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Dining Better Than Fine

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SAE Denies Fault in Brother’s 2011Death

Desdunes’13 consented to hazing, frat says By HARRISON OKIN Sun Staff Writer

Sigma Alpha Epsilon argues that the death of George Desdunes ’13 was the result of his own “culpable conduct,” according to a defense brief filed by the national fraternity earlier this month. Denying all charges in the $25 million wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of Desdunes, the SAE brother who died after a pledging event last February, the fraternity claims that it does not have a pledge process and that it does not require anything of pledges. SAE also demands that any damages awarded to SAE did not exhibit “negligence, the plaintiff — Desdunes’ carelessness, and/or culpable mother, Marie Lourdes conduct” in Desdunes’ death. Andres — should be paid by the 20 former SAE Defense brief filed by SAE fraternity brothers and pledges also named as defendants in the complaint. In a separate, criminal lawsuit, three SAE pledges were indicted on charges of first-degree hazing and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child. The fraternity denies liability for actions taken by individual brothers or pledges at specific chapters. It argues in response to the suit that SAE did not directly exhibit “negligence, carelessness, and/or culpable conduct” and that Desdunes’ death was not the result of any direct action or negligence by the organization. In its response to the suit, SAE also argues that Desdunes was partly or wholly responsible for his own death.


Caution | After the deaths of several students, the University announced Wednesday that it has committed more than $1.5 million to gorge safety.

C.U. Allocates $1.56M To Gorge Safety Efforts Assoc.Dean to Leave C.U.for Tufts


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By AKANE OTANI Sun News Editor

Prof. David Harris, sociology, and senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed Tuft University’s next provost and senior vice president. Harris — who has served in several administrative positions since he first came to Cornell in 2003 — will join Tufts’ leadership July 1. “It’s a very exciting opportunity,” Harris said. “I will be able to take lots of what I learned here at Cornell — doing everything from being a faculty member, being a provost and being an asso-

ciate dean — to help lead Tufts to achieve its goal.” Harris said he was contacted about the Tufts position in November. At Cornell, Harris is currently completing his term as interim co-director of the Africana Studies and Research Center, an appointment that ignited backlash among students amid the transfer of Africana into the arts college. Harris and Prof. Elizabeth Adkins Regan, psychology and biology, were appointed to lead Africana in August after the arts college failed to find some-

Sun Senior Writer

Responding to three accidental drownings in Ithaca’s iconic gorges last summer, the University announced Wednesday that it has committed $1.56 million to gorge safety efforts and, pending the approval of several projects, is considering devoting an additional $800,000 to these efforts. The $1.56 million is partially designated to fund efforts recommended in December by the Gorge Safety Steering Committee, an advisory committee that was formed in the fall, according to Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy ’73. In accordance with the recommendations of the committee, the

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Yogurt Crazy Opening Draws Fro-yo Fanatics By TAJWAR MAZHAR Sun Staff Writer


Yo’ crazy | Sarah O’Neil ’13 attends Yogurt Crazy’s opening in Collegetown Wednesday.

many people stopped by to ask if we were open even before we were ready.” Despite the high volume of customers on Wednesday afternoon, Yogurt Crazy

Students and community members with empty bellies and creamy cravings flocked to 40 College Ave. “I can’t even tell you how many people on Wednesday afternoon for the opening of Yogurt Crazy, a Long- stopped by to ask if we were open even Island based, self-serve frozen before we were ready.” yogurt store that has set up shop in Jim Brown the former home of Johnny O’s. Similar in style to national chains Pinkberry and Red Mango, Yogurt employees said they faced setbacks that Crazy sports a bright pastel interior and a delayed the opening of the shop until later wall lined with self-serve machines. in the day. When the shop opened at Jim Brown, the manager of Yogurt noon, cashiers were unable to accept credCrazy, said that he was pleased by the level it cards due to technical issues. of business throughout the day. “It’s been crazy… I was here past 12 “So far, with all the customers we’ve last night and came back at eight getting had, we’ve been perceived really well,” things ready,” Brown said. Brown said. “I can’t even tell you how Brown said that the Yogurt Crazy

employees were still working out how best to arrange the new location to expedite the process of getting yogurt and checking out at the registers. “The flow seems to be okay for now, but we’ll just have to wait and see after we get our big rush,” Brown said. In addition to frozen yogurt, Yogurt Crazy is selling cookies, smoothies and bulk candy to give customers a wider variety of ways to satisfy their sweet tooth. “It’s nice to see a new business in Collegetown, especially something that could be popular with students as well as faculty and locals,” said Katie White ’14, who added that she planned to visit the store soon. While Jason’s Conveience Store, locatSee YOGURT page 5

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NYS Adopts Redistricting Plan By MATTHEW ROSENSPIRE Sun Staff Writer

Judges ordered New York State to adopt a federally drafted congressional redistricting plan on March 19. The new plan will eliminate two congressional districts, including the New York 22nd District, which currently contains Tompkins County. In order to bring the state into compliance with federal law, a panel of three federal judges ordered the state legislature to adopt a plan drafted by Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann “in its entirety.” Judge Mann’s plan, according to documents released by the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, eliminates two of New York’s current 29 congressional districts by splitting the 9th District, currently represented by Rep. Bob Turner (R – N.Y. 9), as well as breaking up the 22nd District — which encompasses Tompkins County — currently represented by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D – N.Y. 22). After the 2010 Census, the United States Census Bureau determined that New York State would lose two seats in the House of Representatives due to smaller changes in population relative to the other 50 states, according to data from the Department of Commerce. The elimination of the 22nd District will put Tompkins County in a newly formed 23rd District, which will stretch to Chautauqua County on the shore of Lake Erie. Most of this area is currently within the 29th District, which is represented by Rep. Tom Reed (R – NY 29). The three members of the panel, Judges

Reena Raggi and Gerard E. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Dora L. Irizarry of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, stated in their decision that in previous years, the New York State legislature had been forced into action by the threat of federally created congressional districts. “In the past, judicial creation of a congressional redistricting plan has spurred the New York legislature to produce its own plan just in time to avoid implementation of the judicial plan,” the judges wrote in their decision to adopt Mann’s plan. In the decision, the judges noted that New York State was sued over redistricting after the 1980, 1990 and 2000 censuses and each time produced a satisfactory plan just in time. This year, however, according to Dan Lamb, district representative for Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D – N.Y. 22), the state primary elections have been moved to June 26, constricting the time available for political negotiations on redistricting as well as shortening the campaign season. In a previous interview, Lamb told The Sun that “the delay [in redistricting] causes challenges for the candidates trying to get known in districts they hope to represent.” The federal panel also noted that without a plan for new congressional districts, candidates cannot effectively campaign, thereby undermining the voter’s ability to select the best representative for their district. Matthew Rosenspire can be reached at

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Larry Kogan ’13 and Marissa Esthimer ’12 attend the reception for a photography exhibit created by Cornell students who studied abroad.

Yale University, in a partnership with the National University of Singapore, plans to open its first international campus, Yale-NUS College, in Fall 2013, The Yale Daily News reported on Tuesday. In spite of an overall decrease in applicants this year, Harvard College could possibly admit as few as three percent of regular decision applicants this year, The Harvard Crimson reported on Wednesday. On March 21, the Brown Concert Agency announced that Childish Gambino will perform at Brown University’s Spring Weekend April 20, along with Providencebased band What Cheer? Brigade and electronic duo Sepalcure, The Brown Daily Herald reported. — Compiled by Caroline Flax


Open forum | Sohan Jain ’11 and Nick Fishman ’11 speak at Wednesday’s TEDx Conference, an event organized to share ideas.

At TEDx Conference, C.U. Speakers Emphasize Importance of Passion By SYLVIA RUSNAK Sun Staff Writer

More than 200 students and faculty gathered Wednesday night at TEDx Cornell University to listen to accomplished Cornellians speak about their passions, which ranged from fungi and food psychology to startups and storytelling. Cornell’s TEDx conference, organized by members of the student organization Innovate, Design, Educate and Act, is designed to bring community members together to discuss “ideas worth spreading” — the theme of the national non-profit organization TED, according to Ankur Bajaj ’13, one of the event’s organizers. TED — Technology, Entertainment and Design — was founded for “the techies, the entertainers and the designers” to present new projects and meet each other, Bajaj said. “[TED is] a foundation that’s committed to the cause of spreading ideas,”he said “So anything, whether it’s prostheses, orthopedic implants, whatever, that will change the next century, they want to spread those ideas so that people know about them, people are excited about them, and people are working together on them,” “We wanted to showcase the innovation, the drive, the technology and so forth that Cornell has,” he added. To accomplish this, IDEA brought students, faculty and Ithacans together to discuss this year’s conference theme, “Progress with Passion,” urging audience members to take home the message that “you must pursue what you love,” according to Bajaj. “I thought it was a really exciting event,” Andrew Doberstein ’13 said. “Taking passion and taking control of where you want to head is a really inspiring message for college students especially.” Prof. George Hudler, plant pathology, told the audience that “different people have different gifts.” Hudler told the story of his thirdgrade teacher who once instructed the class to draw pictures of their favorite animals. After drawing a white-tailed deer, Hudler turned to his neighbor, Gary, to see a picture of a bird that was “so real, I was afraid to move for fear that it would fly out of his paper.” “I said; ‘Gary, how’d you do that?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, I didn’t plan it this way, it just happened,’” Hudler said.

