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The Corne¬ Daily Sun From the Editor In our continued effort to provide the most expansive coverage to our readers as events happen in real-time, we are proud to introduce The Cornell Daily Sun’s exclusive blogs section. The section will have a little mix of everything. “The Pulse” –– our pop culture blog — will range from suggested music playlists to television show reviews to fashion. Our dining blog, “Takeout,” will include food reviews, recipes, tips for mixed drinks and more, while “The Missing Link” will offer a unique variety of current science news and facts. The section will feature daily posts from Cornell students studying abroad in our “Notes from Abroad” blog and commentary on campus and national politics in “The Hill.” The blogs section will also provide us with the forum and the flexibility to supplement our regular news, sports and campus coverage. Our news blog, “Above the Fold,” and our sports blog, “Back Page,” will update daily with information and features that will be more interactive than what you might find in the print section. The “Cornell Lens” blog will feature photos that capture the campus from new perspectives. In all, we hope that these eight blogs will keep you up-to-date and engaged with all life on campus –– no matter what your interests. As our online presence continues to grow, we invite you to check daily for updates on this project and other new initiatives, and, as always, we welcome your ideas and encourage you to send any feedback to


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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver the convocation address to this year’s graduating seniors, the Class of 2012 Convocation Committee announced Wednesday. Bloomberg has forged close ties to the University since Cornell entered, and won, the mayor’s high-profile competition to build a new tech campus in the city. Representatives from both entities say that New York City and Cornell will grow increasingly entwined through CornellNYC Tech, which is expected to take 30 years to complete. During the tech campus competition, Cornell administrators said that the University’s future is inextricably bound to the the city’s. Since Cornell’s bid was chosen in December, President David Skorton has made several public appearances with the mayor and

praised Bloomberg’s vision for the city. Bloomberg’s selection marks the second straight year a New York City mayor was chosen to speak at convocation, which will be held this year on May 26. Rudolph Giuliani, Bloomberg’s predecessor, delivered the address to the Class of 2011. A University statement issued Wednesday did not say if Cornell’s NYC tech campus influenced the decision to bring Bloomberg to campus. Instead, it trumpeted what it identified as campus-wide enthusiasm for the mayor. “Overwhelmingly, students from all parts of the University supported Mayor Bloomberg to be the class’s speaker,” the press release stated. Additionally, in the statement, convocation chair Harris Nord ’12 highlighted the personal appeal of the septuagenarian media mogul. “Bloomberg is not only a dis-


The year of Bloomberg | New York City Mayor Bloomberg takes the podium at the the NYC Tech Campus announcement on Dec. 19. Bloomberg has been working closely with the University since the announcement.

tinguished public official, but he is also a highly successful entrepreneur and a leading philanthropist,” Nord said. “His words will certainly inspire many of our graduates to strive for success after graduation.” Although now in his third term as the city’s mayor, Bloomberg began his career in the

business world. He earned an engineering degree at Johns Hopkins University as an undergraduate before receiving a master’s in business administration at Harvard Business School, according to The New York Times. After working at the investment bank Salomon Brothers, Bloomberg launched the financial

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Students, alumni remember bar as their late-night home By MICHAEL LINHORST Sun Managing Editor

The alcohol was flowing for one last night at the Royal Palm Tavern, but the crowd — which filled the bar to capacity — wasn’t just there to take Wednesday-night shots. The Royal Palm, which had been in business in Collegetown for 71 years, closed its doors for the final time early Thursday morning. Its last days were marked by throngs of returning alumni, fond

remembrances and, on Saturday, a marriage proposal. The bar, though dark, dirty and often sticky, seemed to unite its regulars with a special kind of bond. Students, alumni and townies returning for one more visit described how the bar, commonly known as the Palms, had become their late-night home away from home. “Every time you come back, you go to the Palms. But where do we go now?” Joe Lando ’92 said outside

the bar Wednesday evening. Current undergraduates felt the connection, too. “Where are we going to go? We have no home anymore!" a student yelled at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, shortly after the music ended for the night. Much of the Palms’ charm, it seems, came from its unabashedly shabby appearance. Alumni described it approvingly as a dive. In a 1978 review, See PALMS page 6

The recent controversy surrounding the surveillance of Muslim students studying at northeastern colleges by the New York Police Department has left some Cornell students disillusioned, according to Muslim student leaders. Though University officials say Muslim Cornell students were not under surveillance, the news police investigation has led student leaders to ratchet up their calls for a more productive cross-cultural dialogue on campus. The NYPD came under scrutiny last month when it was revealed to have monitored the daily communications of Muslim student organizations and their members in at least 13 universities across the northeast region, including the University of Pennsylvania, Yale

College, Rutgers University and SUNY Buffalo, according to Feb. 19 report by the Associated Press. However, the recent revelations concerning the NYPD have moved dialogue efforts to build dialogue in a lessthan-constructive direction, according to both student leaders and Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean of students and director of intercultural programs. “My Muslim students are understandably concerned and upset,” Alexander said. “They feel targeted, and they should.” Cornell has not received “any reports in reference to our Muslim community” being placed under surveillance, according to Alexander. However, she acknowledged that such monitoring could occur without the See NYPD page 4

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Campus Politicos Debate Taxes Cornell Democrats, Republicans argue over tax policy By RACHEL RABINOWITZ Sun Staff Writer

Two student groups, the Cornell Democrats and the Cornell Republicans, clashed over tax policy in a debate hosted by the Roosevelt Institute and the Cornell Debate Association Wednesday night, although they still reached consensus on some issues. Before the debate began, some audience members said they thought the Democrats and the Republicans would disagree over many of the issues surrounding the U.S. tax policy. “The Democrats and Republicans have fairly distinct viewpoints on tax policy, which will help make this debate engaging,” said Cristina Lara ’14, communications chair of the Roosevelt Institute, a national organization that facilitates student discourse about social problems and public policy. However, members of both the Republicans and Democrats said they were committed to finding solution to these issues. “There is a general consensus on both sides that our tax system is in serious disrepair and in need of attention –– this goes without saying,” said Tony Montgomery ’13, president of the Cornell Democrats. The moderators –– Colleen Malley ’13, vice president of operations for the Cornell Debate Association, and Michael Wodka ’13, president of the Roosevelt Institute –– asked three questions about tax policy in 10-minute cycles. Each team started with an opening statement and finished with a two minute concluding statement. At the end of the hour, the floor was opened to audience questions.

Moderators first asked both sides to explain their views on the progressive tax system, in which taxes progressively increase, and how they would change it if they had the opportunity. “Progressive income tax is something we believe strongly in, as it is fundamentally necessary to America,” said Max Schechter ’14, a C.U. Democrat. “The more you make and the more you’ve been blessed, the more you have to contribute back into the system. Those who benefit from the situation as is are expected to give a little more.” Montgomery added that the majority of the tax burden cannot be placed on those who cannot afford it, such as retired Americans, working-class Americans and average middle- to lowerclass Americans. The Republicans countered the progressive tax argument by saying that the best policy is a flat tax system, a tax system in which everyone pays the same tax rate regardless of his or her income. “Democrats argue for fairness and eliminating loopholes,” said Zachary Delle ’14, a member of C.U. Republicans. “The only way to do those things is to make a flat tax. Progressive taxes are designed by their nature to have loopholes.” Republican Justin Digennaro ’12 added that by the very definition of “fairness,” the progressive tax system is unfair in that it does not treat everyone equally. The moderators next asked about each side’s view of the “Buffett Rule” and taxes on capital gains. The Buffett Rule proposes that the wealthiest one percent of the population should pay taxes proportionally to their income. While each side had opposing views on the issue, there


Hot topics | Tony Montgomery ’13, president of the Cornell Democrats, speaks at a tax policy debate in Lewis Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall on Wednesday evening.

was some consensus as well. “The only way to address tax reforms is to have discussions like this and both sides can end up making concessions,” said Jessica Reif ’14, a member of C.U. Republicans. In particular, the Republicans argued for the elimination of the capital gains tax, which they said would provide incentive for wealthy sectors of the population to heavily invest their money. “Studies have shown that people with jobs are happier than those collecting unemployment benefits,” Reif said. “We need to cut the capital gains tax in order to create jobs for Americans to contribute to the economy.” While the Democrats did not oppose the need for investment, many said they still saw logic behind the Buffett Rule. “If Warren Buffet, one of the three richest men in the world, is paying less than his secretary in taxes, it doesn’t make sense,” Schechter said. Finally, the moderators asked the debaters about the role taxes should play

