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C.U.Org to Give Scholarships To Undocumented Students By AKANE OTANI Sun Managing Editor
With the cost of attending Cornell’s endowed colleges approaching $60,000 a year, the DREAM Team, a student organization, is awarding $5,000 in scholarships to the University’s undocumented students — an act it hopes will alleviate the financial burden students ineligible for federal aid often face. The organization was able to fund the scholarships through the Perkins Prize, an award it received from the University in April for its advocacy on behalf of undocumented students. Conservative representatives have opposed reforms that would provide a pathway to citizenship
News Make No Miss Lake
Camille Sims ’15 becomes the next “Miss Finger Lakes” with help from an impressive community service resume. | Page 3
for undocumented immigrants, arguing that doing so would unfairly burden taxpayers and exacerbate illegal immigration. But across some college campuses, administrators, including President David Skorton, have urged Congress to support undocumented students for the sake of keeping their talent in the U.S. “Many of us have lost sight of the important contributions immigrants have made — and are making — to our culture and our economy,” Skorton said in
The Student Assembly passed a resolution Thursday that will train students to become ambassadors for LGBTQ students in the Greek system. | Page 3
Opinion Working With the Bear
Nikhita Parendekar '11 grad says that loving animals will never be enough for veterinary students looking to be satisfied with their future careers. | Page 6
Opinion You Voted; So What?
Tyler Lurie-Spicer ’15 argues that the Student Assembly is not really the voice of the student body.
Undocumented immigrants who apply for deferred action remain ineligible for federal financial aid and loans.
S.A. Election Results Out; Cornell Tech Campus Two Positions Still Contested Receives $2.5M Gift By DARA LEVY Sun Staff Writer
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The Student Assembly announced its election results for all positions but president and undesignated at-large representatives Thursday evening. The results of the president and undesignated at-large races will be released “pending resolution” of challenges to the positions, according to an email from the Student Assembly. Jon Weinberg ’13, S.A. director of elections, said that a public report will be released with the results of the challenges as soon as they are resolved. “The reason for keeping confidentiality is to ensure that the elections committee can go through the process objectively and [in an] unbiased [manner],” Weinberg said. Though Weinberg declined to speak about the nature of the chal-
lenges, he said they could possibly affect both of the currently undetermined races, noting that candidates who run for president can also be elidgable for at-large. Sarah Balik ’15 was elected executive vice president for the 2013-14 academic year. In the first round of votes, Balik received 1,312 of 4,141 total votes. “I’m really grateful. The other candidates ran great campaigns and are all people with amazing ideas,” said Balik, who is currently serving as a the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences representative. Balik said that her priorities as EVP will be improving campus sustainability, using the SA’s safety survey data to work with Cornell University Police Department and University administrators and increasing the transparency of the S.A.’s byline funding process. See ELECTION page 5
Song of Morrison
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Arts How Now, Kamau?
The Sun sits down with comedian W. Kamau Bell after his show to talk about dedicating life to comedy. | Page 9
Sports This Is Memphis
The tennis team is set to host the 2012 NCAA qualifier Memphis Tigers Saturday. | Page 16
Weather Snow HIGH: 34 LOW: 25
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Author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison MFA ’55 speaks in the Statler Auditorium Thursday. See the Arts Section in Monday’s paper for a full review.
For Grad Fellowships
By TYLER ALICEA Sun Staff Writer
Cornell NYC Tech has hit several milestones in the past year, and last week, it hit another, receiving $2.5 million to establish a fellowship to support its graduate students, according to tech campus Dean Daniel Huttenlocher. The James H. and Marilyn H. Simons Fellowship — named for its benefactors — will provide partial financial assistance for students at the tech campus, Huttenlocher said. “This is the first gift for fellowship support at Cornell Tech and we are extremely grateful to the donors for these funds, which will be very helpful in enrolling a highly qualified and diverse class of students,” he said. The fellowship is meant to be used solely for financial assistance for students, and will not go to other areas of the tech campus, Huttenlocher said. He added that fellowship awards will be made as part of the admissions process by the faculty and staff in charge of admissions for Cornell Tech. “The amount of the fellowship per student and the number of students supported will depend on the number applicants, their qualifications and the amount of available funds,” Huttenlocher said. President David Skor-
ton said that the fellowship shows others’ confidence in the tech campus’ mission of turning New York City into a technological hub. “This fellowship demonstrates a tremendous vote of confidence in Cornell Tech’s promise of
“[The funds] will be very helpful in enrolling a highly qualified and diverse class of students.” Dean Daniel Huttenlocher
turning research and discovery into innovations that will create jobs and change lives in New York City and beyond,” Skorton said in a University statement. James and Marilyn Simons founded the Simons Foundation in 1994 in order to advance research in science and mathematics, according to the foundation’s website. “Cornell Tech’s mission aligns closely with our own philanthropic interests and our hopes for a See TECH page 4
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Quotes of the Week
Arts, “The Art of Offense,” Monday Speaking about keeping offensive jokes somewhat acceptable (and a bit funny) “If it had been blatantly obvious that [“We Saw Your Boobs”] was an attempt to make MacFarlane himself seem like a tasteless immature idiot and commentate on society’s objectification of women, it would have been a lot less problematic. Instead, William Shatner’s disapproval felt more like an afterthought included to placate those who might be offended.” Julia Moser ’15
Center for Applied Mathematics Colloquium: Pierre Baldi 3:30 p.m., 655 Frank H.T. Rhodes Hall Abuse Within the Minority Community 6:30 p.m., Anna Comstock Hall (Latino Living Center) Shabbat 161 Dinner 7 p.m., Center for Jewish Living
Sports, “Polo: C.U. Trampled by Maryland,” Tuesday Speaking about the positive side of a significant loss against a major rival “We weren’t mentally ready heading into this game. On the plus side, the girls came out of it with the whole attitude of ‘I wasn’t ready, I know I wasn’t ready [and] that is never going to happen again.’ That’s really the attitude I want out of them . . . it’s going to make it evident that it’s not just a cake walk.”
A Capella Night Live 8 - 10 p.m., Alice Statler Auditorium Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band ft. Christian Scott 8 - 10 p.m., Bailey Hall
David Eldredge ’81, Head Coach for Women’s Polo
News, “Cornell Establishes First Cultural Center For Muslim Students,” Wednesday Speaking about how one decision can set the stage for inclusion of an entire community “Getting the go-ahead for this center was huge. It means the administration really understands the needs of the Muslim community and is ready to work with us to make our community more diverse and inclusive . . . The Muslim Cultural Center can become a hub for non-Muslims to reach out and meet Muslims, humanizing the image of Islam on campus.”
Landscape for Life 10 a.m - Noon, Nevin Welcome Center The Coup: Behind the Scenes of the Act With Philippe Petit 12:45 p.m., A. D. White House
Nayab Mahmood ’14, internal VP of the Committee for the Advancement of Muslim Culture
Graduate Christian Fellowship Roundtable Discussion: “Has Science Killed the Soul?” 7 -8 p.m., One World Cafe, Anabel Taylor Hall
Science, “Prof. Kyle Lancaster: Molecular Interrogator,” Wednesday Speaking about the importance of organometallic chemistry in reducing waste “The bottom line is that we’re interested in solving or understanding systems and solving problems that are relevant to minimizing the burden we place on this planet. Transition metals have granted humans immense power to transform matter. And the ability to rationally control how they do so is really the grand challenge of inorganic chemistry in the 21st century.” Prof. Kyle Lancaster, chemistry and chemical biology
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‘Allies’Will Aid LGBTQ Students In C.U.Greek Life
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By KRITIKA OBEROI Sun Staff Writer
The Student Assembly unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to help dispel the perception of — and existence of — biases within the Greek system toward students in the LGBTQ community. The resolution provides for the training of “ambassadors” within Greek houses who will act as resources for their fellow broth-
“This program was long overdue in the Greek system.” Dean Iwakoa ’13 ers or sisters. “This program was long overdue in the Greek system. It’s time that the Greek chapters embraced their own diversity and don’t just enforce a heteronormative stereotype,” Dean Iwaoka ’13, LGBTQ liaison at-large representative and a sponsor for the resolution, said. Iwakoa said his motivation in sponsoring the resolution was to create a support system within Greek chapters for the LGBTQ community and for those unsure about their sexuality. Iwakoa cited several factors inhibiting Greek chapters from being more sexually diverse communities, including the stereotype of the Greek community as a homogenous body and the perception of increased biases against LGBTQ students, which prevents LGBTQ students from joining. The LGBTQ-Ally Ambassador Program, which will be created by the resolution, will train certain Greek students to act as “ambassadors.” The students will provide emotional support and resources to those confused about their identity within the Greek system. “Empowering allies living in the house could poten-
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Michelle Birnbach ’14 serves chili to Randy Markush ’14 and Chrisoula Duros ’15 at the 9th Annual Best Chili on Campus Cookoff in Willard Straight Hall Thursday.
tially change the culture of individual houses. [Iwakoa] and I designed the LGBTQ Ally-Ambassador program with this specifically in mind,” said Emily Bick ’13, president of Haven, the LGBTQ student union. Iwaoka stressed that the resolution would help empower LGBTQ students. “[The ambassadors will provide] groups of students with an environment where they can ask real questions and have very deep conversations,” he said. The goal, according to Juan Carlos Toledo ’15, TriCouncil Liaison and a sports writer for The Sun, is to have at least one ambassador per house for the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council and a few ambassadors for the Multicultural Greek Letter Council. The ambassadors will be trained by Haven, the LGBTQ resource center and the Greek Tri-Council.