He went on to discuss how he discovered his passion for fungi and his gift for teaching. “I wanted people to think that every mushroom was magical, and every mold might be mischievous,” he said, referring to a course he teaches at Cornell, called Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds. “I didn’t plan it this way, it just happened. Then I remembered that’s the same thing Gary said to me, 55 years ago,” Hudler said. “All of a sudden, it all came together. That maybe this was my gift, for whatever reason.” Alessandra Hirsch ’12 also gave a talk on “what it’s like to fall in love.” She said that her two loves in life are neuroscience and theater. She shared her experiences with discovering those passions. She also discussed how she plans to apply the skills she learns from each discipline to whichever career path she chooses. “I can take the things I learned in each of these studies and apply them to the other discipline,” Hirsch said. She added that she could bring the discipline she learns in science to the theater or the compassion and communication she learns on stage to a hospital. “Take the things that you love, take those dualities that make you who you are, and allow them to make you better,” Hirsch said. Brooke Du ’14 said she was thrilled by the event. “That’s why I’m here,” she said. “It’s really an eye-opener and mindblowing, and it was very impressive.” From Prof. Jeffrey Hancock, communications, advising students to take a “weird” course at Cornell, to Ithaca restaurateur Lex Chutintaranond encouraging audience members to listen to their gut feelings and stick to their passions, attendees said they left the conference with a wealth of ideas to ponder. “I think for me the biggest thing about this talk is that everyone who comes to TEDTalks and everyone who watches the TEDTalks online, they’re watching them and listening to them to learn, purely to learn for their own knowledge,” Tejal Thakkar ’14 said. “I think it’s really cool that everyone took the two and a half hours out of the day to come and listen to this without a grade.” Sylvia Rusnak can be reached at

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Harris Will Serve as Provost of Tufts Frat Faces Scrutiny HARRIS

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one “both willing to serve and acceptable to a substantial majority of the Africana faculty,” Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Peter Lepage told The Sun last year. Africana is currently conducting a search for a new director, a University press release stated. Prior to his term as senior associate dean, Harris also served as Cornell’s first vice provost for social sciences, deputy provost and interim senior vice provost for research, according to the press release. During his time at Cornell, Harris focused on reducing racial disparities in college achievement, increasing faculty recruitment and retention and improving learning for undergraduate and graduates, the press release stated. Additionally, Harris left Cornell in 2010 to serve as the deputy assistant secretary for human services policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working under the Obama administration, The Sun reported in March. But when Harris first came to Cornell, after teaching at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor, he said he “didn’t expect to be an administrator.” “Part of the reason I left Michigan was because I didn’t want to do administrative things; I wanted to do research and teaching,” Harris said, adding, “that’s why I was attracted to Cornell.” Still, Harris said, “it didn’t work out that way.” “I had certain talents that other people were aware of, and once I got here, I ended up getting

involved in administration,” he said. “It was great — very fulfilling, very challenging and wonderful.” In a University press release, Lepage called Harris “a spectacular asset to the college.” “He’s made tremendous contributions to Cornell,” Lepage said. “Although we’re thrilled for David, we’re sorry to be losing him.” Reflecting on his experiences at the University, Harris said he felt “really privileged to have had the chance to work at Cornell.” “The thing I’m most proud of being a part of at Cornell was being an individual who worked on the University’s financial aid initiatives in 2007,” Harris said, adding, “that, to me, was very important.” The most challenging part of his Cornell career, Harris said, was serving as the University’s interim provost in 2008 — “when the financial crisis hit.” “It was on my watch when Cornell lost huge amounts of its endowment and faced significant financial challenges,” he said. “As the interim provost, it fell on me to help lead the University through the period.” Looking to the future, Harris said he is excited to bring his experiences from Cornell to Tufts University. “They’re both really great universities,” he said. “It’s a really great honor.” Akane Otani can be reached at


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SAE claims that Desdunes both “assumed the risk” and “consented to the risk” of the actions that led to his alcohol poisoning, from which he died on Feb. 25, 2011, at Cayuga Medical Center shortly after he was found unresponsive on a couch in the fraternity house. Shortly thereafter, Cornell revoked its recognition of the SAE fraternity. According to allegations made by Desundes’ mother in the wrongful death lawsuit, several SAE pledges kidnapped Desdunes, tied a noose around his neck and kept him bound and blindfolded while pledges quizzed him on fraternity history. Each time Desdunes answered incorrectly, the pledges forced him to perform exercises or drink alcoholic substances, the suit alleges. The national SAE organization has faced scrutiny since hazing incidents have been reported at its chapters on several campuses in addition to Cornell. In March 2011, the SAE chapter at the University of Michigan was expelled from campus after allegations surfaced that brothers physically abused pledges, according to The Huffington Post. One month later, Bucknell’s SAE chapter was suspended for four years for hazing incidents involving illegal alcohol and drug use, The Bucknellian reported. This month, 27 SAE brothers at Dartmouth College were charged with hazing by the university for allegedly forcing pledges to engage in dehumanizing behavior including swimming in and swallowing vomit, The Dartmouth reported.

SAE’s response follows briefs filed by the defense attorneys of three pledges — Max Haskin ’14, Ben Mann ’14 and Edward Williams ’14 — who have been charged in criminal court. According to the defense lawyers, Desdunes voluntarily consumed a large amount of alcohol before consenting to take part in the “mock kidnapping” that preceded his death last year. While Andre, Desdunes’ mother, alleges in her suit that pledges “compelled [Desdunes] to consume alcohol until he lost consciousness,” the defense argues that the consumption of alcohol during the incidents leading up to his death was “wholly voluntary.” Andre’s suit says that after a hazing event in which he was tied up and given alcohol by pledge members, Desdunes became so intoxicated that he “required immediate medical treatment. Instead, he was taken by the pledges, still bound at the wrists and ankles, and dumped on a couch in the SAE house where he was unattended and left to die.” But according to the defendants’ lawyers, Desdunes voluntarily drank “at least 10 to 12 ounces and perhaps as much as 15 to 20 ounces of alcohol (rum and whiskey)” — one shot is approximately equivalent to 1.5 ounces — at the SAE fraternity earlier in the night before the pledge event. One former SAE brother reportedly saw Desdunes “with a virtually empty bottle of Captain Morgan rum” and another later observed Desdunes in an “intoxicated condition,” the defendants’ paper states. Harrison Okin can be reached at


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University will install more warning signs, produce an educational video to be shown during orientation and create a gorge stewards program — a student group that will help educate other students about which areas of the gorges, such as those in Treman State Park, are safe. The funding allocations come after three accidental deaths in the gorges during the summer of 2011, including the death of Nathaniel Rand ’12, who drowned in Fall Creek Gorge near Ithaca Falls. Rand’s family has been publicly critical of the University for what they have said is its lack of urgency in tackling gorge safety efforts since his death. Despite the increased funding, Rand’s father Jacob Rand said he remains skeptical that the money the University has committed to gorge safety will be put to good use. “It’s great that money has been [allocated to gorge safety], but the funds need to be devoted to specific projects on the Cornell campus and in cooperation with the City of Ithaca that will achieve the goal of preventing future gorge deaths,” Jacob Rand said. Rand expressed worry that the committee’s recommendations will not be implemented. “There is no doubt that the committee has made important recommendations; however, there have been many previous committees over the years, and these have not produced any substantive changes,” Rand said. “The University must avoid previous mistakes by objectively reviewing past actions and implementing a project management plan with clear accountability and timelines.” In addition to the $1.56 million, the University will spend $150,000 on gorge trail maintenance annually and has already spent $1.2 million repairing the Cascadilla gorge trail, according to a University press release. In 2009, the Cascadilla gorge trail was closed for maintenance. The lower portion of the gorge trail was reopened in 2010. Several individual projects that are not yet approved by the Board of Trustees will receive a total of $800,000 in funding. Each individual project must have a plan detailing how money will be spent approved before money can be allocated. “Once you know what you want to do, you write a project plan … and it eventually ends up with a group that approves all capital spending projects,” Opperman said. “You can’t do everything all at once.” Funding has already been approved for key safety features such as railings, fences and signs. The University plans to spend additional money on improving the safety of both Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges. “Funding is always put toward the open gorges because you need to maintain them,” Opperman said. Joesph Niczky can be reached at

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ed at 301 College Ave., also serves frozen yogurt, Yogurt Crazy is currently the only place in Collegetown that focuses on the frozen dessert. However, Brown said that there are other stores that plan to open frozen yogurt shops in downtown Ithaca in the next few months. But, he added, “we’ve kind of beat them to the punch in opening.” Many students, who enjoyed flavors ranging from raspberry pomegranate to cappuccino on the warm day, said they were happy to see the store open. “It’s nice that Collegetown now has a healthier option for dessert,” Heather Murray law said. After settling into its new location, Yogurt Crazy is planning to have operating hours from 10 p.m. to two a.m. to allow students to quell their late-night cravings. Final decisions on evening store hours will be determined by management’s evaluation of weekend foot traffic, Brown said. “I’m really excited about the Yogurt Crazy opening. I think it’s a great addition to Collegetown, and I think it’ll be an awesome place to go for a late-night snack,” Katie Mehary ’11 said. The store, is the fifth store to open in the

family-owned and -operated chain based out of Suffolk County, Long Island. Brendan Hackett, one of the store’s owners, told The Sun in November that he and his family decided to open their fifth shop in Ithaca in part because of his family’s ties to the area and what he identified as the need for more diversified social options in Collegetown. “I love Ithaca. I went to school at Ithaca College, and my father and sister went to Cornell,” Hackett said. “We were looking for a place to open a new store and decided Ithaca would be the perfect place.” Hackett also noted that the recent string of bar-closings in Collegetown — Dino’s also closed this summer — opened the door for Yogurt Crazy and other establishments to stake their claim in the area. “It seems like the bars keep disappearing and landlords don’t want to put bars back in there due to liability and noise,” Hackett said. “We wanted to give people a place to hang out that was upbeat but not too noisy.” The site’s landlord, who would not be identified by name, added that as a result of the new yogurt store, Avramis Realty will likely raise the rents of its apartments at 408 College Ave. for the 2013 to 2014 year. Tajwar Mazhar can be reached at


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In Trial, U.S. Soldier Claims ‘Depression’ After Iraq

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians suffered a traumatic incident during his second tour in Iraq that triggered “tremendous depression,” his lawyer said Wednesday. Lawyer John Henry Browne said he could not discuss the details of the matter because it remains classified. But he expects the issue to become a focal point in the case against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. “It caused him tremendous depression and anxiety,” Browne said. The lawyer previously said Bales experienced other major dangers in his deployments, including a serious foot injury and head trauma. In addition, a fellow soldier’s leg had been blown off days before the Afghanistan massacre, he said. Bales was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and other crimes. He is being held at a U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. A defense team is now in Afghanistan to collect evidence and interview other U.S. soldiers who knew Bales.