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Prof. Emeritus Neisser Dies Of Parkinson’s Disease at 83 After Decades of Teaching Germany on Dec. 8, 1928. In 1931, he moved to the United States with his family. He graduated from Prof. Emeritus Ulric “Rick” Harvard in 1950 with a degree in Neisser, psychology, died in Ithaca on psychology, received a master’s degree Feb. 17 at age 83. His death was from Swarthmore College and caused by Parkinson’s disease. returned to Harvard to earn his docIn his 1967 book Cognitive torate in 1956. Psychology, he challenged the thenNeisser was a member of the False dominant theory of behaviorism and Memory Syndrome Foundation, the claimed that memory could not recall National Academy of Sciences, the past events with complete accuracy. American Academy of Arts and Prof. James Cutting, psychology, Sciences and the Society of said Neisser Experimental was the “one Psychologists. “He created a field; [he] named of the In 1987, he smartest peo- what we now call ‘cognitive was named a ple [he had] psychology.’” Guggenheim ever met.” Fellow, an honor “He creat- Prof. James Cutting awarded to indied a field; his viduals for their book named exceptional what we now call ‘cognitive psychol- scholarship. Neisser taught at Cornell ogy,’” Cutting said. “He synthesized a between 1976 and 1983, taught field and wrote it as it was.” briefly at Emoty University and Cutting said he and Neisser were returned to Cornell from 1996 to not only colleagues but also friends. 2002. He is survived by five children, “Dick had a sharp wit and was one step-daughter, a grandson and a very funny in many circumstances,” sister. Cutting said. “We were very close A memorial service will be held because my first wife and his second Saturday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. A wife died in close succession and we’d reception in Uris Hall will follow. go out to dinner and commiserate, so he was very important to me at that Caroline Simon can be reached at particular time.” Neisser was born in Kiel,

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On Wednesday, a Harvard student group recruited Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra to demand posthumous honorary degrees for seven students who were expelled in 1920 for homosexuality, The Harvard Crimson reported.

in deficit and debt reduction. Many Democrat debaters argued that all people, regardless of their economic status, should be asked to make sacrifices. The Republican debaters said that they thought taxes should play a minimal to nonexistent role in deficit and debt reduction. This question spurred further discussion about the role of government. While the Democrats said that the government is necessary to ensure that workers are paid, the Republicans emphasized that it was not necessary for the government to act as a mediator. The debate concluded with an audience question for the Republicans. One audience member asked who the Republicans would like to be elected president in the next election. The answer was a general consensus amongst the three Republican debaters: “anyone but Obama.”

ed negatively to a recent article in Bloomberg News that claimed that the university would not prioritize recruitment of veterans. Though only four veterans are confirmed to be enrolled as students, the community said this figure due to the lack of a method to track enrolled veterans, The Daily Princetonian reported.

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Muslim Students Lament Reports of NYPD Spying NYPD

The specter of possible police surveillance aside, more students and faculty said that they believe University’s knowledge. the Cornell community has, in “Typically, law enforcement general, accepted its Muslim colagencies give the University the leagues. courtesy of letting us know [about “The University is no place for monitoring student activity],” hate,” Brann said. “To the best of Alexander said. “But they aren’t my knowledge –– and although required to do this, and they can there have been a few instances of act on their own directive.” harassment over the years –– Although Alexander said that Cornell has embraced its commuthe NYPD has a “very difficult nity of Muslim faculty, staff and and complex job, especially in a students.” post-9/11 environment,” she said Ahsan echoed this sentiment. she was adamant in her opposition “Other than the University’s to the conduction of targeted sur- occasional concern for our safety, veillance on Cornell’s campus. we don’t receive negative feedback “We can all be assured that this [from our events],” she said. “If is not something we want to take there is any resentment, it doesn’t place on our campus and to our come from Cornell students.” university community members,” Alexander said that “student Alexander said. “We, as a commu- organizations and other partners nity, must do everything we can to should join [Muslim student ensure that [Muslim students] feel groups] and stand with them as safe, protected and included.” they look to us for greater incluSara Rahman ’12, president of sion in the community.” the Committee for the Rahman, said she believes there Advancement of Muslim Culture is a way for law enforcement to and president of the Islamic protect the public “without profilAlliance for Justice echoed ing an entire group.” Alexander’s sentiments, calling it “I think just the fact that “unfair” to racially profile ‘Muslim’ is synonymous with the Muslims, while Fariha Ahsan ’13, word ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist’ hurts president of the Muslim anyone who can identify with a Educational and Cultural Muslim background,” Rahman Association, called the investiga- said. “The NYPD story made me realize that it is important, now “I think [the NYPD] made the issue of more than ever, law enforcement much more personal.” for us to connect as a community Fariha Ahsan ’13 and really strive to show everyday people that tions “ridiculous” and “kind of we are Americans, too.” insulting,” as they would violate Rahman said she is currently her rights “not only as an working with Ahsan to create a American citizen but also as a stu- dialogue between Muslim and dent.” non-Muslim students at Cornell “On a day-to-day basis, you are that would be, in Ahsan’s words, encouraged to open your mind at “positive and constructive.” a university,” said Ahsan said. “By “No one is going to be offenddoing this, the NYPD has ed if you ask them questions about enforced a different, more narrow their faith and culture, so long as image of Muslim students.” you don’t single them out,” Ahsan Despite the vehement opposi- said. “[Muslim students] are a tion to the surveillance, New York resource –– if any Cornell students City Mayor Michael Bloomberg do have questions or are curious, has repeatedly defended the they need to ask those questions.” NYPD. Ahsan pointed to MECA’s “Of course we’re going to look Islam Awareness Week, which will at anything that’s publicly avail- take place from April 6 to 13 this able in the public domain. We year, as a means by which Cornell have an obligation to do so,” students can learn about their Bloomberg said at a press confer- Muslim colleagues. ence. “We have a lecturer coming in Prof. Ross Brann, acting chair from Oxford, and it would be of the Near Eastern studies depart- great for people to come and ment and faculty advisor for the learn,” Ahsan said. “I think people IAJ, said that he opposed the really need to see the side of “blanket surveillance” of Muslim Muslims that is not in the news.” students if they had no history of Rahman cited a February law-breaking. CAMC event called the “All“The University is predicated Cornellian Muslim” Banquet, on an unshakable commitment to which was aimed to teach students free and open inquiry, speech, and about the diversity of Muslims at conversation,” Brann said in an the University. email. “I oppose whatever might Still, the NYPD surveillance compromise this commitment or controversy has left a bitter taste in inhibit free speech without just the mouths of some students, cause.” including Ahsan. Brann and Alexander said they “By spying on students, I think unequivocally support the efforts [the NYPD] made the issue of law of the University’s Muslim student enforcement something much organizations. more personal and that they “IAJ, CAMC and MECA have crossed a certain line,” she said. strong records of educating the “What are they going to do, watch campus community about issues us pray five times a day?” of concern … and of participating in diversity initiatives,” Brann Jacob Glick can be reached at said. Continued from page 1


Bloomberg’s Legacy Linked to University CONVOCATION

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Now in his 10th year as mayor, Bloomberg faces opposition to much of his remaining agenda, especially after his decision to run for a third term proved unpopular with many city residents. By August 2011, he received his lowest approval rating in six years, according to The Times. In February 2011, Bloomberg began soliciting proposals for a new applied science campus in the city, offering free land and other incentives to attract top-ranked universities. Cornell jumped at the opportunity partly, according to The Times, because the University had long hoped to expand to New York City. Several media outlets, such as The New York Observer, reported that the mayor viewed the tech campus — and now, by extension, Cornell — as a “way to redeem his legacy after a fraught third term in

office.” At the press conference announcing that Cornell had won the tech campus on Dec. 19, Bloomberg said it made sense for the University, given its history, to construct the new campus. “Some 150 years ago, Cornell was established through the U.S. government’s land grant program to promote advancements in agriculture and engineering … That program helped propel America to become the world’s most innovative economy,” Bloomberg said. “I think it really is appropriate that one of the original recipients of that historic land grant is receiving the new land grant to help us drive the 21st century economy.” “Their success will be our success, and our success will be their success,” Bloomberg said, speaking of the connection between Cornell and New York City. Jeff Stein can be reached at

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Palms Shuts Its Doors After 71 Years in C-Town PALMS

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The Sun described it as “the most run-down place in the area.” Far from trying to fix it, the owners of the Palms welcomed the bar’s reputation. “It’s your corner dive bar, and it’s always been that way — it’s not pretentious,” Lenny Leonardo, who has owned the Palms since the early 1980s with his brother, Joe, said Wednesday. “It’s a beer and shot place. You’re not going to get daiquiris here or frozen margaritas.” Leonardo’s father owned the bar — which was established in 1941 by Leonardo’s uncle — from the 1950s through the ’80s. Even then, Leonardo said, his father took pride in the dive bar atmosphere. “The only thing we ever change here is the light bulbs once in a while,” Leonardo recalled his father saying. But bigger changes are coming. The Leonardos sold the Palms and two other properties on Dryden Road to Collegetown landowner John Novarr for $3,750,000 in December 2010, according to documents obtained by The Sun. The properties were collectively sold for more than three times their assessed value of about $800,000. Novarr said there are no set plans for the location yet, but the future development will likely include housing. The Leonardos said the bar had run its course and they plan to move to Florida. “Business hasn’t been as good as it was,” Lenny Leonardo said. His brother Joe told The Sun in January that changes in student drinking patterns had affected the business. “I don’t know if you’ve heard of ‘Palms o’clock,’ but that’s a business killer right there,” Joe Leonardo said, referring to the phrase students use for the half hour, just before closing, in which young people flocked to the Palms. “It’s really tough to make a living on less than three hours a week.” “Less than 10 years ago, kids would come out and start drinking after class … and we’d be busy all afternoon,” he said. “But drinking habits have changed.” Different drinking habits or not, alumni and undergraduates seemed to share affections for the Palms. “The Palms is a classic dive bar that we have very fond memories of, almost as though it was the family room of an old home that you have since left behind,” Ross Stefano ’77, who drove to Ithaca to visit the Palms Tuesday night, wrote in an email. “As one person put it, in reality, the memories of the Palms are far better than the actual experience of being there.” Stefano added that the aura of the bar was part of its attraction, and that atmosphere had not changed since he graduated in 1977.

