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Opinion In the Name of Justice
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Sports Ending it All
The men’s basketball team will return to Newman Arena this weekend, battling Dartmouth and the Harvard Crimson to close out its season. | Page 20
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Profs Question C.U.-Technion Partnership By JINJOO LEE Sun Staff Writer
At a panel discussion Thursday, several professors questioned Cornell’s partnership with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, sparking heated debate and causing one Cornell professor who formerly taught at the Technion to walk out. “I used to be a professor at Technion, and I’m very proud of it,” said Prof. Yuval Grossman, physics. “Just to let you know, my political views are very, very different. I think you are my enemy.” Grossman, who spoke up after panelists criticized the University for its partnership with the Technion, was the only professor at the discussion who defended the Technion. While seeking its bid for the NYC Tech Campus, Cornell announced Oct. 19 that it would collaborate with the Technion. Since then, students and faculty have raised concerns that the parternship constitutes and endorsement of Technion’s involvement in the Israeli military-industrial complex and some major defense corporations. Students for Justice in Palestine, a proPalestinian student organization, hosted the dis-
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Raising doubts | Prof. Elizabeth Sanders, government, speaks out against the Technion partnership at a panel discussion hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine in Malott Hall on Thursday.
cussion. Prof. Elizabeth Sanders, government, criticized Cornell for not, she said, thoroughly considering the ethical implications of the partnership. “Cornell seems unable to do an ethical investigation of the consequences of embracing Technion,” she said. “We have to convince this University that great universities do owe it to the world to have a conscience, to have some kind of moral voice.” Other panelists challenged the University’s decision-making process, claiming its partnership with the Technion was cemented before administrators sought input from the faculty.
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Man Charged After Campus Robberies By KAITLYN KWAN
Police charged one male with robbery in the first degree in connection with two reported robberies that occurred on West Campus last week. The name of the defendant has not been released because of his age, according to a statement released by the Ithaca Police Department. On Feb. 20, two people were robbed at knife-point in two separate incidences. The crimes took place within 550 yards of each
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After Cuts to C.U.’s Department, I.C.Offers Masters in Teaching French, German, Spanish, math, biology, chemistry, physics and social studies. Students who complete the Despite a new agreement reached program will receive a degree from with Ithaca College that allows I.C. Cornell students to pursue I.C.’s In 2010, administrators anMaster of Arts in Teaching, some nounced that budget cuts would force remained concerned about the future the University to phase out the of education instruction at the Department of Education over a twoUniversity. year period. In July 2011, the College The agreement, effective as of Jan. of Agriculture and Life Sciences relo1, gives Cornell cated five of the 10 graduates auto- “Cornell has some social education professors matic admisto other departsion to I.C.’s obligation to prepare ments. M.A.T. pro- next-generation science Despite the cuts, gram in adolesstudents can still teachers.” cence education pursue a minor in provided that, Travis Park education and in addition to M.A.T. in the scimaintaining a ences at the 3.0 grade point average, they have University. Still, many students worcompleted a minor in education and ried that the new program at Ithaca a major in the area they wish to teach. College would not be an adequate “We will waive our usual require- replacement for Cornell’s agricultural ment for letters of recommendation,” science major, which was phased out as long as the candidate successfully beginning in 2010. completes the education minor, said Prof. John Sipple, developmental Linda Hanrahan, chair of the sociology, who taught in Cornell’s Graduate Education Department at education department before it was I.C. “Applicants from Cornell simply eliminated in 2010, expressed conmust complete the online application cern that people would see this agreeprocess for admission to a grad pro- ment as an “easy fix.” gram at Ithaca College and arrange to “This decision clearly broadens the have official transcripts sent to us.” options for Cornell students to gain The 13-month M.A.T. program at certification in multiple subject areas, I.C. gives aspiring teachers the skills See EDUCATION page 5 to teach several subjects: English,
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“There was no debate in the deliberative bodies of the faculty before those decisions were made,” said Prof. Eric Cheyfitz, English and American studies. Cheyfitz alleged that the University kept its decision a secret to prevent faculty from voicing concerns about the partnership. “I think it was probably kept secret so that [faculty] would not have debates about it before the fact, so that it would not trouble the waters,” he said. Cheyfitz quoted a section of the bylaws of the University, which stated, “The functions of the
other and three minutes apart — the first occurring at 9:55 p.m. and the second at 9:58 p.m. — according to a police report. In both occurrences, the victims described the suspect as a “tall, thin, white male in his late teens.” After fleeing the scene of the first crime, the robber headed toward the Ithaca City Cemetery — located a block from Linn St. and University Ave, where the second robbery reportedly took place. Police received information identifying a See ROBBERY page 4
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News, “The Last Call: Royal Palm Closes After 71 Years,” Thursday Speaking about the Royal Palm Tavern’s atmosphere “It’s your corner dive bar, and it’s always been that way — it’s not pretentious. It’s a beer and shot place. You’re not going to get daiquiris here or frozen margaritas.” Lenny Leonardo, owner of the Palms
Science, “Two Cents: To Frack or Not to Frack,” Wednesday Speaking about where the public can find an impartial evaluation of hydraulic fracturing “Complete objectivity is philosophically impossible, but useful approximations can be made in part through communications relying upon available evidence ... By reading multiple sources, a reader may be able to factor out biases or errors that could be present in individual places.” Prof. Robert Ross, earth and atmospheric sciences
Opinion, “Money for Nothing and Interns for Free,” Wednesday Speaking about unpaid summer internships Unpaid summer internships that fail to meet the legal educational standard are not justified, no matter what the expectation of future gain may be. Simply put, taking advantage of free student labor is unacceptable ... Far above Cayuga’s waters, students and Career Services officers should take the lead in redefining a proper summer experience in the spirit of the University’s educational mission. Jon Weinberg ’13
News, “Cornell Prepares to Hire More Military Veterans,” Tuesday Speaking about the University’s push to recruit veterans “When we were civilians before military service, the saying was, ‘Uncle Sam wants you.’ At Cornell, I would like to see the saying for veterans be, ‘Uncle Ezra wants you.’”
