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Univ.: Reports of Sexual Assault at 23-Year High Incidents are often unreported,officials say are getting support, either through counseling, housing changes, class schedule changes or Reports of sexual assault have investigations into the sexual misrisen to a 23-year high at Cornell, conduct.” Grant’s statement may surprise a sign that efforts to educate community members about sexual some, who have argued at protests violence have been working, and community events that a campus culture condoning vioadministrators say. From 1990 to 2007, the lence against women and minorities is to blame University docufor the uptick in mented an aver“We shouldn’t look reports. Yet age of three Grant says that, reports of sexual at a rise in reports given how underassault a year; in the 2012-13 aca- as a negative thing.” reported sexual assault is, it is demic year, there unlikely the JA’s were 23 reported Mary Beth Grant J.D. ’88 office has heard cases, according “more than a to Judicial Administrator Mary Beth Grant fraction of cases that might be J.D. ’88. While editorials, aware- referred.” The Centers for Disease ness campaigns and lawsuits have warned that campuses are Control and Prevention estifacing a rape epidemic, Cornell mates that one in five women administrators say they consider will be sexually assaulted during the University’s recent uptick in her college years. In the most reports an indication that more recent academic year for which students know where they can statistics were available, just 23 students — out of more than turn to for help. “Everyone agrees our numbers 20,000 undergraduates and [of reports] are likely to go up,” graduate students — reported Grant said. “We shouldn’t look at being sexually assaulted at a rise in reports as a negative Cornell. Based on what national thing; we should see it as a positive thing because more people See ASSAULT page 5 By AKANE OTANI

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Ever heard of me? | Ed Helms, known for his roles in The Office, The Hangover trilogy and The Daily Show, will be the first comedian to speak at Cornell’s Convocation ceremony.

Actor Ed Helms Will Address Seniors at 2014Convocation By LIZ CAMUTI Sun Senior Writer

Actor and comedian, Ed Helms — best known for his role as passionate Cornell alumnus Andy Bernard ’95 on NBC’s The Office — will address graduating seniors at convocation this year, the Class of 2014 Convocation Committee announced Tuesday. During his run on The Office, Helms made a name for himself as Andy Bernard, a paper salesman at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, who frequently references his time

at Cornell. With lines such as “I graduated from anger management the same way I graduated from Cornell: On time,” Bernard is, perhaps, Cornell’s most famous fictional alumnus. In addition to his role on The Office, Helms, a graduate of Oberlin College, has also starred in the Hangover trilogy and served as a correspondent on The Daily Show. Jennifer Lee ’14, chair of this year’s convocation ceremony and committee said she is thrilled with the selection of Helms as convocation See HELMS page 4

Cornellians Create Petition Calling for Return of Course 500 signatures as of Tuesday night — calling for the University to continue offering American Studies 2001, according to Students and alumni alike had mixed Boehme, who is currently a teaching assistant emotions upon learning that American for the class. “This is disappointing news for the Studies 2001: The First American University will not be offered during the 2014-15 acad- Cornell community,” Boehme said. “AMST 2001 has established itself as a very popular emic year. The course — taught for four years by class among students, staff and faculty to understand the rich culture, Corey Earle ’07, associate traditions and history of director of student programs in the Office of “This is disappointing Cornell. I invite anyone to Alumni Affairs — will be news for the Cornell go on Twitter on a Monday night and follow the hashtag replaced with a one-time, community.” #AMST2001.” four-credit course taught by Weinberg said he hopes Prof. Isaac Kramnick, govSimon Boehme ’14 that the American Studies ernment, and Glenn Department offers an explaAltschuler Ph.D. ’76, dean of the School of Continuing Education. The nation for why the course will not be offered new course will focus on the last 75 years of and reconsiders offering it for the Class of Cornell’s history and will be offered in honor 2015. He said, however, that if American of the sesquicentennial, The Sun previously Studies 2001 is not able to be offered, he hopes an “adequate substitute” is created so reported. In response, Simon Boehme ’14, Andrew that Cornellians do not miss out on a year of Levine ’14 and Jon Weinberg ’13 created an Earle’s class. “This class has touched so many online petition — which has garnered over By TYLER ALICEA

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Cornellians and so many different kinds of Cornellians,” Weinberg said. “It’s a remarkable cross-section of the Cornell community.” Both Weinberg and Boehme said that they respect both Altschuler and Kramnick and the course that they will be offering in the fall. Both of them, however, said that they think the courses serve different purposes. “I think both [classes] reach different audiences. [AMST 2001] is a class for students who don’t have time to take a four credit class,” Boehme said.

Weinberg agreed, adding that Earle’s class is unique and does not have a parallel to other academic experiences on campus. “It’s a very different animal and a different manifestation,” Weinberg said. “To insinuate that one replaces the other is completely, in my mind, false.” In response, Earle took to Twitter Tuesday to offer his support for the sesquicentennial course. See COURSE page 5

AMST 2001 CANCELLED FOR 2014-15 STUDENTS REACT ON TWITTER It would be a HUGE mistake for Cornell not to continue #AMST2001. They should try to be more like J.G. Schurman and less like L. Farrand — @MaxSchechter @crearle #AMST2001 will remain one of my favorite classes I took during my four years here! — @itsachen For more student reactions, visit cornellsun.com.


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LONDON (AP) — A guitar-loving British legislator has challenged a policy that he says makes it impossible for prisoners to play steel-stringed or electric guitars. The Labour Party’s Kevin Brennan Tuesday cited singers Johnny Cash and Billy Bragg as people who helped bring music into prisons for rehabilitative purposes.

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He said government policy was making it more difficult for prisoners to develop their musical skills. Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said he wants prisoners to be able to play guitars solo or in groups but that “some restrictions” had to be imposed. There are fears that steel strings could be used as weapons. Wright said he would review regulations to make sure they are appropriate. One of Cash’s most famous songs, “Folsom Prison Blues,” depicts the plight of a convicted murderer stuck in prison.

LaughFest Claims New Sunglasses Record GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — There appears to be another arcane world record in Grand Rapids, this time for the most people wearing sunglasses at night. Gilda’s LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens. The fourth annual festival of laughter kicked off Thursday, March 6, with an effort to break the sunglasses record. Participants received official bright yellow LaughFest sunglasses. Guinness World Records says the current mark was set in July 2012 by 1,642 people at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. LaughFest spokesman Tyler Lecceadone said the group’s count shows that 1,675 people wore sunglasses March 6. “We had a seriously fun time at this year’s world record attempt,” said Wendy Wigger, president of LaughFest.


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C.U.to Provide Tax-Free Zones for State Start-Ups

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Cornell has recently been granted state approval for tax-free zones to house start-up companies in areas aligned with the University’s academic mission, according to University officials. Businesses eligible for the program include companies involved in research collaborations with a Cornell department, firms commercializing research done at the University or companies that offer co-ops or internships to Cornell students, according to Tom Schryver ’95 MBA ’02, executive director of new venture advancement. Cornell students will be able to benefit from the program through more experiential learning and research opportunities, according to Schryver. “Having a diverse and robust economy around the University is a great thing for students,” he said. Prospective tenants — including Cornell alumni — have indicated interest in the approved properties, according to Caitlin Schickel, a regional economic development specialist for the University. “We’ve been fielding calls from over two dozen companies, some more viable than others,” Schickel said. The approved sites include office and lab space in the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences in Weill Hall, unused dairy barns in Harford and office space and developable land in Cornell’s Business and Technology Park in Lansing, according to the plan submitted by Cornell to the state.

Businesses eligible for the program are generally involved in research or high-tech manufacturing and cannot be focused on hospitality, financial services or consumer services, according to Schickel. The grant comes is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s START-UP N.Y. program — an economic development initiative that allows new businesses to avoid paying state taxes for up to 10 years if they locate close to a community college or a public or private university, according to the START-UP N.Y. website. “We’re finding that some [out-of-state] businesses are interested in coming to New York, or there are other businesses that are in New York thinking about where they want to put new divisions and expand,” Schryver said. The benefits to companies accepted into the program are significant, according to Schickel. “All new employees get the benefit of no state income tax, there is no state corporate tax and no sales tax for the start-ups,” Schickel said. Some of the properties made available by Cornell are also property tax-exempt, meaning that companies located on these properties will have the added benefit of no property taxes, according to Schickel. The University’s participation in the START-UP N.Y. program is just one initiative in a series of Cornell’s attempts to help grow the surrounding economy, according to Schryver. Other programs include the Downtown Ithaca Business Incubator, headed by a partnership involving Cornell, Ithaca

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Poet Jessica Care Moore and Cornell faculty members commemorate the life of African Writer Amiri Baraka at the Africana Studies and Research Center.

