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Mayor Cory Booker to Speak at Convocation Students‘ecstatic’ that Newark mayor will speak,convocation committee chair says

By AKANE OTANI Sun Managing Editor

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D-N.J.), the social media maven who is preparing to make a run for the U.S. Senate, will address graduating seniors at convocation this year, the Class of 2013 Convocation Committee announced Thursday. Booker, a graduate of Stanford, Oxford and Yale University, defeated a fourterm incumbent to make his way onto t h e

Newark City Council in 1998. Eight years later, he ran for mayor and swept the race against former Deputy Mayor Ronald Rice (D) with 72 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times. Now in his second term, the Senate aspirant has grabbed headlines for his penchant for heroism: pulling a neighbor out of a burning house, opening his house to Hurricane Sandy victims and digging residents out from a blizzard, according to Time. Roneal Desai ’13, chair of this year's convocation ceremony and committee, said he “could not be happier” with the selection of Booker as convocation speaker. “Everyone I’ve spoken to is ecstatic that he’ll be the speaker. When you look at the places he has spoken at in the

last couple of years, he’s undoubtedly one of the most in-demand graduation speakers in the country this year,” Desai said, noting that Booker addressed graduates at Stanford in 2012 and will be speaking at Yale’s Class Day in May. Although Booker will be the 10th politician since 2000 to speak at Cornell’s convocation, Desai said he is confident Booker will be able to appeal to Cornellians across a wide range of political views. “I see Cory Booker representing much more of an advocacy figure — one that resonates with a lot of students — as opposed to a political role,” Desai said. “I don’t think he is a polarizing political figure who has made a political career simply advocating for one party or another. He represents the type of politics that people do care about: making a difference in the world.” See CONVOCATION page 4 MICHAEL APPLETON / THE NEW YORK TIMES

The Super-politician | Booker, who will speak in this year’s convocation, is famous for having pulled a neighbor out of a burning house.

News Office Space

An ILR study suggests that hiring individuals with disabilities is an advantage to the office environment. | Page 3

Opinion Gettin’ Freaky

Rudy Green ’15 argues that Cornell has become increasingly “tradition-less” and advocates eccentric on-campus behavior from students. | Page 6

Arts We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

Marissa Tranquilla ’15 contends that Oz: The Great and Powerful suffers from the clash between classic film and modernity. In spite of a stellar cast, stunted dialogue and forced scenes derail the prequel. | Page 8

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Sororities See Surge in Medical Transports Man Shot in FaceWith Pellet Gun; By SARAH SASSOON

Kristen Powers ’14, president of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity, said the six-week “dry period” also prevents new members from learnAfter an uptick in the number of alcohol- ing to develop responsibility for themselves while related medical transports last weekend, some drinking. “High risk drinking is a major concern withstudents in the Panhellenic community raised concerns that rules prohibiting sorority members in Greek life. However, rather than teaching new from being in the presence of alcohol may inad- members how to make responsible decisions and develop into responsible adults, we spent six vertently encourage binge drinking. The school year is split into quarters, with each weeks giving our women rigid guidelines and quarter having a different goal to enable freshman sheltering them from Cornell’s social scene,” women to have a safe transition into the Greek Powers said. Van Holmes said that while “the quarter syscommunity, according to Carlin Van Holmes ’14, president of the Panhellenic Council. The rules of tem is designed to increase safety, it also does create a bit of a the third quarter — d i c h o t o m y, which ended March “Rather than teaching new members because the pres3 — explicitly state sure [of the rules of that new members, how to make responsible decisions the third quarter] even those of legal and develop into responsible adults, is taken off” durdrinking age, are not ing the fourth allowed to be in the we spent six weeks giving our women quarter. presence of alcohol rigid guidelines...” Van Holmes, during the six-week Kristen Powers ’14 however, said that period. she was unsure if Van Holmes said the medical transin an email sent out to sororities March 8 that “reports from last ports were “in relation to the Panhellenic com[Thursday] night reflect a high number of alco- munity at all.” She added that her intention in hol-related transports, notably more so than the sending her email to all sororities was to “make a Panhellenic community saw during the third preemptive note about safety.” Safety, she said, remains important in the fourth quarter.” She said in an interview with The Sun that the purpose of the email was not to be puni- quarter of the year, when new members are officially initiated into their chapters and are no longer tive, but to be precautionary. Some students, reflecting on the medical trans- restricted from being in the presence of alcohol. Van Holmes said that the quarter system –– ports, said they think the six-week dry period spurs binge drinking, leading to a higher number which was first introduced three years ago –– is a policy that was developed by the National of alcohol-related transports when it ends. “I think the dry period is arguably effective, College Health Improvement Project’s Learning but I think it leads to binge drinking immediate- Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking, an initialy after it ends,” said Olivia Wherry ’16, a newlyinitiated member in the Greek community. See DRINKING page 5 Sun Staff Writer

17-Year-Old Male Charged in Court

By AKANE OTANI Sun Managing Editor

A 17-year-old male has been accused of shooting an Ithaca High School student in the face with a pellet gun. The male was arraigned in the Ithaca City Court Wednesday on three misdemeanors: reckless endangerment in the second degree, menacing in the third degree and harassment in the second degree, according to the Ithaca Police Department. On Feb. 12, a group of students

were standing in the parking lot of the Ithaca High School when the male, who was part of the group, shot an airsoft pellet gun at the victim, according to IPD. The victim was struck in the cheek and back, but his injuries were not considered serious, according to IPD. Police said in a press release that they are unable to release the names of the victim and defendant because of their age. Akane Otani can be reached at

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Curator Andrea Inselmann describes the influences and unique techniques used in Storm Tharp’s ’92 exhibition in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Thursday.

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Today Ebola Virus VP40: Multiple Functions via Multiple Structures 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Boyce Thompson Institute Auditorium, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Dragon Day Parade 12:30 - 2 p.m., Rand Hall

News, “Student Assembly Hopeful Disqualified,” Wednesday Speaking about the S.A.’s decision to disqualify Stephen Breedon ’14, a presidential candidate “I don’t think that [using a megaphone] is a fair reason to be disqualified from an election. I believe that Cornell students should have the right to elect the person who they believe is more qualified. Just because someone is using a megaphone and might not fully know all of the election rules, does not justify Cornell putting in place an S.A. president that the majority might not truly want.” Matthew Laks ’15 News, “In Diversity Push, Cornell Outlines Goals for Colleges,” Tuesday Speaking about the 75 percent black male graduation rate “In order to really craft a meaningful initiative, one has to take a look at the source [and] the root of the problem, and that’s a multifaceted, multi-layered answer. We are going to stick to it, [but] we are going to be very realistic. It’s not going to happen overnight.”