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Nachman ’12 One of 14 in U.S. To Win Churchill Scholarship
By BAHAREH SAADATMAND Sun Contributor
Benjamin Nachman ’12, pursuing a triple major in physics, mathematics and economics, added an additional honor to his long list of accomplishments and credentials — which include serving as a Residential Advisor for three years, working as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant in physics courses and founding and presiding over Cornell’s Squirrel Club — when he was awarded, among 14 students in the U.S., the prestigious Churchill Scholarship this year. Nachman, who was awarded the scholarship for his work in physics, will complete a year of work at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. His program of study will allow him to obtain a Master of Advanced Studies in mathematics, after which he will return to the U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. in physics. Nachman’s professors at Cornell praised his work ethic and his ability to solve different kinds of problems. “Ben is a fabulous student — [he is] always really enthusiastic, really fun to hang around and always has given us insightful comments when he attends the group meetings and in the research he is doing with us,” said Prof. Itai Cohen, physics, whom Nachman first met as a junior in his honors electricity and magnetism course. Nachman is currently researching the dynamics of the breakup of liquid crystal drops as they drip from faucets in Cohen’s lab. “I think he deserves [the award],” Cohen said. “He’s busted his hump to do so well here, and I couldn’t imagine anyone more deserving.” Prof. James Alexander, physics, said he has known Nachman since he enrolled in Alexander’s particle physics research course his freshman year. Alexander said he has worked with Nachman in the lab since then investi-
gating different methodologies for measuring the mass of the top quark. “All of the students here are amazing … It’s one of the things that make teaching at Cornell fun,” Alexander said. “Ben is first among equals. In this amazing peer group, he stands out as being very productive, very energetic very smart … He covers a lot of ground.” By pursuing studies in different disciplines, especially outside of the classroom, Nachman said he has gained a more well-rounded view of the world. “Economics, for example, is totally different from physics and math,” he said. “You have a lens for looking at how people behave. In physics, the way you approach problems is different from the way you would approach problems in economics and mathematics. [Physics] gives me different tools for approaching different problems.” Underlying his accomplishments was a desire to ultimately bridge the gap between the theoretical and experimental aspects of physics, which Nachman said still remain disparate entities. He said he hopes that his research experience and his upcoming year at Cambridge will allow him to help narrow the divide. Nachman thanked those who he said have helped him get to where he is today — especially his elementary school art teacher, who he said inspired him to his current path. “When I was starting elementary school, I took art lessons. [The teacher] took the paint brush out of my hand and put a book in it, instead,” Nachman said. “She was like, ‘Ben, you’re a good artist. Your drawings are okay, but you should really read this book about Einstein. This is where you’re going.’” Nachman, reflecting on the experience, added, “I have a lot to thank her for … I found my future path.” Bahareh Saadatmand can be reached at email@example.com.
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Paul Chaat Smith, writer and associate curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, gives a lecture about 21st century new Romanticism on Thursday.
What is the craziest thing you ever done for a story? (In honor of the outgoing 129th Sun Editorial Board.) “Hopped on and off a TCAT bus for an hour in a futile attempt to interview the bus triver.” —TCAT Crazy ’14 “I had to pain a Mural of KeSha in a rural city in Indonesia while tripping on mescaline and wearing a King Kong outifit, just to get the goddamn Cornell Cinema listings.” — Dedicated Arts Editor ’14 — Compiled by Harrison Okin
Owner of Mia Restaurant on Commons Wins Pride of Ownership Award By SARAH SASSOON Sun Contributor
At the end of last year, Ithaca restaurateur Lex Chutin taranond took home the Ithaca Rotary Club’s Pride of Ownership Award for establishing Mia, a new Pan-Asian restaurant located on the Commons. The Pride of Ownership Award is given to seven property owners each year for the work they have done to improve the aesthetics of the Ithaca community, according to Scott
Whitham, head of the awards committee. “[Mia] was an easy [choice],” Whitman said about this year’s award. He said Chutintaranond’s hard work and exceptional talent in the restaurant business exemplified the purpose of the award. Born and raised in Thailand, Chutintaranond said that he discovered that his heart was in restaurant-owning early in his career. He and his wife, Flaminia, currently own Mia, as well as Zaza’s, an Italian restau-
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Proud owners | The owner of Mia, a new Pan-Asian restaurant located on the Ithaca Commons, won the Pride of Ownership Award last year.
rant located across from Purity Ice Cream on Route 13. An Ithaca resident for 25 years, Chutintaranond has worked on many restaurant projects: He opened Just a Taste, a tapas and wine bar, and collaborated with Theresa Miller, the current owner of Madeline’s, to renovate her restaurant in 1997, according to Whitham. Chutinaranond said that Thai Cuisine, his first Ithaca restaurant, is currently flourishing under the ownership of his brother. Chutintaranond called Mia “one of the most successful restaurants I’ve opened in 22 years in Ithaca,” describing the renovation as “a whole community effort.” He said the project would not have become a reality without the strong support of his financiers and customers. Whitham said he particularly enjoys talking to owners like Chutintaranond who have been “so moved” by receiving the award. “There’s little that is controversial about handing out awards for work well done,” Whitham said. Restoring Mia, which was originally a run-down building,
was no easy feat, Chutintaranond said. Chutintaranond said he and his wife were aware of the risks they took when they decided to renovate the building. “Restoring a historical building is not a money-making thing,” Chutintaranond said, adding that the project was not one that many business owners would have agreed to take on. However, with 11 different sources of funding — including the City of Ithaca, the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency and the Empire State Development Corporation — Chutintaranond’s vision became a reality. After a renovation that cost more than $3 million, the building was transformed. It now houses Mia, as well as a banquet room, office space and apartment housing on its third and fourth floors. Chutintaranond said that while he decided to open Mia on the ground floor of the building, his primary focus was to restore the historic property. “The project was not [just about] the restaurant at all,” he said. “The project was about renovating this four-story building.”
In addition to contributing to the aesthetic appearance of the community, the restoration also created job opportunities for local residents, Chutin taranond said. He said that he has not seen a change in the amount of business Mia receives since the restaurant received the award, but the award was mainly designed to instill pride in business owners for the work that they have done in Ithaca. Susan Blumenthal M.R.P. ’78, a former City of Ithaca Alderperson and the chair of the Planning and Development Board for the Ithaca Rotary Club, created the award 14 years ago. Chutintaranond said that founding an Asian eatery, with a menu catering to students and local residents alike, strengthened ties back to his Thai heritage. Tom Jaeger ’15, who recently dined at the restaurant, said Mia is an excellent dining option. “It’s the best seaweed salad I’ve ever had in my life,” Jaeger said. Sarah Sassoon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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single possible suspect for both robberies and met with the victims on Feb. 24. Although the victims’ initial descriptions of the suspects differed — the first recalled a 5’10” man in a “gray hoodie” and the second described a 6’4” male with a “black coat and a rag on his head” — investigators reported that
they had identified the same suspect for the two crimes. Investigators are currently working with the Tompkins County District Attorney’s office to determine whether or not more charges will be filed in this case, according to the IPD. Further details were not available Thursday due to ongoing investigation. Kaitlyn Kwan can be reached at email@example.com.