In Illinois, College Can Be Used as a Legislative Favor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Politicians love to talk about the importance of education. In Illinois, legislators go a step further and personally award scholarships to state universities — sometimes to friends, donors and political allies. For a century, each Illinois legislator has had the power to hand out a few scholarships every year without regard to students’ needs or qualifications, which fit comfortably in the state’s tradition of favors for people with connections. In recent years, a state lawmaker helped a political backer’s four children with $94,000 worth of tuition waivers. Another gave a scholarship to the son of a Chicago alderman. Federal investigators are also looking into cases of recipients with suspicious addresses. Now, after the failure of repeated efforts to end the $13.5 million-a-year program, opponents are making a new push to eliminate the waivers as Illinois officials try again to clean up the state’s image after two consecutive governors wound up in prison.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “consistently wrong” on U.S. manufacturing, painting him as someone who doesn’t believe the sector is crucial to future U.S. economic success and as a proponent of outsourcing. Seeking to frame the choice that voters could face in November, Biden used a speech in politically important Iowa to reject Romne’s argument that his background as a business executive makes him better suited to turn around the economy than President Barack Obama. Biden mocked Romney for allowing state contractors to set up call centers in India while he was Massachusetts governor, and said the Bain Capital private equity firm Romney once headed had shipped jobs overseas after acquiring companies in the 1990s. “Mitt, thanks for the memories,” Biden said with a laugh, referring to a South Carolina photo album factory that closed after Bain Capital bought it. Biden said manufacturing was recovering under Obama, with 430,000 jobs added since January 2010, and that Romney had spent his career in business and politics undermining American workers with policies that favor the wealthy. “Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent — as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for president,” Biden told supporters at PCT Engineered Systems, a growing Davenport firm that makes equipment for manufacturers. “And I respectfully suggest: consistently wrong.” Biden flew to western Iowa later Wednesday, stopping at the Boys Club of Sioux City to meet for about an hour with children during their after-school program. He urged the 7- to 18year-old boys to go to college and told them, “You can be anything you want to be.” Republican National Committee Chairman

Reince Priebus dismissed Biden as “the junior campaigner in chief ” and said the vice president’s rhetoric would not help families afford higher food, gasoline and health insurance costs. Priebus said Biden’s words also wouldn't change the fact that most Americans oppose the administration’s signature health care law, which was the subject of several hours of oral arguments in the Supreme Court this week. “With team Obama’s Iowa poll numbers in the tank, it’s clear why they are sending Vice President Biden to rally the troops," Priebus said on a conference call with reporters.” But after three years of failed policies, I don't think most Iowans will be impressed.” Romney's campaign said Biden was on the attack to cover for an administration “that has done more to devastate the middle class than any in modern history.” “Under President Obama's leadership, over 800,000 fewer Americans have a job, home prices have plummeted, and gas prices have hit record highs. With that kind of record, it's no surprise that the Obama White House has taken to attacking a proven job creator like Mitt Romney,” spokeswoman Amanda Hennenberg said. Biden’s speech was his third in recent weeks in his role as Obama’s chief surrogate, outlining the campaign's arguments for a possible general election fight against Romney. In Ohio, Biden chastised Republicans for opposing the auto bailout and in Florida he criticized GOP plans for changes to Social Security and Medicare. Biden’s hard-hitting speeches allow Obama to appear to remain above the political fray. The Obama campaign has tried to shore up support in Iowa, which it carried in 2008 and could need again in November. With polls showing Iowans split on the president and his policies, Obama's campaign has been reaching out to middle-class workers and touting manufacturing, the state's largest industry.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The proposed New York state budget being voted on in Albany this week includes the biggest increase in school funding in years. But the applause is muted in many local school districts where educators and taxpayers are headed into a dicey two months coping with a new property tax cap as they prepare and vote on their own spending plans. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate and Assembly majorities drew raves from some school advocates when they agreed to spend 4 percent more this year on schools, an $805 million boost in aid that currently totals about $21 billion after three years of cuts or flat funding. School boards and, on May 15, their voters will face the problem of trying to rebuild after tough recessionary years. They also face for the first time the 2 percent cap on property tax rate growth passed in Albany last year. School boards will have to decide if they need to risk raising taxes at a rate beyond the cap, which would require the support of 60 percent of their voters to be approved under state law. School districts say the coming aid increase does not compensate for the $1.3 billion cut a year ago, or the $1.4 billion cut the year before that, or the flat budget the year before that, although temporary federal stimulus funds softened those blows a bit. “This budget does not keep up with the problem created by Albany’s policies,” said Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education, a school aid lobbying group funded by education foundations and teachers unions. “We are moving in the wrong direction ... our schools are getting worse, not better.” Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto dismissed Easton’s comment as coming from “a lobbyist for an organization funded by the teachers’ union. So what would you expect him to say?” “What about responding to the facts?” Easton responded in a separate interview.

Upstate N.Y. Dad Pleads Not Guilty to Kidnapping SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A non-custodial father accused of abducting his daughter nearly five years ago has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of international parental kidnapping. Jeffrey Shipman, formerly of Liverpool, entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Syracuse. He was ordered held until a detention hearing scheduled for Monday. Deonna Shipman, now 8, was found a month ago by the FBI in Bangkok, Thailand. She had been missing from the town of Salina since July 2007, when Shipman took her and fled the country. The child and her mother have since been reunited. Authorities believe the 51-year-old Shipman acted after losing custody of Deonna. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of three years, a fine of up to $250,000, and one year of supervised release. “I think it’s terrible. It is subject to such political corruption,” Finney said.

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JetBlue Captain Charged After Growing Increasingly Erratic on Plane RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (AP) — JetBlue Airways captain Clayton Osbon showed up unusually late to fly Flight 191 to Las Vegas. The plane was in midair when he eerily told his copilot they wouldn't make it there. Osbon started rambling about religion. He scolded air traffic controllers to quiet down, then turned off the radios altogether, and dimmed the monitors in the cockpit. He said aloud that “things just don't matter” and encouraged his copilot that they take a leap of faith. “We’re not going to Vegas,” Osbon said. What unfolded next, according to court documents released Wednesday, was a dramatic chase and struggle in the cabin that ended with passengers tackling Osbon, 49, and holding him down until the co-pilot could make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas. He was charged Wednesday with interfering with a flight crew. A pilot with JetBlue since 2000, Osbon’s odd behavior on Tuesday became increasingly erratic after the flight departed New York, worrying his fellow crew members so much that they locked him out after he abruptly left the cockpit, according to an affidavit. Osbon then started yelling about Jesus, al-Qaida and a possible bomb on board, forcing passengers to tie him up with seat belt extenders and zip tie handcuffs for about 20 minutes until the plane landed. “The (first officer) became really worried when Osbon said ‘we need to take a leap of faith,’” according to the sworn affidavit given by FBI agent John Whitworth. “Osbon started trying to correlate completely unrelated numbers like different radio frequencies, and he talked about sins in Las Vegas.” Osbon left the cockpit soon after and tensions

on the plane began to escalate, according to witness accounts compiled by investigators. Osbon, described by neighbors in Georgia as tall and muscular, “aggressively” grabbed the hands of a flight attendant who confronted him and later sprinted down the cabin while being chased. From inside the locked cockpit, which Osbon tried to re-enter by banging on the door, the copilot gave an order through the intercom to restrain Osbon, the affidavit said. Passengers wrestled Osbon to the ground, and one female flight attendant's ribs were bruised during the struggle. No one on board was seriously hurt. The federal charges against Osbon were filed in Texas. He was being held Wednesday at Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo and remains under a medical evaluation. Under federal law, a conviction for interference with a flight crew or attendants can bring up to 20 years in prison. The offense is defined as assaulting or intimidating the crew, interfering with its duties or diminishes its ability to do operate the plane. JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Steinberg said earlier Wednesday that Osbon had been suspended pending a review of the flight. JetBlue’s CEO and president Dave Barger told NBC’s “Today” show that Osbon is a “consummate professional” whom he has “personally known” for years. He said there is nothing in the captain’s record to indicate he would be a risk on a flight. Fellow pilots, friends and Osbon's neighbors in Richmond Hill, Ga., a bedroom community on the coast just south of Savannah, said they were baffled by the midflight outburst. None recalled any previous health or mental problems.

NYC Relaunches Subway Poetry in Motion Program NEW YORK (AP) — Poetry has returned to New York City’s mass transit system. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has relaunched its popular Poetry in Motion program. The literary campaign that filled thousands of subway cars with famed verses ended in 2008. The relaunch has a new component. Poems will be accompanied with artwork drawn from the transportation system's public-art installa-

tions. The Wall Street Journal says two poems, each with a different artwork, will be featured every quarter. They will be displayed in posters at eye level, rather than in the overhead advertising space, in about a quarter of the fleet. That’s roughly 1,500 subway cars. In 2008, the program was replaced with Train of Thought, which excerpted works of prose. That program ended in 2010.