College and Tompkins Cortland Community College through the Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot, a state plan meant to fund economic development in the region, The Sun previously reported. “We’re looking to create structures from business incubation to mentoring and support as well as this START-UP N.Y. oppor-

tunity,” Schryver said. “So that if anybody wants to start and grow a business in the region, including students here at Cornell or at one of the other colleges in the region, they have the support structures to do it.” David Janeczek can be reached at janeczek@cornellsun.com.

Prof: Academic Boycott of Israel Would ‘Hurt’ Students By CHRISTOPHER STANTON Sun Staff Writer

Prof. William Johnson, law, said during a lecture Tuesday that he opposed the recent American Studies Association movement to boycott Israeli academic institutions — the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign — in both its tactics and motivations. “Bad things start small,” Johnson said in his opening statement. “And academic boycotts are a bad thing.” The event — titled “The Case for Israel and Academic Freedom” and sponsored by the Cornell ALICE PHAM / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Call to action | Prof. William Johnson, law, speaks in opposition to the boycott of Israeli academic institutions in McGraw Hall Tuesday.

Israel Public Affairs Committee — followed months of debate in the academic world regarding Israel’s alleged “apartheid state” imposed upon Palestine, according to Johnson. He said over 250 representatives from American universities — including Cornell President David Skorton — have expressed opposition to the boycott tactic. “Even if you’re against Israel, you should want to increase academic interaction,” Johnson said. “You should want to foster that cooperation. Anyone who knows about Israel knows that the academics there are some of the harshest critics of Israeli policies.”

Johnson compared the situation to his personal experiences studying abroad in Moscow under Soviet rule and said the lack of an academic boycott against the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin could have contributed to the its eventual downfall. However, The American Studies Association — an organization “committed to social justice” — does not aim to reduce dialogue between American and Israeli scholars, according to the organization’s website. “The resolution does not prevent the ASA from working with or inviting Israeli scholars or

Palestinian scholars at Israeli institutions to participate in ASA activities as individuals,” the website said. Johnson, who says he is proIsrael and runs a conservative blog called “Legal Insurrection,” spent the majority of the talk arguing against using academic boycotts as a tactic. “It hurts the students,” he said. “By what right do the faculty take the choice away from students? It’s them trying to enforce their will on students. Academic boycotts are not a victimless crime, and the victim is the academic community.” According to the ASA website, the boycott is a non-violent campaign similar those against South Africa during the apartheid era. The site added that “Israel’s legalized system of racial discrimination against the Palestinian peo-

ple meets the apartheid criteria as defined in the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.” Johnson said that the vote passed the ASA, though only a third of its constituents showed up for the vote. The ASA website, however, said the voter turnout was the highest in the organization’s history with 1252 voters present and 66.05 percent of them endorsing the resolution. During the lecture, Johnson called on students to participate in debates on the topic. “You’ve got to show up, you’ve got to participate and you’ve got to learn your stuff,” he said in his closing statement. Chris Stanton can be reached at cstanton@cornellsun.com.

Police Report Harassment on West Campus An individual was referred to the Judicial Administrator Monday for harassment at McFaddin Hall, according to the Cornell University Police Department. Grand Larceny at Noyes Community Center An officer was dispatched to take a report from a student regarding a grand larceny Monday at Noyes Community Center, according to CUPD. Harassment at Robert Purcell Community Center Investigation is pending on a student report of aggravated harassment on Sunday at Robert Purcell Community Center, CUPD said. — Compiled by Zoe Ferguson


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Helms Will Be First Comedian to Speak At C.U.Convocation HELMS

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speaker because he is someone “everyone in the Cornell community can connect to.” “Ed Helms is great for our convocation because every time alumni or students watch The Office or see Andy Bernard, they are reminded of Cornell,” Lee said. Helms — who gave the Convocation address at Knox College last year — is the first ever comedian to speak at Cornell’s Convocation ceremony. Since 2001, 10 politicians, including last year’s speaker Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), have spoken at Convocation. Lee said the Convocation Committee is excited to break this trend. “If you look at all of the Ivies — all of the schools we academically compete with — they’ve all started getting comedians and other pop culture figures, and we haven’t been able to compete with them in that way yet,” Lee said. “We’ve had some awesome, big name speakers for sure, but this year the Convocation Committee felt destined to do something different.” Corey Earle ’07, associate director of student programs in the Office of Alumni Affairs, said he believes Ed Helms was “an appropriate choice” for this year’s Convocation ceremony. “An entire generation of Cornellians, when they think of Ed Helms, think of a Cornellian in pop culture,” Earle said. “I’m also definitely happy to see the committee pick someone who’s not a politician as those speakers tend to be more polarizing among the Cornell community.” The University will hold its 146th convocation ceremony on May 24 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Schoellkopf Stadium. Liz Camuti can be reached at lcamuti@cornellsun.com.

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“Thank you for the kind words [and] support of #AMST2001. I hope the 1,250 students who took it better appreciate what it means to be Cornellians,” Earle posted on Twitter. “The new course will be a great opportunity for students to get in-depth Cornell history from two legendary professors.” Students who planned to take the course said they were disappointed to learn that American Studies 2001 will not be offered in spring 2015. Bridgette Aumand ’15 said she thinks it is a shame that the class will not be offered and said she

hopes the University will reconsider whether or not it offers the course. “I was really looking forward to taking the course, but I just don’t have four credits to devote to it,” she said. Sarah Cochran ’15 echoed Aumand’s sentiments about the number of credits she is able to fit in her senior schedule. “This class is extremely important to me since I’m a legacy,” she said. “It’s not just the ‘History of Cornell,’ as they call it, it’s the history of my family’s time at Cornell.” Tyler Alicea can be reached at managing-editor@cornellsun.com.


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C.U.: Assault Education Initiatives Successful ASSAULT

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statistics suggest, if every student who was sexually assaulted reported his or her attack to campus authorities, the University would handle thousands of more cases every year. But there are nowhere near thousands of cases being reported to Cornell police in a given year. What the discrepancy shows is that “there are a lot of people who are experiencing sexual assault during their college years, whether on campus or elsewhere, that could be receiving support who aren’t because we don’t know about it,” Grant said. A Perception That ‘It’s Not Happening in Our Backyard’

Since a high-profile string of sexual assaults were reported in fall 2012, the University has ramped up efforts to educate students, faculty and staff about sexual violence. New students learn about sexual assault and consent during orientation; fraternity brothers train to intervene in risky situations; and faculty and staff are completing a program on eliminating harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The University has also made controversial changes to its policy on handling sexual assault cases. “We’re starting to pay a great deal more attention to sexual assault this year than we have in recent years,” said Nina Cummings M.S. ’92, health educator and victim advocate at Gannett Health Services. Yet in some ways, these efforts — while palpable signs of change in the campus’ rules and culture — are not enough, students say. “There’s still a perception that [sexual assault] doesn’t happen here — that it’s not happening in our backyard,” said Juliana Batista ’16, women’s issues representative for the Student Assembly. “There are tons of situations where people who have been assaulted won’t go to the J.A. or police because they don’t want to talk about what happened.” Melissa Lukasiewicz ’14 went further, saying although she thinks Cornell has made strides in educating the community about sexual assaults, the campus culture seems to remain “one that perpetuates the acceptance of sexual violence and may even encourage it.” “It’s a culture in which rape and sexual assault, often against women or gender diverse people, are common. It's a culture in which prevalent attitudes condone, normalize, excuse and encourage sexualized violence,” said Lukasiewicz. Students’ hesitation to report cases may be exacerbated by the lack of medical professionals on campus who can collect evidence in the aftermath of a sexual assault, said E.E. Hou ’15, president and creative director of the Every1 Campaign, which organizes educational photoshoots about consensual sex. While Gannett offers counseling, referrals and medical services to students who have been assaulted, students who want to collect evidence to bring their attacker to court have no choice but to go to

Cayuga Medical Center within 72 hours of the attack. Because the hospital is miles away from campus and not easily accessible for students without a car, there is an “undue burden on students to get evidence,” Hou said. All three students interviewed are hoping to make reporting sexual assaults easier by convincing the University to hire its own Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, a medical professional specialized in caring for and collecting evidence from victims of sexual assault and abuse. If students can walk into Gannett to have forensic samples taken, they may stand a better chance of bringing their attacker to court or providing evidence to the J.A. “Because evidence in the wake of a sexual assault is so rare, and the burden of proof has recently been lowered due to [Policy] 6.4, a SANE nurse could strengthen the new investigative process by providing an avenue for more evidence,” Hou said. “Allowing survivors to go forward with cases when they wouldn’t be allowed to otherwise … can allow them to psychologically cope.” Students: Bottom-Up Approach Needed to Fight Sexual Assault

The University’s Council on Sexual Violence and Prevention — formed in fall 2013 by President David Skorton to collaboratively address sexual assault at Cornell — has 48 members on its roster. Just five of those members are students. The poor student representation on the council is perhaps a symptom of what Hou sees as a significant issue on campus: student leaders not being knowledgeable enough about sexual assault to effect meaningful change. Even the administrators at the forefront of sexual assault prevention and adjudication efforts say they can only do so much. Students also need to help each other in their day-to-day lives, Grant said. “Those of us who are in bed at 10 at night don’t have as strong a pulse on these issues like party life, academic life and extracurricular activities and don’t see firsthand what’s going on in students’ lives just day to day,” Grant said. “The more students who get involved, who say ‘we want people to be respected,’ who expect sexual activities to be safe, fun and sober enough to be consensual … the better.” It may not take radical steps to get more students actively involved in primary prevention. Research shows that perpetrators of sexual assault are often a small minority of the population who, in a White House report, were found to admit to committing an average of six rapes each. Perpetrators “offend multiple times, sometimes because we don’t have systems in place that can easily hold them accountable,” Cummings said. “If in fact that’s true, we have a large critical mass of students who, by learning about and paying attention to risk factors and watching out for their friends, can make a difference,” Cummings said. Akane Otani can be reached at aotani@cornellsun.com.