All of a sudden, everybody and their mothers are pouring out their souls on Cornell Confessions. What’s your Sun Confession? “We never actually interview anybody. I just watched Kenan and Kel one day and made up the Kenan Thompson interview on the spot.” — Disgraced Arts Editor ’16 “I’ve written every single Cornell Confession.” “I don’t know who Toni Morrison is.”
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Students in Cornell’s International Justice Mission participated in a 27-hour protest to raise awareness about worldwide slavery Thursday in Duffield Hall.
However, because the Tri-Council is composed of multiple sub-parts — the IFC, Panhellenic and the MGLC — the S.A. has chosen to give it the freedom to implement the program independently, according to Iwaoka. The ambassadors could be LGBTQ students or simply allies of the community, according to Iwaoka. Both Iwaoka and Toledo stressed the importance of making LGBTQ students feel comfortable about joining Greek life. “We want [the Greek community] to be as big and vibrant as possible. We don’t want people who’re questioning their own identity or identify as LGBTQ to select out of the community,” Toledo said. Kritika Oberoi can be reached at email@example.com.
Cornell Student,Ga.Native,Wins Finger Lakes Beauty Pagent By RACHEL WEBER Sun Contributor
Miss Maryland is no longer the only pageant queen to reign from far above Cayuga’s waters. Camille Sims ’15, who was crowned Miss Finger Lakes 2013 Feb. 16., will compete in the Miss New York pageant in July; if she wins, she will represent New York in the Miss America Pageant. Sims — a human development major from Atlanta, Ga. — said she participated in the pageant because of her dedication to community service. “I study human development to do non-profit work,” Sims said. “Everything I do, including pageants, goes back to non-profit work.” Sims, who competed against 17 finalists in the competition, recieved a community service award as well as the Miss Finger Lakes title. The Miss Finger Lakes competition consisted of an interview, a round of on-stage questioning, a swimsuit round, a talent round and an evening gown competition. The winner also won a scholarship prize. Sims said she volunteers with the Southside Community Center , an orga-
nization in downtown Ithaca that sponsors an after-care program, a weekly food drive and a teen program focusing on female empowerment. She said that as Miss Finger Lakes 2013, she has partnered with the organization. “I grew up in programs like Southside Community Center, so I knew I wanted to be involved,” Sims said. At the Southside Community Center, Sims said she tutors teens in math and science, coordinates the program’s activities and does office work. She also said she was drawn to Southside because she did a lot of community service work in high school and wanted to give back to the community while at school in Ithaca. “I have a platform, which is fighting hunger and improving wellness,” Sims said. “My vision as Miss Finger Lakes this year is to fund 10 families that are at-risk and to provide them with groceries.” According to Sims, she also wants to plan a dance where instead of having people pay an entrance fee, they can bring canned goods to be donated to a food bank. “In Georgia, I made a difference,” Sims said. “Just
because I’m in college, doesn’t mean I don’t want to continue that.” Sims, who is classically trained in opera, jazz, Latin dance and musical theater, sang an R&B version of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” for the talent portion of the Miss Finger Lakes Competition. Sims said that she has mainly received support and excitement from other Cornell students for her pageant success, but some students have criticized the nature of beauty pageantry, in particular saying they feel pageants objectify women. Sims responded to these reactions, saying that she describes her involvement in pageants from a different perspective. “The best part of pageants is showing people your platform and what you’re passionate about,” Sims said. “It’s an empowering feeling to know that you’re speaking for a group of people who can’t speak for themselves, and that you get to look like a princess while doing it.” Rachel Weber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Award Will Fund Scholarships for Undocumented Students DREAM
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a letter to Congress published Wednesday. “Their continued contributions are critical to our country’s success.” The belief that “higher education should be open to anyone who wants to pursue it” drove Esmeralda Arrizon-Palomera grad and others to provide the scholarship. Arrizon-Palomera said that because undocumented students are ineligible for federal aid or loans, they often find it “very difficult” to pay their way through school. “These students pay tuition through many different ways. ... Some of them are lucky enough to be funded through private organizations that offer scholarships to undocumented students, but others do have to work for themselves, taking time off school to make money,” Arrizon-Palomera said. “It’s very difficult completing school without being eligible federal aid.” Although with $5,000 to offer and at least 10 applicants to distribute the money amongst, DREAM’s scholarships will be modest in scale, Adrian Palma ’13 said that a small amount of funding could make a big difference in an undocumented student’s life. “Even if we award $500 to someone, that could really go a long way to helping a student get through the semester — whether they need new tennis shoes or need to pay for transportation to go home for spring break,” Palma said. “A lot of undocumented students are from very low socioeconomic classes, so that’s the idea … to help give
people the opportunity to purchase their basic necessities.” He added that, although DREAM originally planned to use half of the $5,000 Perkins Prize for the scholarships, it later decided to use all of the funds because of the pressing need for aid among the undocumented student community. “The point of the scholarship is basically to really help alleviate at least in a small way some of the financial obstacles that undocumented students face,” Palma said. “The initial plan was to give out $2500 in scholarships and use the rest of the money for other purposes — maybe funding for trips, events to put on — but in the end we decided the need for financial aid is real in the community.” Both Palma and Arrizon-Palomera said that they have reached out to the administration in the hopes that the University will ultimately expand the financial aid it can offer undocumented students. Currently, undocumented students at Cornell are not eligible for federal aid or loans, and they can only apply to receive funds from a limited pool of financial aid international students can receive, The Sun previously reported. Thomas Keane, director of financial aid for scholarships and policy analysis, said that in an effort to support undocumented students, the University is trying to “expand our financial aid program for international students through fundraising efforts.” He added that “President Skorton continues to advo-
cate for the DREAM Act[’s] passage at the federal level.” The act, if passed, would allow some — but not all — undocumented immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens, which would allow them to apply to federal aid programs like the Pell Grant. Although with the DREAM Act stalled in Congress, it is unlikely undocumented immigrants will be granted a pathway to citizenship in the near future, President Barack Obama’s deferred action program has given some undocumented students a slight reprieve. The program, which was instituted in June, grants some undocumented immigrants a two-year window in which they are protected from deportation. Keane said that students who have qualified for deferred action receive multiple benefits, including “the ability to work and get paid in a legal manner and [have] the fear of deportation [removed].” But Palma described the benefits of deferred action, which still bars undocumented students from applying for federal loans or aid, as being “very limited in a sense.” DREAM’s scholarship is “an indirect reminder to the Cornell administration and to Cornell alumni that the need for aid is still there,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of red tape and a lot of politics that will make it hard to change anything,” Palma said. Akane Otani can be reached at email@example.com.
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stronger, more energized New York. We see Cornell Tech as a catalyst for making this happen,” James Simons said in a University press release. The donation to Cornell Tech, however, was a private donation from the Simons family, rather than a donation from the organization, a spokesperson for the Simons Foundation said.
