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Not so ready for takeoff | In addition to losing an air traffic control tower, the Ithaca airport may now lose its instrument landing system.
Cuts would eliminate landing system By SARAH CUTLER Sun Staff Writer
As a result of the federal sequester, the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport may face budget cuts that would force it to remove the technology it uses to guide planes when they are landing, airport officials say. Unless Tompkins County steps in to provide funding to the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration will remove the airport’s instrument landing system, according to David St. George, chief instructor at the Ithaca airport’s East Hill Flying Club. The airport has already been told it will
have to close its control tower — which directs planes as to when to take off and land — due to the sequester, a series of acrossthe-board federal budget cuts. Five airports have filed lawsuits in response to the FAA’s closure of their towers. Ithaca is considering filing a lawsuit or a supporting motion of another suit, Nicholas said, adding that the towers the FAA is closing are primarily at airports that can least afford to spend money on a lawsuit. St. George has been “pushing” for Ithaca to file a lawsuit, he said. “I’ve been saying, ‘you’ve got to do this,’ but [officials] don’t want to scare people
away from the airport,” St. George said. “They’re cautious about being alarmist, so consequently they’ve done nothing.” In response to the loss of funding, Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) said he wants to restore some of the funding to the airport, adding that the airport should not incur further cuts, according to The Ithaca Journal. “Obviously, there is a need and a demand for the Ithaca airport that I recognize,” Reed
said. Still, both airport manager Robert Nicholas and St. George emphasized that despite the tower’s closure, passengers’ safety will not be at risk. “There’s no reason people can’t continue to use this airport. People are as safe flying here as they are anywhere else,” Nicholas
BSU Reflects on Its History at The University By KERRY CLOSE Sun Senior Writer
When Frank Dawson ’72 arrived on Cornell’s campus as a freshman, he found a turbulent campus climate, politically charged and divided on issues regarding race. Many black students, feeling isolated on campus, were galvanized to protest against discrimination and sometimes overt hostility they felt
they encountered at Cornell. Student-led demonstrations, mirroring the national Black Power movement, were commonplace on campus during that time, according to Dawson. Though Dawson said black students were not “constantly under siege,” incidents of racism were nonetheless part of his experience at Cornell. On See BSU page 4
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Six students were awarded a total of $3,500 for artistic projects celebrating the culture and identity of Europe. | Page 3
Opinion Raise Your Voice
Jacob Glick ’15 discusses progressive social change over history, arguing using one’s voice is as important as having it heard. | Page 7
Arts Toon Time
The Sun interviews Chris Sullivan, the director and animator of Consuming Spirits, a hand drawn animated film lauded for its unique visual effects by The New York Times. | Page 9
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Taking over | Afro-American Society leaders lead 110 black men and women out of Willard Straight Hall after the group occupied the building on April 19 and 20, 1969.
After 38Years,Former Director of Africana Retires By LAUREN AVERY Sun Senior Writer
After 38-years at the University, Prof. Robert L. Harris Jr., the former director of the Africana Studies and Research Center, will retire at the end of this academic year, after 38-years at the University. During his terms as director of the Africana Studies and Research Center –– once from 1986-1991 and again
from 2010-2012 –– Harris helped the center create a National Resource Center, a program run by the Department of Education that provides funds to universities, in African studies. As part of the NRC, the center established a certificate program in African studies that would be available to all Cornell undergraduates, recruited faculty and allowed for more collabo-
rative study within the studies across the camUniversity, according to pus,” he said. Harris. Harris also “ T h e resigned as Africana director of the Center has Africana always comCenter in bined work in protest of the African and Center’s being Caribbean folded into the studies, but College of with the NRC Arts and PROF. HARRIS status in Sciences in African Studies, we were December 2010. He later able to play a larger role rescinded his resignation. in coordinating work “I felt a sense of disapbeing done in African pointment at the way the
move into the College of Arts and Sciences took place without a discussion or consultation with the faculty of the Africana Center,” he said. As director, Harris was also responsible for securing grants from major national foundations to support Africana studies at Cornell. “The grants were used to broaden the academic and teaching capacity of See HARRIS page 5
Sports Let’s Play Ball
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Sports Game, Set, Match
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams lost matches against Columbia over the weekend. | Page 16
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Students Win Prizes For Projects in European Studies
By RACHEL WEBER Sun Contributor
Six students were awarded a total of $3,500 at the award ceremony for “Europe in the World: Perspectives of Community” competition Monday. The award ceremony was held on April 1 in the Amit Bhatia Libe Café and followed by a reception. The competition, open to all undergraduate and graduate students, asked contestants to use various artistic mediums such as music and literature to address cultural or social expressions of identity, community and relationship in Europe, according to the contest’s guidelines. The “Europe in the World” prizes were funded by a grant from the Cornell Institute for European Studies and the Cornell University Library, according to Kornelia Tancheva, the director of Olin and Uris Libraries. Tancheva added that “the competition was designed to stimulate student scholarship.” Prof. Peter Katzenstein, government, delivered the keynote address, “Europe in the World: Some Reflections.” In the speech, he advocated continued support for libraries and said the students’ work was a “celebration of the end of Eurocentrism.” “Some of the projects are truly astonishing,” Katzenstein said. Undergraduate and graduate students were reviewed separately by a panel of three judges across different disciplines. Contestants were strongly encouraged to utilize digital and mixed media resources in their submissions, and were ultimately judged on their creativity, sub-
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J’adore Europe | Cornell students won $3,500 in prizes at “Europe in the World,” an exhibition in Amit Bhatia Libe Café Monday afternoon.
stance, scope and scholarship. The winner received $1000, and the second and third place contestants received $500 and $250 respectively. In the undergraduate group, Faye Taskas ’13 took first place for her ethnographic short film, “Dans le Métro,” demonstrating the role of the Metro in French cinematic history. “Use of public space is a starting point for cultural exploration,” Taskas said, who plans to submit her work to experimental film festivals. She filmed her project over the summer in Paris with a grant from the Frederic Conger Wood Fellowship, through which she spent time conducting field study in Europe and documented her research when she returned.