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#SaveAMST2001 To the Editor: Re: “New Course Will Honor Cornell’s Sesquicentennial,” News, March 18. We are writing in response to The Sun story announcing the course American Studies 2001: The First American University will not be offered in the Spring 2015 due to a special, one-time four-credit course being taught by Prof. Glenn Altschuler, American studies and Prof. Isaac Kramnick, government in the fall of 2014 on the history of Cornell from 1940 to the present. We are only three concerned Cornellians, but no means the only ones compelled to call question to this decision. Over 500 Cornellians from different colleges, classes and areas of involvement have voiced their opinion thus far on SaveAMST2001.com. We are united solely by the fact that we took, are taking or wish to take the course. Although we have the utmost respect for the professors teaching that course and for the administrators tasked with making decisions on course offerings, we are very disconcerted by the prospect of Cornell not offering American Studies 2001 next spring and question the logic leading to its cancellation. We are very happy that Altschuler and Kramnick have chosen to offer their course this coming fall and believe that those who choose to deeply immerse themselves in the modern history of Cornell will find it particularly rewarding. Having said that, we are frustrated, disappointed and baffled that the American Studies department have determined the offering of a four-credit intensive course in the fall necessitates the cancellation of a onecredit, elective course the following spring. To us, it is clear that the courses serve different ends for different students, and to not offer American Studies 2001 only works against engendering the passion Cornell is trying to promote for the coming sesquicentennial. As anyone with even the most basic familiarity with American Studies 2001 can tell you, it is not a purely academic endeavor. The course is intended to provide a large cross-section of Cornellians with a unifying, cathartic experience that ignites a passion for and a continuing, unyielding and persistent connection to our Alma Mater, far Above Cayuga’s waters. Corey Earle ’07, who teaches the course, loves Cornell perhaps more than anyone we know and uniquely conveys appreciation for Cornell and how we can learn from the good and the bad in our history. Cornell is a very big place, and thus there are few communal experiences we share both academically and extracurricularly while on The Hill. American Studies 2001 is unique in that it is accessible to all students, appeals to almost everyone and allows us to see learn about the Cornell experience via a consistent, historical narrative. To say that the course is an irreplaceable opportunity for all Cornell students, faculty and staff to gain an appreciation for our University would be an understatement. We hope that the American Studies Department will take this opportunity to reconsider its decision to cancel American Studies 2001, especially if the new course reaches sufficient enrollment — we have no doubt it will. Students are at the very least owed an explanation of what went into the cancellation decision. One of the first things one learns in American Studies 2001 is our University’s motto: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” How ironic is it, then, that the University is precluding the best opportunity for students to find instruction in the history of Cornell? The First American University has, should and hopefully will continue to allow for any person to learn about The First American University. Simon Boehme ’14 Andrew Levine ’14 Jon Weinberg ’13

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ave you ever taken a Buzzfeed quiz? If the answer is yes, you are Katniss Everdeen. If the answer is no, you should have a beach wedding. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then your patronus is a turtle. For the adults who read my column — Hi Mom and Dad! — Buzzfeed is an online social news and entertainment website. They report real news, as well as funny articles and videos that people can relate to. They also have online quizzes with a variety of silly questions that predict something about you. Those answers reflect some of the many weird and random quizzes available, ranging from, “What Should You Name Your Child?” (Reuben — um, why?) to, “Which Fast Food Chain Are You?” (Wendy’s — but we all know I should have gotten Dunkin Donuts) to one of my favorites, “Which Secondary Harry Potter Character Are You?” (Dean Thomas — the jury is still out on this one). Although they have been available for a long time, Buzzfeed quizzes only became popular recently and have taken the Internet by storm. Everyone seems to be obsessed with finding out which characters, various foods or inanimate objects we are, or what major life decisions Buzzfeed thinks we should make — i.e., haircuts we should get, cities we should move to, the list goes on. An avid Buzzfeed quiz-taker myself, I confess that I get very agitated when I don’t get my favorite character or answer. But have you ever really looked at the questions on Buzzfeed quizzes and thought about if they really predict your fate? Picking my favorite puppy in a sweater really won’t indicate whether I should have studied abroad in Amsterdam, and picking a specific picture of Obama won’t differentiate me from which alcoholic beverage I represent, so I have to conclude that Buzzfeed quizzes do not actually tell us anything. The popularity of Buzzfeed quizzes reflects our culture’s norm that we need to identify or label ourselves as one thing. We live in a world where we have to define ourselves in 140 characters, restricting our identities to the labels we give ourselves. In my Media and Human Development class last semester, we talked about how a big part of our devel-

opment at this stage in our lives is figuring out our identities and who we want to be. It is no wonder that we love taking these quizzes — silly or serious — to help us in this process or to validate decisions we have already made for ourselves. We see this need to label everywhere in our culture. For example, people are expected to identify their sexuality — to label themselves as straight, gay, bisexual, etc. — when in reality, sexuality is fluid. Though many people are comfortable defining themselves in this way, there are many who are not, and who feel pressured to label themselves because everyone expects them to. While language can be very helpful in understanding each other, it becomes a problem when it restricts us from being who we want to be. Nonetheless, I do not think that all labels are bad and that we should not use them. I am proud to call myself a feminist, a Jew and a Harry Potter fan. I’m also proud to have gotten Olivia Pope in the “What S c a n d a l Character Are You?” quiz. Not all labels are bad: They help describe and portray ourselves to the world. However, I have a problem when these labels limit how people know and view me. I am more than just these labels, just as everyone who gets McDonald’s in the fast food chain quiz is not limited to only eating at McDonald’s for the rest of their lives. Despite the potential limitations when it comes to putting labels on ourselves, it can be helpful when our choices are validated. When Buzzfeed told me that I got an A- grade “In Life,” it made me feel a little bit better about the shambles I always seem to be in. While I realize they are mostly silly and for fun, I do think that Buzzfeed quizzes provide a unique opportunity to help us think about how we choose to label ourselves, and whether we even really should. There is no harm in taking them, as long as we know we are more than just the labels society or Buzzfeed give us — as well as the ones we give ourselves.

We live in a world where we have to define ourselves in 140 characters, restricting our identities to the labels we give ourselves.

Samantha Weisman is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She may be reached at sweisman@cornellsun.com. A Weisman Once Said appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.

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THE CORNELL DAILY SUN | Wednesday, March 18, 2014 7

OPINION

Christo Eliot | The Tale of the Dingo at Midnight

A Call to Disconnect One day last week I saw a young man — presumably another Cornell undergrad — not paying attention to where we was going, walking straight into a tree. The tree was not a particularly old tree. I was on my way to class, so I didn’t get the chance to chop it down and count the rings but would estimate (probably wrongly) that it was an adolescent tree because it seemed angsty. I once fell badly enough to tear a massive hole in my jeans and chin while running down Ho Plaza and slipping on some ice, but nothing (except a basic knowledge of gravity) could have prepared me for what happened next: Apparently one of the branches was in a state of unstable equilibrium, so when the man’s cranium perturbed the trunk, the branch decided it was a good time to get rid of the snow it was holding. Gravity took over, and covered this guy in snow. Did I laugh? Bet your sweet bippy I laughed. The main reason for laughter though was not that this fender bender with an oak tree was caused by some miscalculation in an awesome parkour route or chasing down an errant frisbee. No — the guy was simply looking at his phone, veered off course a little bit and got covered in snow. He probably, but not definitely, would have avoided the situation if he had put his phone away for the walk. I notice this trend all over campus. I am sure that I’m not the only one dodging people who are present in the world I live in, but their world is mostly just a screen as they pass between classes. Or maybe you have walked into a lecture hall or discussion (where conversation, called “discussion,” is encouraged) a few minutes before class starts. Chances are high that a good chunk of the rest of the students are buried in their cellular devices and not talking to anyone. I wouldn’t consider myself a Luddite but would consider myself a non-practicing Luddite. They saw in the industrial revolution what