Still, this is not the first time the Simons have supported Cornell. The Simons Foundation pledged to donate $50,000 per year starting this year for five years to support arXiv — a free online research database at Cornell — to keep the project free for the public, The Sun previously reported in September. Tyler Alicea can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Winter Storm Sweeps New England S.A. Election Results for President and At-Large Positions Are Contested
BOSTON (AP) — A late-winter storm that buried parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic swept into New England on Thursday, bringing snow, rain, strong winds, big waves and fears of coastal flooding. The region braced for the brunt of the storm overnight Thursday and into Friday. Powerful waves and high winds were expected to cause more trouble than snow from Rhode Island to Maine. In the seacoast town of Scituate, Mass., about 30 miles south of Boston, about a dozen streets were closed after Thursday morning’s high tide sent 2 to 2 1/2 feet of water washing into some areas. Emergency management officials said the evening tide brought fewer problems, but they worried about getting through Friday morning’s high tide before the storm was expected to wind down. No severe flooding was reported elsewhere. “There are no mandatory evacuations, but it is strongly advised,” said Scituate Police Chief Brian Stewart. “Why put yourself at risk? Folks have been through this before, and they know what happens in these areas. We’re recommending that people in areas that have experienced coastal flooding to evacuate three hours before high tide.” In Salisbury, Mass., on the New Hampshire border, officials ordered evacuations for homes along several beachfront streets. The National Weather Service predicted up to 7 inches of heavy, wet snow in southeastern Connecticut and wind gusts up to 50 mph. A coastal flood warning was in effect for east-facing shores in Massachusetts, with up to a 3-foot surge at high tide in some areas. Central Massachusetts was bracing for 8 to 12 inches of snow, with predictions for Boston and nearby areas of 6 to 10 inches. “We are watching a conveyor belt of wave after wave of snow coming in over the Atlantic,” said Alan Dunham, meteorologist with the weather service in Taunton, Mass. “That will be continuing all night.” On Cape Cod, where the storm was expected to be mostly rain, officials were concerned about beach erosion. The area suffered extensive erosion from Superstorm Sandy in October and a major snow-
storm last month. “We’ve really gotten more erosion in the last six months than we’ve experienced in the last decade,” said Sandwich Town Manager George Dunham. “These three storms are really taking a toll.” Some in Massachusetts were taking the storm in stride. Mail carrier Stephen Manning didn’t even wear a coat as he delivered mail along Dorchester Avenue in Boston. Instead, he wore a hooded sweatshirt. “This is warm,” Manning said. “You wear a jacket when it’s cold.” Dozens of car crashes were reported across Connecticut on Thursday morning. A FedEx tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 84 in Tolland, causing a chain-reaction crash involving about nine other vehicles, including a state police cruiser and two other tractor-trailers. No serious injuries were reported. The storm pummeled the nation’s midsection Tuesday, killing at least five people in weather-related traffic accidents. On its way north, it called on Mantoloking, N.J., the shore town hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. A pounding surf broke through a temporary dune during the early-morning high tide Thursday. The dune breach forced the closing of a major coastal highway for several hours. In Virginia, three people were killed, including a 22-year-old man who died Thursday after his vehicle ran off an icy road, went over an embankment and landed upside down in a creek. No details were immediately available on the other two storm-related deaths. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency and National Guard soldiers were sent to help clear roads. Up to 20 inches of snow piled up in central and western parts of the state. About 120,000 customers remained without electricity by mid-day Thursday, down from more than 200,000 outages at the height of the storm. The storm dumped 2 feet of snow in parts of neighboring West Virginia, closing schools in more than half the state and leaving more than 20,000 customers without power.
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Noting that speaking with students might have contributed to her win, Balik said that as executive vice president, she will continue to work with students to learn what they want out of the S.A. “People complain all the time about how the S.A. isn’t transparent enough,” Balik said. “We just have to engage the student body just as much as we do during elections; that’s something we can all work on throughout the year.” Juliana Batista ’16 was elected women’s issues liasion at-large. She echoed Balik’s comments on expanding the transparency of the S.A. by working with students. “I think [having a position on the S.A.] is continuously about showing your face and talking to
people — not just being a higher organization of student government,” Batista said. Batista said that she wants to hear more from students in order to make her agenda less of a personal platform, and instead more representative of what students want from the S.A. She also aims to work to improve campus safety, particularly by expanding the Blue Light system. Cameron Pritchett ’15 and Thaddeus Talbot ’15 were elected the two minority liasion at-large positions. The remainder of the Student Assembly election results are located on the S.A. website. Dara Levy can be reached at email@example.com.
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Working With the Bear: Staying Aware of Vet School Problems A
bout two weeks ago, David Segal wrote an article in the New York Times entitled “High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets.” It made a fairly big splash in the veterinary community: I know the deans of at least a few veterinary colleges sent internal messages to their students and faculty, and both the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the American Veterinary Medical Association posted responses on their websites. I know that it is old news now, but I want to offer a student’s perspective on the problems posed by Segal. First, to summarize Segal’s main points — veterinary students are graduating with hundreds and thousands of dollars of debt; entering a profession that appears to have a shrinking client base and a relatively poor starting salary; and class sizes are increasing across the country, perpetuating these problems. One of the serious things that concerned me about the article was that it insinuated that veterinary students are not aware of any of these problems and are blindsided when they graduate from veterinary school. — a school which, by the way, they’ve seemi n g l y entered o n l y because t h e y’v e always loved animals. I can say with certainty that my classmates and I have been aware of all of these problems since before starting veterinary school. I think that veterinary schools actually do a great job in making students aware of the amount of debt they’re going to deal with even before they enroll. At almost all of the schools that I visited for interviews or accepted students tours, the interviewers either asked us what we thought about the debt issue or the administration held financial aid workshops to show us what the process was going to be like. It’s something my classmates and I aren’t happy about, but we completely understand the ramifications. The low reported starting salary for veterinarians — under $50,000 — is a figure that puzzled me for years before I even applied to veterinary school, but is easily explained when you realize that a fair proportion of students enter internship programs immediately after graduation instead of entering private practices. An internship is another year of schooling where you’re paid minimally but gain valuable additional experience. However, it’s true that the adjusted starting salary, when not considering internships, is not still not ideal, but it’s not completely unmanageable. The article made these monetary concerns seem insurmountable because it followed a graduate from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine who had $312,000 in debt. However, Ross is a forprofit veterinary school with notoriously high tuition. Dr. Deborah Kochevar, president of the AAVMC pointed out in her response to the article that the national student debt average is actually around half of that because many students attend their instate institutions which are usually significantly cheaper. Bringing these numbers into perspective means that the figures are still concerning, but not abysmally depressing — we understand how much debt we are accruing, are realistic about the fact that it’s
not going to go away on its own and have at least vague plans in mind about how to pay it off. As for the shrinking client base and increasing class sizes — these are issues we discuss in school on a regular basis. The recession made it harder for people to afford veterinary care, but hopefully this will change now that the economy seems to be on the upswing again. However, if it doesn’t, we also talk about what we can do to educate the public about the necessity of veterinary care and how to encourage people to own pets responsibly. Increasing class sizes at Cornell is rationalized by the fact that only pre-clinical class sizes are increasing — the way it will work out will make it so that the graduating class will not add to the national supply of veterinarians. However, it is true that the supply of veterinarians is going to increase through other means — this is a serious issue that the profession is going to have to deal with. Veterinary students and colleges are not turning a blind eye to this fact: we’re constantly exposed to new concepts, technologies and professions that show us that being a stereotypical veterinarian is not only We’re told before the c a r e e r we apply that option for loving animals is us. We’re never going to powerfully be enough. equipped to enter public health, research, industry and other fields that would benefit strongly from someone trained in comparative medicine. It’s true that the majority of us want to be more traditional veterinarians — I would guess about 80 percent of my class. However, as the national oversupply becomes even more of a pressing problem, admissions departments can look to recruit students with other interests. However, The Atlantic recently released a few figures compiled from The Wall Street Journal’s study of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which revealed that veterinarians currently have the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the country at only 1.20 percent — this is not a statistic that makes us see the need to seek out another career path just yet. That being said, getting into veterinary school is highly competitive and we’re told before we apply that loving animals is never going to be enough. Everyone says that the personal statements that start with “I want to be a veterinarian because I took care of my dog Fluffy when he was sick and then he died” are doomed from the start. We want to be veterinarians because of so much more than just loving animals — we’re passionate about the profession. The science is fascinating, interacting with the people is rewarding and the deductive-thinking techniques we have the opportunity to develop are exciting. Most of all though, the similarity I’ve seen across all of my peers is that we have a burning desire to make a difference. I’m just one veterinary student voicing how I see these issues, but I think that veterinary student voices are important when holding these kinds of debates, and I would have liked to see more of them in public sources such as Segal’s article. Nikhita Parandekar graduated from Cornell in 2011 and is a second-year veterinary student in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. She may be reached at email@example.com. Hoof in Mouth appears alternate Fridays this semester.
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Any Person, Any Study, From Anywhere?
e Cornellians pride ourselves on many things: our outstanding hockey team, our beautiful campus, the impressive definition on our calves due to all the inclined walking we have to do. But I am most proud of the progressive nature of this University. As a woman of color, I swell with pride at the fact that my University was the first in the Ivy League to admit both women and minority students, truly backing our almost 150 year old motto, “any person, any study.” Ezra Cornell’s vision for this institution was delightfully enlightened, and the rhetoric behind this motto is on point. However, as of late, I’ve been interrogating our cherished motto and have started to think about what it really means in the context of American society. Our motto is appropriate in that Cornell admits all types of people of different cultures, abilities, ethnicities and economic background. However, in thinking about the groups of people who have been cyclically disenfranchised generation after generation because of overt personal prejudices that have turned covert in the form of structuralized racism, The “any person, any study” proclamation loses some juice. Allow me to explain. It is a fact that in our society, most of the people who live in middle to higher income neighborhoods are white, while low income neighborhoods are most-
The subtext of our motto, therefore, becomes “any person, any study (given that you are lucky enough to not be a casualty of our society’s racist systems).” ly occupied by black and Latino families. Why? Well, because of the racist structural inherencies that continue to reward white privilege and penalize people of color. Admissions officers rarely even consider students who don’t have AP/IB classes on their transcripts, which is reasonable since they are understood to be a prediction of how well you will fair in college courses. However, students who live in low-income neighborhoods, where the schools might not even offer such classes, are automatically looked over. Same goes for prep courses that are readily available in higher income neighborhoods but not as common in low- income neighborhoods. Because many of these communities, and thus, schools, are not invested in education as much as others, many kids might not have even heard about these advanced classes or prep courses, or know that they are necessary if you want a fighting chance of getting into a top-tier school. So even though Cornell, and other top-tier schools for that matter, does not deliberately reject students based on race, the fact is, our society has historically and perpetually made it harder for minority citizens to achieve upward mobility — making it even more difficult for parents to provide better learning environments for their children. Because of this, “any person, any study” mostly applies to those who are fortunate enough to live in, or at least have access to, a community that is well funded. And, for the most part, these are the communities that are largely populated by Caucasians. This motto is an amazing concept in theory, and yes, Cornell works to live up to it by admitting people of different hues and walks of life. However, because of the prejudice-inspired social system that we are compelled to live in, which continues to make it harder for their disadvantaged minorities to acquire the necessary tools and cultural capital needed to compete with their more economically advantaged peers, the motto can’t live up to its potential. The subtext of our motto, therefore, becomes “any person, any study (given that you are lucky enough to not be a casualty of our society’s racist systems).” In closing, I love my school and I love the gesture behind our motto, but I still look forward to the day when our culture allows an idea like “ any person, any study” to be genuinely fulfilled.