Anna Walling ’16 took second place for her presentation, entitled “Bridging the Gap: Architectural Design and the European Union’s Search for Cultural Form,” while Christopher Levesque ’13 won third place for his project, “Berlin Migration and its Political Effects on Immigrant Communities.” In the graduate group, Amit Gilutz grad won first place, with Johannes C. Plambeck grad took second place and Diana Garvin took third. Their projects ranged from a string quartet and electronics set to a photography portfolio. The competition entries are on display in Olin Library through Summer 2013. Rachel Weber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop Addresses ‘Sexual Activism’ By JORDAN JACKSON Sun Contributor
Amid a busy prelim season, about 30 sophomores from Match High School in Boston came to Cornell to participate in a workshop aimed at promoting social and sexual activism Wednesday. Lead by representatives of Cornell student groups, the workshop addressed issues such as sexual consent and assault and focused on encouraging students to make proactive changes within their community, according to Leah Salgado ’12, the workshop leader. Salgado founded the Every1 Campaign, an organization that teaches individuals about positive sexual experiences and their impact. She said she
enlisted the help of Cornell student group “allies” and students from Match High School to hold a workshop that created a dialogue about rape and other unhealthy sex. “We live in a society where there are many social issues that need to be solved. When you bring kids into workshops like this, you give them exposure to ideas that they may not have access to otherwise,” Salgado said. “The purpose of this workshop is to help kids understand that they already possess all the tools that they need to change the world to be activists. Through their eagerness, actions and enthusiasm, they can make proactive changes within their community.” Other social and sexual activism groups, including Cornell University Sustainable Design, Ordinary People,
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Islamic Alliance for Justice and Haven — the LGBTQ Student Union — spoke at the workshop about ways in which they have promoted the concept activism within their respective clubs and the Cornell community. “Developing as an activist included learning to love myself, embracing my purpose and self worth and addressing who I am,” said Khamila Alebiosu ’13, the student speaker for Ordinary People. “Exposing these kids in such a manner is very powerful, in a sense that we are defining activism and what it means — the multifaceted and diverse forms that comprise activism today. I believe that it’s imperative to make it known that by being who you are, you are an activist. If you are okay with who you are and are expressive about it, you are an activist.” Other student leaders agreed that activism is an act of understanding oneself and branching out to others. “Activism is a selfish act — you work to empower yourself and subsequently to empower your community,” said Emily Bick ’13, the president of Haven. Alebiosu said the workshop aimed to challenge stereotypes about sexual identity. “With the aid of workshops like this, these kids and many others are working towards reshaping and redefining their community from within. Challenging the norms of what defines sexual identity, and creating a space and institutions in which people act with acceptance and accept each other ... ultimately breaks down the taboo accompanying discussion shrouding rape and sexual consent,” Alebiosu said. Jordan Jackson can be reached at email@example.com.
History of Hip-Hop To Be Celebrated in Ithaca
Concerts, exhibits, panel discussions, film screenings and murals will fill Ithaca this weekend for a four-day celebration of the history of hip-hop, The Ithaca Journal reported Monday. This community-wide celebration, “Hip-Hop: Unbound form the Underground,” starts with an exhibit in the Carl A. Kroch Library that will display artifacts relating to the history of hip-hop, The Journal reported. Climate Conference Will Come To Tompkins County in April
The “Climate Smart and Climate Ready” conference will be coming to both Ithaca and Courtland April 18 to 21, according to The Ithaca Times. Hosted by Sustainable Tompkins — a citizen-based coalition dedicated to a sustainable community — the conference will educate community leaders on the affects of climate change and ways to decrease a community’s carbon footprint, The Ithaca Times reported Thursday. Board of Public Works Continues Discussion of Food Truck Roundups
In a meeting Monday, the Ithaca Board of Public Works discussed a proposal that would create food truck roundups in Ithaca, according to the Ithaca Times. Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 said the food truck roundups would be a seperate city policy that would differ from a policy that covers all food trucks in general. Members of the Ithaca community noted, however, that bringing food trucks to the City might have an impact on established resturaunts. Ultimately, the board called for more clarification of the budget for the food trucks and for more input from community members. — Compiled by Caroline Flax
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said. “It’s just a matter of perception,” since only 450 of the country’s nearly 5,000 airports had control towers before the sequester. Potential delays due to the tower’s closure, however, may deter some students from using the Ithaca airport. Wyatt Nelson ’16, who flies home to Nebraska for winter, spring and summer breaks, said he probably wouldn’t fly out of the Ithaca airport because of the change. “If there’s a possibility of delays, you miss your connection,” he said. “I’m going to textmy mom right now and ask for a ticket out of [the Syracuse airport].” St. George said he doubts the tower will reopen once it closes and said he believes will likely hurt Ithaca in the long run. “We desperately need this kind of air service if we’re going to continue to be vigorous and viable as an international community,” he said. The airport’s control tower will join 149 towers closing nationwide as a result of the sequester. Towers will begin to close April 7, with staggered closure times for each of the affected airports. Despite the change, the airport will remain open, with the tower at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport controlling arriving and departing flights. Without a tower staff, however, planes will have to line up themselves on the runway once they are between four and five miles away from the Ithaca airport, according to Nicholas. The change will likely cause delays, Nicholas said, who noted that having pilots decide landing order among themselves “won’t be as efficient as having one person tell pilots what to do.” Sarah Cutler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
several occasions, as Dawson and his friends walked by dormitories, predominantly white fraternities or through downtown Ithaca at night, beer bottles and racial epithets were tossed in their direction. It was moments such as these that reaffirmed Dawson’s decision to join Cornell’s Afro-American Society, a student group founded in 1966 that advocated for the needs of black students. “There were overarching issues that forced us to really come together in one common voice,” Dawson said. “It seemed that some people in the Cornell community felt that as black students, we should just be happy to have been admitted. It wasn’t really our University.” When Dawson and other members of the Afro-American Society occupied Willard Straight Hall in 1969, the Takeover –– which garnered national media attention –– was a reaction to a number of racially charged incidents on campus. “For many people, there’s still a sense of accomplishment with the Straight Takeover,” Dawson said. “There was a lot at stake regarding our lives and our futures, but we stuck together, and we were able to accomplish something that, in the end, helped make Cornell more inclusive and relevant for everyone.” That sense of unity has persisted within the organization for decades –– a reality reflected by its change of name to ‘Black Students United’ in 1979, according to BSU co-president Shannon Cohall ’14.
“Many schools have black student unions,” Cohall said. “[BSU changed the name] in order to be more inclusive. They wanted to be united as students, instead of being a selective group. They wanted to be united in this mission to really support and enhance the black community.” Black Students United now serves as an umbrella organization for about 30 black student groups at Cornell, Cohall said. Its mission of unifying black organizations, however, was not fully realized until recent years, she said. “[When I joined BSU in 2005], my impression was that it was a student group that advocated for black student needs, but that it wasn’t that active,” said Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ’08 grad, who served as co-president of BSU between 2006 and 2008. It was the election of Justin Davis ’07 as BSU president the following year that prompted the restructuring of the organization, Lumumba-Kasongo said. “We started contacting the other black student organizations. The major motivation was that there were a lot of similar programs being held by these organizations, but there was no communication,” she said. “There was a lot of frustration [about] over-programming. Out of that frustration, [Davis] said we should have more communication.” From this dissatisfaction, BSU’s delegate meetings were born, which drew between 30 and 40 student delegates who met monthly to talk about issues within the black community. “These meetings helped us in our mission to be a united organization, where we’re taking experiences from all walks of life,” Davis said. “We made decisions about what we wanted to do
as a community. We built coalitions with other student organizations, like Cornell Hillel and [La Asociación Latina]. I think it helped bring the entire Cornell community together.” Though BSU’s role as an umbrella organization has helped increase the amount of programming offered by black student groups, the organization remains focused on acclimating black students to campus, LumumbaKasongo said. “I think it can be hard for a black student who can feel isolated at Cornell,” Lumumba-Kasongo said. “BSU helps in that it’s a central organization that’s in charge of connecting the dots and putting together events that try to embody the spirit of what it means to be a black student at Cornell.” Cohall cited the idea of “double consciousness,” a term coined by civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois, to represent the reconciliation of African heritage with an American upbringing. “As a black person in American society, you have to live in two competing worlds –– the general society and black America,” Cohall said. “At Cornell, BSU represents a home for students of the African diaspora that juggle these two identities.” While BSU advocates causes that it thinks are important to black students, its primary role has been one of support, according to BSU co-president Selam Gebre ’14. “At the end of the day, it’s important to embrace your identity,” Gebre said. Kerry Close can be reached at email@example.com.