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University Faculty shall be to consider questions of educational policy which concern more than one college, school or separate academic unit, or are general in nature.” Sanders echoed Cheyfitz’s sentiments, saying that Cornell has acted as a corporation and not democratically. “That’s how the administration operates, because it can ... because it has absolute power,” she said. But as the panel opened for questions from the audience, Prof. Yuval Grossman, physics, rebuked the panelists’ criticisms. In response to Prof. Beth Harris, politics, Ithaca College, who called the partnership Cornell’s contribution to the “death machine,” Grossman raised his voice. “I just heard that I’m the ‘death machine?’” Grossman said. Adding that he has a research grant funded by the Technion, he added, “Do you think people who support you should boycott me?” “It’s not a question of us wanting to boycott you. We think you should stop working with Technion,” responded Max Ajl grad, a member of SJP. Provost Kent Fuchs has said that the partnership between Cornell and the Technion is intended not as a political statement, but rather as an opportunity for the University to foster global academic cooperation. Cheyfitz said that faculty should prioritize responding to international issues. “This is the colonization of the globe by universities,” he said. “This is a particular situation where international laws are at stake … and where there’s an ongo-
ing crisis that’s at the center of global consciousness.” Yotam Arens ’12 and Emily Rotbart ’12, co-presidents of Cornell Israel Public Affairs Committee who attended the panel discussion, said that SJP’s event did not adequately address both sides of the argument. “The moderator repeatedly cut off audience members who voiced opposing viewpoints,” they said in an email. “The goal was to paint the picture that Israel is solely responsible for the plight of the Palestinians. This is a poorly veiled attempt to delegitimize Israel,” they added. The co-presidents of CIPAC added that Israel should be able to act in “self defense.” “When people argue, as did panelist Beth Harris, that the separation wall was an Israeli ploy to steal land or crush Palestinian society, they deny Israel’s [rights],” they said. Harris proposed that students and faculty prevent the partnership by “creating multiple kinds of campaigns exposing Technion in a bad light.” “I think that there is something to be lost in terms of reputation and visibility,” she said. Joining Harris, Sanders encouraged students to take a stance against the partnership. “You as students, may be much freer to act,” Sanders said. “Cornell should break that contract with Technion. That is absolutely our first demand.” Arens and Rotbart disagreed, saying that they will continue to show steadfast support Cornell’s partnership with Technion. Dennis Liu reported contributing. Jinjoo Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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but it does not signal a long-term commitment to the preparation of science teachers at Cornell University,” Sipple said, adding that the new program would not necessarily help prepare students who are aspiring science teachers. Jessica Beidelman ’12, who is pursuing an education minor at Cornell, echoed Sipple’s concern for the University’s education program. “I think it’s great that they’re moving forward in this positive direction to bring these classes to Cornell,” Beidelman said. “But at the same time, this shows a deficiency in Cornell’s own education program.” Instead of replacing Cornell’s former agricultural science major, I.C.’s M.A.T. program will offer students training in the humanities and social studies, fields Cornell did not offer, even before the budget cuts. “We’ve always certified teachers in science and agriculture and that hasn’t changed despite closures in the department,” Sipple said. “It’s just rounding out the Cornell offerings to allow Cornell students a chance to get students certified in a broader array of subject areas.” Sipple urged the University not to lose sight of potential improvements, saying that the University
needs to make a decision to ensure the future of its existing program. “This agreement does not signal a long-term commitment to the preparation of science teachers at Cornell,” he said. Travis Park, director of teacher education at Cornell, said that, as a world-class science and technology institution, Cornell should be among the best at preparing highly qualified science teachers. “Cornell has some social obligation to prepare next-generation science teachers,” Park said. Still, others said the new program would expand opportunities for students to pursue careers as teachers. “It preserves opportunities that exist at Cornell and expands it to new areas, especially in the humanities, that I think students will find appealing,” said Max Pfeffer, senior associate dean of CALS. So far this year, I.C. has received two applications from Cornell students for the M.A.T. program, both prior to the announcement of the CornellIthaca College agreement, according to Hanrahan. “We look forward to applications from Cornell seniors interested in staying here in Ithaca as they pursue a master's degree and teaching certification,” she said. Elizabeth Kussman can be reached at email@example.com.
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WHAT IS “SOMETHING SOLID?” WELL, it doesn’t really mean anything. The word solid is not a very descriptive word. Use it in an essay of some kind for class –– “yeah, I thought the reading was ... solid” –– and the professor will probably assume that you didn’t read the book. Come home and tell your friends or family that you had a “solid day,” and they likely won’t know how to respond. Recommend a solid restaurant to some, and it’ll be unclear whether they should go or not. In the world of journalism –– where every word is supposed to convey a specific meaning, where the difference between two synonyms, like “captured” and “seized,” tucked away in the middle of a paragraph can change entire arguments, and where the choice between those words can spark hour-long debates among editors –– the word solid should have no place. But there is another meaning to the word that is more descriptive and powerful than most others that you’ve likely read in these pages over the past year. It’s about an implicit understanding that stretches far beyond its straightforward definition. It is about something’s quality, its foundation. It happens when something doesn’t require a description, it’s just understood. Nothing more needs to be said. In fact, nothing more can really be said that would describe it any better. You just know. Over the course of this past year, the word solid has taken on a special meaning at our office. It happened when we knew we had picked the perfect word, or strung together a bunch of them, that conveyed exactly what we intended. It happened in our news coverage when we felt that we had meticulously researched a story from every possible angle. It was there in the opinion pieces we felt had airtight arguments that could convince even those who might disagree to concede that we had made a point. We admit that we didn’t always get there. But that was always the bar, and when we got there, we all knew. On Saturday, The Sun will elect its 130th editorial board and, in Monday’s paper, you will find the names of a class of new editors just above this space. We wanted to close our tenure by thanking you all, our readers. It has been a pleasure serving the campus and Ithaca communities over this past year. We never saw this as our paper, but as a paper for our readers. And we hope that over the course of the coming year, you will find something in every section that might be best summed up in one word: solid.
An Ode to Awkward
eople tend to be biased when reflecting about themselves. Psychological phenomena such as cognitive dissonance suggest individuals are not good judges of their personalities and behavioral tendencies. Contrastingly, other people — assuming they do not have special ties with the subject of the judgement — can offer an impartial and more accurate analysis on a person’s character. For instance, before last week, I sincerely thought I was socially awesome. First of all, I am an international student. Well, not really, because Puerto Ricans are American citizens. But again, Puerto Rico is not a state. Wait, what really am I? Never mind, the point is that my mother tongue is Spanish and my culture is very different from most Americans. Additionally, I have style. My closet is filled with pants of any color you can imagine and I wear suits every once in a while just for fun. Furthermore, I consider myself very handsome. Although most people procrastinate on Facebook, I usually waste most of my time looking at myself in the mirror. Finally, I also find it worthwhile mentioning that I eat lunch every day at Terrace and I hang out from Thursday to Saturday at Pixel. Indeed, I thought I was legen — wait for it, wait for it — dary. But, as I mentioned before, an event occurred last week that opened my eyes about who I really am. I normally do not read memes, but when I do, it is because a friend of mine begs me to. That is how I actually ended up reading an Internet meme called Socially Awkward Penguin. And it turned my world upside down. According to “knowyoumeme.com,” the Socially Awkward Penguin meme features “a penguin lacking both social skills and selfesteem. The text narrates some of life’s most uncomfortable situations,” (that typically happen to awkward people). As I kept reading the Socially Awkward Penguin, I realized that I had experienced an overwhelming majority of the situations the meme presented. A question then came into my head: Are these events supposed to be socially awkward? I always thought these were the kind of things that happened to everyone, but nobody spoke about. You know, like weird sexual fantasies. But when I shared the inquiry with my friend, he started to laugh out loud in front of me. He also admitted he rarely experienced any of those awkward events. So, at that point, I realized that I am not really a socially awesome person but rather a socially awkward penguin. Here are several
Socially Awkward Penguin memes that allude to my top awkward moments at Cornell (in no particular order): 1. Guy sits next to me on a a bench right before I am about to leave. Wait a couple minutes to leave so he does not think it is because of him.