Kimberly Kerr is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Feedback may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guest Room appears periodically this semester.
Comment of the day “[Muslim] students applied through the proper channels and advocated for their space on campus, working with school administrators to get permission to use an existing room for this center. It was their idea, not the University’s. Just because a group is represented or active on campus doesn't mean they necessarily want to or have the stamina to fight for a physical space to meet on campus. If a group of, say, Catholic students wanted to do the same thing, they would have to jump through the same hoops. I witnessed the students who put this together in action, and it was definitely not handed to them whatsoever. As a Cornellian, I definitely appreciate that students are creating spaces for their fellow minorities or religious groups to feel included on the Hill.” Cayugawrites Re: “Cornell Establishes First Cultural Center For Muslim Students” News, published March 6, 2013
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The Student Assembly: A Hollow Token of Legitimacy I
f I ran for Student Assembly, I would start a new Facebook page, just for my campaign. The banner would contain a high contrast picture of me gazing out from the clock tower with a look of confidence and prestige. “Spicing up the Cornell Community, one member at a time; VOTE NOW!” would be gracefully scribed over the bokeh in the upper corner. Beneath, I would list all my sponsors just so you can officially see who my friends are. If elected, I would make friends with all of the administrators and show up to meetings when convenient. I would join a secret society and business fraternity. Before I apply for my next internship, I would put that new line down on my resume to make this civil service worth my time. And every Thursday, I would wonder why no students show up to the S.A. meetings. As this past election comes to a close, I am left asking myself — why do people join the S.A.? What does this organization do? What power does it have? What makes it any different than a glorified letter writing organization with the power to demand a response? We all know that the S.A. cannot tangibly change University policies, and yet we are still wed to this token of legitimacy that the University has given us our voices. Some say that even
though the S.A. holds an institutionalized position, it is inherently one of critique. Every resolution calls for a change of some sort. Yet this role of an institutionalized critic can only go so far. After all, the administrators are the only entities that give S.A. members any influence. While they may freely criticize certain policies in their letters, such as a lack of garbage cans or calendar
stance against the University. However, after the resolution, President David Skorton asked for a meeting with S.A. members and the investment committee. Courteously, S.A. members successfully pushed for the meeting to be with Kyoto Now! instead. Yet the administration’s actions since the resolution show a clear attempt to use the S.A. as a means to circumvent the
We all know that the S.A. cannot tangibly change University policies, and yet we are wed to this token of legitimacy that the University has given us our voices. changes, they will never question the more fundamental elements of the administration, such as why certain members are in place or why the administrators have the powers that they do. After all, University administrators also provide representatives with a world of networking possibilities that they will forsake should they take too controversial of a stance. The administration often uses this communication organization as a buffer from responding directly to student groups. Many people tout the S.A.’s recent resolution backing Kyoto Now!’s demands for fossil fuel divestment as a sign that the S.A. can take a critical
student groups fighting the campaigns on the ground, even if the S.A. members are resistant. And yet, even if the S.A. helps groups meet with administrators, groups should never confuse access to power with influence of power. Getting an S.A. endorsement or even a meeting with Skorton does not mean a campaign is won. Often, University administrators implement tactics to turn these meetings into unproductive tokens of student-admin dialogue. Friends of mine in several students organizations have have experienced many of these tactics. In particular, they have expressed frustration about Skorton’s benign ice-break-
er go-around questions on everyone’s hobbies and life goals that seem to fill up about 80 percent of the meeting. It seems to me that Skorton has no qualms about proclaiming these empty meetings as icons of his collaboration with students. Cornell is not a democracy. It is a business, which naturally gives way to an authoritative political structure over this community. While this S.A. receives so much public attention, I question whether it truly has any power to keep our administration in check. Every activist group knows that writing a letter is only the start of a campaign and the S.A. structurally cannot go any further. Yet it is not our only method of democratic expression on this campus. Blocking the entrance to Day Hall might escalate the pressure. Publically decrying certain administrators may go a bit further. And if all else fails, remember that without students, this University cannot function, and on any given day, we have the power to collectively decide whether or not we perform in that role. Tyler-Lurie Spicer is a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at email@example.com. Personal Politics appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Words with W. Kamau Bell BY ARIELLE CRUZ AND ZACHARY ZAHOS Sun Arts and Entertainment Editor and Sun Associate Managing Editor
On Wednesday, CUPB presented “The W. Kamau Bell Curve — Ending Racism in About an Hour” at Statler Auditorium. Afterward, the FX star and Chris Rock protegé sat down with The Sun to discuss his career, Chris Rock and what it means to dedicate your life to comedy and the arts. THE SUN: I read that you dropped out of college; how did you make that decision? W. KAMAU BELL.: Well, I guess technically I dropped out twice, now that I think about it. I went to the University of Pennsylvania — sorry — and realized I didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer or a business man and that’s pretty much all they do there. I mean, for the most part. And it’s also super expensive and I didn’t want to waste any more of the money that I already wasted. So I dropped out and went home to Chicago to Columbia College which is a media arts school … and from there started taking classes at Second City and doing open mic so, I did drop out of college. What was the question? [laughs]
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Ph.D. school, so you know, [laughs] I come from a long line of drop outs. My dad didn’t get his college degree until he was in his 40s, but they’re intelligent, well-read people. I come from a family of people who all just go different paths. ... Whatever grades I had in school didn’t always reflect, necessarily, my intellectual curiosity or the books I was reading. And I went to a really good high school, so by the time I finished high school I felt like, if I want to be a doctor, I’ll go to college, but I certainly feel like my high school education was a good education.
