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A new downtown art studio will allow Ithacans to create art while enjoying wine. | Page 3

The men’s ice hockey team will play Union College on Friday in the ECAC semifinals. | Page 12

Marissa Tranquilli ’15 previews what she calls the short, sweet and powerful 35MM at Risley. | Page 8

Ludacris,Matt and Kim Set International Students Required to Buy C.U. To Perform on Slope Day

Students have mixed reaction to announcement By KAITLYN TIFFANY Sun Arts and Entertainment Editor

Rap artist Ludacris will perform on Slope Day on May 8, the Slope Day Programming Board announced Thursday. Indie rock group Matt and Kim will open. Sun Arts and Entertainent Editor Kaitlyn Tiffany ’15 along with members of the Cornell community sound off on the Programming Board’s decison. At 4:45 p.m. Thursday, the Slope Day Programming Board announced the headlining act and one of the supporting acts for this year’s Slope Day. Now that the fact that Brooklyn indie-duo Matt and Kim will open for rap artist Ludacris on May 8 is public knowledge, it is time to cue the student reaction.

The reaction to the selection of opener Matt and Kim is altogether more favorable than last year’s reaction to Ivy-bred fratstar Hoodie Allen opening for Kendrick Lamar and miles ahead of 2012’s notoriously derided selection of mainstream one-hit wonder Taio Cruz as co-headliner. Slope Day Programming Board Executive Chair Lee Singer ’14 said he was happy with the choice of a “very different” and “very popular” indie rock group. “To spread the diversity of the festival feel around, we were very interested in Matt and Kim,” Singer said. “It will definitely appeal to a different segment of the Cornell community, but it could definitely bring everyone together. That’s ultimately the goal of Slope Day: To bring very different groups of Cornellians together to celebrate.” See SLOPE DAY page 9

Swimming Pools | Students celebrate last year’s Slope Day, which featured rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Student Insurance Plan

By NOAH RANKIN Sun City Editor

Beginning in the 2014 to 2015 academic year, the University will require all international students to purchase the Cornell Student Health Insurance Plan as a result of some international students purchasing “insufficient” plans that potentially rack up thousands of dollars in medical costs, officials say. “Historically, we have had issues and concerns with international students buying travel-type individual “Many [international plans,” said student insurstudents] are not familiar ance administrator Jo Ann Molnar-Kieffer, a member with the high costs of of the University’s Student healthcare in the U.S.” Insurance Advisory Committee. “We tried Jo Ann Molnar-Kieffer addressing those with communication and trying to guide people into making informed purchase decisions.” The decision was ultimately made at the end of last semester to make purchasing SHIP mandatory. According to Valerie Lyon, associate director of business and finance at Gannett Health Services, around 90 percent of international students have already been purchasing SHIP without being required, and several peer institutions — including Ohio State and Carnegie Mellon University — have altered their policies to make university health plans the norm. “Many [international students] are not familiar with the high cost of healthcare in the U.S.,” Molnar-Kieffer said. “They may purchase an inadequate insurance plan for $1,000 and consider that purchase price their out-of-pocket-expense. However, when such a plan has numerous exclusions, they find out they have to See INSURANCE page 4

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Cornell Will Offer Traffic Control Gates to Appear on East Avenue American Studies Class in Spring 2015 By ALISHA FOSTER

Sun Staff Writer

By SOFIA HU Sun Staff Writer

In light of strong student reactions, American Studies 2001: The First American University will be offered in spring 2015, according to Prof. Sabine Haenni, director of the American Studies Program. American Studies 2001 — a one-credit course taught for the last four years by Corey Earle ’07, associate director of student programs in the Office of Alumni Affairs — was going to be replaced by a fourcredit course in honor of the sesquicentennial, which will still be offered in fall 2014, The Sun previously reported. However, students, alumni and faculty petitioned for the return of the course through social media, where the campaign has its own Twitter hashtag — #SaveAMST2001. See COURSE page 5

The University says it will install traffic control gates at the restricted section of East Avenue to form a physical barrier against general traffic this month. According to Media Relations Specialist Joe Schwartz, the new gates will be raised by a transponder when the traffic light turns green and will only enable buses and sanctioned vehicles to pass through. He said the gates can also be raised through a siren mechanism in the event of an emergency. Access through the restricted section of East Avenue has been off-limits to the general public since January due to the construction of Klarman Hall and work on Goldwin Smith Hall. According David Honan, deputy chief of the Cornell University Police Department, vehicles driving illegally through the area have been a major problem for Cornell Police and are

dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians. “It creates a serious safety issue and reduces the effectiveness of maintaining the corridor for bicyclists and mass transit,” he said. “Cornell Police have stopped many cars and provided educa-

tion and traffic tickets for infractions.” Aymar Marino-Maza ’15 said she believes that the addition of the new gates will not completely eliminate the problem of traffic violations. See TRAFFIC page 5

Closing the gates | Several signs on East Avenue indicate that the road is closed to all vehicles, exlcuding TCAT buses and bicycles.

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News, “With Alumni Support, WVBR Studios Return to Collegetown’,” Monday Speaking about WVBR’s move from its past location near East Hill Plaza to a new studio in Collegetown “We’ve been operating a bare-bones radio station for the past 14 years. [The new space] features the amenities of any major corporate radio station, but it has the appeal, space and ability to innovate that any college radio station has. This will be a spectacular space to create content and to learn.”

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Public Debate: Should Marijuana Be Legalized in the United States? 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., 115 Rockfeller Hall Broadway Night 6 - 9 p.m., 101 Robert Purcell Community Center Coffeehouse Event 7 - 9 p.m., Ivy Room, Willard Straight Hall C.U. Music: Jazz Festival 8 - 10 p.m., Barnes Hall Auditorium

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News, “Ed Helms, Best Known as ‘Andy Bernard,’ to Speak at Cornell Convocation,” Wednesday Speaking about the Convocation Committee’s selection of Ed Helms as Convocation speaker “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.” Jennifer Lee ’14

News, “Dr. Ruth Talks Judaism, ‘Sexual Literacy,’” Thursday Speaking about her views on sexuality and sex in a Jewish context “Anything two consenting adults do in the privacy of their kitchen floor, living room couch [or] bedroom is all right.” Ruth Westheimer, sexual therapist and author

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Opinion, “LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, President Skorton,” Tuesday Speaking about President David Skorton’s appointment as the Secretary of the Smithsonian “For his actions, I will always remember President Skorton as someone who cared about his students, someone who was willing to take a risk to do what is right, and someone who never wavered in his convictions. I am sure he will do great work in the Smithsonian, and I can only hope that Cornell chooses a worthy successor to David Skorton, one who will be willing to continue to look after the best interests of Cornell University and all its students, be they documented or not.” David Angeles Albores ’13

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New Ithaca Studio Will Provide Space For Wine and Art