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epending on how intense your spring break was, you might still be recovering from it like I am. Thus, those of you reading this in print have a lovely Mad Lib to entertain you as you struggle through your Thursday. To read the real road trip guide, go to the opinion section of and read away. SD

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one (v)_________. DON’T be a Lying Larry and try to pretend it wasn’t (person)_________. 12. DO bring a (reusable) water bottle. Just DON’T drink too much, because the bus bathroom is something to be avoided at all costs. Peeing in a bus bathroom is like the bull riding of urination: supremely difficult. 13. DO bring a GPS. Nowadays maps are just posters for (pl.n)_________. 14. DO bring a (n)_________. DON’T panic. Don’ts

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1. DO bring (pl.n)_________. Being stuck in a box on wheels without (pl.n)_________ is the worst. Remaining in a half-starved state for an extended period of time can send your (n) _________ over the edge quicker than Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner. 2. DO make (pl.n)_________ with the bus driver. Like your (n)_________, (n)_________ and hairdresser your life is literally in their hands. (V)_________ them well. 3. DO (adv)_________ tweet the bus ride. Not only is it fun for you, but it’s fun for everyone else on the Internet to read all the crazy stuff you and your friends say. 4. DO take pictures of your friends (v-ing)_________ and post it to Facebook. See who in the vehicle can get the most likes for their particular (ving)_________ portrait. Bonus points for (n)_________. 5. DO bring your (pl.n)_________ and Scooby Doo slippers. Except if you sleep in the nude, in which case you should bring your (n)_________ for full coverage of the necessities. 6. DO watch all (#)_________ Star Wars movies in one sitting (seven, if you want to count Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Cheer extra loud when Admiral Ackbar tells you it’s a (n)_________ . 7. DO bring Mad Libs. DO make them overtly sexual. 8. DO have impromptu (pl.n)_________ of any and every (n)_________ you could possibly think of. Spice Girls? Pokérap? Party in the U.S.A.? The world is your DJ. 9. DO watch (adj)_________ Girls. DO quote the entire movie. DO continue quoting the entire movie for the duration of your trip until you make ‘fetch’ happen. 10. DO purchase a smutty (n)_________ novel at a sketchy gas station and stage a dramatic reading. Bonus points for reenactments or for having the person with the (adj)_________ voice read aloud. 11. DO admit to farting if you let

Rule #1 is NO number 2. You can’t flush on a bus. 2. DON’T plug more than three (pl.n)_________ into a power strip plugged into the only outlet on the bus. You will blow the fuse that controls the (n)_________ and the T.V. and everyone else on the bus will want to see you (pt.v)_________ and (pt.v)_________. 3. DON’T watch any Back to the Future movie after the first one. DO choose horrible-but-also-awesome movies like Lesbian (n)_________ Killers, (n)_________ Cheerleaders, Frankenfish and Oversexed Rugsuckers From (n)_________. 4. DON’T eat at (Pr.n)_________ more than once. Your cardiovascular system can only take so many McGangBangs. 5. DON’T bring (n)_________ and expect to actually do it. Because I’m telling you, it won’t happen. 6. DON’T assume everyone else in your hotel room brought (n)_________ , because it could turn out that nobody brought toothpaste and then you’re screwed. Have fun with that halitosis. 7. DON’T forget (n)_________ . For the sake of all that is holy, DON’T forget this. 8. DON’T assume that the weather will be the same when you get back. This is Ithaca. If it’s 75 and sunny when you leave, make sure you bring a hoodie because it’ll be (adj)_________ and 45 when you return. 9. DON’T be under the impression that you’ll be getting massive amounts of (n) _________ on an overnight bus ride (or any bus ride for that matter). Having spent (#)_________ of my spring break nights sleeping on a bus, my sleep (n)_________ is worse now than it was when spring break started. Buses were not designed with catching Z’s in mind. 10. DON’T be the (#)_________ person to fall asleep, or else your sleeping baby face could end up on Facebook. And last but not least, DO email me your best and funniest mad libs about (pl.n)_________, because I love being entertained. Sam Dean is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She may be reached at Casual WTFery appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

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Manifesting Great Group Projects I

t’s that time of year again: the weather is getting warmer, the magnolias are blooming (though now they are all dead and brown and looking awful), the sun is making more frequent appearances and group projects are being assigned. In the spirit of group projects, I thought about asking a few people to help me write this week’s column when I remembered that I hate group projects, so I scrapped that idea. Besides, I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to be associated with this column. Group projects are almost always the worst thing that can happen in a class. When a class starts in the beginning of a semester and I see that there will be a group project, I sincerely consider dropping the class. There are definitely ways in which group projects can go well, though they almost never seem to work out that way for me. Why this is, I will never know. Maybe there is a Tompkins County Triangle that makes all the good partners disappear. I’ve had nightmarish group projects, the kind where (hypothetically) a girl in your group tells you the night before the project is due that she can’t finish her portion because she has to go to her sorority formal. Then she sends you what she’s done which (again, hypothetically) is absolute garbage. So you and your other dedicated partner stay up until four in the morning and rewrite her portion tracking down her undocumented sources. The best part about this whole (hypothetical) scenario is that the professor prohibits the assessment of group members, so you are not even allowed to put her on a direct flight to Fail Town and she is rewarded for all her “hard work” with the 97 percent you (hypo-

thetically) got. Of course, this situation (is all hypothetical and never) actually happened. To do my best to ensure that no one else is forced to undergo such a horrendous (hypothetical) group project experience, I have drafted the Group Project Manifesto: 1) When selecting a group, do not pick people with busy schedules no matter how awesome, attractive or rich they are. These people are too busy doing other things to put the necessary effort into the project. A better choice is a person that has nothing going on and enjoys the smell of old books and the dim glow of lights in the Uris Library Fishbowl (instead of a fish bowl they stole from Level B and snuck into Uris). For example, do not pick the Editor in Chief of The Sun to be in your group (sorry Juan). He has a lot of work to do preventing lawsuits against The Sun because of inflammatory opinion columnists ... 2) This one should go without saying, but then again I am always surprised by what I actually need to explain to people. Once you sign up to be in a group, you cannot drop the class. Now that I have covered all the bases let’s move on. 3) Do not tell your group that you will have your piece of the project to them the night before the project is due. Send it to them in advance, because your portion is probably awful and needs to be edited. 4) Work by email as mush as possible. Having a 20 minute group meeting is a massive waste of everyone’s time, especially when it takes at least 20 minutes to walk anywhere on this campus. There are two times when it is appropriate to meet: to divide everything up in the beginning and put it back together at the end. No

one needs to watch anyone else in the group while they work. I don’t know about you, but I work much more slowly when I am being stared at, because being stared at is creepy. 5) You must respond to your group within a reasonable time frame. Obviously responding immediately is not necessary, but you can’t go a week without responding. That is just common

Facebook to try to figure out how much time they waste by the number and frequency of their status updates (when you haven’t even friended them), stop. If this is you, just tell your group that you will send them the completed project once you have finished it yourself and they can look it over. 7) Most importantly, if you are a person that really likes group projects,

Will Spencer Tripping Up Stairs courtesy. If I don’t hear back from a person after a week, I assume they have been crushed under a pile of books in Mann and I go looking for them. When I spot them sipping a non-fat caramel soy latte frappe in Starbucks, hitting on the barista instead of responding to my email, I go look for a pile of books to bury them under. 6) While it may not be okay to never respond to an email, it is also not okay to be completely overbearing. If you find yourself sending your group members bihourly or daily reminders about their portion of the project, stop. If you are calling them every Monday and Wednesday night to set up meetings for the weekend, stop. If you feel the need to make them rewrite their pieces 12 different times so that it sounds like you wrote it, stop. If you find yourself stalking their

chances are you are the leach of the group and no one else likes you. The people that like group projects are the ones who don’t know enough to do projects on their own. The world would be so much simpler if terrible partners were not allowed to be members of group projects. We would know we could trust our partners to do their job well, and this would lead to less annoyance for everyone involved. Unfortunately, this is not the case. But maybe this manifesto will help make the world just a little bit better.

Will Spencer is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He may be reached at Tripping Up Stairs appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

Is Just Being a Cornellian Good Enough? F

at some point during any conversation. I mean, I’m even writing a column about them. But why should any of this matter to you, dear reader? Because as of Monday, I am no longer a tour guide. Although management forced my hand, this decision was ultimately my own. I have severed ties with an organization that has given me a sense of purpose and both literal and figurative direction for the past two years. And

now I’m going through a Cornellian identity crisis. If I’m not a tour guide, then who am I? I am a member of a business fraternity (PSE), a social sorority (KD), an affiliate of the Student Assembly, an A&S Ambassador, the former announcer of the Big Red Marching Band but always a bandie at heart, a former Mock Star and a former FemSexie. But these were all activities that I included in my introduction of my tour. Last year when I ran for student trustee, my campaign platform was a stronger sense of community spirit. When I campaigned, I would be sure to make the claim that it didn’t matter if you were a tour guide, or a Sunnie, or an ILRie or whatever you found best represented you on campus. I campaigned on the idea that at the end of the day our extra curGuest Room ricular activities were just one feature of who we are on The Hill. It was the shared experience of being on The Hill, being a Cornellian, that should be the defining feature of our college experience. Now that I am not a tour guide, I am not sure if that’s true, although I whole-heartedly believed what I said at the time. I by no means believe that the Greek letters I affiliate with define me, yet the title of Information Specialist has shaped so much of who I am. (That’s the

official title of a tour guide, for your reference.) I now have in my possession an excessive amount of Cornell knowledge and know this campus literally backwards and forwards. The saddest part about this all? I honestly think it’s easier to walk backwards, but for now I will have to walk forwards. This still leaves me with the question of is just simply identifying myself as a Cornellian good enough? And I know the answer is yes. Because for all of the extra curricular activities I have tried — I pride myself on picking up something new each year — the thing that doesn’t change is where I am. On The Hill. I had a swell of Big Red Pride when I first read my acceptance letter on December 11, 2008, and I know that it is a sense of pride that I will carry with me to the grave; there is no doubt that “Cornellian” will be the highlight of my obituary. When I walk through campus now, I will continue to walk with a sense of pride to know that so many Cornellians have walked these paths before me and think of all those who have yet to walk them. And when I walk these paths, I know that I am Kat Balram, Class of 2013, History Major. Brother of Pi Sigma Epsilon, sister of Kappa Delta. Former Member of Campus Information and Visitor Relations, Big Red Marching Band, Student Assembly, Mock Trial, Women’s Resource Center. CORNELLIAN.