SUN: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists and comedians? W.K.B.: I mean aspiring artists are a bigger thing. Aspiring comedians, maybe. I think the biggest thing is … [that] you have to just be honest with yourself about what you’re doing and what your work is and, unfortunately, there’s a thing about the arts: If you want to sit in your room and create art, you can do that forever, but if you want to try to turn it into a career, then you have to start [asking yourself], “Is my art doing what I want it to do? And if it’s not, can I fix that?” … As an artist, that’s a very hard question to ask. The reason why I wrote this show is because I SUN: I think you answered it. was a stand up comic and I was not very good at stand up W.K.B.: I did drop out of college, yes, twice. Yeah, so, I just comedy. [laughs] … I felt like the biggest thing I did, was that knew that what they were I was honest with myself with teaching me wasn’t something the fact that, I wasn’t bad, but “I call [Chris Rock] foul-mouthed Yoda that I was going to try to turn I was kind of mediocre and I into a job — which I think is because he’s got a lot of advice and a lot of was honest with the fact that the main goal of college. “I’m mediocre and I think I little stuff I can’t quote. ” Well, not the main goal, but can be better, but I have to one of the big goals is to get figure out a different way of W. Kamau Bell an education that you can being better than just doing turn into a job. … I mean I the same path.” still think about going back ... I’m not done … It’s this weird thing where people assume I have some sort of political science SUN: So, now, is your art doing what you want it to do? degree or something and I don’t. I just read stuff. W.K.B.: Well, I do this television show, so on some level yes, but on another level you have to keep resetting — you SUN: Comedy is a creative medium but, for you, you actu- have to keep resetting goals. Getting a show is one thing, makally bring a lot of analytical stuff in there. You’re talking about ing a good show is another thing, making a hit show is anothcurrent events. It’s almost academic in a way. er thing, making the show such a hit that I can then do other W.K.B.: Well, yeah … despite the fact that I dropped out projects and help other people is another thing. There are of college, I certainly come from a very academic household. moments when I can be micro and say, “That is what I wantYou know, my mom was an academic. But she dropped out of ed it to do, and this thing happened and that’s what I wanted.” But in the macro, I could be doing this better. You have to be your own worst critic. people in the audience to simultaneously call BY ARIELLE CRUZ out, “I’m white and I am proud.” Although the Sun Arts and Entertainment Editor SUN: And there are chorus was loud, and very possibly proud, I a lot of critics out “Ending racism in about an hour,” the title of couldn’t bring myself to join the cheer. His theoW. Kamau Bell’s tour, is the most accurate ry was sound: If we all have pride for our race, we there now, from many description of his Statler Hall performance on will want it to be the best. We won’t stand for different channels. Wednesday night. I walked into the show ready people of our race doing things that are wrong, W.K.B.: Yeah, there for a comedian, ready to laugh at some bold like New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind are a lot of critics out humor that pushed boundaries and made my donning blackface at a Purim party. there and especially in stomach hurt. After sitting in the audience for Overall, I can say the show was provocative. the 21st century, you about 15 minutes, I realized that this was not that However, I don’t think it was as provocative as Bell have to kind of shut kind of show. Of course there were jokes. The thought it was. His constant side notes about peothat stuff off. Because I crowd erupted in laughter on a few occasions. ple ducking their heads or wanting to sneak out think that, you know, But it seemed that the primary purpose of it was, the door after he said something “poignant” didpeople now are just indeed, to end racism in about an hour. His per- n’t seem founded. No one in the audience, at least haters, [laughs] … I feel formance focused solely and pointedly on race where I was sitting, looked uncomfortable or like the 21st century is issues in America. He spoke about how it is inap- squeamish, at least, not to the degree he was hopvery seductive in leadpropriate to ask a black person to touch his hair ing for. At those points I almost felt like I was ing all of us onto a path or ask how she washes it, about how efforts by being talked down to, that I wasn’t being given where we’re not doing white people to be more accepting often reveal enough credit for understanding that black people anything. … I would more racism than keeping quiet. He pointed out don’t wash their hair down by the river with roots say about 90 percent of a lot of truths. And, of course, since Bell is an and the prayers of the local shaman. comics have a Google intelligent guy, he didn’t just point out these Bell is a funny guy. However, the overwhelming Alert for their name, problems but proposed how to solve them. elements in his show about what we should and because you just want His prescription for the racism epidemic: a shouldn’t be doing, what our problems are and how to see if people are talkhealthy dose of guilt and pride. He asks for peo- completely serious he was 90 percent of the time ing about you. … You ple to feel guilt about what they have that others made the show feel more like a lecture than a will get feedback … lack: Feel guilty for being 6’3”, feel guilty for comedic performance. Bell is an intelligent man, being white and male, feel guilty for being thin. and after having the chance to speak with him, I am One of the executive It’s healthy. He was also adamant that for better in awe of some of his insights. However, in trying to producers on my show well-being, all people should have pride for their enlighten and simultaneously lighten the mood, he is Chris Rock. He has race. At one point, Bell called for all of the white strikes an imbalance that isn’t quite satisfying. lots of things to say, his feedback is really
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important and he’s pretty honest about what he likes and what he doesn’t like. And that’s plenty. And there are a lot of people on the show. I don’t need to know what someone who’s not connected to [me] and [has] four Twitter followers thinks about my show. SUN: What’s it like working with Chris Rock? W.K.B.: It’s kind of like working with Spider-Man. It’s sort of like this thing where you don’t think he’s a real person. Because I know [and have] worked with famous comedians, but he’s kind of on a level outside of that. It took me a long time to get over that: Chris Rock is in the room. [laughs] You know because I was in the Bay Area, kind of following my own path, and he came around and was like, “I want to help you get a show,” and I was like, “What does that even mean?!” It took me awhile to get over being starstruck by him. And I am past that now, which is great because I’m working with one of the greatest comedians of all time. How can that be bad? ... I call him foul-mouthed Yoda because he’s got a lot of advice, and a lot of little stuff I can’t quote. Forgetting about the show, he’s really, in the big picture, a mentor for my career. SUN: With all of the discussion we had about race on campus and on our newspaper last month, I just wanted to know what your opinion on Black History Month is. W.K.B.: On some level, that America somehow felt a need to make a Black History Month is an indicator of how fucked up America is. [laughs] Because it’s not like there’s a place called Black History, that we’re like, “What do they do over there?” It’s America. For me, my personal beef with Black History Month is the fact that it’s sad that we sort of still have that month for schools. We should just be having history, you know. But if we need that for elementary schools that’s fine. For me, the issue with Black History Month is the fact that corporate America tries to embrace it in a weird way, and the media tries to talk about it. ... If you’re in elementary school, thank god, because your textbook probably doesn’t even include enough black history. But if you’re an adult, maybe just make some black friends. SUN: And then in the latter case, it’s more under the guise of making people feel like they’re involved or more comfortable. W.K.B.: Well it makes people who feel guilty feel less guilty, which I think is a big problem with the race discussion in this country. It’s a lot just about making people who feel a little guilty feel less guilty. There’s nothing wrong with feeling guilty, guilt is actually a very cleansing emotion sometimes. You should feel connected to whatever the history in this country is and what your people’s part in it was, because that’s what America’s about, in my opinion. I’m a straight dude; I should feel guilty about a lot of stuff. There’s guilt for everybody. I’m a tall guy, there’s guilt for that. I feel like there’s enough guilt to go around, we should just pick up our version of that guilt. The minute you start to go: “I don’t understand why those people …” that’s when it’s broken. I’ll ostracize and make fun of you. That’s my job. Arielle Cruz is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Zachary Zahos is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Jack the Giant Failure more than the damsel in distress. There are touches of offbeat humor that Following the recent trend of fairy tale revivals, Jack the seem to nod to films Giant Slayer is a half-hearted attempt to breathe life into like The Princess — puns one of the Brother Grimm’s simpler tales, “Jack and the Bride abound. But the Beanstalk.” Hollywood’s interpretation of this tale begins with two children eagerly listening to a bedtime story humor contrasts with about the giants of legend, who waged war on medieval the senseless vioEngland after descending down a magical beanstalk. One lence. Some men fall of the children is Jack, a simple farm boy who dreams of to their deaths from adventure as an escape from his otherwise dreary life. The great heights, some other child is Isabelle, a princess of the kingdom of are eaten alive and Cloister. Her mother encourages her to go on adventures more than one head so that she can become a better person and a better queen. is bitten off. Since But neither child nor parent can dream of the adventure this is a PG-13 movie targeted to kids who the two children will later encounter. The story then jumps forward 10 years. The young boy have to drag their listening to bedtime stories becomes Jack, a noble but parents to the thenaïve young lad, played by Nicholas Hoult, who has aters with them, matured well since his About A Boy days. Isabelle, played most of the gruesome by Eleanor Tomlinson, is a sheltered princess who gets her stuff happens off kicks sneaking out of the castle to watch children’s plays. screen. The film uses these deaths to swing the audience On one of these excursions, Jack attempts to defend the into more somber moods, but the moments of reflection princess from a group of dirty peasants, but she is saved by are too infrequent for a truly serious theme to emerge. The the arrival of her guardian Elmont, an enthusiastic Ewan specter of death, along with several clunky references to God and religion, put a drag on McGregor. But do not fret: some otherwise lighthearted plotJack and Isabelle get another Jack the Giant Slayer lines. chance at star-crossed teenage The slick graphics redeem some romance when fate and an Directed by Bryan Singer of the poor plot execution. The unusually large beanstalk conStarring Nicholas Hoult, Ewan giants Jack and Isabelle encounter spire to bring them together at the top of the beanstalk and the McGregor once more. giant realm of Gantua are fantastiJack the Giant Slayer cally rendered, from every gaping attempts to be a thoroughly pore to yellowing toenail. The 3D modern remake of an old classupplies nice effect, adding depth sic, but never quite makes it. to the wistful expanse of stars that While the extras wear period the young lovers are treated to as costumes, Jack runs around in a leather hoodie that looks too much like something off the they make out in the beanstalk. The movie does eventualrack from Abercrombie. Isabelle’s character is set up to be ly succumb to the temptation to throw things at the audia feminist heroine, a young woman in a position of power ence during the later action sequences, a temptation 3D who is unafraid of adventure and mixing with the com- can rarely resist, but it never becomes annoying. The greatest flaw of Jack is that the natural end to the mon folk. But as the story gives Jack more and more opportunities to be heroic, Isabelle recedes into the back- plot comes a good half-hour before the credits roll. The ground until she is no longer important to the story as princess is saved, a magic crown is traded around like LAURA BOLAND Sun Contributor