Abdiel Ortiz-Carrasquillo I Respectfully Dissent 2. The professor is taking attendance. Heart rate rapidly increases in anticipation of saying “here.” 3. Has a crush on cute girl, and then imagines potential life as a married couple. 4. Said something funny once, and then repeated it all day to different people. 5. A cute girl enters the elevator. Find it is the perfect moment to send that “important” text. Types “auipfhuaiosfynasuiothiaerhtauiotyaeryre” and presses send. 6. Pretending to talk on phone in public to look important. The phone actually rings. 7. Sees the stylist messing up hair, but does not dare to say anything. 8. Realizes you are in the wrong class five minutes in, then stays until the end of class. 9. Does not hear what people say to me. Just smiles and hopes it was not a question. 10. Purposely sits right next to a cute girl on the first day of classes, but does not say a word to her all semester. Many of you may be thinking that this column is very awkward in itself, but that is the idea. I want this column to be a tribute to all the socially awkward penguins here at Cornell — special shout-out to the College of Engineering! Cheers to all those people who have a such an advanced sarcasm, that people think you are weird. Cheers to those that have a terrific memory, but act forgetful to not seem like stalkers. Cheers to those who argue with a person and spend the next three years reliving the argument and thinking of all the better words you could have said. We may not be socially awesome people, but we are still awesome people. In our own way, of course. Abdiel Ortiz-Carrasquillo is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I Respectfully Dissent appears alternate Fridays this semester.
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Blood Games I
wasn’t going to write about Syria this week, since I feel like I’ve used up the subject, but something recently happened that changed my mind. So bear with me; let me tell you a story. One year ago in Damascus, I lost my soul in a Backgammon game. I had been consistently beating my friend Musa (“Moses,” in Arabic), stripping him of 500 Syrian pounds ($10) each time. As the pieces clicked around the board, he grum-
about it one day. He grinned and leaned forward to whisper. “You know who always wears suits? The Mukhabarat,” the secret police. The “political security” guys, to be exact, were snappy dressers. Musa dressed like them because, he told me, doing so made it easier to get around. He would stroll past the security guards at the front gate of the university, give them a nod and they wouldn’t check his ID. Musa didn’t just impersonate the
Jonathan Panter The Storyteller bled that I was cheating. Slightly annoyed, I remembered a story about a guy who jokingly wrote “my soul” on a piece of paper and gambled it away on a poker hand. Musa was delighted with the idea, and then ... I had a stroke of bad luck. He won the paper soul, and never let me live it down. Musa was wearing a suit at the time, as I remember. In fact, he always wore a suit and tie. At home in the village of Jebel alZawiyah, on the streets of Aleppo, to class, in cafes — always a suit. I finally asked him
Mukhabarat for convenience. He wore that suit for his own safety, because he had tried being an “ordinary citizen” before, and still faced the brutality of the regime. A year before the uprising, Musa was just a young university student, mostly concerned with a girl in his village whom he adored. Like most Syrians, he accepted life under the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and thought little of politics. The father of the girl, however, didn’t like Musa, and he had a few buddies in the
Mukhabarat. Soon, Musa found himself on the floor of a basement somewhere in Aleppo, and then in Damascus. His torturers lashed him for 11 days, probably with steel cables and rubber hoses, and applied electric current to his body. By the time his father secured his release, Musa was nearly dead. But you can’t kill Musa that easily. He’s got guts, and he’s smart as hell. After he moved to Aleppo, Musa invested in a few suits. In the alternate reality of a Middle Eastern dictatorship, sometimes it’s better just to scare people before they get to know you. Sure enough, when I met Musa in February 2011, a fellow student warned me not to trust my well-dressed friend, since he was surely an agent of the Mukhabarat. Events soon proved that student wrong. A month later, an uprising began in southern Syria, and Musa was one of its earliest proponents. He quickly became a prominent organizer, a suave networker who brought together dissidents and newlyformed revolutionaries from around the country. By May, the body count was rising as the regime tried to stifle the incipient uprising. Because of his connections, Musa became a wanted man. But for the next 11 months, the Mukhabarat couldn’t track down that wily, gutsy bastard. So last week, they went to his village instead, to send a message. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful place, lodged in the hills and olive groves of Syria’s northwest
corner. Musa’s family lives in a compound of small cinder block houses, and beneath one there’s an abandoned cellar. When the Mukhabarat arrived early last week, they entered the compound and pulled six men — Musa’s brothers, cousins and uncles — out of their homes and brought them down into that cellar. First, they tortured them. Then they threw in some high explosives. Last I heard, the women in the family were digging out the bodies by hand. Six bodies. Seven thousand five hundred corpses, and counting, have been laid to rest in Syrian soil since March 2011. Seven thousand five hundred human beings, for whom living daily life was a gamble — from the way they dressed to what they chose to discuss. Bashar and his Mukhabarat certainly started that macabre game, but truth be told, now it is we who play along. We sit back and pontificate about nonintervention, about working with the “international community,” about “peace” and “negotiations” — as if tyranny and evil are questions in a simple strategy game, a Backgammon game, if you will. Only this time, as the pieces tap around the board, the stakes aren’t Syrian pounds, aren’t dollars, aren’t just a paper soul. Jonathan Panter is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. The Storyteller appears alternate Fridays this semester.
Don’t Go to Law School
his message goes to all of those undergrads that are anxiously awaiting or have already received their law school admissions decisions: Don’t go to law school. At least, for now. I know what you’re thinking. “What else do you do with a B.A. in English?” “But I’m going to go help the less privileged and promote justice.” “Yeah, I know things are bad. But I’m going to be the top of my law school class anyway.” Time for a reality check. Law school can be a terrible place that has the potential to ruin everything. You will constantly find yourself with an enormous amount of reading that will consume your days and nights. You will face humiliation in lectures at the hands of professors who will ask questions to which you will have no answers. The time you once put into your social life will go towards questions of who has the property rights of foxes or whether there was an implied warranty of merchantability for seafood chowder in Massachusetts. Even worse is that you’ll bring these topics up during dinner with your non-law school friends, whom you will eventually alienate. The relationship with your family will devolve into sporadic once-in-a-while conversations pertaining to why you do not call as often. In addition to the functional destruction of your personal life, law school also has a nasty habit of bringing students down to size. The majority of those who enter law school come with an excellent academic background with good grades. In law school, however, you will be graded on a strict curve that puts you in direct competition with every other law student. For most of you, all of the work in the world will result in a B+. The amount of work necessary to boost your grade to meet your prior expectations will destroy whatever remained of your personal life and your sanity. This sacrifice was once worth it when jobs were plen-
tiful. But, the current reality is clear and well publicized: Law school is not a smart financial investment. Statistics show that law schools produce close to 45,000 new graduates annually, even though there are only projected to be 25,000 new openings each year through 2018. Yet even as the job prospects of graduating students suffer, law schools continue to increase tuition. For three years of law school, a typical student will pay nearly $150,000 in tuition. For that price, law students pay for a curriculum that, in most cases, does not actually prepare them for the rigors of practice. While some law schools are getting better, the majority of law school curricula emphasizes the theoretical implications of law rather than the practical knowledge essential to good lawyering. Furthermore, it is difficult to imagine that a 21-year-old student who has just graduated from college could readily drop the amount of money necessary on a law school degree. Most students turn to more student loans to afford their legal tuition. Borrowing large sums of money in order to learn something that does not really prepare you for a job that you will have a difficult time obtaining — that sounds like a losing proposition to me. Many students who have been frustrated by this maelstrom of circumstances have taken to suing their law schools for fraud. There may be some underlying truth to these claims, as some schools have used the reprehensible practice of inflated LSAT scores, GPAs and employment percentages to attract paying students. But
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here’s the kicker: Regardless of what price you are paying for law school, you are paying for school, not a job. Placement in law school is no longer a guarantee for a well-paying job directly after graduation. Law schools do not control the economy, the local job markets or the skills and abilities of the individual student. Let me clarify my initial advice, law school is the right decision for some, but not many. If you are trying to delay entering the real world for three years, there are better ways to do that than through law school. If you are not passionate about the study of law, law school can be a difficult, trying time. Do yourself a favor. Take a year off. Get out of school for a while. Go work and
Jeff Catalano Barely Legal have some life experiences. It does not matter what you do, but take some time off. Perhaps many of you have already gotten this advice. The Sun ran a front-page article last week stating that law school applications are down across the board. Even so, many of you will still go to law school, thinking that you will avoid the fate of so many current law students. If you do, I wish you nothing but the best of luck. But you have been warned. Jeff Catalano a is a third-year law student at Cornell Law School. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Barely Legal appears alternate Fridays this semester.