Fashion frenzy

By SUSHMITHA KRISHNAMOORTHY Sun Contributor

Uncorked Creations — a new downtown art studio and local business opening on April 6 — will offer customers the opportunity to create art while enjoying wine and music in a “relaxed environment”, according to Alise Pierson, owner of the studio. “People sign up for a particular painting class and bring their wine bottles,” Pierson said. “We provide wine glasses, bottle openers [and] all the materials for the painting, and there will be an instructor to guide them through the painting step by step.” According to Pierson, the studio — located on Tioga Street — will offer adult painting sessions, children painting classes, studio space and art instructors for private parties, children’s birthdays and events like baby showers. “We get a vast range of ages in the painting studies. We’re going for a lot of locals and families looking for a different night out,” said Jacqueline Freeman, the studio’s manager. “Everyone can do it. It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw a straight line or a circle. You can do it. People are so amazed and proud after it.” Pierson opened the first branch of Uncorked Creations in Binghamton, N.Y. in August. Upon the success of the business in Binghamton, she said she decided to open another store. “I was looking at many different places. But Ithaca is so artsy, and the crowd is open to such ideas. The energy here is so good, so I decided to locate the studio here,” Pierson said. Freeman added that Uncorked Creations is unique

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Prof. Joseph Hancock, Drexel University, speaks about teaching and research in the world of fashion Thursday.

because it is an independent business. “We’re not a big corporate business,” she said. “We’re local people, hiring local people, trying to entertain the local people. We have hired an Ithaca College student, and as we grow, we’ll hire more local artists. We really push that we’re a local business and be part of the community.” Both Freeman and Pierson also highlighted their interest in collaborating with other local businesses in the area. “We’re also in talks with The Cellar Door in the Commons. We’ll work with them to try and provide discounts for wine at the studio,” Freeman said. “We’re

going to reach out to the community around us.” Uncorked Creations is a part of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, First Friday Art Walks and the Chamber of Commerce, according to Freeman. “We want Uncorked Creations to be welcoming and almost like home,” Pierson said. “People at [the] Binghamton [location] feel very relaxed at the studio. We have many regular customers there and hope people will welcome it as they do in Binghamton.” Sushmitha Krishnamoorthy can be reached at sk2273@cornell.edu.

Prof:New Proposal Is‘Step in Right Direction’ By ASHLEY COLLIS-BURGESS Sun Staff Writer

Though some Cornell professors say they support the Obama administration’s new Gainful Employment proposal — intended to prevent for-profit universities from causing students to accumulate large amounts of debts — they also say more needs to be done to help protect all students, especially lowincome ones. Seventy-two percent of graduates of from non-profit institutions did not earn as much as high school dropouts on average, according to a Department of Education report. The Department of Education website states that the proposal — released on March 14 — sets standards that career-training programs at for-profit colleges and institutions need to fulfill in order to qualify for federal aid. Prof. Travis Gosa, Africana studies, said

the proposal represents a need for the United States to take further measures to protect all students — particularly black students — from being taken advantage of by not only for-profit institutions, but institutions of any kind. “Obama’s proposal speaks to the need for us as a nation to regulate for-profit colleges that, too often, sell diplomas and false hopes to our country’s most vulnerable citizens,” he said. “Black and lower-class enrollments in for-profit schools have skyrocketed in recent years, though research shows that these students often leave without an actual degree, large debt and few opportunities to move into better jobs or non-profit graduate and professional school.” Echoing Gosa’s sentiments, Prof. Suzanne Mettler, government — who recently published Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream — said for-

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profit institutions tend to take advantage of low-income students seeking educational opportunities, leaving them with high debt and not enough money to pay them off. “Nearly all of these students borrow, and they end up with far more federal student loan debt than graduates of other schools — and that’s not counting private loans,” Mettler said. “Nearly one in four [students] default on their student loans in three years. In other words, people who hoped that going to college would be a path to the American Dream end up in financial ruin.” Although Mettler said that Obama’s proposal is a “step in the right direction,” she also said that more specifications are needed in order to prevent for-profit colleges from taking advantage of students. “[A default rate of less than 30 percent is] a pretty low bar for programs that make large profits for their shareholders, use $32 billion in taxpayer money, and leave some of the poorest Americans worse off,” Mettler said. “Even maintaining the standards in these proposed rules will prove difficult for the Obama administration.” The proposal’s standards will be measured through two metrics, debt-to-earning ratios and program cohort default rate — the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain loans and default prior to the end of the next one to two fiscal years — according to the Department of Education website. If these standards are not met, the career-training program will be considered failing and will not be entitled to financial aid for three years, until the problem is fixed. Failing programs include those with a student-debt-to-total-income ratio greater than 8 percent and an average alumni loan default rates greater than 30 percent, according to the Department of Education website.

Burning Question Who do you want the other opening act for Slope Day to be? “Weezer. If Weezer performed my response would be, ‘Say It Ain’t So!’” — Island in the Sun ’16 “Twenty One Pilots. Everyone should see them before they die.” — Car Radio ’16 “The Queen of Queens, Beyoncé” — Girl Running the World ’17 “Schroeder. Give the man the credit he deserves.” — Schroeder Fan Boy ’16 “I’d love to see Adele Dazeem perform ‘Let It Go’ on Slope Day. She killed in Frozen.” — John Travolta ’16 “Daft Punk. They’re Daft. And Punk.” — No Clue Who They Are ’16 “Taio Cruz... oh wait.” —Definitely A Freshman ’17 “Justin Bieber.... wasn’t he meant to go here?” —Belieber ’17 “Miley. So I can twerk all day and night.” —Like a Wrecking Ball ’15

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The Big Red Marching Band performs and takes over the entryway of Statler Hall Wednesday.

Ashley Collis-Burgess can be reached at acollisburgess@cornellsun.com.

— Compiled by Sofia Hu


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pay thousands and thousands of dollars on top of the purchase price.” According to Craig McAllister, director of Risk Management and Insurance and chair of the Student Insurance Advisory Committee, the minimum federal insurance requirement for travelers to the United States does not cover most expenses outside of emergencies or medical evacuation. “[That kind of coverage] has always been inadequate for longterm study at Cornell,” he said. McAllister also said SHIP’s yearly cost of $2,212 is a better deal for international students than any other plan that offers the same coverage on the current healthcare marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, since non-American residents do not qualify for most subsidies. He said that the SHIP requirement was established to simplify the process of getting economical coverage, something he says many international students may not be familiar with. “The systems in other countries vary from national insurance to areas where everybody’s

covered and people don’t really they were of mixed opinion over have to think about it much to the new requirement. “I personally don’t use the areas where there is no insurance and people are used to pay[ing] a plan a lot,” Roshni Mehta ’15 small amount all [out] of pocket said. “In fact, I find it an unnecfor doctor or physician care,” essary burden. But it is insurance McAllister said. “We know that and required for safety. So it’s a we’re the most expensive area in lose-lose situation for me.” Gizem Sakalli ’14, however, the world for healthcare.” Brendan O’Brien, director of said he thinks the plan is “a good the International Students and option from the University’s perspective.” Scholars Office, Shivang Tayal said that he “Making the SHIP ’16 said the wants internacompulsory for requirement tional students internationals may may end up to view healthcosting some care as a have a huge students more “required cost financial cost.” money and said for education in he believes that the U.S.” that Shivang Tayal ’16 allowing room needs to be for other incorporated options, such as plans held by into their budgets. “International students are family members, should still be sometimes very, very surprised at considered. “While it is well-intentioned the cost of healthcare in the U.S.,” O’Brien said. “We want and comprehensive health insurto do everything we can to ance plan, making the SHIP ensure that they have adequate compulsory for internationals coverage, so that they’re able to may have a huge financial cost focus on their academic pro- on those internationals who grams, that they can get the ser- might get similar benefits vices that they need and that through another insurance they don’t have financial prob- plan,” he said. lems as a result of healthcare Noah Rankin can be reached at bills." International students said nrankin@cornellsun.com.


