses and forcing the Crimson into overtime when senior Clare Fitzpatrick converted a rebound-put-back to tie the game. In overtime, however, the team turned the ball over too many times and lost the game, 60-69. According to Fitzpatrick, the Red is capable of getting wins this weekend if it continues its careful offense and aggressive defense. “[We need good] transition basketball, rebounding and going and playing intense defense,” Fitzpatrick said. Along with Fitzpatrick, the Red will say goodbye to the seniors, including forward Kristina Danielak and guards Taylor Flynn and Spencer Lane when it completes its senior weekend Saturday. “They’ve done so much in the last four years, and they’re really loved by their teammates,” Smith said. “I’d love for them to go out on a positive note.” Skyler Dale can be reached at

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Ten Questions Columnist Katie Schubauer caught up with senior Spenser Souza to chat about food, friends and favorite Christmas sweatshirts. 1. Spenser, you are a senior on the Cornell baseball team. What has baseball meant to you over the course of your college career? Baseball has been a huge part of my college career. I started out here as a football player and I actually walked on to the baseball team. I felt like moving over to the baseball team was definitely the right decision for me. I immediately met a bunch of guys that instantly became my best friends. It’s been a huge stress relief for me. It’s always my go-to activity. I like to play a little baseball every day to relax a little bit and relieve stress. Did you play both football and baseball in high school? Yeah, I played both in high school and I still couldn’t decide after my senior year. I got recruited here to play football so I thought that was going to be my decision. But I still ended up jumping ship and switching over to baseball. 2. Who is your favorite teammate? It’s hard for me to pick a favorite teammate. I definitely have a group of guys that I like to spend a lot of time with — most of the guys over at 401 Dryden. The fifth roommate downstairs over at 401 Dryden is [senior teammate] Houston Hawley. 3. What is ‘Hobo Jim and the Boys’? (Laughing) Hobo Jim and the Boys is something that we came up with over fall break this year. [Junior teammate] Ryan Plantier came with a group of seniors down to Atlantic City and he lost all of his money — his entire life savings. So we actually decided that he was a hobo because he had no money. We bought him a bag of Doritos on the way home and rationed him food the whole way home. Oh dear. I hope he is doing better now. He is, he is. He has recovered financially. 4. Some of your friends have commented on the fact


that you have no soul. Do you know what that might be referring to? (Laughing) Yeah, that’s probably referring to my red hair. It’s a South Park reference. How would you respond to that? I really don’t have a response. I think that I have a soul. But, I guess my friends think otherwise. 5. Your name is spelled Spenser with an ‘s’ but your friends say they call you Spencer with a ‘c’ when you are being “cool.” Is that a rare occurrence? (Laughing) They like to think that it’s a rare occurrence. They like to call me Spencer with a ‘c’ when I hang out with them. I’ve been spending a little bit of time lately with my girlfriend, and they’re not too happy about it. 6. What about the nickname ‘Spensebro’? I actually get that one a lot. When I came out here from California as a freshman, they thought it was hilarious to call me ‘Spensebro.’ I don’t know why. I actually don’t even say the word ‘bro’ very often. But that name kind of stuck. I guess because I’m from LA. 7. Can you tell us about your obsession with ‘eBaying’? That actually started this winter break. I had a lot of extra stuff lying around the house and I decided I wanted to make a little money so I started selling stuff on e-Bay. Right now I’m actually deciding whether I want to go to Med School or become a professional eBay salesman. Can you describe some of your recent e-Bay activity? I haven’t made too many purchases lately, but I have been selling some baseball memorabilia. I also bought a bunch of watches in bulk online and I’ve been trying to sell them. I’m currently sitting on a bunch of inventory so if anyone wants to buy a watch, look me up on e-Bay. What about the ‘Wal-Mart’ TV plan? (Laughing) There was a TV on sale at Wal-Mart and I asked how long the sale was going to last. So I listed the item on e-Bay without purchasing it and if it