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While packed with laughs,Wanderlust falls just short of poignant JASON GOLDBERG Sun Contributer
Would you give up everything if it meant being happy? Would you leave your job, throw away your cell phone, and leave everything behind in exchange for pure joy? This is the question at the heart of Wanderlust, a funny but inconsequential comedy from director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models). Businessman George (Paul Rudd) and his wife Linda (Jennifer Aniston) have finally purchased the home of their dreams: a one-room pricey apartment in the West Village. When George gets fired and Linda has her “penguin testicular cancer documentary” rejected from HBO, the couple wonders if they can afford to live a New York life anymore. In a mad escape, they drive down to George’s brother’s home in Georgia, but not before crashing their car at the side of the road of a Bed and Breakfast called Elysium. It turns out Elysium is actually a hippie commune with organic food, tons of marijuana, free love and nudists. Led by charismatic and cultish leader Seth
(Justin Theroux) and owned by Carvin (Alan Alda), Elysium presents George and Linda with the possibility of escaping their financial troubles and building a new, stress-free life. They agree to stay for two weeks and shenanigans obviously ensue when issues of fidelity,
by the end. While Wanderlust strives for poignancy, its finance and freedom arise. One thing Wain handles quite well is capturing the comedic-DNA is too ridiculous to completely submit the zeitgeist of America’s unstable economy. The couple’s audience emotionally to the characters’ struggles at the cramped, expensive studio apartment in the West Village, 60-minute mark. By the time George has his third-act though often played for laughs because of its small size, revelation, we are supposed to feel moved, but rather are left feeling empty, mostly due says much about the overpriced to the previously cartoonish living situations that many nature of the film. young professionals buy even Wanderlust The acting is mostly after they are deciding to start a Directed by David Wain responsible for elevating the family. If this film were made before the economic crisis, Featuring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston script’s few faults. Rudd shines in the leading role and George and Linda’s desire to and Alan Alda makes his character’s arc from stay at the commune would be yuppie to hippie at least a lot less believable. However, semi-believable. Rudd is the film does a fine job at disextremely talented in improplaying their fears and anxieties visation, as noted by one of in a failing capitalist economy, the best scenes in the film in justifying their move in a serious manner. The film also does pokes fun at both sides of which he practices a possible seduction in the mirror, the Occupy Wall Street debate; the corporate greed of complete with hilarious references to an entity known as New York City is shown to be just as ridiculous as the “the vag.” Aniston does her best with some messy character material and really finds her comedic stride when pothead commune, and no one is truly “correct.” However, by the she has the opportunity to act a little wild and break out essential third-act, the of her usual composed self. Alda delights in what is basifilm attempts to find cally an extended cameo and contributes many of the seriousness in funny film’s laughs. Supporting turns by Kerri Kenny-Silver and situations, rather than Kathryn Hall as Elysium hippie-women are tremendoustrying to find the ly good, providing an almost surreal sense of humor that funny in serious dilem- balances with Rudd’s brand of comedy quite well. On the mas. Bridesmaids, other hand, Malin Akerman, like in many of her other Knocked Up and The movies, stands around like a sex object and does nothing. 40-Year Old Virgin are Thoreaux (who met current girlfriend Aniston while recent examples of shooting) produces the fewest laughs, his character so comedies that have two-dimensional it seems like a misplaced Family Guy succeeded in taking the character. Wanderlust, which translates to “crave for travel” in latter approach, presenting a serious sub- German, is a mostly funny film with some great perforject (depression, grow- mances, but cannot reach the poignancy it nobly ing up and sexual mat- attempts at making a statement about internal journeys uration) and finding within a struggling economy. Nonetheless, it is a fun, COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES the humor that lies harmless romp of a film and is best worth catching later beneath. It is within this strategy that these films achieve on HBO (right after Linda’s penguin documentary airs, such impressiveness and where Wanderlust ultimately of course). ends up falling a bit flat. Wandlerlust, built around this concept of a kooky cult, does not have quite enough Jason Goldberg is a sophomore in the College of Agricultural and Life humanity for us to truly feel attached to these characters Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Arietty Asserts Animation’s Potential A
nimation can be a fantastic storytelling medium. The sterling string of Pixar’s critically acclaimed hits has well illustrated the truth of this conjecture with aplomb. So are the startlingly lush and vivid movies of Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. Almost every Ghibli movie that has ever been made has been a masterpiece of lovingly crafted animation with an amazing eye for detail, atmosphere and emotionality. Ghibli’s latest iteration, The Borrower Arrietty, is an example of the unique Ghibli brand of slow, slice-of-life movie set in the reality of the moment but pushing on the boundaries of the fantastic. Other examples of this type include My Neighbor Totoro and The Cat Returns. Arrietty, however, is different in that it is not helmed by Ghibli maestro Hayao Miyazaki, but by one of his disciples, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, in his directorial debut. And what a debut it is! I don’t believe I’m exaggerating when I say that this might be one of the most perfectly crafted movies I have ever watched. Based on a juvenile fantasy novel, The Borrowers, by Mary Norton, The Borrower Arrietty features little people called Borrowers, who stand only about as tall as your thumb, who live in the secret spaces under human homes and occasionally venture out to “borrow” necessities to survive – a single cube of sugar, or a bay leaf. The eponymous protagonist Arrietty (played in the Disney dub by Bridgit Mendler) is a fourteen-year-old Borrower, who, in the course of her first Borrowing, meets and befriends a sickly human boy (David Henrie). Of course, borrowers, in the true tradition of pixies and gnomes, must avoid being seen by the curious humans, and when found out, they must move — or risk discovery and capture by the pesky housemaid Hara (Carol Burnett). In lesser hands this might be a successful formula for a light-hearted romp through a narrative orthodoxy of well-worn tropes that you might expect from a Dreamworks feature. Studio Ghibli, however, takes it a step further by injecting some unusually serious themes into the mix. The boy, Shawn, is due to undergo a lifethreatening operation. His fatalistic attitude with regards to his medical condition clashes with the Borrower creed to survive at all costs — that despite the dangers associated with being tinier than a housecat that
only wants to eat tiny facsimiles of its supposed masters — they must muster the will and the courage to live, survive and prosper in a world that seems so bent on denying them safe refuge. Other themes poke through
