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Three Cornell professors will receive $50,000 each in grant money over the next two years from the Sloan Foundation. | Page 3
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University Pushes to Hire Professors in Int’l Studies By CAROLINE FLAX Sun Staff Writer
This is the first article in a series about the University’s push to advance its international education and engagement. As Prof. Fredrick Logevall, history, director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, sat in his office overlooking East Avenue, he recalled what had initially drawn him to Cornell.
He said he was drawn not only by the University’s renowned history department, but also by its Southeast Asia studies program and its faculty’s dedication to studies of international cultures. Now, after the March 2 release of President David Skorton’s white paper, “Bringing the World to Cornell and Cornell to the World,” and in light of an See RENEWAL page 4
C.U. Library Collections Lag Behind Peers’, Profs Say By MANU RATHORE Sun Staff Writer
From 2005 to 2010, the median increase in funding for digital and print collections for the top 10 research libraries in the U.S. was 35.6 percent. At Cornell, however, funding for these expenditures increased by only 1.7 percent, according to a report
by Cornell’s University Faculty Library Board. At a Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday, some faculty members expressed concern over this discrepancy and worried that the Cornell library’s collections are falling behind those of peer institutions. The University’s library materials budget for 2010 was more than $7
million below the median expenditure of top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the UFLB report. In 2010, the median expenditure of top 10 research libraries in the U.S. — as ranked by the Association of Research Libraries — on research
Marlon Byrd, the Ithaca Police lieutenant accused of aiding drug dealers, defended himself in an internal department email Saturday after a 1994 reprimand against him was published in local media last week. In the incident nearly 18 years ago, Byrd received a written reprimand and was charged with incompetency for failing to turn in or report several pieces of potential narcotics evidence. The reprimand came after two staff members of the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services handed Byrd “several empty plastic bags and a small plastic bag with white powder-like contents” suspected of being drugs, and he did not report the items or turn them in as evidence, accord- “I regret not contesting ing to documents pub- the language of lished by The ‘incompetency’ because Ithaca Journal. Byrd waived my actions at the time his right to an had nothing to do with arbitration hearing on the competency.” charges and Lt. Marlon Byrd accepted the reprimand. But in his email to fellow officers on Saturday, Byrd argued that The Journal’s story missed important context and gave a false impression of the situation. “I regret not contesting the language of ‘incompetency’ because my actions at the time had nothing to do with competency,” Byrd wrote in the email, referring to the language used in the reprimand. “In my opinion, the items they turned over to me were garbage and not worth tagging or testing, so I discarded them into the trash,” he wrote, adding that there were no suspects associated with the items. He said that it was not common practice in 1994 to tag every potential piece of evidence — which is the standard today — and that his actions were consistent
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Kenan Thompson to Show C.U.He Is ‘All That’ By DANIELLE SOCHACZEVSKI Sun Staff Writer
Saturday Night Live sensation Kenan Thompson will perform a stand-up comedy routine in Bailey Hall on April 15. Tickets will go on sale the Thursday after Spring Break, March 29 for students and on March 30 for the general public. Last month, the Cornell University Programming Board announced that Thompson’s SNL co-star, Seth Meyers, will perform in Bailey Hall on March 27. Tickets to see Meyers are sold out, according to the Cornell Concerts website. Thompson is entering his ninth season of SNL, NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series. His memorable characters include D.J. Dynasty Handbag, Virginica Hastings, Weekend Update correspondent Jean K. Jean, Lorenzo McIntosh and D’Andre Cole, the disruptive singing talk show host on the wildly popular sketch, “What Up With That.” Thompson’s noted celebrity
impressions include Bill Cosby, Rev. Al Sharpton and Whoopi Goldberg. The Atlanta-born comedian was an original cast member on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series “All That” from 1994 to 1999. Thompson and his “All That” co-star, Kel Mitchell, went on to debut in a spin-off sitcom, “Kenan and Kel.” “I think Kenan is the man. You can never have too much Kenan,” Mikella Goldman ’15 said. “I just wish Kel would be there too.” Thompson starred in Bill Cosby’s 2004 flick “Fat Albert” and has appeared in films including “Mighty Ducks 2,” “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Snakes on a Plane” alongside Samuel L. Jackson and “The Boss’s Daughter” with Ashton Kutcher. According to CUPB President Tajwar Mazhar ’13, who is also a Sun staff writer, Thompson was one of, if not the most, popular choice within CUPB. Students said they were excited for a second chance to see an SNL comedian at Cornell this
year. “I’d rather Cornell get as many big names as possible, rather than people nobody has heard of before,” Evan Neiderhoffer ’15 said. “It's more exciting that way.” Russel Silver-Fagan ’15 said he thinks it makes sense for CUPB to bring another SNL cast member to Cornell given that tickets to see Meyers are sold out. “I’m excited for Kenan Thompson’s performance because I think the style of comedy for each performer is unique,” he said. Home of The Goodburger | Danielle Sochaczevski can be reached at dsochaczevski @cornellsun.com.
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C.U. Competes to Reduce Energy
By BYRON KITTLE Sun Staff Writer
Cornell University has saved $9,952 and prevented 56,421 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere through its participation in a conservation program called Compete to Reduce, according to Katie Fink ’12, and intern in the Office of Sustainability. The competition, which started on Feb. 6, consists of two parts: Campus Conservation Nationals, which ended at Cornell at the end of February, and Recyclemania, which will run until April. The Campus Conservation Nationals competition compared the energy consumption rates of residence halls, Greek houses and program houses on campus. Energy meters tracked the number of kilowatt hours used between Feb. 6 and Feb. 26 in each building. The Alpha Xi Delta sorority house, located on North Campus, finished the contest on top by reducing its consumption 24.3 percent during the time period. Participating buildings — which included all of the West Campus Dorms and Greek Houses at Cornell — conserved a total of 62,206 kilowatt hours over the course of the event. There was no overall goal set for the competition. According to Fink, Compete to Reduce aims to foster waste reduction by promoting energy reduction on campus as well as recycling, composting and reduced water. Fink said Cornell’s participation in Compete to Reduce was meant to continue recent energy conversation efforts at the University. “Last year was the first year Cornell competed in Recyclemania and this year is the first year we also competed in Campus Conservation Nationals,” Fink said. “We put the two together to make Compete to Reduce.” Fink said one challenge to changing the behavior of students and encouraging them to decrease their energy use is that students will often do the “incorrect thing” if it is easier. In an attempt to remind students about the importance of limiting their energy consumption, more than 40 student volunteers for Compete To Reduce placed posters featuring the big red bear around campus to remind people to responsibly use energy responsibly. “What we’re trying to [do is] get people to [practice] good behavior, so that one day it will be an unconscious good behavior,” Fink said. “It’s important for students to feel empowered and know that they can make a difference through their everyday habits.” Daniel Roth, Cornell’s sustainability coordinator, said that another way to overcome barriers to changing students’ behavior is to give participants real-time feedback on their energy consumption. Fink used an online dashboard — a website maintained by Campus Conservation Nationals to upload and
track competitors — to publish the energy rates of all participating residence halls and greek houes, which Roth said would allow participants to track how well they were doing relative to their peers. “If a person knows how they’re doing in comparison to their next-door neighbor or somebody they consider a friend . . . that peer pressure is actually one of the most effective motivating forces,” Roth said. “To create that peer pressure, though, you need [feedback].” Spring Buck, Cornell’s recycling operations administrator, said the University is doing a lot more to engage the community during this year’s competition than it did when it participated in Recyclemania for the first time last year. Buck added that while she believed students were willing to participate, many were “unsure about what’s compostable and what’s not.” However, she also said that some student groups were working to educate students on the matter. “The Compost Club has been doing great stuff,” Buck said. “They’re . .. working at compost monitoring and teaching people how to compost on site.” One source of confusion, Buck added, is the method Cornell uses for composting. Cornell, according to Buck, uses an “industrial level composed facility,” which allows material that people would not typically compost, like bones and plant-based plastic, to be consolidated into one compost bin along with more obvious compostables, like napkins or leftovers. “The heat’s a lot higher, there’s a lot more moisture — the stuff breaks down,” Buck said. “If I put it in my compost pile in my backyard, you might not see it break down, and I believe some people get confused about that.” According to Therese O’Connor, Cornell’s dining training coordinator, the University has begun to move towards increased recycling in its on-campus dining halls. Cornell Dining now purchases exclusively 100-percent compostable flatware, O’Connor said. She added that the cost of using compostable utensils has decreased over the last few years. “Our suppliers tell us [that prices are going down] because of the market demand, which has driven production up in many companies that previously were not producing,” O’Connor said. Buck said that the most important message for students to take away from Compete to Reduce was that small, individual efforts and actions eventually make a large change. “It’s really all about individual engagement and it all really truly adds up,” she said. “One of the biggest barriers that I hear from people is, you know, ‘I didn’t bother because it’s such a small amount.’ I get to actually add up the numbers each week and it is amazing what the impact is.” Byron Kittle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israeli border security personnel placed 55 students from Harvard University in police custody Tuesday. The students were on a trip to al-Walaja, a Palestinian town in the West Bank, The Harvard Crimson reported. No charges were levied against the Harvard students. At the University of Pensylvania, Philadelphia Police arrested and detained Wharton sophomore Tania Chairez — an undocumented immigrant — who was protesting for the release of Miguel Orellana, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported. Orellana is an undocumented man who has been detained in the York County prison since July 2011. Seth Meyers, the head writer for Saturday Night Live, entertained a packed crowd at Brown University on Tuesday night, The Brown Daily Herald reported. — compiled by Danielle Sochaczevski
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Science Profs Receive Awards By JONATHAN DAWSON Sun Contributor