sold I was going to go buy the TV and sell it. It didn’t work out for me though. 8. You are in a bowling league, correct? Yes. Would you consider yourself a good bowler? I already know where this question is going. I think that I am a pretty good bowler. Everyone has their off game. Can you explain the concept of ‘bowling below replacement’? (Laughing) So in the bowling league that we’re in, it’s four-man teams. And if you have a bowler that doesn’t show up, you score him 100. That’s our team motto — “just bowl above replacement.” I did have an off game one night and bowled a little below replacement. So essentially it would have been better if you just hadn’t shown up? If I hadn’t shown up for that third game my team would have been better off, yes. For the record, I did still average a 160 that night so ... 9. Can you tell us about your chauffeur job? So, Houston and I lived at Sig Nu and last year we kind of developed a system where when he was gone on the weekends, I would take the car and make sure it didn’t get a ticket wherever it was parked. And it kind of developed into me just driving Houston around all the time. When we’re together, I just drive Houston’s car instead of him. It’s kind of like that show Workaholics where everyone has their spot. As soon as we go to the car, I go to the driver’s seat, Houston goes to the front seat and Ryan goes to the back seat. 10. Which other Cornell team do you like to hang out with the most? I would say I spend the majority of my time hanging out with the women’s lacrosse team. They’re always a good time, really easy going and a lot of fun to hang out with. Katie Schubauer can be reached at CONNOR ARCHARD / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Strikes and strike outs | Senior outfielder Spenser Souza sees strikes in both his bowling league and on the diamond while playing for Cornell.


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Niners Start Season Off Strong By HALEY VELASCO Sun Sports Editor

Beginning with a bang | Junior Ben Swinford (above) helped the Red win three of the four games this past weekend. LEENA KULKARNI / SUN CONTRIBUTOR

Cornell baseball has started the spring season on a good foot, with three wins and only one loss to date in the past weekend of play. “The coaching staff has been doing a great job with offseason player development,” senior Spenser Souza said. “This year, Coach Ford placed an emphasis on simplifying approaches at the plate and developing people’s swings, which I think has helped a lot.” The showdown was filled with tight competition as the team faced off against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and St. Peters College for doubleheaders against each team in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Tournament. “This weekend we played in tough conditions and I think the team adjusted very well. I have been working with Coach Ford on my swing, and he is so helpful in that category,” sophomore Kevin Tatum said. “I have also been working on my outfield skills since I am playing there now. Getting my strength up is always something that can be worked on, and our trainers here to a great job with that.” The Red is coming off an Ivy League Championship title last season and a run in the tournament that the members hope to replicate this season. “I think championship teams always have two things in common: a concentrated teamwork effort and a tight bond. To this point, this group of guys has done a good job of accomplishing these things,” Souza said. To start the 2013 season and the tournament weekend

off, the team headed to face off against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the first game in some tough weather conditions to make the game more interesting for both sides. “For me, personally, I would say that I hit a little bit better. Coming out of the gate and with the weather conditions that were going on, pitching wise [was tough]. Mainly, the winds [affected] our hitting [and it] really was not shown how well we did as a team,” senior Brenton Peters said. “I figure I will come around [more] next week. As a team, I think we did really well. We hit the ball well and it just caught up in the air and their outfielders got a lot of the balls that would have been to the fence. I am pretty sure that you will see a spike in the numbers next week.” The Hawks battled in the matchup but the Red took the 5-3 win home after 10 innings, thanks to junior Ryan Plantier who knocked in the winning runs with a two-double to right. Sophomore pitcher Eric Upton got the victory with three scoreless innings of relief. Sophomore pitcher Kellen Urbon snatched his tenth career save for the Red. In the second game of the weekend, Cornell lost to Saint Peter’s, 4-3, in a tight bout. The game started off on the right note with junior Tom D’Alessandro knocking in all of the runs for the entire game. Senior Brenton Peters scored in the sixth inning thanks to a walk and capitalizing on opportunities, putting the Red ahead, 1-0. Peters walked again in the eighth and moved up thanks to a See BASEBALL page 17