With the advent of social networking and constant communication with somewhere we aren’t, our generation has definitely become the most connected but perhaps one of the worst at actually connecting. they thought to be the dangers of technological advancement (and many of them had a wild rumpus where they would destroy then-modern farm equipment). It is easy to look at people’s reliance on devices for everything from address book, to calendar, to personal secretary and see something of the machines replacing humans that they feared. While I may not have been around during the Industrial Revolution, I was somewhat sentient towards the end of the 90’s and remember that even then there were no people walking around texting or sitting in class playing Flappy Bird. Imagine what being a student here must have been like. What did the kids do before class? Talk to each other? I know, it sounds crazy. But just think — at one point in history people had to tweet by candlelight. I’m not suggesting you throw your phone into the gorge. I would but I am too deep into Clash of Clans to give up in the near future (it’s called commitment … ladies). Perhaps today calls for a modern Luddism, because with the advent of social networking and constant communication with somewhere we aren’t, our generation has definitely become the most connected but perhaps one of the worst at actually connecting. I closed my last column by paraphrasing Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his thoughts on unconditional friendliness to oneself. It seems fitting that I reward anyone who actually makes it this far with something of similar merit. American Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön, when talking about the practice of mediation says, “it is just as if we had looked around to find out what would be the greatest wealth that we could possibly possess in order to lead a decent, good, completely fulfilling, energetic [and] inspired life, and found it all [in ourselves].” Bear in mind that I am 21 years old and know next to nothing about Buddhism and meditation, but this sentiment sums up quite well how I feel about our generation’s use of cellphones. It is easy to go into the world in your phone and try and find any number of things that will make you happy or happier. Maybe it is the score of a basketball game, maybe it is a text message from a friend back home, maybe it is sitting on the toilet and playing Tetris for three minutes. That’s fine, but if you have spent enough time with me you’ve probably heard me snarkily tell someone on their phone, “Everyone you need is here.” Sometimes, I think we get caught up in our digital worlds and forget that the greatest wealth that we could possibly possess exists in the real world you can touch not the world on your touchscreen. Also, your GPA will go up if you pay attention to the class and not to your Facebook feed.

Christo Eliot is a junior in the College of Engineering. He can be reached at celiot@cornellsun.com. The Tale of the Dingo at Midnight appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.

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Sarah Byrne |

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Let It Byrne

Five Times It’s Easy To Be an Asshole

ome of my favorite ity to fix all of your per- even have to be anonypeople in the world sonal issues, sorry. If mous; pretty much anyare assholes, both only there were some- one who comments in my actual life and in one who could just fol- more than one or two the world of pop cul- low you around and light sentences online ture: Louis C.K., my make sure you’re less of needs to rethink their grandpa, Beyoncé (she a klutz. Until then, it is priorities. Couldn’t you is, if you saw the docu- not the genii’s fault. be doing something mentary you’d know), 2. Revolutionary more productive, like Bo Burnham, my best War Heroes: For those voicing your opinion to friend, the list goes on of you who may not someone’s face? It is and on. Overall, I pretty have attended an entirely too easy to type much don’t trust a per- American history class something and press son if they’re not a jerk in middle school, here’s enter and never see the at least some of the a little secret: the found- consequences of it, thus time. However, there ing fathers were whiny entirely too many permust be a limit to all and demanding. Sure, fectly normal people this douchebaggery. the end result turned become complete idiots What differentiates a out relatively okay (for in the comments section loveable idiot from a now), but really it could of YouTube. Also, no complete imbecile to me are the o p p o r t u n i - Overall, I pretty much don’t ties one does or does not trust a person if they’re not a take to insult jerk at least some of the time. everyone a r o u n d However, there must be a limit them. If it’s to all this. too easy to criticize someone, too mean or too main- have gone either way. one who’s watching covstream, it is consider- Not only did they hate ers of “Let It Go” cares ably less enjoyable to do Britain for reasons that about your self-promoso. Here are some such were not always justified tion for your vlog (just a situations where I just (just don’t buy the tea, hypothetical example). can’t take the side of the guys), but they also 4. Middle-schoolers jerk. mostly hated each other. on Myspace: Does 1. Customers at the Alexander Hamilton Myspace still exist? Just Genius Bar at Apple died in a duel with did a little research, and stores: I’ve never Aaron Burr; Thomas for your information, worked at an Apple Jefferson and John yes, it does. But this is a store, or any place that Adams died on the same throwback complaint to sells electronics, but day but each one died when we were in middle having been to some of angry because he school, and everyone them, I can definitively thought that the other used to get in fights over say that I never want to. guy had outlived him. hard-hitting issues like I saw a woman bring in They got some stuff who was in your top ten a Macbook Pro that had done, but mostly they friends. The tweens of been destroyed by just harbored a lot of today definitely do the water, and then com- unnecessary antagonism same thing on plain that it wasn’t cov- towards men who were Facebook: I’m pretty ered under her software working towards the sick of pre-teen girls warranty. I think it same goal. posting statuses attackmight be because Apple 3. Anonymous ing each other and then uses the name “Genius.” Commenters on the having full-blown fights Those people are smart Internet: I’ve definitely in the comments. What at computer-y stuff, but heard this before, but ever happened to good they are not endowed it’s too relevant to leave old-fashioned fistfights? with some mystical abil- out. In fact, they don’t I bet that without the

Internet, there would be fewer conflicts in general. It’s one thing to call someone ugly on their profile picture, but it takes a whole other level of stupidity to punch that girl in the face. 5. Twilight Haters: First of all, I do not like Twilight. However, I really and truly cannot understand why it has become the go-to thing to make fun of. If you’re ever in a conversation with someone who is not a 12-year-old girl and there’s an awkward silence, it’s 99 percent safe to bring up how much Twilight sucks. But what’s so bad about it? It’s just a love story about a vampire, and I can pretty much guarantee that hardly anyone amongst its critics will ever be as successful as Stephenie Meyer. So, as silly as the franchise is, she’s doing something right, and I think we should all just let her and her cold, vampire-loving heart live in peace. As usual, this is an abridged list of the many types of people I hold issue with; clearly, not even historical figures are exempt from my contempt. Consider this a sarcastic, annoying public service announcement: If you can help it, don’t be rude. Unless you write an opinion column for The Sun, in which case I think that just grants me immunity. Sarah Byrne is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She be reached at sbyrne@cornellsun.com. Let It Byrne appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.


8 THE CORNELL DAILY SUN | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SCIENCE

Chemistry

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Proud professor | Prof. Peng Chen, the Peter J.W. Debye Professor of Chemistry (far right), and his lab group study how reactions are sped up by certain chemicals, called catalysts, at the molecular level. Chen has received multiple awards for his research.

Prof.Chen Studies Reactions on Nanoscale By EMILY HAGEN Sun Contributor

According to his list of awards and accomplishments, Prof. Peng Chen, the Peter J.W. Debye Professor of Chemistry, is good at what he does. He has been recognized with 12 major awards and honors in the past 15 years, two of which Chen received in 2014 for his research examining the development and application of microscopy techniques that look at single molecules to conquer physical, bioinorganic and biophysical scientific problems. One main project within Chen’s research group focuses on single-molecule nanocatalysis, which is how chemical reactions are sped up on the nanoscale. Chen and his colleagues study how nanoscale materials affect the rate of chemical reactions and create methods to understand the properties that allow single molecules to speed up a chemical reaction. To study nanoparticle catalysis at the single-nanoparticle level, the Chen group recently developed a single-molecule fluorescence approach. This imaging technique allows the researchers to observe individual molecules and their interactions, according to Chen. “We established new directions and broke new grounds for both the research field of nanoscale catalysis and the application of single-molecule microscopy,” Chen said. Chen said that all the success he has had with his research did not come easily. He said he was confronted with multiple challenges throughout the research process, with the first being how to figure out how to actually execute the vision of the project. “It took a while to actually get the research going, and finally, we obtained high-quality results,” Chen said. Once the data was obtained, Chen said he needed to devise a new way to analyze this unprecedented data, which

had been collected in a different way than other data in the field of nanoparticle catalysis. According to Chen, a review of the literature shows that researchers have used other techniques to study catalytic properties, but no one had yet examined single nanoparticle catalysis using the single-molecule fluorescence microscopy method. Chen said it took him years to solve each of these problems. Chen said it was a difficult process to begin research in this field because his research background was in other areas of chemistry. Before coming to Cornell as a professor Chen studied physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and biophysics, but not catalysis. Chen said he became involved in catalysis research because when he joined the department — PROF. of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell in 2005, energy research was becoming a prominent research area. Chen concluded that he could contribute to the field of energy research by studying individual particles, he said. According to Chen, his research is important because he discovered heterogeneous reaction pathways and complex spatial activity patterns of catalyst particles that will help further understanding and research of how catalysts work and can be used. “I think the immediate impact of my research is really fundamental knowledge of the properties of the catalysts. The long-term impact is on how to improve catalysts and how to design

even better ones,” Chen said. The other research focus of the Chen group is on single-molecule bioinorganic chemistry, which focuses on finding ways to study individual molecules in order to examine how metal-based proteins act both inside and outside the cell. The group is exploring the protein machineries involved in the regulation of levels of metals within cells. Chen’s research in nanoparticle catalysis has caught the attention of the scientific community. Chen received the Paul D. Saltman Memorial Award for his research in singlemolecule bioinorganic chemistry in 2010. This year Chen has received the Coblentz Award, presented by The Coblentz Society, and the Physical Chemistry Division Award, presented PENG CHEN by the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. The Physical Chemistry Division Award annually recognizes senior and early-career awards in theoretical and experimental physical chemistry. Chen received his award for his research in fluorescence imaging of single nanoparticles, according to the American Chemical Society. The Coblentz Award is presented annually to a scientist who studies the absorption of light by molecules. Chen’s former postdoctoral advisor received this same award, which Chen said made him feel especially proud. The Coblentz society recognized Chen’s ability to make significant find-