Prof: Africana Center Drew Him to Cornell Center now ‘model for black studies’ in U.S. HARRIS
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the Africana Center,” Harris said. “We were able to bring in visiting scholars from Africa and from the Caribbean to strengthen the components of African Studies that we were interested in, and we were also able to broaden and deepen African language instruction.” Harris also notably resigned as director of the Africana Center in protest of the Center’s being folded into the College of Arts and Sciences in December 2010. “I felt a sense of disappointment at the way the move into the College of Arts and Sciences took place without a discussion or consultation with the faculty of the Africana Center,” he said. “The Center has received support from the University in moving towards a Ph.D. degree program. In 1972, before my arrival, this was the first Africana Studies Center in the country to offer a Master’s Degree, and now this will be the first in the state of New York to have a Ph.D. program,” he said. Harris says said his three primary objectives as former director of the center –– strengthening the African studies department, expanding African language programs and increasing the number of Africana studies faculty –– helped enhance the center’s role as a model for other institutions. “One of the reasons I came to Cornell was because of the Africana Studies and Research Center, and I came at a time when many individuals did not see much of a future for black studies,” Harris said. “Now, the Africana Center has become a model for black studies across the country, and it has had a profound influence nationally and internationally.” An author of more than 50 published works, Harris’ research broke ground in the study of the cultural and socio-economic developmetn of African-Americans in the United States and the role of discrimination in African-American history. Throughout his tenure, Harris’ academic accomplishments and his contributions to Africana studies at the University earned him numerous accolades, including the James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial Understanding and Harmony in 2000, the Carter G. Woodson Scholar’s Medallion for Distinguished Research, Writing, and Activism in 2003 and the Cook Award for Commitment to Women’s Issues at Cornell in 2008, he said. Before serving as director of the Africana Center, Harris was the vice provost for diversity and faculty development from 2000 to 2008, according to a University press release. In honor of Prof. Harris’ contributions to the Africana Center and his academic achievements, a conference titled “Historiography and African-American Intellectual History” will be held at the Africana Center Friday and Saturday. Lauren Avery can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Eliminating Hazing Beyond the Greek System LAST WEEK, THE UNIVERSITY ASSEMBLY passed a resolution that would require the University to disclose to the public when a campus organization is found to have violated the Campus Code of Conduct. We commend the administration’s recent efforts to better inform students about the campus judicial process. Particularly as we strive to eliminate hazing, the Cornell community can benefit from knowing when all student organizations — Greek and non-Greek — are found guilty of misconduct. Still, communication alone will not suffice to change the hazing culture at Cornell. Just as Cornell has begun to apply harsher penalties to Greek chapters that practice hazing, it must do the same for all student groups around the University. President David Skorton should not hesitate to sign Resolution 5 into effect. The policy will increase the community’s awareness of campus organizations that fail to adhere to the standards of behavior expected at Cornell. Students have a right to information about groups that are funded by the Student Activities Fee, to which every Cornell student is obligated to contribute annually. Perhaps most importantly, it also eradicates an arbitrary distinction between Greek chapters and other campus groups: New Greek rules approved last semester established a disclosure requirement specifically for fraternities and sororities. Hazing is not a Greek problem alone, and differentiating between Greek and non-Greek groups fails to address the full extent of hazing at Cornell. Nonetheless, although the U.A.’s resolution is a step in the right direction, it seems like a small one. Of about 900 misconduct cases that reach the Judicial Administrator’s office each year, only three to five involve student groups, according to J.A. Mary Beth Grant J.D. ’88. Cornell has nearly 1,000 organizations registered with the Student Activities Office, but there are undoubtedly more than five occurrences of group-related misconduct each year. An increase in transparency will only be an effective deterrent if it is accompanied by more serious enforcement of the Code of Conduct. If President Skorton approves Resolution 5, we look forward to seeing whether it will successfully incentivize student groups to cease harmful practices including hazing. The policy will educate students about the character of the organizations they choose to join — which may in turn encourage those groups to shun dangerous behavior. In the meantime, we hope Cornell will pursue additional avenues aimed at identifying and addressing an issue that — despite often being exclusively associated with Greek life — continues to persist University-wide.
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n March 22, a fire burned about 100 huts to the ground in a Burmese refugee camp in Thailand, killing at least 35 people and leaving thousands homeless. The refugee camp, Ban Mae Surin, is home to thousands of refugees of Karen descent who fled Burma due to ethnic genocide and fighting between Karen guerrillas and the government. According to The Wall Street Journal, the fire was said to have started as a result of a cooking accident; these fires are not unusual in the refugee camps in Thailand, especially due to the dense arrangement of huts and poor living conditions. Ultimately, although the fire resulted in death and despair for these refugees, it has also put the conflict in Burma and the Karen people’s plight in the spotlight — at the very least for a few days — as the conflict in Burma and the suffering that occurs is relatively unknown throughout the world. In fact, last November, President Barack Obama became the first ever sitting U.S. President to visit the country, which is wedged in between India and China. The country is very diverse, culturally and ethnically, with at least 15 different ethnic groups including the Karenni, Mon, Burmans and Karen. This ethnic diversity, coupled with the effects of colonialism and imperialism is what ultimately created and fostered the racism that is prevalent throughout these groups, and for the past 70 years, the Burman-dominated government and eventually the military junta that currently controls the country has fought armed opposition groups made up of the other ethnic groups vying for independence. As a result of the conflict and genocide between the military junta and ethnic groups, several million people have been uprooted and displaced in neighboring countries and refugee camps, particularly along Thai-Burma border. Currently, several hundreds of thousands of Burmese refugees live in nine official refugee camps or settlements across this border in conditions that vary widely and are often inadequate. Again, the conflict in Burma is not widely publicized and most people do not know much about it. However, although this conflict and the plight of the Burmese refugees is occurring on the other side of the world, Cornell University and the Ithaca community
have taken several steps in alleviating these refugees’ suffering. According to the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca’s website, for the past several decades, refugees from Southeast Asia have resettled in Ithaca. The Presbyterian Church sponsors several of these families; within the past decade, many of these refugees have been from Burma and are of Karen descent, and over 100 individuals now live in Tompkins County. The church provides several different resources for these families, including housing, transportation, paperwork, donations and a community of support. Furthermore, through the Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and the 4-H Urban Outreach Program, Students With Interrupted Formal Education offers daily afterschool and enrichment and summer programs for the children of these Karen refugees. All of the children were born in refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border and are trying to adapt and integrate within the culture and school, so SIFE offers them extra support. The program is largely run by volunteers, many of whom include students from Cornell. Every year, the Cornell Public Service Center sends new volunteers to work with SIFE and the children. When one hears about suffering, devastation and the plight of a group of people like the Karen refugees, it is hard to imagine the ways in which a difference can truly be made, especially for a Cornellian who lives on top of a hill in upstate New York. However, something can always be done, and even though Ithaca may be a small and isolated town and we may only be university students with minimal life experience, our community has consistently contributed to alleviating the plight of the Karen refugees and continues to make a difference in the lives of those who have suffered because of war and genocide. So, the next time you hear about the Burmese refugees, remember that you are a part of a community that plays an active role in relieving their suffering and making their lives more peaceful.