“The Palms was never the place where you started out the evening, nor would you ever think of taking a girl there,” he said. “Back then it looked almost exactly like it looked [Tuesday] … Same graffitimarked tables, same wall hangings. The only ‘investment’ that appears to have been made in 35 years is one electronic game and the artwork on the ceiling tiles.” The ceiling tiles, which were individually painted by Palms patrons, became a popular attraction at the bar in recent decades. Lenny Leonardo said a few tiles were painted in the late 1950s or early 1960s, but it was not until the early 1990s that painting the ceiling tiles really caught on. It eventually became so popular that he had to dole out blank tiles carefully, usually reserving them for regular customers, he said. Leonardo said he wants to keep the tiles together once the Palms’ building is taken down. He hopes to display the tiles, possibly at Cornell or in whatever building is constructed in place of the Palms. Besides the décor, patrons and Palms employees cited the community infused in the bar as one of its appeals. And some of the employees left the bar with something more than a paycheck and sticky shoes. Justine Haimi ’09 MHA ’11 and Cullen Mealey ’10 worked at the Palms together from 2009 until 2011. They met on Justine’s first day at the bar, and they began dating soon after. On Saturday, Mealey proposed to Haimi at the exact spot in the Palms where they met in 2009. Haimi said the atmosphere at the bar made Mealey’s proposal even more meaningful. “It’s really a family,” she said of the Palms staff. “The owner actually bought us two bottles of champagne and was speechless he was so happy for us.” Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09, who worked at the door of the Palms for two years as an undergraduate, added that working at the bar gave him a different perspective on the establishment. “I know a lot of students just see the late-at-night part, but when you stand there all day, you see how many locals come in and for how many decades they’ve been coming in,” Myrick said. Myrick’s tenure at the Palms overlapped his time on the Ithaca Common Council. He said that working the Palms’ door “was a great way to get to know your constituents in a different light.” Lenny Leonardo, the owner, said that, although he felt the time was right to close the bar, it will be sad to see it go. “It’s been emotional for me and my brother, seeing these people coming back for one reason only: to see the Palms,” Leonardo said. Michael Linhorst can be reached at

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here were two big happenings that came out of the Oscars last weekend. The first being Angelina Jolie’s right leg as the pasty stunner of the red carpet, poking optimistically out of Jolie’s midnighty dress. It currently has its own twitter (@AngiesRightLeg) and has spawned some hilarious photoshops, dubbed “legbombing.” You all should check those out for a good cackle or two. The other crowning moment of the night was J.Lo’s nipple attempting to escape from its confines, which has since garnered her enough media attention to rival the Grammy dress of 2000 that nearly exposed her Chamber of Secrets. I learned all of this from my social

able for you to use, so why would you waste your money? This is not to say that owning a TV is a waste. There is a huge difference between paying for cable and being in possession of a television. TVs are multifunctional. They’re useful for Brawl (or insert game of choice) sessions, playing movies and hooking up your laptop so that you can stream Netflix on the big screen for a wider audience. All you need at that point is an HDMI cable or maybe a game system and you’re in business. Truthfully, compared to how I feel when I go home for breaks and morph into a couch carrot, I like not having cable while I’m at school. As much as I


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Stabilizing Faculty Hiring

OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, 50 PERCENT OF CORNELL’S faculty will retire. In the next decade, this unprecedented rate of retirement will be a challenge to the University and a tremendous opportunity for Cornell to redefine itself. The University has anticipated this wave of retirements and has raised $100 million for a faculty renewal fund, providing the resources to hire new faculty before the existing faculty retire. This policy is an innovative solution and helps to dampen the blow of the wave of retirements. However, with this wave of hiring there is a danger that the cycle will repeat itself when the faculty hired in the next decade go on to retire. The University should work to break the cycle by hiring faculty with greater variation in age, and consistently hiring new faculty at a steady pace beyond the next 10 years. This wave of retirements is largely due to aggressive hiring in the mid 1980s, when Cornell recruited approximately 100 new faculty per year. Hiring slowed down in the 1990s, with the University hiring only about 50 faculty per year. Now, as the faculty hired in the 1980s begin to retire, the turnover rate of faculty is speeding up substantially. This high turnover rate will place a large burden on the University. In addition to the $100 million that will go toward taking on extra faculty in the face of these retirements, there is the added challenge of finding truly outstanding faculty in the current labor market. Cornell is not the only university facing similar demographic challenges, and while Cornell has been able to hire to top faculty in the past, it may be forced to reach deeper into the market. Though the $100 million fund seeks to mitigate this concern, there will still undoubtedly be challenges. Many factors that contribute to these waves are out of the University’s control. For instance, faculty saw their 401(k)s plummet during the 2008 financial crisis, and many put off retirement as they waited for the economy to recover. However, there are still measures that the University can take to reduce the problems that accompany retirement waves. Though they may be expensive in the short term, the University should strive to implement these options; the costs that the retirement waves bring in the future may be larger than working to prevent these waves in the first place. First, the University should look to hire faculty at varying stages of their careers. Though there are benefits to hiring young professors, including the fact that many of these young hires are trained in emerging fields and are hired with lower average salaries, hiring exclusively young assistant professors will lead Cornell to the same wave of retirements further down the line and the same challenges that it is facing now. Secondly, the University should put a focus on expanding the hiring period beyond the next decade and smoothing out the rate of faculty hiring. This may be challenging, as the University must fill positions while also managing the costs that come with hiring too many faculty. There is no easy way answer to this dilemma, but it is clear that this faculty retirement wave brings serious costs that the University should strive to avoid. This new wave of hires will reshape Cornell in a dramatic way, and presents a way to adapt to emerging fields and currents of thought. Though these possibilities to mitigate the waves of hiring face substantial financial barriers, it is important that the University does its best to smooth out the hiring booms and busts, as these cycles will bring substantial costs in the future.

media feeds because I didn’t actually watch the Oscars. This is partially because I’m not the kind of girl who really enjoys award shows and partially because my house doesn’t own a TV with cable. My housemates and I decided not to get cable because we deemed it an unnecessary expense. After all, the concept of TV as we know it is dying. With the advent of Netflix and Hulu, and even YouTube to a certain extent, who the hell needs cable? Nearly everyone I know basks in their weekly dosage of Glee, Portlandia and How I Met Your Mother from the glow of their laptop screen, more often than not between homework assignments in the library. I would guess that it’s a hell of a lot more challenging to bring your DVR to Mann with you. What’s more, assuming you get your shows using legal methods, both Netflix and Hulu Plus are less than half the price per month of Time Warner Cable’s DVR box ($19.99, not including equipment). Maybe the biggest plus of these online viewing venues is that informercials haven’t pervaded online commercial breaks, so you’re not forced to watch ads for SlapChops or Zoobooks while you wait for Barney to suit up. As a Cornell student, there are very few reasons why you should be purchasing cable. The first being that you are exceedingly into live sports and/or enjoy yelling at an inanimate screen, and the second being that you are a sucker for award shows. I’m not sure how prevalent the Oscar-loving demographic is, but I think the world would keep turning should you fail to witness movie stars handing out little golden men. This goes double for you if you live in a dorm. Every single dorm has TVs readily avail-

enjoy the few shows I do watch, it certainly helps my productivity levels that the temptation to watch shows all the time isn’t there. The consortium of procrastination and senioritis is hard enough to deal with as it is, considering I still have yet to open a textbook this semester. And not that I don’t appreciate a brilliant sitcom, but my brain could be put to use in so many more constructive ways than staring at a screen. Between my iPhone and laptop, that’s pretty much all I do all day already. Why not read? Or clean my bathroom? Or take a walk on the wild (Ithacan) side? Or bake and decorate cupcakes into the Periodic Table of Elements? With any luck the extent of the things we all enjoy is not limited to screen-based activities. If whatever good on TV last night is going to be all over my Facebook and Twitter feeds anyway, then really, there’s almost no point in even watching. There’s no purpose in sitting through a whole show when somebody is bound to post a video with the highlights the next day that I’ll probably watch to keep from doing actual work. Even the commercials from the Superbowl (the only part of the Superbowl that actually matters), one of the most watched events of the year, will continue to make their Internet rounds well after they’ve been aired for the first time, with the added bonus that only the good commercials even make it to the Internet. I guess what I mean to say is any way you watch it, just don’t let your tv or tv shows run your life.

Sam Dean is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She may be reached at Casual WTFery appears alternate Thursdays this semester.