The Sloan Foundation recently awarded three “promising young scholars.” Prof. William Dichtel, chemistry, Prof. Nate Foster, computer science and Prof. Noah Snavely, computer science, each received a $50,000 grant to support their research over the next two years. “The principal goal of the Sloan Research Fellows is to accelerate scientific breakthroughs,” Dr. Daniel L. Goroff, program director for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, said in an email. “We also hope to help the best young scientists early in their careers with the expectation that they will become the scientific community’s future leaders.” Dichtel, one of the professors, is currently in the early stages of creating new materials to harness solar power. Ditchek explained that he uses organic chemistry to assemble molecules into materials with very specific structures. “In doing that, we can achieve new properties,” he said. Dichtel’s goal is to make organic solar cells — cells made of plastic that convert solar energy into electricity — more efficient than the current ones. “If we can get [efficiency] above 10 percent it may become commercially viable,” he said. “We are trying to make materials that no one has made before.” Goroff praised Dichtel for his innovative work in solar energy research. “His work is moving us closer to the day when solar technology can compete with fossil fuel as a source of
electricity,” Goroff said. Foster is working toward designing a computer language for data management and computer networks that he says will be more convenient and reliable for programmers. “My research developed a language that you can interpret in two directions,” he said. “[Computer programs] can be run forwards — input to output — and run backwards by taking an output and computing backwards to get a corresponding input.” With the new language, programmers can ensure that conversions between different devices — such as a phone and a computer — will work correctly and efficiently. Foster said he is also working on improving communication between different computers in large data centers. “What we’re trying to do is come up with the languages that people can use to program these devices, like network routers and network switches, that are managing the transmission of data between machines in a big deployment,” he said. Snavely, the other winner from the computer science department, is working on constructing 3-D models of objects captured in photographs, collecting pictures from photosharing sites like Flickr and Facebook. He said he is also extrapolating data from the photos “to figure out exactly where and exactly when each photo was taken.” “We’re looking at things like where is the sun in the sky, what’s the weather like, where are shadows, and using those to identify time,” he said. According to Snavely, using certain information
from photos, such as their times and dates, will allow researchers to observe the effects of climate change on trees or predict when structures will collapse based on their 3-D geometry over time. “We want to understand the world through these online photo collections,” he said. All three professors said that Cornell has helped further their research goals. “It’s a very friendly and supportive environment, but there [are] also great colleagues that I can work with here on these very difficult problems,” Snavely said. Foster echoed this statement, saying his colleagues are “the best at what they do in their field and the grad students that I work with are the best of their time.” Dichtel added that Cornell provides various tools for helping researchers make groundbreaking discoveries and the quality of students that the University attracts is a helpful resource for research. “It’s really their talent and their hard work that makes this all happen,” he said. Dichtel said that the $50,000 award will have a great impact on research at Cornell. “Those funds will help us pay our costs of doing research, so that can include personnel costs, ordering chemicals and supplies for the laboratory,” he said. Ultimately, Dichtel said the award will help expand the reputation of the laboratory beyond the University. “This award is very nice recognition that we’re on the right track” he said. Jonathan Dawson can be reached at email@example.com.
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expected wave of faculty retirement, hiring professors with similar dedication as Logevall’s to international studies has become a University priority. “Faculty renewal in international studies and international engagement is a critical need if Cornell is to enhance its stature in the most strategic international areas,” Skorton wrote. Prof. David Lee, applied economics and management, noted that Cornell has long prioritized international studies, but has recently fallen behind relative to comparable institutions. “My sense is that we haven’t invested in ramping up our attention to international work the way many of our peer institutions have,” Lee said. “In relative terms, we’ve lost ground as our peer institutions have escalated their investments in international programs.” The push to hire within international studies fields comes in response to the recent and imminent departure of faculty members through a wave of retirements. In the white paper — a report issued earlier this month which reaffirms the University’s plan to increase investments in international study and engagement abroad — Skorton asserts that if the University does not respond to these losses, Cornell’s prominence in international studies could suffer. “The world of university-based international studies and engagement is changing, and Cornell must “Faculty renewal in international respond aggressive- studies ... is a critical need.” ly or risk being left behind,” Skorton President David Skorton said. According to Skorton, more than half of the 70 international professors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are approaching retirement. “Of the 70 faculty designated as international professors ... 20 already have emeritus status and another 20 are in their sixties,” Skorton said. “Similar trends exist in other colleges with strong international programs.” In addition, Logevall said that, looking forward, the University needs to focus not only on the departments that have suffered losses but also on those that have remained strong. “What we need to address is some of the losses that we’ve suffered and build on those strengths,” Logevall said. Logevall said it is Cornell’s already acquired strengths — including the Einaudi Center and its programs, the language programs and the international reach of faculty research — that will appeal to faculty members the University would want to recruit. “I think that going forward, we can utilize these existing strengths to attract these international faculty,” he said. According to Alice Pell, vice provost for international relations, one of the challenges in hiring faculty in international fields is coordinating the needs of the departments hiring new faculty with the needs of the University as a whole. “For us to have really top international programs, we are looking across the whole spectrum and making sure we are not inadvertently creating gaps that are going to harm the international programs,” Pell said. Logevall, echoing Pell’s sentiments, said that although the colleges understand the need to think beyond departments, the needs of the individual departments sometimes take precedence over the Einaudi Center’s mission to promote international studies accross the University. “Sometimes it’s difficult for interdisciplinary entities like ours to be heard when these decisions about hiring are made,” Logevall said. “We can be left shouting into the wind.” According to Logevall, the strength of Cornell’s language programs may be another appealing factor for potential faculty. “If we are to attract, recruit successfully and then retain faculty in the years going forward, I think it’s crucial that we maintain robust offering of these foreign languages,” he said. To reconcile University hiring needs with those of individual departments, there will be a task force of faculty members, spearheaded by Provost Kent Fuchs and Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College Laurie Glimcher, devoted to addressing issues associated with hiring international faculty members, Logevall said. Pell said she feels that a faculty task force is the more appropriate forum for addressing hiring issues than a committee of administrators. “Hiring faculty is very much a faculty responsibility,” she said. Lee noted that globalization is also an important issue for the University to keep in mind. “There is no question that the issues related to globalization, the internationalization of the economy and many other socioeconomic and cultural issues are going to be increasingly important down the road, and we need to respond to those trends,” Lee said. Pell said that the opportunity to hire new people opens new doors for the University. “It’s sort of an exciting problem to be dealing with because it means hiring new, well-trained people to continue work in an area that is rapidly changing, incredibly interesting, and really important to the University and all of its aspects,” Pell said. Caroline Flax can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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materials was $23,496,098. Cornell spent only $16,473,369 that year, according to the report. At the meeting Prof. Abigail Cohn, linguistics, presented a petition outlining what she said were concerns with the discrepancy in these figures. Prof. Mary Norton, history and chair of the University Faculty Library Board echoed Cohn’s sentiments. “To me, the library is one of the great jewels of Cornell, and we are falling further and further behind our peer group in terms of acquisitions,” Norton said. The report presented figures by the ARL that ranked libraries based on expenditures in proportion to the number of faculty members, students and Ph.D. fields at each institution. According to the UFLB report, in 2010 Cornell was ranked 43rd in expenditures proportional to faculty members, 15th to students and 35th to Ph.D. fields among the 116 research libraries as assessed by the ARL. Cohn said that these rankings do not match with a resolution approved by the University in May 2010 as part of its Library Strategic Plan for 2011-2015. The resolution reaffirmed the University’s goal to move Cornell toward becoming a university with a top 10 research library as measured by its virtual and physical library resources. “The Strategic Plan is a goal, but it hasn’t been implemented yet,” Cohn said. “To put it another way, we think that, in terms of funding, that each and every year our collection budget needs to stay competitive with top 10 ARL institutes.” Cohn said that although President David Skorton and Provost Kent Fuchs are working with college deans to make library fundraising a priority, their efforts have not sufficiently addressed the library’s collections development. The UFLB plans to circulate an online petition to faculty to highlight the importance of the library and the need for sufficient funding, Cohn said. “The goal of this is to pool our voices as faculty and highlight the critical importance of library by addressing it to the deans and the trustees,” she said. The petition aims to raise the Cornell library system to a position among the top 10 research libraries, in accordance with the May 2010 resolution. According to Cohn, failure to maintain funding for collection development at the appropriate level might result in broader, University-wide consequences. “If we aren’t able to start funding the collection development at the appropriate level, then over time we will not have the best library and won’t be successful in bringing the best faculty and students to Cornell,” she said. Cohn said she hopes the petition will also increase awareness on the critical condition of the libraries. “All of us tend to take the libraries for granted,” she said. “We don’t realize how critical financial investment is to maintain an excellent library.” Erica Boorstein contributed reporting. Manu Rathore can be reached at email@example.com.