“Seeing my students and post-docs make scientific achievements is an aspect of my job that I find very rewarding.”

ings about the unique properties of nanoparticles. “I am very happy about these awards, of course. I feel honored and appreciated by the community,” Chen said. “I also think the awards provide stimulations for further scientific pursuits.” Other awards that Chen has received include the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award, and the Franklin Veatch Memorial Fellowship. Chen said he will give two lectures for the two awards he received this year. He will deliver an award plenary lecture at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy in ChampaignUrbana, Illinois and an award lecture during the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, both occurring over the summer. “The lectures provide an excellent opportunity to communicate our work and get future students excited, as well as to inform other people about it,” Chen said. In addition to research, Chen has taught several courses at Cornell, including Engineering General Chemistry 2090, Introductory Physical Chemistry 2880, and an honors seminar for graduating senior chemistry majors. When he is not in the lab, Chen said he also enjoys reading, traveling, and running. The majority of his spare time is spent with his four year-old son. Chen said he appreciates people working in his lab who have made his research feasible. “Seeing my students and postdocs make scientific achievements is an aspect of my job that I find very rewarding,” Chen said. “Without the contributions of my students and postdocs, completing my work would have been impossible.” Emily Hagen can be reached at esh73@cornell.edu.


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SCIENCE

Professor Finds Bacteria in Cow’s Milk Indicates Specific Causes of Infection By KATHLEEN BITTER Sun Science Editor

A glass of milk may seem fairly straightforward and simple, but a Cornell professor’s research reveals that the contents of that cow’s milk are dynamic and complex. Prof. Rodrigo Bicalho, dairy production medicine, found that the microorganisms present in a cow’s milk can tell a lot about the health of the cow itself. “We apply cutting-edge technology that is usually used to study other things to study the cow,” Bicalho said. “We basically take diseases that we thought that we understood fully, like mastitis, and we use a new technology to describe the microbial population that is present in those samples and we make new discoveries.” Mastitis is a common condition in dairy cows where a cow’s udder will become inflamed due to a viral or bacterial infection, according to Bicalho. The conventional thought was that mastitis was caused by a single microorganism

like E. coli or Streptococcus, and that before the infection a cow’s milk was completely sterile and devoid of any microbes, according to Bicalho. Bicalho studied the bacterial content of the milk of healthy cows, as well as cows with different mastitis infections and found that not only do cows with mastitis have a thriving population of microbes living in their milk, the species makeup of these bacteria differs depending on the primary cause of the infection. The microbial population will also look different in healthy cows, according to Bicalho. All cow milk, healthy or not, is filled with microorganisms. “Normal milk also has a bacterial population. It has a complex, diverse microbiome,” Bicalho said. “That’s a completely different population of microbes than we find in the diseased milk.” Bicalho and his colleagues studied the bacteria in milk by growing cell culture samples taken from cows with and without mastitis and then sequenced the genetic material of the bacteria present in the samples. This allowed them to identify the different

types of bacteria present in each milk sample and compare between cows. Bicalho said he thinks that the microbe that is the main cause of an infection, or the primary pathogen, may induce a change in the rest of the milk’s bacteria by changing the environment of the mammary gland. “You have a primary pathogen that might initiate the process of infection, but all these other pathogens will join the party after the inflammation has started,” Bicalho said. According to Bicalho, this technology could lead to earlier diagnoses for cows that may not be showing symptoms of mastitis yet. Cows tend to have the highest risk of getting mastitis in the first 10 days after giving birth, Bicalho said. If farmers can look at the microbiota of milk samples taken from cows who have just given birth, they may be able to separate cows that are going to get sick from the rest of the herd. For future studies, Bicalho said his lab is starting a United States Department of

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Bovine bacteria | According to Bicalho, all cows’ milk contains a variety of bacteria, but healthy cows will have a different set of bacterial species than cows that are sick. By looking at what bacteria are present in milk, researchers can tell what is causing a cow’s illness.

COURTESY OF PROF. RIDRIGO BICALHO

Ruminant researcher | Prof. Rodrigo Bicalho, dairy production science, studies the microbiota of cows’ milk. Agriculture-funded study where they will induce mastitis in healthy cows in order to track the changes in the microbiota of their milk over the course of an infection and recovery. “We’re going to see if the pre-infection microbiome is re-established once the milk is back to normal,” Bicalho said. The research has other potential applications besides diagnostics, according to Bicalho. “There is definitely a potential to discover beneficial bacteria that could help inhibit the presence of pathogens,” Bicalho said. Bacteria that are shown to prevent infections in the cow could be used as a treatment in the future to avoid conditions like mastitis altogether. According to Bicalho, there is a lot of variation in mastitis infections among cows. Some cows will get repeated infections over the course of their life while others never get the disease, he said. There are a number of factors that could contribute to this variation. “It could be the genetics of the cow, it could be the microbiome of the cow, it could be conformation, or it could be a combination of all of those,” Bicalho said. By looking at the microbiome of cows and how it is affected by disease and the environment, Bicalho’s research will provide a better understanding of why some cows get sick more than others and how to keep them healthy. Many questions remain unanswered and provide avenues for future research, Bicalho said. Kathleen Bitter can be reached at scienceeditor@cornellsun.com.

Cornellians Gather to Watch and Discuss Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey By KATHLEEN BITTER Sun Science Editor

On Sunday night in a lecture hall in the Plant Sciences Building, Cornellians and science lovers alike gathered to watch the second episode of Fox’s revival of the Cosmos series, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and discussed the biology in the episode with Binghamton University graduate student Ben Eisenkop, better known to many as Reddit.com user “Unidan.” Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a follow-up to the 1980 t.v. series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage hosted by former Prof. Carl Sagan, astronomy. The orginal series was written

by Sagan, Steven Soter Ph.D. ’71, and Ithacan Ann Druyan, who was Sagan’s wife when he died in 1996. “[The original Cosmos] brought high production values and good storytelling to science and explained, in a compact format, many of the important discoveries brought about using the scientific method,” Jay Worley, a researcher at the Boyce Thompson Institute said. “The new series updates this historic program for a new generation, telling the story of science through its discoveries and the people that study it.” The event was the first in a series of gatherings to watch and discuss Cosmos episodes with local experts and was organized by Worley and

Ithaca’s Science Cabaret, a science outreach and education group. The series will continue for the 11 remaining episodes of Cosmos every Sunday evening, according to Worley. Each episode covers a different area of science and scientific discovery. The most recent episode talked about biology and evolution, so Eisenkop, a biologist, was able to offer insight and commentary on the episode as it progressed. “The speakers will generally be graduate students and postdocs from the area — mainly [those from] Cornell who have an interest in outreach,” Worley said. “We were very grateful for Ben to be our first guest speaker on such short

notice, and are excited about our upcoming guests.” Worley said he hopes the speakers series will increase people’s enthusiasm for science and scientific progress, as well as highlighting Cornell’s ties to the original Cosmos series. “Honestly, I was a little surprised that there were no Cosmos events that I could find on or around campus,” Worley said. “Given the deep ties that Ithaca and Cornell have to the original series and its updated remake, it seemed like something that we should be celebrating.” According to Worley, guest speakers will both provide an opportunity for viewers to ask questions not answered in the episode

and highlight the stories of local scientists in the tradition of the original Cosmos series. Worley said his favorite moment of the original Cosmos was the sequence at the beginning of the ninth episode where an apple pie is made and then sliced by Sagan, who uses the slice of pie to talk about the relative size of atoms. According to Sagan, if one cuts a slice of apple pie exactly in half 90 times, they will have a slice of pie the size of a single atom. The series will continue next Sunday at 8:45 p.m. in the Big Red Barn, Worley said. Kathleen Bitter can be reached at science-editor@cornellsun.com.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A Dog and His Boy From classic cartoon to silver screen SEAN DOOLITTLE Arts & Entertainment Editor