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Do You Wear Shoes in the House? Navigating Two Distinct Worlds W

atching Shrek for the first time with my friends, there was a scene that I found to be particularly disturbing. What was even more disturbing was the fact that the problematic scene went largely unnoticed by my peers. Finally, I felt obliged speak up and point out, somewhat smugly, the flaw that everyone else had missed. “Guys, they forgot to tell us who the muffin man is.” The laughter that ensued is one of the more painful

never quite one of them. Over the years, however, such startling moments of discovery became increasingly sparse, and I came to consider myself as perfectly bicultural, having split my time most evenly between South Korea and the United States. However, that quiet self-assuredness of my dual cultural backgrounds faltered with a backpack. It was an awkwad moment. Wave after wave of fellow Koreans filing in to grab their Yonsei International Summer School orientation packets, and I the only person lugging a backpack. Guys and girls — girls especially — were decked out in trim little jackets and shorts, with swinging designer bags over one Better on Paper shoulder and daintily carrying thin little files in one hand. I had heard vaguely that Korean college students never carry around backpacks, but honestly, I thought it was a joke. It wasn’t. There I was, in the sea of carefully pressed, unburdened students, dressed in my Cornell rain attire consisting of a rain jacket and boots, which I believed to be appropriate for what was to be one of the worst monsoon seasons in recent Korean history. Water, water, water, everywhere, in a bus without much ventilation, and off to school I went. The first 7 a.m. bus ride during the morning rush to my 9 a.m. course was memorable — the foundation, really, for the massive overhaul of schedule that occurred seven hours later. Nearly asphyxiating from standing on a bus jammed full of businessmen and students, on a route that seemed to consist solely of 90 degree turns and never-ending arcs and prolonged jams downhill and longer jams uphill, seemed good enough reason to drop that 9 a.m. and never look back.

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memories of my childhood. Right up there with flu shots. Harry Potter was never told the tale of Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump, and I was never told of the Muffin Man and his famous Rhyme. Adding to that list, I was also never told for sure whether or not Americans generally wear their shoes in the house. The IT guy that came at the wee hours off the morning to fix the Internet — a hero of sorts who so graciously kept silent his opinions of the pigsty of a den that was my room during high school — always wore his shoes in our house. But then again, my crush throughout the same four years kept his off in the house. Both were equally esteemed people in my world, with diametrically opposed shoe habits. What then, was the norm? Google didn’t really say for sure. Such are the types of cultural ponderings and abrupt moments of enlightenment that serve as gentle little reminders that as a 1.5 generation citizen, you are

During that first — and what was to be last — bus ride in the morning rush, I noted, to my wonder, that there were some who stood with one hand clutching a bus handle while studying papers held in the other, with the zen calm of Buddha throughout the rocky ride. They, I realized, were used to this. This is something they went through every day. It was a culture, time and season of Korea that I had never experienced before, an experience that turned out to be much more worthy and educational than the six credits that had been the original objective. I realized that despite trying moments involving muffin men and conspicuous backpacks, being of the 1.5 generation — being bicultural — is beautiful in its own right. Spending time in one cultural frame, we become more sharply aware and continuously appreciative of the differences in the other. And I will always remember with fondness the final days of summer school, when the apocalyptic rain finally relented to a beautifully relaxing summer. A summer of Melona ice cream bars and Mister Sushi King comic book marathons, of walking with the health conscientious crowd on the tracks along the Tancheon river at night, of prying off screeching locusts perched on the summer screens in the mornings. By then, I had completely adjusted to commuting and was studying my notes for the final in the rocking bus in the same kind of zen peace that I had so admired through my haze of sweat and dizziness during that unforgettable morning bus ride. After three transfers, I would climb a hill to the back entrance of the Yonsei Campus, with each throb of my calves reminding me that yes, this was precisely the reason why I had given up on West Campus housing. Patricia Kim is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at Better on Paper appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

Revisiting the Bigger Picture Y

ou know you’ve made it big when you’re the subject of a meme. I don’t think there is a better way to define success. As most of you are likely aware, about a month ago I wrote an article about program houses. Considering that I typically get a grand total of about two comments on my columns, I expected to get around 20, because I was actually writing about something of substance (I’ll admit it, I normally write about nothing). Apparently I touched a nerve, because the most recent tally showed 112 comments. I read every one of the comments and what I saw was disappointing and saddening. Most striking was that the majority of the people who criticized my column argued that program houses provided comfort to the people who live there. Cornell is a community. If we as students cannot make it one where everyone feels comfortable, then we are failing as Cornellians. The fact that many people feel more comfortable around those similar to them is not surprising, but we are all people who want to learn, be happy, successful and grow. In that way, there is no culture, race or common interest that divides us. Why is it that we must apply labels to people when we initially meet them? Why not simply look at one another as fellow human beings? I cannot see any sensible reason. The fact that we still need to divide our community into smaller and smaller pieces to make everyone feel comfortable is a poor reflection on everyone who calls Cornell home. I have no good solution for this problem. I don’t have the experiences that might offer the best solution to the inter-

racial dialogue problem we seem to have. I have certainly gained perspective since writing the article, especially from the several people who asked to meet with me, but even though these discussions have forced me to re-evaluate my beliefs, I have not changed my opinion. I still believe that program houses hinder the integrity of the Cornell community. There are other dividers at Cornell as well. People divide themselves in to Greek houses, separate themselves based on sexual orientation or define themselves in a hundred different ways. It is a shame that so many people, myself included, are content to live within our self imposed boundaries. It is a shame we have no desire to explore the world around us and talk to people with different ideas. What stops us from feeling comfortable going to a home that isn’t our own? Is it that we haven’t been invited? Maybe we are afraid we will learn something that would cause us to second guess our world view. I think we all just need to grow up a little and stretch our comfort zones. As a statistics major, I couldn’t let this article go without crunching a few numbers, so I looked through the comments on my program house article again and found that of the 112, only five included invitations to attend an event at a program house. That’s about 4.5 percent. (Though to be fair it is 4.5 percent more comments than those of people interested in attending program house events). How can anyone expect any divisions in a community to get better if only four and a half percent of people take the time to make changes? It’s impossible. I spent a semester in New Zealand, where because of nuclear submarines and trade embar-

goes, they do not like Americans very much. While I was there locals would ask me questions about the United States that seemed unfounded and ignorant. Maybe they were. But that didn’t mean that I decided to ignore them. I made an effort to change people’s preconceived notions about Americans. It wasn’t my job to do this, but if I didn’t do anything, how could I expect the situation to change?

If we don’t like the way that something is, it is not only your job or my job to fix it, it is not only the majorities’ or the minorities’ job to fix it, it is our job to work together to make the change. We are all just as much at fault for the problems in the here and now. Why not break down the walls of the program houses and the other walls we have built around ourselves? Let us foster

Will Spencer Tripping Up Stairs I will certainly admit that I am not the most culturally versed person on this campus, and there are many things of which I am ignorant. I had no control over where I grew up or that I went to a very monochromatic high school. What I do have control over is what I do now. Arun Gandhi gave a speech in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in which he said, “Today we have built so many walls between people, that we have forgotten that behind those walls there is a human being. We’ve got to break down all those walls. We’ve got to begin to look at each other as human beings and that is when we will truly be able to create a society that is compassionate, understanding and living in harmony.” As Cornellians, we need to work together to build our community in the way we want to see it.

and celebrate all the cultures at Cornell in the dorms, Greek houses and Collegetown apartments. We are better and more open minded than society at large, and we should act that way. Maybe I am completely missing the mark or maybe I am just taking a baby step in the right direction. Regardless, my goal has never been to insult anyone. My goal has always been to raise an issue that affects the health of our community. We all live here, and we all need to face this together.

Will Spencer is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He may be reached at Tripping Up Stairs appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

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chef’s hands at the same time cocktail shakers were launched in secure flight. The spectacle continued with the table-side sprinkling of parmesan on our entrees of shrimp romesco and chicken piccata. The shrimp romesco was comfort objectified — a heady mix of pomodoro and alfredo adding a lush richness to the firm fettucine and clean-tasting jumbo shrimp, amid a shower of crushed almonds. As much as I am still bewildered by the incompatibility of a lemon-and-cream pairing in classic piccata sauce, the chicken cutlets which it accompanied benefited from its citrus tang. Possibly from a good amount of pounding in the kitchen, the seared cutlets were as soft as our server’s voice was gentle, and as comforting as her service was sincere. By this time, the restaurant was already abuzz with chatter, some from customers waxing lyrical about a certain Jeremy Lin

who could be seen shooting hoops on the large TV screen at the bar, others from overly-stuffed diners cursing the restaurant for their food coma as they rested their heads on the plump banquettes. The generous entrée portions at Ciao obliged nothing more than a peek at the relatively pedestrian dessert menu, consisting of items like cheesecake and tiramisu. As I slowly sipped my sassy gimlet — which was brightened by a splash of acai spirit and the florality of muddled basil — I took the entire scene in. There was something magical about this place, an effortless verve and an easy pizzazz that make you forget a few misses here and there. I’m telling you — it’s the ineffable, spirited glow. Brandon Ho can be reached at






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A donkey’s jawbone. What about it you ask? Well that’s exactly it. Who thinks of a donkey’s jawbone? A more relevant question: who thinks to use a donkey’s jawbone as one of the main instruments in music making? The David Wax Museum has molded and melted its way into the crevices of the up-andcoming niche of folk music by introducing an amalgamation of American folk, Mexican folk and a dash of eclecticism to the music world. The band has recently been recognized by Time Magazine, The New Yorker, PBS and NPR. In 2010, the Boston Music Awards deemed them Boston's Americana Artist of the Year. Formed in 2007, the David Wax Museum is rooted in Boston, but enjoys a diverse melange of culture through its band members and their history. David Wax (guitar, lead vocals) and Suz Slezak (fiddler, singer, donkey jawbone extraordinaire) are the heart of the band. Sometimes the duo is accompanied by a few other players, but between the two they inspire innovative “Mexo-Americana” music. Wax, after whom the band is named, grew up in Columbia, Mo, writing and playing all types of music; music was a big part of his experience growing up as a teenager. Wax said he was heavily influenced by Bob Dylan and the Beatles at a young age. Those are the artists that guided his decision to start playing music and writing songs. After graduating college, Wax jetted off to Jalapa, Veracruz in Mexico. “I was living and working in rural Mexico, where they were playing a lot of Mexican folk.