C.U. Music: Composer’s Forum 1:25 - 3 p.m., 316 Lincoln Friday Night Observatory Open House 8 p.m. - Midnight, Fuertes Observatory

Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean of students and director of intercultural programs

Tomorrow Maple Weekend 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Arnot Teaching and Research Forest Planet Cornell 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mann Gallery, Mann Library

Opinion, “GUEST ROOM: Bleaching My Identities,” Tuesday Speaking about what it feels like to be an Arab and Muslim American “The United States prides itself on being a multicultural nation. Yet we expect everyone to think, act and believe in a homogenous fashion. Similarly, Cornell University reproduces this type of environment. Although diversity is celebrated, there is little emphasis on exploring the implications of power and privilege in this forced melting pot that is Cornell. “ Adam Abboud ’14

March Dog Madness 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 146 Morrison Hall

Arts, “Translating Goodness: An Evening With Toni Morrison MFA ’55,” Monday Speaking about the glamorous portrayal of evil throughout literary history “Evil has vivid speech; goodness bites its tongue. I was always a little bit bored by demonstrations of evil. It always relies on the same things — a top hat and a cane, maybe a little theme music. But goodness doesn’t have anything because it can’t use anything.”

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ILR Study Suggests Benefits of Hiring Disabled Workers

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Hiring disabled workers may result in numerous benefits such as increased office morale and productivity, according to a report published in February by the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and The Conference Board. The study, titled “Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging and Advancing People with Disabilities,” focuses on overcoming the challenges disabled people face in seeking employment and creating workplaces that effectively accommodate disabled workers. “Little is understood regarding the relationships between employer characteristics, their workplace practices and employment outcomes of persons with disabilities,” said Susanne Bruyère, director of ILR’s Employment and Disability Institute and co-author of the report. Bruyère said the study was prompted by Cornell researchers interested in learning more about the employment of people with disabilities. The study was funded in part by a $3.75-million grant from the United States Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. According to the study, employers report several indirect benefits from hiring employees with disabilities, such as increased office morale, productivity, safety, customer interaction and attendance. The study also noted that 87 percent of consumers prefer to conduct business with companies that hire workers who are disabled. “We are urging companies to progressively recruit people with disabilities to enlarge [their] talent pool and find the most qualified candidates,” Bruyère said.


Students practice the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi in Anabel Taylor Hall’s One World Room Thursday, relieving pre-spring break prelim stress.

According to Bruyère, the high unemployment rate and incidence of discrimination against people with disabilities served as the impetus for the study. The study’s findings suggest that accommodations for workers with disabilities are fairly inexpensive and often do not cause additional direct costs for the employer. Some students said that the study is important because it will help promote awareness about disability issues within the Cornell community and encourage the employment of disabled workers. “It is a stark reality to realize that the job market outlook is not the same for people with disabilities,” said Teresa Danso-Danquah ’15, vice-president of Cornell Union for Disability Awareness, an organization that seeks to support community members with disabilities. “Often this is not because of a lack of skills, but rather, because of attitudinal barriers.” The report also has implications for Cornell students who have disabilities, according to Bruyère.

Taking a bow

“[The study] raises the awareness of Cornell students with disabilities of their rights and protections under employment disability nondiscrimination legislation,” Bruyère said. Catherine Klapheke ’15, president of Delta Alpha Pi –– the University’s honor society for students with disabilities –– said the society believes “employees with disabilities are intelligent, dedicated workers who bring an important perspective to the workplace.” Danso-Danquah also emphasized the importance of recognizing that those with disabilities are gifted with a unique range of skills and abilities that can be used in a variety of ways when given the opportunity. “Encouraging this — in a business, on campus, or in the greater community — is a step towards having a more inclusive society,” she said. Anushka Mehrotra can be reached at

After Scandal, Profs Question Harvard By THE HARVARD CRIMSON


At a joint senior recital Thursday, students display their musical prowess on the violin and piano.

Sometimes people manage to leave Ithaca. Sometimes not.What are your exciting spring break plans? “Does hibernating count?” “Eat, Pray, Make Love.”

–– Sleep-Deprived Girl ’15 — A Generally-Deprived Girl ’14

“Sleeping an absurd amount in sunny ol’ Ithaca!” — Couch Potato ’14 “Clubbing in NYC. Every Night. All day too.”

–– Repeat Rager ’15

“I just want to survive past tomorrow.” — Girl With Friday Prelims ’15 — Compiled by Lianne Bornfeld ’15

Four days after news broke that Harvard administrators secretly searched the email accounts of 16 resident deans last September, professors called on administrators to address what one called accorroding of a “culture of trust” between the faculty and its leaders. “There’s a lot of discussion now about trust. At some level that is really the underlying issue,” former Dean of the College Harry R. Lewis '68 said. “Do we trust the University administration to follow the rules and do we trust the University administration to exercise good judgment in interpreting the rules?” In the immediate aftermath of a Boston Globe report that broke the story on Saturday, professors’ questions primarily centered on how and why the searches occurred. On Monday, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith and Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds issued a joint statement explaining some of the details of the search, which was part of a larger investigation into the source of a media leak regarding the Government 1310 cheating case. As the dust began to settle following Monday’s statement, professors began to pose broader questions about why the University dared to secretly search its own faculty. “I think that people have a few questions about why the resident deans were still not informed about the searches,” said history professor Maya R. Jasanoff ’96. “I think that there is still more room for a fuller apology. Many faculty members would like to be reassured that this kind of thing has not happened in the past and won’t happen again.” Several faculty members interviewed Wednesday referenced a letter sent by Senior Resident Dean Sharon L. Howell to University

President Drew G. Faust, which asked for a broader consideration of University policy and ethics. “I think that I think Dean Howell’s letter ends on a note that I would share, which is the sense that there really is a bigger question here about what is it that makes a university different than a corporation?” Jasanoff said. Following Howell’s letter, professors have begun to express concern directly to deans. According to History professor Charles S. Maier ’60, many members of the History Department have signed a letter “expressing concern” over the searches and the handling of the investigation. “The faculty I think has to be willing to take responsibility if it doesn’t want these events to happen,” Maier said in an interview earlier this week. On Wednesday, the Faculty Council became the first faculty body to address Smith directly on the subject at its regularly scheduled meeting, Jasanoff said. Professors would not disclose the nature of the exchange because the meetings are confidential. Jasanoff and others said they expect faculty will formally question administrators about the searches at April’s faculty meeting. Even as faculty begin to take up larger issues of institutional integrity, mathematics professor Wilfried Schmid said he is worried that faculty are too quickly setting aside the cheating scandal itself. Though the email searches must be addressed by faculty, he said, he believes the cheating case should be of greater concern. “The faculty seems to be spending a lot of time on this email, but the underlying cause, what might have caused the cheating, nobody seems to care about,” Schmid said. “I find it very strange that nobody seems to make the connection.” This story was originially published in The Harvard Crimson on Thursday.