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he events of the Steubenville trial ignited a nationwide conversation two weeks ago about the role of rape, social media and idolized student athletes in our culture. And if the public wasn’t already reeling from the depraved acts at the center of this case, it certainly was after a number of prominent media organizations mishandled their coverage. Correspondents at CNN, for one, remarked that the guilty verdict was tragic for the convicted young men who had otherwise promising futures ahead of them. Now, the journalists are facing harsh criticism for what many felt was an inappropriately sympathetic portrayal of the two guilty teenagers and a failure to even acknowledge the challenges facing the female victim. In all likelihood, CNN’s skewed presentation was the consequence of a misguided attempt to make good television. The producers resorted to a tried-and-true method for tugging on heartstrings by focusing their cameras on the tearful apologies of the boys, rather than the severity of their crimes. News organizations, however, have a greater responsibility than to simply report the truth and garner high ratings. So, while CNN may have checked all the boxes for getting their facts
How reporters and commentators talk about the news plays an important role in how we come to think about these events. straight and capturing buzz-worthy footage, they failed in a critical respect when what should have been a conversation about seeking justice for rape victims was twisted into an expression of pity for the rapists. The news media has a responsibility not just to set the agenda for public discourse, but to set the tone as well. How reporters and commentators talk about the news plays an important role in how we come to think about and interpret these events. We see this after each presidential debate, for example, when viewers’ opinions of the winners and losers are only half-baked until they hear what TV’s talking heads have to say on the subject. Taking cues from the newsmakers, however, can lead our public discussions down a very unfortunate path. This isn’t the first time that unbalanced reporting has veered us off course. During the primary seasons of election years, press coverage largely consists of tracking who’s up and who’s down in the polls. This “horse race coverage” diminishes the unique traits and issue positions of each candidate and focuses unnecessarily on the percentage points that separate them. In another instance, media organizations have a tendency to pay undue attention to the perpetrator rather than the victims after a mass shooting. As a result, the public becomes consumed with questions about the shooter’s motives and overlook the precious lives that were lost. The news media has an extraordinary power to shape the context and tone of conversations in our community. Unfortunately, when their stories are improperly framed, the consequences are palpable. We evaluate presidential candidates based on their placement in the polls rather than the quality of their policy proposals. We remember the names and faces of the Columbine and Virginia Tech gunmen vividly, even as the names and faces of their victims fade into history. The public outcry we’ve witnessed in the aftermath of CNN’s Steubenville coverage is a reason to be optimistic that, this time around, we won’t allow the media to tell us which elements of the story are most salient. It is important to recognize when journalists have made a mistake and to prevent their errors in framing from dictating the terms of our discussions. As much as CNN has a responsibility to deliver the facts, we also have a responsibility to be thoughtful critics about our news, rather than passive consumers. Joyce Wu is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Catchy Sound Bite appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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ast week, as an opinion. The staid institu- Ferguson. With a historialarming and ever tion of the Court — far cally conservative Supreme increasing tide of more than the Presidency Court, however, a decision homework buffeted my and the Congress — is less aligning with the nation’s Spring Break sensibilities, than susceptible to the youth is anything but I, along with thousands of pressures of an evolving assured. Yet we continue other Cornellians, was populace. If President our virtual activism. quickly driven to the pro- Obama were deliberating Why? crastination haven that is whether or not to sign a There is a very powerFacebook. By midweek, bill involving same-sex ful allure, most especially however, the soothing pre- marriage, or even if the for young people, to be dictability of my sleek, Senate or the House were involved in the formation blue-and-white newsfeed debating whether or not to of history. This desire is had been interrupted by pass such a bill, a not always as profound splatters of red. (Actually, Facebook campaign filled and meaningful as what the red was neatly con- with witticisms and evoca- was displayed by Freedom tained within the squares tive, communal profile Summer activists in 1964 of profile pictures, but pictures would conceiv- (think KONY 2012), but that doesn’t sound nearly ably make a difference in it is consistent nonetheas dramatic.) Even as my the end result. When it less. Much has been writchances of studying dwin- comes to the Supreme ten of these cases’ signifidled into obscure non-existence, I became absorbed in the surge of virtual There is a very powerful collective action in allure, most especially for support of same-sex young people, to be involved marriage. It is impossible in the formation of history. not to feel the tug of pathos when social media delivers a resounding endorse- Court, however, the opin- cance for our generation, ment of human equality in ions of five robed septua- causing one Sun blogger to a verdict so unanimous genarians (give or take a equate them to a 21st centhat it elevates it to an decade) can silence the tury Brown v. Board of almost apolitical stature. voices of millions. Education. The accuracy of This socially progressive When it comes down to this, of course, depends on outcry of the Facebook it, unless Justice Anthony the verdict. But the mere generation is even more Kennedy has a Facebook possibility of a major inspiring when it is echoed profile, there is little movement toward social by the powers-that-be, as chance that our collective justice has set aflame the demonstrated by the push for marriage equality souls of today’s youth. Supreme Court’s eviscera- will make any difference. We at Cornell seem to tion of DOMA (and, to a Google Justice Kennedy. have seized this opportunilesser degree, California’s He does not look a man ty, rather than the 2012 Proposition 8). But, even comfortable with “liking” elections, the Arab Spring, as I relished in what could or “poking” very much of or the current kerfuffle of be the next step in the anything. drone usage, to raise our slow but steady march to a Some activists can rea- voices in a booming and more perfect union, there sonably hope that the decisive declaration that was a nagging pragmatism Facebook campaigns and we are ready to embrace that told me that this witty pro-equality signs our role as agents of sociclever Facebook fanfare could goad the justices etal change. Even if Justice was for naught. (whose clerks, at least, fre- Kennedy cannot cast off In all the marble-coated quent those websites) into the shadow of waning discorridors of American issuing a progressive deci- crimination, even if these political power, the sion in fear of a public cases turn out to be a legal Supreme Court’s are those backlash that would brand setback rather than a least able to be penetrated them as retrograde jurists crowning victory, this by a barrage of public in the mold of Plessy v. assertion of youth agency
(at Cornell and beyond) is enormously significant in and of itself. Some will scoff at my argument, claiming that switching one’s profile picture from a Big-Little embrace to a red equals sign does not make a social movement. I would argue in response that the rousing of the public square now means more than a well-organized rally with cleverly captioned signs. Hundreds of miles away from John Roberts’ fortress of judicial restraint, Cornell students added their voices to a chorus of millions who are heralding a cultural shift towards egalitarianism. While a movement fueled by Facebook posts alone (again, think of KONY) will not earn a place in the history books, social media has now become an undeniable barometer for the national mood. Eventually, the court will catch up. In the history of progressive social change in the 20th and 21st centuries, the younger generations have always held the torch of progress a few steps ahead of their elders. Cornell students — and, by extension, all those many camp-friends and high school buddies at Binghamton to whom we are all virtually bound — have witnessed and participated in this next great chapter of the American story. Whether or not our views are vindicated in 2013 or 2015 or 2020, it matters not; we have spoken.