I fell in love with the music and the rhythm and the whole kind of community that was integrated with this folk music.” After his love affair with Mexican folk, he decided to return to Jalapa a few years later to study Mexican folk on a fellowship. During this time, he traveled and traipsed about taking lessons from folk musicians, trying to adopt and integrate their lifestyles. Critics repeatedly call The David Wax Museum a fusion of Mexican and American folk, so what exactly differentiates Mexican and American folk? “There is a stronger Spanish Flamenco influence in Mexican folk music, a much stronger indigenous current … Both have African influence, but it’s the Spanish indigenous influence that makes the two stand apart.” The indulgence in the Spanish and Mexican roots of The David Wax Museum (hence the role of the donkey jawbone as a primary instrument) is not merely for namesake and appearance; it can be felt in the tension of the melody’s buildup and the intertwinement of the voices that make the listener long for the physical contact of dance. “Unfruitful,” from their album Everything is Saved (2011) perhaps embodies their Spanish roots best. It opens with an almost sexual friction on the fiddle that builds a restlessness in the listener, releasing a piano's simple but hypnotic control. The voices of Wax and Slezak weave and twist in an unsettling manner that causes the listener to surrender to the helplessness the song recreates. It is not very surprising that “Unfruitful” is Wax”s favorite song to perform. The chorus of the song was inspired by a germane poem by Chilean poet Gonzalo Millan. The

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BGina Cargas For the under-25 crowd, there’s something pure about the 90s. From Wishbone to Toy Story to everyone’s favorite slap bracelets, for some reason we see it as the most earnest of decades. Maybe it’s the same nostalgia for “the good old days” held by every generation. Maybe it’s a longing for the pre-9/11 era. But maybe, just maybe, the 90s produced some genuinely good things without today’s requisite irony. The Cranberries are one — or rather, four — of these good things. Blasting through the 90s on a surge of Celtic dream-pop, the Cranberries left behind them a wave of instant classics. From jangling hit “Dreams” to raging protest single “Zombie,” many of their songs worked their way from the MTV rotation and into our older sisters’

chorus is a translation of Millan’s poem by Wax himself: “Tunnels in the same, tunnels in the same / Like two worms we have opened / Tunnels in the same, tunnels in the same / Tunnels in the same apple.” Admittedly the are very odd lyrics, but they are poetically integrated into one of several meaningful songs. Their new album Everything is Saved features “Yes, Maria, Yes,” one of the band's more upbeat well known songs, as well as “The Least I Can Do,” and “Wait for Me,” which is mellower but most definitely features nurturing more tender, heartfelt lyrics. “[Music] is about joy and it’s about community and it’s about expression of one’s values and one’s sense of place in the world.” Wax emanated a more timid, low-key demeanor during the brief interview with The Sun, but the music he and Slezak create with The David Wax Museum bellows melodic innovation and a proudly executed espousal of ethnically rich indigenous roots with rustic American folk. The fusion is something to be admired for its grassroots

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Walkmans, cementing themselves in our brains forever. Now, though, eleven years after the release of their last album, the Cranberries have returned. While their new release can’t possibly dominate the current Ke$ha-infused airwaves, the album is a solid, mellow effort that picks up right where 2001’s Wake Up and Smell The Coffee left off. As always, though, the Cranberries won’t please everyone. An emotive Irish lilt that bounds from note to note, Dolores O’Riordan’s voice has an ethereal quality that is highly polarizing. Like Kate Bush and Bjork before her, O’Riordan’s voice leaves its listeners either wholly captivated or entirely repelled. While the Cranberries have certainly not taken off in an entirely new direction, they do seem to have gained a little perspective. A decade-long hiatus has resulted in a certain degree of growth, though Roses certainly doesn’t make any earth-shattering changes. Roses opens with “Conduct,” a gleaming, wistful track that sounds like it’s straight out of 1994. Dreamy and soothing, “Conduct” begins with a somewhat-paradoxical lament: “Now, it’s too late / I can see that we should not be together.” Eleven years and a solo career later, O’Riordan has clearly decided that the Cranberries should be together. “Tomorrow” is the next song on the album, and the buoyant track is reminiscent of Kirsty MacColl. Even after two tracks, it’s clear that Roses is no sharp turn in direction. It is, however, an enjoyable effort that harkens back to the COURTESY OF CRANBERRIES.COM Cranberries’ yesteryear.



tendency to reintegrate diverse cultures and ethnic influences, using music to make tangible principles and beliefs, but also link communities that seldom meet in song. The David Wax Museum will play at The Haunt this Thursday, March 1st.







After “Tomorrow,” Roses continues in a similar vein. Lacing upbeat melodies with regretful lyrics, the Cranberries weave the sort of music they are certain will please fans. But as charming as darkly positive lyrics can be, there’s nothing risky about “Baby baby will you come with me / With me, with me, please come with me.” After the first two tracks, the only standouts are “Show Me” — a lost soul’s plea for direction — and “Schizophrenic Playboy” — a jaded cautionary tale with a hint of Morrissey. The rest of the album fades into a tame yet pleasing blur. Without the rage and indignation of earlier albums, Roses is not exactly rousing. In fact, the most stirring tracks on the Deluxe Edition come in the form of bonus tracks: live versions of old favorites “Linger” and “Zombie.” So, the Cranberries might be stuck in the past, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing? After all, the Cranberries’ past means vast, intricate soundscapes and chilling vocals. And there’s nothing even slightly wrong with that. In the end, Roses is nothing new. For fans of the Cranberries and those of us seeking an injection of nineties nostalgia, this continuation of the status quo will be a welcome addition to our music collections. However, without the shock or innovation factors, it’s doubtful that Roses will dominate the charts or gain the Cranberries any new fans. In any case, I’m going to sit back, crack open a Goosebumps novel, and let O’Riordan’s voice take me back to childhood. Gina Cargas is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at


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Although iTunes lists Dirty Ghosts’ second album Metal Moon as “alternative,” it is difficult to say exactly what genre of this collection of 10 very unique tracks is. The album has the hard guitar and loud lead vocals of 80s rock and the beat of electronic music. But its uniqueness comes from the hint of R&B and hip-hop that resonates in the background of several of the songs. The band, which originated in San Francisco, is composed of Allyson Baker and Carmon Binks, both of whom started out in the rock group Parchman Farm. Along with Baker and Binks is Baker’s husband of seven years, the well-known indie rapper, Aesop Rock, who coproduced the album. Aesop Rock, no doubt, is the best part about this album. His characteristically edgy beats grace the background of most of these tracks. It gives the songs a unique jump and helps the listener ease into Baker’s less than angelic voice. The beat reminiscent of hip-hop is particularly effective in tracks like “Steamboat to Concord,” which is one of the Metal Moon’s best.

Without it, the album would probably be a little boring. This is Baker’s debut as lead vocals and, well, it is nothing special. Although she definitely sports an angry rocker chick vibe appropriate for tracks like “Ropes It In” and “No Video,” the schtick gets a little exhausting after awhile. You must really be dedicated to modern punk to have this in your Top 25. The album starts off strong with “Ropes That Way,” which successfully evokes the California punk vibe of the band’s origins. Baker recently told Spinner, “This is probably one of the more fun songs on the record. I was thinking of early MTV music videos when we were making this.” The sentiment shows. This track, one of the longest on the album, is very catchy. The refrain and chorus are perfectly repetitious, and in this case, the sound works effectively for Baker’s loud voice. If there were a single off of this album, this would be it. The next three tracks, “Shout It In,” “Surround the Controls” and “Battle Slang” are all very similar to each other. This is a point in the album where Baker’s

voice comes on too strong. Her loudness only works on the fast tracks. Hearing another band member taking lead vocal duties on some of these tracks would have been refreshing. “No Video,” picks the album back up again with its unique lyrics and hip sound. I assume Baker was thinking of classic MTV while writing this song as well. “Katana Rock” and “19 in ’71,” however, are less than impressive. These songs belong more as background music in Urban Outfitters than on classic MTV. It’s a good thing that “Steamboat to Concord” is next because it is easily the best song on the album. The music has a great classic hip-hop vibe and a hint of blues — so much so that it softens Baker’s voice and makes it a very interesting and enjoyable song. Even though it is slower and quieter, this could be the second single after “Ropes That Way.” The album concludes with two tracks, “Pretty Face” and “Beast Size.” “Pretty Face,” unfortunately, falls into the same somewhat boring caliber of “Shout In It,” “Surround the Controls” and “Battle