Why is Hollywood so obsessed with reboots? I mean, don’t get me wrong; I’m still going to throw my money at the umpteenth Godzilla incarnation when it drops this summer, if only to see Heisenberg take on some kaiju. It’s just that there is something fundamentally boring about seeing the same stories played out every decade with little improvement. Movie studios latch on to their safety blanket of sequels, remakes and recognizable properties every time we feel a dip in the economy because they are sure-things — everyone seems to love more of the same. Why else would we have two sets of Superman and Spider-Man film continuities in the past decade? These films have audiences that absolutely guarantee some fanboy fervor and a nice boxoffice take. That’s why I was astonished that Mr. Peabody & Sherman was even produced for the big screen. To be frank, nobody was exactly chomping at the bit to see a small-time character from The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show get his own movie. In fact, I’d wager the only people who are familiar

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with the character would be eligible for the senior discount at the theater. From what I had seen of the film in trailers, I had it pegged for an unnecessary, arcane reboot from the minds of Hollywood execs who were obviously out-of-touch with today’s youth. And I was correct in that assessment, by my measure. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its merits; I was pleasantly surprised by the formulaic but often clever film. It’s not The Lego Movie, but in a year chock-full of stellar animated features, it gets the job done. For the most part (and probably, for the best) Mr. Peabody & Sherman does not pay too much attention to its source material, making use of the short’s basic essence and not much else: a dog genius and his precocious, adopted human son travel through time. Yes, it follows the Dreamworks formula pretty closely — think Shrek but with historical figures instead of fairy tale creatures — and yes, it essentially Mr. Peabody & Sherman copies Bill & Directed by Rob Minkoff Ted’s Excellent Adventure or Starring Ty Burrell, Time Squad, Max Charles tearing prominent figures from our past and dropping them into modern situations, albeit with less success. To reduce the film to a formula is disingenuous, however. I mean, come on, Bill & Ted meets Shrek sounds most excellent to me, dudes. Like any good animated film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is just as much fun for a child as it is for a college student with no better way to spend a Monday night than alone in a movie theater. The film is equal parts body humor and sight gags for the

kids and pop culture references and innuendo for the adults. At times, these jokes come off as awkward, untimely or just plain unfunny, and sometimes a combination of the three (are we seriously still making “Don’t taze me, bro!” jokes?). When the jokes succeed, though, they really shine. One particular sequence paid clear homage to not one, not two, but all three of the original (and only, am I right?) Indiana Jones movies that had me gleefully and embarrassingly dancing in my seat, even as the usher stared. The voice acting in the film is easily one of its strongest and most charming features. Ty Burrell of Modern Family fame lends his cords to the flick, bringing the eccentric Peabody to life with charm and flair, even as he rattles off scientific knowledge and premeditation a la RDJ’s Sherlock Holmes. Peabody as a character is very much a Mary Sue of sorts — a titan of industry, Nobel Laureate, Olympic-medalist and master mixologist. Sure, he knows he’s good, but he never comes off as aloof or condescending, always self-deprecating himself with god-awful history puns that Burrell delivers to perfection. Also of note is Patrick Warburton, a veteran voice actor, who steals the show as the enthusiastic but dim-witted Mycenaean king Agamemnon. Warburton evokes the same iconic cadence that he lends to Joe Swanson, toeing the line with a subdued rage that flares up for hilarious and somewhat disturbing results. Other characters, such as Stanley Tucci’s Leonardo Da Vinci, fall hopelessly flat, not so much because of the actor’s work (which is fine) but because of poor writing, reducing the entire character to a series of Italian stereotypes, complete with wild gesticulating. Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a fun movie that I’m sure kids will enjoy. The eye-popping, colorful visuals and Mad Men-esque modernist aesthetic are fun to look at, and it has that patented Disney heart to tug the heartstrings. It could have been great, but it falls back on some tired tropes, hit-and-miss humor and mildly sexist undertones. I can’t help but feel a little sorry for animated films like this: In the past, Peabody may have dazzled, but in a post-Frozen, post-Lego world, the standards are just a little higher. Sean Doolittle is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at arts-and-entertainment-editor@cornellsun.com.

Love Letter to a Riot Grrrl: The Punk Singer KAITLYN TIFFANY Arts & Entertainment Editor

“It’s all about speaking what’s unspoken, screaming what’s unspoken, and that’s what Kathleen was unafraid to do.” Directed by Sini Anderson, 2013’s The Punk Singer is essentially an hour and a half of hero worship dedicated to riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna. It’d be annoying if it weren’t so deserved. And while it is not meant to be a salve for the bitter backlash that Hanna received in her riot grrrl days — from death threats to falsified newspaper claims to the infamous Courtney Love suckerpunch — it does take strides to remind all third-wave feminists exactly how much they owe the woman who flipped burgers and danced on poles to finance what she considered to be her duty to us. When it debuted at last year’s South by Southwest in Austin, it was seen as a love letter to a legend and excitingly, a promise that she was coming back. Hanna — best known as the frontwoman for Bikini Kill in the ’90s, feminist party-band Le Tigre in the early 2000s and a new project modeled and named after her 1999 solo album, The Julie Ruin — had inexplicably vanished from the spotlight in 2005, and uses Anderson’s documentary as a platform to reveal her decade-long battle with Lyme disease, as well as her renewed resolve to start recording again. Anderson seems to have full access to Hanna, providing photos from her days at The Evergreen State College, unseen handicam footage of her day-to-day relationship with husband Adam Horovitz (The Beastie Boys), many intimate interviews with Hanna and great bonus spots with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Carrie Brownstein and members of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. Hanna states that she first identified as a feminist when she was nine years old — her mother took her to see Gloria Steinem speak at a feminist rally in Washington, D.C. and secretly read to her from The Feminine Mystique, despite her father’s disapproval. Hanna openly discusses the sexual and emotional abuse that she suffered at the hands of her father and the abortion that she paid

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for with McDonald’s wages, proudly calling it “One of the first things I did on my own.” These events are listed as a crash course in Hanna’s feminist origin story, but they’re well-known enough that Anderson chooses smartly to focus on Hanna as a movement rather than Hanna as a human spectacle. The film speeds through the formation of Bikini Kill, with a handful of sound bites from drummer Tobi Vail (whom Hanna lovingly refers to as “the only person writing about feminism and punk rock in the same sentence,” at the time) and focuses on the early years of the band. “Somebody had to be Bikini Kill,” says an interviewed professor, “it had to happen, or we would have starved to death, culturally.” Bikini Kill made a space for women in the punk rock scene, quite literally, by taking it upon themselves to regulate the mosh culture at their shows in a way that made them more safe for women. They started the “girls to the front” movement and invited women who were being pushed around in the mosh pit to sit on stage. The concert footage is arresting— Hanna’s undeniable energy and vocal power make it obvious how she became such a hero for two consecutive generations of women. Her political views are crystallized into an accessible artistic format, her charisma is cult-like in its irresistibility and as one fan comments, her shows were “an empowering and surreal experience because [women] weren’t really used to being talked to from the stage.” Special attention is paid to Hanna’s post-Bikini-Kill solo project, Julie Ruin, which was recorded exclusively in her bedroom using a $40 drum machine and exclusively her own production skills. “In Bikini Kill,” Hanna explains, “I was singing to an elusive asshole male and allowing other women to see me do that, but I really wanted to sing directly to other women.” This record is praised by various commenters in the film, who note that it differs from Hanna’s louder, anthemic work in that “A human being’s fingerprints are all over it … it sounds like it was made in a girl’s bedroom.” Hanna comments on the creative space that is a girl’s bedroom, and the tragedy that all these individual spaces are cut off from each other: “I wanted it to sound like it was

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made in a bedroom, but she didn’t just throw it away. It wasn’t just in her diary — she shared it.” In the intimate closing scenes of the documentary, it is clear that behind the showmanship and the radicalism and even behind the Valley Girl accent that she sports secretly, Hanna is now a source of wisdom more matured and worldly than ever: “There’s a certain assumption that when a man tells the truth it’s the truth,” she says. “But when I go before the jury to tell the truth, I have to negotiate how I’m going to be perceived. There’s a suspicion around a woman’s truth.” The brand of feminism touted in Hanna’s music, and in the film that documents it, is at once inclusionary and aggressive, grass roots and mainstream, doctrinal and home-grown, nurturing and loud: “My story,” says Hanna in one of the last scenes of the film, “it’s so big, it sounded like too big a can of worms, and I was like, who would believe me? But then I realized, other women would believe me.” Cornell Cinema will give two showings of The Punk Singer: Mar. 26 at 7:15 p.m. and on Mar. 28 at 9:30 p.m. Kaitlyn Tiffany is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at arts-and-entertainment-editor@cornellsun.com.