The narrative doesn’t proceed as you’d expect. This might be one of the freshest children’s films you might ever watch. That’s not to say it lacks predicable plot twists, just that these are handled without undue sappiness or contrivance. The ending is perfect: bittersweet, conclusive and heartbreakingly mature, somewhat like closing the back cover of a wonderful book that you spent an afternoon reading on the porch. And that is truly the feeling that this film is trying to achieve — that nostalgic feeling of summertime in childhood and the fun we had with friends big and small. Arrietty’s and Shawn’s friendship is an ephemeral, forbidden one: a bond forged between two worlds that do not touch, but is made more powerful because of its briefness. In a sense, it resembles that perfect summer that everyone holds dear in their hearts — a time of your life so precious that you never wanted to let go, but which ended, like all other halcyon times and which remains in full bloom through rose-tinted memory. COURTESY OF DISNEY. If there’s one quibble I had to make, it would be more subtly – the borrowers’ reluctance to come into the Disney dub. In general, the voices are excellent, but contact with humans carries with it a hint of the Ghibli the anglicization of the character names from the origibrand of environmental activism. In addition, Arrietty nal Japanese introduces a little cognitive dissonance as is the very definition of the strong Ghibli female pro- we see all these putatively Japanese characters call each other Jessica and Shawn while eating their rice with tagonist so typical of Miyazaki’s works. What makes Arrietty such a perfect gem of a film, chopsticks and wearing slippers around the house. Not however, is more than just its Ghibli pedigree and the saying there’s anything wrong with cross-cultural influthemes that infuse it. The film is visually stunning. ence, but this move by Disney struck me as rather pointEvery frame drips with an almost excessive attention to less, especially since they’ve never done it with any other detail. Every scene is set in a lush and verdant palette. Ghibli adaptation. The ending song ‘Summertime,’ Character animations are naturalistic and whimsical, sung by Bridgit Mendler, is also a tad too…R&B-ish for without that annoying economy of movement that the likes of this demographic, and compromises the plagues other animated products. The soundscape is tone of the credits scene, by taking the limelight away amazing, especially given the nature of the plot. From from the original song that was there in the Japanese the perspective of the tiny Borrowers, everything on the release. If you like animation even in the slightest, watch this human scale is breathtakingly huge. Dust mites scuttle like giant armadillos. Prowling cats are like charging ele- movie. For dedicated Ghibli fans, this is also a mustphants. The rattling of crockery is lightning and thun- watch. It’s not overtly juvenile like Ponyo, nor is it epic der. Human footsteps reverberate like the steps of a like Princess Mononoke. It’s a perfect movie for the allmountain giant in a cavernous eldritch hall. The visual age demographic, and I can’t imagine a better way to template of minuteness is also lovingly crafted. After spend an evening watching this gem of a film. If there rain, Arrietty brushes droplets of water as big as her were any justice in this world, this movie would win an head off her clothes. When her mother pours tea, the Oscar for best animation. green droplets well out of the spout and bounce into the cups like oversized jellies. A tiny pin becomes Arrietty’s Colin Chan is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. very own sword.
Don’t Shoot the (Bike) Messenger
t was a sunny, warm fall day in 2010 when my friend and Stanley made LSD as an undergrad at Berkeley, and he's I pulled up to the stop sign on Buffalo St. in front of famous. I could produce something useful with my major.” Washington Park. Our talk about a stop at the Maté If Breaking Bad has taught us anything, it’s that scientific Factor was interrupted as a bicyclist came flying around the knowledge is valuable but often leaves unintended consecorner on a rusty Raleigh, drifting and counter-steering his quences in its wake. Albert Hofmann was busy researching way through the whole intersection. new medicine when he synthesized LSD, but he couldn’t Needless to say, my friend and I were blown away. We have imagined the impact LSD would have on the arts or caught up to the shaggy-haired bicyclist at the next light and the psyche in the 60s and 70s. Jimi Hendrix solos, Ken rolled down our window. “Hey man, that was awesome,” I Kesey and Parliament Funkadelic come to mind, among said. His beard shook as he responded, “Don’t fuck with me! others. I was a bike messenger in New York City for 24 years! We But as Kesey predicted, the world has mostly moved used to drop acid, sit in Central Park all day, play frisbee and “beyond acid;” and more recently, hippies have given way to hacky sack, and listen to “Third Stone from the Sun.” You a new generation of hipsters. You’ve seen them, the fixie-ridknow that ing, thick glasses wearing, song?” french-press coffee and PBR He went on, drinking, ‘you wouldn’t “You go to understand my music” set. Cornell? What You might even call them do you study?” “artsy,” and maybe they’ve “Economics majored in it. and GovernArts majors get a lot of Los Angeles ment.” “Good unnecessary flak from stuluck! Major in dents of science these days. Daze Chemistry, we Maybe it’s payback for years of need more being typecast as nerdy, awkacid!” The light turned green, our cyclist friend pedaled ward and socially inept. Now they’ve got salaries and the ahead, made a Tron-like turn into the next alley and was question du jour for Arts students: “What do you plan to do gone. with that?” as if a lack of hard science equates to complete Only in Ithaca. The first piece of advice I can give read- unemployability or eternal baristadom. Movies like ers of this column is to make friends with the residents here. Moneyball, The Social Network, or Margin Call reinforce the At the very least, you’ll get an interesting story, and a bit notion that being quantitatively minded is the only relevant more exposure to the city we are all a part of. (read: profitable) path for today’s youth. The cyclist had me worried. That fall was the bottom of Or is it? I'll give you an example. Have you ever heard of the financial crisis, and suddenly I was thinking to myself Dennis Ritchie? How about Steve Jobs? One developed C and “You know, maybe I should major in Chemistry. Owsley UNIX, hugely important programming languages that your
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iPhone and OSX laptop rely on, and the other wore black turtlenecks and remarked that taking LSD was “one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life.” Both passed within a week of each other, Jobs received the bulk of media coverage despite Ritchie contributing much more to the advancement of computer technology. Remember what I said about unintended consequences? Steve Jobs took the technology Ritchie developed, made it aesthetically pleasing and capitalized upon it. Technology is trendy today, but the future is interdisciplinary. The question tomorrow will likely be “¿No entiendes Español?,” or “What are the social implications of our new product?” Arts scholars will be well poised to answer these, provided they know a bit about the technological and data-driven trends shaping our world. I hope that with CornellNYC Tech and the new Goldwin Smith addition, the University examines its approach to instruction in the arts and humanities, and stresses useful computer and technological skills in all majors, pursuant to a well-rounded education. Like riding a bicycle, academia is all about balance. Now more than ever there exists the need for common ground between the arts and sciences, not a chasm. Most students are acutely aware of environmental degradation and other problems hippies lamented, but don’t know where to begin in solving them. It starts with not confining ourselves to preconceived styles and roles as “enginerds,” consultants, premeds, social scientists or “hipsters.” Why fit into one of these molds when one can provide a useful service as an individual and show others how it’s done, like our elusive preacher and bike messenger. Patrick Cambre is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com. L.A. Daze appears alternate Fridays this semester.