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with those of other officers. In the email, Byrd emphasized that, although he did not think he had not done anything wrong, he recognized he violated department regulations and did not contest the reprimand. “The chief informed me that he believed my version of events, but nonetheless, I had violated a general order. Being the person that I am, I understood what he was saying to be correct,” Byrd wrote in the email, which he forwarded to The Sun. Seventeen years ago, “I was a strong believer in people owning up to what they do wrong ... and I still hold that position today,” he said. He added that, “since that 1994 incident, I have had an unblemished career.” The 1994 reprimand has come to light amid an ongoing investigation into charges that Byrd tipped off drug dealers in advance of police raids and even held drugs for a woman convicted of narcotics trafficking. The accusations against Byrd, which were first published by The Journal on Jan. 13, remain unresolved. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 and Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson are currently investigating the charges. All the published evidence against Byrd originates with the arbitration of officer Chris Miller — a white officer who is fighting what he says is racial discrimination within the IPD — but damaging accusations have been made under oath by multiple sources. Miller, as well as several other white officers, testified that they had reason to believe Byrd had assisted drug dealers. “There were times during some of our briefs, and talking to others, where they would always wait to the last minute to let us know about warrants because they didn’t want information getting out,” Officer Bob Brotherton testified during Miller’s arbitration. He added that there were concerns that “Byrd would give out information to where we’d be going.” In addition, convicted drug trafficker Debria “Ney-Ney” Beverly, who said she dated Byrd for four years, testified that Byrd often held drugs for her in his police vehicle during the day before returning them to her at night. In an email to The Sun on Wednesday, Byrd
declined to comment on the investigation, except to say that all the allegations are false and he is “confident that a competent and thorough investigation will reveal the same.” Byrd, in his email to fellow officers, also decried the publication of information from his “private personnel file.” Mayor Myrick agreed that the reprimand should not have been released to the media. In a statement issued to The Journal on Friday, Myrick said that, in addition to his investigation into the allegations against Byrd, he plans to investigate how Byrd’s 1994 disciplinary notice was leaked. “This Notice of Discipline is protected from disclosure by law, and its release was unlawful,” he said. “We cannot allow any city employee to be persecuted by the press — and convicted by the public — without the benefit of a thorough investigation. Therefore, we will also investigate how this 1994 Notice of Discipline was released, and will consider legal action against the source of this release.” Despite the accusations against him, several city officials, community leaders and members of the city’s black community called Byrd an exemplary officer. According to them, Byrd’s willingness to forge ties with the community — which they called his biggest asset as an officer — is the same trait that made him susceptible to the allegations. For instance, when the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer in 2010 threatened to bring racial tensions in the City of Ithaca to a boil, Byrd spearheaded an effort to reconcile the IPD with the city’s black community, according to Audrey Cooper, director of the Multicultural Resource Center. Byrd emphasized the importance of community policing — developing personal relationships with the residents of certain neighborhoods — as an effective means of reducing tension. “My philosophy is that if people get to know officers as individuals instead of as just the law, they develop a mutual respect for each other,” he told The Sun in August 2010. “I want the police to also see the community in not just a negative way.” Jeff Stein contributed reporting. Michael Linhorst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Preventing Sexual Assault
LAST WEEK, THE OFFICE of the Judicial Administrator heard its 11th case of sexual assault this academic year, setting the record for the most cases of sexual assault ever referred to the J.A. in one year. According to the University, this figure is likely not due to an uptick in crime, but an increase in reporting. This is a promising sign that the University is taking this issue seriously. We hope that Cornell continues striving to increase reporting of sexual assault, as well as working to prevent these crimes before they happen. Sexual assault is not only highly prevalent on college campuses nationwide, but also largely unreported and unpunished. A U.S. Department of Justice study found that one in five women are sexually assaulted during their college careers. After these assaults take place, many of the victims remain silent. According the USDJ, only 40 percent of victims who have been sexually assaulted report the incident to authorities. These assaults lead many victims to transfer or drop out of college while the attackers go unpunished and on to graduate, according to reporting by NPR. To tackle these discouraging statistics across college campuses, Cornell, in conjunction with several student groups, has worked to educate students about the process for reporting sexual assault, attempting to reduce the perception that the process is intimidating. These efforts aim to increase the rate at which these crimes are reported. Additionally, programs spearheaded on campus include those that help bystanders intervene when they see the potential for sexual assault. We hope to see these programs expanded and continued. While the University both strives to increase the percentage of sexual assaults that are reported and works to lower the amount of sexual assaults that occur, it has also made it easier for victims to win cases in the campus judicial process by lowering the standard of proof for finding an accused student guilty of sexual assault. In the past, victims have had to provide evidence that shows that the accused committed the crime “beyond a reasonable doubt.” But now the accused can be convicted with only a “preponderance of the evidence,” a lower standard of proof. The U.S. Department of Education issued a letter requiring college campuses receiving federal funding to lower the burden of proof for sexual assault cases. This prompted Cornell to change its policy, fearing the consequences if it did not comply. When the Codes and Judicial Committee, charged with reviewing changes to the Campus Code of Conduct, approved a lower standard of proof for sexual assaults, it did so hesitantly, noting that it would have preferred to keep the higher standard. This lower burden of proof, while helping some victims get justice, may also have the negative consequence of falsely convicting some accused students. With this new policy, the benefits that come with punishing legitimate perpetrators may come with the increased risk of false conviction, especially when evidence for these types of crimes is largely based on “he said, she said” testimony. Instead of focusing the debate on arguments about the standard of proof for sexual assault in the Campus Code of Conduct, Cornell, as well as the federal government, should shift the focus toward preventing these crimes from occurring in the first place and increasing the amount of reporting when they do occur, both of which bring fewer risks than changing the burden of proof. Despite Cornell’s efforts, there is still a significant amount to be done to resolve this issue. These 11 cases that have been heard at Cornell likely represent only a portion of the sexual assaults that have actually occurred, and the efforts on the part of the University to both increase the amount of reporting that occurs, as well as prevent the assaults before they happen, are of critical importance to making Cornell a safer and more welcoming place.