Steph Breaks Out C.U. Heads Into Post-Season Competition “T EQUESTRIAN


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As the snow on the ground is starting to melt, giving way to early signs of spring, it is time for the equestrian team to head into its post-season competition. With its third place finish in the region after a doubleheader at Alfred last weekend, the Red lost its bid to send a team to Zones. However, 13 riders — three more than last season — qualified for regionals. Regionals is an individual competition that gives riders the opportunity to advance to Zones on their own. Head coach Todd Karn is focusing on fine-tuning the riders’ skills in order to prepare them for the competition. “We are focusing on the basics: deep, secure seat and tight legs on the flat, soft arms that follow the

horse’s movement, and ‘showing’ off their skills at show time,” he said. Karn is also working with the riders over different patterns of jumps and making sure that they do not get too comfortable with a particular horse. In a sport where the competitor must rely on a 1,500 pound animal with a mind of its own, it is important to be prepared for every

at the show.” In the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, the host school provides almost all of the horses at each show. Competitors draw a horse at random, so it is possible for a rider to draw a horse that she has never ridden before. Fortunately for the Red, regionals will be held at Alfred this year. The team has competed at Alfred

“This is our fourth show at Alfred ... We will be prepared the best we can.” Todd Karn possible situation. “We have set up different types of jumping configurations [from] a gymnastic to a full course of jumps,” Karn said. “We have also switched horses to represent what happens


Making moves, taking names | 13 riders from Cornell qualified to attend Regionals this season.

three times this season and Alfred also brought some of its horses to Cornell to use in the Red’s home show last fall. As a result, the squad is well acquainted with the horses it will be riding this weekend, Karn said. “This is our fourth show at Alfred, so we have been getting familiar with the horses that the girls will ride at Regionals. We will be prepared the best we can,” Karn said. Still, horses can be very unpredictable. With the doubleheader and now regionals, the Alfred horses have been working very hard recently, and there is no telling how they will be this weekend. “Now that I’m a sophomore and I’ve been around

these horses for [about] a year now, I’m more aware of them and what they’re like, which is definitely helpful. At the same time, horses are kind of like humans, so they’re a little bit different every day,” sophomore Georgiana de Rham said. De Rham was one of two Cornell riders to make it all the way to nationals last season. She competed in intermediate fences and finished in fifth place. De Rham will be riding in intermediate flat and open fences at regionals. The competition will be tough, but de Rham is determined not to let the pressure get to her. “I just want to go into the weekend and draw my horses and ride [well and be] relaxed and fluid on the horses,” she said. “That’s my goal. I just want to go do my thing, and I don’t want to get wrapped up in thinking about the fact that it’s regionals or the fact that I’m competing against the strongest riders in each division.” Sophomore Renee Botelho will be competing at regionals for the first time and will be riding in the walk-trot-canter division. “There is both a beginner and advanced walktrot-canter division in the regular season shows, but See EQUESTRIAN page 15

hey’ve tried everything and it doesn’t work.” That’s what Knicks announcer Walt Frazier said about Stephen Curry’s performance at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday. No matter what the Knicks defense threw at him, he handled it: passing out of double teams, burning Raymond Felton in one-on-one, or even scoring with little space out of double teams. Knicks center Tyson Chandler after the

much like Curry’s performance, are a surprise, as they are in the mix in the tough Western Conference while most thought they were a lottery team. Although, the Warriors ultimately fell short, needed this performance from their point guard. They had just lost on the road in Indiana and faced a quick turnaround in New York without key contributor and their second leading scorer David Lee, who was suspended for a game due to a fight. In Indiana, Curry had

John Zakour Point Blank game remarked how Curry must have made some of his threes without even being able to see the basket. Every so often, you see a performance that is truly special. Stephen Curry delivered one February 27th against the New York Knicks, in a loss, no less. Stephen Curry delivered the most impressive performance in the NBA this year. Despite his Golden State Warriors coming up short 105-109, Curry exploded for 54 points and played 48 minutes, the whole game, despite playing the day before against the Pacers. The Warriors,

just dropped 38 points (including a few highlight reel crossovers) and 4 assists, again in a losing effort. (Interestingly enough, the Warriors have all of Curry’s 4 highest scoring games-perhaps its not a great sign for the rest of the team when Curry has to carry the load.) The game itself was one of the most entertaining games of the year so far. Knicks teammates Carmelo Anthony put up 35 points while Tyson Chandler had 28 rebounds, two short of another NBA season high. The Warriors fell behind See ZAKOUR page 15


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