Slang.” “Beast Size,” however, is a very strong finish. It is much more emotional song than the other tracks and Baker finally proves her voice doesn’t always overpower the music. On this track, Baker even sounds reminiscent of British indie group The xx’s Romy Madley-Croft, which is a refreshing change. Overall, Metal Moon works well as a punk album, and Aesop Rock’s presence in the production is both noticeable and necessary. However, there are only three songs, “Ropes That Way,” “Steamboat to Concord” and “Beast Size,” that outshine the rest of the album. If you were lucky enough to escape Ithaca’s cold and rain in San Francisco last week, you may have caught the band playing the Noise Pop Musical Festival, which it did as part of their promotion for Metal Moon. It may make it to the East Coast on future tours, but, for now, the band’s shows — and their sound — seem to be stuck in California. Lucy Goss is a sophomore in the College of Industrial and Labor Relations. She can be reached at

Punch Brothers Who’s Feeling Young Now? Nonesuch Records


What do you get when you add together one of the best young banjoists in the world, two conservatory trained musicians on mandolin and bass,and an equally renowned fiddle player and guitarist? That would be the extremely unconventional sound that has been meticulously cultivated by the Punch Brothers. It is fair to say that these guys are a mixture of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, but simply better trained and cleverer songwriters. Each musician in this band has had substantial success as a soloist in one way or another (frontman Chris Thile recently collaborated with artists as varied as Yo-Yo Ma and Josh Ritter in his solo albums); when they come together, the result is inevitably prolific. Originally attributing themselves with progressive bluegrass, over the years the band has veered from Americana to the classical music world. Most impressively, in its debut album Punch, the band included a four-movement suite entitled “The Blind Leaving the Blind,” which took on the somber composition of a chamber work, while preserving bluegrass features. On its third album, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, this hybrid genre is more fluidly blended, but with expected innovations. “Movement and Location,” a tour-de-force album opener, boasts a hard rock pulse despite the band’s complete lack of electric instruments. Fast, brushstroked violin with dark mandolin and guitar progressions open the piece. Thile’s butter-smooth voice melts in with bone-chilling interval jumps. Violin echoes into a soft, high-pitched whimper at the end of each verse. The listener gets more and more out of this song played on repeat. You’ll wonder if it has started to sound like some obscure Arcade Fire song, then maybe the Flecktones, before realizing that the quintet has actually unearthed a style completely its own. “No Concern of Yours” takes a similar droning tone, but


increased use of banjo and bluegrass vocal harmonization reminds us of their default genre. “This Girl” will make you immediately fall in love with Thile, if you don’t already have an enormous talent crush on him. What seems like a charming pop tune about unrequited love becomes more driven in the chorus. Thile shouts tunefully and pleadingly to the Gods above Pikelny’s rippling banjo pickings. Another of the lighter tracks, “Clara,” is stunning with its delicate verses. “Don’t Get Married Without Me” is a humorous song that is deceivingly simple, complete with banjo comparable to chiming bells, fluttering violin embellishments and falsetto vocals. In the middle of the album, the band takes on an instrumental cover of Swedish folk band Väsen’s “Flippen.” Perhaps the band just wanted to remind us of its immense instrumental proficiencies in this Celtic-infused reel. The track forces us to focus on the artistry of the players, almost soliciting guilt for paying too much attention to the vocals and lyrics of the earlier tracks. Following this foot-tapping tune is “Patchwork Girlfriend,” a cute, lethally catchy klezmer-spun tune with boozy, lulling bass accompaniment. The titular track, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” returns to the rock quality introduced earlier in the album. The lyrics are biting and sung with attitude. In the middle of the song, Thile breaks into wailing and shreds a very assertive mandolin solo. That’s right, mandolin, and it’s followed by an equally harried and caustic violin improvisation. It’s hard not to notice a vague Radiohead influence in the songs more geared towards rock, so it is no surprise that the Brothers included another Radiohead cover on this album. This time, they took on the more eerie “Kid A,” altogether replacing vocals with brooding bass. The guys substitute the electronic tinkerings with ghostly violin

devices and high pitched cascading runs in the mandolin and guitar parts. It is, dare I say, more haunting than the original. “Soon or Never” is one of the few soft, slow tempo songs on the album. The warm harmonies and meandering violin lines give an Appalachian feel to the track. “Hundred Dollars” and “New York City” are two of the more intense, angst-filled songs on the album. “Hundred Dollars” continues the band’s penchant for mixed time signatures and heavily syncopated solos. “New York City” reflects on the loneliness of the city, capturing chilliness in its starkly brisk alternations from heavily accompanied to sparsely supported singing, from major to minor chords. The album, as a whole, has more of a studio feel than the band’s previous works. The tunes are simply fresher; but simultaneously, their sound has undoubtedly matured. Instead of showcasing their individual talents in traditional bluegrass soloing, the players are now exploring more profound dimensions of their abilities. They interlock and intersect progressions, challenge their own sense of rhythm, and find ways to play off of one another that adds to an amazing depth and intricacy of texture. Perhaps the peerless level of music making they have achieved in this album will finally bring this band the commercial hype they deserve. After all, it was recently announced that the Punch Brothers will be returning to Bonnaroo this summer, and if after listening to this album you are hesitant to venture to their performance, remember this: these guys are even better live than recorded. They often nonchalantly play movements from Bach’s Brandenberg concerti for their encores. They’re that good. Martha Wydysh is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at

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A: She’s kind of given up. We say that she’s getting soft in her old age. Because she was really going at it when we were freshmen, and last year she toned it down. K: We draw out of a hat and we get someone that we’re supposed to motivate before every meet, and I would just keep drawing and putting people back until I got McKenna when I was a sophomore. So one time I made six or seven signs that said “Marry Me McKenna” or “The Future Mr. Archer.” And I made all the guy friends that came with me hold up these signs when she walked out, and she was the only one who had all these signs. She was so embarrassed. A: She also made a hockey player sign one of our actual team tee shirts that we have to wear to all our events, and it was the only one she had that she had to embarrassingly wear around to every single meet K: [laughing] And it said “McKenna, you look good in a leotard.” I feel bad — he was a freshman and I just showed up and knocked on his door one time and I was like “Can you do this for me?” 4. Is it true that both of you only date athletes? A: [both laughing] See, this is the problem, cause when I was a freshman I made some comment that I would only ever date an athlete, and that they had to impress me with their athletic abilities. And ever since, they will not let it go K: I would say we have more access to [athletes] — we hang out with them all the time, besides them and CTP people, no one wants to. A: And all the other students make me feel dumb, [both laughing] so it kind of just works out that way. So are there certain teams that you either go for or hang out with the most? A: We hang out with all teams. I would say — K: The whole team goes through phases. We’ll like spend a month where everyone wants to go hang out with this team, and then we’ll move on and everyone on the whole team wants to hang out with these people. A: I would say my closest guy friends are on the football team, but we definitely hang out a lot with baseball, basketball, occasionally lacrosse — but that’s about it. The only team we pretty much don’t hang out with — or refuse to hang out with — is hockey. [both laughing] K: That’s cause like ... well, with my practical jokes ... I moved on to the hockey players for practical jokes. I always go after one of the seniors now. So we both belong to this organization and we drew names out of a hat for Secret Santa for everyone, and he had this guy that he didn’t really know anything about, so he calls me in a panic, “Kaitlin, I really don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to get him” (we’re supposed to make the gifts for under $5) and I was like “Oh, don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of it, not a big deal.” So they had those “Greek” and “Geek” poster

campaigns — I don’t know if you saw them? Yeah. So I had an Engineer, and he had an Engineer, so for my person I made him a “Geek” poster and framed it and it was really, really cute. And then I made the same thing for his person, and I had it all wrapped and ready to go, and then inspiration struck. So I photoshopped this picture of him naked in a “Merry Christmas” thong, and then I signed it — his name, his number, “Merry Christmas.” So I wrapped it up, put it in a frame. And then we’re opening presents in front of 35 different people or something, so his comes up and the guy who got it opens it, and he shows this picture to everyone. And the hockey player didn’t want to admit that he was the only person that messed up and didn’t get a present, so he just kind of went with it like “Yeah, that’s what I got him.” [laughing] Oh, and then we made this really sweet Valentine’s Day ad that was so funny, but it didn’t get in The Sun on time ... I tried to get Chloe [Gatta ’12] to pull some strings. It was signed “xoxo, Puck Daddy.” A: She was going around literally showing everybody. K: I was so excited. A: ... and then it never showed up. I understand you’ve been in Chloe’s office a couple times. K: [laughing] That was another good prank on Chloe! So this was funny, I just walked into the Daily Sun main office because I was supposed to pick up McKenna, who was training to be a writer. So I just walked in, I was bored, I had a half an hour to kill. I just walked in and let myself in Chloe’s office and no one asked any questions. They were whispering “Who is this girl?” “I don’t know, she just let herself in.” So I pried up all of the keys on her keyboard and made a message — “KAITLNWUZHER” — and messed them all up, and she just went in the next day and didn’t know how to get them off to fix them. I had no idea you could remove the keys on the keyboard and rearrange them until I witnessed your handiwork. A: She was trying to spell “Kaitlin was here” — K: But then I ran out of letters, so it was like H3R. We all saw that and were just like “Wow.” K: Well Chloe’s kind of a boss lady, so I like to get under her skin when I can. You say you hang out with the lacrosse team on occasion, but I’m told you have one of their pinnies that you wear all the time. A: She hangs out with lacrosse a lot more than I do K: No, not really. I just like to collect their pinnies. A: She’s obsessed. Literally every time she gets a new pinnie, she has to wear it to practice, she walks around our apartment wearing that almost every day. K: They’re so comfortable! A: And she brags about her collection. K: I think I have five now. So you just get them from different players? No, this is the way you got to do it. So I got one legitimately — we waited in line and got them at