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Trustee Tisch’71: Booker Is a‘Leader’ Who Is ‘Forthright’ CONVOCATION

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University Trustee Andrew Tisch ’71, chairman of the executive committee of Loews Corporation, said Booker has made himself known as a “visionary and a consensus builder” throughout his time in Newark’s City Hall. “He has taken Newark, a city faced with generations of neglect, corruption, mismanagement and urban blight, and restored hope through creative programs to stimulate investment and excitement. He is a leader who you can believe in because he is so forthright and passionate about his goals,” Tisch said. “I am thrilled that the Cornell community, especially the Class of 2013, will hear his message on May 25.” Boasting more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter, Booker has endeared himself to some of his constituents through his social mediasavvy ways. When a Newark resident tweeted about a pothole on 11th Street, Booker took to Twitter, tweeting, “On it,” before 10 minutes had elapsed. But Booker sees Twitter as more than a way to fix potholes around Newark. Speaking at SXSW — the biggest tech festival in the U.S. — in March, Booker said that the government must use social media to engage Americans in politics, Time reported. “I really trust my country and the people in my feed to be great syndicators of content,” Booker said, according to Time. Off Twitter, Booker has earned about $1 million from public speaking events in the seven years he has overseen City Hall, according to The New York Times. Although Booker said he “definitely” earns more from his public speaking engagements than he does from his mayoral salary, he said he has donated almost all of the money to charity, The New York Times reported. The University will hold its 145th convocation ceremony on May 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Schoellkopf Stadium. Akane Otani can be reached at

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Reuters Journalist Students Question the Indicted in Hacking Efficacy of Dry Period Of L.A.Times Website DRINKING

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities on Thursday charged a journalist with conspiring with the notorious hacking group “Anonymous” to deface a story on the Los Angeles Times’ website a little more than two years ago. The federal indictment handed down in Sacramento accuses Matthew Keys of being a “recently terminated employee” of the Tribune Co. who gave hackers the information they needed to login to the publisher’s computer system. A hacker identified only as “Sharpie” in the indictment is alleged to have used the information to alter a headline on a Times story to include a reference to a hacking group. Keys, 26, was a former web producer for the Tribune-owned television station KTXL who was discharged during the company’s bankruptcy proceedings. Several weeks later, he disclosed the login information in an Internet chat room frequented by hackers, according to the indictment. Tribune also owns the Times. Keys now works for the Reuters news service as a deputy editor for social media. He didn’t return a phone call or respond to email messages seeking comment. A post on his Twitter account late Thursday read: “I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter. Tonight I’m going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.” Reuters spokesman David Girardin said Keys began working for the company in 2012 and it was “aware” of the indictment. Girardin declined to comment further. According to the indictment, Sharpie altered a Times news story posted Dec. 14 and 15, 2010, to read “Pressure builds in House to elect CHIPPY 1337,” a reference to another hacking group. “Chippy 1337” claimed responsibility for defacing the website of video game publisher Eidos in 2011. The indictment alleges that a second attempt to hack the Times was unsuccessful. According to Keys’ Facebook page, he worked as an online news producer for the Sacramento FOX affiliate KTXL from June 2008 to April 2010. Federal prosecutors allege in court papers that a legendary hacker and Anonymous leader named “Sabu” offered advice on how to infiltrate Tribune’s systems. The FBI unmasked Sabu when they arrested Hector Xavier Monsegur on June 7, 2011. Monsegur secretly worked as an FBI informant until federal officials announced that he helped them arrest five other alleged hackers on March 6, 2012. Federal officials declined to comment on whether Sabu assisted in the investigation of Keys. The day after it was announced that Sabu was an FBI informant, Keys wrote a story for Reuters about “infiltrating” the hackers’ chat room. Keys is charged with one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, as well transmitting and attempting to transmit that information. If convicted, the New Jersey native faces a combined 25 years prison and a $500,000 fine if sentenced to the maximum for each count.

tive formed in 2011 to “address the problem of high-risk drinking on college campuses,” according to the project’s website. “[The goal] of the 3rd quarter is to foster a cohesion with the new member class and allow them to have a safe introduction [into the Greek community] without any pressures of alcohol,” Van Holmes added. Olivia Wherry ’16, a newly-initiated member into the Greek community, said the dry period –– despite being “awkward” –– helped her form bonds with members of her pledge class. “I have to admit, I enjoyed [the dry period] a bit because it helped me get closer with the girls in my pledge class. Powers said that while it is important to “measure any new initiatives by the positive results that they create,” she was “not sure that positive results are what we are seeing.” Van Holmes stressed that at this point in the year, Panhellenic’s main goal is to emphasize safety and responsibility, encouraging members of the Greek community, male and female alike, to look out for one another. Despite disagreements with the policy, Van Holmes said that this year’s dry period was a success, adding that all chapters were willing to cooperate with the rules. “I am extremely impressed with the effort that every chapter put into upholding all the tenets of the third quarter and really appreciate all of their effort,” Van Holmes said. Sarah Sassoon can be reached at

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No Excuses For Bias Incidents ON TUESDAY, THE PERPETRATOR OF one of last semester’s bias incidents — a racially-charged attack on four Cornell students in Collegetown in August — was sentenced in the Ithaca City Court to 15 days in jail. It took six months for Anthony Stephans to face trial, and he will not start serving his sentence for another two. Given the racial hatred involved in the crime, we are dissatisfied with how seriously the court treated this case. The plea deal struck in court Tuesday knocked the original misdemeanor charges down to violation-level charges, which means Stephans’ criminal record will remain clean. He will also be allowed to finish his semester at Trinity College before he reports to Ithaca to serve his jail sentence. We feel that the court has allowed the guilty party in this case to answer for his actions at his own convenience — which seems to defy the very purpose of a judicial penalty. Stephans’ statement of apology — a single, generic sentence delivered emotionlessly in court Tuesday — left much to be desired by way of expressing remorse for his harmful actions. We believe the court’s apparent characterization of this incident as a mistake made while under the influence of alcohol oversimplifies and excuses the behavior. Stephans did not bump into the victims on the street and take it personally. He did not become enraged over a perceived slight. He launched an arbitrary, unprovoked and sustained attack on four random, innocent people. Alcohol alone cannot account for that choice. When the victims pleaded with Stephans not to touch them, he physically accosted them, allegedly shoving them and knocking at least one to the ground. When they became so afraid that they fled, seeking refuge in a nearby residence, the perpetrator did not drunkenly stumble away; he actively pursued them. The epithets hurled at the four students not only included pointed slurs attacking their race and presumed sexual orientation; they went further than that, including threats of physical violence. If the police reports detailing the victims’ account of the incident are accurate, this was not a “little misadventure” inspired by alcohol, as the court seemed to imply on Tuesday. This was a hate crime. If we want to get serious about preventing bias incidents in our community — which includes the City of Ithaca beyond the Cornell bubble — the court system cannot make excuses for those who perpetrate them. To come away with a clean record from a crime that could have been justifiably tried as a criminal misdemeanor just does not sit right with us.


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Dragon Day: Can’t We All Just Get Weird?