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Online Petition Receives Approximately 900 Signatures COURSE

those very few things.” The four-credit sesquicentennial course that will According to Simon Boehme ’14, one of the orga- be offered in the fall of 2014 will still be taught by nizers of the campaign and a teaching assistant for Prof. Isaac Kramnick, government, and Glen American Studies 2001, the online petition in sup- Altschuler Ph.D. ’76, dean of the School of port of the course received approximately 900 signa- Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. tures within 48 hours. The four-credit course and American Studies 2001 “If you look at the list of people who signed the serve different purposes for different students, accordpetition, it includes alumni all the ing to the petition. The petition says way from the Class of 2004 to curAmerican Studies 2001 serves to rent freshmen,” Boehme said. “It “The petition ... includes deepen students’ connection to the covers the Cornell Democrats, the alumni all the way from University and is not as heavily acaCornell Republicans, researchers, the Class of 2004 to demically focused as the four-credit athletes, Greek members, staff [and] course. current freshmen.” graduate students.” Boehme said the success of the Jon Weinberg ’13, another cam- Simon Boehme ’14 #SaveAMST2001 campaign should paign organizer, said the overgive students “inspiration.” whelming amount of support for “This campaign truly speaks to the course reflected the strong impact Earle has had the power of the student voice and of collective on the University. action,” he said. “When we work together, we can “Corey has had so much of an impact on students create outcomes that benefit the Cornell communithat stretches beyond the [one hour and fifteen min- ty.” utes] on Monday evenings,” Weinberg said. “There are very few things that people from all over the cam- Sofia Hu can be reached at pus map will unite together behind. This is one of shu@cornellsun.com. Continued from page 1

Students: East Ave.Traffic Gates Will Not Be Effective, Practical TRAFFIC

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“It won’t change anything. It doesn’t make sense because people are going to go through when the light’s green anyway,” MarinoMaza said. “The only thing that would change anything is having a cop there preventing people from going through.” Honan said he believes vehicles have been failing to abide by the new regulations as a result of being unaware of the traffic rules. “The reasons [drivers gave us] have ranged from not being aware

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of the closure to believing that they could proceed without being caught,” Honan said. He added that Transportation Services previously attempted to increase visibility of the closure, but these attempts were unsuccessful at controlling traffic violations. “We have explored options to better sign and advertise the closure but continued to see violations. The gates seem to be a logical next step in order to reduce these violations,” he said. Lauren Lee ’14 said she hoped introducing the traffic gates would

help control traffic flow, though she said did not the practicality of initially closing East Ave. “I think it’ll be more effective, but I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal, why cars can’t go through,” Lee said. However, Kejing Jiang ‘14 said she did not see a significant longterm benefit in installing the new traffic gates. “I don’t know if it’s worth the cost of installing the gate and then removing it,” she said. Alisha Foster can be reached at afoster@cornellsun.com.

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Editorial

A Call for More Student Input Surrounding Sexual Health ON TUESDAY, THE SUN REPORTED THAT REPORTED CASES of sexual assault have risen to a 23-year high at Cornell. We applaud the University’s efforts to create an environment where people feel comfortable reporting sexual assault. However the problem still persists, as enumerated by the statistic from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimates that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. While we laud Cornell for its dedication to facilitating conversation and educating students about sexual assault, we believe the University could be doing more to facilitate peer-to-peer conversation around this topic. Last fall, President David Skorton created the University’s Council on Sexual Violence and Prevention to address sexual assault at Cornell. The Council has 48 members on the roster, five of which are students. We commend the administration for taking positive steps to fight this problem. Cornell has a handful of resources and programs for students including Wingman 101, the Every1 Campaign and the Women’s Resource Center. However, with an issue that affects not only our campus but all campuses across the country, we question why initiatives like this Council and other programs are not made up of more students. In an effort to curb sexual assault on their campus, Princeton has created a Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising Resources & Education program that is structured differently than the one at Cornell. Princeton’s program provides services to students 24 hours a day. Princeton has also enacted a peer program where students plan activities, programs and events to raise awareness on campus about sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking. Additionally, these Princeton students act as liaisons between the student body and the SHARE director to convey concerns, needs or issues pertaining to these issues. We call on Cornell to implement a student-to-student program like our Ivy League counterpart. We believe that through a similar SHARE program and other student-based initiatives, the University could provide more resources and still have sexual assault would at the forefront of campus issues. We acknowledge that sexual assault is not a Cornell-specific problem. And while we think Cornell is dedicated to finding a solution and providing support for those who are affected, we believe there are more opportunities for students to be part of the conversation.

YOU MAD, BRO? There are these two girls sitting next to me in class that keep creeping on guys. They are so damn weird. — S.C. TALK DIRTY (SOCKS) TO ME I have no more clean socks. This is forcing me to wear flats or dirty socks. It’s a tough call. — H.A.V. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Shoutout to The Sun’s website for crashing just hours before my prelim. I really love uploading content at 5 a.m. — T.A. I AM NOT KIDDING YOU So I have four lab reports due next week. It’s a hard life being a biology major. What is science anyway? — S.H. WHOOP THERE IT IS I tutor at an elementary school. I had to install Adblock on a student’s computer after a porn ad showed up and she was traumatized. Why don’t more people use Adblok? — K.S.N. ACTUALLY DIRTY I really enjoy taking naps on those long couches in the Human Ecology Commons, but today I didn’t realize there was a somewhat-

dried-up piece of chicken quesadilla from Martha’s on my couch of choice before I sat down and snoozed away. Whoops. — A.B. PREOCCUPIED FOR PRELIMS I have been doing fairly well this semester, and been good about not letting myself fall behind too much. Then I discovered 2048. My semester has officially been ruined. — D.O. OBVIOUSLY Of course, my apartment starts rapidly flooding at two in the morning and — in a moment of panic — I accidentally call the sushi delivery guy instead of the fire d e p a r t m e n t . Unfortunately, he waits five minutes into my distressed phone call to let me know that Capital Kitchen is, in fact, closed. — A.M. TOO EARLY FOR THIS I hate St. Patrick’s Day. Green beer aside, being at Dunbar’s at 9 a.m. equals an all nighter Tuesday to finish a 10-page philosophy paper. And then the

beautiful weather doesn’t make it nay better. What is the point of 40 degrees when it feels like 30? — M.R. FREQUENT FLYER At this point, I order from Domino’s so often it shocks me that the people there have not memorized my credit card information and stolen my identity. — C.F. YOU’RE HOT THEN YOU’RE COLD My microwave turntable doesn’t, ya know, turn. So my meals are never a uniform temperature. The struggle is real. — R.E. KREWL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT I’m going to be real, I was really upset to hear that Krewella was not the Slope Day headliner. — F.S. FUN FACT Did you know, that at this time two years ago — during what was then spring break — it was 70 degrees and sunny. It was great. But as soon as all of the students came back from break, we got a cold snap. I am just saying. — J.S.