Jacob Glick is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. Glickin’ It appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT An Animated Discussion
The Sun speaks with filmmaker Chris Sullivan BY ARIELLE CRUZ Sun Arts and Entertainment Editor
This Thursday, Consuming Spirits, a hand drawn animated film, will premiere at Cornell Cinema. The film — written, directed and animated by Chris Sullivan, an animation professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago — took 15 years and more than a few rounds of production assistants to make. This dark and surprisingly real animated film is entrancing and, as The New York Times put it, “You have never seen anything like it.” The Sun had the chance to sit down with Sullivan to discuss his work. THE SUN: Consuming Spirits took 15 years to make. What was it like working on a project for that long? CHRIS SULLIVAN: Luckily, it ended up being something I continued to be interested in, you know. Luckily it worked out that way. It was not a good thing though in terms of gaining weight. It wasn’t just like, “oh this is my next film,” its like “oh there’s this film I’ve been working on, that’s why you haven’t heard from me.” So, whenever you work on something, some long term project, it gains some … gravity. It isn’t comforting [laughs], but I feel really grateful that it didn’t seem to be a disaster. People seem to really like it alot and thats great. I think
“I do hope that the film leaves a mark; whether that mark is a love tap or a bite.” Christopher Sullivan that is really … that there is fortune. I really had to put my life on hold kind of to make the film, you know. I had kids and raised them and I did normal things. I mean, I worked really hard on the film, but [laughs] one of the equations I tell people is that I probably worked on the film less than most adults my age would’ve watched TV for the last 15 years. SUN: Did your vision for the film change over time or did you always have a set idea in your head? C.S.: Aspects changed and aspects held firm throughout the film. There were some images that were there from the very beginning that stayed, and there were other images that kind of went away. When I first started the film, I was really into oldtime radio journalists, kind of hard-boiled stuff, which I still am really into. Actually, the film was going to be in that kind of genre and, that quickly became something uninteresting. That, for instance, was not something I’d want to spend 15 years doing [laughs]. There’s definitely some hard-boiled little tidbits in there, you know, there’s an interrogation scene and things like that, but it doesn’t. Probably the biggest change is that the actual main characters kind of flip-flopped. So, one of the secondary characters became a main character and another character developed a mother in the writing, which, we all have mothers, but they’re not always in our scripts, you know. So that was a big change. Stylistically it did not change that
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much. It was always going to be drawn and cut out and, then I did these table top things which I really like too, which actually ended up holding. SUN: And that’s a very different animation style that you used. What made you choose that animation style? C.S.: Well … all of my previous films had been drawn. I still shot the film with a camera, you know, a 16-millimeter camera. That was just the technology that made sense. I’m very much not into obsessing over something being shot on film or anything like that, but that was the tool that best served me at the time. There was a certain kind of full color pallet that I couldn’t really get … without [it]. Right now its very easy to do dig-
ital compositing and that’s what I teach, I teach animation. But when I started the film [digital animation] wasn’t easy and it wasn’t simple. To get a full color pallet, cut-outs … became an interesting option, and that’s what I did. SUN: It’s definitely interesting to look at. Is that why the film took so long to make? I’m trying to imagine how you filmed it; I was watching your “making of” video. Did you move each of the pieces individually? How does [this kind of animation] work? C.S.: Well … the film was in the camera and it has a motor that goes around one revolution in 24 seconds. I actually made the motor bend around the camera, but I didn’t have the technology or anything I just knew how to make them … and then, basically, I would make a really small movement, you know, somewhere between one eighth of an inch and a quarter of an inch, take another frame, take another movement. And there’s a lot of dialogue in the film so usually, as the other animators were shooting, they have to be watching the dialogue the whole time. … The dialogue is very time consuming in drawing animation. SUN: How many people did you have working on the film? C.S.: I get two primary animating assistants, but then the actual film ran for quite a while, so I had probable another thirty people who worked for me via month or two months or something. We had some co-op workers from school. I had other freelancers working on the film, but it was primarily me and Viola and Shelley Dodson.
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SUN: The theme of the film must have been a very important to you. When people leave after the film on Thursday, what do you want them to take away? C.S.: I guess I don’t want to forecast that too much, but I do hope that the film leaves a mark; whether that mark is a love tap or a bite [laughs]. But … I do want the film to be important to people. I don’t think my film did this, but I saw a film recently that was incredibly powerful, and I was describing to someone that after I saw this film, I am now someone else. So there’s a part of me that hopes people are a little bit someone else. You know, maybe that’s a high bar, but, what the heck, throw it out there. I do think, also, the film is experimental in form, but it really is an emotional film and not an intellectual film. It’s smart, but it’s something that definitely gets under people’s skin. I think in a good way. SUN: And your title, Consuming Spirits, could you maybe elaborate on what it means? C.S.: Well theres an obvious double meaning of drinking, Consuming Spirits, but the idea of ghosts from the present or past that really eat away at you is probably the most prevalent meaning really. I have to translate the title often, which you know doesn’t work. Sometimes puns and double entendres don’t translate well. I always ask the translator to go towards the idea of being consumed by a ghost or a spirit as opposed to drinking spirits. That doesn’t work with a direct translation, its like “drinking liquor,” which isn’t really what I wanted to say. SUN: Is there anything else you want to add? C.S.: You might want to say that the film is animated, but it really is a film, not an animation in terms of how people engage in it. In its life its been in about 20 festivals and 10 the-
“[The movie has] been in about 20 festivals and 10 theatres and only two of those venues were for animation. So it basically it lives its life as a live action film.” Christopher Sullivan atres and only two of those venues were for animation. So it basically it lives its life as a live action film, which I think has been really helpful because I think its often really good to put your work in the wrong place. I think that has really helped us. SUN: Great, thanks a lot! C.S.: I hope you come and see the show. SUN: I definitely plan to. C.S.: Wonderful. Arielle Cruz is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Arts Around Town Stephane Wrembel
Now Scream!: The Hip Hop Collection Exhibition
Sunday at the Carriage House Café Jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel has been called a “revelation” by Rolling Stone. You’ll probably agree if you’ve heard Wrembel’s composition “Bistro Fada,” the lithe and capricious theme song for Woody Allen’s Academy Awardwinning film Midnight in Paris. Having been under the tutelage of Gypsies in the French countryside, Wrembel is well-versed in myriad musical instruments and styles. Touches of flamenco, rock and blues infuse his jazz recordings, particularly on his latest album, Origins. Wrembel delves deep into his roots and shares his impressionistic songs at the Carriage House this Sunday. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door. — Daveen Koh ’13
Mother of Exiles 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Schwartz Center
Stop right there, hombre. If you are in the mood for some thrilling action, or are simply just curious about the what it might be like to cross the MexicoU.S. border, then don’t miss Mother Of Exiles. This play will present unique interactive experiences that enhance your knowledge of the border conflict while also entertaining you immensely. Follow the plight of main character Magda Andrews as she attempts to teach American civics at the Arizona-Mexico border and meets nothing but hard times (and also guns). So buckle your seatbelts and get ready for a wild ride. — Gabrielle Velkes ’16
Runs in Kroch Library’s Kirschland Gallery from Apr 5, 2013 to Feb 4, 2014
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Get-Up State: Live Mural Painting! Friday to Sunday at 770 Cascadilla St.