Casual WTFery ents took me back and said, “This isn’t working,” so the doctor gave me more laxatives. On day 13, as my mother so lovingly put it, I exploded. Well, sort of. In a series of events I imagine must have been horrendously unfunny at the time but hysterically entertaining after the fact, baby Sam exploded poop all over my mother, grandmother and the walls. In a rough estimate, my mom said that I managed to get poop on a door that was more than 10 feet away from my crib, which, I think, takes some serious talent when armed with nothing but my baby sphincter. And I guess the lava kept on flowing, so to speak, as in the following 10 minutes I succeeded in filling up eight diapers. It’s probably obvious by now that I’ve been full of shit for a long time. All terrible puns aside, I think poop is a really weird but highly entertaining subject. I find it terribly odd that people give me weird looks when I tell them about the escapades of my baby colon, but sex would be a perfectly acceptable thing to talk about. I feel like either act is equally intimate, so why the weirdness? There’s just something about bowel movements that make people feel awkward talking about them. I just don’t understand why — everybody poops! But for reasons unexplained, there is a highly prevalent but seldom talked about shit psychosis. On one episode of Glee, Finn scuttles away to the bathroom during a dinner with Quinn’s family so he can make a phone call (dump dials, as I like to call them, are a whole ’nother ballgame). After talking for several minutes he says, “I have to go; they’ll think I’m pooping.” Have you ever, while going about your business in a bathroom, had thoughts like, “Crap, I’ve been gone 10 minutes. Now the entire class is going to think I’m going number two?” I ask, because I’ve had these kinds of thoughts before. But on the flip side, I have never been sitting in class thinking, “Girl with the cool earrings has been missing for a while. I wonder if she’s pooping?” Because really, when I’m not paying attention in class I’m thinking about the possible shitting scenarios of my classmates. Yes, definitely. Other thoughts include wondering if the girl in the bathroom stall next to
And then there are all of the euphemisms for pooping because we’re all too ashamed to just say that we’re going to poop. Things like, “taking the Obamas to the Oval Office,” “taking the kids to the pool,” “feeding the water gods,” “going to phone Elvis,” “releasing the beasts,” “visiting the fortress of solitude,” “riding the porcelain pony” and my favorite, “I’ve got an ICBM coming in.” Really people? You might as well just say “I’m going to uncontrollably poop in your bathroom” because that’s what everyone thinks you’re about to go do anyway. It’s also strange that we pretend that people do nothing but pee or “take the Browns to the Superbowl” on the toilet. This couldn’t be more false. I’m pretty sure a lot of my early reading skills were developed atop the porcelain throne. And even now, I’m a bathroom reader and I know a lot of you are closet bathroom readers too. The only difference is that in the current day I’ve upgraded to responding to texts and occasionally playing Words With Friends while I’m chillin’ in the water closet. I even took it a step further when I plastered the walls of my bathroom with brightly colored GRE flashcards. I figured, I’m going to be in the bathroom anyway, I might as well be productive while I’m in there. Some of those words actually came up when I took the GRE, so if you’re looking for an innovative way to study, grab some notecards and hit up that new Chipotle. If Jon Dubrin ’11 could run for the S.A. on a platform of upgrading Cornell’s toilet paper supply from oneply to two-ply (circa 2009), I’m pretty sure having a better open discourse about poop in general is not that far off. As my housemate once said, “Once you start talking about pooping you can pretty much talk about anything after that.” It’s true. Poop is basically the best level-three ice breaker you could possibly use. I’d be happy to discuss it with you, assuming that after reading this any guy will ever be willing to go on a date with me again. Oh, well. Shit happens. Sam Dean is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She may be reached at email@example.com. Casual WTFery appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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What Else Can We Do? W
ell then, what have you done to make a difference? This is perhaps the most common question hurled at critics of Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign. At anyone, really, who dares question the efforts of a humanitarian organization. What have you done? What have you accomplished in your life that grants you a position over those trying to make a difference in the world? If you’ve got nothing better than sound judgment and intelligent reasoning to back your criticism, then why don’t you shut your cynical self up and repost that video on Facebook like everyone else? Like all ad hominem attacks disguised poorly as meaningfully introspective questions, the question tries to stick the knife in where it hurts. It’s never really a question
outflow of Kony 2012 support that seemed to point to a sort of universal human sympathy for the plights of other human beings. And that an undoubtedly evil man with a history of committing atrocities was brought into attention seemed a worthy enough cause. At the same time, it felt inherently wrong to herald a man in hiding since ’06 as He-Who-Must-Be-Stopped of 2012, much less make him the poster child for donations for an organization with somewhat of a questionable history in terms of using its money. Money. Really, this was the seed from which all criticism stemmed. Money you could give to them by buying an action kit or walking the traditional route and giving them donations, for which you’d get the kit for free. Those were number two and number three on stuff you should do if you aren’t a celebrity or a person with political gravitas. And that’s all fine. After all, even non-profit organizations need money to take action. But where would all Better on Paper of the money that Invisible Children garners from this video actually go to? How will it be used? Critics charge at the fact that most of this money is not spent on the issues for which the donations are made. A lot of it is being spent on traveling and making videos, apparently. Well, we could all see that. The video was well made and probably wasn’t too cheap to make. Heck, it even starred George Clooney. Then what do these videos do in turn? One of the things the Kony video does, and does well, is to flatter and empower its viewers, telling them yes, they can be as cool and effective as those charitable celebrities if they use what is within their arsenal — money and the social media. Can they, really, be as effective as Clooney? And should they even try? As kindhearted and humanitarian as they may be, should the lay people attempt to meddle with the issues of another country that are already being dealt with under cover by the U.S. government and military? And is this video honest and truthful, and not merely sparking a sort of mob mentality amongst the online, generation Y community by feeding biased, inflammato-
when the answer is so clearly presumed, which is no. Nein. You have done nothing to make a difference. Ergo you don’t deserve to have a contrary opinion. All you’re doing with your criticism is just sitting idle and typing away with your bums on a cushion and two feet resting on top of a table, vegetating. It would be easy to ask in response, are the supporters of the Kony 2012 program doing anything more than sitting in comfy little chairs and typing away on laptops? You could even go out on a limb and say cynics have to expend a tad more energy because they actually have to open up a whole other tab and Google for sources to back their negativity. Also, frowning requires more facial muscles. All sarcasm put aside, I, like most, had mixed feelings about the Kony Campaign. First and foremost, to give credit where credit is due, the way Invisible Children was able to mobilize the online community was astounding. And it was great that they, however briefly, created this
ry facts? In short, is Invisible Children trolling for money? The reality is, if you dig around a bit, you’ll find dirt in any organization. So the Invisible Children may have stretched the truth here and there, misappropriated money and may potentially incite violence in support of its causes. We can all think of at least one religion with a long, long history of all of the above. So Invisible Children may be somewhat of a hypocrite, just like how PETA, heralded by an insulin dependent leader, kills more animals daily than certain slaughterhouses. All of these organizations are founded to promote humanitarian efforts. Do these efforts sanctify them from criticism, because the end justifies the means? No. They don’t. And that kind of childishly defensive “what have you done” attitude doesn’t get us any farther along than unbridled cynicism does. It would be as pointless as Obama responding to criticisms of his presidency by asking his critics, “Well then, what have you done to run the country?” I quote the wise words of Anton Ego, esteemed food critic with a weakness for ratatouille: “But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.” Indeed. Yes, in the grand scheme of things, the Kony 2012 campaign is meaningful, more meaningful than our criticisms, however valid. At the very least, it will have meant that there was an organization that was able to bring over 70 million to recognize a heinous civil rights abuser, to make that 70 million feel, if only for 30 minutes, for the sufferings of others. Donating money, however misappropriated it is, however pointless, brings that wonderful high that comes from the feeling of having made a difference. And if through millions of misappropriated dollars a difference was made to a single life, than it will have achieved more than what most of us have achieved thus far. It will have brought to fruition that wonderful, inherent human desire to help those in need that is perhaps the very driving force that made Kony 2012 such a sensation. Patricia Kim is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Better on Paper appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
Tears in My Ben and Jerry’s S
o people have been asking me why I decided to write for The Sun (Okay this isn’t true, I just needed a good place to start). But in all seriousness I remember seeing columns by Corey Brezak my junior year and thinking “Hey, if this kid can write about nothing so can I” and here we are today. His columns were hilarious; if you ever have a case of the “Mondays” and have already read the new online Overheard Blog (You’re welcome, Sun, for the free plug) check out his columns. He did a series called, “A Bulleted List About Nothing,” where he literally just said random stuff for 800 words. Since I have so many clever things to say that don’t independently fill an 800-word column, I thought I would try this too. • First of all, welcome to First Name Thursdays. While reading the last article I published, trying to make it blatantly obvious to the cute girl sitting behind me that the columnist whose picture was at the bottom of my page was sitting right in front of her, (this didn’t work, but maybe I’ll try again today) I realized that me and every other Thursday columnist has two first names. That’s right, you can’t trust any of us. • When I first found out that I was going to be published Thursdays, I was really worried. Do you know how much pressure there is to write the week opposite the Sex Columnist? I do, and it’s a lot. I mean, how am I supposed to compete with sex as a topic? Hopefully my Thursdays are only a little less captivating that Morgan’s. • The other worry I had about being
published on Thursdays is that my face would end up on the back of a buy-oneget-on-free Jason’s FroYo coupon. I didn’t want my picture to be in people’s wallets and pockets or in Jason’s register. Fortunately this hasn’t happened yet. • At least I’m not writing on Fridays. I can’t imagine having my face being crumpled up and thrown on Lynah Rink every weekend. • I’m not sure how I feel about this whole Timeline thing on Facebook. Do we really need two profile pictures now? What was wrong with just one? This is a big issue for me because I don’t photograph well (my paper picture, case in point. It doesn’t even look like me). Should I put the same picture up twice, or will that just make people wonder? • Dragon Day is tomorrow. I am convinced that it used to be cooler when the dragon was set on fire, instead of the way it is now when it is just wheeled off to the side and allowed to watch the significantly less cool bonfire (Thanks so much NYS environmental laws, for ruining a 111 year old tradition). • I heard that two weeks ago people threw plastic paratrooper army men with candy attached off the fourth floor of Mann. I thought this was an awesome idea and wanted to say good work. • I’ve decided that Hotelies and Engineers basically talk about the same things. All I ever hear from either of their mouths is how hard their classes are, how much work they have to do and how their major is more difficult than every other major. Seriously you guys just need to stop. Every Cornellian knows being a
Hotelie is the hardest. • Frats, this bullet is for you: WARNING: Do not win Intramural Flag Football. Any frat that has won flag football lost their University recognition the same year. Pike, SAE and most recently TKE. Now that you know the Curse of Intramural Flag Football exists the finals will have no touchdowns and will be all about which team can rack up the most
watching 27 Dresses when a relationship doesn’t work out? Wait let me rephrase: What’s not fun about ice cream? • Everyone knows the rumor that Cornell has a weather machine that it turns on to make Cornell Days beautiful for the prefrosh. If this is true though, it also means that Skorton hates us. Why doesn’t he just always leave the weather machine on?