oday is Dragon Day. For many, the procession of costumed Architecture students parading down Campus Road helps us welcome a much-needed break from the stresses of the semester. First-year Architecture students get to complete their traditional rite of initiation and begin their spring break with a celebration that dates back to 1901. However, there’s been quite an evolution in Dragon Day since prankster Willard Straight ’01 began the tradition over a century ago with the advent of “College of Architecture Day.” While no one knows exactly when the actual phrase “Dragon Day” was coined, Architecture students have been historically parading around campus with a constructed dragon since the 1950s. It very well was more rambunctious back then than the festivities we all know and love today. For example, in 1966, architects released a live painted-green pig into the Ivy Room. Naturally, of course, a massive food fight ensued — mashed potato flinging at CUPD and all. Can you imagine the architects nowadays hiding a pig at WVBR then releasing it into the Ivy Room, just like those ’66 archies? From painting our founders’ statues green to climbing over cars foolish enough to cross the dragon’s path, Architecture students committed the most public campus pranks, exerting autonomy and breaking free from mundane daily existence in ways that would be unthinkable today. We now have roads completely blocked off, environmental health and safety on call and plenty of watchful eyes to ensure that all “risk” is managed. In the past, authorities allowed a manageable space for these more lively activities to exist. Now, where and when on campus does the University allow for more “eccentric” behavior? In the past half-century, risk has been redefined to serve the increasing supervision of government structures, and also to facilitate the corporatization of the University and its growing bureaucratic capacity. There is no place for uncontrolled tradition, held by the hands of the people — the students. Tradition is appropriated and redefined, so large government-like structures like the Administration can manage student activity at a micro-level. These organizations justify their existence with more rules and regulations in the name of student safety and liability management, but can they honestly tell us that Cornell is so much more dangerous than it was 30 years ago? I still want to feel safe at Cornell, but safety and risk management are being

overdrawn at the cost of wonderful, unbridled tradition. Since 2009, the culmination of D-Day’s festivities — the notorious burning of the dragon on the Arts Quad — is all but a memory reserved for those lucky faculty and alumni who witnessed a sensational bonfire in the middle of our usually serene campus. Now, students can only wonder how it must have felt for Cornellians to gather together and welcome the incoming spring with a big-ass fire, raging as a symbol for the reintroduction of life and passion on campus after Ithaca’s dreary winter. Damn you environmental conservation legislation § 9.19.6 NYCRR Part 215: Open Fires! Perhaps these open burn laws were made on some ethical high ground for the “betterment of society,” and perhaps the N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation was wholly unaware that it effectively killed a century-long tradition that draws in thousands from Ithaca, a city ironically renowned for its liberal environmental policies. This is usually the part where the columnist says, “the Government should reevaluate its risk management policy to understand whether risk is in fact being managed, or simply imagined,” but I won’t say that. Behemoth organizations do not respond to generalized critiques aimed at its entirety. No, rather, critiques need to be leveled at individuals or subsections who actually have the agency to change a policy. Unfortunately, who these individuals are and where they exist within the administration is a mystery to me and likely to most of you. Vague statements and deflection of authority is the only response these organizations make to general demands. Cornell has gotten less fun, more stressful, and ever more tradition-less. Dragon Day used to be a staple, a drunken pre-Slope Day celebration to mark the end of the sluggish existence that is Ithaca winters. Now, most of my friends are simply counting the minutes until their hellish week of prelims end, not because they can’t wait to kick off spring break with a huge celebration (read: drinking alcohol with architects) on campus, but instead because they can’t wait to get out of Ithaca as fast as they can. It’s a shame more people don’t care about Dragon Day. Maybe if there still was a monstrous fire on the Arts Quad, more students would be compelled to participate.

Rudy Gerson is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached a Rooting Around column runs alternate Fridays this semester.

CORRECTION Wednesday’s Science article, “The Scientist: Prof. Vivan Zayas ’94 Researches Relationships,” incorrectly stated that participants in Zayas’ research filled in words when prompted. In fact, they only decided if words on a computer screen were real words or non-words.



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Collegiate Courting Ritual: Pixel Habitat N

estled in a remote alleyway in the temperate deciduous biome of Collegetown lies the unique habitat of Pixel — a forum where coeds congregate to display and act upon their most primal instincts. At first glance this habitat appears to be an assembly of sweaty highly-educated youth looking to “get some’”(to use the accepted parlance), yet upon further investigation there are many fascinating social mechanisms and collegiate mating rituals occurring in this desolate cinder block hut. The coeds are forced to wait in line while being screened by guards, to be later ushered into the abode through a small door. Acceptance into Pixel is both coveted and highly restricted. One must obtain a very elderly stature of 21 years of age on planet Earth, or merely bare a false plastic chit attesting to this laudable achievement. Clearly this society deems that these fecund creatures should wait until they are 21 to obtain the morality-reducing, sex-inducing drug known as alcohol. Perhaps this delay is necessary due to exponentially increasing population size. Before ever entering the hut, a hierarchy of social status among the coeds is clearly evident. Those who deem themselves of higher rank feel entitled to finagle their way past the ushered line. In colloquial collegiate terms, these coeds are “assholes.” “Who do they think they are? Can you believe what she is wearing?” are common whispers among the assembled herd. Once formally accepted into the hut, the display of welldressed mammals on the prowl would make an anthropologist orgasm. In the center of the dance floor, the single females

... Upon further investigation there are many fascinating social mechanisms and collegiate mating rituals occurring in this desolate cinder block hut. cluster in tight clothing to reveal their feminine bodies. They dance, and appear to be having a great time with their female counterparts, but their subtle eyeing of the male population makes it clear that they have more reproductive goals in mind. From an evolutionary standpoint, bopping around with friends of the same sex would not support repopulation. Luckily though, the male species is more overt in their courting rituals. The males can be seen circling the females in a domineering manner. Once identifying a potential mate, either based on attractiveness as a long-term partner or for a more immediate romp, the male swoops in. This act often involves approaching the female from behind, and slowly, yet ever so forcefully rubbing and pushing their pelvic area on the rear of the female. The desperate female will accept this act and continue to partake in this copulative motion. However, the ever-skeptical female — recognizing that her male suitor is as yet unseen — will stare at her female friends, open her eyes widely in a seemingly perplexed manner and demand a reassuring nod from her companions. If they approve of this abrupt courtship, the friends will nod and move on. If not, they will counter-swoop and save the female from this potentially unsuitable mate — thus proving the righteous power of natural selection. Once a male secures a female, the humping is often coupled with intense groping. Oral to oral facial contact may commence if the two humans are sufficiently attracted to one another and their pheromones spark alignment. The mating ritual may continue until after 1 a.m. when Pixel closes — often a mere seven minutes after this bizarre ritual commences. The humans will then stumble home together united by shared intoxication and mutual love of that band … you know, the one with the song. Often this courting ritual is unsuccessful — female companions are quick to reject a substandard mate — and both sexes may flee the dance floor, shunning all future encounters. Expect maybe when they run into each other at Trillium and pretend they have never met. A fascinating display of human socialization and sexuality can be seen from 12:47 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the dark hut known as Pixel. These coed mating rituals are perplexing given the subset of humans who participate. The Cornellian courting practices stand in marked contrast to the air of poise and composure they so often assume. This researcher postulates that their high intelligence, nerdiness and overachieving drive causes a crushing anxiety that interferes with more conventional mating practices. Annaclaire Brodnick is a senior Human Development major in the College of Human Ecology. Her studies concentrate in Social and Personality Development. Occasional (thankfully) visits to Pixel have provide a more practical opportunity to apply her more scholarly interests. She may be reached at


Comment of the day “Can we please build larger buildings? Not necessarily taller, but wider and deeper. Too much ratty, unused backyard space in ctown. Allow buildings to have a larger footprint and we can better use the land without having to build up or students move into new neighborhoods.” Shortandfat Re: "City of Ithaca Considers Changes to Zoning That Could Transform Collegetown" published March 14, 2013

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Reviving Nullificaiton: Take It to the State ’ll fight it all the way to the Supreme Court!”

supported by President Obama, which would allow the president to detain American citizens indefinitely without trial or access to a lawyer. Likewise, when Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana last year, they did so in the face of explicit federal law to the contrary — a sort of de facto nullification. And Californians have been using medical marijuana for years, despite Gonzales v. Raich empowering the feds to prevent them from doing so. Though in the 20th century nullification got a bad name through association with southern segregationists,