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Red Hosts Army At Schoellkopf By LAUREN RITTER Sun Assistant Sports Editor
Fresh off a 17-12 victory over rival Binghamton on Tuesday afternoon, the men’s lacrosse team is primed to face off against Army (2-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. No. 3/7 Cornell (1-0) looks to start its season on strong footing by beating the highly-regarded Patriot League team that handed the Red one of its two regular season losses last year.“ “We’re really excited about this game,” said senior midfielder J.J. Gilbane. “They beat us, now we’re playing on our place. They play a tough brand of lacrosse, which we play as well. It’s going to be a battle and we look forward to getting out there and playing our hardest.” While the Black Knights handed Cornell an 11-9 upset last season, senior attacker and captain Rob Pannell said that the Red is not out to avenge the loss. “It is a new team this year and while most of this team played in that game last year, we will not be out to avenge the loss but it certainly will be in our heads,” he said. “It is a totally different Army team as well and we are going to need our best efforts to be successful on Saturday.” Cornell will need to focus its efforts especially on defense come Saturday afternoon. Last year the Red was able to hold Binghamton to a scoreless first half; however, on Tuesday the Bearcats came within five points. “Our defense and our team in general need a lot of practice. It’s still early for us,” Gilbane said. “We’ve only been practicing for a month. We still have a lot of work to do on the team.” The Red’s roster is not the same as last season, Pannell said. Changes are still being made during these first few games as the players acclimate themselves to playing with new linemates. “The defense is still coming into their own and still establishing leaders down at that end of the field,” Pannell said. “It was the first game and they are only going to improve each day from here on out and [junior defender]
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Army fire | Senior midfielder J.J. Gilbrane scored a goal in the Red’s 11-9 loss to Army las season. He said that the team will need its best efforts to come away with a win on Saturday.
Jason Noble will be the guy heading those efforts.” Despite the narrow margin of victory over Binghamton and the performance by the Red’s defense, a few lessons can be taken away from Tuesday’s contest, according to Gilbane. “It’s always good to get a game under your belt, so you can look back and see what you can do better,” he said. “We made a few mistakes against Binghamton and we can look back and clean those up in preparation for Army.” Paying attention to those mistakes and details will prove key for the Red, if it hopes to compete at the same high level of intensity that Army will bring to Schoellkopf Field. Practicing during the week will be the best preparation heading into this weekend’s contest, according to Pannell. “I think the biggest lesson that we can take [from the game against Binghamton] is that we can not just show up and expect to win and that we have to earn those wins during the week of practice and translate that over to outplay during games,” Pannell said. “No game is an automatic win this year, and we have to develop confidence and get better
each day in practice.” Last year the Red outshot the Black Knights, 42-27, however success this weekend will not rely on the quantity of shots Cornell creates, but rather the quality of them, according to Gilbane. As Army leads the series against Cornell, 23-14, the Red will need to devise a solid plan of attack if it hopes to upset the formidable foe, Pannell said. “Right now the game plan is to play our hardest and play a Cornell brand of lacrosse,” he said. “Our offense will have our opportunities and we certainly are going to have to capitalize better than we did against Binghamton, but right now we just want to play as hard as possible and the way we are capable of playing.” A win against Army would extend the Red’s win streak on home turf to 11 games, and the team sitting 2-0 on the season for the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in the past seven seasons. Lauren Ritter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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No. 3 seed in a match earlier this season. “I’ll probably end up meeting Robert Hamlin in the finals,” Bosak said. “But I’m not going to worry about that just now. I’m just going to take it one match at a time, wrestle the way I wrestle, and, if I do that, things will go my way.” At 157 pounds, No. 3 Ganbayar Sanjaa takes the mark for American. Junior Kyle Dake, No. 1 in the country at 157 pounds and undefeated on the season, beat Sanjaa, 4-0, in the semifinals of the NCAA national championships last season. Although Dake lost in his final EIWA matchup last season, Koll does not expect Sanjaa or any other wrestler to seriously keep the two-time national champion from picking up his second EIWA title. “The only guy who Kyle needs to worry about is Kyle Dake,” Koll said. “He’s pretty much got control over that opponent, so as long as he makes weight right and wrestles aggressively, he’s not going to lose.” Dake, who wrestled while injured in his last match, is ready to wrestle at full strength this weekend, according to Koll. Dake’s recovery was aided by the fact that the team did not compete at the national duals finals, therefore the Red has enjoyed extra time off between matches. Koll said he believes the longer than expected layoff is ultimately beneficial for everyone on the team, though that much time off may be a doubleedged sword. “Having the rest is great, but you also don’t want to get too far
away from the fire. Conditioningwise you want to make sure you stay sharp, and when you take this much time off there’s a possibility of guys letting their weight get a little too heavy and things like that,” he said. Besides Dake and Bosak, Koll said he expects seniors Frank Perrelli, No. 7 at 125 pounds, and Cam Simaz, No. 1 at 197 pounds, to win titles this weekend. Perrelli won his first EIWA title last season, and Simaz — the recently-named Ivy League Wrestler of the Year — has captured an EIWA title in each of his previous three seasons wrestling for Cornell. Like Dake, Simaz is also undefeated this season, except for an injury default, which is credited as a loss. Besides these four grapplers, Koll said he thinks sophomores Nick Arujua, Mike Nevinger and Chris Villalonga can also earn titles. Mike Nevinger — the only other Top-20 ranked Cornell wrestler — may face the toughest bracket. The 141 pound weight class, although not top-heavy with talent, holds many similarly ranked wrestlers. No. 17 Nevinger lost to Zack Kemmerer of Penn and Adam Krop of Princeton, who are currently ranked No. 12 and No. 16, respectively. He did, however, beat No. 15 Steve Dutton of Lehigh. Besides earning individual titles and helping the Red win its sixthstraight EIWA title, the wrestlers have an added incentive to do well. Those earning titles earn automatic bids to nationals which will be held in two weeks. Brian Bencomo can be reached at email@example.com.
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and looking ahead to either Harvard or St. Lawrence. “[We’re] totally focused on Quinnipiac,” said junior defender Lauriane Rougeau. “You can’t look past them.” The Bobcats are led by sophomore forward Kelly Babstock, who has already tallied 39 points on the season and is currently Quinnipiac’s all-time leading scorer, claiming the title after less than two seasons with the Bobcats. “We expect them to come hard at us,” Rougeau said. “They’re a good team. They’re fast, they’re hard-working, they’re very disciplined.” That being said, the Red maintains that it has found its groove and there is nothing that it will change in preparing for this semifinal. “[We need] to focus on what we do and do it to the best of our abilities,” Karpenko said. “It’s no dif-
ferent going into this weekend.” While the Red insists that it is not thinking about Harvard or St. Lawrence, the fact remains that, if Cornell is able to advance past Quinnipiac on Friday, the team will indeed square off against a Top-10 opponent on Saturday. Harvard is one of the most talked about teams in the country right now, most recently knocking off Princeton in two games, and the Saints made quick work of Dartmouth, also winning their first-round series in a sweep. With the whole team contributing right now, look for the contest against Quinnipiac to be a heated rematch, pitting the strongest team in Division I women’s hockey against a bitter foe that has found its stride and will be looking to avenge a pair of rough losses it suffered earlier in the season. Zach Waller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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and the two teams are even in the loss column. Penn has three more games, one of which is against Brown (8-21, 2-10), who also remains at the bottom of the Ivy League. The race to the top of the conference looks to be an extremely close one, and the Red could potentially make or break the Crimson’s chances at an Ivy title this Saturday. “We want to make a statement for next year,” Gray said.