Will Spencer Tripping Up Stairs safeties instead. • I saw an unopened can of Keystone on the Thurston Ave. Bridge the other day. I was really confused why a perfectly good/cold can of really “tasty” beer was still sitting around so close to North Campus where virtually no one is old enough to buy their own beer. • Lately my girlfriends (read: friends that are girls) have been telling me that most college girls aren’t looking for a serious relationship, especially seniors. They say that most girls just want to have fun and enjoy college. Ladies, come on, I have watched The Notebook, I know this isn’t true. As for having fun when in school, what’s not fun about crying into your melting Ben and Jerry’s while
• I know what I said earlier about not trusting someone with two first names, but I have decided that you can trust me because I have three first names (thank you so much middle name). I guess first names sort of work like negative numbers. Just one and you’re trustworthy, increase it by a factor of two and you aren’t trustworthy any more, but then with three you’re trustworthy again. Actually, I know this is how it works. Trust me. Will Spencer is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. Tripping Up Stairs appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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Italian Bistro Meets Greasy Dive Bar: Little Venice Ristorante Misses the Mark By MICHELLE KIM Sun Contributor
While not what I expected in the least, my experience in the nearby Little Venice Ristorante left me pleasantly surprised, if not a little confused. Located on 49 East Main Street in Trumansburg, or “Tburg” as the locals affectionately call it, Little Venice Ristorante is the polar opposite of what its name would suggest. I was expecting to find a quaint Italian bistro with a sharply dressed hostess prepared to seat us, breadbaskets filled with crusty baguettes adorning the tables and classical music playing in the background.
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Instead, I was greeted with no less than eight televisions playing either ESPN SportsCenter or the night’s lottery numbers, a fully stocked bar with a decorative Harley Davidson motorcycle on the wall and a rotating Labatt Blue sign above my head, the name glowing with bright neon lights. My immediate reaction was to turn around and leave because I had obviously walked into the wrong place. However, seeing the “LV” logo emblazoned on practically every surface imaginable confirmed that we were in the correct venue, so my friends and I seated ourselves at a large wooden booth next to the bar. Despite the fact that it was a Monday, my friends and I decided to order drinks to start out our dinner. Who cares if we had prelims to study for and drinking on a Monday is somewhat socially unacceptable? With all-day happy hour specials from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. offered every day of the week, Little Venice was practically begging us to drink, so obviously we had no choice but to oblige. The first of our two-for-one margaritas arrived in unassuming Bud Light pint glasses, and in the extremely dimly lit room, we could only make out the true identity of the drink by the heavily salted rims of our cups. Although the drinks were nothing worth doing cartwheels over and tasted as though they were made from a pre-packaged mix, the bottom line is that they were large, they were strong and we were happy campers. Like the drinks, the food was
generic and overall disappointing. Little Venice Ristorante adopts the same view on food preparation as that of many reasonably priced chains, like the Olive Garden. This means that sadly, quality takes a backseat to quantity, and customers are served gigantic portions consisting of marginally palatable entrees. Any inadequacies in flavor are easily remedied by adding more butter or salt, and as a result, the food is always acceptable, but rarely delicious. The sauce on the fettuccine Alfredo was thin and watery, making the overall entrée extremely unappealing and not worthy of bringing the leftovers home for drunk eating. Even worse was the overcooked New York strip steak, the dryness of which warranted elongated sips from my margarita and the texture of which resembled a tasteless beef jerky. The gnocchi carne topped with Italian sausage was the best of the entrees, but was too buttery and underseasoned. The saving grace of the meal proved to be the appetizer, a Little Venice invention called pasta nachos. Recommended to us by our friendly waitress, the pasta
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nachos were a delightful amalgamation of traditional Italian ingredients and bar-style food. Pieces of pasta were deep-fried to a crisp, and the smoothness of the chipotle pesto cream sauce, along with the saltiness of the sweet Italian sausage scattered on top, perfectly complemented the slightly greasy chip. The result was a delicious, albeit crudely unsophisticated mouthful of flavors and textures. While the food was by no means delicious and the drinks were depressingly generic, there is something about Little Venice Ristorante for which I would undergo the 20-minute drive out of Ithaca past the countless grazing cows and abandoned farms. While my prior expectations did not match up with reality, Little
Venice surprised me by exceeding them. Yes, the restaurant’s name is horribly misleading, but after I shook off the initial feeling that I had been maliciously hoodwinked in some way, I became immersed in the simplistic charm of the place. Maybe “charm” is not the right term to use – this would imply that there is some underlying spark, some force or energy, that draws people into the restaurant, and this is simply not accurate. There is nothing about Little Venice that would induce you to come in; rather, it is only after entering the restaurant that you realize that this is where you wanted to be all along. Michelle Kim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Architecture Meets Art in the Works of Simon Ungers ’80 SAMANTHA DELOUYA Sun Contributor
When you step into the John Hartell Gallery this month, you might think that this space is home to a sculpture exhibition. Upon further inspection, however, you’ll realize that these pieces are, in fact, models of buildings. Simon Unger ‘80 was renowned for his unique ability to fuse the disciplines of architecture and fine art through the production of unconventional and profound sculptures. In fact, to use the term sculpture is misleading. Ungers’ work can be considered sculpture only insofar as Donald Judd’s minimalist floor pieces (a famous example would be Untitled, 1963) qualify as such. Born in 1957 in Cologne, Germany, Ungers is the son of accomplished architect Oswald Mathias Ungers. Simon Ungers began a five-year architecture course at Cornell in 1975 — the year his father, a professor of fine art at the college, retired. While Ungers may have spent his early college years in his father’s shadow, his talent in architecture quickly shone thorugh. Ungers believed that
architecture is a product of the mind resulting from intensive spiritual and intellectual exercise. In other words, the procss is a high art in its own right. Guided by this philosophy, Ungers created works that pushed the boundaries of modern architecture and challenged its relationship with the fine arts. Heavy Metal II: An Exhibition of Simon Ungers Work consists of a selection of eight projects out of a great number in a series pro duced during the years preceding Ungers’ untimely death in 2006. T h i s exhibition, like his many others,
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explores myriad spaces such as museums, theaters, churches and libraries. The eight pieces are divided into two distinct groups. The first group is a series of four projects called “Silent Architecture.” These four are condensed into basic geometrical forms: There is a square shaped Museum, circular Theater, cross-shaped Library and triangular Cathedral. Each piece is simple, but wholly unique. The second group consists of three pieces depicting the Museum for Russian Revolutionary Art, Museum for Contemporary Art and Alte Pinakothek. These three works of art share the formal techniques of bending, tilting, stretching and cantilevering.
The work “Art City” falls into a category of its own. In it, Simon Ungers brings fragments of his individual building forms together into an ensemble, attaining quasi-urban conditions. This structure truly blurs the distinction between architecture and sculpture. In this interdisciplinary sense, “Art City” is one of Simon Ungers’ strongest projects. All eight pieces are crafted from Ungers’ preferred material, corrosive steel. This fabric interacts with the atmosphere and continuously changes over time. He deliberately chose this material over something impervious to time such as titanium because his work had — and still has — the chance to become reality “here and now” and not remain static. Through this exhibition, it is quite clear that Simon Ungers approached architecture in a way that was uniquely his own. He did not reinforce or conform to the existing system. His pieces pushed the limits of what was widely perceived as artistically feasible. Simon Ungers’ work strives to uncover the theme or identity of each building. Doing so makes his architecture an intellectual exertion. All of his projects represent a form of architecture that has radically condensed into an idea, exploring the innermost realm of architecture. Simon Ungers’ work expresses a universal theme — a longing for a world beyond what is currently technologically possible and presenting an advanced perspective on what we might one day accomplish. Heavy Metal II is a truly inspirational exhibition for anyone in need of a reminder to always think outside of the box. The exhibition runs through March 30 at the John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Hall. Samantha Delouya is a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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The Ideal Human Being I
will go down on the mat with anyone who disagrees that Anthony Bourdain is not the ideal human being. Host of the Emmy-award winning show No Reservations, author of Kitchen Confidential and reluctant Crown Prince Gourmand, Bourdain is pretty much the voice of all things food and travel. He is by far the coolest anti-hero to ever exist. Here’s why: 1. “I eat. I write. I travel. And I’m hungry for more.” The tagline to Bourdain’s No Reservations is pretty much the only aspiration I have in life. If I could slaughter Bourdain, wear his carcass and gallivant around Southeast Asia as a remarkably svelte silver-haired fox, gorging myself on the artisanal offerings of quality street vendors, I would. Instead, I settle for watching him on the screen as Travel Channel’s resident bad boy. Think less Samantha Brown (host of the Travel Channel’s Passport series), and more James Dean. Bourdain’s the narrator of a compact edible odyssey. 2. Dude’s got an iron stomach. If you think Bear Grylls’ got chops, put him on steroids and combine that with Kobayashi’s eating capacity and Joseph Conrad’s lyricism. That’s Anthony Bourdain in a nutshell. Whether he’s elbow-deep in freshly slaughtered sea lion guts (sucking on the proffered eyeballs in an Inuit household), or chowing downIcelandic shark delicacies (which ferments for a year in human piss), Bourdain has nerves of steel. In Namibia, when tribesmen caught a warthog, ripped the rectum out of its still-pulsating body and offered it to Bourdain, he didn’t even flinch. Instead, he squeezed a bit of the poop out of the intestinal tract, slapped on a believable poker face and swallowed hot excrement. C’mon! Even Andrew Zimmern of Bizzare Foods can’t crack open a durian without pissing himself. If that doesn’t garner him respect, well, frat boys will be envious of his excessive drinking habits. As he downs a half-gallon of local Greek moonshine (which can only be described as “200-proof
antifreeze”) Bourdain stays a tank — which is much more than I can say with my Asian glow. 3. He’s not even trying. There’s nothing fake about him; trust me, I’ve tried looking. Everywhere he goes, he just has this amazing wit and ease about him that’s so effortless. Bourdain’s gone from a rameneveryday druggie diet (more cash to support his crackhead 20s) to Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud and Ferran Andria’s best friend. Like, is this even real life? Is this the culinary Brat Pack? This astronomical rise to foodie paradise wasn’t even deliberate. Bourdain is always unabashedly and unapologetically himself. His acerbic tongue and brutal honesty may sometimes be read as pretentious, but few are more respectful of other cultures and more curious about other foods than Bourdain. For all critics have to say about his antagonism towards Food Network faces like Sandra Lee and Paula Deen, I mean, is it really such a Profanity bad thing that Rachael Ray’s Prayers got a villain? 4. He talks about poop. I always know a relationship is a lasting one if you can talk about your bowel movements. The blooper reel of his show often includes candid conversations between Bourdain and his producers of his “spicy diarrhea” and “massive dumps.” Multiply the length of these conversations by two if he’s in a developing country and by three if he’s consuming curry. Perhaps he includes a bit too much detail about his adventures on the porcelain throne, but nonetheless open discussion of such taboo content is refreshing on any level. Is it my fault that every time he looks into the camera and says, menacingly, “I’ve got to download the brown file,” I can’t help but be seduced? 5. Bourdainisms. #Bourdanisms were a twitter phenomenon for a reason — dude’s got the best one-liners. Kitchen
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Confidential, the autobiography that propelled Bourdain to stardom, contains priceless gems. “Don’t touch my dick, don’t touch my knife,” he says. On his show, he reasons out his love of spicy foods is: “I like nuclear hot. Burns going in, burns going out kind of thing.” His widely recognized pro-carnivore stance is expessed no less eloquently. He’s called vegetarians a “Hezbollah-like splinter faction” and vegans “the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit” but this old man’s still capable of reform. In his latest book, Medium Raw, he clarifies his stance: “PETA doesn’t want stressed animals to be cruelly crowded into sheds, ankle-deep in their own crap, because they don’t want any animals to die ever and basically think chickens should, in time, gain the right to vote. I don’t want animals stressed or crowded or treated cruelly or inhumanely because that makes them probably less delicious.” Hey, whatever can be said of his controversial convictions, at least Bourdain’s got a silver tongue to defend himself. Alice Wang is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Profanity Prayers runs alternate Thursdays.