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t’s getting hot in here, so hot.” So hot. So. Damn. Hot. After three incessant days of Nelly’s 2002 smash hit, San Francisco’s 105.7 FM Latino Mix finally switched formats to Hot 105.7. When the former Spanish language station started playing “Hot in Herre” at three o’clock on Friday afternoon, the song choice was a bit unorthodox. As the track continued to repeat through Monday, interrupted only by ads, the station got an absurd amount of internet publicity — and publicity is exactly what it was looking for. Sometime this weekend, the interwebs figured out this wasn’t a malfunction or a D.J. gone AWOL; rather, this was an outstanding example of stunting. Stunting, when a station plays something uncharacteristic for its format on repeat, is a publicity stunt often used before a change in format. Never has this move been as successful as in this age of information overload. From USA Today to the front page of Reddit, it seemed like it was impossible to miss the mystery of the station playing nothing but “Hot in Herre.” Naturally, netizens from around the world took to Twitter with the trending hashtag #Nelly1057. As news was trickling out that this Nelly marathon was in fact a publicity grab for 105.7’s format change, Twitter users felt like they were experiencing a momentous historical moment. Since the station managed to garner buzz from places well beyond the Bay Area, at least the first few hours of Hot 105.7’s broadcast were probably wildly successful. “Hot in Herre” seems like an apt choice for the station’s stunting because it is catchy, references the brand’s new name and at the very least inspires plenty of nostalgia. (This should make you feel old. “Hot in Herre” came out 12 years ago.) Beyond that, it’s nothing more than a mindless turn-of-the-millenium pop hit, so the internet’s reactions varied greatly. Some responders, such as yours truly, naturally found the song grating after just a little more than one listen. Others, though, left it as background music to their lives, jamming to the song endlessly. Some likened it to Stockholm Syndrome, while a bunch genuinely couldn’t get enough Nelly. As I struggled New Cult to find the Every Day appeal in being told to take off all my clothes enough times to disrobe a large city, I realized that over 72 hours of “Hot in Herre” may have a bit to say about pop radio. In the spirit of journalistic research, I had the distinct displeasure of listening to the new Hot 105.7. As a modern hip-hop/R&B format, the station is no different from the Power 105.1s and Hot 97s of the world. Whenever you tune in, there’s a 50-50 chance you’ll be in the middle of “Started from the Bottom,” hopefully interrupted by less than four airhorn interludes generously added by the D.J., who will probably shout out his own Instagram at least as many times. In a way, “Hot in Herre” on repeat was this predictability phenomenon under a microscope: people apparently like songs because they become scarily familiar. Personally, when a song I like comes on pop radio in full force, it’s just a matter of time until it loses my interest (e.g. “Team,” “Mirrors,” “Happy,”

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etc.). This isn’t an indie aversion to liking things other people like; it’s simply that there exists too much of a good thing. The real pop and modern hip-hop radio fanatics seem to be just the opposite — they need a song to grow on them endlessly until it’s completely drilled into their skulls. San Francisco’s new Hot 105.7 delivers repetitiveness in spades, and “Hot in Herre” should have been our clue. The station today isn’t too different than it was this weekend. The songs are a decade newer and there is a handful of artists to choose from, but the playlists are still predictable, constant and overplayed. If you need to listen to one song exclusively 40 times before you enjoy it, more power to you. I’ll stick to a healthy variety, thank you very much. Mike Sosnick is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at msosnick@cornellsun.com. New Cult Every Day appears alternate Wednesdays.

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The Red’s defense had been clicking in its previous three games, giving up only 17 goals over that span. However, senior co-captain Amanda D’Amico knew that this game would be a more difficult task than the Red’s recent competition. Albany entered the weekend averaging more than 16 goals per game, and had a convincing win at Ivy League contender Dartmouth just over a week ago. “We knew it was going to be a tough game. I guess we really saw it as a test to see how far we’ve come this season,” she said. “Although we lost and had a little breakdown on defense, I think we learned where our weaknesses are, which is good to learn earlier rather than later, and before we get into the more difficult Ivy League play.” Despite the Red’s deficiencies on defense, the team took care of the ball well on the offensive end, conceding a season-low 10 “The score didn’t turnovers. However, Albany’s reflect exactly how senior goalkeeper Anna Berman we played.” stonewalled the Red’s offense in her best game of the season. She Amanda D’Amico stopped nine shots, five of which came in the Great Dane’s big first half. D’Amico, who had one of her shots turned away by Berman, was disappointed that the offense did not get enough good looks at goal. “I think the combination of our shots was just a little off,” she said. “She played pretty far out in the goal, so we just need[ed] to take that extra second before every shot and we didn’t really feel that happened for us.” Nevertheless, there were bright spots for the Red, as junior co-cap-

tain Lindsay Toppe, senior Rachel Moody and freshman Catherine Ellis all finished with multi-goal games. Toppe’s 20th and 21st goals of the season helped her maintain her record-setting pace of 3.5 goals per game, while Ellis’ ninth and 10th goals reaffirmed that she is a legitimate scoring threat coming off the bench, even in just her first season. Elsewhere on the field, junior Sarah Hefner again contributed in every statistical category by recording a goal, assist, three ground balls and two forced turnovers. Freshman Amie Dickson also chipped in a goal, three forced turnovers and two draw controls. D’Amico, who had a goal in the first half, did not think the score was necessarily indicative of how the team played, but focused on the lessons to take away from the game. “The score didn’t reflect exactly how we played. I thought we had some good moments,” she said. “We were definitely disappointed right after, but like I said, it was good to happen earlier rather than later, like during Ivy play when it can affect the post-season.” Moving forward, the Red will have nearly a full week of practice before taking on Rutgers (4-4) on Saturday. After a hectic five games in just a 15-day span, D’Amico is looking forward to a full week of preparation before the schedule begins to get tougher. After hosting the Scarlet Knights over the weekend, the Red will face No. 15 Stanford (5-1) next Tuesday at Schoellkopf. While Rutgers has struggled on offense so far and only averages just over six goals per game, Stanford has two wins over Top-15 opponents and has won three straight. D’Amico said that the team will look to its upcoming games as an opportunity to bounce back. “I think everyone’s going to be a lot more focused at practice this week,” D’Amico added. “We’re ready to work hard to come back from that Albany game.” Ryan Quinn can be reached at rquinn@cornellsun.com.

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son. “All of the hard work comes down to this tournament, so I plan to put on my best performance of the year,” Realbuto said. “I mentally prepare by focusing entirely on the things that I can control and not worry about the things that I can't. If I do the things that I know I can, I should reach my goal.” While the freshmen look forward to their first NCAA tournament as Cornell wrestlers, senior veteran Mike Nevinger said he hopes to succeed in, and ultimately win, his last tournament competing for the Red. “My goal ever since I was a little kid was to win an NCAA National Championship. Nothing has changed, and that is what I hope to do this weekend,” he said. “Our team goal is the same. We say it after every practice every day: ‘National Champs.’ And that is what we are going out there to do.” Nevinger has suffered through injuries throughout the season, most recently hurting his knee at the EIWA championships. Nonetheless, he is still looking to become Cornell’s eighth threetime All-American wrestler. While both the players and coaches acknowledge that NCAAs can be somewhat unpredictable — never knowing who you will wrestle next and constantly seeing upsets in the seedings — Coach Koll was nonetheless optimistic about the Red’s chances this weekend. “We have seven seeded wrestlers and the only person not seeded is a two-time AllAmerican. This means we don't have anyone who doesn't have the potential to place,” he said. “I've brought more higher-ranked kids in the past, but never so many competitive wrestlers.” The first session of the tournament is scheduled to take place at 12 p.m. on Thursday and the championship round is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Anna Fasman can be reached at afasman@cornellsun.com.