Cornell is celebrating Hip Hop’s 40th birthday in style. Rare vinyl records, live performance recordings and the first feature film about Hip Hop will be among the dazzling items on display at the Hirschland Gallery. The exhibits have mostly been drawn from the over 50,000 items that make up Cornell’s expansive Hip Hop Collection, the largest archive of its kind in the world. The Collection’s ultimate goal is to salute the culture and history of Hip Hop. Now Scream! is the first exhibition of the artifacts, which were given to Cornell in 2007 by writer and curator Johan Kugelberg. Pour some out for hip hop and enjoy the show. — Danyoung Kim ’16 COURTESY OF AFRIKA BAMBAATAA
This Friday the number thirteen TCAT is your ticket to some world-class street art. Get out at Cascadilla and Third, and witness some of the finest graffiti artists of our time at work. Part of the Cornell and the Ithaca community’s Hip Hop: Unbound from the Underground exhibit, the threeday event will feature Crazy Apes, Slon, Bates and many more. The walls of the Cornell Press Building, 770 Cascadilla Street, will be the canvas for the event. — Ashley Popp ’15
Hope and Nostalgia for Ithaca’s Venues A
fter spring break, I came back up to Ithaca for what was possibly my last time as a student. I’m slowly (very slowly) coming to terms with the basic fact that I will be leaving college in two months, and entering the “real world.” I have been privileged to be a part of The Sun’s Arts and Entertainment staff in various capacities for my past four years at Cornell, and wanted to take this opportunity to share a few of my favorite places to do what I do best: Watch concerts. MISCELLANEOUS SMALL STAGES: I doubt many of you know what Fanclub Collective is, but you might know some of the bands they’ve brought to Cornell: Arcade Fire, Matt & Kim, Real Estate and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, just to name a few. While the group has recently decided to focus on other genres, its very existence reveals a rarely talked about aspect of Ithaca: There’s a decent indie scene, if you know where to look. In just my first year in Ithaca, I saw Surfer Blood play for a handful of people at downtown coffee shop The Shop, Shonen Knife brighten up an oddly bland Appel Multipurpose Room and Cale Parks completely change the Keeton House Dining Hall. The connection between all of these shows — aside from the fact that I got to interview all of these guys (for the Arts section!) — is pretty obvious. None of the venues were, in a word, “traditional.” One of the cool things about the Ithaca music scene used to be the versatility of various spaces. My friends and I still talk about seeing HEALTH tear up the Big Red Barn our first semester on campus, and collectively mourn that there hasn’t been a show there since. Another likely unexpected place to look: lecture halls. While it may be a bit bizarre to follow up a remembrance of Ithaca’s indie past with a plug for a cappella, here we go. I have never personally been a fan of a cappella music, but I do
have a couple of friends in groups, and have been pleasantly surprised every time I’ve seen one of their shows. An a cappella concert is a uniquely collegiate experience and it’s definitely one that everyone should have. BARTON HALL: This is actually something I have never attended for fun. As a member of Cornell Concert Commission since my freshman year, I have worked every CCC show since my Orientation Week (#humblebrag?) I would have titled this “Spend 24 hours in Barton Hall building and dismantle a stage,” but I can understand that’s not everyone ideal way to spend a weekend. So, instead, this. The few times I’ve snuck into the crowd — whether it be filled with aging hippies watching Further or what seems to be the entire student population blitzed out of their minds for Avicii — have always been special. The sound might not always be perfect, but I honestly don’t think there’s a bad spot in this former airplane hangar to watch a concert. CORNELL CINEMA: My freshman year there was a bit of controversy about Student Assembly cutting funding for the Cinema, and my predeBig Talk cessors in the Arts section made a bold editorial choice: A full page ad blaring the words “S.A. Betrays Culture.” At the time, I don’t think I fully understood the implications of the S.A.’s proposal and the necessity of that Arts page. I can say now that I have a better grasp on what makes the Cinema so special. Not only does it boast an incredibly diverse and awesome schedule — still to come this semester are screenings of this year’s Oscar Best Picture winner Argo, as well as several classic James Bond films — but also an amaz-
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ing space. The Cinema is intimate, but never small; beautiful, but not distracting. Oh yeah, and they also host (really, really cool) bands every once in awhile. While I hate being seated at a concert, the Cinema makes it comfortable and bearable, and brings consistently exceptional performers. OFF-CAMPUS: The State Theater is a well-deserved Ithaca institution, and Dan Smalls’ bookings have always excited me. Not only are the bands always great, but the space is historic and grand, juxtaposing an old-school beauty with a lot of the newer music that graces the stage. While I have publicly bemoaned the passing of Castaways in these pages before, The Haunt is making up for it’s loss quite nicely. I have only seen one show there — Black Francis back in February — but I was able to get right up to the stage to see my idol perform. Very different atmosphere than a crush party. Although I haven’t yet checked out a show at Lot 10, I saw some of my favorite shows of the past few years at Wildfire Lounge, the space’s previous incarnation. For better or worse, many of the best shows I’ve seen in Ithaca took place during my freshman year. But they exposed me to a vibrant music community on-campus and around the city that is constantly bringing in both cutting-edge and well-established bands — and that is always exciting. Peter Jacobs is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com. Big Talk appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
ACROSS 1 “SNL”-like show filmed in Canada 5 “Doctor Who” network 8 Rafters shoot them 14 Pre-Euro Italian coin 15 Nest egg letters 16 With 3-Down, way west for many American pioneers 17 __-Iraq War: ’80s conflict 18 Crooner Perry’s ad? 20 Self-righteous sort 21 Manicurist’s aid 22 Rage inwardly 23 Space pilot Han’s shirt? 25 Through 26 Classic racecars 27 Lighthouse light 30 Nouveau __ 33 U2 frontman’s bit of naughtiness? 36 Back in the day 37 Bedevil 39 PC monitor type 40 Cartoon possum’s corporate symbol? 42 Chilean range 44 Camera stand 45 Roman 1,051 46 Winery container 47 Japanese general Hideki’s talisman? 53 Triumphant cries 55 Disconnect 56 Explosion sound, in comics 57 Movie pooch’s picture? 59 Poetry unit 60 Church key, e.g. 61 “__ My Party”: Lesley Gore hit 62 Fairly matched 63 Great suffering 64 Easter egg dip 65 “That didn’t go well” DOWN 1 Pink ones are unwelcome— except in lingerie
2 Prefix with cumulus 3 See 16-Across 4 Self-portraitist with a bandaged ear 5 Bodybuilder’s “guns” 6 __-Seltzer 7 Desert safari beast 8 Pink-cheeked 9 Dada pioneer Jean 10 __ Gulf: Arabian waterway 11 Reason given for calling in sick 12 Rounded roof 13 Winter whiteness 19 Pizarro’s gold 24 Broad-brimmed hat 25 Chaste priestesses of ancient Rome 27 “__ appétit!” 28 Fairy tale start 29 Dozes 30 Like one who can’t put a book down 31 Composer Stravinsky
32 Ponders 33 Male sib 34 “Egad!” in an IM 35 Opposite of paleo38 Long in the tooth 41 Tommy Dorsey hit tune 43 Less clumsy 45 Sullen 47 Internet slang based on a common typo
48 Egg-shaped 49 Harbor wall 50 Eight-time All-Star Tony of the ’60s’70s Minnesota Twins 51 Sister of La Toya 52 Warning signs 53 Elemental particle 54 Arizona native 55 Twinkle-toed 58 Rev.’s message
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No.4 Syracuse Heads To Final Four for the Fourth Time Since’76 SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Overcoming all sorts of adversity has been the norm for the Syracuse Orange of late. Player eligibility issues, negative headlines, slumps at inopportune times — something seems to creep up each season for longtime coach Jim Boeheim. He figures he’s not alone. “There’s no team that doesn't have distractions during the course of the year,” Boeheim, who guided the Orange to a school-record 34 victories last season with scandal swirling around his program, said Monday. “That’s part of life, that’s what you have to learn to handle. They focused well all year.” In large part because of that singular focus, the Orange, seeded fourth in the East Regional of the NCAA tournament, are headed to the Final Four for the fourth time since Boeheim became head coach in 1976. And when they get in a groove with their stifling zone defense, especially at this time of year, they are tough to break down. Led by versatile 6-foot-6 point guard Michael Carter-Williams, sharpshooting forward James Southerland, and do-it-all swingman C.J. Fair, the Orange are deep, motivated, and intent on bringing a second title to central New York. And this proud, blue collar town, where basketball’s shot clock was invented, is eagerly anticipating that again, just like in 2003. “The Final Four seems to be very important. It’s a huge thing up here,” said Boeheim, 3-0 in national semifinals. “Our fans really support us, and they like what we do.” What’s not to like about the past three weeks. Syracuse (30-9) made the Big East tournament final, losing to Louisville, then beat Montana, California, top-seeded Indiana, and third-seeded Marquette in NCAA regional play. It will meet Michigan (30-7) — the South Regional’s No. 4 seed — in the national semifinals at Atlanta on Saturday. Michigan beat Florida 79-59 Sunday to reach the Final Four. “They have played tremendous basketball over a four-game period, which is not always that easy to do,” Boeheim said of his Orange. It’s doubtful many saw this deep run into the postseason coming. Syracuse finished its final Big East regular season — the Orange are headed for the Atlantic Coast Conference in July — with four losses in the final five games. Syracuse’s last home game was a five-point setback to Louisville, which snapped a tie in the final minute on a defensive breakdown. The Orange left Luke Hancock uncovered in the left corner and he drained a back-breaking 3-pointer. Then, after easily beating DePaul, Syracuse was humiliated by archrival Georgetown for the second time in two weeks, dropping the season finale 61-39. It was Syracuse’s lowest scoring total in 558 Big East games and its fewest points in any game since a 36-35 victory over Kent State in 1962 — before shot clocks and 3-pointers. There have been few breakdowns since. In the Big East tournament, Syracuse reeled off victories over Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, and Georgetown before bowing to Louisville. “Once we got to New York and started to play well, we felt we could compete with anybody,” Boeheim said. “We were always a good team. We obviously had a very difficult last part of our schedule and didn’t play particularly well. But our defense was good and once we got to New York and started to play there, we could see that we were fine.”