We’ve all heard that phrase before, raised as we are to think of the Supreme Court as the final decider of important constitutional issues. When conservatives want to attack local anti-gun laws, they take the fight to the high court. When liberals want expanded abortion rights or gay marriage, they do the same. But the court has rarely been a faithful guardian of our constitutional rights. It’s true that over most of the past century it hasn’t been shy in striking down state laws that it thought violated “fundamental rights.” But at the same time it has The government is almost always stamped its supposed to reflect approval on whatever new power the federal govern- their interests just as ment decides to assert. The much as it reflects his. 2005 Gonzales v. Raich case, in which the Court held that, under the “interstate commerce clause,” Congress it had been honorably invoked before could prohibit the use of home- then to oppose such legislative abomgrown medical marijuana — which inations as the Alien and Sedition never traveled interstate and was Acts and the Fugitive Slave Act (One never sold commercially — repre- Vermont state judge is said to have sented the outrageous extent to which defiantly proclaimed that he would the Court would twist constitutional only return a fugitive slave once he language to empower the federal gov- received a bill of sale from God!). ernment. It was not, however, surBut, despite that history, doesn’t it prising, and stood in a long tradition feel weird that states can nullify fedof deference to federal power. eral law? But recently, local communities Well, it shouldn’t. The people of have begun to stand up for them- the individual states originally created selves and protect the rights that the the Constitution to serve their own Supreme Court won’t. interests — to “form a more perfect They’re reviving the old principle union.” In legal parlance, the people of “nullification.” That is, they’re of the states are the “principals” and asserting the states’ power to declare a the federal government is just their federal law unconstitutional and “agent,” — created only to further therefore null and void. In so doing, the people’s interests. they’re returning power to the states, Though the Supremacy Clause where, being closer to the people, it is makes federal laws “made in purbetter controlled. suance of ” the Constitution the Nullification is a bipartisan princi- “supreme law of the land,” disputes ple. Today, conservative legislators in will often arise over whether a law is states such as Vermont, Oklahoma, really “in pursuance of ” the Oregon and South Carolina have Constitution, or whether it actually introduced bills to nullify Obamacare violates it. The orthodox position is and federal gun grabs. that only the Supreme Court gets to But liberals and civil libertarians make that decision. are nullifying too. Last year, Virginia But really, when an agent and nullified the 2012 National Defense principal disagree over what their Authorization Act — a horrible law, relationship means, the principal’s

interpretation should always triumph. For instance, if you hire a lawyer to help you through a divorce, the lawyer is your agent and has to act in accordance with your interests (though he will have some latitude in how he does so). But if the lawyer understands your agreement to also authorize him to arrange you a second marriage, then you certainly have the right to refuse — to nullify his decision — on the grounds that he exceeded his authority. If this were not the case, and the agent gets to decide for itself what the agreement really means, then the agreement gets turned on its head. No more would the government serve you — now you’re just along for the ride, forced to go along with whatever your erstwhile agent commands. So in order to conserve the original principalagent relationship, the people of the states — and not the Supreme Court — must have final say on what the Constitution allows. Of course, law professors may come up with all sorts of justifications for how the Constitution changes with the times, or why the federal government’s “enumerated powers” conveniently turn out to be so expansive as to be virtually unlimited. But that is irrelevant. The important point is that many people disagree with them. They view the rise of omnipotent, centralized government with horror — and they don’t care what Professor Laurence Tribe thinks of it. The government is supposed to reflect their interests just as much as it reflects his. These people demand real limits on federal power. If the Supreme Court won’t enforce those limits, then they will do it themselves, through their states. As an exercise in self-government, nullification is long overdue. Kelse Moen is a third-year law student at Cornell Law School. He can be reached at Barely Legal appears alternate Thursdays this semester.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Oz: The Mediocre and Colorful

throne as the Wizard of Oz. Enticed by the gold of the of this position, he runs off in the night to seek this witch, along with his faithful flying monkey (Zach Braff) and a fragile rescued china doll (Joey If you had asked me when I had first viewed The Wizard of King). True to Ozian form, characters we encounter Oz so many years ago what words I would use to describe to wiz- in Oscar’s “real world” are mirrored both in personard, I’m pretty sure I would have sung you something about ality and actor when set in the land of Oz. Apart being off to see some “wonderful wizard of Oz.” I am also cer- from the show stealing china doll and lovable montain I would not have described him as a con man, a player or a key, the greatest crossover is, of course, Glinda the cocky son of a bitch. However, that is exactly what Oz: The Great Good Witch (Michelle Williams). Glinda’s counterand Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi (The Spiderman Trilogy), part in the real world was the woman we met briefly as Oscar’s old love, Annie. Her significance in his life delivered. Oscar Diggs (James Franco) has pretty much slept his way was so profound, that even the wizard can’t fail to around the Baum Bros (Get it? Baum, as in L. Frank Baum) cir- recognize the similarities between the women. The greatest difficulty director Sam Raimi cus, picking up innocent country girls and conning every audience he meets. When chased by the angry, bodybuilding roman- seemed to have was striking the balance between tic partner of one of his seductees, Oz, as he is known, escapes in Fleming’s 1939 film and modern acting and C.G. the Baum Brothers’ hot air balloon and promises to catch up revolution. Judy Garland was a class acting talent, with the traveling circus in the next town. But with the pre- and modern camera techniques have changed dramatically since dictable tornado twist, Oz finds himself thinking that perhaps he the ’30s. Populating the movie with Franco, Kunis, Weisz and Wilmay not be in Kansas anymore. In a reverse Enchanted effect, however, Oz switches from the muted, cramped full screen feel liams seems to imply the movie would benefit from exemplary in the real world and opens up to the full widescreen potential in acting talent. The scenes, however, felt forced and the dialogue stunted. The lines were over the top and the magical land of Oz. Spotted by the pacing was pushed. This may have the lovely Theodora (Mila Kunis), been an attempt to emulate the ’30s Oz is pegged as the great wizard of Oz: The Great and Powerful vision of Oz, this being a prequel after the “prophecy,” told to bring Directed by Sam Raimi all, but I often worried if the way the peace to the land once more. Promised a great mountain of Starring James Franco, Mila actors were pushed likely ruined the movie’s potential. gold upon taking the throne and Kunis Then there was the land of Oz itself, urged to join the fight by the lovemade up of gorgeous C.G. sets. Though ly, innocent Theodora, our selfish it was beautiful, there where moments Oz would never be one to refuse. when you could practically see James Oz (the land not the person Franco floating along in front of a green here) is in turmoil after the previscreen over the top of backgrounds pastous great wizard was poisoned by ed in behind him. While this choice may his own daughter, the wicked have been an attempt to pay homage to the witch. Evanora (Rachel Weisz), one of his three witch daughters, currently sits on the throne of Oz ’30s Wizard of Oz, it was not done so in a way that aided the film waiting for the wizard. Upon his arrival, Evanora sends Franco’s in the least. The sets, which were very obviously C.G., were beauwizard to kill her exiled sister so that he may take his rightful tiful at some points, but were often so bright that they hurt the MARISSA TRANQUILLI Sun Staff Writer



eyes. When creating a magical land in the modern day, it is logical to generate the fantastical sets via computer, but some actual interaction with set pieces may have done this film some good. The relationships and backstory of the three witches and the wizard makes me wish screenwriters Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire had created a novel as opposed to a movie. The ridiculous nature of the story would have been gorgeous in print, but was lost in translation when the talented actors were contorted into offbeat ’30s caricatures. James Franco’s face became somewhat terrifying at points. I did not know he could smile like that, and never wanted to. The sheer clash of the ’30s against the modern day ruined this potentially amazing prequel to our childhood classic. Though Disney has already approved an Oz: The Great and Powerful 2, I do wish they would leave it at one average, fun, over-the-top extravaganza and stop trying to milk the classic stories for everything they are worth. Oz: The Great and Powerful was funny in a “I don’t know whether I am laughing with the movie or at the movie” kind of way. It will never come close to the original, nor will a sequel do it any credit. It was an interesting movie to say the least. Marissa Tranquilli is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at