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Harry Potter’s Elder Wand and many die but the important characters make it down the beanstalk. Sure, Jack and Isabelle are disappointed that their Taylor Swift love story has to end, but haven’t the adults been telling them all along that they have to grow up and accept their soulcrushing duties? Luckily for the lovebirds, the obligatory fantasy battle scene hasn’t happened yet. With almost no build-up, what is supposed to be an epic battle to save humankind from the scourge of the giants quickly devolves into an exercise in Siege Warfare 101 that is hardly entertaining. While Jack and Isabelle take a tour of the castle’s catacombs and Elmont efficiently dispatches some giants with his crossbow, the audience has an opportunity to ask, “What is the point of all this?” It seems nearly impossible that the humans will win, even though they must, and in the end, Jack wins the battle and subdues the giants not because of his great skill, physical prowess or “humanity,” but because he manages to exploit a patriarchal vein of dark magic. The film ends on that oddly depressing note, making Jack the Giant Slayer an adventure story that lacks any spirit of adventure. Laura Boland is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Defense of Snobbery
t is March. The Oscar buzz has died down and theaters around the country have begun to screen the films that summer, fall or winter refused to claim. These lonely releases are adorned with trailers and posters but receive little attention. Their advertisements are dressed up in visual and 3D effects, just waiting to be picked up and given some attention. They may as well be wearing prom dresses. Due to the selection of high caliber titles in the fall and high grossing releases in summer, the worst of the worst comes out in spring. For these three months, we critics in the Arts and Entertainment section rotate our noses up and look away. With this protest to “lesser” movies, I find the need to defend the notion that there is objectively better and worse art and to illustrate that some people do have more right to categorize art. I lauded the members of our section for choosing Moonrise King-dom as the best film of 2012 and discouraging The Dark Knight Rises from a high place on that same list, so I find this an appropriate space to play out the argument in favor of the snobs. I recently stirred the debate over whether there is an objective quality of art with two friends and their back-and-forth drew like so: FRIEND 1: A movie cannot be objectively good. If you were to show a kid from a
far off culture high-brow art next to an kitschy photograph, he may say that the photograph is better even though it required much less effort. It is unfair to delegitimize his perspective. The matter is entirely subjective, and quality depends on a consensus of the majority’s points of view. FRIEND 2: The fact that the kid knows nothing about the art form or its context is the point. If the viewer is a cultural tabula rasa, he or she doesn’t have the eye and education to tell what is best. If you understand a movie’s influences and what literature and ideas it references, you can judge how original or cultivated it is and count how many questions it is raising. If you
Henry Staley Politicizing Art need a higher level of understanding to access a film, it is a tougher and better work of art. FRIEND 1: Emerson said that, “Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this”. No one owns the terms “good” and “bad”. All taste is subjec-
tive. In the sum of many perspectives, a universal “good” reveals itself. FRIEND 2: There is no vote on what is best. If you have a higher level of understanding of an art form, you are in the elect. The elect are the arbiters of quality. The masses are the arbiters of appeal. There you have it: Taste is not democratic and although expressions of high taste insult our egalitarian political appetites, I take this perspective. Although we don’t like to hear it, art is a top-down media. One could argue that modern art helplessly accommodates the perspectives of a small number of people — usually the wealthy. In Ortega Y. Gasset’s The Dehumanization of Art, he argues that Modern Art is deliberately anti-popular and seeks to lodge itself into the attitudes of a small demographic, usually the elite — reckoning “to be great is to be misunderstood by the masses.” Some art is fundamentally meant for only a small amount of people; the more education these people have obtained, the greater their right to say whether or not this art achieves an objective greatness. So if the A&E section’s perspectives offend the average Cornellian (shout out to Sam Bromer ’16 bashing A$AP Rocky’s acclaimed latest album), so be it — let us believe that we have the authority on quality. After all, audiences go to critics instead of box office results to judge what to go see and look to critics not as forecasters of the audience’s approval or disapproval but rep-
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resentatives of a group that understands movies and quality. That being said, I would like to give praise to the movies that are loved by haters and philistines alike: those rare films that engage ideas (for the critics) and sensations (for the average audience) equally. These directors rank amongst the few writers F. Scott Fitzgerald referred to when he wrote that all artists “who have attained real permanence from Shakespeare to Mark Twain had appealed to the many as well as to the elect.” Let’s hope that this argument can be suspended in the coming of one of these films. I bet you, however, that it won’t be released in March. Henry Staley is a freshman in the College of Art, Architecture and Planning. He can be reached at email@example.com. Politicizing Art appears alternate Fridays this semester.
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real-time. But he wasn’t. So that makes no difference. He was also fined $25,000 by the NBA. This distinction proved important in the game itself. The foul occurred with only 1:52 remaining in the fourth quarter, and Ibaka would later help contribute to Oklahoma City’s 108-104 victory over the Clippers. The lack of professionalism shown throughout this whole situation is a huge mess. Griffin called out the NBA for not suspending Ibaka because of a game that Oklahoma City had with the Lakers the following night that was going to be on national television with his comment after the game: “It is surprising [he won’t be suspended], but it is a big game tonight and I don’t think they want one of their ... I really don’t know. It’s a big game.” Griffin remained vague to avoid his very own suspension. Ironic. Then, to help the situation, Kobe Bryant comes out of nowhere to say that if he had been involved in this incident, he “probably would have smacked [Ibaka] in the mouth.” Classy sentiment, Mr. Bryant. There’s a lot of less-than-ideal things going on here. First of all, Ibaka clearly pulled his arm back and punched Griffin with intent. It was not an accident, unless people normally make a fist and swing it around when trying to get a rebound. It seems hard to catch a basketball like that, but they are professionals, so who am I to say. Second, he should have been ejected from that game and he should have been suspended. Oklahoma City and the Clippers are only 1.5 games apart in the standings (with Oklahoma City up) and the outcome of that game could have major playoff implications come the end of the season. If Griffin’s accusation is accurate — that the NBA didn’t want one of Oklahoma City’s starters to be suspended for their showdown with the Lakers — then the lack of accountability was carried to a new and disappointing level. I understand that in the heat of the game it might not be clear what happened, but upon further review, the NBA League Office should have suspended him to make up for their mistake. Players have been fined the same amount as Ibaka for merely criticizing the referees after a game, so the fact that there was a punch involved does not seem to coincide with the punishment. And finally, Kobe isn’t helping this situation at all. These three men are professional athletes. Ibaka’s action was completely unwarranted, and he should have been ejected from that game, and/or suspended following the official review. NBA players are meant to serve as role models for younger players, and what was initially an unsportsmanlike play was only further provoked by the comments and response following the game. The fact that this simple play became a top sports headline for the following two days after the incident emphasizes that nothing was handled correctly nor resolved in a manner that could even be close to appropriate. I didn’t know you could punch someone in the middle of an NBA game and get away with it, but I guess for Ibaka, that’s how it is. I guess it’s another situation where it sucks to suck. Annie Newcomb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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come at home, including victories against No. 57 Michigan State on Jan. 18 and Southern Illinois and Murray State on Feb. 8. “Memphis, in my opinion, is one of the toughest teams we’ll face this semester,” Tanasoiu said. “They have their entire lineup returning and we are going to face a very tough opponent. They were only a few points from beating Ole Miss. … We are excited to host them and compete against a team of their caliber. We are looking forward to the challenge.” The Tigers are led by sophomore Connor Glennon and junior Joe Salisbury, who is ranked No. 6 in the Ohio Valley region and 79th in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Glennon, sophomore David O’Leary and junior Johnny Grimal are also ranked in the region, 10th, 11th and 14th, respectively. Sunday will mark the first time that Memphis will play against an Ivy League opponent on the road. Cornell and the Tigers have not crossed paths since March of 2003, when Memphis eked out a 4-3 victory over the Red in Blacksburg, Va. Offering free pizza to the first 200 fans who attend Sunday’s match, Tanasoiu said that he is excited for the Red to have the opportunity to play against such a talented team and he hopes that the Ithaca community will come cheer for the Red. “We would love and appreciate the Ithaca community’s support for this match,” he said. “Our players need this because we feed off the support from the crowd, so it would be great to compete against a team like Memphis with a lot of people in the stands. We have reached such a high ranking in the history of our program and going against Memphis we are hoping to have the Ithaca community’s support.” Lauren Ritter can be reached at email@example.com.