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change from the more intense heat of the grilled escolar; however, it could have used a bit more salt to enhance its flavors. The white rice was rather mushy; had the rice been cooked less, it would not have become soggy from the heat of the curry. Because the appetizers and entrées were not overwhelmingly large, there was definitely room for dessert. Both desserts — the flourless chocolate torte and the vanillaalmond bread pudding — appeared to be nothing special, but each one contained unexpected accents that deepened the flavors. The torte also had a surprising spiciness as cinnamon and chipotle enhanced the dessert with pleasant warmth. The dessert was delicious,

but incredibly rich; unless you’re a hardcore chocolate fanatic, I’d recommend splitting it with someone else. Our second dessert may have been advertised as a vanilla-almond bread pudding, but lemon zest flavor was so powerful that it completely dominated the intended flavors. The overpowering presence of lemon flavor was perplexing. The Fine Line Bistro is certainly worth a repeat visit; the food was overall impressive, thanks to the surprising twists in the flavors of each dish. I’d even be able to tell you how to get to this tucked-away bistro on the outskirts of the Commons. Just don’t ask me how to get back to the bus stop. Elizabeth Young can be reached at


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samic reduction. The sweet balsamic reduction rounded out the savory spinach and the tangy goat cheese, although the sauce should have been drizzled on the crostini rather than beneath them. The scallops blew the crostini out of the water. They were cooked perfectly, with a crunchy, golden exterior from the black pepper sear and a smooth, butter-like interior. The accompanying dill aioli and fried shallots breathed smokiness into the dish. The dish even could have included one or two more scallops than the three on the plate. Both of the entrées had a spicy kick that permeated the flavors. The grilled escolar was paired with a warm red pepper coulis and accompanied by a red quinoa salad. The coolness of the quinoa salad was a nice temperature contrast with the warm coulis, but the peppers and red onions still echoed the heat of the overall dish. The escolar itself — a fish with a meaty texture akin to swordfish — had a delicious golden brown crust that crunched when pierced with a fork. The portion was a bit small, which may explain why the fish was slightly overcooked. The other entrée, the vegan tofu curry, was also subtly spicy. The mild heat of the curry was a nice


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Sees the Light La Sera

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BGina Cargas I’ve got this thing for breakup albums. For some reason, there’s nothing I love more than walking to class on a blustery spring morning with angry, heartbroken “Cursive” raging through my headphones. Sure, this probably makes me a shameless masochist, but hey — Domestica is a fantastic album. So when Katy Goodman announced she’d be releasing a breakup record under the moniker La Sera, I was more than willing to drop $9.99. Better known as the bassist of lo-fi pop outfit Vivian Girls, Goodman is recognized for her layered, honeysoaked vocals and breezy surf-pop melodies. Sees the Light certainly showcases Goodman’s musical talents, yet La Sera’s sophomore album is a bit lacking in lyrical and emotional complexity. Sees the Light opens with “Love That’s Gone,” a sugary daydream that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The opening line,“I love my life without you,” drifts over a pleasant beachy guitar, setting the stage for 30 minutes of melancholy lo-fi haze. Next come two of her punkier tracks, “Please Be My Third Eye” and “I Can’t Keep You In My Mind.” The first is an upbeat plea for companionship that highlights Goodman’s candied voice, while the second laments lost love over an intoxicating bassline. Both tracks are musically appealing, but their quality is somewhat lessened by La Sera’s dispassionate delivery of bland lyrics like “Closed my eyes and all I saw was you / dis-








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tant memories that all seem new.” Sees the Light continues with the standout track “Break My Heart,” an infectious summer tune that somehow finds its roots in both SoCal skate punk and 60s girl groups. From there, La Sera peels away the polyester for a series of sunny, slow tunes. As Sees the Light takes its foot off the gas, Goodman removes some of the vocal layers and her pain suddenly gets a lot more relatable. Lyrics like “I don’t want you to be my man” aren’t anything to write home about, but the colorful, stripped-back melodies behind them make these songs all the more affecting. Clocking in at a mere 30 minutes, Sees the Light concludes with a gorgeously distorted “How Far We’ve Come” and “Don’t Stay,” a nostalgic acoustic tune and arguably La Sera’s best to date. La Sera has found a home in the increasingly popular valley between surf punk and 60s doo-wop, blending Agent Orange and the Ronettes for a unique and addictive sound. How an artist based in Brooklyn produces such a Californian sound is a mystery, but La Sera achieves it flawlessly. Where Sees the Light falters, sadly, is in its emotional complexity. Goodman’s melodies inspire visions of beer-drenched weekdays in Santa Monica, but the album’s lyrical mood is decidedly disparate. Lyrics both misery-laden and mundane somewhat lessen the






beachy effect, and prevent Sees the Light from becoming a successful breakup album. After all, the appeal of most breakup albums lies in their emotional content. Many of the best breakup albums of all time feature just decent vocals and lessthan-perfect musicality. Blood on the Tracks owes its success not to Dylan’s musical talent, but to his ability to convey the sadness, anger and frustration that follow a romantic split. Similarly, Elliott Smith’s XO relies on his incredible lyricism and mood-building ability. A great breakup album is not simply a collection of songs about the end of a relationship, but a seamless combination of precise lyrics, relatable emotion and musical skill. Of these three, Sees the Light only truly perfects the last. That’s not to say we should discount the album — it is mostly quite good — but it does offer a distinct contradiction. Summery punk melodies and bland lo-fi lyrics will never mesh perfectly. So while Sees the Light is certainly an enjoyable listen with a few excellent songs, it will eventually leave you wanting a little more. Whether it’s complexity, feeling or maybe just a nice cold Pilsner and a sunny day, something is definitely missing. Gina Cargas is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at

The Shins Port of Morrow

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Sarah Finegold After a very long five years, The Shins are finally back with a new album; or better yet, lead singer James Mercer is back with a new album. After all, he is the only remaining member of the original band. Since the alternative rock group released their first album in 2000, it has gained considerable popularity by releasing two more stellar albums. In 2009, Mercer announced his new project Broken Bells, a collaboration with producer Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse). While Broken Bells enjoyed sweet success, The Shins signed a new contract with Mercer’s own label and experienced a wide range of lineup changes due to “creative differences.” With new additions to the band like Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer and Yuuki Matthews of Crystal Skulls, one would expect the new album to be stylistically quite different. However, Port of Morrow makes it clear Mercer’s style has prevailed. Port of Morrow sounds quintessentially Shins, heavily driven by harmony and a plethora of different instruments. But while the album boasts the old style, it lacks the old passion. It is understandable that despite the changes in lineup the music still sounds eerily similar. The Shins have a bit of a formula going on: the unique spine tingling croon of James Mercer, ambitiously original instrumentals and bizarre, evocative lyrics. Clearly it has worked in the past, so why change it now? Nevertheless, some things have changed. The sound has matured into something a lot cleaner. In the band’s past work, the instrumentals have been known to over-

whelm the vocals. The guitars and synthesizers would happily rage away while the lyrics took the backseat and became a veritable mush. Some of the lyrics in the older songs are virtually impossible to understand. This is not necessarily a criticism; the songs were so infectious and catchy belting along to in gibberish. Understanding the lyrics is, however, not a problem in Port of Morrow. The instrumentals are calmer and not as overpowering as they used to be. But while the vocals get a long awaited focus in this album, the melodies are distinctly lackluster. The album plays like one long, mellow and boring song. This is the defining difference between Port of Morrow and the past work of The Shins: there are no real standout tracks. Oh, Inverted World had “New Slang.” Chutes Too Narrow had “So Says I,” and Wincing the Night Away had “Australia” and “Turn on Me.” While Port of Morrow shows a clear maturity in production, it is devoid of the grittiness that made The Shins spectacular. The new, crisper sound is a veritable symphony of meh. If there’s one song on the album that surpasses the rest, it’s the single “Simple Song.” “Simple Song” takes the cleaner style and makes it work. It cleverly escalates so that it starts with a calmer combination of instrumentals but evolves into an ebullient whirlwind of melody. The song also repeatedly uses the same pleasantly tactile simile, “you feel like an ocean made warm by the sun.” Seeing The Shins achieve lyrical success is a welcome change, as some of their older work (once


you look up the lyrics, as understanding them is a task in itself ) is a little nonsensical and kooky. Maybe I’m just being dense, but does “Foals in winter coats / White girls of the North / Fire past one, five and one / They are the fabled lambs of Sunday ham” mean anything to you? Two other fairly effective tracks are “It’s Only Life” and “No Way Down.” “It’s Only Life” boasts a catchy bell riff and a stirring chorus. “No Way Down” similarly hooks musically (in an electronically infectious kind of way), but is decidedly more upbeat than the rest of the album. Herein lies the problem; the album cannot qualify as melancholic or emotional, but is too placid to be considered upbeat. This strange middle ground is what makes the album so average, and it’s why I can safely say that no other songs are worth mentioning. They aren’t offensive, just nothing special. On a positive note, the album as a cohesive unit has a tranquil effect, almost like a white noise machine. It is easy to imagine that a long series of consistently slow, interestingly coordinated noises would make good background music. And that’s what this really is. Good background music. It isn’t bad, it’s just not particularly interesting. Better luck next time James Mercer. Maybe you’ll wow us with the next Broken Bells album. Sarah Finegold is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at