Seasons of Literature

t’s a clear and frigid day. The trees are still barren and the bitter wind rushes over the torpid yellow grass. We’re in a transitional phase between winter and spring, a difficult, adolescent time when the weather fluctuates between warm and cold like a temperamental teenager. Soon enough it’ll be true spring. The cherry blossoms on Ho Plaza will bloom, the air will fill with ephemeral fragrance and life will continue on. Literature is about life, and life is defined by phases. So what better way is there to express the phasic nature of life than with the metaphor of seasons? The idea that seasons are analogues to the cycle of life is as old as literature and deeply rooted in the Jungian metaconsciousness. However, why this idea is so ingrained in all of us requires some introspection. After all, the effects of seasonal changes are a peculiar artifact of those civilizations that developed above the tropic of cancer. With Western civilization spreading around the globe in recent centuries, notions of seasonal changes spread like some brain virus or meme, influencing the minds and habits of the peoples that fell under the sway of Western cultural influence. Educated in the grand tradition of English literature, as most of us are, I’m familiar with the works of such seasonally-influenced literary works as the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, the poems of Robert Frost, Disney classics and even concertos like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” These works rely on powerful seasonal images to instill different moods in their audiences. The assumption of their creators was, perhaps, that they were writing for an audience


that had knowledge of the visceral effects of seasons. In my own case, however, coming from Southeast Asia, a place that never experienced the four traditional seasons, I’m not sure how these images came to resonate so deeply within my own literary consciousness. As I read, the deep, dark black, snow-covered forests of deep winter became synonymous with the brooding presence of faeries unseen and magical things underfoot and out of sight. My vision of spring became a lush mountain valley scene with the sun’s rays glinting over perfect crystalline shards of melting ice; Morgenstimmung resonating softly in the background. I knew summer as that wild time of searing heat and torrential rain. A time when the explosive vitality of children’s play in typical bildungsroman fashion came alive. And finally, fall became known to me as that magical time of changing leaves and ripening

Colin Chan Armchair Aesthetics fruit that called to mind Robert Frost’s apple picking shenanigans from his poem “After Apple Picking,” but with the suggestion that with maturity and ripeness comes the inevitable descent into decay and senescence. All of these impressions were nuggets of cultural information that I absorbed without truly knowing what they meant in visceral

terms. That is, of course, until I came to a place where they are immediately apparent. By which I mean Ithaca, with its blistering summers, New England fall colors, and frigid winters. Only then did that crucial component click. Only since then have I come to better understand the authorial drive to use seasons as metaphors. Writing about seasonal changes is a powerful tool to convey the idea of cycles and to help a narrative progress through time. What is understood intuitively by most people is that spring connotes adolescence and freshness, summer vitality and autumn maturity. Winter is a more double-edged sword: A time of simultaneous threat and magic, doubtlessly reinforced by the common child’s belief that winter’s deep heralds a special visitation by one S. Claus. In Richard Adams’ Watership Down, seasons are used to denote a beginning and end to the travails of a warren of intrepid rabbits. With the coming of spring, humans threaten to exterminate the warren to make way for new construction, prompting a small group of rabbits to flee their doomed home and embark on a journey across the fields of rural England on a quest for a new home. At the books end, spring comes again, ending what it started. Seasons can be cross-cultural, too. To the Japanese, for example, seasons are powerful reminders of the ephemerality of beautiful things. For a few precious weeks in April, the country’s countless cherry blossoms bloom and the land is coated in pink. Then, like the golden blossoms of Frost’s poem “Nothing


Gold Can Stay,” they lose their brilliance, fade and shrivel, giving way to the torrential rains of May and June and the oppressive heat of high summer, when the land begins to heave in exhaustion. When autumn rolls along, paradise returns for a brief moment – the skies clear and swathes of forests turn a deep red hue, which, when seen together with their carefully sculpted gardens, induces an otherworldly feeling. Finally, with the coming of winter, the Japanese retreat into their homes and hot springs and wait months for the advent of spring, when their ephemeral paradise returns for two fleeting weeks. The transitory nature of seasons seems to inform the Japanese national consciousness a lot more than in other cultures, and naturally, their literature, art and popular culture teem with references to this ephemerality as well. Seasons are powerful literary devices that derive their potency from the very aptness of their applicability to the human condition. With the coming of spring here in Ithaca, let the literary and cultural connotations of spring tide you by in your own travails. Colin Chan is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at Armchair Aesthetics appears alternate Fridays this semester.


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ans, senior goaltender Eric Hartzell. “They have a big goalie,” said sophomore forward John McCarron, who has scored seven goals since the end of December. “We’ve just got to get to the net hard and he’s usually going to stop the first shot — he’s big, he’s covering up most of the net — but we’ve got to get the shots there first. They do block a lot of shots, but I’ve played against the goalie in juniors. We were successful against him there, so I’ve been telling these guys ... to get it upstairs on him because he drops down because he’s big.” The team has noted that strong goaltending will be a major asset in making a playoff run. In this regard, the Red has been in good hands with the recent play of junior goaltender Andy Iles, who delivered 26 saves en route to a shutout performance, his second of the season, in the Red’s playoff opener at Princeton. “Andy was pretty awesome for us this [past weekend at Princeton],” D’Agostino said. “When he’s on his game, there’s a lot of confidence within our team, and we feel like he’s playing his best hockey right now. As a defenseman, it makes the game that much more comfortable knowing you don’t have to do anything spectacular out there — just keep [the opponents] to the outside and he’s going to make those saves for us. ... [W]e expect nothing short of the best from him this weekend.” Should the Red defeat Quinnipiac, the team will travel to the ECAC Hockey Championship semifinals in Atlantic City, N.J. Semifinal games will be held on March 22, and the conference championship game will be held on March 23. “We are do-our-die, and we’re playing with our season on the line,” McCarron said. “[Quinnipiac] doesn’t have that aspect, because even if they do lose they’ve still going to end up going to the [NCAA] Tournament. I think we can use that to our advantage and just show up ready to go.” Chris Mills can be reached at