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Cornell Looks to Improve Ivy League Play After Losses to Columbia on Saturday TENNIS
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mores Kyle Berman and Sam Fleck won their match at No. 3 doubles 8-4. “Columbia was a tough loss for us,” Nguyen said. “We played our doubles point well and going into singles we thought we had momentum, but I guess we were not feeling tough mentally because we got done with our matches pretty fast. We need to work on our singles matches. We didn’t play very well, but this was just one match — the coach has a lot set up this week for our
upcoming matches.” The women’s team was not at the top of its game with a 7-0 “Columbia was a loss. The tough loss for us.” s q u a d ’s winning Quoc-Daniel Nguyen streak was broken by Columbia, resulting in the team’s score for the season so far to tally 11-1. The Red lost all of its matches in singles and doubles except for No. 2 doubles, which was tied at 6 when
play was stopped. “Everyone on the team fought extremely hard,” junior Ryann Young said. “Each of the singles matches were extremely close — the matches could have gone either way; while we are happy with the way we performed we are going to be perfecting the little mistakes we made during our matches, we just need to work hard. We have six more Ivy League matches to go — we’ll get them next time.” Deeya Bajaj can be reached at email@example.com.
Pres. Barack Obama Shoots Easter Hoops With WNBA
WASHINGTON (AP) — An amused President Barack Obama read a children’s book to a gathering of boys and girls at the White House, then peppered them with questions: Had any of them lost a tooth? Had any climbed trees? Had any fallen after climbing? It was all part of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, which attracted 30,000 children and parents to the Executive Mansion’s South Lawn on Monday for a day of festivities. Obama, with his dog Bo seated beside him, narrated the popular illustrated book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” about alphabet letters and their adventures climbing up a coconut tree. “So clearly the alphabet is full of troublemakers,” the president concluded after offering his rendition. Moments earlier, speaking from the White House’s Truman Balcony, Obama thanked the crowd on the sunny springtime day before joining in the egg roll. Obama high-fived the contestants and consoled 5-year-old Donovan Frazier of Scranton, Pa., who was sitting on the ground in tears. “What’s wrong,” the president asked, scooping him into a hug. The president also joined professional basketball players for a game of hoops with several children. He joined the WNBA team with a couple little girls, and their group was twice victorious in a shoot-out against the boys. Obama was less successful on his own - taking 15 tries to sink a basket. “Oh, man,” he said after a free throw teetered on the rim and fell out. “The president doesn’t get to practice probably as much as he'd like to,” Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, later told reporters. On a day that kids devote to bunny-shaped chocolates and jelly beans, first lady Michelle Obama was able to stress her mission of physical fitness and healthy eating habits. “Eat your vegetables,” she declared, after reading “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” to children in a story time area nestled under a tree. The couple’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, shared reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Mrs. Obama also joined chef Anne Burrell of the Food Network and TV anchor Al Roker at the Kids’ Kitchen. The group sang, “put a little love in your food,” as they prepared orecchiette with broccoli rabe pesto. The first lady said the earshaped pasta with vegetables, Italian sausage and nuts was a grown-up, sophisticated alternative to spaghetti. The South Lawn was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors as boys and girls played games to the sounds of kids’ show tunes, snacked on apples and got a chance to meet professional athletes and entertainers.
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Women’s Squash Players Receive All-American and All-Ivy Honors Three women’s squash players — sophomore Danielle Letourneau, junior Jessenia Pacheco and senior Jamie Laird — were named to the All-American teams on Friday. Cornell is the only team in the country to have three All-Americans. Letourneau was awarded First Team All-American for the second time in her career, while Laird was named Second Team All-American for the second time. Pacheco earned the Second Team All-
American title for the first time in her career. The Red also sent Letourneau and Pacheco to the All-Ivy League team. This is the second time Letourneau has been named All-Ivy, but the first time Pacheco has won the title. Letourneau played exclusively in the No. 1 position this season and finished with a 9-7 record. She was also ranked seventh in the nation by the College Squash Association. She qualified for
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All-around superstars | Sophomore Danielle Letourneau, junior Jessenia Pacheco and senior Jamie Laird were named to the AllAmerican teams. Letourneau and Pacheco also recieved All-Ivy honors.
the College Squash Association Individual Championships for a second consecutive season and competed in the Ramsay Cup. She advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Yale senior Katie Ballaine and Penn senior Nabilla Ariffin, but fell to Harvard sophomore Amanda Sobhy who eventually became the national champion. Pacheco finished the season with a 12-4 record after competing primarily in the No. 2 spot. She began the season with a nine-match winning streak and her victories allowed the Red to maintain its No. 6 national ranking for the second consecutive season. Laird was first named AllAmerican after her sophomore season in 2011. She was 12-5 in team matches this season and lead the team with individual victories along with Pacheco and freshman Abby Foster. Laird also competed exclusively in the top three positions and was ranked 19th in the country by the CSA, a career-best. — Compiled by Ariel Cooper
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The Red had a strong showing at Stanford on Friday. Senior Brett Kelly finished 17th in the men’s 10K and set a 10-second personal best record. The Red will have its next meet at home on Saturday. More coverage to follow.