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OPINION

David Fischer | Fischy Business

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Twos,1024s, Motivation And You

ately, I have spent a great deal of time playing the internet puzzle game “2048.” In fact, I just spent around 45 minutes playing the game before writing this column, and probably would have continued playing had I not abruptly closed the tab on my internet browser so I could focus on writing this column. For those of you who haven’t played this life-sucking game yet — well, first thing, don’t — it has a fairly simple concept. I’m sure that even those of you who haven’t played it have seen it being played by distracted classmates in large lecture halls. Essentially, the object of the game is to combine blocks with a base of two in order to reach the number 2048. Basically, a two combines with another two to make a four. Then that four combines with another two and two to make a four. And so on, and so on, until you reach that halcyon milestone of 1024. And then you have to make another 1024 and combine it to make the near-unattainable 2048. Does that simple to you? It did to me too, but it has actually taken me quite a bit of time. After sinking a good amount of time, during which I should have been doing other things (writing this column, socializing with human beings, accounting homework, to name a few), I still haven’t been able to reach the goal of 2048. Around the second hour of sliding numbered blocks around a four by four grid, I stopped feeling any semblance of pleasure from the repetitive activity. However, I have been unable to cease my

Challenge yourself to think of the things you do in life that you actually care about completing. attempts to achieve 2048. Wednesday afternoon, I talked to a few of my friends who were embroiled in similar battles against 2048 about why they were still playing the game. It seemed that a common thread between all of their thought processes was that they were not even interested in the action of playing the game, but rather that they desired to reach 2048 so they could simply stop playing. I feel the same way. I would really, really like to be able to beat this game so that I can have my life back. The thoughtless, mind-numbing experience of moving block after block has given me a lot of time to wonder about where my motivation comes from when accomplishing various tasks. When I study for a prelim, am I studying because I want to learn the material or simply because I want a good grade? I like to believe that I’m at Cornell to learn, but sometimes I find myself doing things just for the grade — and 2048 reinforces a little bit of that. In an effort to make this possibly over-stretched theme a little less depressing, instead of wondering about the things you are doing in life just so that you can say that you’ve completed them, challenge yourself to think of the things you do in life that you actually care about completing: the things that are worth more than just a certificate of completion. For me, writing is one of them. Even as I wrote this column, I struggled with whether I was writing it just to get it done, or because it was something I cared about. Writing is hard. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to assign words to how I think or how I feel in a way that actually portrays it, so the act itself can feel like a 2048-like chore. However, unlike 2048, writing is something I do to express my opinions and order my thoughts, and that sort of experience is what makes it an act worth doing, rather than just an outcome. Because of my experience with 2048 over the past few days, I encourage you, reader who could be playing 2048 right now, to find activities that you value for more than the end associated with it. One of my friends recently hit 4096 in 2048 (yes, it’s an option to continue playing after you hit the game’s eponymous number). He really enjoys the repetitive nature of the game for more than just succeeding once so more power to him. As for me, I’ll sporadically continue my quest to attain my ultimate goal of 2048. After that, I have some more writing to do. David Fischer is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at dfischer@cornellsun.com. Fischy Business appears alternate Fridays this semester.

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“Shouldn’t we be excited that the University is beefing up its course offerings (with two of the University’s best lecturers, I might add) instead of lamenting the (likely temporary) absence of a one-credit elective? After all, lots of great things go on hiatus — just look at Arrested Development or Blink 182. Perhaps we should take a cue from Mr. Earle himself — be optimistic that AMST 2001 will be offered in the future, and be excited that this new class is being offered to inspire a new generation of Cornellians.” Joelle Jach Re: “LETTER TO THE EDITOR: #SaveAMST2001,” Opinion published March 19, 2014

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Entrepreneurs and Investors Get Stoked: Title III Is Coming

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ast month, the give entrepreneurs a valu- Individuals whose annual be appropriate for every Securities and able alternative. Startups income or net worth startup. E x c h a n g e will be able to receive exceed $100,000 will be Moreover, there is still Commission closed the smaller dollar contribu- allowed to invest 10 per- some uncertainty as to comment period on its tions from thousands of cent of either their annu- what some of the crucial proposed crowdfunding non-accredited investors. al income or net worth rules will look like. For regulations. If you’re an Title III will also (whichever is greater) — example, under the proentrepreneur, this news broaden the investment up to $100,000 per year. posed rules, investors will should get you stoked. opportunities available to Of course, crowd- be allowed to self-certify The closing of the com- the general public. funding is not without its that their net worth and ment period means the Because of the SEC’s cur- drawbacks. For example, income meet the requirestartup community is rent private placement as many commentators ments of the JOBS Act. one step closer to gaining framework, investment have noted, the cost of However, if the SEC a valuable tool for financ- opportunities in startup the initial and ongoing changes its position, the ing early-stage compa- companies are often pre- disclosures required by potentially onerous nies. sented only to accredited the new rules may be process of having a third Unlike most party certify crowdfunding investors could arrangements in undermine the Under the SEC’s proposed rules, which will the United States, entire crowdfundwhere individuals ing scheme. Thus, effectuate Title III of the JOBS Act, startup give money as a which way the companies will be able to raise up to $1 donation or in SEC comes out in exchange for the its final rules million per year by selling securities to the opportunity to could impact the receive a T-shirt or viability of crowdgeneral public through online future product, funding as a funding portals. the new rules will financing tool for allow startups to startups. sell shares in the But despite company. Under the investors. In order to be prohibitively high. Com- these drawbacks and SEC’s proposed rules, an accredited investor, an panies raising more than uncertainties, the final which will effectuate individual needs to have $500,000 will be crowdfunding rules will Title III of the Jumpstart a net worth of over $1 required to provide be a dramatic improveOur Business Startups million or an annual audited financial state- ment over the current Act, startup companies income of over $200,000 ments, which according framework, which does will be able to raise up to (or $300,000 in joint to the SEC could cost not allow for equity $1 million per year by income with a spouse). around $30,000 or more crowdfunding with nonselling securities to the This means most ordi- per year. Moreover, star- accredited investors. general public through nary people are excluded tups that crowdfund may With the finalization of online funding portals from investing at the subsequently find it diffi- the rules — hopefully by without the need to go early stage in some of the cult to raise money from the end of the year — the through the formal initial most exciting new com- traditional venture capi- SEC’s crowdfunding public offering process. panies. Under the pro- tal firms that don’t want framework will provide Equity crowdfunding posed rules, non-accred- to deal with a large base entrepreneurs with an is an exciting new fron- ited investors will have a of unsophisticated share- alternative financing tier for entrepreneurs whole new range of holders. While some in option and give ordinary who, up until now, were potential investments the startup community people more opportunigenerally limited to tradi- available to them, subject have proposed ways of ties to invest in earlytional funding sources, only to a few limitations. getting around these stage companies. like angel investment, Individuals whose annual potential problems venture capital, loans and income or net worth is (Google “After Online incubator arrangements. less than $100,000 will Equity” for an article on While all of these sources be able to invest either some of the proposed Byron Crowe is a J.D. candidate at Cornell Law School, will undoubtedly contin- $2,000 per year or five ways crowdfunded com- where he focuses on coporate ue to be important for percent of their annual panies can do so), these and securities law. Barely many startup companies, income or net worth drawbacks mean that Legal runs alternating equity crowdfunding will (whichever is greatest). crowdfunding may not Fridays this semester.