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The women’s tennis team aims for its first spring season 8-0 streak in 40 years Friday in its home match-up with Binghamton. The Red look to continue last weekend’s domination, which resulted in convincing 6-1 and 7-0 victories over Pittsburgh and Duquesne, respectively. Junior Ryann Young and sophomore Lauren Frazier are undefeated in dual matches on the season, while freshman Dena Tanenbaum is 7-0 on the season as well. The team has only lost four singles matches and three doubles matches all season. Following this weekend’s play, the Red will head to Coastal Carolina and the College of Charleston on Monday and Tuesday for the team’s annual Spring Break trip. After these three matches, which are all non-league, the Red will face Columbia in its Ivy League opener on March 30. The men’s team is also active this weekend, heading down to Alabama to play in the 65th annual Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic. The Red claimed the No. 2 seed for the tournament and will face William & Mary in its first game on Friday. The Red (9-2) recently saw the end of its sevengame winning streak after a narrow 4-3 loss to Memphis on Sunday. The Red dropped from No. 23 — a program best — to No. 29 due to the loss. Junior Venkat Iyer and sophomore Alex Sidney serve as the team’s No. 1 doubles squad, while sophomores Quoc Nguyen and Jason Luu are hot at No. 2 doubles. Following the match-up with William & Mary, the Red will square off against either No. 34 Columbia or No. 47 Texas Tech on Saturday. After this second game, the team will then face top-seeded Notre Dame, which currently sits at No. 22 nationally, fourth-seeded and No. 38 ranked Nebraska, Troy, or Boise State. Emily Berman can be reached at


Single life | The women’s tennis team is nearly perfect in singles matches this season, posting a 38-4 record.

Top Teams Duke It Out for NBA Dominance Many teams affected by injuries during critical regular season period LIAO

injuries to Stoudemire, Anthony and now Chandler, and their chances of beating the Heat in the playoffs are virtually zero. The Pacers had beaten the Heat twice before but just got obliterated by them this past week. Hard to imagine anyone even challenging the Heat from the East this year. 8. Houston Rockets The Rockets play even faster than the Nuggets; the one key difference between the two teams is that the Rockets play worse defense, but have a certified star in

somehow playing better without Rondo, but there’s not much to say; they look like the same Celtics team we’ve seen for years. If you read my last column, you’d The story is similar for the Hawks; if you know the Nuggets are my favorite team to put on a game of the Hawks from 2010, watch. The team goes up and down the it would take me several minutes to realcourt, speeding up the pace at any chance ize it’s not live. And after losing by 42 (!) it gets. When the Nuggets are at their to the Kings (!), the Bulls should not be best, it almost looks like they are practictalked about until Rose returns. ing a fast-break drill. They get the ball, 14. Los Angeles Lakers and suddenly there’s a three-on-two fast Let me explain; before Kobe’s injury break leading to an open shot or dunk. It’s on Wednesday, I had the Lakers in the top fun to watch. five based on how they’re playing now. 4. Los Angeles Clippers Their rise has been attributed to I’m still reeling from the Howard’s return to form, but it’s Before Kobe’s injury on Wednesday, I mainly due to Kobe’s incredible DeAndre Jordan dunk. I don’t usually assign hyperbole to things had the Lakers in the top five based play, especially in the clutch. He’s like this, but that was the best inplaying more efficient and distribon how they’re playing now. game dunk I’ve ever seen. He uting more and is the focal point of caught the perfect lob clean with everything the Lakers do. If the his off-hand, head at rim-level and Lakers plan on doing anything this absolutely murdered any street-cred James Harden. With Kobe Bryant’s recent season, it revolves around Kobe’s health Brandon Knight had. Wow. Oh, and the injury, I would argue James Harden is the and nothing else. Clippers are pretty good too. best shooting guard in the league, able to 15. Golden State Warriors 5. San Antonio Spurs 16. Dallas Mavericks score in any way imaginable and set teamI’d rank the Spurs higher if Parker was- mates up as well. Plus he has a nice beard. 17. Portland Trailblazers n’t injured; however, the fact that they are 9. Milwaukee Bucks 18. Utah Jazz still fourth after losing their best player 10. Brooklyn Nets These four teams (as well as the speaks volumes to the Spurs as a team. If 11. Boston Celtics Rockets and Lakers) are fighting for the LeBron, Marc Gasol or Chris Paul were West’s last three playoff spots. The 12. Atlanta Hawks injured, there would be no chance their 13. Chicago Bulls Warriors, especially David Lee, have teams would be a top-five team in the I mentioned how the Pacers and struggled after All-Star Break, while the NBA. Without Parker, the Spurs machine Knicks have no chance in the East, but Mavericks have been very average all year. keeps chugging along, relying on contri- these five teams are fighting for an Dirk has been a non-factor all year and butions from every player on their roster. Eastern semifinal berth. The Bucks are I’m unsure if it’s still from his injury or his The team has been labeled a “regular-sea- playing the best out of the bunch after age. The Blazers and Utah can’t seem to son” team the last couple years, but I still acquiring JJ Redick, which has made put it all together, but do have some nice think they are the most dangerous playoff Monta Ellis a much more efficient player pieces to build on for the future. They’ll team in the West with a healthy Parker. for some reason. Deron Williams is start- both be interesting teams to watch next 6. Indiana Pacers ing to play better for the Nets, which is a season, but this season? Not so much. 7. New York Knicks good sign, but everyone outside Williams Not too much to say about these and Brook Lopez has been a disappointteams; they’re both good, albeit the fact ment this season and that duo is not good Albert Liao can be reached at that the Knicks are now struggling with enough to carry a team. The Celtics are Continued from page 12

(AP) The NHL map is finally in order with Detroit and Columbus heading east, and Winnipeg moving west. “We’re thrilled, absolutely thrilled,” Blue Jackets executive John Davidson said on a telephone conference call Thursday, shortly after the realignment plan was approved in a vote by the league’s board of governors. “We tend to use the (term) common sense around here. This seems to make a lot of common sense.” The new format goes into effect next season, and will feature two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings and Blue Jackets. The Jets will now be part of a Western Conference that’s made up of two seven-team divisions. It’s a plan that Commissioner Gary Bettman called “fan-friendly,” because it aligns teams by divisions that are mostly in the same time zones. And Bettman noted it will re-establish numerous rivalries by geography and tradition. Detroit returns to the East in a yet-to-be named division that will feature three other Original Six franchises, Toronto, Boston and Montreal. And Winnipeg is now part of a central-based division after having spent the past two years playing in the Southeast. “We think this is a common sense practical realignment,” Bettman said. Without providing details, Bettman said the vote conducted by email was not unanimous, but “well in excess” of the two-thirds majority required. The new format also creates changes in determining the 16-team playoff field. The top three teams in each division will qualify for the postseason. The next two teams with the best records in each conference will then earn wild-card berths. That will make it more difficult for teams to qualify in the East, because it will have two more clubs than the West competing for eight berths. The NHL Players’ Association had already signed off on the realignment format, which will be in place for at least three seasons. The Atlanta Thrashers’ relocation to Winnipeg two years ago helped precipitate the need for realignment. All three teams making the switch will benefit, because they will no longer have to make extended road trips outside of their time zones. “As much as we enjoyed those trips down south, I think our team and our coaches are very pleased to know we’re going to be playing in a Central time zone,” Jets chairman Mark Chipman said. “I think it’s very exciting for us as an organization and our fans to be geographically located where we ought to be.” The Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild should also benefit from the change. They will now be in a division mostly made up of teams that play in the same Central time zone. Stars CEO Jim Lites said the switch from the Pacific Division will benefit his players and fans. Lites said TV ratings dropped by as much as 60 percent because of the later start times when the Stars played against their division rivals on the West Coast. He also noted that the team lost between seven and 10 practice days a season because of travel. “No one is a bigger beneficiary in this than the Dallas Stars,” Lites said. It’s no different for Columbus. “I’ve done a lot of town hall conferences with our fans here, and 99.999 (percent) of our fans really wanted to desperately be in the East,” Davidson said. “So when you get out the ledger sheet and you go pros and cons, I don’t think there is anything on the negative side. This is all positive.” All teams will play each other both home and away at least once each season. And teams will play division rivals at least four times a season. With Detroit and Toronto set to be in the same division, it revived questions of whether the two will meet in the league’s annual Winter Classic next season. The two were supposed to play at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1 this season, before that game was wiped out as a result of the NHL lockout. Bettman hinted of that being a possibility. “We think the notion of having Toronto play Detroit at the ‘Big House’ is a good thing to do,” Bettman said. “Beyond that, you’ll just have to wait and see.”