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Slope Day Speculation

hile Cornell recovers from its collective Spring Break hangover, the campus’ consciousness shifts from this requisite oasis of irresponsibility to the next: Slope Day. Speculation about prospective Slope Day acts is typically reserved to either entirely unfounded, unrealistic guesses (“Kanye’s free on the last day of classes, right?”), halfremembered bits of drunken conversation with people tangentially related to the Slope Day Programming Board (“Todd’s roommate’s girlfriend is on the Slope Day Board, and Todd loves Sublime more than life itself, so obviously…”) and pessimistic suggestions proffered simply to lower expectations in anticipation of an especially disappointing musical guest (“Nickelback. Definitely Nickelback. And probably Rebecca Black opening”). For some, such guesswork is ultimately futile, as they will spend their Slope Day mornings drinking home-brewed 4Loko in an attempt to absolutely erase the day’s proceedings from their memories, all the while destroying any remaining shreds of dignity that had survived the preceding semester. But for the rest of us, this guesswork is simply a prologue to the righteous indignation that swells up when the actual announcement is made. I feel for the SDPB. Not only are the logistical challenges of organizing our annual spring festival harrowing — neon hats, frat pinnies and binge drinking, oh my! — but even if they do manage to book an act, they are hanged in effigy on Ho Plaza regardless of who it is. This year is looking to be especially challenging: noted fist-pump inducer Avicii apparently fell through and the rumor mill has been producing names of the gravest variety, with Good Charlotte, Pitbull and Rebecca Black being discussed as potential acts. Furthermore, the type of popular artists for whom the college festival is not out of the question, such as Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco and the notoriously poor tipper B.o.B, have all been to Cornell in the past year. College shows, particularly a daytime one to be held outdoors in the volatile weather patterns of Ithaca, are not an ideal gig for any big time artist. They aren’t able to go through sound check, which is a struggle for many full bands, and it’s not a particularly dignified performance (thanks to the aforemen-


tioned 4Loko homebrew). So, in general, booking an act for Slope Day and not disappointing the student body is a challenge that borders on Herculean. Still, it’s fun to speculate and look at the rumors; here are some that I feel deserve some actual discussion. RUMOR #1: PITBULL Pitbull is an interesting candidate. He’s ubiquitous on modern pop radio, appearing in songs like “International Love,” “Give Me Everything” and “Hotel Room Service.” His primary concerns seem to be clubbing, dancing and having multiple sexual partners, all worthy subjects for a Slope Day guest’s repertoire. But is Cornell ready for an act that so readily associates himself with Chris Brown, that notable perpetrator of domestic violence? Despite his less-than-savory associates, Pitbull remains a reasonable, but somewhat unpopular, choice for this prime slot. Likelihood: Possible.

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RUMOR #2: KE$HA Ke$ha, more than any popular act today, embodies the beauty and splendor of Slope Irresponsible Day: unabashed alcoholism, female sexual Listening empowerment and waking up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. Ke$ha’s glitter-obsessed stage show would undoubtedly leave permanent reminders of the day’s mistakes (way better than that herpes outbreak from 2007). With several radio hits, she would be a godsend for the SDPB. Unfortunately, it looks like her tour schedule is blank until August; she’s likely recuperating from the P.R. Blitzkrieg of her last album. General Reaction: Pants-wetting excitement. Likelihood: Next to Impossible. RUMOR #3: ANY FORMER AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT You are likely hearing such rumors from those pessimists looking to soften the blow of a disappointing decision, but any former contestant whose name doesn’t rhyme with Barrie Schmunderwood is not entirely unreasonable. Kelly Clarkson


has some absolutely killer songs (“Since U Been Gone” kicks more ass than you will admit) and a throwback appeal similar to last year’s guest, Nelly. Going deeper than her, though, will result in mass discontent. Adam Lambert, while maintaining the flamboyant air of a decent pop star, lacks the memorable songs needed to back up his image; Jordin Sparks has a decent batch of songs (“Battlefield” and “No Air” were pretty huge), but wouldn’t fit into the revelrous context of Slope Day; and do we really want to have to call up Justin Guarini? General Reaction: Could range from “cool-ish” to “Oh crap, they got Dunkleman.” Likelihood: Not Unlikely. RUMOR #4: CARLY RAE JEPSEN We’ve just heard of her, and this is crazy, but Carly Rae Jepsen might play Slope Day (maybe!). Conjecture aside, she’s not the most ridiculous suggestion we’ve heard (that title may belong to a chap who heard that we might be getting this hip young group called Nirvana to play), but she’s definitely the most unproven. With one immensely loveable, sorority girl baiting hit single under her belt, she would be a wildcard pick that would likely needed to be paired with another co-headliner to not completely incriminate the SDPB. General Reaction: Lots of eye-rolling, interspersed with spastic screams from girls who never outgrew Disney Channel. Likelihood: Definitely, like, a wildcard and a dark horse combined. RUMOR #5: CHUMBAWAMBA The little-known anarcho-punk band would be the best selection for Slope Day if held to one tiny stipulation: They were forced to play their infamously repetitive ode to drunken resiliency, “Tubthumping,” for ninety minutes straight on Libe Slope. While initial reactions would be negative, the weeks prior would lead to the campus-wide revelation that, “Oh my God, this song is great to sing while hammered!” General Reaction: Wild skepticism followed by ironic anticipation. Likelihood: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. James Rainis is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at Irresponsible Listening appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

Stranded on the Right Beach

his album will change your life. Six simple words, and yet so much contained in them. A person’s first, or 50th, love affair with an album is a thing of pure beauty — track pads worn from pressing repeat, CDs scratched and skipping. Ah, that little wisp of gleeful anticipation during the half second before a song begins, the initial words of the opening line already forming on your lips. Like any lasting love affair, our relationship with music can define who we are, change our beliefs and improve any and every circumstance. And, unlike most romantic liaisons, rarely does an album leave you heartbroken and worse for wear. Although Plastic Beach was not my first great romance in life, music or otherwise, the album has to this day maintained a firm grasp on my heart that won’t be weakened anytime soon. Since traveling to London this semester, I have only felt more inclined to soak up this magnificent city with a most fitting soundtrack — commanding white marble facades, vibrantly dressed locals and bustling crowds all seem to move to the spaced-out synthesizers and soothing drawl of Damon Albarn and Gorillaz. I have spent many an afternoon contentedly submerged in a recurring daydream: I walk, white headphones massaging my ears with the whimsical, pop-y melodies of “On Melancholy Hill,” the beat dictating my every step. “Orchestral Intro,” in its fleeting glory, surrounds each


building with a shimmering aura of color, as pastel clouds drfit to the tranquil harmonies of violins. During the funky and strange hodgepodge of “White Flag,” people of every color and creed swirl around me as the track darts from the mesmerizing intro of the Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music to the dancehallinfluenced musings of Grime MCs Kano and Bashy. This album transcends the hectic city sprawl, all the while incorporating enough industrial noise and gritty sentiment to also amplify the urban environment – every soaring riff somehow finds a skyscraper to glide across. Damon Albarn, in all his various forms,

Sarah Angell This Album Will Change Your Life is clearly a man after my own heart. His lush vocals for Britpop titans Blur, the farout animated conception of Gorillaz and the short-lived but excellent supergroup experiment with The Good, the Bad & The Queen all display his eclectic and refreshing talent. This February, Gorillaz even collaborated with Andre 3000 and James Murphy, former frontman of LCD Soundsystem (may they rest in peace) on the track “DoYathing”, part of the “Three Artists, One Song” series devised by iconic

shoe brand Converse. Moonlighting on a handful of projects and contributing to so many more, I wonder if he ever gets a moment’s rest. By God, the man even plays more instruments than I can count on my two hands. That is some serious genius at work. My slightly embarrassing crush on Albarn aside, I love Plastic Beach primarily because it never fails to provide an hour’s worth of audible pleasure. A wealth of brilliant guest appearances infuse the album with a fresh sound: Bobby Womack and Mos Def lend a chilled out, futuristic spin to “Stylo,” while Lou Reed’s throaty vocals elevate “Some Kind of Nature” to the upper echelons of rock royalty. Gorillaz may have found a true synthesis in Swedish electronic group Little Dragon though, collaborating with it on two magnificent tracks on the album. On both “Empire Ants” and “To Binge,” Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano lends the perfect female compliment to Albarn’s smooth, alluring vocals, while keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand paints a titillating, electrified soundscape. Whether largely providing the soundtrack for my 19-hour drive to the backroads of Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, or helping me acclimatize to the sometimes jarring sights and sounds of city life in New York or London, Plastic Beach has been a reliable friend for over two


years now, helping me through thick and thin. Through its equally united yet diffuse sound, Plastic Beach somehow manages to alter itself on a daily basis, perfect on grey or sunny days, in the grass or whilst navigating bustling city streets. Although its effects seem both immediate and eternal, hard to grasp yet concrete, I can say with confidence that this album belongs to a select group that at some point in time have changed my life. My only advice is that if some kind friend offers you the intimate and touching gift of their favorite album and manages to utter those six words, take them without hesitation. You have everything to gain. Sarah Angell is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at

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tage of anyone in the tournament because they’re not bringing horses,” David Eldredge said. The Cornell players do not view playing on the other opponents’ horses as a big challenge. “We’ve played on UConn’s horses a bunch of times, we know how they work.” said senior captain Ali Hoffman. “I’m not really worried about it, we’re pretty adapted.” Senior captain Branden Van Loon says that playing on other team’s horses can be a positive aspect to game play. “I know the horses I’m going to play pretty well,” he said. “There are situations I like playing the other teams horses more because you don’t know them as well, so you ask them for everything that they will give you, whereas with our own horses, I personally go into some plays certain ways because I know that horse isn’t going to have the bulk or turn to outmaneuver the horse I’m going up against. I actually kind of look forward going into tournaments like that, because the new horses pose a challenge but it can also make the game a little bit better.” Although the Huskies are the Red’s biggest opponent, both squads are preparing themselves well for the first game against the Crimson and Skidmore. “Harvard is going to be a good game to calm down our nerves before playing UConn,” Hoffman said. “It will be an indicator of how sharp we start out. We want to keep the game in our control and not let others dictate the game.” The men’s team holds a similar view. “When we go out against Skidmore we want to make sure everything is as perfect as we can make it,” Van Loon said. Although the men are playing back-to-back games, this is not a cause of much concern, according to the senior captain. “If there’s any apprehension about having to play back to back games, it’s really overshadowed by the fact that we’re coming out with a chip on our shoulder.” Van Loon said. “Right now the team is feeling pretty good about it.” The women are also determined to come out with the right mindset and focus. “We know we need to put a specific amount of effort in to clinch that win,” Hoffman said. “I think for us, we need the mindset to come out and make them play our game and play to our standard. They have the tendency to foul a lot, which is good for us because we can capitalize on that opportunity and stick to our game.” Eldredge mentioned the women may have slight edge over UConn because they have yet to see senior Amanda Stern play, who was studying abroad in the fall when Cornell last faced the Huskies. “We have seen the entirety of their team but they have not seen ours,” he said. “If there was any edge, maybe that’s a slight one.” The men plan to keep up the game play they have all season, but make changes as necessary. “When we go out against UConn we’re going to … leave everything on the field and hope for the best,” Van Loon said. “We’re looking at keeping the field more open in terms of blocked passes and shots; how much we change is dependent on how the game is doing. Obviously we’re going to go out there and play our game, but there’s a couple of variations that may come out of that.” If Cornell does not win the regional, there is still a chance to make it to nationals through a wildcard spot, which is given to a team based on overall season and regional performance. However, Eldredge does not want it to come to that. “Both teams feel like we can definitely achieve our goal, which is to win the region, and they’re going to go out to try to do all the proper things necessary,” he said. “They’re going out with the mindset that we’re not looking for a bailout, we’re looking for the win to make sure we’re in.” Andrea Sielicki can be reached at