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not — preferably Cornell fans,” junior Chris Villalonga said. “Plus, a crazy environment at EIWA’s will help prepare some of the guys who aren’t familiar with the atmosphere at NCAA’s, because it gets crazy out there.” The team will send freshman Nahshon Garrett at 125, sophomore Bricker Dixon at 133, Nevinger at 141, Villalonga at 149, junior Jesse Shanaman at 157, senior Kyle Dake at 165, junior Marshall Peppelman at 174, senior Steve Bosak at 184, sophomore Jace Bennett at 197 and senior Stryker Lane at heavyweight. “Not to sound over-confident, but we all expect to do exceptionally well at the tournament because in order to win the national title, which is the team’s, as well as my ultimate goal, we need to qualify all 10 weights on our team,” Villalonga said. This past week, the Red was also honored with multiple All-Ivy titles, including Dake being named the Ivy League Wrestler of the Year, along with Garrett being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Villalonga and Lane earned second team honors. “It’s definitely nice to be recognized as one of the best in the Ivies. I would’ve liked to have a chance to face the guy who was first-team All-Ivy, but unfortunately I was unable to face him during the year,” Villalonga said. “However, I will most likely see him this weekend at EIWA’s, so I’m pretty excited about that.” Dixon, Nevinger, Shanaman and Bennett all earned honorable mention All-Ivy. “It is an honor to be selected by the league,” Nevinger said. “This year my weight class is pretty deep in the Ivy league, so to be recognized is great.” This season has been a successful one to date as the Red won its 11th consecutive Ivy League title. Cornell’s 11 Ivy titles comprise the longest current streak of any Ivy team in any sport. After the completion of the EIWA Championships, those who qualify from Cornell will head to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 21-3. “Keeping the [Ivy League title] streak going does mean a lot to the team, though it isn’t the highlight of our season,” Villalonga said. “We face the top competition in the nation throughout our schedule, so when it comes to our Ivy League portion of the season, we expect to dominate and use it more as training for when it comes time to face the top ranked teams in the country.” Haley Velasco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In First Round,Red to Challenge St. Lawrence By SCOTT ECKL Sun Staff Writer
Women’s hockey will host the semifinals and the finals of the ECAC Championship this Saturday and Sunday. The No. 3 Red will play St. Lawrence early Saturday afternoon in the first semifinal game, followed by No. 7 Harvard against No. 5 Clarkson in the matinee matchup. The winners of those two games will play each other in the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. The Red escaped last weekend’s quarterfinals match-up against Colgate with two tight victories, 5-4 OT and 3-2. St. Lawrence earned its spot by defeating Quinnipiac in a three-game series. The Saints are the defending champions of the ECAC Tournament, as they knocked off the Red last year in the finals at Lynah Rink, 3-1. That game also happens to be the last time St. Lawrence beat Cornell, and the last time the Red lost at home. The women are 160-1 on home ice this season. The teams last met in January when Cornell bettered St. Lawrence, 6-0, at Lynah. Despite the Red’s season sweep of the Saints, the opponents hold a slight all-time lead, 32-38-4. In the other semifinal, Harvard holds the all-time advantage against Clarkson, 16-7-2, but the Golden Knights hold the season advantage, 2-1, becoming the only team to beat the Crimson twice this year. Looking ahead to the finale on Sunday, Cornell split both season series with Harvard and Clarkson, 1-1. Both losses came back-toback in November, with both wins coming later in the season by scores of 3-1. The Crimson was only able to defeat St. Lawrence once this year and forced a tie in its other matchup. Clarkson also only managed one victory over St. Lawrence this year: a 3-1 victory at home. St. Lawrence beat Clarkson on its home ice the following day, 3-2.
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Injuries Hurt End of Red’s Season By ALBERT LIAO Sun Staff Writer
After a promising start to the Ivy League season, the men’s basketball team (13-16, 5-7) seemed poised to contend for the Ivy League championship and an NCAA berth. The injury bug bit the team hard, however, as the Red lost many key players — including sophomore forward Shonn Miller, senior guard Johnny Gray and sophomore guard Devin Cherry — and lost four in a row at home. The Red looks to bounce back in the last two games of the season on the road against Dartmouth (7-19, 3-9) on Friday night and Harvard (17-9, 9-3) on Sunday in a nationally televised game. Although the Red feels confident about its chances to contend for the championship, it is difficult to continue momentum when key players get hurt, according to head coach Bill Courtney. “Obviously, injuries are a thing you can’t control, and when it happens, it’s very tough,” Courtney said. “Coming back from Brown [two weeks ago], we were in great shape to push for a championship with four straight home games … We were playing our best basketball and found a rhythm and rotation, but as you lose guys, things start to become different. It’s easier to make adjustments midway through the year, but harder when you have just two days before a game to make those adjustments. [The impact] of losing starters, your top scorers, defenders and rebounders is immeasurable.” Those expecting a return from those injured will be disappointed, as Courtney said he does not think anyone will recover from injuries in time for the rest of the season. “I don’t think we’ll have anyone back,” Courtney said. “We’re just trying to figure out who we do have. We had practice on Monday, and we had eight guys and five of them were centers.”
Despite the loss of many key players, the Red expects the younger players called upon this week to perform well, given the opportunity. “[Junior guard] Dom Scelfo has been big for us all year and is getting better and better,” said senior point guard and captain Miles AsafoAdjei. “[Sophomore forward] Deion Giddens has been playing great basketball and he was great on the defensive end [against Brown and Yale] last weekend, altering and blocking shots. He can also score around the basket a little bit, so we’re looking forward to him giving us some more great minutes.” Asafo-Adjei added that junior forward Dwight Tarwater has the potential to be a solid contributor. “Another guy I think can play very well is Dwight Tarwater,” he said. “He has very good size and can do a lot of things for us on the offensive end of the floor.” The last time the Red played Dartmouth, the men routed the Green, 79-56, and started a key three-game win streak for the team. “We played well [against Dartmouth] definitely because of the pressure,” Asafo-Adjei said. “We took them out of everything they wanted to do. I can only remember one possession where they actually ran a play; we sped them up, pressed them and made them turn the ball over.” According to Courtney, although it will be harder to play the same style as in the previous game, the Red will still attempt to try to add the same amount of pressure. “This week, it’s going to be more difficult [to pressure them] because we don’t have that same speed and athleticism; we’re not that team anymore with the injuries, but we still have to try to do some of those things,” he said. “We need guys to step off the bench because we need a lot of depth … to keep the speed of the game going the way we want it to.” Against Harvard, the Red need to pay particular attention to the Crimson’s two leading scor-
ers, freshman point guard Siyani Chambers and sophomore forward Wesley Saunders. Saunders upped his scoring average from 3.3 last year to 16.6 this year to lead the Ivy League. “Chambers is a special young player; he’s very quick and most people don’t realize that he is a very good shooter, especially off the dribble, which makes him hard to guard,” AsafoAdjei said. “I just want to make all his shots tough, keep him in front and not let him get to the basket and create for others because he’s great at getting his teammates open looks. He’s a great all around player so we have to play good team and individual defense to contain him.” The Red’s injuries could XIAOYUE GUO / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER affect the effectiveness of Out for good | None of the team’s injured players are expected the team’s coverage of to return for the Red’s final two games of the season. Saunders, Courtney said. “[Saunders] had a lot of offers [to USC and Colorado] and was a big time end strong,” Asafo-Adjei stated. “It’s hard to talk recruit,” he said. “But, did anyone expect him to about my entire experience in just a couple senlead the league in scoring in his second year? tences, but Cornell basketball’s meant the world Probably not, but we knew he was a great play- to me. ... My teammates will be something I’ll er. He’s a tough matchup because he’s relentless remember the most; they were like brothers or going to the basket and without Miller, some- best friends. We spent the majority of our time body has to step up and prevent him from get- together and it’s probably the one thing I’ll miss the most. Overall, it’s been an incredible experiting to the basket and out of the lane.” Regardless of the injuries or being out of con- ence and something I’ll never forget.” tention for the Ivy League title, fans can expect the Red to play as hard as it can, as these will be Albert Liao can be reached at the last two games the seniors will play. “It’s very important to me to finish this week- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Icers to Open ECAC Playoffs Red will head to Princeton for best-of-three series losing skid, the Red has returned to early season form while boasting a 4-1-1 record in the past six games. Head coach Mike An up-and-down season will take Schafer ’86 said he is pleased with the another dramatic turn this weekend as the team’s progress. “We went 2-1-1 on the road; we went 2Red takes the ice for a do-or-die series to 0 at home,” Schafer said. “I thought we kick off the conference playoffs. To open the ECAC Hockey played better. I thought we played more Championship tournament, the ninth- disciplined. I thought we did a lot of good seeded Red icers (12-4-3, 8-11-3) will head things in those [final games]. Over those to Princeton to play the eighth-seeded six games [there was only one] period Tigers (10-14-5, 8-10-4) in a best-of-three where we played poorly.” The Red is hoping that a third meeting series. The winner will advance to the tournament’s second round. Cornell will battle with the Tigers this season will not end in the Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday similar fashion to its previous two games at 7 p.m. The teams will square off again with the Tigers. In November, Princeton emerged with a 5-3 victory at Hobey Baker on Sunday at the same time, if necessary. “[I]t’s exciting,” sophomore forward rink, then thwarted Cornell at Lynah in Joel Lowry said. “Win or go home, so the February with a 1-0 shutout. One of the guys are definitely ready. ... I think we’ve biggest challenges for the Red will be shutplayed a lot better in series where we were ting down Princeton junior forward focusing just on one opponent so I think Andrew Calof, who finished third in the that will help. ... [T]he boys are ready to go ECAC with 36 points this season. “When you look at [Calof ], he’s probaand excited for the weekend.” According to senior forward and tri- bly one of the most crafty players,” Schafer said. “When captain Erik he’s on the ice, Axell, although “If we out-compete them, I think we have a really you have to be finally ending good chance to win.” aware ... not the long regujust of him, lar season los- Joel Lowry but you’ve got ing streak helped the team’s mentality, the Red will to be aware of other people. You wish more have to adopt a fresh approach heading guys would make the simple plays. He’s got his head up all the time, and he moves the into playoffs. “I think we’re in a good spot right now,” puck to people who are open. He doesn’t he said. “That was a tough stretch there — try to force things. ... We’ve got to control those seven [consecutive losses in January him.” Lowry added that the Red’s deep bench and February] — but we really learned a lot from it, and we came out mentally should help the team in the match-up with stronger after. We’ve had a little bit of suc- Calof and the Tigers. “I mean, Calof is obviously a good playcess in the last few [games], but it’s a whole new season now. The real season starts now. er,” he said. “They have some good players Everybody’s excited and we’re just ... trying on the back end too, and you just want to hit them as much as you can and wear to go on a bit of a run here.” Following the frustrating seven-game them down. I really think a team like us By CHRIS MILLS
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Crunch time | After bouncing back from its long regular season losing streak, the Red aims to use its depth and physicality to outlast Princeton and move on to the next round of playoffs.