a lacrosse game for free. And then, one of the athletic trainers — I was here over the summer and I went to this lacrosse camp just to hang out with our trainer cause Jocelyn is like my BFF. So then I was hanging out with her and Cody one of the lacrosse trainers and they were doing this lacrosse camp, and he got me a pinnie. So that was really cool. A: Cody got you a pinnie? K: Yeah. A: I hate you. K: And then, I told all of my girl friends that I was looking for these pinnies ... so then they would — this is pretty bad — just pick them off the floor on their way out in the morning [laughing], and give me these pinnies. And then one of the other student-trainers gave me one for Secret Santa. I’ve got a nice collection. A: And we’ll never hear the end of it. 5. Ashley, I’m supposed to ask your opinion of Kaitlin’s hair. A: Ever since last year, her hair was — she would tease it, so it was super voluminous. And it was to the point I told her one day, I described her hair as being “whigs on whigs on whigs.” She officially had “whiggy” hair. And ever since she was like “Oh my god, you really think my hair is whiggy? Do you think other people think that too?” And ever since she would come in every single day and be like “Look — my hair’s less whiggy today!” and now it’s more flat. K: It’s better now. But I have this theory: the bigger your hair looks, the skinnier you look in comparison. A: Yeah, but the thing is, your hair — K: I feel like I should be from Texas or something. A: I mean it was cute, but some days it would be super wide, and I was just helping her out. We kind of have the relationship where we’re not afraid to tell each other we look stupid, and we have no filter whatsoever, so whatever we think just comes out. 6. How would each of you describe your singing abilities? K: I’ve been begging my coach to let me sing the national anthem! A: She’s so bad. The problem is, is not only can she not follow the notes, she can’t even start on the right pitch. K: First of all, I don’t think I sound that bad in my own head. Second of all, I just want to sing the national anthem so bad. I’ve been begging my coach. So the first time I asked him I was like “Paul, can I sing the national anthem?” and he’s like “Yeah sure, whatever, sounds good.” And then everyone was standing behind me — A: [interrupting] He has never heard her sing. So we all told him to make her audition. K: And then all of a sudden he’s like “Kaitlin, you have to audition.” Do you guys ever do Rulloff’s Karaoke? K: I did over the summer. That was the night I got a lax pinnie actually! A: Oh god. Any go-to songs? I hear you’re a big classic rock fan. K: Yeah, I’m probably the only college student who still has a record player and vinyl records.

A: Some of them are good, but she always wants to listen to it during practice ... K: And nobody will let me! A: ... and it’s terrible. It’s not motivating, it doesn’t pump you up. K: I like to throw a little Phil Collins in there. 7. Ashley, I hear you have a great story from your Fall Break in Pittsburgh. A: Over Fall Break we went to Pittsburgh, and we stayed with Sarah Hein ’13 who’s another girl on our team, and we went down to the city to visit Molly Parker ’10. We went out for the night, had a good night and naturally at the end of the night me and my teammate Tiffany Chen ’12 decided what better way to end a good night than to go get some pizza? K: We get pizza wherever we go. A: If I can’t have CTP in Collegetown, I’ve got to find it somewhere else, so Molly’s boyfriend Ted took us to this pizza place. So we got pizza, and then he left while we were waiting. Now we’re in the middle of Pittsburgh, don’t know where we’re at, don’t even know how to get to the apartment where we’re staying, so we get this pizza and we start heading out on the street and we’re just walking along minding our own business, and this girl in this car on the street starts screaming at us — yelling at us about what we’re wearing, the fact that we’re eating food, telling us we’re fat, that we’re just idiots. And naturally my reaction was to say something back, so I told her to go eat a few more donuts, and she’s a very large woman. [Kaitlin laughing] I mean, she was really large. But the point was, it was the first time I realized that I wasn’t in Collegetown because she got out of her car in the middle of the street and chased us down the street. K: We always do that. We were visiting an alum in Hoboken too, and that was a wild night. We were all out until all hours of the morning, we found a pizza place then too — so you can take us out of Ithaca, but we’ll still buy pizza. 8. Apparently you both like the show Dance Moms because the moms are just like gymnastics moms. How would you characterize gymnastics moms, and do your own parents fit the bill? A: No, my parents don’t fit it at all, but gymnastics moms are nuts. My coach back home so many times wanted to stop coaching just because the moms are so terrible. So watching the show — our entire team watches it all at the same time, we absolutely love it. These moms are just nuts; they vicariously live through their children, they try to coach their kids. Every parent thinks that their gymnast is going to be in the Olympics — like the next Nastia Liukin. K: The club that I went to is really, really intense and has a reputation for being so scary and stuff. There was a CNN documentary on it one time. And all the special elite girls were homeschooled from when they were 10, and their moms would be in the gym all the time. A: They have viewing windows, the same as Dance Moms, and they will literally stand there

and sit there and watch for the entire five-hour practice. It’s absolutely ridiculous, because these women have nothing better to do with their lives. 9. Can you talk about how Ashley got her nickname? K: Ashmar! A: I hate my nickname. I literally hate it. K: I’m really, really good at coming up with nicknames. Whenever I come up with one, it sticks. A: That is completely false. They’re all terrible. “Pants”? K: Every single person calls her Pants. The coaches call her Pants; they put it on the agenda — “Pants.” So one of the alums couldn’t say ... when Ashley was a recruit — her last name is “Maher” pronounced like a “mayor” of a town — but she thought it was Mar, so we just started calling her that. A: So continuously, from then on ... K: People would call her “Ashley Mar! Ashley Mar!” so then I just started saying “Ashmar” and now everybody says “Ashmar.” A: It is such an ugly nickname. K: And then Pants — Pants is my other minion. So when she was a sophomore, the first week of school, she was like “Yeah, people really used to make fun of me when I was little and call me ‘Sarah Wetterpants’ — like it was really, really hard.” So then from then on — cause she was upset about it — I started calling her “Pants” and everybody calls her Pants now. Our coaches, the trainers — it’s just her name. A: We have so many Sarahs, or we did have so many Sarahs. ... But I’m the only Ashley, there’s no reason why I need to be “Ashmar.” 10. Why do your friends think that you’ll never get engaged, Ashley? [both laughing] A: Oh my god. K: Look at her finger, it’s gross! A: So last year I shattered my finger ... completely. Was it from doing gymnastics? Yeah, on bars for gymnastics, right before Nationals last year. I caught my release move with just my ring finger, and it just happened to be my ring finger, so ever since ... it’s a whale now. I can’t even fit a ring on it. K: Look at it! ... When she first did it, it was literally like — A: It was so much bigger before ... I had five screws in there to put it back together, so officially the doctor told me that I would never ever again be able to fit a ring on there without getting an additional surgery to shave my bones down. K: We both have pretty gross fingers actually, from breaking them. A: So ever since we’ve just said that it was obviously not meant to be for me ever to get married. Like, this is clearly a sign. K: And you have an ugly scar on there, too. A: Thanks, that makes me feel better about it. K: We actually have matching scars! A: That makes me feel better. Alex Kuczynski-Brown can be reached at




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Seeking to continue the gymnastics twofor-one special (à la Molly Parker ’10 and Jill Dean ’10), 10 Questions columnist Alex Kuczynski-Brown ’12 interviewed Kaitlin Hardy ’12 and her minion/protegee, Ashley Maher ’13. They discussed Kaitlin’s dream of singing the national anthem before a meet, Ashley’s friendship with the employees of CTP, how to collect lax pinnies, and pranking teammates, hockey players — and everyone in between. 1. Kaitlin, you mentioned in our correspondence that Ashley is “basically your protegee,” so how did this dynamic come about? Kaitlin: Well I think it’s our team’s way of pretending we’re in a sorority or something. Ashley: [interrupting] Yeah right. K: So all the sophomores get a — I call her my minion — but everyone gets a person they’re supposed to mentor on the team, so the freshmen have someone to show them the ropes, teach them the way, things like that. So Ashley was mine, A: She’s my mentor, which is a joke. K: So she’s my minion. But then I also took on a sophomore, Sarah Wetter ’14 — we call her “Pants” — so there’s always kind of a battle for who’s the better minion. But I understand in your bio in the gym, there’s only pictures of you and Ashley ... A: [laughing] She’s obsessed with me, it’s an ongoing joke ... yet she’s practically the worst mentor you could ever get. She’s supposed to be a good influence on me, but she’s actually a bad influence. I mean she’s always there to support me and stuff ... But at the same time I understand you


have this love-hate relationship, and you like to torment each other via ice bucket fights, so what do those usually entail? A: We pretty much define whatever a love-hate relationship is ... K: We’re too similar. We always think we’re right and the other one’s wrong, we always know better and stuff like that. A: And the one thing we disagree on is — we both have extremely high pain tolerances, but the one thing I can’t handle is really cold temperatures, so when my trainer wants to torture me she makes me go ice-bath. And we both have injured ankles, so at the end of practice when we ice-bucket our ankles, I sometimes share a bucket with her because there’s only like two buckets. And she thinks it’s no problem to just stick your foot in a bucket of ice. K: I just fill the whole thing with ice and drizzle some water. A: And it takes me at least five minutes to prepare myself to put my foot in the bucket of ice. But this one literally takes my leg, slams it into the bucket ... and when you keep your foot in the bucket long enough it creates a warm pocket ... so she stirs her foot in there to make it colder for me constantly, so we always get in fights over it. K: I’m definitely tougher than she is. A: No way. I’m supposed to ask, on that note, who would win in a wrestling match between you two? A: Absolutely me. We argue about this all the time, and she thinks she’s all tough and all, but in all honesty she knows that I would win. K: Yeah, we kind of tried once. A: Yeah, think I won. Pretty sure. She doesn’t have strong enough legs; she’s really