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Red Prepares for Princeton Trip By GINA CARGAS Sun Staff Writer

The women’s lacrosse team is set to travel to Princeton, N.J. to face the Tigers this weekend. Still smarting from the first two defeats of the season last week, the No. 18ranked Red (6-2, 2-1 Ivy League) aims to step up its game against Princeton (4-2, 2-0) on Saturday. “Knowing that we did not bring our best performance to the table against Notre Dame or Penn, I think the challenge for us as a team is to bring a higher level of performance against a nationally ranked opponent,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. “Princeton gives us that opportunity.” The Red opened the season with a perfect 5-0 record before meeting mixed results during Spring Break. After falling to Notre Dame, 17-13, the Red defeated Jacksonville, 22-13, before giving up an early lead at Schoellkopff to lose 11-10 against Penn. Graap said she hopes the Red will take last week’s defeats as motivation to boost its game. “I hope it’s lit a fire and that our players feel a sense that they need to raise their performance and execution in order to win games against these top teams,” she said. According to Graap, Princeton’s tough schedule packed with tight contests against strong teams may put the Red at a slight disadvantage. Already this season, the Tigers defeated ACC powerhouse Virginia, 9-7, and are coming off a close 9-8 loss to Johns Hopkins. “They’ve been a perennial power and are very confident,” she said. “They’re going to come in with a good amount of that experience being in tight and competitive games.” Saturday’s game will be another of these tight contests, according to Graap. Though the Red lost to Princeton, 15-10, at home last year, she hopes her players will come in strong for a repeat of the teams’ 2010 contest. “Two years ago when we played in New Jersey, Cornell was able to defeat the Tigers on their home field,” she said. “Many of our upperclassmen remember how great it felt


Marking her place in Cornell history | Senior attacker and captain Jessi Steinberg recently earned her spot as No. 6 on Cornell’s all-time scoring list.

to have such a huge win against Princeton on the road.” This season, the Red has performed well on the road. Defeating Rutgers, Harvard, Colgate and Jacksonville on their home fields, the squad currently holds a 4-0 away record that it hopes to continue at Princeton’s Class of 1952 Stadium. The Tigers have only won one of their three home games, falling to both Rutgers and Duke before barely topping Virginia. Against Princeton, Graap plans to draw on the Red’s nine seniors, who she considers crucial in leading the team to victory. “We have a strong senior class and this year we’ve really relied on those nine women — out of only 12 athletes on the field,” she said. “They’ve been really pivotal in all of our games this year.” In particular, Graap names senior attacker and captain Jessi Steinberg, who recently took over No. 6 on Cornell’s

Red Kicks Off Ivy League Season With Match Against Columbia TENNIS

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Evan McElwain. “They’re very eager to get out there and compete against the other Ivies to try and defend our Ivy League title. I think we’re trying to look forward to and just really focus on the Ivy

matches.” The men are confident that their opponents thus far have prepared them both going into this weekend and for the remainder of the season. “I’m excited,” said men’s head coach Silviu Tanasoiu. “I think we had a great schedule so far, one of the toughest in the Ivy League, and I think that definitely prepared us for the Ivy League season. That was the idea all along, to get us ready for this time of the year.” The team’s schedule has included some unfamiliar opponents. “We’ve played a ton of ranked teams and we’ve traveled a bunch,” McElwain said. “We played the Blue-Gray invitational down in Alabama; we’ve also played Ohio State and Notre Dame, [who are] really highly ranked teams. I think that’ll prepare us well for what we’re facing in the Ivies.” Although some concerns have been raised regarding the health of the team — sophomore number one Venkat Iyer returned to practice on Wednesday after recovering from pneumonia — Tanasoiu remains optimistic in his squad’s chances against Columbia (13-2). “We definitely need [Iyer] to play against any of the Ivy League teams, and we have a few other injuries [on our team], but every team out there has them too—we’re not going to find excuses,” he said. “We’re ready to go; we’re at a point in the season where we know exactly what people need to do.” The team is focusing on more than just coming away from the match victorious. “My expectations are nothing else but to transition the system that we’re trying to implement in practice and to transition that into a competitive setting,” Tanasoiu added. “We’re not trying to reinvent the tennis game. We’re just trying to keep it simple, stick with the basics and implement that into the regular season.”


Best foot forward | Junior captain Christine Ordway stresses the importance of the team playing its hardest.

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all-time scoring list, as a critical player. Seniors Cacki Helmer, Beth Halayko and Ali O’Neil will also be key on Saturday, but the senior that really centers the team is goalkeeper Kyla Dambach, according to Graap. “When she plays well and when she performs strongly in the net, we’ve been able to win,” Graap said. “In games where Kyla hasn’t been able to play for the full sixty minutes, it’s changed the formula a bit.” The caliber of the senior players is high, but Graap suggests the squad’s depth is the Red’s greatest advantage over Princeton. “Even beyond our senior class, we have tremendous contributions coming from juniors, sophomores, and even some freshmen getting some time,” she said. Gina Cargas can be reached at

Pep Band Gets Fans Riled PEP BAND

team had been eliminated at the hands of Union earlier in the day. Charen received emails who traveled to the game from the south suburbs of Chicago, from two Michigan State fans spoke to a MSU alumnus who thanking him for the Cornell band playing the song. appreciated the gesture. Despite not receiving much “He said our band got a lot of points with them by playing attention after the game, the the Michigan State fight song, Cornell band’s harassment of but then we threw away a lot of Ferris State fans by playing the those points away by playing Michigan fight song during the Michigan fight song Saturday’s loss garnered a better reaction duragainst Ferris State [in the “All [the Michigan band] ing the game. “When we N C A A played it, [the M i d w e s t knew how to play was Ferris State R e g i o n a l ‘Hail to the Victors’” fans] were final on chanting or Saturday singing some n i g h t ] , ” Jeff Kahn ’70 sort of alterKahn said. nate lyrics, Despite the lukewarm reaction at the which was funny,” Charen rink, online reaction was much said. “Though they don’t really stronger. The act was noticed have as big of a fan base as by Michigan and Michigan Michigan or Michigan State, so it didn’t get as much attention State fans alike. Some Michigan fans watch- on their blogs.” Regardless of what effect the ing the game on television while writing on Michigan State fight song had, a Michigan fan on the game or the fans, some site, did not react well to hear- fans say the Cornell band established itself as the better ing their rival’s fight song. “That was definitely a band at the game. “All [the Michigan band] trolling attempt,” one fan wrote after Michigan tied the knew was how to play was scoring goal. “GOALLLLLLL- ‘Hail to the Victors,’” Kahn LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL- said. “A lot of neutral people LLLLLLL F— YOU COR- commented on how our band NELL AND YOUR MSU was a lot better than [Michigan’s] band because they TROLLING.” On the other hand, only played one song.” Michigan fans were pleased to hear their school’s fight song played in the NCAA tourna- Joe Niczky can be reached at ment, despite the fact that their Continued from page 24

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If you were on a deserted island and could only have one teammate with you, who would it be and why? Sun Staff Photographer Tina Chou traveled with the women’s hockey team to the Frozen Four and back. On the bus ride there, she put down her camera (but not really) and asked them all the same question. Well, I mean … it’s pretty much going to be fun with anybody on our team to be trapped on an island, I mean, if I were in that position. But I guess I’d have to say Jill Saulnier because, well, one: she’s my best friend so I think it’d be pretty amazing to be stranded there with her and we’d have a ball anyways and we’d find a way to make the most of whatever situation we were in and probably find a way to survive hopefully and make our way out of it? I don’t know. But yeah, she’s a great friend of mine and we have a lot of good times together so I guess that’d be my answer to that one. — Jessica Campbell, Sophomore Forward [laughs] Umm ... well… [laughs] I feel like I would probably pick … I don’t know … Whitey (Catherine White) ‘cause we would talk about everything and we have like [laughs] a lot of the same tastes, like good music, and I love to dance so we would dance and she loves to dance too. And I feel like we would just chill on the beach in our bathing suits and our bikinis the whole time and dance … and dance ... and eat, I don’t know. And talk, talk a lot. Yeah. [pause] And she’s just sitting right there so I just thought of her [laughs]. — Olivia Cook, Sophomore Forward Um, I would choose [Brianne] Jenner. Because I’m not really confident in any of our team’s like, survival skills. I’m not sure if we have any like … real hunter-gatherers so … I figure like, if I’m gonna die, I’d rather just die with my best friend. — Hayleigh Cudmore, Sophomore Defenseman I would choose Chelsea Karpenko. Uh … just knowing her over a couple years we’ve really grown into being great friends and we know each other so well and … I know with her there will never be a dull moment and no matter what we’d always find a way to survive and ... it’d just be a great time. — Laura Fortino, Junior Defenseman Not sure… [laughs] There’s like so many options. I think I would have to pick either Kenny [Kendice Ogilvie] or [Monika] Leck because Kenny is a big farm girl so she could just like cook me up some animals or something and then Leck’s hilarious and there’s never a dull moment when you’re with that kid. She’s really funny. So one of those two, I can’t decide. — Emily Fulton, Freshman Forward [laughs] I’m gonna give a kind of encrypted answer here, um … Jessica Campbell. Because, um… I could look into Jesse’s eyes everyday. — Erin Barley-Maloney, Senior Forward Mazz [Amanda Mazzotta] because she would definitely know how to get around and what she was doing and I would be completely lost so I would definitely choose her. — Xandra Hompe, Junior Forward I guess whoever would be the most resourceful but I don’t know if we’d be able to survive? So maybe Slobo [Slebodnick] ‘cause it would be okay to die with her? I feel like she would be really chill and we could go out in style. —BrianneJenner, Sophomore Forward