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n this age of infinitely accessible music, a good album remains only within the realm of true musical mastery. When my editors approached me with the prospect of reviewing my favorite album, I wasn’t quite sure how to go about picking just one. Picking a single favorite album is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. Truth is, most parents change their mind from day to day. If you’re like me, you hoard music compulsively. My iTunes library is pushing 70 GB, and would run for a month if I started at A-Ha’s “Take On Me” and let it play until the end of 50 Cent’s 2003 classic Get Rich or Die Trying. So I used the tried and true method of iTunes Top 25 Most Played list. Surely my favorite album is the one I listen to the most, from start to finish. The answer was undisputed: People Under the Stairs’ 2002 magnum opus O.S.T. The opening sample asks: “Are you on dope?” By the end of “Intro,” Los Angeles natives Thes One and Double K have already given the listener an abstract of O.S.T., describing life in L.A. with true lyrical talent, delivering appreciation for their true fans and blistering criticism of the “so-called rap game,” while expressing a true love of hip hop music. “Presenting O.S.T., the musical dope,” the duo proclaims before going on to the next track. It’s almost as if the People Under the Stairs knew that this was going to be a classic. Immaculate production by both Thes One and Double K gives every track a Los Angeles alternative hip hop vibe that’s relaxed, uplifting and positive, but most of all, fun. If you don’t know what real hip
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hop sounds like, this album will enlighten you. PUTS is unique among hip hop groups in that the group is entirely self-sufficient. Thes One and Double K make the beats, rap over them, and even design their own website and album art. This complete approach carries over to the album as an expression of pure hip hop artistry, no help necessary. Los Angeles serves as the background of O.S.T., working perfectly with the album’s laidback beats and even more relaxed subject matter. The album is about beer, kickbacks and driving around town, but Thes One and Double K can’t be faulted for writing what they know. By the time “O.S.T. (Original Soundtrack)” has come on and you’re already bobbing your head, you'll understand why Thes One calls the
Patrick Cambre This Album Will Change Your Life album “fly and on point.” And fun. The samples are hilarious, and no song is offensive enough that you need to skip it, ever. That means it doesn’t really matter which song is on, because as Californians would say “it’s all good.” Neither Thes One nor Double K is the greatest MC on earth, but they definitely have talent. Lines might be witty, but they are never soft or fake: “on black vinyl, it’s final / like the week before vacation.” Or they could be complex: “and not a Little Bow Wow / I rock the rap pow-wow / Kids
know the now / They follow me like the Do.” Like almost everyone who is actually from Los Angeles, PUTS knows how to chill. After “releasing the souls trapped on empty records” in “Empty Bottles of Water,” the duo goes out drinking with “Tales of Kidd Drunkadelic,” asking a bro to “go easy on the ice, and add a little more Smirnoff / so by the time I reach the bottom / I can be clear off.” So say we all. “Keepin’ it Live” and “The Dig” chronicle the duo’s lives as artists, sacrificing the stability of a full-time “real” job to follow their passion for traditional hip hop. Whether it’s digging into the crates for new vinyl to sample, or spending long hours in the studio sampling an Akai MPC, these musicians are happy to continue doing what they love. The jazz and reggae influenced “Montego Slay” continues the celebration of hip hop, and along with “The L.A. Song,” keeps the laidback vibe going strong. L.A. references are always fun if you understand them, so I always keep this album in my car back home, and this is why I’ve named my column after another PUTS song. But like any hip hop classic, its appeal is universal. You don’t have to be driving down Sunset Boulevard on a sunny day to appreciate it, but that certainly does make it a lot easier. As the album nears its conclusion, one gets the sense that the PUTS is watching the sun set over the Pacific from a hill somewhere in L.A., admiring the colors that only smog and an inversion layer can provide. The group has saved the best for
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the last, starting with “Acid Raindrops” and its classic refrain, “when the stress burns my brain just like acid raindrops / Mary Jane is the only thing that makes the pain stop.” It might be the greatest song in the world to relax to, but don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself. “The Breakdown” encapsulates what O.S.T. is all about. The track features Double K “RE/MAXing in one of those hot air joints / floatin’ over the city, like the goodyear pimp,” rehashing what hip hop is “cause fools be breakin’ the rules.” Most hip hop releases fail to abide by Rule #1, and lose sight of reality almost immediately. Most may never truly understand L.A. or hip hop, but O.S.T. will take you there. That alone makes this album worth a place in your record collection. Who knows, it might even become your original soundtrack. Patrick Cambre is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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bought. I had to stop because milk’s pretty expensive, so when you’re buying 10 gallons a week that’s $27 in milk alone in groceries. I’m really only doing two gallons a week now, so managed to cut myself off. Is this chocolate or regular? Just regular whole milk. So where did this milk obsession come from? Your parents? I don’t know, I think when I was younger and through high school I always drank a lot of milk, and then milk is really, really delicious. I’m sure your parents are happy because milk, strong bones — it follows. But speaking of your parents, why do you — and so many other people I know for that matter — insist on calling your parents by their first names? Well, I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember. I have a vague recollection of when I was younger, my dad — calling him “Scott” — and him trying to get me to call him “Dad.” And I was a quite stubborn, young child, and so I think that alone just ensured that I would not call him “Dad” and would only call him “Scott.” I don’t remember where my brother and I got that from, but we’ve been sticking to it. So you don’t say “Dad” or “Mom” — it’s “Scott” and ... ? It’s Scott and Peggy, yeah, all the time. It’s kind of funny because it will freak people out the first time they see me calling them by their first name, but they get used to it pretty quickly. How do your parents feel about this? I think they didn’t like it at first, but it’s been 18 years running or something so I think they’ve kind of resigned to the fact and are used to it. 6. The past three years, you guys have
won your sectional and regional tournaments, earning a spot in the national championship. You finished third overall in 2010 ... any bold predictions for where you’ll finish this year? I think we’ll win the region again, we’ve been working pretty hard and we have more experience than any other team. Personally, I think it’s a reasonable goal for us to finish top 10 at Nationals. I mean, I don’t want to put any upper limit on where we can go, but I think that’s a pretty reasonable goal for our team. 7. In a battle of Superman vs. Batman, who comes out on top? That’s a really tough question. Realistically, Superman should come out on top, just cause Batman — I mean, writers always manage to make ways for him to plan really well and come up with some way ... but Superman just has too many superpowers, and Batman’s just a mortal. In my opinion, I think Batman should come out on top because he’s way cooler than Superman, but I don’t think that would happen. I mean, I agree on paper, Superman — probably. I don’t really read comic books, but just going by the movies, no one tops Christian Bale. He is a god among men, and I’m Team Batman. [laughing] But you like comic books, right? I like comic books quite a bit, yes. When did you start getting into them? Probably in high school, I just started reading the odd comic here and there. That — combined with a lot of time spent on Wikipedia — by the time I came here I seemingly had a large amount of superhero knowledge amassed. Do you have a particular favorite? At risk of being too nerdy, my favorite character that not many people have probably heard of is Sandman.