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35MM at Risley Theatre MARISSA TRANQUILLI Sun Staff Writer

When I walked into Risley Theatre on Wednesday night to watch the final dress rehearsal for 35MM: A Musical Exhibition I knew little more than that. Apart from the name, seeming to refer to some type of measurement or camera type, I was walking in with a completely blank slate and perhaps a few apprehensions. Within the first few minutes I was blown away. 35MM is an interesting undertaking. Known better as a “musical exhibition,” 35MM is the musical work of Ryan Scott Oliver: Each song is taken from one frozen moment, written as a companion to a selection of the photographs by Matthew Murphy. The songs span genres from rock to country and each one caters to a different human emotion. Though some, such as “Caralee,” are more amusing than anything, others like “The Party Goes With You,” are deeply moving. The Melodramatics Theater company has undertaken this exhibition, employing musical talent from Cornell, Ithaca College and the Ithaca community to an absolutely breath-taking result. This “flash fiction in musical form,” as director Amina Omari ’04 calls it, keeps it movement and costuming minimalistic and allows the words, presented in tandem with the photographs, to speak for themselves. As I saw each of the pictures appear on the beautiful backdrop, I could simply see nice photography. However, by the end of each song, the photographs began to cry their stories: The songs defined the moments and I began to be unable to separate the music from the visual aspect. The set for 35MM is the most amazing set I have ever seen grace Risley Theater with its presence. Due to the lack of movement, the stage is a multi-level maze, giving dimension, creating barriers and synthesizing isolation depending on the blocking of the song. The backdrop is a feat of woodwork, projecting films strips and the narrated photographs onto the strips. The pit band is not a pit orchestra. It is as a band by our modern definition: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drum set

and keyboard. Packed full of talented musicians, the pit band manages to nicely compliment the singers. Which brings me to the greatest part of the musical itself: the singing. I was absolutely floored when the actors opened their mouths to belt out their opening songs. Though the first piece, “Stop Time,” was merely decent, the production went up from there: constantly trying to top itself with each song, drawing the audience in with the powerful and beautiful voices of the cast. The solo pieces were able to showcase each voice to its strength and I began to fall in love with this show. Following the introduction, “Crazy Town” really mixed up the apprehension I was feeling by catering to every weird dream feeling you’ve ever had. With Christopher D’Amico, a senior at Ithaca College, on lead PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY / COURTESY OF RISLEY THEATRE vocals, the entire song creates a surreal atmosphere, with an upbeat and exciting drive. Though in reality the rest of the songs are all worth note, I The show’s songs allow a floor for every type of relationship to speak from: from vampiristic to abusive, happy to broken. found myself leaving the theater humming only one piece: “The Party Goes With You,” sung by Lyndsey Boyer, a gradu- “The Ballad of Sarah Berry” super fun and made for tv high ate student at Ithaca College, took things slower from the more school movie-ish, with Ariel Arbisser on lead vocals I couldn’t fast paced, upbeat songs previously. The subtleties of Boyer’s get enough. The show also features the talents of Masayuki intonation and expression pulled upon the heart strings and Gibson (musical director) and Laine Levitt, a senior at Ithaca made what seemed like a normal, bordering on joyful picture College. I will admit I was worried entering the theater having never take multiple levels of meaning and heart break. Luckily, before the mood broke into tears, James Scott ’13 strode on heard of 35MM or anything pertaining to it. However, after stage for “Good Lady” the fast rock atmosphere easily restored. seeing the Melodramatics Theater Company’s production of Following the upbeat “Make Me Happy” with the over- the show, I know it is a show I would love to see again. It is poweringly amazing vocals of Ariel Arbisser, sung in duet with an extremely powerful performance connecting visual to audiScott, the show took a turn for the romantically beautiful with tory explorative sensations. The show is short, sweet and an “The Seraph.” This may have been my favorite piece of the experience that I would recommend to all. evening, sung by Charlie Crawford, Ithaca College ’17, I found myself smiling unconsciously and my society ingrained Marissa Tranqulli is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. stereotypes of angels being question. She can be reached at mtranquilli@cornellsun.com.

Picture Perfect or Missing the Point? JESSE WEISSMAN Sun Contributor

The genocidal Khmer Rouge took 13-year-old Rithy Panh and his family from their peaceful home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, sending them to the countryside to forced labor camps, along with millions of other Cambodians. These labor camps were practically comical in their hellishness in their pursuit of a pure, agrarian, communist society. People were regularly tortured and killed. Children informed against their parents thanks to a combination of brainwashing and fear (in one devastating anecdote Panh tells, a child informs on his mother for picking mangoes, which the Rouge considered “private enterprise”). Extreme starvation was the norm. Even names, perhaps the most basic individual marker, were disallowed. Instead, everyone had to call each other “comrade” or “friend.” Panh, in his film The Missing Picture, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the most recent Academy Awards, attempts to catalog what happened to him, and others, during

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this terrible period of Cambodian history. While documentaries about awful genocides are nothing new, Panh redefines the genre by making carved clay figures to represent himself and everyone else. The film’s narrative consists of these clay figure reimaginings (the figures do not move and are not animated) equipped with constructed clay settings as well, with Panh narrating what is going on over them, and then punctuated by archival footage. The use of the figures is an ingenious move on Panh’s part, but it also a move out of necessity: The Khmer Rouge made sure to stifle any footage or photographs (i.e. what Panh shows us is the “missing picture”) that showed the brutal nature of its deeds. The aforementioned archival footage that is shown is all Rouge propaganda, with the exception of one grainy piece, which Panh tells us got the Rouge cameraman who made it executed. Thus, the figurines act not only as a necessary representation of what occurred, but their making is The Missing Picture also a labor of Directed by Rithy Panh love by Panh, as the Rouge tried to destroy people’s individuality and Panh’s painstaking physical reconstruction of individual people counters that effort. In a particularly moving scene in the film, we see the figurine of Panh’s father (who died in protest at the labor camp) being made, and Panh narrates, “I want to hold him close.” The use of the figurines is simultaneously lovely and haunting. The Rouge made everyone wear the same black uniform, but Panh makes himself as wearing