girly — she’ll grab my hair and try to rip it out or claw my face. Whereas, I’m a lot stronger than her. K: And Ashley has these strong thighs, and she has the nicest asset on the team. We talk about that a lot, so she just uses her lower body and just takes advantage of me. 2. Now Ashley, if you could tell me about your friendship with “Boss” at CTP. A [both laughing]: Okay, so every weekend — I have these great friends that I’ve met behind the counter at CTP — they’re Boss, Muhammad, and Rasheed. [both laughing] They’re pretty much some of my best guy friends at Cornell. I don’t always get pizza every weekend, but I’ll definitely stop back there at least once a week and go say hey. Sometimes I get pizza for my friends. K: And I just show up and she’s standing there behind the counter. A: Yeah, and I don’t know it was funny at first because it typically just happened at CTP, but now Boss will be driving by and stop to come say hi to me — I’ll literally be walking to class. K: It’s actually kind of creepy. A: Yeah, it’s a little creepy sometimes, but it’s fun. I mean, it’s unfortunate — Boss, he’s the owner of CTP ... [interrupting] Is that his name? No, that’s just what we call him. I don’t even know his real name. I know the rest of their names, but not him. But he stopped me to say goodbye one day because apparently he’s going to be in New York City for the next three months, so that’s unfortunate. K: Aww, there goes our pizza connection. A: I’m going to miss my friends. So you always got free pizza?

Not always free, but a lot of times. And like I said, I just go there to hang out sometimes, which is a little weird. I just stop in and say hi. What’s this about some girl trying to fight you over this friendship? A: Oh my god. [both laughing] The other day, this girl was slightly intoxicated (slash really, really intoxicated) and started yelling at me and my friends for being back there, saying how we were “freshmen” and that the boss was cheating on her with us. [Kaitlin laughing] And I just wasn’t having it at the time. She kept getting in my face, trying to talk back to me, and the guy asked her to leave and thanked me for not hitting her. K: Why would you pick a fight with a gymnast? A: I don’t think she knew at all; she wasn’t in the right state of mind. 3. Kaitlin, I’m told you’re quite the prankster, so if you could share some of what you consider to be your most epic pranks? K: I just love practical jokes. I can’t even think right now ... A: McKenna [Archer ’13]. K: Oh yeah. When I was a sophomore, one of the freshmen was super shy about everything and I just liked to torture her all the time. A: She pretty much wanted to quit the team because of Kaitlin. It was so bad, she just picks one person who she thinks it’s going to affect, and she’ll just target them for the rest of the semester and make their lives miserable. K: I’ve started to branch out to other teams, too, but ... See HARDY AND MAHER page 18


Peas in a pod | Senior Kaitlin Hardy and junior Ashley Maher do everything together, including spending late nights at CTP, wrestling each other, and soaking their ankles in ice buckets.


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Johnston Named Finalist for ECAC Player of the Year By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Staff Writer

Just two weeks ago against Clarkson, senior forward Rebecca Johnston’s assist from behind the net to freshman and fellow forward Jillian Saulnier sealed an overtime victory, as well as the ECAC regular season title. Now, Johnston is being recognized for her consistent clutch play throughout the season. On Monday, she was named a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year Award. “It’s a great honor,” Johnston said. “I’m really excited just to be nominated.” The announcement came just one day after the Red completed a sweep of Brown in the first round of the ECAC tournament. In the series, Johnston scored two goals, leading her team to 4-2 and 6-0 victories over the Bears. Johnston is at the top of the entire conference with 51 points this season. She also leads her team with 25 goals, including six game-winning ones. The senior forward has 26 assists to go along with her impressive scoring statistics. She has four markers on the power play and has only gone to the penalty box four times this season. “It’s obvious she brings a high skill level to the ice. She’s an amazing hockey player,” said fellow senior forward Kendice Ogilvie. “But behind the doors she’s also a great leader, and she always steps up when we need her to.” This is not the first time the ECAC has recognized Johnston for her play. Aside from winning the conference’s Player of the Month in January, Johnston was also the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2008 after scoring 16 goals that season. As a freshman, she led the

team in points with 32. She was the first Cornell player ever to win the award, and the first to be named to the ECAC Hockey first team that year. Additionally, Johnston was a top-10 finalist last year for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is given to college hockey’s best player. According to Ogilvie, Johnston’s high level of play is a motivating factor for her teammates. “I think it’s so awesome. It’s a great honor to be on her team,” she said. “I’m making myself a better player by playing with her.” Besides Johnston, there are two other finalists for the award: Harvard’s Jillian Dempsey and Clarkson’s Erica Howe. Howe gave the Red some trouble this season as Clarkson’s goalkeeper, saving a total of 48 shots by the Red offense in two matchups. Johnston, however, did get one by Howe in the first meeting between the two teams. In that game, Clarkson defeated the Red for one of the team’s three losses this year. The final winner of the award will be announced Thursday at a banquet in the Statler Hotel. The following day, the Red will take to the ice again to face Quinnipiac in the ECAC semifinals. In two games against the Bobcats earlier in the season, the Red won handily, scoring a combined 11 goals and only giving up two. Johnston tallied a goal in the team’s first win over Quinnipiac. Despite her continued success, Johnston remains modest, concentrating more on the important game this weekend than on her award. “It’s something I try not to focus too much on,” she said. Scott Chiusano can be reached at

Baseball Starts off Regular Season With Double Header Against UMES The Red is set to open up the season this weekend with a road trip to Princess Anne, MD to face off against University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Hawks, who went 9-41 last season in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, are returning their starting middle infielders and six of their seven starting pitchers. Despite only garnering nine wins in the regular season last

year, seven of them were conference victories, giving the Hawks a No. 5 seed in the MEAC tournament. With a packed roster of 35 players and only six seniors, the Red, which went 10-30 last year, begins the season with a mixture of experience and youth. The roster also sports six freshman pitchers. At the top of the freshman class is right-handed pitcher Roberto Suppa,

who was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the MLB draft, but elected to play at Cornell. The top three starting pitchers in the Red’s rotation last year have all graduated. However, sophomore Connor Kaufmann, who pitched 25 innings as a freshman and garnered a 4.68 ERA, returns with another year of strength in his arm. As for offense, senior

infielder Marshall Yanzick will lead the Red. Yanzick started 39 of the team’s 40 games at shortstop last season, and led the team with a .328 batting average. The Red has backto-back double headers this weekend and next weekend, when it will travel to Washington D.C. to face George Washington. — Compiled by Scott Chiusano


Johnston legacy | Senior forward Rebecca Johnston led the ECAC in points with 51 and led the Red in goals with 25.

When Passion Hits Reality


ow do you know when to walk away? I find that this is one of those questions that I ask myself rather frequently. I believe that life is all about finding the right balance between passion and reality. So, what happens when passion crashes into reality and your wheels spin out? Well, you might just find yourself in the same boat as Sidney Crosby. As anyone who pays attention to the NHL can tell you, Crosby hasn’t played hockey in a long time — a statistic that does not bode well for the 2005 No. 1 draft pick. After suffering a blindside hit at the 2011 Winter Classic by thenCapitals center David Steckel,

time. How would you feel if you were told that you couldn’t do the one thing you loved anymore? Pretty darn lousy, I am sure. As an avid (read: fanatic #sorryimnotsorry) Pittsburgh fan, I will rep Team Crosby for as long as he is with the Pens (which I hope is a really long time). However, being the realist my mama raised me to be, I wonder if the captain’s indefinite vacation will soon become permanent. I think that there might come a time, as much as it pains me to say, that Crosby will have to walk away from the sport that made him a household name. But, when do you know when to walk away? Is it when the doctors tell you that you

Lauren Ritter Five for Fighting

Offensive burst | Senior infielder Marshall Yanzick led the Red’s offense last year, batting .328 and driving in 11 runs. Yanzick started 39 of the team’s 40 games at shortstop.

Crosby found himself in a bit of a daze. Only four days later, the captain found himself making headto-boards contact again; however, this hit left the then-league leader skating for the sidelines, where he would find himself warming the bench … indefinitely. Now I’m going to get on my soap box and talk some Crosby because the Pens beat the Stars in a shoot-out Wednesday night, so I’m happy as a clam right now. I was trying to imagine what it must be like for Crosby to wake up each day, unable to take to the ice and play the game that has been his defining feature for such a long

won’t play again, but then you score 12 points in eight games as you try to stage an epic return? Or, is it when you wake up with concussion-like symptoms every day that never seem to go away? I really can’t say. I hope that Sid the Kid returns to hockey soon, since my throwback Winter Classic jersey is starting to collect dust in my closet; however, if he doesn’t, I won’t be entirely surprised. Sometimes you just have to walk away from something — even if it is the only thing that makes you happy. Lauren Ritter can be reached at


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