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8. What’s your favorite day of the week? It’s Friday. Is there a particular reason why it’s Friday? Cause everybody’s gotta get down on Friday. [both laughing] Yes, I’m told you love to sing about Friday, and I’m told you’re into very terrible music. I think “terrible” is a matter of opinion. I respect that. I have to ask, have you jumped on the “Call Me Maybe” bandwagon? Cause this is a dealbreaker right now. I have jumped on the “Call Me Maybe” bandwagon hardcore. [laughing] I’m not going to ask you to sing it, because god knows I’ve heard it enough this week. I’m in the process of memorizing it for Spring Break, so I think my team will have to look forward to that. Oh, what are you guys doing for Spring Break? We go down to South Carolina and we stay in a beach house for a whole week. So last year I think we had Rebecca Black’s “Friday” playing at least four or five hours a day on repeat. Are there any other songs that would fall under this category of questionable quality that you like to sing? Well, I’ll say “questionable quality” are your words, not mine — but pretty much anything by Katy Perry I can jam to pretty hard. I’m also pretty partial towards any sort of showtunes. Those make for good sing-a-long songs in the car. 9. I hear you fall in love with any lady willing to serve you late-night food. I imagine that’s quite a lot of women. [laughing] Well, that makes me sound so bad in some ways. I do have a natural propensity to gravitate towards female caretakers. It’s something about late at night when I’m just in need of something to eat; women just appear and they’re beautiful and they give me food. It’s really awesome.
What’s your late-night food of choice? My go-to has probably gone back to CTP. Unfortunately I don’t meet many female servers there, but Jack’s has been a place of many late-night food and heartbreak for me. I won’t pry any more than that. Is there any particular reason why you enjoy sleeping naked on kitchen floors? [laughing] I don’t really know what to say to that. I sometimes like to give up my bed for other people in need. I’ve had a few friends crash at my place and usually on those nights I end up on the kitchen floor because they really needed a bed to sleep on, and I guess I don’t really need a bed to sleep on. [laughing] So it’s a Good Samaritan thing — coupled with the fact that you don’t like wearing shorts. Yeah, shorts — that would be it. [laughing] 10. Which Cornell alum would you most like to play Ultimate either with or against? Probably No. 1 would be Bill Nye the Science Guy. It’s at least a pretty wellknown fact within the Ultimate team that he was in fact a Bud back when he was an undergraduate at Cornell. I haven’t personally ever played or tossed with him, but a few of the older alumni that I’ve played with have actually tossed around with him, so I think that would be a pretty cool experience to get to toss around the disc and then talk about science with him. The guys who have played with him — according to them, does he still got it? They say he can throw just as well as most other alumni, so I guess he took time off from his T.V. show to throw around the disc every now and then. Alex Kuczynski-Brown can be reached at email@example.com
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Ivy League across the board,” Lavin said. “In past years, we’ve had standouts — like Harvard will be real good or Yale would go off but we wouldn’t have scores will be real good — but now, it’s to back them up. Then the next day, we between Harvard, Yale, Colombia, would have our other guys step up, but Dartmouth, Penn, ourselves, even then not have the top scores we were Princeton.” Despite the strength of its competiexpecting from [our top players] earlier tion, the Red in the tourwill try to nament. focus on its We need to “This year we have an especially own game and work on not on the consistent deep Ivy League across the board.” play of its scoring; competitors. just trying Alex Lavin “I guess to get three we’re always rounds together, so we’re able to compete in our comparing ourselves against the other Ivy League schools … but we have to spring season.” In the fall, sophomore Carl just focus on our own game and try and Schimenti consistently finished as one of ignore what they’re doing in other tourCornell’s top two golfers and finished naments,” Dean stressed. “We [don’t ninth and tenth at the Big 5 Invitiational have to] worry about them until we get and Leo Keenan Invitational, respective- to the Ivy League Championship.” Despite the abundance of great comly. The team will look to Schimenti to petition, the team said that it knows it lead them this season. “Carl Schimenti had a solid fall but has the talent to compete if it can be again, he was inconsistent at times, pre- more consistent, according to Lavin. “We have the talent; not only on venting him from getting the top finishes he deserves,” Lavin said. “Every time paper, as the guys have put up results,” I’ve been up at the course this spring, he said. “It’s just a matter of stringing I’ve seen him there, so I know he’s work- together [good rounds] on any given day ing real hard and I expect him to lead us and for an entire tournament. [If we do in the spring season and into the Ivy that], I think we can take home a few titles and the win the Ivy League League Championship.” Although ultimately, the goal of the Championship.” team is to win the Ivy League Championship, their competition this Albert Liao can be reached at year will not make it easy. “This year we have an especially deep firstname.lastname@example.org. Continued from page 16
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the outdoor season,” Taylor said. “There will be good competition in every event.” The women’s team scored a second place finish at Heps in the fall and then became the first Ivy League team to ever win ECACs. Coming off of the season, the team must work hard to maintain its focus, its members said.
experience.” The women’s team is also looking forward to the unfamiliar competition. “It gives us a look at some other people, too,” Bowman said. “We see the usual cast of characters all the time, when we compete against the same East Coast teams, and this gives us a neat chance to see what’s out there.” Both teams said they are poised for very strong spring seasons and they are setting their sights on Ivy League titles. “There’s a lot of excitement going on,” Bowman said. “It was a great cross country season winning the conference meet and then the indoor season was pretty spectacular too. I think it’s all coming together really well.”
train as if we were at school.” Additionally, the transition to spring track involves changes in the events that make up a meet. “The nature of the events change as well,” Taylor said. “It’s more complicated to pole vault and high jump out“There will be good competition d o o r s when the in every event.” conditions vary. The Nathan Taylor hurdles a n d “I think their mentality sprints are longer, there are different relays, the discus, at this point is that they’ve javelin, and hammerthrow done all the work, and can take all of the work they events.” The meets will also have done as a base, and at offer both teams a chance this point really start to face West Coast compe- sharpening for the outdoor meets,” said head coach tition. “There will be good Richard Bowman. “We Division I schools as well have some fantastic athas some very good Division letes on the team that are Shayan Salam can be II schools from California going to do a lot of great reached at sports@cornellwho mainly compete in things and have some great sun.com.
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By ALEX KUCZYNSKI-BROWN Sun Senior Writer
When it comes to 10 Questions, columnist Alex Kuczynski-Brown ’12 doesn’t discriminate between varsity vs. non-varsity athletes. That being said, yesterday afternoon she sat down with two-year men’s Ultimate captain Neil Butler — currently pursuing a Masters degree in Engineering Physics — to discuss the musical stylings of Rebecca Black, “Call Me Maybe,” Spring Break plans, Bill Nye ’77 — and the age-old debate of who would win in a battle between Superman and Batman. 1. Just to be clear right off the bat, I don’t know a lot about your sport — I have to admit. I have heard, however, that you’re not supposed to call it “Ultimate Frisbee,” but rather just “Ultimate.” Is that correct? Yeah, so the term “Frisbee” is actually a trademark of the Wham-O corporation, so it’s kind of like Kleenex to tissues, where you’re not really supposed to call it a Frisbee. It’s a disc, actually. So we don’t even use Frisbees when we play, we actually use discs that are made by a different company because for whatever reason Wham-O doesn’t make the best discs anymore, so we don’t use Wham-Os or Frisbees. See, I’m learning so much already. I had no idea. [laughing] Yeah, a lot of people don’t know very much about the sport. I mean, we sometimes get people asking us when we’re at airpots flying to tournaments “Oh, you guys play Frisbee? Where are your dogs?” [both laughing] Kind of face-palm at that and sometimes don’t correct them because it’s just easier that way. How did you come to start doing Ultimate? I started playing in middle school. A bunch of my friends, after school we would go and throw, cause one of my friend’s OLIVER KLIEWE / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER
Above the rest | Two-year Ultimate captain Neil Butler takes advantage of the warm weather and shows off his skills on the Slope.