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C.U.Tops Penn State In Double Overtime By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

With just over one minute left in the second overtime period, senior attack Caroline Salisbury fired a shot into the Penn State net, giving the Red a thrilling victory over the No. 7 Nittany Lions on Wednesday. The game-winner came just three minutes after Salisbury missed a chance to put the game away in the first overtime, but the senior refused to let history repeat itself, capitalizing on her second opportunity. The win over a top-10 team gave the Red its second straight five-win start to the season. “We’re very confident right now,” Salisbury said. Junior midfielder Amanda D’Amico led the Red offensively, scoring five goals on six shots. Salisbury chipped in three goals and an assist and sophomore attack Lindsay Toppe also netted three. Toppe is the Red’s leader on offense so far this season, recording 21 goals and eight assists for 29 points. The Red has five players with double digit points on the season, a testament to the balanced attack the team brings to the field. “I think everyone has really stepped up and everyone is contributing, so the other teams can’t guard just one person, which is huge,” Salisbury said. Coming off the win over Penn State, the Red heads to a neutral site in Baltimore, Md., to take on Albany. It is the first time Cornell is matching up against the Great Danes in recent history.


Unstoppable | Attack Lindsay Toppe currently leads the Red offense with 21 goals and eight assists in just five games. Similar to the Red, Albany also features a balanced offensive attack. Rachael Burek leads the Great Danes offense with nine goals and seven assists on the season. “We’re going to bring an aggressive defense,” Salisbury said. “We like to have high pressure on all the attackers.” The Great Danes defense has struggled, though, as their starting goaltender Anna Berman has allowed 35 goals while making only 24 saves. The Red’s potent offense will be a threatening force for Albany to deal with. Though the Red’s offense is led primarily by under-

classmen, the stalwarts of Salisbury and senior goalkeeper Courtney Gallagher have been providing important leadership for the team this year. “I think the senior class brings commitment and hard work,” Salisbury said. “We focus on trying to make sure that we’re out-hustling the other teams because we think that will go a long way.” Scott Chiusano can be reached at

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After sweeping Princeton in the opening round of the ECAC Hockey Championship tournament, the Red is now preparing for a meeting with the nation’s top ranked team. Facing possible elimination, ninthseed Cornell (14-14-3, 8-11-3 ECAC) will travel to Hamden, Conn., this week to take on top-seeded Quinnipiac (24-5-5, 17-2-3) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. The team’s first game will begin Friday at 7:00p.m. “There’s a lot of excitement in the room right now,” senior defenseman Nick D’Agostino said. “[W]e knew on Sunday it was going to be either ‘Qpac’ or RPI, and even though [Quinnipiac’s] the number one team in the nation, I think a couple guys

wanted to get the chance again to play against them. It’s going to be a lot of fun to go down there. ... It’s going to be a [really] hostile environment, we’re going to be big underdogs, but we’re fine with that. We’ve been playing well and we’re excited to get down there.” In the two previous meetings this season, the Bobcats have upended the Red 4-1 in November and February, respectively. Despite the Quinnipiac’s superior regular season play — the Red’s seven-game losing streak occurred at the same time as the Bobcats’ 21-game unbeaten streak — head coach Mike Schafer ’86 is proud of the way his team has been playing as of late and noted that he appreciates the tough competition Quinnipiac will bring. “[Quinnipiac’s] a great opponent,” Schafer said. “They’re the number one


Defense-driven | The Red will have its work cut out for it against Quinnipiac, which boasts the stingiest defense in the league with 1.59 goals allowed per game.

team in the country and they’ve earned that rank. They’ve been extremely consistent throughout the course of the year. They’ve done it as a team.” Schafer added that the Red is looking to this weekend’s series as a shot at redemption. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to go down there, [have a chance to] beat the number one team in the country, go to [the semifinals in] Atlantic City [and] maybe gain a little bit more self-respect back in the sense that we thought we’d be that kind of team ourselves — near the top of the league,” he said. Senior leadership, sound fundamentals and strong teamwork have characterized Quinnipiac this season. The result has been a team noted for its defense, leading college hockey with a 91.7 penalty kill percentage and relinquishing the fewest goals — a meager 1.59 per game — of any team in the nation. “They just play real good team defense,” D’Agostino said. “They play a very similar system to us. Their [defense plays] man-on-man and they’ve got a lot of experience on the back end and some good defensive forwards who are seniors now, who’ve been around here, and they’ve all bought into the system. They play real tight in the neutral zone. ... But we’re with fine playing a low-scoring defensive game ... That’s what we’re used to playing here at Cornell, and those are the games that we like to be in.” A big key to the Red’s success this weekend will be putting pressure on one of Quinnipiac’s seasoned veter-

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very year, the NBA starts getting serious when we leave for Spring Break. With less than 20 games remaining, every team is gearing up for the playoffs and making that final push … or starting to tank, whatever. Nonetheless, let’s take a screenshot of the NBA with a

2.Memphis Grizzlies After the Grizzlies gave away backups Wayne Ellington and Marreese Speights for nothing but cap relief and traded leading scorer Rudy Gay for the same reason, it seemed like the Grizzlies would rather be a good team rather than a great team this year. They’ve won 14 of their last 15 without

Albert Liao Playing the Field quick Power Rankings of the teams who still matter. 1. Miami Heat The past few years, the arguments for the best team and best player have both been good ones. This year, however, LeBron and the Heat have made the conversation a lot less fun. The Heat is clearly the best team after 20 straight wins, but even when the team isn’t playing its best, you know they can rev it into another gear during the playoffs. Similarly, LeBron is the undisputed best player in the NBA right now and anyone attempting to argue against that looks plain stupid.

Gay, however, losing only to the Heat, and don’t appear to be missing Gay’s offense — which was very inefficient to begin with — at all. A quick aside: just three years ago, Chris Wallace, the Grizzlies’ general manager, was widely regarded as one of the worst G.M.s in the league, trading Pau Gasol for his chubby younger brother and a bag of chips. Now, he’s pulling sneaky trades to improve his team and shave off cap space at the same time; I have no idea how this transformation happened. See LIAO page 11


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