“Having the whole crowd behind us, we want to send the seniors out on a good note and what better way to do that than with a win over Harvard.” For Wroblewski and seniors Drew Ferry, Max Groebe and Anthony Gatlin though, this game is about more than just making a statement. For the three seniors, the game against Harvard marks the last game they will play for Cornell. For Groebe and Wroblewski, it is the end of a storied four-year career that saw them lead the Red to
two Ivy League titles and two NCAA tournament bids, including a run to the Sweet 16. “It’s going to be really weird. I don’t think it’s beginning to settle in yet that this will be the last competitive basketball game I’ll ever play,” Wroblewski said. “It’s definitely going to be emotional, but I’m looking forward to going out there one more time and having fun with my teammates.” Scott Chiusano can be reached at email@example.com.
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Red Closes Out Season at Home By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Staff Writer
The men’s basketball team returns to Newman Arena this weekend to finish off the season. After beating Brown and falling to Yale last weekend, the Red hosts Dartmouth on Friday and the Ivy League-leading Harvard Crimson on Saturday for Senior Night. Three weeks ago, the Red Harvard (11-15, 6-5 Ivy League) defeated the Green (5-23, 111), 68-59, for its first road win of the season. Despite pulling ahead early in the vs. game and going into the half up by seven, the Red let Dartmouth get back into the game in the last 20 minutes. “We got off to a great start Cornell last time and we need to sustain that energy,” said senior Saturday, 7 p.m. point guard and co-captain Newman Arena Chris Wroblewski. “Once you give a team confidence, it becomes a battle to the end.” The Red ended up pulling away with a minute left to go in the game when junior guard Johnathan Gray’s two free throws put the team up by 10. “This time we can’t drop off; we can never think that we put them away,” Gray said. “We have to keep our foot on the pedal for 40 minutes.” Though the Green has dropped two straight games, it did pick up its first conference win
against Brown two weeks ago. While Dartmouth remains in the cellar of the Ivy League, the Crimson (24-4, 10-2) comes to Ithaca in a neck-and-neck battle for the top spot in the conference after losing to second place Penn last weekend. “We want to prove that we can play with [Harvard],” Gray said. In the Red’s 71-60 loss to Harvard on Feb. 3, Cornell got off to a slow start, allowing the Crimson to create a lead by as much as 14 in the first half. Cornell came out of the locker room strong, though, and outscored the Crimson by three in the second half. “We came out timid in the first half, not taking the ball to the basket and we passed up a lot of open shots,” Gray said. “But we played with so much more confidence in the second half.” “They got us back on our heels early, and we can’t let that happen again with such a talented team,” Wroblewski said. To prevent that from happening, according to Gray, the Red understands that boxing out will be especially important against the Crimson’s threatening frontcourt of 6-7 Kyle Casey and 68 Keith Wright. Though Harvard did outrebound the Red by five last time, Cornell was able to limit the Crimson’s second-chance opportunities to only eight. “Rebounding is always a focal point because we’re such a small team,” Gray said. “The guards are also going to have to do a good job of crashing the glass.” After falling to Penn (17-11, 9-2), 55-54, the Crimson is only one win ahead of the Quakers, See M. B-BALL page 18
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Senior stardom | Senior co-captain Chris Wroblewski ends his successful four-year career as the Red’s point guard on Saturday against Harvard.
Cornell Hosts ECAC Semifinals By ZACH WALLER Sun Staff Writer
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Rivals meet again | Senior Steve Bosak will wrestle for his first EIWA title this weekend against Lehigh’s Robert Hamlin, who has beaten Bosak three times this season.
Squad Competes for EIWA Title By BRIAN BENCOMO Sun Staff Writer
After wrapping up its dual season with a disappointing loss to Illinois in the National Duals regional finals two weeks ago, the Red now sets its sights on postseason action. This weekend the team competes for a conference title at the EIWA Championships held in Princeton, N.J., with preliminary rounds occurring on Saturday and place matches and finals on Sunday. No. 5 Cornell looks to capture its sixth-straight EIWA title. Of the 14 teams competing, Penn and Lehigh would most likely be the programs that could stop Cornell’s streak, according to head coach Rob Koll. The Red beat both teams in dual matches this season by scores of 21-17 and 24-12, respectively. The win over the Quakers was the second-closest margin of victory
for the Red this season. Yet these victories in dual matches may not be the best indicator of success for the weekend, given that the championship is an individual tournament, not a dual tournament. As a tournament team, Penn is not ranked among the Top-20; however, Lehigh is No. 9. American, sitting at No. 12 in the nation, is another team competing this weekend. Both Lehigh and American boast highly ranked At 184 pounds, Lehigh has No. 3 Robert Hamlin, who will potentially pose the biggest challenge to Cornell senior Steve Bosak’s efforts to earn his first EIWA title. Bosak lost to Hamlin three times last season, by scores of 5-4 and 6-5, as well as a 4-2 overtime loss in the EIWA finals. However, the Red wrestler beat the See WRESTLING page 18
With last weekend’s pair of convincing victories over Brown in the first round of the ECAC tournament, the Cornell women’s hockey team moves on to the ECAC semifinal this weekend, facing the Quinnipiac Bobcats at Lynah Rink. However, this will not be the only hockey game on the Hill this weekend. Both ECAC semifinals, as well as the ECAC championship, will be hosted at Lynah. The weekend begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, with the Red taking on the Bobcats. Following the CornellQuinnipiac contest, Harvard and St. Lawrence will square off at 7 p.m. to decide the other half of Saturday’s championship game. The winners of Friday’s contests will meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. to decide the ECAC champion, as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The No. 3 Red (28-3-0, 202-0 ECAC Hockey) has been unstoppable recently and is currently in the midst of a ninegame winning streak, the longest in the nation. While Quinnipiac (19-15-2, 12-8-2) finished its season on a rough note, losing five of its last seven games, the Bobcats were able to bounce back in the first round of the playoffs last weekend, defeating powerful Clarkson in
three games. No. 8 Harvard Earlier in the season we beat (22-8-1, 17-4-1) and them pretty handily No. 10 St. Lawrence — they’re not going to (22-9-4, 14-6-2) also forget that. They’re Quinnipiac enter the weekend going to be looking on strong notes, with for revenge. I think Harvard on a sixwe’re going to see a game winning streak whole new team.” and St. Lawrence The Red did vs. winning eight of its indeed make the last nine — its only Bobcats easy prey earloss coming in the lier in the year, offerform of a 3-2 defeat ing up a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the of the team in Cornell Red two weekends Hamden, Conn., ago. before skating to a Friday, 3:30 p.m. “Quinnipiac is a definitive 4-1 victory Lynah Rink great team and they at Lynah. However, obviously just came that does not mean off a big weekend,” the Red is writing off said senior forward the Quinnipiac game Chelsea Karpenko. “They’re definitely on a roll and they’re See W. HOCKEY page 18 going to bring their ‘A’ game.
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On a roll | The Red is in the midst of a nine-game winning streak, currenty the longest in the nation.