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fathers actually played, and then from there we started our high school team and started competing around in local leagues in Rochester. And then, I kind of knew towards the end of high school I wanted to play when I came to college, so when I came here, trying out for the team was a no-brainer. Do you know when Cornell’s team was established? It was established in 1973. I’m pretty sure that’s the correct date, I’d feel bad if I didn’t get it correct. It was actually one of the first 10 teams to be founded in all of the nation for college, and it was also founded by one of the original creators of the game of Ultimate. I know there’s no such thing as “varsity Ultimate,” but you guys do compete at the highest collegiate level available. From your perspective, do you ever see it becoming a varsity sport — that’s NCAA-recognized — in the coming years or decades? I’m probably a little biased on this, but I think that is a possibility. Some schools are getting increasingly more involved with their funding of Ultimate programs. Schools like Florida, Colorado state schools — they put a lot of money into their programs. I think maybe in 20, 25 years it could probably become a varsity sport but it’s probably not going to happen within this decade. It’s still a little ways away from that. 2. Now, moving on, if you could tell me about your “womanly spandex.” [laughing] So I was a rower in high school, so from that I kind of got this nice collection of different spandex. My personal favorite is probably a nice leopard-printed pair that I often sport at practice. What about blue tie-dye? [laughing] That’s another one I frequently wear. Fortunately I’ve lost my pink polka dot pair, but I still have some other solid ones. You say “fortunately,” but I disagree ... so
MEN’S ULTIMATE you’re saying you only break those out for practice? Normally only practice. I have sported them for the occasional costume party, depending on the occasion, so they sometimes see the nightlife. You’re from Rochester, I understand. Do people not wear shorts in Rochester? [laughing] No, that’s actually something that I just do. I don’t know, shorts — they’re not my thing, I kind of just stopped wearing them. I own a few pairs but I can do without them. I guess maybe that’s because it’s usually so cold in upstate New York. But what about days when it’s not cold? Like even today it’s pretty warm, you could get away with wearing shorts. Nope. I had a summer where it was high 90s, and I would just wear pants and tough it out. [laughing] But you wear shorts when you’re doing athletic things, right? Yes, I do wear shorts when I’m playing Ultimate. That’s just about the only time I wear them. 3. Apparently your picture was featured in Skyd Magazine — want to tell us more about that? So they kind of do a lot of college Ultimate coverage, but for some reason when they do coverage of our team they always pick this one picture of me, and it’s kind of hard to describe, but essentially my legs and my upper body are going in opposite directions. You cannot tell what I’m doing — there’s no disc anywhere nearby, so it’s kind of odd that they always pick that picture because it just looks so absurd, but I guess that’s meant to be the face of the Cornell Ultimate team. Well have you had the 10 Questions photo shoot yet? I have not, that will be later this afternoon — so maybe I can do a re-pose for that. 4. We can send them a copy, we’ll make
this happen. Okay, so why the propensity for putting holes in the wall? [laughing] Well, it just seems to be something that happens to me. You know, walls and I, I guess don’t get along. My freshman year I did it by accident and then did it by accident again my sophomore year, but I’ve managed to stay away from walls and breaking them since then, so we’ll see if I can keep that up. Have you honed your carpentry skills trying to fix them — or do you fix them? Yeah, so I broke the wall in the Ultimate house my sophomore year. I wasn’t living there, but I promised them I would come back and fix it, so I actually went through, had to go to Home Depot, get drywall caulk paint and everything. It was actually a pretty fun experience, so now I’m pretty good at fixing drywalls, so I don’t have to worry if I break walls anymore. So there is an Ultimate house? Yeah, usually anywhere from six to 12 of the guys live together. Never in the same location, but we kind of try to stay together so we can have team bonding and a place to party on weekends. Do you live there now? I live with two other Ultimate guys, but I don’t live in “the” Ultimate house — being a graduate student, I kind of want to stay away from that. 5. I’m told you drink more milk than probably anyone. Is it true that at your peak you were drinking a gallon per day? A gallon per day is actually less than I was drinking. Oh my god. I was drinking 10 gallons of milk a week. This included, every day, a half-gallon of milk with lunch alone, on top of — I don’t know — I was probably going through another gallon on top of that, just of milk I See BUTLER page 13
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THURSDAY MARCH 15, 2012
Red Heads South Over Break to Face New Competition
By OLIVIA WITTELS Sun Staff Writer
Cornell tennis does not have much of a vacation this Spring Break, as the men and women are set to play three matches over the course of the week. On Friday, the men face Penn State at home, then head to Virginia for matches against Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth. Men’s head coach Silviu Tanasoiu said he is undaunted by the Red’s tough week ahead. “We had three great weeks of practice,” he said. “I feel like overall the team is coming together — we’re starting to compete on the same page. My expectation is to transition everything we’ve worked on during practice into these matches.” Members of the team expressed similar sentiments. “I think we’re just looking to just gain confidence,” said sophomore co-captain Evan McElwain. “We’re kind of trying to change the tide of our season. It started out a little rough, but I think we’re staring to pick things up and … gain some confidence going into Ivies.” The strong competition will give the squad a better understanding of its place in the collegiate tennis circut, Tanasoiu said. “[Virginia Commonwealth] is one of the best teams that we have the entire season,” he said. “Knowing exactly where we stand against them [will be helpful] in preparation for the Ivy League season.” When the men’s team is not competing, they will be practicing, focusing on improving their outdoor play. “It’s a pretty big adjustment coming from indoor tennis to outdoor,” McElwain said. “It’s a lot slower paced and the points are longer. It’s a bit more of a grind, so getting in that mindset and getting more patient [is] what we’ll be focusing on mostly in practice.” “This is going to be our chance to train the entire week on a different surface in a different climate and in
different conditions,” Tanasoiu said. “I’m looking forward to practicing as many times outdoors as we can during this week.” The women’s team will also have the opportunity to train in outdoor conditions. The Red will go to North Carolina for its first match of the week, to face UNC Wilmington. The squad then travels to South Carolina for matches against the College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina University. Junior captain Christine Ordway discussed the advantages to playing in conditions different from those at Cornell’s Reis Tennis Center. “It’ll be really good exposure to outdoor tennis,” she said. “It will be good to play outside in the wind, and get used to the heat, the sun and everything that goes with that.” The caliber of the women’s opponents this week is certainly high, but head coach Mike Stevens thinks the matches will be beneficial in preparing for the upcoming season. “Going down there and playing three very good opponents will be very good for the team,” he said. “Three opponents in the same week should give [us] the match play that they need to be all set for the Ivy season. We’re just looking forward to going down there and getting better for the rest of our upcoming matches.” The women’s team will get exposed to a range of opponents and play teams that they are less used to facing. “This will be one of our first matches against a nationally ranked team besides ECACs,” Ordway said. “That will be a good way for us to test ourselves against obviously some very, very good players. If we got a win against either College of Charleston or UNC Wilmington that’d be huge for our program and that’d be a great way to head into Ivies.”
Getting back on track | Sophomore co-captain Evan McElwain discusses how the team is looking to pick up momentum over break.
Olivia Wittels can be reached at email@example.com.
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Outdoor Season Kicks Off Warm Weather Gives Red Head Start With California Invitationals By ALBERT LIAO
Sun Staff Writer
By SHAYAN SALAM Sun Contributor
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will be traveling to California over spring break to participate in meets. The teams are set to compete in the Northridge Invitational at Cal State Northridge on Saturday and the Irvine Spring Break Invite in Irvine, Calif., on Saturday, March 24th. These meets kick off the outdoor track and field season, where the Red hopes to translate successful
indoor season into strong outdoor performances. After placing second at Heps — the Ivy League championships — and winning IC4As, the men’s team is setting its sights on an outdoor Heps championship. “There is a lot of frustration for us to have been so close to the [Heptagonal] championship, which is the ultimate goal for the team, so everybody is very motivated and focused,” said head coach Nathan Taylor. “The trip provides the opportunity for us to get in
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Moving on out | The men’s and women’s track teams will leave Barton Hall and begin outdoor meets.
some very good training.” While in California, the teams will compete in a meet each weekend, and train hard throughout the week, Taylor said. “Monday through Friday we will be doing two-a-day practices at Irvine, which is where we will be headquartered for the week,” he said. The chance to both train and compete in nice California weather has many of the athletes excited, especially first time travelers. “You get to spend a lot of one-on-one time with every teammate there, as well as the coaches, so it’s a great opportunity to train and get better technically,” said freshman hurdler Jon Hanninen. “A lot of people don’t realize that for some of the team, we don’t live in a place where there is an opportunity for us to train properly during spring break. This trip is important every year because it provides us with a chance to See TRACK page 14
After an inconsistent fall season, Cornell’s golf team will travel to Florida during Spring Break to prepare for its upcoming spring season. While there, the team will play on a variety of top courses and play Harvard in an exhibition match at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. Most seasons, this trip is the team’s first opportunity to play golf in the spring. Because of the warm weather in Ithaca this year, however, the men have been able to warm up before Florida. “I think everyone’s feeling pretty confident because we got some practice in before Spring Break, which is pretty unusual,” said senior John Dean. “Normally, we’re hitting indoors and not able to get outside because of the snow on the ground … [This year] we are able to shake the rust off before we even go [to Florida].” In the fall, individual players had strong perfor-
mances at times, but after sporadically — all five members were never able to play well all at the same time to challenge for a tournament win, according to senior cocaptain Alex Lavin.
“In the fall, we were very inconsistent and it wasn’t just with a few guys here and there,” he said. “On any given day, our No. 1 and 4 guys See GOLF page 14
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Striving for consistency | Sophomore Zack Bosse and the rest of the team are attemping to stabilize their play.