Oh jeez. Um … I’d probably say Whitey [Catherine White] I guess, because we’re probably the closest. I’m really close to her on the team so it’d just be kind of a lot of fun just to get to hang out and that kind of thing ‘cause I guess there’d be nothing else to do, right? — Rebecca Johnston, Senior Forward If I was on a deserted island … um … I would probably have to go with Kenny [Kendice Ogilvie]. She knows how to like, kill animals and stuff because she’s grown up on a farm and I feel like she’s done that for fun her whole life so we would never starve. Um … maybe I could take care of shelter or something, but I feel like food would be a big worry, but with Kenny around it probably, you know, it’d put me a little more at ease. I’d feel like we’d be okay. — Chelsea Karpenko, Senior Forward I’ll pick Katelyn [Pippy] because she’s vegan and probably couldn’t eat anything on the island so I could eat it and I don’t really care for her so if I got really hungry I could probably kill her and eat her for food. [bus erupts in laughter] — Monika Leck, Freshman Forward Well, I think I would bring Pratt ‘cause she worked for P. Diddy so I’m kind of hoping that he could come and get us off the island. No but seriously, I’ve never seen Pratt not accomplish something that she needed to accomplish so [laughs] I would put my life in her hands to get me off the island. — Amanda Mazzotta, Senior Goaltender Hmm … [thoughtful pause] … Okay, I would have ... Kenny [Kendice Ogilvie] because she knows how to hunt and she’s very resourceful in that way so I feel like she could provide food for us [laughs]. — Amanda Young, Senior Defenseman [Lauren Slebodnick walking by “I can fish.”] Can you, Slobes? Slobey can fish so I— wait, I’m a vegetarian, um … [laughter] so that’s kind of a problem. I think that if I was on a deserted island maybe I would eat fish so I’d, you know, Slobes says she can fish, so I think that we’d have fun. Um, we could do some goalie training you know … and fish is so high in protein … Yeah, and I think that Slobes’ Helga persona would come out and she would go get us some water or something and get us off the island, so yeah. [bus bursts into laughter] — Katelyn Pippy, Freshman Goaltender Um … [pause] I’d feel like … it might be … Karps? Just because we get along together really well because sometimes we have fights but sometimes we get along. It’s just from working with her on all our schoolwork and everything, we’ve learned to tolerate slash annoy each other. So I think together, we could pretty much conquer anything. So, it’d be fun. — Stephanie Pratt, Team Manager Um … I’m gonna have to say … [long pause] Jess Campbell because … she’s my best friend. And I would know that we’d just be ridiculous and if you’re on a desert island you might as well be ridiculous and just dance like crazy and … do absolutely wild things and … that’s who I’m sure I would have such a good time with. — Jillian Saulnier, Freshman Forward

Really? Um … I don’t like to choose teammates, I would definitely bring everybody, but I would definitely have to go with my girl Tino [Laura Fortino]. Because we just have a good bond, we’ve been friends since freshman year, with Xandra we were only three freshmen, so we have this special bond and we live together and we’re roommates so … if we do something that we know annoys the other person, then we don’t do it so we know how to live well together. And … yeah that’s probably why. — Lauriane Rougeau, Junior Defenseman Um, whenever I answered this question before, it would always be the Overguards [Amber and Karlee] ‘cause they know like everything out in the wilderness that you would need to know but … um, I don’t know. Probably Becca [Rebecca Johnston] because then I could just … we are best friends on the team and stuff so … yeah. [laughs] — Catherine White , Senior Forward Um … I think … [laughs] … Cookie [Olivia Cook]. Uh … I don’t think many of the girls have good instincts but since I think … Cookie is one with the Earth, she’s the closest person I have whose instincts would be key in helping us survive [laughs] ... so I would pick Cook. And I enjoy her company. [laughter] — Lauren Slebodnick, Sophomore Goaltender [laughs] This is a good one. Um … yeah … This is a hard one. I think … I would have to take someone that would really know like, how to survive. I feel like [laughs] um … I feel like … Gags [Alyssa Gagliardi] would be a good person just because she really would, uh, put the work in and make a good shelter and I feel like I could go fishing with her and [laughs] she’s fast, so you know she could catch the rabbits and all the food and everything. She’s agile, she can climb trees. I’m assuming she can climb trees … Um, yeah. [laughs] I just think she would be a very good, uh … Ally to be on an island with. Yeah. [laughs] — Kendice Ogilvie, Senior Forward I would choose, uh, Emily Fulton because ... She … She has crazy eyes so I feel like she’d be able to, I don’t know. She has a little temper on her too, so I feel like she’d be able to fight all the wild animals or something for us and get us some food [laughs]. And we wouldn’t go hungry at least. [laughs] — Alyssa Gagliardi, Sophomore Defenseman


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Rivals Confront Unlikely Foe: C.U. Pep Band By JOE NICZKY Sun Senior Writer

The needling act of the Cornell Pep Band has gotten attention in the world of college hockey after playing during the Michigan Cornell NCAA Tournament game. A MetaCafe video of the Cornell band playing its fight song has received more than 18,000 views and has been featured on and “It’s kind of a band tradition to play the opponent’s rival’s fight songs to taunt them,” said Michael Brancato grad, a trumpet player in the band. He discussed how when the team played Michigan, the band had to decide between the Michigan State fight song and the Ohio State fight song. Although Ohio State is traditionally Michigan’s rival, Michigan State is the bigger rival in hockey. According to Dan Charen ’12, who plays the alto sax, the band hopes that hearing a rival’s fight song will upset the opposing fans and team. “We do it to spite the other team or make their fans angry a little bit,” he said. “It’s all in good fun. We do it to get their attention a little bit.” Even though the band regularly plays rival’s fight songs, it has never received significant attention before, Charen said. Some players on the ice might have even recognized the song, the band members said. “If you look at the clip where we can be heard playing the MSU fight song, when they zoom in on [Michigan goalie Shawn] Hunwick it looks as if he’s listening to us,” Brancato


Bringing the noise | The “Cymbal Guy,” senior Kevin Forney, crashes for the Pep Band, which plays at all of the men’s hockey games. The band says it enjoys playing songs aimed at getting under rival teams’ skin.

said. “He kind of rolls his eyes a little bit,” Charen added. Shortly after the band played the MSU fight song near the end of the third period, junior forward Kevin Lynch tied the score for Michigan to send the game into overtime. After the goal, ESPNU’s cameras captured Lynch acting like a conductor. While it was not clear if he was celebrating along with Michigan’s band, which was playing “Hail to the Victors” yet again, or mocking Cornell’s band, at least one fan thought the gesture was aimed at Cornell. “I thought he was mocking our band, but it doesn’t really matter [if he was]. Once you’ve gotten a player’s attention

off the ice and into the stands, you’ve accomplished your goal,” said Chris Spencer ’14, who watched the game on TV. “The band, by playing MSU’s fight song, got Michigan's attention off the ice.” Since the game was in Green Bay, Wisc. — a long drive from both Ithaca and Ann Arbor, Mich. — most of the people in attendance were Wisconsin fans who did not recognize the song, according to Jeff Kahn ’70, an alumni who attended the game. As a result, it did not register for most fans in the stands. However, on Sunday See PEP BAND page 22


Red Begins Ivy League Play By OLIVIA WITTELS Sun Staff Writer



Cornell Hosts Northeast Regional


Championship play is coming to Ithaca as Cornell hosts the men and women’s NSPA Northeast Regional Championship this weekend at Oxley Equestrian Center. The women play Harvard tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and University of Connecticut on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The men begin the tournament on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against Skidmore and finish on Sunday against UConn at 1:30 p.m. This year’s regional championship has a round-robin bracket setup: each team plays each other once, and the team with the most wins qualifies for the national championship at the end of April. The Red’s most formidable opponent in the regional championship is UConn. The men and women have both fallen to

the Huskies earlier this season at away games, but came out on top when their opponents came to Ithaca. However, the home field advantage may not matter as much in the tournament. “It’s going to be a very competitive game for both squads against UConn,” said head coach David Eldedge ’81. “Home advantage becomes equalized because we’re riding half of their horses and half of ours, and that’s where it’s going to really tell which team is working harder.” Because it is a tournament, UConn and Skidmore will be bringing their own horses for the players to ride in addition to Cornell’s horses. Each game will be split between riding each team’s horses. Harvard will rely on Cornell’s horses. “Harvard is at the greatest disadvanSee POLO page 21

The men’s and women’s tennis teams are kicking off their Ivy League seasons this Saturday, with Cornell set to face its first Ivy foe, Columbia. The men will remain in Ithaca, while the women travel down to New York City for their battles with the Lions. Both squads are eagerly anticipating the commencement of this part of the season. “Going into Ivies we got a lot of practice outside and I think the last few matches definitely showed that,” said women’s captain junior Christine Ordway. “I think everyone seems pretty pumped and ready to go, so it should be a good four weeks.” Though the Red (8-4) lost, 4-2, earlier in the season to the Lions (9-3), Ordway has high expectations for the match on Saturday. “I think if everyone competes well we have a really good shot,” she said. “I want everyone to put one hundred percent out there, I mean really play their best tennis and give it their best effort. Win or lose, if everyone is giving it their best I’m

happy.” As the men’s team is one of the youngest in its conference, with no seniors and eight freshmen added to the squad this year, the Red (711) is eager to prove it has what it takes to win another

Ivy League title. “We have so many freshmen who haven’t had this kind of experience before,” said sophomore co-captain Evan McElwain. “They’re See TENNIS page 22


Leading the pack | Although only a sophomore, co-captain Evan McElwain is one of the more experienced players on the team, which recruited eight freshmen this year.


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