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Red Defeats Akron in First Match Sweep of Season By OLIVIA WITTELS Sun Staff Writer

On Saturday, the Cornell women’s tennis team earned its third consecutive win against Akron University. The women took to their home court at the Reis Tennis Center, where they made quick work of Akron’s doubles teams. The Red started off with a forfeit victory at the No. 3 spot, followed by an 8-3 win by junior Lauren Frazier and senior Shannon Comolli at the No. 2 position to claim the doubles point. Freshman Alex D’Ascenzo and sophomore Dena Tanenbaum were leading in their unfinished doubles match. In singles, Akron also forfeited at the No. 6 spot. Cornell won the remainder of its singles matches in straight sets at the one through five positions, with no one on the Red losing more than four games total in any individual match. Although a forfeit can take the pressure off certain matches, the Red did not let the advantage impact its mentality on the court. “[A forfeit] really shouldn’t [impact our mentality]. It’s definitely a little bit more of a guarantee. But it’s not helpful to think about it,” said junior Lauren Frazier. “It puts more

pressure on [our opponent]; they have to win more. But our mentality should still be the same.” A forfeited match doesn’t have “too much of an impact,” confirmed freshman Alex D’Ascenzo. “But it definitely takes off the pressure because that’s another win for us. You can just focus on your match a little more and not worry that you’re holding up the whole team,” she said. One thing the women will continue to improve upon is their energy on the court, even in matches where they are leading their opponents. “I think we just have to work [on] being louder as a team. That’s something our coach told us, that we have to be as loud as we can between every point,” D’Ascenzo said. “It’s kind of hard when there’s a forfeit, because you think you don’t have to [do] as much, but it’s still pretty important for the team dynamic.” This match also marked the Red’s first 7-0 win this season. Sweeping a match is an impressive feat, but according to Frazier, the team won’t focus too much on the score as the season progresses. “I think we played well as a team, but we probably won’t dwell on it too much,” she

said. “It was definitely good, especially since we’re so close to Ivies, but not something we’ll probably think about. In terms of tennis, I think we’re all playing well. We just need to keep ourselves injury free for the next week or so.” The team played at home this weekend, a situation that the Red believes gives it a notable advantage. “We’re definitely more comfortable on the home courts. We’re better prepared too; we don’t have to have ridden in a bus for ‘x’ number of hours, or slept in a hotel,” Frazier said. “It helps to have our own fans out there; [there’s] definitely more support, more fun.” D’Ascenzo added that the support from the Cornell community can be even more critical in a tight match. “I think it’s a big advantage. Our guys team, some of them came this weekend to watch,” D’Ascenzo said. “It definitely makes a difference in a close match if you have a little bit more support behind you.” Next weekend, the Red will again have the home-court advantage as it faces Binghamton University on Saturday at 10 a.m. OLIVER KLIEWE / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Olivia Wittels can be reached at owittels@cornellsun.com.

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Red’s order. Cruz blasted a threerun shot to start it off, and senior designated hitter Spencer Scorza and junior left-fielder Ryan Karl followed suit with solo shots of their own. “There is something to be said about hitting being contagious,” Cruz said. “Ryan Karl and Spencer Souza really hit their stride this weekend. Each time they got up, you expected them to get on base or have productive outs, and they did just that. With those two guys producing in the middle of the lineup, we are going to be dangerous.” The Dukes fought back, though, plating five runs in the bottom of the second against junior starter Nick Busto. However, the Red combined for 11 runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth, and the freshmen duo of Tiger Smith and Paul Balestrieri blanked the Dukes in the final three innings. Smith gave up just two hits in his debut and Balestrieri struck out the side in the final frame. “It just speaks to how truly deep our staff is,” Cruz said. “We have confidence in whoever is out there on the mound, and seeing the younger guys compete gives us even more confidence moving forward.” With the series tied heading into game three, the Red’s bats did

not simmer down. The offense put up another 14 runs in the finale, turning a five-run deficit going into the top of the eighth into a six-run advantage in extra innings. Karl came to the plate with two outs in the ninth and the bases loaded, with the Red trailing by four. The junior transfer did not fail to disappoint once again, blasting a game-tying homerun to send the game to extra innings. Karl had five RBIs on the day, while Cruz and freshman infielder Tommy Wagner chipped in two apiece as well. After struggling in the first two series, Cruz’s bat came alive this weekend for eight hits and eight RBIs on the weekend. “Getting a few hits early in the weekend did help my confidence going forward and I am starting to feel like myself again,” Cruz said. “My approach is back and I am getting closer to executing what I intend on doing.” The Red’s bullpen came through again in the final innings of game three, blanking the Dukes through the last three and handing the Red the series victory, its third straight. “We knew that JMU was a good offensive team, but having our bullpen guys come in and be able to have a few shutdown innings here and there was huge,” Cruz said. Scott Chiusano can be reached at sports-editor@cornellsun.com.

Home court | Junior Lauren Frazier said playing in front of a familiar crowd this weekend gave the Red an advantage.


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WEDNESDAY MARCH 19, 2014

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WRESTLING

Eight Wrestlers To Compete in NCAA Champs By ANNA FASMAN Sun Assistant Sports Editor

Starting on Thursday, the Cornell men’s wrestling team will compete in the NCAA championships in Oklahoma City. The Red has eight players lined up to compete in the tournament, with seven of them seeded in the Top-16 spots. Coming into this weekend, the eight competing wrestlers have worked on form and tech“I mentally prepare nique, as well as on myself by just trusting keeping a level myself and what the head during their matches. With four coaches have of the eight taught me.” wrestlers competing for the first Mark Grey time as freshmen, head coach Rob Koll said it is sure to be a tournament filled with upsets and surprises on the mat. “Freshmen are consistently inconsistent so I'm sure, for better and worse, we will have many surprises. The only thing you can count on while dealing with freshman is unbridled enthusiasm,” Koll said. One such freshman, No. 15 seeded Mark Grey, has

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Fulfilling a dream | Senior Mike Nevinger said he has been working towards an NCAA title ever since he was a ‘little kid.’ watched his brother Mike Grey ’11 — now an assistant coach for the team — for years now, itching to take his own place on the mat for the Red. Going into his first tournament, he has been preparing both physically and mentally, looking to score points and wrestle as best he can. “I mentally prepare by just trusting myself and what the coaches have taught me, and just knowing that I have prepared the best I could for this weekend. There is nothing else I could [have] done to better prepare myself,” Grey said. “I think the biggest challenge is just proving to everyone that we can win that national title and proving that seeds do not

matter; all that matters is who shows up for these three days, and I feel our guys are ready to come together and feed off each other.” Grey’s teammate and classmate Brian Realbuto, seeded at No. 7, is both excited and prepared for this weekend as well. He too has attended the tournament the last couple of years as a spectator, and is looking forward to finally stepping onto the mat himself. He explained that for him, the tournament is really a culmination of his preparation throughout the seaSee WRESTLING page 14

BASEBALL

Bats Explode in Wins Over JMU Red takes two games over weekend,scoring 46 runs in series

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By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Sports Editor

Lessons learned | Senior co-captain Amanda D’Amico said that there were some important takeaways from the loss to Albany.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Laxers Fall to Albany’s Strong Offensive Attack By RYAN QUINN Sun Staff Writer

While Cornell may have boasted the Ivy League’s best scoring defense going into its contest against Albany on Sunday, the Red had no answer for the Great Dane’s potent offense, conceding 11 first half goals in a 17-10 defeat. After Cornell (4-2, 1-1 Ivy) scored the game’s first two goals within the first five minutes, Albany (5-0, 0-0 America East) rattled off an 11-2 run to close out the first half. The Red again struck first in the second half, but another offensive

spurt by the Great Danes left Cornell with a 10-goal deficit with only 13 minutes left, all but sealing the victory. Albany redshirt sophomore Rachel Bowles and freshman Dakotah Savitcheff were two of the main catalysts of the Red’s defensive collapse, tallying a combined five goals and two assists in the first half alone. Bowles, the American East Conference’s leading scorer, ended up with five points, which is the most the Red has given up to any player yet this season. See W. LAX page 14

A six-run tenth inning powered the baseball team over James Madison University in extra innings in the final matchup of a three-game series. The win capped off a 2-1 weekend for the Red, in which the offense put up gaudy numbers, scoring 46 runs in three games. “Every hitter in the lineup was able to perform out there on Saturday and get some big hits,” said senior outfielder Chris Cruz. “When we have offensive performances like that, we are going to be successful.” The explosive offense began in the opener on Saturday in a 16-15 loss for the Red. The two teams combined for 38 hits in nine innings, with James Madison putting up a five-spot in the bottom of the seventh to retake the lead. Junior starter Brent Jones struggled in the early innings, allowing seven hits and six earned runs while walking three in an inning and a third of work. Though the Dukes jumped out to a 6-0 lead, the Red chipped away in the next few innings as senior Connor Kaufmann came out and threw three and two thirds scoreless innings. Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Red held an 11-7 lead, but some defensive miscues behind senior pitcher Zach McCulley allowed the Dukes to regain the lead. Going into the ninth, the Red clung to a 15-14 lead, but three walks in the final frame plagued sophomore reliever Matt Horton, and the Dukes were able to score two for the eventual walkoff win. The Red is 7-3 on the season through its first three series, but each weekend the squad has dropped the opening game. “I think that we are coming out and performing in all of those games,” Cruz said. “In each of the losses, we just couldn’t hold a lead due to defensive issues. Walks and errors are going to lose us games, and have done so early in the year. We just need to keep away

from those and we will be fine.” The Red stormed back in game two, topping its impressive offensive performance in the opener by scoring 17 runs in nine innings. The lineup got going early, putting up six runs in the opening frame and knocking James Madison’s starter out of the game before he recorded an out. The six-run inning was in large part thanks to back-to-back-to-back homeruns from the heart of the See BASEBALL page 15

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Eight ball | Senior outfielder Chris Cruz had eight hits and eight RBIs against James Madison this weekend.

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