Collegiate Coaches Need to Give NBA Prospects Time to Shine Coaches should allow their talented players to take over the game SMITH
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may have the talent to be an NBA superstar one day, but his game is still raw. Nerlens Noel, the projected number two selection, is a defensive force but lacks the offensive skill set to be an impact player on that end. Marcus Smart might be the most polished of the projected top three, but he lacks a true position. It takes innovative strategies to get the most out of his talent. However, as much as this theory makes practical sense, I find it hard to believe. While these players might not stack up favorably compared
If you’re going to recruit NBA prototype scorers, it is then your duty as a coach to maximize their talent and help your team win.
to stars of other draft classes, they are still the most outstanding players in the land. Project number six selection Cody Zeller of Indiana might not ever be an NBA All Star, but he is still a great collegiate player. Yet even with the help of Victor Oladipo, another likely top ten selection, he couldn’t pull the Hoosiers past the Sweet Sixteen. The true reason this has happened is the vast differences between the NBA and the collegiate game and a stubbornness of NCAA coaches to adjust their systems to the players they have. For example, several rules in the college game limit the ability one player has to take over the game. Without a defensive three seconds violation as in the NBA, collegiate teams can sit their best shot-blocker in the middle of the paint and negate driving lanes for perimeter players. Also, with a shorter three-point line the key becomes more crowded, shrinking the space players have
to work one-on-one. These two factors undoubtedly hurt an individual player’s ability to impact a game by himself, making the collegiate games far more of a full team competition than its professional counterpart. Despite this, collegiate coaches have taken the team component too far, consistently taking the ball out of their best players hands and not allowing them to take over the game. I went over the Kansas example earlier, but this is a constant theme across college basketball. Ben Howland was enticing enough to convince premier recruit Shabazz Muhammad to attend his school but then somehow forgot how good Muhammad was once he got there. Throughout the season, Howland never gave Muhammad enough touches. In the end, it led to UCLA’s first round demise, Muhammad never reaching his potential at the collegiate level and Howland’s firing. Victor Oladipo of Indiana, mentioned earlier along with Cody Zeller, is another example. He emerged this season as one of the most dynamic scorers in the country, yet Tom Crean never made a total effort to get him nearly the amount of opportunities a player of his talent deserves. I understand that coaches like running a system they can replicate and use year after year, but great coaches build their system around the players they have too. If you’re going to recruit NBA prototype scorers, it is then your duty as a coach to maximize their talent and help your team win. None of the coaches described above did that and therefore their teams will not be participating in this weekend’s Final Four. Next year, two of the most hyped NBA prospects in years, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, will enter the college basketball landscape. For the sake of college basketball, I hope that their coaches don’t make the same mistake. Alex Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUESDAY APRIL 2, 2013
Red Falls to Yale,Sweeps Brown By ANNA FASMAN Sun Staff Writer
Cornell softball stepped onto Niemand-Robison Field this weekend to play four games in its Ivy League season opener against Yale and Brown. Saturday afternoon, Cornell played Yale in two games, but was unable to come out strongly to start the season. The Bulldogs earned two wins, beating the Red 7-2 in the first game, which went into extra innings, and 7-5 in a normal nine-inning game. However, the Red was able to come back in its two games against Brown on Sunday and Monday, winning 8-5 and 9-6 consecutively. In its first game against Yale, Cornell started with a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but was unable to take advantage of it and fell short with the bases loaded. Junior pitcher Alyson Onyon pitched 12 out of the 1 3 innings; 2 CORNELL however, 7 YALE (W) she gave up a total of 13 hits 5 CORNELL in her 1 2 . 1 7 YALE (W) innings of work. When the Bulldogs scored five runs in the last inning, Onyon was taken out of the exceptionally long game. In game two, Cornell didn’t let its first loss bring down the level of play. Both Yale and Cornell went back and forth in maintaining the lead, but Cornell was unable to score the final run it needed to win in the eighth inning and left the bases loaded. In its first game against Brown Sunday, Cornell was able to keep the Bears off the board until the
sixth inning, maintaining a score of 6-0 until Brown was able to score a run. After scoring that first run, Brown came back with an impressive four-run recovery, although the team was not able to beat the Red’s final score of eight runs. In the second game, originally scheduled for Sunday but postponed until Monday due to rain, Cornell 8 took an CORNELL (W) 5 early lead BROWN of 4-0 after junior 9 Christina CORNELL (W) 6 Villalon hit BROWN a homerun with the bases loaded. After a score of 9-1 in the fourth inning, the Bears came back with four runs in the sixth inning to end the game with a score of 9-6. The Red maintained its early lead throughout the game, and came out with a sweep against Brown. Coming into this weekend, junior Lauren Bucolo was named the Ivy League co-Player of the Week after her impressive work as an offensive player. With one of the best batting averages on the team, she was able to put away two doubles in the game against Brown on Sunday and scored in the second game on Monday. Overall, Cornell finished the weekend with a 1214 record and 2-2 record in league play. Although the Red was unable to find its footing in the first two games against Yale on Saturday, the team came together against Brown and pulled out the first two wins of its Ivy League season. CONNOR ARCHARD / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER
Stepping up to the plate | Junior Christina Villalon hit a grand slam
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in the Red’s 9-6 victory against the Bears on Monday.
NBA Prospects Fall Short Cornell Defeated by Columbia Lions In March Madness B TENNIS
By DEEYA BAJAJ
Sun Staff Writer
en McLemore is just a freshman. A rather old freshman at 21, but still a freshman nonetheless. However, as anyone who follows college basketball knows, McLemore isn’t simply another youngster maneuvering his way through his collegiate
barely factoring into the game during its waning minutes and overtime. But McLemore was not the only top NBA prospect who failed to lead his team deep into the NCAA Tournament. In fact, of the projected top 15 picks in the draft listed on NBAdraft.net,
The men’s and women’s tennis teams were defeated by Columbia this Saturday at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center
and the Reis Tennis Center, respectively. The men’s tennis team lost by a close margin of 4-3, with losses at No. 1, No.2, No. 3 and No. 6 in singles. No. 4 sophomore Quoc-Daniel Nguyen
Alex Smith Guest Column years. Blessed with lightning quick speed, explosive leaping ability only rivaled by the NBA’s elite, and a silky smooth jump shot, McLemore has asserted himself as the probable first selection in June’s NBA Draft. Despite this, it was the fact that he was a merely a freshman that impeded his ability to lead his Kansas Jayhawks to the Elite Eight. Playing on a team filled with upperclassmen, McLemore consistently deferred to his elder teammates down the stretch in last Thursday’s loss to Michigan,
only two of them, Trey Burke and Glenn Robinson III of Michigan, are still playing basketball this late in March. So why, in basketball, the one sport where a single player can completely take over and dominate a game, have none of the most talented players been able to be successful in the NCAA Tournament? First, and a conclusion that many will jump to, is that this is a fairly weak draft class and none of the top prospects are actually that good. McLemore See SMITH page 15
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Missing the mark | Both the men’s and women’s teams suffered losses in Saturday’s match against Columbia.
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Out of luck | The women’s 7-0 loss to Columbia broke the Red’s eleven-game winning streak.
won his match against Columbia sophomore Max Schnur 6-7, 5-4 and sophomore Jason Luu defeated Columbia senior Nathaniel Gery 3-6, 61, 2-2 at No. 5. Both matches won by Cornell in singles were due to a retirement of
the opponent. In doubles, the team fared much better with only one loss in No.1 doubles. Luu and Nguyen won their match at No. 2 9-8(8), the second win for both of them that day and sophoSee TENNIS page 14