a brightly colored shirt with polka dots. While this is perhaps a bit self-serving, the act is quietly revolutionary, for it demonstrates Panh’s conviction that “for if a picture can be stolen, a thought can’t.” In addition, Panh reconstructs times of parties and family gatherings in his childhood before the Rouge took over, with sounds of laughter and chatter imposed over the scenes, reminding the audience of all that was lost. Panh explicitly says that under the Rouge, “laughter, song and dance vanished.” However, the figurines also serve to heighten the horror of the events that Panh is narrating to us. We see some of the victims with their shirts off, getting even more skinny and hollow with the passage of time. An execution is vividly reconstructed, with a cut to the throat being as detailed as possible. Ironically, although the figurines are motionless, it as if their stillness is more vivid than if they had been animated. In fact, as I was watching it, I often forgot that the film was not animated. Perhaps the only misstep in the film is the degree to which the narration dominates the film. There is almost never a moment where there isn’t voiceover by Panh, and as a result, some of the moments that packed more than enough emotional punch actually ended up being a bit on the nose. However, the mistake is understandable because the figurines do not move or talk and many of the settings have to be explained. In addition, Panh’s narration makes it clear how personal the story he is telling is, and how much pain he is experiencing as he relives these events. Even if you already know about a lot about the Khmer Rouge, The Missing Picture is a profoundly moving film that has very smart ideas about memory and how the historical record can be misleading but also illuminating. While I left the film shaken, I came away actually feeling optimistic, as Panh’s indepth physical reconstructions show that people will not forget what happened during that time in Cambodia, even if the memory has to be forced to be in the form of a cartoon. Jesse Weissman is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at jmw397@cornell.edu.


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Matt and Kim, known for applying do-it-yourself musicmaking practices to the Top 40-sounding maximalist pop tradition, made theirdebut with a self-titled album in 2006. Best known for their singles, “Daylight” and “Let’s Go,” the pair was a favorite of the indie-showcasing Bonnaroo, Forecastle and Lollapalooza Festivals in 2013. And while they are decidedly alternative and new wave, Cornellians who are unfamiliar with the duo shouldn’t be worried — Pitchfork dubbed them “the quintessential ‘party’ band” in 2007. As a Cornellian who is excited about both the opening act and the headliner, Aurora Rojer ’17 says she is “Bouta shake my indie money maker!” Ludacris joins a long line of big name hip-hop headliners, and like Kendrick Lamar in 2013, he will perform with a live band. Singer said he thinks the hip-hop and band atmosphere that Ludacris will bring will “pair very well with Slope Day.” “[Ludacris] is a very big name, very successful over the

years, a legendary hip-hop icon,” Singer said. The SDPB has a pattern of picking up artists in some of the most exciting moments of their career — scoring Kanye West just four months after the release of The College Dropout, Drake one month before his debut Take Me Home, Neon Trees before their one-and-only summer of relevance and now, maybe, Ludacris before he makes his comeback. The Atlanta, Ga. native, who debuted in 2000 with the triple platinum Back for the First Time, saw major success in the early to mid2000s, hung back a bit towards the end of the decade and then made an awkward transition into mainstream cinema — most notably in 2004’s Crash, the Academy’s most dubious recipient of the Best Picture award in recent memory. His last full length album, Battle of the Sexes in 2010, received a mixed critical response; it was labeled a “porno-style album,” by Allmusic writer David Jeffries, and The Washington Post’s Sarah Godfrey declared it “sexed-up, party-oriented music — catchy but hardly groundbreaking.” Ludacris’ much-delayed project Ludaversal is scheduled for 2014, and boasts slotted featured artists such as the Top 40 darlings Kelly Rowland, Usher and David Guetta, hip-hop superstars Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy and, interestingly, legendary soul artist Anita Baker. The rapper’s first release since May 2013 came in January, when he unveiled the track “Party Girls,” a spin-off from Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” in 1997, featuring Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa and Cashmere Cat. Whether or not this represents another pre-careerhighlight snag for the Slope Day Programming Board, many Cornellians seem tentatively thrilled by at least one of the two announced performers. Freshman preparing for their first Slope Day and seniors getting ready for their last, however, value the experience of the Slope above the standard polarization over headline choice. “While a lot of people wouldn’t have these artists as their first choice, I feel like as long as they bring the type of energy they’ve been known to bring to their performances, it should be a good time for everyone,” Timon Amirani ’17 said.

SLOPE DAY ANNOUNCEMENT: REACTIONS ON TWITTER Holy crap Ludacris is our Slope Day headliner. Cornell, you are kind of awesome sometimes. — @parkr

Way more excited for Matt and Kim than I am for Ludacris, but looking forward to one last #SlopeDay nevertheless! — @akaneotani This @CUSlopeDay announcement is Ludacris! — @Seandoo1 For more student reactions, visit cornellsun.com.

Ryan Bender ’14 also expressed his excitement for the act. “I am beyond excited for Ludacris,” he said. “Everyone loves throwbacks. Nelly was great three years ago, and I feel like Ludacris is going to be even better. It’s always a fun day and it’ll be nice to just bop around to friends’ houses before the show and have a great day on the Slope. I’m looking forward to it, but of course it’s bittersweet.” Other students, however, were less enthused for Ludacris, including Greg Nostrand ’17. “Matt and Kim seems fun, but Ludacris? Feel like they could have gotten someone better and cheaper,” he said. Yana Makuwa ’16 added that she thought the board did a good job of catering to what the Cornell community wants. “They did a really good job of covering a lot of people’s tastes,” Makuwa said. “I am super excited for Matt and Kim and will probably feed off my friends’ reactions for Ludacris.” Now that the months of suspense and off-hand guessing (Krewella?! Ellie Goulding?!) are over, the only thing left to speculate about is whether or not the word “moneymaker,” is soon to make a comeback on Cornell campus. The Sun’s arts section can be reached at arts-and-entertainment-editor@cornellsun.com.

Ruthlessness: A Fragrance by Frank Underwood J

ust as your retinas are recovering from the streaming marathon of everybody’s Valentine this year, Frank Underwood, Netflix has announced the official renewal of House of Cards for a third season. Just in time, as my blood thirst for the Underwood’s special brand of deeply satisfying depravity has renewed with vigor. With too much pesky morality creeping back into my consciousness, I pine for the dark camp of Kevin Spacey’s Underwood, of that monotone bastard formed in equal parts by masterful deception, Southern charm and Freddy’s baby-back ribs. To abate some of the withdrawal of your vicariously-experienced villainy, here are some instances of celebrated sin and slick verbiage delivered by an Obama-approved television POTUS. “There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or the useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”

David Fincher ain’t playing games, son. In Frank’s fourthwall-breaking aside in the series’ opening scene, he snuffs out an injured dog without so much as a flinch. Purposefully, Fincher uses this line to set up the show for the signature perversion of HoC’s Machiavellian anti-hero. Its equally brilliant sister line in season two’s first episode serves a similar objective: “There are two types of vice presidents: doormats and matadors. Which one do you think I

intend to be?” Both quotes embody the Underwoods’ philosophy of ruthless pragmatism that underlies the true sinister underbelly of American politics. This is one example of how HoC looks to some semblance of historical accuracy — though its entirety may be rife with laughable implausibilities. This scene reminds the viewer of the same ruthless pragmatism and corrupt bargaining that allowed Lincoln to pass the thirteenth Amendment, of George Washington’s family crest, “The ends justify the means,” of a callous America we’d like to malign but, in actuality, venerate. We have been weaned with an appetite for blood, both by the nature of the human condition and by the backbone of this country, and who can blame us?