[that] rolls four lines and can play physical [has] an advantage, and definitely in a playoff series where you’re trying to wear the other team down.” Even if the Red is able to contain the Tiger offense, the team will need to bring physicality and a high energy level this weekend. “I think we just need to outcompete them,” Lowry said. “[Princeton’s] always been a team that competes really hard, and that’s the strength of their team, so if we out-compete them, I think we have a really good chance to win.” Despite the challenges of facing Princeton in the first round, one factor that the team is not worried about is playing on the road. “We’ve played in all kinds of environments across the country, [including] Denver and Madison Square Garden, so the atmosphere is not going to intimidate us,” Schafer said. “With the size of our hockey team and the experience at venues they play in through the course of the year, we’re built to go on the road [and] we’re built for playoff hockey.” Lowry added that road trips are benefi-
cial to team bonding before big games. “I think [going on the road] also helps brings the guys together,” he noted. “You spend a lot more time with your teammates than you do when you’re at home, and we’re all busy with school ... I definitely think it gets rid of distractions and we can just focus on playing once we get down to Princeton.” After a season of ups and downs, including primetime victories and frustrating defeats, the seniors are looking to add to their Cornell legacy and help determine the fate of the 2012-2013 season by giving everything they have got this weekend. “Losing sucks,” Axell said. “Specifically being a senior, I don’t want these to be the last two games here, so I’m not ready for the season to end. You have to play desperate now — it’s desperate hockey. [We’re g]oing out there and laying it all on the line. You’re playing to win a championship — that’s why we’re here.”
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MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
Red to Head to Brown for Ivy League Championships By JOHN McGRORTY Sun Staff Writer
The men’s swimming and diving team will travel to Brown this weekend to compete in the Ivy League Championships. The Red (1-7, 0-7) aims to continue its strong forward progress and and to benefit from the long season of intense training. At the championships last season, the Red placed eighth overall with a total score of 575.5 points.
This year, the Red looks to surpass last years finish standings-wise, as well as to accumulate more overall team points. By focusing on each athlete swimming a personal best, the Red looks to continue moving forward as a team. “The team is feeling really good going into this meet,” senior diver James O’Neil said. “We’ve been training really well this whole season, and our focus has been on championships ever since our last dual meet a month ago.”
Although the Red lost all meets against Ivy opponents during the season, the team’s closest match-up was against Dartmouth, which ended in a 148-152 defeat. Heading into the championships, the team has reduced the amount of work athletes perform on a daily basis in order to better rest for the strenuous championship competition. With a rested team that is focused on exceeding all expectations, the Red will be going into the championships looking to climb their way up through the Ivy League. “In order to have the best showing at this meet, we have really been trying to motivate each other,” O’Neil said. “Our team dynamics have proven to be the best this year out of my four years on this team. We all
“Our focus has been on championships ever since our last dual meet a month ago.” James O’Neil boost’each other’s morale and instill confidence in one another, and I think that will have a huge impact on how we swim and dive this weekend.” The Red also looks to break a variety of team records at the meet. Junior Taylor Wilson is ranked No. 11 in the 1000 free, freshman Victor Luo is ranked No. 15 in the 100 breast and junior Harry Harpham is ranked No. 13 in the 200 fly. “I can’t make many predictions for this meet,” O’Neil said. “The Ivy League gets faster and better each year, but I expect to see a few records come off the board this year, just as the women’s team did.” TINA CHOU / SUN FILE PHOTO
Year to year | After finishing last season with 575.5 points, the men’s swimming team aims to increase its score at this season’s Ivy Championships, as well as to improve on last season’s eighth-place finish.
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FRIDAY MARCH 8, 2013
Red Prepares to Defend Seven-Game Win Streak By LAUREN RITTER
Moving on to win the ECAC Indoor Men’s Tennis Championships by toppling the top two seeds, Harvard and Columbia, in With rackets ready to rumble, the men’s the semifinals and finals respectively, Cornell tennis team is preparing to host the 2012 solidified its place as a top contender in the NCAA Tournament qualifier Memphis at league. The win gave the Red its second Reis Tennis Center Sunday at 1 p.m. Ranked ECAC Indoor title in the past three years. No. 23 in the country, the highest national Sophomore and team captain Sam ranking in program history, the Red is set to Fleck has a team-best record of 8-1 from face off against the 69th-ranked Tigers for the top half of the singles lineup. The team just the second time in the teams’ history. captain also pairs up with sophomore Kyle Berman to comprise a No. 3 doubles tandem that has “We are excited as a staff recorded a perfect 7-0 record and a team about the team thus far. Sophomores QuocNguyen and Jason Luu chemistry and the progress Daniel are 7-1 from the middle of the we have made.” order. Drawing talent from every Head Coach Silviu Tanasoiu player on the team, Tanasoiu expressed his pleasure at how “I think it’s a milestone for our tennis well the team is playing at this point in the program reaching this high rank,” head spring season. coach Silviu Tanasoiu said. “I appreciate that “Right now our strength is our team and it’s great … for our players to reach such every single person from 1-6 is competing at recognition on a national scene, but more a high level,” he said. importantly, we are excited as a staff and a While the Red is primed to turn up the team about the team chemistry and the heat against Memphis on Sunday, the progress we have made as a team since the Tigers have been up against a tough schedbeginning of the year. We are only looking to ule so far this season. Memphis’s 3-4 record improve and get better from here on out.” is deceiving, as the team has suffered a few Hosting the Tigers is just the beginning close losses to nationally-ranked opponents for the Red. Entering the match on Sunday in recent weeks. The Tigers come to Ithaca with seven consecutive victories, Cornell (9- fresh off a pair of 4-2 losses to SEC power1) has had a strong showing during the houses No. 40-ranked Vanderbilt and No. spring season. Starting with a Feb. 3 win over 13 Ole Miss. Memphis’s three wins have St. John’s, who was nationally ranked at the time, the Red has made its presence known. See TENNIS page 12 Sun Senior Writer
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Long time no see | The No. 23 Cornell squad will meet the No. 69 Memphis team for only the second time in program history. The last matchup between the two teams occurred in 2003.
Matmen Set for Tournament
By HALEY VELASCO Sun Sports Editor
This weekend, the wrestling team heads to the EIWA Championships hosted at Rutgers University. “The atmosphere of the EIWA tournament is very exciting — the team race can get really competitive, so the fans really get into every match. We have a lot of guys that should do very well and we are looking to qualify all 10 guys for the NCAA tournament,” junior Mike Nevinger said. “Personally, I am looking to win
the tournament. Last year I came up a little short and took second, so this year I am looking to win the EIWA tournament and keep that momentum going into nationals.” The team will send six wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes to compete against some of the best wrestlers in the country. “Hopefully, the atmosphere of the tournament will be exciting. I personally enjoy a packed house, whether they’re Cornell fans or See WRESTLING page 12
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Grappling for position | The Red aims to use this weekend’s EIWA championship tournament to qualify 10 wrestlers for the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Role Models:NBA Edition
hile there unfortunately continues to be a lack of college football in my life, and I’m not counting the combine, (side comment: how are these draft prospects just hanging out at the combine? How are you a student?) I’m going to return to the NBA in this column and talk about the lovely Serge Ibaka. While battling for a rebound last Sunday in a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers, there was a scuffle between Ibaka, who plays for Oklahoma City, and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. While it was not immediately clear what had transpired, after dozens and dozens and dozens of replays on ESPN, a slow-motion video revealed that Ibaka had punched Griffin in the groin. I said punched. That is because he actually, with intention, punched him. Ibaka’s explanation was, “He hit my hands away. He’s strong, so when he grabs you, your jersey or whatever, and you try to defend yourself and rebound. So maybe you can do some move, not to hurt,
[but] just to get good position.” And Griffin’s rebuttal: “From what I heard, I guess he’s saying he was just trying to get his hand away from mine. I actually didn’t have his hand. He had my arm, so I don’t know how it’s going to be interpreted.” So, following this little altercation, Ibaka was given a Flagrant Foul-1. A Flagrant Foul is defined as a serious personal foul with either violent contact or clear intention to be aggressive. There are only two categories of
Annie Newcomb Sucks to Suck Flagrant Fouls: 1 or 2. If a player is given two Flagrant 1’s in a game, that player would be ejected. A Flagrant Foul-2 is more serious, and requires immediate ejection for the player being charged with the foul. Upon further review by the NBA after the game, Ibaka’s foul was upgraded to a Flagrant Foul-2. He should have been ejected from the game, had that call been made in See NEWCOMB page 11