“One heartbeat away from the presiden-

Alice Wang Profanity Prayers cy and not a single vote cast in my name. Democracy is overrated.” Speaking of implausibility, there seems to be a barrage of journalism intent on dissecting the outlandish mechanics of House of Cards’ political plots. This, to me, entirely

misses the point. While it’s true that Frank is simply too good at knowing how everyone will react around him to be a truly believable protagonist, HoC is not meant to be a strict imitation of reality. That is perfectly adequate. Not all political programming needs to be a probing indictment of Washingtonian affairs. In fact, come to think of it, how closely does real-life politics even resemble reality? And how closely does reallife politics resemble the barnyard shenanigans in Animal Farm? Unfortunately — or perhaps gloriously — the two may be more comparable than initially believed. Besides, HoC is wondrously binge-watchable because viewers get off on Frank’s ridiculous omnipotence. The audience is rewarded for their laziness of thought, for cracked plotlines and cheap twists (R.I.P., Zoe Barnes). After all, what the show does best is feed our addiction for how fucking awesome it would be to always get everything you want. And guess what? We are all hopelessly, happily enslaved by this fantasy. “A great man once said, ‘Everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power.’”

Season two saw the re-characterization of Claire as the Lady Macbeth to Frank’s Richard III. It was about time HoC elevated her status from season one’s anti-feminist sidekick to a formidable co-conspirator. The couple traded mutual infidelity for intramarital freakiness — get it, Meechum! — and it made for an overall more spirited story arc. Though the threesome seemed more like a throw-away to wrap up the lingering ques-

tion of Frank’s bisexuality from his visit to his former military college, the rest of season two’s commentary on sex, power and the Underwood’s marriage was (almost) equally shocking.

“He chose money over power. In this town, a mistake nearly everyone makes. Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.” Articulated perfectly by our favorite wordsmith, HoC once again elucidates the potency of the Underwoods’ shared motivation. For every backchannel political maneuver, for every loaded exchange amongst foeturned-friend-turned-foe-again, the viewer jizzes just as hard as Frank on his power trip. Even better, as Claire adds her own trademark deceit into the mix, their collective ambition of upward mobility grows impossibly more intense. When Frank struggles between defending Freddy and regaining President Walker’s trust, Claire forcefully commands: “I’ve done what I had to do. Now you do what you have to do. Seduce him. Give him your heart. Cut it out and put it in his fucking hands.” Damn, Lady MacB ain’t fucking around. After all, D.C.’s a jungle. Hunt, or be hunted. Alice Wang is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at awang@cornellsun.com. Profanity Prayers appears alternate Fridays this semester.

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an all-around solid game, I think we’ll be in good shape.” Two of Union’s biggest threats stem from what Schafer called the “one-two punch” of defensemen senior Mat Bodie and junior Shayne Gostisbehere, who both figure prominently in the Dutchmen’s attack with 29 and 28 points, respectively. “You have to be a little more careful with some of the talented D-men they have back there jumping into the play,” junior forward Joel Lowry said. “You don’t want to give them too much time or space, you want to limit them.” The Lake Placid ice sheet also poses a separate set of issues for the Red, as the rink is Olympic-sized versus the more common NHL size the Red has played on all season. Olympic rinks are much wider, which can change the style of play needed for success. “Everyone thinks the wide ice surface is going to open things up, but it can close things down,” Schafer said, noting that he spoke to the team about these problems at practice that day. “If you’re a team that wants to stay up in the perimeter in Lake Placid, your offensive chances are going to diminish.” With such a short turnaround between the Clarkson series and the upcoming game against Union, the Red spent the earlier part of the week with only a light practice schedule before heading up to Lake Placid. According to Lowry, while the team has moved past the Clarkson series and is now “fully focused” on Union, keeping the consistency from the Clarkson games is critical

to beating the Dutchmen this weekend. “I think we played three pretty solid games from an effort standpoint,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing for us, just making sure we have that consistent effort and intensity.” If the Red wins on Friday, the team moves on to play the next day in the championship game against the winner of the Quinnipiac-Colgate game. If the Red fails to advance past the semifinals, there is still a chance the team would qualify for the NCAA tournament, although the Red’s fate would be uncertain. Schafer deflected all talk of the championship game and NCAA tournament, saying that the Red’s sole focus at the moment was the Union match-up. “For us, we just want to win. If you win, you move on. If you don’t, you leave it up to the scenarios,” he said. “We don’t waste any time with it.” The Red missed last year’s championship weekend for the first time since 2007, marking only the second time total in the last ten years the Red has not made it past the quarterfinals. The Red last won an ECAC championship in 2010. Union captured the 2013 and 2012 titles, while Yale took home the crown in 2011. “We’re super hungry — it’s been a while,” Lowry said. “Union has won the last two years, they kind of have a target on their back. We’d love to take them down. It means a lot to the school and it means a lot especially to the seniors — this is their last crack at it.” Emily Berman can be reached at eberman@cornellsun.com.

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that once his teammates “have a little discussion with him about how they can be the best teammates for him, then it’ll eventually be just like he was at Missouri.” The talk was focused around Ayanbadejo’s own experiences in NFL locker rooms, jockeying with big name players about words — the “F-word,” the “G-word,” the “R-word” — that he has decided to strike from his vocabulary. “I’d encourage you guys to be sensitive to some of the things you say,” he said. While not ultimately critical of the NFL’s policy towards controversial issues like LGBT inclusivity, Ayanbadejo did say that the league lags behind other professional sports. “The NFL is going to have to declare what their message is,” he said. “They talk about supporting [Sam] but they need to do a little bit more.” When asked if there were any signs of change coming to the

NFL, Ayanbadejo admitted that there was hope, calling the league a “revolving door,” with players rotating in and out. “When these new young guys come in, they’re a lot more progressive. ... They believe in different things,” he said. “I think the NFL is becoming more proactive.” As Ayanbadejo neared the end of his speech, one full of anecdotes about the people he has met and digressions about his children and his candy bar of choice, it became clear that his message was more about universal compassion than a call for staunch advocacy. “I’m here before you not because I’m a football player, but because I believe in the right thing, I believe in equality,” Ayandabejo said in the closing moments of the talk. “You might have something that you’re proficient at, something that you’re great at, but that might not even be your greatest asset. Your greatest asset might be doing the right thing.” Scott Chiusano can be reached at schiusano@cornellsun.com.


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to be treated like everybody else.” Ayanbadejo burst onto the national media scene after publishing a blog “I know a lot of you guys are just post in the Huffington Post, showing like me and feel the same way I do, his support for same-sex marriage and but I just have this thing right here.” his opposition to California’s As he said this, Super Bowl champion Proposition 8. He said it was pop-senand three-time Pro-bowler Brendon sation Britney Spears’ spontaneous Ayanbadejo held up his hefty champi- marriage one night in Las Vegas that onship ring, which had been glitter- got him thinking about the ing in the dim lights of Statler dichotomies in marriage equality that Auditorium as he paced the stage, our society supports. decked out in a bright yellow shirt “She could meet someone in one and skinny blue jeans. night and get married, because she This was one of many lighthearted was heterosexual,” he said. moments in Ayanbadejo’s speech, Ayanbadejo’s ability to name-drop which at times delved into hard-hit- celebrities in the gay and straight ting and relevant topics in politics, communities was both impressive and but also took the time to poke fun at relevant, as he discussed his relationother Ivy League schools. ships with people like Cornell’s chapter of Michael Sam, Giselle, Ray Athlete Ally brought the Lewis and Terrell Suggs. former Baltimore Raven to It was his mention of campus to speak about Sam that was most pertiLGBT inclusivity in nent for the audience, sports, and Ayanbadejo though, as the Missouri began with his own perdefensive lineman who sonal story about how he came out last month has came to be an equal rights been a familiar face in the AYANBADEJO advocate. media recently. According A product of an interracial mar- to Ayanbadejo, it was Sam’s decision riage, Ayanbadejo’s father is Nigerian to come out to his teammates before and his mother is Irish, labeling him his final year of college that allowed what he aptly called “caramel macchi- him to have such a successful senior ato.” It was his parents’ marriage and campaign. the landmark Loving vs. Virginia case “When he did that, they — which invalidated laws prohibiting unscrewed the top off his talent, interracial marriage — that inspired threw the lid away, and the guy just Ayanbadejo to become an advocate skyrocketed,” he said. “Just imagine if for same-sex marriage later on in his we did that with everybody; just life. However, a theme of the night imagine if we lived in communities was Ayanbadejo’s insistence on the where people always supported us and fact that he did not want to be labeled cheered us on.” as an advocate for a specific cause. Ayanbadejo acknowledged that “I’m an advocate for everybody,” there would inevitably be a flood of he said. “But right here and right now, media surrounding Sam this year, but it’s time for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters to get what’s theirs, and that’s See NFL SPEAKER page 11

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Moving up | Junior forward Brian Ferlin made the overtime goal that secured the Red’s entry into the ECAC semifinals. His agressive offensive play will be instrumental for the Red against Union on Friday.

Red Will Take On Union in ECAC Semifinals Showdown By EMILY BERMAN Assistant Sports Editor

Less than five days after junior forward Brian Ferlin’s overtime goal sent the men’s ice hockey team pouring over its bench and onto the ice to celebrate its game three ECAC Hockey quarterfinals victory over Clarkson in front of a raucous Lynah crowd, the fourthseeded Red heads to Lake Placid for a Friday afternoon semifinals showdown with two-time defending league champion Union. Union, who entered the tournament as the top seed, swept Dartmouth in its quarterfinals matchup to extend its current unbeaten streak to 11. The Dutchmen recently jumped to second in the major national polls and previously grabbed the ECAC regular season title with an 18-3-1 league record. “They’re great defensively — they’ve got great stick position on the ice surface, they make it difficult to make plays on [and] they’re very committed as a group of players to the defensive side of the puck,” head coach Mike Schafer ’86 said of the Dutchmen. “Everyone will go and point and say they’re one of the best offensive teams in the country, but they spring

that a lot from the defensive side of it.” Union is the only team to beat Cornell twice in the regular season, taking the Red, 3-0, in the first matchup and then beating the team, 41, at Lynah. While both Schafer and several players have cited the first game against Union as one of the low points of the season — the Red mustered only 11 shots on goal throughout the entire game — the second game was a physical, hard-fought battle with a more even balance of scoring chances. “We had a tough game against [Union] here at home, we thought we played pretty solid and ended up losing the hockey game, but we were happy with our game plan and we were happy with how we played,” Schafer said. Junior defenseman Jake Macdonald shrugged off the notion that the Red needed to make any drastic changes to the team’s game plan to defeat the Dutchmen. “Honestly, I just think we have to play the same way we did the last time we played them,” he said. “I thought that we outplayed them — if we can continue to chip pucks into their zone and get pressure on their defense and just have See MEN’S ICE HOCKEY page 11

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Cornell to Battle Rutgers Saturday at Home By HAMDAN AL-YOUSEFI Sun Staff Writer

The Cornell women’s lacrosse team will be back in action on Saturday, as the squad plays host to Rutgers in the afternoon. Cornell (4-2, 1-1 Ivy) ended its three-game winning streak last Sunday, falling to Albany 10-17, and will go into the clash with the Scarlet Knights (4-4, 0-0 Big East) hoping to return to its winning ways. The contest will be Rutgers’ first unranked matchup since March 1, after facing-off against four straight top-20 teams. The Scarlet Knights enter Saturday’s game following their take-down of James

Madison, 8-7, on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. Rutgers came back from an early 3-1 deficit to go on and win the game. Head Coach Jenny Graap ’86 was keen to emphasize the increased importance of the Rutgers game following the team’s loss to Albany. “Absolutely,” Graap said, when asked if the loss to Albany makes the upcoming games all the more vital. “I think one of the main issues that our squad struggled with against Albany was handling their pressure, handling the physicality of the game.” Little separated Cornell statisticallyfrom Albany last weekend, with the Red roughly

matching its opponent in shots, ground balls and draw controls. According to Graap, the Red has had a strong offensive season thus far, racking up a solid 77 goals in six games. She suggests the Red’s downfall over the weekend may be attributed in part to its weak defensive showing. “We gave up too many goals to Albany, so absolutely, we’re working hard on playing more stingy defense,” Graap said. “The Cornell defensive unit is working on supporting each other on the field, playing together more and basically working on the concept of a better team defense.” Graap outlined her expectations of the team looking forward, urging

the Red to play scrappy defense and emphasizing the importance of endurance and mental strength. “I’m expecting a very energized performance from the Cornell unit. I think our intensity and our passion to win the game really need to be there for the full 60 minutes,” she said. “For me, we need to focus on the process and not the outcome. … We as a squad need to focus on ground balls, handling the pressure and team defense.” Despite Sunday’s loss, Cornell enters the game in good standing, currently posting an unbeaten record at home. The Red has faced Rutgers 15 times in program history and holds a 12-3 advan-

tage. Saturday’s matchup will bring the two squads together for the first time since 2012, when the Red edged Rutgers, 8-7, in Piscataway, N.J. Cornell’s firepower up front also provides reason for optimism, with junior attacker Lindsay Toppe leading the Red in points (27) and goals (21), while sophomore attacker Emily Tripodi ranks ninth nationally in assists per game (2.67) and 14th overall in total assists. The Red looks to conquer Rutgers to improve to 14-3 on the series with the Scarlet Knights and 5-2 on the season. Hamdan Al-Yousefi can be reached at halyousefi@cornellsun.com.

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Fired Up | Junior attacker Lindsay Toppe, leading the Red with 21 goals, will aid the Red against Rutgers on Saturday.


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